October 20, 2014
Why Ya Gotta Love Politics, part 754:

Illinois’ Governor’s race is tight: tighter, perhaps, than it ought to be given the incumbent’s record and the fact that he only came to office when Rod Blagojevich went to prison.

So in an effort to help the incumbent Democrat, Pat Quinn, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers is going to pump more than $500,000 into supporting the LIBERTARIAN candidate for governor. Why? The Libertarian is pro-life and pro-gun; the Republican, wealthy investor Bruce Rauner, is pro-choice. The union wants potential Republican voters to know that “their” guy isn’t one of them.

So the pro-Democrat labor union is supporting the ultra-conservative Libertarian (who violates libertarian doctrine by being pro-life) in order to challenge the election of the pro-life (but virulently anti-union) Republican — thereby hopefully helping the Democrat.

And people think politics is hard.

ht: Rick Miller

October 20, 2014
Keeping the dream alive….

Was in line today behind a guy who ostentatiously laid his Mercedes keys on the counter … As he bought lottery tickets.

October 20, 2014
One thing I’ve learned from my immobility boot:

If there is a hell, it operates with a web of interlocking Velcro straps.

October 19, 2014
Possible Republican Ebola-Themed Campaign Messages II

Tax Cuts for Hospitals and Gown Manufacturers Now! If We Don’t Make More Money, We Won’t Treat You If You Get Sick!

October 18, 2014
Possible Republican Ebola-based Campaign Slogans

"That Hospital in Dallas Needed Tax Cuts so it Could Invest in Protocol Training"

"Tax Cuts for Hospitals! Less Staff, Less Ebola Transfer!"

"Remember: the Answer to Everything is Tax Cuts"

October 17, 2014

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October 16, 2014
Politicalprof’s a bit laid up.

Politicalprof’s a bit laid up.

October 16, 2014
One midterm curiosity:

So I’ve been pretty much silent on the commentary front for a while. In part this has been due to having the whole family go through the enterovirus; in part it’s been because I’ve been swamped professionally; and in part it’s because there has not been much interesting I thought I could add to much of the political noise of the moment.

But one thing intrigues me about the midterms. Pretty much all the conventional wisdom is correct: midterms are about turnout; whatever party holds the presidency in a midterm tends to get hammered in Congressional elections (especially in the 6th year of a president’s term); unpopular presidents usually watch their parties lose lots and lots of seats in the House and Senate. Given all this, it’s quite likely the Democrats will lose control of the Senate, making the Congress Republican and intensifying the divided government we already have.

Still, there is one aspect of the midterms that might — might —  change the dynamic I just outlined. This is the role of social media in mobilizing unexpected turnout. See, most pollsters and pundits are anticipating that younger voters of greater demographic diversity are unlikely to vote in the Fall. And, given their historical pattern of voting, this is a perfectly reasonable assumption: young people and diverse populations tend not to vote in midterms. Since these groups tend to vote for Democratic candidates, their non-voting hurts Democrats and helps Republicans.

I will be curious to see if the social media campaign to mobilize voters who usually stay at home in the midterms works or not. From what I’ve seen, there has been a much greater social media effort in 2014 to educate and motivate voters who historically stay at home in midterms than there was in 2010. I don’t know if this will work, but I do know that if it doesn’t, Democrats are going to have a long, long, unpleasant night early next month.

Long and unpleasant. Not two words you want to put too close together in a sentence.

October 15, 2014
That’s about the size of it.
ht: ShitAcademicsSay

That’s about the size of it.

ht: ShitAcademicsSay

October 15, 2014
questionall:

Share if you want a 28th amendment to get money out of politics. Tell your senators that you support the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Thanks to Being Liberal.


Politicalprof: when, pray tell, was the magic time when “money was out of politics”?

questionall:

Share if you want a 28th amendment to get money out of politics. Tell your senators that you support the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Thanks to Being Liberal.

Politicalprof: when, pray tell, was the magic time when “money was out of politics”?

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)