Morning Reads for Friday, December 11, 2015

– Ding! Dong! Let’s hope the witch is dead!
– You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
– Gotta get that snow fix somehow.

– Will someone, somewhere, please do their homework?
– Not that rumor again.
– What? Vox and Glenn Reynolds in agreement? Harmonic convergence, or something.

Random Everywhere:
Stonehenge was moved?
FiveThirtyEight’s election predictor thingy.


  1. blakeage80 says:

    A brokered convention sounds dangerous, but I still don’t fully understand it. Is there a likely outcome or would it be impossible to predict? Would it essentially meant the GOP would be picking a candidate that most voters didn’t? Could that lead to a lot of voters feeling disenfranchised and staying home in the general?

    • TheEiger says:

      Yes it is dangerous, but in my mind no more dangerous than Trump as our nominee. It’s impossible to predict the outcome. There is even talk of someone dominating Romney from the floor. Not sure that’s a good idea. It would be better if it was someone who already had some delegates. Likely Cruz or Rubio. I think that if Christie can pull off an upset in New Hampshire then he would be a possibility too.

      Yes a brokered convention will piss off Trump supporters and they will likely stay home, but how many people stay home if Trump is the nominee? I know quite a few.

      • blakeage80 says:

        “dominating Romney from the floor” would be must see tv. 🙂
        Seriously though, it will be interesting to watch going forward and if the convention is brokered, it will be interesting to here how it got done after the fact.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Besides the radical burned out teacher becoming the teacher spokesperson declaring those desiring public choices enemy #1 the WTF moment belongs to the attacks on Rubio for limiting insurance company loses on Obamacare.

    When the subsidies were first introduced concern was raised on government bailouts. Obama said the GOP concerns were uncalled for, it was an incentive to keep rates low and was very unlikely to be triggered.

    Now that it is turning into a tsunami of needed taxpayer support, the Rubio-GOP limits are not in the best interest of the people. And of course if the government can’t step in, the GOP will be blamed for higher rates and private coverage withdrawals.

    No wonder half the students do not see the American Dream for them and prefer a nanny government. Good bye middle class.

    • saltycracker says:

      Ranting sans edit; Rubio limited the government subsidies on insurance company loses, an Obama carrot, and wants to continue it.

    • benevolus says:

      It’s not Obama’s fault that insurance companies didn’t predict their costs accurately. However, the authors of Obamcare did foresee the potential problem (since we were entering new territory) and built in this provision to attract insurers into the program.

      I say approve Rubio’s plan, but it doesn’t take effect for three years. By then we won’t need the stop-loss anyway. Everybody wins.

      The reason some insurance companies are taking a hit is because the sickest, most expensive customers are signing up first. That’s also why companies are sometimes not offering Gold and Platinum plans anymore. For someone who has extremely high health care costs, a higher premium is a good bargain.

      But, from here on out it just gets better. Healthier people will keep signing up and costs will stabilize.

      • TheEiger says:

        “But, from here on out it just gets better. Healthier people will keep signing up and costs will stabilize.” I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

      • TheEiger says:

        Why in the world do you think healthier and younger people will be signing up in droves when premiums are currently going through the roof? Obama promised us that it would happen as soon as the exchanges open and it didn’t.

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    Jeez, I was hoping for a Friday Trump post for a little weekend entertainment.
    I guess the open thread will have to do….

    There has been PP discussion that Trump conspiracy theories could be kicking in…..

    “The Federalist”, in “How the left Created Donald Trump”, blames Trump’s prominence on Progressives, natch:

    “You have to understand progressivism as a kind of religion—specifically, a fundamentalist religion.”

    “Progressivism is dangerous and destructive because of the lies it tells about human nature, because of the steep costs it imposes on society, because of the loss of individual freedom, and—what is increasingly clear—because of how it provokes the rise of an opposite form of illiberalism.”

    Calling Progressives un-American was used up in the last decade. Fundamentalist Muslims being the exploitable fear of the moment, it makes prefect sense to link Progressives to fundamentalist religion. [Hat tip to Saxby for being ahead of his time]

    Who knew the GOP’s adoption of a “Southern Strategy” was a leftist plot to take out the GOP 50 years after its adoption?

    Cue Circus Theme music:

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