Particularly interesting to me:
- Being brought up in Bethesda, MD, and bragging about deep roots and many family members with connections to Maryland and UMD.
- Saying that BAE is a great COMPANY, but SAIC has great PEOPLE – how’s that make his fans at BAE feel?
- The way he used the Democrat troll slur for the TEA Party – TEA-Baggers – with a knowing smirk, while claiming to be out of touch – the reference to the recent election makes it clear that he knew the TEA Party had made a major impact, so “out of touch” won’t wash.
If Havenstein is the Reagan Conservative he claims to be, then he must know that the same conservative grassroots which elected Reagan, after being dissed by the Establishment over both Goldwater and Reagan, are in fact today’s TEA Party – how does he hope to win after disparaging them?
Notes: This video is two, otherwise uncut, sections from a 71 minute, rather boring, speech at the Smith School of Business. You can get the whole thing from iTunes University.
Footnote: Dear Walt, Most Brits do not regard the Royal Family as an imposition, in spite of the best efforts of misguided socialists (are you one?) to convince us otherwise.
The Royal Family is cash-flow positive for the nation in terms of tourism vs cost, do not impose their will on the people, but DO offer a final backstop for bad laws: The Monarch can refuse assent (IE pocket veto) for a bill which s/he considers particularly egregious, and which has somehow got through both houses of Parliament.
Progressives/Socialists in the UK would love to remove that protection and the protection of the House of Lords, and have simple majority mob rule – just as the National Socialists did in 1930s Germany, and progressives seek to do here today.