Tuesday, January 20, 2009

So Called Prayer At Obama Day, Today

Based on this so called prayer by this so called Rev. today claiming white people do not know what is right, is just plan stupid! What would have happened if a White person had made the same comment about Blacks at Bush's Inauguration. We would have riots in the streets if the roll was reversed. I do not know who he was praying to, but according the Bible to reach the Father you must address all prayers through Jesus Christ. The below comment was not a prayer is was a ridiculous racist comment. Obama should apologize for this guy's comment.

Benediction at Obama 's inauguration, Rev. Joseph Lowery: 'Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen'...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sex Is A Problem- Needs $3 Billion Bailout

Larry Flynt, owner the sex magazine Hustler and Joe Francis, of "Girls Gone Wild" his buddy in the sex trade, wants bailout for their businesses.

I am not joking, these guys want $3 billion to bail them out. According to Flynt and Francis they have lost more than 20% of their business because of the poor economy.

Okay now lets look at the problem. Congress bailed out the auto industry and the banks. So if you had a choice, would you rather be driving a new car with credit cards in your pocket or reading Hustler magazine and watching "Girls Gone wild"? I have also heard the hookers in Vegas are upset because of the economy. They may be traveling to DC as well. I believe they are more for a Character witness and someone that can get down on the same level as Barney Frank, just in case he is the head dog that is over Smut Bailouts.

I bet they are hoping to get Barney Frank as the head committeeman over Smut bailouts. Barney might tell them, "Why are y'all complaining, why don't you just bend over and take it like the rest of the country has been doing for years"? I find it rather ironic that Congress, who have been screwing the American people for years, can offer any assistance or can cure America's lack of Smut desire. I actually never thought of Barney Frank as a sex therapist.

These guys are saying that men do not think about sex when they are miserable. I know plenty of men that are always miserable and all they talk about is sex. Go figure. DUH!


Helen Cole Banquet

Cleveland County Helen Cole “Republican of the Year” Banquet"
Special guest, nationally known historian and author, David Barton, founder of WallBuilders. David will be speaking about America’s forgotten history and heroes with an emphasis on our moral religion and constitutional heritage. David was named, by Time Magazine, as one of Americas 25 most influential evangelicals.

Speaker of the House, Chris Benge, will speak about the 2009 Legislative agenda.

Location: J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 East Robinson, Norman
Date: January 27th
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Dress: Business attire
Buffett starts at 6:30 PM
Cost advance $35.00 at the door $40.00 if available.
Tickets available from Thad Balkman 229-9822, Jim Helm 229-4807, Tammy Howard 249-9603, Louis Hemphill 802-2000, Joe Lester 321-8964, Bob Cleveland 517-5990 and Ginger Tinney 202-3075

Past Winners
Helen Cole 2003
Stan Wards 2004
Pat Mayes 2004
Gary Gardenhire 2005
Marc Nuttle 2005
Joe & Elizabeth Winds 2006
Pat Tautfast 2006
JC Watts 2006
Todd Hiett 2006
Bobby & Barbara CLEVELAND 2007
Malinda Hair 2007
Lance Cargill 2008
Thad Balkman 2008
Pat & Don Allen 2008
Mina Hibdon 2008

Katie Couric Shooting A Terrorist

Couric can't take honest answer.
Katie Couric, while interviewing a Marine sniper, asked:

"What do you feel... when you shoot a Terrorist?"

The Marine shrugged and replied, "a slight recoil"


Martin Luther King's struggle was against Democrats

The police chief of Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights era was a Democrat. A member of the Ku Klux Klan, Eugene "Bull" Connor had been a Democrat state legislator and a delegate to the 1948 Democratic National Convention.

In 1963, police under Connor's command attacked several thousand African-American schoolchildren who were demonstrating peacefully for their civil rights. At the time, it should be noted, he was the Democratic National Committeeman for Alabama. Connor's men used high-pressure hoses, clubs and dogs in their assault, and then jailed nearly a thousand children. A year after attacking the children, Connor was elected, as a Democrat, to statewide office.

How did it come to be that African-Americans in Alabama were so oppressed?

In 1901, the Alabama Democratic Party called for a convention to write a new state constitution that would prohibit African-Americans from voting. Despite vocal opposition from Booker T. Washington and other Republican civil rights activists, the Democrat scam succeeded.

Democrats dominated Alabama's 1901 constitutional convention, and its chairman was a Democrat. In his opening address, he said:

"If we would have white supremacy, we must establish it by law -- not by force or fraud... The negro is descended from a race lowest in intelligence and moral precepts of all the races of men."

Alabama's African-American citizens would not vote in appreciable numbers again until the 1950s. It was a Republican federal judge, Frank Johnson, who in 1956 ruled in favor of Rosa Parks and who in 1965 ordered the Democrat governor, George Wallace, to permit Martin Luther King's voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

At the 2000 Republican National Convention, Condoleezza Rice said:

"The first Republican I knew was my father, and he is still the Republican I most admire. He joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did. My father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I."

And, as Republicans celebrate Martin Luther King Day, they should remember that his struggle was against Democrats.

Here is the permalink to the article on my blog.

Michael Zak is a popular speaker to Republican organizations around the country. He is the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party. Each day, his Grand Old Partisan blog celebrates 155 years of Republican heroes and heroics. See www.RepublicanBasics.com for more information.

Michael Zak is a popular speaker to Republican organizations around the country. He has made presentations in 28 states so far. His book, Back to Basics for the Republican Party, is the acclaimed history of the GOP cited by Clarence Thomas in a Supreme Court decision.

Open VS Close Precinct

There seems to be a lot of confusion about what Open VS closed Precinct means.
At the Cleveland County meeting last week a lot of people commented they wanted a closed precinct. Some thought a closed precinct meant that you have to attend the precinct meeting in order to be a delegate to the County Convention.

Closed Precinct means only the elected delegate and alternate for each slotted vote will be allowed to vote. Other delegates present that are not elected will not get to cast a vote.

Open delegation means every delegate gets a portion of the slotted votes.

So why would any Precinct vote to be closed and eliminate everyone's opportunity to vote?

Open Delegation: There is no limit on the number of delegates elected as the votes will be equally allocated among the delegates casting votes, the allocation to be limited to the number of delegate votes authorized per precinct.

Closed Delegation: You elect 1 delegate and 1 alternate for each slot authorized by the County Executive Committee. Each delegate present at the time of the vote will receive a ballot that will represent 1 whole vote. If there are not as many delegate votes cast as the number authorized, the vote(s) will be lost. It is the Precinct Chairman?s responsibility to make sure all delegates are registered and to fill vacant slots with alternates before the Convention registration closes.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Animals Have Same Rights As Humans

With Obama we might as well say good by to the Cows, Deer, Hogs, Chicken and maybe even the Dogs. The new Regulatory cazr even thinks a seeing eye dog is nothing but a slave. This guy is really a nut case!

Cass Sunstein is Obama's pick to run the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He's a dedicated animal-rights zealot.

He believes before we can use lab rats for cancer research will need to get permission from the rats.

He believes seeing eye dogs are nothing but slavesSeeing-eye dogs? They're nothing more than slaves.

And if that's not nutty enough, he's actually in favor of giving animals the legal right to sue people.

Here's what Sunstein wrote in his 2004 book, Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions:
"[A]nimals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives ... Any animals that are entitled to bring suit would be represented by (human) counsel, who would owe guardian like obligations and make decisions, subject to those obligations, on their clients' behalf."Conservative commentators have been openly fretting that Barack Obama may try to turn welfare entitlements and single-payer healthcare into a new Bill of Rights. But Cass Sunstein threatens to expand the whole concept of "rights" to include the rest of the animal kingdom.

Ken Blackwell Says No To Stimulus

Blackwell Knows The Difference
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell said Friday President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan is esignedin part to give a political edge to Democrats.

Blackwell, a candidate for chair of the Republican National Committee, blasted Obama in a column for the conservative website Townhall.com, writing that the stimulus package “as currently designed, has serious flaws, some of which convey a partisan advantage.”

Specifically, Blackwell charged that Obama’s plans to create hundreds of thousands of government jobs could be a thinly-veiled effort to swell Democratic voter rolls in Maryland and Virginia.

“Most federal employees, that are not political employees, vote Democrat,” Blackwell argued. “Creating 600,000 new jobs might help cement Virginia in the Democrat column, making it harder for Republicans to retake the White House.”

In addition, Blackwell also suggested that Democrats would pack the stimulus bill with earmarks targeted at voters in the 2010 midterm election. He pointed specifically at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose home state of Nevada may receive federal funding for a controversial – and some say frivolous – museum of organized crime.

“Is that the kind of project that requires emergency federal funding?” Blackwell asked rhetorically. “Is it irrelevant that Mr. Reid is facing a tough reelection next year?”

The former Cincinnati mayor, a favorite target of liberal bloggers due to his role in overseeing Ohio’s 2004 presidential balloting, has distinguished himself in the RNC contest as the most aggressive and sharply ideological conservative in the field.

In early January he received endorsements from a host of conservative movement leaders, including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, American Conservative Union President David Keene and Virginia RNC Committeeman Morton Blackwell.

Star Parker Says, We Need Share Holder Revolt

We Still Need New Leadership

The fact there does not appear to be a single Republican leader capable or ready to challenge the assertion that "only government" can put our sputtering economy back on track shows we need a rebirth of the Republican Party. And that this rebirth must come from the grass roots.
Those 56 percent of Republicans who said "no" in this latest Gallup poll are looking for a leader. And that leader certainly does not seem to be in Washington.
As the political class in Washington transforms our once great, prosperous and free country into a lumbering socialist mediocrity, a voice of dissent is needed.
In this sense, I like what Ken Blackwell is proposing in his run for Republican National Committee chairman. Mr. Blackwell is calling for a "shareholder revolt" within the Republican Party and to move power, money and influence to state organizations.
We do need a shareholder revolt in the Republican Party followed by one in the country as a whole.
Star Parker is a nationally syndicated columnist.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Democrats Trying To Reduce The Cattle Industry

Stimulus may bolster dairy industry
FALLING MILK PRICES: Initial effort to pay farmers to retire cows fizzles

WASHINGTON — A stimulus package may be a lifeline for the nation's economy, but it could be a death sentence for a lot of cows.
Lawmakers are looking for ways to use the forthcoming stimulus bill to help dairy farmers, and the number one priority is to dampen milk supplies and prop up prices. Translation: reduce the nation's dairy herd.
Exactly how Congress will accomplish that remains uncertain. An initial effort to use stimulus money to pay farmers to retire cows failed when House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis., objected on the grounds that it violated a promise not to include earmarks in the bill, said Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
Taking milk cows out of production as a way to control milk (for more go http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20090115/NEWS02/301159967/0/FRONTPAGE)

Sex With Students OK For Teachers

From Mark Shannon Blog:

School teachers can have sex with their their 18-year-old students according to.
A three-judge panel of the Washington Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the dismissal of a case brought against Matthew Hirschfelder, a former choir teacher at Hoquiam High School who was accused of having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student in 2006, when he was 33.

Hirschfelder, who resigned in 2007, denied the relationship. But his lawyer challenged the charge against him, first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, arguing that an 18-year-old is not a minor. The Court of Appeals heard the case after a lower-court judge refused to dismiss it.
With Tuesday's ruling, the appeals court unanimously agreed that the state law banning sex between teachers and students is "ambiguous," because 18-year-old students are not legally minors. The appeals court reversed the lower court's ruling and ordered it to dismiss the charges.
Prosecutors say they have not decided whether they will appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

Adolf Hitler Is Not An Appropriate Name According To The Government

A 3-year-old boy named Adolf Hitler and his two Nazi-named younger sisters were removed from their New Jersey home last week and placed in state custody, police said.

Adolf Hitler Campbell and his sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, were taken from their Holland Township, N.J., home on Friday by the state's Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), Sgt. John Harris of the Holland Township Police Department told FOXNews.com.
Kate Bernyk, a spokeswoman for the DYFS, said confidentiality laws barred her from commenting on the case or even confirming that the Campbell children were involved.
"DYFS has their reasons and they normally don’t release any information, so we kind of have to go on faith with them," Harris said. Police were not told what the agency was investigating.

"I’ve dealt with the family for years and as far as the children are concerned, I have never had any reports of any abuse with the children," Harris said. "As far as I know, he’s always been very good with the children."

Little 'Adolf Hitler' Denied Birthday Cake at New Jersey Grocery Store
Speaking generally, Bernyk said the state's "decision to remove a child is based on the safety and well being of the child and the risk to that child, and that decision is made in conjunction with the courts and the county family court judge."
The Campbells made national news last month when a ShopRite supermarket refused to sell them a birthday cake with Adolf Hitler's name on it. The story generated a slew of angry Internet chatter.
Forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill said naming a boy Hitler could be considered child abuse.

"Part of it is the infantile nature of the parents’ behavior," Berrill said. "You can name your dog something weird, but they think they’re making some kind of bold statement with the children, not appreciating that the children will have separate lives and will be looked at in a negative light until they’re able to change their name. It is abuse."

Heath Campbell told the Easton-Express Times last year that he named his son after Adolf Hitler because he liked it and "no one else in the world would have that name."
A paper to be published in March in Social Sciences Journal by economists David E. Kalist and Daniel Y. Lee of Shippensburg University found that unpopular first names, when mixed with factors like a disadvantaged home life, can increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.
Lee told FOXNews.com that Adolf and Hitler were not names they looked at for the study.

"Hitler most likely would be an unpopular name in the sense that not many people name their children with a name [like Hitler], but we didn’t particularly look at particularly bad names like that," he said.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Obama Picks A Real Winner

Vicki Robinson a Bishop who left his wife and two daughters to live with a man is Obama's pick to pray at the inaugural. Don't expect him to have his Bible with him.

'Gay' bishop doesn't plan to use Bible at inaugural event

Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. - The first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop will offer a prayer at the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural event for president-elect Barack Obama.

The selection of New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson for Sunday's event follows weeks of criticism from homosexual-rights groups over Obama's decision to have the Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his Jan. 20 inauguration. Warren backed the ban on same-sex "marriage" that passed in his home state of California on the November ballot.

Robinson said last month the choice of Warren was like a slap in the face. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, he said he doesn't believe Obama invited him in response to the Warren criticism but said his inclusion won't go unnoticed by the homosexual community. "It's important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way," Robinson told the newspaper for a story in Monday's editions. "Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority, or in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters."

Clark Stevens, a spokesman for the inaugural committee, said Robinson was invited because he had offered his advice to Obama during the campaign and because of his church work. When asked whether Robinson was included to calm the Warren complaints, he said Robinson is "an important figure in the religious community. We are excited that he will be involved."

Robinson, 61, said both Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden will attend the event, and Obama is expected to speak. As for himself, Robinson said he doesn't yet know what he'll say, but he knows he won't use a Bible.

"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," Robinson said. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation."

Robinson said his prayer will be reflective of the times. "I think these are sober and difficult times that we are facing," he said. "It won't be a happy, clappy prayer."

Robinson's 2003 consecration has divided the Episcopal Church in the United States and abroad.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

RNC Needs Strong New Leadershop

The Republican National Committee will soon be picking a new chairman. Normally
the President selects the RNC Chairman and the RNC members merely approve the
decision. But because John McCain lost, the RNC will select the next RNC
Chairman January 30th in Washington D.C.

The RNC is composed of 3 members -- the state chairman, a national
committeeman, and a national committeewoman -- from all fifty states plus
Washington DC,
Puerto Rico, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Northern Marianas, and Guam. In
addition to a new chariman, the RNC will be voting on a resolution critical of
the bailout.

Six candidates are seeking the job, including:
1.Mike Duncan current Chairman
2.Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State.
3.Chip Saltsman, (Mike Huckabee's campaign manager)
4.Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland
5.Saul Anuzis, State Chairman from Michigan
6.Katon Dawson, State Chairman from South Carolina.

Morton Blackwell, a long-time national committeeman from Virginia and someone who has inspired and mobilized two generations of grassroots Conservative activists through his Leadership Institute, put together a list of 37 characteristically thoughtful questions for the candidates and received thoughtful answers in reply

I have read all pages of the response to Morton Blackwell's questionnaire. Two
candidates that really stand out head and shoulders above everyone else are
former Lt. Governor of Maryland and Fox News contributor Michael Steele and
former Ohio Scretary of State Ken Blackwell. I have always like Michael Steele.
I guess you could say he was my favorite from the beginning. However, after
reviewing Ken Blackwell's answers and doing some research, Blackwell is now my
choice. Blackwell has held several elected offices including State Treasurer
and Secretary of State of Ohio. Below is why I am supporting Ken Blackwell for
our next RNC Chairman. I believe Ken Blackwell matches up the best with
Oklahoma's conservative values.

Here is a short list of Ken Blackwell supporters and where he stands on
important issues facing our country.
2. Eagle Forum
3. Club for Growth
4. James Dobson
5. NRA
7. Family Policy Council
8. Opposes same sex marriage.
9. Opposes abortion.
10. Opposes the bailouts.
11. Also Ken Blackwell took on Acorn in his home state of Ohio and kicked butt.

I believe Ken Blackwell best represents the values of Oklahoma conservatives.
Blackwell also believes the RNC needs to focus bottom up, not top down.
Blackwell believes that the Republican Party is not the problem, rather it's
the party leadership.

My second choice is Michael Steele; either of these gentlemen will give us the
leadership we need and deserve.

State Chairman Gary Jones is on Ken Blackwell's leadership team and endorsed
Ken Blackwell from the beginning.

I now am requesting that National Committeeman James Dunn, and National
Committeewoman Carolyn McLarty share their thoughts with the grassroots
conservative all over Oklahoma. Who do you support?


Thursday, January 8, 2009

That's Just Bob New Blog Site

That's Just Bob has launched a new informational site. That's Just Bobdotcom not only has the blog with the no spin opinion of the now more than famous Bob Cleveland, it also has a message board built and maintained by conservatives for conservatives like you. Now you can express and exercise your constitutional right of free political speech. Go there today!!!!

Anuzis, Dawson Favored To Head RNC

Buzz up!Incumbent Mike Duncan probably will get the most first-ballot votes for election as Republican National Committee chairman, but eventual victory likely will go to one of the other two RNC members running for the post in the election scheduled for Jan. 30.

Several members who initially tagged Mr. Duncan or Mr. Steele as the front-runner changed their minds after all six candidates presented their respective cases and fielded questions on Wednesday, the end of an unprecedented three days of candidate self-advertisement.

The new view of these members is that the contest probably will go to either Mr. Anuzis, a technology-hip, motorcycle-riding son of Lithuanian immigrants, or Mr. Dawson, who has amassed a winning record for Republican candidates in his state.

"Saul showed his saviness and had the best grasp of the latest in communications tools," North Dakota Chairman Gary Eminent told The Washington Times after the RNC member-only meeting at the Capitol Hill Club. "But on his winning record in South Carolina and articulating the national party's message, Katon looked pretty strong."

Bailout A Disaster

The next Chairman of the RNC is very important to the success of the Republican Party.

President Bush's handling of the economic crisis came in for sharp criticism during Monday's debate between candidates vying to become the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. Five of the six contenders said they would support a pending RNC resolution criticizing both the auto bailout and the bailout of the financial industry passed by Congress in September.

"The bailout was a bust. It should never have happened," former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele told the audience at the debate sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. "Republicans should have had a little bit more you-know-what to withstand the pressure. They didn't and we're paying for it. I absolutely support the resolution because it reflects the frustration of our base." Mr. Steele's position was seconded by four of the five other candidates vying for the RNC chairman's post.

The lone dissenter was Mike Duncan, the current RNC chairman who has worked closely with the Bush administration. He said that "as a banker" he understood the problem better than the other candidates and it couldn't be summarized with "a simple yes or no answer." He did admit the bailouts have clearly created "a lot of problems."

Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, told ABC News that the antibailout resolution was vital to get Republicans "back into the swing of having an opinion as a party" on an issue that involved "giving $750 billion of other people's money to people whose claim to fame is that they lost their money."

The election for RNC chairman, along with a vote on the antibailout resolution, will be held in Washington on January 29.

Who does the Oklahoma delecation support?

Congressman Cole Appointed To The Appropriations Committee

By World Washington Bureau
Published: 1/7/2009 11:29 AM
Last Modified: 1/7/2009 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON –- U.S. Tom Cole nabbed a seat Wednesday on the House Appropriations Committee, one of the more coveted panels in Congress.

As a member of that committee, the Oklahoma Republican will help oversee federal spending.

His new post provides an automatic boost to the state delegation's clout in Congress as members of the committee also can steer funds to their districts and states for specific projects.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sex Drive In Trouble?

The porn industry is looking for bailout. Larry Flint is complaining that Congress has hurt the smut industry. He is looking for $5 billion dollar bailout. Because of all the misery in the country, right now, people are just not thinking about sex, according to Flint. It is hard to believe that a little misery would cause people to stop thinking about sex. Mr. Flint must be from a different planet. I have some friends that are always miserable and all they talk about is sex, go figure. The guy who came up with the "Girls Gone Wild" video is outraged at his lost revenue. He is going to Congress and discuss the bailout and request $5 billion dollars for the smut industry. I hope they show him discussing his request with Congress. It will be interesting to see how they react to the smut industry.
Now the porn industry needs bailout. Leading sellers of smut are looking to Congress to keep them going. I bet they hope that Barney Frank is Chair of the Committee. I can just hear Barney now, "Oh come boys just bend over and take it like all he rest of of us do".

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
MORE on the porn bailout
LOS ANGELES - Joe Francis and Larry Flynt claim the economy has made America's sexual appetite go limp.

According to TMZ.com Flynt of Hustler Magazine and Francis of Girls Gone Wild are asking the government for a $5 billion bailout, claiming the adult entertainment industry has hit hard times -- citing the fact that XXX DVD sales are down 22% from a year ago.

"With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind," Flynt says. "It's time for Congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America."

Francis sees his industry like the big 3 automakers, only BIGGER: "Congress seems willing to help shore up our nation's most important businesses; we feel we deserve the same consideration."

Francis says he's going to D.C. to personally make the pitch.
We need a on line pole to vote on this one.

Black Montana Bears Now Wants Bailout

Due to a sweeping Democratic Party victory in the November elections, animals that were formerly self-sufficient are already modifying their behavior to take advantage of what they expect to be a new set of societal norms in the next four to eight years.

This black bear from Montana has ceased hunting for a living and is sitting outside the US Fish & Wildlife Service office in Kalispell, apparently waiting to be fed and to have his winter den dug by government employees.

The residents of Kalispell are calling him 'Bearack Obama'.

Take A Stand On The Bailouts

Where are Oklahoma National Committee members Chairman Gary Jones, Committeewoman Carolyn McCarty and National Committeeman James Dunn? Why have they not taken a public stand on the bailouts and the fart tax? I believe Oklahoma Republicans deserve to hear from them and to know where they stand on these issues. I believe we have a right to know who they will be voting for as RNC Chairman at the National RNC meeting. Sure we elected them to represent Oklahoma at the national level, but we deserve to know who they are backing before the vote not after the vote.

What I find very puzzling is why not one of them has taken a stand against the bailout.


Obama's $200 Billion Give Away

It now looks like half of President-elect Barack Obama's stimulus package will take the form of "tax cuts" for 95 percent of all Americans. Yet this wouldn't so much boost the economy as trigger a massive, unhealthy shift in American politics.

Under Obama's plan, the majority of American voters would pay no federal income taxes, but would get money from the government instead. That is, these "refundable tax credits" are basically welfare checks - and Obama's plan would leave the most of us collecting, not paying.

A $200 billion giveaway won't do much to get a $14 trillion economy rolling again. But the plan would leave any future taxpayer revolt no hope of majority support.

Today, the bottom 50 percent of US taxpayers pays a total of $30.6 billion in federal income taxes on a combined income of about $1 trillion. So about 3 percent of all federal income-tax payments come from the poorest half of the country. (The top 1 percent pays 40 percent; the top 25 percent pay 85 percent of the federal income tax.)

Obama's plan - he'd give all couples a $1,000 refundable tax credit and all single people $500 - would funnel more than $50 billion to the lowest half of the country, thereby completely wiping out their total federal tax liability. In most cases, it would trigger a "refund" welfare check.

In one stroke, this would transform the majority of voters from taxpayers into tax eaters - and leave an increasingly small minority to pay the bill. Whether or not this is good economics, it is very dangerous politics.

Essentially, it would put those who actually pay the taxes that fund our government into much the same situation as landlords in New York City - hopelessly outvoted by their tenants, who use their political clout to limit rents and landlords' profits.

Since Ronald Reagan, the anti-tax movement has been based on a blue-collar revolt against high taxes; it would lose that constituency under the Obama plan. Taxpayers would be politically helpless and the tax-eating majority would have free reign to impose any levies it wished.

Almost all of the 68 million tax filers in the country's bottom economic half would get a check from Washington at tax time. Some would be among the 22 million who get money from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Others would get a $500 check through the (Bush-passed) Child Tax Credit - and all would get funds through the new Obama tax credit.

Welfare would no longer be only for the poor - the majority of the voters would depend on government handouts. This very system is what makes European social democracies so resistant to change.

In 1980, the bottom 50 percent of the nation paid 7 percent of the national tax bill, after refund and credits. It now pays 3 percent; under Obama's plan, it would pay less than nothing (that is, it would net a profit from the IRS). In 1980, the top 1 percent paid 19 percent of the income-tax burden; now it's 40 percent. Taxes have become the province only of the rich.

Of course, the shift in tax burden also mirrors the incredible increase in incomes of the wealthy in the last 30 years - the top 1 percent earned only 8 percent of the total national income in 1980; now it earns 22 percent. And the poorest half has seen its share of national income fall from 17 percent in 1980 to only 12.5 percent today.

So it is both fair and sensible to give the poor a tax break and to draw the bulk of federal revenues from the rich. But to exempt the bottom half - a majority of the voters - from paying any taxes and to award them refund checks instead would dangerously alter the fundamental balance of national politics. For the economically well off, it could effectively become taxation without representation - which, as the founders of our nation warned, leads to tyranny.
Dick Morris

Trinity Baptist Church Norman


Tell others about this event below. Trinity Baptist Church, Norman will host the science and faith conference.
FYI -- O.U. is doing a big Darwin 200 Celebration ( www.ou.edu/darwin/ ) February 12 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. Events are listed on the University of Oklahoma's website. The event that disturbs me most is Richard Dawkins coming to O.U. because he will be paid a lot of money and I'm wondering if that is taken from my taxes. On March 6, Oxford University professor, Dr. Richard Dawkins, renowned evolutionary biologist, theorist, and outspoken atheist will meet with students and deliver a public lecture. Dawkins is the author of The God Delusion, The Blind Watchmaker, etc. Dawkins was interviewed by Ben Stein in the movie, EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed. I would not mind if O.U. used my taxes to bring Ben to speak on the Norman campus.

Oklahomans for Better Science (www.obse.org ) will be partnering with the IDEA club at O.U. (www.ou.edu/idea/ ) to counter O.U.'s so-called Darwin 200 celebration. There will be others speaking at O.U. sponsored by the IDEA club. I have heard but not verified, that Dr. William Dembski and Dr. Al Mohler will speak on the O.U. campus to give the other side of this controversial topic.

See below about the conference. For further information about the conference, Ray Martin's email is: charlesraymartin@gmail.com or contact Ryan Polk on staff at Trinity Baptist, Norman: ryan@trinitynorman.org


We have scheduled a Science and Faith conference for Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Trinity Baptist in Norman. Keynote speakers include Dr. Mike Strauss, a particle physicist at OU and faculty sponsor of IDEA club, Jeff Harwell, a chemical engineer and ID proponent who introduced Dembski last Sept., and Ronnie Rogers, pastor at Trinity who will speak on naturalism's impact on the Gospel.

There will also be breakout sessions where others will teach in smaller settings on more specific topics.

The cost is $5.

Ray Martin, president IDEA club at O.U.

“Democrats Push for Fart Tax”.

Now The Dems Want A Fart Tax
The EPA, last year, published its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act. One of the suggestions the EPA made to regulate GHG is to levy a tax on livestock.
“The tax for dairy cows could be $175 per cow, and $87.50 per head of beef cattle. The tax on hogs would upwards of $20 per hog,” the release said. “Any operation with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would have to obtain permits.”
Analysts predict that it would raise the cost to produce a gallon of milk by about $0.08. It would also drive up the production cost of beef and pork. These costs will be passed on to the consumer.
Prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle can be pretty out of touch with cost of staple foods (John Edwards and Rudy Guliani are examples), so maybe the suggestion of a mere 8 cent raise in milk prices isn't a big deal. But to the average American family it sure is. To the family that has seen the cost of milk, bread and eggs nearly double (in the case of eggs, it more than doubled), in the past few years, additional spikes in food costs are hard to swallow.
Regulating GHG emissions by taxing everyday food items is a bad idea as it hurts people who buy food (which, if my calculations are correct, is a lot of people!). It will also hurt small farmers especially, as the profit margin for small farmers is already pretty small and the additional transaction costs associated with applying for permits and paying a new tax will only hurt

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sheriff Lester Makes Changes

Rhett Burnett gets new position under Sheriff Joe Lester. Lister makes several new changes as the County Sheriff.

Pictured above is Cleveland County's new Under sheriff Rhett Burnett being sworn in by Judge Hetherington last Friday January 2. Rhett is considered by many in law enforcement as one of the top investigators in the state. A great pick by Lester.


Al Franken Cheating To Win Senate Seat

Dick Morris

The Democrats are on the verge of seating Al Franken as the next U.S. Senator from Minnesota.
This is simply an outrage!
On election day, Republican Norm Coleman was ahead by hundreds of votes.
Since then, Franken and liberal allies like George Soros have raised millions to wage a legal fight contesting every Coleman ballot.
With the help of the Democratic Sec. of State in Minnesota, the "recount" has gone wildly in Franken's favor.
With claims of outright vote fraud, double voting -- they are even rejecting military ballots cast by our servicemen overseas to help Franken -- Franken now claims a lead.
He must be stopped. He can be stopped.
The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) is the nation's leading Republican group fighting for a fair vote in Minnesota.
This is the same group that exposed ACORN and is led by a distinguished advisory board, including former attorney general Ed Meese and former solicitor general Ted Olson.
They desperately need to raise funds as the Minnesota recount comes down to the wire.
Please help them today by donating now -- Go Here Now.
Also, read their urgent message below.
Dick Morris
Stop Al Franken Before It's Too Late!
Dear Dickmorris.com Reader:
The fix is in!
Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid are planning to certify Al Franken the "winner" in the contested Minnesota seat that Republican Norm Coleman is fighting to keep.
New York Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday that Democrat Al Franken is the clear winner in Minnesota's Senate race and should be seated as soon as possible and last week Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid said "it appears that Franken will be certified the winner by the state Canvassing Board."
For weeks after the election Norm Coleman led Franken by hundreds of votes and Reid and company were very quiet.
After Franken raised millions and waged a fierce legal battle over a handful of rejected ballots, he claims he is ahead of Coleman by about 225 votes.
The Democrats want to seize on this claim and parachute Al Franken into the U.S. Senate.
The Democrats may use this dubious "certification" to actually seat Franken in the Senate on January 6 -- before the process in Minnesota is even complete!
The Democrats have claimed they were for a fair and honest recount, but the facts show this was simply a lie.
The truth is that billionaire George Soros and ACORN-backed Democrat Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's Canvassing Board have backed Franken's outrageous subversion of the vote process: some Franken voters have voted twice, Coleman votes have been rejected, and the Franken camp literally makes up the recount rules as they go along.
The irregularities in this Election Contest are absolutely shocking -- and allowing Franken to claim victory now is outrageous.
With the help of Minnesota's liberal Sec. of State Mark Ritchie they have rewritten the rules and Franken now has a "lead."
The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) has been the leader in fighting against vote fraud and for open, fair, and honest elections.
We at the RNLA need your urgent help today to expose the fraudulent efforts of Harry Reid and a Soros-ACORN supported Secretary of State to pick Al Franken the next Senator from Minnesota.
We must expose their brazen attempt to subvert the democratic process -- before the vote is even final!
You can help us stop Harry Reid and George Soros -- Donate Here Now
Let me reveal to you just how Franken and Ritchie are working to steal this election from Republican Norm Coleman.
Ritchie has taken votes that were clearly for Coleman and rejected them, putting them in a pile for the courts to decide at a later date.
Meanwhile, Franken votes have been accepted, giving Franken an artificial lead.
During the recount supposed "errors" were corrected, almost always favoring Franken. Though this is statistically improbable, the votes were counted for Franken.
In one voting precinct that clearly benefitted Coleman, the Ritchie led Canvassing Board ruled that the recount will not include them -- instead that one precinct will have to live with the final vote total as of election night.
The Ritchie led canvassing board has even admitted they are "not going to be entirely consistent" when reviewing challenged ballots and has ruled a number of votes as votes for Franken when his circle is marked and as under votes when the Coleman circle is identically marked.
The effort to subvert a fair vote is so obvious, even a Democratic election official in Minneapolis admitted votes are being counted twice.
"I know it happened in several precincts," she said.
Simply put, the Ritchie led Secretary of State office wants to decide this election in Franken's favor and certify him the "winner."
They want Reid and Senate Democrats to seat him in the Senate.
They don't care if Coleman fights the election in court -- after the fact.
As National Republican Senatorial Chair Texas Senator John Cornyn stated: "Al Franken is falsely declaring victory based on an artificial lead created on the back of the double counting of ballots."
We here at the RNLA are waging a fierce battle to stop Franken, Soros and Ritchie.
We have the truth on our side.
We need to expose these illicit attempts to steal the election and seat Al Franken in the Senate.
You can help up today -- Go Here Now.
Remember this Senate seat is crucial. If Franken joins the Democrats he will give them 59 seats. They will be just one short vote of a filibuster.
They will be able to push through a radical liberal agenda.
But we can still stop them.
We need your help today -- Go Here Now
Thank you.
Michael Thielen Executive Director
PS. During this holiday and New Year our members have not taken off. We at the RNLA believe strongly that the people in Minnesota deserve a fair vote. We need your help to stop Harry Reid Senate, Al Franken lawyers, and the ACORN backed Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Canvassing Board from picking the next Minnesota Senator and ignoring the will of the voters of Minnesota. Help us today -- Go Here Now
Go to DickMorris.com to read all of Dick's columns!

Loveless Fined

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission has closed its lengthy investigation of former U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook’s last re-election campaign. Officials disclosed that a civil penalty of $14,600 was levied for various violations.

The FEC staff conducted an audit two years ago of Istook’s 2003-04 campaign. It found improper contributions from corporations, donations exceeding the legal limit, a failure to report some last-minute contributions and campaign money used on personal items, including tickets to football games and Broadway shows.
The commission reviewed audit findings and decided on the $14,600 fine. Documents released last week show the commission allowed $12,000 to be paid from remaining campaign funds.
Personal paymentsIstook, a Republican who now works for a Washington think tank, was required to pay $1,800 from his personal funds.
Istook’s former campaign manager, Kyle Loveless, was required to pay $800 from his personal funds. Loveless, of Oklahoma City, was also required to reimburse the campaign committee $2,153 for money he used on personal expenses.
Commission documents show all the fines have been paid.
Istook ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Jason Reese Candadiate For Labor Commissioner

Republican Attorney Files for Labor Commissioner
CONTACT: Jason Reese (405) 414-3655, reese@reeseforlabor.com

Oklahoma City--Calling for fundamental reform and a new vision at the Oklahoma Labor Department, Jason Reese today announced his candidacy for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner in 2010. “Oklahoma's Labor Commissioner should be at the forefront of the debate on how to build an economically vibrant state,” Reese said. “Our Commissioner should be consistently offering ideas and policies that will make Oklahoma an even better and more prosperous state. For too long, however, the Commissioner's office has been staffed by old-guard bureaucrats and defenders of the status quo whose stale and outdated ideas have done very little to move Oklahoma forward.” Reese, a Republican from Oklahoma City, pledged, “If elected - on day one - I'll start working to improve the efficiency and accountability of the office. I'll promote greater flexibility for employees in their workplaces across the state. Through better use of technology, I'll bring the Labor Department's services directly to people in their home counties, moving beyond the Department's outdated centralization in Oklahoma City. And I'll lead on the big issues, like Worker's Comp Reform, that have held our state back for too long.”

While reformatting the role of Labor Commissioner from the current reactive, bureaucratic model to a proactive, policy and idea model represents significant change, Reese said he'll meet the challenge. Combining cutting-edge new media with old-fashioned stumping across the state, the Reese campaign will demonstrate a forward-thinking, pro-Oklahoma approach to governance. “Though I grew up sweeping floors at my father’s auto body shop, my first paycheck came from my job performing maintenance at a rural electric cooperative. I learned early the value of hard work and fair dealing,” Reese said. Reese's diverse experience in both the public and private sectors make him uniquely suited for the Labor Commissioner role. He made his way through the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship and part-time jobs. Afterward, he graduated from OU Law School and took a position on the staff of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. While there he served as an advisor to the Chairman of the Workers' Comp Taskforce and as Administrative Rules Counsel, where he was responsible for reviewing nearly every regulation written by Oklahoma's state agencies for constitutionality and effect on small businesses. Since leaving the House, Jason has worked as an attorney for one of the state's premier law firms, where he has advised Oklahoma businesses on numerous matters including labor practices and compliance with immigration laws. Reese recently introduced “A New Land Run,” a comprehensive plan to build an opportunity-economy in Oklahoma that is both job-friendly and family-friendly. The plan can be found at his website, ReeseforLabor.com. Active in his church and community, Reese, his wife Jessica, and sons, Patrick and Jack, reside in Central Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Oklahoma City. Reese concluded, “Just as my neighborhood is seeing a rebirth with the arrival of young families like mine, we need a reinvigorated Department of Labor, with a fresh, pro-growth vision for our state that puts the interest of the people first. That's exactly the kindof servant-leader I will be.”

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Will Obama Run Our Country Like Chicago?

Chicago .... Who Runs it?

Senators: Barack Obama & Dick Durbin Senators
Congressman: Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Illinois Governor: Rod Blogojevich (arrested this week)

Illinois House leader: Mike Madigan

Illinois Attorney General: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)

Chicago Mayor: Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)

The leadership in Illinois ? .....all Democrats.

Chicago body count in the last six months: 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago 221 killed in Iraq

State pension fund - $44 Billion in debt, worst in the country.

Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax - 10.25% highest in country. (Look it up).

Chicago school system - rated one of the worst in the country. Of course, they're all blaming each other.

They can't blame Republicans because there aren't any. This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois! And he's going to '"fix" Washington politics for us?

Good luck and may God help us all!!

Bob Picks Top 5 2008 Stories

1. GOP takeover number one story for 2008. Republicans now control the Senate and the House with 26 Republicans and 22 Democrats in the Senate. In the House the Republicans have 61 and the Democrats have 40.
2. Dana Murphy beats Jim Roth for Corporation Commissioner in the most negative campaigning in the history of Oklahoma by any Democrat or a Republican candidate. Dana Murphy stayed focused and run a clean race and did not return evil for evil. Dana stayed with her qualifications and did an outstanding job articulating her qualifications a traveling all over the state speaking to various groups.
3. House Speaker Lance Cargill resigns.
4. Democrat Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan convicted. Another Democrat crook bites the dust!
5. Rep. Sally Kerns makes national news for speaking the truth. She was over overwhelming re-elected and is one of the most respected members of the House.

Organize Now Get Active In Your Precinct

What Conservatives Must Now Do
By Peter Ferrara on 12.31.08 @ 6:07AM
Return to the Grassroots
First and most important is to build up mighty, grassroots networks across the country. This is something that conservatives must do, not Republicans, who need to work on their own grassroots party network. Conservatives have become too good lately in lecturing Republicans on what they must do. We need to lead by building a powerful political movement, and the Republicans will then naturally follow.

The radical, liberal-left agenda is tailor made for generating grassroots firestorms in opposition. Included in that agenda is national legislation to remove all state restrictions on abortion, all parental notification, waiting periods, informed consent, and partial birth abortion restrictions. Instead we are slated for taxpayer funding for abortion on demand. Another beaut is national legislation to remove all state protections of gun rights, such as conceal and carry permits. Then there is the federal takeover of health care, the federal shutdown of proven, reliable energy production, global warming regulation to shut down what is left of the economy, the "fairness" doctrine to shut down talk radio, and national legislation to take away workers' rights to a secret ballot election to determine whether they will be forced into a union in their workplace. That last item also includes forcing union contracts on businesses, small, medium and large, in place of the current system of free negotiation.

And we haven't even gotten to tax increases yet. Nor the trillion dollar deficit Obama will propose in his first budget, which will increase federal spending to the highest levels in peacetime in U.S. history, by far.

Conservatives don't need to wait for national leadership. Just start an activist grassroots network in your own locality. This consists most fundamentally in gathering lists of names, phone numbers, and emails of those in your area who will take political action to fight on one or more of the above issues, and others that will arise (Senator Patrick Leahy's court packing plan, for example). Political action means first and foremost communicating, to neighbors, family and friends, privately and publicly. Public communication is pursued through media outlets (letters to the editor, press releases, commentaries for local papers, complaints to the media by phone or in writing, induced media coverage), public forums and meetings (showing up with signs, loud protests, and speaking where that is allowed), contacts with elected officials (by phone, email, or in person), and public protests by the activist group itself.

The group's leadership would communicate with members through newsletters and action alerts, informing them about the issues, and about what is going on in Washington. This would be enhanced by meetings primarily involving attractive social gatherings at least once a month, which will build the spirit and cohesiveness of the network. An informative speaker at such events would help.

During campaign season, such groups would grow into fundraising networks, sources of campaign volunteers, and get out the vote drives, for candidates that support the group's views. Don't be shy about participating in politics. That is your right which many have fought and died for. The Left is not shy.

Most people are politically inactive except for showing up to vote, or maybe providing campaign contributions. So even a group of 20 active members is a political force. You can form such groups out of your existing social network, including friends from your church or even your union. But don't try to formally affiliate with your church or union, or ask them for permission to form your own group by contacting people you know. Also, don't pick a name for the group that suggests radical, inflammatory, revolution. The style should be moderate, informational, competent, professional. The substance should be vintage Reagan.

Conservative leaders must organize state, regional, and even national networks of such local groups, reaching into every congressional district in the country. State, regional or national conferences would add to the punch. This grassroots organizing should be in addition to existing organizations dedicated to pro-life, gun rights, and taxpayer issues, which are all to the good, but more is needed.

Democrats Opposed Freeing Slaves

On New Year's Day in 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect. For over a year, Senator Charles Sumner, Senator Orville Browning, Governor Andrew Curtin and other Republican leaders had been urging President Abraham Lincoln to strike this blow against slavery.
While all Republicans rejoiced, Democrat politicians and newspapers denounced President Lincoln (R-IL) for freeing slaves. Demonstrating their depravity, New York's governor, Horatio Seymour, who would be the 1868 Democrat presidential nominee, denounced the Emancipation Proclamation as "a proposal for the butchery of women and children." The Louisville Daily Democrat called it "an outrage of all constitutional law, all human justice, all Christian feeling."
Acting on authority granted by the Republican-majority 37th Congress to seize rebel "property," President Lincoln had issued the proclamation two months before, to the dismay of the Democrats. Effective at yearend, all slaves in rebel-controlled territory would be "forever free."
Ill-informed critics of President Lincoln fault him for not freeing slaves in areas under U.S. control, but the federal government lacked the necessary authority. Within three years, the Republican-majority 38th Congress followed up the Emancipation Proclamation with the 13th Amendment, banning slavery throughout the nation.

Top 25 GOP Candidates For 2012

Here is a list of the top 25 GOP candidates for President in 2012.

1) Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina. The sane conservative choice.
2) Mike Pence, US Representative from Indiana. The insane conservative choice.
3) Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota. No strikes against him. Slogan: "If McCain had picked me, who knows?"
4) Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. If he thinks he can win re-election in 2010, he'll do it and then run for President. If he thinks Hutchison will beat him (see #9 below), he won't run for re-election, and then run for President.
5) Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts. He has to be on the list because it's possible that nobody else with access to serious funding will run. In the meantime, will he run for governor or senator of one of his various home states (which now includes California)?
6) Jim DeMint, US Senator from South Carolina. Sure acts like he wants it more than anybody else.
7) John Thune, US Senator from South Dakota. It's a shame that Daschle isn't going for the rematch in 2010. That would be a great race.
8) Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana. Says he's not going to run in 2012. They're so cute the first time they say that!
9) Kay Bailey Hutchison. Assuming she becomes governor of Texas (see #4 above) she'd be in great position for it. Slogan: "A Republican woman who knows stuff."
10) Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana. A rarity: a Republican who has recently won an election.
11) Bill Frist, former Senator from Tennessee. Consider yourself warned: the doctor is planning a comeback.
12) Jon Huntsman Jr., Governor of Utah. Mormon, but less creepy than Mitt. Would be higher on this list, but I assume that Romney will torpedo him as revenge for endorsing McCain.
13) Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House from Georgia. Running for President is a great way to meet chicks.
14) Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi. A real rarity: a competent Republican.
15) Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska. Would be lower on this list, but how do I know it isn't God's will?
16) Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida. He got married to a woman earlier this month, which is supposed to put the gay rumors behind him. Good luck with that.
17) Eric Cantor, US Representative from Virginia. He's Mr. Ambition.
18) Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas. Have you noticed that he's been putting the weight back on? Remember when everyone was watching Al Gore's waistline for signs that he was getting in shape to run last year?
19) John Ensign, US Senator from Nevada. As chair of the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, he cleverly cleared away much of the field of prominent Republicans.
20) Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security. Great candidate, but his pro-choice position makes him unfeasible -- unless he can concoct a better magical sanctity-of-life conversion story than Romney did. Possible campaign slogan: "I left Homeland Security WAAAYY before Katrina!"
21) Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida. Perhaps the next US Senator from Florida. Still, 2012 might be too soon for rehabbing the family name.
22) Gen. David Petraeus, CENTCOM Commander. An awful lot of conservatives seem to think this is a serious possibility, and I guess it makes at least as much sense as Wesley Clark did.
23) Lindsay Graham, Senator from South Carolina. Third most likely South Carolinian. A real loser.
24) Don Carcieri, Governor of Rhode Island. Sure, nobody knows him. That's his upside.
25) Unknown business tycoon. I'm sorry to wimp out like that, but I think there's a legitimate chance that the nominee will be some extremely successful but relatively little-known executive -- a center-conservative version of Virginia's Mark Warner, or a Christian version of Michael Bloomberg -- who has never run for public office before. And I have no idea who it might be.
Published Dec 31 2008, 10:40 AM by David S. Bernstein