When historians look back on Mitt Romney’s bid for the Presidency, one trend will be clear: no Republican candidate ever ran a similar campaign again. For four decades, from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan through the two Bush Presidencies, the Republican Party won the White House by amassing large margins among white voters. Nixon summoned the silent majority. Reagan cemented this bloc of voters, many of whom were former Democrats. Both Bushes won the Presidency by relying on broad support from Reagan Democrats. In that time, Republicans transformed the South from solidly Democratic to solidly Republican,
Identity politics is a creation of the Left. There is no doubt that various voting blocs exist and are fostered and exploited by the Left. These blocs can indeed affect the outcome of elections. They cannot, however, change the laws of economics, human nature, the problems of governance, international relations or the national interest. Leftist fantasy ideology is founded upon untenable illusions about the nature of human beings. Schemes and social engineering based upon such illusions cannot possibly deliver the results that are desired and are certain to cause unintended and unpleasant consequences. There is, unfortunately, no cure for such fantasies but the school of hard knocks. Skin color and ethnic background are blips on the political radar, significant only in the short run. The basic problem is a world view peddled in academia and the liberal establishment that does not correspond to reality. Argument and expostulation are useless, as are citations to history. True believers in this world view will have to see and experience for themselves the consequences of acting on it.
Neil Cavuto gave Romney glowing marks on him as a man. He ripped into the Repubs now criticizing Mitt, and had especially harsh words for the media. It was one of the best opinions I have heard Neil give. Made me feel better.
FTA: Cruz, who has a thick head of pomaded, neatly combed hair...
Well, at least the dung-slimed, fully encrapulated Noo Yawkuh can admit what is the most important political imperative: Good Hair! And so The OBAMMUNIST is obviously The Most Brilliant Politician ever
The only real hope is to reform the voting process to make it harder for demonrats to cheat.
There were several states this time that ALL went to Obama that had those laws placed on hold by demonratic judges. Those laws will be in place next time. That might help but they can always find another way to cheat.
A good state law might also be 1. No results are announced until all votes have been counted 2. Once the precinct closes the election judges have 45 minutes to get the ballot boxes to the central voting location. Once they are turned in NO MORE WILL BE ACCEPTED PERIOD. 3. Exit polls may be conducted but not published until after the polls are closed 4. Eliminate all early voting and absentee voting. If you are too sick or too lazy to get to the polls then too bad. However the size of polling places should be doubled. Also make the election day a national holiday so that people can if needed stand in line
Well, as Mark Steyn pointed out, Mitt Romney did better overall than Republicans farther down the ticket. He simply won more votes. I would think Paul Ryan would have helped, too, if many Americans were serious about reigning in spending. I can´t say I care too much who runs next time. We get four more years of Obama before we get there. Wake me when it´s over.
Americans have generally voted for the principles of Liberty & Justice for ALL, safely secured by the U.S. Constitution. The results have produced the most generous, most free and most productive country on the planet. The USA has always been as a magnet for those seeking Liberty and a refuge for those fleeing tyranny. American history is an open book.
The Constitutional future now, after the questionable 2012 election, seems uncharacteristicly clouded. ...What will Americans be thinking when watching the ´winning´ candidates AGAIN take their oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution and defend & protect the U.S.A., when some have ignored their oaths after the ceremonies? ...And the media cheers the statist pols cavalier disregard and covers for ´em. mmm mmm mmm
While there may be demographic issues ... and the concern that large demographic blocks that seem to vote in unison, I remember reading loads of articles about the death of the Republican party -- and the Democrat party after Presidential losses.
And for some reason, the other party finds a way to rise from the dead an election or two later.
With the expected rule by fiat of Dear Leader(US), may his name be praised, and his minions starting with Dingy Harry and the RAT infested media whores, and the resulting economic calamity, 2016 may be the Republicans´ 1932.
Welcome to The Resistance. I´m still working on the secret handshake.
the media is nothing more than an Ezra Klein jornolist Pravda ... and they don´t even realize what they have become.
An overstatement you say? Lena Dunham wins Glamour Magazines Woman of the Year award.
Folks here are whistling past the graveyard if they do not understand the implications of that .... the media is going to go all-in for the ´fantasy´ of Team 44´s transformation of the USA into Western Europe if not Greece
The bad news keeps piling up for President Obama. A new CBS News poll shows only 37 percent of Americans now approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president, while 57 percent disapprove of him. A 20-point approval-disapproval gap in politics is worrisome. And so is having your party turn on you with a vengeance. A case in point: the Hill newspaper reports that Obama’s relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, according to Democratic aides. According to the story: They are letting it be known that House and Senate Democrats are increasingly frustrated, bitter and angry with the White
The Obama administration has drafted a plan to shutter an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) squadron three years after it assured hesitant lawmakers that the New START U.S.-Russia arms reduction treaty would not lead to deep cuts in the ICBM force. A new timeline prepared by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon maps out a strategy to eliminate an ICBM squadron—and destroy its missile silos—by Dec. 5, 2017. An environmental assessment would begin next month. The document says the reductions are necessary to “meet the New START Treaty compliance date by closing an ICBM
AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with an insurance company that sought more than $3 million for bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France from 1999 to 2001. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance sued Armstrong earlier this year after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during his career. Attorneys for both sides would not disclose details of Wednesday’s settlement other than to say the case has been “resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.” Armstrong still faces a similar $12 million lawsuit from a Dallas-based promotions company that is in arbitration. He also faces a federal whistle-blower lawsuit over
On Jan. 1, 1943, Robert Gene Baker arrived in Washington at the height of World War II to become a Senate page. Two decades later, this son of a mailman from Pickens, S.C., had become the reigning Washington wheeler-dealer and fixer of his day as secretary to the Senate’s Democratic majority. In the era of President John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier, Baker was indispensable on Capitol Hill: The Man Who Knew Too Much. Exactly 50 years ago this fall, in the face of a widening official investigation into his private business dealings and vivid social life—an inquiry that threatened to engulf
The great Obama levitation is ending; the inexplicable aspect of it is that it has endured so long. The president won in 2008 on a slick platform, but given the unpopularity of George W. Bush and the economic calamity that caused the incumbent to announce, with his customary grasp of the need for eloquence on momentous occasions, that “the sucker could go down” (in reference to the economy), Elmer Fudd could have won the election as the Democratic nominee. Obama’s triumph was not in defeating the blunderbuss candidacy of John McCain but in swiping Bill and Hillary Clinton’s party out
The Rev. Billy Graham has been taken to a hospital in Asheville, N.C., with respiratory problems, a family spokesman said Wednesday. "Mr. Graham is in the hospital with a respiratory congestion issue, similar to what he had a few weeks ago," Mark DeMoss said. "As was the case then, we expect he will be able to return home in a day or two." Graham, who celebrated his 95th birthday earlier this month with a party in Asheville, was taken to Mission Hospital. Graham´s birthday celebration featured hundreds of well-wishers and what is being characterized as his final sermon. In a video that was recorded
Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This means that all things JFK are back in vogue from ghoulish rehashing of the details of his murder (what Mona Charen aptly termed “assassination porn”), to the generally moronic conspiracy theories about the events of 11/22/63 as well as fierce debates about the legacy of the 35th president. To some extent this is understandable. Kennedy’s death was probably the single most traumatic event for most Americans in between the attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Moreover, as we have already been told endlessly and at length in
When I was a teenager, we loved to play baseball, and in my neighborhood there were two teams. Both of them were quite good, but they were bitter rivals. It was not uncommon for fights to break out when they played each other. On one very memorable day, a very boastful team from another neighborhood challenged our neighborhood to a game. Their team was quite formidable by reputation, and neither of our teams would likely have been able to beat them. We decided to put aside our differences and use our strongest players to form one neighborhood team to take up
Hendrik Hertzberg repeats a very common claim about the Democrats and 2016: A footnote: Hillary Clinton’s prominence points up the remarkable shallowness of the Democratic bench. Whether or not she chooses to run, the supply of plausible alternatives is shockingly thin. This gets things backwards. Whatever the quality of other possible candidates, the fact is that virtually no one talks about any other Democratic politicians this way because Clinton is presumed to be the overwhelming favorite. That is, the “bench” appears shallow because Clinton’s presumed frontrunner status crowds out any interest in other possible candidates, and so no one ever bothers to
Just when you were getting used to U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East, here comes our formal withdrawal from the Western Hemisphere. Yesterday, November 18, Secretary of State Kerry repudiated the Monroe Doctrine in a speech to the Inter-American Dialogue. Here´s what he said: "When people speak of the Western Hemisphere, they often talk about transformations that have taken place, but the truth is one of the biggest transformations has happened right here in the United States of America. In the early days of our republic, the United States made a choice about its relationship with Latin America. President James
In some parts of the world, a business leader who dares criticize his government would quickly find his company shut down or nationalized. In America, we pride ourselves on doing things differently. Here we operate by the rule of law. The $13 billion settlement announced Tuesday between JP Morgan Chase and the Department of Justice makes us wonder whether we’re really so different after all. On so many levels, the JP Morgan deal gives off a malignant odor. Why have an IRS if the government can generate billions simply by threatening a private firm with expensive, damaging and ongoing litigation? And why go through
He loves rap music, the Tea Party, and Cartagena, Colombia. Now Florida’s self-described ‘hip-hop conservative,’ Trey Radel, faces an arraignment on misdemeanor cocaine charges. At 2:44 p.m. on October 29, freshman Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) tweeted that he “had some fun in the past few wks.” What kind of fun was he having? “On or about October 29, 2013, within the District of Columbia, Henry J. Radel III did unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally possess a quantity of cocaine, a controlled substance,” a charging document alleged Tuesday. The congressman has been formally charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession and will be arraigned Wednesday in
President Barack Obama told the Wall Street CEO Council Tuesday that his administration has "reined in spending" and "cut our deficits by more than half." "After years of trillion-dollar deficits we reined in spending, wound down two wars and began to change a tax code that I believe was too skewed towards the wealthiest among us at the expense of the middle class," said Obama. "And since I took office, we have now cut our deficits by more than half. Add it all and businesses like yours have created 7.8 million new jobs over the past 44 months, we´ve gone farther
Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently. New revelations are now forcing even the most reluctant of President Barack Obama’s critics to concede that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has evolved into a scandal. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to,” Obama told reporters on November 14.
MICHELLE OBAMA: I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was really little and then I wasn´t that great at math and science so I switched to law because my mother told me that I like to argue a lot. But I realized in high school and in college that you don´t have to exactly know, you´re kind of always discovering yourself. So I studied law, I went to law to school, but was pretty clear I just wanted to be a good student. I wanted to know how to read and write and communicate, be able to
In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. "I always say my husband has got swag," said Mrs. Obama. "He’s got a little swag." The audience applauded. Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States "sings all the time." She continued, "Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing." She also praised her husband. "[H]e has got a good voice." Here´s a transcript of that exchange:
Well folks, it looks like Arizona Senator John McCain will "be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.” According to the Arizona Republic, McCain is set to attend a glitzy fundraising for his 2016 campaign in New York City. Sen. John McCain has scheduled a December fundraiser in New York City, the surest sign yet that the veteran Arizona Republican is serious about possibly pursuing a sixth term in 2016. According to a copy of the invitation obtained Tuesday by The Arizona Republic, McCain is asking supporters to join him 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the midtown St. Regis Hotel
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she won’t wear shorts on Air Force One again because the one time she did, it created “a huge stink.”(snip)Mrs. Obama was asked about her biggest fashion regret. She said she’s always happy with her outfits but that, quote, “sometimes I forget I’m the first lady and I’m running around in shorts.” She recalled her family’s first White House vacation, to the Grand Canyon in August 2009. Mrs. Obama said her wearing shorts getting off the plane “created a huge stink because people were like, ‘she’s wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.’” She said her thought
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama conceded that he will have to "remarket" and "rebrand" Obamacare as public confidence in him and the healthcare law he championed has plummeted. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit, Obama addressed the failures of the Obamacare rollout and said while he was confident that the healthcare model his administration built, which he claimed worked off of the "existing private insurance system," would succeed, the law would have to be rebranded. “We are going to have to obviously remarket and rebrand,” Obama said. “And that will be challenging in this political environment.” When he
President Barack Obama told a gathering of corporate executives Tuesday he´s confident that his model of health care will work in the end, but he said he´s going to have to "re-brand" it to sell it to a skeptical public. He didn´t use the word "Obamacare" once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the "Affordable Care Act" seven times. "So, look, I am confident that the model that we built, which works off of the existing private insurance system, is one that will succeed," Obama told the Wall Street Journal´s CEO Council Annual Meeting
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says everyone should stop talking so much about the 2016 presidential race, because doing so hurts President Obama, who´s only a year into his second term. "In this sense, I feel badly for President Obama. He just won a year ago, and everybody´s like, ´So, who´s next?´" Christie said Monday night at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. "There is work to be done in this country. And as we shove him out the door, we minimize his ability to be an effective executive. And we shouldn´t do that." Even as he urged people to focus
The White House has admitted that it was wrong to promise that people would be able to their health care plans under Obamacare. "With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient," President Obama said
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says although some Democrats may be voting politically to distance themselves from Obamacare, they were still supporting the law and working in their districts to implement it. "This is history and the future and progress," she stated emphatically, "It stands right there as Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, as a right, not a privilege for the few, but a right for the many." She was speaking Tuesday at an event sponsored by BuzzFeed. Pelosi acknowledged she was "really disappointed" that the technology behind the website failed, but said she was excited to see the program fully
President Obama irked some conservatives with his recitation of the Gettysburg Address, which he read aloud as part of a project celebrating the 150th anniversary of famous Lincoln speech. For the project, spearheaded by documentarian Ken Burns, a number of politicians and other high-profile people recorded themselves reading the Gettysburg Address. However, Mr. Obama´s recording seems to be the only one that leaves the phrase "under God" out of a certain line. Some conservatives took offense to the president´s reading. "Lincoln added ´Under God´ as he was looking out over battlefield. why would obama remove?" Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Twitter. Gettysburg