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Very, it turns out
Just when you begin to sorta' feel good about how things are going for Republicans, thanks largely to Barack Obama and the Democrat leadership, you seem them do the kind of things you expect from people who really just don't want to win.
For example, take the NRSC (please!) and its continued fundraising for Charlie Crist, who (as we pointed out) is getting "waxed" by Marc Rubio in the Florida Senate primary by 32 points in the latest poll.
The National Republican Senatorial Campaign won't be spending money in the Florida Senate primary between Gov. Charlie Crist and former House speaker Marco Rubio, but they sure are helping Crist raise massive amounts of cash. ...
According to a list of fundraisers sent out by the NRSC and obtained by TPMDC, there are 8 big-dollar Crist fundraisers being held over the next two weeks. There are seven in Florida, two in one day on Saturday. Crist also will join Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) for a fundraiser in Atlanta on Monday.
I understand that the NRSC has a job to do, that being to recruit candidates and help them win US Senate seats. Fine. And I also understand that there will be times that someone there will screw up and recruit the wrong candidate, although this seems to happen waaayyy to often to just be a screw up, but I digress. But it's another thing entirely to continue to waste the party's money...and encourage GOP donors to waste even more money...supporting someone that Republicans in that state have CLEARLY indicated that they don't want. read more »
Talk about hand-writing on the wall.
In what can be termed as nothing less than "big", the latest poll of the Republican candidates in the Florida Senate primary has House Speaker Marco Rubio ahead of incumben Governor Charlie Crist by 32 points.
Rubio now leads Crist 60-28, including a staggering 71-17 lead with conservatives. Crist has a 49-36 advantage with party moderates, but they account for just 31% of likely primary voters compared to 65% who describe themselves as conservative.
Rubio is benefiting from a widely held sentiment among Florida GOP voters that Congressional Republicans are too liberal and that Crist would add to the problem. 41% of them think that the party leadership in Washington is too liberal, and with those folks Rubio holds an 83-10 lead. 50% think that Crist himself is too liberal and with those voters Rubio’s advantage expands even wider to 90-5.
Wow. And, believe it or not, it gets worse for Crist.
It also looks like it’s too late for Crist to audible and make another run for Governor. GOP voters say they’d prefer likely nominee Bill McCollum over Crist by a 49-35 margin. In fact Republicans generally just want Crist to go away- 56% say they’d like him out of office a year from now to 19% who’d like to see him continue as Governor and only 14% who want him in the Senate. read more »
What's your opinion?
What difference a year makes!
We're a long way from where we were after "The One" took office. The economy is still in the tank, most of his agenda is stalled (thankfully), and his polling numbers continue to head south.
For Republicans, things are looking up as we approach the mid-term elections.
But how should Repubicans continue to deal with Obama? Who would you like to see in a leadership role? What direction should the party take overall? Where are the best Republican ideas coming from?
All important questions.
The Republican Leadership Survey is an ongoing project we use to take the pulse of the conservative base, and we want to add your opinions to the mix.
Some of the latest from the ongoing debate over ObamaCare...
Obama orders full speed ahead
The Washington Times op-ed has a nice paragraph that summarizes fairly simply why the plan needs to be defeated.
At stake is the biggest policy initiative of the year-old Obama presidency, a rewrite of the nation's health care system that would trim hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, expand Medicaid, mandate that every American join a plan and rewrite rules telling insurance companies how they can operate.
Are Democrats whistling past the graveyard on ObamaCare?
Via Julie Mason:
Republicans warned they will use Obama's reliance on parliamentary moves to push the unpopular bill through as a top campaign issue in the fall. Democrats are hoping Americans ignore rhetoric about voting procedures in Congress and credit them with passing something.
"I don't know how this plays politically, but I know it's right," Obama said of his latest proposal. read more »
This coming Thursday Barack Obama will convene his "health care summit" - and he and the Democrat leadership are trying to lay a trap to find some Republicans that will agree to some version of ObamaCare.
We can't let that happen.
For over a year conservatives have managed to keep this from becoming law. We're close the finish line, but it's not over yet.
Tell the Republicans to stay strong and oppose Obama and the liberal congressional leadership. Tell them you're fine with their being the "Party of No".
Tell Democrats that you oppose any move to implement ObamaCare or any form of a "public option" by using tricks like the "budget reconciliation" process to get around a filibuster.
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As hard (or easy) as it may be to believe, the education establishment in North Carolina is proposing new standards that would eliminate the teaching of any American history prior to 1877 to high school seniors.
Of course, the people pushing these changes have a perfectly logical explanation...
We are certainly not trying to go away from American history," Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer for North Carolina Department of Public
Instruction, told Fox News. "What we are trying to do is figure out a way to teach it where students are connected to it, where they see the big idea, where they are able to make connections and draw relationships between parts of our history and the present day."
peer into the crystal ball
Sure, it's about ten months away, but there's not time like the present to do some idle speculaton. Especially in light of recent polls, such as Obama's falling ratings, the Republican advantage on the generic ballot, the (hopeful) death of Obamacare, increasing debt and, of course, the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
With all that in mind, take our poll and then add your comments below....
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the most polarizing of them all?
The answer? Barack Obama. (via Gallup):
The 65 percentage-point gap between Democrats' (88%) and Republicans' (23%) average job approval ratings for Barack Obama is easily the largest for any president in his first year in office, greatly exceeding the prior high of 52 points for Bill Clinton.
So how does a "polarizing" president try to become less polarizing? By focusing on something that the bulk of the country agrees on. According to the latest news, Obama plans to focus on the fact that we're spending too much money and need to get our fiscal house in order.
The only problem with is that the message doesn't fit the messenger. It's a little like a call girl being a big advocate for chastity.
Reports indicate he'll use his State of the Union speech to call for a "freeze" on "non-defense, discretionary" spending. Basically, that means he's not touching where the real spending is - entitlements. As Hot Air pointed out, the $250 billion he says this would save is only a little more than the roughly $200 billion in MONTHLY deficit spending this government does. read more »
good things are ahead
Michael Barone has taken a look at the results of the Massachusetts Senate race on a district by district basis (among the Mass congressional districts) and notes the following:
Coakley carries districts where Obama got 65% or more of the vote and runs essentially even in the district where he got 64%, and Scott Brown runs ahead in districts where Obama got less than 64% of the vote.
Let’s extrapolate those numbers to the nation as a whole and assume that a district that voted 64% or more for Obama is safe for Democrats even under the most dire of circumstances. How many such districts are there? Answer, according to this source: 103. The other 332 districts voted 63% or less for Obama. Interestingly, there are more 64%+ Obama districts in the West (36) than in the East (27) and more in the South (21) than in the Midwest (19).
All but two of the 103 Obama 64%+ districts are represented by Democrats. The two exceptions are Louisiana 2, where Republican An Joseph Cao beat Democrat William “Cold Cash” Jefferson in a December 2008 runoff, and Florida 19, whose incumbent Robert Wexler resigned and a special election will be held in April. And, yes, it will be amazing if this heavily Jewish district in Palm Beach and Broward Counties elects a Republican; heavily Jewish Brookline and Newton voted heavily against Scott Brown in Massachusetts.
From 'round the sphere...
Obama is good for business
Yes, you read that headline correctly. Of course, what KIND of business is another matter. In Obama's case, he's good for the lobbying business. 2009 reports from K Street (DC's lobbying district) show big gains, some on the order of 40% over 2008.
Bottom line? When you work to have government take greater control of various aspects of business and our daily lives you increase the odds that citizens (whether on an individual or corporate basis) will fight back. And (at least until November) that involves lobbying.
GOP Recruiting picks up speed
What a difference one election makes. In the wake of this week's election in Massachusetts, the NRCC says their candidate recruitment has picked up considerably. And, as you can imagine, they're now having an easier time getting good potential challengers to take a serious look at challening some previously "un-challengable" Democrats, (you know, the Massachusetts variety).
Obama to campaign for Reed
You really have to love this. After going 0 for 3 in the past few months, (Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts), Obama is going to hit the campaign trail for Harry Reid (who is wayyyyyy down in the polls in Nevada right now). read more »