Probably not, to hear Alex Pareene tell it:
These days, angry conservatives seem to get much more excited about campaigns to punish insufficiently conservative Republicans than they do about campaigns to actually defeat Democrats. This is maybe the result of Obama’s reelection, because most Republican losses in the modern era are followed by angry calls for the party to be more conservative. One of the most prominent of the groups currently capitalizing on the fervor is the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that has made a lot of money shouting fantasies about killing Obamacare. Now they are going to spend some of that money on defeating Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, which is a very silly thing for conservatives to spend money on.
Oh, but they hate McConnell. Conservatives hate McConnell so, so much. Erick Erickson, a reliable indicator of the mind-set of the “shout harder and we’ll win!” caucus, is sending the Senate Conservatives Fund money “to help with their fight.” The Senate Conservatives Fund has already been running ads attacking him for not defunding Obamacare, so endorsing his challenger is really just the logical next step…
The campaign to take down Mitch McConnell is insane, from a conservative perspective. McConnell is the single most effective legislator Republicans have, and he’s used his power to advance the interests of the conservative movement. The Senate GOP is much, much more pragmatic than the House GOP, and it contains genuine squishes, if not quite RINOs (there are not many RINOs left in the world), and these squishes have more power than any given House squish. Susan Collins’ plan to end the shutdown didn’t go anywhere, but it was a more serious threat to GOP unity on the fight than anything Peter King did. McConnell has spent every day since Barack Obama’s first inaugural keeping those squishes in line. Thanks largely to him, the most “moderate” Republicans in the Senate have stood with the rest of party in opposition to nearly all of Barack Obama’s agenda…
So, yes, fund a primary campaign against Mitch McConnell. Definitely do this, conservatives. It will work out great. Even if Bevin beats McConnell and wins the seat, Republicans will have traded their best parliamentary weapon for another Mike Lee. Good strategy, everyone. “This guy sure is good at saying stuff to Sean Hannity, now we’ll finally start winning all the politics, forever.”…
Apart from pointing & mocking, what’s on the agenda for the evening?
I’m at the Wodehouse Society convention in Chicago. Spent the day listening to Riveting Talks and am getting ready for the Banquet this evening.
Republicans have built up such a resistance to the Crazee that even the threat of a global financial meltdown does not register on their tiny brains; “oh, that won’t happen” is the extent of their thinking on the matter!
And they have been cushioned from reality for so long. They will never recover. They must be marginalized.
@Shana: Is that PG Wodehouse? If so, sounds delightful!
Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader
McConnell has been the single-most effective conservative legislator of the last thirty years. We should do a fundraiser for Bevin.
McConnell may be in trouble anyway. Recent poll (PPP) shows Grimes leading him by 2 in a general (with 12% undecided, undecideds drop to 8% when “pushed” on the fact that McConnell voted for the shutdown). 60% said they opposed the shutdown. Also, have to say, this surprised me, there’s a half million more registered Dems in Kentucky than there are Republicans.
Long story short, a nasty primary doesn’t help him, and this Bevin character probably isn’t going to do better in a general…
In kentucky visiting my dad and my daughter is having a blast. Much happiness
I always thought it was fear of tea party primaries, same as in the House.
There’s a con for that? Awesome.
@Baud: i think senators are more dependent on corporate cash so he may have more leverage
The problem is the whackos, don’t hate just rino’s they hate the democracy that we have.
McConnell will win because he will say that he saved the country from default. Bevin never had a chance. McConnell brings home the pork.
Because the wrong people vote.
Probably not a whole lot of cosplay in evidence.
Villago Delenda Est
Well, some remedial repairs of my Schadenfreude meter, which is taking a beating these days with all those peg-outs.
Pointing and mocking isn’t enough?
Damn this is a tough room.
I’m assuming you’ve read Kristen Thompson’s excellent book “Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes,” but just in case:
I wish there was more Wodehouse available for Kindle — I would LOVE to have the Mulliner Omnibus available to read whenever the mood struck.
The only honorable course for the teabaggers is to pick up their marbles and go form their own political party. The nation will thank them.
@Shana: I can’t imagine what a Wodehouse Con would be like, except stylish, genteel and snarky, which is awesome.
I don’t know what I’m doing. I think I’m at a loss for existing anymore. Nothing appeals at all and I’m locking down my FB page before any well meaning morons wish me a happy birthday. This is nothing to celebrate, it’s been a torment and I’m sick of people who don’t get that acting like I have shit to be jubilant or motherfucking polite about.
@Villago Delenda Est: I’m sending mine in for factory service. Top end shattered earlier this week.
traded in the car today. ended up getting a volvo. my younger self is shaking his head sadly but SAFETY!
No fight = no $$ for the grift.
They don’t really care who they fight, anymore.
I told the clerk at Trader Joe’s that we were going to see my friends’ new dog and he said, “Happy dogwarming!”
Once my car wash is done, I’m going to try and grab some dogwarming gifts. Any ideas for a beagle-sized dog?
@ruemara: Happy Birthday!
Has anyone here bought a car off Craigslist? I’m used to buying Mac computer stuff, but vehicles are a whole different animal.
I know some of the basics and have my CA DMV forms ready. I was just wondering if anyone had experience and tips. Thanks.
Gyros from the Greek bar a block away, beers and the Pitt game. Then to the local club for some more beers. Making a yummy pot roast tomorrow. Fall is here and I hope the sun comes out tomorrow so I can take some good pix of our spectacular foliage at its peak and its best.
@ranchandsyrup: Treat it right and eventually pass it on to the bebeh.
You did the right thing, with the new baby to think of and all. Speaking of whom, how is she?
I know I keep telling you this, but you have GOT to get the hell out of that crappy town. Do you have any friends who would let you crash with them if you found a job in their town through Monster.com or something like that?
A hug, maybe? I, for one, am very glad you post here, if that means jack squat. But it does to me.
Have you looked at project Gutenberg? There are 40+ there, which I realise just scratches the surface.
Unfortunately for his fans, Wodehouse published continuously from 1902 until 1976 and kept his copyrights up, so almost everything he wrote is still copyrighted. Bastard!
@Shana: Hey, I’m at a writers’ conference where a Viking editor just gave me stunningly positive feedback on a manuscript. I celebrated with wine and am typing verrry carefully.
@Amir Khalid: she’s doing great! thanks. Had the pediatric visit and pushed our next appt back because she’s doing so well.
@efgoldman: thank you sir!
Taking big sister to the halloween festivities at Legoland tonight.
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): I don’t know if beagles are anything like corgis, but an indestructible chew toy is always appreciated by my Duncan. There is one shaped like a pacifier that you can put treats in that he really likes.
McConnell started the ‘every Republican will vote in lockstep against every piece of legislation Obama likes’ thing. That created the filibuster crisis in the Senate. His stated purpose was that making Obama lose reelection was more important than getting any governing done. He is a spiteful, conniving, meanspirited, racist aristocrat.
He is the Dr. Frankenstein who was horrified by his own monster 5 minutes ago, and now it may kill him.
@ruemara: I’m sorry that you are feeling unhappy. It is hard to be stuck in a place in life and to feel no relief. Been there, done that. I hope you can see your way clear to make some kind of change – a move or change of scenery in some way – that will help. I always appreciate your wise comments here.
Reveling in the aftermath of a parcel mailed to myself when in NY a month ago finally arriving yesterday.
Found under a pile of random stuff in the garage while helping mother pack up the house for her Big Move was something assumed had been tossed ages ago.
It’s a 40s (or very early 50s) hassock fan (very similar to this one – same brand and design, slightly different screen style). Had always been impressed with how it circulated air and cooled a room (as well as running extremely quietly), and had appropriated it and dragged it from abode to abode when lived on east coast.
Cost a pretty penny to mail it; turned it on today and the cottage has never been this comfortable on a hot day in the 30 years lived here.
The teeny little problem with that is they’ve lost them.
@ruemara: I’m feeling like we should send Higgs and Mary G on a mission to go rescue you. Hell that might be just what you need right now: a relocation near the beach and some time to figure shit out.
Lots of folks here care about you. I care about you. You’re close enough to the cusp to be a fellow Scorpio, and we’re fucking tough as nails. If you need it, get help. Please.
@ruemara: I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps you have nothing to lose by making a change, then?
@RobertDSC-iPhone 4: If you can see the vehicle maybe. Always have a “buyers check” where you pay an independent mechanic to go over it and pay special attention to a compression test. You want all cylinders within 5lbs of each other.
there’s a pretty fair amount available on the internet.
shit, I almost dropped dead from shock until I saw what you were responding to.
eta: pretty impressive, being such a reliable asshole that a simple birthday greeting couldn’t possibly be sincere.
Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader
Craigslist is just the new classifieds, what we called the “green paper” back in the day. Nothing to fear and you might even get laid.
@RobertDSC-iPhone 4: A friend who had a good experience said it’s easy to check out the car; but don’t neglect to check out the seller. Someone solid, and easy to track down afterwards, if you know what I mean.
I’m mostly wandering around the house, staring in disbelief at the ultrasound we had yesterday and vacillating between OMG BABY and SHIT — EXPENSIVE.
Cruz is from Canada. Went to Harvard. Hell, he’s even Cuban fer cripes sake. Think about it. He’s got to be a liberal plant. He’s the Manchurian Candidate. Or the Quebcian Candidate. Or sumpthin like that.
It’s a sign that this IS the END TIMES I tells ya!
Yes, shaking my head.
Although he can actually be okay at times. Unlike T&H.
I stayed up all last night binge-watching Ripper Street. Turned out to be pretty good, and now I’m glad I didn’t dump it a few months ago when I needed DVR space and was thinking it might be just another Copper.
One of those little coats? Should be warm enough……
IOW, the perfect Republican Senator…..
Nice as it is to read about Sen. Yertle’s travails, replacing his vile ass in the Senate is still going to be an uphill climb: Alison Grimes might be able to run a decent campaign (tho’ I think how much money can be raised and
blownspent on the KY media markets will be the final determinant) – but registration numbers aside, she’s going to have to find a really strong message to get across to overcome the (seeming intractable) pull of Teabaggery out there in “The Heartland”…
Is this a joke? Saw this a couple of times today, Cheney somehow afraid that he’s going to be killed by somebody sending an electrical signal disrupting his…what…his pacemaker?
Is this an old or a newer story? Shedding light on his mental state for how far back?
I think you need a “Fixt”, i.e. SHIT = EXPENSIVE
Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader
It’s a joke. Cheney can only be killed by otherworldly means.
I loved the entire series. The last couple of episodes were just brutal but brilliant tv.
@shelly: There’s going to be an interview on 60 Minutes tomorrow with the loathesome creature.
I have one of those devices myself, it’s not just a pacemaker, it’s a defibrillator as well. Hopefully no one hacks me. I don’t think I have earned as many enemies as he.
Yeah, it definitely got better as it went along. The first episode, which I did watch months ago, was a little weak, which is why I was comparing it to Copper, which I gave up on after two or three episodes. Now I’m psyched and ready for Season 2.
That’s it really, the Rethugs are all about selling, and their natural environment is FAUX for the wingnuts and Sunday panel shows for the corporatists. Outside of those environments they are useless.
The Democrats acutally care about governing. Lately they’re doing an astoundingly good job of it, considering what obstacles they have to overcome.
Oh, mystery solved. The old ghoul has a new book to sell.
I am catching up on the laundry (the city was working on the water mains last night/this a.m.), and giving a shout-out to Joseph Priestly as I crack open a delicious Coke Zero. It’s a shame Joe never got to try the fizzy concoctions the 20th and 21st centuries derived from his discovery.
@KG: Is Grimes better off against Yertle or a random Tea Party nutcase? Is she doing well because voters want more nuttiness or less?
Been that done there. More than once.
Just sent a hug your way, they are more useful than any amount of bullshit pleasantries.
I’ve moved to different parts of the country three times to start over, only once did I move in with a friend. That lasted less than a year. That ought to tell you a little about my life. It might be me, it might not.
What do you need today to make life better?
what’s on the agenda?
fried redfish, fried sea trout, grits and an heirloom tomato with the diameter of a 45rpm record.
Not a joke anyway. There were conversations around that time about hacking pacemakers, and wondering about Cheney, e.g. http://thepoorman.net/2008/08/13/too-little-too-late/ (including the comment thread. The post title may have been talking about cheney).
Maybe Cheney slightly preceded those conversations, but if not then they might have stoked his paranoia.
Hard to tell because Kentucky, but the Tea Party does horribly in Senatorial races. Rand made it by publicly disavowing the Tea Party the morning after he got the nomination.
“Bloke Coke,” colloquially, in the U.K., as its marketing is geared to young adult males who interpret the word ‘diet’ as being girly.
Maybe darth knows more about the NSA than he is letting on.
On my agenda for the evening – putting on an actual, goddamn suit so I can escort my lovely wife to one of her job related shindigs. I hate dressing up. For me, clean jeans represent a spiffy and polished fashion statement. Open bar, though, and she has agreed to be the designated driver.
Funny story I haven’t gotten to tell yet: I work at a furniture store and there’s an Indian restaurant in the same parking lot owned by a filthy rich guy that my boss has always had a trying relationship with. On Thursday, this guy hosted a benefit for Kirk Dillard, a Republican who’s running for governor here in IL, which we found out when his people jammed his campaign signs all over our property. They had me yank them out and the boss said that they weren’t allowed to do that, to which they said the restaurant guy told them it was all public property. Wonderful.
Then the crowd started showing up. By God, I’ve never seen so many tan slacks/navy blazer combos in my life. I assume they give you some when you register as a Republican. The crowd wasn’t completely white. Maybe 95%. And probably 55 years old on average. To that effect, I don’t know if the Indian restaurant guy catered to his customers’ wishes by ordering in chicken and potato salad instead of serving them his usual fare, but I’d say it’s not impossible.
Oh, and Kirk Dillard’s campaign signs have the “IL” in his name in orange, because it’s Illinois and all that. Problem is, the rest of his name is in white, so the first thing you see is the big “LARD” on the end. I’d ask for my money back if I was him.
Interesting tidbit in this thing.
Could get interesting if that keeps up. Under those conditions, wouldn’t Silver’s type models have a greater probability of being off? Nobody’s happy. I rather think or at least wonder positively if this might be more explicit during the primaries than the actual elections.
McConnell barely won in 2008, which was obviously a Dem year but well before The Crazy had reached such a fever pitch. I think part of it is that he’s been around forever and he’s not particularly charming and people are just tired of his dumb turtley face, to put it simply. As for whether Grimes would do better against Bevin, I think the historical record (O’Donnell, Angle, Akin, Mourdock) shows that Dems are better off rooting for the bigger nutjob in any given Republican primary.
@tybee: Oh my Dawg, how could you fry that redfish???
@Spaghetti Lee: The new Apple iLard!
@Spaghetti Lee: White LARD? Oh, the Manteca vote is a lock!
I just want you to know that I am rooting for you and sending you a big hug.
@Shana: Oooo, jealous! I must pay attention and get to one of the Wodehouse Do’s. I have a friend (through SF fandom) who’s been going to the Wodehouse con for years. I’d be very surprised if he wasn’t there – he lives in Chicago. Some of his photos of past events are pretty cool.
’cause it’s been a year since i have released one into the cast iron aquarium.
and i like fried fish with grits and fresh maters. and the stars aligned for that combination.
@ruemara: You’ve earned the right to be impolite. Maybe the time has come (or is being special delivery’d to you) for being selfish in a manner that best suits you right now.
In Australia the phrase is IIRC, “Change is as good as a holiday”, but that doesn’t mean change for change’s sake; it just means you’re ready for a new phase, whatever that is. I just turned 50, and it just dawned on me without the epiphany shit (that happened more than a dozen years ago, definitely not a religious experience) that my next phase was starting like a train leaving the station and I had better not miss it. I think you’ll recognize it without too much prompting.
Meanwhile, Mr S and I are at Conjecture, one of the little local general SF cons in San Diego. I’m planning to open late tomorrow so we can get to the Fall Plant Sale at Quail.
Pat Quinn. Governor’s race. I couldn’t name potential Durbin challengers if you quizzed me. Quinn barely pulled it out against nutso Bill Brady (who’s going at it again) in 2010, but it ain’t 2010 anymore.
Silver’s last comment on the race was mostly ‘It’s too early to claim anything is game changing. Wait and see.’
The Pale Scot
@RobertDSC-iPhone 4: Finding a car off Craigslist is just like finding in in a newspaper, almost.
Get a limited Carfax subscription and use email to get the vin numbers; but remember that if they payed cash at a non-dealer repair shop there won’t be anything listed, and an accident doesn’t have to be a deal killer but if they won’t show you the receipt for repairs walk away. One owner maintained at the dealership is what to look for, Blue Book usually isn’t the perfect guide to price. Look at dealer’s websites to get an idea of what the local used car market is. There are websites that track dealer’s inventory by zip code. Over a 100,000 mi isn’t a deal killer if they have all the maintenance records. Avoid people selling cars for other people (son, daughter, deceased, friend) who don’t have maintenance records. That never works out. If the car’s engine looks like it was steam cleaned suspect manifold leaks. With today’s complicated fuel systems it’s an expensive repair because of the labor involved removing them.
And if you do find something on a dealer’s website that you like, show up at the dealer with check for what you’re willing to pay 2-3 days before the end of the month and look for a salesperson who is a car short of his monthly bonus (SPIFFs), he/she might short his commission just get the spiff.
Don’t go crazy trying to save a couple hundred bucks, finding a good used car is the objective, and the owners of most know what they have and are looking to get more than they would at a trade in.
I always buy used, can’t abide losing G’s just by driving a car off the lot.
Hanging in Chicago after witnessing a quite lovely win by my Gophers earlier today.
The xkcd version of that Toles cartoon, for scientists and normal people, is true (trust me on this). But at least scientists are trying to characterize the world in a methodical way, as opposed to the save-tinkerbell-by-clapping-louder approach.
Last time I heard, the numbers were still good enough for it to be quite a profitable arrangement. You’ll know that NBC has started making unhappy noises when Notre Dame joins a football conference.
The Pale Scot
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): Steak is always appreciated.
@Frankensteinbeck: Yes, He’s a smart man, and that’s true. All the same, his model has more of the past baked in than Wang’s. Doesn’t mean it’s better or worse overall, just that it might be worse at handling discontinuities of behavior.
Spent the morning with about 50 other community organizers at LA Neighborhood Council training. I did a presentation, talking about our recent collaboration of 10 Neighborhood Councils in our 6th annual Disaster Preparedness Fair. Then I came home and watched UCLA take a dump against Stanford. Tomorrow going with the wife out to Thousand Oaks for their annual Street Fair, hope to make a few bucks selling her glass bead jewels.
As for Yertle, good riddance. I hope Grimes kicks his ass in the general.
@Bill Arnold: I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought of that XKCD.
I’m sure I’m too late, but you could be the evil friend & buy the little guy a Halloween costume. Darth Vader or Superman.
James E. Powell
Saw this a couple of times today, Cheney somehow afraid that he’s going to be killed by somebody sending an electrical signal disrupting his…what…his pacemaker?
What Cheney should fear is the existence of a just God.
@ruemara: Seriously, get on a car/bus/train/plane and visit Higgs and Mary. Or get help locally if you’ve got a support network. It’s damn obvious to me (and others) from your cry for help.
Also birthdays SUCK. I fucking hate the whole concept of them, except I think they’re adorable for little kids and impressive for really old people. I think once you get to like 13, birthdays should be a non event, except for 16, 18, 21, and 65, and then every one from 70 on.
Cool! Congrats! Scary…but endlessly rewarding.
My desire for a Tesla has really gone up. I want one. I really want one. It is hawt car. I would never in a million years ever consider getting a gas powered car that is 70K. But I would for the car of the future and a place where my money stays in the country. (I don’t usually buy American either for cars)
From your pastiferous ID to the great FSM.
McConnell only beat Bruce Lunsford (self-funding Blue Dog) by six points in 2008.
Alison LUNDERGAN Grimes comes from a seriously powerful KY democratic family of the Scotty Baesler “I’m a Democrat because I believe everyone is due a decent education, decent healthcare, and a decent place to live” persuasion.
Yertel managed the finances of Rep Senate candidates in 1998. He poured so much money into guaranteeing Jim Bunning’s election in Kentucky it probably allowed John Edwards and Chuck Schumer to sneak in.
The Kentucky people are flocking to Gov. Besnhear’s Kynect health care marketplace. With enough money I think Grimes can beat either of them.
(I’m keeping my voting residency in KY just to vote against McConnell one more time.)
Being from Illinois, I have no deep love for Governor Quinn.
But, anyone who can think knows that Governor Quinn’s biggest problem is Speaker of the Illinois House Democrat Michael Madigan.
For those that don’t know Illinois politics,
Michael Madigan is to Pat Quinn
Turtle Lips McConnell is to President Obama
Madigan has blocked anything serious that Governor Quinn has tried to do…mainly because he wanted to render Quinn ‘ impotent’ and grease the skids for Madigan’s DAUGHTER – Illinois Attorney General Lisa – to run for Governor.
I had nothing against Lisa Madigan, but I was NEVER EVER gonna vote for her to become Governor.
Yet, she didn’t say shyt as her father spent the better part of the past 3 years sticking it to Pat Quinn, and only within the last couple of months did she come out and say that she would NOT run for Governor.
So, Madigan has been fucking with Quinn for in essence – NOTHING.
@Just Some Fuckhead, Thought Leader: Not reallly. He said in 2009 that the whole purpose of the Senate is to make Obama a 1-term President. He failed at that. So he basically pointed at the left-field fence and then struck out. The teabaggers will likely not forget that… nor forgive him for it either.
@WereBear: Yes, yes it is. The 2015 convention will be in Seattle over the weekend covering Halloween. Check out the Wodehouse Society web site. We’re a truly fun group and are always looking for new folks.
@J.D. Rhoades: Yes, we have conventions every two years. heck out the web site.
you’d be surprised….
@Mnemosyne (iPhone): Yes, it’s quite good I thought.
@IowaOldLady: Fabulous! Best of luck.
@Section H: I’ve probably talked to him this weekend then. 2015 is in Seattle, over Halloween weekend. Join us.
@Shana: OMG, Seattle… um, friend of Stu’s?
(SPOILER FOR HOMELAND)
Maybe Cheney just caught up with season two of Homeland, where there’s a similar – OK, identical – murder by pacemaker hack. And he of all people should know that terrorists get all their best ideas from US TV shows, like The Lone Gunmen.
@Ken: Odd that the character in that series that got whacked thusly was … the vice-president.
It is if your strategy is to burn every single fucking thing in this country to the Gaia-damned ground, after pissing on it.
Getting ready for another Mike Lee.
@SectionH: Probably, sometimes I don’t manage to match up names and faces though.