By Chuck Muth
The GOP record is intact. Republicans never blow an opportunity to blow an opportunity. And faced with the biggest failure of a president since Jimmy Carter, Republicans blew it.
Or, I should say, establishment Republicans blew.
You know, the same fine folks who gave us Bob Dole and John McCain before forcing Mitt Romney on us because he was the “electable” candidate.
How’d that work out us?
The only good news here is that there is no clear “it’s his turn” heir for the 2016 GOP nomination.
But this wasn’t just a Romney loss. Republicans got spanked up and down the ballot from sea to shining sea. There hasn’t been a slaughter like this Wounded Knee. Just a few lowlights:
Presented with a choice between a liberal northeast Republican and a liberal northeast Democrat, liberals in Massachusetts opted for the real deal. Republican Sen. Scott Brown is a senator no more. Go figure.
In Connecticut, Republican Linda McMahon’s last minute plea to voters was: Vote for the Democrat for president, but me for U.S. Senate. Instead, voters opted to go with someone from the president’s own party. Go figure.
In Indiana and Missouri, voters opted not to elect to the U.S. Senate a pair of Republicans – Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin – who would force raped women to bear the children of their rapists. Go figure.
Former governors George Allen (Virginia) and Tommy Thompson (Wisconsin) went down in flames.
And in races featuring rising-star conservatives, both Rep. Allen West in Florida and Mia Love in Utah came up short.
One of the few bright spots for the day: Republicans appear to have regained control of the state senate in Wisconsin after losing it just a few short months ago in that organized labor effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
But not much else to cheer about.
I’ll look closer at what happened in Nevada – equally ugly – later. But to all those Republican candidates who decided not to run on a platform of not raising taxes because they thought Democrats and independents want tax hikes, I give you the results of a trio of tax hike ballot questions:
- 2/3 of voters voted against a proposed tax hike to fund school repairs in Clark County.
- A tax hike to fund libraries in Henderson went down by ten points.
- And in Carson City: A whopping 68% of voters said “NO!” to their own library tax hike question.
Republican voters. Democrat voters. Independent voters. All said, “Read our lips; no new taxes!”
Think Gov. Brian Sandoval and other GOP “leaders” will get the message now?
Final thought: Thank goodness Romney didn’t win the popular vote. Had he, WAY too many Republicans would have embraced the suicidal notion of eliminating the Electoral College and moving to a national popular vote for president.
Gee, in a “popularity” contest, who do you think will win: The candidate who promises you ice cream with every meal…or the candidate who tells you to eat your broccoli?
Oh, and how much time will presidential candidates spend in a little state like Nevada when the game will be decided in big states with big populations?
The Founders founded the Electoral College for a reason. Nevada Republicans would be insane to support doing away with it.
That is all.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell today released the following statement:
“How is it so many Republican/conservative pundits had it all wrong? Though virtually every poll showed Obama winning, or within striking distance of virtually every battleground state, why were Noonan-Morris-Hannity-Barone-Bozell and so many others so incorrect? Perhaps it was because so many of us simply could not fathom that the United States of America would willingly choose a path to destruction. One could argue that in ’08 America didn’t know what she was buying. Not so this year. Obama’s record and agenda were there. We thought this time – this time! — America wouldn’t buy that message. But enough of us did.
“How did this happen? Some of us argued from the start that this would either be Obama by a hair or Romney by a landslide. And for good reason.
“In politics there are two irrefutable truths. First, define or be defined. He who succeeds in projecting of his opponent the negative perception, and of himself the positive one, wins. Given Obama’s atrocious record in his first term, arguably the worst performance in modern history; and given that he had nothing to offer for the next four years except more of the same, it should have been a cakewalk for Romney to define him. Hence the projected landslide.
“Unless Obama succeeded in defining Romney, in this case as some kind of corporate demon, the ‘greedy rich’ personified. If he could do that, perhaps he could squeeze out a victory.
“Second, it is a virtual surety that when Republicans distinguish themselves from Democrats they win. Conversely, when they go Democrat Lite, they lose. There’s a simple reason for this. Democrats almost always run to the liberal end of the political spectrum, where public support hovers around 20%. Conservatives always enjoy public support double that number, at least. In Obama’s case, his is a failed agenda that is the most radical in American history. Again, it should have been a landslide for Romney had he embraced a truly conservative agenda.
“But Romney is a moderate and his campaign embarked on a bizarre “prevent defense” from the outset. In my view Romney enjoyed only one good day in the entire general campaign: the first debate, when he took the fight directly to Obama, crushed him, and finally electrified the Republican base. By the third debate, when he did nothing to press Obama on his monumental foreign policy debacles, the momentum was lost, never to be regained.
“It is a testimony to Romney’s colossal failure, and Obama’s expert political enterprise that Obama won – handily.
“Republicans in Congress performed even more dismally, if this is possible. For the past four years, and emphatically for the past two, conservatives have been told that Republicans in Congress would finally choose to fight “when we take the Senate” in 2012. Time and again we conservatives warned the Senate leadership that “when” was “if” and “if” would never materialize unless Republicans took the fight to the Democrats, and gave conservatives a reason to galvanize behind them. We were ignored.
“As we were in the House. Time and again we expressed to the House leadership that symbolic, meaningless votes were useless; only a forceful agenda to address the looming entitlements crisis that threatens to bankrupt us, while ridding America of the unnecessary (PBS/NPR), the immoral (Planned Parenthood) and the inefficient (most everything else), would suffice – and honor their solemn commitments. We suggested for good measure that they demand and embrace a return to Constitutional government. We were told in response that “when we take the Senate” all things would be done. Then they fumigated the room when we left.
“The end result was predictable: the ‘when’ evaporated months ago when it became clear the Senate GOP would do nothing. The projected 6-7-8 seat pick-ups disappeared. They accomplished the impossible. They lost two seats. Not one Democrat incumbent was defeated.
“It is time for conservatives to say Enough. Enough with a Republican Party that has betrayed its own principles, and the promises that elected most of their members, repeatedly and with consistently disastrous results. It is time for conservatives to withhold any further support, financial and otherwise, to the Republican Party unless and until the GOP re-earns our trust. To do so, the following commitments must be made:
- A refusal to participate in any “Lame Duck” session that furthers the leftist Democratic agenda.
- At its earliest opportunity, vote to defund Obamacare as well as every other government boondoggle it has committed to terminate, from Planned Parenthood to PBS.
- Pledge to not raise taxes – any taxes on the rich or on the middle class.
- Aggressively support a Cut, Cap And Balance agenda to terminate wasteful spending, cap spending at 2008 levels, and put the country on a fast track toward a balanced budget.
- Aggressively support an agenda to undo the regulatory madness in Washington.
- Permanently ban earmarks.
- Reform the federal tax code.
- Return the country to Constitutional governance, with emphasis on individual freedom.
- Commit itself to a strong military, rejecting any measure to gut the military through sequestration.
- Embrace a strong social and culturally conservative agenda, in all its forms.
“The GOP has an excellent party platform. If you want our support, support your own platform first.”
ForAmerica (www.ForAmerica.org) is an online army of over 3 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.
Yeah, Dude… Welcome to Obama’s Katrina!!!
TOTTENVILLE — They fly into disaster areas, but flee from raindrops.
A FEMA disaster recovery center in a Hurricane Sandy-ravaged corner of Staten Island that was supposed to provide shelter, food and assistance to hurricane victims Wednesday morning went MIA, posting a sign saying that they were closed due to the approaching nor’easter.
A printed paper sign taped to the front door of on the center at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday read “FEMA Center Closed Due to Weather.”
The front doors of the disaster recovery center, which is housed inside the Mount Lorretto Catholic Youth Organization, were unlocked, but there was no staff anywhere in sight for at least a half an hour.
A set of buses which served as a pair of warming centers at the site for the past several days were missing, according to non-FEMA volunteers who continued to hand out supplies from a nearby building despite the storm.
Volunteers at a nearby donation distribution center said the buses vanished on Wednesday.
“FEMA packed up and left,” said Louis Giraldi, 47, a volunteer handing out cleaning supplies to victims.
On every measurable issue President Barack Obama has been a failure, we all know the numbers, so today… I hope they are satisfied!
For two presidential election cycles they told us “run moderates and you’ll win” I hope the Republican Party ignores said advice going forward… I’m not holding my breath!
The fiscal conservative wing of the party must take the wheel, I’ve been saying this for years but it’s now an imperative, or the Republican Party will be relegated to permanent minority status. Letting liberal to moderate republicans or the religious right to control the direction of the party will be it’s undoing.
That said, there’s a lot of blame to go around Mitt Romney nor the GOP are the real loser in this election, once again, it’s the American People who lose… ironically the group that voted for failure last night are the very people who will be affected most. Just like Californians who foolishly voted themselves new taxes yesterday the American people voted themselves higher taxes, higher food costs, higher gas prices, higher unemployment, more people on food stamps, an economic death spiral, more overburdening federal regulation, and the worst recovery since the great depression.
So remember the words of Marcus Tullius Cicero when pointing fingers and assigning blame:
“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful, good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
“After four years of a crappy economy, bipartisan dissatisfaction with bailout economics, and populous revolts on the right and the left, we are seeing basically the exact same government we had on November 6th,” says Reason magazine Editor in Chief Matt Welch. “The status quo, which has never been less popular, has just been ratified.”
And yet, says Welch, big wins on marijuana legalization and gay marriage give limited government types a lot to be happy about.
….and so it begins!
Barack Obama may consider introducing a tax on carbon emissions to help cut the U.S. budget deficit after winning a second term as president, according to HSBC Holdings Plc.
A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. “Applied to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022,” Robins said.
Hurricane Sandy sparked discussion on climate protection in the election after presidential candidates focused on other debates, HSBC said. A continued Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives means Obama’s scope for action will be limited, Robins said. Cap-and-trade legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate after narrowly passing the house in 2009.
North American discharges fell 1.3 percent last year amid slowing economic growth. In China, the world’s biggest emitter, greenhouse gases from fuel use rose more than 9 percent in 2011, according to BP Plc (BP/) statistics published on June 13.
CNET – Microsoft is working on an Xbox Surface tablet, according to The Verge.
The device, as the name implies, would feature a 7-inch display and focus largely on gaming, The Verge reported, citing unnamed sources.
The Xbox Surface would follow its larger brother, the recently launched Surface, which features a 10-inch display and runs a stripped-down version of Windows called Windows RT. The Xbox Surface would reportedly run on its own version of Windows as well.
Microsoft declined to comment. “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” according to a company representative.
Fox Business – After rallying in the last session, Wall Street plummeted deep into the red on Wednesday as traders’ focus shifted from the U.S. elections to the looming fiscal cliff.
As of 10:44 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 233 points, or 1.8%, to 13013, the S&P 500 slid 25.2 points, or 1.8%, to 1403 and the Nasdaq Composite fell 54.8 points, or 1.8%, to 2957.
The Dow fell below the 13000 mark for the first time in intraday trading since early September. If the blue-chip average closes below that mark on the day, it will be the first time since August 2.
The selloff was broad, with every major sector in the red. Volatility rose 3.2% as tracked by the CBOE’s VIX, regularly called Wall Street’s fear gauge. Meanwhile, traders took shelter in the safety of U.S. Treasury bonds. The yield on the 10-year dropped 0.0113-percentage point to 1.638%.
President Barack Obama has been re-elected and the Democrats have retained control of the United States Senate. This is a major disappointment and a significant loss for the country.
We’re not going to explain all of the reasons why this happened right now. There will be plenty of time for that. Instead, we want to thank you for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund to support principled leadership.
We’re very proud that three of our endorsed candidates — Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Deb Fischer (R-NE) — won their races and are headed to the United States Senate. They’re outstanding leaders who will honor their oath to support and defend the Constitution.
Each of these candidates had to overcome difficult odds and you made that possible. When they needed help the most, you answered the call and provided the firepower they needed to achieve victory.
Without your support, three liberals would be going to Washington in their place. Instead, they will join our 2010 winners — Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) — in the battle for America’s future.
Thank you for working so hard to advance conservative principles. We must never stop fighting for them.
Senate Conservatives Fund
On September 25, 2012, President Obama astonished many Americans by declaring, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” This is a sentiment espoused by radical Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Taliban and al Qaeda. Worse yet, his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, revealed the lengths to which the Obama administration is prepared to go to enforce this view when she told the family of a former SEAL killed last month in Benghazi that the producer of a video she falsely claimed precipitated that attack would be “arrested and prosecuted.” He was subsequently taken into custody and remains in jail.
Now, the powerful documentary SILENT CONQUEST explains why these affronts to the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech are not isolated incidents. Rather, they are part of an ominous pattern of Team Obama’s submission to the stealthy Islamist effort to enforce in this country the supremacist doctrine known as shariah and its prohibition of any expression that “offends” Islam or its god, prophet or followers.
The film features interviews with U.S. and foreign legislators, journalists, national security and other experts and Muslim, former Muslim and non-Muslim activists including:
Best-selling author Mark Steyn; Rep. Allen West, Member of Congress; Geert Wilders, Member of the Dutch Parliament; Baroness Caroline Cox, Member of the British House of Lords; ACT! for America founder Brigitte Gabriel; scholar and author Daniel Pipes; American Islamic Leadership Council founder Zuhdi Jasser; former Muslim and author Nonie Darwish; former Defense Department official Frank Gaffney; Lord Malcolm Pearson, Member of the British House of Lords; Naser Kader, Member of the Danish Parliament; author and financial terrorism expert Rachel Ehrenfeld; author Pastor Mark Durie, as well as others.
SILENT CONQUEST offers a frightening insight into the extent to which Europe, Canada and the United Nations have already succumbed to the restrictions of shariah blasphemy laws. Its stark warning about the Obama administration’s substantial efforts to accommodate them here, as well, is a wake-up call for every American.