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Gov. Christie To GOP: “It’s Put Up Or Shut Up Time” — RealClearPolitics

Do the Republicans really get it?

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Christie has some strong, possibly skeptical words for his fellows fresh from election victory:

“You know, I think what it says is what I was saying all over the country, that’s it’s put up or shut up time for our party. You know, we lost our way last decade, David, we did, and people expect us to do better. And if the Republican Party wants to come back, they’re going to have to do what they said they were going to do. I mean, because if they don’t, we’re going to be sent to the wilderness for a long time, and we’re going to deserve it,” Gov. Christie (R-NJ) said on NBC and as quoted on RealClearPolitics.

View Gov. Christie’s interview: RealClearPolitics – Video – Gov. Christie To GOP: “It’s Put Up Or Shut Up Time”.

Bill Golden is Bill4DogCatcher.com, a conservative observer of American economics, politics, business and trends. Have news items, info or thoughts that you would like to share? Send to Bill@Bill4DogCatcher.com


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2010 Rise of the Independents — Does It Matter Any Longer Who Wins 2010?

A number of Republicans have broken ranks recently and endorsed candidates outside of the party’s primary winners.

California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger is the latest by endorsing Florida’s Charlie Crist in his senate bid.

My belief is that whatever victory comes out of the 2010 election, 2010 will be for Republicans their last national hurrah for some time to come. I expect there to be 5-7 independent senators serving our nation by 2012-2014, and most will be former Republicans.

Call them RINO if you wish but voters will ultimately decide.

The Republican Party has worked very hard to alienate much of America. In the most recent polling by nonpartisan groups Republicans in Congress are trusted less than both Democrats and President Obama.

So if they have alienated America why is it that they stand a good chance to win the House, and possibly even the Senate? Punishment!

Democrats have delivered on a lot of promises. So has President Obama; out of 506 campaign promises made he has only reneged on 22.

Reality however is that Democrats have themselves behaved poorly and really seem to be adrift. It is somewhat obvious that President Obama encourages Congress to pursue certain policies, but Obama neglects his role as party leader until moments of desperation set in — like the final push for Health Care Reform or pushing back against Republicans and Tea Partyers. The word ‘leader‘ seems to apply to no one in particular within the Democratic party.

Reality is also that the Democrats have come off as somewhat spineless against their opposition. Who wants to vote for that? I’m serious about this aspect. The Democrats have been absolutely spineless since the summer of 2009 — except for Barney Frank and his well-aimed ‘what planet are you from’ quip.

Spine has recently been shown by some Republicans who are beginning to push back. It will not be enough to stem their party’s drift to the right, a right without plan or ability to achieve some very half-baked schemes, but it represents a decision point.

Just as Adams argued strongly against breaking with Great Britain, once you realize that your own family really does not love you then it is time to hit the road in a new direction.

Once 2012 rolls around the Republicans will complete their schism. A small but statistically powerful number of independents will be in the ranks of the Senate.  Republicans will have a choice: find where they parked their big tent or become a party of demographically dwindling supporters.

2010 really is the rise of the Independent.

Bill Golden is Bill4DogCatcher.com — an independent, conservative observer of American politics, economics, trends and whatever is fish of the day. Please join in the conversation online at http://www.facebook.com/Bill4DogCatcher


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Christine O’Donnell’s Ad: I like it. What damage control should look like.

Christine O’Donnell’s damage control TV ad is good.

It is calm. It makes her look human.

The opening five words address people’s concerns. The rest of the ad speaks directly to people. It will get her votes.

Bill Golden is Bill4DogCatcher.com, a conservative, independent observer of American politics, economics, business, technology and apple pie. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Bill4DogCatcher or Bill@Bill4DogCatcher.com

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1/3 of November 2010 Voters Likely to be Tea Party Members and Fans

Per the Wall Street Journal:

  • 71% of Republicans now describe themselves as tea-party supporters, saying they have a favorable image of the movement or hoped tea- party candidates would do well in the Nov. 2 elections.
  • WSJ/NBC poll findings suggest that the rising influence of the movement, with its push to cut spending and oppose the Democratic agenda, will drive the GOP to become more conservative and less willing to seek common ground on policy.
  • 1/3 of voters in November! Tea-party supporters make up one-third of the voters most likely to cast ballots in November’s midterm elections. This shows the movement “isn’t a small little segment, but it is a huge part of what’s driving 2010”.


For more insight into the potential impact of the Tea Party in November 2010:

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703882404575520252928390046.html

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Rep. Alan Grayson’s ‘Taliban’ & ‘Love of Country’ ads backfire. Grayson does more than just bend the truth.

Florida’s Alan Grayson is strongly opinionated and undoubtedly irksome to his opponents.

Being strident has worked for him. Politics can be tough.

However, when strident strays into lying and misrepresentation then it goes from being just a hyperpartisan moment to wingnuttery — especially when you are trying ever so hard to make it look like your opponent is the wingnut.

Politico.com notes: “In an ad, Grayson’s campaign calls Republican Daniel Webster a “religious fanatic” — a charge it supports with video in which Webster seems to encourage wives to “submit” to their husbands. But FactCheck.org says the narrative crafted by the Florida Democrat’s campaign distorts what Webster was actually saying.”

FactCheck.org is absolutely blunt in its criticism of Grayson’s ad:

“Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida is falsely accusing his opponent of evading the Vietnam War draft, claiming “he doesn’t love this country.”

“Republican candidate Daniel Webster didn’t “refuse the call to service,” as claimed in a vicious TV ad featuring pictures of military graves and the sound of “Taps” being played on a bugle. In fact, the former Florida Senate majority leader was given routine student deferments until he completed his undergraduate degree. He then reported for a military physical and was disqualified for medical reasons.”

Grayson’s Taliban Ad:
Note that the commentator seems to be cheering for Grayson: the end justifies the means — the ultimate wingnut approach to life.

Grayson’s Love of Country Ad:

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Rightwing Bemoans ‘Sore Loser Syndrome’ of Moderate and Conservative Republicans. Where is the Unity?

First they talked about cleansing.Then they talking about throwing them all out.

When it came time for primaries, the Right engaged in almost every kind of trashtalk imaginable. How do you defend against 2009’s Summer of Love-style campaigning by the Right?

The Right has been successful. They have won some very important Republican primaries.

But now they want “unity” in the party. Whose party? Now the Right wants the traditional Republicans that they trampled to either support their candidates or to just be quiet.

No. That doesn’t make sense.

Numerous TEA Partyers have referred to their efforts as being a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Hostile. And you want unity? You want unity from the very RINOs that you have trashtalked for the last year.

No. ‘Hell no’ is what Republicans should tell the Right.

Back in 2009, when moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava was New York 23rd District’s Republican nominee, was there unity then? No. The Right launched an independent campaign to support Doug Hoffman as a Conservative Party candidate. Republicans ended up losing their ONLY House seat in New York.

Unity is more than a word that you occasionally mention. Unity is what you get when you give it.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42462.html#ixzz109rB2Fhf

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Politics is Politics. Election 2010 Outlook.

by Bill Golden

Politics is politics.

It is what it is. Always has been.

If we always expect good, or that a politician won’t make a deal because they belong to some philosophy, then we will always be disappointed.

I prefer politicians that are at ease discussing their general political philosophy and acknowledging that you have got to give to get.

‘Giving to get’ does not mean abandoning your principles. It means that the art of the deal requires actually making a deal. If the deal is transparent then I have no problem — I may not like it but I have the ballot box to display my displeasure.

The crux of the GOP’s problems, and the Tea Party challenge, is that November may be a zero sum gain except in the selling of anti-acids.

The GOP cannot mathematically easily take control of Congress. It can and probably will take the House by 40-60 seats if the Democrats stay home (likely as of now) or by only 1-3 seats if the Democrats show up in equal ratio to GOP voters. Republicans need to win 39 seats to take control of the House.

The Senate will become more balanced but probably remain Democratic. However, some Republicans believe that they can possibly win 11 senate seats and take the senate too.

So the probable results of the 2010 election will be Obama as president, Boehner as House Speaker, and Reid leading the Senate. Blue Dogs will be fewer and pro-Tea Partyers will have representation.

The Tea Partyers will increase their numbers ONLY at the loss of seats by Republicans and some Blue Dogs. Status quo will be virtually unchanged … except that the Republicans and the Tea Partyers will be locked in a life and death struggle to capture the leadership of the Republican Party.

A bit of advice for Democrats: If you panic you are DOOMED. Democrats do not have the inherent sense of unity that Republicans do. Conservatives typically see each other as family, whether they like each other or not. You can’t go your own way and survive. Get a grip. Get some hand sanitizer and learn to hold hands.

Voters, and people in general, hate the smell of fear. The Republicans will campaign hard and ask for America’s vote to overturn any number of Obama administration and 111th Congress votes, such as health care and financial reform. Even if they took both houses of Congress they can’t do it. Should a victorious GOP try to overturn these and other recent changes then President Obama only need to use his veto pen to stop this in its tracks. To override a presidential veto requires a supermajority: 67 votes in the senate and 290 in the house. So this is mission impossible for the GOP … at least until maybe 2012 unless both Obama and the Democrats get their relationship with America back in order.

For the record, am not crazy about the health care reform, but am cheered about the financial reforms.

Let us also not forget the social conservatives. They sometimes talk like Tea Partyers but are ultimately statists and love big government too. The Tea Partyers are much too libertarian and anarchic for the social conservatives. 24 hours after the November election it will be all about 2012. Regardless of who eventually runs, 2012 on the right will be Palin social conservatives vs Paul’s libertarians. Look for total fun between 2010-2012.

Bill Golden, aka Bill4DogCatcher.com and JeffersonConservative.com, is an independent political observer whose views meet at the nexus of being conservative, libertarian and centrist.

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