- Obamacare sucks in every possible way.
- The ruling had a somewhat subtle, but firm slap in the face of Congress, declaring that their use of the Commerce Clause was incorrect and that the authority for the act rested under the Taxation Powers of Congress.
- In joining with the left, John Roberts may have just handed the November election to the GOP. Now the GOP has more to run on that “we’re not Obama”. They’ve got the economy and they’ve got Obamacare. It won’t be hard for them to point out that the costs of Obamacare will be borne by the taxpayers in the middle of a bad economy – a formula that got them a tremendous victory in the House last November. The more I think about it, this whole scenario has a very Karl-Rovesque feel to it, with someone playing a much smarter game than anyone’s realizing.
- The ruling makes Democrats happy today. I liken it to a team who just got a touchdown in a football game. They did, however, miss the extra point and now the other team (the GOP) has excellent field position. The only question is: can our Bringham-Young-graduate QB take it to the paint?
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Posted in Conservatives Are Smart, Economic Stupidity, Education Time, Government Healthcare, Quick Updates, Superme Stupid, Time for ANGRY, tagged 1984, Annoy Liberals, Congress, Democrats, Election, Freedom, Get It Right, GOP, Harry Reid, Health, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Obamacare, Silly, Stupid, Tea Party on June 28, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Conservatives Are Smart, Dumb Republicans, Government Healthcare, Liberals Are Dumb, Superme Stupid, Time for ANGRY, tagged 1984, Annoy Liberals, Congress, Democrats, Do Something, Election, Freedom, Get It Right, GOP, Health, Obama, Stupid on June 28, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
So the court says Obamacare is a-OK. That’s right: the right of the government to force you to spend your money how they see fit is covered under “taxation authority”. And, as expected, there’s a lot of blame to be passed around, most of it resting on the back of Chief Justice John Roberts.
But I don’t blame Roberts. Honestly, looking at the ruling, I see the direction he was heading in: Congress has the power to tax you, and forcing you to buy health insurance is no different. It’s not an argument I agree with 100%, but it’s a logical one. It also throws the role of healthcare back into the legislature. No, I don’t blame Roberts or even the left side of the court.
I blame you.
That’s right, America – I blame you. You’re the one who elected these idiots. You’re the one who voted for “hope” and “change” instead of thinking things through. You’re the ones who voted retards into Congress assuring us that they were nowhere near as socialist and liberal as we said they were. You, and only you, are the ones that I hold responsible for wiping your ass with our constitution, our economy, and our future and flushing it down the toilet. You were stupid.
You don’t like that, do you? You don’t like me calling you a bunch of retards? Well, then, you shouldn’t have voted for retards.
Want to change my mind about you? Then freaking vote right this time. Stop sticking your fingers in your ears when someone tells you that Obama and his radical left are lying to you. Stop feeling bad about your own racism, thinking you can cure it by voting for a black guy who hangs out with domestic terrorists like Bill Ayers. Stop not thinking things through.
And you Republicans? Don’t you DARE back down on this. Take hold of the reins that the people are screaming at you to take hold of and show us some leadership. Defund this piece of garbage and send it back to hell where it belongs. Be conservative, not stupid.
Posted in Conservatives Are Smart, Education Time, Election 2012, Faith, Gender Politics, Government Healthcare, Liberals Are Dumb, Tee Hee, tagged abortion, Annoy Liberals, Bias, Democrats, Election, Evil, Freedom, Get It Right, Health, Indoctrination, Liberty, Obama, Sarah Palin, sex, Silly, Stupid on May 24, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Recently, a friend of mine pointed out this chick:
For those of you who’ve been paying attention for a while, you can guess what the liberal response was. Here’s a few choice quotes:
Hey, you really seem like one stupid c*nt. That being said, I’d still let you wrap yours lips around my c*ck.”
“This b*tch is Psycho!”
“A hate mongering bigot, she probably supports modern day slavery as well.”
“The Palin legacy, people…..*sigh*”
“She’s bats*it crazy!!”
Yep. That’s liberals at their best for you! There’s nothing that says “classy” like Internet-published rape fantasies about a 16-year-old girl who has opinions that you don’t agree with. That puts her square into, at the very least, stage 2 of the stages of conservative female abuse. She’s in good company.
I know what you’re saying… “Mr. Elephant,” because that’s my name, “you called liberalism dumb! And a religion! You can’t do that! It’s just a political philosophy that’s different from yours! Aren’t you giving in to the same hate you’re criticizing those responders in that video for?”
Silly person. Let me educate you. And before we get started – no, I’m not giving in to the hate. While I despise the philosophy of liberalism, I’m not (and I don’t know a single conservative who is) sexualizing and demonizing a 16-year-old girl who disagrees with me… because I am an adult and choose to act like it. I also stand by what I say: Liberalism is a dumb religion.
- Liberalism is a religion. That’s why whenever anyone starts quoting from the Bible as the basis for their beliefs, they tend to go ballistic. Simply put: a Biblical worldview stands in direct contrast to a modern American liberal/socialist worldview. Their belief in the state as the supreme deity stands in contrast to Christ’s claim that HE was the way, the truth, and the life. Ann Coulter spent an entire, excellent book pointing out exactly how liberalism is, in fact, a secularist state-based religion, and while I disagree with her conclusions regarding Darwinism (don’t get me started on that stupid debate), her conclusions regarding the cult-like devotion to liberalism by liberals is spot-on.
Liberals are dumb. I hate to put it that simply, but when you have a group of people who think you can tax a nation into success and that penalizing success is a good idea (instead of recognizing that success breeds more success) and that catering to the lowest common denominator is a bad idea, then you have to conclude that those who believe this are dumb. Are you asking me if I actually believe that Karl Marx and all of his derivative socioeconomic systems were dumb? Yes. Yes, I do. Every single last aspect of them.
“But Mr. Elephant,” you cry like an infant, “what about when someone’s poor, out of work, and lying at home in bed because they got hit by a truck full of the Ebola virus? Doesn’t the fact that the government can step in and help those poor souls prove that you’re wrong?”
No, it does not. No reasonable person would disagree that there is a great benefit to a small group of needy people being assisted in a way that allows them to reach for the maximum amount of their contribution to society, say by assisting them when they are out of work, providing for their medical needs when they are in desperate circumstances, providing them with food, shelter, and the basic needs. However, where we disagree is in both the source of that assistance and in the quantity of that assistance. A smart person recognizes that whether the assistance comes from the state or private charity, that ultimately, the source of that assistance (besides God) are human beings who pay for that assistance. Welfare does not allow you to create assistance out of thin air – the money has to come from somewhere. A smart person also recognizes that if you give a mouse a cookie, they’re going to want a lifetime of comfortable living on the public dole, with steak and lobster dinners, a nice house, digital cable TV, top-notch medical care, 4 cell phones with unlimited texting, and a partridge in a pear tree.
A dumb person thinks that the money just appears out of the unlimited government coffers and that helping people forever who don’t contribute to society is a sustainable model. They scream that, sure, while socialism failed in the USSR, the Eastern Bloc, and Africa, and where it hasn’t failed it keeps people in abject poverty, that it’s just because we haven’t tried the perfect system yet. If we would just try TROOOOOOO Marxism, Stalinism, Maoism, Castroism, etc., it would work perfectly! They’re ignorant of the fact that as long as there are people (who are by nature territorial, greedy, and in need of boundaries), socialism is doomed to failure.
- Liberals are hypocrites. Liberals hold others to standards that they are unwilling to hold themselves to. They scream about the separation of church and state, and then treat Obama like a messianic figure when he goes into or sends others into black churches to raise money for their campaigns. They whine about how voting against gay marriage is based in hate and ignorance – and then ignorantly spew their hate on 16-year-old girls who can’t vote and whose personal politics offend them. They cry about how women should be able to have taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, but work to block the executions of admitted, tried, and convicted cop-killers because killing is wrong.
Let’s talk about sex. There is no issue that liberals think is more important in the world than the right to government-funded consequence-free sex, to the point where it’s the cornerstone of their religion. That’s why they parade idiots like Sandra Fluke (30-year-old activists masquerading as 23-year-old college coeds) around to try to get the government to force Catholic institutions to distribute free birth control against the Catholic faith, because they see their own religion’s cornerstone as being far more important than that of thousands of years of Catholic traditions. Liberals believe that any and all sex should be free of any kind of government interference, unless it’s interfering with the rights of fathers. To liberals, moms possess a magical device called a “vagina” that magically tells them when it’s OK to murder their unborn infants. If dad wants to raise the child, it doesn’t matter, because he lacks the magical vaginal ability to determine if a child should be murdered due to its giving mommy stretch marks. But if mommy wants to bring the child to term, that’s her business (unless she’s Sarah Palin), and the government will be there to lessen the consequence of that decision by ensuring that dad, who had no say in whether the child should be carried to term or not, is forced to give up half his salary so that mom can live more comfortably, and if that means weekends in jail for dad when he can’t afford his payments, well, he should’ve thought about that!
The irony of this being that if liberals weren’t so dead-set opposed to the traditional family, there would already be a method in place to ensure that sex between 2 consenting adults is an enjoyable process, that there’d be a mom and a dad available to rear their child, and both parents would actively contribute to the family’s needs.
As I said in the title, Liberalism is a dumb, hypocritical, sex-based religion. And if you disagree with me, I won’t say you’re worse than Hitler… you’re just wrong.
Now, am I saying that liberals can’t have an occasional smart moment, or that all conservatives are always smart all the time? No. I am not talking about incidents – I am talking about consistent patterns of behavior that demonstrate, conclusively, that liberals are members of a dumb, hypocritical sex cult. Which is perfect, because whenever I think of liberals, I keep thinking “screw you”.
So it all works out.
Posted in Conservatives Are Smart, Education Time, Liberals Are Dumb, tagged 1984, Annoy Liberals, Bias, Democrats, Do Something, Education, Election, Free Speech, Freedom, Get It Right, GOP, Indoctrination, Liberty, Obama, Silly, Stupid on May 21, 2012 | 3 Comments »
Very few things get my ire up more than our educational system here in the United States. “Oh, but Mr. Elephant”, you say, actually believing my first name is “Annoyed”, “teachers are wooooooonderful…. and don’t you know that I believe the children are our future…?”
Silly person. Sit down and let Mr. Elephant educate you, and by “educate” in that sentence, I mean something completely different from the “education” your children are getting today.
First, let me get this much out of the way: I think the public education system is unconstitutional. I believe our students would be better off if we had a system of privately-held schools that had a profit motivation for producing high quantities of high-quality students. I also think they would do so at a much lower cost than we currently blow on our unbelievably mediocre national school system – over $1.1 Trillion dollars annually on all levels of education from all levels of government – compare that to our Defense Budget of $707 Billion. And yet, here, I am not going to advocate for the dismantling of the system. No, I’m just going to point out what’s wrong with our current system and what we could to fix it.
Pedophiles. Whenever I say that word, I’ll bet you that you start thinking “priests” or “boy scout leaders” or “creepy guy hiding in a white van labeled ‘free candy’”, right? I mean, obviously, the problem of child sexual predators is surely restricted only to those weird and creepy people who do stuff like “pray”, “build fires”, and “drive around in a van advertising free candy”.
OK, I’ll give you the last one.
An organization called “Bishop Accountability” once estimated that 10% of priests were pedophiles. The problem is that they used a very loose interpretation of “pedophile” that included priests who were merely accused of sexual abuse. The real number is probably between 2 and 5 percent. Still a high number, but it’s pretty much equivalent to the rate of the general population. Still – 64% of people, when you say “Catholic Priest” wonder exactly how many children they’ve diddled.
If they’re looking for diddlers, tho, maybe they should look at teachers. There are no hard facts because, shock of shocks, powerful lobbies like the National Education Association have worked to keep government polls from being done. Fortunately, private polling has been done. It is estimated that the percentage of abuser teachers is similar to the general population (between 1 and 5%), but the problem is that while the average abuser is exposed to children for only a brief time, teachers are exposed to children on a daily basis for many hours a day. The result is that between 10 and 15% of students have reported being sexually harassed or abused by their teachers. When the American Association of University Women Foundation interviewed over 1,600 students between 8th and 11th grade, they found that 25% of girls and 10% of boys had been abused or harassed, and identified their abuser or harasser as a school employee. The same poll found that between 1991 and 2000, over 250,000 students had been sexually abused or harassed by a school employee.
The response from the schools? 15% were terminated. 38.7% resigned, changed districts, or retired. 54.3% suffered no ill effects other than a stern talking-to or re-education. While it’s certainly terrible that sexual abuse happens, it’s even more terrible when over 54% of cases are covered up, ignored, or punished with little more than a slap on the wrist. In New York City, teachers accused of sexual abuse of students are put through the district’s disciplinary system, aka “the rubber room”. Basically, they’re sent to a room to twiddle their thumbs, get paid their full salaries with benefits, and wait – often for years – until the district decides what to do with them.
How bad is it in NYC? Well, we have the case of this lovely man, one Roland Pierre. He finally retired last year at the age of 76. He’d spent every day since 1997 in one of the rubber rooms, twiddling his thumbs and collecting his full salary and benefits. Why was he in the rubber room, you may ask? Did he give a rich kid a bad grade? Did he vote Republican? Nothing that heinous, apparently. All he did was call one of his 6th grader ESL students into his classroom, hugged her, kissed her full on the mouth (with tongue), grabbed her boobs, and finally reached under her skirt for a good feel of her downstairs parts. He was arrested and then the school system parked him in a room and paid him $97,000 a year, with full vacation and benefits from the age of 62 (when he could’ve retired) to the age of 76.
And then there’s Alan Rosenfield. This man has a $10 million real estate portfolio and has been deemed a walking danger to children when he perved out, made some lewd comments to 8th graders, and grabbed some girls’ butts. So the NYC schools pulled him out of the classroom and put him in a rubber room, paying him $100,049 a year with benefits (including a currently-estimated $87k annual pension) for the past decade. Again, he could’ve retired at 62, but decided he’d rather, in his own words, give a big F-U to the school system for denying him his rights to grab 13-year-olds’ hinnies.
And then there’s Francisco Olivares. This genius among men impregnated a 16-year-old back in 1978, but avoided any fooferall by marrying her. Over the next 14 years, he molested and took porno pictures of at least 3 more 12-year-old girls. The school system… overturned his conviction on a technicality and later, in 2002, he found himself in trouble again when he fondled yet another girl. This time, the schools struck back hard and the arbitrator gave him a warning not to stand close to students. And then the stuck him in the rubber room and paid him $94,154 a year, plus benefits.
The NYC Schools response, once these controversies were exposed? They shut down the rubber rooms, sent the teachers home, and paid them their salaries and benefits anyway.
It’s like the thin blue line, except with chalk.
- Performance. There’s a very helpful infographic that will pretty much sum up my problems here. Non-collegiate American education spends more money, per student, than any major country on the planet, and yet, our students consistently come in average to below average in comparison to the rest of the planet. Obviously, dollars are not helping matters, as nations who spend less money per student get consistently better performance from those students (Canada, Finland, South Korea, etc.). And yet, at the state and local level, we consistently hear how our schools need more money, more money, more money. I’m fully convinced that if you offered them every last dime, there still wouldn’t be enough money to spend on making students more and more mediocre.
- Indoctrination. Teacher in Rowan County, NC tells her students that it’s illegal to criticize Barack Obama. Another NC teacher, Diantha Harris, used her classroom to bully a student who supported John McCain. And lest we forget: Barack Hussein Obama… mmm… mmm… mmm…A simple question: would this be allowed for George W. Bush? How about Mitt Romney? Ronald Reagan? I’ll go ahead and tell you: hell, no. Private organizations, like clubs and churches, may voice support for those men, but never, ever would a public school be allowed to be used for such caterwauling praise of a sitting President. At least, not a Republican President. And why is that, do you suppose?
- Student discipline. There’s a reason people’ve been complaining for years about how schools aren’t paddling students anymore: paddling works. There’s nothing that’ll cure a desire to bring an AK-47 to the classroom like the thought that you’re going to get your butt whooped by a principal with a 2×4 and the upper arm strength of a major league home run king. You don’t need to be abusive, but with classroom behavior downtrending like a flushed turd, a logical person would have to somehow conclude that maybe, just maybe, a limpwristed approach to discipline isn’t an effective means of discipline. Joe Clark took up a baseball bat and chained the doors to his school and got rid of most of the discipline problems at his school.Of course, there’s more than just political indoctrination. There’s religious indoctrination, too. If you’re opposed to teachers pushing the religion of Christianity on students, then certainly pushing Islam, Buddhism, and Atheism is equally wrong, right? RIGHT?
Those are just 4 areas. There’s more, but let’s just run with those 4 for right now because my solution, frankly, will solve the other problems, too. And like I said above, I’m not going to advocate for dismantling the schools, even though I think it would probably solve these problems much, much more quickly.
- End teacher unions. There is no reason in the modern world for a teacher union to exist except to bully the taxpayers and protect a class of citizens that need no protection.
- End tenure. There is no reason in the world to allow bad teachers to have extra protection in their jobs. Good teachers will keep their jobs by being good teachers.
- Keep testing students. Like it or not, standardized testing is good. It lets us know if your students meet the standards. Yes, there are issues, but at least we have a number we can use to base whether your students are failing to meet, meeting, or exceeding expectations.
- Pay teachers accordingly. If your students are expected to be at level 7 and they’re consistently testing at level 9, you should be paid more. If, however, they’re testing at level 4, you should be fired.
- Hold all school staff accountable. Do regular background checks and drug testing of all school staff, from the janitors to the principals. Hold them accountable if they step out of line.
- Ban political activity by teachers and hold them to the ban. Teachers who push a political agenda should be fired immediately.
- Revoke licenses regularly. If a teacher crosses the line often or egregiously enough, revoke their license permanently.
- Fire limp-wristed disciplinarians. Children need to learn to act like adults and they can’t learn from adults whose solution to discipline problems is to hide in the corner, smile through their teeth, and hippie-hug people into submission. If you have a child who’s a problem, they’re keeping other children from learning. Send the child home with a note that says they’re not to come back until they grow up and if the parent doesn’t like it, they can pay for a private education or homeschool their little angel.
- Give parents an out. If the school their kids attend sucks, then parents need to have an out, via school vouchers and charter schools. At the very least, if those kids end up in charter schools, then you’ll get lower classroom sizes at the schools they leave.
- Keep school boards accountable. In North Carolina, I’m in favor of removing school taxes from city and county budgets and placing that taxation authority in the hands of the school system – but only giving them taxation authority over families whose students use the school system. On one hand, if I have no children, then I am receiving a very limited benefit from the school system. On the other hand, it means that the people who receive the greatest benefit from a public education will have to hold those elected officials responsible for the expenditure of their local tax dollars. In other states, I dunno. Just vote the punks out.
Do you have any ideas to make our schools better? Comment below, man!
Posted in Guns and Gun Rights, Media Wars, Moment of Silence, Time for ANGRY, tagged Bias, Democrats, Do Something, Election, GOP, Guns, Liberty, Media, NBC, Obama, Racism Sucks, Stupid, Zimmerman vs Martin on May 18, 2012 | 3 Comments »
For two months now, all we’ve heard is how an evil white guy in Florida gunned down a poor, innocent black kid in cold blood, and I’m sick of it.
I’ve spoken out on this on Facebook and message boards quite a bit, but it’s time to lay everything out, both in terms of understanding the situation, the law behind it, the people involved, and the fluff on both sides of the argument. If you don’t agree with me, feel free to start your own blog on the matter.
Here’s the facts that we actually know at this point:
- On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch guy and concealed weapon license holder that lived in a neighborhood with rising crime rates, saw a person he thought was behaving suspiciously. He phoned it in to the non-emergency number at the Sanford, FL police department at 7:09 PM. At around 7:11-7:12, Martin begins running and Zimmerman begins to chase him. The operator tells him “We don’t need you to do that”. Zimmerman says “OK” and gives his best address location to the operator. At 7:13, he hangs up.
- Martin’s girlfriend was on the phone with him around 7:12 and was told that someone was following him. She reported that there was a verbal confrontation at some point during the phone call.
- At about 7:25, there is a physical altercation during which Zimmerman pulls a Kel-Tec PF9 pistol and fires a single shot at very close range. The slug hits Martin in the chest. At 7:26, support personnel arrive and perform lifesaving measures on Martin, who is declared dead at 7:30 PM. Zimmerman tells the police officer on site that he had shot Martin.
- According to witnesses, there was a physical altercation that involved Martin on top of Zimmerman, hitting him with his fists. Medical reports released after the event show that Zimmerman had wounds to his face, nose, and back of head, and the back of his jacket was wet and covered with grass, consistent with him lying on his back in the wet grass. Zimmerman’s hands were not bruised (indicating that he did not hit Martin). Martin’s autopsy report showed that his hands were bruised, as if he’d been hitting someone. The autopsy report also showed that Martin had THC (a byproduct of marijuana) in his system at the time of his death, but the quantity as of today is not known.
- Zimmerman was placed into police custody and taken downtown where he was photographed, interviewed, and investigated. The state attorney’s office called it self-defense and declined to pursue charges against him at the time.
- After protests by the victim’s family and rising national pressure, Florida Governor Rick Scott assigned a different state prosecutor to the case. On April 11, 2012, the new prosecutor charged Zimmerman with 2nd Degree Murder.
Here’s where we have to start talking about legal specifics. I am not a lawyer, so please consult a legal professional if you have questions about this:
- Self-defense law in the United States is simple and is accepted nationwide. If a reasonable person believes they or someone else is at risk of loss of life, serious bodily injury, or serious sexual assault, then they have the right to use deadly force in defense.
- There are two doctrines that are tied to self-defense. The first is called “duty to retreat” and it states that a defendant who is claiming self defense must prove to the court that they attempted to avoid the conflict and took reasonable steps to attempt to retreat before they used deadly force. 19 states use this doctrine.
- The second doctrine is called “stand your ground”. This doctrine states that if you are in a conflict that you did not provoke and you have to use deadly force to defend yourself, you are under no duty to retreat. 31 states use some form of this doctrine that varies from an absolute stand-your-ground law (24 states) to a limited version that only applies to home, business, car, etc. (7 states)
- Massad Ayoob nicely covers stand-your-ground laws here. You should pay attention to what he says.
- Under Florida Law, Second Degree Murder in Florida is defined as “The unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, is murder in the second degree”. (FL State Code 782.04 (2)). In other words, it is an unlawful killing of a human being with malice, but without premeditation. A classic description of 2nd Degree Murder is if a person became angry, grabbed his usual self-defense gun, and then shot the person he was angry at.
This is what we know so far. Unfortunately, there’s so much stupid heat over this tragedy that we’ve forgotten the real facts of this case:
- A young man is dead, possibly because of his own actions.
- Another young man’s life is ruined, possibly because he defended his life against an aggressor.
Such a shame that both of these young men are being dragged through the mud by race-baiters, political hacks, media vultures deliberately editing material to poison public opinion, and politicians running for re-election.
Right now, Larry Sabato has done some excellent analysis (http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/plan-of-attack-obama-romney-and-the-electoral-college/) of the electoral college and believes that, as polls have it, the race today will come down to 7 states: Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and New Hampshire. He’s gone ahead and chalked up North Carolina, Missouri, and Indiana to Romney while awarding Pennsylvania to Obama, giving 247-206 Romney with 87 toss-up points.
This puts Obama in trouble. These states are places where he won by significant margins in 2008, and the fact that they’re in serious contention shows exactly how weak his numbers are in states he should have no trouble with. This fact, I believe, leaves Romney with a few paths to the White House, and all of them deal with him focusing on battleground states, along with trying to steal a couple of Obama’s.
First: there’s the simple numbers. Losing none of his expected hold states, if Obama wins 2 of the big-number states (Ohio, Florida, or Virginia), he’s back in the White House. Romney MUST win Florida plus one of the other 2 to stay alive – OR he must steal a big-number state from Obama. And numerically, Florida is the most important jewel in the mix. Without stealing another state from Obama, Romney losing FL will guarantee Obama 4 more years.
The good news for Romney is that Florida seems to be very winnable for him. The recession continues to wreck havoc with the economy in that state. That’s part of why Obama has weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case: if he can rile up his base (and scare off whites) in Florida with charges of racism, then he could take the sunshine state. To top it off, polls are showing that should Romney nominate Rubio or West to be his Veep, his numbers may actually go down in Florida. The only Floridian that gave Romney any kind of boost in the polls is the Floridian with the name that a lot of the country still reacts negatively to: Jeb Bush. On the upside for Romney, unless there’s some overriding issue (Nixon/Ford in 76 and Bush 2’s 08 failures, Clinton’s 96 charm), Florida tends to trend Republican.
Virginia and Ohio have numbers all over the place, but Obama’s recent push for gay marriage seems to be having some negative effect in both states, moreso in Ohio. The metro areas in Virginia do tend to trend more heavily towards Obama – however, Virginia’s typically a GOP lock, even with squishy candidates like Bob Dole.
Ohio’s a different story. The last time Ohio didn’t vote for the Presidential winner was 1960, when they chose Nixon over Kennedy. They tend to be the national bellwether for Presidential elections. At this point, it’s pretty close. While the primaries were on, Obama held a solid lead, but post-primaries and post-gay marriage, Obama’s numbers have weakened considerably in The O. If the urban folks stay home and the farmers come out to vote, it could easily flip in November.
That leaves the lower point states. Iowa used to trend Republican, but has gone Democrat in every election since 1988, with the exception of 2004. Most polls have shown Obama ahead, and unless Romney makes a big push for the farmland, I don’t see him nabbing Iowa.
Colorado tends to trend Republican, but went Democrat in 2008 and 1992. To me, this indicates a state where they’ll go Republican unless they want to make a statement of dissatisfaction about a sitting Republican President. The only regular polls have been done by PPP, a Democrat outfit, but the most recent poll done by Purple Strategies shows a dead heat. Colorado Republicans like Romney a lot, but the rest of the state may feel queasy about Mormons (2.8% of Colorado’s population).
Nevada is anything if unpredictable. One could say that the higher Mormon population in Nevada could help things along for Romney (5.6%). But let’s be honest: Mormons tend to vote often and vote Republican, so there’s no real reason to expect them to not go ahead and guarantee those votes. Most polls show Obama having a high-single-digit lead in Nevada, enough for me to go ahead and say it’ll fall blue in ’12. Then again, they did surprise me in 2010, so I could be wrong, especially when one considers that with the exception of 92, 96, and 08, they have been a consistent GOP state. At this point, though, I’m still leaning it D.
Finally, New Hampshire. Honestly, the polls are all over the place and the state’s record for Presidential votes is extremely inconsistent over the past 10 cycles (although mostly Democrat, they went Bush in 2000 and with the exceptions of Obama, Clinton, Kennedy, FDR (3 out of 4 times), and Wilson, they have voted consistently Republican.
So with that all said, if I were to map it out today, I’d say that the race is going to come down to Colorado, Ohio, and New Hampshire. In my scenario, Obama has to win either Ohio or some combination of 2 states. Romney, however, must win Ohio and one of the other 2 states.
Or… he could steal a state.
It’s possible. Romney is from Massachusetts, and… OK, he won’t win Massachusetts. However, he has polled stronger than expected in his birth state of Michigan. Flipping the normally Democratic Michigan (16 EC points) would be difficult, but not impossible (some polls show the gap at 4-5%). Romney would definitely have to work to get the rural vote out for him and would have to come up with some kind of placating for the auto industry union folks, but it’s not impossible.
Pennsylvania (20 EC points) is possible, too. While strong union ties show Obama with a high single-digit lead in the state, Pennsylvania has trended heavily Democrat in recent years. However, a good push by Romney could flip Penn.
Flipping Wisconsin (10 EC points) could happen, too. The gay-marriage thing has devastated Obama’s lead in the polls from 17 points to 4 points, and a strong performance by Scott Walker in the recall election (especially after the recent announcements about the well-managed budget in that state) could help Romney’s prospects. Furthermore, the anti-Walker faction seems to be ignorant of exactly how badly their aggression is viewed by the average voter. If they keep pounding away, it may turn independent voters off (or cause moderate Democrats to stay home).
Oregon (7 EC points) is similar. High numbers for Obama bombed out after the gay marriage announcement. His lead is down to 4 points in the most recent poll.
And, lest we forget, Romney could also steal one of the states I’ve given to Obama (Nevada, Iowa). Flipping both of those means that Ohio is unnecessary for Romney to win the White House (he could do it with New Hampshire 273-265).
So there we have it. That’s my early analysis. Obviously, the entire campaign won’t be about Ohio, Colorado, and New Hampshire, but I believe those 3 states will be the deciding factor for 2012.
Wanna prove me wrong? Go vote.
So, now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee for President, the next big question (besides “can he actually beat Obama”) is: who is the Veep nominee going to be?
Obviously, there’s a ton of speculation out there, and at the end of the day, that’s all this really is: fun speculation with a dash of “DAMNIT MITT, YOU’D BETTER NOT PICK A LOOP!” And as such, I intend to put my own vote / voice into the mix, giving you a list of the candidates that I think would be the best balance for Mitt – and that’s exactly what I think Mitt is going to look for – and I’ll admit that my own list keeps evolving (much more so than in 2008 when I picked Sarah Palin over Tim Pawlenty by a hair… in February 2008). While he may not pick someone from my list, he’s likely to be looking for someone who can balance out his ticket while not stirring up a lot of controversy. He’s going to run a very classical kind of campaign for the Presidency, with a minimum of “maverick” and a maximum of “this is what leadership looks like”.
And before I start getting the letters, no, I’m not a big Mitt fan. He’s far too moderate for my tastes, and no, I didn’t vote for him in the primary (unless his name was listed as “None of the Above”).
So, let’s start by asking: what will Mitt be looking for?
- Someone who has legislative experience. Mitt’s experience is governor, CEO, etc.: a chief executive. What he has in executive experience, he lacks in being a part of and leading a large group of diverse minds who has to push legislation through a gigantic committee. So he’s going to choose someone who’s been a legislator, probably on the national stage. While that means that governors can be on the list, I don’t think he’s going to choose someone who’s only experience is as another chief executive. So that means that folks like Sarah Palin, Nikki Haley, Haley Barbour, Jeb Bush, and Mitch Daniels are off the list.
- Someone who is NOT a loose cannon. Mitt’s got a lot on his hands and he’s smart enough to know that the last thing his campaign is going to need to deal with is someone who’s a loose cannon stirring up controversy and scaring off the critical independent voters. They don’t have to be a wet towel, but don’t expect a Dick Cheney-like nominee (whose stern approach was perfect for balancing Bush 2′s perceived goofiness). So all your fantasies about Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, or Ron Paul getting the tap? Not going to happen.
- No political neophytes. If they’re in the middle of their first term in politics, don’t expect the tap. He’s learned McCain’s lesson from 2008: a governor with little record makes for an unknown quantity and a blank canvass upon which your opponent can paint whatever he wants. Susana Martinez is a great governor who will not be nominated. Ditto, Brian Sendoval. Allen West, as much as I like him, probably won’t get the nod, either (although his military experience may cancel out this concern).
- Someone who isn’t a moderate. Mitt’s moderate enough, so much so that he’s alienated a lot of the more conservative voters. He needs someone who’s going to balance out his moderateness with a nice contrast of a solid conservative with credentials. So your middle-ground guys like John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, or Scott Brown. And while some fantasize about it, no Democrats like Heath Shuler, either.
- Someone who isn’t a hard-right conservative. Not saying that a strong conservative won’t get tapped, but guys like Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Jim Demint will just stir up too much controversy and give the Democrats too many open avenues of attack for extremism. Plus, those guys are doing a great job right where they are. No sense in opening up their seats for potential steals by the Dems.
- No Yankees. No Utahans. The “Yankee” thing is simple: Romney must, must, must win the South in order to move to Pennsylvania Avenue. Someone who talks about putting “buttah on the corwhn” isn’t going to appeal to someone with a twang. Southerners tend to see Northeastern Republicans as alien liberals who don’t value what they value – and it’s likely this could extend to the West Coast as well. Plus, I’ll scratch everyone from Utah off the list since Romney’s religion is weird enough to evangelicals to allow matters to be complicated by yet another Mormon (or perceived Mormon). Mike Lee, Bob Bennett, Orrin Hatch – you’re out. So are you, Pat Toomey.
- Mainstream Christian. Speaking of religion, expect Romney to nominate someone who goes to church on a regular basis. His religion is going to make it difficult for mainstream Christians (who loathe Mormonism as a cult) to accept him as the nominee, and a strong mainstream (yet not overly evangelizing) Christian will balance these concerns out. I already mentioned the Mormons.
- Battleground State Citizen. If he can steal votes away from Obama in a battleground state, then he’ll do it – or at least, he’ll nominate someone who can help steal them. That means Chris Christie is a non-factor. Sorry. Condi Rice, too. And Tim Pawlenty. That’s a shame.
In other words, he’ll need the anti-Romney. And so, who do I think will be the best balance? It would look a-like so:
- Sen. Rob Portman (OH): I keep leaning towards Rob as one of my top pick for some reason, and honestly, I don’t know why, because there’s at least 2 other picks I think would be better. He’s an experienced legislator that’s well-respected within his own party, he’s fairly conservative (87.92 Lifetime ACU rating), and he’s got a great background in economics and finance. He’s also a bit dull (we need a tad more excitement) and his service in the Bush Administration as the director of the OMB right before the recession hit and time as a Trade Representative could be a big liability.
- Senator Marco Rubio (FL): Another one that keeps popping up at the top of the list. He’s conservative, young, and a minority (which could be an asset or a liability depending on how it gets spun by the media). He’s also indicate a lack of interest in the office and has a limited amount of time on the national stage – and his planned conservative-friendly version of the DREAM Act has some hard-right folks scared. Honestly, as high of an opinion as I have of him, I’m not sure he’d be the best nominee.
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN): A solid long-term legislator with conservative credentials out the yahoo. While Tennessee isn’t a battleground state, her southern twang could help nab the Southern States. Plus, she’s not too young (like, say, Cathy McMorris Rodgers), which helps to alleviate the Sarah Palin “cupcake” factor (don’t get mad, folks – I like Sarah… but you have to admit that the woman got typecast by the media as a bubblehead because of her youth and beauty). She’s just not very well known outside of Tennessee.
- Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA): Another southerner who could help Romney sweep the south. He just started his second term as a very successful governor and served in the US House before running for governor. He’s got a strong background in healthcare (thus negating one of the Democrats’ core issues) and is well-respected by conservatives for his leadership and willingness to stand up to Obama. He’s also a bit clumsy with public speaking, so there’s that.
And then there’s the last one… a dark horse candidate that, I believe, would represent the best option for Mitt Romney in 2012. And while I’ll admit to a bit of local bias to this guy, I’m going to stand by him as the guy who I think is the best nominee out there for 2012.
- Sen. Richard Burr (NC): Nobody’s been talking about Richard Burr, which would mean he’d be a fantastic blindside nominee. Let’s do the list: he’s a legislator who’s led a solid conservative, but not radical career since his first election in 1994 as a part of the Republican Revolution, he’s an evangelical Christian (the son of a minister) who graduated from Wake Forest University, started as an appliance salesman and worked his way up via blood, sweat, and tears to national sales manager of the company he worked for, and he’s a Southerner from a battleground state who’s fairly well-respected in the state. Should he be nominated, he wouldn’t have to worry about his Senate seat for 4 more years and given that the likely next governor of North Carolina will be a Republican (GO PAT MCCRORY!), his (temporary) replacement, should he win the Vice Presidency, will be another Republican. He’s also a descendant of Vice President Aaron Burr and the first NC Senator since Jesse Helms to be re-elected by the state. The downsides? Well, he’s got a few ticks against him in terms of votes on some controversial issues (he supported ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and flipflopped on the 2007 Immigration bill), but that’s about it. That and the fact that the last Senator from North Carolina to be nominated for Vice President is currently on trial (John Edwards), but that’s really a non-point.
Do I expect Burr to get tapped? I dunno. I’d like to see him, but I’d be happy with the others. There’s a few other folks that I think may be possibilities (Bob McDonnell – I like him, but I don’t know if he could deliver VA, Allen West – I really like him, but he’d be a very controversial nominee), but I really am starting to think that this is the list of folks that is the most solid balance for Romney come convention time.
We’ll see what happens.
Posted in Conservatives Are Smart, Economic Stupidity, Election 2010, Liberals Are Dumb, Nothing to See Here, Quick Updates, Shoutout..., Tee Hee, Time for ANGRY, Woo Hoo, tagged Annoy Liberals, budget, Congress, Corruption, deficit, Democrats, Do Something, Fox News, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Tea Party on August 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
According to Fox news, the CBO has rated the cost of the Iraq war, and compared to the stimulus passed by the Obama administration the numbers are interesting. You can read the Fox News report here.
According to CBO numbers in its Budget and Economic Outlook published this month, the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom was $709 billion for military and related activities, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic operations.
The projected cost of the stimulus, which passed in February 2009, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years, was $862 billion.
Here is another excerpt on the deficit according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
The U.S. deficit for fiscal year 2010 is expected to be $1.3 trillion, according to CBO. That compares to a 2007 deficit of $160.7 billion and a 2008 deficit of $458.6 billion, according to data provided by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
Posted in Conservatives Are Smart, Education Time, Liberals Are Dumb, Nothing to See Here, Quick Updates, Smart Democrats?!, Tee Hee, Time for ANGRY, tagged Annoy Liberals, BP, Corruption, Democrats, Environment, Get It Right, gulf, Obama, oil spill, Stupid on July 16, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Nice little video on Vimeo from rightchange that shows a timeline on the president’s response after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf.
Plump full of the most prominent conservative media faces today. oops, I mean liberal. Yes, that’s right the ones taking the President to task are his own party and buddies.
There isn’t anything new in the video, it is just well put together and lays it all out.
Go ahead, take a look. It’s 4 minutes long.
Posted in Conservatives Are Smart, Education Time, Liberals Are Dumb, Media Wars, Time for ANGRY, tagged Bias, CNN, Corruption, Cronyism, Democrats, Do Something, Election, Evil, Free Speech, Freedom, Get It Right, Glenn Beck, GOP, Indoctrination, Liberty, Media, Obama, Orwell, Racism Sucks, Stupid, Tea Party on May 5, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Sometimes, you just can’t help laughing at the state of affairs in the world. Laughter helps the world go ’round. It also distracts my brain from its deep-seeded desire to eat its way out of the back of my skull for having been exposed to the ongoing theater of the absurd that is the war on the Tea Parties.
Now, it seems that our beloved Teleprompter has joined in with the self-appointed clowns of the left in referring to those who disagree with Obama, Communism, and the general flushing of our Constitution, principles, and nation down the toilet… by vulgar sexual slang. Honestly, if it were just him as a private citizen, we could almost laugh it off. Especially the whole hypocrisy part, where he calls for civility while at the same time calling people names like any good 6-year-old bully would do. But A) he’s the President; and B) it’s a pattern of behavior by members of the left.
From unapologetic vulgar sexual slang to bizarre theories of assistance based on political voting patterns to false accusations of racist comments to conspiracy theories that would normally get one committed to an asylum, the left’s war on the right – and common sense – continues, unstopped by any of those pesky “facts” or “opposition in the media”.
And they wonder why the latest polls show a butt-whoopin’ coming this November.