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October 24th, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Coked up like a Biden kid, disco stayed up until dawn talking to everybody. By 1978, even Frankie Valli had gotten into the act, with this inexplicably entertaining disco-infused hippie anthem to a rock musical set in the ’50s.

It should not work.

It does work.

That’s why he’s Frankie Valli and I’m the guy who’s been playing his stuff for nearly four decades.

Aye, Oh, Where Did You Go Ohio?

October 24th, 2014 - 11:35 am

abandoned-submarine

The replacement for our aging fleet of Ohio-class nuclear missile subs is coming along, but it’s far from a sure thing:

“The Navy has been very good at supporting the cash flow requirements for the Ohio replacement, so we have the funding necessary to award the missile tubes [contract] next week” — the first major component of the sub to move from design to physical reality — “and keep up with the pace of design,” [Rear Adm. Dave] Johnson said. “[ORP program manager] Jack Evans is the master, and we’ve been able to convince the Pentagon we need to keep funding this thing despite the Continuing Resolution.”

Design work alone has already more than doubled from 2013 to 2014, Johnson said, and it’s just going to keep accelerating. The Navy’s ambitious goal is to complete more than 80 percent of the detailed three-dimensional blueprints before construction begins in 2021.

“We have to achieve a better than 80 percent design-complete because we have to build this thing in 84 months, two months shorter than the Virginia, and we have to deliver this thing in the water by 2028,” Johnson said. “That leaves us three years, a mere three years, to test, certify, do post-shakedown availability, get it to King’s Bay, load it out, and have it on patrol by 2031.”

That will be hard to achieve even with full and uninterrupted funding, which remains in question.

We just can’t afford to slack off on naval funding, procurement, and training.

Mail Bag

October 24th, 2014 - 10:21 am

I ask for an on-the-ground report on the New Hampshire Senate race, and Longtime Sharp VodkaPundit Reader™ Makster delivers:

My on-the-ground report is based mostly on looking at signs while walking the dog or driving around.

I am not seeing as many Shaheen/Kuster signs as I would have expected in my mostly blue neighborhood of my handily blue city. Even some of the yards of people that I personally know are Democrats with conviction are standing bare, to my surprise. And I am seeing more Brown, and especially Garcia, signs than was the case with the Republicans in 2012.

One thing that is really interesting, is that quite a few places would have signs for State Rep or State Senate Dems, but none for either Shaheen or Kuster.
I don’t remember seeing much of this in the previous few cycles.

On the other hand, every single ad I’ve heard on Pandora was a Democrat one. Every single one.

On the balance, I am cautiously optimistic.

Anyone else?

Required Reading

October 24th, 2014 - 9:20 am

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Jonah Goldberg on the importance of storytelling:

Ideas are surprisingly easy to let go of, if pried loose by the right story. Stories, meanwhile, are shockingly difficult to let go of, even if they convey a bad idea. Just try to tell someone who has gotten a raw deal in life that their story is not typical of America. Or, if you prefer, try to tell someone who’s been fortunate at every turn that their story isn’t typical either.

For much of the summer, large numbers of Americans insisted that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was one kind of story. It was a tale of institutional racism in which the police are the villains and young African-American men the innocent victims. This was the storyline many in the media wanted, and it was one they were determined to get.

Now, as a grand jury goes about prying fact from fiction, the story is falling apart as a matter of legal reality. But you can be sure the story will live on for decades to come.

Read the whole thing.

Bewitched Is Back

October 24th, 2014 - 8:12 am

Bewitched

No:

Coming on the 50th anniversary of Bewitched‘s debut, the new version is a reimagining of the original series two generations later. It centers on Daphne — Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter — a single twenty-something witch, who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life. But she soon realizes that the one thing she cannot conjure and control is the one thing she wants most – real love.

Enough reboots and re-imaginings and re-dos already.

Besides, you just know they’ll screw up the title music.

The Real Ebola Question

October 24th, 2014 - 7:39 am

Microbiologist Alex Berezow says the CDC’s failure was predictable:

CDC has found itself in a Catch-22. It’s a nearly impossible balancing act to provide accurate information without unnecessarily frightening the public. Whether CDC said too much or too little, it was going to be criticized by the news media. The outbreak spread, so the CDC was condemned for being unprepared. But if the outbreak had fizzled, it would have been chastised for fear mongering.

Likely aware of this, the CDC chose the worst possible action: In an effort to keep the public calm, the CDC pretended to know more about Ebola than it actually does.

First, the CDC insisted that Ebola is very difficult to transmit from person to person. But, that is clearly not true. This particular Ebola strain appears to be more infectious than others. In an interview with Vox, virologist Peter Jahrling worried that this strain exhibits a higher “viral load,” which means it produces more virus particles. That could explain why the current outbreak is the largest in history, more than 20 times bigger than the previous record-setter, and in a worst-case scenario, without new mitigating measures, the epidemic could become 3,000 times as large.

Public panics would be less likely if the public’s faith in our institutions were stronger — but how are we supposed to trust our government when our government won’t trust us with the facts?

BvS

Undecideds are breaking hard for Scott Brown vs Jeanne Shaheen.

Are there any Longtime Sharp VodkaPundit Readers™ in New Hampshire who would share an on-the-ground report? Hit me up in the comments, please.

It Got Weird

October 24th, 2014 - 5:12 am

RCP

Could four women from Red states keep the Senate blue?

Sign “O” the Times

October 23rd, 2014 - 12:05 pm

OUCH

Now that’s gotta hurt:

Unlike some Democratic Senate candidates, incumbent Mark Begich of Alaska is willing to say he voted for President Obama.

But he’s also found a way to distance himself from the president, who is unpopular in reddish Alaska.

“I did (vote for him), but that’s irrelevant,” Begich told the Washington Examiner. “The president’s not relevant. He’s gone in two years.”

I would just like to remind Alaska voters that if you like the Senator you have, you can keep him.

Preferably, right there in Alaska.

The Lowdown on the Liaoning

October 23rd, 2014 - 11:01 am

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I’m gathering quite the collection of “don’t buy Russian” clippings. Here’s another one for the pile, as China experiences yet another big failure with their Russian-built baby aircraft carrier:

On at least one occasion during recent sea trials, Liaoning appeared to suffer a steam explosion which temporarily knocked out the carrier’s electrical power system. The failure, reported by Chinese media site Sina.com, resulting from a leak in “the machine oven compartment to the water pipes.”

We’re only able to glimpse at the carrier’s engine problems, as we know very little about what’s inside the ship. This includes even what kind of engines Liaoning has.

The Chinese government also doesn’t like to admit to problems with its military hardware. When it does—and that’s never guaranteed—the admissions often come months or years after problems come up.

During the accident, hot water and steam began “spewing” out of the engine’s oven compartment, Sina.com reported. One cabin became “instantly submerged in water vapor,” the report added.

The crew immediately evacuated the cabin, with one officer apparently pulling a sailor out by his collar to save him from the extremely hot steam. The carrier then lost power, but the crew “eventually restored power to ensure the smooth operation of the ship.”

A “mission kill” is when you damage an enemy ship enough to force it back to port without accomplishing its mission. What should we call it when a ship does it to itself? “Mission suicide” doesn’t quite sound right, does it?

Let’s just stick with calling it “don’t buy Russian.”

Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)

October 23rd, 2014 - 10:29 am

SUPERWOMAN

Here’s what I got from MoveOn this morning, along with the images above:

The dynamic new ad and voter contact campaign calls on women in Colorado and other states with crucial Senate races to exercise their powers as “Supervoters” at the ballot box this year, part of a major push by MoveOn.org Political Action to turn out drop-off female voters to prevent a Republican takeover of the Senate.

Already, MoveOn members across the country have called more than 250,000 women in Colorado and 880,000 nationwide to boost turnout. This weekend, MoveOn members will call several hundred thousand more women in key states via Supervoter-themed phone banking.

The print and online ads feature MoveOn members from battleground states Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina sharing why they’re voting on issues such as education funding and women’s access to health care and birth control. The movie-poster style print ads will run in the Sunday editions of The Denver Post, The Des Moines Register, and the Charlotte Observer, and online ads will appear in outlets visited by women including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Jezebel, Good Housekeeping, Oprah.com, Marie Claire, People, and Women’s Fitness.

The Sunday Denver Post ad features Colorado MoveOn member Angela Padilla.

The ads make the point that because control of the Senate will be determined by just a few states, voters in these states have tremendous power to determine our country’s direction. In short, they are Supervoters. Colorado has been called “ground zero” for turning out women voters in this year’s election and “the heart” of efforts to mobilize female voters, a point stressed by Hillary Clinton at a rally this week.

So, ladies — what would make you feel like a real Superwoman on election day?

You Can Pick Your Friends…

October 23rd, 2014 - 9:14 am

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Gosh, everybody wants to make friends with Iran these days:

China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran’s nuclear plans.

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have seen “good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent years,” China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

“Exchanges between the two navies have been fruitful and their warships have paid successful visits to each other,” it cited Chang as saying.

“Chang… stressed China is willing to work with Iran to further pragmatic cooperation and strengthen military-to-military ties.”

Which friendship do you think Tehran is more likely to honor — ours or China’s?

The End of Greatness?

October 23rd, 2014 - 8:32 am

Jeff Shesol in The New Yorker:

This is where we stand right now with President Obama. There are two years left in his tenure, but we are already in the process of writing him off. The Atlantic is calling him “our passé President”; at a rally in Maryland on Sunday, while Obama delivered a campaign speech, dozens of people drifted out of the auditorium. Yet he is still, of course, our President, and we still, on some level, expect heroics. Deep down, we don’t want Obama to appoint an “Ebola czar.” We want him to march into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, set some new protocols, and put this unpleasant business behind us. Instead, to quell our Ebola freak-out, Obama “hugged and kissed … a couple of the nurses” at a hospital in Atlanta, which, really, is an assignment Joe Biden could have taken.

The problem isn’t Barack Obama, or his performance in office, or even where the country stands today. The problem is in the expectations — the expectation that government can cure our ills, the expectation that the Right Great Man can make the giant government do all the things we have come to expect it to do.

There is of course room for good government and even the occasional great man to head it up. But a government as large and as intrusive as ours will find it nearly impossible to be great, or even merely good, when its mission is to force its once-sovereign citizens to fit other people’s notion of “good.”

Italy’s “Terminal Decline”

October 23rd, 2014 - 7:15 am

Monetary union has been a disaster for Italy:

The latest panic on global stock markets has reminded the world of the vulnerability of the euro, and this week pundits in the British press have been busy speculating about France’s possible collapse. Hardly anyone bothers to fret about Italy any more, even though last week its exchanges took the second biggest hit after Greece. Italy’s irreversible demise is a foregone conclusion. The country is just too much of a basket case even to think about.

Italy’s experience of the European monetary union has been particularly painful. The Italians sleepwalked into joining the euro with scarcely any serious debate, and were so keen to sign up that they accepted a throttlingly high exchange rate with the lira. The price of life’s essentials, such as cigarettes, coffee and wine, doubled overnight while wages remained static — though back then jobs were still easy to find and money easy to borrow. But when the great crash happened, Italy, as a prisoner of a monetary union without a political union, was unable to do anything much about it, and could not even resort to the traditional medicine of currency devaluation.

The only path to recovery permitted by Brussels and Berlin — that of austerity — has been counterproductive because it has only been skin-deep. If austerity is to stimulate growth, it must be done to the hilt, which inevitably involves terrible suffering and the risk of mass agitation. No Italian politician can stomach that.

Italy also has one of the lowest birthrates in low-birthrate Europe, so there’s little chance of the country growing its way out of its problems.

Then there’s this:

Anyone who works in the real private sector — the family businesses that have made Italy’s name around the world — is in a bad place. Italy has the heaviest ‘total tax’ burden on businesses in the world at 68 per cent, according to the Sole 24 Ore newspaper, followed by France on 66 per cent, compared with just 36 per cent in Britain. To start a business in Italy is to enter a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare, and to keep it going is even worse.

A hundred years from now, who will make the prosciutto?

Send in the Clowns

October 23rd, 2014 - 6:11 am

That headline works on so many levels for today’s Trifecta.

Massive Airbag Recall Gets More Massive

October 23rd, 2014 - 5:02 am

The airbag situation is bad. The government bungling might be worse:

The U.S. auto safety agency today dramatically boosted, to at least 7.78 million, the number of U.S. vehicles previously recalled for faulty Takata air bags that the government now says pose an immediate threat to front-seat passengers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, in what qualifies as very strong language for the agency, says it’s telling owners “with urgency” to get their recalled cars fixed at once as a matter “essential to personal safety.”

Adding to confusion over the warning, however, is a changing count of vehicles and owners in jeopardy. The Wednesday tally was a corrected count, down from 8.47 million that NHTSA’s total showed late yesterday. And that, in turn, had been an update of the 4.74 million units NHTSA cited overnight Tuesday.

We have one car that might be on this list, so we’re hoping to get a straight answer.

The Downside of Democracy

October 22nd, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Tunisia is the Arab Spring’s best outcome by far, and yet:

Tunisians have approved a new Constitution by a broad consensus, and a second free election is to take place this month. The country has the advantage of one of the Arab world’s most educated and cosmopolitan populations, numbering just 11 million, and it has some of the most alluring Mediterranean beaches.

But instead of sapping the appeal of militant extremism, the new freedom that came with the Arab Spring revolt has allowed militants to preach and recruit more openly than ever before. At the same time, many young Tunisians say that the new freedoms and elections have done little to improve their daily lives, create jobs or rein in a brutal police force that many here still refer to as “the ruler,” or, among ultraconservative Islamists, “the tyrant.”

Although Tunisia’s steps toward democracy have enabled young people to express their dissident views, impatience and skepticism have evidently led a disgruntled minority to embrace the Islamic State’s radically theocratic alternative.

Plenty of Russians still pine for Stalin and the USSR, too.

No Replacement for Displacement

October 22nd, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Heh.

Rocky Mountain Jihad

October 22nd, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Gulp:

The first indication that something was wrong was a phone call from his daughter’s Denver area school to let Assad Ibrahim know that she had not come to class.

He dialed her cell. And she answered. But, officials say, she didn’t tell him that she was on her way to Syria to join ISIS.

She was just late for class, that’s all, Ibrahim’s daughter told him on Friday, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, which filed a runaway report.

The American girl of Sudanese descent also kept quiet about her two girlfriends, Americans of Somali descent, who were flying with her to Turkey by way of Germany.

Those two had told their father, Ali Farah, that they were going to the library.
But when Farah got home from work, a visitor came calling, according to the documents. Apparently, it was Ibrahim.

Farah should check to see if his daughters’ passports were missing, the visitor told him — just like his daughter’s passport was.

Sure enough, they were gone, along with $2,000 in cash.

German authorities put the girls on a flight back to the US, where they were greeted by the FBI.

BATTLEGROUND

Unless my eyes deceive me, the only states where President Obama is above water are Hawaii, California,Maryland, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts. He’s underwater with likely voters by a minimum of ten points in the Senate battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Louisiana.

This is the moment when the GOP needs its own Howard Dean. Not the Screaming Howard Dean of 2004, but the scheming Howard Dean who went on the chair the DNC. And I don’t use “scheming” as an epithet. Dean had the vision and the gumption to put into action his “50 State Strategy” for Democratic dominance. He didn’t care if Democrat candidates were pro-life or pro-gun, so long as they could get elected and vote D on the big issues. He helped a young presidential contender from Illinois dig deep into what were supposed to be reliably Red states, and win them.

The hyper-D major from 2009-2011 was in no small part due to Dean’s boldness. Dean didn’t care if his candidate were only good for just a couple of terms, or even only one — so long as they got enough votes for just long enough to push through a heap of legislation. And in 2007-08, Dean got his crisis and he didn’t let it go to waste. The results, such as they are, lie all around us.

Starting on November 4 and going through the following two election cycles, the party has a once-in-a-generation shot to pursue its own 50 State Strategy and undo much of the damage the Donks have done. But where is the GOP leader of similar vision and gumption? Where are the candidates willing to do whatever it takes to win? What happened to GOP voters who once understood that victory is more important than purity?

The national party seems willing to settle for winning a slender Senate majority and hanging on in the House — when so much more should be possible. And absolutely zero seems to have been put into play to stop the Hillary Juggernaut in 2016.

Where’s the boldness, the drive, the ambition?

It’s too late to hope for anything more in this cycle than for a GOP Senate able to mitigate some of the hurt coming our way before January 20, 2017. But after then, mitigation will no longer be enough — or even possible.

News You Can Use

October 22nd, 2014 - 11:27 am

CLOWNING AROUND

Meanwhile, in Michigan:

olice arrested a 54-year-old man after he was allegedly seen wearing camouflage pants and a clown mask, shooting a gun at a can in the street.

Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies said the man also was seen playing a trombone at one point, all the while as he stood in a garage.

The man, described as intoxicated, was arrested for a personal protection order violation. No one was hurt and the gun turned out to be a pellet gun.

Florida Man had better up his game.

Empty Chair Can’t Defend Empty Suit

October 22nd, 2014 - 10:23 am

WFB adds:

Amid accusations of corruption and insider deals, Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) declined an invitation from Time Warner Cable to take part in a debate with her Republican opponent on Capital Tonight. Hagan’s empty chair was visible throughout the debate. [Emphasis added. Because it's fun.]

You think that kind of thing might be an election killer in a race this close?

Required Viewing

October 22nd, 2014 - 9:14 am

I have serious qualms with the death penalty as a practical matter, but Governor Hickenlooper seems to have played politics with in this case — and that’s got to stop.

It Was My Understanding There Would Be No Math

October 22nd, 2014 - 8:24 am

MATH

There’s (almost) an app for that:

I’ve seen the future and it is math less and it is awesome and it is this PhotoMath app that solves math problems just by pointing your phone’s camera at them. It’s like a cross between a text reading camera, a supremely sophisticated calculator and well, the future. Point and solve and never do math again.

We’re all going to get a lot stupider after this thing comes out next year, aren’t we?

He Gave His Life for Tourism

October 22nd, 2014 - 7:18 am

FUNKY TUT

Daily Mail reports that the image above is our best estimate of the true appearance of King Tut:

In the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains.

And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tut relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC, researchers said.

A ‘virtual autopsy’, composed of more than 2,000 computer scans, was carried out in tandem with a genetic analysis of Tutankhamun’s family, which supports evidence that his parents were brother and sister.

The scientists believe that this left him with physical impairments triggered by hormonal imbalances. And his family history could also have led to his premature death in his late teens.

On the plus side, he had a condo made of stone-a.

Sign “O” the Times

October 22nd, 2014 - 6:02 am

DRUDGE

War on women, yo:

Women have moved in the GOP’s direction since September. In last month’s AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress while 40 percent wanted the Republicans to capture control. In the new poll, the two parties are about even among women, 44 percent prefer the Republicans, 42 percent the Democrats.

This is just one poll of course, so we can’t read too much into it — although the overall numbers are even worse, if perhaps not as shocking:

Among all adults, 38 percent say they’d like the Democrats to wind up in control of Congress, to 36 percent for the Republicans. But the GOP holds a significant lead among those most likely to cast ballots: 47 percent of these voters favor a Republican controlled-Congress, 39 percent a Democratic one. That’s a shift in the GOP’s favor since an AP-GfK poll in late September, when the two parties ran about evenly among likely voters.

Democrats don’t win ties, not in the midterms. Even a small edge for the GOP can result in big wins, as we saw from the polls leading up to 2010.

But what I find most interesting is how much voters seem to be preferring this GOP. The GOP in 2014 is not the party of Reagan. Hell, it’s not even the party of Gingrich. This is a party in turmoil, and yet the Democrats have been so soiled by President Obama’s non-performance that Americans are telling pollsters, “Hell yeah, we want the Republicans.”

Imagine what the Republicans could do at a time like this, if they spent less time alienating the grassroots and more effort winning over independents and vacillating Democrats.

On second thought, don’t — the contrast with reality is too depressing.

The Whittle Triple

October 22nd, 2014 - 5:09 am

Bill has the Trifecta Triple this week and… I’ll let him explain.

The End of the Tablet?

October 21st, 2014 - 2:45 pm

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Apple’s results conference call on Monday revealed another record-breaking quarter with record-breaking iPhone and Mac sales, but iPad sales were down for the third straight quarter, and down Q2Q from a a year ago. Steve Jobs famously predicted that PCs were like trucks, tablets were like cars, and most people really only needed a car. Pros, he said, would keep using trucks for the heavy lifting, but the PC era was supposed to be over.

Microsoft can’t get anywhere with the Surface, and judging by app sales and web usage stats, the vast majority of el cheapo Android tablets go unused and unloved.

So is the tablet era over before it ever began?

Hard to say. iPad still generates huge profits, back to third behind Mac sales, with tens of millions sold each year. And the company is now taking a radical (for Apple) approach to the tablet market.

Previously, Apple sold only the new model of the full-size iPad, plus last year’s model at a discount and at a single memory tier. They then added the iPad mini to the lineup. A year later when the new iPad mini was introduced, the old model continued to sell, again at a discount and again at a single memory tier. That reduced shopping confusion for consumers and helped Apple keep their SKU count low. (“Steve hates SKUs,” I once joked.) Under the Old Regime, tablet prices started at $299 for last year’s iPad mini with minimal memory, and topped out at $929 for a maxed-out 128GB iPad Air.

Now things have changed. A lot.

The two-year-old original iPad mini is still for sale, now with two memory tiers to choose from, with the starting price reduced even further. Last year’s mini (with Retina Display) is also still on sale, at the usual $100 discount, and also with two memory tiers. The new iPad mini is at the usual price, and with the usual three memory tiers — but the top two tiers offer twice as much memory as before.

The iPad Air has gotten a similar treatment. Last year’s model? Two tiers, $100 off. This year’s model? Three tiers, with the top two tiers offering twice as much memory as before.

That’s a lot more choice than Apple usually offers in its consumer range.

The buy-in price for an iPad is now just $249 for a 16GB iPad mini. That’s $50 less than Apple has ever charged to let you into their ecosystem. But the top-end price for a new-generation 128GB iPad Air has dropped from $929 to $829. The product range has expanded from four two five, but the pricing scheme has both dropped and compressed. So prices are down, value is up, and the product range has increased. As a shareholder, I’m also pleased that Apple has managed to do all that in a way which should protect its enviable profit margins.

Is it enough to boost sales again, or at least forestall further declines?

That’s the Big Unanswerable, but Apple’s new strategy shows they are nowhere close to giving up on the product category they redefined from Microsoft’s original vision of “Windows-with-a-stylus” to “the touch computer for anybody.”

Great find from Daniel Halper:

“We are completely out of ideas,” reads the opening of an email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

After President Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a better place.But we aren’t. The Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and the other Republican outside groups are spending millions against us. It’s the biggest spending spree of any midterm election EVER. So big — it doesn’t even look like President Clinton’s email can dig us out of this hole.There is still time, though. Things are rough, but we’re not ready to accept defeat. If we can bring in 5O,OOO donations before tomorrow’s ad buy deadline, we can get back on track. Will you answer President Clinton’s call-to-action today?

Next the DCCC suggests a $5 donation.

I wouldn’t say they’re completely out of ideas, although “give me your money” is hardly a new idea.

Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

October 21st, 2014 - 12:33 pm

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Unpopular law remains unpopular:

Why didn’t increasing insurance coverage for millions of people make the law more popular? One hypothesis: Most of the people who got coverage were always in the supporter camp, and those who oppose Obamacare are mostly people who don’t have much to gain from it (i.e., they already have coverage through employers or Medicare). And there are such places as Kentucky, where the law broadly succeeded yet remains unpopular with voters, including some who benefited from it.

That Means It’s Working™

More seriously, I need to reiterate a point I’ve made here a couple times before.

Despite both legally mandating and subsidizing insurance coverage, ♡bamaCare!!! enrolled only about 7 million of the nation’s 40-plus million who were previously uninsured — minus an unknown number who lost their plans due to ♡bamaCare!!!, then purchased ACA-approved plans on the exchanges. That’s a huge miss. The law did successfully expand Medicaid coverage to millions more, but all that accomplished was to increase the scope and expense of the welfare state. Medicaid expansion did nothing, zilch, nada to increase private coverage or to reduce expenses to the taxpayer.

That’s a lousy winner-to-loser ratio, which explains ♡bamaCare!!!’s lousy poll numbers.