Monthly Archives: November 2008

Joe The Plumber’s Next Venture: An Epic Novel

Joe the Plumber shall plumb no more!

Joe the Plumber shall plumb no more!

Well, while the above title may be nonsense, it does bare some truth.  According to the New York Times, Joe has a book deal.  The title of the book? “Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream”.  I think it’s great that Joe will be capitalizing on his recent fame.  He has a great cause and a great point that some people still don’t understand:  Obama’s tax policies are socialist.  And while I don’t particularly think he will carry out those policies (during his first term, at least), it’s still on the back burner of his mind, which bothers me.  But regardless, Joe’s book will surely be a success with the conservatives, and those that don’t like Obama.  I’m sure that I’ll buy it, I tend to pounce on the oppurtunity to buy any book that’s even partially political.  That’s all the information I have on it now, but if I should hear anything else I’ll be sure to report.

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To the Liberals: Hillary Might Have to Wait a Little Longer

Try, try and try again.  But after the 3rd time give it up.

Try, try and try again. But after the 3rd time give it up.

Oh goodness, Hillary’s journey to the White House is something straight out of some cruel political joke.  She refused to admit defeat when clearly it was over, she tried as hard as she could and still got nowhere.  And now, when a place on the White House staff is so close she can touch it, it is yanked away faster than you can say “6 More Years in the Senate”.  Apparently, some clause is in the Constitution states that if the pay is raised on a cabinet position while an elected congressman is serving, they are ineligible for that position.  Well looky here, George raised the pay for Secretary of State back in January.  Hillary was a senator in January.  Here lies the problem.  So, unless Barack pulls a Nixon (“Pulling a Nixon” is never something you want to do), and lowers the pay to make her eligible, looks like Hillary will have to scurry right back into the Senate until next time.  Obviously, it’s just not meant to be.

I’ll be interested to see how this all plays out.  I’m mostly interested to see whether or not they abide by the constitution.  Most of the liberaloids don’t think the constitution is relevant to modern life, so I would not be surprised if they just ignored it.  If that’s the case, I’ll go as far as to say Barack better make sure he’s got an available senate seat come 2012, because blatantly going against the CONSTITUTION is not going to seat well anyone less liberal than Michael Moore.

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Don’t Forget Rudy!

When I made the list of potential candidates for 2012, Rudy Giuliani was not included because I was sure he had no interest in running again.  I mean come on, the guy had to drop out of the race near the very beginning after his strategy proved to be a flop, so I thought it was safe to not include him in the list.  However, this past Sunday, Rudy left the options open for a run for Governor of New York, as well as a second presidential bid in 2012.  Following a speech in Dubai, Rudy said, “No one knows whether you’ll do something again until you come to the point of: ‘Is it possible to do it again? Would you have a chance of winning?’ I mean those are just things you can’t evaluate right now.”

I think he should go for it again.  He’s got a good chance if he works at it, and he ranks in the top 4 or 5 of my personal favorite contenders.  So I’d be pleased.  However, If he wants the nomination he will have to come at it with a different strategy than this past attempt.  He put all his eggs in one basket and when that basket fell they all broke and he had to drop out (Please excuse the cliche, Haha).  The 2012 election is going to hinge quite a bit on how Barack does and how many people he lets down along the way.  If he manages to do well, then our selection of Republican candidate will be far different than if he flops.  Anyway, if he does go for it and fails, he should serve on the cabinet should the Republican nominee win.  I think he’s a very smart guy and is very good at what he does.  I’m sure he’d be the top choice for Attorney General.

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Rudy Giuliani, thinking about 2012?

Rudy Giuliani, thinking about 2012?

                                                                                     

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November Lightning Round #4

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The Minnesota Senate Race Mess

Norm Coleman, Republican Incumbent

Norm Coleman, Republican Incumbent


      Al Franken, Democratic Comedian

Al Franken, Democratic Comedian

Just like Florida in 2000, the state of Minnesota is gearing up for a recount.  Not for the presidential election, but rather its U.S. Senate Race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken.  Right now the margin is a mere 206 votes in favor of Coleman, who is the incumbent Republican senator.  They are now recounting the ballouts to ensure their accuracy.

This is going to be a huge mess, I can just see it now.  I’m sure there will be lawsuits, and both parties will scream “fraud!”.  We can only hope that Coleman turns up the winner, because we Republicans certainly don’t want to lose a senate seat to that nut job Franken.  I am personally very surprised this race is even close.  I can’t imagine how people justify voting for someone who would no doubt take his job in the senate as a joke.  He’s said before that if elected, his first action in senate would be to push for a “quickie impeachment” of Bush before his term ended.  I realize some people don’t like Bush and that he could never do that, but that’s just nonsense.  Imagine if a republican senator said he would push for a “quickie impeachment” of Obama after he is inaugarated.  There would be mass chaos, riots, and all kinds of horrible things.

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Almost Confirmed: Newt Gingrich for President 2012

Newt Gingrich, will we see him in 2012?

Newt Gingrich, will we see him in 2012?

That’s right.  Earlier today Newt Gingrich was being interviewed by Sean Hannity and he asked him if he would interested in running for the nomination in 2012.  Newt immediately responded with a “Yes”, which left Sean Hannity speechless for the first time in the history of the world.  He then said to ask again in 3 years and he’d give a definite answer.  I think this is huge because usually a candidate won’t even give an idea if they are running unless they are pretty sure of it.  If Newt Gingrich did get the nomination, I would be behind him 100%, but in the primaries probably not so much.  He is a brilliant guy, and I like his conservatives values, but he brings a lot of undesirable baggage with him.  We’ll have to see where this goes from here, I’m sure it will be convered some more by the media.

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The Bailout Fad

Line up for you free bailout!

Line up for you free bailout!

Ahh, I just love a good bailout. Don’t worry about being responsible with your money, Nancy Pelosi and her squad of liberals will be at your door very shortly with a whopping check to “solve” all your troubles!

Hopefully, everyone sees the sarcasm in that.  My opinion is actually completely opposite of that.  I DESPISE the current love affair the democrats in congress have with bailouts.  They seem to have the mindset that the more money you throw at the problem the better off we are and everyone is happy.  False.  The kool-aid drinkers are happy, but those that understand the economy are left scratching their heads.  It blows my mind as to why they continue proposing these bailouts that clearly don’t work.  The first economic stimulus package failed to do anything, so they are proposing a new one.  Of course!  If at first $170 billion doesn’t jump-start the economy, throw another package right on down!  That doesn’t even make sense.  Now, they have a package designed to specifically bailout Detroit.  No, not their dreadful football team (For those that don’t follow football, the have lost all 8 of their games so far), but the automakers in Detroit.  They are now proposing $50 billion to give to struggling automakers, and while I know the auto companies certainly need some help, this is not the right way to go.  My main point with this rant is where will all this end?  Are we going to continue bailing out every industry in the nation until every executive get’s their spa trip at a luxurious resort?  Something needs to be done.  At the rate we’re going, I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow Pelosi speaks on a bailout for struggling lemonade stands across the country.  Eventually you have to draw the line, and most sensible people would have drawn after the first stimulus failed to make even a knick in the economy.

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Possible Candidates for 2012

Well now that the 2008 election is over, the quest for the White House in 2012 has officially begun.  But who will go up against Barack Obama in the 2012 election?  Well, it will no doubt have to be someone with charisma, great ideas, a lot of funding, and not to mention a great campaign strategy.  But it can be done.  To do this though, prospective candidates need to start laying the groundwork now.  Now I don’t mean they should start campaigning now (the Republican party to needs to reorganize before any of that starts), but they should start with the basics now.  Before I start, I’d like to say the majority of these candidacies depend on how well Barack Obama does over the next few years.  If he does well, then we probably won’t see the majority of these people make an attempt in four years.  Look for them in 2016.  Having said that, let’s take a look at who I think will be prospective candidates in the 2012 election:

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska

1. First, and probably most obvious, Sarah Palin.  Sarah Palin is adored by nearly everyone in the conservative community, and has the potential to be a political force.  All she needs to do is prepare for the next two years and then in 2010 start laying the groundwork for her campaign.  If she can hold up well in the Republican primary debates, and have successful interviews, I think she can erase the bad impression she made with some with her Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson interviews.

2. Mick Huckabee- This was my candidate in the Republican primaries earlier this year.  If he and Sarah Palin both ran for the 2012 nomination I would be torn between the two.  But nontheless, Huckabee won last years Iowa caucus and will be back in Iowa promoting his new book soon.  He has an extremely popular show on FOX, and it’s almost impossible not to like the guy.  I think with all of the exposure he has gotten recently, he will probably wind up in the mix either in 2012 or 2016.

3. Newt Gingrich– While I wouldn’t consider him to be incredibly popular, he is certrainly a very smart man.  I think he could do a lot with the party.  His spokesman, Rick Tyler, has said that “We’ll see what Barack Obama does.” when asked about Gingrich’s presidential run.  I think that if he doesn’t run, he needs to be on the campaign of whoever gets the nomination.  He is a very smart man that could help a great deal.

4. Tim Pawlenty– Said to be the runner-up choice as McCain’s VP, Pawlenty shows great promise.  He will have to become better known if he wants to compete with the big dogs (Palin, Huckabee, Romney), but he can do it.  Also, another positive note is that he’s a popular governor in Minnesota, which would no doubt score him a win in the usually blue state.

5. Mitt Romney– The only real threat to McCain as the primaries progressed, Romney is very popular.  But some of his views don’t mix well the conservative base, especially his views on abortion, which have changed often through the years.  He is probably my least favorite of the prospective candidates, as he was in the 2008 Primaries, but he has the potential nontheless.

6. Bobby Jindal– Jindal is currently in his first term as Governor of Louisiana, after serving several years in

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana

the U.S. House.  Many conservative leaders hail Jindal as “the future of the GOP”, one even going as far as garaunteeing Jindal will be the president one day.  My best advice for him is to wait until the 2016 maybe run for the Senate before he goes for the nomination.  He has loads of potential.  This is one to surely keep your eye on.

7. Charlie Crist– Crist is currently the governor and Florida, and has stated that he wants to “broaden the party”, according to his closest advisors.  He successfully secured a large portion of the African-American vote when he ran for governor, and believes the same can be done in a presidential race.  Crist will be the host of the RGA conference in Miami.

8. Haley Barbour– Barbour is currently the governor of Mississippi, and served as the RNC chairman from 1993 to 1997.  While he was the chairman, the Republicans captured both the House and the Senate for the first time since 1954.  Barbour was wildly praised with his handling of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster and is popular among many Mississippians.  He turned around the budget situation in Mississippi, going from a $709 million deficit in the 2004 to a balanced budget in 2006, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in years.  And with his final term as governor coming to an end in 2011, his options are open for a 2012 election bid.

Well that about raps up my top 8 potential candidates (in no particular order) for the Republican nomination in 2012.  We have a lot of promise in this group, if not in 2012 in 2016.  So take note of these names because this is certainly not the last time you’ll hear them.

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Getting to Know the Administration: Senior Advisor in the White House David Axelrod

David Axelrod, Chief Advisor in the White House

David Axelrod, Chief Advisor in the White House

The latest confirmed staff member is Obama’s former chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod.  He has been chosen to serve as the Senior Advisor in the White House.  But just who is this guy?  This is the second installment of the “Getting to Know the Administration” series.

At the age of 27, Axelrod began writing for the Chicago Tribune as a political columnist.  After his time there, and a successful campaign for Paul Simon, he opened a political consulting firm, Axelrod & Associates.  He played a key part in many campaigns mayoral campaigns in Chicago, and eventually worked his way on to the national stage with John Edwards unsuccessful 2004 campaign.  Also worth noting, he worked with the new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, on his 2006 House of Representatives race.  In 2008 he was names chief strategist and media advisor in Obama’s campaign for president.  He helped orchastrate the “Change” theme, and was responsible for many of the Obama campaign’s internet advertising.

This is a much safer choice than Rahm Emanuel.  Rahm is a lot for most handle, being extremely outspoken, aggressive, and not to mention severely partisan.  Axelrod however, is calm and soft spoken.  And, while he is certainly to the left, he’s going to be accepted more by conservatives, or at least that’s how I see it.  Most around him call him mild-mannered, and as political advisor Bill Daley put it, he is “not a screamer, like most”.  So, while he still hasn’t chosen a conservative staff member (or really even a moderate one), this choice will be more well recieved by the cosnervatives.  But then again, the vast majority won’t know (or care) who these staff members are when it all comes down to it.

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The Blame Game: Inside the Many False Claims About Sarah Palin

 

Shes still our favorite maverick!

She's still our favorite maverick!

Obviously the people on the McCain campaign are upset.  I’m upset.  A lot of people are upset.  But the anonymouse complaints about her are simply ridiculous.  First off, when you announce things anonymously, the statements automatically lose some credibility, especially after the campaign is over.  Secondly, what they are claiming is outrageous.  Here is what is being claimed, in short:

  1. She answered her hotel room door in a towel.
  2. She didn’t South Africa was a country.
  3. She didn’t know the countries that participate in NAFTA.
  4. She often “went rogue” on the campaign staff and ignored their requests.
  5. And that she often threw temper tantrums when things got difficult.

Sarah Palin has since spoken on the matters, which was a good move on her part.  She didn’t just do the political norm and skirt the issue either, she full-out confronted it.  She took each individual issue and gave what really happened.  She said the towel story was an out-right lie.  She then said the only time NAFTA or South Africa ever came up was in debate prep, and that she knew who participated in NAFTA and what South Africa was.  (I’ve come to the conclusion that in debate prep, something about South Africa came up and Sarah probably asked if they were referring to the southern portion of Africa, or South Africa.  Then the anonymous source stretched it to what it is today.)  Then she covered the “going rogue” remarks.  Let me start off by saying, if I was Sarah Palin I would have gone rogue too.  Their handling of her was terrible.  But anyway, she said that that may have come from her disagreeing with the campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan, but she says she never directly went against the will of the campagin.  Lastly, common sense shows that she more than likely never threw big hissy fits.  The woman’s been in a high position before, she can deal with stress.  Plus, up until these claims came out, everything we’ve heard about her attitude on the campaign has been overwhelmingly positive.  There have been zero reports (before the anonymous source) of her ever getting upset or over stressed when dealing with a lot.

I think all this amounts to is just the casting of blame.  They lost the election and want to shift the focus from their attempts to someone else, but the sad thing is, it’s not going to work.  The people love Sarah Palin.  I think she will be around for many years to come.

Also, just a side note, she was cleared from any wrong-doing in the Troopergate Probe.  Looks like she is still a maverick after all!

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Video of the Day: Man Arrested Because of McCain/Palin T-shirt

This is almost funny.  The guy was not doing anything wrong at all, and he is approached by officers that ask him to leave the area.  The official police report claims he was displaying disorderly conduct and public drunkeness.  Bystanders, however, have a different story.  They say the man was asked to leave because of his shirt, and when he said he didn’t want to cause any trouble they man-handled and forced him into the police car.  I know it won’t happen, but every one of those officers needs to go.

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Here Are Some Interesting Numbers

Fighting it out for Election 2012

Fighting it out for Election 2012

According to the Associated Press exit polling, the number of voters who call themselves Republicans has decreased from 37% to 32% since 2004, and the number of people who identify with the Democrats has increased from 37% to 39% since 2004.  This is not doubt due to the Republican name being tarnished by our dear President Bush.  Also worth noting, 1 in 5 people who call themselves conservatives voted for Obama, while only 1 in 10 people who call themselves liberal voted for McCain.  This surprises me a great deal because John McCain is pretty moderate.  Barack Obama is extreme left.  Why any conservative would vote for him astonishes me.

But, there is a bright side:  voters ideoligies have not changed much at all.  The percentage of people who call themselves liberal rose a mere one point, from 21% in 2004 to 22% in 2008.  The percentage of people who call themselves conservatives held at 34%, and the percentage of people who call themselves moderate fell one point to 44% in 2008, compared to 45% in 2004.

I think that in 2012, after the democrats have had their turn and people see that the Bush years weren’t all that bad compared with Obama’s first term, the Republican party will come back stronger than ever.

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Getting to Know the Administration: Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

As we all know, Rahm Emanuel has been chosen as Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff.  But just who is this guy?  This is the first part in a series that help you get to know each person that makes their way into the Obama administration.

Rahm Emanuel was appointed as Bill Clinton’s director of the finance committee during his 1992 run.  He was a key part in getting fundraising events scheduled for then governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton.  Upon Clinton’s victory, he bacame one of his senior advisors.  He was a key part in orchastrating the Clintons’ universal healthcare attempts in the early years, which we all know were massive disasters (more reason why Obama SHOULD NOT even attempt his.).  After the Clinton Presidency, he ran for House in Chicago successfully, and stayed in that position until he was selected by Obama as chief of staff.

His attitude has earned the nickname “Rahm-bo” through the years (It’s rumored that he once mailed rotting fish to a coworker that he had parted ways with) , and is very liberal.  His voting record is 100% pro-choice (meh.) and he takes the liberal route on just about all social issues.

I don’t like the guy.  If Obama plans to “govern from the center”, his staff is going to need to be a little more centrist, or at least more center-left.  Let’s take a look:  So far we have Barack Obama (most liberal senator in the U.S.), Joe Biden (3rd most liberal senator in the U.S.), and Rahm Emanuel (a hard left liberal who mails rotting fish to people, and is a strong supporter of universal healthcare.  The same thing that failed miserably in the early Clinton years.).  Hopefully the next few appointed will be a bit more moderate!

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Video of the Day: Here’s a “Shocker”

This is ridiculous.  Watch this and then someone please tell me how he became our president.

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Confirmed: Chief of Staff is Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel Obama Chief of Staff

Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff

This could be a sign for what’s to come with Obama as president.  If the trend continues with choosing liberal partisans, then we could see a whole lot of governing from the left in the years to come.  I’ve told those that think he would try and go from the center that they are simply wrong.  The hard-left is what got him started, and as they pointed out yesterday on FOX, he owes them.  I imagine that they will all have a strong influence on him through the years, which will no doubt spell disaster in many ways.  All we can do is hope Emanuel is his most extreme staff member (can’t think of any other possibilities that could top that anyway.), and he puts some people we can trust to do what is truly right for this country in his cabinet.

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