Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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1. If You Want to Repeal Obamacare, Support Akin & Mourdock

What has been overshadowed by pro-life remarks made by Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock is that the Republicans must take back the United States Senate to have a chance of repealing Obamacare.

Even if Mitt Romney wins, it will be for naught if Harry Reid still controls the Senate. That is the reality. That is why Republicans must rally to two gentlemen who are committed pro-lifers, but who said things in defense of children that others have decided to beat them up about.

Honestly, you can be a pro-lifer and be offended by what they said. But at least they spoke up and tried to defend a position many in the GOP run away from. We should, however, be ashamed of a pro-life community that does not have these gentlemen's backs now. We need them in the Senate to repeal Obamacare. We need them in the Senate to take a Senate majority.

What is so striking to me, frankly, is how so many establishment Republican types for so long told those of us who didn't much care for Mitt Romney to get in line because he is the nominee. Well, we did. And we're proud to support him. So suck it the hell up and get in line for Todd Akin (I'm looking at your NRSC) and Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominees for the U.S. Senate in Missouri and Indiana.

We need the Senate. We need Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock to get the Senate. Oh, and you want to know the punchline? They really can win. Mourdock probably will. Akin is close.

So help them or give up on repealing Obamacare. Ever. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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2. 2012 shaping up like 2004, on the Generic Congressional Ballot level.

I spent perhaps a bit too much time this morning trying to put the spreadsheet below into graphical form:

Pollster Time R D R +/-
NPR Oct 3/4 43 43 0
NPR Sept 4/4 45 48 -3
Politico Oct 4/4 46 45 1
Politico Oct 3/4 46 46 0
Politico Oct 2/4 44 46 -2
Politico Oct 1/4 45 46 -1
Politico Sept 4/4 44 46 -2
Politico Sept 3/4 45 47 -2
Rasmussen Oct 4/4 46 43 3
Rasmussen Oct 3/4 44 43 1
Rasmussen Oct 2/4 42 43 -1
Rasmussen Oct 1/4 43 44 -1
Rasmussen Sept 4/4 45 41 4
Rasmussen Sept 3/4 44 43 1
Rasmussen Sept 2/4 44 43 1
Rasmussen Sept 1/4 42 44 -2

It shows the current pollsters checking the Generic Congressional Ballot, as per RCP.   . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3.  Important Ballot Questions at Stake

With all the focus on the presidential race and some of the congressional elections, there are a number of important state ballot questions that we must not overlook.  Many of us claim that conservatism is not on the ballot in many states where the candidates for Congress are underwhelming.  However, there are a plethora of ballot questions that deal with taxes, marriage, and Obamacare – issues that are of great concern to conservatives.

Here is an informal list of some important ballot questions – some good and some bad. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4.  Politicizing Tragedy

As Americans woke this morning, they were met with news of the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy across the East; that is if they have any power.  Over 7 million homes are without power in the wake of the storm.  As it raged through the night, a hospital was forced to evacuate when their backup generator failed, water poured into the subways in New York City, a nuclear power plant was forced to shut down and flooding was seen from state to state.  16 people have been confirmed dead so far.  Bloomberg estimates the damage to exceed $20 billion and the stock market is closed for the second day in row, this being the first time weather has forced its closure since 1888.  A storm of this magnitude will no doubt take time to recover from, yet even before many could fully get a handle on the situation, some were already capitalizing on it for political gain.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

5. Texas's Fight against Planned Parenthood

With the election and Hurricane Sandy sucking up most of the news oxygen, you may have missed the epic showdown in Texas going on between Rick Perry's administration and Planned Parenthood.

The Texas legislature passed a law last session (2011) prohibiting any state tax dollars from going to abortion providers or their affiliates. In short – Texans shouldn't have to fund the killing of babies against their will. You would think that even the abortionists and feminists out there would appreciate that this is fair enough, but of course not.

The feds have their hands in it too. Federal taxpayers fund much of the womens' health program – and thus, traditionally Planned Parenthood – through a Medicaid waiver from Washington. So, Texas requested to maintain its program while excluding Planned Parenthood. How do you think that request went? Not surprisingly, federal HHS denied it.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Erick Erickson

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