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Senator Jon Kyl retiring

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

The number two Republican in the Senate is calling it quits:

Three-term Sen. Jon Kyl will announce his retirement at a noon ET news conference Thursday in Phoenix, two Republican sources confirmed to Fox News.

The Arizona lawmaker, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, will be the fifth senator scheduled for re-election next year to announce a departure from Congress in 2012.

Kyl, 68, served four terms in the House before winning a Senate seat. In 2006, he was named one of the 10 best senators by Time Magazine.

That leaves, I believe, John Cornyn and Lamar Alexander for the number two slot.

The politics of SB 1070

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Yesterday’s Federal court decision to strip the law of its key provisions is a blow to state’s rights and the will of the people of Arizona.

Governor Brewer has confirmed that Arizona is appealing the decision.

Doug Mataconis wonders how this will play out for the midterms:

…[I]t’s going to be interesting to see what impact this decision has across the country. Polls have shown repeatedly that a large majority of Americans support Arizona’s law and a new polls shows that similar majorities oppose the Justice Department’s decision to sue the State of Arizona.

One can imagine that these voters are going to react negatively to this decision, although, of course, there’s not really much they can do about it since the matter is in the hands of the Court.

Andy McCarthy thinks this decision means tough political seas ahead for Democrats:

…[T]he gleeful Left may want to put away the party hats. This decision is going to anger most of the country. The upshot of it is to tell Americans that if they want the immigration laws enforced, they are going to need a president willing to do it, a Congress willing to make clear that the federal government has no interest in preempting state enforcement, and the selection of judges who will not invent novel legal theories to frustrate enforcement. They are not going to get that from the Obama/Reid/Pelosi Democrats.

Elections have consequences.  The Federal judge who wrote the decision was an appointee of President Clinton, who has been out of office for a decade, yet his decisions and appointments have ramifications today.  And President Obama has made his opinions on judicial activism very clear.

These elections–midterms, the general election in 2012–have consequences.  Dire consequences.  Conservatives need to mobilize and step up to the plate.

Brown and Obama

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

This should put the final nail in Gordon Brown’s political coffin with a week to go before the UK’s election:

Gordon Brown prostrated himself as a “penitent sinner” yesterday after a brush with a voter triggered a calamitous chain of events that threatened to derail Labour on the eve of tonight’s pivotal TV debate.

The Prime Minister spent an unscheduled 45 minutes inside the terraced house of Gillian Duffy apologising to the Labour-supporting widow for insulting her behind her back.

His muttered description of her as a “bigoted woman”, picked up by a microphone as he drove off from their combative but apparently friendly encounter, plunged Labour’s high command into its most serious crisis of the campaign.

Brown heard the recording of his comments during an appearance on a radio station.  The video of that is here, because his reaction to the comments is priceless:

He just knows he’s screwed.  Here’s a clue–when running for political office, don’t insult little old ladies.

More importantly, Brown’s comments were made in response to Ms. Duffy expressing concern about illegal immigration from Eastern Europe into the UK, and now Gillian Duffy is a national figure.

My reaction to all of this is nothing new, just that Gordon Brown is your typically egotistical and arrogant politician who doesn’t understand and probably will never understand why the dirty rubes just don’t get his elitist and utopian point of view.  This arrogance transcends political allegiances and is found on all sides of the political spectrum.  Brown has apologized to Ms. Duffy, but really, he’s not sorry.  He made these comments without any hesitation.  This is how he thinks.

Ironically, last week’s passage of Arizona’s new immigration law (SB 1170) has made illegal immigration an issue in th e US as well, and when I read what happened with Gordon Brown, it got me thinking about our leader.

Given what we know about him, his past associations, his leftist ideology and his elitism, does anyone really believe that President Obama thinks differently from Gordon Brown?  He’s given clues with his comments after the law was passed (with 70% of Arizonans voting for its passage), suggesting that our fellow American citizens were “misguided”, which is just code for “you ignorant rubes are so racist”.  Everything is for political expediency.  In that sense there’s really no difference between career politicians whether they’re here in the states or across the pond.