Democrats Uniting Behind Romney — Please Comment

The Gipper with Tip

During the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan attracted a large number of Democrats that eventually voted for him. They became known as the “Reagan Democrats.” There is no simple description for a Reagan Democrat. However, it is generally accepted that Reagan’s message of a strong national defense, combined with a very positive vision for America, were key to his success. I remember those days well.

President Carter was mired in the Iranian hostage crisis — Having studied this event, I am convinced he was doing everything he could to free the hostages, but his demeanor and outlook reflected the weight of the world — he seemed serious, even downtrodden all the time. The oil crisis forced us all to wait in hour-long gas lines — interest rates were at historic highs.

Ronald Reagan’s message was uplifting and forward looking. He articulated a strong vision for all Americans. Today’s pre-election season reminds me of that time — every day. Our ship of state is in a debt crisis in which the captain is without a compass, sextant, or a clue as to how best to navigate. Unemployed people have given up looking for a job and resigned themselves to the pittance of the handout. Unlike Carter who had some prior executive experience, Mr. Obama not only lacks the prior experience, he is devoid of leadership skills. Worse, he is incompetent which is why he seems so desperate right now. The insecurity is easily perceived in his countenance.

A person in a leadership position that is the product of the Peter Principle stops attempting to be proactive in strategy and tactical execution; they become reactive in every decision. Mr. Obama is in complete reactive decision-making mode now. Contrast Mr. Obama’s overall message/vision with that of Governor Romney’s. Mr. Obama is downtrodden as was Carter in April, 32 years ago.

Friday I was driving around LAX to meet my wife after a trip and was listening to satellite radio (TV: FOX News) to hear Governor Romney’s speech at the NRA annual convention. Though I could not see him as he spoke, his message and delivery were reminiscent of those 1980 Reagan days. Without being dramatic, I was stunned by how it struck me viscerally. Few leaders will ever match the charisma and wit of the great communicator — but what do you expect? — Governor Romney did not have decades of training as an actor! And yet, that positive message and vision broke through in that speech.

DEMOCRATS UNITE!

In the last 60 days, I have had several discussions with three Democrats regarding their political leanings in November. One of these told me he is 98% certain he will vote for Governor Romney. The other two told me they have not made up their minds but they really like Romney. Both said they would certainly consider voting for Governor Romney if the nation stays on its current economic trajectory. All three told me they are very disappointed with Mr. Obama’s job performance. (One or more of them may eventually write a guest post for MRC.)

We need to hear from you. If you are a registered Democrat and you are seriously considering a vote for Governor Romney in November, please leave a comment on this post and be frank with us. We’re looking for candor. Why are you considering Governor Romney over Mr. Obama?

If you are a Democrat and have already decided to support Governor Romney and vote for him in November, what caused you to decide not to vote for President Obama this time around? Please take a moment and leave a comment on this post.

We are very interested to hear from any American that is a Democrat and considering Romney.

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State of the Union Speech: President Obama Still Slugging, Governor McDonnell Responds

After the knock-out senatorial election of Scott Brown (R-MA), President Obama blatantly declared, “The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.” Obama’s 71-minute State of the Union speech to the nation last night signaled he’s ignoring  Massachusetts’ cold-water-in-the-face message. He’s quickly toweled off and plans to keep slugging. With an overall combative tone, peppered with patronization and huge doses of hypocrisy, here are just a few jabs from last night’s speech:   

“We have the largest majority in decades and people expect us to solve problems, not run for the hills.” (Obama warns Democrats to stay in the ring with him. 78% of Americans believe the Democrat super-majority loss is a positive for America.  22% feel it is a negative for America.)

“Let’s try common sense. Let’s invest in our people without leaving them a mountain of debt. Let’s meet our responsibility to the people who sent us here.” (Obama’s policies have put us on a road that will triple our national debt to $22 trillion over the next ten years. The fiscal policies of the United States are unsustainable.)

“And what the American people hope — what they deserve — is for all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight of our politics… Just saying ‘no’ to everything may be good short term politics but it’s not leadership.” (Capitol Hill doors have been locked – figuratively and in actuality - to prevent policy negotiations with Republicans. Update: House Republican Leader John Boehner (OH-8) said today that it had been over a year since he has been contacted by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel or anyone in the Obama administration.)

“One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by a severe recession, financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted — immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.” (Of Obama’s controversial $787 billion Stimulus Bill, only $264 billion has been spent. That leaves $523 billion more for Obama’s pay-backs and pet projects. He promised us that passing the Stimulus Bill would hold unemployment at 8%. It’s now over 10%. The Labor Dept reports today that for the week ending Jan. 23, another 470,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits. UPDATE: Dr. Frank Luntz conducted a poll today among an equal number of Republicans and Democrats in Philadelphia, PA. This statement polled as the WORST MOMENT in Obama’s speech.)

“…I’ve proposed a fee on the biggest banks. Now, I know Wall Street isn’t keen on this idea. But if these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need.” (TARP funds prevented our entire financial system from collapsing. Obama wants banks who have paid back TARP money - with interest - to now pay a fee. Obama ignores the federal government’s part in contributing to our economic crisis and is deflecting from the bonuses his own administration allowed.)

“Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America’s businesses.” (Where has Obama been the last year? Government employees feel more optimistic about the economy than private sector employees. Hmm. Could it be because most job growth this past year has been in the government sector?)

“You see, Washington has been telling us to wait for decades, even as the problems have grown worse. Meanwhile, China is not waiting to revamp its economy.” (Of course China isn’t waiting.  They own us! Just a couple of months into Obama’s presidency, the Chinese were expressing concerns over his penchant for trillion dollar borrowing from them. U.S. taxpayers pay the Chinese government $50 billion per year on interest – alone.)

“Still, this is a complex issue [health care], and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. I take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the American people.” (Does Obama really believe 61% of Americans want him to move off the health care issue and focus on job creation because he didn’t explain it well enough? 81% of Americans believe Obamacare will raise taxes.)

“Let’s put aside the schoolyard taunts about who is tough. Let’s reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values.” (Obama foreign policy gobbledy gook.  The Commander-in-Chief conveniently forgot to mention his policy of giving U.S. constitutional rights to terrorists and trials in U.S. courts.)

“And, yes, it [clean energy] means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America. I know there have been questions about whether we can afford such changes in a tough economy. I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change.” (Obama is willing to cripple our economy further by refusing to even consider real science and the scandalous suppressing of evidence regarding climate change. Cap-and-Trade legislation isn’t global warming/climate change. It’s about creating profit - money out of thin air.)

A jaw-dropping breach of decorum occurred last night when Obama scolded the Supreme Court regarding the reversal of the McCain-Feingold bill. Watch Justice Alito mouth “that’s not true”:

Like us, Harry Reid has heard it all before

Governor Bob McDonnell’s (R-VA) response to Obama’s State of the Union Speech:

Obama’s condescension and arrogance doesn’t bode well for 2010. The President’s  hoped-for left hook last night may cost him seats in the mid-term elections. Will Blue Dog Democrats go to the ropes for him?  We’ll see.

Obama may have bloodied our noses this past year, but I feel a whopping right-hook coming on. The American people refuse to be his punching bag any longer.  

Read full text of Governor Bob McDonnell’s (R-WA) rebuttal speech here.
Read full text of President Obama’s State of the Union Speech here.

KILL THE BILL!! - House Vote Expected on Health Care Tomorrow

If you have not yet called any members of congress to express your disgust concerning this uber-expensive monstrosity of a bill known as H.R. 3962, the time is now! Nancy Pelosi has pressed to get a vote by this Saturday. There are rumors that it may not happen. Any delay is a small victory for conservatives. It means they don’t have the votes, otherwise they’d force it to the floor. Delay also means that the members of congress will go home and face their angry constituents again, and that’s something Pelosi can’t afford.

Some H.R. 3962 so-called Affordable Health Care for America Act quick facts:

  • Weighs in at a whopping 1990+ pages
  • 10 year cost estimate at least $1.4 TRILLION, some estimate $1.8T despite previous claims that it would be deficit neutral)
  • Benefits don’t begin until 2013 so that cost is actually for only 7 years of implementation
  • Vastly expands the federal government by adding DOZENS of new bureaucracies (one count was at 110!)
  • Includes a public option - the beginning of the end for private coverage
  • Includes job-killing employer mandates
  • Cuts benefit payments for Medicare by hundreds of billions
  • Individual and employer taxes, fines and penalties are all included, more are imminent
  • Does not contain clear language to forbid federal funding of abortion
  • Does bar illegal immigrants from getting coverage, but no ID verification is required
  • Does not open up insurance markets to sell across state line
  • Does not include any tort reform
  • Does not require members of congress to hold the same insurance it will implement on their constituents
  • Republican are unanimously opposed to it
  • Only 218 of the 258 Democrats need to vote yes for it to pass

Polls have shown that a majority of Americans are opposed to this Health Care Reform. Town Howlers and Tea Partiers have done much to discourage the bill and delay the vote. In fact some 25,000 folks attended an impromptu rally yesterday at the capitol. People left their work places, many traveled long distance to make their voices know heard in person to KILL THIS BILL. The least that you and I can do is to take a few minutes to call some representatives from the comfort of our own homes and and at no cost. Join the national outcry and help defeat this bill. If it goes down in defeat now it will be at least another 8-10 years until it will raises it’s ugly head again. Just think of the trillions of dollars that will be saved in the meantime.

At this point calling will be the most effective. Since all Republican are opposing it I would recommend calling Democrats to make your opposition known. You need not be from the their district to let your opinion be known, but many will refuse to hear you if you are not. Below is a list of the Blue Dog Democrats (50 or so), a fiscally conservative (or moderate) group of Democrats that are the most likely to be persuaded to vote against the bill. Many are in a rock and a hard place with the decision to stand up against their constituents or their party leadership. Nancy Pelosi is effectively asking them to walk the plank if they vote yes on this bill, because most will surely be fired in next years elections if they do. Call them up to convince them they should be more afraid of you than Nancy Pelosi!

~Nate Gunderson

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

I’ve been calling and only getting a busy tone. I’m working on making a table with their direct numbers and I will update this post as soon as I do.

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UPDATE:
Blue Dog Democrats contact info

PHONEDISTRICTNAME
202-225-2565PA-04Altmire, Jason
202-225-6234NY-24Arcuri, Mike
202-225-6161CA-43Baca, Joe
202-225-2823GA-12Barrow, John
202-225-4076AR-01Berry, Marion
202-225-3631GA-02Bishop, Sanford
202-225-4301OK-02Boren, Dan
202-225-3806IA-03Boswell, Leonard
202-225-5235FL-02Boyd, Allen
202-225-2901AL-02Bright, Bobby
202-225-6131CA-18Cardoza, Dennis
202-225-3731PA-10Carney, Christopher
202-225-4706KY-06Chandler, Ben
202-225-4306MS-01Childers, Travis
202-225-4311TN-05Cooper, Jim
202-225-3341CA-20Costa, Jim
202-225-1640TX-28Cuellar, Henry
202-225-5406PA-03Dahlkemper, Kathy
202-225-6831TN-04Davis, Lincoln
202-225-3915IN-02Donnelly, Joe
202-225-4636IN-08Ellsworth, Brad
202-225-2542AZ-08Giffords, Gabrielle
202-225-4231TN-06Gordon, Bart
202-225-4801AL-05Griffith, Parker
202-225-8220CA-36Harman, Jane
202-225-2801SDHerseth Sandlin, Stephanie
202-225-5315IN-09Hill, Baron
202-225-5546PA-17Holden, Tim
202-225-5311MD-01Kratovil, Jr., Frank
202-225-2731NC-07McIntyre, Mike
202-225-6531GA-08Marshall, Jim
202-225-3011UT-02Matheson, Jim
202-225-4031LA-03Melancon, Charlie
202-225-6306ME-02Michaud, Mike
202-225-6611ID-01Minnick, Walt
202-225-2190AZ-05Mitchell, Harry
202-225-2865KS-03Moore, Dennis
202-225-2865PA-08Murphy, Patrick
202-225-4215VA-02Nye, Glenn
202-225-2165MN-07Peterson, Collin
202-225-2611NDPomeroy, Earl
202-225-3772AR-04Ross, Mike
202-225-4761CO-03Salazar, John
202-225-2965CA-47Sanchez, Loretta
202-225-4176CA-29Schiff, Adam
202-225-2939GA-13Scott, David
202-225-6401NC-11Shuler, Heath
202-225-6265OH-18Space, Zack
202-225-4714TN-08Tanner, John
202-225-5772MS-04Taylor, Gene
202-225-3311CA-01Thompson, Mike
202-225-5705OH-06Wilson, Charles