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When Barney makes nice, you know he’s running scared

Ace reminds us that the unhappy Barney Frank is running scared this year, so scared that he’s cutting the condescension and trying to make nice.  But, we know that, when mean-spirited guys like Barney make nice, it’s a sign not of confidence, but of desperation:

He was unchallenged forever. And acted that way. Acerbic, nasty. Not caring what his actual constituents thought. No, freed of the need to respond to constituent wishes, he could instead cater to the national liberal audience — his real constituency, even though they don’t live in his district. . . .

Well. Looks like all Barney Frank needed to remind him of his manners was a Marine insisting he mind his p’s and q’s.

Jonathan Strong reminds us that the real Barney doesn’t normally mind his manners.  At a town hall meeting in August 2009, the 15-term incumbent

. . . relied on condescension for crowd control. “I’m just curious,” he said to one voter, “Do you really think that’s thoughtful conversation? Do you really think that advances your argument?”

“What’s the matter with you all?”

“What’s the matter with you all?”  That’s how this career politician treats his constituents when he assumes they’re not going to vote him out?

The real question is what’s the matter with Barney?  Why can’t he show a modicum of respect for his constituents and his adversaries.  But, let’s not consider ourselves overmuch with Barney’s problems.  Let’s support his opponent and send the unhappy Democrat packing.

About those racist Republicans . . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:09 pm - October 6, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

In his must-read column on the rise of black Republicans, Jack Kelly notes something interesting:

Of the 39 black Democrats in the House, all but two represent districts where blacks are a majority or plurality. One other black Democratic contender is running in a white majority district. So in this election, Republicans are running more blacks in white majority districts than the Democrats are. Shouldn’t that be taken into consideration when accusations of racism are being hurled about?

The three candidates with the greatest shot at winning seats in Congress, Tim Scott, Allen West or Ryan Frazier, all hail from districts with white majorities, with Frazier running in a district where Hispanics alone outnumber blacks by a margin of 4 to 1.

Via Powerline.

We’re moving on up . . . to 77

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:47 pm - October 6, 2010.
Filed under: Blogging

The latest Wikio ratings have us at 77 in the category of top political blogs.

Actually, it’s almost 21%

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:44 pm - October 6, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,National Politics

Nice Deb writes that a Poll Shows 11% Of Obama Voters Don’t Remember Voting For Him.*  She cites an article in The Hill which reports:

Two-thirds of voters in key battleground districts will be thinking about President Obama when they choose their next member of Congress, according to a 2010 midterm election poll from The Hill and ANGA.The poll surveyed likely voters in 12 competitive congressional districts held by first-term Democratic lawmakers who came into office with the president in 2008. . . .

One telling finding is that only 42 percent of respondents said they recalled voting for Obama in 2008 even though the president received, on average, 53 percent of the vote in those districts.

11% of American voters don’t remember voting for Obama, but if we look at Obama voters, we divide that 11 (53 minus 42) by 53 to get 20.75.

*UPDATE:  Due, in part to this post, she has since corrected her error.  🙂

Even Some Democrats Want Obamacare Repealed

I thought people were going to start liking Obamacare just as soon as they found out what’s in it, but even 1 in 4 Democrats favor repeal:

Healthcare reform is hurting the reelection chances of freshman Democrats in the House, according to The Hill/ANGA poll.

A majority of voters in key battleground districts favor repeal of the legislative overhaul Congress passed this year.

President Obama predicted in the spring that the new law would become popular as people learned more about it. But the poll shows Republicans strongly oppose it, independents are wary of it and a surprising number of Democrats also want it overturned.

Emphasis added.  Maybe Republicans could win some crossover votes by promising for full & immediate repeal of Obamacare.

Someone’s internal polls aren’t looking very good

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - October 6, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Big Government Follies

Joe Manchin Suddenly Decides to Sue the Obama Administration

So, in order to hold a Senate seat the Democrats have held for a half-century, the Democratic governor of West Virginia is suing the Democratic Administration in Washington, D.C.:

Gov. Joe Manchin has scheduled a press conference Wednesday morning where he is expected to announce that the state is filing suit against the federal government over the Obama administration’s crackdown on mountaintop removal coal mining.

Jim Geraghty (who alerted me to this story quips, “Suggested new slogan for John Raese: Keep Joe Manchin where he is to continue his legal fight against Obama!

If this doesn’t work, he can join other governors in challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.

UPDATE:  Maybe he just saw this: “Rasmussen moves West Virginia race from ‘toss up’ to ‘leans GOP.‘”

MICK MULVANEY FOR SC-05

After promising to be a “moderate Democrat” (and we all know that term is a lie), US Rep. John Spratt has voted lock-step with the Socialist policies of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Luckily for the residents of the 5th District in South Carolina — they have a great Republican candidate in Mick Mulvaney who will splat Spratt on November 2nd.  (Full disclosure:  I have personally donated to Mulvaney’s campaign.)

Mick was elected to the SC House in 2006, his first foray into politics, becoming the first Republican ever elected to that position in his District. In 2008 an unexpected retirement created a vacancy in the SC Senate, and Mick ran for and won that office in what was widely regarded to be the hardest fought legislative race in South Carolina that year.

Mick serves on the Judiciary, Labor/Commerce/Industry, Medical Affairs, Agriculture/Natural Resources, and Corrections Committee. He was identified as the Freshman Legislator of the Year in 2006 by the Palmetto Family Council for his work on the South Carolina ultrasound bill. In 2010 he was named Legislator of the Year for his work in support of the State’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He has received one of only a handful of A+ ratings in the entire legislature. His previous endorsements for office include the NRA and NFIB.

Mick’s view of the proper role of the Federal Government:

I believe in the United States Constitution. I believe in the concept of a limited federal government. I believe that the federal government’s primary duty is to safeguard our personal freedoms so that we can reach our highest potential as individuals.

Somehow our government has forgotten that. In just a generation Washington has gone from “Ask not what your country can do for you….” to “We will guarantee your GM warranty.”

It also strikes me that Washington has better things to do than to tell us how to live our lives. I don’t want to live in a nanny state or under a government that thinks it should be Big Brother. Generally speaking I believe what you do in your own home or in your private life is your business. At the same time neither is it the government’s job to institutionalize the corruption of American culture and history, or to legislate the wholesale destruction of our traditional community values.

The best balance comes in recognizing and honoring the limitations on the federal government – and the primacy of the people and the states – set forth in the Constitution.

PLEASE DONATE TO MICK MULVANEY TODAY

If John Spratt loses, Nancy Pelosi won’t be the Speaker of the House.  It is THAT important.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

The Socialist

Via RedState.com

This film has not yet been rated, but the story received a solid B+ from the White House. Catch the beginning of the end in theaters November 2010, with the ultimate conclusion to be seen worldwide in November of 2012.

The Socialist
Directed by Ben Howe. Post-Producution by Caleb Howe.
Based on a script written by Karl Marx.
Screenplay conceived by The Sixties.
Edited by History.
Starring Barack Obama as The Socialist.

The Howes kick ass.  Follow both of them on Twitter…. or I’ll put a hex on you.  I am a warlock, after all.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)