Friday, August 29, 2008
Palin is just getting started. She was better and better with every line. The convention will be a zinger.
Apparently the media are going crazy trying to spin this, in some ways quite shamefully. They should jump on board for once for the sake of the country. It would earn them some respectability. If they fail to do so they may all but ensure their irrelevancy.
Gov. Palin was mentioned all along, yet with the help of the campaign's well oiled media machine, the previously hushed pick seems surprising. It can also have long term reverberations for the GOP's expansion efforts. Palin is a mother of 5 with a very special baby who has Downs Syndrome. Her husband Todd is known for his athletic accomplishments and working class routes.
The way that Team McCain went about announcing the selection was superb. The timing was perfect and gives campaigners a lesson in how to do this. Unlike the Obama camp, Team McCain made sure that no leak was made and the announcement erased the coverage of Obama's misleading acceptance speech. Announcing the surprising and exciting pick the morning after his opponent's main speech was a fantastic move, to say the least.
With his funny TV ads, lively personality and great campaign skills, the GOP's selection of McCain as nominee has proven to be a good one. Of course, we knew this from his heroic personal record, his committed conservatism on social issues and his 20 plus year commitment to reigning in spending, something that is needed and that he fought his own party on to advance.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Two things from the Hillary speech:
1) Obviously they went with the wrong candidate
2) There were many parts that were over the top (the trashing of the only workable social security fix, etc.) but all were normal in the context of a political convention. All except
I am both an economic and a social conservative. I do not welcome Democratic Party big government policies and find them to be, at best, well meaning but misguided, with harmful repercussions to those who they seek to help. At the same time, issues need to be dealt with and both parties could work together better if both could agree to leave the social issues to the states. Michael Lind wrote a very thoughtful piece. While I don't agree that this is a route to pursue, his piece is well thought out and should at least serve Hillary and other party leaders as a guide to moderating, or going away from, forced/dictated social liberalism. http://www.newamerica.net/publications/articles/2008/newer_deal_path_democratic_supermajority_7753
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The Biden pick is very good news
The McCain campaign is already running an ad showing what Biden said about Obama in the primaries and, conversely, what he’s said about John McCain. This will be very effective unless our side were to make the mistake of also picking someone who was visibly/
See also NRO’s The Corner
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
McCain’s Most Effective VP Selection, Ones Not Talked About and What to Do With the Best of Those Who Are
John McCain can pick a conservative veep without doing any damage. The best picks in this category are, not surprisingly, names not being touted by the media. They include Sen. John Thune and
Rep. Mike Pence, Rep. John Shadegg and Sen. Tom Coburn are also good choices. They would bring to the campaign a re
Another consideration worthy of mention is
In This Election, The Most High Reward Choices Are the Best Ones, Provided…..
Additionally, two of the names that are being touted by the media would be excellent choices, provided they agree to one condition, a condition that is key. Joe Lieberman and
Either of these two candidates can and should make a pledge that if they were to assume office under any circumstance, despite whatever personal views to the contrary, they would uphold John McCain’s policies. They must also pledge to appoint strict constructionist judges, ones he would appoint, out of respect to him, to the electorate that voted
Appointing either Ridge or Lieberman also bodes well
Selecting a vice president who would resonate with the broader public seems to be crucial this year. And all who want to do whatever they can to stop the far left Obama ticket should realize this, so long as they don’t need to compromise their principles in doing so. A firm pledge as outlined above allows
In the eyes of the public, the most deplorable elements of this election are the media saturation that led to voter fatigue and the partisan bickering that led to the disdain of same. To counter voter fatigue we need to take a bold step in countering their other pet peeve, partisan bickering. Selecting Lieberman or Ridge would do that. In fact, selecting one of them may be McCain’s only way of doing so.
I’d encourage them to agree to the above imperative condition. Doing so is in the nation’s interest and strengthens the McCain ticket as few other choices can. And should they do so, they would be John McCain’s best choices
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Fortunately, there are a few select candidates who realize all of the above. They are not natural politicians, but people from all walks of life who have a grounded understanding of the issues and propose well thought out and common sense solutions. One of them is significantly worthy of mention. He’s Dr. Marion Thorpe Jr., former Chief Medical Officer of the State of
Dr. Thorpe is a community leader and finds himself in a rare seat that the GOP can realistically pick up (The district, while heavily Democratic and currently being served by Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings for 16 years , has a very low voter turn out. Recent migration of large numbers of Republican seniors to the district also bodes well). More importantly, Thorpe is one candidate who can greatly enhance the Republican image.
As both political parties struggle to win over large constituencies by rallying people with hot button issues, the concerns that should be most pressing to Americans fall by the wayside. There is no room to mention them, let alone to tackle them in a sensible manner. These issues don’t rally crowds and supporters. Dealing with them would just be a sign of contemplative leadership that’s in tune with the needs of Americans. And without such an effort, congressional approval ratings will continue to hover around 10%.
The good news is that some select candidates (mostly stemming from
In short, Dr. Thorpe is the perfect candidate for the GOP for the following reasons:
- His platform is focused on the needs of the middle class. He articulates clear policy initiatives that would openly define the GOP as the party of middle class voters. His platform is a testament to the fact that the GOP is best poised to handle middle class concerns in a more sensible and effectual manner.
- No one is better poised than the former Chief Medical Officer of a state to highlight the danger of socialized and government run healthcare, a system that has failed in every country where it’s been implemented, at the greatest expense to those least well off.
- As an African-American conservative leader, he understands the issues facing minorities and has been extremely successful at reaching out to them on behalf of the party. Addressing traditionally Democratic African-American churches, he has made whole audiences more receptive to the GOP, as his message is one that resonates. His campaign is a mission to instill values in all youth and to this end he has put together an education and community-based platform to make this happen.
- He’s intelligent, articulate and highly competent.
- He’s sincere.
- He’s an effective voice for the GOP.
While I won’t get into Dr. Thorpe’s entire policy paper in the space of one column, some highlights should be pointed out. Dr. Thorpe’s campaign platform includes:
- Promotion of a high school course in financial responsibility that covers everything from how to balance a checkbook to the difference between safe and risky investments. Also included is a section on whether to buy, finance or lease a car. The course model is designed to drive home to students the real benefits that accumulating savings, staying in school and avoiding crime can mean in their lives, in ways they can understand, relate to and remember.
- Promotion of a middle school course that teaches personal responsibility, the end result of stable vs unstable personal and professional relationships, how to stand up to peer pressure and the lifelong benefits of standing up for what’s right.
- Health care that is made affordable without going to a government run system. Sole government management would eliminate competition, and thereby eliminate quality. Such a system also stands to be grossly mismanaged. An expansion of resources and methods that make health care accessible to all will remove the burden from the middle class.
- Development of programs that promote prevention should be advanced as they are of better service to the public, being more humane and having the added benefit of saving the government far more money in the long run.
- Cut wasteful spending so that we can concentrate on areas of true benefit to society.
The Democrats realize that the battle for the middle class is crucial. Republicans generally offer better solutions, while Democrats offer prepackaged ones that sound good on the surface but are often disastrous in the long run. In order for people to realize this, the conservative solution needs to be presented in an articulate and effective manner by a sincere and knowledgeable messenger.
We have such a candidate. Take a look at www.HealAmericaWithThorpe.com. I’d also urge readers to get involved in this campaign. His success will be of great benefit to the GOP.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
All who care for the growth of the Republican Party and the spread of conservative values by regaining ground with the critical middle class should support this campaign.
A new website is up and the group is quickly becoming the fastest and most dedicated group of McCain supporters and organizers anywhere on the net.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Those interested in taking a look at the day to day happening of the campaign and seeing some of the key staff would find it of interest. The video's available HERE and a transcript is available by clicking HERE.