Patterico's Pontifications


New Republic: Is the Filibuster Good? No, No, No, No, No, No, (GOP Retakes Senate) Yes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:31 pm

New Republic, January 14, 2014: Stupid filibuster!

The Filibuster Does Not Protect Minority Interests

New Republic, September 29, 2014: Stupid filibuster!

Killing the “Nuclear Option” Will Not Save the Senate. It Will Ruin Obama’s Final Two Years

New Republic, March 7, 2013: Stupid unconstitutional filibuster!

Is the Filibuster Unconstitutional?

New Republic, July 15, 2013: Stupid filibuster!

Bring on the Nuclear Option!

New Republic, August 6, 2013: Stupid filibuster!

Harry Reid Should Kill the Filibuster, for Real This Time. Democrats have all the leverage. Why won’t they use it?

New Republic, November 21, 2013: Stupid filibuster!

Nuking the Filibuster Is Great. Sanctimonious Beltway Types Just Won’t Admit It.

New Republic, November 4, 2014 (just after GOP retakes the Senate): Second look at the filibuster?

Democrats Should Use the Filibuster Ruthlessly Against the Republican Senate

Hackery is fun to watch, isn’t it?

Obama’s Supercilious Mug

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:46 pm

I was in a gym at lunchtime during Obama’s presser and didn’t get to hear it — but I glanced over at the TV every so often and saw his supercilious mug. I came home and watched it here and just decided to take a screenshot of his face every so often, when it got that know-it-all look. Below the fold is the gallery of shots I took.

I just really don’t like this guy on a visceral level and I think this has something to do with it.

Keep in mind, I’m not simply trying to find shots of him looking stupid. I just hit pause every time (well, not every time — that would take forever!) occasionally when I saw him getting that “I’m so smart” look — and then I took a screenshot. Here is the result.


Loving Mia Love

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:17 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Do not suggest to Mia Love of Utah, the first female African American Republican elected to Congress, that race and gender played a part in her win, because as CNN commentators discovered, she gives voters and herself more credit than that:

“This has nothing do with race,” Love said. “Understand that Utahans have made a statement that they’re not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender, that they want to make sure that they are electing people who are honest and who have integrity. …That’s really what made history here. Race, gender, had nothing to do with it.”

Pereira reiterated that their question was about why it had taken the GOP so long to elect a black woman, and what might need to happen for it to occur more often.

“In Saratoga Springs there are very few black residents,” Love replied. “I wasn’t elected because of the color of my skin, I wasn’t elected because of my gender. I was elected because of the solutions that I put at the table because I promised I would run a positive issues-oriented campaign and that’s what resonated.”

A golden opportunity to judge a woman by the content of her character was lost on CNN.


On Progressive’s Consistency in Defeat

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:42 pm

[guest post by JVW]

November 9, 1994
Sure the GOP had the Contract with America , a detailed plan for what they wanted to accomplish if they took control of Congress, but no voters bothered to read it and everyone was just voting their frustrations with the Washington, DC culture, even if it was only incumbent Democrats who lost. The new Congress has no mandate.

November 5, 2014
Well, the GOP didn’t have any detailed plans of what they wanted to accomplish if they took control of Congress, so voters were really just voicing their frustration with the whole Washington, DC gridlock and demanding that all sides compromise,* even if it was mostly Democrats who were defeated. The new Congress has no mandate.


*Recall that in the world of progressive media, “compromise” means “your side adopts our side’s priorities.”

Election Aftermath

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:18 am

So the GOP takes the Senate. Republicans can’t get anything passed, but they can submit legislation and make Obama veto it, and that’s exactly what they should do. At this point, the idea is to stake out positions for 2016. (Instead of doing what they should do, of course, they will allow Obama to force them to become obsessed with amnesty. Yay GOP!)

As for governors, Brownback held on in Kansas, which few predicted, and the GOP won a governorship in Illinois. I said, in Illinois! Meanwhile, Tim Scott of South Carolina became the first black Senator to be elected in the South since Reconstruction. If you haven’t been paying attention, he’s a Republican. Yay GOP! (For real this time.)

Closer to home, most of the propositions I wanted to see defeated, were. Proposition 47, which I told you will be a disaster, was a glaring exception — and we also approved billions in water bonds, which is a bad idea but unsurprising in a drought. A proposition to force the state to set aside money for a rainy day passed, which makes the Big Spenders sad, and yours truly happy. Much of the results in this area could be predicted simply by following the money; if one side was far better funded, that side won. Yay Big Money.

The quality of the results in the races for judge were mixed. On the positive side, Tom Griego beat Andrew Stein, who referred to himself as “Gang Homicide Attorney” — probably hoping voters would think he prosecutes gang members who commit homicide, when he actually defends them. If that was the idea, it didn’t work. Meanwhile, an actual gang homicide prosecutor, my friend Dayan Mathai, lost his runoff election. I’d like to think that it was a contest fought on the merits, but I tend to think instead that voters just weren’t comfortable with Dayan’s unusual name. Yay voters!

All in all, a pretty good night. Time to go to work.

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