– I’ll let RFShunt from TBogg’s turf set the table for the first news item: “So not five minutes ago I’m reading a story from the telegraph about how Nate Silver is harshing all over the Mittster’s I’ve-still-got-the-momentum-mojo narrative and the writer predicts that the attacks on Silver should be happening any day now – and boom here it is.”
Here it is, indeed, from someone called Dean Chambers: “Nate Silver is a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the “Mr. New Castrati” voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program. In fact, Silver could easily be the poster child for the New Castrati in both image and sound. Nate Silver, like most liberal and leftist celebrities and favorites, might be of average intelligence but is surely not the genius he’s made out to be.” And on and on and on in this vein while neglecting to, you know, provide actual proof of his assertions concerning Silver’s numbers-crunching, which currently predicts a 74.4% chance, up from 67.9% a week earlier, that President Obama will win re-election. (TBogg has helpfully provided a photo of Mr. Chambers, so you can see what a true manly conservative’s conservative looks like. Do try to restrain yourselves, ladies.)
– Speaking of the perceived need to restrain oneself, a whole bunch of Minnesota Republicans who back the marriage-restriction amendment are oddly reluctant to debate Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter whose hardcore pro-marriage-equality stance (he’s the guy who told a homophobic Maryland state legislator that supporting marriage equality wouldn’t turn him into a “lustful cockmonster”) is reaching an audience of young sports-oriented males that the “Vote No” folks didn’t think could be reached. (By the way, you can get your very own Chris-Kluwe-approved “Lustful Cockmonster” and “Beautifully Unique Sparkle Pony” signature T-shirts right here: http://www.chriskluwetshirt.com/ ) For balance, here’s an honorable Republican telling his fellow Minnesotans why they should vote no on the marriage amendment.
– Speaking of honorable Republicans, both Arne Carlson and Tom Horner (the latter of whom was a Republican until 2010, and had served as longtime Republican senator David Durenberger’s press secretary back in the late ’70s and early ’80s) have chimed in against the other vile GOP-sponsored amendment put before Minnesota’s voters, the voter suppression amendment. (In a somewhat related topic, we find another honorable Republican, Doug Kelley, ripping Kurt Bills’ campaign into tiny bits for running a bizarre smearfest of a TV ad.)
– And just for grins, we have a guy called Stephen Sundquist who wrote a letter to the Brainerd, Minnesota Dispatch in which he claimed to be a Democrat disappointed in DFL House District 10B candidate Joe Radinovich, and urged all “true Democrats” to vote for a write-in candidate instead of Radinovich. In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Sundquist is in reality a Republican who works for Radinovich’s GOP competitor, Dale Lueck.