Archives for November 2012
In an interview with Sunshine State News, Fmr. Senator George LeMieux spoke out publicly for the first time since his primary rival Connie Mack IV got slaughtered by incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson earlier this month.
This interview with SSN comes on the heels of a LeMieux Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal on Medicare fraud and the importance of cracking down through use of free market principles already used by business. This was a pet project of Senator LeMieux during his partial term in Washington and one which could save taxpayers some estimated $20 billion annually if done correctly.
Mr. LeMieux’s interview included a teaser of The Maestro‘s ideas to empower grassroots Republican activists to hold more power in the GOP nominating process — a long contentious issue with GOP faithful tired of falling in love with a candidate only to be vetoed by deep-pocketed special interests.
The former party chairman knows a thing or two about the importance of Party structure. LeMieux’s strong support from the Party base couldn’t save his candidacy from out of state groups that bet big on a Mack senate victory based almost entirely on name recognition left over from hugely popular Connie Mack III, the father. LeMieux swept support of GOP women and youth, clobbering his rival in the FFYR Annual straw poll by 70%-19%. But outside arm twisters ultimately forced him from the race, which he left gracefully.
It remains to be seen whether or not LeMieux plans on returning to the senate. Speculation by seasoned pols has already begun to stir that newly re-elected Sen. Nelson may not make it through his 6 year term before retiring. That would open a door for Mr. LeMieux to pounce back into the spotlight.
Many in South Florida look forward to a political return of the former senator. Until then, we wait with bated breath to hear his empowering ideas to transform the way Florida selects Party nominees. If his instincts are right, loyal activists may soon have new tools to carry our nominees to victory.
As Senate Democrats charge forward with quixotic ambition on “filibuster reform” in the upper chamber, it’s hard not to reflect on the shortsightedness and sheer hypocrisy of the majority in their insistence on one party majority rule.
Democrats once revered their right to a filibuster. They described the so-called Nuclear Option of a simple majority as “unraveling the government’s fundamental principle of checks and balances.” Of course, that’s when they were in the minority. Let us flash back to the years before 2006 when liberal lions of the Senate roared over the idea of the simple majority of big bad Republicans running roughshod over their right to slow down and deliberate minority ideas.
Left wing powerhouses like Senator Obama, Diane Feinstein, Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid once made a strong case for preserving the minority right to sit on their hands in the Senate. Thanks to modern technology, we’ve unearthed these goodies for your enjoyment!
What do outsiders think of Democrat threats of this rules change? Investors Business Daily roasts Dems for their hypocrisy and revisionist history. The not-exactly-conservative Washington Post urges to “avoid the nuclear option”, calling it a “slippery slope”.
Reid and other Senate Dems should really watch what they wish for as they may again find themselves on the other side of the looking glass. HotAir’s Allapundit warns the professional left of impending doom:
The GOP needs to pick up six seats in 2014 to reclaim a Senate majority. The Democrats have to defend 20 seats and at least six of them — the magic number — are in red states. Rumors of Democratic retirements before then are already swirling, which would make things even easier for the GOP. If, if, Boehner thinks he can hold the Republican caucus together in the House, then letting Democrats nuke the filibuster in the Senate won’t get them much closer to passing the left’s agenda but it will set a precedent that McConnell can use in 2014 to ram Republican bills through with simple majorities.
On a personal note, this blogger double dog dares Majority Leader Reid to change the rules and implement the 51 vote rule change. Go for it! But be mindful when doing so that Republicans are better at keeping their caucus together than Dems and this rule change would make it far easier -not harder- for the GOP to assert it’s power.
Be careful what you wish for senator, because you just might get it.
Take it from a fiercely partisan Republican activist: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is a bad ass politically and otherwise. He’s the kind of pol that you just can’t help but look across the aisle at and admire. We had our Reagan and TR, They had their FDR and Kennedy… and can I sneak in a Hillary 2008 plug here? Ok, moving on…
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo insisted that he had no intention of hiking taxes on New Yorkers to cover the costs of recovery. Providing for the caveat that someone surely will cover the costs and that those someones will be the other insured citizens and national taxpayers under disaster relief allocations, this anti-tax hike stance will surely garner Cuomo support from across the political spectrum.
Governor Cuomo also has a tried and true history of working across the aisle and making good on bipartisan political promises. Two years ago when New York was deeply entrenched in a divisive marriage equality battle, Cuomo relied upon the development of personal/political relationships across the aisle to bring in several Republican legislators to bring home the change in policy. For those Republicans under fire from their right flank, Cuomo pledged to offer support from the middle to bring these brave lawmakers home for re-election.
As politically awkward as it may be, Cuomo appears to be making good on those promises. National Democrats are up in arms that Gov Cuomo is busy making back room deals with State Senate Democrats to cross the aisle and caucus with Republicans to assure a GOP majority in the legislature. While this may earn ire from his own party in the short run, it’s hard not to imagine the brave move may pave the way toward a serious POTUS campaign for 2016.
In a paradigm where partisanship runs deeper than patriotism, it’s hard not to admire Governor Cuomo for doing exactly what he does. We may have a great debate ahead of us after all.
Nobody expected Stephanie Morgan to win when she took on the entrenched supervisor of elections this year.
Democrat Gertrude Walker had remained popular throughout her 32 year tenure as St. Lucie County’s lead vote counter and few felt strongly that she needed to be replaced. But in a year of extreme irregularities across South Florida, Ms. Walker is a shining example that Floridians should end election disasters by replacing with the vote counters themselves.
In St Lucie County, the nation’s most hotly contested congressional race saw incumbent Allen West and Democrat challenger Patrick Murphy screech to a photo finish. When the votes came in, West’s camp rightly scratched their heads at fishy totals. The initial results showed Mr. Murphy with a significant lead of over 2,000 votes and a margin of around 0.58%, enough to avoid a recount under normal conditions. As it was clear that some votes had been counted twice and others altogether uncounted, West called for a recall. But Gertrude Walker had another idea. Her office simply re-ran some cartridges of electronically cast ballots and failed to complete a full recount. Official counts for both men were revised downward and the race tightened, but many votes remained unchecked. Mr. West rightfully threw what could be politely regarded as a bitch fit.
In Palm Beach County, the results were no better. Infamous vote mis-counter Susan Bucher made clear well in advance of Election Day that Palm Beach County would continue the tradition of election screw ups when her office announced that some 60,000 absentee ballots would not be counted by machines, but rather transcribed by poll workers. What could possibly go wrong? Even the liberal Mother Jones magazine griped, “Palm Beach County screws up another presidential election.”
Broward County, another infamous bastion of voter fraud and mishaps, also delivered like Dominoes. An outsized number of complaints of irregularities and unusually long wait times plagued the county. Republican poll watchers were turned away and threatened. Then 963 ballots were found in a warehouse uncounted after the election. Not to worry though. Dr. Brenda Snipes assured WSVN reporters, “This happens all the time.”
There’s no use sugar coating the voting problems plaguing Florida. In the three counties with the worst mishaps this election cycle, change needs to come from the top down. Gertrude Walker, Susan Bucher and Brenda Snipes have to go.
I’m always a little leery when a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat offers opinions about what Republican candidates ought to do. It seems a bit moot for someone on the other side to suggest what a conservative should do. I ask “And if they pick this ‘moderate’ candidate and run him against your guy, do you vote for our D-Lite?” “Well, no… but I’d sure like the other guy more.”
This, then, is not a treatise on how Obama can make my side like him more. Rather, it’s a hopefully frank look at how the 2nd term can set the GOP in the rears for a generation. To that extent, let’s hope they don’t figure this out.
1) Pick up the “fiscal responsibility” fumble.
Obama has the opportunity to do what was once thought impossible — become the voice of budget sanity.
The George W. Bush era Republicans were many things… budget hawks was not among them. Tea partiers were no more fond of the bank bailouts, the prescription drug coverage or the DC solution to unemployment that was the Department of Homeland Security than they were the absurd 1,100 page Obama health care plan.
Obama ran in the first term saying he’d cut the deficit in half. He, instead, doubled it. Yes, of course, he was re-elected while still spending more money than all his predecessors put together. But if he began to legitimately work to bring the budget down, he’d be able to successfully usurp one of the main GOP themes for the past century. Recent “Republicans” have left the ball lying there for him to steal.
2) Be Bibi’s BFF
The Jewish vote for Obama in 2012 was 68%… sizable, yet a full 10 points lower than his 2008 showing in the same group. How can Obama get some of these traditionally left-of-center voters back to that column for years to come?
The dems need to recognize the immutable old truth that “you can’t make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends”. Obama seems to have through his first term decided to keep Israel’s at least at arm’s length if not farther.
It’s not too late, however. Obama can still craft his foreign policy legacy for his second term.
Take the Monroe Doctrine to Israel. I don’t have the slightest idea what the Hebrew equivalent of Ich bin ein Berliner is, and I don’t dare trust Google Translate for that, but I’m sure Obama has someone he can ask what it might sound like if he was ever willing to actually come out and say his second-term policy is “We are Israel. Full stop.”
3) Make Jon Hunstman Jr. Secretary of State.
He’s a better choice than Susan Rice, even just on pure qualifications. It takes a stride in the direction of “getting serious” on China, whatever the hell that means.
And, perhaps most damagingly, it has the potential of putting the stake in the ground a fair distance into Republican territory. It says “anyone from this point on, I can work with. Anyone beyond this… well… I tried. What are you doing to try?”
4) “Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake”. – Napoleon
“Never murder a man who is committing suicide” – Calvin Collidge
“When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil.” – James Carville
No matter how you say it, the sentiment is the same. If the other side is self-destructing, sometimes all you have to do is take a step back and leave them to their own malfunctioning devices.
Anyone emotionally invested in the GOP doing well, yet still possessing an analytical eye WINCED whenever Donald Trump opened his smirking yap about Obama’s birth certificate or Todd Akin betrayed having skipped some basic biology classes when discussing rape, women and pregnancy.
Adjusting slightly for a degree of comfort speaking off the cuff, ANYONE who gives as many speeches a day as politicians must today will drop a couple of beauts. Sadly, only conservatives seem to highlight Obama’s own gaffes. It’s not as if SNL made weeks of giddiness from Obama standing in Hawaii saying “Here in Asia…”
However, this is more than just a case of foot-in-mouth disease. Donald Trump didn’t misspeak. He said what he meant to say… and in many ways that’s more dangerous. Akin’s was actually a double whammy — he inarticulately made a point that was also completely wrong. That’s like being about to shoot yourself in the leg and shooting yourself in the chest instead.
Some Republicans need to be served a big tall frosty glass of shut-the-hell-up.
Obama seems smart enough to know… he certainly doesn’t have to be the one to pour it. When Republican speakers were prompting “facepalms”, Obama knew not to say “Hey, did you realize you’re about to make an ass out of yourself?”
So…four ways Obama can cement the lead. And see, I didn’t even have to make the media’s racist generalizations about “Hispanics” once 🙂
While Republicans scramble to console ourselves after an epic election loss to President Obama, there are a few nuggets of hope buried in the data debris.
Take this shocking piece of news: Mitt Romney did vastly better with Millenials than John McCain.
According to numbers guru Karl Rove, Millennials (those aged 18-29) were a larger share of the turnout than in 2008, but 176,000 fewer in number. They cast 1.5 million fewer votes for Mr. Obama than last time and 1.1 million more votes for Mr. Romney than they did for Mr. McCain. To win, the GOP must do better—much better—with Hispanics and millennials, and also with women voters.”
Although this generation of voters still preferred President Obama by a 60-36 margin according to CNN Exit Polls via Forbes, the raw numbers do show that Romney made up some ground. It is true that 36 percent isn’t nearly enough of a farm team of Young Republicans to offset a deluge of liberal youngsters, but hey — it’s a small start in the right direction.