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Lifelong Democrat William M. Daley’s column in the Washington Post analyzes U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith (D-AL) switch to the Republican Party, and concludes this is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party — [his] lifelong political home — has a critical decision to make. He writes, either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come.
Daley should know a thing or two about the subject. Having served as a member of the Obama -Biden Transition Team, as secretary of commerce in the Clinton administration and chairman of Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, his Democrat credentials are solid. He is the son of late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and the brother of Chicago’s Mayor-for-Life, Richard M. Daley.
Lamenting that Rep. Griffith’s decision makes him the fifth centrist Democrat to either switch parties or announce plans to retire rather than stand for reelection in 2010, he comes to the realization that leaning too far left charts a disastrous path.
He writes: On one hand, centrist Democrats are being vilified by left-wing bloggers, pundits and partisan news outlets for not being sufficiently liberal, “true” Democrats. On the other, Republicans are pounding them for their association with a party that seems to be advancing an agenda far to the left of most voters. The political dangers of this situation could not be clearer.
Daley points to the losses in New Jersey and Virginia in this year’s recent elections. In those gubernatorial contests, the margin of victory was provided to Republicans by independents — many of whom had voted for Obama, and now crossed back to the Republicans by 2-to-1 margins.
He provides disastrous Democrat polling data and tells what he believes is required for his party to recover its footing. Read his fascinating assessment here.
Seeing Red AZ reminds readers that a Gallup poll earlier this year showed the majority of Americans described their political views as “conservative.”
Mexico’s bloody cartel war is reflected in a controversial but popular folk-music called narcocorridos, or drug ballads — which does not condemn criminality, but in fact, romanticizes drug kingpins, glorifying their shootouts, brutal operations and inter-gang betrayals. One of the best-selling albums of the year, “The Power of Chapo,” glowingly describes the exploits of a fugitive drug lord.
With over 13,500 people killed in drug-related violence since the crackdown began in 2006 after the election of President Felipe Calderon, experts have expressed concern that such music undermines government efforts in fighting the drug cartels, and fuels a backlash against authorities.
“It’s possible that this kind of music desensitizes Mexicans to what’s going on,” said Ruben Tinajero Medina, a musicologist at the University of Chihuahua.
Fighting-cock breeder, Reynaldo Martinez, 71, the most prolific composer of songs extolling the drug leaders, brags, “The kids of Reynosa and Matamoros and many parts of Mexico learn the words to a corrido before they learn the National Anthem.”
Mexico’s best-selling CDs feature covers with musicians brandishing AK-47s, imitating the drug traffickers they extol. Drug mafias like the Sinaloans, La Familia and the Zetas have grown more powerful than the police and the Mexican army, which are also riddled with corruption. And more than a dozen Mexican musicians were murdered between 2006 and 2008 for the risky business of singing lyrics considered offensive to competing drug leaders.
Several hundred law enforcement officials have also been killed, although 85% were drug gang members, the American Spectator reported last March.
The daily reports on the proliferation of this malodorous music.
It’s all too clear how much the daily detests going after Janet Napolitano. The pain of having to expose her as the incompetent she is, is exceedingly evident. But, do it they must. What choice is there when her potentially deadly inaction and deplorable double talk are bared? By the end of this editorial they finally say it, although using restraint and still throwing out a word-tarp for cover.
But this actually appears in print in the Arizona Republic: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had her own failure on Sunday, with her jaw-dropping comment that the system was working smoothly.
We predict Napolitano will have some personal matters to attend to, and will have to take leave. In her numerous appearances the past couple of days, even a political novice can easily identify Napolitano as a political hack.
We’re betting she’ll be out no later than the third week in January. That way she can say she served her master for a full year. She was sworn in January 21st, 2009.
A new means of ensuring more people forego the now pricey meals served to air travelers has emerged. It appears rat droppings, flies, live roaches, ants and dangerous pathogens are in ample supply in airline foods. This USAToday report indicates airport terminal kitchens fare no better.
Read the certified warning letter that was sent by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the chief operating officer of LSG SkyChefs regarding the change of classification for the Denver airline catering facility from “Approved” to “Provisional.”
Janet Napolitano’s incompetence is not the only reason to rethink air travel.
What would be worthy of front page coverage on Christmas Day, other than a report relating the fact that a possible challenge to Sen. John McCain by J.D. Hayworth would be a financial mismatch?
These repetitious articles carry the now-expected attempts to link Hayworth to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, “who was sentenced to prison in a high-profile Washington influence-peddling scandal.”
Never mind that the $2,250 Abramoff contributed was donated to charity or that the Justice Department never pursued charges. Still the $142,500 debt Hayworth incurred in preparation to defend himself, still hangs over his head. Friends and enthusiastic supporters are working to help pay it down with high hopes of enabling him to launch a campaign.
Reporter Dan Nowicki, assigned to cover McCain during his last losing presidential effort, can still be counted on to give the sunny-side-up to Arizona’s senior senator. And the “analysts” can be counted on to say they “doubt Hayworth will run.” It’s become de rigueur. The one in the Christmas article says, “The longer he waits, the harder it’s going to be. You can’t run just a grass-roots campaign. He’s really got to fire up that hard-right base and get them out, and that’s an expensive proposition.”
Actually, Ms. Analyst, it’s just the opposite.
In a previous article McCain’s seatmate, Sen. Jon Kyl referred to Hayworth by saying he heard he had a radio show and doubted he would give up that gig to run.
Nowicki even mentions Chris Simcox as injecting another formidable candidate into the mix. Hardly. Also running is the even lesser known Jim Deakin.
Former Congressman Hayworth is the proverbial burr in the establishment’s saddle, and the vulnerability of John McCain is the elephant in the room — huge but not discussed. McCain fared badly in a Rasmussen Reports survey that showed him to be in a dead heat in a hypothetical match-up with Hayworth Yet another survey indicated 61 % of Arizonans said he doesn’t represent them, so disconnected is he to the Republican base.
These numbers sent shivers up his crusty old spine to the point of his aides hiring their own disreputable push-poll survey with incendiary questions intended to marginalize Hayworth. Tarrance Group is the same pollster that indicated McCain and Obama were a mere two percentage points apart, hardly a reasonable assessment.
The premise that Hayworth can’t win against the $27 million McCain machine is one built on sand. McCain is largely tolerated by Arizona Republicans. Hayworth is highly respected. That’s why he can win.
Play the theme here. Wouldn’t that be a great campaign ditty?
Within a day after declaring America’s aviation security system worked, Homeland Insecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano has backtracked, saying her words had been taken out of context.
On Christmas day 23-year-old Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man on a watch list — carrying a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body — was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit. His own father, a high-ranking Nigerian official, had expressed concerns about his radicalism and called the U.S. embassy to alert them, since he was unsure of his son’s whereabouts.
On Sunday, Napolitano said, “One thing I‘d like to point out is that the system worked.” On Monday, she said she was referring to the system of notifying other flights as well as law enforcement on the ground about the incident soon after it happened.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee took issue with Napolitano’s initial assessment. Airport security “failed in every respect,” he said yesterday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It’s not reassuring when the secretary of Homeland Security says the system worked.”
It’s time for Napolitano to be pink-slipped. There is too much at stake to have a political appointee lacking experience in this critical area to be in charge of Homeland Security.
It’s also past time for President Obama to cut his Hawaiian vacation short and get back to his job. These are dangerous times and everyone appears to be asleep at the switch.
Democrat Senator Max Baucus, (MT) obviously drunk with power.
NewsBusters rightly asks, “Where was the mainstream media coverage?”
Read his statement here.
Or at least that’s the takeaway after reading how it is due to the joint efforts of these open borders aficionados that seizures of cash bound for Mexico’s violent drug cartels have more than quadrupled this year along the Arizona border, thanks to the Dem Duo’s beefed up screening at U.S. checkpoints.
Checkpoints? Most of the traffickers trying to avoid detection, going either way across the border are using more circuitous routes than traveling through border checkpoints.
Then we have to pinch ourselves as a reminder of the fact that it was Napolitano who, as governor of Arizona, did everything within her power to facilitate increased illegal entries accessing the United States — having long advocated for mass legalization.
And after socializing our medical delivery system, the next item commanding Obama’s attention will be granting amnesty to the approximately 30 million who have entered our sovereign country in violation of the law. He has already begun his mission with a concerted retreat from criminal enforcement.
The Obama administration has pledged to pursue amnesty legislation early in 2010. The administration’s renewed commitment to action was ratcheted up in a recent speech by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who declared victory on securing our Southern border, according to a well-documented report in Human Events.
Such declarations would be humorous if not so serious.
The twosome are aided and abetted in their efforts by liberal Illinois Democrat, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who is leading the House effort to secure an amnesty bill. Gutierrez often partners on these measures with Arizona Republican U.S. Rep Jeff Flake.