Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Cruising the Web

Well, that's disappointing. I feel badly for Virginia which is now stuck with that cretin, Terry McAuliffe for four years. But some of the blame accrues to the Virginia GOP. They changed their nomination rules to get a more conservative candidate. And they got Cucinelli who wasn't a very strong candidate. It was clear from early on how the McAuliffe campaign was borrowing from the 2012 Obama campaign the strategy of defining Cucinelli as too conservative and too extreme on women's issues. Cucinelli and the Republicans should have known that was coming and have had some sort of tactics to combat that. I'm not sure what they should have done, but Republicans have to be ready for that sort of attack since they're going to see it over and over again since it has clearly been shown to work in driving women voters away from Republicans. One thing they could have done is run a short ad saying something like "Terry McAuliffe likes to pretend that he cares about women, but how much sincerity can you believe from a man who bragged in his own memoirs about leaving his wife while she was in labor so that he could go to a Democratic Party fundraiser and then later left his wife and newborn baby in the car on the way home from the hospital so that he could stop off at another fundraiser."

Republicans can be a bit heartened by the closeness of the final results compared to how McAuliffe seemed to have been coasting to victory in earlier polls, but the race apparently tightened up in the last couple of weeks due to fallout from the rollout of Obamacare. That doesn't augur well for Democratic Congressional candidates next year.

James Taranto refutes the idea that it was Republican opposition that "sabotaged" Obamacare.
The story Goldstein and Eilperin [Washington Post reporters] tell is one not of GOP sabotage but of Obama administration self-sabotage. The geniuses who were sure they were capable of running the entire medical industry were so unnerved by the prospect of political opposition that at every stage of the way they undermined the president's own signature "achievement."

This is in part a story of political incompetence and hubris. Obama and his allies in Congress were unable to win a single Republican vote--and it doesn't seem to have occurred to them that a monstrously complicated law enacted by a slender partisan minority might prove especially difficult to implement. As Obama himself admitted yesterday in a rare truthful statement: "Now, let's face it, a lot of us didn't realize that passing the law was the easy part."

That's what America gets for electing a president with charisma but no known skills apart (arguably) from delivering speeches.

We should note that this entire discussion has dealt only with the incompetent technical execution of ObamaCare, what we call Phase 1 of the disaster. Phases 2 and 3, respectively, are the exposure that ObamaCare is a massive consumer fraud and the economic inviability of the entire scheme.
Get ready to see support for Obamacare woven into popular TV shows. It's the worst sort of product placement.

The FCC seems to be trying to lay the groundwork to institute a new sort of Fairness Doctrine. If Democrats can't beat conservatives in talk radio, they can try to kill them through regulations.

American Crossroads is reminding us that Barack Obama wasn't the only Democrat making sure that people wouldn't be able to keep their own insurance even if they liked it. Expect to see such ads throughout the country next year.

Government seems to have a history of poorly run website failures.
While the ObamaCare website fiasco is disturbing, it is no isolated event. Dysfunctional information systems are endemic in the federal government. Officials' incessant talk about living in a 21st-century information society that can generate "big data" to help solve our problems diverts attention from the stubborn truth: Many government agencies and programs operate in an informational stone age.
And it doesn't help when the company hired to build a major part of the website is run by Democratic super-lobbyists.

Technology experts are pouring skepticism on administration claims that Healthcare.gov now protects people's private information.

Atlantic Magazine points to the marriage penalty in Obamacare.

I don't care what Rand Paul's excuses are, politicians shouldn't be plagiarizing in their published writing. Attribution is so easy to do; it's a sign of true intellectual laziness if politicians skip that low bar and it makes my job as a teacher working with students doing research papers that much harder. Except that I now have a Republican example to add to the story of Joe Biden when I talk about embarrassingly damaging such actions can be.

Charles C. W. Cooke wonders at the administration chutzpah in pretending that having nearly 20 million people visit Healthcare.gov is a huge, "overwhelming" number, but having 15 million people lose their health care policy is insignificant.

Hmmm. The 17-year pause in global warming that climate scientists hare having trouble explaining might last for 20 more years. Could it be because there are cyclical changes in temperature that have nothing to do with the theories put forward by the IPCC analysis?