Monthly Archives: August 2010

Paul Begala: Quote of the Day

Clinton campaign manager Paul Begala: “All of the energy in this election is on the right; the progressives are completely demoralized. One of the reasons is that when you get up in the morning and you find out that Democrats are increasing troops in Afghanistan and cutting taxes for the rich, why the hell have a Democratic Party?”

Obama’s Iraq Speech: Tonight He Claims Credit for Policies He Always Opposed by Gregory Hilton

President Obama will address the nation tonight for only the second time from the Oval Office. The speech will occur just hours after his return from Fort Hood in Texas and it will mark the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the beginning of a new mission entitled Operation New Dawn. The last U.S. combat brigades have already left Iraq and over 90,000 troops have been redeployed. America’s armed forces will now focus on training and support activities, and only 50,000 soldiers remain in Iraq. The President will emphasize that the transition was possible because 640,000 fully trained troops in the Iraq National Army are now ready to assume the security burden. Yesterday the President visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital and he is expected to call former President George W. Bush today prior to his national address. Continue reading

A Short Season for Michael Tucker (1958 -2010) by Gregory Hilton

My fondest memories of Michael involve our complete agreement on political issues, Sunday polo matches, the Potomac Club, Gold Cup races, Mardi Gras, and many election night parties. He was kindhearted and I was often a recipient of his generosity.

My friend John Michael Tucker passed away at 5:30 am on Saturday morning. He was 52 and died of hepatic encephalopathy, or swelling of the brain due to liver failure. We were only casual acquaintances but we had many things in common and I will miss him. He was always a joy and a pleasure to be around. Continue reading

Gallup: GOP Has Largest Lead in History

Gallup: “Republicans have a 51% to 41% lead which is the largest so far this year. The GOP leads of 6, 7, and 10 points this month are all higher than any previous Republican advantage in Gallup’s history which dates to 1942. The previous high was 5% in 2002 and 1994. Elections in both of these years resulted in significant Republican gains in House seats.”
‎”Of the 50 House races deemed to be the most significant, 46 of them are held by Democrats. That doesn’t bode especially well for their attempt to retain control of the House; a net loss of 39 seats and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) becomes the next speaker.”

President Obama Should Be Attending Church by Gregory Hilton

A new poll shows a majority Americans are in the dark about President Obama’s religion. Only one person in three knows Obama is a Christian, while nearly one in five think he’s a Muslim. His advisers should tell the President to attend church more often. He has attended St John’s Episcopal Church across Lafayette Square from the White three times, and there is a chapel at Camp David. His staff should alert the press when he is headed to church.
The President always describes himself as a Christian and says he prays every day. During the 2008 campaign the President said he had been attending the same Christian church for almost 20 years, and he was sworn into office using the family Bible. During his Senate campaign he said: Continue reading

Barney Frank and Ron Paul’s Campaign to Cut $1 Trillion From The Pentagon by Gregory Hilton

Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Ron Paul (R-TX), and Walter Jones (R-NC), along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are advocating $1 trillion in Pentagon budget reductions.

The House and Senate will go back in session on September 14th, and liberal lawmakers will almost immediately try to start a battle over next year’s defense budget. This is a significant development because the left has been silent about Pentagon spending for so long. During the 1970s and ’80s, cutting the Defense Department budget was a top liberal priority. It was a major theme in the presidential campaigns of Democratic nominees such as Senator George McGovern (1972), Walter Mondale (1984) and Gov. Michael Dukakis (1988). Continue reading

Pamela Gorman: Sore Loser

I am disappointed in State Senator Pamela Gorman (R-AZ). She was endorsed by Red State and several conservative groups in Tuesday’s primary for an open House seat. Her TV ads showed her firing a machine gun. Pam received a lot of publicity but came in 5th place in the primary. All of the other GOP candidates are now endorsing the nominee, Ben Quayle, 33, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle. Pam is the exception and she is refusing to back Quayle. One of Quayle’s TV ads described Obama as “the worst president ever.” Continue reading

Bush is More Popular That Obama in Frontline Districts

A survey conducted by a Democratic pollster shows “George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in ‘Frontline’ districts – seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear.”
This poll was conducted because Obama still blames Bush for his administration’s failures. If Obama did not continue to compare his administration to the “failures of the past”, than you would not see these polls.

The Strange Views of Libertarian Founder Murray Rothbard by Gregory Hilton

Radical Libertarians often describe themselves as non-interventionists in foreign policy, but they are best described as isolationists. They try to defend their extreme ideology by quoting the works of the late Murray Rothbard, who was the founder of modern libertarianism. He died in 1995 but many isolationists are still promoting his viewpoint and regard him as the George Washington of their movement. Rothbard said he wanted “isolationism as the full expression in foreign affairs.”
It is strange to worship Rothbard who was a proponent of racial separation and advocated a separate state for blacks. He referred to African Americans as a ”parasitic burden” who needed “an endless flow of benefits.” Continue reading

As U.S. Combat Troop Depart: What is the Outlook for Iraq?

The last U.S. combat brigade left late last week, and Operation Iraqi Freedom is being transformed into a support role called Operation New Dawn. The new mission primarily involves training for the Iraq National Army, and America is taking a back seat. However, the war is not over and just last week the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda front group, asserted responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed more than 50 Iraqi army applicants. The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, will give up his post next week, and a new U.S. ambassador arrived last week. Now, as the United States formally concludes its combat role on Aug. 31, it is time to ask: What will happen to Iraq? Continue reading