May 2010

Happy Memorial Day from Too Conservative

By Brian S

memorial-day_36As most of us take a day of to enjoy some time with friends and family, take a moment to remember the men and women who give Memorial Day its meaning. Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Where’s the competence?

By Brian S

6a00d8341c858253ef00e55470ceec8834-640wiI’ve always been a Peggy Noonan fan, and her article in today’s Wall Street Journal is spot on.  One of the key arguments Democrats made in favor of Obama’s candidacy was that he was far more competent than McCain, and light years above George W. Bush.  In a throwback to the old days of Michael Dukakis and his theme of “It’s not about ideology, it’s about competence,” the President stressed how much more competent he and his team would be during both the campaign and later during the transition.

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And, despite the spin attempts by the White House and the slow-to-react mainstream media, people have been questioning the claim that the Obama Administration is far more competent than the Bush Administration was for a while now.  The list of missteps the President and his team have made is getting longer every day (if you don’t believe me, listen to Sean Hannity’s radio show – he lists them every day at least once during the broadcast). From his cabinet full of tax cheats (at least, the ones who actually got approved by the Senate), his tin ear on illegal immigration, his obsession with passing an unpopular and unconstitutional health care reform law, to his failure to focus on the economy after passing the stimulus (which also never lived up to his or his Administration’s claims) the bloom is definitely off the rose when it comes to questions of competency.

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That brings us to today’s crises.  First, you have his personal response to the Gulf Oil Spill, which has been anemic to the point of being farcical.  Second, you have the White House stonewalling on the attempted bribery of Joe Sestak to get out of the Pennsylvania Senate race in return for high level presidential appointment, either as Secretary of the Navy or something similar.  The President and his administration have sunk to Nixonian levels to ignore that story and refuse to comment on it.  The Sestak issue deserves a post of its own, which I will get to soon.

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The Facts Get Worse and Worse

By Loudoun Insider

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This photo in the WaPo practically made me cry this morning.  Whine all you want about the liberal WaPo and weeny environmentalists, but this photo captures the real essence of man’s often overbearing assault on an unsuspecting natural world.  This poor bird and millions of other organisms didn’t need what is looking more and more to be an easily avoidable mistake born from incompetence and greed. 

 

The facts indeed do keep getting worse and worse in regard to the shortcuts and mistakes that led up to the horrific Gulf oil spill.  Truly disgusting and utterly appalling.  F BP!!! 

 

I am no fan of over-bearing regulation, but this incident should shut up the no-regulation crowd for good.  Stringent, competent regulation (not this kind of BS) is absolutely necessary to protect our finest natural resources.

I’m More Convinced Than Ever …

By Loudoun Insider

… that after the George Reker rent-boy scandal and now this that these uber-anti-gay moralists are fighting their own internal urges! 

OK, Bob, Time To Do Some House Cleaning!

By Loudoun Insider

I asked last week if Bob McDonnell (and Bill Bolling) were completely clueless or poorly served by staff in regard to various happenings in the administration.  Now with the Fred Malek situation getting worse, it is ever more clear that McD needs to make some serious staff changes pronto.  McDonnell says that he was unaware of Malek’s past controversy as an ethnic cleanser for Nixon, and, even worse in my opinion, ethical violations from the SEC (read the details on that one and see if that’s the guy to champion governmental reform!).  If his staff couldn’t vet Malek well enough to find these easily known facts, then they need to hit the road before they damage McDonnell even more.  This is elementary vetting, people!  Now, just as with the Bob Sledd fiasco, McDonnell is stuck defending the indefensible and being damaged politically for an easily avoidable mistake.  Seriously, Bob, it’s well past time for some serious cleansing of your own!

Because We All Know This Is The Key To Beating Jim Moran!

By Loudoun Insider

Oh boy, the purity hunt is in full force in all districts.  Over in the 8th CD, home to the odious obnoxious prick Jim Moran, we have the two GOP candidates trying to outdo each other on pro-life credentials.  Because we all know the key to beating Jim Moran in the 8th CD is selecting the most rabidly pro-life GOP candidate.  Once, again, “we may lose, but at least we’ll be pure”.  And some of you wonder why I am losing faith in the ability of the new wave of GOP leaders to make any gains in NoVA?

A potpourii post for a rainy Sunday – Tito, Djou and ham-handed attempts at spin

By Brian S

32085_1374665299396_1614726848_857371_5223305_nI’ve had a couple of ideas floating around in my head for a post today, but there’s so much to talk about that instead of doing multiple short posts, here’s one long post with a variety of topics for your reading pleasure on this rainy Sunday (at least in Fairfax).

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1. Tito “the Builder” Munoz’s new radio show – Friday night, my wife and I attended a fundraiser for Tito Munoz’s new hour long conservative radio show specifically targeted at an Hispanic audience.  I’ve known Tito for a while now and was happy to come out to support his show.  The turnout was great, with folks coming from around Fairfax and across the state, including my friend Tom White from VARight.com who lives in Hanover county.  Del. Tim Hugo, Springfield Supervisor and 11th District Candidate Pat Herrity and 11th District Candidate Keith Fimian also attended the event.  Delegate Hugo, who is a big fan of Too Conservative, managed to extract a promise from me to stop blogging for a few weeks once my son is born, so if you miss me around the end of next month, you’ll know who to blame!

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I’m happy that Tito is going to be doing this show because he understands – as I have been advocating for a while now – the critical need to expand the Republican party and educate those who only hear the Democratic talking points about Republicans and diversity.  Tito’s outreach to the Hispanic community is going to play a critical role in educating the next generation of Republican activists in Northern Virginia, a large portion of whom will not be the old white male stereotype Democrats love to sell to voters.  Keep up the  good work, Tito!

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UPDATE:  I forgot to mention – if anyone is interested in donating to help Tito, please feel free to send checks to the Conservative Hispanic Coalition, PO Box 3845, Reston, VA 20195.

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2. Charles Djou (R) wins the HI-1 Special Election – The spin coming out of the Democratic party over the last week has focused on what Democrats claim is a Republican inability to win special elections, despite the bad environment for Democrats and incumbents right now.  They point to a number of races, particularly the NY-23 debacle, and their recent victory in PA-12 as proof that November isn’t going to be that bad.  Keep telling yourselves that, my Democratic friends.  Yesterday, Charles Djou, a Republican, won a special election for the Hawaii-1 Congressional seat vacated by Neil Abercrombie (one of my favorite Democratic Congressmen – he is hilarious and was a strong advocate for the maritime industry), who is running for Governor.  This is a big deal, if only because it represents the first time a Republican has held a Hawaiian federal elected position since the 70s.  This is the district in which President Obama was born (I expect Dan, RichmondDem or some of our other liberal commenters to make a snarky Kenya reference to this line), and went for the President by over 50 points.

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What does this mean?  Well, it means exactly what the NY-23 race means: when one side that has an overwhelming majority splits their ticket between two candidates (one an insider, one an outsider), it allows the other side to squeak out a victory.  We just did to the Democrats in HI-1 what Democrats did to us in NY-23.  But don’t expect to see the massive coverage of the Hawaii race we saw of the NY-23 race on TV.  And don’t expect to see anyone calling out DNC Chairman and former part-time Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for his nonsense about Republicans not being able to win special elections either.  No one seems to want to point out to those who argue that PA-12 was a debacle for Republicans a major reason why:  there was a hugely contested and controversial Democratic Senate primary between Specter and Sestak at the top of that ticket that drove Democratic turnout.  We’ll see if Critz can hold Murtha’s old seat in November – just like we’ll see if Djou can hold his seat in November in Hawaii.  My bet for both is no.

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But, for now, I think it’s pretty clear that Democrats better recheck their attempts to downplay the potential disaster awaiting them in November.  If things keep going the way they’re going, there’s going to be a lot of incumbents (hopefully Gerry Connolly is at the top of that list) who get retired this fall.  I remember seeing the look on many of my colleagues faces as we watched the 2006 returns – I’m hoping to see similar looks on the faces of my Democratic friends this year.

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3. Blue Virginia is still saying really dumb things – Despite being banned for presenting an opposite point of view (and thus cutting into Lowell’s profit margin), I still visit Blue Virginia occasionally just to see what kind of left-field nonsense they’re putting up this week.  Today, Lowell is reporting on and repeating a transparent spin attempt by Fairfax County Democratic Party Chair Rex Simmons and Prince William Democratic Party Chair Pete Frisbie to claim that the 11th District Republican Committee canceled yesterday’s convention because party leaders are afraid the candidates will have a “Rand Paul” moment and say something extreme on tape.

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And the Democrats attack us for out-of-left-field conspiracy theories?  “Rand Paul moments?” Seriously?  You’d think Simmons and Frisbie aren’t aware of the fact that Connolly’s campaign has had guys with video cameras following Herrity and Fimian around for months now to public events hoping to catch a Macaca moment.  And you’d also think they’d never considered it might be a good idea to cancel an expensive, time consuming, and resource draining convention when it’s not necessary, as this one wasn’t.

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As a member of the 11th District Committee, I was ecstatic to have the convention cancelled, as I am sure most of my colleagues were.  All of us have heard Pat and Keith speak at least a dozen times in the last six months and there aren’t a lot of activists left who have not chosen sides.  One more convention with both sides preaching to their respective choirs – especially in a primary that has already been as divisive as it has been – isn’t a good use of either candidates’ time.  You don’t spend all morning on a precious Saturday speaking to a couple hundred folks who have already made up their minds.  That’s just a waste of resources and time.  Becky Stoeckel, our Chair in the 11th, is smart and capable and I’m completely confident in her leadership, as I hope the rest of our committee is.  She made the right decision here and it had nothing to do with “Rand Paul” moments or any other Democratic wishful thinking.

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But hey, I can understand why Simmons and Frisbie are spinning.  When early polls show Connolly getting beat by both Fimian AND Herrity, they are going to say or do anything they can do to try to marginalize either candidate.  But, unfortunately for them and fortunately for us (and the rest of the country), it’s probably not going to make an ounce of difference.  Connolly will have an exceedingly difficult race, particularly for him considering he’s shed “buckets of blood” for the unpopular Obama White House and Speaker Pelosi over the last two years.  He better keep praying our nominee has a Macaca moment – otherwise he’ll be looking for work come November.

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10th District Convention Today

By Loudoun Insider

I’ll be there but must go elsewhere immediately afterwards.  And I haven’t figured out how to post from my new phone yet.  So have at it here, budding citizen journalists – final predictions, results, and inevitable wacky goings ons.

McDonnell and Bolling – Completely Clueless or Poorly Served By Staff?

By Loudoun Insider

Bob McDonnell has made more than a few easily avoidable boneheaded mistakes so far as Governor.  Bill Bolling hasn’t been so inept publicly, but of course doesn’t have the level of exposure and responsibility.

 

So why did they go for broke in endorsing Scott Rigell in the 2nd CD, a guy who gave $1,000 each to Mark Warner and Barack Obama (details in this BVBL post)???  We all know there is a growing rift between these two and Cuccinelli for control of the party, and while Cuccinelli has been very active in getting involved in intra-party contests, McD and B have been reticent.  Except for getting behind this Rigell guy, with a donation history any Dem candidate would be proud of (all while avoiding important races for the future like the 10th District debacle awaiting us). 

 

Now you know I am no party puritan, but this is simply a stupid stupid move for McDonnell and especially for Bolling.  If he had any hopes of holding off Cuccinelli in 2013, this seals the deal for Cooch.  Did they know this donation history and chose to ignore it?  Or did their staff simply do no vetting of this guy?  For their political futures’ sakes some heads should roll

Heads up Mr. President – you’re President of Arizona, too

By Brian S

44140130_17450748001_0324dv-mex-border-security-SJ-s260608AT1VW104Most folks would agree that it’s generally bad form to insult someone in their home, especially if they happen to be a neighbor.  And those rules apply to everyone, from you and me to heads of state.  But apparently no one has ever taught this finer point of etiquette to Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico.  He decided to criticize Arizona today from the south lawn of the White House, for – as Major Garrett in this clip notes – a law that has yet to take effect in Arizona.

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There’s something especially hypocritical in Calderon’s criticism of Arizona’s response to his government’s complete failure to keep its citizens from unlawfully invading the United States.  And that’s not even the worst problem – the ongoing drug war between Mexico’s narco-syndicates and Calderon’s government has turned the border between Mexico and the United States into a war zone. Juarez, Mexico – the world’s deadliest city and a stone’s throw across the Rio Grande from the US – is ground zero of that war.  To put things in perspective, in 2008, there were over 1400 homicides in Juarez. The deadliest city in America in 2008, New Orleans, came in with 179 homicides, close to one tenth of the number of killings in Juarez.  This violence has spilled across the border, resulting in violent crimes and the deaths of Americans, including American law enforcement.  Would it be appropriate for President Obama to visit Los Pinos and criticize Calderon for his inability to maintain law and order in Juarez?  I don’t think so.  And apparently President Obama agrees with me. When he visited Mexico City and engaged in a joint press conference with Calderon, the President went out of his way to  praise Calderon for his “courageous” (yet ineffective) efforts against the narco-terrorists and then proceeded to criticize America by implying that we had not done “our part” in solving Mexico’s problem. Our failure, apparently, is the result of both America’s appetite for illegal drugs and our gun laws.  As Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up.  Read the transcript – search for the paragraph that begins I have said this before…”  The President went out of his way not to criticize a country while enjoying their hospitality, and instead chose to criticize his own – something he seems to enjoy doing.  It’s a shame President Calderon couldn’t have returned the courtesy while enjoying our hospitality today.  It’s also a shame that President Obama didn’t call him out on it.  Because, like the drug problem, and to paraphrase President Obama, no one can pretend the illegal immigration problem that prompted Arizona’s law is the United States’ responsibility alone.

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