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?”

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: Chris@411Communications.net. E-mail comments may be posted on the site.