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US Military Stops Asking Recruits About Sexual Orientation

This news broke earlier today. Chris Geidner has a nice wrap-up at Metro Weekly:

In a sign of the wide-reaching impact of U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’s injunction halting enforcment of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith today wrote that “[r]ecruiters have been given guidance, and they will process applications for applicants who admit they are openly gay or lesbian.”

The statement provided by Smith in an email to Metro Weekly, and first reported by the Associated Press, comes on the heel of a report in The New York Times that Omar Lopez, who is an out gay man, was turned away at a recruiting station in Texas because of his sexual orientation despite the judge’s injunction resulting from the Log Cabin Republicans v. United States case.

Smith also wrote that “[r]ecruiters are reminded to set the applicants’ expectations by informing them that a reversal in the court’s decision of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law/policy may occur.”

GOProud’s Chris Barron Gets the Defining Tea Party Idea

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:47 pm - October 19, 2010.
Filed under: Freedom,GOProud,Tea Party

GOProud’s Chris Barron has a great piece in the Daily Caller today which both echoes a point I made this morning on the Tea Parties and goes beyond it, reminding us of the real nature of this grassroots movement.

He warns that some “big-government conservatives like Tony Perkins” and Mike Huckabee are trying to “to co-opt the Tea Party’s movement and message. They have realized that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em“:

Nothing would make the left happier than to see the Tea Party taken over by big-government social conservatives. Liberals and their friends in the mainstream media know how politically poisonous big-government conservatism was to the conservative movement. Nothing would make them happier than to have the keys to the Tea Party turned over to the same folks who brought us embarrassing electoral defeats in 2006 and 2008 and who demoralized the conservative movement.

Big-government conservatives know too that their message is political poison — they have watched as the American people, and the conservative movement in particular, has turned away from seeking government as the solution to the social, economic and spiritual challenges facing our country.

Emphasis added. Exactly. Exactly. Nice to see the leader of a gay organization say that we should not turn to government for the solutions to our social “challenges” — or any challenge for that matter. It was just a simple pleasure to read Chris’s concluding flourish on freedom. I won’t steal his thunder. Just read the whole thing!

It’s so nice to have a gay organization not aping the equality rhetoric of the left-of-center gay organizations, but instead appealing to the defining idea of this nation — and the GOP.  And the Tea Parties.

No, Obama Won’t Blame Republicans if Democrats Lose

Byron York thinks that if Democrats suffer major losses in two weeks, the president and his team in the White House will start pointing fingers:

Assume the polls are correct and Republicans win control of the House, and perhaps even the Senate, in next month’s elections. What lessons will the White House learn? Will Barack Obama interpret the vote as a repudiation of much of his agenda, or will he conclude that he made a few tactical errors but was still right on the big issues?

Bet on the latter. All indications coming out of the White House suggest that if Democrats suffer major losses, the president and his top aides will resolutely refuse to reconsider the policies — national health care, stimulus, runaway spending — that led to their defeat. Instead, they will point fingers in virtually every direction other than their own. Come November, it’s likely the D-for-Democrat that the president refers to so often will actually stand for “denial.”

While I normally agree with Byron York, I think he’s wrong here.  Obama’s not going to point fingers; it’s not his style.  Recall what he told Jay Leno at the dawn of his presidency:

And one of the things that I’m trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame. . . .   (more…)

Why doesn’t Barbara Boxer Get Christine O’Donnell Treatment?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:00 pm - October 19, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics,Media Bias

You have a three-term sitting U.S. Senator who clings to a lead in most polls going on national television and making things up about her record on tax cuts.  Babbling and incoherent, she is confused about her own record and dishonest about her accomplishments.  The CNN anchor has to jump in to save her.  If a Republican talked like this, his fellow partisans would press him to retire.

The mainstream media barely notices Barbara Boxer’s babbling, instead dwelling on the alleged constitutional illiteracy of a candidate struggling to gain traction in the polls while ignoring her opponent’s inability to “name the five freedoms in the First Amendment.”  O’Donnell does seem to be an even match for that opponent, a man who graduated from a “college” founded under questionable circumstances.

Chrstine O’Donnell may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but she’s no duller than Boxer or Washington State’s Patty Murray.  When do we hear of their gaffes, gaffes which are legion?

And heck, the Delaware Republican is right to ask “Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” Guess what?  It’s just not there.*

It makes headlines when a Republican woman says something which appears dim-witted to those spinning reporting the news.  But, when a Democratic woman blathers on incoherently, the MSM just look the other way.  Guess they expect such bizarre misrepresentations from career politicians like Boxer.

Isn’t that what they call the soft bigotry of low expectations?

*UPDATE:  Law professor Ann Althouse agrees & defends O’Donnell:

Plainly, the Constitution does not say “separation of church and state,” so there’s nothing stupid there. It’s provocative, because many people like that gloss on the text. . . . Suffice it to say that it was not stupid for O’Donnell to say “That’s in the First Amendment?” — because it’s not. Coons was presenting a version of what’s in the cases interpreting the text, not the text itself.

Read the whole thing.  Via Instapundit.

Californians Starting to Say, “No, Ma’am”?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:33 pm - October 19, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

The 3-term Senator’s poll numbers have been stagnating even as she spends millions of dollars on TV ads.  And one poll has my gal Carly, in her first bid for elective office, leading the 28-year Washington veteran by 3 points.

But, we know from experience that when this career politician is down, she gets nasty.  Join me in helping Carly out so she can fight back against any mud that Boxer throws at her.

I’m not the only one touting this strong and confident woman.  Just read what the editors of the Long Beach Press Telegram have to say about her:

Fiorina, the famous former Hewlett-Packard CEO, is running against incumbent Barbara Boxer, a longtime pol who, in her almost 28 years in the Senate and Congress, has yet to distinguish herself or the state she represents.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to give the job to someone else – someone who’s shown in the past that she has the intelligence and the guts to take on a bloated organization, battle the old boys’ club, and make the hard decisions needed to turn the organization around. California and the country absolutely require this kind of change.

While Fiorina may be a novice to elective office, she certainly understands politics. Fiorina rose from receptionist to become one of the most powerful women in corporate America, and a legend in California’s high-tech boom.

No wonder California are starting to say, “No, Ma’am” and “Yes, Carly can!”

A drive across Barbara Boxer’s Los Angeles

No, California’s problems are not that we’re undertaxed.  We cannot blame budget shortfalls on Prop 13.  In Los Angeles County, we’re paying 9.75% sales tax.

Maybe that’s one reason storefronts sit vacant across this city.  Even on Melrose where hip entrepreneurs are eager to open up trendy shops.

Just got back from taking my car into the shop and walked passed the building which once housed a party store that had been there for as long as I took my car to that particular dealership.  It now sits vacant.  In her 18 years representing the Golden State in the United States Senate, how often has Mrs. Boxer come down to Los Angeles to talk to local merchants about the challenges of running a small business in Southern California?

Is she aware of the burden of federal, state and local regulation (not to mention the myriad fees and taxes) on these enterprises, how their proprietors struggle to stay afloat and provide a service for their communities?   Does she know what it takes to keep a business running in tough economic times?

Instead of having to wait another 18 years for her answer, help out someone understands the challenges facing California businesses.

The roots of Obama’s anger:
Americans Prefer Tea Party Ideas to His Political Persona

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:00 am - October 19, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Freedom,Tea Party,We The People

Just two years ago, Barack Obama thought he as at the vanguard of a new political movement set to transform America.  And based on the enthusiasm of his supporters and his success at the polls, he didn’t seem far off the mark.

Today, the political movement with the greatest energy is not a political campaign built around a charismatic man, but a diffuse one built around an idea:  freedom.  And it begin to coalescence not in conjunction with Obama’s movement, but in response to his policies as president — in response to his attempt to transform America.

No wonder Obama is angry and sniping at Republicans and warning of the Empire striking back.  He is no longer the defining force in American politics.  The energy is not with him, it’s against him.  From the sounds of his plaints, his internal polling look about as bad for Democrats as Gallup’s forecast if “40% of voters turned out — a rate typical in recent years“.

It’s not just that energy is with the Tea Party movement; majorities of Americans now warm to their ideas.

There is an idea animating America — the idea of liberty.

John McCain & J.D. Hayworth:
or, why the Arizona Senator will continue to tack right

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:06 am - October 19, 2010.
Filed under: 2008 Elections,2010 Elections,Media Bias

The only reason I bring up the name of the politician who tried to resurrect his long dead political career this year by running against John McCain in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat from Arizona is as a reminder that sometimes the alternative to an imperfect politician is worse than the flawed incumbent.  And on the issue driving American voters this fall, out-of-control federal spending, J.D. Hayworth was a johnny-come-lately if this johnny come at all.

And while Hayworth was wallowing in earmarks, McCain, as the senator told Terry Moran of ABC News’ “Nightline” in a recent interview, is “the one that fought against earmarks since it wasn’t popular to do so“.  And the Arizonan was always solid on national security.

To be sure, he did disappoint conservatives on a number of issues, often grandstanding in front of the cameras when he was at odds with his party.  And I wonder sometimes if he did this in order to curry favor with the media, assuming that he could so win, what no Republican has enjoyed perhaps since Eisenhower (if not before), favorable treatment when he ran for president.

He assumed media folk were honorable men and women, operating as do most decent individuals.

He just didn’t account for the depth of their partisanship  — and their natural antipathy to a Republican nominee (as opposed to a Republican attacking another Republican).

When McCain saw how they treated him in the presidential campaign, when he saw how they treated his running mate behind whom he still stands*, he realized his attempts to secure favorable media treatment were futile (at best).  This guy’s not go to bend left as he did in the best.  He knows that it just won’t redound to his benefit.

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GOP Continues to Hold Solid Lead Among Registered Voters

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:57 am - October 19, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,We The People

Even in years when Republicans do well in congressional elections, they rarely lead the generic ballot matchup among likely voters.  In the latest Gallup survey, they enjoy a comfortable leader among registered voters — while blowing the Democrats out of the water among likely voters:

Gallup’s tracking of the generic ballot for Congress finds Republicans leading Democrats by 5 percentage points among registered voters, 48% to 43%, and by 11- and 17-point margins among likely voters, depending on turnout. This is the third consecutive week the Republicans have led on the measure among registered voters, after two weeks in September when the parties were about tied.

June-October 2010 Trend: Vote Preferences in 2010 Congressional Elections, Based on Registered Voters

Oh and, look at that trend line since mid-September–when people really start paying attention to the elections.  All on the up and up for the GOP.

No wonder Obama’s been so angry of late.

UPDATE:  Meanwhile, JammieWearingFool is most bullish:

I do expect a higher turnout this year, but not from depressed Democrats. Independents are moving overwhelming toward the GOP and for an off-year, expect what I like to call Broken Glass Republicans to come out in droves. That is, the folks who will crawl over broken glass to cast their vote against Obama, Reid and Pelosi.