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Category Archive for ‘2010 Election’

The 112th Congress Convenes

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Noontime today in Washington DC the 112th Congress opened for business. Congratulations to Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Congressman Pat Meehan, Congressman Lou Barletta, and Congressman Jim Gerlach.

The above image sums up the mood of this day exquisitely – what mere words could enhance the message of the photo?  Oh, there were words that nearly brought tears of joy. dmataconis Twittered: “Alan Grayson is no longer a United States Senator”. Gah! I still get choked up reading this tweet:

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Now it is time for the 112th Congress to roll up their sleeves and get to work fixing what is broken. Good luck!

Tania

The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown Down

Let us see how this plays out.  

Eric Cantor debuted a two page bill - nearly unheard of in Congress these days – seeking the repeal of the disastrous Obamacare legislation. Insiders say the bill will pass the House. The Senate will be a more difficult field of battle – it will be interesting to note which side the newly elected Republican Senators will chose in this debate.

A vote on this proposed legislation is scheduled for January 12th.  Stay tuned for the drama, folks!

Tania

Friday Quick Bites

Home remodeling project is going way too smoothly, I was only without internet access for one day. All the steps in this project have gone perfectly, hmmm, something is just not right in the world, I fear.

A few quick bites for your consumption and contemplation:

- Two groups are organizing a ‘human buffer’ to act as a shield between the radical Westboro Baptist group and the Edwards family during the Elizabeth Edward’s funeral service on Saturday. I was wondering how long it would take for groups to organize such a buffer. You can check out the Facebook page ‘Wall of Peace Against Westboro Baptist Church’ for more info on this human shield.  As much as I admire the pluck of these individuals, it is disquieting to recall all the funerals for fallen soldiers whose families had to endure the sick taunts of this Baptist group without any such ‘human buffer’ to help them.

- A recent article penned by the author of the now infamous open letter to Senator McConnell and Rep Boehner brings to mind one of the most memorable quotes of the Clinton administration – “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” As I challenge the merits of this letter, I’m treated to numerous updated definitions of whom the ‘Letter’ represents. This week the nuances between social liberals and social libertarians is explored, yet neither group is clearly defined or addressed in the ‘Letter’.  The letter, as it was written by Andrew Ian Dodge, referenced an entirely different group of people.

“On behalf of limited-government conservatives everywhere,…

Perhaps the author should have been more precise in defining who this letter represented. Let’s see, perhaps the opening line should have read:

On behalf of staunch limited government/social libertarians who are at the same time a touch ‘mavericky’ everywhere….

That would narrow the scope of the letter to simply a collection of 17 individuals expressing their opinion and not necessarily those of any group, anywhere. This is but my humble rebuttal of the latest take on the ‘Letter’ -  written under the influence of coffee and common sense.

- I’ve accepted an invitation from the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, who are hosting  a holiday luncheon/victory celebration in honor of Congressman-elect Jon Runyan. It is being held tomorrow at The Waterworks restaurant – check my Flickr stream for photos from the event.

Tania

TeaParty to SoCons – You Need Not Apply Here

Melissa Clouthier ~ Why are we fighting already? I really do believe we’re working toward the same goal.

November 2nd ushered in 60+ new Congressmen, 6 Senators and 682 State seats with a united message from the electorate to bring fiscal control our government. Make no mistake, this was a clear repudiation of liberal big spending, big government policies embraced by the Dem controlled House, Senate and WH.

Soon after this stunning victory,  17 individuals issued a letter opening a needless divide between social cons and fiscal cons – I refer to them as “The Gang of 17

In an open letter to Senator McConnell and Representative Boehner, 17 individuals affiliated with teaparty groups reminded the politicians to  focus on fiscal issues:

“On behalf of limited-government conservatives everywhere, we write to urge you and your colleagues in Washington to put forward a legislative agenda in the next Congress that reflects the principles of the Tea Party movement,”

Great opening that is in total accord with teaparty groups around the nation. However, the rest of the letter goes completely off the rails and throws social conservatives under the Teaparty Bus:

Already, there are Washington insiders and special interest groups that hope to co-opt the Tea Party’s message and use it to push their own agenda – particularly as it relates to social issues. We are disappointed but not surprised by this development. We recognize the importance of values but believe strongly that those values should be taught by families and our houses of worship and not legislated from Washington, D.C.

We urge you to stay focused on the issues that got you and your colleagues elected and to resist the urge to run down any social issue rabbit holes in order to appease the special interests.

So much for that laser-like focus on economic freedom and limited government.

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Tania

November 2nd, 2010 – A Shot Across The Bow

Tuesday’s election was, at its core, a repudiation of the unpopular policies pushed by Obama and his super majority in the Senate and Congress.  It was NOT a mandate for victorious Republicans to continue business as usual.

Doug Welch, a columnist for the St. Louis Examiner, observed “We had a good day on Tuesday and many Conservatives got elected into office. But make no mistake the war is not won.”

Indeed, conservatives have just begun to fight on a national political level. However, the real victory of Tuesday’s election was at the grass root level in state and local races.  Pennsylvania is one of twenty three states whose governorships have been given to the Republican candidate. In addition, the election swept in Republican control of Pennsylvania’s State House. How this will affect Pennsylvania’s ‘pension bomb’ issue remains to be seen.  Also included in this sea change are numerous elections for school board and committee seats that conservative activist groups have been successfully running candidates for in 2009 and 2010.  The ground work for this stunning election night has been ongoing for the past two years and shows no sign of letting up for the 2012 election cycle and beyond.  We were able to remove low hanging fruit this time around, next time it will be more challenging to replace Allyson Schwartz, Bob Casey, jr and Bob Brady at the federal level. In the Southeast part of the state there are the Boyle brothers (Kevin and Brendan D-172 & 170) and John Sabatina (D-174) whose replacement with conservatives will help solidify a conservative majority in the Pa House.  Indeed, conservative activists work is far from complete.

At these times, I find it useful to check the reaction on the other side. As usual, they do not disappoint.

At Huffpo the work of the week is ‘Gridlock‘. It appears they are reminding the now minority party that it does not pay to work with the majority when Congress is in session. Hmmm, weren’t these the same people who chastised Republicans for refusing to work with Democrats these past two years? Hello to the new ‘Party of No’.  Why don’t you use your minority status  as a teachable moment and show the nation what you mean by bipartisan support.

The DU is well, the DU.  So to hell with the election, let’s fire up the War on Christmas.

Young Philly Politics also see gridlock in the future. Is that such a bad thing, though? With gridlock, the out of control spending is corked, Cap&Trade goes nowhere and we can discuss the best way to dismantle Obamacare.  I’m kinda looking forward to a gridlock in Congress, what about you?

My friend, John Hawkins, posted a round up of some the most eye opening reactions of this election  from the left.  It is a must read!

Tania

The Day After

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Attention Obama: The Krakon has been released!

For the past week, I’ve been running on adrenaline and tonight I’m able to relax in the knowledge that Pat Toomey is now Senator-elect Toomey. I congratulate the new Republican Congressmen-elect Jim Gerlach, Pat Meehan, Mike Fitpatrick and Lou Barletta. Congratulations also to the Republican Governor-elect Tom Corbett.  In addition, the Pennsylvania State House has now flipped into GOP control.

WOW.

It is an astounding change in the political landscape of Pennsylvania. However, this change did not occur overnight and can be attributed to the dedication of several grass root organizations working diligently to bring this political change to Pennsylvania.  Kudos to the Pennsylvania Conservative Council, The Independence Hall Tea Party Association, American Sheepdogs, and Chester County Patriots for their support in GOTV efforts in the counties surrounding Philadelphia. I’m sure in the all the counties of Pennsylvania, this same scenario was being played out. I believe this made the difference in Pat Toomey’s victory last night.

Okay, I’m really crashing now. Need sleep. Will continue this discussion in a later post.

Tania

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Toomesday

VOTE

THANK YOU PENNSYLVANIA!!!!

Pa Senate Race Winner: PAT TOOMEY

Pa Congressional Race Winners

PA-6 Winner: Jim Gerlach

PA-7 Winner: Patrick Meehan

PA-8 Winner: Mike Fitzpatrick

PA-11 Winner: Lou Barletta

PA-13 Winner: Allyson Schwartz

PA-17 Winner: Holden

Governor’s race Winner: Tom Corbett/Jim Cawley

State Representatives

PA-155 Winner: Curt Schroder

PA-170 Winner: Brendan Boyle

Other National Races:

Delaware Senate Race Winner: Chris Coons

Nevada Senate Race Winner: Harry Reid

Florida Senate Race Winner: Marco Rubio

California Senate Race Winner: Barbara Boxer

Other Congressional Races:

Wisconsin CD-7 Winner: Sean Duffy

New Jersey CD-3 Winner: Jon Runyan

Virginia CD-8 Winner: Jim Moran

Other Governor Races:

California Governor race Winner: Jerry Brown

South Carolina Governor race Winner: Nikki Haley

Tania

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Last Update before Election – PA Senate and Congressional Races

We are down to the wire – and all indicators point towards a Republican tsunami.

Pennsylvania Senate - Pat Toomey vs Joe Sestak.  PPP reports Toomey with a comfortable 5 point lead over Sestak.  Outside of one out-lier poll, Toomey has consistently placed ahead of Sestak.  This is Toomey’s year.

Congressional Races:

PA – 6 - Jim Gerlach still leads Manan Trevedi – Still “Leans GOP” via RCP. Can I call this race now?

PA-7 - Pat Meehan vs Bryan Lentz is still a “Toss Up” with Meehan still leading by 3 points. Pat makes his closing argument to the voters in CD-7:

PA-8 Mike Fitzpatrick vs Pat Murphy. Still a toss up with Murphy up by three points on one polling. The polling does not trend for Pat Murphy and I look forward to seeing Fitzpatrick back where he belongs:

PA-11 Lou Barletta vs Paul Kanjorski has moved to ‘Toss Up‘ based on one poll result according to RCP.

PA-13 Dee Adcock vs Allyson Schwartz has not moved from “Leans Dem”. The GOP in the 13th Congressional District needs to find a Pennsylvania version of Sarah Palin in order to win this seat.

PA – 17 Dave Argyll vs Tim Holden. RCP has this firmly in ‘Likely DEM’ category. This election would make an awesome underdog makes good story.

Governor Race

Corbett vs Onorato –  I’d like to call the race right now for Corbett but I’ll hold off until the official win is confirmed.

State Representative Races

PA House 155 – Curt Schroder (R) vs Barbara Bergeron (D). Nothing more to add here other than what I’ve previously stated:

It has been 10 years since Curt Schroder has faced a democrat opponent for his Pa House seat. With the national political headwinds blowing against the Democrats, I was surprised to find that a consultant would run on the Dem ticket against Curt Schroder. Curt has a long standing history of placing the needs of his constituency above those of lobbyists and party politics. During his 16 years representing Pennsylvania’s 155th district, he has worked to build a strong network of bipartisan support for his initiatives. His opponent is a consultant – here today, gone tomorrow. I look forward to Curt continuing his role in representing the needs of his constituents in the 155th district.

PA House 170 Marc Collazzo vs incumbent Brendan Boyle. Surprisingly, this is a competitive race in the Dem Stranglehold called Philadelphia.

Tania

Billions upon Billions

Our Gaffestastic VP, Joe Biden has struck again claiming Republicans are spending ‘billions’:

“I was amazed at the amount of money, this $200 billion of money that is — where there’s no accountability. When I say accountability, we don’t know where it’s coming from.

We can all agree that January 20th, 2013 cannot come soon enough. But hey what is a few billion when this government has wasted trillions already?

Speaking of wasted money, it seems the rotund congressman from the PA 1st district, Bob Brady openly admitted to paying people to vote Democrat in Philly. Not surprisingly, the crack talking head covered up this glaring admission during the interview:

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Tania

PA Senate and Congressional Races Update

First off, I have to share a Flickr link from one heck of a politico, Sean Hackbarth. His screen capture offers a glimpse into the liberal mindset days before an epic election. Pure awesomeness, Sean.

Okay..now lets get to the races in Pennsylvania:

Pat Toomey vs Joe Sestak – This is such an interesting race to follow poll wise. RCP places this race in the ‘Toss Up’ category, yet Toomey leads in every poll listed save one. This is trending more to ‘Leans GOP’ with every poll released. Rasmussen is calling this race a toss-up, despite  Toomey consistently ahead of Sestak in the poll numbers. A recently released Morning Call/ Muhlenberg tracking poll sees a swing back in favor of both Toomey and Corbett.  Now is the time for Republicans, Conservatives, and Independents to double down and bring  Toomey and Corbett to victory next Tuesday.

PA CD-6 - Gerlach is crushing Trivedi with a 10 point polling advantage, yet RCP is calling this race ‘Leans GOP‘? I’d label it Congressman Gerlach’s race. Amazing how a ten point lead less than a week from election day doesn’t cut it for ‘Likely GOP’ in RCP world.

PA CD-7 - Pat Meehan vs Bryan Lentz remains in the ‘Leans GOP’ category with the latest polling by Franklin and Marshal giving Pat a solid 3 point lead over Lentz. Pat Meehan has great name recognition in CD7 and Lentz has skillfully surrounded himself with tons of negative publicity.  Now is the time to ramp up GOTV initiatives so that next Tuesday we can hand  Obama’s water carrier a pink slip.

PA CD-8 Mike Fitzpatrick vs moveon.org endorsed candidate Patrick Murphy, is till in the ‘Leans GOP’ category. The enthusiasm is all on Fitzpatrick’s side – last night I attended a  AFP phone bank marathon in  and had to wait a half hour to get access to a phone to start calling likely voters in the 8th congressional district. The place was jumping last night!

PA CD-11 Lou Barletta vs Paul Kanjorski has not moved from the ‘Leans GOP‘ category according to RCP. We need principled men like Barletta in Congress and it looks like we are going to start addressing Lou as Congressman Barletta.

PA CD-12 – Tim Burns vs Mark Critz. The race is going exactly as expected – a Toss Up.

PA CD-13 Dee Adcock vs the architect of Obamacare, Allyson Schwartz.  The race still ‘Leans DNC’ , this is one congressional district that is overdue for a clean out.

PA CD-17 Dave Argyll vs Tim Holden. RCP has this firmly in ‘Leans DEM’. Oh man this would make such a great ‘come from nowhere’ win for the GOP. Argyll is a great guy, I would like him to do well in this race.

PA Governors Race: Corbett vs Onorato is still in the ‘leans GOP‘ RCP category. No surprises here.

Looking at the polling, I’m gunning for  ’The Great Refudiation‘ come November 2nd.

Any Questions? Leave a comment or follow me on Twitter for more updates on these races. Oh, please take a moment to surf over to Ace of Spades, it seems my buddy Ace is having election night jitters and needs some cheering up.

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