New PPP poll is a trick to convince Akin to stay in the race
Last night, the Democratic pollster, PPP, quickly did a poll to seek how Akin was polling vis-a-vis McCaskill. Woah–still ahead. http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_MO_8201.pdf I said to myself–there must be something fishy about this poll. “Number-Cruncher” via Campaignspot confirms: PPP used a biased GOP +9 sample to get the result. http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/314552/ppps-sample-missouri-suddenly-becomes-more-heavily-gop
Dear Moderate Losers (Bush Sr., Dole, McCain)–You’re NOT helping Romney
Today, Senator Dole launched a scathing attack on Newt Gingrich and expressed support for Governor Romney. By my count, that means that all three of the GOP losers in my lifetime (who are still alive) have endorsed Romney. All three of them lost in the general election after a primary in which their principal opponent(s) ran to their right. McCain beat Huckabee and Romney; Dole | Read More »
A Vote for Santorum is not a vote for Romney
The conventional wisdom (which, of course, changes by the minute given this election), is that a vote for Santorum is a vote for Romney, that Santorum can’t win, but he can take enough of the conservative votes, who would otherwise vote for Gingrich, to give Romney the plurality win in Florida and elsewhere. The polling showing Gingrich’s surge and victory suggest otherwise. Gingrich has surged | Read More »
Gingrich surging–and how should Santorum voters react
I am a Santorum supporter, and am frankly disappointed that it appears–as of the last two days–that it is Gingrich, not Santorum, who is surging. The latest national, post-Monday-debate poll from Rasmussen confirms: Santorum remains in the mid teens, along with Paul, but Gingrich has regained ground, and is only 3 points behind Romney nationally. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/sc/south_carolina_republican_presidential_primary-1590.html I strongly suspect that we’ll see the same effect | Read More »
Rick Perry forgets his three agencies–AGAIN. He is not a serious conservative candidate.
Governor Perry AGAIN mis-remembered the three agencies he planned on abolishing (by Presidentail fiat??): http://nation.foxnews.com/rick-perry/2012/01/13/oops-he-did-it-again-perry-forgets-three-federal-agencies-he-wants-abolish “‘Commerce, Interior, and Energy are the three that you think of.’ Problem: Those are NOT the three he had previously not been able to name. He swapped Interior for Education” A serious presidential candidate, after the first “oops,” would know the names of the agencies as well as he knows | Read More »
TARP–a litmus test–and another reason to support Santorum or Perry
Almost four years ago, the nation and our party faced a crisis. After leading slightly in the presidential polls for a few weeks, the McCain-Palin ticket fell far behind as the financial crisis threatened, it was reported, to plunge our nation into a depression. The insiders, the smart people, the New York-Washington Axis all concurred–the ONLY solution was for the American people to write a | Read More »
Welcome Aboard the U.S.S. Conservative, Romney-Come-Lately, but…
Dear Mr. Romney: You are a man of impressive talents. You have used those talents to make an impressive and honorable fortune. And with that wealth, you successfully became the governor of one of the fifty states in our Union and have launched an impressive campaign for President. Congratulations! Until very recently, you and I have differed politically. You have favored reforming our healthcare | Read More »
Will Mitt Romney fail to match his 2008 performance in NH, as in IA?
This morning’s Suffolk Tracking poll suggest that Governor Romney will win the NH primary (duh), but may also fail to match his 2008 numbers, just as he did in Iowa. In 2008, Romney received 25.2% of the vote in the Iowa caucus while coming in second, this year he received 24.6% while coming in first. In 2008, Romney received 31.5% of the vote in the | Read More »
When will Erick Erickson offer a definition of “statist” or “big government”?
He has made it his passion in the past week to use his significant bullhorn to attack Rick Santorum on this basis. This morning he has decided that enough people haven’t heard it, so he repeats it, even (accidentally–3 times?) on the frontpage. When he accuses him of the charge, and those who defend him of disingenousness, he has conspicuously failed to offer anything like | Read More »
Should Santorum face reality and drop out today?
According to various posts I’ve read, he has no chance. Romney is going to win. Santorum has no resources and, in any case, will soon be exposed as a statist phoney. Do any of you REALLY believe he has no chance? If you were his advisor, would you seriously, this morning, recommend he simply withdraw? I think he has a 50-50 shot at the nomination, | Read More »
“People who get on the Cain train don’t leave.” Ummm, I just did.
Herman Cain, the affable, friendly, smart guy once said of his presidential campaign, “People who get on the Cain train don’t leave.” I speak solely for myself, but I just got off. His non-answers to the criticism of his 9-9-9 plan (much of which I like) and his non-explanation of his various and sundry pro-choice-sounding answers on abortion, were just too much. And I’m depressed | Read More »
Prediction: Sarah Palin will not run and endorse Herman Cain
I’m posting a prediction here mainly for bragging rights, secure in the knowledge that if I’m wrong, it will be forgotten: Sarah Palin will not run, and will endorse Herman Cain shortly before the Iowa caucuses. If I’m right, however, I DEMAND front page recognition, even universal adulation, in fact, for my prescience. I was gonna post this, even before I saw Palin’s interview. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/64590.html | Read More »
Please explain the pros and cons of Herman Cain.
Fellow Conservatives, I believe I am not alone in looking for a presidential candidate who has the following characteristics: 1. A solid conservative–fiscal, social, foreign-policy, even if he might disagree with me in a particular. 2. An electable candidate. 3. An effective President–one who has the ability to effectively execute the office and duties of the President. In my estimation, these are not independent requirements–they | Read More »
John Quincy Adams WAS a “Founding Father”
Among Michelle Bachmann’s alleged gaffes is her calling the son of John Adams a “Founding Father.” If by Founding Father we mean a signer of the Declaration of Independence, he most certainly is not one, nor, for that matter, was the 19-year-old Alexander Hamilton. If by Founding Father, however, we mean a citizen who was a significant participant in the broader Founding of the United | Read More »
For the youth (and the old who forgot)–a little history lesson re social-conservative causes
So, swirling around the controversy of CPAC’s decision to include GOP Proud group that is emphatically pro-homosexuality (and conspicuously silent on the issue of traditional marriage), one finds the following claims repeatedly made: 1. That traditional marriage is a peripheral issue. 2. That traditional marriage is a losing issue. 3. That even if, as of this day, it remains a winning issue, it will become | Read More »
Tancredo down by…4?!?
So saith Rasmussen: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/governor/co/colorado_governor_maes_vs_hickenlooper_vs_tancredo-1677.html If so, he actually has a prayer. If so, perhaps there is a strong argument for the nominally Republican candidate to throw his support to the conservative who can win (a reverse Scozzafawa). Hmmmm.
Support Joe Dioguardi–a conservative who could actually win in–yes–New York.
I was delighted to see this morning that former Congressman Joe Dioguardi is now within a few points of Kirsten Gillibrand in the special-election Senate race in New York. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/ny/new_york_senate_dioguardi_vs_gillibrand-1469.html (Please note that the lousy poll from Siena is of registered, not likely voters). He is a solid fiscal conservative. He is a CPA and has for decades been sounding the alarm that Congress has | Read More »
PLEASE take action on this–calling all Delaware Republicans
Even after defeat of “their” candidates in the House and Senate primaries, the Republican Party of Delaware remains the public enemy of the very candidates chosen by Republican voters. In particular, (1) The State Party retains the pre-election contents of its website–a website that seems dedicated to slamming O’Donnell and celebrating Castle. http://www.delawaregop.com/Default.aspx; (2) The State Party keeps a link to the “realchristine.com” website. http://www.delawaregop.com/NewsBack.aspx?guid=7909a3bc-eeaa-4bb1-8219-af7080f1d44d; | Read More »
Here is a suggestion/prediction for the Democratic Platform of 2012
I know we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but I want to reach across the aisle and offer some helpful suggestions for the Democratic platform in 2012. The economy is likely to be stuck in stagnation, if not stagflation, so what will be critical will be acknowledging the problems, but attributing them to the prior eight years of GOP rule. How ’bout this? “After nearly four | Read More »
On the Gallup poll showing a tie–not reliable
Yesterday, Gallup’s weekly generic-ballot poll showed the Republicans losing their 10-point advantage and the parties now even at 46. For the benefit of those of you who do not obsessively read polls, Gallup is notoriously erratic in its polling numbers. 10 days before the 2000 election, I recall, they showed Bush with a 13-point advantage over Gore. And almost exactly two years ago, one Gallup | Read More »
GOP should propose a victory parade for Iraq veterans
We owe thanks to God–and our gallant soldiers, sailors, and marines–for measure of victory obtained in Iraq. As our combat operations come to a close, our troops should be publicly honored with a victory parade. It is to be hoped that our President shares this sentiment–and with confidence Republican members of Congress and Republican candidates for election should propose a victory parade to be held–and | Read More »
Whiney and condescending rich Republicans–a self-caricature
Phyllis Schlafly is a heroine of mine. She was a conservative when it was hard–when there were NO major national organizations in the country who offered strong opposition to cultural liberalism. Despite the absence of the internet, talk radio, and the media and organizational monopoly held by the left, she was able to organize an effective opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. I’m still amazed | Read More »
A conservative President will have a constitutional duty to “nullify” the individual mandate
God willing, Barack Obama will be replaced with a President who recognizes the individual mandate, a key component of Obamacare. It will be not the right, but the duty of the new President to exercise his constitutional powers to effectively nullify the “individual mandate.” The President, like all state and federal officials, pursuant to Article VI, takes an oath under the Constitution to uphold the Constitution, and, | Read More »
Time to take “pro-life Democrats” off the endangered species list
Alas, whether because of global warming, the Iraq War, or something else that is George Bush’s fault, a once endangered species is now extinct, or virtually so. At the very least, there are not breeding pairs left. I am referring to the species “pro-life Democrat.” This extinction is not the first to befall the Democratic Party. As Abraham Lincoln explained 150 years ago, another species | Read More »
The Counterfeit Moderation of the New Latte Party
So this morning I read that there is an answer to the Tea Party. The “Coffee Party,” or perhaps more precisely–the “Latte Party.” http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/03/12/coffee.party.people/index.html?hpt=C1 Nothing against lattes. But I strongly suspect that these folks are not sipping on the cheap Joe I’m enjoying right now. What is most outrageous about these folks, who apparently think that we’re not “taxed enough already,” is their counterfeit moderation. | Read More »