What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?

President Grover Cleveland 1887

One of the most important pieces I’ve read in the last week is Yates Walker’s piece of Christine O’Donnell. He takes on that most cherished of anti-teaparty conventional wisdom,  Christine O’Donnell victory in the GOP primary in Delaware was a disaster for conservatives  and maintains it is just the opposite.   He has much to say but lets lead with a line that every conservative activist should take to heart:

Mike Castle was a leftist’s dream. He was a big-spending, George-Soros-funded, NARAL-approved politician who never met an earmark he didn’t like. Electing him as a Republican weakened the party. In every policy debate that matters, Mike Castle and others like him side with the left. For this, they are rewarded by the media and described as moderate.

This might seem an odd time to bring this up, but it has special relevance today when you consider Chuck Hagel.

Hagel hit the Bush Administration on Iraq. He piled on the president on a regular basis and what was the result?

CBS, ABC, NBC CNN, MSNBC lionized him, he was constantly on the air, for an opinion or a sound bite. When the left (read Media) needed “balance” in their presentation, they could always count on Chuck to provide “bipartisan” opening that began with “some in the president’s own party… like so: (all emphasis mine)

Brokaw: “Iraq has divided this country deeply. Where is the war taking us? What happened to ‘stay the course?'”

George W. Bush: “I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation in Iraq, I’m not satisfied either and that is why we’re taking new steps to help secure Baghdad.”

Brokaw: “Even longtime Republicans see this election as a vote up or down on those who thought the war was a good idea.”

Sen. Chuck Hagel: “Iraq is the issue. Iraq is the issue everywhere, in every state.”

And not just on Iraq on North Korea:

On NBC’s Today, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman lamented that it’s too late for Bush to salvage peace: “North Korea has concluded that this administration wants their, their head on a wall, basically, and therefore there’s probably nothing the United States can do now, to really reassure the North to give up their nukes, which is really their life insurance policy.” This came just a minute or so after Friedman described Kim as the “Tony Soprano of Pyongyang.”

NBC set up the Friedman interview in which reporter Andrea Mitchell explained that “experts” say this weekend’s tougher steps are insufficient. She quoted Robert Gallucci and Wendy Sherman without telling the audience that the two of them were essential cogs in Bill Clinton’s Kim-coddling regime. For “balance,” they were echoed by Sen. Chuck Hagel.

and Israel:

Mitchell spun the domestic criticism of the Bush administration as bi-partisan but the only Republican critic she could identify was Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Do you see the trick here? It’s not news if Barbara Boxer or Dick Durbin hit the GOP but if you can find a party member to do it, you get to double your attack AND provide the illusion of “balance” after all this critique is from a Republican. Yates Walker again:

In reality, moderates like Mike Castle are guarantors of conservative defeat. Political debate always ends in compromise. If Castle is “moderate,” then why should anyone entertain proposals from the far right? In every debate, the question is not whether conservatives win, but how much we lose.

Chris Coons defeated Christine O’Donnell in 2010.  Since that election have you ever once seen the MSM put Chris Coons on the air? Does on MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week or Meet the Press look for his comment on the news of the day or quote him on air? No. Why? Because if blue state Democrat Chris Coons parrots the Obama/Liberal/MSM line it’s not news.

But lets pretend, just for a moment Christine O’Donnell had not run and Mike Castle won that seat. For the last two years you would have seen him on every network as the face of the GOP. He would be the “sensible” face advocating more taxes and spending, the, the “moderate” face to fund abortion, whenever the MSM needed “balance” his face would be there.

And maybe, just maybe in 2020 or so he could have been the token GOP member in a future Democrat administration.

Instead the MSM has to find “no labels” republicans to put on the air, as opposed to actual serving members. They need to fish for squishes in the house caucus because they don’t dare put a Ted Cruz next to Chuck Schumer on Meet the Press again, or give a Kelly Ayotte face time or promote a Marco Rubio unless to hit him for drinking water.

This is the gift Christine O’Donnell gave the GOP by running so hard to win the GOP primary in Delaware in 2010. It’s the gift Doug Hoffman gave the GOP when he defeated Dede Scozzafava and it’s the gift Marco Rubio gave the National GOP when he went to the Senate and sent Charlie Crist to the Democrat convention.

I don’t vote Republican because I have a love affair with the letter “R” or hope to get a member of my (former) club on the inside to provide patronage.  It’s to advance ideas i believe in for the benefit of the country and my children and some day grandchildren.

If the GOP forgets this lesson it will die and deserve to.  If the nation forgets this lesson it’s the day this republic ends.

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It’s a new week so naturally I’m looking for a new paycheck

15 People at $20 dollars each week pays the bills, on Sunday we found 1 1/4 of them. Now $25 might not seem like much but it’s $25 better than we were this time last week and last week we met our goal by Thursday.

If you think this kind of new media is worth it consider kicking in. Then you can tell your friends you have media working for you instead of against you.





Tuesday at the debate I was talking Big Red Wave with an aide to a republican candidate for statewide office, although he was feeling highly confident on his local race when I said to him that the wave would be even bigger.

I started mentioning the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen in district after district he was unimpressed.

When I brought up Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coon’s sudden Volte Face he immediately dismissed me as ignorant and my opinion unworthy.

Well if all he sees are polls like this that’s one thing, but then there is stuff like this:

Yesterday, a poll went around showing Christine O’Donnell just five points behind Commie Coons in Delaware’s Senate race. This SORT OF explains the weird amount of time the White House has been spending in a slam dunk blue state.

But, Democrats are ferociously attacking CoD as hard as they attacked Scott Brown in Massachusetts. If she is so far behind, what is the point in beating up on this woman?

This is anecdotal, but I think I know why they are doing this…just like with Hottie McAwesome there are internals showing O’Donnell ahead.

Today I talked to a friend from Team Hillary who is a big Dem fundraiser. He told me that for the last week or so the DNC has been at DEFCON 1 leaning HARD on the rainmakers because they are terrified of a CoD win in Delaware.

and this:

We have seen reliable polling that shows O’Donnell is within single digits, and Coons can’t break 50%. What is more, these polls rely on a turn-out model that is relatively conservative and, contrary to what pundits think, a much higher than normal turn-out could mean the polls are off by as much as 5-6 or more points. In the primary, most polls showed O’Donnell down by a few or tied, however she won by 6 points, a figure higher than most of the pre-vote polls and outside of their margin of error.

Why is this happening, and why might the pundits, once again, have egg on their face on election day?

Voters in Delaware are learning from reliable internet sources, despite a near blackout by the elite political press, more and more about Coons and his record.

One is right and one is wrong, but I can’t forget the Globe polls that showed Martha Coakley up 15 points:

Coakley’s lead grows to 17 points – 53 percent to 36 percent – when undecideds leaning toward a candidate are included in the tally. The results indicate that Brown has a steep hill to climb to pull off an upset in the Jan. 19 election. Indeed, the poll indicated that nearly two-thirds of Brown’s supporters believe Coakley will win.

and of course my favorite of all newspaper quotes:

The Mainstream media knows all

Somebody is right here and somebody is wrong here, by this time next week we will find out.

Update: Of course liberals always use these tactics when up 15 pts don’t they?

You know the folks who spend all their time laughing.

Via Glenn we see this from ABC (all emphasis mine):

Chris Coons changed his previous position on the Bush-era tax cuts this morning telling me that he would support extending all of the tax cuts for everyone for “several years.”

“I am committed to extending the Bush tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans for everybody making up to $250,000, but I would extend them for everyone,” the Democratic candidate for Delaware’s Senate seat told me on “GMA.”

“I’d be willing to extend them for several years for all Americans, of whatever income if that also allows us to reach a bipartisan compromise that makes real progress in offering tax relief to small and medium businesses, to the home owners exception, to research and development,” he said.

That contradicts President Obama’s position and Coons’ own campaign website, which states “High-Income Bush Tax Cuts Should Expire on Schedule.”

The key take-aways from this?

1. The MSM has been making fun of Christine O’Donnell’s debate performances for the last three days. Yet this morning, after Delaware voters saw those same debates that the MSM laughed at it is Chris Coons NOT Christine O’Donnell who feels compelled to change positions.

2. Does a candidate 12 days before an election flip-flop on a key position if he is actually up 10+ points in a race?

3. What does it say about President Obama’s popularity that less than a week after he visits Delaware his candidate Chris Coons feels the need to run away from the president’s position.

I think O’Donnell wins this race as part of the big red wave as long as she doesn’t make the mistake of forgetting the people who got her there.

Update: Instalanche: Thanks Glenn and further along the lines of political reality check this out from my latest piece for the examiner:

The President of the United States is the most powerful man in the world. He won Massachusetts by 24 points yet 3000 people were bussed in from all over the state to attend. Boston is a city of over 600,000 the metro area is 4.5 million and it’s been voting democrat for 60 years yet the campaign didn’t have the confidence that they could draw on a Saturday three weeks before an election?

Coons flipped after an Obama visit, NRO reports Obama will be in Connecticut two days before election day. Will that leave Blumenthal enough time to run away from him?

Update 2: On GMA O’Donnell stands behind her 1st Amendment remarks while the Washington Post and the Widener law school itself have to edit their reports wholesale. Who are the idiots here?

yet MSNBC is falling into the trap playing the ad again and again. They don’t get it at all.

Stacy McCain is exactly right about this

Forget the words. Just turn off the sound and look at it. The moment she flashes that first smile, the average person likes her. They can’t help it. It’s an autonomic response.

Whether “I like her” translates into “I want her to be Senator,” I can’t say. But we’ve recently elected a president whose chief politic assets are a resonant baritone voice and a vague resemblance to the Allstate man, so I think it unwise to underestimate the superficiality of voters in the Age of Image.

Morning Joe today has been playing the ad

The Morning Joe crowd is laughing their heads off. I’m sorry they have no clue. If I’m O’Donnell I’m playing the clip of them laughing at her at every rally there is. That clip of the Morning Joe team laughing at her is a fundraiser waiting to happen.

Memo to the left and MSNBC if your argument is “this person is a lunatic” the best plan is not to play an ad the screams “normal”.

memeorandum thread here

Yesterday we had two points of discussion and debate, lets revisit them on day 2

#1 Poll? What Poll?

They talked a bit about Christine O’Donnell yesterday and touched on Saturday Night Live’s skit on her. Fair enough NBC show, MSNBC cross promotion. However after going on yesterday about how Sarah Palin numbers were so bad and talking about how the GOP threw away a senate seat last week the fact that Christine O’Donnell has picked up Six points in the polls in Six days, trailing by less than double digits (this is without a Mike Castle Write-in and with no favorable press coverage).

Consider, Up by 8 Barney Frank felt the need to bring in Bill Clinton! Does that mean that Chris Coons, much less well-known than Frank will need to book the ex president’s in Delaware? I think not. The contrast between a beautiful woman who in her early 20’s was talking abstinence in 1996 and a president who at the same time was being serviced by a young girl the same age that O’Donnell was at the time would not be the image the Democratic party needs.

#2 Nobody reads that Washington Post rag

We are in Day two. Mika and company are in their second day of doing Colbert stuff. Apparently Mika’s Paris Hilton radar is getting weaker and Apparently the Front Page of the Washington Post doesn’t carry the clout with Morning Joe that it once did.

We are now in the 7 a.m. hour of the second day this week. (7:16 a.m.) Morning Joe has done Colbert clips yet the DOJ scandal is still totally unreported on the show. It is a startling omission. One might have made the excuse that there was the big cross over and the president etc yesterday but still have not found time for even a mention of the DOJ scandal or the testimony thereof.

It is very nice of them to try to provide material for the WCRN show that we hope to have up before the election but guys, you can report on it. I’m sure the media will ignore something else before that day.

Update: Just showed another O’Donnell joke hit, everyone is laughing but still not a word of the 6 points in 6 days that have been picked up. I can’t wait to see their faces Nov 3rd.

Let’s just go by the polls:

Castle was up 15 to Coons

Coons is up 15 vs O’Donnell.

Let’s make one thing clear, Mike Castle is not going to take the vote of any conservative republican from Christine O’Donnell nor will he take any tea party vote away from her. The only person who will lose votes in a Castle write-in campaign is Coons. That’s why I don’t think he will do it. The write in isn’t about power, it’s about spite.

I’m still betting that drink with Trevino that O’Donnell pulls it off, but if Castle runs as a write-in I might have to give him odds to make it fair.

Delaware voters are being bombarded by the MSM’s laugh a minute message on Christine O’Donnell, in the spirit of getting things focused on the issues I submit this speech for the O’Donnell’s campaign’s consideration. No charge:

You know the left and the media have had a lot to say about my candidacy, most of it involved laughter.

First laughed saying about how my candidacy was a joke, until we received significant endorsements

Then they laughed at the endorsements that we received saying they were too late until we started to close in the polls

Then they laughed at my chances of winning the primary right up until the actual results were announced.

Then they laughed at our war chest saying even though I DID win we couldn’t compete in the money race, until people like you kicked in nearly $2,000,000 to finance our campaign.

Now they are laughing again, grabbing sound bites from as far back as when I was in high school to persuade you that I’m not ready for this office. They are desperate to change the subject from the issues facing the working families of Delaware and onto sound-bytes from years ago.

So lets get the message out clearly:

There are times in my life when I haven’t spoken clearly but when I get to Washington and vote to Repeal Obamacare that vote will speak loud and clear.

There are times when I’ve been misunderstood but when I vote against Cap and Trade that message will be understood by Washington.

There was a time when I had trouble with student loans, but when I vote against bailing out banks with your tax money you’ll have no question of how I’d manage your tax dollars.

I can tell you these things because I’m proud of the vision I have for Delaware, my opponent and in fact the entire democratic party nationwide wants to change the subject because they know their vision is contrary to what the voters want and need. So they will talk old TV clips and laugh and make jokes, while you struggle to pay your mortgage and get by.

They may think what’s going on is funny. I don’t. I know what hard times are, I’ve had them myself, and when elected I promise that I won’t forget those times while I try to help bring us out of them together.

And that’s no laughing matter.

I’m up way too early this morning and noticed Willie Geist pushing the CREW vs O’Donnell story. He joins CBS and Kos in dare I say it, masturbating over the prospect of a scandal.

Unfortunately the internet has a very long memory, including this Roll Call article about CREW, that bastion of non-partisan thought:

But a review of entities against which CREW has filed complaints and information about its donors suggests that the organization may be guilty of the same practice — attacking groups and individuals who are the foes of CREW’s donors.

Hey that’s a citizens watchdog group you are talking about it’s not like they have something to hide…oh wait:

The organization refuses to reveal information about its donors, and Deputy Director Naomi Seligman told Roll Call that “donors play no role in CREW’s decisions as to the groups or politicians we target.”

Well OK but it’s not like they target republicans or anything…oh wait again:

And all but a handful of its complaints against Members of Congress have targeted Republicans.

Cripes Peter you would think they were doing quid-pro-quos or something:

In February 2006, CREW asked the Senate Finance Committee to investigate the Center for Union Facts, an anti-union group, and its sister organization, the Center for Consumer Freedom, which CREW claimed are “front organizations for for-profit industry entities.” The complaint noted that the Center for Union Facts Web site had “negative information about unions,” including the Service Employees International Union. Later that year, CREW launched a Freedom of Information Act request, followed by a lawsuit, to get the Department of Labor to hand over documents regarding the department’s contacts with the founder of the two centers.

On Sept. 1, 2006, CREW received $75,000 from the SEIU, according to documents that the union filed with the Department of Labor.

And the SEIU is only one of the big liberal groups that fund them.

Will anybody in the MSM report this case of liberals quoting liberals? Morning Joe starts in 10 min, we’ll see.