‘You’re certainly free to ask them, Chip.’

    We’ll skip the President’s prepared remarks: as Jennifer Rubin more or less noted, the semantic content was low, and what there was of it is contradicted by this administration’s past, present, and expected actions. So let’s just skip ahead to the end (via Andrew Malcolm): [Video not working: see here, or skip to transcript after the fold]

    PA-12 special election today.

    Also the Pennsylvania, [Arkansas,] and Kentucky primaries, but hold that thought for a moment. There is a special election today between Tim Burns and Mark Critz. The Republican candidate is fighting a two-to-one registration advantage, a contested primary on the other side scheduled to boost the other side’s turnout, and a media environment that will grudgingly score a Republican win while eagerly waiting to score | Read More »

    Ah, gerrymandering.

    It’s going to hurt the Democrats quite a bit this election cycle: The one exception to this bad Democratic news is blacks. They continue to approve of the president at near-unanimous levels. But blacks midterm turnout is also traditionally low compared to white and older voters. Blacks were 13 percent of the vote in 2008. But blacks were only about 10 percent of the vote | Read More »


    Sorry, just getting into the spirit of things: Personally, I would have said that the Adam West Batman was far too cool and sophisticated to be associated with Robin Carnahan; she’s much more identifiable with the infamous Batman & Robin version. Still, doing it this way let us watch men in suits fight with farm implements, so I supposed that it’s for the best. Moe | Read More »

    Obamacare to overwhelm emergency rooms.

    (H/T: Big Government) Before we go any further: no, this is not a surprise to everyone. The Right was calling it health care rationing for a reason: The new healthcare law will pack 32 million newly insured people into emergency rooms already crammed beyond capacity, according to experts on healthcare facilities. A chief aim of the new healthcare law was to take the pressure off | Read More »

    Two days out on PA-12.

    Finally got notified of the PPP poll for PA-12: 48/47 Burns/Critz. There’s been very little movement in the race since PPP polled it a month ago. The main difference is that negative campaigning has driven up both candidates’ negatives by 10-11 points. Where Burns’ favorability was a net +19 in April it’s now just +8. And where Critz was previously at a net +7 it’s | Read More »

    San Diego to Arizona: “Look, just because we called you racist bigots…”

    “…doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit:” San Diego tourism leaders and hoteliers fear they could lose a sizable chunk of business this summer from valued “Zonies” who are so angered by elected leaders’ recent censure of Arizona for its illegal-immigration law that they’re mounting an informal boycott of their own. The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau and several hotels report receiving e-mails and letters | Read More »

    Final Weekend – Tim Burns (R CAND, PA-12).

    Have you geared up for Tuesday yet? (H/T: The Other McCain) If not: well, get your game face on. Go here to help. Moe Lane

    You may need to stockpile Heinz ketchup.

    (Via Hot Air)  You know, when Heinz ketchup became (bizarrely enough) a minor issue during the 2004 campaign I sneered wholeheartedly at the idea of switching brands just because the stuff was tenuously maybe-linked to the Democrats.  Politics was one thing; my freaking ketchup was quite another. So I feel that I am in a position to fulminate about the fact that Heinz is about | Read More »

    The term ‘Molotov cocktail’ is notably absent from this Lars Vilks report.

    So let me summarize the Washington Post article for you: Somebody tried to set Lars Vilks and his house on fire, almost certainly because he draws mean things about their religion. Via Hot Air Headlines. Yeah, this was the guy who got assaulted by religious fanatics earlier this week, after he showed them mean Photoshops about their religion:

    Meet Larry Bucshon (R CAND, IN-08).

    Larry is running in the seat currently held by Brad Ellsworth, who is of course retiring in order to lose the Indiana senatorial race. Larry’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Rebecca Wales and the SGP Blitz.

    I had a chance to talk today with Rebecca Wales, Communications Director of Smart Girl Politics. We discussed their publicity blitz, the nature and needs of activism among conservatives, and of course how cool Nikki Haley is. Check it out. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Mark Critz (D CAND, PA-12) ad pulled by WPGH-TV for lying?

    Not yet confirmed, but we’ll be checking up on this.  We were given the heads’-up on this one by Stacy McCain (@rsmccain, The Other McCain), who is apparently (I think) on the scene of PA-12. [UPDATE] Preliminary checking suggests false alarm, more’s the pity.  Ach, well. [ANOTHER UPDATE] Just had more on this come on in.  The DCCC (not, strictly speaking, a Critz one) ad | Read More »


    The April Rasmussen Trust numbers.

    I’ve been trying to do this post for a few days (Rasmussen usually puts these numbers up before it does a formal article). Short version: eight out of ten for the GOP, but the Democrats made up lost territory across the board. Apr-10 Mar-10 Issue Dem GOP Diff Dem GOP Diff Shift Health Care 41% 48% (7) 37% 53% (16) 9 Education 43% 39% 4 | Read More »

    You know what’s a great antidote for a rotten mood?

    Because I was having one: long story, but it involved wondering what I’ve been doing lately. Then I see this: Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring about his ‘confrontational tone’ (See also: Hot Air, AoSHQ) …and I realize that one thing I’ve been doing lately is helping people like Chris Christie get elected. You’re welcome. Moe Lane PS: No. Get your own. Crossposted | Read More »