Gay Marriage: Does Supreme Court Precedent Matter?
Gay marriage activists and the liberal media are all a-twitter about the Supremes decision to hear the case on California Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex marriage in the state of California. They are comparing this case to Brown v Board of Education Topeka (1954), Roe v Wade (1973), and especially Loving v Virginia (1967), which struck down state laws banning interracial marriage. What they are | Read More »
An Open Letter to John Boehner
Dear Mr. Speaker, I am afraid that in negotiating with President Obama on the pending fiscal cliff that you and the Republican leadership have lost your way. In your desire to strike a “Grand Bargain”, you risk making a “bad bargain” which will cause permanent damage to the Republican Party, alienate conservatives, and have lasting consequences for the American economy. In a desire to make | Read More »
Butch, Sundance, and Jumping off the Fiscal Cliff
My all-time favorite movie is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. At one point, Butch and Sundance are being relentlessly pursued by a posse of Pinkerton agents. Finally, they come to the edge of a cliff overlooking a ravine with a raging river below. The outlaws have three choices. They can surrender, in which case they will probably be tried and hanged as bank robbers. | Read More »
Pennsylvania: The Holy Grail, Romney’s Insurance Policy and Axelrod’s Mustache
In the final days before the Presidential election, the Romney campaign is making a major push in the state of Pennsylvania. They have made a $3 million ad buy in the state, pro-Romney super pacs are spending another $8 million and surrogates, including Marco Rubio, have been sent to campaign in the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Paul Ryan will be in Harrisburg Saturday. Romney himself will make | Read More »
New Hampshire! New Hampshire! New Hampshire!
When the votes begin to be counted on election night, New Hampshire should be the first of the battleground states to be decided. (I’m not counting North Carolina, which most agree is in the Romney column.) At the end of the evening, when all of the votes are counted, New Hampshire may shrink into insignificance, but as the results come in, New Hampshire will rise | Read More »
Orlando Sentinel endorses Romney
The editorial board of Florida’s largest newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, has just announced its endorsement for President. The editorial, headlined “Our Pick for President: Romney” can be read in its entirety here . The endorsement was certainly unexpected because the Sentinel had rousingly endorsed Obama in 2008 and usually endorses Democrats. They endorsed John Kerry in 2004, but did endorse George W. Bush in 2000. The editorial | Read More »
Don’t look now, but North Carolina just turned Red
A new Rasmussen poll of likely voters in North Carolina released today has Romney leading by + 6 (52% – 46%). The RCP average of polls for North Carolina now has Romney at +5.6 (50.3% – 44.7%). North Carolina has now firmly moved into the Romney column on the electoral college map. For the first time, Romney now leads Obama 206 ECV to 201 ECV. | Read More »
Obama is going down–hard
Sean Trende’s article, Can Obama Resist the Forces of Gravity?, on RCP is worth the read. He succinctly explains the Obama campaign strategy. Expect O’s campaign to launch a new low-ball, vicious, gutter “surprise” attack on the eve of the VP debate or by Biden himself during the debate. But this time, the voters aren’t buying the bullsh** they’re selling. If Trende is right, and | Read More »
269 to 269: Not just a hypothetical outcome anymore
RealClearPolitics is now projecting Obama with 269 electoral college votes based upon recent polls (See here ). By their count, Romney has 181 electoral college votes. RCP only has 7 tossup states: Florida (29), North Carolina (15), Virginia (13), Missouri (10), Colorado (9), Iowa (6) and Nevada (6) for a total of 88 ECV up for grabs. But what happens if Romney does run the | Read More »
Where is the Christian outrage?
Dr. Mary L. King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, claims to have discovered a papyrus fragment which provides “evidence” that Jesus was married. Dr. King has a long history of claiming that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. This theory flies in the face of orthodox Christianity and is unsupported by Scriptural authority. She has previously cited claims from the gnostic “Gospel of | Read More »
If a diary falls in the forest . . .
So, this is my first diary since the RedState conversion took place. And to be honest, I am only writing as an experiment to see what is possible in order to allow others to read a diary without actually seeking me out or tracking me down through the comments section. While I miss writing, I really miss reading other members’ diaries. But, if you’re reading | Read More »
While you were talking about Todd Aiken, you might have missed the fact that our other Senate candidates are doing quite well.
RCP’s Battle for the Senate map has now moved the Wisconsin Senate Race from “toss up” to “leans Republican. Former Governor Tommy Thompson now has an 8.3 point lead in the RCP average of recent polls. But that’s not the big news. RCP has also moved the Connecticutt Senate race from “leans Democrat” to “toss up”. Linda McMahon has a 3 point lead (49 – | Read More »
A Tale of Two Parties: Akin vs. Biden
Todd Akin says something really stupid and the Republican nominee, party chair, and hierarchy immediately call for him to withdraw from the campaign for Senate. Joe Biden says something incendiary and the Democratic president, party chair, and party hierarchy immediately accuse voters of being so stupid that they didn’t hear what he actually said. Todd Akin looks the camera in the eye and apologizes for | Read More »
Reading the VP tea leaves: Announcement coming soon
The penultimate piece of the VP puzzle is now in place. At the Olympics today, Ann Romney and Beth Myers watched as Rafalca competed and failed to advance in the horse’s final Olympic event. The pair will now fly back to Boston, where they will be picked up by limousine and carried to the Romney compound in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. There will be time for | Read More »
Memo to Governor Romney: Make the Bold Choice for VP
Dear Governor Romney: Now that you have returned home from your overseas trip and are in the final days of making your Vice Presidential selection, I wait anxiously to hear your choice. Now is not the time to be timid. Now is not the time to play it safe. Be Bold, Governor Romney. Choose Marco Rubio. This election is, as Karl Rove put it, “tight | Read More »
Veepstakes enters final stage
While Mitt Romney is overseas, his campaign dispatched 7 of the top contenders for the Vice Presidential nomination to key battleground states in what has to be regarded as a final test of their potential as Romney’s running mate. After all, before making a hiring decision, a CEO wants to see how his choice measures up to the challenges of the job. And job #1 | Read More »
My Money is on T-Paw for Veep
When he announced his candidacy for President with a web video on May 22, 2011, Tim Pawlenty went immediately and directly after Barack Obama for “not telling the truth”. The next day in Iowa, he declared: I’m here today to tell Iowans the truth, too. America is facing a crushing debt crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen before. We need to cut spending, | Read More »
Does Marco Rubio now have the inside track for the VP nomination?
Yesterday afternoon, Mitt Romney took the unusual step of taking to the stage to announce that the ABC News story that Marco Rubio was not being considered for the VP nomination was “false” and that Rubio was “being thoroughly vetted” for the nomination. This after refusing earlier in the day in an interview with Sean Hannity to comment on the story, except to say that | Read More »
What the latest polls tell us: Romney 285 Electoral College Votes
In poll after poll in the Battleground States during the past two weeks the movement has clearly been in Mitt Romney’s direction. The RCP Electoral College Map shows Obama with 221 ECV and Romney with 170 ECV with 12 states that have a combined total of 147 ECV rated as Toss Ups. Based on the most recent polls in those states, Romney is leading 8 | Read More »
You know your campaign is in trouble when they start printing the “Hillary 2016″ bumper stickers
Last week was a really bad week for the Obama campaign. And to make matters worse, key leaders in the Democratic Party were out again talking up his 2008 nemesis, Hillary Clinton, for President in 2016. Apparently the 2012 election is already over. Somebody just needs to tell Barry. The Hillary 2016 talk started back in March, partly I think to squelch rumors that Obama | Read More »
Another Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Team Obama
Images from Yesterday: Mitt Romney speaking on the economy in front of the shuttered Solyndra plant. A picture is worth a thousand words. David Axelrod giving his best Howard Dean impersonation, attacking Romney’s economic record as Governor of Massachusetts–a record that achieved 4.7% unemployment. Really, David Axelrod. I guess they don’t trust their other surrogates–Deval Patrick and Uncle Joe Biden weren’t allowed close to a | Read More »
Romney’s Alternative Path to Winning
Conventional wisdom has Romney with only one pathway to 270 electoral college votes, and a very narrow one indeed. Most analysts see the 2012 election as a replay of the last three presidential elections. In this view, only a small number of states are in play: Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and Colorado. Romney begins with the McCain base of 180 | Read More »
With Friends like this, who needs enemies?
Barack Obama is not having a particularly good week with his friends in the mainstream media. First the editors of Newsweek crowned him (literally, with a rainbow hued halo) “The First Gay President”. Then CBS/N.Y. Times released their latest poll, which showed him behind Romney 43 – 46 — And this was a call-back poll of voters who had previously placed Obama in the lead. | Read More »
Censorship Alert: The Chronicle of Higher Education fires a conservative blogger
Promoted from the diaries The Chronicle of Higher Education has banned Naomi Schaefer Riley from its Brainstorm Blog. Ms. Riley’s offense was having the audacity to post a blog entitled: “The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations” . As you can imagine, this blog generated a firestorm of responses demanding that the CHE purge Riley’s blog from its web-site and | Read More »
Obama’s first ad buy and the Electoral College map
The Obama campaign has made its first ad buy, which is described in Dan Spencer’s diary. The ad will appear in nine states: PA, OH, FL, VA, NC, CO, NH, IA, and NV. This buy reveals a great deal about Obama’s electoral college strategy: 1. The buy coincides identically with the states that are identified as swing states on the 270toWin Electoral College Map and | Read More »