Dale Peterson, owner of quite possibly the best campaign ad ever, is back and is endorsing John McMillan (pron. Mac-Millan) for the Alabama Agriculture Commissioner. I know it’s early, but a Chris Christie/Dale Peterson ticket in 2012 would get my vote and many more. Hat tip to Hotair.com.
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According his official schedule, President Obama did not attend the May 25 memorial service in Jackson, Mississippi for the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion because he was en route to a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in San Francisco.
At Thursday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked why Obama did not attend the service. The president’s spokesman answered, “I’d have to look at the schedule. I don’t know the answer.”
CNN examined the president’s schedule for that day, and according to it, the president left the White House at 2:55 p.m. EST en route to Andrews Air Force Base for the cross-country flight to the San Francisco fundraiser.
Alvin Greene is the latest Democrat to be accused of a a felony. The only real shocker here is that it happened during the election process instead of after spending a few years in Congress. View his odd interview below.
Great video from the NSRC.
Obama’s Watergate: White House confirms potential jobs discussed with CO Senate Candidate for dropping out of raceJune 3, 2010
Chicago-style politics have now come to Washington. First the Sestak offer, and now this. Ugh. From the Washington Post:
One of President Barack Obama‘s top advisers suggested to a Colorado Democrat that he forgo a primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet and instead apply for one of three international development jobs.
The disclosure came just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race with the similar goal of avoiding a messy or divisive Democratic primary.
The back-room deals – former President Bill Clinton led the Pennsylvania effort and White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina worked with former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff – called into question Obama’s repeated promises to run an open government.
Obama’s Watergate? That’s what Rep. Darrell Issa is calling this.
The One. The Bribe.
Hope and Change is getting old even in Hawaii.
Republican Charles Djou topped Democrats Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) to succeed retired Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) in Congress. Before Djou’s victory, Democrats had won 11 consecutive special elections. The stretch included a win last Tuesday by Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA) to succeed the late-Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA). Many political handicappers expected Republican Tim Burns to win that contest and viewed the race as a barometer for how the political winds may blow this fall.
Djou secured 39.5 percent of the vote. Meantime, the two Democratic candidates, Hanabusa and Case combined to score nearly 60 percent of the vote. But that splintered the Democratic impact and allowed Djou to squeak through.
“Eighteen months ago, President Obama carried this district with seventy percent of the vote,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the head of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC). “Charles Djou’s victory not only changes the makeup of the House of Representatives, but it helps Republicans move one step closer toward winning back the majority in November.”
Intra-party squabbles split the Democratic vote in the race as loyalists failed to unite behind one candidate. Many Hawaii Democrats hold much contempt for Case. Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano (D) tried to dissuade Case from running for Congress after the late-Rep. Patsy Mink (D-HI) died. Cayetano wanted Mink’s husband to fulfill the remainder of his wife’s term. Case ran anyway and won. Case further infuriated the party when he challenged longtime Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) in a primary four years ago.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) dropped out of the race two weeks ago, conceding the race to Republicans. In an interview with FOX, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) expressed confidence that Democrats would take the seat in November. But he said it wasn’t worth spending cash now when the state party was locked in internecine warfare.
“It’s a Democratic seat,” said Van Hollen.
Djou becomes only the third Hawaiian to represent the state on Capitol Hill. Former Rep. Pat Saiki (R-HI) served in Congress in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sen. Hiram Fong (R-HI) was one of the state’s original senators.
Djou is expected to be sworn-in later this week. The House will then have 432 members: 255 Democrats and 177 Republicans.
As noted in Hotair.com, this may be the best political ad ever, courtesy of Dale Peterson, Republican candidate for Agricultural Commissioner in Alabama. This guy rules.
From Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit:
At least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction after Republican President Lincoln freed the slaves.
Legal Insurrection says: “The Democrat’s Worst Fear About to Come True.”
The New York Times reported:
Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.
The House has not had a black Republican since 2003, when J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.
But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary.
Party officials and the candidates themselves acknowledge that they still have uphill fights in both the primaries and the general elections, but they say that black Republicans are running with a confidence they have never had before. They credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.
“I’m running as a Republican”.
Our Dear Leader plays the race card in his latest video regarding the 2010 elections, where there’s no mention of whites, senior citizens, Asians, etc. Hope, Change, and the Race Card. All courtesy of The One. It’s painfully obvious that this president is intent on dividing, not unifying. November (pick a year) can’t get here soon enough.
From Thomas Lifson in the American Thinker:
Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman alerts us that Democrats are trying to push a radical 72-page bill less than 16 hours after its hearing. He writes:Senate Bill 640 [is] a bill which radically changes Wisconsin election law going into this year’s election. The 72-page bill was not even introduced until March 23.Senate Bill 640 makes many changes to Wisconsin election law including the following:
- 1) The bill allows municipalities to set up satellite absentee ballot stations for early voting. These stations apparently could be done in college dorms, outside of bars, or other inappropriate locals.
- 2) The current open government practice of allowing any citizen to challenge individual ballots would end as monitoring of elections of statewide or national significance would be restricted to people who live within that polling district.
- 3) Permanent absentee ballot status would be established in which ballots would be sent to people who historically do not vote in low-turnout elections. Currently, permanent absentee ballot status is restricted to people who are confined because of age, physical illness, infirmity, or disabled infinitely making them unable to get to the polls.
- 4) University IDs could be offered as proof of residence for registration and voting.
- 5) The increased cost of processing and mailing out the additional absentee ballots is an unfunded mandate that local municipalities will not be able to absorb.
- 6) Local municipalities will be forced to hire speakers of a foreign language if at least 5% of the adults in their district are not English proficient.
- 7) The bill proposes to set up a statewide database of voters that the authors said they would hope to link up to a national database.“This is a shocking power grab some extremist Democrats are trying to change our laws so that more unqualified voters are able to vote and so that we are not able to determine whether or not voting fraud in fact took place,” said Grothman. “That is clearly the motivation behind trying to have a much larger number of permanent absentee voters as well as preventing an individual outside a polling place to object to inappropriate voting.”“Ironically, the voting change that most Wisconsin citizens request, Voter ID, is about the only thing not included in this far-reaching bill that is being fast-tracked through the State Legislature.”
How times have changed. Even the presence of The One couldn’t stir enough Bostonians to fill up the hall at Northeastern University. Only 2000-2500 were in attendance at a 3000 capacity auditorium.
From Gateway Pundit:
The word on the street is that the good independent senator from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman, may endorse Scott Brown.
Hartford, CT- Joe Lieberman may be close to announcing his suppport for Massachusetts Senate Candidate Scott Brown. Citing the historical Healthcare Reform Bill as the main issue attracting Lieberman to endorse Brown’s Campaign. Scott Brown is vehemently opposed to the proposed Healthcare Legislation.
Joe Lieberman has run against many of his Democratic Counterparts in the Senate over the so called Obamacare Health Care Reform Bill. Back in December, with the public option dead, Democrats revived an old proposal to expand Medicare, but Lieberman voted no. That plan was considered by a small percentage of liberals as a decent alternative to the public option leaving Lieberman at odds with Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid.
Speculation is such that if Lieberman were to endorse Scott Brown over the coming weekend that would most likely seal the defeat of Martha Coakley for Senate.
Latest Polling has Brown leading Coakley by a margin of 1 to 4 points.
Joe Lieberman has always been a staunch supporter of the war against radical Islam so this makes sense considering Coakley is so lost on national defense.
View the amazing ad video below from the Scott Brown Camp titled “Massachusetts Miracle”. Tuesday’s special election (1/19/2010) in Massachusetts will pit Scott Brown (R) v. Martha Coakley (D) to fill the US Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy until his death last year.
Below is an excellent overview of the 4 elections (2 congressional, 2 governor) occurring on 11/3/2009. From Richard Baehr of The American Thinker:
On Tuesday, there will be special elections in four states: two governorships and two U.S. House seats, all of whose constituencies were won by Barack Obama in 2008. Republicans or Conservative Party candidates are poised to win two or three of the four races, but in each of them, the Democrats will significantly underperform the results from the 2008 elections. While the White House may argue on Wednesday that there is no national meaning to such a result, the extent of the Democrats’ drop-off from 2008 — roughly 15% or more in each race — may be a warning sign for moderate Democrats in the House and Senate wavering in their support of the health care reform bill or the cap and trade bill, both of which were drafted by the more left-wing elements of their caucus.
Virginia governor’s race
Virginia’s governor can serve only one term, so every race is an open-seat race. Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine won the last two gubernatorial races by 5% and 6%, respectively. Democrats also won the last two Old Dominion Senate races with Jim Webb besting incumbent George Allen in 2006 by less than 1% and Mark Warner winning an open seat race by 31% in 2008. Barack Obama won Virginia in 2008 by 7%, the first victory there for a Democrat in the Presidential race since 1964. Democrats also picked up three Virginia Congressional seats in 2008.
It would have been fair to say based on these results that once-red Virginia had become purple, leaning more toward blue than red. But now Republicans are on the eve of a sweeping statewide victory in Virginia. Their candidate for Governor, Robert McDonnell, has opened up a huge lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds of about 14% according to the RCP average of the latest poll results.
Republicans are also leading in other statewide races and are poised to pick up seats in the state legislature. The shift from Democrats to Republicans from 2008 to 2009 in Virginia appears to be over 20% (a 7% Obama win, a 14% McDonnell win). Virginia has been more Republican in presidential election years than in off-year elections prior to 2008. The White House has been of late trying to distance Obama from the race, telling reporters that Deeds ran a poor campaign. But a blowout loss in Virginia is an embarrassment for the White House after their intense and successful organizing effort there in 2008.
New York’s 23rd Congressional District race
In the special election to fill the seat of Republican John McHugh, appointed Secretary of the Army, the state Republican Party picked moderate Dede Scozzafava. Doug Hoffman, who had competed for the nomination, then decided to run on the Conservative Party ticket. The Democrats picked Bill Owens. New York 23 has elected a string of Republicans to Congress for over a century, with McHugh winning by huge margins in his last few races, regularly securing 60% or more of the vote. It is likely that McHugh was offered his new job in part to create the open seat and give Democrats the shot at a pickup.
Obama won the district by 5% in 2008, suggesting that in an open seat race, Democrats would have a chance. With McHugh’s appointment, the GOP was down to two Congressmen from the 29 House seats in the state, from 10 prior to the 2006 midterms. Scozzafava held an early lead in the race until Hoffman gained strength and became competitive with the support of movement conservatives in the district and national conservative figures. But the split in the GOP vote between Hoffman and Scozzafava gave Owens the lead. The tide turned in the last week as Hoffman pulled even with Owens and Scozzafava’s support dropped. On Saturday, Scozzafava suspended her campaign, and on Sunday, she stunningly endorsed Owens, throwing the race into turmoil.
No one can be sure where Scozzafava’s remaining supporters will go. Many had already switched to Hoffman, but those that stuck with her were not by and large a conservative-leaning group. The last independent poll from Siena gave Owens a 1-point lead over Hoffman (36-35) with Scozzafava at 20%. My best guess is that Hoffman is now a slight favorite to win, but this race will be close, and it could go either way (5% margin of victory or less). The combined vote for Hoffman and Scozzafava (whose name will remain on the ballot) will likely reach 55%, at least 10% more than the Democrat receives. In other words, from a 5% Obama district in 2008, the shift to the Republicans and Conservatives in this open-seat race may be as much as 15% in one year. Still, if Owens wins, this will be a disaster for the GOP, another in a string of open-seat losses in former GOP districts.
New Jersey governor’s race
This is by far the hardest race to forecast. The RCP poll average shows a very tight race between Democratic Governor John Corzine and Republican Chris Christie, with independent Chris Daggett trailing far behind. Corzine has outspent Christie by well over two-to-one, and the Democrats have a better ground game in the state. Obama won New Jersey by 15% in 2008 (Republicans last won the Presidential election in 1988), and Democrats have won all major statewide races (governor or senator) for many years. Republicans are often close in final polls and then underperform on Election Day. Daggett is a wild card. His support has been eroding, and more of his supporters pick Christie as a second choice than Corzine. Third-party candidates often fare poorly on Election Day (much worse than their final poll numbers) when supporters of these candidates realize they cannot win. This could help Christie.
When an incumbent runs for governor, statewide issues matter, and Corzine is unpopular. New Jersey has a big deficit, high unemployment, rising taxes, and abundant corruption. Unlike Virginia, the Obama team has devoted many campaign days to backing Corzine, and other powerful national Democrats have also trooped into the state to help him. If Corzine loses, his defeat will be more closely tied to Obama than the impending loss for the Democrats in Virginia.
While the RCP average poll result shows a 1% Christie lead, the individual polls are all over the place, with solid leads for Corzine in two polls, and smaller leads for Christie in many others. Picking a winner here is a total crapshoot. Many analysts believe Corzine will eke out a narrow victory (1-2%). I thought this was likely earlier in the week, but Christie seems to have a bit of momentum heading home. Based on the current poll averages, the Democrats have again dropped 15% or more from the Obama margin in New Jersey in 2008.
California 10th Congressional District raceCongresswoman Ellen Tauscher has been appointed Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Tauscher won her last race in this east Bay district by a 34% margin and received 65% or more of the vote in each of her races. Obama won the district by 32% in 2008. The Democratic nominee, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, is leading in late polls by 10% over his GOP opponent, David Harmer. This race has been off the radar, with political attention focused on the other three. It would be an enormous upset if Harmer won, but if Garamendi wins by only 10% in the 10th, that too will represent a significant drop-off from Obama’s margin in 2008 of over 20% in one year.
If Republicans can win in New York 23 and New Jersey, it will be a very big night. In Virginia, the Deeds is done, so to speak. But in each of the four races, the Democrats appear to be headed for a collapse from Barack Obama’s margins in 2008.
The media is going ballistic over Dede Scozzafava’s endorsement of Democrat Bill Owens. Scozzafava, the one-time Republican candidate for NY District 23 who was actually endorsed by Newt Gingrich, dropped out of the race yesterday after losing support to Conservative Doug Hoffman.
I really don’t see the big deal here. Scozzafava’s record mirrors that of many Democrats and her ties to ACORN have been all over the news. (though doubtful if many mainstream media outlets discussed this) So it’s only logical that she endorse the Democrat since she’s a RINO. (Republican In Name Only – which, sadly enough, can be said for many elected Republicans these days)
Scozzafava’s endorsement from the Watertown Daily Times:
I want to thank you for your support and friendship. Over the past 24 hours, I have had encouraging words sent to my family and me. Many of you have asked me whom you should support on Tuesday.
Since announcing the suspension of my campaign, I have thought long and hard about what is best for the people of this District, and how to answer your questions. This is not a decision that I have made lightly.
You know me, and throughout my career, I have been always been an independent voice for the people I represent. I have stood for our honest principles, and a truthful discussion of the issues, even when it cost me personally and politically. Since beginning my campaign, I have told you that this election is not about me; it’s about the people of this District.
It is in this spirit that I am writing to let you know I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same.
It’s not in the cards for me to be your representative, but I strongly believe Bill is the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh’s lasting legacy in the U.S. Congress. John and I worked together on the expansion of Fort Drum and I know how important that base is to the economy of this region. I am confident that Bill will be able to provide the leadership and continuity of support to Drum Country just as John did during his tenure in Congress.
In Bill Owens, I see a sense of duty and integrity that will guide him beyond political partisanship. He will be an independent voice devoted to doing what is right for New York. Bill understands this district and its people, and when he represents us in Congress he will put our interests first.
Please join me in voting for Bill Owens on Tuesday. To address the tough challenges ahead, we must rise above partisanship and politics and work together. There’s too much at stake in this election to do otherwise.
Tuesday’s election should be interesting.