Friday, September 05, 2014

Cruising the Web

Hillary Clinton has finally found something to brag about from her time as Secretary of State.
Clinton boasted that “we did build a digital division to amplify our messaging across a broad range of platforms, from Twitter and Facebook to Flickr, Tumblr and beyond.”
Great. Now she's proud of #hashtagdiplomacy And that has accomplished such great things, right?

Kay Hagan tries to rewrite history.

Claire McCaskill's too-clever-by-half maneuver to get the Kansas Democratic candidate for senator to drop out of the race in hopes to throw the race to the independent over Republican Pat Roberts has run into a bit of a roadblock. It turns out the Democrat's name will have to remain on the ballot. It might have helped to have reviewed Kansas law before going ahead with this switcheroo. Ace writes,
Incidentally, let this dispel the myth that the Democrats will "never" compromise on their ideology for the sake of a partisan political victory. I keep hearing this, how Republicans must never do this, because the Democrats never do and the Democrats win with this strategy (supposedly).

Well they do. They cut losses, they back a different horse. They have their eyes on the prize and they're not too proud to like like the devil to the voters.

You may object to this sort of cynical strategy, but you can't say "the Democrats never waver in their ideological fidelity."

Meanwhile, the panic of certain Democrats has led them into over-the-top tactics that may well backfire.
In three key midterm races over the last few days, Democrats have launched the kind of invective that might have made Lee Atwater blush.

First, it was Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, who began airing a dramatically narrated ad that accused Republican Tom Cotton of being soft on combating the spread of the Ebola virus.

For good measure, the Pryor spot also insinuated that Cotton opposes children’s hospitals.

Not to be outdone, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich on Friday launched his own memorable TV spot, which sought to connect Republican Dan Sullivan to an administrative mishap in the state’s judicial system that led to a convicted felon being released from prison. The felon in question now stands accused of committing a grisly double-murder after his release, but fact-check organizations criticized Begich’s insinuation that Sullivan had anything to do with the case.

Finally, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz drew additional scrutiny to the closely watched Wisconsin governor’s race between Republican incumbent Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke when she said that Walker “has given women the back of his hand.”

As if that image didn’t go far enough, Wasserman Schultz added that Tea Party extremists are “grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”

The perception that Wasserman Schultz had been wrong to invoke violence against women to make a political point was clear almost immediately after her comments were published. Burke’s press secretary told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "That's not the type of language that Mary Burke would use, or has used, to point out the clear differences in this contest.”

Back in Alaska, Begich pulled his provocative ad after the victims’ family protested its use, but he did so only after his campaign had spent several days in a fruitless back-and-forth with the Sullivan camp over the ad’s propriety.

Stephen Green ponders NATO before the end of the Cold war and now There's quite a difference.

Noah Rothman wonders what MSNBC is thinking about hiring this guy.
“The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security,” Politico’s Dylan Byers wrote in a lede that would not seem out of place in The Onion.

The Huffington Post was apparently not deterred by either Stallworth’s controversial views on the September 11 attacks, or his concern that the swine flu vaccine was part of an elaborate plot, or his criminal record.

In 2009, Stallworth plead guilty to manslaughter after killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida. His plea netted him a light sentence – just 30 days for the DUI charge alone.

Thomas Sowell writes about how we should not go about choosing a president.
With many people now acting as if it is time for “a woman” to become president, apparently they have learned absolutely nothing from the disastrous results of the irresponsible self-indulgence of choosing a president of the United States on the basis of demographic characteristics instead of individual qualifications.

It would not matter to me if the next five presidents in a row were all women, if these happened to be the best individuals available at the time. But to say that we should now elect “a woman” president in 2016 is to say that we are willfully blind to the dangers of putting life-and-death decisions in the hands of someone chosen for symbolic reasons.
If we were to choose just “a woman” as our next president, would that mean that any criticism of that president would be considered to be a sign of being against women?

No public official should be considered to be above criticism — and the higher up that official is, the more important it is to hold his or her feet to the fire when it comes to carrying out duties involving the life and death of individuals and the fate of the nation.

Cool. Go behind the scenes with an Israeli battalion made up of mostly women.

Great. Berkeley now offers marijuana welfare.

Expect numbers in Michigan teachers' unions to start to fall.

Guy Benson looks at "Eight New Pieces of Bad Obamacare News." Foreign policy and Ferguson have driven Obamacare from the headlines. Look for it to return as November draws nearer.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who my husband believes must be a Republican plant) now regrets saying that Wisconsin Scott Walker "has given women the back of his hand." Apparently, people don't take kindly using language of physical abuse for partisan purposes.

It will be interesting to see if Putin takes any action in response to ISIS taunts and threats. And, if he does, what does he do?

It's dizzying. Try to keep track of all the ways that the White House has described their efforts against ISIS.