David Zucker made this devastating ad as a personal apology for having supported Barbara Boxer in the past.
Barbara Boxer’s swollen head is turned into a Monty Python-esque blimp in this amusingly destructive 7:43 attack ad done for Carly Fiorina.
Is Fiorina at all conservative? I tend not to think so, but at least she did use to work in business. I’m afraid I do not recall her being terribly successful as CEO of HP. Still, she would be bound to be an improvement over Barbara Boxer. I do like the attack ad.
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.
Relatively rational liberal commentator Robert Michael “Mickey” Kaus has filed his nomination papers to run against Barbara Boxer in the democrat primary in California for that party’s nomination to the US Senate.
Kaus went to Harvard and has been a prominent blogger since 1999. Although he’s a liberal, he fairly frequently posts well-reasoned analyses I agree with and link.
Investor’s Business Daily describes his politics as follows:
Kaus is a strong supporter of national health care, though he harshly criticized the White House “cost control” marketing strategy. However, he is a harsh critic of labor unions, a skeptic of affirmative action and an opponent of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Kaus is known for his honesty about the motivations of his allies, his opponents and himself.
I’m not sure that Mickey Kaus is any worse than Carly Fiorina overall, and either of the two would be a definite improvement over Barbara Boxer. I think Kaus has a chance of winning the primary, and is bound to make it an interesting race.
Peter Wehner, at Commentary, discusses the wave of fear and acrimony sweeping over the democrat party as their control of the Senate appears may actually be going to swept away in an unprecedented mid-term electoral bloodbath.
The news that Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is retiring is another stunning blow for a Democratic party that is already reeling. This development â€” because of who Bayh is (perceived as a moderate/centrist); because of the state he represents (a traditionally Red one but won by Barack Obama in 2008); and because of his political situation (it was assumed he was in a comfortable position to win re-election) â€” will have significant ramifications. It will accelerate almost every bad trend for Democrats (more retirements, fewer entries into national races, more intra-party acrimony, and more panic).
The last time we saw a double-digit shift in Senate seats in a single election was when a former movie actor by the name of Ronald Reagan was elected president (Republicans won a dozen seats back in 1980). A shift of those dimensions in a non-presidential election year would be basically unheard of. But as Jen points out, a pickup of 10 GOP seats â€” and recontrol of the Senate â€” is no longer out of the question. Americaâ€™s political tectonic plates are shifting in a fairly dramatic and rapid fashion; and the resulting dislocation will batter and crush many Democratic candidates, perhaps on a scale we have not witnessed before in our lifetime, at least in a midterm election.
Such an outcome can still be averted â€” but as many of us have been predicting for a while now, the news for Democrats is continuing to get worse rather than better. Evan Bayhâ€™s retirement is a body blow for the president and his party. It will cause more than a few knees in the Obama White House to buckle. It is beginning to dawn on them just what awaits them.
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Vulnerable democrats seeking distance from Obama. Surprise, surprise.
Carly Fiorina has an amusing Monty Pythonesque attack ad directed at a Republican primary opponent, labeling him a FCINO (Fiscal Conservative in Name Only). Needs re-editing, but worth a look. 3:21 video
Eric Holder waives the 5th and admits to Mirandizing Abdulmutullab. We’ll see how he feels about all this after the next attack.
Poof: Another 800,000 jobs disappear.
Tom Jensen at the liberal Public Policy Polling: â€œIf you want a prism into why Democrats are struggling so much right now, this may sum it up: only 11% of voters across the country say that their economic situation has improved over the last year compared to 42% who think it has become worse. 47% say itâ€™s about the same as it was.â€
The Obamessiah was too busy, the White House said, and Barack Obama became the first president since Grover Cleveland to omit attending the annual Gridiron Club Dinner.
The Politico tries reading the tea leaves to divine the significance of Obama’s slight, but the obvious subtext is really just the arrogant sense of personal entitlement and contempt for institutions and tradition of the standard-bearer of the cultural left. Barack Obama’s politics has been strong on generational consciousness and he used Change as his personal mantra. The change includes dispensing with respect for old practices and with courtesy toward Washington’s establishment press corps.
No offense intended, says the Obama White House.
None taken, say the esteemed leaders of the Gridiron Club.
Still, in Washington, a slap does not have to be officially labeled as such for its sound to echo â€” and its sting to be felt.
And make no mistake: President Barack Obama deciding that he is too busy to attend the Gridironâ€™s annual banquet later this month is a slap. Heâ€™s the first president since Grover Cleveland to skip the white-tie-and-tails affair in his first year in office.
The official line from the Gridiron Club â€” a society of Washington reporters, columnists, and bureau chiefs â€” is, â€œWe understand.â€
But some Gridiron veterans make clear they donâ€™t understand. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page said, â€œPeople feel uncommonly saddened, miffed and burned.
â€œI donâ€™t think he understands the implications of not coming to the club in the first year. Itâ€™s not your ordinary state dinner. I think it would be helpful for him and his relations with the Washington establishment to come to the club.â€
Beyond bruised feelings among the pundit class, Obamaâ€™s snub is a revealing cultural moment.
Gridiron has for decades been an inner sanctum of Washingtonâ€™s political press corps. The clubâ€™s mostly aging members were considered highly prestigious because they said so â€” and because they had the ability to summon the capitalâ€™s political elite to a spring frolic of skits and songs.
But if a young and glamorous president decides he can afford to blow off an august and tradition-bound institution, one has to at least entertain the possibility that this institution may not be quite as august as its members assumed.
The rejection was heightened by the thatâ€™s-the-night-I-wash-my-hair explanation the Gridiron got from Obama.
At first, Gridiron members heard through back channels that the Obama family would be in Chicago during the Obama daughtersâ€™ spring break from school. Then, on Friday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at his daily briefing that the family would actually be in Camp David on March 21, the night of the dinner.
Thatâ€™s not exactly out of town by presidential standards â€” in fact, it is about a 20-minute helicopter ride if Obama had decided the event were important enough.
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The animals have been living there since the 1910s and 1920s when the island’s former owners imported them to provide hunting opportunities on the 52,794 acre off-shore property, then being operated as a cattle ranch. The introduction proved extremely successful, and the island became noted for the trophy animals it produced.
In March 1980, however, Congress established a Channel Islands National Park. In 1986, the Federal Government purchased Santa Rosa Island. The purchase agreement, however, granted the former owners the right to continue ranching and operating a hunting concession for 25 years.
In 1997. however, the National Park and Conservation Association, another litigious self-appointed group of busybodies, sued to end ranching and hunting immediately, claiming that they interfered with public access. The lawsuit resulted in a settlement agreement ending ranching, and stipulating the removal of the elk and deer by 2011.
Hunting is cruel, you see, but exterminating non-native species (who have lived there for a century) is good conservation, California-style.
The National Rifle Association has taken up the fight to save the 1100 animals.