We first look at an opinion of the Republican Debate. I’m becoming more and more convinced that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican candidate and have started to wonder about the Vice President. Next I look at the Christie endorsement of Romney and follow up with a new survey showing any of the top three Republicans beat Obama.
In my fourth story the Senate defeats Obama second stimulus aka his Jobs Bill. The reaction of the left is found in number five where Steny Hoyer blames the voters for the gridlock. My sixth story talks about how Democrats are shying away from being seen with Obama.
Meanwhile the OWS is compared to the TEA Party in the next piece and it doesn’t come out well for the OWS protesters. In Occupy LA a speaker calls for violence.
The final piece is on solar power and how it really isn’t ready for prime time right now no matter what the left thinks. And they charge us with being anti-science.
What Happened at the Latest Republican Debate
We normally describe these rapid reaction pieces as "winners and losers" posts, but I'm going to slightly deviate from that trend tonight. TO MY EARS AND EYES, THROUGHOUT MOST OF TONIGHT'S FORUM, THE ENTIRE FIELD BROUGHT ITS A-GAME. The Bloomberg/WaPo/PBS triumverate came loaded for bear with a quiver-full of 'gotcha' questions, and by and large, the candidates parlayed them deftly. Let's evaluate the candidates in alphabetical order:…
I have to agree with the author. The Democrats wanted to paint the Republican field as extremists and not ready for prime time, but I thought all the candidates did an excellent job especially compared to the Democratic frontrunner. The assessment is well worth your time to read it.
Christie endorses Romney
New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE SAYS HE IS BACKING MITT ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT AS "THE MAN WE NEED TO LEAD AMERICA" and said attacks on his Mormon religion are "beneath the office of the president of the United States."
Christie announced his endorsement at a surprise appearance in New Hampshire with the former Massachusetts governor on Tuesday.
The event comes a few days after the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, called Romney's religion a "cult" and said he was "not a Christian." Jeffress was at an event where he introduced Perry.
On Tuesday, CHRISTIE SAID "ANY CAMPAIGN THAT ASSOCIATES ITSELF WITH THAT TYPE OF COMMENT IS BENEATH THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES."…
Since Christie was many people’s counter candidate to Romney’s bid, his endorsement is significant. I didn’t start off as a Romney fan, but I feel that he is inevitable and acceptable. I think anyone who get the Republican nomination would be able to beat Obama, but Romney will crush him.
Top three Republicans candidates beat Obama
The political research firm Evolving Strategies in conjunction with the polling firm YouGOv has conducted A NATIONAL SURVEY OF THREE MAJOR GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERS IN HEAD TO HEAD MATCH-UPS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA.
In their survey, respondents were shown short video clips of President Obama speaking on the economy, and clips from a recent GOP debate where Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney did as well. The cross-tabs for the survey were also provided.
The survey results indicated that Cain leads the GOP field with 28%, Romney follows with 20%, and Perry at 12%. However IN HEAD TO HEAD MATCHUPS WITH OBAMA, ROMEY RUNS BEST, LEADING BY 7 POINTS (40-33), PERRY IS NEXT WITH A 6 POINT LEAD (42-36), AND CAIN THIRD WITH A 1 POINT LEAD (35-34)….
I've said before, any Republican will be able to defeat BHO.
Senate Defeats Obama’s Job Bill
The Senate defeated President Barack Obama's job-creation package on Tuesday in a sign that WASHINGTON IS LIKELY TOO PARALYZED TO TAKE MAJOR STEPS TO SPUR HIRING BEFORE THE 2012 ELECTIONS.
The $447 billion package of tax cuts and new spending failed by a vote of 50 to 48, short of the 60 votes it needed to advance in the 100-member Senate. Voting was expected to continue for several hours but would not affect the outcome.
Obama, campaigning in Florida, said the vote was not the end of the fight for the measure. In a statement after the vote, OBAMA ACCUSED REPUBLICANS OF OBSTRUCTION AND SAID HE WOULD WORK WITH SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID TO MAKE SURE THAT INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS IN THE BILL WOULD GET A VOTE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
"Ultimately, the American people won't take 'no' for an answer. It's time for Congress to meet their responsibility, put their party politics aside and take action on jobs right now."…
Obama’s reelection pitch continues to be it is the Republicans who are obstructing his plans when in fact with a Democratic controlled Senate; the Democrats are also not going along with his “agenda.” Obama and his agenda are poison for the coming election. The results of this vote is somewhat misleading. It was a vote on closure and Joe Lieberman, Joe Manchin and Jim Webb all voted for closure but said they would not have supported the final passage of the bill in its current form. Take away those three votes and the measure fails 48-51.
Voters share blame for gridlock in Congress, Dem leader says
HOUSE MINORITY WHIP STENY HOYER SUGGESTED TUESDAY THAT VOTERS ARE TO BLAME FOR THE PARTISAN BICKERING AND STANDOFFS THAT HAVE DEFINED CONGRESS THIS YEAR.
The Maryland Democrat said voters are “absolutely right” to think that “Congress isn’t working very well.” But that dysfunction, he said, is largely of their own making.
“The American people have every right to be angry [and] disappointed by the performance of the Congress,” Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol. “OF COURSE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE ALSO ELECTED PEOPLE WITH HARD STANCES, SO THAT TO SOME DEGREE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE REALIZING THE RESULTS OF THEIR VOTES.
“If elections have consequences — which I think they do — some of those consequences are getting what you vote for,” Hoyer added. “In this case, many people voted for people who thought compromise was not something that they ought to participate in.”…
I find this humorous. When a party “blames” their bosses for their problems you know why they are dysfunctional. In fact, the way the congress and Hoyer’s party was going when there wasn’t gridlock was so abhorrent to the voters that the election became a restraining order. Rather than “get” the message, it appears the Democrat leadership wants to deny what happened and blame the voters.
Democrats shy away from Obama
FOUR YEARS AGO, SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL WAS ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S BIGGEST BOOSTERS in his presidential campaign. But when he recently visited her state of Missouri, SHE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO JOIN HIM.
Many of McCaskill's fellow Democrats in Congress may also decide they are too busy to be with Obama, whose approval rating of about 40 percent as the economy struggles THREATENS TO BE A DRAG ON THEIR OWN REELECTION CHANCES NEXT YEAR.
"You may see a number of Democrats say 'Sorry, I have a scheduling conflict,'" said a senior Democrat lawmaker. Democrats face a big decision about whether to stand by their man in the November 2012 elections.
Many, particularly those in difficult campaigns like McCaskill, are tempted to keep their distance.
BUT OTHERS FIGURE THEY CAN SURVIVE ANY ANTI-OBAMA BACKLASH IN THEIR PREDOMINANTLY DEMOCRATIC STATES. And they want to help their party's top star and fundraiser defeat whoever the Republicans throw at him.
More importantly, DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THEIR BEST SHOT AT RETAINING THE SENATE AND TAKING BACK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS TO HELP OBAMA RALLY AND WIN A SECOND TERM…
The Democrats probability of taking back the House and keeping control of the Senate are probably the same as Obama’s likelihood of being reelected. In other words it isn’t going to happen.
The difference between OWS and the TEA Party
…The differences between the Tea and Pee parties (which is what some of its members are doing in public) are many, and large. THE PROTESTS ARE AGAINST "GREED," WHICH IS A SIN, NOT A PROGRAM, AND THEREFORE HARD TO PIN DOWN.
By contrast, THE TEA PARTY BEGAN AS A PROTEST AGAINST CONCRETE STEPS BY THE GOVERNMENT -- THE OBAMA STIMULUS PROGRAM, THE BAILOUTS, OBAMACARE -- and were specifically programmed at getting them stopped.
They began with rallies, to let politicians know they were out there. When Obamacare was pending, they showed up at constituent meetings to express their displeasure.
When Obamacare passed, they organized, recruited candidates, and campaigned for them, with results ranging from Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell, who would be the ridiculous, to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, who would be the sublime.
THEY FOLLOWED THE RULES, WENT THROUGH THE DUE PROCESS, AND, UNLIKE SEVERAL DEFEATED ESTABLISHMENT FIGURES, TOOK IT WITH GOOD GRACE WHEN THEY LOST. They protested in public places for which they had permits, and inconvenienced nobody.
They did not tie up traffic, annoy people or leave piles of refuse. They were clean, their signs weren't profane (and were often quite funny) and they also picked up their own trash.
In l968, the original hippies had the good sense to get "Clean for Gene" in New Hampshire and elsewhere, knowing rude, crude and boorish plays poorly with voters.
THE NEWER-THAN-NEW LEFT SEEMS TO HAVE MISPLACED ITS SENSE OF EXPEDIENCE, IF NOT OF PROPRIETY, FIRST IN THE UNION WARS IN WISCONSIN AND NOW, IT APPEARS, NATIONWIDE.
The Tea Party rebelled against particular legislative acts with the intent of evicting the people who passed them, and which were done only by Democrats.
"GREED," ON THE OTHER HAND, IS AMORPHOUS, AND ALSO BIPARTISAN: it refers to CEO paychecks, but also to Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry's yacht, former North Carolina Democrat Sen. John Edwards' house, first lady Michelle Obama's vacations, and the salaries of film stars cheering the protesters….
The lack of focus, of a coherent goal or objective IMO dooms this movement to failure. The don’t have an exit strategy (I think it will be the first snow).
OWS speaker in LA calls for violence
OCCUPY L.A. SPEAKER: “One of the speakers said the solution is nonviolent movement. No, my friend. I’ll give you two examples: French Revolution, and Indian so-called Revolution.
Gandhi, Gandhi today is, with respect to all of you, GANDHI TODAY IS A TUMOR that the ruling class is using constantly to mislead us. FRENCH REVOLUTION MADE FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION. BUT IT WAS BLOODY.
India, the result of Gandhi, is 600 million people living in maximum poverty.
So, ultimately, THE BOURGEOISIE WON’T GO WITHOUT VIOLENT MEANS. Revolution! Yes, revolution that is led by the working class.
Long live revolution! Long live socialism!”
I thought it was just conservatives who cheer when someone is lawfully executed. Here we have a liberal who is calling for violence. And the real tragedy is that his knowledge of history is remarkably limited. The reign of terror did happen during the French Revolution and many people were executed, but real change? Fifteen years later Napoleon crowned himself as emperor. If you want to see a revolution that led to real but gradual change, look to Washington, Madison, etc. I think the Democrat politicians who have come out in support of the “occupier” movement should perhaps reconsider their positions.
The role of Solar in Our Energy Solutions
The government tells us that we need to subsidize renewable energy providers with taxpayer money. GLOBAL WARMING ADVOCATES TELL US TO TURN TO ECO-FRIENDLY RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES LIKE SOLAR POWER. THEY INSIST THAT VIABLE ALTERNATIVES TO FOSSIL FUELS (LIKE SOLAR) ARE BEING IGNORED BECAUSE THE ENERGY INDUSTRY IS RESISTING CONVERSION TO CLEAN POWER TO PROTECT PROFITS -- at the expense of the planet. But before we padlock our coal- and natural gas-fueled power plants, let's take a look at the facts and figures regarding solar power.
First, let's take a look at the sources of our electricity. SOLAR POWER CURRENTLY PROVIDES LESS THAN 0.07% OF THE UNITED STATE'S ELECTRICITY. So if we increased our solar power capacity by a hundred times, it would still provide us with only 7% of our energy needs. Study the data in the graph and chart below form the U.S. Energy Information Administration. SOLAR POWER IS INCLUDED IN "OTHER RENEWABLES" -- IT IS SO SMALL THAT IT DOES NOT RATE A CALL-OUT….
The left likes to accuse the right of being anti-science. But when you see the left talking about replacing fossil fuels with renewables they are either anti-science (the science isn’t there yet to do this) or are simply nuts (they don’t care and just want to get rid of fossil fuels). This article is worth the read as it brings you up to date on the issue including the types of solar, etc.