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In 2012 contest for GOP presidential nomination, steak is not on the menu

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:45 pm - March 4, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Since college, I have adopted, “Strive for the ideal, recognize the real,” as my personal motto.  The striving is a lot easier than the recognition.  As it is in life, so it is with politics.

We all wish we had a outspoken conservative candidate like Chris Christie, with the conservative vision of Marco Rubio, the fiscal knowhow of Paul Ryan and the entrepreneurial experience of Mitt Romney.  But, this year, we lack the ideal conservative candidate as the rise and fall of the various “non-Romney” alternatives has shown.

For example, when Ed Morrissey announced that Rick Santorum was his choice, he was only tepid in his endorsement, noting, for example that some of the Senator’s “positions in the past and present” gave him pause.  Today, that 2010 CPAC blogger of the year reported that Mitt Romney scored a big endorsement from fiscal conservative Sen. Tom Coburn.  In his endorsement, the Oklahoma Senator hinted that he may not be entirely enthusiastic about his choice:  “In life, and especially politics, our choices are seldom perfect and often difficult.

It’s seems sometimes as if we’re dining at one of two restaurants in town and craving a thick, juicy steak, but not finding in on the menu.  We have to settle for what’s being offered.

Now, some may be saying, they’re not in the mood for chef’s special, Massachusetts meatloaf and are leaning towards Pennsylvania liver and onions because, after all, the liver comes from a cow — as does the steak.  (And this particularly dish always tends to be overcooked.)  The Georgia tuna, while occasionally savory, is usually overly spicy.  And the vegetarian offering is, well, a Texas turnip.

Our choices this year aren’t ideal, but, they’re far far superior to what the other restaurant is offering, a dish made of tofu and soy and billed as prime rib.   (more…)

Obama’s selective sympathy for women slurred as “sluts”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:09 pm - March 4, 2012.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy

A screen capture from the Twitter feed of an outspoken conservative whom Ed Schultz called a “slut”:

A conservative means to express frustration at higher gas prices?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - March 4, 2012.
Filed under: Economy,Entrepreneurs

Gotta love the entrepreneurial spirt of certain conservatives. Look at the clever product some are now hawking on the web:

Seems the creator of this product took the idea from an sticky note he had seen “at a Kroger grocery store in Douglasville, GA, about 30 miles west of Atlanta this past Sunday night.

3.65 for a gallon of regular seems mighty cheap for those of us California’s Southland.

Further thoughts on Washington State:
(& gaining resonance of libertarian ideas in GOP)

Rick Santorum can’t spin his showing in Washington State as he did his narrow loss in Michigan. Mitt Romney has no roots in the Evergreen State. His father never served as governor there.

That Santorum ran third behind Ron Paul does not bode well for the former Pennsylvania Senator. As Santorum supporter Ed Morrissey reports, “campaigned in Washington this week, and the finish will create even more doubt in Super Tuesday states about his continued viability.”  The 2010 CPAC blogger of the year also notes that turnout ticked up from “2008, when only 12,400 voters attended.  Nearly four times that number caucused yesterday, which means that Romney can rebut the charge that he only wins contests with depressed turnouts.”

What is telling is both the margin of Romney’s victory, far above what most polls indicated — and Paul’s strong showing.  The libertarian message does seem to be resonating with a growing number of Americans — and those people seem particularly engaged in the political process this year.

Let us hope that their small-government message continues to gain sway among Republican politicians.

Democrats have a responsibility to repudiate BIll Maher

Even after Rush Limbaugh apologized for the harsh language he used to describe a law student flacking for Obamacare’s mandates, a good number of liberals just can’t let the story go.  Just check your own Facebook page.   Or click on over to some left-wing blogs — or left-of-center editorial pages.

While Republican leaders owe no apology for Mr. Limbaugh’s comments,” inveigh the editors of the Washington Post in highest dudgeon, “they do have a responsibility to repudiate them — and him.”   Just as soon as the pro-Obama SuperPAC, Priorities USA Action, returns the one-million dollar check Bill Maher sent them — and as soon as Democrats, including the president himself, repudiate this mean-spirited former funny man.

As Dan Riehl reminds us, “in March of 2011, Maher called Palin a “dumb tw*t,” as reported here by the Daily Caller. On March 29, 2011, the Caller also reported that Maher called Palin the “C-word.” (more…)

Has NYT criticized administration for gunrunning operation?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:40 pm - March 4, 2012.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy,Media Bias

Conservative bloggers and pundits — as well as a handful of reporters in the mainstream media — have been inquiring into the administration’s “Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal, “the only border gun operation that was undertaken with the full intention of the straw-purchased guns leaving the control of law enforcement officers and reaching the armories of drug cartel murderers.”  This operation was run out of the Obama Justice Department.

So, naturally, we should be pleased when the nation’s one-time paper of record takes on gun-running.  Only problem is is that they’re faulting the Commonwealth of Virginia for repealing its law limiting gun purchases to one per month:  “The retreat means gunrunners can once again stock up in Virginia without inhibition and then deal guns in neighboring states where sales are more restricted.

Sounds like Times editors must have decried the administration’s program to allow representatives of Mexican drug cartels to stock up in Arizona with their active encouragement and then use this guns in a neighboring nation.  And demanded that the administration cooperate fully in the House investigation of the program.

(H/t:  my wise & insightful nephew.)

Chris Christie & gay marriage

In a post this morning on the bold policy initiatives the governor of New Jersey has been putting forward, Jennifer Rubin looks at how he is handling the contentious issue of state recognition of same-sex marriage:

Take [Chris Christie’s] decision to send the issue of gay marriage to the voters. He can read the polls like anyone else. They show in the blue state strong support for gay marriage, so if that’s what the people want, what are state Republicans going to complain about? And, since he is personally opposed to gay marriage (and would lose street cred with elements of the GOP base), he satisfied Republicans by vetoing the legislation, giving conservatives the chance to make their case with the people of New Jersey.

As he said in a CNN interview, “And if the people in New Jersey, as some of the same-sex marriage advocates suggest the polls indicate, are in favor of it, then my position would not be the winning position, but I’m willing to take that risk because I trust the people of the state.” (more…)