Archive for April 27th, 2010

Republican Rebranding!

Looks like the Minnesota GOP is trying something new:

Minnesota’s Senate District 42 has a poll up asking constituents

Do you believe in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws?

Both possible responses are “yes.” Two variations on “yes.” At least they are consistent.

Who says they’re the Party Of No?

April 27th, 2010 at 06:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Immigration,Republicans

Good Luck With That.

The DNC unveils its Genius Strategy for victory (or at least slightly less humiliating defeat) in November:

3)      Heavy targeting of first time 2008 voters.

There were 15 million first-time voters in 2008, or “surge” voters.  The demographic study shows that they are predominantly young, minority, and/or new Americans. The goal is to increase their turnout by 8-12% over what you would normally expect in the off year.

Here’s what I did not hear: I did not hear whether or not these first time 2008 voters had been polled to see if they still love us (I use the royal “us” to denote some combination of Dems/Obama). During the campaign, expectations were raise extremely  high, that it is impossible for me to believe that there has not been some let down, some buyer’s remorse.

Might they be mad at us because there is no single payer? Because EFCA is DOA? Because DADT was not repealed the first week of the new administration? Because everybody didn’t get a real live unicorn for Christmas?  I think before I ran out to target one group that does not have a long track record of voting my way, I would want to just double-check that they were still on my side. On the other hand, I am a lawyer and therefore cautious by nature. YMMV.

Yeah, somehow I don’t see the “energize the people you disappointed” strategy as being a huge winner.  What’s the motivation to send any of these Democrats back to Congress if they’re not going to do anything worthwhile?

April 27th, 2010 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics

Goldman Analogy Fail

Fareed Zakaria doesn’t see what the big deal is about Goldman’s derivatives deal with John Paulson:

Imagine that you want to make a bet against a sports team, say the New York Yankees. The Yankees have had a strong run, but, poring over the data, you have come to the conclusion that they’re going to start losing. So you go to a bookmaker (in a district where bookmaking is legal, of course) to place a bet. The bookmaker now looks for someone to take the other side of this bet. Once the other party is found, the deal is made. That, in essence, is the transaction that took place in 2007 regarding the future direction of the American residential-housing market, in which Goldman Sachs acted as the bookie, and which the Securities and Exchange Commission now charges was “fraud.”

Sure, absolutely.  It was exactly like two guys placing a bet on Yankees… where the guy betting against them got to hand-pick their roster and fill it with stiffs.  Nothing dodgy about that, nosiree!

April 27th, 2010 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Media,Wankers


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