Hillary sure looks like a weak candidate. There are a few Democrats who may challenge her, but none of these will attack her for being too liberal or for being corrupt. Instead we hear the weary refrains of Democrats needing to get tougher on Wall Street, to redistribute wealth, and so on. It is as if the only two divisions in the Democrat Party are the left and the radical left.
Yet Gallup reports that only 44% of Democrats describe themselves as “liberal,” while 19% of Democrats call themselves “conservative” and 36% of Democrats call themselves “moderate.” Outside the Democratic Party, the left is even weaker. Only 21% of independents call themselves “liberal,” compared to 36% of independents who call themselves “moderate” and 33% of independents who call themselves “conservative.”
Hillary and her potential and actual rivals for the Democrat nomination from the left are out of step with ordinary Democrats. … Continue Reading
I think Hillary Clinton has learned (or believes she has learned) a great deal from Barack Obama over the years, though none of it has to do with statesmanship. It has to do with how a presidential candidate positions herself with the electorate.
From all indications and a recentWashington Postarticle on the subject, Hillary’s strategy is to emulate Obama’s appeal to his leftist base and his arrogant disrespect for any constitutional limitations on his authority.
Hillary is covering all the bases of the Democratic base — gays, blacks, Hispanics, women, teachers unions. She has announced her undying fealty to same-sex marriage. There is no evolving for her. It’s as if she (or her husband) never felt or said otherwise. She has come down hard on incarceration policies.… Continue Reading
The head of the Civic Federation — a largely Chicagoland business group — on Monday gave a panel of Illinois state senators some hard advice:
Illinois has to control its spending and pay its debts, and it must do so for several years.
Laurence Msall, the federation’s president, reviewed some of the group’s recommendations for a state budget for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1.
The overall message: Cut spending and raise revenue. Commit to a plan of at least five years and stick with it.
Illinois is going into the coming fiscal year with an estimated $6.2 billion deficit, its pension obligations underfunded by about $110 billion, and with a stack of past due bills about $3 billion high.
Msall said no single tax rate nor any single change to business law would mean as much to companies considering investment in Illinois as much as putting the brakes on annual crisis and always changing taxation.… Continue Reading
He offered “a conservative critique of U.S. health-care and spending policies, while standing a few feet from President Obama.”
“In the ensuing months and years, Carson’s attacks grew sharper—deriding Obama’s signature health-care law as the ‘worst thing to have happened in this nation since slavery’ and, in the pages of GQ, likening Obama to a ‘psychopath.’ Carson’s 2014 book, ‘One Nation,’ assails a decline of moral values in America and its government.”
It is now the “gotcha” question being asked to every Republican presidential candidate: Would you attend a same-sex ‘wedding’ ceremony?”
Rick Santorum said no, since it would be a violation of his faith.
Marco Rubio said yes, even though he disagrees with it as a Catholic, just as he disagrees with divorce and remarriage, but he would attend rather than hurt someone he loves.
Scott Walker said he had previously attended a same-sex “wedding” reception but stated that marriage was the union of a man and a woman.
Ted Cruz wouldn’t answer, but apparently not because of ambiguity on his position, since he has called for pastors to preach about the meaning of marriage this Sunday. Instead, he refused to let the media determine his talking points.… Continue Reading
As America enters a presidential campaign season with serious implications, we need to engage in an honest, charitable conversation on Hillary Clinton’s history and pursuit of the presidency. The stakes are high plus we also have a tendency to forget.
If you’ve seen the outstanding film, Woman in Gold, a riveting true story starring Academy award winner Helen Mirren as a Holocaust survivor, you’ll recall her haunting words, “People forget – especially the young.”
Millennials (18-30 year olds), will play a significant part in this election, but were basically children during the Clinton’s previous time in the White House. Many view Bill as a kind of’ cool Richard Gere-type dude, biting his lip and nodding approvingly in the background. Hillary is the younger Betty White-type grandma trying again.
The debate over religious liberty in America presents conservatives and business leaders with a crucial choice.
In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law.
Our country was founded on the principle of religious liberty, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Why shouldn’t an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?
Going into this I knew our side didn’t have the communications infrastructure needed to hold on and win. That’s what I’ve been writing about on this website for years. If your message doesn’t reach enough of the public you lose.
A couple of American Thinker posts this morning address the larger political problem. This first excerpt is from William L. Gensert:
Barry, with the press in his pocket, knew he could hang the whole mess around the necks of Republicans.
News out of the 18th CD Monday showed State Senator Darin LaHood’s bid to succeed resigned Congressman Aaron Schock solidifying as another potential GOP primary opponent dropped out and an unknown resident of Green Valley initiated a write-in bid.
Bloomington businessman Ed Brady, once considering a bid in the IL GOP special election primary endorsed LaHood.
“Darin LaHood has a proven record of being a fiscal conservative and supporting legislation that improves the business climate in Illinois, and I know he will continue that record in Washington,” said Brady. “As a small business owner, I know first hand the struggles facing employers and that is why I am supporting Darin.”
“I am honored to receive Ed’s endorsement and support,” said LaHood. “I will be the conservative champion that gets serious about our $18 trillion debt crisis, cuts wasteful government spending, and works for term limits to get rid of the career politicians in both parties.