Click here to play the Political Derby 2010 Mid-term Pick ‘em. Predict the outcome of 9 races and how many total seats the GOP will pick up. (Polls are closing and the deadline for entry has now passed).

Deadline is Tuesday when the polls close. Good luck! (It’s closed!)

Winner gets $100 cash and a signed copy of The Seventeen Second Miracle.

Would anyone line up behind a Jon Huntsman (former Utah governor, current Ambassador to China) if he launched a presidential run? I recall when he served as governor the whispers were there, but when he took the Obama job, many believed that was a strong signal he had no desire.

PAC sends strong signal for Huntsman presidential run
By Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A presidential bid by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. may be more likely than ever with the formation of a new political action committee by powerful supporters who want him in the race.

Huntsman, who stepped down as governor in August 2009 to become the U.S. ambassador to China, has also just bought a new $3.6 million home in Washington, D.C., even though he’s not expected to leave Beijing for at least another year.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700077118/PAC-sends-strong-signal-for-Huntsman-presidential-run.html

In the spirit of fantasy football & all the pick ‘em sites (I’m still ahead of Jason, BTW), I thought it’d be fun to draw out some imaginative possibilities from the “potential pack of Presidential prospects” (say that 10x fast). Let’s see what intriguing presidential campaign matchups we can dream up…
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The final act from Remember November:

Remember November: The Final Act from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.

I have a question for the PD community. I have long thought and often heard that we want candidates who would hold to their convictions rather than vote according to the polls. It is a noble idea, and it works very well as long as your party is in power. However, when your party is not in power and an ideologue is running the country, it doesn’t seem as “noble”. We call them “Representatives” and we expect them to represent us. We essentially give them power to vote in our names.

Because they are voting in the names of their constituents, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to poll the people and vote as the majority wishes? It doesn’t sound as noble, but isn’t it actually the job? If this was done, then the people become accountable for the decisions being made in Congress. If it is government by the people and for the people, perhaps the job of our Representatives is to vote according to the wishes of the people. Our representatives are voting for their parties and for their special interests instead of for the people.

I think I will no longer frown upon voting according to the polls. And you?

Chuck hates his job and would like to start a business . . . .

[Subtitled: The Poly Sci Paper I never handed in]

America tends to be a center-right country. The latest Gallup out today puts it at 48% conservative, 32% moderate, and 20% liberal; four years ago it was 42-37-21%. But in what ways? I think it holds true in three key ways: fiscally conservative, socially centered (yet with a libertarian streak), and security centered (but with a strong presence on the right).

I decided to explore this more and ask the question of what this would look like graphically – thus the chart below. With it I tried to gauge and measure the tenor of each of the last five presidencies according to these three areas, and how they played out in their administrations (or campaigns).
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The ad:

With all of the hot races for Congress and Senate, a few seem to be flying under the radar. One such race is for a Democratically held congressional seat in Idaho.

I know! A Democrat from Idaho!

Yes, Idaho is considered by some to be the “reddest” state in the Union; a title which most Idahoans are proud to wear. However, Walt Minnick, one of the few “Blue Dog” Democrats holds a seat in the First Congressional District.
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The title of this post is in honor of our long-lost friend Boru. It is fair to criticize the stupid people on all sides of the debate. But if you actually watched and listened to the video, you will see this is one isolated person who acts stupidly (unlike President Obama, we do have the facts on this one, and this person was in fact acting stupidly). Everyone else was searching for the police to handle the MoveOn.org paid operative, Lauren Valle (who was charged with a felony as a Green”peace” operative in May of this year), seeking to add to this photo roll (because apparently only Democrats are allowed to accept donations from big business, like President Obama’s $77,051, the largest corporate contribution from BP during this past election cycle, but Republicans are all selling their votes, who knew?). Further, you can hear someone saying: “No no no no, come on,” successfully convincing this idiot to not stomp on this unfortunate lady’s head again.

On another note, today I confirmed that Harry Reid’s book sales did not contribute to the $750,000 in cash he paid for his Washington DC Ritz-Carlton condominium. You know, that is the place where he doesn’t live, he only “stays” at in Washington, because, remember, being paid $193,400 per year, he knows what is best for the average smelly American, which is why he had played such a vital role in socializing our health care, extending the annual federal operating budget deficit to $1.3 trillion, and destroying our economy (remember when the “stimulus” package would never allow unemployment to exceed 8%?) . Harry Reid certainly does know something about “The Good Fight”, well, “The Fight,” anyway. This stack of books pictured below the jump was priced at only $1 each, covered in dust, and apparently couldn’t be marked down low enough! So the evidence appears conclusive that “The Good Fight” did not fund The Ritz for Harry Reid.

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Punishment

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Filed Under Races 2010 on Oct 26 

On my way to work this morning I heard a report of The One calling upon Latinos to “punish our enemies”. I found myself thinking that The One is getting very well acquainted with punishment – so much so that he’s beginning to look and act like an option quarterback playing in the second half of a very tough football game.

For those of you unfamiliar with the comparison, you need to understand a little bit about the triple option offensive scheme once popular among high school and college football teams. It is primarily a running offense which has three (or more) “options” to march the ball down the field. The Quarterback can hand the ball off to the Fullback, keep the ball and run himself, or pitch the ball to a Tailback. This is all fine and good in theory, but the offensive scheme can be very tough on the Quarterback because instead of being a passer (with all the protections that entails) he becomes just another running back.

Any decent defensive coach will, upon learning he’s up against an option offense, deliver the following charge to his defensive lineman: The Quarterback hits the ground on every play – no exceptions. Most Quarterbacks don’t like the option offense because it puts a target on them – and they get punished on every play. Hit a Quarterback often enough, and hard enough, and round about the middle of the third quarter he starts making bad decisions, second guessing his actions, and often hesitating because he knows no matter what happens, the 320 pound defensive end is going to plant him in the turf.
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Funny thing is, Tuesday is my actual garbage day. I’m hoping that more than just my household trash gets taken to the curb this November 2nd.

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Worth a read.

Keep Dreaming
The GOP hasn’t won yet … What it would take for the Dems to get re–fired up and score a big midterms upset.
Elaine Thompson / AP

Democrats have this fantasy that millions of voters, mostly the young and people of color who elected Barack Obama, will defy predictions and swarm the voting booths on Election Day. The reason most polls forecast disaster for the Democrats, according to this scenario, is that pollsters haven’t found a way to accurately tap into the millennial generation, which doesn’t have landlines, or Latinos because of the language barrier. So is it completely crazy to think that a hidden force is going to emerge to turn this election around?

Read the rest.

Whenever conservatives comment on racial issues they’re immediately compared to the Grand Dragons of the Ku Klux Klan. Such an accusation would be laughable if it weren’t so egregious. In reality conservatives are the colorblind idealists. Since all that’s rightly promised to free people is an opportunity to use their talents for their own benefit, conservatives recognize that preferential treatment based on race or ethnicity are themselves discriminatory. Quotas aren’t necessary for success, nor are head starts required.

In reality, applying quota and preference programs to people of color is condescending. Racial quota systems promote the idea that minorities are inferior and needful of preferential treatment. Conservatives recognize the duplicitous fallacy in this argument. Therefore, under conservatism, people are evaluated on their merits, with financial compensation and cultural status reflecting each individual’s contribution to society.
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How do you tell the difference between the run of the mill political junkie and the high end hard core junkie? On the eve of a potentially transformational election, look for ones who are talking about a future election. You know who I’m talking about. “I can quit anytime.” Of course you can.

And what are they saying? No surprise to PoliticalDerby faithful, the current race is largely between Romney and Palin. Romney holds the advantage, but the race has hardly begun.

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Rare that Ad

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Filed Under Rate that Ad on Oct 23 

Yes, it’s a 2012 ad for T-Paw, even though they won’t admit that.

Call Me Senator by RightChange:

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

Rate that Ad

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Filed Under Rate that Ad on Oct 23 

So has the Tea Party been a positve or negative for the Republicans?
Has it destroyed the party, or delivered it?
Has it improved it or deformed it, evidenced by some recent “electable-or-not” candidates coming from the primaries?

Peggy Noonan at WSJ writes that the Tea Party was nothing less than the savior of the Republican party. Without it, the R’s would have been left for dead politically, relegated to regional status and effectiveness.

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Let’s all do the Barney Shuffle!