Ebola Obama’s Ebola Chickens Come Home

Our long running series “Mistake In ’08” predicted it all. Barack Obama killed the victorious FDR coalition in order to replace it with the ascendent “Situation Comedy” cult. These debauched acts were no way to build a political party. They were however a near perfect way to destroy a once great political party.

Newt Gingrich writes the epitaph for the cult of Obama Dimocrats:

Your note brought back a lot of 1994 memories.

Remember that almost no one in the media thought we would win a majority even the Monday night before the election.

You are witnessing something different but potentially equally historic.

The growth of the GOP makes it harder for us to create a tidal wave. We already occupy most of the easy spaces.

What we are seeing is something different.

Think of it as a rising tide that is creeping into purple and blue areas.

The GOP may win the Massachusetts and Connecticut governorships.

Colorado is drifting back toward the GOP.

Iowa is going to reelect the governor in a landslide and probably elect a GOP senator.

Arkansas is completing the southern drift toward the GOP.

West Virginia captures the drift theory. There has been a steady erosion in West Virginia and the [Rep. Shelley Moore] Capito landslide [in her bid to become the first Republican the state has elected to the Senate since 1956] is the culmination of a tide rising over a number of years.

The real power of the rising GOP tide is going to be seen in the state legislatures.

The number of GOP supermajorities after this election will be astounding.

This has three big effects. It puts the GOP in charge of policy and forces it to become more solution oriented. It increases the GOP’s power in redistricting. It starves the Democrats of junior incumbents to form a farm team for future big races. In some ways, the Democrats, after a 34-year drift going back to Reagan in 1980, are now moving toward the institutional weakness the Republicans had from 1932 to 1994.

[National Republican Committee chairman] Reince Priebus is going to have some very instructive breakthroughs especially with Latinos and Asian-Americans. [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich’s endorsement by the leading African-American paper in Ohio is another sign. [House speaker John] Boehner’s drive to get at least the maximum number of House seats in modern times builds a firewall that may keep the GOP in control for another generation ( who would have thought the GOP would control the House for 16 of 20 years when you were riding with me).

There will clearly be a tide on election day, and the question is how high it will rise.

If everything breaks it could be a tidal wave. If not, it will just be a rising tide.

This election year we thought the state polls would be a especially lagging indicator of what was to come. That’s why we did not begin to focus on polls until after October 15.

Why did we think the polls would lag so far behind what could be expected? The main reason is that the public is disgusted with the Republican Party and it’s refusal to confront Barack Obama with brutal opposition instead of accommodationist compromise on issues such as illegal immigration.

A secondary but not to be underestimated reason is that the American voter still can be swayed by campaigns of fear, race-baiting, and false hope and lies which are Obama Dimocrats’ strong suit. Is it possible the Obama Dimocrats could retain the senate? Sure, anything’s possible but what will not be in doubt is that America has rejected Barack Obama. That is why even Obama Dimocrats pretend not to have voted for Barack Obama.

Anything can happen, but in the end, at the very last moment, we think the voters will set aside their loathing of Republican Party calculated moves and realize that Barack Obama and his policies must be sent to the Chicago stockyards to be turned into mashed, ground down lumps of bleeding flesh. We are seeing that in some of the late breaking polls from states such as Iowa, Colorado, and Kentucky.

In 2010 the Democratic Party’s ten year plan was destroyed because of the monumental Mistake in ’08. An entire generation of party candidates was destroyed too. The damage caused by Barack Obama cannot be underestimated.

After Barack Obama the bulwark of what once was the Democratic Party will cease to be. Labor unions. Labor unions that sold out their workers into bondage to the Obama cult are in great peril and will not survive Barack Obama’s Ebola Presidency.

On Tuesday a most important election will ratify the destruction of Big Labor if Scott Walker wins reelection. Scott Walker will then be poised to run for president.

But Big Labor will not win even if Scott Walker loses. Big Labor has another Big Problem:

McConnell-Grimes outcome could decide whether Kentucky goes right-to-work

All eyes will be on Kentucky Tuesday as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a serious challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. But beneath that marquee matchup lies a fierce battle between labor unions and anti-union groups over whether Kentucky, long a rare pro-union outpost in the anti-union South, becomes a right-to-work state.

Republicans hold a majority in the Kentucky state Senate; the Kentucky House is controlled by Democrats, 54-46. That means Republicans need to pick up only five seats to flip it — a task made easier if McConnell wins and extends coattails down the ballot. Should the Kentucky House go Republican, state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer has already said that his first priority will be to pass a right-to-work bill.

Kentucky is a state with 194,000 union members, so if it passes right-to-work — shorthand for allowing individuals covered by union contracts not to pay union dues or their equivalent (thereby creating a “free rider” problem financially costly to unions) — that will deal a serious blow to organized labor. Unions have already lost tens of thousands of members in recent years from the passage of right-to-work in Indiana and Michigan. According to partial FEC filings, AFL-CIO super PAC Workers’ Voice has spent $1.08 million on the Kentucky Senate race alone.

“If the Republicans took control of the House, I would say it’s almost a certainty that right-to-work passes” says Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan.

Some experts reckon that the GOP wouldn’t need to pick up all five seats to flip the House. Scott Lasley, political science professor at Western Kentucky University and chairman of the Warren County Republican Party, told The Louisville Courier-Journal earlier this month that “if Republicans get close,” that will put pressure on one or more conservative Democrats to switch party affiliation.

What about Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat who opposes right-to-work? Wouldn’t he veto it? Probably. But under Kentucky law, the state Legislature may override a gubernatorial veto with a simple majority in both houses. That makes it a real possibility that Tuesday’s election will clear the path for Kentucky to become the 25th state to become right-to-work.

McConnell has long been a champion of right-to-work, and has sponsored a federal right-to-work law. [snip]

An August Bluegrass Poll, sponsored by Lexington’s Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV and Louisville’s Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV, showed that 55 percent of voters of registered voters support right-to-work, while only 28 percent favor leaving the law as is.

The 25th state and more to come. The baby, the bathwater, the bassinet, the nursery, the maternity ward are all about to be burned down because of the Mistake in ’08. There is no Obama Dimocrat Party without the unions that undermine their own in order to glorify Ebola Obama.

In a few days the remnants of the Obama cult will see their chickens come home to roost. The Obama chickens too have Ebola.

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156 thoughts on “Ebola Obama’s Ebola Chickens Come Home

  1. I wish Hillary had sat this election out. Nothing good will come out of her participation in this election season.

    http://nypost.com/2014/11/02/obama-always-pointing-the-finger-of-blame-at-someone-else/

    ex-Obama bootlicker, Michael Goodwin:

    If there is a smidgen of a silver lining, it is that the unraveling, complete with Obama’s shameless attempts to duck responsibility, is playing out on the eve of the midterm elections. Fortunately, voters seem ready to respond by giving Republicans control of both houses of congress.

    I second that emotion, and not just because Obama is a failure. For all his narcissism, he didn’t make this mess alone.

    He was aided and abetted by every Democrat in Congress. They marched in lockstep with his cockamamie policies, from ObamaCare to open borders. They protected corrupt leaders in numerous federal agencies, from the IRS to the Genera Services Administration. They stymied efforts to find the truth about Benghazi and the Fast and Furious gunrunning debacle.

    They ceded their constitutional obligations and allowed Obama to crash the system of checks and balances. The vast majority stood silent while he gutted the military and abandoned our allies, including Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and courted Iran, the most menacing nation on earth.

    With painfully few exceptions, Democrats put their loyalty to him above their duty to America.

    And now they must be punished. All of them.

  2. The Dems are crapping themselves….

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/pelosi-catastrophe_817848.html

    Nancy Pelosi is warning of “Catastrophe.” At least, that’s what she is saying in her latest appeal for cash before Tuesday’s election.

    “We’re looking at a catastrophe if things go wrong in 48 hours,” writes the former speaker of the House. “32 races are in statistical dead heats. The Republicans know it too, and according to Politico, they’ve recently bought “millions of dollars of TV advertising time” in districts we won in 2012.”

    Pelosi adds, “This is the kind of late-breaking attack ad blitz that could prove decisive. We can’t back down now — give $5 and help us fight back before tonight’s deadline at midnight. …

    “If they can run the table, Republicans and their special interest backers will have bought the largest GOP majority in the House since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.

    “I need you in this fight, and I need you now. There are only 48 hours until the election — please give $5 to help us avoid a disaster.”

    The subject line for Pelosi’s email reads: “Catastrophe.”

    …………..

    Its a catastrophe you ever became a politician…..

  3. Perdue gap getting wider in the last days, he may hit 50% yet…

    http://maristpoll.marist.edu/112-georgia-perdue-edges-nunn-in-u-s-senate-race-deal-up-over-carter-in-governors-contest/

    Republican David Perdue, 48%, is narrowly ahead of Democrat Michelle Nunn, 44%, in the contest for U.S. Senate among likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate or have voted early. Libertarian Amanda Swafford receives 3%.

    While Perdue and Nunn have solid support among their respective party’s base, Perdue has a slight advantage among independents likely to vote. Perdue also edges Nunn among men who are likely to go to the polls and is competitive against Nunn among women who are likely to vote.

    If neither Perdue nor Nunn receives 50% of the vote on Tuesday, the contest will go to a runoff in January. In a two-way matchup, Perdue has 49% to 46% for Nunn among likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.

    Turning to the governor’s race in Georgia, Republican incumbent Nathan Deal, 48%, leads Democrat Jason Carter, 43%, by 5 points among likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate or have voted early. Libertarian Andrew Hunt garners 3%.

    If Tuesday’s election were to result in a runoff, Deal, 50%, would be the early favorite against Carter, 46%, among likely voters including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate.

    “In a state that has undergone major demographic changes, Democrats are hoping to score an upset in the senate contest in Georgia to offset expected losses elsewhere,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Although the race for senate is close, Perdue is narrowly in front.”

  4. So Nunn is running worse with whites than the Dem candidate in 2008….

    Nunn lags Martin ’08 among whites (25%) & AAs (85%). Martin took 26/93 in 08 and still couldn’t crack 47% w/ Obama turnout.

    Nunn won’t win.

  5. Pelosi adds, “This is the kind of late-breaking attack ad blitz that could prove decisive. We can’t back down now — give $5
    ————-
    For what? Your next face lift?

    $5? Now there’s a cheap date. But the price is too high.

    She ought to be in pictures—a remake of Sunset Boulevard.

  6. Obama Dimocrats crapping themselves indeed MoonOnPluto and the Republicans will be the toilet paper that wipes them away.

    The best thing for the Republicans this year was the tight races. It forced them to fight until the last minute for every vote. The results via Obama lovin’ Politico:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/gop-gains-steam-112416.html?hp=t2_3

    Republicans’ final, 48-hour push to win the six seats they need to control the Senate began Sunday with good news in three southern states central to the GOP’s strategy.

    New NBC News/Marist polls released on “Meet the Press” show Republicans leading in Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana — or poised to prevail in subsequent runoff elections. And in the pivotal Iowa Senate race, a Des Moines Register poll posted online Saturday night and blared across the front page in Sunday’s editions showed Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst with a 7-point lead over Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley.

    An NBC/Marist poll in Kentucky shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell putting away Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, 50 percent to 41 percent.

    Neither candidate is popular, and more voters view them unfavorably than have favorable impressions of them. But President Barack Obama’s approval rating among likely voters is only 35 percent, weighing down Grimes.

    Political analyst Stu Rothenberg declared the Kentucky race “over” on Saturday, the same day former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton campaigned for Grimes.

    In Georgia, the NBC/Marist poll shows Republican David Perdue leading Democrat Michelle Nunn, 48 percent to 44 percent, a gap equal to the survey’s margin of sampling error of plus-or-minus 4 points. With 4 percent of likely voters undecided, and 3 percent backing a Libertarian, Perdue is within striking distance of winning the majority of the vote and avoiding a January runoff. [snip]

    In the Georgia governor’s race, incumbent Republican Nathan Deal is on the brink of an outright victory, leading Democrat Jason Carter, 48 percent to 43 percent.

    And Louisiana remains a good GOP pickup opportunity, the NBC/Marist poll there shows. [snip]

    Former President Bill Clinton, who was in Iowa on Saturday for Braley, travels to Arkansas on Sunday to campaign for Democrats in his home state. His wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire to campaign for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan.

  7. So sad but true, Admin. Without Hillary 2016 the country is screwed. Who is around besides Hill and Bill that can help rebuild a Party that Americans can be proud of?

  8. The FOURTH immigration interruption of Obama’s speech in Bridgeport, Connecticut. All in span of about 10 minutes.

    Obama being heavily heckled….

  9. moononpluto 4.27 – good.
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    11/2/14. A union-backed political action committee mailed postcards to 30,000 registered voters in Philadelphia last week, providing them with inaccurate polling place information for Tuesday’s general election. Kati Sipp, executive director for The Pennsylvania Working Families Party, said the group is now attempting to call every voter who received the inaccurate information. The group had been trying to reach “occasional voters” with the mailing. “When preparing the mailing, we failed to notice an error in how the mail merge was set up, and as a result, many of those postcards give an incorrect polling place,” Sipp said in an emailed statement. “It was a human error, and a big one, but an honest one. We take this error seriously, and we are taking every step possible to correct it. With all the dirty tricks Philadelphia voters have seen, the last thing we would want is to further any confusion.” The postcard, paid for by the Brooklyn-based non-profit Working Families Organization, identified the sender as the Philadelphia Voter Education and Information Initiative and listed a West Philly address. It included this slogan: “Get informed. Know your rights. Be a voter.” The group’s only campaign finance report shows that it received $125,000 from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Pennsylvania on Oct. 3. The group reported spending $88,470 on Oct. 20 as an in-kind contribution to Democrat Tom Wolf’s campaign for governor “for paid field canvass.” Snip.
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/Political-group-mails-inaccurate-info-to-30000-city-voters.html

  10. The smart Darryl Rowland writes up the final Ohio poll:

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/11/01/Kasich_headed_for_epic_victory.html

    Kasich headed toward epic victory, poll finds

    Gov. John Kasich appears headed toward an epic victory on Tuesday that’s been achieved only one other time in the past 188 years of Ohio elections, the final 2014 Dispatch Poll shows.

    Kasich is thumping challenger Ed FitzGerald by 28 points, 62 percent to 34 percent.

    The Republican governor is leading the way to an apparent GOP sweep of all statewide offices, although Treasurer Josh Mandel is ahead of state Rep. Connie Pillich, D-Cincinnati, by only 6 points, 53 percent to 47 percent.

    Next to Gov. George V. Voinovich’s 47-point re-election victory in 1994 over state Sen. Rob Burch, the Kasich margin could be the biggest since Allen Trimble of the National Republican Party won by a whopping 79 points in 1826. [snip]

    * Attorney General Mike DeWine, 61 percent; former Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, 39 percent.
    Auditor Dave Yost, 55 percent; state Rep. John Patrick Carney, D-Columbus, 39 percent.

    * Secretary of State Jon Husted, 58 percent; state Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, 37 percent.

    * Although all minor party candidates were included in the poll, none got more than 5 percent.

    The poll shows that the potential Democratic debacle stems from a simple cause: Their voters are staying home. Republican turnout may top Democrats’ by 9 percentage points — unusual for a state as politically balanced as Ohio. If this year’s projected electorate had shown up in 2012, Mitt Romney would have beaten Barack Obama by 4 points instead of losing by 3.

    One out of every 4 Ohio Democrats who say they are going to the polls is rejecting FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive.

    Kasich is bolstered by 56 percent of voters who see the Ohio economy getting better, and he gets the credit from a majority who see an improvement. [snip]

    The Dispatch Poll has reflected the actual winner in 26 of the 28 statewide races in the past 10 years, including Kasich’s exact 2-point victory margin in 2010.

  11. After Obama, it will be very hard to rebuild a party Americans can be proud of in– real time.

    Not enough times to delouse the party.

    Not enough time for Republicans to screw the pooch.

    Too much guilt by association.

    Too few bluedogs left to build a coalition around.

    No exorcist to drive out their institutional commitment to the race card.

    We warned them, but they would not listen.

  12. Now can you imagine the uproar if a GOP Senator said this…….

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/tom-harkin-dont-be-fooled-because-joni-ernst-is-really-attra

    etiring Democratic Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says that Iowa voters shouldn’t be fooled because Joni Ernst is “really attractive” and “sounds nice.”

    “In this Senate race, I’ve been watching some of these ads,” Harkin said at the Story County Democrats’ annual fall barbecue last week honoring the retiring senator. “And there’s sort of this sense that, ‘Well, I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice.’”

    “Well I gotta to thinking about that. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.”

    ………………….

    Talk about sexism……

  13. Tom Harkin is The Darkling Thrush of Iowa:

    I leant upon a coppice gate
    When Frost was spectre-grey,
    And Winter’s dregs made desolate
    The weakening eye of day.
    The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
    Like strings of broken lyres,
    And all mankind that haunted nigh
    Had sought their household fires.

    The land’s sharp features seemed to be
    The Century’s corpse outleant,
    His crypt the cloudy canopy,
    The wind his death-lament.
    The ancient pulse of germ and birth
    Was shrunken hard and dry,
    And every spirit upon earth
    Seemed fervourless as I.

    At once a voice arose among
    The bleak twigs overhead
    In a full-hearted evensong
    Of joy illimited;
    An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
    In blast-beruffled plume,
    Had chosen thus to fling his soul
    Upon the growing gloom.

    So little cause for carolings
    Of such ecstatic sound
    Was written on terrestrial things
    Afar or nigh around,
    That I could think there trembled through
    His happy good-night air
    Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
    And I was unaware.

  14. Peggy Noonan finally weens herself Obama’s lower region long enough to say what has been obvious the beginning.

    A few of you may recall a couple comments here by Patty4Hill in early 2008 speaking from mainland China, commenting on how the elites living abroad (and not paying taxes) were lining up behind Obama, aided and abetted by internet moguls.

    The rise of the progressive citizen of the world rootless cosmopolitan billionaire, his entry into politics, and his contempt for the American People were the inevitable result. The problem for them was not that the Clintons were too close to Wall Street, which is all you hear now. The problems the Clintons were too close to the American People who the elites disdained.

    Politicians like Obama being natural born whores were a perfect vehicle for those elitists. With zero loyalty to this nation, he and his fellow dimocrats were only too happy to follow the money and began doing his bidding with the protection of big media.

    Consequently, the distance between politicians and the people has grown wider and deeper than the Grand Canyon. All except the blacks, who not only failed to see this but are in the process of becoming the hardest hit victim. Amnesty is the dagger.

    The quarantine debate is a case in point and a perfect point of departure for this discussion.

    The following comments, by Peggy, are therefore apt:
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    Support among the American public for quarantine appears at this point to be overwhelming. You can know this if you walk down the street and ask people, or if you look at a CBS poll that found 80% of respondents think citizens returning from West Africa should be quarantined until it’s clear they do not have the disease.

    But America’s “professionals” in the scientific and medical communities, AND CERTAINLY THOSE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, seem deeply uninterested in the views of common people. When pressed on the issue they, especially the president, offer only gobbledygook and slogans. We can’t be safe here until they’re safe over there!

    It must be noted that all this—the quarantine argument, the travel ban—is another expression of the DEEP TEARING DISTANCE BETWEEN America’s professional and political ELITES, who operate as if they are ESTRANGED FROM COMMON SENSE, AND NORMAL PEOPLE , who are becoming MORE ESTRANGED FROM THE ELITES—their OBLIVIOUS AND POLITICIZED MASTERS.

    All this will be part of the story on TUESDAY, in the ELECTION.

    IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE YOU CAN PATRONIZE PEOPLE, PLAY THEM, AND THEY WILL NOT, THE FIRST CHANCE THEY GET, SHARPLY REBUKE YOU.

    ———————————

    From Ellis Island To Ebola
    by Peggy Noonan
    WSJ Nov.2,4014

    On a bookshelf in my home in a glass-and-brass frame I keep my great-aunt’s Ellis Island health card. It’s cardboard, about as big as your hand. She wore it on her coat during her nine-day journey from Ireland. Every day the ship’s surgeon (possibly brusquely, probably officiously) examined her for signs of acute or long-term illness. The card noted her details—immigrant, steerage, age about 20—and other facts. SS California out of Londonderry, 1909, Mary Jane Byrne, last residence Glenties. On the back it says, “Keep this Card to avoid detention at Quarantine and in Railroads in the United States.” If she failed the physicals she would be held at Ellis Island or sent back. There’s a little notch to mark each day the doctor found her healthy. In the end there were nine.

    She disembarked at Ellis Island where, so enraged at this crude, assaultive violation of her civil liberties—being subjected to intimate questioning by a stranger, feeling harassed by the daily threat of rejection and expulsion, being, in effect, immigrant-shamed—she got a lawyer, sued the U.S. government, and, with Emma Goldman and Floyd Dell, started a civil-liberties movement that upended American immigration law.

    Wait, that’s not what happened! She accepted with grace the needs and demands of her new nation, took no offense, and acknowledged the utility of a quarantine or ban—why would America be bringing in sick people who could spread disease? She settled in Brooklyn near the Navy Yard and became a maid, a job she worked as a true profession, for half a century. Thus was America built.

    The card she wore on her coat? She kept it as a souvenir. She didn’t know it was a relic of abuse, she thought it was a first palpable sign of citizenship. And so, 50 years later, she passed it on to me.

    I miss such humility, don’t you? Did we fail to encourage it by forgetting to honor it? Or, if these questions are insufficiently ideological, whatever happened to courtesy to the collective? We should bring it back. We could answer the current quarantine question if we faced it with the calm of a 1909 immigrant.

    An American nurse returns from Sierra Leone after treating Ebola patients. She did that on her vacation. We are proud of her. After she lands at Newark Airport she is hustled into quarantine. She is greatly shocked and indignant, loudly protests in the media. Her rights are being violated, her treatment is “inhumane.” By that she perhaps meant uncomfortable—a tent, paper scrubs, no shower. It was all on-the-fly and disorganized, a state scrambling to do what the federal government would not.

    The nurse got sprung and is currently in Maine, refusing quarantine, threatening legal action, and gaily bicycling past media scrums. I see a future in politics.

    Should she have been quarantined? Of course. Because she is at higher than normal risk of developing and transmitting a deadly virus.

    She has been tested for the disease, tests came back negative, and she has no symptoms. But—do we need to keep saying this?—the same was true of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian visitor who later developed Ebola and died. As a doctor said, it takes time for the viral load to become big enough to register. The nurse probably won’t get sick—she looks like a person who knows how to protect herself—but why not be careful?

    The nurse’s case of course makes us think of the New York City doctor who came back from Guinea a few weeks ago after helping people there. He ran all over New York—subways, restaurants, bowling alley—before he came down with Ebola. The New York Post this week quoted law-enforcement officials saying the doctor at first claimed he’d self-quarantined, then admitted he hadn’t. But to be blithely bopping around when he knew he might be carrying a dread illness whose spread would concern an entire city—that was, and I hope I’m not breaching protocols here, discourteous. It wasn’t nice of him to scare everyone like that.

    It would have been gracious if the nurse, hearing of heightened public anxiety, and concerned for the safety of others, had patiently accepted the situation and expressed understanding.

    Instead she, and the sick doctor, acted as if, when a microbe meets a respected and altruistic health-care professional, it, like the general public, is expected to bow.

    Doctors Without Borders suggests those returning from health-care work in West Africa not go to work for 21 days. The military will quarantine U.S. troops back from West Africa for 21 days. Why can’t we have an overall national policy that establishes this? Why are the states forced to do it—then pressured not to?

    It doesn’t seem to matter if quarantined individuals are at home by themselves, with a cop posted at the front door, or alone in another setting. The only point is that they not endanger anybody.

    The only argument against a quarantine that makes sense is that the decision might dissuade U.S. health workers from going to West Africa. It can easily be answered. Pass a law to pay everyone’s full salary while they’re quarantined. Make it a free vacation. Get them every kind of benefit and service possible for those three weeks. And then when they’re well, thank them publicly. Have them in the balcony at the next State of the Union!

    Three weeks off and the thanks of a grateful nation. That’s not a disincentive, it’s an incentive.

    It must be noted that all this—the quarantine argument, the travel ban—is another expression of the deep, tearing distance between America’s professional and political elites, who operate as if they are estranged from common sense, and normal people, who are becoming more estranged from the elites, their oblivious and politicized masters.

    That distance has been growing all my adult life, but the Ebola argument has brought it into sharper relief. The elites should start twigging onto it. They are no longer immediately respected, their guidance is not reflexively taken. They seem more immersed in political thinking—what is the ideologically enlightened position to take, where’s the boss on it?—than in protecting public health.

    Or thinking commonsensically, like your great-aunt.

    Which is too bad because great-aunts built America.

    All this will be part of the story on Tuesday, in the elections. It is hard to believe you can patronize people, and play them, and they will not, first chance they get, sharply rebuke you.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-lesson-from-my-great-aunt-1414708082

  15. This comment seemed pertinent as well. For what it is worth, I know Tacoma Washington well. Outside the hospital which faces picturesque Wright Park, there is a plaque commemorating three great doctors, one of whom in his day was the leading expert in the country on the containment and fighting of infectious diseases. Thus, the reference to the pesthouses and sanitariums. Those were undoubtedly part of this doctors’s work.

    A former judge I know laments the fact that lawyers (like him) may be the toast of the town, but when they die, they leave no footprints in the sand. At least this great doctor managed to leave behind him a plaque, and a body of work which Obama and his politicized CDC are too elitist to care about. They would rather spend their time (and our money) on projects they can brad about at cocktail parties, like studying the effect of cigarette smoking on the population of Shanghai, or the breeding habits of frogs.

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    DON VANDERVELDE 3 hours ago

    In pre-antibiotic days infectious diseases such as small pox, scarlet fever, etc. ravaged the world. Couples produced large numbers of children to compensate for those who would surely be taken from them by infections. Towns maintained municipal “pesthouses” and sanitariums for those with tuberculosis and other killers to be isolated from the community. It was an accepted part of life, and death. My town, Tacoma, Wa., still has an existing building that used to be the old pesthouse. To answer your question; strict, even inconvenient. quarantines must, occasionally be a part of our health laws, and no whining should be allowed, only gratitude.

  16. From the article you posted JBStonesFan:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article3522058.html

    “You can early vote up until 4 o’clock,” Crist said at a Fort Lauderdale rally with Biden. “I heard some tried to make it a little longer but you know how things go sometimes in Florida. … I’m on your side and Rick’s not.”

    Biden said he was delivering a simple message from President Barack Obama: “He has had your back, you’ve got to have his back. … Give him some governors he can work with.” [snip]

    Crist’s campaign said African-American voting was already up in 2014 compared to 2010. But Scott’s campaign points out that Republicans aren’t just ahead in raw early votes, it says Crist might be cannibalizing his Election Day voters by simply moving them to early vote.

    Relative to the ballots cast by Republicans, Democrats know they’ll head into Election Day down. They’re comforting themselves with polling data that shows independents, who have cast more than 17 percent of early and absentee ballots, are leaning toward Crist. Also, Democrats have more than 455,000 registered voters than Republicans.
    Crist backyard

    But in Crist’s home county of Pinellas, the call to vote early en masse fell on deaf ears.

    At Bethel Community Baptist Church, one of St. Petersburg’s most prominent African-American churches, the Rev. Manuel L. Sykes asked members of the congregation to raise their hands if they had already voted. Everyone else, he said, should report to the Greater Mount Zion AME Church at 1045 16th Street South at 3 p.m. for the final Souls to the Polls push. But at the appointed time, the event looked like a bust. Only a handful of people showed up after church.

    The lack of crowds is a potentially troubling sign for Crist because it took place in his own backyard of Pinellas County. Despite having a campaign stocked with political professionals who worked for Obama’s reelection in Florida, Crist’s campaign hasn’t been able to drive pre-Election Day turnout at the same rate. [snip]

    Republicans won early voting as well in 2010, but they lost it badly in 2012 when, after a single weekend, enough Democrats showed at the polls to lead the GOP in total pre-Election Day ballots cast.

    That same Democratic intensity hasn’t been seen during this midterm election.

    Still, Democrats narrowly lead Republicans in early votes cast in person, 42-41 percent. All told, more than 1.2 million in-person early votes have been cast as of Saturday night, bringing the total pre-Election Day ballots to about 3 million, which could be half of this election’s total votes.

    Broward County Democrats have cast more early in-person votes than other party members in other counties, about 68,000 as of Saturday night. Miami-Dade Democrats cast about 53,000, followed by Palm Beach (40,000), Hillsborough (34,000) and Duval (30,000).
    Jacksonville blacks

    Those numbers should grow after Sunday — especially in Jacksonville’s Duval, one of 12 counties that offered early voting Sunday. Democrats emphasized early voting. Jesse Jackson paid a visit.

    On the city’s north side, the Rev. Jeffrey Rumlin ended a two-hour service at Dayspring Baptist Church by reminding his African-American congregation of about 300 people that others died so that blacks could gain the right to vote.

    “If voting was not important, then why are some people trying to stop us from voting?” Rumlin asked as parishioners chimed in with “Amen” and “that’s right.” The pastor’s father, Isaiah Rumlin, president of the NAACP’s Jacksonville branch, made a similar pitch.

    Worshippers were given fans that showed side-by-side pictures of Crist and Obama and the phrase “partners in progress,” and a list of the county’s 18 early voting sites. They were also offered tickets to a free fish fry in a parking lot next door to the nearest early voting site at a branch library.

    “It’s not because we’re trying to buy a vote. It’s trying to encourage voting,” said Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, who passed out the fish fry tickets and addressed the congregation as the service ended. “I can’t tell you who to vote for, but I’d certainly rather be Scott-free.” [snip]

    Duval Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland estimated that turnout so far is three to five percentage points higher than it was in 2010.

    Miami-Dade’s early voting on Sunday saw some of the heaviest turnout, 170 percent more than the previous Sunday.

  17. Admin: if Tuesday happens to go as we hope, and as I now believe it will, despite the random cheating which is as integral to the Obama machine as the race baiting paradigm, then I think we on this blog will feel some degree of satisfaction, that finally, at long last, the country has woken up. How we then dig ourselves out of the hole, with Obama still in office for 2 more years, and certain to pursue some form of vendetta against the American People for rejecting his policies, is an imponderable. Much depends on what Hillary does, and I think it is pretty clear, to me at least, that Jebediah Bush is likely to be her opponent.

  18. fans that showed side-by-side pictures of Crist and Obama and the phrase “partners in progress,”
    ————-
    Now that would be a nice ebay acquisition.

    Caption to read:

    “Progs of a feather lie, cheat and steal together.”

    Don’t miss their stand-up act, now playing at the Iguana Club.

  19. Obama must have bristled at the empty chair skit by Clint Eastwood in 2012.

    It showed Obama as he really is.

    But even with that visual 52% of the electorate could not see it.

  20. My wife, a homemaker , voted early all republicans despite her strong pro choice
    stance and disgust with Scott. I explained to her that these wedge issues have been used since Roe v. Wade to scare woman and choice will remain the law of the land no matter what party is elected. Unfortunately, too many people fall for these fear tactics and others quite frankly are voting for dems simply because Obama is AA. Any objective AA would see their plight has not improved, and in some instances, is worse under democratic leadership. I shall vote Tuesday as I enjoy the lines and excitement Election Day. I hope as usual that my pessimism is misplaced and that the dems lose the senate. I think Crist is going to win a close one down here as the article indicates, demographics are in his favor.

  21. Re my earlier comment No confidence: Neither Wolf nor Corbett has earned our support
    November 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    By the editorial board
    ———————
    Incredibly irresponsible of a news publishing giant to endorse neither established candidate this late in the game. Do they want PA to stay home?
    Turns out on Oct 17 PPG published two small paragraphs stating neither man at the end of a boring list of endorsements and no one noticed. So they made a bigger splash two eves prior to election day.

  22. Kasich headed toward epic victory, poll finds

    Gov. John Kasich appears headed toward an epic victory on Tuesday that’s been achieved only one other time in the past 188 years of Ohio elections, the final 2014 Dispatch Poll shows.
    ____________________________

    He has been a good Governor and has advertized a lot.
    I don’t even know who is running against him and not much advertizing at all. 🙂

  23. Lu4PUMA November 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I saw Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild on Fox the other day speaking for Hillary.

    It’s been a long time since I’ve heard from Lynn Forester. Can you link us to a video of this Fox interview? Or a transcript?

  24. pm317 November 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I wish Hillary had sat this election out….

    Sitting out this election would have meant retirement from politics and no hopes for 2016.

  25. There are quite a few articles defending Obama this morning. at the usual Obama defense sites. This one from The Hill, is one of the lamest. It blames the Republicans for making the election a referendum on Obama. Wait? Aren’t midterms usually about the party in power? Didn’t Barack declare that his policies were on the ballot with every Dim?

    This article actually says that because Obama was “boxed out” of the campaigning efforts of Dims, if they lose Tuesday, it ain’t O’s fault. Losing Dim candidates couldn’t find a way to make their campaign about something other than Obama? Kay Hagen did it, according to the article, she focused on her opponent”s record on education. But Grimes mishandled things. Hell, she wouldn’t admit to even voting for O!

    There are some delusional Dims out there today, doing their best to take this monkey off O’s back. It is not his fault. Do you hear me? And besides, the Republicans don’t even have an agenda. They just want people to vote against the president’s party. And, man that sucks.

    ______________

    Republicans get what they want: A midterm election about Obama
     
    By Justin Sink – 11/03/14 06:00 AM ES

    (snip)

    Still, advisers insist Obama understands the politics at play and cares more than anything about winning. And, having been boxed out of campaigning gives the president an excuse if things go south on Tuesday.

    “Ultimately, those Democratic candidates will have to develop their own strategies in their states for figuring out how exactly to do that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said this week. “And there are people running in red states that have a strong track record…. So it should be their decision. It’s ultimately their campaign; it’s their name that’s on the ballot.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/222494-gop-gets-what-it-wants-an-election-about-obama

  26. ObamaCare lies to protect ObamaCare by the New York Times:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/nyt-election-can-t-be-about-obamacare_817851.html

    It is becoming increasingly clear how important it is to liberals to try to insulate Obamacare from what is shaping up as another “shellacking.” Sure, a few months after House Democrats passed Obamacare (over unanimous Republican opposition), they lost more House seats (63) while also losing control of that chamber than they had since the 1800s. And, sure, President Obama’s approval rating in Gallup’s polling, which was 67 percent shortly after he took office, has been in the 40s for 18 of the 19 quarters since his Senate allies passed Obamacare (over unanimous GOP opposition) on Christmas Eve 2009. But Obamacare can’t be to blame for any of this, can it? For if it can, that would suggest that the liberal centerpiece of an entire presidency can be repealed and replaced.

    Thus, the New York Times asserts, “Republican attacks on the health care law dominated the early months of the campaign, but now have largely receded from view.” Unfortunately for the Times, this claim is false. According to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG), anti-Obamacare ads have dominated GOP ad buys in October. In Senate races during the week of October 13-19, Republicans ran nearly 12,000 anti-Obamacare ads. That’s nearly twice as many as they ran on jobs/unemployment, and it’s more than they ran on immigration and international affairs combined. The top-5 issues for the GOP in Senate races for the week of October 13-19 were as follows: 1. Obamacare (nearly 12,000 ads); 2. Budget/Government Spending (nearly 9,000 ads); 3. Energy/Environment (nearly 7,000 ads); 4. Jobs/Unemployment (more than 6,000 ads); 5. Immigration (nearly 5,000 ads).

    Nor was this a one-week aberration. For the week of October 6-12, Obamacare was also clearly the #1 issue for the GOP in Senate races (more than 11,000 ads), and that week Democrats in Senate races chipped in with about 500 anti-Obamacare ads of their own.

    That’s a far cry from the Times’s wishful claim that “Republican attacks on the health care law … have largely receded from view.”

    The highly respected Des Moines Register poll offers further evidence that Obamacare is the main issue in this election. In a state that was to the left of the nation as a whole during each of the past three presidential elections, the Register finds that Republican Joni Ernst is leading Democrat Bruce Braley by 51 to 44 percent. The #1 reason why Ernst supporters said they are voting for her is “to get one step closer to repealing Obamacare” — 30 percent gave that answer. In contrast, the desire “to elect a person who will support Obamacare, while working to make it better” was only the #5 reason why Braley supporters said they are voting for him — only 13 percent gave that answer.

    It is highly unlikely that Iowa is the only state in which voters’ #1 reason for supporting the Republican senatorial candidate is their desire to repeal Obamacare.

  27. This article by Hart Williams at The Moderate Voice (which is about as moderate as “The Progressive”, says that people who want to tie this election loss to Obama’s tail, if indeed, the Dims loose, are apparently unaware of the very low favorability ratings of congress. People are pissed off at congress.

    Having offered an excuse for Dim losses tomorrow, Hart opines that the Dims may be the winners here after all because NO ONE has figured out the O machine. The kiddies at OFA have been raking in money since immediately after the 2012 election getting ready for the midterms, and they have worked their asses off.
    Never estimate the power of unemployed, pot-heads with trust funds, and too much free time.
    _________________

    The Final Push Up Calumniation Hill
    by: Hart Williams

    (snip)

    So, we may ALL be very surprised come Tuesday. This has all the hallmarks of a “wave” election, but not in the direction of the Tea Party.
    That is what I see under the radar, while everyone else fights the LAST war.  I believe the R’s STILL haven’t figured out Obama’s voting machine.

    Obviously, we shall see. But I don’t believe the crystal balls.
    Heck, I don’t believe most of the pundits have any balls at all.*

    http://themoderatevoice.com/200001/final-push-calumniation-hill/

  28. Last night WolfForPA rallied with Obama in Philadelphia. Evidently there were an embarrassing number of empty seats.
    Guess Tom Wolf has figured out too much Obama rubbed off on him for today, the city’s headlines scream

    PHILLY DEMS WANTED $340G IN ‘STREET MONEY’ – WOLF SAID NO.

    Those of you beyond PA likely do not realize that Wolf has been paying for TV time to lie about Corbett school funding ahead of his “primary” and including this morning. Even losing some endorsements because of that lie has not been enough to call in the ads.

    Some squealing in PA too. Unfortunately no lack of media to help.

    PS: Thanks to Tom Harkin for lowering Joni down to a pretty face. I believe enough women are educated enough and care enough to see Harkin’s remark for what it is.

    PS1: re admin’s find on Obamacare: Looks like the public finally “got” it.

  29. Freespirit said.
    Heck, I don’t believe most of the pundits have any balls at all.*
    ___________________________

    😆
    If they do Freespirit they are golf balls like their mentor. 😆

  30. freespirit
    November 3, 2014 at 8:52 am
    ———–
    I agree with you.

    This self proclaimed “moderate voice” states the obvious–republicans don’t have the ground game–without telling us why, shows his own lack of testicular fortitude with with his bold prediction that it may or may not be a wave election, and sees what he wants to see with his definite prediction that if it is a wave election, it will not be in the direction the Tea Party wants.

    Whatever happened to the old axiom better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than opening your mouth and removing all doubt. When he says this will not be in the direction of the Tea Party he is wrong. It may be true that RINOs will be the immediate beneficiary of a wave election, but the impetus for this is not a love of the RINO but a repudiation of the elites, as Peggy Noonan opines above. And, if that is the impetus, then in due course the RINO will be subjected to the same fate.

    I say the message of a wave election is right out of the Tea Party playbook. It is a Cruz manifesto:

    the DEEP TEARING DISTANCE BETWEEN America’s professional and political ELITES, who operate as if they are ESTRANGED FROM COMMON SENSE, AND NORMAL PEOPLE , who are becoming MORE ESTRANGED FROM THE ELITES—their OBLIVIOUS AND POLITICIZED MASTERS.

    IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE YOU CAN PATRONIZE PEOPLE, PLAY THEM, AND THEY WILL NOT, THE FIRST CHANCE THEY GET, SHARPLY REBUKE YOU.

    He fails to say WHY the Republicans do not have the ground game that the Obama machine has, and suggests that if they had figured it out, they would have replicated it.

    For whatever it is worth, I made that same argument to the McCain group who were clueless. What I failed to understand at that time was that I too was clueless as to the reason. For I believed it was simply a matter of voter identification and get out to vote. That explanation however is not even half of it.

    The full answer goes to the nature of the two parties themselves, what they stand for, which segments of the population they attract, and the relative willingness of those they attract to follow their dictates blindly. There are five major groups that comprise the base of the republican party, and they are held together not by economic dependency but by a set of ideas.

    Today, and especially under Obama, the democrat party is held together by economic dependency and a belief in government. That in turn creates the master servant relationship which socialism implies and which Richard Rodrigues spoke of so eloquently. Their mission is not to expand the pie but to make sure that the pie is equitable divided based on their concept of equity.

    Within their camp Bill Clinton was an exception. During his first two years, he was not a great president. He ran with the hard left, and got his hat handed to him in the 1994 midterms. It was after that that Bill became a great president. And he would have been recognized as such but for the fatal flaw which is the curse of every hero in Greek mythology–which led to the impeachment proceeding that eclipsed his term in office.

    In the play Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw there is a munitions dealer named Undershaft, no pun intended. Major Barbara is a committed socialist of that best of all charities The Salvation Army. As you might expect, the two of them argue, and at one point, Undershaft states that the only one he really loves is his enemy. And he goes on to explain: my enemy makes me better.

    For Bill, Newt Gingrich was, not by intent, but by effect, the political enemy who made Bill better. But to be better he had to deviate from the core philosophy of dependency and the dole which were at the heart of the party. And the opposition to Hillary from the far left are a direct reflection of exactly that.

  31. foxyladi14
    November 3, 2014 at 10:39 am
    ————-
    Quite a staged picture.

    How many women (no men allowed) can you put into an Obama photo op on women?

    Are they true believers, or are merely stage props?

    This is the kind of phony stunt that big media loves.

  32. Pray for a fair and honest election. 😀

    In the waning days of Election 2014, key Senate races that had been razor-close affairs for months have moved toward Republicans — from the open seats of Iowa and Georgia to challenges to incumbents in Arkansas and Alaska. Kentucky appeared to move off the map with Mitch McConnell — poised to replace Harry Reid as majority leader next year — opening a decisive lead.

    http://politi.co/1x0rGVi

  33. Admin: this is EXACTLY what you have been saying. If only Hillary had listened . . .
    ————————
    Clinton’s decision to step down as Secretary of State after President Obama’s first term was definitely a politically shrewd one. Recent political history indicates that Presidential second terms tend overwhelmingly to be scandal-ridden train wrecks and Clinton definitely did the right thing by exiting that particular train. But this year as midterms approached, Hillary faced a difficult choice.

    Probably the smarter play for Hillary was to sit this election out rather than risk associating herself with a Democrat bloodbath. However, doing so would have given ammunition to her enemies within the party who have long grumbled (correctly) that the Clintons are mostly interested in helping to advance the Clintons. And so Hillary decided to roll the dice on Election Day 2014 perhaps not being as bad as the Democrats feared and thus earning credit as the savior of the Democrat party.

    Unfortunately for Hillary, her most high profile causes appear to be among the most prominent Democrat underperformers in this election. Clinton has virtually camped (for obvious reasons) in New Hampshire in 2014 on the stump for Jeanine Shaheen, who once held a comfortable lead but now appears in very real danger of losing to a Massachusetts carpetbagger. Clinton has likewise gone to the wall for Alison Grimes in Kentucky, whose campaign has overtly played up the connection with the Clintons and has floundered and all but collapsed down the stretch. Clinton has likewise headlined four events for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)0% during the week that almost perfectly coincided with Udall’s more-or-less permanent slide to underdog status in the race. Clinton has likewise stumped for Martha Coakley who appears to be on the verge of losing statewide for the second time to a Republican in Massachusetts. Clinton has likewise been a regular visitor to Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)HERITAGE ACTIONSCORECARDRep. Bruce Braley4%House Democrat Average12%SEE FULL SCORECARD4% campaign stops, and Braley is likewise headed in the wrong direction in the polls. Of the candidates Clinton has stumped for over the last two months, only Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)4% can be said to be running anywhere above where you would expect to see a Democrat running at this point of the race, and Hillary has done exactly one event with Hagan during this time.

    Given this rather dismal record on the trail, it seems that Hillary is really mostly racking up a series of chits with people who are likely to lose their elections tomorrow and thus not have meaningful chits to give in return. And moreover, during the course of this bloodbath, she has forcibly reminded many Democrat voters of what they might have otherwise forgotten since the debacle of 2008; namely, that in terms of political skill, Hillary is not Bill. In fact, not only is she not Bill, she’s very good at all, or even average. Literally the only thing that connects her to the man who won the Presidency twice is a last name, which is enough to give her a lead in meaningless polls at this point, but which many remain nervous will not translate into actual campaign success in 2016.

    Many Democrats stand to lose their jobs tomorrow, which will of course have a meaningful impact on those Democrats as they migrate over to K Street. But in terms of long-term opportunity costs, perhaps no one has more to lose tomorrow than Hillary Clinton.

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/11/03/tomorrows-biggest-loser-might-hillary-clinton/

  34. perhaps no one has more to lose tomorrow than Hillary Clinton

    ===============================================================

    ONLY IF THE DEMS KEEP CONTROL OF THE SENATE. OTHERWISE SHE CAN START MEANINGFULLY DEFINING HER DIFFERENCES WITH THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION AND SET THE AGENDA FOR 2016. LET US HOPE SHE GETS SOME REAL PROS AND NOT RETREADS FROM 08 ON BOARD. CARVILLE, BEGALA, ETC.,

  35. So what is the plans for tomorrow night, i unfortunately have to work during the day then i will come home, sleep for 4 hours before it hits 7pm ET and get ready for the Demolitionapalooza.

    Hope you all will attend the party…….and join us all for as much hooting at the hopeful destruction of the Obamanation.

  36. Demolitionapalooza
    —————
    Moon-

    I try to be efficient in the use of words

    So as not to bore the audience too badly

    But you are the state of the art

    What I would say in one sentence, you have managed to reduced to a single word.

    Demolitionapalooza

    Nice.

    (Now, lets hope it happens, notwithstanding all the cheating and the race baiting of the Obamahordes.)

    P.S. Harkin’s comment about Joni Ernst was both ill considered and revealing.

    At the very least, being a veteran himself and presumably someone who is by virtue of party affiliation presumably committed to equal rights, his comment about her was unconscionable. I know how these things can happen in the course of a political campaign, especially when it is your seat, the one you held for a long time, fall to the other party, and your hand picked successor is likely to go down to ignominious defeat. Still, an ill considered remark uttered in the heat of the moment to a partisan crowd clamoring for red meat undermines his brand, and what many people believed his career stood for. It is not the recommended way to ride off into the sunset. For what it is worth, I never believed in him myself, because I had this sixth sense about him that he was more of a John Brown, than a Lincoln. In other words, a zealot at heart.

  37. and actually her name is Elizabeth Mann…….

    Why is her legal name not on the ballot? Why won’t she use Elizabeth Mann?

  38. holdthemaccountable
    November 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    ————
    We did the same thing at a big Hillary rally outside Charleston West Virginia in 2008.

    We tried to get all the supporters squeezed into a small area to give the impression there were more of them, but they spread out to get a better view. We also tried the black curtain treatment. In the end, of course, it did not matter. If she becomes a candidate this time around I doubt that will be a problem. I think the party will rush to her side to save them. It is not the party but the rest of the electorate that troubles me, for the reasons above—UNLESS, you assume as jb does that the Democrats will hold the senate. Then, she will get some credit for saving the party, but at the high price of also empowering Obama.

  39. Why is her legal name not on the ballot?
    —————
    Why did she claim to be Native American when she was not?

  40. Herding the cats was my job, and I was a miserable failure at it.

    I forgot, it was Pennsylvania, not West Virginia where this happened.

  41. In the wake of the Democratic Party’s 2010 defeats, it seemed as though Obama might go the way of Bill Clinton; triangulate, moderate, embrace centrism. The president did work with newly ascendant Republicans to strike a deal increasing unemployment insurance for a temporary extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, and he appointed the business-friendly Bill Daley to serve as his chief of staff. It did not last. A freshly reelected Barack Obama made repeal of those tax cuts for the nation’s top earners a priority. Daley lasted just one year in his role before he movedon to more productive pursuits.
    It seems this time around, Obama is not even pretending to be interested in shifting to the middle. Instead, his allies target Democratic partisans with a message of defiance. The fight, they insist, will continue. The cause endures. But it is a mere feint. There is no stomach in the Oval Office for anything other than showpiece battles over Potemkin legislation. Obama is a spent force. Democrats will come to terms with this soon, when it becomes indisputable that the president has no more interest in governing. But they will only be joining the rest of America which came to that same conclusion months ago.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/11/03/facing-another-midterm-shellacking-obama-insists-hell-never-change

    /?utm_source=hafbp&utm_medium=fbpage&utm_campaign=haupdate

  42. Stalin, aka Comrade Card Index, ruthless bureaucrat that he was, once said:

    Here, we have a man with a problem.

    No man.

    No problem.

    For the progressive it is no different.

    This gem from the NYT

    Here we have a mid term election.

    This mid term election presents a problem for Messiah Obama.

    (American People detest his anti America agenda)

    No mid term election.

    No problem.
    ———————-

    NY Times: Cancel Midterm Elections

    Elite writers opine that you aren’t smart enough to vote every 2 years

    By: briansikma (Diary) | November 3rd, 2014 at 02:06 PM | 7

    The New York Times editorial page today published an op-ed calling for the cancellation of the mid-term elections. Yes, that’s right, a day before you and I and millions of Americans head to the polls to vote in Congressional and Senate races, as well as numerous races for state and local office, a pair of wise people lament the franchise and that overrated form of government known as representative self-government.

    “There was a time when midterm elections made sense — at our nation’s founding, the Constitution represented a new form of republican government, and it was important for at least one body of Congress to be closely accountable to the people,” write Prof. David Schanzer and Jay Sullivan, a student, of Duke University.

    But accountability is so old-fashioned that now, “We should get rid of federal midterm elections entirely” they argue.

    Why should we rid ourselves of this outdated and cumbersome expression of republicanism?

    “The main impact of the midterm election in the modern era has been to weaken the president, the only government official (other than the powerless vice president) elected by the entire nation.”

    Heaven forbid that anything would ever – ever – weaken the power of the chief executive.

    Perhaps someone should point out to Prof. Schanzer that the President of the United States is actually elected by the people acting through the states (See: College, Electoral) and not simply selected “by the entire nation.”

    The founding fathers were skeptics of human nature, and they understood that people like power, and people are self-interested. They thus devised a system that balanced the pursuit of power by people in government with the pursuit of self-interest by people out of government. The tension between the two is resolved in elections.

    Federalist Number 52 explains the reason that U.S. House members were given two-year terms:

    “As it is essential to liberty that the government in general should have a common interest with the people, so it is particularly essential that the branch of it under consideration should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people. Frequent elections are unquestionably the only policy by which this dependence and sympathy can be effectually secured.”

    Liberals make much ado about democracy, but this op-ed in The New York Times reveals the ultimate hypocrisy of liberalism: While dispensing platitudes about individual rights they prefer to concentrate power in a supposedly benevolent and all-wise paternal government.

    If elections are such a bother, why stop with eliminating the midterms? Why not rid the nation of the tumult and expense of presidential election cycles by making that office hereditary? If 2016 features a Clinton running against a Bush (again), perhaps that will have effectively taken place.

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/11/03/ny-times-cancel-midterm-elections/

  43. Sorry Scott Brown has his last ad up, it’s on drudge, I can’t post it from my phone…don’t know how…Admin, can you, or someone else get it? It is ridiculously phenomenal. ..

  44. Thanks Admin…I have always like Scott Brown, he what’s right with American politics…I absolutely love this ad, it hits all the right notes and tugs at the right heart strings…
    I really want this man elected!

  45. wbboei
    November 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm
    holdthemaccountable
    November 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    ————
    We did the same thing at a big Hillary rally
    **********************
    Given all we’ve seen, I can tolerate the practice, but do express surprise that it was needed with Obama and Wolf in the land of Philly.

    The PA rethugs do have a good ground game to this extent: Corbett’s TV ads of the last few weeks line up perfectly with info on a mailer I received today. One concerted message, same bullet points, and some very credible footnotes. Wolf dancing with Michelle. I did try to find a link for that. Sadly, Hillary was pictured as part of the “Obama Team” brought in. Apologies for that.
    Bill was not pictured nor mentioned.

  46. Hillary could take a lesson in advertising from Scotts campaign. ..win or lose, and I pray he doesn’t lose, it’s the right message, for the right time.

  47. A top Obama aide says if pollsters’ projections of a GOP Senate takeover hold up on Election Day Tuesday, President Barack Obama and his administration are in for a world of hurt.
    “We know we’re in for a s**t storm if we lose the Senate. You have to gird yourself mentally ’cause you are going to come out on the other end,” a “top Obama aide” told Politico Magazine.
    The aide added, “But, you hit bottom, and then you have the Obama comeback story.”
    Politico says such a comeback, however, is unlikely.
    Senior Politico writer Glenn Thrush and White House Politico reporter Carrie Budoff Brown write:
    It’s hard to see that comeback just now, what with Obama’s slow-footed responses to an array of crises and forehead-slapping lapses like his decision to play 18 holes of golf after issuing a statement condemning the American journalist James Foley’s decapitation by Islamic State militants in August.
    Indeed, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that even 47% of Democrats say Obama must change his lackluster leadership style.
    Voters head to the polls Tuesday.

  48. Piers Morgan, no longer with CNN is a fool no longer in love with Barack:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2819111/Piers-Morgan-Ten-reasons-bluffing-boring-blame-pointing-Obama-expect-deserved-shellacking-midterm-elections.html

    Ten reasons why bluffing, boring, blame-pointing Obama can expect a well-deserved shellacking in the midterm elections

    When Barack Obama was first elected President in 2008, I celebrated by having an exquisitely romantic dinner on a tiny, temporary sand dune in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

    Like most of the world, I was thoroughly entranced by this dynamic young senator. He seemed so fresh, vibrant, eloquent and smart.

    I believed him when he repeatedly cried: ‘Yes, we can!’

    And I punched the air as he assured us: ‘Change has come to America!’

    We all did.

    Well, everyone bar the Republicans who had seen their hopes go up in smoke with John McCain.

    Today, six years on, harsh reality has set in.

    It turned out that ‘Most of the time we can’t’ and ‘Not much has changed in America’.

    Obama’s personal approval ratings have crashed to an all-time low and his Democrat party is facing a humiliating shellacking in tomorrow’s mid-term elections.

    He’s gone from being a shining, youthful beacon of audacious hope to a greying, increasingly defeatist purveyor of disappointment.

    The Maldives dune where I enjoyed that sumptuous dinner now seems a perfect metaphor for Obama’s administration: it appeared as if by magic and brought such glorious promise and excitement. But as midnight arrived, water began to lap away at my ankles and the very substance of the dune evaporated before my eyes.

    I was whisked to safety in a speedboat.

    Sadly, that option is not available to the American people stuck on the rather larger Obama-run dune for another two years.

    So why has it all gone so horribly wrong?

    Here are ten reasons:

    1. HE BREAKS HIS PROMISES. [snip]

    2. HIS FOREIGN POLICY STINKS. [snip]

    3. HE’S A BLUFFER. [snip]

    4. HE CAN’T GET THE ECONOMY OUT OF THE TANK. [snip]

    5. HE CAN’T EVEN DO THE RIGHT THINGS RIGHT. [snip]

    6. HE’S BORING. [snip]

    7. HE BLAMES REPUBLICANS FOR EVERYTHING. [snip]

    8. HE CAN’T NEGOTIATE. [snip]

    9. HE’S DONE NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MINORITIES. [snip]

    10. HE PERSISTS IN CALLING US ALL ‘FOLKS’.[snip]

    In short, Obama is a treacherous boob. We knew that in 2007. Piers believed the flim-flam.

  49. 47% of democrats say Obama must change his DNA make-up

    Even for a big media beloved messiah that is a tall order

    Besides, messiahs are, by definition, infallible

    Messiah forgive those right wing racists for they know not what they do.

  50. This fucking Browkaw is the reason big media is in the mess it is in.

    Instead of acting as an elder statesman and holding the dims feet to the fire,

    After 6 years of abuse, refusing to listen to republicans, refusing to bring their legislation to the floor, changing the filibuster rules

    This cowardly ignoramus asks

    What are republicans prepared to give to democrats to meet in the middle?

    If they were to respond in kind it would be the back of their hand.

    But I do not advocate that. I think they just need to undo the damage Obama has done.

    Browkaw is such a cocksucker that he never asked that same question to Reid.

    How can you possibly see Brokaw as anything more than a low life shill?

    He needs to stay retired and shut the fuck up.

  51. holdthemaccountable
    November 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm
    ————–
    I wasn’t in any way trying to minimize your remarks.

    They are very very important.

    Six years ago, this jackal had 70,000 people on the banks of the Wilamette River near Portland waiting to hear from the Messiah.

    Today, he cannot fill a gymnasium.

    You are on target.

    I just had to throw out the personal vignette.

  52. I just had to throw out the personal vignette.
    ———————
    Any time. It’s therpeutic.

  53. 10. HE PERSISTS IN CALLING US ALL ‘FOLKS’.[snip]
    —————–
    What he means by the word folks is untermenschen–meaning sub humans.

  54. Moderate rebels who had been armed and trained by the United States either surrendered or defected to the extremists as the Jabhat al-Nusra group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, swept through the towns and villages the moderates controlled in the northern province of Idlib, in what appeared to be a concerted push to vanquish the moderate Free Syrian Army, according to rebel commanders, activists and analysts.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/11/03/by-the-way-obamas-isis-strategy-has-all-but-collapsed-in-syria/?utm_source=hafbp&utm_medium=fbpage&utm_campaign=haupdate

  55. jbstonesfan
    November 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm
    —————
    Drink heavily is always a good prescription, as long as it is not too heavily.

    I have discovered something you can drink which is lands very well on the pallet and is chalk full of health benefits.

    It is hard apple cider made from organic apples.

    It is the most pleasant buzz and there is no morning after.

    Interestingly, this was the drink of choice for the American settlers–more so than sour mash whiskey.

    It lost its popularity here after Prohibition.

    But it never lost its popularity in England.

    There is one brand made from British Columbia Apples which is cold pressed in oak barrels which is amber in tone and to die for.

    It is called Prohition and the company that makes it is Sea Cider.

    Don’t know if you can get it in Florida, but something similar made from organic apples chilled is also recommended.

  56. Final @LarrySabato rating moves Kan. from toss up to lean R, and both Ga. and La. from toss up/lean runoff to lean R

  57. Amazing, couldn’t be bothered to send the fuckers 2 years ago…..

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/holder-sends-election-monitors-polls_817878.html

    Attorney General Eric Holder is dispatching “federal election monitors” to polls tomorrow for Election Day.

    “As Americans across the country prepare to vote in tomorrow’s midterm elections, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice has dispatched federal monitors to polling places around the country,” reads the press release from the Department of Justice.

    “Just as they do during every election, these officials will gather information on numerous aspects of local election procedures, including whether voters are treated differently depending on their race or color; whether jurisdictions are adequately serving individuals with disabilities; whether jurisdictions are complying with the provisional ballot requirements of the Help America Vote Act; and whether jurisdictions are complying with the Voting Rights Act’s requirement to provide bilingual election materials and assistance in areas of need.

    “Attorney General Holder also called on jurisdictions to implement the recommendations of President Obama’s bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which outlined a series of steps to make it simpler to cast a ballot. He further advised election officials and poll workers to carry out their duties responsibly, and urged all eligible Americans—regardless of party affiliation or political views—to exercise their right to vote.”

    The title of the press release reads, “Attorney General Holder Announces Federal Election Monitors, Urges All Americans to Vote.”

  58. This business of sending monitors out to 18 states may be a litigation strategy to try to invalidate elections and keep dimocrats in control of the senate. When this skunk urges ALL Americans to vote, and proceeds to list all the requirements for ensuring that result, conspicuous by its absence is any requirement to verify citizenship and eligibility. Absent that, this call to arms looks like the predicate act to a bogus RICO suit or a phony proceeding before the FEC to set aside the election. This Holder is a lawless son of a bitch and a disgrace to his office. There is almost nothing that cannot be tied up in litigation, so we need to get ready for an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court and hope that Roberts does not take another dive.

  59. I am quite sure Andy McCarthy, a former assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and J.Christian Adams, former Assistant Attorney General for Voting Rights are attuned to that possibility, given the racist motives of Holder. That could be done in coordination with that article that appeared in the New York Times attacking the validity of mid term elections provided for by the Constitution. These elections involve many moving parts, therefor the opportunities for subterfuge cannot be discounted

  60. Nate at 538 has the senate takeover up at its highest the night before the election…….76% chance of Senate falling…..in other words, its going to happen.

  61. I believe Obama has unleashed a scorched earth campaign strategy for the mid terms.

    1. RACISM/SEXISM: to motivate the base.

    2. VOTER FRAUD: to corrupt the election

    3. LAWSUIT: to set aside the election

    If that is it, then the Republicans need to be prepared to counter each strategy.

    Good luck.

  62. Gonzo, I have seen the elephant–I mean the closing video by Brown.

    Are you asking me whether it appeals to me or whether it will appeal to the electorate?

    Because if it is the first, it is okay. I am not enthralled by Scott Brown, personally. But he is better than the alternative.

    To quote Lincoln, for people who like this sort of thing, this is exactly the sort of thing they will like.

    If it is the second, then I think it is effective because it shackles Kid Shaleen to Messiah Obama and his failed policies.

    He is a moderate, just as Hillary presented herself as a moderate and that is what I believe New Hampshire voter want.

  63. With respect to point 3, the Republicans need to have attorneys in place–not just anyone with a J.D. or L.L.B. but experienced attorneys steeped in election law of the Judicial Watch calibre not monitoring the voters, but monitoring the Justice Department monitors for the abuses they are likely to perpetrate.

    There can be no trust, nor any presumption of innocence, for those who act at the behest of a man like Holder. For experience has shown that Holder has broken the law, engaged in cover-ups, been cited for contempt and has no respect for the Constitution, much less the American People.

  64. The nurse in Main who fought the Ebola quarantine made concessions today to avoid the hearing set for tomorrow. She has been carrying on about the Obamascience that says she is OK. But she cannot explain how her roommate in West Africa became infected.

    There are websites up encouraging people to file complaints against her nursing license for her disregard of the state health department directives. She got her “rights” but if she had exercised them, anyone she came in contact with, could legitimately file a complaint.

    These “selfless” medical people who supposedly will not go if they have to quarantine for 3 weeks, need to watch out for their licenses.

  65. I am cautiously optimistic about Tuesday, even without a major Republican blowout. Of course, we should not assume that just because the race/class/gender wars of the Democrats are absurd that they will finally fail this time around. Who, after all, could be so confident in an America of 2014 that has been conditioned for six years to identify people by appearance and assumed identity rather than by their character and achievement?

    My point is, instead, that about half the country is tired of a failed foreign policy, a failed economic recovery, and a failed big and corrupt government. All the venom and the smears cannot hide that fact. The fed-up half is nearing 51% of the electorate. Democrats embraced the Obama-style community-organizing in hundreds of elections, given the failed substance of Obama himself — and yet still will not quite win lots of races. On Tuesday we shall see whether Americans would prefer to be poorer, fleeced, and less safe just as long as they are not smeared as racists, sexists, homophobes, greedy, and selfish.

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/democrat-dilemmas/

  66. The rhetorical static coming out of the Democratic camp suggests that the first gambit will be to deny that the election mattered. Steve Hayes, writing in the Weekly Standard, has a powerful column about this exact subject. Liberal pundit after liberal pundit, Hayes points out, has lately taken to assuring his readers that this midterm election is small beer — a “Seinfeld election,” as the Washington Post put it, “an election about nothing.” (By “liberal,” Hayes means to include such faux-conservatives as David Brooks who, from his perch at the New York Times, has dismissed the campaign as “the most boring and uncreative I can remember.”

    In fact, as Hayes argues, far from being a “Seinfeld” election, an “election about nothing,” it is an election about everything

    It’s about the size and scope of government. It’s about the rule of law. It’s about the security of the citizenry. It’s about competence. It’s about integrity. It’s about honor.

    That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? And there’s more:

    It’s about a government that makes promises to those who have defended the country and then fails those veterans, again and again and again. It’s about a president who offers soothing reassurances on his sweeping health care reforms and shrugs his shoulders when consumers learn those assurances were fraudulent. It’s about government websites that cost billions but don’t function and about “smart power” that isn’t very smart. It’s about an administration that cares more about ending wars than winning them, and that claims to have decimated an enemy one day only to find that that enemy is still prosecuting its war against us the next. It’s about shifting red lines and failed resets. It’s about a president who ignores restrictions on his power when they don’t suit him and who unilaterally rewrites laws that inconvenience him. It’s about a powerful federal agency that targets citizens because of their political beliefs and a White House that claims ignorance of what its agents are up to because government is too “vast.” In sum, this is an election about a president who promised to restore faith in government and by every measure has done the opposite.

    Is that “boring”? Maybe it bores David Brooks because it doesn’t present any easy road to adulation from the White House or the beautiful people in Washington. But for most Americans, the litany that Hayes recites is the opposite of boring. The 2014 midterms, as Hayes puts it, are “about an electorate determined to hold someone responsible for the policy failures that have defined this administration and the scandals that have consumed it—even if many in the fourth estate will not.”

    This midterm election is about all of those things listed above and, as Hayes concludes, “it’s about time.”

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2014/11/03/why-this-election-matters/

  67. Then as now . . .

    Churchill in 1899:

    How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!
    Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia
    in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many
    countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods
    of commerce and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the
    Prophet rule or live.

    A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and
    refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan
    law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as
    a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the
    faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

    Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion
    paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde
    force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant
    and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising
    fearless warriors at every step, and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the
    strong arms of science, the science against which it (Islam) has vainly struggled,
    the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.”

    http://www.allaboutmuhammad.com/winston-churchillrsquos-comments-on-islam.html

  68. Years ago NYT had a staff writer who was a bona fide conservative. His name was Bill Saphire. Prior thereto he was a speechwriter for Nixon/Agnew. He was the author of such timeless characterizations as the nattering nabobs of negativity. After he left the scene they put that nerd David Brooks in that conservative slot. Everyone who reads his column takes pains to point out that he is not really a conservative and leaves it at that. They fail to understand why he was chosen.

    Brooks is not just a non conservative. He is a full blown progressive masquerading as a conservative. They market him as a highly intelligent conservative (as opposed to someone from the despised tea party who would scare the horses). His role is to be the other half of the Potemkin Village they have constructed, where intelligent conservatives and intelligent liberals jointly embrace progressive doctrine and messiah obama. In sum, Brooks is a foil, a phony and a poseur.

  69. May-be.

    Maybe this new fangled get out to vote machine conceived by Messiah Obama, dipped in the Holy Waters of Lourdes, and blessed by Kingfish big media is everything it is cracked up to. If so, then it will cause Eskimos to line up and buy popsicles in the dead of winter. And mind you, not just any winter, but the winter of our discontent with this fuckingobama.

    Then again, maybe not. . . .

    There are economic and career motives for low lifes like Axelgrease to portray it in such terms, while ignoring other factors.

    Until the claim is proven in 2014 against the backdrop of a failed presidency, it is wiser to heed the words of Kipling, and keep your powder dry:

    ‘This new ship here is fitted according to the reported increase of knowledge among mankind. Namely, she is cumbered end to end with bells and trumpets and clocks. And wires, it has been told to me, can call voices out of the air or the waters to con the ship while her crew sleep. But sleep thou lightly. It has not yet been told to me that the Sea has ceased to be the Sea.’

  70. Some good news every voter of all partisan persuasions should applaud:

    http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/222470-states-ditch-electronic-voting-machines

    States ditch electronic voting machines

    States have abandoned electronic voting machines in droves, ensuring that most voters will be casting their ballots by hand on Election Day.

    With many electronic voting machines more than a decade old, and states lacking the funding to repair or replace them, officials have opted to return to the pencil-and-paper voting that the new technology was supposed to replace.

    ADVERTISEMENT
    Nearly 70 percent of voters will be casting ballots by hand on Tuesday, according to Pamela Smith, president of election watchdog Verified Voting.

    “Paper, even though it sounds kind of old school, it actually has properties that serve the elections really well,” Smith said.

    It’s an outcome few would have predicted after the 2000 election, when the battle over “hanging chads” in the Florida recount spurred a massive, $3 billion federal investment in electronic voting machines.

    States at the time ditched punch cards and levers in favor of touch screens and ballot-scanners, with the perennial battleground state of Ohio spending $115 million alone on upgrades.

    Smith said the mid-2000s might go down as the “heyday” of electronic voting.

    Since then, states have failed to maintain the machines, partly due to budget shortfalls.

    “There is simply no money to replace them,” said Michael Shamos, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University who has examined computerized voting systems in six states.

    The lack of spending on the machines is a major problem because the electronic equipment wears out quickly. Smith recalled sitting in a meeting with Missouri election officials in 2012 where they complained 25 percent of their equipment had malfunctioned in preelection testing.

    “You’re dealing with voting machines that are more than a decade old,” Smith said.

    Roughly half of the states that significantly adopted electronic voting following the cash influx have started to move back toward paper.

  71. This article is pretty insightful. Nails the liberal pundits for refusing to consider that the Dims loss, if indeed they lose, might have something to do with the failed policies of Obama..

    ______________

    With Defeat Looming, Democrats Retreat Into Fantasy
    Let’s go to our happy place

    With prospects of Republicans recapturing the Senate a chilling reality—though certainly not a given—I’ve noticed a number of pundits, including, the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, embrace some conventional self-soothing myths about our political situation. Each one means to reaffirm liberal intellectual and moral superiority and rationalize events that aren’t exactly going according to plan.

    (snip)
    http://thefederalist.com/2014/11/03/with-defeat-looming-democrats-retreat-into-fantasy/

  72. In vino veritas.

    Obviously, Larry has had a few:

    These elections have all of the integrity and showmanship of a Vince McMahon Wrestle Mania Extravaganza. I personally would feel so much better if John “The Tan” Boehner could bash a chair over the head of Barack “Barky” Obama, to be followed by Nancy “Botox” Pelosi doing a flying double somersault and crushing Mitch “Mumbles” McConnell to the floor. I would pay Koch money to watch Harry “No Balls” Reid being castrated by Joni Ernst. Get him howling like a Ned Beatty hog from Deliverance. (snip)

    What you do not see is the army of political consultants who have erected a commercial enterprise dedicated to the proposition of enriching themselves at the expense of witless candidates and equally clueless voters. These charlatans persuade naive politicians to sign on to a list of services, such as robo calls and mailers. They also get a percentage of funds raised from mailers sent to unwitting potential voters warning that child molesters will rape your pet Chihuahua if you don’t pony up some cash and send it immediately to either the Democrats or the Republicans.

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/77610/mid-term-election-open-thread-blues/#more-77610

  73. Obama’s chairman of the FEC wants to chill free speech on the internet.

    Controversy[edit]

    On October 24, 2014, Ravel called for “a reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies…” The FEC chairman said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or chat room could be regulated. The Republicans on the commission argued that such regulations would chill politics on the internet.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_M._Ravel

  74. This worries me to no end regarding tomorrow:

    “The Department of Justice plans to send federal monitors to 18 states to watch for discrimination against voters.

    Monitors will head to Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/222682-justice-to-send-monitors-to-18-states

  75. Reid could lose it all . . .

    Nobody in politics has had a worse run-up to Nov. 4 than Harry Reid. Polls indicate the Senate majority leader might have a change of title foisted upon him—or, in the fevered dreams of some Republicans, perhaps be left with no title at all as he sees a grim Schumer reaper shadowing him.

    Back home in Nevada, Reid’s vaunted political machine has not driven Democrats to the polls and a GOP sweep of statewide offices seems possible, the Blame Reid Firsters already have begun whispering.
    And as unflattering pictures of him appear in battleground states across the country and his ninth political life seems set to expire, Reid has to confront the possibility that he might lose the Senate, his leadership position and his Nevada invincibility, all in one potentially fateful evening.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/harry-reid-midterms-112450.html#ixzz3I4qPM4os

  76. Holder oversight later today. Same article as cited above:
    snip Holder used his statement to slam voter ID laws in a number of states. He called those laws “restrictive,” “burdensome” and “out of step with history.” But he emphasized that the Justice Department has to protect existing laws. snip

    Yes. Like he did in Philly / New Blk Pnthers.

    I’m thinking this, in reality, will be akin to Obama’s border policy. Anyone who shows up at border is welcomed in with profuse gifting. Likewise, anyone who shows up at polling place must be allowed to vote.

    Crazies. And from the governor level on down, all debating Dem candidates I heard in this state stood against Voter ID. That stance must be taken as intent to support amnesty.

  77. admin
    November 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm
    Some good news every voter of all partisan persuasions should applaud:
    http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/222470-states-ditch-electronic-voting-machines
    ———————-
    Yes. Very good news. In my area the digital voting machines were soon relegated to moth balls … something about not being certifiable. We’d had the bulky big Bertha’s, but now for many years have used paper ballots, filling in the circles. At least the vote is traceable.

  78. Unfortunately my phone died Wbb just when I finished my comment back to you regarding Scott and his ad.
    I just love the ad. It hits all the right notes, as has all the ads I have seen of his, but this one is the strongest in my opinion. He has been in the forefront of telling truth to the idiots, unlike the vast majority of Republicans running. His spot on, factual and successful ads are the reason, I believe, others found some courage to follow suite, abiet, not all, to do likewise while the national, Republican party was clueless and cojoneyless.
    Yes, he is a moderate, but look where he is running. His votes were not always what I wanted, but in the end, he has common sense, values, and a military background. I like the guy.

  79. 1220 wbb, the eve of voting, too late to do much damage, such BS.
    THINK about those 6, Franklin. ..A freaken comic, Minnesota, comics and wrestlers…idiots all. The Schmur…shumuck

  80. off to vote for scott brown, mirilinda garcia and walt havenstein. time to flush this dimocrat toilet once and for all!

  81. wbboei
    November 4, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Reid could lose it all . . .

    Nobody in politics has had a worse run-up to Nov. 4 than Harry Reid. Polls indicate the Senate majority leader might have a change of title foisted upon him—or, in the fevered dreams of some Republicans, perhaps be left with no title at all as he sees a grim Schumer reaper shadowing him.

    ___________________________

    Wbboei I do think that <itch will be a better leader. 🙂

  82. Well, the first polls should be opening shortly. This is the big day, I hope you all will be happy voting Republican….

  83. Also from abroad, an upper though, should it come to pass.
    US midterm elections: Outcome is likely to be a more conservative America
    With a President almost unrivalled in his unpopularity, Republicans are ready to celebrate victory
    Snip Only once before in modern political history have midterms been held with a sitting President as unpopular as Barack Obama. (The exception is George W Bush in 2006.) snip
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-midterm-elections-the-outcome-is-likely-to-be-a-more-conservative-america-9836958.html

  84. SB, I’m sure with Holder’s oversight, the Dims will have free reign to do whatever is necessary. Maybe the Black Panthers can help with the effort again, The Republicans used to be the masters of dirty tricks voting. But, as we saw in 2008, they can’t hold a candle to the Dims.

  85. The Guardian (UK) has put out an article with an ominous title but a couple of insights that might be good for election-day reflections for those partial to HRC. Goes like this:

    Hillary Clinton wants you to be afraid – very afraid – of a Republican dystopia

    Doom and gloom may not be the new hope and change, but they just might work.

    Hillary Clinton is, as she reminded audience in Kentucky, Louisiana and New Hampshire this weekend, a new member of “the grandmother’s club”. Many other new grandmas might spend their time daydreaming about the future of their grandchildrens – I’m pretty sure we were all destined to be lawyers, doctors, future presidents or well-remunerated sports stars, in the minds of most grandmothers – but Clinton’s reveries about Charlotte’s future are a bit more … dark.

    The Democrats are going to lose on Tuesday, and Hillary Clinton knows it. Her grim prophecy of a GOP takeover isn’t so much a last-minute appeal to Senate voters as an early bid for her own. Because doom and gloom may not be the new hope and change, but they might actually work.

    Clinton’s campaign speeches aren’t each original works of creative genius. As Maggie Haberman reports at Politico, she does tailor her zings about Republicans neatly to each race where she’s stumping, but the foundation of her remarks in the US midterm election homestretch remained the same: equal pay (and GOP opposition to it), the minimum wage (and GOP opposition to it) and Republicans creating a climate of fear (“the last resort of those who have run out of ideas”).

    But at the end of each speech, Clinton turned to her granddaughter and her own fears about the country Charlotte might face as a young adult if Republicans gain more power. At her appearance in Highland Heights, Kentucky, in a message largely repeated elsewhere, Clinton said:

    What’s our country going to be like in 20-25 years when she’s an adult – like many of the students here [at Northern Kentucky University], when she is going to be starting her adult life? Is the American dream going to be there for her the way it was for me and my husband, and for Alison [Lundergan Grimes]? Is the education system from pre-K to university level going to keep the standing it’s always had as the best in the world, so that young people will find a place that can help prepare them? Is our political system, our democracy, going to represent our values and ideals? Or is it going to be captured by a very few who seem not to understand that the obligation of being in public service in a democracy is not to get captured by some small elite privileged group, but to be constantly working to give the same opportunities to everybody that gave you the chance to be in public service in the first place.

    (That last bit is, of course, a reference to the Koch brothers and their reportedly cozy relationship with US senate minority leader – and Grimes opponent – Mitch McConnell.)

    In her three-state swing, Clinton’s marked shift in tone and content – from stumping for the candidate by her side to warning about the America that her granddaughter might inherent – was almost disconcerting, especially given the overall upbeat tenor of the speakers at most pre-Election Day rallies. But even within the confines of Clinton’s themselves speeches, the abupt shift in gears halted her palpable momentum and mostly silenced her audiences.

    It was as though Hillary Clinton felt more compelled to make dark prophesies than inspire voters.

    Then again, you hardly need to read tea leaves to predict the Republicans will take control of the senate – and thus the entire legislative branch – after Tuesday. You don’t need a Senate forecaster to know which way the gridlock will go: the Congressional intransigence Americans claim to hate (even as they like or remain indifferent to divided control of the branches of government, the cause of said intransigence) will either continue or get worse, to the detriment of everyone, assuming that Republicans have legislative goals beyond dismantling Obamacare.

    But especially here in Kentucky – where almost 400,000 workers make less than $10.10 per hour and a bill to raise the minimum wage and minimum server wages died in the GOP-controlled state senate – it’s not an unreasonable thought that the whole “American dream” thing is getting a little tarnished for more than a few low-income voters. And decrying a minimum wage increase for the next two years won’t exactly make Republicans popular – especially given that there were about twice as many people making at or below the minimum wage in 2013 as there were in 2006 (before Congress passed the last increase).

    Clinton’s increasingly busy and impromptu travel schedule this election season – and the positive reception she’s gotten from die-hard Hillary fans sporting buttons and signs and local voters more concerned about Tuesday than 2016 alike – have not exactly tamped down speculation that she’ll start running for president in the next six months. And when she does, Clinton will be running against the (potential) dystopia she’s prophesying on the campaign trail right now: Republican control of the legislative branch and further political gridlock. Despite the overwhelming popularity of both, there almost certainly won’t be any effort to raise the minimum wage or guarantee women equal pay, and Republicans will almost certainly have a go at repealing the still-unpopular Affordable Care Act even as its effects are finally beginning to be felt by more Americans.

    Clinton told her audiences this weekend:

    You should not have to be the grandchild of a former secretary of state or a former president to be given the opportunities that you deserve as an American.

    But she also asked them to imagine a future in which their children would have to be – and it wasn’t tough.

    Elections are about the future (another HRC quote).

  86. Pundits’ predictions at The Hill. They seem to pretty much follow party affiliation. Notice Lanny Davis predicts a tie with Biden casting deciding vote. OMG!

    Other questions regarding specific races at link.
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    Joe Scarborough
host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former Florida Republican congressman
    

1: Who will win the Senate? Republicans
2: What will the margin be? 53-47

    Julie Mason
host of “The Press Pool” on Sirius XM Radio’s nonpartisan POTUS channel
    

1. Who will win the Senate? Republicans
    
2. What will the margin be? 52-48


    Simon Rosenberg 
Democratic strategist and president of the New Democrat Network (NDN)


    1. Who will win the Senate? The Democrats
2. What will the margin be? 51-49

    Brent Budowsky 
columnist for The Hill and former aide to Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas)
 
    
1. Who will win the Senate? Democrats keep control of the Senate.
    
2. What will the margin be? 50-50, with Greg Orman (I-Kan.) voting with the Democrats.

     
Lanny Davis
the principal in the Washington law firm of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, served as former President Clinton’s special counsel and is a columnist for The Hill
    

1. Who will win the Senate? Democrats
2. What will the margin be? 50-50, Vice President Biden breaks the tie

    Armstrong Williams 
conservative commentator and radio talk show host
    

1. Who will win the Senate? The GOP
    
2. What will the margin be?  51-49.

    Grover Norquist 
founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform


    1. Who will win the Senate? GOP

    2. What will the margin be? 53-47

    Dana Perino
former White House press secretary for George W. Bush and current co-host of Fox News’s “The Five”
    

1. Who will win the Senate? Republicans

    2. What will the margin be? 51-49

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/222717-pundits-make-their-2014-picks

  87. freespirit
    November 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Pundits’ predictions at The Hill. They seem to pretty much follow party affiliation. Notice Lanny Davis predicts a tie with Biden casting deciding vote. OMG!
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    OMG is right Freespirit.
    I hope the rest of the pundits are better informed. 🙄

  88. Excerpt from foxy’s article. These are the kinds of scum-bag tactics that the define the Obama-Dims, and that make it even more impossible to predict the election outcome. Heaven knows how many corpses they’ll drag to the polls before the day is over. They talk about the effectiveness of OFA and the Obama machine – which apparently is code for cheat your ass off! No one expects politicians to be anything other than crooked and sleazy, a well earned reputation for most of them. And, we as citizens have just accepted it as business as usual. Of course it’s impossible for one party to point fingers at the other, since they both have pulled the same dirty tricks. Damn we need a third party.

    BOMBSHELL MEMO: Jeanne Shaheen Conspired With White House Insider On IRS Targeting Scandal
    9:36 PM 11/03/2014

    PATRICK HOWLEY

    Patrick Howley is an investigative reporter for The Daily Caller.

    Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama’s political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election, according to letters exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller.

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did not want to publicly release 2012 correspondences exchanged between the IRS and Jeanne Shaheen at her personal Washington office: the agency delayed releasing the information to a major conservative super PAC multiple times, even threatening to see the super PAC in court, according to emails. (RELATED: Lois Lerner And Fellow IRS Official Announced Targeting At 2010 Conference Before Both Of Their Emails Went Missing)

    “The IRS is aware of the current public interest in this issue,” IRS chief counsel William J. Wilkins, a White House visitor described by insiders as “The President’s Man at the IRS,” personally wrote in a hand-stamped memo to “Senator Shaheen” on official Department of the Treasury letterhead on April 25, 2012.

  89. Freespirit said. 🙂

    Heaven knows how many corpses they’ll drag to the polls before the day is over. They talk about the effectiveness of OFA and the Obama machine – which apparently is code for cheat your ass off!

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    Another big one is those College kids being bussed to vote in more then one State.
    No link. 😡

  90. Foxy, that Politico article paints O as frustrated and depressed over his failure to change this country, despite his best efforts.
    Obama has never had the self-insight to learn from his mistakes, or the humility to recognize that he has no right to “transform” this country against the will of the citizens who pay for it. He never understood that he was supposed to be a servant of the people. In his mind, the people are to serve his purposes, and fund them.

    Sounds like he and the progs have an aggressive agenda if Republicans get elected. They will reform immigration, rebuild the infrastructure, and focus on preschool education – all of which his “Democratic base” want and will support. His base – meaning the far left, I suppose. His brand of immigration reform is not something all Democrats support. As far as the preschool initiative is concerned, the idea of O’s government being in charge of the minds of our toddlers is scary as hell. The stories I hear about the pro-muslim, anti-anything traditional American things going on in America’s classrooms now are hair-raising.

    With Veterans Day approaching, I can think of nothing that would honor our veterans more, including those who have passed on, who served in both world wars, than to get Obama’s cronies out of government. People have sacrificed life, limb, and sanity fighting to ensure that this country was not involuntarily transformed by outside Anti-American forces. All of that sacrifice only to have this misguided narcissist and his hangers-on attempt to restrict rights and freedoms, and basically, reject the principles on which it was founded. Makes you sick, doesn’t it?

  91. Three months ago, Professor Jonathan Turley appeared before a committee of congress to testify in favor of the lawsuit filed by the Republican Party. The gravamen of that case was to restrain the big media beloved messiah from abrogating the powers of Congress through executive order.

    The practical effect of this abrogation has been to fundamentally change our model of government.

    The traditional model was derived from Madison, and it was designed to protect the American People from the risk that power would become so concentrated in a single individual that their liberty would be rendered null and void. The vehicle for doing that was the separation of powers, wherein each of the co-equal branches had the power to check the excesses of the others.

    The Obama model of government is the exact opposite, insofar as it aims to create a unitary executive who governs by fiat, and is checked, if at all, only at election time. And, as you can see from the article that appeared in the New York Times yesterday, which was penned by an Obama surrogate, he would even go so far as to suspend elections, rather than simply corrupt them as he is doing now through the race card, voter fraud and intimidation by a justice department which is racist to the core.

    Turley’s testimony is compelling, as it always is. He accuses Congress of moving from self loathing to self destruction, and he warns them that as happy as Democrats may be at this power grab by a democrat president, they will rue the day when a Republican takes office and avails himself of the very changes to the system which Obama and Reid have instituted with their approval. In separate testimony, he has accused the courts of a similar kind of default. I agree.

    However, the one point I strongly disagree with Turley on is his characterization of the problem of Obama: he says that the problem is not Obama’s goals, but the means he has chosen to pursue them.

    Turley concedes that he voted for Obama in 2008, which suggests to me that he did not vote for Obama in 2012. He is a liberal, therefore, perhaps that is all that he is saying. I can live with that, because he is clearly not a progressive, who by definition favors the consolidation of power in the unitary executive.

    But I cannot gainsay that Obama’s goals are any less toxic than the means he has chosen to achieve them. Indeed, it should be crystal clear by now that his goals are hyper political, and not in the general welfare of this nation.

    Therefore, Obama must be seen for what he is: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. (Note: this is a hard thing for people inside the beltway to see. In some respects, they are too close to the forest to see the trees.)

    In any event, here is a portion of Turley’s testimony. And there is also a video of it in the link below:

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    Turley Scolds Congress For Not Stopping Obama: “This Body Is Moving From Self-Loathing To Self-Destruction”

    JONATHAN TURLEY: Frankly it’s difficult to discuss these quaint constitutional issues in what is often a poisonous political environment. As a people we’ve become — we’ve come to the point where we can’t just simply disagree, we have to despise each other. We subscribe to the worst motivations of our opponents and elevate our own proposals over process. To put it simply, we’ve embraced what the Queen Mother said in Richard III. We just think of our babies as sweeter than they were and he who slew them is fowler than he is.

    I don’t believe the president has a desire for tyrannical authority. I don’t question his motivation. I question his means. Our system is changing and this body is the one branch that must act if we’re to reverse those changes. We’re seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long ago rejected by the framers. A dominant presidency has occurred with very little Congressional opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was proposing to make practically irrelevant. Now many members are contesting the right of this institution to even be heard in federal court. This body is moving from self-loathing to self-destruction in a system that is in crisis.

    The president’s pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming, and what is most alarming is his ability to fulfill that pledge. When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid. What we’re witnessing today is one of the greatest crises that I expect the members of this committee and this body will face. It has a patina of politics that is hard to penetrate. It did not start with President Obama. I was critical of his predecessor, and certainly this goes back long before George Bush, but it has reached a tipping point. (House Rules Commitee, July 16, 2014)

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/07/16/turley_scolds_congress_for_not_stopping_obama_this_body_is_moving_from_self-loathing_to_self-destruction.html

  92. Voted at 9:30 am . Not very busy at the time, but usually my voting precinct is packed in the evening, plus lots of retires voted early. I hope I am wrong, but I will stay with my prediction that dems hold senate by 2, and Crist wins Florida.

  93. Sounds like he and the progs have an aggressive agenda if Republicans get elected. They will reform immigration, rebuild the infrastructure, and focus on preschool education – all of which his “Democratic base” want and will support. His base – meaning the far left, I suppose. His brand of immigration reform is not something all Democrats support. As far as the preschool initiative is concerned, the idea of O’s government being in charge of the minds of our toddlers is scary as hell. The stories I hear about the pro-muslim, anti-anything traditional American things going on in America’s classrooms now are hair-raising.
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    Yes. And that IS the problem.

    The live in a virtual world.

    On the one hand, they said that the 2014 election was a referendum on Obama’s policies, but when and if those policies are rejected at the polls through the defeat of their candidates, Obama’s PATHOLOGY will not accept this.

    They will test the waters, and at that point, big media will be pulled in two different directions. On the one hand, they have supported Obama unconditionally up to this point. But prior to 2014, he had a mandate from the people, and that gave them some cover. Whereas now, if his party is defeated and is policies rejected by the voters, they place themselves at risk if they persist in blindly supporting him.

    And if the Republicans win, and then lack the courage to confront him not simply rhetorically, but with decisive action, on issues such as immigration, thereby ignoring the advice of their consultants that they be nice lest they jeopardize their bid for the White House in 2016, then they will lose their base. The RINO needs to grow a pair.

  94. Oh Jones…only if cheating is massive…which of course is a possibility.

    By the way, wish I had the link, heard it on Rush, link…MeCHELE was on a black radio station and a actually said that blacks should always vote Democratic and if they came to the polls today, they could eat fried chicken, that’s right, you heard me, FRIED CHICKEN!
    Can you imagine a white politician saying that? Where’s the outrage? Lol.

  95. foxyladi14 November 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    … those College kids being bussed to vote in more then one State.

    No link.
    ******

    No link, but I’ve got a link to experience: During my brief stay at my brother’s in 2008, I talked to one of his neighbor’s kids, a 19-year old who bragged he had voted for Obama in four states. That was the primary, though. Don’t know if he could get away with that in the actual election.

  96. The progs are hedging their bet that they will not hold congress, by saying the mid term election is irrelevant, and/or should be abolished because it stands in the way of implementing their president’s agenda. Yes, that is a delusional mindset, which ignores the fact that his policies are being rejected, but it is also a tell. If the Republicans take the senate, then they will control congress as a whole, and they cannot afford to blink. This is why I was deeply offended by the question raised by that pretender Brokaw, what will the republicans do to appease democrats after democrats got their clock cleaned in the mid term election. He has got it ass backwards: the pivotal question should be what will Obama and his fellow dims do to adjust to the new political reality? That is the question an honest pundit would be asking.

  97. The only conclusion I can draw from the question Browkaw raised is that there is no separation between Obama and big media, therefore he is incapable of seeing, much less raising the proper question. In his world, big media and Obama are one in the same, therefore it is incumbent on the political party who just won the election to come to big media on bended knee, kiss the ring, and ask for their blessing. No doubt Browkaw feels the same way about the American People.

  98. That would also explain Browkaw’s abject failure to restrain the excesses committed by big media, which weigh in favor of Obama, and against the welfare of the nation. He has abdicated entirely the role of elder statesman, which he should have played, since he elected to stay on after he retired. He is pretty disgusting.

  99. gonzotx
    November 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    I’m going to go vote Republican in a few minutes and eat fried chicken..
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    The Eric Holder monitors may have something to say about that–like eating chicken within a mile of the polling place has a chilling effect on African American turn out.

  100. Barone is a smart guy. Very balanced in his analysis. Former editor of The Almanac of American Politics, which is the bible of those who really study the subject.
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    Obama Will Leave the Democrats in Shambles

    By Michael Barone – November 4, 2014
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    Before the election results are in, and keeping in mind that there may be some unpleasant surprises for one party or the other — or both — it’s possible to assess how the Democratic Party has fared under the leadership of President Obama. To summarize the verdict: not so well.

    By one metric it has done very badly indeed. When Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, there were 257 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Going into this election there are 201 (including two vacant Democratic seats).

    Psephologists universally agree Democrats will suffer a net loss of House seats, for reasons explained in an earlier column in this space. That will leave them with a number probably somewhere in the 190s.

    That means a loss of something like 60 seats — far more than the parties of George W. Bush after six years (19 seats), and slightly more than Bill Clinton at this stage (47 seats).

    House race results are particularly meaningful because in the past two decades, much more than in the 1970s and 1980s, Americans are voting straight tickets. Party performance in House elections is a pretty good indicator of support of a party and (when it has one) its president.

    It’s true that Bill Clinton’s party lost 12 Senate seats in his first six years, as opposed to only four for President Obama’s — so far. But Democrats will come near to these losses if, as forecasters think likely, they lose their Senate majority, and even more if Republicans win almost all the close races.

    Senate numbers in any case are a less reliable indicator of party strength, since there are fewer than three dozen races every cycle, compared to hundreds of House races.

    Why has the Democratic Party fared so poorly under Obama’s leadership? I can see two reasons: one ideological, one demographic.

    Start with demographics. The Obama coalition, even more than Bill Clinton’s, is based on overwhelming support from constituencies with some conflicting interests. It’s a top-and-bottom coalition: he carried the very lowest and highest income and education groups, while his support sagged among those in the middle.

    His strongest groups are blacks and gentry liberals — the same two groups he gathered together when he got to design his own state Senate district in 2002. Majorities of both groups still support him, but perhaps with diminished enthusiasm. Black crowds unexpectedly started walking out before he finished talking at recent events in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Milwaukee.

    Moreover, the geographic clustering of blacks and gentry liberals in central cities, sympathetic suburbs and university towns puts the Obama Democrats at a disadvantage in equal-population districts where Republican voters are spread more evenly around.

    Meanwhile, the thrill is clearly gone among two groups that backed him heavily in 2008 and 2012, and which will inevitably be larger parts of the electorate in the future: Hispanics and Millennials.

    The latest Harvard Institute of Politics poll shows Obama approval among Millennials at 43 percent, not significantly higher than the national average. Those who said they were definitely voting favored Republicans over Democrats 51 to 47 percent. This among a group that voted 66 percent and 60 percent for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

    The latest Pew Research Center poll showed Obama’s approval among Hispanics a bit higher, at 49 percent. But that’s far short of the 71 percent of Hispanic votes that Obama received in 2012.

    Obama’s majorities depended on his party winning Hispanics and Millennials by something like 2-to-1 margins. Democrats don’t seem to be doing that this year.

    That gets us to ideology. Bill Clinton was credited with competence and acceptable ideology, which made his party competitive in the early 2000s and well-positioned to take advantage of George W. Bush’s perceived incompetence (Iraq, Katrina) in 2006 and 2008.

    President Obama’s ideology — expanded government, Obamacare — has been less widely acceptable, and his reputation for competence is currently in tatters. He was able to eke out re-election with a reduced percentage by good organization. But he leaves his party in trouble.

    Yes, Hillary Clinton leads in polls for 2016. But her numbers have been sagging. And other Democrats poll worse against not-very-well-known Republican alternatives than I can remember any party’s potential candidates polling in the last half-century.

    Predicting 2016 when 2014 isn’t over is risky. But it looks like President Obama has left his party in worse shape than any president since Woodrow Wilson nearly a century ago.

    Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/11/04/obama_will_leave_the_democrats_in_shambles_124554.html#ixzz3I7i5TIiR
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  101. Jes,
    Of course he could and very well could get away with it.
    Have you not seen any of the RECENT videos on voting fraud by the same individual that exposed Acorn? Absolutely horrifying.

  102. Interestingly, Haley Barbour the GOP kingmaker in Mississippi expects his party to win the Senate and is poised to say that their victory represents a victory of the RINO over the tea party, thereby justifying his use of the race card and walk around money to get blacks to cross over and vote for his RINO candidate in the primary. But then, there is the other scenario, the less likely one in my view, where the Republican party does not take the Senate, and Obama proceeds with his toxic nation destroying agenda completely unfettered. Brit Hume addresses that scenario below, and his assessment is spot on. The short of it, a failure to take the Senate will generate a civil war in the Republican Party which will make it impossible for them to unite behind a candidate in 2016.
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    On Tuesday’s Election Day broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” network senior political analyst Brit Hume played out the scenario of what might happen within the Republican Party should the GOP fail to capture the U.S. Senate after this election cycle.

    “Think of what happened this cycle, Martha — the Republican establishment, if you will, got nominees they wanted virtually across the board,” Hume said. “Tea Party candidates were defeated in a number of primaries. More experienced candidates were nominated. And if you look through the cycle of the season you will see that you didn’t have any of these gaffes by Republicans that were you know basically too much for some candidates in the last two cycle to survive even. You didn’t have that this year. There has been a lot of gaffes on the Democratic side. You put that together with the fact that the lineup, the key states in play all favor the Republicans. If they don’t win this time, the internal conflict in that party which is — there is something like that every party at all times — will explode in my judgment.”

    “The Tea Party people will say, ‘Alright, we did it your way this time. We did it all your way basically and we still didn’t win. We are not going along anymore,’” he continued. “And there will be a civil war, I predict. And you look ahead to 2016. You know, one of the things that party needs to do most is unite. A lot of people believe the fact that the party was not united slowed the turnout for their nominee in 2012 for the presidency. The candidate who is running needs to be able to unite the party. It will be hard to do anyway if they lose this midterm election in the sense of not getting the Senate. They won’t lose this election. They will win more seats, or they’ll add seats. But it will be as bloody a set of recriminations as we have ever seen.

  103. this just about sums up the whole game…and where we were…where we went…and now where will we be going…

    I hope Hillary is taking a hard look at this reality…if she starts going on about what a great job O did and trying to justify his presidency…it is over…

    if she fast forwards and refines, updates and reconfigures and brings the common sense and COMPETENCY of the Clinton presidency back into 21st century reality…then we have something to work with….

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    That gets us to ideology. Bill Clinton was credited with competence and acceptable ideology, which made his party competitive in the early 2000s and well-positioned to take advantage of George W. Bush’s perceived incompetence (Iraq, Katrina) in 2006 and 2008.

    President Obama’s ideology — expanded government, Obamacare — has been less widely acceptable, and his reputation for competence is currently in tatters. He was able to eke out re-election with a reduced percentage by good organization. But he leaves his party in trouble.

    Yes, Hillary Clinton leads in polls for 2016. But her numbers have been sagging. And other Democrats poll worse against not-very-well-known Republican alternatives than I can remember any party’s potential candidates polling in the last half-century.

    Predicting 2016 when 2014 isn’t over is risky. But it looks like President Obama has left his party in worse shape than any president since Woodrow Wilson nearly a century ago.

  104. Some pundit is bound to say that the disclosure of Kid Shaleen’s direct involvement in the IRS scandal over the targeting of conservatives, coming only now, just hours before the vote, comes too late.

    They fail to realize that something like this will spread across the state like wild fire and the belated publication thereof precludes effective rebuttal. I think it is a case of striking while the iron is hot, and when the electorate is fixated on casting the vote.

    There will be massive cheating by Obama in New Hampshire. Why else would Judicial Watch be sending its people there rather than to North Carolina or Georgia, where cheating is also to be anticipated. The other thing you must assume is the justice department monitor will look for excuses to invalidate the process, and will, in some cases, be working in tandum with those who plan to secrete illegals into the polls, and jump on those who try to stop them. Also, you should expect those monitors to write up voting places that are not equipped with ramps which make it easier for the disabled to get in. Finally, you should expect that there will be Obama inspired radicals who will attempt to intimidate voters to whom Holder’s monitors will turn a blind eye.

  105. JB…sadly I am inclined to agree with you that Crist will win…it is depressing to see that ad with Crist talking about impeaching Bill and when it is over…see Bill follow looking straight into the camera and asking us to vote for Crist because he is the “people’s governor”…yuk! and Bill is also doing robo calls for Crist…

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    if I had one wish for tonight it would be that Reid is gone… after O, I think Reid has done the most damage to the Dims…time for him to retire…

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    the other funny thing I am noticing today is all the apologists that are out for O…suddenly “pundits” wondering why he is being blamed or now “blaming” dems for running away from him, saying they are going to be sorry they ran away from him…

    the new line from the left is that if the repubs win, they, the repubs, have lost…it will be bad for them…it really hurts the repubs if they win…

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    tomorrow cannot come soon enough…

  106. When I watch the ground game of Messiah Obama, I think back to a character named Monk Eastman, a New York City Irish gang leader at the turn of the Twentieth Century who was often seen with a parrot on his shoulder, and was hired by Tammany Hall (“I seen me opportunities and I took’em) to intimidate voters and in some cases assault them, to make sure they voted the right way. Nunc pro tunc–then as now. The post script of all this is interesting. Eastman shipped out to France when we entered World War I and became a decorated hero. He found a time and place where his violent proclivities could be deployed in service to the nation, rather than against it. Which points to a follow up question: how many less progressives would we have today, if we still had a draft?

  107. Here’s one to bite on……

    NH SOS Bill Gardner tells us this morning’s raw turnout numbers indicate “it’s like 2010.”

    Which means Dems you are screwed.

  108. No sign of a turnout surge after 3 and a half hours in Clark County, NV. Way below what registrar thought. Bad news for Dems.

  109. I hope the Rino’s do not get too excited and think people are voting for them,
    Because the truth is they are voting against Obama and his polosies. 🙂

  110. JB…sadly I am inclined to agree with you that Crist will win…it is depressing to see that ad with Crist talking about impeaching Bill and when it is over…see Bill follow looking straight into the camera and asking us to vote for Crist because he is the “people’s governor”…yuk! and Bill is also doing robo calls for Crist…
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    Yeh, it’s incredible that Crist appears headed to a rather narrow victory, but Scott was/is just awful. Believe me, it was tough to vote for him, but did so for the greater good. I hope too, that Reid is out, but we shall see late this evening (and perhaps not for a couple of months if there are run offs). I just don’t think I can bear to watch the smugness that will come from this Adm. and media if the democrats retain the senate.

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