Marco’s Long March

This election will tell us a lot about what Florida Republicans are all about. About what national Republicans are about as well. (Most of the national Republican muftis have lined up behind Crist.) The race has been described in several quarters as “a battle for the soul of the Republican Party.” It will also demonstrate whether a slow but relentless retail ground-game with limited media can succeed in a large state against a well-financed candidate the establishment is firmly behind.

Challenging the GOP’s establishment liberal wing won’t be easy

By Larry Thornberry

TAMPA — The race for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat Mel Martinez is not seeking re-election to in 2010 — which pits liberal Florida Governor Charlie Crist against conservative former Speaker of the Florida House Marco Rubio — is not exactly heating up. But it’s taking shape. There’s good and bad news for the right. Continue reading “Marco’s Long March”

Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?

It’s easy to see why conservatives are frustrated. Maybe that’s why they threw tea bags at the White House instead of discussing a platform on taxation. But this kind of erratic, pundit-driven development simply doesn’t work. Over the next five weeks, Congress stands poised to tackle climate change, health care, and a Supreme Court nomination. The minority won’t technically win any of these fights, so they really only have one viable option: go back to the drafting table and start working. (Either that or start a betting ring on who’ll go crazy next.)

Actually, what the party needs are fewer spotlights and more desk lamps

By Kelsey Stapler

There are some who believe those in high office should be held to a higher standard. Given recent events, however, Republican voters might just settle for officials to stay within the margins of polite society. Conservatives’ resignation (or worse, denial) in the face of political falling stars threatens to become the GOP’s next biggest problem.

Of course, politicians are human. They screw up, have affairs, quit their jobs early, and fly to Argentina just like the rest of us. But the bizarre antics of Ensign, Sanford, Palin, and others are also vintage examples of image trumping intelligence. Continue reading “Does the G.O.P. Wear a Thinking Cap or a Dunce Cap?”

Chambliss is Pimping for Charlie

In short, back-slappin’ Charlie has been a terrible governor and would make an even worse U.S. Senator – although at least in the senate he would only be one of 100 and arguably would do far greater damage than as governor.

Chris Ingram lets Sen. Chambliss know what he thinks about Crist

An Open Letter to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):

Dear Senator:

We have known each other for many years, and I have always admired your conservative values and principles.

However, due to your recent endorsement of Charlie Crist in the open Florida U.S. Senate seat which is a contested race among more than one Republican (including Marco Rubio), I now doubt your sincerity for honest and fair elections, not to mention good leadership and responsible government. Continue reading “Chambliss is Pimping for Charlie”

Charlie is A RINO’s RINO

Democrats, who are presently punching above their weight because a limp, directionless, Charlie Crist-ridden Republican Party is allowing them to. The future of the Republican Party, if it’s to have one, lies in the hands of the nation’s Marco Rubios, not its Charlie Crists.

Larry Thornberry clues in Sen. John Cornyn

Senator John Cornyn,
Chairman, Committee to Keep Republicans a Pathetic Bunch of Me-Too Irrelevancies
Washington, D.C.


You just don’t get it, do you? Elected national Republicans have been behaving like Democrats-Lite for the past couple of election cycles, and have gotten exactly what this kind of behavior deserves at the polls. Continue reading “Charlie is A RINO’s RINO”

RIP: Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin, and Mark Sanford

More significantly, Rubio and Too-tan Charlie Crist (our unimpressive Florida Governor), are nearly neck-and-neck in the polls among Florida Republicans who know both candidates. These are the types of voters who actually show up to vote on Primary Election days and the numbers should have Chuckie shaking in his tanning bed.

 The Water cooler

An occasional look at what people are talking about

By Chris Ingram

Okay, so Michael Jackson died. He could dance. He could sing. But seriously folks, some of the people mourning his death are taking it to an extreme with all the tears and memorials. All I have to say is, if some generic man who had been accused multiple times of being a child molester (never convicted, but he paid millions to keep one of his accusers quiet), and who dangled one of his own children from the fourth floor balcony of a hotel for all the world to see, most people would probably fight tooth and nail to keep him from moving into their neighborhood. Yet many of the same people who wouldn’t want an accused child molester from living near them treat Michael Jackson as some sort of Saint. Give me a break! There are a lot more important things to be concerned with than the death of Michael Jackson…

Like Mark Sanford.

A month ago Sanford was the golden boy of the G.O.P. Then the relatively young, attractive, fiscally responsible, family man and Governor of South Carolina got caught with his pants down with a woman not his wife. Ouch! In a matter of a few short days Sanford ruined his political career. Having been a Sanford supporter myself, I was very disappointed to see him fall from grace. But alas, the cleansing of the G.O.P. continues and it will ultimately be good for the party as true leaders who live by the words they speak will (hopefully) ultimately emerge.

In addition to the recent death of Michael Jackson, and the political career of Mark Sanford, we also saw the self-inflicted political death of Governor Sarah Palin. All I know is Palin would never have been on the national stage if she wasn’t such an attractive gal. You put her in Jane Reno’s body and John McCain would have never picked her. She was light on ideas, experience, and gravitas. Kind of reminds me of a youthful Katherine Harris sans the blue eye shadow. The G.O.P. is lucky for the fact that she has self-destructed. While Rush Limbaugh continues to support her, ditto heads need to understand why: He’d love to see her be the G.O.P. nominee in 2012 because she would lose and his ratings and ad revenue for his radio show always do a lot better when Democrats control Washington.

My favorite Florida candidate for the open-seat for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, reported raising over $340,000 this last quarter. That’s a respectable showing assuming Rubio continues to impress more skeptical donors who have been holding out to see what kind of fund raising he can do. More significantly, Rubio and “Too-tan” Charlie Crist (our unimpressive Florida Governor), are nearly neck-and-neck in the polls among Florida Republicans who know both candidates. These are the types of voters who actually show up to vote on Primary Election days and the numbers should have Chuckie shaking in his tanning bed.

On another Crist-related note, in my previous column I challenged Crist supporters to email me or post on Irreverent View just three significant accomplishments of our leaderless governor. Guess what? You got it. Still not a one. Hey, and I know from my traffic reports lots of people in Tallahassee read the Irreverent View.

Finally, Al Franken is the newest Democrat U.S. Senator giving the party the filibuster-proof majority it has yearned for in the senate. I know Al. He’s a nice guy, and a smart guy, but he’s a big-time liberal who will readily embrace Obamanomics and the further indebtedness and ultimately skyrocketing tax rates our children and grandchildren will have to pay.

Chris Ingram is president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. Post a comment by registering on Irreverent View or E-mail him at: E-mail comments may be posted on the site.