Mitch Daniels has been oft mentioned as a possible candidate for President in 2012. He’s done some good things as Governor of Indiana and appears to be popular with the folks in his state. He’s also tarnished his conservative credentials a couple of times with some “missteps” like his proposal for a “truce” on social issues until we can get the fiscal problems facing us on the way to being fixed. And then there’s his opposition to a bill in the Indiana legislature that would make his state – where he eliminated some collective bargaining ability by unions by executive order – a Right To Work state.
Frankly, I can live with the concept of the truce. Mostly because in the real world, social issues – primarily abortion – isn’t going to come off the table, it’s just not going to be front and center but there will still be ongoing legislative actions to curtail the practice when the opportunity presents itself. See the Congress working to defund Planned Parenthood as an example.
Well, maybe YAY!!!!!
The best part about January 15 will be almost certainty that Michael Steele will be fading off into the woodwork, hopefully NEVER to be seen again at or near the RNC. I would suggest that the new head of the RNC get a restraining order to keep Steele at least 500 miles away from any Republican function, which will pretty much require him to move to Guam. But hey, I’m sure he’ll be welcomed there given the RNC cash he shipped off to Guam to buy the votes of their RNC Committee Members. That money might have made a difference in getting Jesse Kelly elected in a squeeker in AZ08 but hey, no hard feelings Mike. On second thought, yeah, I do have hard feelings. You were an affirmative action hire and guess what. You turned out like all affirmative action hires – including the one currently sitting in the White House – a freaking disaster. Oh well, that’s water under the bridge and it’s time to move on and boot your incompetent butt out onto the pavement.
So the question becomes, If not Mikie, who?
Well, the Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, a fella by the unbelievable name of Reince Priebus (really!) is howling from the rooftops to the effect that he’s gonna have the job locked down in a few days. He’s got some interesting qualifications, being Chair of the Wisconsin Republicans and he was also the General Counsel for the RNC. While Mikie was Chair. Priebus is running hard for the job and apparently has 24 votes committed.
It looks like it might turn out that Priebus is nothing more than a Steele retread. As it turns out, a whole bunch of stuff is starting to steamroll down the mountain at him and there’s a school of thought that says he is nothing more than Mikie’s chosen replacement. There are three interesting things that have popped up in the last couple of days, the first being the work being done by Priebus as an attorney and the work of his current law firm. He was a clerk for the LA NAACP chapter while in law school, a job he sought because apparently he values diversity and in 2003 he was working to confiscate property of a small business through eminent domain. His current law firm spent the last year actively working on ObamaCare. Now I’ll be the first to say that none of those things are knock-outs for the RNC job, but they certainly raise questions about where Priebus is coming from and whether he’s thinking out of the right side or the left side of his brain.
Next is a statement released by the Wisconsin Republican Liberty Caucus, a state-wide Tea Party organization in Wisconsin…
Wisconsin RLC: Reince Priebus Should Not Be National Chairman of the Republican Party
December 6th, 2010
Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin: Reince Priebus Should Not Be National Chairman of the Republican Party
For Immediate Release: December 6, 2010
Contact: Michael S. Murphy, Chairman
MILWAUKEE, WI. — The Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin, a state affiliate of the Republican Liberty Caucus, encourages Republican Party leaders to look to candidates other than Wisconsin Republican Party Chair Reince Priebus to lead the Republican National Committee in the coming cycle. “Mr. Priebus wants to take credit for a successful election night on Nov. 2, but it was actually Democrat policies and the over 65 grassroots Tea Party groups in the state of Wisconsin that made the real difference,” said Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin Chairman Michael S. Murphy.
As a grassroots network of concerned citizens dedicated to upholding of individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise within the Republican Party, the Republican Liberty Caucus questions Mr. Priebus’s commitment to core constitutional principles as well as the rule changes that disenfranchised Wisconsin GOP primary voters under his watch.
This is of particular concern to me because we need the new RNC Chair to be someone who can actively work well with Tea Party groups around the nation. Mr. Priebus doesn’t seem to be that person.
As the race for the Chairmanship enters its final stages, it is critical we focus on the tasks ahead but also review how we got here through the tangled relationship of Wisconsin Chairman Reince Preibus [sic] and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
The candidates are making their case, and let’s hope there is more than the usual banter and endless metaphors and overripe cliché’s when the candidates meet on Monday. As we listen, it is essential that each of us examine the role each of us played over the last two years.
This would apply in particular to Chairman Preibus, who was until a few weeks ago, the Chief Counsel to our Party and Chairman Steele’s wingman throughout his stormy tenure. At no time until he chose to run did Preibus issue any directive, memo or public utterance on Steele’s disastrous tenure. Now he wishes to walk into breach and rescue us from Chairman Steele, his legions and supporters who have done quite well for themselves at the expense of our Party.
When Steele was elected Chairman, he had good will, eager groups of employees and supporters and $22 million in the bank. Chairman Steele chose Preibus to be his General Counsel, an unpaid appointed post, which is supposed to keep an eye on all legal and policy matters that the committee embarks on. Reince earned this spot by being Steele’s campaign manager. During the campaign, up to the vote in D.C., they were inseparable. Indeed, they remained in firm allegiance during Steele’s tenure and often, Preibus was dispatched to put out fires.
You can read the whole email at Politico. Bottom line though, Steele and Priebus were joined at the hip.
Given the evidence that I’m looking at right now, I have to say that Reince Priebus is not the person we want replacing Michael Steele. Looks to me like we’ll just get more of the same and that’s the last thing we need. Steele took over the RNC at a time when it’s credibility with conservatives was at an all time low. Steele did the impossible, he drove it down even further. We don’t need more of the same. I don’t have a candidate that I’m endorsing, although I do like Saul Anuzis, but right now I am in the “Oust Steele & Stop Priebus” mode. I will be contacting the four RNC voting members from my home state, Arizona, and I would urge you to do the same. If you don’t have current contact information for the RNC voting members in your state, please leave a comment and I will get the information, with a current email address, to you.
- Kool Aid & Arsenic: It’s getting harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys… (redstate.com)
- Wisconsin GOP Chair Reince Priebus Enters Race For RNC Chairman (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Good Grief… Leading RNC Candidate’s Law Firm Supports Obamacare – Says It’s Constitutional (gatewaypudit.com)
- Reince Priebus Quits: RNC General Counsel Could Challenge Michael Steele (huffingtonpost.com)
So, Michael Steele and his enablers at the RNC have their collective panties in a wad because the conservatives are a bunch of racists. Or something like that. Here’s the deal Michael, the Man of Steel YOU aren’t. When you got the job, I supported Ken Blackwell, but I was OK with you. Dude, I was wrong, you’ve been a bust. I’m going to assume our gentle readers have been following the cluster f gaffe filled term of your office so I won’t elaborate. The bottom line is simple. You’ve done less than a mediocre job, you made it about YOU! instead of working to raise serious money, recruit quality candidates and get Republicans elected. Instead, we got a mountain of debt, zero recruitment, you pissing on the Tea Party folks like a Washington insider (oh yeah, you are) until it was time to try to take credit for their efforts, and then there is the fact that a lot of Republicans got elected in November, but pretty much without your help. Can you say GOTV? No, apparently you can’t, but you can say “Hey Guam! Here’s some cash!”
Anyway, Politico has a cute piece today about how you and/or your elves are turning opposition to your reelection into a “racial/hater” thing.
A group of conservatives on the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) governing board have launched an “Anybody but Steele” campaign and are gathering pledges from other committee members that they won’t back the beleaguered party chairman, POLITICO has learned.
Members of the Republican National Conservative Caucus (RNCC) held a conference call and sent emails last week in attempt to build support for what they’re calling a “Resolution of Commitment.”
But the conservatives’ Dump Steele effort has caught the attention of the incumbent’s loyalists and just before Christmas touched off an angry, racially-tinged email exchange between Bopp, a supporter of Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus’s RNC bid, and Idaho GOP Chairman and Steele backer Norm Semanko.
“Concern has been expressed among members of the Caucus that these two anti-Steele pledges/resolutions could be viewed as hateful toward Chairman Steele — regardless of what benign names they may be given,” Semanko wrote. “They are also considered arbitrary in that they, quite literally, purport to support anyone but Chairman Steele, without consideration of any particular candidate’s qualifications.”
Ahhh, tell ya what sparky. The dead white cat could do a better job than Michael Steele has. And you can feel free to target me for racist comments, I don’t give a rip. And I’d still be happy with Ken Blackwell but he’s not running. Frankly, I’m not sure I’d want to clean up Michael’s mess either. And, I see that when you are confronted directly by someone who isn’t cowed by Lefty tactics, you cut and run.
An aggrieved Semanko responded that he was merely asking “some simple procedural questions” about the conservative caucus.
“Rather than acknowledging my concerns and answering my questions directly, you have chosen to level a personal attack on me — a fellow member of the RNC and the Conservative Caucus,” he wrote, adding: “That is unfortunate, but I accept it for what it is; just more angry and negative than anything I could have imagined from a fellow conservative Republican.”
Semanko concluded: “I’m sorry to have taken up your time today. Blessings for a wonderful Christmas season and a happy New Year.”
Aggrieved? Heh. Tell ya what Mr. Semanko, go get a real job in the private sector. Or go on welfare, I don’t much care. Just go away. You’re worse than Michael Steele. You guys are trying to pass off a Victim Card for a guy who did an incompetent job. Who do you think you are Baghdad Bobby Gibbs and Barack Obama? And finally, speaking of Mr. Steele, it looks like his efforts to round up more votes than Semanko (if he can vote) and the bloc from Guam isn’t going so well.
The embattled chairman has won little additional support since announcing his re-election bid beyond his small band of loyalists on the committee. He suffered another blow Sunday night when Priebus announced that he had picked up the backing of California committeeman Shawn Steel, previously a staunch backer of the incumbent.
Maybe you can book your going away party at the whips and chains club your employees were frequenting. It could be a heck of a party. I won’t be there. But I’ll send my approval along, at least approving of your retirement. Have a nice life.
- Michael Steele to Seek Reelection at RNC (theroot.com)
- Reince Priebus Quits: RNC General Counsel Could Challenge Michael Steele (huffingtonpost.com)
- I Think Michael Steele Hired Meghan McCain to Write This Statement (redstate.com)
- Gov. Haley Barbour Doesn’t Think Michael Steele Is A Very Good RNC Chairman (mediaite.com)
- RNC Has $4 Million In Additional Debt Michael Steele Tried To Hide (wonkette.com)
In the ‘90s we had the opportunity to defeat the agenda of the Left on the issues and we blew it.
By way of some history, the Clintons came into office looking to remake the country in the image of Barack Obama. Or Hillary Clinton. Or somebody other than The Founders. Their first mistake was HillaryCare. The signature initiative of the Left is, and has been for decades, the nationalization of US health care. The Clintons got their heads handed to them over that issue, and health care was to be only the first shot at the American Dream. In the next election – 1994 – Republicans took the House for the first time in 40 years. And then Hell froze over.
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich got into a staring match over shutting down the government and lost. They compounded that with forgetting about defeating the Left’s agenda and made it personal with the attempted impeachment of Bill for reasons that had nothing to do with pubic policy (more like pubic policy) and gave the master politician the ammunition he needed to make complete fools of the Republicans while uniting the country (and every Democrat in existence) behind him to fend off a conviction in the US Senate – that was NEVER going to happen anyway – and, more importantly for this discussion, he was able to take the fight away from the agenda. We lost big time and the Left won. We lost the opportunity to drive a stake through the heart of the socialist agenda that President Obama has carried into office and is being substantially more successful with than the Clintons could have ever dreamt.
We have round two with the Obama Administration.
Actually round two consists of two unique battles with the fruitcake wing of the right. Once again we’ve got folks calling for impeachment. I’m not going to address this particular rerun of total foolishness beyond noting that come hell-or-high-water, no matter the charges, you’ve got to be able to count on two thirds of the US Senate voting in favor of a conviction before it’s even rational to discuss it. That will not be happening any time in the next two years even if the President is caught holding meetings with OBL in the basement of the West Wing. Impeachment is a total non-starter.
The second issue does garner some attention and that’s Obama’s birth certificate, or lack thereof. There is a hard core group of folks – starting with people in Hillary’s POTUS campaign – who think Mr. Obama hasn’t met the “natural born citizen” qualification for Presidents as outlined in the Constitution. They are a pretty noisy group. They are also totally unhinged. They’ve seized on a peripheral issue – that incidentally has been decided by both the State of Hawaii and the US Electoral College – that again allows a socialist leaning executive to personalize opposition to his agenda and takes the discussion off the agenda. And let’s be clear, on the agenda we’re winning. We need to keep the focus on the agenda and make the stake stick this time.
Which brings us to today’s exercise in complete stupidity. From the Baltimore Sun…
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun Terrence Lakin is one of the fervent band of Americans who doubt that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
The catch is that Lakin is an Army lieutenant colonel who refused to report for deployment to Afghanistan because he questions Obama’s credentials to serve as commander in chief.
Lakin’s stance, made public when he refused to report in April, has made him a hero to the “birther” movement. Birthers say Obama, the first African-American president, was not born in Honolulu in August 1961, and so fails to meet the constitutional requirement that the president be a “natural born citizen.”
Hawaii officials say they have verified Obama’s original 1961 birth certificate…
1. What part of “Hawaii officials say they have verified Obama’s original 1961 birth certificate” don’t you get?
2. What part of Barack Obama was elected by the Electoral College and was sworn in as the 44th President by Chief Justice John Roberts don’t you get?
3. Assuming you could prove your contention that the President was NOT born in the US and does not meet the Constitutional requirement for a natural born citizen, so what? Exactly what can be done? Don’t even bother saying “impeach him”, see above.
And, the bottom line once again, we are WINNING on the issues. Let’s not get distracted by things that, in the long run (or the short run for that matter) do not matter. We may actually have the ability, if we stay focused on things that matter, to render the Left – at least the far left – unelectable for a generation. Do not get distracted by these fools…
And, with respect to the LtCol, the Army is absolutely doing the right thing. He is utterly wrong, he knows it and he’s simply trying to make a point. He should have a Dishonorable Discharge and prison time to consider just how well he’s made his “point”.
So Michael Steele doesn’t want to give up his job at the RNC. He’s done a great job, so says he, just look at the ’10 results.
Well Mr. Steele, there is some question about just exactly what your contribution was toward the good results last month, and that argument is pretty well publicized so I won’t bother repeating it. The bottom line, if you’re a cave dweller and missed it, is that there is some question about whether it was the Tea Parties or Steele who actually got Republicans to turn out and vote and who actually made the case that a Republican Congress was pretty much a matter of life and death this year.
Skipping over that argument, the Washington Times has an interesting piece on one of the most critical functions of the head of the RNC…
The Republican National Committee’s inability to reach its own fundraising goals for this year’s elections was more serious than its budget makers expected and the malaise has even spread to small-money donors, The Washington Times has learned.
As a result of poor fundraising compounded by controversial spending practices, the RNC will enter the 2012 presidential election cycle between $20 million and $25 million in debt — not the $15 million reported over the weekend.
“It’s the biggest debt the national committee ever had going into a presidential election cycle — at least in my memory,” said former RNC General Counsel David Norcross.
But the worst news may be, [RNC Treasurer Randy] Pullen suggested, “the extraordinarily high cost of fundraising” during the Steele administration. He said between January through September, the RNC got $82 million in contributions but only $31 million of that was left over after costs of fundraising were deducted.
So Mr. Steele, you’ve gotten the RNC about $25MM in debt and your cost of fundraising is almost 40% of every dollar you raise. And you think you should keep your job. Ummm, I don’t think so. I’m actively promoting a candidate for your job, but my Dead White Cat could probably do it better. Certainly he wouldn’t be worse.
John Danforth. Former US Senator from Missouri. He’s sort of a Republican. Kinda. His record in office and since he left would probably classify him as just a tad to the left of RINO.
You can read about his views in a 2005 NYT Editorial, Onward, Moderate Christian Soldiers. The crux of the article is this…
By contrast, moderate Christians see ourselves, literally, as moderators. Far from claiming to possess God’s truth, we claim only to be imperfect seekers of the truth.
I’m highlighting this not because of Danforth’s theological position. (He is an ordained Episcopal Priest.) I’m highlighting it because if you’ve followed Danforth’s career at all, you’d recognize it as his philosophy of life. Fundamentally, he stands for nothing. He wants to find ways to bridge gaps, excluding and judging no one. His use of Scriptural analogy to make his point is, frankly, offensive.
So, what’s all that got to do with anything? Thank you for asking.
Danforth most likely has his panties in a wad over the Tea Parties and the apparent resurgence of conservatism in the country and it’s impact on who’s serving in Congress. And who’s likely to be serving. Like Dick Lugar. Emphasis on “Dick”.
Lugar is getting some heat over his his actions in the lame duck. Today’s Old Blanched Wench has a report on Dickie’s travails…
Now, in the heat of the post-primary lame-duck Congressional session, [Lugar] is defying his party on an earmark ban, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, a military spending authorization bill and an arms control treaty with Russia.
He even declined to sign a brief supporting state lawsuits against President Obama’s health care law because he saw it as political posturing.
Bottom line, fiscal policy as usual, he’s supporting the Dream Act which will back door citizenship status to millions of illegal aliens (note to NYT “editors”: they aren’t “immigrants”, and what part of “illegal” gets past you every time this subject comes up?). Oh, and he doesn’t like political posturing over health care. Among other things.
Lugar has basically had no life outside of the US Senate. He’s served five terms. And he’s planning on running again. And, well I’ll let the NYT tell you…
Now Mr. Lugar’s willingness to buck his party is leading to talk that he will face a primary challenge from a Tea Party candidate when he runs for re-election in 2012. It is a possibility that Mr. Lugar, who said the current environment in Washington was “disappointing” and “without a doubt” the most polarized he had seen since joining the Senate in 1977, understands clearly even as he declines to modify his positions.
Disappointing? Polarizing? Heh. What I will find disappointing will be to discover that the good folks in Mr. Lugar’s home state of Indiana aren’t vetting possible primary challengers and working on a solid plan to beat Dick in 2012. He’s old. He needs to retire. Or just go away. Please note folks, Dick won’t be going away quietly. You can bet he’ll be more than willing and able to spend $20MM in a primary fight and he won’t be pulling a MikeCastle™ and making arrogance his signature trait in the ’12 primary. So for goodness sake, don’t expect to win with a Christine O’Donnell clone. Or JD Hayworth, who I’m sure would be willing to move to Indiana to run. Find a real candidate. One with statewide credibility who will run a solid campaign and who can attract the kind of money necessary to beat a motivated incumbent, which Lugar certainly will be.
Oh, and as for Danforth being half right? Again, from the Wench…
“If Dick Lugar,” said John C. Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri, “having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”
Mr. Danforth, who was first elected the same year as Mr. Lugar, added, “I’m glad Lugar’s there and I’m not.”
Well Mr. Danforth, I may not be happy about Dickie being in the Senate but I’m absolutely happy – giggly even – that you’re long gone. And not coming back. Have a nice retirement and I hope you and Dickie can have a great time fishing after the 2012 primaries.
From the Brain-Dead Old Fool…
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun entered the race for Chicago mayor on Saturday by reintroducing herself to voters, some of whom were not born when she last won election in 1992.
Ms. Braun joins a crowded field that includes the former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
Ms. Braun, 63, made history in 1992, when she became the first black woman elected to the United States Senate [a seat Barack Obama later used as a stepping stone to making a real run at destroying the nation]. She lost a re-election bid in 1998 and was later named ambassador to New Zealand. She also ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004.
In the mayor’s race, Ms. Braun will most likely have to address some past miscues that raised questions about her judgment, including a highly criticized visit with a brutal Nigerian dictator when she was a senator and never-proved accusations about misused campaign money.
Ms. Braun is apparently counting on her business experience running a small company that specializes in coffee, tea and spices to be a plus with voters. She said that she has had to work hard to weather the recession, which has battered businesses, both big and small.
Well, that is more experience than Barack had when he was elected President. But, he didn’t have to run against Rahm Emmanuel. According to the article, the usual suspects from the Criminal Caucus have endorsed Braun.
Looks to me like Chicago is destined to be TheNextDetroit! Boy am I glad I live in Phoenix.