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In 100 Days, an Election About Competence
Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Greg Walden

Posted on 07/27/2014 6:35:12 AM PDT by Kaslin

Back in January, Nancy Pelosi had an infamous interview with Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” that crystalizes what the 2014 election – just 100 days from today – is really all about.

Pressed on the problems with the rollout of ObamaCare, Stewart asked Pelosi whether Democrats needed to make a stronger case for the “competence of government” if they were going to try to pass large, expansive programs.

“Why is it so hard to get a company to execute that competently?” Stewart said of the ObamaCare website.

Stunned, Pelosi responded simply: “I don’t know.”

“What do you mean you don’t know,” Stewart said, jumping out of his chair. “How do you not know?!”

Stewart’s question was basic and simple – but important and revealing. And it’s exactly what American voters are asking as they watch what’s happening in Washington: Big government bureaucracies careening out of control. From the Veterans Administration to the IRS, something’s gone terribly wrong and people are suffering as a result.

No matter where you stand on the list of issues facing our country right now, one thing is abundantly clear: President Obama’s administration has proven itself wholly incompetent at running our government – even at a basic level. So it’s no surprise a plurality of Americans now view President Obama as the worst president since World War II.

Whether it’s the recent scandal in the Veterans Administration that has put our nation’s bravest heroes at risk, the security and humanitarian crisis occurring at our southern border, or the ongoing problems with the rollout and execution of ObamaCare – over the last two years, it’s clear that those who put their faith in big government solutions have a lot to explain to the American people.

That’s pretty relevant for two reasons in particular.

For one, the president and his party have executed an ambitious agenda since he took office to increase the size and scope of the federal government – an agenda they’d like to continue expanding. Yet, at the same time, they have proven themselves utterly incapable of making any of it work.

Secondly, the incompetence of this administration is further proof of why it’s so important there is a proper check and balance on President Obama’s administration and the bureaucrats he appoints.

When American voters elected Republicans to the House majority in 2010, they did so because we promised to be a check on President Obama, rein in the intrusion of government in their lives, and create jobs. That’s an obligation we’ve taken seriously.

I’ve been traveling across the country, and our candidates are running strong campaigns focused on how they will produce results for the American people – on jobs, the economy and health care, to name a few. Democrats, meanwhile, are stuck defending a status quo that simply isn’t working.

- In Arizona, Martha McSally is running another strong race against Democrat Ron Barber. McSally, a retired Air Force colonel and the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, has a winning message about how she’ll fight for women in Congress – just like she did in uniform.

- Will Hurd in the 23rd District in Texas is a former CIA agent and successful businessman who has put freshman Democrat Pete Gallego on high alert. With the recent crisis at the border, this district is seeing first-hand the devastating consequences of this part-time president, and Gallego’s constant defense of Obama won’t play well in this district Mitt Romney won.

- Up in Minnesota, long-time Democrat Collin Peterson is facing a candidate who the press has called his “worst nightmare.” Republican Torrey Westrom is giving Peterson his toughest race ever, talking to Minnesota families and farmers about how Peterson’s support for Cap and Trade and the Pelosi agenda is making it more difficult for them to survive in the Obama economy.

- The son of Cuban exiles, Miami-Dade County School Board Member Carlos Curbelo is ready to bring change to Washington. He’s running against Democrat Joe Garcia, who in just under two years in office is already dogged by corruption allegations.

These are just a few of our incredible candidates who are offering a fresh voice in Washington versus the Democrats’ record of failed governance and incompetence.

Late Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York once said, “The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.”

Today, that line rings true more than ever for Americans headed to the polls in just 100 days. If there ever was a time for a referendum election on an administration, this is that time.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014elections; nancypiglosi; polling

1 posted on 07/27/2014 6:35:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well: America & all Americans.....you have a one time only chance to save the free USA on November 4, 2014 by voting to destroy, politically, both the Democrat Party and failed POTUS, Barack Hussein Obama...One Choice, One Chance. Miss it and you will destroy the American Republic nation...forever!!! What say you? I say......get out...and, vote against any Democrat candidate.....no matter who they might be!!!


2 posted on 07/27/2014 6:42:29 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m a Good Ole’ American
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRtlUi3OJ_c


3 posted on 07/27/2014 6:43:50 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

A vote for a Democrat congressman is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.

A vote for a Democrat senate candidate is a vote for Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.

Let’s nationalize this. No matter how moderate or reasonable a Democrat running for Congress may seem, they will be votes for the Obama agenda if elected. Let’s not lose sight of that.


4 posted on 07/27/2014 6:51:25 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Kaslin
I would say that it is about sanity and survival of the republic; bottom line, are the normal hard-working people of this country now outnumbered by the libtards, parasites, ignoramuses, and apathetic?
5 posted on 07/27/2014 6:51:46 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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Incompetence? It’s an election about deception.


6 posted on 07/27/2014 6:52:52 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

EXACTLY...Lies and Deception by the Democrat’s and Rinos


7 posted on 07/27/2014 6:58:27 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Yes, this election is for all the marbles. Winner take all.


8 posted on 07/27/2014 6:59:05 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Kaslin

The choice in November is between bulls**t and horses**t. The democrats are offering BS and the source of BS is, obviously bulls. Bulls aren’t good for much except screwing over the herd. Republicans are offering horses**t which, obviously, comes from horses. Horses actually can be useful if guided and applied to a task properly.

GOP-e thinks this is an opportunity to win and take the lead in the old dance. We will get nothing but road apples if we vote and go home. Putting these GOP-e idiots in office will be meaningless unless we ride them with skill, unremitting determination and really change things. Leaving them to their own devices will not improve the air around here.


9 posted on 07/27/2014 7:09:03 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Kaslin

Many GOPe candidates are campaigning on their ability to run Big Government more competently.


10 posted on 07/27/2014 7:12:09 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Starboard

That’s why Dear Leader is out on the campaign trail. Valerie told him to get his punk ass out there and go and collect some cash. She knows her demonic stronghold is about to be over with, if they lose.


11 posted on 07/27/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT by mothball
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To: muir_redwoods

Eloquent


12 posted on 07/27/2014 7:23:27 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: muir_redwoods

Having been on the business end of removal of both bulls**t and horses**t, I can say with authority that horses**t is the less unpleasant to deal with. It is both drier and less odoriferous, and makes nice pickings for the sparrows.

But that aside, neither is the preferred decoration for the front parlor.


13 posted on 07/27/2014 7:27:18 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: Kaslin

Our Democrat President doesn’t like his job, so he’s gone golfing. He likes to lecture because then he’s the only one talking.


14 posted on 07/27/2014 7:30:34 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin
When American voters elected Republicans to the House majority in 2010, they did so because we promised to be a check on President Obama, rein in the intrusion of government in their lives, and create jobs. That’s an obligation we’ve taken seriously.

Seriously? Yeah, right.

15 posted on 07/27/2014 7:41:59 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
Well: America & all Americans.....you have a one time only chance to save the free USA on November 4, 2014 by voting to destroy, politically, both the Democrat Party and failed POTUS, Barack Hussein Obama...One Choice, One Chance. Miss it and you will destroy the American Republic nation...forever!!! What say you? I say......get out...and, vote against any Democrat candidate.....no matter who they might be!!!

I appreciate the passion that you bring to your argument, and in the past I would have agreed. I always held my nose and voted Republican.

But with all due respect, I think that it is more important to defeat the RINOs than to defeat the Democrats.

There are two reasons why I now take this position:

1) Because the Republican Party must be forced to face the reality that they cannot win elections without the support of the conservative base, and must be forced to recognize that if they want to win elections, they have to abandon the whole "moderate reach-across-the-aisle" thing and start standing on conservative principles.

2) I think that a Republican minority party that stands and act on principle, and knows how to articulate those principles, will do more to raise public awareness if how destructive the Democrat policies are for our nation, while taking strong action to frustrate the Democrat agenda.

As exhibit A for my argument, I submit the following brief article:

Warner presses Gillespie on climate change

So I am done voting for RINO/GOPe candidates EVER again.

16 posted on 07/27/2014 7:52:49 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Democrats and republicans are now just playing “good cop, bad cop” with us. It’s why incumbency and RINO’s are as big an issue as “Democrat”.

It’s why I’m voting for the Democrat against McConnell - the first time I’ve voted democrat since I voted for Dixie Lee Ray in 1972.


17 posted on 07/27/2014 8:02:12 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Maceman

For a lot of us the primaries are over, we will go to the polls and have a choice between a democrat or a republican, I think that was the point he was trying to make.


18 posted on 07/27/2014 8:06:39 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Kaslin

Ask President Dukakis about a platform of “competence”.

If a majority of voters gave a rat’s ass about competence, we would not be in this fix. But they don’t, and we are.

People want to be led. They want to be told what to do. Obama has them dialed in, and the GOPe is clueless.


19 posted on 07/27/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. Hat)
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To: reefdiver
For a lot of us the primaries are over, we will go to the polls and have a choice between a democrat or a republican, I think that was the point he was trying to make.

Well, the point I was trying to make is that we shouldn't be voting for any more RINOs in any general election. EVER.

See Reason #1 in my post.

20 posted on 07/27/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

And which of the two parties is more inclined, albeit only a margin more, to actually listen to conservatives in their demands and do something related thereto? ... The answer will reveal much about someone and their reasons for the ‘working to elect democrats by default/division’.


21 posted on 07/27/2014 8:43:27 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: MHGinTN
And which of the two parties is more inclined, albeit only a margin more, to actually listen to conservatives in their demands and do something related thereto? ... The answer will reveal much about someone and their reasons for the ‘working to elect democrats by default/division’.

I certainly understand your point. I voted for McCain, and Romney, and Scott Brown in Massachusetts. But I guess it depends on your belief in how far gone this nation is, and what it will take to restore it, assuming that is even possible at this point.

Personally, I no longer believe that "a margin more" is sufficient to save us. The only way to to save this nation now is to put conservatives in political offices and enact an agenda based on free markets, limited government and the rule of law. As long as we have a Republican party that actively opposes those ends (and we do, obviously), then I believe our only (slim) hope is drastic action.

As long as the Republican Party believes it can continue to survive by being Democrat-lite, it will never change direction.

Only when the party understands that it must change or die can we hope to turn this country around. Our too-long-serving entrenched establishment politicians can still enjoy their comfy lifestyles, their wealth, power and prestige as members of a minority party. So why should they bother to change direction?

Surely a John Boehner (or an Eric Cantor -- had he not been defeated -- or a Mitch McConnell) would be just as happy to be minority leaders if the election cycle didn't go their way. Yes, they would prefer to be majority leaders, but what good would it be to them if a conservative Republican Party won the majority and then threw them out of their cushy positions and all those perks, replacing them with real conservatives?

Ask yourself -- which do you think Mitch McConnell would prefer -- a majority Republican party in which he was stripped of his position by a conservative majority, or a minority Republican party in which he could remain Senate minority leader because the majority of Republican senators were RINOs?

You may argue that we have no time to wait for the Republicans to realize that their only choice is to change or die as a viable party. But if we don't have time for that, then what makes you think we have time to wait for the RINOs and the GOP-e to pursue a "moderately marginal" course of action designed only to maintain their personal fiefdoms at the expense of a free America operating under the rule of Constitutional law?

The GOP had majority power in the House and Senate, and occupied the White House, 10 years ago. What did all that power do to move the agenda of liberty forward? Answer: nothing.

A GOP that cannot even sell liberty, limited governments and free markets to the American people is worse than useless. It is a party of tyranny enablers, and I will have none of it.

Unbelievably, today we are facing once again the stark choice between liberty and death.

Once again, these are the times that try men's souls. Conservatives need to be waging aggressive war against the totalitarian leftist tyrants on all fronts -- in the branches of government at the federal and state level, in academia, in the media, through public demonstrations, and in the voting booth.

You have apparently made your choice about the best way to proceed from this point on. But I respectfully disagree with that choice. I am done enabling.

If we really are to lose the greatest country in the history of the world, then let's at least be fighting for it when it goes down.

And who knows, maybe -- just maybe, if we show sufficient resolve and conviction -- divine Providence will once again provide the support that gave our founders their unlikely victory in 1776, and grant us once again the "new birth of freedom" that Lincoln called for a century later.

22 posted on 07/27/2014 9:52:42 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman; All
The GOP had majority power in the House and Senate, and occupied the White House, 10 years ago. What did all that power do to move the agenda of liberty forward? Answer: nothing.

That is exactly correct!

we had it all and did they cut departments back to Constitutional levels..... NO

Did they give us back freedom by getting out of our lives.... NO

They did give us a new expensive Rx program, increase spending like crazy (not as much as Obama but close)

I'm torn on this but for sure I will be voting, I might leave out a race here and there but any dem voted for will be whatever the Pelosi/Reed wants because they strong-arm them to concur on every vote they want.

23 posted on 07/27/2014 10:46:34 AM PDT by The Bat Lady (FREEPER TheSarce RIP 5/15/14)
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To: Kaslin

Oh if it’s about competence then nobody can win any of the elections. Politicians aren’t competent, the best you can hope for is that they be kind of honest in their stupidity.


24 posted on 07/27/2014 10:53:31 AM PDT by discostu (Villains always blink their eyes.)
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To: Maceman

Look...I cannot argue with you about RINOs.....I cannot stand them as much as you do, but.......if we don’t destroy the Democrat Party this coming November....this country is going to step into a nightmare they never, ever, considered or dreamed of!!! Forget the economy, immgration, climate change, big government, fraud, criminals, thugs, etc.. That’s peewee stuff....compared to what Obama really wants to happen to our country and all of our people!!! I have great fear that Americans will come under attack here in the homeland. It’s coming......I hate to say. It’s as simple and plain as the nose on your face. Obama and his minions are really the enemy among us!!! Wake up!!!

As for the low life, traitor RINOS......they can be weeded out by 2016.....if we the Pubbies capture both the house and senate by large numbers, this November!!! So....even if you disagree with me....that’s fine and OK....but I stick to my warning.....Americans....totallly politically destroy both the Democrat Party and Barack Hussein Obama....this coming November, 2014!!!


25 posted on 07/27/2014 1:13:19 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I hear you.

But we both know that even if the Republicans take the House and Senate in 2014, come 2016, we’ll be hearing the same argument for the Congressional races and for the Presidency.

I’ll tell you right now, I’m not voting for any RINO presidential candidates in 2016.

How many times do we vote for the RINOs because we’re scared of Democrats winning?

How many more election cycles can we afford to play Charlie Brown to the GOP establishment’s Lucy van Pelt?


26 posted on 07/27/2014 1:24:52 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

We don’t have to ever vote for RINOs again...if we slaughter the Democrat vermin in November!!! Look.....Romney should have walked all over Obama in 2012. He whimped out...listening & following the “vermin” he called consultants....telling him to make nice to Obama!!! He had Obama down and the weakling Romney...let him up and, in the process...Romney even kissed CNNs, Candy Crowley’s butt!!! What did Obama do.......he thanked Romney for allowing him (Obama) to steal the election!!!

McCain was even weaker.....when Hannity pegged Obama to Hater, Racist, Rev. Jeremiah Wright....McCain told us all what a “good guy” Obama really was!!! Good guy....Obama hates the USA and every American in it, including, all African-Americans and Hispanics, etc.!!! We cut our own throats with these low life, “K” Street consultants that were secretly in Obama’s “destroy America camp”!!!

End line: Americans all....Destroy The Entire Democrat Party Politically on November 4, 2014!!! End of story!!!


27 posted on 07/27/2014 3:15:18 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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