Tuesday, January 19, 2010

SandyPundits Offers the BEST on Special Mass. Election!

The Counterrevolution Continues
By John M. O'Hara

More and more Americans are rejecting the empty rhetoric of hope and change and the government-knows-best philosophy of President Obama and his congressional allies. This response to the radical policies of this administration - embodied in the tea party movement - is what I refer to as a counterrevolution in A New American Tea Party. It is a gut reaction millions of Americans are having to the rapid expansion of the size and reach of government and the fiscal crash course our nation is on. These aren't Democrat and Republican issues - these are American issues. [more...]

The underlying factors behind the unexpectedly close race in MA are symptomatic of a larger dissatisfaction with the president's radical agenda. According to a recent Washington Post poll, 58% of Americans favor LESS government. This stands in sharp contrast to the "government knows best' mentality propagated by the Obama administration.

Massachusetts voters have had a taste of "universal" health care. The result? Long waits and higher prices. It is no surprise that they oppose their own plan and exporting such a flawed policy to the rest of the nation. Thirty-six percent of MA residents call the plan a failure. A mere 26% of likely Massachusetts voters approve of the president's flagship health care plan dubbed ObamaCare. Only 48% approve of his job rating - this in a state that he won handily.

When the folks back in my home state of Massachusetts - and believe me these aren't "right-wing radicals" - think the government is overstepping its bounds it is time for President Obama and Democrats in Washington to make a major course correction.

Today on Drudge: The Winner Takes It All! Poll: Brown Up By 9

"You're seeing the Tea Party movement and the center-right movement rally behind him as a practical matter to hopefully derail Obamacare," said John M. O'Hara of Chicago, a Needham native who has written a book about the Tea Party protests. "It's a shot over the bow of incumbents on both sides and a real signal coming into the 2010 election." [more...]

Political Predictions of GOP Victory
By Wayne Allyn Root

It was only a few weeks ago that I predicted that Democrats would pass universal healthcare without a so-called "public option." It was only a few days ago that I predicted that President Obama never intended to tax high value health insurance plans that belong to union members. But here's my most important prediction of all - Obama and the Democrats are about to be swept out of office in the biggest Tea Party revolt since 1776. As a matter of fact, my gut instinct tells me Massachusetts Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown will pull one of the most shocking political upsets in history on Tuesday. Mark it down... whether Brown wins, or simply comes close, the Tea Party political revolution began in Massachusetts just like the first one in 1776. The only thing standing in the way of this "mother of all upsets" is Obama and his corrupt Massachusetts labor union buddies bringing thousands of dead bodies to the polls on Tuesday. [more...]

Dems' Health Care Strategy: Seek Forgiveness Instead of Permission
By Kyle Olson

Democrats and their special interest allies are in the fight of their lives to keep the seat formerly held by the champion of socialized medicine in the bluest of states. Democrats should be tap dancing on the foreheads of Republicans in Massachusetts. But instead, they're racing against the clock for a deal on health care reform because they run the risk of losing their critical 60th vote in just a few days. So the Democrats strategy is clear: seek forgiveness of American voters in November instead of permission now because they're likely fearing the message from Tuesday's election will equal not granting permission. The special election this week in Massachusetts can easily be viewed as a referendum on Obama, his policies and specifically government-run health care. And in a state that is navy blue, it's a dogfight, with SEIU stepping in to plop down over $600,000 for TV ads savaging Republican candidate Scott Brown. [more...]

The Obama Revolutions Ends This Week
By John LeBoutillier

Tuesday night, the GOP and the Tea Party will elect conservative Republican Scott Brown by four points over yet another stupid, dumb, out-of-touch, ignorant Democrat - Curt Schilling a Yankee fan? - to fill John F. and Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat, which had been in the hands of the Kennedys since 1952. Ironically, the next day - Wednesday January 20 - is the first anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. So, one year to the day of the arrival in D.C. of The One, he will effectively be a lame duck president. His Obama Revolution will be finished. The Democratic strangle-hold on D.C. power will be shattered. The upcoming November mid-term elections will be a Democratic blood bath. [more...]

ACORN Hearts Coakley
By Joy Tiz

Democrats have outdone themselves finding a candidate to run for what they honestly believe is Ted Kennedy's (D-Hades) senate seat. Candidate Martha Coakley, a woman described by Ann Coulter as "too immoral" for Kennedy's overused seat has earned the coveted ACORN endorsement. While anyone with a scintilla of common sense would loudly reject an endorsement from the ACORN band of thugs, Coakely was "honored" by the high praise from fellow corruptocrats. The good people of the state of Massachusetts should be outraged. The Democrat Party, in its supreme arrogance, is trying to vex the citizens with an altogether wretched candidate. They don't care about her incompetence and corruption; those have become resume enhancers in the Democrat Party. What they care about is holding onto power. So great is the democrat hubris that the party machine smugly assumes they can win with, even with a candidate as bottom rung as Martha Coakley. The gruesome facts about Martha Coakely are available for all to see. If the people of Massachusetts allow themselves to be abused by the Democrat Party, they can't say they weren't warned. [more...]

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


A NEW AMERICAN TEA PARTYThe Counterrevolution Against Bailouts, Handouts,
Reckless Spending, And More Taxes

By John M. O'Hara
Foreword by Michelle Malkin

According to a recent WSJ/NBC News poll, the tea party movement currently boasts higher favorability ratings than either the Democratic or Republican Parties. Could this be true? Yes, in fact the "tea party movement" is one of the biggest news stories of 2009 and may be one of the most significant political movements of our time.

Since February 2009, hundreds of thousands of Americans have taken the initiative to organize in towns and cities across the nation in protest of the swift, radical expansions of the size and scope of government. These protests of government intervention and intrusion have been met with great controversy.

Counterrevolutionary and author of the new book A NEW AMERICAN TEA PARTY, John M. O'Hara was there at the beginning of the movement helping to sow the seeds of this popular uprising. O'Hara is one of millions of Americans that have helped shape and permanently change the political landscape of this country.

"Like our republic, this movement's power is derived from the people and its momentum is carried by the people, by individual Americans concerned with the future of our nation." - John M. O'Hara

A NEW AMERICAN TEA PARTY is an insider's account on the history of the modern day tax tea parties, the principles they are grounded in, and their future agenda. A young rising star in the center-right movement, O'Hara brings a fresh, witty perspective on the principles behind the tea parties and the steps that lay ahead to bring those principles to bear in the political process.

In light of continuing, high-profile legislative battles over the economy, universal health care, cap and trade and forthcoming "bell weather" mid-term elections, this book couldn't be timelier. A NEW AMERICAN TEA PARTY ties together the underlying principles of the tea party movement, the policy battles they are in large part a reaction to, and the road ahead. Giving concise, organized explanations, this book:
  • Chronicles what sparked the protests, why they were necessary, and makes the case for why the movement can and will continue to be a formidable political force;
  • Details the often malicious media and political backlash to the movement;
  • Paints a vivid picture of the vastly differing principles and approaches of activism on the Left and the Right;
  • Discusses timely issues including the heated national health care debate, "cap and trade," unions, ACORN, and more; and
  • Presents a call to action and discusses a road to victory for the movement and the principles it espouses.
The tea party protestors have been maligned by everyone from major news commentators to senior White House officials. They've been called fringe and "unhealthy." These widely popular protests have been written off as mere conservative tantrums following the election of Barack Obama. However, as O'Hara explains, the protests are non-partisan, highly principled, healthy exercises of First Amendment speech. They represent a gut reaction upon which the Framers counted in times of dramatic, inappropriate, and even unconstitutional government expansion. In A NEW AMERICAN TEA PARTY, O'Hara provides a steppingstone for anyone wanting to better understand the movement and those seeking to rally to support the cause.

About the Author: John M. O'Hara is Assistant Director of Communications at The Heartland Institute. Previously, he worked in the U.S. Department of Labor for Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. John graduated from Kenyon College where he studied philosophy and political science and was managing editor of The Kenyon Observer. He is a contributor to BigGovernment.com and has appeared as a commentator on a number of local and national radio and television programs. Visit his Web site at http://www.johnmohara.com/.

Monday, January 11, 2010

How to be a Successful Pundit

By Sandy Frazier

So you've decided to expand your career by becoming a pundit - an analyst, a commentator expounding on news stories in your chosen area of expertise. Talk radio hosts and producers will be very receptive to you if you stick by a few tried and true principles.

Always remember, you're marketing yourself as a BRAND - a trusted source of information. Listen to the guests who frequent talk radio - those who have become household names and have expanded their horizons to become world-renowned authors - famous for what they know. Watch them and learn from them.

Stay with what you know and use your experience, your assets and natural talents. For instance, if you're an expert on the economy and finance, don't suddenly decide to start blogging or write a book on theatre in the 21st century and expect it to go anywhere. Stick with what you do best!

Your Web Presence:
  • The most important thing today in becoming successful at almost ANYTHING is to develop a great Web presence. Work on it. Do some research by 'Googling' your name and find out what's on the Web about you before you get started, so you can eliminate things you don't want out there and build an image that will take you where you want to go. If you've got several Web sites, consolidate them into one neat professional site.

  • Buy your domain - preferably your name (i.e., http://www.sandrafrazier.com/) and point all other Web sites to this main domain. List social networking pages on your main page. Make sure your domain has a blog that is easy for you to work with. If you've got a complicated name that's difficult to spell or pronounce, consider nicknames or alternative wording. See our Web expert.

  • Make sure you've got a clear and concise bio that is not too lengthy or complicated. Your "About" page should consist of your title, a few paragraphs highlighting your accomplishments, your education, books you've published, videos you've posted online (i.e., YouTube) and a great headshot. You can create a separate page if you've got media experience (radio/TV interviews, news clippings, etc.). NEVER include personal information about your spouse, your children or where you live and try not to go on about hobbies or avocations.

  • Work on your image. Get yourself a great headshot (format: .jpg). You don't have to spend a fortune on professional pictures. Take a digital camera outside on a clear day and have a friend or family member shoot a number of photographs from which you can choose. Use common sense: make sure your teeth are white, your makeup clean, your clothes bright and neat.

  • Social Networking - Use social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, to your advantage by keeping your personal postings completely separate from your professional pages. Try to only post items that are relative to your professional goals, and will inspire your fans to seek out your expert advice, follow you online and on the radio.
Your Area of Expertise:
  • Get in the habit of blogging at least once a week on your area of expertise. It'll help you discipline yourself to not only become a better writer, but to really hone in on ways to express yourself in your chosen field.

  • Try to come up with a witty new angle on a topic or news story you're covering. As you do the research for your blog, try to use not only online sources, such as Google and Yahoo! but also print media, books, broadcast, TV reports, and especially life experience.

  • Try not to be too eclectic in your choice of topics - stay on target and blog about what you know best and you'll be invited on talk radio and TV shows on a continuous basis, which will not only build your reputation, but will increase the value of your brand: YOU.

  • In this day and age of self-publishing, everyone is an author, but few turn out quality work. If you decide to write a book, make sure you work HARD on it and do the research necessary to make it something really special - a book with a "hook" - timely information that will be sought after by talk radio and cable network TV producers. Don't assume because you're really knowledgeable about something, you need to write a book. If you choose the self-publishing route, make sure you're not turning out a pamphlet - write a COMPLETE BOOK before you go through all the work involved in trying to get it published or spending the money on self-publishing. And make sure you edit it well and even work with an editor if you can.
Preparing for Interviews:

  • Once you've built your Web site and you're ready to go, you'll start getting offers to be a guest on talk radio. When you receive an invitation, the topic will be your current blog. Before the interview, make sure you're prepared and have some interesting facts/statistics ready to quote. You can even jot down some notes or some humorous or witty anecdotes you'd like to mention in the interview. That's the wonderful thing about phone interviews on talk radio - you can sit in front of your computer and Google as you go!

  • Check the Web site of the radio show prior to the interview so you can familiarize yourself with the host and the show in general. Radio hosts are generally egomaniacs and they love it if you know who they are.

  • Always plug your Web site (main domain) and if you're promoting a book, refer to the book several times throughout. You've decided to be a pundit so you will become a trusted source of information; so make sure your name gets out there and they know how to reach you online.
You'll be a great pundit if you're able to keep a clear head while you're on the air and no matter how argumentative the hosts or callers get, you've done your homework, you know your facts and you're confident! The 21st century is offering us all tremendous opportunities to get our names out there like never before! Take advantage of all the technology that is at your fingertips and you'll be a household name before you know it!