Novemeber 10, 2010 - Republican insiders have called him the Right’s Barack Obama and like the President his background speaks of what we call The American Dream. Like Obama he was not born with a silver foot in his mouth. He is articulate, personable and charismatic. Like the President he was born into modest circumstances. His father was a bartender who eventually owned his own bar. His mother was a hotel housekeeper in Las Vegas. He grew up in what might be called exotic circumstances by most Middle Americans – in Las Vegas and in the Cuban Exile community of Miami. Like the President he bounced from college to college after high school before obtaining his degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. After college he went to University of Miami’s Law School graduating cum laude in 1996. Rubio entered political life as a City Commissioner in West Miami then ran for and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000. His star in the State Legislature rose and he became Speaker of the House in the 2006-2008 session.
He was given virtually no chance to win in the Republican Primary for Florida’s vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. The pundits had all but awarded the nomination to incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Crist. His campaign was not without scandal. As Speaker he had charged more than $100,000 to a Florida Republican Party credit card and when Crist called him on it Rubio repaid $5,800 that he acknowledged were personal expenses. Still he parlayed Tea Party support and what conservatives regarded as Crist’s too cozy relationship to the Obama administration into a lead in the polls that drove Crist out of the contest and into a quixotic independent candidacy. Now Marco Rubio is Florida’s Senator-Elect, taking his office with somewhat the same background as had Illinois’ Senator Obama in 2004.......click here for entire article
November 3, 2010 - It is Wednesday morning, the day after Election Day 2010. The Republican Party will control the House of Representatives when it convenes in January. Harry Reid will still be the Majority Leader of the Senate although his party will enjoy only a bare majority. The Tea Party movement has proved its muscle in the Senate races of Kentucky and Florida but its candidate lost historically to a write in campaign in Alaska, undoing the Tea Party’s ouster of Senator Lisa Murkowski in the primary. In Delaware the house fell on the Witch of November and in Nevada the voters told Sharron Angle that they certainly knew the difference between Latinos and Asians. In Washington and Colorado incumbent Democrat Senators hold on to razor thin margins in races that remain too close to call. How much of the Republican gain is due to the activism of the Tea Party movement and how much is the result of the newly discovered 5-4 First Amendment Constitutional right of corporations to free spending speech is anybody’s guess......click here for entire article
October 26, 2010 - Joe Miller, the Tea Party candidate who knocked off Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s Republican primary, says that Border Security is the nation’s most pressing problem. "The first thing that has to be done is secure the border.” He said,. “East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow. Now, obviously, other things were involved. We have the capacity to, as a great nation, secure the border. If East Germany could do it, we could do it." Alaska is a far cry from Mexican Border and he seems to have forgotten that the East German border fences, machinegun sprouting guard towers and barren mine fields were designed to keep people from escaping to freedom. Not many were clamoring to get in to East Germany in order to find job but the would-be Senator thinks America should emulate East Germany.
Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell, who deprived Mike Castle of the Republican nomination for Joe Biden’s Senate seat, dabbled this week in Constitutional Law arguing that the First Amendment does not call for the Separation of Church and State. In a debate with her Democratic opponent she expressed incredulity with the proposition that the Constitution actually means what it says......click here for entire article
October 20, 2010 - The Tea Party’s Red Queen, Sarah Palin recently sent a Tweet urging Pennsylvania voters to vote for John Raese for the United States Senate. There was a problem. Raese is the Republican Nominee for the West Virginia Senate seat held by the late Senator Robert Byrd.
Raese has taken some curious positions in his campaign. He is one of two Republican Senatorial nominees to make the argument that Federal minimum wage legislation is unconstitutional. The other is Joe Miller, the Tea Party favorite who ousted Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s primary. Miller was also endorsed by Palin. They don’t call for repeal of the legislation. They argue that Congress has no authority to pass a minimum wage or any other legislation to protect workers in the market place and any such law is an unconstitutional invasion of the liberty of contract – a proposition that the United States Supreme Court unanimously rejected in 1941.......click here for entire article
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