Saturday, June 11, 2011

2012 troubles ahead for Obama in prized Florida?

President Barack Obama has problems in Florida that he didn't have when he won the prized state in 2008. AP/Yahoo
The state's economy is worse than elsewhere. Foreclosures are high. Property values are low. As president, Obama could be blamed.

Voters' shifting attitudes show the degree to which the atmosphere has changed since his first campaign. Florida Democrats made gains in 2008 with Obama on the top of the ticket, but the GOP won big two years later.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Obama struggling in Keystone State, poll says

It's no secret that President Obama is on the downslope politically, and that includes the pivotal state of Pennsylvania. - USA Today
A new poll from Susquehanna Polling and Research says that 48% of Pennsylvanians disapprove of Obama's performance, while 41% approve.

Also: Only 43% of registered voters in Pennsylvania say Obama has done well enough to deserve re-election, the poll said; 50% say " it is time to give a new person a chance."

Harvard Graduate English Address by Adam Price

A Welshman from Harvard speaks of American Exceptionalism - Hillbuzz

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Romney to Skip Fla, IA, or MI straw polls

Romney to Skip Key Poll in Iowa - Wall St. Journal
Mr. Romney's decision sends the clearest signal yet that he doesn't want to wade deeply into the social issues that carry particular weight with Iowa Republicans and instead intends to present himself to voters nationally as a successful businessman who can improve the economy.... Mr. Romney is building a public image based on his background as a successful private-equity investor focused on job creation. That image could be complicated if he were to try to gain favor among the conservative activists who play a large role in the straw poll.
Wow: Romney to skip Iowa straw poll; Update: Iowa GOP chief not pleased - HotAir
Romney to Skip Key Poll in Iowa - Wall St. Journal
Mr. Romney's decision sends the clearest signal yet that he doesn't want to wade deeply into the social issues that carry particular weight with Iowa Republicans and instead intends to present himself to voters nationally as a successful businessman who can improve the economy.... Mr. Romney is building a public image based on his background as a successful private-equity investor focused on job creation. That image could be complicated if he were to try to gain favor among the conservative activists who play a large role in the straw poll.
Wow: Romney to skip Iowa straw poll; Update: Iowa GOP chief not pleased - HotAir
Mitt Romney won't participate in Fla, IA, or MI straw polls

New Whispers of Perry 2012 Bid

...various signs suggest the Perry camp may be setting the groundwork for a potential White House run. One Perry ally who talked to him recently said the governor has been struck by how "pivotal" the next election will be, and how his resume may be a better fit for the campaign than that of anyone now in the race.... - Wall St. Journal

Gingrich's campaign manager, other aides resign

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's campaign manager, senior strategists and key aides in early delegate-selection states all resigned on Thursday, a mass exodus that leaves his hopes of winning the Republican nomination in tatters. - AP - Yahoo
Other officials said Gingrich was informed that his entire high command was quitting in a meeting earlier in the day. They cited differences over the direction of the campaign but were not more specific.

GOP Consultants Expecting Newt’s Guys to Jump to Perry - National Review
Newt Gingrich’s entire senior campaign staff resigns - Hillbuzz
Gingrich top aides abandon campaign - CNN
Exodus: Newt’s top campaign staff abandons ship - Michelle Malkin
Gingrich staff quits: Is the Republican nomination Perry’s to lose? - Roger L. Simon at PajamasMedia
Here we go: Rick Perry now “leaning toward getting in”; Report: Perry offered Gingrich campaign manager a job last week? Update: More rumbles - HotAir
Will Newt Gingrich's Demise Be Rick Perry's Rise? - Real Clear Politics

Pawlenty Calls for Greater Tax and Spending Cuts Than G.O.P. Rivals

Pawlenty Calls for Greater Tax and Spending Cuts Than G.O.P. Rivals - New York Times
In the first major policy speech of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Mr. Pawlenty intensified his criticism of President Obama’s economic policies, accusing the Democratic president of being satisfied with a “second-rate American economy” and ignoring the country’s fiscal problems.

But Mr. Pawlenty, of Minnesota, also used the speech to lay down an economic marker for his Republican rivals, essentially daring them to go further in calling for large tax and spending cuts to appeal to conservative voters during next year’s primaries.
Pawlenty unveils economic plan, attacks crony capitalism - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

War #4: Obama Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials. - New York Times

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

POLLS: Generic Republican Candidate 45%, Obama 42%

Election 2012: Generic Presidential Ballot - Rasmussen
Only 24% Say They Share Obama's Political Views - Rasmussen

POLLS: Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 43%, Democrats 37%

Generic Congressional Ballot Rasmussen

Obama is "Not Concerned" with the economy

Message: I’m Not Concerned - Ed Driscoll at PajamasMedia
Obama: "I'm Not Concerned About A Double-Dip Recession" - Real Clear Politics
"I'm not concerned about a double-dip recession, I'm concerned that the fact that the recovery we're on is not producing jobs as quickly as I wanted to happen. Prior to this month, we have seen three months of very robust job growth in the private sector. And, so we are very encouraged by that. This month, we still saw job growth in the private sector, but it slowed down," President Obama said at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Only 24% Say They Share Obama's Political Views - Rasmussen
Daily economic briefings disappear from Obama's White House schedule - The Hill
At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.
Carville: 2012 could be ‘very rough’ for Obama, says civil unrest ‘imminently possible’ - The Daily Caller
CNN Poll: Obama approval rating drops as fears of depression rise - CNN
"The poll reminded respondents that during the Depression in the 1930s, roughly one in four workers were unemployed, banks failed, and millions of Americans were homeless or unable to feed their families," says Holland. "And even with that reminder, nearly half said that another depression was likely in the next 12 months. That's not just economic pessimism - that's economic fatalism."

According to the survey, more than eight in ten Americans say that the economy is in poor shape, a number that has stubbornly remained at that level since March.

Assembly Republican Leader Issues Statement Regarding Brown Administration Plans to Reduce Prison Population

Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, today issued the following statement after the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced plans to meet court ordered prison population reductions by enacting the Governor’s dangerous realignment proposal:
"The Brown Administration continues to use scare tactics to push the Governor’s dangerous realignment proposal which would permanently create a program funded with temporary taxes. Much safer options are available today to meet the court’s benchmarks. We can address the long term prison population problem by building more beds with funding that is currently available and meet the short term needs by contracting with in-state and out-of-state facilities. The Governor’s misguided realignment proposal doesn’t make the case for taxes – in fact, it makes the case against taxes: why should voters pay more taxes only to put their families’ lives in danger?"

GOP Contenders: Please Put Your Egos On Hold

Gaining enough seats in the Senate to hold a 60 vote majority (to avoid Democrat delaying tactics) would be required in trying to make any changes in the tax-and-spend (or if you prefer the borrow-and-spend) policies of the current administration. Gaining enough seats in the Senate to hold a 60 vote majority (to avoid Democrat delaying tactics) would be required in trying to make any changes in the tax-and-spend (or if you prefer the borrow-and-spend) policies of the current administration.
Even then it works only if Obama loses.

Gaining that same number of seats plus beating Obama sets the bar extremely high in an environment where the LPDs, funded by George Soros and the various labor unions, will fight tooth and nail to maintain the power that they still have. Today the LPDs feel that they are within reach of finally implementing the Socialist utopia they have yearned for since the days of Woodrow Wilson. With that mindset and nearly unimaginable funds at their disposal, they will go on the attack in this election cycle in a way that makes the concept of blitzkrieg look like a debutante cotillion.

Dead Center - The Republican establishment courts the left and repudiates the right.

Republican columnists are already urging their fellow party members to nominate a centrist for the 2012 presidential race. - The American Conservative
...Republicans try hard to avoid controversy. They are happy with lackluster moderates... Republicans aren’t likely to win by running as low-octane Democrats. Moreover, the more they imitate the opposition even while attacking it, the more likely they will drive the vital center of political debate toward the left. GOP candidates have been pursuing what is generally a no-win strategy for decades, by trying to sound like Democrats while throwing mud at the opposition. Equally silly has been their tendency to blame the other party for doing what Republican administrations have been doing almost as frenetically: engaging in massive deficit spending, monetizing wars, and giving away lots of patronage. Listening to Fox News and Republican politicians, one gets the impression that all runaway federal spending began the day Obama took office. Parties that market such moonshine, while offering little in the way of significant change, are not likely to look believable. That may be why even in the face of declining numbers for the Democrats, the Republicans have not been gaining in popularity.... A good read.

Republican Of The Year Dinner - June 23

The Humboldt County Republican Party 
2011 Reagan Centennial Gala
Republican Of The Year Dinner

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Media Democrats shouldn't run GOP presidential debates

Media Democrats shouldn't run GOP presidential debates - Hugh Hewitt/Washington Examiner
One week from today, the first debate featuring all but two of the key GOP contenders for the presidency will occur.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will participate in the debate on the campus of St. Anselm College, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 13.

Incredibly, once again, GOP primary voters will only get to see their would-be nominees through a lens ground by traditional media. The event is being sponsored by CNN, local television station WMUR and the New Hampshire Union Leader.
We'll be watching.

What if Ben Franklin had a Twitter account?

What if Ben Franklin had a Twitter account? - Joshua Bowman/Washington Examiner:
Plurality of New Yorkers say Weiner (D) should resign - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
As the crosstabs of the SurveyUSA poll indicate, Republicans and independents favor resignation by a wide 55 percent to 34 percent margin, whereas Democrats prefer that he remain in office by a 45 percent to 42 percent margin. The sample size is 4 to 1 Democratic over Republican, and 3 to 1 Democratic over independent.
Weiner (D) didn't communicate with underage girls -- but only to the best of his knowledge - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
Ethics Case for Weiner? Maybe One of Psychiatry - New York Times

President Obama’s phony accounting on the auto industry bailout

President Obama’s phony accounting on the auto industry bailout - Washington Post
With some of the economic indicators looking a bit dicey, President Obama traveled to Ohio last week to tout what the administration considers a good-news story: the rescue of the domestic automobile industry. In fact, he also made it the subject of his weekly radio address.

We take no view on whether the administration’s efforts on behalf of the automobile industry were a good or bad thing; that’s a matter for the editorial pages and eventually the historians. But we are interested in the facts the president cited to make his case.

What we found is one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech. Virtually every claim by the president regarding the auto industry needs an asterisk, just like the fine print in that too-good-to-be-true car loan....
WaPo fact checker: Obama’s auto-bailout speech “one of the most misleading collections of assertions” - HotAir
First, Obama claimed that “Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency — and it repaid that money six years ahead of schedule,” but that relies very much on the bolded qualifying phrase (emphasis mine). Kessler looks into the numbers and discovers that Obama is only discussing the $8.5 billion his administration loaned Chrysler. Obama conveniently excludes the $4 billion that George Bush loaned Chrysler, an action Kessler notes that Obama supported at the time. Taxpayers will lose more than $1.3 billion on loans to Chrysler, not break even or the “and more” that Obama claims.

Next, Obama claims that GM plans to rehire all of the laid-off workers that they let go “during the recession,” but this is even more deceptive. Since the recession’s start in late 2007, GM has let go over 68,000 workers. Obama’s statement refers to just 9600 let go in the fourth quarter of 2008, almost half (4100) of whom were only temporarily furloughed anyway. The rest were put on indefinite leave, and all but 1000 have returned already to their jobs, with the rest expected back by the end of the year....

Kessler finishes with this devastating critique:
If the auto industry bailout is really a success, there should be no need to resort to trumped-up rhetoric and phony accounting to make your case.

Time for Ethic Cleansing

Time for Ethic Cleansing - Peter Hannaford for The American Spectator 6.7.11

Anthony Weiner got it off his chest: He took the picture of his bulging undershorts and he sent it to the young woman in Seattle. "I have not been honest with myself," he said Monday -- but should have added "or anyone else."

For nearly a week he fed chuckle fodder to Washington and the world with his improbable denials. (Who but himself or someone leaning over his shoulder could have taken a picture at that angle?) Here is man who is used to being on the verbal attack, using one of the sharpest Democrat tongues in the House. He seemed to think that cutting off questions, calling the episode a "hacked prank" and a "distraction" from his very important duties, would suffice. When it didn't and the story continued in the "mainstream" media as well as with a zillion bloggers and Tweeters, he finally had to look in the mirror and see a man who had made a fool of himself.

In this latest news conference he confessed to having had sex-tinged online conversations with several women not his wife (most, he said, before they were married last year). He has brought shame on himself, the office and his constituents. Will he resign? Nope. You see, he still thinks he can run for mayor of New York next year and has amassed what is said to be a $3 million campaign chest.

Nancy Pelosi, with a straight face, called for an investigation by an Ethics Committee to see if any House rules have been broken and/or resources used (how about a subpoena of his office computer for starters?). Poor Nancy doesn't get it. As long as he's around and salivating over another campaign, all those suggestive plays on words over the pronunciation of his name will continue. (Most people with the name Weiner, by the way, pronounce it WY-NER; it's the name Wiener that is often pronounced WE-NER.)

Ms. Pelosi and her Democratic caucus colleagues could take a leaf from the Republicans' book. In February, Rep. Christopher Lee, beginning his second term, confessed to having posted a photo of himself with unclad torso and had been posting messages to the effect that he was a 40-year-old divorced lobbyist instead of a married Member of Congress. From the moment the story broke until the moment Mr. Lee left town for good, no more than 72 hours had passed. He went pffft. Now he's invisible. No one asks, "What ever happened to...?" because they can't even remember his name.

Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan, including serving as Mr. Reagan's Director of Public Affairs in the Governor's Office in California.

Uncle Sam's total unfunded obligations: $62 trillion

If you thought the federal deficit was an inconceivable amount of money, wait until you hear what the government actually owes. Lifeinc/today
USA TODAY reports that the government added $5.3 trillion to its financial obligations last year. This brings the total of unfunded obligations, the gap between spending commitments and revenue, to a record $61.6 trillion, or $534,000 per household.

The added commitments were taken on to mostly fund programs like Medicare and Social Security.

"The (federal) debt only tells us what the government owes to the public. It doesn't take into account what's owed to seniors, veterans and retired employees," Sheila Weinberg, founder of the Institute for Truth in Accounting, a Chicago-based group that advocates better financial reporting, told the newspaper.

The $61.6 trillion represents more than one-third of the market value of all the goods and services produced in the United States.
U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions - USA Today
Government's mountain of debt - USA Today

Waiving Obamacare: HHS never had authority to issue exemptions

It’s all made worse, of course, by the way in which HHS has granted the waivers — with little to no transparency and with every appearance of political favoritism. - HotAir
Obamacare waivers weren’t in original law, appearance of political favors persists - The Daily Caller
In what’s become a bit of a pattern for the Obama administration, there’s at least an appearance of political favoritism in favor of those who lobbied for HHS to grant itself waiver power. Many of the administration’s nearly 1,400 waivers, including the waivers that went to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district in April, went to companies and entities that lobbied their support behind HHS’s drive to grant itself that power.

Flex-Plan Services co-owner Hilarie Aitken, who admitted openly she applied for all those Pelosi-district waivers in addition to a few others nationwide, sits on the board of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). ECFC is a Washington trade group that lobbies to “represent and promote flexible compensation programs.” The group lobbied the HHS give itself annual limit waiver power through a rule making process.

Romney tops Obama in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll

Obama loses bin Laden bounce; Romney on the move among GOP contenders - Washington Post
The survey portrays a broadly pessimistic mood in the country this spring as higher gasoline prices, sliding home values and a disappointing employment picture have raised fresh concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.

By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak....

Overall, about six in 10 of those surveyed give Obama negative marks on the economy and the deficit. Significantly, nearly half strongly disapprove of his performance in these two crucial areas. Nearly two-thirds of political independents disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, including — for the first time — a slim majority who do so strongly....
Romney tops Obama in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. - Althouse
Obama loses 20 points in approval/disapproval gap in new WaPo/ABC poll - HotAir
Finally, let’s look at the sample. The D/R/I in the April poll sample was a ridiculous 32/22/41. This sample has a slightly better split, although still skewed at 31/25/39, which still undersamples Republicans. In a sample more reflective of reality, Obama’s job approval would be lower than the 47% shown here, and he’d be in deeper trouble against Republican challengers than this shows.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Santorum officially announces campaign for president

Santorum officially announces campaign for president - The Daily Caller
Update on the GOP field: A small change or two - HotAir Somerset, Pa., to relatively little news coverage, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum followed up on his formal presidential campaign announcement on Good Morning America with a speech in front of a Pennsylvania courthouse. That brings the field of the officially declared to eight, at least four of whom have been much-discussed: businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Don't forget to check our CANDIDATES link above,
we're adding candidates as they declare, and including their contact information.

D-Day: 67th anniversary

President Reagan’s 40th anniversary speech:

Never forget. - Michelle Malkin

You betcha she was right! - Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account

Sarah Palin yesterday insisted her claim at the Old North Church last week that Paul Revere “warned the British” during his famed 1775 ride — remarks that Democrats and the media roundly ridiculed — is actually historically accurate. And local historians are backing her up. - Boston Herald
In fact, Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter seems to back up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”
Anti-Palinites Go All In On Epistemic Closure - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
So Now All These People Will Apologize to Sarah Palin About Paul Revere, Right? - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Ward Connerly to address Humboldt County Republicans

Ward Connerly, author and leader of efforts to require equal treatment of all in public education, employment and contracting, will be the keynote speaker at the Humboldt County Republican Party's Reagan Centennial/Republican-of-the-Year dinner on Thursday, June 23.

As a member of the University of California Board of Regents, Connerly led a majority of the board to vote to end UC's use of race as a means of admissions. He then served as chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative campaign (Proposition 209 in 1996), which passed by 55 percent to 45 percent. He led efforts to pass similar state initiatives in Michigan, Nebraska and Washington.

At the dinner, civic leader Dennis Hunter will be honored as Republican of the Year. He served four terms as an elected board member of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District, served on the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission from 1992-2007 and on several community boards including Easter Seals and the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce.

Honored as Volunteer of the Year will be Karen Brooks, who became active in politics for the first time in 2010 as the party's nominee for the 1st Assembly District seat.

The program also will include a centennial tribute to the late President Ronald Reagan.

Invited dinner guests will gather at the Ingomar Club for the event.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Yoo-hoo! Anyone in legacy media wondering why President Obama is on his third White House counsel in two-and-a-half years?

Isn't this the kind of story 60 Minutes used to investigate? I mean, before it became the public relations arm for the Democrat National Committee? - Doug Ross

TRANSCRIPT: Paul Ryan Remarks delivered to the Hamilton Society

LIFTING THE DEBT, REJECTING DECLINE AND SECURING AMERICA’S LEADERSHIP - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin Remarks delivered to the Hamilton Society - June 2, 2011

Thank you so much, Rich, for the kind introduction.

Some of you might be wondering why the House Budget Committee chairman is standing here addressing a room full of national security experts about American foreign policy. What can I tell you that you don’t already know?

The short answer is, not much. But if there’s one thing I could say with complete confidence about American foreign policy, it is this: Our fiscal policy and our foreign policy are on a collision course; and if we fail to put our budget on a sustainable path, then we are choosing decline as a world power.

"That's gonna happen from time to time."

Figures. Obama Blames Europe & Earthquakes For His Failed Policies (Video)