The Elephant in the room is a Donkey, from the author of Drawl and that’s all: The Myth of the Moderate Democrat
You know election day is near when Democrats run from their liberal records. This is especially so when, as now and in 1980, Americans are suffering under the natural consequences of their previous election day votes that put a Democrat in the White House and super-majorities of the Democratic Party in charge of both houses of Congress.
Whether its a “bearded Marxist”, liar on taxes like Christopher Coons in Delaware or a “maverick” Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Democrats rarely run on their economic policy voting records unless the economy is still humming along on Reagan-Clinton-Newt-Dubya conservative policy anti-bodies that their liberal poison has yet to overcome. Even witness the 41 Democrats that tout their votes against ObamaCare, all but one of whom voted for two President Barack-Obama-signed budgets in deficit more than the eight years of debt incurred during the Bush years. Moreover, 33 of those same Democrats trying to run as moderates and conservatives voted with all of the 250+ other Democrats for the stimulus that didn’t.
It appears that Obama’s party is about to get the comeuppance it has deserved for over 40 years and hopefully the accurate branding it has too often avoided due to divided government sharing of credit and blame. For despite all the GOP teeth-gnashing over elitist, establishment and ruling class Republicans, they have voted almost uniformly and unanimously against the ObamaDem agenda that has not only failed to end the economic malaise but has extended and deepened its scope.
Finally, the Democratic Party will be held accountable for the proven failure of liberal economic policies that the Left has dreamed of for 100 years and by a majority of same that have dominated the party since JFK’s assassination. They can run, but they can’t hide this time, even as they try and change the subject.
Dabblings in the witchcraft of class envy, job destruction, and the end of life, liberty and American happiness pursuits
Are the First State’s Biden and Dairy State’s Maverick-Feingold seats as safe as the Bay State’s Kennedy seat? I hope so.
Late last year, Redstate’s EPU blogged of an 80+ seat GOP House of Representative’s strategy, so convinced was he of the likely scope of the Great Recession-induced backlash. Many scoffed. I didn’t because I know some Reagan Revolution and other history. Still, post-Scott Brown and Chris Christie, some conservatives remain timid, even including Charles Krauthammer when it comes to Delaware.
Apparently Charles still thinks voters will fear Christine O’Donnell’s pre-Christian studies of alternative religions or Christine O’Donnell the Christian, despite her opposition to all the ObamaDems passed into law as well as the Cap and Trade high energy tax on the poor that was not enacted into law even with her GOP opponent’s vote? I can’t figure out which. Oh yes, and, incredibly, O’Donnell has suffered from bouts with debt and low income. My God! I guess Democrats forget their Thomas Jefferson roots and his mammoth debt?
Think the above is scary, well let’s look under Coon’s shaved beard and see if the Jeremiah-like cultish “liberation theology”, i.e. racist rantings are any less scary when mused upon by a pedestrian-looking white guy that lied about taxes to get elected locally:
Coons, 47, is the top executive of New Castle County, home to a majority of Delaware’s population. From a Republican perspective, there’s one really important thing to know about his time in office: In 2004, when Coons first ran for the job, he promised not to raise taxes. Since then he has raised taxes not once, not twice, but three times.
Coons inherited a surplus. Celebrating victory on election night in 2004, he said his “top priority would be to continue balancing the budget without increasing property taxes,” according to an account in the local News Journal. Yet in 2006, he pushed through a 5 percent increase in property taxes. In 2007, he raised property taxes 17.5 percent. In 2009, he raised them another 25 percent.
Coons wanted to raise other taxes, too. He proposed a hotel tax, a tax on paramedic services, even a tax on people who call 911 from cell phones.Add to that the likelihood that Coons will be a strong ally of the Democratic leadership in new spending proposals. He has supported all the big ones — stimulus, bailouts, Obamacare — and on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Coons is his favorite Senate candidate. “He’s my pet,” Reid told the Hill newspaper. (A chagrined McElhatton was reduced to protesting that “Chris is not anyone’s pet.”)
The greatest cries of alleged libel and slander from Democrats usually proceeds after their records have been accurately reported. Coon has just been attacked and viciously so. But my viciousness pales in comparison to the devastation of Coons’ Dem Party policies on Americans’ economic suffering in three out of the four years since Pelosi became Speaker.
Now lets attack a less-compliant Senate pet of Harry Reid
By all accounts, Russ Feingold is a good man of public service that has not enriched himself in office nor sought mammoth roads to nowhere. He obviously has had the best of intentions in the casting of votes, many of which have been of the maverick variety:
Everything about Feingold’s Senate career has been a fight against a future where Crest Democrats do battle with Colgate Republicans. More than his sometime ally John McCain, the man from Wisconsin is the Senate’s true maverick. And unlike McCain, whose “independence” always had about it an air of self-absorption and attentiveness to the media, Feingold has never been a maverick for the sake of being a maverick. His eighteen years in the Senate have been defined by a steadiness of commitment that pays little regard to presidents or parties.
Feingold opposed Bill Clinton’s North American Free Trade Agreement and normalization of trade with China; he opposed George W. Bush’s Central American Free Trade Agreement; now he is challenging attempts by the Obama administration to advance trade policies that do too much for multinational corporations and too little for workers and farmers here and abroad. Feingold was the leading Senate critic of Clinton’s failure to abide by the War Powers Act; he opposed Bush’s rush to war in Iraq and was the first senator to call for a timeline to bring the troops home; now he complains that the Obama administration is not moving fast enough to wind that war down. Feingold noisily challenged constitutional abuses during the Clinton and Obama years, and as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Constitution subcommittee, he is pressing the Obama administration to get serious about civil liberties. Feingold opposed Clinton’s proposal to loosen bank rules, arguing that doing so could threaten financial stability; he opposed Bush’s bank bailout; and he was the sole Democrat to object that the reforms Obama backed did not go far enough because they did not do away with “too big to fail” banks and did not adequately protect consumers or taxpayers.
Yes, it was “maverick” to join with John McCain to deny Americans’ their free speech rights. But Feingold’s liberal “reporter” apologist doesn’t tout his votes with ALL of his Senate Democrat colleagues to pass ObamaCare, the stimulus and the record-breaking, currency-endangering budgets.
The more Democrats try to differentiate themselves based on the eye-iris-color equivalents, the more one notices how homogeneous they are. Yes, Russ seems to be a good man. Let’s find a job for this good man and all the other good and bad Democrats, where they can’t destroy the economy.
Feingold is resorting to class warfare against his “rich” opponent. Maybe some private sector experience living under the effects of his policies will concentrate his mind on who creates jobs for those not employed by government and will do him some good. I know that his absence from the Senate due to his replacement by Republican Ron Johnson will do America some good.
Tea is served in Delaware and Wisconsin.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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