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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Quote of the Day

From Glenn Reynolds:

"SCOTT BROWN TO JOE BIDEN: Next time, know what you’re talking about.

"Yeah, like that’s going to happen."

And they ridiculed Sarah Palin ...


Is It The Message Or The Messenger?

It appears that the only people who bought into Obama's "jobs saved or created" nonsense were members of the mainstream press.  'Cause no one else is buyin' it.  Jim Hoft:
In December the Obama Administration announced they had “saved or created” 1.1 million jobs.

In January the Obama Administration announced they had “saved or created” 2 million jobs.

Too bad for Obama that Americans aren’t buying his “saved or created” nonsense.

Just 6% of Americans believe the $787 “stimulus” boondoggle created any jobs according to a recent New York Times/CBS poll.

Just 6%.
 
It must be Bush’s fault.
See the Times poll here.

The Sun Rises In The West

A couple of mountains to the west of me - over in southern West Virginia - folks may have the opportunity to vote in November for someone who actually has their interests at heart (and not the UMW's). With Democrat Nick Rahall being increasingly disliked by his constituents, the door is wide open for a solid conservative Republican to step up and seize the brass ring.

Enter Elliott “Spike” Maynard:
Republicans mine coal-country anxieties
By Jonathan Martin, Politico

Republicans believe there are three words so powerful that they might reshape the political order in an economically beleaguered corner of the country: War on coal.

With Democrats holding total control of the federal government and a cap-and-trade bill still looming, the GOP is fanning widespread coal country fears that the national Democratic Party is hostile to the coal mining industry, if not outright committed to its demise.

In West Virginia and Kentucky, longtime Democratic House incumbents with solid records on the issue are taking heavy flak. Across the border in Virginia, a veteran Democrat could face his most serious challenge yet in part because of his support of cap and trade. Two junior lawmakers from Ohio are facing threats for the same reason.

The issue may loom largest in West Virginia, where coal mining is an integral part of the culture and makes up a full quarter of the state’s revenues.

A well-known former state supreme court judge switched his party registration to run against 17-term incumbent Rep. Nick Rahall in the state’s coal-heavy south and wasted little time in raising the issue.

“West Virginians deserve a congressman who will fight to end this war on coal instead of standing by idly as thousands of local jobs are threatened,” said Elliott “Spike” Maynard in launching his campaign last month.

In an interview with POLITICO, Maynard said: “Our part of the world and way of life is threatened by liberal Democrats in Washington.”

He pointed out that some environmentalists want to stop all surface mining, the above-ground technique that happens to account for about 40 percent of the state’s coal jobs.

His message, he said, was simple: “If you vote for Spike Maynard, you’re voting for your job and to mine coal. If you’re against me, you’re voting against your job and against mining coal.” [link]
Make no mistake.  It's come to that.  Jobs or "global warming."  Politicians down this way have to decide.

Interestingly, Rahall decided.  He came out against Obama's cap-and-trade bill last June.  But voting no is not good enough for the folks in the coalfields.  They want an advocate.  Someone who is truly there fighting for them.  Rahall, to many, doesn't have it in him.  And he carries a lot of baggage.

So here's to Spike Maynard.  Let's hope he does what his predecessors couldn't or wouldn't do.

A Sign of the Times

Back in December of 2006 I wrote the following about Indiana Senator Evan Bayh - a Democrat - the day after he bowed out of the 2008 presidential race:
If the Democratic Party weren't controlled by the loony left, [Evan Bayh] would be a serious contender in 2008 ...

Senator Bayh ... is one of the few sober and intelligent members of the Democratic Party. Which means he doesn't have a prayer of getting the nomination. Too bad for him. Too bad for them.

Bayh, one of the few level-headed and capable Democrats in American politics today, gives way to Barack Obama, who is a complete mystery to 95% of America - and who has been dealing with national issues all of two years.

Bayh got the message. And got out. A sign of the times ...
A sign of the times indeed.  Bayh is now exiting that loony party - along with his day job - for good:
Democratic Sen. Bayh won't seek re-election
By Glenn Somerville, Reuters

Washington (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, a popular Democrat seen as having a good shot at a third term, said Monday he won't run again because of the kind of bitter politicking that has put President Barack Obama's whole agenda in jeopardy.

Bayh of Indiana said that "narrow ideology" was ruling lawmakers' decisions, thwarting useful work at a time when a bipartisan approach was urgently needed, and sapping his desire to remain in Congress.

Bayh's surprise decision underscored the Obama's and Democrats' problems in the often gridlocked Congress as well as the party's difficulty heading into November's election. [link]
Bayh came about as close to being a moderate as any Democrat in Congress (which may not be saying much).  And now he's gone.  The party is truly becoming the party of the loony left.

Too bad.  Too sad.