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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
December 27, 2012

Yes, George HW sent us to war, but he also....

Signed the Americans With Disabilities Act, signed the Clean Air Act, broke his pledge and raised taxes on the rich and, and was the only Southern Republican in the House to vote for the Civil Rights Act.

December 27, 2012

Excuse me, Gergen?????

The Senate DID act on the tax extensions a long time ago!!!

December 9, 2012

Parent participation by necessity: The secret to success?

As some of who who follow this group knows, my son is attending 1st grade at a small Catholic school in San Francisco. It's a modest school in the Mission District that many people in the city know about. It traditionally serves poor and working class students from the Mission and Western Addition neighborhoods. As a result, it doesn't have the prestige or waiting list like the better know Saint Brendans, Stuart Hall or Notre Dame, but academically, it's a powerhouse that regularly churns out graduates who find their ways into the best high schools in the area and colleges in the state. But is its low overall budget the secret to its success?

A few nights ago at the parent advisory council meeting (the equivalent to the PTA), the PE teacher/athletic director/4th grade basketball coach asked for someone to volunteer to keep time at hone games when he was away with his team. A call was also put out for more parents to help with the concession stands. In many cases at this school, if a parent doesn't help, something might not get done. I'm not by any means advocating that budgets be stripped. I actually wish we could afford many of the things that wealthier schools have. But does this kind of imperative to be there for your child's school a secret to helping kids get ahead?

November 29, 2012

Ari Fleischer: "If he's an obstructionists to Republicans..."

Those are the words just uttered by Bush hack Ari Fleischer about Obama. Excuse me, but who just won back to back landslides and which party controls only one chamber of Congress?

November 29, 2012

Erick Erickson ‘Prayerfully Considering’ Primary Run Against Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Erick Erickson is looking at a move from editing RedState to representing a red state. The leading conservative blogger told his radio audience that he is “prayerfully considering” a primary challenge to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in 2014.

“What I do know is that Saxby Chambliss has spent twenty years in Washington and in that time has been complicit in growing Washington,” Erickson told local station WMAZ on Tuesday, adding that “significant and prominent conservative groups” had asked him to run. “It’s time for him to come home. Whether it is me or someone else, I hope someone rises to the occasion to challenge him.”

He discussed his grievances with Chambliss in more detail on RedState the same day and offered a preview of his own governing style on Twitter: “If I were a senator I’d object to every [unanimous consent], until Obamacare was repealed,” he wrote. “Shut down the Senate lest they shut down America.”

Activists on the right sense blood in the water around Chambliss, especially after he denounced Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge this week, saying “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.”


November 29, 2012

Top Romney Adviser Brags About Losing Poor, Minority Voters To Obama

Mitt Romney can take some solace in his devastating loss on Nov. 6: at least he won the voters who really count.

That’s the thesis anyway of top adviser Stuart Stevens, who penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Wednesday arguing that by winning wealthier and whiter voters, Romney secured the moral victory over Obama.

“On Nov. 6, Mitt Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income,” Stevens wrote. “That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters under 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift.”

According to Stevens, “The Republican Party has problems, but as we go forward, let’s remember that any party that captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right.” As a result, “Republican ideals — Mitt Romney — carried the day.”


November 29, 2012

VA-GOV: Bolling may run as Independent.

When Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced today that he will abandon the contest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, he said he had decided to “suspend” his campaign for governor. And he went on to say that he would be “a more independent voice” in the 2013 elections.

So could Bolling be an independent candidate for governor next year?

In an interview this afternoon, Bolling didn’t rule out the possibility.

“I don’t have any current intentions to run as an independent candidate for governor, but I learned a long time ago in politics that you shouldn’t ever say never,” Bolling said during a brief interview in his office in the Oliver Hill Building on Capitol Square.....

“Under normal circumstances, I would be open to the possibility of running for another term as lieutenant governor, but I would not be interested in running on a statewide ticket with Mr. Cuccinelli,” Bolling said.


November 27, 2012

Karen Handel vs. Saxby Chambliss? It’s possible

Friends of former secretary of state Karen Handel tell us that Rob Simms, once her chief of staff – now a D.C. media consultant, wasn’t blowing smoke when he said Handel was considering a 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

She is.

Simms dropped Handel’s name last week in a Weekly Standard roundup of potential primary rivals to Chambliss – a well-timed piece, given the senator’s decision to renew his fight with Grover Norquist as the Thanksgiving recess began. Other possibilities included U.S. Reps. Tom Price, R-Roswell; Paul Broun, R-Athens; and Tom Graves, R-Ranger. (U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey sent word to Chambliss and state GOP Chairman Sue Everhart weeks ago that he’s not considering it.)

Over at PeachPundit.com, Charlie Harper has a few thoughts on Chambliss’ situation – as does Jason Pye. But let’s do some realistic handicapping here as well.


November 25, 2012

Republicans face unexpected challenges in coastal South

Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi — despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.

Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the demographic crisis facing Republicans among Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas. But the results across other parts of the South, where Latinos remain a single-digit minority, point to separate trends among blacks and whites that may also have big implications for the GOP’s future.

The results show a region cleaving apart along new electoral fault lines. In the region’s center, clustered along the Mississippi River — where Bill Clinton polled most strongly — the GOP remains largely unchallenged and the voting divide between blacks and whites is deepening. Nearly nine of 10 of white voters in Mississippi, for instance, went for Republican nominee Mitt Romney this year, according to exit polls. About 96 percent of black voters in the state supported Obama.

The pattern is markedly different in the five states that hug the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Florida, which together hold82 of the South’s 160 electoral votes. A combination of a growing black population, urban expansion, oceanfront development and in-migration from other regions has opened up increasing opportunities for Democrats in those states.


November 25, 2012

Democrats Jockey for Pennsylvania Governor

"The Democratic sweep at the top of Pennsylvania's ballot has so energized the party that three prospective candidates are already sending out strong signals of interest in contesting Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election bid two years from now," the AP reports.

Tom Wolf (D), Tom Knox (D) and John Hanger (D) have all said they are seriously considering seeking the 2014 Democratic nomination or have already decided to run. Former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) also said he is "very interested" in returning to public service but would not discuss his plans for 2014.

Ruling out a gubernatorial campaign: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and former Gov. Ed Rendell (D).


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