The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality.” – Allen West

“Illegal immigrants are to immigration what shoplifters are to shopping.” – Jerry Agar

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” -President Theodore Roosevelt

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” - President Ronald Reagan

 

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This week’s winning essay,The Right Planet’sA Strong Warning from Trevor Loudon on Illegal Amnesty is an in depth look at amnesty for illegal aliens, the radical roots of many of its activists and how it is being used as a tool to subvert the basic fabric of the country . Here’s a slice:

For the past three years, Trevor Loudon, author of the book “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within,” has been trying to warn Americans about the Marxist takeover of the Democratic Party. If you listen to the video above, you can hear Trevor is losing his voice from all the rallies he’s been attending lately. He is trying, with every fiber in his being, to warn Americans of the dire consequences of ignoring the ominous slide toward pure socialism occurring now in the American body politic.

A little while back I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down and talking to Trevor Loudon at length when he visited Indianapolis. Many of the points he is making in his presentation to the Leadership Institute were the same ones he made during his visit to Indy.

I want to focus on some key points regarding illegal immigration Trevor made in his presentation.

Before 1995, the AFL-CIO labor union was lead by alleged anti-communists like Lane Kirkland and George Meany. But, in 1995, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the Gramcsiist communists kicked out Lane Kirkland, replacing him with DSA member John Sweeney. Sweeney is currently President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO. He was president of the organization for four terms, from 1995 to 2009. Richard L. Trumka is the current AFL-CIO President.

The radical leftists took over every major labor union in the country, and purged the Democratic Party of all the moderates, dixiecrats, centrists and bluedog democrats—with Sen. Joe Lieberman being the last to go.

Today, there is not a single policy embraced by the Democratic Party that can be distinguished from the platform of the Communist Party USA or the Democratic Socialists of America. This is full-on Marxism-Leninism, ladies and gentlemen. I have been warning about this for years—Trevor, even longer. Now we have a situation where some twenty-thousand Marxists own the unions, and the unions own the Democratic Party. It was Vladimir Lenin who once wrote that the labor unions are “the transmission belts from the Communist Party to the masses.”

Trevor mentioned some key individuals worth noting in his presentation that have been major driving forces behind the “immigration reform” movement (i.e. amnesty) in the United States.

The first organized effort to bring Latinos into the Democratic Party started with hardcore communist Bert Corona in the 1950’s. It was Corona who set up the Viva Kennedy clubs that, for the first time, brought large numbers of Mexican-Americans into a Presidential campaign.

The former mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa—a hardcore Marxist, who cut sugar cane in Cuba for the Castro brothers—turned L.A. into a sanctuary city, and forbade the LAPD from enforcing immigration. The illegals flooded into California by the hundreds of thousands.

Communist Party supporter, and former head of the California senate, Gil Cedillo, pushed through the DREAM Act in California about three years ago, giving so-called “rights” to the children of illegal immigrants—euphemistically called “undocumented workers.”

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with The Enemy Of My Enemy submitted by The Noisy Room. This is Steyn’s take on Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu’ speech to congress..and as usual with Steyn, he gets to the heart of the matter with his customary wit and brilliance. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Rhymes With Right was unable to vote this week, but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

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Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all truly slime-worthy and disgusting,but in the end the unanimous winner was….the envelope please..

 

 

Mistress 0f E-Mails, Serial Liar, Benghazi Babe And A Law Unto Herself Hillary Clinton!!

The Noisy Room :My nomination this week is Hillary Clinton for her illegal email escapades. Hypocrisy, thy name is Hillary Clinton.

On June 20, 2007, Hillary Clinton whined and bloviated shrilly about Bush officials shredding the US Constitution by having secret email accounts. Not even two years later, as Secretary of State, Clinton set up a secret email account and secret servers in her basement for all of her official business to skirt federal law. The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York.

The Washington Post points out that this would give Clinton: (1) “impressive control over
limiting access to her message archives and (2) secretive email practices far more sophisticated than some politicians.€ Hillary is keeping mum on all of this and her silence is damning.

Hillary is a crafty weasel, she figures since she asked the State Department to release the 55,000 pages of emails she provided to the agency, that everything will quiet down. In fact, that is now her team’s strategy, to do nothing. It is a time-tested Clintonian approach: take a concrete step to ease the pressure, then sit back and wait it out.

You watch, she’ll pooh pooh this as a non-issue. That it is irrelevant – you know, like breaking the law always is for the Clintons. Unfortunately, for Hillary, this has legs and isn’t going away and won’t just fade off the radar either. Rumor has it, those email accounts that she has so carefully hid and labeled with pseudonyms, have been hacked. Huma Abedin is caught up in this as well. Those emails should finish the Hildebeast off if there is any justice in the universe. She is an accomplished weasel.

 The Right Planet : Once again, when it comes to the Clintons, we see a classic example of the old “the rules don’t apply to me” schtick. Hillary Clinton not only refused to use an official government email address for her official communications when she was serving as Secretary of State, she went as far as to set up a private email server in her own home in an obvious effort to retain complete control over her all official communications. Why? What is she trying to hide? This seems to be a pattern with this administration (see former EPA head Lisa Jackson and her “Richard Windsor” email account).

I really can’t put it any better than “Zip” over at Weasel Zippers:

 

“So let’s review. [Hillary Clinton] violated the rules of her Department, violated the Federal Records Act, required employees to follow the rules and kicked one out for not following them, failed to respond to prior requests for the emails, and then when she finally turned over some, there were huge gaps of months missing. Now we don’t even know where the server she exposed all kinds of info on is, and how exposed it was to attack. Let’s elect this woman President, yay!”

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton  is more than just a mere weasel…she’s a Weasel Legend!; From her earliest days, she’s personified Weaselness. Sandy Koufax was born to pitch baseball,Mozart to compose music, Meryl Streep was born to act and Hillary was born to be a weasel superstar!

Such heady praise for the innate talent of one so young!

And than there was Whitewater, where Hillary escaped going to jail because of while the prosecutor was able to prove she forged documents, there was no way to prove intent because Susan McDougal chose to do easy time, keep her mouth shut and sit in jail for a year and a half until she got a presidential pardon and undoubtedly a little somethin’ somethin’ for her trouble.

Need we even mention her other weasel deeds during the Clinton Administration, her fairy tales of facing danger from Bosnia to Belfast, her perfidious performance as a U.S. senator, on the campaign trail in ’08 and then as Secretary of State? Her outright lies about Benghazi, not only to congress but to the very families of the men whom were murdered there…literally at their funerals?

And now, we find out that Mrs. Clinton -again- knowingly broke federal law, used a private e-mail server during her tenure at Secretary of State, and very probably exposed classified material to espionage and hacking? Isn’t this the cherry on top of the Weasel sundae?

Why yes, a decent society might have driven her into the void like the hideous, corrupt harridan she is. But the Golden Weasel, after all, is an award for Weaselness. Mrs. Clinton is a master at of the art, one of the all time champs. So please step forward to the stage (or have Huma slither on over) to accept your Weasel.

Let us hear your hideous cackle as you revel in accepting this award. It might have been created with you in mind as its model recipient.

 

Well, there it is! 

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and  remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – ‘Delete To The Beat’ Edition

 

Hillary Clinton is one of those people who should have resolved a long time ago never to lie. She’s absolutely awful at it. Aside from violating the Federal Records Act, there’s also the question of National Security. Unless Mrs. Clinton spent a great deal of money encrypting her private server to government standards, her illegal account was an open invitation to foreign governments or even private hackers to gain access to her account and spy on what she insists were ‘mostly private e-mails’ that had nothing to do with government affairs, something I think we all pretty much know is horse manure.

No matter how you slice it, this is a gross violation of federal law, something Hillary Clinton had full knowledge of when she did it.

Me, I still want to know what happened to that $6 billion in State Department funding that mysteriously ‘disappeared’ while she was Secretary of State, and about those mysterious donations from foreign countries like Algeria to the Clinton Foundation.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, Simply Jews, Seraphic Secret, Maggie’s Notebook and The Gates of Vienna earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….


Mistress if E-Mails, Serial Liar, Benghazi Babe And A Law Unto Herself Hillary Clinton!!

The Noisy Room :My nomination this week is Hillary Clinton for her illegal email escapades. Hypocrisy, thy name is Hillary Clinton.

On June 20, 2007, Hillary Clinton whined and bloviated shrilly about Bush officials shredding the US Constitution by having secret email accounts. Not even two years later, as Secretary of State, Clinton set up a secret email account and secret servers in her basement for all of her official business to skirt federal law. The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton’€™s emails traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’™s home in Chappaqua, New York.

The Washington Post points out that this would give Clinton: (1) “impressive control over
limiting access to her message archives and (2) secretive email practices far more sophisticated than some politicians.€ Hillary is keeping mum on all of this and her silence is damning.

Hillary is a crafty weasel, she figures since she asked the State Department to release the 55,000 pages of emails she provided to the agency, that everything will quiet down. In fact, that is now her team’s strategy, to do nothing. It is a time-tested Clintonian approach: take a concrete step to ease the pressure, then sit back and wait it out.

You watch, she’ll pooh pooh this as a non-issue. That it is irrelevant – you know, like breaking the law always is for the Clintons. Unfortunately, for Hillary, this has legs and isn’t going away and won’t just fade off the radar either. Rumor has it, those email accounts that she has so carefully hid and labeled with pseudonyms, have been hacked. Huma Abedin is caught up in this as well. Those emails should finish the Hildebeast off if there is any justice in the universe. She is an accomplished weasel.

 The Right Planet : Once again, when it comes to the Clintons, we see a classic example of the old “the rules don’t apply to me” schtick. Hillary Clinton not only refused to use an official government email address for her official communications when she was serving as Secretary of State, she went as far as to set up a private email server in her own home in an obvious effort to retain complete control over her all official communications. Why? What is she trying to hide? This seems to be a pattern with this administration (see former EPA head Lisa Jackson and her “Richard Windsor” email account).

I really can’t put it any better than “Zip” over at Weasel Zippers:

“So let’s review. [Hillary Clinton] violated the rules of her Department, violated the Federal Records Act, required employees to follow the rules and kicked one out for not following them, failed to respond to prior requests for the emails, and then when she finally turned over some, there were huge gaps of months missing. Now we don’t even know where the server she exposed all kinds of info on is, and how exposed it was to attack. Let’s elect this woman President, yay!”

 

 

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Shameless Obama Enabler and Professional RINO Doormat  GOP Speaker John Boehner!

Virginia Right! :Although John Boehner is a frequent flyer on the Weasel of the Week program, I feel he is deserving of the dubious honor again. He cast aside the Hastert Rule that would only allow a bill to come to the floor if a majority of Republicans were in favor of it.

Boehner, however, ignored this common sense rule and formed what can only be called a Coalition Government by taking the Liberal wing of the Republican Party with him over to the Democrats to force Obama’s illegal amnesty program to be fully funded.

And then came news that Obama has already allowed over 100,000 illegals into his amnesty program before the start date.

So I again nominate John Boehner.

 

 

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Diversity Dawg, Quota Qaddaffi and DeBlasio Political Appointee Tom Finkelpearl, NYC’s own Cultural Affairs commissioner!

The Independent Sentinel : Extremely, very far left mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio has his minions in cultural organizations, such as museums, orchestras and dance troupes, looking to inflict affirmative action when hiring staffs. It’s not legal but the administration won’t let Supreme Court decisions get in the way.

These people are into equity not equality, social justice, not justice, and there is nothing fair about all of this.

Cultural Affairs commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl gets my nomination as weasel for being a toady who thinks we should hire employees by race instead of talent, experience, ability.

“If you’re living in a city like we are in New York — with 65 percent people of color right now — maybe we’re missing out on some of the talent if we don’t have diverse audiences, staffs and boards,” said Tom Finkelpearl, the city’s commissioner of cultural affairs, whose department will commission the study.

Finkelpearl said, “…diversity should be a priority for institutions when it comes to naming trustees or hiring employees.”

“Over 90 percent of staffs at museums nationally are white,” Mr. Finkelpearl said.

[Hello, he’s white. He needs to fire himself.]

[And what’s the percentage of minority NFL players?]

“The arts cannot be the exclusive purview and playground of the privileged,” said the president of the Ford Foundation.

[The privileged are the white of course, not the elites who run the Ford Foundation or the white guy in Gracie Mansion.]

“Everything we do in the organization now is seen through the lens of equity,” said Anne Pasternak, the president and artistic director of Creative Time.

 

 


Self-Styled Intellectual And Soros ‘Writer’ David Brock!!

Nice Deb : David Brock earned my nomination for Weasel of the Week based on his hair alone.

But there’s so much more to this Media Matters Maven than his hair. One expects someone this in the tank for Hillary to come out and defend her indefensible email practices in media venues like Morning Joe, (beclowning himself in the process.)

But David Brock went above and beyond the call of duty.

Host Joe Scarborough then read Brock a 2009 federal regulation that requires all federal employees to preserve emails “in the appropriate record keeping system.” This is something Clinton did not do until recently, at least until two years after leaving the State Department. Brock appeared to argue that in doing so she did in fact comply. Of course, Brock has no way of knowing that. Because she skirted the law for 6 years, and apparently used her own email server, there is no way to know if she turned over every email.

This appears to violate both the letter and spirit of the law that requires “a system not operated by the agency MUST ensure that “emails outside of the federal system are preserved.” [emphasis mine]
Unbound by facts, Brock added this to his bizarre defense, “The State Department said yesterday that the emails were regularly preserved.” Brock is arguing here that the emails were preserved by … Ms. Clinton.

When reminded that the law requires that the emails be “preserved in the appropriate agency” and not by the individual’s home-brewed server, Brock didn’t appear to grasp what that meant. “It’s not clear that didn’t happen, Joe,” Brock replied. “The New York Times doesn’t establish that at all. In fact, the 2009 law you’re referring to isn’t even cited in the New York Times.”

If I’m interpreting Brock correctly, he is again demanding a New York Times retraction — not because there isn’t a law that Ms. Clinton appears to have broke — but because the Times didn’t publish the law Ms. Clinton appears to have broke.

A favorite Media Matters ploy is to find one tiny flaw – one perceived weakness in an inconvenient narrative and exploit the heck out of it, betting (usually correctly) that the MSM will be happy to latch onto any excuse to stop reporting the story. Brock gave it his best shot on Morning Joe, but alas, fell on his face. Sad but true – not to mention weaselly.

 

Well, there it is. What a despicable group of  Weasels…ANY OF THEM COULD WIN! Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum.

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y’know?

Forum: Is the Republican Party Dead? Can It Be Saved?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:Is the Republican Party Dead? Can It Be Saved?

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Au Contraire! As best understood, GOP is like going ganksta – scoring majorities every where in state and local chiz. And if GOP Governors really wanted to do some monkey wrenching they could regress back to the old school days when state governors and their legislative posse determined who the senators were.

Lee Outlaw disagrees and gives up 3 reasons why cause the GOP is kaput:

The focus on RINO’s.
Destruction of true conservatives.
Rise of Libertarians

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason :The Republican Party is not dead but it has become corrupted with political and social progressives. To have any chance to get a true conservative to win the primary election it is going to take hard work at the local level. By now, Americans who have been paying attention know that our country is headed in the wrong direction under the Obama presidency. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, sixty-two percent of Americans believe we are headed in the wrong direction. This includes eighty-two percent of Republican voters and sixty-six percent not affiliated with either the Democrat or Republican Party.

Grass roots Get Out The Vote volunteers have to convince those registered as Independent to change party affiliation to Republican so they can vote in the primary and help select the Republican candidate. This is the only way we have a chance of getting a conservative in the White House. In addition, our contributions should go directly to the candidates. We need to find our candidate early and throw all of our efforts behind him or her and make sure they garner the nomination.

We have the numbers. We need to get the momentum early and keep it going throughout the primary process and into the general election.

JoshuaPundit: If not dead, certainly at least on life support, although an infrastructure this large and well rooted may take some time before the coroner of history notifies us. Put simply, a political party’s raison d’etre is its support of certain principles. In the case of the Republicans, for instance, it was originally the abolition of slavery.Actually, a lot of the original Republican Party came from the Whigs after that party split over that issue.

A party simply cannot go on disrespecting its declared principles and lying to its base supporters time after time and expect them to turn out and vote. That’s what eventually happened to the Whigs and that’s why over 3 million self-identified Republicans sat on their hands and stayed home in 2012.

I’m normally an optimist, as you know, but here’s how I see it. The GOP, no thanks to the RNC, won an historic majority in the House in 2010 with the promise they were going to defund ObamaCare. They didn’t and caved, with the excuse they didn’t run the Senate. And in 2012, they ran the one candidate unable to attack ObamaCare. In 2014, the GOP campaigned on taking over the senate and thy were elected to stop Obama’s agenda, especially his unconstitutional amnesty for illegal aliens by executive order. You’d think anyone with a modicum of political sense would understand that 15-30 million new Democrat voter might just affect their election prospects in the future, but not these guys! The donor class and the Chamber of Commerce want a continual stream of cheap labor and the Dems want the votes, so there’s a real meeting of the minds here at the country’s expense!

And it’s not just amnesty. On virtually every issue, the Republicans have sacrificed their constitutional power of the purse and have allowed this president and Harry Reid to do whatever they wanted.Even Reid’s using the nuclear option to shove through radical judges and appointees like those FCC functionaries brought no retaliation from the house…or from the Senate, now that Mitch McConnell is majority leader.

There are many admirable Republicans, but they aren’t the ones leading the party and as such, their efforts have been doomed to frustration. The Republicans right now are house divided, and to paraphrase Lincoln, without something radical changing I don’t see them standing.

The Right Planet : We are quickly approaching the point where the GOP will be relegated to the dustbin of history, in my opinion. If Obama’s illegal executive amnesty is allowed to stand, it will bring at least eight million new voters into the Democratic Party. And that’s a conservative estimate. If the Republican leadership believes allowing executive amnesty will create new Republican voters, they are utterly delusional–not to mention the ominous precedent of allowing a sitting president to rule by decree, sans Congress.

But, according to Trevor Loudon, the Chamber of Commerce has spent $1.7 billion promoting amnesty over the past 10 years. Why? Simple answer: cheap labor. It appears that members of the Vichy wing of the GOP are only thinking of profits and their own expedient ends. California, which is the most populous state in the union with the most electoral votes, has already been lost to the Marxists and communists. If executive amnesty is not shot down, the GOP can kiss the second most populous state in the union, Texas, goodbye. And if that happens, you’ll never see another Republican president elected again in your lifetime. We’ll have a one-party state ruled by the unions and the communists. If you think the progressives are arrogant now, just wait until they have sole control without any effective opposition. You won’t have to visit Venezuela or Cuba to see what it’s like. You’ll be living in it.

The Glittering Eye : I’m not really sure how to answer the question. Let’s start with some definitions. There are several different types of political parties. The two we’re most interested in a programmatic parties and catch-all parties.

A programmatic party is a party that has a clear, stated identity and point-of-view and a program that implements that point-of-view. A catch-all party is the opposite–it’s a political party that unites people with many different, often drastically different points-of-view. A catch-all program practically by definition does not have a coherent program.

The next definition we need is one of electoral systems. Rather than going through the whole array of different alternatives I’ll just mention the system that we have. In the United States we have what is referred to as a “winner take all” system. This contrasts with, for example, a proportional representation system.

It is widely recognized that “winner take all” systems inevitably evolve into two party systems.

Okay, now to the forum question. For the last thirty years both the Democratic and Republican Parties have been inching towards being programmatic parties. As they have, the number of people who are independents, unaffiliated with either party, or only marginally affiliated with either party has increased.

There is no future for a programmatic party in the United States be it a conservative party or a liberal party. The only viable parties at the national level are necessarily catch-all parties. There are other practical problems with tossing the RINOs and DINOs out of the Republican and Democratic Parties, respectively but the most immediate result of doing that will be to discredit the entire idea of political parties. That won’t mean that the two major parties will be tossed into the ashcan of history. It means they’ll become decreasingly representative of anything but a handful of party bosses and big donors.

The Independent Sentinel : Yes, it’s dead, stone cold dead. Near as I can figure, the only thing they really stand for is not increasing the minimum wage.

Actually, that’s not fair. They still care about the military though they seem a little shaky on that lately too. They did pass sequestration and our military now have to worry about job security, pay, benefits, housing allowances, and affordable medical care.

They run as Republicans and serve as Democrats.

Ask Marion :The Republican party is dead if they do not run and fight the good and successful fight in 2016 to nominate and elect a fiscal and constitutional conservative to the office of President of the United States.

The U.S. Congress has been co-opted by RINOs and progressives like House Speaker John Boehner, Senator John McCain and his buddy Senator Lindsay Graham who line up with the Democrats to demonize and stop the true Republicans like Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, Congresswoman Mia Love, Congressman Trey Gowdy, Senator Mike Lee, Congressman Jason Chavetz, Congressman Jeff Sessions and the like… who are desperately trying to save America and live up to their campaign promises.

Our Watcher’s Council Teammate Sara from the Independent Sentinel recently wrote: “;The Republican party is officially dead. Remember that autopsy Republicans held after Romney lost in 2012? They were serious. They had an autopsy because they’re dead.”;

Grumpy of Grumpy’s Notebook recently asked, “;Why the Hell Boehner Still Speaker?”;

Ace Of Spades HQ featured: “;It’s Over: Boehner, Boehner’s Establishment Allies, and Democrats Unite to Fund Obama’s Executive Amnesty”

And former Senator Jim DeMint wrote a great piece entitled, “;If Not Now … When? Will the GOP Majority Ever Stand for Anything? ”;

The Republican Party is close to going the way of the Whig party but there is much more at stake than the GOP. Because of where America stands… teetering on the very edge of existence, 2016 could be the end of both the Republican Party as well as the America we grew up in, our Founders gave us and the rest of the world used to envy.

We need to stop listening to the progressive media, educate ourselves and then educate our family, friends and neighbors. The Republican Party and America need Gov. Sarah Palin, Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul or the like as their candidate in 2016 and our president for the next 8-years… Or they both will be extinct!

Well, there you have it!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it…or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

““Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. “ – George Orwell’s 1984

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” – Jim Morrison of The Doors

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” - Malcolm X

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This week’s winning essay, The Noisy Room’sNet Neutrality: “Young fool … Only now, at the end, do you understand” takes apart the Obama dominated FCC’s plans to ‘regulate’ the Internet and turn it int0 something unrecognizable. Here’s a slice:

We keep hearing, from the saviors in Washington, DC, how government regulation is the answer and how “evil monopolies” (created, incidentally, by other government regulations) are responsible for all our trials and tribulations and the “fundamental unfairness” of the Internet as she is currently wrote.

Obligatory movie quote:

“No. No government. I know those people. Absolutely not.” – Col. Ira Kane

Yeah, it’s a movie. It’s also absolutely right.

The founder of Broadcast.com, Mark Cuban, has recently been vociferous in his opposition to so-called “Net Neutrality” with his most recent public appearance on the subject in an interview where he breaks it down. His effort to “plain-language” the argument notwithstanding, and frankly, it’s a subject that should not be oversimplified, he laid out the unintended consequences dominoes and how this “everything is equal” push plays out in terms of common services.

Now, you might want to shrug Mark Cuban off as “some rich guy who owns a sports team” and clearly that’s being done a lot, but don’t forget how he got rich: he pioneered live broadcasting over the Internet. He’s not some political hack, evil cable company exec, or mushy thinking me-too “fairness uber alles” flag waver. He is, for once, someone who knows what the hell he’s talking about.

Net Neutrality, like so many political labels, is a “fair sounding” name that hides the actual motives and consequences of the real world implementations we will experience after the seemingly inevitable adoption of this latest government overreach.

It won’t be fair. It won’t be optimum. And the right answer will never even be mentioned, never mind entertained: deregulate the cable and broadband space to eliminate the protected monopolies.

The broadband space needs more competition, not less; needs less regulation, not more. Companies like Google laying fiber? Cox, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast suddenly no longer have a free pass.

Otherwise? The cynical and dystopian view?

One of the unavoidable dominoes will be broad censorship. Once the deprioritization of broadcast packets leads to the epic traffic jam that will reduce the Web’s US speeds to worse than those found in Europe, the government of the day will, once again, have to “save us” from this “unforseen” outcome and their clever plan will include limiting who can “legitimately” have bandwidth preferences, since clearly “legitimate” news outlets need to bypass the buffering jams that will afflict TV signalling and once dot-gov starts adjudicating who’s a “real” news or other “essential” service, licensing will naturally follow, and then “standards” of what is “acceptable” traffic.

At which point, whichever political party is in power at that time will have the distinct advantage of licensing whomever they deem to be more politically correct in their eyes. “Neutrality” on the ‘Net? Yeah, not so much.

We’re in the hands of fools and corrupt bureaucrats. Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission held a faux meeting on open Internet rules and access to broadband Internet. Commissioner Ajit Pai made a statement before the FCC vote to take unprecedented control over the internet with a secret plan. Yes, secret. Secret as in no exposure to the public or Congress prior to its enactment. What follows is the transcript of his comments – in echoes of Obamacare, this had to pass before we could know what was in it. Except, they are still keeping it under wraps. It must be very, very bad indeed.

From Breitbart:

“The Wall Street Journal reports that it was developed through ‘an unusual secretive effort inside the White House.’ Indeed, White House officials, according to the Journal, functioned as a parallel version of the FCC. Their work led to the president’s announcement in November of his plan for internet regulation, a plan which the report says blindsided the FCC and swept aside months of work by Chairman Wheeler toward a compromise. Now, of course, a few insiders were clued in about what was transpiring. Here’s what a leader for the government-funded group Fight for the Future had to say, ‘We’ve been hearing for weeks from our allies in D.C that the only thing that could stop FCC chairman Tom Wheeler from moving ahead with his sham proposal to gut net neutrality was if we could get the president to step in. So we did everything in our power to make that happen. We took the gloves off and played hard, and now we get to celebrate a sweet victory. Congratulations. what the press has called the parallel FCC at the White House opened its door to a plethora of special interest activists. Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, just to name a few. Indeed, even before activists were blocking the chairman’s driveway late last year, some of them had met with executive branch officials.

“But what about the rest of the American people? They certainly couldn’t get White House meetings. They were shut out of the process altogether. They were being played for fools. And the situation didn’t improve once the White House announced President Obama’s plan, and ‘asked’ the FCC to implement it. The document in front of us today differs dramatically from the proposal that the FCC put out for comment last May, and it differs so dramatically that even zealous net neutrality advocates frantically rushed in, in recent days, to make last-minute filings, registering their concerns that the FCC might be going too far. Yet, the American people, to this day, have not been allowed to see President Obama’s plan. It has remained hidden.

“Especially given the unique importance of the internet, Commissioner O’Rielly and I ask for the plan to be released to the public. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune and House of Representatives Chairman did the same. According to a survey last week by a respected democratic polling firm, 79% of the American people favored making the document public. Still, the FCC has insisted on keeping it behind closed doors. We have to pass President Obama’s 317-page plan so the American people can find out what’s in it. This isn’t how the FCC should operate. We should be an independent agency making decisions in a transparent manner based on the law and the facts in the record.

“We shouldn’t be a rubber stamp for political decisions made by the White House. And we should have released this plan to the public, solicited their feedback, incorporated that input into the plan, and then proceeded to a vote. There was no need for us to resolve this matter today. There is no immediate crisis in the internet marketplace that demands immediate action. now. The backers of the president’s plan know this. But they also know that the details of this plan cannot stand up to the light of day. They know that the more the American people learn about it, the less they will like it. That is why this plan was developed behind closed doors at the White House. And that is why the plan has remained hidden from public view.

“These aren’t my only concerns. Even a cursory look at the plan reveals glaring legal plans that are sure to mire the agency in the muck of litigation for a long, long time. but rather than address them today, I will reserve them for my written statement. At the beginning of this proceeding, I quoted Google’s former CEO, who once said, the internet is the first thing that humanity has built, that humanity doesn’t understand. This proceeding makes it abundantly clear that the FCC still doesn’t get it. but the American people clearly do. The proposed government regulation of the internet has awakened a sleeping giant. I’m optimistic we’ll look back on today’s vote as a temporary deviation from the bipartisan consensus that’s served us so well. I don’t know whether this plan will be vacated by a court, reversed by Congress, or overturned by a future commission, But I do believe its days are numbered. For all of those reasons, I dissent.”

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Jim DeMint in the Daily Signal with If Not Now … When? Will the GOP Majority Ever Stand for Anything? submitted by Ask Marion . As the man who, along with Sarah Palin was pretty much responsible for the victory in the 2010 midterms that resurrected he GOP from the grave, Deb Mint is definitely in a position to look at the Republicans in Congress today and wonder if they stand for anything.

After lying to their supporters again in 2014 about ow they would dismantle President Obama’s radical agenda and being rewarded with majorities in both houses of Congress, they’ve reneged on everything they said they would do at election time. Can they ever be trusted again? Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all truly slime-worthy and disgusting,but in the end the winner was….the envelope please..

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Scofflaw Racist ‘Attorney Generalissimo’ Eric Holder !!

 The Independent Sentinel: Eric Holder wants to make it easier to get the white guys in civil rights cases. He is very concerned that he couldn’t get a case together against Officer Wilson and George Zimmerman and has called for Congress to lower the standard of proof.

That’s pretty alarming. The government is going to go after people whether they are guilty or not?

“There is a better way in which we could have federal involvement in these kinds of matters to allow the federal government to be a better backstop in examining these cases [civil rights cases],” Holder said in an NBC News interview Thursday.

“We do need to change the law. I do think the standard is too high,” Holder said in the interview. “There needs to be a change with regard to the standard of proof.”

The Right Planet : Despite the fact multiple investigations and a grand jury have failed to produce any evidence “racism” played any part in the shooting of Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police Department, AG Eric Holder and his race-obsessed DOJ are hellbent in turning the whole incident into a race crime, i.e. “hate crime” (yeah, huh, imagine that). Now Holder’s DOJ is planning to release a report condemning the Ferguson Police of funding their department with “racist traffic stops
Well, Eric Holder has released that report, and aside from his contention that blacks are disproportionally stopped by traffic officers, he manged to find…wait for it…7, count ‘em 7 e-mails that contain admittedly tasteless ethnic jokes. One police officer has already been fired and another suspended without pay for this, and the DOJ report essentially gave the city of Ferguson a choice – comply with a number of demands including a quota of minority hires  and  DOJ monitoring or face a DOJ lawsuit anbd a consent degree that would mandate the DOJ’s ‘requests.’

Now perhaps I’m missing something, but the traffic stops and the admittedly declasse’ humor didn’t kill anybody. On the other hand, the death toll from Eric Holder’s Fast And Furious gunrunning caper has already claimed at least 750 lives and counting. So who really ought to be disciplined?

Not to mention his protecting Islamist terrorists, colluding to suppress the active duty military vote, his constant racialist tirades and his being in contempt of congress! It’s quite a record.

So step up for your statuette, Mr. Holder, If nothing else, you’ve proven we really are cowards when it comes to race in America…especially when it comes to literally getting away with murder.

Well, there it is! 

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and  remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Let’s Make A Deal Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!!

WoW community member, Council Alumnus, author and speaker Trevor Loudon will be appearing on Glenn Beck’s TV show on March 9th. 5 PM EST. If you’ve ever had the good fortune to see Trevor in person before, you won’t want to miss this.

This week, Blazing Cat Fur, Gates Of Vienna, and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….

The FCC!!

 The Noisy Room :We’re in the hands of fools and corrupt bureaucrats. Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission held a faux meeting on open Internet rules and access to broadband Internet. Commissioner Ajit Pai made a statement before the FCC vote to take unprecedented control over the internet with a secret plan. Yes, secret. Secret as in no exposure to the public or Congress prior to its enactment. What follows is the transcript of his comments – in echoes of Obamacare, this had to pass before we could know what was in it. Except, they are still keeping it under wraps. It must be very, very bad indeed.

From Breitbart:

“The Wall Street Journal reports that it was developed through ‘an unusual secretive effort inside the White House.’ Indeed, White House officials, according to the Journal, functioned as a parallel version of the FCC. Their work led to the president’s announcement in November of his plan for internet regulation, a plan which the report says blindsided the FCC and swept aside months of work by Chairman Wheeler toward a compromise. Now, of course, a few insiders were clued in about what was transpiring. Here’s what a leader for the government-funded group Fight for the Future had to say, ‘We’ve been hearing for weeks from our allies in D.C that the only thing that could stop FCC chairman Tom Wheeler from moving ahead with his sham proposal to gut net neutrality was if we could get the president to step in. So we did everything in our power to make that happen. We took the gloves off and played hard, and now we get to celebrate a sweet victory. Congratulations. what the press has called the parallel FCC at the White House opened its door to a plethora of special interest activists. Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Public Knowledge, just to name a few. Indeed, even before activists were blocking the chairman’s driveway late last year, some of them had met with executive branch officials.

“But what about the rest of the American people? They certainly couldn’t get White House meetings. They were shut out of the process altogether. They were being played for fools. And the situation didn’t improve once the White House announced President Obama’s plan, and ‘asked’ the FCC to implement it. The document in front of us today differs dramatically from the proposal that the FCC put out for comment last May, and it differs so dramatically that even zealous net neutrality advocates frantically rushed in, in recent days, to make last-minute filings, registering their concerns that the FCC might be going too far. Yet, the American people, to this day, have not been allowed to see President Obama’s plan. It has remained hidden.

“Especially given the unique importance of the internet, Commissioner O’Rielly and I ask for the plan to be released to the public. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune and House of Representatives Chairman did the same. According to a survey last week by a respected democratic polling firm, 79% of the American people favored making the document public. Still, the FCC has insisted on keeping it behind closed doors. We have to pass President Obama’s 317-page plan so the American people can find out what’s in it. This isn’t how the FCC should operate. We should be an independent agency making decisions in a transparent manner based on the law and the facts in the record.

“We shouldn’t be a rubber stamp for political decisions made by the White House. And we should have released this plan to the public, solicited their feedback, incorporated that input into the plan, and then proceeded to a vote. There was no need for us to resolve this matter today. There is no immediate crisis in the internet marketplace that demands immediate action. now. The backers of the president’s plan know this. But they also know that the details of this plan cannot stand up to the light of day. They know that the more the American people learn about it, the less they will like it. That is why this plan was developed behind closed doors at the White House. And that is why the plan has remained hidden from public view.


“These aren’t my only concerns. Even a cursory look at the plan reveals glaring legal plans that are sure to mire the agency in the muck of litigation for a long, long time. but rather than address them today, I will reserve them for my written statement. At the beginning of this proceeding, I quoted Google’s former CEO, who once said, the internet is the first thing that humanity has built, that humanity doesn’t understand. This proceeding makes it abundantly clear that the FCC still doesn’t get it. but the American people clearly do. The proposed government regulation of the internet has awakened a sleeping giant. I’m optimistic we’ll look back on today’s vote as a temporary deviation from the bipartisan consensus that’s served us so well. I don’t know whether this plan will be vacated by a court, reversed by Congress, or overturned by a future commission, But I do believe its days are numbered. For all of those reasons, I dissent.”

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Scofflaw Racist ‘Attorney Generalissimo’ Eric Holder !!

The Independent Sentinel: Eric Holder wants to make it easier to get the white guys in civil rights cases. He is very concerned that he couldn’t get a case together against Officer Wilson and George Zimmerman and has called for Congress to lower the standard of proof.

That’s pretty alarming. The government is going to go after people whether they are guilty or not?

“There is a better way in which we could have federal involvement in these kinds of matters to allow the federal government to be a better backstop in examining these cases [civil rights cases],” Holder said in an NBC News interview Thursday.

“We do need to change the law. I do think the standard is too high,” Holder said in the interview. “There needs to be a change with regard to the standard of proof.”

The Right Planet : Despite the fact multiple investigations and a grand jury have failed to produce any evidence “racism” played any part in the shooting of Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police Department, AG Eric Holder and his race-obsessed DOJ are hellbent in turning the whole incident into a race crime, i.e. “hate crime” (yeah, huh, imagine that). Now Holder’s DOJ is planning to release a report condemning the Ferguson Police of funding their department with “racist traffic stops.”

Democrats Boycotting Israei PM  Benyamin Netanyahu’ s Speech!!

Virginia Right! : I nominate the Democrats who plan to boycott tomorrow’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the US House.

These Democrats, who take every possible opportunity to shun Bibi, are acting like 2 year old children throwing a temper tantrum. And they are, of course, taking their orders from Obama who knows his pro-Iran “behind the curtains” activities will be the topic ot the day.

America has, for the most part, stood with Israel. But this president has, in my opinion, been downright hostile towards Israel.

There is no valid reason to not listen to the man. So the Boycottin’ Democrats win my nomination this week.

Ask Marion:My nominee for Weasel of the Week is Jewish Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, part of a 50 Democrat coalition that is boycotting Israel Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday 3.3.15. Netanyahu’s speech is a crucial message to both the American and the Israeli people; a message one would think all American Jews would be interested in hearing.
The Democrat Congressman appeared on the Kelly File to promote the White House’s position that Netanyahu’s visit is a ‘politically tool wielded against our president’.  Amazing how the Democrats and their progressive media shills constantly talk about working together but whenever the opportunity arises they whine or refuse to participate.
Just because Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner invited the Prime Minister to speak to Congress without asking the President’s permission, Obama not only refuses to attend, but is sending no representatives from the White House. Netanyahu is a man of courage and strength who understands the issues and exudes leadership, an ally that America has left behind.  And his speeches are always worth listening to.  Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech at AIPAC that was a precursor to his speech to the U.S. Congress.
One must wonder how an American politician, an American Jew, would not only choose to miss this man’s speech but actually help organize a walkout or boycott in support of our President’s childish hurt feelings; a President that is supporting a misguided negotiation with a goose stepping country that hates both America and Israel and is about to go nuclear with America’s help.
Congressman Cohen appeared on Fox with Megan Kelly to defend his boycott and participating in the politicizing of Tuesday’s event, the night before Netanyahu’s speech, but didn’t do a very good sales job of his position.  The Jewish Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen said “I love Israel. I’m for Israel. I think Israel is going to be hurt by this speech,” he told Megyn Kelly

Mike Huckabee told Megyn Kelly that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t giving his speech to Congress to win the election in Israel, and that it may in fact be “very destructive” to his political career. “He’s risking his political life because he values not just the future of Israel, but really, the future of civilization.”;

Forum: What Are Your Impressions From C-PAC?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question : What Are Your Impressions From C-PAC?

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Aside from Jeb being a target with all the asides and overt HRC tackles, it was still a disappointment that Sen Paul won his third time win at the Straw Poll. Good news that Gov Walker came in a really strong 2nd. Impressed that GOP has a great bench to pick from with all the Governors on hand like Govs Jindal, Bush, Walker and Christie as well as other serious cats like Ambassador Bolton, Sen Cruz, Sen Rubio and an almost Senator – Fiorina.

May not have been the appropriate venue for a thorough Foreign Policy discussion (which may explain why Senator Paul keeps winning the Straw Polls) yet am personally checking Gov Walker and I really liked Carly Fiorina. If Bolton runs – he’ll be my 1st love no doubt.

Kinda schadenfreudish perhaps, yet I laughed out loud at Gov Christie and the near empty room. Strikes me as a cat who would relish tinkering around the edges without ever going for the jugular.

Totally changed my mind about Dr Carson. His low intensity speech may not be so great on the campaign trail and his professorial monologue was kinda monotonous.

Bookworm Room : I haven’t paid the least bit of attention to CPAC. I’ve never found that it provides useful information. Every year, it supports a Ron or Rand Paul. Everything else…. Meh!

Rhymes With Right : CPAC? I guess I have to be honest and admit that I haven’t paid much attention to it. I suppose the one real interesting thing to come out of CPAC for me is the decisive manner in which Paul Walker skunked Ted Cruz (once you take Rand Paul out of consideration — he, like his father, will never be president). Beyond that, who cares?

The Right Planet : I gotta admit, I just haven’t been that fired up about CPAC this year, either. I soured a bit on CPAC following their “black sheep” treatment of Pamela Geller, Frank Gaffney and Robert Spencer back in 2013. Additionally, I have major issues with CPAC’s relationship with Grover Norquist and Suhail Kahn.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason :Watching bits and pieces of the speeches and interviews at CPAC and the final straw poll vote left me with mixed impressions. One has to wonder how we define a “conservative”. The potential presidential candidates are all Republicans but there are very few who could be called true conservatives.

This is Senator Rand Paul’s third win in as many years, mostly due to his overwhelming support from young voters. While Sen. Paul defines himself as a constitutional conservative, his young supporters rally behind his libertarian leanings on social issues. Senator Paul strategically ducks these issues by deferring to states rights. When interacting with “Paulseys” I find many are open to comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty, legalizing marijuana, and giving convicted felons the right to vote. They advocate for same sex marriage and other issues outside traditional conservative values. They embrace the idea of personal freedom while not fully grasping the personal responsibility that goes along with it.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush came in fifth in the straw poll, and even that poor showing was the result of his campaign resorting to bussing in supporters. Laura Ingraham had a great comment about Jeb being the same as Hillary. She is right, they are both progressives and support comprehensive immigration reform and the federalized Common Core State Standards of education. Bush will never get the vote of true conservatives in the primary, as proven by the straw poll results.

Governor Scott Walker came in a close second to Senator Paul in the straw poll, and continues to impress and increase his chances for a viable presidential campaign as he garners more support and the ability to raise the funds he will need to compete against GOP sweetheart Jeb Bush. As I have said before, he has been tested as governor of Wisconsin and has shown the strength of will and character needed to compete against the Democrats and their complicit media.

 The Razor : My impression is that the GOP leadership is happy for the Democrats to choose their nominee for them as witnessed by the writeups in the Washington Post and New York Times. Why are these guys still in power again?


 Ask Marion : The who’s who in Conservative Republican and Libertarian politics gathered this past weekend at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference; an annual political conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials from across the United States.. CPAC is hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU) and more than 100 other organizations contribute in various capacities.

It is a weekend for potential presidential candidates and others to test the waters with the Conservative and Libertarian Republican base, who often see things a bit differently than the GOP Establishment.

CPAC is a three day event. Day one and day two were filled with speakers, panels and Q&A. The opening as well as the clean-up spots on either day are coveted. This year’s event was opened by Dr. Ben Carson and day one was closed by crowd favorite Governor Sarah Palin, doing a little repair work after the Iowa Freedom Summit. Day two was opened by Newt Gingrich and closed by Governor Mike Pence. The highlight of day three is always the straw poll which was won in 2013, 2014 and again in 2015 by Libertarian leaning Senator Rand Paul, son of Libertarian and Tea Party favorite, Representative Ron Paul. Scott Walker came in 2nd and Ted Cruz followed in 3rd place. This is Rand Paul’s crowd; much due to the large number of young people and Libertarians who attend. Plus, Rand has always spoken about widening the Republican tent and CPAC made an attempt at doing that this year.

It is far too early for CPAC or any event to make much difference for the primaries or the 2016 Election, but it is a good practice ground for potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates.

I was impressed with Sarah Palin. She gave a very un-Palin like speech; eloquent, heart-felt, and with energy. Sarah’s speech told me she is running, Palin2016. And I believe she can win if conservatives have the guts to stand-up and fight for what and who they believe in, instead of bending to the media brainwashing of the past 7-years! Many CPAC attendees did not vote for Palin in the straw poll because they are not sure she will actually run and because they are afraid of the possible effects of media damage. I was also impressed with Scott Walker, who is the conservative favorite at the moment. I always love Ted Cruz’s honesty and courage of conviction. And I think people need to take a good hard look at Rand Paul after a third consecutive CPAC win. I also always like to hear Donald Trump’s input from the perspective of all his connections around the world.

Neither Chris Christie nor Jeb Bush sold me on their sincerity or that they have embraced the conservative values that America needs to turn our country around. And per the website Gateway Pundit, it was confirmed that Jeb Bush Bussed in Supporters to CPAC 2015. Let the Bush-Clinton games begin. Laura Ingraham said Jeb and Hillary Can Run On The Same Ticket and most people in the know would say that Hillary and Obama are two sides of the same coin. So if you want change… neither Jeb nor Hillary are what you are looking for.

The Republicans have a deep bench of potential presidential candidates for 2016. The Democrats have yesterday’s politician, Hillary Clinton, and possibly Elizabeth Warren. Let us all hope for America’s sake that the final 2016 candidates will not be Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton. Americans deserve better. They deserve new ideas, new political blood and a choice.

See and hear speeches from CPAC day one and day two <—HERE.

 Well, there you have it!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. and every  Tuesday morning, when we reveal the weeks’ nominees for Weasel of the Week!

And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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