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Steele Withdraws from Reelection for RNC Chairman on 4th Ballot

Who Will Be the Next Republican Chair?Bookmark and Share   Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Steele has pulled out of his bid reelection to a second term as chairman. The move indicates that he knew he could garner enough delegates to win.

The process that elects a Republican National Committee Chairman usually consists of multiple counts until one candidate has a clear majority and in hammering that majority together, an intense deal making machine goes in to work. For his part in that process, after the fourth round of balloting Steele withdrew from the contest and threw his support behind Maria Cino. What deal was made, no one knows, but if Cino can hold on to all of Steele’s votes, she would be able to win on the fifth ballot

After the fourth ballot, the count stood at; Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Preibus had 58 votes to Former Deputy RNC Chairman Maria Cino’s 29, Michael Steele’s 28, former RNC Co-Chairman Ann Wagner’s 28 and Former Michigan Republican Chairman Saul Anuzis’ 24.

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MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON?

Bookmark and Share   POLITICS 24/7  is not in the habit of dealing with events outside of politics but as most of us know there are many things more important than politics.

Chesley Sullenberger III, crash landed US Airway flight into Hudson River in New York

Chesley Sullenberger III, crash landed US Airway flight into Hudson River in New York

This afternoon, one such event occurred in New York’s Hudson River.

Three minutes after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport  in  Queens U.S. Airways Flight 1549  lost power probably due to a number of Canadian geese getting sucked into one or more of its engines. Within a split second the Captain of the plane tried to head for New Jersey but it was obvious to him that the aircraft could not make it.

The plane was losing power and altitude, The lives of 5 crew members and approximately 150 passengers hung in the balance as the plane hung over the densely populated New York city metropolitan area.

Almost immediately Captain Chesley Sullenberger decided to use the Hudson River as his landing strip.

The quick decision proved to be the best possible one.

Without risking the lives of any citizens below his craft, Captain Sullenberger tried to save the lives of the more than 150 people in his care and in what officials and experienced aviators can only describe as the type of picture perfect landing that one hopes for under the best of condition, Sullenberger glided the powerless aircraft down towards the Hudson’s icy waters and skimmed its surface until the plane came to a sudden stop, in one piece and floating.

The impact was still terrifically rough but it could have been much rougher had the angle of descent been slightly off.

Had the plane not hit the surface of the water properly, it could have easily been torn apart. Had it hit the river surface in any way less then perfect, its cargo hold doors and landing gear bays could have been comprised and allowed water to quickly rush into the plane and cause it to sink much quicker than it did, thereby subjecting passengers to subfreezing water and limiting their chances for rapid rescue.

Some might say that the Captain and the passengers were lucky, very lucky. As for me I believe that the passengers were lucky. Lucky to have Chesley Sullenberger as the Captain of their doomed flight.

What Captain Sullenberger did, did not involve luck. It took experience, commitment, judgment, confidence, talent, bravery, nerves of steel and presence of mind. A lesser person could have panicked. They could have frozen and allowed gravity to bring the plane down upon crowded neighborhoods as children made their way home from school.

Had Captain Sullenberger not been the man that he is, many more than the over 150 passengers on flight 1549 could have died. Hundreds more could have perished.

Of course the flight crew of flight 1549 were not alone in their heroism.

New York has dealt with calamity on a scale that few other cities have ever seen. As a result New york city is prepared for challenging, unexpected events and so the city’s emergency service workers ran into action before the plane hit the water. Alerted to the emergency when the plane first lost power, police, firemen, paramedics were in the ready and hospitals on both sides of the Hudson were put on alert. Ambulances rushed to the shores alongside of the planes resting place. Ferry boats darted toward the floating aircraft and as they floated along side the slowly sinking plane, passengers boarded the boats and were whisked to safety.

All of those involved are heroes but today our hats go off to captain Chesley Sullenberger.  Even before finally exiting the plane hinmself, whith the frigid water rising around him, Sullenberger went up and down the jet’s aisle to make sure that no one was still aboard.

Had it not been for him, the new year would not be getting out of its first 15 days without a tragic and dramatic loss of many lives.

New York’s Governor David Paterson called the event a “miracle on the Hudson”. I say the miracle is named Chesley Sullenberger and tonight there are many people thanking God for the miracle that Sullenberger performed.

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JERSEY GOP IN A FEEDING FRENZY IN THE WAKE OF CORZINE’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE

Bookmark and Share    It would seem that Jon Corzine’s recent State of the State address successfully brought New Jerseyans together.
NJGOP Chairman Tom Wilson
NJGOP Chairman Tom Wilson

Together the editorial boards of nearly all the newspapers in New Jersey have concluded that Jon Corzine is a failure and the voters of New Jersey are debating whether or not Corzine’s job performance rates worse than one term Governor Jim Florio

The disastrous results produced by Corzine’s last three years in office were punctuated by his utterly empty State of the State address. It was an  address that had many words but little meaning.

Like a shark smelling blood in the water, New Jersey State Republican Chairman Tom Wilson sent out a message to voters.

It reads as follows:

“Tuesday, Governor Corzine gave his state of the state address and proved he still doesn’t get it. He’s still trying to spend his way out of every problem. Corzine doesn’t get that government spending IS the problem!  Read the Editorials published about the speech

When even the liberal editorial writers are saying it, you know it’s time for a change!

Republicans are poised for a major win this November. Late last week, a new public poll revealed that no one has ever sought re-election to the Governor’s office with worse public approval ratings than Jon Corzine. Voters actually think Corzine is doing a worse job than Jim Florio – the last one term Governor who got thrown out for abusing the taxpayers!
 
I’m working with our legislative and party leaders throughout the state to develop and deploy a grassroots plan to harness the winds of change that are blowing through Trenton. We’re going to launch the most comprehensive, coordinated, and technologically efficient effort to engage the over-taxed people of New Jersey in a campaign for real change. Our plan will help candidates from the local to the state level reach out to the right voters and deliver our collective message of lower taxes, less spending, and new leadership. We’re finalizing our plans now and expect to launch it by mid-February. So stay tuned! 
 
I hope we can count on you to be part of that effort and that is why I am calling on you to make an IMMEDIATE online contribution of 25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 today to help make certain we meet this all-important goal.
 
Together we can change New Jersey by reigning in government and provide real reform and real relief. But politics is a team sport and everyone on the team has to help if the team is going to win.
 
Will you make a special online contribution to our New Jersey Republican State Committee today? The Democrats have raised our property taxes, income taxes, sales tax and, literally, 100 other taxes. We’ve got to stop them before they bankrupt New Jersey.
 
Together we can end their reign of error. 
 
Tom Wilson”
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The Chairman is right. The people of New Jersey are over-taxed and the state is on the wrong path. Tom Wilson is also right to take advantage of the opportunity that Corzine and the Democrat led legislature have given us. People need to know that their will be an alternative to the continuation of the corrosive Corzine administration and the work leading up to providing people with that alternative begins today.

Jon Corzine simply helped speeding up that process with his sad state of the state message.

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ASK THE CANDIDATES FOR REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN A QUESTION

antrebuild_logoVery soon, state Republican leaders will be electing a national chairman for the party.

The next leader of the G.O.P. will be facing a daunting task. They will be shepherding a party that has been losing power since 2006 when we lost control of the house of representatives and the senate.

This past election saw us not only fall deeper into minority status in both chambers of Congress, but we lost the last piece of power in federal government that we had since 2006,…the presidency.

There are many things that need to be done to put Republicans back on track and although I contend that much of our success depends on the Republicans we elected to serve and how well they do their legislative jobs, forward momentum can be created with the right person leading the political aspect of the party.

Currently running for the nomination are Katon Dawson of South Carolina, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, incumbent National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan, Mike Huckabee’s former campaign manager Chip Saltsman of Tennessee, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Mike Steele and Michigan’s state party Chairman Saul Anuzis.

The race is pretty intense so far and all of the candidates are working hard to sway enough votes in their favor to become the next national committee chairman. In fact many of them have been active on a grassroots Republican site called Rebuild The Party.

Rebuildtheparty.com has been discussing how to do just as its name suggest….rebuild the party. And they do so with us, the voters and activists who are angry at both the way our party has been handling itself and the direction that Washington, D.C. is taking us in.

Now in a joint venture with YouTube, Rebuild The Party is holding their own open debate for the potential RNC Chairmen.

Through January 19th at 11:59 pm eastern standard time, participants can submit their own written question on the Rebuild the Party forum platform or a video questions on YouTube and then embed that question on the Rebuild The Party forum platform.

Participants in Rebuild The Party can then vote on the questions they feel are most important and need to be answered by the candidates. Subsequently, the 10 most highly rated video questions will be answered by each of the candidates, also through their own video submitted to youtube and embedded in the Rebuild The Party forum platform.

In addition to those 10 questions, the candidates may answer any other questions that they would like but the 10 questions with the most votes are musts.

So far there are questions ranging from what will you do to attract young voters to what will you do to elect more Secretaries of States who can manipulate election results as the Democrats set out to do a few years ago?

What’s your question?

Here in New Jersey, our state party leaders have already declared their support for Michigan’s Republican State Chairman, Saul Anuzis but do you have a question that might just bring forth an answer from the candidates that could change their minds?

For Republicans, the election of our next national chairman is probably the single most important decision we can make until the presidential election of 2012. It is a decision that can either help us elect a Republican President in 2012 or drastically impede our chances of doing so.

So now is your chance. If you have strong sentiments about the direction that you think our party needs to go in, now is the time to ask the people who want the responsibility to lead us, if they intend to go in that direction.

antrbtpjpeg2To be a part of the debate you have to first sign in to Rebuild the Party at  http://www.rebuildtheparty.com/

 

Then you can go to  http://forum.rebuildtheparty.com/

There you will find the place to submit your question and more details.

The election for Republican National committee Chairman is January 30th so get to work today and help make tomorrow better than yesterday. Ask your question and shape events instead of just watching events.

Until then, take the poll and let us know wo you want o see become RNC Chairman:

Poll will close at 11:59 eastern standard time on Monday, January 26, 2009

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WHY RONALD REAGAN MADE SUCH A GREAT PRESIDENT

    • ‘Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.’
    • ‘The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
    • ‘The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’
    • ‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.’
    • ‘I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.’
    • ‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.’
    • ‘Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.’
    • ‘The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.’
    • ‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.’
    • ‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’
    • ‘Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.’
    • ‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’
    • ‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.’

    Submitted by Bill, Ardmore, Pa.

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IS ‘BARACK THE MAGIC NEGRO” AN APPROPRIATE CAMPAIGN PROMO?

I have remained quiet in the shaping race to elect a new Republican National Committee Chairman. I have been waiting to see what each candidate brings to the table. I want to hear about how they intend to reach out and involve the grassroots of the G.O.P. and how they intend to spread the Republican message and increase the chances for good Republicans to win elections again.

 The current field of declared candidates include incumbent national committee chairman Mike Duncan, Saul Anuzis of Michigan, Maryland’s former Lt. Gov. and the current chairman of GOPac, Michael Steele, South Carolina Republican Chairman Katon Dawson, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and former Tennessee Republican Chairman and campaign to manager to Mike Huckabee, Chip Saltsman.

The only names on that list which I have had negative impressions of were Duncan and Saltsman.

Mike Duncan has had his chance to boost the fortunes of our party. Admittedly, during his tenure as chairman, he had a tough situation to deal with. The tide was not going our way so I do not blame Mike Duncan for our defeats at the poll, but I also cannot credit him for cutting our losses. Under his leadership, I did not see any enhanced outreach, defining of our message or cohesive strategy for republicans to tap into.

As for Chip Saltsman, I saw nothing outstanding about him. As the campaign manager for Mike Huckabee’s presidential primary effort, there was no evidence of unique, innovative strategies nor were there any operational advantages gained by his management of Huckabee. Furthermore, as the former chairman of the Tennessee G.O.P., Saltsman simply inherited a strong Republican party and presided over it as a mere caretaker.

All of this allowed me to see that there was no reason to choose Saltsman over any of the other candidates for the job.

However, recent events have allowed me to see that there is good reason not to choose Saltsman for Chairman.

As Christmas approached the wannabe Republican leader sent a 41 track cd that was created by Paul Shanklin, a conservative satirists and friend of his, to Republican committee members whose votes will elect a new Chairman for the Republican National Committee.

Entitled, “We Hate The U.S.A.”, the CD pokes fun at liberals and liberal thinking. One of the tracks on this musical giveaway chided liberal followers with spirited lyrics that claimed Caucasians who felt guilty about the treatment of African Americans tried to ease that guilt by supporting Barack Obama. The disturbing ditty was called “Barack the Magic Negro” and it was sung to the tune of “Puff The Magic Dragon”.

Now, I am not going to get into the reasons behind why one voted for or against President-elect Obama, nor will I joke about it. For me, the reasons behind those votes, either way, are too serious for me to joke about. But that is me and anyone who knows me, knows that I take politics too serious. So although I can’t find humor in someone supporting a move toward socialism, I can accept someone else finding it funny, in a dark sort of way.

What I do not respect is someone who tries to be a leader and lacks the judgment to properly lead us.

CHIP SALTSMAN

CHIP SALTSMAN

The ignorance Chip Saltsman displayed by giving out this CD is astonishing. It indicates a blatant lack of judgment and skill.

Instead of showing himself to be savvy and having the ability to overcome wrongly held perceptions about Republicans, Chip Saltsman went out of his way to open Republicans up to accusations of racist tendencies.

 Now you may be able to find some humor in the “Barack the Magic Negro” tune. You can argue that some people voted for Obama because they felt that it was time for an African American to be elected and in doing so they may have ignored what he would do as President. You may debate the validity of such thinking but what a responsible leader cannot do is bring up the topic in such a way that is seen as irresponsible and in a way that can allow others to call Republicans racists.

 The actions of Chip Saltsman have demonstrated that he is the last person Republicans need to lead our rebuilding effort. We do not need a Republican chairman whose judgment divides Americans before we even begin to disagree on issues. We need a leader who can maintain our principles and unite people behind our agenda . An agenda that cannot be seen to have racial overtones.

I do not know if Chip Saltsman is a biggot or not. Up until now I have had no reason to believe that he is. Unforunately, his recent taste in Christmas gifts designed at getting him enough votes to become Chairman of the R.N.C. has made we wonder if he is though.

Does the song in question offer any racist sentiments?

Judge for yourself.

For the purpose of full disclosure and clarification of whether Saltsman demonstrated poor judgment, here are the lyrics from that controversial tune…….

“Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times they called him that
cause he’s not authentic like me.

Yeah the guy from the L.A. paper
said he made guilty whites feel good
they’ll vote for him and not for me
cause hes not from da hood.

See, real black men like snoop dogg
or me or Farrakhan
have talked the talk and walked the walk
not come and laid and won (not sure about this line).

Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times they called him that
cause he’s not authentic like me
cause hes black but not authentically.

Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times they called him that
cause he’s not authentic like me
cause hes black but not authentically.

Some say Barack’s articulate
and bright and new and clean
the media sure love this guy
a white interloper’s dream.

But when you vote for president
watch out and don’t be fooled
don’t vote the magic negro in
cause…

(background singing the first 3 lines, while the singer is saying)

Cause I wont have nothing after all these years of sacrifice and I wont get justice this is about justice this is about justice, buffet, I don’t have no buffet there wont be any church contributions there’ll be no cash in the collection plate, no cash money, no walkin’ around money…”

 

Personally, I do find the song inappropriate. I do not support blatantly, disrespectful intentions that help exacerbate tensions. With that view, I am disgusted by Chip Saltsman’s attempt to promote himself among Republicans by offering a gift that utilizes this song.

You may claim, that I am wrong for reproducing the lyrics in this post. If so I disagree. Unlike Saltsman, I do not offer it up as a fun gift. I offer it up as an example of intolerable conduct. I also display it so that others can understand why I am calling upon Chip Saltsman to withdraw his name from consideration for chairman of the R.N.C..

Just as troublesome as having to question whether or not Saltsman has racist tendencies, is the obvious lack of judgment which allowed the question to be raised. Even if he is not a racist, he has shown us that he does not have the capacity to help deflect such accusations from being leveled at the Republican party.

As I look forward to rebuilding our party, Saltsman is not someone who we can look forward to rebuilding it with.

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Having chosen English as the preferred language in the EEC, the European Parliament has commissioned a feasibility study in ways of improving efficiency in communications between Government departments. European officials have often pointed out that English spelling is unnecessarily difficult – for example, cough, plough, rough, through and thorough. What is clearly needed is a phased program of changes to iron out these anomalies. A committee staff from the top level of participating nations would, of course, administer the program. In the first year, for example, the committee would suggest using ‘s’ instead of the soft ‘c’. Sertainly, sivil servants in all sities would resieve this news with joy. Then the hard ‘c’ could be replaced by ‘k’ sinse both letters are pronounsed alike. Not only would this klear up konfusion in the minds of klerikal workers, but typewriters kould be made with one less letter. There would be growing enthusiasm when in the sekond year, it kould be announsed that the troublesome ‘ph’ would henseforth be written as ‘f’. 

This would make words like ‘fotograf’ twenty per sent shorter in print. 

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reash the stage where more komplikated shanges are possible. Governments would enkourage the removal of double letters which have always been a deterent to akurate speling. We would al agre that the horible mes of silent ‘e’s in the languag is disgrasful. Therefor we kould drop thes and kontinu to read and writ as though nothing had hapend. By this tim it would be four years sins the skem began and peopl would be reseptive to steps sutsh as replasing ‘th’ by ‘z’. Perhaps zen ze funktion of ‘w’ kould be taken on by ‘v’, vitsh is, after al, half a ‘w’. Shortly after zis, ze unesesary ‘o’ kould be dropd from words kontaining ‘ou’. Similar arguments vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. 

Kontinuing zis proses yer after yer, ve vud eventuli hav a reli sensibl riten styl. After tventi yers zer vud be no mor trubls, difikultis and evrivun vud fin it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drems of ze Guvermnt vud finali hav kum tru.

 

 

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