Political Miscellania 5/25/10
A roundup of recent political news.
1. Rule one of a sex scandal: Do not have your mistress interview you on the topic of abstinence education as Congressman Mark Souder (R.Ind) did in the above video. Souder had the common sense to resign , and the Republicans should be able to hold the seat. As for Mr. Souder, when you preach social conservatism, the first person you must convince is yourself.
2. Republicans lose Pennsylvania 12 special election. I always thought this one was a long shot. The Democrats enjoy a 2-1 voter advantage, and the corrupt Jack Murtha who had held the seat since 74 won re-election in 2008 in spite of being under investigation and calling his voters racist. Perhaps there is some truth in this old Saturday Night Live video from 2008.
3. Republicans win Hawaii 1. Charles Djou is going to Congress as the first Republican congressman from Hawaii in 20 years. Djou got in because the Democrats fielded two candidates and neither one would bow out. The Democrats are confident that they will take the seat back in November. I am not so sure. Djou is a formidable campaigner and the Democrat vote may still be fractured come November with all the bad blood that has been generated, with a fair amount of Democrats deciding to sit out the vote or crossing over to vote for Djou.
4. Best political campaign ad thus far in this cycle:
5. A new Rasmussen poll indicates how clueless and out of touch most of the political class is.
An overwhelming majority (88%) of the Political Class are confident in members of Congress to handle current economic problems. Nine-two percent (92%) of Mainstream voters don’t share that confidence.
6. Bye bye Snarlin’ Arlen. You will most definitely not be missed.
7. Joe Sestak, who defeated Snarlin’ Arlen for the Democrat nomination for Senator from Pennsylvania, has his own problems. He claimed that the Obama administration offered him the job of Secretary of Navy if he would drop out of the primary. The problem for Sestak is that this allegation, if true, is probably a criminal offense.
18 U.S.C. 600
Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment,
position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit,
provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of
Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such
benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any
political activity or for the support of or opposition to any
candidate or any political party in connection with any general or
special election to any political office, or in connection with any
primary election or political convention or caucus held to select
candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this
title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
A criminal investigation by a special prosecutor on this issue is not the type of event that would endear him to Democrat voters in November. Now Sestak is hemming and hawing. It is a long way to November Joe.