Honduras Elects Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo As President

2009 November 30
by INC

Yesterday Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, a conservative rancher, won the election for president in Honduras with 56% of the vote.

About 61% of eligible Hondurans voted, and turnout, which was up from 2005, was seen as a crucial factor in persuading more countries to back the vote.

In early November, Senator Jim DeMint wrung a commitment from the Obama Administration to recognize the Honduran elections regardless of Zelaya’s reinstatement.  Today Senator DeMint’s News Room issued this press release:

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the recent elections in Honduras. After a high 60 percent turnout, the Honduran people elected Porfirio Lobo as their new president, and the Obama administration announced the U.S. will recognize the elections as free, fair, and legitimate.

“Our loyal friends in Hondurans have proven that freedom and democracy can and will succeed when people are willing to fight for it. The Honduran people stood together and emphatically rejected attempts by Chavez, Noriega and the Castro brothers to prop up a dictator and subvert their constitution.”

“I’m very encouraged by our administration’s decision to stand with the Honduran people, recognize the elections, and commit to work with president-elect President Lobo. I hope we can quickly reestablish the strong relationship between our nations, and that the international community will recognize the choice of the Honduran people.”

“This year, the people of Honduras have taken a bold stand against tyranny, and friends of freedom throughout the world should applaud their courageous defense of the rule of law. During my trip to Honduras, I was impressed by their desire for liberty and commitment to constitutional democracy. The Honduran people have much to be proud of, and I’m proud to stand with them.”

Senator DeMint is one of the few American heroes in this disgraceful U.S. foreign policy debacle. This press release, so congratulatory to the Honduran people, is also quite pointed in its criticism of the actions of Obama Administration–Senator DeMint definitely implied what he didn’t explicitly state. This, dear friends, is how Southerners slice and dice ’em.

The Honduran people are to be congratulated.  They held their freedom dear against the world.

Fausta has more links at her post:  The Honduran election Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean.

H/T: Wall Street Journal (via Hot Air); Jim DeMint, U.S. Senator, South Carolina, News Room; Fausta’s Blog.

75 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 November 30 3:50 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Démocratie longtemps de phase

  2. 2009 November 30 3:54 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    God bless the Honduran people, and may we prove ourselves their equal in this fight.

  3. 2009 November 30 4:08 pm

    Hooray for the Honduran people, seems they were misunderestimated by lord Obama and those like him.

  4. 2009 November 30 4:12 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    This should be a lesson for us too, we cannot be intimidated by these bullies and gdlcs (h/t Yahoo) that are trying to control and ruin our lives. Viva Honduras!

  5. 2009 November 30 4:19 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    I gotta give big Kudos to the Honduran people and their leaders for their strong commitment to freedom and Constitutional government……

    When the U.S. and every knee-jerk leftist thugorcracy on the planet are working to crush you this says alot about the character of the people down there – hopefully our fellow citizens can learn something here from their example…

    In the meantime, our own fight against leftist Unconstitutional takeover continues….

    This author must read BJG as he has it EXACTLY right on the danger of OVERFOCUSING on the GOVERTNMENT OPTION or relying on “Scum Dog” Democrats to hold the line:


    “It’s a daunting thought that only Joe Lieberman stands athwart the transformation of the U.S. into a European-style welfare state. Alas, it’s not all that reassuring: Horatio only had to defend one bridge, and there’s more than one route into Obamacare.

    First, Reid can come up with some compromise like the trigger option supported by Senator Snowe which could lure one or two GOP votes into the Dem coalition to make up for Lieberman’s loss. Alternately, Reid can back down at the last minute, turn to his liberal base and tell them that three-quarters of a loaf is better than none at all.

    And this may be the most worrisome scenario. The insurance regulations in the House and Senate bills are so onerous and expensive that they basically turn it into a regulated industry — free market in name only. Afterward, if costs don’t come under control in a year or two (and they won’t, thanks to the same heavy-handed regulations) Democrats can demand a much stronger public option in the name of cost control.

    In other words, there’s a very real danger that making the public option the casus belli will let Reid pivot and dump it, getting almost everything else he wants, and leaving critics too little time to combat or publicize the other bad provisions in the legislation.”

  6. 2009 November 30 4:35 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘Afterward, if costs don’t come under control in a year or two (and they won’t, thanks to the same heavy-handed regulations) Democrats can demand a much stronger public option in the name of cost control.’

    That presumes the Dems will still be in control.

    They won’t be.

  7. 2009 November 30 4:45 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Here is your comfort food compendium of the Obama reset button gone bad. And Midterms are just around the corner. 🙂

  8. 2009 November 30 5:39 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I will give FNC credit for not burying the Huck story and Huck for appearing on BOR tonight. It won’t make his political career come back to life, but it will help salvage his TV career.

  9. 2009 November 30 5:46 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    It’s “amateur hour at the White House,” according to Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former official in the Carter administration. “Not only are things not getting fixed, they may be getting more broken,” according to Michael Hirsh at Newsweek. When even such strong Obama supporters as Gelb and Hirsh reach these conclusions, you know things must be unraveling.

    Damning, and from the their own. “zero” is making Carter look good. And all in less than 1 year, the next 3 years should be real good.

    Nice article Dr Dog.

  10. 2009 November 30 5:52 pm

    Ditto on the thanks Dr.Dog, made me smile.

  11. 2009 November 30 6:03 pm
    justrand permalink

    Honduras has an honest election…and Obama dithers on even recognizing it, after previously attempting to reinstate a man set on becoming Chavez-lite!

    The Iranian people rise up to protest a flagrantly DIShonest election, and are brutally suppressed…and Obama snuggles up to IhmaDinnerjacket!

    Gee…it almost as if Lord Obama has more in common with the enemies of freedom. Weird, huh?

  12. 2009 November 30 6:07 pm
    INC permalink

    Yeah, Justrand, it is weird.

  13. 2009 November 30 6:10 pm
    MDefl permalink

    OT – This made me laugh today, hard. From Hellbelly, a commentor at HHR:

    Ode to Chekote
    (with many apologies to the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme)

    Who attacks Palin with her bile?
    Who can take a normal thread and suddenly send it on “down the Nile’?
    Well, its you girl and you should know it;
    “Leave here” – I want to crow it


    Chekote’s all around, the blog’s debased
    Sanity was here, it’s now erased
    She’s gonna drive us all away
    She’s gonna drive us all away!

    How have you made this blog your own?
    The blogosphere is big, but soon you’ll be alone
    You seem to have had your way
    Driving us all away!


    Chekote’s all around, the blog’s debased
    Sanity was here, it’s now erased
    She’s gonna drive us all away
    She’s gonna drive us all away!

    Comment by Hellbelly — November 30, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

  14. 2009 November 30 6:11 pm
    INC permalink

    I have to tell you I love DeMint’s statement.

  15. 2009 November 30 6:12 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Watching Hannity (yeah that slow of a night…) had Morris on (again). Morris is predicting that GOP definitely gets the House and expects a 10 net pickup in the Senate to give them control.

  16. 2009 November 30 6:13 pm
    INC permalink

    Well, Morris always did like a bit of drama in his statements.

    I think he’s right about the House.

  17. 2009 November 30 6:16 pm
    INC permalink

    MDefl & others:


    No more comments about Chekote on this thread (or about any other names any of you assign her).

  18. 2009 November 30 6:19 pm

    Let BJG henceforth be ????? free zone.

  19. 2009 November 30 6:23 pm
    MDefl permalink

    I thought you guys might enjoy a laugh. I found it to be funny. I generally don’t discuss that topic here.


  20. 2009 November 30 6:26 pm
    mulletover permalink

    #’s 17 and 18

    Amen and Amen.

  21. 2009 November 30 6:29 pm
    MDefl permalink

    I get the point.

  22. 2009 November 30 6:29 pm
    INC permalink

    MDefl, no problem. We’ve just been round and round so many times I didn’t want the carousel to get started.

  23. 2009 November 30 6:30 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    lol. MDefl….I liked it very….

  24. 2009 November 30 6:31 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Oh, I will get it started, sister.

  25. 2009 November 30 6:31 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink


  26. 2009 November 30 6:31 pm
    bc3b permalink

    It’s been about 10 years since Morris has been right about anything. Rove followed Morris. Newt must be on Greta tonight.

  27. 2009 November 30 6:31 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    No big deal, MDefl.

    I thought what was more interesting tonight on Fox was that BOR, a big warmist, started to tiptoe away from the orthodoxy tonight.

    Also I disagree with the kudos given to Fox and BOR and Huckster. What they didnt mention was that Huck gave pardons to more people than every state that borders Arkansas combined.

    Huck is dead for 2012 and deservedly so….the McCain suckup snot.

  28. 2009 November 30 6:32 pm
    MDefl permalink

    No sweat guys. I know the issue. Anyway, I agree that Demint showed some real bal+s on this issue. If Hussein Chavez had his way, Hugo Jr. would be in office right now.

  29. 2009 November 30 6:33 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Off topic – The ex-con cop killer is wounded, but still on the loose. May he be in great pain as he bleeds out. I’ll pray for him after he’s dead.

    Huck, commuter of over a 1,000 sentences, was on O’Reilly. I believe he placed more responsibility on the later paroles and releases. That’s fine, but it won’t play on the campaign trail.

  30. 2009 November 30 6:34 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yep, when you think about it, what a fiend the POTUS truly is, for doing that.

  31. 2009 November 30 6:34 pm
    MDefl permalink


    The 1 thing you can count on with Morris is that over a course of a year, he will make EVERY prediction and take credit for the one that actually happens.

    The guy is a sham in every way. He is entertaining but I don’t think his knowledge is anywhere near as he pretends.

  32. 2009 November 30 6:36 pm
    MDefl permalink


    I didn’t think Huck ever really had a shot at POTUS. The guy governed like a lib in Arkansas. Also, he was the favorite R stooge on Mahr’s hatefest. That should tell us all we need to know.

    More and more, this looks like Palins if she wants it.

  33. 2009 November 30 6:36 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yes, but Huck, none of those paroles and releases, bad as they were, would have happened, had you done your job as gov.

    Clemmons’ felonies were for aggravated robbery, I found out. Those are multiple robberies using a deadly weapon.

    That’s why his sentence was so long. He should never have left prison.

  34. 2009 November 30 6:36 pm
    INC permalink

    Bruce, I really liked the map bc3b had up in his post today. To look at the numbers of pardons in surrounding states was mind-boggling.

  35. 2009 November 30 6:38 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Because of Dick Morris and Bill Clinton in 1995-96, we lost the opportunity to resolve the entitlement crunch in our own favor.

    Future generations will curse Morris for leading the fight against slowing the growth in entitlement spending. The $100 trillion black hole remains, courtesy of Dick Morris.


  36. 2009 November 30 6:40 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    More and more, this looks like Palins if she wants it.

    By default.

    Romneycare =======> Mitt’s out
    Soft on violent crime==> Huck’s out.

  37. 2009 November 30 6:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    It is getting to the point of who else is there but Palin?? Romney is probably the nearest challenger. He might not be as loose with his own this time around tho.

  38. 2009 November 30 6:43 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    INC…I thik you and I know Justice will prevail…..just dont know when. 😉

  39. 2009 November 30 6:43 pm
    MDefl permalink


    What about Thune? How about a long shot like Ryan? I really like Palin but I want as many fresh candidates as possibles. I don’t want Romney, Huck, Rudy, Mac or any of the other retreads.

  40. 2009 November 30 6:43 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    ‘with his own money’ was what I meant to say.

  41. 2009 November 30 6:45 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    Dog….I think Mitt eliminated himself with 1) Romney care and 2) wimping on ny-23. He is the establishment guy imo. Am I wrong?

  42. 2009 November 30 6:45 pm
    MDefl permalink


    Romneycare is poison. Rwy is right about that. Plus, there are still enough people who are uncomfortable with the Mormon thing to hurt him. That is why people in the FL panhandle voted for Huck last year in the FL primary. That delivered FL to McCain and, well, we know the rest of the story.

  43. 2009 November 30 6:47 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    What about Thune? How about a long shot like Ryan?

    Anyone who is conservative. I am afraid Thune has shown signs of squishiness… If he wants to run, good for him.

    Anyone who will cut spending and protect the bill of rights, and the borders, has my vote.

    No amnesty
    No cap and trade
    No commiecare.

  44. 2009 November 30 6:48 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Where in the world is Romney? Has he gone underground? Demint is getting more exposure.

    He better be writing a book or something.

  45. 2009 November 30 6:49 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    1) With the base your first observation is probably right.
    2) But your second observation is what makes your first one moot. If the insiders want to flush Palin, they will go with Romney and spend bucks like they did in ny-23 for nothing. The folks like Steele don’t hate her, but she is a threat to ‘the order’ as it now stands. Hence they will try to avoid her as the Presidential champion.

    Our job as the base is to make sure that the order has no choice but to run her.

  46. 2009 November 30 6:52 pm
    INC permalink

    Bruce, that’s right.

    mullet, as MDefl mentioned, Romney has been poisoned by Romneycare. Recovery of full health is in doubt.

  47. 2009 November 30 6:53 pm
    MDefl permalink


    She is doing a tremendous (Dare I say “unprecedented”?) job of speaking directly to the people. It is classic Reagan. What Steele or anyone else thinks in the establishment may prove to be completely irrelevant.

    The establishment fed us all of those wonderful GOP candidates in 2008. Hopefully, we can try something different in 12.

  48. 2009 November 30 6:54 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Demint for President.

  49. 2009 November 30 6:56 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    So I guess we agree Doggie….

    Now DeMint and Inhofe are the only Senators worth a shit imo. Thune has been nowhere on Honduras, AGW, NY 23.

    They belong in Sarah’s Administration.

    I have a new post for RWY though, instead of VP we will have a new cabinet position….Secretary of War!

  50. 2009 November 30 6:56 pm
    MDefl permalink

    How about as Sarah’s Veep Mullet?

  51. 2009 November 30 6:57 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Rommiecare. Other than the base, nobody else even hears of rommiecare other than those in Mass living the nightmare. So from a political point of view all Romney would have to do is squeak by in the Midwest states during the primary to move forward to the general. The Dims certainly are not going to make it an issue in the general for rommiecare’s bigger cousin is a poll crushing downer for them.

    Fact here is a prediction — The Dims and their surrogates in the Press will push Romney hard as the ‘frontrunner’ anytime, all the time. They will do so for the simple fact that having Romney on the GOP ticket mitigates Health Care as a talking point.

    Romney won’t make it because he can’t carry the South.

  52. 2009 November 30 6:58 pm
    mulletover permalink

    I’m good with that, MD. They are about the only two I trust completely.

  53. 2009 November 30 6:59 pm
    justrand permalink

    actually, MDefl, I found the poem hillarious! 🙂

  54. 2009 November 30 7:00 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The establishment fed us all of those wonderful GOP candidates in 2008. Hopefully, we can try something different in 12. — MDefl

    Sounds good but at the GOP power center in Wash DC what has changed? I’ll tell you. Absolutely nothing. I don’t even think that the odd ramification of NY-23 have sunk in there.

  55. 2009 November 30 7:01 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Huck’s support goes to Palin. Judy, I think, pointed that out last night.

    Keeps Romney checked.


  56. 2009 November 30 7:04 pm
    justrand permalink

    Romney excites NO ONE (well, maybe MRS. Romney…but I’m not sure).

    I could have (and would have) voted for Romney, and frankly think he would make an “ok” President. But he has no FIRE. And dammit, I want some!

    Palin has 18 months and one huge Mid-Term election to hone her skills…I think she is going to a force to be reckoned with.

    And Obama is doing HIS part to make her our next President as well! 👿

  57. 2009 November 30 7:05 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    MDefl, I should point out, I do agree that Palin is doing a fantastic outreach effort. But it will take more than just what she has now to mount the ground game against the Dims. The GOP is toast without her. (sorta scary that) But she can only get so far without them.

  58. 2009 November 30 7:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Romney excites NO ONE (well, maybe MRS. Romney…but I’m not sure). — JR

    It’s probably more the tailored suit, than the contents wearing it. 🙂

  59. 2009 November 30 7:08 pm
    MDefl permalink

    I just can’t see Romney as POTUS. I really think the mormon thing hurts him although most won’t admit to being uncomfortable with Mormonism. If Romney was not a Mormon, he would have won the FL primary. Instead, those votes in the panhandle went to Huck.

    Also, on one of the most important issues of liberty and freedom, Romney has been in the witness protection program. Palin, by contrast, has helped to define the issue.

  60. 2009 November 30 7:09 pm
    MDefl permalink

    One last thing on Romney – the whole gold medal, silver medal stuff in the primaries was very strange. We get it – you ran the olympics.

  61. 2009 November 30 7:11 pm
    justrand permalink

    MDefl: “Also, on one of the most important issues of liberty and freedom, Romney has been in the witness protection program.

    As has damn near every other Republican! I EXPECT the Dems to not give a damn…but I count on the Repubs to be front & center!

    Luckily, as you point out, Palin is showing the Good Ole Boys in the Repub Party that it’s OKAY to stand up for liberty…even if it means hurting Lord Obama’s feelings. 🙁

  62. 2009 November 30 7:14 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    Dog, why scary? She has only taken on the media elite, the academia elite, the entertainment elite, the R elite and the psuedo intellectual academy and is still standing and moving forward. This sounds like Zenyatta to me….if you dont know who Zenyatta is just think this is a great horse.

  63. 2009 November 30 7:14 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Right now, who is out rallying the troops?

    Who is laying out strong sound fundamental principles and ideas?

    Who is taking the fight to the enemy?

    Who has been opposed to “zero” and his ideas from day one while many from the GOP wanted to make nice?

    Sarah has taken the lead because nobody else had the stones to do it. She did it out of default while everyone else did not want to take on “zero” since it was not PC.

    Will Sarah still be standing in 2012, don’t know but do know she has set the course and the standard – be Reagan. There could be someone else who comes out of the blue. But they will be a conservative, because that is what the country wants. The country is tired of liberals, socialists, moderates and RINOs – they want the real deal, another Reagan.

  64. 2009 November 30 7:15 pm
    MDefl permalink


    It cracks me up when members of the Republican party hold her to a standard that Palin has to be an expert on every single issue. That is absurd to say the least. She has expertise on numerous issues. No one is an expert on every issue. Your job as the senior executive is to set the tone, policy and overall direction. It is NOT your job to be a total expert on everything.

    Of course it would be nice to NOT surround yourself with radicals who will lead you down the wrong road time and again.

  65. 2009 November 30 7:17 pm
    MDefl permalink


    Agreed. My biggest problem with Bush was that he desperately wanted the left to like him. He finally figured out after 2006 that he never would. Instead of fighting like Hell, he seemed to give up.

    I want a fighter in office next time.

  66. 2009 November 30 7:22 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Obama is only an expert in community organizing. And teleprompter reading.

    Can’t think of anything else.

  67. 2009 November 30 7:25 pm
    MDefl permalink

    I can – smoking, hating America, Marxism, domestic terrorism, how to raise taxes, lying, manipulating…

    That is NOT in order of importance. You get the idea though.

  68. 2009 November 30 7:40 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Dog, why scary? — Bruce

    I should have phrased my remark a bit more succinctly. Nothing untoward Palin. More a remark of the GOP. This is the thinnest I have seen them at the bench in years for viable national political candidates. You have Palin, Jindal , Romney as hopefuls.

    Back during the Reagan period the GOP had Reagan, Ford, Bush I, Howard Baker, John Connally, Bob Dole, Lowell Weicker and a few others. All contending for the nominee. Most all of them having presence on the national stage.

    How far we have fallen.

  69. 2009 November 30 7:42 pm
    INC permalink


    Your job as the senior executive is to set the tone, policy and overall direction. It is NOT your job to be a total expert on everything.

    This is what too many people forget–executive ability.

  70. 2009 November 30 7:44 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Ie. Knowing where to get the proper council being as important as knowing the answers yourself.

    Always true.

  71. 2009 November 30 7:45 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Interesting avatar change there INC.

  72. 2009 November 30 7:48 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    INC – that is the problem, lack of executive experience. I remember during the election that it was pointed out that Sarah was the only one with executive experience.

    An executive knows the limits to what they can and can not get done with an organization that is so large that it is almost impossible to manage. The reason it is so hard to manage is the fact so many people have their own agenda that may not be in line with what you want.

    I remember one chief of staff saying that you would be lucky to get 2 or 3 major things done in a four year term. Very difficult to get what you want through congress with all of those competing egos.

  73. 2009 November 30 7:52 pm
    INC permalink

    Not done yet, Dr. D. I’ll take the woman’s prerogative of changing my mind!

    The latest pic is one of Lady Justice wielding her sword.

  74. 2009 November 30 7:56 pm
    INC permalink

    gnqanq, I’ve been in charge of some groups. Nothing political, but I do know a little about executive ability. You don’t need to know everything or be able to do everything, but you do need to know where you want the ship headed and how each person can help it go in the right direction. You have to recognize a person’s expertise, their level of responsibility, enthusiasm and ability, and assign accordingly. Then let them go with checks for morale and direction.

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