Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cruising the Web

Jay Cost has a typically thoughtful and informative post looking at the 2012 election. He responds to an Ed Kilgore column that attempts to put a damper on Republican optimism by pointing out the obvious point that the electorate in 2012 is liable to be quite difference from those turning out in 2010. Mostly, I appreciate Cost's analysis of how a relatively small shift in Obama's support among white voters could tell a very different story in 2012 plus his optimism that the GOP nominee could be someone totally different from those who are being talked about today. I sure hope so.

Reading Lyle Denniston's report from the Supreme Court's hearing on Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the case concerning whether a university is violating the right of association by requiring school groups, specifically a Christian organization, to admit everyone to membership even if they disagree with the club's message, it seems rather uncertain that the Court feels that they even have enough information to make a determination of the facts of the case.

You can't make this stuff up. The health care bill was so shoddily drafted that Congress may end up getting fined under that law because it's unclear whether staffers will be dumped from their own plans. It sounds like divine retribution for forcing the bill through without going through the normal process and allowing amendments so that such problems could be located and fixed. If these guys were so incompetent when it came to their own insurance, how much faith do you have in what they have done to yours?

New York City is facing a possible doorman strike. How will they cope? Panic is beginning to set in: "Who will safeguard my apartment as I sleep? Greet my children when they come home from school? Accept deliveries? Clean the hallways? Sort the mail? Operate the elevator? And who, for goodness sake, will let the cleaning lady in?" Who indeed?

With all the sturm und drang over Senator Dodd's proposed regulatory bill of Wall Street, why are Fannie and Freddie being left out? That is where taxpayers have lost the most money in the financial bailouts.

John Hawkins has seven reasons why government is so dysfunctional today.

Reid Wilson has some interesting charts to show what happens to the incumbent congressman of the president's party when trust in government is low.
Throw in all the seats in marginal districts that the Democrats won in the past two elections, and it's clear why the Democrats are so eager to push through everything they possibly can before the election. They know that they will not have such an opportunity again for a long time.