Democalypse 2014 – Jon Stewart

Posted on | October 14, 2014 | No Comments

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The 2014 Senate “Race to the Top”

Posted on | October 14, 2014 | No Comments

Senate Election Polls - 10-14-14All midterm races bring with them a certain amount of opportunity to be gained – they either validate a President’s policies and leadership, or provide a referendum. In the last century, we would be hard pressed to name a President more polarizing than our current one, and as a result, these midterms will, without question, make a statement about his presidency.

Three weeks from tonight, we’ll have a pretty good idea on what that statement will be.

However, I don’t want to discuss quite yet what I believe will happen that Tuesday night. The race for Senate control has certainly been a revealing one, and here are two things that I believe conservatives should note in particular:

  • For starters, as bad as this presidency has been, Republicans are likely going to lose a few states that they have historically held. This testifies to the age-old truth that you cannot and should not run on the strategically nonsensical philosophy that “You won’t govern like the other guy…” People want leadership and they need reasons to pull the handle FOR someone, not just go to vote knowing who they DON’T want. Too many Republican leaders have recently run (and led) on the strategy that they’re NOT President Obama, which begs the question: if they really feel they must point that out, perhaps they have more in common than they want to let on??
  • Secondly, not all Democrats are as extreme as our current President and recently retired Attorney General, and they’re proving that by shying very far away from them during this election style. You won’t find Democrat candidates for Senate booking the Obamas to come and join them on the campaign trail. They know the Obamas are unpopular, extreme, and a recipe for failure. What conservatives need to be doing is defining their opponents based on their party affiliation and tying them to their leadership in spite of this fact. Conservative candidates should be confident enough in their beliefs to not only define and describe their leadership principles and style, but also to define their opponents’ principles in a way that keeps them on the defensive. The best defense during campaign season is a good offense.

Predict Who Wins the Senate

Posted on | October 13, 2014 | No Comments

The Wall Street Journal, always proving itself as a valuable news source as well as a resource for ideas and strategies (be they personal, professional, or political), has provided us with a cool new graphic. Taking data from Real Clear Politics (a polling aggregate), we can experiment with the numbers to determine who will gain control of the Senate in early November. If you’re a WSJ subscriber, it’s worth looking at the available scenarios.

Balance of Power 2014   WSJ.com

 

Jerry Seinfeld on Advertising

Posted on | October 8, 2014 | No Comments

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the greatest geniuses in comedy. Very few people can take normal, everyday phrases and point out the irony and humor in them like Jerry can. Seinfeld, that famous “show about nothing,” is still one of the greatest shows in television history. And now, Jerry’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is worth regular viewing to see the real, genuine product that is Jerry Seinfeld.

Here’s a clip of Jerry’s acceptance speech at the Clio Awards in which he waxes eloquently on the subject of advertising and our innate desire for “stuff.”

The REAL War on Women

Posted on | October 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

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    Miles Gone By: A Literary Biography
    Dutch : A Memoir of Ronald Reagan
    When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan
    With Reagan: The Inside Story
    We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism
    John Adams
    Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government
    Peace Kills: America's Fun New Imperialism
    All The Best, George Bush: My Life and Other Writings
    The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969.
    The White House Years
    Madam Secretary: A Memoir
    Those Dirty Rotten Taxes: The Tax Revolts That Built America
    The Downing Street Years
    Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism
    God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life
    The Reagan Diaries
    RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon
    Wilson's Ghost: Reducing The Risk Of Conflict, Killing, And Catastrophe In The 21st Century
    The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years


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