Or as the punchline to the old joke has it, "there must be a pony in here somewhere."
Don't know the joke? It was allegedly President Reagan's
favorite, so check it out.
For one thing, as Michelle (ma belle) points out:
we won't be hearing about Diebold voting machines
stealing elections. Not for a couple years, anyway.
At Cato, Jim Harper notes
with glee the electoral demise of many New Hampshire Republicans
who favored "REAL ID", a foot in the door
for a national ID card. (Previous Pun Salad posts on REAL ID
I'm not as convinced as Jim that REAL ID issues played a major part in the local campaigns. But still …
Not only did defeated NH Congressman Charlie Bass
like REAL ID, he also cosponsored the dreadful
Unlawful Internet Gaming Act.
Radley Balko gloats here.
Also, as near as I can tell, not an actual major issue in the campaign. But still …
Also at Cato, Andrew Coulson detects signs that Democrats
the party of educational liberty, noting that "several prominent
Democrats" have come out in favor of education tax credits. It would be
a classic move to steal a putatively Republican issue—not that the
Republicans have done much with it.
I'm also skeptical here, given the joined-at-the-hip relationship between the Democrats and teacher unions; Andrew kind of handwaves past that issue. But still …
It seems that opposition to Affirmative Action is an
issue that neither major party wants to steal; nobody
likes it, except, well, actual voters. As you might expect,
John Rosenberg at Discriminations is prolific
about the 58%-42% victory of the Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative. Most notable for our theme today is this
post, where he points out
In Michigan, the Republican nominee for governor, Dick DeVos, and the Republican nominee for the Senate, Mike Bouchard, both opposed the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI). Presumably they were afraid of being called racist, or something.
Well, I'll call them something: stupid. They both lost, 56% to 42%, and the Republicans lost control the state House for the first time in 8 years and almost lost the Senate …. Meanwhile, MCRI, with which Republicans were afraid to be affiliated, won with 58% of the vote.