Donald R. McClarey

The Country Dodged A Bullet

The Cranky Conservative No, Mitt. If you don’t think the antifa demonstrators are equally morally repugnant and guilty of violence, then you’re simply ignorant, no matter what they claim to be fighting. http://thehill.com/…/346731-romney-bigots-and-those-fightin… Romney: Bigots and those fighting hate are

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Mitt Romney to Endorse Donald Trump

  Well, that will be the effect of his speech today.  The man who lost a very winnable race four years ago, will give a speech today explaining why Donald Trump, who he praised extravagantly four years ago after the

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A Psalm For Our Time

    Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  One of my favorite Psalms is 127.  It ends: Lo, sons are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a

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What Is To Be Done?

The narrative game has begun. One of the major memes we can expect to hear now that the GOP lost the presidential race is that “extremism” is to blame. Many of us know that it was absurd to label Mitt

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Compare and Contrast

Mitt Romney speaking last night before a crowd of 30,000 in West Chester, Ohio.  Obama made his charming and unifying “voting is the best revenge” remark before a crowd of 4,000 yesterday in Springfield, Ohio.

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Election 2012: One Last Argument for Mitt

The election is almost upon us, and many of us have made up our minds as to whom we are going to vote for, or whether we will even bother to vote at all. On the slight chance that someone

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Numbers Look Grim for President Obama

Superstorm Sandy has largely passed my area by, and Pepco has been spared another round of calamitous outages. Luckily for you that means I get to write a post digging deep into presidential election statistics. Though the election polls have

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Barbed Laughs

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appeared tonight at the Al Smith Dinner and gave the usual humorous speeches.  A few observations: 1.  Romney the Standup Comic-I was surprised at how well Romney did.  Comedy and Mitt Romney would seem to

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Scoring the Debate

I was a little disappointed to see some mainstream conservative pundits declare Obama the victory of the debate “on points.” Obama, to his credit, performed much better this time around. He kept pace with Romney and landed a number of

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Debate Advice-Round Two

      I posted debate advice for Mitt Romney prior to the first debate which may be read here.  My advice for round two is as follows: 1.  Don’t Get Cocky-You had an exceptionally good first debate.  Enjoy it and

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The Subtle Art of Political Advertising

Back in graduate school a professor of mine discussed the 1984 campaign. One of the national nightly news telecasts (I believe it was ABC) ran a segment basically running down the Reagan economy. It was one of those voiceover features

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Third Party Love & Hate

A couple of posts at Breitbart’s “Big Government” site have resulted in thousands of comments  and intense debate between libertarians and conservatives, and between libertarians themselves over the merits of supporting a third-party/independent alternative to Mitt Romney. Having been involved

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Timely Quotes

In light of the 47% (oops, where did those one to two minutes of recording go?) non-controversy, I thought that a game of guess who said the quote would be fun.  Use of a search engine is verboten! 1.  A democracy

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We Believe in Free People and Free Enterprise

Mitt Romney being interviewed in regard to the 47% remark by Neil Cavuto yesterday.  (Go here to read Darwin’s brilliant post on the 47% controversy.)  I have never been a fan of Mitt Romney, who I have nicknamed the Weathervane. 

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Romney and Voters Who Don’t Pay Taxes

It seems like leftist pundits have decided that remarks by Romney at a fundraiser that were secretly taped and distributed by Mother Jones constitute the latest “now Romney has lost the election” moment. In the video, Romney tells supporters that

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William Saletan, Meet Christopher Johnson!

  William Saletan is a Leftist who writes a political column for Slate.  His prescience at predicting the future was amply demonstrated on September 14, 2000 when, based on then current polls, he stated that the election was over and

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Has Ryan “Softened” His Pro-Life Views?

Brace yourself for the latest meme to hit the politosphere: the word is now that Paul Ryan has “softened” his views on abortion. Ryan has long opposed abortion in all cases save in a few cases where he believes it

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NOBama 2012: A Catholic Case for Romney

Fellow Catholics, We are approaching the most important U.S. Presidential election for us – by “us” I mean theologically orthodox, politically conservative Catholics – possibly since 1960, when the election of the first Catholic president seemed so possible and actually

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Obama’s Psychotic Statements on the HHS Mandate

The Catholic News Agency published some remarks made by President Obama in Denver yesterday (Aug. 9) regarding the HHS contraception mandate that are so deluded and irrational that it becomes difficult to imagine how this country can possibly continue forward.

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Declaring War on the Church

Well the above video from the Romney campaign removes all doubt that the HHS Mandate is going to be front and center in the fall campaign.  Obama was campaigning with Sandra Fluke yesterday, as Ed Morrissey at Hot Air details here. 

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Walesa Endorses Romney

  Faithful readers of The American Catholic will recall the incident, recounted here, when President Obama chose to snub Lech Walesa, the near legendary former President of Poland, who, as the leader of Solidarity, along with Pope John Paul II and President

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We Are All Catholics Today

From a townhall meeting in Ohio today.  Go to 6:49 in the above video where Romney speaks about the HHS Mandate as a violation of religious freedom, and he says we are all Catholics today.  If Mitt Romney keeps this up I

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Obama Attacks Success

I have always found Mitt Romney to be a fairly indifferent orator, but he was on fire today, attacking the remarks made by Obama that Paul blogged about here. President Barack  Obama‘s campaign officials are trying to minimize the damage

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Catholic Vote Beclowns Itself for Romney

My friend Jay Anderson links to this story. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney scheduled a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of Phil Frost, the executive of the company that makes the Morning After Pill, on Wednesday night. Plan B One-Step

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The Weathervane’s Chief Strength as a Candidate?

  Mitt Romney aka the Weathervane has won, as expected, the DC, Maryland and Wisconsin primaries.  The Republican nomination isn’t over, but the fat lady is definitely approaching the microphone.  Now I had thought that the Weathervane has only one

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Louisiana Loves Rick

Santorum needed a big victory today in Louisiana, and he got it.  The polls closed at 8:00 PM and the networks called the Pelican state for Santorum immediately.  According to the exit polls Santorum won every demographic except those earning over 200k

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The Value of Well-Paid Advisers

I don’t often call-back prior posts, but now I am going to do it twice in one day.  Yesterday I discussed a Jennifer Rubin article that criticized Santorum for, among other things, failing to surround himself with a troupe of

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When the Man is Right, He is Right

Gaius Gracchus proposed a grain law. The people were delighted with it because it provided an abundance of food without work. The good men, however, fought against it because they thought the masses would be attracted away from hard work

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The Land of Lincoln Votes

  By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois,  O’er thy prairies verdant growing, Illinois, Illinois,  Comes an echo on the breeze.   Rustling through the leafy trees,  and its mellow tones are these, Illinois, Illinois,  And its mellow tones are these,

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