Dear Readers: I was talking with my Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition compatriot, Sarah Bond, yesterday afternoon. She let me know that gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is still bitterly clinging to her idea of killing CA’s Cap& Trade legislation by veto, rather than destroying it out-right by voting YES on PROP0SITION 23. She is under the erroneous impression that with her miraculous “plan” we can implement Cap&Trade “better”. There is NO law based on fraudulent science that can ever be made better.
Sarah informs me that Meg shared this chestnut with several citizen group coordinators the other day, and many were shocked to learn of this insipid approach — not having had the benefit of hearing it live on the John and Ken Show. That got me to thinking about how my attitudes toward Whitman and the GOP senatorial candidate have changed.
You see, fighting back on over-regulation and bureaucracy-building is my #1 issue. Carly Fiorina, the GOP’s senatorial pick, seems to have been persuaded by the efforts of her fellow citizens and the facts, to vote YES on 23. Carly — NOT PERFECT, BUT PERSUADABLE!. So, now I will formally begin to promote and support her efforts to replace the detestable Babs Boxer for Senate…which is about 180 degrees different that I felt about a month ago, when I posted this: CARLY can thank MEG if she wins!
Now, if Meg wins, she can thank BOTH Carly and her opponent, Jerry Brown. Brown is such a horrendous candidate that our state’s Democratic Party should be ashamed they could not do better, even in this challenging environment. And I say this as a Democrat.
As Sarah noted, girl crushes are fickle things!
I must point out that I am joking, as I am married to my sweetie of 11-plus years (Horemheb). But there were many references to “man crushes” in the Hot Air comments section, related to their post on the NJ Governor Chris Christie’s excellent, factual, and impassioned response to a Teacher Union member who is unhappy with the “New World Order”. So in this vein, I wanted to spend some time, and with some humor, covering a few more “girl crushes”!
I have been having a weighty discussion with my Tea Party blogging-friend, W.C. Varones, regarding the merits of the two GOP senatorial hopefuls: Mike Castle and Christine O’Donnell. If you read through the comments, you will see the respectful way he and I weigh the matter, and disagree — something that Instapudit Glenn Reynolds would like more of in such debates: I favor the Tea Party insurgency, but I think that reasonable people can differ as to whether it’s more important to get a Senate majority, or to push for less squishy Senators. There are good arguments both ways, and I’d encourage people who disagree to try to remember that.. The essence of my decision came down to this:
Once I learned that Castle co-authored the contemptible DISCLOSE ACT, I determined that if O’Donnell prevails in the primary, and loses, I would still rather have the Democrat in (it would be a one-to-one swap) than have a true enemy of the Tea Party in the Senate. As I see it, the Democratic Senator would merely ignore the movement — whereas Castle will make that movement a big target.
Two more elements came together to reinforce my stance today. Firstly, I discovered O’Donnell was brave enough to run-against Biden when it was not likely she would win. Now that the seat seems like “easy pickings”, Castle comes in. Secondly, this piece by Jack Lord in the American Specator is outstanding, and highlights how much the GOP Ruling Class will act to keep O’Donnell out: The Ruling Class Hits Christine O’Donnell. The entire piece is essential Tea Party reading; this clip will give you the citizen-based thinking behind it, which smack-down the elitism in the WSJ and National Review Online items disparaging Christine:
It must be said here that the reason Ms. O’Donnell is a “two-time loser” is that she had the guts to take on up-hill Senate races in the first place. Where was Mike Castle when it was time to challenge Democrat incumbent Senator Tom Carper in 2006? Where was Castle when it was time to challenge Biden in 2008 — when Biden was playing the Ruling Class game and had a ballot spot for both re-election to the Senate and on Obama’s ticket as vice president? Answer? Not running. Why? Because the man who so much wants to be a United States Senator from Delaware didn’t want to mar his reputation with a loss — thus enabling some Ruling Class writer to describe Castle as a “two-time statewide loser.” Such things are important in Ruling Class circles, and the fact that O’Donnell paid no heed and took on Delaware’s political goliaths Carper and Biden anyway is a sign of Country Class guts.
As if that weren’t enough GIRL POWER, Hot Air posted a clip featuring an ad for New Mexico gubernatorial race. My newest “crush”, Susana Martinez, is the first Hispanic woman nominated for governor in any state and is the Republican candidate. Her opponent, Diane Denish, hit Martinez with an attack ad on education policy featuring a New Mexico teacher who Martinez but in jail for kidnapping. The clip covers Martinez’ short, sweet, and to-the-point refutation of this inanity put out by Team Denish.
Now, I will list off my #1 Girl Crush for the November 2010 election cycle. No, it is not Sarah Palin. It is this lady: