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Posts by AuH2ORepublican

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  • Ben Carson Endorses Rob Portman's Re-election as Ohio Senator

    04/24/2015 11:43:36 AM PDT · 31 of 34
    AuH2ORepublican to WorldGoneMad

    Umm, no, as despicable as a vote for Lynch is, it does not equate to voting for legal abortion.

  • Nigel Farage on target to win: Poll puts him NINE points ahead of Tory rival

    04/24/2015 8:05:01 AM PDT · 50 of 51
    AuH2ORepublican to GeronL; Impy

    I know, Pelosi sits in one of the safest Democrat seats in the country while there is no such thing as a safe UKIP seat, but my point is that a year ago Farage’s goal was to get himself elected PM, not to eke out a victory in his own district and lead a caucus of a measly six members. Dick Gephardt’s CD wasn’t safe for Democrats in 1998 or 2000, yet no one would have run a headline saying “Gephardt on Target to Win” if there was a poll showing Gephardt up by 9% but with Republicans poised to keep their House majorities.

  • Gun-weary Senate makes surprise turn to legalize silencers

    04/24/2015 6:12:45 AM PDT · 3 of 15
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; TurboZamboni; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale

    It was even worse that we couldn’t get a first-tier candidate to run against Gov. Dayton or Sen. Franken. We can get the Senate back in 2016, but Dayton will keep vetoing any conservative legislation through 2017 and Franken will keep voting 100% liberal through 2021.

  • Nigel Farage on target to win: Poll puts him NINE points ahead of Tory rival

    04/24/2015 5:48:14 AM PDT · 28 of 51
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    That poll shows Farage up by 9% *in his own district*, right? That’s like touting a poll showing Pelosi up big in her San Francisco district. If Farage leads a coalition of 6 UKIP members, it won’t be much of a “victory,” personal or otherwise.

  • Analysts see 2 ‘hardcore' liberal Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Maryland

    04/23/2015 9:21:16 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued; sickoflibs; NFHale; BillyBoy

    DJ, I think that at least one additional prominent Democrat will run, probably a black Democrat from Baltimore (the only remaining demographic with a chance of winning). Maybe Mayor Stephanie Ralings-Blake. If a Baltimore black jumps in, it could be anyone’s race.

    Even if Edwards or KKT win the RAT nomination, it still will be very difficult for the GOP to win the general, particularly in a presidential year. Also, we don’t have much of a bench. The newly elected governor and Lt. Gov. won’t run so quickly. Congressman Andy Harris likely is too conservative to win statewide, and I don’t think that he’ll give up his safe district to run (particularly in a presidential year). Maybe Bonino? Or that Charles County GOP chairman, Charles Lollar, who might cut into the black vote if one of tbe white Democrats wi s the nomination. And I guess there’s always Ehrlich and Steele ....

  • UKRAINE: Khomyakov "Raccoons" cleaned Cossacks "New Russia" [VIDEO]

    04/23/2015 5:49:45 AM PDT · 6 of 12
    AuH2ORepublican to UMCRevMom@aol.com

    Is this a Babelfish translation of an article written in Ukrainian? I couldn’t make heads or tails of that report.

  • Ben Carson Endorses Rob Portman's Re-election as Ohio Senator

    04/23/2015 5:45:43 AM PDT · 16 of 34
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

    Oh, come on now, don’t be so elitist. I’m sure some random hotel van driver or some random nanny will be able to raise the money and run the sort of disciplined campaign required to defeat Senator Rob Pirtman in the primary and ex-Congressman and ex-Governor Ted Strickland in the general. I mean, it’s just a U.S. Senate race in Ohio—entry-level stuff, really.

  • Ben Carson Endorses Rob Portman's Re-election as Ohio Senator

    04/23/2015 5:39:54 AM PDT · 14 of 34
    AuH2ORepublican to Arthur McGowan

    Perhaps you’ve seen Portman described as pro-abortion because some people choose to defame those that have disappointed them on other issues. Rob Portman has had a perfect pro-life voting record since he was first elected to the House in the 1990s: http://nrlc.capwiz.com/bio/id/460

    As for your theory that everyone that turns pro-abortion eventually will turn pro-same-sex marriage, and that everyone that turns pro-same-sex marriage eventually will turn pro-abortion, I disagree. They are separate issues with completely different social and philosophical underpinnings. I can think of several principled pro-lifers that will not deviate from that position even though they have caved to the sodomofascists on the definition of marriage.

    As for Portman, he turned his back on marriage because his son came out as gay and complained to him, and he thought that he was being a good father by supporting same-sex marriage. It was a one-off thing, not a conversion to liberalism.

  • Ben Carson Endorses Rob Portman's Re-election as Ohio Senator

    04/23/2015 4:24:44 AM PDT · 9 of 34
    AuH2ORepublican to Arthur McGowan

    Portman is anti-abortion, but switched to pro-same-sex marriage a couple of years ago.

  • An Apology to Neville Chamberlain

    04/20/2015 6:53:26 AM PDT · 37 of 40
    AuH2ORepublican to GOPsterinMA; Impy; NFHale

    Cubs are doing much better now, but Lester has been terrible.

    And Joe Maddon may be too cute by half in batting the pitcher 8th instead of 9th just about every game. It really bit the Cubs in the posterior yesterday, when he batted Lester (a pitcher one would expect to go deep into the game, and who never has gotten a hit in the Majors) 8th, right behind personal catcher David Ross, and ahead of 2B Jonathan Herrera.

    The Cubs scored twice in the first and had runners on the corners and two out with Ross up, but Andrew Cashner pitched around Ross and walked him, and then easily retired Lester. And in the third, Ross again came up with runners in the corners (later second and third, since Castro stole second) and two out, and while Cashner went after Ross, he didn’t give him too much of the plate and walked him again, and then struck Lester out on three pitches.

    It would have been a completely different ballgame had Lester been hitting ninth instead of eighth. I hope that Maddon reconsiders his new gimmick, which makes more sense when your starting pitcher is a Jason Marquis (who can swing the bat, and is unlikely to go more than 5 or 6 innings) than a John Lester.

  • Mike Flynn for Congress (Breitbart's Mike Flynn for Aaron Schock's seat in Illinois)

    04/20/2015 6:40:11 AM PDT · 9 of 11
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; PhilCollins; yongin; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; ...
  • Mike Flynn for Congress (Breitbart's Mike Flynn for Aaron Schock's seat in Illinois)

    04/17/2015 10:35:49 AM PDT · 3 of 11
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; PhilCollins; hockeyfan44; Dr. Sivana; chicagolady; Clintonfatigued; Impy; ...

    Here’s John Fund on the LaHood/Flynn race: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417055/establishment-and-tea-party-face-illinois-john-fund

    National Review’s Jim Geraghty gave just a few reasons why conservatives should support Flynn:

    A Good Unifying GOP-Primary Fight to Cleanse Our Palates

    My fellow men and women of the Right . . . indeed, as my colleague Jonah pointed out, the family-squabble phase of the Republican primaries has arrived. You’re going to insist my assessment of Ted Cruz is condescending. You’re going to insist my assessment of Ted Cruz is agitprop hagiography. Repeat for all other contenders.

    Let’s turn our attention to the special election in the 18th congressional district of Illinois to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of former U.S. representative Aaron Schock, (R., Peoria).

    The date for the special primary election is July 7 and the date for the special general election is Sept. 10. Mr. Schock resigned last month after a controversy about his use of federal funds that is now the subject of a federal grand jury investigation.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner called for a special election to replace Mr. Schock and on Tuesday released a statement finalizing dates for the election. A federal judge approved a consent decree to amend the election schedule to comply with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

    The 18th Congressional District includes the cities of Peoria, Springfield and Quincy and includes part of Stark County.

    Can we all unify behind someone — some conservative — behind, say, a Republican running for Congress who’s the son of an Obama cabinet official? Right now the only filed candidate is state senator Darin LaHood — son of former Republican congressman-turned-Obama-transportation-secretary Ray LaHood. You remember, the earmark guy. The let’s-publicly-demonize-Toyota-while-the-government-owns-GM guy.

    Sorry, we can’t. You may characterize this as blaming the son for the sins of the father, but besides the hereditary-monarchy aspect of Congress, the elder LaHood stepped up for the Obama agenda when the president asked.

    As our John Fund writes:

    LaHood is about as establishment a choice as one could imagine. He is the son of Representative Ray LaHood, the very moderate Republican who represented about half of the current district in Congress until 2009. He then left office to become President Obama’s Transportation Secretary, where he promoted pork-barrel spending and dubious high-speed-rail projects. His son’s supporters say his politics are distinct from those of his father, but clearly the LaHood name will be a mixed blessing in a primary. On the one hand, it brings strong name identification for Darin LaHood. But on the other, it leaves many of the district’s conservatives looking for a fresh, non–status quo alternative.

    Somebody like Breitbart’s Mike Flynn? Fine.

    Because if LaHood wins, despite his professed Republican status, you know what the national media’s take-away is going to be. “Despite all the ups and downs of the past six and a half years, Obama still plays in Peoria.”

  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/16/2015 2:30:59 PM PDT · 35 of 37
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; BillyBoy

    The Widow Capps wouldn’t have survived 2002 or 2004 (much less 2010) under the 1990s lines, but RAT redistricting guru Michael Berman (the brains behind Phil Burton’s gerrymanders) drew an almost entirely coastal district for Capps that reduced GOP performance by like 7%.

  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/16/2015 2:08:06 PM PDT · 33 of 37
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; Impy

    I’ve tried drawing a Hispanic-majority CD based in the Orlando area that voted at least 48% for McCain (which is the minimum that one would need for a GOP CD in Central FL), and it can’t be done, even if one has the lines slink down to Collier County (which would take GOP votes away from the three Miami-area Cuban-American CDs). True, the Puerto Rican vote in Central Florida tends to swing, and went for Jeb in 2002, W. and Mel in 2004, and Rubio in 2010 (and Puerto Rican-born voters in Central Florida likely voted for Scott in 2010 and 2014 as well, with “Newyorricans” from NY, NJ, CT, MA and IL voting as Democrat as they did in their original home states), but the numbers just aren’t there right now. Maybe after the 2020 Census there might be a chance, but Western Osceola and Southern Orange have not been trending in the right direction.

    My problem with the FL-09 RAT vote sink is that it is not Democrat enough. When that state judge struck down the Jacksonville-to-Orlando black-majority FL-05 CD because it wasn’t compact enough (not because it went all the way to Orlando, but because it curved into Sanford!), the GOP Legislature should have taken the opportunity to redraw the FL-09 to be like 40% Hispanic and 30% black (by adding black Orange County precincts from the FL-05), making it a more efficient (and compact) RAT vote sink. It could then either split Jacksonville into two GOP-leaning CDs (the judge said that there was no need to have a black *majority* CD in North FL, so why not call the bluff and draw two 28% or so black CDs that vote Republican?), or else play it safe and have a black-majority CD run east-to-west from black parts of Jacksonville to Tallahassee and Gadsden County (with Gainesville thrown in there to boot) that would turn the FL-02 into a safely GOP CD (no way could Gwen Graham have won it without Tallahasee and Gadsden). Frankly, that’s J’ville-to-Gadsden CD is how the GOP should have started out, and dared the jduges to strike down an additional black-majority CD.

    I’m cautiously optimistic that, later this year, SCOTUS will strike down the voter-approved AZ redistricting commission’s ability to draw congressional district lines because such system doesn’t permit the state legislature to draw congressional district lines (which duty is assigned to the state legislatures in the U.S. Constitution). When that happens, the FL legislature should sue to get that ridiculous “fair districts” constitutional amendment be declared inapplicable to congressional redistricting for the same reason. At that point, the legislature can redraw the CDs to its heart’s content, and we can get a 20R, 7D House delegation from FL.

  • Remaking Clinton, One Burrito Bowl at a Time

    04/16/2015 7:34:01 AM PDT · 19 of 22
    AuH2ORepublican to Gaffer

    “Message: After nearly 25 years on the national political stage, she has discovered she cares deeply about the much-beleaguered American middle class”

    “HURL! What a load of sanctimonious lying horsesh!t”

    Umm, I believe that the author used a literary device called “irony,” defined as using one or more words to mean the opposite of what they normally mean. In this case, it is clear that he was being ironic when he used the words “discovered” and “cares deeply” (and perhaps “much-beleaguered” as well, but I’m not certain of that. The sentence’s introduction, “[a]fter nearly 25 years on the national political stage,” should have served as a sufficient “Sarcasm Warning.”

    Similarly, when Rush Limbaugh says “Boy! That John F. Kerry sure is a genius!” after Kerry speaks out on Iran or something, Rush is not proclaiming Kerry to be in the top 2% of Americans in intelligence, but implying that he’s a moron that recently did something stupid once again.

  • Joe Manchin: Coward or Two-Faced?

    04/15/2015 3:19:38 PM PDT · 34 of 40
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj

    As late as 1962, WV had 6 CDs; in less than 8 years, it will have 2 CDs. A 67% reduction in House members in 60 years!

  • Joe Manchin: Coward or Two-Faced?

    04/15/2015 1:54:44 PM PDT · 32 of 40
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj

    “BTW, are you of the same conclusion I am that WV will drop to just 2 House seats after 2023 ?”

    It isn’t so much of an opinion as a mathematical certainty (unless the size of the House of Representatives is increased beyong 435) stemming from the state’s demographic reality. After the 2010 Census results came out, I predicted that WV would lose a House seat after the 2020 Census, and the results of the census estimates (including the most recent as of July 2014) reveal that such result is a fait accompli.

    The U.S. population is on pace to increase by around 7.75% during this decade, so the average CD will have a population of around 765,000 after the 2020 Census. WV has actually decreased in population since the 2010 Census, but even if it recovers somewhat and breaks even, it would be entitled to 2.42 congressional districts. While the method for allocating congressional districts is more complicated than my crude division exercise, it is certain that WV will not be able to keep its current three CDs unless it increases its population by at least 2% during the decade, and it would not be assured of keeping three CDs unless its population increases by over 3%.

    Given that WV’s population *decreased* by 0.1% during the first 51 months of the 120-month Census period, WV’s population would need to increase at a pace of 3.75% a decade for the next 69 months in order to have a small chance of keeping its current number of CDs.

    So, barring an unprecedented change in America’s migratory patterns, WV will be down to two CDs after the 2020 Census. One of the three GOP congressmen will lose the game of musical chairs, and it is likely that one or more of them will decide to run statewide before that happens, either for Manchin’s Senate seat in 2018 or in the GOP primary for Capito’s Senate seat in 2020 (or, if the Dems hold the governorship in 2016, for governor in 2020).

  • Joe Manchin: Coward or Two-Faced?

    04/15/2015 10:27:59 AM PDT · 30 of 40
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy

    “That leaves Evan Jenkins, he’ll be 58. Lacking Mooney’s baggage and age-wise, he may be the best fit.”

    Yeah, but in 2018 he would have been a Republican for, what, all of five years?

    WV will have had a GOP Speaker and GOP Senate majority leader for 4 years by the time that 2018 rolls around, so maybe those would be good sources of Senate candidates.

  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/15/2015 6:04:32 AM PDT · 24 of 37
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj

    Why can’t Joe Negron run instead of sending his wife to do the job? In that CD, which has all of Martin County and other areas that Joe has represented for years, he would be the favorite in both the primary and the general.

    Gwen Graham must have received *a lot* of votes from Rick Scott voters, since Scott cleaned up in North Florida (sure, not in Leon or Gadsden Counties, but the district is much more than that). Hopefully this was because some normally Republican voters were pissed off at Southerland (who had some constituency-service issues IIRC) and not be ause they’ve bought into the canard that Graham is a “conservative Democrat.” We need a first-tier candidate there, as well as to spend money pointing out every single liberal vote cast by Graham in the House.

  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/14/2015 3:19:32 PM PDT · 19 of 37
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    Maybe Uranus, but not mine ....

  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/14/2015 6:24:46 AM PDT · 17 of 37
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj

    “Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter has already announced his candidacy.”

    I just realized that Patrick Murphy is an alien. : )

  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/14/2015 6:23:35 AM PDT · 16 of 37
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; hockeyfan44; darkangel82; randita; GOPsterinMA; ...

    With Rubio running for president and forgoing reelection, Congressman DeSantis is officially running for the Senate. He is a very smart and accomplished felloew and arguably the most conservative member of the Florida congressional delegation. I think that DeSantis would make a great Senator, and with Atwater out and Putnam reportedly more interested in the governorship I think that he might be our strongest general-election candidate as well.

  • The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio

    04/14/2015 6:19:29 AM PDT · 34 of 45
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    I must say, I would have been skeptical of what Silver describes as “conservative positions” even if he hadn’t placed Ron and Rand Paul as among the three most conservative GOP presidential candidates ever.

    And the “fundraising” data point is just laughable. Silver is trying to determine how conservative a candidate is from his fundraising? So if he holds a fundraiser at French restaurant that means that he’s not conservative, but if it’s at a rib joint then he is? Or is he assuming how conservative the candidate’s donors are from their employer or profession? Give me a break!

  • Obama’s DOJ Loses Another Round in Immigration Battle in Texas

    04/13/2015 4:50:00 PM PDT · 35 of 49
    AuH2ORepublican to George from New England

    Well, if it’s for what Obama “says,” then it’s best to keep “Bush’s fault” off, since he never uses those exact words (even though that’s what he means when he says “the previous administration,” which is the center square).

  • Obama’s DOJ Loses Another Round in Immigration Battle in Texas

    04/13/2015 4:47:44 PM PDT · 34 of 49
    AuH2ORepublican to Elpasser

    Judge Smith is as solid as they come. Don’t know enough about Elrod.

  • Marco Rubio takes a shot at Rand Paul over potentially running for Senate and White House

    04/13/2015 4:43:42 PM PDT · 20 of 102
    AuH2ORepublican to Republican Wildcat; BillyBoy; Impy; ObamahatesPACoal; fieldmarshaldj

    If cats and dogs start living together and Rand Paul wins the GOP presidential nomination, he will drop out of the Senate race and permit the state GOP to name his replacement on the ballot. Rand is a Paultard, but he’s not actually retarded.

    The reason for Rand’s hissy fit is because he wants to run for president while filing for reelection for when he loses (like his daddy used to do), and if KY had a presidential primary he would not be able to appear on that ballot while simultaneously appearing on the Senate primary ballot. This way, he can stay in the presidential race past late January (which is the filing deadline in KY), so that he can get a bunch of third-place finishes like his daddy used to do. But maybe Rand can “win” the USVI caucuses (with like 50 voters) like Ron Paul did in 2008.


    04/13/2015 8:22:53 AM PDT · 22 of 81
    AuH2ORepublican to Moonmad27; Homer_J_Simpson

    I saw that, and thought “boy, that LBJ couldn’t help but milk FDR’s death for his own benefit.”

  • Shooting reported at North Carolina community college

    04/13/2015 8:12:46 AM PDT · 15 of 49
    AuH2ORepublican to bgill

    “with a goatee and tattoo over his left eye”

    Wow, a goatee over his left eye? That’s quite the bushy eyebrow! You’re right, he shouldn’t be hard to find.

    (I know, I know, but you left off the “a” in front of “tattoo” as well as the comma after “goatee,” and I couldn’t resist. : )

  • It’s not red state vs blue state. It’s city vs country

    04/12/2015 3:24:56 PM PDT · 59 of 62
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Sun; BillyBoy

    As for FDR, the number of non-NYC counties that he carried in the state was 5 in 1932 (Albany, next-door Rensselaer (Troy), Franklin and Clinton in the North Country, and F’n Sullivan); 8 in 1936 (Erie (Buffalo),Monroe (Rochester), Clinton, Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery, Sullivan, and Rockland—that last one may not be deemed to be “Upstate” because it is borders Westchester on the west); 4 in 1940 (Erie, Monroe, Clinton and Albany); and 4 in 1944 (the same as in 1940).

  • It’s not red state vs blue state. It’s city vs country

    04/12/2015 3:01:38 PM PDT · 58 of 62
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Sun; BillyBoy

    Reagan holding Mondale to only three county wins outside of NYC in 1984 (Albany, Erie (Buffalo) and Tompkins (Ithaca)) wasn’t that surprising, given that Reagan carried the state. Ford was the one that proved how well the GOP use to run Upstate even when losing in the state as a whole: He held Carter to just three non-NYC county wins (Albany, Erie and Sullivan) even while Carter was carrying the state by 4.42% (had Ford carried it, he would have won the election).

  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/11/2015 8:27:14 PM PDT · 12 of 37
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; hockeyfan44; darkangel82; randita; GOPsterinMA; ...

    I won’t pretend that I’m not disappointed that Atwater won’t be running, but we have a strong bench in FL, and both DeSantis and Putnam would be great.

  • Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore "Considering" Run for President

    04/11/2015 12:09:24 PM PDT · 35 of 41
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    I don’t think that our Danish allies would appreciate it if we treated Greenland as if it were independent.

    Gilmore can be our Ambassador to Taiwan. Screw the ChiComs.

  • Rand Paul: I’ll win black voters to GOP

    04/10/2015 12:25:35 PM PDT · 99 of 137
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    ““tough love”, a page from Bill Cosby”

    That would have sounded a lot less creepy a couple of years ago ....

  • Florida Set To Repeal 38-year-old Ban On Gay Adoption

    04/09/2015 12:00:39 PM PDT · 51 of 84
    AuH2ORepublican to BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

    Oops, meant to ping you two as well.

  • Florida Set To Repeal 38-year-old Ban On Gay Adoption

    04/09/2015 11:59:58 AM PDT · 49 of 84
    AuH2ORepublican to SoFloFreeper; Impy

    I didn’t know about Jeff Flake; do you have a link?

    That other Arizona Mormon Republican, Congressman Salmon, has a homosexual son, but he announced that he has *not* changed his position on marriage.

  • An Apology to Neville Chamberlain

    04/07/2015 5:27:33 AM PDT · 31 of 40
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; GOPsterinMA

    See, the 2015 Cubs are breaking records already.

    It’s good to get those dogs out of the way early; still 161 games to go.

  • Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton backs accuracy of 'House of Cards'

    04/01/2015 12:37:37 PM PDT · 55 of 57
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

    Like DJ, I never watched The West Wing either. I don’t think I’ve watched a TV series about the presidency since the short-lived Mr. President, starring George C. Scott, in the first or second season of the Fox Channel (back when The Simpsons was a segment on the Tracey Ullman Show).

  • Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton backs accuracy of 'House of Cards'

    04/01/2015 12:35:00 PM PDT · 54 of 57
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

    I’ve never watched House of Cards, but a friend of mine told me that Spacey’s character represented the York County-based SC-05 (which white liberal RAT John Spratt represented until 2010, when it went GOP for the first time since Reconstruction). The SC-05 was like 30% black prior to 2012 redistricting, so, no, it wasn’t a black-majority district. When did House of Cards come out, like 2011? When they first floated the show it probably was perfectly reasonable to depict a white liberal Democrat congressman from SC, but by the time it came out Obama’s policies had made such a character a relic of the past.

  • Mumia Abu-Jamal ailing, supporters say

    03/31/2015 1:34:42 PM PDT · 82 of 85
    AuH2ORepublican to PROCON

    I hope it’s nothing trivial.

  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee moved to hospice

    03/31/2015 7:52:15 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

    Once Dr. Daye gets his foot in the door, he will go toe-to-toe with John Boehner and will nail him if he goes wobbly. Plus, Dr. Daye can recite Article I of the Constitution from memory and is a real fun guy! (Get it? Fungi?)

    Oh, and did I mention that Dr. Daye also got his Realtor’s license? Capital-R, baby! He’s got qualifications in spades.

  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee moved to hospice

    03/31/2015 6:15:44 AM PDT · 22 of 27
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

    “Doc Holliday once voted for Haley Barbour, so he’s a GOPe RINO! True conservatives will write-in Tea Party leader Dr. Hollis Daye, a podiotrist who has never even registered to vote but is an Expert on the Constitution.”

    (Just thought I’d throw in that preemptive strike.)

  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee moved to hospice

    03/30/2015 5:09:30 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj

    Yeah, I was going to say, McDonald’s doesn’t serve wings, only chicken nuggets. : p

  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee moved to hospice

    03/30/2015 2:07:20 PM PDT · 16 of 27
    AuH2ORepublican to .45 Long Colt; DoodleDawg; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT; ...

    OK, the filing deadline passed, and only one Democrat filed (and it wasn’t Childress). Hopefully two conservatives make the run-off and we don’t have a general in which a RINO gets elected by getting votes from Democrats, RINOs, fooled conservatives, and hometown voters.

    Here are the candidates:

    District 1 - SPECIAL ELECTION - Primary May 12, 2015 - Runoff June 2, 2015:
    FILING DEADLINE: March 27, 2015
    [ Alan Nunnelee (R)* - Died February 6, 2015. ]
    Boyce Adams (R) - Software Executive & ‘11 PSC Candidate
    Sam Adcock (R) - Businessman & Ex-Congressional Aide
    Nancy Collins (R) - State Sen., Nurse & Speech Therapist
    Ed “Doc” Holliday (R) - Dentist & Tea Party Activist
    Starner Jones (R) - Emergency Room Physician
    Trent Kelly (R) - Alcorn County Prosecuting Attorney
    Chip Mills (R) - Itawamba County Prosecuting Attorney
    Greg Pirkle (R) - Attorney
    Henry Ross (R) - Ex-Eupora Mayor, Ex-Circuit Court Judge, Attorney, Navy Veteran & ‘10/’12 Candidate
    Daniel Sparks (R) - Attorney & Accountant
    Mike Tagert (R) - State Transportation Commissioner, Economic Development Executive & USMC Veteran
    Quentin Whitwell (R) - Ex-Jackson City Councilor & Attorney
    Walter Zinn Jr. (D) - City of Jackson Government Affairs Director, Political Consultant & Attorney

  • Huckabee calls for Supreme Court term limits

    03/29/2015 10:56:23 PM PDT · 40 of 46
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; BillyBoy; fatnotlazy; fieldmarshaldj; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

    OK, a few thoughts:

    1. If these “judicial districts” can diverge in population by more than 10%, then the Democrats could redraw them when they get a big congressional majority at some point (and don’t point out how difficult that would be given our natural advantage in the House and Senate, since 2006 and 2008 occurred despite our natural advantage) and really screw us. If we need a system tthinking that we can exploit it, count on the RATs screwing us eventually.

    2. I don’t like popular elections of judges, and having them at the federal level (even if only for SCOTUS) could be particularly pernicious, even if Justices are elected by voters in particular multi-state judicial districts.

    3. Having Justices serve staggered 18-yea terms, with a seat up every two years (one per Congress) so that each presidential term would see two SCOTUS appointments (preferably one in the first year and one in the third year to limit the effects of election-year politics), would give the voters more of a say in the selection process, given that we wouldn’t go through 10+ years without a SCOTUS vacancy like we did from 1994 to 2005 (when the Senators elected by the voters in 1994, 1996 and 1998 didn’t get to vote on any SCOTUS appointments during their respective terms). While a president could make more than two appointments (subject to Senate confirmation, of course) during a term if a Justice dies or resigns, any appointment for a partial term would be valid not for 18 years, but only until the term expires, which greatly reduces the benefit of self-dealing by Justices that time their retirement to coincide with a president and Senate of their preference. And by substituting an 18-year term for the traditional lifetime appointment, it eliminates the incentive for presidents to appoint young and possibly unvetted judges to SCOTUS, and permits them to name 60- to 65-year-old judges with a proven track record, since both a 50-year-old and a 65-year-old would serve the same 18 years. So if I were to change the selection process for SCOTUS, I would go with staggered 18-year terms.

  • Indiana Sen. Dan Coats will not run for re-election

    03/28/2015 3:55:48 PM PDT · 39 of 41
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy

    Heh. The problem is that he believes his parents were being too modest when they didn’t name him Earl Mountain.

    Hill had expressed interest in running for givernor in 2016, but he hasn’t lived in IN in years (since he was unseated for the second time in 2010 IIRC), and the state constitution requires governors to have lived in the state for the prior 7 years or something. Hill can claim that he was “domiciled” in Seymour while living and working full-time as a lobbyist in the DC area, but it may not fly. Plus, every day that passes makes it less likely that Pence will run for president, and running against Pence for governor woud be quite an upHill run for Baron (ha!). So I’m going to predict that, if Bayh and Ellsworth pass on the Senate race, that Hill will run for the Senate.

  • Harry Reid Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

    03/27/2015 11:37:20 AM PDT · 159 of 180
    AuH2ORepublican to Olog-hai; fieldmarshaldj

    “There’s no voter fraud anywhere?”

    Of course there’s voter fraud in many elections, and there certainly must have been some voter fraud in NV in 2010. But Reid beat Sharron Angle by 5.7%. One can suspect that foul play may have affected the result of an election in which the party assumed to have cheated won by 1% or less, but when a candidate loses by 5.7%, it’s time to give up the act and admit that one lost.

    And 2010 most definitely was the case of Sharron Angle losing, not Harry Reid winning. Sure, Reid has an impressive political operation that can bring out voters like there’s no tomorrow, but he would have fallen far short had Angle not been such a terrible candidate. Either Sue Lowden or Danny Tarkanian (neither of whom was a RINO, irrespective of what Angle’s fans accused them of being) would have won by a comfortable margin, which is why Harry Reid did all that he could to propel Angle to victory in the primary, knowing that she’d blow the general election. Being conservative is not sufficient to win an election; one also has to be smart enough to avoid traps and to attract more voters than the opponent.

    As DJ mentioned, it was apparent to any conservative that remembered the 2006 GOP primary in NV-02 that Angle was a disaster waiting to happen if she won the Senate nomination in 2010. In case you didn’t know, Angle ran for Congress that year to replace Jim Gibbons, who was retiring to run for Governor. Angle, who had compiled a strongly conservative voting record in the state legislature, was the most conservative of the three main candidates, and was endorsed by Club for Growth and some other conservative groups. Angle also was supported my most FReepers that followed the race, including myself; I even donated to Angle’s campaign.

    Although the establishment vote was split between moderate-to-conservative Secretary of State Dean Heller (who now is a U.S. Senator) and RINOish future First Lady Dawn Gibbons (the wife of the guy that vacated the seat to run for Governor), Heller managed to beat out Angle by a few hundred votes. Angle called for a recount, which was the right thing to do, but after the recount Heller still was ahead by a few hundred votes. At this point, a reasonable person would have conceded defeat, endorsed the Republican in the general election, and kept her powder dry for a future race. But not Sharron Angle. Not only did she make baseless accusations of fraud, she kept whining about the fact that some poll workers had shown up late to the primary, and then she had the audacity to *demand a new primary*. By that point, Al Gore must have been saying “gee, what a sore loser.” When her argument was laughed out of the courtroom, she refused to endorse Heller and kept sulking. At that point, it became clear to conservatives that were paying attention that Angle could not build the necessary coalitions or run the type of disciplined campaign needed to win a Senate election in Nevada as a Republican. So while I supported Angle once she won the 2010 Senate primary, I feared that even Reid’s negatives and unpopularity would be insufficient to overcome Angle’s flaws, and unfortunately my fears were realized and she got stomped on Election Day.

    I wish Sharron Angle the best in whatever she chooses to do with her life, so long as running for federal office is not in her plans.

  • Harry Reid Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

    03/27/2015 10:58:50 AM PDT · 152 of 180
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; BillyBoy

    Way too soon for Adam Laxalt. He just got elected AG, so he’d be starting a Senate campaign in his first year in office. Besides, that was his first run for office, and he didn’t exactly seem ready for prime time during his campaign; Laxalt needed a hurricane-strength wind on his back, and fortunately got it, enabling him to win by a mere 0.90% (and with only 46.21% of the vote).

    Let Laxalt serve out his term as AG and prove his mettle, and then he can think of seeking higher office.

  • Harry Reid Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

    03/27/2015 6:13:04 AM PDT · 76 of 180
    AuH2ORepublican to Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

    I agree, Reid is more dangerous than that female AG or anyone else that the RATs may run. 2014 showed what can happen to Democrats in NV when Harry doesn’t turn on his electoral machine. Democrats got trounced, with GOP candidates winning races that they had no business winning.

    The seat is Sandoval’s for the taking now, and I think that he’ll take it now. Sandoval probably wanted to avoid a bruising battle, which is why he kept mum on his intentions, but with Reid out of the picture he knows that the Democrats won’t run very hard against him.

    Sandoval can become a Senator for as long as he wishes if he runs next year, while if he stays as Governor he’ll be out of office and in the private sector in 2019 with no chance of ever becoming President (he’s “pro-choice” on abortion, and no “pro-choice” candidate has won even one GOP presidential primary or caucus, much less the nomination, since incumbent President Ford in 1976). So what’s Sandoval’s long-term aspiration, SCOTUS? (He’s a former federal judge.) Being elected to the Senate and becoming a force in the Senate Judiciary Committee would be his only possible road to SCOTUS (not that I would support him for SCOTUS given his views on abortion). I think that running for the Senate next year should be a no-brainer for Sandoval. And, given the proclivities of NV voters, I would prefer that he run and pick up the seat, despite his stance on abortion. since he’d be good on other issues and at least would vote against public funding of abortion (and maybe for a 20-week ban).

  • Indiana Sen. Dan Coats will not run for re-election

    03/26/2015 7:11:30 AM PDT · 35 of 41
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy

    If 2016 is like 2010, and the GOP nominee doesn’t say anything stupid, then it won’t matter who runs for the GOP or for the RATs, because we’ll win in a landslide. But if 2016 is closer to 2012 (not to mention 2008), then Ellsworth certainly could be competitive, and if the GOP nominee is sub-par or makes mistakes then Ellsworth could win.

  • Kelli Ward: Conservative’s Dream – John McCain’s Worst Nightmare

    03/26/2015 6:01:15 AM PDT · 3 of 20
    AuH2ORepublican to fieldmarshaldj; Impy; randita; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy

    Interesting. And good to hear that she recognizes that we need a single strong conservative challenger so as not to permit McCain to squeak by with 38% in the primary.