Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political News in Review and Cinema Politico Movie of the Week – 10/22/11

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This slightly comedic romance details the relationship between two people on the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Taking place during the course of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, a Republican man meets back up with a Liberal woman he knew in college. The two begin to fall in love, even though they each have trouble reconciling this new personal passion with their political passion. The tension each feels is exacerbated when a friend of the young woman reveals that he is going to be in apposition to disrupt the President’s speech at the convention. The film was shot on location during the actual 2004 Republican Convention, leading to the arrest of some of the filmmakers when they ended up capturing some of their footage without permission.  The flick really isn’t that good, but its different and if you’re reading this site, you’re probably the type who can’t pass up a movie dealing with politics, the Republican National Convention and a conservative vs. liberal ideological clash.

It stars, Matthew Mabe, Woodwyn Koons, Alek Friedman, Alicia Harding, and  Jennifer Brown.

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Why The Tea Party Debate Matters

Picture From The First Tea Party Sponsored Presidential Debate

Sizing Up At The First Tea Party Sponsored Presidential Debate

Bookmark and Share    On September 12, 2011, The Tea Party co-sponsored a G.O.P. Presidential Debate in Tampa, Florida.  Though there have been and will be many more opportunities to see the G.O.P. presidential hopefuls duke it out for the top spot as the Party nominee, tonight’s debate bares particular importance.  The Republican party has not had to gauge the temperature of constituents so disgusted and so organized.  If any Republican hopeful wants to make it into the Whitehouse in 2012, they will have to go through the tea party. 

Nothing made this more evident than the mid-term elections of 2010.  After the disappointing passage of Obama’s healthcare bill, the Tea Party started to swell.  Understanding there would be more power staying in the Republican Party than leaving to become a third-party (as shown by the Libertarian Party),  the Tea Party hand-picked and back candidates all over the country to run for congress, state, and local elections all over the nation.  They did so successfully, particularly in the South (which matters because of the importance of the South Carolina primary).  Several incumbent, career politicians found out they were going to become unemployed during state primaries all summer of 2010.  It was a reminder to all of a great political-insider mantra: all politics is local.  Primary winners for the Republican Party spanned the gambit.  Sarah Palin  became the unsung superhero for the Tea Party movement; endorsing candidates all over the country with Tea Party power in her utility belt.   From dark horse Christine O’ Donnell with The Wicca scandal, to new comer Allen West becoming the first black Florida congressman since reconstruction, the Tea Party voters made the difference in these political contests.  In primaries, they were the deciding factor.  If a candidate can’t strategize past a primary, strategizing for a general election is in vain.

Why is this so? Essentially, the Tea Party vote is significant enough to hijack primaries.  With Republicans winning majority in The House of Representatives in the last election cycle, crypt-keeper reminiscent, RINO Republicans and the status quo took note.   With the corruption perceived corruption of campaign finance and lobbyist, the equalizer is still our constitutional right which equates one man to one vote without regard to socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity or creed. The 2012 primaries will be referendums by Tea Party supporters on who would best serve as the next POTUS.  The Tea Party can no longer be dismissed.  They are the voice of reckoning.  No matter what one’s sentiment is toward tea party issues, activists or voters,  the truth of the matter will be this:  the candidate that can garner and sustain Tea Party support throughout the primary will most likely be the candidate that meets Obama in the general election.  Debates that tout tea party connections and involvement will serve as the litmus test for all the contenders.

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Who Wants Palin To Run?

The TEA party loves Sarah Palin.  She can still draw a crowd, and undoubtedly has been instrumental in driving voters to the polls in Republican primaries.  As a result, conservative TEA party Republicans fill races across this country.  Her success continues to fuel talk of a Presidential run among…the leftwing media?

The most recent news outlet to run major speculation on Palin’s Presidential bid is US News and World Report, who took her recent meeting with Republican leaders at the conservative Newsmax.com as a sure sign that she will run.  Along with the story, they ran two slideshows.  One was 10 reasons Palin would be a good President, the other was 10 reasons she would be a bad President.  They are already framing the talking points for us.

Newsmax.com on the other hand ran a story about the meeting headlined: Palin Warns of ‘Armageddon’, ‘Third World War’ In Exclusive Newsmax Broadcast. While many conservatives might agree with her premise, when Palin says the word Armageddon most know she is not speaking figuratively.  It is not exactly the sort of headline a Presidential candidate might have hoped for, especially when the Armageddon reference was only a portion of what she spoke about and was in reference to Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

Palin did speak at length about a Presidential bid and what her Presidency would look like.  So why is US News the excited media outlet here?  It may be that Democrats are counting on a Palin Presidential run, and most conservatives don’t really want it.  Democrats and establishment Republicans have constantly underestimated TEA party candidates, and Dems have seen them as easy targets.  In a year that Obama and his Congress have nothing positive to run on, Obama made a special trip to Delaware, where Christine O’Donnell trails by double digits just to take a few shots at her.  Yes Mr. President, we all acknowledge that you are big and bad compared to O’Donnell, now get back to work.

On the other hand, when Sarah Palin, a devout Protestant Christian, was contending for the Family Research Council’s straw poll at their Values Voter Summit, she did not do well.  FRC is a Protestant, conservative, family values organization.  She should have come in second or third easily.  Instead, she came in fifth behind a Mormon and a divorced and remarried Catholic.

Palin will most likely run, and she will draw crowds with tens of thousands of people.  Out of those crowds, thousands will likely vote for her in the primary.  At this point, I do not see her taking the nomination.

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