Via the Corner.
As Democrats continue to demagogue the debt ceiling debate, we need to do things to see exactly where the president’s party is coming from.
First, we should bear in mind that when Congress considered the debt ceiling in 2006 with a Mr. George W. Bush was in the White House, not one single Senate Democrat (yes, you read that right), not one single Senate Democrat voted to raise the debt limit. Guess having the federal government default is just jim-dandy (and also possibly peachy-keen) when a Republican is in the White House.
Oh, and, a Mr. B.H. Obama was then a member of the Senate’s Democratic caucus.
The second thing we need do is to ask a simple question. And for this question (via Gateway Pundit), I turn to the junior Senator from the Sunshine State, a Mr. M. Rubio:
OK, so where’s the plan? Where’s the president’s plan? I’ve never seen a piece of paper with the president’s name on it that’s his plan to solve this crisis. I’ve seen press conferences. I’ve seen lectures that he’s given to the Congress. I’ve seen these press avails where the camera comes in and takes a bunch of pictures. I haven’t seen a plan. Where is the president’s plan?“
Oh, and remember that 36-hour deadline the president was giving House Republicans to come up with a plan, a deadline which they wisely did not meet? Why did the president not come up with his own plan in that timeframe?
He was asking Republicans to do something that he himself refused to do. Guess that’s what you call leading from behind?
Can you imagine the reaction if a Republican leader said a Latino Democrat shouldn’t forget who he is, lecturing him that “he has to understand who he is and who he represents” and then expressing the hope that he’ll “do a better job than he has been.” Well, here we’ve got the Senate Democratic leader, a man who just won reelection not with an uplifting message , but instead by trashing his opponent, lecturing Marco Rubio, a man who won election with a much more upbeat appeal, on how to do his job:
Meanwhile Marco Rubio enjoys stellar ratings among, as Harry Reid might put it, the people he represents:
Marco Rubio is the more popular of Florida’s two Senators less than three months into his first term in office. Senator Rubio’s job approval rating stands at 61%, with only 30% of likely voters giving him a negative review. Just 48% of Democrats said they disapproved of the Republican Senator Rubio, while 83% of Republicans graded Rubio favorably.
At the same time, 25% of the American people have a favorable rating of Reid, with more than twice that number, 51%, having an unfavorable view. That is, more Americans have an unfavorable view of Harry Reid than Florida Democrats disapprove of Marco Rubio.
That makes two of us….
Rush Limbaugh offered that off-hand endorsement of Marco Rubio after Florida’s newest Senator announced that he would oppose any more short-term spending bills in Congress.
Meanwhile, Rubio has a few other ideas as well, notably to cut off the EPA’s efforts to expand its regulatory reach. His office announced earlier today that Rubio would attach an amendment to “every major bill” in the Senate to cut off funding for EPA enforcement of “job-destroying numeric nutrients regulations,” as well as rescind authority for spending of any unused stimulus funding.
One could argue that Rubio is too “inexperienced” to be a serious Presidential contender. Well, I don’t recall the current Oval Office occupant sticking in any job longer than two years. Rubio has him up on that by a mile. And, Rubio was the Speaker of the House in the Florida Legislature. Those two facts are just off the top of my head.
I’ve been wondering when Rubio would begin to flex his leadership muscles in the Senate. Mark this week as the beginning of the rise of Marco Rubio.
I am giving thanks for so much this Thanksgiving. I’m grateful that we enjoy the “blessings of liberty” secured by our Constitution. I’m grateful for the protection of America’s finest, our men and women in uniform — many of whom will spend Thanksgiving far from their loved ones so that we might celebrate with our families in peace and security.
I’m grateful that America’s children can look forward to a hopeful future because their mothers and fathers will make the sacrifices generations of American parents have made to safeguard freedom and opportunity.
I’m grateful that our land is rich in resources — all that we need to sustain ourselves and secure our prosperity.
I’m grateful that all Americans have the equal opportunity to earn, contribute, create, produce, perform, and succeed by our own merits and through the application of a sincere work ethic. I’m grateful for the ingenuity, innovation, and optimism that still animate the American spirit.
Most of all, I’m grateful that the steadying hand of Providence that guided the Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock continues to guide us toward a better future.
— Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and Republican vice-presidential nominee, is author of the new book, America by Heart.
Every Thanksgiving, Americans give thanks to God for all the blessings we have. And there are no people in the world who should be more grateful than the American people.
What we’ve had for over 200 years is unparalleled in human history — a free and prosperous society where generation after generation has been able to leave the next better off.
We’re thankful for the blessings of our country, and we’re also cognizant of the responsibilities that come with those blessings. On this Thanksgiving holiday, let’s take a moment to remember how special a country we share, how exceptional it is in human history, and how important it is that we secure its blessings for the next generation of Americans.
My wife Jeanette and I are also thankful for the friendship and support we’ve been blessed with. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to travel throughout Florida for the better part of the past two years, meeting many extraordinary people and hearing many inspirational stories about the talent, drive, and hard work that make our state and country special.
From my family to yours, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.
— Marco Rubio is a U.S. senator–elect from Florida.
Two great Americans celebrating the great American holiday.
Thanks to Jim Hoft for reminding us that “Senator-Elect Marco Rubio [R-Fla] delivered this week’s GOP Weekly Address.” That fine and fetching Floridian reminded us of the greatness of America and the tasks ahead of the GOP:
This election the American people said enough is enough. That message was loud and clear. We Republicans would be mistaken if we misread these results as simply an embrace of the Republican party. This Election is a second chance. A second chance for Republicans to be what we said we were going to be.
America is the single greatest nation on earth, a place without equal in the history of all mankind. A place built on free enterprise, where the employee can become the employer. Where small businesses are started every day in a spare bedroom and where someone like me, the son of a bartender and a maid, can become a United States Senator.
I know about the unique exceptionalism of our country. Not because I read about it in a book, I’ve seen it through my own eyes. You see, I was raised in a community of exiles, by people who lost their country, people who once had dreams like we do today, but had to come to a foreign shore to find them.
Emphasis added. Jim emphasized different things than I did. There is so much in this short address to enjoy and appreciate — and consider. It is indeed a second chance fro the GOP to stand true to the principles of Ronald Reagan — and 1994.
Republicans can’t just pay lip service to the ideas of small government and individual liberty; they have to act on them. Do hope Republicans take heed to what this fine — and fetching — Floridian is saying:
. . . he will deliver the keynote address at the GOP’s 2012 convention which will, after all, be held in the state he will soon represent in the United States Senate.
(Just a prediction.)
Charlie Crist’s gambit is not paying off.
The latest FoxNews poll shows Republican Marco Rubio opening up a “16-point lead over” the outgoing Florida governor. Democrat Kendrick Meek trails Crist by a much smaller margin, only 6 points.
This continues a pattern begun in August, with Rubio surging, Crist tumbling and Meek languishing:
Last month, the Washington Examiner’s John McCormack charted Crist’s “Crist’s most plausible path to victory“:
The weekend before the the November 2 election, Crist is trailing Rubio by single digits, while Meek is trailing by double digits–say it’s Rubio 39 percent, Crist 34 percent, and Meek 25 percent. At that point, some Meek supporters logically start moving to Crist as the only one who can beat Rubio…
With Crist now trailing by double digits, that path seems less plausible. Let me offer an alternative. With some signs Florida Democrats are coming home to Meek, that Democrat should increase his share of the vote as Crist fades. Crist, seeing his fortunes diminish, could (perhaps with a wink and a nod from national Democrats) drop out at the last minute and endorse Meek, hoping to secure a cabinet (or ambassadorial) appointment from the president.
Still, that may not be enough to propel Meek to victory as the former Republican’s name would still be on the ballot.
If Crist continues his current trajectory, this race will no longer be a contest between Rubio and Crist, but between Rubio and Meek. And that does give the Democrats a slim chance of flipping the seat, but with a real Democrat and not an opportunistic ex-Republican.
. . . and those Democrats had a fiercely contested primary, with one man dumping millions in the race while his opponent earned the endorsement of the incumbent Democratic President and a campaign visit from the immediate past Democratic president.
With 1,053,447 votes against two nuisance candidates, Marco Rubio bested the combined vote total of Kendrick Meek (513,648) and Jeff Greene (280,326) or 793,974. And even if we add in the Democratic nuisance candidates for a total of 897,015 and exclude the Republican, Rubio still wins.
In a two-candidate race, Rubio wins with 54%.
(H/t for the idea: Jim Geraghty.)
Charlie Crist could not be reached for comment, but we could expect him to take the 192,539 votes won by the Republican nuisance candidate and how many of defeated Democrat Jeff Greene?
I don’t much care for opportunists. When New York Mayor MIchael Bloomberg left the GOP and became an independent, I wrote:
Except for the people who are deliberately mean and hateful, seeking to harm others — and those who are inconsiderate, indifferent to the feelings of others, I find opportunists to be the most irritating sort of human being. They don’t seem to believe in anything but their own advancement.
With his announcement yesterday, Florida Governor Charlie Crist showed himself to be just an individual, putting himself above all else. His erstwhile rival for the GOP nomination (and current rival for the U.S. Senate) Marco Rubio nailed it when he told ABC’s Terry Moran that the switch
. . . has nothing to do with ideas or principles or ideology; it’s about, quite frankly, political convenience. It’s about someone who wants to continue his career in politics and doesn’t believe he can do that this year within the Republican Party.
Former Florida Jeb Bush agrees, “This decision is not about policy or principles. It is about what he believes is in his political self-interest.“
And I don’t think his opportunism is going to pay off. With video clips showing the Governor saying he has no intention of leaving the GOP, declaring to support his then-party’s nominee, he’s going to be hard pressed to justify his move as a matter of principle. Republican policy has shifted significantly in the past three weeks.
If anyone’s changed, it’s Charlie, suddenly vetoing bills he once supported, calling a political system “broken” that once nurtured him. (According to Daniel Foster that was “the one billionth time an American political candidate has used that particular phrase to justify the pursuit of a personal ambition.“) [Read more…]