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Fox News Republican Debate

Posted by Mike on October 21, 2007

The following is this undecided conservative’s take on tonight’s Republican debate.

There were two winners tonight: Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson.

Tonight’s Winners:

Rudy Giuliani was one of tonight’s two winners. Once again, he demonstrated that he understands the dangers of the world in which we live. This was especially clear in his answer on the issue of Iran when he compared the relative worldviews of today’s liberals and conservatives with the differing perspectives of Jimmy Cater and Ronald Reagan 27 years ago. He noted that the former’s worldview led to the 400 plus day hostage crisis whereas the latter’s worldview led to the hostages’ release within an hour. Now that’s a legitmate analogy Barack.

Giuliani was also impressive when it was his turn to whack what would literally be the world’s largest pinata, She Who Must Not Be Named. At one point, the Mayor quoted SWMNBN as saying “I have a million ideas.  America can’t afford them all.”  Rudy’s response to the quote: “America cannot afford you.” This showed Republicans across the country that he is capable of challenging the witch in a humorous way. That would be key in a general election. Giuliani would be a formidable candidate.

Fred Thompson was tonight’s other winner. In fact, his words told me that of those running (with the possible exception of Duncan Hunter), he would be the best President of the United States. His answer to the tort reform question spoke volumes. According to Thompson, he supported tort reform at the federal level but was reluctant to do so on traditional state-level torts. This showed me that Thompson has a clear appreciation of our Constitutional framework.

Because Thompson understands that it is not a President’s or a Senator’s job to address state-level issues, it is almost certain that he understands how judges should view their Constitutional roles. If Thompson were to become President and a Supreme Court vacancy were to arise, that would mean a Thompson nominee would join Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito on the Supreme Court. If that happens, kiss Roe goodbye. The question remaining is whether he can defeat SWMNBN.

With regard to electability, Thompson helped himself tonight when he directly addressed a major concern regarding his candidacy, the perception that he is lazy. Listing his lifetime of accomplishments and the fact that such an old guy could have such young children showed a self-deprecating sense of humor that would come across even more impressively when contrasted a witch’s cackle. Moreover, who doesn’t love a good fat joke at the expense of Ted Kennedy?

Now that you have my take on the winners, I’ll give you my thoughts on the rest of the field.

The Other Top-Tier Candidates:

Mitt Romney: He was a little off tonight but he wasn’t bad. Romney is very talented at changing the subject when his weaknesses come up. As Duncan Hunter pointed out, Romney’s health care plan contains more mandates than most conservatives would tolerate. Romney responded by claiming the plan was a product of compromise with a Democrat legislature. He couched his answer in terms of problem-solving, which would be a very effective strategy in a general election context, especially against a . . . less than appealing female opponent.

Mike Huckabee: Once again, he had the best one-liner of the night when he talked about how hippies would line up in support of more private health plans once they found out about the free drugs. On a more serious note, he gave himself credit for being funny before delivering a great mini-speech about how there would be nothing funny about a SWMNBN Presidency. Finally, no one is stronger on defending the sanctity of human life.

John McCain: I hate saying this, but he is Bob Dole. Honorable does not even begin to describe John McCain, but I don’t think he should be our nominee. He is weak on too many issues and would be the old guy who would lose to SWMNBN. I loved his jab at Putin though, and his support of missile defense is commendable. This could be a future Secretary of Defense.

The Lower Tier:

These candidates did not get the attention they should have. If a candidate isn’t worthy enough to be spoken to, then they aren’t worthy enough to be invited. They were there however, so I’ll comment.

Ron Paul: This video pretty much sums up his performance.

Tom Tancredo: He was solid on illegal immigration once called upon, and his jabs at Michael Moore were appreciated.

Duncan Hunter: His detailed knowledge of military matters would serve him well in the role of Vice President. It would also serve our party well in a VP debate against whatever empty suit SWMNBN puts on her ticket.

With the exception of Ron Paul, any of the candidates on that stage would be superior to anything the Democrats have to offer. The question in the primary is which candidate has the right combination of conservatism and electability to carry our banner next year? I am still undecided but am closer to making my decision. I’ll let you know when I do.

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Republican Victory Strategy

Posted by Sal on October 21, 2007

In what is supposed to be bad times for Republicans, there are a few bright spots.  In Louisiana this week, Rep. Bobby Jindal (R) defeated 11 other candidates and won the Governorship with 53% of the vote.  Louisiana requires that candidates for office receive a majority in an open election;  if a majority is not received, a run-off would have occured between the top two candidates.  In this case, Jindal won a decisive victory that shows that a clear Conservative message when paird against the incompetence of Democratic Leadership (in this case, Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who next to Mayor Ray “School Bus” Negan, was the person most responsible for what was the debacle that was the aftermath of hurricane Katrina).  Jindal, 36, and the son of Indian immigrants, is certainly someone to watch in years to come in the Republican Party. 

Republicans across the country should take this model into account.  The Democrat congress has literally done nothing (thank God), Pelosi and Reid are complete disasters, and the Democrat field of Presidential candidates are nothing to brag about.  The only thing stopping the Republicans from sweeping 2008 are the Republicans.  They are acting like scared children, trying again to coddle the media and not appear “mean” (see the whole S-CHIP fiasco where enough Republicans supported the bill to make it veto-proof in the Senate, and almost so in the House).  Republicans need to grow a spine and run as Conservatives and against Democrat incompetence.  With that strategy, the Republican party nationally will have the same success as the Jindal in Louisiana. 

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Romney Wins Values Voters Straw Poll

Posted by Mike on October 21, 2007

Even before the voting began, most outlets reported with surprise the fact that Mitt Romney was well received at the recent Values Voters Summit. This surprise was compounded when Romney won the straw poll held by the largely evangelical Christian group. Unfortunately, the media’s bewilderment over Romney’s success stems from a bigoted conventional wisdom that evangelical Christians would be reluctant to support a candidate who happens to be Mormon. Of course the conventional wisdom is no reflection on Christians. It is a reflection of the modern left’s bigotry against people of faith.

Liberal bigotry against evangelical Christians reared its ugly head in 2004 when the Kerry campaign honestly believed that evangelical Christians would stay home if they knew that Vice President Cheney has a daughter who happens to be a lesbian. Of course, southern Christians are not the bigots the Kerry campaign thought they were and actually turned out in record numbers to vote against the Democrat ticket. Unfortunately, the left did not learn its lesson in 2004 and continues to view southern religious conservatives as uneducated bigots who will refuse to support someone who is a little different. Once again, this view misses the mark.

Romney’s potential problem with evangelical Christians is his late conversion to the pro-life cause, not his faith. The Mormon religion believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, and opposes abortion, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, and alcohol consumption. I can think of one group who has a problem with these beliefs and it isn’t evangelical Christians.

What is shocking is the media’s belief that they could turn one group of religious conservatives against another by repeating the fact that the candidate is a Mormon. If anything, the more evangelicals listen to Romney and actually discover that the Mormon faith is compatible with other branches of Christianity, the candidate’s support among this group may continue to expand. Romney’s growing support among the evangelical community is just further evidence that Mormonism is not Romney’s problem. The left is simply projecting their own bigotry.

Posted in Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics, Religion | 4 Comments »

PKK, Turkey Ready for War

Posted by Ryan on October 21, 2007

The separatist Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) have wanted an independent Kurdistan and special rights for Kurds in neighboring Turkey for quite a long time.  However, cross-border raids into Turkey, killing Turkish soldiers and civilians is a great way to get yourself into a war you can’t win. 

That’s just what may be happening. 

So, where does the US play in all of this?  The Iraqi government would have a hard time dealing with cross-border attacks by Turkey, which would further strain our relations with Turkey, who America needs for fuel and transportation, including their airspace.  Turkey is a member of NATO, so that complicates things too.  The Kurds in general trade with and tend to be minimally diplomatic with Turkey, but the PKK is a Kurdish group performing acts of terror and intimidation in retaliation for they believe has been Turkish oppression of the Kurdish minority in that region, a region that they think should be part of Kurdistan. 

So, are the PKK freedom fighters or terrorists?  Bombing a Turkish wedding party certainly doesn’t sound like the actions of freedom fighters.  I can’t say Turkey’s wrong here.  If “reconquista” bandits from Mexico came over and shot up some places or planted roadside bombs in our border towns, what would we do?  Heck, I support following the IRG into Iran and attacking their support bases while we’re there.  But, I also would like to see a different outcome here if possible.  Iraq is in a very vulnerable place right now and anything like this could destabilize it further, which is not the headache that America needs right now.

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