January 30, 2012

Rush: The GOP Establishment Believes That Romney Cannot Beat Obama

I learned quite a bit about a lot of people during the past week. Not much of it was encouraging.

I learned that Mitt Romney and his acolytes are at least as treacherous as Team Obama, if not moreso. Their ability to tell lies without even a hint of remorse is really something.

I also learned that Romney and the GOP establishment will go after their intraparty opposition harder than they will ever go after their Democratic opponents.

Rush agrees, and asserts something which directly contradicts Ann Coulter’s claim in her column last week that Mitt Romney is the only Republican who is electable — i.e., nobody in the establishment does (including Coulter about a year ago, many will recall), and it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy:

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Romney to Attack Obama the Way He Attacked Newt

… They’ll be scared to death. I’ll tell you something else. The bottom line… I’ve got audio sound bites here that will back me up on this, as I’ve said this from the get-go. Way too much of the Republican establishment doesn’t think Obama can lose anyway. They don’t think Obama can be beat. Their Romney choice is all oriented toward holding the House and winning the Senate, putting themselves in charge of the money and the regulations, and then stopping Obama that way. Now, you and I all think Obama can be beat. But the vast majority of the people who serve as consultants, advise candidates, will do their best to make sure that whatever the vitriol you’re seeing here in this primary will not happen in the general.

The reluctance to attack will also be true of the GOP establishment.

And uh, excuse me, the idea that a GOP House and Senate will stop Barack Obama, the Democratic Party, and the DC bureaucracy (with the help of the establishment press) from expanding its nascent de facto tyranny is drop-dead stupid. Anyone who believes otherwise has no appreciation for what we’re up against.

Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney, those who are backing him, and those who are flacking for him are being played like a fiddle. Here’s hoping Florida voters throw a monkey wrench into this madness.

Juan Williams Finds Racism in Candidates’ (and Others’?) Use of ‘Constitution’ and ‘Founding Fathers’

JuanWilliamsAmazonImageSo a guy whose contract was terminated by NPR on a phony pretext for not toeing the liberal line enough, including writing a book (“Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America–and What We Can Do About It”) which indicted the modern civil-rights movement for, well, undermining Black America, now appears to want eliminate “Constitution” and “Founding Fathers” from the lexicon of Republican candidates — and possibly, it would appear, from political discussion in general — because, well, they’re racial code words.

That is what Juan Williams outrageously claims in his latest column at the Hill today (bold is mine):

Two weeks ago at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., I asked each GOP presidential candidate some pointed questions about the racial politics that will play a big role in the presidential campaign.

Race is always a trigger in politics, but now a third of the nation are people of color — and their numbers are growing. With those minorities solidly in the Democratic camp and behind the first black president, the scene is set for a bonanza of racial politics.

The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”

The code also extends to attacks on legal immigrants, always carefully lumped in with illegal immigrants, as people seeking “amnesty” and taking jobs from Americans.

Well, I guess this explains why so many on the left like Williams breezily assume that anyone associated with the Tea Party or having Tea Party-sympathetic beliefs must be a racist. If you guys would just stop talking about the Constitution and our Founding Fathers, this would all go away — not. Williams et al would find other “code words” which in their fevered imaginations still connote racism. It’s all about the limiting the range of acceptable speech to protect liberal and leftist interests. With all due respect, Juan — pound sand.

This afternoon, Jim Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web noted another potential target of Williams’s ire:

Accusing someone of not respecting “the ‘Constitution’ ” is a racial code word? If that were true, the American Civil Liberties Union would be the biggest racist organization around.

Indeed. When are we going to hear from you, Juan, about the ACLU’s pervasive racism?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘GOP-Governed and Right-To-Work States Saved the Economy’s Bacon in 2011′) Is Up (Update: More Comparisons and Specific State Commentary)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:35 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.


UPDATE: The column necessarily had to summarize matters a bit more than I would have liked. It’s worth digging a bit deeper to show the differences between right-to-work and other states, and GOP-governed and Democrat-governed states.

Having done so, and without throwing up more numbers than readers can stand, I have found that last year’s seasonally adjusted employment growth of 1.20% (per the state-by-state detail) had four elements (includes 50 states plus DC; Rhode Island’s independent governor is treated as a philosophical Democrat):

  • GOP-governed right-to-work states (20) — 1.42%.
  • GOP-governed states which aren’t right-to-work (9) — 1.12%.
  • Dem-governed right-to-work states (2) — 0.39%, thanks almost entirely to North Carolina’s pathetic Beverly Perdue, who is mercifully not running for reelection.
  • Dem-governed states which aren’t right-to-work (20) — 1.17% (the stat was only this “good” because California, which had employment growth of 1.72%, but should have done much better considering the pit it was already in).

There are certain things I wanted to bring up about other states which had to be left on the cutting-room floor:

  • Ohio — Overall, 2011 was a good year for job growth in the Buckeye State, but the year’s second half wasn’t as good as the first. Thanks to the EPA essentially dictating the shutdown of many power plants and the government-imposed de facto moratorium on fracking, the state enters 2012 with heavy headwinds.
  • Georgia — What in the world is going on in the Peach State? It lost almost 14,000 jobs and the unemployment rate at year-end was an underperforming 9.7%. Reader input on this one would be welcome.
  • Massachusetts — The Democrat-dominated Bay State actually underperformed basket case Illinois during the second half of the year. After adding about 50,000 jobs in the year’s first seven months, it lost 10,000 in the final five. RomneyCare anyone?
  • Missouri — Also lost jobs (4,000). Maybe the Show-Me State needs to concentrate more on its overall business climate and less on hitting mythical economic home runs.
  • Connecticut — Added a pathetic 9,000 jobs. Tax increases accompanied by little in the way of public-sector union concessions would explain this.
  • New Jersey — The unemployment rate is still 9.0%. It would be worse if Chris Christie hadn’t gotten his way with the Garden State’s budget, but he’s absolutely right that the state’s income tax rates need to come down.
  • Wisconsin — The unemployment rate is relatively low (7.1%, down from 7.5% at the beginning of the year), but job growth ended up weak. Sadly, I think that uncertainty over the results of the gubernatorial recall of Scott Walker and the union-driven atmosphere of intimidation in much of the state is having a negative impact. Businesses seem to be holding off on hiring decisions pending that outcome. It is no understatement to assert, as Stephen Moore did in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, that the recall is “The Most Important Non-Presidential Election of the Decade.”

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (013012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: Barstow woman walks for first time in 10 years

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Barstow, California:

Terri Medina lost both legs due to diabetes, but fought to walk with the help of prosthetics

January 29, 2012 9:04 AM

Before coming to Rimrock Villa Convalescent Hospital last summer, Terri Medina spent her days sitting idly in a wheelchair.

But today the 50-year-old former mortgage loan professional is doing something she hasn’t done in a decade: She’s taking life one step at a time, literally.

And for Medina, a double amputee who was overweight and with stage four kidney failure, the transformation the last five months has been more than a surprise.

“Oh man, try a miracle,” Medina said. “Not only has Rimrock saved my life, but I’m walking again.”