Archive for September, 2012

Sunday Open Thread [9.30.12]

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Courtesy of Ed Kilgore at Political Animal, here is a preview of the cases the Supreme Court has already decided to hear in the next term, which begins this coming week.

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Compassionate conservatives and the crucible of fire

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Democrats have facetiously said that Republicans think that the rich don’t have enough money and the poor have too much. But the more I think I about modern Republicanism, the more I think that the statement it is literally true. Republicans believe that the poor are too well off. The modern Republican Party honestly yearns for a cleansing fire of misery and pain to sweep the land. They believe that the nation’s problems are largely due to the fact that the poor are living in relative comfort as a result of the overall affluence of our society. America is the victim of its own success and has become a weak and lazy country slouching toward calamity. …

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.30.12]

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Sunday Daily Delawhere [9.30.12]

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Ryan sunk the ticket

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Or…Romney sunk the ticket by PICKING Ryan.

This is premature campaign autopsy-ing of a very hair splitting sort. The bottom line: Ryan’s policies are prefect for losing a national election.

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Soledad O’Brien Calls Out Gov. Jack Markell For ‘Ridiculous’ Obama Answer

Filed in Delaware, National by on September 29, 2012 3 Comments

They were talking about Obama’s debate prep, and Markell got called out because he was too smooth.

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Fox News Performs Rare Triple Face Palm

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Fox News Performs Rare Triple Face Palm

Fox News out did itself yesterday and not in a good way.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans watched a man shoot himself in the head live on television on Friday as Fox News broadcast the final moments of a car chase in Arizona.

The cable news channel was playing live footage of the pursuit when the suspect leapt out of his car and began running away down a dirt track.

As producers and viewers watched, the man staggered away from his vehicle, ran a short distance into the grass and then produced a gun.

Shephard Smith, Fox News’s afternoon anchor, was providing a running commentary as the suspect lurched away from the vehicle and viewers could hear his producers gasping in horror as the man shot himself.

Mr Smith shouted “get off it, get off it” as it became clear the man intended to kill himself but the station did not cut away in time and broadcast the suspect crumpling to the ground.

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Saturday Open Thread [9.29.12]

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Saturday Open Thread [9.29.12]

“Many of the well-known Ohio Republicans I interviewed offered their blunt assessments only after they were guaranteed complete anonymity. That is often the Faustian bargain of political journalism in 2012: robotic talking points on the record or something resembling honesty with no names attached. The reason, though, that I am emphasizing the don’t-quote-me part of the equation is that I was stunned by the vehemence of the thumbs-down-on-Mitt verdict. All but conceding the state to Obama, these Republicans were offering what may be the biggest rejection of Ohio since Philip Roth wrote Goodbye Columbus.”

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Irony: The Fuel of the GOP

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Irony: The Fuel of the GOP

Republicans continue to look for new ways to manufacture angry white men, this time by committing voter fraud in Florida.

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A Couple of Cell Phone Pics from Last Night’s Gilligan Gala

Filed in Delaware by on September 29, 2012 1 Comment
A Couple of Cell Phone Pics from Last Night’s Gilligan Gala

… and some tibits from last night’s honoring of the retiring Speaker of the House, Bob Gilligan:

Congressman Carney gave the Speaker a Congressional Recognition, and remarked about how Gilligan gave him his first job as a Legislative Fellow. Senator Coons remarked that Gilligan was a friend, a role model and a mentor. Vice President Biden said that Gilligan was his county councilman back in the day, that he has been a state leader, and that Gilligan proved that in Delaware you’re never out of reach. Vice President Biden concluded, “I’ll see you at the beach.” Mike Castle said that Gilligan would always beat the best people Castle could find to run against him, so Castle finally gave up.

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Romney: The Master Debater?

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For years the Republicans have told all that will listen (Fox News and MSM) that Obama’s addiction to the teleprompter shows that he can’t think on his feet. But now the debates are upon us and the Republicans are changing their story,

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The Polling Report [9.29.12]

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The Polling Report [9.29.12]

Hey, Republicans. We have been where you are now. The year was 2004, and we liberals could not believe that President Bush was leading John Kerry, a candidate that most of us liberals did not like but had embraced in what turned out to be a vain effort to defeat President Bush. We sought out any argument that proved that the polls were false. Those arguments were that the pollsters were sampling too many Republicans. Sound familiar? And how did that election turn out? The polls were right, much to our chagrin.

The polls are right now. President Obama is winning and winning convincingly. Indeed, according to Nate Silver, there is now more of a chance that Barack Obama will win by a landslide than Mitt Romney will win at all.

There is one basic fact that Republicans now and we liberals in 2004 ignore when we discounted polls: polling companies want to be right because that’s their business model. If they are accurate, they get more business from media organizations and candidates. Remember, media organizations and candidates and party organizations and other organizations hire and pay polling companies and institutes to perform the polls and get accurate results. If they are skewing polls for reasons other than being accurate, then they would lose money. You should understand this Republicans. It’s free market capitalism.

Now, there are some polling organizations whose business model is not to be accurate but to drive narratives in the media. Rasmussen is one such example. They get paid not to be right, but to be favorable to one side. So Republicans, as always, you are so very good at projection. The thing you decry is the thing you rely on.

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.29.12]

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Saturday Daily Delawhere [9.29.12]

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Friday Open Thread [9.28.12]

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Friday Open Thread [9.28.12]

“Take this screaming non tax paying pre-voter back please. There seems to be a malfunction.”

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Obama’s small donor strategy is really a stealth GOTV strategy

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Check out this invitation from Beyonce Knowles that hit my inbox a while back:

Jason —

I usually don’t email you — but I have an amazing invitation I have to share.

Jay and I will be meeting up with President Obama for an evening in NYC sometime soon. And we want you to be there!

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Friday Polling Report [9.28.12]

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Friday Polling Report [9.28.12]

Now this ironic, from the Dallas Morning News:

“For all the talk about whether Mitt Romney should distance himself from George W. Bush — and the policies of the last GOP White House — a new survey shows that the former president actually has better favorability ratings than the Republican nominee.”

Well, we know Bush’s policies are still vastly unpopular, but Bush himself, by staying out of sight, as grown less hated. Even I don’t hate the man anymore. He’s a bubbling idiot and I enjoy laughing at him now. Indeed, Mr. Bush’s latest venture into public speaking will be right before the election in the Cayman Islands, and he will be speaking about investing your money wisely. I kid you not. No, this is not a headline from the Onion. Anyway, the most recent Bloomberg poll shows Bush with a 46% to 49% favorable rating as compared to Romney’s 43% to 50%.

No major changes in our map today. Indiana moved to Strong Romney, but that’s it. The rest of the polling confirmed prior results.

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Romney Feeds His Own Negative Narrative On A Daily Basis

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I really have never seen anything like the Romney campaign.  Disaster is too mild a word.  If there’s a misstep to be made, Romney makes it.

And every single error, misstep, gaffe Romney makes confirms what the Obama Campaign has been saying all along. That’s why the attacks/criticisms against Romney are resonating.

Romney’s hopelessly out of touch with average people – his social awkwardness (if you haven’t seen Romney trying to get the crowd to chant his name here it is) isn’t the least bit endearing; it’s jaw-droppingly shocking.  Romney’s compassion for people resembles a profit/loss analysis – there are simply groups (a whopping 47%) of people he’s willing to write off.  And it’s funny that a man who lacks compassion for the poor is resolute about humanizing corporations.

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Abortion bans, Bibles in School, Hetero Marrige are the keys to America’s greatness.. or something

Filed in Delaware by on September 28, 2012 44 Comments

In his remarks, Bodenweiser called O’Donnell a “heavy hitter” and delivered a strongly conservative message. “In order to turn this nation around, we’re going to have to get that Bible back in our schools” he said. “And we’re going to have to start honoring marriage and families. The other thing we’ve got to do, we’ve got to stop abortion.”

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.28.12]

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Friday Daily Delawhere [9.28.12]

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Late Night Video — The Mitt Romney Latino Outreach Program

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So I laughed at this new bit of business from Any Cobb lampooning you-know-who and hope that you do too. Viva!

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The Bipartisan Case That Romney Was a Failure as Governor

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This video is pretty amazing, actually. And I don’t doubt this — you get the impression even now, that Romney cares about the office as a prize for him ans his people rather than a place to demonstrate some leadership.

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Debates at the University of Delaware

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This series of debates is sponsored by UD and Delaware First Media. This is a separate set of debates from the WHYY/WDEL events, but another great opportunity to see these candidates up close and personal. These are being held at Mitchell Hall on the UD Newark campus. Both start at 7pm.

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Pires has Carper worried? I doubt it

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First the tit for tat billboards, now this fundraising letter from Sen. Coons making a frowny face about that bad old Alex Pires. Click through to read it, but I’ll give my response to Senator Coons up here.

Dear Senator Coons,

Thanks for the letter. Instead of sending money to Carper, the guy who has enriched himself during his tenure in the Senate, I’ll send this advice; BE A DEMOCRAT. Delaware is a blue state and we don’t appreciate the way you worked to water-down the ACA and the way you constantly provide the extreme right wing with bipartisan cover for their extremist shenanigans.

Yours,

Jason330

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Evan Q – Check out this actual Craig’s List post

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Award winning NY based film production company is seeking conspiracy theorists for a new, low budget, feature length documentary. If you or someone you know is extremely passionate about a certain conspiracy theory, we’d love to talk to you. We’re looking for outgoing people who can really make an audience think, get passionate, shake up their beliefs a little bit and inspire them to look at the world through more discerning eyes.

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Thursday Open Thread [9.27.12]

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“One of the dogs that hasn’t barked in this campaign is the massive financial advantage Mitt Romney was expected to enjoy on account of nearly unlimited funds available to him from conservative Superpacs. Yet, even including the efforts of outside groups, Obama has been out-advertising Romney in the key swing states…[.] The full story of how the financial tsunami failed to strike has yet to be untangled, but bits and pieces have dribbled out over recent days.”

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NSFW: Samuel L. Jackson Says, “Wake The F Up”

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This is brilliant!

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