Monthly Archives: November 2014

RedState Weekly Briefing: Ferguson and Obama’s Legacy on Race Relations #RSWB

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This week on the RedState Weekly Briefing Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, and I will be joined by Laura Fillault to discuss the lack of an indictment in Ferguson, Missouri, the ensuing riots and national race discussion, and President Obama’s legacy on race relations in America.

We’ll be live at 7 pm Eastern. If you would like to join in the discussion, ask questions, or get to the links we mention in the show, you can do so at the Hangouts Event page for RSWB.

As always, if you’d rather listen on your morning commute you can stream it via our friends at FTR Radio who run the audio podcast. No matter how you like to watch or listen, we’ve got you covered.

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Deval Patrick: Democrats in 2014 needed more cowbell

There is a certain amount of schadenfreude in all this. As a Republican I went through it from the other side in 2008 and 2012 when morons and quislings like David Brooks and the staff of Reason were crawling out of the woodwork explaining that if we’d only jettisoned our values we would still have lost but we would have lost on the right side of history.

Yesterday, I wrote a short piece based on an interview given by the head of the Mississippi Democrat party and his conception of what Southern Democrats need to do to win. Magic, I think, was his solution. Today, on Meet the Press, outgoing Massachusetts governor and Obama fanboi Deval Patrick was on Meet the Press giving Chuck Todd the benefit of his political wisdom… ironic given that he’s being succeeded in office by a Republican.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Patrick said Democrats made a “huge mistake” to run away from President Obama during the election, but said the White House deserves some blame as well.

“One problem the president has is he doesn’t tell the story well or regularly,” he told host Chuck Todd. Obama needs to tout his accomplishments more often, Patrick said, citing the “importance of repetition.”

The election was “a bad day for Democrats who don’t stand for anything. When democrats do stand for something, or as I have said in the past, grow a backbone, and stand up for what it is we believe, we win,” the governor said. Instead, Democrats hid from Obama and their own principles, Patrick added.

There is some truth in here as a matter of operating principle. As my old man always told me, ” you dance with them what brung you.” By running from Obama, incumbent and aspiring democrats offered no incentive to the large number of Obama loyalists to turn out and vote. Why would you go to the polls for a candidate that is abandoning your very own Lightworker? Not only did it dispirit their base it made them an object of fun as their opponents and the press had a field day with the story.

The delusional part of this discussion by Patrick is his last statement. The Democrats did stand up for what they believed in. They believed in making vote fraud a protected activity. They believed in putting the torch to the institution of marriage. They believed they …read more    

I actually think that these kids at Occidental really learned something.

I mean, it is funny, in a not-nice way:

LOL: at $60k/year Occidental, students earn credits by sharing tearful tales of working for losing election campaigns http://t.co/UXiGlIjew1

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 30, 2014

…but there’s actually a life lesson here.

In what is believed to be the only college program of its kind, the undergraduates in the Campaign Semester course [at Occidental College] spent at least 2 1/2 months, often seven days a week, 12 hours a day, working on behalf of [exclusively Democratic] candidates in contested states [which were not in fact really contested, apparently].

None won.

Sorry for all the additional text there, but I’m trying to cut down on how much I quote. Anyway, again, there’s a life lesson here. To wit: you cannot get things by simply wanting them hard enough, and the physical universe is indifferent to your tears. It apparently costs $30K to teach these particular children of privilege something that the rest of us learned by the age of ten, but look on the bright side: at least they learned something. And it even technically was at school! That’s an achievement, these days.

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Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: If I was teaching the course I personally would have made them all work for Republicans who were widely expected to lose, just to give these kids a properly mind-warping (in the good way) educational experience. With a if they toss you from the campaign, you flunk restriction. Mind you, a bunch of the aforementioned expected-to-lose Republicans won anyway, which might dilute that particular message…

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