Here’s another compilation of conservative / libertarian ramblings from around the blog world. I have added a few new faces to the fold so make sure to browse around their sites if you see one that’s new to you. Its been a relatively slow news week, but with CPAC beginning tomorrow, I have no doubt that it will pick up and a few of these sites would be a great place to start.
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I know you’ve been waiting for the sequel to my amazingly informative, inspirational, and insightful post - ”The View Sucks” – and since second go-rounds never live up to their predecessors I have no doubt this one will follow suit and disappoint on…
I have been a little out of the loop this week trying to get back in the swing of things after the convention in Nashville and haven’t had time to share with you guys some interesting stuff from my usual…
I am continuously in pursuit of new conservative and libertarian sites to read, to link to, and to learn from; and from time to time, I like to share them with you guys so you can “broaden your horizons,” question conventional thought, and dare to ask the questions of why for yourself. Sometimes I just like to show you funny pictures. Today, I have compiled an assortment of posts from several sites that might do a combination of all those things… and they might do absolutely nothing. Either way… have a look. I promise at least one funny picture. All kidding aside, there’s some really good content here. Far better than you get around these parts. So you’re welcome. Have a look
Last night’s Republican Response to the President’s State of the Union Address was delivered by newly inaugurated Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Many have been prognosticating that he would be the choice since he claimed a landslide victory there last November, but even for those who saw this coming, I don’t think anyone was ready for what the GOP had in store last night. McDonnell spoke to the nation for the historic Virginia House of Delegates Chamber in Richmond. The building designed by the state’s second governor, Thomas Jefferson, screams symbolism in every way imaginable and is seen by many as a monument to both states’ rights and individual freedoms. While not crafted in that structure, it was Virginia that drafted the first “Declaration of Rights” for its citizens – a document that later influenced our nation’s own Bill of Rights. Could there be a more Republican place to offer a rebuttal?
If you’re of the sort that likes hypothetical polling, this one should be right up your alley. Public Policy Polling just released the results of a recent study that shows Mike Huckabee leading President Obama by a narrow margin if the 2012 election was held today. The study cites Huckabee’s appeal with “independent” voters as the likely key to his hypothetical success. In fairness, the poll consisted of “registered voters” rather than “likely voters.” Some quibble over which of those is actually the most true indicator. It should also be noted that I hate polls like this regardless of the method they use to formulate their results. In a world of cell phones, I generally don’t trust anyone sitting around answering a home phone, but I digress. I am simply sharing it with you because it made my heart skip a beat when I saw who was ahead and thought some of you might appreciate it. I know I should have seen this coming as Huck has been leading in Fox News / Opinion Dynamics polling as well, but I really hoped that was directly related to the fan base over there.
Sarah Palin is reportedly preparing to join Senator John McCain on the campaign trail in Arizona as he prepares for a reelection bid in the Sunshine State. After she claims her payday next month in Nashville at the Tea Party convention and makes a few appearances on Fox News with Hannity or O’Reilly, she plans to hit the road with John McCain in March to help bring out the “base” for the long time senator as he moves toward a November election. I don’t really think I need to say much about this little “unfortunate” development. I have made my feelings regarding Gov. Palin abundantly clear. For those of you unconditionally enamored with this woman, maybe its time to take a fresh look at things. For months all I have heard in hate comments and nasty emails is that the McCain “camp” stifled her brilliance and painted her in an unfavorable light. Seems a bit strange (to me) that someone so poorly treated would now be ready to hit the stump to sing the ageless one’s praises. Question to all those Palin fans… What does this say about her politics? She didn’t choose McCain in 2008. He chose her and brought her into the national spotlight. Sure, she could have refused and the world would have never known about the straight-talker from Wasilla, but this time she is choosing to align herself with John McCain. Her celebrity and her support with the Republican “base” is exponentially greater than what he could even dream of at this point in his career. Republicans from all walks of life have opened their eyes and realized that he’s a token conservative on his best day and a centrist media loving career politician sellout the other 364 days of the year. So what does it mean that she has now decided to CHOOSE to support him? You tell me….
It may be a bit premature as a Scott Brown victory in today’s special election in Massachusetts is anything but a foregone conclusion at this point, but the success of his campaign in even reaching election day with a glimmer of hope has got me to wondering if we are on the verge of one of those “threshold moments” that inevitably shape the direction of our Party going forward. The candidate – Scott Brown – is anything but a traditional cookie cutter Republican. He comes down on the Right side of most “conservative” issues, but his stated policies appear to take more of a pragmatic approach than many conservatives typically are comfortable with. As I have stated here before, I could not see Scott Brown as a candidate in Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi, or a host of other more traditionally conservative (RED) states, but what I do see in candidates like Brown is an opportunity to chip away at the Blue states. Far Right conservatives – that so often love to entangle their religion with their politics – simply have no chance and I mean no chance in a state like Massachusetts. This is one of those “we don’t like to talk about that” issues / dilemmas facing the Republican Party, but I believe it is one that has to be addressed in the years to come.
Sarah Palin has inked a deal with Fox News to serve as a “contributer” to the network’s political coverage. The New York Times ran a story this morning breaking the news and Fox has just confirmed the deal. Bad news for Palin fans (Sarah Palin Blog). She appears content to take her place on the sidelines for the foreseeable future and this decision likely brings an end to any discussion of a 2012 run.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele has had yet another banner weak at the helm of the Republican Party. It seems that he is of the mindset that being talked about unfavorably is more important than not being talked about at all. So to continue this pursuit he has spent the last few days making a total ass of himself and the Party he represents.