Notwithstanding the fiasco that is the GOP presidential primary so far, Matthew Yglesias warns, “The Democratic Party is in much greater peril than its leaders or supporters recognize, and it has no plan to save itself. … The vast majority — 70 percent of state legislatures, more than 60 percent of governors, 55 percent of attorneys general and secretaries of state — are in Republicans hands. And, of course, Republicans control both chambers of Congress.”
A major factor is the turnout gap. That is worse for Democrats in local and off-year elections but will persist in 2016. Today, the pollsters Greenberg/Quinlan/Rosner report that “unmarried women, minorities, and particularly millennials are less interested in next year’s voting than seniors, conservatives, and white non-college men are.”
It’s starting to get nasty! Trump also went after Carson yesterday for being a pathological liar, which is correct. Fiorina, also a pathological liar, defending her fellow pathological liar by saying on Facebook:
“Donald, sorry, I’ve got to interrupt again. You would know something about pathological. How was that meeting with Putin? Or Wharton? Or your self funded campaign? Anyone can turn a multi-million dollar inheritance into more money, but all the money in the world won’t make you as smart as Ben Carson.”
And she is also right. Donald does lie as well, creating meetings with world leaders out of whole cloth, lying about self funding his campaign. He was born with a silver spoon. The only thing Carly gets wrong is this: Ben Carson is not smart.
Here at Delaware Liberal, we will always have a soft spot in our hearts for Christine O’Donnell. Her primary victory over Mike Castle not only delivered a Senate seat to the blue team when it was going to go red, but it also gave DL our highest traffic numbers ever for a few months. So we continue to keep tabs on Ms. O’Donnell. And as you know, she is currently being sued by the FEC for using her campaign donations to pay her personal rent at her Greenville townhouse during the campaign.
She hired a lawyer to defend her, but then stop paying that lawyer. Lawyers like to get paid for the work they do, and when they don’t get paid, we stop doing work. Of course, as a Republican, Christine looked upon her lawyer as a servant/employee that was indentured to her, no matter if she paid him or not. So she was surprised when said lawyer moved to withdraw from representing her, and further surprised when the motion was granted.
But somehow, she received an email between her former counsel and opposing counsel for the FEC, and now she thinks there is some huge conspiracy against her.
Me? I think I might be juggling a bit too many. But let’s face it, television series have become really, really, good. And there’s a lot of them. The problem in the pandora household is that I’m a binge watcher. Mr. Pandora is not. Which means… either I go at his pace (which is ridiculously […]
I don’t know what a Chief of Staff does. (Gives out raises to insiders?) I know Dave from the early days of blogging, and I will say this much – I like him. He is a nice guy. Good family man, upright citizen who wants the best for his community. A throw back. Of course he has a head full of nonsense regarding “right to work” and eliminating the estate tax being beneficial for society – but I could chalk that up to his being raised by people with heads full of nonsense.
My point is that this feels like a step in the right direction for the DE GOP. Burris doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would put defunding Planned Parenthood on a list of priorities.
Before the internet only a handful of neighbors would have known about Eddie (since captured). Now with Facebook, the exploits of Middeltown’s rogue Emu can be enjoyed by the world. The tipping point was the school lockdown. It was no doubt intended to protect the Emu from the kids and not vice versa. AP […]
Get a load of Copeland’s response to the recent NJ editorial in the city of Wilmington. It would be funny if the stakes were not so high.
GOP Reaction to News Journal Editorial
Newark, DE — The Chairman of the Delaware Republican Party, Charlie Copeland, released the following statement this afternoon after reading today’s News Journal editorial “Wilmington, our broken city, must be saved”:
“The News Journal has hit the nail on the head, and I commend them for their editorial this morning. I was particularly struck by the line, ‘We must work to improve access to high-quality education in the city. We must work to ensure our young people have employment opportunities and the resources to succeed. We must stem the tide of guns flowing onto our streets’.
“Republicans have not held a significant seat at the table in the City of Wilmington in over 40 years, and we have not controlled the Governor’s Office in 24 years. This has left the City in the hands of one party control, and the results of that have been devastating. Our Party is well aware of this fact, and we have begun to reengage in the City to offer residents a real choice when they go to the ballot box.
“Republicans feel strongly that our party has real solutions to the very real problems that face the City of Wilmington. We are prepared to meet with the Mayor, and others who have an interest in saving Wilmington, to work in a bi-partisan way to make things better.
So…What are they, these solutions? Why the secrecy? Can it be because the GOP’s “solutions” amount to a handful of tax cuts for the businesses and individuals that are already getting a pretty good deal? Maybe we’ve taken tax cuts as far as they can go, and now Charlie is going to propose direct subsidies to our wealthiest businesses and individuals. I wouldn’t put it past him.
The ABC network is going to take up the label that Newsweek slapped Wilmington with to create a new TV show called “Murder Town”. It will be set in Wilmington, and be a legal drama. You can read about all of that in the NJ article. Hollywoodizing Wilmington and its troubles won’t help those here that actually need some help and add to that a bunch of people who don’t live here getting ready to profit from Wilmington’s issues who probably won’t be investing here. Still. The most appalling part of this article is this:
I’ve been stewing about what is wrong with Democrats and the Democratic Party for a long time. What’s I’ve arrived as is a pretty simple realization. The American left, and the Democratic Party need to adopt a more explicitly parliamentary working relationship. They need to officially and formally cooperate in order to stop ceding political […]
Brian Beutler says the Republicans have no answer to a key 2016 question:
[T]he most revealing question of the first half of the debate, addressed to Carly Fiorina, posited that Democrats will point out, accurately, that the labor market has performed better in modern times under Democratic presidents than under Republican ones, and that it performed particularly poorly under the previous Republican president.
“The Democrats will inevitably ask you and voters to compare the recent presidents’ jobs performance,” said moderator Gerard Baker. “In seven years under President Obama, the U.S. has added an average of 107,000 jobs per month. Under Clinton, the economy added about 240,000 per month, under George W. Bush, it was only 13,000 a month. If you win the nomination, you will probably be facing a Democrat named Clinton. How are you going to respond to the claim that Democratic presidents are better at creating jobs than Republicans?”
Fiorina, quite tellingly, had no answer. [...]
“When Hillary Clinton runs, she’s going to say, ‘The Republicans gave us a crappy economy twice, and we fixed it twice. Why would you ever trust them again?’” Kevin Hassett, a Republican economist at the American Enterprise Institute, said earlier this year. “The objective for the people in the Republican Party who want to defeat her is to come up with a story about what’s not great.”
What’s not great is income inequality, but Republican policies of tax cuts, union busting and deregulation have created income inequality, not lessened it. So the GOP cannot campaign on that either.
Life or Death: Criminal Justice and Race in Delaware New Castle County Town Hall Meeting November 17th at 7:00PM
Last March the US Department of Education’s civil rights survey examined all 97,000 public schools in the US, representing 49 million students. They study found that…
Black students accounted for 18 percent of the country’s pre-K enrollment, but made up 48 percent of preschoolers with multiple out-of-school suspensions.
Black students were expelled at three times the rate of white students.
Black girls were suspended at higher rates than all other girls and most boys.
Black students were more than three times as likely to attend schools where fewer than 60 percent of teachers meet all state certification and licensure requirements.
That’s only 4 of the study’s 14 key findings, and that is only looking at race and justice through the lens of public education. What does that say about us as a country? What does it mean for the lives of these young people who get caught in the gears of a criminal justice system so early in their lives? The town hall meeting on November 17th is set to address these and other pressing questions raised by the glaring racial inequities of our criminal justice system.
The virulence of the anti-gay hate on the right is now officially out of control. If you can stomach it, click on this video and skip to minute 6 to listen to the “Christian” “Pastor” who organized the Gay Hate Fest in Iowa attended by Ted Cruz.
Merely being within 500 yards of this guy should disqualify a person from becoming the GOP nominee, but Ted Cruz ACTUALLY SPOKE AT HIS CONFERENCE. Cruz, naturally, used the conference to get his victimhood on:
“These threats are not imagined,” Cruz said. “There is a war on faith in America today. In our lifetimes, did we ever imagine that in the land of the free and home of the brave we would be witnessing our government persecute its citizens for their faith?”
Persecution of Christians apparently means making them bake cakes for gay weddings. Meanwhile, and unironically, the “Pastor” hosting the event demands the “religious liberty” to kill homosexuals in accordance with the teachings of the book of Leviticus.
Washington Post: “As Trump has become the defining character of this Republican presidential primary contest, the race itself has seemed to take on elements of his personality — in particular, his aggressive, seemingly shameless rejection of the idea that he has ever been wrong.”
“The influence is especially strong in Fiorina and Carson, the two other political outsiders, who have risen in Trump’s slipstream. All three will be onstage Tuesday evening in Milwaukee for the fourth televised GOP debate.”
“As with Trump, some of these outsiders’ most memorable debate moments have come when they uttered statements that turned out to be exaggerated or untrue. And, like Trump, they have played to a distrustful electorate by criticizing the fact-checkers and refusing to acknowledge that any facts were wrong.”
Reality has a liberal bias. Not the media.
He was touring in Madrid, still performing at the age of 77, when he passed away yesterday. His sound was largely the sound of N’awlins R & B. In fact, I can’t imagine N’awlins music without Allen Toussaint. He often wrote, produced and played piano on some of the best songs to emerge from the […]
Based on the polling, Secretary Clinton should crush Ted Cruz. But polls don’t vote, people do. And right now, the Cruz voters are fired up – and the Clinton voters aren’t. But that isn’t surprising. Democrats have spent 25 years honing a simple, yet wholly uninspiring message – “We are a little less crappy than them!”
IT IS A HORRIBLE MESSAGE THAT HAS FAILED, AND FAILED, AND FAILED. Yet, with that terrible track record, the Beltway geniuses who run the Democratic Party are about to run that play one more time.
the Democrats’ problem is social capital
Ben Carson is crying about media scrutiny, saying it is unfair and that is because secular progressives fear him. LOL. Dr. Carson, as a secular progressive, let me tell you that I do not fear you. I pity you. You are a pathological liar with a clear psychological problem and a mental illness. I find you laughable as well. If you were to be your party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton would win nearly 50 states and all Republicans everywhere would be swept out of office. So I am actually rooting for you.
The University of Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians released a statement tonight from the collective athletes of color on the Tigers football team stating they are on strike from football-related activities until the school president steps down in the wake of several racist acts on campus.
Many Missouri students believe school president Tim Wolfe has failed to act in response to several months’ worth of alleged racism on the Columbia campus—the most recent and controversial of which was a swastika of human feces found in a residence hall. The debate is mostly happening over on Facebook, where views both nuanced and not can be found under the #concernedstudent1950 hashtag.
A graduate student has also embarked on a hunger strike.
This is the latest in a series of on again off again ICarly style podcasts I’m doing with Donviti. This iteration is going to keep to under 30 minutes and is going to deal with, being 50, Eagles Football, some politics and Game of Thrones (if that show ever comes back on. [Note to my fellow DL contributors - I'm only putting it here for now, so don't worry.]