Tancredo gaining in Colorado governor's race

The new Fox News poll of the Colorado gubernatorial race shows Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper continuing to lead the race, thanks to a split conservative vote between the gaffe-prone Republican nominee Dan Maes and Constitution Party nominee Tom Tancredo, a former Republican Congressman. Furthermore, Tancredo has for the moment definitely overtaken Maes as the alternative to the Dem.

The numbers: Hickenlooper 44%, Tancredo 34%, and Maes at only 15%. The survey of likely voters has a ±3% margin of error.

Amazing. Hickenlooper is dead in the water, stuck at mid-forties for weeks now. Tancredo is gaining rapidly.

It's still Hickenlooper's to lose, but Tancredo has an outside shot at pulling this off.

And if Maes continues to plummet and falls below 10%, I believe Republicans would be classified under Colorado election law as a "minor party" until the next election.

Reminds me of the 2004 Virginia Beach mayoral election (biggest city in the Commonwealth.) Democrat won with 49%, Libertarian got 43%, Republican got 6%.


Sound familiar?

Obama says Fox News 'destructive' for U.S. growth
Vancouver Sun, Sept. 28, 2010

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Fox News Network "ultimately destructive for the long-term growth" of the United States, reopening a long-running feud with the conservative cable network that has led the U.S. conservative media's opposition to his administration.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Obama accused Australian-born Rupert Murdoch, Fox's chairman and chief executive, of being more concerned about profits than the well-being of the United States...

..."It's a point of view that I think is ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.

Sound familiar?

Chavez Declares War on Opposition Media in Venezuela
Fox News, Mar. 4, 2009

CARACAS, Venezuela — As politicians in the U.S. discuss bringing back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, which would compel radio and TV stations to present both sides of any controversial issue, the question in Venezuela is far more serious: whether there can be more than one side — Hugo Chavez's side — that gets aired about anything.

Addressing the nation on his weekly television show on Sunday, the Venezuelan president laid out plans for his next crusade, ordering his governors and mayors to draw up a "map of the media war" to determine which media are "in the hands of the oligarchy."

Chavez said that "if it weren't for the attack, the lies, manipulation and the exaggeration" of the private media networks, the Venezuelan government would have the support of at least 80 percent of the population...

...Chavez frequently criticizes opposition-aligned television stations and newspapers, at times holding up copies of the papers during public addresses to ridicule articles that criticize him.


A delightful snippet of Texas history...

..from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

"In October 1916, he [Governor Jim Ferguson] had declared war on the University of Texas, showing up at a meeting of the UT Board of Regents to demand the firing of several professors he deemed personally objectionable. Ferguson gleefully promised 'the biggest bear fight that has ever taken place in the history of the state of Texas.'

"Ferguson considered the university an elitist institution that took money away from the 'country boys' at rural schools and at Texas Agricultural & Mechanical College (Texas A&M)...In June he vetoed the entire legislative appropriation for the university."


Alan Grayson: The most disgusting man in Washington

Alan Grayson is mentally ill.

He's running an ad accusing Daniel Webster of being a draft dodger during the Vietnam War who "refused the call to service." FactCheck.org notes the very documents Grayson provided show "Webster reported for a military examination as soon as he graduated from college, only to be disqualified on medical grounds."

FactCheck.org rates Grayson's ad as "one of the nastiest we have seen so far this year, and it’s false." They also point out Grayson himself refused to enlist in the military.


Kerry: Voters are angry because they're dumb

From the Sept. 25, 2010 Boston Herald:

A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.

“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday. [DF notes: And apparently missing the irony of using that slur to defend a man whose entire campaign was the focus-grouped tagline"Hope and Change."

You have to thank Senator Kerry for once again exposing the core tenet of liberalism -- the belief your fellow man is too ignorant to be capable of self-governance.

That's why he needs the government to tell him what to eat, what to drive and what light bulb to use. That's why doctors need the government to tell them what drugs and treatments to prescribe. That's why banks need the government to tell them who to loan to. That's why automakers need government to tell them what cars to make.

In short, liberalism is the belief you, the liberal, are an intellectually and morally superior being with the duty to make decisions on behalf of a population of cattle who, as Senator Kerry puts it, "doesn't always pay that much attention to what’s going on...(and) are influenced by a simple slogan."

It's a Doctrine of Arrogance, and one that Senator Kerry and Barack Obama are shamelessly imposing on a populace much smarter than they, and who will make a much smarter decision on Nov. 2.


White House to launch political assaults on private citizens -- again

The Obama White House is considering an all-out election year assault on the Tea Party movement, The New York Times reports this morning.

While the Times casts this as a new strategy, the White House has been on the warpath against private citizens since last summer, attacking average Americans who disagree with him in press conferences and speeches.

But will it work?


For one, as the Times points out, "the party’s House and Senate campaign committees are resistant, not wanting to do anything that smacks of nationalizing the midterm elections when high unemployment and the drop in Mr. Obama’s popularity have made the climate so hostile to Democrats. Endangered Congressional candidates want any available money to go to their localized campaigns."

And there's also the simple matter that when it comes to the Tea Party vs. Obama, Americans back the Tea Party. Fifty-two percent of Americans say their views are closer to Sarah Palin's than Obama. Sixty-one percent of likely voters say they want ObamaCare repealed.

Any move by Obama to cast the midterm elections as a choice between the Tea Parties and himself will likely only alienate himself further and diminish his approval ratings further. Americans, while they may not always agree with it, recognize the Tea Party is a genuine grassroots movement and any attack on it by a White House political machine only cements the public perception of Obama as breaking his promise to usher in a citizen-driven agenda and eschew "politics as usual."


The liberal establishment still doesn't get it

From Susan Estrich's guest column in today's Washington Examiner:

"by reaching out to those who might disagree with "establishment" Republican positions on such issues as gun control and abortion (which are indeed nutty to a lot of people), the movement not only generates enthusiasm, but also has the potential for greater inclusiveness."

Supporting the Second Amendment and the right to life are "nutty?" Perhaps to the architect of the Dukakis campaign, but not to most Americans.

From Gallup:

"A record-low 44% of Americans say that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict..." (Oct. 9, 2009)

"Slightly more Americans call themselves "pro-life" than "pro-choice," 47% vs. 45%, according to a May 3-6 Gallup poll...While the two-percentage-point gap in current abortion views is not significant, it represents the third consecutive time Gallup has found more Americans taking the pro-life than pro-choice position on this measure since May 2009, suggesting a real change in public opinion." (May 14, 2010)

Liberals are not interested in public opinion because they view the public as their intellectual inferiors, incapable of self-governance and therefore burdening the morally and intellectually superor liberal with the responsibility of making decisons for them.

And that's where you get the view that the right to self-defense and the protection of defenseless humans is "nutty," when in fact it's the mainstream view. It's the liberal's view of themselves as the superman, with a duty to control others, that's "nutty."


Dems unveil a tax "cut" that raises some taxes, cuts no one's

How desperate are Democrats? They're now claiming a sudden 180-degree decision to not raise a specific tax on the middle class is the "Obama tax cut for the middle class."

Except no one is getting a tax cut. It's just that a select group of people won't be hit with a specific tax hike.

Follow that? Democrats announced a plan to raise taxes across the board. Americans revolted. Democrats backed off and decided to raise taxes only for some people, which a majority of Americans still oppose. With their poll numbers plunging, they're now claiming their decision to only raise some taxes is a tax "cut."

The kind that leaves some people with higher taxes, others with the same taxes and no one with lower taxes.

That's like starting to steal $10 from the Salvation Army kettle, getting caught and then claiming that putting it back counts as a $10 contribution to the Salvation Army.


Democrat congresswoman leaves voicemail demanding lobbyist cash

"This leadership team will create the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history." - Democrat Congresswoman and then-Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi

"I was, frankly, uh, uh, surprised to see that we don't have a record, so far as I can tell, of your having given to me despite my uh, long and deep uh, work. In fact, it's been my major work, uh, on the committee and sub-committee it's been essentially in your sector. I am, I'm simply candidly calling to ask for a contribution. As the senior member of the um, committee and a sub-committee chair, we have (chuckles) obligations to raise, uh funds." - Democrat Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton


When it comes to cooking the books, this administration is Julia Child

The Obama administration is ordering people who offer to work election day polling places are now being to file tax withholding forms, reports John Crudele of the New York Post, a move that could pad the nation's employment numbers by just 30,000 to 36,000 in New York City alone in the final monthly employment report before the November election.

"The Internal Revenue Service has determined that all poll workers are considered employees of the Board of Elections for tax purposes," said a Board memo dated Aug. 2 and signed by Rosanna Kostamoulas Rahmouni, coordinator of Election Day Operations, the Post reports. Poll workers get just $100 for training and $200 for their work.

The Obama administration similarly inflated plunging job numbers by classifying many census workers as temporary, which creates a new "job" every time their employment in the position was extended.


Another Democrat spin turns into a downward spiral

More bad news for Obama's efforts to enact the largest tax hike in history -- aimed directly at job creators.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll released this morning finds a majority of likely voters support tax cuts for "the wealthy" when asked "Suppose you had a choice between extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for all Americans or extending the Bush Administration tax cuts for everyone except the wealthy. Which would you prefer?"

Why is that significant? Because "the Bush Administration tax cuts for the wealthy" phrase used in Rasmussen's polling is exactly how Democrats are spinning the Obama tax hike in an effort to get majority opposition.


See a pattern?

Lisa Murkowski flirted with Cap and Tax and lost to an unknown. Alan Mollohan flirted with Cap and Tax and lost a Democrat primary. Mark Kirk voted for Cap and Tax, only got 58% against an unknown in his primary and is in a toss-up against a lousy Democrat candidate.

Now Mike Castle, who shouldn't even have to sweat a primary but voted for Cap and Tax, is down three to Christine O'Donnell in a new poll.


Obama continues to fundamentally transform America

The United States have fallen to fourth in a ranking of nations most attractive to foreign investment.


What a difference a Democrat in office makes

"Unwilling to bide his time until President Bush packs up his things and leaves town, Obama simply took control of economic policy on Nov. 23, when he unveiled an economic team noted for its brains and experience and asked it to come up with a massive economic-stimulus plan...Obama no longer has the luxury of waiting...Unemployment has risen to 6.5%..."
- TIME magazine, Nov. 26, 2008

"With the local unemployment rate above 12% and rising again this summer, about a third of the employer display tables stood empty...Some voters bucked at the incongruity, repeatedly telling pollsters that even programs that have clearly helped the economy, like the $787 billion stimulus, did no such thing."
- TIME magazine, Sept. 2, 2010 (The article never mentions national unemployment has risen to 9.6 percent, a 50 percent increase of the rate they labeled a disaster when a Republican was in the White House.)


The stimulus scam comes to Alexandria

In an odd example of hybrids creating colossal waste, the city of Alexandria will spend $2.4 million on new "hybrid" buses made to look like train trolleys, paid for by money largely borrowed from China through Barack Obama's "stimulus" program.

And the current trollies clearly need to be replaced, seeing as they were bought only two years ago.

So in other words, Barack Obama spent $2.4 million to create a palmful of one-shot temporary jobs replacing practically new buses -- and stuck your children with the interest bill. That's eerily reminescent of socialist-run France, where new highways were constantly torn out and replaced, often using shovels and outdated manual labor, to create "jobs."

Update: The hideously expensive King Street trolley program was sold as "part of the City’s continuing efforts to manage congestion and reduce mobile emissions by encouraging residents, commuters, workers, and visitors to choose travel options outside of driving alone."

But it only runs the length of King Street, which is largely a pedestrian route and a popular walking route. With no attractions or businesses along King Street with parking lots, there are virtually no automobile trips that begin and end on King Street.


If liberals are so vocal that paying more taxes makes you a better citizen, then why not allocate votes based on your tax liability? If taxation is a mark of patriotism and good citizenship the top one percent of income earners, who earn 22.8% of the nation's income but pay 40.4% of all federal individual income taxes (while relieving almost 43% of the population of any tax liability) should be allowed to cast 40.4% of the votes for president and Congress.