This Is Obama In Campaign Mode

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Obama & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Today, speaking before the UAW: “You want to talk about values?… Hard work — that’s a value. Looking out for one another — that’s a value. The idea that we’re all in it together — that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper — that is a value.  But they’re still talking about you as if you’re … Read More

Primary Day In Michigan and Arizona

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

Though Michigan and Arizona will award roughly the same number of delegates tonight (with both losing half their original allocations for non-compliance with RNC calendar rules), and though Arizona will provide the larger "purse" by virtue of a statewide winner-take-all system, Michigan will get the lion's share of attention simply because it is by far the closer race, and is … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Godstuff1 Comment

Karen Santorum, wife of GOP candidate Rick Santorum, on why Rick has surged in the polls: "I personally think this is God's will." And when Rick plunges and drops out, I guess that will be God's will, too.  Because God is indecisive.

Dear Senator Baumgartner

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Sen. Michael BaumgartnerWashington State SenateCandidate for US Senate Dear Sen. Baumgartner, It's so nice to know there is at least one politician out there who speaks the truth.  So many times, it just seems like our elected officials have no clue about things.  Thankfully, you are not one of them.   I am speaking, of course, about the other day when … Read More

Catholic Church Now Goes After Girl Scouts

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

First it was women, now it's the girls: Several Girl Scout troops in Chantilly, Va., have been banned from meeting at a local Catholic church and a neighboring school. St. Timothy Catholic Church said that scouts won’t be allowed to meet or wear their uniforms on church property. The edict also applies to the adjacent St. Timothy School, which enrolls … Read More

Virginia Governor REALLY Wants To Be The GOP Vice President

Ken AshfordWomen's IssuesLeave a Comment

… and that's why he just issued a statement, a few moments ago, in opposition to the bill in Virginia which would require women seeking an abortion to be vaginally raped with a wand undergo an invasive ultrasound procedure if the standard ultrasound procedure is ineffective.  Here's the key portion of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's released statement: Mandating an invasive … Read More

It’s Like They WANT To Lose

Ken AshfordElection 2012, RepublicansLeave a Comment

I'm scratching my head about the surge of Santorum in the polls nationally.  Yes, he's the latest not-Romney, and yes, even I admitted that he was the best debater later of the Romney-Gingrich-Santorum trifecta. But now that he has the lead, Santorum has felt comfortable being… well, Santorum, and pushing the "values" agenda.  He suffers from the same delusion that … Read More

A Schiavo Moment

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Election 2012, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Chuck Todd thinks we've seen this before, and I agree: When the Terri Schiavo controversy first turned into a full-blown national story — in March 2005 — no one was sure of its political implications. Even some Democrats feared it was a loser for them. But after congressional Republicans and the Bush White House acted to keep the Schiavo alive, … Read More

New Hampshire Legislator”s Contribution To The Contraception Debate

Ken AshfordWomen's Issues1 Comment

Leave it to my home state of New Hampshire to take a comical controversial topic and make it absurd.   Enter New Hampshire's Representative Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack).  Rep. Notter sits on the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee, which heard public testimony yesterday on late-entry House Resolution 29, urging the United States Department of Health and Human Services to rescind … Read More

Fun Fact Of The Day

Ken AshfordWomen's IssuesLeave a Comment

Number of women testifying at Republican Darryl Issa's congressional investigation into the contraception-coverage-vs-religious-freedom issue: Zero. [Note: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who sits on Issa's committee, asked a sensible question under the circumstances: "Where are the women? When I look at this panel, I don't see one, single woman representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and … Read More

Romney’s Ad In Michigan

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

Romney's ad now running in Michigan could have used more vetting.  In the ad, shown below, he talks about growing up in Michigan.   A couple of problems with the ad: (1)  The Chrysler that Mitt is driving was not built in Michigan, or even America.  It was built in Canada.  Chrysler has confirmed this. (2)  And about that framed … Read More

Conspiracy Theories and Cognitive Dissonance

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Brian Kilmeade noted that good economic news matters a great deal when it comes to the president's fortunes, but only "if you believe these numbers." A minute later, Gretchen Carlson added, "Unemployment has gone down, more jobs have been created. Now, you can argue about how those numbers, some people say they've been fabricated." "If you believe … Read More