Saturday, May 01, 2010
Too fat to fight
(I can't find the original, so here's the BBC cover.)
Friday, April 30, 2010
Pssst.... Hey, buddy...
The Unification Church (Moonies) are looking to sell the Washington Times. They've been "subsidizing" it to the tune of $35 million a year.
Thought for the Day
Later: I guess I'm a little late.
The US administration has banned oil drilling in new areas of the US coast pending investigations into the cause of the oil spill off Louisiana.,
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Branding against belief
True or not, I think that's going to be a hard sell. Branding the Repubs as obstructionist may be fairly easy, but rebranding the Democrats against the general (and well deserved) perception that they're chaotic and ineffectual will be really tough, especially in a midterm election where there isn't a single candidate to act as spokesman, mascot, or whatever.
They're going to have to graft Obama's image onto Congressional Democrats. It can be done. It's just very hard to brand against perception.
More Arizona thoughts
2) If that Arizona law stays on the books and stays as unpopular, it's going to cost them alot of money at a time when their economy is already suffering. Convention and event losses, boycotts, limited economic activity by Hispanics afraid of getting harassed by police....
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Post Census Congressional District changes
Much has been made of the shrinking relative demographics of the GOP, as they grow older and more white while the country grows more diverse, BUT, if you look at the way the Census is likely to affect the apportionment of Congressional seats,there's a fair argument that the Democrats my be losing the geopolitical battle.
In the Congressional seat reapportionment, it's predicted that Congressional seats will largely be taken from fairly blue midwest and eastern states and portioned to the growing states in the South, sunbelt and west, and, as the Republicans currently control (or will likely control) the state governments in those growing states, they will control the redistricting, giving them more influence over what party gets elected in the newly drawn districts.
So, post 2010 reapportionment, there may be a burst of new Republican seats at the cost of safe Dem seats from the northeast.This will also effect Presidential politics as the growing Republican states will gain electoral votes as well.
However, I might argue that that this gain may be a high water mark in the longer term as a fair percent of the population increase that's driving those states to grow comes from more traditional Democratic voters, so, in the multi decade future, many of these growing states may slowly begin to turn tossup or Democrat as well, leaving the currently modeled GOP struggling for a geographic base.
However, in the next decade, the political geography seems to favor the red.
Just thinking out loud.
Thought for the Day
(Oh, that's right. Only white citizens have rights.)
Related: If the Arizona law stays on the books and stays as unpopular, it's going to cost them alot of convention and event money.
Laura Bush tells (her version of) all
I don't know if it's her or the NYTimes' treatment, but this coverage left me with a very bitter feeling towards her. (but I couldn't stop reading it.)
Later: Maybe it's because she killed a guy after running a stop sign, and yet she still attempts to blame everything else.
Later Still: Somewhere in an attic there's a portrait of Laura Bush that keeps aging.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Picture of the Day
Monday, April 26, 2010
(I didn't make it halfway through, but alot of the blogs, both left and right, seem excited about this piece.)
The floppy disk is no more
Somehow the Republicans think blocking the financial regulation bill is good politics. (?)
The politics of their position seem to rely on the complete falsehood that this bill enables more bailouts.
I'll be very curious to see how Republican refusal is covered.