The ‘Weinergate’ Effect (On Congressional Tweets)

According to Mashable, congressional Tweets are down 30% since the Weinergate debacle unfolded.   The lesson in the aftermath seems to be that less Twitter is better if your day job lands you in the Capitol building.  Either that or 30% of the Tweets coming from the Federal Government’s elected members may be considered of a questionable nature and that activity has been castrated by little Anthony and his tweets.

Democrats decreased their activity only slightly more than that of Republicans, 29% vs the GOP decline of 27%, which didn’t surprise me.  What did surprise me was the actual volume of Tweets from the right.  Republicans are tweeting more than twice as often, before and after the momentous events since memorial day weekend.

This might pose a curious problem for the left.  They used to make fun of Republicans failure to embrace technology and social media.   They even bragged about a technical advantage.  But that gap no longer exists.  With Republicans obviously embracing social media–one of the success stories behind the TEA party and the 2010 landslide–Democrats may have to try to win on issues.

Yeah, that is kind of funny.  Win on issues.  I crack myself up.

Fear not Twitter-sphere. The reality of this decrease can be more easily explained like this.  Most sane people slow down when they pass a car on the side of the road that has been pulled over by a police officer.  (This does not apply in Massachusetts)  It is an acknowledgement that there is a line that can be crossed and that we know people cross it.  We just want to show you that we do know how to drive the speed limit.  (In New Hampshire there is a law requiring it. -slowing down when police or safety vehicles have their lights flashing, I mean.)

But about one-quarter mile after we’ve passed the scene we’ll put the lead back in our foot and get back to business as usual.

Give it a few days.  Congress will be back to its regular allotment of Twits, I mean tweets,  in no time.

Trump – NH

From, courtesy of “Columbus,” a front row seat to Donald Trump’s speech yesterday in New Hampshire.  Thanks to Grokster Mike who posted it and of course to Columbus for the front row seat.

No Labels – Why are All Their “Leaders” Leftists?

How about More Left, less right, forward toward liberalism?No Labels, the latest of many left wing funded efforts to drag the right into the middle and the middle leftward, is looking for you to help them spread their message.  But before you drop your values, abandon your principles, and jump into the center, you might want to know something about their latest pitchman, or should I say woman, Catherine “Kiki” McLean.

Catherine is hailed as a “Founding Leader” of No Labels, a group on a stated quest to fight hyper-partisanship, but she is promoting a middle of which she has never demonstrably been a part.

From the Bi-Partisan Policy center: (and here)

During the 2008 election season, McLean served as a senior advisor to the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign and frequently appeared as an on-air surrogate for the Obama for America campaign.

Catherine worked strategy for John Kerry in 2004

She was the press secretary for Presidential Candidate Al Gore.

Kiki is a former communications director for the Democrat National Committee, and has been a national Spokesman for the Democrat Party.

She was press secretary and adviser to Tipper Gore during the 1992 general election where she supported Gore’s role..and was on the presidential transition team.

So you would be right to question what this “Leader” considers the common good or the shared goals of a bi-partisan nation, when her bread has always been buttered from the left, by left wing leaders, and the promotion of progressive socialist policy, through hyper partisan politicians, willing to ignore laws and intimidate opponents to keep power.

Catherine “No Labels” McLean also has an extensive donation history, call them bipartisan Hallmark cards of appreciation with pictures of dead presidents on them.  And it is only Bipartisan if you mean “both kinds of democrats.”  But they are all democrats.  “Obscure” democrats like John Kerry, John Dingell, Dick Gephardt, Blanche Lincoln, Robert Menendez, Hillary Clinton, Robert Casey, and Kirsten Gillibrand.  In fact, the closest Kiki “No Labels” gets to an independent donation in the left wing firmament is Joe Lieberman when he was a democrat and again while he was still a democrat running as an independent.

So as you consider the notion that Kiki is promoting a new “third way,” away from hyper-partisan politics, just remember the company she keeps, and the candidates and causes she funds, and then ask yourself if her real motivation is to empower some mythological bi-partisan middle, or to continue pushing the center leftward by hiding the labels, or in typical Orwellian fashion, renaming them.

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Big Ben, Parliament

Cheesburger....Rumor has it Mr. Obama gave a speech yesterday about something. I didn’t watch it and with good reason.    Been there, done that.  Two faced, self contradicting, tired, and repetitive.  Put another way, Big Ben, Parliament.

Nothing (new) to see here, just move along.  It’s like that family party you go to.  You know the one.  Same people, same food, same conversations. Uncle Joe always nods off.  Aunt Nancy looks like she starched her face then took a box of happy pills.  And Cousin Barry, well he just goes on and on but it’s just another skeleton without any substance, or maybe the parts to a skeleton, or better yet the directions to a store where you might find the parts, but no instructions on how to put it together.  (After which we must then find something of substance to attach to that.)  That was Obama’s speech.  Like I said; Big Ben, Parliament.

But plenty of other people did take one for the team.  They suffered through it, and they had plenty to say about it.  So for your reading enjoyment and mine, I have curated content from around the internet, about the speech.

Moe Lane- Red State “I am *done* with President Obama”

Democrats: cut the President out of the loop.  His presence in this discussion insults both parties at this point.  Send him off to a permanent round of golf games and trips to various parts of the country:

Allahpundit- Hot Air

Speaking of being kneecapped, Robert Gates found out only yesterday that one of the big “ideas” in Obama’s framework of an outline of a plan was to squeeze defense for extra savings.

And also here:

Beyond the obligatory calls for wringing the fat from defense spending and taxing the inexhaustible rich, which even some big media sources openly acknowledge won’t solve anything, his central idea is to somehow control health-care spending, presumably by performing the Jedi mind trick on doctors coast to coast to get them to lower costs.

Victor Davis Hansen –The Corner

The president gave the sort of scare speech he not long ago warned against, and blasted the income-tax rates he not long ago agreed were necessary — in a context in which he has just presented a budget with a $1.6 trillion deficit of the sort he now says is unsustainable, and has warned about recklessly voting against raising the debt ceiling in a fashion that he himself had once done, in a larger landscape in which he had once damned attacking Middle East countries in optional wars, Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, preventative detention, intercepts, wiretaps, Predators, and leaving troops in Iraq, and then embraced or expanded all that and more (this list is infinite and includes everything from drilling to campaign financing to earmarks).

John – Powerline

If Obama wants to make a serious debt reduction proposal, it has to be presented in detail, in budgetary form, so that it can be analyzed properly and scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Obama hasn’t done that; instead, he purports to shave trillions off the national debt with breathtaking insouciance:

Bryan Preston – PJ Tattler

Spending reductions in the tax code…that’s what President Obama called the thing that we commonly call “tax cuts” in his speech today.

Clive Crook – The Atlantic

There was no sign of anything worth calling a plan to curb borrowing faster than in the budget. He offered no more than a list of headings under which $4 trillion of deficit reduction (including the $2 trillion already in his budget) might be found–domestic non-security spending, defense, health costs, and tax reform. Fine, sure. But what he said was devoid of detail. He spent more of his time stressing what he would not agree to than describing clear proposals of his own.

More words, more contradictions, same old tired rhetoric…and no plan.  Someone else will figure that out.  He’s just the idea guy.  But after someone else figures it all out, he’ll be back to take the credit.



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The Implosion Of Another Left Wing ‘Institution’

NPR is dodging bullets at a time when it was already facing an uphill battle to justify continued taxpayer funding. So having an executive expose the network culture on hidden video is the last thing they needed.  And while NPR runs duck and cover, pointing out that the guy was quitting anyway, they didn’t seem to have anything to say about the other NPR exec at the table until she “quit.”

nprSo perhaps they need to roll out the re-education camps like planned parenthood?  Of course it is not easy to change a corporate culture.  Attitudes and polices that have been in place a long time–the very cloth from which the organization is made–do not just go away.  They appear like the sun rising every morning because that is the nature of things.  Just because you are not looking….

So another left leaning plane in the liberal progressive universe has unpleasant denizens, revealing the fundamental nature of progressive liberal institutions.  And once more the culture that drives them is everything they would have us be.

And it is the lefts beloved institutions that are all poisoned.

Public sector unions are the ones filled with Hitler-sign bearing, uncivil hatemongers.  (Though most other left wing gatherings turn out to be public and environmental disasters as well.)

Planned Parenthood could care less about the rights or health of young women, probably any women, as long as they get paid.

Democrat lawmakers never wanted bipartisanship and elections only really matter when they win them.

And NPR is just the defunct demure version of Air America on the taxpayer dime, the same fundamental propagandist mental state without the yelling and swearing.

And they all share this one thing in common.  They all take money from taxpayers and they all project their weakness on others.  Sounds like a first cause if you ask me.  So how about we cut off the taxpayer funding and see how they do on their own?

If they are that valuable the market will sustain them.  MSNBC seems to manage.  And if not, well I guess there will be legions of left wing journalists waving internet tin-cans for their fans to drop coins into.  And if the fans really do like that stuff they will.  If not?  Not my problem.

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Anyone Know Where Governor Lynch Was Last Weekend?

Dateline Miami: It’s Miami, this years four-day staycation destination for governors in hock to Tim Gill and Political Outgiving.

Last year New Hampshire Governor John “out of state political money is bad” Lynch was outed for attending the ‘secret event’ in Chicago.  It was later divulged (under duress I suspect) that he just gave a lunch speech and was Outgivingnot there to fund raise.  He must have left that part out of the speech.  Many of the wealthy attendees at the conference–none of whom live in New Hampshire–collectively coughed up over $100,000.00 for Governor Lynch’s re-election campaign in the usual fashion;  individual, personal contributions, over a number of weeks or months so as not to attract suspicion.  But no, he wasn’t fundraising.

This year the event was in Miami from March 3rd to the 6th, and once again, it’s all about secrecy.  To some peoples credit, there are a few folks in the gay community (here, here, and here) who object to the Gill Foundations ongoing obsession with the secrecy of this annual conference; no press, secret guest list, no agenda, and no transparency.  It bothers them and it should. They decide what states and elections to “invest” their millions in to advance their agenda.  Not everyone is privy to that agenda and this bothers some folks.

But that’s not my problem.

I’m wondering where New Hampshire’s governor was between the 3rd and 6th of March 2011?  Was he somewhere in New Hampshire, or off on other business?  Maybe dropping off a Hallmark card of thanks?  The donors from Political Outgiving ponied up about 10% of the Lynch campaign haul for 2010.  Sometimes an email or a phone call just isn’t enough.

So no idea if Lynch was there but one thing I do know, selling the lifestyle as a “right” is on the back burner. They (the gay lobby) have a new political campaign, and Mo Baxley from NH Freedom to Marry just used it on March 3rd. It is all about implying shared values.   The New narrative is LOVE.COMMITMENT.FAMILY.

March 3rd, AP (day one of the conference by the way)

Mo Baxley, executive director of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry, said that as people live with the law they realize it has no impact on their lives.

“They understand that gay and lesbian couples share the same values of other couples, like love, commitment and family,” she said.

Eugene Sepulveda, reporting/blogging from the 2011 Outgiving conference in Miami…

LOVE.COMMITMENT.FAMILY – this is how we need to lead going forward. Others don’t connect with rights & benefits as well.

Interesting timing.  Revealing admission.  “Others don’t connect with rights & benefits as well.”

So get used to it.  You’ll be hearing that a lot from the gay activists from now on.  At least until next year.

Maybe we’ll even hear it from John Lynch.

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