Archive for May 11, 2011
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The Political Platypus: Matt Dean’s Mother
The Platypus is amused, but not surprised, at a little anti-intellectual dustup in Minnesota, one of the nicest states in the Union.
Apparently, bestselling author Neil Gaiman took a $45,000 speakers fee from the people of Stillwater, who used state money to pay it.
He later issued a non-apology apology, saying his mother told him to apologize for calling Mr. Gaiman names but he still thought the fee excessive.
Of course, the fee was donated to charity, as is Mr. Gaiman’s usual practice, but still.
Apparently, public arts funding is only to be used for things that Mr. Dean likes.
Corrected: 5/11/2011 2:05PM PDT
In case any of you ever thought politics wasn’t fun, I give you the special election in NY-26 to be held on May 24th, called by Governor Cuomo to replace freshman Chris Lee who resigned in February after the married Congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on an Internet dating site.
Though Lee was one of only three Republicans in his state’s 29-member legislative caucus, NY-26 has been a reliably Republican seat for many years, often won by as much as a 40-point spread. But this special election is surprisingly competitive.
The race is between GOP candidate Jane Corwin and Democrat Kathy Hochul, and the conservative vote is being split by perennial candidate Jack Davis* who is running on the Tea Party ticket. Recognizing what a blow it will be to Republican morale in 2012 if they lose another “safe” GOP seat, Karl Rove’s committee is plowing $350,000 into the race on Corwin’s behalf. The DCCC has just announced they will weigh in on Hochul’s behalf with a major ad buy as well, probably about $250,000.
Hochul is relentlessly hammering on the Ryan budget plan to gut Medicare and give further tax cuts to the wealthy, and her message is playing surprisingly well in dark-red upstate New York. The most recent polls now show the Democrat running slightly ahead of her GOP rival.
*Note: In an earlier version of this article, we erroneously linkes to Jack Davis, the cartoonist, on Wikipedia, instead of Jack Davis, the industrialist. We regret the error.
- A Special Election May Be a Special Case (FiveThirtyEight)
- NY-26: Dem Kathy Hochul in the lead in new DK/SEIU poll (dailykos.com)
- The GOP Again Learns That When It Plants Ice It’s Going To Harvest Wind (themoderatevoice.com)
- DK Elections: NY-26: DCCC, Crossroads send money (dailykos.com)
- NY-26: Is there any surer sign our poll was right? (dailykos.com)
- New York 26th Special Election Just Keeps Getting Better (lezgetreal.com)
- NY-26: Jane Corwin (R) leads by just five in new poll (dailykos.com)
- Ad Wars: DCCC Jumps Into N.Y. Special Election (blogs.wsj.com)
- American Crossroads Spends Big in N.Y. House Election (blogs.wsj.com)
- New York special election in national spotlight (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Democrat Moves Ahead in NY-26 Race (politicalwire.com)
Recently I posted “The Elephant in the Room,” in which I opined the birther movement was a clear manifestation of racism. Michael disagreed, stating it was merely political, the natural behavior of a political party looking for any weapon with which to attack a formidable opponent.
I countered there must be a reason for this group to choose Barack Obama’s “non-Americanism” as their weapon…and that reason was racism. If not, I argued, why have we not seen birther movements in the past, since there have surely been presidential candidates whose parents were not born in the United States? Michael immediately countered with this, completely shredding my argument. He later teased me by saying I should have known better than to make such a rash statement without researching it first.
Indeed. My humiliation is complete. I am totally pwned.