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I Knew I Liked “24”

Posted by Ryan on February 9, 2007

Joel Surnow, the co-creator and executive producer of the totally awesome Fox TV show 24 is a neat guy.  Aside from being an integral part of a spectacular show deep into its sixth hit season, he’s a conservative, too!  Here are some points from this article in the New Yorker:

  • On Ronald the Great: He loved Ronald Reagan’s “strength”  He also added that he “can hardly think of him without breaking into tears.”
  • On Clinton: “He was the yuppie, baby-boomer narcissist that all of Hollywood related to.”
  • He supported Rick Santorum last year with a $2000 donation.
  • He is a good friend of Rush Limbaugh and has entertained the idea spawned by his friendship with Ann Coulter to do a pro-McCarthy response piece on Good Night and Good Luck.
  • On liberals: “My feeling is that liberals’ ideas are wrong.”
  • His favorite bumper sticker: “Except for ending Slavery, Fascism, Nazism & Communism, War has Never Solved Anything.”

Though he’s got some odd quirks and is an isolationist on foreign policy, I think I like this guy, especially since liberal groups all over the country are screaming that the show somehow romanticizes torture blah blah blah.  My take is that if it didn’t hit a nerve, it wouldn’t be so popular.

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Progress on the Abortion Issue

Posted by Mike on February 9, 2007

Pardon My English has linked to a story regarding a Texas criminal who has been sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend and their unborn child. PME points out that 36 states now include the unborn in their definition of the word “person.” It is clear the unborn are slowly gaining more protection.

The significance of these laws cannot be understated. Increasing legal recognition of the unborn as human beings is in conformity with the heightened awareness of the reality uncovered by modern science. Technological advances like sonograms and pre-natal surgery have eliminated any doubt that the organism inside the womb is a human life.  Fortunately, the law is catching up with science.

Unfortunately, with a closely-divided Supreme Court “balanced” by Justice Kennedy, these kinds of laws are in a precarious position. The election of She Who Must Not Be Named or some other like-minded Democrat would likely lead to the replacement of aging Justices Stevens and Ginsberg with liberals as obnoxious as Breyer and as young as Roberts. One “voting bloc” on the court could be solidified as a direct result of the next Presidential election. For this reason, it is crucial to elect a Republican next time around, preferably one committed to the Constitution.

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The Giuliani Factor

Posted by Sal on February 9, 2007

One interesting dynamic in this upcoming Presidential election is that of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Conservative talk-show host Mark Belling was guest-hosting on The Rush Limbaugh Show this afternoon, and he spent much time discussing the quandary that Rudy’s candidacy presents Conservatives.  On the one hand, Rudy has the Presidential feel.  He has the gift of communication that propelled a relative-conservative to two unprecedented terms as Mayor in one of the more liberal cities in the nation.  He has the courage of his convictions, and cannot really be accused of flip-flopping on any position (a current knock against former Gov. Mitt Romney).  He is conservative on many issues, from the War on Terror, to fiscal issues, to crime issues, and so on.  He would drive the liberals crazy, because he has that basic gift of being able to speak directly to the people about his ideas, and explain why certain policies work while others don’t.  He is also an incredible executive and administrator, consistently achieving results (as in New York City’s War on Crime and its economic renaissance) and is able to effectively handle any crisis thrown at him (as in his strong leadership shown on 9/11).  All other things being equal, Giuliani would run away with the nomination, and probably easily capture the White House. 

There is one problem, however, and it’s a big one.  Giuliani’s position on abortion is abhorrent to most conservatives.  Conservatives are generally (although not exclusively) pro-life, and committedly so.  It is an important, if not critical issue in the minds of a significant portion of the Republican base (myself included).  True, Rudy is liberal on other social issues, but most of them Conservatives would be willing to stomach; abortion is a different matter because of the view held by many that it is truly the taking of an innocent human life. 

To help alleviate those fears, Giuliani has lately been talking about side issues important to Conservative voters, and to committed pro-lifers.  It would be very hard and not believable for Rudy to switch his position at this point, so he appears to be taking a different tack.  Earlier this week, Giuliani spoke on Hannity and Colmes on the types of judges that he would appoint to the Federal Judiciary: 

I think the appointment of judges that I would make would be very similar to, if not exactly the same as, the last two judges that were appointed.  If I had been president over the last four years, I can’t think of any, you know, that I’d do anything different with that.  I would appoint judges that interpreted the Constitution rather than invented it, understood the difference between being a judge and being a legislator.  I do think you have sort of a general philosophical approach that you want from a justice, and I think a strict constructionist would be probably the way I’d describe it.

There are also rumblings that Rudy might take the position that he supports abortion but opposes Roe V. Wade as unconstitutional, and thinks it’s a question that the states should decide.  Would either of these views be enough to convince social conservatives that he is the right man for the job?  If he were nominated, would a third party candidate rise that would virtually guarantee the election of a Democrat president? 

As for myself, I do know that if Rudy were nominated, I’d vote for him in a heartbeat.  No matter what his stand on abortion, he is far superior than She-who-must-not-be-named, Obama, Edwards, or anyone else that the Democrats can throw out there.  Would I vote for him in a primary?  My gut tells me no, because of his stance on life.  It is unfortunate, however, as he is the only candidate currently in the field who inspires excitement and could convincingly advance the cause of limited government, as well as effectively rally the American people around prosecuting the War on Terror. 

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Hey Iran

Posted by Mike on February 9, 2007

And you are within ours.

Link via Drudge

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