Yesterday I found myself after I got home surfing through the free movie channel from Comcast and noticed The Verdict a movie I remembered from 1982.

It was a great picture with Jack Warden as Newman’s friend who arranged an easy settlement case for the down and out drinking lawyer played by Newman. There is a sequence in the film that is one of the turning points. Ambulance chaser Newman is being offered a settlement on the case and the following exchange takes place:

Frank Galvin: How did you settle on the amount?
Bishop Brophy: We thought it was just.
Frank Galvin: You thought it was just?
Bishop Brophy: Yes.
Frank Galvin: Because it struck me, um, how neatly ‘three’ went into this figure: 210,000….

eventually he thinks it over and decides he can’t settle, he dramatic speech ends thus:

…I came here to take your money. I brought snapshots to show you so I could get your money. I can’t do it; I can’t take it. ‘Cause if I take the money I’m lost. I’ll just be a… rich ambulance chaser. I can’t do it. I can’t take it.

Just a reminder to the young, you could live pretty good for a couple of years on $70k in 1982.

What does this have to do with Sarah Palin? Just this:

There are a lot of people with their hands out waiting for Sarah Palin to run. They are political consultants, staff folk etc , people who make big money as consultants pocketing the contributions that ordinary Americans and rich donors make to campaigns. Sarah Palin has made more money in the last two years then she did in the time before the 2008 elections. If she runs she will draw an incredible amount of campaign donations from people who love her and these guys are looking at those figures and dividing by 3.

I want Sarah Palin to run not because she is the only great choice to be the president this country needs, (Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann would certainly qualify as well) but I think she is the best choice as a leader to take the country in the right direction. That’s why I’d like her to run.

Unfortunately I suspect a lot of professional consultants, including some close to her, want her to run because they see a meal ticket that will keep them in cigars and whiskey for years.

Nobody who doesn’t have a healthy ego considers running for President. I’m sure she has a healthy ego and is confident in herself and her ability and I’ve already predicted she will run and win, but as she makes her final decision, I would hope she takes this piece of advice from an admirer:

Make sure you are running for yourself, not for those around you. You are a young woman and the White House will still be there for many years and if you choose to wait. None of us will think any less of it.

Above all pray on it and make sure the voice you hear whispering in your ear is the one you think it is.

Good Luck and God bless.

As Roxeanne pointed out yesterday Peter Durant won YET AGAIN in the Worcester 6th district this time by practically a landslide, 56 votes!

If I was a more cynical man I’d say this was the the deciding factor:

With observers from the U.S. Department of Justice in Southbridge looking to ensure the integrity of the ballot process…

Additionally people from the secretary of state’s office, Empower Massachusetts,and the Tea party were on hand to keep an eye on what was going on.

Democrats only had a single seat in play, as opposed to races that they were worried about up and down the ballot so a clean election isn’t expensive, but consider; even with two ringers independent candidates in the race Durant wins by 56 votes as opposed to 1.

Republican Peter J. Durant of Spencer last night ended state Rep. Geraldo Alicea’s tenure at two terms with an apparent 3,325-to-3,269 victory in a special election for the 6th Worcester District House seat.

Independent Peter J. Boria of Charlton placed a distant third with 1,275 votes, but finished second in his hometown. Independent Robert J. Cirba of Spencer had 71 votes.

I suspect the Telegram story concerning the Southbridge city clerk easily cost Alicea enough votes to lose, but if you really want to find the difference in this race it’s this figure:

6,587

That’s each candidate’s total vote in November.  That means that 5234 fewer votes were cast than last time around.

Now I suspect there was some funny business going on last fall, but I’m pretty sure that it didn’t amount to 39% of the total vote.

Even if we rashly assume that every one of the votes for the two ringers independent candidates would have gone to Durant that means that 1916 Durant voters didn’t show up and 3309 Alicea votes didn’t show up.

If you are a democrat unhappy with this result but didn’t vote yesterday, blame yourself.  If you are a Durant supporter who voted in November but stayed home yesterday all I have to say is, you’re damn lucky.

Well it took a lot of lawyers, cracked and broken election boxes, and some interesting handling of ballots during a recount but the Democratic machine managed to get the result they were looking for:

A Worcester Superior Court judge is ordering a new election for a contested Massachusetts House seat after ruling the November contest ended in a tie.

The ruling by Justice Richard Tucker means Democratic incumbent Geraldo Alicea of Charlton will again face off against Republican challenger Peter Durant of Spencer.

An earlier recount of had placed Durant one vote ahead.

But Tucker ruled a single uncounted vote for Alicea should be included in the official tally, ending in a tie.

Of course the democratic legislature might just choose to steal the election outright:

Representative Michael T. Moran, a Boston Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature’s Election Laws Committee, said the judge’s ruling would now be reviewed by a special House committee of two Democrats and one Republican.

The committee will make a recommendation about next steps to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, he said. “The strongest option is to have a reelection,’’ Moran said. “But you have to look at everything.’’

“It’s fair to say this is extremely, extremely rare, and it poses a whole set of different issues and problems,’’ Moran said.

Red Mass. Group:

The correct answer for Moran would have been, “we have asked the Secretary of State to schedule the election for as early a date as possible.” He did not say that. Leaving the door open to the seating of Alicea.

Speaker Deleo and the rest of the Legislature should know that we the people of Massachusetts will march on the State House if they pull this again. As recent events in the Middle East have shown 2011 is a whole lot different than 2000 or 2001. Through the internet we can easily organize demonstrations, and they will be held.

This is what happens when you have a one party state. Remember we have done this to ourselves.

According to this fellow something that he accuses of Durant doing 10 years ago (that has no basis in reality) proves that Durant is trying to steal an election that he has been ahead of in every single count. This is even though in every city where Mr. Durant won, the recounts were held in a professional manner and matched exactly to the counts of election night.

Meanwhile in Southbridge you had a ballot boxes cracked open, one box not tied, no controls on the people in the area of the recounts and (by an odd coincidence) you have two extra votes for the democratic candidate (recall that the initial reported lead for Durant’s was 2 votes) and the town clerk happens to be the cousin of the democratic candidate. Yet this gentleman sees nothing odd here.

Let’s remind this gentleman that the judge who heard this case a decade ago took all of five minutes to decide that arguments of the lawyers opposing Durant had all the credibility of the candidacy Alvin Greene of South Carolina.

However who needs that when you have this:

Keep in mind Howard Potash told me that over 200 dead voters voted in the Great Recall Election

Tell me did Mr. Potash tell him that the Moon is populated by Mice with spiked haircuts? I suspect if he did this gentleman would believe him since apparently the arguments made before a judge in a court of law can’t compare to hearsay told to a blogger by a lawyer in a losing case not under oath.

Ya gotta love the left, they are never more fun than when they are in panic.

Michael Barone is always worth reading but something this week caught my eye:

Around 100 years ago Finnish immigrants flocked to the mines and woods of the country around Lake Superior, where the topography and weather must have seemed familiar. They’ve been a mostly Democratic, sometimes even radical voting bloc ever since. No more, it seems. Going into the election, the three most Finnish districts, Michigan 1, Wisconsin 7 and Minnesota 8, all fronting on Lake Superior, were represented by two Democratic committee chairmen and the chairman of an Energy and Commerce subcommittee, with a total of 95 years of seniority.

Wisconsin’s David Obey and Michigan’s Bart Stupak both chose to retire, and were replaced by Republicans who had started running before their announcements. Minnesota’s James Oberstar was upset by retired Northwest pilot and stay-at-home dad Chip Cravaack.

So here’s a new rule for the political scientists: As go the Finns, so goes America.

Barone may not be aware of this but so many Finns settled in Fitchburg that there is still a Finish Consulate in town. The town went big for Scott Brown and if I’m not mistaken narrowly for Bill Gunn in the last election.

Dare I say as Fitchburg goes, so goes the nation?

…at least that’s what David Broder thinks:

Palin has conducted a vendetta against the Murkowski family, and she became governor four years ago by upsetting Lisa’s father, Frank Murkowski, in another low-turnout GOP primary.

I understand the political class feels privileged and entitled but I didn’t realize that running again Frank Murkowski and defeating him constitutes a vendetta. Take it from a Sicilian American Dave, you don’t know from vendetta.

Before he left office, Frank Murkowski appointed Lisa to a vacant Republican Senate seat only to see her lose the nomination this year.

So let me get this straight, Murkowski’s seat was given to her on a silver platter by her father and this is not a problem? Imagiane how different the piece would have been if said appointment had been made by a governor Palin or Bush.

When she lost the primary, that was expected to be the end of her. Miller settled in for an easy race against a little-known Democrat in his Republican-leaning state. But Murkowski, with some notable help from anti-Palin elements and parts of the energy industry, decided to try a long-shot write-in campaig/

Hold on, are you saying that anti-Palin elements drove this campaign, and the energy industry, you mean big oil etc? I thought people like Palin were supposed to be in the pocket of big oil?

The second funniest line of the piece is this one:

The demographics required that Murkowski seek support from Democrats

Let’s see democrats who absolutely loathe Sarah Palin and hope to bring her down have a choice between voting for a democrat who has no prayer or helping to defeat a candidate endorsed by Palin knowing the MSM will jump all over her for it. That must have been a real tough choice for partisan democrats. I’m sure that Broder gives that fact a lot of weight in the results, doesn’t he?

“I think that’s what voters are looking for. I don’t think that most are looking for somebody that is going to follow the litmus test of one party or another, and never deviate from it. I think they want us to think, and I think they want us to work cooperatively together. So, that’s my pledge to all Alaskans, regardless of whether you are the most conservative Republican or the most liberal Democrat, I’m going to try to find a way that we can find common ground to help the state and to help our country.”

Want to know what the election was about? That’s an authoritative answer.

So a three-way election with a turnout about the size of the turnout of MA-4’s congressional race giving where the incumbent had an incredible financial advantage and the backing of both anti-Palin forces and big energy is what the election was all about. Call me a naif but I’d guess those 60+ seats including Ann Marie Buerkle and Renne Ellmers and Allen West and the tea party movement might have a tad more to do with things.

The media is desperate to change the narrative of the last election before the next one, expect a lot more of this for a while.

More to add-on to Saturday’s topics

My first meeting with Ann Marie Burekle was the day that Syracuse Post-Standard declared that she was down double digits. The poll itself was suspect but as my friend Robert Stacy McCain often says Polls aren’t elections. (this is what I constantly remind those who say Palin can’t win due to a poll that the election isn’t held today) That day Ann Marie said this:

(UPDATE video added)

Now forgetting that the poll was…shall we say interesting all that poll proved in the end was one (or both) of two things.

The Syracuse Post-Standard had an agenda

Ann Marie Buerkle worked incredibly hard and managed to turn it around in two weeks

I thought of that last night when I saw this story that leftist blogs have been jumping on:

New poll undercuts GOP claims of a midterm mandate

By Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers

A majority of Americans want the Congress to keep the new health care law or actually expand it, despite Republican claims that they have a mandate from the people to kill it, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

I don’t know Steven Thomma, he may be a good writer and a nice guy and kind to animals but I know this much. He is trying to BS me and the left blogs are doing the same.

We just had an election where Republicans running against Obamacare won more seats than anyone has seen in over 50 years and you are trying to tell me there is no mandate because of your poll? As I left in comments:

Yeah all those 63 or 64 congressional seats mean nothing next to a POLL

how stupid do you think we are?

Apparently they think we are pretty stupid. Lucky for people who are not suckers we have Robert Stacy McCain at the American Spectator who isn’t buying it. His piece is called The Republican Mandate:

Those people did make a difference, and in the process made laughingstocks of pundits who said they couldn’t do it, chief among them E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post.

“It will be very hard for Republicans to take the House if they don’t break the Democrats’ power in the Northeast — and they still have to prove they can do that,” Dionne wrote five weeks before Election Day, in a column that featured this quote from Dan Maffei: “When we do retain the majority… people are going to look at the map and see that the Northeast held.” Dionne predicted: “Absent a Republican wave of historic proportions, [Maffei’s] seat now seems out of the GOP’s reach.”

Unfortunately for Maffei and Dionne, that “Republican wave of historic proportions” came crashing ashore Nov. 2 with enough power to flip six seats in New York into the GOP column. In addition to Buerkle’s hard-fought win in the 25th District, Republicans also captured previously Democrat-held seats in the 13th, 19th, 20th, 24th and 29th districts. New York’s six GOP pickups was the most of any state. Republicans gained five seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania, while adding four seats in both Florida and Illinois. If such widespread victories are not a mandate for House Republicans to oppose the Democrats’ liberal agenda, whatever could be?

How did two guys in fedoras know to visit Ny-25 in October when EJ Dionne who unlike me doesn’t have to go door to door to business to pay for his radio show? We went there any saw for ourselves!

If you choose to believe Steven Thomma and McClatchy that is your prerogative. Just don’t expect us to believe or trust your opinion

And yes this will be a topic on Saturday.

Update: Put the actual video in

The blog stop shouting has only 4 posts in it over the last 3 years, but this one should be repeated everywhere.

You MUST go to her site and read this but I’m going to grab just a few pieces to share its awesomeness:

I have been silent long enough. I have bent, I have yielded, I have endured slander, dishonesty, ad hominem attacks and actual physical threats.

Anger is a powerful motivator.

She talks of an encounter with Code Pink, first via reason and then via counter protest, it is a priceless story, she continues:

The Left likes to use what they believe to be witty signage (although I am not sure how BUSHCHIMPHITLER qualifies as “witty”), props and sheer numbers of die hard believers and rent-a-students to validate the “justness” of their cause-du-jour and to manufacture a sense of widespread support for their “issue”.

So we took your tools and began to employ them against you. And you don’t like it very much. Except we don’t have to pay anyone to come to our rallies, and that just infuriates you further.

The left absolutely positively refuses to believe that the Tea Party is grass roots because none of their operation is, instead you get stuff like this via Ann Althouse:

Bill Lueders’s Isthmus article is subtitled “The Triumph of Stupidity.” He asks UW-Madison political science professor Charles Franklin how people could vote the way they did, and when Franklin answers “They’re pretty damn stupid,” he says “Thank you, professor… That’s the answer I was looking for.

Althouse continues:

Welcome to my world: Dane County, Wisconsin, home of people who tell themselves they are the smart people and those who disagree with them must certainly be dumb. They don’t go through the exercise of putting themselves in the place of someone who thinks differently from the way they do. But how would it feel to be intelligent, informed, and well-meaning and to think what conservatives think? Isn’t that the right way for an intelligent, informed, and well-meaning person to understand other people? If you short circuit that process and go right to the assumption that people who don’t agree with you are stupid, how do you maintain the belief that you are, in fact, intelligent, informed, and well-meaning?

What is liberal about this attitude toward other people?

Pretty damning, I’m sure the public would resent it, if they ever knew it was said as Byron York explains:

But Franklin is the real star of the story. If you read his quotes in mainstream publications, you’ll find a series of measured statements on political trends. Democrats appealing to the youth vote in the run-up to the midterms are “betting long odds, given the very long history of low turnout in midterms among young voters,” Franklin told the Washington Post recently. Final pre-election polls suggested “a Republican wave of genuinely historical proportions,” he told USA Today. Feingold’s problems had “more to do with the mood of the country than with Feingold himself,” he told the Boston Globe.

It’s all pretty unremarkable stuff. And readers would have no idea what Franklin really thinks about the voters whose opinions he’s measuring and commenting on. But now they do.

Well the Military Mom of 4 at stop shouting knows what they think and has this message to Franklin and the rest of the left in denial:

Either way, I am confident you can deduce the “tone”of my rebuttal.

Realizing that you are losing your grip on the public schools, that the youth that propelled the boy-king to victory have abandoned you, that the bitter, blue collar white workers are now Tea Party grandmas and grandpas, that you have lost control of the federal checkbook and the legislative calendar,

now you want to petition for peace?

now you cry out for civility and consensus?

I have a message for you:

Go. To. Hell.

Go read the whole thing, it will make your day!

Update: Key update from Althouse, all via Glenn

To those of you who don’t think your vote matters the Worcester 6th district says think again:

Republican Peter J. Durant maintained the slimmest of margins — one vote — and declared victory over state Rep. Geraldo Alicea in the 6th Worcester District race yesterday afternoon, based on the last of five recounts held this week.

However, Mr. Alicea, D-Charlton, said he will challenge the result in court, based on an uncounted absentee ballot in Southbridge.

In the final recount here yesterday, the two-hour tally produced four candidate challenges, but no changes in the result of the Nov. 2 election.

So after 5 recounts the republican is still ahead by a single vote, so what is a democrat to do? Why go to court of course!

Mr. Alicea said as votes were being counted yesterday that if nothing changed in the recount in Oxford, he would go to court over an uncounted absentee ballot from Southbridge.

“It’s a process that could take several months,” Mr. Alicea said.

The recount that cut Mr. Durant’s lead from 4 votes to 1 votes has been….interesting:

Questions arose after Durant supporters noticed that the ballot storage box for that precinct did not appear to be properly locked.

Hardwick Town Moderator Ryan J. Witkos, who was observing the count for Mr. Durant, said the box was affixed with one rather than two locks. He said he asked Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust to try to open the box before cutting the lock and “it was able to be opened like it had never been sealed.”emphasis mine

The disputed absentee ballot, which was deemed spoiled, was from that precinct.

I’m shocked SHOCKED. You would think there were all kinds of interesting events going on this election.