Saturday, May 14, 2011

"All the factors say go, but my heart says no"

Huckabee Opts Against 2012 White House Bid
Mike Huckabee said Saturday there would be no sequel to his surprisingly strong 2008 White House bid, in which he won the Iowa Republican caucus and finished second in the primaries to Sen. John McCain.

"All the factors say go, but my heart says no," Huckabee, who was considered the GOP frontrunner in several national polls, said on his Fox News Channel show.

"The past few months have been times of deep personal reflection," Huckabee said. "Even though I wasn't actively establishing a campaign organization or seeking financial support to run again, polls have consistently put me at or near the top to be the Republican nominee."

...Donald Trump delivered a message after Huckabee's decision to opt out.
"A lot of people are very happy that he will not be running, especially other candidates, so Mike enjoy the show," Trump said. "The ratings are terrific. Good luck."

Friday, May 13, 2011

KARL ROVE: Obama Is Insincere, Hypocritical and Cynical When It Comes to Immigration Reform

Mr. Obama’s speech on immigration -- on a day where he made his first visit to the border region since becoming president nearly 28 months ago -- is the latest example that he and his team are in full election mode and could care less about actually getting something done. - Karl Rove/FOX
...They heard the president explain it best himself in El Paso, “It’s easier for politicians to defer the problem until the next election. And there’s always a next election.” If Mr. Obama continues to play politics with immigration reform, the coming election may well end in his defeat.

League of Women Voters Chapter President Resigns In Protest of Anti-Scott Brown Ad

In response to the controversy over the Brown ad, the national President of the League, Elizabeth McNamara stated: “We are a nonpartisan organization, but we are political." - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
...the outrageous ad run against Scott Brown (R-MA) by the national League of Women Voters, depicting a child on a respirator and tying the condition to Brown's vote to strip the EPA of the ability to regulate carbon dioxide.

Putting aside what one thinks of the ad's substance, the ad signaled a complete disregard for the League's political neutrality. In fact, the League long ago lost its neutrality, having made a national Board decision to engage in issue advocacy, but the public perception lived on.

Now the head of the Andover/North Andover chapter has resigned in protest...
Resignation letter from local League of Women Voters president - Andover Townsman
Local League Responds to Scott Brown Ads - NorthAndoverPatch

North said he believed releasing the covert operation’s details was “necessary to the victory lap that Mr. Obama needed to take to prove that he was commander in chief of the world's most powerful military.“

Oliver North: Releasing Raid Details Threatens US - Newsmax

SEALs Angry At Attention, Want It Stopped - US News

SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid - CBS News

Caterpillar CEO says Obama business friendliness has improved to … a slightly better F

Early in his presidency, Barack Obama made an appearance at Caterpillar to claim that passing his Porkulus bill would keep the manufacturer of heavy equipment from conducting layoffs. - HotAir
CNBC asked Caterpillar’s current CEO, Doug Oberhelman, to evaluate the changes made at the beginning of the year in the Obama administration that was supposed to repair the damage done between the business world and the President in the first two years. Oberhelman agrees that things have improved — but not by a lot...

Huckabee to announce decision on campaign tomorrow

“Governor Huckabee will announce tomorrow night on his program whether or not he intends to explore a presidential bid” - HotAir
Mike Huckabee’s “very important announcement” - Washington Post
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee looks like he’ll give the 2012 White House campaign a pass, says Mr. Huckabee’s top political operative. - Wall Street Journal


Texas Rep. Ron Paul announced Friday that he will run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012, the third attempt for the man known on Capitol Hill as “Dr. No” for his enthusiasm for bashing runaway spending and government overreach. - The Blaze

Why Don't We Hear About Soros' Ties to Over 30 Major News Organizations?

This information is part of an upcoming report by the Media Research Centers Business & Media Institute which has been looking into George Soros and his influence on the media. - FOX
When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.

Prominent journalists like ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie serve on boards of operations that take Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists' ethical code stating: “avoid all conflicts real or perceived.”

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Shocking Excerpts Read at Tucson School Board Meeting From 3rd Grade "Ethnic Studies" Book

At The Blaze


White House Announces End To Re-Enactments For News Photographers - Huffington Post
The White House said it is ending its long-running practice of having presidents re-enact televised speeches for news photographers following major addresses to the country, a little-known arrangement that fed suggestions of fakery when Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

After Obama's live, late-evening address from the East Room of the White House on May 1, five photographers were ushered in to shoot pictures as the president stood at the podium and re-read a few lines of his speech – a practice that news organizations have protested for years.

House Approves Bill to Lift Drilling Moratorium

The House of Representatives voted to open more of the nation's oceans for oil and gas exploration on Thursday by a vote of 243 to 179. - FOX
The "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act," requires the Interior Department to set a production goal of three million barrels of oil per day for its 2012-2017 leasing plan.

In order to reach that target, the legislation requires the department to hold lease sales off the coast of Southern California, in the Arctic Ocean, off Alaska's Bristol Bay, and in the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to North Carolina.

Republicans say that the bill, along with two other drilling measures passed earlier this month, would create 1.2 million jobs and lower the price of oil. The Congressional Budget Office says that the offshore lease sales would generate $800 million in revenue over ten years.

The Obama administration released a statement opposing the bill Wednesday. The White House argued that the proposal would undermine the current leasing process and mandate drilling leases without input from the affected states.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Newt is IN

Newt Gingrich running for president - Politico

Newt’s In - Patterico

Newt Gingrich makes his 2012 run official - Cubachi

Newt's campaign site

Latest AP Poll Sample Skews to Democrats by 17 Points

a poll sample that has a 17-percentage-point margin in favor of the Democrats - National Review
Of those sampled: 46 percent identify as Democrat or leaning Democrat, 29 percent identify as Republican or leaning Republican, 4 percent identify as purely independent leaning towards neither party, and 20 percent answered, “I don’t know.”

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gallup Poll: 52% of Republicans Want Third Party

52% of Republicans Want Third Party - Newsmax
More than half of Republicans – 52 percent – say there should be a third political party, a new Gallup Poll says. The poll, released Monday, also found that 33 percent of Democrats want a third party. Gallup said it’s the first time its polls have found a significantly larger number of Republicans than Democrats favoring a third party.
Support for Third U.S. Party Dips, but Is Still Majority View - Gallup

Trillions, not billions: Boehner calls for trillions in federal budget trims

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner addresses the Economic Club
of New York in New York, Monday, May 9, 2011. The Economic Club
of New York is a non-political, non-partisan and non-profit organization
with members from the executive levels of business, industry and finance.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Monday said the federal budget should be trimmed by trillions of dollars, at least enough to cover any additional borrowing the government would do if Congress agrees to raise the nation's debt limit. - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner
"Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt-limit increase," Boehner warned.

Boehner declares tax hikes ‘off the table,’ drawing White House rebuke - Washington Post
Asked whether “raising taxes is a nonstarter,” Boehner replied: “It’s off the table. Everything else is on the table.”

DeMint demand: GOP hopefuls must hold line on budget

"If we can't get the members of Congress to agree that we have to balance our budget sometime in a 10-year window," says DeMint, "then every one of them ought to be fired." - Washington Examiner
(South Carolina Sen. Jim) DeMint, along with every other Republican in the Senate, supports a balanced budget amendment that, if passed, would a) require a balanced budget within 10 years; b) limit federal spending to 18 percent of gross domestic product; and c) require a supermajority vote to raise taxes. DeMint won't vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling unless the amendment is passed first. And in Greenville, he made clear he'll only consider a candidate who feels the same way.

"I couldn't support a presidential candidate who did not say we have to have a balanced budget amendment pass before we support [raising the debt ceiling]," DeMint said. "I think we should go to the mat with Obama. I don't think there should be any compromise on that, and if Obama wants to be closing part of the government next fall because he's unwilling to balance the budget, I think we can win that argument."

Most 'oil subsidies' are not really oil subsidies

the biggest "oil subsidy" Obama talks about is really a "domestic production" tax credit, benefitting domestic oil drilling, coal mining, and chopping down trees as well as manufacturing - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner
...unlike, say, ethanol, nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal, electric cars, or any other form of "renewable" energy, oil doesn't get direct gifts or even targeted tax breaks from the federal government....
Wasting time on oil company taxes - John E. Sununu/Boston Globe
The precise point at which a tax deduction becomes a “loophole’’ or a tax incentive becomes a “subsidy for special interests’’ is one of the great mysteries of politics.

Mandated Messages: The President and Homeland Security Coming to Your Cell Phone

The Associated Press's Case for Releasing the Bin Laden Photo

"This information is important for the historical record" - The Atlantic Wire
Last Monday, the AP filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the photographic and video evidence taken during the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The organization's FOIA request included a reminder of the president's campaign pledge and a plea to be more transparent than his predecessor. "The Obama White House 'pledged to be the most transparent government in U.S. history," wrote the AP, "and to comply much more closely with the Freedom of Information Act than the Bush administration did.'"

Monday, May 9, 2011

O'Reilly and Rove Debate What to Do About Pakistan

In Canada: The Conservatives' triumph offers a couple of lessons that may be relevant to U.S. Republicans. One is that smaller-government policies, far from being political poison, are actually vote winners.

What the GOP can learn from Canada's Conservatives - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner

2012 and the Republican rescue fantasy the back of their minds, many Republicans are hoping that somewhere, somehow, a superhero candidate will swoop down out of the sky and rescue them from their current lackluster presidential field... - Byron York/Washington Examiner

Mitch Daniels: The man who could reshape the Republican field - Chris Cilliza/washington Post
Run, Chris, run! - Iowa GOPers plead with Jersey gov - S.A. MILLER/New York Post
Iowa's top Republican moneymen are begging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to get into the presidential race.
Newt Gingrich to Enter Presidential Race - FOX
Gingrich will skip the traditional early campaign phase of forming an exploratory committee and will jump straight into the race with the Wednesday announcement.
OPINION: Ron Paul driving Republicans' White House campaign - Juan Williams/The Hill
John Boehner: Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels should run - Politico
AP-GfK Poll: Republicans shrug at GOP's 2012 field - Real Clear Politics