Jonah Goldberg warns conservatives not to nominate a presidential candidate who might be viewed as “too conservative.” But I think Jonah’s got this wrong. He seems to mistake “weak” candidates with candidates who are “too conservative” — but the two are not synonymous.
“The weaker Obama gets,” Jonah writes,
the more comfortable the conservative rank and file feel moving as far rightward as possible. When the incumbent looks like a loser no matter what, electability loses its premium. That the GOP just swapped Pawlenty for Perry is a testament to that fact, and far more significant than Bachmann’s straw-poll victory…
The danger isn’t so much that GOP voters will reject the Buckley rule but that they will think that almost any conservative will be electable given how weak Obama seems. After all, independents don’t subscribe to the Buckley rule — because they’re independents. If the economy improves or Obama gains traction, a Bachmann candidacy could resemble Goldwater ’64 more than Reagan ’80.
The “Buckley Rule,” of course, is named after William F. Buckley, Jr., who famously said that he would support for president “the most rightward viable candidate.” But Buckley declined to support certain conservative candidates (such as Ronald Reagan for President in 1968), not because he thought they were “too conservative,” but simply because he didn’t think they could win — or because he believed that they were not yet ready for high political office.
Critics of the Tea Party love to point out that it nominated (in 2010) losing senatorial candidates such as Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada. To the critics, this is prima facie evidence of the Tea Party pushing the GOP “too far right.”
But the problem with Angle and O’Donnell was not they were “too conservative”; it was that they were seriously flawed candidates – and I say that as someone who seriously defended O’Donnell (at least in print).
Moreover, Republicans in Delaware and Nevada had good reason, given the available alternatives (and given the sorry state of the Republican Party there, especially in Delaware), to nominate O’Donnell and Angle.
Jonah worries that “if the economy improves, or [if] Obama gains traction, a Bachmann candidacy could resemble Goldwater ’64 more than Reagan ’80.”
Of course, if the economy improves, then all bets are off, and Obama might win reelection no matter which candidate the GOP nominates. But Jonah’s concern about Bachmann is misplaced and reflects, I think, an elite prejudice against the upstart congresswoman from Minnesota.
Cross-posted at The American Spectator.
While President Obama is out on his bus tour running his mouth about trade agreements and not being honest about them the U.S. is losing market share to other countries!
Trenton, NJ – On Saturday, September 10, 2011, Governor Chris Christie, First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will join the millions of New Jerseyans across the state in commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11th and honoring the victims, first responders and their families during a ceremony at Liberty State Park. Governor Christie will join the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation for the dedication of the Empty Sky Memorial, a structure displaying the names of the 746 New Jerseyans who lost their lives ten years ago.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
WHO: Governor Chris Christie, First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
WHAT: New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony
WHEN: 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Liberty State Park CRRNJ Terminal Jersey City, NJ
Some activists are turning to the use of malware to make their political points, noted Symantec researcher Kevin Haley.
Two recent incidents illustrate this new trend of using malware to make political statements, Haley, who is director of Symantec Security Response, told Infosecurity.
The first malware incident happened in March this year when activists used a bogus Android application to send a message about pirated software. The trojan was installed on a version of the Android “Walk and Text” application, which cost $1.50 from the Android marketplace. The legitimate application turns on the phone’s camera while the person is writing a text message, so that the person could see where he or she is walking while typing the message.
A version of the application with a trojan was made available on warez sites, where applications can be downloaded for free. “When they downloaded this particular version, a text message was sent to all their contacts implying that they had stolen software. It is something of a new development in the Android mobile phone space, where these trojans are being used, not to steal anything, but to shame people”, observed Haley.
The second malware incident, which occurred this month, involved the dog-fighting game application called “Dog Wars” for Android phones. More
President Obama at a town hall meeting at Wyffels Hybrids Inc. seed company, in Atkinson, Illinois:
OBAMA: I want to thank the waffles family for…Wyffles rather excuse me… I haven’t had lunch.
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher, one of three members of the FOMC who dissented from the committee’s decision last week to keep short-term interest rates exceptionally low through mid-2013, says he voted “no” because he worries the policy will add to business uncertainty and limit job creation at a time companies already face high uncertainty from the fiscal problems in Washington.
See the text of the speech at the bottom of this story.
In a speech in Midland, Texas, today, Fisher says that uncertainty will only be made worse if businesses come to “suspect…the central bank is laying the groundwork” for future inflation.
“It will be devilishly difficult for businesses to commit to adding significantly to their head count or to meaningful capital expansion in the United States until clarity is achieved on the particulars of how Congress will bend the curve of deficit and debt expansion…are revealed,” he said. “No amount of monetary accommodation can substitute for that needed clarity. In fact, it can only make it worse if business comes to suspect that the central bank is laying the groundwork for eventually inflating our way out of our fiscal predicament rather than staying above the political fray—thus creating another tranche of uncertainty.”
Fisher, a well-known inflation “hawk” at the Fed, says he did not raise concerns about higher inflation “in the foreseeable future” at the August FOMC meeting — “My concern is not with immediate inflationary pressures.”
Rather, Fisher says, the FOMC should have stood pat on its “extended period” language.
“There is abundant liquidity available to finance economic expansion and job creation in America. The banking system is awash with liquidity,” he says. “I do not believe it wise to commit to more than that, or to signal further accommodation, when the cheap and abundant liquidity we have made available is presently lying fallow, and when the velocity of money remains so subdued as to be practically comatose. My concern is with the transmission mechanism for activating the use of the liquidity we have created, which remains on the sidelines of the economy.” More
President Obama at a town hall meeting at Wyffels Hybrids Inc. seed company, in Atkinson, Illinois:
OBAMA: One of the challenges in terms of rebuilding our economy is – businesses have gotten so efficient, that, uh, when was the last time somebody went to a bank teller? Instead of using an ATM. Or, used a travel agent instead of going online. A lot of jobs out that that used to require people now have become automated.
Now, I’m lost: According to Ed Schultz, “reminding” the public that the president is black (did they not realize?) is racist.
So Maxine Waters, by focusing laser-like on the black president’s problems with black voters, must be extremely racist.
She’s actually making excuses for herself. The crowd wants her to pressure the president to do something for the black community (wouldn’t doing something for the American economy generally do something for the black community?), and her excuse is that she hasn’t gone after him because “Ya’ll love him” (y’all — what a giveaway, racist) too much.
Video at the link (which should be watched, because the crowd here is “fired up, ready to go!” in ways Obama would not like), but here is some print:
Troublemaker: The Backstory of Christine O’Donnell’s Groundbreaking Campaign
Rush Limbaugh said “[Christine] moved the conservative ball forward.”
I wrote my new book, Troublemaker, to give conservative’s access to behind the scenes stories from the campaign trail and to inspire the activists who were with me every step of the way.
You’ll be one of the first to read the backstory of my now infamous “I’m You” ad and get my take on all of the ups and the downs of the campaign.
From the moment I upset a heavily-favored politician in the primary for the election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden, I made the headlines. I even won the designation of 2010’s “Most Covered Candidate.”
Larry Kudlow said, “This is a national story about the fate of the Tea Party.”
What makes Troublemaker a must read:
- The fascinating backstory of my 2010 Senate campaign
- Access to personal details you’ve never heard before
- Learn more about the “I’m You” ad
- Knowledge of the best arguments we can use to win back America
- Learn about my future political plans
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I hope you will enjoy my new book, Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again.
P.S. For more info and documented proof of everything mentioned the book please check out TroubleMaker Book: Chapter Notes
O’Donnell Discusses Her New Book on the Hannity Show:
Democrat Kate Marshall, who’s currently the Nevada State Treasurer and running for congress in the special election in Nevada’s 2nd District, claims that she “steered [Nevada] with a steady hand.” Unfortunately, the facts say otherwise:
“The only place Kate Marshall steered the Nevada economy is straight off a cliff,” said NRCC spokesman Tyler Houlton. “While Kate Marshall campaigns on her failed record as the state’s top financial officer, Nevada working families and small businesses suffer from the highest unemployment and home foreclosure rates in America.”