IMG_0306By John Ruberry

“What in hell do the experts know?” is something that Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley often said to his friends according to legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko. The experts often lampooned the last machine boss, but despite his flaws–which included prickly relations with the city’s rapidly expanding black population–he knew how to run a big city. Too bad his son–who also served as mayor–did not. When Old Man Daley died in 1976, Chicago enjoyed the highest credit rating from the nation’s top financial firms–which were based in New York. In the mid-1970s, NYC barely escaped bankruptcy.

Contemporary experts have been dismissing the presidential campaign of Donald Trump since he declared his run in June. After he remarked that John McCain is not a war hero–the experts in the media predicted The Donald would crawl off the political stage and die. He was supposed to do the same thing after he criticized the questioning from Fox News’ Megyn Kelly at the first GOP candidate debate earlier this month, adding that she had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

This morning on CBS’ Face the Nation a panel of liberal columnists–experts to be sure–predicted the eventual demise of Trump’s campaign.

And it’s not just the libs who are skeptical of Trump–author and columnist George Will has been a harsh critic of the political novice and even National Review is condemning Trump. Red State’s Erick Erickson dis-invited Trump from his group’s gathering in Atlanta after the verbal attack on Kelly. These experts don’t see the tycoon as a viable Republican standard bearer.

But Trump’s poll numbers continue to rise. While he didn’t fill it up, the businessman held a rally in a Alabama football stadium two nights ago. Name another GOP presidential candidate who has the chutzpah to rent out an outdoor stadium for a rally.

In 2008 and 2012 the experts on the right said that conservatives needed to line up behind moderate candidates to win the White House. They were wroing

My thoughts return to Boss Daley: “What in hell do the experts know?”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

This is via this piece by Erick Erickson at Townhall

“Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state and the sovereignty of God.”

Archbishop Chaput 2012

Explains a lot of what we’ve seen lately, doesn’t it?

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — Erick Erickson has an op-ed in NOLA in which he says Governor Bobby Jindal “has been one of the most successful reform governors” in Louisiana’s history.  I’m not sure those of us living in Louisiana are all singing Jindal’s praises. By my reluctance to sing Jindal’s high praises you might question my conservative credentials, but hang on a moment.

Mr. Erickson writes:

The results of Jindal’s reforms have been tremendously positive for Louisiana. The state has seen reinvestment in schools. The suburbs of Baton Rouge stretch south closer and closer to New Orleans. New business is coming in.

A state where once businesses avoided because they did not want to pay kickback money to local officials now sees national businesses beating a path to the bayous. But the old culture, the comfortable culture subsidized by the state, is fading. People are restless and resentful.

Jindal has been one of the most successful reform governors in Louisiana’s history. He downsized the state. He privatized state businesses. He created jobs and brought in major corporations.

But what about the huge budget shortfall we are facing?  Jindal’s administration has juggled money from one fund to another and now are caught short handed by about $1.6 billion, a nasty problem Jindal has outsourced to Grover Norquist.

And how is it possible that even though Jindal moved the 2016 presidential primaries up by two weeks in order to attract more attention to Louisiana, he didn’t fund them in his budget:

But the money for those elections was nowhere to be found in the governor’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, as legislators discovered Wednesday.

“I have no funding for elections past the fall elections,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler said during a review of the governor’s budget before the state House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

When it comes time to slash programs to make up shortfalls, health care and higher education are invariably the first ones to get the ax.

Bob Mann, with whom I seldom agree, wrote a scathing column suggesting Jindal resign and just turn the last year of his term over to Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne:

These are dangerous times, and Louisiana needs a full-time governor completely focused on our challenges. It’s not only our budget crisis, but also other serious problems that still require an active governor’s attention in the final year of his term.

You’re rarely in Louisiana these days. When you are home, you’re more interested in writing op-eds for out-of-state newspapers.

Mann lists one grievance after another (but as a staffer for Gov. Kathleen Blanco, again, he and I seldom agree).

Mr. Erickson is correct in saying Jindal has brought jobs to Louisiana.  Quinn Hillyer gets specific about that:

Much of this success comes from remarkable, ongoing and even accelerating private capital investment, more than $54 billion worth (including projects in development) since Jindal took office. CenturyLink is adding 1,100 new jobs in Monroe, IBM 800 jobs in Baton Rouge, and Sasol’s natural gas facility near Lake Charles is forecast to bring 7,000 new jobs (direct or indirect). In August, Business Facilities magazine rated Louisiana’s business climate the best in the whole nation; three other similar magazines rank Louisiana in the top 10 — as does national location-marketing firm DCI in a rating released Oct. 20, marking an improvement of 20 spots since 2011.

All of which, in total economic terms, has meant real Gross Domestic Product growth for Louisiana of $44.6 billion. Even after adjusting for inflation, that number is $17.98 billion, or 8.8 percent, which is an astonishing 86 percent faster than national real GDP growth since January 2008.

In addition, Louisiana has become Hollywood south.  This list of films made here or in progress is lengthy.

So what’s the problem?

Jindal is not without chinks in his armor.

Some suggest his ethics reform has been a sham; from my own column in American Thinker in 2011:

The Public Affairs Research Council and the Citizens For a Better Louisiana, both non-partisan, find fault with Jindal’s failure to uphold a promise that would reduce the occurrence of nepotism and conflict of interest.  In fact, Jindal has signed exceptions around the conflict of interest laws when it suits him.

Jindal promised to prohibit elected officials from lobbying, consulting, or representing clients before state agencies, but there are exceptions to that as well.  There are also exceptions to the law that prohibits candidates from paying family members with campaign dollars.  Jindal also promised to make all ethics filings available on the internet, but as of yet, this has not happened.

Jindal’s inconsistent stance on Common Core has left the state divided.  He was all for it, now he’s at war with his own education superintendent over the issue and wants to pull out of Common Core.  NOLA suggests this would be a misstep:

Not only does Gov. Jindal want to move backward, he signaled Wednesday that he wants to cut the House and Senate Education Committees out of the loop on his legislation.

Both education committees killed anti-Common Core legislation last year, so it is no wonder he wants to skip them. But, the thing is, these committees are where legislation dealing with education belongs.

Now, I’m not saying Jindal hasn’t done some good for the state.  I’m not even anti-Jindal; I voted for him. I don’t wholly disagree with Mr. Erickson’s op-ed, but I do think Jindal has faults that many on the national stage choose to overlook.

In my last post on Jindal in this space, a commenter reassured me that Jindal is not even a frontrunner for 2016; true enough.  But as we go forward, we need still need to keep all the facts in mind. I believe Jindal’s expertise is in health care reform and he will make an excellent cabinet member in that regard, but he should put his presidential aspirations aside and concentrate on the problems at home.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

When Erick Erickson said this about Rep. Steve Scalise

By 2002, everybody knew Duke was still the man he had claimed not to be. EVERYBODY. How the hell does somebody show up at a David Duke organized event in 2002 and claim ignorance?

He demonstrated the difference between Democrats & Republicans, or more specifically, the difference between a political party whose base still holds to the Judeo-Christian Belief that certain things like tax evasion are beyond the pale:

Rep. Michael Grimm has decided to resign from Congress in the wake of his guilty plea on a felony tax evasion charge, sources told the Daily News Monday night…

Meanwhile Al Sharpton still has a TV show on MSNBC (Owned by Comcast), and Charlie Rangel still sits in the house of representatives embraced by the media and the Democrat party and their leader the president of the United States.

That is who the Democrats are, that is what the left is, and no amount of spin or “yes but’s” will change it.

Their best hope is an influx of people of faith who will in the long run change their party, But it would take millions of them to suddenly appear & be such a force that they don’t dare abandon them.

But who am I kidding where are the democrats going to find people like that?

Update: And apparently even the Scalise story is iffy:

Kenny Knight, a longtime political adviser to Duke, said Scalise spoke at a meeting of the Jefferson Heights Civic Association — not affiliated with the European-American Unity and Rights conference that was held in the same Metairie hotel — two-and-a-half hours before the white nationalist event started.

Barbara Noble, who was dating Knight and said she attended the meeting, also said Wednesday that Scalise spoke to the civic group, not EURO.

Scalise apologized this week for speaking to the EURO group, although he said he was unaware of the connections or the group’s white supremacy ideology. Scalise has come under fire from some Democratic leaders and others, including calls for him to step down from his leadership position.

I always find it odd when people apologize for things they didn’t do.

Update 2 Quinn Hillyer

I’ve watched Scalise’s whole career since that phone conversation in 1989 – which was even before it was clear Scalise would enter politics. (He had just finished college at LSU, where he was speaker of the student assembly. I was organizing Republican caucuses against Duke’s coming bid for the U.S Senate.) If a whole career spent without racial taint doesn’t earn someone the benefit of the doubt about an event of some confusion and dispute, there’s no hope for any of us.

I’m not the best witness, though. Plenty of black and Jewish leaders from Louisiana, almost all of them liberal, are more convincing. By now, most who have followed this story have seen that liberal, black, Democratic U.S. representative Cedric Richmond of New Orleans immediately sprang to Scalise’s defense, saying his Louisiana colleague “does not have a racist bone in his body.”

All of this is nice to hear but the main point concerning what is tolerated still stands.

Thanks to some upload problems with some of my videos from the Ma-3 debate between Jon Golnik and Rep Nikki Tsongas I ended up missing most of Morning Joe, and due to some arrangements for my 100th Show event (You’re invited ticket at the bottom of this post BTW) I missed most of Morning Joe yesterday and with the big debate in Lowell between Scott Brown I only had time to note in passing the oddities of the latest Washington Post poll as an update to an already written piece:

If you are going to make a declaration in your poll you need to provide at least the cross tabs to be checked, like the Boston Globe poll.

Apparently while I was busy shooting photos, interviewing folks at the debate and etc a huge national debate over that Washington Post poll took place

Chuck Todd was ridiculing people who believe there is a media conspiracy. Meanwhile, his own network has dragged its feet on coverage of the administration’s disastrous handling of Libya and, well, he works for MSNBC.

That doesn’t bother me all that much in once sense, after all if media of national standing (or whatever standing MSNBC has) are answering you, that says where the debate is, but then this morning as I went through the posts I needed to do, I saw this bit revelation via Red State from the Post:

Out of 929 registered voters in the new poll, 161 live in one of these eight states, with a margin of sampling error of eight points.

Erick Erickson does the basic math

In short, the Washington Post conducted a national poll and discovered that 161 of those surveyed lived in swing states. Charitably — and Cohen does not break it down — that would work out to 20 voters polled in each of 8 swing states. TWENTY!!!

So there’s an 11 point gap among 161 people with a margin of error of around 8%. But the Washington Post reported this as a fact

So let me get this straight, the media that has called bloggers members of the Cheetos Brigade as Joe Scarborough did, the media that says we are in a “parallel universe“, the same media that called us conspiracy theorists when we dared point out the mathematics problems with the polls, some even admitted by pollsters. The same media that pooh poohed the nine year stats of voter registration , the media that has maximum access to the voters and large corporations to back them up.

This same media is using their national microphone to report as fact an 11 point lead for Barack Obama in swing states based on a twenty voters per state?

Pardon my language but ARE YOU FRIGGIN KIDDING ME?

Yes I’m a blogger, yes I don’t have a degree in journalism, writing or even English (BS Computer Science Minor American History) Yes I’m actually typing this in my bed wearing my underwear as per the stereotype because that’s when I scan the news in the morning and do my writing before I get myself ready to go out and do everything else.

But I damn well know you can’t judge a lead in swing states based on a sample so small per state that it couldn’t fill the 5th street diner.

Erickson again

Perhaps instead of being insulting, he, a former staffer for Tom Harkin’s Presidential campaign and whose wife was or is a Democratic operative, should acknowledge conservative distrust of the media and try to explain how the polls are shaped, skewed, weighted or not, and the general methodology.

It is my nature to believe the best of people but if anyone ANYONE actually believes that this media is not collectively trying to give this race to Barack Obama they are suckers.

And with all due respect to the opinion of Gov Christie I think it is vital to call these guys out on it, not because of a single election but because it is damaging to our democracy and to the first amendment to ignore this.

I’m a Republican, I’m with Mitt Romney, but when, in my opinion I thought Mitt was the weakest of the GOP candidates I called him out on it, and took flack for it from my side.

I’m with Scott Brown, but when I saw the WBUR poll that gave Elizabeth Warren a lead correctly reflected state voter registration I complemented them on it and took flack for it from my side.

I’m with Jon Golnik but when I said he did not win the debate Sunday against Nikki Tsongas I took flack for it from my side.

I could have ignored these things and wrote on something else but I said them anyway because I live in realville and THESE THINGS ARE TRUE!

My name is on this blog, I owe it to my name to say what I see and think is accurate.

I live off of the tip jar hits and subscriptions people make here and off the ads people buy, I owe it to those people to give them not just a quality product but a product as accurate as I can based on my observations and reporting.

I am a partisan and want my side to win, I owe them a fair critique so if they know how to fix problems they might have so they can win.

If you are a member of the MSM and you have a byline I don’t mind if you have a bias, I don’t even have a problem if you want Obama to win, but I do mind if you for the sake of that bias and that desire to re-elect Obama, report without question bad data or skewed data and then go after those who call you on it.

That is simply disgraceful, dishonest and dishonorable and you should be ashamed of yourselves for prostituting yourself in this way.

Until you change your ways, don’t you dare DARE treat me and my friends in a condescending way.

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UPDATE: The worst poll EVAH! These guys are trying their best do hide it but I’m sorry if you poll a sample with a +17.2 point advantage of people who voted Obama in 2008, a result that gets you a +15 Obama lead in 2012 is not a surprise it’s almost a foregone conclusion. Note the same poll in Aug that showed Obama up +3 had a +7.3 Obama 2008 vs McCain 2008 voter split

…as soon as I began researching the background of last weekend’s incident I realized, Hey, there’s a legit news story here.

What’s more, there was a perfect opportunity to get ahead of the story, because the mainstream media had been initially reluctant to report it. Saturday afternoon, I checked Google News and there was zero, zilch, nada from major news organizations. Yet I anticipated (correctly) how the story would develop, and so began hoovering up every fact I could find online and aggregating every tidbit of information other bloggers were reporting.

Robert Stacy McCain Because I know what’s news on Anthony Weiner June 3rd 2011

Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind

Michael Corleone Godfather III

Well it took almost a full week but the Swatting of a CNN contributor FINALLY made the national media

Unfortunately for CNN the national media was FOX News

Granted it took time for Fox to find a story ripe for the picking. The old Swatting incidents didn’t do it, the contributions of the elite left to Kimberlin didn’t do it, Stacy McCain’s forced flight, Patterico going public on his swatting & appearance on Beck didn’t do it, Herman Cain’s tweet didn’t do it, the liberal foundations denials didn’t do it, even Aaron Worthing’s brief arrest didn’t manage it.

But Erick Erickson by virtue of his status as a CNN contributor managed to push the story over the top for FOX, four days after the incident.

Now CNN is put in the unenviable position to be, at best, second on a story involving harassment of one of their own people. Cripes did they hire the same news director as that Newspaper in Norfolk that didn’t find the beating of their own reporters newsworthy?

None of this was necessary. In fact if CNN and the other media entities made the choice to report the news rather than serve as a filter for stories the left wanted killed, not only would it have ratings, but there would be no FOX or Drudge etc because there would have been no market for them.

Instead you have a network so pathetic that Donald Trump is making fun of CNN’s ratings on their own network. I don’t blame him, when a news organization becomes incapable of recognizing a story then that news organization will be a laughing-stock, and rightly so.

Clearly CNN needs a new News director, a person who can see a story and immediately recognize it as Newsworthy.

Lucky for CNN the right man for the job is available: Robert Stacy McCain. CNN should hire him right away…

…if they can only find him.

Update: Script error fixed and Instalanche! Thanks Glenn and it looks like this one has generated a lot more than 16 hits.

Update 2:
When Trump said CNN’s ratings were in the tank I wasn’t kidding:

After the cable news network delivered its lowest-rated month in total viewers in over a decade in April, May became CNN’s worst month in primetime among total viewers in over 20 years.

They can’t hire Stacy fast enough.

Seven days ago Stacy McCain asked this question:

Maybe Erick Erickson can explain what purpose is served by Perry’s continued candidacy, other than spending the rest of the millions the Perry campaign collected in August and early September, before the wheels fell off that bandwagon.

Apparently he can’t

Barring a miracle, this is Rick Perry’s final act in the 2012 elections. On Saturday, he will come in last in South Carolina. It will be only the third time in a generation Rick Perry has lost an election, with the only other two times being Iowa and New Hampshire this year.

For a generation, Rick Perry was undefeated. Now he will go back to Texas and everyone who ever lost to Rick Perry will seek to settle old scores. It will be a tough, bloody fight. He will have to be ready for it.

At Hotair they note the change from Howdy thank you Erick to well

“The governor’s focused on the people of South Carolina and their votes, not a pundit sitting behind a computer somewhere.”

Remember Erick is not dependent on the millions Gov Perry has raised for his pay but those consultants determined to keep him in the race should remember this as well:

I think Perry’s decision to stay in and his likely spectacular rejection by southern voters will not only be the final nail in the coffin for a Perry 2012 run, but will preclude any chance of a successful Perry 2016 run.

Now as a Santorum man I’m not in favor of the whole “Endorse Newt” business, but just as Perry is higher on my voting order than Newt (2nd & 3rd behind Santorum) so is Newt higher on my order than Romney.

I don’t fault those who like Gov Perry for sticking with him, he would make a fine president, but with almost certain humiliation in the cards for him ask yourself this question: Do you want him to stay in for his sake or for yours?

Although I have avoided for strategic reasons “Santorum Surge” talk, it has reached the point where it is time to speak up.

White Stacy McCain is pleased that Iowa is catching up to him Erick Erickson’s critique will certainly get more play in the MSM

As a pro-lifer myself, I have to throw up a bit in my mouth that Iowa conservatives are seriously considering Rick Santorum, which will only help Mitt Romney, a guy who even after his supposedly heartfelt conversion to life put some seriously pro-abortion judges on the Massachusetts bench hiding behind the “Well it was Massachusetts for Pete’s sake” defense.

Let’s remember Rick Santorum could not even win re-election in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Forget for a moment the absurdity of faulting a Republican for the crime of losing an election in the 2nd worst year for republicans since Nixon, think of that standard as applied to say, Mitt Romney. He lost to Ted Kennedy, he lost in 2008 to John McCain and he did not run for re-election after one term as governor. Yet Erick fears him.

the real issue here is social conservatives in Iowa risk Mitt Romney’s election by supporting a guy who cannot get traction or money outside of Iowa.

Rick Santorum will not be the nominee. That’s the reality. But his rise hurts Bachmann, Gingrich, and Perry in Iowa — all of whom have better organizations and better shots beyond Iowa.

So lets me get this straight, Santorum can’t win because he lost once, so we need instead to support people who currently can’t beat him, otherwise we can’t beat the loser from last time who is suddenly invincible? Yeah that makes sense.

If that tortured logic isn’t enough he follows up with a litany of Santorum’s faults. I’ll concede Santorum has not made all the decisions I would have, but since like most Americans, I will not be on the ballot, I am forced to choose the person closest to me, that’s Santorum.

Erick is a good guy but these utilitarian arguments are why so many people don’t get involved, we can’t vote for the best man we have to vote “strategically”. That’s nonsense! I’m not a republican because I love the letter R. I’m a republican because the party stands for something and I expect our candidates to do so as well.

Dan Riehl a Perry man says this.

The very same media that has endeavored for years to make Santorum toxic as a political presence, is the very same media that has and will malign a Perry, Bachmann, Palin, et al, so long as the politician in question is a conservative.

To put down our principles to take up their arguments simply because we somehow think it serves our agenda in this one instance only empowers them. It does not strengthen, or win, us anything. If we have a candidate, make the case for him, or her. That, not attacks on some other genuinely conservative candidate, is invariably what yields us the best candidates in the end.

We have the better case, let’s make it and show the faith in the voters that we’ve attacked this administration for lacking. That’s where the Tea Party came from. Erickson’s argument is not only weak, it’s a reminder why so many people didn’t get involved in the first place.

I suspect that if Santorum rises as the Tea Party candidate he will acquire access to the most effective grass-roots organization out there this cycle. And if you doubt them remember it wasn’t Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment that caused Ben Nelson to cut and run.

Success breeds success if Santorum can get that success then he will reap the benefits of it. If Erickson’s candidates are candidate, let them prove it to the voters.

Update: Byron York has some news:

There was one candidate that nearly all of them wanted to support, and that was Rick Santorum. But they had a problem with Santorum, too. That problem wasn’t about knowledge, or experience, or personal history. No, the problem with Santorum was always electability. Many, many social conservatives said that they wanted to support Santorum but were troubled by his inability to rise above two or three percent support in the polls. If Santorum could just show that he could rise a bit higher, they said, then who knows how much support might come his way?

I’ve had those same conversations with people an Iowa win and a finish ahead of Perry or Bachmann in NH will make all the difference when the race goes beyond South Carolina.

Update 2: Dropped a “K” in the title

Erick Erickson is the latest entry in the Sarah Palin angst among some on the right:

To paraphrase Ann, a lot of us fell in love with Sarah Palin because of her enemies and a lot of us have fallen out of love with Sarah Palin because of her fans.

He means Ann Coulter who had similar words.

The Hill found a tea party group unhappy with Palin and ran with it

Wary that some are joining the grassroots conservative movement merely to sell books and enhance their celebrity status, a Tea Party group is putting the heat on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to make her presidential plans clear.

In a Tuesday statement, Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots paints former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as the prime example of that kind of behavior.

I’ve never heard of the “armed forces tea party patriots” and I’ll wager you haven’t either, the Hill quoted a press statement because as we know the best way for a republican or a tea party group to get favorable press coverage is to hit a conservative or Sarah Palin. In my experience it’s rather odd for a military group to attack mothers of serving servicemen but lets give that a pass for the moment.

When people as young as Meridith Jessup jumped in Robert Stacy McCain has this to say:

This is where I play the “I’ve got ties older than you, kid”

Dan Riehl also has only snark for those going after Palin noting the MSM doesn’t like Perry either:

Well, I guess the collective wisdom of this sub-set of our illustrious talking heads who so often talk to hear themselves talk thinks we should just go on and nominate Romney, or we don’t stand a chance, right? Funny who some folks choose to call out and who they don’t, don’t ya think? heh!

And at the right scoop this tidbit came out:

Bill Clinton didn’t announce his candidacy until October 3, 1991. Reagan waited until November 11, 1979. We know how those two campaigns worked out. Just a little historical perspective to keep in mind.

Meanwhile while people on the right were busy getting their knickers in a twist Sarah Palin was doing what she does, hitting back against Hoffa for his nonsense:

So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.

I guess Palin knows Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment better than those on the right. As they complain about her and her supporters, she keeps her cool (as usual) and keeps fighting the left as she did when nobody else was willing.

She is plaything the Mohicans to her critics and rivals Major Heyward:

I’ve known Chingachgook since we both were young. I knew Uncas’ mother. I’ve known Uncas since he was born. Major Heyward. I don’t know you. If we have to fight back to back, it’s possible that you might run. I don’t think you will, but you might. I’ve fought back to back with these Mohicans father and son, and they didn’t run.

Be honest, in a fight who would you like to have your back more than Palin? Who has been more vetted? Who else do you know will not run when confronted by the left’s smear machine?

Ya wanna know what the real problem is: now that we are in a 24/7 Cable News Cycle the demand for everything NOW has infected many on the right and six months has become a cultural eternity for people. Add to that a collection of GOP political campaigns that all want a piece of Palin’s supporters and their campaign money, and presto you have angst from the right that the MSM can gleefully tout.

Let’s face it, all the hand wringing everyone doing is going to mean absolutely nothing in six months.

Until Sarah Palin announces, she’s not running, and if and when she does she is. Till then stop worrying about it.

Any questions?

Here is the line up:

Erick Erickson of RedState, and Jim Geraghty are the away team, Alan Rosenblatt & Adam Green for the home team.

Although this is a freedom works event and the blogcon guys are here this is the Newseum you can’t get more home field for the left than a place that pays homage to the MSM.

For far it is a panel of consensus, but they are arguing about the relevance of twitter a tad.

…Adam Green claims the right was for the public option, Can I have a double of what he is drinking?