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Pelosi Dumb?

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Recently there has been a spate of articles asking if Rick Perry is dumb (and even one asking if Barack Obama is dumb). It is certainly a staple of American politics that anyone on the right is dumb. After all, George Bush certainly was, not to mention Ronald Reagan. The flip side of this assertion is that liberal politicians are smart. The arrogance and ignorance of those who actually believe such propaganda needs no explication. For these assertions are based not on any evidence, behavior, or activities, but on party label. In short, if you are a Republican you are dumb, and if you are a Democrat you are smart. I find this rather simplistic and somewhat lacking in empirical evidence as you might expect.

But, let’s apply the Forrest Gump standard: stupid is as stupid does. And let’s look just at Nancy Pelosi for the moment – onetime speaker of the house, and current minority leader. Let us also just focus on her most recent statement: the lack of a rebuttal is disrespectful to the president.

Really? Not providing an alternate view to the president is a sign of disrespect? Or is it that one doesn’t consider the president’s words needing a rebuttal? After all, disagreeing with the president we are told is racist. Now, not disagreeing with him is disrespectful. Exactly how does Nancy Pelosi view Barack Obama? It appears he is somehow above disagreement and above … response? I don’t get it. What is Pelosi after?

Does she want a Republican response highlighting how all of the president’s prior policies have made the economic situation worse? Or, does she want the Republicans to challenge the efficacy of Stimulus II? Does she want the Republicans to put forth their own agenda of tax cuts, lower regulation, repeal of Obamacare, and less government intrusion?

I doubt it. It seems to me that Pelosi is out for short-term political gain. A gain which will not materialize based on the last couple of years. And that makes Nancy Pelosi dumb.

Murkowski Concedes

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Lisa Murkowski has conceded in Alaska.

Murkowski trailed Miller, a Fairbanks attorney, by 1,668 votes after last week’s primary. Election officials began counting absentee and outstanding ballots Tuesday. Murkowski made slight gains, but was never able to get Miller’s lead below 1,200 votes.

I have not been a fan of Lisa Murkowski since she was appointed to her senate seat by her father – icky. As it happens, her voting record also left something to be desired, and so I’m very pleased to see her go down. Joe Miller is almost certainly the next senator from Alaska.

Many will chalk this up to the so-called “anti-incumbent’ fervor of this year, but I think it’s something different. People are tired of politics as usual which generally seems to mean those who become part of Washington rather than remain one of their constituents. One can be an incumbent and avoid this – John McCain leaps to mind, but we’ll need to see what actually happens in the elections. Still, I can’t help but think that the ‘anti-incumbent’ meme is really about ignoring the losses of those politicians who’ve become to much part of the Beltway club. This year, that’s mostly democrats, but not entirely.

However, in the end, there’s going to be a lot of new blood in Congress, much of it part of the Tea Party, and all of it unbeholden to ‘politics as usual.’

Key question: will Murkowski support Miller in the general election or be a spoiler of some sort?

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August 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm

McCain Is Too Decent By Half

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Senator John S. McCain apparently believes President Barack H. Obama has “done well” as president.


What can one say about this? It appears to be symptomatic of the same debilitating disease McCain suffered from during the election: a niceness and decency so pervasive that he couldn’t bring himself to say anything substantive about his opponent that might be construed as a negative or personal attack. That, and his erratic behavior such as suspending his campaign to ‘help’ with the financial crisis torpedoed any chance he might have had.

McCain does lay aside Gitmo and Iran, but is the wellness yardstick really measured by legislative success? If so, it proves the folly of nominating senators to the highest executive office in the land. Indeed, I would rate Obama’s legislative ‘successes’ to date as proof of his lack of performance. Exhibit One is the so-called “Stimulus Package” which is obviously doing no such thing as unemployment rises and the economy contracts.

And let’s not forget the budget behemoth, set to exceed all of President Bush’s deficits in one go. Or the defunding of our missile defense programs just as North Korea is testing missiles, nukes, and considering a test in Hawaii’s general direction. Then there would be the Cairo Policy, wherein muslims get a pass and Israel must toe the line, the only exception to the Obama Doctrine of Non-meddlement. Be sure to add in terrorists being read Miranda rights, former detainees exiled to Bermuda, others destined for the States. We’ve also nationalized two-thirds of the American auto industry, much of the financial services industry, we’re about to nationalize healthcare, and public education is in the sights as well. Or Cap & Trade, which will eviscerate the coal industry and cause all our heating and electric bills to skyrocket. I’ve not even touched on the regulations and other changes behind the scenes; one example will suffice: the FDA threat to regulate Cheerios as a drug. Then there’s Iran, where according to Obama we mustn’t even comment when a revolution against the sworn enemy of all Americans is brewing. This isn’t a record in five months of having ‘done well.’ This is a record of making Jimmy Carter look competent.

Which brings us back to McCain. In a sense, it’s understandable that he thinks Obama has done well. After all, the President doesn’t think there’s a difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi and so McCain apparently sees little difference between himself and Obama.

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June 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Apparently, Everyone Voted for McCain

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An interesting phenomenon has developed over the last few weeks. As I posted before the election, I know a surprising number of people who planned to vote for McCain. Obviously, that number was smaller than it seemed.

Now, even here in Massachusetts, McCain topped 30%, though he didn’t equal Bush’s performance of roughly 38% four years ago. I did speculate that my own informal survey was just that — informal.

Yet it continues. Against all expectations, people are still claiming to have voted for McCain — even at a dinner meeting to which I was privy where people had come from all over the country. An odd situation, reminding me of the New Yorker columnist Pauline Kael who wondered how Nixon could have won inasmuch as she knew no one who had voted for him. 

Yet, I have to assume that these people are telling the truth for who would lie about voting for McCain? It’s like Clinton’s popular vote after the 1992 election — he won after in the polls having lost it in the reality. Would that it were so with McCain in the reality of the election, but it was not so.

I don’t know what to make of this bizarre phenomenon. It must surely be a part of my unscientific poll, but it also tends to rub salt in the wound.

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December 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

This Map Is a Lot Less Red than Last Time

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One of the more interesting bits of election analysis is to look at the results not at the state level, but the county level. It actually puts the lie to the notion that a ‘national’ poll means something. Behold:


A few things stand out to me:

McCain carried just one county in New England.

Obama made serious inroads into the Bush counties from 2004, but interestingly, almost all in a largely contiguous fashion. Obama took Kerry’s counties and added adjacent ones.

Florida and Ohio can be carried by targeting a relative handful of counties.

The 2004 map is here.

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November 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm

AT on McCain’s Loss

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A very good read over at the American Thinker on McCain’s loss. Key quote:

… McCain’s (and our) downfall: You can’t bring moderation to an ideology fight. An honorable, sincere moderate who is behind really hasn’t a chance against a cynical ideologue who is ahead. Obama simply dissembled at the debates, while McCain’s tongue-tied references to Ayers, ACORN, Khalidi, “most liberal senator,” etc., sounded unfairly abrupt, even desperate. Maybe they were? To the bitter end, McCain refrained from “bringing Jeremiah Wright into the campaign,” even though Hillary had…Why not? 

It wouldn’t have looked moderate enough. 

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November 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

McCain Concedes

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McCain is conceding as I type this.

The actual votes are not fully tabulated, and there remains a possibility that they may change – it has happened before.

However, we must assume that Barack Obama has been elected 44th president of the United States. It seems a majority of voters have bought into the snake oil of a con man and charlatan. We’re in for a rocky ride.

God help us. And God help the United States.

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November 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm

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