Posted by Ryan on September 4, 2008
Last night’s Republican line-up was awesome! When Republicans fight back and articulate our basic winning principles in such a fashion as last night, we’re very hard to beat. After 9pm EDT the activities began in earnest:
Mitt Romney’s speech was pretty good. I thought he started slow but really gained momentum when he articulated conservative principles in his call to “throw out the liberal government in Washington” saying “Republicans prefer straight talk to politically correct talk.”
Mike Huckabee’s speech, however, was excellent. Huckabee had many great lines including: “I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me.” He went on to tell a story about a teacher giving a lesson about the importance of veteran’s sacrifices in the service of our country. It was great speech-making and hit home.
At 10pm EDT Rudy Giuliani showed up and ripped the Dems a new one! It was absolutely awesome, with so many good points, I can’t write them all here! In my opinion, the line which may be one of the strongest to undecideds was about reading the resume of the two candidates for President while blanking out their names and parties. It’s not even close who should be President. Giuliani also filled the speech with tons of red meat, tearing Obama limb from limb!
Then came Sarah Palin.
Actually, her speech was similar to her first speech last Friday, but the stage was completely different: so big, so important, everyone watching. With only six networks showing Sarah Palin’s speech at about 10:30pm (compared to Obama’s 10), she still managed to pull 37 million viewers (just 1.1 million short of The One’s speech). Good thing, too, she knocked this one out of the park and the MSM doesn’t know what to do with itself! From suggesting that she didn’t write her speech, to that she shares nothing but a chromosome with She Who Must Not Be Named and so forth, the Dems and their campaign wing, the Mainstream Media, are completely miffed and grasping at straws that will come back to bite them.
The energy was electric and the moment historic. Even the adorable little Piper Palin, Sarah’s youngest daughter, waving at her mom and the crowd with the excitement of a seven-year-old who’s never seen so many people clapping for her Mom, was perfect.
10 out of 10 as far as I’m concerned.
If I were Barack Obama, I’d be a worried today. Very worried.
Posted in Blogroll, Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, MSM, Piper Palin, RNC, Rudy Giuliani, Sarah Palin | 2 Comments »
Posted by Ryan on August 25, 2008
Let me explain.
Sarah Palin’s been the flavor of the week because she’s conservative, female, and a new face on the scene. But what has she really accomplished of significance with national or regional implications that makes her qualified to be one heart-beat away from being President? What aid does Alaska’s Governor give the national ticket strategically? Dick Cheney was from Wyoming, yes, but he had decades of real national security experience before being Veep. Most people vote top-of-the-ticket anyway and I don’t think she’s the best one for this election cycle, though.
Throughout the primaries this year I’ve been pragmatically (though not always philosophically) behind Mitt Romney because he is positioned well with money and notoriety as the one who would have been #2 behind McCain in the primaries had he stayed in the race, while being able to articulate ideas superbly. He’s not without faults or a faux-pas or two. Yet, with all that he was “conservative enough” to me given our realistic choices this year. Some people will simply never vote for a ticket which carries a Mormon on it, and others think he’s either too “squeaky clean” or too “used-car salesman” for their support. Yet, he is McCain’s most likely pick: he’ll appease a good number of conservatives and shore up protection against those who attack McCain’s own shaky statements on the economy. I’d support the ticket — it’s not a bad pick…
But it’s ultimately not the best pick in my view.
John Kasich’s superlatives have been well-documented by Mike below so I will not stray into Mike’s territory too much; only to say that I agree that Kasich nearly guarantees Ohio while solidifying Pennsyltucky for McCain. Kasich has no real enemies or controversies and also left Congress on the top of his game. I also agree that his down-home nature will cream O’Biden in the Veep debate and on the stump. Furthermore, he would make a fine President if the need arose and will strengthen the ticket being young, articulate, strategically important and very bright (“bright” as in quite smart, not as in Obama-holy-halo shine “bright”).
Thusly, because John Kasich is a conservative with a mainstream likability which will add votes, not subtract them like the odds-on favorite Mitt Romney, I concur with Mike and endorse John Kasich for the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nomination.
Posted in economy, Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kasich, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mormons, Ohio, Pennsyltucky, Veepstakes | 6 Comments »
Posted by Ryan on August 23, 2008
The McCain campaign has an honest to goodness War Room up and running, of which I am very impressed. Here’s an ad released by the McCain campaign as it was becoming evident that Joe Biden would be Obama’s running mate. It’s Joe Biden on Barack Obama:
Those pesky debates are certainly going to haunt Obama time and again. Now it’s up to McCain to pick a good Veep candidate. Aside from the obvious potential Romney pick many are speaking about, some are thinking that McCain picking a conservative woman would be perfect to not just appease conservatives but gather a big piece of the female vote, which is so critical for any Democrat to carry if they want to win. Romney has attacked McCain before (on the economy) and ads similar to the one above will undoubtedly be run during the Republican National Convention against the Republian ticket.
Just throwing it out there but Kay Bailey Hutchinson has a 91% American Conservative Union voting record, and a 90% rating from Americans for Tax Reform. She’s articulate, an experienced and popular third-term Senator, and a Southerner. Her problem is immigration reform, but then again, that’s one of McCain’s problems too.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mitt Romney, Republican National Convention, Veepstakes, War Room | 3 Comments »
Posted by Ryan on July 16, 2008
Although Mitt Romney is refusing to speak about whether or not current talks with McCain’s camp are taking place or that background info has changed hands, his stock in the Republican Veepstakes is rising as the press needs a new political face to obsess over nowadays. We all know how the press influences McCain, so their buzz may have an actual affect on McCain’s eventual Veep choice. Romney was the most experienced candidate on either side of the primaries in regards to his knowledge of the private sector and the economy, which has become his greatest asset in the Veepstakes.
Now that the economy is the most important issue in this election, Romney’s a logical selection for McCain who unfortunately admitted in the primaries that the economy was not his strong suit. Yet, amongst all the others, we nominated McCain (sigh). Alas, Romney is articulate, energetic, and optimistic –characteristics that McCain sometimes lacks. Romney’s direct and aggressive and will be able to hit Obama in ways that McCain can’t (or won’t). I’m not sure how Romney helps McCain pick up any specific states other than Michigan perhaps, but I think it’ll strengthen the overall ticket down the road, potentially keeping Red states Red. At least adding Romney will pull the ticket and message toward the Right for a change.
Posted in economy, Election 2008, Media Bias, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Red State, Veepstakes | 1 Comment »
Posted by Mike on February 7, 2008
Although I don’t condone McCain Derangement Syndrome, there is no doubt that conservatives are rightfully in a funk. Who wouldn’t be after the party they know and love nominates someone who has repeatedly thumbed his nose at it? Before conservatives start lashing out at McCain however, it might be a good idea to take a deep breath and look in the mirror. We conservatives did this to ourselves.
This year our party had one conservative option and only one conservative option. When presented with that option however, many conservatives sacrificed principle for a certain je ne sais quoi. Some call it performance, I’ll call it style. What it can’t be called is principle. Despite having just about every conservative principle embodied in one candidate, conservatives scattered to non-conservative alternatives. Some went to the pro-amnesty Maverick. Others went to the tax-hiking pro-lifer. Others still went to the candidate who routinely switched his positions based solely on whatever his ambition happened to be at the time (three flip-flops on the abortion issue alone).
So why are we here? It’s simple if we look in the mirror. Fredhead-turned-Mitten Mary Matalin said it best:
“You reap what you sow. We like to applaud ourselves as the party of ideas and principle, but we turn out to be the party of performance art. All we did was gripe about Fred’s performance skills as opposed to his principles and policies — and . . . here we are,” Matalin said. “We let the perfect — as defined by performance — be the enemy of the great.” Fred Thompson would have been “a great candidate, a great standard bearer for conservatism, and a great president,” Matalin said, and his candidacy’s failure could mean that “we’re going to have to burn down the village.”
Conservatives who chose the fiscal liberal or the gumby-like faux conservative over Fred (most conservatives) because they didn’t like his “lack of energy,” poll numbers, late entry or any other superficial reason are really the last people who should be faulting others for choosing John McCain based on electability instead of principle. The Rubicon of abandoned principle runs through South Carolina, not Super Tuesday. Hopefully next time conservatives will heed their principles before complaining about the party abandoning its principles.
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: conservatism, conservatives, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Mary Matalin, Mitt Romney, principle, republican party, Super Tuesday | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Mike on January 31, 2008
Michael Reagan that is. It seems that the 20th Century’s greatest President’s son is not about to join Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Joe Lieberman on the John McCain’s bandwagon. Like many conservatives, Reagan is having a hard time overlooking the maverick’s attitude.
I’m not as hard on McCain as many other conservatives. Sure, he’s dead wrong on too many important issue, but he’s also so-so on other issues and pretty decent on others. he isn’t the perfect candidate or even a good one, but he isn’t She Who Must Not Be Named either. That said, I’ve also never denied that McCain has a habit of giving the base the finger and has no business leading our once-great party. After reading Reagan’s latest column, however, I realize that my middle finger analogy was an understatement.
Given our current situation, I think our party should simply take a chance on Mitt and see what happens.
Hat tip: Mark Levin
Posted in Election 2008, Politics | Tagged: Election 2008, John McCain, Michael Reagan, Mitt Romney, republican party | 4 Comments »