Party People in the House

John Norris Brown on Democratic Party candidate selection:

A few months ago, I would have predicted the superdelegates to go with the most electable candidate, then unquestionably Barack Obama. Given whats happened since then, I don’t know if he can still play that card.

I’ll go ahead and make another bold prediction…

The Republicans will win the Presidency again, not because of the strength of their candidate, but because of the weakness of the Democratic candidate.  That will make three in a row for, largely for the same exact reason.  The real question is this–how clueless are the Democrats that they continue to let this happen?  Is the whole party that out of touch?

The Republicans haven’t been forced to win an election for the last three cycles.  All they have to do is not get beaten.  It’s just like the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  In order to lose, he has to be pinned for the 1-2-3.  He can’t lose by disqualification or count out.

For a long time I’ve longed for a viable third party, even if it’s one that is completely in opposition to my personal beliefs and political philosophy.  At this point, I’d settle for one viable party.

Dream Ticket? Whose Dream Is This?

When MLK said that he had a dream that little black boys and little white girls would one day hold hands run on a presidential ticket together, is this what he had in mind? If so, we should stop referring to him as a civil rights leader and change his title to Republican strategist. Hillary Clinton thinks she and Barack Obama may be able to join their forces to fight sit-down-and-talk-with evil later this year.

“That may be where this is headed,” she told the CBS Early Show during a marathon set of appearances on the network morning news shows. “But of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”

Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for President isn’t a dream for anyone except for maybe John McCain and those “near and dear friends” of his in Washington. The funny thing is that making Obama her running mate is really the only chance she would have of winning, but if Obama gets the nomination he’d be cutting his own throat by naming her as his running mate.

Stupor Tuesday

What a stinker.

Lot’s of folks around the office are talking about the primaries today.  It’s strange to me that so many people don’t pay attention until the day of.

Anyway, here’s a quick roundup of what some of the blogs I frequent are saying this morning…

Music City Bloggers is taking a poll.  It reminds me of my favorite episode of “Married With Children”. 

  • Kelly Bundy enters room–“What are you guys doing?”
  • Bud Bundy–“We’re taking a poll.”
  • Kelly–“What are you going to do with a poll?”
  • Bud–“We’re going to stick it in your head so we’ll have a place to hang the sign that says, ‘duh.'”
  • Kelly to Al–“So unfair.  You won’t let me get my nose pierced but you’re going to put a poll in my head?!”

I feel like I’m about to get a poll stuck in my head–more like a javelin.

I’m sure the folks at TennesseeFree are going to be hitting it from all sides, but for now are at least having a little fun with John McCain.

The Liberty Papers have a few predictions.  I predict we’re about to lose some money or some freedom, and more than likely some of both.

Knoxviews has a roundup of local races, and  Brendan Loy wonders if the circus situation in Knox County may help Obama’s cause in Tennessee.

And finally, in an oldy but goody, Fail Blog keeps everything in perspective.

More to come later.

CNN Debates at Reagan Library

This was basically a sham.  We got, literally, 10 minutes of McCain and Romney arguing over semantics.  Whether or not Romney used the word “timetable” as a reference to troop withdrawel or a reference to milestones.  Is that really what the debate is about?

I could have sworn I was watching two high school girls bickering over the fact that one told a boy that the other liked him…”Yeah, but I didn’t mean that I like him like him.”

I wish Reagan could have been there to smack those bitches back to reality.  I’ve come to the conclusion that Ron Paul just isn’t the right man to do it.  His message is great, but unfortunately he just doesn’t have “it”, and his delivery is weak.  I’d love to see Ron Paul’s ideas delivered by a guy with Obama’s oratory skills.

By the way, does anyone else find it ironic that McCain says he wants to change Washington, but his response to every question he doesn’t know how to answer is to name 30 “old and dear friends” whose names I remember as Washington politicians from my childhood?  It seems like he tries to fill up his 90 second responses by naming these dinosaurs as slowly as possible.

Huckabee?  That guy is qualified for little more than hosting amateur night at a “clean jokes only” comedy club in Little Rock.  Two drink minimum…your choice of milk or juice.  And don’t forget to tip your waitresses–they’re illegal workers, and the only payment they’re getting from us is free college for their kids.

Seriously, are these ass clowns the best we can muster up to represent us?

“Is the best of the free life behind us now, and are the good time really over for good?” –Merle Haggard

McCain v. Hilly

Looks like a done deal, which really scares me.

I’ve had to hold my nose and vote Republican several times when I didn’t really want to.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it this time.  Either way, I’d essentially be voting for Democrat.

But maybe this is a good thing.  Maybe people will finally realize this time around that they really aren’t being presented with much of an option.  Maybe this is what we need to make people realize that we need a party that represents true fiscal conservatism and true individual liberty and property rights.

Reports From New Hampshire

Rogel packed up the whole family and carted them from New York to New Hampshire to participate in the primaries.  He’s reporting back some of his experiences, and a couple of funny anecdotes:

In the background my wife listen to a conversation between a Ron Paul supporter and a McCain supporter – The Ron Paul supporter tried to explain that monetary policy is the main issue and that, obviously, Ron Paul is the ideal candidate to deal with the economic crisis. Frustrated with the other supporter ignorance he urged him “You have to read Hayek and Mises”. He lost him at “you have to read” observed my wife.

I really enjoy reading these “man on the street” type reports from regular folks like you and me.  He isn’t beholden to any editor or corporation to dictate what he writes, giving him the chance to tell it the way he sees it.  Keep it up, and keep posting updates!

Ron Paul and Wolf Blitzer on 12/2

Here are the two parts of Ron Paul’s interview with Wolf Blitzer last night. He gets to cover a lot of ground in this interview–Iraq, monetary policy, globalism, taxes, and fund raising. I also received Dr. Paul’s newsletter today that addresses a great point regarding last week’s debates

mainstream politicians NEVER attack an opponent they think is far behind. The McCain campaign, we’ve heard, is worried sick about New Hampshire, and they thought a slam at me would help. Ha! Of course, it only strengthened our forces.

Enjoy the video, and don’t forget about the Tea Party on December 16!

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Ron Paul Hits a Fund Raising Grand Slam

From Reason

Ron Paul’s campaign confirms that it collected $5,080,000 in the third quarter of fundraising.

Not only that, but he’s also gaining momentum, unlike all the other major candidates. We can consider him a major candidate now, right? He raised just as much as McCain in the 3rd quarter and has more cash on hand.

So he’s raised about $8.2 million and spent $2.9 million, a burn rate of around 35 percent.

Very impressive. Stay tuned. Now that Ron Paul is making noi$e that people tend to li$ten to, I predict he doubles again in the fourth quarter. That’s the funny thing about momentum–it’s hard to stop.


Blogging The Iowa Debate Part IV

McCain’s answer on Vice-Presidential powers was actually pretty funny. “Only one President.” That is a strong answer.

Guiliani sounds like he’s pretty comfortable with Cheney’s roll, and Romney is defending G.W. Bush’s use of Cheney, saying it is entirely up to him.

If I were President, I’d have the Vice President make sure that I always have coffee and remove all of the green M&Ms from the bowl. I’d also let him go out amongst the interns and decide who gets backstage passes.

Ron Paul get interrupted by George Stephanopoulos when he tries to attack the present “conservative” platform.

On taxes…

The Fair Tax is getting some play, and Huckabee (correctly) observes that the current tax system penalizes productivity. Huckabee doesn’t admit that the Fair Tax would create a huge black market–23% discount and the black market sales people can sell it to you for the same price as the store. It’s still better than what we have though.

Romney doesn’t like the Fair Tax, Guiliani wants to eliminate the death tax and simplify the one that we have. He thinks it’s too complex to get to a Fair Tax. Yeah, that makes sense. Let’s make our current code more complex because changing it is too complex.

The accounting lobby will never allow a simple tax code to be implemented.

Tancredo actually makes a great point that the current tax system is a way for the federal government to control behavior.

What is your defining mistake…what a great question:
Huckabee gives a great answer about not taking care of his health…very personal.
Guiliani gives a comical answer, but doesn’t answer.
McCain volunteered to stay in combat and ended up a P.O.W. That is strong.
Tommy Thompson is going to end breast cancer. If he can do that I want him to be President for sure.
Most guys, Ron Paul included, give purely political answers. McCain wins.

Tancredo, I don’t think America is hopeless. I think you guys are trying to make it seem that way in order to distance yourselves from Bush because you can’t run on “more of the same”.

Tommy Thomson is hell bent on getting rid of political, and apparently grammatical, correctness.

Brownback is all about the family and overturning Roe v. Wade. Unelectable in every way.

McCain is running on nothing but the battle against radical Islamic extremists, and Guiliani wants to be the Mayor of The United States. Were you aware that he was the mayor of New York (during 9-11)? Just checking. People who watch national political coverage on a Sunday morning may not know that, right?

Romney wants strong _____. Fill in the blank–he wants everything strong.

I like Huckabee’s answer. I hope he really is aware of who his boss is and it isn’t just rhetoric. I think he’s done really well in this debate. I like a lot of what I’ve heard. I’m going to read more about him, especially what people in Arkansas think of him.

Ron Paul wants the government open and privacy for the people. I don’t think this is the strongest answer he could have given, even though I personally like it.

Duncan Hunter’s son should run for office. His dad’s entire platform seems to be based on the fact that his son is serving in Iraq.

Blogging The Iowa Debate Part II

Getting a new post going here since they’ve decided to move to domestic issues.

Huckabee is now in favor of nationalized health care. Why can’t this just be left up to the individual states? Huckabee buddy, I hate to tell you this, but there is way more money in illness than there is in health unfortunately.

Thompson was Secretary of Health and is big on wellness and prevention. And you know, I am too, but it is up to individuals. Sorry.

Tancredo at least is against nationalized health care. That’s about the only sentence he gets out before he starts stumbling over his words again. Of course, he turns it into an immigration issue.

Does Romney ever answer the question that he is asked? EVER? He never addressed the bill that he was asked about.

I predict that Duncan Hunter will use the “525 wrist braces” as his battle cry until he bows out of the race.

Brownback misses an important point when talking about the desire to nationalize health care. Those that are in favor of nationalized health care don’t want better health care. They’d rather have average health care for everyone.

Stephanopoulos catches Guiliani waffling on whether or not he’d go in to Pakistan. Sort of petty on George’s part, but funny nonetheless.

George lets him off the hook and instead pins Romney down on the issue of going around Pakistan to get Bin Laden.

So much for domestic issues…let’s get right back to what is most important to the average Americans, a geography lesson about Pakistan and a discussion about spreading “democracy” half way around the world.

Huckabee is aware that our government should serve us, not the rest of the world. What a novel idea. Have these guys broken into Ron Paul’s hotel room and plagiarized his talking points?

Ron Paul expands on Huckabee’s statements be making it a philosophical argument. You can’t do it by force. When are people going to learn that this really is true. You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. Of course, a dead squirrel gets the most.

What the hell is Guiliani talking about? Going to the movies in New York City? The argument isn’t over how to spread democracy and build nations. The argument is whether or not it is philosophically correct to spread democracy and build nations.

McCain, we won the cold war because communism is a terrible idea.