Stevens Wins. What About Don Young?
Ted Stevens won the Alaska primary with over 60% of the vote.Interestingly though, Don Young and Sean Parnell both got 45% of the vote. In actual votes, Don Young received 42,461 votes and Sean Parnell received 42,316 votes.I’m not sure if Alaska has runoffs. My understanding of the news reports this morning is that Alaska does not. Likewise, there are still votes being counted.
FoxNews Runs Story Connecting Obama to Ayers
Well, it finally happened… a major news outlet has picked up the Obama-Ayers story, and, of course, it was FoxNews (you didn’t think MSNBC would print anything that looks bad for Obama unless their arm was twisted, did you?).Look for Obama to start spinning furiously and flailing even more than he is now. This is political dynamite, and the fuse has been lit.
Who Isn’t Going to be the GOP VP?
I got what I would normally consider a routine email yesterday. It was the RNC schedule and roster of speakers for the upcoming soiree in Minneapolis next week.It was about as interesting as watching paint dry until I realized something.On Monday night, the following speakers are listed:Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.)On Tuesday night these folks are slated to | Read More »
Does Indiana still have a chance for Hoosier VP?
The GOP has unveiled its convention agenda and US Rep Mike Pence is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, traditionally VP day.Now, this may mean nothing- but VP speculation is by definition completely baseless. Here’s why Pence would be a good choice:Mike Pence would absolutely destroy Joe Biden in a debate. I mean, it wouldn’t even be close.Like John McCain, Pence cannot be painted as just | Read More »
Granholm to host DNC Town Hall meetings on Poverty Creation, City Destroying and Job Killing
Cross-posted on Right Michigan at www.RightMichigan.com.Did you see where Jennifer Granholm moderated an “alternative energy” town hall meeting yesterday at the Democratic National Convention in Denver? Apparently when the event’s organizers were throwing together the four-day program they took a look at the state of Michigan, realized the Governor didn’t have any positive accomplishments to boast about and put her in charge of something she’s | Read More »
Hillary Digs by Omission
Hillary did everything she was expected to do. But the most interesting part of her convention speech last night was what she left out, some might think intentionally…From CNN:(CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton may have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president in a speech at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, but Sen. John McCain’s campaign said she stopped short of saying that he is | Read More »
MI Morning Update: McCain MI Grassroots leadership grows, Granholm talks about energy at DNC
69 Days Until Election DayAugust 27, 2008MORNING UPDATE:HILLARY SPEAKS…rocks the convention hall. But it’s always about "Hillary"…if only she could write her own history…and if you listened to her "promises" on behalf of "the one"…hold onto your wallets folks…there is NO free lunch.CLINTON-OBAMA…I have to admit, I thought this combo would have been the Democrat’s "dream team"…now Biden’s own words will be more powerful than much | Read More »
Charles Murray Interview
My father always said that anyone who lived through John F. Kennedy’s assassination remembers what they were doing at the precise moment the president was shot. This may well be true, but we also lucidly recall the circumstances of far lesser events such as the controversy surrounding the publication of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and | Read More »
Townhall.com VP Poll
Townhall.com is running a VP poll (look for it right under Today’s Funnies, quarter way down mid-page). Click Here (to get there)Romney in lead at 40% and Palin in second…Palin for VP blogspot
An American Thatcher?
I like the media “spin” that this would have, provided Sen. McCain would make the comment, “she is our American Thatcher” Sarah Palin, an American ThatcherHow to nominate Governor Sarah Palin for Vice-President (click here)
“Shhh! Americans Getting Richer”
And amazingly enough, if you point this out, people get huffy and accuse you of being out of touch.
This Would Represent A Problem For Barack Obama
It cannot be stressed enough:The last place Kathy Archuleta could have ever imagined she’d spend the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, was at a happy hour sponsored by the Republican Party. But the 54-year-old Democrat joined several other Hillary Clinton supporters, along with volunteers and officials from John McCain’s campaign, at a Happy Hour for Hillary.The event, sponsored by the Republican | Read More »
“Action Is Eloquence”
In such businessAction is eloquence, and the eyes of th’ ignorantMore learned than the ears.–William Shakespeare.However rousing Hillary Clinton’s speech sought to be in praising Barack Obama, the fact remains that you can judge the Clintons better by looking at their actions rather than listening to their words.Again, it bears repeating: Bill Clinton would not be throwing a fit if Hillary Clinton told him not | Read More »
This Is A Joke, Right?
Will Zeus be the Democratic nominee?Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos’ National Football League team plays.Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear | Read More »
Michelle Obama’s Speech
I know that a lot of people liked it. I thought that it was eloquent, but I also thought that it was written by committee and did not have enough of her voice. The biggest flaw with the speech is that it didn’t tell me anything about Barack Obama that I didn’t already know. Maybe that’s because I am a political junkie but the speech | Read More »
Quick! Grab The Popcorn!
MSNBCers talk about their feelings. Hilarity ensues.
We Can Play This Game Until November
For every gaffe that John McCain makes, Barack Obama seems bound and determined to match him. Of course, if McCain misidentified the city he was in, the senility jokes would begin anew. With Obama, apparently the same mistake barely merits a mention.
“Can We Drill Your Brains?”
I didn’t think it was possible, but apparently, Nancy Pelosi has set the art of trash-talking back half a century or so.
That Biden Bounce
It amounts to a two point lead . . . for John McCain. And that’s just amongst registered voters. For likely voters, Team Obama may be facing worse numbers.
Dalliances In Denver
I realize that every effort is being made to bring about a successful convention and a powerful launch for the Obama campaign as it moves fully and completely into general election mode. But in many ways, the intensity of the work being done to cap matters off successfully in Denver serves to underscore just how divided the Democrats are on a number of fronts.Exhibit A–There | Read More »
Democratic Convention and the Entitled
Obama is holding his convention this week in Denver. Never in the history of mankind has so much hot air gone so high as in the mile high city. Omama got here through crafty gamesmanship. The Michigan and Florida delegates were disqualified from participating in the selection of the party candidate. Hilary had more votes. Just as well for Boiraq, (sp) she won these highly | Read More »
DNC Wrap-Up Day Two: It’s Hillary’s Convention Now
The second night of the Democratic National Convention prior to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s speech was nearly as unmemorable as day one. And an interesting pattern has emerged in all of the main speakers’ remarks. Barack Obama is an accessory, an add-on, a superfluous reference tucked in on the end of a litany of the speaker’s accomplishments and beliefs. There is almost no discussion of the | Read More »
All Politics Are Personal
Part XI in a multi-part series about Operation Continuing Promise (Use RedState Tag Operation Continuing Promise for all previous entries) Regularly Updated Photostream Here.This humanitarian mission has a macro-level motive, of course. “Soft power,” diplomatic and humanitarian efforts like this one, undertaken to “win the hearts and minds” of populations, has become an integral part of global security strategy. In short, we’d rather prevent an insurgency | Read More »
Too Much Praise? Or Just Too Much Praise?
So I’m sitting in the AOL bullpen watching Hillary. She’s echoing throughout the giant tent-like temporary structure … lag times you know. Someone in the press lounge has the CBS coverage on, and I hear this mere seconds after the end of the speech:”So … do you think she spent enough time praising Obama the man? Or too much time praising their shared values?” It | Read More »
Obama’s agenda if he wins
Based on Obama’s history and what he has done successfully, I predict the following agenda if he wins the election. First year, a powerful autobiography about his time on the campaign. Second year, a gripping autobiography about his first year in office. Third year, start gearing up for election 2012.Nothing in his background suggests there is anything he can or wants to do other than | Read More »
Pelosi and Biden need the Bishop-Bruskewitz treatment
The Catholic church has always been very clear on its abortion stance: it’s completely evil. That has always been it’s position, and it will always be it’s position. However, it’s message is being undermined by perverse politicians who claim to be “ardent, practicing” Catholics while actively aiding NARAL and the extreme left in it’s ongoing destruction of innocent lives. Frankly, the Catholic church has let | Read More »
Renewable Fuels Standard not Waived
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not grant a waiver of the renewable fuels standard as requested by Texas Governor Rick Perry. The Governor’s request was for the mandated levels of grain ethanol production to be reduced by 50 percent. His reasons for requesting this waiver can be read in his letter to the EPA, but it essentially came down to high | Read More »
Grassley’s Focus on Investigations
Congress has some obligation to act as a watch dog and to hold investigations, but Grassley’s sole focus in the Senate seems to be investigation. His most recent demand is for hearings regarding the FBI’s anthrax letter investigation. It is not that I think hearings on this topic would not be beneficial, but Grassley appears to be accomplishing little else than starting investigations. A short | Read More »
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Citrus County Florida cancels the RINO’S
Early results from Citrus County Florida shows the RINO’S have been sent packing, the anti growth high tax rino County Commissioners Joyce Valentino and Vicki Phillips were defeated by a political newcomers Joe Meek and Win Webb who have both stated themselves to be low tax and pro growth with 100% of the vote total now in the incumbents lost about 2 to 1, Webb | Read More »
Is an Ethanol Pipeline Even Necessary?
Senators Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lugar (R-Indiana) have introduced legislation to encourage the construction of a dedicated ethanol pipeline from the Midwest to the Eastern seaboard. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, appears to have endorsed the concept of a dedicated pipeline and says that he “will work in the [Senate] Finance Committee to see that this proposal is included in the | Read More »
Live Blogging Hillary’s Speech in Denver
Like last night I am using Cover It Live to blog a speech. This time it is Hillary Clinton. I am hoping she will be more interesting than Michelle Obama was last night.If you want an interactive place to hang out and chat while I blog, click over to the live blog.
Prosperity Gospel v. United States
Gassley Watch has followed the Prosperity Gospel investigation of Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and the cold response he has received from televangelists, ministers, conservatives, and Iowa Republicans. The story has expanded somewhat recently. A Minnesota ministry has now been targeted by the Internal Revenue Service. The Living Word Christian Center of Brooklyn Park is currently under an investigation that its minister, Rev. Mac Hammond, | Read More »
Picking a VP – Let the Convention Decide!
This was a reply to Commodore Perry’s diary, that provides a different solution to the problem he identified. He noted the problem that Obama’s pick opened up. However, I think the DNC is showing how the lack of We the People in the VP nomination process is a big problem. Their party is split, they are facing public catastrophe, and even if Hillary is completely | Read More »
Why Conservative is Right and Liberal is Wrong
I saw Bob Beckel on Hannity & Colmes having a case of purple-faced apoplexy defending Barak Obama’s abortion stance. It couldn’t have been easy watching his beloved candidate stumble over the stumbling stone on Rick Warren’s question, “When does life begin?” It wasn’t a hard question, but his candidate couldn’t answer it because his candidate tried to dance around God’s precepts. The way is straight | Read More »
Hillary Clinton Open Thread
It’s night two. Mark Warner may have the keynote, but the networks aren’t covering it much. They are salivating for Hillary’s speech — particularly in light of Bill dissing Barack Obama today. Have at it. UPDATE: The DNC moved the keynote speech from Mark Warner up because Warner would not attack John McCain. What’s this? Politics as usual at the convention? UPDATE: She’s here. I | Read More »
One obvious name I never see mentioned as VP Pick
For the life of me, I don’t understand why we never hear anything about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) as a possible McCain Vice Presidential nominee.On paper, he looks excellent. He’s a solid conservative, excellent speaker, popular in his home state, so much so that he came within 401 votes of defeating Harry Reid in 1998. He was right on the Iraq War, the McCain Surge, | Read More »
The Republicans’ Fresh Faces Winning In Republican Down Years
Several young, up and coming Republicans will speak at the GOP Convention in Minneapolis. Sarah Palin(R-AK), Bobby Jindal(R-LA), Linda Lingle(R-HI), and Michael Steele(R-MD).Michael Steele aside, these rather unknown faces on the political scene have something in common. They’re all successful Republican governors in an otherwise anti-Republican year. Actually it’s been an anti-Republican 8 years. Fact is the Republican party is hated, I think people hate | Read More »
Protesters Push Pelosi Over the Edge
On the 18th day of the House GOP’s energy protest in the U.S. Capitol, Republicans chided Speaker Nancy Pelosi for refusing to allow a vote on their all-of-the-above energy plan. Meanwhile, 1,700 miles across the country in Denver, a crowd of angry protesters sent that message to Pelosi directly.During a press conference at the Democratic National Convention, Pelosi was repeatedly interrupted by protesters chanting “drill | Read More »
He Won The Battle, But It Will Cost Him The War
On Thursday Barack Obama will accept the nomination of the Democrat Party to be President of the United States. His speech is expected to rival his now infamous speech at the same Convention in 2004. It better. I hope he realizes how high the bar is set. Thursday will officially mark his victory in winning the first battle necessary to be elected President, the Battle | Read More »
Michael Totten: The Truth About Russia In Georgia [Updated]
I was first turn onto Michael Totten in February with his article “Guns in the Desert”. Well, Mr Totten has written another epic article not about Iraq, but about the current conflict in the Caucasus:”The Truth About Russia In Georgia”TBILISI, GEORGIA – Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway | Read More »
We knew it was premade
So we all remember Hillary’s 3am ad, and how it was just about perfect if you want to switch her out for McCain and run it against Barack.Here’s the new ad by McCain that features part of it….Schadenfreude, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.
I am just amazed that the democrats have picked Barack Obama as their candidate. He has very, very little experience in the government and even less experience in the world. The United States needs an experienced person to sit at the helm, and Barack is just not the right person. Perhaps in another 10-20 years he may have that experience, but certainly not now.As a | Read More »
Jacob Weisberg vs. Reality
Rasmussen points out an interesting factoid. The GOP genuinely caught a break when Barack Obama chose Senator Joseph Biden as his running mate rather than….General Colin Powell. If Barack Obama runs even or slightly better than John McCain in presidential preference polls, Colin Powell beats John McCain the way the Chicago Bears beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.I point this out not to lobby | Read More »
Bad deal in Afghanistan
A few days ago, it wasn’t clear. If it turned out that 70 (or more) civilians were killed in a recent airstrike in western Afghanistan, then it is an indicator that the U.S.-led NATO command in Afghanistan is pursuing a flawed strategy. Coalition forces lack sufficient force projection on the ground, and it looks like there’s an overreliance on air support. Afghanistan is 48% larger | Read More »
FED UP WITH TAXES LAUNCHES FIRST TELEVISION AD
FED UP WITH TAXES LAUNCHES FIRST TELEVISION ADAUGUSTA, Maine – The Fed Up With Taxes/YES on 1 coalition aired its first television ad last night during the Democratic National Convention. The 30 second ad features Gary Emmons, a small businessman and owner of Exit 26 Quik Stop in Richmond.“I know first-hand what the impact of these new taxes will be on Maine’s small businesses and | Read More »
Cardinal Egan channels Cardinal O’Connor, and lays the smackdown on Nancy Pelosi
Nancy “Ardent Catholic” Pelosi was on Meet the Press this past Sunday, making excuses for her radically proabortion views and lying about the Catholic Church’s long-standing, non-negotiable teaching on the issue. Among other things, Pelosi claimed that the Church’s teaching that “life begins at conception” was “like maybe 50 years or something like that.” Oh really? Needless to say, Catholics across the United States were | Read More »
I Did It!!!!
Finally after all these years, I’ve cracked the bitter, grey, rotten chestnut that is the New York Times editorial staff and I have had my views, or at least a fascimile of my imaginary views, published by the Newspaper of Record as a Letter to the Editor. I can also tell anyone who asks that I will never publicly recapitulate the contents of the letter, | Read More »
Phooey, pig go! Bill Clinton should form Bull Hawg Party [updated]
[This column is a substantially revised version of Shouldn’t Bill cry Sooey! for a Bull Hawg Party?]By Mike DeVine, Legal Editor for The Minority Report and The HinzSight ReportBefore Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, he famously shouted the Arkansas Razorback cheer on Late Night TV: Sooey! Go Pig!The pig needs to eat. But, the only Democrat to be re-elected President since FDR (who is | Read More »