Obama Care’s Impending Christmas Crash: Dems Nearing Huge Demise?

Update, 3:45 PM: Over at Human Events, Connie Hair goes through the procedural details of the health care debate to explain why Harry Reid's goal to pass the bill by Christmas Eve is largely a pipe dream (H/T Rossputin). Meanwhile, Rasmussen notes that only 34 percent of Americans say passing a health care bill is better than passing nothing (and I wonder how many of those people are even paying attention). It's Friday morning, one week before Christmas. Here I am -- doubtless like many others -- sitting back in awe, watching Obama and the D.C. Democrats in a mad rush to impale themselves politically over an Obama Care debate that they themselves have sent spiraling out of control with their secretive, anti-liberty, wildly unpopular … [Read more...]

Popular Tea Party Trumps Dems, GOP

Check out Newsbusters' coverage of the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll (PDF). The Tea Party is "viewed quite a bit more favorably" than either the Democrats or the Republicans. But of course, the Tea Party movement hasn't had the opportunity and/or the reins of power to spend like drunken sailors and trample on the few precious liberties we still have in this nation. A reminder to Republicans in this ever-shifting political landscape: You have to court (not co-opt) the Tea Party crowd. Then success will follow. Al Maurer also points out what the Tea Parties can do with their growing popularity. … [Read more...]

Florida’s Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist Poll Even: Is Colorado Watching?

While I was busy yesterday highlighting the Rasmussen momentum for Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck's campaign, a truly earth-shattering survey came out from Florida's Republican Senate primary: As Erick Erickson put it, a bomb went off:Last night in Washington, close to one hundred leaders of the conservative movement gathered in a townhouse just down from the United States Capitol to hear Senator Jim DeMint and Florida Speaker Marco Rubio at a Senate Conservatives Fund fundraiser for Marco Rubio. The people in the room for Rubio were the same people who blew up NY-23, helping Doug Hoffman and crushing the chances of a far left Republican, Dede Scozzafava. Just prior to the start of the fundraiser, a bomb went off in Florida. … [Read more...]

Happy 239th Birthday, Beethoven

Yes, me and Schroeder both... In honor of the great Ludwig von Beethoven's 239th birthday, why not pop in a CD or MP3 and take in one of his symphonies: maybe the overlooked 1st, the mighty 3rd, the classic 5th, the serene 6th, the passionate 7th ... or if you have a lot of time on your hands, the transcendent 9th? Blasts from the past: - Happy Birthday, Ludwig (2004) ... in case you want to know why Beethoven is such a big deal - 2nd Annual Beethoven's Birthday Blog (2005) ... including the famous Lucy / Schroeder exchange - Happy Chanukah / Beethoven's Birthday (2006) ... with a few interesting ideas for musical blends … [Read more...]

Closer Look at Rasmussen: Ken Buck Surging Up, Jane Norton Standing Still

Last week, Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Lt. Governor Jane Norton received a lot of attention for her 46-37 lead in a new Rasmussen poll over incumbent appointee Michael Bennet. Rossputin did a good job of summarizing the results. One Norton primary challenger, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, showed a smaller lead of 42-38. Afterward, Buck told RMA blogger Don Johnson that the poll results show he can win in the general election. Even so, what makes the strongest case on Buck's behalf is the trend line. What do I mean? Look at the only clear apples-to-apples comparison: a pair of Rasmussen surveys conducted a few months ago. … [Read more...]

Why Exactly Are Democrats Heavily Pursuing Unpopular Obama Care?

The Washington Examiner's Byron York interviews an anonymous Democratic political strategist to help answer some questions that have been nagging me, too:To some observers, the Democrats' race to pass national health care seems irrational -- even suicidal. Don't party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table? Don't they know that voters are likely to take their revenge at the polls next year? Given that, why do they keep rushing ahead? We already had a notion of this folly from our junior U.S. Senator appointee Michael Bennet. Yet even if the Democrats are going to be headstrong about trying to force through any particular kind of this terribly unpopular legislation, it can't hurt to remind them why … [Read more...]

Fondly Remembering My RMA Friend Jim Cannon One Year After His Passing

Today brings a difficult reminder of how quickly time passes. It was exactly one years ago that the Rocky Mountain Alliance lost a charter member, and I lost a good friend and Christian brother: Jim Cannon. From our point of view, he left us all too soon. But God knew just when to bring him home. I am thankful for the opportunity to have known Jim, and for the positive impact he had on my life. Here is the eulogy I was honored to deliver at Jim's memorial service last December. And here is a passage from Revelation 21 to lift our thoughts heavenward: … [Read more...]

Rossputin Releases Investigative Report into Cory Voorhis Persecution

Update, 12/16: Part 2 is now available as well. Rossputin performs a great service with a two-part, in-depth investigation of the "Federal corruption and cover-up in the prosecution of Cory Voorhis." Part 1 is released this morning -- for those less familiar with the story, Rossputin does a thorough job summarizing events. In addition, he introduces a lot of evidence I haven't seen before that shows in detail how the case against Cory Voorhis was corrupted. Excellent work all in all. And its release coinciding with the news of Stephanie Villafuerte's withdrawn nomination for U.S. Attorney, the report is extremely fresh and timely. … [Read more...]

State Supremes’ ID Theft Ruling Lifts Case for Clear The Bench Colorado

One of the most tireless conservative grassroots organizers I know today received a small but certainly plum reward for his hard work. I'm talking about Matt Arnold from Clear the Bench Colorado, and the plug he received in a Valerie Richardson Washington Times article about another controversial Colorado Supreme Court decision: … [Read more...]

Ryan Frazier’s Hispanic Backers Mark GOP Strength, Political Diversity

As fellow RMA blogger Don Johnson also has noted, Republican Congressional candidate Ryan Frazier today announced support for his campaign from 23 key area Hispanic leaders. Many of them have made their marks as business leaders and entrepreneurs. A good number on the list are traditional Republican partisans, such as former state party chair Bob Martinez, but there is also a little political diversity among the group. For example, according to CampaignMoney.com, Source One Management President Sal Gomez has a record of contributing money to both Democrat and Republican campaigns -- his most recent giving includes Rudy Giuliani, Mark Udall, and the Salazar brothers (John and Ken). Another Frazier-backing business leader, Diedra … [Read more...]