Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Lisa and I have got several bowls of candy ready to go.  We didn’t get many trick-or-treaters last year, which I think disappointed Lisa more than it did me. Hopefully, this year, with COVID hysteria dying down, pleasant weather in the forecast, and all of the new families that have moved into the neighborhood, we’ll get more.

And if we don’t, that means more candy for us.

Looking Towards Election Day

I still don’t believe it’s going to happen but nothing would make me happier than Lee Zeldin defeating Kathy Hochul two Tuesdays from now.  As a Republican, Zeldin is at a disadvantage running statewide in New York.  But then you see the clips from the Zeldin/Hochul debate and you hear Kathy Hochul saying that she doesn’t understand why Lee Zeldin is so concerned about  crime and you realize that, if any Democrat could lose in New York in this environment, it would be Kathy Hochul.

As a sidenote, what is the deal with Democrats blowing debates this election year?  Fetterman had a reason for his poor performance but what excuses can Kathy Hochul, Raphael Warnock, Tim Ryan, Beto O’Rourke, and Gretchen Whitmer offer up?  If these people represent the best that the Democrats have to offer, the party is in real trouble.

Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter

Less than 24 hours after Elon Musk took over twitter, the media was trolled by two men pretending to be engineers who had just been laid off.  

No, Rahul Ligma does not work at twitter.  The fact that he was holding a cardboard box with a copy of Michelle Obama’s book in it should have been the media’s first clue that this was a joke.  The other big clue should have been this comment, from “Daniel Johnson”: “I even own a Tesla, man. I’m a big fan of clean energy, climate change, even free speech too.”

The press, of course, ran with it.

If It’s A Day That Ends In Y…

…Bob Menendez is going to be the subject of some sort of federal investigation.

At this point, I think people are so used to Bob Menendez being in legal trouble that the voters would be disappointed in him if he didn’t have someone investigating him.

Menendez went out of his way to ensure that his son gets elected to the U.S. House this year.  So, if Sen. Menendez is ever forced to leave, his seat will probably be quickly filled by Rep. Menendez.

After the Debate

To be honest, I think that Dr. Oz won the Pennsylvania senate race long before Tuesday’s debate.  John Fetterman’s polling numbers had been stalled for a while and all the cries of “New Jersey” stopped being effective months ago.  The Tuesday debate probably just put the final nail in a coffin that was already being hammered shut.

Would Connor Lamb be winning this race at this point?  It’s hard to say.  The national environment is terrible for Democrats but Dr. Oz has a lot of negatives of his own.  Connor Lamb would probably be a Tim Ryan-style candidate.  Ryan is losing in Ohio but he probably could have won in Pennsylvania.

Would John Fetterman be winning right now if he hadn’t had a stroke?  Again, I’m not sure.  Fetterman has never been as impressive a candidate as some have made him out to be.  Even if Fetterman hadn’t had a stroke, he would still be a trust fund kid pretending to be working class.  He would still be the person basing parole decisions on The Shawshank Redemption.  Oz would still have his negatives but, at a time when voters are concerned about crime and rightfully skeptical of Democrats in general, I think this  race was always destined to be close.

Have We Been Spared A Newsom Presidential Campaign?

Newsom vows to finish four-year term if reelected governor

That’s according to the AP, of course.  Everyone knows that Gavin Newsom wants to be President, even if everything about him seems to remind people of why no one trusts a politician.

If Biden runs again, Newsom will be able to keep his pledge.  If Biden doesn’t run, there’s no wat the Newsom is going to be able to resist jumping into the fray.  It is said that every politician, even the mayor of the smallest towns in the smallest states, wakes up in the morning and sees a future president in the mirror.  That seems doubly true for Gavin Newsom.

Prime Minister Sunak

You can tell it’s been a busy week when you almost miss the chance to congratulate Rishi Sunak on becoming the new Prime Minister of the UK on Monday.  Sunak is the first British Asian and the first Hindu to hold that position and I hope he does well.

I honestly thought it would be Boris and I still think there’s an above average chance that Boris Johnson will be Prime Minister again at some point in the future.  But I have a feeling it will probably come after someone like Keir Starmer takes over at Number 10 and reminds everyone of why they got fed up with Labour in the first place.

Foxtrot Juliet Bravo

The Daily Gazette, an upstate New York newspaper, published an editorial that is an open letter to Elise Stefanik, crying about her appearing in front of a sign that read “Foxtrot Juliet Bravo,” (which basically means FTB, or Fuck Joe Biden).  It’s one of the most condescending thing I’ve ever read and a perfect example of how journalistic calls for civility in politics only seem to go in one direction.

To the Daily Gazette, I can only say,