Archive for ‘Elections’

September 26, 2012

The Broken Mirror

Contributed by Shell Suber 

Our skyrocking national debt is America’s greatest threat. According to Pew, 7 of 10 surveyed would support a deficit reduction compromise that includes a combination of tax increases and spending reductions on major programs. Were Congress a true reflection of America, wouldn’t roughly 70% – or around 375 members – feel similarly?

I bet there aren’t a dozen members of Congress who would dare to hint at such a proposal and I know why. Ronald Reagan was right: Gerrymandering has ruined our Legislative branch.

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September 14, 2012

Gov. Romney, quit your campaign. Instead, apply for the job.

Contributed by Shell Suber 

Governor Romney, quit now. End your campaign today. You’re a smart guy. You can read a poll and you know when a political campaign over. At this point even a huge crisis (Eurozone / Middle East) probably will not change things by Election Day. This political campaign is over.

Just as well because – let’s be honest – you are not a professional politician like your opponent. You’ve been good enough to get this far but now you are up against a career professional – something you are not. You are a businessman. In fact, you are a legendary businessman. So stop running a political campaign and start applying for the job as Chief Executive of the US Government.

This isn’t a political campaign. It’s a job interview. Stop giving the same tired political stump speech over and over – changing a line here and there to fit that day’s news cycle. Change everything. You are one of the world’s most accomplished CEOs and you are addressing the shareholders of the largest company in the world. Convince them to hire you. Sell them on why they must hire you before it’s too late.

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June 18, 2012

Odds making and voting blocs

 Contributed by Shell Suber

If you read my occasional political posts, you know that despite being a dedicated Republican political hack, I only give Romney about a 2-in-5 chance of unseating the President. Not that I think Romney wasn’t the best choice for the GOP (he was and is), but because defeating a sitting president is about as rare and difficult a thing as any in American politics. Had it not been for the post-Watergate election of ’76 and the GOP-splitting Perot revolt of ’92, only one president would have been fired since WWII.

So when fellow politico Grace Rentiers directed my attention to this column by Wayne Allyn Root, I found his predictions a bit overly optimistic. “Why Obama Will Lose in a Landslide” – Wayne Allyn Root, 5/30/12 Still, Root, a libertarian who dislikes Obama intensely, makes some very good observations I agree with – and a some I don’t. NOTE: Read Root’s piece first, then return for my observations about his predictions below.

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June 23, 2011

Three Primary Strategies for GOP in 2012

Contributed by Shell Suber

There are three competing political strategies at work in this primary:

1. RUN HARD RIGHT AND WIN: Supporters of this strategy would have the GOP nominate a far right candidate as a winning strategy. “Make the difference between us and them stark and unapologetic. Voters will be impressed and reward the straightforward honesty.”

2. RUN HARD RIGHT AND ‘LOSE WITH HONOR’: Some suggest the GOP nominate a far right candidate to make a meaningful ideological impression on the electorate about the integrity of the conservative movement. “Why not make a statement since, historically speaking, we are unlikely to win in any case.”

3. RUN MIDDLE AND TRY TO WIN: Some suggest the GOP nominate a more electable (moderate) candidate and give themselves the best chance to win should the incumbent trip up.

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April 1, 2011

GOP ’12 Top Ten: April 1 – No foolin’

Contributed by Shell Suber

March’s big winner was Tim Pawlenty who had been fading over the last few months but now seems to be everywhere.

Big losers were Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump. Bachmann failed a self-administered grade-school geography quiz and got folks wondering what other subjects she flunked. [ie. Dan Quayle] Trump pulled off his mask and there stood Ross Perot. [Paranoid delusions of black helicopters included. Tin-foil hat, sold separately.]

Mostly, this month was about the man in the White House. A budget showdown, rising gas prices, stalled unemployment figures and ubiquitous coverage of rookie mistakes in foreign policy have emboldened Republican aspirants and the legions of conservatives investing their hopes in them.

March madness, indeed. 

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March 15, 2011

GOP ’12 Top Ten: Ides of March

Contributed by Shell Suber

‘Beware the Ides of March’ warns Shakespeare’s soothsayer in Julius Caesar. Two millennia and fifty-five years later, the oracle extends that warning to those giving thought to the Republican Party’s nomination in 2012: If you are running, you can wait no longer… er, but don’t be first.

My March version of GOP ’12 Top 10 features a lot of turn-over indicating this campaign may finally be underway.

(#) = Previous rank

1. Mike Huckabee (2) – Recent polls have the affable, TV-friendly reverend slightly ahead of Romney with likely GOP voters. But will our new #1 even run?

2. Mitt Romney (1) – Still has the cash and the caché, but polls of likely GOP voters seem to indicate his greatest strength was that he was seen as the frontrunner… not the enthusiasm that carries the day. Just ask Bob Dole, John Kerry, Walter Mondale, etc. Drops to #2, which might be a better spot come to think of it. 

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February 1, 2011

GOP ’12 Top Ten: February

Contributed by Shell Suber

Last month I posted my ranking of the “Top Ten” likely GOP presidential candidates. Well, a whole entire month has passed and so here are my new rankings.

Current rank. Name (Last month’s rank) – Comments

1.  Mitt Romney (1)  – Name recognition and money give him frontrunner status, albeit tenuous. A polished candidate and persuasive speaker but his former strength (healthcare) is now seen as a weakness.

2. Mike Huckabee (3) – Well known and generally perceived as a very likable, decent man, which is accurate. But is he presidential enough for voters?

3. Haley Barbour (4) – If you listed ALL the favors owed to ALL the other candidates by Republican leaders throughout the country, Barbour’s list would be longer. The more Republicans hear his plainspoken style, the more they will like. (Disclaimer – He’s a friend.)

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January 28, 2011

Do I need I.D. to join the L.W.V.?

Contributed by the misplacedmtnman

After much debate and discussion, the South Carolina House of Representatives approved a measure that would require citizens to present some form of photo identification before voting in an election. Republicans assert the new law would cut down on voting fraud, but Democrats disagree, saying it is unnecessary and will disenfranchise minorities, seniors and those with lower incomes. (In other words, the very groups that the Democrats use all over the country to steal elections.)

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January 17, 2011

Pelosi plotting her return?

Contributed by Warren Mowry

I posted the following article from The Hill on Facebook today and, as always, got many very interesting, entertaining, and insightful comments. The title tells it all: “Dem Campaign Chief: Goal is Making Pelosi Speaker Again.”

While one of my friends questioned whether their goal should be to do right for the American people, I am willing to give politicians a break on that score. However, the very idea that Americans will be comforted by the return of Nancy Pelosi to two heartbeats from the Presidency is in itself worth a belly laugh. And I am clearly not alone. I steal this in its entirety from one of my friends:

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December 30, 2010

Election editorial prompts letter

Contributed by Shell Suber

A few weeks back, The State printed an editorial in the wake of the election while public discussion of voting was still on everyone’s minds. It was their position Alvin Greene’s vote total was evidence South Carolina needed to do away with the straight ticket option on voting machines.

The full editorial: “Stop encouraging voters to abdicate decisions” – Nov. 23, 2010.

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