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January 17th, 2010 - 8:33 pm

PJM/CrossTarget has Brown up by nearly ten points.

The Betting Line III

January 17th, 2010 - 8:13 pm

Intrade has Brown up 65-35 over Coakley.

There’s No Place Like Home

January 17th, 2010 - 6:12 pm

Obama’s own people are bracing themselves against hope and change in Massachusetts:

Multiple advisers to President Obama have privately told party officials that they believe Democrat Martha Coakley is going to lose Tuesday’s special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy for more than 40 years, several Democratic sources told CNN Sunday.

The sources added that the advisers are still hopeful that Obama’s visit to Massachusetts on Sunday – coupled with a late push by Democratic activists – could help Coakley pull out a narrow victory in an increasingly tight race against Republican state Sen. Scott Brown.

However, the presidential advisers have grown increasingly pessimistic in the last three days about Coakley’s chances after a series of missteps by the candidate, sources said.

Haven’t they learned by now to keep Obama in the White House, where he’s least likely to hurt his causes?

UPDATE: Or is the fix already in?

Must-See Radio

January 16th, 2010 - 3:47 pm

It’s another big, big PJM Political. This week:

or not the GOP’s Scott Brown can surge in the final days of his campaign to snag a vacant Senate seat in a very blue state.

From PJTV.com’s Poliwood series, Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd dissect James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar. Is it a technical triumph or a lefty agenda laden piece of technojunk?

What will happen if President Obama doesn’t reconcile his inner-Jefferson with his inner-Wilson? That’s the question that Glenn Reynolds asks Walter Russell Mead, Senior Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Part Two of Bill Whittle’s interview of two Washington whistleblowers, and radical Islam’s infiltration of the American security apparatus.

As always, Ed Driscoll has put together a fine show, despite his insistence on having me host it.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention the Smurf breasts. Ed’s very proud of the Smurf breasts.

The Thin Blue (Betting) Line

January 16th, 2010 - 2:39 pm

The bettors at Intrade now think Scott Brown has a 54% chance of winning in Massachusetts.

Intrade - Brown v Coakley

He’s gone from a long shot to barely favored in just a few short days.

ALMOST FORGOT: A tip of the hat to Andrew Koenig.

The Week in Blogs — The Links!

January 16th, 2010 - 10:18 am

You’ve seen the show, now click the links. Here they are:

Breakdown dead ahead.

Hard times.

You got some imagination.

Lido shuffle.


What do you want the girl to do?

Do like you do in New York.

Vanishing point.

You can have me any time.

Gimme the goods.

Find out what it all means on PJTV.

Bay State Blues

January 15th, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Massachusetts voters — not as dumb as you thought:

Coakley is not being helped by her pledge to help pass the Democrat’s national health care bill. Fifty-one percent of likely voters here say no to it while 36% say yes. Sixty-one percent think Washington can’t afford it.

Vicki Kennedy said, “As Ted would say, ‘January 19th is the date, Martha Coakley is the candidate.’”

Another surprise — The Kennedy family’s endorsement may have actually hurt Coakley. With 27% said it makes them less likely to vote for her… 20% more likely.

The pucker factor going into Tuesday night’s results is going to be extreme.

Required Reading

January 15th, 2010 - 8:23 am

If it’s Friday, it must be Krauthammer:

The health care drive is the most important reason Obama has sunk to 46 percent. But this reflects something larger. In the end, what matters is not the persona but the agenda. In a country where politics is fought between the 40-yard lines, Obama has insisted on pushing hard for the 30. And the American people — disorganized and unled but nonetheless agitated and mobilized — have put up a stout defense somewhere just left of midfield.

Now maybe for an interception in Massachusetts…

Just Shut Up Danny

January 15th, 2010 - 8:11 am

I thought I’d grown immune to this kind of thing, but no:

Actor Danny Glover believes that the Haitian earthquake was caused by climate change and global warming. Says Glover: “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?”

Congratulations, Danny — you’ve become the Pat Robertson of the Left.

By the Numbers

January 15th, 2010 - 7:59 am

You won’t believe these Massachusetts Senate poll results obtained for PJ Media. Hell, I’m still having trouble digesting them.

Teddy Pendergrass, RIP

January 14th, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, you couldn’t miss him. Now, you’ll have to.

The Betting Line

January 14th, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Intrade puts Scott Brown’s chances at 1-in-6.

A slim chance is better than none, which is what a Republican candidate usually faces in Massachusetts.

Epic WIN!

January 14th, 2010 - 12:31 pm

What does The Lord of the Rings trilogy have to do with modern politics? The answer is on today’s Trifecta.

Epic FAIL!

January 13th, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Trifecta: A pre-post mortem on the health care takeover.

It’s one of our happiest episodes ever.


January 12th, 2010 - 6:54 pm

On today’s Trifecta: Will Massachusetts voters kill ObamaCare?

Must-See PJTV

January 11th, 2010 - 9:24 pm

Sorry for the late link, but I got to spend an hour with Charles Butler on WVON in Chicago. Good guy. Good show. Had fun. Anyway, the new Hair of the Dog is up at PJTV, and I think — hope! — it’s good one.

There’s a rant at the end, and only one reference to a 300-pound stripper. So you’ve got that going for you, which is nice.

Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me

January 11th, 2010 - 9:31 am

Cool news from Tennessee:

This past Saturday, Donn Janes, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee’s 8th District spoke in Paris, TN, to an estimated 300 Tea Party activists from the West Tennessee area.

“As of today, I am no longer going to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican,” Janes announced. “We need to change the way we elect our representatives. We continue to rely on the two-party system to provide us with different choices; but thanks to this corrupt system, there is little difference between the two of them. Both parties voted to increase the size of our government; both parties voted to trade your freedoms for security; and both parties are responsible for our monstrous debt, our failing economy and the exporting of our jobs overseas. I will be running as an independent Tea Party Candidate, a candidate who doesn’t answer to or work for party leadership, but a candidate who will work for the people of West Tennessee.”

Throw the bums out. All of them. And this is how it begins.

Excuse Me While I Rant This Out

January 11th, 2010 - 5:48 am

When I’m writing up the script for Hair of the Dog on Sunday afternoons, sometimes I remember what British PM Harold Macmillan said would define his tenure — “Events, my dear boy, events.”

See, I’ve got this format. Go through the Big Four* Sunday chat shows, make some quips about the highlights of each, then sum up that whole mess with an observation that’s witty, pithy, silly, or (on a very good week) all three. But sometimes events get in the way, and you end up with a slightly different show.

And even though we haven’t taped it yet, this week’s is a case in point.

Presidential economic advisor Christina Romer was the lede-off guest on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos Starring George Stephanopoulos. And, charmingly, Romer is a lousy liar — maybe the only one inside the Beltway. Now I was going to go into all this on the show today, but Romer said something so obviously, painfully, awfully, infuriatingly untrue that I had no choice but to go off on a mini-rant and wrap up the show. There was just nowhere left to take it after that.

So I’ll say now what I couldn’t include on this week’s HOTD.

Here’s about 11 minutes of her being “grilled” by Stephanopoulos on Sunday’s show. (Sorry for not embedding the video, but ABC doesn’t allow that for reasons unknown.) Anyway — watch her body language. When someone is speaking, their head usually either nods up and down or moves back and forth, depending on what they’re saying, and where they’re trying to place emphasis.

Romer’s head is all over the place. I swear, most of the time it’s moving in figure eights. To me, that means she has no clue what she expects you to get out of what she’s saying, because she knows it’s total crap. Having to go out there and spread huge fields of manure for your boss — doing terrible damage to the country in the process — is a nasty job. So nasty, I almost feel sorry for her, since she seems to have enough of a conscience to know that what she’s doing is awful, wrong, and awfully wrong. But it’s not like an Ivy League economist doesn’t have other options, so to hell with her.

Although if Romer were ever to get up the gumption to resign in protest, I’d gladly make a hardcopy of this little essay and eat it.

And if you want to know what Romer said that set me off so badly, you’ll have to watch the new Hair of the Dog. Link to follow, sometime around 8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific.


Just Do It

January 10th, 2010 - 9:35 pm

Scott Brown has momentum. He has volunteers. He has a chance — a real chance to kill ObamaCare before it kills us.

What he needs most now is money.


Another Happy Blogiversary

January 10th, 2010 - 8:54 pm

My former co-conspirator, Will Collier, also has fond memories of Ye Olde VodkaPundit.

I never realized just how much Will drinks.

I’m Always the Last to Know

January 10th, 2010 - 3:19 pm

Now you can get the latest Trifecta episodes with your iTunes podcast subscriptions. Details at PJTV.

Happy Blogiversary

January 10th, 2010 - 11:00 am

It’s not easy to imagine — much less recall — but VodkaPundit was born eight years ago this very minute.

After spending days examining the blogs I wanted to emulate, and nights prepping my liver for what was to come, the very first words posted on this site were these:

It is the VodkaPundit’s view that the best commentary comes after a lovely adult beverage or three. Just enough, in my grandfather’s wise words, to “loosen the lips and sharpen the wits.” Thus, you’ll find most new postings after 5pm.

The VodkaPundit is squirreled away in his Rocky Mountain hideaway, imbibing the news in safety and secrecy. Just so you know, he’ll be attacking things from the Decadence Caucus of the Heinlein Wing of the small-L libertarian perspective.

And a special thanks to Home Depot, without whom the new office dry bar would still be just a dream.

Since then, the dry bar in the old bachelor condo was replaced by a wet bar in the original VodkaBunker, which was superseded by the new rec room in the lower level of the VodkaManse. And, thanks to my friends and coworkers at PJTV, I’m slightly less safe and secret. But otherwise, that first post has held up pretty well over the years.

Hell, I’m not doing that badly my own damn self. Thanks for reading.

The Week in Blogs — The Links!

January 10th, 2010 - 10:33 am

PJTV is back from Christmas vacation, and here are the picks for “The Week in Blogs“:


Friday I’m in love.

The dream.

The perfect girl.

Why can’t I be you?


Grinding halt.

Fascination street.

Speak my language.

If only tonight we could sleep.

Find out what it all means on PJTV.

He Is Now Saying He Told Us So

January 10th, 2010 - 10:30 am


According to one poll, 58 percent of Americans are in favor of waterboarding young Umar Farouk. Well, you should have thought about that before you made a community organizer president of the world’s superpower. The election of Barack Obama was a fundamentally unserious act by the U.S. electorate, and you can’t blame the world’s mischief-makers, from Putin to Ahmadinejad to the many Gitmo recidivists now running around Yemen, from drawing the correct conclusion.

Probably the most succinct critique of Obama (and the American electorate) you’re likely to read.

You May Now Say I Told You So

January 10th, 2010 - 10:26 am

It looks like Hugo Chavez finally ran out of other people’s money to spend.


‘Bout Time

January 9th, 2010 - 11:59 pm

Over at the PJM home page, Will Collier explains how government health care will be like dealing with your cable company.

Come to think of it, at least Comcast offers Skinemax. Try getting that at the DMV. On second though — don’t.

Bigger Than Big

January 9th, 2010 - 10:56 pm

You saw hints of what Bill Whittle was up to in Washington on Friday’s Trifecta.

Now learn the shocking truth of exactly who sets our national security agenda on “The Islamic Infiltration.” It’s the story no one else would tell you, so it’s only on PJTV.

Must-See Radio

January 9th, 2010 - 3:22 pm

It’s the all-new PJM Political, now with entoastment!

Don’t Miss It

January 8th, 2010 - 2:19 pm

Trifecta: Back from Washington, Bill Whittle has news that will shock you.

No kidding around here, folks.

Just Because

January 8th, 2010 - 1:08 pm

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