Posts tagged ‘2008 election’

December 14, 2008

Colin Powell takes on Rush Limbaugh

by thoughtfulconservative

Tim Cuprisin on his blog links to a CNN report on an interview with Colin Powell to be aired Sunday at 1pm ET, in which he talks about what Republicans need to do and wonders whether Rush Limbaugh serves the party well.

Cuprisin doesn’t much go for the “sqwakers” anyway, so this fits in his meme.

Powell, of course, supported Obama over McCain, whom I suppose was too conservative for him.

There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don’t object to that. But if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority.

The thing that surprised me was that Powell considers himself a Republican. I must have missed that.

Any way here’s what he said about Limbaugh,

“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?” Powell asked. “Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”

I’m not a big fan of talk radio and hardly listen to it, unless I’m in the car, but doesn’t Air America do the same kind of thing? It didn’t seem to hurt the Democrats.

But I guess he’s saying Republicans should become Democrats.

That should give the country a choice.

I guess some Republicans feel like Powell and Emil W. Henry Jr.

who wrote in the Washington Post about infrastructure spending, which was not bad, but he started with this,

In the wake of the recent electoral rout, we conservatives must redefine ourselves in a world that has changed since the birth of the Reagan Doctrine.

Rout? Oh, it was a convincing victory and we should learn some lessons from it, but a rout? I guess his definition of a rout is different from mine. And Republicans have won twice since the election–hardly what you would expect from a rout.

November 2, 2008

Election Night Live Blog

by thoughtfulconservative

Wiggy lets us know that he, Todd Lohenry, Owen Robinson will be live-blogging the election along with Rep. Leah Vukmir on election night. We’re invited to,

join us live and in person, or join us from the comfort of your home.

Where? Do you have to ask? It’s the Republicans in Waukesha county so, of course, it’s at the Country Springs Hotel.

September 3, 2008

Sensenbrenner only House member with primary race

by thoughtfulconservative

WKOW channel 27 in Madison, WI brings us this tidbit,

A Republican congressman representing Milwaukee’s wealthy suburbs for nearly 30 years is the only incumbent among Wisconsin’s eight US House members with a challenger in the September ninth primary election.

Jim Sensenbrenner has been in Congress a long time. So long, in fact, that there is a veritable array of groups, weak in their own stregth as far as the Fifth CD is concerned, but banding together to try and rid Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District incumbent. Arrayed against Sensenbrenner are the left (I’m not sure the Shepherd Express would recognize a good Republican if he dropped into their offices, but they like Burkee as the “better Republican”), Ron Paul Republicans (with a ringing endorsement from Tim Peterson) and Libertarians (Si is there really a difference?) who only see him as the face of the evil Real ID, and, it appears, many main stream Republicans, including a long list of business men. He’s also endorsed by (Yes, it’s in alphabetical order by state, so you will have to scroll WAAAY down) the Republican Liberty Caucus.

The involvement of the left would imply some kind of crossover vote in next week’s primary, but this post on Sensenbrenner Watch seems to indicate that this won’t happen, at least in large numbers because of Democratic primary races and because

many people find it very difficult to vote in the opposing party’s primary, even if there is no good reason to vote in their own. When they do, they generally vote for the candidate they like the best, not to try to do any malicious damage.

That hasn’t kept Burkee from reaching out to “progressive” Democrats.

The illusion seems to be that Burkee is tilting at windmills. The reality may be that it may be close.

I still haven’t decided, but I will be voting for one or the other next week.

August 27, 2008

Burkee says deck is stacked to protect incumbents

by thoughtfulconservative

On the eve of the only forum taking place in Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District, Steve Jagler writing in  Milwaukee’s Small Business Times’ Biz Blog, gives time to challenger Jim Burkee who complains about incumbent advantages. To wit,

  1. Burkee was not allowed to walk in many Independence Day parades. As an office holder, Sensenbrenner was.
  2. Sensenbrenner has agreed to only one forum–tonight’s forum in Germantown. At least three others were turned down by Sensenbrenner and since he didn’t show, the forums’ sponsors dropped them.
  3. “Individual supporters of a challenger’s campaign cannot compete with the war chest of thousands of dollars that the Sensenbrenner campaign has collected over the years from political action committees (PACs), many of whom represent out-of-state interests.”
  4. Sensenbrenner’s district was gerrymandered to virtually ensure his perpetual re-election.
  5. Burkee said he’s having trouble getting any acknowledgement whatsoever from the conservative talk show hosts in town.

Sensenbrenner’s campaign manager predictably dismissed these complaints as “whining.”

Well, maybe. There’s no doubt incumbents have advantages. And we could argue all day about whether the founding fathers intended lifetime legislators.

No Democrats are running. Robert R. Raymond of Shorewood is running as an independent. Haven’t heard much from him or about him, so the winner of the Republican primary will most likely be elected in November.

After being largely in the Sensenbrenner camp, I’m pretty much undecided right now. I don’t agree with either man fully (Do I ever?).

Maybe tonight’s forum will get me off the fence.

August 26, 2008

WI-5 congressional district Republican forum

by thoughtfulconservative

Owen of Boots & Sabers fame will be moderating.

I’m going to make the trip to Germantown, I think, just in case there are fireworks. Jim Burkee is challenging James Sensenbrenner.

May 21, 2008

“The Sensenbrenner Tax”

by thoughtfulconservative

This is the clever title (well, maybe not so clever since Cato wrote it first) of the latest post by Wisconsin 5th CD candidate, Republican Jim Burkee posted at the Small Business Times and on his Community NOW blog Responsibility Now (which has footnotes where the SBT post doesn’t. BTW, if anyone can figure out how the footnotes work, I would appreciate it. I can’t.).

His basis is that Sensenbrenner was the sponsor of the Real ID Act of 2005 which was responsible for an unfunded mandate that caused the Wisconsin Legislature to raise driver license fees $10 — the Sensenbrenner Tax.

This fee/tax was also involved in the recent budget repair “deal” and a tongue lashing by Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin Assembly Majority leader Mike Huebsch.

Burkee is correct when he says,

With Real ID, Jim Sensenbrenner has managed to unite left and right in opposition.

Of course, Sensenbrenner was just the sponsor. All but 12 Republicans in the House voted for the measure in February 2005 before it was attached as a rider to the military appropriations bill, eight voted “No” and 5 didn’t vote. All three of Wisconsin Republicans voted for the measure, so I’m not sure if Burkee is condemning the entire Republican Party and aligning himself with Ron Paul, who was one of the eight nay votes.

Instead of Real ID, Burkee touts Rep. Paul Ryan’s Employee Verification Act, which seems to have promise, but has not been passed and I doubt it will in the current climate.

I’m not a big fan of Real ID myself, but it seems we need to get something on track. And as Owen has pointed out, the Wisconsin Legislature has already passed the $10 fee and are not rescinding it.

This looks like a spending cut, but it really isn’t.  It cuts $21,989,300 for implementing the Real ID Act and transfers the money to the general fund.  But implementing the Real ID act is de-facto mandatory unless Wisconsinites are cool with their drivers’ licenses being invalid for federal purposes.  So while this looks like a spending cut, it is actually just delaying this spending into the next budget.

Also notice that this was the excuse for the increased vehicle registration fee that was passed in the budget.  So now there is a fee that is being collected to implement the Real ID act, but the money is being taken used in the general fund instead.  Bait and switch, anyone?

Does this mean it’s no longer Sensenbrenner’s tax?