Archive for October, 2009
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Just up is a piece I wrote for Pajamas Media–before the news of today and had to update it–about identity politics in the Republican Party. Here’s part of it:
Maybe it will take another generation for the novelty of women in power to wear off so that women can be looked at for the content of their character and their achievement. Women are more than their reproductive organs.
The Republican Party should help this process along by supporting and promoting deserving candidates with solid accomplishments and sound ideology. These candidates can be of any stripe. If the candidate is black and male and fills this bill (Michael Williams), great. If the candidate is Hispanic and male and fills this bill (Marco Rubio), great. If the candidate is white and female (Liz Cheney), great. If the candidate is white and male (Doug Hoffman), great.
The Republican Party has decided that the party needs more women. A woman, any woman, will do. Enter Dede Scozzafava. She seems to have all the credentials the Republican Party is looking for: female reproductive organs. She supports abortion, big government, ACORN, and unions. In most places, hell, even in New York, that makes her a Democrat. Dan Riehl has a shocking behind-the-scenes post detailing the thought process:
The very same GOP old hands opted for insider Jim Tedisco over Betty Little in that race and Tedisco got beaten, hindsight suggested Little would have won hands down. And, interesting enough, up pops Tom Reynolds to comment, again. It’s argued that instead of any genuine insight into politics on the ground these days, they didn’t want to repeat the Tedisco mistake, judged it based upon purely out-dated male/female lines, and were going to go with a female no matter what.
Why is the Republican Party, the party that champions merit over name, going Democrat and choosing identity over ideology? Riehl’s piece also emphasizes cronyism and national control rather than local Republican and grassroots cooperation in candidate selection. And in fact, it seems that cronyism and money trump gender and racial identity, even still. A good conservative Hispanic candidate, Marco Rubio, is being dismissed in favor of the uber-liberal Charlie Crist in Florida.
And look at how bad the decision to choose identity over ideology turns out to be. DeDe Scozzafava has dropped out of the NY-23 race. Erick Erickson says of this turn of events:
Relationships between the Republican establishment in Washington and the conservative movement are in rubble. Thanks to Pete Sessions NOT Doug Hoffman, there is new inspiration for a third party movement to challenge the GOP — a movement that will only help the Democrats.
Good men in the GOP are now going to be challenged in primaries because of the ill-will the NRCC has generated in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
At this writing, RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Newt Gingrich have endorsed Doug Hoffman in NY-23. This is a hopeful turn of events. Erick Erickson is correct. The Republican establishment grossly misunderstood and underestimated the mood of the conservative base. The American people do not need more symbolism. They do not need a woman at all costs. They need a politician who will vote against taxes, vote against bigger government programs, and vote against invasive regulation.
The last thing the Republican party needs to be doing is going hunting for candidates based on connections, color and gender. The Republican party needs to be looking for quality candidates who will vote to shrink, not expand, the government.
In the midterms, a lot of voters will pull the Republican switch because they’re disgusted with Democrats. We need to make sure the Republicans are quality men and women who represent Republican, not Democrat, values.
Good morning! And a good morning it is.
So did Newt Gingrich. Matt Lewis puts him in the loser category, but doesn’t think he’ll suffer long-term. I’m not so sure about that.
Now, Hoffman and the Democrat are in a dead heat. Hoffman should win. The area is a very conservative. I know, difficult to imagine in New York, but it’s true.
Sarah Palin looks amazingly…..smart and prescient.
Erick Erickson is calling for a purge in the NRCC and RNC. He wants the establishment types to fall.
Darleen Click over at Protein Wisdom asks, “David Frum? Newt Gingrich? Peggy Noonan? Chris Buckley? David Brooks? Do you hear us now?“
Dave Weigel said via Twitter: “In the end, how much will Rs/Conservatives have spent to hold a safe R seat? $4 million?” But of course, that wasn’t the point of this election. Not entirely. The Republican base is sick of supporting anyone with an “R” behind his or her name when it means nothing. If a Republican holds liberal values, goes to Washington and votes like a Democrat, then what good is he or she? A 10% conservative vote does not help the Republican party.
Will a lesson be learned from this race? I hope so. America doesn’t need a third party. It needs a serious Republican party. Conservative ideas win. Establishment Republicans need to have some faith in their own beliefs.
President Obama’s Grab A Mop campaign via his website that goes by the name GrabAMop.com takes lameness to a whole new level. Barack Obama is so childish, blaming and just really wimpy. His repeated pettiness diminishes him.
President Obama reminds me of a couple guys I played basketball with in college. Most of the men and women played hard, up to their skill level and behaved decently. There were always one or two whiners on the court. This was the guy who cried foul every time he was touched, exaggerated every perceived injustice and screeched non-stop. Ultimately, he often held up the game. Or, if he really wanted to baby-out, he’d get “injured”. He might even actually cry. Or, if he got insulted enough, he’d be a real a-hole and try to hurt other people.
But the whining, complaining, foot-stomping and crying was all a diversion: Invariably, the dude just could not play. He had no game.
So far, President Obama has no game. None. He won’t take a side in the health care debate. It’s clear that he just wants something to pass so he doesn’t look too weak. He’s petty with anyone who might even lightly criticize his point of view. He lashes out at those beneath him making him look small and churlish. He dithers on important policy decisions like Afghanistan while troops die. He will lose the morale of his fighting men and women if he doesn’t right the ship soon. He committed all-in to worthless programs like cash-for-clunkers and the stimulus bill and the effects are negligible.
And through it all, President Obama has blamed everyone but himself making him look even weaker. That would work, if… He’s making a thoughtful decision…somewhere down the road. He’s doing the best he can.
In short, the man has no game. All the excuses, all the whining, blaming and complaining just masks his inability to get the job done.
And here’s another thing. No one wants this guy on their team. Right now, he’s just blaming “enemies”, but when he really gets down in the score and behind, he’ll be selling out his teammates shamelessly. His only loyalty is to himself and how good he looks. Once he looks bad, all bets are off.
I think the media is starting to see this trend, which is why they nervously scooted closer to the Fox folks during the Obama administration’s latest tirade. Even journalists, given enough evidence, can put two and two together and realized they could be next. They still can’t quite believe it, but on the outside chance that President Obama isn’t the Messiah, they’re hedging their bets.
For America, it’s going to be a bumpy road. It’s bad enough to have this sort of guy on your team. It’s horrible when he’s supposed to be the leader. Expect more temper tantrums and narcissism fueled blaming jags. The Grab A Mop website is probably just the beginning.
Yes. He. Did:
I wish I were making this up.
So, upon further inspection, it looks like it was a different William Ayers. But a guy named George Soros was there eight times and I don’t know too many of those. And an Andy Stern was there 22 times. Granted, that’s a common name, too.
John Boehner was there once. David Petreaus is notably absent.
Do I feel like I’m beating a dead horse? Yes. The problem? It ain’t dead. The health care bill is very much alive and it’s almost unthinkable that it’s even being considered for the following reasons:
The Cost Is Enormous: More importantly, America is already staggering under loads of debt. Why are we talking about a vast new entitlement? We are talking about this because the Democrats believe the state is the answer to all problems. Taking care of all your problems costs money. How much? According to this from Americans for Tax Reform, alot:
Official scores of H.R. 3962 (the House Dem health bill) are out from the Congressional Budget Office (spending) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (revenues). A few highlights:
When the bill is fully phased-in, it will increase spending by approximately $150-$200 billion annually. Put another way, it will add about a percentage point to federal spending as a portion of the economy. Put yet another way, it will increase the historical size of the federal government by about 5 percent.
For a comprehensive list of new taxes, read this.
The Health Care Bill is Government-Run Health Care aka Socialized Medicine: There is just no way around it. As John Hinderacker says over at Powerline:
Under the House bill, it is scarcely an exaggeration to say that health insurance companies are no longer in the insurance business. They can’t rate and underwrite risks, which is the essence of insurance. That’s illegal. They can’t decide to whom they will issue policies; that’s illegal, too. They can’t offer novel or innovative coverages; their coverages are dictated by law. To a limited extent they can make decisions on paying claims, but under the watchful eye of government regulators. Meaningful competition among insurance companies will be, in effect, illegal. (In that context, it is a sick joke that the Pelosi bill also subjects health insurance companies to the antitrust laws, from which they had been exempted in consideration of their regulation by state, not federal, authorities.)
In the world that the House bill would create, the money we will pay to insurance companies won’t really be insurance premiums. Insurance premiums are contractual payments which the parties voluntarily agree upon and which are based on a mutual assessment of risk. Rather, the checks we write to insurance companies will be taxes–legally compelled, at rates set by the federal government that are designed to punish some and subsidize others.
Your Life Will Be Regulated By The Government: Good grief, I want to swear right here. Like fire off a string of expletives. Do you buy food from a candy machine? Regulated. Own a hospital and you’re a doctor? Regulated. Parenting like a moron according to your nurse, she’ll come into your home and tell you how to parent. Regulated. Illegal immigrant sucking off the system and paying nothing in? Not regulated.
Why oh why would anyone want this bill? It is an atrocity. It will be expensive, limit choice, be centrally run, and citizens will be hectored to death by an invasive, oppressive government. Gah!
Forget Halloween, the health care bill is terrifying.
I do believe Twitter’s Follow Friday tradition needs to be re-vamped to be relevant. Here’s the problem: People are creating too many tweets filled with “cool” people and clogging everyone’s streams with chum. That is, people have ceased paying attention to the vast numbers of the Follow Friday Tweets so they’re ceasing to be helpful.
In addition, with Twitter’s new “List” feature, people can just follow those who get listed and find that person’s favorites. I have lots of them for different reasons. And in my use of Twitter, while I follow many big name Twitterers I disregard lots of them because they are overrated and not very helpful, really.
What’s the solution? Continue Follow Friday, but everyone could choose one obscure awesome person that other people might not know. Tell people why this person is important to follow–give a personal endorsement. If a person can’t do that, if he just has too many people, create a list.
Here is some of the disaster she’s wrought:
Government will Regulate… Everything
Obviously, this is just scraping the surface and there will be more to come.
Podcast: NY 23 With Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser And Valour IT With Marine Steve SchippertThursday, October 29th, 2009
An inside look at NY 23 and conservatives versus the Republican establishment. Also, we talk about identity politics and Republicanism.
Steve Schippert joins me to discuss what it means to servicemen and women to be connected during their times of rehabilitation. Remember, you can donate at this site.
This Pew research passed along by Mary Katherine Hamm seems to indicate that might be the case:
Under a section called “Partisan Knowledge Gap,” we find Republicans were more knowledgeable by a double-digit factor on four issues. Although the Glenn Beck question is naturally easier for Republicans, the other three issues are basic political knowledge— what “cap-and-trade” means, who’s in control of the House, and who the new Supreme Court Justice is (a question that should perhaps be easier for Democrats). Republicans also led Democrats on identifying the unemployment rate, Fed chairman, Dow level, Max Baucus’ position. Republicans correctly answered an Iran/Israel question and an Afghanistan question more often than Dems. Republicans and Democrats were even on identifying the “public option” as a health-care plan.
If the Democrat voters were informed, they’d be Republicans.