EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Morning Briefing for August 2, 2010
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Colorado is a mail-in ballot state for the Republican Primary. Two counties have actual polling locations for the primary election day, but the others have voters mail in their ballots.
The ballots were mailed out to voters on July 19th. Typically, based on prior elections, most of the votes will have been cast and returned within two to three weeks.
That puts Ken Buck in a very, very good position. In a new nonpartisan poll for 9 News in Denver, Ken Buck leads 50% to 41%.
This poll comes after votes have had time to digest Jane Norton and her campaign aide Cinamon playing the gender card. For months Jane Norton has paraded around the state telling voters one more reason to vote for her is she wears high heels and won’t be one of the good old boys. It’s gotten kind of tiresome.
Ken Buck, last week, when asked why voters should vote for him, said he wears boots, not high heels, and his boots have real bulls–t on them, not Washington, D.C. bulls–t.
Amen to that!
Naturally, Jane Norton cried foul. Cinamon tried to make it into Ken Buck’s “macaca” moment. No one else cared.
Have you done what you can to get Ken Buck elected? I sure hope so. We need him.
Democrat, or should that be Corruptocrat, leaders, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor David Patterson and Governor wannabe Andrew Cuomo, are throwing a big fundraising birthday party for ethically challenged Charles Rangel.
The Corruptocrat Rangel bash is being thrown despite the fact that the House ethics committee, after a two-year investigation, finally revealed 13 “major” charges of ethical violations against Rangel, which the committee said it substantiated in a 41-page Statement of Alleged Violation.
President Obama gave an interview to CBS on Sunday, wherein he attempted to explain his stance against Arizona’s SB 1070 Immigration bill. Still no word on whether or not he’s actually read the bill yet, but based on his inane murmurings, I’d have to go with No. But, to be fair, during the interview he did display a few things that he does quite well: shameless lying and absolute hypocrisy. You see, President Obama had the utter gall to say that we shouldn’t demagogue nor politicize a national problem like immigration reform. No, really. My jaw dropped too and I thought to myself “could he possibly be that shameless?”
Harry Teague (D-NM) is having a tough year. Back in 2008, Teague bragged to voters that his businesses provided health care coverage for all his employees. However, as Politico reported earlier this year, Teague’s companies actually did away with health insurance for their “working families”, regardless of head-wear … four days before Christmas.
According to Politico, Teague’s troubles have led to a significant personal loss over the last two years, taking him from being “one of the richest members of the House” to just a “run-of-the-mill congressional millionaire.”
The latest, ahem, hiccup, for the beleaguered Teague is a big lawsuit. A $2.7 million civil suit has been filed against him and four of the companies he owns over failure to repay loans for purchases.
Perhaps the rough road ahead is why Teague would see fit to use his office to try to cut himself a few breaks.
If you want to see a rank example of the unhealthy symbiosis between Big Government and Big Business, consider this morning’s announcement by BP that “it will set up a $100 million charitable fund to support unemployed oil rig workers experiencing economic hardship due to the deepwater drilling moratorium imposed by the Obama administration.”
At first glance, you might say, this is a good thing: a penitent corporation doing charity to help people harmed, at least indirectly, by its actions. But let’s count the things wrong with this picture.
Hey, remember when the White House thought that they were going to be a help for vulnerable Democrats running on all those tough, unpopular, unprincipled, and job-killing votes that the White House insisted that said vulnerable Democrats make? Yeah, well, that’s gone by the wayside. The White House is now telling said Democrats that the President understands if members of his party have to run for re-election without him ‘helping’ out.
Texas is clearly not happy with the CLEAR Act’s intention to usurp control of state water bottoms. In a letter from Governor Rick Perry, plus the Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, the oil and gas regulating Railroad Commission, the Land Commissioner, the Speaker of the House and the Chairmen of both the House and Senate Natural Resources Committees let the state’s Washington delegation know how they feel about Congress’s power grab.
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I have long considered Maxine “Why is this woman on Financial Services?” Waters to be one of our dumber Members of Congress – which is impressive, given that we have people like Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Arlen Specter, Shirley Jackson-Lee, and Russ Carnahan in it – but I may have to revise that. It is now being reported that Rep. Waters “has chosen to go through an ethics trial, like the one lined up for New York Rep. Charles Rangel, rather than accepting charges made by an ethics subcommittee.”
Given that Rangel has just been told that he won’t be subject to any kind of sanction other than a finger-wagging even when he is found guilty*, this actually makes perfect sense. Why accept the charges, and thus admit wrongdoing? Maybe the committee won’t prove anything – and even if they do, the Democrats on the committee will bail out their fellow party-members anyway, so there’s no downside. No harm, no foul, no problem, no need to accept responsibility – and no more of this nonsense about how the Democrats were going to drain the swamp.
DEMOCRATS DO NOT DRAIN SWAMPS. That’s because swamps are wetlands, and thus must be protected by the full power of the federal government.