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Election Day 2014: Hope for a Conservative Yankee  


4 November 2014, 05:18

On Monday and Wednesday evenings, I teach a class at UConn in Storrs, CT. When I came out of my classroom, I beheld the following:

It looked like somebody had been sloppy with their notecards, until I got up close:


Btw, WhyIAm.GOP is the website of the College Republicans. Good going, y’all.

It can be tough for a conservative up here in Yankeeland, but it’s not all Bill deBlasios in this neck of the woods. Indeed, where I live is next to some prime deer-hunting country, and people hunt deer. They even do fox-hunting, but that’s no sure sign of conservatism.

That’s why this piece by Bob Owens bucks me up:

Two Democrat governors who rammed through onerous gun control legislation last year and a Lt. Governor with a penchant for calling normal gun owners “extremists” may find gun owners in their states having the last laugh tomorrow at the polls.

Governors John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, along with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, all pushed radical gun control in the wake of the shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut in 2012.

I sure hope so. People who are not actually familiar with upstate NY or CT outside of Yale, Hartford, and Hedge Fund Row may be surprised that there are strong gun cultures in both states. When Gov. Malloy pushed gun registration in CT, it had abysmal takeup. In NY, there had been uproar over its own ham-handed rush to idiotic legislation in the wake of Sandy Hook. And then there was the idiot who thought it was a good idea to map out gun owners in NY.

Mind you, I am not so delusional as to think Cuomo will lose his election today. But Malloy is within the margin of error and the spoiler Visconti has thrown in behind the Republican Foley. I work in CT, in two different jobs, and I have a close interest in Foley winning.

Foley lost to Malloy last time, under some suspicious circumstances. I hope Bridgeport is nailed down this year.

I have to have hope for that one, because I don’t see the sacrificial Republican doing well in the NY governor’s race.


Yeah, I’m not waiting up for that result.

What shall I (and should you) be watching this evening? I’ll be on the Ace of Spades HQ Decision Desk and will tweet as I can, but I’ll mainly be entering in data regarding this race:

Today’s election could see a lot of historical firsts, one of which is Elise Stefanik. If she wins—and she’s favored to—she will become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Go Elise! As Brandon of AoSHQDD told us volunteers, I’ll be trying to dispassionately enter my numbers. One of the great things about being an actuary is that I’ve got lots of practice checking itty-bitty number details in the midst of a brou-ha-ha, though I will have a glass of Makers by my side, most likely.

So watch the Decision Desk — it gets a lot of the races correct, because we don’t have half-assed journalism majors trying to tot up the returns.


Oh, and I’m also supporting Nan Hayworth to be my representative again (she won in 2010, lost in 2012, and is back for a rematch with the guy who beat her in 2012). We’ve been getting some weird calls about this race. I will be trying to ignore it while I enter numbers for Elise, though.

Go Nan!

What the hell, here’s Renee Fleming singing the National Anthem:



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