After taking a break (way too long) Walton’s Wall is pleased to announce that it will begin publishing once again in 2012. We will be begin postings the first week of January. In the meantime please take a look at some of the previous posts on Walton’s Wall.
Yesterday Indiana’s Democratic Senator Evan Bayh stunned the political world and announced that he would not seek reelection this November. Bayh’s decision caught Senate Democratic leaders off guard as Politico is reporting that “Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) were not informed of Bayh’s decision until Monday morning, according to several Democratic insiders.”
In announcing his decision Bayh cited the partisan back and forth played a major factor:
“Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” he said.
“Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state and our nation than continued service in Congress.”
The political implications of Bayh’s retirement are huge. Many thought, including this blogger, that Bayh would coast to reelection with his overwhelming popularity and large campaign war chest (around 13 million dollars).
With the fierce head wind this election season Democrats couldn’t take anymore Senate retirements, especially from fairly safe Senators that represent Red states. Senator Bayh’s announcement yesterday puts the Democratic Senate majority in jeopardy.
After the announcement, The Rothenberg Political Report changed its rating for the IN Senate to Toss Up saying that Bayh’s decision “gives Republicans another excellent takeover opportunity.”
The Cook Political Report moves its rating to Lean Republican saying that while Democrats “have not had the opportunity to assess their options, it is unlikely that they will be able to come up with a strong enough candidate to compete in a GOP-leaning state in the current political climate.”
Finally, it looks like Sen. Bayh’s decision could ultimately aid in the Democrat’s saying “Good Bayh” to their control of the upper chamber in Congress.
Last evening ABC’s Jon Karl reported on World News that the 787 billion dollar stimulus bill was creating lots of green jobs; however, these jobs aren’t being created in America, but China.
The Obama Administration should not only be embarrassed by this report but also ashamed. When the Stimulus passed President Obama projected that it would create 408,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, a sector that would be the home to green jobs such as wind turbines.
Not only have these jobs not been created using the Stimulus funds, but they money is going across the Pacific Ocean to Communist China. This is a disgrace and the Federal Government should not be sending the American people’s taxes to help another country create jobs.
It’s now up to President Obama to fix this tragic mistake and to use the money in the Stimulus to create jobs here in the Land of Liberty.
On Saturday evening former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin spoke to the Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN. She spoke the supportive crowd for about 45 minutes and then proceeded to take questions for 15 minutes from a moderator.
In her speech Palin railed against President Obama’s constant use of a teleprompter among other things. After the speech a photo of Palin showed that on her left palm she had written topics to remember to cover in the speech and during the question and answer session.
Palin’s left palm illustrates the many problems that she has in becoming someone who the American people can call their leader, or as some wish the President. In throwing a stone at Obama it’s clear that she was in a glass house as she relied on her palm rather than a teleprompter to answer questions.
Moreover, this shows that Palin still has trouble with the big issues and that she has no strong foundational beliefs. Anyone who seeks to speak out on any issue should be able to to talk about them with confidence. Having a check list of things to remember makes Palin look like she belongs in the minor leagues.
It’s apparent that if she wants to stay in the big leagues of politics that she must better command the issues and be able to do so without writing on her hand like a student in elementary school.
Last night Jon Stewart the host of The Daily Show took his intellectual comedic self and appeared on the O’Reilly Factor.
Now, I think Stewart did a fantastic job in his interview with Bill O’Reilly, and this is coming from someone who is less than enthusiastic about Stewart. I was impressed at the cogent arguments that Stewart laid out. Furthermore, in his first of two nights on The Factor, Stewart did more than just hold his own with O’Reilly.
Prior to the interview I viewed Stewart as someone who would not do well when faced with a tough questioner like O’Reilly; however it’s clear to me that Stewart is more than capable of tough scrutiny and that he doesn’t melt under the pressure.
One criticism of Stewart is that he relies too much on his comedic personality to help him evade some tough questions. All in all Bill O’Reilly gave a tough, but fair interview to Stewart.
I would challenge O’Reilly to keep his interruptions of Stewart (and other guests) to a minimum. O’Reilly has a tendency to let his passions get the best of him, thus leading him to interrupt his guests in mid sentence. These interruptions can, and often does, cause his guest to lose their train of thought or make it seem like he is bullying the guest. However, in the end O’Reilly is a quality interviewer who knows what he is talking about.
Be sure to tune into The Factor tonight to see the second part of the Stewart interview.
What once seemed liked a certainty now appears to be in doubt as it looks like the trial of 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed “KSM” will be moved away from New York City. This apparent reversal of the Obama administration comes as New York leaders have turned against the idea of hosting the trial due to the “disruptions” and “cost” that will come with it.
But, while I support the notion of innocent until proven guilty, I question why even bother having a trial in the first place. It is clear that everyone, including White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, has already convicted KSM and sentenced him to death.
Gibbs even went on to say that, “[KSM] would meet his maker.”
Being that Mr. Obama is a lawyer, he wants to make sure that everyone, including terrorist, get their full legal rights (even giving Miranda Rights to the Christmas Day bomber).
It’s apparent from Mr. Gibbs statement that everyone has already prejudged the outcome of KSM’s trial. That being said, the process of going through a trial would be a farce thus is unnecessary. There is no where in the United States where you would find an untainted jury pool.
Let me be clear, I am proud of our justice system in America and everything that it stands for, including the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But with all honesty, can anyone give a rational reason for spending 200 million dollars in this economic environment to put on what would turnout to be nothing than a show trail to convict someone who everyone knows is guilty.
It’s clear Mr. President that it would be wiser and more cost effective to let KSM stand before a military judge for verdict and to put a stop to this attempt of a “fair” trial that would be nothing more than a dog and pony show