Republicrat Musings

Friends blogging their way through the 2012 election

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Quick Election Update!

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on the GOP Primary. 

Nevada - The state went to Romney, as it did in the 2008 primary.  Gingrich, Paul and Sanatorium came in second, third and forth respectively.

Maine - The caucus began on Feb. 4 and will end on Feb. 11.

Today are the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses.  Rick Sanatorium, who is polling favorably in these states, is looking for a strong victory.  

Either today will see the eventual nominee become more presumptive or the race will be shaken up.  The 2012 GOP Primary season has been characterized by a level of unpredictability.  We will know more tonight!  Stay tuned!

Braedon Taylor

PS:  Keep you questions about tough issues coming!!!

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electrofamee-deactivated2012080 asked: Question: Roseanne Bar, actress/comedian, best known for her shoe Roseanne, has publicly announced that she has filed for the Green Party nomination. Thoughts on this topic? And thoughts on "celebrities" running for political positions?

My biggest question about anyone running for political office is “are they qualified?” Do they know what’s going on not only in Washington, but the with the nation as a whole? Have they been involved in the political process prior to this? What issues do they fight for? The list goes on… 

But as far as celebrities, I think they do a lot of things in general for attention. Examples: Beyonce’s new album wasn’t doing as great as her others and then she announced her pregnancy and her upcoming movie, which led to much improved record sales. I even think that sometimes their relationships and actions are to help keep them in the public eye so that when they do have a movie coming up, people are even more excited. But I digress… I think that celebrities running for office is either to gain attention OR draw attention. 

By gain attention I mean they are looking for a reason for people to talk about them. This isn’t always the case, but I think it’s a point we can’t ignore. 

By draw attention I mean that they could be trying to take attention away from somewhere else. Take for example Colbert. People have said that a figure like him running takes votes and support away from serious contenders. But maybe that’s exactly what he’s doing. He could be drawing attention to the fact that he thinks there is nothing “serious” about the contenders that we have. When people get fed up with a system they can’t see through, they go for the one that looks good.On the positive outcome side of celebrities running for office, it shows people that involvement in the political process is for all levels and all walks of life. I hope that young people and even older people of voting age who do not currently vote look at Roseanne Barr and Stephen Colbert and start to look into the political process that impacts all levels of their life. It might be nice if celebrities did more politically. I’m not saying they should all run for office or anything, but if they were more vocal about “rock the vote” type gigs. 

As far as the Green Party, I don’t pay a lot of attention to 3rd parties. Our political system was NOT made to support several political parties. It would be impossible to support more than two. Historically, the role of the third party is to take votes away from one of the major ones. However, the major parties have gone through a few changes, so it’s not impossible for a third party to eventually become one of the major ones, but I don’t think it’s going to happen in the next 20+ years. 

Hope that answered your question! Keep ‘em coming! 

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Gingrich on the Future of the Moon:

I couldn’t resist blogging about what GOP Candidate Newt Gingrich claims he will do by the end of his second Presidential term. He says that he would “have a colony on the moon.” No really. He claimed himself as the leader of the “Moon Land Ordinance,” meaning that when the population of our “moon colony” reaches 13,000 people, it could apply for statehood. Of course, this moon colony wouldn’t be for leisure! It would be used for farming, manufacturing and crime fighting. I am still in disbelief. 

Newt Gingrich has previously commented on “reckless spending” done by the Obama Administration. But I wonder if he knows that the average cost of a NASA launch mission is $450 MILLION! And that’s after it takes $1.7 BILLION to build a shuttle. 

I would rather hear him talk about his specific plans for our economy, the education system or our healthcare system. But no… He’s gaining support by promising a colony on the moon. I’m speechless. 

-Madilynn

(This blog is not really from a neutral perspective. I won’t lie and tell you it is…but really?)

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Jake's Report: Tonight's GOP Debate, Crucial?

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By: Jake W Kazmierczak

With the Florida Primary just five days away, tonight’s debate could arguably be the most important yet.  Not only is it the last before the Florida primary, but the space between today’s debate and the next in February is a massive 28 days.

This is crucial for the every candidate because one slip up could completely derail their campaign and leave them without a good chance of recovery for nearly a month! Nonetheless, the two candidates feeling the majority of the pressure are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. 

Ever since Gingrich took South Carolina by storm, he and Mitt have been clawing at one another for the ever desired front runner status. The polls reflect just that. According to The Quinnipiac University Poll Romney and Gingrich are “essentially tied” pulling 36%/34% respectably with a 2% margin of error.

This means, quite frankly, that literally every decided and undecided Floridian voter will have their eyes glued to the TV tonight providing the candidates with one last shot to win their vote.

Don’t miss it, I know I won’t.

The debate starts at 8PM Eastern on CNN.

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State of the Union Synopsis

The State of the Union Synopsis


Reminding us of the sacrifice made by many of our public servants, the State of the Union coverage opened on the extraordinary Gabrielle Giffords, who recently announced her resignation from the Senate in order to focus on her recovery. If you will recall the remarkable event in January of 2011, Senator Giffords received a severe head trauma when a gunman opened fire on public offices in Arizona. In a very real way she represents the hope that our nation will come out of these trying times stronger than ever, a hope that our current president campaigned on and reignited this evening.

Tonight President Obama stepped out into an unusually vibrant and colorful crowd, exchanging a hug with Gabrielle Giffords and extending hugs and handshakes to many others. An air of excited anticipation filled the chamber more so than in years past.

The theme of the evening’s speech was shared responsibility and fairness. President Obama, less than discreetly capitalizing on his successes, began his State of the Union address by comparing our current situation to that of the military raid of Bin Laden’s compound stating that this time in our history required unity, “shared responsibility” and a sense of duty.

After quoting Lincoln’s saying, “government should do only for people what they cannot do better by themselves and no more,” President Obama let congress know exactly what he felt government could do better citing the creation of the Consumer Protection Agency, an upcoming Fair Trade Bureau, requesting a corporate crimes task force in the FBI, and calling upon congress to replace outmoded regulations with ‘reasonable regulations.’ The prompted a lighthearted, yet single, joke of the evening about when federal inspectors had to regulate milk spills as if they were oil spills with President Obama saying that in this case it was ok to “cry over spilt milk.”

President Obama called again for tax reform to promote economic competitiveness, reintroduced the Buffett rule to discussion (minimum 30% tax on all million dollar earners), capitalized on America’s successful investment in our automobile industry, and renewable energy encouraging congress to ‘bet on America’. He encouraged small businesses and job training bringing up his grandfather and a multitude of touching stories of American entrepreneurship while the camera panned to the humble and uncomfortably recognized subjects of the president’s stories.  Relevant to college students, President Obama encouraged the extension of current, low student loan rates and proposed revoking taxpayer subsidies of universities that are unable to check unreasonable tuition growth.

President Obama mentioned many times that he wants congress to send him the bills to do things that everyone agrees upon that he would sign ‘tomorrow’. As stated by commentators, Obama has painted such an optimistic picture of the future by appealing to people’s idealistic tendencies that congress will either make Obama look good by doing well or will be easy for Obama to campaign against for failing miserably.

The address was summed up by again appealing to the sense of military unity of the past year and to the ideals that made America great the past and will make America great again. President Obama said tonight that the State of the Union is Strong. It is not, however, in material possessions and tax policy that the state of our union is judged but in the hope of our people and the direction we choose to follow. Tonight President Obama convinced many that there is hope for the future and that the American spirit is alive and well and the State of Our Union is, indeed, strong.
-By Michael Burleson

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“Mister Speaker The President of the United States!”

With these eight words, the United States begins its yearly political ritual known as the State of the Union Address.  This address is required by the Second Article of the U.S. Constitution: “He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”  The Address being yearly is merely tradition set forth by the college of presidents.   Also, it important to note that before President Woodrow Wilson, many presidents did not give an address in person rather sent a letter to congress, fulfilling the Constitutional requirement.  Tonight we will once again enjoy an amazing American political custom.  Co-Contributor Michael Burleson will be providing a commentary of our President Barack Obama and I will be providing the commentary for the Republican response by Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) and the Tea Party Response giving by former Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain.

Braedon Taylor

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