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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Virginia Democrats Eating Their Own

Virginia's Democratic candidate for the delegate seat in the 9th District, Ward Armstrong, knows he's got a tough way to go.  A Democrat in Southside?  Where an economic depression - and Democratic leadership - have been a way of life, and a conjoined fact of life.

And if that ain't bad enough, he's got Barack Obama to answer for, a man who's efforts have been about as appreciated in Henry, Patrick, and Franklin Counties as Chinese imports of textiles and furniture.

So what's a guy - fearful for the gig that is his entire life - to do?

First, he dumps the baggage. In a TV commercial that goes out to all his potential constituents:

"Charles Poindexter is comparing me to Barack Obama. That's a stretch, Charles." He said with a tortured smile.

I guess we can expect ol' Ward to not be on that herse of Obama's when it rolls through Danville.

Problem is, there are still some die-hard liberal fans of their messiah living here in Virginia who just haven't seen the light yet.  And they don't appreciate Ward Armstrong dissing their guy.

Could Armstrong’s ad jeopardize his leadership position?
By Ryan Nobles, NBC12

Virgina House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong is already feeling the reverberations from a controversial campaign ad that puts distance between he [sic] and President Barack Obama. In the ad, Armstrong touts his “pro-life, pro-gun” record and calls any comparisons to him and Mr. Obama a “stretch.”

Armstrong has not returned our inquiries about whether or not he supports the president’ re-election, but it is clear that his efforts to retain his seat could make life a lot different for him come January.

Armstrong, already one of the most conservative democrats [sic] in the House, will face a fickle House minority that may look to replace him with a member that more accurately represents the voice of the left in Virginia.

“This makes it harder to justify Ward as the primary voice for our party in the House,” said Del. Dave Englin a liberal member from Northern Virginia and a rising democratic star. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.“

Englin has been rumored to be considering a run for house leadership, a position that could propel him to future run statewide, and make him a powerful liberal voice. A voice that could get a great deal of attention, especially if Virginia gives control of the Senate to republicans [sic].

Armstrong won’t be able to escape the specter of Obama anytime soon. The president’s bus tour scheduled for next week is expected to roll through the Southside. Virginia republicans [sic] are already asking if one of the leading democrats [sic] in Virginia will be there to greet him.  [link]
Yeah.  You can just bet Armstrong will be there with his cheerleader outfit on when the most disliked man in America comes to Danville.  It doesn't take a crystal ball to prognosticate that he didn't pick up and move his family from Collinsville to Bassett just to lose the election because of an association with Obama.

So Armstrong is putting distance between himself and the leader of his party.  And party members here in Virginia are now plotting to have his head on a platter.

Break out the beer.  This is going to be fun to watch.

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Here's Ward Armstrong's problem.  He's got his wagon hitched to a two-horse team.  One that is pulling his rickety cart in two different directions.  For his own reasons, Mr. Armstrong has made utility rates  - and his pledge to let them go no higher - the centerpiece of his campaign.

Problem is, the man who runs his party is doing everything he can to raise them.

Here's his dilemma in a nutshell:
Government vs. EPA
Wall Street Journal

The Environmental Protection Agency's political agenda hasn't gotten any less reckless, but the news is that the rest of the government is beginning to notice—including a majority of the states and even other regulators. And now they are pushing back. This turn comes in the nick of time, since one of the EPA's more destructive rules is due to be finalized next month.

At issue is the so-called utility rule that would impose new limits on mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. The regulation is the most costly in the EPA's history in return for marginal benefits. It was rushed out to force a large portion of the country's coal-fired power plants to shut down. On top of other such de facto anticarbon rules, this could compromise the reliability of the electric system if as much as 8% of generating capacity is subtracted from the grid.

The Texas utility Luminant has already shuttered two coal plants (farewell, 500 jobs) in response to the regulatory cascade, and many more closures are on the way.

Meanwhile, 11 Governors last week wrote to the EPA to protest the utility rule, warning that "full-time power availability could be at risk." And earlier this week 25 state Attorneys General—including four Democrats—filed suit to lift a legal document known as a consent decree that the EPA is using as a fig leaf for its political goals.

Between the Governors and AGs, some 27 states are merely asking the EPA to delay the final rule until the risks can be properly quantified, which is also Senator Murkowski's request. Despite the poor quality of its work, EPA has refused to slow down. While the new protests are welcome, at this point the only thing that will pull back the throttle is a White House intervention. [link]
If Ward Armstrong wants to halt utility rate increases, he needs to stop his party from doing its level best to raise them through the roof.

When I see an Armstrong ad on TV that denounces the EPA (see Joe Manchin), I'll believe he's serious about the issue.  His voicing displeasure with power company executives is pointless, distracting, and misguided.

The RPV At Its Best

I don't have a dog in this fight, but the email I received from the Republican Party of Virginia is such a masterpiece that I thought I'd pass it along.  It has to do with Democratic state Senator Edd Houck, whose district encompasses all of Fredericksburg and Orange and parts of Albemarle, Culpeper, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties.

The RPV:
Panic! Terrified Democrat Edd Houck Grasps at Straws, Misses -- With defeat looming, Democrat scrambles to distract voters from his high tax record  --  
When a campaign is going under, even the flimsiest straw suddenly looks like a life raft. And Edd Houck is grasping at straws as fast as he can.

In his latest TV spot and mail piece, Edd Houck has decided that former Army Ranger, narcotics Cop, turned insurance agent and financial planner Bryce Reeves ... is somehow in favor of sending jobs to China.

Edd's reasoning? Almost as suspect Edd Houck's claims to be a fan of lower taxes.

Here's how Ed lays it out:

Bryce Reeves volunteered for Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by a man who owns part of a company that had to lay off some people in Virginia. Meanwhile, in an unrelated factory, the company expanded a different product line.

Ergo, Bryce Reeves is sending jobs to China! The logic is truly dizzying. Even so, let's take Edd's logic on a test flight and see where it lands.

Edd is a Democrat and is therefore affiliated with the Democratic National Committee, which at one time supported former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

Under Edd's logic, we can safely say that Edd supports the idea of tweeting salacious pictures of his underwear.

In reality, we feel fairly comfortable saying that Edd Houck does not, in fact, support tweeting pictures of his underwear. But if you accept Edd's logic in regard to Bryce Reeves, support for underwear pictures are the logical follow-on.

Let's cut to the chase.
Edd Houck is trying to link Bryce Reeves to the Koch Brothers, the liberal left's latest and greatest conservative bogeymen.  But there's a problem with that. Of the two candidates in the 17th District, only one has taken a donation from Koch Industries, and it isn't Bryce Reeves. 

Looks like Edd is a supporter of sending jobs to China too... if you borrow his strange logic...

Statement of Chairman Pat Mullins on Edd Houck's tenuous logic:

"Edd Houck knows he's losing. People are looking at his record over the past four years, and it speaks for itself. A vote for Edd Houck is a vote for higher taxes, bigger government and less freedom.

While Edd Houck was busy trying to raise taxes, Bryce Reeves has been running a successful small business.

Edd's so scared he's telling reporters that he's Governor McDonnell's best friend in the General Assembly. He's blatantly trying to hide his record by associating himself with someone more popular than he is.

What's next? Edd Houck will try anything.  Maybe he will try to hide from his voting for the largest tax increase in Virginia history while ignore the fact that Virginia's families are still footing the bill for those massive tax hikes.

We doubt he will be on stage with Barack Obama when he comes to town next week, so we suspect that he will try to latch on to Mark Warner instead of trying to defend his record of raising taxes on the people of the 17th Senate district."

 Ed Houck: Proud to support the largest tax increase in Virginia history and the policies of Barack Obama... until it comes time to run for re-election.   

Then, it's false attacks and desperately finding new best friends rather than standing behind his record.   

Edd Houck:  Too Liberal.  Too Long.   


The Spider, Weaving It's Web

When I see the Washington Post - it of macaca and Niggerhead infamy - going all in for a Republican candidate for president - in primary season - naturally I begin to smell a rat.

Reading today's paper, that smell is mighty powerful.  In the headlines:

Mitt Romney solidifies his front-runner status in Republican debate

Mitt Romney prospers in Republican debate

Mitt Romney returns to frontrunner status (by that snake, E,J. Dionne)

Just nominate Mitt Romney, already

Not even close: Romney crushes the field

All this in a rag that will support a Republican in the general election when chickens sprout teeth, makes me wonder ...


This All Ya Got?

The Democrat-controlled Senate voted down Obama's "job's bill" yesterday.

Obama promptly blamed Republicans.

In lieu of having a jobs plan, this is the best Obama could come up with.

Kinda pathetic.

Sarah Palin Is Right

Crony capitalism is at the heart of America's problems.

See "SunPower: Twice As Bad As Solyndra, Twice As Bad For Obama" and be saddened for your country.

A Warning For The Liberal Media

As a student of history, I offer you this advice.  Before you go all orgasmic over the revolution that you see the "occupy Wall Street" "movement" to be - a la the frenetic 1960's - consider:

It was 1960's radicalism that brought about the 1968 presidential election of one Richard Milhous Nixon.  Law and order.  First and  foremost.

"How can a party that can't keep order in its own back yard hope to keep order in our fifty states?"

The results:

Do you really want that?  Celebrate chaos - again - and live with the result.

* The map shows the results of the 1968 presidential election.  Nixon-Agnew in red.  Humphrey-Muskie in blue.  Wallace/LeMay in green.

The Thrill Is Gone

Oh.  My.

Those Who Carry The Load Fight Back

My overriding observation of the goings-on in that park in New York City in which young people - those "occupiers" - are sitting on their asses each day and doing nothing is this:  Those are the kind of people who will be sitting on their asses doing nothing the rest of their lives.  And who will be complaining about their plight the whole while.  As the rest of America works overtime to feed them, clothe them, shelter them, and tell them how guilty we feel for having done such a horrible job in providing for them.

Well, not this homeboy.

Consider me a part of the counterrevolution.

I am the 53 percent.

 “Suck it up you whiners. I am the 53 percent subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain."

The producers of wealth are poised to strike back, leading with this message:

Take it somewhere else, losers.  Like Cuba.  Surely there's a shack in that hellhole of a "worker's paradise" that hasn't yet crumbled and can accommodate you.

'Occupy Wall Street' On Display

I read this morning that some nitwit on the Left has denounced a Republican congressman for "wanting to silence" the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd.

Not even.

We want the entire world to see who makes up their ranks.

Today's offering - uncensored and proud of it:

Such idiocy you'll never find on "Saturday Night Live."

Censorship? Not hardly. Give these doofuses a megaphone and let the cameras roll.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.

Be Mad At Those Who Caused The Calamity

It drives me nuts when I hear someone say the investment markets caused the economic crisis we've been dealing with for the last four years because they were "unregulated."  Abject ignorance has that effect on me.

The truth?  Regulators - beginning with do-gooder Democratic congressmen - were the cause.

Read and learn:
Wall Street's Gullible Occupiers
By Peter J. Wallison, Wall Street Journal

There is no mystery where the Occupy Wall Street movement came from: It is an offspring of the same false narrative about the causes of the financial crisis that exculpated the government and brought us the Dodd-Frank Act. According to this story, the financial crisis and ensuing deep recession was caused by a reckless private sector driven by greed and insufficiently regulated. It is no wonder that people who hear this tale repeated endlessly in the media turn on Wall Street to express their frustration with the current conditions in the economy.

Their anger should be directed at those who developed and supported the federal government's housing policies that were responsible for the financial crisis. [link]
Read the whole thing.

It comes down to this: The government, with pressure applied by the likes of Barney Frank, forced banks to hand out loans to people too poor to ever repay them.  27 million of them.  The unavoidable disaster resulted when the loans went into default by the millions and foreclosures became our way of life.  And we are where we are.

So don't listen to those children demonstrating in the streets of New York.  They haven't a clue.

As for government regulation, nobody can rightly argue that we can do without it.  It has its place.  But we can certainly demand - with this debacle fresh in our memories - that government regulation do no harm.  And for those responsible for this tragedy -starting with Barney Frank - to be punished.