OhBama, aren’t there bigger things facing the country these days?

January 30, 2010

The Obama Justice Department is reviewing the legality of the Bowl Championship Series, since several lawmakers and many critics want the BCS to switch to a playoff system, rather than the ratings system it currently uses to determine which teams play in the championship game.

Prior to being sworn in as president, Barack Obama stated he preferred the playoff system. Obama said he was going to “to throw my weight around a little bit” to push college football toward the playoff system.

In view of his massive governmental overreaches, maybe we should be glad he’s taking time off for meddling in college football.

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McCain-Scott Brown mystery solved: We’ve got another “Maverick”

January 29, 2010

It was more than odd when this call came in shortly after Republican Scott Brown was elected to the senate seat in Massachusetts. 

Now we get it.


McCain tries on a ill-fitting conservative cloak

January 29, 2010

Roll Call writes that former Rep. J.D. Hayworth’s all-but-official primary challenge to Sen. John McCain has already started to re-ignite long-simmering tensions within the state’s Republican faithful.

Those divisions — combined with both men’s reputation for bare-knuckle politics, a volatile electorate and a state in financial crisis — equal a recipe for one of the country’s fieriest political contests of 2010.

McCain’s campaign has already signaled that the issue of fiscal conservatism is where it plans to do battle, running radio ads last week in Arizona dubbing Hayworth “one of the biggest spenders in Congress.”

Hayworth’s advisers say they are prepared to go head to head with McCain on spending issues.

Hayworth spokesman Jason Rose said there is “hypocrisy” in McCain touting a conservative record on spending when he supported bailing out the banking and mortgage industries in 2008.

However, Rose said the Hayworth campaign expects illegal immigration to continue to be a hot-button issue in the campaign, in addition to the economy and spending.  “In Arizona you can’t ignore the Republican animus against Sen. McCain on immigration, especially when you have someone like Sheriff Arpaio supporting J.D. Hayworth,” Rose said.

Hayworth certainly has his supporters, most of whom make up a wing of the state GOP that has long been critical of McCain for taking “maverick” positions and working across the aisle on things like amnesty, campaign finance reform and climate change legislation.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) cited those differences in endorsing Hayworth on Sunday.

And Rob Haney, Maricopa County Republican Party chairman and a longtime McCain nemesis, said conservative activists are rallying around Hayworth. “We’ve been begging J.D. to get in the race,” he said. “We will campaign to our utmost for J.D.”

Haney said Hayworth easily won a straw poll at the county Republican Party’s most recent meeting; McCain came in fourth, behind Chris Simcox, an activist against illegal immigration, and another little-known GOP candidate.

The Arizona Republican Party is remaining neutral, though McCain has had his share of battles with Chairman Randy Pullen, who has also been active in politics against illegal immigration.

A new poll released today by the Behavior Research Center showed  a mere 40% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing for them in D.C.  And a Rasmussen Reports statewide survey of Arizona Republicans in September found that 61% thought McCain was out of touch with those in his own party.

The Maverick will have trouble mending the fences he has allowed to go too long without basic maintenance.


AZ Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva makes notorious Hamas-linked list

January 29, 2010

The blogs Sultan Knish and Thoughts of a Conservative Christian give in-depth reports on the links of 54 Democrat Congressmen to Hamas and CAIR.

Democrat U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and fellow Minnesotans Betty McCollum, and James Oberstar sent a deviously worded letter* to President Obama (shown here addressing the Muslim world) urging him to use diplomatic pressure to “resolve the blockade affecting Gaza.” Fifty-four members of Congress, many of whom have been recipients of CAIR/Hamas linked largess, have signed on to Ellison’s letter. Ellison widely hailed as America’s first Muslim congressman, when he took his oath of office on the Koran, could more accurately be described as CAIR and Hamas’ man in Congress

PJ Media previously did an exposé on the California friends of Hamas. The post includes sections from the Hamas Charter, clearly defining their vicious and murderous mission.

The U.S. Department of State’s current list of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, includes Hamas along with numerous Palestinian-based groups.

Arizonans need to contact Rep. Raul Grijalva and ask him why he is associated with this nefarious bunch. Grijalva’s contact information is at the bottom of this page.

*H/T Powerline


McCain tanks: Polling at a mere 40%

January 29, 2010

Arizonans who have been around awhile still have vivid recollections of the Keating Five banking corruption scandal that nearly brought down John McCain in the early 1990’s. His lost credibility took him to the verge of falling off of the political precipice. McCain’s image sank along with his approval ratings, which dropped to 38 percent in 1994.

Now, according  to the latest poll conducted by the Behavior Research Center, a  mere 40% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing for them in D.C.

A Rasmussen Reports statewide survey of Arizona Republicans in September found that 61% thought McCain was out of touch with those in his own party. And as dismal as those numbers are, they were up eleven points from 50% in May. Only 33% of Republicans in the state believe McCain has done a good job representing GOP values, according to that same poll.

The aggregate of these flagging numbers become worrisome as he attempts to fend off a primary challenge by popular former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth. So far, McCain has been willing to spend early and liberally, running radio ads that are blistering attacks on the still unannounced candidate, Hayworth.

As McCain frets over the potential Tom Daschle-like embarrassment he would suffer if he were ousted, he and his operatives have engaged in despicable attempts at character assassination aimed at Hayworth. They have repeatedly tried to link him to the discredited and incarcerated lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, although they are well aware that Hayworth has been “completely vindicated” by the U.S. Department of Justice.

TPMDC reports that McCain’s job approval numbers are at a 15-year low in Arizona.  That’s not much of a surprise, given that he barely carried the state in the 2008 presidential match-up with Obama, limping to a home state victory by just 9 points.

Follow J.D. on Twitter to keep track of his appearances.


Gilbert police officer killed during traffic stop

January 29, 2010

The East Valley Tribune is reporting that a Gilbert police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop at 10:45 last night.

Police shot and wounded the suspects near Superior after a chase involving dozens of police cars from Gilbert, Mesa, Department of Public Safety, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects were firing shots as they fled and were throwing objects from the back of their utility truck at pursuing officers.

The slain officer was identified as Lt. Eric Shuhandler.

Read more here.


J.D. Hayworth: Now it begins

January 28, 2010

Revving up for his formal announcement, J.D. Hayworth has launched a statewide volley of pre-recorded calls. Judging from remarks by those who have received his message, they are hitting the intended mark with accuracy.

Rather than lobbing salvos of distortions as  the desperate McCampaign has hurled at Hayworth, his message is fact-based. Pledging to be a “consistent, faithful conservative,” his words resonate with the Republican base and those who are tired of the “Mavericky” leftward lurching.

This is his message:

“Hi, this is JD Hayworth calling. If you share my opinion that John McCain has admirably served our country but that 28 years in Washington is just too long, then I want you to know that I will soon be announcing my
candidacy for the United States Senate. Arizona’s Republicans deserve a choice and an alternative to Senator McCain’s moderate record on taxes, social issues, the border, and bailing out the banks. I will be a consistent, faithful conservative that you can rely on to put Arizona first. This is going to be a great debate, and I need you. Please get involved by going to JD2010.com (disclaimer).”

 Finally. The time for grousing is over. Now we have work to do.