Friday, May 27, 2011

Tim Pawlenty says he'd sign Ryan budget

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said on Thrusday that he would sign Rep. Paul Ryan's budget if his own plan couldn't pass. - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

Tiffany responds to Gingrich stories

Today, Gingrich's people passed along a statement from Tiffany's - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner

Hooked Phones and Other Fables

Hooked Phones and Other Fables - Peter Hannaford for The American Spectator - 5.23.11

"Our phones have been ringing off the hook," said Rep. Michelle Bachmann about the response to her statement that she was seriously considering a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Her office must have very old telephones for there hasn't been one made with hooks since the 1930s.

My late Aunt Alice had a phone with a hook. It stood in a niche in the hallway wall. It was tall, about ten inches, with the speaker at the top and a hook on the side on which rested the earpiece. One would lift that off the hook and hold it to one's ear. There was no dial. Taking the earpiece off the hook activated the system and an operator would say, "Number, please." The caller would then give her the number and she would connect the call. Aunt Alice might have said, "Piedmont 2277, please," for in the days of hooked phones all numbers had named prefixes, and long before there were area codes.

If one received a great many calls, it would be described as "the phone is ringing off the hook." That now-antique phrase continues although today's telephones rest in cradles or slots in plastic dialing boxes, which also have buttons to do various other things. Or, they are cell/mobile phones for which the phrase would be, "The phone is ringing out of my hands.

So, please, Rep. Bachmann, exchange those antique phones you purchased for modern ones. If you keep them, your solicitors won't be able to interrupt potential donors at the dinner hour since there are no longer live operators at the telephone company and phones with hooks have no dials.

Another head-scratching phrase is one beloved by economists and people in the world of finance. It is "the foreseeable future," as in, "I think this trend will hold for the foreseeable future." How is that possible since no one except God can see the future? That is, unless some hedge fund manager or the Messrs. Bernanke and Geithner have established direct hot lines to Heaven. A better phrase would be, "I think this trend will continue for a while," but that would be admitting that the speaker is guessing and cannot, indeed, see the future.

What can we make of another phrase, "to Hell in a handbasket." It is often used by people who have been around awhile about the state of the world, as in "The World's still going to Hell in a handbasket." The phrase means to attain something without much effort. A handbasket is a light and easy thing to carry; hence, the world is falling apart with no special effort on the part of the speaker.

One fable that needs to be stood on its head is the one involving Robin Hood. The usual description is "He robbed from the rich to give to the poor." No he didn't. He took money from the tax collector who he thought had unfairly taken it and gave it back to the people from whom it had been extracted. He and his Merry Men were a sort of Tea Party posse fighting -- and defeating -- overtaxation.

Peter Hannaford

Peter was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan for a number of years, beginning in the 1970s. He was vice chairman of the Governor’s Consumer Fraud Task Force, then the governor’s sole public appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board, then Assistant to the Governor and Director of Public Affairs in the Governor’s Office, Sacramento.

When Mr. Reagan’s second term expired, Peter and another senioir aide, Michael Deaver, founded a public affairs/public relations firm in Los Angeles (Deaver & Hannaford, Inc.) and Mr. Reagan became their lead client. They managed his public program until his election as president. In his 1976 campaign for the presidential nomination, Peter was his co-director of issues and research. In the 1980 campaign he was senior communications consultant to Mr. Reagan.

With the Reagan victory in November 1980, both men could not go into the White House. Mike Deaver did, as deputy chief of staff, while Peter continued with the company to manage it. He movedits headquarters to Washington, D.C. During the Reagan years he was involved in a number of volunteer activities including membership on the United States Information Agency’s Public Relations Advisory Committee, the board of trustees of the White House Preservation Fund, consultant to the President’s Privatization Commission and active in the President’s Private Sector Initiatives program.

After nearly three decades in Washington, Peter returned to his native state of California in 2006.
He remains a member of the board of directors of the Washington-based Committee on the Present Danger and a senior counselor of APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs/strategic communications firm. Currently, he is chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party and lives in Eureka.

He is the author of 11 books (most of them about U.S. presidents) and a frequent contributor to opinion magazines and their online editions.


Ward Connerly, author and leader of efforts to require equal treatment of all in public education, employment and contracting, will be the keynote speaker at the Humboldt County Republican Party’s Reagan Centennial/Republican-of-the-Year dinner on Thursday, June 23.

As a member of the University of California Board of Regents, Connerly led a majority of the board to vote to end UCs use of race as a means of admissions. He then served as chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative campaign (Prop. 209 in 1996), which passed by 55-to-45 percent. He led efforts to pass similar state initiatives in Michigan, Nebraska and Washington.
He is president of the American Civil Rights Institute, a non-profit organization the objective of which is to “educate the public about the need to move beyond race and, specifically, racial and gender preferences.”

He is the author of “Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences” and a new book, “Lessons From My Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character.”
He describes it as “one part memoir, one part moral guide” that sets forth “a new starting point for the discussion about character that America must have in order to move beyond race for good.”

At the dinner, civic leader Dennis Hunter will be honored as Republican of the Year. He served four terms as an elected board member of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District; served on the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission from 1992-2007 and on several community boards including Easter Seals and the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce.

Honored as Volunteer of the Year will be Karen Brooks, s businesswoman, wife and mother who became active in politics for the first time in 2010 as the party’s nominee for the First Assembly District seat. The program also will include a centennial tribute to the late President Ronald Reagan.

“We are very pleased to honor two fine Humboldt County citizens and to have such a compelling speaker as Ward Connerly,” said Peter Hannaford, chairman. Invited dinner guests will gather at the Ingomar Club for the event.

Tim Pawlenty: @BarackObama sorry to interrupt the European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan?

Romney and Pawlenty Channel Palin With Latest Campaign Moves - Riehl World View

Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday ceremonially signed a bill making Texas the 12th state to require photo ID from voters.

Texas to require photo identification from voters - Reuters
This year, more than 30 states have considered adding or strengthening voter identification requirements, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Photo ID requirements were signed into law in Wisconsin this week and in South Carolina earlier this month. Kansas also passed a photo ID measure this year that goes into effect January 1.

The requirement is already in place in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Thursday vetoed a photo identification bill.

The serious, old-fashioned people are saying that there's a conventional, old-fashioned way to finance a campaign, and if Sarah Palin isn't using it, then she must not be running.

"The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president... She's making money, she's moved on..." - Althouse
So says somebody close to Romney, according to Byron York. Somebody close to Pawlenty says something similar: "I don't think she's going to run... She has faded a lot in the last few months.
Palin creates buzz but rivals bet she won't run - Byron York/Washington Examiner
So, Sarah Palin Is Not Running. . . A Traditional Campaign - The Other McCain
The interesting question becomes whether the GOP will, petulantly, scuttle the chances of ejecting BHO rather than fall in behind a potential Palin candidacy. In other words, will the commitment to the traditional, broken, Ruling Class way be stronger in the GOP than the desire to, you know, live up to the party’s ideals?

Patriot Act clears House, Senate

Capping a week of political bickering and parliamentary delays, the House joined the Senate on Thursday to pass a four-year extension of key provisions of the Patriot Act that was set to expire at midnight.
Because President Barack Obama was traveling in Europe, he signed the bill into law using an autopen, a machine that replicates the president’s signature.... The House voted 250-153 to renew three parts of the counter-terrorism surveillance law. Thirty-one House Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the extension, while 54 Democrats supported it... Hours earlier, the bill cleared the Senate on a 72-23 vote, with 19 Democrats and four Republicans voting no, mostly over concerns the Patriot Act violates personal privacy and civil liberties.
Rep. Graves questions Obama's autopen signing of Patriot Act extension
"Mr. President, I write to request your confirmation that S. 990, as passed by Congress, was presented to you prior to the autopen signing, as well as a detailed, written explanation of your Constitutional authority to assign a surrogate the responsibility of signing bills passed into law," Graves wrote.

Lech Walesa, Poland's Solidarity-era legend, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet with fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama.

"It's difficult to tell journalists what you'd like to say to the president of a superpower. This time I won't tell him, I won't meet him, it doesn't suit me," Walesa told Poland's public broadcaster TVP. - Breitbart

Headlines: The world in conflict

Military operation against Gadhafi in 'new phase'... - Breitbart
FLASHBACK: Obama: U.S. Involvement Would Last 'Days, Not Weeks'... - ABC
Protesters gather in Cairo square for rally... - AP
'Revolution is not over'... - Yahoo
Christians worry Egypt being hijacked by Islamists... - Yahoo/Reuters
Yemen on brink of civil war as fighting worsens... - Yahoo/Reuters
Protests erupt across Syria as world pressure grows - Syrian forces fire at protests... - Yahoo/Reuters
all via Drudge

Thursday, May 26, 2011

House will Block Obama Recess Appointments

A senior Republican Senate aide says that the House has indicated it will not agree to let the Senate leave for a full recess over Memorial Day in an attempt to block President Obama from making any appointments during the break next week. - Ed Driscoll/Pajamas
“President Obama has been packing federal agencies with left-wing ideologues, but thankfully he won’t be able to for at least the next week,” Republican Senator Jim DeMint told the Washington Examiner today. “The House will not be sending an adjournment resolution to the Senate, we will remain in pro forma session, and no controversial nominees will be allowed to circumvent the confirmation process during the break.”

If the NY Times had any interest in the truth it would have declared that Israelis saw the Netanyahu trip as a success

The NY Times Lied About Israeli Reaction to Netanyahu's D.C. Adventure
The Progressive newspaper of record, the New York Times headline proclaimed:
"Israelis See Netanyahu Trip as Diplomatic Failure."
In fact: "Ha'aretz Poll: Netanyahu's Popularity Soaring Following Washington Trip" Two new polls prove the NY Times report about Israeli reaction was totally biased.

A poll conducted by the liberal Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz which reported the positive Israeli reaction to Netanyahu's trip... "A new poll conducted by Dialog, under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs of the Tel Aviv University Statistics Department, showed that 47% of the Israeli public believes Netanyahu's U.S. trip was a success, while only 10% viewed it as a failure."

Unanimous rejection - Obama's budget didn’t win a single vote in the Senate

the final tally was 0-97
“The vote on the president’s plan turned into a rout, with neither Republicans nor Democrats voting in favor of taking it up. At one level, the 97-0 vote showed how out-of-date the February requests can seem after so much has changed in the spending debate already this year. But for Democrats, it also proved a convenient way to mask their substantial internal differences over how to proceed” on addressing the government’s fiscal problems.


Drudge reports - Sarah Palin will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend on a tour of the Northeast -- with a stop in New Hampshire -- aboard a red, white and blue bus emblazoned with the words: "One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty & Justice For All."

Gallup Poll: Palin near top of re-shaped GOP field

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has moved up in the latest Gallup poll of the Republican presidential race. A new survey, completed after decisions by Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump not to run for president, shows Palin in second place, close behind leader Mitt Romney. - Byron York/Washington Examiner
The poll, which was limited to Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, has Romney in first place with 17 percent. Palin is next, with 15 percent. After that is Ron Paul, with 10 percent, Newt Gingrich with nine percent, Herman Cain with eight percent, Tim Pawlenty with six percent, Michele Bachmann with five percent, and Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnson with two percent. Twenty-two percent say they have no opinion.

Although Romney and Palin are in the lead, the poll represents a significant boost for Herman Cain...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And so it begins: one of DNC's largest contributors, billionaire Haim Saban, breaks with Obama over his antipathy towards Israel

Billionaire financier Haim Saban told CNBC last night that Obama hasn’t done enough to show support for Israel. He also said that he has no plans to contribute to the president’s campaign. - Doug Ross
Key Jewish Donor Breaks With Obama - commentarymagazine
Steve Rosen, director of the Washington office of the Middle East Forum, and a former AIPAC official, said that this is part of a trend of Democrats rejecting Obama’s policy toward Israel.

“It’s not happening in isolation. It’s happening in a context in which Harry Reid broke with the president in the last two days,” Rosen told me. “I think that Saban is another step in that direction.”


Benefit honors veterans; Honor Flight looks to raise funds to take last group East - Times-Standard
What: A gala fundraiser, featuring dinner and auction, for North Coast Honor Flight
When: 6 p.m. May 26
Where: Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace, 777 Casino Way
Cost: Tickets are $50 apiece, and come with $20 in free slot play at the casino. Tickets are available at the casino's players club or at The Works in Eureka.
For more information, call 443-1234 or 677-0490.
Or visit
Donations can be made by sending checks made payable to North Coast Honor Flight to North Coast Honor Flight at 2383 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, Calif. 95501.
Humboldt County group rushes to honor area's World War II veterans while they are still here

Many Lessons for Republicans in NY-26

The Lessons of NY-26 - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
...The Tea Party brand is powerful. A phony like Davis, who petitioned his way onto the ballot and then chose to call his ballot line the "Tea Party" line still managed to draw a significant vote.

...National Republicans need to get their act together....

...The ability of Democrats to scare grandma should not be underestimated. Republicans need to be very proactive and very hard hitting is getting ahead of Democrats and explaining not only that no one currently receiving Medicare will be affected, but that the current system will result in severe rationing if changes are not made.

...We need candidates who are fighters and are seen as fighters....

...Motivation matters. There was a poor turnout by Republicans, who didn't care much.

...Republicans should stop ignoring conservative bloggers. Many conservative bloggers, including (legal insurrection and) Sam Foster of Lonely Conservative and Jazz Shaw who blogs at the HotAir Green Room, were all over this race long before anyone else. MORE at the link
Mediscare and the NY-26 loss; Plus: Ryan the Brave, Reid the Hack - Michelle Malkin
Tea Party activists need to stand by Ryan and buck him up when the GOP establishment cuts and runs. Fiscal conservatism must not be beholden to electoral cycles. This is what real leadership looks like.

Ryan: Obama, Dems "Shamelessly Distort And Demagogue Medicare"

Ryan: Obama, Dems "Shamelessly Distort And Demagogue Medicare" - Real Clear Politics

Bill Clinton to Paul Ryan: The Democrats need to do something about Medicare - HotAir

The presidential text sounded as if it had been worked on so hard and conscientiously by a vast team of helpers that it had lost all savour, and been reduced to a series of orotund banalities, of the sort which can be heard at every tedious Anglo-American conference: “Profound challenges stretch out before us…the time for our leadership is now…Our alliance will remain indispensable.”

Barack Obama's speech failed to live up to his own high standards - The Telegraph

U.S. Transportation Secretary rolls up in big SUV to unveil new fuel economy stickers

"we're not just sitting around waiting for high gasoline prices to come down."
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's ride of choice to the unveiling: This 12-mpg Chevy Suburban SUV.
Video of Obama 'Beast' Cadillac limo stuck on ramp in Ireland - YouTube
President's men fill up 'The Beast' in surprise visit to BP garage - thisislondon
Workers at the station, who at first did not realise who the car belonged to, said the presidential entourage spent £350 in total between seven cars at the station, where a litre of unleaded costs 136.9p.

...One passer-by said it was ironic that the president's motorcade had to fill up at a BP garage.
Pay up Obama: President made to cough up C-charge for 'The Beast' - London Evening Standard

Not only did Congress respond so enthusiastically to Netanyahu’s speech that they interrupted him more often for standing ovations than they did for Obama in his last SOTU speech, even Democrats on Capitol Hill are looking for ways to issue a rebuke to the President

Oh my: Senate Dems to rebuke Obama over Israel border comments - HotAir
Senate Dems might join rebuff of Obama on Israeli border issue - The Hill
Senate Democrats are expected to support a resolution intended as a rebuff to President Obama’s call for basing Middle East peace talks on the 1967 Israeli-Palestinian borders.

It would be a rare rebuke of the president by the upper chamber and a sign that Democrats are worried about the impact of last week’s speech on the U.S.-Israel relationship and pro-Israel constituents.

Democrats in both chambers are scrambling to fix the damage caused when Obama called for the 1967 borders and land swaps as a basis for peace.

Some Democrats have tried to downplay the rift, but Israel’s strongest supporters in Congress say there’s no denying that Obama made a tactical mistake in handling the relationship...

Obama, the 'anti-Israel president'

The president's peace proposal is a formula for war. - Wall St. Journal
The contempt was again on display Sunday, when Mr. Obama spoke to the Aipac policy conference in Washington. The speech was stocked with the perennial bromides about U.S.-Israeli friendship, which brought an anxious crowd to its feet a few times. As for the rest, it was a thin tissue of falsehoods, rhetorical legerdemain, telling omissions and self-contradictions...

What, then, would a pro-Israel president do? He would tell Palestinians that there is no right of return. He would make the reform of the Arab mindset toward Israel the centerpiece of his peace efforts. He would outline hard and specific consequences should Hamas join the government.

Such a vision could lay the groundwork for peace. What Mr. Obama offered is a formula for war, one that he will pursue in a second term. Assuming, of course, that he gets one.

Punishing enemies and rewarding friends -- politics Chicago style

Obama skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
Spotted at Obama's fundraisers: 'Fat Cats from Wall Street' - Timothy P. Carney/Washington Examiner

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama's Trusted Adviser, Samantha Power, May Cause Betrayal of Israel

Former journalist and professor Samantha Power, once declared that the United States might one day invade Israel to disarm it and support a Palestinian state along the very controversial lines Obama now embraces...
She is also closely linked to liberal billionaire George Soros and his various causes, most notably an organization and doctrine called the "Responsibility to Protect." Crafted largely by Power, the doctrine basically outlines the conditions under which the international community can intervene in a conflict to prevent genocide. The U.S. intervention in Libya, as many commentators noted, is Power's doctrine in action. Soros has worked with Power in various organizations.

The scrutiny of Power has largely been contained to pro-Israel blogs and conservative foreign policy sites. But Obama’s left turn toward the Palestinians has drawn more light on Power’s controversial statements about the Jewish State over the years.

“That this woman — who has called Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a “monster” — has since become Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and runs the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights as Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs on the Staff of the National Security Council (whew!) is beyond imagination,” Bernie Quigley wrote on The Hill’s Pundits blog last week.

In 2008, Richard Baehr at the conservative American Thinker described Power’s “animus” toward Israel: “The problem for those who favor a strong US-Israel relationship is that Power seems obsessed with Israel, and in a negative way....

Former Georgia Govs. Sonny Perdue and Zell Miller, Gov. Nathan Deal Join Newt Gingrich Campaign

Three Georgia Governors Join Newt Gingrich Campaign - ABC
Newt Gingrich announced Tuesday that three governors from the Peach State are joining his presidential campaign.

Former Georgia Govs. Sonny Perdue and Zell Miller, who also served as a U.S. Senator, will serve as national chairmen of Gingrich’s campaign. Miller, a Democrat, famously denounced John Kerry at the 2004 Republican National Convention and supported George W. Bush’s re-election campaign.

Current Gov. Nathan Deal will chair Gingrich's campaign in Georgia.

29 standing ovations - Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech in its entirety

(links below open in a separate window)
Benjamin Netanyahu wows Congress - Politico
Listening to Netanyahu was like listening to our collective conscience trying to remind us of who we really are. Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Israeli Prime Minister Gets 29 Standing Ovations in Congress, Sends Message to White House* - ABC
Powerful Netanyahu Speech Rebukes Obama in Front of Congress - Townhall

IBOPE Zogby Poll: Cain Takes Lead Over Romney, Newt Crashes to Near Zero

IBOPE Zogby Poll: Cain Takes Lead Over Romney - Newsmax
Herman Cain leads presumed frontrunner Mitt Romney as the top choice of Republican primary voters in the race for the 2012 Presidential nomination. Among all voters, no one in a list of 13 possible GOP candidates leads President Barack Obama.

More critically for Obama, however, is the fact that less than half of voters (42 percent) say Obama deserves re-election.

The results of a new IBOPE Zogby Interactive poll, conducted May 20-23, show Cain, a businessman and radio talk show host who drew attention at the first party presidential debate early this month, as the choice of 19 percent of GOP primary voters.
IBOPE Zogby: Newt Crashes to Near Zero - Newsmax

Democrat disses Obamacare's IPAB and undermines Democratic Medicare claims

Fourth Circuit may rule Obamacare mandate is a tax - David Freddoso/Washington Examiner
...the Fourth Circuit panel considering the Commonwealth of Virginia's challenge to Obamacare has asked for supplemental briefs from all parties related to the arguments about the federal government's constitutional powers of taxation. This may mean that the court is setting itself up to rule that the penalty for not purchasing insurance under Obamacare is, in fact, a tax and not a penalty at all, and that therefore the court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.
Democrats' Medicare plan bankrupts 25% of all hospitals by 2030 - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
“We have a plan. It’s called Medicare,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post last week....
Democrat disses Obamacare's IPAB and undermines Democratic Medicare claims - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
As has been widely reported, Republicans are at risk of losing the special election in the 26th congressional district of New York at least in part because Democrats are attacking Ryan’s Medicare plan as “ending Medicare.” Allyson Schwartz’s call for repeal of IPAB the Democrats’ implied policy—just keep Medicare as it is—isn’t going to happen. IPAB is going to change it radically, radically enough that a Democrat high on the Budget Committee with a pretty safe Democratic district is all but calling it a death panel and is calling for its abolition. This is political dynamite, and Republicans should use it to let voters know what the real alternatives for Medicare in the future.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion”

“It was a fundamental statement that they’re playing politics,” Sessions said. “They don’t think it’s politically smart to produce a budget. They’d rather produce nothing and attack Paul Ryan and the Republicans and think they’re going to gain politically by avoiding their fundamental statutory responsibility. It’s pretty breathtaking to me.” - HotAir
So, as our “Senate Democratic Leaders” choose to “defer” or find “no need” in producing a serious budget for most likely the third year in a row, this nation continues to head down the path of fiscal insolvency, and exploding deficit spending, with no end in sight. Reid and Conrad have officially kicked the can down the road, abdicating their responsibilities in the name of political expediency, (apparently with the President’s blessing since he’s taken little or no part in the budget process). I would submit that these folks are the “radicals” and “extremist” in our government, not Paul Ryan or House Republicans who were sent to Washington to rein in the Democrat’s spending, (and taxing), programs this country can not afford. Democrat demagoguery is not going to cut it.
The Dems' 'breathtaking' refusal to pass a budget - Byron York/Washington Examiner
Passing a yearly budget for the federal government is a fundamental responsibility of Congress. Lawmakers do not have to spend their time naming post offices or passing health care reform. But they do have to pass a budget. In 2010, neither the (Democrat controlled) House nor the Senate did so. It’s not that members just didn’t get around to it, which would have been scandalous enough. No, Reid and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi feared that passing a budget would hurt their chances in the November midterm elections. So they did nothing and took a beating at the polls anyway....

The most amazing thing about all this, to Republicans, is that Reid’s abdication of responsibility has attracted so little attention. In a country drowning in debt, where’s the outrage?
Parties still miles apart as budget talks resume - Susan Ferrechio/Washington Examiner

King: Rudy Giuliani 'very close' to joining GOP presidential race

New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who has known Giuliani for more than 40 years, says the former mayor "is very close to saying he's going to run." - Byron York/Washington Examiner
More on that Republican field vs. Obama - neoneocon

Netanyahu AIPAC 2010 Full Speech

Monday, May 23, 2011

Some observations as Daniels bows out

Some observations as Daniels bows out - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
Daniels fallout: How will Mitch decision affect GOP race? - Byron York/Washington Examiner
The Republican field: is it a bed of weeds? - neoneocon

Those who regard government "entitlement" programs as sacrosanct, and regard those who want to cut them back as calloused or cruel, picture a world very different from the world of reality.

Dependency and Votes - Thomas Sowell at Town Hall via Lucianne
The desperately poor elderly conjured up in political and media rhetoric are-- in the world of reality-- the wealthiest segment of the American population. The average wealth of older households is nearly three times the wealth of households headed by people in the 35 to 44-year-old bracket, and more than 15 times the wealth of households headed by someone under 35 years of age.

If the wealthiest segment of the population cannot pay their own medical bills, who can? The country as a whole is not any richer because the government pays our medical bills-- with money that it takes from us.

Obama digging up dirt on potential opponent Chris Christie

Obama digging up dirt on potential opponent Chris Christie NYPost
President Obama's re-election campaign is trying to dig up dirt in the Garden State.

Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's repeated pronouncements that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination, Obama operatives are compiling a dossier of what they call "opposition research" -- material that could be used to damage Christie if he changes his mind, The Post has learned.

The Obama campaign is trying to keep its efforts from public view, concerned they would only elevate Christie's already impressive standing within the Republican Party, sources said.

Tim Pawlenty - A Time for Truth (Preview of Today's Announcement)


Sunday, May 22, 2011

5 Reasons Herman Cain Could Be a Factor

What he lacks in name identification, Herman Cain makes up in charisma and authenticity. - National Journal (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Mitch Daniels is out

Daniels Decides Against Presidential Run - Wall St. Journal via Drudge
The decision is sure to disappoint the governor's many supporters, among them several prominent Republican governors who thought Mr. Daniels's deep résumé and record as cost-cutter in Indiana would add ballast to the 2012 GOP field.

In the end, he said, the decision came down to family. "I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all," he said in an e-mail sent after midnight.
Campaign ’12 Weekend Roundup: Mitch Daniels Will Not Run, Cain In, Pawlenty Probably Running - Michelle Malkin

Fellow Republican Jack Kemp has described Cain as having 'the voice of Othello, the looks of a football player, the English of Oxfordian quality and the courage of a lion'.

The 'Hermanator': Talk radio host Herman Cain for president - Daily Mail

“This is Barney Frank’s M.O. — burn the house down, then take his hand off of the gas can and say, ‘It’s (the GOP’s) fault,’ ”

“What we’re saying is, ‘Cut spending and the government won’t default,’ ” Christen Varley of the Greater Boston Tea Party said. “What they’re saying is, ‘Let’s default so we can spend some more.’ ” -

"But you cannot impress everybody all the time with your words," he said. "You have to deliver and act upon your words. We have seen what has happened in the two years since he gave that speech in Cairo. America supported Israel every which way. The settlements in Israel continued to expand and Obama continued to veto any action against Israel at the United Nations. We have seen it all. Nobody believes Obama anymore."

Saudis call Obama speech meaningless drivel - Arab News