April 2010

Specter, Crist, What’s The Difference?

While an official announcement appears imminent that Florida Governor Charlie Crist will abandon his run for U.S. Senate as a Republican and charge ahead as an independent, the only real question that comes to mind is: what’s the difference between Crist and Senator Arlen Specter? I’m sure there are some policy differences and what not, but really, what’s the difference?

Specter, a Democrat-turned-Republican to challenge a Democrat in 1965 turned-Democrat again in 2009 when it appeared he would lose a Primary Election battle against former Representative Pat Toomey, is the very definition of a man with little principle other than to win at all cost. Some may even say Specter exemplifies the very definition of a turncoat.

On Budget Deficits And National Debt: DEMs Part Of The Problem, Not The Solution

Thinking more about Democrat National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine’s proclamation today that the Democrat Party is the “Results Party,” I can’t help but wonder. We can agree to disagree about what results the Democrats have produced since taking control of Congress in January 2007 and the whole of government in January 2009. The election in November will answer that question.

What remains to be seen is what Democrats will do in the future if they are allowed to hold on to power. Specifically, what will Democrats do about runaway deficits and a national debt that by all accounts is unsustainable? Will they continue to spend our country into oblivion as they have the past few years with pork-laden stimulus packages, government takeovers like in health care, and more bailouts? Will they simply whitewash the mushrooming debt with yet more debt ceiling increases on the backs of the so-called wealthy with higher taxes? The answer is likely yes.

Fact Or Fiction? Chairman Kaine Says DEMs Get Results

Mike Allen over at Politico reported this morning that Democrat Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is “billing” the Democrat Party as the Party that gets results. Allen excerpts from Kaine’s prepared remarks, highlighting the “results” Kaine is championing. Among those “results:”

NJ Ed Assoc Prays For Govs Death

Rather fitting that we stay on the subject of education, sort of. According to The Record, the New Jersey Education Association (teachers union) sent out a memo this week praying for the death of Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ).

Citing Favorite People Who Have Died, Teachers Union Says Christie Is "Favorite Governor." “Dear Lord … this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. … I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”  (Patricia Alex, “Teachers Take Off The Gloves,” The Record [Bergen County, New Jersey], 4/9/10)

GOP Set To Unveil New Contract: How About Dismantling ED?

A new “Contract with America” is in the offing. Yesterday, freshman Representative Aaron Schrock (R-IL) said the Republican Party would be unveiling a new version of the “Contract with America,” likely this summer. Later, original Contract architect Newt Gingrich called on Republicans to offer a new vision, saying the Party needs to be more than just a Party of No.

Morning Dose Of Reality: DEMs Unpopular, Stupak Retires

According to Gallup, the Democrat brand is at an all-time low, or at least an all-time low in the history of Gallup polling the approval rating of the Democrats and Republicans.

“Americans' favorable rating of the Democratic Party dropped to 41% in a late March USA Today/Gallup poll, the lowest point in the 18-year history of this measure.”  (Frank Newport, “Democratic Party Image Drops To Record Low,” Gallup, 4/8/10)

• “Americans' current 41% favorable rating of the Democratic Party is five points lower than the party's previous low, recorded twice in 2005.”  (Frank Newport, “Democratic Party Image Drops To Record Low,” Gallup, 4/8/10)

Conversely, the Republican brand is up.

Confederate History? No Party Better At Race Politics Than Democrats

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) stepped into a political maelstrom for declaring April Confederate History Month without acknowledging slavery. It was the first time a Governor of Virginia made such a declaration since former Governor Jim Gilmore left office. Neither of McDonnell’s Democrat predecessors, Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, proclaimed a Confederate History Month.

We’re not going to get into the merits of a Confederate History Month and the nuances of such proclamations. However, it is interesting to note that former Virginia Governor and current Democrat National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine came out and blasted McDonnell for his “proclamation without condemning, or even acknowledging, the pernicious stain of slavery or its role in the war disregards history.”

DEMs Worried About Patty… As They Should Be

Yesterday, The Spokesman-Review highlighted how worried national Democrats are about Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) reelection chances. So worried, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has been going after potential Republican challenger Dino Rossi with “hammer and tong.” Rossi, who was robbed by King County in his battle against Christine Gregoire for Governor in 2004, would be a formidable opponent.

But what if Rossi doesn’t run? Do Democrats breathe a sigh of relief? In short, no. Beyond the current hot-button issues of ObamaCare, jobs, unemployment and a number of other issues, there's plenty in Murray's record to cause more than just heartburn for the Democrat Party.

Nuclear Posturing

Much has been made of the newly drafted Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and President Barack Obama’s plans to revamp the rules of engagement over the use and application of America’s nuclear weapons arsenal. It should not have come as a surprise, the Obama Administration telegraphed this last fall. Critics fear Obama aims to use the new NPR and recently negotiated START Treaty with Russia as a pretext to unilaterally disarm the United States. Others (liberals) contend Obama doesn’t go far enough.

There’s plenty of room for debate over the merits and real world application of the NPR and whether START should be ratified by the U.S. Senate. We’ll let policy wonks battle this out who have far greater expertise on how many missiles our country really needs, whether we still need the TRIAD of missiles, bombers and submarines to launch such weapons, and the nuts and bolts of the rules of engagement.

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