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On Bruce’s Announcement (& disagreement among GayPatriots)

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:28 pm - September 28, 2011.
Filed under: Blogging,National Politics,Tea Party

Our readers have engaged in considerable speculation about the “important announcement” Bruce will be making tomorrow on this blog.  We settled on Thursday for this announcement as it is Rosh Hashanah and I will be in synagogue praying and unable to blog.

For the record, I have been privy for some time now to the content of this announcement, but have refused to even hint at what it might entail until such time as Bruce makes it official.  The only thing I will say, as per my communication with Bruce is that this is one of those few issues where he and I do not see eye to eye (hence the advantage of making it when I won’t have the opportunity to reply).

I expect to offer a rebuttal to Bruce’s argument in short order.  Let this occasion remind y’all that while Bruce, Eric, Nick and I all blog on the same site, we don’t always agree with one another.

Searching for “bloodthirsty” Republicans; ignoring mean-spirited Democrats

Yesterday on CNN, Jack Cafferty joined the chorus of his journalistic class in lamenting the barbarism of Republican rallies.  Yesterday, he asked if Republican debate crowds were “bloodthirsty”.  Wonder how many pundits ever asked the same question about Democratic rallies when say someone on stage with the politician called for taking out his political adversaries.

“What’s worse,” Cafferty intone in the highest of dudgeon, “is the candidates don’t at the time say, you know what? You don’t speak for anybody in this room, and just sit down and shut up, or get out of the hall. But nobody says a word.”  Has Cafferty ever called upon Democratic politicians, to, borrowing an expression, “differentiate themselves” from nasty rhetoric at their events?

Going back to the 2008 campaign (at least), Cafferty and his colleagues, entirely in sync with the talking points of the Democratic Party, have made much of isolated and invented mean-spirited rhetoric at Republican rallies (while ignoring or otherwise downplaying such rhetoric at Democratic ones).

It might be fun to go and find examples of angry and hateful rhetoric at Democratic rallies and then see whether or not Cafferty chastised the candidate for not calling out the audience member for his mean-spirited language.  Yet, for folks like Jack, an isolated, angry audience member defines a Republican audience, but is ignored at a Democratic event.

Look for the media to play such examples as a means to discredit the GOP.  With the president facing “a titanic struggle” for reelection, his only path to victory may well lie in such efforts to discredit the opposition.  And heck, some of his ideological allies may try to infiltrate the crowd, pretending to be conservative supporters so as yelling angry slogans or wave signs with hateful expressions.  They’ve tried it before.

Florida’s Folly

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:27 pm - September 28, 2011.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

We begin our presidential election process way too early.  When Rick Perry announced his candidacy at the beginning of last month, pundits call his a late entry — even though he joined the field fifteen months before the general election.

Now, with reports that Florida “officials are likely to choose Jan. 31 as the date for the state’s 2012 presidential primary“, we’re likely to see a “land rush among other early voting states to move the timing of their own contests forward in an already front-loaded GOP primary schedule.”

Over at the Washington Examiner, Conn Carroll posts “a possible primary schedule” should the Sunshine State settle on the January date, with Iowa hosting its caucuses on Monday, January 2, and the New Hampshire primary just eight days later. People will hardly have time to recover from New Year’s festivities — or even to take down their Christmas decorations before the politicking begins.

This won’t give Republicans in the early voting states much chance to review the candidates.  And makes it more difficult for someone entering the race at the same time in this cycle as Bill Clinton did in the 1992 cycle to make his case to voters before they start preparations for the holidays.

It should be a rule that no state can start its delegate selection process until March 4 of the election year.  And yeah, we do need to consider why Iowa and New Hampshire insist on being, respectively, the first caucus and first primary in the nation.

Federal government increasingly threatens our freedom

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:25 pm - September 28, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Freedom,We The People

In a poll showing that Americans are expressing “historic negativity” toward the federal government, Gallup found that our fellow Americans have a growing

sense that the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals’ rights and freedoms is also at a new high, 49%, since Gallup began asking the question using this wording in 2003. This view is much more pronounced among Republicans (61%) and independents (57%) than among Democrats (28%), although when George W. Bush was president, Democrats and independents were more likely than Republicans to view government as a threat.

2003-2011 Trend: Do you think the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?
Via Instapundit.

Just another piece of evidence that the president is increasingly out of touch with the American people. No wonder Obama’s chief political advisor has conceded his boss’s “road to a second term in the White House as “a Titanic struggle.