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Closing Arguments (and Donations)

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The president is going gray. I suspect he’s been hearing about the polls from California where he’s tying up traffic today to New Hampshire, where some senior Democrats have to be thinking about a primary challenge in 2012. You can’t lead your party to an epic defeat and expect everyone to compliment you on the good intentions behind Obamacare. George H.W. Bush oversaw collapse of the Soviet Union and Pat Buchanan ran against him in 1992.

Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, the third-ranking House GOP member, appeared on Wednesday’s program and laid out exactly what voters across the country need to hear from every Republican candidate: A GOP win in 10 days will put the country on a fundamentally different course, and a U-turn will be made from the destructive and often radical policies of the Obama/Pelsoi/Reid tenure. One excerpt from the transcript:

HH: I want America to hear again from Mike Pence in the Republican leadership [that] this is not going to be a go along, this is not the ’90s. This is not the early 2000s. This is a different Republican Party when it comes to pushing back on this federal massive expansion.

MP: Look, the time to go along and get along is over. House Republicans know that. We’ve taken firm and principled stands against their big government plans throughout this Congress, and we’ve got, if the American people will send them, we’ve got a cavalry of men and women headed to Washington, D.C. that are going to stand with us. And we’re going to repeal Obamacare lock, stock and barrel. We’re going to roll back their stimulus bill. We’re going to end the era of bailouts and deficits and debt and takeovers. You better believe it. Look, what went wrong in the 1990s and first years of this century for Republicans wasn’t the lack of compromise. It was too much compromise with the establishment in Washington, D.C. I know our team gets it, and with the reinforcements the American people are poised to send to us, I know we’re going to put our nation’s Congress back on a pathway toward fiscal discipline, personal responsibility, and limited government like our founders intended.

Pence is an effective spokesmen for the House GOP, and all the candidates ought to be hitting these points hard for the next 10 days, building the turnout and laying out the agenda. Any Republican who goes into the candidate’s version of the NFL’s “prevent defense” is asking to have the election stolen away in a recount.

Very smart folks like Jay Cost think the number of GOP pick-ups in the House could reach 60, there is a path to 50 or 51 in the Senate, and the sitting governors are hitting the road to make sure their numbers grow.

In the country’s most important race –because the national economy can never truly hit the big growth we need until the Golden State’s engine turns over– Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor clearly has momentum, and Jerry Brown’s odd appearance on Channel 11 last night is just another sign that his numbers tell him the story that is everywhere unfolding across the United States –voters know this is a desperately serious election about slashing the size of government and empowering private sector job growth, and that means you cannot vote for Democrats. (When asked about the Hollywood film industry, Brown broke from his usually pretty disciplined talking points to say that as soon as the state got enough money it could start passing around some cash. Any viewer instantly should have known that if Jerry gets back in the governor’s office, we will see a massive –truly massive– set of tax hikes jammed through the legislature and millions of people will leave this state.)

What is needed for the final push at all levels is money of course. I think Texas home builder Bob Perry is a great American for digging deep when he doesn’t have to. I think the caller to Bill Bennett’s show Thursday who is working a second job delivering pizza and sending a lot of it to candidates is on the same level as Perry –giving out of a deep desire to get the country back on track and back from the cliff’s edge to which Obama/Pelosi/Reid have taken it.

I think contributions can make the most difference right now in Carly Fiorinia’s campaign in California and John Kasich’s in Ohio, though many Congressional candidates continue to need help to turn out the vote. Whatever the campaign you contribute to, match the cash with some calling or by going to WinningInNovember (see the box above) and offering to email or walk a precinct. Dems are rapidly growing broke and preparing to borrow money as the map of their misery expands, and relying on MSM spinning to try and generate some false hope in their troops.

The president’s scramble across the U.S. has got to be helping Republicans at least as much as Democrats as every speech confirms that he sees nothing wrong with the vast waste of the stimulus and the rolling disaster that is Obamacare. Unless he is faced with a massive rebuke at the polls, he won’t change a thing, and the economic hole we are in will keep getting deeper as he keeps digging. Pay attention to what the president promises to do –much much more of the same– and then contribute and vote accordingly.



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