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Why are lefties so obsessed with hanging with the cool kids?

Yet another attempted demonization of the Tea Party and all it stands for has been written by Ed Kilgore at The New Republic. As I read these things that lefties post every few days (and expect a lot more as the election gets closer), the thing that strikes me is how much they are obsessed with being part of the in crowd.

Kilgore says the Tea Party has given visibility to people who until recently were, he says, just the “fringiest” of the right-wing fringe. Here’s what he says about Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina (emphasis added):

One classic example of this type is South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who was considered such a crank in the Senate that he was often stuck eating lunch alone as recently as 2008.

Apparently, this is to Kilgore the most horrible thing that can happen to a person. It must have brought flashbacks to high school for the poor guy. It seems not to have occurred to him that some people with convictions are shunned by others who don’t have them. And people of great character don’t change those convictions just to become more “popular.”

As with most people who are right, meaning correct, not conservative (though they are pretty much the same thing), as time goes by people begin to want to sit with you in the lunchroom. These are the people who are trying to get out in front of the parade and call themselves leaders, not people like DeMint, who happily endured social shunning by lesser individuals, and who now find themselves leading a movement.

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Obamacare broken promises/lies categorized for easy reference

My daughter (The Weekly Standard) and Guy Benson (Townhall.com) put together a list of promises made by President Obama and his minions regarding Obamacare as it was being debated in Congress, and where they stand today. Their conclusions:

[T]he facts show that (a) many of the highest-profile selling points employed by the Left to drag Obamacare across the finish line were either incorrect or intentional distortions, (b) the consequences of not repealing this law are dire, and (c) the public’s enduring hostility toward Obamacare demonstrates a political appetite for repeal.

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Feds: No We Don’t … Well Actually, Yes We Do

For those who believed the federal government’s assurances that the full-body scanners at airports don’t store the very intimate images of passengers, take note of this:

Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.

This follows an earlier disclosure (PDF) by the TSA that it requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images for “testing, training, and evaluation purposes.” The agency says, however, that those capabilities are not normally activated when the devices are installed at airports.

Is this process an unreasonable search? We’ll see.

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Changing of the Guard?

Civitas polling shows Sen. Marc Basnight (D-Dare) with a big lead over Republican challenger Hood Richardson when it comes to the preferences of registered voters in the district — 49% to 39%.

However, the man considered by many to be the most powerful Democrat in the state, has a real race on his hands when it comes to folks who say they will definitely vote in November. From analysis of the poll:

However, among voters who say they are definitely voting in November, Basnight’s lead shrinks to just one percentage point, 47%-46%.

“Senate President Marc Basnight is a North Carolina institution, but his district is changing underneath him, with many new voters moving in and those voters don’t have the same loyalty to him that long-time residents do,” said Civitas Institute Senior Legislative Analyst Chris Hayes. “Senate District 1 is certainly ‘in play’ this year, the question is, can Richardson raise the money to be competitive?”

Bottom line: If these numbers hold over the next 100 days, this race will be one to watch on Nov 2, rather than one of the first incumbent wins of the night. Absolutely fascinating.

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More on Your “Stimulus” Dollars: New Insect Drawers at NC State!

Yesterday I blogged about the latest examples of wasteful spending of the so-called “stimulus” money, as detailed in a list produced by Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK). The list includes $253,000 for NC State to bolster its insect program.

Carolina Journal’s Anthony Greco looked into the insect project, as well as other North Carolina projects that made the list. He reports on the projects — including the new bug drawers — here.

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