Drew McKissick's blog
...that was then
As you know, Harry Reid has spent the bulk of his time in the Senate, especially as Democrat leader, pandering to the pro-amnesty crowd and generally being unhelpful to conservative attempts to get illegal immigration under control.
Recently some Republicans have begun to openly talk about the need to end "birthright citizenship", (the process whereby ANYBODY born in this country - whether to legal or ILLEGAL parents), automaticallly becomes a citizen. And, of course, those Republicans have been roundly criticized for it, with Reid himself recently went so far as to say that he couldn't see how any Hispanic could support the Republican Party.
Well, well, well. How times have changed...
Now that's consistency for you...
...heading for the hills
One of the latest from one of America's best editorial cartoonists, Robert Ariail. A nice visual of how Democrats are reacting to Obama on the campaign trail...which I think we can safely say has a good bit to do with his current job approval, (about 43%).
they once were blind, now they see...
Although Outpost contributor Skip MacLure already posted some thoughts on this, but it's too good a topic to pass up.
As noted, Gallup's new poll has Obama's job approval among self identified independents down to a new low of just 38%, (down from 56% a year ago). And given that the Democrats running for Congress this fall have the same (D) by their names...and have been an integral part of implementing the policies that helped create that job "approval", they're heading for trouble in November.
Of course, at least in public, the Obamanots will excuse themselves, rationalize away, and pretty much blame anything or anyone but themselves.
White House senior adviser David Axelrod said that the criticism of Obama as a big-spending liberal grows out of decisions the president felt he had to make to prevent a depression. "We were forced to do things from the start to deal with this economic crisis that helped create a false narrative about spending and deficits that's had some impact on independent voters," Axelrod said. "And that's something we have to work on."...
So it's not that their policies are bad and caused anything that any rationale or understanding voter would have a problem with. It doesn't have anything at all to do with the fact that this is a center-right country where conservatives make up a solid plurality of all voters...even among independents. No, it's just a perception problem. Yeah, keep whistling past that graveyard buddy. read more »
...election year politics
One of the worst kept secrets in Washington is now confirmed and out in the open - the Obama White House has filed suit in federal court against Arizona over it's new immigration law.
Of course it's ridiculous. Of course it's amazing. Of course it's awful. But when it comes right down to it, it's about politics - which doesn't make it any better, or easier to take, but there it is.
The fact of the matter is that we're now about four months out from Election Day, and Obama and the Democrats are tanking big time in the polls. He/they desperately need to rally the base, and Hispanics are a big part of that base. And many of them have been none too happy with how he's put other issues ahead of what "comprehensive immigration reform", (AKA, amnesty).
In the middle of all of that, along comes Arizona looking to do what it can to enforce it's southern border and reduce the flow of illegals into that state. Granted, it's popular in Arizona. It's even popular nationally, especially since most people understand the federal government isn't even close to doing it's job when it comes to protecting the border. But it's also really unpopular with major segments of the Democrat base, which makes Obama see it as a political necessity.
The Washington Examiner's Noemie Emery wrote a piece today on on whether or not Obama is "too brilliant to fail", pointing out that you really can't point to too much he's been "brilliant" about.
She closes with a great quote:
...he's a seminar leader who's out of his element. And more and more out of his depth.
Ouch. But oh so true...
Check out her entire piece here.
...doing the impossible
If any politician in America deserves the do a little bit of a happy dance in the end-zone, it's New Jersey's new Governor Chris Christie, whose state legislature just passed his spending slashing budget.
How much spending did he cut? Only about a third of it. Yes, a THIRD. As in by closing an eleven BILLION dollar budget gap, WITHOUT raising taxes.
Of course it hasn't been easy, as we've noted before, he's been attacked with multi-million dollar ad campaigns by his opposition, but he stuck with it and told people the truth in a way that was easy to understand..and made it obvious that something had to be done.
But after this big win, what does he do? He proposes to slash property taxes!
Now if we could just get a few more Republican Governors to do the same...
Congrats Governor Christie.
...join the party
Are you frustrated? Upset with what you see going on in our country today? Want to do something about it, but not quite sure of the best way? Looking for tips?
Conservative patriots all across the country are joining together to let their voices be heard. But being heard is not enough. In our system of self-government you get what you pay for – or work for.
No victory or defeat is permanent, and the battles always rage. As Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction” – which means we need to get busy!
All of which brings us to the basic who?, what?, why?, when?, where? and how? of Tea Party activism.
Your Free Tea Party Activism Resource
Several months ago I put together an e-book that would give even the most unitiated would-be activist a heads up on how to be effective. And it's free for everyone who subscribes to the Daily Updates from the Outpost.
Simply click the image or the link below and then sign up via the Feedburner pop-up. You'll then receive a confirmation link via email w/your free download link to "Tea Party Activism". read more »
...it's funn because it's true
Is this the most honest polical ad ever made? Well, it would be if it were real. In this case it's a parody of all the cookie-cutter "biography" spots and "comparative" spots you see from just about every campaign in every election year.
All humor, as they say, has an element of truth...which is what makes this so funny.
Clearly, candidates (and the media guys who produce their ads) need some new ideas when it's this easy to look like just about every one ever made.
In the meatime, bask in the honest goodness...even if it is just a joke.
We could get used to this. The "this" being real conservatives winning Republican primaries. And Jim DeMint has been taking a leading role in making it happen of late.
DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund has been recruiting, seeking out and endorsing genuine conservatives to run for the Republican US Senate nomination in their respective states - many times in direct opposition to what the Republican Senatorial Committee has been doing. And last night he had another win.
Mike Lee won the Utah GOP's Senate nomination over Tim Bridgewater by 51% to 49% in a hard fought primary. This was after both Lee and Bridgewater defeated incumbent Republican Senator Bob Bennett at the Utah GOP state convention several weeks ago.
This comes after DeMint's PAC has already been instrumental in raising the visibility for Marco Rubio in Florida, Sharon Angle in Nevada, Rand Paul in Kentucky. The biggest loss for the PAC so far was with Chuck DeVore out in California...but again, that's California. The PAC is also endorsing Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and Ken Buck in Colorado.
From the Politico:
Tuesday's nomination of Mike Lee for the Senate by Utah Republicans served up yet another reminder about what this tumultuous and unpredictable election year might mean for next year’s Congress: The decorous and staid U.S. Senate could get a lot rowdier in 2011.
...until he gets what he wants
This is exactly the type of thing I've said all along about how the open borders crowd have approached our immigration problem and how (if at all) they are willing to try to solve it.
The political pressure to do something doesn't come from all of the illegals who want to get an express pass to citizenship, it comes from the US citizens crying out to their elected leaders to stop the flood of illegals. And as the pressure builds on those officials to secure the border in order to stop the flood, some of them try to take action, but then the other crowd that wants to grant amnesty says "only if you agree to make it a 'comprehensive' bill"...meaning we'll agree to secure the border if you agree a wave a wand and make everyone legal.
Same deal that they made with Reagan in 1986 with over a million illegals - only they never got around to the border security.
Now Arizona Senator John Kyl says Obama's told him point blank that he's playing for the same deal. (here's the video)
THIS is the type of thing that should be a scandal with the American people. A sitting President who says he doesn't want to do anything else to help enforce the law until he gets those who want it enforced to agree to give him what he wants.
So much for "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution. read more »