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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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ITYS #2: Mark Kirk, RINO, Joins 'Mod Squad'

Ugh. Mark Kirk is still more than two weeks away from being sworn in as the new Senator, and already he’s making no bones about wanting to align himself with those who will tear down any conservative momentum in the 112th Congress. He’s even gone so far as to coin a new term for the old tattered “Gang of 14.”

Heretofore it appears they will be known as the “Mod Squad.” Get it? Moderate, Mod. Clever, yes, but repulsive to the core of every conservative heart.

Here’s the start of the dismal news as reported by The Hill‘s Blog Briefing Room:

Centrist Senate Republicans are likely to get a new ally in Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Collins, one of the most visible centrist Republicans in the Senate, told the Kennebec Journal that the newly elected senator punned to her that he wanted to be a part of the Senate GOP’s “Mod Squad.” Columnist David B. Offer wrote:

The day after the election, Collins told me she had received a post-election telephone call from Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican elected to fill the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

“I can’t wait to join your Mod Squad,” Kirk told her.

The Maine senator’s comments highlight the potential tension between centrist and conservative Republican senators in the next Congress.

If you’ve got a strong stomach, go ahead and click on the link to also read the original story at Maine’s Kennebec Journal to see squishy, noodle-spined, media-attention-craving moderation being glorified.

Gem #1:

I think — and I certainly hope — that they are wrong. If politicians of both parties have the sense of a Maine moose, they will recognize that the election returns show that people want Congress and the president to do what it takes to turn the economy around. That can’t be done by government gridlock.

Gem #2:

Sen. Susan Collins is optimistic that the middle-of-the-road reasonable lawmakers from both parties will find a way to work together. Moderates may find answers that elude hard-core partisans, left and right.

Gem #3:

Kirk, Maine’s two senators, Collins and Olympia Snowe and moderates of both parties are a welcome contrast to Rand Paul, the new Tea Party-Libertarian-Republican senator from Kentucky, who continued to express his right-wing go-it-alone views in a post-election speech. I think he and others of his ilk will find that approach won’t work in the real world and that voters will not stand for it.

You get the gist of it. It goes further downhill from there, concluding with a multi-paragraph slap-down of Sarah Palin by Collins—including her desire to see Lisa Murkowski win, just to take down Palin.

This next six years is not going to be pretty.

Here we have my “I Told You So” #2:

h/t SisterToldjah tweet

|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

Spineless Senate GOP Lets Ex-Repub Keep Top GOP Perks & Positions

Shockingly, the Senate GOP have decided to let ex-Republican Lisa Murkowski (or as she likes to spell it, Murkwski) remain as their top dog on the Energy committee, and to keep her other GOP committee seats.

Lamar Alexander, the weak-willed Republican Senate Conference chairman from Tennessee, said, “We’ve done what we need to do and we decided not to do more.”

These lily-livered Senate Republicans go and reward a traitor in their midst, and they can’t understand why voters are so disgusted with them, why Republican voters are voting them out just as fast as we can.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is up for reelection in 2012, still hasn’t gotten the message. Following the clubby GOP meeting that kept Murkowski in the good-old-boys club, Hatch was quoted as saying, “It’s just a matter of good taste. We decided to keep the status quo as long as she’s a senator.’’

This just demonstrates the need to kick out ALL Senate Republicans–except Jim DeMint (R-SC).

[Updated with link to story on DeMint’s 9/23 email stating the decision to protect Murkowski against her Republican voters was made by secret ballot and the leadership then refused to give the final tally.]

Relevant @PruPaine Tweets:

  • .@OrrinHatch “Good taste” to not strip GOP perks from an anti-Republican? Can’t wait to show you the real meaning of good taste in 2012. 
  • Outrageous that the spineless Senate GOP will keep mutinous Murkowski ensconced in her committee seats. #votethemallout #tcot #aksen #sen
|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence | Updated

Moore's Bedfellow? UPDATE: Townhall VP Defines 'Helps Run'

They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but in Alan Moore’s case, perhaps it’s not so strange.

Moore, that rock-ribbed Republican, self-describes himself to Politico as “a strong conservative” who is apparently bitter over the loss of his pet candidate, liberal RINO Mike Castle. There is hell to be paid for the defeat of his pretty, and when Politico comes calling, he’s going to nuzzle the phone receiver between his ear and shoulder, kick back in his desk chair, prop his feet up on the desk, and the bile flow.

Politico describes him as someone “who worked on press releases and policy statements for two months during [Christine O’Donnell’s failed 2008 Senate] bid and now helps run the conservative site” in the article where he merrily trash talks O’Donnell after she won the Republican primary.

Politico has thus far taken a bat to O’Donnell with quotes from three of her former staffers–Kristin Murray, David Keegan and Alan Moore. Good reporters will include connections between sources in their articles and let the chips fall where they may. Reporters with a “narrative” to push aren’t going to let icky details muck up their stories.

Would it be surprising to learn that sources coming from the tiny overlap of set A (Republicans) and set B (Delaware campaign workers) would likely know one another? Hardly. It would be expected.

Would it flavor your reading of a story, however, if two of the three disgruntled sources are currently romantically involved? If a couple of sources are actually a couple?

Well, I can’t say for sure that there’s mutual romantic feelings going on, but it does seem that Moore has a big ol’ crush on Kristin Murray–Politico’s original O’Donnell trash-talker who popped up just in time to do an anti-Christine robo-call for the Delaware GOP on election day.

Let’s take a look at some of Moore’s sweet Twitterings:

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|Campaign 2010 | Political Prudence

What Does Moore Know?

Three former staffers of Republican US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell have been seeking to destroy her candidacy by telling rather insignificant anecdotes about her 2008 campaign. I say “insignificant” because they don’t amount to any wrong-doing; instead they seem to be fairly one-sided versions of differing opinions on how to run a campaign.

But the media came late to the Christine O’Donnell story. They ran in a breathless herd to the sideline when it suddenly looked like sweet, non-threatening, liberal, aisle-crossing RINO Mike Castle might lose his rightful claim to waltz into Delware’s US Senate seat. How fun the years ahead were going to be for the media as Castle blew up one Republican plan after another by selling out and caving to the Democrats. So out came their “nuts or sluts” coverage, just as happened with Nikki Haley in the South Carolina gubernatorial race.

On the sluts front, they didn’t have any political operatives claiming to have slept with O’Donnell, as they had with Haley. Instead they had videotape to mock of O’Donnell preaching all forms of sexual abstinence 15 years ago–in apparent repentance for formerly slutty behavior. Put a check in the sluts scorebox.

Oddly, preaching abstinence wasn’t enough for the media to feel confident this time that they’ve got the nuts column covered too, so send in the turncoat political operatives.

Meet Alan Moore. The day before the Delaware primary, Moore wrote a lovely little piece entitled “Nominating Christine O’Donnell (DE) Could Destroy the Tea Party.” It begins:

I volunteered for the O’Donnell campaign in 2008. I am not owed any money nor have I ever received payment from either the O’Donnell or Castle campaigns.

After that, he dredges up one picayune charge after another in an attempt to derail her victory the next day. But poor Moore, his story doesn’t make much headway into the world—though it does make it into a blog entry at the Atlantic. Castle loses, and Moore has made his future potential employers rather skittish about his trustworthiness and loyalty, all for naught.

It wasn’t until three days after O’Donnell’s upset win that Politico added Moore to their stable of disgruntled turncoats.

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