Posts Tagged ‘The Wall Street Journal’


Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Books elect presidents not a slick pamphlet laid out like a magazine.  The Obama campaign’s release of this last minute brochure makes him look a candidate running for almost any office on a shoe string budget.

Obama’s brochure has 20 pages covering manufacturing, energy, small business, education, the tax code, improving health care and retirement securing.  These appear to be a rehash of his ideas of the last four years – sort like his speeches.

When Bill Clinton ran for President in 1992 he published 231 page book “Putting People First”.  When the Republicans won the House of Representatives in 1994 they published a 197 page book entitled “Contract with America”.

Candidate Clinton’s book covered 32 topics from Agriculture to women.  He had a serious vision for America.  Contract with America was the result of serious work and was signed by the 367 Republican candidates.

According to POLITICO Obama’s Chicago-based brain trust had intended to highlight four years of “solid, steady progress” in the final days of the race.  On Tuesday a bullet-point plan was released for a second term – which his team long resisted despite appeals from likes of Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and James Carville.

Well I doubt the Obama magazine will become internationally recognized as Newsweek which will cease publishing print edition after nearly 80 years.


A glossy pamphlet isn’t a plan

By Senator Orrin Hatch

A Second First Term

The Wall Street Journal



Political Observations…on Sunday

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Speaking With the Speaker

By Peggy Noonan

John Boehner talks about the need for Republican unity and why the House is in ill repute.  Read the full column here.

A not-so-favorite son of Pennsylvania

By Timothy McNulty (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Not a single major statewide Republican leader in Pennsylvania has endorsed him.  Read the full story here.

It’s Time to Believe:  Romney’s a Winner

By Dana Milbank (The Washington Post)

The reviews of Mitt Romney’s Super Tuesday performance were murderous.  But the question of who had the best Super Tuesday is a matter of fact, not opinion: Romney did.  Read the full column here.

Manchin Front Page of WSJ

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

WV Senator Joe Manchin takes front page of today’s Wall Street Journal.  The article entitled “Wayward Senate Democrats Keep Distance From Obama.”  Read the full story here.

Obama Supporter Writes

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Obama and the ‘Competency Crisis’

By Mortimer Zuckerman (The Wall Street Journal)

The rising impatience with the leadership of President Obama was epitomized on August 8 in the middle of one of the now habitual Wall Street roller coasters.  This speech on the economy was 53 minutes late.  What showed on TV screens was an empty White House podium, an image suggestive of the absence of leadership.  When the president did speak, the best he could come up with was “We’ve always been and always will be a triple-A-County.”  Read the full opinion piece here.

Where is Obama’s Challenger?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

It’s hard to believe this guy does not have a challenger in his party.  Remember when Senator Eugene McCarthy challenged LBJ or when Senator Ted Kennedy took on President Jimmy Carter?

They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

By Peggy Noonan (The Wall Street Journal)

Is it that nobody loves Obama.  Read the rest of the column here.

Political Tidbits…for Democrats & Republicans

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Political Tidbits…for DEMOCRATS

Democrats rallied at COALTON DAYS…a small community in Randolph County where family…friends…and politicians gather annually…the weekend before WV Day…it’s like a big family reunion…the population of 249 grows to about 4,000…not all are politicians…candidates or Democrats…Coach Huggins never misses.

Former Senator Mike Rosshosts anyone who comes…MUST ATTEND for those seeking or holding office…sometimes it looks like Charleston’s VIPs have moved to COALTON…the Ross family serves [hundreds] an Italian lunch on the lawn of his home…games & carnival rides for the kids…Elvis for his more mature friends…a truly Italian band…music like the old country.

…and all of that before an old fashion parade…bag pipes, flags, fire trucks, COALTON DAYS’ Queen…twirlers of all ages…homemade floats…boom boxes blaring…and of course riding and walking political folks…mostly Democrats this year…but not always the case.  

Lining the MAIN STREET…there are others…parade goers got a chance to greet [Acting] Governor Tomblin…Legislators Delegate Bill Hartman & Denise Campbell…tossed candy to the kids…lots of them…AG Darrell McGraw wearing his veterans hat…walked the parade route…Senator Walt Helmick…and former Williamson Mayor Sam Kapourales worked the crowd…Elkins Mayor Duke Talbott rode in the back of a truck…Coalton Mayor Jim Rossi joined the parade…after helping make meatballs.

Election 2012 is already in swing…though we need to finish the special gubernatorial election in October…Tish Chafin made it to COALTON DAYS…even before she announces for the Supreme Court…smart move to meet Northern state residents…SOS Natalie Tennant was in the crowd…could she be sizing up the Governor’s race again…former Senator Oshel Craigo worked the political types on hand…heard he will be active in the Chafin race… Senator H. Truman Chafin… decked out in a straw hat…working the other side of the…Ross lawn…it’s large…for his wife…Rob Alsop COS for Tomblin was there with his family…passing out stickers and candy…the kids loved it.

2012 REPUBLICANS CANDIDATES should mark the date for next year…there are few events like it…at least that phillipsbillboard has heard about.

Political Tidbits…for REPUBLICANS

Since the CNN Republican debate…there has been a lot of national news regarding the race for the Republican presidential nomination…thought GOP readers of phillipsbillboard  may appreciate an update on WEST VIRGINIA DAY.


Romney Solidifies 2012 GOP Lead

By Jonathan Weisman & Danny Yadron (The Wall Street Journal)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has surged to a clear lead in the Republican race for the presidential nomination, but his party’s attacks on President Barack Obama’s economic stewardship have yet to shake the president’s lead over the GOP, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.  Read the full story here.


83% of GOP Voters Intend To Vote Republican No Matter Who’s The Nominee

Mitt Romney declared in Monday night’s debate that any one of the current Republican candidates would make a better president than Barack Obama, and GOP voters overwhelmingly agree with him. More emphatically, they intend to vote Republican even if their first choice doesn’t win the nomination.  Read the full story here. 


The effect of GOP graybeards on the 2012 Race

By Aaron Blake (The Fix, The Washington Post) 

NEW ORLEANS — Just when it looked like the Republican presidential primary was taking a turn for the nasty, Haley Barbour took the stage at the Republican Leadership Conference on Friday.  Read the full story here.

The Washington Post

Texas Gov. Perry crashing 2012 GOP field, drawing activists’ interest but not yet in race

By Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS – A candidate in waiting, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is elbowing the Republicans already in the 2012 presidential race as he courts party activists, operatives and donors still shopping for someone to back against President Barack Obama.  Read the full story here.


Sharing Insight 4.25.11

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Obama’s Likability Gap 

It is easy to see the difference.  But whatever happened to the hope & change guy from 2008?  Daniel Henninger wrote about “Obama’s Likability Gap” in a recent Wall Street Journal column.  Read his view here.

W. Va. Governor’s Race:  Republicans agree on health care, abortion, coal

Sunday Gazette-Mail offers a summary of what to expect from the Republicans seeking the nomination in the May 14 special primary election.  We are going to share for our readers who have not seen.  Read the full story here.

2011 Voters Guide to the Governor’s Race

Accompanying the summary story was the complete answers offered by the Republican candidates for Governor.  As promised last week the Republican responses are published here.  Read the full guide here.

Manchin Has It

An Inter-Mountain Editorial

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has put his finger on flaws in President Barack Obama’s approach to deficit spending.  Read the full editorial here.

Sharing Insight

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Obama Is Likely to Lose

Peggy Noonan lays out how Obama is likely to lose in 2012 in her Wall Street Journal DECLARATION column.  She then warns Republicans about what could happen if the GOP does not get serious.   Read the full opinion here.

West Virginia Governor’s Race

Dems differ on Tobacco Taxes, abortion

Sunday Gazette-Mail offers a summary of what to expect from the Democrats seeking the nomination in the May 14 special primary election.  We are going to share for our readers who have not seen.  Read the full story here.

 2011 Voters Guide to the Governor’s Race

Accompanying the summary story was the complete answers offer by the Democratic candidates for Governor.  The Republican responses will be published next week.  Read the full guide here.

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BREAKING–EPA Suddenly Reconsidering Its Policies

Monday, March 14th, 2011

“Now that labor unions are joining the chorus” against EPA regulations, “the pressure on the agency is intensifying,” reports the Wall Street Journal.  Check out the link to WSJ.

A Serious Opinion of an “Unserious Speech”

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Peggy Noonan knows what a State of the Union speech is all about.  Her weekly column in The Wall Street Journal today takes a serious look at President Obama’s attempt.

She was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.  She is an author of seven books on politics, religion and culture.  Her first in 1990 What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era.