On the Political Front

Did you read Bob Beckel today? Heartening to learn he felt the need to warn his party, “Beware of Michael Steele.” Then Peggy Noonan said, “One senses in a new way the disaster that is Nancy Pelosi.” And Rich Lowry went after the prez with, “On the stimulus, when Obama says, “I won,” he’s out of better arguments.”

Not only was it a good morning on the editorial front but the president had a very calm hissy fit calling it “inexcusable and irresponsible” that the stimulus bill has been delayed despite the overwhelming opinion of the American people that the bill is the most pork-laden disaster in our history. Maybe people really are listening. With those “500 million Americans” out of jobs each month (Hey, I didn’t make that up – Pelosi did!), there are plenty of folks with tons of time to participate in the latest polls. They can see what’s what and they aren’t falling for the rhetoric. Go team!

More:

The Anchoress: Anchoress stimulus plan a hit! – UPDATED

Power Line: President Obama — diminishing himself to serve Speaker Pelosi

The Next Right/Patrick Ruffini: What Can Republicans Do? Win.

The Washington Times/Stephen Dinan: CBO: Obama stimulus harmful over long haul

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Obama, Rush, and What Dems Can Expect

From Jennifer Rubin at Commentary.com

But insulting the Republicans at the White House with a Rush Limbaugh jibe isn’t the way to win adherents. It is noteworthy that the insult  leaked, suggesting the Republicans are getting ready to burst the bipartisan façade. For a fellow who is supposed to respect his opponents Barack Obama sure has a habit of demeaning their legitimate policy concerns. (”What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”)

At this stage of things, Obama likely has amassed all the adherents he ever will. Certainly gaining more in Congress is unlikely. Being dismissive of or insulting to Republicans is more likely to feed ego or thrill the faithful. However, it reflects poorly on the source more than the target and is just part of the strategy to marginalize the opposition. So develop a thick skin, make a flap over it if you must, and move on. There are larger issues at hand.

It is wishful thinking to see this era as anything but partisan. Lofty concepts like post-partisan or bi-partisan will be given lip-service at best. There is very little Republicans can do except hold firm to what makes them different and remind voters at every turn.

Whatever failures accrue to the Democrats must be clear and unequivocally their responsibility. For each one they must be held accountable. Democrats did nothing less during the last administration and should expect nothing less in return.

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RNC Chairman Poll


Only one vote per person.

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#TCOT = Top Conservatives on Twitter

If you haven’t heard the news, Twitter is fast becoming the best place to get your political news in short form. With a 140 character limit, even Bill O’Reilly would be happy with the pithiness of the posts. Tiger4Truth will continue to be my venue for long-winded posts but Twitter is now my favorite place to write.

If you happen to be right-leaning, check out the list of Twitter folk at Top Conservatives on Twitter. There’s no lack of interesting commentary there. Or visit the T4T page and click the link to the Tweet folk I follow. That group will always be a work in progress, so check back often to see who has been added. It might even be you!

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Run Every Race to Win

Republicans had a couple of reasons to be happy this weekend with two more Congressional seats secured by late wins in Louisiana. The party isn’t dead yet despite the doom and gloom on the web and in the media.

The lessons are simple. You can’t win if you don’t compete and never give up. That means run a candidate in every race and run every race to win. The Democrats certainly will.

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Poll: Is Newt best choice for RNC Chair?

Some Republican eyes are focusing on Newt Gingrich as the likely leader of the party and with good reason. No one has better qualifications or instincts to lead the party through the necessary reformation that will make it viable for the next election cycle. The time for leadership is now – not in two years when the 2012 election gets under way. Newt’s prodigious intellect and unparalleled ability to cut to the heart of a problem and find a solution may well make him the best choice for RNC Chairman at least through the midterms.

What do you think?

More:

The Next Right/John Henke: The Next RNC Chairman

Rebuild The Party

Newt.org/Emily Longnecker: Newt Gingrich on the Future, the GOP and Sarah Palin

Townhall/Robert D. Novack: Newt in ‘One-Two’?

The Next Right/Freedoms_Truth: Newt Gingrich for RNC Chair

AJC/Jim Galloway: Gingrich reaches out to GOP; will they respond?

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