Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism from 9AM-3PM.
- Volume I “The First Team” and Volume II “The Headliner, Brian and John or some combination thereof kick off from 11-1, and Ed and I follow from 1-3PM Central. Our goal? To get all eight Congressional candidates, the three Constitutional Officers and our next governor, Tom Emmer, on the air, in one Get Out The Vote special, for those of you who can’t get out to see Emmer with Chris Christie, Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour. Tune in!
- The King Banaian Show! – King is on hiatus until after Tuesday. Hopefully he’ll be “Representative Banaian” when we next hear from him!
- And for those of you who like your constitutionalism straight up with no chaser, don’t forget the Sons of Liberty, from 3-5!
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So is Obama and his money-and-power grab on the permanent ascendant in American politics? Or is it an ugly, profoundly-damaging flash in the pan?
Flash, says Ross Douthat in the NYTimes:
Before the 2008 crash, it seemed like this new liberalism might be poised for a long run of domestic policy triumphs: First health care, then climate-change legislation, then card check and immigration reform and so on down the list. But in the wake of the Great Recession, our rendezvous with fiscal retrenchment has been accelerated, and the chances for a rolling series of progressive victories have diminished apace. Barring an extraordinary economic boom, the American situation will soon require the slow and painful restructuring of the welfare state that liberals have spent decades building.
And I think we can pretty safely bar a big economic boom.
This environment may or may not lead to a revival of D.L.C.-style centrism among the Democrats, but at the very least it’s hard to see it proving congenial to further adventures in sweeping social legislation.
As much as the GOP struggles with its own internal contradictions – between fiscal hawks, moderates and social conservatives – pale compared to the war between the Kossacks and the moderates, which has effectively led to a near-purge of moderates.
Which helps explain this past weekend’s scorched-earth assault on the free market:
I’ve talked to liberals who seem to understand this: The reckoning is coming, they allow, and the theory of health care reform has always been to get everybody inside the barrel before it goes over the falls. (I’d lay good money that this is Peter Orszag’s view of the matter.) But seen in this light, the health care victory looks less like the dawn of a bold new era, and more like the final lurch forward before a slow retreat. you might say; now they have to hope that it turns out better for them, and for America, than it did for Napoleon.
Which is where we come in.
What a great night!
In Virginia, the GOP didn’t just beat the Tics; we didn’t just beat them down; we didn’t just humilate them; we made them say “we’re not just your beeyotch, we are your bee-friggin-YATCH”. The Obama Revolution in Virginia had a half-life shorter than Milli Vanilli’s chart career. The Virginia election – in a state the Dems owned barely a year ago – made an eight-on-one prison shower-room beatdown look like a Japanese tea ceremony.
And in New Jersey? NEW JERSEY? I knew we were onto something when a third of the polls were in, Corzine trailed by seven, and Minnesota Public Radio’s utterly Republican-free “panel” spent a couple of minutes obsessing over “exit polls”. Which was at least better than CNN, which was running the “exit polls show New Jersey neck and neck” slide up until, I kid you not, the moment they called it for Christie.
Note to Dems; when even fat jokes fail you, you know you’re screwed.
Note to Hugh Hewitt: You were oh, so close to right on this one; if it’s not close, they can’t cheat (enough).
NY23 – well, there’s a lesson for the GOP: “Moderates” are death. Running to the middle to win moderates is the road to palookaville; Liberals want us to run moderates. Making the middle want to move to you is the way forward. The GOP flipped the Nassau County Commission, and the conservatives taught a lesson to the 23rd District’s GOP “elite”. While we lost the special election (cue Ms. Scozzafavva; ride into the sunset by any means necessary), we’re well-placed to beat Owens next year; the party might be over before they know what hit them.
Remember last year, when the left was tittering like a bunch of latte-addled grad students about the GOP and conservatism being dead?
Hah. We’re here, we’re conservative, and we’re not going away (Janet Napolitano’s enemy’s lists notwithstanding).
Bring on next year.
Yeah, we got it. The Northern Alliance Radio Network brings you the best in Minnesota conservatism from 11AM-5PM:
- Volume I “The First Team” -Brian, Chad and John are off on assignment today; we’ll have a Best Of Strom from 11-12, and King and I (and maybe Ed, if we can coax him into the studio) will do a super-di-duper special fill-in from noonish ’til one, until we get to…
- Volume II “The Headliner” – Ed and I do our thing from 1-3.
- III, “The Final Word” – King and Michael will be dishing the Minnesota smack from 3-5.
So tune in to all six hours of the Northern Alliance Radio Network, the Twin Cities’ media’s sole guardians of sanity. On the air at AM1280 in the Metro, or streaming at AM1280’s Website, or via podcast at Townhall.
And don’t forget the David Strom Show, with David Strom and Margaret Martin, from 9-11!
(Title courtesy Al)