Political Miscellania 6/16/10
1. As the above video indicates, Congressman Bob Etheridge (D.NC) does not realize that he is living in the age of video cell phones and Youtube. His GOP opponent, Renee Ellmers, reminds him of the current facts of political life.
2. If you are a Democrat, you know that political times are bad for you if National Public Radio runs a poll which indicates that your party is going to be creamed in November.
Democrat Stan Greenberg and Republican Glen Bolger conducted the first public battleground poll of this election cycle. They chose the 70 House districts experts regard as most likely to oust incumbents this fall. What they found was grim news for Democrats.
For this poll, Bolger and Greenberg chose the districts where incumbents are considered the most vulnerable, and, in the case of open seats, the ones most likely to switch party control in November. Sixty are currently held by Democrats — many of whom won these seats even when voters in the same district preferred Republican John McCain for president in 2008. The other 10 districts are the flip side — held by Republicans in the House, even though their voters went for Barack Obama in 2008.
These are this year’s swing seats — the political terrain where the battle for control of the House of Representatives will be won or lost. In this battleground, voters are choosing Republicans over Democrats 49 percent to 41 percent.
3. Palin Derangement Syndrome marches on, with Leftists claiming that Palin has had breast augmentation surgery.
Palin denied the allegations:
Ann Althouse, law professor and blogger, explains for the benefit of, presumably, dateless Leftist males, the impact of clothing and posture on the appearance of a woman’s breasts:
Now, speaking of breasts and bloggers, what amuses me — aside from the endless obsession with Sarah Palin, specifically, and with the physical aspects of female politicians, generally — is the low level of knowledge of breasts on the part of the Boobgate bloggers. They didn’t seem to realize that different bras and different kinds of shirts and jackets affect the way breasts look. A woman can draw attention to her breasts or downplay them. In professional settings and for political appearances, women tend to wear jackets. Even when jackets are fitted through the midsection, they flatten and disguise the curve of the chest. That’s the point: to blunt the point.
By contrast, the contour of the breasts is accentuated by a knit top — especially if it’s thin, clingy, and light-colored, like the one Sarah Palin wore to the Belmont Stakes.
The obsession with Palin on the port side of our politics is rapidly becoming one for psychologists to study rather than political mavens.
4. In South Carolina’s 1rst congressional district, a strongly Republican district, Tim Scott was the top vote getter in the Republican primary. He will now face off in a run-off with Paul Thurmond, the son of the late, and perpetual, Senator from South Carolina, Strom Thurmond. Scott is considered the most conservative member of the South Carolina legislature in which he serves as a representative. He is expected to stand a pretty good chance of winning the run-off on June 22. Oh, and Tim Scott is black. Times are changing indeed.
5. Mama grizzlies, in Sarah Palin’s immortal phrase, are coming to the fore in the Republican party. 14 Republican women are running for the Senate, up from three in 2008, and 94 for the House, up from 46 in 2008. Due to the Republican route of the Democrats that I foresee in November, many of them are going to win their races. From now on this country is going to have a strong cadre of Republican women in Congress, almost all of them conservative and almost all of them pro-life. The Susan B. Anthony list that has supported pro-life women running for office since 1992 deserves a lot of credit for their hard work in fostering this development.
The Republican women running for Congress are just the tip of the ice berg. Conservative pro-life women are running for state houses and state legislatures around the country in unprecedented numbers. Two to keep your eyes on are Susana Martinez, who is the odds on favorite to be elected governor of New Mexico and Nikki Haley who weathered bizarre infidelity allegations and is the odds on favorite to become the next governor of South Carolina.
As a middle aged conservative man, I applaud this development. Conservative women have long made up the bulk of the grass roots activists of the Conservative movement and they are seizing the initiative to spearhead the elections this November. Their impact I think will be vast, especially in the fight against abortion.