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Just Call her Big Bailout Murray

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:36 pm - September 30, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Big Government Follies

After slipping the polls earlier this month, Washington State Republican Senate nominee GOP Rossi has rebounded, now pulling even with 3-term incumbent Patty Murray and he’s released a doozy of a web-ad, showing not just that his Democratic rival lacks smarts, but, well, that she’s beholden to bailouts:

H/t:  Battle ’10.

You can support Dino Rossi here.


I’ve been major-league sick since returning from New York City on Sunday night.  Fever, stuffy head — fullblown NyQuil cold.

Anyway, my apologies for the silence — I haven’t felt much like doing anything but staying in bed.

Regarding post-HOMOCON stories, thanks to Dan for keeping up with it.  I may have more to say, but I think Lisa DePasquale who was there had the best article (which Dan linked to earlier this week).

Anyway, aside from the cold — New York & HOMOCON was a blast.  I got to meet a number of long-time GayPatriot readers and others in the Gay Conservative movement.   New and old friends alike!

A special thanks to the lovely and smart Tammy Bruce and John Phillips (handsome & smart!) for their hospitality Saturday evening!!!

More later.  *sniffle*

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

So, Gloria Allred Knew Her Client was Breaking the Law

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:55 pm - September 30, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

According to Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller, Democratic attorney and Jerry Brown supporter Gloria Allred has “that alleged red-flag letter sent to Whitman by the Social Security Administration several years ago warning her that Diaz’s name didn’t match her SS number.

Okay, good, then.  Now, she has to tell us just exactly how she got the letter.  If she requested it from the Social Security Administration, she needs also to show us her correspondence with the federal agency requesting the document.  I mean, they don’t just release such letters automatically

One of Treacher’s readers asks, “Allred has the letter from the SSA? Did she get it from Nicky Santillan? I wonder who it was it that brought the mail in at Whitman’s house? The housekeeper, maybe?”  Indeed, she did:

Whitman’s team said the former CEO never saw such a letter – and, in any case, Diaz was in charge of picking up the mail in the house.

So, if Allred has the letter, then, she has information showing that her client had broken the law, having faked a Social Security number.  And with such information, wouldn’t a scrupulous attorney wonder about her client’s credibility?  I mean, you know, if she’s gonna lie about her residency status and fake documentation, what other “facts” is this woman making up?

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Sonicfrog alerts us to another law Miss Allred’s client may have broken:

It’s also against the law to steal someone else’s mail, which is what Mrs. Niki did if she intercepted the letter and didn’t give it to Whitman. This could get ugly in a most delicious way!

Homocon: Gay Conservatives Get Headlines w/o Bashing GOP

In an e-mail entitled, “So, how do you really feel about Homocon?”, a reader wrote,

You’ve expressed a dislike of Ann Coulter’s writing or her style of thought, in the past.  So have I.  When I heard she was headlining, I wasn’t inspired to buy a plane ticket to New York.

He’s right.  I have criticized Miss Coulter in the past, but have, in recent months, reconsidered my previous criticism of the outspoken columnist.

In my response, I wrote,

I think Homocon was a clever publicity stunt.  And it worked brilliantly, giving GOProud mega media coverage, something Log Cabin only got (in its early days) when it attacked the party it claimed to support.

And that in short, is why I think Homocon was a stroke of political genius.  In the 1990s and through 2004 (at least), all too many gay Republicans, even when concerned about social conservative influence over the party, cringed whenever we saw Log Cabin garnering headlines, for those headlines were invariably related to the organization’s broadsides against the party it ostensibly supported.

Like Gloria Allred, they did know how to play the media.

This time, we see a gay conservative group gaining headlines by reaching out to a controversial conservative columnist.  We may not always agree with what she has to say, but we do share the general thrust of her arguments.

So, kudos to Chris Barron for a clever strategy — and a job well done.

State of the Senate, Five Weeks Out

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:14 am - September 30, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

While polls don’t look that great for my gal Carly in California, things are picking up for her fellow Republican challengers across the nation.  It looks like Ron Johnson has all but sealed the deal in Wisconsin, thus making five Democratic Senate seats (including also AR, IN, ND & PA) likely to flip to the GOP.

(As to the CA polls, Geraghty’s Obi-Wan thinks such oscillation is to be expected.)

With Republicans looking likely to hold all their seats, victories in those five states bring Republicans to 46 seats.  This leaves us with the 7 toss-up races, CO, IL, WV, now leaning Republican, CA, CT and WA, now leaning Democratic (with the last two trending Republican) and NV, remaining the lone pure toss-up.  And then there are the two likely Democratic seats DE and NY-2 (Gillibrand) that have the potential to become more competitive.

If Chris Dodd were still running for re-election, a GOP Senate would be in the cards.  Right now, it looks like Republicans will pick up 8 or 9 seats, with a majority in the cards if trends in CT and WA continue and if Carly’s ads are as effective as Boxer’s have been.

Health care choices curtailed by Obamacare

Well, it does seem that more federal regulations limit our choices:  “McDonald’s Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul“:

While many restaurants don’t offer health coverage, McDonald’s provides mini-med plans for workers at 10,500 U.S. locations, most of them franchised. A single worker can pay $14 a week for a plan that caps annual benefits at $2,000, or about $32 a week to get coverage up to $10,000 a year.

Last week, a senior McDonald’s official informed the Department of Health and Human Services that the restaurant chain’s insurer won’t meet a 2011 requirement to spend at least 80% to 85% of its premium revenue on medical care. . . .

McDonald’s move is the latest indication of possible unintended consequences from the health overhaul.

And it won’t be the last.  So, we’ve got a private company which provides a means to offer health insurance to employees in a business with high employee turn-over, but such an innovative plan won’t pass muster with the bureaucrats administrating Obamacare.

And I thought its goal was to increase health care coverage.  Instead, it forces private employers to drop a plan it was offered.  More government, fewer choices.

Democratic Partisan Gloria Allred Knows How to Play the Media

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:40 am - September 30, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Gloria Allred probably knows her law suit is bunk.  She probably knows that some judge will throw it out, but is betting on it being thrown out after the November elections.  She’s not filing it because of any concern about Nicky Diaz Santillan, but out of animosity against Meg Whitman, a Republican candidate for Governor.

This is not the first time this Jerry Brown supporter has pulled such a stunt.  She did it the last time a non-incumbent Republican was running a strong campaign for Governor:

In 2003, a former stuntwoman hired Allred to pursue claims of sexual assault and defamation against now-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. That suit was dismissed.

You gotta give Miss Allred credit.  She knows the media let Democrats get away with such stunts.  But, with new media today, she may fall flat on her face as did Dan Rather in 2004.  Before the evening news had ever aired, Whitman had fired back, providing documentation to discredit the left-wing attorney and offered some choice words for that Democratic partisan:

I believe Nicky is being manipulated by Gloria Allred for political and financial purposes during the last few weeks of a hotly contested election. . . . This is a shameful example of the politics of personal destruction practiced by people like Jerry Brown and Gloria Allred.  The charges are without merit.

Whereas Meg has documents, all Allred’s got is her partisan animus. Allahpundit breaks it down:

Diaz had worked for the Whitmans for nine years when all of this allegedly went down. Curiously, the voicemail she claims she received apparently wasn’t played at the presser; on the contrary, the only hard evidence Allred offered was a mysterious “document” that’ll supposedly support their allegations but which they won’t reveal until they’ve heard Whitman’s response to the charges. Hmmmmm. (more…)