Allen West has conceded to Patrick Murphy after one of the most high-profile and expensive House races in history. Yet somehow this one-term-and-done former Congressman is still getting mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate.

Some are saying Mitt Romney should just go away. Can’t the same be said for the lightening-rod, Allen West?

We were up until the wee hours of the morning until the Iowa Caucus was decided back in January, or at least until everyone believed it had been decided. Join us tonight until the election is called. Hopefully it isn’t called one way, then the other, then back the original way again, then subject to a recount followed by a Supreme Court challenge.

The first polls will close on the east coast within the hour. For Mitt Romney to win the Presidency, he must carry Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and one of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, or Wisconsin with one of the smaller swing states. Otherwise, President Obama will have his second term.

Last Friday January 6th, 2012, the non-farm job numbers were announced, as they always are on the first Friday of the month. This ritualistic proclamation is now a lightening rod for political commentary, with each side furiously spinning the number for greatest possible PR effect.

When the economy was shedding very large numbers of jobs per month, as it was at the very end of the Bush administration in the wake of the financial/housing markets crisis in late ’08-early ‘09, the Democrats and their liberal media acolytes were only too eager to pounce on the negative numbers as proof of the inherent flaws and unfairness of Republican economic policy. (The role that decades-long Democratic-sponsored policies played in the relaxation of time-proven home mortgage lending standards in the name of getting more minorities to qualify as ‘home owners’ was predictably omitted from all their reports. Curious, no?)
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Amid his rapidly-falling poll numbers and the crashing economy, there are reports every day that President Obama is losing support from this or that formerly-solid voting bloc. One of those supposedly-weakening support groups is American Jews. Jews have traditionally voted liberal-Democratic in the past; is there any reason for Obama to fear a lessening of their support now? Certainly, his personal rift with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Obama’s recent call for Israel to return to its 1967 borders haven’t helped his standing in the American Jewish community.

But will a majority of American Jews actually not support President Obama in 2012?
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(Guest post from Gary Russell.)

My initial thoughts on the candidacy of Rick Perry are well documented. I’ve been accused of having a “man crush” for (soon-to-be) candidate Perry.

“Why?” you ask?

In perusing Daniel Bassali’s most excellent PD post concerning “The Front Runner Nobody Likes”, I came to the sudden conclusion that this race may likely come down to one key issue that is vital to our country’s very survival: Dogs.

Daniel briefly alluded to Romney’s “dog problem”, as related in this article: Romney’s Cruel Canine Vacation

Oh, the horrors! Conservatives, we cannot allow such a man to represent us! We must all unite behind a candidate who stands UP for our four legged friends.

Thankfully, our prayers have been answered! Rick Perry is the man.

Governor Rick Perry Defends Labrador Retriever, Shoots Coyote While Running

In late breaking news, Ron Paul has sold out to the powerbrokers of “Big Canine”: Ron Paul Dog Shirt

Apparently Tim Pawlenty has had quite enough of the beating Michelle Bachmann put on him in the debate and the straw poll. T-Paw announced today that he is the first candidate of any significance to quit the race.

Two questions remain. Who will be next to quit and who should be next to quit?

Another debate is down. Some of the Republicans really went after each other, which was fantastic to watch. How would you rate the results?
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We will be live blogging throughout the debate tonight. I will start and some of the other regulars may join later. Commentary after the jump!
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The Republican primaries have it all! We have a frontrunner many conservatives view as wishy washy, a right wing nut job leading the charge for the Tea Party, a fiery former pizza CEO, a soft spoken nice guy, an unnoticed former Governor… actually make that two unnoticed former Governors, a Texan waging all out war on the Federal Reserve, a social conservative with a Google problem, a mayor who doesn’t know if he is in or out, the most divisive Vice Presidential candidate ever, a former Speaker of the House with no staff but plenty of former wives, the mustache dude, Bush 2.0 holding the breath of every Tea Party voter, and some guy named Thaddeus McCotter. See, this group has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of crazy! Yet out of the dust five candidates’ personalities stick out more than all the others.

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Here comes Perry


Filed Under Races 2012 on Aug 8 

Is it time to update the 2012 Power Rankings to include Texas Governor George W. Bush Rick Perry?

As usual, bad news was released on Friday when the nation was focused on the debt deal that has apparently been completed with non-binding “savings” stretched out over ten years, which covers three Presidential terms and five congressional terms. We will not see it. Anway, since it is Monday, the beginning of the news cycle, let us talk about the economic data that was buried in Friday’s news.  The economy has not grown since 2009. All of the stimulus money has been burned with nothing to show for it. See a telling graphic here from Political Calculations that shows if anything, we have actually entered into a microrecession.

Here is the Wall Street Journal’s analysis (or click through Google News):

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I don’t know who comes up with the idea to actually take this poll, but I suppose we all have different expectations of God and his role in our lives.

See the CNN article here.

‘Apple has more cash than the federal government’

Who’s ready for iAmerica?

As the BBC has reported, the software company Apple has more cash on hand than the United States federal government, according to the company’s financial records.

Why work?


Filed Under Races 2012 on Jul 27 

When the government makes it too difficult to work or create jobs, eventually it becomes not worth the risk of opening a business. Ronnie Bryant is one such example. His short speech was recorded at a public meeting in Birmingham on July 20, 2011 by David McElroy.

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Putting aside all the mind-numbing numbers, plans, variations, approaches, and proposals, the overriding question is this: Is President Obama’s main goal to reduce the deficit and cap the debt limit, or is his main goal to use the current circumstance as an opportunity to gain a highly-visible political advantage with the American electorate?

Accusations are flying back and forth about whether either side can say “yes” to anything, whether the “goal posts have been moved” after the game is already underway, all kinds of statements that are counter-productive if both sides are negotiating in good faith towards the same objective.

That is the key phrase: “Negotiating in good faith towards the same objective.”

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Thomas Sowell preaches the gospel on the national debt non-ceiling (via Mark Perry).

The national debt-ceiling law should be judged by what it actually does, not by how good an idea it seems to be. The one thing that the national debt-ceiling has never done is to put a ceiling on the rising national debt. Time and time again, for years on end, the national debt-ceiling has been raised whenever the national debt gets near whatever the current ceiling might be.

Regardless of what it is supposed to do, what the national debt-ceiling actually does is enable any administration to get all the political benefits of runaway spending for the benefit of their favorite constituencies — and then invite the opposition party to share the blame, by either raising the national debt ceiling, or by voting for unpopular cutbacks in spending or increases in taxes.

The Obama administration is a classic example. When all its skyrocketing spending bills were being rushed through Congress without even being read, the Democrats had such overwhelming majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives that Republicans had all they could do to get a word in edgewise — even though their words had no chance of stopping, or even slowing down, the spending of trillions of dollars.
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(Please welcome Daniel Bassali to the wacky world of Political Derby!)

Everyone thinks they have a solution to this debt ceiling predicament that we are in. I am no different; the only thing is that each solution presented so far serves one side or the other. That doesn’t work for one teensy little reason… no one wants to go back to their districts and have to admit that they lost or they gave in to the evil empire on the other side. Politics is at its best during these moments. This is where things get both interesting and scary. We now have a three way Mexican standoff between the president, Republicans and Democrats. Each side has a political agenda and all of them refuse to blink. Someone has to lose this staring contest though, right?
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A fascinating article from the NYT’s FiveThirtyEight blog makes the case that the Republican Party has become dependent on the conservative block, which in turn is the reason it is difficult for GOP candidates to moderate, for fear of losing their voting base.

The essence of the post is exit poll data on the political ideology of those who voted for Republican candidates. The chart shows just how many GOP voters consider themselves conservative in elections since 1984.

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Fifty three percent of “likely voters” favor repealing Obamacare, according to Rasmussen Reports. There are not many issues, save taxes and spending, that will be more broadly discussed and contested. However, the Republican frontrunner, Mitt Romney, will have the most difficult time making the case against Obamacare.

This leads to some interesting questions. A majority of those who favor repealing the health care law are likely Republicans. Will this cause them to reject Romney? If so, do candidates without the national appeal of Romney such as Pawlenty, Bachmann, and Cain even stand a chance, were they to take the nomination. If Romney does win the nomination, does his record on health care drive independent voters who want the law repealed back to Obama?

Equestrian fans, discuss.

Ok, so we’re releasing some oil from the SPR to calm the markets and “drive out speculators.” (By the way, there is no such thing as “speculators.” There are simply commodities brokers who buy and sell the world’s commodities–of which oil is only one–on the world’s market. The news media like to call them “speculators,” because it has an evil, underhanded connotation. The same commodities brokers buy and sell copper, gold, soybeans and pork bellies. When was the last time you heard the phrase “Evil soybean speculators”?)

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