Nov
24
2015
3

My RedState post on Politico whitesplaining Woodrow Wilson.

Found here. Short version: …come, I will conceal nothing from you.  Sometimes you really do see an obnoxious white person condescendingly explain to black people why said black people shouldn’t actually believe their own lying eyes. It doesn’t happen as often as the microaggression crowd pretends that it does, but it does happen.  And it happened at Politico.

Nov
14
2015
1

Politico suggests Barack Obama take a little responsibility for ISIS!

Yes, I’m as shocked as you are: “Coming just a day after President Barack Obama’s comment that the Islamic State had been “contained,” the terrorist attacks in Paris have cast doubt on the administration’s strategy and efforts to show gains against the jihadist group, which claimed credit for the carnage.” As a buddy of mine, usually Politico couches criticism of the President in terms of something “leading Republicans to cast doubt on Obama’s strategy.”  Having Politico admit that, yeah, this is a legitimate policy of the President’s that he needs to address now is a pretty big deal.

Mind you, Politico goes on to complain about the Republicans, and to suggest that we’re complaining for the sake of complaining. But that’s in the latter part of the article. The part that everybody reads was all about what Barack Obama needs to make an answer for. I’d be amazed, if I wasn’t aware that the man isn’t running for President again.

Oct
16
2015
3

Quote of the Day, Now THIS Is How You Troll Official Washington edition.

So, basically, Andrew Styles went and bought a bunch of Trump hats for the WFB staff, because why not? I’d buy a Make America Great Again hat myself, except that they’re overpriced. Anyway, people saw the donation, assumed that five hundred bucks for hats was actually the same kind of Big Thing as to the seventy-five grand Stephanopoulos gave the Clinton Foundation.  And then the Washington Free Beacon lowered the boom.

Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti said in a statement Stiles purchased the hats for the staff at the publication.

“As Andrew has said, he made what he thought was a charitable donation to the cause of making America great again, a cause that he cares about deeply. Additionally, Mr. Stiles has disclosed in numerous online postings on our site that he was in fact a Trump campaign donor. In August, Mr. Stiles also presented our staff with really incredible Make America Great Again hats, and by the way, they do look fantastic, they look so good your head will spin,” Continetti said.

Then Continetti said Stiles will be investigated by “Biff Diddle…”

(more…)

Jun
08
2015
1

Politico acts as bodyguard for New York Times against the Washington Free Beacon. AGAIN.

Quick background: the Washington Free Beacon reported that the New York Times took one hundred thousand in donations from the Clintons in the same year that the NYT’s owner overruled the editoral board to endorse… surprise surprise, Hillary Clinton. Now, let us be correct, here: nobody has come out and said that this was a bribe. Or a quid pro quo. Or even an ‘understanding.’  The Washington Free Beacon is merely asking questions and noting where the money is going, which is something that journalists are supposedly expected to do. (more…)

Oct
05
2014
4

Politico writer interviews wrong Congressman.

I am filled with a terrible pity, here.

A Congressional Quarterly reporter published an exclusive sit-down interview with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) this week. The only problem with the piece was that the reporter never actually interviewed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

[snip]

Sources with knowledge of the mixup told POLITICO it was a case of mistaken identity. [Name redacted out of sheer pity] confused McCarthy — one of the most recognizable congressmen in Washington, constantly surrounded by a phalanx of police officers — with another member.

Because, contra Politico, here is a basic truth about Washingtonian politicians: they all look alike.  I’ve interviewed Kevin McCarthy.  God help me if I ever have to pick him out of a crowd.

Moe Lane

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Aug
14
2014
4

Politico calls for the end of the Voting Rights Act.

Brave of them.

…it’s past time for the Obama administration to rouse itself. If it does file, it should file at least four separate suits in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and North Carolina, to name a few, all on the same day. Make it a call to battle. And be absolutely sure to sue in my own state of Illinois, where the Democrats did the gerrymandering—just to show fairness.

Except not really. The districting of four of the five states mentioned (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Carolina) were carefully designed to take into account the requirements for majority-minority districts implied by the VRA.  The districting of the fifth… was not, which is why both Republicans and minority Democrats opposed the changes (just like the same factions opposed redistricting changes by white Democrats in Maryland).  I find it highly unlikely that a major Beltway online publication is unaware of such a famous (or infamous) feature of the American political landscape; I can only assume that Politico has a low opinion of the intelligence and education of its readers.  Or, at least, a low opinion of the ones who typically vote Democratic.

Moe Lane

(Via Hot Air Headlines)

Jul
22
2014
4

Bad Roger Simon calls National Guardsmen child-killers. …Does @Politico agree?

Well, at least he didn’t call them ‘baby-killers.’ That’s progress, right?

Let me explain the entire good/bad thing.  There’s Roger Simon, over at Pajamas Media. I generally call him ‘Good’ Roger Simon, because that way I can distinguish him from the Roger Simon over at Politico, who I used to typically call ‘Bad’ Roger Simon.  Only now I’m just going to call Bad Roger Simon nothing but Bad Roger Simon, on the basis of this particular tweet.
bad-roger-simon

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May
19
2014
9

The Inevitable* “Wow, That Politico Poll Is Awful For the Left, Huh?” post.

Not good news for the Democrats, five and a half months out:

President Barack Obama’s job approval slump and voters’ entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year’s most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll.

In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of voters said they were unsure of their preference.

39/30 for House districts; 43/36 for Senate.  But this is the fun finding: “Nearly two-thirds of voters said they prefer a government in which different parties control the White House and Congress, rather than one party controlling all the levers of power.” Translation: the public may (and does) hate both parties, but they’re quite keen on this entire ‘gridlock’ thing.  Which should surprise nobody, but will surprise a bunch of people anyway. (more…)

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Apr
08
2014
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Politico: Sean Eldridge (D CAND, NY-19) is hiding from… pretty much everybody.

There was a spot of bother about this Politico video – it appeared, went down, and is back up again – but everything is fine now and there will be pie. And it’s the best kind of pie. It may very well be DOOM pie for Sean Eldridge.

Basically, the video shows Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt describing how Sean Eldridge – the presumed Democratic candidate for NY-19 – has been essentially hiding from reporters and the district for the last several months (Eldridge is apparently also using his company to try to trade votes for jobs*). Which is frankly bizarre, particularly since Republican incumbent Chris Gibson was reportedly happy to talk to Isenstadt: as Politico notes, often it’s the other way around. (more…)

Feb
17
2014
3

You won’t BELIEVE just how furiously Politico spun this #DCCC #Obamacare memo!

Background: Politico has acquired a memo (which they did not share, shockingly*) from presumably the DCCC that describes the strategy, for lack of a better word, of the Democratic party with regard to Obamacare. Essentially, they’re going to:

…[t]ell voters Republicans would make the problem worse — raising prescription drug prices, empowering insurance companies and even endangering domestic violence victims.

The battle plan, details of which were in a memo obtained by POLITICO, recognizes the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act. But it also banks on voter fatigue with the GOP’s relentless demands for repeal and counts on poll-backed data that show many Americans would rather fix Obamacare’s problems than scrap it altogether.

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Jul
08
2013
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A random snark at Politico for not really thinking things through.

Sometimes you get the feeling that Politico is just going through the motions.

Republicans, who have a 17-seat majority, head into 2014 favored to keep the House because, in large part, of the GOP-dominated redistricting process after the 2010 census. The Cook Political Report projects Republicans, who lost eight seats in 2012, will net two to seven seats in the midterms.

…In other words: that sixty-three net gain that the GOP got in 2010 (pre-redistricting) got mildly lowered in 2012, but said lowering will likely be largely reversed in 2014. But then, I suppose that “GOP-dominated redistricting process after the 2010 census” sounds better in their ears than “American electorate shifting noticeably Right in 2010, and finding the new position comfortable enough for now.”

:pause:

That’s actually it, really.  Just some random snark.

Moe Lane

Jun
10
2013
6

Politico is shocked, shocked! to see that Mitch McConnell can run a campaign.

When you shear away all the fluff, ham-handed politicking, and let’s-poke-the-Republicans-with-a-stick troublemaking, what you’re left with in this Politico article is pretty much this: Mitch McConnell wants to win his Senate election next year – and he’s apparently got a good idea on how to do that, damn his eyes*.  Seriously, this is their big revelation?

[Reid’s people say that McConnell’s strategy will be to] organize early, raise big money early to scare off opponents, scorch potential rivals to shape the field, push back against polling showing vulnerabilities to depress potential rivals and third-party groups, bolster the state party that each effectively runs and invest in new technology to run an even better campaign than their previous one.

…yes, as opposed to Mitch McConnell stripping himself naked, painting his body with purple and green woad, and doing the Fish Dance at the next debate. (more…)

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