August 31, 2008
Andrew Sullivan was one of the first bloggers I read on a regular basis, and I used to have a great deal of respect for him, even when I didn't agree with what he wrote all of the time, but he's descended into the worst kind of hackery over the last few years, and I agree witgh Ace when he says "He should be blogging at the Daily Kos." He's not just attacking Sarah Palin here, he's attacking her innocent teenage daughter and infant son as well, and that's beyond reprehensible.
So I say, yes, let's join in on this ban. As I wrote in the comments over there, he's dead to me. If you disagree, let me know in the comments.
August 21, 2008
August 05, 2008
This weekend I had the chance to talk to Jeff Beatty, who is seeking to unseat Sen. John Kerry from his lofty, haughty perch in the U.S. Senate. We were able to talk one-on-one about the state of the race and what he plans to do for the people of Massachusetts.
Noting that Massachusetts is a deep blue state, I asked him what issues he planned on highlighting during the campaign that would have crossover appeal to Democratic voters. Mr. Beatty believes that when people are in the voting booth, they’ll be thinking about more than the letters after someone’s name. The people of Massachusetts will ask themselves who they trust to protect their job, their country, and their family. He and his campaign like the answers people get when they ask themselves those questions.
He also noted that while the Democratic legislature has the ability to gerrymander districts in statewide races, the Senatorial race is statewide. Before Gov. Deval Patrick took office after the 2006 elections, Republicans had controlled the governor’s office for 16 years. On top of that, Gov. Deval Patrick’s disapproval ratings are very high.
I then asked if there were any of Gov. Patrick’s policies that his campaign could tie Sen. Kerry to. Naturally, there were. Illegal immigration will likely play a role in this campaign, as Gov. Patrick has just put forth a plan to give in-state benefits to illegal aliens. Sen. Kerry supports this unpopular move. Also, as I expected, Jeff Beatty plans on highlighting the contrast in tax policy between Sen. Kerry and himself. He will be seeking votes of union members who have lost their jobs because plants have relocated out of Massachusetts due to the outrageously high taxes Democrats have imposed there.
I spent the last minute or so of the call giving a couple of suggestions for the campaign. (Presumptuous on my part, but he was a nice guy and indulged me.) First, given the number of small family businesses that are started by minorities, I suggested that he highlight his belief that the death tax should be eliminated as a way of promoting economic growth within minority communities. As he had mentioned union members before, I said that he should point out that by opposing off-shore drilling and oil exploration in ANWR, Sen. Kerry is opposing new union jobs for Massachusetts and the nation.
I left this call being much more optimistic about Jeff Beatty’s chances to unseat Sen. Kerry, which is a good feeling for a candidate to inspire. I believe that Jeff Beatty is committed to winning every vote this fall. However, he will not do it by blurring the lines between the two parties, but by offering free market solutions to the problems of every American regardless of their party affiliation.
***Cross-posted at Down the Ticket***
August 04, 2008
Bob Novak is truly one of the greats, so that makes his health problems and subsequent discontinuation of his column that much more tragic.
I got to see him up close and personal once at one of Americans for Tax Reform's Wednesday meetings. He was promoting his then new memoir The Prince of Darkness, and was every bit as nice as you'd think he would be (unless you're a raving Leftist, then he was nicer).
I wish him and his family well.
August 01, 2008
Palin: But as for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does everyday? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.She wants to be a busy vice president, if one at all. Now, here's Sen. John McCain:
"The vice president really only has two duties. One is to cast a tie-breaking vote in the case of a tied vote in the Senate. And the other is to inquire daily as to the health of the president."Gov. Palin strikes me as someone with greater ambitions than being--at best--a one-term vice president with no prominent role in the administrations day to day activities.
Update: I gives the people what they wants!
True story: She didn't actually catch the fish, it jumped into her arms, risking certain death just to be closer to her.
I was a little disheartened by this report earlier in the day, where a squishy compromise looked like it was being hammered out. I thought, great, here we go again. I almost bailed on writing about the oil issue, because I figured the GOP would continue to be their lazy selves and do the minimum.
Then I saw this, Nancy Pelosi decided to shut down the lights and cameras in the House while the GOP was discussing and debating energy policy and oil policy. It's turning into a circus, and I'm hoping this stunt by Pelosi finally lights a fire under their asses and they start acting bold. Since they shut the chamber cameras down, they have Rep. John Culberson outside of the chamber with a handicam reporting and Twittering.
From Pete Hoekstra's Twitter account,
Shame! Shame! Capital Hill police working under strict orders to shut Capital down at 430 pm today. Speaker Pelosi wants this shut down now
Some of the GOP Congressmen are calling on people to call their Representatives, and to call the House leadership to demand a vote! This is how you do it, GOP! More of this, please!
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