Friday, January 22, 2010

Cruising the web

The Republican Governors Association is already talking about how a Republican wave in the 2010 elections would help when redistricting goes forth after the 2010 census. Predictably the Democrats are complaining that the Republicans are planning to gerrymander new districts. As if they aren't planning to do the same thing if they get control of governors' seats and state legislatures. Both parties do it as much as they can get away with.

Hee hee. Howard Kurtz reports that the National Enquirer thinks that it should get a Pulitzer for reporting on John Edward's mistress and baby. They certainly did more original reporting than many Pulitzer winners do.

Charles Krauthammer scoffs at the Democrats' excuse-making after Scott Brown's victory. And he points out how long it has taken for the Democrats to pay attention to what the American people were trying to tell them about their health care reform plans.
He won by brilliantly nationalizing the race, running hard against the Obama agenda, most notably Obamacare. Killing it was his No. 1 campaign promise.

Bull's-eye. An astonishing 56 percent of Massachusetts voters, according to a Rasmussen poll, called health care their top issue. In a Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates poll, 78 percent of Brown voters said their vote was intended to stop Obamacare. Only a quarter of all voters in the Rasmussen poll cited the economy as their top issue, nicely refuting the Democratic view that Massachusetts was just the usual anti-incumbent resentment you expect in bad economic times.

....The reason both wings of American liberalism -- congressional and mainstream media -- were so surprised at the force of anti-Democratic sentiment is that they'd spent Obama's first year either ignoring or disdaining the clear early signs of resistance: the tea-party movement of the spring and the town-hall meetings of the summer. With characteristic condescension, they contemptuously dismissed the protests as the mere excrescences of a redneck, retrograde, probably racist rabble.
But such derogatory dismissals of what the people are saying just won't wash when they're talking about the Massachusetts electorate. No wonder that Democrats have started acting as if they've been released from POW imprisonment and can now acknowledge that perhaps their legislation hasn't been well crafted. Ya think?

The man who killed a soldier outside an Arkansas military recruiting center has changed his plea to guilty and admitted that he affiliated with a Yemen-based affiliate of Al Qaeda. Anyone seeing a trend here?

Air America goes off the air. Who knew it was still on? It's been a good week for conservatives.

Jon Stewart ridicules Keith Olbermann. Good fun.