What a real #WarOnWomen looks like

From The Victory Girls:

She Was Executed For Killing Her Rapist: What Reyhaneh Represents
by Ericka Andersen on October 27, 2014

Reyhaneh Jabbari

A 26-year-old woman was executed in Iran this weekend. Her crime? Killing the man who raped her. Self-defense means nothing in Iran, especially if you are a woman. Reyhaneh Jabbari has been on death row for 5 years and the United Nations says she did not get a fair trial. Amnesty International says the trial was “flawed” and many drew attention to the execution — hoping to spare her life.

Their efforts were in vain and I was saddened to learn of her death this morning. Every time I hear a story like this, I think about how fortunate I am to live in a country where we have the luxury of complaining about things like women being called “bossy” or a business providing ONLY 16 kinds of birth control coverage under their insurance plan.

This woman just wanted to be able to defend herself from being raped. Instead, she was hanged, without a fair trial.

And this is no isolated incident in parts of the world that don’t respect or even treat women as human beings. In Somalia, a 13-year-old girl was stoned to death because she was raped. If Afghanistan, a 10-year-old girl was slated for an “honor killing” after being raped.

More at the original.

In the United States, in the liberal Western democracies, criticism of Muslims, of Islam, is Simply Not Done, because, why, we might offend the poor dears, and, even worse, we might be sen as somehow making common cause with the evil George Bush.1 Thus, when an Muslim soldier decides to make common cause with the Islamists, shooting at actually loyal American soldiers, why the Obama Administration classified it not as an act of terrorism, but workplace violence, because, well, because we wouldn’t want to offend other Muslims . . . along with the government being liable for less insurance expenditures.

And, of course, it’s only those simple-minded conservatives who listen to Rush Limbaugh and Faux News who make an actual connection between Islam and all of those isolated, completely unconnected incidents in which a perpetrator was identified as Muslim; the left wouldn’t want to be associated with those people!

ISIS Islamists Reportedly Behead Poster Girl for Kurdish Freedom Fighters

A young woman, known by the pseudonym “Rehana,” who had become the poster girl for the Kurdish YPJ, or Women’s Defense Unit, and was fighting for the Kobane resistance, was beheaded by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS.

As reported by the UK Daily Mail:

A female Kurdish fighter who became a poster girl for the Kobane resistance movement after a picture of her making a peace sign was retweeted thousands of times on Twitter has reportedly been beheaded by Isis.

The woman, known by the pseudonym Rehana, was celebrated as a symbol of hope for the embattled Syrian border town after a journalist tweeted a picture of her making a ‘V-sign’, claiming that she’d personally killed 100 Isis militants.

The message was retweeted over 5,000 times, but there are now claims Rehana, who fought for the Kurdish YPJ, or Women’s Defense Unit, may have been killed after gruesome pictures began circulating on Twitter of an Isis fighter purportedly holding aloft her head.

The image of Rehana went viral after it was posted originally on Twitter with a caption stating that she’d killed more that 100 ISIS terrorists.

The death has not yet been confirmed at the time of this writing.

It’s unfortunate that this brave soldier has been killed, but if she truly did have over a hundred kills of Islamist soldiers to her credit, then she has gone to her death well ahead, having done a valuable service, and honorable duty, for both her people and the civilized world.

So, we have the insane spectacle of the left complaining that evil Republicans are waging a #WarOnWomen, because many Republicans don’t think that churches or religious people who don’t think artificial contraception is moral ought to have to provide contraceptive coverage in insurance plans, but keeping their mouths clamped firmly shut as women unfortunate enough to live in the Islamic countries have been relegated to second-class citizenship status, and even that is a too-generous description.

Let’s be clear about this: Miss Jabbari was executed solely because she is a woman who lived in a Muslim country, ruled by an Islamist government. In any civilized country, a description which excludes every country run by a religious Islamic government, Miss Jabbari, who found a weapon and stabbed the man who was trying to rape her, would have been not only released without any charges, but celebrated as a brave woman who defended herself. The American left will admit, albeit grudgingly, that Miss Jabbari herself was wrongly condemned and executed, but they will never, ever make the connection between the way she was treated and Islam itself. The left are, basically, a group of educated idiots.

The left will complain, naturally, that it wasn’t really Islam to blame, but simply a group of heteronormative patriarchists2 seeking to continue male dominance who were at fault, but that overlooks the very obvious: not only are they Muslims, but they were reared in a Muslim culture, and people’s actions are limited by their cultural context. What was done to Miss Jabbari would never happen in the West, because it is so far outside of our cultural norms that almost no Westerner would even consider it. Miss Jabbari was executed because the idea that a woman deserves to be put to death for using deadly force, even in self-defense, against a man male3 is perfectly reasonable in the context and culture of Islam. That the left will never see, will never admit, because it stands as a stark challenge to their notions of multiculturalism, and, more importantly, it says, very loudly and very clearly, that Western liberalism, in its present form, is totally out of touch with reality.
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  1. Christians, on the other hand, are considered fair game by the left.
  2. I’m eagerly awaiting Amanda Marcotte’s article on this.
  3. A rapist may be male, but no rapist is actually a man.

Marijuana Growers Seeking Legal Counsel in California

Marijuana Growers Seeking Legal Counsel in California

Marijuana might prove to be a fruitful venture for businesses in the state of California, and not just for the growers or sellers of the drug, which is currently available to patients with a doctor’s prescription. A business attorney Orange County CA could benefit from increased activity surrounding the legalities of growing and selling pot.

These lawyers are now in high demand for businesses that are catering to customers who wish to buy marijuana. From dispensaries that offer marijuana in a variety of formats to growers, these new small business owners want to make sure their backs are covered should anything go wrong. What was once illegal is now a livelihood for many people. Business attorneys help these businesses become legally licensed and abide by the law during their everyday operations.

However, it’s not just people connected with the marijuana industry who have an attorney on speed dial. Manufacturers and sellers of supplies that might be used for growing marijuana, such as hydroponic equipment, want to make sure they’re protected by, and sometimes from, the law. Terra Tech is one company that has a toe dipped in the manufacturing side, and now the company is breaking into growing marijuana directly. This move will result in the full merging of their production and selling of marijuana with the public part of the company, which focuses on other herbs.

These aren’t the only people who could benefit from the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. For example, Justin Hartfield and Doug Francis partnered up to create a website that’s similar to Yelp for dispensaries. Weedmaps not only shows the location or nearby dispensaries, but it also allows consumers to leave reviews to help other buyers. While Hartfield has stayed away from directly selling pot, he’s interested in the day when recreational marijuana is legal. At this point, he will venture into direct retail, and a business lawyer will help every step of the way.

Companies like Weedmaps and Terra Tech understand that while they risk investigation from federal authorities by acting, they may be risking just as much or even more by allowing the competition to both produce and sell marijuana and reap the benefits. Terra Tech expects to make $4 million by branching into production. Smaller businesses might take more time to make their first million, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t consult an attorney in the meantime.

We told you so! Obaminablecare adds to the deficit

Maybe the left find it stunning, but conservatives do not:

Stunning New Report Finds Obamacare Adds $131 billion to Deficit
Posted by Loren Long on Friday, October 24th, 2014, 4:08 PM

In a report released this month, the Senate Budget Committee has found that the Affordable Care Act will add $131 billion to the federal deficit over the next ten years. Even more striking is the fact that this $131 billion will not, in fact, expand growth in the healthcare system.

The most recent example of increased spending without result within the realm of Obamacare is the Accountable Care Organization, or ACO. ACO was enacted to join hospitals, primary care physicians, and specialists into teams in order to produce more efficient patient treatment. Health and Human Services released this new federal regulation with the intent to reduce spending.  However, over the first two years of this experiment, spending increased at over half of the 32 HHS hand-selected sites that were used for the test model.

This is only one example of the ACA’s failed attempt to increase services and efficiency while decreasing spending. While the intentions of the Affordable Care Act are to make healthcare more affordable to Americans, the next decade will prove the opposite as Americans are faced with an increasing debt and a heavier tax burden that comes with a less-than-efficient national healthcare system.

When he first began to roll out his suffocating national healthcare program, President Obama and his fellow Democrats touted that Obamacare would give the American economy the boost it so desperately needed. While it is widely known that Obamacare has obliterated consumer choice, which is the driving force behind America’s free-market system, recent data shows that President Obama’s so-called boost to the economy has in fact produced the opposite effect.

The reason is obvious: you cannot add tens of millions of people who could not previously pay for health insurance to the insurance rolls, and have the government pay for some or all of their premiums, and not have government spending increase.

Of course, the left don’t really care, because the current (shifting) form of the Affordable Care Act was never intended to be anything long-lasting. Rather, it was always intended to get something, anything, passed which would establish the principle that the federal government was ultimately responsible for health care coverage. Then, when the ACA finally collapsed, the Democrats could throw up their hands and say, “See, we tried it the ‘conservative’ way, and it didn’t work, so single-payer is the only thing that’s left.” Unfortunately, some Republicans have gone along with that thinking with their “repeal and replace” talk, which sets the stage for some other form of federally guaranteed health care coverage, when the real answer is that the government should not guarantee health care coverage at all.

The real #WarOnWomen : encouraging women to remain poor!

From The Wall Street Journal:

GOP Gains in Key Senate Races as Gender Gap Narrows
In Iowa, Arkansas and Colorado, Democrats’ Advantage Among Women Voters Has Diminished
By Janet Hook | Updated Oct. 23, 2014 8:08 p.m. ET

In a warning flag for Democrats, recent polls suggest the party is failing to draw enough support from women in three key Senate races—in Iowa, Arkansas and Colorado—to offset the strong backing that men are giving to Republicans.

Surveys this week in Arkansas and Colorado for the first time also showed the GOP candidates pulling even or ahead of Democrats among women voters, threatening to close the gender gap that has been a cornerstone of Democratic electoral strategy for decades.

While the situation remains fluid, an erosion in the Democrats’ traditionally large advantage among women would be perilous for the party, especially in an election year in which men, who favor Republicans overall, are showing a greater enthusiasm for voting.

Democrats are making a particular effort to mobilize unmarried women—their strongest supporters, but a group that tends to skip midterm elections. However, the rise of national-security concerns and low approval ratings for President Barack Obama may undercut that effort.

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Note the next to last sentence in the quoted section: unmarried women are the Democrats’ strongest supporters.1 Married women, on the other hand, normally favor Republicans. In 2012:

Fifty-three percent of married female voters went for Romney. Among single women, by contrast, Romney was about as popular as an extra 20 pounds; a mere 31 percent supported him. The gap between married and single women, then, is wider than the male-female gap that the media have been touting. And it isn’t new; married women have voted Republican in every presidential election since 1980, with the one exception of 1996, when they preferred President Clinton by 4 percentage points.

The Democrats love unmarried women, but it’s a prospect that sets up some of their strongest supporters for economic failure: married people are simply better off financially than are singles, including unmarried cohabiting couples. The reasons are, or at least ought to be, obvious: the economies of scale, along with shared household responsibilities, and greater economic commitment to the relationship and each other. The Democrats seem to think that issues like contraception are important, but married women use contraception just as much as do single women, yet the Democrats’ fear ploy — the Republicans are going to ban birth control!2 — seems to have little effect on married women.

The Democrats are in the position of getting a large percentage of their votes from poorer people, and thus needing poverty to remain higher rather than lower to have any electoral success. The thing that women, the thing that men as well, can do that will have the greatest positive impact on their financial well-being, is to get married, buy a house, and have children. In other words, the thing that people can do which will help them the most financially is to become the type of person who is most likely to vote Republican!

As Eric, a frequent commenter and far less frequent writer on this site, is wont to say, “The sexual revolution is over, and men won.” Yup, that’s exactly right. We used to have cultural norms which linked sexual activity to real commitment, to marriage or at least to an intent to marry, and those norms encouraged earlier marriages and put a stigma on bearing children out of wedlock. In our efforts to be fair to women, those cultural norms were ended, having the predictable results of later marriage, more often people never marrying, and far more children born out of wedlock. The left may see those as good and fair changes, but they have had the obvious economic consequences as well: children born out of wedlock usually wind up living part of their lives with only one parent, and that means a far greater likelihood of living in poverty. It doesn’t matter how good and strong and noble and dedicated a single parent may be, he still can’t do the work of two people, both in providing economic means and keeping a good home.

We have noted previously that culture plays a role in economic achievement, and that efforts to change the culture will have economic consequences. The cultural changes encouraged by the left have had the predictable economic results, as more people fell into the trap of being “liberated” from the old, staid ways . . . and wound up being liberated from prosperity as well. It does not seem to have occurred to many people that the older American culture developed the way that it did precisely because it yielded better economic results.

The oft-ridiculed Vice President Dan Quayle famously said:

Bearing babies irresponsibly is simply wrong. Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this. It doesn’t help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.

Mr Quayle noted the obvious problem: the Murphy Brown character was a “highly paid professional woman,” who had the financial resources to pay someone else to do the family chores she didn’t have the time to do. But, in our society, unwed mothers are rarely highly paid professional women; they are far more likely to be working class women who are barely scraping by on their own, now being burdened with child care expenses as well as the costs of surviving themselves. The left simply assumed that inexpensive contraception and legal abortion would avoid the cultural problems associated with changing sexual morés, but the results have been far different. Vice President Quayle was widely ridiculed for his statement, but it turned out that he was absolutely right.

The economic results are unchallengable. The economic policies advocated by the Republicans have proved to be more productive than those pushed by the Democrats — and would be even more so if the Republicans had stuck to their guns more strongly concerning deficit spending — and the people who follow the traditional cultural path in our society, the people who are more likely to vote Republican, have stronger overall financial results within their families.

The Democrats tried to use the Sandra Fluke meme to say that Republicans who opposed using the Affordable Care Act to force churches and religious people who did not believe that contraception was moral to have to provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plans anyway to claim that the Republicans were waging some kind of “War on Women,” but they got it exactly backwards; it is the Democrats, in their push to continually enable cultural choices which lead more rather than fewer women into poverty who are waging the real “War on Women.”
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  1. An untrue statement: Black Americans are the most loyal Democrat voting demographic, at about 90% loyalty, followed by American Jews, who give about ¾ of their votes to the Democrats.
  2. An outright lie on the part of the Democrats; there is no support for that in the Republican Party, and Republicans use contraception just as much as do Democrats.

Rule 5 Blogging: Sailors!

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. This week: United States Navy sailors! (Click any photo to enlarge.)

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 18, 2014) Master-At-Arms 1st Class Renault Nwokeuku, right, instructs Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Amber Mahaffey, left, and Culinary Specialist Seaman Deantae Kirkwood how to conduct a proper take down maneuver aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily M. Blair/Released)

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From Around the Blogroll

From WLEX TV in Lexington, Kentucky:

Former Youth Minister Charged With Rape

A former youth minister who served throughout the Bluegrass is now facing rape charges in Powell County accused of abusing a child.

A Powell County grand jury indicted Barry Wethington last month on two charges of third degree rape.

According to court paperwork, the 35-year-old had sex with a child younger than 16-years-old on two separate occasions back in August.

He was arrested last week and remains in the Powell County jail.

While Wethington currently lives in Lexington, he previously served as a youth minister at Stanton Christian Church, according to the director of Teen Mission, USA, a group out of Lexington where Wethington served as a board member.

The Clay City Times, the local newspaper, had a bit more, noting that Mr Wethington had a criminal history, but, despite five felony convictions, he was sentenced to five years of supervised probation. The current charges occurred after his probation was over.

But what we weren’t told, and what I could not find after a google search, was the sex of his victim. Why, it’s almost as though the media — apparently even including a small-town weekly newspaper, covering a local story — want to keep this information quiet. If they establish a precedent of never identifying the sex of the victim, then we can never take any assumptions about whether a reported case of child abuse was heterosexual or homosexual.

#NCSEN: Kay Hagan skips a debate

Kay Hagan’s empty chair. Thom Tillis had the guts to show up.

Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) is, according to the polls, has a slight lead over state House Speaker Thom Tillis in their closely watched election contest. So why on God’s earth would she skip tonight’s debate?

I think that she’s scared.

I’m guessing that Mark Pryor, Alison Grimes and Kay Hagan aren’t really happy about this one

Democratic Senate candidates Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan and Alison Grimes have been doing their absolute best to try to separate themselves from President Obama. Here is Mrs Grimes, the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate, in Kentucky:

And now, from The Pirate’s Cove:

Obama: Say, All These Red State Democrats Support My Agenda
October 21, 2014 – 9:50 am

Remember back to the beginning of October, when Obama’s pronouncement that his “policies are on the ballot — every single one of them” inspired panic amongst vulnerable Democrats and glee from Republicans. Well, this next one is surely inspiring more panic from all the Red State Democrats who have been doing all they can to run away from Obama (via Hot Air)

(Weekly Standard) “Well, look, here’s the bottom line,” said Obama, “We’ve got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn’t win. And so some of the candidates there, you know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turn-out. The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress. They are on the right side of minimum wage. They are on the right side of fair pay. They are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure. They’re on the right side of early childhood education.

“So, this isn’t about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. And I tell them, I said, you know what, you do what you need to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn up.”

This reminds me of that Bob and Tom song, You’re Not Helping The Show. Just substitute “Barack Obama” for “Chick McGee”.

Congratulations to President Obama, for telling everyone that the various Republican candidates’ campaign advertisements are true! When James O’Keefe caught Mrs Grimes’ campaign supporters and aides saying that she was basically just saying what she needed to say to get elected, but that she’d be completely different once in the Senate, it got some attention, but not as much as it might have. Now, President Obama has just put himself squarely into Mr O’Keefe’s video, saying just what Mr O’Keefe claimed that Democratic candidates’ supporters believe.

The Democrats running for the Senate in the red states all want the voters to think that yeah, they’re independent thinkers, don’t you know, and not sycophants who will blindly vote for whatever the President — or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — wants, and then their party’s leader comes out and tells everyone, don’t you worry, they’ll all fall in line behind me once they’ve been elected (or re-elected).

From Mary Katherine Ham on Hot Air:

Perhaps (the President) was understandably unconcerned that many people would catch the Sharpton show live, but a veteran politico should know someone’s always listening (and that Sharpton would totally play it on TV later). Really, though, what is this about? Perhaps on the same day as his lackluster reception in Maryland (Maryland!), he just couldn’t let stand another suggestion that he didn’t hang the moon? There are plenty of ways for the Smartest President Evah to finesse this answer without giving Republicans the exact soundbite they need in a manner so explicit, they could have written it themselves. He can’t be bothered. Remember, this is the stuff he’s supposed to be good at.

I suppose that it could have been the President just rambling, like a sophomore shooting the bull in the Student Center coffee shop, but it seems more as though Mr Obama is simply unable to get past the me, me, me, me, me! stage. This was the kind of thing he might say on November 5th, rather than two weeks before the election. Then again, it could also be that internal Democratic polls have already concluded that the Democrats’ position is hopeless anyway.

But, there’s another possibility. While man Democratic candidates are avoiding association with President Obama, a lot of them — Mr Pryor and Mrs Grimes among them — are bringing in the Clintons, both Bill and Hillary. Jason Scott of the Delaware Liberal thinks that President Clinton is responsible for what he sees as the terrible state of the Democratic Party nationally, but the Democratic candidates, the people who have to try to do something really radical like get people to vote for them, apparently think that association with the Clintons is a lot better for them than being tied to President Obama. And you can bet your last euro that Barack Obama doesn’t like that, doesn’t like that at all.

#TXGov : Wendy Davis gets desperate

State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX) is a very pretty woman with a very ugly personality!

Wendy Davis Plays the Race Card and It Blows Up in Her Face, Will Nets Report?
By Geoffrey Dickens | October 20, 2014 | 4:01 PM EDT

Wendy Davis keeps failing. The one-time media darling keeps whiffing in her attacks against her Republican opponent in the Texas gubernatorial race. On Monday she implied Texas Republican Attorney General Gregory Abbott was against interracial marriage – even though Abbott’s wife, Cecilia, is a Latina. If Abbott were to be elected she would become the first Latina first lady of Texas. The question has to be asked will the networks report this latest gaffe from the abortion advocate they once billed as a “political star?”

Davis most recently got into trouble for depicting Abbott as an empty wheelchair.

Screen capture of the tweet. Click to enlarge.

The following tweet was sent from Davis’s official account on October 20:

Wendy Davis

State Senator Davis parleyed a eleven-hour filibuster against a Texas abortion restriction bill into national fame, and the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Along the way, she has made just about every political mistake she possibly could, and trails state Attorney General Greg Abbott with just fifteen days until the election. She threw a desperation pass a few days ago with the empty wheelchair ad, and got it intercepted, and now she’s trying another one. Abortion Barbie’s campaign sale of Wendy Davis onesies, and she has tried to play the race card before, without any appreciable success; her personal life has not exactly been stellar, either.

The lovely Mrs Davis is, at bottom, playing not to Texas voters, but to every liberal caricature of conservatives, and of Texans. The left liked to call themselves the “reality-based community,” but they never were, and are getting further and further away from reality every day.

#KYSEN : The end of the road for Alison Lundergan Grimes?

From The Washington Post:

Why Alison Lundergan Grimes was probably doomed anyway
By Scott Clement | October 17, 2014

In this Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks to a group of supporters during a political rally at the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard, Ky. Seated behind Grimes are to left, former President Bill Clinton, and members of the United Mine Workers Association. Grimes will face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the general election for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) Click to enlarge.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in the Kentucky Senate race: The week was dominated by her refusal to say whether she voted for Barack Obama for president, she trailed by four points in a new Fox News poll, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has now pulled its ads from the race.

But a new polling analysis shows the extraordinary headwinds she has faced in trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) this year — and why it might just be too much to overcome.

On Friday, Gallup reported Kentucky Democratic party identification and President Obama’s approval rating in the state fell to record lows in the first half of 2014. The share of Kentuckians saying they identify with or lean toward the Democrat Party dropped from 45 last year to 39 percent, giving Republicans their first edge in leaned party ID.

You might ask, “How much does party identification matter if Democrats had an edge on it in 2012 but Obama still lost the state by 33 points?” Party identification is indeed more complicated in southern states, with many older diehard Democrats holding conservative political views and voting Republican in federal elections. As these Democrats get older and exit the electorate (or finally convert to the GOP), we should expect Kentucky to become more Republican.

But the shift in this year’s Gallup surveys shows an acceleration in Democrats’ falling party identification, suggesting the party’s brand has taken a hit above and beyond the aging southern Democrat dynamic.

More at the link.

In one of my first political science classes at the University of Kentucky, Malcolm Jewell, the professor, pointed out the difference between party registration and party identification. Registration is pretty obvious, but party identification is the general sense, by the individual, of which political party he favors, to which party he feels closer. The Bluegrass State has a closed primary system, and there are plenty of places in which all of the action takes place not in the general election, but in the Democratic primary. In the first election in which I was eligible to vote, in 1971, I found out that I had no voice at all in who was going to be on the Mt Sterling city council, because the eight candidates had all been selected in the Democratic primary; as a registered Republican, I could not vote in that primary the previous May. That’s anecdotal, to be sure, but it was also a common story, not only in Kentucky, but throughout the South.

Of course, Kentucky Democrats tend to be more conservative than Democrats at the national level, and even today Democrats have a significant registration advantage in Kentucky; as of May 20, 2014, there were 1,672,664 registered Democrats (53.9% of all registered voters) compared to 1,196,183 registered Republican voters (38.5%) in the Bluegrass State, and Democrats control both the state House of Representatives and the gubernatorial seat; the GOP has the majority in the state Senate. But if a plurality of respondents identifies as Republicans, and only 39% as Democrats, and the poll results are accurate, then the GOP is going to move ahead in state politics as well, though it may take a few more years.