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Archive for January 21st, 2008

Quick! Drop The House!

Posted by Mike on January 21, 2008

Tonight’s Democrat debate televised on one of their party’s cable channels was actually worth watching because what Rush calls the Uncivil War is heating up. It also serves to remind people that She Who Must Not Be Named is quite . . . um . . . unappealing . . . yeah, unappealing, when she feels threatened. Watching this tells me that whatever moderate our party eventually nominates will be in much better shape than the media would like everyone to believe.

Video via Hot Air

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Obama’s Candor

Posted by Mike on January 21, 2008

Barack Obama has once again shown the world that he is the most honest of the three Democrat frontrunners when he essentially admitted that Republicans were right all along.

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No Second Choice

Posted by Mike on January 21, 2008

With Fred Thompson placing a distant third in the South Carolina primary, it’s a good bet that the man who was the only viable conservative in the race will drop out tomorrow. Even if Thompson decides to stay in the race, his chances of winning the nomination are even lower than they were before Palmetto State spoke. This being the case, many conservatives are now openly wondering who Thompson backers will support. Here are my thoughts.

This year is the third contested Republican primary in my adult lifetime. As was the case in 1996 and 2000, my first choice did not win the nomination. In those years, I easily moved on to a fairly conservative second choice (both of whom were nominated) before the outcome was known. Those of you who know me personally or have read this site for a while know that I will not support Rudy Giuliani in the primary because he is pro-choice. You also know that I do not support Mike Huckabee because of his big government, tax-increasing record. If I were to have a second choice this year, it would be either Mitt Romney or John McCain. Unfortunately I cannot choose either, not in a primary.

My aversion to John McCain should be obvious. His McCain-Feingold bill (Fred’s biggest mistake BTW, thankfully he reversed himself on the most offensive parts of it) showed a disrespect for the First Amendment and by extension the Constitution itself. His McCain-Kennedy bill is nothing short of rewarding people for the illegal behavior, which by most accounts is indeed amnesty. He opposed the Bush tax cuts, not because of his belief in spending cuts as he now claims, but because they benefited the wealthy. (I’ve never been hired by a poor person but that’s McCain’s logic, not mine.) McCain is right on many issues however, and is therefore preferable to She Who Must Not Be Named and Barack Obama, but it is a stretch to call him a conservative. My problem with Romney requires a post of its own to be fully explained, so I’ll hold off for now.

Because there is no conservative to fall back on this year, I will continue to support Fred Thompson until he drops out. For now, I hope Thompson stays in the race. There is another debate coming up and his rivals and the voters need to see and hear what conservatism is about. For some reason, Thompson is still registering in post-SC polling in the Sunshine State. This could, if nothing else, block Huckabee from breaking through. Finally, there is the 1976 model; stranger things have happened.

Once Fred does drop out, I will become sort of a Republican Switzerland, neutral until the nominee is chosen. Despite my negative thoughts on this year’s field, I will support the Republican nominee in November because that person will at least advance conservatism on some issues. Even Mitt Romney would at least look at a poll every now and then and realize that tax hikes are unpopular.

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Worldwide Market Panic

Posted by Ryan on January 21, 2008

American economic woes drove world markets down considerably today, making today the worst worldwide market plunge since 9/11! 

They’re even calling it “Black Monday” in London, as the FTSE (“footsie” as they say), lost 5.5% before recovering to a 4.3% loss by day’s end.  London markets haven’t had a worse January since 1936.  The drop is being fueled by speculation that President Bush’s plan won’t be enough to help the ailing US economy.

Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Brazil, Europe, and Canada were all off by big percentages today and the ripple is apt to hit American markets tomorrow, which are currently taking a breather for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  India was apparently hardest hit and China took a sizable hit (they aren’t used to that).

Hopefully, some good news that oil is testing $90 a barrel and that a stimulus package is likely to be addressed quickly should slow the bleeding.

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