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Cruz Announces he is Running for President

As you are probably aware, Sen. Ted Cruz is announcing Monday his candidacy for president.

He actually did so at 12:09 pm ET Sunday via Tweet: “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” He’ll make a formal statement this morning at around 10:00 am at Liberty University, a conservative, Christian college in Lynchburg, Va.

An interesting choice of venue, suggesting he is trying to cut into Rand Paul’s natural constituency of students, who often run a little  toward the Libertarian. And of course there’s never any problem generating wild enthusiasm on a college campus, as President Obama has proven time and again.

The Associated Press nabbed some photos of Cruz doing a dry run at the college, including a cute photo with his girls and a rehearsal of the Official Campaign Announcement Kiss with his wife.

Being the first to get in will give Cruz a little extra attention from the press, but it won’t otherwise provide much of an advantage over other GOP candidates, who are expected to wade in early next month.

Cruz also unveiled a website and produced a video, which you can see below.

And with that, the preseason is over.

Walker, the Wisconsin Unions, and ISIS: Bravo!

I’ve grown so, stupendously sick of what has become a routinely emitted burst of inanity by the intellectually crippled, some of whom are our putative thought leaders: That if you mention two things together in a sentence, you think they are alike.

Thursday at CPAC, responding to a question about how he would handle ISIS, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, referring to his battle in Wisconsin against the unions, said:

I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil. If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.

Oh, the outrage!

“If Scott Walker thinks that it’s appropriate to compare working people speaking up for their rights to brutal terrorists, then he is even less qualified to be president than I thought,” blared a flack for the DNC.

Others piled on too. Even conservatives.

Let’s all step out of the Stupid Room for a second.

First of all, does anyone in their right mind think that anyone else in their right mind believes that union workers are like ISIS terrorists?

Really? Scott Walker thinks union officials want to decapitate management?

Secondly, it is obvious to anyone whose head is still on their shoulders that Walker is comparing the act of standing up to one group to the act of standing up another. Not the groups. The action. The fortitude it takes to risk your political future, be resolute, be uncompromising when needed, and to ignore the weaklings around you who want to cave or make a bad deal.

This is exactly, after six years of purified presidential pusillanimity, what America needs.

And the comparison Walker made is actually extremely apt.

It became known after the collapse of the Soviet Union that the politburo took notice when Ronald Reagan stood up to the air traffic control union and fired 11,000 of them who illegally went on strike. The Russkies understood they were dealing with someone quite different than Reagan’s predecessor. It had a serious effect.

Walker’s actions in Wisconsin are directly relevant to how he will operate on a larger scale as president. And the Democrats know it.

Here’s the video of his appearance. It’s worth taking 20 minutes to watch it. Walker was eloquent, forceful and smart. He is not just the flavor of the month. He is clearly a serious contender for the presidency.

Obama Makes Campaign Stop for Rahm at Taxpayer Expense

President Obama today arrived in Chicago for a campaign stop for former Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, fully paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

And why not? Rahm has twisted arms and broken knee caps on behalf of two of our presidents. We owe him.

The stop was disguised as an event to declare the Pullman Historic District a national monument, making it Chicago’s first national park.

The Obama appearance with Emanuel, who is in a tight contest for reelection in a vote that is just a few days away, will help gin up black turnout in the heavily African American South Side, where the Pullman district is located. The monument is important to blacks because the Pullman railcar porters were the first to form a union of African American workers.

Rah gets a real hug to go with Obama's political embrace.
Rahm gets a real hug to go with Obama’s political embrace.

That the event with Obama comes just days before the election makes it an obvious boon to Emanuel’s campaign, one that could not possibly be coincidental. The White House itself provides the evidence that an appearance with Obama affects elections, given Obama’s refusal to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu two weeks before his reelection contest date, a refusal explained by Obama’s concern it could affect the Israeli election.

Emanuel worked with the administration to move Pullman to the top of the list of national monuments ready for designation. Now comes the payoff. And you’re providing the cash!

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz was gently questioned about the matter aboard Air Force One Thursday. Just a coincidence! Schultz said.

QUESTION: As you know, Eric, this is a site of particular significance to the African American community in Chicago, and Mayor Emanuel has really been counting on a lot of support from African American voters, particularly if he wants to avoid a runoff. Is the President hoping that his visit today will help encourage African American voters to turn out for the Mayor’s reelection?

SCHULTZ: Josh, you are right that this center has a long and iconic history, a very rich history . . . The President’s designation of this area is, again, one that’s been on our radar for a very long time. There’s been legislation to this effect. It’s something that, again, both Democrats and Republicans have supported on the ground in Chicago and throughout Illinois. The President’s support for the Mayor’s campaign is, again, something that — he believes he’s been a very strong mayor for the city.

Well, um, Election Day in Chicago has also been on the radar for a very long time. I’d say with this answer, White House credibility had declined even further, but I’m not sure that’s quite possible at this point.

Joe Biden Tries to Fool Me Into Giving Out Personal Information

Look what showed up in my inbox this afternoon.

Joe Biden

I’m like, what? Me? JOE, THANK YOU! I mean, I’ve been writing all this mean stuff about you and the president, and here you are, so magnanimously, calling me “great.”

But the Biden buttering up was just beginning. I double clicked:

Since we’re all spending some time this holiday season thinking about the things that make us grateful, I thought I’d go ahead and shoot you an email, Keith.

You’ve had my back. You’ve definitely had the President’s back. And it means a heck of a lot. But you don’t have to just take my word for it.

That’s right, I’ve had his back. And I’ve had the president’s back. And I’ve been digging a knife it for several years.

Something’s not right. What exactly does Joe want? I thought.

The President of the United States wants to send you a thank you card, Keith. Will you tell us where to send it?

Thank you, truly.


A thank you card? For me? THE PRESIDENT?? But I –

Wait a second. I get it. Joe has my email address. But he doesn’t have my home address. THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRYING TO TRICK ME INTO GIVING HIM MY PHYSICAL ADDRESS!

A sucker is born every minute. Joe knows it.

I clicked on the link:

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Look at that. They do have my zip. But not my address. Actually, the zip code is wrong. So much for the vaunted Democratic turnout machine. It thinks I live in rural north-central Pennsylvania. Good luck trying to canvass me there!

Is this even legal? Using false pretenses to obtain someone’s address? Making believe that they like me – I assure you, they don’t – and that Obama wants to send me a card? Just to find out where they can direct mail me their propaganda and drag me out of bed on Election Day?

I’d say it’s at least sleazy, except this is the Obama openness White House, locus of hope and change, where sleazy business is so not what they’re about.

Republican Establishment Claims Victory

The consequences of running and winning without a clear conservative platform, which I detailed earlier this week, are becoming clear, as the Republican establishment – which runs the Party – seeks to take credit for Tuesday’s victory.

According to an article Friday in The Hill, “Has the Tea Party been Tamed?”, establishment forces are making clear that keeping ideological conservatives off the ballot was a key to victory and will be in the future. This no doubt will include the presidential primary sweepstakes in 2016.

From The Hill:

Establishment Republicans are crowing that their resounding wins Tuesday night repudiated the Tea Party’s insistence that ideological purity is key to electoral success. The national party made an early and aggressive play to neutralize conservative challenges and make sure the most electable candidates won the party’s nominations, to great effect.

“We said we were going to be the Nick Saban of recruiting, we were going to recruit the best candidates, put them in the right position,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Political Director Ward Baker told reporters Thursday. “We decided we couldn’t be Akin-ed anymore. No more witches, no more gaffes.”

In the end, conservatives won just one of their competitive primary fights in the Nebraska Senate race, lost all of their incumbent challenges and worked with establishment Republicans to support less-than-ideal candidates to achieve the shared goal of taking back Senate control . . .

A broader debate building within the party, over the scope of GOP policy goals, could exacerbate tensions. Both McConnell and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have said they want to initially pursue smaller, bipartisan accomplishments, like approving the Keystone XL pipeline and a bill meant to encourage the hiring of veterans.

The 2014 election was a huge wasted opportunity, in which Republicans could have created a national platform to generate a conservative wave resulting in a mandate to make the sometimes-wrenching changes that will be needed to save this country. They did this in 1994 and the results were impressive, including welfare reform, partial Medicare reform, growth in free trade, and a balanced budget – all with a Democrat serving as president.

Instead this year, GOP technocrats and politicos focused on statistics and getting out the vote, which would be great if the result had significant meaning.

Rather, what we have is a feel-good moment that will pass as Boehner and McConnell try to reach compromises with Obama and conservatives lob bombs from the fringes of power, making themselves and the base feel great but achieving little.

Meantime, absent an affirmative, conservative mandate other than hating on Obama and his policies, Republicans are more likely than not to lose the Senate in 2016, when more GOP than Democratic seats will be up. And the Party machinery will go all out to nominate for president an “electable” Republican lacking the convictions to take the difficult steps that lie ahead if we are to leave a safe, thriving nation to our children.

Obama Advisor: Dems Need to Figure Out how to Talk to Whites

Bill Burton, a Democratic operative close to President Obama who served as deputy press secretary during the president’s first term, said the takeaway from the midterms is that Democrats don’t know how to “talk to white voters.”

“Democrats are never going to win in midterms if we don’t figure out how to talk to white voters,” Burton told Megyn Kelly of Fox News. “I don’t think that the message that we have has been able to really translate to the coalition of voters that helped bring Republicans into even more power.”

Well, yes, white voters do remain a sizable bloc of the electorate and might be worth Democrats’ attention.

Notice Burton specifies the “midterms.” He apparently thinks the strategy, innovated by the Obama campaigns, of digging down as deep as possible into the Democratic base and getting everyone to the polls will work fine during presidential voting years.

Anyway, this is a pretty frank assessment. I don’t know how you achieve it, though, without pivoting sharply from the leftist message that is turning off so many white voters who are culturally more conservative than where the Democratic Party is today. That is, without simply hiding what you truly think.

Much Ado About Nothing

I’m not very impressed by the Republican victory Tuesday. Are you? Really?

After all the jumping up and down is finished and the sports analyses fade away, what is the country left with?

Not much.

Senate Republicans will start investigating the Obama administration and do some decent accountability work, which is nice. Beyond that, this is a hollow victory for conservatives.

Republicans won on Election Day without a serious conservative agenda, relying on anger toward President Obama and his policies. Worse, they trained themselves that they CAN win without a serious conservative agenda.

So now, Republicans will think they can cruise to victory in 2016 by nominating the Anti-Obama and bashing his presidency, while knotting Hillary and Barack together. It might work, but it has less chance of succeeding than a positive agenda. And even if it does work, who cares?

Repudiation of Obama’s policies is rather meaningless, because so much of the rejection seems attached to the man himself, as if there is some kind of special Obama version of Socialism that doesn’t work. Republicans failed to explain why his policies don’t work, and didn’t make the case for what would replace them.

This country is in major deep doodoo. We’ve come down with a bad case of $17-trillion debt; government is overspending and over regulating, relentlessly expanding its purview over our lives; the entitlement programs need painful reforms; taxes are too high, especially for corporations; people are refusing to work; the able-bodied are getting welfare without consequences or work requirements; the immigration rate is too high to absorb new arrivals without diluting our culture; Obamacare is spurring even more government control while destroying our health system; and we face external threats that will require reversing Obama’s withdrawal from the world. The list continues.

The problems facing the United States are terribly daunting and require not the likes of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell, who will lead this new Congress Republicans are celebrating. They demand sweeping changes to the way America is doing business – the full implementation of conservative policies that perhaps could still save the country from its Death March toward statism, isolationism, and decline. Charismatic politicians who can sell this approach to the public are needed, not tinkerers who hope to run up the scoreboard against Obama and the Democrats.

Tuesday’s result is just volleyball, and Republicans happened to spike the ball this time and now have possession. In two years, there will be plenty of GOP seats up for grab, and the Senate may well fall back to the Democrats. Meanwhile, with the majorities Republicans have, they still can’t pass anything in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed, and Obama will veto whatever they might get through.

What happened Tuesday, for conservatives, is hardly thrilling. Even, it’s a mirage, a deception, a soulless victory that will only delay – and by delaying, worsen – the day of reckoning with our problems

Assuming, of course, that our problems will be solvable by then.

The Democratic Turncoats

The most disgraceful thing about this campaign, aside from the race baiting, has been the sight of Democratic candidates ditching any sense of principle and abandoning President Obama. Can any of these candidates explain what Obama did that they did not ask of him? He’s unpopular not because he’s Barack Obama. Not because he’s black. Not… Continue Reading

Scarlett Johansson Emails Keith Koffler!

This is so great. I am speechless. But I can still write. Look what arrived yesterday in my Inbox. Scarlett Johansson sent me a personal email! Here’s her message. I want to share it with you, and the world. Keith — I think you know by now how incredibly high the stakes are on November… Continue Reading

Obama Must Repudiate Landrieu

Let’s see if President Obama has any political courage at all. He must not allow to stand, in any way, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s assertion that the president’s unpopularity in the South is built on racism. Not if he’s president of all of us. Meantime, Landrieu might be advised to seek spiritual and intellectual guidance from… Continue Reading

Does New Jersey Play in Iowa?

Here’s some video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie telling a heckler to “sit down and shut up.” Now, where I come from – New York City, originally – this what’s known as “polite conversation.” But will Christie’s directness play when he gets out in the rest of the country to campaign for president? It’s hard from me… Continue Reading