Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Groundhog Droppings

Groundhog Droppings

I don't see my shadow this morning, which can only be good news for Smallest Farm 2010. (I assume my own personal groundhog, gopher, or whatever it is is still hibernating.)

What's up today:

  • Over at the Register I look at how Republicans are (rather, aren't) choosing their battles.

  • A couple revealing lines in Craig Robinson's Iowa Republican piece on the constitutional convention as a way to dump marriage equality:
    "Unfortunately, time and patience is not on our side, and English and (the Iowa Family Policy Center) know this." Correct. Because those overall numbers opposing marriage equality are driven by heavy opposition from pre-baby boom seniors. Below retirement age, people are supportive. To be blunt, opposition to marriage equality is literally dying off.

    "When Vander Plaats mentions his executive order, he is greeted by cheers from the conservative activists supporting his campaign. Yet, authorization for this option can’t be found anywhere in the state’s constitution... The fact that two principled conservatives would advocate for such expanded executive powers is troubling." Constitutional strict constructionists clashing with social conservatives; a crack in the teapot.

  • More proof that the doom and gloomers are getting it wrong: Gallup polls party ID and finds, despite some slips, that Democrats still have a strong lead.

    Caveat: Iowa shows a six point drop for Dems--but that still leaves us with a 12 point edge.

  • Illinois primary day: previews in CQ and Swing State Project.
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