Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Crunching Numbers

So I was looking at some of the Missouri primary election returns from last night, because I'm a total nerd. I notice a couple of interesting things that are being noted in some other circles as well. I never like to chase the news but these things are too obvious to not comment on it.

The Proposition C results are what everyone this morning is talking about. This bodes very poorly for Obamacare and it's continually anemic poll numbers. It was approved overwhelmingly, the 'yes' vote was a vote to amend current Missouri law to deny the government authority to "penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services." I believe the fact that VA had a law similar to this already on the books is partially the grounds on which Federal Court did not dismiss the VA case against the Gov't. The guys over at volokh.com can address that WAY better than I can. In their opinions (they are mostly all legal scholars or law students) it paves the way for an appeal to the 4th Circuit which would then lead directly to the Supreme Court. In any case the fact that it passed by a 3 to 1 margin is telling. It shows the enthusiasm of the opponents of Obamacare and that they are willing to travel to the ballot boxes to make their voices heard.

To further illustrate the enthusiasm gap being discussed recenlty. I offer up what happened in St. Louis County, the most Democratic county, the votes for Robin Carnahan (D) were 58,775 in her primary. The numbers for Roy Blunt (R) while facing many more opponents in his primary was 59,274. Draw your own conclusion as to how that may translate in November for Carnahan the incumbent. But to me it shows the Democrats are headed for serious defeats in November. Now for the bad news...Sharron Angle. Would the election of Sharron Angle benefit conservative policies in the Senate moreso than Harry Reid? Of course it would, but I really would like a candidate who can get out of their own way. This video is hilarious:



Carl Cameron's incredulousness is priceless. If this is truly what she thinks we on the right need, she is sadly mistaken and needs a refresher course. I guess all candidates can't be as eloquent as Senate wannabe Democrat Alvin Greene. I kid of course, but would it be too difficult for the Republican Party to put someone up there who can communicate principles effectively? Senator Reid is eminently beatable and his struggling to get anywhere near 50% in polls shows that he is ripe for a beatdown. Then Nevadans give us Angle...oops. Don't get me wrong, I like her and when she is not sticking her foot in her mouth does stand for small government and consistently votes conservatively in her current role as a state representative. So I wish her luck and she has my support in this blog against Harry Reid.

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