Mitch loses his Whip….

November 26, 2007

It’s looking as if Mitch McConnell has lost his minority whip – because Trent Lott just announced he is resigning his Senate seat. 35 years in congress come to a close…good thing is the Governor of Mississippi is a Republican, because that ensures the seat will remain in Republican hands.

But it really isn’t as if poor old Mitch really needs a whip to help him get legislation passed, since apparently, his only expertise lies in bringing pork to Kentucky. And comparing himself to other Kentuckians who have records way beyond his own.

Since this story is happening right now, we’ll have to see how it develops.


Mitch McConnell isn’t a Republican, Episode II

November 20, 2007

In the last entry, I mentioned how Kentucky Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was failing to indicate he was a Republican in what can only be described as an extremely early re-election commercial. We’re nearly a year away from the election, and while we’re hearing Crit Luallen will be filing to run against Mitch, no Democrat of worth has filed yet. But it’s almost a YEAR AWAY from the general election!

So it’s obvious Mitch is scared…and thinks he’s doomed at this point in time. There is plenty of time for that to unfold, yet. Unfortunately, the reasons he thinks he’s doomed aren’t matching up with reality. I do think Mitch doomed – but for a whole other spate of reasons. We’ll discuss that in the next post.

I’ve now seen a new 30 second cut of the ad, that actually identifies McConnell as a Republican for about a second in a screen text overlay. It removes some other issues that I took offense to, but it’s still just as offensive.

Beyond the lack of identification in the ad, my first problem is the fact that McConnell thinks it fine to compare himself to Vice President and Senate Majority/Minority Leader Alben W. Barkley.

Alben Barkley was a very special man. A Democrat, Barkley served Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and as Vice President for Truman. He was in the Senate during the Great Depression, and worked to pass many of the “New Deal” pieces of FDR. While I don’t condone excessive government expenditures, the Great Depression was a time that needed them, no, required them.

Mitch McConnell isn’t an Alben Barkley. He obviously thinks way too much of himself. He’s got a lot more to do to claim to be at that level. Again, a topic for the next post.

Secondly, and perhaps even more disturbing to me as a fiscal conservative, the overall point of Mitch’s ad seems to be the vast amounts of pork he can and has directed to Kentucky. Wow Mitch, send more of that “free” money our way.

Kudos and thanks to the folks from Ditch Mitch in KY for the mention. While I’m sure I have some disagreements with them in terms of pure politics, I can’t say I disagree with their goal of removing Mitch McConnell from the Senate.

Mitch McConnell…Suddenly Not a Republican?

November 18, 2007

It’s a very interesting turn of events for someone who lays claim to the title of Senate Minority Leader to be running political advertisements this early. And perhaps even more interesting, and a bit disturbing, is the fact that at no point in his advertisement does he indicate to the viewer that he is a Republican.

Of course, Kentucky just saw the defeat of a Republican governor. President Bush isn’t a popular fellow. But just because Ernie Fletcher proved himself incapable of being elected to a second term, and just because Bush is a lame duck who the public is ready to sweep away into the past…should that make one disregard their own identification?

Granted…to some in the Kentucky Republican party, the defeat of Fletcher indicates a serious problem. And I agree – it was a serious problem. But it had nothing to do with his affiliation. It had to do with his promises to “clean up Frankfort”, only to attempt to play the system illegally. And he got caught. And he pardoned the cast of characters in place that perpetrated these schemes, while the Grand Jury was still in place investigating them.

Seems Kentuckians are smart enough to call a spade a spade, Ernie. (For fairness, I should note I supported and voted for Anne Northrup in the Primary election). Your Lt. Governor, Steve Pence, was smart enough to call a spade a spade. And Steve Pence is a man of integrity, as I worked for him while at the Kentucky State Police when the Fletcher camp took office.

So I don’t think Mitch can make a claim that somehow, Kentucky is simply anti-republican. A deep look at the failures of the Fletcher administration should be enough to make Republicans know it isn’t an anti-republican issue. But, I suppose when you value some sense of false loyalty to people who’ve been exposed as frauds and criminals, you have to think it simply must be an anti-republican conspiracy, even when logic dictates otherwise. And then again, perhaps it was the strange, sith-like master – protégé relationship between McConnell and Fletcher that led to the loyalty. Regardless, it was wrong.

But Mitch stuck to his guns and supported Fletcher until the end. Note our other Republican senator did not (and many of us normal voters did not either).

Long ago, I had the pleasure of entertaining Senator McConnell when he visited my place of business, which continued with a private brunch at my CEOs home. It was easy to see why people considered McConnell best suited for behind the scenes politics, rather than a public position like Minority Leader.

He has been quite effective in this role…but he can’t make the leap to the public side of the house required by being the leader. Or at the very least, he hasn’t proven that he can make the leap yet. Conversely, the rap on the previous leader, Bill Frist of Tennessee was the opposite. He didn’t have back-room authority, but he put on a good public persona. Note that Senator Frist decided not to run for reelection in 2006, propelling McConnell into his current position. And some claim that McConnell was the back end master during that period, which seems likely.

Take a look at the primary candidates on both sides of the presidential race – they run the gamut. On the Republican side we’ve got a pro-choice candidate in Rudy Guiliani currently leading, old guards like McCain and even a strict constitutionalist in Ron Paul (whom many mistake for being a libertarian). The Democratic side of things is just as diverse, with candidates who fall all over what we call our political spectrum. And none of them fail to mention their affiliation like McConnell does.

Needless to say, McConnell is smart enough to realize he is in trouble. Hence the early advertising. But what he fails to see is why he’s in trouble…and it has nothing to do with the Republican label.

Next time out, we’ll go deeper into this “I’m not a Republican” theme…as it gets even more interesting when one looks at the actual content of the McConnell commercial.

NYU Students are an Odd Bunch…

November 14, 2007

We live in a strange world, to say the least. One in which 2/3 of all NYU students would give up their right to vote for a year’s tuition. A special few would do it just for an iPod touch. Click to read the entire story.

Young people ask me, part deux

November 13, 2007

Oh, the underbelly is starting to be exposed…the Hillary ’08 campaign is, without doubt, as nasty as they come.

CNN is offering an exclusive interview with Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, who just happens to be the question plant that was initially exposed by her college’s student newspaper.

Needless to say, the wheels are coming off Hillary ’08 rather quickly. Ms. Gallo-Chasanoff indicates she was not, as originally indicated by the campaign, the only plant made.

Of course, the Clinton campaign comes out, denial guns blazing! Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said “This is not acceptable campaign process moving forward. We’ve taken steps to ensure that it never happens again.” In other words, they’ve taken steps to ensure they don’t get caught on this again…

This is going to get nastier in the coming weeks…and I just can’t stop looking…

Young people often ask me…

November 10, 2007

Oh, the horror. Does anyone really want more continuation of the Bush, Clinton, Bush presidential dynasty by placing Hillary as the next cog in the line?

It’s now come out that Hillary’s campaign is placing plants into audiences to ask specific questions. A few of issues with this, to say the least.

First…why on earth does anyone who thinks themselves qualified to be the president of the United States also thinks themselves unable to answer straight questions from voters?

Second…what does it say about Hillary and her tactics? I think it shows she’s the candidate who’s most like the WWE in this race…offering “entertainment” that’s scripted, fake, of questionable quality…and if you really get under the surface, vile and nasty and not fit for the consumption of the public.

Third…does Hillary really expect us to believe anything her campaign does or says in light of these events.

And now I offer my answers…

  1. She isn’t qualified to be the president of the United States, regardless of what she thinks, and this only helps to solidify why she isn’t qualified. Young people often ask you…wha-wha-wha-wha-what!? I’m guessing even Chelsea doesn’t ask her questions!
  2. As dirty as the exterior is, I have no desire to know how nasty Hillary ’08 is once you’ve reached the underbelly.
  3. Yes, she does expect you to believe anything, no ANYTHING her campaign says or does. After all…the typical American is stupid, uneducated, and needs Hillary and her “ideas” to take care of them.

I can’t wait until the big story breaks…because it is coming…and I’m sure Bill will be out beating the Swift Boat trail while reaffirming his “love” and “support” of Hillary. It’s like the typical reaction people have at accident scenes. Of course, we don’t want to look…but we just have to look! Can’t wait to see this all unfold.

I’ve made my choice…

October 17, 2007

First off, I’ll let you know that I was raised as a “yellow dog” democrat. Well, not quite a true yellow dog, but a democrat in the vein of John F. Kennedy (strong national security bent) while also growing up in a “southern” home.  I suppose, had I actually ever registered as a democrat, I would have likely become a “blue dog” democrat.

Interesting side note – while my father voted for Kennedy in 1960, my mother voted for Nixon.

So I’ve already let one cat out of the bag, it would seem, since I’ve admitted that I’ve never been a democrat.  Take the political makeup of my hometown (80% republican voter base, and few, if any, local democrat candidates) and it’s easy to see that if you ever plan on being able to vote in local elections, one simply has to register as a republican.

Not to mention the fact that the Pulaski County democratic party came to my high school to register voters, and somehow, anyone who registered as a republican ended up NOT being registered to vote.

I’ve done a whole lot of research this time around, which has historically not been my bent. You might assume that since I’m a republican, I’d simply select a republican to support for president. And in general, I would normally do so.

Keep in mind that as I was coming into my age of accountability, we had a horrible democrat as president – Jimmy Carter – and he was thankfully removed from office by Ronald Reagan.

In many ways, despite my short life, Reagan represented, at least to me, the “greatest” president we’ve ever had (and no,  I don’t mean historically, but in my lifetime…I don’t think I ought to get into whom I think were our best presidents ever right now, as most would find it boring…as if this blog wasn’t boring enough to start with). Like many others, I have probably been waiting for a second coming of Reagan, which we all know isn’t going to ever happen.

And fyi…I probably won’t be voting republican in our upcoming gubernatorial election. I see a write-in coming in my case.

Ok…so enough rambling. Let’s get to the real meat here…

My choice for president in 2008 is…Ron Paul. Yep, he’s a republican.  But he’s a true constitutionalist…and he has a real libertarian bent as well.  Which in my humble opinion, is what our nation needs.

In the coming weeks/months, I’ll be detailing the reasons ‘why’ I like Dr. Paul.  And yes, the Dr. is a true M.D. – not some Ph.D. awarded for basket weaving as it relates to the economy of Bolivia.