One Of The Great Flukes Of American History

Dr. K. says that Obamaism is over:

White House apologists will say the Virginia Democrat was weak. If the difference between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds was so great, how come when the same two men ran against each other statewide for attorney general four years ago the race was a virtual dead heat? Which made the ’09 McDonnell-Deeds rematch the closest you get in politics to a laboratory experiment for measuring the change in external conditions. Run them against each other again when it’s Obamaism in action and see what happens. What happened was a Republican landslide.

The Obama coattails of 2008 are gone. The expansion of the electorate, the excitement of the young, came in uniquely propitious Democratic circumstances and amid unparalleled enthusiasm for electing the first African-American president.

November ’08 was one-shot, one-time, never to be replicated. Nor was November ’09 a realignment. It was a return to the norm — and definitive confirmation that 2008 was one of the great flukes in American political history.

One of the reasons that I called it wrong last year was that it was such a perfect storm of unforeseeable events. In 2012 (or even next year), the president won’t be able to repeat his Rorschach act, and be all things to all people. He’s now a much better-known quantity and a lot of people aren’t liking what they’ve learned, and what the press did such a good job of hiding from them last year. Plus, the voters have assuaged their racial guilt by voting for him once, and will now feel no need to continue the punishment by doing so again.

[Update a few minutes later]

Barack Obama’s mandate gap.

Your Own Personal BCS Computer

A non-humorous post from (Hawkeye fan) Iowahawk, heavy on the numbers.

Tomorrow is pretty much do or die for Michigan. Considering that they still have to play Ohio State and Wisconsin, Purdue is probably their best if not only chance to win that sixth game and get bowl eligible. The season that started out so promising, with a 4-0 record, has fallen apart, their having won only one game since that start. They simply have no defense, to first order, and the games they’ve won against serious opponents have only happened because they managed to get more points on the board. In addition, their turnover percentage has been horrendous. They came close to pulling it out against both Michigan State and Iowa, but the last two games, against Penn State and Illinois, turned into blowouts. They can beat Purdue tomorrow, but only with a little help from the Boilermakers. Fortunately for the Wolverines, Purdue’s performance last week offers hope that they’ll give them a lot. It could be a very ugly game from both teams.

Smart Diplomacy

The bottom line:

…the Obama team picked the wrong horse, found itself in a diplomatic dead end, found a mechanism to abandon its failed gambit, and now supports elections — the very position that the Honduran interim government and the administration’s critics have been urging from the beginning. Well, in fairness, it is a display of diplomatic genius compared with Obama’s Middle East policy.


NGLLC Ceremony

Clark Lindsey has a first-hand report:

Mr. Bolden, a couple of House members and a representative of the administration all said very good things about not just the NGLLC but about prizes in general and their ability to leverage lots of innovation and productivity at low cost. Got the impression that there will be more money coming for Centennial Challenges and other prize programs.

Dave Masten and Phil Eaton gave brief but eloquent remarks.

Two former NSS executive directors were there: Lori Garver, now Deputy NASA Administrator, and George Whitesides, now NASA’s Chief of Staff. With entrepreneurial firms getting big checks via an innovative program like Centennial Challenges, which was inspired by the X PRIZE, and with space advocates in NASA management, I get the feeling that the NewSpace current is starting to flow into the mainstream.

Whatever comes of the Constellation mess, this at least is encouraging.

[Mid-afternoon update]

Chuck Divine also attended, and has more details.

Fort Hood Shooting

OK, not much info to go on yet, but a single shooter has different implications than multiple shooters. And when it’s on an army base, it looks like a suicide murder, at least eventually. Call me a bigot, but the latter has to make me speculate about the shooters’ religious beliefs. And if that plays out, I think that it could be said that the administration didn’t keep us safe from attacks. But we’ll see.

[Update a few minutes later]

OK, the FBI is saying that this was “not a terrorist incident.” A dozen people dead, a couple dozen more wounded, by multiple shooters, but it wasn’t a terrorist incident? What in the world does that mean? If they mean it’s not international terrorism, or Islamic terrorism, then they should say that, but they just make themselves look stupid if they deny that this is terrorism.

[Mid-afternoon update]

Major Malik Hasan Nadal. Probably a Jehovah’s Witness.

Move along, nothing to see here.

[Evening update]

Had meetings this afternoon, then came home and made dinner, so not much time to follow up.

Just three points:

First, if you want to call this guy crazy, then he has millions of crazy cohorts who agree with everything he said. The only thing different about him is that he managed to survive in the US military with such beliefs for so long.

Second, I’d like to know how far up the chain of command warnings about his behavior went, and at what level they were squelched. This might tell us the degree to which this was a failure of the current administration.

Third, in response to Dave O’Neill, yes, absolutely there would have been many fewer casualties today had the people who have been issued, and trained in the use of, their service revolvers semi-automatic pistols been allowed to carry them on base (not to mention in public in one of the most liberal, using that word in its correct meaning, states in the allowing of carrying weapons by trained citizens, off base). Those military and civilian personnel were just as sitting ducks as people in idiotic “gun-free” schools and universities. I’d like to think that this would result in a rethinking of the policy of disarming military personnel on base, but I won’t hold my breath waiting for it in this administration. <sarcasm>That regulation sure prevented Major Nadal from bringing his own 9mm weapons to the slaughter.</sarcasm>

And Patterico documents the emerging politically correct and false narrative from the media.

One other point. From what I hear, his cousins and family (Muslims) are devastated and cannot understand his actions. I have no reason to believe that they are not patriotic Americans, and my heart goes out to them, as well as to the families of the victims. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that he was, at its root, driven by his own religious beliefs, warped or otherwise. If we continue out of political correctness to refuse to confront that reality, we cannot win this war.

The Final Solution

I hadn’t realized just how stupid George Pataki was until I read this:

“It is conceivable,” George Pataki, declared in 2000 when he signed a hate-crimes bill into law, “that if this law had been in effect one hundred years ago, the greatest hate crime of all, the Holocaust, could have been avoided.”

But if he decides to run for Senate, he’ll fit right in:

When asked by what specific part of the Constitution authorizes Congress to mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance, Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) pointed to the part of the Constitution that he says authorizes the federal government “to provide for the health, welfare and the defense of the country.” In fact, the word “health” appears nowhere in the Constitution.

Picky, picky, picky. Of course, this is the guy who claimed that he couldn’t have bribed Blogojovic because “I ain’t got no money.”

The country’s in the very best of hands.

[Update a few minutes later]

OK, so does Robert Gibbs think that there’s no concern that this could be unconstitutional, or that the White House doesn’t give a damn whether or not it is? Judging from their behavior in general, I’m going to go with option B.

None Of The Above

NASA Watch has a poll up on what kind of heavy lifter NASA should build. I’ve decided to do my own, proper poll:

Which Heavy Lifter Should NASA Build?
Ares V
Ares V Lite
SDLV Sidemount
EELV Heavy
NASA doesn’t need a heavy lifter free polls

[Mid-afternoon update]

Wow, not much love for either flavor of Ares, at least from my readers. So far, the vast majority goes for “none of the above.”

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