Open Thread

Still lots of predictions out there about how the mid-terms will go – I was fiddling around with an interactive prediction site and as I ran thru it, I realized what was wrong: the Experts are rating a huge number of very Red districts as toss-ups. I realized it was the only way they could make out that the House is in play…by pretending there’s this massive Blue wave coming which will convince Red (not purple – bright Red) district voters (who almost certainly voted overwhelmingly for Trump) to place Pelosi back in control of the House. I’m sorry, but that’s stupid. There’s no indication that the GOP is abandoning Trump as it essentially did with Bush in 2006 (and continued to abandon the GOP in 2008 when McCain ran). To be sure, anything is possible – but I think the most unlikely thing in politics right now is Trump 2016 voters turning to the Democrats. Once I figured that out, I can through the prospects with my perception and I get the GOP to 220 House seats, at least…that is, if the Democrats have a good night. If the GOP has a good night, 236 GOPers come January. A one seat gain (getting gains above the current 235 is difficult because the districts are all so carefully drawn for maximum partisan advantage).

On the Senate side, I can’t see us coming away with less than 53 GOP Senators if the Democrats have a good night – that’s if they win FL, AZ and NV (with AZ and NV being two seats flipped from GOP to Dem). Now, if the GOP has a good night…well, let’s just say it can be good, great or gosh darned phenomenal, depending on the breaks. 59 is Great. Gosh darned phenomenal isn’t to be spoken out loud…it would be too good to be true. But there is a non-zero chance of gosh darned phenomenal happening.

Do remember to vote next month. Its pretty important.

In case you were wondering, Democrats are assessing their loss in the Kavanaugh fight and they seem determined on a change in tactics. They are promising to start getting aggressive and mean. No, seriously: they are whining on social media about how they were too nice during the Kavanaugh battle. Get ready for one heck of a poop storm – and if the Democrats have a bad night in November, board up your windows.

There were rumors Trump was getting ready to fire Rosenstein but Trump scotched those and now says he and Rosenstein are best buddies. Which leads me to believe that Rosenstein was told by Trump that Trump was the boss (a completely correct statement) and Rosenstein agreed with that assertion. Rosenstein is swamp through and through…but the thing about draining a swamp is that you need the cooperation of at least some swamp dwellers (they know where the drains are, after all). We’ll see how this pans out. I’ve learned enough this past couple years to trust Trump’s judgement.

Allahpundit has fallen very far in the Trump era – now he’s rehashing biased polls to make what he thinks is a point. He’s slobbering in the link over a CNN poll of 1,009 adults (not registered voters, not likely voters, but adults…nearly half of whom won’t even vote in November). It naturally over-samples Democrats and under-samples Republicans. But, that is the old line of Conservatism all over…looking for reasons to surrender. A poll like this is designed to give a squish a reason for surrendering. “Look! There’s a poll saying we’re unpopular! Abandon ship! Ahoy!”. Yadda, yadda, yadda. As if any of that means anything. I’m so glad we’re giving these people the boot. It was long overdue.

A memo apparently went out saying that it is just wrong for the GOP to gloat over the Kavanaugh victory. It was all over the MSM and Social Media…naturally with the Never Trump weenies joining. We’re not supposed to win and when we do win, we’re not supposed to feel joy. Think about this – the left tried to win by claiming a boring, married judge was some sort of serial monster and they lost. And we’re supposed to bow our heads and be ashamed. Seriously: why did we put up with this garbage for so long?

Don Surber notes that Trump did the right thing – he apologized on behalf of the United States to Kavanaugh and his family.

7 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster October 9, 2018 / 8:15 am

    E.J. Dionee is losinng his sh*t. Here are a few of his recent musings:

    The Supreme Court’s legitimacy is in tatters. Conservative forces in the country, led by the Republican Party, have completed a judicial coup, decades in the making.

    I like the “decades in the making” comment.

    Democracy is all that opponents of the coup have left. In next month’s elections, the party responsible for this travesty must be punished. The idea that “both parties are equally to blame” is an unadulterated falsehood.

    PUNISH them for winning elections dammit!!! And to top it of, E.J. throws in some class warfare:

    The undemocratic nature of representation in the Senate is unlikely to be remedied anytime soon, so progressives and Democrats need to organize far more effectively in the low-population red states. Critics of the judicial right need to remind voters that conservative judges regularly serve the interests of the wealthy and the powerful, not those of the heartland.

    In other words, the Supreme Court is responsible for wealth isolation at the top. And E.J. is considered to be a “smart liberal pundit” ……. what happened?

  2. Cluster October 9, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Another good idea from Occasional Cortex:

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist hoping to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, declared over the weekend that the Electoral College is a racist American relic that must be abolished.

    “It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic,” the 28-year-old Boston University graduate tweeted to her 881,000 followers Saturday afternoon.

    • Retired Spook October 9, 2018 / 10:31 am

      the Electoral College is a racist American relic that must be abolished.

      The only way to abolish the Electoral College would be by Constitutional Amendment, and that’s NEVER going to happen. If the Dems won super majorities in both houses of Congress and passed such an Amendment, it would NEVER be ratified by 38 states. Currently Republicans control both houses of the legislatures in 32 states.

    • Amazona October 10, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      “…a shadow of slavery’s power on America today “ ?

      But then, what is NOT “a shadow of slavery’s power” these days? Banana peels, algebra, cleaning feces off sidewalks, shoelaces on doorknobs, voter ID, etc.

      These days merely being white is “a shadow of slavery’s power on America today” as, even if your ancestors came to the United States long after slavery was abolished they were still white and therefore still, for all generations to come, must bear the stigma of crimes never committed, thoughts never considered and actions never taken, by people they never knew, in a nation where none had ever lived.

      And that is just because of their skin color. Gender implies a whole different set of sins for which all must atone, in some way.

      And they wonder why sane people don’t take them seriously.

      • M. Noonan October 10, 2018 / 6:02 pm

        So much of the left is just ignorance: they really don’t know anything. Except, of course, what was spoon fed to them in college without anyone having a chance to dispute what was being offered. The left will look at something like the old Salic law which forbade women to inherit land and say, “see? Oppression!”. They simply don’t know – and don’t care to know – that the Salic Franks made that because ownership of property in their society carried a legal and moral requirement to defend it. All land owners were required, at need, to show up armed, trained and ready to fight. As women were less adept with the francisca (a brutal weapon: an axe designed for throwing which would rip an enemy apart, when used correctly), the Franks just made the rule: land has to be inherited by men. It was just a practical application to the conditions of the times.

        And, thus, our whole history. The left has chosen to see as a conspiracy of evil, and so wants all of it wiped out.

    • Cluster October 9, 2018 / 10:33 am

      WOW …. she was doing an amazing job. I hope she is promoted. Nikki is a real asset.

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