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Susan Collins Votes Against Tax-Cheat Geithner

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:57 pm - January 26, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias,Noble Republicans

I’m not one of those conservatives who tag as “RINO” some moderate Republicans elected from Democratic-leaning states.  The only Republicans who I would so label are those like former Nebraska Senator Hagel and former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee as well as former Republican Lowell Weicker (he left the GOP after Joe Lieberman beat him in 1988) who regularly badmouth their party and belittle its policies

While some Republicans,including Maine’s two senators don’t always toe the party line, neither do they bash their party to curry favor with the MSM and the Washington establishment as did those three individuals.  It is a question of tone.  When they’re at odds with their party, they may take issue with the GOP leadership, but on the level of ideas.

I have always had a soft spot for Susan Collins, Maine’s junior Senator.  Maybe it’s that she holds, with ease, a seat in a state that hasn’t voted Republican for president since eight years before her first election.  Or maybe it’s that she’s shown a commitment to the GOP in rhetoric if not (entirely) in record.

Today, via Allahpundit, who offers some gratuitous attacks on her (calling her RINO), we see her explaining her vote against the confirmation of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. I know there was a reason I liked this lady!

This good woman just doesn’t mince her words. Kudos, Senator.

Oh, and, if you hadn’t known Andrea Mitchell worked for a “news” network, you’d think she was a flack for the Obama Administration.

UPDATE:  McCain was not among the 10 Republicans voting to confirm Geithner. So far doesn’t look like McCain is caving to Obama to curry favor with the media, as some conservatives predicted he would.  Had the Republicans united against him, he would have been confirmed with only 50 votes.

A Reason to Question the President’s Judgment

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:20 pm - January 26, 2009.
Filed under: American Embarrassments

Appearing on Face the Nation on CBS this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden “explained that before he agreed to become Obama’s running mate, he said, ‘I don’t want to be on the ticket unless you are hiring me on for my judgment.’

I would question the judgment of anyone who hired Joe Biden for his judgment.  I thought Obama had picked the then-Delaware Senator to make himself looking sober and seasoned by comparison.

(H/t:  Glenn.)

Could Congress Reject the Stimulus?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:45 pm - January 26, 2009.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Economy

Just over a week ago, that quesiton was a foolish one.  I was convinced a near-trillion dollar stimulus would pass.  But, some things I read on the web the weekend cause me to call my conviction into question.

Perhaps I read too much into the president’s defensiveness.

All I can say is that I began to wonder at why a new inaugurated president with the media’s overwhelming good will (indeed open adoration), with his party holding huge majorities in both houses of Congress would become so bothered by a conservative talk show host.  And make his upset known to political allies of said host.  Not good politics, Mr. President.

The new prez should learn from the one of his predecessors.  According to Michael Deaver who knew Ronald Reagan well:  “The secret to Reagan’s success when dealing with the left was that he never took anything personally and he treated his adversaries with respect.”  Replace left with right and that should become his mantra in dealing with Limbaugh.

When meeting with Republican leaders to discuss that titanic trillion-dollar budget boondoggle, President Obama acted quite differently than that great Republican, saying, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.”  He would have been wiser to say why he believed Rush was wrong.

All he’s done is give Limbaugh greater grounds to challenge him, with the talk show host now knowing he’s gotten under the president’s skin.  Watch for Rush to keep pushing the issue this week.  He’s got to be delighting in this.

As Rush delights, we see the president defensive.  Does Obama realize that he may lose the support Democrats, particularly Senators in more conservative states whose seats are up in ’10 (North Dakota’s Dorgan, Colorado’s Bennett, Arkansas’s Lincoln) as well as House members from more Republican districts, thus needing members of the opposition to support his plan for it to pass with the majority he’d like?

His attacks on Rush suggest he doesn’t seem confident of success.  They give me hope that he won’t succeed in further burdening the long-term health of our economy with increasing amounts of gratuitous debt.

UPDATE:  And there’s this:  Even “in the midst of the worst economy since the last bad economy (OK, 1982),” according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll,  53% of the respondents preferred “”smaller government with fewer services”, [to] 43% backing expanded government.“  (H/t:  Glenn.)

UP-UPDATE:  John Hinderaker at Powerline notes a Rasmussen poll finding “that 59% fear that ‘Congress and President Obama will increase government spending too much in the next year or two.’