March 7, 2012

‘The Left’s Respect for Women: A Look Back’

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 12:45 pm

Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller’s DC Trawler does the heavy lifting, so I don’t have to.

Overview:

This is by no means an exhaustive list. I’m sure you can think of examples I’ve forgotten. That’s because it happens all the time.

For more on this, see Kirsten Powers, who is neither conservative nor male. So you’ll just have to find some other reason to dismiss her, lefties.

He barely scratches the surface of the Left’s misogyny. If they think they have the upper hand on Rush Limbaugh, who has sincerely apologized, unlike the majority of those in the examples cited, they’re more delusional than I ever thought.

Related: Sister Toldjah — “Where is MY phone call, President @BarackObama?”

Romney-Santorum: The Day After (See Updates)

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:19 am

RomneyVsSantorumOhio030612I know they won’t do it, but the Romniac Republican Party establishment really, really needs to take a hard look at the county-by-county electoral map of Ohio at the right.

It shows that Rick Santorum (dark shaded counties) took 69 of Ohio’s 88 counties, while Mitt Romney took only 19.

I wrote yesterday at PJ Tatler that “the big question … is whether Rick Santorum’s huge advantages in rural counties and the ex-urbs will be enough to offset Mitt Romney’s smaller advantages in the more populous cities and nearer-in suburbs.” Answer: not quite (with disappointments in the ex-urbs), but the not-Romney majority of 62% of the vote and Romney’s virtual isolation from supporters of the other contenders demonstrate that Mitt Romney “won” nothing last night. Genuine conservatism (Gingrich and Santorum combined, plus a smidgeon of Paul) did. In fact, genuine conservatism kicked Mitt Romey’s butt.

Which takes us to the general. Looking at the map, if the election were held today, who has the better shot of beating Barack Obama?

Answer: Rick Santorum.

Why? That’s easy: He would pick up the vast majority of those who voted for Newt Gingrich last night, and probably the majority of Ron Paul’s. Santorum would also have the kind of enthusiastic support Mitt Romney will NEVER have.

Click on every county on the actual interactive map at this link. You will find that Mitt Romney did not achieve a majority in ANY of them. Not even Cuyahoga (49.3%), Franklin (41.1%), or Hamilton (48.9%), whose county seats are Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, respectively. And Romney couldn’t even win Lucas County (Toledo).

Meanwhile, Santorum took outright majorities in Jefferson (57.7%), Belmont, (51.7%), Monroe (50.6%), Van Wert (51.6%), and of all places, Athens (60.4%; Romney got less than 20%; does this performance in the county where Ohio University dominates reveal that Santorum can make serious headway with the youth vote in November?), while coming within a very few votes of a majority in several others.

The message: Santorum fires up the conservative base. Mitt Romney doesn’t.

Romney couldn’t even close the deal in the urban areas most affected by the carpet-bombing ads which shamelessly lied about Santorum’s record and are most dominated by hidebound RINOs. Romney won’t be able to outspend Obama, and can’t win if he doesn’t. Rick Santorum will obviously needs tons of money, but in my view he doesn’t have to outspend Obama to win Ohio.

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UPDATE: Erick Ericksen

(Romney is on track to be) the nominee having lost the South, Appalachia, evangelicals, conservatives, and blue collar voters. He will go into the general election deeply distrusted by his own base while having to woo independent voters. This is not a dazzling position to be in to beat an incumbent President.

Were I Mitt Romney I’d be wondering how I spent 5.5 times as much money as Rick Santorum and barely won Ohio. I’d be wondering who on my campaign staff gets fired first.

UPDATE 2: Steve Deace cuts to the chase all over the place. Concerning Ohio –

How can Romney win a general election when he can’t win primaries in battleground states like Ohio and Michigan without amassing overwhelming margins rolled up in counties that are overwhelmingly Democrat?

In certain cases in Ohio (see Lucas County and certain points east), he couldn’t even do that.

Wee-Hours Analysis At PJ Tatler … Plus More on OH-02

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:53 am

My look at Ohio’s results went up last night at the PJ Tatler.

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Excerpted and updated — the look at Jean Schmidt’s loss:

I warned earlier today (actually yesterday afternoon) that “An upset seems very unlikely, but not impossible.”

What Wenstrup did was concentrate on the populous areas of Hamilton County and Clermont County (Schmidt’s home county), achieving 8,000- and 2,500-vote margins, respectively (final uncertified tallies: 8,367 and 2,435), while totally ignoring the other rural counties, where Schmidt’s overwhelming margins couldn’t make up the difference. I also noted earlier today that I thought Schmidt “hasn’t campaigned aggressively.”

I think Schmidt also underestimated the impact of redistricting, and that she may not have pursued the support of those who had never seen her name on an election ballot aggressively enough. And yes, Wenstrup fought dirty, but that’s been the Schmidt-haters’ style for almost seven years. She should have been ready for it — and wasn’t.

I should add that redistricting cost Schmidt her reliable support in Warren County, her former district’s third-most populous area, which had consistently given her big margins against primary and general election opponents.

One thing I can say for sure (and I know the Schmidt-haters won’t agree, but her voting record is her voting record): Brad Wenstrup, assuming he wins the general election and goes to Washington, will not be more conservative than the Jean Schmidt of the past two years unless he can figure out how to generate pro-life and pro-growth ratings greater than 100% with those whose job it is to look at these things. Brad Wenstrup can only hope to do as well, and he should (but probably won’t) have the class to admit it.

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UPDATE: Wenstrup’s November opponent will be either be William Smith or David Krikorian (Smith has a 59-vote lead as of now). Either way, Wenstrup should win in a walk. Krikorian’s entire reason for running was anti-Schmidt bitterness over her position on the Armenian genocide almost a century ago (I’m not kidding), and he literally has nothing else to run on. Smith is an unknown quantity, and it’s hard to imagine how he can get known, let alone win, with all the presidential and senatorial election noise which wlll dominate the discussion in the next eight months.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (030712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Italian astronaut glimpsed God’s beauty while in space

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:00 am

From Rome:

Mar 4, 2012 / 04:03 pm

The Italian astronaut who spoke to Pope Benedict XVI from space says that being in orbit inspires deep contemplation and raises the mind and heart to God.

“It’s the beauty,” Roberto Vittori told CNA, “the beauty of the earth seen from space, the beauty of nature, the beauty of the blue planet,” which show “there must be something beyond science and technology.”

On 21 May 2011, 48-year-old Vittori was one of 12 astronauts on board the International Space Station who participated in the first ever Papal videoconference with outer space.

During the 18-minute conversation the Pope asked the Italian astronaut if “in the midst of your intense work and research” did he ever “stop to reflect like this or perhaps say a prayer to the Creator?” Vittori informed the Pope that “I do pray for me, for our families, for our future.”

“A videoconference is something standard onboard the International Space Station,” Vittori explained, but he added that “that videoconference nevertheless was special.”

“That type of opportunity was perceived as special, not only for the technicality, for the beauty of the scenario, but also for the depth of the messages that were filtering through the radio from the Vatican.”

A colonel in the Italian Air Force, Vittori was selected to be an astronaut in 1998 by the Italian Space Agency. He first journeyed into space in 2002 as part of a mission to the International Space Station. He has since twice returned, in 2005 and 2011. Last week on 23 Feb. he took part in a conference entitled “Space and God” which was co-organized by the Diocese of Rome.

He said the experience of being an astronaut “is so unique” that “when you’re back and you try to think about what happened, it almost seems that it never happened. It seems surreal.” He said space travel is an experience that “really captures your eyes and your heart.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.