Monday, October 31, 2011

Tea Party Then and Now

Even though Ron Paul has tried to take credit for the Tea Party, it was this rant by Rick Santelli that inspired me to go to the Tea Party held in front of Dallas City Hall on April 15, 2009:



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It Is Official: The Term "Conservative" Is Just An Empty Slogan

Yesterday, John Sununu - former Governor of New Hampshire and Chief of Staff for President George HW Bush - endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

The endorsement was hardly surprising since the GOP establishment started to coalesce around Romney after the Chris Christie decided not to run. But what was surprising was Sununu's describing Romney as a "solid conservative". 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Are Christians In Politics Legislating Religion?

Let me start with a confession (no pun intended). I believe that politics and religion are a bad mix. I have seen it while growing up in Europe. I believe the Founding Fathers got it right when they produced a secular governing document called the Constitution of the United States. And make no mistake about it, the Constitution is a secular and not a religious document.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Humble Advice To The Perry Campaign.....

...... skip Tuesday's debate.

Rick Perry has absolutely nothing to gain from participating in debates. There is no need to rehash his performances so far. And make no mistake about it, his lack of debating skills is what hurt him. Not the border fence. Not the in state tuition.

Romney's Own Campaign Material Shows His Weakness

Mitt Romney has been campaigning for president for the last six years. And it shows. Not only does it show in his outstanding debate performances. It also shows on the Internet where the Romney campaign has established a strong presence.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The GOP's Casablanca Moment

Watching all the feigned shock among Republicans about Pastor Robert Jeffress' comments about Romney's candidacy reminded me of this famous scene from the classic movie Casablanca:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What Do They Say? A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words.....

As the prospect of Mitt Romney being the nominee seems to increase, the desperation among conservatives rises with each passing day. Today, Chris Christie endorsed Romney. The look on Christie's face in the photo below perfectly captures the enthusiasm that conservatives feel towards Romney as a nominee:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Romneycare Will Be An Issue in the Campaign

Several of my friends and Romney supporters had convinced themselves that Romneycare would not an in issue in the campaign. They probably got a false sense of security from Tim Pawlenty's inability to follow through with his attacks. In any case, the Perry campaign released the ad below. Welcome back to reality Romney fans.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Power! The Players

Electing an American president is a long process. And, it seems to get longer with each new cycle. For the months to come we will be inundated with political coverage much of it dull and predictable. We at TPF have decided to cover the race to the White House with a little twist. After all, we can’t move up election day. So let’s have fun, fun, fun. As we looked at the events unfolding over the summer, we realized that political campaigns are just like TV Dramas. The twist and turns reminded us of the 80s great nighttime soap operas of Dallas and Dynasty. We looked at the candidates and other players in this year’s election and the comparisons to great soap operas character are inescapable. We think you will agree.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Individual Mandate vs. Illegal Immigration

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This is the mother of all ironies. The top two candidates for the GOP nomination - Mitt Romney and Rick Perry - each adopted positions considered apostasy among GOP grassroots. And neither candidate is reversing his stance.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Let's Look at the Numbers: Texas In State Tuition for Undocumented Students

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Rick Perry has run into a bit of a political buzz saw over his support for Texas' version of the DREAM Act. The law granting in state tuition to undocumented students who reside in the state 36 months prior to graduating from a Texas High School faced almost no opposition when passed nearly 10 years ago. But in today's tough economic climate, Republican primary voters see this benefit to individuals who are not supposed to be in this country as unacceptable.