No doubt, the tax hike has placed Cuccinelli in an unenviable position. Instead of having the opportunity to ride a popular governor's coattails in a difficult environment for Republicans, Cuccinelli will have to go it alone--running against not only his Democrat opponent, but the Republican governor's tax increase legacy.Read More
Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar (D) can save his righteous indignation. He is shocked to be chastised by conservatives following his appalling commentary on why women should not be allowed to have concealed weapons on campus. Welcome to our world.
Let's back up: In a floor speech about a bill that would prohibit concealed carry permits on college campuses, this is exactly what Salazar said about women who might be carrying a concealed weapon: (Full Story)
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.”No doubt about it. It's offensive. Shocking, even. To begin with: Call boxes? Whistles? Safe zones? What, pray tell, is a woman to do if she is attacked outside a "safe zone?" What if she blows her whistle and no one is around to hear it? What if there is no call box in the place where the marauder chooses to perpetrate the attack? What if she blows the whistle, someone hears is, but assumes the whistle blower is not really in trouble, just thinks she is?
And more egregious, as anyone who respects the ability of women to be thinking, rational creatures would agree, is the suggestion that women don't know when they are in trouble or about to be attacked.
Salazar probably has good reason to be shocked that he's taking heat. It is the typical position of Republicans to sit silently by, and even apologize for missteps of their Democrat colleagues. Yet when a Republican makes a misstep, their apologies are in vain. They are given no grace, even when it's clear they are being taken out of context. Salazar knows he will be defended, or at least given a pass, by Democrats and feminists. It's already begun.
On the website Jezebel, Katie J.M. Baker wrote forgivingly: “Democrats say dumb things about rape, too,” She closed, after the link, with a sympathetic “Oy.” (Full Story) A far cry from their attacks against Republicans. This is the same website that published the headline after the 2012 election: "Team Rape Lost Big Last Night."
Salazar says he's really sorry: “I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention. We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong.
“I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I’ve spent the last decade defending women’s rights as a civil rights attorney. Again, I’m deeply sorry if I offended anyone with my comments.”No "if," sir. I'm offended. Just as I'm offended that the chair of the South Carolina Democrats, Dick Harpootlian, compared Governor Nikki Haley to Eva Braun. And as I'm offended that President Obama's White House made Christina Romer feel like "a piece of meat." And as I'm offended that Obama advisor Hilary Rosen said Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life. Or that Stephanie Cutter said women don't care about what's happened over the past four years regarding the economy. Or that the Obama campaign urged, on his website, women to "vote like their lady parts depend on it." Yes, I'm offended.
I know it goes against some very noble instincts of Republicans not to just let this go. They have a deep belief that man is flawed, and deserving of grace. I agree. But, if we continue to let Democrats get away with it when they say wildly offensive things about women, women will never hear about it. And they will hear, again and again, about mistakes Republicans make. And they will hear a steady drumbeat of fictional offenses by Republicans--most regularly that Republicans want to drag women kicking and screaming back to the 1950's, and to deny women basic health care. Ridiculous. But if that's all they hear, that's what people believe. The past election is proof positive.
So yes, human beings make mistakes. But I'm not sure this was just a mistake. Salazar's comments were deeply troubling--both from a wisdom and common sense standpoint, but also about the ability of women to think rationally and the need for them to be able to protect themselves--genuinely, as in actually prevent it from happening--in the case of an attack. Salazar seems to think they can't handle that responsibility, and should be left vulnerable. Nothing about that is ok. And we shouldn't let him, or the Democrats, or women, forget it.
Finally acknowledging what balanced and conservative media have known for years, Politico, of all places, acknowledged that President Obama is a transformational manipulator of the press.
Of course, Politico has realized this for some time, though perhaps not the extent to which Obama's shenanigans are damaging the press's ability to act as he founders intended, as virtually another branch of government. Their job is to help maintain the balance of power by transmitting information that government officials would rather keep quiet to the public. Politico, and other mainstream media outlets it cites in this extraordinary piece, are just beginning, now that the second election is over, to feel the full impact--the brazenness--of Obama's exclusionary tactics. No longer is the administration bothering to even pander to them.
Politico goes one step farther: to acknowledge that the White House's decision to ignore the press is "an arguably dangerous development."
Politico writes that:
"the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting). And it’s an equal opportunity strategy: Media across the ideological spectrum are left scrambling for access.
"The results are transformational. With more technology, and fewer resources at many media companies, the balance of power between the White House and press has tipped unmistakably toward the government. This is an arguably dangerous development, and one that the Obama White House — fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream press — has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly."
Nothing arguable about it. It's dangerous.
The MSM went about the process of destroying Sarah Palin with laser-like focus. And many say they succeeded. They certainly marginalized her, and quite effectively. That is exactly what they are setting about to do to Marco Rubio. Let's hope conservatives and Republicans, despite their self-interests, will not let it happen this time to Marco Rubio. Whether he ends up being the Republican presidential nominee or not, he is an powerfully effective communicator, and vastly strengthens the conservative movement and the Republican Party.Read More
Just a foreshadowing of the effort to destroy Marco Rubio, begun with the water sip nonsense, but about to be kicked into high gear by those who see him as the most immediate threat to the Left's effort to establish a permanent hold on American political life.Read More
Overall, it's brutally effective in pointing out the end-game of the administration, without sounding like crazy conspiracy theorists.Read More
Fact Check: Obama claims to have created over 6 millions jobs. That does not count the hemorrhaging of jobs in the early part of his administration--funny. He starts counting when the most people were out of work--NOT at the beginning of his term. So really, net job creation for Obama: 1.2 million.Read More
A lot of folks would argue that the SOTU is not the appropriate venue for "throwing down the gauntlet," or engaging in demogoguery of one party, but you can bet that's what we'll get tonight.Read More
Thanks to Obamacare, ABC stores in Virginia will be cutting their part-time employees' hours--as will all state agencies. Gov. McDonnell says the state cannot afford the $110 million it would take to provide health benefits to those workers.Read More
A little perspective for those who say Obama is embracing President Bush's policies regarding drones: As of September, 2012, Barack Obama had authorized six times as many drone strikes as George W. Bush did in his eight years in office. As a result, "the number of estimated deaths from the Obama administration's drone strikes is more than four times what it was during the Bush administration."Read More
Democrats have for years counted on Republicans being restrained by an exaggerated sense of propriety from pointing out, forcefully and compellingly, critical facts that usually make them look bad. Looks like those days might be coming to an end.Read More
I was out of line last night and didn't give Mark Hannah the respect he deserved. But there is a part of me that is glad about every word I said. It was born out of deep, passionate indignation.Read More
My point was, and is, before we rush to put other federal laws on the books--many of which will make us less safe, let's enforce a few good laws such as the one that make lying on a firearm background check form a federal offense--with severe penalities. The vice president told the NRA that the federal government "doesn't have time" to enforce those laws. Consequently, convicted criminals have little reason to fear repercussions for lying on the forms.Read More
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican from Texas, criticized the proposal as well, saying that “No one should be surprised that individuals who have supported amnesty in the past still support amnesty.”Read More
Findings from a recent Fox News poll will be good news for Second Amendment defenders: a hearty majority of Americans in households owning guns--fully two-thirds--would defy any law passed requiring them to forfeit their guns to the government. In contrast, only 22 percent would comply by giving up their guns.Read More
On no topic has Obama been more divisive, more intentionally damning of Republican morality and decency, than on immigration.Read More
Based on their clear desire to focus on banning guns rather than finding real solutions, it's doubtful we're going to see much movement on mental health issues by an Obama White House caught up in its pursuit of scoring political points.Read More
I'd be a little more open to the notion of women in combat if I had heard one decent argument about how this decision would improve the quality of our military.Read More