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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Maybe They’re Under the Mattress

January 22nd, 2010 - 11:42 am

Here’s some not-at-all-shocking news:

U.S. investors overwhelmingly see President Barack Obama as anti-business and question his ability to manage a financial crisis, according to a Bloomberg survey.

The global quarterly poll of investors and analysts who are Bloomberg subscribers finds that 77 percent of U.S. respondents believe Obama is too anti-business and four-out-of-five are only somewhat confident or not confident of his ability to handle a financial emergency.

Wonder where the jobs went? They’ll come back just as soon as Obama/Pelosi/Reid are done taxing, regulating, and threatening the job-creators out of their minds.

In the meantime, the jobs will stay safely tucked away in Galt’s Gulch.

“Smiles, everyone, smiles… “

January 22nd, 2010 - 8:37 am

Today’s Trifecta: How can conservatives capitalize on Scott Brown’s big win? The answer is simpler than you might think.

Provided, that is, you were thinking it involved something a lot more complicated than telling Michael Steele to get stuffed.

Pick One

January 21st, 2010 - 4:22 pm

Air America has gone silent because:

A. The Man.

B. The System.

C. Rachel Maddow is somehow even less appealing on radio than she is on TV.

It’s a stumper, I know.

Free Speech Got a Little Freer

January 21st, 2010 - 2:35 pm

McCain-Feingold: Mostly dead.

At Heart He’s Still an Obnoxious DJ

January 21st, 2010 - 2:02 pm

I’d like to dedicate this one to my favorite lady friend on Capitol Hill, and her suave partner in crime in the big white house down the street.

There They Go Again

January 21st, 2010 - 1:12 pm

Today’s Trifecta: Can three guys who love the sound of their own voices almost as much as the President loves the sound of his own, possibly detail an entire year’s worth of Oval Office FAIL in only nine minutes?

Well, uh, no.

But we sure had fun trying.

A Man Right Here at the Time

January 21st, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Treacher has everything you never wanted to know about Rielle Hunter, but the Mainstream Media was going to hide from you anyway.

A Man Ahead of Our Time

January 21st, 2010 - 12:20 pm

Is Will Collier the world’s best blogger? I dunno, but he very well might be the most prescient.

Reconcile This

January 21st, 2010 - 5:41 am

How much power does the President still wield after Tuesday’s election result? Judge for yourself:

“If you ran that Senate bill right now on the House floor, I’ll bet you would not get 100 votes for it,” said Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.

You want a weaker first-term President? You have to go back to Gerald Ford — and then, only after he pardoned Nixon.

Success Has a Thousand Fathers…

January 20th, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Today’s Trifecta: Scott Ott wants to know who gets the credit for Scott Brown’s win — the GOP or the Tea Partyers?

And I have to tell you, I’m still on a high two hours after we finished taping this week’s segments. Scott, Bill Whittle and I really seem to have hit our stride. And the fact that we have good news to talk about sure doesn’t hurt, either. If just half the fun we’re having shows through, you’ll have a blast.

Required Reading

January 20th, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Will Collier vs EJ Dionne.

You Realize of Course This Means War

January 20th, 2010 - 12:26 pm

If you didn’t already think the New York Times was the worst paper in the history of everything everywhere, now they’ve gone and harshed on the lovely and talented Christina Hendricks.

To soothe your troubled soul, here’s Ms. Hendricks herself.

Christina Hendricks at the Golden Globes

Click to, ah, embiggen.

House of Cards, Meet Stiff Breeze

January 20th, 2010 - 11:44 am

Scott Brown has spooked even Dick Durbin into backing down on speeding up health care:

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said leaders would not make any attempt to pass a final healthcare reform bill through the Senate before state Sen. Scott Brown (R) is certified the winner of the special election.

Senate Democratic leaders met Wednesday morning to discuss the results of the special election in Massachusetts and have decided to wait before deciding how to proceed on healthcare reform.

Elections have consequences.

“I guess I’ll have to change my plans… “

January 20th, 2010 - 11:01 am

A kinder, gentler David Axelrod? Scott Brown really did rattle the White House last night.

Step Three: Majority Rule Again

January 20th, 2010 - 9:36 am

Stephen Bainbridge on what ought to happen next:

The Democrats have now fumbled their opportunity, but that doesn’t mean that those of us who were fed up with Bush and the K Street Gang are ready to forgive and forget the GOP failings. They are going to have to convince us that they are again worthy of our trust.

How does the GOP go about doing so? Unlike some, I have no interest in seeing the GOP join hands with Obama for a few rounds of Kum Bay Yah followed by swallowing some version of Obama-lite. The GOP needs to articulate a positive program.

Yep. As the Tea Party movement shows, there’s a lot of voter frustration with the Democrats. And the fact that voters had to start a new movement, rather than flocking to the GOP, shows the Republicans — least the ones in Washington — still don’t get it.

The Road Less Travelled

January 19th, 2010 - 11:58 pm

I suppose it’s only slightly embarrassing for the President to travel all the way to Copenhagen just to get his home town turned down by the International Olympic Committee. And I’m really quite pleased that Obama failed to get any results at the climate change conference when he travelled all the way back to Denmark last month.

Obama can’t get concessions from the Russians, the Chinese, or the Europeans. He can’t get welfare or energy tax bills through a Democratic Congress. And now he can’t even get a Democrat elected in Massachusetts.

Jimmy Carter never had that epic a fail.

It’s Over

January 19th, 2010 - 8:31 pm

Coakley concedes.

Which, I guess that takes the wind out of prolonging this thing with a legal battle.

So if you’ll excuse me for going into Serious Chin-Stroking Pundit Mode, I’d like to say: Sweet.

Tune In, Turn On, Turn Over

January 19th, 2010 - 5:38 pm

It’s a special Scott Brown Election Edition of “Hair of the Dog.” Plus, you’ll never, ever look at Katrina vanden Heuvel the same way again.

Don’t miss it.

Now this is rich:

Democrats were leaning Tuesday toward a plan to force the Senate’s version of health-care reform through the House if Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate seat.

“We’ve read the Constitution,” said one senior Democratic strategist. “They can do it. The Senate doesn’t have to pass it twice.”

If these bastards had read the Constitution, they wouldn’t be Democrats.

UPDATE: Ed Driscoll has nailed it.

It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than That

January 19th, 2010 - 2:47 pm

A Massachusetts labor leader has sided with Scott Brown — and is gunning for John Kerry.

The Betting Line

January 19th, 2010 - 10:48 am

Intrade buyers socked it to Scott Brown when the polls opened this morning — but he never traded below 60. Currently, he’s up to almost 70, which is still ten points below his best showing around Zero-Dark-Thirty today.

Intrade for Scott Brown

Vote Early & Often

January 19th, 2010 - 10:28 am

In case you were able to vote for Coakley just the one time, here are some blank absentee ballots.

Good News or Bad?

January 19th, 2010 - 10:21 am

Massachusetts voters are braving the snow to vote:

Turnout was reported to be heavy Tuesday as Massachusetts voters trudged through a light snow to choose their next U.S. senator.

Wait… do you really trudge through light snow? Isn’t that a bit like doing the butterfly stroke in a puddle? Anyway, overly-enthusiastic reporting aside…

Late internal polling by the campaigns indicated that the race between Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican state Sen. Scott Brown was too close to call.

A Suffolk University poll of three key towns Saturday and Sunday — Fitchburg, Gardner and Peabody — gave Brown a comfortable lead in each.

It’s gonna be a long night. I might be drunkblogging it.

(Via Twitter.)

That’s One Big, Swinging… Election

January 18th, 2010 - 6:06 pm

Another hour, another poll. This one doesn’t cover the whole state, but it’s telling:

Republican Scott Brown appears to be pulling away from Democrat Martha Coakley on the eve of Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts, according to polls released Monday.

A Suffolk University poll of three “bellwether counties,” conducted Saturday and Sunday, showed Brown with leads of 17, 16 and 14 points in Peabody, Gardner and Fitchburg counties, respectively.

“There’s nothing totally certain, but all of the indicators are leaning strongly in Brown’s favor,” David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center in Boston, told The Daily Caller.

To give you a little extra perspective, Peabody went almost 58% for Obama in 2008, Gardner gave him 60%, and Fitchburg 61%.

You don’t get turnarounds that quick in a MacDonald’s drive-thru.

UPDATE: FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver is one of the smartest handicappers around (despite his own handicap of being a committed lefty), and I rely on his wisdom quite a bit. Despite pooh-poohing those PJ Media polls a couple days ago, even Nate has now seen the light.

Ford v Gillibrand

January 18th, 2010 - 5:49 pm

Live, from New York, it’s — hot blue-on-blue action!

Nice Bottom

January 18th, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Is Martha Coakley in “freefall?” That’s what Politico is reporting after seeing the latest InsiderAdvantage poll. Read:

A new InsiderAdvantage poll conducted exclusively for POLITICO shows Republican Scott Brown surging to a nine-point advantage over Martha Coakley a day before Massachusetts voters trek to the ballot box to choose a new senator.

According to the survey conducted Sunday evening, Brown leads the Democratic attorney general 52 percent to 43 percent.

“I actually think the bottom is falling out,” said InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery, referring to Coakley’s fall in the polls over the last ten days. “I think that this candidate is in freefall. Clearly this race is imploding for her.”

Quite a few Democrats have complained that Coakley should have been out there campaigning hard the last couple months. But judging by her endless gaffes the last few weeks, she might have done better had she just stayed home. Or maybe gone to Belgium.

By the Numbers

January 18th, 2010 - 12:47 pm

Rasmussen: Coakley up by two.

Intrade: Bettors going almost 2-1 for Brown.

PPP: Brown up by five.

Sabato: Hasn’t updated Massachusetts since June. Of ’08. Talk about getting caught with your pants down.

Gallup: Also a no-show.

The Windy City

January 18th, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Chicagoland politics come to Massachusetts:

116,483 registered Massachusetts voters are dead, according to an analysis conducted by Aristotle International, Inc. a software and digital database developer.

As reported by CNS News, “In Massachusetts, 116,483 registered voters are dead, 3.38 percent of the state’s total of registered voters. Another 538,567, or 15.6 percent, had moved to an area outside of where they are registered to vote.”

If Brown’s going to win, he’ll have to win big.

Required Viewing

January 18th, 2010 - 10:16 am

As we do this time most every year at VodkaPundit, it’s MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Obvious

January 17th, 2010 - 10:54 pm

The story has been out there for hours already, but no one has said what needs saying. So let me be the first.

Oh — Martha, Martha, Martha!