Wednesday, August 24, 2011

DON’T LET THE KIDS DRINK THE KOOL-AID-Our Respone-George Carlin - Religion is bullshit.

This is a response to "SUICIETY"? Commenting on DON’T LET THE KIDS DRINK THE KOOL-AID, Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom by Marybeth Hicks. The great  George Carlin Said it better than I can. This Book is more Bullshit from the Radical Right. Check out the Statistics on STDS in places where Sex Ed is not taught in Schools.

Top 10 Reasons to Support Comprehensive Education in Schools


Sunday, August 14, 2011

T-PAW is out!

Wow, that didn't take long. One day after finishing a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty once seen as a viable alternative to Mitt Romney has ended his Presidential campaign. Pawlenty spent $1 million on the Ames Straw Poll using a 2008 John Edwards strategy, win Iowa and then take off from there, he couldn't even win the straw poll so the odds of winning in February looked slim.

Pawlenty I assume is trying to position himself as a favorite for Vice President with the eventual GOP nominee but he couldn't even win the Ames Straw Poll and with Marco Rubio, Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie and Bachmann out there, I doubt T-Paw will be on anyone's short list.

I wouldn't be surprised if he goes back to St Paul and takes on Klobuchar for the Senate.

Rick Perry dominates the field

Rick Perry came into the GOP Presidential race on Saturday like a hurricane making its way out of Texas. Perry overshadowed the Ames Straw Poll drawing media attention to his Presidential campaign announcement in South Carolina.

Sounding like the Republican nominee for President, Perry took the gloves off and went after President Obama on unemployment and the economy while touting his own jobs record in Texas where he has led as Governor for the past 11 years, taking office in 2000 when George W. Bush left the office to become President.

Following his announcement in South Carolina, Perry took off for a fund raiser in New Hampshire and spends the next two days in Iowa where he hopes to compete with Bachmann.

So what do the Texas Governor's fortunes look like in a Presidential race with Mitt Romney as the national front runner and many mega GOP donor's sitting on the sidelines? Pretty damn good in my opinion!

Sure Bachmann gains steam and as George Bush 41 would say "big mo" with her Iowa straw poll victory but it is doubtful that Bachmann will become the first House member since James Garfield, what 1880!!!, to win the Presidency or even the nomination. The most formidable House member to launch a Presidential campaign in recent memory was Dick Gephardt and in 1988 he actually won Iowa, look where it got him! Same holds for Bachmann, she might win Iowa but then onto NH where the little engine that could just doesn't! So after Iowa, where does that leave the GOP field- Perry vs Romney!

Romney largely dominates the GOP donor base, the people who write checks and make fund raising calls but don't show up to straw polls in Ames or knock on doors. Rick Perry has his own bankroll as well, having raised $40 million for a Texas Governor's race and while Romney has largely ignored Iowa focusing on NH, Perry is taking Iowa seriously hoping to compete with Bachmann and maybe finish second going into NH. Romney is watching all of this and will be in Iowa soon.

Perry supporter's see a Reagan conservative, a bleeding heart conservative on social and fiscal issues. Romney supporter's see a businessman who can appeal to moderates and compete in those blue states like New Jersey and Michigan. The question for the next few months is, what do Republican's go with, electability or appeal to the base? I def think this is Perry vs Romney and right now the smart money is with Perry.

Bachmann wins in Ames

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann pulled off a big win in the Ames Presidential Straw Poll over the weekend. Bachmann who is seen as formidable in Iowa is still a heavy underdog for the GOP nomination, however she could be a player in 2012 and beyond.

Bachmann is the founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the House. She is a die hard right wing conservative who is connecting with Tea Party Republicans and while she most likely will not be the Republican nominee for President in 2012, she is sure to be on the short list for Vice-President and don't underestimate her as a strong contender for House Speaker in 2013 if Republicans can hold onto the House.

The only way Bachmann is not on the GOP ticket in 2012 is if Governor Rick Perry wins the Perry-Romney primary, should Romney manage to pull it off, the more moderate former Massachusetts Governor could look to Bachmann to shore up his base among Tea Party followers. Perry on the other hand doesn't need Bachmann and has the luxury of looking at a more moderate running mate, maybe Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins or even Joe Lieberman to balance out his ticket.

Perry wins the nomination, he has the Tea Party base and he doesn't need Bachmann on the ticket as Romney would, does she fade away to the back bench of the House? No Way! Boehner proved with this debt ceiling deal that he does not command much respect among House Republicans especially among Tea Party Republicans. If Republican's keep the House in January 2013 and Tea Party Republicans win big in House races, the next race for Bachmann could be for Speaker of the House and that might very well be a race she wins. Watch Bachmann.