Monday, August 16, 2010

Preparing For The Mid Terms

With all the talk about about the upcoming mid term elections and the conservatives excitement over the possible (although unlikely) regaining control of Congress, and perhaps the Senate, my advice is to remain ever vigilant and assume losses in November. Over confidence breeds a dangerous feeling being in control of events. Of course nothing could be further from the truth. Particularly in the fickle field of politics and the American voting public.

The progressive collectivists are HARD at WORK planning their strategy to retain control of the levers of government and thereby further restricting our liberties and abilities to determine the direction and outcome of our own lives. Following is the article published August 14th in CQ Politics. Pay especially close attention to the remarks by Waxman and Pelosi.

House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has some advice for liberal activists upset at the votes of the party’s conservative members: defeat them in primaries — but only in safe Democratic districts.

Frank told liberals at a Congressional Progressive Caucus Foundation event in Los Angeles in April that primaries are the place to push for more liberal Members.

“I said don’t defeat conservative Democrats in November  . . .  the place to do that is in the primary,” Frank said Friday in an interview. But Frank added his caveat that such a primary challenge should only come in districts where a more liberal candidate would win in November.

“I particularly would not, for example, support a primary challenge against (Rep.) John Barrow (D-Ga.), because I thought that would cost us the seat,” Frank said.

Frank, who is a top party fundraiser, noted his support in primaries for other conservative Blue Dog Democrats besides Barrow including Reps. Jim Matheson (Utah) and Allen Boyd (Fla.), for the same reason.
Frank’s comments come with the party’s liberal and moderate wings clashing both on and off Capitol Hill heading into what appears to be the most challenging environment for Democrats since the 1994 Republican revolution.

Frank’s support for taking on conservative Democrats in primaries was cited positively by the liberal blog Down With Tyranny in discussing controversial comments made last week by Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to The Hill in a story headlined “Waxman sees bright side to November: ‘Difficult’ Democrats won’t be back.”

“I think a lot of the House seats we’re going to lose are those who have been the toughest for the Democrats to pull into line — the Democrats that have been the most difficult,” Waxman said.
While Waxman’s comments earned rave reviews from some left-wing bloggers, Blue Dogs fumed. They sought a rebuke from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and wanted a public apology from Waxman.
Waxman instead wrote a letter to the editor objecting to how The Hill represented the interview and vowing his support for all incumbents.

“For those who support universal health coverage, clean-energy policies, and economic stimulus for our struggling economy — as I do — there can be no bright side to the defeat of any Democratic members of Congress,” Waxman said in the letter.

Pelosi, in an apparent effort to quell the unrest, reiterated to the Democratic Caucus during this week’s special session her support for bringing back every Democrat in November.

“The Speaker’s highest priority is to re-elect every single incumbent Democratic Member of Congress, who have worked to create jobs, restore fiscal discipline and move America forward, not back,” said her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami. “The Speaker has said on numerous occasions: we will not yield one grain of sand.”

Conservatives and Libertarians can gain ground in November 2010. But we must remain focused, united, and steadfast in opposition to the progressive statist clarion call to collectivism. Confidence is a good thing. Overconfident can be a death knoll in politics.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. The Speaker’s highest priority is to re-elect every single incumbent Democratic Member of Congress, who have worked to create job,…”

    If that’s the case, NONE of them are eligible! Geez, does she live in la-la land or what!

  2. Pam - Yes she lives in La La land. Unfortunately most of here constituents do as well.

    If I have just offended anybody... Oh well.

    The truth is often painful.


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