Republicans Can Be Populists Too

Yes, they can. They are. They can be bigots and elitist too. We saw it with John McCain & Huckabee concerning the border and immigration issues. Michelle Malkin’s column just scratches the surface, politicians these days all seem to be pandering to special groups; they are populist candidates.

What can the government do for you today? Read more

Plan to Move Up Primaries Backfires for Democrats

The Democrat and Republican parties wanted to shuffle around the primary season this year and start things off early. The plan – especially for the Democrats – has backfired. Both parties were hoping to start early to get a clear general election candidate, but at the same time they hoped the other would not have a winner early in the process.

Plans developed after the 2004 primary season when it took John Kerry until the second week of March to lock up the nomination. Bush’s nomination on the Republican side was set by default, and since the battle between Kerry, Edwards, Dean, Clark, et al. (there were nine Democrat contenders) took time – and cash – away from fighting the fight against the dreaded W, it was time to rethink primary strategy. Read more

Money and Politics – How to Buy a Vote

No matter how often supporters of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) – a.k.a McCain-Feingold – tell us that they got the money out of politics, every day more cash is being thrown around by national politicians.

During the 2000 election cycle, campaign finance reform was the issue. Soft money had to be removed from the political machine. It was “out of control.”

The BCRA was a mixed bag for those who wanted to remove the money from politics. It eliminated all soft money donations to the national party committees, but it also more than doubled the contribution limit of hard money, from $1,000 to $2,300 per election cycle, with a built-in increase for inflation.

In addition, the bill aimed to curtail ads by non-party organizations by banning the use of corporate or union money to pay for “electioneering communications,” a term defined as broadcast advertising that identifies a federal candidate within 30 days of a primary or nominating convention, or 60 days of a general election.

This provision of McCain-Feingold, sponsored by Maine Republican Olympia Snowe and Vermont Independent James Jeffords, as introduced applied only to for-profit corporations, but was extended to incorporated, non-profit issue organizations, such as the Environmental Defense Fund or the National Rifle Association, as part of the “Wellstone Amendment,” sponsored by Senator Paul Wellstone.

So what we’re left with are Political Action Committees and 527s. From

Superdelegates get campaign cash
Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor February 14, 2008 03:54 PM

Many of the superdelegates who could well decide the Democratic presidential nominee have already been plied with campaign contributions by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a new study shows.

“While it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand out thousands of dollars to primary voters, or to the delegates pledged to represent the will of those voters, elected officials serving as superdelegates have received about $890,000 from Obama and Clinton in the form of campaign contributions over the last three years,” the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reported today.

About half the 800 superdelegates — elected officials, party leaders, and others — have committed to either Clinton or Obama, though they can change their minds until the convention.

Obama’s political action committee has doled out more than $694,000 to superdelegates since 2005, the study found, and of the 81 who had announced their support for Obama, 34 had received donations totaling $228,000.

Clinton’s political action committee has distributed about $195,000 to superdelegates, and only 13 of the 109 who had announced for her have received money, totaling about $95,000.

Yeah, really got the money out of politics didn’t they? All of this is perfectly legal, but the money that I send to the NRA can’t be used for political advertising in support of my positions within 30 days of a primary, or 60 days before a general election. So much for the 1st Amendment.

Reorganize, Rethink, Get Fired Up

With Romney effectively out, most true conservatives feel lost and disappointed. Now is not the time to give up, but we must look at our priorities and how conservatives approach appreciation of their ideas.

Today, prior to Romney’s speech at CPAC, Michelle Malkin wrote a good piece.

On Wednesday, wielding his olive branch like a schoolmarm’s ruler, Sen. McCain told conservatives to “calm down.” My advice is exactly the opposite: Get fired up.

She’s right on target. Read more

Everyone is Reagan – but we just want a Conservative

Jed Babbin writing for (My emphasis added and the full article is here.)

Tomorrow, both McCain and Romney will address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. (Huckabee will appear on Saturday morning). The speech McCain will give could be the best opportunity McCain will have to reach out to conservatives and bring them into the fold before the September 1-4 St. Paul, Minnesota Republican convention.

One source told me last night that McCain is planning an all-out push at CPAC. At 3 pm tomorrow, McCain is scheduled to address the crowd expected to number over 6,000 activists. And McCain plans a very special introduction.

According to my source, McCain has prepared a video featuring President Ronald Reagan to make the introduction. If McCain uses this video, it is very likely to backfire badly. This is the group before which Ronald Reagan said in 1975 that, “A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.”

Stop this. Just please stop all of this talk about Reagan.

McCain, Romney and Huckabee, all taking their turns comparing themselves to Reagan is flat out annoying. We are not looking for another Reagan, simply a conservative.

McCain Tries to Reassure Conservatives

Now McCain needs to “buff up” his image. Great.

McCain Buffs Hawkish Image
Front-Runner Tries To Reassure Conservatives
By MARK PAZNIOKAS, Courant Staff Writer, February 4, 2008
FAIRFIELD – John McCain cast himself Sunday as heir to Ronald Reagan on domestic spending and a strict-constructionist on judicial nominations, messages intended to reassure conservatives less than 48 hours before the Super Tuesday primaries.

McCain, whose candidacy appeared doomed last summer, now is poised to take over as the Republican front-runner Tuesday, if conservatives remain split among McCain, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

He is not Reagan. I’m not looking for Reagan, I’m looking for a conservative. Looking for proof that he is not a conservative? I’m not going to post links to everything, but this information is all over the Internet and it is not a personal attack.

  • I have serious issues with his stance on illegal aliens. His support for the amnesty program is not in my best interest – or the USAs.
  • He’s for drivers licenses for illegal aliens and has no apparent issues with sanctuary cities.
  • I do not, and did not, support his campaign finance reform legislation. It did not do any good anyway and it was just feel-good legislation. Certainly took no money out of politics and restricted free speech.
  • His opinion on global warming/climate change – or whatever it is called today – is alarming at best.
  • He’s expressed that we should not be drilling for oil in ANWAR, or anywhere else it seems.
  • He clearly had issues with the nomination of Samuel Alito. He says that he had no issue with him, but it was well documented that he did not like him because he thought he was too conservative. Therefore, I would be VERY concerned that he would nominate “middle of the road” justices and judges that would be making law instead of interpreting the law with respect to The U.S. Constitution.
  • In public and on the record, McCain has stated that he would not raise taxes. For many reasons, I just don’t believe him.
  • I have some issues with his current advisers, both paid and unpaid. One example is the founder of Univision, Jerry Perenchio, who is currently National Finance Co-chair of McCain 2008. Perenchio poured millions – including providing free advertising time – into fighting California’s Prop. 227 that pushed for schools to immerse kids into the English language, instead of the crazy bilingual system that never gave kids a chance at success. Prop 227 passed in a state-wide vote by a 2 to 1 margin. What’s McCain’s position on this?
  • During a recent debate, he indicated that there were greedy folks on Wall Street that caused people to get loans that they really could not afford. He thinks the blame lies with the banks. I have an issue with this, especially since I’m one of those people that did about 15 minutes of calculations four years ago to figure out what we could afford for our own mortgage. I’m still able to meet my payments.
  • I question his management ability. He has not managed anything at all since he was in the Navy. You’ll note that many presidents come from the rank of governor instead of Congress.
  • He knows what torture is, and should have spoken up against the people who were describing loud rock music, sleep deprivation and putting on a dog collar as torture.
  • Water-boarding has been proven to work on a few occasions and I’m for it. He’s not.
  • He’s not a conservative.

That is all for now. For those who will be voting tomorrow, I think our best bet may be Romney and that’s who I will be voting for. He’s definitely got some issues with understanding the 2nd Amendment, but we can not be one-issue voters in these situations.

Romney & McCain Accuse Each Other of Being “Liberals”

Right, were we are trying to convince everyone that there are no true conservatives left in the race, and Romney and McCain are using the liberal word on each other. Classic. I guess they are proving our point.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Mitt Romney and John McCain accused each other Monday of being liberals, a charge tantamount to blasphemy in the caustic campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

One day before the crucial Florida primary, Romney lambasted the Arizona senator for a host of “liberal answers” to the country’s problems. Among them: McCain’s legislation curbing money in politics, his more forgiving view of illegal immigrants and his backing of an energy bill that Romney said would raise consumer costs.

“And I just don’t think those liberal answers are what America is looking for, not for the Republican Party or for any party, for that matter,” Romney said in Fort Myers, Fla.

McCain accused Romney of “wholesale deception of voters” and of flip-flopping on the issues.

“On every one of the issues he has attacked us on, Mitt Romney was for it before he was against it,” McCain said.

He added, “The truth is, Mitt Romney was a liberal governor of Massachusetts who raised taxes, imposed with Ted Kennedy a big government mandate health care plan that is now a quarter of a billion dollars in the red, and managed his state’s economy incompetently, leaving Massachusetts with less job growth than 46 other states.”

This Information on McCain is NOT a Personal Attack

It might seem like bloggers are ganging up on John McCain. That is not what is happening here. His record is an open book, and the people that he has selected to advise him during the campaign can provide us with good information about who he will be willing to work with in the future.

Who will be in his cabinet? Who will be official – and unofficial – advisors?

Again, the blogosphere is all over this, and Malkin just posted a great introduction to McCain’s national finance co-chair of the McCain 2008 campaign, Jerry Perenchio.

Perenchio information from Wikipedia:

Jerry Perenchio (born December 20, 1930) was the former chairman and CEO of Univision, the largest Spanish-language company in the United States.

Born Andrew Jerrold Perenchio in Fresno, California, he relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a young Hollywood talent agent for MCA and represented such celebrity clients as Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.

In 1992, he and his partners spent US$550 million for Univision in 1992; his 16% stake is now worth $1.3 billion. In 2003 he paid US$3.5 billion (consideration for a merger: UVN issued 3.5B of stock in exchange for shares of HBC) for the Spanish-language powerhouse radio network, Hispanic Broadcasting.

Although Perenchio is a contributor to the Republican party and “Progress for America,” he has also made some very interesting statements concerning language.

Remember borders, language and culture define a country.

Malkin writes:

Perenchio aggressively bankrolled opposition to Prop. 227, which dismantled “bilingual education”–the oxymoronic program that holds foreign-language-speaking students hostage and forces them to maintain their native tongues instead of transitioning to English as quickly as possible–in 1998. He donated millions directly to the opponents and also donated millions of dollars in anti-227 “public service announcements” on Univision railing that “The dreams of millions of Hispanic families are being destroyed.” Despite Perenchio’s massive campaign to prop up language segregationism, the pro-English Prop. 227 won in a landslide.

Get with the program people. McCain is not a conservative.

John McCain and the Open Border

Border, language, culture. Those are the three elements that define a country.

Dr. Juan Hernandez is a dual citizen (Mexico and U.S.A) and was formerly part of President Vicente Fox’s cabinet in Mexico. Let’s list off the information that has been put together concerning Dr. Hernandez.

  • Hot Air has found out that Hernandez quietly joined the McCain campaign in November 2007, and seems to be his director of Hispanic Outreach.
  • Michelle Malkin has more information on Hernandez as well, and they got together one evening when she was filling in for O’Rielly on The Factor. A video of the exchange is available on Hot Air.
  • In an interview on ABC News’s Nightline, Hernandez stated bluntly that he was betting that the Mexican American population in the United States –all generations– “will think Mexico first…”
  • Here is a link to an interview with Hernandez, posted on his own Web site, read the entire page. My emphasis added.

Hernández is emphatic. We must not only have a free flow of goods and services, but also start working for a free flow of people.

  • Finally, Rep. Tom Tancredo was interviewed on MSNBC on The Situation with Tucker Carlson. My emphasis added.

CARLSON: Well, if that‘s true and I take you at face value, I believe everything you‘re saying is accurate, how can we consider Mexico an ally if the government of Mexico, as you said, is encouraging its citizens to break American law?

TANCREDO: I had a great argument one time with a gentleman by the name of Juan Hernandez who was at that time the minister of that ministry that I just mentioned, the Ministry for Mexicans Living in the United States.

And I asked him that very question. What he told me the purpose of his ministry was to push people into the United States, it was to—by the way, it was also AFC work with them so that they did—he was with the community, he said. He was three days a week in the United States, four in Mexico.

I’ll say it again, McCain is not, and has never been a conservative. If you want a conservative in the White House, McCain is not your choice.

My Problem with John McCain

John McCain & Global WarmingActually, this is just one problem that I have with McCain. There are others. (Click here if you can not see the image, copyrighted by AP.)

Whatever dude…

Doesn’t he realize that as of around Dec. 15 last year, the memo went out to stop using the term “global warming” in favor of the new and improved “climate change?”

There is no consensus in science. The smart global climate expert geeks don’t go into a room and vote. It’s not majority rule. There are studies, peer reviews and more studies.

Guess what? There are plenty of studies, peer reviewed, from very reputable groups that are letting us know that global warming – or climate change if you prefer – is a natural thing for the world. It happens. The place warms up, it cools off.

To think that humans can cause the climate to change – or fix it – is, in a word, vanity at it’s extreme.