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Top Democrat Excuses…

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

The whining and rationalizations on the left has begun.  And the election hasn’t really started yet.

Over the next week, and I am sure the coming months, progressives will come up with every random idea under the sun to explain why their candidates, as well as their hand chosen President, failed to win the hearts and minds of the American people.  And the majority of those ideas will be extremely and utterly idiotic.

Just a few examples:

1.  Our message didn’t get out.

Yes it did.  That is why you are losing.

There are a few major issues this election cycle. On every one of those issues, Democrats are on the wrong side of the fence…and are too arrogant to realize it.

One is Obamacare.  Looking at polls, over 90% of Americans have heard about the major policy initiatives in the plan.  And a supermajority doesn’t like it, and a majority wants it repealed.  Obama’s message about Obamacare has percolated through the public…it is simply that they don’t accept his spin on the subject.  The above video, for your pleasure…

The other major issue is, of course, the economy and unemployment.  Again, Obama has a story to tell:  how he saved the world with his stimulus.  The problem is…the public doesn’t believe it.  It isn’t that they are necessarily against the stimulus, but almost 2 years later, with 10% unemployment, no one is in the mood to listen.  And they especially don’t believe Democrats, when they spent the majority of the last two years talking about anything but the economy and jobs.

They simply have no credibility on the largest issue of the year.

2.  Outside groups bought the election!

Not even close.

First of all, although outside groups on the right are overspending left leaning groups, the advantage is not as prominent as the White House has tried to make it look.  For example, the largest outside spender is AFSCME, not one of the new conservative groups.  They are spending the most money of any outside group this election, dropping $87.5 million to help Democrats. Other unions are also spending tens of millions on the campaign.

And even if you take all outside money spent…it accounts for less than 10% of the total expenditures this year.  Not exactly a tidal wave, as Obama would lead you to believe.

In fact, you could argue that money wise, this is one of the fairest elections in modern  history.  From the Politico:

So far, the latest figures show that the Democratic Party machinery has outraised its Republican counterpart in this campaign cycle by almost $270 million.

And even when outside spending on television advertising and direct mail is added to the mix, Republicans still haven’t closed the gap.

The money race totals come to $856 million for the Democratic committees and their aligned outside groups, compared to $677 for their Republican adversaries, based on figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Included in that total: conservative groups have spent $169 million on ads attacking Democratic House and Senate candidates, compared to $80 million by liberal-leaning groups, based on figures as of Tuesday morning.

In other words, Obama’s cry for fairness should be made to the political left, not to conservatives.  Overall, even with outside expenditures, the right is being outspent.

You are welcome to your opinions, Mr. President…but not your own facts.

PS:  The New York Times on Nov. 2nd had an article clearly stating that Democrats outspent Republicans in House races in 2010.  Pretty ironic, no?

3.  We lost…but not as bad as we should have!

Now, this story is yet to be told.  But no matter what happens on election day, the Democrats have obviously failed miserably.

At the beginning of the year, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were talking about not only holding both the House and the Senate…but even possibly picking up seats! And as recently as last week, Nancy Pelosi and the DNC leadership continued the rant that they would hold both houses of Congress.

But that is not the reality.  Pelosi will almost surely be voted out of the Speaker’s office next week, and Harry Reid may be sent packing into retirement.

Now, every reputable election predictor, from The Hill to Charlie Cook, is predicting a 50-plus seat loss for Democrats, and borderline hold on the Senate.

4.  This is not a national referendum on President Barack Obama.

Um, I could possibly, maybe, kind of agree…if the Messiah didn’t say himself that this was exactly that:  a referendum on his agenda:

So yeah…it is a national referendum on the presidency.  Thanks, Mr. President, for the clarification.

Overall, I am sure Democrats will come up with more ridiculous and outlandish excuses for losing.  If this was a 20-30 seat loss in the House, certainly it could be explained by normal historical factors, thta have borne out for decades, of the leadership losing seats in a midterm election.

But this is a historic wave election.  Almost every pollster sees it. The majority of experts saw it.  The only people blind to it were the President and Democrats.

Last year, as Democrats were wasting time on health care, people were screaming about jobs.  Early this year, when Democrats used reconciliation to pass health care, people were outraged (and at the time, I said if Democrats use reconciliation, they would lose 70 seats in the House; not such an outlandish prediction now, is it?).  When they passed the stimulus, everyone with a brain said it would not create jobs.  And Democrats simply did not listen.

They likely will listen on election day.  Or, considering how dense liberals are, maybe not.

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Fake Reporter Interviews Charlatan President

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Last night, President Barack Obama showed America how far he has fallen in the last two years.

Remember when Mr. Obama was ‘the change we can believe in’?  Remember when he was going to singlehandedly alter the political landscape of America?

Instead, last night, he appeared on a fake news show with a noted liberal who loves him and voted for him…and still could not come off looking presidential.  And the biggest question of the night was not whether this President would lose credibility by appearing on a fake news show; as the New York Times stated, “The question posed by “The Daily Show” on Wednesday is whether a political satirist loses credibility when hobnobbing with a sitting president.”

Ouch.

And after all that…Obama looked stiff and boring.   On a night when Jon Stewart took it easy on him. From Michael Scherer of Time:

When Obama blundered by saying Larry Summers had done a “heckuva job,” Stewart’s response was “You don’t want to use that phrase, dude.” When Obama said, “Yes we can, but,” Stewart offered a polite chuckle.

What is perhaps most interesting about the whole appearance is what it told us about Obama. When he is up against the wall, his response is a retreat to reason. No big campaign rhetoric, no zinging attacks. He gets more humble, and more professorial, less dynamic.

This is, ironically, exactly the kind of “sanity” that Stewart claims to want in the political discussion–a reasonable debate on the issues in which no one gets dinged for a clumsy soundbite. But that is not how television works, especially on Stewart’s show, which specializes in exploiting soundbites. What will be remembered from this appearance are the stumbles, not the sober framework that contained them.

No kidding.  And that is from a liberal voice.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Stewart was fair, but far less biting than he has been with others.  That was fine…he was sitting across from the Commander-in-Chief, after all, and one should show respect (though calling him ‘dude’ may have been a little over the line…).  But Stewart voiced much of the concerns his progressive supporters have chanted for the past two years.

“You’re coming from a place, you ran on a very high rhetoric: ‘hope’ and ‘change.’ And the Democrats this year seem to be running on ‘Please, baby, one more chance.’” Stewart observed. “Are you disappointed in how it’s gone?”

Obama stated that he was told by advisors after the election that “two years from now, folks are going to be frustrated” — a prediction he did not make public to his starry-eyed suporters at the time.

“We have done things that some folks don’t even know about,” Obama ventured.

“What have you done that people don’t know about?” Stewart inquired. “Are you planning a surprise party for us, filled with jobs and health care?”  In response, Obama recited his well-known, if under-appreciated, list of accomplishments.

That pretty much encapsulates the evening’s events.

It comes down to this simple equation:  even those of us who believed in Obama are disappointed.  They were sold a bill of goods that, after two years, seems to have been a bait and switch.

If progressives themselves are disappointed in this president…how do you think the rest of us feel?

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity


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Obama Awakening? Don’t Bet On It…

Last week, President Obama had an interesting talk with Time Magazine’s Peter Baker.  In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat.”  Funny, considering that he is a tax and spend liberal.

Obama went on to state that he realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.

Well, duh.

He also was angered by the perception that his 2008 campaign was problem free, while his stay in the White House has been marred by error after error:

“The mythology has emerged somehow that we ran this flawless campaign, I never made a mistake, that we were master communicators, everything worked in lockstep. And somehow now, as president, things are messy and they don’t always work as planned and people are mad at us,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s not how I look at stuff, because I remember what the campaign was like. And it was just as messy and just as difficult. And there were all sorts of moments when our supporters lost hope, and it looked like we weren’t going to win. And we’re going through that same period here.”

Very true…there were just as many blunders during the campaign…it is just that the media wasn’t really paying attention.

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Election 2010: 1 Week To Go…Final Predictions!

As usual, you can see my updated election predictions here.

That said, time for some final predictions, with a week to go.

Here we go!!!

Senate:  I predict Republicans will pick up the Senate seats in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.  That will give them a gain of +10, or bring the Senate to a 50/50 split, with Joe Biden the tiebreaking vote.

Note:  Of those mentioned above, I am least optimistic about Washington and West  Virginia, and fairly confident about Illinois, Nevada, and Colorado.

House:  I am predicting a +62 seat gain for the GOP, which would give the Republicans a 251-184 Majority, dethroning Nancy Pelosi and making John Boehner Speaker of the House.

Governors:  I am predicting Republicans take 31 Governors seats and Democrats 19.

For specific picks, please see my election page.

The predictions above would mean that this would be a larger landslide than 1994, and much larger than the Democrat swing of 2006 and 2008.  You know it is ugly when Charlie Cook, prognosticator extradinaire, who is pretty reserved in his judgement on these things, seems to think that the low bar is 48 seats.

Even using that low bar, that would mean that the ‘realignment’ liberals were hoping for in 2008 is over.   It would also signal the shortest reign of a Speaker of the House in half a century.  ‘Catastrophic’ is not too extreme a word to use.

And that is the best case scenario for Democrats.

There is actually evidence that the tsunami wave could be growing. For example, Democrat Scott Murphy in New York’s 20th Congressional District was leading by 17 points last month.  But now, in polls against Republican Chris Gibson, he is trailing by 9 points…a 26 point shift!  Murphy’s internal polling shows it closer…but the trend is a big conservative surge, everyone agrees on that.  And although some polls show Democrats closing the gap on leading Republicans, in general the polling appears to be going the other way nationally.  The wave could be building.

It should be a fun week, as people go nuts on both sides, and the craziest ads and commentary comes out.  Make sure you get out and vote!

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War On NPR

For years, conservatives have railed against the left wing nonsense that comes out of National Public Radio.  For years, staunch defenders of the network have argued that NPR is the ONLY source of universal viewpoints, and deserves taxpayer dollars.

I was always leery of the argument.  Today, I am totally outraged.

After the firing of Juan Williams by NPR over comments which are the truth, when heard in their totality, NPR can no longer be described as a conveyor of any real objective truth. This was, in many ways, true before today; it is just today’s events are so grossly over the top, that it is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Bill O’Reilly’s comments are exactly what would you expect…and dead on right:

And then, there were these words from leftists NPR CEO Vivian Schiller:

“Juan Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and his psychiatrist or his publicist.”

By the same standard NPR applied to Juan Williams, these comments were grossly insulting to the rightfully mentally illl, as well as Juan Williams. And thus, I call for Ms. Schiller’s immediate resignation.  That is now the standard, isn’t it?

Maybe this is finally the moment when NPR is set free.  Let them be the bastion of liberalism that they have always been.  Let them be proud of it, and carry the banner of the progressives.

But just don’t do it with my tax dollars, in the name of free speech.

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Left Wing McCarthyism: NPR Fires Juan Williams

Juan Williams, a long time NPR correspondent as well as a Fox News contributor, was fired yesterday because of supposedly anti-Muslim remarks made while appearing on the O’Reilly Factor earlier in the week.

From the Washington Post:

NPR said in a statement that Williams’s remarks–including that he gets “worried” and “nervous” when he sees people dressed in Muslim-style clothing on airplanes–”were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

Muslim advocacy groups and liberal commentators had reacted with outrage to what Williams said and called for his ouster. Conservative bloggers, in turn, blasted the dismissal as political-correctness spiraling out of control.

“NPR should address the fact that one of its news analysts seems to believe that all airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement issued before the firing was announced. “Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should not pass without action by NPR.”

Now, that is all fine and dandy…except it is simply not true.

Below is a partial clip from the O’Reilly Factor.  Once you see the clip, you think that Williams a borderline racist:

However, if you see the ENTIRE clip (posted below), with Williams explaining what he describes as ‘an irrational fear’, there is one thing you understand:  Juan Williams is representative of about 80% of Americans.

Which of us, after 9/11, haven’t wondered about others on a plane we have been travelling on?  It is certainly an irrational fear.  It is like being scared of being mugged, or being eaten by sharks, or worrying about an asteroid falling on your head.   Simply put, 99.999% of Muslims are honest, hardworking people like you and me.  Only the fringe idiots are the ones to worry about, and the chance you are going to meet up with them is infinitesimal.

But Williams, who is a liberal, was making a simple point, that obviously the rest of the liberal intelligensia is too stupid to understand, is this:  the fear is real.  Just because it is irrational does not mean we don’t have to confront it.  Racism and prejudice in this society is irrational too…are we supposed to ignore that?  Williams was displaying a level of sophistication on a subject that needs to be broached…that yes, people are fearful of Muslims for many irrational reasons, and a few rational ones, but that until we face those reasons, good and bad, we will not improve our society.

For National Public Radio, a publically funded corporation, to fire Juan Williams not for racist remarks but for having an honest debate about the problems our society has with our Muslim community is an embarrassment to them and their institution.

NPR should be ashamed, and should hire Mr. Williams back immediately.

If you want to voice your opinion to the NPR Ombudsman, go here.

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Tsumani Warning! Republican Style!

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2 weeks.  Fourteen days.

That is all that stands between the conservative movement, and the first substantial step back from the political wilderness.

But it appears that more than that is going to occur.  In fact, a full out political tsunami, 1994-style, appears to be on the horizon.

The Democrats were hoping that last weeks slight bump in polling would help them.  Appears not, as the polls have fallen back to the general level of Republican advantage that we have seen all year.

Depending on which respected pollster you talk to, there are approximately 100 House Seats in play. That is right:  100. No one alive has a recollection of such an event. When there are political landslides, generally about 60% or so of those seats in play fall for the majority winner.  That would presume a 60 seat pickup for Republicans.  That would be larger than the Republican Revolution of 1994.  It would be a larger gain than the last two election cycles for the Democrats, combined. And that presumes the number ’100′ is accurate.

Jim Geraghty of National Review is stating the number is closer to 117…meaning  a possible pickup of 68 seats.  That is a staggering number…one that would ensure the loss of many of the old horses of Congress be put out to pasture.  Here is a small list of races that were thought to be in play…but now appear to be Republican pickups or within the margin of error:

  • FL-8: Daniel Webster (R) 46, Alan Grayson* (D) 30
  • PA 3: Mike Kelly (R) 56, Kathy Dahlkemper* (D) 39
  • OH-15: Steve Stivers (R) 51, Mary Jo Kilroy* (D) 39
  • WA-3: Jaime Herrera (R) 51, Denny Heck (D) 38
  • NY-20: Chris Gibson (R) 48, Scott Murphy* (D) 45
  • MA-10: Jeff Perry (R) 44, Bill Keating (D) 42
  • IL-17: Bobby Schilling (R) 44, Phil Hare* (D) 41
  • PA-10: Tom Marino (R) 44, Chris Carney* (D) 37
  • VA-9: Morgan Griffith (R) 44, Rick Boucher* (D) 44
  • OR-5: Scott Bruun (R) 44, Kurt Schrader (D) 42
  • OH-6: Bill Johnson (R) 40, Charlie Wilson* (D) 40
    (* = denotes incumbent)

The Senate is tighter, of course.  Conservatives sacrificed a seat in Delaware for the greater good (worth it, in my humble opinion, but that argument can be waged).  Other seats hang in the balance.  With a little luck, 9 seats is possible; 8 very likely.

Governors races also look like a wave, as Republicans are likely to take a significant majority of the Governors seats at the perfect time:  immediately before congressional districts are drawn using the 2010 census.

On top of that, the money advantage is decisively in the Republicans favor.  PACs are rolling in the dough (even if the RNC et. al. is not), and support for conservatives is outpacing that of liberals 2:1 going into the last weeks of the election.

Well, Mr. Obama wanted Change:  he may get it, in two weeks, in a way he could never have imagined.

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Obama On Republican Wave: It Is All The Voters Fault

This, my friends, is classic Obama:  everyone is to blame, but the big man himself.

The buck stops anywhere but here.

Don’t look at me, I didn’t do it.

From Fox News:

The president, speaking at several rallies and fundraisers as part of his final get-out-the-vote stretch, said Republican candidates are “playing on fear” and suggested voters are falling for it. He said Americans have every reason to be worried, but lamented that “facts” aren’t doing his party any good this year.

“People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser Saturday in Boston. “And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be.”

The problem is, it seems the public does know the facts.

Unemployment hovering under 10%.  No real job production in the private sector.  The $800 Billion stimulus for naught, so far.

Health care premiums are going up, not down, after passage of Obamacare.  There is less access, not more.  And most Americans believe that the deficit will increase, not decrease, under Obamacare.  And so far, according the CBO, that is the case.

Obama has now had, under his watch, the largest two year deficit in the nation’s history.  As a percentage of GDP, only World War II can compete.  Even depression-era spending cannot compete.

These are the facts.

Obama, instead of admitting some fault and taking some blame, like a true leader would, is blaming everyone in sight.  If it is not George W. Bush’s fault, then it is the Congressional Republicans.  If not them, then Congressional Democrats.  If not them, it is special interests.  And ultimately, if none of those arguments, it is all your fault.

It makes you yearn for the days of Harry Truman, who at least stated, “The buck stops here”.  Even Bill Clinton took more responsibility than this after the 1994 Republican Revolution.  And heck, Bill Clinton at the very least said (if not so much believed) that “…the era of big government is over!”

I hope Republican election wins will help Mr. Obama see the light.  But this is a man who simply believes that he is always right, and virtually never wrong.  If something goes awry, then it must be the fault of more average human beings than himself.  His arrogance, and lack of understanding, is flabbergasting.  I am losing what little faith I had that he might come to realize the error of his political ways, and moderate over the next two years.  That hope is waning, quickly.  The sad part is, the American public will b the one that largely suffers for Mr. Obama’s futility of vision.

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Myth Busted? Obama, Dems Use More Foreign Money…

Obamamythbusters

The wrong myth busted...

President Obama has agreed to appear on the popular Discovery Channel show, Mythbusters.

Unfortunately, the ‘myth busted’ may have little to do with that show, and more to do with the charade of Mr. Obama’s credibility.

We all new these words out of Obama’s mouth were a joke:

“There’s no question the other side sees a chance to get back in the driver’s seat,” Obama said. “They are being helped along this year by special interest groups that are spending unlimited amounts of money on attack ads … just attacking people without ever disclosing who’s behind all these attack ads. You don’t know. It could be the oil industry. It could be the insurance industry. It could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose.”

Obama goes on to make this accusation:

“This is a threat to our democracy…And if we just stand by and allow the special interests to silence anybody who’s got the guts to stand up to them, our country’s going to be a very different place,” President Obama stated in response to the Chamber of Commerce scandal.

Now, we realize how much of a joke they were…from the Hill:

House and Senate Democrats have received approximately $1.02 million this cycle from such PACs, according to an analysis compiled for The Hill by the Center for Responsive Politics. House and Senate GOP leaders have taken almost $510,000 from PACs on the same list.

The PACS are funded entirely by contributions from U.S. employees of subsidiaries of foreign companies. All of the contributions are made public under Federal Elections Commission rules, and the PACs affiliated with the subsidiaries of foreign corporations are governed by the same rules that American firms’ PACs or other PACs would face.

“This is not foreign money per-se, but these PACs are certainly populated by people who work for foreign companies,” said Dave Levinthal, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics.

At this point, it is really in doubt why anyone takes anything that our President says at face value.  At this point, this has transformed from simple election year political grandstanding to something far, far worse.  Outright lying?  I don’t know if I would go that far, but if not, it is pretty close.

The President and his allies, most notably David Axelrod, have continuously spun not just the story, but the truth itself, in trying to make this a story.  In fact, Democrats and Obama’s campaign in 2008 itself used far more money from foreign sources than all of the GOP sources in the 2010 election cycle combined!

But Obama may have a point.  If the foreign money given is a threat to democracy, and he received more foreign money than anyone to get elected?  Maybe that is the one credible threat to democracy

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Michigan Stadium Parachute Jump

Must see TV…and not just for Wolverine fans:

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