The greatest maker of Republican voters since Ronald Reagan is Barack Obama

Michael Graham 2010

If you say the words “9/11” conservative everyone knows what you mean.

It refers to a person who after seeing the events of 9/11 realized that the policy of enabling and excusing radical Islamists could not continue and decided that the liberal policies that objected to fighting them simply enables those who want to kills us.

While some of those 9/11 conservatives have since slipped back to liberalism (Charles Johnson of Little Green footballs comes to mind) most have not forgotten the lessons of 9/11.

We as conservatives did not reject these 9/11 conservatives because of their past beliefs or voting records any more than your church will reject a convert because of their past. That’s as it should be as the whole idea of conversion is for a person to change their past to go to a better future.

And that brings us to Donald Trump.

I’m sure that when Donald Trump praised both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 he meant it, he truly believed that Barack Obama would be an excellent president and that Hillary Clinton would excel as Secretary of State.

  • Then we had obamacare
  • and Fast and Furious
  • and the withdrawal from Iraq that lead to the rise of ISIS
  • and civil war in Syria
  • and the doubling of the national debt
  • and the IRS targeting conservatives
  • the Clinton email scandal
  • the attacks on religious freedom
  • and the 2nd Amendment
  • the rise of the Occupy Movement and the resulting violence
  • and the demonization of police
  • and riots in Baltimore, Charlotte, and Ferguson

In fact it didn’t take all of this for people to start figuring it out. This is the reason why the Tea Party rose up, this is the reason why Scott Brown won in 2010. And this what Michael Graham was talking about in his speech to the Plymouth County GOP back Sept 1st 2010 before the first Big Red Wave that elected so many Republicans that year (which is why the GOP has so many seats to defend this year.

Given these facts I offer the following proposition:

As so many people have rejected the Democrat party thanks to the policies advanced by Barack Obama, is it not credible that Donald Trump would have done the same, and if that is the case, why are we attacking him for his past statements as some conservatives have, rather than celebrating him for concluding that we conservatives are right and he was wrong?

After all when Trump supported Romney over Obama in 2012 I didn’t see anybody writing articles like this claiming that Romney should not accept his support because he was a secret democrat, did they?

In fairness it is possible that Trump has embraced conservative for his own aggrandizement and that he is all his critics say he is. I have quite a few friends who believe this and I presume they do in good faith.

However I suspect that as a billionaire experienced in the way the world works he likely understands that his own personal freedom and flexibility to do what he wants will decrease rather than increase if he is elected president. Furthermore he is apparently willing to risk his popularity with a large portion of his customer base to do so, after all the rich and powerful in liberal run cities are a large part of his customer base, do you think for one moment that those who have targeted ordinary conservatives will not do their best to make an example of Mr. Trump from this point on?

I think it’s much more likely that Donald Trump is a “Barack Obama conservative”, one of the many Americans who have seen what the Obama years have brought about and the fact that the election of Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton in particular will continue us on that path and decided that something had to be one.

It’s just that unlike most Americans who came to that conclusion and have given time and effort to the Tea Party movement and others, Mr. Trump’s wealth and influence meant that he could make a difference on a larger scale.

Anyways that’s what I think.


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Today we got the word that Michael Graham will be leaving for Atlanta.

While that’s great news for Pastor George Kelly of my Magnificent Seven  (Who I hope Michael has on his show regularly) it’s really bad news for us around here.

The number of people willing to stand up and be counted on the conservative side of the aisle is already small, and as Michael reveals in his goodbye piece just what a conservative goes through in this state.

I’ve done talk radio in markets large (Washington, D.C.) and small (Charleston, S.C.) for 15 years. But Boston is the only place where I’ve had people actually walk out of a room when I entered, simply because I’m a conservative. It’s the only place I’ve ever had potential advertisers tell me, “I’d like to be on your show, but I’m afraid.”

They’re not afraid of intolerant, right-wing haters, my liberal friends. They’re afraid of {you.}

While I, to my knowledge, have not had the people leaving the room because I’m a conservative (although the fedora & 12 ft scarf have drawn some eyeballs) I can say that trying to sell a political show is hard.  Trying to sell a conservative radio show in a state where even the Republican party spends its time running away from conservatives is  harder.

But try selling an advertiser in that environment when this is going on:

According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS,” Lerner wrote in a May 8, 2013 email to former Nikole C. Flax, who was former-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller’s chief of Staff.

That’s why Michael is heading south.  With the power of government behind them left managed to hold back the Tea Party in 2012 and put the fear of not-god in a lot of folks on the right but fortunately for Michael they haven’t reached the point where they can intimidate people en mass in red states.radio stations. For the rest of us, we’ll keep fighting as best we can.

However Michael is making one miscalculation, his quote above suggest that our friends on the left might feel consider local business intimidated into silence as a source of shame.

On the contrary the idea that the left has cowed those it wishes to intimidate is almost certainly a source of pride and a sign of things to come.for those of us who remain to continue to make the fight.

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It’s April Fools day so it’s appropriate our piece from the Northeastern Republican Leadership conference in Nashua NH was Michael Graham’s hilarious speech.

A lot of his humor came from the state of the GOP in Massachusetts. Given how things are around here you’ve just got to laugh.

Look out the door and see if Boney’s marching down the street, ” said Hornblower.

It was indicative of the innkeepers state of mind that he actually made a move to the door before realization came to him.

C.S. Forester Hornblower During the Crisis 1967

If you turned to CNN or MSNBC yesterday you saw countdown clocks showing the impending doom of a Government shutdown that the media has breathlessly hyped as a massive disaster about to strike America.

This morning I woke up  I noticed a few things that shocked me

1. The Sun still rose

2.  The TV Still worked as did all the cable channels.

3.  The internet was still up and I was able to access my e-mail and all of the sites I normally visit.

I was grateful for these small mercies when my youngest asked for a lift to the bus station where he takes a shuttle to his college 13 miles away in Gardner MA.  During our quick trip to drop him off at the bus station I was shocked to discover certain things:

1.  My Son’s college was still open.

2.  Bus service between cities was not ended

3.  Children were going to school.

4.  Cars and gas stations functioning

5.  Business’ were open, people were coming in and out shopping.

This would suggest that despite all the dire warnings we have been given the world has not, in fact, ended.  I know that’s hardly conclusive but it seemed very much like real life was going on despite the panic.

Of course Fitchburg is hardly the world and CNN or MSNBC have not been fooled into complacency.  Now that the shutdown is a reality and there is instead of a countdown to Shutdown we have a countdown of how long the shutdown has taken place detailing hours, minutes and seconds since you have done without all those “non-essential” government functions.

I’m sure once tomorrow comes they will add a “days” column to their clocks to emphasize just how bad it is.

Of course there are some people like, Michael Graham  think this is all for show:

There’s also a sense that some of the “shutdown” is really political theater. It’s known in political circles as the “Statue of Liberty play”–big-spending pols avoid making reasonable spending cuts, but instead shut down popular tourist attractions and let constituents call their congressional offices until the pork barrel rolls again.

And offers an example of the Obama administration  shutting down an open space

The National Park Service began barricading the monuments and memorials on the Mall and turning off its 45 fountains after the federal government shut down at midnight.

Park Service spokeswoman Carol Bradley Johnson said the Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, among others, would be barricaded so that visitors cannot enter them.

and asks the question:

Why do they need barricades? Because these monuments have NO DOORS. They DON’T close. They’re open spaces, like a park or a mall. I’ve wandered through the FDR and WWII memorials and never saw a park ranger. It would be like “closing the doors” of Boston Common.

The Obama administration is inventing this shut down of not-really-shuttable open air monuments. And why shut off fountains? Do government workers pump this water by hand?

Well the answer is obvious.   People can’t be trusted in open spaces, who’s going to make sure they behave?  Who’s going to make sure they don’t leave a bunch of trash…

…without park rangers present?

And while Stacy McCain accuses the media of playing the Statue of Liberty Card:

Or, at least, we had this government, before it shut down. And the idiots chattering on cable TV news shows seem to think this shutdown is a bad idea, for which somebody deserves blame.

ZOMG! THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS CLOSED!

If you take that kind of frantic nonsense seriously, you should seek psychiatric treatment immediately. Send the bill to ObamaCare.

He forgets the fact that with the Statue of Liberty is Closed there is absolutely nothing for a person visiting New York City to do!

If only there was a something else to see like a center for the performing arts, or perhaps a centrally located park or maybe in Brooklyn. If only there was a square to walk through , an amusement park on a boardwalk or perhaps a zoo. Perhaps if there was some kind of ferry service, a bridge to see , or at least one Museum of art, Science or something else to occupy one’s time in the largest city in the US.

If only a google was open so you could search for “New York City Attractions” and perhaps find web sites with a plethora of choices to choose from.

Yeah, if only.

Ex-leper:   Come on big nose, let’s haggle!
Brian:   What?!
Ex-leper:   All right, cut the haggling. Say you open at one shekel, I start at two thousand, we close about eighteen-hundred.

Life of Brian 1979

Every hand’s a winner and every hands a loser and the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.

Kenny Rogers The Gambler 1978

A few hours after getting home from my in studio appearance on the Michael Graham show where Michael Graham was playing Spock concerning Ted Cruz’s tactics in fighting Obamacare.

The problem with Michael’s argument was addressed by a listener of his who left me a cell message after hearing me on his show: Where you start in a negotiation often determines where you end up, but even more importantly you never know how much nerve the other side has, until you test it.

As Kirk put it

Not Chess Spock…POKER!

People forget that while Medicare, social security and the Military are perhaps unemployment are universal drivers a lot of the spending that a government shutdown will affect is spending conservatives oppose anyway.

Let’s say we have a shutdown and the GOP sends those piecemeal bills to fund Medicare, the Military and the like, what do you think is going to happen when the Acorn affiliates, Planned Parenthood and the left’s other allies find the government dollars that pay their foot soldiers stops coming? Imagine for example, if the GOP decided to exchange things for a year delay, or say: You can have Obamacare funding but not planned parenthood funding.

I think the reaction as we watch them make that choice might be something like this:

At least it will be if the GOP keeps its head.

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Guested on Michael Graham’s show today during his 2nd hour where we disagreed on Ted Cruz fight to defund Obamacare.

Michael said it was useless because in the end Obama will not vote for a bill without Obamacare paid in full. I maintain that this fight is worthwhile and will go result in a ton of problems for the Left in general and Obama in particular.

And we already see fighting is paying off in some ways:

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday he would vote for a government funding bill that delays Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year if it came up in the Senate, later backtracking and clarifying he doesn’t believe Obamacare should be part of the government funding showdown.

“There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said of an individual mandate delay at a Bloomberg Government breakfast Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “It’s very reasonable and sensible.”

Tell me Manchin does this if there is no fight.

But that’s not what earned me the RINO badge, my willingness to vote for Gabriel Gomez over Ed Markey did that.

Now I’m not unsympathetic to Michael’s position particularly given this:

The former Navy SEAL from Cohasset discussed potential political opportunities while explaining his decision to reverse course and support a federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips. He previously opposed an assault weapons ban, a position that he acknowledges likely hurt him during the campaign for the Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.

and I question the wisdom of putting Mr. Gomez who proved in a special election that he doesn’t draw across party lines and alienates the base.

But if the choice for Governor is a ticket with Gomez and a Dem Ticket headed by Martha Coakley, that is no choice at all, the GOP ticket is the better choice.

And if people want to call me a RINO because of it that’s fine, it will certainly amuse the libs on Morning Joe that I tweet with.

Either way Michael, thanks for having me on.

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You might remember the story back in may concerning the foreign students at the water supply of Boston I said at the time:

As I don’t want to risk giving some of our liberal friends the vapors I’ll close saying. It’s interesting that such a diverse group of people from different cities, states and countries were found by the water supply for Boston at this time..interesting.

I wonder if their religious backgrounds are just as diverse?

Well EJ Haust at conservative daily news has a follow-up that’s ore than interesting it’s ….. inconceivable

The seven individuals apprehended for trespassing at the Quabbin Water Reserve in Belchertown, Massachusetts, just after midnight May 14, 2013 are part of an “on-going criminal matter,” according to the Massachusetts State Police.

In response to a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request for names, addresses, court dates, and charges filed against the seven individuals, the Office of Chief Legal Council for the Massachusetts State Police cited several state statutes exempting the release of information requested.

“Please be advised G.L. c. 4, XXSSXX 7 cl. 26(a) exempts from public disclosure any records that are “specifically or by necessary implication exempted from disclosure by statute.” In this instance, your request falls within this exemption since releasing the requested information would violate… the Criminal Offender Record Information (“CORI”) statute.”

You mean there might be more to this than meets the eye? Inconceivable!

Via Michael Graham who comments

What the heck? Getting busted for trespassing is like getting a speeding ticket. There is no reason this information should be kept secret. Why are the staties hiding it? What’s the “ongoing criminal matter?” Is this just Massachusetts p.c. mania out of control, or were we lied to in May?

The state lying to us about a Muslim terror threat? Inconceivable!

Maddy in Mass tweeted the following on the subject

I’m more than shocked why the idea that there is anything nefarious about a group of Muslims from all over the world and a bunch of different cities meeting at midnight at the Water Supply of Boston is simply…what is the word…

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Admiral Blackwell: Captain Picard Day?

Capt: Picard: Oh… yes. It’s for the children… I’m a… role model.

Admiral Blackwell: I’m sure you are. Starfleet out.

Star Trek TNG: The Pegasus 1994

And I can only challenge you in such fashion if I am willing to heed my own words…I was prepared to lead our narrow majority as speaker and I believe I had it in me to do a fine job. But I can not do that job or be the kind of leader I would like to be under current circumstances, so I must set the example that I hope President Clinton will follow.

Bob Livingston Dec 19, 1998

In modern Christian writings, though I see much (indeed more than I like) about Mammon, I see few of the old warnings about Worldly Vanities, the Choice of Friends, and the Value of Time. All that, your patient would probably classify as ‘Puritanism’—and may I remark in passing that the value we have given to that word is one of the really solid triumphs of the last hundred years?

C.S Lewis The Screwtape Letters #10

Yesterday while I was on the road to cover an event that didn’t happen (had my dates wrong) I was listening to Michael Graham on the Radio and he brought up a point that a lot of our friends on the left have forgotten, a point I’ve made over the last few weeks.

Graham noted that it was Democrats who set the standard that Weiner and Fitner are using to run for office or even remain in office. That aberrant sexual behavior was not a standard to remove a president from office.

I know many of the college women with their Sandra Flue Buttons on their lapel might not be old enough to remember so let me educate you on recent history.

It was Democrats and media who vigorously Defended Bill Clinton at every turn, who insisted the Monica stuff was “just about sex”.

It was the liberal media who held back this story and at every opportunity belittled the entire idea of this investigation. (and who ironically MADE Matt Drudge who did not.

And it was democrats who en masse not only voted against the 4 articles of impeachment Article I: Perjury before the grand jury, Article II: Perjury in the Jones case, Article III: Obstruction of justice, Article IV: Abuse of power but directly after their passage assembled on the White House lawn as Richard Gephardt, Al Gore and Clinton Himself (with Hillary beside him) made speeches attacking the House for daring to suggest that his actions made him unfit to hold the Office of president of the United States.

What you never heard of this? Well here is the video of the event.

Look at the faces in the crowd of that video you will see my new senator Ed Markey, you will see Sheila Jackson Lee and plenty of other faces still in congress. Look at the liberal lions and particularly the ladies who today bemoan a GOP “war on women”. Look at them all filing out to defend a man who used the power of the presidency to score with a young intern and ask yourself this question:

If the standard of Oral Sex with an intern in the White House is not disqualifying for a president how much less is the standard of “Sexting” for mayor of NY” or “Groping for Mayor of San Diego”?

And it is even worse when you consider this. Have you heard the name Bob Livingston? He was going to be the speaker of the GOP house, but just before the impeachment vote word came that he had an affair. So what did he do with the impeachment vote about to take place. He gave this speech:

and resigned.

Note the same Democrats who shouted “You Resign” at him still backed and voted to save Bill Clinton…

…but what if they did not?

Imagine if Bill Clinton had resigned, imagine if the Democrats in the house decided not to back him, Imagine if that crowd of lawmakers didn’t stand behind the as they made speeches of defiance. Imagine of the media had embraced the actions of Bob Livingstone. Imagine if the standard for the consequences of such behavior by pols was the Livingstone Standard rather than the Bill Clinton (or the Nina Burleigh) standard?

Not only would there not be an Anthony Weiner or a Bob Filner, there likely would not be an Elliot Spitzer or a David Vitter or a Mark Sanford either because when they considered their situation they would remember Bob Livingstone resigning his office rather than Bill Clinton successfully retaining his.

This is the Donkey in the living room that everyone in the media and on the left likes to pretend isn’t there. The standard they want you to forget, particularly in 2016 with Hillary on the Ballot, they set for every narcissistic ambitious pol who will come down the line and decide they can ride this kind of thing out, because if Bill Clinton can get away with it, why can’t they?

There is a war on women and the democrats gave victory to the Anthony Weiners and Bob Filners in that war many years ago.

Final thought:

Inquiring minds want to know.

Update: That’s Bob Filner not Bob Fitner Corrected

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Tomorrow is the special election for the US Senate. The candidates are Gabriel Gomez vs Ed Markey.

There has been a lot of back and forth that I haven’t cared for we’ve had those who have said conservatives should not be backing Gomez because of his support for the Gang of 8 & the Obama Positions on Climate Change, we have others who have suggested that the GOP can only grow if the GOP is “purged” of people holding positions (was it not just 5 months ago that we were told by the incoming party chair of how we would be united).

It’s no secret that I supported Mike Sullivan but it’s also no secret that I have in public supported Gabriel Gomez since he won the nomination and have urged people like Graham to re-consider their decision to sit out both on the air and off.

I’m familiar with the arguments, but there are two things that shoot it down.

If Gabriel Gomez is elected he will be replacing Mo Cowan the temp replacement for John Kerry and while Senator Cowan has gotten high marks on civility his voting record has been as liberal as you can get

Cowan, however, has not exactly built a bipartisan bridge during his brief tenure. A Washington Post online database shows he voted with his party 98 percent of the time in the 109 votes he has taken since entering Congress.

If that 98% figure sounds familiar that the rate according to the Washington Post that Ed Markey voted with the Democrats in the current congress.

Unlike Marco Rubio who once called an “earned path to citizenship” amnesty Gomez has been quite open on where he stands on positions like the gang of 8 bill and manchin/toomey etc.

If this was a “Dump Dede” where Gomez would be the 60th vote and the only republican supporting those bills I might be with Graham, but Gomez’s vote on those high-profile bills will be no worse than Markey or Cowan, but on other votes on fiscal responsibility and key defense issues they will be better MUCH BETTER.

I think I’d like to have that extra vote 60% of the time.

The second argument is stronger. If Gabriel Gomez is elected Senator and goes down to Washington next year and does not perform he can face a primary opponent from the GOP next year and because there will be a scramble on the Democrat side that primary will be populated by people who actually care if the republican nominee is you know Republican.

If Ed Markey is elected however there will be no Dem primary and the GOP will have to somehow find a way to beat a sitting Democrat Senator with the entire Democrat machine behind them.

FYI The last time a sitting Democrat Senator was beaten by a Republican in Massachusetts…1946

I like and respect Michael Graham but I think the best move for conservative republicans is to take the chance on Gomez for 18 months rather than be stuck with Ed Markey until he dies or gets sick of the seat.

Your call.

Today Michael Graham broadcast his show live from the Flying Rhino on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester MA

There was a fair crowd in attendance for the broadcast:

He was on Shrewsbury street to promote the Taste of Shrewsbury Street an annual Restaurant event. I talked to Paul Georgio one of the organizers:

As Did Michael Graham on the air

The Taste of Sherwsbury is a great deal for a $25 button you can sample foods from many different restaurants.

Michael had a variety of guests

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but the most interesting one was from the Flying Rhino itself:

The description of the ivory Tusk is awesome but it doesn’t compare to the real thing:

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It was REALLY good.

And if that doesn’t draw you to the Flying Rhino the Pig Roast ought to do it.

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Michael Graham’s show is always worthwhile, but when you can have a great meal as well, it’s AWESOME!