Reader J sends this Washington Monthly piece detailing how the midterms could go better for the Democrats than expected:
Despite current conventional wisdom, such an election [a Democratic win] is not only possible but probable, but only if three signals occur – if September polls, the polls taken when people are paying attention to the upcoming election, show a substantial improvement in Obama’s approval rating and an equally substantial increase in public support of the Affordable Care Act, and if the economy does not relapse into recession.
In my opinion, and probably that of anyone else who’s tried to do Democratic GOTV, the fourth thing that has to happen is that a unicorn with a rainbow mane needs to shit a glitter path lined with $100 bills from the doorstep of Democrats to their local polling place to get them to go vote when there’s no President on the ballot.
In a similar vein, there’s been a lot of wondering about the Comcast/Netflix deal. Does it affect net neutrality or this story nothing but business as usual? I’m more in the former camp, but it may be true that the Comcast deal is just business as usual (or a refinement on business practices that might not be a big deal, as Kevin Drum seems to be leaning). I think that’s unlikely, given that the Comcast deal comes on the heels of the FCC losing a network neutrality case in court, and that Verizon, which has terrible Netflix service because it has been dragging its feet upgrading its connection to Netflix’ ISP, is now claiming that it will soon have a deal similar to Comcast’s, with Netflix.