November 11, 2006
I'm not sure what all this means but in the top 25 college polls the following teams lost this weekend: #3 Louisville, #4 Texas, #5 Auburn, #8 California, #13 Tennessee.
The 16th ranked Badgers won today beating Iowa.
If there is anyone who understands polls and the BCS and all that crap, it is not me...
But I do know enough to understand that all of these top 15 teams losing should be good for the Badgers ranking.
“Freedom – no word was ever spoken that has held out greater hope, demanded greater sacrifice, needed to be nurtured, blessed more the giver, damned more its destroyer, or come closer to being God’s will on earth. And I think that’s worth fighting for, if necessary.”
- General Omar N. Bradley
My heartfelt gratitude to all who have served and sacrificed so much.
God Bless our veterans and may God Bless America.
The amazingly liberal editor of the Racine Journal Times (A wholly owned subsidiary of Jim Doyle and the Democratic party of Wisconsin) shared the following bit of "objectivity" with his readers. The only problem is he wrote this column AFTER the elections.
Not one word about any of this leading up to the election.
Put out a new sign: Wisconsin's not for sale
“Jim Doyle — he put Wisconsin up for sale.”
(actually he did more than put it up for sale, he sold it)
Remember that, Jim. We hope that you do. We hope your ears are burning over it and that now, now while the insult is still fresh in your memory, that you use your second term to do something about it.
In your victory speech you lamented that “this has been a difficult campaign, and sometimes it got a little more heated than any of us wanted.”
Heated? Heated we can take governor.
But this one was downright nasty, full of lies and half-truths and conducted in such a manner that it tarred honest – if opposing - politicians on both sides–And you are not innocent in this, Mr. Governor.
(Really? Not innocent = guilty.... word choice means so much. Doyle = Guilty. I like the sound of that)
There were ads on your behalf that were just as nasty as the ones that besmirched your integrity – ads accusing your opponent Mark Green of using “dirty money” in the race. That was money from Green’s federal campaign coffers – raised legitimately – not some laundered mob cash or Columbian drug money funneled into the state.
(Not only ads on his behalf Randy, ads he ran told lie after lie, I can email some of them to you if you'd like. Seriously, I'll even point out the lies. Or you could ask your city and web editors to show you, I pointed them out to them and they ignored them)
Its use in a state race was in honest dispute. Yet even that honest dispute was tarred by the lobbying of Democrat appointees on the state Elections Board to urging them to block its use for political advantage. We’re tired of the excuses – excuses that one side has to do it to offset the big bucks flowing into the coffers on the other side and from the “issue-based” political action groups as well.
(Hint: Maybe you should look at another of your favorite sons Russ Fiengold who brought us the lunacy of 527 groups... And one reminder, you had no issues about those groups when they brought you a hand picked group of school board members straight from WEAC)
As we noted earlier on these pages, one campaign treasurer quit this month in mid-race after she became disgusted with the outside money flowing into an Assembly race and the attack ads mounted by unregulated special interest groups. That’s shameful.
(Campaign treasurers.... must avoid Tim Daley reference)
We’re tired of hearing candidates feign innocence at these well-financed, vicious mailings that all-too-often fail to even disclose who is behind them and who has put up the money.
(You are so tired only after the election where John Lehman ran a very negative campaign while complaining of negative campaigning. You called his opponent on it, but never him)
We’re tired of the connect-the-dots stories about state government contracts that go to generous political donors – even if the last dot hasn’t been connected.
(I'm not sure why you are tired of them, you don't write about them, well until after its too late to do anything about it anyway)
That goes for you and tribal donations, for Green and oil and pharmaceutical donations now just as much as it does for Tommy Thompson and state roadbuilders years ago.
(How about County officials using county resources for re-election purposes? Does that count too?)
The governor’s race in Wisconsin is expected to have a price tag of $30 million this year. With the roar of that kind of money in political races, it’s only a matter of time before the quid gets connected to the pro-quo as it did in the pay-to-play scandals of former Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala, who, coincidentally was just released from jail this past week.
(you mean released from his living room this week...)
We want no more scandals in Wisconsin. We don’t even want the suggestion of them.
(good thing we have journalists like you who ignore them then!)
And we want no more excuses on how campaign finance reform can’t be accomplished. It can. Use your office as a bully pulpit to advocate for it.
(see prior Fiengold comment)
Start with the revival of Senate Bill 1 to reform the state Elections Board and Ethics Boards, merge them and give them powers to investigate and prosecute abuses of public offices. Then demand the Senate and Assembly put together a package that reins in the “independent” advocacy groups and requires disclosure on who they are, how much they’re spending on advertising and where the dollars come from.
(Is this for all time, ot just the next election cycle where you take everything from an attack site like Progressive Majority Wisconsin seriously, and ignore RDW which breaks actual news about this community?)
Set up public campaign funding to offset incursions by special interest advocacy groups so candidates aren’t blindsided and left with no means to respond.
(Hey Randy, you want the public to pay for the campaign of every nutburger who runs for office? Seriously?!? Dr. Thomas is running for the 8th time, lucky him. Just where are we going to get that money? Oh yeah, Dems won we can tax the rich for everything! Woo Hoo!)
You can’t wring the money out of the political system in a week or a few months, but you can use your office to demand change and put a wrench in the money-gets-access-gets-results wheel that has been spinning out of control in state politics.
(how do you wring the ultra biased editor and reporters out of a paper that only caters to half of the community it serves?)
Don’t let anyone accuse you of putting Wisconsin up for sale again.
(I'm confused. Do you not want Jim Doyle to put Wisconsin up for sale again, or do you want him to fix the campaign laws so no one can accuse him of putting Wisconsin up for sale again?)
November 10, 2006
"No problem, just let me in," says the man.
"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven then you can choose where to spend eternity."
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the senator."I'm sorry, but we have our rules."And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit heaven." So, 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven.
Now choose your eternity.
"The senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning ....... Today you voted."
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a centrist Democrat seeking an early edge in an all-but-certain crowded presidential field, launched a long-shot bid for the White House Thursday.
Fifteen months before his own state holds caucuses — the first step in the nominating process — Vilsack announced his candidacy, filed documents with the Federal Election Commission and heralded a multistate tour beginning Nov. 30.
The governor is the first Democrat to file for the presidency although a number of better known candidates are presumed to be running.
"Americans sent a clear message on Tuesday. They want leaders who will take this country in a new direction," he said in a statement. "They want leaders who share their values, understand their needs, and respect their intelligence. That's what I've done as governor of Iowa, and that's what I intend to do as president."
Overshadowing the announcement is the upheaval in Washington as Democrats captured control of the House and Senate in Tuesday's elections. But Vilsack, a little-known Midwest governor, needs all the attention he can get — and the first infusion of campaign cash.
Vilsack said he plans a "Gala Celebration of American Community" on Dec. 2 in Des Moines as his initial fundraising event.
Scott is trying to convince me the people in Iraq were better off with Saddam's dictatorship than the independent government they are trying so very hard to solidify today.
My gut reaction is to make a list, but I'm going to resist that.
You folks can chat it up.
Iraq, better off now or before?
EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Miss. - A Democratic congressman from New York says he wasn't trying to insult Mississippi in published remarks Thursday, but a Republican colleague from Mississippi says Rep. Charles Rangel should apologize to the state.
Rangel, D-N.Y., was quoted in a Thursday article in The New York Times, saying: "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?"
Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., issued a news release criticizing Rangel's words.
"I hope his remarks are not the kind of insults, slander, and defamation that Mississippians will come to expect from the Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C.," Pickering said.
November 9, 2006
“How come they don’t come up with Propositions that are so obviously good for us you couldn’t possibly argue against them?”
Here’s what I mean.
Proposition 666 – Bans any music that sounds like Satan is rising from the dead i.e. Korn, Hole, or RAP music, from being blared out of any motor vehicle. First offenders would be fined $5,000. The funds would be used for contraceptive research within any community that listens to that crap. Second offense – Death.
Proposition A.D.D. – Provides grants to Soup Plantation and Home Town Buffet to build child only areas with separate buffet lines and sound proof buffers. Also encourages the creation of separate “senior” buffet lines with electronic moving walkways.
Proposition 711 – Provides funding for language training and deodorant for liquor store, convenience store, fast food establishment workers and cab drivers.
Proposition A.M. – Bans the elderly or anyone that doesn’t have a job from driving on the freeways before 9:00am. Estimated cost savings, $500 Billion dollars annually. This measure is opposed by the oil companies and my mother-in-law.
Proposition “Quick Stop” – Mandates the knowing of what the hell you want to order before going through a fast food drive thru. Bans all women from going thru a fast food drive thru at any time because it is physically impossible for them to know what they want ahead of time.
Proposition “Bye Bye” – Mandatory death penalty sentence for any politician, corporate big shot or religious leader convicted of child molesting.
Proposition “Bye Bye 2” – Mandatory death penalty sentence for any politician, corporate big shot or religious leader convicted of embezzlement or any financial wrong doing of any kind.
Proposition “Obvious” – Mandates the planting of evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction before, or immediately after, the invading of any country.
Proposition “Juan Valdez” – Has nothing to do with immigration. Provides funding for low income coffee drinkers that have maxed out their home equity lines and so they can no longer afford go to Starbucks.
This is the kind of crap I think of when I can’t sleep the night before Election Day. It’s now 11:55 pm. Why am I up typing this stuff?
I’m craving a torpedo sandwich right now. Hmm.....That should be a new Proposition.
Proposition “Provolone” – Mandates that all overweight middle aged Italians drive a Cadillac and are given free government
And Italian rolls.
And Italian dressing.
Damn this is not good.
Where do you get a torpedo sandwich at midnight?
That should be a new Proposition!!!
Proposition “Midnight Deli” – Mandates that at least one Italian Deli be open 24 hours in every city in the United States, Panama and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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At the writing of this letter, a friend of mine had already received 184 women, four of whom were worth keeping.
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I’m very disappointed in some people of Caledonia.
Recently my children placed fliers in some of the mailboxes of our community. They stated that their school was having a food drive, in which last year they raised 14,655 pounds of food.
My children asked anyone interested in donating items to place the items by their front doors. They felt good, believing they did the right thing.
We then received calls from people complaining about fliers in their mailboxes. We even had the Post Office calling, saying that we couldn’t do this and we might have to pay postage.
People complain that children are always getting into trouble.
I have two kids which I try to raise right, they are trying to help, and they get this.
My kids didn’t expect anyone to donate, they asked, and the calls and attitudes were uncalled for.
I don’t want my kids to get discouraged, I want them to know that there are good people in this world.
To all those people who called and had attitudes, I’m sorry that your hearts are so cold.
To the people who support my children, thank you.
November 8, 2006
First of all congratulations to the Democrats. They understand a few very simple things about the American psyche, and they played them well.
One, Americans have a very short memory. They have forgotten the horror of 9-11. The news media counted every American lost in the war on terror. At some point, people forgot that we were attacked and decided the price we were paying was too high. I'm not going to argue the merits of the war, we have done that to death and I still think I am right. My position used to be in the majority, now it is in the minority. Much of America has decided the price we have paid is too high, it is that simple.
Two, if you say something often enough people will start to believe it after a while. Democrats everywhere did not come out with any real plan, they ran against a troubled Congress and a troubled President. The message was simply change. And everyone has heard the adage change is good.
Please no one share some silly talking points from any website. No one reads position papers. You are what you say in your advertising and in the press. All we really heard was rhetoric and attacks from the vast majority of Democrats.
When it comes down to it though this election was lost in '04 when the President stopped being as aggressive in Iraq in the run-up to his re-election bid. He took a less aggressive stance and stuck stubbornly to his position. That stubborn optimism ultimately cost his party the majority.
The biggest loser in Wisconsin was obviously Kathleen Falk. The promised blue wave came, her candidacy was so weak she could not even ride the strongest Democratic surge in her lifetime. The lie filled ad run by Xoff's group had to hurt her. In fact, it likely cost her the election.
That ad earned Bill Christopherson a defamation lawsuit and I'd bet you a dollar to a donut his lawyers told him to stop blogging.
What we really have now is an example of how to beat the majority party; obstruct, complain, impugn, insult, repeat.
I wonder if the Democrats would like the same strategy if it turned around on them.
Sorry, folks it will never happen.
Conservatives know the best way to win when in the minority is to let liberals be liberals. There is nothing progressive in their approach, what we will get is a steady diet of larger government and higher taxes. When the people get tired of that, conservatives will regain power.
I have encountered several people today who were completely freaked out and thought their taxes would skyrocket immediately. If the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire the hardest hit will be families with children.
That will not be allowed to happen. Remember, the election for President started today. The last thing the Democrats want to do is tick off the soccer moms by passing along a $500 per kid tax increase. Oh fees and sneaky stuff will go up, but the Democrats will pick on businesses and "the rich" as long as they have their eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania.
That being said the Democrats will likely suck enough money out of the economy to slow the economy, but they have Bush to blame for that so all is good in leftie land.
The Democrats will hold their majorities and take the White House in 2008 if, and only if, they watch the taxes and the spending.
A few thoughts in no random order:
- Cathy Stepp is a class act. We spent a few minutes chatting last night, her kids are lucky to have her back home.
- Will Bryan Kennedy become the next Jeff Thomas? (I think Folkbum still thinks Kennedy is going to win)
- Speaking of Jeff Thomas, hey Jeff is 8 times a charm?
- I hope Steve Herr runs again.
- Three words to be heard in the future: Senator Paul Ryan.
- I don't care how many times they count, Allen will lose his senate race.
- I don't care how many times they count, Al Gore did not win Florida.
- I don't care how many times they count, John Kerry did not win Ohio.
- I don't care how many times they count, Kathleen Falk lost.
- If we get another Supreme Court nominee before '08 the most important member of the Senate may be Senator Herb Kohl.
- Joe Lieberman is a class act.
- I kind of miss Justin Sowa.
- Kurt Vlach ran Tim Daley's campaign. If Daley runs again, I hope he uses Vlach again.
- People in Racine did not understand the health care referendum they approved. The Journal Times did roughly 4,982 editorials on the gay marriage issue, and 1 or 2 on the health care referendum. The vote on that meant nothing. If the people really knew what that meant it would not have gotten over 40%.
- John Lehman can thank the Journal Times, in part, for his election. They are a lefty paper, everyone knows that, but the sheer advocacy they put toward Lehman was truly astounding. Lehman put out very negative campaign materials, McReynolds pointed out Lehman's voting record yet somehow the paper gave Lehman a complete pass while demonizing Bill McReynold's campaign as being negative.
- I got to know Bill McReynolds during this campaign, he truly is a class act.
- The Journal Times completely ignored the evidence that Racine's Sheriff Carlson was using county resources in his election bid, and several other significant stories broken here relating to the election. The Racine paper has pretty well ignored the vast majority of Doyle's scandals. If they wish to be advocates fine, I just wish they would admit their bias. Go ahead, look at their editorials and tell me when the last time the paper took a conservative stance on anything... It amazes me how completely that paper ignores a significant part of the community.
That's enough for now. There should be enough material here to make people's heads spin.
Hey, did Casper win anything?
Kenosha Kid 123
Scott F 115
Peter Digaudio 107
Dean TC 71
Steve H 71
Still Unreal 48
RW Wacko Stu 15
Pete F -11
Steve Egg -16
The Game -19
GOP Folk -43
Congratulations to the Kenosha Kid, the prognostication genius of RDW!
(No Scott there will not be a recount, but an excellent effort as well!)
Update: I missed Grump's in my initial report. Excellent job Grumps!
November 7, 2006
Belling is reporting a case of vote fraud in West Allis where someone could not vote as a vote had already been cast in his name by someone else a few minutes earlier.
This is EXACTLY why we need voter ID in Wisconsin.
This is disenfranchisement. Someone stole this man's vote and there isn't a damn thing anyone can do to catch the thief who stole this man's vote.
This is the kind of activity Jim Doyle is protecting by his continued veto of this common sense legislation. He knows fraud favors him.
This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was voter #777.
In '02 my district yielded 911 votes, there was a constant stream of 25 to 30 people and things were picking up with the after work crowd, in fact the ward was running short on ballots and reserves were being brought down from City Hall. No doubt in my mind they will crush the '02 number.
There were people in line confused about the marriage amendment. I was happy to end their confusion. I did not tell them how to vote, just what each vote meant.
There was one frustrated looking one poll watcher, I didn't recognize him so I kind of think he was a Dem.
Someone with the last name Vlach was two spots in front of me? Kurt's family? Beats me.
Things were moving quickly and professionally.
This morning, I saw a few people in line inside (door opened as I drove by).
I don't know what that means, I just thought I would relay it to you folks.
November 6, 2006
Democrats in Eau Claire are illegally offering free food in an effort to bribe people for their vote.
Today, a complaint had to be filed against Democrat Kathleen Vinehout’s campaign for handing out free food in violation of Wisconsin’s “election bribery” law. The Executive Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Rick Wiley, says he doubts even free food will help Vinhout’s campaign.
“Apparently, Kathleen’s campaign is so out of steam, they have to offer free hotdogs for votes,” Wiley said, “Cigarettes, pastries and now hotdogs for votes. No wonder Democrats want universal health care. The people they are bribing for their vote are going to need it.”
Kathleen Vineholt’s campaign manager was spotted putting up flyers on the UW-Eau Claire campus for a phony front group called “Students 4 Students Voting.”
The flyers offer free hotdogs for voters, a clear violation of Wisconsin law. Wisconsin Statute 12.11(1) defines “election bribery” as “. . . any amount of money, or any object which has utility independent of any political message it contains and the value of which exceeds $1.” Wiley says he’s not surprised that Vineholt has resorted to breaking Wisconsin law to get votes.
“Kathleen Vineholt is continuing a Democrat tradition of Election bribery,” Wiley said, “For Democrats, it’s a lot easier to illegally hand out freebies than it is to come up with a plan to make Wisconsin better.”
A complaint was also filed on Vineholt’s campaign because a UW-Eau Clair professor was caught coordinating with Democrats at taxpayer expense. According to the complaint filed today, a professor was using her taxpayer funded e-mail to get students to accept rides from Democrats to the polls. On those shuttles, voters were handed a completed sample ballot with all the Democrats filled in – making it clear they were to vote for Democrats to enjoy the free perk.
Jim Doyle’s administration remains under investigation by Federal, State and County authorities.
Wisconsin voter fraud hotline: 1-866-683-3728
We are our own leaders. Casper.
The drinks will be flowing. Patrick.
I don’t know if the robocalls are leaving messages. Owen.
Cranky elderly poll worker repellent - check. Phelony.
We will place drunken phone calls to your boss. Aaron.
Put down the kool-aid and back away slowly man. Scott.
Get thee to thy local field office. Jenna.
...there is a Supreme Court justice that has received some grave medical news and will retire by years end... Pete. (really?!?)
Stop thinking about the lesser of two evils. Jason.
Sean's goal was to "fix" Nicole before he left. Spinner Dan.
But wait, there's more... Fred.
Place your bets and let the games begin... Ala.
The pizza is great. Elliot.
Take that, John Kerry. Sykes.
Maybe they went to the Donovan Riley school of ballot casting. Eric.
I recommend writing in Dave Casper. Steve.
Owen the has all the deatails , but here is an excerpt:
I have reports from two people in Waukesha County who have received recorded calls about the marriage amendment. They say, “If you believe in heterosexual marriage, then vote NO.” There isn’t a disclaimer and the caller ID is blocked. One of the women is a hardcore Republican.
Blocked caller ID and no disclaimer, that would be an ILLEGAL CALL!
Look, if you support traditional marriage vote yes.
If you do not support traditional marriage vote no.
UPDATE: Owen is reporting FAIR is making these calls. No big shock there this group is running the most dishonest campaign next to Falk.
- The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (November 1-4) shows Republicans cutting the Democrat lead on the generic ballot from down 11 last month (39-50) to down just four points today (43-47).
- Democrat interest in the election has remained relatively static, while Republican interest (+14) and enthusiasm (+10) have increased significantly, according to Pew, which concludes “Republicans now register a greater likelihood of voting than do Democrats...”
- The ABC/ Washington Post poll showed a net 10-point gain for Republicans among independents from last month. Pew showed a similar gain among independents of 10 points since last month and a huge 17-point net gain among moderates.
- The ABC/Washington Post poll shows the Republican edge in the generic ballot has increased 10 points among conservatives, from 68-29 (a month ago) to 73-24.
- According to the ABC/Washington Post poll, among those who have been contacted by campaigns, 70% were contacted by Republicans while only 61% were contacted by Democrats.
- John Kerry’s “stuck in Iraq ” remark has attracted the attention of eighty-four percent of voters, and 19%—including 18% of independents—say it has raised serious doubts about voting for their local Democratic candidates. (John Kerry, the gift that keeps on giving)
- Following recent gains in the Dow and low unemployment numbers, those who see the economy as excellent or good increased from 36% to 44% in the Pew poll.
- Voters’ view of the direction of country has improved dramatically - a net14 point gain among those that see things going in the right direction in the ABC poll and a 12-point gain in Gallup .
Hmm, I have not seen the words red wave anywhere though.
November 5, 2006
When voting on Tuesday I intend to vote in the following way.
Governor: Mark Green
Congress: Paul Ryan
Racine County State Senate: Bill McReynolds
Wisconsin Senate: Dave Casper (write in)
Attorney General: JB Van Hollen
State Assembly: Van Wanggaard
Lieutenant Governor: Jean Hundertmark
Dog Catcher: Dave Casper (write in)
Clerk of Courts: Taraesa Wheary
Racine County DA: Dave Casper (write in)
Racine Treasurer: Betty Majeski
Racine County Sheriff: Rob Molnar
Register of Deeds: Jim Ladwig
Gay Marriage Referendum (binding) : Yes
Death Penalty Referendum (advisory) : Yes
Iraq Referendum (advisory) : No
Health Care Referendum (advisory) : No
Remember, when in doubt, write in Dave Casper.
Don't know Casper? He is running for everything.
I set up the VCR to tape Sykes and Belling's TV shows this morning before I went to church.
I normally don't do that, but I like these pre-election show's to catch the predictions.
Something interesting, or not interesting pending on your perspective, struck me.
The lefties on the shows picked all leftie candidates to win, the righties picked all rightie candidates to win.
For what it is worth, the lefties predicted much wider margins of victory for their candidates.
This begs a question...
Please, do not let this degenerate into a day before election day slime fest, we are all on edge and I would like to have a rational discussion here...
Do our partisan preclusions keep us from making intelligent prognostications? Whew, that is a whole bunch of P words.
In other words do our ideological leanings prevent us from seeing things in a fair unbiased way?
When I have analyzed this election I have tried to take my own leanings out of it and answer by what I think will happen rather than what I hope will happen. Looking at these two shows with their so-called experts it looked like what they believed would happen is exactly what they wanted to happen.
We'll figure out who the hot prognosticator is in our election contest. You have one more day to enter!
So chat it up, (without slinging insults and accusations) can we be objective without inserting our partisanship?