Election Day +1: about last night

November 5, 2014

That was quite a night last night, wasn’t it?

Pardon me, I know it’s immature, but I’ve waited a long while to do this:

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

smiley dance smiley cheering smiley thumbs up smiley loser smiley cool hey babe  smiley devil smiley big grin

 

Whew. There. I feel better now. smiley blush

Anyway, let’s review what happened in the Great Shellacking Part II (1), courtesy of those fine fellows at Real Clear Politics. Click the links for larger, updated versions:

First, the Senate. It was beautiful:

Senate 2014

Not only did the Republicans wrest control of the Senate from that vile wretch Harry Reid, but they added plenty of seats to give themselves a cushion for 2016, when many of their own seats will be up for grabs. Things officially stand at a net gain of 7, but with Alaska all but officially a Sullivan victory and Mary Landrieu an almost certain dead duck in the coming runoff, I fully expect a final number of plus-9. That, my friends, is not just a wave, but a tsunami. And with Senator Angus King of Maine (I) sure to seek the best deal he can get, expect an effect 55-45 Republican majority for the next two years.

I had predicted plus-8, but I am happy to be wrong. I was also wrong about my surprise pick, expecting Scott Brown to win in New Hampshire. While I’m sorry to see he didn’t, I was overjoyed at Thom Tillis beating the corrupt incumbent, Kay Hagan, in North Carolina. Congratulations to my blog buddy Sister Toldjah for pulling it off. She and a lot of Carolina conservatives worked their fannies off for this win, and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them.

I was also happy to see State Senator Joni Ernst beat the laughable Bruce Braley in Iowa and Rep. Cory Gardner defeat the monomaniacal Senator Uterus Udall in Colorado.

The schadenfreude was sweet, my friends.

Then, the House. Biggest Republican majority since at least 1946 (some say 1928):

House 2014

Plus-13 for the majority party in an era when both parties are despised seems amazing to me, but the Republicans pulled it off. And they may pick up a few more, depending on how a few close California (!) races shake out. Well done, Nancy Pelosi! I hope they keep you in the Minority Leader’s job for years to come.

And finally, the gubernatorial races, which held some pleasant shockers:

Governors 2014

Amazingly, the Republicans held Kansas (handily) and Florida when both incumbents had been almost given up for dead, and picked up Arkansas, Massachusetts (!), Maryland (!!), and Illinois (!!!), losing only Pennsylvania. That gives the Republicans 31 governors, which may be the largest in decades.

Now, with all that good news, the question remains, what do the Republicans do?

Naturally, like any good self-important blogger, I have some advice for the respective caucuses.

First, do NOT impeach Barack Obama. Seriously. Unless he ax-murders a convent full of nuns and orphans on national TV or declares himself Emperor, just forget it. The nation did not elect you to overturn the 2012 election, and no national consensus exists for his removal, a political prerequisite for successful impeachment and removal. Democrats may be shell-shocked after what just happened, but, I guarantee you there will be no way to get the needed crossover votes for removal. I agree he richly deserves impeachment, but it would be wasted effort and a self-inflicted wound for our side. If you want to prove to the public that all their worst fears about irresponsible politicians are true, you would find no better way than jumping foaming at the mouth on an impeachment bandwagon.

And it would be just what Obama and his Alinskyite allies would want.

But that does not mean we cannot play hardball with Obama. Republicans should put him on the spot by passing good, sensible measures –such as approving the Keystone XL pipeline– that have real benefits for the average American, and then dare The One to veto them. We may not be able to override those vetoes, but, with his shield-bearer in the Senate, Harry Reid, now in the minority, he won’t be able to hide from tough decisions any longer. Go ahead, repeal Obamacare and replace it with a good free-market solution. Open up drilling off our coasts. Relax coal regulations and thus lower energy prices for the masses. Pass one good measure after another and force Obama to either take an unpopular stand or acquiesce, thus frustrating his core supporters.

Just keep in mind we won’t be able to override most vetoes. That doesn’t mean we don’t fight, but don’t expect much in the way of positive policy results until (we hope) we have control of both Congress and the presidency in 2017.

The same with Obama and executive actions. The presidency is powerful (perhaps too powerful) and Obama can do a lot with his infamous phone and pen. But now, with control of both chambers, Congress can make statist bureaucrats’ lives miserable with hearings and public exposure, as well as educational budget cuts (2). Congress’ investigatory and budget powers are among its most powerful weapons for reining in the Executive. Don’t be afraid to use them.

Just use them judiciously, with wisdom and prudence. Do that, and the people will be ready for real hope and change in the White House in 2016.

But also feel free to bask for a bit in the afterglow of that wonderful night last night.

Footnotes:
(1) For my comments on the Great Shellacking Part I, go here.
(2) Which will much more effective now that we have both chambers of Congress and don’t have to deal with Harry “We’re not votin’ on nuthin'” Reid.

RELATED: Yuval Levin on the right agenda for a Republican congress.


Election Day: “Forth, and fear no darkness!”

November 4, 2014

Today is it, folks. The day of decision. After six years of being governed by the most left-wing administration in US History, as well as the most feckless since James Buchanan; after six years of suffering under incompetent boobs (save for their outstanding competence at corruption and cronyism) who treat the Constitution and the Rule of Law like a twenty-dollar hooker; after six appalling years that weakened the nation, abased us before our enemies, and betrayed our allies; after all that, we get our say.

I’ve been thinking of how to describe my mood this day, a mood of both determination and elation, of standing on the verge of liberation. And it came to me that mere words wouldn’t do, but that a film clip (1) would capture it perfectly:

We have them on the run, folks. They’re nervous, ready to break. But now is not the time to let up. If you haven’t voted yet, then turn off the computer and get off your duff and vote! For a Republican Senate, for Minority Leader Harry Reid, and the Founders’ America. Its time to send the Progressives howling, back into the wilderness. An informed and determined freeborn citizen is what they fear. Remind them of why. Go. Vote.

Forth, and fear no darkness!

PS:  I’m sure there are those who will see all sorts of “racist dog whistles” in this post. (“He said ‘darkness!’ I must tweet Chris Matthews about this!”) That’s your problem. I happen to be a big Lord of the Rings fan, and that scene is the greatest cavalry charge in movie history. Ever. And it reflects perfectly how I feel about today.

PPS: This is a reposting of my election day post from 2012, slightly altered for today. Plus, it’s a great excuse to use that clip again. 🙂

Footnote:
(1)The first minute or so can be seen (kinda sorta) as a metaphor of the last six years, starting on election night, 2008. But once the horns blow, that’s today, baby. Charge!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Their tears are like the finest liqueur

November 19, 2010

I admit, I’m enjoying this:

Dejected Democrats wiped away tears on the House floor Monday night while Republicans congratulated themselves on winning back control of the lower chamber.

(…)

Freshman Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.), who lost her reelection bid, wiped away tears as she hugged fellow members of the class of 2008, many of whom lost on Nov. 2.

Less than three feet away, ousted Nevada freshman Rep. Dina Titus (D) appeared to brush away some tears in a less obvious manner.

Ladies, after the crap your party inflicted on the nation over the last two years, you got what you deserved, so cry me a river.

While I laugh.

Via Allahpundit.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


A sea of red

November 3, 2010

Take a look at this graphic from yesterday’s results in House races:

(Click the image for a larger view. Source.)

That is a bloodbath. With a few scattered exceptions, the Democrats are reduced to their coastal and big urban enclaves; but they’ve lost the vast middle, especially states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, which are crucial to Obama’s reelection hopes in 2012.

Impressive.


Refudiation Day +1: the national view

November 3, 2010

(This is the first of two posts on yesterday’s election. This one deals with the overall results, while the next will focus on California.)

Forget any the spin coming from the Democrats and their allies on the Left. And you Righties put down your disappointment that Republicans didn’t sweep all before them. An honest look at the results tells us one indisputable fact: last night was a great night and a near-total rejection of the (Social) Democratic agenda and their anti-Constitutional means of pursuing it. In the results so far, the Republicans have gained 60 seats in the House (11 outstanding), for the biggest win by any party since 1948. And they knocked off several powerful committee chairmen. Minority Leader and Speaker-in-Waiting John Boehner struck the right tone in his victory speech, even getting a bit emotional toward the end:

Boehner has it right: Republicans won, but largely because the Democrats scared the Hell out of the electorate. They now have to prove they’re worthy of the second chance the public has given them.

In the Senate, the Republicans have so far gained six seats, a good result in any year, but, honestly, a bit disappointing nonetheless. Colorado may go to a recount and Alaska may take days or weeks to resolve (“Write in” currently leads). A Murkowski win there would be a black eye for Sarah Palin, a longtime foe of the Murkowski family. Disappointments include West Virginia, California, Nevada, and maybe Colorado and Washington, though those are too close to call and may go to recounts. Losing the first three killed any realistic chance to flip the Senate.

On the bright side, though, were several nice wins: Ron Johnson upended Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, in a big victory for the 1st amendment (Feingold was one-half of the execrable McCain-Feingold campaign “reform” act.) Mark Kirk defeated Mob banker Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois; because this was also a special election, Kirk takes his seat immediately, reinforcing our side in the event a filibuster is necessary to stop any stupid legislation from passing during the coming lame-duck session. Pat Toomey won a close race in Pennsylvania, bring a voice of fiscal sanity to the Upper Chamber.

Perhaps the most promising win last night, though was that of Marco Rubio in Florida, for two reasons. First, it was the final nail in the coffin of Charlie Crist, the Governor of Florida who revealed himself to be free of any sense of honor, principle, or even shame. Good riddance.

However, it’s even better because of Rubio, himself. He has a fantastic personal story, his principles are good (and he sticks to them), he’s intelligent, and the man gives one helluva good speech. Here’s his victory address from last night:

Republicans also managed to capture many governorships (22 of 37 races, with 6 to go) and legislatures, some of the latter for the first time since Reconstruction. (And congratulations to my blog-buddy Sister Toldjah for the Republican takeover of the North Carolina legislature for the first time since 1898. We know you were the secret power behind it all.  ) These results are important not only for the individual states themselves, but also for redistricting in the wake of the 2010 census. (Yes, I know I’ve railed against gerrymandering in the past, and I still loathe it, but, if those are the bad rules in place, we might as well put them to good ends.)

So, what does this mean for the future? For the Republicans, as Ed Morrissey writes, they’re on probation. The new class, with a strong majority in the House and a strengthened minority (and chastened Democratic majority, perhaps) in the Senate, has a mandate to reign in spending, debt, and the growth of intrusive government. They may be able to accomplish some of this, but I wouldn’t expect many legislative accomplishments on all but the most bipartisan issues. And were they able to pass, for example, a repeal of ObamaCare, they wouldn’t be able to override a veto.

A more reasonable expectation is for the Republican caucuses to act as a break on the progressive-statist agenda, stifling new measures and slowing down the implementation of what’s been passed, perhaps through a refusal to provide funds. However, I also expect Obama to pursue his radical agenda through the bureaucracy, via administrative regulation and executive order, now that he’s effectively lost Congress. He’s not the skilled political triangulator that Clinton was; he’s an ideologue whose goal is the fundamental transformation of the United States in a democratic-socialist direction.

In other words, with renewed Republican caucuses that have markedly shifted to the Right toward small-government, free-market politics and a president who’s whole political life has been on the the far Left and whose arrogance inclines him against compromise… Well, let’s say I think gridlock might be the most likely result. And that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, for it means Cap-and-Trade and Card Check are dead.

So, consider this step one. Step two is in 2012, when we finish the job.


Election Day: a Red Day

November 2, 2010

Today is Election Day in the United States, a day many of us have been looking forward to for 24 long months, while others have been dreading it for about 18.

I could go on a rant about how the Democrats and their Leftist allies have screwed up: the arrogance, the contempt for their fellow Americans, the thuggery, the weakness before our enemies, the anti-constitutionalism, the mind-numbingly stupid economic policies…  To borrow a phrase, “it’s a target-rich environment.”

But I won’t, for most people have already made up their minds. Instead, I want to thank the professional Democrats and their (barely disguised) socialist backers.

Yes, thank you, Democrats. Because, in the two years since Barack Obama won the Presidency and the Democratic Congress was freed of any institutional constraint, you have shown the nation what unrestrained Progressivism looks like – and we’ve been scared straight. You’ve acted like teenagers with Daddy’s credit card and your first bottle of whiskey, and now the adults are about to come home and slap you silly. You’ve done such a bang up job at screwing up that no one other than the most drooling, unthinking Obamaton will ever support big government and Keynesian policies again, probably for the next several generations. And you’ve made the job of small government, free market advocates much, much easier.

Thank you.

To my fellow Center-Righties and my brethren on the Right, Center, and practical Center-Left (who are probably appalled at their own side at the moment), I offer a hand of friendship and alliance to save the nation we love. The Left, which has taken over the Democratic Party, is not our enemy in the way bin Laden and his crew are, but they are our foes, and they are doing great harm to the United States of America. Let us join together today and vote them out of office, top to bottom along the whole ticket. Show no mercy. You may like your local congressman or senator, but remember that person probably voted to empower Nancy Pelosi or backed Harry Reid.

That alone should be damning enough. They all have to go.

For inspiration, I’ll leave you with this clip from The Lord of the Rings, which I think captures the spirit of this day*. You can probably guess which sides I think the Orcs and the Rohirrim represent.

Forth, and fear no Darkness!

*Oh heck, I just love this scene. It’s the greatest movie cavalry charge of all time.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Sarah Palin vs. the Tyrant Murkowski

October 30, 2010

Last I recall, a Senator of the United States, even one who got her seat as a gift from Daddy, swears the following oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

And that support and defense includes supporting and defending the amendments to said Constitution, including the 1st Amendment, which reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

(Emphases added)

So, when a sitting senator, through her underlings, uses the threat of a federal investigation to drive a critical radio host off the air*, is she not violating that oath six ways from Sunday, in spirit if not in letter?

Sarah Palin thinks so, and it’s made her mad:

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air.

Does all this sound heavy handed? It is. It is an interference with Dan Fagan’s constitutional right to free speech. It is also a shocking indictment against Lisa Murkowski. How low will she go to hold onto power? First, she gets the Division of Elections to change its write-in process – a process that Judge Pfiffner correctly determined had been in place without change for 50 years. She is accepting financial support from federal contractors, an act that is highly questionable and now pending before the FEC. And today, she played her last card. She made it clear that if you disagree with her and encourage others to exercise their civic rights, she’ll take you off the air.

The concept of “electioneering” involves several issues, but typically refers to campaigning at the polls, which is appropriately banned. Under federal law, it can also mean paying for advertising on broadcast media during a federal election cycle, and it requires disclosures if done by groups and corporations. Fagan used satire to mock Murkowski’s write-in efforts and encouraged Alaskans to run as write-in candidates. That is not illegal. That is free speech.

(Emphasis added)

With her attitude toward opponents’ free speech, I’m sure Princess Lisa would fit right in with the Obama administration.

Go, ‘Cuda.

*(Yeah, I know the guy who made the complaint is “just” a Murkowski volunteer and the campaign denies any connection. If you believe that, perhaps you’d like to buy this lovely bridge, too.)

LINKS: Ed Morrissey connects this to the debate over the possible return of the Fairness Doctrine.


Boxer campaign breaks law, tries to recruit students through teachers – UPDATED

October 27, 2010

Ooops. The campaign of Senator Ma’am Boxer has been caught with both hands in the cookie jar on this one. According to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Boxer’s campaign (let’s not forget she is Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee) sent a letter (PDF) to LA Unified School District teachers, asking them to recruit their students to help out with Boxer’s campaign. One problem: this breaks the California Education Code. As Michael Higby at Mayor Sam’s Sister City explains:

This is a big violation of the California Education Code which states:

California Education Code, section 51520: “During school hours, and within one hour before the time of opening and within one hour after the time of closing of school, pupils of the public school shall not be solicited on school premises by teachers or others to subscribe or contribute to the funds of, to become members of, or to work for, any organization not directly under the control of the school authorities, unless the organization is a nonpartisan, charitable organization organized for charitable purposes by an act of Congress or under the laws of the state, the purpose of the solicitation is nonpartisan and charitable, and the solicitation has been approved by the county board of education or by the governing board of the school district in which the school is located.

You can see the letter the HJTA sent to the Superintendent of Schools for LAUSD here (PDF)

Naughty, naughty, Senator Ethics! And, gee, just what would your allies in the teacher’s unions expect in return for facilitating this illegal campaign donation in kind educational experience for LA’s school kids?

And how desperate is Babs when she has to beg for illegal help? Not enough volunteers? Internal polls looking bad? If Fiorina can split the ring around metro Los Angeles, Boxer loses and will have to go back to that million-dollar house in Cokeland Oakland she failed to declare.

PS. Did you know the Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee was one of the leading figures in the House Banking Scandal?

PPS. Vote Carly.

LINKS: More from Gay Patriot, Big Government, and Flap.

UPDATE: Even while saying they weren’t really doing what the letter shows they were doing, the Boxer campaign has apologized… for not doing anything. Okay…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Rubio: A fantastic closing message

October 26, 2010

This web ad by Marco Rubio is not only a great final pitch, it could also be a dandy of an ad for the start of a presidential run in 2016 or 2020:

via Nathan Wurtzel

UPDATE: My mistake: it says quite plainly this is a TV ad. At two minutes, the Rubio campaign must have cash to burn to pay for this in Florida’s market.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Real Democrats of Washington DC

October 25, 2010

GOProud is an organization of Gay conservatives that’s recently started endorsing candidates and working against those they think are harming America. To the latter end, they’ve released the following commercial, which will be played in Massachusetts, California, New York, and Hawaii. A parody of the “Real Housewives” franchise, it’s amusing and effective:

Personally, I think Bawney Fwank has a future on reality TV.

This has been an unusual election cycle in so many ways, and one of them has been the “coming out” of so many people as conservatives from groups usually assumed  (and often pressured to stay that way) to be left-liberal and reliably Democratic: women, minorities, and gays. This can only benefit our politics, as people more and more are judged by their beliefs and actions, and less by the group they belong to.


Pelosi whines: “We’re not getting the credit we deserve!”

October 25, 2010

Oh, you ungrateful, fact-fleeing and science-ignoring American voters. You’ve made the Speaker of the House unhappy, because you don’t appreciate all the crap wonderful things she and her fellow Democrats have shoved down your throats done for you.

Don’t you feel ashamed, you selfish peasants?

Democrats haven’t necessarily gotten the credit they’re due for the work they’ve done the last two years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.

Pelosi, in the middle of a tough campaign to defend Democrats’ majority in the House — as well as her own Speakership — seemed to echo a complaint voiced by other Democrats, that obstacles have made it difficult for the party’s message to get through.

“You have all those forces at work, pouring millions of millions of dollars into the media, and now into the campaigns to mischaracterize everything that we did,” Pelosi said in an interview with Politics Daily, video of which was posted Monday. “So that’s that. It’s up to us to go out there. I’m very confident; our members know why they voted for what they did.

“But you’re right, we haven’t really gotten the credit for what we have done, but we will take it to the voters and have a Democratic majority to follow through on it,” the Speaker added.

See, it’s not because they’ve pursued all the wrong policies and flushed nearly a trillion dollars down the toilet in pursuit of shovel-ready jobs they knew didn’t exist. It’s not because that same stimulus package was nothing but a pork-fiesta for their home states and districts. It’s not because they’ve violated the rule of law by crushing bondholder rights or attacked the fundamentals of democracy to reward their union cronies by trying to eliminate the secret ballot in union elections. It’s not because, on top of running the national debt to ungodly levels and costing people the insurance coverage they were told they could keep in pursuit of a health care reform no one wants, the Democrats have pursued an economy-killer of a “greenhouse gas” bill to address a problem that does not exist.

Nope. It’s because those eeevvviilll Republicans and their allies in Chamber of Commerce (and their foreign money!) are telling lies about them and the knuckle-dragging bitter-clingers aren’t able to see the truth.

Madame Speaker, I have news for you: We see very clearly what you’ve done and we’re giving you and your comrades all the credit you deserve.

And, on the first Tuesday in November, you’ll find out just how much that is.

Via Big Government.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Americans to bossy government: “Shut up and go away!”

October 24, 2010

Michael Barone looks at the President’s recent theory of why his party is about to get an unholy beating at the polls next month and offers his own three theses: First is that the Progressive theory of History, that it inevitably moves leftward and toward bigger government is demonstrably untrue. After the vast expansions of government under Wilson and FDR (and statist Republicans like Nixon), for example, there were corresponding periods of moving toward deregulation.

Second is the realization among most Americans (if not left-liberals) that government that grows too large becomes a danger to the real engine of wealth creation, the private sector. The electorate is drawing a connection between the anemic job creation numbers in most of the nation (except Texas) and the statist, interventionist, regulation-happy policies of the (Social) Democrats, and they’re moving to correct things.

The third reason, the one perhaps that’s felt most viscerally, is that voters are becoming sick and tired of being bossed around by government and are going to remind the “public servants” just who the boss is here:

Voters who have learned to navigate their way through life may not believe that they need Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to set the terms and conditions of their health insurance policies, as Obamacare authorizes her to do. “Don’t tread on me,” read the flags at Tea Party rallies. That’s not a contradiction of “facts and science.” It’s an insistence that the Obama Democrats’ policies would strangle freedoms and choke off growth. You may disagree. But if so, it looks like you’re in the minority this year.

Call it a revolt against the nanny state or a revival of Americans’ traditional suspicion of government, but it looks like “Get out of my face!” is one of the big messages the voters are sending to Washington this year.

LINKS: I wrote about the President’s comments a few days ago. At Big Government, Robert Bonelli looks at what’s at stake in the midterms and asks “Are we citizens or subjects?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


When Democrat congressmen go wild

October 16, 2010

First, we saw Bob Etheridge (D-NC)  attack a student asking him a question:

Then , Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX) acted as if he was about to swat a constituent with a newspaper, as one would a dog:

Now we have Representative Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) first telling a reporter to shut up…

…and then going for his throat:

After the shooters turned off their cameras and started to break down, Hinchey made a beeline for Kemble and got in his face, according to a YNN videographer who was on the scene. The congressman poked Kemble in the chest aggressively, according to the YNN staffer.

I spoke with Kemble briefly this afternoon, and he told me Hinchey “put his hand on my throat” and then “realized what he had done and walked away.” The YNN shooter told me he did not witness this part of the altercation.

(via Legal Insurrection)

The oligarchs are frightened, folks, and when frightened, they might lash out at peasants (i.e., us) who dare to question their exalted, entitled selves.

Let’s be careful out there.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Crist to Rubio: “You’ve betrayed your Hispanic family”

October 16, 2010

How this weasel is polling above single digits is beyond me. Orange White-bread Charlie tries to chide Marco Rubio for being an ethnic traitor. Yes, Charlie “I don’t have any principles because I sold them all” Crist is sticking up for… integrity? Even Democrat nominee Kendrick Meek can’t stomach this.

Video at Hot Air.


Why we’re angry

October 15, 2010

Jim Geraghty posted this great ad from Colorado Republican candidate for US Senate Ken Buck. Have a look:

He nails it: they ignored us. You can talk about policy and politics all you want, but, in the end, the unholy beating the Democrats will likely take in November is the result of their arrogance, of their patronizing condescension, of their disdain for their constituents. This anger is why people are willing to walk through fire to vote in this election, and it will be the Democrats’ just desserts for acting like oligarchs, instead of representatives.

They ignored us, but, come the night of November 2nd, they won’t be able to ignore it as the voters deliver their message with an electoral 2×4.

You betcha.


Barack Obama: so hypocritical, it’s almost grotesque

October 10, 2010

Recently, President Obama joined in a campaign by the Democrats and other left-wingers  to vilify the US Chamber of Commerce by accusing it of using foreign money to fund its political operations:

Referring to a study by the liberal group ThinkProgress that – correctly – notes that the US Chamber of Commerce has some funding sources abroad, including foreign corporations and American Chambers of Commerce around the world (or “AmChams”), the President said, “just this week, we learned that one of the largest groups paying for these ads regularly takes in money from foreign corporations.”

The president then took this step, saying, “groups that receive foreign money are spending huge sums to influence American elections, and they won’t tell you where the money for their ads come from.”

Chamber officials say that money coming from foreign donors cannot be used for political activity under the 1907 Tillman Act, and that the charge is false.

Forget whether the charge is correct or not. Ignore the fact that this is a desperate, xenophobic smear job by a party facing a massacre at the polls.

It’s the hypocrisy that’s jaw-dropping, given that Obama’s own presidential campaign winked at foreign money. Michael Barone explains:

Glenn Reynolds nails this one: the Obama Democrats’ campaign riff against foreign donations to Democrats is bogus—and according to the New York Times, no less. This looks like a matter of projection, since it’s well documented that the 2008 Obama campaign did not put in place address verification software that would have routinely prevented most foreign donations. In effect they were encouraging donations by foreign nationals. Here’s the Washington Post on this back in October 2008: Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor’s identity, campaign officials confirmed. Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged.”

Go read the rest of the article and follow the other links back to reports from 2008 on the Obama campaign and odd donations. Here’s another. Obama and the Democrats engaged in rampant cheating regarding foreign donations, and now they have the gall to falsely accuse the Chamber of Commerce of doing what they themselves did?

Just another day of Life Under Alinsky Rules:

“Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”

And, we should add, “Lie about it and hope the rubes fall for it.”

RELATED: Of course, in 2008 the Obama campaign was just following the precedent established by Clinton and Gore.

UPDATE: And here’s the cherry on top: The President’s chief political adviser, David Axelrod, says he doesn’t have to produce proof – it’s up to the Chamber of Commerce to prove their innocence. Wow. Just shameless.

UPDATE II, 10/11/10: Ed Morrissey calls Obama’s baseless accusations “McCarthyism” and a form of tyranny. He’s right.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Klavan on the Culture’s Guide to the Elections, Part 2: WAR!

October 8, 2010

PJTV‘s Andrew Klavan continues his satirical look at the upcoming elections, this time covering the War on Terror:

Wait… Maybe that part about the Democrats was a documentary, instead.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Your daily dose of Allen West

October 7, 2010

President Obama is in South Florida to attend a fundraiser for Congressman Ron Klein, who’s facing a stiff challenge from retired Lt. Colonel Allen West. In return, Col. West has a special message and a challenge for the President and his minion:

Heh. Well done. I like how Klein is treated as an afterthought. You want to get attention, try punching above your class.

You can land a blow for Allen West, too.

LINKS: More on this and other races from Hot Air.


When love goes sour

October 6, 2010

It was so wonderful for left-wing Democrats back before Obama was elected: their Messiah-candidate promised to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, investigate the CIA, and even  …maybe, just maybe, in their most cherished dreams… go after the evil Bush and Cheney themselves.

But then Obama actually won, and the reality of governing set in. He found he couldn’t fulfill the Moonbat wish list and, so, he made compromises. But compromise is anathema to those who demand purity; the Left is feeling betrayed and they are punishing Obama for it:

It was a lot of fun while it lasted, up to election night 2008 and Inauguration Day 2009. But then Obama had to govern. Knowing little of military affairs, he retained Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has loyally served presidents of both parties. Understanding even if not admitting the great headway Americans had made in Iraq, Obama declined to throw it all away.

Appreciating that Afghanistan was critical to protecting Americans, he made a commitment to increase troop levels there in May 2009, reconsidered it from August to November, then restated it Dec. 1, with a commitment to begin withdrawals in July 2011.

In so doing, Obama implicitly confessed that the view of the world held with quasi-religious fervor by the Democratic left was delusional all along. Bush didn’t lie, we didn’t go into Afghanistan and Iraq without allies and against their wishes, we didn’t carry out policies of torture, etc. The effort to cast Iraq as another Vietnam and America under Bush as an oppressive rogue power were perhaps emotionally satisfying but unconnected to reality.

And so the legions of ObamaTots are not enthused about voting, their dreams exposed for the childish fantasies they were, and the big donors’ checkbooks remain closed. I suppose I could be gentlemanly and make sympathetic noises toward those who rooted against their own country in time of war, but why disguise my enjoyment of the sweet, sweet schadenfreude?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Obama: from messiah to pariah

October 2, 2010

Is this any way to treat a Lightworker? Barack Obama has apparently become such strong electoral poison for Democratic candidates that Al Gore, speaking at a rally in Florida for Kendrick Meek’s US Senate campaign, failed to mention the signature achievements of Barack Obama’s administration, or even Obama himself. Even the candidate himself could not speak the unutterable name:

Al Gore failed to mention President Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Florida as Democrats extended their new tactic for next month’s elections – ignoring the man who so inspired them in 2008.

Representative Kendrick Meek, the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in the November 2nd mid-terms, also neglected to let Mr Obama’s name pass his lips during an appearance with the former vice-president in a union hall.

Instead, the black congressman lauded “President Gore” – a reference to the 2000 election, when hanging chads in Florida and the US Supreme Court cost the Democrat the White House.

With their party facing a possible landslide defeat in a month’s time, Democratic candidates are running away from Mr Obama and his record. Polls indicate Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate, a result that could cripple to Obama presidency.

In Tampa, neither Mr Gore nor Mr Meek made direct reference to Mr Obama’s historic health care legislation, his proudest achievement, or the financial bailout. Both measures are unpopular with all but hardcore Democratic supporters.

Two years ago, every Democrat in the country was invoking Mr Obama’s name as they hoped to ride on his coat-tails to electoral victory. This year, he is a near-pariah, with many of the party’s candidates doing everything they can to distance themselves from him.

Okay, that’s pretty pathetic when you’re reduced to praising the fantasy presidency of the egomaniac who still can’t believe he lost fair and square, but you don’t dare mention The One who actually won back the White House for your party.

Is this Meek’s revenge for the White House’s game of footsie with Charlie Crist, or just a recognition of political reality? Obama’s endorsements meant nothing in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey in 2009, and his ratings have cratered since then.

But Meek isn’t the only Democrat to run screaming from the Democratic leadership.  In Alabama, Representative Bobby Bright (D, keep that in mind) is running a TV ad that touts his closeness to… House Minority Leader John Boehner, a Republican (via Hot Air):

In perhaps the most striking example of a vulnerable Democrat racing away from the national party as the midterm elections near, Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) is running a TV ad that features side-by-side photos of him and Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio). The spot touts that he “votes 80 percent with the Republican leader.”

Several House Democrats have run ads that speak out against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) by name, but Bright appears to be the first incumbent to feature Boehner, her chief rival in Congress and the man who would be speaker if Republicans win control of the House.

Quite a change from the heady days of early 2009, when Democrats dreamed of 40 years of uninterrupted rule.

With all these Democrats denying their god, I half expect to hear a cock crow thrice.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)