No Farm Bill in Lame Duck
Irrespective of the outcome of this election, there must be no effort to pass major legislation during the lame duck session. We don’t need political suicide bombers who have nothing to lose deciding consequential issues immediately preceding their departure from Congress. As such, we must block any faux grand bargain during the post-election session. Unfortunately, it looks like we will have to contend with another | Read More »
New American Crossroads / Clint Eastwood ad.
Hey, tell me again just how much of a drag Clint Eastwood was on the Republican party: Yup, so much of a drag that American Crossroads will be running that ad in “Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.” But, Moe! – I hear you cry? Aren’t those swing states? Why, yes, they are – although by my count the ad’s superfluous in | Read More »
Expanding the map: GOP moves to lock down ME-02.
Essentially, the Restore Our Future Super PAC* will be putting in a 300K ad buy in that market over the next week. It’s a twofer: first, it helps blanket New Hampshire, which is one place where Obama for America is currently frantically trying to shore up its latest firewall. Second, it covers… ME-02. Recent partisan polling is showing Romney ahead, there: and since Maine is | Read More »
The Current Electoral College State of Play
Two weeks before Election Day, all signs point to this being a very tight election. Romney clearly seized the momentum with his debate win two weeks ago – one which Obama failed to stop with his stronger performance last week. Most national polls show Romney with a 2-3 point lead; however, the state polls show an even tighter race. One thing has not changed in | Read More »
RS Interview: Tom Smith (R CAND, PA-SEN).
This is a race that has recently hit the radar, largely because Tom has seriously narrowed the gap between him and incumbent Senator Bob Casey – and if you don’t like a Republican-leaning pollster’s +2, well, there’s always Quinnipiac’s -3, or Morning Call’s -2. Heck, even the Democratic-leaning PPP had to struggle to get Casey at 50: amazing what you can get with a D+11 | Read More »
RS Interview: Col. Martha McSally (Ret.) (R CAND, AZ-02).
This is an interesting race: the Democrats are faintly desperate to hold onto Gabby Giffords’ old seat in Arizona, to the point where they tried to suggest that a combat pilot and squadron commander was some sort of in-the-kitchen cardboard cutout for the GOP. We had a bit of a chat about that with Col. McSally, and a few other things: …and it actually went | Read More »
Mitt Romney demonstrates how to achieve an honorable separation from George W Bush…
…while at the same time eviscerating Barack Obama. Below are two video clips, and the relevant transcript. I created a shorter and a longer version: some people like the thirty second clips, and some people want the full version for full effect. Also, note that I’ve cut out the bit where Romney hammered Obama for lying about Romney’s contraception position, and the bit where Obama | Read More »
New Sean Bielat (R CAND, MA-04) ad.
The major trouble with trying to talk about Joe Kennedy III as a candidate is… oh, heck, let the Sean Bielat campaign explain it: (Ad done by our own Ben Howe, btw) That’s it, in a nutshell: there’s nothing there except the ‘Kennedy’ and the ‘III.’ If this kid was named ‘Patrick Dolan’ or something then he wouldn’t be the Democratic nominee for MA-04 – | Read More »
Ryan/Biden debate: two word clouds, a YouTube video, and some idle speculation.
Via the Foundry comes these two word clouds of yesterday’s debate: …and here’s an interesting game to play: quick, which one is which?
A look at the brutal Flake ad on Carmona (AZ SEN).
To understand this ad from Jeff Flake whaling on Richard Carmona in the AZ-SEN race… …you need to know the background. Essentially, the woman in the ad is former Acting Assistant HHS Secretary Cristina Beato, who was Carmona’s boss back when he was Surgeon General under GW Bush. You might remember that Mr. Carmona had an epic meltdown and public break with the previous administration | Read More »
President Obama promises to be incompetently nasty at next debate.
I’m paraphrasing: the exact line from the ABC article was “President Obama says he was “just too polite” and that voters should expect “a little more activity” next week in round two.” How is this funny? Let me count the ways: ‘Too polite’ is not actually semantically equivalent to ‘walked into an ambush fat, dumb, and happy.’ Which is what happened. And while ‘a little | Read More »
The “It’s Party Time, Chumps” Tuesday Memorial Open Thread.
This may be the single best Bad Lip Reading video EVER. Particularly since there may be just the faintest sound of grinding teeth from the people who put it together. Admittedly; it’s pretty much impossibly hard for them to have made Mitt Romney look worse than Barack Obama, given that Romney spent pretty much the entire debate looking remarkably better. Open thread. Eye of the | Read More »
I’ve made no attempts to hide my former Democrat self, as anyone who knows me can attest. I enjoy connecting with other reformed Democrats and sharing stories of the group-think we were a part of, unbeknownst to us at the time of course. That there are so many of us is a large part of why I find it hard to resist debating Democrats today; | Read More »
We won the debate; now, let’s move on to the next thing.
So, I had the opportunity to talk with Senator Marco Rubio last night, and ask him a question. I’ll spare you the verbal tics and whatnot: what I asked Rubio, effectively, was “What advice did the Romney campaign take heed off, out of all of New Media’s unsolicited offerings along those lines?” This is how Rubio responded: Rubio 10/03/2012 The funny part was: at the | Read More »