Steve Israel…doesn’t get it

In response to his party’s caucus shrinking to its lowest number in over 80 year, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY, outgoing Congressional Campaign Chair) revealed a tone-deafness that, if shared by the rest of his caucus, could lead to even further shrinking.

Israel parroted the usual line we hear on the left these days – that the winning Republicans should “come into the middle” and work with Democrats (NROThe Corner), never mind that if voters had wanted Congress to be more amenable to Democrats’ wishes, they would have elected more actual Democrats.

Where Israel really goes off the rails is his insistence that the lame-duck Congress short-circuit the election (which at least in Louisiana is still ongoing) on “immigration reform” (same link):

Israel brought up corporate tax changes and, pointedly, immigration reform as issues on which the two parties can compromise.

“There really shouldn’t be any paralysis on this,” he said, noting that a Senate immigration bill has passed. “Let’s just pass it in the House,” he urged.

Let’s unpack this ass-hattery slowly.

First of all, there are good reasons why someone on either side of the argument on illegal immigration would have serious problems with the Senate’s immigration bill, chief among them the horrendous economic assumptions that “justify” it.  More to the point, a lame-duck session of Congress passing that bill would be a complete insult to the voters.

Lest we forget, John Boehner’s refusal to bring up the Senate immigration bill for a vote was one of the chief complaints thrown at him by the president, Senate Democrats, and just about everyone to the left of center in America. They hoped voters would send Boehner a message. Instead, voters sent him reinforcements.

Mitch McConnell was one of the 32 Senators who opposed the bill. Voters sent him reinforcements, too – eight so far, with perhaps one more coming in Louisiana.

Finally, of the 68 Senators who voted in favor of S.744, 5 Democrats lost their seats to Republicans (with one more, Mary Landrieu, likely to suffer the same fate), 4 have retired (3 of them Democrats to be replaced by Republicans), and one – Marco Rubio – has repudiated his vote. Even assuming no one else would vote differently (highly unlikely, especially given that McConnell will be more accommodating of amendments as Majority Leader), the bill could easily fail a cloture vote in the 2015 Senate. Whatever the voters of 2014 wanted, it sure wasn’t the Senate’s immigration bill.

Then again, Israel is trying to close his eyes to the voters anyway (same link again):

“In this election, one-third of voters chose a Democrat or Republican,” Israel said. “The other two-thirds just want us to get things done.”

Um…with all due respect, Steve, you don’t know what the other two-thirds want because they didn’t bother to vote.

If Israel (and the president) are any indication, the Democrats have decided that the non-voter is their perfect blank slate, upon which they can force any assumption and in whose they can put whatever words they like. That is a surefire recipe for a Republican president the next time actual voters get their say.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Warner’s Obamacare and Its Cost to You

 Out of pocket expenses have risen by 300%.  The price of premiums for working families have gone up in VA by 15%  So now healthcare premiums are in the $20,000-$25,000 range with a $10,000 deductible.  A typical mortgage in VA is half that much.  This is the fundamental change Obama has talk about, and Warner has voted for.  Warner is no moderate.  Warner should not be representing Virginia.

Black Activists Turn On Democrats

Looks like the Democrats have finally gone once too often to that well. Every year they play the race card and hand out free stuff. Looks like the community that suffers the most from identity politics has decided to get off the Democrat merry-go-round.

The African American community is the most reliable vote the Democrats have.  This is also the poorest, least educated, most brutalised and most incarcerated community in America.  They live primarily in Democrat run hell holes like DC, Detroit, Chicago and Camden.  It is precisely in these Democrat run jurisdictions where the overwhelming majority of the brutality occurs.  The abuse is economic, educational, judicial and systemic.  For 50 years the inner city has been the domain of the Democrat party.  Democrat rule now is a byword for decay, corruption and neglect.

If the sentiment of this video is widespread, the party of Obama is going to be in for a real stormy ride this Tuesday.  The Democrats with their progressive, agenda of controlling your wallet, your diet, your fuel, and your life may have come to its end.  People want opportunity, not hand outs after all.  Free abortion is not a substitute for a path to prosperity.

Hillary Turns Left

The economic illiteracy of the the Democrat party is on full display as Hillary tries to make the ridiculous claim that businesses do not create jobs. Thats is correct. She said that this is, “trickle down economics.”  No Hillary, is the free market. I remember the 80’s and 90’s. The private sector – relatively unencumbered generated wealth and our median income skyrocketed from $30K to $50K per household.

Under Obama the medical industry has become a government regulated nightmare.  Under this same administration the auto industry was turned over to the unions as a payoff for their political support in the 2008.  Coal is being killed off, one regulation at a time.  Under the burden of ever greater government control of the economy, we have fared worse.  The Obama’s  recovery has seen a greater loss in median income that the recession that came before it:

New estimates derived from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey by Sentier Research indicate that the real (inflation-adjusted) median annual household income in America has fallen by 4.4 percent during the “recovery,” after having fallen by 1.8 during the recession.  During the recession, the median American household income fell by $1,002 (from $55,480 to $54,478). During the recovery—that is, from the officially defined end of the recession (in June 2009) to the most recent month for which figures are available (June 2013)—the median American household income has fallen by $2,380 (from $54,478 to $52,098).  So the typical American household is making almost $2,400 less per year (in constant 2013 dollars) than it was four years ago, when the Obama “recovery” began.

So what is Hillary’s proposition to fix this mess? She is doubling down on Obamanomics, the false proposition that government creates jobs and wealth.  This experiment has most recently failed not only here, but in Venezuela where Chavez nationalised most industries and imposed price controls.  Now people there are not only not able to get gas and food, they cannot even buy toilet paper.

Most command economy statists, like Chavez and Hilary, are seeking to return us to our gentle, medieval past.  A time where life was brutish, and short.  A time when your betters could demand what you do in life. Hilary is now seeking to give us four more years of Obama.  Under Obama the number of net new jobs is only 4,311 v. Bush’s  11,458.  Both are poor performers, especially when compared to Reagan’s 167K per month and Bill Clinton’s 236K.  During those presidencies the government regulatory burden was lessened.  Obama is choking the economy.  From the sounds of Hillary’s latest speech she is looking to only tighten government’s chokehold on the economy.  Statists never learn.

What has the Democrats most upset at their party? Not social issues…

The Pew Research Center has a new poll out on how self-described Democrats and Republicans view their own parties on abortion, immigration, marriage, and spending. Most are focusing on the top line: namely, that we Republicans are more upset at our party than the Dems – across the board.

However, Pew did a little more digging about why Democrats and Republicans are upset at their parties (those who are). By far, the greatest source of frustration among Republicans is government spending: 48% think the party electeds don’t do enough to cut spending.

Now, here’s the kicker: the Democrats’ biggest source of frustration is the same thing. Thirty percent of Democrats think their elected officials don’t do enough to cut spending either.

In other words, the best shot the GOP has at winning over Democrats isn’t any social issue. It’s cutting government spending, the very thing that would most make upset Republicans happy.

The data speaks loud and clear. Let’s hope the GOP leadership is listening.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Fauquier County GOP “Chairman” Attempts To Astroturf Appeal of His Election to RPV

After losing an appeal to the First Congressional District Republican Committee which ruled that the party canvass held to select the Fauquier County GOP Chairman was “not conducted in accordance with the Republican Party of Virginia Plan of Organization” because the victorious party had knowingly enlisted Democrats and other non-Republicans who had no intention of otherwise supporting the party or its candidates to come out and vote for him in the party election and run for seats on the committee, Scott Russell is now attempting to astroturf the State Central Committee’s meeting this weekend:

Friends,

The State Central Committee will take up or appeal this Saturday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Hilton Hotel at Short Pump, 12042 West Broad St., Richmond. To make sure that we are victorious on Saturday, I need you to do the following:

1. I know it is a lot to ask, but if you can come to the meeting and show support for our cause, it will help our efforts immensely. If you can come, please let me know and we can arrange a ride for you.
2. E-mail and call Republican Party of Virginia chairman Pat Mullins and voice your support for our cause! He can be e-mailed at pmullins–@—.— and phoned at 804-780—– [email and phone redacted by VV] . all e-mails should state that:

1. The Fauquier Canvass was held according to the rules outlined the the State Party Plan;
2. Both sides agreed to the canvass call, rules, and procedures before the canvass happened;
3. The total number of identified Democrats was so small that, even if they were removed, the election results would not have changed.
4. The RPV should uphold the original canvass;
5. The RPV cannot punish the individuals who won their races according to the established procedures and rules after the fact;
6. The RPV should reinstate the results of the March 22nd Canvass so the FCRC can focus on re-electing Congressman Wittman and Hurt, and electing Ed Gillespie to the U.S. Senate.

Please remain positive in all correspondence, any negativity will be to our detriment. I know it is a hassle but please send me your e-mails before they go off, so I can take a final look.

Thank you for all of your support.

Onward to victory!

Scott Russell

That is but the latest in his astroturf campaign. Witness the email sent out by the Fifth Congressional District GOP Chairman who conveniently disregards the findings of the First Congressional District Committee that adjudicated the matter and echos many of Russell’s talking points:

 

To: Pat Mullins, Chairman RPV and Fellow Members of the State Central Committee

From: Jon Berkley, Chairman Fifth District Republican Committee

Re: First District’s Ruling on Fauquier Co. Party Canvass

As Chairman of the Fifth District, I would like to share my sentiments regarding an appeal on which this Committee will rule. The Committee’s ruling will either strengthen our party, or it will further cripple our party and diminish support for our candidates.

I will not review all the history leading up to this appeal here, but I will share my humble analysis: One party lost a race, and now they are attempting to recoup this loss by undermining the Party Plan, through brazen might. Unfortunately, the protesting party was successful with the First District Committee. It is my hope that this Committee will observe the constitution of our party and reverse the First District’s June 28 ruling to overturn the FCRC Party Canvass.

The First District’s ruling has disenfranchised the 1,206 voters who participated in the FCRC Canvass. A committee of 16 (16-8) silenced the voices of 1,206. The foundation of this protest and the District’s ruling rests on the belief that too many democrats participated in this Canvass. I find this to be an absurd argument for two reasons: (i) a plain reading of Article I of the Party Plan defines who may participate in party activities, (ii) Virginia does not register by party affiliation, (again see Article I). How do you prove the claim?

For those of you unaware, Fauquier is the northern-most county in the Fifth District, having a total of 21 precincts, 17 of which are in the Fifth District, the remaining 4 being part of the First District. Fauquier County republicans are effective grassroots activists, who deliver strong returns for our republican candidates. In 2012, Fauquier delivered Congressman Hurt and Governor Romney over 58% of the vote; in 2013 our gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli enjoyed almost 60%. The Fauquier County Republican Committee is capable of delivering overwhelming victories for our republican candidates; they are a well-organized committee that is committed to and successful in getting republicans elected, yet today they are stifled by individuals unsatisfied with the results of a fair and legal election. You can understand why I am upset that a strong unit in my district is not able to contribute to this cycle’s efforts because another district committee has effectively tied their hands.

Folks, the only reason the Republican Party of Virginia, the Fifth District Republican Committee, or the FCRC exists is to elect republicans. November 4 is less than 90 days away, we need to focus on getting Ed Gillespie elected to the U.S. Senate and our respective congressional candidates elected to the House, nothing else. Let me be clear, I find the First District’s ruling to be not only erroneous, but also dangerous for our party. If this is allowed to stand, a precedent will be set, which basically says sour grapes overrule the Party Plan. Please uphold the Party Plan, and allow the FCRC to get back to winning elections.

Thank you for your consideration on this matter; I look forward to seeing you in Richmond.

Jon Berkley
Chairman, Fifth District Republican Committee

Is it any wonder that he “will not review all the history leading up to this appeal here, but I will share my humble analysis” — more like feeble and contrived analysis that was spoon fed to him.

Let me be clear on a few things, Mr. Berkley.

First of all, it is “Republicans,” not “republicans” that the FCRC exists to elect — one denotes members of a political party as designated by the capital letter while the other represents those who ascribe to the republican form of government — you made that stunning error multiple times and did so with the word “Democrats” as well.

Second, anyone not suspicious of 1,206 voters coming out solely to vote for a county party chairman in a county the size of Fauquier is naive to the point where they should never again be entrusted with governing powers within the Republican Party.

Third, despite not registering by party in Virginia, there are ways to tell who is a Democrat — records of who has voted in primaries, people who have run for office under a party banner, those who have joined a party, public records of political donations, etc. It is quite easy for anyone to ascertain this using just a little intelligence and common sense. Those who cannot are either a dullard or a hack who doesn’t want to know the truth.

Finally, on a point with which I do agree with you, we should be focused on the November elections. So why has Mr. Russell shut down the local party meetings pending the outcome of this appeal? Then again, that is exactly what many of Mr. Russell’s supporters, who are not supporters of the Republican Party or its candidates, would like to see happen in such a strongly Republican county.

It is quite clear that there were shenaningans in the Fauquier County GOP chairman election. The First District GOP Committee, after its review, found this to be the case. RPV’s State Central Committee should uphold that finding this weekend.

Obama’s immigration order threats mean Ex-Im Bank is probably dead

There has been a lot of speculation about the president ordering a mass de facto legalization of millions of unauthorized immigrants “by summer’s end” (Charles Krauthammer, NRO), and the possibility that he might just be hoping for an impeachment reaction, judging by Dan Pfeiffer’s reaction (Reid Epstein, Wall Street Journal). His fellow Democrats appear giddy just at the prospect of being able to defend the president from an impeachment effort (Reuters).

Most of the discussion regarding impeachment has revolved around whether it’s politically wise for Republicans to push it – and it’s not – while far fewer have asked if anyone really wants Joe Biden in the White House (and I guarantee that has a lot to do with why voters are leery of impeachment in general).

That said, I can’t help but noting that what the immigration-cum-impeachment strategy for the midterm elections tells us: namely, that the previous strategy – namely shutting down the government to preserve the Export-Import Bank – is dead, and the Bank itself likely will be, too.

The Democrats were hoping the Ex-Im gambit would divide Republicans and convince Chamber-of-Commerce types to fund Democrats instead. Of course, the plan had serious flaws: the Bank itself disappears on September 30, so on October 1 the Democrats will be trying to use the shutdown to change government policy; many leftist are scratching their heads about their party’s about-face on the corporatist Bank; and the Chamber types themselves are hardly unanimous on the wisdom of the Bank itself, let alone making it a priority.

By contrast, going “double I” means the Democrats can wake their base out of its current stupor while making Republicans look racist, out of touch with the American people, or both. It’s too good a narrative to foul up with the Bank of Boeing.

So I’m fairly optimistic that an executive order on immigration means the Export-Import Bank is on its way out.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Which Woman Would You Want To Be?

This one?

- OR -

This one?

Tell Democrats to stop turning women into victims.

Yes.  It is that simple.

 

HAT TIP: Hot Air’s Allahpundit.

What Scandal?

The most transparent administration in history has some serious problems with this thing called integrity.  The real scandal is how ill informed the voting public has become.  Ask people about the Louis Lerner and they do not have a clue.  Ask them about Fast and Furious and they think you are talking about a car movie.  Thomas Jefferson said:

An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people

Well, given the typical responses you get from the man on the street regarding what is in the constitution, the nature of economics etc … the results of the past six presidential election cycles becomes more understandable.

The following laundry list of wrong doings would have undone any other president in American History.

Bob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?,
Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean inviting illegal immigrants to cross the border and refusing to deport them”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean deleting hard drives at the IRS?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama saying the avg family would save $2,500 on their premiums?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing businesses to violate their religious beliefs by paying for drugs that abort the unborn?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Violating the rights and sanctity of our Churches?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Spending $634 million on a website that doesn’t work?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama calling for an increase in our debt when he lambasted Bush for the very same thing?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 Billion Phone Calls in One Month?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Saddling our kids with $17 trillion in debt of which they can
never get out of and will not have as good a life as we have?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Blocking veterans who secured our freedoms from their monuments
but giving the green light for Illegals to use Monument Mall?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying school kids the ability to tour the White House but still spending lavishly on his parties?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our insurance and doctors if we wanted to?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”
Bob: “No the other one:.
Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying Arizona the right to protect its borders?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels many of whom apparently are Al Queda”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a
budget no later than the first Monday in February?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”
Bob: “No, the other one”
Jim: “You mean Fast & Furious?”
Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim:
“I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million
low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from
taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt
administration in American history?”
Bob: “THAT’S THE ONE!”

Elizabeth Warren backs the Bank of Boeing

To her supporters, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a champion of the downtrodden and bane of the wealthy.

To those of us who know better, she’s a government-always-first leftist who is quite fine with helping the biggest and wealthiest corporations in America so long as the government grows.

We have the Heritage Foundation to thank for this. As Timothy Carney (Washington Examiner) pointed out, Heritage reached out to Warren to see if she would help them fight the Export-Import Bank. No dice: “Senator Warren believes that the Export-Import Bank helps create American jobs and spur economic growth.”

Never mind that so many of the products financed by the bank are intermediate products for foreign firms competing against Americans. Never mind that export subsidies are far and away the worst type of trade intervention for an economy. Never mind that the Congressional Budget Office and the General Accounting Office have laid waste to the arguments the Bank itself peddles (The Corner). Never mind the numerous examples of fraud (Daily Signal). Never mind that it is such a profit-padder for Boeing that it’s nickname is “the Bank of Boeing.”

Clearly, for Elizabeth Warren, some corporate welfare is better than others.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Obama’s Foregn Policy Disaster

After six years of Obama, 60 years of US foreign policy initiatives lay in ruins. Europe is buckling under the threat of Russia withholding natural gas.  In the Middle East, starting under Nixon and Kissinger the US set about converting Russian client states into American client states. Why? Oil. Oil embargoes and the realization that our economy would be crippled if we did not change the posture of the world’s oil producers in that region from that of hostile stranger’s to sympathetic allies.  Those allies are now returning to the Russian sphere.

BHO-firstStepsToday, from Europe to the Middle East to the Far East the powers do not trust nor respect the United States. The current POTUS has demonstrated a penchant for alienating allies and enabling/encouraging enemies. He has not foggiest clue what to do on the world stage. At this point the mess in the Middle East is so great, no one knows what to do.  It is a mess of Obama’s making.  Foreign policy requires time, effort and a thorough understanding of human nature.  Despite the Media’s insistence, Obama is bereft of all of these qualities.

The Progressive, Neocon vision of using force to right the world’s wrongs is not a sustainable, working policy.  Obama, who ran against this foreign policy vision, embraced it upon taking office. The chief difference is that he executed the vision even more poorly than his predecessor, Bush. To this devils brew add in some sixties flower-power at an inopportune moment and you see allies abandoned on the battle field, and ISIS in control of one third of Iraq.

The Arab Spring was a mirage of the Administration’s own making.  One they believed and followed into the pitiless foreign policy desert – we are now alone on the world stage.  Germany is hostile.  England is aloof.  Mexico is working actively to destabilize our southern border.  Japan is re-militarizing because they do not trust us to help them.  Russia restarted the cold war because there is no down side.  China is openly musing they could beat us in an open war.

From the ridiculous red line in Syria (Neocon) to the destabilization of Egypt (flower power) to the troop killing rules-of-engagement in Afghanistan (more flower-power) this administration has proven itself to be feckless. The only thing consistent about this administration is its inconsistency. The undeclared war in Libya (Neocon), which removed Qaddafi gave the worst possible lesson: get rid of your WMD program and the US will eventually turn on you and take you down. Only an idiot would put any faith in the US as an ally or partner at this point.

Did T-Mac just hand northern Arlington to the Republicans?

For obvious reasons, the more watched of the two special elections to take place on the 19th of August will be the State Senate election in Southwest Virginia. Control of the State Senate depends upon that outcome. However, the other race – for a House of Delegate seat in northern Arlington and (mostly) McLean – could provide an upset, thanks in no small part to Governor McAuliffe himself.

Late last week, the Guv decided to offer a financial lifeline to the problematic (and very controversial) Arlington trolley (Washington Post):

Virginia will increase state funding for the controversial Columbia Pike streetcar project by up to $65 million, the state transportation chief told officials in Arlington and Fairfax counties this week, allowing the streetcar line to be built at least a year faster and without federal funds.

Reaction to this has largely agreed with Norm Leahy‘s: “A less charitable view would say that the Governor’s office has done a solid for its folks in Arlington…” Except it’s not that simple.

The Columbia Pike trolley was a symbol of government incompetence and arrogance when John Vihstadt used it to break the Democrats’ monopoly on the County Board in last spring’s special election, and just in case anyone thought the issue had died down…(back to the WaPo):

Vihstadt said the state rushed to respond to the funding request that Fisette and Bulova made a month ago. “Had the Commonwealth done its homework, it would have learned that a modified form of bus rapid transit could be implemented much more cheaply, more quickly, with greater regional connectivity,” Vihstadt said in a statement.

Oops.

So how would this impact the 48th District special election? Well, for starters, the trolley would parallel Columbia Pike, which runs through southern Arlington. The 48th, by contrast, is anchored in northern Arlington, which would suffer the costs of the trolley without the benefits. Lest you, dear reader, think I’m reading too much into this, I went through the election data from the April special election, and found the following.

  • Overall results: Vihstadt (I, R-endorsed) 57%, Howze (D) 41%
  • Precincts in 48th District: Vihstadt 65%, Howze 35%

In fact, Vihstadt’s advantage in the 48th was nearly triple that outside it (55%-43%).

Meanwhile, Republican nominee David Foster “said his first order of business if elected would be to introduce legislation allowing voters in Arlington to hold a referendum on the Columbia Pike streetcar project” (Inside Nova).

In other words, Governor T-Mac just dumped $65 million worth of fuel on a fire that has already burned local Democrats, and that Foster is making a key issue in the campaign.

Keep a close eye on northern Arlington, folks.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Impeachment?

Senator Lindsay Graham it talking about impeaching President Obama.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/208264-gop-senator-obama-faces-impeachment-push-if-more-prisoners-leave-gitmo

Impeachment over this would not be wise:

1) The President is Commander in Chief and so he is the person that runs wars, not Congress. President Obama has argued that Congress did not have the power to impose this restriction on presidential powers. One can argue back and forth on this, but there should be a very clear violation in an impeachment. This is not a clear violation.

2) Republicans impeached President Clinton for lying about cheating on his wife. Impeachment is not just a legal question; it’s also a political question. Lying about cheating on your wife is not a political high crime or misdemeanor. If anything, it would have been more outrageous if Clinton had boasted of his cheating. Republicans lost a lot of credibility with the Clinton impeachment that may take decades to regain.

3) The Senate is run by Democrats loyal to Obama and there is no way the Senate will convict. An impeachment by the House will not remove Obama from office.

4) For millions of voters, there is an almost religious devotion to Barak Obama. An attempt to remove him from office, successful or not, would create enormous ill will that would take decades to dissipate.

Like it or not, we are stuck with President Obama until 2017.

Silver to Loudoun and Density

Link to Silver Line to Loudoun article

This article makes the case the Loudoun will be come more Democratic because of high density housing near the metro stations. I accept the idea that people who live in high density housing lean more to the Democrats than people who live in low density housing.

What I wonder about is cause and effect. Is it that high density attract the Democrats, and so those people would vote the way they do regardless of where they live? Or does high density itself move people to the left?

Does Don Beyer Practice What He Preaches?

We’ve already noted fmr. Lt. Gov. Don Beyer’s radio commercial where he stakes out some pretty extreme positions in his race for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s open 8th congressional district. There’s one thing that has jumped out at me during my repeated hearings of Beyer’s ad on WMAL. Beyer’s campaign says in the radio spot that he will fight in Congress for paid family leave and equal pay for women.

Now, Beyer owns one of the largest car dealership chains in Northern Virginia. My question (and one that his Democratic primary opponents should be asking) is whether Beyer offers his own employees paid family leave and pays women equally? Does Don Beyer practice what he preaches? The answer to that will say a lot about the man and what kind of congressman he would be.

Irony – Bush 41 Gets JFK Profile In Courage Award For RAISING Taxes

Fmr. President George H.W. Bush (a.k.a. “41”) was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage award yesterday for raising taxes as part of the 1990 budget deal. Why they decided to honor him nearly 24 years after the fact is a mystery to me.

What is truly ironic, however, is that one of JFK’s greatest successes in his short presidency was his tax cuts for businesses (1962) and for individuals (1964 shortly after his assassination.) Kennedy’s tax cuts resulted in federal tax receipts increasing by 55% in real terms in the seven years after he came to office in 1961.

A real profile in courage would have been had President Bush stood his ground and forced Congress to get spending under control in order to lower the deficit, not raising their credit card spending limit.

Vote For John Whitbeck This Tuesday

I know John Whitbeck personally for several years now.  He is a good family man who runs a business, and the Washington Post, as usual, is conducting a character assassination of the Republican in a Northern Virginia Election.  Take the time to learn about who is John Whitbeck.

John believes that government exists to serve the people, and not the other way around. He is a fiscal conservative constitutionalist and a loyal Republican.  As Chairman of the 10th district he has shown himself to be a leader.   John is the founder of his law firm, a small business with offices in Loudoun County and Clarke County. His practice focuses on family law, criminal law, mental health law, and other litigation.  In his practice John has dealt with the real problems of real people, and understands the issues that confront Northern Virginians today.

With Terry Mcauliffe in the governor’s mansion do you want to give him out right control of the VA Senate?  Mcaulliffe wants to dump hundreds of millions of dollars in VA taxes into Medicaid expansion and try to set up an Obamacare state exchange.  Most state exchanges operate about as well as Oregon’s, which has cost that state $250M dollars and has not signed up a single enrollee.

The Washington Post as usual is endorsing the Democrat (Wexton) no matter how flawed – and allows her to misrepresent her record as a prosecutor and as a private attorney in her law firm where Wexton has violated her clients trust.   Wexton has issues with ethics and serious judgment issues, recently describing the Tea Party as rapists in her campaign adds.

The Post of course is also ignoring the issues with the former Republican cum independent Joe May.  May has been in politics for too long, and became a bitter clinger to power when he lost in the primary to David LaRock.  He showed his true colors a number of times during the primary campaign and then helped the Democrat in the general election against David, the Republican candidate.  He is looking for payback against Republicans, and has engaged in some dirty pool already.  This is not someone you want to see in the Senate.

Neither May nor Wexton live in the 33rd, as such are you really looking for a carpet bagging opportunist to get elected to the VA Senate?  This sort does not look out for their constituency’s interest’s. Instead they are seeking to further their own agendas.

If you live in the 33rd, or know someone else who does please get yourself to the polls.  Or, get your friends and neighbors to go and vote for John.  Down in Norfolk we have a recount going on for another VA Senate election were the difference was nine (9) votes.  Every vote counts!  Get the vote out for John Whitbeck!!

The Republican Party, TARP, and Ed Gillespie (plus some personal news)

For those wondering where I’ve been for the past three weeks, I was recently married (Sunday, the 12th, to be exact). For those interested, meet the new Mrs. Liberal.

Anyhow, while I’ve been on my honeymoon, Ed Gillespie made it official – he is running for the U.S. Senate. Whether he wins the nomination or not is an open question (I’ll admit it may not be wide open at this point); for what it’s worth, I do think he would be a better Senator than Mark Warner. However, as I have discussed before wedding planning dominated my time, Ed has one fatal flaw to the party: his support for TARP (a.k.a., the Bank Bailout).

I should note that I have considered TARP a policy mistake practically since its conception, and I have maintained that view over the years. I have also explained why Republican nominees who support TARP are badly handicapped against their opponents: because they essentially agree with the Democrats’ excuse for the poor economic performance of the Obama Administration (i.e., the “2008 crisis” did it).

There are, however, even greater problems for TARP-backing Republicans when they get into office. Whatever arguments may roil the GOP, there is near universal recognition that spending needs to be reduced in general, and entitlement spending in particular. However, any pro-TARP Republican who talks about entitlement reductions and/or reductions in anti-poverty programs (no matter how inefficient or counter-productive said programs might be), will get slammed as a friend of the rich and a hypocrite for supporting the $700 billion bailout. While many, many Democrats also supported the bailout, they aren’t talking about these cuts. We Republicans are, and thus we suffer the consequences of cynical voters and lack of trust when we say America can’t afford spending X on entitlements or Y on discretionary spending when our spokesmen voted for $700 billion for the nation’s biggest banks.

I will admit that TARP, as a stand-alone issue, doesn’t resonate with voters as it did in 2008. However, its effects still scar the political landscape. Its damage still affects Republican politicians who supported it (such as Romney and Ryan in 2012)…

…which brings us to Gillespie. Whatever else one may say of him, as White House Counsel during 2008, he was at the forefront of defending TARP (see here). He is the epitome of the TARP-stained Republican pol. He will find his ability to maneuver on political issues far more restrained than he or his supporters believe.

In short, I do not think he will defeat Warner. More to the point, whether he does or not, his nomination and (if it happens) election will keep the party stuck in its TARP-supporting past, when it must instead highlight the TARP opponents in the party in order to re-establish trust on spending with the voters.

I have many friends who are fond of Gillespie (and some who aren’t); I don’t know the man personally. I do, however, know his stance on TARP, and that is enough for me to say that if he were nominated, the party – and the country – will lose more than it gains.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Where Do Wexton and May Really Live?

Randy Minchew is observing the shenanigans of both Joe May and Jennifer Wexton and has decided that the fiction that they live in the 33rd District must end. This is akin to Hillary Clinton’s declaration that she has always been a Yankee Fan. The text of bill can be found here:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 24.2-500.1 as follows:
§ 24.2-500.1. Residency as qualification for candidacy.

A person who seeks to qualify as a candidate for the General Assembly and establishes residency in a General Assembly district in which he was not previously a resident within 60 days prior to either the primary or general election for the office shall be allowed use his new domicile to serve as his residency for purposes of candidate qualification for that office upon a finding of the circuit court having jurisdiction in the locality of the claimed domicile that there is clear and convincing evidence that he had the intent to abandon his prior domicile and the intent to make his new domicile his permanent residence regardless of the outcome of the election. The provisions of this section shall not be applicable in the year a decennial redistricting law is enacted.

May and Wexton do not live in the 33rd, they are both temporarily renting or subletting residences in the 33rd and their families continue to live elsewhere.  Talk about trying to buy an election.  The common term for this sort of residence-hopping is fraud.  This is rank carpet bagging and I applaud Randy Minchew for this bit of common sense legislation.  The last time something this foul occurred was when the much un-lamented Stevens Miller ‘moved’ east to run against Tom Rust.

An example of how a residence is properly established is when Dick Black actually did change residence, sold his home and purchased his new residence prior to his election in the 13VA Senate Republican Primary — unlike May, Wexton and Miller who were trolling for a seat in a legislature: any seat, any legislature.

Electing to public service opportunistic gold diggers who want to wield power is not in the public’s best interest.  Wexton and May are rank opportunists.  Considering that we just elected a carpet bagger from New York our governor, whose stated purpose for this was to get Hillary Clinton elected in 2016, maybe the electorate needs to consider what is really in its best interest and send a message to these opportunists.

UPDATE:

Kudos to Leesburg Today for running this story:

Of the three candidates, two are rumored to not live in the 33rd District—Democrat Jennifer Wexton and Independent Joe T. May.

Its no rumor sunshine, they do not live in the 33rd, they are carpet baggers, nothing more.   This issue is neither Republican nor Democrat.  It is people v. money and power.  What is sad is ol’ Stevens Miller, who was tossed from the LCDC a few years ago could not help but show up a comment a Leesburg today and try to justify himself by attacking Dick Black.

Recount Update: Are Democrat Voters Truly Morons?

The recount in the Attorney General race is nearing its conclusion. Democrat Mark Herring has picked up several hundred votes and now leads by approximately 800 as of early morning on Wed., Dec. 18th.

How has he picked up so many votes? Well, apparently those “geniuses” who vote for Democrats can’t distinguish between the oval you are supposed to color in on the optical scan cards and the letter “D” for Democrat after Herring’s name. We’ve been receiving reports of this being the case from Tidewater to Stafford. Since the ovals were not filled in, the scanner did not pick up those votes because these truly moronic people colored in the letter “D”.

What other words begin with the letter “D” to describe these voters?

Dimwits
Dolts
Dummies
Dipsh…

Okay, I could go on and on, but it would be pointless since such people are obviously incapable of understanding anything other than monosyllabic words.

These, my friends, are the people deciding who are elected leaders are.