February 24, 2009

"Americans Can Do Anything"

That's the title of Gov. Bobby Jindal's response to the President's speech before Congress tonight.  In many ways, Obama is the Bizarro Reagan.  Sure, he can give a good speech, but he uses his rhetorical skill for fear and pessimism, rather than Reagan's hope and optimism. 

Ben Smith has excerpts, among them:

“As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country - and they instilled in me an immigrant’s wonder at the greatness of America. As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: ‘Bobby, Americans can do anything.’ I still believe that to this day."

Yes, sir.  Can I has some moar, pleeez?

I still think it's unlikely that Jindal will run in 2012 unless he chooses not to run for re-election in Louisiana in 2011.  But, good Lord, do we need him.  I'll definitely be watching his response tonight, albeit on YouTube or C-SPAN.  (Let's hear it for working nights!)

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Finally! A futile and stupid legislative gesture I can support.

The Illinois Senate is considering voting to recognize Pluto as a planet.

It is hereby the Official Position of This Blog (by which I mean me but, really, isn't that what matters?) that Pluto is a planet.  See re bite me argumentation supra. 

Also if you click to that link there's an ad for donuts.   mmmmmmmm donuts. 

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February 23, 2009

CAGOP to deny funds to Vichy Republicans

As it fucking should be, I hope the PAGOP grows a spine and does the same to Specter. 

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February 19, 2009

Now I understand how Chris Matthews feels about Obama

Dear Bobby Jindal:

I love you.

Even if I do feel like a total slacker compared to you.


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February 18, 2009

CAGOP says On Ne Passe Pas?

They just ousted the minority leader in the CA Senate because he was trying to set up a sellout.  I have to think that most of the CAGOP knows this is their last stand if the state is to be saved.  I hope they crush any attempts to sell out mercilessly.  So what do our CA based morons think of this whole thing?  Will the CA GOP sellout, or will they fight to the last?

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February 16, 2009

Have a suggestion for the RNC?

The RNC wants to hear about it.  Hawkins is part of an interwebs outreach committee type thingy and is taking suggestions, feel free to add your own.

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February 15, 2009

Caterpillar Employees Not Hip To The Hope And Change Express

So sayeth The Hammer and the guy who represents the district where Caterpillar is based.

Schock's constituents were urged by the president himself to tell Schock to vote "yes," but he was not approached by one constituent, Caterpillar employee or otherwise, asking him to support the stimulus. Democrats can pass this monstrosity because they control both houses, but they should never get away with painting criticism of it as unreasonable or purely partisan. Criticism comes from every quarter— even from laid-off workers who are subject to an onslaught of the president's patented Promises of an Implausible Nature and Grandiloquence of Economic Gloom:

I found it very interesting that after the president finished his speech and I stayed around, not one employee at that facility approached me and asked me to vote for this bill. In fact, I have received over 1,400 phone calls, e-mails, and letters from Caterpillar employees alone asking me to oppose this legislation


Harf. Harf. Harf.
Here is the video:


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February 13, 2009

Heh. Congressman Plays "Name That Party" On House Floor

Kudos to Lamar Smith of Texas.

An alleged liberal bias by journalists covering recent scandals was enough "breaking news" to House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who took to the floor of the House yesterday to complain.

"The national media spells scandal without the 'D,'" Smith alleged during one-minute speeches by members on the House floor Monday.

"Two weeks ago the Governor of Illinois was removed from office," he added. "All three television networks ran full reports on the story the same night and again the following morning. Not one report mentioned that he is a Democrat."

Smith asserted the media failed to similarly include the party affiliation of indicted Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and convicted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, as well as sex scandal-plagued former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer -- all of whom are Democrats.

"Americans need and deserve balanced reporting from the media, not selective omissions," Smith added.

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February 11, 2009

I Know It's Only One Poll, And It's Nearly 18 Months Out

But.....

 

I know I fell for the mugs game back in 2006, and 2008 to a lesser extent, that polls were deliberately skewed to oversample Democrats. Maybe it still goes on. Maybe not. But, this number is amazing.

And what is more important to realize is that once numbers and perceptions start to become cemented,  nothing, save an earth shaking incident, can shift them dramatically. I always believed that the 2006 election was lost in August/September 2005, and let's hope this is the case this time around.

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February 10, 2009

$20 for NY-20!

The rightroots are participating in a push today to for NY-20 Congressional candidate Jim Tedisco.

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The Democrat running for this seat, tax cheat venture capitalist Scott Murphy, is bringing his A-game. That means the ability to self-fund and ride on now-Sen. Kristen Gillibrand's coattails (something which may be a little harder now that her former constituents feel betrayed by her).

We need to level the playing field. Please donate today and help ensure the 20th District returns to Republican hands.

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February 09, 2009

Sweet jebus I love Mark Sanford

He fears we may be headed to a "savior-based" economy:

“We’re moving precipitously close to what I would call a savior-based economy,” Sanford also said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

The South Carolina Republican said such an economy is “what you see in Russia or Venezuela or Zimbabwe or places like that where it matters not how good your product is to the consumer but what your political connection is to those in power.”

“That is quite different than a market-based economy where some rise and some fall but there’s a consequence to making a stupid decision,” Sanford said after pointing to the powers granted to the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve to help deal with the current economic crisis.

Reached for comment, DNC Chairman Gov. Tim Kaine said "Ummm, that's 'Messiah-based economy' to you, you racist bastard."

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February 05, 2009

Change!: RNC Edition

Michael Steele has called for the resignations of all current RNC staffers. 

A Republican source says newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has requested the resignations of the entire RNC staff and signaled a dramatic turnover at the party organization.

Some aides may be retained, though Republicans are under the impression that Steele will lead a large-scale changeover in the institution, which has about 100 staffers. Obama's new team at the Democratic National Committee also requested mass resignations.

Many, including communications staffers, have been told their last day is Feb. 15.

Thank God.  They needed to clean house.  Now Steele needs to hire people who are competent, but not cronies.

But who should he hire?  I think there should be at least one person from Kentucky, to placate Kentuckians upset over the loss of Mike Duncan.  Perhaps someone who knows their way around the blogosphere and endorsed him early.  Hmmm....if only we knew someone like that.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to prepare my resume.

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February 04, 2009

Not-so-random thought: 2012 Edition

I'm really considering supporting Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina for president in 2012. 

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Sometimes my Senator isn't a dumbass

He's a wimp and a bit of a squish sometimes, but you've got to love his sound bite on the "stimulus" bill:

To give the proposed economic stimulus plan some perspective, "if you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you still wouldn’t have spent $1 trillion."
Staggering.

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February 03, 2009

Palin's a "no" on the "stimulus"

She agrees with Sen. Lisa Murkowski's decision to vote no on the spending bill. 

I bet there's a certain blogger out there who's filled with heart-ache at this news.

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