“You’ll have to ask her…”

In a surreal turn of events, the White House press corps grilled Jay Carney about the prospects of Hillary Clinton mounting a primary challenge against Barack Obama. Courtesy of RealClearPolitics (they also have video of the exchange):

At yesterday’s White House press briefing WorldNetDaily White House correspondent Lester Kinsolving asked Jay Carney if President Obama is “certain” that Hillary Clinton won’t primary him. This comes after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Obama has moved to the right because he has no primary opponent.

Carney said the White House is pretty certain Clinton won’t challenge Obama, however he tells Kinsolving “you’ll have to ask her.” Transcript of the exchange:

Lester Kinsolving: “Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders said, and this is a quote, “one of the reasons the president has moved so far to the right is there is no primary opposition to him.” And my question: Why is the president certain Hillary won’t run against him?”

Jay Carney: “You win the award for originality today.”

Kinsolving: “Thank you very much.”

Carney: “The president is focused not on any election, he’s focused right now on doing his job to grow the economy, create jobs, ensure Americans who are in the path of this hurricane are taken care of.

Kinsolving: “I understand. Why are you running away from this question? Can you guarantee, I mean, are you sure Hillary is not going to run.”

Carney: “You’ll have to ask her. We’re fairly confident — that we need to focus on the task at hand.”

What I find amazing is that the press asks the White House about whether or not Barack Obama has moved the the right due to no primary opposition. What?

In addition, they’ve already asked Sarah Palin over and over again about what her intentions are. Why not ask Jay Carney about a Sarah Palin run? Even more, why don’t they pester the dickens out of Hillary Clinton as to what her plans are? This is truly becoming theater of the absurd!

Correlating school grades with leadership

I just read a piece on the Daily Caller titled “Does academic achievement bring Oval Office success?”

In this piece, the author states the following:

American University historian Allan Lichtman told The Daily Caller that he believes so [regarding the title].

“If you look at some of the least successful presidents,” he said, “they’re not exactly known for their [intellectual] prowess … Whereas the most brilliant of the presidents are all either very successful or at least reasonably successful.”

How, then, does one explain Jimmy Carter, thought to be smart but generally considered a not-so-great president? What of Ronald Reagan, media-cast as an “amiable dunce” but considered by many to be a historically great chief executive?

“Reagan was smarter than people give him credit for,” Licthman said. “It is a very rough correlation, and there will be exceptions, but overall it is a reasonable correlation.”

So, Reagan was basically an aberration. The author goes on to say:
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Sarah’s Tea Party speech on Saturday

So, we have been fed the notion that Sarah Palin will not make an announcement regarding a presidential run during her speech to the Iowa Tea Party on Saturday, September 3rd. Perhaps that is so.

I don’t really care if she announces or not! She’ll do what she’ll do when she determines she needs to. I can roll with that. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the Iowa Tea Party event on Saturday. I had hoped to attend, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

What we all can do is watch the event wherever it will be live-streaming it. I will post the URL of the site to go to as we approach Saturday. Right now, I just don’t know what it might be. I suspect you’ll be able to watch it on Breitbart and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it picked up by FoxNews or even C-Span.

Stay tuned and I’ll provide whatever information I can gather as soon as I get it. I’m expecting a very fun weekend and have a number of blogger friends that will be in attendance. I’ll hook up with them during festivities and will post all that is made available to me.

I’ll also provide a summary of all the goings-on during by BlogTalkRadio broadcast on Sunday, September 4th at noon Eastern time. Tune into “The Roderic Deane Show” for all the latest news!

Stay tuned!

In times of trouble…

First off, let me tell you that I’ve been a resident of Texas since 1995. That may not seem like a lot of time, but as the saying goes: “I may not have been born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could”. My son was raised here, having been only 2 years-old when we moved. He doesn’t remember Indiana but claims to remember certain events from that period. They have always been events from here in Texas.

The gubernatorial landscape has not changed much since I moved here. George Bush was the new Governor upon my arrival and when he ran for President in 2000, after just having been re-elected to a 2nd term, Rick Perry took over. I’ve watched the ensuing style of governance ever since and it has been disquieting, to say the very least.

Mark America has written a great piece that was posted on Conservatives4Palin and I encourage you all to read it. I’m already on record as not supporting a Perry presidency.

Mark does a great job of highlighting some of the troublesome tendencies of Rick Perry and cautions all to take pause and re-consider your enthusiasm for Perry’s presidential bid. To add to Mark America’s cautioning, we CAN do better.

Rick Perry may be a great alternative to the present occupant of the White House, but I question his ability to effect major change. Our government is on the road to ruin and I just don’t think that Rick Perry has exhibited the kind of tendency that will reverse our present course. I’m not alone with my assessment. My siblings in Indiana and other parts of the Midwest are equally skeptical. My mother, a staunch Republican and octogenarian conservative is equally concerned. They all tell me that something just doesn’t feel right about a Rick Perry presidency.

Perhaps their reticence is born out of my tendency to promote Sarah Palin at every turn when speaking with them. Perhaps they see things that I cannot as a resident of Texas who is steeped in the daily news that champions Rick Perry’s accomplishments. I think there’s something more going on.

People across our great nation are looking for a renaissance in the principles of our founding. The vast majority of our aging population is not seeing anyone speak and act in a way that reminds us of those principles. At least, not yet.

Sarah Palin embodies all that we can believe in. Her record in Alaska is one of a true reformer that is willing to take on the establishment in defense of our liberties. She does not carry the odor of one who supports crony-capitalism but instead provides a breath of fresh air that can galvanize the voters’ resolve. She not only talks the walk, but has walked the cause throughout her tenure in government. If there is anyone out there that speaks the same language as the Tea Party patriots, I have not yet heard from them.

I can’t travel to Iowa for Sarah Palin’s speech to the Iowa Tea Party next weekend, but I will be there in spirit. I will be looking for her to voice my own opinions and those of every patriotic conservative when she takes to the dais. I suspect that this speech will be the harbinger of a presidential run, much the same as Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech in 1964. No one expected that speech to become the hallmark of Ronald Reagan’s career, but it did and we are all better for it.

In times of trouble, you don’t look for a slick politician that tells you what you want to hear. You look for a politician that has a demonstrated conviction in your beliefs and you then elevate him (or her) to the vanguard of your political party. It’s happened before with Reagan and it can happen again.

Hurricane Irene – Beware the sea foam!

This becomes even more painful to watch when you know the true origin of the mysterious sea foam. According to the Fox affiliate’s article accompanying the video:

WTTG-TV reporter Tucker Barnes was providing live updates for stations around the country as a wall of what he described as sea foam poured over him.

Barnes was on the boardwalk as Hurricane Irene hit the coast of Maryland.

He noted that he had immersed himself in organic material. That “organic material” was most likely the effects of raw sewage pouring into the water during the storm.

“It doesn’t taste great,” he said.

He said it had a sandy consistency and added, “I can tell you first-hand, it doesn’t smell great.”

The foam is often a toxic mix of pollution and cyanobacteria.

60 mph wind gust sprayed the toxic mix across the reporter and the boardwalk and coated buildings.

Bubbles and foam in the ocean can be caused by several other things, including oils from decomposing animals.

Watch it and cringe.

Hat tip: Drudge Report

In case you’ve forgotten…

Sarah truly speaks the Tea Party’s language, but never crosses the line to suggest that she leads it. This is a lesson to be learned. We do NOT want politicians to lay claim to a movement that might support their agenda. We want politicians that will ENDORSE our beliefs and CHAMPION them as an adjunct to their own. They should NEVER lay claim to speaking FOR us. They should only lay claim to speaking on behalf of our beliefs.

Obama’s targeted groups are not enthused…

While totally predictable, recent polling has suggested that the core, targeted constituencies of Barack Obama are less than enthused with his record. According to a Neil Munro post at the Daily Caller today:

The bloc of “unmarried women, people of color, and younger voters — comprises a rapidly growing majority of the eligible voting population in this country … [but they] are not hearing an economic narrative that speaks to their problems and concerns or convinces them that their leaders have the ability to solve those problems,” says the Aug. 24 report titled “Creating a New Economic Narrative; Engaging the Rising American Electorate for 2012.”

Munro goes on to suggest that the Obama administration’s outreach to these groups is being eroded by union displeasure, as voiced by AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka on Wednesday:

…fewer working-class voters will turn out in 2012 unless Obama can persuade them that their votes can change government policy. “Give them the narrative about why it will work,” he said at a press breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign’s Project Vote effort says it will work to ”engage key demographic groups, such as African Americans, Women, Youth, Latinos, LGBT, Veterans, Asian Americans and others.”

I have an idea. How about dumping the Obama agenda and getting behind a true, market-based advocate like Sarah Palin? I’m going to quote Rush Limbaugh: “Conservatism works every time it’s tried!” Sarah understands the power of the free-market and also understands the oppressive nature of governmental regulation. I’m going to dedicate this Sunday’s The Roderic Deane Show to examining the disastrous effects of government regulation and why it should be at the very top of the list of any conservative candidate.

If Sarah could spur energy production, reign in government regulation and end out-of-control government programs like Obamacare, she will ignite a period of economic growth unseen since Ronald Reagan’s term as President. Further, she chafes at the idea of crony capitalism, which seems to haunt my vaunted Governor, Rick Perry. In all good conscience, I cannot endorse Rick Perry for the Presidency. His tendencies remind me too much of George Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” and his record suggests a willingness to support crony capitalism. Conservatism doesn’t need an adjective, it only needs an exclamation point!

Sarah Palin’s accomplishments offer none of the concerns that Rick Perry’s do. All you have to do is read the record. The truth will set you free!