Monday, October 20, 2014

The Democrats' "ground game" can still save Braley

Here's a great article on the Senate race here in Iowa.

The race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is going to be close. How close remains to be seen. Joni Ernst is ahead. The polls differ as to her margin, but it's clear that it's not big enough to inspire much confidence.

The situation is pretty much as described in the article: the GOP has by far the better candidate. In fact, Ernst is indeed one of the "breakout stars" of the party; if she wins next month, she's going to be a national figure and possibly a presidential candidate some day. She leads in the polls. She has the momentum. She has run an excellent campaign while her opponent has repeatedly dropped the ball. The voters like her, and don't like her opponent.

And she still might lose.

The Democrats- as we learned to our sorrow two years ago- have an excellent "ground game" here in Iowa. The labor unions and various radical groups that thrive in this state produce a steady supply of volunteers. They are well-used by party professionals that know their business.

Republicans, on the other hand, are still learning theirs. the Project ORCA computerized election day debacle two years ago was a disaster nationally, and Iowa was no exception. Somehow the Iowa GOP is going to have to put together an election day operation that can compete with the entrenched and well-organized special interests that make up the Democratic state organization.

It's going to be tough. I learned long ago, working against the Daley Machine in Chicago, that winning elections is at least as much about doing a better job of getting your voters to the polls as it is about convincing the voters that you have the better candidate. Everything can either come together or fall apart on Election Day, depending on the "ground game."

Joni Ernst ought to win this thing. If she doesn't, it will be because the Republicans in Iowa have once again been our-organized and out-worked. I, for one, will be working the phones for Joni.

I just hope and pray that we can out-work the Braley people. Even though we have the better and more popular candidate, we're going to have to no less if America is going to get the benefit of a future political superstar.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

But Obama already HAD an Ebloa czar!

As Lutheran journalist Mollie Ziegler Hemingway points out over at The Federalist, President Obama already had an Ebola czar.

But she was apparently dormant.

Maybe she was an Ebloa Reston czar.

Braley trails, trial lawyers panic

With Election Day drawing near and their darling, Bruce Braley, trailing Joni Ernst here in Iowa (however narrowly, trial lawyers are beginning to panic.

Is the Pope Catholic?

Or even Christian?

Cardinal Burke is right: nobody has the right- or the authority- to change the teachings of the Faith on homosexuality, which have been established by both Testaments and two thousand years of apostolic teaching.

And anybody who tries is ipso facto a heretic, no matter what title he may bear.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Braley's faux 'October surprise'

A sexual harassment lawsuit involving Joni Ernst has been filed- conveniently only weeks from election day.

It's an old trick: get the accusation out there close enough to the election for the charge to be heard, but without leaving time for the matter to be resolved. If you recall, they used it against Dubyah in 2004. Dan Rather lost his job for falling for it.

Didn't work then. Won't work now.

Is Pope Francis a disciple of Jesus, or of Commissioner Reagan?

Gene Veith is worried that the Roman Catholic church is going the way of liberal Protestantism- that is, falling into the trap of meek, shallow acquiescence to the values of the world instead of discipleship and the bold proclamation of the Word- because of the weasel-words which seem to be coming out of the Vatican Conference on the Family regarding homosexuality and other matters.

Maybe. But the universalist heresy has been rampant in even relatively conservative Catholic circles for some time. The Church of Rome needs badly to reflect on the reasons why there is no St. Origen. Rahner's nonsense about "anonymous Christians" has been kicking around unsuppressed for quite a while. The present Pope's approach to the struggle for the soul of Western culture- either verbally inept or simply a massive wimping out, depending on how pessimistic one is about where his pontificate and the Roman church is going- is really only an outgrowth of a phenomenon which has been going on among Catholics for some time.

Last week the Tom Selleck character on "Blue Bloods-" the New York police commissioner- impulsively criticized the Catholic church's position on homosexuality (Commissioner Reagan, Selleck's character, is a Catholic). While admitting that he shouldn't have done so, he wouldn't retract lest he be heard as recanting his opposition to a position which- whether we like it or not- is a matter of divine revelation, reflected in every stratum of both Testaments.

It's something that cannot change without the Catholic church- and the Church catholic- admitting that it's been a fraud all along, and its teachings simply mutable and purely human philosophical reflections. Yet Commissioner Reagan- like most journalists who have covered the wimpish formulations of the Vatican Conference- seems to regard the prospect of the Christian Church doing precisely that as not only possible, but desirable.

That nominal Christians who take the fictitious Commissioner Reagan's position are somewhat less thoughtful- and a great deal less informed on the issue- than they might be seems to me to be rather obvious. And that in itself is an indictment of the Church, whether one's ecclesiology is Roman or Protestant.

It says with an eloquence which brooks no misunderstanding that the Church is so far into the process of wimping out when it comes to insisting on the basics of its teachings and the nature of divine revelation that only an ecclesiological earthquake of the dimensions of the Reformation can save it.

Veni, Spiritus Creator.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A question easily answered

The new draft Vatican document on homosexuality asks whether the Church can make room for them in its community.

The answer: if they're celibate, of course.

If they're not, no- not without breaking with divine revelation and two thousand years of Christian teaching,and in the process forfeiting any claim to be even part of Christ's Church.

The answer hasn't changed since St. Paul, writing by divine inspiration, closed the question for all time.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Braley somehow keeps a straight face while defending his ads

Here's a post over at The Hill on the second Ernst-Braley Senate debate here in Iowa.

One comment on Braley's remark that "sound bites have consequences." When you take sound bites out of context in such a way as to distort what the candidate is saying, as Braley's ads often do, the consequences are also somewhat distorted.

Just as they're meant to be.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Obama's ideal revolutionary

I'm sure his mother loves him, for one thing

Here's a chuckle: student supporters- given a day off and even extra credit to attend a Democratic campaign rally- struggle valiantly to name Joe Biden's accomplishments and assets.

And here, adults- some of them not exactly firm in their support for the vice-president in 2016- undertake the same Herculean effort.

The word "moron-" used in this video's title- is a bit harsh, seems to me. They just aren't having a good day:

By now, of course, we're all used to associating the name 'Joe Biden' with the urge to laugh out loud. Maybe that's it: Joe Biden stimulates our national endorphins!

HT: Drudge

The competition to be Hillary's new best friend

Some thoughts on the potential competition between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Tenn) for the extremist vote in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

It seems that this year, Republicans determined to nominate somebody unelectable have a choice.

HT: Drudge