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How Tea Party Candidates are like Ronald Reagan

Today, some in the sanctified precincts of the media pine for the halcyon days when Ronald Reagan defined the GOP.  (They leave out that when that great and good man was president, they fought tool and nail to discredit the man and derail his initiatives.)

Now, they’re practically tearing their hair out to show just how extreme are those folks running against the GOP establishment.  What these balding pundits longing for the Gipper fail to mention is that the Tea Party folk are mustering some of the same arguments Reagan did when he first embarked upon his political career.  Take a listen to the speech he gave on behalf of Barry Goldwater in 1964 and you’ll find it sounds a lot like a Tea Party manifesto.

He too was concerned about the growth of the federal government and its emerging intrusion into every aspect of our lives.

“If you analyze it,” he said in 1975, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”  He too (even back then) believed government had grown too big for its proverbial britches.

But, there’s something else the Gipper has in common with the Tea Party.   He began his own foray into electoral politics by running against the GOP establishment.  in the 1966 GOP gubernatorial primary, he faced George Christopher, a former mayor of San Francisco, who leveled some of the same charges against the Gipper as are hurled at Tea Party-backed candidates today.  Reagan writes that the last Republican to helm the City by the Bay

. . . tried simultaneously to portray me as a right-wing extremist and attack me because I’d admitted having been in Communist front groups – without mentioning that I’d resigned and declared war on them as soon as I’d realized what they were. (more…)

Go Ahead, NRCC, Make Nick’s Day

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:57 pm - September 20, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Colorado

When I was in Denver visiting my brother, I saw more Mike Fallon signs than I did those touting his opponent, incumbent Democrat Diana DeGette.  Now, national Republican are giving this fiscally conservative physician a fighting chance in his D+21 district:

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated Dr. Mike Fallon’s campaign against six-time incumbent Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette in Colorado’s First Congressional District to “On the Radar”–recognizing the campaign’s accomplishments and the increased competitiveness of many seats previously thought unwinnable before this cycle.

Help Mike cure Congress by clicking here to support his campaign.

Accusing conservatives of hate while hating conservatives

Just caught something in a post on Gateway Pundit that reminded me of a notion I had wanted to blog about.  First, here’s the relevant passage from Jim’s piece:

[Andrew Breitbart] was met by an angry mob of radical protesters who were “praying” for an “end to hate” while also hurling insults and homophobic slurs toward the targets of their enmity.

It reminded me of those who describe us gay conservatives as self-hating do so in such vindictive and nasty terms.  It’s as if they assume that deep down we harbor the same attitude toward ourselves as they do to us.

With arrogance inversely proportional to his accomplishments

With those words Philip Klein describe the man whose tenure in the White House helped redeem Millard Fillmore.

He was referring to this comment a failed president made:

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, former President Jimmy Carter, who has been a target of the right through the years, lauded his own post-presidency, telling Williams, “I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents.”

It is MSNBC, so they would define the Gipper’s predecessor was a “target of the right.”  Why do they have to make him appear a “victim of right.”  [Um, Dan, MSNBC is just playing to their base.  Describing someone as a target of the right makes him more endearing to their viewers.  –Ed.]  They should have said, “who only won six states in his 1980 bid for reelection.”

Why won’t Barbara Boxer debate Carly Fiorina?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:47 pm - September 20, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Given the continual loss of jobs in the (once-)Golden State since Barbara Boxer heralded the passage of the “stimulus,” promising it would (save or) create 400,000 new jobs, it’s no wonder the 28-year Washington veteran is running away from her record.

She’s also running away from debates.  Take a look at this clip.  And while it was posted by the Carly Fiorina campaign, it was produced by a local Los Angeles television station (KCAL, the local CBS affiliate).  Seems California media are wising up to Mrs. Boxer’s tricks:

Note Mrs. Boxer’s pause at 1:26.  So, Ma’am, why the trouble answering?

Anchor Laura Diaz reminds us that while “Boxer says she wants to have more debates with her Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, but right now she has agreed to only one more debate and you probably won’t be able to watch it live.”

Reporter Dave Bryan reminds us that Boxer had accepted none of six proposed debates to be broadcast statewide, yet “in contrast . . ., Carly Fiorina has accepted all 12 proposed Senate debates, half of them including live statewide or national TV coverage.”

Seems Boxer isn’t much interested in defending her record, but instead attacking her opponent.  Wonder why that is.

You can support Carly Fiorina here.

Obama Hit Between The Eyes By Middle Class Voter

Damnnnnnnnnn.  I’m not sure King Barack I has ever been dressed down like this since maybe prep school in Indonesia.

Damnnnnnnnnn!  Too bad the video doesn’t show how he answered.  My guess is that it went something like this… “well, uhhhhhhh…..aaaaaand…. I inherited this mess….uhhhhhhhh…. hope and change…. aaaaaaaaand….. uhhhhhh…. Republicans are evil.”

I know, I know… the lady must be racist.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Barbara Boxer’s Shady Family Dealings

“Barbara Boxer,” Jim Geraghty informs us, “is going to have a bad week.”  Seems fitting.  Thanks to the 28-year Washington veteran’s policies, Californians have had a very bad twenty months.

Boxer has been sending large amounts of cash to [Rep. Maxine] Waters’s daughter for the past two cycles, and in exchange, Waters has been featuring Boxer prominently on her “slate mailer,” a sample ballot used by many voters in Waters’s South Central district.

In 2004, Boxer paid Rep. Waters’s daughter, Karen Waters, $25,000 to ensure her spot on the mailer; on June 2, Boxer’s campaign sent “Citizens for Waters” $5,000.

Waters, you may recall, is “under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegations that she used her position in Congress to ensure the U.S. Treasury Department would help out a bank where her husband was a stockholder and former director.”

Guess Mrs. Boxer wanted to do for Waters’s daughter what she does for her own son:

Indeed, Boxer has been called out for steering about $500,000 in contributions made to her political action committee to her son’s consulting firm between 2001 and 2009.  Like Waters’ scheme, this arrangement has attracted the attention of CREW [Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington], which focused on Boxer in a 2007 exposé entitled “Family Affair.”

And this lady chairs the Senate Ethics Committee.

This reason seems to be turning against Boxer due, in large part to the steady drip-drip of bad news for the three term Senator.  She shows her arrogance by demanding to be called Senator.  She is astounded that a black businessman would have views different from those of the NAACP.  One of her aides gets caught trying to bring a dime bag into her office.  And now this.  Seems candidates who see such errors accumulate in the course of their campaigns find themselves falling a few votes short when election day rolls ’round.

You can support Carly Fiorina, Boxer’s replacement, here.

Home Depot: My New Favorite Company?
or, Bernie Marcus, hero to gay Republicans?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 pm - September 20, 2010.
Filed under: Economy,Entrepreneurs,Freedom

Recall how tantrum the folks at the American Family Association (AFA) threw because Home Depot offers benefits to the domestic partners of same-sex employees?  That boycott didn’t put a dent in the home improvement giant’s earnings.

Now, we’ve got theHome Depot founder rip[ping] Obama WH as ‘tenured’ academics, [and] apologiz[ing] for creating jobs“:

On CNBC, [Bernie Marcus] the founder of Home Depot blasted Barack Obama and his administration as a collection of tenured dilettantes who have never had to meet a payroll in their lives. Greg Hengler offers a couple of juicy excerpts from his appearance, especially when Marcus starts “apologizing” for having created over 300,000 jobs through the kind of entrepeneurship that the current White House wants to discourage.

300,000 jobs?” Doug Powers asks, “Sure, but how many ‘lives touched‘ is that?”

So, the founder of a company that earns the ire of extreme social conservatives for offering domestic partnership benefits also dares to stand up for the free market principles which have helped make this country great, while undergirding the basic domestic policy of the Republican Party, at least since Ronald Reagan.

Folks, we gay Republicans have found a new hero.

America Rising – 44 Days to Go

I can’t believe this video was made in January and I just saw it yesterday.  Fate.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Administration to Throw Anti-Tea Party Hail Mary?

So, the New York Times reports, the White House is mulling an idea surely culled from reading papers like that Old Gray Lady:

President Obama’s political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said. . . .

“We need to get out the message that it’s now really dangerous to re-empower the Republican Party,” said one Democratic strategist who has spoken with White House advisers but requested anonymity to discuss private strategy talks.

More dangerous than a Democratic Congress that has been on a spending and regulating spree?  No wonder R.S. McCain cautions:

If Democrats were smart, they’d ignore that kind of advice. Polls have shown that the Tea Party is more popular than Obama and if there is one thing the American people have gotten sick and tired of hearing in the past 18 months, it’s that anyone who disagrees with the president’s policies is a racist kook.

To quote Travis Tritt: “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ Anymore.”

The incumbent party can only get so much mileage this year in demonizing the opposition.  Perhaps had the president laid off the blame game in the 20 months preceding the fall campaigns, he might (just might) be able to get this dog to hunt.

Or maybe not.

People are not just voting against the Democrats because they’re the party in power, but also because we don’t like what this party has done with its power.   (more…)

Why MSM can’t let go of Christine O’Donnell

She has become the 2010 version of Sarah Palin, suddenly catapulting into the national spotlight.

When I first read about her past communion with crooked covens, it seemed the media were trying to hold her up as the new poster child of the Tea Party (as if such tea party favorites as Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Joe Miller and other thoughtful conservatives did not exist).  With Miss O’Donnell as the face of the movement, they hope contend, it’ll be discredited in no time.

Seems I wasn’t the only one to come up with that notion.  Via Meryl Yourish (via Gateway Pundit), I found this insight from Marc Ambinder:

The media is going to help the Democratic Party’s national messaging, which is that the GOP is a party full of Christine O’Donnells, a party that wants to take away your Social Security and your right to masturbate. Well, maybe not that last part, but then again, the implicit message of the party is that the GOP is about to elect a slate of hard social rightists to Congress.

While he’s on the money on this one, I think he’s off the mark on several other points.  (After this week, I don’t think the O’Donnell race will register much with voters outside Delaware.)

I think this tack will fail, indeed, backfire.  When voters look at such sterling Republican candidates as Toomey, Miller, Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, Ron Johnson and Dino Rossi, they’ll see Republicans don’t fly around on broomsticks, but instead have backgrounds in business and public policy as well as a genuine commitment to sound conservative principles and real reform.

Can Barbara Boxer keep focus away from her record?

Last week, the junior Senator from California rolled out her first campaign ads. The first was soft and fuzzy with high production values. Debra J. Saunders took note of the “two words you won’t hear watching [the] ad: Senator and Democrat.”

A few days later, Ma’am got nasty  with an ad that looked like it was produced on a laptop, making up facts about Carly Fiorina in order to smear her successor.  So, now Carly’s people are reminding Californians of the cost of the big-government policies Boxer backs:

You can donate to Carly’s campaign here.

The very bad start to Murkowski’s write-in campaign

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:27 am - September 20, 2010.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

While away from blogging on Saturday, I was able to catch up on the news scanning Instapundit on Sunday and picked up this most interesting tidbit“Less than an hour before Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski planned to announce a write-in campaign to retain her seat, her top aide e-mailed scores of the most prominent lobbyists in Washington to ask them to join a Saturday conference call with the senator.”

Don’t think this will play too well in Alaska, particularly given the mood of the year.  With this action so close to Murkowski’s announcement, it makes it look like her real loyalty is to Washington lobbyists.

Not even forty-eight hours later, the outgoing Alaska Senator whined to CNN’s Candy Crowley:

What happened in my particular race, you had the Tea Party Express, this California-based group, come in at the last minute in a campaign, run a mudslinging, smear – just a terrible, terrible – campaign with lies and fabrications and mischaracterizations. . . . They came in, dumped $600,000 into a small market here in Alaska, and they absolutely clearly influenced the outcome.

Wonder how much non-Alaska money Murkowski was hoping those lobbyists were going to help her rake in.  Over at protein wisdom, Darleen Click wondered what the Senator was whining about, after all, she “spent $2 million dollars during her primary campaign.”  Is she just mad that someone would dare campaign against here?

Not a good way to start your campaign when we get a report of a conference call between the Senator and lobbyists followed by the her acting like a sore loser on national television.

If this race were about more than her own ego, she would be able to discuss the issues driving her decision instead of some pabulum about “listening to my constituents.”  Perhaps, if she said they want her to fight for this or that issue, say, opening up ANWR or repealing Obamacare, then maybe people might take her seriously.

My sense is that her write-in roll-out will hurt her among Alaska voters and her poll numbers will plunge even further.

You can donate to Joe Miller’s campaign here.