Monday, January 18, 2010

Cruising the web

Timothy Carney checks out who donated to Martha Coakley after her D.C. fundraiser last week. And guess what, it's all lobbyists for special interests, many of them those evil health care industries that the Democrats like to pretend are the ones opposing their health care plans.

Ed Morrissey hauls out a calculator to plug in various turnout models into some of the latest poll results from Massachusetts and finds some nice numbers for Scott Brown. Meanwhile, PPP's latest results show that Democrats are becoming more energized, but Brown is still leading. He's holding a big lead among independent voters and is even chipping away at some former Obama voters. Here are the details from PPP. And Morrissey looks here at the turnout model used in PPP's poll and is still optimistic for Brown.

The dean of Boston College Law School weighs in on Martha Coakley's attacks on Scott Brown's efforts to legislate a conscience clause into Massachusetts' health care plan. He finds that Brown's proposed amendment is more in line with James Madison's original motives in supporting freedom of religion.
Political ads by nature are not sensitive to nuance. Coakley’s ad charges Brown with a lack of “understanding or seriousness” because he “favors letting hospitals deny emergency contraception to rape victims.” But suggesting that we protect the right of conscience does not show a lack of understanding or seriousness. It does not even show a lack of support for abortion - any more than it shows a lack of support for the armed forces to say that we should exempt Quakers. What both show is a decent respect for religious liberty, as admirable and American as the author of the First Amendment.

Ralph Peters excoriates the Defense Department's report on the Fort Hood shooting. He doesn't pull his punches.
There are two basic problems with the grotesque non-report on the Islamist- terror massacre at Fort Hood (released by the Defense Department yesterday):

* It's not about what happened at Fort Hood.

* It avoids entirely the issue of why it happened.

Rarely in the course of human events has a report issued by any government agency been so cowardly and delusional. It's so inept, it doesn't even rise to cover-up level.
Shikha Dalmia at Reason Magazine argues that partisan warfare won't stop if the Democrats suddenly push through Obamacare. Instead, politicians will be constantly pressuring the executive agencies that will oversee health care to expand coverage to favored diseases and procedures. And we've seen from the states how easy it is for politicians to ratchet up coverage once the basic plan giving the executive branch control over the plans. These efforts will be in conflict with efforts to try to reduce spending. The fighting will have just begun.

Charlie Foxtrot notes how the Democrats are planning for Martha Coakley to vote immediately after the election but are talking about a delay for Scott Brown. Typical. The only solution is for Brown to win with a large enough number that they don't even have to wait for counting the absentee ballots to know that there is no way for Coakley to win.

The Boston Herald writes that the campaign has revealed Martha's true character. And it's not a pretty thing.

A few years ago Ben Nelson had over a 70% approval rating among Nebraskans. Since he sold out to vote for Harry Reid's Senate bill, his approval rating has sunk to 42%. No wonder he's been scuttling around trying to deny that he asked for the Cornhusker kickback and proposing that, despite the prohibitive cost, the federal payments for Nebraska's Medicaid expansion that Reid gave him in the bill be expanded to all the states. Think of this: Nebraskans are angry with him even though he got them a great deal that will save the state money.

James Freeman at the WSJ writes that the cases that Martha Coakley chose not to prosecute tell us a lot about her. And like Eric Holder in D.C., she shows a disinclination to prosecute Democrats and their supporters.

Mark Steyn is quite funny as he argues that Obama and the Democrats themselves are the ones who created the wave that is right now pushing Scott Brown towards the U.S. Senate.
If the educated class's pant legs weren't as perfectly creased as Obama's, that's because they were soaking wet. While the smart set were demonstrating all the sober forensic analysis of a Jonas Brothers audience, the naysayers were looking at the actual policies: What is this going to cost me? And my children? And the country? A week before the presidential election, I wrote in this space:

"Settled democratic societies rarely vote to 'go left.' Yet oddly enough that's where they've all gone. In its assumptions about the size of the state and the role of government, almost every advanced nation is more left than it was, and getting lefter."

For the most part, that's just the ratchet effect of Big Government, growing, expanding, remorselessly, under cover of darkness. What happened this past year is that Obama and the Democratic Congress made it explicit, and did it in daylight. And, while Barack may be cool and stellar if you're as gullible as "the educated class," Nancy Pelosi and Ben Nelson most certainly aren't: There's no klieg light of celebrity to dazzle you from the very obvious reality that they're spending your money way faster than you can afford and with no inclination to stop.

"The educated class" is apparently too educated to grasp this insufficiently nuanced point.

Maybe the reason Martha Coakley is such a terrible candidate is because Massachusetts Democrats just aren't used to running a competitive race. Their skills at appealing to moderates have just atrophied.
There’s no better illustration of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s decrepitude than its state legislators. For most state parties, the legislature is an incubator for political talent and the place to develop a deep political bench, but for Massachusetts Democrats, it’s been a breeding ground for pathological behavior and corruption. The last three speakers of the Massachusetts House of Representatives — Democrats all in a legislative body their party has now controlled for 55 years — have had to resign because of scandals that resulted in their indictments. Meanwhile, over in the State Senate, in the last two years, one Democrat lost his job after being arrested for sexual assault; another was forced from office after FBI surveillance cameras caught her stuffing a $1,000 bribe into her bra; and a third (and my personal favorite) recently bid the Senate adieu after a three-month stretch during which he was involved in a hit-and-run car crash that injured a 13-year-old boy, failed a breathalyzer test he had to take as part of the house arrest he was under stemming from the hit-and-run, and then tried to blame the failed test on the alcohol in his toothpaste — an explanation the judge rejected in sending him to jail, which finally led to his resignation.
Oh my. And remember. Coakley won the Democratic primary in a landslide. She was the best of the bunch.

Gateway Pundit notes that, while President Obama kept harping on Scott Brown's truck and telling people to ignore the truck because anyone can buy a truck, that Brown's truck is actually a GM truck. Brown had a great rejoinder for the President's jabs.
“Mr. President, unfortunately in this economy, not everybody can buy a truck,” Brown said in a statement. “My goal is to change that by cutting spending, lowering taxes and letting people keep more of their own money.”

Instapundit links to this story of a San Diego Middle School principal who called out the police when a kid brought his science project to school because it contained electronic parts. They evacuated the school while they had the bomb squad test it. Apparently, the kid was just making a homemade motion detector device, but the principal wants him and his parents to get counseling. This is from a school devoted to science and technology!

Check out this video of the Boston College students in line to see President Obama yesterday. Two notes: they're all there because they want to see Obama; they couldn't care less about Martha Coakley, and see how many of them aren't even Massachusetts voters. It doesn't sound as if the audience, which wasn't even full, is going to take their master's word and rush out to vote for Coakley.