Saint Maxine

Maxine Waters never loses an opportunity to urge her followers to keep up their harassment of members of the Trump Administration.

Last week, she took aim at the president again.  “Already, you have members of your Cabinet that are being booted out of restaurants,” she crowed as the crowd erupted, “who have protesters taking up at their house, who say, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep!’”

She went on, “We’re going to win this battle because while you try and quote the Bible, Jeff Sessions (she blames the attorney general for enforcing immigration law) and others, you really don’t know the Bible…God is on OUR Side! On the side of the children, on the side of what’s right!”

Waters has never been shy about using God, the church or little children to rabble rouse in order to increase her name recognition, her coffers or advance one of her pet projects, the latest being open borders. Continue reading “Saint Maxine”

GOP Establishment Kentucky Fried

Let’s get real:  There is a lot of angst among the GOP establishment over the outcome of the Kentucky governor’s race.

You would think that they would be celebrating the fact that a Republican, Matt Bevin, will control the executive branch in Frankfort for only the second time in four decades.  You would think that those who have been pulling the strings of power behind the scenes would be doubly happy that Jenean Hampton, his female running mate, is the first African-American from either party to hold a state-wide office, but no.

There is no joy among GOP power brokers who are accustomed to handpicking the candidates who are allowed to seek these lofty positions.  Secretly, they were pulling for Jack Conway the Democrat. Continue reading “GOP Establishment Kentucky Fried”

McConnell’s Ill-Timed “Fighting Words”

One thing coaches fear is a player with a loose tongue.  He may say something derogatory about an opposing team that can be used to gin up the opposition on the eve of a big game.  Over the years, these “fighting words” have inspired many weaker teams to prevail over stronger, cocky opponents.

Feeling his oats after a brief appearance before the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) committed such a faux pas during an interview with The New York Times which was published Saturday.

McConnell and two other Republican senators with questionable conservative credentials are facing strong Tea Party-backed challengers in their primaries this year. McConnell simply could not hide his disdain.  “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” he told the Times.  “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”    Continue reading “McConnell’s Ill-Timed “Fighting Words””

A Valentine for Michael

This is the time of year when we send expressions of love to those we hold dear: sweethearts, relatives and special friends.

I’m offering this Valentine to a friend I will not meet again this side of Heaven, a friend who served as a mentor to me and hundreds of conservatives in the trenches all across America, in Washington,D.C., and in the halls, offices and meeting rooms of Congress.

He help write legislation, make policy and shape public opinion, all in relative anonymity.        He was brilliant, thoughtful, sensitive and witty.   I can’t tell you how many powerful one-liners he’s given me over the years.  He couldn’t use them in the positions he held so he freely passed them on to those of us who write columns, host TV and radio programs and make speeches.

Michael Schwartz was a treasure.  Although separated by 2600 miles, when I needed insight on a pressing issue, advice on a column  or simply encouragement, I would pick up the phone and dial Michael.

As the country lost its moral underpinnings, as we headed off a financial cliff, as the electorate swooned over a sweet-talking, handsome, left-wing ideologue and I was tempted to throw up my hands and say, “What’s the use!” I would dial Michael.

For many conservatives like myself, Michael was our plumb line.  I used to tell him, “When you turn out the light in your office then, and only then, will I know it is time to pack it in.” Continue reading “A Valentine for Michael”

Caroline Kennedy: “Let them, you know, eat cake.”

“Let them eat cake!”

Those infamous words were unjustly attributed to Marie Antoinette who died on the guillotine in 1793. The beautiful French queen supposedly uttered that statement after being told the populace had no bread. The phrase was indicative of her out-of-touch attitude and sense of entitlement that made her immensely unpopular with the French people and no doubt led to her demise and that of the monarchy.

This unbecoming attitude resurfaced last month in the unlikely form of Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Continue reading “Caroline Kennedy: “Let them, you know, eat cake.””

Sarah Palin: Dumb like a Fox

She didn’t have time to do Meet the Press or This Week or any of the other big name political shows that are considered a “must” by political insiders. So where was Sarah Palin?

Now we know the answer to that nagging question. She wasn’t breast-feeding Trig, helping the older kids with their homework, learning the latest stump speech or brushing up on issues great and small for the vice-presidential debate. She was shopping till she dropped at Sacks and Neiman Marcus with the GOP’s charge cards. Continue reading “Sarah Palin: Dumb like a Fox”

The Good Guy Won!

Are you convinced that all candidates running for political office are the same?

Do you see “politics” as just another career choice, where candidates work their way up the ladder and — once elected to the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate — use their power, influence and our tax dollars to keep their jobs for life?

Are you annoyed that the party establishment hand-picks the candidates to fill the important posts, then lays out the bread crumbs for the rest of us to dutifully follow to the polls?

Just when you thought there was no way that an honest, selfless citizen could hack his way into the political hierarchy, along comes a man who breaks all those unwritten rules and comes out on top. Continue reading “The Good Guy Won!”

The Race the Republican Establishment Is willing to Lose

He’s got the charisma and moral clarity of Ronald Reagan, the honesty of Abe Lincoln and the mental toughness of Jesse Helms.  In Oklahoma, the polls show he is the only man who can beat Democrat Brad Carson for the Senate seat being vacated by Don Nickles, but the party establishment wants him to lose.

Tom Coburn is not a household word, despite the fact that this family physician from Muskogee was one of the most effective and feared men to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in recent years.  That’s because Dr. Coburn’s leadership was behind the scenes.

Modern-day Washington is set up to reward career politicians with leadership posts and committee chairmanships and Coburn was no modern-day legislator.  He was a throwback to an earlier time when men went to Washington to serve, not to be served.
Continue reading “The Race the Republican Establishment Is willing to Lose”

A fond farewell to Senator “No Sir”

The liberal press dubbed him “Senator No.” However, the gentleman, who represented the people of North Carolina in the Upper Chamber of the United States Congress longer than anyone in history, was much too polite to use that simple two-letter word all by itself. Southern tradition demands the addition of a simple title of respect. Jesse Helms was much more likely to say, “No, sir.” Continue reading “A fond farewell to Senator “No Sir””