March 9, 2010

Lucid Links (030910, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:47 am

Eric Massa (HT QandO) let it rip on a radio show yesterday

“Never before in the history of the House of Representatives has a sitting leader of the Democratic Party discussed allegations of House investigations publicly, before findings of fact. Ever.”

“I was set up for this from the very, very beginning,” he added. “The leadership of the Democratic Party have become exactly what they said they were running against.”

That last assertion is a bit of an understatement. As bad as it was (see somewhat-related next item), what they were running against was never as bad as what the Democratic Party has become.

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Rasmussen’s report on the Ohio U.S. Senate race shows no change, with Rob Portman leading Fisher and Brunner by 5 and 6 pointzzzz … zzzz … zzzz …

… Oh, I’m sorry. You can tell I’m really not excited about the race.

I’m not excited for the same reason the Tea Partiers aren’t excited (HT Right Ohio):

For years, Rep. Roy Blunt and former Rep. Rob Portman touted their positions of influence in Republican leadership circles in Washington, D.C.

But now both are running for Senate seats and discovering their Washington résumés to be something of a liability at a time when the Tea Party and disaffected fiscal conservatives have new political power.

… While Blunt has reached out to Tea Party activists, Portman has kept them at arm’s length so far.

… Portman has been more aloof, according to Tea Party organizers in Ohio.

“He has not reached out to our group,” said Rob Scott, founder and president of the Dayton Tea Party.

There are few things that hack me off more than a politician, especially one with no track record for over two years (who’s been paying you, pal?), two mediocre one-year stints in government positions, and a mediocre record of fiscal responsibility as a congressperson, assuming that he or she has a presumptive lock on my vote, and that he doesn’t have to earn it.

Portman doesn’t understand that much of his record shows that he’s part of the problem, not part of solving it. To be sure (paraphrasing Glenn Beck), he’s not about riding the rocket ship to ruin, as the current administration is, but, again based on his track record and his associations, he doesn’t seem to mind if we get eventually get there on a slow train — especially if he ends up financially comfy as a side-effect.

Earth to Rob Portman: You haven’t made the sale. You don’t even seem like you’re trying to make the sale. You almost seem to think that you’ve already made the sale. I repeat: You haven’t. You’re saying, “Vote for me, vote for me, I’m an ‘R’ and not a ‘D.’” That doesn’t cut it, pal. You will not get my vote, or the votes of many of the folks in the Tea Party movement, until you get off your high horse, engage the electorate, and tell us what you’ll do to help return us to Constitution-based governance.

I should add that Portman’s implicit assumption that the sensible conservatives and center-righters who make up a large majority of Ohio’s potential electorate have nowhere else to go may be incorrect.

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Watch this video snip of Dan Rather with Chris Matthews captured on EyeBlast TV.

If you’re pressed for time or have trouble with the vid, here is what Rather said about our (in reality, not-white, not-black) president:

Listen he’s a nice person, he’s very articulate …. but he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.

If you see the vid, note how Matthews tries to talk over Rather to save him from himself.

No Republican or conservative on earth could get away with saying this. It’s a safe prediction that the establishment media will ignore it.

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In a Wall Street Journal editorial (“Iraq’s Remarkable Election”) this morning:

It takes a cynical mind not to share in the achievement of Iraq’s national elections. Bombs and missiles, al Qaeda threats and war fatigue failed to deter millions of Iraqis of all sects and regions from exercising a right that is rare in the Arab world. Even the U.N.’s man in Baghdad called the vote “a triumph.”

… President Obama deserves credit for resisting his own calls in 2008 for a quick American withdrawal. U.S. forces are considered by all sides to be honest brokers and guarantors of stability. So it was unfortunate to hear Mr. Obama, with the polls barely closed and no votes counted, promptly declare the election makes it possible that “by the end of next year, all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq.”

… We heard for years that toppling Saddam Hussein was a mistake because it empowered Iran. Now that Iraq is emerging as a unified democracy, the government in Baghdad can be a counterweight to Iran without the brutality and threat to the region that Saddam represented. Even as the number of U.S. troops declines, a sustained U.S. commitment will serve Iraq, the larger Middle East and American strategic interests.

Obama would get more credit from me if he called Iraq what it is: a victory. After all, it’s been one for at least 15 months.

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