The Spectacle Blog

Alfonso Soriano Retires

By on 11.5.14 | 1:04PM

After 16 big league seasons, Alfonso Soriano has called it quits.

The Dominican native cut his teeth playing pro ball in Japan before being signed by the New York Yankees in 1998. After cups of coffee with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000, he finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting behind future Yankee teammates Ichiro Suzuki and C.C. Sabathia.

Soriano's finest season came in 2002 when he hit .300 with 39 HR and 102 RBI. That year, Soriano led the AL in hits, runs scored and stolen bases. Soriano was one HR shy of being a 40-40 man. He would finish third in AL MVP balloting behind Miguel Tejada and Alex Rodriguez.

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Barack Obama Fires Back…At Michael Jordan

By on 11.5.14 | 12:37PM

This administration has priorities

He might be ignoring the results of last night's election, but President Obama is not going to let Michael Jordan's hurtful comments about his golf game slide right by. Seems that, while he might not be concerned about how Americans feel about his agenda, he wants to make sure they know how to feel about his prowess on the links.

Obama was talking with Wisconsin radio station WJMR -- when he was asked about the shots MJ took during an interview with Ahmad Rashad ... when he called B.O. a "sh**ty golfer."

"Mike and I, we know each other but I've never played golf with him," Obama said ... "Michael wasn't very well informed about this, I think he might've just been trying to give Ahmad an extra ratings boost on his show."

Obama continued, "But there is no doubt that Michael is a better golfer than I am. Of course if I was playing twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case."

"He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats ... or the Hornets."

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President Obama Does Not Feel Repudiated

By on 11.5.14 | 12:23PM

Last night may have been a bloodbath for Democrats, but just so you know, Barack Obama is totally fine. This wasn't a shellacking at all. Not even a bare repudiation. Nope, this was just a case of a guy who was facing uphill odds and had to sit on the bench while the rest of his team did the work, and now feels like they did a pretty solid job and, well, he's got a tee time in a couple of hours and he's going to just take the rest of this week off.

Two things were clear long before the votes were counted on Tuesday night: President Obama would face a Congress with more Republicans for his final two years in office, and the results would be seen as a repudiation of his leadership.

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I Hope Scott Walker Has a Little Crazy in Him

By on 11.5.14 | 11:39AM

Following Scott Walker's re-election triumph, Bill Glauber of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote a piece which referenced my recent Walker article. Glauber writes:

Others are ready to push Walker into the race now.

Aaron Goldstein of the American Spectator wrote in a rah-rah pre-election story, "If Walker wins on November 4, Republicans should nominate him by acclamation, right then and there, to be their 2016 presidential candidate. The GOP needs a fighter who can step into the ring and dish out as much as he can take, not another man with a glass jaw."

Walker has a more realistic assessment of presidential ambition.

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About Last Night: Five Things You Need to Know

By on 11.5.14 | 11:03AM

Did that really happen

Obviously, we shouldn't be as hasty in our celebration as, say, Wendy Davis's campaign director was in her complete and utter social media meltdown: the Republicans still have to govern effectively to earn 2016. And while Sally Kohn might believe that Republicans are about to undertake the most egregious systematic oppression of women since cavemen first clubbed us over the head and dragged us to their caves, not all of us are as confident in their effectiveness as a political party.

But here are five things you need to know about last night.

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Hogan Upsets Brown in Maryland Gubernatorial Race

By on 11.5.14 | 9:59AM

This has got to be, by far, the biggest upset in the entire mid-term elections.

Despite being outspent by a margin of greater than 4-to-1, Republican Larry Hogan beat Lt. Governor Anthony Brown to become Governor-Elect In Maryland. Hogan, a small businessman, emphasized spending and tax cuts and voters didn't want a continuation of outgoing Governor Martin O'Malley's policies. Hogan won with 53% of the vote.

Sure Bob Ehrlich's election took place this century, but no one saw this coming. Well, almost no one. Give NPR credit. They saw this one coming yesterday.

Perhaps the writing was on the wall when Democrats walked out of a Brown campaign rally late last month. Who was speaking you might ask? President Obama.


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Charlie Baker Wins Massachusetts

By on 11.5.14 | 9:09AM

It took awhile but Republican Charlie Baker is Governor-Elect of Massachusetts. Democrat Martha Coakley finally conceded. There will be no recount.

Last night and into this morning, Coakley had refused to concede until every vote was counted. When it was all said and done Baker won 48.4% of the vote compared with 46.6% for Coakley. Baker received about 40,000 more votes than Coakley and a good many of them from Democrats including my roommate Christopher.

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Work Horse Beats Show Horse in Florida

By on 11.5.14 | 12:29AM

Florida voters had a choice between retaining a reasonably competent but stiff and colorless Republican governor or replacing him with a slick campaigner who is a Democrat now, but only after stops as a Republican and as an independent. The voters chose center-right competence over leftist charm and smarm.

With 99+ percent of Florida precincts reporting. Scott led Crist by a little more than 80,000 votes out of five and a half million votes cast, a margin of one percent. All the groups who call such things declared Scott the winner just before 11 p.m. The race was supposed to be close and it was. Close, but an improvement for Scott over 2010 when he beat Democrat Alex Sink by 60,000 votes.

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Illinois Rebukes Obama; Rauner Ousts Quinn

By on 11.5.14 | 12:01AM

President Obama famously said while he wasn't the ballot every single one of his policies would be.

With this in mind, the voters of Illinois ousted incumbent Democrat Governor Pat Quinn in favor of Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. 

Now Obama's political base has abandoned him. Well, Obama still has Kim Kardashian.

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Joni Ernst Gives GOP a Majority in the Senate; Tillis Wins NC

By on 11.4.14 | 11:38PM

The Republicans have done it.

They have taken over the Senate and we can thank Iowa's Joni Ernst for it. 

With 64% of the vote in, Ernst has 50% compared to 46% for Bruce Braley. Or if Michelle Obama is talking it's Bruce Bailey. Whatever his surname, a word of advice for Democrats. If you're running in Iowa, don't insult farmers. 

Ernst wins the seat vacated by longtime Democrat Senator Tom Harkin. 

If that wasn't enough, Thom Tillis has ousted Kay Hagan in North Carolina. 

Can Republicans add seats in Virginia and Alaska? And don't count out New Hampshire.

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