Saturday, August 13, 2011

And the winner is: Michele Bachmann

All eyes on Iowa

What's happening in Iowa today

Video: A taste of the Ames poll environment _ Ed Morrissey/HotAir
Get it all here -
Huckabee at the straw poll: ‘America needs Iowa to happen’
Ron Paul has the most buses at Iowa Straw Poll so far, rough count shows
Your Cliff’s Notes guide to the Iowa straw poll
The Iowa Republican straw poll has the power to alter the character of the 2012 presidential race even though it’s only a mock election. Candidates who fare poorly — at least in the eyes of the media — can go from Prince Charming to pumpkin faster than you can say Tommy Thompson. And sometimes the fairest of them all is the candidate who comes in second.

The candidates who are doing the best in media polls are not necessarily the ones who rise to the top in Ames. That fact makes the straw poll hard to predict, and there are a few extra wrinkles this year. The poll’s significance and fairness are always up for discussion as well.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad explains why Iowa is the envy of the nation
Bachmann is keeping a low profile
Santorum to Iowa Straw Poll Republicans: “Obamacare” is greatest threat to American freedom
Iowans divided as Perry elbows into presidential race, straw poll spotlight

Perry Makes It Official: He's Running for President

Texas Gov. Rick Perry tossed his cowboy hat into the ring Saturday, shaking up the GOP race as he puts his undefeated political record on the line in his first presidential rodeo. - FOX

"It is time to get America working again and that's why with the support of my family and unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for the president of the United States," he said in a speech at a RedState Gathering of conservative activists in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rick Perry: Why I’m Running


Finally Here, Ames Straw Poll First Test of 2012

After months of laying the groundwork, the first test of the Republican presidential candidates' viability is finally here. - FOX

Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll marks the first time Republican voters weigh in on the GOP presidential field with ballots and comes just as Gov. Rick Perry of Texas (enters) the campaign during a visit to another early nominating state.

"The Iowa Straw Poll is the first measurable proving ground for our Republican candidates for president," Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn said.

After that, just four months remain before the leadoff Iowa caucuses.

Ron Paul could be a surprise victor in Ames straw poll

On the eve of the Ames Straw Poll, the first major organizing test of the 2012 Republican presidential race, there is a strain of thinking that Paul could seriously challenge the likes of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty for supremacy on Saturday. - Chris Cillizza/Washington Post via Drudge (image source)

“He’s got the supporter passion of a Bachmann with the organization of a Pawlenty,” said one senior Iowa Republican strategist unaffiliated with any of the campaigns. “He builds on 2007 and the caucus last time, and I think he can turn out the 3,000 votes he needs to win.”

Morning Jay: Obama Has No Clue What To Do With Himself

For what it’s worth, this is what I think Obama should do. He needs to track down Dr. Emmett Brown -- I think he still lives in Hill Valley, Calif. -- and see if he’ll loan him his DeLorean. Then, the president should travel back in time to 2009 to talk himself out of all the terrible mistakes he made that year. - Weekly Standard

Barack Obama rejects calls for Eric Holder to resign

President Barack Obama has forcefully rejected calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over a controversial federal law enforcement operation that allegedly allowed hundreds of guns to flow to Mexican drug cartels. - Politico

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and the National Rifle Association have called for Holder's resignation over "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives investigation that monitored suspicious gun sales. Several of the weapons have been recovered from drug gangs in Mexico and two guns were found at the scene of the shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent last December.

However, when asked at a roundtable with Spanish-language print media on Monday whether Holder should quit, Obama said flatly, "No."

Hannity Interviews Sarah Palin in Iowa

Sarah on Hannity at the Iowa State Fair - moms4sarahpalin
TRENDING: Palin swarmed at Iowa State Fair - CNN

Friday, August 12, 2011

Left's Agenda Inches Forward

Left's Agenda Inches Forward - Peter Hannaford for The American Spectator

While the massive union effort to overturn the Wisconsin state senate failed, in California the Left quietly moved its agenda forward this week when Governor Jerry Brown signed the "National Popular Vote" bill whose purpose is to award the state's 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate with the most popular votes nationally.

Why is this significant? California is the eighth state (along with the District of Columbia) to pass this legislation. It is written to take effect if and when states representing a majority of the 538 electoral votes have passed similar legislation. This means that if Candidate A wins the vote in your state, but Candidate B wins it nationally, your state's electors would be required to vote for B.

The Electoral College is made up of delegates appointed by each party's nominee in a number equal to the state's representation in Congress. Historically, electors vote for their party's nominee (with a few exceptions over the years). Thus, the candidate who wins the state gets its electoral votes.

This was part of the check-and-balance system built into the Constitution by its writers. James Madison argued in Federalist Paper No.39 that the Constitution was to be a mixture of state-based and population-based government. Congress would have two houses: the Senate would be state-based; the House population-based. The president would be elected by a mixture of the two.

California's AB459 originally had some Republican sponsors until it was explained to them that its effect would be to make the 224-year-old electoral vote system irrelevant. They withdrew their names. The legislation passed the legislation without any Republican votes.

Thus far, only "blue" states have passed this legislation, such as Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey, along with the District of Columbia. John Koza, a Silicon Valley computer scientist who founded the group that is pushing the “National Popular Vote Project” in 2006, was quoted in the Sacramento Bee this week as saying, "We just try to push the noodle along every year in every state where we can push it along." He and his friends have succeeded in pushing "the noodle" to the point where they have 132 electoral votes cornered. That is 49 percent of what they need to reach a majority (270 votes).

The customary way to change the Constitution is to amend it. This, of course, requires passage by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, a presidential signature and ratification by 38 states.

It's not easy to do, which was just what the Constitution's writers intended.

The Left wants to do accomplish its goal by doing an end run around the Constitution. Why?Given population trends of recent decades, if the NPVP were in effect the winner of the six or seven largest metropolitan areas would determine the outcome of the presidential election. And, who controls those areas? Democrats. Therein lies the purpose of this national campaign.

California proponents of the NPVP argue that its national passage would require candidates to actively campaign in states controlled by one party, such as California. This is window dressing.
In all the years in which there have been political parties, in only three elections have the electoral vote winners not also had the most popular votes: 1876, 1888 and 2000. Those electoral vote winners were all Republicans: Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and George W. Bush. Since Mr. Koza and his supporters were born long after Hayes and Harrison were around, it is hard to avoid concluding that they are still seeking revenge on Bush for ever becoming president.

Republican State Sen. Doug LaMalfa said of Brown's signing the NPVP legislation that it rejects the "American tradition that protects the fabric of our country from fractionalization and mob rule."

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.

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Texas governor Rick Perry calls global warming "all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight."

Washington Examiner: Last night's Debate leaves Republican field unaltered

Debate leaves Republican field unaltered - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner
Minnesota Mean - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
Bachmann, Pawlenty pummel each other in debate - Hayley Peterson/Washington Examiner
Bachmann ready for caucus after debate - Joel Gehrke/Washington Examiner
Some of the best tweets from debate night - David Freddoso/Washington Examiner
Video: Top 5 highlights of the Iowa GOP debate - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner

Palin Spotted – and Swarmed – at Iowa State Fair

Full GOP Debate in Ames, Iowa - Aug. 11, 2011

Appeals court: Obamacare Unconstitutional

Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare law - Reuters
UPDATE 1-US appeals court rules against Obama healthcare law - Reuters
The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also ruled that the rest of the wide-ranging law could remain in effect.

The legality of the so-called individual mandate, a cornerstone of the 2010 healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Obama administration has defended the provision as constitutional....

"This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them re-purchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives," a divided three-judge panel said.
11th Circuit rules Obamacare mandate unconstitutional. UPDATE: Obama “confident” - HotAir
The Mandate and the “Mainstream” - The Volokh Conspiracy
11th Circuit strikes down Obamacare mandate - - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obama pleads frustration to the workers of Michigan before jetting to Manhattan for celebrity fundraiser (then he's off on $50k Martha’s Vineyard vacation)

With his sleeves rolled up and 'frustration' in his voice, President Obama sought to align himself with a public beleaguered by economic uncertainty and disheartened by Washington at an event in Michigan. - DailyMail
And it almost worked - had he not then flown in his private jet to New York's Manhattan to attend a star-studded $35,800-a-ticket fundraiser for his re-election bid.

And all this before he and his family jet off on a $50,000 trip to Martha's Vineyard, at a time when most Americans are foregoing a vacation just so they can pay the bills.
Obama: Something is wrong with country's politics - AP
...there was frustration in his voice, in case anyone missed the point — came amid a series of polls showing that people are disgusted with political dysfunction and are dispensing blame all around, including on Obama....

Obama sought to channel the public's anger in order to avoid being sunk by it himself. He urged the public to tell Washington lawmakers they'd had enough with the bickering and stalemates.

"You've got to tell them you've had enough of the theatrics, you've had enough of the politics, stop sending out press releases. Start passing some bills that we all know will help the economy right now," he said. "That's what they need to do. They've got to hear from you."

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, promptly responded with a news release, calling the president's remarks "political grandstanding" and urging him to deliver on promises to outline recommendations to rein in the nation's deficits.
While Republicans Debate, Obama Raises $2.3 Million at Star-Studded NYC Fundraisers - Jake Tapper/ABC
Tickets for both events were $35,800 per person, according to a Democratic official, the maximum legal contribution to both a candidate and political party combined. All money benefits the Obama Victory Fund.

Reactions to the Iowa Debate

GOP candidates go after Obama - and each other - Yahoo
Fireworks Erupt at GOP Presidential Debate in Iowa - FOX
Newt Gingrich: Take your 'gotcha questions' and ... - Politico
“There’s too much attention paid by the press corps to the campaign minutiae," and not enough attention "to the basic ideas that distinguish us from Barack Obama.”
At GOP Debate Michele Bachmann Asked Whether Wives Should Be Submissive - Gateway Pundit
Video: Pawlenty and Bachmann slug it out - HotAir

The Debate is live streamed on FOX

GOP Debate Open Thread 0 Michelle Malkin
GOP Debate open thread - Protein Wisdom
Corn-fed GOP Debate Liveblog - Ace of Spades

Rick Perry, tonight's missing man

6:00 Eight GOP candidates on final lineup for tonight’s Republican Presidential Debate in Iowa

Fox News, the Washington Examiner and the Republican Party of Iowa are sponsoring the first debate in Iowa for the Republican presidential contenders - the two-hour Republican Presidential Debate takes place tonight, Thursday, August 11, at Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University... The debate, with commercial breaks, starts at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight... Moderators will be Byron York and Susan Ferrechio from the Washington Examiner newspaper, one of the debate co-sponsors, and Fox News anchors Chris Wallace and Bret Baier.... Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn will address the audience briefly before candidates take the stage.

Eight candidates have qualified for the Fox News/Iowa GOP debate Thursday night. -
Eight candidates have qualified for the Fox News/Iowa GOP debate Thursday night.

Expected to appear on the nationally-televised stage in Ames are: Massachusetts’ Mitt Romney, Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann, Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty, Texas’s Ron Paul, Georgia’s Herman Cain, Utah’s Jon Huntsman, Pennsylvania’s Rick Santorum and Georgia’s Newt Gingrich, according to Michael Clemente, Fox’s vice president of news.

Rules required eligible candidates to have an average of at least one percent in five non-online national polls by a deadline of 4 p.m. today.

Much to their dismay, some candidates were shut out, including Michigan’s Thaddeus McCotter, who is the most recent to enter the race, and California’s Fred Karger, an openly gay candidate. McCotter’s name will still be on the ballot for the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday because his campaign paid the $15,000 necessary to participate in the Republican Party of Iowa fundraiser.
Big Expectations for Debate: One Stage, Eight Different Challenges - FOX
beyond the big stakes for the party and the nation tonight are seven men and one woman who come to the stage with their own baggage, opportunities and needs for this debate.... Here’s a look at the expectations for the field
Tonight's Panelists: Ready to ask - Washington Examiner (image source)

Candidacies on the line in tonight's debate - Washington Examiner (image source)
Ames Debate Tonight: 10 pre-game questions - Tony Lee at Human Events

Joe Scarborough: Rooting For The President But Someone In The White House Is Clueless

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Perry Interview: Yeah I'm Running

Rick Perry Wants to Be President - Transcript of Mark Halperin's Interview with Rick Perry - TIME
Perry Interview: Yeah I'm Running - Ace
Fox News exclusive: Perry aides confirm that he’s running for president - HotAir
He all but confirmed it himself in his interview with Halperin, but this is the first hard “yes” to come out of his camp after weeks and weeks and weeks of teasing. It’s newsworthy if only for that reason, although I’m intrigued by the timing of the leak. Why not wait another 48 hours and let him end the suspense himself on Saturday? Are they a tiny bit spooked by Palin’s arrival in Iowa, maybe, and looking to preempt that with solid news about him running? Or is this all about ensuring that his name is mentioned at the debate tonight?
CNN: Perry enters race in virtual tie with Romney, Bachmann fades - HotAir

Ron Paul accepts award from Gun Owners of America

Ron Paul accepted the Defender of the Second Amendment Award tonight from the Gun Owners of America following a campaign speech in downtown Des Moines. -

“Many politicians claim to be pro-Second Amendment and pro-gun ownership, but more often than not their voting record says otherwise,” Larry Pratt, the organization’s executive director, said in a press release. “In Ron Paul’s decades in government, he has been an unwavering champion of the Second Amendment by introducing legislation protecting gun owners’ rights – and their privacy.”

You Know The Left Truly Fears a GOP Candidate When…

Some on the Left have begun to fear Texas Governor Rick Perry. He has increasingly dropped not-so-subtle hints about a run for the White House. This has caused the usual and predictable sources to start unloading the smears. - RedState

The second a leftist fears a Conservative politician; they immediately whip out either the race card or the class warfare card.

Romney Goes To War With Obama

Republicans have yet to cast a single presidential primary vote, but already it's looking like all-out war between Mitt Romney and President Obama. - NY Daily News

Team Romney hit back after revelations Obama's re-election campaign has reportedly hatched a plan some dubbed "Kill Romney" to undermine the Massachusetts governor.

In an ad, the Romney campaign uses Obama's own words from a speech in which the president had previously called for "a more civil and honest discourse."

After showing news clips relating to Obama's reported plan, text appears asking, "Win at any cost? You decide."

The ad's rollout comes on the heels of a Politico report that Obama's re-election campaign will try to "destroy" Romney with a "ferocious personal assault" on Romney's "character and business background."

Mitt Romney Comes to Des Moines, Attracts Massive Media Coverage - - Robert Stacy McCain
Obama campaign tactics against Romney already surface - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Politico recently reported that Obama’s campaign strategy was to attack and take down Mitt Romney with class warfare and attacks on Romney’s integrity.

Sure enough, Romney was heckled in Iowa in what obviously was a set up by people trying to create sound bites about Social Security and Medicare (which they were successful in doing).

Sarah Palin heading to Iowa

link - HotAir
Sarah Palin to resume bus tour Friday at Iowa fair - AP
Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour Re-Launching in Iowa Thursday - Michelle Malkin


Further fragmenting the media, President Obama is kicking off his own bus tour and will be in Iowa on August 16th (don’t miss the top 20 names for his “jobs” bus tour — my favorite: “Titanic on Wheels”). (His) tour will end in a place that serves as a monumental symbol of these tough economic times: Martha’s Vineyard.

"Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president"

Democrats doubt Barack Obama's reelection chances Telegraph

President Barack Obama is facing mounting doubts within his own party about his re-election prospects, with fellow Democrats beginning to ask if Hillary Clinton would have made a better president.

Buyer's Remorse: Liberals Regret Electing Obama - Katie Pavlich /TownHall

At a New York political event last week, Republican and Democratic office-holders were all bemoaning President Obama’s handling of the debt-ceiling crisis when someone said, “Hillary would have been a better president.”

“Every single person nodded, including the Republicans,” reported one observer.

Obama to Vacation on Wealthy Island Retreat

Obama's Vineyard Vacation Will Cost Taxpayers Millions
His 11-day stay will require the Coast Guard to keep ships floating near Obama's farm, a presidential helicopter and jet at the ready and security agents on 24-hour duty. Armored SUVs dubbed "war wagons" have been flown in to carry the presidential family around the island....

Obama's vacation comes at an awkward time because of the economic turmoil roiling the nation and Wall Street. Surveys show that a growing number of Americans can't afford even small vacations.

Disrespect: White House photo sparks protest

Pentagon officials had said that because 19 of 30 of the American families of the dead had objected to media coverage of the remains coming off a plane at Dover Air Force Base, no images could be taken. In addition, the Pentagon rejected media requests to take photos that showed officials at the ceremony - Yahoo

An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the "Photo of the Day." It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets.
Doug Wilson, head of public affairs at the Pentagon, said the department did not know the White House photographer was present and had no idea a photo of the event was being released until it became public. He said the photographers who routinely travel with the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were not allowed to go to the event, and no official Pentagon photos were taken or released.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Down another 520

Bank stocks plummet amid economy decline, France fears - Reuters
Gold shoots past record $1,800 an ounce - AP
Obama, Bernanke and economic team huddle amid market turmoil - The Hill
“The president and the chairman discussed the outlook for the recovery and for jobs as well as fiscal issues, including the need to tackle long-term deficit reduction,” according to a readout of the meeting provided by the White House.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed Wednesday down 520 points, shedding all its gains from Tuesday, and then some.

Michael Reagan: Blame Obama for the Wrecked Economy

President Obama, the Democratic Party and their members of Congress have spent years blaming former President George W. Bush for the nation's current economic woes! - Michael Reagan at Newsmax

Nobody in the left-dominated media bothers to note that in the last years of the Bush presidency Democrats controlled the Congress and thus had a death grip on the nation's economy, having complete control over the nation's purse strings.

They spent and spent and spent the yet-uncollected taxes of future generations — as well as our own — as if there were no tomorrow.

It wasn't a Bush Congress that jammed the incredible costs of Obamacare down the throats of the American people and their children and grandchildren — it was our spendthrift president and his allies on Capitol Hill doing their classic imitation of the legendary drunken sailors on shore leave. Read the rest

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press, 2011). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Visit his website at

The idea of Obama is proving much more satisfying to the left than the reality of Obama, in part because he lacks the competency and strength to advance the left’s agenda. What good is he if he’s going to wimp out and deliver embarrassing denials of responsibility?

The left wakes up: Obama is not ‘sort of God’ - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post

The criticism running through much of the liberals’ complaints never acknowledges, of course, that the problem is not simply Obama but the ideas he advances. That, of course, would be much more problematic than one failed president. Given a choice between blaming Obama and blaming Keynes, Obama is going to lose every time. (read the rest, lots of links

Wisconsin Governor Walker Reacts to GOP Recall Victory

Governor Walker speaks - neoneocon
Governor Walker comments on the recall election results. - Althouse

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Is The New Yorker’s Navy SEAL Cover Story Fake?

Is The New Yorker’s Navy SEAL Cover Story Fake? - Big Peace
Georgetown University professor C. Christine Fair has written a post at alleging that Nicholas Schmidle’s New Yorker cover story detailing the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound may be a fraud.
Obama Uses the New Yorker to Bamboozle America - Larry Johnson at No Quarter
Nicholas Schmidle, the author of Getting Bin Laden, is the son of a senior Army general, which explains in part how the kid was given such “special access.” Can’t blame the kid for jumping at the story of a lifetime. Normally it is up to the editor at the New Yorker to recognize mythology being passed off as the “insider” account... So let’s go through Schmidle’s story methodically.
Looking at the Timeline of the New Yorker Killing Bin Laden Story » - Larry Johnson at No Quarter
Let’s continue with the New Yorker’s cub reporter, Nick Schmidle, and his tale of the killing of Bin Laden by America’s hero President, Barry Soetoro Obama, by focusing on the timeline. Worth looking at the story based on the actual local times and the time distance facts.
Boy, I Was Wrong About Nick Schmidle » - Larry Johnson at No Quarter
NPR issued the following correction:
We incorrectly said that reporter Nicholas Schmidle had spoken with the Navy SEALs who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Schmidle used information from others who had debriefed the SEALs; he did not speak with them himself.
Jesus Christ! The boy was writing fiction. Every thing he wrote about what the SEALs did was based on info from someone who was not there.
What Still Bothers Me About the Downed Chinook - Larry Johnson at No Quarter

The pattern is unmistakable: Every solution proposed by the Obama administration to every problem is more government control. That is the textbook definition of socialism

BURTON: The danger of underestimating Obama - Disastrous policies are intentional steps on road to socialism - Rep. Dan Burton -The Washington Times

Although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi could not strong-arm enough Democrats to pass legislation to allow the president to take control of our energy sector, the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is aggressively rewriting and reinterpreting environmental regulations to accomplish the same end result: government control of energy.


- Rasmussen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to affirm his intention to run for president this weekend, just hours before a major straw vote test in Iowa

Rick Perry to affirm plans for presidential bid - LA Times
Texas' GOP governor will probably signal his intentions Saturday in South Carolina before heading to a party in New Hampshire, another primary state. His plans will coincide with Iowa's straw poll.
Rick Perry Supporters Flood Values Voters Event In Iowa - ABC
Crain denied that Perry's Saturday announcement was in any way upstaging the straw poll. He said the group wanted people to write in Perry's name in Ames -- he is not on the ballot because he is not yet an official candidate. The group's staff, which includes college students who flew up from Austin, was driving around the state in a white van emblazoned with posters saying "Write In Perry."
Perry leads 30,000 in prayer at rally - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner

"Every state should be preparing for fewer federal resources, not more"

Kansas returns health insurance exchange grant - Reuters

Kansas's move brings the total amount of the returned exchange-related federal grants to almost $90 million as Republican governors seek to block implementation of the healthcare law supported largely by Democratic lawmakers.

Americans want the honor of 'earned success'

The voters' take: "Government works for the irresponsible, not the responsible." - Michael Barone/Washington Examiner

"...The progressive ideal of administrative cadres leading the masses toward the light has its roots in a time when many Americans had an eighth-grade education or less," Mead writes. That is still the mind-set of the Obama Democrats. Ordinary people are treated as victims who need government programs like Obamacare to help them out.

But Americans prefer to see themselves as doers rather than victims. They do not see themselves, as the masses in the Progressive Era a century ago may have done, as helpless victims of large corporations and financial interests.

They want public policies that enable them to earn success, and they resent policies that channel money to the politically well positioned or to those who have not made decisions and taken actions necessary for earned success. They want to be empowered, not patronized....

Why Voters Tune Out Democrats - Stanley Greenberg for the NYT

Tim Pawlenty: Experience Matters

RNC Research Briefing: The Obama Downgrade

Obama fundraises while markets slide

After watching the Dow Jones index drop 635 points, following his brief lunchtime statement, he spent the evening at two fundraisers in D.C. - Daily Caller

Roughly 140 people attended the $7,500 per plate event at the home of Don and Katrina Peebles, raising $1 million for his re-election campaign. Roughly 60 people attended the second fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown D.C., according to a press report which did not include any financial data.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Did Vice President Biden Out SEAL Team 6?

The deaths of more than 20 Navy SEALs from the unit that took out Osama bin Laden may be linked to a loose-lipped vice president and a presidential action figure. - IBD (photo via Drudge)
At a Pentagon briefing on May 2, a defense official was asked if it was a Navy SEAL team that found and killed the world's most wanted man. The terse response was: "Not going to comment on units or numbers."

The next day, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Washington's Ritz Carlton Hotel at a dinner event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council. "Let me briefly acknowledge tonight's distinguished honorees," he said. "Adm. James Stavridis is the real deal. He can tell you more about and understands the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALs and what they did last Sunday."
Tragedy: Did Joe Biden's Loose Lips Sink the SEALS? - Doug Ross
US helicopter crashed in Taliban trap: Afghan official - Yahoo News
The Fallen - wjla

Obama’s horrifyingly bad speech

He was a half hour late. His head turned from side to side as if he were attending a tennis match. He practically never looked in the camera, as if he were averting our gaze. And those were the strong parts of President Obama’s disastrous speech. - Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post
...It was a bit like a slow-motion car crash. After a while, one stopped listening to the blather and simply watched the stock ticker go down and down. And down some more.

Obama had all weekend and the best he could come up with was a reiteration of his plea for a “balanced” approach to deficit control. That’s right. We have a tumbling stock market, over 9 percent unemployment and a flight to gold (some investment advisers say it will be at $2,500 per ounce by year’s end). All he can do is promise to raise taxes....
The roof crashes in on Obama - Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post
President Obama’s approval rating is in free fall. His RealClearPolitics average is below 45 percent. In the most recent CNN poll show him at 54 percent disapproval, tying his all-time high (low?). Sixty percent ( a huge jump from 36 percent in April) believe that “the economy is still in a downturn and conditions are continuing to worsen.” A large plurality (48 percent) think the cuts in the debt-ceiling bill didn’t go far enough.

And all of those numbers were was accumulated before the stock market slid 635 points today. The losses were deep and widespread
A Quick Theory About That Disastrous Obama Speech - Joe Weisenthal/Business Insider
The verdict is in: That Obama speech (to which he arrived 53 minutes late) was a disaster, that totally failed to reassure anyone that the economy isn't imploding all over again.
Obama’s tantrum against S&P - White House cooks the books to project imaginary growth - Washington Times EDITORIAL
Standard & Poor’s historic downgrade of the U.S. credit rating is an attempt to bring adult oversight to the political squabbling over out-of-control government spending. But rather than “eating his peas,” President Obama is throwing a tantrum....

The White House’s baloney growth and deficit projections are the type of politically motivated numbers that caused S&P to question the ability of the United States to end its orgy of deficit spending. Rather than waging political war on the ratings agency, the White House should come clean and submit a budget proposal with honest assumptions that better reflect the damage Mr. Obama has wrought on the economy.
Charles Krauthammer -
“Look, he is accusing the tea party because it threatened default, for causing this,” Krauthammer said. “He himself said openly he would veto any debt ceiling extension that wasn’t long enough to get him into 2013. He was going to veto it over the length, which incidentally turns out to be, as you point out, irrelevant. He got what he wanted on length and we still got the downgrade.”

...“But here he is accusing others of holding debt as hostage as a bargaining chip when he said he would himself,” Krauthammer continued. “So he’s been completely contradictory. I was sort of stunned by his appearance today. I said, ‘Why did he go out there?’ He went out there with the Dow at minus-400. And after he spoke, it went down minus-600. He looked weak, plaintive and small. I mean weak and plaintive because he comes out there and he blames of course the tea party, Europe, Japan and the Middle East, probably God because he’s the author of earthquakes — everybody except for him.”
MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle: Why Did Obama Give A Speech If He Had ‘Absolutely Nothing To Say’ - Mediaite
Fallen off Olympus, Obama stammers - Charles Hurt-The Washington Times
The most shocking thing about President Obama’s political implosion from bright supernova to deadened black hole has been the complete undoing of his ability to speak.
TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by the President

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain today denounced as “pathetic” the response of President Obama and other Democrats to the recent downgrade of U.S. credit.

“Today, the president, Senator [John] Kerry and other Democrats now want to blame somebody for the credit downgrade – other than themselves,” Cain told a standing-room only crowd at Crunk’s Café here. “They control the Senate. They control the White House. Obama’s Treasury secretary [Tim Geithner] is in charge of the Treasury. Now they are trying to blame the Tea Party movement for the downgrade. How pathetic is that? That’s not leadership, folks – that’s not leadership.“ - The Other McCain

Rick Santelli Rant: We'd be rated BBB without the Tea Party

Santelli reacted to President Obama’s smear campaign against the tea party after the US credit rating was downgraded. - Gateway Pundit

Democrats seek to pin credit downgrade on tea party - Partisan gridlock is real culprit, S&P says - - Ben Wolfgang/Washington Times

"We can always print money"

Obama’s Address to the Nation: Draws line in sand, there must be no lines in sand other than the ones I draw

Disputes downgrade. - - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Obama addresses the nation after first ever credit downgrade - protein wisdom
What's with Obama saying he's going to speak at 1... and 42 minutes later, he's still not speaking? - Althouse
LIMBAUGH: Obama 'Debt Man Walking' in '12... -