Tuesday, December 16, 2008


This word was everywhere six weeks ago. It was on the news, in the papers and plastered across the web.

But today it is gone.

And now I never want to hear it from the Republican Party again.

They built this entire persona of John McCain as a maverick and peppered it into every stump speech,ad buy, and piece of campaign literature.

The dictionary defines the term as "a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates."

The party has set the bar so low that now merely by voting for a Democrat agenda, one can be labeled a maverick.

I said on November 5th that now is the time to think about tomorrow and it holds true to this very day. But we can not venture blindly into the future. We must take heed the lessons of the past.

And an important one is not to glorify an individual who votes with liberals while keeping the (R) after his name.


The sad truth is I can no longer enjoy Top Gun as I once did.

Beating A Dead Elephant

I did not plan on addressing this issue again but the liberal media is keeping this story in the headlines. It continues to annoy me on an almost hourly basis and I will try to put it to rest here.

General Powell is angry at the GOP and over the weekend decided to attack conservatives, Evangelical Republicans, and particularly Rush Limbaugh.

He believes conservatives are out of touch with the issues; he blames Christians for trying to polarize the election and Rush Limbaugh, in Powell's view, is an extremist.

"Extremist" is nothing new. This is a term the left will hurl at conservatives who stick to principle and conservative philosophy. Even your humble Casanova, from time to time, has been labeled an "extremist".

Powell was livid when El Rushbo exposed the true reason for his endorsement of Barack Obama: Race.

The General suggests in 2012 the GOP finds moderate Republicans who are appealing to Democrats and independents.

General- did you sleep through 2008?

Did we not just nominate a moderate Republican with appeal to liberals?

This quintessentially proves El Rushbo's theory: Powell wanted John McCain to be the nominee. Initially he was a strong supporter. McCain ends up winning the nomination. Obama scores an upset over Mrs. Clinton. Powell endorses Obama based on race.

Powell says "I'm a fiscal conservative. I don't get into the social stuff."

'Stuff'? Are you referring to abortion General?

It seems as though he has yet another similarity with the president-elect: Those decisions are above his pay-grade.

I am not alone in thinking that a "moderate Republican" is a closet Democrat.

General Powell, and to a lesser extent Senator McCain, represent the people who have taken this party to the edge of disaster.

Nearly every Republican consultant, analyst, politico, etc. are advocating a return to conservative roots.

Conservatives the likes of Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Bobby Jindal are the new faces of this Grand Old Party.

General Powell, Senator McCain- Please exit to your left.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Celebrity President

What kind of music does he listen to? Is he a mac or pc guy? What is his exercise routine? What is his favorite food? Where does he buy his suits?

Each of these questions were written by "journalists" and sent to the transition offices in search of an answer.

President-elect Obama is not harassed about the intricacies of the Bush Doctrine.

He is not quizzed on world leaders.

And when he was asked outside of a deli in Chicago last month his plan for an economic turnaround, he held up a paper bag and arrogantly replied "We got the Reuben".

Reporters laughed and found his answer both charming and witty.

Hiding inexperience and incompetency through humor does not work well for a presidential candidate; just ask Governor Huckabee.

So why is it acceptable for a president-elect to do so?

As Amie Parnes of The Politico writes,

"Welcome to the world of the celebrity president".

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Low Road

Al Franken wrote jokes for Saturday Night Live for years. He was entertaining and performed well at his craft.

The Senate recount in Minnesota however is turning into a bad SNL sketch.

This man has lost to Senator Coleman three times now but has made it abundantly clear that he will stop at nothing to steal the Senate seat.

The more repulsive fact is that the state of Minnesota is complying with Franken's ludicrous requests.

He won two key rulings this week: The state canvassing board will now allow previously rejected absentee ballots which could exceed 1,500 and they have also decided to include 133 ballots that were "misplaced" on election day.

The Franken team even produced a six minute video entitled "Recount", presumably to sway the committee.

As it stands today, Coleman leads Franken by 192 votes, according to the Secretary of State’s official count.

I can not even begin to imagine the backlash a Republican would receive if he were engaging in this behavior.

The media and the Democrat Party would tear him to shreds. They would draw undeserved comparisons to W's 2000 victory through the courts.

Maybe Franken should move to Illinois and throw his hat in the ring there.

I wonder if that state is one of the seventeen in which he cheated on his taxes.

Friday, December 12, 2008

How The Mighty Have Fallen

Colin Powell's resume is powerful to say the least: A general in the United States Army, National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State.

He is a principled man, a strong leader, and a role model for millions of Americans.

Had this been any day before October 19, 2008 I would have stopped right here.

But since that day of Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, he has engaged in behavior that tarnishes his record.

There is no doubt that Powell holds frustrations and anger at the Bush administration on the Iraq policy. He is not a puppet, and began to resent being presented as such.

Disagreement is fine. Lively debate is encouraged. But his comments in the last two months have disheartened his admirers; including myself.

In an interview set to air Sunday morning on CNN's "GPS" program, Powell claimed he was angered with the GOP for "[using] polarization for political advantage".

This statement is laughable. The media made this election about polarization, not John McCain.

McCain was opposed to using Obama's middle name due to the unfounded fear it may have conjured up.

He then went on to attack a conservative icon saying "Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?"

Powell does not believe El Rushbo to be a good spokesman for the GOP.

"I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country".


This is closet liberalism at work here. This is what the left is desperately seeking.

Suppression of our voices. Obedience to the Messiah. Cessation of American dominance in the world.

And despite all his ramblings ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Powell remains a registered Republican.

While I do not believe Powell has aligned with the extreme left wingers, his veering off course displays what is at work within the Democrat Party.

Socialists have infiltrated their party for years and are now effectively shifting large numbers of individuals towards their warped ideology.

This is a serious threat to the American way of life. But we can stop it.

Nearly all Republicans are convinced our party must revise its' strategy.

But we must go about the rebranding by adhering to conservative philosophy.

And then America will prevail.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Not So Ordinary Press Conference

President-elect Obama held a press conference this morning to announce Tom Daschle as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

He then went on to talk about health care initiatives and opened up the floor for questions from the press.

Obama was expecting inquiries regarding policy and health care reform; what he received was a barrage of questions regarding Governor Blagojevich.

He gave lackluster responses to a number of the reporters, particularly when he was asked if any member of his staff had contact with the corrupt Hot Rod.

He replied that he will get back to the reporter in 2-3 days so he can get "all the facts in order".

Why does it take 72 hours to answer that simple question?

The transition team is obviously getting all their ducks in a row and straightening out their respective stories.

What is worse than his response was that the reporter never followed up to ask the president-elect why he needed so much time?

There was one high point in the press conference however:

On the last question, a journalist had a health care policy inquiry.

At that point, ABC switched back to "The View".

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Planned Parenthood Stunt

Planned Parenthood of Indiana is offering the most vile, heinous, and disgusting Christmas gift this year: Gift certificates.

These certificates will range between $25-100 and are redeemable for all clinic services, including abortion.

The Indiana chapter of PP has it posted on their website and advertise it by saying "Give the gift of health".

PP argues they are not making a political statement and are "shocked" by people taking it so offensively.

I will give the last word on that to Sister Diane Carollo, director of the Office for Pro-Life Ministry for the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis:

"It's offensive because Christmas is about the celebration of human life."

Jindal Declines

In the past I have spoken at length about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He is an incredibly bright rising star within the party and is highly regarded as a future contender in the GOP primary.

Jindal, 37 years old, was the first Indian-American elected to a statewide office.

After being born "Piyush" and a practicing Hindu, the Governor changed his name to Bobby as a child and later converted to Catholicism.

He is a highly educated man; receiving his undergraduate at Brown University and master's at Oxford.

He shares Reaganesque principals both socially and fiscally. This man is a conservative's conservative.

At a rally in Virginia today with Bob McDonnell, the GOP nominee for governor in 2009, Jindal was asked if he would run for the presidency in 2012.

His response was sharp:


He went on to state he will run for reelection in Louisiana in 2011.

Jindal is a young man at 37. While he may change his mind in the coming years, there is no question he would serve as a formidable opponent for the left if given the vice presidential nod.

But there may be some different logic at work here for Jindal...

Seeing as our president-elect has already made statements claiming victory in 2012, Jindal may be looking further into the future.

In 2016, he will have built up a thick résumé culminating as Governor of Louisiana.

He will be 45 years old, a ripe age in presidential politics.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

In Rod We Trust

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested today by the FBI on very serious corruption charges.

Of all the accusations, perhaps the most troubling is that the governor was preparing to 'sell' Obama's vacant senate seat to the highest bidder. He was hoping to garner the most benefits for himself in exchange for using his gubernatorial authority to appoint someone to the seat.

FBI special agent Robert Grant had this to say about the history of corruption stemming from Illinois “If it is not the most corrupt state in the United States, it’s certainly one hell of a competitor”.

The "Land of Lincoln" has certainly become a breeding ground of corruption over the years.

Blago's own predecessor, George Ryan, was incarcerated last year for separate corruption charges.

This has caused a major headache for the president-elect and will test his ability to manage crisis.

The Chicago machine is alive and well. It has modernized with the times. Its ability to sink to new lows is a source of constant amazement to me.

"Honest politician" is an oxymoronic phrase in Chicago. And now we have several Chicagoan politicos holding top spots in Washington D.C.

I just hope Rahm Emmanuel isn't already working on Blago's pardon.

A Cinderella Story

President-elect Obama's horse-drawn carriage is quickly turning back into a pumpkin.

Members of his own party are infuriated with their new leader. Based upon cabinet appointments and recent policy statements, it turns out their chosen one might be a bit of a centrist, and not the far left loon they were hoping for.

With his recent reversals in a number of campaign promises, he has managed to alienate many of his once diehard supporters. “There’s a concern that he keep his basic promises and people are going to watch him,” said Roger Hickey, a co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future.

During the campaign he pledged to tax windfall profits from oil companies. As president-elect, he has now retracted that statement. He drew praise from liberals when he vowed to immediately repeal most of the Bush tax cuts. Now, he hints
that he will choose not to repeal and merely allow them to expire by 2010.

Perhaps the most troubling news to the left comes regarding Iraq: Obama's outspoken opposition to the war and hopes for an immediate withdrawal endeared him to Cindy Sheehan supporters abroad. But let us take a look at Obama's national security team: Senator Clinton who was ostracized by many liberals for supporting the war and a Bush insider in Secretary Gates.

Obama's God-like appeal seems to be rapidly fading.

Could the Messiah be in fact a mere mortal?

Monday, December 8, 2008


Thomas Jefferson was once asked if he would rather do away with government or newspapers.

He chose government because he felt newspapers served as watchdogs for the public. In his view, they were the first line of defense for the American people from a meddlesome government.

Theoretically that same principle holds as true today as it did more than two centuries ago.


There are a number of conclusions to draw from the prolonged presidential election: Americans are dissatisfied with the status quo; they blame (justly or not) the lion’s share of today’s problems on the Republican Party; the presidential public finance system is obsolete; style is certainly more important than substance; and so on.

But another revelation stemming from the election would surely anger Mr. Jefferson: The news media has blatantly and overwhelmingly sided with the liberal agenda. They have inexplicably abandoned their objectivity and are hopping on the Democrat bandwagon.

‘Revelation’ may have been a bit exaggerated as a number of individuals have hinted at the media’s closet liberalism for years. This presidential contest should have convinced even the most stubborn naysayer of a clear bias.

I have advocated since November 4th for the GOP to reinvent itself with fresh faces and bold new ideas. To avoid future losses, renovation is crucial. Republicans are now taking responsibility for two consecutive, disheartening elections. We are getting our house in order, but it is equally important to recognize the media as a megaphone for the Democrats. It is crucial for the electorate to realize the media is no longer a non-partisan element; they now openly promote shifting this country drastically left of the center.

They failed in their responsibilities to their audience. Facts were manipulated or ignored in some cases. False accusations were hurled on a daily basis. Stories were crafted and liberal spin was rampant. The media did not live up to any degree of professionalism and the American people, who own the airwaves, should be outraged.

Where was the investigative journalism? Where were the Woodwards and Bernsteins of today? Where were Teddy Roosevelt’s muckrakers?

What happens when the top watchdogs of government become its’ most faithful cheerleaders?

I have a sneaking suspicion we are about to find out.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

SCOTUS & Obama

The Supreme Court of the United States will consider Friday whether or not to take a case challenging President-elect Obama's citizenship.

I'll give you a moment to digest that.

Now this case has absolutely no chance of securing a spot on the coveted Court's agenda but it is gaining undeserved attention.

Dozens of other cases have been filed regarding Obama's citizenship. Some claim he was not born in Hawaii, while others say he renounced his citizenship during a trip to Indonesia.

It has now been thirty days since the election. Obama's opponents need to be gearing up for a hard-fought contest in the midterm elections and an even more difficult struggle in 2012.

These people need to stop wasting time and energy on frivolous lawsuits and unfounded accusations. America is divided over our new president-elect and will remain so for the duration of his stay in office.

Gridlock is fine. Disagreement and debate on the issues is encouraged.

But to emphasize a non-issue regarding Obama's birth is ludicrous.

To wrap up how ultimately meaningless these cases are: One such lawsuit filed by a Kentucky man is also suing "All News Media" and another case was filed by Alan Keyes.

Alan Keyes?

Case closed.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fighting For The Last Frontier

Last month the Casanova acknowledged that for Sarah Palin to emerge as the frontrunner in 2012, she must take a more visible role in national politics. It is quite difficult for an Alaskan governor to broaden her appeal in the "lower 48" without achieving a more prominent role.

Her best chance was if Senator Ted Stevens had won his reelection bid and stepped down. At that point, Palin could have filled the vacancy herself.

But Stevens lost a narrow election and now it seems as though Sarah Palin is eyeing the other Senate seat up in 2010; currently held by Lisa Murkowski, a Republican.

This presents great risks however: If she were to run and ultimately lose to Murkowksi, who maintains a loyal following, Palin's credibility and allure would plummet.

If she wins she would be forced to launch her presidential campaign immediately, not allowing sufficient time to build up what some label as a thin résumé.

Murkowski is obviously taking this very seriously and had this to say yesterday: “If she wants to be president, I don’t think the way to the presidency is a short stop in the United States Senate”.

One thing is certain: this campaign will certainly get personal as Palin defeated Frank Murkowksi, Lisa's father, in her gubernatorial bid. She then went on in her campaign stump speeches to label Frank as being part of the "old boys network" in Alaska.

A Democrat pollster in Anchorage said if the two women do face off it would be a "titanic struggle".

It is a bold move for Palin to make but one that may pay great dividends in terms of elevating her to a national stage.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Rising Stars

The Washington Post has a list of the top ten Republicans to watch as we head into the new year. The party is about to undergo serious renovation after two disastrous election cycles. From 2006 and 2008, the body count stands at 54 seats lost in the House, 13 in the Senate (potentially 15 pending recount totals in Minnesota and the runoff election in Georgia) and of course, the White House.

The names and their respective states are listed below-

10. Steve Poizner, California
9. Haley Barbour, Mississippi
8. Jon Huntsman Jr, Utah
7. Eric Cantor, Virginia
6. Mark Sanford, South Carolina
5. Bob McDonnell, Virginia
4. Mitch Daniels, Indiana
3. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts
2. John Thune, South Dakota
1. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana

Bobby Jindal's name is at the top of every one of these lists. He will certainly become a major player in the rebuilding of the GOP.

John Thune ousted Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004 and maintains a loyal following in the Mount Rushmore state.

I was initially unfamiliar with a couple of the names (Poizner, for example, is California's Insurance Commissioner and frontrunner for the gubernatorial nomination in 2010) but each of their profiles are interesting. They represent key ingredients for the Republican Party's transformation.

Surprisingly Sarah Palin's name does not appear at all. The editors referenced the omission saying it is unclear how she will remain a national figure as Alaska's governor.

Analysts were expecting her to replace Ted Stevens in the Senate but it turns out he lost his seat. Alaska's second senator is Republican Lisa Murkowski who does not show any signs of retiring in the near future. Palin will have to craft a strategy that keeps her in the spotlight for the next four years if she wishes to emerge in 2012 as the frontrunner for the nomination.

Another notable exclusion from the list is Mike Huckabee, who will almost certainly be a candidate in four years.

To my dismay Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin does not make an appearance either. I completely disagree with that decision and look forward to Ryan becoming a major national figure.

When one election ends, another immediately begins. We are witnessing this now.We are seeing new leaders step up to take the reins of a party undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts.

The liberal media will do their best to persuade the public that conservatism is an archaic ideology. They will point to the past two elections to make claims that conservatives are rapidly shrinking in numbers. They will urge us all to join the Church of Obama and embrace the "change" their Messiah represents.

But we know better. We can see the truth with our own eyes. The ten individuals on this list are examples of the rebranding occurring within the GOP.

Conservatism is alive and well.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Wrapping up another horrific day on Wall Street the public is beginning to shift focus from Mrs. Clinton's impending appointment as Secretary of State, to the position that could potentially pull the country out of recession.

Attorney General, Health and Human Services, and now Homeland Security positions have all been publicized but why delay a decision on Treasury?

Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson should have been shown the door months ago but is certainly going to be out of a job come January 20th. Prior to the market sinking even further into recession, some speculated Paulson might be asked to keep his post.

President-elect Obama has delayed an announcement on this for some time but it looks as though he will be forced to speak to this issue in the coming days. An article today in Forbes reads "Wall Street wants to know what it can expect in 2009."

Front runners for the job include former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.

Volcker, 81 years old, served as Fed Chair from 1979-1987 and has been a senior advisor to Obama's campaign. Summers served as Treasury Secretary for the last eighteen months of the Clinton Administration.

Is my desire to hold President-elect Obama accountable for promising a bipartisan cabinet just an act of futility?

The president must select the best candidate for the job, regardless of party affiliation.

The most qualified individual for this monstrous task, especially given the recent auto headlines from Michigan, is Governor Romney.

He has amassed a fortune of private wealth and knows better than anyone how the economy works. While he was a candidate for the nomination, his polling numbers on the economy were higher than the entire Republican field. He understands these bailouts are not long term solutions and could potentially hinder growth.

He recently wrote an Op-ed piece in The New York Times imploring Congress not to give a dime to the auto makers. He does not believe in rewarding corporate greed and severe mismanagement with government dollars.

I sincerely hope that there is a shortlist somewhere within the transition offices that includes Governor Romney's name.

Minnesota's "Hanging Chad"

Remember the "hanging chad" debate which consumed the Florida recount of 2000?

Well here is what the dispute looks like eight years later...

In the increasingly contentious race between Senator Norm Coleman and Al Franken, ballots are being meticulously reviewed by both sides.

The image posted above represents an example of one such ballot the Franken campaign wishes to be tossed out.

The 107 recount sites have until December 5th to submit their numbers to the state canvassing board. The board will then meet on December 16 to declare a winner but the outcome will almost certainly be determined by the court.

Franken's arrogance reached a new level when he toured the Capitol and met with Senators Wednesday. The Coleman camp called that move "highly presumptuous".

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Recipe For Disaster

Mrs. Clinton's name has been circulating around for some time now as President-elect Obama's choice as Secretary of State. Am I the only one who sees these two trying to work together as a potentially deadly combination?

The entire nation witnessed the ugly and smear-laden tone of the Democrat primaries as it neared the end. With the exception of her little performance at the convention, are we really to believe these two have made up?

Mrs. Clinton does not accept orders from anyone; much less a political rival who defeated her in a race which she thought was hers to win.

What if President Obama decides a foreign policy course of action that she does not agree with? Will she attempt to sell it anyway? I believe her pride would hinder her ability to do so. And as I have said before: Two different foreign policies are far more dangerous than a single, yet flawed one.

Secretary of State is not a political position; it is one of duty and service to the president in order to further his foreign policy agenda. If Mrs. Clinton wishes to take cheap shots at the "vast right wing conspiracy" and even the newly anointed leader of her own party, she should remain a senior senator from New York.

She does not hide the fact that her presidential aspirations are far from over. She might even have the audacity to challenge a Democrat incumbent president in 2012 if Obama does not live up to her standards.

This nation can not afford a Secretary of State who will be campaigning while trying to contain an increasingly hostile relationship with Iran; control a nuclear North Korea; and save rapidly dissolving ties with Russia.

Mrs. Clinton as Secretary of State?

A risk we can not afford to take.

I think Bubba is pushing her to take this though because at least it would get her out of the house more often.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Possible Scenario

In an appearance last week on Jay Leno, the former presidential candidate jokingly hinted at a run in 2012. Leno asked the question and McCain shrugged his shoulders while grinning. The audience cheered but the Senator said the nation now belongs to a new generation of Americans.

So what does Senator McCain do now? Where does he go from here?

President-elect Obama met with his former opponent today in Chicago to discuss how the two of them might work together to solve the many problems facing our nation.

Last week I wrote that McCain ought to get the nod as Secretary of State but a number of people took me too literally. I was merely being facetious and trying to invoke a comparison to the fictional West Wing and how close reality mirrored the show.

Secretary of State is the president's personal representative to the world. One of Barack Obama's main tasks is to improve a tarnished American reputation abroad. The world witnessed change on November 4th and it would not be in our nation's best interest to parade a man around the globe who so many compare to George W. Bush. It would send two conflicting messages and could endanger the country.

However let me state that I am serious when I say John McCain would be an excellent choice for Secretary of Defense.

President-elect Obama has a plethora of domestic issues he needs to be focused on; a shaky economy being the most daunting. He can not neglect the international concerns and foreign policy questions which will present themselves on a daily basis. He needs a strong and capable leader who is ready on January 20th to assume the role that is crucial to defending this country.

When the issues of national security and safety at home were the primary concern of voters, McCain carried that group and pretty overwhelmingly in some states. He also won 2/3 majority from members of the military. He is a respected and accomplished man and will work tirelessly to ensure the safety of America.

Surely his appointment as Defense Secretary would alienate liberals but it would prove Obama to be a man of his word; a man who can transcend party lines to find the best man for the job.

Realistically it is a long shot.

But it would certainly be beneficial to America to have John McCain as a leader in the new administration as our threats grow more dangerous every day.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Angry Republicans

The presidential election has been over for ten days now and a sizable number of angry Republicans still remain. Sadly, they continue to preach their messages of partisanship and animosity on their websites.

I am not saying the GOP needs to remain silent for the next four years. I criticize President-elect Obama as often as anyone but I do it with respect and it does not get personal. I also try to present sufficient evidence for any allegations I make.

Rush, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham are all on board to rebuild the party and retool a winning message. So why can't the amateurs pick up the cue and advance this party forward?

A perfect example lies within a group blog entitled Conservative Strong AARM (All American Resistance Movement). Their mantra- S.T.R.O.N.G. means Standing Tall, Resisting Obama, Never Giving up. Catchy, don't you think?

I would like to share a brief excerpt:

"The election of Barack Hussein Obama was not political. It was cultural. This is the end result of years and years of dumbing down American education, feminizing boys, infantilizing adults, extending adolescence into the 30's..."

It's depressing that this site is operated by a group of individuals because that means there is more than one of these loons among us.

I will not dwell on this point much longer but I do feel it is important to call out members of the party who are standing in the way of progress. And it is important to remember that the left has the same extreme members preaching their own version of hate.

But by repudiating heinous remarks from so-called "conservatives", there is a clear distinction between the parties. Much of the left remains silent when moveon.org insults the troops or 9/11 Truthers allege the tragedy was in fact a government conspiracy.

So let's work to return this party to prominence by returning to conservative roots, rebuilding a tarnished reputation and standing firmly behind the president-elect.


President-elect Obama's bedrock foundation of his campaign was change. Massive crowds would gather to hear him speak of a new era in politics and a fresh direction for the country. They would cling to his every word and believe they had found a bold, new leader for our nation.

But how compelling is his argument now that 31 of the first 47 appointees in an Obama White House are Clinton insiders?

The highest profile positions: Obama's chief of staff, Biden's chief of staff, and the transition chief all have longstanding ties to the Clintons.

And now it appears as though Mrs. Clinton herself is on a short list for Secretary of State.

If he possessed a true desire to be bold and fresh, Secretary of State should be offered to Senator McCain, thereby completing the storyline directly out of The West Wing.

But as much as reality has mirrored that show in this election cycle, partisan politics will most likely prevent Obama from reaching across the aisle.

When Democrats retook the White House in 1992, Bill Clinton did not bring in hordes of Carter insiders. He believed their time had passed and was now a new generation's opportunity to govern.

President-elect Obama obviously does not share this sentiment.

That's not change we can believe in. It's divisive politics as usual.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Who Wants A Handout?

The Casanova warned when the federal bailout bill was first being discussed by President Bush and within the halls of Congress that such legislation would set a dangerous precedent.

Ladies and gentlemen we are now looking at the end result.

Massive, multinational corporations and now entire industries are looking for a handout from Uncle Sam.

There is actually a five page downloadable document on the government's website which enables companies to apply for federal assistance. It's that simple. Fill out a form and the companies enjoy a huge payday courtesy of the American taxpayers.

GE should really be ashamed. They were the last American company to stop doing business with Iran, even while they knew full well the nation's objective is to see the collapse of the Western world. And they did so only after immense political pressure. Their CEO Jeffrey Immelt is as crooked as they come as well.

I would like to show Treasury Secretary Paulson the door but I fear the socialist that President-elect Obama will replace him with.

The federal government investing hundreds of billions of dollars it doesn't have in the first place into the private market?

I fell asleep last night in America and when I woke up this morning I was in Russia.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

"...land of the free. And the home of the brave."

Truer words were never spoken.

Today we honor the tremendous sacrifices of our nation's most honorable men and women.

Currently there are 24 million veterans living in the United States. 24 million people who put their lives on the line in the service of our country.

We should be honoring them each and every day. Their faces and their stories should adorn the front pages of newspapers and be the top story on our evening news programs.

But sadly that does not happen in reality.

So in honor of their heroism we give them this day.

Today is not the day to discuss our feelings on the wars we are fighting, or exit strategies, or to debate military funding.

No politics today.

Say a prayer for the fallen heroes and for the continued security of our great nation.

And thank a veteran.

Monday, November 10, 2008

No More Minnesota Nice

The ugliest and most heated senatorial election of 2008 still does not have a victor, and no end is in sight.

On Wednesday morning, Senator Norm Coleman proclaimed victory by a margin of a mere 725 votes. As of this writing, the lead has dropped to 206.

By state law, Minnesota election officials conduct an automatic recount in a race with a .5% margin or less. In this instance, the amount separating these men stands at less than .01%.

The official recount has not yet begun and partisan shenanigans are rampant. An election official from solidly Democratic Hennepin County left 32 absentee ballots in his car, forgetting to submit them before the deadline. Coleman's legal team challenged the validity of the ballots but eventually lost in what was the first of potentially many court struggles.

Voters must be suspicious of Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who is in charge of overseeing the recount. A liberal Democrat, Ritchie was elected in 2006 due in large part from the assistance of ACORN and a progressive liberal group aimed at electing Democrats to election administering positions.

Perhaps the worst news is that a lengthy court battle is inevitable. As GOP strategist Sarah Janecek said "At this point everyone’s so entrenched I can’t imagine whoever loses the recount will just take the defeat.”

So much for "Minnesota Nice".

Spotlight: Paul Ryan

With numerous defeats still fresh in our minds, it is time to look to the future of the party. Those who will fall back to our roots on economic freedom, who do not buy into government intervention policies and who will fight for pro-growth reform. A well-spoken, charismatic and youthful candidate who will embody our dearest principles and bring our party back to prominence.

Let us look no further than the Casanova's native Wisconsin-

An ambitious and bright 38 year old congressman from the first congressional district, Paul Ryan has as good a chance as any at leading us towards salvation.

Having just been reelected to his sixth term in Congress, Mr. Ryan enjoys a loyal and devoted following. He has always achieved wide margins of victory over his opponents, garnishing a healthy 64% showing in last week's contest. As impressive as that statistic is on its own, consider the fact that the biggest section of his district, Racine County, voted for Obama 53-46%. Mr. Ryan obviously possesses appeal to members of both parties as well as independents.

Being the highest ranking Republican on the House Committee on the Budget, a member of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and serving on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Ryan frequently touts his conservative fiscal policies.

Ryan is a firm believer in a free market philosophy. He has called himself the "Paul Revere of fiscal policy" due to his desire to call attention to the damaging effects of socialism and government intervention. He is the only man who can stand against San Francisco Pelosi and the stammering idiot who oversaw the largest economic collapse in American history, Barney Frank.

The Wall Street Journal published a story focusing on the Congressman last week. In it, they write "...Mr. Ryan's economic knowledge and youthful energy make him the best choice to pull his party in a more promising direction."

Let us face facts: the GOP has been putting candidates up for president who were portrayed as too old or out of touch and at times had trouble forming coherent sentences: George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain.

Here we have an opportunity to run a young candidate who is energetic, communicates effectively and looks good on television.

In a year which Barack Obama proved style is more important than substance, Paul Ryan is in the enviable position of possessing both.

The Big Bang

President-elect Obama signaled his intention to engage in "Big Bang" economics theory which combines a short-term stimulus with large public investments to raise the longer-term growth rate.

A major concern should be that we have not yet seen the effect of the initial federal bailout plan. These policies require time and further study to ensure they are working as planned.

But before we can witness the bailout's full outcome, Barack Obama wants to write another check.

These plans are a direct result of his decisive electoral win. John Podesta, Obama's transition chief said "I think that he feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set."

This is dangerous thinking. We need to see the big picture of our current economic state before more taxpayer dollars are sent to the private sector.

According to The Financial Times, Economists have estimated the United States budget deficit could more than double next year to almost $1 trillion. This is not including Obama's campaign pledge to spend $150 billion researching alternative energy or his gargantuan plan of universal health care.

You would think with all the Clinton loyalists Obama is bringing into his administration, one would mention arguably the greatest achievement of their old boss: deficit reduction.

As Dick Morris, a lifelong Democrat, said this morning on "Fox and Friends"-

"This is simply the Clinton administration but without the Clintons".

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Meet Bobby Jindal

Born Piyush Jindal out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1971 to Indian-American parents, Bobby has quite the American success story.

He adopted his nickname from his love of the hit show The Brady Brunch. At age four, it was his favorite television program and he especially enjoyed Bobby Brady. From then on, his family simply called him Bobby.

Born Hindu, Jindal converted to Catholicism at age seventeen. He has studied many other sects of Christianity and is a scholar in Baptist and Pentecostal teachings as well.

After graduating from a public high school, Jindal attended Brown University in Rhode Island where graduated with honors in both biology and public policy.

Originally considering a career in medicine, he was accepted to both Yale and Harvard universities. At the last moment, Jindal changed his mind and found a calling in politics. He was accepted to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated with a degree in political science.

Bobby returned to his roots in Louisiana not long after attaining his degree. He took a number of jobs within the Republican party and the state government. In 1999 he was recognized by Louisiana's governor and became the youngest president of the University of Louisiana system.

In 2003, Jindal made his first run for governor. In a hard fought race, he ended up losing by a thin margin. His opponent won with 52% of the vote.

Vowing that his career in public service was not over, he ran in 2004 for the U.S. Congress. Bobby achieved a landslide win with a whopping 78% of the vote.

In 2007, Bobby won a crowded gubernatorial contest in his home state. In a four way race, he was able to capture 54% of the vote. For the record, the runner up garnered a mere 17%.

Jindal will not stay governor of Louisiana for very long. His track record on issues will warm a conservative's heart. He has a 100% voting record from the Right to Life committee, an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association, voted for an amendment banning flag burning and is opposed to federal funding of stem cell research.

Ladies and gentlemen, you would do well to remember Bobby Jindal.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Meet The Future

In an effort to reassure concerned citizens that the Republican party is alive and well, I will be providing a couple "snapshots" of our brightest rising stars.

As I mentioned today, this party must reinvent itself in order to survive. This election was not about a political ideology.

It was the combination of many ingredients dangerous to the GOP.

President Bush's basement low approval ratings, an unpopular war in Iraq, a stagnant economy, and widespread disenchantment with the party itself all contributed to the losses suffered.

So in the coming days, I will be profiling those in the party who are poised to take the reins and become her new carriers.

This is an exciting time for a conservative as we actually have the opportunity to stock our party full with those who share this ideology.

It is a return to our roots.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the future...


John McCain's touching and emotional speech last night reminded all Americans how he came to the brink of the presidency. Quelling several outbursts from an angry crowd booing President-elect Barack Obama, McCain solidified his place in our history textbooks as a man who truly can transcend party lines.

Capturing the eloquence that had been alluding the Senator for most of his campaign, he said "I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president."

Pundits and analysts will most certainly dissect this campaign in the coming days, months, and years. It was a disheartening loss because of the great character of John McCain. He is moving forward, as the party must as well.

Agree with President-elect Obama or not, there is no denying the historical significance of his victory. A nation whose roots are seeded in African slavery has now elected its' first president of color. That is a remarkable accomplishment and reinforces my belief that this nation is the greatest in the history of the world.

Politically speaking, last night was arguably the worst night the GOP had witnessed in over a decade. Continued losses in the House. Stinging defeats in the Senate. Not to mention, a lost presidential bid.

So where do we go from here?

Republicans need to reinvent themselves; plain as that. I will not shift the entirety of the blame to President Bush but he has strayed so far from the conservative ideology on which he was elected.

Was last night a defeat for conservatism in America? Was last night, as some have suggested, America's step to the left of center?

Absolutely not.

Last night was not a conservative loss because John McCain is admittedly a moderate. Furthermore, Barack Obama's campaign took a conservative tone in the last several months. He has defended gun ownership, pledged to reduce the federal budget, and cut taxes. Those are all conservative principles.

This is an incredible opportunity for the Republicans. The American people sent a very loud message last night that the party is severely out of touch. The Reaganesque optimism of the 1980s and a commitment to American innovation has been missing from the GOP for quite some time.

This party is filled with rising young stars poised for national prominence. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, and of course Alaska's own Sarah Palin.

These must be the new faces of our Grand Ole Party.

So let us suppress our disappointment over last night's outcome.

Now is the time to start focusing on tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Climax

We are finally here.

It feels like an eternity since we first noticed election coverage in our newspapers and on our televisions.

John McCain announced his candidacy in late 2006 and Barack Obama has been running for president since he was elected as a senator in 2004.

We are at the crossroads of history, the culmination of both campaigns.

We have witnessed the highs and lows of both sides; every gaffe, every shift in momentum, every new poll- we were there.

These men have spent an enormous amount of time, money and effort trying to win us over. We were bombarded with campaign literature, television ads and stump speeches.

But today belongs to us. This day is ours.

As you go to the polls today, take a moment and think about the awesome power that is democracy. Think about the countless lives lost to ensure our freedoms are protected and our voices never silenced. Think about the candidate who is selfless, who will sacrifice his needs in order to ensure our union is a prosperous one. Think about the numerous threats posed to this country that are very real and grow more threatening with each passing day. Lastly, think about which candidate you will entrust with your life and the lives of your loved ones.

And then go out and vote for the Republican of your choice.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Comeback

Excellent news this morning for the McCain campaign.

This excerpt from Rasmussen: "After several weeks of John McCain’s campaign attacks on Barack Obama’s tax plan and idea of “spreading the wealth around”, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds voters trust McCain more than Obama on taxes, 47% to 45%."

With five days remaining, John McCain has taken the lead on the economy. An incredible feat for any Republican but more so when you consider earlier this month,Obama had a nine point lead on the matter. Also, the Maverick has not held a lead in this category since September 14th.

To be fair, according to Rasmussen, Obama maintains slight leads in six out of the ten most important issues to voters. But a month ago, he led in all ten categories.

This election is not over. McCain has held steady or gained in many national polls and early reviews of Obama's thirty minute infomercial last night are mediocre at best.

Absentee voters in Israel are backing McCain on a 3-1 margin. The same trend is being seen among early exit polls from members of the United States Armed Forces.

The number of undecideds is actually growing as well. That is an incredible phenomenon this late in an election. Polls show anywhere between six and eleven percent of likely voters listed as undecided. It will take a lot of effort for them to all break in McCain's favor but it can be done.

My message to fellow conservatives: Do not be discouraged by the media's portrayal of this election. If it was up to them to decide, MSNBC would have given it to Obama immediately following his convention speech. The GOP is making strides into blocs of voters we normally never reach. Do not give up, five days is a very long time in politics.

An update on a story earlier this week: The homeowner in West Hollywood where an effigy of Sarah Palin was hanging by a noose has taken down the disgusting display today.

No word on whether the McCain puppet is still burning in the chimney however.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Lackluster Show

I have to admit; I was worried when I first heard Barack Obama was going to be conducting a thirty minute infomercial simulcast on several networks. The timing of the program, a mere six days away, coupled with Obama's potential advantage in current polls made me very uneasy.

But after seeing the program tonight I am completely at ease.

The technical production quality of the show was fantastic. It was visually appealing and kept a consistent flow throughout the issues. It felt as if the American people were watching a Hollywood movie.

And in many respects, we were. It was thirty consecutive minutes of scripted and well-rehearsed material. There was nothing new, fresh or pioneering about it whatsoever. There was more fiction presented in tonight's show than there is in most of the garbage Hollywood is making nowadays.

Let's take a look at some of the most outlandish claims from tonight's very entertaining program.

"Obama talks about listening to the other side of the aisle and reaching across with every opportunity."

In fact, Obama has the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate. That is not a talking point created by the GOP, it is factual evidence as recorded in congressional logs.

"He has a history of going against party leadership"

Barack Obama has never stood up to the leaders in his party and is described by many as another talking head for the liberal elite.

Barack Obama- "We need to make sure Iran does not posses nuclear weapons."

This coming from the man who just months ago admitted he would sit down with Iran's leader with no preconditions. The two men could just sit down and have a little chat. This is not foreign policy. This is reckless and potentially life-threatening behavior.

Barack Obama- "We need to tighten our belts in Washington."

Obama has proposed massive spending increases, possibly the largest budget in the history of the United States. He wants to give handouts to the 40% of Americans who already pay nothing in income tax and continually redefines the middle class threshold. Not to mention his dangerous and hugely expensive socialist health care policies.

Now the Obama-mania media will eat this up tonight. They will try their hardest to keep this in the news cycle for the duration of the campaign. They will bill it as fresh, brave, and daring.

I think the American people are smart enough not to be taken in by an egomaniacal, politically savvy individual with no experience and a questionable character.

For the sake of this country, I hope so.

Where's Joe The Talker?

Senator Biden has been curiously inconspicuous the last couple days. He emerged briefly yesterday, just long enough to insert yet another foot in his mouth.

Remember Obama originally saying nobody making less than $250,000 would receive a tax increase? Then remember over the weekend at a rally when he lowered that, saying $200,000 was the threshold?

Well yesterday Joe Biden changed yet again his definition of middle class, claiming those making $150,000 would not see a penny raised.

I think you people are smart enough to see this disturbing trend.

The Obama campaign certainly sees a problem and are hoping to bench gaffe-prone Biden. An article in Time magazine depicts how much Joe has changed lately, rarely engaging with the press corps and keeping everyone but his staffers at arm's length.

The magazine wrote an entire article entitled "Hidin' Biden". In the fascinating piece, they characterize the vp candidate as now being "leashed to a teleprompter".

It's nice to see objectivity from the press.

If only the L.A. Times could do the same and release the tape of Barack Obama touting his warm relationship with Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi.

For reasons that completely allude me, the news outlet is suppressing the story.

What else are they hiding?

Primetime Obama

Tonight Barack Obama will speak to America through a thirty minute advertisement simulcast on several networks.

The campaign has said it will consist of "everyday Americans" talking about their troubles with a cut-in to Obama outlining his solutions. The infomercial will then go to a live rally in Florida with Barack Obama addressing the crowd, possibly alongside President Clinton.

CBS, NBC, Fox, MSNBC, Univision and BET will all run the program. Surprisingly, CNN took a pass and stated the network would rather maintain objectivity in its' reporting; notice how MSNBC snapped at the opportunity to run the half hour lovefest.
Fox News Channel has confirmed it was never approached by Obama's staff.

As if thirty consecutive minutes of empty promises and frivolous rhetoric was not enough today, the Messiah will appear on other venues as well.

Prior to his infomercial, he will be interviewed on ABC's "World News" with Charles Gibson. I hope Charlie will ask him to define the Bush Doctrine but I won't hold my breath.

To finalize his media blitz, he will appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart following his rally in Florida.

I think Barack's daughter put it best earlier this week:

"Are you going to interrupt my TV?"

For those of us seeking refuge from Obama's unrelenting "in your face" style politics, John McCain will be on CNN's Larry King tonight.

And as always, God bless the Fox News Channel.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Another Cup Of Joe

Earlier today I, along with every respectable American, denounced the vicious and horrifying plot that was thankfully foiled by the authorities yesterday.

The Obama camp was outraged as was Senator McCain's. This election has brought out rather passionate individuals who sometimes think they are living in a different country.

Sadly, more than a few governments around the world resolve elections through murder; but that tactic has no place in American politics. (Except of course Vice President Aaron Burr killing Alexander Hamilton in a gunfight duel in 1804)

This is a better country. It has to be for the sake of the last remaining superpower in the world.

But when presented with the opportunity to unify a deeply split nation, Joe Biden squanders it. He engages in the same old despicable tactic that has been ever present within the Obama campaign by politicizing yesterday's events in the same manner he politicizes the deaths of his wife and daughter.

At a campaign rally in North Carolina, Biden used yesterday's arrests to compare Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. He went on to say "The defenders of the status quo have always tried to tear down those who would change our nation for the better."

There are many aspects which were very wrong about Biden's comparison but the most troubling and most apparent is that Lincoln and Kennedy were both killed in office.

Is this another grim, zen-like prediction comparable to the one Joe made last week saying Obama would be tested by terrorists within six months of inauguration?

I believe the Obama campaign should tap into more of that $600 million warchest and chip in for Joe's badly needed CAT scan.

Two Americas

With the division so clear and present in this country, it is understandable for this election to stir up some harsh feelings. But those feelings have tendencies to manifest themselves into dangerous and threatening behavior.

In the last few days, this country has witnessed the demeanor of some of our worst citizens.

In West Hollywood, a house is adorned with an effigy of Governor Palin hanging from a noose. Authorities are powerless and claim this does not fit the profile of a hate crime. The same home also displays Senator McCain surrounded by flames in the chimney.

Ashley Todd, a college student in Pennsylvania, claimed she was robbed and accosted by an African American man who then carved a letter "B" in her cheek in support of Barack Obama. Turns out, neither event ever occurred.

In Virginia, elderly campaign volunteers working for Senator McCain were maced when a couple walked into the campaign headquarters and became agitated. They claimed these volunteers were stealing Obama yard signs (for the record the four volunteers consisted of a 75 year old couple and a 71 year old couple). When the workers denied the accusation, a woman pulled mace from her purse and sprayed the workers.

Most seriously, a plot was disrupted yesterday wherein two skinheads would go on a national killing spree. These white supremacists were planning to kill over one hundred black people, several through decapitation. This most heinous scheme would then culminate in the assassination of Barack Obama.

These are chilling reminders that there is still evil in this country. There is hate, there is fear.

The brightest minds of generations of Americans can not suppress this small minority who live in a very different America.

We have six days to go in arguably the most divisive election in modern American history. The news has been dominated recently by people representing the worst this country has to offer.

From now until November 4th, let's show off our best.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Coffee Break

Taking a brief break from the campaign season, I came across a news article devoted to those in the entertainment industry who go against the liberal grain.

CBS Chicago created a slideshow recently of celebrities and other notable Americans who have expressed a clear proclivity towards the GOP. This is not exclusive to movie stars, as it also contains authors, athletes and even a notorious boxing promoter.

I have summarized the list and was surprised by more than a few of the names.
  • Chuck Norris
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck
  • Kelsey Grammer
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Bruce Willis
  • John Elway
  • Richard Petty
  • Curt Schilling
  • Mel Gibson
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Ben Stein
  • Tom Clancy
  • Trace Adkins
  • Angie Harmon
  • Mike Ditka
  • Jon Voight
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • Stephen Baldwin
  • Pat Sajak
  • Susan Lucci
  • Kirk Cameron
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Robert Duvall
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Tom Selleck
  • Don King
  • James Woods
  • Mary Lou Retton
  • Dennis Miller
  • Rick Schroeder
  • Bo Derek
These individuals should be commended for not backing down from positions that are very unpopular and increasingly rare among their colleagues.