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Rokita to skip televised Republican primary debate due to ‘leftist propaganda’

“Then I’m just gonna take my ball and go home!”  That’s basically the attitude of the Rokita campaign.

In the political world, name recognition and ID are invaluable to candidates running for office. Before someone officially announces a run for office, especially a statewide office, that’s usually one of the first things discussed by a potential candidate and/or campaign. Because if people don’t know who you are, they aren’t likely to vote for you come Election Day.

Raising a candidate’s name ID is the main reason why campaigns spend so much money on television/radio ads. Well, that and attempting to differentiate yourself from your opponents.

Debates among the candidates is an excellent and free opportunity to achieve both of those goals simultaneously, especially when that debate is going to be televised across the state.  That’s why a recently announced decision from the Todd Rokita campaign is so utterly mystifying.

The campaign announced Friday that they will not participate in a statewide televised debate on April 30. And what rationale did the campaign give for their decision to skip the debate?

Well, apparently they have other things planned that day, citing scheduling conflicts. Oh, and they also don’t want to deal with “leftist propaganda” and “gotcha questions from liberal media figures, liberal college professors, or other parties interested in attacking Republicans and re-electing Joe Donnelly.”  

Um…ok? Except for the fact that the debate is being organized by the nonpartisan Indiana Debate Commission and it’s being moderate dby Indy Politics reporter and WIBC radio host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. Sure, he may not be as conservative as Tony Katz ( the moderator of the first Republican Senate debate in January) but Abdul is anything but a liberal. I mean, the conservative WIBC doesn’t usually give shows to liberals.

Anyway, the Rokita campaign says “He (Rokita)  looks forward to sharing his message with as many Hoosier conservatives as possible between now and election day.”

That statement kind of rings hollow given Friday’s mystifyingly dumb decision to skip an April 30 debate, especially considering Election Day is May 8.

Oh well, more time for Messer and Braun to shine.

-BZ

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Pew Study Shows Generation Gap in American Politics

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the new Gallup Poll that shows some states that are traditionally heavily conservative are now considered competitive. Since then, Pew has released a new study showing that the generational gaps are wider than they have been in decades and Generation X-ers and Millennials have an increasingly liberal outlook on politics.

Here’s a handy guide to the different generations referred to in the next few graphs:

Generations defined
On Trump’s job performance, 27% of Millennials approve vs. 44% of Baby Boomers who approve.

Generational differences in job approval much wider for both Obama and Trump

Some of the political leanings might have to do with ethnicity. From Pew:

Increased racial and ethnic diversity of younger generational cohorts accounts for some of these generational differences in views of the two recent presidents. Millennials are more than 40% nonwhite, the highest share of any adult generation; by contrast, Silents (and older adults) are 79% white. But even taking the greater diversity of younger generations into account, younger generations – particularly Millennials – express more liberal views on many issues and have stronger Democratic leanings than do older cohorts.

The gaps in social issues are staggering. Millennials remain the most supportive generation of same-sex marriage and believe that racial discrimination is one of the main reasons African Americans can’t get ahead in the United States.

Across generations, increasing shares say immigrants strengthen the country

Growing gap on whether discrimination is main barrier to blacks’ progress

When it comes to liberal views vs. conservative, only 12% of Millennials hold a conservative opinion – that’s the lowest it’s ever been. They’re the most diverse group of Americans, too.

More than four-in-ten Millennials (currently ages 22 to 37) are Hispanic (21%), African American (13%), Asian (7%) or another race (3%). Among Gen Xers, 39% are nonwhites.

Nation’s growing diversity reflected in its younger generations

Religion is also fading from importance with Millenials – only 29% surveyed for the Pew study say one doesn’t need to believe in God to be a moral person. One in three are also religiously unaffiliated.

The differences are wide among the generations, especially when it comes to big government, health care, abortion, DREAMERS, legalizing marijuana and same sex marriage. One area that hasn’t changed much is, shockingly, gun policy.

In the past, modest generational differences in views of gun policy
These are all interesting clues to how the future of the country will be shaped as Millennials and Generation Z (the generation after Millennials) begin to vote and change policies.

Of course as the old saying goes: “If You Are Not a Liberal at 25, You Have No Heart. If You Are Not a Conservative at 35 You Have No Brain.”

We’ll just have to wait a few years to see if the youth of the nation retain their liberal views or become more conservative as time goes on.

-K

 

The State of the Union, the Democratic response and Tomi Lahren’s idiotic comments

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union speech. While not being the biggest Trump fan in the world, I by and large enjoyed the nearly hour and half speech.

The President touched on all the major policy areas one would have expected. He talked about the economy, unemployment, taxes, wages, national security, highlighted some of the natural disasters the country faed with last year and how we’re stronger as a nation because of it. He touched on the hot button issue of the day, immigration. There were no real surprises. Unlike his campaign speeches, he stayed on point, and didn’t go off in tangent after tangent. Also, unlike his campaign speeches, he read it off the teleprompter.

But as with anyone with more than two braincells knows, the State of the Union is political theater of the highest accord. I mean, the party of the president giving the speech stands up and applauds 2,000 times throughout the speech.

Then as part of the political theater, the opposing party trots out, who they feel is a rising star in their party, to deliver a response to the State of the Union. This time, the individual the Dems chose was Rep. Joseph Kennedy. Yes, of that Kennedy family.

Kennedy’s speech was really everything you thought it would be – Democratic talking points, meant to draw a sharp contrast between the Republicans and Democrats. Not a terrible speech, but definitely meant for the Democratic base.

However, conservative commentator Tomi Lahren felt the need to make her feelings about Kennedy’s speech known. Did she deliver an articulate, well-thought out response, detailing why Kennedy’s ideas will take our nation in the wrong direction? If you said yes, then you must have no idea of Tomi Lahren’s work.

No, instead she responded by posting a video of herself where she calls Kennedy “a little limp d**k.”

Classy stuff, no doubt.

The Fox News contributor has since apologized for her vulgar and frankly, stupid remarks.

But the questions have to be asked, what could have she been thinking? What could she have been gained for posting this? And why is she always so anger? I mean, her guy is in the White House.

Perhaps this gives her more material for her Final Thoughts segments: Tomi gives us her opinion on the liberal outrage about her conservative outrage about the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union speech.

Keep it classy, Tomi and that’s my final thought.

– BZ

 

 

 

Overblown outrage over ‘Last Man Standing’ cancellation

Warning: I’m about to say something that is likely to upset my fellow conservatives. I don’t have a problem in the slightest with the cancellation of Tim Allen’s show Last Man Standing, and I say this as a regular viewer of the program.

Listen, I get that as a conservative I’m supposed to be all up in arms about the axing of Allen’s sitcom, threaten to boycott the network and sign a petition demanding ABC reverse their decision. But I’m not.

Yes, it was a family-friendly show that didn’t have a problem poking fun at liberal ideas and Democratic politicians. Allen, as the show’s main character espoused conservative views often and regularly insulted Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And unlike most shows today, its humor wasn’t mean spirited with most episodes ending on a positive note, usually with previously warring characters embracing in a hearty hug. And to top it off, the show was apparently one of the network’s highest rated shows.

But so what? The show lasted six seasons, it wasn’t like the show tried to hide its political point of view before last season. The show chided liberal sacred cows early on in its run. It’s not as if it just all of a sudden adopted a conservative point of view and the show was renewed five prior times.

Anyone who believes the entertainment industry doesn’t have a heavy liberal bent is either lying to themselves or is incredibly naive. However, while television executives are likely to align more with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi than with Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse, in the end they are all about the benjamins, regardless of their political affiliation. Executives in Hollywood want to keep their jobs and that means making their company as much money as possible. If Last Man Standing was such a cash cow, it wouldn’t have been cancelled. If it truly is such a money-making program, another network can and will pick it up. Why couldn’t CMT, Hulu or NetFlix snag up the show?

Also, those complaining that Last Man Standing was the American Broadcasting Company’s only current show with a conservative point of view are flat-out wrong. Ever hear of The Middle? Speechless? The Goldbergs? And to a lesser extent American Housewife?  All shows feature loving families, yes there are liberal aspects to each of those programs, but similar elements were present on Last Man Standing as well.

It’s also been thrown out there that another reason for the sitcom’s cancellation was Allen, personally, had become much more outspoken politically, as a conservative. That putting an end to his show was in large part due to Allen’s conservative political statements. Really? If I remember right, Patricia Heaton, the star of The Middle, isn’t afraid to make her feelings known on issues.

By the way The Middle was just renewed for its 9th season.

Look, I feel for Allen and the rest of the cast and crew who lost their jobs. But my point in all of this is that complaining about a cancelled television, yelling censorship because it was a conservative show with a conservative actor as the lead is a waste of time and energy. Also, calling on Congress to investigate ABC because of the show’s cancellation is complete and utter nonsense to the highest degree.

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Hollywood is a liberal place, which produces generally liberal products, and whose foremost concern is to get the most return on their investment. If they think they can make more greenbacks by going another route, then that’s the direction they’re going to go.

In the end, money isn’t conservative or liberal, it isn’t pro-choice or pro-life, it’s not pro-Trump or never Trump, it has no ideology.