Archives for News

Jerry Weissman: Communication without the Co: Part I

In this month’s turnabout election that swept Democrats out of office and Republicans into power, one race stands out as a dramatic exception: Harry Reid, the incumbent Democratic Senator of Nevada and Senate Majority Leader, beat his Tea Party challenger Sharron Angle, despite her lead in the polls right up until Election Day. How did Mr. Reid do it? Many theories abound. An analysis in Politico listed ten factors: • Plan ahead • Build a machine • Turn out the base • Work the Hispanic vote • Stay focused, forget loyalty • Cultivate friends in high places • Co-opt the opposition
Read More

Ken Blackwell: Barack Obama: The Most Anti-Israel President!

With his remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama made history once again. Sadly, it’s a most unenviable title. I believe he is the most anti-Israel President in U.S. history. In going to Jakarta, Indonesia, to launch his latest attack, he literally went to the ends of the earth to give voice to his displeasure. He emphasized his opposition to the policies of the elected government of Israel. He used his Jakarta platform to complain about Israel building apartments for her growing population. Where? In Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. To make matters even worse, Jakarta is a city no Israeli
Read More

Lisa Murkowski REJECTS Joe Miller’s Vote Fraud Claims

JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s campaign declared she’s headed for re-election, saying rival Joe Miller’s unverified voter fraud claims and frivolous challenges of write-in ballots are pointing to his desperation. Murkowski, whose hopes for another term hinge on her winning a write-in effort, undisputedly held 89.8 percent of that vote with 45,132 ballots counted so far. That’s enough for her campaign to feel she’s poised to win, in spite of thousands of outstanding ballots yet to be uncounted and a pending legal case. Another 9.5 percent of write-in ballots were challenged, though most of those were counted toward
Read More

Inside Eric Holder’s Mission

A few days after Rahm Emanuel resigned as White House chief of staff in October, I stopped by the Justice Department to see Eric Holder. I had been meeting with the attorney general periodically for about a year (since he was named one of GQ’s Men of the Year last December), and I knew from our conversations, as well as from Holder’s friends and family, that the last few months had been a bumpy ride. But I also knew that many of Holder’s frustrations on the job could be linked to his thorny relationship with Emanuel. I wondered if things
Read More

IT’S ON: Republican Announces Challenge To Michael Steele

Saul Anuzis, the former Republican Party chairman of Michigan, will challenge Michael Steele for the RNC chairmanship. In a blog post at his web site, Anzusis writes that Steele “has his way of doing things. I have mine.” “I’m not discussing or addressing the past two years. Steele’s record is the record and it speaks for itself. I am focusing on what is in the party’s best interest this next cycle,” Anuzis told Hotline On Call. Strong opposition to Steele has mounted in recent days, and Anuzis is just one of a handful of Republicans who has been floated as
Read More

Deficit commission challenges conventional wisdom on budget

The leaders of the deficit commission are baldly calling out the budget myths of both political parties, challenging lawmakers to engage in the “adult conversation” they say they want. Their plan — mixing painful cuts to Social Security and Medicare with big tax increases — has no chance of enactment as written, certainly not as a whole. But the commission’s high profile will make it harder for Republicans and Democrats to simply keep reciting their tax and spending talking points without acknowledging the real sacrifices that progress against government deficits would demand. It’s time for both conservatives and liberals to
Read More

Voters not sold on GOP’s agenda

People back Republican tax cut plans but not the GOP campaign to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul, according to a poll suggesting that the Republicans’ big Election Day win was not a mandate for the party’s legislative wish list. Fifty-three percent say income tax cuts that soon will expire should be renewed for all — including the highest earners, as Republicans want — according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll conducted just after last week’s elections. But 44 percent would continue the cuts only for those earning under $250,000 a year — which Obama favors — or let them
Read More

Raymond J. Learsy: Air Cargo Terror and the Accession of Rep. Peter King To Chair House Committee on Homeland Security

The attempt to destroy airplanes in mid air and, as we recently learned, timed to detonate while in flight over the Eastern United States brings home once again the serious threat to the nation being relentlessly plotted by terrorist deviants, committed to murdering as many Americans as they can. Having witnessed from only eight blocks away, the planes fly toward and crash into the twin towers, and all its horrid aftermath including their collapse, terrorism is an issue that has haunted me as so many others. My anxieties and fears have been honed in large measure by personal experience. While
Read More

Obama on the road and still on a losing streak

President Barack Obama claimed a stronger hand on the world stage Friday despite electoral defeats at home, failure to get a free-trade agreement with South Korea and lackluster international support for his get-tough policy with China on trade and currency disputes. “It wasn’t any easier to talk about currency when I was first elected and my poll numbers were at 65 percent,” Obama argued at the close of the G-20 summit, after bluntly accusing Beijing of undervaluing its currency. The president flew to Japan for the APEC summit without the coveted trade pact with Korea or a united front with
Read More

Poll: Palin ‘most polarizing’ of GOP wannabes

Sarah Palin is the most polarizing of the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, while impressions of Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney lean more positive, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. As for the rest — Pawlenty, Barbour, Thune, Daniels — most Americans say, “Who?” The election, of course, is far away, and polls this early largely reflect name recognition and a snapshot of current popularity. A year before the last presidential election, the top names in public opinion polls were Rudy Giuliani for the Republicans and Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democrats. Neither won their party’s nomination. But jockeying among
Read More