Good for America, Too Bad for Oregon

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

November 4 was a good day for conservatives and Republicans everywhere – except, of course, Oregon. The election was a complete and indisputable repudiation of President Barack Obama and his policies. You can try to spin it anyway you want but the scoreboard comes up LOSER with a picture of Mr. Obama prominently displayed.

The only thing surprising about the election is how poorly the pollsters and pundits performed in predicting the closeness of races that turned out to be cakewalks for the Republican victors. Some may suggest that the pollsters simply reflect the bias of their principle customers – the mainstream media – but the pollsters might be better served understanding that the populace is so disgusted by the intrusion of “all politics, all the time” that they simply lie to the pollsters – I do.

But there are other things to be garnered from this election. First, there appears to be a wave of repudiation of “political dynasties.” Jack Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, running for governor in Georgia – LOSER. Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn – LOSER. Senator Mark Pryor, son of former Senator David Pryor, running for re-election – LOSER. Senator Mark Udall, son of former Rep. Mo Udall, running for re-election – LOSER. And likely to join the list is Senator Mary Landrieu, daughter of former New Orleans mayor, Moon Landrieu, and sister of current New Orleans mayor, Mitch Landrieu – likely LOSER. Members of the Kennedy and Bush “dynasties” fared better but the message from 2014 might give pause to the potential candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

Second, overwhelming corruption and incompetence can result in the ouster of incumbents even in the deepest of blue states like Illinois – unfortunately the same standard was not applied in Oregon where the corruption was milder but the incompetence was at least as great. The voter reaction to the corruption and incompetence of Illinois governor Pat Quinn (D) might signal that Mr. Obama would have difficulty carrying his own home state if the election were held today.

Third, the “war on women” was as transparently phony as the Democrats who espoused it. The primary example is in Colorado where Senator Mark Udall (D) turned virtually every question into another lecture on the “war on women” which he equated to taxpayer funded unrestricted abortions for all women. In doing so, liberals stereotyped women as having a singular focus and failed to recognize that their concerns are as complex and varied as men. Women are just as concerned about jobs, the economy and national security as men and yet liberals failed to address them with any realistic solutions.

And fourth, a new dialog regarding race and the Democrat party appears to be emerging. Sen. Tim Scott (R) was returned to the United States Senate from South Carolina marking the first time that an African-American has been elected to the Senate from a former Confederate state. Mia Love (R) became the first woman elected to Congress from Utah and the first Republican woman elected to Congress nationally. They join a growing list of prominent Republican politicians who also happen to be Black. But more importantly there is a growing anger amongst blacks that, despite their unflagging support of Democrats, their station in life continues to deteriorate. They are dismayed that the Democrats focus their attention on the race hustlers like Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Al Sharpton who grow increasingly more wealthy while they are mired in poverty and a welfare state that has confined them, like the Native Americans before them, to a ghetto/reservation with little hope for a chance at success. A small, but growing, number of African American leaders are beginning to embrace the prospect of a “hand up, rather than a handout.” And the white, liberal leadership of the Democrat party is worried. Without the overwhelming Black vote, the coalition of big government special interests will collapse. But as long as Democrats (unfortunately with the tacit approval of some Republicans) keep Blacks uneducated and impoverished they will continue to support the Democrats who promise even more welfare access.

Which brings us back to Oregon. Oregon continued its three decade old slide toward a universal welfare state. In returning John Kitzhaber as governor, they have indicated that twelve years without progress or accomplishment are just fine so long as welfare rolls grow and the public employee unions prosper. The Democrats doubled down on that theme by increasing their numbers in both the state House and Senate with each nearing the “super majority” status necessary to enact another massive tax increase. Never mind the incompetence demonstrated in the CoverOregon fiasco. Never mind the ethical quagmire created by Mr. Kitzhaber’s live-in First Lady and her varied consulting contracts. And never mind that the current track in job creation envisioned by Mr. Kitzhaber guarantees that Oregon will never reach the job penetration level experienced immediately preceding the Bush/Obama recession and the tepid Obama recovery.

The Bob Packwood/Gordon Smith liberal wing of the Republican party were successful in nominating a bright and accomplished physician who was an absolute neophyte at politics and who accepted their strategy that acting like a Democrat can get a Republican elected in Oregon. She lost by a wider margin that the bright, accomplished and political savvy lawyer who remained true to his lifetime of fiscal conservatism in the race for governor. Neither Dr. Monica Wheby nor Rep. Dennis Richardson ever had a chance. This is Oregon and its center right populace continues to be overwhelmed by uber liberal Portland.

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  • GObill sizemore

    Well said, Larry. I usually vote Republican, but this year I skipped Oregon’s U.S. Senate race completely. You can only go so far to the left without leaving me and a lot of Oregon Republicans behind. Monica did that and she did it in spades.
    I don’t know what it will take for this state to wake up. Apparently it’s a lot more than the overwhelming incompetence and some would say outright corruption we have seen of late. Nonetheless, I continue to believe this state will turn around. It has happened before. I’m just not sure what it will take for the scales to come off the eyes of those who vote Democrat no matter what.
    In the meanwhile I will rejoice in our national gains for what they are worth. I doubt Republicans can or will do a lot with their majorities, but a lot of bad stuff will be prevented and that makes it altogether worthwhile.

    • guest

      Au contraire Mr, Bill, object of laboriously organized left wing scorn.
      IMO, countenancing another six years of Putin up with Mr. Merkley, sounds more like Bilious Seismore-graphic anal-groggy.
      Pardon me monsieur, contrast Merkley’s en-Croachment to Wehby, a firefly illuminating more progress attending our state of affair, locally and nationally than a gubernatorial escargot shilling about Mahonia Hall.
      Wholly hav’n a cow mon! Wehby, if indeed fallible, could be more easily retired than the Dem lemmingry infesting the CONniving empirical Left US bereft Coast.

      Ring a prosy around that facet, pal! Selah!

  • Larry Sparks

    Dennis Richardson is an outstanding man. It is unbelievable that voters did not really grasp the unethical conduct and mismanagement of finances of John Kitzhaber. Are Oregon Democrats so blind that they no longer recognize or care about corruption and fraud in government.

    • CherryAnn1000

      I think they did grasp it, Larry, and they just don’t care. There simply aren’t enough true conservatives to overrule all the Cally libs that have transplanted themselves here and taken to ruin our state as they did down south. But I have hope the feds will do more than our ethics board in holding Dr. No and his paramour accountable for everything that has gone on of late.

      • Eric Blair

        How about the California conservatives that moved up here?

        • guest

          Phallus say.

    • Ballistic45

      Democrats depend on Corruption and fraud, sure they recognize it and USE IT… Now I’m using Democrats loosely here… Socialist, Communist, Progressives, Liberals, Democrats, what ever name they are hiding behind today is my meaning… Check out Socialist Countries around the world then take a look at their corruption, voter fraud, bribery, intimidation, and most of all their treatment of dissidents.. The American Democratic Party and this Administration have been a shining example of all these traits…

      • guest

        You mean like Sweden?

        • Ballistic45

          Yep, note that not one member of the Cabinet is a conservative, not one… How can that be? All are Social Democrat or Greens.. Now let us look at the peoples representatives in the Kiksdag, These are the Political Parties represented in the legislative body called the Kiksdag;
          Social Democratic Party
          Moderate Party
          Sweden Democrats
          Green Party
          Center Party
          Left Party
          Liberals People’s Party
          Christian Democrat Party

          It would stand to reason that if every thing is fair and on the up and up, there would be some mention of ANY Conservative group… The Social Democratic Party far out number the other groups represented in the Kiksdag.. Of course no evidence of voter fraud, intimidation, bribes are going to be published for the world to see… That’s not how it works… Sweden is a Typical Socialist country using Government power to silence opposition, see: – Check out Sweden’s Helping Turkey silence dissent: – Anyway, the People of Sweden are not happy with the rising cost of living, taxes, crime and a government that is becoming deaf to the voice of the people… Sound Familiar.. Not a good example my friend

          • guest

            As you said, no evidence. Kinda weird that you use the lack of evidence as evidence. You’ll find what you want to find, and no evidence to the contrary will ever convince you otherwise. You’re a closed-loop system.

            The Sweden Democrats and the Christian Democrats are their conservative parties. You’re not making the mistake of assuming their conservative parties would look like ours are you?

            Great example, but analysis on your part my friend

          • Ballistic45

            And THE PEOPLE are dis-satisfied because?

  • CherryAnn1000

    Couldn’t have said it better. As a born and bred Oregonian, I remember when this was the absolute best place to live, bar none. Now–not. Only when we are purged of liberal idiots will this state finally be able to try and recover. I really hope and pray that the feds continue to investigate and bring charges against the good doctor and his paramour that will take them to trial and prison time. It may be the only way we can finally get rid of him without having to wait out four more years and further desecration of this once great state.

    • Eric Blair

      I have some bad news for you.. not all born and bred Oregonians are conservative. Thank God.

      However, the next 2 years are going to be fun watching the conservatives do something besides obstruct (maybe) and try and not implode as their looney wing makes more and more, well, looney demands.

      And when you say “purged”, exactly how do you mean that?

      • guest

        Eric, thou counter insurgent inbound bred-stud: May you suffer the discourse of being a mare bred for Sharia Laws distending US laws into gNu venue Whorld Ardorly , piinned-head, nee crash, et al.

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