Makin' gnocchi

Oh my.  We knew about the barroom brawl but this is pretty interesting.  At the Buffalo News:

Erie County Conservatives dealt a major blow to State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti's re-election hopes Thursday evening by spurning the Buffalo Republican and endorsing Democrat Charles M. Swanick.
In a move that could ultimately determine which major party controls the State Senate, the often-influential minor party denied its line to Grisanti and reunited with Swanick, a longtime Conservative friend who served 26 years in the County Legislature before retiring in 2005...
..."Chuck Swanick is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Second Amendment and a fiscal conservative," said Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo.
"I understand the argument made to us that the Republican Senate may hang in the balance," he said. "Unfortunately, a number of people on my board feel the Republican Senate has not been there for the job we expect them to do."
Though Grisanti and his wife, Maria, have been the subject of national media scrutiny in recent days following their involvement in a Feb. 10 brawl at the Seneca Niagara Casino, the incident appears to have carried little weight in Thursday's decision.
Lorigo said Grisanti raised the sharpest Conservative ire for breaking his promise not to vote for same-sex marriage and voting to impose a "millionaires tax" that the chairman said was disguised as a middle-class tax break.
"Clearly to Conservatives, it was a tax hike," Lorigo said...
Well. Do Conservatives and Democrats make strange bedfellows? Maybe not so strange. Old Italian proverb: ya make gnocchi with the dough ya got.
Related: In Saratoga County, State Senator Roy McDonald (R-Wilton) has lost the support of his hometown Republican committee in the Town of Wilton. And in a letter to the editor at the Troy Record:
...Sen. McDonald apparently expects Republican committee members to gather petition signatures for him and to put up his lawn signs...Sen. McDonald's record of raising taxes, supporting big government, and caving in to liberal special interests is an embarrassment to our party, so why should any of us lift a finger to support him?
If Rensselaer County Republicans are going to be asked to help get a candidate elected, we deserve to have that candidate be someone who votes and stands for our values...When we start carrying petitions next month, let’s make sure we do it for a state Senate candidate...who shares our conservative Republican principles. If we want people to start voting Republican again, then our party needs to start standing for something again.
Other Republican state senators might want to pay attention.
h/t Tom

I knew there was a reason I didn't like Tim Pawlenty...

...and here it is:

This just showed up in my inbox:


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Interestingly, in an interview with PJTV's Roger Simon on the subject of 2012 and the state of conservatism, Victor Davis Hanson said this: "Romney is everybody's collective castor oil. They know they have to take their medicine at some point."  Really? 

Morphing into Mordor


In the New York Times:

Is the old John McCain back?

The fiery, independent version of the Republican senator from Arizona took to the floor of the Senate Wednesday morning. Demanding “straight talk,” Mr. McCain accused conservatives of abandoning reason by opposing the House Republican leader’s plan to resolve the debt crisis.

Mr. McCain mocked Tea Party-allied Republicans in the House for believing — wrongly, he said — that President Obama and Democrats will get the blame for a default if Republicans refuse to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.

By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.

OK, I admit it...I keep my feet clean-shaven at all times so no one will know.

There are RINOs and then there are

Inspiration from Fran.

"Almost" only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades

Jumping into the fray here on two fronts...

From Stacy McCain:

When Stacy refers to independent voters here, he's talking "small i" independent, not the Independence Party, which is almost an irrelevancy anyway, at least in this area (Independence Party members, feel free to comment on that assertion):

Republicans who go squishy on social issues do so under the mistaken belief that this somehow helps the GOP reach independent “swing” voters. But that kind of soft-headed thinking is based on a complete misunderstanding of who independent voters actually are.

Independents are not moderates, but rather are prototypical “low-information” voters, and aren’t really much interested in social issues one way or the other.

You know what independent voters truly loathe? Gutless backstabbing unprincipled two-faced flip-floppers.

That last bit is certainly my reading of voters around here who regard themselves as small-i independents.

Read the whole thing.

And as for polls and the media (emphasis mine):

For years, the mainstream media has done their level best to make the redefinition of marriage seem inevitable. As if in concert, local, regional, and national outlets have published the results of poll after poll under headlines like “Majority of Americans Now Supports Same-Sex ‘Marriage,’” all in an attempt to silence opposition...

....The good news for the media is they may have almost succeeded in persuading a sufficient number of salt-of-the-earth Americans to give up the fight.

[....]  we cannot allow ourselves to fall prey to the machinations of the mainstream media, which frequently employs polls not simply to report public opinion, but to frame it...

And not just the mainstream media but political party powers-that-be would do well to remember the old adage about where "almost" counts.


In contrast, however, to McCain's conclusion that

The four GOP state senators in New York who voted for this bill have destroyed all hope that the Republican Party can ever make a real comeback in that state.

I posit this:

Just sayin'.

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