Organizational Incompetence


There’s a bit of a buzz about a significant portion of the crowd walking out on a speech by Barack Obama yesterday. While people walking out on the President of the United States is, and should be, news, it may not be the important part of the story.

The event where the President spoke was a campaign rally for Anthony Brown, the Democrats’ candidate for governor of Maryland. Last night, I happened to meet a young person who had been a volunteer campaign worker at the rally. The event had been disorganized, and the level of mismanagement soured that volunteer on politics. The volunteer bitterly expressed a desire not to get involved again.

Given that one of the main campaign issues that Brown faces is his mismanagement of Maryland’s disastrous rollout of its Obamacare website, a disorganized high-profile campaign event reinforces the impression that Brown is a lightweight bumbler.

In a couple of weeks, we will find out if that will be enough to overcome the Democrats’ registration advantage in Baltimore, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and their cemeteries.

Tyranny Checked


Bryan Preston reports over at PJ Media that Houston Mayor’s Annise Parker’s subpoenas seeking sermons and other communications by church pastors related to resistance to the Houston “equal rights” ordinance allowing, among other things, men to use women’s restrooms will be “clarified.” In other words, the PR cost of her heavy-handed thuggery is too great.

Actually, asking for sermons should not be a problem. After all, sermons are generally public proclamations. The real problem is that internal church communications are also sought, and that may cross the line defined by pastoral counseling privilege.

When the people in the gay rights movement were essentially focused on their right to be left alone to do things in private, their cause had some traction with folks who didn’t agree with their private behavior. Now that some LGBTQs demand that their public behavior be allowed or even endorsed, there is increasing resistance. The need to resort to bullying such as Mayor Parker’s subpoenas shows the inherent weakness of their cause.

UPDATE—Stacy McCain has some comments here.

Blaming Ebola on the Republicans


My codefendant Erick Erickson has a post over at RedState about the Democrats’ attempt to blame ebola on the Republicans. He points out that under Obama the Centers for Disease Control has spent money trying to determine why lesbians tend to be overweight.

Hey, and let’s not forget all the money the CDC spent to convince people to stop smoking and now we need tobacco to manufacture the drug to fight Ebola.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—Seen on the road …Ebola_bumper_sticker

The Next Two Years


The New Republic has a piece up called What the Next Two Awful Years Will Look Like. It makes some guesses about what will happen in Congress if the Republicans win control of the Senate. Among their predictions are

• The gutting of Dodd-Frank
• Keystone XL being approved
• Strategic cuts to Obamacare
• Difficulty in the President getting his appointments confirmed

They seem to think these would be bad things.