Rev. Wright – The Gift That WILL Stop Giving

Is Newt the only Republican who senses those pesky ‘ole winds ‘o change ‘a blowin’? Of course it all could be backdraft from his own hot air, but The Newtster has his pulse right on America, again, in his wicked-clever, backhanded way.

For instance, he’s running around TV Land wagging his finger in the faces of fellow Republicans, saying essentially that Repugs will not get McCain into the White House by trotting out that same ‘ole, same ‘ole Attwater Rovian-based Stupid White Southerners People Strategy.

That bellowing those two toxic words (Jeremiah Wright) will not only make the bellowee look like a lard-butt drooler, the whole Rev. Wright stuff simply doesn’t have the legs Republicans seem to imagine it has… in political advertising and in what passes for political analysis on Media Farms such as Fox News.

Tom Baxter in Southern Political Report today echoes a similar albeit Newt-Lite sentiment:

Coupled with Obama’s sweeping victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday in North Carolina, where the state GOP ran an ad linking him (Obama) to both leading Democratic candidates for governor, the Louisiana election last weekend suggests that Obama won’t be so toxic for down-ticket Democratic candidates in the South this fall. A better way to say that might be: no more toxic than the average Democratic presidential candidate is for the party’s candidates in Southern races.

Full story here. Other than The Newtster and a very few assorted other party operatives, Republicans aren’t exactly known for their cultural intuition. In these here times of mind-boggling connectivity, cultural intuitiveness applied to political strategy has never been more critical. (And given how portly Newt has become, he’d better lay-off the carbs and exercise more if he wants to keep firing on all his most relevant cylinders, but I diverge…)

Then again, November is a’ways away. Plenty of time for some fresh party mischief making, eh?!

55 comments

  1. jsm says:

    What I know is that my “dyed-in-the-wool” democrat aunt told me she would vote for McCain if Obama becomes the nominee. Why? Because of his ties to Rev. Wright, his refusal to salute properly during the pledge, his unwillingness to show such a small gesture of patriotism as an American flag pin on his lapel, and other information she has read in numerous columns, which leads her to believe he does not love America. Bear in mind she is a native of Detroit and is not affected by your so-called “Rovian-based Stupid White People Strategy.”

    I heard something yesterday that blew my mind. One of the very active democrats from my county told someone in my presence why he supports Obama. Get this. He, a recently retired senior citizen, said that Obama is the most inspiring person he has seen in his lifetime. He then said he didn’t know if Obama would to a good job in the office, but that he was impressed with how inspiring he is–even moreso than JFK. I just about fell out of my chair! He supports Obama because he makes inspiring speeches, even though he does not have confidence in the guy’s abilities! I can’t fathom such a line of reasoning.

    Nathan Deal had it right. This nomination fight has been like watching “Democrat Idol.” We don’t need an “American Idol” president. Hopefully, those Americans who will apply some intellect and reasoning to this election will remember the gestures and associations that have shown us Obama’s character and keep him out of the White House.

  2. SpaceyG says:

    Your aunt might be right on about that kinda stuff. And using such sentiments COULD work well. Some other time. EXCEPT for a few little bitty other minor issues going on right now that might need our attentions: war, economy, healthcare. But of course those are just minor things though, especially when you so brilliantly compare them to lapel pins and flag wavin’. Sure wish we could clone your aunty’s wisdom of crowds!

  3. rugby fan says:

    So somehow it is more logical to not support someone for POTUS because he went to a church with a pastor he has disowned and was photographed without his hand on his heart during the Pledge?

  4. Rusty says:

    Lapel pins, secret Muslim, hates America, refusal to salutes, blah blah yank yank squirt squirt. Same old B.S., different day.

    They were playing clips of Rev. Wright on the Daily Show and Colbert Report, and what struck me is that the dude is funny. Like should have his own talk show funny. My only disappointment in Obama is that he denounced the guy at all, not that he waited to denounce him.

  5. Jace Walden says:

    I have never, ever wore an American flag lapel pin. The closest I came was wearing Georgia Flag cuff links.

    I guess I’m not a patriot.

    It’s been almost 7 years since September 11, 2001 and Republicans still seem to be wrapped around what can only be described as a Stalinistic attitude toward Patriotsim.

  6. Icarus says:

    “…He supports Obama because he makes inspiring speeches, even though he does not have confidence in the guy’s abilities! I can’t fathom such a line of reasoning.”

    Fathom it, JSM. It’s the middle 10% that decide elections. These are the people that don’t read political blogs, don’t watch CNN or FOX, and consider Entertainment Tonight and Insider Edition “the news”.

    Republicans want to point to the other team and scream “liberal”, but have been shown to talk about fiscal responsibility while blowing the budget, and talk about social values while protecting the pervs that were preying on teenage interns.

    Do you really think the folks in the squishy (uninformed) middle are going to care if the candidate is more form than substance?

  7. rugby fan says:

    There is something to be said for having an inspiring President. I am sure you can find that if people feel inspired by their leaders and respect what they say there is an increase in civic activity and other, truly patriotic activities.

    I am glad you mentioned the fact you don’t wear an American flag pin Jace. I like to know who hates America and you truly fit the bill.

  8. Harry says:

    Let’s get McCain and Obama in some debates, and we’ll see who has form AND substance. Voters will find McCain more to their taste, are not ready to elect an empty suit with the most liberal voting record in the Senate, who was and is just a pretty face for the Chicago political mafia.

    The mainstream media is giving YoMama plenty of wind in his sails, but McCain will still win it on style and substance.

  9. Icarus says:

    Harry,

    While I will be voting for McCain as well, the point of my post is that we have a fairly vocal faction within our party that wants to denounce Obama for being all style and no substance, but simultaneously wants to use a plan of attack centered around “his ties to Rev. Wright, his refusal to salute properly during the pledge, his unwillingness to show such a small gesture of patriotism as an American flag pin on his lapel” (don’t take that one personally, JSM, just easier to cut and paste what’s already here).

    An honest debate over McCain’s vision for the future vs. Obama’s would be truly enlightening. For those that want to criticize Obama’s lack of substance with continued reference to his lack of wearing a flag pin, I say “Pot, meet kettle”.

  10. boyreporter says:

    Okay, let’s lay this stupid “I’d vote for Obama except (fill in the blank)…” to rest. And I include JSM’s lovely aunt. NOBODY, in my not-so-humble opinion, makes that decision. People who use the flagpin/muslim/etc. reason are just lying, making an excuse. They weren’t going to vote for Obama anyway. Probably because of race. But they just wouldn’t want to say that. People everywhere, but especially in the South, have voted against their own interests for decades, and this election will be no exception. We’ll remain a red state, ’cause we just don’t care enough to stop the bleeding in Iraq (red), improve the lot of the middle class (in the red), end corporate welfare (should be red-faced, but ain’t) and rehabilitate our nation’s honor after eight years of being defecated on by Bush and Co.

    Jeremiah Wright’s damage has pretty much run its course, and Repukicans who bring it all back in the general will face a backlash. So let them do it. They, too, are more than capable of f***ing up (see Bush above).

    And Newt? How can anyone care about what that tub-of-lard windbag has to say any more? He did his damage and moved on; now he’s bellowing from the sidelines. Just go away, Newt.
    Even if you’re right about the GOP being wrong, I don’t care.

  11. jsm says:

    This is really funny. I didn’t make the lapel pin an issue–Obama did. In his own words:

    “The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we’re talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.

    “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism.”

    So, sure, you can pull one item that I mentioned and try to make the whole comment look silly, but that’s disingenuous. The point I made has to do with many things that have been exposed and printed about Obama’s character that lead this country’s older generations to believe he does not love America. Like it or not, Obama can’t win without the old-line yellow-dog democrats, and he’s going to have a very difficult time winning them over.

    And BTW, who would believe that someone that doesn’t truly love this country could solve problems with “other minor issues going on right now that might need our attentions: war, economy, healthcare?” Inspiring speeches from someone who is clueless about these issues sure aren’t going to solve our problems, anyway. The guy says he won’t raise taxes on the middle class, which he defines as those making less than $200k-250k, but he wants to raise the capital gains tax to 28%. He apparently doesn’t realize that approximately 3/4 of tax returns for households making less than $100k report capital gains. He also wants to end the Bush tax cuts, which will cut the Child Tax Credit in half. He also made the stupid comment about sending troops into Pakistan. Now there’s some good foreign policy that will get us out of this “evil” war. I mean, who cares if the guy sat in a church for twenty years listening to a message of outright hate for his fellow man and his country. None of that really matters, because he’s inspiring! Right?!

  12. debbie0040 says:

    Obama has major issues to overcome. Winning the Demcoratic nomination but appealing to Reagan Democrats and independents is a different matter.

    There will be 527 groups forming and running ads in the September/October timeframe that will focus on Obama and his associations. (Wright, Ayers)

    http://www.audacityofhypocrisy.com/
    http://savagepolitics.com/?p=317#comments

    This is a link to a good article that assesses Obama’s chances:

    Barack Obama Is a Loser

    http://www.theconservativevoice.com/articles/article.html?id=32102

  13. debbie0040 says:

    Obama has major issues to overcome. Winning the Democratic nomination is one thing but appealing to Reagan Democrats and independents in the general election is a different matter .

    Michelle Obama is another negative factor for Obama to overcome.

    Obama will not win the Southern States.

    There will be 527 groups forming and running ads in the September/October timeframe that will focus on Obama and his associations. (Wright, Ayers)

    There are very good articles at theconservativevoice.com and audacityofhypocrisy.com web sites on this election.

  14. Jace Walden says:

    Saying that someone is a patriot because they wear a lapel pin is like saying that someone is a “good Christian” because they wear a crucifix.

  15. rugby fan says:

    Good articles to whom? Independents (who according to polls are breaking almost universally for Obama)? The choir?

    No Democrat would win the South, and there are 50 states in the union.

    All candidates in the history of mankind have had weaknesses and there will be 527s lambasting McCain saying let’s stay in Iraq for 100 years.

  16. Icarus says:

    Thank you Debbie for proving my point.

    If you, and those like you, think that McCain can win because 527s are going to raise the negatives of Michelle Obama, the Republicans are doomed.

    But, I guess, treating the voters to intelligent discussion about the benefits of lower taxes and less government is too much to ask from a party that didn’t quite seem to know how to deliver that when it had control of both the Presidency and Congress.

  17. Icarus says:

    On the rare occasion of sobriety, I try to use skills of logic and reason, which lately, conflict with some who speak for my party.

  18. MSBassSinger says:

    While Newt abandoned conservatism a while back, he is right on this.

    It is the Rockefeller Republicans (or blue-blood, country-club, if you prefer) running the party, and as they have always done when they were in charge, will drive the party back to minority status. It is the Rockefeller Republican pundits that continue to harp on the marginal issues like Rev Wright, flag pins, etc.

    What we need, and the only thing that will win, are conservatives who LEAD. Lead by pointing the way to lower taxes, greater freedom, less government, less government spending, less government/judicial interference in keeping the Judeo-Christian values as our cultural values, requiring assimilation for legal immigrants, and maintaining and strengthening national security and soveriegnty. That means specific ways to accomplish these things. And following through on them when elected.

    I don’t care if Obama wears a lapel pin, or was influenced by Rev Wright. I do care if he, Hillary, or any other candidate wants to tax us more, turn over our freedoms to the myth of anthropogenic global climate change, wants to give what is effectively amnesty to illegal aliens, wants to spend more and more rather than less and less down to a point where we spend what is within the Constitutional responsibilities of the federal government.

    You may notice that McCain, the Rockefeller Republican candidate, fits nicely into that pattern just like Obama and Hillary.

  19. IndyInjun says:

    Rugby wrote “Is Icarus becoming non-partisan?”

    Reading Icarus’s first two posts, I thought “Darned if I ain’t beginning to like that fella, despite our rather brusque differences in the past.

    You nailed it. He is sounding like an Indy.

    THIS Indy ain’t voting for McCain. No way. No how. No chance. McCain was an Indy, but he sold out.

    McCain was a Vietnam vet and a POW. Wright’s war experiences were not so severe, but they still trump Bush, Cheney, and the boyz. The latter are willing to risk lapel-pin pricks, but were MIA anywhere bullets were flying. (No, Cheney shooting a lawyer doesn’t count.)

  20. StevePerkins says:

    I don’t know that Rev. Wright, or “clinging to religion” has legs to last all the way to November… but I’m sure the green newbie will give us some more new material to work with between now and then.

    The plain fact of the matter is that almost half of all DEMOCRATS still refuse to vote for him despite the fact that it’s been clear for weeks that Hillary can’t get the nomination. If you can barely pull out a George Bush-thin margin of victory among the Democrats, what does that say about the general election where people are less awestruck by the “historical significance” of Obama’s candidacy? The real “legs” that are about to be tested are Obama’s ability to draw independents against McCain (to say nothing of energizing the Clinton backers).

  21. dudelove says:

    “Repugs will not get McCain into the White House by trotting out that same ‘ole, same ‘ole Attwater Rovian-based Stupid White Southerners People Strategy”

    If you don’t think Obama has been executing the same cheap strategy for his entire political career then you’re being incredibly naive. Why else would Obama have his lips planted firmly on the ass of a Louis Farakan clone for the last 20 years?

    It’s the same strategy, just reverse the skin color. And this crap about Obama not knowing Wright’s hatred is a big lie. It’s been Wright’s M.O., that’s how he grew the church. It’s like saying you liked Hitler for his compassionate socialist programs and had no idea how much he hated the Jews.

    I don’t know if the Wright fiasco is over. It might be finished in the Democrat primary, but I’ve got a feeling there is a lot more we don’t know about Barrack. As been said before, “What did Obama know, and when did he know it?”

    Unfortunately what advances you in Chicago black politics does not play very well to the middle America Reagan Democrats.

  22. Icarus says:

    “…despite our rather brusque differences in the past.”

    We’ve never disagreed much on recongition of the problems, Indy. Just on the proper course of action for the best solutions.

  23. debbie0040 says:

    Icarus, “If you, and those like you, think that McCain can win because 527s are going to raise the negatives of Michelle Obama, the Republicans are doomed.”

    No I don’t think that is all it takes to win. I was actually responding to the topic of this thread which says,”Rev. Wright – The Gift That WILL Stop Giving”. I was making a point that the Wright issue would not go away.

    McCain’s needs to present a positive vision for America. The GOP would be wise to pay heed to Newt.

    It is also ridiculous to think that McCain can win on strictly a positive, upbeat campaign.

    Obama has painted a different portait of himself that his record and associations portray. This needs to be bought home to voters.

  24. John Konop says:

    Rumor has it Icarus and Rugby will be running as a team for Governor and Lt. Governor. I heard from a very good source the top of the ticket will be determine in a beer drinking contest/fund raising event early 09 on a SUNDAY
    .
    This is very top secrete so please keep this between us on the PP.

  25. IndyInjun says:

    If food and gas prices go up at the pace that they have, all of the foregoing ‘logic’ will be moot.

    Dem or GOP won’t matter. Incumbents will be decimated.

    Obama is the closest thing to a nonestablishment candidate. McCain is toast because of his party’s disastrous performance, his allegiance to Bush who is worst than Wright as a tarbaby, the Iraq war, and the financial meltdown.

    There was an excellent piece in Politico on the GOP’s disaster-in-progress this week.

  26. debbie0040 says:

    Bob Novak, in the Evans-Novak Report, even intimated that it would take negative attacks on Obama.

    Since when is bringing out someone’s record negative?

    There is also a double standard the press and some Democats have about the politics of association. Remember Trent Lott and Strom Thurmond? They crucified Lott but look at Obama’s past statements of support for Rev. Wright…

  27. John Konop says:

    Do we really want an election about which preacher is crazier Wright or Hagee?

    We have many issues the economy, Iraq, energy, immigration, trade, debt, heathcare…..

    I have many disagreements with both candidates but should it not be about real issues?

  28. John Konop says:

    FROM NEWT

    My Plea to Republicans: It’s Time for Real Change to Avoid Real Disaster

    The Republican loss in the special election for Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District last Saturday should be a sharp wake up call for Republicans: Either Congressional Republicans are going to chart a bold course of real change or they are going to suffer decisive losses this November.

    The facts are clear and compelling.

    Saturday’s loss was in a district that President Bush carried by 19 percentage points in 2004 and that the Republicans have held since 1975.

    This defeat follows on the loss of Speaker Hastert’s seat in Illinois. That seat had been held by a Republican for 76 years with the single exception of the 1974 Watergate election when the Democrats held it for one term. That same seat had been carried by President Bush 55-44% in 2004.

    Two GOP Losses That Validate a National Pattern
    These two special elections validate a national polling pattern that is bad news for Republicans. According to a New York Times/CBS Poll, Americans disapprove of the President’s job performance by 63 to 28 (and he has been below 40% job approval since December 2006, the longest such period for any president in the history of polling).

    A separate New York Times/CBS Poll shows that a full 81 percent of Americans believe the economy is on the wrong track.

    The current generic ballot for Congress according to the NY Times/CBS poll is 50 to 32 in favor of the Democrats. That is an 18-point margin, reminiscent of the depths of the Watergate disaster.

    Congressional Republicans Can’t Take Comfort in McCain’s Poll Numbers
    Senator McCain is currently running ahead of the Republican congressional ballot by about 16 percentage points. But there are two reasons that this extraordinary personal achievement should not comfort congressional Republicans.

    First, McCain’s lead is a sign of the gap between the McCain brand of independence and the GOP brand. No regular Republican would be tying or slightly beating the Democratic candidates in this atmosphere. It is a sign of how much McCain is a non-traditional Republican that he is sustaining his personal popularity despite his party’s collapse.

    Second, there is a grave danger for the McCain campaign that if the generic ballot stays at only 32 % for the GOP it will ultimately outweigh McCain’s personal appeal and drag his candidacy into defeat.

    The Anti-Obama, Anti-Wright, and Anti-Clinton GOP Model Has Been Tested — And It Failed
    The Republican brand has been so badly damaged that if Republicans try to run an anti-Obama, anti- Reverend Wright, or (if Senator Clinton wins), anti-Clinton campaign, they are simply going to fail.

    This model has already been tested with disastrous results.

    In 2006, there were six incumbent Republican Senators who had plenty of money, the advantage of incumbency, and traditionally successful consultants.

    But the voters in all six states had adopted a simple position: “Not you.” No matter what the GOP Senators attacked their opponents with, the voters shrugged off the attacks and returned to, “Not you.”

    The danger for House and Senate Republicans in 2008 is that the voters will say, “Not the Republicans.”

    READ MORE

    http://newt.org/tabid/102/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/3393/Default.aspx

  29. IndyInjun says:

    “I keep waiting for Congress to do something about the high gas and food prices.”

    Abolishing the Fed would be a good 1st step. They have succeeded in destroying the dollar’s store-of-value function, sending the money of the wise into commodities.

    Food and energy are the new money. The dollar did not have a fitting burial; it has been cremated.

    Of course the masses don’t blame Congress for these issues, but they WILL blame them for the high prices.

    Nothing like being right for all the wrong reasons.

  30. Icarus says:

    Debbie,

    In the first post, you didn’t mention, nor even hint of, his “record”.

    You instead talked about his “associations” and his wife’s negatives.

    If Republican’s want to talk about his record of raising taxes, of lacking the courage to vote anything other than “present” on tough issues, of his desire to soak the rich to fund a massive expansion of federal bureaucracy, then that’s great. It’s an honest debate.

    But dragging out his preacher’s old sermons, his refusal to wear a pledge pin on his uniform, or other such silliness when the country has real problems that have been ignored by both parties is a script for disaster.

    We’ve had both a Republican President and Congress for most of the last 8 years. Much like 2006, we have the burden of proving why we should still be in charge. The dems can once again skate by with “we’re not them”.

    We better have a real plan, and candidates from top to bottom to articulate it.

    A lapel pin won’t balance the budget.

    Calling Obama “Osama” won’t make us any safer from terrorists.

    Replaying sermons from an angry African American minister won’t make gas cheaper.

    With a country demanding “change”, we better have a good plan for change, and/or solid and convincing reasons why change isn’t needed, or why the other guy’s proposed changes will actually make us worse off than we already are.

  31. John Konop says:

    Icarus

    That was good but please save it for the run in 10. We do not want anyone to know the secrete game plan on running on issues with real solutions.

  32. debbie0040 says:

    The demographics have changed in the district the GOP lost Saturday. Many Katrina evacuees settled in that area.

    The GOP did not put up a good candidate nor did they run a smart campaign.

  33. Icarus says:

    “The GOP did not put up a good candidate nor did they run a smart campaign.”

    Think about how many races you can apply that statement to. Even a lot of districts that were unopposed…

  34. Icarus says:

    In what must be one of the signs of the coming apocolypse, did anyone else notice that Rome posted something devoid of politics today, while Spacey posted a thread that generated legitimate political debate?

  35. bowersville says:

    I am as social conservative as they come in my personal life. But that is not my politics.

    If any one thinks McCain is going to win the White House without fighting for it, you are wrong. If you, by some progressive slant, think Obama will through the country under the bus over Iraq, you are wrong.

    If Pelosi and Reid aren’t willing to do it, Barack won’t either.

  36. IndyInjun says:

    Yup,

    If Obama & Co. adhere to their liberal platform to the exact same extent as the GOP did to theirs over the last 8 years, we will see the Contract with America enacted!

    Is anyone else here on PP sending back those Republican Leadership Surveys telling them what they REALLY need to do to right the ship? I am given to advising that the crew be thrown overboard and that they start from scratch.

  37. Dave Bearse says:

    Newt’s words about the damage to the GOP brand are correct. Indeed McCain was the best candidate to win the general election, yet the GOP didn’t then and still don’t now realize it.

    Icarus is right. Wright, flag pins, “character” etc as campaign issues will not be of little concern for most independents. The GOP ought to be thinking how it can help McCain escape the baggage of his largely campaigning as Dubya II that the GOP required of him in the primaries.

  38. IndyInjun says:

    Debbie wrote:

    “”

    The demographics have changed in the district the GOP lost Saturday. Many Katrina evacuees settled in that area.

    The GOP did not put up a good candidate nor did they run a smart campaign.”

    The GOP rag Wall Street Journal disagrees on all but the last point..

    “Mr. Jenkins should’ve been a cinch to win a Baton Rouge district in Republican hands for 34 years, and that President Bush won with 59% in 2004. Their candidate was a rock-solid social conservative who, in 28 statehouse years, had never voted for a tax increase, and who wanted a U.S.-Mexico wall.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121029170064979347.html?mod=todays_columnists

  39. IndyInjun says:

    From the article “As the polls deteriorated, the National Republican Congressional Committee ran desperate ads attempting to link Mr. Cazayoux to Mr. Obama. The comparison was ludicrous, and Louisiana voters knew it (even if the national press corps didn’t). It failed to save Mr. Jenkins from a three percentage-point loss.”

  40. John Konop says:

    Debbie

    Spewing hate is easy, dealing with issues takes time and thoughtful approach to problems. You are addicted to the fight not what is best for your country!

  41. debbie0040 says:

    More from the WSJ article:

    Yet Mr. Jenkins was also a divisive firebrand. He was infamous for carrying around plastic fetuses, to demonstrate his opposition to abortion. He’d previously landed in a weird entanglement with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. This history made even conservatives fidgety, and crowded out anything Mr. Jenkins had to say on issues.

    More debilitating to the Jenkins campaign was a strong whiff of the ethical problems that have plagued Republicans. A labor union ran ads noting Mr. Jenkins’s had seen 19 tax liens filed against him and his broadcasting company since 1990. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pointed out that a murky Jenkins charity had paid him consulting fees, paid rent to his company, and paid more than a half-a-million dollars to his wife. He’d been in hot water over campaign contributions, and voted against financial disclosure.

    Democrats, meanwhile, have realized it’s more important to win than to impose liberal litmus tests on candidates. Mr. Jenkins’s opponent, Don Cazayoux, was pro-life and pro-gun. He had nice things to say about John McCain, and rarely mentioned Mr. Obama or Hillary Clinton. A self-styled “John Breaux Democrat,” he focused on education and health care.

    He might have also directed those listening to another Louisiana election this weekend, one that didn’t get nearly the attention. The district is also conservative; Mr. Bush won 71% in 2004. The real difference was the campaign.

    The 43-year-old Republican, Steve Scalise, had pinpointed today’s GOP vulnerabilities, and ran an anti-status-quo campaign. His focal point was wasteful spending, and he touted his legislation to reform Louisiana’s earmark process. Another hallmark was ethics reform and his fight against public corruption. He talked up competitive private health care, lower taxes and school choice.

    Republicans looking for an Obama doppelganger would have been better served by his Democratic competitor, Gilda Reed. She campaigned on immediate withdrawal from Iraq and “universal” health care. Trade came in for a bashing, as did secret ballots in union-organizing elections. Ms. Reed explained she was personally pro-life, but felt abortion needed to remain legal. Her cause became that of the liberal left, with the Daily Kos hosting an online fund-raiser on her behalf. Mr. Scalise won 75% of the vote.

  42. debbie0040 says:

    IndyInjun // May 9, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Debbie wrote:

    “”

    The demographics have changed in the district the GOP lost Saturday. Many Katrina evacuees settled in that area.

    Karl Rove made that statement on Fox News. My family lives in Louisisana and has stated the same thing about many evacuees moving to that area and staying.

  43. IndyInjun says:

    Well, the influx of Katrina folks might also have made the old-timers furious at Bush and the GOP.

    The 06 wipe-out, the wave of GOP retirements and the record of interim elections mostly going Dem, are thunderclaps of doom.

    For heavens sakes even Hastert’s and DeLay’s ‘safe ‘ seats turned over!

    If gas keeps going up, Dem incumbents will be on the same rocket sled out of town, no matter who they are or what voting records are.

  44. debbie0040 says:

    Scalise came up with a plan that the GOP candidates nationwide should pay close attention to:

    “The 43-year-old Republican, Steve Scalise, had pinpointed today’s GOP vulnerabilities, and ran an anti-status-quo campaign. His focal point was wasteful spending, and he touted his legislation to reform Louisiana’s earmark process. Another hallmark was ethics reform and his fight against public corruption. He talked up competitive private health care, lower taxes and school choice.”

  45. John Konop says:

    Debbie

    You stated that immigration was your number one issue. In facts you were spewing hate at Huckabee for his position. And you made it clear you could not support anyone who was an open border candidate.

    What happen here?

    McCain to attend La Raza’s annual conference?

    HOTAIR-An election-year pander aimed at shoring up the Latino vote by grudgingly patronizing Open Borders HQ? Why, no: As the boss reminds us, Maverick and the group that charmingly describes itself as “The Race” are old friends with plenty of allies and enemies in common. Can he outdo Obama’s mega-pander from last year? If Kos is right about Texas being in play, the sky’s the limit!
    Go read Michelle’s post on this, as needless to say McCain’s feet will have to be held to the fire on this subject regularly to keep him from indulging his natural, jerky pro-amnesty tendencies.

    http://controlcongress.com/uncategorized/mccain-to-attend-la-raza%e2%80%99s-annual-conference

    BTW Obama is not any better. Yet you would rather talk abot Rev. Wright!

  46. IndyInjun says:

    Debbie –

    Yes, the GOP is gone full circle back to the pre-Perot days. Perot scared both parties into 8 years of fiscal responsibility culminating in debt actually being retired. This is what a capable candidate running on the financial situation can do.

    The USA owes Perot a huge debt of gratitude.

    NOW the debt has doubled under Bush and the fiscal conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, and independents look upon the GOP with nothing short of terror.

    None of the candidates left has a CLUE about economics, congressmen of both parties are making monstrous errors, and both parties want to spend even MORE money that we must borrow or print out of thin air.

    We are destroying America by even thinking about voting for these idiots.

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