Archive for June 5th, 2009

Hodge at Red County: “Ethical troubles continue for JCCC leaders Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, Terry Calaway”

Friday, June 5th, 2009

At RedCounty.com/Johnson, Benjamin Hodge writes:

In 2006, at the direction of the former president, Ferguson engaged in openly hostile behavior toward employee Miguel Morales, who had uncovered the multiple accusations of sexual harrassment by female employees toward the former president.  And in 2009, at the direction of President Calaway, Ferguson made JCCC a national embarrassment by engaging in the ridiculous behavior of sending me a “cease and desist” letter that was intended to threaten me from making further fact-based criticisms of the board and President Calaway. (more…)

Opinion: Chris Cillizza’s ranking of endorsement types should include separate category for Chuck Norris

Friday, June 5th, 2009

At his Washington Post section, Chris Cillizza ranks the different types of political endorsements as follows, from most important to least important:

  • The Symbolic Endorsement: Ted Kennedy backing Barack Obama during the 2008 primaries.
  • The State-Specific Statewide Endorsement: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist throwing his support to John McCain just before the Sunshine State presidential primary.
  • The Celebrity Endorsement: Chuck Norris for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
  • The Newspaper Endorsement: Des Moines Register for John Edwards in 2004.
  • The State-Specific Non-Statewide Endorsement: Rep. Zack Space supporting Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher‘s Senate bid in Ohio.
  • The the out of state endorsement (ex: Governors Ed Rendell, Brian Schweitzer endorsing Terry McAuliffe in Virginia)
  • The Obligatory Endorsement: Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran endorsing McCain’s presidential bid in 2008.
  • The Pariah Endorsement: Rod Blagojevich and Roland Burris.
  • Our only recommendated addendum to this list is that Chuck Norris be given his own category, and it be placed at the top.

    Chris Cillizza on level of significance of Governors Schweitzer, Rendell endorsing Terry McAuliffe in Virginia

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    The Fix:

    A quick primer on the endorsement hierarchy — from most to least important:

    * The Symbolic Endorsement: Ted Kennedy backing Barack Obama during the 2008 primaries.
    * The State-Specific Statewide Endorsement: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist throwing his support to John McCain just before the Sunshine State presidential primary.
    * The Celebrity Endorsement: Chuck Norris for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
    * The Newspaper Endorsement: Des Moines Register for John Edwards in 2004.
    * The State-Specific Non-Statewide Endorsement: Rep. Zack Space supporting Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher‘s Senate bid in Ohio.
    * The Obligatory Endorsement: Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran endorsing McCain’s presidential bid in 2008.
    * The Pariah Endorsement: Rod Blagojevich and Roland Burris.

    Obviously, neither Schweitzer nor Rendell fit into any of the categories listed above; Schweitzer, as chairman of the DGA, could be cast as a symbolic endorsement, but sources familiar with the decision insisted he was backing McAuliffe solely in his position as governor of Montana. Rendell, while a major player in national Democratic politics, has no ties to the state of Virginia.

    Powerline calls Peter Wehner’s midget-baseball reference to Newsweek’s “hiring” of Stephen Colbert, the decline of American journalism: “Analogy of the year”

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    Powerline:

    Newsweek has selected comedian Steven Colbert to be the “guest editor” of its next edition. Peter Wehner writes:

    For those who lament the state of American journalism as having become increasingly unserious, tendentious, and willing to blur important lines, this will become one more data point for them to cite. It is the journalist equivalent of the publicity stunt by St. Louis Browns’s owner Bill Veeck, who made Eddie Gaedel, who popped out of a cake between a double-header, the first midget to participate in a Major League Baseball game.

    Colbert as Eddie Gaedel, excellent. Newsweek as the St. Louis Browns, perfect.

    Ramesh Ponnuru on William Satelon and George Tiller: “Not a single step of Saletan’s logic is valid”

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    NRO:

    Will Saletan’s analogy is not apt: While it took bravery for George Tiller to persist in killing seven-month-old fetuses in the face of death threats, that bravery is not remotely comparable to that of soldiers who enter into combat against enemy soldiers who are fighting back. His larger argument takes this form: The belief that unborn children have a right not to be killed should logically lead its adherents to favor the killing of abortionists and the jailing of women who procure abortions; since those adherents do not reach these conclusions, they do not really believe what they claim to believe; and they should therefore become pro-choicers who seek to reduce the abortion rate without employing any legal sanctions. Not a single step of Saletan’s logic is valid.

    Adam Schaeffer remembers Rich Nadler: “Rich knew you don’t win people over by saying nothing”

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    At NRO:

    Rich Nadler gave a lot and had much more to give to conservative and libertarian causes. As the formulation goes, I didn’t agree with everything Rich said, but . . . no kidding . . . how often do people agree on everything? Rich was intense, intelligent, and totally incomparable.

    Rich wore many hats and did many things, but I met him through his aggressive conservative outreach to minorities. He knew that we can hardly expect black or Hispanic voters to be persuaded or shift their votes if they almost never hear a conservative argument. So he wrote, produced, and aired ads that went straight to black and Hispanic audiences with undiluted conservative messages on school choice, taxes, regulation and abortion. No handwringing or apologies or softened messages. Rich knew you don’t win people over by saying nothing.

    Jonah Goldberg: “Please, just don’t call it ‘socialism.’”

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    NY Post:

    Polling done by Rasmussen shows that while Republicans favor “capitalism” over “socialism” by 11 to 1, Democrats favor capitalism by a mere 39 percent to 30 percent. So, again: Is it really crazy to think that there is a constituency for some flavor of socialism in the Democratic Party? (more…)

    Cashill: Sebelius Must Share Blame for Tiller Murder

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    New column by Jack Cashill:

    Sebelius Must Share Blame for Tiller Murder

    by Jack Cashill

    On Sunday morning, regrettably, a kind of crude frontier justice caught up with late abortionist George Tiller. He was shot and killed in the foyer of his Wichita church.

    For the left, Scott Roeder, the accused killer, had alchemized the unholy dross of a corrupt late term abortionist into martyr’s gold.

    In the entirely apt words of Dan McLaughlin, “Even before anything was known about Roeder, the left side of the blogosphere reacted to Dr. Tiller’s murder as if it was Christmas morning and they just got a pony.”

    If so, then Santa Claus was none other than Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

    For the six years that she governed the state of Kansas, she enabled Wichita abortionist Dr. George Tiller to flout the state’s tough abortion laws and get away with it. (more…)

    Candidate, former Brownback Chief of Staff Rob Wasinger working to stay in front of a national conservative audience

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    Yesterday, First District Congressional Candidate Rob Wasinger appeared for the second time on the The Ed Morrissey Show.  An archive of Thursday’s program can be found here; Wasinger appeared during the first half-hour.

    On May 29, Wasinger authored a guest post at the very popular Powerline blog.  In part:

    Power Line readers have already had a preview of Sonia Sotomayor and know more than a few reasons why she is wrong for the Supreme Court. (more…)

    A key difference between moderate Bob Dole and moderate Ron Thornburgh

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    One will show up to a Mike Huckabee fundraiser, and its doubtful the other would.