I received an invitation to celebrate the new Tea Party victory with some old line
conservatives, namely Dick Armey and former Virginia Gov. George Allen, who might
be considered Vengeance Demons from the Reagan period. At the beginning of the Tea
Party I warned against this and so encouraged the wise, the joyful and the competent
to join and some of them, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Rick Perry, did. Because
the Tea Party could save America or it could destroy it.
Allen’s was one of the most corrupt and incompetent administrations in the history of Virginia and possibly in the history of America. That Virginians want him back now as senator in such numbers suggests that in spite of some positive steps toward self-reliance by some state legislators, generally in the Midwest, the mainstream, at least in Virginia, wants only revenge.
I have no desire to talk about the already-crowded field of prospective Republican presidential candidates now. I’m not sure if that’s because it’s too early or I’m simply too scared of what is quickly becoming obvious. At this point in mid-November, we know a few things: Mitt Romney is definitely running. So are Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are quietly pondering the idea, but as the decision date draws close, you can bet they’ll be in the GOP mix. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour should run, if only so we can hear his popular witticisms.
Charlie Gasparino, commentator for Fox Business, reports today that his Wall
Street sources say they want Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York, to run for president
in 2012 and Bloomberg is considering it.
“He’s not saying no. He’s leaving the door open,” Gasparino said this afternoon on Fox Business.
DAYTON, Tenn. — William Jennings Bryan, who last ran for president in the 1908
election, announced that he was going to run for president as a Tea Party
Republican in 2012.
Bryan promises to run against the TARP bailout, New York industrialists,
government spending, the Federal Reserve and evolution and in favor of policies
that help the “common” man.
Asked why he was running as a Republican instead of as a Democrat — where three times he won that party’s nomination for president, in 1896, 1904 and again in 1908 — Bryan said: “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
Sarah Palin has won the Right Nation 2010 straw poll for potential candidates for resident in 2012. Palin
gathered 19.1 percent at a Chicago-area conference on Sept. 18. Chris Christie
came in second with 16.2 percent. Newt Gingrich third with 13.4 percent and
Mitt Romney fifth with 11.2 percent. Mike Pence, who won the Values Voter
summit, came in 10th with only 2.7 percent. Mike Huckabee, who came in second
in the Values Voter Summit, came in sixth with 9.2 percent.
The poll will show the preferences of grassroots leaders from throughout the heartland, says the group’s website, with conference attendees from the Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as tickets sold outside the Midwest from Florida to California.
“There comes a moment, said Edward Edinger, New York’s pioneering psychoanalyst, when something comes unfettered and free as if from nowhere and brings an end to all the systems and their agents and arts that we take for granted as part of who we are and what we always expect to be. This, said Edinger, is the apocalypse and it could just as easily be bloodless as not.” — from “Sarah and the Apocalypse,” pt. 1, The Hill 10/2/08 — day of the VP debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.
“Hillary vs Obama in 2012?” asks Charlie Speight, the perceptive South Carolina blogger at The Garnet Spy who brought Nikki Haley to national attention. Pete DuPont said last week in the WSJ she could mount a formidable challenge to Obama. Have always felt she would bring a challenge. The Clintons can't help themselves. But it will fail, as Ted Kennedy's challenge to Jimmy Carter failed. It will weaken Obama and he will lose in 2012.
Bernie Quigley wrote yesterday that some hate Sarah Palin because she is white. I ignore a lot these days, but that is about as ignorant and inappropriate as it gets, even by the low standards of political discourse, even by the low standards of commentary on certain blogs, even by the low standards of race-baiting that far too often pollutes our politics these days.
Some hated her because she is beautiful. One prominent Washington Post columnist and TV commentator scorned her because she had a Garfield calendar on her desk. Others hated her because she is a hunter. A few on the margins even hated her because she is white. But it is too late now. Sarah Palin has arrived. But beneath it all — beneath almost two years of slander and disgrace on the part of the mainstream press — was a real fear. And for good reason, because Sarah Palin is a political genius.