Category Archive2008 Election
We commend the conservative American Thinker for their willingness to publish articles against the grain of the presumed “mainstream” right — in this case, on the matter of whether Obama is a natural-born citizen.
This week Hans A. von Spakovsky, former Federal Elections Commission member and Heritage Foundation visiting legal scholar, urged the Virginia attorney general to intervene against the position of the Virginia State Board of Elections. Here is the text of von Spakovsky’s December 2 memorandum: Continue Reading »
UPDATE DECEMBER 15! John Fund asks today in his “McCain Returns to his ‘Base'” —
‘Is John McCain trying to re-ingratiate himself with the national news media that was so critical and hostile during his campaign against Barack Obama?
On ABC’s ‘This Week’ program yesterday, Mr. McCain failed to back up officials at the Republican National Committee who have been pounding Mr. Obama for his associations with corrupt Illinois political figures such as Governor Rod Blagojevich. Mr. McCain said the criticism was ill-timed and off-base. ‘Right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.’I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.'”
Extract from the WSJ’s Political Diary (subscription only).
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UPDATE! “Chambliss: Palin ‘allowed us to peak'” reports Andy Barr in Politico here — “‘I can’t overstate the impact she had down here,’ Chambliss said during an interview Wednesday morning on Fox News.’When she walks in a room, folks just explode,’ he added. ‘And they really did pack the house everywhere we went. She’s a dynamic lady, a great administrator, and I think she’s got a great future in the Republican Party.’ Chambliss said that after watching her campaign on his behalf at several events Monday, he does not see her star status diminishing within the party.” (Hat Tip Rick Moran at the American Thinker.)
Chambliss Reelected–But Will He Help Conservatives?
The good news from yesterday is that Georgia Republican senator Saxby Chambliss won decisively. The myth of Obama movement invincibility was set back — at least for the present. Of course, a statewide election in generally conservative Georgia is a low bar for testing how well the Obama movement can be slowed.
The unanswered question now is whether the good Mr. Chambliss will stand with conservatives against more bailouts to nowhere, for expanding our energy supply, and continue to stand firm against amnesty. Continue Reading »
Here are three illuminating takes: one from a conservative national-security perspective, one from a more grassroots-oriented conservative perspective, both suggesting what the president should do before leaving office; and one from a left perspective, reassuring Obama progressives about Obama’s foreign and defense post selections. Continue Reading »
We returned yesterday from the 86th meeting of the Maryland Center-Right Coalition (started eight years ago this month). We listened to eleven thoughtful presentations and many spirited exchanges, from participants ranging from their 20s to their 70s, including people of color and two Republican county chairs — all on “where we go from here and how we try to get there.”
Like center-right coalitions across the U.S., local values and fiscal and gun-rights (and, in Maryland, defense) voices come together to hammer out common positions. What we heard was very blunt talk about rebuilding a Maryland and national Republican Party, chiefly focussed on smaller government and on preserving the culture.
There was no whining from these activists, but a hard determination to get the Party back to basics — or else. Continue Reading »
Last Thursday The Washington Post’s Ann Marimow wrote here in her “Montgomery Measure a Sign of the Times” —
“Whether an anti-tax measure on the ballot in Montgomery County eventually passes or fails, its relative success in Tuesday’s election is a sign of voters’ anxiety and rising unease with the tax policies of county leaders.
The measure, which would make it more difficult to raise the limit on property tax revenue in the traditionally liberal county, was leading by a few hundred votes yesterday. But the final outcome won’t be determined until more than 49,000 absentee and provisional ballots are counted in the next two weeks.”
Yesterday Maryland Politics Watch declared here —
“Just as we predicted, Robin Ficker’s anti-tax charter amendment is picking up votes as the absentee ballots are counted.
When the precinct count was finished, 170,216 votes supported the Ficker Amendment and 169,603 opposed it – a margin of 613. Domestic absentees supported Ficker by 18,214 to 14,673 – adding 3,541 votes to what is now a total margin of 4,154. While precinct voters supported the amendment by a 50.1-49.9% percentage, domestic absentees supported it by 55.4-44.6%.
Ficker is now certain to win.”
Here is the text of Mr. Ficker’s Question B.
Kudos to this mega-county taxpayer advocate for never giving up. His Charter amendment embodies the spirit of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights: no government growth in excess of inflation.
UPDATE! Patrick Ruffini “Change Won’t Come from the Top Down” in TheNextRight —
“Today on the right we have social conservative groups, economic groups — subdivided into tax cutters and spending hawks, national security groups, gun groups, etc. but no truly mass-based conservative movement. Perhaps the best exponent of across-the-board conservatism is Rush, but he has no lists and no way to mobilize his audience directly to donate and volunteer. When conservatism was a minority we may have needed single issue groups to pick off, say, pro-gun union members. But since Reagan, an entire generation has grown up thinking of themselves as nothing but conservatives. And they have no representation among the 1980s-era groups. Whatever happened at that country estate will be irrelevant to the future of the movement.” Read it all here.
Election Post-Mortems — Best Served Cold
Conservatives in Maryland and Virginia have had nearly a week to reflect on last Tuesday’s not-entirely-unexpected results.
Here are a few insights, all selected from National Review on Line, that you might find interesting and useful. Continue Reading »
UPDATE! “The U.S. Justice Department has replaced John McCain’s presidential campaign as the plaintiff in a lawsuit demanding that Virginia election officials count late absentee ballots from military personnel serving outside the state,”reports an AP dispatch in the November 17, 2008 Washington Times here.
Few can go to the heart of today’s crises as well as Mark Steyn, Mark Levin, Peter Kirsanow, and their NRO colleagues.
Here are their insights on yesterday’s election and their guidance for our next steps — Continue Reading »
A courageous and embattled Loudoun Republican district chairman fielding phone calls sent this flash.
He reports one Maryland (by his now-photographed license tag) supposed lawyer as an unauthorized ‘observer’ in the Middleburg polling place in the electioneering-protected area where only voters and election officials are allowed to be. And he declares that a group of young Obama supporters were inside or crowding the line around the prohibited electioneering area in Hamilton. Sample Democratic ballots showed up, he adds, inside the voting booths in the polling place in Clarke’s Gap. Continue Reading »