Archive for May, 2010
Watch this first televised debate between Tim Bridgewater and Mike Lee by heading on over to KSL.
Very touching tribute put together by a military wife.
Quin Monson, BYU pollster extra-ordinaire, released results of polling done before and after the recent GOP state convention. He had a response rate of approximately 40% and found some interesting results. Here are the ones that stood out for me:
*In the pre-convention survey, Bob Bennett and Tim Bridgewater were tied exactly at 22.7%, Cherilyn Eagar was at almost 12% and Mike Lee far ahead at just under 39% of the vote. The actual results showed some interesting shifting. Eagar gained votes, probably based on her well-received speech and ended up with almost 16% (not enough to go on to the next round, however). Senator Bennett gained votes and got just shy of 26%. Tim Bridgewater gained votes and got just shy of 27%. Mike Lee lost about 1/4 of his pre-convention supporters and received 28.8% of the votes cast.
*In a “favorability” vote pre-convention, Lee and Bridgewater were separated by only a fraction of one-percent – 73.11% for Lee, 72.81% for Bridgewater, meaning most delegates viewed them equally favorably.
*Even more interesting were the third-round results, where the actual convention votes were almost exactly the opposite of the pre-convention leanings. In the poll taken before convention, respondents chose Lee over Bridgewater, 57.4%-42.6%. In actual voting, businessman Tim Bridgewater received 57.3% of the delegate vote while attorney Mike Lee received 42.7% of the vote. Had Senator Bennett advanced to the third round, either Lee or Bridgewater would have handily received the nomination, with over 70% of the vote.
*Specifically addressing the convention presentations, the top 4 candidates were “graded” on a 100-point scale. Bridgewater had the most favorable presentation, with a “grade” of 80.81%. He was followed by Cherilyn Eagar with a “grade” of 65%, then Mike Lee with 62% and ending with Senator Bennett receiving a “grade” of 56%.
*Post-convention polling specifically looked at a negative mailer showing Mike Lee in front of an LDS temple, Bob Bennett in front of the US Capitol and asking “Which candidate really has Utah values”? 50% of delegates received the flyer prior to convention, 12% received if after and almost 40% did not receive it at all. Based on first impressions, 35% believed the flyer came from the Mike Lee camp, while over 50% believed it came from a group not affiliated with any of the candidates. Over 70% felt it was inappropriate. However, when asked if the mailer influenced their vote towards Mike Lee, Bob Bennett or “other”, the average response made it clear that it did not. They either strongly or somewhat disagreed that the flyer influenced their vote.
Other results from the delegates view of the world:
*97.4% feel the country is headed in the wrong direction
*70% feel the state is headed in the right direction
*24% attended caucuses for the first time this year
*over 1/3 had attended 6 or more caucuses
*50% said this was the first time they had been elected as a delegate
*A mere 25% were women
*Only 18% strongly agreed that they went to the caucuses for a specific candidate
*Over 85% of the delegates have a somewhat or strong favorable impression of the tea party movement
*42% consider themselves to be active participants in the movement
*A whopping 98% of the delegates consider themselves somewhat or strongly conservative
One more example of Tim “walking the walk” – or in this case, “riding the ride”.
This weekend, President Obama addressed the graduating class at West Point. He praised their willingness to join the military in times of war – then went on to tell them that we need to create a “new international order“. He said that the “US must shape a world order” where “the burdens of this century cannot fall on our soldiers along. It also cannnot fall on American shoulders alone”.
“The international order we seek,” he continued “is one that can resolve the challenges of our times — countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing wounds.”
Then, this Constitutional attorney said the following:
This nation was founded upon a different notion. We believe, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That truth has bound us together, a nation populated by people from around the globe, enduring hardship and achieving greatness as one people. That belief is as true today as it was 200 years ago. It is a belief that has been claimed by people of every race and religion in every region of the world. Can anybody doubt that this belief will be any less true — any less powerful — two years, two decades, or even two centuries from now?
And so a fundamental part of our strategy for our security has to be America’s support for those universal rights that formed the creed of our founding. We will promote these values above all by living them — through our fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it’s hard; even when we’re being attacked; even when we’re in the midst of war.
We will commit ourselves to forever pursuing a more perfect union. Together with our friends and allies, America will always seek a world that extends these rights
Apparently he forgot the Thomas Jefferson quote: “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations–entangling alliances with none.” No new “international” order needed.
Seriously? President Calderon has the ….guts…. to come to the United States as a guest and lecture us on immigration policy? Seriously? Here is Rep. McClintock’s response.
Senator Bob Bennett called a press conference today to announce……that he is not running a write-in campaign. And he is not endorsing either candidate in the primary. However, he is confident he would have won had he run a write-in…..
Now that we’re clear, time to move along.
You can hear for yourself if you’d like.
Leaving the GOP convention with a convincing 15 point lead over his primary challenger, businessman Tim Bridgewater was invited to publish an op-ed piece in the Washington Post. He spoke of his thoughts of the ouster of Senator Bennett being a call to “return to a higher standard”.
We have seen a rejection of a government that is “too far away, too detached and insufficiently attuned to what was happening in this country” – but 2009/2010 was not the first time. Back in 1773, a group of patriots rebelled against government over-reach and yes, tyranny, and started a movement which swept the incumbents of the day out of “office”.
In the Washington Post article, Bridgewater reminds us that the Founding Fathers created a “system of government built on the principle that individuals have God-given rights.” Those founders gave us horizontal separation between the 3 branches of government, but also a vertical separation between the federal government and the states. Over time, that vertical separation of power has almost disappeared.
Today, the federal government feels it can manage even the details of personal health care and education. States have been relegated to administrative units of a central leviathan, in a system of plunder in which each state tries to live at the expense of the others. In such a system, experience in Washington is valuable. But Utah Republicans rejected that model of governance and so rejected the Washington veteran.
On a practical level, I think Saturday’s results reflected voters’ fear that Washington cannot control its spending. Bob Bennett, for all his considerable merits, was simply too comfortable in a Washington that routinely ignores those concerns and resorts to spending whenever there is a problem.
The Permanent Ruling Class in Washington tells us that Congress is capable of managing the fast-growing telecommunications industry, that it knows how credit should be allocated and that it has the expertise to decide which financial institutions are too big, which are too small and which are “just right.”
He concludes by calling for a return to a a separation of powers both horizontally and vertically and a plea for the federal government to stop meddling in state affairs. “It is time for a little humility in Washington. The Founders left us a better way,” he said.
It IS time to return to that better way.