Anyone talking or writing about iPad/iTablet/iSlate/iWhatever between now and Apple’s big event next Wednesday shall be beaten about the hands and face with a 1983-era DOS manual.
And don’t tempt me to make this rule retroactive.
It’s Ben Bernanke:
California Democrat Barbara Boxer has become the latest senator to oppose the nomination of Ben Bernanke to a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Boxer’s opposition, which she announced in an exclusive statement to the Huffington Post, is a blow to Bernanke. Boxer is no firebreather on economic issues, but considered a more mainstream Democrat from a state that was considered comfortably blue — until Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts, that is.
On Twitter, Politico’s Martin Kady said the the anti-Bernanke sentiment is “starting to snowball.” That’s all well and good — but changing people isn’t going to save the Democrats. Changing policies, however, just might.
Until then, enjoy watching the circular firing squad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.