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Saturday, June 10, 2006

As The Real Kaine Emerges ...

Want to know why I hold left-leaning political bloggers in such low regard? Here in Virginia, they all supported Tim Kaine when he was running for the office of governor and announced that he would not raise taxes. They cheered him on when he said he would support our Second Amendment rights. They shouted "Amen!" when he called for fiscal discipine. And they shared a wink and a nod when Kaine - in those solemn tones perfected by Bill Clinton back when he was lying through his teeth in order to get elected - announced that he was reversing himself and would support the death penalty.

All the lefty bloggers are still fervent supporters of Tim Kaine today after he's offered up a massive tax increase, after he's vetoed two Second Amendment-related bills, after his budget proposal set a record for profligate spending, and now that he has reverted to his anti-death penalty ways. A principled person might have a bit of a problem with all that but they feel only love.

Here, by the way, is the latest subterfuge exposed:
Kaine criticized on postponement
By Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Skeptics of Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's vow to uphold death sentences despite his opposition to the death penalty resurfaced this week after the Democrat postponed the execution of a convicted triple killer Percy Levar Walton.

"It's pretty predictable to me," said former Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, who lost to Mr. Kaine in last year's election. "I've said all along that he would be a governor who would not enforce the death penalty."

... the criticism resurfaced on Thursday. After the U.S. Supreme Court denied Walton's final appeal, and about an hour before the scheduled execution, Mr. Kaine used his executive powers to delay the execution for six months on the grounds that it is unconstitutional to execute Walton, 27, if he is "a mentally incompetent person." (
There are bloggers out there who supported Kaine when he, well, said he'd try to be more like a Republican. They'll extol his virtues still, now that he is proving himself to be just the opposite.

What exactly do they believe?

The Face Of The Democratic Party

It seems only fitting that the one man in the United States Congress that best represents the anti-American left should be at the head of the Democratic party:
Murtha may seek majority leader job
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times

Rep. John P. Murtha, who has called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq, threw a political curveball yesterday by announcing he would run for majority leader if the Democrats win back the House in November. (
I hereby raise my voice in support of Murtha's candidacy. The Democratic party deserves him.

She's Baaaack!

Like that pimple on your butt cheek, Hillary just won't go away:
Wounds Salved, Clinton Returns to Health Care
By Robin Toner and Anne E. Kornblut, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, June 9 — No policy issue has bedeviled Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton more than health care. Ever since the collapse of her proposal for universal coverage in 1994, critics have used the issue as prime evidence in their case that she is, at heart, a big-government liberal with a zeal for social engineering.

But now, as Mrs. Clinton heads into her re-election campaign and a possible bid for the presidency, she is trying to recast the political disaster of 1994 as something else: as a badge of honor, as a symbol of lessons learned and, perhaps most significant, as invaluable preparation for dealing with the problems in the health care system today. (
It is not arguable that America's healthcare system is as messed up as it is because of government interference. Hillary came close in '94 to making it far worse. She was smacked down then; she needs to be put in her place again. If you want healthcare to be even more unaffordable and the system to be even more bewilderingly complex, let any politician - especially Mrs. Clinton - talk of fixing it.

It's Been Tried ... And It Failed

Remember when Howard Dean was hailed as the man of the future because he had harnessed the power of the internet and was going to use it to propel him into the White House? Remember how that turned out? He couldn't even win Iowa.

Well, never let it be said that the leadership of the Democratic party doesn't know how to perfect a losing proposition:
Democrats discover support in 'netroots'
By Charles Hurt, The Washington Times

LAS VEGAS -- After years of demoralizing political failures, Democrats have turned to the Internet for electoral salvation.

The heartbeat of this liberal "netroots" movement is gathering this weekend at an aging gambling house in hopes of plotting a political recovery for Democrats and the party's top elected leaders -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California -- will participate. (link)
Hillary is resurrecting her disastrous Hillarycare program, an anti-war anti-American fossil may head up the Democratic party in the House of Representatives, and the BIG strategy to regain the White House in 2008 involves a disastrously failed scheme from the past.

Who's coaching you guys? Tom Delay?

There Was a Day

Just as the Democratic party has its skeletons in the closet (see Hillary above), the Republicans have theirs as well:
Gingrich May Run in 2008 If No Front-Runner Emerges
By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Staff Writer

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) expects to run for president in 2008 if the contest for the Republican nomination still seems wide open late next year, he said yesterday. (
As much as I like ol' Newt and as much as we should all be thankful for his Congressional leadership during the dark days, and despite the fact that he is a brilliant and articulate spokesman for the conservative movement, Gingrich has too much baggage. Not least of which was his abrupt resignation from the House - and the reason for it.

So I'd counsel Newt Gingrich to stick to his day job on Fox News and to give up on any notion that he can achieve glory. His glory days are over.

Proof That Hillarycare Will Never Work

This may be a bit of a stretch but in my mind one need look no further than Virginia's liquor distribution system to see how government intrusion in private enterprise can completely screw up a good thing.

I can drive 15 minutes north - into West Virginia - and buy all the booze I want at attractive prices. The liquor stores there are actually - hold onto yourself - privately owned and operated.

Not so here in Virginia. Some do-gooder way back when - a Democrat I'll bet - decided the sale of liquor would be handled through government stores. Just as the Soviets did it in the old USSR.

Today we find ourselves with a situation where those government stores are few and far between, inconveniently located, with a horrid selection of products, and sky-high prices.

Kinda reminds you of our ever-expanding healthcare problem, doesn't it?

Oh, I should mention another problem - shortages. If you're looking for your favorite bottle of wine these days, it ain't there:
Gone with the wine
ABC stores are running low on Virginia wine as they clear their stock in response to a 2005 federal district court ruling.
By Christina M. Wright, The Roanoke Times

Virginia wines will soon run dry at Alcoholic Beverage Control stores as the state awaits a legal appeal that could allow ABC to replenish its stock.

"There is hardly any wine in the warehouse now," said Rebecca Gettings, spokeswoman for the ABC board. "After the ruling, ABC encouraged the manufacturers to retrieve their wine" for possible sale to other distributors.

ABC stores have sold only Virginia wines since a 1985 compromise with private retailers and Virginia farm wineries. (
We have to wait for "a legal appeal" before we can expect to find a bottle of wine on any shelf at any liquor store in the entire state of Virginia.

Lenin and the Soviet system died, right?

It's probably against the law for me to take your online orders for wine and fulfill them by driving up the road to West Virginia where the fruit of the vine is in great abundance - where free enterprise still prevails and the politicians haven't gone stark raving mad - so I'll just suggest that you take the initiative, hop in your car, head over to Bluefield, and load up. The sales tax over there is a bit steep but at least the industry hasn't yet been taken over by morons. So there's plenty to go around.

What to learn from this fiasco? Hillary Clinton and the United States government are prepared to do to your healthcare system what the geniuses in state government have done here in Virginia to the wine industry. Which is to say: There is no wine available for sale; there'll be no healthcare.

More Trouble For The Dixie Chicks

I made mention yesterday of the underwhelming number of ticket sales the Dixie Chicks have brought in prior to their "In Your Face, America" tour. Today brings another indication that their former fans are trying to send them a message:
Doug from Upland, posted on
Free Republic
Dateline: Greensboro, NC

American Idol star Chris Daughtry returned for a coming home celebration in McLeansville, North Carolina. On Saturday, June 3, he performed a few songs at the McLeansville shopping center and then with his band ABSENT ELEMENT at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro.

But there is a part of the story that you probably didn't read. The show was hosted on stage by CLASSIC ROCK 92, an FM station in Greensboro.

Among the announcements made by the DJs was that they would be giving away tickets to the upcoming concert by the Dixie Chicks. When that announcement was made, there was substantial booing from the crowd. It was a pleasure to be there in person and hear it. (
The Chicks would do well to plan their tour around MoveOn.org events and Cindy Sheehan photo-ops where they can find their fans these days.