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Let the Smears Begin!

Posted by Ryan on September 2, 2008

It began today in earnest:  the MSM onslaught against the McCain-Palin ticket is in full force after using the Labor Day holiday to figure out a way to attack McCain-Palin.  It’s been tricky.

Drudge has a good balance of the smearing on his site, including McCain’s response to what’s been going on since Friday at around 12:50 pm EDT: race and class war if Obama loses; pandering to women who feel sorry for Palin the Victim; and of course, McCain’s deep political calculation and cynicism.

All of it further demonstrates the MSM’s double standards, as well as their fear that the McCain-Palin ticket might pull it off. If they weren’t such a big deal, they wouldn’t care so much, nor would they get so personal.  It makes sense though.  Many MSM members suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome, which has carried over to the republican name-brand.  If a Republican wins in the Fall, they might as well cash it in.  They MUST do what they have to do to prevent that, even if it means handicapping the race in favor of Obama, then they’ll see to it with passion.  It’s going to be a rough 63 days.

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Pinkerton: Divided Government Means McCain Wins

Posted by Ryan on August 10, 2008

Jim Pinkerton from “The American Conservative” has a new artcile on the Fox Forum which lays out his idea about why he thinks McCain will win in November.  His thought: because the Dems are slated to sweep Congress, McCain will be elected President so that the “divided government” concept since World War II will be continued.

I have a problem with this thesis:  the numbers don’t look good for Republicans and winning Congress will be a tough slog, but I’ve heard that every election year except 2002 — there were serious tectonic forces at work in 1994, but aside from Michael Barone few people even noticed.  So, this idea that the Republicans have no shot is nothing new and lately has been wrong most of the time.  Plus, if the Republicans actually run against the socialist Democrat agenda (rather than as Democrat-lite) then I believe this year won’t be the apocalypse some think it will be. 

With Congressional approval ratings at historic lows, why wouldn’t there be a possibility for a Republican resurgence, especially in Blue-Dog districts?  Take back those seats and the Reps have the House.  The Senate’s another issue since only 1/3 are up this year, not all in safe states.  Yet, with energy being the #1 issue for voters and the Iraq War turning the corner, Republican ideas on war and the economy are actually and substantively being vindicated less than three months before Election Day. 

In the end, I suppose the moral of this election could be either: if you think you’re going to lose, you will; or win the battle in the arena of ideas and the victory is yours.

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The Gang of 10 is Killing the Energy Issue

Posted by Ryan on August 8, 2008

Finally, an issue where the Republicans can actually wipe the floor with the Dems in the Fall: ENERGY. 

We see McCain opening his eyes to new possibilities of drilling, House Republicans sticking around on vacation trying to put political pressure for Congress to come back, Obama constantly having to retool and modify his positions making him look ridiculous, and the polls reflecting that the Republicans are on the right side of this.  It’s WIN-WIN, right?

Never underestimate the Republican’s capacity for self-destruction!

Last Friday, a new “Gang of 10” emerged on the scene with a compromise proposal on an energy bill.  This “gang” includes five Republicans, led by Lindsey Graham (ugh). 

Their purpose: to “compromise” with Dems which would have the ultimate effect of ending the energy debate until November!  How ridiculous can they be — especially when the compromise is full-fledged capitulation to the Dems’ demands!

This flies in the face of the McCain campaign’s strategies, undercuts the House Republican’s efforts, gives Obama thrills, and mutes the best issue Republicans have in this campaign.  I’d have a different attitude if this compromise was worth it, but it’s not.  It sucks.

AP photo from the LA Times.

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House Republicans Want a Vote!

Posted by Ryan on August 1, 2008

After the Dems decided to start a five-week vacation, about 40 or so House Republicans, led by Mike Pence, stayed in the House chamber after the Dems adjourned to make a point about the Republican’s determination to get a drilling bill up for a vote.  On her way out San Fran Nan had the lights turned off, the microphones turned off, and the C-SPAN cameras to be turned off as well.  Classy broad, that Pelosi! 

The House Republicans sent a letter to President Bush to call the Congress back into session until a vote is taken.  President Bush was busy around 12:10pm this afternoon calling in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, congratulating Maha Rushie on 20 years of broadcast excellence.  Bush 41 and Jeb also got on the line.

The House Republicans are showing leadership, demonstrating good politics, all while looking like the victim of Pelosi’s hard-handed tactics which are getting in the way of the people’s business.  I hope they can keep this up until Election Day; this is good stuff!

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New Poll: The Democrat Congress Sucks More Than Ever

Posted by Ryan on July 8, 2008

For the first time in the history of scientific polling, Congress, which happens to be controlled at present by Democrats, has reached a new all-time low of a 9% positive approval rating in the latest Rasmussen poll!  Splitting it up, that’s 2% excellent and 7% good, 36% fair, and 52% poor. 

Yet, for some reason on a generic ballot question, the Dems are still beating the Republicans by over 10 points!  So even though likely voters loathe Congress’ inaction in dealing with gas prices and the war, they still seem to like Republicans less in their generic sentiment. 

I wonder if some in the voting public believes that Bush and the Congress are both Republican-dominated?  If so, Congress would at least be at 32%, right?  Though this election is going to be tough, polls like this indicate an opening for Republicans this Fall.

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Nancy Pelosi on the Price of Gas in Her Own Words

Posted by Ryan on June 27, 2008

Here’s a quote from San Fran Nan on the issue of high gas prices back in the summer of 2006:

“With skyrocketing gas prices, it is clear that the American people can no longer afford the Republican rubber-stamp Congress and its failure to stand up to the Republican big oil and gas company cronies….

Democrats have a common-sense plan to help bring down skyrocketing gas prices by cracking down on price gouging, rolling back the billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and royalty relief given to big oil and gas companies, and increasing production of alternative fuels.”

That was when gas was at $2.91 a gallon.  Well, gas is currently at $4.08 just 18 months into the Democrat control of Congress.  There are many reasons why gas is high, the price of oil being one reason, but in the world of American politics, one takes credit when times are good, but also gets blamed when times are bad.

So, where are the Republicans hammering the Dems on this broken campaign pledge?  Not only do Republicans have a definite edge on the drilling solution, but using the Dems own words against them would help to unify the RNC’s voice nationally on this issue:  “Can we afford another Democrat Congress?” and so forth.  The press isn’t going to call the Dems out on this issue so we have to do it — this is finally an issue that the Republicans poll better than Dems this year!

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Dem Oil Bill Goes Down

Posted by Ryan on June 10, 2008

Score one for capitalism today, as the Dem’s “windfall profits” tax bill couldn’t get the sixty votes needed for cloture.  Hence, the bill is dead for now.  This populist, anti-capitalist proposal underscores the success Dems have had in deflecting the issue of energy prices solely onto the producers, not the regulators.  Congress won’t let them drill, therefore Congress affects supply.  Talk to Adam Smith — he knows what’s up when it comes to the relationship between supply, demand and price.  Fourth graders know this concept too, yet the Dems somehow don’t. 

And our future fearless leaders, both McCain and Obama , decided that they were not going to participate in today’s important vote.  Truly a profile in courage on both sides.  McCain misses a huge opportunity if he and the Republicans don’t jump on this issue quickly, loudly and consistently.

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Dems Meet to Discuss Michigan and Florida Today

Posted by Ryan on May 31, 2008

One simple question:  if this is how the Dems run their party, what’ll it be like when they run the country?

Of course, we know the answer to that question, so let’s try to prevent that shall we?  The party that picked on Bush and the Republicans for eight years about mysterious “missing votes” in Florida and humming the mantra “let every vote count” every election cycle this decade, is now going to decide their nominee in smoke-filled rooms based by majestically anointed “superdelegates” while allowing Florida and Michigan to go either voteless or minimized during their nomination process and by simply ignoring their popular vote tallies.  Those tallies would put She Who Must Not be Named over Obama. 

I think this chaos is poetic.  If the Dems are too mean to SWMNBN and her door to 2012 is closed, I’d love to see her run as a third-party candidate.  They are treating her very poorly lately: doesn’t she have the right to run until all the states have voted, especially this late in the game?  Shouldn’t she be afforded the respect of a candidate who has won 4 of the last 6 primaries after she was told that she should drop out?  I suggest a third-party run since her party has been so disrespectful — they’ve earned the headache.

Regardless, some decision on Michigan and Florida should be due out today.

UPDATE: Michigan and Florida are getting half their votes counted… based on what though?  50/50?  Based on popular vote?  Are they going to now include the popular vote totals to the national ones?  SWMNBN could take this decision to the Credentials Committee, which could ostensibly keep this going to the Convention.  The new magic number for the Dems is 2118.  Boy this is fun to watch!

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Gay Marriage in California

Posted by Ryan on May 15, 2008

In a blatant example of judicial activism, the California Supreme Court today voted 4-3 to overturn the will of the people in order to impose gay marriage on the Golden State. 

If McCain nor Congressional Republicans won’t jazz up the conservative base, this should!  Marriage issues, cultural issues, judicial activism, court appointments, etc. are all at play here. 

AP photo.

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A Mississippi Massacre Portends a Cold November

Posted by Ryan on May 14, 2008

First Dennis Hastert’s seat in Illinois, then two seats in the Deep South over the past two weeks.  Three House seats historically and reliably Republican have fallen to conservative Dems (Blue Dogs) who have no business winning seats in these historically Republican districts. 

Yet, the Dems are winning them.  Mississippi Republican Greg Davis lost to Democrat Travis Childers 54-46% in a special election for a district considered reliably Republican.  Eight points is a lot to lose by in this case.  One election can be a fluke, but three in just the last few weeks and months portends a tough slog this November. 

And with McCain keeping many conservatives lethargic, who will be passionate enough with a solid agenda to lead the Republicans to victory in the Fall?  Is Congressional victory even possible? 

Where’s Newt when you need to storm the castle?  That’s right, he’s been warning of this for a while now, being lowered to lecturing the milquetoast John Boehner on how to design a winning campaign!  The Blue Dogs were supposed to be a one-term phenomenon, but could signal a campaign strategy to trailblaze a Congressional mandate in an (shudder) Obama Administration.

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