Census hands big advantage to GOP

Census hands big advantage to GOP

Thomas
Lifson

 

The just-released official Census data means that
Democrat-leaning states will lose congressional representation, while
Republican-leaning states will gain. Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics:

The apportionment winners were: Texas (4 seats), Florida (2 seats), Arizona
(1 seat), Georgia (1 seat), Nevada (1 seat), South Carolina (1 seat), Utah (1
seat), Washington (1 seat). The losers were: New York (2 seats), Ohio (2 seats),
Illinois (1 seat), Iowa (1 seat), Louisiana (1 seat), Massachusetts (1 seat),
Michigan (1 seat), Missouri (1 seat), New Jersey (1 seat), Pennsylvania (1
seat).

Overall, this represents a continued shift in the Electoral
College from blue-leaning states to red-leaning states. If the 2008 election had
been held under these census numbers, President Obama’s 365-173 victory over
John McCain would have become a 359-179 win. For 2004, the numbers are starker
still: Bush’s 286-251 victory would become a 292-246 win, meaning that even if
Kerry had won Ohio, he still would have lost (in 2004, flipping Ohio would have
been sufficient to give Kerry the win).

Americans are voting with their feet — abandoning the high tax and
regulation states run by Democrats in favor of the freedom offered by
GOP-dominated states in the Sun Belt. The sight of East Germans felling to West
Germany during the Cold War comes to mind. Luckily, New York, Illionois, and
California are unable to build fences to keep their citizens from leaving, the
way the German commies did. But I bet they’d rather build that kind of fence
than fences along our Mexican border keeping illegal immigrants
out.

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Calls for Steele’s resignation grow louder

Calls for Steele’s resignation grow louder

Rick Moran

The RNC chairman’s comments about Afghanistan were pretty clueless, but I think the growing chorus from GOP heavyweights for Michael Steele to step down is a cumulative effect of his verbal gaffes rather than this particular instance of idiocy.

Bill Kristol:

You are, I know, a patriot. So I ask you to consider, over this July 4 weekend, doing an act of service for the country you love: Resign as chairman of the Republican party.Your tenure has of course been marked by gaffes and embarrassments, but I for one have never paid much attention to them, and have never thought they would matter much to the success of the causes and principles we share. But now you have said, about the war in Afghanistan, speaking as RNC chairman at an RNC event, “Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” And, “if [Obama] is such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?”

Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not “a war of Obama’s choosing.” It has been prosecuted by the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama. Republicans have consistently supported the effort. Indeed, as the DNC Communications Director (of all people) has said, your statement “puts [you] at odds with about 100 percent of the Republican Party.”

I think he should have resigned after the fund raising scandals last spring, but GOP insiders thought differently. Now he has not only undercut his own party, but has shown himself to be out of touch with candidates for office who support our mission in Afghanistan.

Steele will likely force the GOP to fire him, knowing how bad it would look for the party to fire one of the few visible blacks in a leadership position. He has banked on this before, but it might not save him this time.

Obama Threatens GOP: “America Will Be Watching” to See If You’ll Cooperate

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, June 19, 2010, 12:08 PM

President Disaster threatened the GOP today to go along with his radical agenda, or else.
The radical former community organizer is upset that Republicans voted against his latest round of spending bills.
The Hill reported:

President Barack Obama went on the attack against Republicans on Saturday, accusing the GOP of obstructing a litany of his legislative priorities in Congress.

The president struck a decidedly partisan note in his address, castigating Senate Republicans in particular for using their 41-vote bloc to slow down and filibuster a number of pieces of legislation.

“What we need is a willingness in Washington to put the public’s interests first – a willingness to score fewer political points so that we can start solving more problems,” Obama said. “That’s why I was disappointed this week to see a dreary and familiar politics get in the way of our ability to move forward on a series of critical issues that have a direct impact on people’s lives.”

Obama took aim in particular at the Senate’s failure to end debate and pass legislation containing a series of extensions to unemployment benefits, tax credits, and other benefits.

The Senate voted 56-40 on Thursday night to end debate, four short of the 60 senators needed on such a vote. One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), joined with the GOP on the vote.

President Obama has a lot of gall to point at Republicans for playing politics.
He hasn’t stopped his campaigning since he entered office.

Emanuel: ‘Dangerous’ if GOP wins power in Fall…

Emanuel links fall elections to GOP support of BP
Jun 20 09:18 AM US/Eastern
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s chief of staff is warning about what might happen if Republicans—who have defended BP over the Gulf oil spill—were to run Congress after the fall election.Rahm Emanuel says the GOP philosophy is to paint BP as the victim. He says Obama will make clear to voters the fundamental differences in how each party would govern.

Emanuel tells ABC’s “This Week” it would be “dangerous” if the GOP held power in Washington.

He says GOP lawmakers and candidates are attacking the administration for demanding that BP set up a $20 billion compensation fund.

Last week, Rep. Joe Barton apologized to BP for what he called a White House “shakedown.” The Texas Republican later stepped back from those remarks.

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