When Lisa Murkowski lost her primary and decided to go write in the GOP decided to play it with kid gloves, after all they all knew her, it’s not like she was going to go and caucus with democrats…oh wait:

Dana Bash of CNN reports on Twitter that Murkowski said republicans should not count on her to be with them

Bottom line is this. If Murkowski won’t declare she will caucus with republicans we must assume a vote for Murkowski is a vote for Obama. If she is elected she will become the media darling, the “reasonable” republican that will be on every show talking “compromise”, in other words, she will be Dede.

Alaska it’s your state not mine, but this tells you the compromise candidates the GOP establishment backs are not worth a damn. Their only principle is the retention of their own power. If you choose to empower the administration by voting for Murkowski then you deserve all you get from her.

Your vote, your call and as always whatever your call on Tuesday, you will get the government you deserve.

If you missed my live blog of last night here are some photos to enjoy

Gary Rosen with Marty's Barf Bag, Sam Rossario on the Right

5 candidates in the Studio
Tom Wesley ma-2 Marty Lamb ma-3 Bill Gunn ma-1 Rodney Josephson 5th Worcester
Three Future congressmen? We'll find out in three days!
This guy went by the window last night in Costume, perfect illustration of what Obamacare did to the Democratic House
Mike, Bill Gunn, Marty Lamb, Gary, the pink call on the top is Sean Bielat
Rodney Josephson, Dan Dubrule, Peter Durant & Rich Mitchell

I actually would have liked to have had more democrats we only had about 4 out of nearly 27 candidates but its a question of energy and putting the e

I talked to Marty Lamb before he went on air. He ended up staying all night leaving at 1 a.m.

There are a lot of Democratic races around the nation that really could have used the resources that Jim McGovern has been forced to expend in defending this seat. That Big Red Wave will owe a lot to the work of Massachusetts Republicans.

The point about having no time to follow other news is something a lot of people forget, just because you see it on the net doesn’t mean a candidate running hard has the chance to.

Whenever Halloween falls on a Sunday you get three days when Catholics attend Mass in a row.

First you get the normal Sunday mass, the holy day of obligation that all Catholics should be attending. (If you call yourself Catholic and don’t attend Mass, consider calling yourself something else or get thee to confession.)

Second you have the feast of All saints, November 1st. The day where we remember those who have come before us who have fought the good fight. The canonized saint and frankly the much more numerous uncanonized saints whose presence in heaven we do not directly know of. The Anchoress nails it (no surprise)

That is a holy day of obligation that I particularly love, because there is an intimacy to it. In blustery weather, usually damp and chill, the Catholics troop to mass and remember those who came before us. It’s like spiritually visiting the graves of our beloved. We remember the stories and remember where we have come from, and that helps us to remember who we are. It helps remind us that we want to keep walking the straight, narrow path that will unite us all before the throne!

And finally All souls day Nov 2nd election day, when we remember those souls in purgatory. It is a very important day and our attention to it is both charitable (helping souls progress) and smart (the holy souls in purgatory can in fact pray for us) and pragmatic (the day may come where we may find ourselves there).

Many lazy Catholics use purgatory as their emergency backup plan (I was once one) figuring it was easier to shoot for purgatory than heaven. This is a losing proposition as you start to make excuses for your behavior, it’s nearly as bad as the “once saved” crowd (I actually knew a man who was planning on beating someone up who said it was ok because he was already saved) All souls day is a constant reminder that we need to do better, try harder and as St. Paul said, finish the race.

These are three days where Catholics should take advantage of the season to contemplate eternity and to enlist help from the Saints who have followed that path.

The more people on the left who feel the need to counter me, the more likely I’m being effective.

I am very proud to be compared to Jim Hoff who I’ve met and interviewed and is a fine Catholic Gentleman.

I look forward to the other side continuing to spend time attempting to counter me. I trust my readers to cut through the noise and see what is there.

One of the things religion gives you is the concept that reality exists, and no amount of smoke is going to change it.

12:50 a.m. Talking Iraq & Afghanistan, but also talking Iran and nuclear fuel.

12:36 a.m. Asking Marty (who is a real estate lawyer) about the housing bubble, blames Fanny and Freddie

12:31 a.m. Marty gives McGovern credit for debating and sticking with his beliefs.

12:22 a.m. Now Marty Lamb is back with us for the end.

12:14 a.m. Talking about actually making decisions when elected

11:57 p.m. questions for the candidates coming from a caller on questions 1 & 3

11:45 p.m. We are extending the show to 1 a.m!

11:35 p.m Ed McGrath (State Senate Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Franklin, Medway.) Rodney Josephson (state rep 5th Worcester district) , Peter Durant 6th Worcester (state Rep) , Dan Dubrule (state senate State Senator of the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Senatorial District) all on the air together

11:32 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for governor’s council now on

11:25 p.m. Kamal Jain explaining why we should vote yes on Question 1 and question 3

11:15 p.m. I’ll give Jim McGovern credit, like John Olver he defended his votes, he didn’t have an answer for the other dems who are running from their records but it’s not him job. Gotta love a guy who sticks to his guns!

11:05 p.m. Congressman Jim McGovern (d) for Ma-3 now on

10:52 p.m. Steve Grossman (d) candidate for Treasurer on

10:50 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for Governor’s council about to go on

10:34 p.m. Bill Campbell (r) for sec of state now on the air

10:20 p.m. Stacy McCain says that all 4 of them have a shot of winning

10:15 p.m. Stacy Mccain now calling in to join the 4 congressmen

9:48 p.m. Taking calls for the candidates

9:46 p.m. tom Wesley now joining us too ma-1 ma-2 ma-3 ma-4 all on the air at once! Bazinga!

9:39 p.m. Talking the Big Red Wave with Marty Lamb. Sean Bielat talking about democrats supporting him.

9:26 p.m. We now have Bill Gunn, Marty Lamb and Sean Bielat on the air ma-1, ma-3, ma-4

9:14 p.m. Kevin Kuros candidate for State Rep in the 8th Worcester district now up

9:09 p.m. Two of the three Sheriff candidates on the line now, just got back from interviewing Bill Gunn ma-1 in the waiting area with Marty Lamb ma-3

8:50 p.m. Talk about unusual we have both Tom Foley (d) candidate for Sheriff and Keith Nicholas (i) candidate for Worcester County Sheriff at the same time.

8:46 p.m. Jim McKenna (r) candidate for AG now on the air

8:38 p.m. Jim Henderson (i) candidate for Sec of State just on

8:25 p.m. Sen Moore says nothing is likely to happen this session on it.

8:20 p.m Sitting State Senator Dick Moore on with Mary right now.

8:15 p.m. Mary Z Connaughton candidate for State Auditor now on the line

8:10 p.m. Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) now on in the studio

8:00 p.m. Great middle eastern food tonight in the studio provided by Bagels and Kabobs at 160 Worcester Providence Turnpke Sutton Mass. Thanks to Tom Kahale.

7:58 p.m. Jen gives us the same report that canvasser have told me about knocking as a republican.

7:53 p.m. Jen Caissie candidate for Gov council now on the line, John asks her about the big red wave

7:46 p.m. Asking about Gary asks Karen about “nasty campaigning” and getting back together after the election.

7:38 p.m. Karyn Polito candidate for State Treasurer is now on the line

7:35 p.m. Kim Roy is back on

7:28 p.m. Gary Rosen asked about getting a casino, Baker talks about the Patrick not managing to do it with a friendly legislature.

7:25 p.m In the studio waiting to go on later two independent candidates: Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) and Jim Henderson (I) candidate for Sec of State no idea when we will get to them as we have a bunch of people on the line.

7:20 p.m. Asked about state workers being laid off, Baker answers: He gets this from state workers all the time and asks: Is there anyone who is a political appointment or not pulling their weight? When they answer “yes” he says “So what’s the problem?”

7:13 p.m. Baker says he has been hearing good things from Dems

7:10 p.m. Candidate for governor Charlie Baker now on the air.

7:05 p.m. We are starting with Kim Roy State Senate

Getting ready for the Red and Blue Political Horror Show

We will be having another all nighter open mic for any candidates who show up.

Conservatively Speaking and Rosen & Rossario will combine for the evening on WCRN 830 AM.

I will be live blogging and tweeting and you can listen to the steam here.

I can guarantee it will be a whole lot more interesting than the Stewart Rally was today, and believe me that’s a really low hurdle to climb.

Noticed on Twitter a new person tweeting me about ma-10 who is pushing the narrative of Jeff Perry as bad cop et/al.

the user is named TeapartyUsa1 and has under 30 followers. Most likely a paid tweet to go after republicans in the last weekend of the campaign as his tweets are directed to suggest that the GOP dislikes the candidate.

It’s a cheap but inexpensive trick and an easy way to make $8 an hour but what else can they do:

With less than a week to go before November 2, it appears that Keating’s campaign is going with a “duck and cover” strategy and hoping the liberal base will deliver on Election Day (sound familiar?). In the past two weeks, Keating has pulled out of three debates, citing “other commitments.” He is probably wise. His past performances have done little to inspire confidence.

At a breakfast forum hosted by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Keating twice said he would not have voted for the stimulus package. “I would not have supported that,” he said. “I would not have supported that particular stimulus package.” Later that day, his campaign released a statement saying that Keating “misspoke”: He would have voted for the stimulus, though he would have preferred “something more targeted to rebuilding our infrastructure.”

Keating has also flat-out refused to say whether or not he would support Nancy Pelosi for House speaker in the event that the Democrats retain their majority. When asked during a debate in Plymouth earlier this month, Keating, faced with frustrated audience members shouting, “Yes or no?” remained steadfast in his waffling, saying he would “keep an open mind.”

Meanwhile in ma-6 Tierney ducks and covers from his wife’s federal guilty plea

The Republican went after Tierney for not disclosing to the government millions of dollars that were in an account his wife managed for her brother, Robert Eremian. Eremian was indicted in August on charges that included racketeering, money laundering and operating an illegal gambling business.

“The congressman takes great pains to look at my financial disclosure report and to say that I have $1 million in Bank of America stock,” referring to information Tierney has publicized. “That’s my wife’s money. The congressman knows more about my wife than he does his own.”

In case you’ve forgotten the details:

The wife of Democratic incumbent Congressman John F. Tierney pleaded guilty today to charges she helped cover up her brother’s $7 million ownership stake in a Caribbean gambling operation by falsifying his federal tax returns.

And in ma-4 Sean Bielat raises money from the people who know Barney best:

Documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission show that in September, the Republican Bielat outraised Frank in the congressman’s hometown of Newton, $31,249 to $13,785.

He has also out-raised him overall.

And mind you these are the seats that the media is noticing. Democrats are pouring incredible amounts of money into ma-1 and ma-2 supposedly safe seats while Jim McGovern is in the fight of his life in ma-3 and Nikki Tsongas worries in ma-5.

If only democrats had tens of thousands of people to canvas today in Massachusetts to help out, oops sorry those guys are at the John Stewart Rally today.

The Big Red Wave will be a lot of fun.

Oh and expect the Wave is to hit va-9 too.

It looks like Comedy Central is REALLY trying to stage manage a successful rally:

Steve Albani:
Please note, taping for television or any other filming is strictly prohibited between 3rd and 7th Street without a media credential.

Richard Pollack sets him straight about the law:

Although it may not make any sense to you at this moment, the National Mall is not a TV set, although it may look like one.

As the former chief Washington producer for ABC’s “Good Morning America” for nine years, let me assure you that you cannot bar cameras from public walkways on the Mall. It has never happened.

And so we will be there crew and all.

It does seem a bit incredulous that a rally for “reasonableness” should exclude freely based camera crews exercising their First Amendment rights to cover your attendees walking on public property. Unless this is Prague in 1968. And unless Comedy Central own tanks. Or unless it deploys a Comedy Police with enforcement powers.

An attempt to protect their live show, or an attempt to manage news? It will be fun to see them try to stop people on public property filming and tweeting. I don’t think it will go over well with their fans. Are these people really this stupid?

I smell crashing and burning.

Update: After 2 hours of watching this I know why they were forbiding filming. It really REALLY Su*&^!

Update: Tweet of the day:

This really says it all

Attendance:

I predict a rally attended by maybe 50k maybe slightly more a ceiling of about 75k pretty close to the Freedomworks rally but nowhere near Beck’s. Stewart is a legitimate star as is Colbert, the idea of what their fans consider and “open air show” and what the establishment left consider their best chance to convince their base that they have a chance will help bump the numbers up porta potty issue or no.

The Draw

The draw will come in three flavors. The primary flavor that decided to go right at the start will be college age Comedy Central fans. They are coming for fun, and if Arianna Huffington and Oprah want to pay their way so much the better. Their purpose is not primarily political (although some might have strong political beliefs) they are there for a good time, some partying and the hope of getting laid. (yeah that’s blunt but true)

The secondary flavor will be the Democratic political class/Unions. There are the hardcore dems who hope to use this rally in the way that OneNation was supposed to be used, to convince the democratic base that they have momentum. They are aware that the MSM are going to do their best to advance this narrative so Union leaders and Various activists will compel their membership to go. I suspect they will be dwarfed by the first flavor and will find the Stewart fans a whole lot less enthusiastic for what they are selling.

The final flavor will be the true believes like the lady I met in Newton two weeks ago they believe in Obama, Obamacare, global warming, cap and trade, etc. This includes a lot of the socialist groups that attended one nation in the hopes of getting joiners contributes. They will be the smallest group and their reaction will be based on how they look at it. Publicly they will talk numbers and be “inspired”, privately they will notice that the non-activists have very little interest in their causes. Watch their body language when they get home, it will speak volumes.

The Show

This I have absolutely no idea about, don’t know what Stewart is planning, how he is planning it, how much will be comedy and how he intends to do it. Since his primary shtick is to play off of others I don’t know how he does that. Will he show parts of the Beck rally and comment? Will he try to parody bits and pieces of it? Will Colbert do a fake Beck while Stewart laughs at him? I’m presuming that he has good writers but there is a difference between writing for a live show with an audience that he can’t predict vs a studio audience. I’m presuming Stewart’s team is likely to and has been collaborating as much as possible with the democratic left to whatever degree they can without risking their brand. I also trust Stewart’s team will make sure that there is not trash left everywhere.

The Media

The media is in the worst of all positions. They support this march and the goals of all three groups. They will be portraying the march in the most favorable light possible, but people from the right will be there with cameras and phones tweeting so they are in a box. If the attendance numbers are VERY low then they will be very embarrassed since the story will be of an epic fail. If the air photo is smaller than Beck’s by degrees as I suspect they will be it will be used against the media as it portrays it as a win. If there is drunkenness and public nastiness then it is going to be shown by conservatives but ignored by the media. If the crowd gets too rowdy and/or destructive then the story and the narrative goes very astray. I don’t know if CSPAN will cover the rally, if they do then watch out. Bottom line, the media has a narrative they have already written and are hoping for, everything will depend on how far from that narrative that the actual event goes.

The End Result
Bill Press is exactly right in on respect, activists here are wasted instead of being in the field. A lot of the young people there frankly are not likely to be getting OTHERS out to vote and I suspect the greatest quantities are already coming from the bluest of areas. This is not going to create any actual votes but it might allow the media to try to push a narrative of democratic momentum in the last 48 hours.

In the end The Sunday and Monday shows will be all over this, if it is a success they will trumpet it, if it mediocre they will pretend it is a success, if it is a failure and/or an embarrassment then they will declare it simply a comedy show and nothing else. The problem for the media however is they no longer have the monopoly on the message and the alternative message will be getting out in real-time via twitter and the blogs.

What started as a show/publicity stunt has basically become a high stakes risk for Stewart and Comedy Central. If they make democrats look bad he will find there is plenty of room under the Obama/Democratic bus. If he pulls it off then he will have even more power then the left has already ceded him. God help him if it is boring.

I will know if I’m right within 48 hours, so will you.

BTW how telling is it that there is not a single Memeorandum thread on this subject at this time 7:48 a.m. Could it be that the media has already decided it will not pan out and is starting to downplay it?

Update: One thing I neglected to mention. Politics aside Stewart’s primary goals for the rally are tied up with fans of the show and the audience there. The lefts & the media’s goals (I know redundant) are tied up with the viewing public not there.

Update 2: My God that was boring. He did however draw more folks then I thought but not nearly as many as Beck.

Update 3: Pajamas Media has some more and wider shot photos and better methodology (including the ridiculous CBS stuff) Still not as much Beck but still pretty impressive. This quote is vital:

Big name acts, extensive crowd control, rules against video or audio taping even with your cell phone, boring political speeches … this wasn’t a rally, this was a U2 concert!

And that tells us the real story: they held a rock/comedy concert, with pro acts including two of the hottest TV comedians around, and professional production, with free admission and with Arianna Huffington paying for bus rides — and no matter what you think a “dense” crowd is, it was still only about six-tenths of Beck’s open-air church service.

Actually I thought the acts were so so (I thought the dueling trains stuff was very clever) but I think the real question that I still don’t have a good answer on is the composition. I’ll keep digging

Stacy McCain is on the road again planning to hit Va, Tenn and Ga races in the final weekend to see what is going on.

In Va-9 where Morgan Griffith is the GOP standard-bearer the news from Stacy’s latest for the American Spectator sounds very familiar in more ways than one:

First democrats running from their record, and attacking instead? Check.

The problem with that strategy, it seems, is that Republican ideas of free enterprise and less government aren’t nearly as “discredited” as Democrats had hoped. And so the Democrats adopted two basic tactics: Accuse Republicans of favoring heinous policies (like “shipping jobs overseas”) and unload opposition-research files that highlight negative personal information about GOP challengers.

Use faux “3rd party” candidates to drain votes? Check.

Here in Virginia’s 9th District, businessman Jeremiah Heaton is on the ballot as an independent candidate. As Virginia conservative blogger Jerry Furhman notes, Heaton doesn’t seem to be running against the incumbent Boucher, but instead “has chosen to devote his every energy to attacking the Republican in this race.”

And finally panic:

With four days left until Election Day, the Griffith campaign is gearing up a series of get-out-the-vote rallies across the district. Griffith is running hard. But it looks like Boucher is running scared.

This sounds an awful lot like the last road trip.

Expect democrats nationwide to rinse and repeat for the rest of the election season to try to stop the big red wave.

Lisa Murkowski managed to get a favorable court ruling to get the write-in list to the voters.

Dan Riehl noticed that the rules to get on the write-in list were, pretty loose.

so one blog post later and Presto

Michael Ames (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Daryl D. Anderson (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Tigran A. “Tig” Andrew (Republican) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Susan J. Apling-Gilman (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
David J. Arduser (Republican) – Write-in – Denied – did not meet age requirement
Kevin Austin (Republican) – Write-in
Lawrence W. “Larry” Austin (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Carita Backman (Republican) – Write-in
Keith Barkwood (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Michelle A. Barnes (Republican) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Thomas Baxter (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
David E. Beeman (Republican) – Write-in
Vicky L. Beeman (Republican) – Write-in
LaVonne Boyd (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
David Boyle (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Red K. Bradley (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Richard O. Braun (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
William P. “Bill” Brownfield (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Ken Bullard (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Linda Bullard (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Richard O. Burns (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Michael Butler (Republican) – Write-in
Vern Carlson (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Tim Carter (Non-Affiliated) Nominating Petition Candidate
PO Box 435
Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone: (907) 947-9911
e-mail: tcarter1940@yahoo.com
Candidate’s web site: http://www.carterforsenate.org
Curtis G. Champagne (Republican) – Write-in
Elizabeth A. Cherry (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
John P. Collinge (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Fred W. “Bill” Colson (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Gary C.L. Cox (Republican) – Write-in
DaRae K. Crews (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Margaret A. “Maggie” Crowell (Republican) – Write-in
Lisa L. Crusberg (Rrepublican) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Guy A. Cummins (Democrat) – Write-in

That’s only up to the letter “C” Smitty comments:

Perhaps Lisa, Arlen Specter, and Charlie Crist can come together and found the “It’s Our Party And We’ll Cry If We Want To Party”.

and the MSM got it wrong:

Just hours before the final deadline, more than 100 Alaskans came out Thursday to file as write-in candidates in an effort to thwart Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bid to retain her Senate seat.

At the urging of a local talk radio host, scores of people signed up to be write-in candidates with the Alaska Division of Elections before registration closed. …

But Dan corrects them

She mentioned the idea to me on a phone call, then I called some friends in Alaska to see if it was feasible. I learned we only had 24 hours, so I called my colleagues from Breitbart Media. Ultimately, that led to this Big Government post on the topic.

I sent it to some blogger friends, Ace is one who picked up on it. A reader of Ace’s placed a link to the Big Government item in comments at Just One Minute – pointing it out to a resident of Alaska.

Then that JOM reader went down and registered, calling the radio station afterward. They recounted the complete story in comments at JOM. See how easy reporting can be, my friend?

Dan you are a genius!

I have always been a sucker for knuckeball pitchers, from Hoyt Wilhelm, to Charlie Hough to Tom Candiotti to Wilbur Wood and of course the Niekro Brothers.

When Tim Wakefield almost won the 1992 playoffs vs Atlanta for Pittsburgh I was impressed.

When the Red Sox picked him up I was thrilled.

Wakefield has started and relieved and has been an innings machine. People underestimate the value of such a role, it saves many arms in the bullpen.

Wakefield is one of the most beloved pitchers in the history of the franchise. Who else could give up the series losing Home run in 2003 and be embraced the very next year?


Live at 5 reports
that Tim Wakefield has won the Clemente award this year.

I’m loving it.

A lot of people are breathless on Cook’s moving Barney Frank from “likely democrat” to “lean democrat”.

Anyone who has been actually paying attention to this race on the ground has seen for weeks that all the momentum has been Sean Bielat way.

Anyone looking at Bumper stickers in the state over the last two years noticed a change.

Anyone looking at the competitive REPUBLICAN primaries and a VERY successful write in campaign with little or no state GOP help knew that something was happening.

Anyone who has been doing calling and canvasing in Massachusetts knows that unenrolled (Independents) are breaking Republican all over the state, and 51% of the people in this state are registered “unenrolled”.

The Big Red Wave is coming and it will wash over this state up and down the tickets, only the considerable number of 3rd party candidates (have they had some help?) put some of the republican wins in doubt. I’ve been making this case for a month and people have discounted it.

It’s going to be a long night for the donkeys and Massachusetts is not going to provide a whole lot of comfort.

Pat Austin at one of our Blogs of the Month links to Victor Hanson’s piece on Wikileaks.

Note also that there is no attempt at systematic or coherent leaking. WikiLeaks mostly targets the West. It may now and then leak to us something about dastardly behavior by an African or Chinese bureau or religious sect, but it really does not tend to uncover things about the Russian, Iranian, Cuban, or Chinese armed forces in any way commensurate with its fixation on the U.S. military. It either has no wish to, has no means to, or is very afraid of the consequences — in the fashion of the reaction to the Danish cartoons — should it choose to do so.

VDH is being diplomatic, Pat decides not to dance around the issue

Call me naive, but could someone explain to me how it’s not treasonous when he’s endangering the lives and revealing the secrets and methods of our U.S. military operations?

That’s a real good question, since he is not (to my knowledge) a US citizen then it is not treason per-se, but any serviceman or person in the government who leaked said information is guilty of treason, and should be subject to the hangman.

Mr. Assange is an enemy of the US and should be treated accordingly.

Blunt enough for you?

Tuesday at the debate I was talking Big Red Wave with an aide to a republican candidate for statewide office, although he was feeling highly confident on his local race when I said to him that the wave would be even bigger.

I started mentioning the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen in district after district he was unimpressed.

When I brought up Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coon’s sudden Volte Face he immediately dismissed me as ignorant and my opinion unworthy.

Well if all he sees are polls like this that’s one thing, but then there is stuff like this:

Yesterday, a poll went around showing Christine O’Donnell just five points behind Commie Coons in Delaware’s Senate race. This SORT OF explains the weird amount of time the White House has been spending in a slam dunk blue state.

But, Democrats are ferociously attacking CoD as hard as they attacked Scott Brown in Massachusetts. If she is so far behind, what is the point in beating up on this woman?

This is anecdotal, but I think I know why they are doing this…just like with Hottie McAwesome there are internals showing O’Donnell ahead.

Today I talked to a friend from Team Hillary who is a big Dem fundraiser. He told me that for the last week or so the DNC has been at DEFCON 1 leaning HARD on the rainmakers because they are terrified of a CoD win in Delaware.

and this:

We have seen reliable polling that shows O’Donnell is within single digits, and Coons can’t break 50%. What is more, these polls rely on a turn-out model that is relatively conservative and, contrary to what pundits think, a much higher than normal turn-out could mean the polls are off by as much as 5-6 or more points. In the primary, most polls showed O’Donnell down by a few or tied, however she won by 6 points, a figure higher than most of the pre-vote polls and outside of their margin of error.

Why is this happening, and why might the pundits, once again, have egg on their face on election day?

Voters in Delaware are learning from reliable internet sources, despite a near blackout by the elite political press, more and more about Coons and his record.

One is right and one is wrong, but I can’t forget the Globe polls that showed Martha Coakley up 15 points:

Coakley’s lead grows to 17 points – 53 percent to 36 percent – when undecideds leaning toward a candidate are included in the tally. The results indicate that Brown has a steep hill to climb to pull off an upset in the Jan. 19 election. Indeed, the poll indicated that nearly two-thirds of Brown’s supporters believe Coakley will win.

and of course my favorite of all newspaper quotes:

The Mainstream media knows all

Somebody is right here and somebody is wrong here, by this time next week we will find out.

Update: Of course liberals always use these tactics when up 15 pts don’t they?

…and briefly commented on it.

They did not show the RedState video. My son was going on about the “foot stomp” until I showed him the video


and asked what the secret service would have done if it was Obama’s car as Red State says:

So please, condemn head-stomping. Condemn violence. But don’t let the media and the left create a fiction of violent mobs of right-wingers. They’ve been pitching that line since the health care town hall meetings last summer. It has yet to be true.

That well known radical Ann Althouse (who voted for a certain sitting president) says this:

3. The MoveOn.org woman came to the event to create an incident and caused the Ron Paul’s supporters to worry about his safety, so that violent incident was prompted by the urge to defend, in which case even that one incident isn’t a data point that fits the gapingly empty template.

4. “A person in a disguise, carrying a sign from a radical organization, tries to push through the crowd to hand a political opponent an unknown object. What would the Secret Service have done to her?”
Indeed!

And Legal Insurrection says this:

My instincts also tell me also that the criminal charges against the “stomper” will not stick because he will claim (as he has) that he viewed Valle as a threat to Paul, and that he was trying to keep her down until the police could arrive.

Doug Ross plays stop the film and Gateway reports that the press has been so good for the left they they’ve decided to go long on charging candidates.

Ed Driscoll’s post is “Shhh No one tell MSNBC” and apparently nobody has.

In fairness they haven’t made a big fuss that I saw, but giving the bit without the context reinforces a false narrative. I’ve defended Morning Joe in general and Joe Scarborough when fellow conservatives have hit, because I maintain that other than blind spots on Palin and Afghanistan he’s not bad. I expect him to come through and point out the context and at least mention the media double standard.

Bottom line, the full story is available online, MSNBC in general and Morning Joe in particular has as much excuse for ignoring it as the do for ignoring the Ken Gladney story.

There are two shows before election day. I’m hoping my faith is not misplaced.

That is the single biggest take away line from the Jon Stewart / President Obama appearance on comedy central:

“You ran on very high rhetoric, hope and change, and the Democrats this year seem to be running on, ‘Please baby, one more chance’,’’ Mr. Stewart said at one point. At another, he asked the president if he was now running on “Yes we can, with certain conditions.’’

Mr. Obama replied, “I think I would say, ‘Yes we can, but –“

Yes we can BUT!

With a slick sales pitch you can get people to go to a new restaurant, but if the food stinks, it doesn’t matter how you sell it they’re not coming back.

When even the NYT can’t spin this positive you know the game is up.

At What if (One of our featured blogs of the Month) Peg links to an Ed Koch column that sees what I do:

It is for these reasons, I believe, the coming November tsunami will roll across America and give the Republicans, who are undeserving of the honor, control of both Houses. The American public is enraged and wants to punish those who have been in charge of the country. They know those who will replace incumbents may be as bad or worse, but they also believe they can’t do any greater damage.

Koch is more sure of the Big Red Wave than Peg is but look at the emphasis in the excerpt.

When I’ve told people that the tea party doesn’t trust the republicans, I’ve been laughed at. People on the left totally believe the tea party is a wholly owned totally bought subsidiary of the GOP. At the 9/12 rally when I plunged into the crowd NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN IT WHEN ASKED SAID THEY TRUSTED THE GOP and all said that if the GOP kept spending they would be back to protest them.

I have faith in the Big Red Wave, it’s the Grand Old Party that worries me.

Well it’s been 48 hours since that last post I’m sure it’s was just a blip on the scene of the national election:

Thirty-four more people will be charged with voter fraud in Hennepin County in the 2008 election, County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday, bringing the total cases of alleged abuse to 47 for that election year.

Freeman’s office announced the decision a week after the county sheriff announced voting-related charges against seven people, most of whom are accused of registering to vote while ineligible

Minnesota, wasn’t that where after court cases and recount after recount democrats managed to find enough votes to elect Al Franken?

And anyway this is an old case just as this one is and anyway just because one teachers group knew about a stolen election doesn’t mean they are still stealing them does it?

There also seem to be some “interesting” people working on it:

its voter drive is being run by Amy Busefink, an ACORN employee under indictment in Nevada for violating election laws. It might be understandable for an employer not to fire an employee until she is actually convicted of a crime, but this is ridiculous. Busefink should not be running a voter drive.

Busefink and another ACORN employee, Christopher Edwards, were charged with by the state of Nevada with “26 felony counts of voter fraud and 13 of providing unlawful extra compensation to those registering voters.” Edwards pleaded guilty and the trial of Busefink and ACORN is set to begin November 26.

Just because they were doing something shady in the past, doesn’t mean shady things are being done now does it?

Why would a campaign chair and a state-dem committee volunteer take out a Post-Office box to collect completed absentee ballots? Wouldn’t it be cleaner to distribute them however the dems wanted to, and then to have them mailed directly to the elections folks? One less set of fingerprints to suggest chicanery.

Why would a woman on the dem mailing list, who tossed every letter telling her about getting an absentee ballot from these folks, subsequently learn that an absentee ballot was issued in her name?

Pennsylvania eh quite a coincidence all this isn’t it and of course there is the background video on the stomping stuff that the left pretends doesn’t exist.

And in California some longtime lawmakers seem rather ignorant of the law:

Make sure to read the letter, which promises students “extra credit” and credit for fulfilling “class volunteer hours” — and recommends that government and social studies teachers share this video with their students:

the letter is here and perhaps in pre-internet days it would escape notice, but now there are groups watching for fraud.

But will all of it stop the Big Red Wave? ?Well in some states maybe, but I suspect there are certain districts that have fallen so far under the radar that the left may not realize they need stealing.

I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that people simply don’t understand how but this is going to be, I still get people dismissing me, saying I don’t have hard numbers just the anecdotal evidence and simple logic (such as the fact that a guy actually up 11 points doesn’t do a 180 on taxes).

Does this mean that Delaware is going red and that Calif and NY gov races are still in play. I’d bet against NY myself, but it means that it is going to take a whole lot more than a last-minute frat party to save this election for democrats.

Update: And more

Update 2: Red State’s suggestion: Americans start your cameras!

The GOP may be the enemy but the Flemish Menace continues to plot:

A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly trying to help Al Qaeda plan multiple bombings around the nation’s capital, according to U.S. officials.

Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested today by the FBI and charged with providing material support to terrorists and collecting information for a terrorist attack.

Farooque Ahmed? HA we know his real name is: Dirk Jenkin Cornelis Niclays Van Dyke, yet another radical lee-lander and nothing at all to do with Al Qaeda or Islam which we all know is actually a religion of peace

They can’t fool us.

Yesterday’s debate was not broadcast live, but I got every question and statement so without further ado here is the forum:

The rules explained:

Opening Statement Bill Gunn (R):

Key Line: “People working is not a government revenue enhancing program, it is a people revenue enhancing program”
Continue reading “Yesterday’s Debate the video”

Still preparing the full videos of yesterday’s debate but this statement from Bill Gunn expresses perfectly the difference between conservatives and liberals and liberalism

“I offer you the difference between the three candidates today. I offer you on the one hand a candidate that respects liberty, respects freedom, respects the potential of every individual to attain heights only imaginable. I offer on the other hand candidates that want to dictate to you what healthcare you must have or not have, what you can and cannot to, and will sentence your children to a life of mediocrity.”

If anyone has put the choice in this election better, I haven’t heard it

Here is the video

All three candidates graciously agreed to speak to me after the debate:

It was quite a thing to hear a democrat actually defend Obamacare and not talk about repeal, it was almost refreshing. If you’re going to vote for something; own it!

This was my first meeting with Mr. Engel, he is a good advocate for ideas that I totally disagree with

Gunn pointed out Olver has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV. He will be running some TV but could use about 40K to try to compete with Congressman Olver’s volume and put him over, can you help? if you can Click Here to contribute.

Last night the three candidates in my district, the first Massachusetts met in a debate in Gardner.

The crowd start to file in, all the seats would be full at the start

I saw several things I haven’t seen before. It was in a small area at Mt. Wachusett Community College (not even the main auditorium).

John Olver with aide before the debate

About 120 people attended to see a debate that was very different that what we’ve seen on TV nationwide.

Bill Gunn talks to a supporter before the start

First of all, there was no name calling

The Debate ended with a friendly handshake that was actually friendly

Second of all Congressman Olver DIDN’T run away from Obamacare or the Bailouts, or anything else, it was quite a change to see a democrat be an unapologetic democrat

The candidates and the moderator

Thirdly the 3rd party candidate is actually to the left of John Olver (and when the dem is a former professor at UMass Amherst that’s hard to do.)
Gunn and Engel disagree strongly but get along very well

On the issues Olver defended Obamacare, and the bailouts, he also touted projects he had brought home. On style he appeared every one of his 74 years, with some long pauses in between
Olver's mike seemed too high, he is REALLY tall

Bill Gunn went back over and over to the Constitution and returning control to the states, he attacked Obamacare as a monstrosity and stressed the power of the free market to solve issues
Bill Gunn Republican for Ma-1

Michael Engel attacked both Obamacare and the free market saying that government needs to partner with business, he suggested democrats were actually in bed with Big insurance and CEOs.

Michael Engel looking for another New Deal

The best part of the exchange, the candidates had dramatically different positions on almost every issue and expressed and defended them. It was some of the most substantive and informative mixed events I’ve seen and was a real service to the district. There was a really clear choice for the voters.

The worst part was the size of the venue, the shortness of the debate (only 1 hour) and that it was not broadcast live so many of the voters in the district likely would not see it. (I’ll fix that today)

On style Engel’s answers were the crispest, Gunn was close behind and Congressman Olver tended to ramble a little, on Substance, take your pick, agree or disagree all gave answers with substance.

This was a solid event, the crowd was well-behaved, the candidates stong in their beliefs and the questions relevant. The district would be well served to see this type of event every other day all over the area.

I talked to Paul Caruccio on Saturday about his campaign:

For those who think the governor’s council is not important, consider they approve selections for the courts, and think about how much grief the country has gotten due to a single vote on the Massachusetts supreme court.

Oh and the reason why I don’t name the district is these districts don’t correspond to any others in the state, quite confusing.

I talked to Jim Henderson candidate independent candidate for Sec of state on Saturday

There are a lot of 3rd party candidates all over the place and it looks like they might be getting some unexpected help. But actually it’s the oldest tactic in the book, but will it stop the big red wave?

An amazing sequence of events took place in the last hour that might have an incredible impact.

By now you’ve heard the Mike Pezzano stomping incident at the debate last night. Joe Scarborough being a reasonable man tweeted this:

Joe Objects to the stomping

Being a rather snarky fellow I answered thus:

Ken Gladney Snark

Joe being a reasonable person (no matter what some people say) was Gobsmacked!

The light dawns! Joe asks Gladney questions

The fact is the right side of the blogosphere has known and written about this for almost a year, but the MSM never touched it. Why, because I suspect news directors ignored it knowing what the beating of a black tea party person at a rally by a White supporter of the president during the healthcare debate would do. So I followed up a bunch of tweets including:

and

and

and

and

My own links and mentions of the Gladney story

Lets quote RCP:

Last week, a black gentleman named Kenneth Gladney went to a town-hall meeting hosted by Rep. Russ Carnahan, Missouri Democrat. While passing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags, he was viciously attacked by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members. One called him a “nigger.”

These union thugs were directed by the White House to go to the protests and “punch back twice as hard.” And they did.

While the attack was captured on video and is available on YouTube, Mr. Gladney’s horrifying story is absent from MSNBC’s 24/7 media cycle. Mr. Krugman has yet to write about it. And Mr. Cooper has yet to condemn the attack.

And here is Instapundit’s archives, and Gateway Pundit’s it’s a Gladney palooza.

Bottom line is this. Before today Joe Scarborough had no idea about the Ken Gladney case. Now he does.

What if anything he chooses to DO with this information will say an awful lot about the MSM.

As the Big Red Wave continues to grow some odd coincides seem to be talking place:

In Arizona:

Here’s what the article doesn’t tell you, by a source in the Yuma County Recorder’s Office:

* These 3000 voter registration forms were all dropped off at once by the one group on the deadline to turn in voter registration forms.
* Almost all of the registrations were for the Democratic Party, a statistical improbability at best.
* Today, these same 3000 newly registered voters — as a group — had papers dropped off at the Yuma Recorder’s office requesting to be signed up for the permanent early voters list… which means the ballots will be mailed early, with no accountability.
* The Yuma Recorder’s office is checking the voter registration forms and have found that already more than 65% of them are invalid due to the registrant not being a citizen, wrong/invalid address, false signature, etc.

Well its not as Mi Familia is the same as the SEIU…oh wait:

Mi Familia Vota is one of two groups that reportedly registered thousands of new voters in and around Yuma last week.

Mi Familia Vota’s Arizona HQ address is 3707 N. 7th Street, Suite 100 in Phoenix

The address of SEIU Arizona is…um, 3707 N. 7th Street, Suite 100 in Phoenix.

Maybe it’s a really, really big suite?

Well it’s not as if this is happening in other states too, oh wait: Colorado:

A federal judge declined to force the secretary of state to reactivate approximately 6,000 new voters whose registrations were canceled under Colorado’s 20-day rule.

In a decision issued Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge John L. Kane denied a motion for a preliminary injunction that was requested by several labor and voting-rights groups.

When a new voter registers in Colorado, the secretary of state mails a nonforwardable notice of disposition that the voter’s registration has been received. If the notice comes back undeliverable in the mail, then clerks deem the voter’s registration inactive within 20 days.

Well I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that these registrations coudn’t verify an address, it’s not as if Democrats are using “walking around money” to get votes out or something…oh wait Pennsylvania: Philly to be precise

Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Chariman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, was on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell this morning. He was explaining how the Philadelphia machine was working to ensure Joe Sestak’s victory in the closely watched Senate race in Pennsylvania. Ms Mitchell asked, “What is the secret here to turn out? In the old days, the old machine days, what we called ‘walking around money,’ handing out money to get people to vote. Is it still the case? What do you do, what is the magic in Philadelphia?”

Rep. Brady (who looks and sounds like he came right out of central casting for the part of shady, party boss) shockingly acknowledged that the cash-on-the-streets strategy is not an antiquity but still part of the Democratic Machine’s playbook in 2010: “We still have the street money and we’re very knowledgeable,” he said.

Well that a big city it’s not as if actual voting irregularities are taking place…oh wait Las Vegas:

Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.

Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

“Something’s not right,” Ferrara said. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong.”

Well we know Las Vegas is a wide open town it’s not like its going on in places like North Carolina or something

A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended.

Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.

“They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”

Paper Ballots anyone.

I’m absolutely positive that it is just a coincidence that all of these examples are democratic examples as they are in a dead panic over a tough election?

As Roxeanne DeLuca and Bob Belvadere reminded us about 3 weeks ago:

we don’t just need to mathematically get more votes than the Democrats; we need to win by enough so that they can’t steal elections from us.

Keep that in mind the moment you are tempted to slack off.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn, oh and some DaTechGuy on DaRadio updates, if you already reserved Ad time please send your script for your ad if we are producing it or your tape if you are not at your earliest convenience. If you haven’t signed up for ads and would like to buy some time (a fifteen sec ad is only $20) or if you want more info email me at DATECHGUY at Comcast DOT net.

And he’s right about paper ballots, bulky stuff is hard to hide in an age where everyone has a camera, he also adds Dallas to the city list.

As he is won’t to do, Glenn Reynolds notes sales on Amazon and mentioned that the Andy Griffith show is discounted. To nobody’s surprise Glenn’s readers who have noticed Griffith’s shilling for Obamacare have been unimpressed.

Reader Jim Breed writes: “Does the Andy Griffith series have the episode where Andy approves as Dr. Obama gives Aunt Bea the blue pill?” Heh.

And reader Paul Beardsleee writes: “I always enjoy seeing your pointers to Amazon deals. I think I’ll pass on the Andy Griffith Show boxed set. Seeing ‘Sheriff Taylor’ shill for Obamacare makes me wonder whether Barney Fife needs to go all Serpico on his boss.”

Griffith’s fame comes from a time when there was less separation from the public image and the private beliefs of actors. Griffith make a famous video in favor of then candidate Obama with Henry Winkler and Ron Howard before the election and he donated his time to support Obamacare on the air.

Now the Andy Griffith was a pretty good show and at his age (84) I suspect he isn’t all that much worried about the bit of residuals those sales will bring, but I’ll wager a few other members of the cast and their descendents might not be so happy.

Update: Literally a bad link, was linked to the picture of a link, fixed, Thanks Dave

The economy is driving this election but the world’s crises haven’t taken the election off:

Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that leaders have touted as defying of international efforts to curtail the country’s nuclear ambitions.

So Mr. President how’s that new respect around the world thingy working for ya?

Update: It might be worse then it sounds, talked to a scientist friend who said that this will give Iran an easy source of Plutonium for a bomb with a lot less effort or industrial need than a simple Uranium bomb. The only way to strop it? Blow it up! Paging Israel!

It looks like yet another member of the Religion of Peace The Flemish Menace has discovered a way to attack the US:

A New York-born man tried to join U.S. forces so he could desert and “wage war” against them for the Taliban or other radical groups abroad, according to the FBI.

Abdel Hamdeed Shehadeh, 21, who now lives in Hawaii, has been charged with lying to federal agents by denying that he wanted to do fighting against the U.S. military, NBC News reported.

Well yeah Abdel Hamdeed Shehadeh may SOUND Islamic but dig deep enough and I’ll bet you will find his real name is Jooris Cornelis Gheeraert de Thoseyn or something.

And did you know that Jihad is actually a Flemish term? Nothing at all to do with anything remotely Islamic.

So don’t let people fool you. There is no such thing as radical Islam, it’s the Flemish menace I tell you!

Your guide to the Flemish Menace!

After all this post doesn’t sound like any kind of a Joke. Does it?

One of my pet peeves is politics is the idea that you can’t be tough on a woman in a debate or candidate forum. I’ve seen questions and commentary for years where people go after men for being too tough on a woman during a debate, in an attack ad etc etc etc.

This just drives me nuts. If a person is competing for a political position, they are competing for a position, not as a “man” or a “woman” but as a citizen. I expect any candidate running for public office to be able to take it. This isn’t beanbag, a public office is a public trust and nobody is going to hold your hand when the going gets rough.

You can either serve in the office or not, you can either take the heat or you can not and if you can’t then do something else.

(BTW the quote above is from an issue of the Justice League from the 80’s. There was a character called Booster Gold who was from the future. During one of the fights of heroes vs villains, a female villain is cornered by Booster Gold, strikes a very feminine pose and asks: “You wouldn’t hit a woman would you?” He says, well you see… the next panel is the word BAM and the third panel is him giving that explanation in the title to the now floored villain who groggily answers: “Thanks for explaining that to me.”)

My youngest is not old enough to vote yet but my oldest is. (His first ballot cast was for Scott Brown).

He asked me if government would just raise other taxes if Question 3 is passed, so I gave him the easiest explanation I could give, government is like his younger brother. To wit:

  • Me: “If you give your brother $20 how much of it will he spend?”
  • Oldest: “$20”
  • Me: “If you give your brother $10 how much of it will he spend?”
  • Oldest: “$10”
  • Me: “So if you don’t want your brother to blow his money, do you give him a $20 or a $10?”
  • Oldest: I guess I’ll vote “Yes” on question 3.

It’s all in the presentation