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Complaints that tea party hurt GOP’s Senate hopes

November 6th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Complaints that tea party hurt GOP’s Senate hopes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tea party-backed candidates helped and hindered Republicans, injecting enthusiasm into campaigns but losing Senate seats held by Democrats in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada that the GOP once had big hopes of capturing.

Republican leaders and strategists are muttering that the same tea party activists who elevated Speaker-to-be John Boehner and the party to power in the House simultaneously hobbled the GOP’s outside shot of running the Senate. Tea partiers largely spurned establishment candidates in the GOP primaries and helped nominate Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, Sharron Angle in Nevada and Ken Buck in Colorado.

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Complaints that tea party hurt GOP’s Senate hopes

It had to happen. Someone was bound to point their finger at The TEA Party and look to pass the blame for losses along to them (The TEA Party). It was inevitable.

The truth is, The TEA Party DID influence some races by supporting candidates. What the TEA Party is NOT responsible for is the LOSS of a race, particularly the ones in question in this story from AP.

Republicans won Senate races in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. That put them within three seats of a 50-50 split. In the case, Vice President Joe Biden would have broken the tie and allowed Democrats to retain their majority.

A 50-50 split would have been a workable solution, not the perfect solution, but one that would have been very workable in a *super majority* situation. The TEA Party worked hard to promote candidates that had true Conservative beliefs, sadly, The TEA Party didn’t take things like having a BIG MOUTH or a questionable past into consideration.

In Delaware, tea party activists rallied behind O’Donnell over nine-term moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle. Party leaders tried to crush O’Donnell; the state party chairman said she could not be elected dogcatcher, much less a senator.

Voters went with O’Donnell and Republican officials in Washington largely abandoned the race. There were revelations about financial troubles and the emergence of TV footage in which she spoke out against masturbation and talked about dabbling in witchcraft as a teenager.

On Friday, she blamed Washington Republicans for her loss to Democrat Chris Coons.

That’s right Christine, it was everyone but YOU. Your past, your words, your financial skills, or lack thereof, had nothing to do with your not being elected, it was all because the GOP didn’t back you.

Then there’s Sharon Angle.

Sure, she would be a better Senator than Harry Reid, a monkey would be a better Senator than Harry Reid, but is a person that makes gaffs reminiscent of Joe Biden what the TEA Party wants or someone the Conservative could support and vote for? Apparently not.

Angle was dogged by missteps. She told a group of Hispanic students they looked Asian, drew ridicule for avoiding reporters and suggested a “militant terrorist situation” has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities.

“My thoughts are these, first of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don’t know how that happened in the United States,” she said. “It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.”

Unlike in Delaware, national Republicans and their allies stood with Angle and waged a bruising campaign that came up short against Reid.

I agree, Sharia law has no place in America, but wouldn’t Angle have been a lot better off to have focused on HER senatorial race and not making racial gaffs? As to why the GOP stood with Angle and not O’Donnell, maybe even the GOP recognized O’Donnell for what she really was, an unelectable ding-a-ling with a questionable past.

Now, let’s take a look at Colorado.

In Colorado, Republicans nominated tea party favorite Ken Buck over Lt. Gov. Jane Norton. Republicans hoped Norton would have an easy race against Sen. Michael Bennet, appointed to the seat that Ken Salazar vacated when he stepped down to become President Barack Obama’s interior secretary.

“Did they help Ken Buck win the nomination? You bet,” said Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams. “Were they responsible for his defeat? Absolutely not.”

Buck, a district attorney, proved an easier opponent. Although he had tea party backing, he also had expressed views that Democrats seized on to peel away enough voters, mostly women who disagreed with his comments on rape and abortion.

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Murkowski defends write-in Senate bid

September 19th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Murkowski defends write-in Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says her write-in effort to re-enter the race to retain her seat in the Senate isn’t undermining the Republican Party.

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Murkowski defends write-in Senate bid

Some people can accept defeat gracefully. Some folks have enough common sense to look at the vote tally and realize that this time around, they lost. Some can accept a clean election and accurate vote count that goes against them as a mandate from the voters and then move on with their lives, perhaps in a different direction, away from politics, or perhaps to go into a live to fight another day mode.

Lisa Murkowski is NOT one of those people. She is suffering ‘The Agony of Defeat’.

Murkowski is undermining the GOP effort in this race, she is going to run against her former opponent and will, at least to some degree, split the vote between the GOP and Dem candidate.

Speaking in an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murkowski said she received countless phone calls, e-mails and faxes urging her to stay in the contest.

“Murkowski said she received countless phone calls, e-mails and faxes”? Oh really? Countless numbers Lisa?

I’m going out on a limb here, I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say, if those phone calls, e-mails and faxes had been VOTES, Murkowski would know the exact number of calls and faxes and e-mails she received, and would be spouting those numbers in a loud and boisterous manner.

In mounting the write-in bid, she says she’s “listening to my constituents” and is “going to give them a choice.”

Don’t LIE Lisa, the only thing you’re listening to is your survival instinct as you see your less than illustrious political career come to an end. You are exhibiting your desperation to hold on to YOUR job. And damn the rest of your state in the process. Split the ticket and Alaska goes BLUE.

Murkowski says that suggestions by the GOP’s nominee, Joe Miller, to do away with Medicare, Social Security and the Education Department are too radical for most Alaskans.

And again I say, don’t LIE Lisa. If Joe Miller’s ideas are ‘too radical’, why then did HE win against you in this run-off election? If his ideas are ‘too radical’, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the voters of Alaska would not have voted FOR him?

She acknowledges, however, that a write-in campaign is going to be tough.

Tough, and hopefully, a terrible disappointment for Lisa Murkowski.

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Will She Run? Palin in High-Profile Visit to Iowa

September 17th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Will She Run? Palin in High-Profile Visit to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is on a roll: Her political endorsements have helped propel upstart Republican contenders to victory in recent primaries, her cable TV show makes its debut in November, and now she’s off to Iowa, a state that has made and broken its share of presidential campaigns.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate will be the big draw at Friday’s Reagan Dinner in Des Moines, the Iowa Republican Party’s biggest fundraiser, and the question that will be on everyone’s mind is whether she’ll run for president in 2012.

Iowa, home to the nation’s leadoff presidential caucuses, can be tough terrain for celebrity candidates. Those who try to ride their fame to victory in Iowa without organizing a grass-roots campaign often find themselves on the outs.

Take John Glenn. The former astronaut and senator drew huge crowds and intense attention here when he sought the Democratic nomination in 1984 — but he got just 4 percent of the vote.

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Will She Run? Palin in High-Profile Visit to Iowa

Politics, and the choice of a particular candidate, is as much about opinion and likability as it is facts and ability regarding a particular candidate. Sarah Palin has some good points on her side, but she presents a few less than desirable points as well.

Palin is a STAR right now, of that there is no doubt. She can draw a crowd, she can energize a crowd, she can raise a lot of money and without a doubt, her endorsements of candidates have been GOLD in recent elections.

She drives the LEFT crazy!

Palin talks a lot. She has an endless supply of political feel-good sayings. She’s folksy, she’s good looking and she has lots of fans that fawn over her and every word she utters.

Can anyone recall her ever making a statement of substance? One that left no doubt about her being a person of deep thought and great political acumen?

I see a cheerleader when I see Palin. I see someone that could be an outstanding leader for the RNC, a group that is in severe need of a leader. I see Palin as a good handicapper when it comes to picking candidates, and as I said, her endorsements carry a lot of weight.

I don’t see Palin as presidential material.

If she runs, Palin would start with strong appeal among the social and religious conservatives who play a crucial role in Iowa’s Republican politics. But that appeal wouldn’t necessarily last if it’s not backed up by a strong effort to reach out to caucus voters, said Steve Scheffler, head of the Iowa Christian Alliance.

Strong appeal? Yeah, she has strong appeal, sex appeal and rock star appeal.

She plays on her looks as much as anything. She is a cheer leader, not a WORLD LEADER.

Here is where I will likely stir the anger of Palin fans. Sarah Palin is NOT a Conservative. She is, in MY opinion, a Republican opportunist.

I know I will hear all about her loyalty and dedication, but the fact remains, Palin ran as John McCain’s VP. She embraced the McCain campaign, she still supports McCain, a RINO of the 1st order. Conservatives do NOT give their loyalty to a RINO.

I know too that Palin supports Christine O’Donnell, Rep. Nikki Haley, Karen Handel, Arizona, Israel and offshore drilling. I know she shoots guns. I know she can field dress a moose, but her continued support of John McCain gives me great pause regarding her true political thinking and her willingness to toe the GOP line.

And let’s face this one totally indisputable fact: Sarah Palin QUIT her position as Governor of Alaska.

We watched that drama unfold incessantly on the 24/7 news cycle. We were inundated with all Palin, all the time. We still are. We heard all the excuses regarding WHY Palin walked out on Alaska. Those excuses stink. If she was right she should have stayed and fought the accusations against her.

If she couldn’t take the heat in Alaska, why would anyone in their RIGHT mind even remotely believe that she could take the heat of Washington politics and the world stage?

Her favorable ratings have been slipping all year, in recent weeks dropping below 40 percent for the first time, in the latest Associated Press-Gfk poll. Forty percent now have a very unfavorable rating of Palin. But among Republicans, about two-thirds give her positive marks and one-third view her very favorably.

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GDP: Growing Democrats’ Programs

June 23rd, 2010 . by TexasFred

GDP: Growing Democrats’ Programs

Bear with me as I make a strong and valid point concerning the less than stellar performance of the United States Congress. This is a lengthy post but one I believe needs to be seen.

Let me start by saying; I once had a very high level of respect for my Congressman, Sam Johnson, I had… I pretty much lost that respect after the Mexican president Felipe Calderon was given free rein on the floor of the U.S. Congress a while back.

This is the message I sent to Mr. Sam Johnson, concerning the Mexican president being allowed to tear America apart from the floor of Congress while our Congress Critters sat there and applauded, or did NOTHING to stop this never before heard of debacle:

White House, Democrats Applaud Mexican President

Congressman Johnson:

I wrote a VERY heated story on my blog, http://texasfred.net/archives/6743

I am not at all kind to ANY member of Congress at this time, and Sir, I include you in this.

I have but one question for you Congressman:

WHY IN THE HELL DIDN’T ALL OF THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS STAND UP, FLIP THAT MEXICAN SON OF A BITCH OFF AND WALK THE HELL OUT OF CONGRESS?

That’s the question asked on my blog, and some of my readers are getting very graphic in opining as to all the reasons why!

Sincerely,
TexasFred

Comments can be read here:
White House, Democrats Applaud Mexican President

And this was the *canned* response I got from Mr. Johnson:

from Congressman Sam Johnson
from:
sam.johnson@mail.house.gov
to texasfred@texasfred.com

date Fri, May 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM
subject Re: Your Message
mailed-bymail.house.gov

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office. I appreciate hearing from you. Your correspondence has been received and I will respond to you as quickly as possible.

If your email concerned a tour request or flag request, please complete the appropriate form on my website. If you need immediate assistance regarding a problem you are experiencing with a federal agency, please check the “24 Hour Online Office� on my webpage or call my Richardson office at 972-470-0892.

Also, please visit my website, http://www.samjohnson.house.gov/ to read my blog, sign-up for my newsletter and find pertinent information on past and current legislative issues. You also can find me on Facebook and watch my floor speeches on my YouTube channel.

Again, thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely,

SAM JOHNSON
Member of Congress

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