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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cruising the Web

Jennifer Rubin notes how the media is covering a different campaign than what the American people are interested in. Funny how the media's choice just happens to help Obama.

Sean Trende has an interesting analysis
looking at the history of voting in states compared to what the national trend has been in elections. He uses these data to combat the idea that there is an impermeable "blue wall" that makes it very tricky for Romney to win an electoral majority.

The MSM won't cover the White House's hubris in adding in Obama to presidential biographies since Coolidge, but American Crossroads uses it in a snarky, but effective web ad.


And here's another fun entry - Mary Katharine Ham imagines how Elizabeth Warren would appear in a Ken Burns documentary.
Conservatives doing the work that Comedy Central won't do.

The real reason that the Obama campaign is targeting "Julia" is because single women are a very reliable voting bloc for Democrats. The only problem with "Julia" is that she doesn't represent single mothers. The vast majority aren't middle class women retiring to work on community gardens. They're low-income women barely getting by and that is why they look to the government to supply for them what no man in their lives is providing.

Instapundit links to this story of how West Virginia spent some government stimulus funds. Typical.
The Cisco 3945 series routers, which cost $22,600 each, are built to serve "tens of thousands" of users or device connections, according to a Cisco sales agent. The routers are designed to serve a minimum of 500 users.

Yet state broadband project officials directed the installation of the stimulus-funded Cisco routers in West Virginia schools with fewer than a dozen computers and libraries that have only a single terminal for patrons.
And they didn't even bother telling the people who run the libraries what they'd just been given. Money totally wasted.

Obama is losing the likability advantage. Now he's just another pol.

Mickey Kaus examines
the new coalition that has become Barack Obama's Democratic Party. It's not a formula for future victories. And the coalition is determining his policies.

George Will has a horrifying story of how the federal and local governments team up to confiscate private property.

One small restaurant's experience with advertising on Facebook turns up zero new customers.

2 comments:

Kate C said...

There are several states that have passed laws that mandate electoral votes going to the winner of the popular vote. (see here: http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/) Many of these states are reliably blue. I wonder if this has been taken into account by analysts counting potential electoral votes.

Rick Caird said...

Kate, every one of those pieces of state legislation I have seen, only award the electoral votes on the basis of popular vote if and only if enough states have passed similar legislation to actually produce an electoral college winner.

However, I really doubt this will ever work out the way the sponsors hope. I can imagine a situation where one party captures the popular vote, but if the electoral votes are cast as it is now, do we really think California would vote to override its voters wishes? I don't.