THE CATACHRESIS OF THE CLUELESS

The left wing wacko’s were stunned with the Glenn Beck rally in Washington, D.C.  Although they tried to down play the size of the crowd, there were clearly several hundred thousand people there.  So, they are desperate to hold the “One Nation Working Together” rally:

They are promising to have hundreds of thousands of people show up to one-up Glenn Beck.  Let’s see, Glenn Beck invites people to come and doesn’t even bother to publish an agenda.   He even tells people to not bring any signs and they are traveling at their own expense.  He makes no prediction on crowd size, but hundreds of thousands show up anyway. 

The contrast between the two events could not be starker.   The following link shows all the “announced sponsors.”

http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/partners

Notice that just about every left-wing wacko organization in the country is involved.  The plan is to show the “real face” of America. 

Just think about it, all these organizations are putting together a massive effort to generate enough people to compete with one man, Glenn Beck.  This clearly involves massive amount of time, effort and major funding.   Expect people to arrive by planes, trains and automobiles, all funded by unions, from all over the country. Many of these people will be paid to show up and won’t even know what the event is about.  Expect professional mass produced signs, organized chants and thousands of matching shirts. 

This is all designed to push back against the alleged hatred and intolerance demonstrated by the Glenn Beck rally. (Some of those babies did get loud)   Instead, it will end up embarrassing Democrats.  This could literally push the few independents that harbor some residual respect for the Democratic Party over the edge. 

I predict the following:

There will probably be fewer people here than at the Beck Rally, but the media will claim it is much larger.

The main stream media will give this front page coverage.

There will be civil disobedience and possibly violence.

Speaker after speaker will scream hatred toward Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, George Bush and all Republicans, pleading for people to stand up against hate speech and intolerance.

They will leave the Capital Mall a total mess.

Some of it will be fun to watch.

Frankly, if I were a Democrat, with some remaining brain cells still functioning, up  for re-election in this political climate, I would not want anything to do with a rally with sponsors like the following:

http://www.nycsocialist.org/2010/02/oct-2-one-nation-rally-in-dc-join.html

At a time when these people should be organizing for a grass roots effort to head off a disastrous election, they are wasting value funds and resources on a meaningless political stunt.  While the left wing media and the paid participants will be duly inspired, the vast majority of Americans will find this disgusting.

If they do get hundreds of thousands of people to show up, which is likely since they are paying to make this happen, it will have no impact.  But, if the crowd is obviously smaller than Glenn Beck’s rally, it will be the height of embarrassment.  I suspect the liberal left knows that, which is why they are so desperately trying to jack up the turnout. 

If I had to name this rally, I would call it the:

The Catachresis of the Clueless  :)

TDM

THE BOXER REBELLION

The Sacramento Bee published a field poll today that showed Boxer ahead of Fiorina by 47% to 41%.  However, I looked into the internals and this poll is extremely misleading.  Here is how they arrived at that number:

They interviewed 599 likely voters.  They assumed that 44% of people who will vote in California will be Democrats, 35 percent will be Republicans and the rest will be independents.  This means they probably surveyed 264 Democrats, 210 Republicans and 125 independents.  With that kind of sampling, one would expect Boxer to end up with more than 50% of the vote because it is so heavily skewed toward Democrats.  (Almost all field polls use this same technique, which is why they so often underestimate actual Republican vote totals).  This poll is actually very bad news for Boxer, because in spite of oversampling Democrats, she still only gets 47%.

Republican voter enthusiasm is at least 50% higher than Democratic enthusiasm in any poll and Republican voter turnout is often double what it was in 2008.  If that happens in California and this poll is accurate, Boxer is doomed.  Even if Republicans are only 30% more likely to vote than Democrats, Boxer loses in a close election.  In addition, independents are moving away from the Democratic party in droves.

Barbara Boxer cannot get over 47% in any poll.  Her unfavorable rating is 48%, which is extremely high.  She has outspent Fiorina about 12 to 1 so far.  While she has driven Fiorina’s negatives higher, they still top out at 38%, 10 points lower than Boxer.

When an incumbent polls below 50%, this close to an election, they almost always lose.   Boxer has taken her best shot and missed.  Now Fiorina is going to start spending money and she is going to take on Boxer.  Her first ad shows Boxer dishing the General for daring to call her Ma’am, rather than Senator. 

Even if Boxer was really ahead 47% to 41% there would be a good chance that Fiorina wins, since most undecideds go toward the opponent.  If people aren’t already convinced to vote for an incumbent, they are unlikely to change their mind between now and the election.  I suspect Democrats know that, which is why Obama is out here doing all those fund raisers.  They know that if Boxer loses in California, the Democrats have a very hard time holding the Senate.   When an incumbent like Boxer in a blue State like California feels the need to outspend her opponent by a 12 to 1 margin it is a sign of absolute desperation.

The bottom line is never take a poll at face value, particularly if it is a California Field Poll.  My personal prediction is that Boxer goes all down hill from here and people will be shocked by how badly Fiorina beats her in the General Election.   This is one Boxer Rebellion that could be a very good thing.

TDM

VOTING WITH THEIR FEET!

Larry Summers, Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod are all leaving the White House.  There are only two possibilities here.  Either Obama fired them, or they deserted him.  I cannot recall another time when so many high level administration officials left office just before the mid-term elections.  Even if they hate it, they usually leave several months before the elections or just after the elections.  The reason is that this kind of turnover can result in an enormous leadership vacuum.

It sure appears as if the ship of state is sinking and the people closest to the President are desperate for a way out.  Although this probably puts the final nail in the Democrats coffin this fall, it may be devastating for the country.  It is becoming increasingly obvious that Obama is incompetent.  He also shows signed of being incapable of accepting reality.   In Obama’s world, the only mistake he has ever made was failing to explain to people why he is right and more importantly, why everything is Bush’s fault.  Even today Obama blamed the obvious failure of health care reform on his “inability to do a better job of explaining it to the American people.”  Then, the man who has attended church 3 days in two years asked religious leaders to help convince the American people that his health care reform is good for them.  That is not just wrong, that is delusional. 

 The following article, from the American Thinker, suggests that Obama is an extreme narcissist.  At a minimum, it is thought provoking:

 http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/09/is_obama_a_narcissist.html

If this article is accurate, then Obama may not respond well to this crisis.  According to this article, he has a life long history of responding poorly to rejection.  The following paragraph is chilling:

 And yet deep down, I believe that Obama is still the wounded, angry little boy whose parents abandoned him and.   Rather than resent and mourn them, he’s turned his rage on a more convenient target — the entire United States system — even though it’s that very same system of largely White Americans who elected him President.

Is there anything more to Obama et al. than their righteous indignation? Their seething anger?  Their leftist dogma?

 These are crucial questions because “People of the Lie” eat, sleep, and drink rage.  They are dangerous people because they are soulless, and the soul is where love, forgiveness, and truth live.  They’re like fallen angels; there is no there there. 

Even though this article was written over a year ago, nothing Obama has done in the last year is inconsistent with what this author described.  Now Obama’s world is rapidly falling apart and at some point even he will no longer be able to ignore that.  There are rumors that Michelle’s disastrous trip to Spain was specifically intended to thumb her nose at Obama.   Was there any significance to him showing up at a press conference without his wedding ring?  To make things worse, it appears that some of his few remaining confidants are deserting him in the middle of the storm.  Every Democrat running for election is distancing themselves as far as possible from Obama.  Every Republican is running on an Obama rejection platform.  Then today he gets heckled…by the far left.  Soon, there may be no one left at all.  Ironically the man who’s character was probably formed by being abandoned as a child is experiencing abandonment again, on a unprecedented scale. 

He still seems to be in a state of denial.  He is still trying to blame everything on someone or something else.  But perhaps the real question is not whether or not he will continue to be in denial, but more importantly,  how on earth will he respond if he forced to accept the cruel reality of such complete rejection?  Probably the only sure bet is that he will not respond well.

I really think we should all say a prayer for Obama.  Not only does he need it, so does the country.

 TDM

THE LATE GREAT OBAMINATION

Bob Woodward’s new book is out.  It will be officially released on Monday, and it is devastating for the Obama administration:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/21/AR2010092106706.html

Here is the problem:  Obama looked the American people straight in the eye, and lied. 

On August 18, 2009, in a speech given at the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference, he said the following:

 This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity; those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which Al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans.

Yet, according to Woodward’s book, in the fall of 2009, Obama made it clear that his only plan for Afghanistan was to leave.  All of his military advisors warned him that they needed more troops to win the war.  Here is how Woodward quotes Obama:

This needs to be a plan about how we’re going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan,” Obama is quoted as telling White House aides as he laid out his reasons for adding 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation. “Everything we’re doing has to be focused on how we’re going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It’s in our national security interest. There cannot be any wiggle room.

The following is crystal clear.

First, in spite of telling the American people that Afghanistan was a war of necessity, Obama was only concerned about how it impacted him politically.  There was not even a mention of the national security risk to the United States that he acknowledged in August, just a couple of months earlier.  He was primarily concerned over how it would affect his support within the Democratic Party.

Second, both Secretary Gates and General Petraeus have had it with the Obama Administration.  I think we are dealing with two genuine patriots who think the country’s only chance to survive an Obama Administration is if someone within the administration is advocating on behalf of national security.  It is now obvious that they virulently disagree with this administration, but felt the country had a better chance with them in the administration than with whoever Obama would choose to replace them.

Third, this is about to explode.  According to Woodward: “Petraeus told his own staffers that the administration was ‘[expletive deleted]’ with the wrong guy.”  He goes on to say that Gates was tempted to walk out of an Oval Office meeting after being offended by comments made by Deputy National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon about an unnamed General.   Could this be General McChrystal?

 What could Petraeus do?  The following article answers that question:

 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/i-wont-be-rushed-out-of-afghanistan-says-general-david-petraeus/story-e6frg6so-1225928174075

 The following quote, given to an overseas paper, so that it would be sure to be printed, was literally a public warning to Obama:

General David Petraeus told The Times that Mr Obama’s deadline of July 2011 for the start of a drawdown would in fact be the start of a “process”, and and described a major policy review ordered by President Obama as little more than a “mid-course assessment”.

It is not a date when we rush for the exit and reach for the light switch to turn it out before leaving the room,” as he reserved the right to set his own timetable based on conditions on the ground.

We now know the ugly truth about Afghanistan, and it is indeed ugly.  It was Obama who personally devised the strategy to send in less troops than ANY qualified military person said was required, and it was Obama who demanded the new rules of engagement. 

President Obama told General Petraeus that we are leaving in July of 2011, end of conversation.  General Petraeus just told the world that “HE” reserved the right to set his own timetable, based on conditions on the ground. 

Perhaps the biggest shocker of all is that the White House, and CBS news, apparently thinks this article presents a positive picture of Obama:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20017327-503544.html

However, virtually everyone else is drawing the exact opposite conclusion. 

Obama has a huge problem at the worst possible time for Democrats.  If he fires General Petraeus, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Secretary Gates and Admiral McMullen follow him out the door.  Admiral McMullen already challenged Obama with regard to the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell.  He basically said this is a really dumb idea, but we do our best to follow orders, even dumb orders, and will somehow make it work:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/24/mullen-working-on-dont-as_n_207175.html

These top military commanders are very serious and capable people who are not intimidated by anyone.  Here we have a Commander in Chief, with no military experience, no executive experience and a record of jamming through one stupid idea after another with the only common ingredient being abject failure.  Unless the real Obama, behind closed doors, is secretly the brilliant leader worshiped by the Kool-Aid drinkers in the main stream media, these guys have to be seething.  What would you do if you were General Petraeus, and you were being given orders that were getting your troops killed unnecessarily, without adequate support, by a President whose only concern is how it will affect himself politically?  Maybe, just maybe, you would have a little conversation with the Australian press to make sure the right people get the message.

Guiliani obviously got the message and fired the first shot.  Watch for John McCain.  Perhaps more than any other member of congress John McCain may take this on.  McCain is third-generation navy, and duty, honor, country is part of his DNA.  He may be a RINO, but he also is a genuine war hero who always puts the country first with regard to national security.  If my interpretation of this article is accurate, then it is hard to imagine McCain remaining silent. 

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-giuliani-woodward-20100923,0,4073680.story

Several news agencies are reporting that the threat of an attack from al Qaeda is the highest since 9-11.  If, after the book written by Woodward, al Qaeda launches a successful major attack on the U.S., Obama will be lucky to escape impeachment.

TDM

HILL HAIRIOUS

At first the following pictures made me snicker.  These have got to be the worst pictures of Hillary Clinton ever published.  But then, after careful reflection, I began to suspect there is something else going on here.  These pictures are so bad that it would appear that Hillary has just given up.  How else do you explain her showing up in public, at the UN of all places, looking like this?  What staff person let her do this to herself?  This is the way someone looks when they just don’t give a damn any more.  Obviously, I have zero facts, other than a couple of really bad pictures, to support this observation.  I just find it hard to understand how this could happen to someone surrounded by professional staff whose primary mission in life is to make Hillary Clinton look good.    

 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

 

 

This will impress Ahmadinejad (It does make a case for the burka)

Can a Camera Operator qualify for the "Courageous Restraint" medal?

TDM

THE O’DONNELL WITCH PROJECT!

Some of you will recall that I predicted an immediate campaign to destroy Christine O’Donnell through the politics of personal destruction.  However, I really think they have over-reached so far that an enormous backlash is coming.  Christine O’Donnell has handled this brilliantly, by laughing at the allegation.  Democrats have been desperate to destroy Christine O’Donnell, just like they remain desperate to destroy Sarah Palin.  Sadly, they were helped on their way by Karl Rove.  The most recent attempt is by Bill Maher, who has a video clip where O’Donnell talks about going on a date with a Satan worshiper, while she was in High School.  But, Maher’s big demand is that O’Donnell come back on his show with him.  In other words, he is desperate for ratings!

The real story here is how the main stream media, which totally ignored serious problems with Obama’s personal history, is obsessed with Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell.  Which is really important?  The fact that while in high school Christine O’Donnell apparently dated a fellow high school student who did some weird stuff regarding Satan worship, or Obama who was allegedly mentored by a card-carrying communist?  Which should cause us more concern about a person’s character, a public statement by Christine O’Donnell saying that living in sexual purity is a good thing, or Barack Obama admitting the enthusiastic abuse of alcohol and drugs, including cocaine?  While is more of a threat to our freedom, a Christine O’Donnell who hangs around with Christian fundamentalists, or her opponent who wrote an article in college entitled “The Making of a Bearded Marxist?”  Is she more of a threat than a Barack Obama who is best friends with William Ayers, a man who literally bombed the Pentagon and a man who expresses extreme hatred for the United States.

Today, Maureen O’Down devoted her entire column to a snarky attack on Christine O’Donnell.  Here is the link, if you want to read this dribble for yourself:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/opinion/19dowd.html?_r=1

Yet I cannot recall a single column in the main stream media expressing the slightest concerns about what Obama believes.  Instead the media is stunned to learn that many Americans believe he is a Muslim and more than half question whether he is even a Christian.  No one in the main stream media apparently read Obama’s poem written while he was at Columbia.  It is titled “Pops” and apparently describes his relationship with Frank Marshall Davis.  I suspect a qualified psychologist with experience in childhood sexual abuse would read this poem with horror.

No one seems to care that he still has not produced his birth certificate and has never provided a single college transcript from Occidental, Columbia or Harvard.  No one wonders why there is a video recording of him singing the Muslim call to prayer and saying that this was the most beautiful sound in the world.  No one seems to care that he bought his house with direct financial aid from Tony Rezko, who is currently in prison for bribing public officials.  No one seems to care that Barack Obama may have several social security numbers.  No one seems to care that his education may have been financed by a Saudi Prince closely connected with the Wahhabi branch of Islam.  No one seems to care that his high touted autobiographies may have been written by William Ayers.  No one seems to care that he refers to the mother who abandoned him when he was a teenagers as “the dominant figure in my formative years…the values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics.”  They are unconcerned that she was a left-wing radical atheist.  No one questioned why she met Obama’s father in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii.  How many people do you know, who are not communists, who wanted to study Russian in 1960 and 1961?  The media does not consider it important to know that his father, the man Obama gave him the ideals upon which he organized his life, wrote an article in  1965 recommending 100% taxation, communal farms with the elimination of private farming, the nationalization of businesses owned by Europeans and Asians and active measure to bring about a classless society. 

No one in the media thought it worth mentioning the allegation that Obama steered millions of dollars to the radical educational programs run by William Ayers.  No one cares that he may have also steered money to worthless projects that made people like Tony Rezko wealthy.  No one cares that it is alleged that he belonged to Man’s Country, apparently a notorious gay bath house in Chicago.  No, none of this matters.  What really matters is that Christine O’Donnell is a vocal advocate of Christianity.  Now there is a real threat to the union.

We should be outraged, not because someone is checking out Christine O’Donnell, but rather that simultaneous they absolutely refuse to check out any liberal Democrat. If we continue to allow the liberal left to practice the politics of personal destruction, with no restraints at all with regard to people like Palin and O’Donnell, yet let them give a pass to people like Obama, Geither, Dodd, Rangle, Franks, Waters, Pelosi and Reid, then we are doomed. 

One final note.  If O’Donnell really was involved in witchcraft, the main stream media would applaud that as freedom of expression.  The only reason they mention this silly episode is that they are praying it will convince Christians to turn away from her, so that they can elect another hard-core left wing radical to the United States Senate. 

TDM

OBAMA DITCHES GOD!

Obama appears to have deliberately altered the Declaration of Independence to delete any reference to our right being endowed by the Creator.  If you want to see the entire video, I have attached the clip.  It occurs shortly after the 22 minute mark.  I listened carefully because this is so bad; I wanted to see it for myself before commenting:

 http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/09/president_obama_removes_creato_2.html

 Here is what the Declaration says:

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Here is what Obama said:

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal….. endowed with certain unalienable rights, life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

If you watch the video (I would suggest nausea pills in preparation) you will notice that Obama is clearly reading this smoothly until he gets to this part, where stops, and appears to deliberately delete the words “by their creator.”  You can see it in his facial expression. 

 I believe that Obama did this deliberately in an act of unprecedented arrogance.  This is a man who expects to be adored and who believes himself worthy of adoration.  It appears that the criticism is really getting to him and he simply could not control himself.  It really looks like he was unable to force himself say the words “by their Creator.” 

Unless this is a deliberately doctored video, which I doubt, this is really bad!

 I expect this clip to go viral.

 TDM

REVOLUTION

The fight is on.  We are about to witness the political fight of our lifetime.  This is totally unprecedented and this is going to be interesting to watch.  For the first time, since the Revolutionary War, the American people are totally fed up with the political establishment.  In 1776, it was England and King George.  Just think of the issues that drove the revolution so many years ago.  People were fed up over getting more and more taxes from a government that ignored their interests.  They called it Taxation without Representation.  They were also upset over being ruled by an arrogant aristocracy that felt it was entitled to make the rules for the little people.  They were furious as restrictions on our personal liberties imposed by a government that did not believe in equal opportunity and self-determination.  The same issues are what drive discontent in 2010.  That is why so many people have joined the “tea party.”  We have a congress full of incumbents in both parties that feels entitled to power.  The only thing that is saving Republicans is that right now Democrats have complete control, so they get the lion’s share of the blame.

Two years ago people wanted change.    Foolishly, many people thought that Obama was the leader who could deliver real change.  But they were not prepared for someone whose idea of change was to make everything even worse.   I believe the real message delivered yesterday in Delaware and New York was that people are fed up and they no longer want change, they demand change.   The only tea party endorsed candidate who lost was the one in New Hampshire, and she was endorsed by Sarah Palin.  It is interesting to note that the only Republican RINO Senator to survive the primary this year was John McCain, after he was endorsed by Sarah Palin.  It would be foolish to underestimate Sarah Palin.

I really think Delaware just woke up the Republican establishment.  They can no longer pretend that this is just people upset with Obama and Democrats in general.  The American people have revolted, only they are doing it at the ballot box rather than the battle field.   This year we are going to see a lot of candidates, true outsiders, promising real change.  Notice how candidates like Carly Fiorina are not even bothering to shift to more acceptable liberal positions on subjects like gay marriage and abortion.  I saw the Republican candidate for Governor in New York interviewed on CNN.  They asked him about Gay marriage.  He said:  “no.”  No spin, no “explanation” no backpedalling, just “no.”  For the past twenty years and more, liberal positions on social issues was often the deciding factor for independents.  This year, independents want real change and they are going to vote for whoever they think is ready, willing and able to deliver it.  The Republican establishment on Monday was saying Christine who?   On Tuesday night they were saying “no way Jose.”  On Wednesday morning, they started saying “how quickly can we get on board.”  They aren’t doing this because they like her or they like her message.  They are doing this because the people running political polls have warned them that a political storm is developing and it is growing out of control.   If they don’t move, they will be swept out with the tidal wave of public opinion.  When threatened with a storm of this magnitude, you either get out of the way, you go with the flow or you just go.

The only hope Democrats have now is to find so much dirt on some of these “newcomers” that they will become unelectable.  They tried that with Rand Paul by pretending he was a racist.  It didn’t work.  But they will continue to try it with people like Christine O’Donnell, because they have nowhere else to go.  Watch for one of the most vicious, dirty, no holds barred political dog fights in our nation’s history.   Like in any war, it is impossible to predict what will happen.  But, right now, it is real easy to see who has momentum and who is running for their lives.

TDM

RINO PLASTY

All of the “pundits” on TV are aghast that O’Donnell may win the Republican Primary in Delaware.  The theory is that Mike Castle is as conservative a Senator as we can get elected in Delaware.  They also are concerned that O’Donnell has some baggage and no real track record.  They clearly believe that if O’Donnell wins the primary, she loses in the November election.  They fear this could result in Republicans failing to gain control of the Senate. 

They may be right, but miss the point.   For years we have told that any RINO is better than a Donkey.  That undoubtedly is true, but a RINO is still a RINO.  Far too often these RINOs end up being the lone vote that caves on important issues when it matters the most.  Think Lindsey Graham and Elena Kagan.  The real problem is that the Republican establishment too often puts Party ahead of principle.  

For years the main stream media has been telling Republicans they need to nominate more moderate (think liberal) Republicans.   How many times have you heard about the need for a bigger Republican tent?   But I wonder if the Republican establishment has noticed that the main stream media never suggests that Democrats nominate more conservative candidates.   Does anyone recall main stream media concern when Democrats nominated a left wing radical nut case like Al Franken in Minnesota?  The so-called big tent actually has an overpowering left wing.  In the deluded world of the main stream media and the cultured elite, it is only Republicans who need to moderate their core values if they want to get elected.  Sadly, the Republican establishment has swallowed this line of crap time and time again.

Too many leaders in the so-called Republican establishment fail to understand that tea party movement is a spontaneous response to growing discontent with both political parties.  This is far from a fringe movement, unless one considers individual freedom, lower taxes and smaller government to be a fringe concept.  People are responding to the tea party movement not because of some slick campaign, but because they hunger for a return to traditional American values, in both parties. 

If the Republican Party hopes to survive, it must be purified by fire.  Republicans cannot hope to win back the hearts and minds of the tea party movement by riding to victory on the back of RINO’s. 

TDM

CARPE DIEM

For the first time, perhap ever, there is a real change for fundamental change in Washington.  Barack Obama ran on a promise of change, but in reality he merely accelerated the rapid slide toward socialism that started long ago.  What is remarkable is that real change is not limited to the United States.  All over the world, the electorate has finally been forced to acknowledge the complete and total failure of socialism.  Perhaps we needed a disaster like Barack Obama to wake people up from their decades long slumber.

Here are key events to consider:    

Bob Bennet, RINO, was defeated in the primary election in Utah.

Charlie Crist, RINO,  lost in the primary election in Florida.  He promptly decided he is now an independent and has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, why he always was a RINO.

John McCain, RINO, managed to survive.  Recently it is increasingly hard to reconcile the John McCain who ran for President with the John McCain runing for re-election to the Senate. 

Lisa Murkowski, RINO, was defeated in the primary election in Utah

The Republican establishment candidate in Nevada lost.  Many people thought that would allow Harry Reid to keep his Senate Seat.  But, Sharron Angle now looks like she will win that race.

Mike Castle, the most liberal Republican in the House, is running to replace Joe Biden in the Senate from Delaware.  If the recent polls are accurate, he may not survive the primary election.  Christine O’Donnell, opposed by the Republican Establishment may just win. 

The main stream media thinks the Republicans are blowing their chance to win big this fall by passing over well established candidates for untested newcomers.  But, if they are wrong, we may see something more important that Republicans winning back the House and the Senate.  We may see Conservatives winning back the Republican Party.

Joe Miller won in Alaska because of the endorsement of Sarah Palin and the infusion of cash and a great media buy by the Tea Party Express.  These are the same people who got Sharron Angle the nomination in Nevada and are may just tip the scales in Delaware.   Democrats and the liberal left thought they had destroyed the Tea Party Express when they managed to pressure the Tea Party Express into having Mark Williams to resign for writing an admittedly racist article.   But, the Tea Party Express is far from dead and managed to pour over $200,000 into the Delaware primary.   One thing is clear, the Tea Party Express is pretty good at raising funds and are very effective at using it.  For the first time we are seeing some genuine hard hitting conservative ads and they are having a major impact on elections. 

Progressives, in both parties, have dominated the agenda for the past 50 years.  The only difference between the two parties was often measured only by the speed of the slide into socialism.  For this reason I am posting the following reminder of what conservatives really believe:

Barry Goldwater said it very well in 1964.  It’s too bad enough people weren’t listening:

  • I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
    • The Conscience of A Conservative (1960), p. 15

Goldwater was 50 years ahead of his time!

His acceptance speech from 1964, in San Francisco, of all places, still resonates today!

  • I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue
    • Acceptance Speech – 1964                                                                                                                     
  • Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
    • Acceptance Speech 1964

Goldwater would be proud of the Tea Party movement today.  The Republican Party would be wise to just run on a platform to adopt the principles laid down by Barry Goldwater in 1960. 

TDM