The Republican Party did not realize it then, but they were about to give up power in the House of Representatives for 60 of the next 64 years. On March 4, 1931, Speaker Nicholas Longworth (R-OH) approached the rostrum for the last time. The first person on his feet was Jack Garner (D-TX) who would be his successor. Then every Democrat and Republican stood up and the applause was thunderous. Continue reading
Former Gov. Howard Dean (VT) knows Democrats are headed for a significant setback in November. He is nevertheless actively campaigning for liberal candidates who are certain to lose. Dean is appearing in a variety of Congressional districts around the nation in his role as Chairman of the left wing lobbying group Democracy for America. The organization was originally established as Dean for America to promote his 2004 presidential campaign, and his current goal could be challenging Barack Obama for the 2012 nomination.
The former Governor is a medical doctor and the immediate past Chairman of the Democratic Party (2005 – 2009). He can claim credit for their huge success in both the 2006 and 2008 elections. Prior to the 2004 Iowa caucuses, Dean was considered the frontrunner for the party’s presidential nomination. He was endorsed by the top two candidates from the previous election, former Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley (NJ), as well as powerful labor unions. He was the first major candidate to largely finance his campaign from the Internet, and his major issue was opposition to the Iraq war.
His 50 state strategy later proved to be the road map for Barack Obama’s 2008 victory. Dean wanted to serve as HHS Secretary in the Obama administration, but his battle with Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel prevented the appointment. Dean said “I made it pretty clear I wanted to be HHS Secretary.” He was also passed over for Surgeon General. In a snub to Dean, he was not even invited to the White House press conference when Governor Tim Kaine (VA) was announced as his successor at the DNC.
The theme of Dean’s current speeches is that President Obama has abandoned his liberal base on Afghanistan, the health care public option and gay rights. Dean is telling liberal groups “This is not joking around time anymore. You caused a revolution in this country two years ago. We are now in danger of losing everything you worked for.”
Many liberals are dismayed with the White House and the feeling is mutual. On August 9th, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: “The professional left will not be satisfied until we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality. I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. I mean, it’s crazy.” Rahm Emmanuel says many liberal activists are “retarded.”
If Dean does challenge Obama he is likely to have the support of left wing activists such as MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, as well as filmmaker Michael Moore. All of them are major left wing critics of the White House.
The former Governor does not want Obama to endorse an extension of the Bush era tax cuts and says “I don’t agree with supply-side economics. Reagan proved it was wrong. George H.W. Bush proved it was wrong, and George W. Bush proved it was wrong.” Dean also says:
“The biggest danger is not Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives. It’s that we’re not talking to each other.”
“I wasn’t that happy with the health care bill, and we should have done more. . . Democrats can not be blamed for health care reform. It was a bipartisan bill. The biggest problem is that it can’t work in the present system.”
“I don’t think the majority of Republicans are haters, but there is a significant hate wing of the Republican Party, including the talk show hosts like Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh and people like that and they don’t dare cross them.”
Dean surprised many of his supporters by opposing the construction of a mosque near the ground zero site in New York City. He said: “We have to understand that it is a real affront to people who’ve lost their lives.”
“The best way to decrease the federal deficit is to change programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. I think everything has to be cut. Everyone needs to put something into the pot.”
TARP Congressional Oversight Panel chair Elizabeth Warren with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.
At his press conference today, the President broadly hinted he will soon appoint Liz Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Liberal columnist Brent Budowsky of The Hill foolishly predicts: “The Democratic base will erupt and turn out to vote in far greater numbers than any current poll suggests. …
This campaign is in the ninth inning, the bases are loaded, and if the president hits the ball out of the park and names Elizabeth Warren, it will be the single most powerful inflection point in many months, to the Democrats’ advantage, and change the campaign of 2010 to a rousing fight to the finish that could well save the Democratic House of Representatives.”
Liz Warren is a star in Michael Moore’s world, but the public does not know her. She will never be confirmed before the election. Budowsky wants us to believe “the Democratic base will erupt” because of a bankruptcy law professor from Harvard? The President could name 10 liberal activists from the Harvard faculty to senior positions but that would have no impact on the midterm elections. If they are not already motivated by significant GOP leads in a wide range of Blue states, it is going to be very difficult to get them excited.
Mayor Richard Daley (D-Chicago) announced his retirement earlier today. He will not be seeking re-election to a 7th term and the Daley era which began with his father’s 1956 victory is coming to an end. Also coming to an end is the excellent reputation the city once had. In half a century it has gone from “the city that works”, to a Worker’s Paradise as Mayor’s have continually caved into the demands of public employee unions. The first Mayor Daley was regarded as a conservative Democrat but now the city is as liberal as San Francisco and the decline is apparent. One example is the steep loss of convention business because of union wages and rules. The school system is not well regarded and the corruption is generations old. Continue reading
Even liberals are now making fun of the $862 billion in stimulus spending. The link below is to a contest being conducted by the left wing Huffngton Post. They “asked HuffPost readers to come up with a more appropriate name for the last few months, which the Obama administration rather hopefully dubbed ‘The Recovery Summer.'” They did not pick the best choice which was Bummer Summer.
Vice President Joe Biden first spoke of a Recovery Summer last April and said the stimulus would spur the economy by adding half-million jobs every month. The reality is that initial unemployment claims jumped a half-million last week, the worst since last November. The President says unemployment is increasing because the Congress will not pass his jobs bill for small business. Someone needs to tell Obama that Democrats have controlled the Congress since 2007.
Liberals are continuing to abandon the Jewish State, acccording to a new Israel Project survey which appeared in the Jerusalem newspaper, Haaretz. The results were analyzed by Adam Horowitz, a founding member of Jews Against the Occupation. He covers the Middle East full time from “a progressive Jewish perspective.” Horowitz says “The section of the American public where Israel is most rapidly losing support is among liberals who align themselves with the Democratic Party.”
The news was cheered on the website Open Left which today says “Collectively, news about the continuing ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestinian lands, and the inhumane Gaza siege is taking its toll on liberal Democratic support of Israel under the right wing Likud party.”
The poll asked “Does the U.S. need to support Israel?” In August of 2009, 63% of Americans polled said that the U.S. does need to support Israel. In June of this year, 58% of respondents shared the same view; by July only 51% of respondents said the U.S. needed to support Israel.
Another question posed by the pole was “Is the Israeli government committed to peace with the Palestinians?” In December of 2007, 66% of respondents said that the government, then led by Ehud Olmert, was committed to peace with the Palestinians. In June of 2009, a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House, only 46% of Americans said they believed the Netanyahu government was committed to peace.
According to the liberal publication Slate, “various polls document the liberal disenchantment.” The Gallup Poll reports that 80 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Israel, compared with only 53 percent of Democrats. The Zogby numbers are even worse. They found 42% of Democrats had a favorable rating of Israel compared to 92% of Republicans resulting in a 50% gap between the parties.
Only 54 percent of Jews under 35 who aren’t Orthodox are “comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state” (as compared to more than 80 percent of those over 65). Among younger Jews, only 20 percent rated as “highly attached” to Israel in another poll.
Slate says “It’s hard to see this as good news for either Israel or Democrats. . . Obama won nearly 80 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008. I doubt he will get as much of it in 2012.”
Other Observations About Jews
Helping the down and out, and doing charitable acts, is an essential part of being a Jew. They consider this a Mitzvah. That is perhaps why liberalism was, and is attractive to Jews. However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “Israel’s worst enemies are not Arabs or Palestinians, but liberal American Jews.” Other surveys have demonstrated that some 30% of Jews do not support Israel, find the concept of “Israel” an anachronism, and find Judism a “tradition.” There are religious Jews who say there will be no Israel until established by the Messiah.
On a related topic, it is often falsely claimed that the Jews killed Jesus. This comes from the New Testament which was written by Jewish men who had become Christians. They wrote of ‘The Jews’ in a negative way. The Christian Church has been quite clear about this. We killed Jesus – all of us – through our sins. Jesus died in order to redeem us from our sins. He died for us. If we were not sinners he would not have needed to die. Therefore, we collectively killed Jesus – not any one group of people.