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What a mess

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Less than two hours ago, I returned from a truly relaxing five-day trip to Harwich Port in Cape Cod.   Trying to actually enjoy a relaxing time, I tried as hard as I could to stay away from Mets baseball, the status of the NFL lockout, and more importantly, the debt ceiling negotiations on Capitol Hill.

As I was driving back earlier today, I realized that the Mets just swept a four-game series with the Reds, the lockout is officially over and…well, yeah.

The debt ceiling deadline has been staring Washington in the face since last year.  Neither President Obama nor the Democrats in Congress bothered to address the issue, even when they had their majorities in both chambers.  So of course, the big news today is that Speaker Boehner and the Republican leaders, not to mentioned the so-called Republican “conservatives” in the pundit class, are willing to shoot the Tea Party conservatives in the back of the head, figuratively speaking of course, in the name of waiting for 2012.  Or something.

Heckuva job guys. 

An update of today’s events here.

Chucky Schumer to Speaker Boehner: Hey, Americans voted for change, so ignore those Tea Baggers

March 15, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s almost as if Democrats weren’t in power for four years:

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday advised House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to ignore conservative members of his conference in order to hammer out a long-term spending proposal with Democrats.

The third-ranking Senate Democrat said a growing number of Tea Party-backed Republicans are putting too much pressure on the top Republican to push for deep spending cuts that cannot clear the Democratic-controlled upper chamber, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown.

“It is becoming clear that the path to a bipartisan budget deal may not go through the Tea Party at all,” he said. “In order to avert a shutdown, Speaker Boehner should consider leaving the Tea Party behind and instead seek a consensus in the House among moderate Republicans and a group of Democrats.”

Stories like this is what make most Americans despondent over elected officials who apparently are content to sit around, bitch and do nothing about our problems.

The only reason why the Congress is even debating a continuing resolution in March of 2011 in the first place, is because when they had control of both chambers last year, Pelosi and Reid and all the rest decided to shirk their duties as elected representatives and run for political cover from a coming election and sit around not passing a budget.  Kicking the can down the road, giving the next Congress the problems.  Cowardly buffoons are what they are.

112th Congress

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

First session, swearing-in and all the rest, taking place now.  You can watch it live on C-SPAN here.

Don’t let us down, people.  2012 isn’t so far away.

Election Post

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Needless to say, last night was a big win for Republicans and specifically, for conservative grassroots activism.  As of midnight, the GOP picked up a minimum of 63 House seats–anything over 39 would have been considered a huge victory, and there are still some races left to be called.

Despite all the hand-wringing over the Senate, picking up 6 seats was nothing to sneeze at, and as I’m writing this, the seats in Colorado, Alaska and Washington, are still not decided.  I say this only because of the mind-boggling ineptitude of John Cornyn and the NRSC throughout the campaign.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the new conservative Senators in the GOP caucus–especially Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte.  These two are special because they showed that conservatives can win as long as we have strong candidates, in spite of party issues.  Ayotte won her primary a few months back, and the New Hampshire GOP rallied behind her, and she brought a decisive victory.   In Rubio’s case, the guy was 30 points down in the polls, when the geniuses at the NRSC tapped Charlie Crist for the spot, resulting in an embarrassing turn of events for the Obama-hugging Crist.

Take all of this, plus the huge gains that Republicans made in state governments and you have, well…a tsunami.

Here in New Jersey, Jon Runyan won decisively in the 3rd CD, while Scott Sipprelle and Anna Little came up short.  Kudos to all three for running good campaigns and especially to Anna Little in the 6th CD.  She missed the mark by about 11 points, which is honestly not so good in a Republican wave year, but it’s better than anyone has been able to get to Frank Pallone in forever.  More importantly, the Little campaign was a true grassroots campaign and it’s a solid foundation for us to build on here in New Jersey.

Similar campaigns throughout the country should take note of what happened here in the 6th, as electoral change doesn’t just happen overnight and from the top.  It’s a bottom-up operation that takes a while to cultivate.  We’re headed in the right direction in that aspect.

Some other election night thougths:

  • MSNBC’s election night “panel” of idiocy, ignorance and immaturity made CNN’s coverage appear watchable by comparison.

To wrap it all up, I like this excerpt from Mike Allen yesterday morning.  It was aimed at the candidates, but I think it sums it up for everyone else as well:

Soak it in – people will write books about this day. Enjoy the ride – the bonds from this campaign will last your life. Give someone grace, a break, karma – we all need it sooner or later, usually sooner. Thank you for putting up with the press, and congratulations on your hard work and dedication to something larger than yourself.

Congratulations to all the conservative Republicans out there in the new House majority.

Now get to work…

Boehner: Not a time for compromise

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Maybe a bit too presumptuous, but good for John Boehner:

Republicans aren’t in the mood for compromise, especially on repealing healthcare reform, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday.

Boehner, the party leader who would likely become Speaker in a GOP-controlled House, distanced himself from a senior senator’s suggestion last week that trying to repeal the new healthcare reform law wasn’t in Republicans’ best interest.

“This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles,” Boehner said during an appearance on conservative Sean Hannity’s radio show.

The political gods are fickle, and they have decided to give Boehner and the Republicans the mother of all second chances.  If indeed, the GOP wins control of the House, let’s hope that Boehner stays true to his word.

Boehner: “Republicans have learned their lesson”

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The House GOP leader, speaking at a campaign stop for Allen West in Florida:

I think Republicans learned their lesson. They understood that we were spending too much, government was growing too much,” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said this morning at a campaign appearance for Republican House candidate Allen West at the Gun Club Cafe in unincorporated West Palm Beach.

Boehner added: “I think if you’ve watched what we’ve done over the last 22 months you’ll see that Republicans all voted against the stimulus bill, all voted against their budget, almost all voted against cap and trade, and we all voted against health care, which demonstrates that we understand that people want a smaller, less costly and more accountable federal government.”

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If Republicans win control of the House, Boehner said, “You’ll see us every single week move bills that will cut spending.”

Boehner promised a House bill to repeal the new health care law, but conceded repeal would likely be vetoed by President Obama. Still, Boehner said, “They’re going to need money from us to hire those 22,000 federal employees we think it’s going to take to run this monstrosity. And I’ll just tell you, they’re not going to get a dime from us.”

This is a start, I guess.  I’d be interested to see the House’s take on entitlement reform and defense spending.  Will they be on the table?

Left-wingers astroturfing a smear campaign

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

It was just a matter of time before the whole thing got really, really ugly.

Democrats, with an abysmal track record to show for the last 20 months of full government control, are about to hit the panic button–with an all out assault of crap mud:

Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try to discredit their opponents and save their Congressional majority.

Opposition research and attack advertising are used in almost every election, but these biting ads are coming far earlier than ever before, according to party strategists. The campaign has intensified in the last two weeks as early voting begins in several states and as vulnerable incumbents try to fight off an onslaught of influences by outside groups.

As they struggle to break through with economic messages, many Democrats are deploying the fruits of a yearlong investigation into the business and personal histories of Republican candidates in an effort to plant doubts about them and avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Obama and his party.

Aren’t these Democrats a petty bunch?

Apparently, the pettiness morphs into seediness.  Byron York reports:

Onlookers were startled last Thursday when a man with a video camera approached House Minority Leader John Boehner after the event in Sterling, Virginia at which GOP lawmakers outlined their “Pledge to America” for this November’s elections. The event had been open only to credentialed press, but as Boehner left, he saw a group of Tea Partiers standing across the street and went to speak with them. That’s when the man with the camera moved in. “Speaker Boehner [sic], have you been cheating with Lisbeth Lyons, the lobbyist for the American Printing Association?” the man asked. “Have you been sleeping with Lisbeth Lyons?” Boehner walked silently past the man and never acknowledged his presence.

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The man was a left-wing blogger and provocateur named Mike Stark, who has made a career of trying to publicize sensational charges against Republican politicians. A few hours after his encounter with Boehner, Stark posted video of the moment on the left-wing Daily Kos website as well as his own website, StarkReports.com.

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Prior to Stark’s confrontation with Boehner, no one had publicly suggested that the Minority Leader was having an affair with Lyons, or with anyone else, for that matter. (Boehner’s office says the accusation is completely false.)

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The incident in Sterling was reminiscent of another Stark operation in 2006 that targeted George Allen, the Republican senator from Virginia who was running for re-election against Democrat James Webb. At the time, Stark wrote on his then-website, callingallwingnuts.com, that he wanted to put his “guerilla tactics to use where it matters: winning elections.”

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It was a big success for Stark; he had taken a rumor on the left-wing blogs and pushed it into the mainstream media. Now, he’s trying to do the same thing with Boehner.

Read York’s entire post.

So much for your “principled” left-wing blogosphere, concerned only with issues and policy and the like, to win elections.

See, when Democrat politicians lie about cheating on their wives, getting oral sex in the Oval Office and lying about it to Federal juries, it’s all good.  Who cares, right?  It’s his private life (despite being in government) they say.

When Republicans are merely accused of doing it and in order to satisfy some loser’s unilateral wet dream do it, it must be dug up, reported and all interviews and correspondence and all the rest must be made viral in one big, hypocritical smear campaign across the moonbat blogosphere. Because the American people need to know.

Yeah, the liberal media loves to concern troll on behalf of the Obama administration

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Bob Schieffer made a complete ass of himself on CBS’ Face The Nation this morning. 

I was picking up my morning newspaper when I heard this exchange between Schieffer and John Boehner, and I swear I almost threw something heavy into the television:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Mister Boehner, I’m going to ask you this question because I’m not objective about this. I’m– I’m a cancer survivor. I used to be a heavy smoker. Do you still smoke?

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: I do.

BOB SCHIEFFER:  You have taken three hundred and forty thousand dollars from the tobacco industry. They’ve been the largest contributor to your political campaigns over the year. How do you square that with the fact that cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in this country?

Four hundred and thirty-five thousand people, their deaths are linked to cancer. That’s one in five. Ho– how do– how do you justify that in your own mind?

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER:   Bob, tobacco is a legal product in America. And the American people have a right to– to decide for themselves whether they want to partake or not.  There are lots of things that we deal with and come in contact with every day from alcohol to food to cigarettes, a lot of things that aren’t good for our health. But the American people ought to have the right to make those decisions on their own.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, I mean, they– they have a right to shoot themselves if they choose to.  But I mean, shouldn’t we do something to try to encourage them not to? I mean, do you think that’s a good example?

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: Well, listen. I wish I didn’t have this bad habit, and is a bad habit. You’ve had it. You’ve dealt with it. But it’s something that I choose to do. And, you know at some point maybe I’ll decide I’ve had enough it.

Gotta love that logic.  Not only is John Boehner indirectly related to hundreds of thousands smoking-related deaths in the country every year, but the federal government isn’t doing enough to force people to stop smoking, but it’s also allowing thousands of suicides a year. 

What a bunch of idiotic rubes we are! If only we had the foresight and intelligence to live our lives as determined by a Sunday morning talk show host, there would be no more suicides and no more smoking-related deaths.  Such brilliance!

Good grief.  Either Schieffer is finally succumbing to senility, or the predilection towards Big Brother nanny-statism by left-wingers is so innate and so ingrained in their conscious that they really don’t even realize the idiocy of what they say.  Seriously.

And let’s not kid ourselves.  Last week the President decided to personalize his political opposition by lashing out at John Boehner (just forget that his party has run both chambers of Congress since 2007).  The New York Times took their cue and ran with a political hit piece in this morning’s edition. 

Meanwhile, White House spokesman Gibbs has been pimping the piece all over Twitter. 

What liberal media??

On repealing FinReg

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

John Boehner is calling for a repeal of the FinReg legislation passed by the Senate a few days ago.

Ramesh Ponnuru doesn’t think this is smart politics:

[…]I hope other Republicans don’t join this bandwagon.

While I don’t accept the conventional wisdom that repealing Obamacare is impossible, it is certainly going to be difficult. It is highly, highly unlikely that Republicans will be able to repeal two of the Democrats’ recent major pieces of legislation.

If Republicans promise to repeal several laws, they will reduce the likelihood that they will repeal any of them.

A few other points worth considering.

First, the financial-regulation bill isn’t as bad as the health-care legislation—it even has some good points. Second, the bill wasn’t passed in the manner the health-care bill was. No state re-wrote its laws to enable it to get a 60th vote, and public sentiment wasn’t against it.

For both of these reasons, I think it makes more sense for conservatives to try to modify the legislation in the future—replacing its worst parts, dealing with Fannie and Freddie, etc.—than to try to repeal it.

The merits (or lack thereof) of the FinReg legislation notwithstanding, I agree for the most part with Ponnuru’s assessment.  Having previously called for the reform of Obamacare, doing the same on FinReg makes the minority leader look shrill.  Politically, this will become an albatross for Republicans heading into the midterms and beyond, if they don’t learn to frame the debate as providing alternatives to the creeping statist policies of the left.

Republicans have to learn the fine art of playing politics, something they have failed to do despite gaining significant momentum over the past twenty months.