Even if you were vision-impaired you would have seen it coming.
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In my column a year ago, I wrote, “Turncoat Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania will also be retired next year, when he will find that an 80 year old, opportunist, RINO Republican is not going to appeal to Democrat primary voters any more than to Republican primary voters.” I just want you to know that you get next year’s headlines here today. (Reread February’s The Coming Crash of 2011).
I was also the first to raise the notion that Barbara Boxer will be toast this year, when no one else thought that was possible. Try to think as a Californian. Can you come up with any good reason to vote for Boxer? Carly Fiorina is a supply-sider in the Reagan mold who fully understands how to re-create economic boom. She and Meg Whitman are a perfect tandem for this year’s elections (though Whitman is not as solid as Fiorina), and they are going to lead a shocker this fall that will rock the California state legislature as well (unless too many voters are too high to pay attention to what is happening to their state).
These predictions were made seven months before Scott Brown should have woken everybody up by winning the race to succeed Ted Kennedy in ultraliberal Massachusetts, running against the socialized medicine health care takeover Kennedy had been fighting for his whole life. But the Washington establishment just shrugged this off, ensuring that they will be knocked on their keisters this fall. Here’s another prediction that should be obvious by now. Deval Patrick is toast in his Massachusetts gubernatorial reelection campaign, cooked by his maladministration of state health care reform, a precursor of The Coming Fall of Obama.
Republicans are now cruising to pick up seats in Delaware, Indiana (not silly enough to fall for the Blue Dog foil again), Arkansas and North Dakota. With the above two, that would give Republicans 47 Senate seats. In Pennsylvania, the original Tea Party candidate Pat Toomey is poised to win over the confused Joe Sestak, who can’t quite remember exactly what payoff Barack Obama offered him. Republicans are poised for another win in Colorado as well. In Illinois, Mark Kirk is well suited to win the state, while his Democrat opponent, 34-year-old rich boy Alexi Giannoulias, is already steeped in Illinois corruption. While Giannoulias worked at his father’s bank, it helped fund the real estate misadventures of felon Tony Rezko. Giannoulias has also already called for tax increases. Unless the people of Illinois favor inexperience, corruption, and taxes, Kirk will win this race.
Republican Dino Rossi is also ahead of nothing-ever-accomplished Patty Murray in Washington state, which would give Republicans control of the Senate. In Wisconsin, Rob Johnson is also ahead now of Russ Feingold, which would be gravy. Additional pickups are possible in this breakthrough Republican year in New York and Connecticut.
Marco Rubio will lead Republicans in holding the six open R seats, a colossal, blundered waste for Democrats. In 2012, 24 Democrat Senate incumbents will be up for reelection, setting the stage for a 60 seat Republican majority.
They Think You Are Stupid
Democrats and other Washington establishment types didn’t see this coming because they think you are stupid, and easily fooled by shopworn, now transparent, political tricks. For example, when he was running for President in 2008, then candidate Barack Obama famously promised the American people, “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
Last year, on national television, President Obama was questioned by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News about whether the individual mandate in his health care legislation was a tax violating that pledge. Before the whole nation, President Obama carried on an extended discussion concerning how it could not possibly be a tax, regardless of what the dictionary says.
But last week, as reported by the New York Times, the Obama Administration filed documents in federal district court in Florida arguing that the individual mandate in the Obamacare legislation is constitutional because it is a tax. If it’s a tax, then it’s a direct violation of the pledge candidate Obama made to get elected not to raise taxes on working people. The President is talking out of all three sides of his mouth on this one. He thinks he can play you for a fool.
Another example, last February President Obama and the Democrats threw a little shindig over at the White House to celebrate the signing of the so-called Pay Go legislation. President Obama explained, “It says to Congress, you have to pay as you go. You can’t spend a dollar unless you cut a dollar elsewhere. This is how a responsible family or business manages a budget. And it is how a responsible government manages a budget, as well.” President Obama and the Democrats basked in self-congratulatory glory over how fiscally responsible they are.
But whenever the Democrats bring up more spending they want, they routinely include a provision to exempt it from this Pay Go rule, as with the extension yet again of unemployment benefits. When Republicans try to hold them to their own Pay Go rule, Obama and the Democrats demagogue about the mean, nasty, heartless Republicans who can’t even support 99 weeks of unemployment benefits in the defunct Obama economy. And don’t expect the Democrat party-controlled, formerly “mainstream” media to explain what is going on to the public. Again, Obama and the Democrats think they can play the voters for fools with their dishonest posturing, or play acting, on fiscal responsibility.
This is what the NAACP racism charge against the Tea Party is all about. Try to whip up and distract the African American community, which President Obama and the Democrats think they can play for fools as well. To flatly disprove the Tea Party racist charge, try this thought experiment. Suppose Obama had come out of the closet last year as another Jack Kemp in political philosophy, instead of a Saul Alinsky/Karl Marx acolyte. The Tea Partiers, including myself, would have embraced him as his biggest cheerleaders, and he would be headed for Mt. Rushmore with a truly booming economy, instead of heading to join Brezhnev on the dustbin of history, where he belongs. The racism charge is just playing African Americans to distract them from the Depression level, 16% unemployment they continue to suffer under Obama/Pelosi/Alinsky policies.
Same for the intellectually discreditable lawsuit and charges against the Arizona immigration law. President Obama and the Democrats are lying about the law in an attempt to whip up the Hispanic vote, and distract it from the sustained, Depression level, 14% unemployment rate in the Hispanic community. That unemployment is doing more to mass deport Hispanics out of America than anything the Republicans ever did. Obama, again, is trying to play Hispanics for fools.
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