January 2010

Check out this fairly unbiased look from both the right and the left on Bob McDonnell’s speech. Click here to see the link. Its from newsy.com

Not much I can say about Barack Obama‘s State of the Union. I thought it was very unprofessional. From lecturing Republicans, to rallying Democrats, to calling the Supreme Court stupid, I don’t think he outlined many legislative priorities. Also considering that he’s trying to ram healthcare down my throat, I would have liked to see him talk in much more detail about healthcare. But oh well.

Now, on to Bob McDonnell, who gave an excellent speech. For those who still need to see it, below is the video.

It seemed to get pretty good reviews. However, some Democrats made some ridiculous attacks. See below from Daily Kos:

And the teabagging, bipartisan response in front of an all GOP audience is over. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell had a “black woman”, “asian guy”, and “military guy” behind him. The seating chart for this thing must have been six months in the making.

I can’t even believe that Democrats are playing the race card. After Obama’s state of the union, Chris Matthews said “I forgot that he was black,” and especially after Harry Reid’s slip up, you think that Democrats would be more racially sensitive. In any event, I’m glad Republicans responded quickly. See below from bearing drift.

Actually, the “black woman” is McDonnell’s Secretary of Administration, Lisa Hicks-Thomas. The “Asian guy” is Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng. The “military guy” is Staff Sargeant Robert Tenpenny, who served with Jeanine McDonnell in Iraq. And, for good measure, in the lower right, is Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Polarek.

Also, did you hear, Democrats attacked Bob McDonnell for taking time from his duties to give a partisan response? Weird that they would attack us for being partisan, as both Jim Webb and Tim Kaine have given partisan responses, and that Tim Kaine has been busy being a DNC Chairman.

Complete Hypocrites. Let’s defeat this arrogance in 2010!

I’ll be posting occasional musings here, but check out most of my updates here on twitter.

9:06 pm– President walking in, followed by Congressional and Senate Leadership

9:07 pmDRUDGE has excerpts of his speech here. Also, Bob McDonnell’s speech here.

9:10 pm- Copies of speech handed to Biden and Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi presents Obama to the crowd.

9:11 pm– He’s given background info on the State of the Union Speech

9:13 pm– talking about the wars and economy that he “inherited”

9:16 pm– No policy proposals as of now. Lots of campaign language.

“It is because of this spirit – this great decency and great strength – that I have never been more hopeful about America’s future than I am tonight. Despite our hardships, our union is strong. We do not give up. We do not quit. We don’t allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it’s time the American people get a government that matches their decency; that embodies their strength. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how together, we can deliver on that promise.”

9:18 pm – “One thing that unifed Republicans and Democrats: they hated the bailouts. It was as popular as a root canal.”

“Didn’t do what was popular, but what was necessary.”

9:21 pm- Obama is talking about how much he’s cut taxes. “I thought I’d get some applause on that one.” Boehner and Cantor laughed.

9:23pm– “Economists on the left and the Right agree that this a good package.”

9:25 pm– Talking about investing in small business.

9:28 – Rebates to ppl who make home engery eff. Give tax breaks to companies who keep jobs in the U.S.

9:32 – “I do not accept 2nd place for the United States of America!”

9:34– Trying to show off tonight. “I will send that bill back!”

9:35- Oil and clean coal. No clap from Speaker. Obama then talked about Clean Energy Bill. Pelosi super excited!

9:42 pm- Some statistics on previous state of the unions. Click here:

9:44 – “Let’s clear a few things up.” What does that mean?

9:45– Michelle Obama to tackle the issue of childhood obesity.

9:49– Check twitter for the next couple of updates.


“I’m also calling on Congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. You have trimmed some of this spending and embraced some meaningful change. But restoring the public trust demands more. For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online. Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there’s a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.”

10 pm– “There will always be disagreements.”

10:06 pm – Talking about pulling troops out. Did he just set a deadline? How have deadlines (healthcare) worked for you before?

10:12 pm:

“All of our men and women in uniform around the world must know that they have our respect, our gratitude, and our full support.”

10:14 pm– Joint Chiefs look angry at him.


10:20 pm ” I DON’T QUIT!” Nice line.

10:21 pm– Time for Bob McDonnell to give his response. Click here for his full response.

10:31 pm– Good start to his speech. “It’s not easy to follow the President of the United States. And my twin 18-year old boys have added to the pressure, by giving me exactly ten minutes to finish before they leave to go watch SportsCenter.”

10:33 – “Today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much.” Good line.

10:36 –
Here in Virginia, we have the opportunity to be the first state on the East Coast to explore for and produce oil and natural gas offshore. BIG APPLAUSE FOR THIS LINE.

But this Administration’s policies are delaying offshore production, hindering nuclear energy expansion, and seeking to impose job-killing cap and trade energy taxes.

10:39– Good Leadership moment: “As Senator-elect Scott Brown says, we should be spending taxpayer dollars to defeat terrorists, not to protect them. ”

10:41- Good closing lines: America must always be a land where liberty and property are valued and respected, and innocent human life is protected….

Now, we should pledge as Democrats, Republicans and Independents–Americans all—to work together to leave this nation a better place than we found it.

God Bless you, and God Bless our great nation.

Great speech! I’ll have more on both speeches later.

I’ll be covering it and posting recaps and my thoughts on it  throughout the evening. Check my twitter feed for the most updated information.


Hillary Clinton skips out on tonight’s State of the Union, but reports say that she is NOT the designated survivor. Click here for more info.

First off, thanks to Mark Kelly for his service to the Arlington County Republican Committee. Mark was part of the team that was responsible for the great successes in 2009.

Popular Arlington-Falls Church Young Republican Chris Berg has announced his candidacy for ACRC Chairman. In his statement, he said,

We had a very successful election season this past fall with the statewide victories of Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and Ken Cuccinelli. Our percentages in Arlington improved. Though we have built a stronger base for our candidates now is not the time to sit back. There is still important work to be done.

I am committed to continuing to strengthen and grow the Arlington County Republican Committee. Which is why I’m writing you today to announce my candidacy to be the next ACRC Chairman….

I think we have the numbers to be a competitive party in Arlington. It’s all about getting people excited for it. I’ll be doing a question and answer with Chris, so stay tuned for that.

Jim Rich, 10th District Chairman has decided not to run for re-election, leaving that contest to David Schmidt and Howie Lind. Seems normal right? Wrong. The blogs have been talking about it, both conservative and liberal.

What has made this race all the more exciting for blogs to talk about? Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. He’s endorsed Howie Lind.

I know lots of people have questions, but I’m going to ask the obvious one: How come Ken endorses partisans posts such as this one, but didn’t endorse a candidate in his own Senate Seat election? Everybody knew that he secretly favored Steve, but why not just come out and say it, so as the party could save its resources and unite behind Steve?

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