Archive for May 3rd, 2009

Bagyants: Ron, don’t listen to that defeatist Steve Rose

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

#tcot, #k10


I agree with Mr. Rose that Thornburgh faces an uphill climb, but that’s no reason to throw up his hands and quit. With this attitude Barack Obama would now be teaching at the University of Chicago instead of nominating a Supreme Court justice.

By the way, I have yet to hear any compelling reasons from either Brownback, or the only interested candidate on the D side, Chris Steineger for why they want to be governor, other than they just do.

And from a political standpoint, I don’t believe Sen. Brownback to be the inevitable winner – at least not anymore. He has a track record of changing his mind on important issues, a fact that was brought back into the spotlight with his recent back-and-forth on the nomination of Gov. Sebelius to be HHS Secretary. And, interestingly enough, he also has a record of attacking others for doing the same thing.

Richard Nadler in NRO

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009


Within these groups, $20 of each $100 contributed has shifted from Republicans to Democrats. In general, the shift has occurred within the past four years, following the overwhelming repudiation of comprehensive immigration reform by the House Republican Caucus.

To summarize: In both 1996 and 2004, Republicans enjoyed a 40-cent advantage for each dollar contributed to partisan federal elections among these industry groups. By 2008, that advantage had eroded by one-half: to 20-cents for each dollar contributed.

It is not my intention to present this chart as “proof” of the impact of immigation on the eroding alliance between business and conservatives. Stronger proof exists elsewhere: in the direct statements of the industry groups, in the observations of G.O.P. officials, and in election results in districts in which these industries play a key role. But this chart records a fact: Republican financial support has declined abruptly among those industry groups that support comprehensive immigration reform.

Rasmussen: 70% Say Big Government and Big Business On the Same Team

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009


Earlier this week, Gallup released new data showing that most Americans still view big government as a more serious threat to the nation than big business or big labor. The results weren’t terribly surprising since Gallup has asked the question periodically since 1965 and government has always been seen as the biggest threat.

While those results are interesting, it’s worth noting that 70% of U.S. voters believe that big business and big government generally work together against the interests of investors and consumers, according to Rasmussen Reports surveying. Just 14% disagree with the assessment, and 17% are not sure.

These attitudes, likely fueled by the revolving doors between corporate suites and political power, are found widely across demographic and partisan lines. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Democrats believe big government and big business are on the same team. So do 69% of Republicans and 69% of those not affiliated with either major party. There are no significant differences to be found by gender, age, race or ideology.

The Gallup Poll found that most Democrats view big business as a bigger threat than big government. Republicans and independents held the opposite view.