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Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States

November 7, 2012

Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

As of midnight (PT) tonight, Obama has secured 303 electoral votes while Romney has 206. The state of Florida is still close to call.

Obama appears as if he will also win the popular vote as well, with a nearly 2 million vote lead and 50% of the overall vote, compared to Romney’s 48%.

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Rush Limbaugh Hospitalized

December 30, 2009

Popular conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a hospital in Hawaii this afternoon with chest pains. It has not been made clear at this point if he has had a heart attack.

From Reuters:

KITV television station said Limbaugh was in serious condition at Honolulu’s The Queen’s Medical Center after being treated at a hotel by paramedics, citing unnamed sources.

Hospital administration coordinator Wendy Rogers told Reuters she could not comment on the report. Due to patient confidentiality rules, it is up to patients to decide if they want information to be released, she added.

Limbaugh, a popular but controversial voice in American politics, was vacationing in Hawaii at the same time as Democratic President Barack Obama and his family.

From TMZ:

According to the report, Rush was in “serious condition” when he arrived to the hospital.

Attempts to reach a rep for Limbaugh were unsuccessful.

UPDATE #1: TMZ has confirmed paramedics did respond to the Kahala at 2:41 to attend to someone with “chest discomfort.”

UPDATE: 11:29 PM EST — Sources inside the hotel tell TMZ the hotel took drastic measures to get the mystery patient — reported to be Rush Limbaugh — out of the resort without being seen.

We’re told hotel security shut down a wing of the hotel and the guest elevators — the patient was transported using the employee elevator bank.

From Gather.com:

Rush Limbaugh was admitted to a Honolulu hospital with chest pains around 3:00 PM local time today, which was a little before 8:00 PM in his home state of Florida. His condition was reported to be “serious.”

The 58-year old talk-show host was vacationing at the Kahala Hotel, a 345-room luxury resort with its own, private 800′ beach, just 10 minutes from Waikiki.  Paramedics treated him briefly before transporting him by ambulance to Queen’s Medical Center.

Limbaugh’s medical history does not include any known heart attacks. In 2001, he told his listeners that he had lost most of his hearing as a result of an autoimmune inner-ear condition.  This necessitated a surgical procedure to place an electronic device in his skull to restore his hearing.

Joe Wilson’s War

September 10, 2009

What a night it was last night! President Barack Obama’s address to Congress became more than just a speech about a piece of legislation. During the speech, the President was interrupted by a two word outburst by South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson. Because of this, the focus today has been taken off of health care, and has been put on Wilson.

But what exactly becomes of Joe Wilson’s “You Lie”? Who does it help? Who does it hurt? Should we even care?

From USA Today:

Congress is divided and its members are angry. The president and the Democrats had let the plan be defined by its most controversial parts, some of which were distorted or mischaracterized by opponents. Conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans remain opposed to Obama’s insistence that there be a government-run health insurance option. Liberals are watching how much he’ll fight for the public option and whether Obama will hold firm in his promise to “call out” anyone who distorts his ideas going forward.

From the Associated Press:

Rep. Joe Wilson is known as a mild-mannered congressman fond of making short speeches. His shortest got the most attention. “You lie!” Wilson blurted out during President Barack Obama’s health care address to a joint session Wednesday night, an outburst that made some supporters shudder even as others believed it could give Wilson a political boost in his conservative hometown.

“He’s the only one who has guts in that whole place. He’ll get re-elected in a landslide,” said John Roper, an insurance agent, as he sat among patrons at a diner near Columbia.

Still, Southern sensibilities reign in the district Wilson has represented for the past eight years. Added Roper, “He probably shouldn’t have said it in that context.”

Wilson apologized to the White House soon after the speech and again Thursday, but did not back away from the issue that prompted his outburst. “People who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services,” he said.

His heckle came after Obama said extending health care to all Americans who seek it would not mean insuring illegal immigrants.

Can Social Media Help the Republican Party?

January 7, 2009

Great article on Ars Technica today on this very topic!

After experiencing defeat at the hands of Barack Obama’s networked Democratic Party, a number of young Republican strategists have been arguing the future of the Republican Party will be found using social media.

While author Julian Sanchez believes deeper soul searching might be required to bring the Republican Party back to power, his article provides some interesting background on the discussions surrounding the GOP’s online future.

From Ars Technica:

Since the humbling results of the November election came in, the conservative movement has been scrambling to assess what happened—and to figure out how to prevent it from happening again. Much of this effort, in light of the Obama campaign’s much ballyhooed online operation, has focused on closing the technology gap with the left, and getting conservative candidates and activists to make better use of new media. Hence we see sites like Top Conservatives on Twitter, meant to publicize co-partisans on the popular microblogging service and encourage others to sign up.

The most prominent of the restructuring efforts, though, is Rebuild the Party, brainchild of a group of Republican online strategists who are pushing the idea that adapting to the Internet must be the GOP’s top priority over the next four years. They’re proposing an ambitious goal of recruiting 5 million new online activists and insisting on a new openness that better integrates distributed grassroots efforts. In the past week, RedState founder Erick Erickson has laid out some more detailed advice to his fellow conservatives—heartily seconded by The Next Right’s Patrick Ruffini.

There are plenty of good ideas here, and this is clearly an area where the right needs to make up ground. We now know that strategists on McCain’s team actually proposed taking advantage of text-messaging, but were shot down because the idea seemed “undignified.” We also know, via the folks who model the blogosphere with an array of sophisticated statistical tools, that there was a lot of grassroots writing and activism going on that never got well integrated into the online activist “core.” And as I reported the other day, Barack Obama is looking at a huge advantage in supporters who are connected, and ready to push his agenda, on the Internet.  It’s absolutely true that they’ve got to play serious catch-up on this front.

But while Nancy Scola at TechPresident lauds Ruffini for avoiding “tool fetishism”—for recognizing that adapting to the Net is more about embracing a certain culture and worldview than about exploiting any particular gadget or social networking site—I wonder whether there isn’t a broader technofetishism at work here.  It’s not that they shouldn’t be thinking about how to do online organizing as well as the Obama team did, but at times the impulse to focus on modernizing tactics and strategy makes me think of the Microsoft execs convinced that the right ad campaign will finally convince people they love Vista.

Conservatism has much bigger problems right now than a paucity of Twitter skills. (I say this, for what it’s worth, as someone who’s often classified as part of the broad “right,” my frequent criticisms of this administration notwithstanding.) Front and center is that the end of the Cold War and a governing party that made “small government” a punchline has left it very much unclear what, precisely, “conservatism” means. The movement was always a somewhat uneasy coalition of market enthusiasts and social traditionalists, defined at least as much by what (and who) they opposed as by any core common principles. The Palin strategy—recapturing that oppositional unity by rebranding the GOP as the party of cultural ressentiment—is just a recipe for a death spiral. Conservatives don’t need to figure out how to promote conservatism on Facebook; they need to figure out what it is they’re promoting. To the extent that a new media strategy is part of opening up that conversation, great, but it had better not become a substitute for engaging in some of that painful introspection.

There are plenty of good ideas here, and this is clearly an area where the right needs to make up ground. We now know that strategists on McCain’s team actually proposed taking advantage of text-messaging, but were shot down because the idea seemed “undignified.” We also know, via the folks who model the blogosphere with an array of sophisticated statistical tools, that there was a lot of grassroots writing and activism going on that never got well integrated into the online activist “core.” And as I reported the other day, Barack Obama is looking at a huge advantage in supporters who are connected, and ready to push his agenda, on the Internet.  It’s absolutely true that they’ve got to play serious catch-up on this front.

Paul Weyrich Dies at 66

December 18, 2008

Paul Weyrich, the influential conservative whose leadership with social conservative groups helped lead the way to Ronald Reagan’s election as president, died early this morning at the age of 66.

From Fox News:

A co-founder and the first president of the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation Weyrich, 66, was also chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation. The Heritage Foundation issued a two-line statement that did not state the cause of death but said Weyrich died around 1 a.m. ET.

The Republican National Committee issued a statement extending its condolences to Weyrich’s friends and family.

“Paul’s service to America has embodied and further advanced the Republican Party’s core values of limited government, lower taxes and individual responsibility. We are saddened by the passing of Paul Weyrich, but we know that his contributions will continue to resonate for generations,” said RNC Chairman Mike Duncan.

Outgoing Republican Minority Whip Roy Blunt also issued a statement.

“No matter the challenges Paul was facing in his personal life, he was always acutely aware of the challenges facing our nation and devoted his entire life to strengthening our country. His ability to persuade without berating, and teach without demeaning are lessons that would serve many on both sides of the aisle well,” Blunt said.

Ann Coulter Silenced by Badly Broken Jaw

November 25, 2008

Ann Coulter, the outspoken conservative writer seen all across American television leading up to the 2008 Presidential Election, has been forced to keep quiet after she took a fall last month. In the fall, Coulter sustained injuries that have required that her jaw be wired shut.

I’m sure that there are liberals everywhere today who think that Thanksgiving has come early this year. It’ll be very strange to turn on one of the political shows on cable television in the lead up to Barack Obama’s inauguration in January and not see Ann speaking her mind.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Page Six is reporting that right-wing agitator and controversy-seeker Ann Coulter’s jaw is wired tightly shut.

I know, I know. If the report is true, It’s almost as if our prayers have been answered.

Apparently it was broken, but by whom, no one seems to be sure.  We could hazard a guess, but why throw roses yet.

The blogosphere is already aquiver over the idea of a forced Coulter Moment of Silence.

Finally, the Right Wing Barbie Doll has to shut up. This is, after all, the woman who called 2004 VP nominee John Edwards the F-word in 2007 while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the ‘gay hate word’ ” so I’m — so, kind of at an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards, so I think I’ll just conclude here and take your questions.”

From the Oregonian:

Reports have been sketchy as to the reason behind the broken jaw. I’m sure there have been visions of a fist fight with Rosie O’Donnell or just any liberal pundit taking a crack shot at that long face but it seems that it was only a nasty fall that Coulter took about a month back.

The timing is less than opportune, as Coulter is currently in the process of finishing the audio version of her upcoming book, The New Ann Coulter.

For more info on why Coulter is so good at causing ruckus and getting liberal panties in a bunch, you can check out a site dedicated to hating her, anticoulter.com.

Barack Obama Chooses Joe Biden as Running Mate

August 23, 2008

There will be no dream ticket of Obama/Clinton. It’s official, Joe Biden has been selected as Barack Obama’s running mate for the 2008 Presidential election, though not the way that Senator Obama had hoped it would be announced.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Obama and Biden Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

From Associated Press:

Barack Obama selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware late Friday night to be his vice presidential running mate, according to a Democratic official, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.

Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.

Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation, Supreme Court nominees and Constitutional issues.

In selecting Biden, Obama passed over several other potential running mates, none more prominent than former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, his tenacious rival in dozens of primaries and caucuses.

The official who spoke did so on condition of anonymity, preferring not to pre-empt a text-message announcement the Obama campaign promised for Saturday morning.

Obama’s decision leaked to the media several hours before his aides planned to send a text message announcing the running mate, negating a promise that people who turned over their phone numbers would be the first to know who Obama had chosen.

John McCain’s campaign wasted no time in attacking Biden by using the Delaware politician’s own words against him.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Republicans have been gathering ammunition against Sen. Biden for weeks now and didn’t have to look very far. Early in the lengthy presidential primary season, while he was still a candidate himself, Sen. Biden criticized Sen. Obama’s inexperience on several occasions, as well as his foreign policy naiveté.

The idea of nominating someone without “unimpeachable credentials on national security and foreign policy,” Sen. Biden said during a radio interview in August 2007, would be “a tragic mistake.”

“There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden,” said McCain spokesman Ben Porritt. “Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be President.”

Sen. Biden is a key component of the Republicans’ counter-programming for the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver. He’s featured in three videos on a new Web site, to be launched Sunday, of Democrats criticizing Sen. Obama.

All I can say is “Let the games begin”. It should be an interesting 10 weeks until election day! Thoughts?