Steve over at DryFly, “The Fight For Michigan” has a terrific explanation of how Michigan is rigged to illegitimize the conservative base of the GOP.
First let’s talk about the Democratic voters. The first problem is that there is no real democratic contest in Michigan. Barack and Edwards, from what I understand, are not even on the ballot. So what do Democrats do? They play strategically of course.
And what is strategic for the Dems? It is helping the Republicans nominate the most beatable candidate in November. And who is that?
So not only is Mike going to get the votes from the evangelicals, he is going to get the vote from most of the democratic voters who care enough to vote.
And then he goes on to explain that the other problem of Michigan is the power of the Independents. These peopl, like in New Hampshire, just like they have no core values, go for McCain – the guy who is anything but conservative. So here you have Iowa who was biased by the kool-aid drinking evangelicals who blindly vote for Huckabee without using their brains on studying his liberal agenda. Next you get New Hampshire Independents with this affinity for a rude, emotional disturbed and statistically demented candidate: John McCain.
So these two groups have the main influence of Michigan’s primary.
So let’s now introduce the master of all conservative electoral analysis: Rush Limbaugh
Will Democrats and Independents Dec ide the GOP Nomination? January 10, 2008
“The Arizona senator might be able to all but knock Romney out of the race in Michigan with another strong showing among independents, meaning he could possibly KO Romney without ever beating him handily among Republicans. Weird, huh? Then, with Romney gone, McCain is presumably competing with Huckabee and Rudy (although Fred is still lurking) for those conservative voters and that’s a fight he could well win.” Now, this is really fascinating, and it also illustrates how the little people actually knew before all these primaries began. All this hype about who has to win where and who has to win what, is meaningless — except for what I said. You have Iowa, New Hampshire, two states that do not feature conservatives.
This is why we repeatedly point out here that the states that allow independents and even Democrats to vote in their Republican primaries are not indicative of the Republican Party, which is why McCain and Huckabee have shots in them. McCain and Huckabee are winning these early states, where Republicans are outnumbered. It’s not Republicans; it’s not conservatives in majority who were electing Huckabee or McCain, so far, voting for them. Michigan is the same.
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Posted in Conservative, Economy, Republicans, US Economy, tagged Conservatives, Economy, Glenn Beck, Republicans, Rush Limbaugh, US Economy on January 17, 2008|
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Well it’s no surprise to anyone. From Drudge:
Higher costs for energy and food last year pushed inflation up by the largest amount in 17 years, even though prices generally remained tame outside of those two areas.
I know that Rush is really having a hard time with this. He just doesn’t want to have to escort us down the dreary road of a recession. Glenn Beck on the other hand is convinced this is the next Armageddon – or at least pretty close. I kinda think that Glenn is more on target. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Shadow Stats to get the real truth on the economy, now is a good time. Basically the bunk you hear about from most politicians and the MSM are spewing stats that the government decided to inflate to make things look more hunky dory. They actually leave out energy and food from their ratings. So what actually going on is much worse. Compounded is the worthless dollar. Gold has soared to $800 or so in the last few weeks.
Americans are in massive debt and America itself is in massive debt. The cranks and levers to fix it are maxed out. ABC news reports that the Fed may be dropping interest rates another .05% but that the effects may not be “felt for months.” The dollar is sinking fast and at any point in time, China or someone else, could dump dollars into our economy shifting London to become the new Wall street. What was even more pathetic is that our President was begging for more oil from the Saudi’s this week and was refused. Can you say that we are d-e-s-e-p-e-r-a-t-e?
One argument Rush uses, and I don’t know which report it is, says that the middle class is shrinking presumably because the middle class are “moving up” in the world. Maybe, but the stats are listing by “household”. I have yet to hear anyone say this out loud but it is simply because our whole economy is based on at least two people per household are bringing in money.
So what about those of us who are living on one income, doing all the right stuff, home schooling, and all the other duties and responsibilities of being a CFO (Chief Family Officer) living under the 100K black line. This is THE segment of the population that IS hurting. We don’t admit it because we are boldly going where few people dare to tread. Living on one income to stay home and actually raise children ourselves is now one of those rare oddities. I look at it as the fine art of nurturing souls. And it seems to be paying off one of mine (10 years old) studies Real Clear Politics every day (PS2 on the weekends) but at this rate he’s either going to become a statistician like his uncle or he’s going to run for president.
So what would be a more accurate description is that the real families of America are biting the bullet of unbelievable financial sacrifice to raise their own children to be the future of America. Financially we all know the death grip is only going to squeeze tighter. But I can tell you that the people who have chosen to staunchly fight against what feels like every effort in the world to destroy the family are willing to pay that price.
So Rush, there might be one factor you might be missing is that there are many noble families stalwartly living the American Dream of Dad off to work and the boys wrestling in living rooms, chasing the dog around the house who’s stealing toilet paper and turn on talk radio every second they can to listen to you and Glenn and Sean, and of course, whine about getting their school work done. And mom doesn’t make a dime in all of it.
Here’s some more things to take a look at:
Can Your Personal Finances Survive a Recession?
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Rush let the phone lines “burn up” with the fabulous Mitt supporters – who all happened to be female today. He was uncharacteristically “quiet” today with an occasional bemused “ahhhhh… ohhhh I see…..”. Rush, at a loss for words? The strong silent type? ;O) He did ask one caller a series of questions… like “so, what do you think of Gov. Romney’s wife and family?” The one caller replied in glowing terms of the whole family, the five wonderful sons and their wives and grandchildren, the way Mrs. Romney looks adoringly to Gov. Romney and how he speaks so respectfully and admiringly about his wife. Then Rush asked, in effect, “so you have a genuine confidence that Gov. Romney would NOT cheat on his wife?” To which the caller stated the obvious – at least to Mitt supporters – that, of course, no one would have any doubt to the fidelity and inherent values of Mitt Romney. To which Rush just went down his amused, merry way.
Here’s some of the transcript:
CALLER: I don’t know what is more exciting today, me getting through to you or you getting the third female from across this beautiful country of ours who is just applauding Romney’s win last night in Michigan.
RUSH: So you’re a big Romneyite, too?
CALLER: Well, I have to be honest with you. I did not know who Romney was quite so until the beginning of the debates, which I have been watching, and watching, and watching, and listening, which I wish everybody else would do. I have always been, since my younger years as a teenager on through adulthood, I’m a year older than you are, but that’s not too far — a true conservative Republican, and I listened to what this man was saying and the principles that he stood for, and he won me over. He won me over and I had been hoping that people would start to just pay attention, pay attention. Keep to their values, as you have been saying, and pay attention to what Romney is saying. And they did. And the only thing that made me —
RUSH: I’m wondering — it’s hard to say this with three calls in one busy broadcast — but I wonder if we’re uncovering something here that’s being missed, and that is that there’s this army of women who apparently are really drawn to Romney. In all the analysis, breakouts of exit polls, men and women, I’ve not seen it on the Republican side, they haven’t broken it down by gender that I have seen, but this is new to me. You’re right, you are the third babe today that’s just going on and on and on about Mitt Romney. It’s all based on policy, right, it’s not based on how he looks?
CALLER: It is based on policy, yes. He’s a very good-looking man —
CALLER: — but it is based on policy, because we women who are true conservative —
CALLER: — Republicans —
CALLER: — and comfortable in our own skin —
CALLER: — and would never vote for anybody based on gender or race, want to listen to what these candidates are saying.
CALLER: And we’re listening.
RUSH: What do you think of his wife and family?
CALLER: I think that he has a lovely wife and five beautiful sons and daughters-in-law and grandchildren. He comes across as a very wholesome American. More important than that, though, is for us to begin to see that he believes in Americans’ ability to use their own mind and ingenuity, to produce the best ideas and products, and hope that the government would just step aside and allow the free market system to work and let our government just continue to protect us so that we remain the strongest country in protecting freedom and homeland security and the war on terror, and I —
RUSH: Let’s get to the character side. I’m running out of time. Does Romney, to you, exude a powerful morality?
CALLER: He exudes the most powerful morality I have seen in any candidate.
RUSH: So you have no doubts he would never cheat on his wife?
CALLER: That is correct.
RUSH: This is fascinating. Ruth, I can’t thank you enough.
CALLER: I thank you, Rush, and just keep up the wonderful work. My husband and I listen to you every day, and we love you, and just keep that faith, because there are Republican conservatives out there who will prove who the true candidate will be, and I believe it will be Romney.
RUSH: We’ll see. I’m glad you called, Ruth.
RUSH: We have decided to come up with a name for you babes who are smitten with Mitt Romney, first of many, but this works: Mittens. We’re going to refer to you as Mittens.
Here’s his “take” on it from the Rush in a Hurry:
“Mittens,” babes enamored with Mitt, burn up the EIB phone lines. If it’s Mitt vs. Hillary, the arousal gap may flip against Democrats! (Rush 24/7 Members: Listen Here)
Now Rushy, we love you too!!! But it’s the hair thing – your’s just doesn’t quite do it for us the way Mitt’s does! But your voice is sensational!
Thanks to Gov. Romney, this whole country is about to fall fantastically in love with their spouses. The joy people will find in their nuptual-ized families will take on breathtaking new heights of respect and love in ways this world is desperate for.
Mitt Romney and family, you are what this country needs.
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Posted in Circus Politics, Family, GOP2008, Huckabee, Politics, Society, Terror War, US Economy, tagged GOP 2008, Huckabee, Iowa, Obama, Rush Limbaugh on January 4, 2008|
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Listening to Rush today… He is beside himself. In short, he has done everything he can to warn conservatives for confusing populism with conservatism. He is horribly disappointed in the voters and what they accomplished in Iowa voting with their hearts and not their heads. Yes, he acknowledges the angst of middle income families even though he doesn’t see it himself. If it is really so, then it is not for us to look to a person or a candidate to “fix” us and our problems. We are to tap into the American spirit of self-reliance. If we are looking to the government to save us than we might as well hand over everything else over to the government.
Rush says that he says all these things because he loves us, he loves America, and he is hurt that the people of Iowa have abandoned conservative principles.
He’s got a lot to say, and we would all do well to wake up and see what these choices are and will do to our country.
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January 02, 2008
Read More: Huckabee
Rush Limbaugh devoted a large portion of his first show since the holidays to criticizing Mike Huckabee’s candidacy and offering a disapproving bottom-line assessment of the former governor.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Gov. Huckabee, mighty fine man and is a great Christian, is not a conservative, he’s just not,” Limbaugh said. “If you look at his record as governor, he’s got some conservative tendencies on things but he’s certainly not the most conservative of the candidates running on the Republican side.”
From Jonathin Martin at Politico – Rush: Huck ‘not a conservative’
Limbaugh’s comments come after a long-distance back-and-forth between the candidate and influential talk show host before Christmas.
Despite his criticism, Limbaugh said he didn’t want to use the entire program to bash Huckabee.
“I’m going to keep some of the powder dry here because I don’t want to be accused of piling on,” Limbaugh said, “but if people are going to ask me questions I’m not going to shirk from them and try to hem-haw around.”
Read more at Politico…
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