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Whining to CNN: Sure Way to Win a Write-In Race

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:58 pm - September 19, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Murkowski: I was victim of ‘smear’ campaign.

If she keeps this up, her poll numbers will surely skyrocket.

“so many rocks in our knapsack”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:04 pm - September 19, 2010.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Economy,Obama Watch

Obama supporter Colin Powell offers an insightful critique of the president’s economic missteps:

“The president also has to, I think, shift the way in which he has been doing things,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think the American people feel that too many programs have come down. There are so many rocks in our knapsack now that we’re having trouble carrying it.”

Powell said the president needed to focus “like a razor blade” on employment, giving the same level of attention to jobs as he did to passing bills overhauling health care and education.

(H/t: Reader ILoveCapitalism.)

I agree.  If the president had devoted as much attention to the jobs situation as he has to health care, I think people would view him more favorably than they do now — even if said focus prevented a strong recovery, that is, if the economic situation looked as bleak as it does.  It’s almost as if he assumed that passing the “stimulus” would be enough, then he could move on to those projects really near and dear to his heart.

Bye, Bye, Barney?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:40 am - September 19, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Seems, I’m not the only one who thinks the unhappy Barney Frank might lose his seat this fall.  Glenn Reynolds wonders if the the 15-term Congressman is getting worried, given that despite his sizable war chest, he’s “called in Bill Clinton for a Bubba Bailout in an apparent sign that one of the Bay State’s safest congressional seats may not be immune from voters’ throw-the-bums-out rage.

You can help ease the departure of this big-spending Democrat by supporting his challenger Sean Bielat.

Once again, Ma’am, where are the jobs?

Press Release, office of Barbara Boxer, February 13, 2009:

Senator Boxer said, “In the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the Congress has acted today to save or create jobs in California and across the nation.  With so many Californians anxious about the economy, this legislation offers help and hope.  This bill will put Californians to work now building the highways, bridges, transit and rail systems, and renewable energy sources of the 21st century.”

The White House predicts that the legislation will save or create approximately 400,000 jobs in California.

Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2010:

California’s deeply troubled labor market took another hit in August as employers laid off more workers than expected, renewing fears that the state’s economic recovery has stalled.

Employers cut 33,500 jobs, marking the third straight month of losses and pushing the state’s unemployment rate to 12.4%, up from 12.3% in July, according to data released Friday by the Employment Development Department. California has lost 113,100 jobs since August 2009.

Emphasis added.

Third straight month of losses, all in the summer.  So, ma’am, is this what they call a “summer of recovery“?

In the course of the Democratic summer of recovery, the Golden State lost more than one-quarter of the amount of jobs Mrs. Boxer assured us the near-trillion dollar “stimulus” would create.

“Despite Barbara Boxer’s promises and lofty rhetoric about fighting for California,” Carly Fiorina said, “the people of this state have suffered a knockout punch under her watch.”  Knockout punch pretty much sums up what Boxer’s policies have done to the economy.

You can support Carly’s campaign by clicking here.

Christine O’Donnell & Gays

First, some of our critics have suggested that I have endorsed Christine O’Donnell for the U.S. Senate.  I have not, have merely indicated that if I had to choose between her and her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, I would vote for her, the candidate less likely to support Obama’s big-government agenda and more likely to vote to cut the size and scope of the federal leviathan.

In my six post-primary posts on this race, I chose my words carefully because I did not want to appear enthusiastic about a candidate about whom I have some concerns (as indicated in my pre-primary posts).  When our reader Niall commented to one of those posts, “O’Donnell is on the right side on a lot of issues, but her evangelical Christian leanings give me cause for concern“, I responded, “ditto that” because he well (and succinctly) articulated my current position.

It’s not that evangelical Christian leanings per se are a bad thing.  In many cases, they are not, but some evangelicals often have some pretty narrow views of “homosexuals” (as they like to call us).

Since posting that piece, I have learned that the nominee said some pretty odd (and even mean) things in the 1990s (when she was in her 20s) and had some, shall we say, strange associations, as we learn from a former ex-gay, once her associate.  But, from our reader Firelight, I learned that the Delaware Republican has a lesbian sister who supports her Senate bid.

Perhaps, her views have changed in the intervening years.  Right now, I don’t have enough information to weigh in on how her thinking has evolved — and what impact her sister’s coming out has had on her views.

I have reached out to her sister who lives near me so I can ask more directly.  Until I hear back, I will refrain from commenting about this particular election, save how the victory helps us understand the dynamics of the current election year. (more…)