The L.A. Times marked the 10th anniversary of the Gray Davis recall by running a piece observing that Arnold Schwarzenegger had failed to rescue the California Republican Party. Given what Ahnolt actually did to the California GOP, this is a bit like observing that the iceberg failed to rescue the Titanic.
A recurring theme of liberal orthodoxy is that Golden State Republicans are in dire straits because they are too conservative and have alienated moderate voters. An interesting point – but unsubstantiated by the historical record. The GOP was certainly not robust in 2003 when Schwarzenegger was elected to be the leader of the party. But when Ahnolt left office in 2010 the party was in a shambles, worse off by every measure than it was when he took the helm. Schwarzenegger was the public face and voice of the GOP for 7 years, yet somehow accrues no blame for the fate of the party during those years.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A few dozen trucks bearing the hallmarks of a planned trucker rally on the Capital Beltway have made their way into the D.C. area.
The Truckers Ride for the Constitution started before dawn Friday, with truckers planning to drive the 64-mile Capital beltway in eight hour shifts until Sunday afternoon.
Alabama trucker Bradley Higgins has made his living behind the wheel for the past 13 years. He anticipates that he will spend about $700 on gas this weekend to participate in this round-the-clock driving protest.
“I’m not getting paid to circle around the Capitol," he said. "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do. The American people, the American truck drivers are tired of being walked on."
The Ride for the Constitution is a grassroots effort, and at one point, organizers thought they might have upwards of a thousand participants. Far fewer showed up, but they were no less local.
"The government needs to be held accountable," says driver Kevin Altizer. "They still work for us. It's still 'We the people.'"
"The critters in D.C., they think we don't exist," added Richmond driver, Dan Edwards. "They've got their little party and we're not part of it and we're here to show them today that we do matter and we're going to make a difference."
By about 8:45 a.m., Virginia State Police officials said that about 30 tractor trailers left a stop in Dumfries at about 7:30 with plans to head toward Washington. Meanwhile, in Dumfries, 15 more were spotted bearing the official Twitter hashtag of the ride - #T2SDA.
Police officials say that at about 8:50 a.m., authorities stopped four trucks that were driving side-by-side across four lanes of traffic, slowing the commute in the area to about 15 mph.
The truckers were not ticketed, but law enforcement officers warned them not to impede traffic. Despite the stop, a VSP spokesperson says the convoy hasn't caused any major hangups or incidents.
The protest has attracted truckers from as far away as the West Coast and has more than 140,000 supporters on Facebook.
Trucker Bill Ludwig says he’s concerned about the future of an industry he has been part of for a quarter of a century.
"We're over-regulated, over-watched," he said. "It's just very difficult these days to make a living as a truck driver. "
“Anybody at all is talking about the truckers coming to shutdown D.C.,” says organizer Ernest Lee. “We've got to stand together. We've got to be united. Guys, we've got to keep it peaceful here. Got to keep it clean.”
The group planned to meet at two rendezvous points: One on I-95 near Kings Dominion; the other in Harrisburg, Pa., on I-81.
According to WTOP's John Aaron, though, truckers did not gather in Harrisburg on Friday morning.
They are protesting general discontent with the government, new limits on the number of hours they can drive and gas prices.
Motorists fear the impact it will have on traffic and driver safety.
“I anticipate it being dangerous because there are going to be people getting really ticked off - road rage – whatever,” says motorist Elizabeth Stalker, who uses the Beltway. “I wouldn't want to play with an 18 wheeler that's trying to make a statement and I'm just trying to get to work.”
Others say they'll try to avoid the protest.
“I'll probably stay off the beltway if I can,” says Paul Zacharias. “I don't know where I'll end up going though so I'll have to do the best I can.”
(From the mailbox - quite a great read, MM)
A key DNC/“mainstream media” talking point is that House Republicans need to “get over” Obamacare because (1) Congress passed Obamacare; (2) the Supreme Court upheld it (actually, although the Court 5-4 upheld the individual mandate as a “tax,” the Court also held that the Tenth Amendment prohibits the federal government from enforcing the unfunded exchange mandate on the States); (3) Obama was reelected; and (4) it is “the law of the land.”
However, they seem to ignore:
Unlike Obamacare—which was rammed through Congress via reconciliation on a straight party-line vote on Christmas Eve—the Iraq War Resolution was passed by a bi-partisan vote in Congress, which included “Yes” votes from, e.g., Senators John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Rockefeller, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Tom Daschle, Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Carol Feinstein, Birch Bayh, Chuck Schumer, Max Baucus, and Harry Reid,
And, despite John Kerry’s vigorous Presidential campaign against the war, George Bush was reelected in 2004.
Yet, that never seemed to stop the Democrats—including those who voted for the Resolution—from repeatedly trying to “defund” the Iraq War and oppose raises to the debt ceiling. Indeed, Harry Reid—who now attacks those who oppose Obamacare with vicious rhetoric—calling them “anarchists” (or worse)—specifically introduced a bill to defund the war he voted to wage, while giving his infamous “the war is ‘lost’” speech.
Indeed, contrary to his recent rhetoric that Congress has never tried to hold policy hostage to the debt ceiling issue, then-(“I’m present”)-Senator Obama repeatedly attempted to do so in order to, among other things, oppose the war. In 2007, he introduced Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007 in an attempt to block the “surge”—a policy he later, as President, adopted. He also decried the national debt under Bush—a “mere” 10 Trillion, compared to Obama’s 17 Trillion—as “unpatriotic” and voted against raising the debt ceiling.
And we all remember Hillary’s “I am sick and tired” “screech speech”: “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!’”
The fact is, the Founding Fathers, rightly so, gave the power of the purse to Congress and required that all spending bills be initiated in the House, precisely as a check and balance on a run-amuck Executive. No subsequent Congress is irrevocably bound by the actions of a predecessor one and is not bound to continue to fund government actions authorized by a previous Congress.
YESTERDAY’S “28% POLL”
Yesterday’s Gallup poll that only 28% of Americans now have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party is being misinterpreted—intentionally so by the Democrats, the Left, and the “main stream media,” and disappointingly and erroneously so by folks like Bret Hume, Bill O’Reilly, etc. The poll question was “Please say if you have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party.” Phrased in that manner, the 28% Favorable (72% unfavorable) does not mean “independents” and “moderates” are fleeing the Republican Party in droves because of the continuing resolution/debt ceiling/Obamacare fight. Rather, with the question phrased in that manner Gallup was bound to receive many “unfavorable” responses from conservative/Tea Party members who are disgusted with the Republican “establishment’s” internal campaign against Mike Lee, Tex Cruz, etc. See John McCain’s despicable interview this morning with Martha McCallum, on Fox, where, when asked by McCallum what McCain thought of the White House’s handling of the military death benefits, McCain’s response was, “Well, the White House handled it badly; but, they wouldn’t have had to handle it at all if Ted Cruz, et al, had not pursued the ridiculous strategy of trying to defund Obamacare and shutting down the government.” (I’m paraphrasing a bit—but that’s the gist of what he said.)
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