Flashback

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

From the Boston Globe, February 24, 2013: It’s hard to get excited about these Red Sox FORT MYERS, Fla. — The air is warm and fresh. Everybody is in a good mood. Players in the clubhouse are especially relaxed. No one is looking for snitches or rolling their eyes at the mention of the new manager. There were not a … Read More

Stay Classy, GOP

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

"In a 'negotiation' meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: 'I cannot even stand to look at you.'"  — Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Will The Red Sox Win The World Series?

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

The 109th World Series, starting tonight in Boston, pits the 97-win Red Sox against the 97-win St. Louis Cardinals, the first time since 1999 each league is represented by teams with its best records. It should be one for the books. The oddsmakers favor the Red Sox, but not by much. Each team has its strengths and weaknesses.  Boston steals … Read More

Homeland Review As We Step Into Season Three

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Yeah, I don't know what the writers are thinking.  I like Dana as a charactor, but to make this season about teenage runaways?  Well, that's a different show.  The success of Homeland, Season One, was that you didn't know who to trust in a show about international terrorism.  And that was awesome.  When it started to become a show about … Read More

Red State Leads In Obamacare

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

It's true — the federal government websites for signing up for the Affordable Care Act are glitchy.  And an embarrassment to the Obama Administration.  And Obama will suffer repercussions for that. But when Obama says that websites are glitchy, and the Affordable Care Act isn't, he's right.  Obamacare isn't the websites.  Not even close. And the other thing is, the … Read More

Post Shutdown Polls

Ken AshfordElection 2014, Polls, Republicans, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Post-shutdown polls are coming in and they are brutal: The numbers: * Dems lead in the generic ballot matchup by 49-38. Among independents — a key midterm constituency — those numbers are 46-35. * Only 21 percent of Americans approve of the way the Congressional GOP is handling the federal budget, versus 77 percent who disapprove. Among independents: 20-78. Among moderates: 14-85.  … Read More

Government Shutdown Is Over (For Now); “Nobody Won” Says Obama…

Ken AshfordGubmint Shutdown, Polls, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

… and he's right in a sense.  The Democrats didn't have to concede anything and they didn't gain anything; the Republicans didn't have to concede anything and they didn't gain anything. On the other hand, the Democrats weren't trying to gain anything, and the House Republicans were (they wanted to defund Obamacare), sosomebody did lose in all this. And then there's public … Read More

The Deal

Ken AshfordGubmint Shutdown, Health CareLeave a Comment

Looks like the House is getting ready to vote to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling in return for…. stripping members of Congress, their staff and White House appointees and employees of their Obamacare subsidies. Sounds good to me.

Oh. Please Sarah. Weigh In.

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Gubmint Shutdown, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Politico reports: President Barack Obama is risking “impeachable” offenses with the way he is handling the debt limit debate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a post on her Facebook page Monday. “Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable … Read More

The WWII Vet Protest

Ken AshfordTea PartyLeave a Comment

Just below a picture of Sarah Palin from this weekend's march, Fox News writes: Veterans marched on Sunday in Washington in protest of the partial government shutdown that has kept them and other Americans from visiting war memorials across the country, with support from several star conservatives. “This is the people's memorial,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a crowd of several … Read More

The Strangest Sentence Ever Written About The Whole Government Shutdown Thing

Ken AshfordGubmint Shutdown, Red Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

Say what, Politico? President Barack Obama may get the clean debt limit extension he’s been demanding, but it wouldn’t be a clean victory. By adopting the House GOP plan to raise the debt ceiling, Obama would avoid a potentially crippling blow to the economy and, in the White House’s view, finally break Republicans of their habit of seeking concessions each … Read More

How Low Can They Go?

Ken AshfordGubmint ShutdownLeave a Comment

The longer this government shutdown drags on the worse the polling situation gets for Republicans. The latest NBC/WSJ poll has some incredible results. The poll found 46 percent of Americans think the shutdown is extremely serious and another 27 percent say it is quite serious. The blame for this serious situation is falling primarily on the Republican party. Only 31 percent of … Read More