Bully Blackmailing of Candidates Through Pledges and Purity

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We have a little problem in the GOP.  It probably started with Grover Norquist and his tax pledge. He uses the “Pledge” as a blackmail tool, without any rational application or deviation.  Currently he is damning John Coburn because of the great work he has done to end the ethanol subsidy.

Jim DeMint is demanding that everyone who is running for POTUS must sign HIS pledge or they won’t get HIS help.  It sounds like someone’s ego is getting a little to big. Someone needs to remind Senator DeMint that HE IS THE ONE many members of the GOP Senate consider responsible for costing us the US Senate in 2010.  He is referred to as the Minority Maker.

Hot Air

Mitt Romney is refusing to sign the latest blackmail by special interest group pledge by the Susan B. Anthony Lis.  Neither is Herman Cain, but you aren’t hearing about that.  Instead, you are hearing about the damnation of Mitt Romney.  In fact, Allahpundit appears to be one of the few sources mention the Cain Mutiny.

Allahpundit echoes my sentiments with this paragrah.

“…Every other candidate has signed except for Gary Johnson and Herman Cain(!). The part of the pledge dealing with cabinet members is stupid, I think, insofar as it’s something that Romney, as a famously experienced manager, can deal with himself during the appointment process. If he wants to name Giuliani as AG and has concerns about his willingness to enforce abortion laws, press him on it during the job interview. If Rudy has a moral objection, then he’s disqualified; if he doesn’t, let him serve so long as he carries out Romney’s policy preferences. Every president deals with underlings who disagree with some of their policies. The problem isn’t disagreement, it’s being unable to put that disagreement aside and be an effective administrator of the administration’s agenda. I’d bet cash money that Giuliani, rescued from political oblivion with a cabinet post, would happily play ball with a pro-life White House….”

ABC The Note

Romney’s Response

“…“Governor Romney pledged in the last campaign that he would be a pro-life president and of course he pledges it today,” said spokeswoman Andrea Saul in a statement. “However, this well-intentioned effort has some potentially unforeseen consequences and he does not feel he could in good conscience sign it.”

Moving quickly to explain his position, Romney published an essay Saturday on the National Review website stressing his commitment to fostering “a culture of life in America” but calling the SBA pledge “overly broad.”

“It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood; it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America,” he wrote. “That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it.”…”

In the NRO Romney wrote:

“…As much as I share the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, its well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences. That is why I could not sign it. It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood; it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it.

The pledge also unduly burdens a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal government. I would expect every one of my appointees to carry out my policies on abortion and every other issue, irrespective of their personal views….”

But, we are dealing with the intellectually dishonest idiots of the far right.  It’s not about factual accuracy but the hate.

Weasel Zippers

On the other hand – from Outside the Beltway comes reason and logic.

Outside the Beltway

Once again the Minority Maker (Jim DeMint) is making trouble for the GOP. The Pink Flamingo is beginning to wonder if DeMint is even interested in winning elections and defeating Obama. It is beginning to look like he is more interested in promoting his own agenda rather than anything else.

“…Jim DeMint followed Barber with words and marching orders that must be heeded by any candidate hoping he will funnel campaign cash to their race to join him in the U.S. Senate. DeMint again cited the examples of Kasich in Ohio, Walker in Wisconsin and Christie in New Jersey, candidates now governors he said were not afraid to make “bold decisions.” DeMint then listed the three first components of a pledge he said any and all GOP candidates or office holders need to sign to right by him. Cut, cap and balance is DeMint’s simple formula for any candidate who wants money from him. ”

“If you’re name is not on this list, don’t come see me,” he said, warning candidates won’t get a penny of the $15 million he expects to raise for Senate GOP candidates. “Unless you name’s on this pledge, I’m not talking to you. This is our moment to fight…2012 is our last chance to turn things around,” he said of the deb ceiling, an opportunity he said won’t come around again. DeMint characterized the agreement last year between the White House and Congressional Republicans as getting “rolled on the CR [continuing resolution].” DeMint echoed the statement by another GOP presidential candidate, Herman Cain, the founder of Godfather’s Pizza, saying “We are not the founders, but we are the defenders…courage will be contagious,” said, ending with “live free America, live free!”

Although DeMint’s cap, cut and balance pledge doesn’t officially launch for another week, the first of two Congressman who signed up at the Website is Ohio’s ultra-conservative Republican Congressman Jim Jordan. Of the Senate’s 100 senators, only DeMint, Mike Lee of of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Marco Rubio of Florida have signed the pledge so far, although he said he expects 41 senators to get on board….”

It is about demanding purity at the expanse of logic, reason, and what is best for this country. Noting better exemplifies it than far right talking celebs. David Frum wrote:

“…And one might add: unlike the politicians, this new opinion elite is not very concerned for the functioning of the American political system as a system. They are willing to do more radical things, and run bigger risks (e.g. debt default), in pursuit of more aggressive ideological goals….”

Tom Coburn may have finally broken Grover Norquist’s blackmail hold on the GOP.

The far right is once again hating Mitt Romney because he is refusing to sign the intellectually dishonest Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion pledge. He writes:

“...As much as I share the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, its well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences. That is why I could not sign it. It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood; it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it.

The pledge also unduly burdens a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal government. I would expect every one of my appointees to carry out my policies on abortion and every other issue, irrespective of their personal views….”

Examiner

Haley Barbour is right!

“…”Don’t get hung up on purity,” he said. “In politics, purity is a loser. … In this business, it is unity that wins elections. … Barack Obama has worn out three sets of knee pads down his knees praying for the tea party to become a third party, because he can’t lose.”

Barbour, who has already announced that he isn’t running for president, didn’t call any of the announced candidates by name. But the warning was clearly a recognized party elder trying to navigate the disparate movements on display at the three-day conference that culminates Saturday with the announcement of a straw poll of more than 2,000 delegates….

“The nomination is wide open, so it’s going to be a scrap. Work your fingers to the bone, but at the end of the day, we’re going to nominate somebody. And whoever that somebody is going to be many multiples better than Barack Obama,” Barbour said. He added an axiom he attributed to former President Ronald Reagan, “Remember that a fella who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and ally; he’s not a 20-percent traitor.”…”

This is about idiotic pile-ons by idiots.

Memeorandum

This is all about previously unimportant little twerps who have managed to latch on to an issue and promote it into something of national interested.  It is about has-beens, and wannabes who are such “true believers” that they are incapable of any rational thought or discourse.

When The Pink Flamingo was doing the lobby thing, trying to save our space program, I attempted some stunts.  We thought about a “pledge of support” but realized it was petty, futile, and divisive.

These sort of pledges are used to blackmail.  They are used to manipulate, and to turn the unimportant into allegedly important personalities who can gobble up their fifteen minutes of fame.  During those fifteen minutes they use these pledges to destroy.

In doing this, they make a mockery of the issue they wish to promote.

When candidates are forced to pander to special interest groups, they are diminished.

The anti-abortion pledge Mitt Romney refuses to sign is a perfect example of the problem we are facing with these increasingly powerful special interest groups. How dare they demand someone who is running for any office pander to them.  Don’t they realize when someone does just that, they are not the leader we wish them to be?

It shows a tremendous disrespect for our country and for what may come in the future.  It says that the special interest group just doesn’t think the person running for office can think for themselves and act on their own.

The Pink Flamingo is not quite sure who I am going to vote for in the Primaries.  It won’t make much difference.  By the time we vote, here in NM, it is all over, save for the general election.  We are one of the last states to vote in a primary.  That is the fault of the incompetent state GOP.  This said, I do not want to vote for any candidate who panders to special interest groups, I don’t care who they are.

This said, I am beginning to like the way Mitt Romney appears to be thumbing his nose at special interest groups.  I like that the only special interest group I seem him playing to is the GOP primary voter.

Do you really want to vote for someone who can be blackmailed and has little backbone when it comes to standing for something?

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