700 Days until Election Day
December 2, 2008
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has."
– Will Rogers
GEORGIA SPECIAL ELECTION… Republican Saxby Chambliss is trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Jim Martin, who is getting help from President-elect Barack Obama and other Democrats leading up to today’s runoff. Senator John McCain, Governor Sarah Palin, and other Republicans are there to support Chambliss…including over a dozen folks from Michigan. Good luck!
FRANKEN LOOKING TO STEAL THE ELECTION…Al Franken won’t live by the work and results of his own state’s bi-partisan Minnesota Board of Canvassers. So now he wants the Democrat controlled Senate to "rule" on the election results. Oh please.
HUGH HEWITT LIVE…last night I was a guest on Hugh Hewitt’s national conservative radio show. We discussed my race for RNC Chairman and some of the challenges we face as a party. He normally posts those interviews on his TownHall page within a day or so.
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Conservative voters became a key bloc
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The most underreported story of the election is that conservative voters provided the margin of victory for President-elect Barack Obama – a finding that has dramatic implications for both Democrats and Republicans.
Normally winning with impressive margins in the popular vote and Electoral College would translate into a governing mandate. Mr. Obama’s victory was not an ideological one, however. The electorate is almost exactly as center-right as it was in 2004. The Bush 2004 voters who pushed Mr. Obama over the top rejected President Bush’s policies and the GOP, but not conservative principles.
When the Democrats take control of both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue in January for the first time in 14 years, maintaining their majority requires that they keep happy the right-tilting voters who changed party support without a corresponding change in belief systems. Even if Democrats hew to a centrist agenda, however, Republicans can win back the disaffected former supporters-but only by convincing the public that they are the true stewards of conservatism.
By Bill Vlasic Published
December 1, 2008
The Detroit automakers have been lumped together for decades as the Big Three, and for good reason; their goals have usually been aligned.
But this week, as the automakers take a second run at Congress, hoping to persuade lawmakers to give them $25 billion in U.S. government aid, their agendas are diverging as they contemplate futures as drastically different car companies.
Those differences will become clear as they deliver more detailed plans for how they would use that money not just to survive, but also to turn themselves around to be competitive in the long term.
By Jack Kelly
The Detroit Lions were thrashed, as usual, in their annual Thanksgiving Day football game, bringing their record for the season to 0-11. This prompted some sports fans to wonder why the Lions’ owners tolerate such consistent failure. But then, the Lions are owned by the Ford family.
This column is about the automobile industry. But I want to begin it with three numbers, because they define the environment in which the fate of the Big Three must be discussed.
The first is $13.84 trillion. That’s the estimated value of all the goods and services produced in the United States last year.
By E. J. Dionne
WASHINGTON — There is a paradox at the heart of the proposed bailout of the auto industry. The rescue would have no chance of passing without the muscle of the Big Three’s unionized work force. Yet you can’t turn around without hearing someone trash autoworkers for the terrible crime of trying to earn a decent living.
The CEOs of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, having blown their earlier plea for help last month, deliver their revival plans to Congress on Tuesday and face their big test later in the week when they defend them. Democratic congressional leaders desperately want to help an industry that accounts, directly or indirectly, for some 3 million to 5 million jobs. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were astonished at how unprepared these corporate titans proved to be the last time.
By BARRY C. LYNN
December 1, 2008
A lot of people are angry at the Detroit Three automakers, including many members of Congress. And why not?
GM, Ford and Chrysler seem still too bloated and old-fashioned, their workers too pampered. For too long the carmakers have failed to design and bring to market the smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles we now want to buy. Yet it is important to put the blame where it really belongs, not on management or labor, but on Congress.
Viewed over the long haul, the all but complete bankrupting of the Big Three is a stunning event. Not long ago the American auto industry was the greatest manufacturing complex in the world. Had a competitor nation consciously intended to destroy this system the result today would surely count as one of history’s great coups. Yet no strategist in Tokyo, Brussels or Beijing cooked up this blitzing of Detroit. Rather it was the product of a set of incoherent policies made right here in America. The environment of law in which these companies had to operate in recent decades all but guaranteed their destruction.
President-elect Obama is no centrist
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
From the Huffington Post and the Daily Kos to National Review and the Washington Times – and all the mainstream media in between commentators are puzzling over who the dickens President-elect Barack Obama really is. On the progressive left, they are beginning to fear he may not be for "redistributive justice." On the Wall Street Journal free market right they are seeing, in his economic team, the possibility that he is really as safe to capitalism as a banker. Karl Rove has concluded that "Mr. Obama’s economic team was reassuring. He’s generally surrounded himself with intelligent, mainstream advisers."
Those impassioned by the anti-war slogan no blood for oil are getting nervous. According to Politico, Jodie Evans, a Code Pink co-founder who with her husband helped raise a lot of money for Mr. Obama during the primary and general election, recalled her interaction with Mr. Obama: "It has gotten to the point where he sees me coming and before I am close he just keeps repeating, ‘Jodie, I PROMISE, I will end the war, I promise I will end the war.’ "
by Shannon McCaffrey
The Associated Press
Monday December 01, 2008, 4:46 PM
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Georgia voters to back Sen. Saxby Chambliss in Tuesday’s runoff in an election eve appeal that underscored her popularity within the Republican Party and the GOP’s efforts to stave off erosion of its shrinking Senate numbers.
"Losing an election doesn’t mean we have lost our way," the former vice presidential candidate told a cheering crowd of 2,500 on Monday in the central Georgia town of Perry. "If we are to lead again, we have lots of hard work ahead of us. Let it begin here tomorrow in Georgia."
Palin’s campaign appearances for Chambliss — four total — were her first since she and Republican presidential nominee John McCain stumbled on Nov. 4. Georgia Republicans clearly were looking ahead, with supporters waiting in the cold for more than an hour to attend the rallies. Vendors in Augusta sold bright pink "Palin 2012" T-shirts and "Palin for President: You Go Girl" buttons. Chants of "Sa-rah!" greeted Palin.
By BRODY MULLINS and ALEX ROTH
Georgia voters on Tuesday are set to resolve one of the final elections of the 2008 campaign, but some of the most active groups seeking to shape the outcome of the Senate race here won’t be heading to the polls.
With Democrats inching toward a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, dozens of out-of-state interest groups on both sides of the aisle have flooded the state with political advertisements and manpower in an effort to influence the race.
Neither incumbent Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss nor Democratic challenger Jim Martin won 50% of the vote on Nov. 4, as required to declare a winner under state law. Tuesday’s runoff has turned into an unlikely and expensive battleground, with the outcome of the race possibly determining whether Democrats gain an even tighter grip on Washington next year.
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: December 1, 2008
WASHINGTON – House Democrats said Monday that they would try to pass an economic recovery bill costing $400 billion to $500 billion next month as governors pressed Congress for money to build roads and bridges, provide health care to low-income people and develop alternative sources of energy.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hoped Congress would be able to deliver a bill to President-elect Barack Obama when he takes office, or a few days later.
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, has said he expects a cost of $500 billion. But aides to Mr. Reid said that Democrats would need to negotiate with Republicans to ensure swift approval of such a large package in the Senate.
Hard to believe, but not everyone in politics wants a free lunch.
By RICK PERRY and MARK SANFORD
As governors and citizens, we’ve grown increasingly concerned over the past weeks as Washington has thrown bailout after bailout at the national economy with little to show for it.
In the process, the federal government is not only burying future generations under mountains of debt. It is also taking our country in a very dangerous direction — toward a "bailout mentality" where we look to government rather than ourselves for solutions. We’re asking other governors from both sides of the political aisle to join with us in opposing further federal bailout intervention for three reasons.
First, we’re crossing the Rubicon with regard to debt.