Archive for January 29th, 2009

January 29, 2009

Saltsman withdraws from RNC race

Nashville Post reports that Chip Saltsman has quit the race for Republican National Committee chairman. As Ralph Z. Hallow of the Washington Times reported today, it’s been a rough and nasty race. The vote’s tomorrow.

January 29, 2009

Immigration and the GOP future

(BUMPED; UPDATES BELOW) Today I went to the National Press Club for the release of a new American Cause report, “Immigration and the 2008 Republican Defeat”: which was the subject of a press conference and panel discussion:

The study is a detailed analysis of every single Republican seat lost in the 2008 House Race, and shows in virtually every race the Republican supported amnesty or the Democrat supported tough border security.

What’s interesting — and Bay Buchanan touched on this — is how effectively open-borders politicians in both parties are able to hide their positions when challenged in elections. Candidates with miserably pro-amnesty records suddenly learn to talk tough about border security the minute an opponent raises the issue. The media willingly cooperate in this blurring of the issue, so that voters are seldom presented a clear choice.

Jim Pinkerton said that working-class “Reagan Democrats” still constitute the vital swing constituency, but observed these voters tend to “win the politics, but lose the policy” — that is to say, these voters (whom I’ve called “Ordinary Americans”) are the decisive factor in elections, yet their interests are routinely ignored by the policy-making elite, who naturally favor policies that advance elite interests.
I’ll try to update later this evening.
UPDATE: Oddly enough, while I’m unable to find any conservative coverage of the National Press Club event, liberals seem to be all over it, including “America’s Voice,” a group whose Web site proclaims their mission as “MOBILIZING IMMIGRANT VOTERS.” Gee, ya think?
UPDATE II: And why would they want to “mobilize”? To get a piece of that “stimulus” pie, perhaps?

The $800 billion-plus economic stimulus measure making its way through Congress could steer government checks to illegal immigrants, a top Republican congressional official asserted Thursday.
The legislation, which would send tax credits of $500 per worker and $1,000 per couple, expressly disqualifies nonresident aliens, but it would allow people who don’t have Social Security numbers to be eligible for the checks.
Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for a Social Security number can file tax returns with an alternative number. A House-passed version of the economic recovery bill and one making its way through the Senate would allow anyone with such a number, called an individual taxpayer identification number, to qualify for the tax credits.

Carol Platt Liebau at Townhall.com:

This has nothing to do with stimulating the economy, and everything to do with paying off Democrat constituencies.

Gee, ya think?

January 29, 2009

Rush announces stimulus plan

Actually, he announced it Monday on his radio show, but today he spells out the details in the Wall Street Journal.