The first debate is behind us and the pundits and polls say Kerry won. It is not a revelation that a life long debater would be better than one that was not. If you take the time to read what was said, President Bush was substantive and Kerry was stylish.
Coming in we did have an opportunity to land a crushing blow on Kerry and we did not. Quite frankly, I didn't like the format, the length, the camera use, etc. The debate got stale after 30-45 minutes and then we just heard repeating.
But if voters take the time they will understand Kerry the flip-flopper is alive and well.
- When Kerry said he wouldn't give a veto to any county over U.S. security in the debate he later said - any act of pre-emption must pass a global test, FLIP-FLOP.
- When Kerry claimed we went to war in Iraq over WMD's, not getting rid of Saddam. He changed positions again because on September 15, 2002, he said Saddam's miscalculations - Kuwait, the Kurds, Iran, etc. was the great threat from Iraq. FLIP-FLOP
- Kerry in the debate said the U.S. gets 98% of the cost of the Iraq War which could be used for domestic needs, but Kerry on August 31, 2003 said the U.S. should spend whatever it takes to fund operations and reconstruction in Iraq. FLIP-FLOP.
- Kerry said Americans in Iraq are not dying for a mistake, but in the same debate he called the war a mistake. FLIP-FLOP.
- Kerry said knowing what he knows now, he wouldn't have authorized force in Iraq - but on August 7, 2004 he said he would have voted for authority but used it more effectively. FLIP-FLOP.
The ongoing Kerry debate with himself goes on. TCR believes this debate was either a lost opportunity or a sandbagging of Kerry for a future Bush debate victory. But, clearly it was a missed opportunity for the President.
The final debates in the series, including the V.P.'s are now more important. This election is not over YET.
Additional key facts, President Bush's forward-thinking, post September 11th mindset versus Kerry's backward September 10th and before mentality is what the differences on national security are all about.
The world changed on 9/11, and we had no choice but to fight the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and anywhere the global terrorists and their sponsor states are or we can do it the Kerry way and we can fight them here in America. It's a simple choice.
Race of the Week
Gohmert vs. Sandlin
Another critical congressional race is the new Texas Congressional District 1. Judge Louis Gohmert is a well-known legal scholar, a veteran, long time District Judge and former Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals. Judge Gohmert is a staunch economic conservative who won't buckle under pressure.
Max Sandlin is another of the Democratic left-wingers who hides behind moderate language. Sandlin is a supporter of the radical left gang that runs the House Democratic caucus and will vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker over Dennis Hastert.
This is a lean GOP district where turnout will matter. Send your donation by visiting Judge Gohmert's website at www.gohmert.com
Why is the Human Rights Campaign
No. 1 Priority, Nick Lampson?
One of the most interesting developments in the big Texas congressional races this year is the revelation that Nick Lampson (facing GOP'er Judge Ted Poe in Texas Congressional District 2) is the darling of the gay lobby as personified by the Human Rights Campaign.
Texas Congressional District 2 is a socially conservative district with suburban white-collar workers and blue collar labor - one thing they are unified on is support for traditional marriage and against special treatment for homosexuals.
Here are the details:
- Nick Lampson voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment,
- Nick Lampson voted against the Defense of Marriage Act (Source: Congressional Record, July 2004),
- Nick Lampson voted to allow homosexuals to adopt children in Washington, D.C. (Source: Congressional Record, July 1999, Bill HR 2587, Vote 1999-346),
- Nick Lampson voted NO to make harming a fetus a federal crime (Source: Congressional Record, April 2001, Bill HR 1997, Vote 2004-31),
- Nick Lampson voted to allow US foreign aid money to fund abortions overseas (Source: Congressional Record, May 2001, Bill HR 1646, Vote 2001-115),
- Nick Lampson co-sponsored HR 1343, a so-called "hate crimes" bill that could make intimidation: of homosexuals a federal felony (Source: Congressional Record, April 2001),
- Nick Lampson supports abortion (i.e. the killing of innocent children), yet opposes the death penalty for murderers (Source: Congressional Record, March 2001, Bill HR 1038),
- Nick Lampson voted for coddling criminals with alternative sentencing" and supports decreasing funds for building prisons (Source: Congressional Record, June 2000, HR 4690),
- Nick Lampson supports the Permanent Partners Immigration Act, a bill that would allow homosexual immigrants to bring their partners to the US,
- Nick Lampson supports legislation that would make employment "discrimination" against homosexuals a federal crime, and
- Nick Lampson is one of six candidates the HRC has targeted as "quality" candidates to advance their anti-family agenda. Out of 435 members of the House of Representatives, Nick Lampson is one of the six favorites of the most powerful homosexual lobbying group in Washington, the Human Rights Campaign.
Lampson has gotten into the Kerry flip-flop game by finally voting last week in support of traditional marriage after twice previously voting against it - could we call it an election year conversion?
These new revelations will not play well in the district and added to the Lampson votes against taxpayer interests, paves the way for a Poe victory - but Judge Poe needs a big turnout of his supporters on Election Day. www.tedpoe.com.
Do Conservatives "Control" Texas Goverment?
With conservatives holding the key administrative offices in Texas and a clear majority in the State House and a plurality (hopefully) in the State Senate, do we control Texas government?
The short answer is not really. The problem is we have controlled Texas state government for just the last two years. The Democratic-liberal coalition ran Texas virtually forever and they did so effectively.
The Democrats spent years and years seeding the state agencies with their ideological clones and they are deeply imbedded. Protected by civil service they are a challenge to get rid of, but that is exactly the next priority.
Basically, the state administrative leadership and legislature must clean house at every key agency and replace the upper leadership (not just the heads) with strong committed conservatives. If we don't do this, we can pass all the good bills we want, and we will be subverted by "their" implementation. This clean-up should be a top priority for conservatives in 2005.
About Your Editor
Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who recently completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his ninth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last three years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant and can be reached at (713) 621-6335.
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