Democratic Party

Cunning, cunning bastards

The left wing likes to demonise the Koch brothers…especially some key Democrats.

But like all socialists who decry someone’s behaviour you find that upon closer inspection they are up to the same behaviour…even taking donations from the supposedly evil Koch brothers.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to turn the Koch Brothers into the modern face of political evil, having mentioned them in the senate at least 134 times on the senate floor during the past few weeks. What he hasn’t explained is if they are so evil why do so many Democratic Party members of congress take their money?

During the past five congressional campaigns (2006-14) Koch money went to President Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Mark Pryor, Chuck Schumer and other members of Congress. Read more »

The left wing obsession with private people spending their own money

We have seen this in New Zealand with political donations. The Labour party in particular have taken it upon themselves to obsess over political donations.

This of course famously blew up in David Cunliffe’s face when it was discovered that he was taking secret donations from the top end of town via secret trusts. We won’t hear too much more from Labour any more about trusts and donations.

The Democrats in the US have a similar affliction, despite Barack Obama outspending the Republican by a massive amount and the unions big money being deeply involved in funding the Democratic party.

They too are focused on private citizens like the Koch brothers.

A Quinnipiac University poll in January ranked, in order, the three issues voters cared about the most: the economy, the federal budget deficit, and health care. Not included on the list? Charles and David Koch.

And therein lies the dilemma for Democrats, who of late have turned the full fury and might of their political operation against the billionaire brothers from Kansas. Can they persuade voters to care about two private citizens whom regular people have barely heard of—especially when the country’s still-underwhelming job market has many of those same people more worried about just getting by?

It’s not as if the Koch brothers are peripheral to the 2014 midterm elections. Their most visible political group, Americans for Prosperity, has spent roughly $30 million pummeling Democrats, mostly senators up for reelection, for their support of Obamacare. With good reason, Democrats worry that money has fundamentally shifted the 2014 map in the GOP’s favor, especially in Southern battlegrounds such as Louisiana and North Carolina.  Read more »

Is this happening here? Pretty sure it is

In the US demographics and polling data suggests that the Democrats have a problem with young people.

I wonder though if the same could be said here. Like the US it has always been assumed that young people are Labour or Green supporters…the evidence suggests this isn’t necessarily true.

I’d love to compare membership sign ups of Young Nats vs Young Labour vs Young Greens.

A new Pew Research Center report on millennials has been receiving well-deserved attention. For politics, the prevailing interpretation of the report seems to be: Republicans are screwed. Millennials are more liberal and Democratic-leaning than older generations, and because most millennials will outlive those older generations, the country’s future is largely defined by the politics of millennials. And that future, the argument goes, is bad for Republicans.

In fact, the story is much more equivocal. Lurking within this broad category of millennials is a group that isn’t quite as keen on liberalism, Democrats, or President Obama: Millennials who actually entered the electorate during the Obama presidency. These youngest millennials may yet demonstrate why it is dangerous to assume that subsequent generations will be loyal Democrats.  Read more »

‘Not everyone can do the protestant work ethic’

An amazing quote from Moira Coatesworth yesterday:

‘Not everyone can do the protestant work ethic’

I wonder who or what she could possibly be talking about.

She’s right though…if she was talking about her ability to go fund-raising. Read more »

Some Republicans make your skin crawl

via The Dish

Sometimes you have to wonder about the humanity of some people and whether or not they have all their faculties. Like Ken Cuccinelli. He wants to reinstate sodomy laws so that child molesters can be prosecuted…because apparently they are getting off crimes…he, of course, presents no evidence to sustain his position, just plain old bigotry.

In Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli is running for governor in part on a platform to reinstate the sodomy laws. Yes, you read that right.

Again, this seems completely insane, and then you realize that’s because the GOP base is in favor of it:   Read more »

Global Warming causes Unplanned Pregnancies, Increased Prostitution and STDs

Just when we were starting to get over our grief at the loss of all those cute polar bears, Democrats in the US House of Representatives have introduced a resolution warning that Global Warming could cause “sex work, early marriage, unplanned pregnancies, HIV and STIs“.

Several House Democrats are calling on Congress to recognize that climate change is hurting women more than men, and could even drive poor women to “transactional sex” for survival.

The resolution, from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and a dozen other Democrats, says the results of climate change include drought and reduced agricultural output. It says these changes can be particularly harmful for women.  Read more »

Chart of the Day

This chart shows the movement of political ideology in the US. It is interesting to note the shift to the right of the Republicans and also the slight shift rightwards of the Democrats in recent years:

The graph shows that while both parties have always been distinct in their ideology, since about World War 1 there’s at least been some slight overlap. All that changed in the early 70’s though, as successive Republican congresses became increasingly more conservative in their voting records, while Democratic congresses remained much the same. Today, there’s no ideological overlap between members of the two parties.

Americas greatest gun salesman

Obama continues to be America’s greatest gun salesman. His continued assault on gun owners rights is fuelling a massive buy up of firearms in the US.

One thing was made crystal clear at the Democratic National Convention, held this week in Charlotte, N.C.  The 2012 National Democratic Platform is President Barack Obama’s platform.  There is nothing in the document that doesn’t reflect the President’s position.

While the opening lines give lip service to supporting the Second Amendment, the rest of the plank calls for renewing the semi-auto ban and for regulating gun shows into oblivion.

Here’s the language:

Firearms.

We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements–like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole–so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.

As if to signal that the Democratic Party is ready to follow Obama’s lead on the issue, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced in her keynote speech to the convention’s California delegation that she intends to reintroduce an “updated” version of the 1994-2004 “assault weapons” and “large” magazines. (For more coverage of Feinstein’s plans, please see related story.)

The platform is silent on other key issues such as the “Fast & Furious” scandal, Right to Carry and the right to self-defense. All of this is a stark contrast to the detailed pro-gun language of the Republican platform, and sends a clear signal that if reelected, Barack Obama will pursue new restrictions on gun owners’ rights. His willingness to take unilateral executive actions without approval by Congress–such as the long gun registration scheme his Justice Department has imposed in the southwest border states–coupled with his anti-Second Amendment Supreme Court nominees, should remind gun owners of the dangers a second term would pose if Obama is reelected and never has to face voters again.

Riding roughshod over delegates

We are starting to see this sort of nonsense coming to the fore in politics in New Zealand, fortunately we aren’t yet int he position of parties being caught out having their teleprompters filmed:

Ben Swann Reality Check looks at how the DNC scripted a vote to change the party’s platform one week after the Republican leadership did the same thing at the RNC

Good on ya Barack

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The current situation is noteworthy because the Democratic Party seemed to have the exclusive franchise on piteous bleating dating back to Richard Nixon’s victory in 1968 and throughout the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years. Truth be told, the Democrats managed to keep whining throughout most of the triumphant Bill Clinton years.

The game changer clearly has been Barack Obama, whose surprising taste for bloodying the noses of domestic critics and foreign adversaries seems to hark back to the last time the Democrats were unashamed political warriors.

That would be 1960, when John F. Kennedy and his snarling little brother Bobby made political “ruthlessness,” unrestrained campaign spending, Teamster support and Mayor Richard Daley’s vote-counting techniques into virtues. The era of bullying Democrats pretty well ended with Jimmy Carter’s cardigan sweater and “malaise speech.”

Pity the Labour Party whine so much and don’t just try to bloody noses too. Any half decent opposition MP would be hammering John Key on his tacit support for domestic violence, having a party president who has been accused of using slave labour on his fishing boats or asking who Mr B is and why Mr B’s dogs need suppression orders.

Instead they let Trevor show his early onset dementia by not remembering an opponents name.