Weekend question: What will the outcome of Tuesday's elections mean?; plus Scozzafava updates

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UPDATE, 11/1, 4:55p: Fallen GOP NY-23 candidate Dede Scozzafava endorsed Democrat Bill Owens today. According to The Hill...

... Scozzafava, who'd been chosen by local Republican leaders to try to hold the seat for the GOP, instead threw her support behind Democrat Bill Owens - only a day after she unexpectedly backed out of the tough, 3-way special election.

Ultimately, her decision not to back Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman... is likely to enrage party leaders, who rallied around Hoffman almost immediately after Scozzafava announced her campaign suspension....

Scozzafava's late nod to Owens could spell trouble for Hoffman, who is statistically deadlocked with his Democratic opponent in recent polls. The NY assemblywoman is considerably more moderate than Hoffman - and presumably, some of her supporters are too - so the possibility that many of her prospective voters could gravitate toward Owens on Tuesday is not totally unfathomable....

Noted the IL Review, "RNC donors are furious that their contributions were wasted and now will only go to ultimately benefit a Democrat."

[Photos via the Washington Post]
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UPDATE, 11/1, 7a: In NY-23 , Dede Scozzafava dropped from the race yesterday. According to Politico (where you can also read her statement):

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Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her bid in next Tuesday's NY 23 special election, a huge development that dramatically shakes up the race. She did not endorse either of her 2 opponents - Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman or Democrat Bill Owens....

The decision to suspend her campaign is a boost for Hoffman, who already had the support of 50% of GOP voters, according to a newly-released Siena poll, and is now well-positioned to win over the 25% of Republicans who had been sticking with Scozzafava.

Here's liberal MSM's spin on Scozzafava's announcement, per Bloomberg...

... The Republican candidate... suspended her campaign after her lead in polls evaporated and former AK Governor Sarah Palin endorsed a rival in the 3-way race....

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Scozzafava['s]... withdrawal may hand the traditionally Republican seat to a Democrat in the Nov. 3 special election and leave the Republican Party with just 2 seats in New York's 29-member House delegation.

Scozzafava is running 3rd... with the race between her opponents "too close to call," according to a Siena College poll published yesterday. The poll of 704 likely voters, taken Oct. 27-29, shows... Owens with 36% of the vote... Hoffman with 35%....

Conservatives including Palin... have rallied around Hoffman... instead of Scozzafava, who supports abortion rights and was endorsed by the state teachers union.

Palin portrayed Hoffman as the contest's true conservative, along with former House Majority Leader Dick Armey of TX, MN Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Senator Rick Santorum of PA and former Senator Fred Thompson of TN.

Although MSM isn't the only one projecting Owens as the possible benefactor of Scozzafava's drop. Allahpundit on Hot Air wrote of a "nightmare scenario of her voters breaking for the Democrat or staying home."

Newt GIngrich, NY-23, Doug Hoffman, abortion, pro-life.jpgWhich makes campaign donations by our side critical in these close hours. Please do.

Allah also wrote of Newt Gingrich's endorsement of Hoffman following his previous misguided support of Scozzafava.

According to the Washington Post, the National Republican Congressional Committee and Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele are now backing Hoffman.

Matt Lewis has "NY-23 winners and losers."

[HT: reader Mary]
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Three important races to pro-lifers will be decided Tuesday:

  • NJ governor's race: Chris Christie (GOP) vs. incumbent Jon Corzine (Democrat) vs. Chris Daggett (Independent)
  • NY-23, special election for Congress: Doug Hoffman (Conservative Party) vs. Bill Owens (Dem) vs. Dierdre Scozzafava (RINO)
  • VA governor's race: Creigh Deeds (Dem) vs. Bob McDonnell (GOP)
  • At this moment, our guy is in the lead in 2 and neck-and-neck in the 3rd:

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  • Rasmussen poll on NJ, October 30:
  • Republican Chris Christie continues to hold a 3-point advantage [46%] over incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine [43%] in NJ's down-to-the-wire race for governor....

    Chris Daggett attracts 8% support.

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  • Rasmussen poll on VA, October 28:
  • Republican Robert McDonnell has now opened a 13-point lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds with less than a week to go in the race for governor of VA.... 54% to 41%.

  • Politico article on NY-23, October 29:
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    The latest round of polling gave evidence that Hoffman is on the rise and has pulled even with, or ahead of, Owens as Scozzafava has fallen into 3rd place....

    In a newly-released poll commissioned by the liberal blog Daily Kos, Hoffman is within 1 point of Owens, 33% to 32%, with Scozzafava lagging well behind in 3rd place with 21%.

    See a compilation of all the latest poll results at Real Clear Politics.

    Although Obama has campaigned heavily in NJ and VA, yesterday White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs downplayed Tuesday's election results, saying, "I don't think they portend a lot."

    What do you think? How do you think the 3 elections Tuesday will turn out, and what do you think the results will mean, if anything?


    Comments:


    Obama and the WH are ready to toss Deeds under the bus. They even talk about what a mess the guys looks like! That's a new low.
    Corzine has to insinuate about Christie's weight. How shocking being that liberals present themselves as such bastions of tolerance. I would think snideness about someone's weight is just as insensitive as snideness about someone's race, religion or ethnicity.
    Hopefully the Republican Party will get the message if Hoffmann wins. I don't know what more it will take to make Republicans understand they have a golden opportunity that they are squandering.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 9:28 AM


    Christie in NJ
    McDonnell in VA
    Hoffman in NY

    I think "we the people" are fed up. "Obamanomics" has energized the electorate and even made converts to the conservative side (notice I said Conservative, not Republican or Democrat). Politicans better wake up to that fact, especially if Hoffman does win without GOP backing. "We're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore". (Peter Sellers, movie "Network") There are too many grassroots groups activated and fighting for the cause of "freedom and liberty" for the elections not to be affected. God bless America!

    Posted by: Eileen at October 31, 2009 10:03 AM



    I just checked Real Clear Politics. Scozzafava has cancelled her campaign and Hoffman and Owens are in a dead heat.

    Christie and Corzine are also in a dead heat.

    McDonnell looks like he's got the election but not to fret, the WH is already prepared to blame Deeds and not Obama's policies for McDonnell's victory. Who says there's no honor among thieves?

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 10:05 AM


    Can anyone cite any other instance where a major party candidate in a Congressional election bowed out 3 days before the polls opened? Wow.

    The clear implication is that no one outside of the far right need apply to be a GOP candidate, and the GOP, if it continues to exist as a party, will be strictly a regional southern party.

    Hoffman has shown no knowledge or concern about any NY 23 issues- this is strictly about the far right conquering the GOP.

    Bet the Dems wish they would have run a stronger candidate than their designated fall guy in a formerly safe GOP district. :)

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 11:30 AM


    Bystander,

    Puh-leeze. If you would check RealClearPolitics you would discover Scozzafava, who was endorsed by Newt Gingrich, was ahead in the polls for a while. Why do you suppose Scozzafava dropped out? Maybe just maybe the voters don't want her?
    Why do you think they may not want her?

    Owens a "fall guy"? In case you didn't notice this is a horse race and Owens and Hoffman have an equal chance to win.

    Live with it Bystander, the people are speaking and sending a message to Obama and his minions.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 11:54 AM


    I think Hoffman supporters are genius. Has anyone else seen that ad put out by "Common Sense in America" that "praises" Scozzafava's progressive positions?

    Posted by: Ella at October 31, 2009 12:48 PM


    Scozzafava dropped out of the race today. The RNC has endorced Hoffman.

    Posted by: Ella at October 31, 2009 12:58 PM


    Bystander's denial is amusing to me. This is the kind of party reform Dem's can only dream about.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 1:01 PM


    Mary, I am not sure how you think the Dems losing (if they lose) an election in NY 23 that they had absolutely no chance of winning, for the last 140 years, sends any kind of "message to Obama".(NY23 has not been won by a Dem since the Civil War- the one circa 1861-1865, not the recent one between Sarah and Newt :) FDR never won in NY23.

    The fact that Owens, a very weak candidate, who was an Independent until last year, might possibly win is remarkable in and of itself.

    The balance of your post appears to agree with me, that there is no longer any place in the GOP for anyone other than hard core right wing.

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 1:07 PM


    Yes, Bystander. We learned our lesson about trying to give up our convictions and pander to people when we tried running McCain and lost. But this is a lesson which requires actually having convictions in the first place to learn, and we can't expect someone with no moral compass to get it.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 1:12 PM


    Prolifers, Rep. Michelle Bauchmann (sp?) from Minnesota is asking all people who are against this bill to come to Washington DC on this Thursday and meet at 12noon to send a message about Obamacare to the Congress. She wants us to give a loud message that we are not going to take government takeover of healthcare with abortion on demand, $500 million in Medicare cuts, rationing, death panels and higher taxes. Mods do you know anything about this? She announced it on Hannity last night. I really wish I could go but I can't. Please pass the word to everyone so throngs of people will make it. Michelle Bauchmann says info is on her website I will try to find her website and give it.

    Posted by: Prolifer L at October 31, 2009 1:27 PM


    Bystander,

    The victory of a conservative Republican candidate and the failure of the RINO liberal Republican candidate sends a message. Why isn't it Hoffman who is forced to cancel his campaign?
    Maybe because he gives the voters a real choice? At least I hope it sends a message to the Republicans, who seem a little slow about exploiting a golden opportunity.

    So what if Democrats have lost for years? Certainly if the people support Obama and his policies the Democrat will win hands down, or at very least the liberal Republican would have. Instead she has been forced to drop out.

    Owens a weak candidate? You're starting to sound like the Obama WH who are accusing Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Deeds of being a weak candidate, as well as having messy hair and a tie askew.

    No I don't agree there is no place for anyone in the Republican Party other than the "hard core right wing". I think the American people are speaking and making their preferences known and the Republican Party ignores them at their own risk, as we saw with Scozzafava.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 1:27 PM


    Hi PLL,

    While channel surfing I briefly saw something about doctors asking the American Medical Association not to support ObamaCare. I didn't get the details or watch the discussion.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 1:31 PM


    Xalisae,

    How right you are about the Republicans. They got a royal tail kicking because they so quickly abandoned their values and tried to be everyone's friends. They forgot that was not the reason the voters sent them to Washington.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 1:35 PM


    Hi Mary. How are you?

    Just found the website, it is michelebachmann.com which gives info about the DC protest against Obamacare on Thursday November 5th at 12noon. Michele gave a press release about the RINO candidate dropping out of the race today, she was very gracious to her for stepping aside. She has a link to Doug Hoffmann's campaign website he needs to raise funds for ads and hopefully the RNC will help him now. I just want to get the word out about the protest on Nov. 5th because Michele Bauchmann, Dick Morris and others say we could stop this bill if the American public comes out in force against it especially our seniors.

    Posted by: Prolifer L at October 31, 2009 2:00 PM


    Mary, Owens is weak, because good politicians don't enter hopeless races. It will be news if Owens should win, but not if Hoffman wins, as a Repub winning a safe GOP district is not news.

    I don't know much about Deeds, but he must be extremely weak as well. Isn't McDonnell the guy who wrote in his thesis that women should be barefoot, pregnant, chained to the stove and silent? I realize VA is the deep South, but holy cow.

    I think it is clear that there will never be another national moderate GOP candidate, and that is the lesson of NY 23. I think you really agree with me on that. Go ahead and agree- it won't hurt much :).

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 2:11 PM


    I love Michele Bachmann!!! I saw her too on Hannity last night, among many other television appearances in the past. She IS good!

    This lady is one smart/tough cookie! Personally, I think she has much more of a chance running for a higher political office than Sarah Palin. Although I do like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann is so much more of a rising star, in my opinion. I hope we see much more of her in the future.

    If I could be in D.C. to help, I would. Fortunately, I have to work!

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 2:25 PM


    Bystander 2:11PM

    So Owens and Deeds are both weak. Whatever. I see you parrot the WH talking points.

    I would like to read from an official source exactly what McDonnell said in his thesis, not someone'e interpretation of it. I seriously doubt any laws will be radically changed in Virginia because of it. The governor is not a dictator.

    Are we discussing the same "deep south" Virginia that supported Obama??

    I'm happy to agree with anyone if they are right, but being I cannot predict the future I don't know if there will or will not be another national moderate GOP candidate.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 3:21 PM


    And Marie.... Buchmann?She has even less of a chance than Palin. She's an idiot. Did you miss last year when she said many in Congress are anti-American? She has no future on a national level.

    Posted by: Minnow at October 31, 2009 3:32 PM

    Minnow,

    LOL.

    According to Gallup: "Americans' approval of Congress is at 21% this month, down from last month’s 31% and from the recent high of 39% in March."

    I think Bachmann's comments are the LEAST of their worries. Seems like Americans are anti-Congress!

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 3:47 PM


    Here's the clip of Bachmann on Hannity.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLDzKfsUzy0

    "I briefly saw something about doctors asking the American Medical Association not to support ObamaCare. I didn't get the details"
    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 1:31 PM

    Hi Mary. Best report I've seen yet calls out the AMA for endorsing Obamacare in order to protect their cushy revenue stream licensing CPT codes. I'm glad it's finally getting some attention.

    Posted by: Fed Up at October 31, 2009 3:57 PM


    I love how you call out a guy on being sexist for something he said back in college (which, by the way, has obviously changed in his life since then if you look at the status of his wife and daughters), and then proceed to call 2 prominent female politicians idiots. You guys are so girl-power and stuff. lol, hypocrisy.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 4:10 PM


    Minnow,

    I said a HIGHER political office. Not the highest. I know I'll catch a lot of flack for this one, but I don't believe a woman should ever hold the office of Presidency.

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 4:12 PM


    Well, Minnow, I'm inclined to agree with her, seeing as how I refuse to believe anyone could govern so ineptly as our current congress without ulterior motives of destruction of our country as we know it, which would be the definition of anti-American.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 4:15 PM


    Just because someone doesn't think a certain woman is a good candidate, does not make them a sexist. Just as it's wrong to say anyone against Obama must be a racist.

    Posted by: Minnow at October 31, 2009 4:15 PM

    Good point.

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 4:17 PM


    Saying that someone is not a good candidate is a little different than calling them an idiot. Nice backtracking though.

    Just as it's wrong to say anyone against Obama must be a racist.

    Finally! One of you admits it! Could you please pass that message along to the rest of the democrat party, because they haven't gotten it yet.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 4:18 PM


    Plus, I beg to differ as far as Sarah Pailin being an idiot goes. She's managed quite a few large-scale operations both privately and publicly and met with a high degree of success in both. Idiocy? I think the proof is in the pudding, and her pudding is idiot-free. I will admit I know rather little of the other woman here mentioned, but I do think calling a woman who has proven herself more than a few times to be more than competent an idiot just because she doesn't fall into line with your agenda is somewhat sexist.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 4:23 PM


    Marie, I agree with you that no woman named Bachmann or Palin should ever hold the office of the Presidency. But other women are fine with me.

    As for Palin, nothing says "Presidential" like losing a public pi--ing contest with the teenager who knocked up your daughter. LOL

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 4:23 PM


    And when one's public record speaks for itself, attack their private lives. What's next? Has she put on a few pounds and is now fat? Did she wear the same dress to a function Hillary did? Grow up. Really.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 4:27 PM


    Marie, I agree with you that no woman named Bachmann or Palin should ever hold the office of the Presidency. But other women are fine with me.

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 4:23 PM

    Bystander, I didn't say that. If you can't get your facts straight when replying to a post, why should we believe or want to read anything else you may have to say?

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 4:30 PM


    Marie, these two obviously have no desire whatsoever for honest and mature discourse. I'm not going to bother with these juvenile rock-throwers any longer. I'm going to go enjoy my Halloween. It's my favorite holiday, after all.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 4:31 PM


    OMG! Seriously Marie? Why ever would you believe a woman should never be president???? I thought we had all moved beyond such backward, sexist thinking.

    Posted by: Minnow at October 31, 2009 4:30 PM

    Minnow,

    Is your thinking really that shallow? My reasons have nothing to do with being sexist. My reasons have to do with the Middle East, where what a woman has to say or do is dismissed because of THEIR sexist views. Not a good position for a leader on the world stage to be in, don't you think?

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 4:34 PM


    Correction: Their RELIGIOUS views that are sexist.

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 4:35 PM


    x,

    Enjoy your Halloween!
    Are you dressing up?

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 4:38 PM


    X: Sarahs only successful "large scale operations" came after she quit as Gov, turning her dubious "political career" into a cash cow- $1.25 million for her ghost-written memoirs, six figures for a speech on a subject she knows nothing about, and a large group of suckers using their Social Security checks to build her a new castle/airplane hanger on lovely Lake Lucille.

    As Gov. her projects were an unsuccessful attempt to get her brother in law fired as a state trooper, giving away $500 million to Canada for a pipeline that will never be built, and a $26 million "Road to Nowhere" intended to serve the "Bridge to Nowhere", that was never built.

    As Mayor of Wasilla, she spent $50,000 decorating her office, and saddled the town with a $20 million debt for the Sports Complex, which looks so much like her house, since they were built at the same time, with the same materials and labor.
    (the sports complex was built on land the town didn't own)

    I readily admit that since she quit as Gov she has made out like a bandit- you betcha' also, too.

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 4:41 PM


    Hi Minnow 3:32PM

    I know, and McCain lost.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 4:44 PM


    PLL 2:00PM

    I'm just fine thank you. I hope all is well with you.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 4:47 PM


    Minnow: "And yes, just because someone thinks a certain woman is an idiot does not make them a sexist either."

    That's good to know, because Nancy Pelosi is the biggest dolt this side of Doltville.

    Rep. Bachmann, in contrast, continues to impress with every appearance.

    Posted by: bmmg39 at October 31, 2009 5:04 PM


    Hi bmmg39,

    Let's just say Nancy Pelosi is proof positive that botox circulates to the brain. I think her brain function is as frozen as her eyebrows.

    Posted by: Mary at October 31, 2009 5:07 PM


    Just because I hate misinformation, here's a summation I found of her many accomplishments. Can she get a nobel prize now?

    "Firstly, there is no government closer to the people than at the municipal level. Palin spent eight years in city government, winning a seat on the Wasilla City Council in 1992 mostly thanks to her opposition to tax increases. She went on to serve two council terms from 1992 to 1996. She was elected mayor of the fast-growing Anchorage suburb in 1996 and again in 1999. Mayor Palin had a record of reducing property tax levels, increasing municipal services and attracting new industry to her town. During her tenure in Wasilla, she was elected chair of Alaska’s conference of mayors.
    Next for Sarah Palin was service as chair of the Alaska Conservation Committee, a board which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry. In this appointive position she began to gain what would become extensive and valuable knowledge and experience in the area of one of America’s most pressing issues - energy. It was in this job where Palin first really demonstrated the toughness, political courage and maverick spirit that would years later so impress presidential candidate John McCain.

    She resigned in January 2004 as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after complaining to the office of Governor Frank Murkowski and to state Attorney General Gregg Renkes about ethical violations by another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, who was also Republican state chairman.

    State law barred Palin from speaking out publicly about ethical violations and corruption. However, she was vindicated later in 2004 when Ruedrich, who’d been reconfirmed as state chairman, agreed to pay a $12,000 fine for breaking state ethics laws. She became a hero in the eyes of the public and the press, and the bane of Republican leaders.

    In 2005, she continued to take on the Republican establishment by joining Eric Croft, a Democrat, in lodging an ethics complaint against Renkes, who was not only attorney general but also a long-time adviser and campaign manager for Murkowski. The governor reprimanded Renkes and said the case was closed. It wasn’t. Renkes resigned a few weeks later, and Palin was again hailed as a hero.

    In 2006, Palin ran for governor and was elected in a landslide. According to Fred Barnes: With her emphasis on ethics and openness in government, “it turned out Palin caught the temper of the times perfectly,” wrote Tom Kizzia of the Anchorage Daily News. She was also lucky. News broke of an FBI investigation of corruption by legislators between the primary and general elections. So far, three legislators have been indicted.
    In the roughly three years since she quit as the state’s chief regulator of the oil industry, Palin has crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic. Political analysts in Alaska refer to the “body count” of Palin’s rivals.
    “The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah,” says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign. It includes Ruedrich, Renkes, Murkowski, gubernatorial contenders John Binkley and Andrew Halcro, the three big oil companies in Alaska, and a section of the Daily News called “Voice of the Times,” which was highly critical of Palin and is now defunct.

    As governor, Sarah Palin’s list of accomplishments lengthened rapidly. She used her line-item veto to cut $268 million from Alaska’s state budget.

    She stood up to some of Alaska’s most entrenched interests, including three big oil companies (BP, ConocoPhilips, and ExxonMobil) who hold the lease rights to much of Alaska’s oil and gas wealth:

    Once in office, Palin took an aggressive stance toward the oil companies. Her nickname from high-school basketball, “Sarah Barracuda,” was resurrected in the press. Early in her term, she shocked oil lobbyists when she was so bold as to not show up when Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson came to Juneau to meet with her. Palin, after scrapping Murkowski’s deal, would not give Big Oil the terms they wanted, yet insisted that the companies still had an obligation under their lease to deliver gas to whatever pipeline Alaska built. She invited the oil companies to place open bids to build a pipeline, but they refused. A bid by TransCanada, North America’s largest pipeline builder, was approved by the legislature in August.

    Palin also raised taxes on oil companies after Murkowski’s previous tax regime produced falling revenues in 2007, despite skyrocketing oil prices. Alaska now has some of the highest resource taxes in the world. Alaska’s oil tax revenues are expected to be about $10 billion in 2008, twice those of previous year. BP says about half its oil revenues now go to taxes, when royalty payments to the state are included. Recently, Palin approved gas tax relief for Alaskans, and paid every resident $1,200 to help ease their fuel-price burden.

    Some other Palin accomplishments include supporting and signing an ethics bill passed by the Alaska legislature and creating the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council to find innovative solutions to effectively provide access to, and help reduce the costs of, healthcare.

    As governor, Palin is commander of her state’s National Guard. Not content to merely sit on the title, she traveled to Kuwait to learn about her troops’ mission there. On the return trip to Alaska, she stopped in Germany to visit wounded soldiers in the hospital, an activity that Barack Obama did not see fit to engage in during his own overseas venture, blaming the Pentagon for his snubbing of the wounded.

    More accomplishments: Gov. Palin signed a resolution in opposition to the FAA’s plan to increase taxes on aviation fuel, impose user fees and slash airport funding. Also, before Palin became governor, her predecessor Frank Murkowski had purchased a Westwind Two business jet for the governor’s use at a $2.5 million price tag, despite the objections from the state legislature and the public. Her first order of business after taking office was to put the jet up for sale.

    Palin did keep the governor’s state-owned Chevy Suburban, but she got rid of the driver, saying it was wasteful for the state to pay someone to drive her around, since she was perfectly capable of driving herself. The governor’s gourmet chef also got changed from a full-time to a seasonal-only basis because Palin considered it a luxury she didn’t think Alaskans should be paying for. Her political enemies called all this “superficial pandering.”

    Alaska is the only one of America’s states which borders on two foreign countries. Sarah Palin is chief executive of our most important energy state, one which lies only a few miles from Russian territory. She has negotiated sensitive agreements on fishing rights and other matters to keep the peace up there. She’s also worked on important trade deals with other countries. She has received foreign heads of state and had discussions with them."

    And you're right, I don't agree with Marie. I think Sarah would make a great president. If those we are at war with hate women, let us be women. If they kill in the name of god, let us represent secular reason. If they hate freedom, let us be free.

    Posted by: xalisae at October 31, 2009 5:08 PM


    "Just because I hate misinformation, here's a summation I found of her many accomplishments. Can she get a nobel prize now?"

    Sorry, xalisae. She's far too accomplished.

    * * * * *

    Minnow,
    Obama wants to re-make America! (His words on inauguration day.) Pelosi and her gang can't do it fast enough. That sounds un-American to me. It doesn't to you?

    Posted by: Janet at October 31, 2009 5:18 PM


    Speaking of accomplishments..... here's an interesting article from Charles Krauthammer:
    "Obama is Average"
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,656501,00.html

    Posted by: Janet at October 31, 2009 5:25 PM


    X: Was that the jacket notes for "Going Rouge" you cited, or was it the entire pop-up book?

    Gotta go put together a "Balloon Boy" costume, and almost out of tin foil. Kid was going to go as Sarah Palin, but quit before the costume was complete. Hee hee.

    Happy Halloween.

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 5:34 PM


    Bystander,
    Forget the tin foil, all you need is a box.

    Posted by: Janet at October 31, 2009 5:42 PM


    Clever, Bystander. ok, you made me laugh! Thanks for that!

    :)

    Posted by: Marie at October 31, 2009 5:50 PM


    Janet, if I just could borrow the tin foil hats from all the right wingers on this site, I'd be in business. Have a fun Halloween.

    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 5:52 PM


    Bystander,

    Didn't you hear? Obama cancelled Halloween. It's part of the re-making of America plan. He's confiscating candy and sending it to Denmark.

    Have a good evening. The Sarah joke was a good one. :)

    Posted by: Janet at October 31, 2009 5:59 PM


    SWEEP!

    And goodbye to the "NEWTERED NEWT" - I won't miss you.

    Maybe you should go sit on the "GLOBAL WARMING HOAX COUCH" with Pro-Abortion-Pelosi again.

    Posted by: OBAMANATION at NOTRE DAME at October 31, 2009 6:00 PM


    Oops... sending it to Norway.

    Posted by: Janet at October 31, 2009 6:00 PM


    I'm hoping and praying that all three of the Demi-Rats in these elections will be soundly defeated. This should send a pretty strong message to Washington that we're sick of their socialistic shenanigans.
    Monday I'll be alternating between calling/writing/faxing Washington re: Obamacare (or whatever they call it these days) and in deep prayer for the three races Tuesday. And don't forget Thursday the 5th--Congressional House Call day. We need to drop in our local offices and politely tell them NO to Obamacare, NO to Cap & Trade, NO to the Copenhagen Treaty and NO to any more funds going to ACORN.
    Take a nap after church tomorrow, because we'll have a busy week. (o:Ginny

    Posted by: Ginny at October 31, 2009 6:38 PM


    Pre-Natal Care should be covered in the Health Care because there are TWO patients when a woman is pregnant (unless she's carrying multiples and then # of patients increases).

    NO to this ' Pelosi health care'. There will still be rationing and grandma/grandpa and the disabled will be the first to be denied treatments or surgeries. They'll be told to take a pill or "we'll find a doctor who can help you kill yourself" like what happened to that woman in Oregon or Washington who was denied payment for her cancer drug, but was offered suicide drugs.

    Praying for Hoffman and the other pro life candidates.


    Posted by: LizFromNebraska at October 31, 2009 7:50 PM


    Does anyone know if Chris Christie is pro life? I know McDonnel and Hoffman are, did not think Christie was but could be wrong.

    I think Virginia and NY are going to be won by conservatives, hard to say about NJ from what I have heard. Corzine has spent something like 25 million of his own personal fortune. The NJ economy is a disaster and they have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. This race shouldnt even be close really.

    Posted by: Joanne at October 31, 2009 8:14 PM


    Hi Joanne,

    I heard Christie say he supports abortion only for rape, incest, and threat to the life of the mother. Before Roe v Wade, many states already outlawed abortion with these exceptions

    Posted by: Mary at November 1, 2009 7:56 AM


    Xalisae 5:08PM

    Go girl! A great and informative post.

    About the Nobel Prize. As we have seen with Obama, it is now awarded only for "good intentions" and "vision",(according to an Obama lapdog "reporter") and not for true accomplishments.

    Posted by: Mary at November 1, 2009 8:43 AM


    And the lack of respect for small towns and the people within them is going to be the downfall of the Democrat party. Thanks for illustrating the disrespect so inherent in the party of the over-educated intellectual elite. Too bad the world is based on common sense rather than idealistic intellectualism. That's what Mrs. Palin deals in, and why she is so successful. It's why she opted to stay in her home rather than the governor's mansion (the per diem taken for running the state from her home was far cheaper than what it would've cost the taxpayer otherwise, but thank god we have folks like minnow around to make sure no politician ever costs the taxpayer less money by doing things that make sense!)

    You're a joke, little minnow. You're aptly named.

    Posted by: xalisae at November 1, 2009 1:31 PM


    Minnow,

    Can you go through X's post and disprove it point by point? Please do so.

    Posted by: Mary at November 1, 2009 1:32 PM


    Re: Christie and Pro-Life
    Until Chris Christie ran for Governor in the NJ Primary, he was either MIA in the support of life, ambiguous about his position, or campaigned in prior elections as "pro-choice." He stated he became pro-life when he saw one of his children's ultrasound images 14-15 years ago, but a year later it was reported in a Bergen Record article that he called himself pro-choice again. He supported Roe v. Wade as the law of the land and claimed he would enforce it as governor. Here's another incident:
    http://www.politickernj.com/humorme/27845/will-case-come-back-haunt-christie

    Despite Chris Christie's successful wooing of some key members of the NJ pro-life community, and his effective advertising that stated without explanation, "I am pro-life," when in effect he certainly has exclusions for rape, incest, and life of mother, Christie chose a "PRO-ABORTION" Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, to run with him. Christie didn't have to do that. There were other viable choices including an attractive, likable female who is 100% pro-life, a fiscal conservative, and an elected official. Further, he exhibited tremendous disrespect for Sarah Palin when Michael Steele suggested her coming to NJ and Christie retorted with thanks but no thanks type of reply to that offer instead choosing to campaign with Rudy Giuliani.

    Like Christine Todd Whitman, who won by only 26,000 votes with the active support of several pro-life state legislators and one pro-life group, Chris Christie's campaign is right out of the Whitman playbook.

    The questions are: Will Chris Christie, like former NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman, also bite the hand that feeds his victory? Will he appoint or give tenure to any left wing activist State Supreme Court as did Whitman with her buddy, Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz? Note this link that stated Christie backed liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:
    http://www.politickernj.com/editor/31498/christie-backs-sotomayor-supreme-court#comment

    When Chris Christie voluntarily and unnecessarily chose his Pro-Death Lt. Governor, who could then run for Governor herself in the future, Christie's action did not evidence a responsible pro-life position no matter his words.

    Nevertheless, I believe Christie will win. Getting rid of Jon Corzine (like Florio Free in '93) is imperative to the taxpayers of New Jersey and Christie's words have promised "change."

    No matter our earthly kings, we must pray for them all. God's plans are impeccable.

    Posted by: Carolee at November 1, 2009 2:02 PM


    Carolee,
    Thanks for the info. You are right, we must pray, pray, pray - for the politicians and the voters.

    Posted by: Janet at November 1, 2009 2:39 PM


    Thanks Mary and Carolee, I suspected Christie wasn't strongly pro life and guess I was right. It may be part of the reason why he isn't leading Corzine by a huge margin.

    As has been seen before, when the GOP has candidates that aren't strongly conservatives they have trouble getting their base, however, if I lived in NJ I would vote for Christie but have to hold my nose to do it.

    With the economy of NJ being in shambles this should be a landslide for Christie, however NJ is one of the most democratic states.

    Posted by: Joanne at November 1, 2009 4:31 PM


    Also regarding Sarah Palin..... I heard that the McDonnell campaign didn't want her either.

    After she endorsed Doug Hoffman he raised over $100,000 online within 24 hours. I think it was about $124K. And if he wins, she deserve quite a bit of the credit. After she endorsed many other Republicans did the same, such as Pawlenty, Santorum, etc.

    Hopefully she will endorse Marco Rubio and Chuck Devore soon, as well as other great conservatives who are running in 2010.

    Posted by: Joanne at November 1, 2009 4:35 PM



    So why is anyone shocked that Scozzafava, a Republican in name only, would support Owens?
    Electing Scozzafava would have only put a Democrat with and "R" after her name in office.
    If Scozzafava's stand on the issues was so popular why was she and not Hoffman forced to drop out??

    Look at it this way. If Scozzafava or Owens had won, it was a no win either way for our side.
    With Hoffman we at least have a fighting chance.

    Posted by: Mary at November 1, 2009 6:19 PM


    Good riddance, Scozzafava. If/when you leave, don't forget to take Olympia Snowe with you. The entirety of the Republican party needs a good house cleaning, and I think this is a wonderful start.

    Posted by: xalisae at November 1, 2009 6:34 PM


    I wonder who and how they got Scozzafava to endorse a Dem. She just should have shut her big, fat mouth and not endorsed anyone. You don't HAVE to endorse someone.

    "and was endorsed by the state teachers union"

    hmmm...starting to REALLY wonder who and how they got to her.

    Posted by: Marie at November 1, 2009 6:49 PM


    Hi Marie 6:49PM

    Can we say "spoiled sport"??

    Posted by: Mary at November 1, 2009 7:35 PM


    Hi Mary!

    Why, yes we can! (I like that!)

    Posted by: Marie at November 1, 2009 7:43 PM


    For those Christian prolifers like myself we should bind together our prayers concerning these elections that those who are for saving the lives of innocent, unborn babies will be elected into office because we can see the results of what having a pro-death president has done in the 10 months Obama has been in office. He has worked to dismantle every law protecting innocent life, morality and liberty (he has even come after those who disagree with him with vengence). I believe if we bind together in prayer and some of us even fast as we pray using spirtual warfare we can see God work to turn the tide of our nation. If anyone can join with me on this let me know. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and heal their land.

    Posted by: Prolifer L at November 1, 2009 8:02 PM


    Hey Mary I meant to answer you as well in my post. I am doing pretty well, thanks for inquiring. I am very concerned for my country but trying to stay encouraged and in prayer. "Let us not be weary in well doing, for afterwhile we will reap a harvest of blessings". God bless you.

    Posted by: Prolifer L at November 1, 2009 8:13 PM


    FYI
    Minnow is a banned commenter. She has gone by so many different monikers it is hard to keep track. Not to worry, she will be back tomorrow derailing threads under a new name!! Carry on.

    Posted by: Carla at November 1, 2009 10:32 PM


    It's because he hasn't come up with any details as to how he would do the things he is promising. As a result his lead has been diminshing coming into the election. People are beginning to think he's just full of hot air.

    Posted by: Minnow at November 2, 2009 6:53 AM

    Sounds just like Obama - Hope and Change!

    Posted by: Kristen at November 2, 2009 7:32 AM


    Maire,

    Read this article by Politico. It should answer your queston.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1109/29013.html

    Posted by: carder at November 2, 2009 8:27 AM


    Urgent: Stop the Abortion Mandate webcast tonite http://stoptheabortionmandate.com/webcast/?0ef90290 don't miss it

    Posted by: JillGuidry at November 2, 2009 10:08 AM


    Dear ms scuzzy,

    Thanks for leaving. Please 'LET' the door hit you in the B.O. several times on your way out!

    Just keep on leftward ho and you will find the ho house that has a special room reserved just for you.

    They left the red light on for you.

    The woman must have felt as uncomfortable as a wolf at a sheeps convention.

    It must be truly liberating to come out of the closet and proudly declare to the whole world that you have been a closeted progressive liberal humanist feminista your whole political life.

    Wait for the second shoe to drop. mz scuzzing will also declare that she is female homosexual.
    She should not waste the moment. She has the moral pendulum swinging to the left. She should strike while momentum is going her way.

    But the bottom line is ms. scuzzi was losing so badly she had drop out or her budding political career would have been set back decades.

    What a spoiled little brat.

    Hey Arlen, give the missy a hug and a kiss for me.

    yor bro ken

    Posted by: kbhvac at November 2, 2009 1:15 PM


    Posted by: Bystander at October 31, 2009 4:23 PM

    As for Palin, nothing says "Presidential" like losing a public pi--ing contest with the teenager who knocked up your daughter. LOL

    ---------------------------------------------------

    B.S.'er

    Does the B.O. gang pay people like you to make such grand fools of yourself, or do you just do it out misplaced devotion?

    yor bro ken

    Posted by: kbhvac at November 2, 2009 1:22 PM


    Carder,

    Thanks for the link. Ah, to be a fly on the wall...

    Posted by: Marie at November 2, 2009 6:14 PM


    Now that Hoffman has announced that Glenn Beck is his "mentor", the wingnuts have officially taken over NY 23.

    Posted by: Bystander at November 2, 2009 7:27 PM