Readers- Yes, it's another "Friday Free For All" in which I touch several bases without lingering on any of them. There just didn't seem to be one hugely compelling news story to cover, but I thought these topics deserve a mention as the week draws to a close...
A brief firestorm was raised when Democratic strategist and soon-to-be former DNC adviser Hilary Rosen went on CNN and sneeringly said that Ann Romney, our nation's next First Lady, "has actually never worked a day in her life" - despite being the mother of five.
Democrats immediately started falling all over themselves to make amends, realizing that many hard-working mothers might still carve out enough personal time to actively involve themselves in campaign activities - and help throw out the party which looks down on them and their life choices.
Meanwhile, "Crazy Uncle Joe" Biden hit the stump on Thursday to push the so-called "Buffett Rule" which would essentially double capital gains taxes on the people who invest most in America. And won't that help stimulate the economy!
Champing at the bit to start throwing out anti-Romney rhetoric (and it's a real bit - so Joe can be reined in when necessary), Biden said that Mitt is one of those evil rich types who loves "tax loopholes" (which is how Dems describe the capital gains tax), and who is "out of touch" and "out of step" with basic American values. Like, apparently, creating trillion-dollar deficits and calling for class warfare.
Of course, even if the "Buffett Rule" were passed (which it won't be), it would only raise $54 billion over the next decade. Which Obama claims is a HUGE amount of money. Which is odd, because that's only one tenth of what he's cutting from Medicare ($540 billion) while claiming that it's no big deal.
Finally, we couldn't wrap up the week without acknowledging that Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race, virtually assuring that Mitt Romney will be the GOP candidate. And while hardcore Conservatives (like us!) aren't exactly turning cartwheels, it's time to take a deep breath...put on our "Romney 2012" buttons...and start girding up for the real and surely ugly battle ahead.
It's impossible to overstate the importance of this election - but it's not just about Romney and Obama. It's about the Supreme Court. It's about the House and the Senate. And it's about countless local elections, all of which have a direct impact on our lives. We mustn't get so focused on any single candidate or office that we lose sight of the importance of the overall conservative movement and the need to make our beliefs rock this election the way they did in 2010.
Hope n' Change is looking forward to it!