It Must Suck to be an Incumbent

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Whether you’re the party darling or the federal office holder, 2010 is shaping up to be your  last year in politics.

In Kentucky, Tea Party Republican, Rand Paul, opened a can of whoop-ass on Republican party favorite, Trey Grayson. No single race proves the strength or impact of the Tea Party, but races like Paul’s demonstrate that the right candidate with the right campaign team with the strong backing of the Tea Party and 9-12 Project can blow away the party candidate. Don’t read anymore into it.

And don’t read too much into the PA12 race to fill Jack Murtha’s seat. This race involved a single district in Pennsylvania where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one.  Tim Burns’s opponent ran to the right of Ronald Reagan:  pro-life, pro-gun, anti-ObamaCare, and anti-Cap and Trade.  Critz also was credited with being shovel man in Murtha’s pork-barrel filling operation.

Additionally, thanks to traditional Republican circular firing squads, there were approximately 16,000 under votes in the special election.  Yesterday, Burn was not only the GOP candidate in the special election, but he was on the Primary ballot against establishment Republican, Bill Russell, for this November’s general.  It seems Russell’s supporters were encouraged not to vote in the special election. It’s difficult for a Republican to beat both a Republican and a Democrat.

Russell’s strategy backfired.  He’s losing the primary race to Burns.  But he did succeed in ensuring Burns will face an incumbent Democrat.  Way to go, Einstein.

Across PA, RINO-cum-Democrat, Arlen Specter lost soundly to Any Democrat.  In this case, Any Democrat was played by Congressman Jay Sestak.  (Pronounced: who cares?) This commercial explains why cynicism, even naked cynicism, won’t cell in 2010:

In Arkansas, it appears Blanche Lincoln’s career will be decided by a  run-off in June.

So what does it all mean?

1. Incumbents and party favors are out

2. Money can still buy votes

3. Republicans are still the only people who can beat Republicans—and they do it very well.

4. Pat Toomey (PA) and Rand Paul (KY) will be freshman Senators together next January.

Obama Caves to Fanatical Left

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Obama Intelligence Pick Torpedoed By Bloggers – Transition Tracker

John Brennan, Obama’s chief intelligence adviser and anticipated CIA chief, was recently forced to withdraw his name. There was no drumbeat of opposition to Brennan from the front pages or on cable. Rather, the pick was torpedoed by the blogosphere.

“Apparently there is a lot of pressure on the Obama team from a blog saying that Brennan couldn’t be made the director of the CIA because he was involved in torture and renditions, which he wasn’t,” said Mark Lowenthal, former assistant CIA director.

Very bad sign.  One of the first challenges a new president faces is dealing with the extremists in his own party–or on the fringes of his own party.  Ronald Reagan had the John Birchers whom he deftly defied and ignored.  Clinton, before his election, shouted down Sister Soljah.  George W. Bush went a step further, pissing off his core supporters by spending like a drunken sailor for 8 years. 

While Obama seems determined to go forward with the Rick Warren invitation, he has folded to left-wing bloggers over his choice for Director of Central Intelligence.  Not good.

America is at war with Islamofascist murders.  This war requires a strong, skilled, and experienced CIA director.  So far, Obama has failed to make any major intelligence appointments, indicating that foreign policy was not a strategic objective of his campaign.  (Clinton as SECSTATE was purely political and likely offered in August.)

Other than this retreat, Obama’s pre-Inaugural work has been uniformly outstanding, all things considered.  He has assembled a centrist cabinet, for the most part, and allowed W to twist in the wind over the economy–which his cronies destroyed.   But now the left is on his case.  How he deals with the radicals whom he encouraged for 2 years will determine to a large degree the success of his administration. 

For America’s sake, let’s hope he tells them to bugger off. 

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Particularly Beware This Boy

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It turns out, according to a Zogby poll to be released in its entirety today, that most Obama voters are woefully, frighteningly, and unforgivably ignorant of the basic facts of government and of Barack Obama himself.  Not surprising.  Dickens warned us of the dangers of ignorance in "A Christmas Carol":

Suddenly, Scrooge noticed something strange about the ghost. Two children-like figures were at the ghost’s feet – a boy and a girl. But, they looked old and dreadful, like little monsters. Scrooge was shocked.

“Spirit, are they your creatures?” Scrooge asked.

“They are Man’s creatures,” said the spirit “The boy is Ignorance. The girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all beware this boy” said the spirit.

Neither our schools–Kindergarten through Ph.D.–nor our press is fit to properly inform and educate voters.   Both institutions are partisans.  Schools, for the most part, promote socialism and anti-Americanism.  They dumb down kids, teach to the least capable, and eschew the values that once defined an American:  individualism, competition, and excellence.  The press is, well, the press. 

The other culprit here is high voter turnout.  Since the most educated and informed voters tend to vote every election (about 30 percent), the math requires that the higher the turnout, the more ignorant the average voter.  Since Democrats appeal disproportionately to uninformed people, it makes sense that Obama captured the clueless vote. 

Expect to see a lot of bumper stickers that read "Don’t Blame Me–What’s Vote?"

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He Gives a Damn Good Concession Speech

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Holy crap!  That was the best speech McCain ever delivered.  It was heartfelt and powerful.  It was moving.  It was . . . remarkable.

And it reminded me of a great reason to celebrate.  Let me explain.

I was born in 1963 when there were still “Colored” and “White” drinking fountains.  Obama’s a few years older.

Tonight, despite my best efforts and many others, we have a black President.  That’s amazing in a very good way.

If there’s a silver lining in this election, it’s this:  America is now a color-blind society.  Martin Luther King must be smiling, not for Obama’s election, but for America’s maturity. 

God bless America.

8:00 PM CST: Update: Brit Hume is drunk. Self-government remains on life-support

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Fox New just called Ohio for Obama, meaning McCain is mathematically eliminated.

UPDATE:  Looks like Obama has won Florida.  Michigan and Minnesota have gone communist, joining Wisconsin.

UPDATE:  Why is Major Garrett interviewing Adolf Hitler?

UPDATE 8:05:  Senate Calls (that matter) John Barrasso (R) wins special election in Wyoming; Mike Enzi (R) wins re-election; Republican Pat Robert wins re-election in Kansas; Tim Johnson (D) wins re-election in SD; Dems pick up Pete Dominici’s Senate seat in New Mexico (Dems +4); Jeff Session retains his seat, as does Thad Cochran (both Republicans); the special election for Senate in Mississippi too close to call, but the Republican leads.

UPDATE 8:16:  Allapundit is swinging the towel above his head in preparation for throwing.

Good night, comrades.