Among Republicans and Democrats

Well, a few months of time went between this post and my last one. I am still notRepubs_Dems back into blogging as I thought. So much went down between my February post and now! I get teased by my Democratic family members and friends about all the possible Republican presidential candidates. One online Democratic friend enjoys teasing me about how the Republicans love eating their own. That person is looking forward to the Republican debates to see that in great action. This person also feels the Republican eating of their own is the main reason the RNC cut down the number of debates for up and coming Republican presidential debates.

Of course, I responded with the fact that they had no choice and that there were plenty of Democrats who were not all that happy with only having Hillary Clinton as their only choice as their Democratic presidential candidate. Now, that has changed. Even though it is not much of a challenging choice, self-described Democratic socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent announced he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. I hear the former Democratic Baltimore Mayor and former Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley most likely will also be a Democratic presidential candidate.

On the Republican side, I do not have one sure choice. I do like Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Scott Walker. For now, I am not even considering possible presidential candidates, Jeb Bush or Chris Christie or Republican presidential candidates who do not have any elective office experience. I admit due to sentimental reasons, I do care for Mike Huckabee. He has the RINO label, because of his taxing record as Governor of Arkansas. I was for Huckabee for President as a new Republican in 2008. I did not get to vote for him because Sen. John McCain had won enough votes and delegates to get the Republican presidential nomination before the PA presidential primary took place. Well, not being able to have my vote counted in the presidential primary/caucus season is another blog post.

Republicans are putting forth a great range of choice. We even have the one thing that we face accusations of not having and that is diversity. Besides whites, Republicans have a black man, latino men, and a woman as declared presidential candidates. The Democrats so far have two aging people of the same race, one being a woman. The third/new party cry is only coming from the conservative and Republican side. Oh, that would considerably split the conservatives and Republicans and again give the presidency to the Democrats. I do not want another Democrat elected to be our next President.

A Little More Gloating and A Cautious Outlook.

I know the Gov. Scott Walker victory is now old news, but my small amount of gloating expanded. In addition to my gloating over MSNBC prime-time personalities, the gloating extends to DNC (Democratic National Committee) chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Dry run alright! If the presidential election were held today, Pres. Obama would lose. Listen to her spin on the Walker Victory and Piers Morgan challenging it here.

Wisconsin was no dry run for November, but regardless of the indications of the Walker victory, I stay on  the side of caution for the presidential election. I will not say that Pres. Obama will lose in November. For one thing, There are the disaffected conservatives who will stay home in November or vote for a 3rd party presidential candidate. But even more importantly, there are the Independent voters. They will pretty much decide the presidential election.

These Independents turn their support of the Pres. off and on. Right now the support is on the “off switch” position. If something happens on the scale of the Bin Laden capture under this current administration’s watch in mid/late October, the support will be in the “on switch” position and they will vote for Barack Obama. If nothing like that happens and the economy continues to go down the drain, the Independents’ support switch will be in the off position for the Nov 6th presidential election.

He Remains Gov. Scott Walker

There is so much joy over Gov. Scott Walker’s victory! The recall failed and he is still the Governor of Wisconsin. I prayed for his victory. Thank you Lord. I admit I gloated over the victory in relation to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell. I was watching Fox News, but went to MSNBC to see how they accepted and spun the victory.

I am hearing from those on the pro recall side that the failure to dump Gov. Walker was due in part to the GOP playing some successful dirty tricks. One was a robo-call saying that if you signed the petition to recall Gov. Walker, it counts as a vote and you do not have to go to the polls. First off, both the Republicans and Democrats are guilty of dirty voting tricks.  Now really, what voter who has a brain would believe that when he/she signed a recall petition, that counted as a vote? Republicans responsible for this robo-call were wrong, truly desperate and did not believe Gov. Walker would survive the recall. On the Democrat side, there were reports of Democrats being bussed in from Michigan to vote against Gov. Walker. Wondering? Well, Wisconsin has same day registration.

In all the jubilation over the Walker victory and believe me, listening to the right-sided radio talkers and watching Fox News, only Michelle Malkin talked of caution, because there were a few Wisconsin State Republicans who also faced recall. Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard lost to his Democratic challenger. Those on the jubilant right are ignoring this loss. There maybe a recount, because his loss puts the Democrats in the majority in the state senate. As fantastic as this recall failure victory is, a Democratic takeover of the state senate is not good for Gov. Walker.

Republicans Come Out on Top in Wisconsin

I watched Wisconsin’s Unions against Gov Scott Walker and the state level Republicans from afar in southeastern PA. I followed news reading about it on Drudge, cnsnews.com, Online Wisconsin columns, listening online to Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s 620 WTMJ weekend talks show host, the urban conservative,  James T. Harris and reading his news links on his Facebook Page. I was hoping for the Republicans to retain Senate control. They did, but still suffered loss. Two Republicans were successfully recalled from supposedly safe districts.  The Democrats and public sector unions spent millions for their minor victory. They lost out on the major victory of getting control of the Senate so that they could recall Gov. Walker. Read all about it here.

If you talk to other members in my family circle, you will get the opposite reaction from mine. They see what happen in Wisconsin as bad, especially one from my family who feels doing anything that hurts collective bargaining is comparable to doing away with a basic human right. As I have stated in a previous post, in working in a child care classroom for a well-known Church organization, there was no union and collective bargaining. If non exempt employees did not like a policy, a policy change, or the small 1 or 2 percent raise and/or no raise at all some years, their only option was to quit and go work someplace else.

I turned to MSNBC, but did not stay with it. Now that the Wisconsin Republicans retained their Republican majority, I wish I had stayed on the channel. I turned to it in the 10:00 P. M. hour. Lawrence O’Donnell was hosting while Ed Schultz was reporting in Wisconsin. At that time, they both had such a leftist biased air of certainty that all the Republican state senators would be recalled, but that did not happen.

It is rather clear that the GOP still has the upper hand in Wisconsin. In the public sector union led fight against them a few months back, the GOP celebrated a victory with the reelection of Republican State Supreme Court Judge,  Justice David Prosser, which was a blow to the efforts to reinstate collective bargaining. There is another recall for 2 Democrats next week. Even if the 2 Democrats withstand the recall, the Republicans will still have their majority, but weakened by the loss of 2 of their own. The Wisconsin Democrats are not giving up. The plan to pursue the recall of Gov. Walker.

I hear the cries from union folks and Democratic Party workers urging the everyday working person to fight the GOP (and TEA Partiers) in what they see as the right’s efforts to take employment benefits back to early 1900s. Public sector union demands for their workers seem to ignore today’s harrowing economic conditions around them. They push for benefits that cannot be truly financed by the state through the taxpayer. They apparently do not care that their states are in deficits partly due to meeting their demands in the past.

To me, Republican leaders like Gov. Walker, Gov. Christie and Gov. Kasich are being the adults in the room to the childish public sector workers who feel their benefit and collective bargaining demands are the same as basic rights. Though a little beat up, these Republican leaders are emerging on top  in their states. Contentions remains very strong. It will be interesting to see the losses and/or gains for the public sector unions and Democrats under the Republicans Governors , Walker, Christie and Kasich

Some More Nasty Rhetoric and Incivility

After the shooting at a shopping center in Arizona that killed and seriously wounded people including Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, the charge coming from the Democratic liberal side was that there was too much nasty rhetoric and incivility in a our debates. I know people who feel that the man, Jared Loughner charged with the shootings, is a Nazis skinhead and the rhetoric against the first black president, his administration and his Democrat supporters triggered that tragic shooting. Of course, those folks are good and blind to the tactics on the liberal left that bring on nasty rhetoric and incivility.

The latest in the state union led fight against Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin continues in insulting rhetoric and incivility. Remember Gov. Walker was able to get a law passed that put serious curbs on state union collective bargaining, but that law is on hold due to a legal challenge. The opposition is going after the businesses who supported the Gov., by placing anti-Walker stickers on their products (Stick it to Walker).  Go here and scroll down through the images for examples of the words on the stickers. Talking about nasty rhetoric and incivility!

Here is another from a liberal lefty using nasty rhetoric and being totally uncivil. This person says nothing is off-limits anymore and put up a Facebook page with almost 70 likers so far going after the youngest child of Sarah Palin who has Down syndrome. The title of the page is, Trig Palin is a F#@&%$ Retard. The “F”ing word is properly spelled out on the page. I feel you should be appalled regardless of where you stand politically, but I am sure some of you reading this are laughing out loud. Shame on you!

Well, on Facebook, there are many pages with nasty rhetoric and incivility on all sides of the political and social realm. Personally, I take the high ground and do not hit the “Like” button to those type of pages on the conservative right going after the President or anyone on the liberal left.  Really, it is despicable.