Why should Obama budge on his demands?
Perhaps one of the more troubling topics I’ve seen discussed over the past two years is the strategy in confronting Democrats and President Obama on various issues. How can we expect Congress to break the 20 percent approval rating when we demand strategies and results which only come when the GOP has the Presidency, House and Senate – while we only control the House? Unlike | Read More »
Quick note on Romney’s Obamacare comment
Working in the Healthcare profession I feel compelled to note a couple of things regarding Romney’s statement yesterday regarding “keeping parts of Obamacare.” This should not freak everyone out given the context of repeal and replace. There is about 80% that is god-awful and deserves to be sentenced to die a slow death. However, there are elements which can work and are actually pro-competition in nature. | Read More »
On Akin and #mosen
In the last six hours the face of the Missouri U.S. Senate took a turn for the worse. Akin, with a solid lead in the race against Claire McCaskill made a tremendous unforced error. Representative Akin made a comment during an interview broadcast this morning that “Women who are victims of “legitimate rape” cannot get pregnant because their bodies won’t allow it.” Yes, you read | Read More »
Why Ryan is a good pick as Vice Presidential candidate for Mitt Romney
After months of speculation Mitt Romney announced this morning that Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan is his pick as Vice Presidential candidate for the United States of America. This pick, beyond bringing instant gravitas and credibility on the subject of debt reduction, does three very important things. First, it unites the base like no other candidate could. What corner of the GOP tent you lay your blanket | Read More »
The final word on Obamacare.
Many moon ago as people piled on the Bush administration and Republicans for not tackling debt and all other sorts of evil I opined to be careful. Words mean things. Hurtful words, however true, are still hurtful and carry consequences. The past four years are an exact fruition of self-loathing combined with perfectionism and the belief man is at the center of all solutions. While | Read More »
We can only talk bad about our selves so long before we start believing it.
Label this as part of my on going series how we (conservatives and Republicans) are failing to play this election cycle with any wisdom or long term strategy. Last year was bad enough when many of us went for broke on the budget, as a pose to taking a more controlled approach, even though Democrats controlled two thirds of the government apparatus - and the media. This | Read More »
Who’s running a theocracy?
Im going to make this as simple as possible. Members of the media are trying to do to Rick Santorum what they were successful in doing to Mike Huckabee: mark the man as some sort of a religious lunatic. I am sure the other campaigns (including Obama) are all too happy to revel in the narrative and exploit the missteps of the Santorum campaign. What is | Read More »
South Carolina was about…
Contrary to belief being spun around country tonight South Carolina was not the grass roots “striking back.” Period. Romney’s campaign, which was leading up until about a week ago, failed on an epic proportion. Instead of continuing to explain and sell he went into prevent defense mode. Like many sports teams who use that strategy instead of playing to win, lost. Any candidate who cannot | Read More »
Take your internal fights elsewhere.
Newsflash to both GOP “establishment” and those who believe they represent “the grass roots”: You both need each other. One reason I am completely demoralized and sickened over the past few months is best represented by what I am seeing over the past few hours. At this point I believe neither side wants whats best for America and is only interested in what is best | Read More »
Impressions of Gingrich – Romney – Paul – Santorum for 1/19/2011 Debate: Thoughts of wife edition.
Day One post Perry was rough. It wasnt easy to watch Governor Perry withdraw from the race. Much could be said by simply watching the eyes of his wife – and the kiss between the two – and the tone of Governor Perry’s voice. Governor Perry is correct that no one man own conservatism, and that we must all work forward to ensure its advancement, it | Read More »
Open letter to Newt, Mitt, Ron and the other Rick from Perry supporter.
Let me spell this out as best I can: You want my vote, you are going to have to work for it. I am mad as the devil at how each one of you treated Gov Perry (and each other for that matter) during the race. Being honest: Perry’s character and faith far outshines every single person left in this race. Dont challenge me on that | Read More »
Venture vs vulture capitalism.
The recent debate of what constitutes good business pratices and the obligations of an employer is a best a misunderstood thing. Governor Perry and Newt Gingrich both referenced Governor Romney’s experience at Bain Capital. The language used was not perhaps the best, and if we are honest, it may help Democrats in the general election. Keep in mind, as I type this, I am a hard core Perry | Read More »
Pre-Iowa 2012 Caucus notes on GOP President Candidates.
Reader note/up front disclaimer: I am a Perry supporter and havent changed my mind much. The analysis below is meant to be fair. All through the summer and fall I waited to write this observation. Waited for the right time to see how things were setting and more importantly, for us to get to know the candidates a little better. I am certainly glad I | Read More »
And now it comes to this.
I’ve spent the last two years warning about violating Reagan’s 11th commandment and focusing on policy – and who can best govern. Instead the Republican and conservative moment(s) decided to go to war with each other, and to be frank, prove they both deserve the mantle “party of stupid” based on tactical movements designed to maximize power grabs. It started with mocking of Governor Perry | Read More »
Missing the point on Cain, Perry and Rubio
Drama on the campaign trail always adds flavor to the season and provides a sense of story. In recent weeks the media’s obession with destroying several of the GOP’s more prominent (and conservative) political figures provides a sense of desperation not felt in eight years. Whether trying to paint Governor Perry as a racist, Rubio as a liar and Cain as some sort of unethical figure it all | Read More »
Why GOP debates must drop to four people.
After the last two GOP debates I believe there is a clear case to be made that the forums should drop to four people. Not just on polling data and fundraising, but substance. The four people I would like to see discussions break down to are Perry, Romney, Cain and Gingrinch. These four people promote the best substance in the debate. In fact you could | Read More »
GOP unserious about winning presidential election in 2012
As I scan the morning new over the past couple weeks I’ve come to the conclusion that most Republican candidates are completely unserious about winning the presidential election in 2012. How can I say such a thing? Easy. There is more energy being put into knifing each other in the back and building up stalking horses than focusing on policy. One need to look no further | Read More »
What we should expect from tonight’s GOP Debate.
Here we go. Round two. One advantage Democrats were able to get partial traction from beating up on Bush during many of their debates during 2007. At each turn Republicans and conservatives took a beating. Fast forward to this election cycle and Republicans get the same chance. Will they take that window opporunity? The TEA Party debate hosted by CNN suggests no. For all the | Read More »
How Lichtman cooks his own books.
For those who didnt happen to catch this little jewel, American University professor Allan Lichtman who ”accurately” predicted past presidential elections is now calling the 2012 election for President Obama. To understand how Lichtman makes his predictions, you must understand there are “13 keys” to winning an election. Of those, he says, the winner must take at least six. According to the professor Obama wins nine. Yes, you read that correctly, | Read More »
Why Rick Perry is the right man at the right time for President of the United States.
In December of 2008 I wondered not as some national figures if the GOP was dead, but who would take up the mantle of leadership and help lead America in the promise of freedom and restore the approach of limited government as our forefathers envisioned. I saw few who fit that description. At least none which I sat at ease with. Along came Texas Governor Rick Perry | Read More »
Observations regarding S&P’s Downgrade of America’s AAA bond rating.
They say the worst news in Washington is dropped on Friday afternoon. Yesterday was no different as Standard and Poors’s decided to downgrade America’s AAA bond rating. While many in the political establishment (that includes many of us activist) view what may be profitible for the next election, businesses look for stability and solvency to ensure a return on their investment. As a result I believe | Read More »
Two unanswered questions about Boehner 4.0
The devil is always in the detail. Certainly is the case for Boehner 4.0. Some of us sought to crash the car or toe the line if default, others like my self, did not. We wanted a solution which would keep the ball moving forward while doing the right thing for the country. Which of the conflicting strategies is right or wrong is for another | Read More »
Initial thoughts on possible debt ceiling compromise. (Updated)
National Journal is reporting the outlines of what may be an interesting debt ceiling compromise. While details are sketchy, if true, Republicans and conservatives should be happy with much of what Democrats and President Obama might agree to. Of interesting notes: There will be an extension of days to allow Congress to slow things down without threatening default. To me, this could be key so Congress will | Read More »
Have we prayed for our leaders?
As dawn breaks over the nation this morning many thoughts touch my mind with one common theme: have I prayed enough for our leaders, even those who I do not agree with, on this matter. I am forced to admit that I personally have not. 1 Timonthy 2:1-3 (NIV here) comes to mind a lot. As we go through today and the coming weeks I would ask | Read More »
53+7 = Obama and Democrats winning in 2012
While trying to upstage today’s vote on cut-cap-balance, initial reports emerging from the United States Senate point to some sort of deal being pasted together from the “Gang of Six” talks which would reduce the deficit by 3.5 trillion over ten years. Seventy five percent would come from cuts from a broad range of programs, including defense. Twenty five percent (or 1.2 trillion) will come | Read More »