OK, if you’re on the fence on healthcare reform, this should do it…

10 03 2010

… seriously, I’m all onboard  now!

Rush will leave America if Healthcare reform passes!

But, seriously… My condolences to Costa Rica!


Democratic Hijinks and Reconciliation

5 03 2010

How dare the Democrats even discuss reconciliation!  Despite that it reflects the will of the majority, it’s a traditional move of the Republicans!

Rocket launch blows away the sky | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

20 02 2010

Posted just because it’s really cool!

Rocket launch blows away the sky | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine.

Slowing Conservative Momentum?

7 02 2010

So has the game changed since the State of the Union Address?  Signs seem to say yes.

Fresh off of Obama’s thumping of the Republicans at their retreat last weekend – a thumping so bad that Fox News cut out of the session – a couple tidbits hit the news this weekend.

First, there was the excellent news of the recovery in the job markets, unemployment surprisingly dropping below 10% and then there’s this chart, reflecting the effect of the Obama administration’s efforts to stem the destruction wrought by the prior administration:

The Obama Recovery

This, despite that the Republicans continue to try to slow Obama’s administration by blocking needed  and worthy appointees to key posts.  Maybe there’s something to the idea that people voting against stimulus projects should be deemed to have voided their district’s claim to any funding?

Then there’s this:  News breaking that, despite the growing hubris of the Right following the Massachusetts win by Scott Brown, they are falling behind considerably in fundraising for the next election cycle.  Maybe the Right’s support is not as broad-based as Fox News or the pundits would lead us to believe?

… GOP political consultants and strategists aren’t popping champagne corks yet. Instead, they worry about the euphoria on the right and believe that the party has a long way to go before it can nail down a big win in the midterm elections.

Some Republican operatives are openly concerned about the party’s tactical disadvantages, most notably its financial position. Others fear that circumstances could change, robbing the GOP of its strategic advantage.

The National Republican Congressional Committee ended 2009 with $2.6 million in the bank, far behind the $16.7 million that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had. While the DCCC raised $55.7 million for the cycle, the NRCC brought in about $20 million less.

Next, we have word from the pollsters at Gallup that the Left continues to have a considerable lead when counting state by state.

Despite strong Republican performances in recent off-year elections, most states still favor Democratic candidates, according to a new survey by Gallup.

The compiled results of Gallup’s year-long polling of more than 353,849 adults in all 50 states last year and the District of Columbia, found that far more states are safe havens for Democrats than for the GOP.

Democrats can count 24 states solidly in their column, according to Gallup, as they have more than a 10 percentage point party affiliation advantage there. Another 10 can be counted as “lean” Democratic, with a 5 percentage point advantage.

Then, finally, there’s this delicious bit of irony.  Queen of the Teabaggers, Sarah Palin while speaking at the Land of Misfit Toys… err, the TEA Party Convention … referenced Obama’s use of a teleprompter during his speeches, only to be caught with crib notes written on her hand – that were obviously written to help her respond to pre-approved and scripted questions.  She never fails to give fodder.

Imagine Palin Visiting a Dem Retreat!

So Conservatives Are Now Against Tax Cuts?

29 01 2010

There’s been enough written about Alito’s stunning reaction to Obama’s SOTU speech – and in particular Obama’s discussion of his fears for the results of the Citizens United decision.  So I will leave that alone  – aside from questioning why a Supreme Court Justice is so concerned about the potential outcome of their supposed application of the law?  So much for neutrality, I guess.

Rather than that, the most stunning thing I saw in the speech was the Republican response to several references in the speech where Obama laid out tax cuts.  The supposed big government, tax and spend liberal is setting out cuts in spending – and the Republicans don’t move, don’t cheer, don’t clap – they sit there in silence.  Stunning.

In addition to confirming my long read that Obama would track to the center given that, in the end, he is a pragmatist, it made for a very interesting scene:  Republicans, in effect, turning their collective noses up against the talk of tax cuts!

Indeed, their response was stone silence.  You could almost see the blood vessels in their greedy hands bursting from the pressure of their corpulent butts sitting on them.

So, why the silence?  They’ve been demanding tax cuts forever – why no welcome to their mention now?  Did the reflexive response of the mandated “NO” that’s met everything suggested by Obama tie their collective hands?  Did they have enough advance notice before the speech of the tax cut discussion that they included the instructions not to clap with the Joe Wilson-required reminder in caucus to not yell out and reveal the inner-Teabagger infesting the Grand Old Party during the speech (hey, next time include Alito in the memo, OK)?  Or is there something more insidious going on?

The Audacity of Nope

Well, to hear the response to the Right’s media machine, there sure seems to be something there.  Was the rejection of the affirmation of a select area of conservative principles by the Republicans at the SOTU speech a wary nod to Obama for following the Clintonian mode of “Triangulation” (moving to the center to take command of the middle and independents).  Or, worse, was the reaction bred out of Republican contempt for Obama?  How uppity for him to suggest we do something that we have been demanding forever?  The outrage!  That’s our agenda!

Anyway, Olberman summed up the response pretty appropriately in this video.  Moreover, the much less politically-slanted Media Matters sure sees something interesting in the response.  Take a look and comments welcome:

Who Dat Nation Receives Judicial Approval (Superbowl)

27 01 2010

This judge would truly have my vote if he were here in Chicago.

This is not Detroit, this is the Superbowl!

26 01 2010

FavreINT.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object).

Great radio call.