Where They Stand: Senate

Thursday, October 28, AD 2010

With five days until election day, I decided to take a close look at each of the Senate races, and to offer some prognostications about how I think each will end up.

First, the lock-solid holds for each party:

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  • Paul,
    I have been following the Senate races fairly carefully, and I agree 100% with your predictions and caveats.

  • Good analysis Paul. I differ from you in regard to California and Washington. I think the huge anti-Democrat tide will carry Fiorina to victory in the formerly Golden State, and Rossi to victory beyond the margin of fraud often used by Washington Democrats to steal state wide elections in that state. I recall in 2006 that the Democrats won all the close Senate races and I expect the Republicans to do the same this year. However, I suspect that even I underestimate the true power of the anti-Democrat tide running in this country right now, which is something unprecedented in living memory.

  • I hope you’re right Don, but my gut says Boxer hangs on. The problem is Fiorina doesn’t seem to be getting any help from the top of the ticket. And even in wave elections like this one, there are always a few races that the surging party leaves on the table, and I have a feeling this will be one. As for Rossi, he’s starting to seem like one of those perpetual candidates who always just loses. (Well, the first time around he arguably didn’t really lose, but that’s a topic for another time.)

  • An interesting look at the polls in the Rossi-Murray race.


    I think most pollsters are understating Republican strength at the polls by around 3% this year, because they are dealing with an unprecedented situation as to the anti-Democrat wave, the enthusiasm gap between the parties and the fact that independents around the country are breaking hard for the Republicans. We will soon find out, and the accuracy of the polls will be a subject I will be intensely interested in post-election. Watch many polls this weekend showing a mini-surge to the Republicans in the Senate races as pollsters hedge their bets.

  • Great analysis and predictions Paul!

    There may even be a surprise in Delaware ( I realize it is unlikely though) – http://weaselzippers.us/2010/10/27/dnc-at-defcon-1-is-christine-o%E2%80%99donnell-now-leading-in-dem-internal-polls/

  • “… there are always a few races that the surging party leaves on the table …”

    Not in 2006. Every close Senate race broke to the Dems(see, e.g, Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island, Virginia).

  • On the ground here in WA… Murray holding on to her seat is the likely scenario from my perspective. First and foremost, we are a blue state. King, Snohomish and Pierce counties make it so. The corruption in King County (think Seattle) elections makes it even more so (as you alluded to the gubernatorial race of 2004).

    What’s more, there are two different feelings among tea party folks around here. One, which is more aligned to the GOP is that we must defeat Murray at all costs. You heard this all over local talk radio after the primary when Clint Didier withheld his endorsement of Rossi (based on a lack of support for some key GOP platform issues).

    The second element in the tea party is the more libertarian leaning group, one that strongly identifies with the ideas put forth by Ron Paul (and strongly behind Didier). They feel rather disgruntled about the primary, where Rossi was a late comer, and ran something of a non-campaign saving his war chest for the general.

    We’ll see… will the third time (for a state-wide election) be the charm for Rossi? If he loses, blame will be placed squarely on the Didier die-hards for with holding their vote. One thing is for sure, if Rossi loses, it will be one more tick mark in a long string of losses by moderate Republicans in state-wide elections. This begs the question… should the WSRP court more conservative candidates?

  • I’d love to see Her Royal Senator Highness overthrown, but CA is one of those states where getting rid of an incumbent liberal is akin to Hell freezing over.

    If you wish to disagree with that assessment, fine, but don’t call me sir or RL. Call me Beloved General Field Marshall of the L homestead; I worked hard for that.

  • The just released Rasmussen poll on the Washington Senate race has Rossi up by one 48-47. Murray still being under 50% this close to election day is trouble for her.


  • A sign of the public mood:

    “According to pollster Doug Schoen, whose new poll shows vast support for the Tea Party movement among voters, the president is still liked by about half the nation. In fact, more like him personally than like his policies. Some 48 percent think he’s a nice guy, while just 42 percent approve of his job performance.
    But that personal favorability doesn’t translate into re-election support when voters are asked if Obama deserves a second term. Says Schoen: “Despite voters feelings toward Obama personally, 56 percent say he does not deserve to be re-elected, while 38 percent say he does deserve to be re-elected president.” Worse, Schoen adds, “43 percent say that Barack Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, while 48 percent say Bush was a better president than Obama has been.”


  • In Wisconsin, I wouldn’t count Feingold out. While Johnson has been ahead in most polls, the gap’s been closing in recent weeks and Johnson hasn’t fared well in the debates. Feingold, with three terms under his belt and being a smooth debater, is still pretty popular in a purple state. Johnson may still win, but his lead is shrinking.

  • New York is a sad case. Less than a year old it looked like both Gillibrand’s seat and the governorship would easily go to Republicans. Unfortunately for Republicans, Paterson decided not to run and the GOP basically conceded the senate seat without a fight.

  • Joe, you probably have a better sense of what’s going on in Wisconsin than I do, but the polls seem to have flattened out over the past week. Feingold certainly can make it interesting, but with Johnson now consistently polling in the low 50s, I’d be surprised if he lost.

    As for 2006, there was one race the Dems lost that was considered something of a toss-up. It was the TN Senate race that Harold Ford (call me) lost to Corker by about 3 points. That said, I can’t really think of any other close race over the past 2 cycles that the Dems have lost.

  • RR –

    New York is just an embarrassment for the GOP. Rudy Giuliani could certainly have won any of the statewide races had he decided to run, but evidently he is under the delusion that he could still be President one day. And as bad as Pataki is, he certainly could have been competitive with Gillebrand. The same is true for Lazio if he had set his sights on the Senate instead of the Governor’s Mansion.

  • “whatever the party breakdown is after Tuesday is the way it will remain for the 112th Congress”

    Maybe, maybe not. If the Republicans get to 50, they’ll be throwing every deal they can think of at the most nervous-looking Democratic senator they can find. If Sestak loses badly, that could be Bob Casey.

  • New York is just an embarrassment for the GOP

    The candidate for Comptroller and the candidate for Attorney-General have both shivved the Gubernatorial candidate, refusing to endorse him and (in the latter case) even to appear at public events with him. The Onondaga County executive endorsed Andrew Cuomo. The state party chairman (Richard Nixon’s corporate lawyer son-in-law) has been a pillar of Jell-O. I keep telling you: these people lose and lose and lose because of their irredeemable inadequacies.

  • Re Kirk vs. Giannoulias in IL: I voted early a couple of weeks ago. If either candidate had been ahead by a comfortable margin (meaning my vote would probably not make any difference), or if either party were pretty much assured of taking (or keeping) control of the Senate, I would have skipped this race and not voted for either candidate.

    Kirk is about as RINO as one can be — pro-abort, pro-ESCR, voted for cap and trade before he was against it, etc. However, I went ahead and voted for him, very reluctantly, ONLY because the race is so close AND because control of the Senate may hinge on the outcome. I am not going to sit back and allow a liberal Democrat to win under those circumstances.

  • On a side note: there are some prognosticators who believe that if Harry Reid loses his seat but the Dems hold on to the Senate, the next Majority Leader will be none other than Illinois’ other (ahem) esteemed Senator, Dick Durbin, who comes up for reelection in 2014. Now THAT is a race I am looking forward to. Hopefully the GOP will come up with a much better candidate than they have had the last three Senate election cycles. Lord knows they can’t do much worse.

  • Paul, I wouldn’t disagree that Johnson looks like the winner by a nose. Interestingly, more TV spots have been run in Wisconsin than any other state. Spending at $10.8 million in the Badger state, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks federal races.

Of Politics, Bigotry and Stupidity

Thursday, October 28, AD 2010

A week before the Presidential election in 1884, the Reverend Samuel D. Burchard, a Presbyterian minister, at a Republican gathering denounced the Democrats as the party of “Rum, Romanism and Rebellion”.  James G. Blaine, the Republican candidate, denounced the anti-Catholic remarks three days later, but it was too late and Blaine lost the election.  The memorable phrase helped cement most Catholics as Democrats for a century.

Now the Minnesota Democrat Farmer Labor Party (Minnesota Democrats) are doing their best to help drive Catholics into the arms of the Republican Party with this piece of tripe:

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  • It’s an asinine ad, but I would tend to doubt that the progenitor had Catholic priests in mind. Minnesota is chock-a-block with Lutherans:


  • I doubt Art if even in Minnesota the first thing that people think of when they view that ad is a Lutheran minister.

  • Lutherans are a small minority in the country at large but abnormally concentrated in the upper Midwest. Spelunking about I found a datum that fully a third of the population of Minnesota identify themselves as Lutherans. Another quarter identify themselves as Catholics. There is likely a small population of Anglicans and Orthodox in Minnesota as well. That would mean roughly 60% of the population of Minnesota identifies themselves with a denomination where the clergy wear collars, or likely around two-thirds of those who would offer the pollster a denomination if asked. That being the case, the generic image of the clergyman in Minnesota would likely be a man with a collar, and in Minnesota it is Lutherans (not Catholics) who are the mode.

    Still, that’s Hendrick Hertzberg’s image of the clergy. Not too sweet.

  • The story says they claim the ad was “taken out of context”!!! The ultimate lamo excuse – that just makes it worse!!! So what is the context that somehow makes it better (context never provided)?

  • Hmm…now that I read the alleged context (Disputations has it), I am still not completely convinced that some animosity toward religion (and Catholics in particular) didn’t play a part, but it is possible that gross stupidity and really really really bad judgment had a bigger role.

  • Perhaps it is more a reference to Lutherans. Perhaps, even as the linked AOL story at Disputations notes, it qualifies its message and thus is not anti-Catholic but rather pokes at an implied hypocrisy of a Pentacostal minister.

    I do find the second more difficult. Certainly Pentacostals and probably Lutherans do not have neo-gothic altars with St. Anthony front and center.

    Perhaps they’re clumsily drawing attention to the faith of Hall. Though in the second photo I suspect they are clearly using Catholic imagery. Is that anti-Catholic? Let’s ask NPR 🙂

  • Ah, the good old day, when the Dems were the party of rum, romanism, and rebellion… three praiseworthy things!

  • To me it looks like the ads are intended to point out that Dan Hall is a hypocrite. I don’t find them anti-Catholic. I think the ads against Dan Webster which criticize him for quoting scripture and the ridiculing of Christine O’Donnell for stating Church teaching are anti-Christian/Catholic.

  • Thank God for these comments. I thought I was the only one thinking this.

    I don;t see these ads as Anti Catholic. I think in a sense they are quite clever in making trying to make a Catholic Social Justice argument. Now people might disagree with that argument of the application of that argument but it needs to replied to with a Social Justice argument. NOT shrill cries of anti Catholicism.

    THere is plenty of anti Catholicism around that is for sure. But I don’t see it here

  • The image in the 2d flyer is distinctly Catholic.

    It would not surprise me, however, to discover that the progenitors of this mess could not recognize the difference between a Catholic church and a Quaker meeting house. Using a statue of St. Anthony to make a snide point against a minister of the Assemblies of God seems … confused.

  • “I think in a sense they are quite clever in making trying to make a Catholic Social Justice argument.”

    Only if we redefine clever as mindboggingly stupid jh.

  • Yes, it is clever – progressively clever.

  • ““I think in a sense they are quite clever in making trying to make a Catholic Social Justice argument.”

    Only if we redefine clever as mindboggingly stupid jh.”

    Well I don’t see it as stupid. Everyone knopws Catholic Priests and the Church don’t hate the poor. Everyone knows the famous scripture verse is Blessed be the Poor.

    It seems to have worked because everyone is talking about it and the best it appears we can do is shout anti Catholicism without responding back with arguments. Sort of like it is the new racist.

    So I find it effective so far, I hate that but so far the response to this has not been that clever to me

  • Well I don’t see it as stupid. Everyone knopws Catholic Priests and the Church don’t hate the poor.

    Really? Are you forgetting about all the rhetoric from the left during Obamcare debate? There were lot of accusations about Catholics hating the poor. Silly, ignorant, crazy even, but it is definitely there.

  • “It seems to have worked because everyone is talking about it”

    Yes, as an example of raw bigotry. The Democrat opposing Dan Hall has disowned it. If this ad is “working” jh, it is working for the Republicans.

  • Here is another example of anti-Catholic prejudice this election season:


  • If this were done to Muslims, someone would have been decapitated or blown to bits already, and others would be without jobs, and the whole media would be ablaze with fresh convictions that we are a racist and bigoted country.

    It really is the last acceptable form of bigotry. That’s why I can, only with the greatest of effort, muster anything beyond the level of disgust and contempt to interact with one of these blind hypocrites.

  • this is clearly targeted at Catholics since the recent DVD promoting the campaign against gay marriage. An odd position for an eveangelical, but anti-Catholic still sells well in MN

  • I was sort of on the fence when it was just the collar; the follow-up ad pretty much sealed it.

    They’re either invoking Christianity is Catholic (a dumb move) or they’re attacking the Church. (a REALLY dumb move)

    On a side note: a lot of folks who self-identify as Catholic can’t stand the traditional Catholic stuff like a guy in black with a Roman collar or the shiny, elaborate alcove with the statue. They also tend to be rather liberal… take as you will.

  • “Certainly Pentacostals and probably Lutherans do not have neo-gothic altars with St. Anthony front and center”

    I have seen pictures of at least one Lutheran church in Central Illinois that does appear to have a sort of “neo gothic” altar or reredos up front (this was a wedding picture of the bride and groom posing in front of the altar, for what it’s worth). I didn’t see any statues, though, and I highly doubt that any Lutheran church would have statues.

    Nevertheless, I am sometimes startled by the liturgical similarities between Catholics and (some) Lutherans… their Sunday services often follow the same cycle of readings that ours do, and I once attended a Lutheran funeral whose order of service was strikingly similar to the Liturgy of the Word/Eucharist that we have.

    Even so, the second ad is definitely anti-Catholic. The first ad probably is also although there are Protestant clergy who wear Roman collars.

Political Miscellania 10\27\10

Wednesday, October 27, AD 2010

A roundup of recent political news less than a week before the election.

1.  Debbie Does Delusion-  Reason TV Porker of the Month is one of my favorite internet monthly videos.  Debbie Wasserman-Schultz , Congresswoman for Florida 20, is one of the more telegenic of the Democrat members of Congress, and one of the most eager to appear on television.  It is said that one of the most dangerous places to be in DC is between her and a tv camera.  Somehow though, I doubt if she will appreciate her Reason TV feature.  Her pro-life opponent Karen Harrington has been waging an aggressive uphill campaign.  It is an overwhelmingly blue district, but if it is a night for political miracles next Tuesday, I hope that Karen Harrington can free Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for a full time TV career.

2.  To Dream the Impossible Dream-Speaking of uphill fights, John Dennis, a libertarian Republican, has been going full bore against Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, and fondly designated by me as The Lying Worthless Political Hack.  California 8 in San Francisco is the blue heart of liberalism in this country, and therefore it would take a political earthquake of biblical proportions for Dennis to win, but that hasn’t stopped him from campaigning with endless energy and humor:

If a candidate deserves to win simply due to energy, style and sheer brio, it is John Dennis.  May Saint Jude be paying attention to this race.

3.  How Low Can He Go?- Harris interactive poll had the President at 37% approval yesterday, a new low mark for him.  Coincidentally, on Monday our post-partisan President said that Republicans were welcome to work with him as long as they sit in the back of the bus.  “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”  It’s a generous offer Mr. President, but after next Tuesday I think the Republicans will be sitting up front with you.

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Monday, October 25, AD 2010

The midterm elections are upon us a week from tomorrow, so it is time for predictions.  Predictions are harder than normal this year because we are dealing with an unprecedented situation in modern American politics.  Never before have the Republicans been so far ahead on almost every generic Congressional ballot, and never have they enjoyed such a large enthusiasm gap between their voters and voters who intend to vote for Democrats.  Additionally, never before have the Republicans fielded so many well-funded candidates in traditional Democrat strongholds.  This is political terra incognita.  Almost all serious political analysts believe that the GOP will take more than the 39 seats necessary to take the House, with some of the chief prognosticators making the following predictions:  Larry Sabato (47), RCP (”up to 57?), Charlie Cook (52), Jay Cost (61), and Nate Silver (51).

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  • The people who do this for a living (e.g. the Rothenberg Political Report) are predicting the federal legislature will have something close to a 50-50 split, with a modest Republican advantage in the House and a modest Democratic advantage in the Senate.

    The current President is not Gerald Ford. He does not have an extensive history (or any history) of negotiating with the political opposition. The Governor of Minnesota has said the President shows no evidence of being able to set priorities in the manner of an ordinary political executive and we can see the Democratic Congressional caucus could not do so either. The Republican Party remains addled by the notions of Arthur Laffer and Grover Norquist. With these characters, we face the severest fiscal challenge of the post-bellum period. I do not think this is going to end well.

    A wave of sovereign defaults is not going to be pretty. The U.S. military taking a page from their Uruguayan counterparts, ca. 1973, is not going to be pretty either.

  • The funny thing is that everything seems to be trending up for the GOP in the House and down in the Senate as far as polls are concerned. The said, it’s looking something like a 65-70 seat gain in the House for the Republicans. I’m going to say that it will be an even ten seat pickup in the Senate to give the GOP a majority. I think Don’s spot on with the local races.

    As to what this will all mean – I’ll write about that after election day.

  • 82, 11 and 32? I hope you are right.

  • Would it not be more prudent to wait until after the elections to give your predictions?
    Will you not also give us the weather predictions? the state of the stock market? who will win the Super Bowl?

    Predictions are a mug’s game. What purpose do they serve? what benefit?

  • Would it not be more prudent to wait until after the elections to give your predictions?

    At that point they would no longer be accurately called predictions, but rather a reporting of facts.

    Predictions are a mug’s game. What purpose do they serve? what benefit?

    It’s called having some fun with politics. Relax and enjoy.

  • The national debt has ballooned by $5,000,000,000,000.00 since Squeaker pelosi promised no new deficit spending in the 2007 liberal takeover of conress.

    Obama stated that if THEY let him borrow $2,500,000,000,000.00 (next year it will approach $4,000,000,000,000.00), unemployment would not exceed 8% – it is 9.4% and they keep subtracting numbers from the denominator.

    Anyone besides me and the tea party know why Obamacare does not body slam us until 2013?

    The only states with private sector job rowth are Red states.

    Eat when you’re hungry.
    Drink when you’re dry.
    If the sky don’t fall in,
    You’ll live ’til you die!

    Big government is the problem, not the solution.

  • I will be honored to cast my first vote as a Californian against Missus Boxer.

  • I am voting for Toomey and Corbett in Pennsylvania.
    I hope that Donald’s predictions come true.

    I predict that the GOP will gain at least 70 seats in the House and at least 9 seats in the Senate.

  • You’re in California, Joe? Here’s to casting our votes against Babs “Call me Senator” Boxer!

Andrew Klavan on Extremists

Thursday, October 21, AD 2010

In a nation where 40% of the population identify as conservatives, it is hilarious that we have what is laughingly referred to as the mainstream media which tilts overwhelmingly to the left, and purports to determine which candidates are “moderate” and which are “mainstream”.  However, in the age of the internet, the power of the mainstream media is a diminishing asset, especially when such examples as NPR firing liberal Juan Williams for stating that he is nervous on a plane when he sees passengers in traditional muslim garbindicate clearly who the intolerant extremists truly are.

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Political Miscellania 10\20\10

Wednesday, October 20, AD 2010

A roundup of political news less than two weeks from the midterm elections.

1.  Kentucky Fried Political Suicide-Jack Conway decided to lose the Kentucky Senate Race with a bang not a whimper.  His video resurrects a college prank pulled by Rand Paul almost three decades ago and attempts to use it to brand Paul an apostate from Christianity.  I have seen lots of ludicrous attack ads over the years but this one takes the case.  And the woman who was tied up in the prank?  Here is her take:

The woman — who was made available to me for an interview by GQ reporter Jason Zengerle in response to the Paul campaign’s denunciations of his article — said she didn’t mean to imply that she was kidnapped “in a legal sense.”

“The whole thing has been blown out of proportion,” she told me. “They didn’t force me, they didn’t make me. They were creating this drama: `We’re messing with you.'”

The woman said that much of the subsequent coverage of her allegations missed a key nuance: As a participant in a college ritual, where lines between acquiescence and victimization are often blurry, she was largely playing along with the notion that she was being forced to follow Paul’s orders.

“I went along because they were my friends,” she said. “There was an implicit degree of cooperation in the whole thing. I felt like I was being hazed.”

By all accounts the ad is backfiring big time on Conway and will probably ensure a double digit Paul victory.  Most voters understand that college students are young and often immature, at least I was,  and can act in fairly foolish ways at times as a result.  Besides, attempting to turn this into an attack on Paul’s religious faith is misplaced.  I am as confident as I can be that when Paul was tying up the coed the last thing on his mind was religion.

2.  Ohio Fried Political Suicide-Steve Driehaus is the Democrat Congressman for Ohio 1.  He doesn’t want you to see the ad above.  He is desperate because he trails his opponent Steve Chabot by double digits according to a recent poll.  He is one of the incumbent Democrat Congressmen who have been cast adrift by the Democrat party because their re-election races appear hopeless.  He is also one of the “pro-life” Democrat Congressman who voted for ObamaCare.    The Susan B. Anthony List paid for a billboard to remind the constituents of Driehaus that ObamaCare allows for public funding of abortions.  Driehaus complained to the Ohio Election Commission, claiming that the ad is misleading.  A hearing is scheduled for the end of October.  The attorneys for Driehaus strong armed the owner of the billboard not to allow the ad until the Commission has issued a ruling.  The President of the Susan B. Anthony List Marjorie Dannenfelser has stated in regard to Driehaus and his lack of familiarity with the first amendment:

The Ohio Elections Commission has allowed Steve Driehaus to achieve his strategic objective of preventing constituents from learning the truth about his vote in favor of taxpayer funding of abortion in the health care reform bill. We are disappointed and surprised that the complaint was not immediately dismissed. The fact that the health care reform bill allows for taxpayer funding of abortion has been agreed upon by every major pro-life group in the country, including National Right to Life, Americans United for Life, Focus on the Family, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The larger problem here is a public official’s attempt to use a criminal statue to silence legitimate debate on his record. The proper place for public policy debate is in the public square, not in an Elections Commission or criminal court. The SBA List will see this process through to the end and vigorously defend our position that the health care reform bill, supported by Steve Driehaus, allows for taxpayer funding of abortion. Moreover, we will use every vehicle possible within our First Amendment rights to communicate this message to the people of Congressman Steve Driehaus’ district between now and the hearing.

Of course by attempting to suppress the billboard, Driehaus has ensured that it has been seen by far more people over the internet and in newspaper and television stories than would have ever seen the billboard.  Brilliant.  Desperate and stupid is a poor combination in politics.

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  • I’m guessing the Seavey-Rittelmeyer relationship didn’t last because it’s awfully difficult to carry on an adult relationship with a 40-year-old guy who still lives in his mother’s basement.

    As I’ve noted on other occasions, libertarianism is an ideology for the unserious and the childless. Most serious people “graduate” from libertarianism roughly about the same time they graduate from college.

  • “didn’t last because it’s awfully difficult to carry on an adult relationship with a 40-year-old guy who still lives in his mother’s basement.”

    Words for women to live by Jay!

  • “I’m guessing the Seavey-Rittelmeyer relationship didn’t last because it’s awfully difficult to carry on an adult relationship with a 40-year-old guy who still lives in his mother’s basement.”

    Such family values! Such respect for the traditional family!

  • Karlson a 40 year old guy, of at least normal intellect and health, living in his mom’s basement has nothing to do with family values and everything to do with pathetic.

  • Among desperate (for re-election) statesmen truth, facts, realities, history are weapons. And they are putty in their hands. They use them to assassinate the opposition, or to construct a fabrication, to win at all costs and do good as they see it. And whatever they need to distort or omit is justified by their purity of intentions – and they always have the purest of intentions!

    From ‘Epitaphs of the War; 1914 – 1918’; R. Kipling

    I could not dig: I dared not rob:
    Therefore I lied to please the mob.
    Now all my lies are proved untrue
    And I must face the men I slew.
    What tale shall serve me here among
    Mine angry and defrauded young?

    2. There is no such animal as a pro-life democrat.

  • Thankfully not all libertarians are like Mr. Seavey. After listening to the C-SPAN panel, I caught this episode of Blogginheads (cause there’s not a lot to do in my Mom’s basement) with socially conservative libertarian Tim Carney. Here is a relevant excerpt.

  • There is no such animal as a pro-life democrat.

    I am related to and friends with many of these “animals”, many of whom are deeply involved in pro-life work as well as political issues (such as assisting the Prop 8 campaign in California.) So, yes, they do exist.

  • There are pro-life Democrats. What are rare to the point of extinction are Pro-Life Democrat politicians, at least at the national level.

  • According to this, Conway has cut Paul’s lead in half since the “Aqua Buddha” ad started running. While I think the ad is preposterous and infantile, it doesn’t seem that was political suicide. In fact, in may end up being political homicide.

  • We shall find out soon enough MJ. With all due respect to Rasmussen, I stand by my prediction of a double digit Rand win. He was in a very strong position prior to the ad, and I stand by my contention that the ad has blown up in the face of Conway.

  • As a former resident of California, I am very interested in how the Boxer/Fiorina race plays out. I would like to see Boxer ousted (and everyone can tell Deb that I am biased in this case!).

  • Donald

    Once again, you mock the traditional family.

  • Karlson, you are beyond parody.

  • Donald

    You seem to ignore traditional family values. You mock them.

  • (Guest comment from Don’s wife Cathy): RE: “Ohio Fried Political Suicide” above, Rush Limbaugh mentioned on his show Wednesday (10/20) about Cincinnati high school students being taken by vanloads to early voting during school hours, handed sample ballots for Democrat candidates only, and then taken out for ice cream afterwards. Apparently the students were also escorted into the early voting area by operatives for Rep. Driehaus. Go here http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20101018/NEWS010702/10190308/ for the full story from the local Cincinnati media.

  • Once again, you mock the traditional family.

    To my knowledge, it is quite traditional to look askance at a grown (indeed, middle-aged) man who despite no disability lives off his parents rather than being a support to them. Indeed, this is all the more the case among those who have maintained that traditional understanding that just as it is the duty of parents to be a support to their children in their youth, it is the duty of children to be a support to parents in their old age.

    Living with one’s relatives as an active support is certainly not to be mocked, but having a hobby rather than a job at age forty is — except among the idle rich, who can be mocked for that instead.

  • having a hobby rather than a job at age forty is — except among the idle rich, who can be mocked for that instead.

    I think the video identifies Seavey with the American Council on Science and Health, an advocacy group. One might raise the possibility that his current living situation is intended to be temporary and derived from a recent dismissal. (From looking at him I would guess his age is closer to fifty than forty, but perhaps my vanity requires that).

  • Art,

    I don’t think Seavey actually lives in his Mom’s basement. That’s just a stereotype about libertarians in general.

  • DarwinCatholic

    What was mocked is that he lived at home with his mother. Living in the same home as one’s parents is quite traditional — many families have been known to live together in a multi-generational home until modern times, where the family has been deconstructed. Again, it is rather peculiar for people who claim to be “pro-family” mock people who are with their family (in whatever capacity).

  • Two points.

    First, I don’t care about Paul’s infantile behavior. I do care that he is an acolyte of Ayn Rand, which is msot certainly not compatible with Christianity.

    Second, Donald’s liberalism comes through again. Living with one’s parents is a sign of virtue, a sign of real family values, not the atomistic nuclear family (a recent invention of the individualistic west) that are held to such esteem around here.

  • What was mocked is that he lived at home with his mother.

    Not “with his mother.” In his mother’s basement. It’s not mocking the family or inter-generational living arrangements to point out that middle-aged men should generally be financially self-sufficient (and ‘living in his mother’s basement’ in our culture is short-hand for ‘still financially supported by his parents’). This ideal of course can be modified for unfortunate economic circumstances or short transition periods (for example, I moved back in with my parents for about six weeks – with a wife and child, no less – several years ago. And that’s when I started blogging…(j/k) ). In any case, the ideal of middle-aged financial independence from one’s parents is hardly an attack on the family.

  • Really guys? An otherwise self-reliant 40-year old man living with his parents – not because he’s assisting them or because has some traditional concept of the nuclear family – but because he’s incapable of making it on his own, is a “sign of virtue?”

    There is a reason there’s no parody site of Vox-Nova. It provides the self-parody in spades.

  • And here you see, folks, the promotion of individualism instead of interdependence, how everyone must make it on their own, instead of as families. This is an incredible assault on traditional family values.

  • “First, I don’t care about Paul’s infantile behavior. I do care that he is an acolyte of Ayn Rand, which is msot certainly not compatible with Christianity.

    Second, Donald’s liberalism comes through again. Living with one’s parents is a sign of virtue, a sign of real family values, not the atomistic nuclear family (a recent invention of the individualistic west) that are held to such esteem around here.”

    Paul is fiercely pro-life Tony which is not in accord with the pro-abort views of the late Ayn Rand, although her views on that issue are in accord with the Democrat politicians who you usually vote for.

    In regard to a 40 year old man of normal intellect and health living in his Mommy’s basement, if it is liberal to consider that to be a disgrace, then just call me bleeding hemophiliac heart Don!

  • I will note that, to echo what John Henry said, sometimes stuff happens and people are forced into temporary living arrangements due to short-term economic setbacks. I’m sure Seavey wasn’t thrilled to have move back home (assuming he had to move back and hasn’t been there all along). But to act like he’s a paragon example of the traditional family for so doing is a bit farcical.

  • BA wrote: I don’t think Seavey actually lives in his Mom’s basement. That’s just a stereotype about libertarians in general.

    I think the stereotype is as amusing as the next guy, but Jay was joking, right? Seavey obviously has some emotional maturity issues – the clip was painfully awkward – but I also assume he doesn’t actually live in his mom’s basement (uh, not that there’s anything wrong with that per se, for our more sensitive readers).

  • I think the stereotype is as amusing as the next guy, but Jay was joking, right?

    Wow, so we’ve basically been debating something which isn’t an actual fact. Yikes.

  • Yeah, I think perhaps this is what happens when we take things a bit too literally. Jay, this is all your fault. 🙂

  • Well, I think Jay made a joke. Then Henry took the joke seriously, and suggested it was an attack on the traditional family and all that is right in the world. Then we’ve basically been responding to Henry by saying that criticizing someone for living in their mother’s basement =/ criticizing the family. As usual, we haven’t really gotten anywhere, but, yeah, we’ve been debating whether Henry’s criticism of Jay’s joke was valid.

  • In regard to a 40 year old man of normal intellect and health living in his Mommy’s basement, if it is liberal to consider that to be a disgrace, then just call me bleeding hemophiliac heart Don!

    There are bachelors in this world. It is a truncated life, but not a dishonorable one. It is also correllated with, but not identified with, antecedent personal deficiencies.

    There are also problems in this world in the realm of eldercare, and when you do not have a family and your siblings do, the hands on tasks are yours, like it or lump it. The most practical solution may involve living in a piece of real estate on which the mortgage has been paid off because the house was purchased in 1970.

    I have not a clue as to what Todd Seavey’s domestic situation actually is and there came a point in that graceless exercise of his where I could not watch anymore. That having been said, it does not require much imagination to conceive of circumstances where a middle-aged man might be living with his mother because it was necessary for them both. I have known men who had to live that life.

  • Yikes.

    Anyway, the nuclear family is atomistic? Compared to the old (sadly passed) Italian model maybe it is (and I do want grandparents and cousins around my kids as much as possible), but it is not inherently atomistic. In fact, the nuclear family is a reflection of the Trinity itself, as many become one in spirit and flesh. The nuclear family is the very foundation of a good society.

    The concept of one man, one woman, and children for life is our greatest shared heritage, and a source of spiritual health, wealth, and cultural continuity.

    This “Western invention” deserves to be held in high esteem, and it is not opposed at all to close relationships with other family members.

  • Yes, it was joke. LOL!

    I was dogging the guy on both his obvious emotional immaturity and on his libertarianism. As BA points out, libertarians are often stereotyped as guys living in their mom’s basement smoking pot and reading porn.

    But reading the comments in response has been a riot. LOL! Literally, LMAO! Please keep it up.

  • Amazing. Simply amazing. Beyond words.

  • And here you see, folks, the promotion of individualism instead of interdependence, how everyone must make it on their own, instead of as families. This is an incredible assault on traditional family values.

    Whether you live in a stem family or not or whether your cousins are around the corner or on the other side of the continent, generally it is the middle-aged men in a nuclear, stem, or extended family who bear the brunt of doing the earning, not septuagenarian women.

  • This thread now goes into the TAC Hall of Fame. I would like to thank Henry Karlson, without whose able assistance this would not have been possible. Time to call on the TAC Hall of Fame cockatiel for a fanfare:

Political Miscellania 10\14\10

Thursday, October 14, AD 2010

A roundup of recent political news.

1.  O’Donnell-Coons race- Christine O’Donnell takes aim in the above video at the major weakness of Chris Coons in the Delaware Senate race:  he does have a history of being in favor of tax increases.  Saturday Night Live mocks O’Donnell’s “I am not a witch” ad here.  Polls show O’Donnell some 16-20 points behind Coons.  In a normal election year I would assume that she had no chance, but this is far from a normal election year.  Additionally Mike Castle had a substantial lead over O’Donnell in the polls until a few days before she beat him in the Delaware primary.

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  • From Gateway Pundit:

    Ms. O’Donnell said, “I would argue that more people would support my Catholic beliefs than his Marxist beliefs.”

    Gateway: “No wonder the state-run media hates her. She keeps bringing up the facts that they do not want disclosed.


    “Coons then lied about his “Bearded Marxist” essay. He said it was satire when clearly it was not.”

    “The Caucus reported:

    “‘A feisty, aggressive Ms. O’Donnell called Mr. Coons a Marxist whose beliefs came from a socialist professor and said he would “rubber stamp” the policies of the Democrats in Washington. Mr. Coons raised questions about whether Ms. O’Donnell’s faith would drive her positions on social issues like abortion, prayer and evolution.'”

    In other words he said, Faithful Catholics shouldn’t be elected. Like: “Irish need not apply.”

    I’d vote for her in a heartbeat.

    PS: Keep moderating my comments. Every so often I feel the need to let you know what I really think.

  • I hope the GOP is gunning for 100 seats in the House and 13 in the Senate. Nov. 2/3 are going to be fun!!

  • What are your thoughts on the GOP getting the Senate? What I read at the NYT’s blog (the only one I’ve been following) says GOP a little short at 47-48, with 50 in a best case scenario, but I don’t know if you’ve seen info to make you think differently.

  • based on everything I’ve seen, here’s how it looks for the Senate pickups-

    Mortal locks: North Dakota, Indiana, Arkansas
    Close to mortal lock: Pennsylvania
    Very likely: Wisconsin, West Virginia

    So that’s six that are just about sure things. Real Clear Politics also have Buck in CO and Angle in NV in the pickup category, but those are closer. But I think both will win.

    That basically means the GOP has to pick up two of the following: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, New York (Gillebrand), and Washington. DE and NY are probably going to be held, and I’m starting to thing Fiorina is a longshot in CA. That one, though, might hinge to some degree on the governor’s race. I think Rossi pulls it out in WA, leaving CT and IL as the key races. Don and Elaine might have some better idea about the IL race, but I have no idea. Blumenthal probably wins in CT, but that is going to come down the wire.

    So I see a minimum 9 seat pickup, leaving it at 50/50, with technical control by the Dems because of Biden. (I should note that no GOP seat is really in any danger. The closest is Paul in Kentucky, and he’s up 6). Right now I lean towards the GOp picking up that 51st seat.

    As for the House, I don’t even think anyone remotely believes the Dems will retain control The question is really just a matter of how large the GOP majority will be. The way things are going it looks like the only safe Dem seat is going to be the one in my district with Van Hollen, naturally.

  • Of course “GOP” control in the Senate does not necessarily translate into legislation you may want to see (or see reversed), as long as RINOs remain.

  • As a registered Republican, I wish I could say that I would be happy if the GOP re-took the legislature. But on what could I base such hopefulness?

    Oh joy, the top marginal tax rate will drop by 3%. Yay.

    Meanwhile, poor and working people of faith will be expected to stay on the GOP plantation like good little house crackers while homosexual marriage and federally-funded abortion are rammed down our throats and we’re forced to send our kids to be educated in the secular cesspool that is modern Fox Media culture. I’m so excited.

  • One addendum: I should probably put West Virginia in the same category as Nevada and Colorado. It’s a little tighter than I thought.

  • Unexpectedly, new unemployment insurance claims were reported at 462,000 (above the 455,000 dem propaganda media expectation).

    Added Obamonomics bonus: the inflation rate (including food and fuel you must have to live) is 4.8% annualized.

    Misey Index: 14.4 (9.6 + 4.8).

    I would argue that more people support economic opportunity and prosperity than dem/socialist myths.

  • But, at least the GOP will hopefully stop Obama’s assault on America. If the GOP can stop another huge bill from being passed like Obamacare was, then I’ll be happy for now.

  • I predict the GOP will take the Senate by flipping the following seats: Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Indiana, Arkansas, Nevada, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Washington, Illinois and Colorado. That will give them 51. I also predict that Lieberman will caucus with the Republicans and that Ben Nelson will switch parties. There may be more Democrat switchers. This election is going to be a cataclysm for the Democrats, especially after they achieved what many of them perceived as political dominance for the foreseeable future in 2008, and some Democrat office holders are going to decide that it is better to switch than fight in 2012.

  • Re IL Senate race: I think it will go to the GOP but not by much, due to the fact that Mark Kirk is about as RINO as they come, plus he has run a rather lousy campaign marked by repeated gaffes and misstatements/lies about his voting record and even his military record. He is about as inspiring as a wet noodle IMHO, but if the alternative is “mob banker” and lib Dem/Obama buddy Alexi Giannoulias, some (not all) GOP voters may be able to hold their noses long enough to vote for him.

  • As usual I agree with my colleague from the Land of Lincoln. The pro-abort Rino Kirk has been running an atrocious campaign, but running against a mobbed up banker, Kirk will win it, barely. I will not vote for Kirk however. I will leave that space blank on my ballot.

  • Ach. There are three competitive U.S. House races in the broadcast zone of my local television stations. These characters + my local state Senator + Andrew Cuomo and all the ads are repulsive. The only one making an attempt to present herself as something resembling a human being is Tracy Flick Kirsten Gillibrand. I think I have found a solution.

  • Will she tell us Glenn and Bill are commies?

  • I don’t know Karlson, did they ever call themselves Bearded Marxists? O’Donnell’s point, which obviously sailed right by you, is that what is laughingly referred to as the mainstream media keeps harping on witchcraft with her, while giving her opponent a complete pass on his self-description of becoming a Bearded Marxist while in college. She is of course correct on this. Note Wolfe Blitzer “helpfully”, when she brings up the subject, asking Coons about it and saying that it was “a long time ago”, being completely unconscious that O’Donnell’s reference to witchcraft was in 1999 and referred to her teen years, also a very long time ago, and after attempting to body slam O’Donnell for a comment she made on evolution 12 years before.

  • Well, Karlson, maybe the deficit would be down if the “poor” who aren’t so poor here in America in comparison to third world countries paid there “fair” share of taxes instead of being funded by the taxpayers so they can buy fancy jewelry and other luxury items? I think everyone in America should pay there fair share of taxes ( including the poor) and just maybe we’ll get the deficit under control.

  • But, at least the GOP will hopefully stop Obama’s assault on America. If the GOP can stop another huge bill from being passed like Obamacare was, then I’ll be happy for now.

    Well, we might have some harmony and concord here. For me, if we have to go the next two years with no substantial social progress, it is worth it given we now have health care reform.

    Add to that the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the bill controlling Credit Card companies cheating consumers, student loan reform, and DC Budget Automony — none, including health care reform, whch will be repealed — I’m not too worried about a two year rest.

  • “There are three competitive U.S. House races in the broadcast zone of my local television stations”

    This is one time of year when I am eternally grateful that I no longer have a TV and just watch everything online — I am spared the constant barrage of political ads that tube watchers suffer through. Yes, there are political ads online and I do see them quite often but they aren’t nearly as annoying or obtrusive. (FWIW, the political ad I see most frequently online is for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady. Whether that’s due to his targeting the online audience, the fact that I gravitate to more news-oriented and conservative blogs, or both, I can’t say.)

    Normally I only watch TV when I am somewhere like a doctor’s office, oil change place, etc. where there happens to be a TV on. The day before the Illinois primary in February I happened to be in one of those places for about 2 hours. The incessant pummelling of political ads just about drove me nuts.

  • “Well, we might have some harmony and concord here. For me, if we have to go the next two years with no substantial social progress, it is worth it given we now have health care reform.”

    Apparently someone still believes in the tooth fairy. 🙂

    That aside, it would be interesting to know how Kurt believes those things mentioned are necessarily “social progress.”

  • We need to keep this fresh in everybody’s mind until Nov. The justice and peace cadre thinks we peasants will forget about it by Nov.

    Let’s prove them wrong.


    24,000,000 DOLLARS




  • I guess the one good thing about living in the People’s Republic of Maryland and the absence of competitive elections is that I am not inundated with ads as is Art. The only thing getting any play is the Ehrlich-O’Malley race.

  • Donald

    When she explains what communism is, it’s “raising taxes.” Seriously. Glenn Beck is a commie! Who knew?

  • No Karlson what she was doing was mentioning that one of the “Marxist beliefs” of Mr. Coons is his affinity for raising taxes which elides into her theme that he is a tax raiser. Once again, however, her main point was the rank hypocrisy of attacking her for the witchcraft remark and giving Coons a complete pass on his Bearded Marxist self-description.

  • Add to that the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the bill controlling Credit Card companies cheating consumers, student loan reform, and DC Budget Automony — none, including health care reform, whch will be repealed — I’m not too worried about a two year rest.

    Of which component of the Democratic Party are you on the payroll?

  • I would not mind the ads, Paul. But most of them are of the ‘my opponent tortures puppies’ variety. The Republican ads do tend to focus more on legislative votes than personal history, so the unpleasantness is not uniform.

  • Yeah, the few ads I have seen are by O’Malley, and they’re all just pretty much of the “Bob Ehrlich wants you to suffer and die” variety. In fact, between this election and the 2006 election I don’t think I have seen one positive ad for either Governor O’Malley or Senator Cardin. Unfortunately I also get the Virginia ads as well, and least year I got to hear all about how Bob McDonnell was going to enlist the Taliban to aid his administration. As you say, the unpleasantness has not been uniform as both McDonnell and Ehrlich are able to actually say what they want to do.

  • As usual (is this thing on?) I look forward to not voting for a single candidate from my own party, a lot of write-ins and perhaps checking the box for a few Constitution Party candidates.

    The Consumer Protection and Financial blah blah blah Act…heh, that was a good one. I hear Helicopter Ben plans on dropping another stadium full of greenbacks onto the peasants pretty soon, to make sure inflation goes up as quickly as possible.

    Cahn’t have food and energy prices going too low now, cahn we?

  • The Social Security administration is funding $24,000,000 dollars”

    Before you get all panicked about that, check out this link:


    Long story short: the $24 million in question is NOT — repeat, IS NOT — coming from withholding Social Security COLAs. It’s coming from stimulus funds. The “withholding” of the Social Security COLA is due to the fact that it is tied to the rate of inflation and other factors and those factors did not compute an increase being necessary for this year.

  • Elaine, et al,

    I know! The situation is more tragic, and our politician/ostriches have their collective heads in the sand.

    The $24MM is an infinitessimal part of the $1.4 trillion ($1.2 trillion last year) 2011 federal deficit.

    Robert’s Rule, Point of information: the fed gov has spent almost all the surplus $$$$ that we the people paid into the SS Trust Fund; and replaced it with IOU’s (non-public US Treasury debt instruments). All taxpayers will need to poney up general fund taxes to repay to the SS Trust Fund so it can pay benefits when (in a precious few years) the SS tax receipts are less than the current benefits obligation payables due to the rapidly expanding 65-plus portion of the population.

    Or else, Ben Bernanke will have to print $50 trillion in crisp $1 million bills (Michelle’s face on the front) to pay poor, old pensioners. Our Chinese financiers will NOT like that. They may foreclose . . .

    Linus, help me out here!

Let's Send a Pro-Life Rocket Scientist to Congress!

Monday, October 11, AD 2010

I have often said that politics is not rocket science, but now we have a rocket scientist running for Congress!  Ruth McClung is a physicist who works as a rocket scientist.  She is strongly pro-life:

The value of life should not be taken lightly. Should I be elected, I would stand for the life of unborn babies. I would stand for protection of our elderly. I would also fight to defend animals against cruelty. Society must stand for those who cannot defend themselves or society is lost.

President Lyndon B Johnson said, “You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is, knowing what is right.” I believe this statement is applicable to abortion.

I doubt that many would argue that the taking of an innocent life is wrong. The argument then begins with the question, “When does that life become a baby.”  Since I have an aunt and a cousin that both spent less time in the womb than many late term abortion babies, I cannot believe that those babies are not fully human and do not deserve the full rights of humans, including the right to life. I will support the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. My opponent is one of the 71 co-sponsors of H.R. 1964, which would nullify the national ban on partial-birth abortion.

I am also convinced that the humanity of a baby has nothing to do with whether or not it is in the womb.  At a “million cells” is it just cells, then at a “million and one cells” is it human?  There is no dividing line between non-life and life. We cannot devalue a human life in this way.  We must stand for life from the first cell!  If not, then we start down a dangerous path that will quickly lead to a culture of death in our society.  Is it not always better to error on the side of life?

I do not believe that many would suggest a young girl should do something that would cause her emotional pain for the rest of her life.  This brings me to the second life that abortion hurts – it is the life of the would-be mother.  We are giving young girls a huge choice that will affect them for the rest of their lives.  We need a society that stands up for these girls.  I understand that a girl may not be able to take care of a child at that point in her life, but I can say with surety that there will always be a family waiting to adopt that child. This will release that girl from the emotional burden that she may carry for the rest of her life.

Together, let’s stand for the value of life.

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  • Here’s the problem.

    That is all well and good, but listening to the video, it seems Ms. McClung is insufficiently grounded in the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church.

    Apparently, she does not promote or defend the Church’s social teachings.

    It seems she would not fulfill Christ’s mandate to love and minister to the least of his brethren.

    BARF! Channeling the abortion catholic voter. GAG!

  • “Since I have an aunt and a cousin that both spent less time in the womb than many late term abortion babies, I cannot believe that those babies are not fully human and do not deserve the full rights of humans, including the right to life. I will support the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. My opponent is one of the 71 co-sponsors of H.R. 1964, which would nullify the national ban on partial-birth abortion.

    “I am also convinced that the humanity of a baby has nothing to do with whether or not it is in the womb. At a “million cells” is it just cells, then at a “million and one cells” is it human? There is no dividing line between non-life and life. We cannot devalue a human life in this way. We must stand for life from the first cell! If not, then we start down a dangerous path that will quickly lead to a culture of death in our society. Is it not always better to error on the side of life?”

    Indeed. This hits close to home for me today. My twin niece and nephew were born this morning at 29-weeks old. Apart from arriving 11 weeks early and being very underweight (each at around 2.5 lbs) they are healthy.

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  • There is at least one actual rocket scientist in Congress already – Rush Holt D-NJ. Unfortunatley, though, he’s a proabort …

  • Good for her. The rocket science thing is impressive in own right, but certainly nothing special for holding office. We had a nuclear physicist for President once. Can’t say that worked out too well. Then again, maybe what we need is a brain surgeon.

    Just for fun: 🙂

  • (Guest comment from Don’s wife Cathy:) Sarah Palin has now endorsed McClung (along with several other “commonsense conservatives” running for Congress) on her Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/more-great-candidates-to-support-this-year/440080678434

  • Yeah, and let’s not forget that we had the guy who invented the Internet run for President a few years ago.

The Last Refuge of Scoundrels

Saturday, October 9, AD 2010

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  • I’m not a fan of Rick Snyder, but Virg Bernero is another Catholic who dutifully takes dictation from the abortion industry. In fact, the only Bernero ads I have seen involve abortion.

    I’m looking forward to voting against him.

  • That makes sense. Fewer live births, fewer unemployed, eventually. Hey, the geniuses have solved the Great Recession! “Happy days are here again . . .”

    If nothing else, these evil people are consistent.

  • Similar ads have been run against Illinois GOP candidate for governor, Bill Brady. (I haven’t personally seen them but know about them through political blogs and such.) However, I suspect they have had no effect overall, or if anything, actually backfired in his favor, since he was leading in most polls until recently.

    Unfortunately, Brady still may be in danger of losing due to other factors which would take all day to explain.

  • That ad from Bernero is a lie from the pit of hell.

  • Wow – anyone who is crazy enough to side with Planned Parenthood like is crazy. Is he Catholic too? Sheesh!

  • Rotten. Simply rotten. I could never understand how, of all people, a parent could support abortion. To call out that support in the name of one’s parenthood is simply disturbing. It’s also baffling how someone can apparently condone the pro-abortion view of their parents. We really have become a twisted culture.

  • Polls show that, of voters who say they are motivated by abortion, pro-lifers outnumber pro-choicers by a 2:1 margin.

    What people say motivates them differs from reality, so perhaps these ads are going after other demographics.

    However, I don’t know of many Republican candidates using their pro-life stand as a boasting point or attacking another candidate on abortion. There’s the “Vota Tus Valores” campaign against Boxer. Anything else?

    OP: “People are voting their pocketbooks this year with a vengeance, and everything else simply isn’t registering with most voters.”

    While abortion isn’t as obvious an issue when there isn’t a presidential election, there have been careful attempts to suppress pro-life and pro-family advocacy among Republican and “Tea Party” circles this election cycle. An economic focus appeals to GOP operatives who are libertarians at heart, but this ignores the cultural problems which have helped create the crisis.

    If the GOP focuses on economic issues (where it is incompetent), will it ever return to social issues?

  • “While abortion isn’t as obvious an issue when there isn’t a presidential election, there have been careful attempts to suppress pro-life and pro-family advocacy among Republican and “Tea Party” circles this election cycle.”

    Specific examples? The only one I can think of off-hand is Mitch Daniels’ idiotic call for a truce on the social issues. He almost immediately retracted when pro-life Republicans reacted with outrage. I can also think of counter-examples. Sarah Palin for instance has been working hand in glove with the Susan B. Anthony list to elect a host of pro-life Republican women.

  • Here is a pro-life ad from Marco Rubio who is the front runner to take the Florida Senate Seat:

  • A local blog with a lot of overlap with a local libertarian think tank called the Independence Institute has been deliberately downplaying social issues, stupidly thinking this is good for the country.

    I hope I’m just wrongly projecting my poor local experiences on the rest of the country.

    There’s also the example of GOProud at CPAC. Glenn Beck, a main mover in the Tea Party movement, is often dodging these issues too. You can also sense some pundits wring their hands in anticipation that their “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” GOP is aborning, though this is perhaps wishful thinking on their part.

    Is the Rubio ad actually running on television?

  • I don’t know if the Rubio ad is running on TV in Florida. I got it off You Tube.

    Most libertarians have little love for social conservatives which is why I am wary of them. Their influence in the Republican party tends to be fairly minimal.

    Goproud I think will have as little impact as the old Log Cabin Republicans gay group. Certainly the Congressional Pledge to America called for the protection of traditional marriage,

    Glenn Beck has been all over the lot. He seems to be socially conservative, and yet he makes contradictory statements. I have always viewed him as none too stable. Although he draws huge crowds, I do think his influence on the GOP is also minimal, certainly in regard to issues highlighted by candidates.

    Rino Pundits like Peggy Noonan tend to be laughingstocks in conservative GOP circles and I do think the perennial wish for a more socially liberal GOP is delusional. That fight was won by the Reagan conservatives in the 80 election and I do not think that is going to change.

  • “Rino pundits like Peggy Noonan”

    You have to be kidding. Have you actually read any of Noonan’s recent columns? I can’t remember the last time she had ANYTHING good to say about Obama. Anymore she constantly criticizes him for being totally out of touch with the American people (which is quite true), for not giving any sense of mature leadership, and for not taking seriously the very real concerns of the public, that not just the economy, but the very fabric of society is in danger. She has never once said that the GOP should ditch social conservatives, or that their concerns are unimportant. Perhaps you have Noonan confused with Kathleen Parker?

    It may be just me, but I like Peggy Noonan, have for years, I love reading her books and columns and it really drives me nuts when people try to paint her as some kind of RINO or traitor to the conservative cause, or put her in the same category as the pro-abort Catholics (which she is NOT) just because she said a few nice things about Obama before he was elected and because she had some doubts about Sarah Palin’s suitability as a candidate for national office.

  • “You have to be kidding. Have you actually read any of Noonan’s recent columns?”

    Oh yes Elaine, and I recall her from 2008 when she was eager to show her non-conservative pals that she was on board the Obama Express, and that she was more than happy to join in kicking conservatives when they were down.


    I regard Noonan as a writer of marginal talent with a penchant for purple prose who has gotten a pass for years from conservatives because of her association with Reagan, but who has always been a RINO who has simply been out for Peggy Noonan and Peggy Noonan alone. Now that Obama is down she is back to being a conservative. Rank opportunism has never impressed me.

  • I agree, Mac.

    I keep thinking to cancel my WSJ subscription b/c they have noonan in the op-ed page on Saturday’s. She is out of touch with reality.

    People like her are partly guilty for the GOP – no all Americans’! – losses in the 2006 congressional change-for-the-worst. After that, she pushed the 2008 electoral, mass suicide.

  • I regard Noonan as a writer of marginal talent

    That is the curious thing about her career. She has no particular expertise (‘ere beginning a career as a political speechwriter, she was an employee of CBS radio, so has always worked in the word merchant sector), is not notable for ever being given to the unexpected insight, and has a style quite unremarkable. Jobs as syndicated columnists are not handed out like Halloween candy, but somehow she got one.

  • I’m joining this conversation late, but I have to say, I loved Peggy Noonan’s book about JPII.

    But I think she, like many other media people, is having a difficult time adjusting to the Age of the Internet. She once bemoaned the fact that there are no Wise Men leading us. That sounds reasonable, except that one of those she called a “Wise Man” was Walter Cronkite, who was more responsible than anybody else for giving Americans the (false) perception that Tet was a huge defeat for America and the Vietnam War was lost. I think what Noonan misses is a time when the solemn pronouncements of media pundits (like herself) were swallowed by a believing public instead of questioned and debated and jeered at and fisked by ordinary folk on the rough and tumble medium called the Internet.

    She did more than say a few kind things about Obama – she endorsed him. And although she has criticized him harshly since the election, she has never admitted she made an error in judgement. I find Noonan is continually making observations which are very far from fresh(i.e. Obama is cool to the point of coldness, has a tin ear, and doesn’t understand the concerns of middle class Americans.) Well, many of us humble non-pundits said as much during campaign 2008. She was also slow to “get” the Tea Party and her initial comments were as slighting as anything put out by the DNC. She strikes me as being as out of touch as the Obama administration.

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Hope and Despair

Thursday, October 7, AD 2010

The above video by Ben Howe neatly encapsulates why the Democrats are going to take a historic beating next month.  If a politician runs on a platform of Hope and Change he better deliver plenty of both.  Obama has delivered despair and a magnification of the trends that got us into the economic and fiscal morass we are in.  No one likes to be the mark of a con, and I think that a majority of voters now are firmly convinced that a massive con was played on the nation in 2008.

Josh Kraushaar at Hotline gives us a peek of the electoral storm that is in the process of being unleashed:

But when you look at the national polling metrics and the race-by-race picture in the House, there’s little evidence of any Democratic comeback. If anything, Republicans are in as strong a position to win back control of the House as they have been this entire election cycle.

Much of the newfound glimmer of hope comes from a misinterpretation of polling data released by Democratic campaigns and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Many of the polls aren’t all that encouraging for Dems, but have been spun to present a misleadingly optimistic picture.

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  • I’m beginning to feel that I really don’t care who wins in November.

    Just so long we take big cuts in government spending, shut down many, many government programs, lower taxes across the board and prepare to boot President Obama in 2012.

    That’s what’s going to happen, especially if President Obama continues to demonize those of us that make our own money in the private sector.

  • There was no reason why any Catholic should have been a victim of a con game. He told us who he was from the beginning, but nobody was curious enough to follow up. E.g., every name on his Catholic advisory board were dissenting Catholics. That should have been the first clue. Secondly, a little Google search into J. Wright and Black Liberation Theology would have told us most of the rest. Thirdly, the attitude that gave rise to that long walk in Berlin and the Greek columns in Denver should have clinched it, but, if you needed a fourth, his voting record in Illinois and in the Senate couldn’t have been clearer. So dry the crocodile tears and pay more attention next time.

  • If there is a next time.

  • Louise, Louise, Louise,

    I never voted for this socialist.

  • Nothing personal intended, Tito. Just that it was Catholic voters who elected this president, and knowing that is a difficult thing to live with when it was all so obvious. As one of the characters in an Evelyn Waugh novel asks, “Where is the safest place to hide a leaf?” On the tree, of course. it was all there to be seen.

  • Just so long we take big cuts in government spending, shut down many, many government programs, lower taxes across the board and prepare to boot President Obama in 2012.

    That’s what’s going to happen

    There are no givens, Tito. It will not happen by magic and it certainly will not happen at all if indifferent conservatives sit at home on Nov. 2. If the Dems lose control of Congress, the spigot can be shut off. We need to continue to hold the feet of the Republicans to the fire after the election so they don’t go back to their big spending ways. There will be no instant fixes – we’re in this for the long haul.

  • Oh, and Donald, one of our favorite sources of entertainment, Joe “shoot from the lip” Biden came through for us again today when he told a crowd of listless (perhaps they were stoned?) Madison liberals that they were the dullest audience he had ever spoken to. Way to lay on the charm, Joe!

    I am starting to believe Biden hates us cheeseheads. He can barely set foot in Wisconsin without giving offense to the natives – several months ago, he insulted a custard store manager and today it was a friendly, if lethargic, Mad City bunch. Did a kid in a Packer jersey beat him up many moons ago? The VP’s scorn for my state hurts, and yet I am willing to swallow the pain and thereby invite Biden to return again and again to campaign nonstop for Feingold and Barrett. Joe, next time I advise wearing a purple Vikings jersey with a number “4” on it, which will make you universally beloved in the Badger State.

    As it is, I think that if Johnson and Walker manage to pull off wins in November, they should send Biden flowers, chocolates, and thank you notes.

  • You have choices: pay checks or food stamps; American dream or soviet-style nightmare.

  • Biden, Donna, my unpaid staff writer! I think Obama probably just cringes at this point whenever one of his staffers begins a statement with the words, “Joe said yesterday..”

Twirling, Twirling Towards Freedom

Wednesday, October 6, AD 2010

On Monday night there was a debate between Connecticut Senatorial candidates Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahon.  During the debate Linda McMahon asked Mr. Blumenthal, “How do you create a job?”  Blumenthal’s answer was, well, see for yourself.

Watching this, I couldn’t help but be reminded of another example of genius on display.

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  • The frightening thing is that Mr. Blumenthal is merely a reflection of his party. I doubt more than 2 out of 10 congressional Democrats, and 0 out of 1 Oval Office Democrats, would have been any more successful in answering the question than Mr. Blumenthal was.

    Even among Democrat governors, who should at least know SOMETHING about job creation, I see little evidence that more than a handful could have coherently answered the question posed by Mrs. McMahon.

    An entire political party made up of people who, on the one hand, hate employers, but, on the other hand, claim to love jobs, and without a clue about how said jobs are created.

  • “McMahon slams Blumenthal into the turnbuckle–and he’s looking dazed!”

  • Mr. Anderson’s proportions are precise.

    Upstate New York has a congressional delegation of eleven. Ten are Democrats. Of the ten, precisely one was a businessman; one other has some academic background in economics; a third was a professional musician who had some exposure to the business world. (The solitary Republican is a businessman, wouldn’t you know).

  • As someone who has to answer questions on the spot in public for a living, I don’t really think that fumbles like this signify much. Frankly I’m amazed that it doesn’t happen more often.

  • Miss South Carolina has a great future ahead of her in politics. Like Blumenthal she didn’t let raw ignorance stop her from blathering on.

  • Oh, no!

    Lessee: tax, no that doesn’t sound right; regulate, no; pay for abortion, no; ban oil drilling, no; call a union boss . . .

    Oh, yeah! When I came marching home from Vietnam . . .

  • Linda McMahon is exactly right.

  • the thing about truth… you don’t have to memorize it, its always there.

  • Blackadder, about 70% of the man’s work history has been in public employment. Another 17% has been in law practice, specifically as a trial lawyer. (That particular firm now does commercial and real estate law as well). He spent one year as a newspaper reporter. Summer employment and part-time employment between 1961 and 1973 would make up the balance. Newspaper reporters (per Stanley Rothman) often consider themselves the antagonists of the business community and that sort of self-understanding is evident from his career as Attorney-General of Connecticut. That he could not answer the question is no accident. He thinks of the business community as shady characters out of whom you extract fines.

  • If character counts in Connecticut, and I by no means conclude in the affirmative (having spent a number of years in/around the state some two decades ago), then the man is toast. Whether or not he can succinctly (or at all) answer the job creation question, his character is warped by persistent fabrication. In no way could I begin to form the words in my mouth “We’ve come a long way since the days I served in Afganistan…” Because I have never been anywhere near the place, this simply couldn’t accidentally escape my lips.
    This man is not a gaffe machine, he is a depraved liar.

  • The sad thing is, McMahon did no better. She had her stump speech talking point memorized very well, but a third-grade understanding of economics is OK only if you’re still in the third grade and not running for the US Senate. Both sides pandering to and betting on our ignorance: no wonder this looks like a race to the bottom. Is this the best Connecticut has to offer?

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Political Miscellania 10\6\10

Wednesday, October 6, AD 2010

A roundup of recent political news.

1.  I am not a witch!  Christine O’Donnell’s “I am not a witch” opening salvo in her ad campaign.  Normally an ad from a candidate denying she is a witch would be the last thing heard from a campaign doomed to defeat and oblivion.  However, these are far from normal times.  O’Donnell does two things with this ad.  First, she shows the public that she is a real person and not the cartoon character created by the mainstream media and the denizens of the Left, and she begins to position herself as what she is:  the ultimate outsider.  Not a bad strategy in a political year that will be kind to outsiders and cruel to insiders.

2.  Gallup Poll-Gallup for some reason has been late this year applying a likely voter screen in their polls.   The closer you get to an election the more reliable likely voter polls get, and the less reliable registered voter polls are.  In a high turnout election, Gallup predicts a 13 point Republican advantage among likely voters and in a low voter turnout election Gallup predicts an 18 point Republican advantage among likely voters.  Go here to read the results of the poll.  For comparison’s sake, in the 1994 election when the Republicans took both the House and the Senate, in the Congressional elections the GOP had a six point advantage on election day.

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  • Couldn’t the alleged “Democrat comeback” simply be what is known among pollsters as a “dead cat bounce” — a blip upward in the polls that takes place because the disfavored party has hit bottom and has nowhere to go but up, albeit briefly? The phenomenon has occurred often enough that it has a name (borrowed from stock market parlance referring to a brief rally in the price of a stock sliding toward oblivion).

  • It could be Elaine. A party that is on the receiving end of a “taking to the woodshed by the voters” usually does have a mild improvement in the polls close in to the election as some of their disaffected core voters rally to them out of party loyalty and fear of what the opposing party will do in power.

  • A genuine dead cat bounce wouldn’t have to be “invented” by the MSM, but it could easily be misinterpreted by them.

  • Willful misinterpretation would be my guess Elaine, since this is a well-known aspect of politics among those who follow elections, but I certainly do not underestimate the amount of ignorance possessed by some members of the mainstream media.

  • Donald nailed it! The mainstream media is going to try and “paint a picture”. More then any poll, I can’t believe how the Obama’s appointee’s/czars are jumping ship. This is a sure sign that they believe he’s a 1 term president and they need to stay employed. I for one believe both the House and Senate will go RED!!!

  • Don,

    Let me take a wild guess that you’re dyslectic?

    I only say this because the title of your post has the “slash” pointing in the wrong direction.

    If not, then I’m dyslectic.

  • Not dyslectic Tito. I simply usually do date slashes in that manner.

  • The Washington Post front-page, above-the-fold headline for the poll story was pretty funny. A paraphrase:

    Big letters: “DEMOCRATS GAIN IN POLL”
    Little letters: “GOP still leads”

    As for the “I am not a witch” opening salvo, Hillary must be kicking herself. (I kid! I kid!)

  • Translation: “I am way too young to be a witch.”

  • the MSM is a part of the Democrat party. period.

  • The situation with the GOP in Delaware reminds me of this:

    O’Donnell’s part is obvious. The rest of them are the GOP establishment in DE. Burn her! 😉

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Mike Castle Considering Write In Campaign Against O'Donnell

Thursday, September 23, AD 2010

Hattip to Allahpundit of Hot Air.  Perhaps joining a list of defeated Rinos who simply want to hang on to power at all costs, Charlie Crist in Florida and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mike Castle is considering a write-in campaign in the Senate race in Delaware. 

“I don’t want to necessarily interfere with Republican chances,” said Castle, although he added, “I’ve had a lot of people approach me about it.”…
Asked directly whether he was considering a bid, Castle said: “I’ve given it some thought. I probably won’t do it…. I’m not exactly approaching this with bated breath.” Castle spokeswoman Kate Dickens said the congressman has had conversations about a write-in effort but that he likely won’t pull the trigger.
“We are getting a lot of mail and calls on it,” Dickens told POLITICO. But she said the likelihood of Castle mounting a campaign was still, “under 5 percent.”

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  • Two thoughts

    First there is actually a line of thought thsi could help O Donnell.

    Second this is not a good race to show as a example of “RINOs”w wanting hold power at all caost since O Donnell herself did a write in effort after losing the GOP Primary for Congress in the past

  • JH, O’Donnell ran as a write in protest in 2006 in the Senate election. The primary winner Ting, was a liberal Republican who everyone knew had no chance. Ting got 17% in the general election and O’Donnell got 4% as a write in. In 2008, the best Democrat year since 1964, O’Donnell got 35% against Joe Biden. That same year Ting endorsed Obama and left the Republican party. O’Donnell by running as a write-in in 2006 ensured that the voters would actually be able to vote for a Republican.

    I think it is clear that Castle running as a run in would be helpful to O’Donnell, and I think the polls will show that if Castle gets back in.

  • Well I am generally against epople running as a write in after they lose a primary regardless if they be conservative moderate or liberal. If this is not stopped soon we are going to have huge problems .

  • I think a write-in campaign would hurt her. She’s going to get the tea party and conservative Republican support either way. Castle could get the moderate Republican and moderate independent vote, which O’Donnell will need to offset the Democratic support for Coons.

  • I disagree Pinky. Castle would take far more votes from Coons than he would from O’Donnell. His voting record is hard to distinguish from a liberal Democrat. Additionally, Castle and Coons are status quo politicians and will both draw from the same pool of voters who believe that the country is in the best of hands right now. O’Donnell will take almost every vote in Delaware cast by a voter who believes the country is most definitely not on the right course, and that the people at the top do not have the faintest clue how to rectify the situation.

  • OT, but here’s some terrific news:


    My admiration for Christie continues to grow. And that’s not the end of PP’s woes. Surprise, surprise, according to a PP whistleblower, it looks like there’s some very creative accounting going on there:


    For example, in one year Gonzalez says PPLA paid $225,695.65 for Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control pills, yet billed the government $918,084 – for a profit of $692,388.35.

  • Liberals and the media really seem to hate nice looking consevative women for some reason…

  • It is great news Donna, and you anticipate my post today!

    Jasper, attractive conservative women running for office is pure heresy as far as liberals and the mainstream are concerned. The sight really does produce the most amusing antics from them!

  • The problem in this country we have alot of physically mature people who have never grown up. These politicians like Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Crist, Arlen Spector and Mike Castle are the perfect example.

    Part of maturity is showing integrity, and courage to accept the will of the people and support your party. Now we have people who want to “get even” with the member of their party who dared to take their apparent job for life from them.

    I have always been troubled by the number of Senators and Congressmen for life from both parties. Frankly it is time for term limits to the House and Senate, in both cases no member can serve for more than 12 years in the House and 12 in the Senate.

  • The fact that being a politician has turned into a career is a problem. It tends to influence one’s decisions in office towards that of self-interest rather than that of true representation.

A Tale of Three Videos

Tuesday, September 21, AD 2010

Ah the exuberance of the Obama supporters just two years ago.  Peggy Joseph was especially fervent in her unrealistic expectations of Obama, but I think it is fair to say that most of his supporters really did think Obama stood for Hope and Change, whatever that campaign shorthand was supposed to mean.

After two years of an economy in the tank, and government running the largest deficits since World War II as a percentage of gdp, I think the woman who spoke up yesterday at an Obama townhall speaks for many of Obama’s erstwhile supporters:

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  • Well, I don’t know what hope n change meant during the campaign, but now it seems to mean: hope he doesn’t get re-elected and change control of the house and senate.

  • I hope the American people learn a lesson from this: Government is not God. Unfortunately, I think most will just reach the conclusion that the Obama Administartion is not God but the right Administration can be and Republicans will help push that myth.

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  • Who’d’a thunk there were 30,000 wiccans (with $5 in their pockets!) in the country!

    Maybe the geniuses feverishly running the country into the crapper are misunderestimating the slow-burning dudgeon of we the unwashed peasants.

  • I like her for every reason you hate her. She spoke the absolute truth about masturbation, and Christ’s teaching on lust.

  • What is most remarkable is the sense of general revolt to encrusted power structures and arrogant political elites now clearly assuming gigantic proportions.

    If you look at Countries like the UK and Germany, nothing of the sort is happening and what you see is the silent majority quietly tolerating a reshaping of society they do not approve of, but have no guts to revolt against.

    This they do because of the erroneous misconception that they be “somewhat wrong” and “backwards” and their progressivist, PC-talking headmasters the “enlightened” ones.

    I see a completely different spirit the other side of the Pond; I hope that its effects will soon be felt here, too.


  • From your lips to God’s ear mundabor!

  • I support her. I agree with Joe. I hope she cleans house.

    That’s interesting how you described the three counties in Delaware. I used to live about 10 miles from the Maryland/Delaware state line and remember being on Bi State Boulevard where the street was literally split in half between two states. I remember standing on one side of the street I being in Maryland and then standing on the other side of the street and being in Delaware.

  • Yes, I really do want my political analysis from some yahoo called “topnotchentertainment.” I am supposed to take this left wing looper seriously?

  • ya I just did a nice piece on….Miss O’Donnell

    If by “nice piece” you mean “copying and pasting from the Daily Show” then perhaps. But there was nothing original or insightful about the piece.

    You would have thought the left would have learned its lesson from Palin’s rise. Instead of just leaving her alone and letting her trip herself up due to her own failures (Palin-ignorance on foreign policy; O’Donnell-questionable history re taxes and employment), they’ve gone after her for essentially being Christian. Like Douthat pointed out, the left turned this into a culture war, and for that I hope they enjoying having to deal with a Senator O’Donnell for 6 years.

  • Denton – Exactly right. A calm, systematic effort could have buried her. The current hysteria against a sweet young lady, led by a creepy atheist, is her best hope for the Senate seat.

  • You make fun of the “topnotchentertainment”, but I guess your pope just admitted that child abuse by your priests is a problem not being resolved fast enough. So you may want ms O’Donnell to clean the house but take a look in the mirror. Certain old saying says that when you are pissed off at someone else, it is you who makes the reality what is. So may be the reality is your anger at “Washington elites” is an emotional response to some unresolved issues with an authority figure. No? Could it be your priest?

    Your O’Donnell dumb crack has support of about 30,000 Sussex and Kent County brainless ‘fud’ – Just for your information Delaware is close to a 1 mil in population. If 10% of them were democrats and independents who see her exactly for what she is and vote accordingly, she goes down 3:1. However, I do believe that number will be higher.

  • Little someting to think about Robocall.

    “Contempt is an emotion displayed by those without valid rebutal”

  • When I read the sort of commentary posted by “topnotchentertainment” I have to wonder whatever became of art of meaningful political debate?
    Lets see, it is okay to berate a Senate candidate for statements made as a 19 year old young woman regarding her dabbling in witchcraft in her high school years. The problem is that for so many years there are Senators and Congressman who have done far worst and are lionized. The list:
    -Senator Edward Kennedy (D) Massachusetts – This fine gentleman left the scene of an accident and ran away leaving a young woman to drown. Had he used his head and knocked on the door of a nearby house help may have come in time to save poor Mary Jo. This man has been called “The Lion of the Senate” . This incident should have called into question, the integrity, judgment and courage of the Senator.
    -Senator Robert Byrd (D) West Virginia – The press used to tell stories of the love for the Constitution this man had. He was actively involved with the Klu Klux Klan an illegal, racist and criminal organization. The post mortem defense that President William Jefferson Clinton used was that he had to be part of the Klan how else would he be elected. If he did as Bill Clinton said then he showed an incredible lack of integrity. If he joined because he really believed what the Klan stood for then he is simply a hatefilled bigot. Funny no one on the Tonight show, Late Night with David Letterman or the Daily Show has ever thought this worth comment.
    There are so many more examples of progressive Senators, Congressman, governors, mayors, who get a pass from the media. Why because they “have the correct opinions”.
    What is Ms O’Donnell’s crime, she holds the wrong opinion.