Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last Call

Podcast Versus The Stupid Ep. 19:  Four More Years!  Bon and I cover the election results from Tuesday night, the big races, and the major ballot initiatives, plus we discuss the future of ZVTS and what we plan to do with some well-deserved time off.

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Lesson Unlearned

If you thought the right would be all "Well, you guys won this round, so let's get the country fixed" then you really, really have not been paying attention these last 12 years.

We’ve seen an important (though far from decisive) battle in the slow-motion civil war the nation is undergoing: The blue states want to secede not from America but from Americanism. They reject the American republic of God-fearing individuals in favor of the European ideal, which has only been government by aristocracy: either an aristocracy of birth or, nowadays, of ruling know-it-alls — of post-religious, globalist intellectuals (a.k.a. PORGIs). As I’ve said before — many others have too — you can’t graduate class after class after class of left-indoctrinated ignoramuses without paying the price.  Last night was a down payment.

But we’ve won civil wars and preserved the Union before. We’ll do it again — if we face up to the fact that we need to replace our schools and colleges now; the grace period has lasted a generation, but it’s over. I know we can do it and I’m pretty sure we will do it. Americanism is too strong and brilliant and young to die.

To recap, the day after the election, National Review's David Gelernter is not only declaring that the majority of Americans have seceded from "real" America, he is openly advocating a civil war to get that part of America back. 

Forget pretending to be civil while sharpening the long knives.  These guys are now openly vowing they will destroy the country in order to save it, and we're all collateral damage.

Welcome to Obama's second term.  In honor, a new tag:  The Second Civil War.

Bon Goes On Walkabout

Another election is behind us, and I want to thank everyone for reading, caring what is going on in this crazy little world, and sharing your thoughts.  We went through it together, by golly.

I'm taking a little break, a walkabout if you are a Crocodile Dundee fan.  I won't be gone long, and will surely have some fun things to talk about when I get back.  It may be as little as two weeks, it could be as long as a month.  But I will return, and in the meantime I will be on podcasts and lurking.

Anyone who would like to reach me or read more about my Walkabout can do so through my site.  With rare exception, all November appearances are canceled, but I will pick back up December 1.

Have fun.  Be good.  Save awesome kitty pictures for my triumphant return.

A Well Deserved Break

We're going to ramp down the coverage here at ZVTS starting today.  Bon will have something to say a bit later this afternoon, but as for me, after four and a half years, I'm taking a working vacation from the rapid-fire articles around here for a bit.

We'll still have the important stuff, StupidiNews, Last Call, and a couple in between, hitting the news of the day, but I've earned some time off, and I'm taking it.

Hopefully tonight we'll wrap it up with a Podcast Versus The Stupid.  It's been a long journey, and it's time to rest a bit.

I'll still be at the Juice and ABLC along with Bon, but for now, we're taking it easy peasy.


The Morning After

Nate Silver called 49 out of 50 states last night.  If Florida goes for Obama, he's 50 of 50. 

Meanwhile, checking the Future Stupidity files, there are a lot of conservatives who should really, really be embarrassed (and out of a job) this morning.

Way back in April, Mike Leahy at the Daily Caller said this: 

This November, voters will choose common sense over fiscally reckless extremism in what will be a landslide conservative victory. Republicans will retain the House, gain the Senate and win back the presidency with a 2-to-1 Electoral College margin.

Nope. Jim Pethokoukis

And he’s predicting a near-landslide win for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama, with Obama losing by about as big a margin in 2012 as he won back in 2008. Under Hibbs Bread and Peace model, Romney wins 52.5% to Obama’s 47.5%.

Backed the wrong horse, Jimmy.  Glenn Beck's internet rag The Blaze called it for Romney in August, 320-218.

Michael Berry and Ken Bickers of the University of Colorado System Predict Romney to Win 320 Electoral Votes in November

How'd that turn out for you boys?

I made my call on September 12 that Romney would lose.

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard had Obama done two weeks ago.

Perhaps Obama lost the presidency weeks ago, on Oct. 3, when he sleepwalked and scribbled through the first debate and helped make Romney a new candidate overnight. It was Obama's night to finish Romney off; behind in the polls, even Romney likely woke up that morning thinking it was over. But Obama underestimated the task, the challenger and the electorate — all in 90 minutes. So a win this week was critical but perhaps not decisive. There is no obvious reason for Obama's performance to reverse the course of the campaign and blunt Romney now. And though there is one final debate next week, a back-and-forth on national security and foreign policy isn't likely to make the sale for anyone who still cannot make up his or her mind.

You know, no reason other than Obama was good at his job, son.

Newt Gingrich ha Romney winning over 300 EVs.  Just as wrong as he always has been.

I believe the minimum result will be 53-47 Romney, over 300 electoral votes, and the Republicans will pick up the Senate,” Gingrich said. “I base that on just years and years of experience.”

I believe Newt Gingrich is a fool, based on the fact he's never actually right.

Bryan Preston at PJ Media has an egg on his face this morning:

Five days out, the race for president is far from over, but once you get past the oversampling of Democrats in swing state polls, the fundamentals and the campaigns’ body language point toward a Romney victory on Tuesday. Tomorrow’s jobs numbers may be the president’s last chance to change the trajectory of the race.

The fundamentals are that Bryan has no clue how politics work.

Michael Barone's landslide call looks particularly dense today:

Bottom line: Romney 315, Obama 223. That sounds high for Romney. But he could drop Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and still win the election. Fundamentals.

That was high for Romney.  By about 110 electoral votes so far. 

In the end, Nate Silver used hard math and nailed it all the way across the board.  Conservatives, trapped in their un-reality bubble, lost and lost BIG last night.  America is not with you, Republican party

Better figure that out. 

StupidINews, The Morning After Edition!

Oh.  And this.

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