Under the Fedora is a day late: a large chunk of the column disappeared down the memory hole and had to be re-written. It's a pain, but when you have people losing homes and businesses from a storm, that's a minor annoyance.
With 5 days till the election, it’s becoming increasingly clear, even to my fellow conservatives who have been telling me for six months to a year that my predictions of a Republican victory were wrong, to people who said my poll analysis was a case study in denial, and to folks who said that no matter what Mitt Romney did Barack Obama’s team would come up with some way to win, that Obama's just not going to be re-elected.
It’s a strange contrast: so many on the left are constantly forecasting an apocalypse in climate, massive disease due to franken-foods, or that this or that method of energy production will doom all mankind. It’s always the cause of people and the world striking back at them for daring to move science or industry in a 'forbidden' direction. Meanwhile, many on the right, while having optimism in the country’s people, never seem to share that same optimism in their own electoral prospects—just KNOWING some unexpected doom , that next shoe, is just waiting to drop and spoil their electoral hopes. Sort of like Red Sox Fans, pre-2004.
It’s been quite a spectacle to see the slow conversions of conservatives, from worry to optimism to confidence . . . to cockiness.
George Cullen has been canvassing door-to-door for the past five weeks. He usually hits about 50 doors a day, but only got 25 under the storm conditions yesterday.
Here, you have an electorate so motivated they are canvassing during hurricanes…
Meanwhile, on the lef,t you have actual breakdowns…
For the past several weeks, the 60-year-old San Francisco resident has frequently bolted awake in the middle of the night, in "a panic attack," she said. She darts for her computer and checks the latest polls. Some days she's so distraught that she can't exercise.
Every morning, she gets e-mails from friends who've been just as sleepless. Most are so tense, they can croak out only a few words. "Very anxious." "Worried."
"Nothing more needs to be said," said Edelman, a retired educational administrator.
How shallow are people who are having panic attacks over an election? We have people who have lost homes and businesses, states devastated, people killed . . . and the left is having panic attacks over Obama losing?
There are two cultures in America these days. Let's hope our friends on the left, living in their post-Christian secular culture, can find comfort somewhere.
Speaking of comfort, Sen Bob Mendenez (D-NJ) is finding—or should I say buying?— some in the Dominican Republic. Allegedly:
Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.
In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.
Jokes about democrat and deficits not withstanding I have to disagree with Stacy McCain who ends his piece with the line:
What would Lilly Ledbetter say?
Maybe this is an example of a job that Americans just won't do. I hate to be vulgar, but as long as he was a secure vote for abortion, she would say “Vote Menendez”
Any person who thinks democrat women who still kneel and worship at the altar of Bill Clinton are going to care about Bob Menendez paying for sex from women in the Dominican Republic has not paid attention to the Democrat party and where they have gone in the last 15 years.
One woman who would not have is the latest Saint in the Catholic Calendar Kateri Tekakwitha the first American Indian, a Mohawk to be a canonized saint in the church. During my road trip I stopped by the shrine in Fonda NY and shot some video:
My full batch of photos are here.
That road trip was to cover different congressional & senate races in NY & CT. There are several worth looking at: Freshman GOP candidates Nan Hayworth in NY-18 & Chris Gibson in NY-19; and in NY-21 you have a GOP challenger Matt Dohney trying to retake the large northernmost district in the state.
The most famous race that I visited was the Senate race in CT as Linda McMahon makes her 2nd attempt to win a Senate seat from the state. I spoke to one of her supporters
I also spoke to a women involved in CT politics on the local and state level
So we have a GOP candidate with a long record and some crossover appeal running in an open seat. Unlike Scott Brown in 2010 he doesn’t have the advantage of an opponent making critical mistakes on the trail but also unlike Brown he is not running statewide so his familiarity with the district and the voters could make all the difference.
And in NY-24, Ann Marie Buerkle is running for re-election in a rematch of 2010 against former congressman Dan Maffei. I spoke to her campaign manager:
He described Ann as a Great conservative in the NE, facing stiff challenge from a Washington insider well-funded. He calls Ann “the best conservative we have in the North East”, I’m inclined to agree but I wouldn’t limit the description to this area.
And some of her volunteers, one who was actually a intern at WCRN:
And Candidate Ann Marie Buerkle, who is one of the most accessible candidates a district has ever seen, didn’t mince words
Dan Maffei should be ashamed of himself and I don’t know how he has the moxie to go out and ask the people for their vote after he has turned down four of these town hall debates, that he’s turned down major network debates, one with the local newspaper. He is afraid to reflect on his record, he is afraid to take responsibility for what he has voted for. All he wants to do is as you said: Attack attack attack rather than looking at what he voted for when he was in congress.
Each of these races deserves some of that cash surplus the GOP has, but I would particularly suggest the CT-5 race as an excellent chance for a pickup; and while the redistricting in NY-24 wasn’t kind to Congresswoman Buerkle, it is an excellent opportunity to confirm that it’s not just Barack Obama but the Democrat party that is being rejected in 2012.
On that same line Ladd Ehlinger has produced this political ad for the Tea Party urging a vote for the GOP.
This is Ladd's last political ad. He gives many reasons for leaving the realm of politics
Fourth, politicians are, for the most part, clueless. There are exceptions, and I've been lucky to have worked with some. But on the other hand… well, I'll not name names, but for example, in 2010 I made a very popular viral video for one Congressional aspirant. He got hundreds of thousands of hits, and more importantly, hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. It was just about the only successful thing in his campaign (he lost big-time). But, in 2012, he used someone else – and received neither hits nor donations, and of this writing, seems destined to lose again.
Ladd is a great loss for the right, but his movies will be a big gain for everyone.
Finally, the World Series is over and the Giants have completed one of the great turnarounds in the history of baseball. Down 2-0 in a 5-game series and 3-1 in a seven game series, they managed to win six elimination games and then sweep the formidable Tigers in 4. The most impressive stat: In their last 7 games, Giants pitching threw 4 shutouts and gave up a mere 9 runs. That’s a 1.46 ERA, and those are Bob Gibson-type numbers.
Now that’s something
See you after the election.