EVEN SOUTH DAKOTA HAS POSTIVE NEWS: Not only is the draconian aboriton ban heading for defeat, but the ridiculous initiative to impose retrocative legal liability on judges is going down by an 80-point margin.
NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY'RE NOT PRINTED ON, BUT... While I take Addie's (and Bob Somerby's) point about predicting election outcomes, I can't resist saying something. I'm actually inclined to stick with Dems +5 for the Senate, which seemed pessimistic last week but now seems a little optimistic.
FRAUDULENT ROBO-CALLS V. DEMOCRACY: Hilzoyhas more on the Republicans investing $2 million in fraudulent, harassing robocalls intended to suppress Democratic turnout, which Josh Marshall has been doing terrific work on. What deserves emphasis here is that this isn't rogue local campaigns, or over-enthusiastic volunteers -- most of them are apparently part of a national, co-ordinated effort funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee. As Hilzoy says:
AND DON'T FORGET -- HE'S A LIBERTARIAN TOO!Shorter Verbatim Peggy Noonan:
Most of [Rick Santorum's] own impulses -- protect the unprotected, help the helpless, respect the common man -- have not been conservative in the way conservative is roughly understood, or portrayed, in the national imagination. If this were the JFK era, his politics would not be called "right wing" but "progressive." He is, at heart, a Catholic social reformer. Bobby Kennedy would have loved him.
"TORT REFORM" ARGUMENTS -- ARE THEY EVER RIGHT? Brother Ezrahad a Slate piece this summer about the many empirical problems with the argument that capping medical malpractice suits would be a major source of cost reduction for the American medical system. (As Ezra points out, the overwhleming evidence against the idea that runaway malpractice awards drives up health care costs is amassed clearly and devastatingly in Tom Baker's terrific book, The Medical Malpractice Myth.)