Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Change™

Friday, November 07, 2008

Obamageddon: the bright side

Now that the Barackalypse is upon us, we can comfort ourselves with a few silver linings in the mushroom cloud:
  • The media will now freely mention the fact that we're winning in Iraq.
  • People will start loving America, now that we've determined that it's once again "cool" to do so. (Only as long as she keeps doing what we want, after all.  Isn't that why you love?)
  • Dissent will no longer be the highest form of patriotism.
  • This proves — to a degree of certainty once held only by gravity — that public financing is the stupidest idea for "campaign finance reform" since, well... the McCain-Feingold Act. Way to go there, champ.
  • Unity!  Unless you disagree.  Then, shutup.
  • Within 2 years all the old Carter jokes will be new again and ready to make the rounds after a few dust offs.
  • No need to worry anymore about gas or mortgage payments!  That was a hang-up of the pre-Obama world.
  • PALIN 2012.

A thrill down his leg

Not even trying to hide it anymore:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that --

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!

MATTHEWS: Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.
Carrying Obama's water: the new journalism.

Although I suppose that's not new.

The top 7 reasons the GOP can't be based around moderates

To boil it down:
  1. "Moderate" has no fixed meaning.  What's "moderate" changes from person to person.
  2. Moderates don't pay attention.
  3. They are unreliable voters.
  4. They vote based on how others vote, not principles.
  5. Conservatives are where the money, volunteers and dependable votes are at.
  6. There is no "moderate" media to get the message out, unlike the conservative media.
  7. America is a conservative country, not a moderate one.
It's not that moderates are bad, it's just that you can't form the base of the party around them.  You reach out to them during the elections.

If we want to win, we have to offer a clear alternative to the Democrats' liberal plans.  We have to offer a clear conservative alternate, not a wishy-washy compromised mess that excites no one.  You can't build a castle on quicksand.

Proposition 8 passes

The country rejected the GOP's moderate wing on Nov. 4th, not conservatism. You can't win with Democrat-lite when the people can just choose a real Democrat. Surprise. Just look at Proposition 8, that conservative throwback to a darker time: while the rest of the country was flooded by a sea of blue, it passed in California. If it's going to pass there it will pass anywhere. So it looks like the country is in favor of traditional marriage, and it is the liberals who are the extremists in rejecting it, not conservatives in backing it.

FLASHBACK: Obama supporter: "I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car or paying my mortgage"


There sure are going to be a lot of disappointed people after this short honeymoon is over and people realize Obama isn't God.

Flawless victory

Thursday, November 06, 2008

From 52 to 48

We'll see...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Golden Age begins: Stocks fall nearly 500 points on Obama win


Don't worry. It's all part of the plan. The Dow dropping to historic levels after an election isn't bad news; now I can buy stuff too.

Thanks, Barack!

United

Requiem for a dream

The Presidential election is over and we have a winner. McCain lost and Obama will be our next President. He will bring with him legions of liberals into power, solidifying Democrat control over the government. But all is not lost. The world has not ended.

We are still a center-right country. Don't let this electoral victory fool you into thinking we've finally tumbled over the precipice into full fledged socialism. What has changed is merely the arrangement of the states under the Democrat and Republican columns; when it comes to the popular vote, we nearly hit 50%. Half the country is still with us, as always, and when you consider the fact that most people see Obama not as a liberal but as a bipartisan agent of "change," that is significant. Not only that, but this near majority was reached in one of the toughest anti-Republican electoral environments in history. Let us count the ways.

Any Republican entering this race had to deal with the following: a faltering economy, an unpopular war, one of the most disapproved of Presidents of all time under his party, and the fact that we've already had Republican dominance for many years. When you have a party in power that long that makes people tired of the incumbents and willing to usher in the opposition for a change. Furthermore, Obama was the first black candidate to reach that pinnacle in history, had more money than God, and the infinite rage of the Bush hating Democrats propelling him forward on a wind that cared not how he maneuvered to win over the rest of the country so long as he could stick it to Republicans. Then there's the media: Obama could shoot a baby on live television and the media would say it was because the baby was a terrorist. Add all that together and you have a Mt. Everest challenge to scale.

But then, it wasn't just any Republican. It was McCain. McCain, who the base hated, and who spent most of his electoral adventures in debt and skirting with bankruptcy. Somebody who had no clear philosophy and was not a conservative. He was conservative, but not a conservative.

Add all of these together, and it's a miracle that McCain got as far as he did. Yet Barack won, not because the country had flitted to the left but only by pretending to be a centrist tax-cutter in a center-right country. It will be a short honeymoon before people realize with bitter disappointment that he's not the Messiah™ they thought he was and can't do everything he promised. By the next midterm elections everybody will know how liberal Obama is, and the pendulum will swing once again. It will be up to us to see that it swings far enough.

We must remember that we are conservatives, and not liberals or "progressives" or whatever they're calling themselves today. Politics is not our life. Unlike liberals, if we lose an election, we're still going to be happier than liberals, whose worldview is premised on misery. They place their hopes and dreams in government, and so they will always be disappointed, especially when they find out they have to pay for their gas and mortgage after all. Conservatives, on the other hand, have low expectations of human nature and even lower from government; it is hard to be disappointed. And unlike liberals, our happiness is where it has always been and will be tomorrow: our family, our friends, our local community, in our work, our faith, and in our country. These will be around whether or not the current incumbents have a "R" or "D" next to their name.

Tough times are ahead, and we can't throw in the towel. We're going to have to fight like hell to make sure Obama doesn't run the country over the cliffside with his liberal fantasies. But we've been there before, and we've prevailed there before.

Remember: we are conservatives. Don't give liberals the satisfaction of seeing us break before defeat and cry like schoolgirls. That's what they do. They're the ones who fall apart when they lose. We can take it and get back up fighting. We are followers of Reagan, the Happy Warrior, who responded with such adversity with good humor, irreverent mockery and hard work. We may have lost the election, but we're still right and they're still wrong. The fight goes on, and we will have our time once again.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Obama wins

I hope we're all prepared for some good ol' fashioned Change™.

Why McCain will win PA (I hope)

Obama has always been a terrible closer. In the primaries, he held onto large, ten point leads against Clinton only to win or even lose by a point when the actual results came in. The national polls for this election and the last few have been terribly off, skewed in favor of Democrats. They are unreliable. I pay attention instead to the two campaigns' internal polling, since it's so important for them to have reliable information. Both McCain and Obama have been fighting in the Keystone state. Why would they be doing that if it was a guaranteed blowout for Obama? McCain has been shown closing in the last few days and he must be within reach.

Furthermore, in regards to the heavy turnout... black people always turn out heavily against Republicans. There's not much left to scrape out of the bottom of that barrel. The legendary "youth vote" is supposed to ride to the rescue of the Democrat candidate every year but never shows up.

Can Obama do better than Kerry did in PA? I'm not sure that is likely. Kerry carried voting blocs in 2004 easily that Obama has trouble with now. The blue-collar voter that turned out for Kerry rejected Obama in the primaries, giving the state to Hillary in a decisive win, and he hasn't done well for himself since then.

If McCain wins Pennsylvania, half of the election will be won. He'll be able to lose as many as four other states he needs and still win. If he loses Pennsylvania, then he'll have to pretty much go on a winning spree through the others to make up for it.

Don't pay attention to exit polls

They were off by a mile in 2004, and in 2006. Nobody noticed in 2006 because the races were won by Democrats anyway, but by margins of a few points instead of twenty point blowouts that were predicted. The only thing these exit polls are good for are depressing Republican turnout and giving media outlets an excuse to call states for Obama early.

I'm not going to bother to pay attention to them, but just check the states as they're being called.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Predictions

Here's mine:


Sure hope I'm right.