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I Came To New Orleans, And All I Got Was This Stomach Virus

So I was very excited as I boarded the plane in Charlotte this afternoon, bound for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

But, as our plane sat in line to takeoff I began to break out in a sweat. I mean shirt-drenching time.

And, as we pulled around, faced south and the engines revved — I promptly projectile vomited all over myself, my iPhone, Kindle and the bulkhead wall. Sorry to be graphic, but I want you to share the experience.

I seemed to recover until the wheels hit the ground in NOLA. Then I became faint and disoriented — to the point that I asked for EMTs. After being given some oxygen (no, really) — I rallied enough to make it to my downtown hotel.

My only venture out in the past 6 hours was to Urgent Care cuz I thought I had the Pig Flu. Diagnosis: Stomach virus that’s hit the Southeast.

I’m telling you all this because I missed the start of the SRLC and my two favorite GOP divas — Liz Cheney & Mary Matalin.

If I survive the night, I’m dragging myself to the Hilton to see Sarah. (We really don’t even need to use her last name, do we?)

PatriotPartner just landed so he’ll blog for me if I don’t wake up in the morning.

Such a drama queen, aren’t I?

Mickey Kaus’s Viability in a Nutshell:
This Republican Would Vote for Him Over Tom Campbell

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:08 pm - April 8, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Yesterday on his blog, Mickey Kaus, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, noted how the state Democratic Party is excluding him from a berth at their upcoming convention because they deem him not to be a viable candidate:

If you disagree with the California Democratic Party’s decision to apply an amorphous “viability” test to deny candidates like …well, me, a chance to even be heard at the party convention,please email CDP Executive Director Shawnda Westly to inform her of your views. Her email is

shawnda@cadem.org

(Via: Glenn Reynolds.)

As per that request (in a bit of a rush), I did just that.

Dear Ms. Westly,

I am a lifelong Republican who has never voted Democratic in a statewide race since moving to California in 1999.  Should Mr. Kaus win the Democratic nomination  for U.S. Senate and Tom Campbell the Republican, I will likely vote Democratic in that race given my qualms about Mr. Campbell’s associations.

But, given Mrs. Boxer’s absence of accomplishment this past 18 years as well as her mean-spirited partisanship, I could never vote for her.  Never.

If you want to make your party more viable to a partisan Republican who disagrees with Mr. Kaus about 60-76% of the time, but would vote for him over a certain Republican, you should reconsider your decision.  There are many more Republicans like myself who disagree with Mickey Kaus, but respect him.  They might join me in voting Democratic should he be your party’s nominee.  And I daresay in a Republican year, this could make the difference in a close election.

Fine, say he’s not viable.  With Mrs. Boxer’s high negatives, you’re giving my party the best shot in years to take a California Senate seat, given the anti-incumbent mood.  With Kaus as your party’s nominee, the likelihood of keeping the seat in Democratic hands grows exponentially.

All the best, Daniel Blatt (West Hollywood)

You Want a Top 100 Political Blog?
I Got Yer Top 100 Political Blog…. Right Here! BOOSH.

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:47 am - April 8, 2010.
Filed under: Blogging

This is a nice surprise.  Especially since we’ve been a bit dry on Instapundit links so far in 2010.  (Glenn…. where are you, Glenn???)

As always, thanks to our readers.  And please spread the word.  And also please do consider following me on Twitter.  I do a lot more of my trademark snark-filled smackdowns on Twitter.  140 Characters is my kinda space.

Oh, did I mention we could use an Instapundit hit?  Maybe this weekend when I’m at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference?  Everyone grab a druid priest and rub his head for good luck.  Or something.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Headed To The Big Easy

No, I’m not going to Barney Frank’s Florida condo.  Shame on you people!

Actually I’m bound for New Orleans, Louisiana to report on and envelop myself in the Southern Republican Leadership Council.  I’m hoping it is like CPAC but with more Southern food.

I’ll be reporting from inside at Bloggers’ Lounge later tonight.  Four great speakers lead off the program tonight:  Mary Matalin, Liz Cheney, JC Watts & Newt Gingrich.  Hmmm, Watts/Cheney… 2012 anyone?

So watch this space later today for reports of N’awlins.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Expected to Think a Certain Way ‘Cause We’re Gay

About the “Uncle Tom” slur hurled at African-American Tea Party protesters, James Taranto writes:

No white American today suffers the indignity of being labeled a “traitor” to his race; the supposedly liberal assumption is that blacks, and only blacks, are expected to think a certain way because of the color of their skin.

Sound familiar?  To gay conservatives, it should.  Seems, at one point or another, we’ve all encountered the supposedly liberal assumption that gay people are expected to think a certain way because of our sexual orientation.

(H/t:  Instapundit.)

Yes, Ma’am, Boxer Did Vote to Use Government Funds to Buy Viagra for Sex Offenders

Last month, we reported that the junior Senator from California, enjoying a 51% unfavorable rating from her Golden State constituents,

. . . joined her fellow Senate Democrats in blocking her Oklahoma colleague Tom Coburn’s amendment to “prevent convicted child molesters and rapists from getting reimbursed by the government for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction“.

While our critics faulted the post, calling the Coburn amendment, for example, “a nasty, dirty tactic“, seems that good man had a point.  Over at the Washington Examiner, Susan Ferrechio alerts us to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) study of the matter:

Coburn asked the CRS to look into whether convicted sex offenders can get taxpayer-funded coverage for erectile dysfunction medication under the new health care law and CRS’s response indicates they are eligible for those benefits.

According to CRS, the new health care law includes nothing “which would require qualified health plans to limit the type of benefits that can be offered based on the plan beneficiary’s prior criminal convictions. Additionally, there do not appear to be any provisions that would specifically restrict qualified health plans’ coverage of drugs prescribed to treat ED.”

The CRS goes further to state specifically that “a convicted rapist, child molester, or other sex offender who is not incarcerated would not appear to be excluded from enrolling in a qualified health plan offered through an American Health Benefit Exchange in their state solely because of that conviction.”

The good and gracious Oklahoman had a point.  And in trying to get a “clean” bill by toeing her party line, Barbara Boxer ended up blocking a measure which could have prevented her much vaunted heath care bill from paying for using taxpayer funds to treat their ED (erectile dysfunction).

Just Saw Clash of the Titans

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:07 am - April 8, 2010.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV,Mythology and the real world

The original was better.  Both of them.