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NOVEMBER 10,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE YEAR 2021 – FROM AP:   EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s attorney general apologized Wednesday and said she drank too much booze before last month’s Michigan-Michigan State football game.  “I might be a terrible bartender,” Dana Nessel said.  Nessel told her story on Facebook, even posting a photo of herself slumped in a seat at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 30 with a Michigan hat covering her face.  Nessel, a Democrat, said she had two Bloody Marys on an empty stomach while attending a tailgate party. She joked that “as long as you put enough vegetables in them, it’s practically a salad.”  “I proceeded to go to the game … and started to feel ill. I laid low for a while, but my friends recommended that I leave," Nessel wrote.  She said she was assisted in getting up the stairs and then someone “grabbed a wheelchair so as to prevent me from stumbling in the parking lot.” Nessel said she was driven home.  “I am human. Sometimes I screw up,” she said. “This was definitely one of those times. My apologies to the entire state of Michigan for this mishap, but especially that Michigan fan sitting behind me. Some things you can’t un-see.”  Nessel has said she is running for reelection in 2022.  She'll probably claim she was driven to drink by Donald Trump, and will then go on to win. Clearly, a future Democratic nominee for the Supreme Court.

November 10, 2021      Permalink

 

FLORIDA BY A KNOCKOUT – OVERNIGHT:  It is clear that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has outmarted California Governor Gavin Newsom in fighting the Covid 19 virus, but don't expect to see it on CNN.  From PJ Media:  

The rate of new COVID-19 cases in California is currently more than twice the rate in Florida, prompting debate about draconian public health measures implemented across the Golden State, like vaccine mandates for small children.

California is averaging 16 new cases per 100,000 residents the last week compared to just seven in Florida.

California’s full vaccination rate (62%) is higher than places like Florida (60) and Texas (54), where state leaders do not enforce mask policies or support strict mandates.

Gavin Newsom: "This is hard for me to say… California is now experiencing an increase. Well, we know why. There's a seasonality to COVID."https://t.co/46u4XXCFQ3 pic.twitter.com/t1HvtDwkq2

The Golden State has seen a surge of more than 60% in new cases in the last two weeks, compared to a 20% drop in the Sunshine State. Clearly, their progressive edicts failed to quell recent outbreaks.

“Gov. DeSantis is proud of Florida’s success with launching monoclonal antibody treatment sites throughout the state, which made a huge impact on lowering hospitalizations and saving lives. Early treatment – getting the monoclonal antibodies as soon as possible after testing positive or experiencing symptoms – cuts the risk of hospitalization by 70% or more,” DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw told Fox News.

After the delta variant surge in the late summer, coronavirus case and death rates have fallen rapidly throughout the southeast in recent weeks, especially in Florida.

At the same time, some parts of the west and northern plains are seeing a rise in cases as winter weather sets in.

COMMENT:  Wait, wait.  Weren't we supposed to "follow the science"?  Which science were we supposed to follow?  It's perfectly clear that there are a number of approaches to the virus, and that Florida used real science more effectively than did California. 

Will Gov. DeSantis get any credit from the mainstream media for his leadership of Florida during this period of success?  Are you kidding?  Don't even bother to ask.

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NOVEMBER 9,  2021

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STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS – COLLAPSING.  FROM FOX:   Seattle Public Schools says that classes are canceled for this Friday due to a shortage of teachers.  In a letter sent to parents, SPS said there will be no in-person or remote instruction on November 11 or 12 as part of its effort to "ensure the highest quality environment for student learning."  Schools were already scheduled to be closed on Thursday due to Veteran’s Day.  The district told Fox News that, as of last week, more than 600 educators had requested a substitute and additional requests came in this week. It said teachers and staff have historically requested off the day after Veterans Day but because of current circumstances, the district does not have the capacity to "ensure student safety and high-quality learning."  "This is a change from the 2021-2022 calendar of school year dates approved last spring, and we recognize the late notice creates challenging circumstances for many families," SPS said.  The district said the lost time will be added to the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The answer is school choice.  If schools had to compete with each other for students, the quality of education would be better, attitudes would be better, and the children would gain.  Wouldn't that be news!

November 9, 2021       Permalink

 

DID WE MISS SOMETHING?  APPARENTLY, YES – OVERNIGHT.  Where are the election-night reports from Pennsylvania, one of our most politically powerful states?  Salena Zito, one of the nation's best reporters, fills us in on some remarkable developments.  From the Washington Examiner: 

ERIE, Pennsylvania — Voters in the Keystone State, as in Virginia, took Tuesday's election as an opportunity to rebut Democrats' overreach. Driven by the loudest voices in their national party toward issues of social justice, "intersectionality" and "climate justice," Democrats suffered for ignoring everyday issues such as inflation, crime and education.

With mail-in ballots still pending, Republicans are poised to sweep all four of Pennsylvania's statewide judicial elections. They also made gains in municipal races.

In the collar counties surrounding Philadelphia, voters echoed the same dissatisfaction with Democrats that was displayed in the surprising results in neighboring New Jersey. This corrected some of the suburban losses that Republicans had experienced in Philly during the Trump years. In Bucks County, where Republicans have struggled to hold any local elected office in the last four years, they kept the district attorney's office in their column and picked up offices for sheriff and prothonotary. In Chester, where Republicans became extinct in row offices four years ago, the races were still too close to call.

Here in Erie, a critically important bellwether county for next year's high-profile races for state governorship and the U.S. House and Senate, voters chose the Republican candidate for county executive in a seat that has been held by Republicans only twice since 1978.

Down in southwestern Pennsylvania, which has been trending rightward since Democrats started shedding working-class voters in favor of an elite ascendant coalition around 2010, Republicans swept most row offices in the collar counties that surround Allegheny County and Pittsburgh.

Republicans were smart on candidate recruitment and localized rather than national messaging. In places where they had lost elections in recent cycles (Bucks County especially), Republicans dusted off some of their old-fashioned blocking and tackling moves and won races.

Pennsylvania has been inching toward the GOP since former Vice President Al Gore carried it by 4 points in 2000 — 3.5 points ahead of his national popular vote margin. For former President Barack Obama, Pennsylvania was only 1 point friendlier than his national margin in 2012. For Trump's victory in 2016, the commonwealth finished just under 3 points more Republican than the national result. In 2020, although President Joe Biden won, the margin in Pennsylvania was just over 3 points more Republican than Biden's national victory margin. That last result produced unexpected gains for Republicans in the state Legislature in a year where Democrats had hoped to take over both houses.
Former GOP state party Chairman Rob Gleason said Tuesday's results come as more good news for Republicans, not just ahead of next year's big races, but also thinking further ahead for 2024. "It is also good news for the conservative movement to continue to build the party from the most granular level up in local seats that have daily impact on their lives," said Gleason of the all-important party-building.

"Republicans made gains in races that a year or two ago they may have had no business running and won. That's big," Gleason added.

COMMENT:  Now Republicans will have to show that they are deserving of the trust they won last Tuesday.  They are in the best position they've ever been in, the beneficiaries of an increasingly unpopular and possibly dangerous Democratic Party.  Don't blow it, guys.  Build on Tuesday night.  Already Republican leaders are talking about a bill of rights for American parents.  That's exactly the way to go.  Address the American people and their needs, not the American left and its fantasies.

We are pleased with Pennsylvania.  It points us to the future.

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