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General Pace May Run

Posted by Mike on October 4, 2007

National Review asked him to do it. The Washington Post is reporting he might actually go for it. If he jumps in, he’d probably win it. Rumor has it that retired Marine General Peter Pace is considering a run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Virginia. After the recent string of retirements and foot tapping coming from the Senate GOP, this may be the piece of good news conservatives have been itching for.

Right now the names circulating as possible Republican candidates in Virginia are Rep. Tom Davis, former Governor Jim Gilmore, and Rep. Eric Cantor. Unfortunately, Davis is a moderate Republican with a knack for grandstanding, Gilmore is as exciting as Sam Brownback, and Cantor hasn’t shown any interest.

General Pace would make an interesting candidate. He is an articulate conservative with solid military credentials. He isn’t running yet, but if he does, it will be the first piece of good news on the Senate front since Corker survived 2006.

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1 in 5 Democrats a Fan of Defeat in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on October 4, 2007

According to a new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll, 19% of Democrats say that the world would be better off if America lost the Iraq War.  Only 5% of Republicans feel that way.  73% of the American people in the poll disagree with what ostensibly amounts to the opinion of 1 in 5 Democrats.  The poll sampled 900 registered voters on September 25-26, with a 3% margin of error.

Does this come as a surprise to anyone?  Nearly all the anti-war talk comes from the Left, all the mixed messages and blatant ridicule of our troops comes from the Left too.  Many of them believe that American power is what’s wrong with the world and love dwelling in the poor-me guilt trip morass.  On the Right, you get the Ron Paul fringe, but mostly those who support victory and doing what it takes to endure long enough to ensure American victory.  What actually depresses me about this poll is that although a vast majority (73%) agree with the mainstream Republican point of view, the Democrats are still beating Republicans in these early head-to-head national polls.  If the Republican machine cannot get out there and spread the message and make contrasts effectively, we’re doomed next year.  It’s already going to be an uphill battle historically, but if the Dems are taken seriously on national security, we’re all in deep trouble.

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Domenici Bails On Us

Posted by Mike on October 4, 2007

Well, I don’t really mean that.  Pete Domenici has served his country well as the U.S. Senator from New Mexico since 1973.  It’s just a shame that he isn’t running for re-election next year, especially since New Mexico is one of our purplest states.  The outcome of that election is anything but certain, but the seat will be a ripe target for the Democrat Party.

I’ll post more when I have more info on the possible contenders.  In the meantime, just consider this as bad news.

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Larry Craig Not Flushed Yet

Posted by Ryan on October 4, 2007

I’m about to wreck on a solid-voting Republican Senator from a really Red state. 

Here goes:  Larry Craig is a bumbling selfish rube for putting his own sense of entitlement and power over the good of his party and the conservative movement in general.  Just today, a judge denied Craig’s attempt to withdraw his guilty plea for that lewd bathroom activity back in June, saying that the “conviction is supported by the evidence.”  Enough said.  Goodbye Senator. 

Wait one minute!  Craig has decided to renege on his promise to resign from the Senate, opening the door for the Democrats to use him as an example of Republican scandal and hypocracy throughout the 2008 campaign.  Great.  I hope the Senate Ethics Committee deals with him in some kind of way, and along with the party, push him out the door quickly and loudly.  This has nothing to do with his record, his political philosophy, but you know what? all that means nothing now!  He’s an indecent joke (the video is funny, not extreme, but makes the point) that drags his party down with him every day he’s still in office.  Idaho would be a safe Republican seat next year if Craig would just get out of the way.  He’s not, so I have no sympathy for him if he falls further into disrepute, or any sympathy for the party if it doesn’t deal with him harshly and experiences the inevitable political fallout.

Pic from the Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney.

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