Barack Obama not yet understanding that he needs to be irrelevant to 2016.
This should be fascinating to watch: “In recent weeks, Democratic operatives have begun to voice concerns that the 2014 midterms made plain the limits of an approach that failed to reach beyond minority groups or those who are reflexively liberal. And yet what should come next is not yet totally clear.” Largely because it’s essentially futile. The Democrats will not have control over their message in 2016, | Read More »
Visas, Hillary Clinton, and the Ecuadorean ‘alien smuggler.’
I wonder if the New York Times is not entirely comfortable with the idea of a Hillary Clinton candidacy: “The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.” Specifically, the woman (Estefanía Isaías) got a visa from | Read More »
Sure, let lame duck Barack Obama normalize relations with Cuba.
Since John F Kennedy, Presidential foreign policy towards Cuba can be summed up in one sentence: Let my successor be the one who has to be the guy that let Fidel Castro win. Well, guess what: Barack Obama volunteered to be the poor, stupid sad sack that has to eat the pavement on that. CNBC reports: “The U.S. is starting talks with Cuba to normalize full diplomatic | Read More »
Greenpeace must help the Peruvian authorities put some white dudes in jail.
I’m going to break a rule and tell you to go read a ThinkProgress piece, largely because whoever wrote it probably had to fight down a wave of nausea afterward. RT @thinkprogress: Greenpeace may have permanently damaged an ancient, sacred site. Now what? http://t.co/Bkx8tfHObf pic.twitter.com/UMP72Yx2FX — Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 17, 2014 The article, for those who don’t want to read even a sick-to-its-stomach TP | Read More »
Gun-Grabbing Delegate Joe Morrissey (D, Virginia) extends the scope of said grabbing.
(Via @JohnCardillo) This gets the coveted lolwhut: “Democratic Virginia state delegate Joseph Morrissey, who reached a plea agreement for charges relating to a sexual relationship he had with his 17-year-old office assistant, is yet to decide whether he will resign or commute to work from jail.” Delegate Morrissey – who is 57, and loudly denying the paternity of the child that said office assistant is | Read More »
AZ-02 election results to be FINALLY certified on Tuesday.
I know that this seems to be a long time, but in fairness Republican candidate Martha McSally’s final lead of 161 votes over incumbent Democrat Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ) in AZ-02 was well within the parameters to justify both a machine recount and a spot check hand-recount of selected precincts in the District. Reading between the lines… it’s widely if quietly expected | Read More »
The Left’s plan to retake state legislatures through targeted character assassination.
(H/T: Instapundit) There are several amusing things about this article from the Washington Examiner on the topic of what the Left hopes to do towards state legislatures in the upcoming election cycle: “We’re working with David Brock and Media Matters and American Bridge who have trackers that we can send out to monitor the debate on some bills that you all might be running,” Nick Rathod, | Read More »
Actually, it’s the *conservatives* who can make better plays to the middle in 2016.
Allahpundit is raising an excellent point, here: Why would a center-right voter prefer Jeb Bush to Scott Walker? We all do understand, I hope, that Walker will be running basically as a centrist, yes? …I think he’s going to run as a similar sort of pragmatist as Bush — lots of talk about jobs and education, squishy on immigration, socially conservative but low key about | Read More »
Three practical things to do if the Cromnibus collapses.
I checked out of this entire thing, frankly – I’m a partisan Republican hack, albeit a loyal one, so there are times when it’s best for everybody if I smile, nod, and step out of the fracas – but since Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 14% is so bound and determined to wreck Christmas if that’s what it takes to make her feel | Read More »
The problem with Obamacare is not that it is called ‘Obamacare.’
(H/T: @seanhackbarth) Kathleen Sebelius, of course, has this precisely backwards. Sebelius, who resigned in April following the botched roll out of President Barack Obama’s signature health law, said that current issues involving the Affordable Care Act have to do with its commonly used name. “Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot | Read More »
Ferguson and the Boston Tea Party: or, On speaking truth to political auto-eroticism.
My friend and RedState colleague Dan McLaughlin has written an article for the Federalist on the myriad differences between the Ferguson riots and the Stamp Act protests/ original Boston Tea Party*. It is well-written, historically-aware, perfectly correct… and absolutely useless in terms of its original purpose, which was to try to educate writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and/or Jamelle Bouie (both named in Dan’s essay). There’s a reason for that. | Read More »
George W Bush declines to back-stab the CIA over waterboarding.
I wonder what tomorrow’s (scheduled) Senate report on waterboarding during the Bush era is actually going to say. I suspect – suspect – that it’s going to end up seriously upsetting the antiwar Left, in large part because the former administration isn’t hanging the CIA out to dry: The report is said to assert that the C.I.A. misled Mr. Bush and his White House about | Read More »
Why the Democrats stupidly wrote off Louisiana too quickly.
As you no doubt know, the Democrats got their clocks cleaned last night in two House seat runoff elections and one Senate one. The question is, could they have done better? – Actually, no, the question is, could they have done much better? …And the answer may indeed be ‘yes’ in both cases. Please note: a lot of this is going to be a discussion | Read More »
The ‘This LA-SEN Runoff race is turning into a bloodbath’ open thread.
The Louisiana Senate race got called three minutes in, which was two minutes too slow. The map looks hysterical. It’s a bad day for Louisiana Democrats, period. Time for the song. Open thread.
Democrats still confused as to why the South has given up on them.
I can tell you the Democrats’ problem with running candidates in the South (and everywhere else that isn’t the Pacific Coast and/or the Northeast) without trying hard, and it’s nothing that’s in this Politico article: [Former Tennessee governor Phil] Bredesen said Democrats who are thinking about running for office need to adopt what he calls “the Walmart test.” “When you think about what your platform | Read More »