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Well gosh, TheWon may not be the only one with problems come January.

August 31, 2010 1 comment

Well, lets hope so anyway…

And I’m not even talking about Democrats.

I would specifically be talking about one Mitch McConnell, currently Senate Minority Leader and resident holder of the Bob Michel Steer in a China Shop award. I’m sure Mitch is nice to his grandchildren and a wonderful guy to work for. He also happens to be a gutless wonder who has spent his tenure as Republican Leader trying to find new and creative ways to sell MY country down the river the “good & patriotic americans [sic]” who sit across the aisle in the Senate. Mitch, it’s time for you to step down. The American People need a man who is willing to fight for our nation. A man who is willing to use every tool available to stop the rolling agenda of the Obama Administration. A man who is comfortable with all out war on the real and present enemies of the United States of America – and that would be Democrats.

Here’s the problem Mitch has. He has a “kitchen cabinet”. It’s made up of people who “are flexible”. They look like this…

For the uninitiated, this would be: Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John McCain (R-AZ), Robert Bennett (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Of the “flexible ones”, Bennett is gone, Murkowski may be gone and Hatch is very likely to run into the same buzzsaw that Bennett did if he continues his flexible ways. The conservative caucus in Utah is already queuing up a solid conservative contender to run against him in ’12. Tim Carney has the full story in today’s Washington Examiner, but the interesting thing is that the tide seems to be flowing against McConnell as much as it is the Democrats.

Lets keep in mind that McConnell is an institutional guy. He’s in Washington to “do the people’s business” and in his view that requires working with Democrats even when it means passing bad legislation that erodes our freedom and our individual liberties.

He’s lost probably two of his cohorts in the current round of primaries and I wouldn’t expect Senator Hatch to be all that “flexible” in the next couple of years because he’s likely to be on the street if he continues to be a smurf (even if he “gets tough” for that matter). And then there’s John McCain. McCain hasn’t been all that “flexible” for the last year, and IMO it had nothing to do with the primary squabble with JD Hayworth. It has everything to do with the fact that McCain is a contrarian and he excels at getting under the President’s skin, without regard to who POTUS may be. If that’s true, he’s going to be an inflexible pain in the butt for both Obama and McConnell for the next two years at a minimum. That leaves Johnny Isakson.

Oh, and then there’s the newbies who look like they’re coming to the Senate.

… trading Bennett for [Mike] Lee is trading a senator with a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 84 percent for one who will be above 98 percent. But more importantly for Capitol Hill dynamics, it’s trading a quintessential team player for an inflexible conservative stalwart. Put Miller [replacing Murkowski] and Lee in the same chamber, and the legislative calendar could back up worse than the Washington Beltway at rush hour. One Republican operative, comparing these future senators with the upper chamber’s current gadflies, said Lee and Miller will make Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn look like lapdogs.

Lets not forget Rand Paul, from McConnell’s home state of Kentucky. He beat the tar out of Trey Greyson in their primary and Greyson was endorsed by McConnell. I’m guessing that if Paul turns out to be a team player of any variety he won’t be playing on Mitch’s team. And might some conservative firebrands have an effect on the overall tenor of the “worlds greatest deliberative body”? Ummm probably.

If Miller and Lee set the tone of the incoming freshman class, that could ensure that Colorado’s Ken Buck, Nevada’s Sharron Angle, and Kentucky’s Rand Paul — if they win — never fully assimilate to the Old Boys (and Girls) Club.

And lets not forget the new Senator from Pennsylvania. I have a hard time seeing Pat Toomey sucking up to Mitch. If the Republicans actually do the previously unthinkable and take over the Senate, I really like the idea of Senate Majority Leader Jim DeMint. If they don’t, but have a significant minority – 48 seats or so – I like the idea of DeMint leading the opposition with a group of Senators who will actually fight like hell for the country.

Does anybody out there know if there’s a primary challenger for Mitch next time around?

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Tom Coburn on Newt: Right Conclusion, 100% Wrong Reasons

August 30, 2010 5 comments

Tom Coburn says Newt is the last person he’d support for President in ’12.

Conservative Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Friday that Newt Gingrich is “the last person I’d vote for for president of the United States”

So far, so good. And then Coburn falls flat.

because “[h]is life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president,” … Coburn said specifically that while Gingrich is “super smart,” he “doesn’t know anything about commitment to marriage.”

First of all, let me be really clear: Newt Gingrich is a moral slug. If I had a daughter and he showed up to pick her up for a date he’d leave the house in an ambulance.

That said, that’s not the reason Newt is totally unqualified to be President. He’s unqualified because of his record as Speaker – picked a fight with Clinton and lost, losing the momentum to kill the leftist agenda once and for all. And since then, he’s sided with Hillary on health care “reform”, thinks global warming is a man-made problem and has supported “establishment” Republicans who are generally a part of the problem, see Dede for starters.

Newt is just one of the retreads who will hopefully be banished from the hierarchy of the Republican Party (at least with reference to POTUS) before the ’12 primaries.

Oh, and I wouldn’t mind seeing Coburn disappear from the public eye – and the Senate – ASAP.

Categories: DC Politics

Hypocrisy Thy Name is Chuckles…

August 30, 2010 1 comment

And while he may be a clown, it’s not “Chuckles the Clown”.

It’s Chuckles Rangel, long time member of the Congressional Thieves Caucus and one of at least three good reasons to stop gerrymandering Congressional Districts for any reason, but especially for race.

Note: “He Delivers”

Over the weekend Chuckles made a statement – thank you NY Post – with two pearls embedded in it. The first is a history lesson, the second is a statement about the future that most of us knew was true but we’ve just never heard anybody stupid enough to actually say it. Until Chuckles came along of course.

First, with respect to history, and when you read this you’ll understand that for a certain class of dolt, history began on January 20, 2009…

“It’s very difficult to understand . . . when the commander-in-chief is leading our great nation involved in two wars for people to be so overtly critical of him knowing, knowing, that the enemies of democracy are listening to that — it’s just not right,”

I’m certainly glad I’ve never had to live through such a horrendous experience as people attacking a sitting President during two wars. I don’t understand why President Obama doesn’t get at least the same level of support from Republicans that President Bush got from Chuckles and his FellowTravelers™. So much for history.

Second, with respect to the future, lets talk about racism. And the fact that it will be with us forever, focused on as a tool to ensure permanent victimhood for minorities and an excuse for every kind of thievery and vile behavior you can imagine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that only members of the CBC are thieves and criminals, there’s lots of pale members who are charter member of the CTC, including John Kerry who should be hanged for treason. The point of my criticism of Chuckles is that he actually fessed up that folks like him have institutionalized “racism” as an excuse for bad and illegal behavior and it ain’t going away if he’s got any say in it.

Lets hope that any say he has, along with any say Eddie and Maxine might have, comes through their lawyers because the Federal Corrections folks don’t usually let inmates have press conferences. Good riddance to the lot of you.

Either the NYT is edging toward an epiphany or

August 29, 2010 2 comments

they’re letting their OpEd writers drink at work.

Personally, I’m holding out for the latter.

in an OpEd yesterday in The Week In Review by Peter S. Goodman discussing the state of the economy, Mr. Goodman tossed in this little gem…

Yet even as vital signs weaken — plunging home sales, a bleak job market and, on Friday, confirmation that the quarterly rate of economic growth had slowed, to 1.6 percent — a sense has taken hold that government policy makers cannot deliver meaningful intervention.

Wow! Now I’ll warn you ahead of time that this one paragraph has not just one but three quotables in it. This first one doesn’t say so, but since it’s’ coming from The Times I think it’s a safe assumption on my part to note that the “meaningful intervention” that can’t be delivered would be implementation of a total command economy run from the offices of the DNC. I happen to be a believer in the concept that real meaningful intervention could be delivered, and delivered quickly, but it would look like something neither TheOne™ or his acolytes at The Times could stomach. It would look like this:

  • a major overhaul of tax policy – namely something that looks like the “flat tax” where EVERYBODY pays a fixed percentage with no exemptions;
  • a major reduction of business taxes – “businesses” don’t pay taxes folks, their customers do;
  • and major reductions in the number of departments at the federal level along with about 100% of the budgets of those departments reduced to zero – think Education, Commerce and Agriculture on day one.

Frankly, even with the caveat, I’m pretty surprised that The Times would go so far as to admit that their preferred solution set is not achievable, even with a solidly Democratic Congress and an avowed Socialist in the Oval Office. The reason they give is utterly wrong as well.

I noted above that there are three notable quotables in the one paragraph, here’s number two…

That is because nearly any proposed curative could risk adding to the national debt — a political nonstarter.

It’s NOT because “a solution” will raise the national debt, nobody at The Times or the DNC gives a rip about the national debt (I doubt anybody at the RNC does either, to be fair). The reason is that the great unwashed masses in flyover country – and even a few in the northeast – understand that gummit solutions don’t work and THOSE FOLKS just happen to be paying attention right now.

And number three [drum roll please]…

The situation has left American fortunes pinned to an uncertain remedy: hoping that things somehow get better.

Yeah, it is The Times. But, I would point out that “HOPE” happens to be the platform that TheWon™ campaigned on and he did win. So, you guys are stuck with it. And just to be really clear about what you’re stuck with – and what you’ve stuck the rest of us with – reflect on how far we’ve come…

The difference between the unwashed masses in flyover country and the folks who carry on multi-syllable word conversations without moving their lips or chin is that we unwashed knew what TheWon™ was before the election.

If you read the rest of Mr. Goodman’s little piece, you’ll find the standard leftist prescriptions for fixing the economic nightmare that leftist policies have led us in to. Lots more of the same but just managed better.

Ending on a happy note, I really am encouraged that somebody over at The Times would at least note that what they want they’re not gonna get. Even if the reason they’re not getting it is because the problem happens be that they got a whole bunch of what they want in the first place.

Some people just don’t get it. At all.

August 14, 2010 1 comment

I frequently glance at Google News headlines, just to get a flavor for what’s going on. No depth, but it’s a good quick scan to spot where things are headed by the flow of the headlines. Yesterday I hit the poster child page for what is wrong in our country.

A while back there was book published called “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten“. I’ve not read the whole book, but I have read snippets and it appears to be an excellent guide to living. Some snippets that I thought were especially relevant to the drivel that follows would be these

Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clan up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

So, without further ado, direct from your Friends at Google News…

Facing Ethics Charges, Rep. Waters Points Finger at Bush Administration

Yep. You got it. And here’s the quote from the story

Embattled Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday blamed the Bush administration for her ethics problems — saying she had to intervene with the Treasury Department on behalf of minority-owned banks seeking federal bailout funds — including one tied to her husband — because the Treasury Department wouldn’t schedule its own appointments.

As usual the ignorant stupid woman only bothers with part of the story. In point of fact, she called the meeting with federal officials with the ruse that they were going to be discussing issues at minority banks. Plural. Banks. Regulators showed up and met with only the officials from the bank that Maxine’s husband holds $350,000 of stock in. Only. That. Bank. Oh, and as a side note for Maxine’s husband, you really have provided a community service about good reasons to not drink before you propose marriage.

It’s Bush’s fault. Remember that. It might be useful the next time you get pulled over for speeding.

Lindsay Lohan Mom Blames “Hardball” Judge for Jail

So, I’m thinking that the judge has ordered bailiffs to maybe water board Lindsay with vodka or something. ABC has the scoop.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lindsay Lohan’s mother blamed her daughter’s jail term on a judge that “played hardball” and defended the troubled star on Friday, but said she would retreat from Hollywood after finishing a stint in rehab to move back to New York.

Dina Lohan told U.S. morning talk show NBC’s “Today” she didn’t think her 24 year-old daughter deserved jail time — “not for this particular offense,” she said.

“She’s been through a lot. The judge played hardball. Lindsay was in with alleged murderers and she’s become friends with a lot of them.

OK mom. Gee, I can’t wait for Lindsay’s next round. There’s more in the story, but it doesn’t get any better. Lindsay Lohan and her mother are reasons to consider the correctness of Barack Obama’s position on infanticide.

Obama signs border security bill, with no comment

Well, at least our Parsimonious President didn’t blame the problem on Bush.

President Obama signed a new border security bill today, but didn’t comment on it or the prospects of more immigration legislation down the line.

Only photographers were allowed into the Oval Office ceremony. No reporters.

No pesky reporters. Just a statement that represents the usual pack of lies and nobody to question him on it.

I have made securing our Southwest border a top priority since I came to office. That is why my administration has dedicated unprecedented resources and personnel to combating the transnational criminal organizations that traffic in drugs, weapons, and money, and smuggle people across the border with Mexico.

On those sour notes, I’m left pretty much speechless. Other than to point out that Barack really belongs with Maxine and Lindsay.

“Help! I’m melting!” Well yeah, but you’re doing it really well.

August 13, 2010 2 comments

Not a good summer for TheBoyPresident™. Not at all. Not, of course, that you’d know it if your sole source of information about the Administration is the major US media. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we also have access to UK’s Telegraph. They have a very interesting article on the trials and tribulations of TheWon™, pointing out ten very pointed reasons why he’s in full meltdown.

Obama Meltdown

1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people
2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership
3. Obama fails to inspire
4. The United States is drowning in debt
5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat
6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake
7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive
8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration
9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security
10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness

The author’s commentary is insightful and biting, especially given that it’s a Brit publication. You really should follow the link and read the whole article, but I’ll give you a taste from his first bullet point (heh)…

In a previous post I noted how the Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime, extravagant, decaying and out of touch with ordinary Americans. The First Lady’s ill-conceived trip to Spain at a time of widespread economic hardship was symbolic of a White House that barely gives a second thought to public opinion on many issues, and frequently projects a distinctly elitist image. The “let them eat cake” approach didn’t play well over two centuries ago, and it won’t succeed today.

I would add some commentary here. With respect to TheWon™ being “out of touch”, that could well be the understatement of the century. His latest polling shows him 22 points down in job performance disapproval, and he’s dropping like a rock.

With respect to the leadership and the inspiration thingys, TheWon™ is paying the price for smooth campaign talk and absolute governing incompetence. Even the One-Party Press isn’t going to be able to continue to cover for him much longer. Everything he and his party has touched is a political and PR debacle from ObamaCare’s daily discoveries to the complete incompetence in the gulf. Specifically, with respect to ObamaCare, I would take issue with the author’s characterization that it’s a “huge political mistake”. It’s all of that and it’s also way beyond that. It is the pending destruction of the finest health care system in the world if Republicans don’t win in November and then man-up and find a way to resurrect and kill this monster. The key to that equation is whether the Republican leadership is anywhere near as perceptive as the Brits who know about the “joys” of nationalized healthcare.

As far as debt and his big government message are concerned, we have a problem. It would seem that being “against” both of those things are becoming a fad. The problem is defining the solution. Democrats insist that tax increases are the answer, and left unchecked we can expect a VAT before long. The issue here is that Democrats and statist Republicans (pretty much all of the current elected class) are not bright enough to see the destruction of the economy – and the Nation – that will be the net result of such a tax policy. The only solution that is really a solution is to cut government by eliminating major current functions that the founders would roll over in their graves if they knew about. I’m not going to threadjack myself, but there are at least half-dozen cabinet departments (like the DoE) that should be eliminated, lock stock and barrel. That’s not likely to happen. Republicans don’t have the manhood required.

And then there are the last three. The disasters that are national security policy, foreign policy and TheOne™’s complete disrespect for the American Dream and the very concept of Liberty.

We should think that November will be a great time to be a Republican and that 2012 will be a good time to defeat an incumbent. Maybe. November will depend on whether Republican candidates are running on conservative principles or whether they are statists-in-training. If they are the former, they may force the Congressional leadership to man-up and fight. If they are the latter, it won’t matter much who wins. With respect to 2012, all of the 2008 leftovers – Huckabee, Romney, Newt, Palin – ALL need to go hunting with Dick Cheney. The Party needs a candidate who will represent real change and who has a demonstrated record of successful leadership. NONE of the ’08 crowd comes even close. None of ‘em

The good part, closing on a bright note, is that talk of the permanent Democrat majority is over, at least for now. We will need to make sure that both Card Check and any “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens die an ugly and violent death or we will see that come to pass.

Categories: DC Politics

Arizona Steps Up Again, or “Stuff This One BO!”


Well, we all know the heart rending saga of SB1070 and how the racists in Arizona are trying to banish good hard working folks just looking for a better life or how we’re splitting families up with our talk of doing away with “birthright citizenship”. Well, The Left will now have a new meme, Arizonians are anti-family because we’re anti-union, trying to keep good hard working folks from organizing to protect their jobs and livelihoods.

From the Arizona Republic today…

The Legislature Wednesday squeezed one more measure onto the fall ballot, approving a bill that asks voters whether the right to a secret ballot should be preserved in union elections.

The vote was almost entirely on party lines. Two Yuma Democrats broke with their party and joined Republicans to refer the matter to the Nov. 2 ballot.

The measure, to be called Proposition 113, is intended to pre-empt a change in federal labor law that has not yet happened and that critics say won’t occur.

We’re trying folks, let’s see some of those bills in other state legislatures get passed!