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It was just a matter of time before the Hate Bachmann Brigades took their shots at Michele’s speech after last Wednesday’s rally. That isn’t news. What’s worthwhile, though, is the flimsiness of their arguments in this LTE:

If Bachmann is worried about re-election, which seems likely with the $10,000 per ticket cost for the dinner after the rally, she did a poor job convincing anyone that she’ll work hard to create jobs, calm the economic downturn and decrease spending. Instead, she turned to blaming the Obama administration for every act of violence against the American people and boasted of her “no” votes.

Spinmeister extraordinaire Keith Ellison started the ‘Michele’s in trouble’ meme at last week’s union rally in the Capitol Rotunda:

“If the congresswoman from the 6th District wasn’t scared to death of Sen. Tarryl Clark, she wouldn’t bring Palin here at all,” Ellison said, referring to the candidate the Minnesota DFL Party has endorsed to run against Bachmann. “It is a sign of our strength and our power that they have to bring that person here.”

Let’s set this in context. Michele doesn’t underestimate her opponents, which means that she keeps working hard to connect with her constituents. The reason why Michele invited Gov. Palin to Minnesota was to draw a huge crowd of loyal supporters and to highlight Michele’s common sense agenda.

Those people who know her know that Michele isn’t the type to get intimidated. Instead, Michele’s been known to go after the people that attempt to intimidate or smear her. They, not Michele, usually wind up with the short end of that proverbial stick.

Second, Michele is all about getting stronger each election cycle. This year, in building a stronger campaign, Michele invited Sarah Palin to Minnesota for an afternoon rally of the foot soldiers and an evening fundraiser for Michele AND the MNGOP. It’s widely being reported, including on this blog, that almost 11,000 people attended the afternoon rally, each of whom got their tickets by promising to volunteer at least 6 hrs. for Michele’s campaign.

Those people writing a $10,000 check knew in advance that the first $4,800 went into Michele’s campaign coffers and that the rest went into the MNGOP coffers. In other words, Michele’s fundraiser helped her campaign and the MNGOP. That’s what’s called being a team player.

But I digress.

According to the LTE, Michele “did a poor job convincing anyone that she’ll work hard to create jobs, calm the economic downturn and decrease spending.” This thinking isn’t rooted in reality. In fact, it’s downright delusional. Repealing the Democrats’ health care bill will immediately cut spending. It will also give small and large businesses alike the information they need on labor costs.

During my interview of House GOP Policy Chairman Thaddeus McCotter, Chairman McCotter talked about the importance of knowing labor costs:

I then asked whether signing a health care bill into law might start the next round of layoffs. I said that I was basing that on businessmen and women talking about not hiring because of uncertain labor costs. Chairman McCotter said that he’s warned Republicans that just knowing what the labor costs are isn’t enough. He said that knowing that you’re being taxed too much won’t help job creation.

Chairman McCotter said that it’s important that we bring certainty to the labor costs but that we also make labor costs affordable enough so that businesses have an incentive to start hiring and growing their companies again. According to Chairman McCotter, that isn’t possible without controlling spending and reducing government’s intrusion into our lives.

In other words, lowering the employers’ labor costs by repealing Obamacare will directly lead to job growth.

Some Democrats, including this administration, think that higher interest rates and high unemployment will be with us for the forseeable future. That diminutive thinking is what’s led Michele to attack ‘the new normal’. According to the LTE, here’s what Michele supposedly said:

“I think the new normal will be when Speaker Pelosi loses her gavel, and the new normal is when Harry Reid joins the unemployment line.”

That’s actually fairly close but it’s missing another item: President Obama being a one-term president. Michele’s gone after President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid because they’ve ignored the American people while shoving their radical ideological agenda down our throats. Michele’s criticized them for their wasteful spending in the failed stimulus bill, for Speaker Pelosi’s ramming through a jobs-killing Cap and Tax scheme that would raise heating bills, gas prices and the cost of groceries.

When deficits were getting alot of attention, President Obama announced a limited spending freeze. At the time, I ridiculed this spending freeze because what’s needed is a major spending cut. Defunding the rest of the stimulus bill would be a nice first step but it’s only a first step. Sunsetting every budget item would be another major improvement. Adopting zero-based budgeting would be a major step in the right direction.

If I recall correctly, the Kasich-Clinton budgets kept spending hikes to the previous year’s budget plus population growth and inflation. There’s no reason why that wouldn’t work after eliminating the huge spending increases created from the stimulus bill and the omnibus spending bills and repealing Obamacare.

I know that type of budgeting won’t buy special interest allies but it will restore fiscal sanity. It might even strengthen the dollar if we take a serious bite out of the deficits.

BTW, the deficit for the first 2 months of FY2010 is bigger than President Bush’s biggest deficit. Those deficits are killing job creation and slowing economic growth.

This is supposedly Bachmann’s platform for how she will restore solitude in the country. No examples of how to create jobs, no examples of how to fix health care and no examples of how to even decrease the role of government, just those in power losing their jobs.

Limiting government spending helps the private sector each time it’s tried. It’ll do that this time, too. In fact, alot of savvy economists think that the federal government’s spending is hurting economic growth.

The one thing that we’ll see the rest of this campaign season might best be called the violence meme, illustrated by this paragraph:

Negativity and cynicism get us nowhere. Palin and Bachmann would be in good thought to ditch the breeding of violent and negative language, along with many other people in their party.

The Democratic Party is resorting to the violence meme more and more. They brought it up the day Democrats passed their health care destruction bill. They accused TEA Party activists of using the N-word 15 times. Andrew Breitbart, one of the heroes of the TEA Party movement, isn’t buying the Democrats’ storyline. He’s offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who produces audio- or videotape of a TEA Party activist using this disgusting language. The $100,000 will go into the United Negro College Fund. Thus far, nobody’s come forward with that evidence. That’s amazing considering the fact that there were network cameras stationed there, along with all the flip-phone cameras in the crowd and the Capitol Police mixing with the crowd.

The hope of these antagonists is to provoke TEA Party activists into bad behavior, which they’ll then use to discredit politicians like Michele. The best thing TEA Party activists can do is to consistently behave in such a way as to discredit the Democrats’ accusers.

In this instance, the best weapon is to be people of integrity. That’s what Michele has done admirably this year. That’s what all TEA Party activists have done thus far. That’s what we need to do from this day forward.

If that’s what we do, we’ll win a great victory this November. Keep your eyes on that prize.

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This is one of those days that I love being a blogger. It’s such a target-rich environment. It’s no secret that Tarryl Clark sent out a fundraising letter prior to Sarah Palin’s fundraiser for Michele Bachmann. Larry Bivins, the St. Cloud Times Washington Correspondent, wrote a brief post about the fundraising letter. Here’s a portion of Tarryl’s letter:

“In a few weeks, Sarah Palin will parachute into Minnesota to raise money for my opponent, Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann,” the solicitation reads. “As a congresswoman, Bachmann has shown time and time again that she is more interested in pursuing her personal agenda and building her national celebrity than she is in serving the people she represents, much like Sarah Palin.”

To the loyal readers of this blog, I promise that Tarryl won’t get a free pass when she makes these types of comments again. Tarryl insists that Michele “is more interested in” “building her national celebrity than she is in serving the people she represents” as though Tarryl isn’t interested in pursuing her own personal agenda.

Does anyone think that Tarryl will stop pursuing the unions’ agenda if elected to the U.S. House of Representatives? If you think that, just look at who’s endorsed her:

AFL-CIO Endorses State Sen. Clark for U.S. Congress
Laborers Endorse Tarryl Clark for Congress
AFSCME Endorses Tarryl Clark for Congress
Unite Here Endorses Tarryl Clark for Congress
Carpenters endorse Tarryl Clark for U.S. Congress
AFSCME Council 65 endorses Clark

These endorsements came literally days after Tarryl announced her candidacy. These unions’ leadership teams couldn’t have sought the opinions of the rank-and-file members of their respective unions in that short a period of time because those union members wouldn’t have had the time to compare Tarryl with Maureen Reed.

Until now, Tarryl has portrayed herself as the ultimate public servant steeped in central Minnesota’s values. Today, that image gets exposed.

This week, the Progressive Electorate, a far left organization highlighted Tarryl’s campaign.

EMILY’S List, an organization committed to abortion on demand policies, has a page devoted to Tarryl Clark’s campaign. Here’s a little taste of what EMILY’S List represents:

EMILY’s List is committed to a three-pronged strategy to elect pro-choice Democratic women: recruiting and funding viable women candidates; helping them build and run effective campaign organizations; and mobilizing women voters to help elect progressive candidates across the nation.

I’m betting that being a pro-choice candidate in Minnesota’s Sixth District isn’t helpful. The fact that Tarryl frequently posts on the Daily Kos, that bastion of progressivism, says alot about who Tarryl really is: a radical progressive, not the centrist she portrays herself as.

It’s safe to say that Tarryl better represents Andy Stern’s, Markos Moulitsas’ and Ellen Malcolm’s priorities than she represents Central Minnesota’s priorities.

Tarryl likes talking about Michele Bachmann not representing MN-6’s priorities. The reality is Michele will fight for lower taxes, real health care reform, energy independence and small businesses every day she’s in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Compare that with Tarryl representing the interests of the SEIU leadership, EMILY’S List and one of the most far left progressive blogs in the nation.

The question that will be posed to the people of MN-6 is which lady’s priorities best fit MN-6’s priorities. I’m betting that there are more small businesses, TEA Party activists and pro-life Catholics that support Michele than there are abortion-on-demand advocates and progressive lefties that support Tarryl.

Finally, it’s true that Tarryl talks a great centrist game. There’s no denying that. Unfortunately for her, the problem is that she doesn’t vote centrist. Good luck running with that millstone weighing you down, Tarryl.

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When it comes to telling it like it is, President Obama is a failure. Not a total failure but a failure nonetheless. In the interest of fairness, let’s start with what President Obama got right:

Where both sides say they agree is that the status quo is not working for the American people. Health insurance is becoming more expensive by the day. Families can’t afford it. Businesses can’t afford it. The federal government can’t afford it. Smaller businesses and individuals who don’t get coverage at work are squeezed especially hard. And insurance companies freely ration health care based on who’s sick and who’s healthy; who can pay and who can’t.

President Obama is right. Republicans and Democrats think that the current system needs reforming. Here’s where President Obama resorts to his favorite trick, the use of the strawman argument:

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those, including most Republicans in Congress, who believe the answer is to loosen regulations on the insurance industry, whether it’s state consumer protections or minimum standards for the kind of insurance they can sell. I disagree with that approach. I’m concerned that this would only give the insurance industry even freer rein to raise premiums and deny care.

If President Obama means that conservatives believe that patients should have the right to consult with their physicians and determine what’s best for them, then I’ll admit he’s right. If President Obama means that Republicans want to totally deregulate the insurance industry, then he’s wrong.

Furthermore, it’s far from certain that President Obama’s comprehensive plan will work. States like Texas have proven that reducing lawsuit abuse cuts health care costs by reducing defensive medicine costs.

Here’s another example of President Obama’s outright deceit:

Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care for millions,families, businesses, and the federal government. We have now incorporated most of the serious ideas from across the political spectrum about how to contain the rising cost of health care, ideas that go after the waste and abuse in our system, especially in programs like Medicare. But we do this while protecting Medicare benefits, and extending the financial stability of the program by nearly a decade.

This WSJ article highlights Rep. Paul Ryan’s arguments against President Obama’s claims:

The real cost over a decade is about $2.3 trillion on paper, Mr. Ryan estimates, and even that is a lowball estimate considering how many people will flood to “free” health care and how many businesses will be induced to drop coverage. Mr. Obama claimed yesterday that the plan will cost “about $100 billion per year,” but in fact the costs ramp up each year the program exists. The far more likely deficits are $460 billion over the first 10 years, and $1.4 trillion over the next 10.

What Mr. Ryan calls “probably the most cynical gimmick” deserves special attention, which is known in Washington as the “doc fix.” Next month Medicare physician payments are scheduled to be cut by 22% and deeper thereafter, though Congress is sure to postpone the reductions as it always does. Failing to account for this inevitability takes nearly a quarter-trillion dollars off the ObamaCare books and by itself wipes out the “savings” that the White House continues to take credit for.

President Obama’s health care plan doesn’t get close to being deficit neutral because he double counts Medicare cuts, first saying that they make Medicare solvent, then saying that they’ll be used to pay for a new entitlement. I’d say President a used car salesman gimmick for attempting this but I’m not certain that even they’d stoop to this level of deceit.

This paragraph is especially aggravating:

I have therefore asked leaders in both of Houses of Congress to finish their work and schedule a vote in the next few weeks. From now until then, I will do everything in my power to make the case for reform. And I urge every American who wants this reform to make their voice heard as well; every family, every business owner, every patient, every doctor, every nurse.

The American people have been telling President Obama and Speaker Pelosi’s Democratic minions that they don’t want this legislation. They’ve said that in the Virginia and Massachusetts elections. They’ve said that in townhall meetings in New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Texas.We’ve told pollsters across these 50 states that we’d rather do nothing than pass this legislation.

It isn’t that we haven’t spoken out. It’s that Washington hasn’t done what we’ve told them to do. This isn’t because they don’t get it either. It’s that President Obama is perfectly willing to go against the will of the American people for the sake of his legacy.

It’s got to stop. It’s time that We The People told Congress that they’d better stop this insanity or we’ll replace them each November until their disastrous legislation is repealed. PERIOD.

If President Obama can’t help himself, then we’ll help him remember that he works for us. We’ll help him remember that we’re not here to build his disastrous legacy.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

There’s an old saying I learned years ago from my uncle, who said that “There’s no sense making anything idiot-proof. They’ll just build a better idiot.” That appears to be the case with the Twin Cities media scene.

For years, bloggers like Mitch Berg and John Hinderaker have ridiculed Nick Coleman with their dissections of his mentally incoherent columns. Many is the time I’ve enjoyed watching these talented bloggers turn Nick Coleman’s writings into examples of deranged liberal incompetence.

There comes a time, though, when a torch is passed. In this instance, it isn’t so much passed as it’s snatched from Coleman’s hands by someone who makes Nick Coleman almost look reasonable. ALMOST. The newest useful idiot on the deranged liberal scene is the CityPages’ Hart van Denburg. This morning, Hart’s column states that Gov. Tim Pawlenty mischaracterized something that President Obama:

So Gov. Tim Pawlenty is making a trip to Las Vegas to help defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat. That part’s fine. Politicians do this stuff all the time. But in announcing his trip on Facebook, Pawlenty says he’s going to “defy President Obama’s orders” by making the trip.

Orders? Cute line. Probably aimed at, well, “misinformed” folks who think that a democratically elected president is actually a Marxist dictator.

I thought about saying something like “if the Marxist shoe fits…”, then thought better of it. Then our newest deranged liberal launches into a factcheck of what President Obama said:

What he’s alluding to, while leaving out the crucial, actual truth, are some impolitic remarks that Obama made just about a year ago in Indiana, when he was asked at a town hall meeting what he thought about the lavish bonuses enjoyed by corporate CEOs bailed out by taxpayers. Thanks to the Reality Based Community we know what Obama actually said:

“You are not going to be able to give out these big bonuses until you pay taxpayers back. You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime. There’s got to be some accountability and some responsibility.”

First, it’s time that Hart learned something that politicians occasionally use. It’s called a sense of humor. In this instance, Gov. Pawlenty used a very dry, sarcastic form of humor It’s worth noting that this isn’t uncommon with Gov. Pawlenty.

Second, I’m fairly certain that Gov. Pawlenty wasn’t referring to President Obama’s year-old comments. Rather, I’m betting that Gov. Pawlenty was referring to President Obama’s ill-advised comments last week:

“You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college. You prioritize. You make tough choices. It’s time your government did the same.”

Gov. Pawlenty simply highlighted President Obama’s ill-advised, boneheaded really, criticism of Las Vegas. Van Deburg needs to not get his undies in a bunch over something this trivial. More importantly, he needs to get a sense of humor.

Most importantly, van Deburg needs to get a life. Whining about a politician’s tongue-in-cheek comments isn’t likely to attract readers.

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The ‘Angry Al’ side of Sen. Franken surfaced during President Obama’s visit with Senate Democrats:

Five sources who were in the room tell POLITICO that Franken criticized Axelrod for the administration’s failure to provide clarity or direction on health care and the other big bills it wants Congress to enact.

The sources said Franken was the most outspoken senator in the meeting, which followed President Barack Obama’s question-and-answer session with Senate Democrats at the Newseum on Wednesday. But they also said the Minnesotan wasn’t the only angry Democrat in the room. “There was a lot of frustration in there,” said a Democratic senator who declined to be identified.

Everyone knows that health care is dead this session. Still, Sen. Franken won’t let it go:

In his public session with the senators Wednesday, Obama urged them to “finish the job” on health care but did not lay out a path for doing so. That uncertainty appeared to trigger Franken’s anger, and the sources in the room said he laid out his concerns much more directly than any senator did in the earlier public session.

Sen. Franken’s temper is well-documented. Still, let’s not dismiss Sen. Franken’s less-than-stellar senatorial temperament and forget about President Obama’s less-than-stellar leadership abilities. Simply put, Democrats like Sen. Franken and President Obama are ideologues. They aren’t leaders.

That’s why the American people are rejecting their policies. I’ve often said that ideologues “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Politicians like Sen. Franken, Speaker Pelosi and President Obama frequently overreach, thinking that their mandate reaches all the way to their special interest’s wish list items.

Health care failed because (a) the American people vehemently opposed it and (b) Scott Brown’s victory scared the daylights out of Democrats facing re-election in 2010 and 2012. It’s nothing more complicated than that.

Sen. Franken isn’t the only disillusioned far left lefty that’s upset with President Obama. Dissatisfaction isn’t difficult to find in the D-Kos diaries and other far left haunts.

That’s what happens when you send a toy messiah to do a man’s job. Put differently, smooth words might win elections but you can’t govern without gravitas.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

This morning, Marion Berry announced his retirement. That’s bad news for the DCCC. What’s worse is that Rep. Berry took a shot at President Obama:

Rep. Marion Berry, D-AR, fears that these midterm elections are going to go the way of the 1994 midterms, when Democrats lost control of the House after a failed health care reform effort.

But, Berry told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the White House does not share his concerns.

“They just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.”

If people needed additional proof that President Obama is arrogant, that’s the only proof that you’ll need. During the past 4 months, campaigning with President Obama has been the kiss of death. This isn’t region-specific, either. He’s been as toxic below the Mason-Dixon line as above it. This isn’t gender-specific either. Just ask Martha Coakley and Creigh Deeds.

The bigger point, though, is that the Democrats’ radical agenda is making for a difficult campaigns for the Democrats’ congressional candidates and incumbents. Beau Biden would’ve run if he thought it was a good cycle for Democrats.

Vic Snyder and Marion Berry decided to retire rather than run in this environment in Mississippi. Bart Gordon and John Tanner reached the same decision in Tennessee. More retirements will surely follow within the next month.

Fortifying that opinion is this Geraghty post:

The Cook Report offers this surprising comment on the intensity gap: “If this level remains constant, you can count on the Democratic majority in the House being toast this fall.”

I think we will remember this month as the one where a GOP House went from hard to imagine to quite possible; perhaps future months will make it seem even more likely.

UPDATE: Overnight, the conventional wisdom changes. From FiveThirtyEight.com: “Think others are too conservative on projecting GOP gains. We don’t have a House model yet, but GOP seems as likely as not to take House.”

Pundits of the more moderate stripe keep talking about the civil war happening within the GOP. I haven’t seen proof of that to this point. I can’t argue that there’s a couple high-profile Senate primaries in Utah and Florida. That doesn’t constitute a civil war, though. In fact, calling it a political civil war is hyperbole in the extreme. If that’s the benchmark for what does or doesn’t constitute a political civil war, then both parties have been involved in poltical civil war every election cycle that they’ve existed.

What’s about to happen in the Democratic Party might approach a political civil war. When Marco Rubio defeats Charlie Crist, Crist will quickly congratulate Rubio, then move on. In the Democratic Party, the DLC wing of the party is hated by the Kossack wing of the party. If I had a dollar for every time that a hateful anti-DLC comment or diary was posted on Kos or Democratic Underground or likeminded site, I’d be a multi-millionare.

When we get the final retirement count, I think we’ll find Democrats in a difficult position. I’m betting that they won’t say that they’re better off because President Obama was a positive difference-maker.

Most importantly, they won’t be calling Ms. Pelosi Speaker anymore.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

The Citypages’ Hart van Denburg’s post about Michele Bachmann is so over the top it’s pathetic. It’s titled “Michele Bachmann dances on Ted Kennedy’s grave.” What he’s referring to is a simple statement Michele made about the Scott Brown-Martha Coakley special election:

“It is the ultimate political irony that the man who spent his lifetime trying to force socialized medicine on the American people would now see the seat that he occupied taken over by a free market Republican,” Bachmann said. “It really is astounding.”

Van Denburg needs a little thicker skin if he thinks that’s dancing on Kennedy’s grave. It’s nothing more than Michele stating her opinion, an opinion that I think many people without a political axe to grind would agree with.

I think most thinking people would agree that tonight’s election results, in addition to being stunning, are ironic. Here’s Dictionary.com’s definition of ironic:

Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended

Bsed on that definition, I’d say that Michele’s statement is pretty accurate. I’d hate to argue that the results of tonight’s special election were expected a month ago. Heck, they weren’t expected Tuesday morning with any certainty.

This is just another attempt by a liberal whiner to complain about Michele Bachmann. Mr. van Denburg recently wrote this about Michele:

Michele Bachmann, who has turned her opposition to health care reform into a cottage industry, and been busted for lying about it, told a Mississippi talk radio host.

Here’s Mr. van Denburg’s proof of Michele’s alleged lies:

“Where tyranny is enforced upon the people, as Barack Obama is doing, the people suffer and mourn.”

Again, I’ll direct Mr. van Denburg to Dictionary.com’s definition of tyranny:

arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power

I could make a respectable argument that President Obama’s strongarming of GM secured bondholders was an “undrestrained exercise of power.” I might add that President Obama’s telling bank CEOs that he was the only thing standing between them and a roomful of pitchforks was an “undrestrained exercise of power.”

Mr. van Denburg is a progressive apologist. He should check a dictionary before he starts making accusations. Disagreeing with someone doesn’t give you the authority to make things up.

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Bill Kristol made several good points in this video:

Still, the thing that he didn’t do is what I’ll do here: The U.S. closing its embassy in Yemen is the U’S. government’s equivalent of Mark Dayton shutting down his office a week before the 2004 elections based on information that no one else got.

This is yet another embarrassing moment for the Obama administration’s national security team. Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced that they were working closely with the Yemeni government in shutting down AQY. Days later, they’re shutting down the U.S. embassy in Yemen.

This is a huge propaganda win for the jihadists. Democrats repeat the mantra that closing Gitmo is imperative because the jihadists use it in recruiting new jihadists. Obviously, the Democrats didn’t learn from their Murtha/Clinton cut and run episode in Somalia.

If they’d learned from that, they’d know that the U.S. cutting short military operations told bin Laden that we were, in his words, “a paper tiger.” It’s impossible to think that the jihadists don’t believe that the Obama administration is the newest American paper tiger.

Couple the embassy closing with arresting Abdul Mutallab instead of capturing and interrogating him and it’s been a disastrous week for the Obama administration’s national security team.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

Uberliberal activist Steve Rosenthal and William Dailey are having a fight for the alleged soul of the Democratic Party. According to this article, Rosenthal thinks he’s got the solution:

What lifted Democrats last year among their base, independents and those previously disengaged from politics, Rosenthal argued, were Obama’s promises: expanding health care, a new approach to energy, spending more on education and especially a promise to revive the economy that would help those of modest means.

“He gave a worried and anxious America hope and a plan that called for restoring America’s middle class,” wrote Rosenthal. Obama coalition voters still want “change,” according to Rosenthal, who writes that the way to boost Democratic fortunes is to deliver, not to follow the path of moderation that the party so often trod in the ’90s.

“They don’t want their elected officials to go back to the days of legislating ‘small things’ (school uniforms come to mind),” Rosenthal argued. “To win them back, to engage them at all in 2010, Democrats need to pass real health care reform, then move aggressively on a jobs, jobs, jobs (it cannot be said enough) program with strong workers’ rights.”

It’s that type of thinking that’s putting smiles on GOP strategists’ faces. The true believer wing of the Democratic Party, with President Obama as their Radical-In-Chief, will soon march themselves off a cliff.

If there are any adults left in the Democratic Party, they’re gulping, not sipping, Maalox these days. Here’s a Rosenthal opinion that I pray happens:

So, he continued, run on this agenda and “put Obama on the ballot in 2010” for the sort of minority and youth voters that turned out in droves for him last year.

Mr. Rosenthal isn’t paying attention. President Obama turned off young people when he went on his irresponsible spending spree. They now know that they’ll have to pay higher taxes and suffer through higher inflation rates as a result of President Obama’s spending spree.

President Obama also turned off youth voters with his litany of broken campaign promises. They bought into the idea that President Obama would be idealistic, filled with fresh ideas. Instead, they’ve seen a corrupt, Chicago-style machine politician. Now that he’s lost their trust, the youth voters won’t be returning.

This Washington Times article indicates that Democrats know they’re in trouble:

Democratic leaders are girding for a political war over the health care overhaul heading in to this year’s midterm elections, preparing strategies and raising funds to fend off attacks by Republicans eager to capitalize on voter discontent.

Analysts from both parties predict the sweeping impact of the proposed health care changes, which will affect every American, to be the overriding issue, with the strongest and most personal impact in 2010.

Democratic leaders acknowledged this week in last-minute party fundraising appeals that they expect Republicans to come out with both guns blazing in pursuit of major gains in the House and Senate.

“They will spend the next 11 months spinning our health care victory into a weapon and hitting us with it. We might have the momentum now, but we must show the GOP and the pundits that we can sustain it until the 2010 elections,” said Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

“Now that they lost this battle, they will be focusing their fight, and their millions and millions of dollars, on defeating us,” he said.

Sen. Menendez’s statement about Republicans spinning the Democrats’ “health care victory” is itself spin. The American people HATE the Democrats’ plan. They’re frothing at the mouth angry about the policies and they’re more upset that the Democrats aren’t listening to them on health care.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned watching politics, it’s that money is largely irrelevant when people are this viscerally upset about an issue.

Mr. Rosenthal will find out quickly that it’s one thing to have voters disagree with this or that policy but that it’s far worse when don’t trust a political party. When the trust is betrayed, elections go very, very badly.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

The first thought that crossed my mind when I read the opening paragraphs of Kevin Drum’s article in Mother Jones magazine was that he’s utterly clueless. Here’s what I’m basing that opinion off of:

But I’m going to repeat what I said over the weekend: the Feiler Faster thesis is largely true, and healthcare will be mostly forgotten within a few months. This bill affects a relatively small number of people; the people who are affected are almost all benefitting from it; and nothing much is going to happen until 2014 anyway. The tea partiers will stay mad, but they weren’t going to vote for Democrats in 2010 regardless. Moderates and independents, I think, will end up voting on other issues.

Health care will still be fresh in people’s minds a year from now because of its pocketbook impact but also because it’s a reminder of a bigger animating factor, specifically, that Democrats didn’t listen to We The People. This health care debate has highlighted several things, none of which help the Democrats.

First, the policy debate hurt Democrats deeply. People quickly grasped that the Democrats’ legislation was junk. People quickly understood that this was about a huge power grab; in fact, it was the biggest power grab in a generation. It was also a vehicle for increasing taxes, something that the Democrats are genetically predisposed to doing.

Secondly, the townhalls exposed the fact that Democrats didn’t know what was in their legislation. If this legislation is signed into law, insurance premiums will jump. Every time that a person opens their paycheck, they’ll remember the Democrats jamming their legislation down our throats. They’ll see their paychecks not stretch as far, which will fire the people up.

It’ll be like when a person opens up their 401(k). They’ll remember that things aren’t going well. They’ll want to blame someone and since the Democrats are the face of Washington, that’s who’ll get blamed. ALOT.

Rest assured that I’ll use this blog to remind people that the Democrats ignored them on the biggest issues of the day. I’ll use this blog to remind people that the Democrats put ideology ahead of ideas and politics ahead of people. I’ll use this blog to remind people that the Democrats’ first priority was to pass the Holy Grail of their political movement despite the fact that their Holy Grail has ruined the health care systems in countries across the world.

Mr. Drum, welcome to the revolution.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative