Friday, November 10, 2006
Personal Asides: Rumsfelds Resignation Wont Appease the Left Further Reflections on the Election Oberweis and Franks on Shootout Greg Baise to Speak at Roosevelt U Course Jim Nalepa for State GOP Chairman.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfelds resignation is a sign of weakness for the administration and will do nothing for it because nothing can appease the Left except the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and the resultant humiliation of the United Statesbecause the Left has moved from liberalism to an anti-U.S. posture that will not be satisfied until the country it instinctively despises will be rejected in the eyes of the world.
For that reason the firing of Donald Rumsfeld was a gaffe for the Bush administration, showing that possibly there is an accommodationist switch that undercuts the valiant war we have been waging up to now. Right nowand I could be wrongthe White House smells like Dick Darman has returned, the smiling Rabbis son who convinced old man Bush to violate his no new tax pledge in the interest of realism. No pacification program can influence the Left.
The Left is in no way related to the liberalism of the 1950s as typified by Hubert Humphrey, Henry Jackson and others: it is sometimes passively, sometimes vehemently anti-U. S. For proof all you have to do is to read the New York Times every day as I do. Don Rumsfeld was a gutsy secretary of defense and it is sad to reflect that his undoing came from his fierce determination to support his president. The fact that he paid the penalty may well show that someone in the White House we hope not the occupant of the Oval Office may have decided to change the course and prepare to abandon our commitment in Iraq before victory is achieved. If that happens, what has lasted thus far as a White House with intellectual integrity, may soon change to a poll-driven Bill Clinton type of operation. Lets hope not.
By losing the Senate, the election was a disaster for social conservatives and put an end, temporarily, to any chance of further changing the Supreme Court. The House is not so important. In fact it would be distinctly helpful if the Judiciary committee under John Conyers could begin structuring grounds for presidential impeachment which would so upset the country that a corrective can be made in 2008. I would hope that Ways and Means could do something about hiking taxes and that the Intelligence committee would not get Jane Harmon as chair but the formerly impeached federal judge known as a security risk: we have to take a chance in order to have the electorate learn that in this business with all its imperfections, there is really only one party worthy of trust for our defense.
The only bright spot in the election Tuesday was the national exit poll that showed voters believe the Republicans are better suited to fight terrorismby a margin of 8 percent.
Oberweis and Franks.
Guests on Political Shootout Sunday will be Jim Oberweis and State Rep. Jack Franks. Oberweis was narrowly pointed out of the Republican gubernatorial nomination in March by the refusal of State Sen. Bill Brady to withdraw and run for another post which gave the nomination to Judy Baar Topinka. Franks, a Democrat and chairman of the House Government Affairs committee, was a severe critic of Governor Rod Blagojevich and while he didnt endorse Topinka declared that he could not support the governor for reelection. The program should be interesting in that it could show (a) what the non-Blagojevich Democrats are preparing to do in the next session of the General Assembly and beyond including the possibility that the next Democratic governor could be Pat Quinn and (b) what conservative Republicans would like to do to rebuild a party which has never known the influence of Ronald Reagan because of Combine leaders like Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar, George Ryan and Judy Baar Topinka.
Thats this Sunday at 8 p.m. on WLS-AM (890).
Greg Baise, president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, the most effective business lobby in the state, will address my Roosevelt University class on Thursday, December 14 at 7 p.m. Baise has an impressive resume. He began as an assistant to Governor Jim Thompson and became a top Republican operative, serving as campaign manager in Illinois for Ronald Reagans 1988 reelection drive in which the president carried Illinois. Greg ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer and then joined IMA. He is a forceful and articulate business spokesman and will outline an idea that he has been pushing for quite some time: a state constitutional amendment that will return Illinois to its old pattern of multiple-member House districts, a tradition that was overturned by Pat Quinn who secured an amendment through his Coalition for Political Honesty which led voters to believe that by reducing the number of House members the state would save money. In fact it took power from the general House membership and consolidated it under the Speaker who, with a handful of other leaders, comprised the Big 4 that meets with the governor and determines budget policy. I welcome Greg as a special guest lecturer.
When the Illinois GOP was looking for a new state chairman some time ago, one candidate appeared for the interview with the fire and steam of a heavyweight plus solid political experience and an oratorical skill that moved many on the committee. He was Jim Nalepa, a wealthy businessman who was all but elected to the House some years ago until State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka cut a deal with the Democrats and circulated her Riverside committee sample ballot marked for Lipinski. Nalepa lost by inches and has had the personal experience of seeing how the Combine works. Originally I suggested Gary MacDougal return but in visiting with him further, he told me that he has no interest in the job: which I can understand as hes been there and done that. But Nalepa would be a great find, I think. Whats better than one who has waged a fighting campaign for the House which would have succeeded except for double-dealing? Nalepa ran as a pro-lifer and social conservative plus a businessman and former Marine officer who defended his country well. I havent talked to him about this so thisll be as surprising to him and to you. Lets hear what you think about his candidacy.