Archive for February, 2009
Tom Delay introduces Ann Coulter. She is loved here. The general feeling among bloggers seems mixed. I’ve heard more than once that the criticism of Ann Coulter is that she says offensive things that serve her but don’t serve the conservative movement. I find myself defending Ann over and over–primarily on free speech grounds and secondarily, on defining the argument grounds. Both the right and left need people to define the argument. On the left, though, people are generally crazy, so they all sound the same. When someone on the right says something interesting or un-bland, it doesn’t sound “conservative.” Well. We need some excitement. It doesn’t have to equal offensive. Still, the Left operates under no such constraints.
Ann gave a barn-burner of a speech. Some notable lines:
The press has gone from watch dog to guard dog. Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann are the government lap dogs.
Obama reached out to rivals to fill his cabinet–the Clinton administration.
If Obama thinks the people want change, wait ’til 2012. [Huge cheers.]
Ann was surprised that McCain didn’t lose by 75 points.
How do liberals define victory in the war on poverty? Still looking for an exit strategy.
LBJ won 44 states. Carter “tricked” the people 50.1% of the vote. Democrats in history always go down. Republicans reputations always go up.
His policies seem to ensure that there won’t be a second term coming.
They’re polls of historians not Americans.
Do you think you’re good for the conservative movement? Answer: [Talking about Mein Kemf with Barbara Walters] Why can’t I say that? We need a ticker saying who can say what words, to whom, and in what context. It’s a way for liberals to control our words.
I love going on the view because being around those girls always makes me feel so young and pretty.
Raise the voting age 40. Need to get them out of the propagandizing for years.
We owe George Bush a thank you for keeping us so safe. [HUGE APPLAUSE]
All in all, the speech was excellent. Pure, raw, red meat and signature Ann Coulter. She delighted and inspired.
Cross-posted at RightWingNews
If anyone wondered what America would look like by following the French socialist model they’re getting to find out with President Obama. Newt Gingrich believes that President Obama is doing the public a favor by clearly defining the argument. What kind of economy do Americans want?
Newt said,”Our opponents count on two things: One, we’re [Americans] cowards and two, that we’re all stupid.” But Newt believes that Americans have always been “brave enough to be free and we’re not that dumb”.
Specifically, Newt discussed energy policy, the economy, and the Union Card Check. He said many interesting things. You can see his policy ideas here.
I forgot something: Newt also mentioned going into Democrat strongholds and supporting fiscally conservative Democrats.
Cross-posted at RightWingNews.com
Paul Ryan, WI, is doing a great. Getting back to conservatism. Constitutional self-government. Here’s something I keep bringing up to people–Paul Ryan is hot. That’s important. We’re looking for future leaders of the party and the future leaders must hold to the right sort of ideals. That’s a start. But the man or woman needs to look good and communicate well. One criticism from an insider is that Ryan can tend to be “wonkish”. Eh. He’s cute. It comes across as smart. Really, his speech could have been shorter. But his form and the speech’s substance was encouraging.
“The laws of nature and the laws of God are the only touchstone…
“All human beings are created with natural rights to live, to be free…..
“The purpose of government is to secure these rights.
“From the suckers who follow the rules to those who live beyond their means.”
“It’s no wonder Democrats aren’t against raising taxes, they’re not paying taxes.”
Why isn’t every Republican on Capital Hill at CPAC this weekend? It’s the biggest gathering of conservative thinkers, activists, bloggers and the press will be there, too. Why wouldn’t every press-loving, voting-getting, power-lusting politician not just be setting up shop and hanging with the peeps? Over 60% of the American public self-identifies as conservative and yet, here at CPAC among the bloggers and activists I’ve spoken to, it’s like “conservative” is a dirty word. Why aren’t these politicians here?
What, pray tell, are Republicans afraid of exactly? Are they afraid that they’ll be at the same gathering where conservative entertainer Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh and man-of-the-moment Joe Wurtzlebacher will be? And yet, the Democratic party somehow survives their affiliations with Michael Moore, Ma Sheehan, the Kos Kids, and Jimmy Carter. Please.
Patrick Ruffini, in a must-read piece today (even though I disagree with much of it) says:
Conservatives should not need Joe the Plumber to prove their middle class bona fides. We are naturally the party of the middle, and we don’t need gimmicks to prove it. Demographically, Democrats rely on being the party of the upper sixth and the lower third, while Republicans tend to do better with everyone in between. When we start losing the middle class and the suburbs, we lose big like we did in 2008.
Put another way, Republicans thrive as the party of normal Americans — the people in the middle culturally and economically. This is true of our leadership as well — we have a history of nominating figures who came first from outside politics. Our base is the common-sense voter in the middle who bought a house she could afford and didn’t lavishly overspend in good times and who is now subsidizing the person who didn’t.
Patrick is frustrated that Joe the Plumber gets elevated at the expense of more elegant thought. Well, here’s my deal: If one Republican could articulate as clearly as Joe the Plumber the issues of tax unfairness (hello John McCain), Joe the Plumber wouldn’t have been necessary. Joe’s ideas are so completely, utterly self-evident, that Every Single Republican should be able to simply and easily articulate how taxation enslaves the masses.
But our elected officials are not articulate. [Help us. I mean, help us, if Bobby Jindal is the next leader of the Republican movement. My 8th grade math teacher was more interesting. He and Sarah Palin have some work to do.] They have not been leading. They undermined their credibility by looking, sounding, acting and governing like liberals. They became power-hungry and manipulative Washington power-brokers and they haven’t lost badly enough yet to give a hot damn about what the 60+% of Conservative Americans think.
This is the problem: Republicans come to Washington, get baked in the liberal casserole and come out believing they’re fighters for the new American way when they act like moderates…or worse like big-spending liberals. They’re terrified of the press. But most of all, they just want to be liked and it’s by all the wrong people.
The Republican party is big enough for Joe the Plumber if the Republican party actually has some leadership. The Republicans in Congress will not win the confidence of the grassroots and activists if they avoid them. What kind of strength does avoidance demonstrate?
Patrick is right about the psychology of the party. Forever suspicious and defensive, they concede moral ground by acting guilty for holding conservative and libertarian values. You know, the offensive values of self-determination, freedom, liberty, life, pursuit of happiness, strength, and on and on. We are the party (or used to be) of “normal” middle-class families. We are the party that represents higher and rational thought.
If Patrick doesn’t want a guy like Joe the Plumber to be such a representation of our party, then guys like John McCain should do a better job after spending his whole blasted life in public service, articulating Republicanism. Joe would have been a media flash. Instead, he’s managed to better say and represent the values that the “moderate” and “reasonable” Republicans seem afraid to represent and say.
How many Congressmen will be at CPAC? Their absence speaks volumes and leaves guys like Joe to do the communicating for them. Somebody needs to lead. Someone needs to craft a conservative message that speaks to all Americans.
America is a center-right country. They’re just waiting for a leader who truly represents them.
NOTE: Senators Jim DeMint, Mitch McConnell, Tom Coburn and John Cornyn and Representatives John Boehner and Tom Price and many others will be here at CPAC. That is to their credit. I hope they will embrace conservatism as an idea that appeals to all Americans. And I hope, one of these guys gives a barn-burner of a speech that puts a clear, positive, hopeful conservative message into the arena. We need it now more than ever.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News
10:06 EST Hugs all around. Oh, bring on Jindel. Hallelujah! It’s over. Thank you, thank you, thank you…. but not for the reasons these sycophants are saying and believing.
10:03 EST Leonard Abess is sleepy. Paying a $60 million dollar bonus makes one fatigued.
9:59 EST Oh thank Buddha. This is almost over. Military guys are getting bought off, too. Yay! Pay increases and better insurance.
9:56 EST A tax cut cometh. If you make less than $250K you’re fine. Guess how much everyone is going to make sure they’re making? Oh yeah. No one will make more than $250K. Ha.
9:49 EST Now, Obama’s talking about college and everyone going. But here’s what I’m wondering: How can rational people listen to this and not see the absurdity? Is President Obama just pulling things out of a hat? And all this money being spent….where is it coming from?
He is speaking “not just as a President, but as a father, education begins at home. This is …and American issue.”
Okay, this is laughable. Now, after all this big spending, he’s talking about not passing along debt to our children. He’s going to cut costs. “Bring this deficit down.”
He’s proud of passing a bill free of earmarks. He’s kidding right? He’s saying that his administration has identified $2 Trillion of misspending.
OH! This is where the cuts are coming from: Defense.
9:45 EST Now he’s talking about health care reform. “Cannot wait. Must not wait. And will not wait another year.” Oh boy. And now on to education.
This speech is like a stump speech where everyone gets something. Who is paying for all this? Oh, right! That would be you!
9:43 EST $700 Billion with a “B” for drugs/year. Is that all? I mean only $700 billion? Why not go for a cool trillion?
9:40 EST Did Barack Obama just imply that China was more creative technologically than America? Isn’t China where the stuff designed in America gets built?
And now, Obama wants to slow the economy with Cap-n-Trade. And he’s calling it “innovation”. T. Boone Pickens and Nancy Pelosi are doing the money jig right about now.
9:33 EST “I will do everything I can….It’s not about helping banks. It’s about helping people.” Barack Obama–Populist. My eyes are glazing. Do you believe a word out of his mouth? Do you believe him?
Nancy Pelosi looks like a proud Grandma watching her favorite. She’s positively glowing in pea green.
9:31 EST Bankers are going to have to explain where money goes. Everyone is standing.
9:29 EST A new lending initiative. Bottom line: The Treasury is going to print more money. I wonder when inflation starts.
The average American can save $2000/year on their mortgage. Big whup. What will 2K do?
9:27 EST Uh oh, he just said that money in the bank is safe. I’d withdraw, like, now.
9:25 EST The tax cut comes April 1! Yay! $16/week!!!
And Obama is tasking Joe Biden to preside over a “tough oversight” committee because “no one messes with Joe.” Recovery.gov will show you where the money is spent. Huh. We’ll see.
9:23 EST He is pleased that the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act is now law and the Dems are happy. And insane. Insane. And happy.
9:19 EST “We will rebuild. We will recover. And the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.” This comes after listing all the woe. “The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach.” He’s praising innovators and not mentioning how he’s going to tax them into oblivion.
He’s not laying blame, he says, be he’s going to evaluate “how we got here”. [Camera pans to a bored Chris Dodd.]
The surplus became an excuse to pay the wealthy rather …I missed the quote, but the idea is that the only people who benefited who were the rich.
9:15 EST The adoration continues and he basks. Nancy Pelosi looks like human pea soup. Once again, Barack Obama doesn’t know the protocol and talks over Pelosi’s introduction.
9:11 pm EST Barack Obama enters with obvious make-up and chin up. It’s the pose that makes me crazy–arrogance.
9:04 pm EST President Obama is late so won’t be around for a bit. Michelle Obama looks gorgeous in purple. I see she has a stylist now. That’s good.
As an aside, you guys should be paying me for this. What’s happening tonight is worse than the “I love you” Barney song at Guantanamo.
Hillary looks fantastic. Hot pink. Yowza!
Eric Holder the Attorney General will be the guy hiding just in case the building blows up.
I’m sick of the euphemisms in the media about this recession. It’s the same old language assault. Joe Smith didn’t murder John Brown. Oh no, John Brown died in “alleged gun-related violence” or some such nonsense. In the case of the economy, greedy home buyers, lenders, and stupid government policy didn’t cause this economic mess. Oh no, the “banking crisis” and “credit crunch” magically happened.
Stupid people caused this problem, plain and simple. And now, stupid people are being rewarded for their stupidity. And smart people are going along with it, kinda, because they’re afraid the stupid people will take the whole economy down the hole with them if the smart people don’t help out.
And look what the stupid people, specifically Congressional Democrats, are doing now:
House Democrats unveiled a $410 billion spending bill on Monday to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year, setting up the second political struggle over federal funds in less than a month with Republicans.
The measure includes thousands of earmarks, the pet projects favored by lawmakers but often criticized by the public in opinion polls. There was no official total of the bill’s earmarks, which accounted for at least $3.8 billion.
The legislation, which includes an increase of roughly 8 percent over spending in the last fiscal year, is expected to clear the House later in the week.
Democrats defended the spending increases, saying they were needed to make up for cuts enacted in recent years or proposed a year ago by then-President George W. Bush in health, education, energy and other programs.
Greed and stupidity rule the day. It’s a good time to be stupid.