Marco Rubio’s New Hampshire Gaffe

First of all, I’m a fan of Senator Marco Rubio.  For example, this prior post:

And in addition to being a “gifted messenger“, I really like Rubio’s message on the economy, on jobs, and especially on foreign affairs, national defense and terrorism. And unlike some of my conservative friends who cannot get past Rubio’s support for the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, that’s not a disqualifier in my eyes.

Unfortunately for Rubio, New Hampshire and he are not a good match. Consider the recent NBC/Marist poll. Only 20% of potential Republican voters said ISIS, which we can use as a surrogate, for foreign affairs, national defense and terrorism, was their top issue. Significantly lower than either Iowa or South Carolina:

Unfortunately, Rubio made a significant gaffe in his visit to New Hampshire earlier this week. Continue reading

On DHS, Ted Cruz Partially Correct

From a hot-off-the presses from National Journal following the House not passing a three-week interim funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

“In funding virtually the entirety of the federal government [in December], leadership deliberately gave away virtually all of our leverage, putting us into a box canyon where the predictable result was what just happened: leadership caving, joining with Harry Reid and Obama and giving in entirely. That was a mistake. We shouldn’t have given up the leverage in the first place,” Cruz said, adding that he “eagerly await[s] leadership’s next steps”.

Cruz was correct about some of his colleagues caving because in today’s world, as opposed to the world of the framers, the “power of the purse” is nothing compared to the “power of the press.”  The left-of-center press is going to blame any government shutdown on the Republicans.  Even a shutdown that is not really a shutdown.  And while that may not matter to a Republican in deep-red Texas it matters hugely to a Republican Senator up for reelection in a swing-state or, like Kelly Ayotte, in a blue-state like New Hampshire. Continue reading

Karl Rove vs. the Jaspercrats

With a 60 percent to 40 percent Republican majority in the New Hampshire House, you would expect the New Hampshire House to be standing up to the budget proposed by Governor Hassan, which grows government, by 6.4 percent over the biennium, more than three-times the rate that the New Hampshire economy grew under Hassan.

But no, as I posted previously, the immediate reaction of Speaker Shawn Jasper, who was elected Speaker by the Democrats and a small splinter-group of Republicans, was to praise  Hassan: “I think there are a lot of good things in there … .” Continue reading

Is it Time for Governor Hassan to Drop her Proposal for a COO for New Hampshire?

I previously blogged about Governor Hassan’s proposal to create a position of COO -Chief Operating Officer- within New Hampshire state-government here and here.  In a nutshell:

In the private sector, businesses often have CEOs, Chief Executive Officers, and COOs. The CEO’s role is to make strategic decisions, while the COO’s role is to run the business’s day-to-day operations. … That model does not fit the Governor’s office. In state government, policy is set by the Legislature. … The Governor’s job is more analogous to the role of the COO. His or her job is to make sure that the Legislature’s policy decisions are carried out.

Today the National Republican Senatorial Committee Continue reading

Why Is It Being Called a Shutdown, When DHS Stays Open?

The New Hampshire Democrats’ non-stop mantra as of late has been that Kelly Ayotte is willing shut down the federal Department of Homeland Security in order to block Obama’s executive amnesty orders.

The problem with that narrative is that DHS will not be shut down when their current appropriation runs out.  From the Washington Post, which anything but conservative media: Continue reading

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them …

Isaiah 11:6:  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

No, I don’t think that Isaiah Thomas will lead the Celtics as presently constituted to another NBA title.  I do think he could play a key supporting role. Continue reading