One thing you may have missed even if you’re following the election really, really closely is that Americans get to vote this November to decide control of not on one or even two but three bodies: The president, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. The relative importance of the three could be apportioned about 50:25:25. The ratio of news coverage to the race for control is about 80:19:1. Hardly any public polls exist. Every couple of weeks, the handful of Congressional handicappers update their projections, based on entrail-reading
Comments: Jonny-Little's sky is falling. This time, I think he's right, but for the wrong reasons.
"Forced to hold Republican-leaning territory, they give their candidates wide latitude to break from the party."
Pure Barbara Streisand! What this actually means is that democrat senators from red states are in a better position to extort more stuff for their votes.
All in all.....this article whines that really.....republicans are in the "natural" majority. What was unsaid, but alluded too is that democrats have to lie about their true beliefs to win outside of Boston, Chicago, New York and Berkeley.
In 2010, the GOP picked up 63 seats in the House, 6 in the Senate, over 700 seats in statehouses and flipped control of 20 statehouses. . The sentiment remains. Obama is toxic, as is the liberal agenda. Seeing how the looney left has purged the moderates from their party, the Dems will be a minority for the next generation.
"There are two incredibly depressing lessons here. The first is that the incredibly important decision of which party controls the House is something we Americans have little say over."
NO! NO! NO! Us Americans have a lot to say about it, and you will hear us in November. You may think we are in flyover country, but we are just as happy for you to never come here with your condescending attitute and elitism. The Silent Majority will rule.
Chait is the archetype of the brainy liberal with not a whit of sense. His concerns are valid, and he is entirely delusional on virtually every statement he makes after the setup. Chait could be the poster boy for some kind of neo-Stalinism.
The best part is the complaint about unpopular and radical policies the Repubs supposedly advocate-this in the face of Obama care which last I looked is oppossed by a majority in this country and was encacted without a single Republican vote. Too funny.
What a load! Typical lamestream screed - GOP is radical, extreme, fanatical, blah blah blah. I'm sure it never ocurred to little Jonathan that Middle America ababdoned the Democrats because it is they who are the extremist and it's their supporters in urban areas who are the fanatics. After all, it isn't GOP supporters who are running wild in the streets screaming "I's gots my free Obamaphone! Romney sux!"
Unreal - in this loon's world "we Americans" is a group in opposition to "the Republicans" who have somehow magically managed to steal the House and are going to destroy everything. Stopped wasting my time after that.
Insane clown, fully detached from reality.
Based on the available data, apparently living in NYC puts one at great risk of loss of grip on reality.
The Democrat model for winning elections is unraveling before his eyes. 2008 was an anomaly and it's just dawning on them now. The Dems are dependent on getting lopsided support from a few segments of society, plus an odd assortment of uniformed and/or naive voters. Perhaps he should ask himself why no Democrat has served 2 full terms besides Bubba Clinton in the last 75 years. Voters get sick of them real fast.
FTA: But conceding Republican control of the House means allowing all manner of extreme and unpopular policies. One is that Republican control means that the debt ceiling will become a regular game of Russian roulette with the world economy rather than a posturing opportunity,
I'll remember that. Supporting the Constitution, following the law, representing your constituents is...
...extreme. Oh, and using the debt ceiling to obtain concessions is Russian Roulette. You know, I don't recall it being called that when the Donks did it.
If you like your selfie, you can keep your selfie. Period. Unless, of course, you’re Barack Obama, in which case, you better delete it from your smartphone pronto, unless you’d like to spend the next three or four months dining on hot tongue and cold shoulder. You didn’t need a fake interpreter from an old Woody Allen movie to translate Moochelle Obama’s body language. So there they were, Barry, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the hot-wife leader of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, hamming it up like it was the 25th anniversary reunion of the Choom Gang. Some Krazy Kids, horsing around, waiting for
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Remember when Bill Clinton was twice elected President as a "New Democrat" who wanted to get along with people in the private economy? Nowadays even writing in favor of ideas that Mr. Clinton supported can get you branded a heretic and banished from impolite liberal society. Witness the political tempest that blew up in response to the December 3 op-ed we published by Democrats Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the Third Way think tank. The former aides to Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer, respectively, would be considered liberals in most places outside of the Harvard faculty lounge. But the campus
Maybe he went into sugar shock over a Danish pastry. The president of the United States, leader of the free world, standard-bearer for everything upright, good and wholesome about the nation he leads, lost his morality, his dignity and his mind, using the solemn occasion of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday to act like a hormone-ravaged frat boy on a road trip to a strip bar. In front of 91 world leaders, the mourning nation of South Africa and Obama’s clearly furious wife, Michelle, the president flirted, giggled, whispered like a recalcitrant child and made a damn fool of himself at first
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
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A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.