It’s going to be hard to defeat an incumbent House Speaker in his own party’s primary for his own Congressional seat.
But he’s giving himself a puncher’s chance with this.
It’s going to be hard to defeat an incumbent House Speaker in his own party’s primary for his own Congressional seat.
But he’s giving himself a puncher’s chance with this.
If Shawn the Loon gets what he wants, realizing that he’s probably also for ditching the social issues, doffing the tax and spend skepticism (former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell signed one of the biggest tax increases in state history), and who knows what else, you have to wonder what he thinks is supposed to be the compelling reason to vote Republican instead of Democrat.
One thing I learned from the Uncle Remus stories:
When your worst enemy is about to throw you into the briar patch, beg him not to.
With that in mind, let’s look near the end about this article about the Chamber Pot of Commerce’s war on TPM incumbents turning out to be a big flop:
As a result, “Tea party groups are launching rebel campaigns,” and “a new breed of conservative is marching up to Congress who doesn’t much care that the Republican Party is supposed to be the party of Big Business.” Big business groups have spent money to help Florida Republican Dave Jolly and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), an ally of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH), who is being primaried by Bryan Smith. But they have not spent as aggressively for establishment candidates or against conservative incumbents as they had suggested.
The Chamber Pot of Commerce, with all its saber rattling, left the TPM no choice but to sound and hopefully also eventually be more populist, so they had to take it.
Yeah, what a smart strategy, Chamber Pot of Commerce. “We’re gonna turn the people against these bastard incumbents because they’re not shills for mega-corporations!”
As an aside, the aforementioned Dave Jolly is the Republican nominee in a special election in Florida today for a Congressional seat, FL-13, in the Tampa Bay area. The Democrat nominee is Alex Sink, who was the Democrat nominee for Florida Governor two years ago. The special election had to be held because the incumbent Republican, Bill Young, died a few months ago. The polling shows it tight, and now I realize why Jolly isn’t going to run away with it even if he does win: Because he’s a RINO establishment whore, and voters in FL-13 know it.
Also, Steve LaTourette gets a mention here. I’ve mentioned him before in this space.
National Harbor, Maryland
If you haven’t read James Kirkpatrick’s second V-Dare column about the total waste of time, energy, money, space and oxygen that was CPAC 2014, the column came out overnight, then get to it.
CPAC started as essentially a weapon in the Reaganite war against the Ford-Rockefeller establishment, and now the latter have, using one weird trick, taken it over. (Sorry for the allusion to internet linkbait.) Sure, Reagan would be turning over in his grave to see what happened to CPAC, but the whole sad weekend and James Kirkpatrick’s two postmortems in V-Dare are proof that life is for the living.
But then I thought about it some more. Sure, the RINOs stole CPAC and a whole lot of other things from genuine Reaganite conservatives. But what if that is somewhat the fault of genuine Reaganite conservatives? What if I told you that the reason that happened is because genuine Reaganite conservatives made it easy for the RINOs and their burglary?
I’m going to cut to the chase, mainly because the salt mines of the State Capitol will soon beckon. The reason the Reaganites are partially to blame for the RINOs stealing their institutions from them is because Reaganites left the doors to their houses both unlocked and wide open, in a sense of speaking. Genuine lamestream conservatives spent (wasted) decades trying to mash up and roll together the features and consequences of American rightist populism-nationalism with noxious egalitarian-libertarian ideology. In other words, the RINOs were able to take over CPAC and everything else because the Reaganites’ self-prostration to egalitarianism-libertarianism neutralized their ability to fight back, much less notice the theft.
If the “mainstream” right would have never dicked around with egalitarianism-libertarianism, then it would have been virtually impossible for scam artists like Al Cardenas and many others like him to infiltrate and steal mainstream rightists’ institutions from them. Or, let me put it to you another way: This kind of purloining and perfidy would not be possible in today’s Russia.
National Harbor, Maryland
Mitchey boy must not realize that all the low information voters are in the other party. I’m glad this stunt fell flat.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean the CPAC crowd this past weekend was impervious to political stunts. To wit: Rand Paul. However, the news on that front is not all bad.
National Harbor, Maryland
The whole irony of this?
CPAC started out as a lamer con weapon to combat the RINO/Stupid Party establishment, and was an early incubator of Ronald Reagan’s national ambitions. But now, CPAC has pretty much been absorbed into the RINO/Stupid Party machine. So much so that the same open borders donor class sugar daddies that have pretty much bought out the ACU (the long time sponsor of CPAC) have now also footed the bill to hold CPAC at the much swankier and much more expensive Gaylord Center in much more expensive (and blue state, I might add) National Harbor, Maryland.
Sure, we might get some very good people saying some very good things at CPAC this weekend. But don’t worry, the barnacles behind the curtains will make sure it all goes into File 13.
With that, I’m going to point you to two excellent James Kirkpatrick columns about last year’s CPAC, last March 13 and March 18. I get the feeling that all that will be necessary for him to write about this year’s CPAC is to take last year’s columns and change the dates.
Oh, and one more thing? The article I linked to at the beginning of this post quotes St. Louis’s own Ed Martin. Yes, THAT Ed Martin.
Exclusive: Mega-donors plan GOP war council
A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party.
The operation was launched discreetly last year, with the previously unreported formation of a club called the American Opportunity Alliance to bring together some of the richest pro-business GOP donors in the country, several of whom share Singer’s support for gay rights, immigration reform and the state of Israel.
It’s about time someone stood up to the homophobic xenophobic anti-Israel/anti-Semitic opulent money and political machine in this country. I’m glad the poor oppressed billionaires are finally starting to call out the malignant conspiracy that the broke and powerless and dispossessed are waging against them.
Power to the (filthy rich) people!
So Sean Trende’s fancy theory is that the Stupid Party is pushing amnesty+open borders because it wants to keep the 2014 red wave from being too big of a blowout for themselves, to make it a relatively narrow win. Because they’re afraid of the implications of winning big, or they don’t want the TPM to be able to take credit for a massive red wave, or they’re trying to drive out the TPM and win anyway (albeit more narrowly) to “prove” that they can win without it. Therefore, they’re pushing amnesty to depress their own base.
These are the kinds of off the wall theories that people come up with because they can’t accept Occam’s Razor, in this case, a donor riot.
But here’s proof that Trende’s theory is goofy — If the Stupid Party was trying to drive away its base on purpose by pushing amnesty, then why are they trying to make us think the amnesty plan they’re pushing is “conservative” and something we should embrace? Why is Mark Zuckerberg going to start opening up his daddy warbucks war chest soon to try to con conservatives into thinking whatever Boehner+Cantor+McCarthy+Rodgers+Ryan+Goodlatte spit out is conservative if this was all an effort to drive us away?
On Sunday I talked and emailed with four sources intimately involved in the immigration matter, and the picture that emerges is yes, some Republicans have discussed delaying action on immigration until after the threat of primary challenges passes. But no, it does not appear that the GOP leadership is planning to do it or is even pushing the idea — and besides, there is no guarantee at all that Republicans will agree to do anything on immigration, anyway.
First, from the top. “There are a lot of members who think primary dates should be a factor,” says one leadership aide. “The Speaker is not one of them.” Another leadership aide stresses that “absolutely no” decisions have been made and “I’ve not heard one word about primary calendars and filing deadlines. That [Wall Street Journal] passage is people projecting their desires.”
Yet another aide concedes that the issue has been discussed among the membership, but there’s an obvious problem: it’s such an obvious maneuver. “If you do it before the primaries, a lot of the members are going to be skittish about doing it before the primaries,” the aide says. “They’re not going to take the vote. But when you start to say that, then it looks political. So all of these members who are facing primaries are going to be asked, ‘What are you going to do?’” The aide notes that if GOP voters believe lawmakers are even thinking about taking action on immigration, they will demand that their representative make some sort of binding pledge, as when many GOP members found themselves under pressure to promise not to vote to raise the debt ceiling. That would be counter-productive for those Republican members who want to pass one or more immigration bills.
Finally, a well-connected strategist calls the primary challenge talk recounted in the Wall Street Journal “painfully blunt” and adds, “I don’t know what leadership staff would say that.” Even talking about delaying action on immigration in order to foil primary challenges could incite conservatives out in the districts to launch primary challenges.
The strategist stresses that, for all the talk, there’s no agreement within the House GOP on what to do about immigration. But there’s no question the issue is on the table. “The focus of the retreat is how do we address the economy and jobs,” the strategist says. “There are going to be a couple of specific issues that are brought up because they are clearly things that are going to have to be dealt with — the debt ceiling, health care, and immigration is one of those, as well.”
Let me net this out for you:
On one side, you have RINOs who want to wait until the primary season is over so that whatever scam they try to pull on us, we can’t do anything about it through primarying the RINOs.
On the other side, you have RINOs who don’t want to wait until the primary season is over, because doing so would be too obvious that they’re trying to scam us and pull a fast one over on us.
Oh my, this is what it’s down to. Debating on how best to scam us.
Because…the Chamber Pot of Commerce is opening the daddy warbucks war chest, big time.
The only slight silver lining in this cloud is at least they’re aware that they’re being treacherous.
There is nothing more alive than something that jillionaires and zillionaires want that is said to be dead.
We all knew it would be back. I just thought that it wouldn’t be until after the elections in 2014, the lame duck session of Congress.
Turns out that it’s going to be sooner than we thought. Boehner is waiting on the last candidate filing deadline of all the states for the 2014 election cycle to pass, which is actually coming up pretty soon. So he’s going to lay low and wait until the Republican primary ballot candidates are locked in, then start salami slicing his way to amnesty. That way, we won’t be able to primary any RINOs that vote for any of the salami slices, and I guess Boehner and Co. presume that we’re so incensed over ObamaDontCare that the Democrats in those districts don’t have a chance anyway.
What this means is that temporary respite of mine in my daily phone calls to members of Congress is over. I actually finished the entire 435 member House before I paused, but I’m going to have to start again sooner than I thought I would have had to, and start all over again from the beginning.
They’re both wrong, BTW. Which is usually the case when the Stupid Party and the kook left start “arguing” about race.
Err…Grover Norquist is Karl Roverrated’s sock puppet.
Hell, I can’t keep up.
Does it matter anyway? They’re all the same RINOs out of the same stables funded by the same donor class comprised of the same people. Pick one, you’ve picked ‘em all.
Yeah, I know, the battle over who gets custody of Justin Amash will be epic.
This is Mark Kirk we’ll talking about. This will probably be his next order of business after voting to send us to war in Syria.
Alan Keyes came out for reparations for Senate in 2004 when he was running for the same Senate seat Kirk has right now. It was such an unpopular position that Keyes lost the election to…
Rumor mill: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA), the fourth in command in the House Republican leadership, reportedly told a town hall of her constituents within the last few days that the ObamaCare individual mandate is justifiable because it’s just like requirements to buy car insurance.
If this is true, then #4 saying this is a clue that #3, #2 and #1 think it. Those being the useless twaddles from Bakersfield, Calif., Richmond, Va., and suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, respectively.
Cathy McMorris Rogers’s opinion about Delbert Shorty Belton? You’d think someone would ask, after all, it happened in her city.
House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month, blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans’ unhappiness with government.
“Every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington,” says a suggested op-ed in a richly detailed “planning kit” distributed to all 234 House Republicans ahead of the August recess.
Running against Washington is an old strategy. Ronald Reagan summarized it only minutes after being sworn in as president in January 1981. “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem,” he told the country. “Government is the problem.”
Even if there’s little new about the tactic, it requires some finesse, or selective forgetfulness, by Republican incumbents seeking re-election to a House that their party controls. “Part II” of the House Republican Conference’s August planning kit focuses on the GOP’s accomplishments, aides said.
There’s nothing new about the tactic because it’s Obama’s tactic: Trying to divorce himself from the consequences of his own actions, by constantly appearing to be campaigning against Washington, in order to bamboozle the low information undertow.
It’s almost as lame for the House Republican leadership to do it, because most of the reason why people despise Washington these days wouldn’t be happening if the House Republican leadership wasn’t the surrender monkey caucus, and if it wasn’t trying to find a way to scam its more proper-thinking back benchers into signing on to immigration treason and open borders. ObamaCare would be dead in the water if the House would use the power of the purse not to fund it, but that idea is the province of a handful of “wacko birds,” i.e. members of Congress who take their oaths seriously.
If you’re a House Republican, I suggest you put this “planning kit” in the same recycling bin where you put all those solicitations from the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
By the time it’s all over, and all the documents have bubbled up to the surface and everyone that has something to say winds up talking, we’re going to find out that IRSgate was a bipartisan scandal. What I mean by that is that both Democrats/Obama and the RINO/Stupid Party Establishment wanted to use the IRS to put the screws on the TPM, because both dislike it, and both had an incentive in 2012 to keep it from being too active; the RINOs didn’t want them to interfere with their coronation of Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee earlier in the year, and Obama wanted to be re-elected later in the year.
That the IRS director during the heart of the IRSgate timeline was a Bush holdover is not an irrelevant fact here, IMHO.
And I bet Karl Roverrated is involved somehow.
Records of snooping into Christine O’Donnell tax records disappear
Delaware state officials have told Congress that they likely destroyed the computer records that would show when and how often they accessed Christine O’Donnell’s personal tax records and acknowledged that a newspaper article was used as the sole justification for snooping into the former GOP Senate candidate’s tax history.
Specifically, Mr. Grassley’s staff was told that a Delaware state investigator asked for and received permission from his boss on a Saturday to access Ms. O’Donnell’s tax records based on a local newspaper article about a civil lien. The lien, it turned, out was issued erroneously.
Mr. Grassley said he was concerned that a simple newspaper article that alleged no criminal wrongdoing could be used to pierce one of America’s most protected privacies, tax information.
“The state says it looked at Ms. O’Donnell’s federal records because of a newspaper article describing a federal tax lien against her,” Mr. Grassley said. “Does the state look at every taxpayer who faces a federal lien or only those who happen to appear in a newspaper article? Is it routine for a state employee to email his boss about looking at a taxpayer’s records on a Saturday, when the article appeared? It’s hard to evaluate what happened in the O’Donnell case without answering these questions, and I’ll continue to work to get more information.”
Mr. Grassley’s staff also was told that Delaware officials do not think they kept any of the computerized records showing when their investigators accessed Ms. O’Donnell’s tax records because such searches are stored for only three months before they are deleted or destroyed.
The access was believed to have occurred in March 2010, the same month Ms. O’Donnell formally launched her Senate campaign that shocked the Delaware establishment by defeating Republican favorite Michael Castle in the primary election.
But Ms. O’Donnell told The Times last week that when investigators alerted her in January that her confidential tax records were breached three years ago, they told her the date was March 9, 2010.
That date was the same day Ms. O’Donnell scheduled a news conference to announce her Senate run. It’s also the same date the IRS admitted the lien against her was mistakenly generated by a computer and sent to Delaware.
On March 9, 2010, Christine O’Donnell was not a political threat to the Democrat looking to replace Joe Biden in the Senate, that being the man who ultimately won, Chris Coons. She was an immediate threat to the establishment liberal-RINO Mike Castle. Therefore, leaking fake info about tax “issues” she didn’t have at the time it was leaked was done with the intent of helping Castle. Meaning that there’s some smoking gun out there with liberal-RINO fingerprints all over it.
Sorry for the junior senior moment I just had, but I did a blog post with a title that has a musical allusion, and I totally forgot the YT video embed.
This and its remixes were club staples in the first half of the last decade.
A poll of Hispanics shows that illegal aliens are 31% strong Democrat, 23% leaning Democrat, 15% leaning Republican and 4% strong Republican, while 27% don’t identify with either party.
Conservatism Inc. and the Stupid Party are popping champagne bottles tonight to celebrate the fact that 19% of illegal alien Hispanics are strongly or lean Republican, to add to their black voter.
Study: Republicans Leaving Party Are Tired of ‘Two Evils’ Argument
A new study by the Frontier Lab, a conservative market research group, found that Republican voters who leave the party do so because they are are tired of being told to vote Republican as the “lesser of two evils.” The study, “Switching Behavior: Modeling disaffiliation from the Republican brand,” is published on the group’s website and applies scientific methods of qualitative research to the GOP’s most urgent problem.
Unlike the official Republican National Committee (RNC) “autopsy,” which was prepared by consultants and political figures using familiar campaign-season methods such as focus groups and polls, the Frontier Lab study applied a specific methodology from market research, Behavioral Event Modeling (BEM), to understand the specific decisions of a sample of 97 Republicans who had chosen to leave the party in recent years.
IOW, the official “autopsy” was done by the same people who caused the problem. The RINO Establishment isn’t going to tell you that the RINO Establishment caused Romney not to win, and certainly the RINO Establishment won’t fix the RINO Establishment. As far as the RINO Establishment is concerned, those bugs are features. The zillionaires for whom the barnacle class of the RINO Establishment rides herd don’t care who of which party wins elections, they just want their EL CHEAPO labor. You watch: If the 2016 Presidential race is Generic Democrat vs Jeff Sessions, the RINO Establishment will be behind the curtains all-in all-out for the Democrat.
Meanwhile, the people have been kicked in the nuts so long that they finally figure out they’re not wanted are merely telling the truth.
Shorter Rastus: “I switched parties because the Republican Party was the left wing party in this country 150 years ago.”
What’s even more pathetic is the orgasm that lamestream conservatism is having over this.
And you wonder why we’re in the fix that we’re in — The blight right wing, or what laughably passes for it, is as egalitarian as the left.
This one’s fortune came from hedge funds. Therefore, unlike Sheldon Adelson, another GOP amnesty and open border wing sugar daddy, who directly benefits and profits as the labor wage scale is driven down, (which of course is one of the real desired effects of “comprehensive immigration reform”), as Adelson hires a lot of cheap labor Hispanics in his Las Vegas casinos, Paul Singer’s interest in amnesty and open borders isn’t direct, because a mass onslaught of cheap labor peasant Mezo-Indo-Chicano jungle people doesn’t reduce his firm’s labor costs. No, his interest is growth for the sake of growth. That and I’m sure he thinks he can shave his labor costs a little with the allotment of legal immigrant visas being expanded in the Gang Bangers of Eight bill.
Jed Bartlett doesn’t win policy debates because of his amazing tactical skills, his overpowering arguments, or the sheer persuasiveness of his granite-faced brand of urbane folksomeness. He wins them because Aaron Sorkin is a liberal and he wants Republicans to lose on the major issues. Unfortunately for liberals, Tom Coburn and John Boehner don’t have their lines faxed over from Hollywood every morning.
If you want to actually understand why gun control failed, let’s try a simple exercise. Raise your hand if you had a strong opinion about the background check bill that was in front of Congress.
Keep your hand raised if you know how your own Senator voted on it. Otherwise put your hand down.
Keep your hand raised if you actually live in a state that might plausibly elect a Republican to congress.
Okay, now keep your hand raised if that bill was in the top one or two issues that you’ll be voting on in 2014 or 2016. By which I mean, if your Senator votes the wrong way on that bill, you will vote for anyone who opposes them. Anyone–even someone with the wrong opinions on gay marriage, social security reform, transportation subsidies, the Keystone XL pipeline, carbon taxes, marginal tax rates on people who make more than $250k per annum, the deficit, and student loan repayment programs.
Now look around. Aside from those three guys in the back from Handgun Control Inc., do you know who still has their hand raised? NRA members.
Immigration Patriots should heed this lesson.
But I don’t get why she thinks that John Boehner and Tom Coburn are examples of Obama opponents. Boehner, you know about his lassitude and uselessness. But don’t forget that Tom Coburn and Obama get along well, and in fact, one of Obama’s scant few Senate accomplishments (yes, it’s hard to remember that Obama spent a few days in the U.S. Senate) was co-sponsored with Coburn.
Stupid Party: Yeah, but losing is our only path to winning.
The Detroit Lions finished 0-16 in the 2008 NFL season. They were close and competitive in many of those games, and those were said to be “moral victories.” Too bad that moral victories don’t count as real victories in the standings.
Politico: Republican barnacle class wants SCOTUS to “get it over” and legalize gay “marriage” right away. Their reasoning is that if SCOTUS does that, it will take the issue off the table as a wedge issue for the left, and in fact will take it off the table as an issue in general.
Sure, just like Roe v Wade did for aborticide.
This is why you read this space, and why I get paid the big bucks — To translate this kind of bullshit into English.
What this really means is that the barnacle class of Republican consultants is for gay “marriage,” and they want SCOTUS to rule in favor of it as forcefully as they can so they have the skirt of a SCOTUS decision to hide behind, an excuse not to oppose it and to marginalize people and candidates who want to oppose it. The Neal Boortz right-libertarian types, who wish the “religious right” would just shut up and go away (but keep on voting Republican), are coveting that SCOTUS is as profound on the “libertine” side of the gay “marriage” cases in front of them right now as they were in Roe v Wade. They can say, “the issue is settled, the Supreme Court has spoken, so quit talking about social issues.”
Here’s an analogy I can use for our side — The Heller and McDonald decisions. With SCOTUS precedent firmly on our side, it is for our side of the 2A question a convenient bludgeon to demoralize the other side.
What, does the Constitution not apply to “large cities?”
Oh well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board for the lamer cons looking for the Great Black “Conservative” Hope.
I’ll wait for you to stop laughing. I know, it’s gut-busting funny.
Okay, you’re back.
Look at what the big dumb galoot cites as evidence:
Rove told activists at the Republican Party’s spring convention in Sacramento that rebuilding would be “a big task,” but noted Texas as an example. Once a Democratic stronghold, the state elected Republicans to 95 of 150 state House seats in November. Democrats have not won a statewide office in Texas since 1994.
Republicans hold the opposite status in California, where Democrats won supermajorities in the Legislature last fall and hold every statewide office. The GOP accounts for less than 30 percent of the state’s voters and has been losing favor with Latinos, women and younger voters.
Uh, Karl? That has nothing to do with diversity. That is entirely due to the white vote in Texas consolidating (or, more accurately, Mississippiizing) around the Republican Party. Meanwhile, conservative Republican whites are leaving California in droves, and some of them are going to Texas. Hispanics in Texas don’t vote for Republicans much more often in percentage terms than Hispanics in California (and in both cases, it’s a severe minority of the overall Hispanic vote), and the difference is so small that it could be pure statistical noise.
H/T Occidental Dissent.
Republican Leaders Worry Their Party Could Divide in Two
And yet, the heart of the matter extends beyond the GOP. My conversations this week with two Republican officials, along with a Democratic strategist’s timely memo, reflect a growing school of thought in Washington that social change and a disillusioned electorate threaten the entire two-party system.
Seem like a lot to swallow? Allow me to describe my last few days at work.
Between bites of an $18.95 SteakBurger at the Palm, one of Washington’s premier expense-account restaurants, Republican consultant Scott Reed summed up the state of politics and his beloved GOP. “The party,” he told me, “is irrelevant.”
He cited the familiar litany of problems: demographic change, poor candidates, ideological rigidity, deplorable approval ratings, and a rift between social and economic conservatives.
“It’s leading to some type of crash and reassessment and change,” said Reed, who ran Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign and remains an influential lobbyist and operative. “It can’t continue on this path.”
Sure, because a man who can afford $18.95 steakburgers with regularity and whose resume includes that oh-so-successful Bob Dole for President campaign in 1996 really has his fingers on the pulse of the country.
Another reason why this article is bullshit smoke blowing is because Reed is worried about Rand Paul mounting a third party run for President in 2016 and it leading to the death spiral of the Republican Party. On the other hand, I can’t afford $18.95 for a steakburger, I didn’t parlay leading a losing Presidential campaign into being an influential lobbyist and operative — But I’ve been telling you for free over the last few days on this blog why Rand Paul’s Presidential prospects are kaput. If anyone knows Scott Reid, have him log onto Countenance Blog and read this, this and this. And also have him realize that if Ron Paul, the more “purist” Paul, didn’t mount a third party run in 2008 or 2012, then why would the triangulating “pragmatic” Paul mount a third party run in 2016?
But don’t take my advice, because I obviously don’t know anything. All I do for a living is being a breakfast fry cook at a bar near my house because it’s either that or collecting unemployment on my way to out and outright destitution.
A lot of Tories aren’t happy with David Cameron’s “leadership.” I’m not happy with it. He’s as useful as a tit on a bull.
Someone decided to take matters into his own hands.
I’ll stick with BNP.
“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.
True ‘dat. But where do you think this gerrymandering came from? It “fell out of the design” of drawing up favorable gerrymanders for blacks to win Congressional seats. As it turned out, with blacks safely ghettoized in black gerrymanders, life became a whole lot easier for Republicans running for Congress, if the gerrymanders delicately split white liberals and Democrats. This is why in 2012, in states like Florida and Ohio, the Democrats won them in Presidential and Senatorial terms, but Republicans won them in Congressional terms (12/16 in OH, 17/27 in FL), even though generically, Democrats got more votes than Republicans for House candidates in both states. We do know for a fact that Republicans won 233 (+/-) of 435 House seats nationally in spite of the generic House results slightly favoring Democrats.
But it seems like a lot of what black politicians want wind up boomeranging to bite them in their asses. They wanted gun control, (“because of gun violence in black communities”), then bitched when enforcing it (esp. felon-in-possession) sent blacks to prison. They wanted the vast disparity in sentencing between crack cocaine and powder cocaine, (“because of the negative effects that crack is having in black communities”), then they bitched and moaned when they realized it meant black crack dealers getting long bids in Federal prison — It took a piece of legislation that Obama recently signed to roll back the crack-powder disparity somewhat. And now they’re bitching about gerrymandering.
Obama also said he can get 50 percent of public support for many of his upcoming initiatives, but “I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed. … I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”
None of you swore allegiance to public policy polls when you took your oaths of office, you swore allegiance to the Constitution, which was not itself on the ballot in November.
The president said he has a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that date back for generations.
Funny, I don’t find “hunting” in the Constitution at all. And I personally think that it’s bad PR in bringing up killing innocent animals as Second Amendment apologetics. PETA’s ears must be bleeding right now.
He said that moving forward on the topic means understanding that the realities of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas.
So are the realities of racial demographics.
Obama also said one of the biggest factors in the gun-control debate will be how it is shaped by the media.
So far, they’ve got his back. Except he’s not talking about “that” media:
“If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” he said. “I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”
If only Rush Limbaugh weren’t in the way, he’d have almost everything he wanted from a man who reminds him of a typical go-along-to-get-along suburban Chicagoland country club checkered-pants RINO.
Mark Simone (soi-disant “conservative” talk radio host who often fills in for Groucho Marx’s grandmother after a hysterectomy):
“I’m not sure if I’d let my son play football. But
lesbians women in active combat is A-OK~!”
Speaking of which, I have to get this off my chest.
I’m really disappointed in Rand Paul as of late, except I can’t be unless I’m able to confirm a rumor I’ve heard. The rumor is that he has been a guest on Groucho Marx’s grandmother after a hysterectomy’s show at least twice in recent weeks. He should remember that a year or more ago at this time, Groucho Marx’s grandmother after a hysterectomy was not only spreading eliminationist hate against his own father, but threatening to take out Rand himself if his father ran third party and got at least a million votes.
Having a long memory might sometimes be more of a bug than a feature, (in that I remember things that I should really forget and not dwell or steam over for the rest of my life), but this kind of thing is worth remembering. Ron should write Rand out of his will and disown him at this point.
Not just “conservatism.” Now, Obama is on the “football is too dangerous” bandwagon, and is saying that if “I had a son” (“who would look just like Trayvon Martin”), he would be leery about letting him play football. This is the same Obama who just allowed
lesbians women to engage in active military combat. Oh, yeah, you actually think Leon Panetta made that decision on his own? Mark me, that came straight from the top.