What’s the Matter With Oregon?

A long time ago, I went to college in Oregon, at the fine little undergraduate institution that I now lovingly refer to as Lewinski and Clark College, since Ms. Monica of the Immaculate Stain left her mark there too. Back in those days, Oregon voted Republican in most presidential elections, and had a Republican governor. Little was I to know at the time that Vic Atiyah was to be the last Republican governor.

It has now been 30 years since Oregon elected a Republican governor, and it is a sign of the weakness of the Oregon Republican party that it is struggling to run competitively against a boring and scandal-plagued incumbent, John Kitzhaber, who has presided over perhaps the worst state rollout of Obamacare in the nation. Right now it looks like Kitzhaber will be re-elected. It doesn’t help that the Republicans’ once highly touted Senate candidate, Monica Wehby, has run a mistake-riddled campaign against the equally mediocre incumbent Senator Jeff Merkley. As Casey Stengel said of the 1962 Mets, “Can anyone here play this game?”

Forget, pace Thomas Frank, Kansas: what’s the matter with Oregon? Even aside from the Obamacare fiasco and Kitzhaber’s ethical problems, the state has been in relative economic decline for more than two decades, with an unemployment rate consistently above the national average and income growth lagging the national average. Its public school performance is dismal, without the usual excuses of a large low income or minority population. Yet no one seems to connect any of these difficulties to the dominance of one political party.   Perhaps you’ve taken in an episode of Portlandia? Believe me, as a frequent visitor to Portland (the city where young people go to retire), it is indeed a documentary.

An old pal, Rob Kremer, has together with some pals produced a sharp 30-minute video exploring these and other aspects of Oregon’s sorry story entitled “The Oregon Myth.” Below is the first two-minute segment of the whole thing. If you have time and it piques your interest, you can watch the whole 30-minute version here, or check out the home page for TheOregonMyth. (P.S. I’ll be visiting Portland the week after the election to find out how it all shook out.)

Dems keep it creepy, part 2

In this edition of Dems Keep It Creepy, cretinous Democratic male candidates are featured disparaging their female Republican opponents. One of the featured candidates is Aaron Wolf, the Democratic opponent of Power Line Pick Elise Stefanik. Ms. Stefanik is going to have the last laugh when she is elected to Congress from her upstate New York district next Tuesday. The other ladies who take the abuse these cretins are dishing out should also prevail.

The men’s boorish behavior is of course encouraged by the immunity they are accorded by the Democrats’ mainstream media adjunct. The Democrats’ fabricated “war on women” provides handy cover for these boors. In the meantime, the Democrats’ exploitation of the ignorant and the misinformed continues.

The video was prepared by the Republican National Committee and is online only. Ashe Schow covers it for the Washington Examiner here. It is posted online by the RNC here.

Via Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit.

Dems keep it creepy

Yesterday a reader forwarded us a copy of a letter sent by Democrats to his daughter in Brooklyn. The letter is unbelievably creepy. Below is a screenshot of the letter with the recipient’s name and address redacted.

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It is impossible to imagine the furor that would accompany this story if it were Republicans rather than Democrats taking a page out of the 1984 playbook (as the cutline on the letter revealed, screenshot below). What is to be said? The Democrats thrive on the immunity afforded them by their mainstream media adjunct. They lack the constraints that decency imposes on the rest of us.

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As it is, we have only the New York Post’s “Democrats bully non-voters: We know who you are.” Carl Campanile and Natalie O’Neill report:

Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.

The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

The letter and accompanying post card was criticized even by party members, with one Democratic consultant saying it was the wrong way to inspire votes.

“It’s a threatening letter. It’s a scare piece that is unnecessary and inappropriate,” the insider said.

Brooklyn and Manhattan residents who received the note Wednesday were furious, calling it an attempt to browbeat them into showing up at the polls.

“I’m outraged. Whether I vote or not is none of your business!” said a Manhattan voter, who was so incensed that she complained to a local Democratic leader.

“The letter is ludicrous and menacing,” said the voter, who requested anonymity.

The woman also received a report card of her voting record, pointing out that she had failed to vote in two of the last four elections.

Overall, the notices were sent out to 1 million registered Democrats who had failed to vote in previous midterm elections, according to the group.

The committee — chaired by former Gov. David Paterson — defended the scare tactic, calling it standard practice throughout the country.

“This flier is part of the nationwide Democratic response to traditional Republican voter-suppression efforts, because Democrats believe our democracy works better when more people vote, not less,” said Peter Kauffmann, a committee spokesman.

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans is they don’t want people to vote and we want everyone to vote.”

Paterson declined to comment.

The mailer has a phone number on it that goes to Election Protection, a nonpartisan voting organization.

The organization said it had received a “significant” number of calls about the letter.

Such attempts to shame people to vote — what politicos call “social pressure” or peer pressure — has [sic] become more commonplace and was [sic] used by the Obama campaign in 2012, sources said.

A Yale University study in 2008 found that voter participation increased substantially after lazy voters received letters telling them their spotty voting history was a public record that would be scrutinized.

The notice includes a “vote report card” rating New Yorkers’ voting records as “excellent,” “good,” “fair” or “incomplete.”

“Many organizations monitor turnout in your neighborhood and are disappointed by the inconsistent voting of many of your neighbors,” it says.

The letter came a week before heavily favored Democratic Gov. Cuomo faces off against Republican Rob Astorino.

What else is to be said? I’m not sure, but I think Glenn Reynolds would say: Tar. Feathers.

New Ad Takes On Liberal Media

We wrote here about Conservative War Chest, which has produced some excellent, hard-hitting ads this election cycle. Their latest came out today; it is a frontal assault on liberal media. Spokesman Mike Flynn says:

Our new ad shows specific, concrete examples of news executives and partisan reporters trying to hid the truth from the American people. They play such a role trying to influence our elections that they should be on the ballot.

The ad singles out:

* New York Times cover-up of the IRS scandal

* CBS killing Sheryl Atkinson coverage of the Benghazi scandal

* ABC smears of the Tea Party

* George Stephanopoulus and Candy Crowley acting as Dem surrogates in Presidential debates

* Comcast and NBC sponsoring left-wing attack machine MSNBC and news executive Phil Griffin as ultimate “suit in suite.”

The new ad is running initially in North Carolina. Here it is:

Will it work? Well, if Democrats can run against the Koch brothers, Republicans can run against liberal media. But it’s not just tit-for-tat. Many, many Americans–not all of whom are Republicans–are disgusted by left-wing media bias. It is an issue about which many are passionate, and which will motivate some to get to the polls. Besides, you can never point out to often that every day in America, the Left has its thumb on the scales in the person of liberal media.

Thoughts from the ammo line

Ammo Grrrll titles her column this week COME FLY WITH ME, but she’s not talking about “far Bombay” or “llama land” or “Acapulco Bay,” and “weather-wise” the destination is iffy. She’s flying to the Twin Cities. She writes:

Even before Ebola, Ammo Grrrll only flew under extreme duress. Funerals. Emergencies with sick parents. For business, I have driven from Minnesota to West Virginia, Maryland, and Texas. I enjoy long road trips. There is nobody to complain when you play the same Toby Keith disc for 3 hours, followed by Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto and then The Best of Bread ($1.99 in a bin). Eat your heart out, Brahms. Here comes “Baby, I’m-A Want You”.

Flying itself is wretched enough, but nowadays the TSA Experience begins the fun. It apparently is my karma always to be singled out for the full wanding and gunpowder residue tests on my hands. Tests I am terrified I am going to flunk because of the frequency of my shooting, despite Lady Macbeth-level scrubbing.

But who could blame TSA for culling me out when you consider the many hijackers who have been short women comics born the same year as Cher and Dolly Parton? Just as long as we don’t “profile”; that’s all I care about. And what the hell is “profiling” anyway, but the rational practice of giving extra scrutiny to those most likely to commit a particular offense? Why is that wrong? I would hope that when a white serial rapist is loose, that the police don’t waste valuable time and resources investigating a lot of black women.

And why the heck couldn’t that jackass shoe bomber have put the bomb in his hat instead of his shoe so that we all have to take off our shoes now for the next umpteen years? I forget what religion the guy was – Episcopalian, maybe? Not that his religion was relevant in any way. Motive unknown. Again. Probably toilet-trained too early or something.

Part of my problem with flying is that I have an insufficient faith in both gravity and engineering. I believe that the only reason the plane stays aloft is the exertion of my massive will. If I let my guard down even for an instant, it could spell disaster! The other passengers so seldom indicate the slightest gratitude for my vigilance. A nod, a salute, would be nice.

I try to use points to bump up to First Class because if the plane does go down, at least I will be having a free drink. My last flight I had picked up the mail on my way to the airport and had my latest issue of American Rifleman. When I got to the airport, I bought People in order to lower my IQ by 30 points and also to hide my gun magazine inside it away from TSA’s prying eyes as they pawed through my carry-on after the traditional wanding.

Seated next to me on the plane was a sweet, clean-cut young man who looked in frank disbelief at the (late, late) middle-aged lady reading NRA’s magazine while enjoying an adult beverage. He grinned, handing me a business card, and informed me proudly that he designed and sold moving targets for a living, mostly to police training facilities. What are the chances? We talked guns n’ ammo all the way to Minneapolis.

The festive bumper stickers on the first car picking up a passenger outside Lindbergh Terminal were for gun control, Diversity (Celebration of), the late Paul Wellstone, the lame losers Kerry/Edwards, and Obama/Biden. Twice. And the despicable Edwards wasn’t even scratched out! Was this lady driver against anything, you ask? I mean, since she obviously was fine with a man cheating on his dying wife, making a baby, denying the baby’s existence until caught, and exploiting rich old doddering campaign donors? Well, yes, as a matter of fact she was “Already against the next war.” You know, to save time.

Ah, the Twin Cities, just as I remember them. Come for the windchill; stay for the brain-dead politics. C’mon, Minnesota: surprise us this Tuesday! See how many Republican ballots you can find in the trunks of your cars.

Democrats Race-Bait Across the South

The saddest aspect of this year’s scoundrelly election season is the Democrats’ effort to stir up racial discord in hopes of hanging on to control of the Senate. No lie is too absurd for the Democrats when Harry Reid’s future is at stake. The New York Times reports:

In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invoking Trayvon Martin’s death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation — to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.

Apparently they assume that no one remembers it was the Democrats, not the Republicans, who went to war to defend slavery and imposed Jim Crow.

The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression. …

In North Carolina, the “super PAC” started by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, ran an ad on black radio that accused the Republican candidate, Thom Tillis, of leading an effort to pass the kind of gun law that “caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”

This one got four Pinocchios from the Washington Post. “Stand your ground” laws had nothing to do with the Martin case, and Tillis had little or nothing to do with passage of the stand your ground law in North Carolina.

In Georgia, Democrats are circulating a flier warning that voting is the only way “to prevent another Ferguson.” It shows two black children holding cardboard signs that say “Don’t shoot.”

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The Democrats have created a mythology around Ferguson, just as they created a fictional Trayvon Martin story. That their Martin story was proved false at trial apparently means nothing; nor is there any apparent reason why that case–whatever you think of it–should cause one to vote for Democrats. But if you are a Democrat, logic is optional. The politically-motivated myth-building starts at the top: Attorney General Eric Holder says “I think it’s pretty clear that the need for wholesale change in that [Ferguson] department is appropriate,” even though his own department has an ongoing investigation that has so far produced no findings.

The messages are coursing through the campaigns like a riptide, powerful and under the surface, largely avoiding television and out of view of white voters. … Democrats say Republicans need to own their record of passing laws hostile to African-American interests on issues like voting rights.

Unlike the Democrats, Republicans have never advocated or passed racially discriminatory voting laws. The idea that African-Americans don’t have driver’s licenses and are too befuddled to obtain other forms of identification is not just a joke, but a slander against those voters for which Democrats weirdly pay no penalty.

The materials that Democrats are passing out are shocking:

[A]t a black church in Fayetteville, leaflets with a grainy image of a lynching have appeared, warning voters that if Ms. Hagan loses, President Obama will be impeached.

Lynchings were carried out by Democrats, not Republicans. And no one is talking about impeaching Obama except Democrats. Is there someone who seriously believes that if Republicans control the Senate, lynchings will resume in the South? Can anyone possibly be that dumb? Apparently leaders of the Democratic Party believe their voters are. Impeachment is a common theme of the Democrats’ appeals:

In Arkansas, voters are opening mailboxes to find leaflets with images of the Ferguson protests and the words: “Enough! Republicans are targeting our kids, silencing our voices and even trying to impeach our president.”

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“Republicans are targeting our kids?” This is delusional.

Toward these insane lies, the Times maintains an attitude of scrupulous neutrality. Until the end, when the paper gives the last word to a Democrat who says, it wouldn’t work if it weren’t true:

“It’s not race-baiting; it’s actually happening,” said Jaymes Powell Jr., an official in the North Carolina Democratic Party’s African-American Caucus. “I can’t catch a fish unless there’s a worm on the hook.”

That Democrats appeal to the ignorant is nothing new. That is how they win elections. But it is truly sad that the Democratic Party cares nothing about the damage it is doing to the United States by using lies to stir up racial division. The Democrats care nothing about truth, and nothing about their country’s future. They care only about their own greed for power. Let’s hope that this year, voters aren’t foolish enough to fall for the Democrats’ hate campaign.

A World Turned Upside Down

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on President Obama’s plan to selectively revoke the nation’s immigration laws by executive decree. (As the Journal notes, the administration is trying to craft orders that are “legally defensible.”) This latest news drew another blast of righteous indignation from Senator Jeff Sessions, who is Horatius at the bridge when it comes to defending the rights and interests of American workers:

The Wall Street Journal confirmed today that the President is planning to issue a massive unilateral executive amnesty after the election.

In its report, the WSJ certifies that this executive amnesty would provide work permits for illegal immigrants—taking jobs directly from struggling Americans.

Based on the USCIS contract bid and statements from USCIS employees, we know this executive immigration order is likely to be broader in scope than anyone has imagined.

Earlier this week, President Obama’s former head of Homeland Security revealed that she overrode resistance from administration lawyers and law enforcement agents in implementing the President’s earlier unlawful amnesty and work authorization program for illegal immigrants 30 and under. This was an open admission by one of the most senior people in government of violating one’s oath of office in order to accomplish a nakedly political aim.

The President is assuming for himself the sole and absolute power to decide who can enter, work, live, and claim benefits in the United States. He has exempted virtually every group in the world from America’s immigration laws: people who enter before a certain age, people related to people who enter before a certain age, adults traveling with minors, minors traveling with adults, illegal immigrants who are not convicted of serious crimes, illegal immigrants who are convicted of serious crimes but not enough serious crimes, almost anyone who shows up the border and demands asylum, the millions who overstay their visas, and, as was recently exposed, illegal immigrants with serious criminal histories. On and on it goes.

A nation creates borders and laws to protect its own citizens. What about their needs?

The President is systemically stripping away the immigration protections to which every single American worker and their family is entitled. He doesn’t care how this impacts Americans’ jobs, wages, schools, tax bills, hospitals, police departments, or communities.

But it gets worse still. The WSJ reports that the President is “expected to benefit businesses that use large numbers of legal immigrants, such as technology companies.” Those changes include measures to massively expand the number of foreign workers for IT companies—measures aggressively lobbied for by IT giants like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Yet we have more than 11 million Americans with STEM degrees who don’t have jobs in these fields. Rutgers professor Hal Salzman documented that two-thirds of all new IT jobs are being filled by foreign workers. From 2000 through today, a period of record legal immigration, all net gains in employment among the working-age have gone entirely to immigrant workers.

And now, in order to help open borders billionaires, President Obama is going to deny millions of Americans their shot at entering the middle class and a better life.

The world has turned upside down. Instead of serving the interests of the American people, the policies of President Obama and every Senate Democrat serve the needs of special interests and global CEOs who fail to understand the duty a nation owes to its own people. But the citizens of this country still hold the power, and through their voice, they can turn the country right-side again.

And they will do so, I predict, in every competitive race where the Republican candidate has made immigration and defense of American workers centerpieces of his or her campaign.shutterstock_103681271