Saturday, June 27, 2009

What a Lovely Shade of Quisling Green

Eight Republican representatives bought into the Cli-Fi nonsense touted by Obama, Pelosi and Arch Druid Gore and voted in favor of the cap-and-trade legislation (a switch of even four would have doomed the bill’s passage).

I was curious to see whether these folks had anything to say on their official web sites in justification of their support for this economic wrecking-ball. Here’s a sampler.

Mary Bono Mack (California)
Washington, Jun 18 - Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today issued the following statement on climate change legislation, urging the Majority to allow more time for bipartisan negotiations on the bill before it heads to the House floor for a vote:

“Any bill of this magnitude deserves bipartisan consideration and input,” said Bono Mack. “It is clear that Members on both sides of the aisle have deep concerns about multiple issues within this legislation, and I appreciate the Speaker’s willingness to meet with Republicans today to identify these issues as we move forward.

“As I noted in Committee, this climate change bill is far from perfect but sets us on an important path toward a greener, more sustainable energy future. By allowing this legislation to be fully evaluated and incorporating bipartisan input, we can improve this bill for the benefit of Americans across the country.

“I am concerned that bringing the bill to the floor next week is too premature to properly evaluate Members’ concerns and implement needed improvements.”

Apparently, although “too premature to properly evaluate Members’ concerns”, the bill wasn’t too premature to vote on. There is no rationale provided for her vote in favor of the legislation. Ok, she’s Sonny Bono’s widow and she’s from California, so I’m willing to cut her some slack when it comes to my expectations of minimum intellectual firepower; but she’s married to Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican who voted against this bill. Yo, Connie, how about working a little policy discussion into the pillow talk?

Mike Castle (Delaware)
Mike is obviously a guy who is easily bamboozled. Here is a key quote from a press release issued after the vote:
The recent vote in the U.S. House on the American Clean Energy and Security Act was on whether to pursue these new strategies, or hold on to the status quo. I supported the legislation because it is my belief that we cannot turn away from the opportunity to create new jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy. With offshore wind, fuel cells, and solar energy initiatives, Delaware is poised to lead such innovation and create new jobs in these important areas while protecting the tourism industry and our very own coastline.

Translation? I think I can siphon off enough gravy for spending on fruit-loop alternative energy projects to make up for the bill’s initial toxic job shock, so maybe the whole thing will be a wash.

Here’s another comment from this subterranean intellect.
Nations around the world are surging ahead with emission reductions and developing new energy technologies. The United States should be on equal footing, if not leading this effort to remain competitive.

Sure, by all means, the U.S. should strive to be the fastest lemming in that race to the cliff.

David Reichert (Washington)
Energy independence and our national security are critical issues for America. These issues transcend politics. The future of this country is on the line and we can spare no effort when it comes to leading on these issues at a global level.

David Reichert? David Freakin’ Reichert?!? The ex-cop? The guy who spent the better part of his career looking (unsuccessfully) for the Green River Killer? Now the Democrats want to knock off the economy and he’s on their side?

That’s only three, and I’ll be checking out the rest later on, but you see the pattern. These idiots have either fallen for, or are using as a smokescreen, the bogus argument that this bill is about remaining competitive, achieving energy independence (I didn’t see any discussion about expanding drilling for oil, incidentally), and - God help us! – creating new jobs.

Sorry, Republican Party, but if the only difference between the GOP and Democratic Party is the logo, I’ll just hang on to my money and invest it in gold and canned goods.

GOOD NEWS! Arlen Specter
heading to certain defeat

Once you've proven you can't be trusted, not even becoming a Democrat can save your hopless RINO butt:
Sen. Arlen Specter continues to pick up support from Democratic party leaders across Pennsylvania. However, a new poll indicates that the five-term incumbent has not convinced a majority of Pennsylvania voters that he should be re-elected.
According to a new Franklin & Marshall poll released Thursday, only 28 percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania think Specter should be re-elected.
That number is down from 40 percent in March, a month before Specter's "conversion" to the Democratic Party. . . . The poll also showed that Specter's "excellent" or "good" job approval rating declined from 52 percent in March to 34 percent in June.
Specter's new Democratic "friends" will repay the selfish crapweasel for his treachery -- he'll lose to Sestak in the primary -- and meanwhile, conservatives will unite behind Pat Toomey.

To NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions:
Announcing Boycott Response to
the 'Waxman-Markey Eight'

To: The Honorable Pete Sessions
Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee
320 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003(202) 479-7000

Wednesday, July 27, 2009

Dear Sir:
Throughout the past week, the NRCC urged Republicans -- and indeed, all Americans who care about a prosperous future for our nation -- to oppose the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill. Certainly, I shared the NRCC's opposition to this ill-considered legislation I have called the "Monstrosity From Hell That Will Destroy the American Economy."

It was therefore shocking to discover that eight Republican members of the House voted "yes" on this monstrosity.

On a close vote of such tremendous importance, one of the last-resort means of enforcing party discipline is for leaders to inform wavering caucus members that those who defy the leadership by voting with the other party will thereby forfeit financial support for their future re-election campaigns. If the NRCC failed to deliver such a message to the eight Republicans who voted for Waxman-Markey, then this is a failure for which the NRCC must be held accountable.

Therefore, a grassroots boycott of NRCC fundraising has been announced today by Not One Red Cent, the online movement formed last month to protest the National Republican Senatorial Committee's unprecedented meddling in the 2010 Florida GOP primary.

It has become increasingly obvious of late that some Republicans have been in Washington too long. None of the eight GOP House members who voted for Waxman-Markey will be re-elected. They will either retire from the House, be defeated in next year's Republican primaries, or suffer well-deserved defeat on November 2, 2001. Therefore, every penny that the NRCC spends to support the re-election of the Waxman-Markey Eight is wasted money that could be used more effectively to support Republican challengers.

The NRCC must announce a policy of non-support for the Waxman-Markey Eight, or else NRCC fund-raising letters will go directly into the garbage cans of every previous grassroots GOP donor who is tired of seeing his contributions wasted to support nominal "Republicans" that repeatedly betray party principles.

Leadership appeals to partisan loyalty will fall on deaf ears, so long as leadership acts as if loyalty is a one-way street. If the leadership is not loyal to the party's grassroots, why should individual Republican members of Congress be loyal to the leadership? And why should the party grassroots heed the voice of "leaders" who only lead the party to disaster?

No personal reply to this letter is necessary. The NRCC's public repudiation of the Waxman-Markey Eight is the only response desired. Unless and until such a response is made, the grassroots answer your committee's appeal for donations is:



Robert Stacy McCain
Founder, Not One Red Cent

Friday, June 26, 2009

To Expand The Purpose Of The Blog A Little.

UPDATED to include all the contact info for the (supposed) Representatives.

Mary Bono Mack
Mike Castle
Mark Kirk
Leonard Lance
Frank LoBiondo
John McHugh
Dave Reichert
Chris Smith(NJ)

Eight Republicans who voted for the Cap and Trade bill.

Michelle has the Democrats who voted against Cap and Trade bill.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Suggestion for the GOP in 2012...

No Sickbed Divorces

No exorcisms

No strippers

Vote for the freaking grownup!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Rubio 73 - 9

Well, it's a straw poll. And it's just in Pasco county. But it's momentum!

The St. Petersburg Times reports:

Marco Rubio got 73 votes to Charlie Crist's 9 in a straw poll last night conducted by the Republican Party of Pasco -- a sign of the governor's poor standing among some of his historically strongest supporters.

"I wanted to see how our Conservative base felt about the U.S. Senate Race," chairman Randy Maggard wrote in a letter to Rubio announcing the result.

Why should this concern Crist who holds a commanding lead in statewide polls?

Pasco is just one county removed from his home in Pinellas, for one, and the Pasco REC also endorsed Crist early in his 2006 GOP primary against Tom Gallagher. At the 2005 Ronald Reagan Day Dinner in Pasco, Crist told boisterous supporters that he considered the county his back yard and invoked its crucial role in the 2004 election.

"(Pasco) won it for the president," Crist he told the St. Petersburg Times. "It's hugely significant to me."

It's a LONG way until the 2010 election.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sen. DeMint To Endorse Marco Rubio

Via Memeorandum

As I wrote earlier, it is being reported in Politico that Sen. Jim DeMint will endorse Marco Rubio in his race against Gov. Charlie Crist in the Republican party primary for the US Senate seat in Florida. While neither the DeMint nor Rubio camps have commented as yet, this can only be seen as a very encouraging sign. DeMint, leader of the Senate’s conservative Steering Committee, is a staunch supporter of conservative candidates. This cycle he has come out for Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and Sen. Tom Coburn, who is seeking a second term in Oklahoma. It speaks volumes to DeMint’s character that he is willing to take a stand in opposition to the NRSC. His endorsement could well pave the way for other prominent conservatives to come out in favor of Rubio.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Club for Growth Meets With Rubio

The latest Quinnipiac poll indicates what is already known—Marco Rubio has an uphill battle for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida. He trails Gov. Charlie Crist, 54-23.

On Monday of this week, the Club For Growth interviewed Rubio and impressed its Executive Director David Keating. The organization, which makes a habit of challenging the GOP establishment in primaries, is dancing around the issue for now. While it keeps railing against Crist's policies as governor—including nominating him for its "Comrade of the Month" earlier this week—it hasn't taken the plunge and officially gotten behind Rubio just yet.

"We are very concerned about the two major tax increases Charlie Crist recently signed and believe there's no excuse for his active support of the Obama big-government 'stimulus' spending bill," Keating said. "We are actively considering the race, but have made no decision yet."

Rest the rest of the article here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


"Michael Steele seen as leader of the GOP by just 1%" -- USA Today, 6/10/09

No, Mr. Steele, you really aren't.

Granted, it's USA Today, which is to newspapers what, well, the NYT is to newspapers. But still, has Michael Steele really made the slightest impression on this party, which is as fractious and argumentative as it has ever been since the days of Reagan?

Worse, he has done nothing to bring the differing factions together, or even shown much willingness to listen to the base on which factions to support. Instead, he has personally attacked those voices in the party who call for a new direction away from the ruinous accomodation and prodigal cohabitation that has cost us both houses and put the nation's economy on the lifesupport that Obama's healthcare reforms will make sure it can't afford.

And he has shown no indication that GOP business under his leadership will be anything other than business as usual, with our 'representatives' meekly kowtowing to their Democratic 'colleagues' solely in the hope that their personal rice bowls will go unspilled... until it is convenient for the Democrats.

He shows all the tactical savvy of a garment district schmatte-dealer who brings in mobsters to keep the workers from organizing, and then is surprised to find he's lost his business to his real enemies. He thinks that the Washington political herd is his party's hope for the future, not the Americans who vote for it, and donate to it.

He's wrong, and worse, he shows no sign he realizes he's wrong, or why.

It's time for the entrenched old-style Republicans to go, Steele and Cornyn and all their kind, if we are to make room to create a party that will save this country from the Democrats as they did in 1865.

A Letter to John Cornyn

Larrey Anderson at American Thinker has an open letter to Senator John Cornyn.

Mr. Anderson, like the rest of us, is fed up with the misguided efforts of Cornyn and the NRSC. He begins:

I received your urgent letter today from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. You said that you needed to hear from "our Party's most trusted supporters, like you, as these important debates get underway in Washington." Thanks. It feels good to be needed and trusted.

And thanks for enclosing the Republican Strategy Survey for me to fill out so that I can (according to the letter): "help our Republican Senators in Congress identify the priorities and concerns of our Party's core supporters...."

But after reading the letter and studying the survey, I discovered that there is some sort of disconnect or miscommunication going on between us. I didn't realize that Republicans were so suddenly concerned with "the Democrat Senators' catering to special interests...."

Let me see if I remember this correctly. You, Senator Cornyn, voted for the first TARP bailout. That was a 700 billion dollar catering to special interests, if there ever was one. I guess you even got into a bit of trouble for that vote.

It gets better from there. Read the whole thing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UH-OH! Another Grassroots Conservative offends Senate Republicans

I guess Sarah Palin might want to be president, and that is not sitting too well with the usual suspects who think they should decide which Republicans run for what offices.

Sarah Palin has begun to get on the nerves of Republican senators who say the former GOP vice presidential nominee is taking her own White House aspirations entirely too seriously.

But those same senators may have their eye on a 2012 White House run or be friends with senators with presidential ambitions. And Palin, who does not have a lot of Washington connections, energized the party’s grass roots in 2008 while bucking the D.C. establishment, leaving much of the party’s elite grumbling about her appeal to the conservative base.

Ah, yes, she is too, you know, too much like those DAMNED Conservatives! And worst of all? Why she does not appeal to who the RINOs really care about!

>“Democrats and the media] did a number on her,” said the lawmaker from the southern battleground. “She has some hurdles, especially among independents and Democrats.

“She lost support among the independents and moderate Republicans, and a lot of them give money,” the lawmaker added.

My take on that? GOOD! They have not won to many elections for the GOP now have they?

In fact Lance Burri of Troglo Pundit sums up my feelings about them, and their RINO boot lickers Yeah, well, some of us are pretty irritated with them, too.

Amen to that! The GOP leadeship needs to get it straight, we need the Palins and Rubios to run, and to get the support of the GOP leadership!

I have said it before, and I say it again, the GOP leadership needs to stop telling themselves how smart they are and start listening to the people! You remember the people right?

Well, Michael Steele Will Put a Stop to THIS...

In a surprise attack Democrat Defectors Give GOP control of NY State Senate

Honestly, how can we work with these people if they keep joining our side?

Our Fighting GOP...

California unions call for broader, steeper tax hikes to keep paying for civil service jobs.

Sacramento mulls an increase in the state income tax to 15%.

If the Republican Party had a brain in its ass, it could take back California.

It does not have a brain in its ass. There was a major Tea Party event planned for LA on the 4th of July. Local GOP leadership are now agitating to call it a "celebratory picnic" instead of a Tea Party. On the 4th of July. The anniversary of the most important 'tax protest' in Western European history.

Right. A nationwide movement with name recognition representing across the spectrum public sentiment that drives Democrats crazy. Let's get the hell away from that.

Is there not one level of leadership in the Republican Party that recognizes that if they are not leading the parade, they're gonna be under it...?

Javier Manjarres Sounds off on Crist

Javier Manjarres, writing at Red Country, has a scathing piece on the Crist/Rubio race.

After pointing out the endorsements received so far by each candidate, Manjarres writes, "So, according to the logic of Cornyn, let’s just put a price tag on our principles and endorse anyone that will appeal to the Democrats. I have some old regurgitated news for you pal - the policy of "moderation" does not work! The Republican Party tried this last year, remember? Guess who is our President now? We tried this with Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania - where is he now? And what about those “astronomical” approval ratings? The last time I checked, Crist’s numbers were falling and Rubio’s were rising. The “Astronomical” approval ratings will surely continue to drop the more that people hear Rubio clearly articulate a conservative vision of government and successfully contrast it with Crist’s unprincipled approach that relies on fuzzy feelings and popularity polls."

Majarres also goes on to point out that Crist endorses a full amnesty program for illegal immigrants while Rubio is adamantly against this.

Finally, he writes, "There is a very disturbing trend here that should give all Republicans cause for concern. Governor Crist continues to be mentioned with and supported by the same moderate Republicans that have proven themselves to be as unprincipled as he. And that’s before he went and gave Obama a giant public bear hug. We can only wonder what other agenda items of Obama’s that Charlie supports besides the so called “Stimulus”. Call me crazy, but I’d rather not have to find out, because I’m becoming just a bit tired of Republicans enacting a Democrat agenda."

Be sure to read the whole thing.

While it is true that Rubio is still far behind Crist in the polls, it is still very early in the campaign. Rubio began this race polling at 18% and as of June 6 he polled 22% - not a big jump, but still a rise. As Rubio gets his message out, and as Americans continue to get fed up with Democrat-lite-Republicans like Crist, Rubio's numbers will certainly grow.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Comrade Charlie

Via Memeorandum

The Club for Growth has named May’s finalists for their “Comrade of the Month” award, lo and behold, look who the first named finalist is:

"FL GOV. CHARLIE CRIST: Crist signed a no-tax pledge when he was running for governor of Florida a few years ago. Now, as the state's top elected official, he has proceeded to break that very pledge by signing a tax hike into law last week as part of the state budget. But Crist didn't stop there. Earlier this week, he signed another tax hike...this time a 20% tax increase on businesses. Crist sure is some "Republican."

Yep, the NRSC’s go to guy in the Florida Republican Senate primary is in the running for Comrade of the Month! Sen. Cornyn must be so proud. If he wins this prestigious award, and as a Floridian I’m sure pulling for him, maybe we will see his ‘honor’ highlighted in a campaign ad. Something along the lines of “Vote for Comrade Charlie Crist. He’s even to the left of Kendrick Meek.”

Now that I’ve gotten my snark on, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Crist’s co-finalists:

REPS. HENRY WAXMAN and ED MARKEY, for their outstanding work on Cap and Trade. (details)

REP. JOHN MURTHA, for his thirty-five year record of wasting the taxpayer’s money while lining his own pockets (details)

UNKNOWN SAN FRANCISCO BUREAUCRAT, for screwing a homeless man out of the money he had saved to get an apartment ( details)

Well it’s a tough field but there can only be one winner. Let’s all think a happy thought for Comrade Crist.

More on Comrade Charlie

Friday, June 5, 2009

Rubio Picks up Endorsements

Adam Guillette has a nice piece in the Washington Times today about Marco Rubio.

"Viewed by many as the heir-apparent to Jeb Bush, Mr. Rubio will be the candidate-of-choice for conservative Floridians. Mr. Rubio was even recently endorsed by Jeb Bush Jr., son of the former governor, as well as social-conservative-favorite Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor. Standing in his way is primary opponent Mr. Crist.

Fortunately, conservatives are beginning to realize they need more leaders like Mr. Rubio. No one can look at Mr. Crist and view him as the future of the party. He's an 'old white guy' and a populist. Mr. Rubio is a stark contrast - young, Hispanic and principled."

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Rubio has picked up the endorsement this week of Dennis Baxley, the former state Speaker Pro Tempore and outgoing head of the state Christian Coalition. Rubio has already been endorsed by Jeb Bush, Jr. and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Meanwhile, Charlie Crist is making some unpopular moves in Florida. From the St. Petersburg Times yesterday:

"In the defining moment of his career Monday, Gov. Charlie Crist sold the state of Florida right down the river. He did it in a gutless fashion, too, waiting until the close of business to send out a brief announcement that he was signing Senate Bill 360. Look. If you're going to destroy your state to get elected to the U.S. Senate, be proud of it. Do it at a news conference. Surround yourself with bulldozers and smiling developers. Order a cake.

"But apparently he couldn't quite fit this one in with all those other bill-signing ceremonies he's been racking up: The battle for Florida is finished now. It's over."

Ouch. Again, it seems that Sen. Cornyn and the NRSC should have waiting before their preemptive endorsement of Crist. Things may not be looking so rosy for him by 2010.

Oh, and if you missed Marco Rubio on the Ed Morrissey Show here is the link!