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Jesse Helms Remembered

Posted by Ryan on July 7, 2008

It was very difficult writing any post that would push down Catherine Bell from front-and-center, but Marc Thiessen writes an informative piece today putting the late Conservative icon, North Carolinian Senator Jesse Helms (1921-2008), into a meaningful and positive historical context.  He was a Conservative before it was popular even amongst Republicans, and was sometimes the only vote for or against certain issues. 

I remember back in the 1990s, how Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond were incessantly used by the Left as examples about how racist and intolerant Republicans are (no mention from the Left about their hero, Robert Byrd, the current Senate Pro-temp and only member of Congress who used to actively recruit for the Ku Klux Klan!).  

I miss those days when the Republicans were in charge of Congress and the old guys like Jesse Helms were keeping it real, getting bipartisan support on many conservative issues, allowing wiggle room for the Republican leadership back then.  In the 1980s, he even criticized Reagan about adjusting taxes upward on occasion.  That’s hard-core… and poetic that he died on the Fourth of July!  Jesse Helm’s unabashed conservatism will be missed, as it is being less and less observed in DC these days. 

UNC pic.

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Happy 232nd Birthday America!!!

Posted by Ryan on July 4, 2008

Today is the Fourth of July, America’s official birthday since 1776 (actually, the Founding Generation initially celebrated our birthday on June 14th, “Flag Day,” until the war effort improved.  I like the change)! 

So from all of us here at AOR, have an All-American great day of BBQ, good beer, fun with family and friends, and of course the fireworks!  Even if you’re not an American, getting full and blurry on good food and booze is worthy of celebration anywhere… it’s got to be five o’clock somewhere!

Pic from T-Shirt Watch.

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Christian Conservatives Mull McCain

Posted by Ryan on July 3, 2008

Finally some good news for McCain on the conservative front.  Seeing as the choice in this year’s election is one between “meh” and “Oh God, NO!” a group of about 100 Christian Conservative leaders will support “meh”. 

Eventually, some Christian conservatives will come out to vote for McCain, but I still feel that voting for a candidate draws more enthusiasm and turnout than voting against becoming an Obama Nation.  For McCain’s part, his campaign didn’t bother sending anyone to this potentially important meeting.  Even though the recent string of Obama speeches, gaffes by surrogates like Clark, and the recent slate of Supreme Court decisions have made me a bit more jazzed about defeating Obama, I can’t get truly excited about this McCain.  I think the message out of the Christian conservative meeting was pretty much the same.

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Wasting Money Telling People About Cleaning up After the Wasted

Posted by Mike on July 1, 2008

One thing that bothers me even more than wasteful government programs is the way government often wastes money advertising wasteful government programs. Actually, what really bothers me is being caught off guard by a photo of an oversized vomiting sea cow. Thankfully this masterpiece advertising the fact that government will clean up your puddle of yack was funded by our British friends’ hard earned tax funds and not ours. Small comfort to those of us who, um, enjoyed that photo for free.

On a lighter note, if there is any truth to what was implied by today’s rumor, then this hag would be one heck of a step up for Alex Rodriguez.

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A Fine Lieutenant Would Own General Wesley Clark

Posted by Mike on July 1, 2008

Earlier today, I read Rush Limbaugh’s suggestion to the McCain campaign of how to rebut Weasel Wesley Clark’s bizarre claim that John McCain’s military experience is irrelevant to the Presidency. The gist of Limbaugh’s suggestion was that McCain should simply fight back. My first reaction was that McCain should not get into a spat with a failed General like Clark, but should leave the scathing rebuttals to his surrogates. That way, Obama and his minions could be exposed as the scum they are, and McCain could stay focused on Obama. Thinking about how this would play out led to my second reaction: the Republican Party sadly doesn’t have any effective surrogates.

As expected, this fact is not lost on Limbaugh. Earlier today, Limbaugh praised Bob Dole for jumping into the fray to defend McCain and then bemoaned the fact that Dole is probably our party’s most effective spokesman. This is probably true, although it should be noted that Haley Barbour has always been an effective surrogate. As the successful Governor of Mississippi who was praised for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina without being blamed for the weather event, Barbour could also be much more than an effective surrogate. Although he isn’t my first choice, Haley Barbour would make an excellent running mate for McCain.

With an effective communicator at the bottom of the ticket to respond to Democrats crawling out from underneath their rocks, McCain could probably increase the stature gap over Obama. In the meantime, I hope the Anchoress is right when it comes to Clark:

Happily for McCain, the Obama team and their supporters keep popping up (daily, it seems) talking about John McCain and telling him to stop talking about his military service. They seem not to realize that doing this serves to remind voters that McCain is a real war hero with command experience and 21 years in the senate, and that Barack Obama…is not.

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Real Progress in Iraq

Posted by Ryan on July 1, 2008

A dismal report from the AP suggests that Iraq has slowly, ploddingly, and grudgingly met 15 of 18 important “benchmarks” as of May 2008.  From the tone of the story, one might think that something bad happened!  But no, in fact, slow but measurable progress is being made despite the Left’s efforts to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with every negatively spun story they can throw at the public.  I wonder if Detroit could meet the same benchmarks in the same timespan?

Also, one can tell that Iraq has turned the corner by simply noticing the media coverage of Afghanistan — as Coalition fatalities in Afghanistan surpassed those in Iraq for the month of June 46 to 31 respectively.  The Taliban’s “resilient insurgency” is a persistent scourge plaguing the war effort.  Sure.  It’s summer.  It’s warm enough to fight, so they fight.  The Taliban did the same thing last summer.  Yet, the MSM drum beat remains turned to defeatism, so without enough defeat in Iraq, they’re focusing more on defeat in Afghanistan.  Whatever it takes to ensure Bush loses something militarily while he was in office!

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