Category Archives: Election 2010

Some Commentary on the Specter Farewell Whinefest

Timothy Carney took notice at the Washington Examiner.

Paul Chesser comments on the Carney article at American Spectator.

Jay Homnick has this to say about it at AmSpec.

Once again for those who haven’t seen it, here is a video of Specter’s farewell speech.

If you find anymore articles on Specter’s tantrum, post links in the comments, and I will post them here.

Update: Jennifer Rubin at the The Washington Post chimes in.

John Nichols at The Cap Times: Your Progressive Voice (Ick!) gives us a liberal take.

ALLAHPUNDIT at HotAir.

HT: BT

Former RINO Turned Democrat Arlen Specter is a Big Ol’ Whiny Baby

Political whore … er … I mean opportunist Arlen Specter delivers a whine fest on his way out of the Senate.

Tea Parties … whaa whaa … partisanship … whaa whaa … loss of civility … whaa whaa … compromise … whaa whaa whaaaaaaaaaaaa…

Specter bolted the Republican party because he knew he was going to get his a** handed to him in the primary. How dare the unwashed masses challenge His Highness. Then he jumps to the Dems and gets a challenger there. How dare the Dems not welcome the little rat with open arms.

Specter is probably the most smug and insufferable member of the Senate, and that is quite a distinction. (Lisa Murkowski is a close second.) Good riddance to him.

Here is a video of Specter’s farewell speech.

Here is a video of me celebrating his departure.

Independent Conservative Michael Krsiean gets three percent in House race

My friend Mike Krsiean, spending little money in a huge U.S. House District in Wisconsin, still managed to come away with three percent of the vote (over 7,000 votes) in the recent mid-term election. Given the obstacles he had, I think this is an impressive result.

I have associated myself with non major parties like the Libertarians and the Constitutionalists without becoming full fledged members and I have written a book on what they can do to help improve their vote totals, but I believe the 2010 election has shown where independent candidates for high political office may be more successful in the future than non-major party based ones.

If you spend your time at the website  Independent Political Report (and big thank you to Red Phillips for posting my piece on The Non-Partisan Legislature) you can see all the local offices parties like the Greens, Libertarians and Constitutionalists have won across the country. What you’ll find is in many cases these elections are non-partisan. You can see how it helps.  But winning local offices hasn’t helped such parties win offices on the state and national level where its still a two-party game. There still is not a flow upward and I’m not sure if it will ever take place. The barrier which exists which keeps people from voting Green or Libertarian or Constitutionalist is strong one. My friend Ben Manski lost his bid for the Wisconsin State Assembly because voters in the district were still loyal to the Democrats and couldn’t bring themselves to vote for someone representing another party even this person was the better candidate. Its unfortunate but its the way many in the U.S. vote.

But I don’t think voters are as adverse to voting for independents than for minor parties. After all, an independent won an election for governor of Rhode Island and may still win a U.S. Senate seat.  An independent finished second for the U.S. Senate in Florida and governor in Maine.  We have two independents sitting in the U.S. Senate. Looking to the future, especially in areas where there’s one-party domination, independents may well be the only candidates who can offer competition compared to the non-major parties.

Obviously a political party gives one an advantage of the label already on the ballot and presumably the support or party activists. But candidates still have to gather signatures anyway to get on  in most if not all states and really, how much activist support does a candidate really get from the non-majors? It depends on how strong the party is I guess.  Unfortunately such parties are still dealing with energy-sapping, money wasting and time consuming morass of factionalism, which will only get worse when lines are draw for persons to compete for their presidential nominations.

We saw in the exit polling how unpopular the two major parties are and I know how many time I and others heard the phrase “I wish there was another party.”  There are many, many parties in the U.S. but no one votes for them. There’s usual talk of a centrist third major party but that’s all it is talk and who would be dedicated enough to support it, fund it and knock on doors for it? “Centrism” is not a belief, its posturing and positioning, nothing more.  The Independence Party of Minnesota is a good example of a “centrist” non-major party which basically spoils gubernatorial elections and that’s about it.

What’s needed is more people willing to stand up for themselves and their region like my friend Mike Krsiean did instead of standing up for a party. Obviously if we had a parliamentary system which entirely based on party, it would be different. If we wish to claim American “exceptional ism” to the rest of the world, then we need more independent candidates, not political parties.

Olbermann Indefinitely Suspended for Political Contributions

Keith Olbermann is the epitome of the Blue America elitist white person. He oozes condescension and contempt for us unwashed white folks in flyover country.

He was suspended indefinitely without pay after his political contributions came to light. (MSNBC prohibits its “journalists” from making political contributions.) It should shock no one that he gave to Rand Paul’s opponent, Jack Conway, and two liberal candidates for the House in Arizona. You can see his mind working with these contributions. He was going to punish Rand Paul for the thoughtcrime of wanting to follow the Constitution as intended and those evil know-nothing white folks in Arizona who don’t want their state invaded by illegal aliens.

This comes on the heels of criticism MSNBC was already receiving for its election night coverage.

One of the things that is particularly puzzling about Olbermann is that he used to be a sportscaster. Who does Olbermann think watches SportsCenter, liberal Blue America effetes? It was the Red Americans in flyover country that he so despises who were the bulk of his audience.

There will always be liberals, and while I don’t agree with it, I don’t so much begrudge his liberalism as I do the contempt for his co-ethnics in Middle America that virtually drips from his every commentary. It has not always been so. Liberals used to have a somewhat paternalistic attitude (perhaps equally condescending but not contemptuous) toward Middle America. But Olbermann and his ilk don’t feel sorry for Middle America and want to improve their lot in life. He hates them because they dare to resist liberal groupthink.

How did it come to this? What creates a self-loather like Olbermann and his ilk?

Election 2010 And The Unmentionable Sailer Strategy: White Vote Still Key

Election 2010 And The Unmentionable Sailer Strategy: White Vote Still Key

By Steve Sailer

The 2010 mid-term elections were a dramatic reversal from the 2008 Presidential election year. But current commentary is losing sight of that—because it had looked like the election could have been even bigger, particularly for patriotic immigration reformers. Richard Hoste, among the most brilliant of younger commentators, has even suggested sadly that Sharron Angle’s loss to Senator Harry Reid in Nevada calls into question what VDARE.COM has called the “Sailer Strategy”—the idea that inreach to its white base, not outreach to minorities, is the key to future GOP success. I disagree.

Let’s recap what happened….  [Continue Reading]

Tim Wise’s Message to White Americans: Drop Dead

Tim Wise should be given an award for honesty.  (Still, if a white person were to say these things about non-whites, it would be called hate speech.)  Tim Wise’s message to white Americans:

I know, you think you’ve taken “your country back” with this election — and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe, that it’s ours, and how dare anyone else say otherwise — but you are wrong.

You have won a small battle in a larger war the meaning of which you do not remotely understand.

Because you’re on the endangered list.

And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving.

In forty years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Opie-Taylor-Down-at-the-Fishing Hole cornpone bullshit that you hold so near and dear to your heart.

There won’t be any more white folks around who think the 1950s were the good old days, because there won’t be any more white folks around who actually remember them, and so therefore, we’ll be able to teach about them accurately and honestly, without hurting your precious feelings, or those of the so-called “greatest generation” — a bunch whose white members were by and large a gaggle of miscreants who helped save the world from fascism only to return home and oppose the ending of it here, by doing nothing to lift a finger on behalf of the civil rights struggle.

So to hell with you and all who revere you.

By then, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it.

Nothing, Senõr Tancredo.

Nothing, Senõra Angle, or Senõra Brewer, or Senõr Beck.

Loy tiene muy mal, hijo de Puta.

And by then you will have gone all in as a white nationalist movement — hell you’ve all but done that now — thus guaranteeing that the folks of color, and even a decent size minority of us white folks will be able to crush you….

Do you hear it?

The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently?

Because I do, and the sound of its demise is beautiful.

HT:  AR

Why Sharon Angle Lost

Wayne Root has a plausible explanation: the Democrat get-out-the-vote machine.

Unfortunately Root still seems to cling to the Rovian fantasy that Hispanics are natural conservatives and can be wooed to vote for conservatives. But I believe his assessment of the role of the Democrat GOTV machine in Reid’s victory is accurate. What else can account for the difference in polling and the actual vote totals than that the pollsters’ turnout models were inaccurate?

The Specter of Karl Rove and Harry Reid’s Anti-White Strategy in Nevada

Liberals used to criticize Karl Rove’s get-out-the-vote strategy, which usually resulted in mobilizing white Christian voters in key states. But, as with any strategy or technology, if it works, it will be used, and so Democrats have utilized a similar strategy, albeit in an anti-European American guise.

While the liberal media criticized Sharron Angle for criticizing immigration, Harry Reid, for weeks, has been attempting to mobilize non-white voters in Nevada — from promising amnesty and warning that entitlements will be cut to portraying the election as one of non-whites vs. racism. And it seems to have worked:

His victory was powered by overwhelming support from minority voters, according to an AP analysis of preliminary exit poll results. He bested Angle among all non-white voters surveyed, including two-thirds of Hispanics, eight in 10 blacks and three-quarters of Asians.

Contrary to what the media say, the lesson to be learned from this is that Sharron Angle did not do enough to mobilize white voters, which is why she lost and why the left so furiously criticized her immigration ads. As usual, leftists are smarter than conservatives and a few steps ahead of them:  disempower Angle’s identity politics, empower Reid’s identity politics.

Looking ahead to future elections, identity politics may well be the bread and butter of American elections, as the Republican party is largely the Euro party and the “heart and soul” of the Democratic Party is:

Gays and Lesbians, Blacks, Single Mothers, Latinos, people with missing limbs

Whites are fleeing the Democratic Party in droves. A recent poll put Obama’s approval rating:

Among blacks:  91%
Among Hispanics:  57%
Among whites:  36%

In other words, the Democratic Party is becoming the implicit party of non-whites, and Rovian non-white voting drives, driven by promises of entitlements and unfettered immigration, may well be the recipe for future Democratic victories.

Revival of Volatility Signals Historic Era in U.S. Politics

Here’s yet another indication of imperial decay, widespread political instability, which is evident in voters swinging from the Democrats back to the Republicans, who were soundly trounced just two years ago:

Voters this week look set to do something not seen since the early 1950s: Oust a substantial number of sitting House lawmakers for the third election in a row.

The apparent Republican resurgence suggests the country is caught in a cycle of political volatility witnessed only four times in the past century, almost all during war or economic unease.

The see-saw nature of the nation’s politics raises a question: How can the country solve its long-term problems—deficit spending, an underfunded Social Security system, spiraling health-care costs—when voters seem so uncertain which party should lead the charge?

Republican apologists are trying their best to spin this as a sign of a GOP rebirth:

[T]here’s been lots of polling data indicating voter preferences for smaller government — and depending how robust are those findings, tomorrow’s election results might herald a tendency toward limiting the growth of government, if not demands for smaller government per se. Democrats will resist that meme, since they’re out to expand the state and monopolize power over the individual.

Of course, the problem with that view is that smaller government isn’t an option for voters, thanks to rigid ballot access restrictions practically guaranteeing the domination of the two Establishment parties. It was Republicans who boosted DC’s power over State governments with the No Child Left Behind law, and took a major step toward socialized medicine with the Prescription Drugs for Seniors legislation.

As for the Republican Party as a force to shield the individual from big-government Democrats, let’s not forget that it was the Republicans who pushed through the unconstitutional USA Patriot Act, which effectively gutted the Bill of Rights, and the Department of Homeland Security, that behemoth machinery that enables the government to conduct illegal citizen surveillance.

Sarah Palin Endorses Tom Tancredo

This is late breaking news. See the PPS:

First, I want to tell you the latest. With one day to go we remain in a statistical dead heat with the tax and spend, pro-amnesty Hickenlooper. It’s just remarkable! Hickenlooper has spent over $4 million in his campaign and we just broke $1 million last week.

Yet here we are, on the eve of Election Day, poised to win! One pollster even predicted I will win tomorrow because our turnout will be so strong. Another prominent polling firm reported yesterday that I am a few points behind Hickenlooper, but when it comes to intensity of voters we win 47% to 41% –that means our supporters are far more certain about who they are supporting and far more likely to vote!

It all comes down to getting out the vote. Our volunteers have been working relentlessly for the past ten days making calls day and night.

And thanks to your generosity last week we have also been able to reach hundreds of thousands of voters with robo calls –reminding them to get their ballots in the mail.

Tonight we expect to reach 100,000 voters who haven’t yet cast their vote to remind them to get to the ballot box tomorrow.

On this final day of campaigning I wanted to again express my heartfelt thanks to you. Your support has been amazing—every turn of the way you were there to help push me closer to our goal of electing a conservative for Governor—someone who will cut taxes, cut spending and stop illegal immigration cold.

Only then will Colorado be able to return to its citizens the hopes and dreams that come with a better, brighter future.

I have one more rally to go and plenty of radio interviews—Bay Buchanan even has me working tomorrow encouraging voters to get out and cast their vote for common sense, conservative government.

But as I prepare for these final twenty-four hours of my campaign I wanted to take some time and let you know how grateful I am for all you have done. I am so blessed to have you as a supporter and a friend. Thank you and God Bless you.

Warmest regards,

Tom Tancredo

PS. If you live in Colorado please make certain you vote–and that your families and friends vote as well–that is if they are voting Tancredo for Governor! Call them, email them and get them to the polls–it could make the difference! Thanks again!

PPS. Sarah Palin has just endorsed me and is doing a robo call asking voters to get out and vote for me!! That should help with turnout!

Tom Tancredo the Next Governor of Colorado?

The latest Rasmussen Poll has Dan Maes (R) 5%, John Hickenlooper (D) 47%, and Tom Tancredo (ACP) 42%. The margin hasn’t changed much since Wednesday.

Tancredo had to overcome difficult obstacles to get here:

“The high-paid Republican lawyers managed to present a case that was weaker than their candidate,” Tancredo said in a statement. “Their attempt to impede my candidacy has now failed in the courts as well as on the campaign trail. Now our focus must turn to the liberal mayor of the sanctuary city of Denver.”

And now, he might actually win.


McClatchy-Marist
: Tancredo 43, Hickenlooper 47, Maes 7
Magellan Strategies: Tancredo 42, Hickenlooper 43, Maes 9
Public Policy Polling: Tancredo 44, Hickenlooper 47, Maes 5

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Tancredo for Governor
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Non-Partisanship

I registered my disappointment at the upcoming election in my last post  but starting this month I will be in the process of a little activism which I hope will improve our nation’s politics.

I’m going to try and convince my county board to approve a resolution to call for non-partisan state legislature i.e. members are elected without party designation, just like county board members and other local government officials are across the state. If they approve it, hopefully it can become a resolution at next year’s Wisconsin County Association state convention. Ideally, Wisconsin state legislature would like Nebraska’s which is non-partisan or would be like Minnesota and Nevada’s legislatures used to be.

What dominates our politics now is akin to parlimentary system without a parliment. Party-line voting and political tactics within legislative systems has wrecked good public policy and made it hard for independent lawmakers to do what’s right when they are so worried about maintaining the “party line”. Such thinking, truly is a socialistic methodology that has crept into our nation’s governance and is the kind of threat George Washington warned us about in his Farewell Address, the so-called “spirit of the party” crippling government.  Its why I’m supporting Michael Krsiean, independent for Congress on Tuesday and I’d like to thank Mike for influence on my thinking on this matter.

My latest article on Etherzone.com expands this topic. I hope you all can support me in this endeavor.

Here’s some other articles for your consideration:

J.J. Jackson’s latest at Liberty Reborn:  “Greedy Leftists Decry American Dream”

At BATR, The Radical Reactionary column:  “The GOP landslide Tuesday and what it will mean.”

And Chuck Baldwin’s latest: “What’s More Important, Liberty or the Entity that protects it?”

John McCain Fought for Amnesty

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007: proposed by McCain and Kennedy, it “would have provided legal status and a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States.”

In 2006 McCain voted for the Manager’s Amendment (SA 4188) which essentially removed the border fence from the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 that passed the Senate (but not the House) and had been co-sponsored by John McCain.

In 2005 McCain and Kennedy introduced the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act which similarly would have granted amnesty but was never voted on.

Since he’s up for reelection this year, McCain has frequently declined to vote on immigration. However if allowed to safely retain his seat, McCain will only return to the same old voting pattern. Entrenched Washington politicians, especially liberal “Mavericks” who actively fight for amnesty, must be punished.

Ian Gilyeat is a better candidate.

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Ian Gilyeat: Independent Conservative Alternative to John McCain

We received the following e-mail from Ian Gilyeat, an independent Senate candidate in Arizona. We are more than happy to give some publicity to any conservative willing to oppose McAmnesty:

I’d like to invite you to cover my campaign and report on the traction and support occurring all across the state of Arizona.   There is enough momentum in the campaign that media coverage interviews have occurred on the following shows and stations – all within the last several weeks:

 KFYI       Mike Broomhead

KFYI       Terry Gilberg

KFYI       Jim Sharpe

KYCA     Dr. Terry Lovell

KYCA     Jennifer Campbell

KTNR     Paul Lavoy

KBLU     Cody Beason

KFNX     Political Funhouse

KXXT      Van the Radio Man

KRIM     Rick Raven

KQTH     Jon Justice

Channel 13 TV   Yuma

Others:

SonoranAlliance.com

Freeamerican.com

Blogtalkradio Tea Party Talk with Van the Radio Man

Grassrootsinterviews.com with Marcus Kelley

White Mountain Independent newspaper

InMaricopa magazine (interviewed not yet published)

AZ Capitol Times (interviewed not yet published)

Please take a look.  Information can be found on each of the links shown below.

 Thanks,

 Ian

www.electiangilyeat.com

www.youtube.com/iangilyeat

www.facebook.com/electiangilyeat

http://blog.electiangilyeat.com

602-692-3818

Forget the Constitution

Why forget the Constitution? Because it’s dead, says Kirkpatrick Sale. Not only do the Feds ignore or misinterpret it when convenient, the document itself is designed to mislead us toward creeping centralization:

Let’s look at some of the dangerous elements of the “real” Constitution.

It starts off with a phrase that, right there at the start, sounded alarm bells in those who, having experienced the powers of the individual states as sovereign states under the Articles of Confederation, saw that it was not to the states but to “we the people” that power would be given. “What right had they to say, ‘We,the people’,” cried Patrick Henry to the Virginia ratification convention, “instead of, We, the states?” He saw that the phrase gave power to an amorphous “people” whom the new government could define and use as it chose, bypassing and undercutting the states. If “the people” spoke through the Congress, it could willy-nilly ignore the individual states.

So as the power of the States is diminished, DC stands ready to usurp power. That’s why today we have an overgrown bureaucracy in DC micromanaging Americans’ daily lives, plotting wars and domestic reconstructing projects designed to weaken self-government and boost the power of the Federal government.

That’s why “restoring” the Constitution is useless and secession is the only viable option.

Good Polling News for Tom Tancredo!

This is from the Tancredo campaign:

Another poll has been released and the news just keeps getting better.

This time the poll comes from the left-leaning Public Policy Institute Poll and it has us within 3% points of Hickenlooper: 47% to 44% with Maes dropping to an all-time low of 5%.

This is within the margin of error — and the sponsor of the poll went on radio and said this race could be a “major upset.” We plan on making those words come true.

The other good news is that the momentum is all ours — we are on fire out here!

Crowds are turning rowdy with excitement. And impressive endorsements come in daily — today, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman joined our team!

What an amazing run we have had — thanks to you! Let me repeat — Thanks to you!

4 out of 5 recent polls say this race is a toss-up! And that one random bad poll came from the Denver Post, who endorsed the Hickenlooper campaign last month.

We can win this race! We just have to get our vote out –and that is what we are doing now!

I will be touring this state right up to Election Day, and our volunteers will be manning the phones day and night to get the vote out.

But the state is huge, and we are going to need to pay for professional phone banks to make certain every one of our voters casts a ballot. This is going to cost another $45,000.

We are so close to winning.

And while I hesitate to ask again, I simply must.

We are too close to winning this race to slow down now.

So I must ask if you would help us pay for the strongest possible get-out-the-vote program that will put us over the top next Tuesday with a $30 or even just a $15 contribution!

I will keep you updated on our progress. And please know how truly grateful I am for all you have done for me during this historic campaign.

God bless you and God bless America!

Tom Tancredo