Sorry, lefties, the Tea Parties are well-funded enough to stick around for a good long time:
The Woodstock, Ga.-based Tea Party Patriots reported raising $12.2 million for the year ended May 31, 2011. That vaults them into the ranks of some of the most successful conservative activist groups, including FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform.
When voters in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District threw Democrat Steve Driehaus out of office after only one term, he did not bow out gracefully. No, he decided to get even. So he did what anyone does in today’s culture: he sued somebody.
Michael Barone, one of the sharpest and savviest political prognosticators out there, breaks down a lot of demographics and decides that 2012 doesn’t look good for Barack Obama:
Looking back over a decade of the popular vote for the House, we see a nation that appears marginally Republican in 2000-2004 and again in 2010 (Republicans’ 48% of the House vote in 2000 was fractionally larger than the Democrats’ percentage that year) and rather solidly Democratic in 2006-2008. In the rather solidly Democratic nation, no region is heavily or reliably Republican, while Democrats carry the Foundry and Germano-Scandinavian America by small margins and the North Atlantic and Pacific by very wide margins. In the marginally Republican nation, only the North Atlantic and Pacific are solidly Democratic, while both Southern regions and the Frontier are pretty solidly Republican (though the Frontier may be getting less so), and Republicans are highly competitive in the Foundry and Germano-Scandinavian America.
You can’t make stuff like this up:
Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.
A source tells The Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.
Yeah, that worked really well in Wisconsin, didn’t it?
With incidents like these, 2012 is looking like it’ll be even better than 2010… this shows better than anything else I can think of just what the so-called Democratic Party really thinks of democracy.
The House of Representatives is set to vote on a repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul this week, fulfilling a campaign promise of congressional Republicans and setting up a clash with the White House and Senate Democrats.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has scheduled a floor debate on the measure for Tuesday and a vote on Wednesday. The new GOP majority, in keeping with its “repeal and replace” mantra, will instruct various House committees to craft alternatives to the law.
“Repealing the job crushing health care law is critical to boosting small business job creation and growing the economy,” Boehner wrote online Monday.
The health care repeal vote had initially been scheduled for last week, but GOP leaders postponed it after the January 8 shootings in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona.
The measure is expected to pass the Republican-led House, but is believed to have little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate or surviving a certain presidential veto.
Personally, even though it seems doomed, I am glad that the House is pushing this. It makes for a stark contrast between the two parties, something that some folks (generally on the fringe) like to try to claim doesn’t exist.
Let the Obamacrats vote to keep this monstrosity of a bill if they want to. Let Obama veto it if it reaches his desk. Let them make public their stance on this federal power grab of control over people’s health. And let the public see how well the Obamacrats listened to the message they were sent in November.
Then let the Republicans remind the voters of these facts in 2012. If you thought 2010 was a bloodbath for the Obamacrats, 2012 should be even worse if they block this repeal effort.
Bring it on!
Democrats controlling the Senate have abandoned a 1,924-page catchall spending measure that’s laced with homestate pet projects known as earmarks and that would have provided another $158 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nevada Democrat Harry Reid gave up on the nearly $1.3 trillion bill after several Republicans who had been thinking of voting for the bill pulled back their support.
GOP leader Mitch McConnell threw his weight against the bill in recent days, saying it was in his words “unbelievable” that Democrats would try to muscle through in just a few days legislation that usually takes months to debate.
Reid said he would work with McConnell to produce a short-term funding bill to keep the government running into early next year.
Once in a while, the good guys win one.
Talk about putting your money where your mouth is:
At least two newly elected House Republicans say they won’t accept the congressional health insurance program, just days after Democrats challenged them to give up the program after campaigning on repealing the health care reform law.
Reps.-elect Bobby Schilling of Illinois and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania both said Thursday that they don’t plan to accept the program.
Schilling told ABC’s “Topline” on Thursday that he’s already decided to turn it down.
“My family and I are bringing our own health care to Washington, D.C.,” he said. “Congress shouldn’t have anything better than the American people.”
Kelly told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Thursday that he won’t be accepting the Congressional health plan, either.
“I don’t need it. I’ve got my own plan,” he said. “There is no reason for anybody to get anything different from anybody else… Why should my health care as a public official be any different than anybody else’s?”
That’s a very good question, Mr. Kelly.
Another very good question… why did the Democrats in Congress decide to exempt Congress from the provisions of the law they themselves enacted?
The word “hypocrisy” leaps to mind.
Is there any possible doubt over the fact that NOW is nothing more than a handy mouthpiece for the Democratic Party?
At one time, NOW supposedly supported women becoming a success in business. However, now that the rubber has hit the road and one of those successful women is challenging a long-time Democratic politician, who happens to be male, and who’s been in politics most of his adult life. And whom does NOW endorse?
Jerry “Call Her A Whore” Brown.
I think NOW should add “A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of the Democratic Party” to their name.
Here is my personal story.
A urine smell permeated the stairwell. In the darkness due to smashed light bulbs, the sound of broken wine bottles underfoot echoed off the concrete walls. I was nine years old. With the elevators out of service half the time due to vandalism, I was forced many times to take the scary trek into the shadow of death up the stairwell to our sixth-floor apartment in the projects of east Baltimore.
This was a far cry from the brand spanking new building we had moved into just two years earlier. I remember our excitement when my parents, three younger siblings and I moved in our apartment. It was a dream come true – moving from our leaky-roofed ghetto into a place where everything, including the appliances, were new.
We were one of the first in the 11-story, all black residents building. While a few people kept their apartments lovely, most seemed committed to destroying the building.
All I kept hearing was that everything was the “white man’s fault”. Even at the age of nine, I sarcastically thought to myself, “how can we stop these evil white people from sneaking in here at night peeing in the stairwell, leaving broken wine bottles, smashing the light bulbs and attacking people?”
So, my early experience living in the government project taught me that some folks simply have a ghetto mindset. I also witnessed the trap of government welfare. And why were so many around me angry and violent – despite getting free housing, food and healthcare?
Believe it or not, he’s writing in the UK Guardian, which is just as lefty as the New York Times.
Lloyd is also the guy who wrote the Tea Party Anthem.
Oh, and he’s black.
Yes, you read that right. One of the strongest spokesmen for the Tea Party movement calls himself a “(black) unhyphenated American” right there on his blog.
Still wanna claim that the Tea Party is racist, Obamacrats?
Apparently, she doesn’t much like an ad the Tea Party recently started running on her in Alaska. So, like a true Privileged Princess who got her seat from Daddy, she immediately demands that those peasants stop, immediately!
At issue is an ad the group unveiled Monday, entitled “Arrogant Lisa Murkowski — You Lost!” It seeks to paint Murkowski as more interested in political self-preservation than in serving the interests of Alaskans. It also claims she didn’t “earn” her Senate seat and that she “tried to manipulate the Libertarian party into giving her their slot” on the ballot — claims McKeever called “materially false.”
I dunno about the last two claims, but the first one, that she’s vitally interested in political self-preservation, seems to be amply proven by the fact that her own website shows people how to write her name in after–I say again, after–she lost the GOP primary to Joe Miller. That sure seems like “political self-preservation” to me. It also seems like “desperation.”
Of course, with Murkowski voting against an attempt to stop earmarks (HR 1, roll call vote 46), against a freeze of Federal spending at 2008 levels (HR 1105), and for the SCHIP program expansion, (HR 2), she can hardly be considered a fiscal conservative, much less expect the Tea Party–whose primary focus is on fiscal matters–to be a big Murky fan.
However, by attacking the Tea Party, Murky has finally shown her true colors… not merely RINO, but DIRC: Democrat In Republican Clothing.
She needs to be defeated, again.
Well, it looks like some lefties are considering attacking Sarah Palin… again.
If I was a conservative eminence grise standing behind the President’s shoulder in the Oval Office, and wanted a quick and efficient way to make Obama look even more foolish than he already does, I would whisper “attack Palin!” in his ear incessantly.
Allow me to make an (apparent) digression to make the point. Trust me, I’ll connect it all up again later.
Most adults, once they’ve worked for a few years, have encountered at least one example of the whiner who blames everyone else for his own deficiencies. This person was probably doing just fine in a lower position, but somehow he got promoted beyond his ability, and now he just can’t hack the job. Some people, admittedly, when faced with this sort of situation, will admit that they’re not up to the job, and either drop back to a lower level, or do their best to get advice and/or training so that they can handle the higher position.
However, more often than not, at least in my experience, people turn to endless carping and complaining about “them.” You know, “they” are sabotaging his plans. “They” won’t cooperate. “They” are whispering rumors behind his back. “They” created the problems and skillfully hid it until he arrived to pull back the curtain.
Here’s the connection… every time Obama tries an Alinskyite attack on a different target, be it Bush, Boehner, Cantor, Beck, Limbaugh (either Rush or David), or Palin, he reminds people of just that sort of whining ninny who’s been promoted to his level of incompetence.
So, if I had the President’s ear and wanted to make him look small, petty, and whiny, I’d be whispering, “attack Palin!”
Are ya ready for this earthshaking announcement?
Are you sitting down?
Okay… it’s below the fold.
Or, at least, that’s how this Politico story makes it look:
Red-district Democrats are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to extend Bush-era income tax rates for all brackets, revealing a high-stakes rift between the party’s vulnerable moderates and its safe liberals as the issue increasingly dominates the national debate.
POLITICO has obtained a draft of a letter from rank-and-file lawmakers to Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them not to let tax rates rise for Americans at the highest income levels.
“We believe in times of economic recovery it makes good sense to maintain things as they are in the short term, to provide families and businesses the certainty required to plan and make sound budget decisions,” the House members wrote in a letter that was being circulated for signatures on Friday and is expected to be delivered on Monday or Tuesday.
Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah, Glenn Nye of Virginia, Melissa Bean of Illinois and Gary Peters of Michigan drafted the letter and are working to gather support, mostly from the moderate Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions, for at least a temporary extension of the rates for top income earners as well as those in the lower brackets.
I must admit, however, that I’m not so sure that the authors of that letter are more concerned about the economy, or about saving their own hides in what seems to be shaping up as a very anti-Democrat election cycle. Either way, I am glad to have them fighting their own party leadership (Obama-Pelosi-Reid) on what amounts to a tax hike in a recession.
Of course, some Democrats are still desperately trying to spin things:
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen and Obama have accused Republicans of holding the middle class “hostage” because they want all of the tax rates extended.
In point of fact, there are not enough Republicans in the House to stop a tax cut if that’s really what Pelosi wants to pass. In the Senate they might be able to by filibuster, but it’s entirely possible that the Senate could push it through using the Reconciliation rules, which, if I remember right, were created at least in part for just this sort of thing. Therefore, saying that the GOP is holding the cuts “hostage” is at best misleading and at worst a bald-faced lie… not that we should be surprised at seeing the latter from Obamacrats.
Yesterday, Obama spent part of his much-touted speech (which couldn’t even fill a college auditorium) bashing House Minority Leader John Boehner. This strikes me as a really bad idea, even by Obamaic standards.
I’m not a poll-watcher, and have my full share of skepticism about polls, but when just about every recent poll shows that people think the country is headed in the wrong direction, I think we can take it as pretty much established. In that sort of atmosphere, I would think Obama wouldn’t want to, in essence, tell people about someone who also thinks the country is headed in the wrong direction and who–despite what Obama falsely claimed–has offered his own plan for turning things around.
Boehner is, to be honest, not exactly a household name among the non-political-wonks out there in America. Yet Obama seems to want to say, “hey, people, if you don’t like what I am doing, here’s someone that’s opposing me!”
Just one more sign that the Obama White House is flailing.
Sounds like at least a few Republicans have learned a good lesson:
The Young Guns book recognises “high profile ethics lapses” and “an inability to rein in spending or even slow the growth of government” led to a breakdown in trust in the party.
During the previous Republican rule, Tom DeLay, the former majority leader in the House, was prosecuted for money laundering and violating campaign finance laws, though he was never convicted. Several other members of Congress were embroiled in scandals involving favours for lobbyists.
“The fact is, we had our chance, and we blew it,” wrote co-author Eric Cantor, the party’s chief whip.
Critics have pointed out that Mr Cantor, 47, from Virginia, was a member of the party’s leadership during the era he is now criticising.
The Young Guns programme run by Mr Cantor and his colleagues and co-authors Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan is designed to find new, reliable conservative candidates.
Yeah, Cantor was part of the leadership back then. However, intelligence allows for a change of direction when one is clearly not working. The high-spending politics-as-usual policies Cantor was following led directly to the losses of 2006 and 2008, if he’s truly changed his ways (and I admit to some skepticism), then congratulations to him.
Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada on Monday became the highest profile Democrat to break with President Barack Obama, who on Friday backed the right for the developers to build a mosque near ground zero.
In a statement, Reid said the first amendment protects freedom of religion and he respects that, but the mosque should be built somewhere else.
Reid is up for reelection in November.
Obama is not.
It happened again… two eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Wepubwicans have placed their bodies right in the path of one of the pacifistic union member’s hands.
I know, it looks to most conservatives like the union thug deliberately pushes two cameramen at a GOP rally, but of course, we know from the Dinosaur Media that such a thing could never happen, because it’s the conservatives that are violent, not the oh-so-kind union goons, so it must have been all the cameramens’ fault, right?
That’s the story that’s going around… but, it’s not the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Wepubwicans that are doing the forcing this time:
Bolingbrook’s Cedra Crenshaw has become one of this election’s conservative darlings, fighting the system by launching her own efforts to challenge an incumbent Democrat State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi. Her first public appearances were at Will County Tea Party events, where she declared war on the corrupt Chicago machine as “just one mom.”
Wilhelmi, she says, is clearly a part of the Chicago machine although he’s based in Joliet. A faithful go-along vote with the Democrats, Wilhelmi is a part of the state’s problems, and ousting him along with other lawmakers who’ve created the embarrassing state budget crisis is just what Illinois needs, Crenshaw says.
And that’s just enough energy and threat from Republican ranks to scare the Democrats into doing everything they can to scratch Crenshaw off the November ballot. She’s got enough acceptable petition signatures to get on the ballot. But her candidacy is still in limbo because the Senate Democrats insist that accompanying paperwork may not have been filed on time, although the reason for the lack of clarification is because the Illinois election law itself was in transition.
The three members of the Will County Board of Elections are County Clerk Nancy Schutz Voots, State’s Attorney appointee Mary Petro and Circuit Clerk Pamela McGuire. Voots ran as a Republican, State’s Attorney Glasgow and Pamela McQuire are both Democrats. The board’s decision whether to keep Crenshaw on the ballot will be decided when Voots, Petro and McGuire’s opinions are gathered into a report which will then be made public.
Crenshaw’s confident if the Will County Board follows the decisions made in two other similar candidates’ cases, she’ll remain on the ballot as she is now. Cook County senate candidate Adam Wojcik and Chicago state house candidate Dave Lenkowski both beat Democratic challenges based on the same arguments the Democrats are making to the Will County Board. But Crenshaw’s still waiting to hear the three Will County election board judges’ final decision.
Will the dinosaur media and senior elected officials jump on this story and decry the apparent racism and sexism involved in forcing a black woman off the ballot?
Don’t hold your breath.
My Fellow Conservatives, I hate to throw even a little bit of cold water on the predictions for the 2010 Congressional elections, but I feel that things have gone so far that I must.
While I agree that the prospects are very favorable for large gains in both the House and Senate for the Republicans, we conservatives need to start being a bit more careful with our predictions.
First off, politics is inherently unpredictable, and no one short of God has any idea what could happen between now and the second Tuesday in November. It’s possible that an event could occur that would really damage the chances of one or more GOP candidates.
Second, it may sound like a cliche, but it’s also true: Overconfidence leads to mistakes; mistakes lead to failure. If we avoid the overconfidence, the chances of failure are smaller.
We need to fight for the 2010 elections like the Democrats are poised to take every single seat, because they just might if we screw up.