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David Cameron’s First Year

Posted by Mike on December 4, 2006

David Cameron is receiving mixed reviews one year into his stint as leader of the British Conservative party. The good news for Mr. Cameron is that for the first time in a decade, his party has a legitimate chance of winning the next election. However, despite his party’s improved political position, Cameron is having trouble keeping his own party’s voters on board. A recent focus group of swing voters conducted by Frank Luntz highlights Cameron’s standing.

In my opinion, evaluating Cameron begs the question: At what price is victory no longer worth it? If politics is nothing but a team sport, Cameron’s new direction is definitely worth it. However, if the goal of politics is to propose and implement policies conservatives agree with, then a Cameron-led government implementing left-wing policies is probably worthless. The answer to that question is ultimately up to our British friends. At this point, it appears that conservative voters recognize the price tag that comes with this kind of victory. Luntz’s focus group uncovered the dynamic Cameron faces:

Something stark is becoming apparent: Cameron is inspiring the most admiration among those who usually tend towards Labour, the Lib Dems or minority parties or who didn’t vote at the last election. He provokes the most critical comments from those who most frequently vote Tory.

When asked whether Cameron should remain party leader, the group came up with an interesting answer.

Nevertheless 13 say they want him to remain leader of the party, with only three saying they want a change (they are the more Tory leaning of the group and their preferred candidate is William Hague)

Hopefully this is the first sign that my prediction is coming true.

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The NFL at Week 13

Posted by Ryan on December 4, 2006

It’s been a while since the last NFL-related post, so I thought I’d offer a few opinions.  For full disclosure, I am a New England Patriots fan and I hope they beat everyone that they play.  However, with another 28-21 squeaker against the Lions (of all teams!), it’ll be an on-the-road playoff run.

That being said, the San Diego Chargers are on a six-game winning streak that has them tied for an AFC-best 10-2 record.  The press, especially ESPN, puts the Chargers in any top five or six, but the talk always seems to be about Indianapolis, Chicago, Ben Roethlisburger, Carson Palmer, the latest Giants fiasco, etc.   This reminds me of the Patriots’ slow but steady winning creep through the season and to Super Bowl XXXVIII.  Yeah, Tom Brady was good, but it was Indy’s year (have I heard that before? hmm…) and Manning’s coronation to Super Bowl glory was in full force.  Point being: no one was talking about the Pats getting too far into the playoffs, just like few are noticing San Diego getting too far either.  They’ll get to the playoffs, but it’s Manning’s year, right?

Also: Watch out for those Jets who could very well end up 11-5 and a scrappy play-off team.  And who really cares about JV, right?  Half the NFC playoff picture will be 8-8.  Chicago seems decent. The Cowboys look good, but I can’t root for a T.O. team beyond a week-to-week match-up.  Yet, I’d love to see the Saints (formerly the “Ain’ts”) do something too.

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Sad day for America

Posted by Sal on December 4, 2006

U.N. Ambassador John Bolton submitted his resignation today, due to the fact that his recess appointment ends in January, and his nomination shows little sign of passage in the Senate (thanks to Lincoln Chaffee). 

It is very unfortunate as Bolton was strategically and quietly working on reforms within the U.N., and now that work is unfinished.  It’s a sad day for America and American politics that a man of his credentials and talent was taken down in such a manner. 

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Novak Political Tidbits

Posted by Sal on December 4, 2006

Robert Novak often has many political tidbits of information that cannot be found anywhere else.  I came across his column this morning, and each item piqued my interest.  The full column can be found here.  To summarize: 

  • Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is shortening the time of Senate recesses to one week, in hopes of curtailing recess appointments of judges.  This could spark a revolt from Senators to have their breaks cut short. 
  • Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is trying to tell Republicans who their ranking member should be.  Republicans have appointed Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA), rated as the 17th most conservative member of the house and to the right of people like Mike Pence and John Shaddigg.  Frank wants the less senior and moderate Rep. Spencer Bauchus (R-AL), rated # 78 in Conservatism.  So Frank now wants to tell the Republicans what to do.  The Republicans would be well advised to laugh at him for this. 
  • Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keeting is considering a Presidential bid to try to fill the void of the clear Conservative candidate left by George Allen. 
  • The Republican Study Committee, which is the Conservative Caucus of the House Republicans, is having a leadership battle.  A Conservative Reformer Rep. Jeff Hensarling (R-TX) is being challenged by a pork-barrel spender Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS).  The Republicans need to ensure strong leadership that can control spending and should not, under any circumstances, have a pork-barrel proponent in its Conservative leadership post. 
  • “Emily’s List”, a radical pro-abortion lobby which supports female candidates for office who are unabashedly pro-abortion, had targeted 19 Republican districts for pickups and spent $1.5 million.  They won only two, and those were in problem Republican districts.  In a year inherently favorable to Democrats, it shows that the Pro-Abortion line does not win elections. 

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