Nov 04 2014

GOP Wave Of 2014 – Live Blogging


11:25 PM- Fox News calls NC for GOP as well!

11:25 PM-  Fox News call IA for Ernst and GOP. I expect AK to follow much later tonight. NC should be called.  So +9 and will wait on VA (and NH?) for recounts. Goodnight!

11:02 PM– Dem Mark Warner is pretty much tapped out in VA. He leads by 9,000 votes with a lot to be counted in GOP favored areas. This is definitely down to the wire and a recount!

11:00 PM– GOP Perdue outright win in GA per Fox News. Waiting on NC and IA to fall… And BTW, MD Governor is is DEEP trouble for Dems

10:54 PMMy predictions which came true (yes, I know this is rare!):  KS and KY stayed GOP.  WV, MT, SD, LA, GA, CO, AR all go GOP.  Still waiting on NC, IA and AK to go GOP. That is a crazy +9 GOP!  And still we watch VA…

10:47 PM-Fox News calls KS for GOP!

10:44 PM-Drudge calls GA for GOP, KS for GOP with IA for GOP.  So far my predictions are holding (+7, +8 if you include LA).

10:36 PM-Drudge calls Iowa for GOP. Scott in FL and Walker in WI hang on.  So we have the 6 to take the Senate. Now we have to see NC, GS, KS and AK all go GOP.

10:35 PM-Fairfax County is in and Warner is not ahead enough to be called. He has less than 3,000 vote lead with a lot of GOP strongholds still out.  Fingers crossed!

10:15 PM-Fox News calling House control for GOP with a +10 pickup.  But I am looking at NC and with 82% of the vote tallied Tillis is aheadd by 2%.  Fingers crossed NC and IA give the GOP the Senate.

10:10 PM – Gillespie just jumped back up. Warner is close to running out of places to win.  Nail biter for sure.

10:08 PM – 60% of Fairfax county is in.  It could put Warner (or Gillespie) over the top.  There are plenty of GOP pockets left to report, including VA Beach.  Warner is not a shoe in by any measure. We will know before 11 PM in VA.

10:00 PM – MT falls to GOP.  So GOP +5.  Iowa is too close to call.  If nothing else, GOP has made a go of it. I admit I am worried about VA because the big numbers in NOVA are not in.  But it is closer than I have seen in many elections.

9:52 PM – Dem Udall falls to GOP Gardner! I believe this is a historic gain for the GOP in terms of beating Dem Incumbents. With LA and AK in the wings we have the Senate. Now, back to VA

9:41 PM – Fox News joins other networks in calling NH for Shaheen.  So we know the wave reached as high as NH and VA. Which means my 9 calls earlier still stand.  NC is the key.

9:17 PM – Nebraska goes GOP. But I am watching  VA and I see why no one will call this race. The Fairfax County lead by Dems is usually so big it takes a big chunk of the state to counter. But I can find 3 counties that neutralize NOVA.  I think Barbara Comstack pulled Gillespie over the edge (if not damn close).

9:00 PM – SD goes to GOP (no surprise).  If Gardner can win Colorado it will be an amazing night.  But the story tonight is VA.  Barbara Comstock looks to be winning in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, and this could spell BIG trouble for Warner in VA.

8:35 PM – Want to know why VA is in play? Look at the exit polls:

hirty-four percent say they voted to express opposition to the president vs. only 19 percent voting to show him support.

• Republicans are turning out in greater numbers than when Mark Warner (D) won in 2008, accounting for nearly 35 percent of voters

• Nearly half say Obama’s signature 2010 health care law went too far.

• More than eight in 10 voters are worried about the direction of the economy; as many worry about a major terrorist attack alike.

Yup. Dems  lost the support of We The People

8:30 PM – Arkansas has been taken by the GOP! 2 down, 4 more to go.  Clearly with VA Senate too close to call, it is clear  wave is cresting today.  And it is a wave that is very much against Big, Incompetent Government. Will VA Fall? Not sure, looks possible. But the fact VA is in play means the anti-Dem wave is damn big.  Historic? Wait and see.

7:58 PM – Here is a much better VA Senate site.  I don’t think Warner is performing as well as he needs to. His wins are razor thin so far.  But Gillespie is rocking in his districts.

7:30PM – WV has come through with not only a GOP pick-up, but another GOP woman in the US Senate. And NC is also TOO CLOSE TO CALL!  Thank you President Obama for demonstrating the destruction of activist, liberal government.

7:25 PM – OK, I now see why there is a hesitation to call the race.  At the site listed below you can can counties coming in and the small population, GOP-heavy counties are pretty high for the GOP. We need to see some high population centers (Richmond, Newport News, Northern VA) to see what is going on.  But there is a chance Warner under performed in these key purple counties.

7:20 PM – What a night! VA Senate too close. GA Senate too close. McConnell called at the top of the hour.  Cannot wait to see the 7:30 poll closing news!   BTW, VA live results here

7:02 PM – Fox News has BIG news at the top of the hour. Mitch McConnell declared winner ALREADY!?!?!?! Wow! And the state of VA IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL!  Yep I called it! No one saw this coming but  a few of us

6:45 PM – Here we go.  My test race is the Senate race in VA.  All indications are the turnout has been on the GOP side.  And there is a lot of grumblings in the Political Industrial Complex about a POSSIBLE upset. If Warner is in trouble, or Gillespie even makes it close, then the night will be historic for the GOP and catastrophic for the Dems.  If body-language is any indicator, the Fox News crew looked giddy (with those exit polls in hand but embargoed until 7 PM Eastern when polls close.

HotAir’s Katherine Ham notes other VA races to watch.

So here we go.  I should be back about 7:05 PM either cheering or hugely hopeful!

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Nov 03 2014

GOP Wave Is Here – How Big Is It?

I almost titled this post the “Anti-Democrat, Anti-BigGovernment, Anti-Obama Wave is Here”, because this election is not about wild support for the GOP and their brand of big government. It is clearly a referendum on the Activist Government Bungling produced by Obama, Reid and Pelosi since 2008. A historic bungling covered up by the liberal media.

This election is about lies.  Lies from government (and politicians) about government.

Lies like: “If you like your insurance, you can keep it. If you like your doctors, you can keep them”.

Lies where you condemn the beheading of an American and vow action, and then immediately go play golf.

The vacationing commander-in-chief, after promising a relentless hunt for the terrorist butchers of a U.S. journalist, teed off on a Martha’s Vineyard golf course just a short time later.

“Obama is more dedicated to golfing than he is to defending the nation,” sniped Liz Cheney, daughter of the former GOP vice president, via Twitter.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also took a swing at Obama.

“I know in Western countries, this is vacation period,” he said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “But when people are dying, you must return from vacation.”

Lies about our borders, immigration and how we opened ourselves to the spread of deadly disease:

The deadly EV-D68 enterovirus epidemic, which struck thousands of kids this fall, was likely propelled through America by President Barack Obama’s decision to allow tens of thousands of Central Americans across the Texas border, according to a growing body of genetic and statistical evidence.

The evidence includes admissions from top health officials that the epidemic included multiple strains of the virus, and that it appeared simultaneously in multiple independent locations.

The question can be settled if federal researchers study the genetic fingerprint of the EV-D68 viruses that first hit kids in Colorado, Missouri and Illinois to see if they are close relatives to the EV-D68 viruses found in Central America.

Lies like we saw on Ebola – and having it under control – before we found out no one was prepared and few were serious about self quarantine

Lies like promoting the economy is good while more and more people are just leaving the workforce and income is down:

And really from any perspective, it’s hard to get too triumphalist about the recovery. The percentage of the population that’s employedas opposed to the unemployment rate, which doesn’t pick up people who’ve dropped out of the labor forceis still substantially lower than in 2007. In fact, it’s as low as it’s been since the early 1980s. Likewise, today’s median household income is about $5,000 below its 2007 level. That’s about where it stood in 1995.

All this is horrible, but the news media says ignore this carnage, focus instead on cherry-picked stats that hint to a different (fictional) reality:

Job growth has been very steady the last three years. GDP growth has exceeded two percent in each of the last two years, and will almost certainly do so again in 2014. More importantly, as Danny Vinik recently pointed out, the United States has emerged from the Great Recession much more quickly than other advanced economies.

How any sane person can note the struggling on Main Street to find good careers and build the next generation, and then in the next instant point to how well off the Democrat-connected well-off are doing on Wall Street is beyond me. No wonder one NY City Elitist called for the end of midterms elections – so Main Street cannot voice their views on the shenanigans in DC.

The realities of the modern election cycle are that we spend almost two years selecting a president with a well-developed agenda, but then, less than two years after the inauguration, the midterm election cripples that same president’s ability to advance that agenda.

Talk about a blatant grasp by the liberal media to brainwash the American public that somehow we shouldn’t question the person elected. Excuse me, we live in a democracy. The exact reasons stated for us NOT to have midterms is why we should. If a president is not doing his job, or advancing agendas the American public isn’t interested in, we should be able to elect officials that can act our behalf to stop that president.

This election is not about how great the GOP is. It is about the rising of the libertarian heart of this nation. Some government is a necessary burden. Too much government is an evil.

That is why Sen Roberts is struggling in Kansas.  He is establishment. Same with Tillis in NC.  It is why Joni Ernst is breaking away – she is not your typical establishment pol.  It is why Brownback is in trouble, Shaheen is in trouble. It is why Sen Warner in VA is in trouble – a situation few predicted (except me of course!). It is why the Democrat in the MD Governor’s race is all of sudden in trouble. The mood of the electorate is ugly and very bipartisan in their targets.

People are fed up with government, its bungling and its lying. But they are not enamored with a GOP version of activist government either. They want government back in its box and being held accountable.  Especially in execution (verses excuse making).

Which is why all those races were the Democrats have gone full-up bullshit, have been turning towards the GOP.  You get into a race and cry sexism and racism and all people remember all those OTHER big lies from the left.  Like about my doctor and my insurance. The backfire from Democrat lies is pretty amazing.

The Democrats feel they can BS on anything.  Think about it. There are more and more stories about how Obama has been making it up all “Baghdad Bob” like. He just says what he wants to hear, or what he needs the dupes to believe. And people have caught on, which is why he is the symbol of the 2014 election.

When the the dust settles tomorrow, the GOP will have been the beneficiary of a historic wave election. I am predicting AT LEAST 9 senate pick ups (SD, WV, MT, CO, AR, AK, IA, LA, NC).  I am hoping the wave is so high Warner in VA will also be swept out. I believe Perdue and Roberts will survive.

I expect the GOP to gain historic levels in the House, and I expect the GOP to cripple the Dems in Governor races and other down ticket offices. I expect 2014 to make 2010 look reasonable to the Dems and Libs.

I expect the nation will focus for this one week on the mess in DC and send a clear signal. One all about Big Government Lies and Bungling.

One I fear those in denial in DC and the media will do whatever they can to avoid hearing.

Update: I should add I never expected the President to ‘get the message’ of these midterms.

After predicting a Democratic victory which would result in the in-party keeping control of the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden insisted in a recent interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger that the president is just fine the way he is. Theirs is a communications problem, the vice president insisted. “We have to be more direct and clear about exactly what it is we’re looking to do,” Biden said. “And look, we’re — we’re ready to compromise.”

According to the quotes White House officials are giving reporters widely read by Democratic partisans, the White House is firm in the belief that Obama does not have to change.

The denial is too deep with that one.

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Oct 30 2014

The Common Sense Of Ebola Self-Quarantine

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I am shaking my head today dumbfounded on how the the entire Obama Administration, the entire leftward news media and one self absorbed nurse in Maine cannot get why Main Street America is getting fed up with their Ebola nonsense.  The left is screaming “Fear Mongers!” while the rest of us just look at what has been the public school policy on self-quarantine for DECADES and wondering why Ebola is less of a threat than the common Flu?

Here is just one example (out of tens of thousands of examples across the country). It is the sick policy for Fairfax County, which is just outside DC and probably one of the school districts for many kids with parents IN the Obama administration or in DC Beltway liberal media. And I quote:

I cannot completely prevent the spread of disease but this sick child policy helps me reduce the spread of sickness and disease whenever possible for all children in my care.

If a child is ill upon arrival, you will be asked to take the child home. Children showing signs or symptoms of illness must remain at home.

If your child becomes ill while in my care, I will notify you so you can make arrangements to pick up your child as soon as possible.

This kind of policy is known to all parents with kids in public schools. Schools require children with infectious diseases to stay home. In other words, to self-quarantine. This includes cases if Pinkeye, Measles, Mumps and of course the common Flu. At the first sign of an infectious disease kids are pulled from school. End of story.

Which is why the nonsense about Ebola quarantine is so ridiculous. A tiny percentage of those infected by the above diseases are at risk of death. Usually it would require another condition to put someone at risk (age, Asthma, etc).

But Ebola is a totally different beast. Ebola kills and quickly. It has an average death rate of 50%, but can be as high as 90% for some strains.  And every time the disease finds a new host we have the chance of creating a new, deadlier strain.

It is in fact better to be facing colon cancer than Ebola. The survivor rate for various stages of colon cancer are much better, plus the window for detection and treatment is on the order of months, not days.

This is common sense information. We self-quarantine millions of kids a year because of their MINOR infectious diseases.

And you would be better off facing colon cancer than Ebola. How hard is this?

Why risk anyone if all that is required is 21 days to make SURE you are not transporting a deadly killer?

This is why actions by Maine and other states make sense to Main Street:

A handful of states have gone further than federal health officials and ordered quarantines for health workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in Africa, even when they show no symptoms and therefore would not be contagious anyway.

World health organizations and U.S. infectious-disease experts have called the additional state measures unnecessary and say they could make the outbreak worse in Africa by discouraging Americans from volunteering to go there and help.

Look, these people volunteered and that is good. And most know how to not get infected. They have been doing this for years and have not brought back the disease. But they must understand, it is a crap shoot to pretend there is no risk. No symptoms does not equal not infected. If they pass a virus test, then fine.  But until then – please do as our children do an stay home.

BTW, looks like “science” agrees with Main Street common sense:

Dr. Beutler warned that quarantining and monitoring is a sound policy, not because it is clear that the potentially exposed are clearly infectious, but because there data is inconclusive and there are too few observed cases to know exactly how this disease transmits from host to host.

“It may not be absolutely true that those without symptoms can’t transmit the disease, because we don’t have the numbers to back that up,” Beutler said. “It could be people develop significant viremia [where viruses enter the bloodstream and gain access to the rest of the body], and become able to transmit the disease before they have a fever, even. People may have said that without symptoms you can’t transmit Ebola. I’m not sure about that being 100 percent true. There’s a lot of variation with viruses.”

Major Update: Now we know if you sneeze and have Ebola (unknown to yourself) you can possibly kill someone.

Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday.

“If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.

Reminds me of reckless driving, which basically puts others at risk due to lack of self control.

Major Update: This goes into the category where a little knowledge bolstered by a ton of arrogance causes real problems:

While it is fair to say that most members of the medical community believe that Hickox is not a threat to those around her – she has tested negative for the disease, reports that she is feeling fine, and would not be contagious at this stage even if she were infected – some medical professionals are not entirely positive that Ebola cannot be spread by asymptomatic individuals. It is out of an abundance of caution that a number of states, including Hickox’s home state of Maine, have requested that at-risk individuals abide by a voluntary in-home quarantine.

Hickox is not playing a long. The media darling who threatened to sue the state of New Jersey for violating her constitutional rights is now insisting that she will not self-isolate. On Thursday, Hickox left her house for a bike ride with her boyfriend.

Hickox has such faith in her own deductive powers that she does not believe precautionary measures like quarantining should apply to her or anyone else, and she may be right. But her disregard for consensus opinion is only likely to inspire a backlash and result in the imposition of even stricter quarantining measures.

Wait until her neighbors all individually sue her for reckless endangerment.  They have rights too you know! Then what will she do?

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Oct 17 2014

GOP Wave Rising Slowly, But Rising All The Same


It has been a month since my last post on the Senate races, and the likelihood of a GOP senate takeover has become nearly certain. In my prior post I noted the GOP had three races in the bag (SD, MT, WV) and three races were on the cusp of being GOP wins: LA, AK, AR.

My argument then is the same I have now: all three Democrat incumbents are polling at sure-to-lose levels.  The rule of thumb I was referencing was recently discussed by Sean Trende who did some actual data mining:

For quite some time, analysis of incumbent races was guided by the so-called “incumbent rule.” This rule, which grew out of a thorough analysis by Nick Panagakis in 1989, postulated that late undecideds tended to break for the challenger, and that an incumbent who fell below 50% was vulnerable and could potentially lose.

The rule has fallen out of favor, in part because subsequent research has eroded its credibility and in part because people interpreted the rule too literally, with analysts hyperventilating every time an incumbent fell to 48-49% in the polls.

To be clear, my bar was never 50% (or even 48%). Most polls have a Margin of Error (MoE) of 3% so it would be silly to apply this too precisely. My bar was 45% or below.  And Mr. Trende has confirmed this:

There seems to be a cut-point at 46-47%, where an incumbent at that level really does find himself or herself in a Toss-Up race. Below that point, incumbents are in deep trouble.

I know pollsters are waiting for the challengers to build a big lead or top 50% before tipping a race one way or the other, but incumbents are well known and are not going to see a huge rise in support this close to an election. So I think this hesitancy is unwarranted.

Here are the RCP averages for the incumbents in these three races in September and now in Oct:

  • Alaska [Begich]: September 24th = 41.7%; October 17th = 42.6%
  • Arkansas [Pryor]: September 24th = 41.8%; October 17th = 41.6%
  • Louisiana [Landrieu]: September 24th = 41%; October 17th = 44%

All are below 45%, two are well below.

It is extremely unlikely these incumbents will survive – ss Sean Trende also notes in his piece – due to the fact this close to the election if you are polling 4-5% below the challenger, it is also extremely rare to come from behind and win.  Given these incumbents are showing both indicators, I am confident they will lose and the GOP will pick up the Senate.

The real question is how big is the wave. Since another post last month Colorado has gone from GOP -0.6 to +3.6, with the incumbent polling at 41.6%. So that would be the 7th pickup for the GOP.  In NC, incumbent Senator Hagan was polling at 45.1% with a  4.5% lead over her challenger.  Today she is at 44.8% with only a 1,4% margin.  She is clearly in the incumbent danger zone. That would be pick up 8. Iowa is trending towards the GOP as well, which is pick up 9.

I do not see the GOP losing any seats because the polls are all trending the GOP’s way.  But even if there is a risk to lose 1 seat, the GOP is sitting at 8-9 seat pick up for the GOP.  A healthy cushion for control of the senate.

What I am watching is NH and VA.  The NH race has also trended towards the GOP recently and is now a toss up. VA is also moving, but may not move far enough, fast enough to be a GOP pick up. One of these two races will represent the high-water mark for the 2014 election wave. That much I am sure of.

The last trend to watch is how the President’s Party candidates end up with a percentage of the vote near the President’s support in the polls for that state. If this kicks in over the next 3 weeks, the wave will be high.


Update: Seeing similar conclusions over at Huffingtonpost:

What may be of more concern to Democrats is the way these shifts have occurred. Since early September, our model’s estimates show the Republican share of the vote in these six battleground states growing by 2 percentage points (from 45.2 to 47.3 percent), while the Democrats share of the vote has remained essentially even (nudging up from 44.6 to 44.8 percent).

That pattern matches a theory offered in September by RealClearPolitics election analyst Sean Trende. Trende noted that in recent elections that the support for incumbent Senators appears capped by the President’s approval rating in their state …

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Sep 24 2014

Count Down To GOP Senate Takeover

I have been expecting the folks over at Real Clear Politics to move two senate races out of the “Toss Up” category and into “Leans GOP”, which would be a strong indication the GOP is on the path to takeover the Senate. This would put them in the same category as Louisiana and put the GOP over the top in terms of probably senate pick ups.

What confounds me is the trigger they use to move races between the categories.  I am not sure how you have a Toss Up when the incumbent senator is polling around 40%. Below 50% is bad enough.  45% usually indicates certain death.  So 40% would – by extrapolation – indicate certain career annihilation.

Here are the races I expect to see RCP move into the Leans GOP column anytime now [click image to enlarge]:

First is Alaska:

Second is Arkansas:

Note how both incumbents are polling near 40%!

While the challengers may not have pulled ahead yet, given how the voters are disgusted with government in general I don’t think the undecideds will decide until late October (so they can minimize the time they have to deal with such disgusting matters).

I guess we could start a pool on when RCP will finally admit these two incumbents are in really serious trouble!

Update: USA Today just released a poll showing Pryor up 2 over Cotton (43-45). That will definitely extend the time before RCP moves that race into the “Leans GOP”, but Pryor is still way to low for incumbents to survive.  As I noted, the swing voters won’t engage until late, this year so we may not see this race move until late. But I just cannot see Pryor surviving with his overall average at 42.3%

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Sep 22 2014

A Late Breaking GOP Wave Is Coming

After a summer break from posting I am back as the nation enters the final lap of the 2014 election cycle.  Today I am going to review the state of the Senate and discuss where the GOP sits in terms of taking control (pretty much a given now) and by what margin.

Since Labor Day the pollsters have migrated from their “registered voter” models to “likely voter” models. The former model tends to show Democrat strength, the second model looks to who is likely to vote, and in non-Presidential election years turnout has favored the GOP.  As it will again this year.

But the turnout model used to estimate “likely voters” is tricky. There may be a national mood that is not seen in the state races until very late. In the end, it is a combination of who is willing to be polled, and from that group who is going to the polls. biases in the first step (who is talking to pollsters) can impact the accuracy of the latter (who ends up voting).

Swing voters and non-party aligned voters are hard to estimate because they are not into politics and may not vote. Irritation with DC is so high they won’t even talk to pollsters. So even when the bases of the parties responsd as usual to pollsters, the wild card is independents and swing voters

My feeling is the GOP is in for a real good year, and here is why.  Three current Democrat senate seats have been pretty much given to the GOP column by pollsters. These are (with the current Realclear Politics poll averages in parenthesis R-D-I)

  • Montana (54-19-n/a, R+19)
  • South Dakota (42-29-16, R+13)
  • West Virginia (53-34-n/a, R+19)

The next three races are more than enough needed to win control of the Senate, and each is on the verge of tipping into the GOP win column:

  • Louisiana (47-41-n/a, R+6) [runoff since incumbent is at 33% in the open election on Nov 4th]
  • Arkansas (45-42.5-n/a, R+2.5)
  • Alaska (44-42.7-n/a, R+1.3)

These are all sitting Senators running in the low 40’s.  This means they are very unlikely to win given the fact once an incumbent falls below 45% they are just not going to get the undecideds to break for them (being the known quantities they are).  If an incumbent is stuck below 45% at this point, they have tapped out their support.  The other 55% are shopping for an alternative (which can include sitting home).

The next group  of Democrat incumbents are also at or below 45%, but the state polls have yet to give the GOP challenger a lead.  But I am sure it will arrive come November 4th:

  • Colorado (43.4-44-n/a, R-0.6)
  • North Carolina (40.6-45.1-n/a, R-4.5)

Add in the President’s horrible approval numbers and how independents are fleeing the Democrats and I see all of these 8 being picked up by the GOP.  Plus Iowa (open seat).

So R+9 just using normal off year dynamics, the 6th year itch against the President’s party, etc.

Now layer in the Immigration Issues seething across the country, the international bungling of ISIS, the shrunken work force, the shrunken paychecks, the shrunken and more expensive healthcare and you have another layer of headwinds battering the Democrats.

I think the country is so fed up with DC most independent and swing voters are not responding to pollsters.  Thus the pollsters cannot tune their turnout models.  The ones answering the phones are party supporters, and their addiction to politics will skew the polls for a while

But come November 4th the swing voters will hold their nose and focus just long enough to send a signal to DC. And that message is people are fed up with the way things are going. Voters find government mostly the source of problems, not the solution.  The recent rise in ‘independence’ movements is a sign of how tiresome government nagging and bungling has become. So are the many incumbents of both parties in trouble.  Long term GOP senator Roberts of Kansas is one such sign of the Libertarian fever beginning to rise.

So I am very bullish on the Senate this year, and I expect a late breaking wave to hit DC upside the head.

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Aug 06 2014

Obama’s Politically Suicidal Brinkmanship Part III

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As predicted Obama’s unilateral and unconstitutional rampage on liberal policy fantasies (see open borders, government run health care, massive deficit spending, Global Warming scare mongering (without the warming of course)) is creating the expected broad and deep backlash.  In Part I and Part II of this series I predicted the dismissal of due process by our Lame Duck President would not be well accepted – even by the Democrat base.  This is due to the fact that while some Democrats have strong opinions on policy, they have no stomach for throwing out the rule of law to have them enacted.  And also by they fact that many liberal fantasies pretty much suck when they meet reality.

The insane “open borders” fantasy is one such example. The border crisis is sucking limited resources from government programs and away from needy US citizens:

Children housed at Fort Sill and facilities like it have been placed in communities across Oklahoma and across the country with “sponsors.” These sponsors may or may not be family members, and they may or may not be illegal immigrants themselves. Federal officials tell us the sponsors have instructions to bring these children to a future court date for possible deportation. The wait for a court hearing is over a year in Oklahoma. Only about half of these children show up when their court date arrives.

What happens to the rest? They simply disappear. They are absorbed into our public school systems, which are already at capacity and struggling to find the funding and resources required to give our Oklahoma children the education they need and deserve.

Eventually, these children become undocumented adults. Many work; some do not. Some end up in our hospitals or using other state resources where Oklahomans foot the bill.

One in four Oklahoma children struggle with hunger. One in four will drop out of high school before graduating.

There are poor children in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Guymon and McAlester. They need our attention and our help. There are children who will grow up being abused, being lead into drugs, who struggle with poverty, or who will be recruited by violent gangs right here in our home state.

It is wrong for the president to ask Oklahomans to divert their attention and limited resources away from our own children, just as it is wrong for him to ask our military to play host to a large daycare facility for undocumented minors. Oklahomans are not equipped to solve problems in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, just as we are not equipped to end conflicts or suffering in the Ukraine or Libya.

This realization is beginning to sink in across America. And as the party of Big Government, it will be the Democrat base that loses the most, who will have to compete for the federal largess. And so it is no surprise Obama’s support is beginning to erode among what was the hard core base of the Democrats:

As for the politicians measured in the NBC/WSJ poll, President Obama’s overall job rating stands at an all-time low of 40 percent, a one-point drop from June.

That decline comes from slightly lower support from Democrats and African-American respondents. …

H/T Ed Morrissey on finding that little gem from a devastating WSJ/NBC Poll:

Two words sum up the mood of the nation: Fed up.

Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll.

This is a downward spiral that is not bottoming out.  President Obama’s unilateral acts are not just disturbing, but inflicting a lot of pain and consternation. I think the biggest hit will come if along with this flood of people comes a spread of illness.  You cannot have this much migration in this manner without a requisite spread in disease. It has nothing to do with foreigners, just mass movement of people from one environment to another. The immigrants are picking up disease in their dangerous travels here, plus they are not accustomed to the illnesses Americans have resistance to. This will create a feeding ground for disease to spread and evolve, which will then come back into the US population as new strains.

Add on this the Ebola scare and you have a recipe for political disaster.  Obama has no clue what he has unleashed. But he and his party will sure reap the rewards.

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Jul 30 2014

Obama’s Politically Suicidal Brinkmanship Part II

As I expected, the madness in the White House has begun to have its political repercussions. The flood of illegal immigrants being transported into every state has created a broad backlash. It is not just the “right wing” or the GOP, or even independents and moderates beginning to cry foul.

Less off Americans are beginning to realize this Democrat President has thrown them under the bus – or at least under a wave of cheap labor who will also drain limited state support systems for the less fortunate.  Just wait until the long lines are everywhere, packed with people from outside our country competing for the fruits of America.  From schools to emergency rooms, free clinics to DMVs, Americans are going to be competing with unwanted ‘guests’ in many parts of this country. And they will have a Democrat President to thank.

The first big sign of this erosion I have seen is a massive dip in President Obama’s Approval rating at Gallup. Today it is underwater 39-55%.  A little over a week ago it was only under 44-49%. Going from -5% to -16% in one week is a bit of a hint.

And for Democrats this is just the first of many dying canaries to come leading into the November elections where now 10-12 Senate seats could be in play and where a GOP takeover is becoming almost a given. So while Obama thumbs his nose at the Democrat base (e.g., the poor, the under employed and minorities) and turns a wave of illegals into a wave of needy mouths and cheep labor, that base will slowly begin to turn away from the Democrats.

As AllahPundit noted, when you lose Ed Schultz you can pretty much be sure something has gone horribly wrong in the Democrat White House. Watch and wonder!

Amazing! I truly love the part where Ed observes there is no way Democrats can go home and campaign on blanket Amnesty!

Schultz also is correctly alarmed about handing out unearned work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants to compete for jobs with Americans who are themselves hurting economically. These newly challenged Americans who vote, or will just not vote for a Democrat, will create a political shift never before seen once the President allows  people from other countries to jump to the head of the line for a better life here in America

Funniest point: Schultz is crying for ‘process’ – code word for ‘rule of law’.

He is not the only one beginning to panic on the left, and he won’t be the last

As I stated in part 1 of this series of posts, Obama is beginning to lay down enough damage to Democrats that they soon will be the ones crying for Impeachment. Right now Shultz is just trying to wave Obama off. What happens if Obama does not care, then what will the Democrats do?

H/T Ace of Spades

Update: More polls showing the damage being done to Democrats by our Lame Duck President:

Public approval of Obama’s immigration policies has slipped from 22 percent in May, to 18 percent in July, according to a late July poll of 1,044 Americans by Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs.

Disapproval climbed from 43 percent to 57 percent, marking a 18-point shift away from Obama, said the poll.

The remaining 25 percent of respondents didn’t care much about the immigration issue.

The public’s attitude toward legal immigration has shifted by 25 points in only two months, according to a July 29 poll by the D.C.-based Public Religion Research Institute, which generally promotes a pro-immigration perspective.

In May, 61 percent of respondents to an earlier Public Religion poll agreed that “Immigrants today strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents.” Just 29 percent agreed that “Immigrants today are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and healthcare,” said the earlier poll.

But those 61 percent to 29 percent scores shifted sharply after early June, once the public noticed the flood of Central Americans across the borders and into the welcoming arms of Obama’s federal government.

The new poll showed that only 49 percent of the July respondents approve of immigration, and 42 percent disapprove of immigration, despite the social pressure on Americans to welcome immigrants.

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Jul 27 2014

Obama’s Politically Suicidal Brinkmanship

I am here to remind everyone who sees deep, ever-lasting dangers in President Obama’s current actions to remain calm.  Right now our Lame Duck is attempting to create enough emotional strife between left and right to save his clearly damaged legacy.  The latest effort – the border and immigration crisis – is meant to push reasonable people into unreasonable reactions.

In other words, Obama is poking at Main Street in hopes they give him a forced error.

Don’t bite.

Be patient.

This will all rebound on Obama in the end.

All executive orders can be undone with the stroke of the next Executive’s pen. Executive Orders don’t have the staying power of real legislation. And while the current damage being done by the liberal madness in the White House seems to be more than the country can take, people forget this country has survived much, much worse.

Team Obama has made a huge miscalculation this election year. He thinks he can push the conservative and the middle of the electorate into a heated reaction – Impeachment. But the fact is Impeachment is not viable until AFTER the election. Contrary to the mindless thinking in the White House:

“For all I know, Obama is preparing to process five million illegal immigrant kids and teenagers into the United States,” Stockman said upon observing border operations near McAllen, Texas.

“He wants us to impeach him now,” Stockman theorized, “before the midterm election because his senior advisors believe that is the only chance the Democratic Party has to avoid a major electoral defeat. Evidently Obama believes impeachment could motivate the Democratic Party base to come out and vote.”

I stated why this makes no sense before. This Congress ends in January of next year. There will be a significant shift in its membership – especially in the Senate. The matter of impeachment must be left to that Congress to decide. They will be the only ones that could carry it out, and so their views must control the decision.

But Obama is trying to prod and poke the electorate into hot headed frustration now. He has been using the power of the Government to push around everyone on many fronts. But this actually plays to the Libertarian argument for reduced size and power of government.

  • Obama has sent the IRS against political enemies large and small
  • Obama has sent the EPA against the energy sector and claimed Global Warming is a threat after two decades of no warming
  • Obama has sent the HHS to take over (and destroy) the medical services and insurance sector
  • Obama has sent the Department of Justice after gun owners, etc

The list of Obama’s attacks and screw-ups is legendary. The man has been one of the worst Presidents of all time.

An. Epic. Failure.

Which is why we can all be patient. As Obama pokes more and more of America in the eye trying to provoke a response, he is quickly destroying the Democrat Party. Fewer and fewer are going to be backing the party that clearly demonstrates why power (and hope) invested in government is really a recipe for disaster and lost freedoms. More and more government has been getting into our daily lives, like the snooty neighbors who thinks they KNOW EVERYTHING.

Just think Nanny Bloomberg – the soda jerk! Who died and made this guy in charge of telling us how much soda we can drink each day?


Government is trying to micro-manage our lives. And screwing it all up in the process. Best Example: Obamacare is a disaster, with twice as many potential VOTERS saying the mess created by Team Obama is hurting rather than helping:


Here’s the point. Obamacare was one of those pokes in the eye to Americans. It was DESIGNED to punish those who failed to get in line and do as they were told. It is the penultimate example of “bullying governance” employed by liberals and Team Obama. This has been emphasized recently in the exposure of how the architects of Obamacare designed in financial punishment to those who pushed back on government-run healthcare:

Two years ago, though, Gruber gave a much different explanation for this part of the ObamaCare statute. Speaking at a January 2012 symposium for a tech organization that this was no typo. It was, Gruber said, a deliberate policy to twist the arms of reluctant states to set up their own exchanges — and that a failure to do so would mean no subsidies for their citizens.

“What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.”

Emphasis added. This was pure political bullying of the electorate. Make the common person hurt to force the political win.

Same thing is going to happen with the border/immigration crisis. As long as there is human suffering, the elite knuckleheads on the left see this pain and suffering as their way to winning:

When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend a contentious policy fight and carry broad political consequences.

The irony of all this is that the economic jolt that could save Team Obama and the Democrats would be to reduce the influx of cheap labor – pushing low end wages up and not down.

By stressing the opposite option — reductions in legal immigration — during his campaign against Cantor, victorious economics professor Dave Brat has suddenly given hope to the many members of Congress whose immigration policy vision for wage-earning Americans has been blocked by their parties’ leaders. Echoing themes articulated tirelessly by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Brat argues for dramatic cuts in future visas for immigrant and other foreign labor, The purpose is to allow the labor supply to tighten, raise wages and make it more likely that employers will recruit from the neglected American populations in today’s economy.

Emphasis added.

Either Team Obama is so ignorant they don’t understand this basic economic principle, or so ruthless they do not care. Americans are suffering chronic economic pain, and all Team Obama can think to do is INCREASE the pain.

Apparently the White House has been fighting Straw Men opponents for so long they have lost all touch with reality – and its ramifications.

  • The IRS actions have demonstrated that the Party of Big Government is no more ethical than the Party of Big Business (never mind this label is inaccurate since all politicians owe Big Business).
  • The EPA actions against CO2 and energy in general has removed the authoritative veneer the Green Movement once maintained. They no longer represent Earth, just liberal political interests (and money – think Solyndra)
  • The Shovel Ready jobs of the Stimulus Debacle (which never appeared) demonstrated the impotence of government to fix an economy.
  • The numerous stupid Nanny State efforts show how shallow and simpleton government is when dealing with the infinite complexities and wonders of life.
  • ObamaCare has also cemented the image of incompetent government, where even a website is too much to deal with given a couple 100 million dollars to fund it.

Main Street is beginning to see government for what it is: an incompetent bully.

And Team Obama seems hell bent on doubling down on this “win through pain” path as their “Hail Mary” effort for the 2014 elections.

All I see is a super-sized level of Obamacare incompetence at work here. And soon the moderate Democrats will see it too.

Get through these elections. Let the Democrats feel the heat of their mistakes. Yes, it will be painful to wait until November, but the pain in this case will be worth it.

Because once the Democrats get a second round of political repercussions from Team Obama, it will be THEY who will be calling for Impeachment. They will scream “Uncle” because it will finally be they suffering the effects.

Obama is no Nixon, he won’t be “bullied” to step down by anyone. No more than he could be bullied to go to the border and see what he has wrought.

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Jul 22 2014

Ding-Dong, ObamaCare Is In Serious Trouble

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This is some interesting news:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered a huge blow to Obamacare this morning, ruling that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange, which covered 36 states for the first open enrollment period, are not allowed by the law.

The highly anticipated opinion in the case of Jacqueline Halbig v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell reversed a lower court ruling finding that the federally run exchange did have the authority to disburse subsidies.

In other words, the Administration cannot hide the true  cost of ObamaCare anymore behind “subsidies”. Which means consumers get to feel the real pain of this tragedy, as opposed to paying through all forms of taxes – which hide the cost.

How did this happen? It is clear Team Obama has jettisoned the rule of law, and traditions of the Executive Branch and the cross-checks of the divided powers of government. And now the courts are starting to undo this madness.

Good intentions are not amnesty from the laws of land.

At Hot Air they have a similar take:

Plain and simple, if Congress wants to rewrite the law to extend subsidies to federal enrollees, they’re welcome to do it. That’s what legislatures are for. But the law, as written, says what it says, and that’s not the court’s problem.

Update: Another report estimates that 7.3 million people will be affected by 2016 if this stands, to the tune of $36 billion.

To understand ObamaCare is to live it in its rawest form.


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