Archive for November 24th, 2011

Jay Cost – Can Newt Gingrich win centrist voters?

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

…there are indeed two sides to the Gingrich story. The 104thCongress remains an important milestone in the history of American conservatism, in that it fought for welfare reform, tax cuts, and a balanced budget, and won reelection in 1996 based on this record. Much of the credit goes to Gingrich, who – unlike many of his fellow Republican House colleagues in the 1970s and 1980s – was never happy with life in the minority. He held fast to a view that for decades was simply “outrageous:” the House could tip Republican, and it could take a lead role in national reforms.

And yet, his approval numbers while he was in charge of the House were dreadfulGallup found his net favorable rating in negative territory by the early spring of 1995 (33 percent approve to 47 percent disapprove, or a 14 point net negative), and at the end of 1995 his net negatives would exceed 25 points, where they would remain for the rest of his tenure.

Physical fight – Gardner Councilmen fight in council chambers – NBC 41 News

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

KSHB 41 – Politics turn personal in Gardner with physical fight among city council

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

The 32 rules of playing touch football with your family on Thanksgiving – Jason Gay, WSJ

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

12. It’s okay to play with kids but don’t baby them. Just because your 7-year-old niece is playing quarterback doesn’t mean you can’t intercept her screen pass and run it back for a touchdown. She’s got to learn sometime not to throw into triple coverage.

13. The count is five “Mississippi.” And it’s a full four syllables—not a rushed “MISS-IPPI” and knocking grandpa to the ground.

16. No, you don’t get to be “permanent QB.” Not if you want anybody to like you.

19. There are only two plays you need for touch football: “Everybody Go Out” and “Everybody Go Deep.”

20. No, that running play never works. Ever.

30. Take it easy. You don’t want any injuries that can’t be treated with a bag of frozen peas.

32. When you think about it, there’s really only one rule for Thanksgiving touch football: Take your shoes off before going in the house, or Mom is going to kill you.