In the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Ringside Politics bestowed its first “Turkey of the Year” award to then New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin for his woeful leadership, bad judgment and embarrassing statements. Since then, we have been recognizing “turkeys” from both of the major political parties. For example, in 2014, we gave the “Turkey of the Year” award to a very worthy recipient, Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
“Man the battlements”. “Take no prisoners” “I have not yet begun to fight”
There is a war-a-coming for the hearts and minds of America and it is being played out on the airwaves and in the halls of the state and US Capitols.
The mid-term election should have been a resounding wake-up call to President Obama to change from his liberal agenda and start working with an emboldened Republican Party. On Tuesday, the GOP took over control of the U.S. Senate, expanded its majority in the House and gain governorships in such blue states as Maryland and Illinois.
Although elections are supposed to be about individual candidates, both the Louisiana Republican and the Louisiana Democratic parties are pursuing other strategies—tie local candidates to other local and national personalities and messages.
Today our country is in the midst of a battle for our survival. We face a well-armed and well -funded terror army, Islamic State, which has grown to 31,500 fighters, including 2,000 from Western nations. President Obama outlined a more aggressive approach in his speech last night to attack the terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, battling the terrorists in the Middle East is not nearly enough. Due to an open border, there is no doubt that the terrorists have already infiltrated this nation.
As Congress gets ready to embark on their five week vacation, President Obama readies his family for their 16 day Martha’s Vineyard summer trip. This has become an annual event for the Obama family and it gives the President more opportunities for his favorite activities such as biking and golfing. Who knows the full extent of Vice President Joe Biden’s summer vacation, but no doubt the agenda will include skinny dipping. According to Ron Kessler, in his new book, “The First Family Detail,” Biden enjoys naked swimming, to the consternation of the female Secret Service agents assigned to protect him.
A New national and Louisiana poll by Harpers Polling show that voters believe immigraton system is broken and want action now.
The poll numbers continue to get worse for President Obama. This week, he suffered from the worst ratings of his presidency. CBS News reported an approval rating of only 37%, while CNN showed the President at a 41% approval rating. On the issue of Obamacare, the American people are extremely unhappy, giving the President’s signature program only a 31% approval rating in the CBS poll.
The fallout from the government shutdown debacle has been devastating to the Republican Party. Poll results show the party is viewed negatively by 70% of the American people. In addition, Congress has only a 5% approval rating, the lowest in history. While Democrats control the Senate and are also unpopular, the media has focused their blame for the shutdown on the Republican Party.
Polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans oppose military intervention in Syria. In congressional offices, calls have been running 100 to 1 against involvement in Syria. Nevertheless, leaders of both political parties are supporting the President’s plan to launch a limited military strike in Syria.