The Quipper

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Closer, closer....

Garance Franke-Ruta of The American Prospect (of which I am now a subscriber) blog TAPPED says:

...Democrats have been following ... an utterly inexplicable course of action... Democrats outsourced a good chunk of their ground game to the 527s in 2004. This could have some serious dowsides for the party over the long term... The Republican National Committee ran its 2004 ground operations through its coordinated campaign with Bush-Cheney '04... Democrats, on the other hand, outsourced a great deal of their ground operation to 527s, such as America Coming Together, while the DNC spent millions upon millions on television ads... Thanks to this arrangement -- almost the inverse of the strategic allocation of resources on the Republican side -- the DNC won't be able to use a substantial chunk of the voter contact information gleaned in the '04 race to get ready for '06 or '08... [A] couple of Democratic field organizers... said it's definitely something that puts Democrats at a disadvantage. But... little that could be done about it in the past election cycle because no one could have known in advance that John Kerry and the DNC would have such substantial resources at their disposal, and without the 527s, they still would have had almost no ground game in some states until just the summer before the election.

The reason for this is that democrats rely on paid activists to run the ground game, and republicans primarily on volunteers. They use soft slush money to fund their base other ways, i.e. through groups like GOPUSA, "PR" spending with government funds, Scaife-funded think-tanks, etc.

Hopefully part of Dean's changes at the DNC will be use less hard money during campaigns to keep people eating, and get the outsiders to fund these people between elections so they can take a "leave of absence" to go volunteer for the campaign...

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Washington Post sucks

Social Security Problems Not a Crisis, Most Say

"I'm expecting to live on my own savings. I'm going to prepare for the worst so I don't get in trouble," said Sarah Kirby, 19, a political science and history major at Marquette University who said she believes Social Security is "outdated" because it did not anticipate the longevity of today's seniors.

Let me say first of all that I hate these kinds of articles, because they're stupid. "I found two retards on the street, one thinks Miller Lite Tastes Great, and the other thinks it's Less Filling!"

But I also hate when articles like this fail to mention that Sarah Kirby is a member of the Marquette College Republicans.

Sarah and Governor Pataki!

Doesn't Sarah look like a very sad lost little girl?*

Anyway, Sarah, for your edification: FDR's actuaries actually predicted the growth in longevity in 1935 and took it into account when designing the program. But thanks for playing Retarded Republican Bingo!

* Actual caption! What assmunch wrote that caption? Maybe she needs patting on the head.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Right Wing Blogger Idiocy o... WAIT!

John Derbyshire has a great post at The Corner. I honestly never thought I'd say that, but he does a nice job of lining up all the creationist and meta-creationist ("ID") arguments against evolution and knocking them down.

(via archpundit)