Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "No Lift Off" from last night brings Little Dicky back. Little Dicky, if you've forgotten, is an ardent Barack groupie who supports everything Barack does: Torture, endless wars, killing drones in Pakistan and so much more. When Barack did it, Little Dicky just loved it.
In "Roundtable" at Third yesterday, we discussed a number of topics including how so many voters just don't feel it, they're just sick of all the attacks from all sides. And this morning, I caught Cokie Roberts discussing the elections with Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition (NPR) and wanted to highlight these points that she was making:
This is going to be fascinating to watch. You've got all of these candidates who are saying that they're against Washington, against government, that's hardly unusual. But the difference this time around is that a lot of these people have never served in office before.
They've never been in a position where they tried to get something done in a legislative body, and they think compromise is a dirty word. So that the impulse to get anything done is going to be very small, indeed, and to cross the aisle to get something done is going to be nonexistent - not only, Steve, for the people who are elected this time, but for the people who are up next time. Because they've had the example, now, that even someone as conservative as Bob Bennett in Utah, the fact that he crossed the aisle to work with Democrats on some issues, made him not pure enough ideologically and so he was defeated in his primary. And of course, we can go down the list ticking off all of the aisle crossers who have been defeated or are likely to be defeated. And that makes the people who remain in the Senate, particularly, unwilling to compromise with the other party.
We had something pretty similar after the 1980 election. The difference there was that a lot of those candidates ran as Reagan supporters, so they actually had a program to back. These candidates are just running against, not for, anything. But there's an object lesson here as well, which is that a lot of those Reagan candidates who were elected in 1980 were defeated in 1986.
Gallup Polling reports today that unemployment is at 10% nationwide. They also estimate that the government figures (set to be released November 5th) will also show an increase in unemployment. Meanwhile, Barack acted the fool in a recent interview. Kirsten Powers (New York Post) weighs in:
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: