Skip to comments.Dems opposition reduced to whimpering (J.C. Watts)
Posted on 01/28/2008 11:01:57 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
It seems like only yesterday. In 1990, I first entered politics in Oklahoma. I ran for a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the agency tasked with regulating public utilities and our oil and gas industry.
The nine-year incumbent against whom I was running gave me an issue that was like a gift from Santa Claus. One of our major utilities had overcharged ratepayers to the tune of almost $30 million, and he had voted to let the offending public utility keep the windfall to upgrade its infrastructure. I felt the ratepayers deserved their money back, whether it was $50 or 50 cents.
The voters of Oklahoma apparently agreed with me, and I won by nine points in a three-way race. I felt then that it was the right position, and I never regretted my stand.
In early 1991, President George H.W. Bush had a 91 percent approval rating a year before the 1992 campaign season got underway. It seemed nothing could stop America or our leader. Indeed, Americans were pleased with his handling of the Persian Gulf war.
One year later though, Americans concluded he had dropped the ball on the economy, and a little-known governor from Arkansas built a national campaign around four simple words: "It's the economy, stupid!" The point is, in campaigns, there are issues you hang your hat on to win or lose.
Fast forward 16 years. We now are in another, less popular, war in Iraq. After the 2006 elections, the Democrats gained majorities in the Senate and House, and were riding a wave of self-confidence and assuredness that they would gain the White House due to the Iraq war.
The stars were aligned for the Democrats to accomplish this trifecta. The media was trumpeting our failures in Iraq on a daily basis. It was the topic du jour of television talking heads. Conventional wisdom had Democrats trouncing Republicans on Election Day over this one issue.
Sally Field epitomized Hollywood's political position when she accepted an Emmy and laced her speech with a profane anti-war screed which was thankfully bleeped by a sensible censor. Cindy Sheehan was seeking a platform and a political career, riding the wave of discontent.
Joe Lieberman saw his party establishment turn against him and he had to run for Senate re-election as an independent over his support of our troops and administration war policy. He and others were urging more troops - not fewer.
Some Democratic House and Senate members were proclaiming daily that the United States should pull out of Iraq immediately. Democrat candidates for president are still offering their plans to withdraw troops, albeit not with the same fervor and intensity as they showed just six months ago.
The opposition has been reduced to whimpering in their opposition today. Why?
That's easy. They all misjudged where so many Americans are on the Iraq war. Most Americans are not opposed to Iraq as a matter of values, but as a matter of execution. The surge of troops that then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, Sen. John McCain and others called for three years ago finally happened about seven months ago, and real progress is now being made. The left has been neutered.
There continues to be a growing sense of normalcy in Iraq, and success is finally coming into better focus. Civilian deaths are down over 80 percent from a year ago. Eighty percent of Baghdad's neighborhoods are secure today, compared with 10 percent a year ago.
The Democrats and the accommodating media don't want you to hear the following:
- U.S. and Iraqi forces now basically own the streets.
- Anbar Province, which was a hellhole of terrorists, was turned over to Iraqis a few weeks ago.
- People who fled Iraq over the past two years to avoid sectarian and terrorist violence are coming back to work and going to worship.
- Last month, thousands of Christians went to worship in church on Christmas.
- The Iraq Parliament even passed a pension law - something President Bush rightly observed our own Congress hasn't been able to do!
There is clearly more work to be done. The gains are not yet etched in stone, but much success has been seen. Enough, in fact, to motivate the Democrats to displace Iraq as their primary issue and start to focus more on the economy.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus have done an admirable job over the last year. President Bush has shown resolve in his decision to fight for freedom, just as anyone with right on his side should.
Time magazine missed it a few weeks ago. As far as I'm concerned, the United States military should have been named Time's People of the Year for 2007.
J.C. Watts is chairman of J.C. Watts Companies, a business consulting group. He is former chairman of the Republican Conference of the U.S. House, where he served as an Oklahoma representative from 1995 to 2002. His e-mail address is JCWatts01@jcwatts.com
Let's not forget Afghanistan.
I wish he’d nail his friend, FRed Thompson, to a renewed campaign, as his choice for Veep.
J C Watts
Run for POTUS
I’d almost give one of my grandchildren
for a conservative candidate..
Why did J.C. quit the House?
Our nominee should look very carefully at JC Watts as a potential VP.
Maybe J.C. promised not to make congress a life long career.
Another favorite of mine from Okla. was Don Nickles. I miss both.
Yup, you’re 100% correct. I read the Wiki entry for J.C. and he pledged not to run for more than 2 terms, but ran for 4 terms. He didn’t want to run for a fifth.
Hopefully he’ll make his fortune, then return to Republican Politics with a road to the White House.
JC Watts will be a valuable voice for possibly derailing the Obama freight train to the Presidency.
I dont think J C would want to shore up a RINO
FRed and J C
Now here is a Republican candidate I would support.
Go Brokered Convention!
I also remember his saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family while his children were still young. If I remember correctly, his family stayed in Oklahoma and he went back and forth. Having been a star athlete himself, he wanted to be there to watch his son play football.
That’s a good idea!
JC Watts makes me proud to be from Oklahoma!
Maybe he was too decent a person to stand it any longer?
I’ll come out and say it - I’ll vote for any of these bozos who puts JC on his ticket.
Even McCain because then I could look forward to the possibility he’d step aside in 4 years and let Watts run.
If we have a brokered convention, the delegates should look very carefully at JC Watts as a potential President.
If you want on
or off this list
Less than sparkling laundry in some personal financial dealings in real estate in Norman, OK. Not common enough knowledge for indictments or to make his Wiki page but enough for a good political mudball fight...
I wondered what all that was, but couldn’t be up there to hear the inside scoop on it. Also something about a gas company over in Okmulgee, wasn’t it, and some couple that owned it? Might have the location wrong.
It had grieved me no end to see him in these infomercials the past few years. JC doesn’t belong in that kind of junk! I hope to see him in a more prestigious nationally visible position of some kind soon! JC rocks.
I wish J.C. was still in Congress.
Bump. JC Watts is the Conservative’s Conservative.