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Herman Cain would crush Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Republican primary if the pizza mogul were to run in 2014, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Cain led Chambliss (R-Ga.) 50 percent to 36 percent in a survey from Public Policy Polling.
Of those surveyed, 45 percent approved of the job the incumbent is doing, while 36 percent disapproved. In contrast, 68 percent said they had a favorable opinion of Cain, the former presidential hopeful, and 20 percent had an unfavorable view.
The bulk of those questioned said they wanted a GOP Senate nominee to the right of Chambliss: 43 percent said they preferred someone more conservative than he is, while 38 percent said they wanted him to stay the nominee.
“I’m a problem-solver and a lot of people don’t want problem-solvers — they’d rather have the issue,” Chambliss told POLITICO earlier this week. “And I’m very open at home that I’m going to continue to work hard to solve problems because our country’s in trouble, and you can’t do it without Democrats and Republicans working together.”
PPP also offered match-ups with other possible primary challengers, including outgoing Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson, but Chambliss bested all except for Cain.
Cain has said he is not seeking the Senate seat.
Look at the bright side fellow Red Sox fans. Last year we missed the playoffs by 1 game after starting 0-6. This year after six games we are a game ahead of last year!
And with the new expanded playoff system the Major Leagues adopted this year we have one more shot to get into the postseason.
An interesting thing happened on Morning Joe Thursday. Joe Scarborough said something about communism that you rarely hear on MSNBC or any venue where the left holds sway. He referred to it as:
“..the most repressive, the most evil political movement in the history of man responsible for more deaths than any other movement.”
and he hit both China and Cuba on it.
Of course his real target was Allen West for his answer to a question concerning Communists and socialists in congress, but any chance for the leftist viewers of MSNBC to get the message of the evils of Communism should be celebrated.
Too bad “socialist” doesn’t appear on the ballot when you vote. It might make things easier.
American Socialist Voter–
Q: How many members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the DSA?
Q: How many of the DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee?
A: Eleven: John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez,
Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].
Now in fairness the list is from 2009 and quite a few democrats lost in 2010 so some of the people on the base list might no longer be in congress, so one might quibble about the numbers, but I didn’t see anyone rushing to disavow this stuff when it came out, but then again, during that time people still believed the Obama 2008 wave was permanent change.
Speaking of Change Rick Santorum decided to end his presidential campaign on Tuesday. It was a tough call but the overwhelming monetary advantage of the Romney crew combined with establishment support was just too much for a shoestring campaign to cope with.
While Santorum has bowed to the Reality of the situation Newt Gingrich who has not won a race since Georgia is trying to make hay as the “last conservative left in the field” and despite overwhelming debt and little support Gingrich is fundraising based upon that.
I suspect that Mr. Gingrich would be able to make a quick buck by selling the list of those who contribute based in that new solicitation to people who sell the Brooklyn Bridge for a living.
I understand what he is doing but I find it unseemly.
Thursday Night I attended a meeting of the Fitchburg Republican Committee. They hosted a forum for the two GOP congressional candidates Jon Golnik.
And Tom Weaver
who are running to oppose Niki Tsongas in the new 3rd Congressional District.
That might not seem like an exciting development but a few years ago the entire idea of a Fitchburg Republican Committee would be a pipe dream and really you’ve gotta love the banner.
Ann Althouse has this to say about the democrats war on women:
The Democrats don’t really believe anything. They’re just working on various voting blocs. They started this “war on women” theme, but it was a means to an end.
That was illustrated dramatically as Hilary Rosen had this to say about Ann Romney:
“She never worked a day in her life”
The firestorm has been spectacular, democrats have been running from her like the plague, David Axelrod in an interview with CNN stressed: “She’s your employee not ours.”
That will be news to the Democratic Party and the keepers of the White House visitor log:
What’s striking about Rosen’s latest ideological sniper attack is that she is not some lone-wolf operative on the fringes of Beltway influence. She works with former White House communications director Anita Dunn at the D.C.-based strategic communications consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker. That’s the same company that promoted the anti-Palin smear movie “Game Change” and that represented liberal Georgetown law school student activist and manufactured War on Women poster woman Sandra Fluke. Smack dab at the intersection of progressive agitation and Democratic Party campaign-season maneuvering.
White House visitor logs (which nonpartisan watchdogs point out are woefully incomplete) show that “Hilary B. Rosen” or “Hilary Rosen” has visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. at least 35 times, including several direct meetings with President Obama (5); White House senior adviser and consigliere Valerie Jarrett; senior adviser David Axelrod; senior adviser turned 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina; and a parade of communications/media team officials in both the West Wing “surrogate booking” office and the East Wing.
And while the President’s argument that “families were off limits” might surprise anyone who has paid attention to the left’s treatment of Sarah Palin, the profane tweets attacking Ann Romney by liberals will come as no surprise at all. I’d hate to be the owner of one of those tweets when an employer googles them during the job interview process.
One last thing on the subject, JWF wonders when Media Matters will be calling for a boycott of CNN until she is “fired”
Which reminds us, every time a conservative steps in it, be it on TV or radio, the stormtroopers from Media Matters, along with their partners from the White House and DNC, leap into feigned outrage and begin their tiresome boycotts.
Where are the Soros flying monkeys today? Not a peep about this assault on stay at home mothers and Ann Romney. An off-color remark about a DNC plant whining about contraception costs and there’s weeks of national headlines. The biggest story in America this day? Meh.
Well the White House can always switch gears and talk about the economy
Last month’s disappointing jobs report got some disappointing company this morning from the Department of Labor. The number of initial weekly jobless claims jumped up 23,000 over the level announced last week, which was itself adjusted upward by 10,000 in today’s report
Ann Romney managed to push the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case off the front page for a day or two. A special prosecutor charged Zimmerman with 2nd Degree Murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Famed defense lawyer Alen Dershowitz is not impressed:
“this is so thin it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge…it’s not only thin but it’s irresponsible. What you have here is an elected public official who made a campaign speech last night for re-election.”
I watched the presentation of the charges the prosecutor, Angela Corey seemed much too perky considering the seriousness of the matter, but what really struck me was this.
There is an old saying that you can indict a ham sandwich yet Corey rather than going to a grand Jury decided to take care of this herself. If they had a 2nd degree Murder Case why wouldn’t simply present said case to a grand jury? I think the answer lies in this statement from Al Sharpton’s press conference which followed
I will say publicly, that I did not trust Governor Scott, I did not trust the appointment. I want to congratulate him and the prosecutor for being what they should be. If we did not get this far we would condemn them, we must say that despite the fact we are of different political parties and different persuasions that tonight maybe America can come together and say: ‘Only the facts should matter when dealing with a loss of life.’
In my opinion the goal of the Governor, the goal of the special prosecutor was not charges against George Zimmerman it was this statement by Al Sharpton. If the grand jury did not indict then Sharpton and his allies would have gone to the mattresses so to speak. By giving him this charge the Governor and the state have given themselves cover and statement has given them further cover no matter what the result is.
The problem I see here is this. If I’m right and this was all done out of fear of racial violence, what makes anyone think that the judge might not base his decision on that same fear, or that a jury with the eyes of the country and the New Black Panthers might do the same?
George Zimmerman is betting the rest of his life on it, I wouldn’t take that wager myself.
Finally I was remembering how so many engineers were inspired by James Doohan’s portrayal of Mr. Scott and scientists by Russell Johnson portrayal of the Professor on Gillian’s Island. This year the Big Bang Theory went into syndication and will be shown for years on TV.
I wonder how many future Physicists head in that direction because of that show?
One quick note, there will only be a single: Under the Fedora next week due to Blogcon in Charlotte North Carolina. See you then.
As someone who grew up in inner-city Atlanta, I understand there are times when people need whatever help they can find. The social safety net—in conjunction with generosity from neighborhood groups, churches, charities, and private companies—can help lift Americans out of poverty and toward the path of self-reliance and individual prosperity. However, that “net” should never turn into a “hammock”—and that is what this President and his policies are allowing.
What we see today with our vast social safety net is a growing and frightening dependency on the federal government, which is increasingly replacing our important local and private charitable efforts. The Heritage Foundation’s newly released 2012 Index of Dependency on Government show some stark details about a nation of reliance and how it’s devastating our nation’s fiscal future.
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- An estimated one in five Americans now receives aid from the federal government. That translates into more than 67.3 million Americans who rely on federal dollars for their way of life.
- Additionally, the amount the average American receives in federal benefits jumped to $32,748 in 2010; this surpassed the average working American’s disposable personal income of $32,446.
- At the same time, the federal taxpayer base continues to shrink, with nearly half of the U.S. population not paying any federal income taxes.
Is this a vision of President Obama’s doctrine of fairness and economic equality? Our democratic government is at risk when there are more Americans who are wedded to the federal government— either by subsistence or employment check—than federal taxpayers to pay for the rampant spending.
What do you think will happen when producers realize they are working for the entitlement class or the state, instead of their own families and the American dream? Eventually, they will stop producing. As Margaret Thatcher said, the government will “run out of other people’s money.”
I fear the future does not hold much hope for reversing this trend. With the impending retirement of 77 million baby boomers and the continued liberal march toward government involvement in all parts of life, the trend in the number of Americans dependent on Washington seems to have only one direction: up.
But I have hope. The essence of the American spirit does not want to be obliged to government for our daily routine. Americans want to fight for their independence and be successful providers for themselves and their families.
We in Congress need to do our part to aid the struggle for more personal responsibility. We need to reduce government spending levels so we are taking less from America’s producers of economic growth. We need to take a long, hard look at these assistance programs, eliminating duplicative efforts and directing aid first to the neediest of our population.
We also have to embolden charities, local groups, and private-sector initiatives to empower individuals through programs that require more “skin in the game.” Far too often, these good Samaritans are pushed aside by government zeal to provide inferior and bureaucratized services. And finally, we need to reform entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security so that they are viable for future generations without bankrupting our country.
Your independence is a precious gift, protected by the Constitution and enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Fight for it. I know I will.
(U.S. Representative Allen West (R – FL) represents Florida’s 22nd District in Congress.)
Breaking news this afternoon: Allen West is running for Congress. He will run for re-election for his Congressional seat instead of jumping into the Senate race.
He left the door cracked open, but on Monday slammed it shut.
Florida Rep. Allen West said he’ll run for his 22nd Congressional District seat next year, closing the door on a race for U.S. Senate even months before the redistricting process is complete.
“I will not seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 2012. With regard to my future, the only goal I have is to do my very best to represent the constituents of the Congressional District and to restore the exceptionalism of our nation,” West said in a statement.
The controversial first-term freshman Republican said he had been contacted by GOP leaders about the race over the past few weeks and “out of respect, I was willing to listen.”
But after traveling his district and speaking to his constituents, he said he decided, “there is still so much to accomplish for our country.”
“I believe the place where I can best effect the needed change is from the People’s House – the House of Representatives,” he said. “I have been given one of the highest honors to serve in the House of Representatives and I will continue to serve the citizens in that capacity.”
Reality check: Being a United States Senator sounds fun. However, actually running statewide in our gigantic state with all of our highly expensive media markets is less fun.
I’ve talked with a number of candidates and campaign consultants who have done statewide races in Florida in recent years, and it is insanely exhausting. Even in the best case scenario when you have enough funds to have a private plane and cars waiting at airports, you are still driving for hours and fighting traffic on I-4 or I-95, living in hotel rooms and eating an awful lot of rubber chicken. You can’t run your business and your kids may forget what you look like. It’s brutal, it’s expensive, and it’s impossible to be successful unless you are 100% committed to doing it full-time.
New York Congressman Charlie Rangel should have quit after having his wrist slapped by the Congressional Ethics committee. The poor guy is not as sharp as he used to be, either that or he has never been interviewed by the likes of Laura Ingraham.
Ingraham has been filling in for Bill O’ Reilly this week. On Wednesday she interviewed, Allen West, Congressman from Florida (who is a real mensch!). Congressman West made a pretty controversial (but true) statement during the interview. The Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) made the point that the Democrats have been ignoring the Black voters for years, because they knew African-Americans will vote Democratic no matter what.
West Described himself a” modern day Harriet Tubman” who can help rescue blacks from the Democratic Party by leading them “on the underground railroad away from that plantation.” West told Laura Ingraham that some black leaders “are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation.”
In the interests of “Fair and Balanced” the next night Laura Ingraham had Charlie Rangel as a guest on the show so he could rebut Congressman West.
Rangel began his rebuttal with a rambling speech. He seemed to be saying that Lt. Col. West, an African-American, nor any other Republican of any race, had a right to use the terms Plantation, slavery or Harriet Tubman, etc.
Ingraham followed up by asking if Rangel meant that West couldn’t use those terms. That’s when the way past his prime Congressman began to lose it.
Rangel was too “all over the place to really understand what he was saying. Poor Charlie began to incoherently ramble terms such as Plantation, Tubman, we inherited, and GOP Caused.
At one point he even stumbled into a disparaging remark toward Ingraham.
“Bill O’Reilly told me he had a secret weapon– I didn’t know it was just a pretty girl.”
Anybody familiar with Laura Ingraham’s work knows she is a heck of a lot more than just”just a pretty girl.” She is an intelligent advocate for the conservative point of view andat the age of 47 with children of her own I am resonably sure she hasen’t considered herself a feminist”girl” for many years. But long an advocate of what the liberals consider woman’s rights, you have to give Rangel the benefit of the doubt. I doubt if the 40 year veteran of Congress even knew what he was saying at that point.
As the interview proceeded, Rangel reminded me of Captain Queeg breaking down on the stand near the end of Caine Mutiny Court Martial, I’m sure that many in the audience were expecting him to start playing with little metal balls and and say something like:
Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers…
Many conservatives(myself included) call for a constitutional amendment creating term limits for members of Congress. The rationale for such an amendment is when people are in Washington DC too long, even the most honest of people get sucked into the “special interests game.” Glenn Beck calls it a” losing your soul.”
I would submit to you that there is a second reason for term limits, to prevent people like Charlie Rangel, who served his country as an infantryman in Korea, and a Congressman for 40 years, from embarrassing themselves on Television.
You know something… When I was studying law, and Mr. Keefer here was writing his stories, and you, Willie, were tearing up the playing fields of dear old Princeton, who was standing guard over this fat, dumb, happy country of ours, eh? Not us. Oh, no, we knew you couldn’t make any money in the service. So who did the dirty work for us? Queeg did! And a lot of other guys. Tough, sharp guys who didn’t crack up like Queeg. – Character, Lt. Barney Greenwald, Caine Mutiny Court Martial
I strongly believe that Charlie Rangel’s political positions have never been right for this country, but he served this country for a very long time and until recently, very honorably. It is sad that just like Captain Queeg, Charlie Rangel’s time passed years ago and it is sad to see him as feeble shell of what he used to be.
If you would like to see more of Jeff’s writing visit his blog at http://www.jeffdunetz.com
Allen West talks about our foreign policy in the Middle East and Ron Paul’s ridiculous statement during the debate that he has no problem with Iran having a nuclear weapon because everyone else has them:
Here’s Congressman/Rock Star Allen West on Greta Van Susteren‘s On the Record show last night:
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
West has some harsh words for President Obama, saying he displays “Third World dictator-like arrogance,” calling the former community organizer nothing more than a “low-level socialist agitator,” pointing out that the White House is occupied by someone who has never even run a lemonade stand, etc. West also decries the “election cycle American Idol” that helped Obama get elected.
The best part is how West looks directly in the camera and calmly delivers each word (without a TelePrompter, ha!).
My digital cable TV system shows over 1,000 channels. There really ought to be a Allen-West-All-The-Time channel.
ICYMI, my last post on Allen West (with more video evidence of why there really should be a Allen West channel):
[Cross-posted at Sunshine State Sarah]
We all know the old saying…If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck!
And that brings us to Charlie Crist…
Former Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist gave $1,000 to the congressional campaign of Patrick Murphy, one of the Democrats who has opened a campaign for the seat of U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation…
Charlie’s now made the full transition from Republican, to Republican-In-Name-Only, to Democrat-In-Everything-But-Name. It’s about time he started being honest with everyone, and just admitted he’s a Democrat.
Note: this post is labeled “Looks Like a Duck, Part I“…and, yes, there is a Part II coming.
[A big thank you to Richard Hornsby for the photo]
This past Wednesday through Saturday, The American Conservative Union sponsored the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. CPAC was open to all conservative activists who wanted to attend. This year, I had the honor of being a credentialed blogger for CPAC, and, thus, was able to sit in the bloggers’ lounge that was sponsored by Freedom Works. Tabitha Hale, the brains behind the bloggers’ row who put the whole thing together, really outdid herself. (All attendees should participate in a quiet “golf clap” for Tabitha.)
Folks, I had a blast this past week. Seriously, if any of you ever get the opportunity to attend CPAC, I highly suggest going. In fact, there are three very good reasons to attend CPAC next year (or any similar national conservative activist conference in the future). So, without much fanfare and ado, let’s get right to it.