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Never In A Million Years

Posted by redsatellite on January 31, 2008

Wow. I didn’t see this coming.

It’s official- I’m no Jeane Dixon. If you told me last year, that John McCain would be the frontrunner as the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States– and that Rudy Giuliani would be GONE…DONE…OVER with, I would’ve laughed in your face. So it is with deep humility…that a year later, I’m here to report that the Republican landscape looks nothing like I thought it would. And I do mean…NOTHING.

Clairvoyant? ESP? A soothsayer? Not me. I’d have trouble picking a winner in a one-horse race. I’d pick the wrong team in a forfeited football game. John McCain…are you kidding me…

I’m deeply disturbed that John McCain continues to give Mexico a free pass. And for that…no amount of heroic Vietnam POW cache is going to change my disappointment that he leads the pack.

Juan Hernandez, the man who served in Vicente Fox’s cabinet when the latter was president of Mexico, is now advising Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on reaching out to Hispanics during his presidential bid.

“The fact that (McCain) would pick a person who has worked as a foreign government official is very troubling,” Steven Camarota, director of research with the Center for Immigration Studies, told Cybercast News Service. “That person has taken an oath to a foreign government, and now (McCain) wants to make him an integral part of his campaign.”

My sentiments exactly. So…Quixotic Romney is now my choice….by default. I guess things could be worse.

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Yesterday I Voted…

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2008

…as part of the early voting program in Illinois.  Easy choices, followed by harder ones.

First choice isn’t really a choice at all, Democrat or Republican. No problem, as there is only one Democrat I would even consider voting for…ever. Nope, not Joe Leiberman.  He whines. He’s right on the war, but he whines. Can’t do that.

The only Democrat I would ever vote for is the Minority Leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives,  Danny Morgan.  I know Danny, and he’s a good guy. Why he’s a Dem is beyond me.

Denny Hastert was my Congressman here in the People’s Republic of Illinois, and so I had to vote for my choice for Republican nominee, and the Republican nominee for President.

Voting for Chris Lauzen was easy.  Jim Oberweiss smeared him big-time, and since I happen to know Chris, I know for a fact the smears were lies.  I have nothing against negative campaigning. Negative ads are a tried and true American tradition. But I dislike lying about your opponent, even though that too has a grand tradition in American politics.

As I looked at the ballot yesterday, I knew two things for certain.

Ron Paul is a certified whack-job of the first magnitude. He and Dennis Kucinich  are opposite poles of the same nutcase magnet. No difference, except Kucinich says he’s seen a UFO, and Dr. Paul looks like he just stepped down from one.

The other thing I knew for sure was that Mike Huckabee is not ready to be President. Sorry, but there’s something about him that bothers me…a lot. I can’t put my finger on it, but he sets off alarms in my head.  Nope, can’t go there.

My heart was with Rudy. But my head was pretty sure he was gonna lose Florida.  It felt like I was wasting my vote, and a wasted vote in the primary is a vote for John McCain. Not something I was willing to do.

So, I voted for Mitt Romney.  He’s good on the economy, and appears to be stable on the war.

I have a hard time viewing McCain as stable on anything…period.

The American Thinker has a nice look at McCain’s supposed “conservative” voting record:

What this means is that McCain’s ACU ratings since 1998 put him on the liberal side among Republicans.  The few Republicans consistently more liberal than McCain would be Chafee (formerly R-RI), Collins (R-ME), Snowe (R-ME) and Specter (R-PA).  One could expect senators from northeastern states to be more liberal since their constituencies demand it, but McCain represents the fairly conservative state of Arizona.  (Arizona’s other senator, Kyl, has a lifetime rating of 96.9, and half the representatives from there have ratings of 94.7 or higher.)
How much more liberal would McCain vote if his constituency put even the slightest pressure on him in that direction?
On the other hand, Senator Clinton (D-NY) has a lifetime ACU rating of 9 (83rd place) and Senator Obama (D-IL) has a rating of 8 (86th place).
Not much to cheer about here.
 Nope. Not much to cheer about at all.
One more thing. Real Clear Politics has an analysis of the McCain voters in Florida.  As usual, no one does it better. One thing stood out for me from the exit polls that was not mentioned by RCP.  McCain ran away with the vote of the unchurched. I find that ominous.
Having said all of the above, if John McCain is the nominee, I’ll vote for him. I’ll even campaign for him. Because, while McCain is not my choice for Republican nominee, he would be a huge improvement over Obama. And, as Mitt Romney said, having Bill Clinton back in the White House with nothing to do is just too scary to contemplate.

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First South Carolina, then Caroline, and Now Teddy…

Posted by Mark on January 27, 2008

things just keep going downhill for the Clinton gang:

WASHINGTON — Senator Edward M. Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama for president tomorrow, breaking his year-long neutrality to send a powerful signal of where the legendary Massachusetts Democrat sees the party going — and who he thinks is best to lead it.

Kennedy confidantes told the Globe today that the Bay State’s senior senator will appear with Obama and Kennedy’s niece, Caroline Kennedy, at a morning rally at American University in Washington tomorrow to announce his support.

That will be a potentially significant boost for Obama as he heads into a series of critical primaries on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Kennedy believes Obama can “transcend race” and bring unity to the country, a Kennedy associate told the Globe. Kennedy was also impressed by Obama’s deep involvement last year in the bipartisan effort to craft legislation on immigration reform, a politically touchy subject the other presidential candidates avoided, the associate said

Now, I’m no Osama Obama fan, as Ted Kennedy himself called him in a now famous soundbite.   But right now, watching Bill and Hillary suffer defeat after defeat is a lot of fun. Here’s hoping for more and more, with the final defeat coming in November, when the Dem who defeated Hill and Bill gets defeated himself.

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FreedomsWatch.org

Posted by Mark on January 25, 2008

New kid on the block, but has real potential as a rallying point for conservatives.  LJiC will keep a “watch” on FreedomsWatch.

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And Now, a View From a Glass House…

Posted by Mark on January 25, 2008

 

rezko-and-clintons.jpg

Oopsie. I’m thinking Hill and Bill should be a little more careful before throwing the Rezko stone at Barak.  But of course, as Hillary said to Matt Laurer on the Today show, “I just don’t remember.” This is a quotation we should get very used to as the campaign wears on. For one who claims to have 35  years of “experience” , there seems to be a lot she can’t recall.

Hat tip to Drudge for this wonderful photo…

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Peggy Noonan

Posted by Mark on January 25, 2008

The civil war feared by the Left for Iraq didn’t happen. At least not in Iraq.

It has happened in the Republican and Democrat parties this year, and it’s a good thing…a very good thing.

The cause of the breakup of the old conservative base of the GOP is brilliantly analyzed by Peggy Noonan. As usual, she is the best columnist out there. At the end of her column, she says what needs to be said:

On the pundit civil wars, Rush Limbaugh declared on the radio this week, “I’m here to tell you, if either of these two guys [Mr. McCain or Mike Huckabee] get the nomination, it’s going to destroy the Republican Party. It’s going to change it forever, be the end of it!”

This is absurd. George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.

Were there other causes? Yes, of course. But there was an immediate and essential cause.

And this needs saying, because if you don’t know what broke the elephant you can’t put it together again. The party cannot re-find itself if it can’t trace back the moment at which it became lost. It cannot heal an illness whose origin is kept obscure.

I believe that some of the ferocity of the pundit wars is due to a certain amount of self-censorship. It’s not in human nature to enjoy self-censorship. The truth will out, like steam from a kettle. It hurts to say something you supported didn’t work. I would know. But I would say of these men (why, in the continuing age of Bill Clinton, does the emoting come from the men?) who are fighting one another as they resist naming the cause for the fight: Sack up, get serious, define. That’s the way to help.

 I’m still very much a George W. Bush fan. If he could run for a third term, I’d vote for him without hesitation. This support does not in any way cloud my agreement with Peggy Noonan.  And, until we admit what President Bush has done to the Party, we cannot begin to put it back together again in time to confront the Clintons in November.

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Straight Talk Express: Newspeak for Lying

Posted by Mark on January 24, 2008

I’ve watched the candidates on both sides now.  And I’ve carefully NOT given an opinion on the Republicans.  But this from Ann Coulter is too good to pass up. We need these reminders as Super Tuesday approaches.

Should John McCain be the nominee, I will happily hold my nose and vote for him in November. As bad as he is, he would be a much better choice than the Clintons or Obama.

For a definition of Newspeak go here.  George Orwell continues to speak from the grave.

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The Episcopal Church in Crisis: A Most Revealing Interview

Posted by Mark on January 24, 2008

If you ever wondered what the fuss is about in the Episcopal Church USA, this interview by the Presiding Bishop Katharine Schori should answer your questions.  It’s not about gays in the church, as so many have claimed. It comes down to the age old discussion, dating back to the first 400 years of the church, of Who Jesus Christ was and is.  The comments on the interview are enlightening, especially number 14 from Betty See (The italics are mine):

 I was at this event and asked the question toward the beginning about what she saw Jesus as having done on the Cross.  Having previously heard a sound bite here and a sound bite there, I found the hour very useful as it gave me a good insight into the way she thinks.  She basically sees Jesus as another prophet, whose mission was to reconcile humans on to another, this time beyond the bounds of the Israelite nation.  He taught that we are to serve each other, even to the point of having to die to be of service to one’s neighbor (which He exemplified on the Cross).  There is no concept whatsoever of Eschatology in her thinking, she is all about building a better world in the here and now.  Thus there is no concept of sin and redemption.  No one set of morals can be imposed on others.  Our Diocesan Bishop nodded in agreement with her throughout the Q and A session.  Herein lies the problem we are dealing with in ECUSA.  The theology is not Christian, and all of the egregious things they do, like the recent hindu communion, logically follows from their non-Christian outlook.  Our conversation with these folk needs to focus on Jesus’ mission as having come to pay the price for human sin.  Until they get this straight (if they ever do), there is not much point in engaging them on anything else.

Who do you say I am? Matthew 16:15-16.  The answer to that question has driven both Orthodox belief and heresy throughout the centuries. It continues to be at the heart of the conflict within the Church today.

HT to SP for this one.

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Virgin Galactic: Unveiled Today

Posted by Mark on January 23, 2008

This is the next step in space travel, making sub-orbital space flight available to private citizens.

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Fred Thompson Drops Out…

Posted by Mark on January 22, 2008

…and it begs the question, was he ever really in? I’m thinking no.

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