As I mentioned last week, there’s a little-publicized special election coming up in just a few days in the 19th Congressional District in Florida. Robert Wexler (mercifully) retired and his vacant seat is being sought by Democrat Ted Deutch (who in just the past month has expressed his antipathy both to the Second Amendment and the lives of unborn children) and Republican businessman and entreprenuer Edward Lynch.
Comes a new poll showing a whopping 34% support for the Stalinization of Health Care Act of 2010 with 54% opposed. But that’s not all:
Opposition is significantly strong among two crucial blocs: those older than 65 and voters with no party affiliation. Seniors disfavor the bill by a 65-25 percent margin, while independents oppose the law 62-34.
Hopefully the folks down there will rise up and take this seat from the socialists in the Democratic party. (Ted Deutch, natch, is so excited about the government take-over that the top line of his campaign website is a frothy, breathless endorsement of its passage.)
John and I had a great time on our whirlwind trip to LA this weekend. Thanks to Leah, Western Princess of the Homocons for her hospitality!! Karl Rove and Dick Cheney’s speeches were challenging but inspirational. We were thrilled that they appreciated our blog and went out of their way to acknowledge our prescence.
More travel for me this week: Atlanta, including the BlogTalkRadio shoe on Wed night at 10pm Eastern.
And now, I plan to snooze across the fruited planes….
Have been meaning to write on this for a while, but all the words back-and-forth over the Stalinization of Health Care Act of 2010 kind of got us all on a single track for a while. But now finally getting the chance.
I lived in Cleveland for a short time as a kid and remembered it being kind of drizzly and grey, climate-wise. (Given that my family moved from there to the Queen City of the Plains in our great Centennial State, naturally, the clime left much to be desired. Not every place can be as beautiful as here!) However, I didn’t know much about the problems of the “Mistake on the Lake”, as it’s called by some.
Earlier this month, reason.tv posted a series of videos featuring the city’s favorite son, Drew Carey, and focusing on free-market solutions to the city’s issues. It’s a six-part series titled “Reason Saves Cleveland”. If you’re from the area, or are interested in urban revitilization through free-market principles and liberty, I recommend you take the time (about an hour altogether for all six episodes) to check it out.
Some jokingly say that Cleveland’s motto is, “Maybe Next Year”. Tongue in cheek, sure. But maybe there’s something to that. For that matter, ideas like these could probably help many other cities in a recession-era slump, and even some who are doing well but could also benefit from a capitalist shot in the arm.
Perhaps at some other time, I’ll offer a more complete account of the wonderful evening I had last night, sitting next to Tammy Bruce and listening to former Vice President Cheney. I could mention the good company of our readers, the multiple standing ovations for the greatest Vice President of the past 100 years, the warm welcome we received from the Claremont Institute and the good work that they do. Or that this blog was listed in the program of this conservative think tank’s annual dinner.
I will focus instead on the good man that Richard Cheney is and my brief meeting with that distinguished statesman.
Due to his health (he recently suffered a heart attack), Mr. Cheney did not do a photo op at the VIP reception. So, right after desert, I mustered my courage and with Tammy, went over to introduce myself. He was very polite, respectful. In the 45 seconds or so I had to talk to him, I knew I couldn’t say much. It would be rude to take up more of his time.
I could thank him for his steadfast commitment to our nation’s security and to conservative principles, for not backing down — or letting it get to him — when he was attacked unfairly in the media. Instead, I offered the name of our blog, told him how honored I was when I learned that his younger daughter read our web-site, then did something I am sure few gay people have done, though many should. I thanked him for publicly opposing the Federal Marriage Act in 2004 and told him how much of a hero he was to gay conservatives.
While gay activists may disagree with much that this good man has done and said, they should at least acknowledge how, he stood apart from the then-president on that one key issue. Alas that so few have acknowledged this most pro-gay Vice President in U.S. history.
But, if in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions… I simply cannot allow partisan politics to stand in the way of the basic functioning of government.
Why does he have to politicize? Why can’t he just announce the appointments without uttering such partisan recrimination?
There’s good news for California Democrats today. They don’t have to support the reelection of a mean-spirited partisan to the United States Senate. They don’t need return a woman who, in eighteen years in the Senate, has succeeded in seeing a total of three of her bills enacted. They have a choice. Mickey Kaus has officially entered the fray, having “received the official candidates’ notice from the California Secretary of State’s office.”
While Mickey is far too liberal to earn my vote, he is a great guy, smart and insightful, a far sight better than the career politician he’s challenging. He’d be a credit to the state of California, the United States Senate and his party.
I’m looking forward to the debates, a thoughtful liberal versus a partisan apologist.
Supporters of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid . . . gathered just down the road from the launching point of the Tea Party Express tour, and when Breitbart happened upon them, he was met with threats of violence. At least one protester threw an egg at Brietbart, missing him. Eggs were also thrown at the Tea Party Express bus.
I’m sure this will lead the news on ABC. And given their interest in reporting violent reactions to legislative actions, other MSM oulets will highlight this juvenile behavior, with Barney Frank demanding that Democrats “differentiate themselves” from this type of response, Jim Hoft is skeptical:
Do you suppose the state-run media will be as outraged about this as they were about the bogushate crimes or coffingate story? Don’t count on it.
As the mainstream media hyperventilate over what is now regularly being referred to as rightwing hate speak, liberal talk radio host Mike Malloy Friday actually called for conservative talkers Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O’Reilly to commit suicide.
I’m sure Steny Hoyer will be calling a press conference any minute to denounce such rhetoric. Any minute now, Jim, really. Well, maybe he’ll wait until Monday, you know, because, well, he always does like to spend the weekend with his family. I’ve heard the DNC has a press release all ready for Tim Kaine’s approval just as soon as he gets back from his weekend jaunt to Nantucket where they don’t have wireless. Or fax machines.
Becker’s nomination was held-up on a bipartisan vote by the Senate last month, with two Democrats crossing the aisle to oppose his nomination. Essentially, the argument against Becker is that he’s far too radical.
This, as Mark Hemingway who wrote the above put it, “just reeks of political payback. Unions spent $400 million getting Democrats elected in 2008 and now Obama’s going to stack the deck in their favor, killing jobs and sticking it to the taxpayer in the process.”
Craig Becker’s nomination is a threat to the economy because he believes small businesses “should have no right to be heard in either a representation case or an unfair labor practices case” meaning “employers have no standing to assert their employees’ right to fair representation.” These are Becker’s own words, which were published in the University of Minnesota Law Review in 1993.
This extreme nominee believes employers should have no “legal standing” in the unionization process of their own workplace. Really? So the AFL-CIO’s Rich Trumka and the SEIU’s Andy Stern should have a voice in the unionization process and the guy who started the business should not? It would be laughable if it weren’t so serious.
So beholden is Obama to the labor unions, a majority of whose members now work for the government, that he’s tapping someone with a decided animus against job creators. And wasn’t it Obama who said somewhere that businesses generate the most net new jobs? Guess my memory’s not serving me well because anyone who recognized the importance of small companies in creating jobs would never appoint such a man to such a position.
For Barack Obama once again, paying back the special interests which helped him win election trumps the national interest.
Born in Brooklyn, elected to office from the Bay Area 28 years ago, Barbara Boxer has spent the past 18 years representing California in the United States Senate while the Golden State lost its sheen.
In the year since Boxer voted for President Obama’s spendthrift “so-called stimulus,” promising 400,000 jobs for our state, we have lost 700,000. That’s a 1,100,000 difference. To make that up in time for the fall elections, we’d have to generate 137,500 new jobs each month from now through November.
That’s 8 times as many IRS agents as are needed nationwide to enforce Obamacare.
JAMES TARANTO: “One sign that ObamaCare is both bad and unpopular is that since its enactment–indeed, since just before its enactment–its supporters have been laboring mightily to change the subject. They’re eager to talk not about their great legislative and social achievement, but about how violent, racist and all-around crazy ObamaCare opponents are. On the whole, this is a false narrative.”
If Anthony Weiner and the unhappy Barney Frank (D-Romper Room) were so pleased with their accomplishment, they’d be touting it, not attacking Republicans.
If the Tea Party folk, those most outspoken in their opposition to this legislation, were indeed dividing the Republican Party, requiring GOP leaders to “differentiate” themselves from them, you’d see it in the polls. We wouldn’t need a lecture from Barney on civility (while calling us racist, anti-gay bullies with a psychological disorder). Nor from Anthony. Fascinating how these people with so little knowledge of the internal dynamics of the GOP — or the issues of concern to Republicans presume to tell us what’s good for our party.
And if the health care bill was so good, the same unhappy trio wouldn’t need to tell us how horrible, no good, very bad, narrow-minded, racist, anti-gay, unwashed, unkempt, unshaven and just plain mean (and nasty) those Republican Neanderthals were.
I find myself generally to be an optimist. Maybe that’s one reason I love the Gipper so much; that great and good man defined optimism. It was practically his faith.
To be sure, I’m not always optimistic. I do have my dark days.
For the better part of Friday, despite the hectic nature of the week — and the considerations of the impact of Sunday’s vote in the House of Representatives on our freedom, our economy and of course our health care system — I was feeling pretty upbeat. Maybe it’s that after a week of agonizing over how to begin the current chapter of my dissertation, it just fell into place and the words flowed.
Maybe it’s that Bruce is in town and amid all the activities, I will get to hobnob with some blogger readers and conservative friends. Or maybe it’s just my nature.
But, something struck me (yet again) while pounding away on the Stairmaster before heading out to the Reagan Library. I looked up at the television monitors in front of me. And when I wasn’t enjoying Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, I was watching Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) whine about something or other. This career politician who represents an overwhelmingly Democratic district (he succeeded Chuckles Schumer for whom he once worked) presumed to warm Republicans about how the “Teabaggers” (at least that was the word on the closed captioning) threatened to divide our party. (How would a guy who’s spent his life in the Democratic Party have a clue about the GOP?)
(Hey, Anthony, how come our party was united in opposition to Obamacare when your party lost one-eighth of its caucus. Doesn’t look like GOP division to me.)
It wasn’t just Weiner’s juvenile rhetoric which struck me, it was also his dour demeanor. Like his far less attractive counterpart from the Bay State, he just doesn’t seem very happy whenever I catch him on the tube. (Guess the glow wore off right after he kissed Bart Stupak.) Nancy Pelosi seems to have put her smile on with her special make-up on Sunday, but has since lost the kit. She doesn’t seem very happy any more. And it’s not just the Speaker from San Francisco. Whenever you turn to the tube and see Democrats on screen, they just don’t seem unhappy. (more…)
The last time I saw Bruce was in November 2004 at the sacred shrine to freedom in Southern California Reagan Library. So, it is entirely fitting that when we got together again, it was in that very place, this time, right under the fuselage of Air Force One (where we dined before Karl Rove’s talk).
Most people think that since we blog on the same site, we travel in the same circles, but we hadn’t even met when he asked me to join this blog. And don’t see each other on a regular basis, communicating only via e-mail (and sometimes text). After all, we live on opposite ends of this great nation.
It was great to see him — and our reader Leah — for a pleasant dinner before walking over to the lecture hall to hear Rove speak. As Bruce reported, he gave a humdinger of a speech.
I took notes the old-fashioned way, even used a fountain pen. Meanwhile, I caught Bruce blogging away on his iPhone:
And then of course, Bruce got to pose beside a picture of the greatest domestic policy president of the last century.
When we got our books signed, I introduced myself to Mr. Rove, identifying this blog, making clear that it was a “gay conservative” site. He rose to shake my hand and was most cordial and that of Bruce. Guess he isn’t bothered by gay conservatives.
Barney Frank’s fantasies notwithstanding, we weren’t escorted off the premises while the staff yelled hateful slurs.
Dan, John and I just finished listening to Karl Rove at the Reagan Library. Thanks to Princess Leah for joining us as our date for the night!
Rove gave a rousing reminder why Reagan was such a great leader and how he changed America’s trajectory in economic, security and national purpose.
Rove also gave a blistering attack on how Obama campaigned as a centrist but is governing as a leftist. America was duped by a con man — those are my words. The facts that Rove articulated about the fiscal impact of healthcare reform are chilling.
Rove is still the optimist. I wish I shared his sunny view that we can change the course. But as Rove said, like Reagan, I have to have faith in the American people.
Before the speech, I took these photos around the Reagan Library.
The words on Reagan’s grave above are ones that he spoke during life: “I know in my heart that man is good/ That what is right will always eventually triumph/ And there is purpose and worth to each and every life.”
Something struck me last night watching “The Marriage Ref” on NBC that I didn’t really figure out until today:
With all the breathless pearl-clutching Leftist pundits and politicians shocked—SHOCKED—by the threats and intimidation tactics being used by those rotten Tea Partiers, you know who’s pretty quiet about it all?