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Shadenfreud Amid A Couple of Disappointments

Posted in election2010 by TeeJaw on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 8: 52 AM

While there is much cause for celebration over last night’s results, 61, perhaps more, seats gained in the House, at least seven more R’s in the Senate, and 18 state houses flipped to Republican. Not bad. Oh, and just to see the face on Pelosi in the photo to the left is well, heartwarming.

On the downside, the Colorado and Alaska Senate races don’t look good at this point. These two are especially disappointing because in a sane world both would have easily gone the other way. The grim news for California’s future with Governor Moonbeam was to be expected so no tears there. But Colorado and Alaska? What is wrong with you people? How did the same voters who flipped Colorado’s legislature back to the Republicans go so strongly for…Bennet? Something fishy there.

Alaska is a different story. Joe Miller may still pull it out but it doesn’t look promising. I’ve spent just enough time in Alaska to know that a lot of people who might have been run out of where they were before live there, so maybe this was to be expected. Too bad. It’s always tough to see corruption win.

The survival of the vile and dingy Harry Reid, who will remain Senate Majority leader and continue to make trouble, shatters what would have been a dream come true for many in the whole nation. At least he will be presiding over a Senate with a Republican minority that is larger and more conservative. Hope they give him a lot of grief.

Photo at right borrowed from Ace of Spades.

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Today Is D-Day!

Posted in election2010 by TeeJaw on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 8: 12 AM

Oh, how I hope this is the day these bastards lose their power to screw up our lives.

UPDATE: Gallup enthusiasm gap is 19% for Republicans!! This is the highest since Gallup started measuring the enthusiasm gap in 1994, the year the Republicans won control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. In 1994 the enthusiasm gap for Republicans was 9%.

UPDATE II: As of noon 74,000 more Republicans than Democrats had voted in Colorado.

Here is Pelosi and her gang of corrupt bastards chortling over having just passed Obamacare which cut $500 Billion from Medicare causing many seniors to lose their Medicare Advantage coverage, which was the best deal to come along since Medicare was first enacted. Most other people who have their health insurance through their employer will or already are seeing large increases in the cost of their insurance, all a direct result of what these jackasses did.

There is going to be massive voter fraud by Democrats today. So many judges are died in the wool liberals that the courts are not reliable and are just as likely to go along with the fraud as to find it and overturn it. The only way to neutralize Democrat voter fraud is to win by wide margins so they just can’t cheat enough to change the result. If it’s close the Democrats do this:

Democrats and Union Officials Miraculously “Finding” “Lost” Ballot Boxes In Their Car Trunks

And when it ends up in Court some partisan hack judge will bless it without even raising an eyebrow.

So by all means, vote.

The corrupt bastards self-annointed elitists have spent the last 18 months calling us names and questioning our sanity and patriotism. But today we get to vote, and that’s what matters.

Why Joe Miller In Alaska Must Win Today

Posted in election2010 by TeeJaw on Monday, November 1, 2010, 10: 54 AM

Because everyone and everybody in politics that gave rise to the Tea Party Movement is against him. The Republican establishment wants Lisa Murkowski and her “corrupt bastards.” Texas RINO Republican Senator John Cornyn can’t decide whether it’s Miller or Murkowski he supports because in true RINO fashion he has no principles to guide him other than making sure he is on the winning side; The NRSC says it supports Miller but has done nothing to help him; the old boy and girl Senate GOP Conference has refused to remove Murkowski from the Senate Energy Committee even though that would be standard practice for a sitting senator who lost a primary challenge; and the Alaska Supreme Court has unconstitutionally changed settled election law in the middle of an election in an attempt to help Lisa Murkowski by ordering that lists of write-in candidates be handed out.

Despite all this Miller is ahead in the polls.

Conservatives and Tea Partiers are therefore solidly behind Joe Miller because, as Erik Erickson says:

Miller is the guy we want in the Senate. It is not just that he is conservative and not Murkowski. Miller now has unabiding contempt for the Republican Leadership in the Senate after what they’ve done to him.

For conservatives, that is a very, very good thing.

No matter where you live Joe Miller deserves your support. You can contribute to his campaign today at joemiller.us

Obama Heckled In Connecticut

Posted in election2010 by TeeJaw on Saturday, October 30, 2010, 11: 25 PM

Obama loses it in Connecticut campaigning for Blumenthal. Here we see how Obama is not used to criticism and is mystified that anyone would disagree with him. He does not handle it well.

The hecklers are left-wing boorish clowns wanting more funding for World AIDS. Obama tells them to go heckle the other side, certainly low-rent for the President of the United States to sic hecklers on anyone. But this is not only rather despicable of Obama, he’s wrong on his facts. The Bush administration spent $10 Billion of U.S. taxpayers’ money on fighting AIDS in Africa.

Four Weeks — Remember In November

Posted in election2010, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Thursday, October 7, 2010, 12: 40 AM

Christine O’Donnell Mocks The Mockers

Posted in election2010, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 10: 13 PM

The beards and sandals set of the Marxist Chris Coons’ campaign in Delaware have attacked Christine O’Donnell with silly mockery and insults, calling her out for witchcraft, among other things. Hey you libs, the witches are in Massachusetts, or they were until they were burned at the stake in the 1690’s.

In this slick new TV ad O’Donnell mocks the mockers with the phrase “I’m not a witch, I’m you.” I think it’ll work:

“I’ll go to Washington, and I’ll do what you would do. I’m you.” Is that a great line or what? That’s a line to win an election with.

Is The NRA Trying To Help Maintain An Anti-Gun Democrat Majority?

Posted in election2010, Government and Politics, Gun Rights by TeeJaw on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 10: 28 AM

Sadly, the answer is yes.

When the NRA endorsed uber-liberal Betsy Markey in Colorado’s 4th District over her pro-gun challenger Cory Gardner, gun owners in Colorado wondered if someone at the NRA had lost their mind. After all, Cory Gardner has a record in the Colorado legislature of supporting gun rights and initiating pro-gun legislation. He is also a solid conservative with Tea Party backing. Liberals such as Markey would like to have voters think she has bona fides on gun issues but she is a fraud who will be given permission by Nancy Pelosi from time to time to vote for some pro-gun measure knowing that the liberal Democrat majority will defeat it. For Markey and the rest of the phony “blue dog” Democrats that the NRA is backing these are not sincere votes for gun rights. They are a clever ruse to avoid losing favor with a part of their base of Democrat voters who really do care about gun rights. But ultimately the Democrat majority the NRA is attempting to preserve is anti-gun and will never allow any truly pro-gun bill to come up for a vote in Congress.

If the endorsement of Betsy Markey were the only such one, it would seem to be an anomaly for the NRA, an indication that something might have gone awry that could be quickly corrected. Apparently, the Markey endorsement is merely a small piece of a larger sickness. There are 52 other such endorsements by the NRA in competitive congressional districts that are crucial to changing control of the U.S. House on November 2nd. The NRA has endorsed the Democrat incumbent in all of them, many against solid pro-gun conservative challengers.

The problem is that a so-called “blue dog” Democrat is still a Democrat and at this time in history that means they are from a district that would not send them to Congress if their true colors were known. They have to lie to their voters about themselves and their opponents in order to win an election. It is also true, at least at this time, that their voters don’t seem to be buying it. The voters are seeing through the pandering and understand that these blue dogs have supported Pelosi every time their vote was important to her, and have only voted against the Democrat leadership when they have had the permission of the dragon lady. Betsy Markey voted against Obamacare the first time in the House, but when Pelosi needed her vote the second time around she was right there, obediently in line with her leader.

When the NRA comes in and endorses a candidate like Markey it lends credibility to her attempts to spin the voters into believing she might support serious gun measures. The truth is she will support the Democrat majority which will prevent such measures from ever coming to a vote at all.

If all 53 Democrats that have now received the endorsement of the NRA were to win re-election, the Democrats will maintain their control of the House, and Pelosi will remain speaker. Is that what the NRA wants? Apparently, it is.

A list of all 53 is posted at Red Meat Conservative:

The damning question for the hacks at the NRA is this. If your endorsements really achieve their desired results and save those red district Democrats from defeat, then how can the GOP take back the House? Do you really think that a Pelosi led congress would be more pro second amendment than the Republican led congress?

So why is the NRA doing this? The inescapable conclusion is that the NRA is more concerned about its clout on Capitol Hill and with who it thinks are the real power brokers, than with preserving gun rights. The NRA wants to protect its precious bi-partisan image by making nice with Democrats even though it is conservative Republicans and a GOP-controlled Congress that are the only salvation for the rights of gun owners in America.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 10/6: For Example, the NRA is endorsing Democrat incumbent Michael Arcuri in New York’s 24th District. This is a district that was Republican for 60 years until Arcuri captured it in 2006. Self-made businessman Richard Hanna came within 2 points of taking it back in 2008 and looks good for reclaiming it in November. Here is what Professor Jacobson says about incumbent Arcuri:

Arcuri is a standard issue Democrat who has toed the party line on most issues. Arcuri voted in favor of the Stimulus Plan. Arcuri voted against cap-and-trade but only because New York State did not received enough credits, not because of opposition to the concept.

Arcuri, a so-called Blue Dog, has been trying to reposition himself as a moderate. He voted 97% of the time with Democrats in the 110th Congress, but that percentage dropped to 90% in the 111th Congress.

But Arcuri is no moderate, just a savvy political player who has recognized the rising tide.

Arcuri voted in favor of the original and more radical House health care bill, then changed his tune when the House was forced to vote on the Senate version. Arcuri held out committing to a “no” vote until almost the very end, when Pelosi gave permission to a number of Democrats (but not enough to defeat the bill) to vote “no” to cover their rear ends.

Hanna says he is opposed more gun control laws but I doubt he is really very strong on gun rights. But I doubt Arcuri even more. Dozens of Democrats who won election with NRA support in 1994 took the first opportunity to vote for gun control. Hanna has a good chance of winning this seat back for the GOP this year and it would seem smarter to me for the NRA to endorse the one who will likely be in Washington next year, especially since Hanna is probably about as good on gun rights and any other politician in New York and Arcuri’s word on it not worth anything.

Red Meat Conservative makes an important point which probably explains it all:

The NRA knows that electing a Republican majority would be the best way to preserve the second amendment and protect gun rights. But the end game for the NRA is not the protection of gun rights; it is the preservation of the NRA. They have wagered that by playing ball with the Democrats, the NRA will project a more bi-partisan image and thus obtain some clout with the real power brokers. They will be able to obtain such favors as exceptions from the unconstitutional Disclose Act.

This is exactly what is motivating the NRA to endorse incumbent Democrats who sport a marginally pro gun record. They get to brag about a bi-partisan influence, while incentivizing Democrats to cut them deals. What they don’t realize is that these Democrats are part of a radical left majority that despises gun rights. The Democrat leadership will give these blue dogs a hall pass to vote against them on gun issues, but there is a major catch. Leadership will fail to bring up any meaningful gun legislation during their tenure as majority party in congress. Think about it, how many substantive roll call votes have been taken on gun issues during the 111th congress? Three? Four? So now, these blue dogs get to promote their “three gun votes to know where” and the NRA will support them over a Republican who has fought for gun rights in a substantive and proactive way during their entire career.

Gun owners might want to reconsider giving their financial support to the NRA-ILA, the arm of the NRA that is responsible for this fiasco, and instead support such groups as the Second Amendment Foundation which is a solid and reliable supporter of their freedom.

I wonder if the NRA has thought about what will happen to its clout on Capitol Hill if most of these Democrats it has endorsed lose. I bet a lot of those truly pro-gun new legislators will remember that the NRA blew them off when they most needed its support.

Was This Supposed To Be Satire?

Posted in Culture, election2010, Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Sunday, October 3, 2010, 10: 46 AM

All the major labor unions, the NAACP, the Sierra Club, Code Pink, the Green Party, the Communist Party, Planned Parenthood and many more, four hundred left-wing organizations in total including the Communist Party USA, put on an event in Washington yesterday (Saturday) that they called “One Nation Working Together.”

The stated purpose was to protest the lack of civility in public discourse.

So the program was open by … Ed Schultz.

If you’re not a lefty you might not know Ed Schultz. Here is a sample of Ed Schultz:

Postscript: All those lefties from at least 400 hundred separate organizations turned out a crowd smaller that Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August.

Oh, the schadenfreude.

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