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It’s political light years away from the next presidential election season but it isn’t too early to start drafting potential GOP presidential candidates. Atop my list is Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s governor. Marc Thiessen’s article sums up Gov. Walkers qualifications perfectly:
During the 2012 recall fight in Wisconsin, a group of protesters dressed as zombies disrupted Gov. Scott Walker’s speech at a ceremony for kids participating in the Special Olympics. Walker just ignored the protesters. Afterwards, talk radio host Charlie Sykes told Walker he should have “gone Chris Christie on them.” But Walker wanted to keep the focus on the Special Olympics athletes, saying “it was their day.”
The incident is revealing. Walker and Christie, the New Jersey governor, are friends, and they have both found a way to win in purple states that have not voted for a Republican president in a quarter-century. But they each did it in very different ways.
Christie is moderate in policy, but immoderate in temperament.
Walker is moderate in temperament, but immoderate in policy.
Activists are drawn to Christie’s gruff exterior because they want a fighter. There’s no questioning whether Gov. Christie is a fighter. Still, for all his combativeness, many of his policies are what I’d expect of a New England Republican. That makes Gov. Christie significantly less appealing than Gov. Walker:
Walker is a tea party hero thanks to his courageous stand against the public-sector unions in Wisconsin. Cruz may have “faux filibustered” Obamacare, but Walker faced down 100,000 protesters outside the Capitol in Madison and won. He not only passed his reforms despite unbelievable odds, he became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election. He’s both a fighter and a winner, a compelling combination for the conservative base.
Moreover, Walker’s appeal to the right goes beyond collective bargaining. As governor, he passed a raft of other conservative reforms that went virtually unnoticed because of the collective-bargaining fight. He signed legislation enacting voter identification requirements, permitting the concealed carry of firearms, defunding Planned Parenthood, prohibiting any health exchange operating in Wisconsin from covering abortion, reducing taxes, expanding school choice and reforming entitlements. Walker is an across-the-board, unflinching, full-spectrum conservative.
But Walker also has a proven ability to win the votes of moderates and reform-minded independents. While Walker is often portrayed as a “divisive” figure, exit polls in the June 2012 gubernatorial recall election showed that about one in six Walker voters also planned to vote for Barack Obama in the November presidential election. And, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “those confounding Obama-Walker voters of 2012…[are] still with us.” Two separate 2013 polls of Wisconsin voters, the paper reported, show that “11% approve of both politicians.”
Put differently, Christie is the bully who supports many liberal policies like gun control and global warming. Gov. Walker has a mental toughness that can’t be questioned. He stared down the thugs in Wisconsin and won the fight for important reforms. Everyone knows about the collective bargaining rights fight. Few noticed that he got other reforms passed, too.
Most importantly, I won’t have to worry whether Gov. Walker will abandon conservatism’s core principles. He won’t. He’ll pick great judges. He’ll feature a positive pro-growth agenda. He’ll be an unapologetic conservative with a lengthy history of conservative accomplishments.
George Will noted another appealing part of Gov. Walker’s in this column:
To fight the recall, during which opponents disrupted Walker’s appearance at a Special Olympics event and squeezed Super Glue into the locks of a school he was to visit, Walker raised more than $30?million, assembling a nationwide network of conservative donors that could come in handy if he is reelected next year.
It’s great that Gov. Walker is a proven fundraiser. He’d need it if he runs against Hillary in 2016. More importantly, though, he understands the value of a strong organization.
In other words, Gov. Walker a) is an unapologetic conservative, b) has a lengthy list of conservative accomplishments, c) can rally the conservative base while still appealing to independents and d) is a prolific fundraiser. That’s quite the trifecta heading into 2016.
Democrats have demagogued TEA Party forever, characterizing them as far-outside-the-mainstream. Thanks to the TEA Party movement, a new generation of potential conservative superstars is rising up that will change the face of the GOP. One of those potential conservative superstars is Erika Harold. Reading Ms. Harold’s Issues Page is a breath of fresh air. On taxes and regulation:
In an effort to stem the rise of burdensome regulations, I will support efforts to narrow the scope of the powers delegated to administrative agencies. Additionally, I will support tax reform policies aimed at simplifying the tax code.
On the Constitution:
One of the hallmarks of our democratic system of governance is the respect for individual liberties and the understanding that these enshrined freedoms serve as proper limits on governmental power. Accordingly, I will oppose efforts to abridge the rights enumerated in our Constitution. Drawing upon my experience as a lawyer advising faith-based institutions, I will champion the First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion and the freedom of association. I also will support the law-abiding citizen’s Second Amendment right to bear arms and will oppose efforts to encroach upon that right.
Sign me up. I’m a fan. In addition to being a Constitution-loving lawyer who loves low taxes and sensible levels of regulation, Ms. Harold once was crowned Miss America in the fall of 2002. In June, Ms. Harold announced that she’s “mounting a Republican primary challenge to Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois.”
Another potential rising star for the GOP is Mia Love. Conservatives are sure to love Ms. Love’s education agenda:
As a mother with three children enrolled in public schools, education is extremely important to me. We need a strong educational system that will allow America to continue in its role as the world’s premier leader in scientific research and technological development. American families want better quality education, lower education costs, and more local control over decisions related to education. In recent years the U.S. Department of Education has expanded the federal role in education to unprecedented levels to the detriment of our children and college students. Utah – not the federal government – knows what is best for Utah’s student. I trust Utah teachers and Utah parents over Washington bureaucrats.
These are my proposals to address the problems surrounding education:
- Return control of schools to local levels
- Support Utah’s teachers by opposing one-size-fits-all federal programs that take flexibility away from innovative teachers
- Eliminate the disparity between Department of Education bureaucrats’ salaries and local teachers’ salaries
- Bring down the cost of college tuition by allowing schools to compete for students and not allowing a federal government takeover of higher education
- Support the right of parents, local school districts, and the state of Utah to develop curriculum and set testing standards
Another potential rising conservative star is Katrina Pierson.
Ms. Pierson isn’t afraid to identify herself as a TEA Party conservative:
Katrina Pierson is a candidate for the United States Congress in the 32nd District in Texas.
She is best known across Texas and the nation as a passionate advocate for freedom. For five years, she has served as a Steering Committee member for the Dallas Tea Party. She is also the Founder of the Garland Tea Party and a member of the Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee. Her primary goal as an activist has been to provide citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to protect and advance liberty.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that Ms. Pierson is a passionate, articulate opponent of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare:
There is perhaps no single government program that poses a greater threat to our life, liberty and prosperity than the “Affordable Care Act,” generally referred to as “ObamaCare.” The more the American people learn about ObamaCare, the less they like it—and with good reason. According to the Director of the Congressional Budget Office, ObamaCare is expected to cost our economy upwards of 800,000 jobs. A recent survey of business executives revealed that 71 percent said that ObamaCare is making it harder to hire workers. Every day brings new stories about companies laying off workers or cutting back hours. ObamaCare is the very last thing our struggling economy needs.
If you’re noticing a theme here, it’s that these ladies are a) unapologetic conservatives, b) TEA Party activists and c) minorities. The last I looked at Republicans in Washington, DC, they needed more people who fit these characteristics. Hopefully, that’ll change next November. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if all three of these ladies are sworn in in January, 2015.
The first thing I’d like to say to my friends and followers who faithfully read LFR is a simple Thank You. The thought that I’m having a positive impact on the conservative and TEA Party movements is inspiring and humbling to me. Nine years ago today, I created the original LFR via Blogspot. Back then, I chose Common Sense Conservative as the name of the blog.
When the Orange Revolution erupted in the Ukraine, I left a comment on a Ukrainian blog in which I said that “The revolution will be blogged.” I wish I could remember the name of the blog but it escapes me now. I remember that King frequently visited the blog so perhaps he remembers. Minutes after leaving that comment, I decided to change the name of my blog to “Let Freedom Ring Throughout the World”, partially because of the great liberation movement that was afoot at the time, partially because I’m partial to revolutions as a direct result of my being born on the 4th of July.
Speaking of which, I met King as a direct result of the Orange Revolution. Thank God for that. King has been a friend, a mentor in ways he possibly didn’t notice at the time and a fantastic political ally.
King was my first friend in the MOB. Shortly after that, I met Mitch Berg at a MOB event here in St. Cloud. I’m proud to still call Mitch a willing co-conspirator in plotting the restoration of the free world and a true friend.
It wasn’t until that spring that I met Leo Pusateri. The GOP and DFL were doing their end-of-session flyarounds that day. King introduced me to Leo. Minutes later, we decided to form the SCBA, aka the St. Cloud Bloggers Association. Somehow, we lost a member of that elite group along the way.
Throughout the years, LFR has helped the conservative movement by promoting a positive agenda for conservatives to be for. That isn’t to say I haven’t criticized wrong-headed policies. It’s impossible to develop a positive, pro-growth, solutions-oriented agenda until you’ve identified what needs fixing.
I must’ve threatened the progressive powers-that-be because a hacker took LFR down from 2/22/12 through 3/9/12. At the time, I was calling out ABM, the League of Women Voters and Common Cause for their attempt to hijack the redistricting process.
Lately, I’ve written extensively about the corruption, financial mismanagement and enrollment declines at St. Cloud State. In that time, I’ve broken more stories about St. Cloud State than all other news agencies combined. That isn’t bad for a guy who was recently called a “gossip columnist” by a member of the St. Cloud Times. The Times, BTW, is the official stenographer of the Potter administration.
President Potter’s on-campus apologists have called me “an arch-conservative who doesn’t have St. Cloud State’s best interests at heart.” I’ve never hidden my conservatism but I’m a bit confused about the difference between a conservative and an arch-conservative. I’m guessing that arch-conservative sounds more threatening. Oh well.
Be that as it may, much of the information that I’ve written about SCSU is information given to me by a liberal professor who simply got tired of President Potter’s financial mismanagement. President Potter won’t like this but his troubles are far from over.
Another thing I’ve focused on is MnSure, the DFL-created health insurance exchange. Minnesotans should be proud to have the first website that gets weekends and holidays off. With such a target-rich environment surrounding me, there’s little wonder why I write as many posts as I do.
I’ve occasionally stayed up until 6:00 am transcribing testimony from the legislature or reading bills. That’s why I was the first blogger to predict the e-tabs funding mechanism for the Vikings stadium would fail miserably.
Possibly my proudest moment was predicting Chip Cravaack’s victory over Jim Oberstar in 2010, which I did 17 days before the election.
As I enter my 10th year of blogging, I promise to make LFR more prominent, informative and influential than ever before. I hope to do that by doing more first-hand reporting on local and statewide issues. If you see something that doesn’t feel right, feel free to contact me. I’ll gladly help if I’m able.
It’s been a privilege to keep conservatives informed. I’ve covered St. Cloud State, the legislature and the Haditha Marines, almost all of whom were first accused of committing war crimes by Jack Murtha but who eventually had their charges dropped. I’ve been an active participant in the Freedom Movement, starting with the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, then moving onto the Purple Finger Revolution in Iraq, then moving immediately to the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon. Later, I was at the tip of the spear for the start of the TEA Party revolution that led to the biggest landslide in the past century.
What lies ahead is beyond my best guess. I’ll just promise that I’ll continue to make LFR the most informative blog it can be.
Finally, thanks for your support. It’s been a blast.
Technorati: Cedar Revolution, Orange Revolution, King Banaian, TEA Party, Leo Pusateri, St. Cloud State, Corruption, St. Cloud Times, Reporting, Chip Cravaack, Jim Oberstar, Haditha Marines, Jack Murtha
According to Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz’s tactics have ruined the GOP brand:
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’ battle to defund Obamacare, resulting in a government shutdown, hurt the GOP brand.
Asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation “about the role Cruz played in the shutdown, Graham called it a tactical mistake. “I think the tactical choice that he embraced hurt our party,” said Graham, a South Carolina Republican.
“The political marketplace will determine Ted Cruz’s future. We helped President Obama when he needed our help the most. After this debacle called the shutdown, our party’s been hurt, our brand name is at the lowest ever, Obamacare actually got a bump in polling, and we got in the way of a disastrous rollout,” Graham said. “So from my point of view, this was a tactical choice that hurt us, but the good news for the Republican Party is the debacle is over if we don’t do it again, and Obamacare is a continuing debacle,” Graham said.
That’s typical DC-think that’s demanded by Conventional Wisdom gurus. That plus a dollar is worth a dollar.
That doesn’t mean I think Sen. Cruz picked the wisest approach. He didn’t. That said, he energized TEA Party activists and other conservatives by fighting. Conservatives had gotten demoralized by politicians like Sen. Graham making ill-advised deals in which President Obama gets everything he wants and Republicans walk away with nothing.
Sen. Graham and his ‘elections have consequences’ teammate Sen. McCain are the politicians that’ve hurt the GOP brand. Rather than fighting for what’s best for the American people, Sen. Graham and Sen. McCain have fought for what’s popular amongst the DC media.
Graham said Sunday the Republican Party went too far right in its fight to repeal Obamacare.
“We’re a right-of-center nation, we’re not a right-ditch nation,” Graham said. “As a party, we’ve got to do some soul searching,” said Graham, who repeatedly urged House Republicans to follow the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner.
Sen. Graham is right. We’re a right-of-center nation. That said, he’s a left-of-center politician. Any idiot that’s willing to buy into immigration reform without stiff enforcement isn’t playing with a full deck. Anyone that’s willing to sign onto cap and trade isn’t a conservative. That’s the stuff that liberals believe.
I’m not a purist but it’s difficult for me to find common ground with appeasers like Graham and McCain. Anyone that thinks that caving after hearing President Obama’s first offer is too much of an appeaser to help improve the GOP brand.
Frankly, it isn’t a stretch to think that Graham will lose in the GOP primary next year. What would he know about improving the GOP brand?
People say it’s a challenge to get a message through via Twitter. As people know, Twitter affords people 140 characters to make a point. Despite the limits of Twitter, people still get their message across. Apparently, Joan Vincent won’t master Twitter anytime soon:
What should Minnesota voters do next in the wake of the deal to end the federal shutdown and raise the debt ceiling?
Minnesota voters should not elect a tea party member to Congress.
We’ve had experience with one, and it hasn’t been good.
It’s predictable that a DFL activist like Vincent couldn’t resist taking another shot at Michele Bachmann before she retires from Congress. Still, I’m betting Ms. Vincent doesn’t know a thing about the TEA Party. I’m betting she only knows what Democrats and the media (pardon the repetition) tell her the TEA Party is about.
First, the TEA Party insists on not spending money foolishly and in such gigantic amounts. Originally, that meant the TEA Party opposed the UAW bailouts. The bailouts saved union pensions at a time when legacy costs (pension payments) exceeded GM’s and Plymouth’s monthly payroll. In other words, the companies overpromised, the taxpayers funded the bailout and the UAW enjoyed the benefits.
Other than UAW members, who thinks that’s a great idea?
Later, foolish spending was defined as guaranteeing loans to dying companies like Solyndra. Other than the people on Solyndra’s board of directors, who thought that was smart?
TEA Party activists believe that the Founding Fathers got it right when they wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Likewise, they’re certain that the Constitution isn’t a living, breathing document. As KrisAnne Hall points out in her presentation on the geneology of the Constitution, the Constitution started as a compact between the states. They were the sovereign governments that birthed the federal government. That means the states dictated the terms under which the federal government was authoriized to operate because the sovereign states were essentially the federal government’s employer.
Ms. Hall rightly notes that a compact is just a contract between states. When was the last time that a judge ruled that the terms of a contract were living, breathing suggestions subject to change?
Had the Supreme Court been faithful to the Constitution, we wouldn’t be dealing with the Affordable Care Act.
In other words, TEA Party activists think that the Founding Fathers were especially wise in setting up a government that limited the federal government’s authority, influence and scope. The Founding Fathers were wise in establishing that type of government because they didn’t want the federal government to become the oppressive leviathan it currently is.
Another day, another editorial criticizing the TEA Party for everything that’s wrong with America. It’s getting rather tedious to set another media outlet straight but here goes:
Democracy. In 2008 the people elected Obama to the presidency and gave his party, the Democrats, a majority in the House and Senate. Those elected representatives passed the Affordable Care Act. Last year the people re-elected Obama and retained a Democratic majority in the Senate, despite GOP promises to repeal the health care law if it gained power.
In America, elections have consequences. But that premise is undermined by the ability of an intense faction to shut down government because it won’t accept a particular law.
Counterpoint: Yesterday, Breitbart.com published this post to highlight people’s experiences with Healthcare.gov. Here’s what they highlighted:
On Thursday, the government’s official Obamacare Facebook page was riddled with people expressing sticker shock over the government’s high cost premiums after struggling for hours to wade through the technical failures vexing Obamacare exchanges all across the country.
“I am so disappointed,” wrote one woman. “These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!” The comment received 169 “likes.”
“There is NO WAY I can afford it,” said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. “Heck right now I couldn’t afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month…and oh apparently I make to [sic] much at 8.55/hour to get subsidies.”
Another person shared a link found on the federal government’s main Obamacare page listing premium estimates for small business employers:
The information is not very complete as I don’t see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does given an actual price as to the “Premium.” It is VERY SCARY!! For example, my insurance plan right now for my spouse and I costs $545 a month with 100% coverage after my $2500 deductible. We are both 32 years old. When I looked at this site for 80% coverage it says it will be $954.78 a month!!!! So compare my old Plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month To New Plan: 80% Coverage for $945 a month. This is only only an estimate but it is VERY Scary for me to see this kind of increase in rates and reduction in benefits!
A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living “75% below the poverty level.” She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. “Are you F’ing kidding me????” she wrote on the government’s Obamacare Facebook page. “Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this ‘bronze’ health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening,” she wrote.
If the Kansas City Star wants to argue that Republicans should stay silent while the Affordable Care Act devastates families because “elections have consequences”, then they need to pull their head out of their posterior. The Hoouse of Representatives is representing their constituents. The Constitution doesn’t just give them that right. It gives them that responsibility.
Yes, President Obama was re-elected. Yes, Harry Reid is still the Senate Majority Leader. No, that doesn’t mean the GOP majority in the House of Representatives are relegated to second class citizen status, especially when they’re on the side of the angels substantively.
If Democrats want to go into the next election highlighting the fact that they fought tooth and nail to make health care and health insurance more expensive, so be it. Republicans should step forward and tell people that they listened to the American people. Republicans should tell people that they fought tooth and nail to help families by ignoring polling and listening to their constituents.
I’d love hearing the Kansas City Star or Sen. Reid or President Obama explain why they fought against the American people. I’d love hearing Democrats explain why defending a president’s signature legislation is more important than improving the lives of the American people.
Thus far, Democrats have repeated President Obama’s mantra that the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama and ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. That’s all nice but it doesn’t address why the Democratic Party, from President Obama on down, is dramatically increasing the cost of health care and health insurance.
These statistics don’t lie. Health insurance prices purchased through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges are dramatically higher than under the previous system. Deductibles for the Affordable Care Act’s bronze policies are significantly higher, too. Higher premiums and higher deductibles doesn’t equal affordable health care.
That’s why the TEA Party is right in telling President Obama and the Democratic Party they’ll continue fighting for the American people.
I’d love hearing that fight. In fact, I triple dog dare Democrats to engage in that fight.
Technorati: President Obama, Harry Reid, Government Shutdown, Health Insurance Exchanges, Health Insurance Deductibles, Health Insurance Premiums, Democrats, House of Representatives, TEA Party, We The People, Constitution, GOP
I’ve enjoyed Jim Hoft’s blogging for years. Without question, he’s one of the best bloggers in the nation. That’s why it’s been difficult the last month or so. Jim’s been dealing with a series of serious health issues, which he writes about in this post.
My first thought in reading Jim’s post was ‘Thank God for big miracles.’ While I visited his blog frequently because I love the content, I especially looked forward to updates on Jim’s health. The last couple of updates from his friends said that he’s healing and on the right path. That brought a smile to my face.
This morning’s post, though, was dramatically different. There it was. Something posted by Jim. Just the thought that Jim will recover is great news. This paragraph, though, is inspiring even though Jim talks about a dark time:
Much of late August through September was blurry for me. I was very, very sick. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed, but was not sure if I was going to make it. It was such a dark, lonely place. But in the end, prayer won.
In the end, prayer wins indeed. That type of inspiration puts me in a better place fast. Thanks, Jim, for that inspiration. It couldn’t have happened at a better time.
To Jim, I have a simple wish. Continue letting go and letting God. You’ve already done a bunch of that. This isn’t the time to stop. Know that you continue to be in my prayers.
Finally, welcome back. As you note, the fight continues. The good guys, us, need Jim Hoft back in whatver amount you’re physically able to handle. It’s great to have you back.
With President Obama and Senate Democrats insisting that the budget can’t be done by piecemeal, it’s time to inject truth into the conversation. Certainly, President Obama and Senate Democrats know that they’re lying. This video shows how wedded to the spin Democrats are:
Here’s what Sen. Landrieu, (D-LA), said:
Asked Thursday morning at a press conference if she would vote for the NIH or veterans affairs bills, Landrieu told THE WEEKLY STANDARD, “I would not. This cannot be done by piecemeal and should not be done by piecemeal. What part is more important than the next?” Landrieu said.
“Many of us could argue while those might be important issues, and they are, what’s more important than millions of small businesses who undergird the entire economy of the United States?” Landrieu asked, flanked by a group of small business owners.
Landrieu said that “the Tea Party has to understand that they cannot hold government and our private partners–which are many from big companies like Boeing and Lockheed to small companies that are represented here–hostage over their inability to get a law that they don’t like amended.”
“It is my hope–my hope–that many brave men and women in the Republican party will stand up and close this Tea Party down,” Landrieu said.
TRANSLATION: We don’t want to do this a bill at a time. It isn’t that we can’t do it. It’s that we’ve chosen not to do it that way.
Throughout this shutdown, Democrats have refused to explain their substantive objections are to doing this one appropriations bill at a time. They’ve hinted at what their political motivations are for being pigheaded but that’s a different matter.
People don’t care about the political back-and-forth of the issue. They care about the House, Senate and President Obama working together to solve problems.
Democrats think that they’re winning this fight. They aren’t. At best, the American people are looking at Washington, DC and thinking ‘a pox on all their houses.’ If that’s the Democrats’ definition of winning, that’s a warped definition of winning.
From a substantive perspective, Republicans can say that they want the individual mandate delayed a year because the health insurance exchanges aren’t working. There’s no denying that. That’s been on display since the early morning hours of Tuesday.
What’s disheartening is that the media isn’t talking about the Democrats’ mean-spiritedness and stubbornness, not to mention how the Democrats’ arbitrary choices are hurting people. Instead, they’re busy writing about Republicans putting themselves in a political cul-de-sac.
My question for the media is simple. Why doesn’t they care about substance anymore? My question for Democrats is even simpler. Why don’t they care about doing what’s right for the American people?
Technorati: Harry Reid, Mary Landrieu, Chuck Schumer, Government Shutdown, National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs, Health Insurance Exchanges, Affordable Care Act, Democrats, TEA Party, House of Representatives, John Boehner, GOP
DC’s chattering class has been talking about how Sen. Cruz’s talkathon (filibuster?) was all show that hurts Republicans. If I read another quote about how foolish it was, I’ll be ill. Thankfully, Michael Walsh gets it:
After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down.
This is the difference between the Democrats’ old guard and the GOP’s old guard. Sen. McCain thinks Democrats care about comity. They don’t. Whenever they have a chance to stick the knife in, Democrats (think Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi) stick the knife in, give it a twist, then revel that they railroaded the McCains and Grahams of the world.
There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, and the others who stepped into the breach to spell the senator from Texas.
Another person who should be included in that list is Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Sen. Cornyn is another senator who signed his political death warrant during this debate. Keeping him around is fine but he needs to be run out of the Senate GOP leadership team.
Had the old guard been smart, they would’ve embraced Sen. Cruz’s talkathon. Instead, they criticized him. Someone from the old guard even sent Chris Wallace opposition research to do a hatchet job on Sen. Cruz. If they find out who sent the opposition research, that person should be primaried the next time he/she is up for re-election.
The Cruz faction in the Senate, and its allies in the House (whose leadership is now up for grabs) must now press their advantage. The louder the Democrats squawk, the more they are wounded; the one thing they’ve long feared is a direct assault on their core beliefs as translated into actions, and the deleterious effects of Obamacare, just now being felt by the population, are the most vivid proof of the failure of Progressivism that conservatives could wish for.
Carpe diem isn’t just a nice slogan. It should be the TEA Party’s rallying cry now through the first Tuesday in November, 2014. The Democrats’ worst nightmare in 2014 is that they might be forced to defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka the PPACA.
The PPACA is so unpopular that, in lots of House districts, Democrats wouldn’t have a chance of winning if the PPACA is the chief issue.
Back in their glory days, the Packers and the USC Trojans were dominant. It wasn’t because they fooled people with their playcalling. When the game was on the line, USC called Student Body Right or Student Body Left. The Packers ran sweeps led by Paul Hornung or Jim Taylor. Everyone knew what was coming. It didn’t matter.
The Democrats know what’s coming. They can’t stop it because they voted for a bill that’s less popular than Wall Street.
This is a great idea:
Make Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin into the faces of the Democratic party and watch the votes peel away from the Left.
Having Reid as the other face of the Democratic Party isn’t bad for Republicans either.
Politico’s Roger Simon is the latest Democratic shill to announce that everything that’s wrong with Washington is the Republicans’ fault:
There are scorpions among us. They sit in Congress, committed not to solving problems, but blocking solutions.
They would take the food out of the mouths of children. They would put the insurance companies back in charge of health care. They would shut the government down, refuse to pay the nation’s bills, destroy the trust that other countries place in us when they buy our bonds, they would do all this rather than give President Obama the slimmest of political victories.
Why? It is their nature.
I am not talking about the entire Republican Party. I am talking about a faction of far-right, Tea Party-driven congressmen who do not care who drowns.
They don’t have real alternate plans to help people. They weren’t, they believe, elected to help people. They were elected, they believe, to keep the other side from helping people.
It’s frightening to hear a supposedly educated journalist insist that Republicans, who’ve put forward tons of solutions on the biggest problems facing families, are scorpions but Democrats, who avoided putting a budget together for over 4 years, are virtuous, responsible politicians.
It’s time for these DC political shills to pull their heads out of their arses. It’s time they woke up to reality. It’s time they noticed that President Obama and the vast majority of Democrats want to halt coal-fired power plants. It’s time they noticed that President Obama and the vast majority of Democrats want to inflict pain on Americans via the PPACA. That’s if it ever gets implemented, which isn’t a sure thing. It’s time for fossils like Mr. Simon to notice that the EPA is attempting to do away with natural gas by 2035. It’s time they noticed that President Obama and a majority of Democrats agree with the EPA.
Perhaps Mr. Simon can explain why he thinks government bureaucrats are more benevolent than insurance companies, especially in light of how the IRS, the DOJ and the NSA have been used to attack people.
In Mr. Simon’s world, “far-right, TEA Party-driven” people are the problems, not IRS victims. I wonder what the color of the sun in Mr. Simon’s solar system is. It’s undoubtedly a different sun than the one in Earth’s solar system.
These supposedly radical TEA Party activists believe in accountability in government. Doesn’t Mr. Simon agree with that? TEA Party activists think all levels of government shouldn’t foolishly spend the people’s money. Does Mr. Simon think that that isn’t a worthy policy? TEA Party activists think the federal government shouldn’t have doubled the national debt in 5 years. Does Mr. Simon think that was smart?
TEA Party activists oppose President Obama’s end run around Congress to implement things he couldn’t get passed in Congress. Does Mr. Simon approve of President Obama’s unconstitutional, illegal behavior?
Apparently. That’s the only explanation why he thinks Republicans are the problem.