Ace of Spades HQ’s Decision Desk projects it as follows:
— AOSHQ Decision Desk (@AOSHQDD) August 10, 2014
Alas, I’m doing so because of, well, racism. Or at least a highly unseemly racialist awareness of the candidates on the part of Hawaiian Democrats:
If U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz falls short in Saturday’s Democratic primary in Hawaii, it will be despite the support he has lined up from a slew of boldface names who are backing his candidacy.
Prominent Washington Democrats ranging from Al Gore to Elizabeth Warren to Harry Reid have all gotten behind the incumbent in his race against U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Most notably, Schatz earned the backing of the first commander-in-chief born in the Aloha State when President Obama endorsed him in March.
Still, it is another native son of Hawaii who truly looms over the special election, offering Hanabusa perhaps the biggest boost in her upset bid: the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who represented the 50th state in Washington for half a century.
Mind you, both the state Obamacare exchange AND the governor deserve it.
The state Obamacare exchange for not working, and the governor for contributing to the general lack of function. For those who missed the original story: Hawaii, like many other Democratic controlled states*, produced its own state exchange. And, like many other Democratic-controlled states, the exchange has crashed, burned, exploded, sunk below the waves, and then exploded again. Just in time, I might add, for the 2014 election cycle, which amusingly enough is a midterm – which means that most of the governors’ races are taking place this November. (more…)
Just as a thought experiment: imagine what would happen if the following scenario played out…
The question before the board is, Just how big would the resulting media firestorm be, anyway? Large enough to detect from orbit?
So. Gov. Abercrombie wanted to puncture the Birther balloon. That’s a laudable goal: so once he took office as governor, Abercrombie announced that he was going to settle this once, and for all. Outstanding. Only… it turns out that, Gosh darn it, Hawaii state law prevents the governor from releasing birth record information!
…WHICH WE ALREADY KNEW, BECAUSE YOUR PREDECESSOR SAID SO TWO YEARS AGO.
Sorry about the YT link to a Birther, but that’s the only audio link that I can find; I’ll be happy to replace it once I find something suitable. Anyway: back in 2008 it was determined that it was illegal for birth certificates to be released without the holder’s permission; nothing has changed since then; and apparently you’ve never talked to Gov. Lingle on her way out the door – so the only damned thing that you did in your quest to be ‘helpful,’ Governor, was to throw fresh gasoline on the fire.
I repeat: Neil Abercrombie, you ignorant slut. Learn how and when to keep your mouth shut, OK? Hint: if your handlers are frantically waving at you off-screen, then that’s a good time.
*This is one of those responses that must be earned: we of the VRWC just don’t give it away.
God, I hate this Birther conspiracy theory crap – and don’t bother, Sparky; I screen first-time comments – but watching the talking head designated as “Chris Matthews” call for Obama’s birth certificate to be released is the funniest thing that I’ve seen all day.
This was known, by the way: Abercrombie is resigning in order to run for Governor. He’ll be ending his term at the end of February:
Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) announced today that he will be resigning from the House next month so he can run for governor, a move that sets the stage for a special election to fill his seat.
“I can now set the effective date of my resignation for February 28, 2010, which will enable state elections officials to plan for a timely and cost-effective special election for the First Congressional District to select a successor who will carry on the work of the people,” Abercrombie said in a statement.
Under Hawaii election law, the state’s chief election officer is tasked with setting the date for a special election, which would be held at least 70 days after the formal resignation.
Via The Caucus. This is a good pickup opportunity for the GOP: the NRCC recruited a good candidate (Charles Djou) and he’s been positioned to run for some time. Also, the Democrats are running two candidates. The actual nature of the special election hasn’t been determined yet, but we’re in a good position for this one.
Crossposted to RedState.