Podcast 11: Palin Politics

Brad, Brandon and Chip discuss the persona, power, and politics of Sarah Palin.


What I’m Thankful For…

On this holiday where we gather with family and friends to eat and remember why we are glad that we only see some folks once a year, I wanted to share some of the things I am thankful for:

I am thankful for whiskey.

I am thankful for flasks that can be hidden in coats at family gatherings.

I am thankful for the fact that Levi Johnston is in Sarah Palin’s life.  It just makes me laugh.

I am thankful for this

I am thankful for the (few) times that we have open, thoughtful debate by public officials on important issues.

Did I mention whiskey?

I am thankful for the rule of law.  (Unlike some of our current office holders.)

I am thankful that Red Sox pitchers and catchers report on Thursday, February 18th.

I am thankful for my fellow Dark Horse Dispatch members. (I needed to say that…they are a fragile bunch!)

I am thankful for politics because it is important and fun.

Did I mention flasks?

Thanks for reading the blog and Happy Thanksgiving!


Pundits for President

The GOP primary field could have a lot of “personalities” in it. Along with Sarah Palin, three other media personalities may be gearing up for a run at the White House.

When asked by Fred Thompson whether or not he is considering a run for the White House, Lou Dobbs responded, “yes is the answer.” If Dobbs is too xenophobic for CNN how will he fare with moderates, without whom no presidential election can be won?


Analyzing the House vote on health care

The House voted on its version of the health care bill on November 7, 2009. The vote was largely along party lines, with 219 of 258 Democrats voting “Yes” and 176 of 177 Republicans voting “No.” You can find the full vote results along with a nifty interactive map at the New York Times.

Conventional wisdom holds that the lone yes-voting Republican did so because he was elected in a district that voted heavily for Obama in the presidential election. Similarly, many have noted that several of the no-voting Democrats represent districts that voted for McCain in the presidential election. This observation suggests that members of Congress may sometimes be subject to cross pressures. Their party leaders want them to vote in support of the party’s program, but the members may also feel compelled to vote in accordance with the majority sentiment in their district. Sometimes these pressures push a member in different directions. Below the fold I present some statistical analysis that confirms the conventional wisdom with respect to this vote and briefly discuss some implications of the analysis for the 2010 congressional elections.


Galileo’s Middle Finger…

would be an excellent band name.

Just sayin’.


Podcast 10: Health Care Reform, Abortion, and 2010

Dan, Brad, Chip and Brandon discuss the passage of health care legislation in the U.S. House, the Stupak Amendment, and reform’s implications for the 2010 midterm elections.

Playing Cards in Prison

There is an interesting article in the New York Times today about decks of playing cards used in prisons in South Carolina.  The cards show victims of unsolved crimes and ask the inmates to come forward with any information.  The program is used in several states across the country. While no crimes have been solved in South Carolina yet, this is the type of innovative idea that can, and eventually will, lead to solving some of these cold cases.