The New York Times needs to get all of their people off of Facebook.
All of them: the rot has set in. To summarize… Marc Cooper, a journalism professor at USC (Annenberg), asked on Facebook what seems to be a fairly reasonable question: if the New York Times doesn’t think that Islamist fanatics killing a dozen people over the publication of satirical cartoons justifies showing said cartoons… hold on a minute. Moving on… Marc Cooper asked: if the current number of murdered cartoonists, | Read More »
Tom Steyer reportedly mulling California Senate run.
Or, as I would put it, Tom Steyer thinking of eliminating middleman by signing up to directly lose a Senate seat: “Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is mulling a run for Bar bara Boxer’s Senate seat, according to a person close to the former hedge fund trader.” …and there’s the trouble, right there for Mr. Steyer: all those adjectives. ‘Billionaire’ is at best, neutral. ‘Environmentalist’ is not | Read More »
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) *may* be indicted soon.
To be fair: it hasn’t actually happened yet. And an indictment isn’t a conviction. Still… oopsie? The special prosecutor and grand jury investigating allegations that Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked secret information to a newspaper have found evidence of wrongdoing and recommended that she be criminally charged, according to numerous people familiar with the decision. [...] The panel concluded that Kane violated grand-jury secrecy rules | Read More »
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D, California) cuts and runs.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 8% is retiring. If you listen, you can hear the faint sounds of Democratic politicians all across California as they get up from their breakfasts and calmly go to open up their weapons caches. For there will be a Democratic war in the primaries over this. A California Senator’s seat? Oh, my, yes, but there will be a | Read More »
[Breaking] Probable Islamist attack in Paris: 11 dead at satirical magazine.
Via @PhilWillSays comes this report of Islamist* terror in Paris: “Armed men stormed the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning, killing 11 people and injuring more, French President François Hollande said. The men opened fire inside the magazine’s offices using automatic AK-47 rifles before fleeing, a police officer said.” The ‘Islamist’ bit is not yet confirmed; but, given that this isn’t | Read More »
It’s official: the Obama administration hates it when you have cheap Keystone oil.
It only took three relentless Congressional electoral cycles to get Barack Obama to admit it, too. Not that the administration wants to admit it, even now. They just ran out of options: The White House on Tuesday for the first time issued a veto threat over Republican-backed legislation to approve the Keystone pipeline, setting up a likely showdown between President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress in | Read More »
Harvard bitten by the Obamacare monster that it helped spawn.
Hope that you don’t have an allergy to schadenfreude, because this is the pure stuff: ” For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.” Turns out that adding | Read More »
Why 54 REALLY > 53 or 52, when it comes to Senate math.
And this is why you always try to grab as many seats as you can in an election, period: “Democrats are looking to reclaim their Senate majority in two years, but after losing nine Senate seats in 2014, their path back to that majority won’t be easy.” Because it took us picking up nine Senate seats to get an article like that in the Atlantic. | Read More »
Is life better in Red States? Ask the American people, not the New York Times.
(H/T: Real Clear Politics) You know what the single most entertaining part of this NYT article (“Is Life Better in America’s Red States?”) is? It’s that nowhere in it is it acknowledged that people have been voting with their feet for the last two decades or so. Depending on how you score Florida and Nevada, blue states lost between 8 and 11 net Electoral votes* (and, | Read More »
Millions of Obamacare subsidy recipients may need to pay back-taxes.
The problem for Democrats is not exactly this: “As many as 3.4 million people who received Obamacare subsidies may owe refunds to the federal government, according to an estimate by a tax preparation firm… H&R Block is estimating that as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act benefited from subsidies that were too large, | Read More »
The staffing positioning for 2016 continues.
So, about two months ago there was an email oppo drop on Robby Mook, who is/was presumed to be high up in Hillary Clinton’s eventual Presidential campaign. My (unpublished) take on that email oppo drop, at the time: Dear sweet God, but the Democrats really had no idea that they were about to get Smote, did they? Mook continued: “This has been a tough cycle — | Read More »
Fake Steve Scalise racism story shopped to blogger by vengeful Scalise opponent.
The Steve Scalise story is now becoming one of Don’t Trust Your Political Sources TOO Much, Folks.
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Predictions for 2015.
These are quite often wrong. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% will be confirmed as Speaker of the House. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 61% will be confirmed as Senate Majority Leader. Neither Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 10% nor Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 18% will announce their retirements in 2015. A Republican will win the | Read More »
Scenes from the 2016 Democratic Shadow Gutter War: Clinton v. Webb.
Via Hot Air comes a whisper of the back-alley brawls that are even now starting to form over the 2016 election, out there where nothing is really too low a blow and everything can be denied later: While they aren’t acknowledging [Jim] Webb publicly, [Hillary] Clinton loyalists are keeping an eye on him privately. The week before Thanksgiving, staffers of Philippe Reines, Clinton’s longtime communications guru, pitched talk | Read More »
On trying to shoehorn populism into the modern Left. Somehow. Somewhere.
I’m gonna push back a little on Salena Zito’s argument here on populism, although I certainly agree with her assessment of Elizabeth Warren: We are in the midst of a record wealth gap between America’s rich and middle class, according to the Pew Research Centers. That has fueled the populist opposition to Washington among Main Street Americans on both sides of the political line — | Read More »