Yeah, he's a Reagan Conservative alright. So the big question here is who's gonna be the first reporter/talk show host to ask him about it and risk getting their head ripped off?
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions.
In interviews with The Hill this month, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist.
This led me to think about how McCain and the other candidates have handled the conservative question. One thing I really liked about Rudy was the fact that while he called himself conservative, he didn't try and pretend he was totally. He admitted to having different views on abortion and gun-control and what have you and said, 'Look, we have differences, but we agree on most issues and in this era of fighting terrorism, I'm the best man for the job.' True enough, and Rudy was an easy pick for me as I agreed with him on most issues (except gun-control) and he seemed more honest in his conservatism than Mitt Romney who seemed to have changed many of his views overnight.
Then you have McCain, who is constantly telling us he's a Reagan Conservative and we shouldn't listen to some of the "fools" among the conservative base, he'll tell us what true conservatism is. In short, McCain is basically Republican Party's version of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Remember this guy? He's the one that recently said you can still be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection. All logically-minded people know that that's ludicrous. The belief in the resurrection is Christianity. McCain wants Republicans to believe that you can vote against tax-cuts, grant amnesty to millions of illegals, and make deals with the most liberal members of Congress and still be a conservative.
Look, I'm not a true Reagan Conservative. I believe in legal abortion, drug-legalization, a weak FCC, but I'm smart enough to know that Republicans don't win the presidency when they take every opportunity to kick the conservative base in the teeth. This is 1976 and 1996 all over again.
And speaking of money..."Bull" Clinton is also getting some ink for taking a $31.3 million donation to his library in return for working out a uranium mining deal in Kazakhstan. Are you getting this, Borat?
UPDATE: Hold the phone...looks like Clinton's Global Warming quote was taken out of context by ABC. Hmmm...maybe the press is siding with Obama.
Tonight was a big win for illegal-immigration amnesty, remorseless socialization of health care, and big-government solutions to global warming.
If McCain wins in November, he'll be eager to show he can "work" with a Democratic Congress. If Hill wins, she'll want to make a mark, fast. And, if it's Barack, ditto with bells on. A bipartisan consensus committed to change you can believe in.
I've also learned that you can't underestimate the power of the Beltway. The long-time Washington elites circled the wagons around McCain faster than a bat out of hell. Combine that with media adoration and you've got yourself a nominee.
The conservative blogosphere is split at this point. Some say we need to support McCain as, despite his stands on immigration, campaign-finance and such, he's still 80% conservative and that's better than 100% Stalinist. However, some (like me) don't see how they can vote for him at this point. To think that he's going to turn on a dime and become a Reagan Republican again is beyond naive. We'll see.
You let me down Rudy.
So now Mitt Romney is the last hope for the Republican Party. He'll have to hit the conservative message hard this week and hope for a comeback in the Super Tuesday states.
In true Orwellian form, McCain gave us this quote tonight:
"It shows one thing. I'm the conservative leader who can unite the party."
Up is down, black is white.
Can you imagine if McCain and Obama are the two nominees? It would mean that no matter who won, Ted Kennedy would run the country.
It's not over yet, but it's not looking good either. We could be in very big trouble.
MORE (From Hot Air): This says it all:
So what's it really about. It's a civil war between the two families of the Democrat Party: the Kennedys and the Clintons. The Kennedys were the big shots in the 60s and hold a mythic place in American folklore (i.e. Camelot). Then in the 90s, the Clintons come along and take over the party, and they want to keep that control and destroy anyone who gets in their way. I think with this election, Uncle Ted saw a change to get the Kennedy family back in the game, to once again hold relevance which cannot be done with the Clintons in power. So, he has essentially "adopted" Barack Obama (who like many an old, senile uncle can't get his name right without practice).
Obama is now a Kennedy...and we're in big trouble.
MORE: Clinton's bait:
I'm not one to jump to conclusions on racism or racist baiting, but come on! To just pull a Jesse Jackson reference out of thin-air like that? This is a pretty big deal.
Also, I shouldn't be surprised as I've known it for about 15 years, but the Clintons really, really hate people who stand in their way in the pursuit of power. Like the Kennedys, they believe power is their birthright. Watch your back, Barry!
Check your history John. It was on February 12, 1999 that the United States Senate (including yourself) voted 55-45 that Bill Clinton does indeed have a license to "abuse the truth."
MORE: Just so no one questions my libertarian bona-fides, I realize this is nothing more than wealth redistribution.
It’s amazing to me that we’ve come to a point in American politics where it considered “lame” to tout your record on dealing with crisis. I don’t think it’s the candidates that are the problem this election, it’s the electorate which would find fault with a “sunny, 72 degrees” forecast.
You gotta play the cards you’re dealt, folks.
Combine this with the fact that Duncan Hunter, who many conservatives (including Michelle Malkin) thought was the only real conservative in the race, has endorses Huckabee and you've got one huge mess on the Republican side of the '08 race. Theory: Hunter knows the GOP is gonna lose, so might as well demoralize the base, make sure the GOP loses and then we can pick up the pieces in 2012.
Perhaps. It leads me to notice some similarities (and granted this is very wishful thinking) between this race and 1976. I almost wonder if McCain is Ford and Giuliani is Reagan. McCain gets the nomination, lose whoever who is a disaster and then we realize, oops we nominated the wrong guy. There's a lot of hatred for Rudy out there within the Republican ranks so it's hard to compare him to Reagan in this regard, but I'm just thinking out loud.
I hate to make big pronouncements or predictions before Super Tuesday, but I'm really losing faith in the electorate right now.
The urgency with which Hayek condemns socialism is a function of the importance of the stakes involved. As he puts it in his last book The Fatal Conceit , the “dispute between the market order and socialism is no less than a matter of survival” because “to follow socialist morality would destroy much of present humankind and impoverish much of the rest.” We get a foretaste of what Hayek means whenever the forces of socialism triumph. There follows, as the night the day, an increase in poverty and a diminution of individual freedom.
The curious thing is that this fact has had so little effect on the attitudes of intellectuals and the politicians who appeal to them. No merely empirical development, it seems—let it be repeated innumerable times—can spoil the pleasures of socialist sentimentality. This unworldliness is tied to another common trait of intellectuals: their contempt for money and the world of commerce. The socialist intellectual eschews the “profit motive” and recommends increased government control of the economy. He feels, Hayek notes, that “to employ a hundred people is … exploitation but to command the same number [is] honorable.”
"We cannot ignore the recent improvements both in the security and political situation in Iraq," Staffan de Mistura, head of the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), said in a address to the Security Council.
Two things to take away here: Bad news for Harry Reid and everyone on the Left when the U.N. even admits there's progress. Second, you have to love the wording: "We cannot ignore...". Why would you want to ignore improvements, Mr. U.N. guy? Could it be an inherent anti-Americanism in your organization? (Hat tip: Instapundit)
MORE: Another thought. Considering what the Giants have just done, I think we've seen the end of the "rest our starters for the playoffs" era.
But despite what the MSM tells us, it's still early. Real Republicans haven't even voted yet. The race starts in Florida and ends on Super Tuesday. Pray for Rudy.
And speaking of Rudy, Bill Quick has his take on the race so far. Besides a few minor points, I agree with every word.
We're off and running.
Sadly, he was quite mad and it only got worse with age: rabid anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism, but his skills were never in doubt. Only Gary Kasparov has come close...and ironically, he also is involved in international affairs.
I gotta say, I'm feeling pretty pessimistic about this race. Maybe I'm playing right in to the hands of the MSM, but the more people I talk to the more convinced I am that Obama is going to take the presidency based purely on cult-of-personality. His stand on every issue is so pedestrian, it's almost laughable. Everyone, even Romney is talking about our "sluggish" economy. Okay, there are some people hurting, I guess, but I don't personally know any. They say we're headed for a recession, but they've been saying it for an awfully long time...when's it gonna get here? Unemployment is currently at 5%. Granted, that's a little high, but hardly worthy of the Great Depression.
Then there's all the talk about how "divided" we are. I know a guy who told me the other day that he's voting for Obama because "this country needs some diversity." Okay, and what will that fix? And how will corporate CEO's making less money make my life better? How has liberating millions of Iraqis made my life worse? I just don't get it.
Maybe I need to hang around some different people.
I have always been fascinated by the idea that I should resent and fear a large corporation which can do nothing to me without my consent and active participation, while at the same time I should love and trust the government, an institution based wholly on forcing me to do things I do not wish to do.
DETROIT (AP) - Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday in his native Michigan, a win he desperately needed to give his weakened candidacy new life and set the stage for a wide-open Republican showdown in South Carolina in just four days.
Romney was the third Republican victor in the first four states to vote in the 2008 primary season, further roiling a volatile nomination fight that lacks a clear favorite.
Just stupid. I've said it before: the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary are like NFL Preseason games: meaningless, or at least very close. The Iowa Caucus is hardly a good read on the nation's voting demos and in New Hampshire, I can register to vote. Now we're moving into the real contests, and so far Mitt is far ahead in finishes and delegates with South Carolina on the way. I'm still a Rudy guy, but I'd have no problem with Mitt in the White House.
Ugh! They're all in Vegas tomorrow. I'll be covering the antics outside Cashman Center.
At this point, it's time to give some accolades to New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin. Dubbed the "Soup Nazi" by the gang at ProFootballTalk.com, Coughlin reevaluated himself in the off-season and returned, still a taskmaster, but a kinder, gentler taskmaster and won over his team. Eli Manning is starting to show his potential and the defense came up big, giving Romo everything they had in the 4th quarter. The look on Jerry Jones face was absolutely priceless. People will make a lot of Romo and Jessica Simpson's vacation in the off-week, but the real problem here is that the team was allowed to phone-in the last few weeks of the season without the man who taught Tom Coughlin everything he knows: Bill Parcells. Last laugh goes to the Big Tuna.
Meanwhile, it looks like the Super Bowl is gonna be Green Bay and New England...that would be excellent. I don't give the Chargers much of a chance against the Pats, especially with all the injuries today, while New York could be in danger of an emotional hangover. Green Bay is playing smart football right now and they get to play the Giants at home. Giants are the kings of the road, but advantage is still with the Packers.
Of course, the natural counter-argument is "tax cuts for the rich!" which appeals to people's emotions and not to their intellect. Some economists are saying what needs to be done is a targeted stimulus package to deal with the subprime mortgage market. In case you missed the year 1993, the word "stimulus" is code for "tax hike," usually disguised as a tax cut for the lower-middle class. So you end up with the producers hampered from producing more and the people who barely pay any taxes having enough extra pocket change to buy a can of soda. Yeah, that'll stimulate the economy. The Clinton cabal loves to claim their tax hike in 1993 helped boost the economy. Wrong. The economy adjusted itself despite the largest tax increase in history which led to a budget surplus once the economic downturn was over. President George W. Bush's tax cuts were enacted right before 9/11 and thus helped prevent a real recession when our economy was rocked by terrorism.
In other words, Rudy is spot on, but logic and reason don't play too well in elections. Fred Thompson is in trouble because he can't bring himself to spout platitudes like "change." I doubt Rudy's message will do any better unless he commits to hitting it hard and educating the voters.
1) As much as I dislike the man, you can see why he got elected president and why his wife may very well not get elected. He's just good at what he does. When he talks, it's more compelling than hearing any of the Democrat candidates.
2) Speaking of fairy tales, Obama's is second to Bill Clinton's own fairy tale life. He even managed to get in a dig on Ken Starr saying he put innocent people in jail. Who, besides Sidney Blumenthal, still believes that?
3) Sadly, the man has a point. While Hillary is quick to overplay her resume when it comes to leadership experience, compared to Obama she's Reagan, Bush and Bill Clinton combined. I shouldn't be, but I'm still utterly amazed at how a person with no experience, a pretty face and a fashionable ethnicity can convince a huge block of voters that he's the second coming of JFK. Obama is an empty suit, yet he has a good chance of winning the nomination (though my money is still on Hillary). Certainly a lot of it has to do with Hillary's unlikability, but I can understand some of her frustration. The guy has nothing and she's still losing to him. It's insane.
Hillary's first tactic...pull an Ed Muskie. Hey, it didn't work for him, but that was a long time ago. Nowadays we love politicians that cry. Don't think for a second it was accidental.
UPDATE: "Iron my shirt!" Sounds to me like the slogan should be "plant our crops."
Faith restored. One of the best movies I have ever seen.
I don't offer praise like that easily. I've been a fan of the Coens for years, but some of their recent work (Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers) isn't worthy to sit on the shelf next to their early work (Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona, etc.). With No Country, they've redeemed themselves.
Pretty much anything I say will give too much away, but one thing you should know is that this isn't the kind of modern movie that gives you what you're expecting. If you want that, go see the latest Jason Statham movie.
It's set in Texas near the border with Mexico and involves a hunter stumbling on a drug deal gone bad, grabbing the cash and then being chased down by a psychotic killer, but there's so much more to it than that. If you pay close attention, you'll understand the meaning of the title once the credits role.
-Hillary is getting all she can handle from Obama. Do I think she's in trouble? Yes, but only a fool would count out the Clintons. Watch your back, Obama.
-Everyone hates Mitt Romney. By everyone, I mean all the GOP candidates. My guess is they're jealous of his hair and good looks, however, they also smell blood after his loss to Huckabee in Iowa.
-It'll be interesting to see if Giuliani's strategy of concentrating on the big primaries pays off. I'm betting it does.
I admit, that's straight talk. Why can't he be this way when it comes to the First Amendment?
So tonight, the Iowa Caucus was held and here's what it looks like:
GOP: Huckabee, Romney, Thompson.
Dems: Obama, Edwards, Clinton.
What does it mean?
1) Huckabee gets to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame for another few seconds.
2) Thompson won't be dropping out any time soon.
3) Hillary's pissed.
A couple of things to remember. This is just the beginning. These pundits that are ready to call the nominations are idiots. New Hampshire will be very different, as will Super Tuesday. And finally, anyone that counts out the Clintons is a fool of highest caliber.
UPDATE: Lorie Byrd on the results: "Obama should be afraid because he is now going to feel the business end of the Clinton machine. He seems like a really nice guy. I wonder if he has any clue what is in store for him."
MORE: Captain Ed has some astute analysis...and if he's right, it could be good news for Rudy.
Thanks, D.C. for your mentoring of me and other Nevada bloggers.
Now, we have a former Prime Minister of Pakistan assassinated and theories abound. It couldn't possibly be that she was killed by a suicide bomber seeking further the rift in the country. No, America must be behind it in some fashion.