“I have caucused with the Republicans in the past, I will be caucusing with the Republicans when I go back in January,” said Murkowski in a phone interview, responding to recent news reports speculating whether she’d buck the party, and comments Murkowski made over the weekend saying that if elected, she would represent Alaska before the Republican Party.
Is it going to be enough to make a difference? I wouldn’t bet a whole lot of money on it, but I must confess I like the spelling bee commercial, I think it’s cute and effective.
Cooking supper right now so only time for quick summary
About 350 people attended.
It was great to see friends who I was on the Bus with, they were rather surprised to see me and I’m flattered to be remembered.
Lots of candidates including Marty Lamb (ma-3) Jen Caissie (Gov Counsel) Rodney Josephson (ma rep) Lew Evangelidis and Keith Nicholas & Bill Campbell and I’m sure I missed a few others.
About 30 anti-tea party protesters showed up, apparently some were a group of McGovern Supporters who regularly dog Marty Lamb. Many were 20 somethings wearing masks. The reason for a Mask became apparent when one of them assaulted a passing motorist who beeped support for the tea party resulting in a call to the police and the officers keeping the counter protesters a distance away.
There was no stage they performed on a small lip at the monument at Lincoln square.
The crowd seemed to enjoy themselves.
After the assault the police officers were very much in evidence
Oddly enough Jim McGovern scheduled an event for directly after so you had some mixture of the new people and the old in the end.
The thing that astounded me more than anything else wasn’t the left not taking off hats for the pledge or the national anthem, but the dancing around by the left while Debbie Lee gold star mother talked about the action where her son was killed in Iraq. Rather disgraceful.
If you have to describe the mood in this state for democrats FEAR is the best word to describe it.
It is palatable, sitting democrats tout their conservative records, statewide office holders duck debates and people who have had term after term spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to keep seats that they haven’t had to fight to keep for years.
I talked to a statehouse contact this weekend and the amount of panic in the statehouse (read Democratic party) of what the results Tuesday will bring and palatable fear of the voter.
The famous verse is “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise.” Proverbs 1:7. Fear and respect of the voter is the beginning of wisdom for elected officials who somehow have forgotten that their jobs and prerogatives are completely dependent on the decision of the voters to send them back.
The fault of the state of affairs, is frankly the voters of the state. We have had the power for decades and convinced ourselves we did not.
In a republic we always get the government we deserve, may we deserve better than what we have.
Update: A expression of the panic democrats are in is the “wingnut” mailer from Jim McGovern. Unlike most democrats he has NOT run away from his far left roots and even Marty Lamb (and I ) give him credit for that, but like almost every democrat he has found the need to go not just negative but CRAZY negative:
The real irony of the attack comes on page two, with a particular picture:
The photo on the flyer comes from the Tea Party protest of the Worcester City Council’s attempt to boycott Arizona for attempting to enforce immigration law. At that particular protest said protester in the photo got into Marty Lamb’s face and called this relative of Holocaust survivors…wait for it a Nazi!
I was shocked at the story and interviewed Marty about it BACK IN MAY months ago, but the MSM didn’t find enough irony of a tolerant liberal calling a Jewish candidate a Nazi interesting enough to report on.
I had to dash off to morning mass but watching the MSM this weekend and this morning it is clear that the media has given up on persuading the voters.
They have come to the conclusion that the republicans are going to win and win big, gone are the optimistic words about close races and democrats coming back. Instead comes the spin on how many seats the republicans will win and the divisions it will cause and how the president will handle it.
Why the change? For the view few voters who still believe them it is VITAL to the MSM that they be seen saying what is actually going to happen. As long as there was a chance that they could change the narrative into a democratic victory they soldiered on. Talking about democratic come backs, republicans gaffes and fringe polls favoring their message.
But as the Stewart rally failed to get people excited (or entertained) and the internals show the drift away from Democrats by independents the mission is a failure..You can already see the unhappiness in the MSM and the joy on Fox (and lets not pretend that Fox does not lean right) It is going to be serious schadenfreude this week for us on the right.
So instead their new mission is to be perceived as actually reporting news rather than spinning it. Thus comes media credibility day, the day the press decides to act like actual reporters instead of liberal advocates, it will last long enough for them to claim that they called the election correctly…
…then it will be back to the MSM that we all know and…well that we all know.
After a week of silence, NBC Nightly News finally mentioned that President Obama, in an interview with Univision Radio last Monday, October 25, encouraged Hispanic voters to not sit out the election, but say “we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us.”
Newsbusters misunderstands. They didn’t just notice it today. They decided that withholding the info would not help Democrats in any measurable way so there was no longer a reason to embargo it.
John Barrow is a Democrat endorsed by Barack Obama. Or, depending on who he’s talking to, John Barrow is fighting against Barack Obama and the Democrats. Judging from his campaign’s mixed messages, Barrow believes a majority of voters in Georgia’s 12th District want to re-elect a one-man bipartisan compromise.
There have been exceptions but this has been the story of democrats this year.
Catch up with more of Stacy’s final road trip of the election season here.
…that I have to tip my hat to the administration on.
One of my biggest worries with this administration was how they would handle the war on terror. In terms of diplomacy they have been so so at best, but in terms of:
1. Fighting the wars
2. Stopping attacks from hitting the US.
This is job 1. The economy is important but the first job of an administration is to protect the country from direct attack and to win existing wars.
I have no idea how hands on this administration is or if they are just letting existing governmental organizations function as they had been working in the past, I don’t care how much if any politics are involved, it doesn’t matter, on this issue I’m a bottom line kinda guy.
As long as they win the wars and keep the country from being attacked then the Obama Administration is succeeding in job one. And that will make a big difference in my final ranking of the presidency when it ends in either 2 or 6 years.