November 5, 2013

Random news item thoughts for election day

It's election day and there are some high profile items worth mentioning in passing as I struggle to keep up with the news cycle.  Here are some quick hits.

Chris Christie is expected to romp to a wide-margin victory today and be re-elected as a Republican governor in liberal New Jersey.  A lot has been made of his less-than-perfect-conservative decisioning on many items, and whether he could win a GOP nomination for president in 2016.  He could have enough cross-over appeal to be able to beat a Hillary Clinton in 2016.  But is just winning the presidency enough for conservatives?  It's like trying to decide between prune juice and beet juice.
Sean Trende does his usual excellent job in breaking down the significance of a big Christie victory.  For handicappers, it's an excellent read.


Virginian could be an upset GOP win and liberal Terry McAuliffe, Clinton ally, could end up not being the next governor there.  It's a long shot.  But noted libertarian star Ron Paul, is urging Virginia libertarians to not vote libertarian, and that could help.  There's a man with some bigger picture understanding.


Speaking of Virginia, here's Republican Cuccinelli's campaign in 60 seconds , via Politico;

The GOP are finally prepared to step aside and let Obamacare implode under it's own Byzantine web and the weight of it's implausibility.  Good.  They can argue in 2016 (it may be too early in the process to impact 2014 midterm elections) that they fought tooth and nail to overturn the behemoth and finally could no longer fight it and now the country is reaping when it sewed.  If Obamacare turns out to be half of the disaster we expect it to be, then it will be an effective campaign for president, congressional candiates and senate candidates from the GOP.  Politically it's a good move.  Of course Obamacare is going to continue to be an albatross around the neck of the country until it is gone, but hopefully that remains only a short term issue.
Apparently environmentalism causes amnesia.  It also causes alarmist hysteria, unneeded depression, false anxiety and leads to a tenuous grasp on the reality of facts.  But hey, it sells to suckers and that's all that matters if you are looking for another government grant for your scientific study.
The talk of Hillary's demise on the left, is premature.  She will run, she will secure the Democratic nomination and still has a very viable shot at the presidency (sadly).  She is certainly beatable, but her favorability ratings tumble has more to do with her being out of the public eye than it has to do with voters not liking her any less.  Evidence exists in that her unfavorability numbers are basically unchanged.


  1. They cannot afford to sit back and wait for self implosion when so many constituents are being harmed each and every day with cancellation notices. The pressure is going to build politically until they actually repeal this puss bag of socialism. If not, they risk being infected by the very puss that is infecting the Democrat body politik.

    1. Thanks for the comment Rosey. I would have replied sooner but I haven't been able to focus on my blog too much the past week.

      While I agree that Obamacare is a festering mess and likely a stepping stone to single payer insurance that the Democrats really want, allowing those who still support it to actually see the mess it is creating and experience it for themselves is a dose of reality that is needed to get everyone on board with repealing the ACA. The GOP have tried numerous times to repeal or defund the ACA. Letting it become a lesson to those who do not pay attention will ensure the opportunity to repeal it after 2014 or 2016 at the latest.

      I see that as the only way Obamacare can actually be stopped. Let liberals see it for the horrible mess it is. The GOP then need merely step in with a promise to repeal and a better solution (which they have demonstrated that they already have).


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