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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote an excellent op-ed in the Washington Post Saturday. You can read it for yourself here. Not surprisingly he is highly critical of the federal government’s involvement (or lack there of) in helping out with the oil spill.
He is most critical of the moratorium that has stopped deep water drilling. He says it adds “insult to injury”, while also creating a “second disaster.”
Jindal’s best statement comes near the end when he says the following:
“Louisianans, of all people, don’t want to see another drop of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. It is our land and our way of life that are being harmed. Yet the administration tells our people to simply file a claim with BP or file for unemployment. Our people want to work, not collect unemployment checks.”
I’m very anxious to see what happens this November in the mid-term elections, but I’m already anxious for the 2012 elections especially the presidential election. Less than 2 years into Obama’s presidency I already feel optimistic that Republicans will take back the White House. The GOP will have to put out a great candidate because no matter how bad an incumbent is they are always hard to get out of office.
Charles Krauthammer wrote a very insightful article today which acknowledged that a win for Republicans this fall could backfire in 2012. He uses the example of Bill Clinton gaining re-election in 1996 after Republicans took control of Congress in 1994.
I have not fully decided on what candidate I want to support in 2012 yet, but I will list my top 4 choices in alphabetical order.
- Mitch Daniels
- Newt Gingrich
- Mike Huckabee
- Tim Pawlenty
And yes Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney are not in my top 4.
Tonight there was a gubernatorial debate held at Belmont University for the four remaining candidates. Here are some notes from the debate as well as my thoughts.
7:05 Ramsey comes out firing saying his opponents don’t have plans or don’t have the guts to cut spending.
7:09 Ramsey says pre-k funding is a “waste”. McWherter has mentioned Bredesen numerous times already.
7:13 All the republicans say they will not reduce sales tax. McWherter says he will reduce the sales tax on groceries.
7:14 Wamp asks Haslam why he donated to Al Gore’s presidential campaign and Haslam sidesteps the question. Then Haslam asks Wamp while he continues to run negative ads when he said he would stop. Wamp says he doesn’t know what Haslam is talking about.
7:22 McWherter says he believes there is a place for evolution to be taught in public schools. All three republicans say they are Christians but believe there is a place for science and God’s creation both to be taught in schools.
7:30 Candidates are asked if there is a petition to build a mosque what they would do. Haslam said it is up to local governments to decide. McWherter says they have to be built ,but only in certain places. Ramsey says it is a zoning issue. Wamp says our nation is “pluralistic” but we should be careful of sharia law.
7:36 Someone finally goes after the lone Dem as Haslam asks what taxes McWherter wants to raise in order to pay for Obamacare and other spending programs. McWherter does not give a clear answer.
7:43 A question is asked about the death penalty. Haslam first responds that he will side with the jury on the case unless new information is brought up. McWherter says he would not second guess the court. Ramsey says he is “in favor of the death penalty.” Wamp uses the question to talk about protecting life from conception. Then says the only way a governor should not carry out what the court mandates is if there is DNA proof that could change the situation.
7:46 McWherter can hardly answer a question without praising Bredesen. He says Bredesen will be a role model for him when he is governor.
7:50 “There are some things worth fighting for.” Ramsey’s response to how he will pay for immenient court case if Tennessee has a law similar to Arizona’s immigration law.
7:51 Haslam is asked again why he hasn’t released all of his financial statements and he again does not answer the question.
7:53 Closing statements: Ramsey says we don’t need Wamp’s Washington ways and that Haslam is trying to buy the race. He says Tennessee needs common sense. McWherter says he is a businessman not a career politician. He says he knows how to create jobs. “We need jobs” is what McWherter closes with. Wamp quotes the Bible saying “where there is no vision the people perish.” He says Tennessee needs a vision and he has one. Haslam uses the time to lay out his plan for Tennessee and asks Tennesseans for his vote.
Overall it was a great debate with good questions and good responses from the candidates. Wamp and Haslam were very heated with each other which is not unexpected but very entertaining to watch. The best moment of the night came when Wamp asked Haslam why he gave money to Al Gore during his presidential bid and Haslam did not have a clear answer. McWherter came off very unqualified and he was the only candidate that appeared to be nervous. Ramsey was very confident in his answers but he seems to always want to say what he thinks people want to hear not necessarily what is the right thing. Haslam dodged a lot of questions but he had a solid performance overall. Wamp was definitely the winner of the debate. He obviously was the most prepared and he was also quick on his feet. For example, Ramsey said that he found out during the flood how great Tennesseans were. Wamp quickly said that he already knew that. Zach Wamp is down in the polls, but in politics you never know what can happen and it’s still possible for him to make a comeback.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday that, “There’s no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control — there is no doubt about that. This will depend on strong campaigns by the democrats. “ Gibbs who just a few months ago was making fun of Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to be so full of jokes lately.
This quote is coming on the same weekend that the National Governors Association was meeting in Boston, and reports released Sunday expressed that Democratic governors across the state are very worried how the lawsuit aimed at the Arizona immigration bill is going to effect elections. Our governor, Phil Bredesen is extremely worried, “Universally the governors are saying, ‘We’ve got to talk about jobs,” And all of the sudden we have immigration going on.”
In the same day we have someone in Obama’s administration claiming that there is a chance Republicans can take control of the House. While we also have Democratic governors all across the country worried that the administration’s lawsuit against against the state of Arizona is going to hurt their party in November.
Democrats are scared and they should be…and I could not be happier.
First off you have to visit drudge report and Michelle Malkin’s blog at least once a day. There are also several other well known websites that all conservatives should know about including human events and redstate. However there are three websites that I feel don’t get the credit they deserve.
1) Politico : There are constant updates on this website and great articles about conservatism and current events. There is a great article up right now on Obama’s failure to appease gay rights activists.
2) Jason Mattera : The best part about this website is the video section where Mattera confronts Democrats around D.C. and also goes undercover at left-wing rallies. He is the author of a great book called Obama Zombies.
3) Patriot Post : This website has numerous articles about conservatism from great writers (such as Peggy Noonan and George Will). I highly recommend checking it out.
Pop moron icon Prince believes that “The internet’s completely over.” This would be comparable to someone coming out and saying that cell phones are a fad. As the article explains Prince began filing lawsuits in 2007 against various websites that illegally distributed his music. What makes no sense to me (the article points this out too) is why he will not allow distributors such as iTunes to obtain his music so that people may legally purchase it. However, it is hard to make sense of someone who would come out with a brilliant statement such as the one below.
“All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
I think he should go with something that fits him much better though. Here’s an idea…
The fourth of July is the most entertaining holiday in America. This holiday consists of hanging out with friends and family, eating way too much, and most importantly blowing things up.
It is however important to realize and celebrate how fortunate we are to live in this great country. This day is meant as a celebration so make sure to soak it up. On the fourth we celebrate the freedom that we have all been so blessed with in this country. We celebrate the fact that a few brave men signed a document on July 4, 1776 and in doing so helped create the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
So on Sunday make sure to grill out, drink a Heineken Budweiser, smoke a stogy, and celebrate being an American. I leave you with Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful.”
This is by far the best TV advertisement that any candidate has produced for the Tennessee gubernatorial race. Sometimes it does not work for a candidate to have an ad where he or she is not shown or where it is unclear what the overall message is that is being conveyed. This is absolutely not the case in this commercial.
This commercial works because along with Wamp’s family, the other people in the video are very recognizable and popular, especially in Tennessee. John Rich is the only figure who is remotely controversial and even that is a stretch. It is one thing for a candidate to tell the electorate why they should be elected. It is another for popular figures across the state to explain why a candidate is best for the job.