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Dear Friends: The title is a quote from my husband Horemheb. As I have mentioned previously, when it comes to the GOP Presidential primary, I have no dog in this fight. While I am still highly upset about the threat to Allen West’s seat, I am not sure its connected to Romney. I am sure it’s connected to establishment GOP boobery and not to a specific Romney tactic. So, in light of the existential threat Obama presents, I am willing to vote for the candidate who won’t “double down” on dictatorial domestic policies and inane foreign ones.

The SLOBs have diverse opinions as to who would get their votes of the four remaining candidates. While dialoging with the Shrine’s Spartan contributor, Barry J., I realized he was expressing a lot of the same sentiments Horemheb had. So, the post today will be Barry’s thoughts as the doors to Florida’s voting booths are opening for a thrilling primary.

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The “Bad Boy” vs the “Safe Choice”

With the Republican Primary contest reaching a fever pitch, I find myself in a similar position to the teenage girl asked to the Prom by two very different guys:

The first is one my heart wants, the exciting-but-dangerous “bad boy”. The other, the nice “safe guy”, who my head (and my mother) tells me is the right choice.

Let me start by saying, for purposes of clarity, that I have never been a teenage girl. Nor am I gay. Either way, I have never had a crush on another man; nor had one ask me to the prom.

But, metaphorically and politically, the analogy works.

Newt scratches an itch many of us intellectual and articulate conservatives have for a candidate who can go toe-to-toe on a debate stage with the best the Democrats can throw against him. I loved George W. Bush. But I often found myself cringing as he tried to explain, in his inelegant way, the foundational core beliefs of Conservatism in clumsy, declarative sentences. It didn’t help either that he spoke English like it was a second language!

Newt articulates what many of us conservatives and traditional patriots believe. That America is exceptional among the nations of the world. That the Democrats and the Left in general seem reconciled to American decline. And that our distinctive American culture is under unrelenting assault from the Left and needs to be defended if we are to remain the “last best hope of the world”.

So many of us are tired of Republican politicians who seem either embarrassed or unable to defend conservative ideas or principles; or are simply intellectually incapable.

So at one level, we find ourselves cheering Newt, who can defend conservative principles effectively; even if he hasn’t always lived them. He can trumpet our values and articulate brilliant solutions, even if some of the dozen-a-day ideas that come out of that pumpkin-sized head appear a bit wacko when carefully examined…

But all that said, I don’t think Newt can get elected.

Which brings me to Mitt.

Yes, he lack sizzle. His ideas are as handsomely bland as is he. But he has one over-arching virtue: Mitt can win.

Beating Obama in November is going to take more than having someone who can get in a zinger or two against him in the coming debates. It will take someone who won’t frighten the children or the independents. Independents, currently disenchanted with the man in the Oval Office they supported enthusiastically four years ago, are the key to the election. As much as the “muddled middle” irritates us politically active guys on the wings, they hold all the power come November. And they are ready to be won over by anyone who seems a safe alternative to Obama.

So, perhaps a bit wistfully, I’m not going to the prom with Newt. I’m using my head and going with the safe guy.

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I wanted to let Barry know that is OK if he has a Bro-mance. I completely own several girl crushes.

Update: Lipstick Underground has identified her girl crush as well.

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Dear Readers: Lots of news to touch on, but I think all of the items I cover today have an underlying theme: Americans plan to offer stinging rebukes to statist establishment figures!

1) The Scorpion Queen. Tammy Bruce reports that after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s confrontation with Obama on the tarmac, sales of her book (Scorpions for Breakfast) rose 2.2 million percent.B-Daddy reports that the SD Rostra had a “caption this” contest for the now iconic picture; below is my entry:

Check Hillbuzz.org to see why this caption works out so well.

The consequences of the Brewer-Obama confrontation have been so negative on Team Obama that the President had to do damage control essentially using this time-tested argument: “Who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes”.

2) Rebel Scientists Plainly Reject Faith-Based Global Warming Science.Many of you may recall my piece featuring the lecture of premier American scientist Roger Cohen. Scientists Challenge the Fraud and Emotionalism Behind CA’s Cap&Trade Rules

Left Coast Rebel then went on to feature Roger’s work in a premier Daily Caller series:
Global warming lies, damn lies and easy rebuttals

One of the biggest lies, and there have been many, about global warming is that there is “universal consensus”. Well, Roger and 15 other scientists have written a Wall Street Journal piece that debunks that falsehood, and hits several other prevarications as well. This piece for nationwide attention yesterday, as it was featured on the Rush Limbaugh Show. Here is my favorite part of this fantastic piece:

No Need to Panic About Global Warming: There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy.

Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

3) Florida Tea Party Groups Endorse Newt Gingrich. Legal Insurrection has been following the Florida primary carefully, and notes with increasing disdain the coordinated attacks on Gingrich from the establishment GOP.

As the Media Director for SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, I can tell you from personal experience that most independent Tea Party groups are loathe to endorse a specific candidate — especially at the national level and especially with a such flawed candidate. However, the awful tactics implemented against Gingrich by the elite in the establishment GOP has generated exactly the kind of backlash that I thought it would. The elites in the Republican party have undermined Romney among grassroots citizen activists. Add this to the fact that the Florida Attorney General said Romney will be bringing Romneycare to all 50 states, I can’t see how a tea party participant can do anything else but vote for Gingrich at this point.

This bit from KT Cat puts it all in perspective: Mitt Romney Is Driving Me Out Of The Republican Party

And this chestnut is for any Palinista out there: Video of Newt defending Palin during VP candidacy.I will note that Newt’s vigorous defense of Palin in 2008 came at a time when the elite GOP Beltway types were running away from her.

4) Californians are organizing against SACRAMENTO STUPIDITY. Californians have recently been treated to lots of inane, new legislation from Sacramento. Mark Meckler has an update on the citizen-pushback on the proposed expensive and useless high-speed train: If Gov. Brown is Seeking a Legacy, Let’s Build a Statue Instead of $100 Billion High Speed Rail Project. Beers with Demos also has more updates.

Sadly, it seems the walls of sanity have been breeched in another area: California Votes to Mandate More Electric CarsI suspect a lot of green-based crony capitalism is occurring, and I plan to explore Brown and the Democratic Legislature’s financial connections to this work in the future.

Jerry Brown: Green-Dog Democrat.

The SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC) is joining other Tea Party groups throughout the state in organizing a citizen “call to action” in order to stop the passage of California Senate Bill 810 “The California Universal Health Care Act of 2009”. It seems that California’s legislators are more interested in resurrecting an unpopular monster of a bill, as a previous version (SB840, SB 840 – “Medicare for All”) was tabled after it became the focus of protests from Californians concerned about the loss of choice and quality medical care.

Tea Parties throughout the state are informing their membership an anticipated vote on the reworked “Single Payer” plans in SB810 is slated for Jan. 31, 2012. Citizen activists are providing contact information and encouraging citizens who do not want a massive bureaucratic injection into personal healthcare choices to make their concerns known to California’s legislators.

The following representatives have been identified as people who should be contacted so that a “NO” vote can be urged.

Christine Kehoe (Chair) DEM 916-651-4039
916-327-2188
senator.kehoe@sen.ca.gov

Mimi Walters (CoChair) REP 916-651-4033
916-445-9754
senator.walters@senate.ca.gov

Elaine Alquist DEM 916-651-4013
916-324-0283
senator.alquist@senate.ca.gov

Bill Emmerson REP 916-651-4037
916-327-2187
senator.emmerson@senate.ca.gov

Ted Lieu DEM 916-651-4028
916-323-6056
senator.lieu@senate.ca.gov

Fran Pavley DEM 916-651-4023
916-324-4823
senator.pavley@senate.ca.gov

Curren Price DEM 916-651-4026
916-445-8899
senator.price@senate.ca.gov

Sharon Runner REP 916-651-4017
916-445-4662
senator.runner@senate.ca.gov

Darrell Steinberg DEM 916-651-4006
916-323-2263
senator.steinberg@senate.ca.gov

Senator Michael Rubio (Fresno/Bakersfield area)
Email: Michael.Rubio@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4016

Senator Alex Padilla (Pacoima/LA area)
Email: Senator.Padilla@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4020

Senator Juan Vargas (San Diego area)
Email: Juan.Vargas@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4040

Senator Rod Wright (Los Angeles area)
Email: Senator.Wright@sen.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 651-4025

THERE WILL BE MORE ON THIS CALL TO ACTION MONDAY, SO STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!

5) My stinging rebuke to Democrat Bob Filner. I had the privilege of having an email read by LaDona Harvey yesterday during the 4 pm hour: CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST. Her topic — Why San Diego Democrats aren’t going for Bob Filner for Mayor.

My main points:

a) I am a Democrat who is focused on fiscal responsibility and sensible spending for needed government services. This makes me a “Blue Dog”. Bob Filner said at a Coffee Party meeting a couple of years ago that Blue Dogs such as myself should be kicked out of the party. Apparently, unless you are a foaming anti-capitalist, abortion-supporting, statist he thinks you have no place in our party.

b) 2) His most recent act as Congressman was to sign onto a Reasonable Profits bill for the oil industry, which would have bureaucrats deciding what qualifies as excessive — and the tax rate in these profits could be as much as 100%. This is exactly the sort of attitude I want kept away from San Diego. I could seeing him going after local breweries for “excessive profits” because they charge too much for a gallon of beer. This attitude directly threatens the success of businesses and the fiscal security of families belonging to Democrats, Republicans, and all other Americans.

c) He is a crony capitalist himself. Just Google “Southwest Airlnes” and “Bob Filner” sometime to see what type of perks and benefits he directly enjoys at the behest of a single company.

d) Filner staffers think California Belongs to Mexico. No, at least not since 1846.

You can always tell the nature of a person by the surrounding personnel. I want Filner’s staffers nowhere near any office that can significantly influence this city.

I went onto make a further point: I am the co-founder of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, the San Diego Tea Party group comprised of truly independent Californians and passionate citizen activists. While our group is not likely to give a formal endorsement, as we tend to support legislation and not specific candidates, I can tell you directly that most of the membership I interact with regularly all back Carl DeMaio. Our team of bloggers will be following Carl, and given the fact that he is the only one with truly innovative fiscal solutions to or economic problems AND he directly challenged the unions when they ran that hideous “petition signature fraud ad”, I can assure you our coverage will be supportive.

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In conclusion, in homage to my favorite female politician in office today, I say: I AM WOMAN, FEEL ME STING.

You know, I might be A-OK with a brokered convention: JAN BREWER FOR PRESIDENT 2012.

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A big thanks to Mark Meckler, for considering me someone sane who offers “consistently great blogging” — I am delighted and humbled.

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