I’m making a list, and checking it twice – gonna expose who’s wrong and who’s right. Senator Cruz is coming to town!

PAST HER SELL BY DATE: these days, Noonan's work is so much babbling....

PAST HER SELL BY DATE: these days, Noonan’s work is so much babbling….

This is not a flat out prediction that Cruz will win the nomination, though I could easily see that happen. What this is a flat out prediction of is this: the infantile and shallow metrics used by the Cruz naysayers will become embarrassing to those making the most preposterous pronouncements. This includes practically the entire Democrat Party (and their Jurassic Media wing) – as well as the Republican establishment and their out of touch media wing.

Having said that, the most absurd of all the Cruz panning is coming from other Republicans – the idea that we’ve tried a first term Senator, and that didn’t work (Obama).

Really? Is that the best ya got?

Is Obama’s problem that he’s a one term Senator? If so, that means Obama’s problem is that he simply hasn’t the executive experience to get his wonderful agenda passed and implemented. Do you Peggy dear, and wheels Krauthammer, really believe this?

Frankly, Obama has been astonishingly successful in getting his agenda forced on us. His lack of experience hasn’t hurt him a damned bit.  So, why is this:

Easy. The Presidency is not an executive administration position. Perhaps it has been in the past, but those years are long long gone. The Presidency is a vision position, a direction setting agenda, a big picture bully pulpit positioAs Mark Levin said, elect a visionary and “let him hire the managers.” So Peg, Chaz – get out of your little beltway/Manahattan comfort zone and talk to some real people for a change.

Ted Cruz Makes Big Inroads into the Most Important Primary

by C. Edmund Wright on March 23, 2015

You can talk about the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina all you want – and those all are important – yet none of them is the most important primary on the Republican side.

No, the most critical Republican primary, at least for non-establishment candidates, is the Rush Limbaugh-Drudge Report-Breitbart-Mark Levin-Sean Hannity-Glenn Beck internet message board primary. For a conservative base candidate to win the nomination, he or she must carry most of the above precincts.

Now this is not to say that all, or any of the above, will endorse a candidate by name during the primary season. They probably will not. But they will all talk about, report on, interview and discuss what and who they like. And the some 30-40 million people who make up those combined audiences and readerships will be impacted and educated by these venues. They go to these shows and these websites specifically for opinion and news after all.

Thus it is critical to win this primary, because those are the voters who turn out for non-establishment candidates in primaries. They just are.

Consider: for the past six weeks, Scott Walker has dominated this primary. The Drudge Report has posted many very friendly headlines about Walker during this time, and talk radio – led by Limbaugh – has been recounting over and over how Walker defeated the liberals and the unions in Wisconsin.

As a result, he has skyrocketed up the polls, gotten unexpected fund raising traction, and has been drawing fire from panicked liberals from everywhere.  And why not? He has beaten them at every turn. It appears he will be formidable for the long run, and as such, he has been aggressively vetted by some on the right as well. The take away is, his dominance of the Rush-Drudge-et al universe was a tremendous launching pad for him. It was almost overnight.

And going back to the cycle of 2007-2008, during the two stretches of that cycle where Newt Gingrich clearly won this universe, he was way ahead in the polls and did in fact win South Carolina in a high turn out rout. Newt did this by attacking Obama, judges, academics, unions and the media relentlessly in debate while praising other Republicans. For some strange reason, he abandoned that strategy totally in Florida, and promptly imploded. He immediately lost the talk radio-internet universe, and became irrelevant. It was over at that point.

Thus, this “primary” matters. A lot. Jeb might be able to win without it (though I doubt it), but no one else can.

And there was a shift in this realm on Monday as Ted Cruz announced his candidacy at Liberty University. Nobody said anything negative about Walker, but the talk of the internet and talk radio was about how impressive Cruz was, and how the liberal media was going bananas over him, and how finally there was someone articulating what we believe and doing so fearlessly and very well. Rush said it was dazzling and “scared the heck out of the left.”

Cruz definitely started to make big inroads in this unofficial primary on this day.

Which of course makes sense. Of all the potential candidates out there, Cruz -through my observation –  is probably the most ideologically simpatico with, say Rush, Levin and the other talkers. More to the point, he is perhaps more in step with the listeners and readers of these venues than any other candidate.  And many of these voters will no doubt rally around Cruz’ fearlessness as well.

Conservatism matters, but so does tone. This universe is not the least bit interested in some doddering old fool telling us we have “nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency” the way McCain did in 2008 – nor is there any appetite for someone who’s going to call the Democrats “nice guys who are simply over their heads” the way Mitt Romney’s catastrophic campaign did.

Conservatism, well articulated and without apology, will attract a huge following. It’s the unpolled craving that is out there. Certainly there is no slam dunk in politics, especially at this extremely early stage. However, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that Cruz’ message will continue to resonate, and that he too will enjoy a tremendous boost from talk radio and the internet. The Rush-Drudge et al primary: you must win this, or at least a big slice of it, as a conservative to have a chance.

And for a domain where the ability to defend and promote conservatism off the cuff  and without notes is paramount, Cruz’ ability to do just that will be important and score big points for him.

 

It is one of the most astonishingly misguided decisions any big time CEO has ever made – the decision by Starbucks to run their #RaceTogether campaign – on Twitter and in their stores.

Nation's newest big time race pimp: Starbuck's Schultz.

Nation’s newest big time race pimp: Starbuck’s Schultz.

In rolling out the campaign, Starbucks indicated on Twitter than there isn’t enough discussion about race. WHAT PLANET are they on? Oh, right – they live in the lily white world of over priced coffee bars – filled with young white hipsters who are comfortably non-employed with every Apple gadget available in tow.

Our entire 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns were about race. Our attorney general is race obsessed. Think Ferguson. Think “white hispanic” and Trayvon. Race race race – everywhere we go liberals are just obsessed with it. This is just incredibly misguided.

Besides, the best way to incite racial tensions IS TO TALK ABOUT RACE. Just ignore it, live your life, and move on. (more on this later….) 

What is Jeb Bush Babbling About on Common Core?

by C. Edmund Wright on March 14, 2015

Jeb Bush and his supporters in the Republican establishment would have us believe that the former Florida governor is the most accomplished, intelligent and reasonable man available to run for President on the Republican ticket. He is somewhat accomplished as governor of the very difficult state to govern Florida, and I suppose in a way he is reasonable – which in establishment speak means he is a squishy moderate. You know, the way Bob Dole was the most “reasonable” in 1996, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

In Washington circles, reasonable is over rated. It normally means someone who doesn’t stand for anything.

Jeb leans left on education.

Jeb leans left on education.

Moreover, we know Jeb’s father once infamously said he didn’t have “the vision thing” – you know, like any inkling of why it was he wanted to run for President in the first place. Today I’d like to take a peak under the hood of Jeb’s “intelligence thing” so to speak.  And what better topic to filter intelligence through than education and Common Core?

Jeb has been a big proponent of Common Core from the beginning. And yet, I have to ask the former governor with all seriousness – do you have any idea what Common Core is? I think his statements in New Hampshire yesterday casts doubt as to the answer to that question.

To his credit, he did not back down on Common Core, even knowing that it will be an obstacle for him in wooing Republican voters. Of course, in New Hampshire, the Republican primary often has little to with just Republican voters – but cross over primaries are a topic for another day.

Still, give credit where it’s due, and Bush said again that “you don’t abandon your core beliefs, you go try to persuade people as I’m doing now. I think you need to be genuine. I think you need to have a backbone.”

Okay, so I’ll credit a few points for having a backbone – given that there’s no discernible evidence of a spine in most Washington Republicans. But Bush’ case is just nonsense, a total non-sequitur.

Consider: After doubling down on his support for Common Core, Jeb admits that it was “wrong” for the federal government to offer money to states to get them to adopt Common Core, “but that doesn’t mean the standards are wrong.”

He then wanders further afield from common sense and logic, adding that the Federal Government “should play no role in creating education standards” and to make sure we didn’t misunderstand, added that we need to “put a big iron fence around it (Fed control), bury it, over and out.”

Huh?

Jeb, I hate to break it to you, but the program is called COMMON core. As in, a common, ‘one size fits all 50 states’ core curriculum. That’s the name of the program, and more to the point, that’s the reason for it’s existence in the first place. It’s put together by a bunch of academia nut elitists who think they know what’s best for all of us. Of course it will be run from Washington. Of course Washington will hold the power of the purse over states to get them to do it – either in the spirit of a bribe, or with the implied threat of the power of government.

It sounds to me like Jeb wants to have it both ways – getting credit for standing his ground while professing a sudden conservative interest in getting the Feds out of the education business. I suppose it was an attempt to thread the needle politically.

It doesn’t work however. The majority of the proponents – and the authors and developers  of Common Core – are absolutely committed to a political agenda and total centralized control of education money and decision making. That’s why we have it in the first place.

Or maybe I’m just not being “reasonable” on this issue.

The truth is, Jeb is just babbling about on this topic. The “education governor,” who founded an “education foundation” is simply not coming off as being  very astute on what is supposed to be his pet issue. So, tell me about that ‘intelligence thing’ again?

 

Michelle Malkin and Melissa Klein: A Tale of 2 Obama Care Horrors

March 11, 2015

Perusing the web today was interesting – as articles from different sources that I happened to read back to back – demonstrated the IRS related bureaucratic hell that is Obama Care. Why, how, etc, this is a surprise to anyone is beyond me. We do suffer so at the hands of the low information voter, […]

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Erickson at Red State calls out GOP leaders for confusing strategy with tactics – a point from my book

March 10, 2015

Erick Erickson has a piece at Red State today outlining the latest example of Republican leaders lacking a long term strategy – favoring instead a short term tactic just to keep from being yelled at. Erickson is right – and this is one of the main points I made in the 2013 book WTF? How […]

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Debating Limousine Liberal Charles Krauthammer on the dollar a gallon gas tax idea.

January 10, 2015

Charles Krauthammer does not drive himself, which is understandable due to his physical condition. He also lives inside the cloistered beltway, for which he can also be forgiven, given that he works for Fox News in the Washington. Moreover, he supported Walter Mondale against Ronald Reagan – and while we may forgive that – I […]

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Jurassic Media Desperate for GOP to nominate Jeb: The psy-ops is underway

December 29, 2014

There’s been a pretty obvious trend in the Jurassic media over the past couple of weeks – a movement to contrive this wave of support for Jeb Bush as the Republican Presidential nominee for 2016. Why not? The mainstream media is simply an arm of the Democrat Party – and the Democrats (though not the […]

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Ferguson in Pictures (Democrat Voter Registration?)

December 15, 2014
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John Boehner Gives Middle Finger to the Voters (Omnibus bill)

December 12, 2014

Let me tell you what John Boehner just did – he just shot the bird to all of those who voted for Republicans in the 2014 mid term elections. By working with Barack Obama – the man the voters clearly wanted to reign in and stop – to push through the 1.1 trillion dollar omnibus […]

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