The Gateway (Dog Whistling Dixie Edition)
Another primary not worth a full column.
It’s now functionally a two man race, but one has one eye and is toothless and profusely bleeding. Still, Gingrich is angrier than ever and capable of doing some damage—and places like Alabama are not known for any particular prejudice against toothlessness anyway. Ron Paul will drag on because he’s on a mission from G-d or Adam Sm-th; there are caucus states on the map might actually draw out a victory, but his votes don’t come from the hide of either of his opponents, so he’s not really a relevant factor. It’s hard to see what the rationale is for a continuation of the Santorum campaign outside of a desire to accumulate a favor Mitt Romney will owe him, but as the race goes on even the value of that will become less and less worthwhile.
Verdict: the race may be over, but there will be more mayhem until the fat lady sings.
Goldberg explains the art of the dog whistle.
Money quote: "If it takes more than two sentences for a critic to explain why a dog-whistle is a dog-whistle, the whistler wins.” How to Listen for Racism on the Campaign Trail: Jeffrey Goldberg www.bloomberg.com
From the brilliant Todd Breitbart:
"Gerrymanders: beware of decoys.
Several wildly convoluted districts are easily identified by a glance at the map. It requires a large-scale map, however, to follow the tangles and see where these districts actually go. They were obviously created in a spirit of contempt for the NYS constitutional rule that Senate districts “be in as compact form as practicable.” But in examining the map for these curiosities, it is important to beware of decoys. If it is impossible to imagine what partisan advantage the Senate Majority could gain from an obnoxious feature, it is probably designed as a target of criticism, to be taken out later in a display of listening to the people – while the obnoxious features they really want remain intact."
As I noted, while the Assembly redistricting plan is not as bad as the one for the Senate, it is also a partisan gerrymander. Most of Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb's criticisms are quite apt, and he actually misses some I would make. Redistricting analysis shows Assembly gerrymandering too, not surprising Kolb | The Empire empire.wnyc.org
HESH RABKIN: Gate, I suggest you comment on 3 more recent redistricting items
Shelly wanting to preserve Turner's District is proof that it won't be preserved. As he says, “I believe it’s a Democratic seat and would be won by a Democrat,” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/democrats-love-gop-rep-bob-turner-district-article-1.1013781
Not technically about redistricting but the above ignores the fact that Skelos gave both Carlucci & Velesky much more favorable districts. Just because the Rockland GOP Leader says they are seriously challenging Carlucci doesn't make it true. http://www.cityandstateny.com/idc-pac-problem/
Skelos: Better we should close a few schools than have less than three primaries.
Frank Padavan takes to social media? A man whose cell phone has a rotary dial. Ex-State Sen. Frank Padavan Takes Senate Question To Facebook www.cityandstateny.com
Comic Book Guy: Worst. Campaign. Ever.
I bet this guy spends more dollars than he gets votes.
Nine nine nine indeed. Comic Book Store Owner To Run for City Council; Vows to Spend Only $999 www.politickerny.com
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