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Bob Dole To Rush Limbaugh: Get Real

February 4, 2008

Bob DoleFor whatever reason, Rush Limbaugh has spent much of his time attacking Mike Huckabee and John McCain. It seems he is a closeted Rombot. And that is just sad. Distinguished Senator and war hero Bob Dole recently wrote a letter to Rush trying to set him straight on McCain.

Did Limbaugh serve in the Senate and observe McCain’s voting record? Um, no. Bob Dole did.

I was the Republican Leader from January 1985 until I left the Senate voluntarily in June 1996. I worked closely with Senator McCain when he came to the Senate in 1987 until I departed. I cannot recall a single instance when he did not support the Party on critical votes.

How about a laundry list proving that John McCain is not a dirty liberal? OK.

  1. Consistent pro-life record
  2. Strong advocate for strict constructionist judges
  3. Supported voluntary school prayer
  4. Supported Constitutional Amendment for a Balanced Budget
  5. Strong advocate for reducing spending and opposing pork barrel “ear marks” which has, I might add, angered some of his colleagues
  6. Consistent on defending Second Amendment rights
  7. Opposed “Hillary Care” which would have been devastating
  8. Probably the Senate’s strongest advocate for strong national defense

What more do you need, El Rushbo? A cabinet position?

Mitt RomneyIf your favorite chameleonic robot (since you don’t attack him, it’s pretty obvious), Mitt Romney, is guaranteed to lose. And you know what that means.

Whoever wins the Republican nomination will need your enthusiastic support. Two terms for the Clintons are enough.

Is Rush perhaps eagerly anticipating the heady days of the Clinton Administration when he got to be on the attack against the libs day after day? Perhaps. Because Mitt Romney cannot win. Mark my words.

Bob Dole - War HeroAnd unlike Mittens, both McCain and Dole have served our country, honorably. Something you never got around to doing. You even claimed that by working for your campaign your sons were serving their country. Doesn’t McCain have sons in the military, actually serving our great nation in the war against militant Islam, unlike you?

McCain is a friend and I proudly wore his P.O.W. bracelet bearing his name while he was still a guest at the “Hanoi Hilton.” I believe our major candidates are mainstream conservatives and that our nominee will address our concerns by keeping taxes low, reducing corporate taxes, protecting and assisting the vulnerable, strengthening our traditional values, and above all, keeping America strong militarily, whatever the cost.

What more do you need? While Mike Huckabee would be a much stronger social conservative, it looks like it may be a choice between McCain and Mittens. If that’s the choice, it ain’t Mittens. Springtime is almost here.

Lighten up, Rush. Stop burning those bridges, unless you’re secretly rooting for Hitlery. And if you are, we’re done. Buh bye. And take Trannie Annie with you.

More at The Politico and Race 4 2008.

— Psycheout


The Free Republic Endorsement

January 31, 2008

Jim RobinsonJim Robinson, founder of the most significant conservative news site on the Internet, Free Republic, has decided to make an endorsement announcement now that there are only three candidates (plus loony Ron Paul) in the race.  He provides seven reasons to support…drumroll please

Mike Huckabee!

First, as to the other two available choices:

McCain is insane and there are many good reasons not to choose him, but I’ll list just five: McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, McCain-Lieberman, the Keating 5, and the Gang of 14. No thanks. McCain is out!

Romney ran on a pro-abortion platform, is pro gay rights, is prone to BIG government solutions, promises anything to anyone for a vote, and flip-flops on important issues. Can’t trust him.

Pretty darn solid reasoning there, Jim.  We apparently think alike regarding those two clowns.  Now, what’s the influential head Freeper have to say about Mike Huckabee?

Now Governor Huckabee. Could this be the good vs evil? He’s a Baptist minister. A genuine 100% pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, Southron Christian social conservative!

And his first five of seven reasons for supporting former Governor Mike Huckabee are:

And that would be my reason no. 1 to support Huckabee. He has the trust and backing of the Christian evangelicals and the support of the Bible Belt. You cannot win the presidency without the South, and I believe the pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-America Mike Huckabee is the most likely of the three GOP hopefuls to carry the South. And that’s a pretty darn good reason!

My number two reason is that he is NOT McCain (and that’s a pretty darn good reason too).

Number three (and this will be a tough one for a lot of my FReeper Friends) is that he is NOT Romney.

Numbers four and five are he’s NOT Hillary and NOT Obama. Oohrah!

You’ll have to read the whole thing for his final two reasons and his scathing assessment of RINO Rudy Giuliani.  It’s worth it!

Thank you Jim, for refusing to fall for that empty suit, Mittens Romney.  But, heck.  That’s a no brainer, isn’t it?

— Psycheout

Giuliani Set To Endorse McCain

January 29, 2008

John McCain and Rudy GiulianiUnconfirmed conversations are going on between the John McCain and Rudy Giuliani campaigns. It’s very likely that Giuliani will drop out of the race after a very pathetic and disappointing third or fourth place finish. Florida was Rudy’s firewall, after all. He has experienced a very predictable firebreak. The more people learn about the guy, the less they like him.

But here’s the developing news as reported by Time:

SOURCES: Giuliani expected to endorse McCain, as early as Wednesday – in Los Angeles or Simi Valley.

Now that the Sunshine has set, two old friends come to an understanding.

McCain topper Rick Davis has quietly moved an agreement to near final.


The big questions are: will Rudy campaign for McCain as well as endorsing him? And will that hurt or help him?

Update: Related: Silky Pony saddles up and rides off into the sunset.

— Psycheout

Rudy Giuliani Sinking in Florida Swamps

January 11, 2008

Rudy Giuliani Stress TestRudy Giuliani has abandoned state after state when he has seen his poll numbers fall. He has drawn a line in the sand in Florida, where he is spending his remaining campaign funds. Money is so tight that his campaign staff isn’t even being paid anymore. Now it appears that that line may have been drawn in quicksand. John McCain has overtaken Giuliani in Florida!

  • John McCain 27% (10%)
  • Rudy Giuliani 19% (29%)
  • Mitt Romney 17% (20%)
  • Mike Huckabee 17% (24%)
  • Fred Thompson 8% (8%)
  • Ron Paul 5% (-)

SurveyUSA summarizes the poll this way:

Suddenly, NH Win Slingshots McCain Past Giuliani in Florida Republican Primary: Rudolph Giuliani, who had led in a Florida Republican Primary by as many as 14 points in previous SurveyUSA tracking polls, today trails John McCain by 8 points, fighting with Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney to hold onto 2nd place, 3 days after McCain won the New Hampshire Primary.

What an incredible reversal of fortune! A McCain surge in Florida. This will be a race to remember.

Hat Tip: Race 4 2008.

Update: Giuliani’s national finance chair, Roy Bailey, co-founding partner of Giuliani’s consulting firm is no longer being paid either.  Why?  He bailed.  He’s no longer working for Rudy, the sinking ship.
— Psycheout

Mittens Going Down in Flames?

January 5, 2008

New Hampshire primaryThe latest polling from New Hampshire shows Romney dropping behind McCain. Can Mitt Romney survive a one-two punch when he was literally banking on winning both Iowa and New Hampshire?

The most startling poll comes from ARG:

John McCain 35% (30%)
Mitt Romney 25% (30%)
Mike Huckabee 12% (11%)
Ron Paul 9% (7%)
Rudy Giuliani 8% (9%)
Fred Thompson 1% (3%)
Duncan Hunter 1% (1%)
Alan Keyes 1% (1%)

    If that’s accurate, Mitt dropped 5 points while McCain gained the same making a 10 point spread between the two candidates.

    The next poll, from Rasmussen shows a similar trend:

    John McCain 31% (27%)
    Mitt Romney 26% (31%)
    Ron Paul 14% (7%)
    Mike Huckabee 11% (11%)
    Rudy Giuliani 8% (13%)
    Fred Thompson 5% (3%)

      Again, Mitt dropped and McCain gained. And look at little upstart Ron Paul go! Although this might be an outlier that overestimates Paul’s chances.

      The main thing to notice here is that Mitt Romney and the millions he spent to con the voters and buy his way into the nomination may soon be a memory, even if he manages to win the virtually empty state of Wyoming today. The victory, like the state itself, would be an empty one — a souvenir, or consolation prize, for Team Mittens on its way out the door.

      — Psycheout

      The Iowa Caucus Results

      January 3, 2008

      Iowa CaucusJust a quick post, which I will update in a bit, maybe.

      I was right.

      1. Huckabee 34%
      2. Romney 25%
      3. McCain 13%
      4. Thompson 13%

      And I may still be right about the party of treason:

      1. Obama 38%
      2. Clinton 29%
      3. Edwards 30%

      Although Clinton and Edwards are still locked in mortal combat for second place.

      Chris Dodd (DemocRAT) will drop out of the race.

      Chuck Norris is a happy man tonight.

      It’s been a good night for America. G-d bless Iowa. G-d bless you all.

      Update: It looks like Fred Thompson may have moseyed his way into third place at the last minute. Congratulations to grandpa Fred.

      Update 2: Ha ha – Kookspinach and Gravel got 0 votes! Dodd got 1, Biden got 23, Richardson got 51. Note to Kookspinach and Gravel: give it up. It’s over. Ron Paul at 10% gets 5th. Buh bye, Ronnie. It’s downhill from here. Ghouliani got a whopping 4%. So much for your winning strategy, Rudy.

      Update 3: Joe Biden to drop out as well after an anemic performance. Please drop out too, Rudy Giuliani.

      Update 4: Further predictions: Hunter won’t stick it out much longer, although he might well be on the short list for Secretary of Defense.  Cox will keep up his silent running candidacy, but nobody will notice.  Those who do will laugh.  Paul will stick it out to the bitter end, taking home lots of suckers’ money just like the last time he ran.  Thankfully he hasn’t got a prayer.  Let me know if I’ve missed anything.

      Crossposted at: Blogs 4 Brownback.

      See also: Race 4 2008’s Open Thread.

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      — Psycheout

      Reflections on Today’s GOP Debate

      December 12, 2007

      Mike Huckabee on Bass!I agree with much of what was said about today’s debate after I saw a replay. I think it was stupid to have it on in the middle of the day when most people are working. But it didn’t matter much. It was pretty darn boring.

      I’m going to have to agree with ABC’s assessment. Mike Huckabee won. He didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, however. He was just himself. The reason I say he won is that he had the momentum, the so-called Huckaboom, going into this debate, and he didn’t mess up. So he still has that momentum going for him.

      The very fact that he wasn’t gutted like a fish and eviscerated by his opponents, who were all pretty lackluster, allowed him to win by default. And Huck was actually asked questions beyond the narrow scope of religion and faith today.

      Alan Keyes actually came off looking like the fire and brimstone fundamentalist candidate tonight. By contrast, aw shucks Huck appeared more like a friendly next door neighbor guy whose faith is important to him, but not in a threatening way. He wouldn’t have appeared scary even to secular types. I’m sure that reassured moderate Republicans and swing voters.

      One thing a lot of people seemed to have missed, however, was how the debate ended. The moderator closed with “happy holidays.” There it was, right in your face, and many seemed to have missed it. If she’d have said as much at the beginning of the debate, her agenda would have been made clear and the candidates could have filed out in unison.

      The War on Christmas is real, friends. And unless we stand up for our beliefs, we will lose. Disgusting.

      Update: Here’s an outtake from the debate, in which Ambassador Alan Keyes recites Ezekiel 25:17.  I think you also see Ron Paul at the end of the clip.

      — Psycheout

      Putting “Waterboarding” in Perspective

      December 12, 2007

      WaterboardingIt’s about time someone spelled it out.  Waterboarding is not torture.

      Yesterday on PBS’s Newshour, host Gwen Ifill asked Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) whether waterboarding constitutes torture. Bond replied that the technique is actually more like “swimming“:

      GWEN IFILL: Do you think that waterboarding, as I described it, constitutes torture?

      SEN. KIT BOND: There are different ways of doing it. It’s like swimming, freestyle, backstroke. The waterboarding could be used almost to define some of the techniques that our trainees are put through, but that’s beside the point. It’s not being used.

      That ought to put an end to this ridiculous discussion.  Surf’s up, dude!

      — Psycheout

      Mental Health: It’s a Republican Thing

      December 1, 2007

      BDS, a Mental Illness Spread by MoonbatsYesterday’s rampage by a crazed Hitlery fan really underscores a recent study which demonstrated that, while Republicans have excellent mental health, Democrats and schizophrenic Independents do not. But I think we knew that already, didn’t we?

      Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.

      Conclusion? Moonbats are the ka-waziest people!

      Perhaps that Democrat urban legend about President Reagan evilly throwing all the mentally ill out onto America’s streets has some merit after all. That would certainly help to explain the election of Slick Willie in 1992, the unhinged reaction to the Goracle’s defeat in 2000, hanging chads, Florida Democrats voting for Pat Buchannan, 9/11 conspiracy theories, Bush Lied People Died (TM), another “stolen election” in 2004 (Goracle II), Nancy Piglosi, the Ron Paultard Revilution, and Cindy Sheehag. No wait, scratch that. Nothing can explain that last one.

      MoonbatOnce a Republican President is inevitably sworn in on January 20, 2008, perhaps his first item of business should be to launch a Leftist Mental Health Initiative. Let us build a multitude of loony bins across the nation, from sea to shining sea, to once again house the unhinged leftists that currently run rampant across our nation. Perhaps we should just fence off San Francisco. Duncan Hunter could certainly build that wall. And we can then invest in keyless padlocks to ensure they are kept safe from the outside world forever. It’s the humane thing to do.

      Liberalism is a mental disorder, to be sure. Let’s help these poor delusional folks by locking them up so that they will no longer be a danger to themselves and others. Let us show ourselves to be true “compassionate conservatives,” in the best sense of the term, by investing our hard earned money so that these poor unfortunates can be safely segregated from society where they can receive the care they so desperately need for the remainder of their miserable and useless lives. It’s the least we can do.

      Exit question: When will the WHO finally declare BDS to be an officially recognized mental illness? Democratic Underground breathlessly awaits your prognosis and merciful committal. Basket weaving, anyone?

      They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa.
      They’re coming to take me away, ho ho, he he, ha ha,
      To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time
      And I’ll be happy to see those nice young
      Men in their clean white coats and
      They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa!

      Madness courtesy of Napoleon XIV.

      Hat Tip: Hot Air.

      — Psycheout

      Post Debate Observations

      November 29, 2007

      Red StateThe CNN/YouTube debate aired last night and it was an interesting performance from the candidates, to say the least. I have posted my conclusions about the debate, the winners and losers, over at Red State. So go on over there and read it if you are interested.

      Conventional wisdom would suggest that Mike Huckabee won. Even post debate polls give Huck a wide margin. But what did he win? Does the poll measure his performance or his substance? I would argue the former. He did do quite well however, considering that he is quite liberal on many of the issues. He’s clearly running as a “compassionate conservative.” And we’ve already got a pretty good idea of how that turns out.

      The real winner, surprisingly enough, is neither Rudy nor Romney. John McCain won. He actually looked the most Presidential. That he did and outperformed his main rivals was a bit of a shock. Perhaps it’s time for conservatives to re-evaluate McCain, despite his “maverick” image. Was Brownback right to endorse the Senator from Arizona after all?

      So be sure to read my overview of how the candidates did last night over at Red State and, if you watched the debate, let me know how it lines up (or doesn’t) with your own impressions. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

      Update: Newshound Michelle Malkin sniffs out several CNN/YouTube plants. Dems abound. Nuance!

      Update 2: Jason Coleman finds another and another. Hey! Were any of the questioners not from the Democrat party?

      — Psycheout