Trunkline 2012: Monday Mentions from The Republican Presidential Race – 9/26/11

Bookmark and Share    Some of the fallout from today’s trek down the campaign trail ………….Perry’s record under attack, Herman Cain’s Florida win raises questions, and shakes the establishment, Colorado makes the G.O.P. primary calendar a mess, Romney kisses Donald Trump’s ring, more talk about Christie running for President, the Recession Generation is quickly becoming “the Obama Generation”, Democrats try their best to let the government shutdown for the President’s benefit, and liberal discrimination against gays who disagree with them………..

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Is Eric Cantor Out Leading The Leaders?

Bookmark and ShareAs debt ceiling talks heat up I have been asking myself, “Self, who is leading the charge with the conservative message?” Speaker of the House John Boehner certainly has been spending a lot of time with the President. What he has been doing however is not making public those discussions. Do Republicans want secret meetings behind closed doors with President Obama? Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has kept mostly silent until recently when he laid out a plan that led most of his own party to question his sanity if only temporarily. Most of the 2012 candidates have weighed in as well with the line mostly being that those in Congress need to stand firm against tax increases but few have laid out actual plans of their own. The leader that has emerged in the debt ceiling talks has beenHouse majority leader Eric Cantor.

As Speaker Boehner and minority leader McConnell play nice with the White House in trying to reach an agreement, House majority leader Cantor has been outspoken and brash in, as the President himself stated, “calling his bluff.” Far from being politically correct Cantor has emerged as the voice of the GOP during the debt ceiling debate. One reason is his seemingly fearless disposition for going straight to the media after each and every closed door meeting at the White House. Whether the other leaders in the GOP like it or not, Eric Cantor has become the voice the public hears when they want to know what happened during the closed door discussions with the most ‘transparent’ administration ever. When McConnell unveiled his plan Cantor was the first face on the tv screen rejecting it followed by almost the entire Republican party. To the casual observer, who looked like he was in control? It wasn’t Mitch McConnell.

His un-PC ways have made him the poster child for the media in trying to paint the GOP as being, in the words of Senate majority leader Harry Reid “childish’. But in a political environment in which the GOP has come to rely on the votes of the TEA party followers to put them over the top, Cantor’s attitude may be what they need to pull in the support for their debt plans, whatever they may be. The TEA party followers are fed up with the spending and dead set against any tax hikes. They don’t trust the establishment and Cantor is positioning himself as the anti-establishment guy in these talks. Balking at the establishment by making public every thing that is happening during the discussions at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. He is also incurring the wrath of the major Democrat players including the big kahuna himself, President Obama.

Depending upon which version you believe, Obama either stormed out of the talks upset at Cantor’s stubbornness and constant interrupting every time tax increases were brought up or he dressed down the House majority leader and left. Knowing President Obama’s famously thin skin and Cantor’s increasing lack of fear of the bully pulpit, I tend to believe that Eric Cantor “called the bluff”.

As a libertarian leaning fiscal conservative I don’t agree with Eric Cantor all of the time. I do however recognize and appreciate leadership when it comes from unlikely places. Although he won’t run for the White House in 2012 (can you say VP pick?) let me be the first to say, before Anthony begins work on White House 2016 should Obama be re-elected, that Eric Cantor would be one of the 1st names I would toss in the ring.

If Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer dislike you…….you’re ok with me.

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Christie-Walker 2012?

Bookmark and Share Okay. So I have to tell you right off the bat, I am not serious. As a New Jerseyan, I am so far surprisingly happy with Chris Christie, but he still has to see much of his groundwork through to prove himself. And although I like Sctt Walker, I would like to see the guy govern for at least a year before we run him national office.But both of these men have struck at the heart of the fiscal problems that confront their states and the nation as well. They have touched the third rails of entitlement programs that no one before them has had the guts to address. And they are saying to unions what few before them have said so flatly ..no.

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As such, the two men have become hated, but it is clear that so far, more voters like them than dislike them. Those who consider themselves union members first, dislike Christie and Walker.But those who consider themselves taxpayers first, like them. With the tax system we currently have in America, it is sometimes hard to say whether there are more taxpayers than union members or vise versa. But at the moment there are some union members who realize that they are both members of a union and taxpayers. These people understand that you can not keep robbing from Peter to give to Paul.

Governor Scott Walker

These people understand that while their union brothers and sisters are red with anger, their states are drowning in red ink. And it is these same people who understand that Scott Walker and Chris Christie are doing what they were elected to do. Indeed a few thousand Republicans all across America in local, county state and federa offices were recently elected with a similar mandate behind them in 2010. In 2006 and 2008 many Republicans were booted out of officebecause they had previously forgotten that message. But now here we are with two men who are leading the way in doing something that should have been done long ago .. Saying no to big unions and special interests.

Governor Chris Christie

Doing this doesnt really make Walker or Christie special. It doesnt make them those once in a generation leaders that we always look for. It just makes them commonsense leaders. And that is really quite sad. It is sad that we have come to a point in time when common sense in our leaders is so rare that we are ready to quickly throw their names about for offices as revered as President of the United States. Yet some recent polls have had Republicans claiming that Chris Christie was their first choice for the Republican presidential nomination. Now I am not saying that Christie or Walker are not capable, but they are not yet proven. The last time we selected an unproven leader, we got freshman Senator Barack Obama for President.And Walker and Christie are also not alone in this newfound commonsense leadership. Rick Scott of Florida shares in it. Bob McMillan of Virginia shares it. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Eric Cantor of Virginia as well as Justin Amash of Michigan, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Marco Rubio, Scott Garrett and a whole host of congressmen and senators and state legislators share this same respect for basic math and commonsense.

So let us not rush to coronate any one person King or Queen of the G.O.P. Let the Chrsities and Walkers and Scotts of our Party lead. Let them prove that commonsense has a place in government and let us allow the Republican presidential nomination process to be a real contest. Let it be a real proving ground where we can kick the tires, test drive our leaders and make them earn our trust, our support, our votes. Let them prove themselves before we jump on any of their bandwagons.

In the meantime. Heres to Chris Christie and Scott Walker! Keep up the good work and remember, as demonstrated in the picture below of teachers protestingin NewJerseynot long ago, those trying to shout you down, are not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed. And another thing, the people of yesterday that Richard Nixon once called the Silent Majority are today called the TEA Party, and weve got your back.

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The Tea Party Response To The State Of The Union….Hey Michelle, The Camera Is Over Here.

Bookmark and Share With the State of the Union Address behind us the country can decide how they chose to interpret the message the President gave. But what will they think of the message or to be more specific, message(s), that the GOP gave in response? In this authors humble opinion it may not have been the proper strategy to put forth 2 messages from 2 different GOP Representatives to one message given by the President. A message which was built up all week under the premise of coming together as legislators to govern. The Republican’s couldn’t even come together for a common response.

Paul Ryan‘s giving the official Republican response,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters Monday. “And Michele Bachmann, just as the other 534 members of the House and Senate, are going to have opinions as to the State of the Union. Again, this is a process that happens every year, and I look forward to all comments, but it’s Paul Ryan that’s giving the official Republican [response].”

The opposition party traditionally delivers a speech following the president’s address. GOP leaders selected Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) to offer this year’s official Republican response. But the Tea Party Express, a national small-government group, asked Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann to deliver a separate tea party response via its website. The speech was also carried live on CNN, who has never been known to be a GOP friendly media outlet.

I believe Paul Ryan did a good job in the ‘official’ response. He pointed out the spending that was proposed by the President and the fact that we were told the same things the last time around. He was candid and at the same time was optimistic that both sides could do what was right for the country. Realistic? If history repeats itself, probably not, but it is what America wants to hear. Ryan did a good job in being firm yet not too confrontational on a night in which the country saw a show of unity within the halls of Congress. He gave a general direction of where we are at and where the GOP wants to take us and he did it with style.

Bachmann’s response was a bit more confrontational. She did not appear to be looking at the camera at any time. Whomever filmed the speech did a less than stellar job as she never once looked at the people whom she was addressing, and in my opinion, came off as a bit more rhetorical where as Ryan came off as more sincere. It was poor planning by the Tea Party Express. In a time dedicated to unity in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Giffords the second ‘un-official’ Tea Party response may have appeared to some that there is a huge split between the Republican party and the Tea Party. And after the responses to tonight’s State of the Union…Michelle Bachmann did not do the Tea Party any favors. In my opinion it may have been damaging in the long run. It seemed disconnected in more ways than one. But then again, the Tea Party has been never been considered part of the GOP establishment and in most instances, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt them.

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