Happily eating some crow

The brakes have been applied to the liberal agenda of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. Democrats across the country are wetting their pants wondering what to do. The handwriting is on the wall: Americans have had enough of uncontrolled spending, mindless government programs, and saddling our children with more debt.

Brown shakes up Obamalism; trouble still looms for the GOP

By Chris Ingram

This morning’s news is dominated with stories about the stunning upset Republican Scott Brown managed over Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat.

Yesterday I expected Coakley would pull it out in a squeaker — admitting I hoped I would be wrong. And I was. So today I eat crow — gladly.

The brakes have been applied to the liberal agenda of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. Democrats across the country are wetting their pants wondering what to do. The handwriting is on the wall: Americans have had enough of uncontrolled spending, mindless government programs, and saddling our children with more debt.

Yesterday plans were in place to pass Obamacare by Continue reading “Happily eating some crow”

The Water Cooler: Mass. Sen. race; Charlie’s latest lie; Rubio’s Tea Party

Anyone with a kid in a Florida public school knows we aren’t 8th in anything. Charlie’s latest bogus claim comes from Education Week, which assessed all states on education standards. And yes, Florida ranked 8th. In short, that means the state of Florida does a good job setting standards on things like accountability and the FCAT — Florida’s statewide assessment test. But bragging about being 8th on education standards is like a NASCAR race team that consistently finishes last in every race bragging about having the fastest pit crew. Last is exactly where Florida remains on the outcomes that matter. We’re 49th in graduation rates and at the bottom fifth in number of students who can read at grade-level (30 percent of our students are not at grade-level). Our SAT scores aren’t much better. Flori-duh public schools rank 44th on the national standardized college entrance exam.

An occasional look at what people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

Republicans will be disappointed

In Massachusetts, Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 3:1. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama bested John McCain by 26 points. Massachusetts is home to large labor unions and one of the most liberal state legislatures in the country.

But if you believe the most recent polls, Republican State Senator Scott Brown is poised to defeat Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley in the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the U.S. Senate.

The GOP sees this as a great opportunity to hand Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Mass. Sen. race; Charlie’s latest lie; Rubio’s Tea Party”

The Obama Watch

In toney, left-wing circles it’s considered rude, as well as prima-facie evidence of yahooism or worse, to suggest that Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the merry majority in Washington today are socialists. Conversations with liberals either end or get testy when this word comes up. The charge of socialism, they huff, is too outrageous to even consider.

None Dare Call It Socialism

By Larry Thornberry  

In toney, left-wing circles it’s considered rude, as well as prima-facie evidence of yahooism or worse, to suggest that Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the merry majority in Washington today are socialists. Conversations with liberals either end or get testy when this word comes up. The charge of socialism, they huff, is too outrageous to even consider.

A primo example of this came on one of the yak-yak shows Sunday morning where uber-liberal Bob Woodward of the “Washington Pest” pronounced that Continue reading “The Obama Watch”

Disclosed: Charlie Crist’s strategy session

At the Crist for U.S. Senate campaign headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida Governor Charlie Crist meets with campaign manager Eric Eikenberg

At the Crist for U.S. Senate campaign headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida Governor Charlie Crist meets with campaign manager Eric Eikenberg

By Chris Ingram

Charlie (with a big grin): Hey Eric! How are you?

Eric: I’m fine, and you sir?

Charlie: Feeling tanned.  Where are you from Eric?

Eric (with a puzzled look on his face): Uh, er, Ft. Lauderdale sir. You’ve known me for years…

Charlie (excited): Lauderdale! That’s great. Good beaches there. Got lots of friends I used to go clubbing with down there. Fishing isn’t bad there either.

Eric (annoyed): Okay governor, we’ve got some problems. Continue reading “Disclosed: Charlie Crist’s strategy session”

Devastation in Haiti

As we have all seen on the news, Haiti is in shambles following the devastation from an earthquake earlier this week. What many may not know is Haiti was in shambles before the earthquake. Haiti is the poortest country in the Western Hemishpere with an annual GDP of $720, or about two bucks a day. Politically the country has been savaged by corrupt politicians for years.

Americans need to respond

As we have all seen on the news, Haiti is in shambles following the devastation from an earthquake earlier this week. What many may not know is Continue reading “Devastation in Haiti”

Campaign Crawlers

Save for his time in public office in Tallahassee, Crist has lived most of his life in St. Petersburg, the largest city in Pinellas County. He represented Pinellas in the Florida Senate for six years in the nineties. But in a straw vote Monday night, members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee decided by a vote of 106 to 54 that they would rather conservative former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio run for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida than their own Charlie.

Rubio Rolls

By Larry Thornberry

CLEARWATER, Florida — Well OK, you can come home gain. But they don’t have to vote for you when you do. Moderate Florida Governor Charlie Crist learned this Monday night.

Save for his time in public office in Tallahassee, Crist has lived most of his life in St. Petersburg, the largest city in Pinellas County. He represented Pinellas in the Florida Senate for six years in the nineties. But in a straw vote Monday night, members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee decided by a vote of Continue reading “Campaign Crawlers”

Pinellas County GOP Straw Poll Results

Not a good start for the tan man. Look for excuses from the campaign like “straw polls are meaningless” and lame attempts attacking Rubio like “he can’t be trusted.”

 A must win for the governor goes to…

By Chris Ingram

Charlie Crist’s 2009 was a really bad year. It started last spring when the governor decided he’s really a Democrat and fully embraced President Obama’s nearly trillion dollar (that’s 12 zeros) stimulus spending plan. This was followed by countless gaffes, scandals, ethically challenged supporters, and not a single straw poll victory for the governor anywhere in the state.

In short, Charlie lost his base and had no support from the grassroots (which may explain why he chose to add 14,000 convicted felons to the voter rolls).

That was then. This is now.

In the first test of the governor’s strength as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the New Year, the Pinellas County GOP (Charlie’s home county) held a straw poll among party activisits on Monday night. The results are:

Continue reading “Pinellas County GOP Straw Poll Results”