MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Do Politicians Actually Believe What They Run On?

March 14th, 2017 Viewed 2208 times, 1 so far today

President Trump has done a lot in his first 100 days so far, but none were more interesting in many ways than his first speech before a joint session of Congress. While many focused on the Democrats that sat out the 2 minute long applause for the fallen hero, it was much more intriguing to see Republicans applauding things that were not traditionally Republican and Democrats not quite knowing what to do.

Shika Dalmia argues that Trump has radically changed the GOP, but I’m not sure that’s the case. I think it’s more situational. When it’s your guy that’s President, you back what he says– especially because he won saying it. When it’s not your guy, you obstruct and resist everything.

Which points to the post title– I believe that while there are some politicians that actually believe what they run on (Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and a few others come to mind), for the most part these people run on popular things to get elected. This isn’t going to be fixed by passing a bill with the right label to match what they said they believe. It will only be fixed by actually doing what they say they want to or are going to do.

All Donald Trump Has To Do Is Look Presidential in a Debate

July 15th, 2015 Viewed 1587 times, 1 so far today

What if the whole offensive rhetoric was both to cast out a position but also to get everyone talking about him and push him into the debates.  Then all he has to do is not come out that way in the debates, looking somewhat more measured and Presidential, and his polls go even higher…

Trump continues to be unpopular among the public at large, with negative marks outpacing positive ones 61-33. "Strongly unfavorable" views outnumber strongly positive ratings by a three-to-one ratio.  

From the Washington Post hat tip Ann Althouse

Of course, I’m also interested in seeing what would happen were he to keep this up.  Would the people respond to what they feel is someone that actually will speak his mind regardless of what the politicos say and give him a chance at the Presidency?  Would it increase the turnout in the General Election?

Get out the popcorn.

Ticket to be Decided By a Duel

June 13th, 2015 Viewed 1642 times

Lincoln Dinner Guest Governor Scott Walker by John PembleArm wrestling to see who will run for President and Vice President is funny—especially as one of them isn’t even in the race yet:

Asked by Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin if he would be open to announcing in December that the two of them would run as a ticket, and settle who would be the nominee for president and vice president later, Walker replied that some supporters had pitched that idea.

“I’ve actually had quite a few people, grassroots supporters, donors, and others, who have made that suggestion,” Walker said.

“For now, you know, Marco is a quality candidate. He’s going to be formidable in this race as things progress. And if we were to get in, we’d be as well, and we’ll see where things take us.”

He added that he and Rubio have joked that people mention the two possibly pairing up and said they would likely “have to arm wrestle over who would be top of the ticket.”

Walker: Supporters have suggested 2016 ticket with Rubio

Hat Tip: Ann Althouse


Image: Lincoln Dinner Guest Governor Scott Walker by John Pemble

The Evangelical Christian and the GOP

June 9th, 2015 Viewed 1586 times

vote-header.jpgIn Gina Loudon’s recent article, 3 simple steps to a conservative in the White House, the author lists items that I have been considering for a while:

The elections in 2016 can be won by the right using three simple tactics:

1) The Christian vote: Only 50 percent of those who warm the church pews actually even vote in the general elections. The numbers for women who attend church and vote are even more abysmal. If every churchgoer who does vote brought one churchgoer who doesn’t vote, the election would be wrapped up for the right. This tactic would have even more impact in a primary.

2) Conservatives rally behind one candidate: Before Iowa, conservatives need to have a coordinated strategy to decide on one candidate, or they will get whomever the D.C. elite decides to hand them.

3) Eliminate voter fraud: After deciding on the candidate, and committing to get churches to vote, conservatives should dedicate the rest of their efforts to eliminating voter fraud and opposing motor voter, same-day registration and voting (California has this), and voting without ID laws in their state.

Fast Acting Republicans

January 5th, 2011 Viewed 1521 times

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Today marks the beginning of the Republican rule of the House of Representatives.  At noon, the Republicans start a 20-day plan to vote on undoing President Obama’s laws—starting with ObamaCare.

They’re ambitious—changing house rules, attempting to repeal a major piece of legislation, and trying to keep their campaign promises.

If They Really Wanted to Make a Difference

August 29th, 2008 Viewed 1867 times

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The Washington Post is out this morning with an article stating that the GOP is considering delaying their convention because of Hurricane Gustav.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the last thing that Republicans want is to appear like they are partying while another part of the country is hurting.

President Bush, a Republican, got a bad rap in the hours after Katrina, and has been saddled with the responsibility of what happened there—I believe unjustly.

But if the GOP cancel, I think that they’re missing a great opportunity.

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