March 25, 2010

DeWine & ORPINO (Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) Punish Reps Who Endorse Seth Morgan…

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 12:00 pm

Via an emailer (link inserts are mine):

Friends,

Do you remember how the Ohio Republican Party rushed & duped [some of] the State Central Committee members to endorse Dave Yost against already-announced, conservative Seth Morgan for Auditor? And remember how [most] of the committee rubber-stamped it without even speaking to Seth Morgan?

Well, I had heard a rumor that the boys (DeWine, Husted & the ORP) were also punishing any elected officials who have, after vetting both candidates, endorsed Seth Morgan. (Do you see the “do as I say not as I do” paradigm at work here)?

That rumor was confirmed last night when two [conservative] State Reps told me that they were – among other things – being denied the use of bulk rate postage for their campaigns, specifically because they endorsed Seth Morgan. This is a resource to which all incumbents normally have access, so who knows what’s next.

This is of course (and again) wrong and should be admonished by everyone…especially by those who blindly chose to endorse in that race w/o speaking to BOTH candidates (the SCC vote was arranged as an up or down vote on Yost only). Really it says more about them (State Central Committee members, State Senators & County Auditors, etc.), than it does the corrupt, nepotistic Nancy’s at the ORP.

I have confirmed this with one of the State Reps and find this outrageous.

Let’s make sure we send a clear message in May and November. Namely, that we’re not going to vote for just any “R;” rather the R’s who deserve and earn our votes (Josh Mandel, Seth Morgan). That is the only way to correct their unacceptable behavior and encourage their redemption. If they don’t follow our lead, then they will “Whig Out” of existence as we start the arduous task of building a 3rd party.

The ball is in their court (so at least they have half a pair with which to start…).

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UPDATE: More detail is at RightOhio, who posted on this at about 11:30 a.m.

Lickety-Split Links (032510, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:04 am

Imagine that — “Senate will have to return health bill to House.” From Alan Fram at the Associated Press (link will probably change throughout the day):

Senate Republicans learned early Thursday that they will be able to kill language in a measure altering President Barack Obama’s newly enacted health care overhaul, meaning the bill will have to return to the House for final congressional approval.

It appeared initially that deleting the provisions, dealing with Pell grants for low-income students, should not cause major problems for Democrats hoping to rush the bill to Obama and avoid prolonging what has been a politically painful ordeal for the party.

It’s such a “no major problem” thing that the House will have to vote again. The vote doesn’t necessarily have to go as it did on Sunday, Alan. Following the rules is such a pain in the butt, isn’t it?

Oh, and we now have an AP apparatchik acknowledging that as far as theDemocratic Party is concerned, their party’s well-being is more important than that of the country. Thanks for confirming that, Alan.

Well, since we’re on a “no major problem” track with party uber alles, party hearty on this: Every one of the 219 Democrats who will more than likely (barring a sudden appearance of conscience and statesmanship) vote to re-affirm their Sunday vote before this week is out will be confirming John Dingell’s statement to Paul W. Smith that this isn’t about health care, it’s all about control.

Every one of them will own Dingell’s comment lock, stock, and barrel as if they had said it themselves. Constituents should spend the day reminding their congressmen of that inconvenient fact. Anyone who doesn’t change their vote will be an on the record, self-incriminated supporter of tyranny.

Update, 9:30 a.m.: An AP update and an new headline (“Senate’s fix to health care law slowed by snag”) from Fram — “Democrats described the situation as a minor glitch, but did not rule out that Republicans might be able to remove additional sections of the bill.

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I heard the so-called “death threat” against Bart Stupak on the radio last night on the midnight top-of-hour Fox radio news. It was an “I wish you would die” statement, not an “I will cause you to die” statement. Having heard the latter directed at myself at one time in the past, I thoroughly understand the difference — and so does the egregiously irresponsible establishment media, which is pretending that there is no difference.

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Related Instapundit mini-rant:

STENY HOYER IS SUDDENLY WORRIED ABOUT PEOPLE WITH PITCHFORKS.

He (Steny Hoyer) was notably silent when it was President Obama making pitchfork threats, and when his political ally ACORN was busing mobs to executives’ homes. Man up, Steny. Or just, you know, shut up. You’re a hypocrite when it comes to thuggery, and you and your colleagues aren’t credible playing the victim.

As noted, they’re pretty good at playing the perp. Ask Tom Lauria and Chrysler’s non-TARP secured lenders.

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Surprise (not):

House GOP aides and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service believe health care legislation passed this week requires lawmakers to enroll in government-run insurance programs — while exempting leadership staffers, many of whom were instrumental in crafting the bill.

Paraphrasing the late Leona Helmsley, “Only little people get stuck with ObamaCare.”

Positivity: Iraqi archbishop optimistic about election’s consequences for Christians

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:18 am

From Mosul, Iraq:

Mar 23, 2010 / 01:07 am

Almost all Catholics who fled Mosul in the run-up to the March 7 election have returned home, according to the latest reports. The Archbishop of Kirkuk said he was “very optimistic” that security would improve and minority groups, including Christians, would have a bigger voice because of the election’s outcome.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need on Monday, Archbishop Louis Sako said the uncertain situation of Iraq’s Christians looked set to improve regardless of the outcome of the elections, whose results are expected by month’s end.

“The elections were carried out very well. During the campaign period, the political parties debated their programs in a very civilized way,” he told ACN from Kirkuk.

“The last election in 2005 was much more sectarian. Now people have chosen more secular parties, not like last time. Whatever happens, it will be a good result. I am very optimistic about that.”

The latest indications suggest a victory for former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. During his time in power from 2004-2005, the archbishop said he was “decisive” during the violence in Fallujah and Najaf.

“He imposed the law and the army was able to help stabilize the security situation,” the prelate explained.

Even if the present Prime Minister Nouri Malaki wins, Archbishop Sako said, “it will be okay and things will change. People are tired of violence and they are determined to see an improvement.”

Go here for the rest of the story.