Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cruising the web

Being, as the New York Times with surprising accuracy described me, "fairly gleeful," here is a roundup of weblinks.

Here are two electoral maps for Republicans to savor. It may be a good long while before we see the Massachusetts map colored this red again. Or perhaps in November's gubernatorial election...

Sean Trende has a column up assessing the chances of the Republicans retaking the House. Countering the conventional wisdom that they can't because there aren't as many open seats open this year as there were in 1994, he points out that many of the Democrats who retired in 1994 would have lost if they'd stayed in. And the Democrats, due to their victories in 2006 and 2008 are now overextended into red territories. So they have freshman or sophomore incumbents running in districts that McCain won. If this environment continues and the GOP can get good candidates, those red-district Democrats will be quite vulnerable.

Lanny Davis bemoans the leftward path that his party has taken, telling them not to blame Coakley, but to realize that "It's the substance, stupid!" He is hoping for the New Democrats to take back the party. It's interesting to see the formerly silenced New Democrats like Bayh and Davis try to wrench their party back from the edge. He's a loyal soldier; do you think that a part of him is mumbling: this wouldn't have happened if Hillary Clinton had been the head of their party instead of having Obama outsource everything to the far left of the party?

If Massachusetts voters are evenly divided
on the "tea party movement," perhaps it's time for liberal pundits, media mouthpieces, and Democratic politicians to stop deriding them as ignorant racists and to shelve the crude nicknames and start paying attention to what has been driving people to spend their free time protesting what is going on in Washington.

David Harsanyi looks at the gimmicks that the Democrats were bruiting about for how to get around Brown's election and says, "That's what happens when these Democrats lose a debate."

Kyle Trygstad notes the tremors of nervousness felt by other blue state Democrats after Brown's victory.

Reihan Salam at NRO looks towards the opportunities for Scott Brown to go further in national politics. The guy has just been elected, and faces what could be a very tough reelection fight in 2012, yet Republicans tired of the same old Washington faces are already enthusiastic about this guy's natural charm and political skills.

Jeff Jacoby looks on the bright side...for President Obama. Obama has a second chance now, if he's smart enough to take it. So far it doesn't seem as if the administration is yet ready to hit the reset button with the American people.

Credit Tom Maguire with one of the best headlines of the day: "Brown Is This Season's Black." Heh.

Though I also like this one from The Green Room at Hot Air that makes reference to Obama's most common verbal tic as he prefaces so many of his pronouncements with "Let me be clear." Pundette responds, "No, let US be clear." Got that Mr. President?

And Ed Morrissey makes an allusion to the song that the British played as they surrendered at Yorktown, "The World Turned Upside Down." An appropriate reference for what many who have termed yesterday's election as a second "shot heard round the world."

5 comments:

Stan said...

Betsy,

There is an interesting thread running through a number of these stories -- e.g. tea partiers are proud of the label despite an MSM that uniformly derides it. Lanny Davis points out that substance matters, but we know that the MSM has not produced stories on Obama's substance which have a critical tone.

The MSM has completely lost control of the discussion. This isn't to say that they don't influence some voters to the left. They clearly do. But substance and cultural popularity are two very important matters.

Palin's extraordinary popularity is consistent with this. What I'd like to see some informed commentary on is how much of her popularity with her fans is due to their reaction to the abuse from the MSM.

Pat Patterson said...

And all of a sudden Republicans are looking to Mitt Romney for advice. Palin might be the girl we truly love but then again Romney just might be the guy who can win. Romney provided contacts and advice to Brown during the primary and became much more involved as the race progressed. Something like Nixon cashing in on all the chips he earned for supporting candidates after his implosion in California and gaining the presidency just a few years later.

ic said...

Obama created the first Brown job to revive the economy.

Oxmyx said...

There's so much great reading on the Internet it makes your head spin. Thanks for summarizing some of the best articles for us!

Sokmnkee said...

Why are there so many attending the Tea Parties? Well...
...they see their freedoms being eroded away;
...they don't want government telling them what they can eat, what doctors they can see, and for what and when; and
...MANY NO LONGER HAVE JOBS TO GO TO!! If they did, they would be diligently working instead of kicking liberal tail day in and day out.

If you're a liberal and don't understand this, see me and I will give you the CHEETOHS economic explanation that even a kindergartener can understand. Sometimes we have to put the cookies on the low shelf so EVERYBODY can understand.