2010 Midterms: What Did We Learn?

Now that the 2010 midterms are over I finally have time to write again, and there is no better topic than last week’s election results. Republicans made gains all over the nation in Congress, Governor’s Mansions and countless state legislatures, as voters sent a clear message of fiscal conservatism to Washington. The pundits have all weighed in, and it seems the general consensus is that the Republican wave swept through the country, halting at the Rockies, and leaving Nevada and California with their seemingly unpopular Senators Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer. The end result, at the time of this writing, is a 64-seat gain for the GOP in the House, and a 5-seat gain in the Senate. This puts an end to the Democrat super-majority in the House, and its rubber-stamp U.S. Senate.

Many are left wondering what impact the Tea Party had on races across the country, why candidates like Carl Paladino, Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle were unsuccessful, and what the future has in store for the Republican Party. The real question is: Why did key Senate candidates lose, and what will we learn from their mistakes?

The Tea Party

The Tea Party at face value is an amazing movement. It confronted fiscal policy, engaged voters across the country, and promoted candidates who focused on economic issues and fiscally conservative solutions. The movement cared very little about the two major parties or establishment candidates. Instead, it placed the most value on those candidates who realized the seriousness of our economic conditions, and pledged to work toward a solution that stops out of control spending, creates the economic conditions for job growth, and refuses to allow unions and other special interests to dictate policy. There is little doubt that the energy created by the Tea Party movement is largely responsible for the success of the minority party, in this case the GOP, as evidenced by the sheer number of victories. The movement, however, is not permanently aligned with Republicans. This means that 2012 will be a very interesting year if the GOP does not follow through with their promises to voters.

Some self-identified Tea Party candidates were not successful on Election Night, namely Carl Paladino in New York, Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, and Sharron Angle in Nevada. These three candidates have a lot in common, believe it or not. Each candidate won their GOP primary by defeating an establishment candidate, all three of these Tea Party characters committed gaffe after gaffe right up until Election Day, and they all found more support from outside their home states than inside.

Taking on the Establishment

In the Empire State, Gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio was a pro-choice moderate who supports affirmative action and domestic partnerships, but opposes taxpayer-funded abortion, same-sex marriage, and repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He is best known nationally as the man Hillary Clinton defeated to win her Senate seat in 2000 when Mayor Giuliani dropped out of the race after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Carl Paladino was the outsider candidate, a pro-life social and fiscal conservative with Tea Party support. Paladino was down only six points to Democrat Andrew Cuomo a week after the New York primary, but ended up on the losing end of a 27-point drubbing. Despite the fact that New York is one of the bluest states in the nation, Paladino didn’t make his task of defeating Cuomo easy on himself. He first offended women by referring to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand as Charles Schumer’s “little girl.” Then he offended gays by saying that he doesn’t want children to be “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option,” citing that “it isn’t.” He went further to say that Cuomo’s appearance at a gay pride parade was “not the example we should be showing our children.” He said all this, despite the fact that Paladino’s own nephew is gay. Insensitive? Yes. Stupid? For sure. A winning strategy? Hell no.

In the Delaware Primary, Christine O’Donnell defeated GOP sweetheart Mike Castle who had won 13 elections in a row dating back to 1980 for various offices including Governor and U.S. Representative, in a state where only 29% of registered voters are Republican. In September, Mike Castle led Democrat Chris Coons by 11 points, the same advantage Coons had over O’Donnell in the same Rasmussen poll. That didn’t stop Tea Party advocates like radio talk show host Mark Levin and conservative kingmaker Sarah Palin from pushing for an O’Donnell primary win by attacking Castle for being a moderate. Many pundits claimed she was not a viable candidate for U.S. Senate, and the fact that O’Donnell was on video claiming to have “dabbled” in witchcraft, and that she was involved in an anti-masturbation campaign in the mid-1990s, didn’t help to counter those claims. The Republicans in Delaware were convinced to support a conservative in a state where a moderate is the only type of Republican that can win.  The conservative lost to the liberal by almost 17 points.

Even with Republicans poised to take back control of the House, all eyes were on the U.S. Senate race in Nevada as voters in the Silver State were salivating over the opportunity to retire Harry Reid. When 2010 began Harry Reid’s approval rating in Nevada sat at a dismal 33%, months before the passage of the unpopular health care and financial reform bills. Republicans saw a 6-way race in the primary to determine the Senate Majority Leader’s opponent, including former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, former Republican Party Chair Sue Lowden and perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian. Lowden was the early favorite, as she was seen as the candidate most likely to win over independent voters. Independents and Non-Partisans are a key voter bloc in Nevada where registered Democrats (588,970) outnumber Republicans (484,791) by more than 105,000, with 304,000 voters belonging to neither Party. Because Sharron Angle comes from the northern part of the state, and the other 5 candidates come from the South, she had a decisive advantage in the primary once the votes were split among her opponents. To put it in perspective, only 70,424 GOP voters backed Angle in the primary, compared with 175,674 who backed someone else. Does that help explain why Angle had such a hard time uniting her own party behind her? How can you expect a candidate to win over Independents, Non-Partisans, Libertarians and conservative Democrats when 71.3% of their own party feels they aren’t the best candidate? In addition to this glaring challenge, the Angle campaign had no shortage of pitfalls, many of which were self-imposed:

–          Fighting against Tonopah High School’s decision to wear black jerseys for a homecoming game in 1992, because black is the color of evil.

–          Stating she believed Social Security should be “phased out,” in favor of something “privatized,” then denying having ever said it.

–          Refusing to accept contributions from political action committees of corporations offering same-sex partner benefits to gay employees, and then accepting them anyway.

–          Ignoring Hispanic media, while dodging local reporters and unsuccessfully trying to ban one local TV station from the GOP Election Night party.

I could go on and on, but I think my point is clear. I am a conservative, and I would have supported just about anyone over Harry Reid, but no candidate can expect to earn widespread support across party lines with a track record like Angle’s. That’s exactly what happened. According to CNN exit polls, Angle lost among women, all minority groups, voters under 50, voters earning under $50,000/year and voters without college degrees. She only won Independents by 4 points, and she lost 17% of voters who self-identify as conservatives. None of this adds up to a fighting chance against Harry Reid and his union-fueled turnout machine. Bill Buckley was famous for saying it, Charles Krauthammer re-iterated it, and over the summer I tried to communicate it. In Delaware they ignored it, and in Nevada we didn’t think we needed it: Support the most conservative candidate who can win the general.

The Future

The Republican Party will cease to exist if we do not learn from these mistakes.

The story of the 2010 midterm elections should be one of GOP victory. Republicans gained over 60 seats in the House, made gains in the Senate, dominated Governors races, and elected the most unconventional Republicans in the history of our Party with wins by Brian Sandoval (NV), Marco Rubio (FL), Col. Allen West (FL), Tim Scott (SC), Susana Martinez (NM) and Nikki Haley (SC) for starters.

We must continue to grow our party so we can continue to compete against Democrats in every state. We must realize that different kinds of Republicans are needed to win in different parts of the country. We must better articulate conservative values, and welcome all of those who share most of them with us into our Party. We must continue to produce great candidates who appeal to a wide range of voters, including Independents and conservative Democrats. We cannot afford to be divisive, insensitive, or damage our Party’s image, and we can do that without compromising our values. These should be our goals, and anything that compromises our success should not be tolerated.

Now let’s get ready for 2012!

Gay Voters in 2010

I receive at least an email a month (sometimes more) from somebody asking how I can be gay and Republican at the same time.  Other times, I receive an email from a gay or lesbian individual who is shocked that others, like them, actually exist. Usually the person copies the other moderators on this site (so they know what I am talking about).  You would have to research back to this blog’s early days or scroll through other seemingly-unrelated posts that delved into the subject in order to rehash all the reasons.  Suffice it to say – this is a question that I will always be asked and a discussion that will never end to everyone’s satisfaction.

But the tide is turning, my friends.  When I read this news piece from Politico, I was pleasantly shocked.  “Shocked” doesn’t really begin to describe it.  I almost feel the onset of vindication.

More self-identified gay voters chose the GOP in the midterm elections than in previously recorded totals, according to a CNN exit poll.

Thirty-one percent of self-identified gay voters cast their ballots for Republicans on Tuesday, 4 percentage points more than in 2008, according to a similar CNN exit poll.

Put that into perspective.  Nearly one-third of gay voters went GOP this time around.  That’s 31% of “self-identified” gay voters.  Imagine how many closeted gay voters probably filled in a bubble or clicked a button for the GOP.  CNN.com tried to downplay the sample size, but the numbers clearly show growth.

“The gay left would have you believe that gay conservatives don’t exist,” said GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia. “Now we see that almost a third of self-identified gay voters cast ballots for Republican candidates for Congress in this year’s midterm.”

“This should be a wake-up call for the out-of-touch so-called leadership of Gay Inc. in Washington, D.C., which has become little more than a subsidiary of the Democrat Party,” he said in a statement.

Yes.  We exist in numbers that the gay left wouldn’t believe (or at least – admit to).  I always say that the gay community is more diverse than people realize.  The other possibility at play here is that gay Americans are beginning to realize that the US public is more accepting than ever before.  The rights of gay and lesbian Americans are guaranteed in this nation to an extent never before known in our nation’s history. 

I won’t begrudge gay civil rights groups their due in this historic progression.  Gay rights groups affected change over the past few decades just as labor unions did for workers in the earlier part of this century.  But their partners in the Democrat party began to take them forgranted as a dependable voting constituency.  Democrat policy has become nothing more than lip-service in recent years.  Change at the social level accounts for so much more these days.

Given that, we all know that the 2010 elections were primarily abount one issue – the economy.  Gay Americans like all other Americans were asked to decide who would do the best job of turning things around.  They were asked to consider whether the policies of Obama, Pelosi and Reid were making things better or making them worse.  Like a majority of Americans, a significant portion of gay and lesbian voters likely decided that the GOP had a better probability of turning things around.

I’m not a professional pollster, and I don’t have all the data at my fingertips.  So some of my analysis is a matter of reading into gay and lesbian intentions based on the mood of the general populace.  But after all – we are all part of the general populace.  And more of our community appears to be realizing that the concerns of American voters as a whole directly coincide with their own.  It’s not “us versus them ” anymore.  We’re all in this together.

It’s Been a Good Day, Tater

I’m living in Arizona and I’m probably tied for furthest West with Mark. It’s getting pretty late here – my clock says it’s 2315 – and as tired as I’ve gotten, I’m sure Philip, Steve and Christopher are already sawing logs.

Conservatives have picked up a lot of gains tonight. We have already broken everyone’s expectations in the House of Representatives and in the Governor’s races. I cannot say just how proud I am that we’re keeping up the good fight and refusing to let our beautiful country slip into oblivion. We cannot stop here, though. We cannot allow ourselves to believe for one second that our work is done. We have to keep fighting. We have to be certain that we never fall back into the lull that created the need for tonight’s intensity. Don’t give up. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that we as gay people (and our supporters) are wrong for believing in the conservative movement. Always hope for the rational discourse that liberalism never allows, and work toward that end.

On behalf of all of the writers at gayconservative.org, I bid you a good night and a spectacular year!

Governor’s Races

Okay…I’m a little late to post this, but I’m in Arizona and I wanted to wait until a few more decisions had rolled in. Here’s what we’ve got so far:

Wisconsin – Scott Walker (R) defeated Tom Barrett (D)
California – Jerry Brown (D) defeated Meg Whitman (R)
South Carolina – Nikki Haley (R) defeated Vincent Sheheen (D) (the first female in the state’s history, first Seikh, second Indian American)
Colorado – John Hickenlooper (D) defeated Tom Tancredo (R)
Texas – Rick Perry (R) defeated Bill White (D) (completely unexpected)
New York – Andrew Cuomo (D) defeated Carl Paladino (R)
New Mexico – Susana Martinez (R) defeated Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D)
Oklahoma – Mary Fallin (R) defeated Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D)
Nevada – Brian Sandoval (R) defeated Rory Reid (D) (spawn of Harry loses to the state’s first Latino governor!)
Maryland – Martin O’Malley (D) defeated Robert Ehrlich, Jr. (R) (not surprising – most of the state’s residents are government employees and their economy is doing quite well)
Massachusetts – Deval Patrick (D) defeated Charles Baker (R)
Ohio – John Kasich (R) defeated Gov. Ted Strickland (D)
Rhode Island – Lincoln Chafee (I, former R) defeated John Robitaille (D)
Georgia – Nathan Deal (R) defeated Roy Barnes (D)
Tennessee – Bill Haslam (R) defeated Mike McWherter (D)
Alabama – Robert Bentley (R) defeated Ron Sparks (D)
Iowa – Terry Branstad (R) defeated Chet Culver (D)
Michigan – Rick Snyder (R) defeated Virg Bernero (D)
Pennsylvania – Tom Corbett (R) defeated Dan Onorato (D)
New Hampshire – John Lynch (D) defeated John Stephen (R)
ARIZONA (my current base) – Jan Brewer (R) defeated Terry Goddard (D) (YES!!!)
Idaho – C.L. Otter (R) defeated Keith Allred (D)
Utah – Gary Herbert (R) defeated Peter Corroon (D)
Wyoming – Matt Mead (R) defeated Leslie Petersen (D)
South Dakota – Dennis Daugaard (R) defeated Scott Heidepriem (D)
Nebraska – Dave Heineman (R) defeated Mike Meister (D)
Kansas – Sam Brownback (R) defeated Tom Holland (D)
Alaska – Sean Parnell (R) trounced Ethan Berkowitz (D)
Connecticut – Tom Foley (R) defeated Dan Malloy (D)
Vermont – Peter Shumley (D) defeated Brian Dubie (R)
Illinois – Patrick Quinn (D) eeked out a win against Bill Brady (R) (quite literally by the skin of his teeth – by .3%)
Minnesota – Mark Dayton (D) also eeked out a win against Tom Emmer (by .4%)
Oregon – Chris Dudley (R) defeated John Kitzhaber (D)
Arkansas – Mike Beebe (D) trounced Jim Keet (R)
Hawaii – Neil Abercrombie (D) defeated James R. Aiona, Jr. (R)

What I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around is the near-complete loss by Democrats in Illinois. If that doesn’t send a message, I don’t know what will.

House Updates

I’m going to keep the House and Senate separate.  I will track party pick-ups here rather than detailing all the incumbents who keep their seats. Refresh often for updates.

House Pick-Ups:

  • Sandra Adams (R) beats incumbent Suzanne Kosmas (D) in FL-24
  • Robert Hurt (R) beats incumbentTom Perriello (D) in VA-5
  • John Carney (D) defeats Glen Urquhart (R) for DE- at large
  • Larry Bucshon (R) defeats Trent Van Haaften (D) in IN-8
  • Daniel Webster (R) defeats incumbent Alan Grayson (D) in FL-8
  • Morgan Griffith (R) defeats incumbent Rick Boucher (D) in VA-9
  • Todd Young (R) beats incumbent Baron Hill (D) in IN-9
  • Scott Rigell (R) beats incumbent Gleen Nye (D) in VA-2
  • Frank Guinta (R) defeats Carol Shea-Porter (D) in NH-1
  • Diane Black (R) defeats Brett Carter (D) in TN-6
  • Steve Southerland (R) defeats incumbent Allen Boyd in FL2
  • Chuck Fleischmann (R) beats out John Wolfe (D) in TN-3
  • Scott DesJarlais (R) defeats incumbent Lincoln Davis (D) in TN-4
  • Bill Flores (R) defeats Chet Edwards (D) in TX-17  KICK ASS!!!!
  • Stephen Fincher (R) defeats Roy Herron (D) in TN-8
  • Dan Benishek (R) beatsGary McDowell (D) in MI-1
  • Mike Kelly (R) defeats Kathy Dahlkemper (D) in PA-3
  • Lou Barletta (R) defeats incumbent Paul Kanjorski (D) in PA-11
  • Austin Scott (R) beats incumbent Jim Marshall (D) in GA-8
  • Thomas Marino (R) beats incumbent Christopher Carney (D) in PA-10
  • Andy Harris (R) defeats incumbent Frank Kratovil (D) in MD-1
  • Bob Gibbs (R) over incumbent Zack Space (D) in OH-18
  • Alan Nunlee (R) defeats incumbent Travis Childers (D) in MS-1
  • Bobby Schilling (R) defeats incumbent Phil Hare in IL-17 (There ya go Steve!)
  • Cedric Richmond (D) beats incumbent Joseph Cao (R) in LA-2 (We expected this)
  • Jeff Landry (R) defeats Ravi Sangisetty (D) in LA-3
  • Mick Mulvaney (R) beats incumbent D leader John Spratt  in SC-5
  • Rick Berg (R) defeats incumbent Earl Pomeroy (D) in ND- at large
  • Randy Hultgren (R) beats incumbent Bill Foster (D) in IL – 14 (Steve, What did you do?)
  • Adam Kinzinger (R) beats incumbent Debbie Halvorson (D) in IL-11
  • Kevin Yoder (R) defeats Stephene Moore (D) in KS-3
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (R) beats out incumbent Patrick Murphy in PA-8
  • Steve Stivers (R) defeats incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy (D) in OH-15
  • Cory Garnder (R) beats incumbent Betsey Markey (D) in CO-4
  • Thomas Reed (R) beats Matthew Zeller (D) in NY-29
  • Bill Johnson (R) defeats incumbent Charlie Wilson in OH-6
  • Jim Renacci (R) beats out incumbent John Boccieri (D) in OH-16
  • Allen West (R) defeats incumbent Ron Klein (D) in FL-22 YES!!!!
  • Reid Ribble (R) beats incumbent Stephen Kagan (D) in WI-8
  • Steven Palazzo (R) beats incumbent Gene Taylor (D) in MS-4
  • Vicky Hartzler (R) defeats incumbent commitee chair Ike Skelton (D) in MO-4
  • Richard Hanna (R) defeats incumbent Michael Arcuri (D) in NY-24
  • Paul Gosar (R) defeats incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in AZ-1 (GO MEL!)
  • Steve Chabot (R) beats out incumbent Steve Driehaus in OH-1
  • Mike Keown (R) defeats incumbent Sanford Bishop (D) in GA-2
  • Tim Walberg (R) beats incumbent Mark Schauer (D) in MI-7
  • Charlie Bass (R) defeats Ann Kuster (D) in NH-2
  • Jon Runyan (R) beats incumbent John Adler (D) in NJ-3
  • Mike Grimm (R) defeats incumbent Michael McMahon (D) in NY-13
  • Nan Hayworth (R) defeats incumbent John Hall (D) in NY-19
  • Christopher Gibson (R) beats incumbent Scott Murphy (D) in NY-20
  • Renee Elmers (R) defeats incumbent Bob Etheridge in NC-2
  • Jaime Herrera (R) defeats Denny Heck (D) in WA-3
  • David McKinley (R) beats Mike Oliverio (D) in WV-1
  • Sean Duffy (R) defeats Julie Lassa (D) in WI-7
  • Martha Roby (R) defeats incumbent Bobby Bright (D) in AL-2
  • Rick Crawford (R) beats Chad Causey (D) in AR-2
  • Steve Pearce (R) defeats incumbent Harry Teague (D) in NM-2
  • Kristi Noem (R) defeats incumbent Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) in SD – at large

 

Florida, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee are delivering for the GOP big time!

2 Dem Pick-Ups

NOTE:  This is where I end for the night.  This is not an exhaustive list.

Senate Updates

Sorry I was running a bit late, but I’m settled in now.  Here’s how we start (these seats are being called without final results).  I will be updating this post, so refresh often.

Senate Races Called:

  • Dan Coats (R) picks up Indiana’s seat from Dems  (GOP GAIN)
  • Rand Paul (R) maintains Kentucky’s seat for the GOP
  • Pat Leahy (D) retains his seat in Vermont
  • Rob Portman (R) keeps Ohio’s seat for the GOP
  • Marco Rubio (R) keeps Florida’s seat for the GOP
  • Richard Blumenthal (D) hangs onto Connecticut’s seat for Dems
  • Christopher Coons (D) retains Delaware’s seat for Dems
  • Kelly Ayotte (R) keeps New Hampshire’s seat with the GOP
  • Roy Blunt (R) hangs onto Missouri’s seat for the GOP
  • Barabara Mikulski (D) keeps her seat in Maryland
  • Richard Shelby (R) also keeps his seat in Alabama
  • Johnny Isakson (R) keeps his seat in Georgia
  • Jim DeMint (R) keeps his seat in South Carolina
  • Tom Coburn (R) keeps his seat in Oklahoma
  • John Boozman (R) picks up Arkansas for the GOP (GOP GAIN)
  • John Manchin (D) keeps the West Virginia seat for the Dems
  • Richard Burr (R) retains his seat in North Carolina
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (R) keeps her seat in New York
  • Jerry Moran (R) keeps Kansas in the GOP
  • Chuck Schumer (D) keeps his seat in New York
  • John Hoeven (R) picks up the North Dakota seat for the GOP (GOP GAIN)
  • David Vitter (R) keeps his seat in Louisiana
  • John McCain (R) keeps his seat in Arizona
  • Chuck Grassley (R) keeps his seat in Iowa
  • Mike Lee (R) retains the Utah seat for the GOP
  • Ron Johnson (R) picks up the Wisconsin seat for the GOP (GOP GAIN)
  • Barbara Boxer (D) keeps her seat in California
  • Ron Wyden (D) keeps his seat in Oregon
  • Daniel Inouye keeps his seat in Hawaii
  • Pat Toomey (R) picks up the seat in Pennsylvania (GOP GAIN)
  • Mark Kirk (R) picks up Obama’s seat for the GOP in Illinois (GOP GAIN
  • Harry Reid (D) unfortunately keeps his seat in Nevada

Tuesday’s Revolution

I love foreign affairs, foreign policy issues, international news, etc.  But I also enjoy peeking around the corner to understand foreign perspectives on American events – particularly politics.  The London Daily Telegraph is always a great source.  And this article by Janet Daley is more introspective in terms of Tuesday’s elections than any American source I have read.  It’s amazing how much clarity is realized from the outside looking in.

More than three centuries ago, the residents of America staged a rebellion against an oppressive ruler who taxed them unjustly, ignored their discontents and treated their longing for freedom with contempt. They are about to revisit that tradition this week, when their anger and exasperation sweep through Congress like avenging angels. This time the hated oppressor isn’t a foreign colonial government, but their own professional political class.

Daley appropriately identifies the Tea Party movement as a grassroots reaction against the political establishment rather than some arm of the Republican Party.  And she correctly identifies the terms of the Tea Party’s tentative support of the GOP in this election in her evaluation of the upcoming midterm elections.

My Republican friends, perhaps surprisingly, were not gloating. They were too furious. But contrary to the superficial British assumption (heavily promoted by the BBC), they were not devoting their excoriation exclusively to the Obama Administration – or even to its clique of Congressional henchmen, led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. That they were opposed to the Big State, European social democratic model of government which Obama had imported to Washington went almost without saying. But they were at least as angry with the leadership of their own party for having conceded far too much of the argument…..

So the Republicans are, if anything, as much in revolt against the establishment within their own party as they are against the Democrats. And this is what the Tea Parties (which should always be referred to in the plural, because they are not a monolithic movement) are all about: they are not just a reaction against a Left-liberal president but a repudiation of the official Opposition as well.

Assuming that the GOP benefits resoundingly from voter anger on Tuesday, the Republican leadership should be fully aware that this mandate is not a response to their establishment policies or agenda.  It is not even an endorsement of the GOP platform.  Their mandate will come from a total rejection of Obama, Reid and Pelosi’s attempts to push Big Government.  And many of the voters who put the GOP into power will be independent voters, unaffiliated with either political party.

I am socially conservative on most all issues.  I also want a strong miltary and an emphasis on national defense (independents won’t disagree with this).  But this election is about the economy and overbearing government intrusion.  And that intrusion finds itself creeping into many of the social causes that I hold dear.  The thing that I hold in common with the frustrated independent voters is a desire to get the government out of our lives.  This may seem libertarian, but is also a basic tenet of our nation’s founding principles.

It seems like voters are returning to those foundations in the face of the frightening alternative.  The GOP will likely benefit from this phenomenom based on the philosophical underpinnings of the Republican Party in contrast to the Democrat philosophy of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.  The GOP will be entrusted with a very specific mandate.  And if they screw up like they did last time or misinterpret that mandate – I can assure you that the wrath from voters will be equally swift next time around.

Palin Smacks Down Lisa Murkowski (Once Again)

In a satirical piece, Alaskan radio-host Dan Fagan mocked Lisa Murkowski for forcing her way into the race against Joe Miller as a write-in candidate.

In addition, Fagan and many others are awaiting a ruling from the Alaskan Supreme Court which involves whether or not polling stations must hand out lists of write-in candidates, something they allegedly had not been forced to do in about 50 years.

Being the sore loser she is, Murkowski’s corporate-funded campaign threatened Fagan’s radio station with a lawsuit and sadly, Mr. Fagan lost his job.

Palin tonight asked Lisa if she’d be so bold as to use legal action to shut down her Facebook page for writing the message she wrote to Murkowski tonight:

Individuals like Dan Fagan have a fundamental right to speak their minds without threats from the incumbent Senator from Alaska. It is hard to find a constitutional right Americans cherish more than the right to free speech. This was a right Joe Miller, as a decorated combat veteran – a tank commander tested in battle, was willing to die to defend. Dan Fagan has not always agreed with me, but I will gladly defend his right to speak freely on his radio show, which he has often used to criticize me. In fact, Fagan has actually used his radio show to attack and insult me, my husband, my children, and my family in just about every way possible. He was especially insulting to my son, who left for a war zone to defend Fagan’s right to attack our family. But when I was his governor, I never would have dreamed of threatening his right to free speech. I support him in this fight because this D.C. Beltway thuggery, as exemplified by Lisa Murkowski’s latest threat, is ruining our country. The powers that be want ordinary Americans to sit down and shut up and let the ruling class ride us right off the debt cliff we’re heading towards with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid steering the nation’s car. We can’t let them. Now is the time to put aside our past differences and stand up to the establishment powers. 

This whole episode confirms again why we need to elect Joe Miller. Lisa, you can sue me if you want (you won’t be the first). But I will not be intimidated from speaking my mind. Your intimidation just empowered us liberty-loving Alaskans. Are you really that out of touch?

– Sarah Palin 

Much like the Democrats’ latest attack on Christine O’Donnell which has failed miserably (today a new poll shows that Coons has lost half of his lead), I believe this will only help Miller and further discourage voters from these arrogant tricks of such establishment politicians.

Don’t be too surprised Tuesday night for possible upsets in Delaware and Alaska.

Tuesday Night Blog Party!

Dear Friends,

Many of us have a lot of personal issues in our lives which are keeping us busy but a couple months ago, my wonderful site contributors suggested an election-night blog-gathering.

Please feel free to join us so we can comment and post in real time as the results pour in Tuesday night. 

It’ll all start Tuesday evening!

Endorsement From The Deceased

I could be totally off-base on this one, but I consider this development in the Alaska Senate race sick and twisted.

Incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski is set to air a television ad this week featuring a video endorsement by the late Sen. Ted Stevens, who filmed the clip shortly before his death in a plane crash earlier this year.Murkowski, who launched a write-in campaign after losing the Aug. 24 primary to Tea Party-supported attorney Joe Miller, was originally slated to air the footage this summer but pulled the ads after the legendary 40-year Senate veteran’s death.

Stevens’ daughter, Sue Covich, not only approved of this twisted campaign ad, but also appears in the ad.  I don’t care if the family approves of this morbid use of the dead for political gain.  Consider the fact that Stevens’ endorsement came before the GOP primary was decided.  He endorsed Murkowski to be the GOP nominee.

Now Murkowski has mounted this write-in campaign like a spoiled 4th-grader who can’t deal with reality.  Would Stevens have supported this juvenile effort at the possible expense of the rightful GOP nominee (Joe Miller)?  We can’t know for sure.  But Murkowski and Covich pretend to make that assumption for the deceased.

I can’t help but to think that there are Alaska voters who, like me, will find this repulsive and offensive.  I was never a huge Stevens fan though I did respect him as one of the GOP’s elder statesmen.  I can’t say for sure that Ted Stevens would do the correct thing by supporting the GOP nominee (although I believe he would), but I do know that this action by Murkowski reeks of desperation, narcissism and a total lack of class.