We all knew this announcement was coming, and with every season, there are always changes. Congressman Tom Davis announced that he is retiring after his term ends. While many say that this is a disappointment and that the 11th district will turn to the Democrats, we have to remember that it takes a lot out of a person to serve in public office and sometimes there is a time for a change of direction. I believe if the Republicans nominate a candidate who will go to bat for our core values, then this candidate will do fine in the General Election. Face it, I do not believe many of the voters in the 11th want Leslie Byrne or Gerry Connolly representing us in Washington.
Tom Davis served our district and his country well in Congress. I will miss him, but I know that he will enjoy his retirement and will be at various events throughout the community.
I attended Frank Wolf’s campaign kickoff last night at the Dulles Hilton. It was a large crowd packed into hear Congressman Wolf announce his intention of running for re-election. As always, Frank Wolf is one of the most dynamic speakers that I have heard, and I always enjoy hearing about his experiences through his travels to foreign countries highlighting his dedication to human rights. Congressman Wolf remains devoted to improving transportation, bringing light and improving the quality of life for those around the world, and calling attention to the ridiculous earmarks that are always slipped into appropriations bills. It was also a great way to celebrate his birthday–Happy Birthday, Congressman Wolf.
It was standing room only and Congressman Tom Davis also showed up at this event. Most of those around me were discussing his recent retirement announcement, and it definitely added a different twist to the evening. One thing that Congressman Wolf mentioned during his remarks was how fortunate he is to work with Tom Davis and how much he will miss serving in Congress with him.
Congressman Wolf has a proven record of serving the Tenth district and the United States with dignity, honor and dedication.
After yesterday’s endorsement from the Kennedy family, one would think that Barack Obama would be riding on a tidal wave that would carry him to the eventual democratic Presidential nomination. I am not certain that this will help Barack win, because the Kennedys represent the past. Although they are revered by many democrats, this family has had their share of controversy that have scarred their name. It is not just this, but it seems like the Kennedy name is dying out with many young voters. Ted Kennedy is the Democrat party patriarch, but he is representative of the past and not the future.
The question is: Will this endorsement help or hurt Barack win the eventual democratic nomination? We will have to wait until Super Tuesday for the answer. However, I believe that the Republican nominee has the potential to defeat Barack’s charisma and limited national legislative experience.
Is it me or do I think that we would be doomed if John McCain is President? I am really amazed by McCain’s momentum in this race, and right now, it appears that McCain will be the Republican nominee. I know that I indicated in a previous post that I would not vote if McCain was the Republican nominee, but we have to do everything in our power to defeat Hillary or Barack.
In my series called Suitcase Republicans, I made critical points about how McCain’s previous legislative record would play into his presidency. He would open our borders to create a sanctuary United States, appoint activist judges and raise taxes. Can conservatives turn their backs on our core beliefs to support this “Liberal Lite”? Should we support him knowing his record as a Senator?
However, McCain has served our country in the United States Armed Forces and was a Prisoner of War during Vietnam. His dedication to the men and women of our military is enough to convince his critics to support him. We need a commander-in-chief to have military service, so that he can truly understand the needs of those who serve our country.
Am I supporting McCain if Rudy pulls out of the race? I am still undeclared on who I will support at the end of the day; however, I will support the eventual party nominee because quite frankly, I do not want another Clinton in The White House.
As a Republican woman, I wanted to highlight some of our strong female representatives throughout the United States who stand for this country’s core values: freedom, liberty and determination. Each week, my goal is to mention my favorite Republican female mentors.
I became a huge fan of Rep. Jean Schmidt when she made this infamous speech on the floor of the House defending the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. She attacked Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), who was proposing an amendment calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq. She stood strong for advancing the cause of freedom throughout the world and she did not care about whose feelings would be hurt. This determination alone is why I admire Rep. Jean Schmidt.
It is hard to believe that President Bush is now delivering his last State of the Union address. Over the past seven years, President Bush has left a legacy that will arguably be scarred by the liberal media’s fallacies on the War against Terror and their opinions on how the government should be ran. President Bush has had some high points as well as low points throughout his two terms. He has accomplished much in terms of protecting the homeland from future acts of terrorism and protecting taxpayers from higher taxation.
President Bush had a low point throughout his administration, and this was his endorsement of the guest worker program. The guest worker program is the same thing as supporting amnesty. One thing I wished Bush would have done is place the first brick down on the Mexican border for the wall that would stop the illegal immigrants from entering our country. (Hey Dubya, I have the first brick!)
However, President Bush’s State of the Union address tonight is among the best State of the Unions he gave before Congress. He highlights his dedication to fight against earmarks and higher taxes. He discussed his devotion to helping lower income students find a better way to afford college through Pell Grants. President Bush also talked about his opposition to stem cell research and protecting human life. The War against Terror was addressed, and President Bush is not going to cut and run. He knows that it is wrong to pull out of Iraq now, because we are committed to sustaining peace and stability. I am very impressed by his conservative tone.
The disappointment was President Bush’s endorsement of the Guest Worker program. Does he truly think that amnesty will solve the current illegal immigration crisis? Amnesty never helped anyone! In fact, it is only contributing to the rise in unemployment and violence in our communities. Not once did I hear President Bush address what he would do to employers who willingly hire illegal immigrants. It is going to take something catastrophic to happen before Congress or the President address this topic.
Overall, I believe President Bush had a strong final State of the Union address. One that addressed the War in Iraq, education, and reviving the economy. There were tones of optimism and hope throughout this speech about the future of our country, and I am proud of President Bush’s accomplishments throughout the past seven years. Looking ahead, Bush has left a strong legacy of determination and faith for the future.
I was talking with my roommate over the weekend about how awesome it would be if The New Kids on the Block reunited for a tour or CD. So, imagine my surprise when I noticed on Drudge Report that the band I grew up with would be reuniting. I am breaking out my New Kids on the Block gear for this reunion.
It’s Kentucky Fried Hillary Time! Would you like a leg or a thigh, hon?
Well, the Crystal Clear Disco Ball had a missed prediction with South Carolina. Barack Obama won and this is the official end of John Edwards’ campaign. This is still too close to call with the Democrat nomination. Personally, I hope Barack and the Clinton asylum team (Hill and Bill) keep fighting each other, because it is definitely assisting with the entertainment factor.
On another note, it is appearing that Barack Obama is having a charismatic effect on Democrat voters and there has been comparisons between Obama and John F. Kennedy. Youth is always a powerful indication of charisma, and this aided to J.F.K’s victory in the ’60s. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, but it should not be the only thing that voters are looking for in a candidate. Whatever happened to looking at issues?
In the end, one of these candidates will be chewed alive by a Republican in the end on solid policy proposals like health care, the economy and national security. These are the issues that many Americans care about at the end of the day.
I predicted that Fred Thompson would drop out after South Carolina, and he could not have picked a better time to leave. I wish him the best as he goes back to Law and Order or potentially become a VP candidate.
Right now, I am questioning who the real conservative is in the Republican field. Many people would tell me that Mitt Romney is the most conservative. Hmm, flip flopping is really conservative….not really, but good try. I am at a loss of words, because there is no one who truly represents the conservative values. McCain and Huckabee…forget about it. If you read my posts called Suitcase Republicans, the case is clearly outlined for these conservative wannabes. I know that Giuliani is not conservative socially, but I am willing to give him a pass for the pro-life card and will support his race. My pet issues are national security, the war and dealing with the illegal immigration crisis/manifesto.
If Giuliani pulls out of the race after Florida, I am sitting this election out (except for the Congressional/U.S. Senate Race in Virginia). Sorry, I can’t support the two Suitcase Republicans or a flip flopper. I am convinced that our country will be in dire straits, if it is McCain, Hillary, Barack and Huckabee.