Just a couple of weeks ago I was pretty jazzed that Sarah Palin had cited and tweeted the video I posted of Dan Bongino’s great exposition of what this election is truly about. Now she has given him her endorsement. It’s kind of exciting to have been a tiny social media cog in the whole process.
In her endorsement of Dan Bongino, Sarah Palin provides the perfect description of his opponent, incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin: “a 45-year career politician who in fact inherited his first political office from his uncle at the tender age of 23 way back in 1967 and has been in elected office ever since.”
Cardin is the quintessential ”career” politician. Politics is his “family business” and he knows nothing else. The Democrat machine in Maryland has churned him to the top of his potential: a yes-man junior U.S. Senator. If there’s a new tax or new federal regulation to stifle freedom and economic growth, the party bosses can count on Ben to vote how he’s told to. Cardin is the personification of what is wrong with Washington politics.
The text of Governor Palin’s endorsement is below. Read the full campaign press release of the endorsement here.
Though political pundits often dismiss conservative candidates running in deep blue states, I don’t believe in ignoring good candidates simply because they’re fighting uphill battles against the odds. In fact, I find such candidates incredibly brave and especially worthy of encouragement. In many cases, they are often the most articulate and courageous new conservative voices out there.
In 2012, we must cede no ground in our effort to win back control of the Senate and secure the House. We must fight every race to make sure we equip our next President with a wise Congress ready to work for all Americans. We also owe it to voters in every state – even the deep blue ones – to support good candidates for office so that they have a genuine choice in November. That is why I’m honored to announce my support for Dan Bongino in his Senate race in the “deep blue state” of Maryland.
Dan is not a politician, but he has spent his career protecting them. He is a decorated United States Secret Service agent who served under three Presidents. Dan has seen what politicians have done to our country, and he’s decided, “If I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.” He based his candidacy for U.S. Senate in Maryland on a strong commonsense conservative platform, won his primary, and is now fighting an uphill battle against a 45-year career politician who in fact inherited his first political office from his uncle at the tender age of 23 way back in 1967 and has been in elected office ever since.
This is more than just a race of Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal. It’s about taking our country back from the career politicians in both parties who have spent us into debt, nearly taxed us to death, enriched themselves, rewarded their cronies at our expense, and have no vision to help the private sector create the jobs we need to get this economy moving again. They are the reason why Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low. In supporting Dan Bongino, we are offering Maryland voters a clear choice either to continue with the failed policies and crony capitalism of the permanent political class, or to shake things up with Dan Bongino and cast a vote that helps put our country back on the path to prosperity.
- Sarah Palin
The Obama campaign is spinning the low turnout at their events as intentional cost saving measure. Kerry Picket in the Washington Times Water Cooler cites the New York Times article in which deputy assistant press secretary Jen Psaki claims that “big rallies are expensive” because of security costs.
Former Secret Service agent and current U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino calls that absurd.
In all my years in the Secret Service I have never heard of something so absurd. m.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercool…
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 19, 2012
I think the video below provides a better explanation for what’s really going on.
It’s no secret that Maryland’s governor Martin O’Malley has difficulty telling the truth, especially when he’s being hyper-partisan–which is pretty much always. He was quick to lob in some disingenuous snark on Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate.
“This’ll galvanize the nuns for President Obama,” the smilling governor said during an impromptu interview in Annapolis.
“The nuns” sounds as if he’s referring to the whole community of Catholic women who have found a vocation in religious life. As usual though, O’Malley is cherry picking. The only nuns this will galvanize for Obama were never in play anyway. He’s referring to a group of nuns calling themselves Network who are a self described “social justice lobby.” Anyone truly familiar with the term realizes that “social justice” like it’s bastard cousin “liberation theology” is basically just socialism masquerading as faith.
These nuns are only Catholic in a nominal sense. They are part of the Church who misinterprets the teachings of the Second Vatican Council as carte blanche to dissent from core teachings of the Church to suit their political goals. (Many theologically liberal and politically left wing forces within the Church have dishonestly used “the spirit of Vatican II” as a license to create their own pseudo-Catholic religion. For a great exposition of how this came about, read What Went Wrong With Vatican II by Ralph McInerney.)
O’Malley is one of many in a large group of nominally Catholic politicians who only use their “faith” to inform them when supporting government social programs that have spent us into debt while failing to actually help the poor. Recently many nominally Catholic Democrats have used the childishly vague explanation that their “faith” teaches them that we should love one another as justification for disregarding Catholic moral teaching on issues like abortion and homosexuality. This is very similar to how politicians use the “general welfare clause” to justify any unconstitutional spending they decide to undertake.
These people are entitled to their own opinions of course. They are not entitled to claim they are Catholic opinions however. They are merely using Catholicism as a political smokescreen.
I’m sure that Governor O’Malley, who has his eyes on the Oval Office for 2016, will continue pursuing this dishonest line of attack against Mit Romney and Paul Ryan. His ability to cherry pick only the data that supports his argument is becoming legendary, but he is getting called on it more and more often. Hopefully his utter lack of integrity will be sufficiently exposed before 2016 to spare us the disaster an O’Malley presidency would most certainly be.
Thanks to @lamblock for tweeting this video of Raymond Arroyo interviewing the bishop of Paul Ryan’s home diocese.