Choose Your Campaigns Wisely

Posted July 28th, 2010 by Darrell and filed in Club for Growth, Races of '10
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Politico talks about the how the national parties will be spending thier dollars this fall:

With limited resources and an expansive map featuring at least 10 Senate seats in play in pricey markets, national Democrats and Republicans will soon face a string of tough choices — where to spend their cash heading into the final weeks before the midterm elections — that will make or break some campaigns this fall.

If you give to a candidate that you like, he/she may or may not end up needing it. What if every dollar you donated to politics went to races in which your money was critical to achieving victory for a business friendly, fiscally conservative candidate that favors limited government and opposes all new taxes ?

I’m talking about the Club for Growth, which monitors races nation wide and recommends worthy candidates to their members. But they also have a PAC that throws funds into close races at strategic times, often tilting the balance in favor of a pro-growth candidate.

The most important thing about the Club for Growth is that they are not tied to a political party. In fact, they often causing headaches for RINO Republicans. The Club supports fiscally responsible candidates, even against GOP incumbents.

Says the Washington Times, the “Club for Growth packs a punch“:

The Club for Growth, champion of low taxes, fiscal responsibility and free market economics, isn’t exactly a household name, but it will be a major political force to be reckoned with in the 2010 midterm elections.

It has been around for at least several decades, quietly supporting House and Senate candidates who embrace pro-growth economic policies, but it has begun to play a much more visible role in Republican politics in recent elections – often backing conservative insurgents spurned by the Republican Party establishment.

Their growing power and influence stems from their ability to raise tens of millions of dollars for like-minded candidates to jump-start underfunded campaigns and to pump money into TV ads in key battleground states and district races to advance their agenda.

I quit giving to the GOP when Bush backed Specter against Toomey in Pennsylvania in 2004. Interestingly enough, Obama backed Specter in a more recent primary contest, this time with less success. (Specter didn’t change his voting habits after switch parties. If that does not demonstrate the true extent of the moral bankruptcy of the GOP, then nothing will.)

In fact, I no longer give to individual candidates except at the local level. That’s because my dollars at the federal level go into the coffers of the Club for Growth PAC, where it will be put to the best use possible. I encourage you to do the same.

Democrat’s Sprint to Self Destruction

Posted July 28th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Races of '10
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Bill Clinton gave us It’s the Economy, Stupid, using the concept to unseat a president that made Americans proud to be Americans again by liberating Kuwait and kicking Saddam’s ass back to Baghdad.

The Democrats have forgotten Slick Willie’s lesson and that, according to The Economist, is the reason that Democrats are at risk of losing both the House and the Senate (admittedly a long shot, but with the size of their majorities this shouldn’t even be a topic of conversation at this point). Whilst the Dems were bailing out unsuccessful financial companies and auto makers, and passing a hugely unpopular (and expensive) health care bill, this is what was happening to Joe Sixpack:

More than half of all workers have experienced a spell of unemployment, taken a cut in pay or hours or been forced to go part-time. The typical unemployed worker has been jobless for nearly six months. Collapsing share and house prices have destroyed a fifth of the wealth of the average household. Nearly six in ten Americans have cancelled or cut back on holidays. About a fifth say their mortgages are underwater. One in four of those between 18 and 29 have moved back in with parents. Fewer than half of all adults expect their children to have a higher standard of living than theirs, and more than a quarter say it will be lower.

Another way to put this is that for many Americans the great recession has been the sharpest trauma since the second world war, wiping out jobs, wealth and hope itself. That is why fewer than half now think that Mr Obama is doing a good job. He and his party will need to present an astonishingly good argument to talk the electorate out of doing what will come naturally in a mid-term: casting a protest vote against the party in power. They have not yet provided one that is sufficiently persuasive.

Exactly. And time is running out fast.

How are Democrats spending that time? Hugh Hewitt says that Democrats are sprinting towards the political cliff:

Against this backdrop the Democrats refuse to extend the Bush tax cuts, refuse to fix the death tax which will skyrocket at the end of the year without action, and refuse to address the wild spending which has driven the deficit to levels that risk a fiscal stroke.

What do the Congressional Democrats instead offer as the key legislative debate?  A manifestly unconstitutional attempt to advantage themselves in elections via the so-called “DISCLOSE Act,” an absurdly partisan ploy to keep union campaign spending robust and concealed while crushing the ability of almost all other groups –except the NRA, the Sierra Club and a few other favored special interests– from impacting elections. …

The Manhattan-Beltway media elite have fundamentally misunderstood or refused to believe what is happening in front of their eyes, and their blindness has apparently led the MSM-addicted Congressional Democrats to ignore the issues that do concern voters while pushing forward an agenda that deeply offends an already outraged electorate.  The president’s deep-seated ideology similarly renders him incapable of understanding the depth of the rejection of his agenda that is sweeping the country.

Meanwhile the Democrat’s wasteful actions are being felt across the nation in state-level races, with GOP being forecast to pick up 6 to 12 governor mansions and as many as 20 legislative chambers.

Democrats were weak on terrorism in 2002, leading to the Bushification of America. Will the bankrupting of America’s future lead to a Republican tsunami in 2010? Four months to go, and the Democrats don’t seem to have a strategy to head off the wave.

Problem is, experience teaches us that a Republican Congress does not equate to a conservative nor even fiscally responsible Congress.

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AlphaPatriot’s Election guide for Aug ’10

Posted July 19th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Races of '10
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My guide for the August election is available at TennWatch, or you can download the prettily formatted PDF version here.

Please address comments at TennWatch. And please, feel free to criticize.

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Obama will be “Near-Lame Duck” in Nov

Posted April 29th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Races of '10
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Quote of the Day comes from Wilson Research Strategies, who notes that a drop in enthusiasm among young voters signals the end of the Obama wave:

The White House should also create a “plan-b,” because Obama will be near lame-duck status at the beginning of the next Congress.

Now that’s the best news I’ve heard in a long, long time. Unless, of course, Republicans act like the last time they were in control.

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Viral Video: Remember November

Posted April 26th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Obama, Barack Hussein, Races of '10, Races of '12
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Conservative Quote of the Day

Posted April 6th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in McCain, John, Races of '10
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John Hawkins says Meet Your Lords and Masters: Seven Democrats Who Run Your World:

    “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” — William F. Buckley

At this point, I would go Buckley one better: I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 254 people we could pull out of a minimum security prison rather than the Democrats who are currently in Congress.

Good point, John. But in my opinion, we can throw just about every Congressman into the mix.

For instance, John McCain. Johnny has claimed the “maverick” label his entire career and we were repeatedly hammered with it during his failed presidential run. What does he say now? From a recent interview with Newsweek:

“I never considered myself a maverick,” he told me. “I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities.”

Why is McCain trying to run from his record? Because even though McCain leads in the polls, he is (rightly) concerned about losing his job to challenger JD Hayworth. After all, he receives a pathetic 54% from the Club for Growth. But being a flip-flopping pantywaist never helped anyone’s image.

Go, Hayworth, Go!

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Extraordinary Abuse of Power

Posted March 3rd, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Healthcare, Races of '10, Races of '12, Socialized Medicine, Tea Party
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Says WSJ Online:

A string of electoral defeats and the great unpopularity of ObamaCare can’t stop Democrats from their self-appointed rendezvous with liberal destiny—ramming a bill through Congress on a narrow partisan vote. What we are about to witness is an extraordinary abuse of traditional Senate rules to pass a bill merely because they think it’s good for the rest of us, and because they fear their chance to build a European welfare state may never come again.

Exactly. Read it all.

Remember that we never recovered from Roosevelts socialist New Deals (which arguably added years onto the Great Depression). We never recovered from Johnson’s Great Society. We will never recover from the Great Entitlement Expansions of the Bush/Obama era.

Health care reform, yes. Making us into the image of France, no.

Take back our country. Join the Club for Growth to support pro-economic candidates in winnable races that matter, regardless of party affiliation.

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Murtha Dead at 77

Posted February 8th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Races of '10
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Rep. John Murtha has died as a result of complications from gallbladder surgery. Although a decorated Marine veteran, Murtha accused Marines of deliberately killing Iraqi civilians in cold blood — accusations that have yet to be substantiated nearly four years later.

Scandal has followed much of Murtha’s career:

  • The FBI named Murtha an “unindicted co-conspirator” in its ABSCAM sting operation in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.
  • Nicknamed “The King of Pork,” Murtha also faced scrutiny for earmarking federal dollars for projects in his district.
  • The Congressman also faced scrutiny for campaign contributions he and other appropriators received from the now defunct PMA lobbying firm.

Last week, questions arose as to the future of Murtha’s seat should he retire. Those questions have ceased being academic. No one believed the King of Pork could be unseated. But with the race wide open, Republicans have a better than even chance of picking up the seat.

HT to Politico’s Twitter feed.

Update: The Fix has details on the special election to replace Murtha, reasoning that it will be combined with the federal primaries on May 18.

With Murtha gone, however, the special election will be seriously contested. Murtha’s district is the only one in the country won by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004 and by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, according to Republican sources, and that trend line coupled with the volatile national environment for Democrats ensures Republicans will heavily target the contest.

Hopefully, the Club for Growth will find a suitable candidate to back. If so, I’ll be sending that person a few dollars.

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Congressional Approval Nears Historic Lows

Posted February 8th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Government, Races of '10
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Approval of how Congress is performing the lowest since Democrats took over DC, mainly due to disappointing the Democrat base. From Gallup:

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Gallup notes:

The all-time low Gallup reading on congressional approval is 14%, recorded in July 2008. Prior to this, 18% was the lowest in Gallup’s history of asking this question, which dates to 1974. In addition to the current measure, congressional approval was at 18% for several months in 2008 as well as in March 1992. It was only slightly higher in June 1979 (19%) and October 1994 (21%).

Congress enjoyed a bump in public approval at the start of last year as the Obama administration was getting underway — fueled mostly by enhanced approval among Democrats and independents. Nearly all of that heightened support among independents had peeled off by last fall, and now Democrats are breaking away.

This certainly does not bode well for Democrats in November.

Tea Party Should Avoid GOP

Posted February 4th, 2010 by AlphaPatriot and filed in Club for Growth, Conservative Causes, Libertarian, Races of '10
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Even though I consider myself a Libertarian, I don’t always agree with CATO. But they are 100% correct when they say Tea Partiers Shouldn’t Date the GOP:

The quality that gives the Tea Party movement its legitimacy is that it is so fundamentally illegitimate: outside the establishment, bereft of representation on K Street, and without an identifiable face to speak for it on Meet the Press. This is a movement that sprang deep from within the viscera of America, not from some political poll or focus group.

It is not Republican; it is not even conservative. It has no interest in debating the merits of No Child Left Behind, abstinence-only sex education or George W. Bush’s rationale for going to Iraq. Replacing a “spend and borrow” Democrat with a “spend and borrow” Republican is not the goal of the Tea Party movement.

This movement is simply saying: “We are fine without you, Washington. Now for the love of God, go attend a reception somewhere, and stop making health care and entrepreneurship more expensive than they already are.”

Machiavelli once said a republic stays healthy by returning to its first principles from time to time. The Tea Party movement is trying to get our nation back to its first principles to prevent our decline.

Exactly.

I stopped giving to the GOP when they had control of the House, Senate, and White House and started acting like Democrats. Road to nowhere, stalling on reducing capital gains taxes, Bush supporting Arlen Specter instead of endorsing Pat Toomey, and so on. I swore then that the Republican Party would never get another penny. And they haven’t.

I highly recommend giving to the Club for Growth. Every penny of your money will go to politicians that support limited government and lower taxes, no matter what their party is.

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