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Romney’s McCain Endorsement

February 24, 2010

The way I see it, Romney had no choice but to endorse McCain.


McCain leads a large chunk, indeed, a majority of the Republican Party. After all, he won the primary in 2008. This is no minor feat, no matter what your political persuasion is.

If Romney did anything but endorse McCain, he would have said to McCain’s supporters, “I don’t like you, and I don’t need you to win in 2012.”

With the endorsement, he is paying due respects to the majority of the Republican Party, and telling McCain, “I promise to ensure that your people will not be shut out of the new Republican Party.”

This is important. The Republican Party is bigger than the conservative movement. It’s bigger than McCain and Romney and Palin and Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and pretty much anything you can name. The Republican Party is a coalition of various political factions, each of whom share a lot but disagree on a lot as well. They’ve all chosen, for one reason or another, to be an influential part of the platform. If you are going to take control of such an organization, which the presidential nominee in 2012 must, you have to make it clear that you aren’t going to drive anyone away from the party even though you are going to move your own agenda forward as much as possible.

Right now, the “old guard” of the Republican Party, call them the “Rockefeller Republicans” or whatever you want, feels like they are going to be shut out by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ron Paul and the Tea Party movement. There is a very real fear here. There is a real possibility of alienating them and losing a good chunk of the vote. Ronald Reagan was a master at politics, and he made sure that no one left the Republican Party. Mitt Romney must do the same. That means he must reach across the aisle that divides the Republican Party and lift up McCain in his hour of need, even if it means giving a cold shoulder to the new movements.

Think of it this way. Could Ronald Reagan have united the Republican Party behind himself if he didn’t pay his due respects to President Ford? Of course not.

If McCain loses the primary despite Palin’s and Romney’s support, at least then he can throw his weight behind the winning candidate, along with everyone else. McCain might not be into it, but McCain’s people might.

Rush is fine calling Romney to the carpet on this. In fact, it’s a good thing that Romney is being excoriated by the new Republican Party over this. It’s good because if Romney can then turn around and take control of their part of the party, then he can show that he is able to moderate both sides of the aisle and make them both feel welcome.

This is what political leadership is about. This is the true art of statecraft. We have come to believe that being a leader means being Conan the Barbarian—brutally destroying anything in your path to obtain the things you want. That’s what Obama is trying to do, and have you noticed? It’s not working.

The art of political leadership is the art of getting people to line up behind you because you offer them something they need and because they trust you. It’s the art of persuading people that what you want is what they want, that by uniting together under a common cause they can do more than if we were divided and set at opposition to each other.

If Mitt Romney is going to be president, which I believe he will be, he is going to have to unify the entire country at the expense of some, but definitely not most, democrats, and perhaps a tiny number of liberal republicans. He has to make sure he has a super-majority behind his efforts or they will all fail as Obama is.

Two Big Whoppers From Obama at the Debate

October 16, 2008

Two big whoppers Obama told:

1. That Palin supporters shouted “Kill him!” about Barack Obama, and Palin didn’t mind. The Secret Service, who take threats like these very seriously since their job is to protect Obama, confirmed that no such thing happened. (link)

2. That Obama didn’t launch his political career from Ayer’s living room. (link)

When Democrats get caught in a corner they lie. No, they lie pretty much all the time, even when they aren’t caught in a corner.

Here’s some more lies.

Tax cuts for the poor. Obama intends to cut the taxes of those who don’t pay taxes by giving them money. This isn’t a tax cut since they pay no taxes. It’s welfare. It’s socialism. When Obama says “tax cut”, he’s really saying “free money for the poor.”

His medical plan will cover everyone. The kind of plan Obama is proposing has been tried in many different places. The net result is everyone gets less care since medical care is rationed. In fact, most people are far worse off than they were before the government took over.

He only intends to tax the top 2% of income earners. This isn’t true. His tax plan would cut into everyone’s incomes, since the top 2% income earners use their income to do things like invest or spend. Both actions create jobs. Put another way, if the top billionaires in the country woke up to find a billion dollars missing from their income stream, they would either have to fire a billion dollars worth of employees who were making them more money, or fire a billion dollars worth of employees who were making the billionaires happy. Taxes hurt everyone.

He intends to cut social programs. The only programs that democrats have ever cut are law enforcement and the military. He is insinuating he’ll cut failed programs, but that has never happened, not even with the food stamp program that has far more money than they can legally spend.

He doesn’t associate with terrorists and anti-Americans. The evidence is clear. He also associates with terrorists in Gaza strip. He also associates with Kenyan socialists who murder their political opponents, 600 of them. (link)

The best part is that McCain is able to get the message out there, and fast. People are realizing that the democrat in the debate lied once again, a lot, and that it’s becoming more and more expected.

John McCain is Funny?

October 16, 2008

I have to admit, all of the jokes are only funny to those who have followed the campaigns closely. Still, you have to admit, and old war hero can split a gut. (link)

“Maverick I can do; but Messiah is above my pay grade.”

Why Obama Lost: “You should have run four years ago”

October 15, 2008

Tonight’s debate was a clear victory for John McCain. He just sounded like he was the president and Obama was the pretender.

Two lines that stick out in my head:

“Senator Government.” John McCain flubbed when he was explaining why having government decide who gets what health care was the wrong idea, but he did so in a way that made the entire contest clear. Barack Obama is “Senator Government”. John McCain is “Senator America”.

“You should have run four years ago.” John McCain attacks Barack Obama for attacking President George Bush. This was a classic line. Barack Obama should’ve run four years ago, or eight, or 16, 24, or 28. He is literally the spitting image of John Kerry, Al Gore, Mike Dukakis, and Walter Mondale, or Jimmy Carter. Except he doesn’t have that earthy, down-home connection that some of the others had. Or the common sense. Or the speaking ability. Comparing Obama to these guys is perfect. Except Barack Obama doesn’t even compare. He’s not half the candidate that the others were.

This is the McCain I’ve been waiting to come out. This is the McCain that clobbered Romney and left him on the side of the road wondering what in the heck happened. John McCain has a political 6th sense, and it’s scary. I, personally, would never want to be in a campaign against him, because he scares the crap out of me. It’s like fighting that guy that lives on streetfighting, that kind of enjoys it. Do you dare pick a fight with him? And if you are in a fight with him, do you think you will survive for long?

What’s funny is that the Fox News focus group thought that Obama won, but they’re more likely to vote for McCain now. Obama was right—it’s not nice to attack people based on who they associated with. But McCain is right—it has to be done, and it should be done, even though it isn’t pretty. And in the end, McCain comes out looking like the Commander in Chief of the free world.

It’s kind of like cheering on the champ team even though they are clobbering the underdogs. Do the underdogs deserve the whooping they are getting? No. Is it pretty to watch? No. But it has to be done, and you’d detest the champs if they didn’t do it all the way. And at the end of the day, when the champs have shut out the underdog team, you go home satisfied.

I feel sorry for whomever has to negotiate with a President McCain down the road. America’s enemies have every reason to be scared to death of the man.

Troopergate Shows Why We Need Palin Now

October 12, 2008

Scott Ott, a typically satirical writer at ScrappleFace, points out something I had missed. (link) Troopergate is not only a complete non-scandal, but it’s a sign of what kind of person Governor Palin is, and a sign of what kind of people she makes enemies with. It’s also a sign of how Governor Palin deals with incompetence.

Consider this: A state trooper tases a 10-year old, drinks on the job in his police car, and threatens to kill his relatives. All that, and the man is still a state trooper. Why? Because of government incompetence.

Readers of my blog should not be surprised that government cannot do something so simple as fire an incompetent state trooper. I have proven time and again that whatever government does, it does it in the most incompetent way imaginable. Government, since it is shielded from competition thanks to its unique monopoly on violence, has no reason to be anything but incompetent. Contrast this with the competitive marketplace, where the least incompetent businesses and workers get to keep their jobs.

Governor Palin did exactly what governors and presidents should do: Seek out incompetence and eliminate it with prejudice. That’s exactly what Governor Palin did. She discovered how far up the incompetence went and fired the guy at the top.

But she also earned a lot of enemies in the process, namely those who not only tolerate on government incompetence and corruption, but use it to their advantage. In trying to generate a case against Governor Palin, these corrupt and incompetent state officials wasted even more of the taxpayer’s money to produce a report that said nothing useful on the case. Talk about real incompetence. Even with government power, these guys still can’t create a proper scandal.

That Governor Palin has enemies like these is a testament to her character and attitude towards government. Right now, we need people like her and Senator McCain that have built a career out of ruffling the feathers of the incompetent corruption that is the status quo.

We don’t need an elected official who not only can’t find corruption in Chicago and ACORn and Fannie Mae, but seems to have benefitted quite well from it.

If Troopergate were the only thing I knew about the McCain/Palin ticket, I would run, not walk, to the polls to pull the lever for McCain/Palin. And I would give my time and money to see that these fine people get elected to the highest offices in the land.

Obama has More Money than McCain, Right?

September 19, 2008

Well, no, not right. See, there’s the campaign funds, and then there’s the campaign funds. John McCain is putting tremendous effort in advertising with republicans as a party rather than as a lone candidate. If you do the math, this is how you win big time. Obama, meanwhile, is pinching pennies and wondering why the Democratic Party is so behind in funding.

I remember writing something a long time ago about how republicans can disagree vigorously on political issues with each other, but in the end, will band together for their individual benefit. I feel as comfortable telling my local party leader that I think the Iraq War was a mistake as telling him that I think it is the best move of the Bush Presidency.

Democrats, however, make all political dissensions personal, and in the end, stand alone and fall together.

This is clear if you look at the money game being played for politics. Pattrick Ruffini has more at The Next Right: Yes, Obama Turning Down Public Financing is Still an Epic Mistake

In short, McCain is using his celebrity to help the entire party at the cost of his campaign. And the party, in exchange, is helping his campaign. Obama is using his celebrity to help himself, at the cost of the party, and the party can neither help Obama nor look forward to a rising tide thanks to Obama.

Obama vs. McCain Attack Style

September 19, 2008

Obama likes to attack vaguely, with broad strokes. He’ll assert that McCain is tied to some industry, without giving any specifics. He’ll claim McCain supports something without listing bills or quotes. It’s kind of like the guy that wags his finger at you and says, “I hate you” and then runs away.

McCain, however, likes to quote specifics. He names names, identifies bills, and gives specific details. It’s a powerfully effective strategy, since Obama is turning out to be much more corrupt than the republicans could ever hope for.

Which do you think American voters connect with—specific facts or vague generalities?

Witness: McCain goes on offense, links Obama to credit crisis

Senator Obama talks a tough game on the financial markets but the facts tell a different story. He took more money from Fannie and Freddie than any Senator but the Democratic chairman of the committee that regulates them. He put Fannie Mae’s CEO who helped create this disaster in charge of finding his Vice President. Fannie’s former General Counsel is a senior advisor to his campaign. Whose side do you think he is on? When I pushed legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Senator Obama was silent. He didn’t lift a hand to avert this crisis. While the leaders of Fannie and Freddie were lining the pockets of his campaign, they were sowing the seeds of the financial crisis we see today and enriching themselves with millions of dollars in payments. That’s not change, that’s what’s broken in Washington.

Witness: Obama and Biden on taxes: “Patriotic!”

McCain is starting to get into campaign mode now. He is going to savage Obama the same way he savaged Romney. And Obama, just like Romney, is going to be completely blindsided.

On November 5th, Obama is going to wake up and ask, “What in the world just happened?” And that’s the same day Obama will get to share the same lines of the history books with Kerry, Gore, Mondale, and Dukakis. If he’s lucky, he’ll get his own card in Trivia Pursuit.

Dear Obama, Who Are You?

September 18, 2008

I need to know who you are, Mr. Obama.

What’s the Opposite of Stockholm Syndrome?

September 14, 2008

So, Stockholm Syndrome is when the abductee falls in love with the abductors. But what do you call it when the prison guards endorse the ex-prisoner? It seems the Vietnamese respect McCain, hoping he’ll bring the best fortune for Vietnam. Judging by the current status of Vietnam, as it is trying to switch from a backwater communist state to a raging Asian tiger, that’s a ringing endorsement of someone who will know how to keep the peace and expand economies abroad and at home.

Initial Reactions to Sarah Palin

August 30, 2008

First, apparently her name is pronounced PAY-lin.

Second, she has five kids. My wife gets strange looks and comments from people sometimes because we have five kids. Frankly, I don’t understand those people who don’t have any kids or who only have a few. But I don’t make faces at them or pretend to be surprised and say things like, “You only have two?” or “I can’t believe you’ve been married for ten years and haven’t had any children yet!”

Third, I’m not certain of this, but apparently her husband is a democrat. If that’s true, then she’s done more to reach across the aisle and unify the country than Barack Obama could ever hope to.

Fourth, she doesn’t just say the word “change”, she actually brings change. The Republican Party corruptocrats are livid about how successful she has been at breaking up the old corruption schemes. Meanwhile, Obama left his district, his hometown, and his home state in the same position it was before he came along. The only change he is bringing is change to the pockets of his wife and people like Tony Rezko courtesy of the American taxpayer.

Fifth, her son’s going to the battlefield this September, and she couldn’t be more proud of his decision to join the armed forces and fight as a volunteer soldier in the US Army. How many children does Barack Obama have in Iraq, or Afghanistan? What about Biden?

Sixth, she’s pro-life, and she walks the talk. This is an issue that isn’t going away, and it is an issue that Obama is going to lose the election over. See, while Barack Obama was working to pass a bill in Illinois that would allow doctors to kill children born alive, Sarah Palin was working to defend the life of the most innocent and defenseless among us.

Seventh, the ways that the democrats are trying to attack her are pathetic and shallow. I’ve seen these types of attacks, and none of them are working.

  • She’s really pro-gay marriage because she vetoed a couple of bills.
  • She’s really corrupt because her father’s brother’s sister’s uncle’s friend’s daughter’s husband was a state trooper and was involved in an investigation of her mother’s friend’s daughter’s son’s uncle’s involvement in… well, I’m still trying to sort this one out, but it’s apparent it’s pathetically weak.
  • She believes we shouldn’t teach evolution in the classroom but instead we should teach creationism. This is patently absurd, and it is taking one off-the-cuff comment way out of context. She later gave a prepared statement that reflected her true position on it, but apparently those who are making this attack don’t know how to read that one.
  • She’s inexperienced. I’m sorry, but 2 years of governor and several years as mayor is more experience running something than a lifetime as senator. Senators debate and form consensus, governors govern and make things happen. The American voters have consistently chosen executives over senators because of this. Honestly, among the four on the presidential tickets, she’s the most qualified to actually lead the free world.

The American’s people reception of Palin has been positive, unlike Biden’s reception, and that’s apparent in the polling.

What is even more telling is that the part of the Republican Party that John McCain turns off—people like me whose primary concerns are the conservative platform—are once again invigorated over having a true fiscal, defense, and social conservative like her on the ticket. John McCain may have been able to win without our support, but he is definitely going to win with it.