The Obama Record

On the evening he won the Democratic Party’s presumptive nomination for president, Barack Obama spoke from St. Paul, Minnesota. In the early portion of his remarks, Obama pointed to the upcoming GOP Convention in St. Paul, and the head of the ticket, John McCain:

In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St. Paul with a very different agenda. They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically. I honor that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine. My differences with him are not personal; they are with the policies he has proposed in this campaign.

I emphasized that particular line because, as I listened to the speech, I was struck by his apparent sensitivity to his own record of “accomplishments”, or lack thereof. It does make one wonder how he could take offense to his opponent’s lack of familiarity with said record when even his staunch supporters are unaware of the same. This video is from a few weeks ago on Chris Matthews’ show.

One paragraph of his speech that has received little scrutiny deals with the government school program:

And maybe if he spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St. Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he’d understand that we can’t afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American. That’s the change we need in America. That’s why I’m running for president.

So, an Obama Administration would seek to become intimately involved in the hiring process of local school districts, and guarantee a college degree for all comers. I mean, how else can you look at that paragraph?

I suppose that after struggling mightily to pay for a college education for my children for the past half decade, being told by Obama that our personal sacrifice is some kind of privilege reserved for the “wealthy few” truly sticks in my gizzard. It also shows just how out of touch this liberal populist is with the millions of Americans who go about their daily business, seldom complaining, paying their taxes, and keeping their collective noses to the grindstone.

And, as Mrs. Nuke and I begin to see the light at the end of the financial tunnel, instead of being proud of our children and their academic achievements, balancing part-time jobs with full class loads, and feeling a warm sense of accomplishment of getting through the college money pit, Obama insists that we should instead feel guilty, that our efforts are not only unappreciated, but the result of being part of a “privileged few.”

What a jerk.

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The Country Club for Growth Strikes Again

The Club for Growth spinoff group, Club for Growth.net, has their sights set on Mike Huckabee. Jackson “Steve” Stephens, Jr. and his poodle, Pat Toomey are at it again.This time, Toomey is announcing a major ad buy in Iowa and SC, and is threatening to “dramatically increase the buy in the near future.” See for yourself….

Even as their favorite candidate languishes in the polls, their battle cry has become “Anybody but Huckabee.” Hiding behind a pro-business facade, CfG’s tactics reveal them to be nothing more than a self-serving organization bent on preserving the status-quo. It really isn’t much of a stretch to believe that given their visceral hatred of Governor Huckabee, Stephens and the Club for Growth would support a Hillary Clinton candidacy, should Huckabee gain the Republican nod.

For those of you who may not know, Toomey was a congressman from PA who made the right money connections in the brokerage/securities biz. He parlayed those connections into a multi-million dollar campaign war chest, along with an additional million-dollar ad buy (courtesy of the Club for Growth), in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Arlen Specter. His reward for losing to Specter? He was named President of the CfG. The Toomster now spends his time criticizing and campaigning against other Republicans who aren’t as conservative as he thinks they ought to be.

Stephens, Chairman of CfG.net, is from one Arkansas’ richest families, as well as one of the largest contributors to CfG. His feud with Huckabee goes back several years. It has seemingly become a personal blood feud for Stephens, as previously documented here. Stephens is not above using the CfG imprimatur to campaign against so-called “earmark spending”, just so long as some of the pork spending is reserved for his own companies.

idareyou.jpgAs an interested observer, I get the distinct impression that the Country Club for Growth is almost daring Mike Huckabee to run a new type of populist campaign. It would combine social conservatism with economic populism. And, while this type of campaign is probably new ground for most Republicans, especially a yankee like Toomey, Stephens really should know better.

We Southerners have watched the quadrennial gubernatorial runs of various and sundry silk-stocking trial lawyers who would don a hard hat and carry a steel lunch bucket to various and sundry factory locations, claiming that they were the true-blue supporters of the working man. It really didn’t matter that they were all Democrats. Everybody was a Democrat. Arkansas and Louisiana are the last two southern states who suffered under the Federal occupation (euphemistically called “Reconstruction”) to fully embrace two-party politics. Suffice to say, we are quite familiar with populist campaigns.

I would say to the Country Club for Growth: be careful what you ask for. You have been unable to answer the most basic “tax-cuts for the rich” Democrat mantra in a palatable way. What makes you think you can take on someone with the rhetorical skills of Huckabee who doesn’t mind using similar economic language, and who is operating on familiar territory?

What we are seeing now, should Huckabee prevail, is a dramatic realignment of the Republican coalition. And, we will have The Country Club for Growth, in part, to thank.

Bring it on, poodle-boy.

also at The Hill, and at Hot Air

Let the fun begin

Dear WSJ, Club for Growth, NRO, American Spectator, et al:

Did you really want to see a populist campaign from a Republican?

You’ve been daring him to do it. You don’t think it will work? Well, you’ve got no one to blame but yourselves.

And, he’s the frontrunner.

Now the fun begins…..

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