Day 2 of NaNoWriMo: 1592/3196.

1600 words seems to be more or less how much I can do right now without an insurmountable struggle. It’s all clunky and contrived, of course; and I’ve decided to embrace the No Real Research rule and punch it up to eleven.  But, to paraphrase what a guy once said in Stephen King’s book It: it may end up being a crappy novel, but hopefully it’ll no longer be an unfinished crappy novel. Everybody should have one of those in his or her files.

Hubris, #Obamacare, and November.

I hope someday if, God forbid, tragedy strikes again at a military base, whoever is president doesn’t still head to a fundraiser.

– That sentence was said by – at least, according to Salena Zito – an anonymous mother of two filling up her tank at a gas station; and it should absolutely terrify the Democratic party. Salena’s theme in the linked story above is on Democratic hubris – Barack Obama’s, specifically, and the word ‘oozed’ was used – and how it’s coming across to the rest of the country.  Which is to say, badly. President Obama’s problem in office has been… well, he has had a lot of problems, starting with a remarkable inability to learn from his mistakes. But the one that I was thinking of was that the President has been slow to understand that he is not as popular a President as he was a candidate. This gets him in trouble – and more to the point, gets his party in trouble – when Obama acts like he’s at 60% approval when he’s really at 45%.

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White House confirms: the #obamacare signup numbers are really, really bad.

Which is why they won’t release them for at least a month.

The Obama administration is not planning on releasing enrollment numbers on Obamacare until November, senior administration officials said Monday, as they continued to insist that delays with the website were entirely the result of high volume.

“We will release monthly data when it is available,” a senior administration official told CNN. “We have not given an exact date, but it will be after end of month and we will work with states to collect their data to have a good picture of what’s happening across the country.”

But the administration has released numbers on the total numbers of visits to the federal site, approximately 8.6 million as of Friday, according to Health and Human Services data. A number cited as evidence of interest in the program. However, it is not clear how many of those who have visited the site were able to successfully use it, or stopped because of technical issues and slow speeds.

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