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Bayou Bobby for Vice President

Posted by Tony Listi on June 25, 2008

Bobby Jindal“My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived,” quipped John Adams of the vice presidency over 200 years ago.

Not much has changed since the late 1700s (Dick Cheney is quite an anomaly historically), but the VP slot is surely more important the older the presidential nominee is. Thus, more so than Barack Obama, John McCain had better choose well his VP and that choice should be Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a real up-and-comer in the party.

Why? First of all, the guy can talk. Just look him up on YouTube and listen for yourself. Jindal speaks quickly and powerfully on his feet. His is not the fluffy eloquence of a pre-packaged Obama speech, but he can do that too. He is just the kind of talent the McCain camp is going to need if it is to exploit the hypnotic change-mania that has gripped much of the country.

If there was ever a state that needed change, it is Louisiana, and he has capitalized on the change rhetoric in his own campaigns. “I suspect that some of those who oppose making big changes in Louisiana government will try to mount a counter-offensive…. But before we can change the direction of our state, we all have to change our current mindset. We have to defeat cynicism…. We can change. We must change. We will change…. [C]hange is not just on the way: Change begins tonight!” declared Jindal upon claiming victory for the governorship.

Next, McCain can’t win the election without a better outreach to the conservative base, and he has done a poor job thus far. If anybody can excite the base and get them out to the polls for McCain, Jindal is the one to do it. He has a 100% pro-life voting record and an “A” from Gun Owners of America. He campaigned for governor on cutting taxes among other issues. Rush Limbaugh has gone so far as to call him “the next Ronald Reagan.” The battle against Obama for independents will be formidable, so finding a way to win over staunch conservatives is a must.

At 37, Jindal is even younger than Obama by about a decade (helping McCain diffuse the age issue) yet has a much longer and more impressive resume than the Democratic nominee. Brace yourself for a deluge of experience: He graduated with honors from Brown University in biology and public policy and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford who turned down admission to medical and law schools at both Harvard and Yale. At McKinsey and Company, Jindal consulted Fortune 500 companies. Two years later he was appointed the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and another two years later appointed Executive Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Jindal’s particular background in health care, which is sure to be an important issue this election, couldn’t be more timely.

From there he went on to serve as the president of the University of Louisiana System and then the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in 2001. Only then did he begin a career as an elected representative to Congress serving two terms and winning his reelection with an incredible 88% of the vote! As governor of Louisiana, his approval ratings have reached as high as a whopping 77%.

And to top it off, no matter how hard we try to ignore it, race will likely be an issue in the presidential campaign. It can only help to have a person of color on the Republican ticket when campaigning against an historic opponent, an African American. Don’t expect much of a shift in the black vote, but it will be much easier to deflect the perennial accusations of Republican racism with an Indian-American at McCain’s side.

In short, Jindal is the youthful, articulate, reforming, conservative, and accomplished rock star that the Republican Party desperately needs in the fight against the predicted blue political tide this November and in the effort to bring the party itself back to its winning principles.

Help us Bobby Jindal, you’re our only hope.

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Noriega Op-ed Misleads the Public

Posted by Tony Listi on May 26, 2008

Rick Noriega, the Democrat challenger to Senator Cornyn, wrote a misleading op-ed in the Houston Chronicle.

The article criticizes Senator Cornyn for voting against Jim Webb’s GI Bill proposal but conveniently fails to mention that Senator Cornyn is supporting an alternative bill introduced by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham: S. 2938, the Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention, and Readjustment Through Education Act. According to a Congressional Budget Office report, Webb’s bill will harm military retention rates. Webb’s bill seeks to increase benefits to soldiers after only one enlistment. Does every soldier who enlists just once deserve a free college education anywhere plus a stipend? A four-year college degree and stipend for three years of service? Maybe the answer is yes, but the question should be asked and seriously considered. Is it even sustainable over the long-term?

Improved educational benefits for only one enlistment may increase the number of new recruits. But there is NO reason to believe that these new recruits will be of any higher quality. A piece of cheese attracts both the strong and the weak in the mouse hole.

Moreover, an all-voluntary military requires career soldiers who are committed to service for the long-term. New recruits are no substitute for re-enlistments! A great military is built on quality and experience, not raw numbers.

“I know it’s not his intention, but Senator Webb’s bill actually would encourage people not to re-enlist by providing an incentive to leave early in order to obtain the benefits they would receive after three years of service,” Senator Cornyn said on the Senate floor. “We need to make sure that we encourage continuation of service and retention in the military that is in the best interest of our all-volunteer military force. I believe that we ought to reward those who continue to serve. We especially ought to reward the families by allowing transferability of the benefit upon continued service to spouses and children.” (emphasis mine)

Examine Noriega’s duplicity: “The notion that we should limit benefits to force our troops to stay in the military is morally repugnant.” The denial of additional educational benefits is coercion?! There is a difference between an incentive and force, Noriega; it is called a respect for freedom of choice, something Democrats don’t understand when it comes to economics!

He tries to make it seem as if Sen. Cornyn doesn’t care about rewarding our troops for their service, but he is just playing political games, desperately trying to get traction for his campaign however he can. Senator Cornyn is merely trying to reward troops who give greater service with greater rewards. What is so wrong with that? Oh, that’s right, how could I forget that the Democrats are socialists.

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The McCain Girls Sing

Posted by Tony Listi on May 15, 2008

This just makes me cringe, haha. It is pretty funny too in an awkward way. But I like the Obama girl better!

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McCain: Be Our Guest…Worker

Posted by Tony Listi on January 11, 2008

McCain is not conservative…. Don’t vote for him.

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Choice Between Huckabee or McCain? God Forbid

Posted by Tony Listi on January 6, 2008

Is the Choice Huckabee or McCain?
It seems clear that we should do all we can to help revive the Romney campaign.

By John O’Sullivan

I was struck down by the family gastric flu at around 4:00 P.M. in New York. By the time I had hobbled back to my Washington apartment, I was not in the sunniest of moods – but I was in exactly the right mood for the Iowa results, namely a sour determination not to be swept away by a very strongly based mood affecting everyone. Let me resist it: If we stand back, the basic message of the Iowa caucuses seems to be that the race is slightly open on the Democrat side and wide open on the Republican side.

On the Democrat side Hillary has lost two precious assets: the inevitability factor and the competence factor. She is no longer the front runner; Obama is. Inevitability was taken from her by the voters, and competence by Obama who has delivered several coolly effective put-downs to her in candidate debates.

Until now Obama has been the most popular of the candidates in all the parties; voters shrank from voting for him only because he was young and inexperienced. He still seems young, but he no longer seems inexperienced. That gives millions of voters across the spectrum permission to overcome their doubts and vote for Obama now. They already wanted to do that in order to demonstrate that neither they nor America are guilty of racism.

Obama possibly overplayed this theme in his victory speech which was, if anything, too self-consciously historic. He need not stress that theme overmuch since the media will stress it for him. And he take a very slight risk of cheapening a powerful message — and losing the plot — if he is seen to bully voters morally into his voting column, however gently.

Edwards is finished since Obama makes the same point without seeming to hate other Americans. So Hillary will have to fight hard without seeming to do so in order to stay the course. Nothing is over yet — and my taxi driver told me that the Democrats would somehow be forced to choose Hillary even if Obama won all the primaries. But that was yesterday’s paranoid orthodoxy.

Huckabee made the best speech of the evening — personal, direct, untechnical, and designed — well, seemingly not designed but effortlessly succeeding in reaching people who generally tune politicians out. It even contained a quote from G. K. Chesterton which will endear him to conservative Catholics.

Huckabee himself is the single best reason to vote for him. He is a first-rate natural politician, charming, shrewd, and full of surprises. He is right to focus on economic security — and on issues such as health care — both because the voters care about them but also because they are really important issues. Conservatives like me are reasonably worried that many of his actual policies will not solve the problems he correctly identifies. That will be solved (or it won’t be solved) in the following ways: either Huckabee will talk to conservatives and gradually move towards better policies or he will lose to other candidates — of whom three are seriously still in the race.

Romney was badly damaged by the result. After spending so much he ought to have done better. He now limps into New Hampshire. But his concession on FOX was not merely gracious, it was gallant and endearing. It seemed to me to refute the argument (heard from his conservative admirers as well as from others) that he has every good quality except likeability. I believe him when he says that he will fight on to the end — and that means we may not know who the candidate will be until the convention.

John McCain sweeps into New Hampshire now as the favorite, helped by the damage to Romney, not seriously harmed by the continuing rise of Huckabee (whom he probably hopes will be his last opponent standing), delighted to see the now terminal decline of Giuliani, and hopeful that Fred Thompson will abandon the fight and throw him his support. I argued yesterday that McCain’s victory would be a disaster for conservatives. He owes us nothing and has shown contempt for our opinions. That looks even more true after Iowa.

It seems clear that we should do all we can to help revive the Romney campaign. If that fails, we face a choice between Huckabee and McCain. Neither looks like a good bet against a surging Obama candidacy.

Until Thursday night I would have said that McCain would have the better chance of victory in November — the main argument against him being that he would probably succeed in transforming the GOP into a party of corporate multiculturalism. Huckabee would find it much harded to transform the GOP permanently into an economically liberal party simply because most strong ideological groups in and around the GOP are passionately opposed to such a transformation — even if he had a chance of winning. I didn’t think he had any chance of winning until Thursday night. I still don’t. But after hearing him and Obama both speak last night, I cannot be entirely sure.

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McCain, Huckabee Stir Up Envy Against Romney’s Wealth

Posted by Tony Listi on January 6, 2008

Who are the most despised people in America? If one looks at the political scene (especially on the Left), it seems that rich people are.

McCain in tonight’s ABC debate: “And for you to describe it as you do in the attack ads, my friend, you can spend your whole fortune on these attack ads, but it still won’t be true.” (smiles)

Huckabee in Iowa was also trying to play the victim saying that he was being outspent 20-1 by Romney. He said this at his victory speech: “The first thing we have learned is that people really are more important than the purse, and what a great lesson for America to learn.”

Romney’s Republican rivals are trying to make his personal wealth an issue though it shouldn’t be. Romney has raised more money than all his other opponents, about $62 million!  And only 1% of Romney’s contributions were at the $4600 level (highest legally). That’s means a lot of contributors, and people don’t give money unless they really support you. He has a right to spend the money he raises! (See And who cares if he wants to spend $17 million his own wealth? I don’t see any disgust for Bloomberg’s wealth when there is talk of him running.

McCain married into wealth; his wife owns a major distributor for Anheuser-Busch. So he has a net worth of upwards of $32 million! That’s no chump change. He is one to talk. Hypocritical demagogue.

What is wrong with American culture today that it so despises rich people? Romney made his wealth legitimately in business. There is no reason for envy. It is not like he sued doctors and took them for all they were worth based on pseudo-science (ahem, John Edwards, the laughable candidate of the poor).

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Romney Hammers McCain on Immigration!

Posted by Tony Listi on January 6, 2008


ROMNEY: But your view is everybody who’s come here illegally, today, other than criminals, would be allowed when they speak English and get $5,000 payment and they get a background check, they’re allowed to stay forever….  That’s your plan, and that plan, in my view, is not appropriate. Those people should be invited to get in line outside the country with everybody else who wants to come here. But they should not be given a special right to stay here —

MCCAIN: There is no special right associated with my plan. I said they should not be in any way rewarded for illegal behavior.

MR. ROMNEY: Are they sent home?

SEN. MCCAIN: They have to get in line —

MR. ROMNEY: Are they sent home?

SEN. MCCAIN: — behind everybody else.

MR. ROMNEY: Are they sent home?

SEN. MCCAIN: Some of them are, some of them are not, depending on their situation….

ROMNEY: And let me tell you, the issue that’s at stake here is do the people who come here illegally, the 12 million, are they allowed to stay in this country the rest of their life? And the final bill you put forward in the United States Senate was they got a Z —

MCCAIN: The answer is that there was still negotiations and debating on that.

ROMNEY: May I complete?

MCCAIN: The answer is we were still negotiating. We were debating. I’m saying that some people have to go back to the country

ROMNEY: I’m sorry. There was a Z visa. The Z visa was given to everybody —

MCCAIN: And it was having — that some people have to go back. First, as Rudy said, we have to round up the 2 million who have committed crimes and deport them immediately.

ROMNEY: Let’s not divert.

MCCAIN: And that is not amnesty for anyone.

MR. GIBSON: Well, I don’t want to divert. Let me come back to your plan. Is it practical to take 12 million people and send them out of the country?

ROMNEY: Is it practical? The answer is no. The answer is no. So here’s why my plan works. One, it says to those 12 million people they do not have the right, as they would under the final Senate plan, to receive a Z visa which was renewable indefinitely. That meant these people could stay in the country forever. That was what the plan did, and that’s why talk radio and the American people went nuts.

MCCAIN: That’s not the plan.

ROMNEY: Senator, you look up your Z visa. It is renewable indefinitely. Every illegal alien got to stay in the country forever, other than those that committed crimes.

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