It Must Suck to be an Incumbent

Whether you’re the party darling or the federal office holder, 2010 is shaping up to be your  last year in politics. In Kentucky, Tea Party Republican, Rand Paul, opened a can of whoop-ass on Republican party favorite, Trey Grayson. No single race proves the strength or impact of the Tea Party, but races like Paul’s demonstrate that the right candidate with the right campaign team with the strong backing of the Tea Party and 9-12 Project can blow away the party candidate. Don’t read anymore into it.

And don’t read too much into the PA12 race to fill Jack Murtha’s seat. This race involved a single district in Pennsylvania where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one.  Tim Burns's opponent ran to the right of Ronald Reagan:  pro-life, pro-gun, anti-ObamaCare, and anti-Cap and Trade.  Critz also was credited with being shovel man in Murtha's pork-barrel filling operation.

Additionally, thanks to traditional Republican circular firing squads, there were approximately 16,000 under votes in the special election.  Yesterday, Burn was not only the GOP candidate in the special election, but he was on the Primary ballot against establishment Republican, Bill Russell, for this November’s general.  It seems Russell’s supporters were encouraged not to vote in the special election. It's difficult for a Republican to beat both a Republican and a Democrat.

Russell's strategy backfired.  He's losing the primary race to Burns.  But he did succeed in ensuring Burns will face an incumbent Democrat.  Way to go, Einstein.

Across PA, RINO-cum-Democrat, Arlen Specter lost soundly to Any Democrat.  In this case, Any Democrat was played by Congressman Jay Sestak.  (Pronounced: who cares?) This commercial explains why cynicism, even naked cynicism, won’t cell in 2010:


In Arkansas, it appears Blanche Lincoln’s career will be decided by a  run-off in June.

So what does it all mean?

1. Incumbents and party favors are out

2. Money can still buy votes

3. Republicans are still the only people who can beat Republicans—and they do it very well.

4. Pat Toomey (PA) and Rand Paul (KY) will be freshman Senators together next January.

Obama Caves to Fanatical Left

Obama Intelligence Pick Torpedoed By Bloggers - Transition Tracker

John Brennan, Obama's chief intelligence adviser and anticipated CIA chief, was recently forced to withdraw his name. There was no drumbeat of opposition to Brennan from the front pages or on cable. Rather, the pick was torpedoed by the blogosphere.

"Apparently there is a lot of pressure on the Obama team from a blog saying that Brennan couldn't be made the director of the CIA because he was involved in torture and renditions, which he wasn't," said Mark Lowenthal, former assistant CIA director.

Very bad sign.  One of the first challenges a new president faces is dealing with the extremists in his own party--or on the fringes of his own party.  Ronald Reagan had the John Birchers whom he deftly defied and ignored.  Clinton, before his election, shouted down Sister Soljah.  George W. Bush went a step further, pissing off his core supporters by spending like a drunken sailor for 8 years. 

While Obama seems determined to go forward with the Rick Warren invitation, he has folded to left-wing bloggers over his choice for Director of Central Intelligence.  Not good.

America is at war with Islamofascist murders.  This war requires a strong, skilled, and experienced CIA director.  So far, Obama has failed to make any major intelligence appointments, indicating that foreign policy was not a strategic objective of his campaign.  (Clinton as SECSTATE was purely political and likely offered in August.)

Other than this retreat, Obama's pre-Inaugural work has been uniformly outstanding, all things considered.  He has assembled a centrist cabinet, for the most part, and allowed W to twist in the wind over the economy--which his cronies destroyed.   But now the left is on his case.  How he deals with the radicals whom he encouraged for 2 years will determine to a large degree the success of his administration. 

For America's sake, let's hope he tells them to bugger off. 

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Particularly Beware This Boy

It turns out, according to a Zogby poll to be released in its entirety today, that most Obama voters are woefully, frighteningly, and unforgivably ignorant of the basic facts of government and of Barack Obama himself.  Not surprising.  Dickens warned us of the dangers of ignorance in "A Christmas Carol":

Suddenly, Scrooge noticed something strange about the ghost. Two children-like figures were at the ghost’s feet – a boy and a girl. But, they looked old and dreadful, like little monsters. Scrooge was shocked.

“Spirit, are they your creatures?” Scrooge asked.

“They are Man’s creatures,” said the spirit “The boy is Ignorance. The girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all beware this boy” said the spirit.

Neither our schools--Kindergarten through Ph.D.--nor our press is fit to properly inform and educate voters.   Both institutions are partisans.  Schools, for the most part, promote socialism and anti-Americanism.  They dumb down kids, teach to the least capable, and eschew the values that once defined an American:  individualism, competition, and excellence.  The press is, well, the press. 

The other culprit here is high voter turnout.  Since the most educated and informed voters tend to vote every election (about 30 percent), the math requires that the higher the turnout, the more ignorant the average voter.  Since Democrats appeal disproportionately to uninformed people, it makes sense that Obama captured the clueless vote. 

Expect to see a lot of bumper stickers that read "Don't Blame Me--What's Vote?"

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He Gives a Damn Good Concession Speech

Holy crap!  That was the best speech McCain ever delivered.  It was heartfelt and powerful.  It was moving.  It was . . . remarkable.

And it reminded me of a great reason to celebrate.  Let me explain.

I was born in 1963 when there were still "Colored" and "White" drinking fountains.  Obama's a few years older.

Tonight, despite my best efforts and many others, we have a black President.  That's amazing in a very good way.

If there's a silver lining in this election, it's this:  America is now a color-blind society.  Martin Luther King must be smiling, not for Obama's election, but for America's maturity. 

God bless America.

8:00 PM CST: Update: Brit Hume is drunk. Self-government remains on life-support

Fox New just called Ohio for Obama, meaning McCain is mathematically eliminated.

UPDATE:  Looks like Obama has won Florida.  Michigan and Minnesota have gone communist, joining Wisconsin.

UPDATE:  Why is Major Garrett interviewing Adolf Hitler?

UPDATE 8:05:  Senate Calls (that matter) John Barrasso (R) wins special election in Wyoming; Mike Enzi (R) wins re-election; Republican Pat Robert wins re-election in Kansas; Tim Johnson (D) wins re-election in SD; Dems pick up Pete Dominici's Senate seat in New Mexico (Dems +4); Jeff Session retains his seat, as does Thad Cochran (both Republicans); the special election for Senate in Mississippi too close to call, but the Republican leads.

UPDATE 8:16:  Allapundit is swinging the towel above his head in preparation for throwing.

Good night, comrades.

7:30 PM CST: Could be the last half-hour of self-government **Scroll for Updates** Exit polls over-sampled Obama voters by 10 percent in Virginia

The chair from which George Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention had, at the head of its back, a carved image of the sun.  When the Convention concluded with the Constitution, Madison wrote, Benjamin Franklin said, "I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now I... know that it is a rising...sun."

Tonight it is a setting sun. 

Tonight the short history of the world's best hope for democracy ended in a selfish fit of suicide. 

UPDATE:  Megan Kelly just called the election for Obama, if I heard correctly.

UPDATE 7:38:  Fox calls Georgia for McCain, well within the hour Allahpundit identified as the "oh crap" line.  But CNN is about call to Florida for Obama.

UPDATE 7:42:  Saxby Chambliss retains his Senate according to Fox News.  Huge hold for the GOP.  Republicans need only one more win to block cloture.

NOTE:  I could call up the voters and ask them how they voted faster than Fox News' election map loads.  Who tested that piece of crap?  Web designers--use Flash very carefully.  Interactive Flash-based applications usually suck for the user, but the demo beautifully.

UPDATE 7:52:  Fox says it can't call many states that closed 7:00 EST because of a very large error ratio between exit polls and actual vote are very large.  In Virginia counties where Obama polled well, the WPE (Within Precinct Error) is 10.6%.  That's a huge number.  In precincts where the WPE is high, responsible journalists wait until all votes are counted.

UPDATE 7:57:  With 43 percent of votes counted in Florida, Obama's lead grows to 200,000.

Closing out this post.  See 8:00 post.





Moderate Republicans Killing the Party

It should be clear by now, but I figured I'd point it out:  Idiots like the editors of National Review, Christopher Buckley, and Peggy Noonan need to retire.  Republican moderates, including McCain, are getting their rear-ends kicked, and they're taking self-government with them.

The only way to defeat leftism is with hard core conservatism. 

The debate is over.

7:00 PM CST: Could be the last hour of self-government

In the next hour, Obama could win Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, and/or other states.  Any combination of Florida or Pennsylvania, and one of the others will end McCain's chances of winning. 

What's the appropriate song to sing when democracy dies?   Sam played, "As time goes by" as the Germans marched into Paris.  Maybe that's the song. 

The Germans, by the way, wore gray.  Will Obama wear blue?

UPDATE 7:06:  MSNBC calls Pennsylvania for Obama, but the link is to Hotair because I won't link to the commie bastards at MSNBC. 

UPDATE 7:08:  Fox News calls McConnell to retain his Senate seat in Kentucky, which is a good sign for Republicans.

UPDATE 7:09:  The idiot Elizabeth Dole lost thanks to her idiot ads, according to Fox News.  GOP has lost 2 of 3 open Senate seats.

UPDATE 7:11:  According to Steve Kornacki (via Allahpundit), Obama needs to flip only one red state worth 11 EVs. 

UPDATE 7:13:  Fox calls New Hampshire for Obama.  The end is near.

UPDATE 7:22: ABC News now calls PA for Obama.  Fox is NOT calling PA because there's no votes counted.  ABC and NBC are basing their projections solely on exit polls.

Note:'s Flash election map SUCKS

UPDATE 7:25:  Fox News give New Hampshire Senate race to Jeanne Shaheen, taking away Sununu's seat.  Net +3 for Democrats in Senate.


Breaking News: Philadelphia Set Voting Record

Philadelphia, PA-- Philadelphia today saw the most votes cast in the city's history as measured by percentage and raw numbers.  Oddly enough, only about 4,000 people actually showed up at polling places to cast votes.

"It was remarkably efficient," said Philly Mayor Nutter (D).  "We managed to break voting records without forcing people to leave work early or find the polling places.  This is a model for the country."

For the numbers, 127 percent of the eligible voters were represented in the final number, and nearly 1,800,000 votes cast. 

The 4,000 voters were exhausted by the time polls closed.  "The early voting helped a lot," said Malcolm Evers, a 22-year-old man who described himself as a "community organizer." 

Evers and his fellow voters cast all 1.8 million votes.  Since they had filled out the ballots well in advance of election day, today's efforts involved only stuffing the ballots into the slot.

Drudge Headlines Paint Dreary Picture

Drudge has posted two headline:  Obama + 15 in Pennsylvania (where Black Panthers and election judges made sure no Republicans could actually vote), and SENATE: DEMS SEE 58 SEATS; EXIT POLLS SHOW OBAMA BIG

I wouldn't make too much of it, though.  Urban area tend to dump more data at the mid-day collection than suburban and rural areas do.  Remember that in 2004, the media all but called Ohio for Kerry at 3:00 in the afternoon based on exit poll results.

Nor would I read too much into reports of Obama supporters getting urgent text messages saying that the race was closer than they expected and directing them to call phone numbers to take part in a last-ditch GOTV effort (h/t Hotair).  The text was probably real, but it was also written and scheduled in Obama's CRM system a month ago.  It would have gone out even if McCain had dropped out of the election on Friday.

So, for a little while, America remains a semi-free, quasi democracy. 

UPDATE:  McCain pollster positive on Florida, upbeat overall

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