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The Morning After

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So Barack Obama, by cobbling together diminished segments of his 2008 coalition, by relentlessly mischaracterizing his opponent as the paragon of all evil, by luck of a hurricane, and by some amount of outright fraud and voter suppression, retains his job as president of the United States. In doing so, he becomes the first president to be reelected smaller than the first time. Seems fitting as he proved by his campaign to be a little man, undignified, petty and mean.

I'm still absorbing what it means, but for the record, I do not blame Romney. He ran a very good campaign, but it wasn't enough to overcome the president's vile strategy. Which brings me to those responsible: each and every Obama voter. You voted for a man manifestly unready for office four years ago, and those of you who stuck with him this time for a man manifestly unfit for the same office which he has proved each and every day since he took the oath. An oath he has violated by the way. You own his failures, both those that have been and those inevitably to come. This was never Bush's fault – democrats were and are responsible for the economic meltdown, and when it gets worse, I hope the nation finally wakes up. But after yesterday, I wonder if that's possible. Obviously too many Americans still want free stuff, aren't willing to pay for it, and refuse to look fiscal disaster in the face. Well, four more years will get us there fast. (Those of you who voted on abortion, contraception, or gay marriage are too silly to even consider.)

Meanwhile, here are some thoughts for conservatives.

Update: Victor Davis Hanson has more:

A taste –

In textbook community-organizing fashion, Obama won the election by brilliantly cobbling together factions with shrill warnings of supposed enemies everywhere. Young women were threatened by sexist Neanderthal males. Minorities were oppressed by neo-Confederate tea partiers. Greens were in danger from greedy smokestack polluters. Gays were bullied by homophobic Evangelicals. Illegal aliens were demonized by xenophobic nativists. And the 47 percent were at the mercy of the grasping 1 percent. Almost any American could fall into the category of either an Obama-aligned victim or a Romney-aligned oppressor.

How, then, can a reelected President Obama put the fractured American Humpty Dumpty together again after it has been shattered by such a nasty campaign? Certainly, it will no longer work for the president merely to wax eloquent on the need for more civility. Instead, his congressional opponents will expect more hardball Chicago politics and will probably reply in kind.

 

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November 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

It’s Crawl Over Broken Glass Day!

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Vote!

The day is upon us, and it is time to vote out the failed Obama experiment. In truth, I'm not certain he thinks he's failed, since part of me still thinks that this is what he and his Alinskyite allies planned all along.

But, for the rest of us, this is abject failure. And four more years would only make it worse. Possibly unfixably worse.

More debt, more spending, more regulation, more government control, more environmental restrictions, more division, more failed foreign policy, more bowing, more dead Mexicans, more dead Americans, more tyranny!

Less jobs, less economic growth, less energy independence, less household income, less healthcare, less purchasing power, less military power, less international respect, less unity, less freedom!

Romney has made the case for a brighter future. He's got the experience and the vision to bring this country back to greatness. He gets it. Cut spending. Cut taxes. Cut regulation. Get government out of the way, and watch the innate resilience of America roar back. Keep our national defense strong, and bow to no one.

MartiniPundit proudly endorses Mitt Romney for president. Now go out and vote for him. And while you're at it, vote straight Republican down ticket. President Romney is going to need a congress willing to work with him to get the job done.

Vote! Crawl over broken glass but vote!

Profiles in Cluelessness

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I overheard a conversation today between two twentysomething girls, who were evidently recent college graduates. The first part of their conversation was all about budgeting, and how hard it was to make ends meet. One explained her budgeting process to the other, which involved listing her expenses, and then comparing it to her income. This, she allowed with some gravity, was typically negative. Her next step was to see where she could cut back, with a goal of cutting out ten percent. Cigarettes were one example she cited of things she could do without. She went on about she'd like a dog, but seemed amazed that she would have to pay for its food and veterinary care.

The other agreed that things were hard, and that she was usually short of money. She said she was glad she didn't have a lot of things weighing her down, and felt sorry for all the people who had lost stuff because of Hurricane Sandy. I noted they both had recent model iPhones.

About this time, the second girl received a text from a friend (this sort of thing went on throughout their conversation), apparently concerning the FEMA director at the time of Katrina criticizing Obama's haste to weigh in on Sandy. After deciding this wasn't something out of the Onion, they proceeded to ridicule the notion in a fascinating verbal shorthand. It took three sentences to indict Bush, the gist of which was his response was poor. Sole data point was the charge that some people in NOLA were still in their houses three days later. I wondered if they would remember NOLA's mayor and LA's governor, both democrats, but I should have known better.

At about this time, an Obama commercial came on a nearby TV warning of all sorts of contraception bans if Romney is elected. Bang, and we're off to the races! Their mood improved tenfold, and whereas up to this point they had been somber and serious, they now became lighthearted and smugly superior. In no way questioning the premise of the ad, they took it as gospel, even bringing up Rep. Akin's ridiculous remark as a rare example of when someone said what “they” all believe. They then all but high-fived each other on reproductive rights and how as women they know something about that. Case closed – the election would save their birth control and hurricane response to the stuff they don't have because they can't afford it.

There were several times when I was tempted to interject, but refrained, finding the insight too good to pass up. Here I was, sitting at a table not four feet away, fully able to hear every word they said, but they didn't give that a thought as far as I could tell. We conservatives are more circumspect here in Boston, but liberals seem to assume everyone around them thinks the same way. Their support for Obama was, of course, uncritically given, and they did not strike me as two people who a week out from the election thought there was a chance Obama might lose.

After they left, I pondered the intellectual disconnect in their unnuanced lives. These girls were clearly not stupid, but neither were they thoughtful. Their thoughts proceeded from received dicta, and completely predictable, right down to their parents being clueless about texting. Yet, each was dissatisfied with work and career prospects. The first one clearly understood basic budgeting, and the need to reduce spending to meet income. But neither ever mentioned, because I doubt it ever occurred to them, the connection between Obama and their straitened economic circumstances. That Obama doesn’t understand basic budgeting. That wasn't something they had been told to think, and so they didn't. They were the very definition of clueless.

Messing With the Unemployment Number

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7.8%.

Piffle.

I have all along expected the unemployment number to magically decrease just before the election. The BLS has been cooking the books all along. Is it really credible that people have “stopped looking for work?” There is a difference between being discouraged and throwing in the towel.

I would have been disappointed if Obama and his BLS didn't try to buffalo us at this point. 23 million+ fewer people (according to Obama) in the workforce. Add back a few hundred thousand in part-time jobs and hey, the “private sector is doing just fine.”

Really? Job recovery begins as soon as Obama loses his.

 

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October 6, 2012 at 1:19 am

Obama at the DNC

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So Obama just gave us a State of the Union address. I don't think that will cut it. No substance, no vision, no balloons. No reelection either.

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September 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Enjoyed Some Pizza Last Night

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After hearing that Michelle Obama wanted people to skip pizza and send the money to Barack, we promptly changed our dinner plans at Villa MartiniPundit and ordered in a couple of pies from Domino's. Pepperoni and mushroom and a Hawaiian. Tipped the driver well too – people need the work.

 

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September 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Bill Clinton at the DNC

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I watched the entirety of Bill Clinton's speech the DNC. It was vintage Clinton: folksy, powerful, rhetorically gifted, and truth-challenged. Still, it was very much in favor of Bill Clinton. When the crowd was shouting 'four more years' I felt they were asking for four more Clinton years. There was no chance of drunkblogging it, but the Vodkapundit had it covered.

I think it's rich that Clinton talked about arithmetic, when he had nothing to do with the policies that led to a balanced budget. After 1994, he pulled back, and Newt Gingrich was running the show. Ah well, memories fade …

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September 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Three III

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10:02 – Clint Eastwood!

10:03 – Save a little for Mitt. Heh.

10:06 – Eastwood is talking to an empty chair in which he’s having an imaginary dialogue with Obama. That’s fantastic! And Obama told him to shut up!

10:08 – “I’m not gonna shut up. It’s my turn.”

10:09 – “You’re getting as bad as Biden.” This is vicious. I love it.

10:11 – Apparently Obama is suggesting Romney and Eastwood do something to themselves which is anatomically improbable.

10:12 – We own this country. Politicians are our employees. That is the truth.

10:14 – OK, Eastwood stole the show. Can’t say I’m surprised.

10:15 – And here comes Rubio. Tough act to follow.

10:19 – The problem with Obama is not that he’s a bad person. He’s a bad president.

10:22 – Fourth Martini.

10:24 – “To whom much is given, much will be required.” St. Benedict not Karl Marx.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two IV

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10:26 – RNC video looking at the magnificent USS Wisconsin. Paul Ryan comng up!

10:27 – I think the election turns on this speech. This will change the trajectory.

10:28 – Word is, much of this is his stump speech. We'll see.

10:29 – Wow! That forum is packed!

10:30 – The President is pretty experienced at throwing away money. Heh.

10:34 – Focus on Obama’s failure. Plants he promised would stay open that haven’t. College graduates unable to find work. The Stimulus patronage and cronyism.

10:37 – Rules, mandates, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. Welcome to Obamacare.

10:38 – “The biggest, coldest part of Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. 716 billion dollars funneled out of Medicare to pay for an entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare.” Ouch.

10:40 – Who would have thought Medicare would be a Republican issue this time. Paul Ryan, that’s who.

10:42 – A presidency grasping at yesterday’s wind. Lovely.

10:43 – We have suffered no shortage of words. What is missing is leadership.

10:46 – They have no answer to this simple reality: we need to stop spending money we don’t have. Yes! Math is hard!

10:49 – Betty!

10:51 – A shoutout to Jack Kemp, and well deserved!

10:53 – Obama may blame others but the rest of us have to live in his economy. College students shouldn’t have to stare at faded Obama posters for hope. Brilliant.

10:54 – A country where everything is free but us. Tell it Brother Paul!

10:56 – A challenger must stand on his own merits.

10:57 – I’ve heard songs on Governor Romney’s iPod that I’ve heard on elevators. Generation X is here!

11:00 – Ryan also tackles the Mormon issue. Bearing the image of the Lord of Life, we are made for a reason.

11:01 – Even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and nature’s God.

11:03 – “Let’s get this done.” The next vice president of the United States, and clearly the future president of the United States.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two III

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9:55 – Condi! Condi! Condi!

9:56 – MSNBC has just cut to a commercial.

9:57 – Why has this woman removed herself from the political field? I understand, I sympathize, I just don’t approve.

9:58 – “We stand for free peoples, and free markets. We will defend and support them.” Amen.

10:01 – “We do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead. And you cannot lead from behind.”

10:02 – Our military strength will be safe in Mitt Romney’s hands. Implication: it is not in Obama’s.

10:05 – I must note that Phyllis Schlafly would approve of Condi’s outfit. Also, if Qaddafi were still alive he’d be Tivoing this speech.

10:08 – Immigration is a major theme that a lot of these speakers are hitting. Not illegal but legal immigration. I wonder if it’s too subtle though.

10:14 – All I can say is she’s still young. Run for office Condi!

10:15 – Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

10:17 – She speaks of a .357 Magnum. Wow.

10:21 – “I’ll be damned! We’re Republicans!” I see a Bumper sticker.

10:23 – The national debt: He did build that.

10:24 – Martini number four!

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two II

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9:00 – Senator Rob Portman speaks. The 'safe' VP choice. Good for him though, he says the list wasn't short enough.

9:02 – Great question: with which candidate would you invest your life savings. Crikey, that’s not even hard for liberals.

9:03 – FDR and Truman won an entire World War in four years. Heh.

9:04 – Blaming others does not qualify as a plan. Also, zero votes for his budget which is a failure of leadership.

9:08 – Framing the election as a choice, not a referendum. Like Medicare, the Republicans are this time playing on the Democratic field and winning. This is different.

9:09 – “No more years!” Heh.

9:11 – Telling the story of his parents building their business. Again and again, this is the quintessential American story. Barack Obama doesn’t get that, and I very much doubt he gets how alien his “You didn’t build that” sounds to American ears. Liz Warren, aka ‘Crockajawea,’ gave him this. It may be her biggest contribution to the 2012 election cycle.

9:18 – Luis Fortuno, Governor of Puerto Rico is speaking. MSNBC you gettin’ this? Copy that.

9:30 – Lord, Tim Pawlenty and the third Martini. Those two things don’t go together!

9:31 – Good lines, some Obama bashing, but this guy is still from Minnesota.

9:33 – Best Line Ever! Sorry Obama, “a lot of people fail at their first job.”

9:37 – “Can do spirit and a lifetime of success.” This is a key thing about Romney. He has succeeded at every single thing he has ever attempted, with the sole exception of unseating Ted Kennedy in 1994. My nephew asked about his inability to get the nomination in 2008, but that too is a success. Republicans run in advance, and get nominated in the next available cycle. And so it is with Romney.

9:39 – Mike Huckabee takes the podium.

9:48 – Talking about Evangelicals supporting someone who isn’t and notes the only Evangelical running is Obama. “An attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me.”

9:49 – “I care far less about where Mitt Romney takes his family to church, than where he takes this country.” Mike Huckabee is probably the most prominent Evangelical politician in the country. For him to say these things is really important.

Drunkblogging the RNC – Day Two

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So, still on the first Martini, and caught snippets of some earlier speeches. Must say that Mitch McConnell is a slice of wonder bread, still he's more lively than Harry “the corpse” Reid. And Rand Paul is setting himself up as a loyal opposition of sorts. Still, he called for Romney's election, and that's a good thing. From what I've been reading today, I'm sorry I missed the Mia Love speech, but I understand so did the MSNBC viewers. Apparently, they also missed everyone else of color too except for Nikki Haley. Hmm, racist much?

8:00 pm – John McCain. I may not have much to say about him.

8:06 – Talking about leaking secrets from the White House. McCain does have some moral authority here.

8:09 – Calling Obama out for failing to support the Iranians in their rebellion. Obama is right up there with Carter on fecklessness where Iran is concerned.

8:12 – McCain has already mentioned Romney more than Santorum and Christie combined.

8:30 – Tag team attorneys general. Interesting floor show. He looks a bit like Jon Lovitz, she looks like she isn’t old enough to vote.

8:33 – The really important update: second Martini!

Romney Has No Character?

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I've heard various Democratic operatives (hacks) opine that Romney has no character to attack, and that therefore Obama is not attacking his character.

Wow. Now that is casuistry.

I don't know Governor Romney as I have never met him. I saw him once from across the street. That's it.

However, I did work for more than a year with his son Tagg. He, like all of the Mormons at that company, was sober, hard-working, friendly, dependable, and wicked smart. If the father is like the son, and I believe he is, then we could do far worse in the Oval Office. Indeed, we have done worse over the past three plus years. There is no doubt in my mind that Mitt Romney beats Barack Obama on the character issue with a stick. The notion that Obama somehow beats Romney on character is not only laughable, but insulting to the intelligence of any thinking American.

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August 21, 2012 at 12:55 am

Joe the Biden Follies

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Joe the Biden – the gift that keeps on giving. He asks what a Romney Justice department might look like, and implies it's something we should fear. Well, it probably won't look like this:

 Sell guns to Mexican drug lords in order to pretend there is a gun problem in the States.

 Ignore voter intimidation by thugs at the polling place.

 Rail against voter ID laws in venues that require ID to enter.

 Incite race animosity.

 Ignore leaks from the EXOP on National Security.

 Sue states trying to protect their borders from illegal immigration.

 Try enemy terrorists in court as if they were American citizens.

 I'm probably missing something, but I'll take a Romney Justice Department over this record any day.

 

Pelosi Dumb?

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Recently there has been a spate of articles asking if Rick Perry is dumb (and even one asking if Barack Obama is dumb). It is certainly a staple of American politics that anyone on the right is dumb. After all, George Bush certainly was, not to mention Ronald Reagan. The flip side of this assertion is that liberal politicians are smart. The arrogance and ignorance of those who actually believe such propaganda needs no explication. For these assertions are based not on any evidence, behavior, or activities, but on party label. In short, if you are a Republican you are dumb, and if you are a Democrat you are smart. I find this rather simplistic and somewhat lacking in empirical evidence as you might expect.

But, let’s apply the Forrest Gump standard: stupid is as stupid does. And let’s look just at Nancy Pelosi for the moment – onetime speaker of the house, and current minority leader. Let us also just focus on her most recent statement: the lack of a rebuttal is disrespectful to the president.

Really? Not providing an alternate view to the president is a sign of disrespect? Or is it that one doesn’t consider the president’s words needing a rebuttal? After all, disagreeing with the president we are told is racist. Now, not disagreeing with him is disrespectful. Exactly how does Nancy Pelosi view Barack Obama? It appears he is somehow above disagreement and above … response? I don’t get it. What is Pelosi after?

Does she want a Republican response highlighting how all of the president’s prior policies have made the economic situation worse? Or, does she want the Republicans to challenge the efficacy of Stimulus II? Does she want the Republicans to put forth their own agenda of tax cuts, lower regulation, repeal of Obamacare, and less government intrusion?

I doubt it. It seems to me that Pelosi is out for short-term political gain. A gain which will not materialize based on the last couple of years. And that makes Nancy Pelosi dumb.

Obama as Reagan?

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Wow.

It seems there is a new idea developing in the media that Obama is somehow “Reaganesque.” Here is but one example from Time.

I have no doubt that Obama has looked into his predecessors. I have no doubt he wants to kick his game up a notch. But Reagan? Not likely.

Ronald Reagan – a great president – was vilified by the media, castigated by liberals, and dismissed as a lightweight by most of his political opponents. The principal reason he was great is that his beliefs served as the foundation of his presidency and he never hid them from the American people. In the end, his beliefs resonated with the country. Those beliefs ended the Cold War, brought prosperity, and returned the country to a sense of exceptionalism after the anemic Carter and the trauma of Watergate and Vietnam.

Obama, by contrast, has consistently hidden his beliefs, lied to the country and to the world, and employed a policy of subterfuge to enact his radical agenda. His beliefs resonate on college campuses, but in few other places.

Obama Reaganesque? I see that not as a long overdue paean to a great man, but a pathetic media attempt to hoodwink the people. Won’t work – whatever Obama is, he isn’t Reagan or anything close. My liberal friends will scoff, but then, they missed the point when Reagan was president. How ironic that liberals in the media are now trying to link Obama to a man they despise.

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January 28, 2011 at 1:21 am

This Is Your Country on Democrats

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This is your country. This is your country on Democrats.

Unemployment from the time the Democrats took control of congress. The notion that Bush and the Republicans got us into this mess is totally repudiated by this video. Facts are stubborn things – the unemployment rate began rising only after Democrats took control of congress. Why would we want to keep them in charge, since, to paraphrase President Obama, they drove us into the ditch?

Any questions?

A glass raised to American Thinker.

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September 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

Barack Obama, Author for Children

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Can you make this stuff up? Apparently, BHO will release his book for the little ones after the election.

Now I’ve read the article. I see that he supposedly wrote this book before the inauguration, and that the deal came way back in 2004. Indeed, since Random House did not publish Obama’s second book (2006 anyway) this $1.9mm deal apparently was based on the success of Obama’s first book (probably written by Bill Ayers) and his speech at the 2004 DNC. In all honesty, if I was a publishing exec, I probably would have bet on this horse for that kind of money.

That having been said, have we ever had any president like this? I mean, I called him the lightest of the lightweights. Now, while I was wrong about his electability – I completely underestimated the electorate – I was not wrong about his lightweight status. If one needs any confirmation, he has now published a children’s book while in office. At a time, I might add, when this nation is beset by terrorism, economic turmoil, enemies like Iran developing nuclear weapons, rivals like China controlling our debt and developing carrier-killing missiles, borders with our neighbors resembling the loser towel in the Bounty challenge, and not least, our troops in the field and in harm’s way.

At this time, the President of the United States is about to publish a children’s book.

Lightweight.

All this is even accepting at face value Random House’s assertion that both contract and writing took place before the inauguration. Okay. I guess the illustrations did take a long time. Certainly longer than most books take to be published – even those absent a presidential author.

In the end it’s all probably how Random House says. But I really have to question the symbolism, not to mention precedent, of a president of the United States publishing a book during his term, and in this genre.

Lightweight.

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September 16, 2010 at 12:15 am

Obama Is Wicked Smaht – Naht

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This is a theme that has irked me for some time: Democrats are smart and Republicans are stupid.

Go back a few decades and what you will hear from the leftward side of the political spectrum is how stupid the Bushes and Reagan were. Flip side – Clinton smart. This also includes losers: Gore and Kerry were smart. We all know Quayle, Palin, and any other Republican you care to name were dumb. Right?

(I have personally found this a problem when my liberal friends praise my intelligence but refuse to acknowledge there might be a connection with my politics. I don’t get it – according to them if I support Republican ideas I must be stupid. Which is it?)

In this vein, I have endured the meme that Barack Obama is one of the brightest bulbs to ever occupy the White House. Really? How can that be? He doesn’t know anything about economics, about history, about geography, about foreign policy, about running a business, about managing a lemonade stand. We have not been graced with his grades or any sort of academic publication under his name. Talk about a man of straw.

So it was with great pleasure that I read the American Thinker article “Just How Smart Is Obama?”

Nice to know that I’m not the only one who hears how smart the Annointed One is and goes, huh?

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August 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Sanity in Massachusetts

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I never thought I would live to see it.

Massachusetts has not only elected a Republican to the United States Senate, but to the seat held by Ted Kennedy for nearly five decades and his brother President Kennedy before that.

This is a stunning repudiation of Barack Obama who one year ago took office. He and the Democrats misread their mandate completely, and have now been told clearly in three elections that the American people don’t want what they’re peddling. I doubt very much that Obama will absorb the message, but I bet many Democrats in Congress will.

I proudly voted for Scott Brown today. It may very well have been the most consequential vote I ever cast.

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January 19, 2010 at 11:02 pm

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