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”

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”

Charlie’s Limp Homecoming

Rubio has the momentum among Floridians active in the Republican Party — the kind of folks who will vote in next August’s primary. So far in the straw vote sweepstakes among Republican organizations, Rubio is 15-0, all the wins by lopsided margins.

Pinellas extends a “courteous” welcome

By Larry Thornberry

CLEARWATER, Florida — The contrast was stark. When conservative former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio addressed the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee in November, the reception in a packed restaurant meeting room was on the high end of enthusiastic. When “moderate” Governor Charlie Crist spoke to the same outfit Monday night before between a quarter and a third fewer people, the reception was courteous. No wild applause as had been the case at several points during Rubio’s presentation. When applause came for Crist it was polite. No more. In a few cases the audience took a beat before reacting, unsure if they had just heard an applause line or not. Continue reading “Charlie’s Limp Homecoming”

The Senator from Charlie

Florida Republican political consultant Chris Ingram said the two men are as close to being brothers as they could be without sharing the same DNA. A St. Petersburg Times columnist referred to LeMieux as the keeper of Crist’s to-do list. And they’re more than just friends: the Miami Herald reports that Crist’s campaign record reveal that LeMieux’s law firm and its clients have ponied up almost $150,000 for Crist’s campaign war-chest.

LeMieux (French for “it stinks”) moves from campaign “maestro” to first-class seat warmer
By Larry Thornberry

In a story with perhaps more charm than truth, the Roman emperor Caligula in about 40 A.D. was said to have gotten his horse, Incitatus, appointed to the Roman Senate. Pretty dodgy political move. But then Caligula was clinically insane.

Liberal Republican Florida governor Charlie Crist isn’t insane. Insanely ambitious, perhaps. And he didn’t appoint his horse to the U.S. Senate last Friday. Just his horse-holder, George LeMieux.

The forty-year-old LeMieux, now a Ft. Lauderdale attorney, has never held elected office. In his only election bid he ran for a seat in the Florida Legislature in 1998 and lost. Now he’ll serve out the 16 months left of the U.S. Senate term of Republican Mel Martinez, who resigned August 7. LeMieux has pledged not to seek the seat in 2010, paving the way for his former boss and benefactor, Crist, who is running for the seat. Continue reading “The Senator from Charlie”

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”

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.

Cornyn:

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”

Republican Establishment Strikes Again

George H.W. Bush ran in 1988 on a pledge to be Reagan III. But he soon reverted to his own form. We all remember what then happened to “Read my lips, no new taxes.” And the Federal Register under George the First soon regained the elephantine heft it sported before Reagan put the brakes on federal regulation. Since then Republican poobahs and money-men have supported countless RINOs (often against solid conservative candidates), careerists with no philosophy or soul, and other me-toos who gave us a Republican president and a Republican Congress better at spending than even the Democrats and no detectable progress on any conservative social issue. This was the lot that was routed in ’06 and again in ’08.

The GOP never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity

By Larry Thornberry

TAMPA– Ronald Reagan taught Republicans some priceless lessons on how to succeed politically. Lessons about both ideology and style. The old cowpoke showed us how to solve some of the nation’s problems with conservative principles and policies, and did it in a cheery, upbeat way that left voters happy and confident about America.

When the Gipper left office in January of 1989, the Republican establishment remembered these vital lessons. For about an hour and a half. Continue reading “Republican Establishment Strikes Again”