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Of Juan Williams & the Imminent Defunding of NPR

There is really not much more I can say about the Juan Williams kerfuffle that has not been said on some blog, editorial page or newscast.  The management of NPR look like narrow-minded fools, exposed now in the public square for what conservatives have long held them to be:  partisans of the Democratic Party and its liberal agenda, elitists who reserve a special (intense) animus for FoxNews.

No conservatives,” law professor William A. Jacobson writes, “are trying to prevent people from appearing on NPR, but liberal interest groups and their media outlets are trying to prevent people from appearing on Fox News.”  It wasn’t Williams’ recent statement that offended them so much as the fact that he made it on FoxNews.

Well, Greg Gutfield has a slightly different view, “Let’s face it: they didn’t fire Juan Williams for expressing an independent opinion, they fired Juan Williams for expressing an independent opinion that didn’t jibe with theirs.”  If it were “controversial” statements that so offended them, they would long since have fired the former Mrs. Floyd Haskell, widow to the late liberal Democratic Senator from Colorado.  The one-time Mrs. Haskell (no relation to Eddie) has expressed some rather controversial opinions.  Fortunately, for her, she just didn’t express them on FoxNews.

But, then again, Mrs. Haskell’s opinions tend to be in line with approved discourse for the smart set in our nation’s capital while Mr. Williams’ comments were, well, as Sonicfrog suggests, politically incorrect: (more…)

Hugh Hewitt & I Agree: Carly’s Our Gal

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:40 pm - October 22, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Hugh Hewitt is a socially conservative, evangelical Christian blogger; I’m a libertarian conservative, gay Jewish blogger.  Yet, both of us agree about the excellence of the campaign Carly Fiorina has run and the ability of this dynamic woman to represent California in the United States Senate.

This morning, Hugh wrote:

Fiorina has run a magnificent campaign in the Golden State and Barbara Boxer’s increasingly shrill and desperate campaign reflects that.  But 28 years of Boxer’s strident, angry and ever-ungracious arrogance –“Please don’t call me ma’am”– has contrasted so poorly with Fiorina’s disciplined, tough and principled appeals to California voters to send a senator to D.C. who can actually get something done for the state and the country to encourage economic growth and the return of California greatness.

But, he warns:

When Boxer gets desperate, she unleashes Bob Mulholland, one of the most malevolent forces in American politics.  As soon as the president leaves the state the campaign will go into Bob season.

Mulholland or one of his stooges will likely soon sling some some mud in attempt to derail Carly’s surge.  It doesn’t bother theses partisans that Boxer has failed to deliver for our state nor that she has no new ideas on how to get California out of its current mess.  We have the third highest unemployment rate in the nation, with 63,500 jobs lost in September 2010 the last month for which numbers are available.

It’s someone someone who’s spent the past three decades on the taxpayer’s dole lost her job.  Support the woman working hard to retire Barbara Boxer.  Join Hugh and me in supporting Carly Fiorina.

Charles Djou for Congress

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:57 pm - October 22, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

In one of his first acts as a member of Congress, Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI) voted to repeal Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, saying:

On that particular issue, it comes from personal experience. I have served for nearly 10 years now in the United States Army Reserve. What concerned me about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is that it just simply doesn’t work. And I saw too many instances as an army reservist, soldiers would sign up for a re-enlistment bonus. Get this gigantic sum from the American taxpayer. And then as soon as the unit gets called up to mobilize to Iraq and Afghanistan, they suddenly claim they are gay, with no prior indication of that whatsoever. Get the discharge and keep the bonus. That’s wrong, that’s unfair and that’s why this policy should be changed.

Nice to have a Republican offer such a robust critique of  DADT.

And while many pundits and prognosticators thought his victory this past May in a three-way race (with him facing against two Democrats) was a fluke, the Hawai’i Republican is tied or ahead in most recent polls, with one survey showing him “ahead of [Democrat Colleen] Hanabusa, 45 percent to 41 percent among likely voters” in a district that gave Obama 70 percent of its votes.

Djou is a fiscal conservative, contending that the “federal government is spending too much money on programs that do too little for the American people.  Washington’s intervention in our economy has spiraled out of control.

Given how close the polls are and the Democratic makeup of this fiscal conservative’s district, Djou may need a few extra bucks to beat his liberal Democratic opponent across the finish line.  We urge join to join us in supporting Charles Djou.

Elections Have Consequences – 2006-2010

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:57 pm - October 22, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

“Bring the Focus Back Onto Boxer”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:54 pm - October 22, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

While I’ve been bullish on my gal Carly Fiorina since that confident and optimistic woman launched her bid for the United States Senate, I know she hasn’t had the easiest road to hoe.  Her opponent, 28-year Washington veteran Barbara Boxer has never been an effective advocate of the Golden State in the halls of Congress, but she has been effective at raking in campaign cash.  Meanwhile, 61% of Californians voted for Obama in 2008 — while the state hasn’t elected a Republican Senator in over two decades (not since Pete Wilson’s reelection in 1988).

Yet, Carly has run a vigorous campaign, impressing Californians with her energy and determination.  I’ve always believed that if she can make this race about her opponent while showing that she could better serve the state than the failed 3-term incumbent, she would win.  And I’m not alone.  She’s been surging in recent polls, closing the gap.  Jay Cost agrees, believing the career politician to be vulnerable:

Barbara Boxer in particular looks to be in bad shape, pulling in just 46 percent of the vote in the RealClearPolitics average.  The Fox News poll finds her job approval at a terrible 42 percent.

Finding that Fiorina has a “fighting Chance”, Daniel Halper cites perhaps the most important goal Dave Sackett of the Tarrance Group identifies in his Wednesday memo to the Carly campaign:

The goal is to “be able to bring focus back onto Boxer [so that the Fiorina] campaign will be able to convert the remaining Independents and undecided voters that it needs to capture a plurality on election day,” Sackett’s memo claims.

Keep the focus on Barbara Boxer, whose “most famous moments on Capitol Hill“, the editors of her home town paper write, “have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots.”

You too can help Carly keep the focus on this partisan Democrat whose lacluster approval languishes in the low forties by supporting her campaign.

It’s Time to Call Her “Ma’am” Again

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:46 am - October 22, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

David Zucker, director of one of the funniest films of all time, mocks one of the least effective Senators of all time:

Call Me Madam Joe from RightChange on Vimeo.

Help make sure, people can no longer call career politician Barbara Boxer, “Senator”, by supporting the energetic and optimistic woman seeking to replace her.

UPDATE David Zucker explains why he made the video:

I remember immediately feeling embarrassed that a member of Congress would treat an officer of the U.S. military like that.  And doubly embarrassed that back in the early 90’s I had contributed to Barbara Boxer’s campaign.  I was so outraged at the pure arrogance of that moment,  that I sat down to write the spot, highlighting the pure absurdity of our California Senator dressing down a General for calling her “Ma’am.”  No Naked Gun or Scary Movie ever had an opportunity as good as that one for pure ridicule.  Never mind that the military are instructed to call their superiors including members of congress ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’, including specifically, Members of Congress!

I thought an apology would have been appropriate, but to my knowledge, none has ever been made by Senator Boxer.  This I find distressing, since apologies from public figures nowadays are the norm.  I mean, it’s not as if she texted her junk to Brett Favre.  This was just arrogantly insulting an army officer.  But I guess that’s okay with her.

Could Tom Tancredo Win in Colorado?

Last week, in speculating on the potential surprises in next month’s elections, I wondered if Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo could prevail in the Colorado gubernatorial contest.  He trailed Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper by only 4 points.

Now, the Denver Mayor has put his foot in it:

. . . on a radio show clip about the gay community, dug up by Complete Colorado, Hickenlooper let slip a sentiment that isn’t likely to help him in the more conservative, rural parts of the state he must win over.  When asked by the radio host Eden Lane why the Matthew Shepard Foundation had chosen to locate in Denver, Hickenlooper responded:

Hickenlooper: I think a couple things, I mean, you know, the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.

(Via Instapundit.) There may well be some backwards thinking in rural Western areas, but a man running to govern them, well, just doesn’t say such things.  And, as I do recall, the creeps who murdered Matthew Shepard were actually from Laramie, not the largest of towns to be sure, but not entirely rural.  According to Wikipedia, over 27,000 people live in the town.

Might have served Hickenlooper better just to condemn those creeps rather than suggest that that they are representative of rural regions of the state he seeks to helm.

Don’t think this will help Hickenlooper in those “backwards-thinking” rural regions.   And they may vote for the candidate most likely to prevent him from winning the Governor’s chair.  And that, my friends, is Tom Tancredo.

UPDATE:  “Nothing“, Ed Morrissey quips, “says ‘sophisticate’ quite like running down the rubes who live in the sticks, does it?”

GOProud Unveils Television Advertising Campaign Targeting Barney Frank, Barbara Boxer and Congressional Democrats

Awesomeness for your Friday morning!

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, GOProud, the only national organization representing gay conservatives and their allies, unveiled an unprecedented television advertising campaign targeting Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressional Democrats. “For the first time ever a national gay organization is airing a television advertising campaign going after Democrats,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director. “This advertising campaign highlights the embarrassing and arrogant approach of Democratic leaders in Washington, and reminds voters that the record of this Democratic Congress is a dismal one.”

The 30 second spot, entitled “The Real Democrats of Washington, D.C.” will begin airing on Monday in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New York.

The spot highlights three Democratic politicians: Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Senator Barbara Boxer of California, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, also of California.

“Barney Frank is an absolute embarrassment,” said Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board of Directors. “He represents the worst kind of Washington politician. A man who treats his constituents with contempt, who gleefully acts as an attack dog for radical left-wing special interests, and whose demeanor is more appropriate for a trashy reality show than for the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.”

“Barney’s pal Barbara Boxer not only treats her constituents with contempt, but actually dressed down a United States General during his testimony before the Senate, scolding him for referring to her as ‘m’am’ rather than Senator – a title she says she has ‘worked so hard for,” continued Barron. “The American people deserve better than that type of arrogant behavior from their elected officials.”

“It’s not just the contempt and arrogance from Washington Democrats – it’s the total failure of their policies,” said LaSalvia. “On election night in 2006, Speaker Pelosi crowed about how voters had voted for change by electing Democrats and now we see what that ‘change’ has brought us – out of control debt, runaway spending, and the loss of millions of jobs.”

“This advertising campaign will show the American people what the real Democrats of Washington, D.C. are all about and make it clear, that under Democrats, reality bites,” concluded LaSalvia.


-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Will Reid’s Latest Gaffe Attract as Much Media Attention as Christine O’Donnell’s Commentary on the Constitution

Harry Reid has been the Democratic Leader of the United States Senate for the past six years, a Senator from Nevada for twenty-four, an elected public official for forty-two.  He has been Senate Majority Leader since 2007.  He currently trails in most polls for his reelection, but not by much  — and within the margin of error.

Christine O’Donnell has never held public office.  She trails in most polls in the contest to fill Joe Biden’s U.S. Senate seat by a significant margin, far outside the margin of error.

Seems that when the former says something silly or controversial, it should make news while similar comments by the latter should not attract all that much attention (save perhaps in Delaware where she’s running for office).  But, she has become the Democrats’ favorite punching bag:

Christine O’Donnell is only on one state’s ballot this year, but it would be easy for voters elsewhere to think otherwise. Democrats in some of the nation’s most competitive Senate races are invoking the Delaware Republican Senate nominee’s name almost as frequently as their actual opponents.

It’s an attempt to play a game of crazy-by-association . . .

So, shouldn’t we then play arrogant by association with the man Senate Democrats elected to lead them?  Don’t they have more of a stake in his gaffes than do Republicans who may well have opposed O’Donnell in her primary contest — and who have no intention to elect her to a position of leadership?

He’s telling us now that but for him, “we’d we in a worldwide depression“:

You know, maybe he meant the statement to come out a little differently. But, he’s been in elected office since before Christine O’Donnell was born.  He should have learned to better measure his words.

Somehow,” Doug Powers quips, “acting as Barack Obama’s rubber stamp in adding as much new debt in less than two years — $3 trillion at last check — an amount that took from 1776 to 1990 to accumulate, saved the world.”

And somehow, I doubt, the media will make as much fun of Harry Reid’s strange and self-important statement as they do of anything coming out of the mouth of Ms. O’Donnell.