White House 2012’s Series “The Herd”: Will Cathy McMorris Rodgers Be Romney’s Surprise Pick for Vice President?

Bookmark and Share  The Herd is a special White House 2012 series covering the obvious and not so obvious names that Mitt Romney may consider for Vice President.  Each day, White House 2012 will introduce you to one of the many Republicans which we believe that will  at least be considered for the vice presidency by the now inevitable presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

In addition to biographical information and a brief assessment of each potential nominee and their chances of being selected by Romney, White House 2012′s coverage also includes each potential nominee’s voting records, as well as a listing of their public statements and links to their web sites.

Today White House 2012 offers a look at Washington state Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Born: Cathy McMorris (1969-05-22) May 22, 1969 (age 43) Salem, Oregon

Political Party: Republican

Spouse(s): Brian Rodgers

Children: Cole McMorris Rodgers (April 2007) Grace (December 2010)

Residence: Spokane, Washington

Alma Mater: Pensacola Chrsitian College, AB 1990, University of Washington, MBA 2002

Occupation: Orchadist

Religion: Christian

Professional Experience

  • Former Employee, Peachcrest Fruit Basket
  • Former Legislative Assistant

Political Experience

  • United States House of Representatives, 2004-present
  • Representative, Washington State House of Representatives, 1994-2004
  • Republican Whip Team
  • United States House of Representatives Former Minority Leader

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers is largely unknown outside of her district in eastern Washington state, but among conservative activists, she is a familiar name and appreciated for her conservative leadership.

With a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 93.80 percent, McMorris Rodgers has a record that could only shore up Mitt Romney among conservatives who remain insecure about his committment to the conservative cause and at the same time, Cathy McMorris Rodgers lacks the type of knee jerk reaction from the left that would automatically lead them to make her the poster child for their hatred.

Now in her 4th term in Congress, McMorris Rodgers is seen as one of Eastern Washington’s chief advocates in the House of Representatives and within the G.O.P. she is considered a rising star. Since first being elected to the House in 2004, she has earned the trust of both her constituents and her Capitol Hill colleagues. So much so that her fellow Congress members have twice elected her Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference where she is the only woman and the youngest Member of the elected House Republican Leadership. That position also makes her the highest-ranking Republican woman on Capitol Hill.

Such power has afforded McMorris Rodgers the opportunity to accumulate some substantial clout in Washington D.C., and she has used that clout to become one of her Party’s most influential leaders on issues like international bailouts, earmark reform, and the fight against Obamacare, three issues that will happen to play a pivotal role in the 2012 elections, including and most especially the presidential election.

So it is for those reasons alone, that Cathy McMorris Rodgers becomes an obvious addition to Mitt Romney’s short list of possible vice presidential running mates. But to make her even more attractive as a potential vice presidential nominee are a mix of her gender, compelling personal life story, and her history of reaching across the aisle to lead bipartisan efforts that introduced such things as beneficial health information technology legislation.

McMorris Rodgers’ non-political experience is another important consideration .

She grew up on a family farm, worked at a small business, and later became a wife and mom. To one degree or another, each of these aspects of her life can resonate quite well among several critical segments of the electorate, including those of the Midwest farming communities, women, and those who can appreciate having political leaders that are familiar with the plight of small businesses in America, something that compliments and compensates for Mitt Romney’s experience with the more corporate side of business in America.

All things considered, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is an ideal running mate for Mitt Romney.

She is well spoken, strong in character, firm in conviction, confident in her beliefs, and unmistakably compassionate. And while she lacks the lightning rod characteristics of a Sarah Palin which could allow the Obama campaign to make her a useful distraction from the issues , being a woman, her presence on the ticket would add a valuable degree of historic intrigue that it would lack if a Rob Portman or Tim Palwenty were to be selected by Romney to be his Vice President. Yet at the same time Cathy McMorris Rodgers would not overshadow Romney and still bring to the ticket the type of legislative experience and stature that people expect from a Vice President. Of course the left will draw parallels between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sarah Palin. But they will do so at great risk.

Like Palin, one of McMorris Rodgers’ two children was born with Down syndrome. Like Palin, McMorris Rodgers is a mom, a wife, a conservative and a person of deep religious faith. And if the left wants to use any of these similarities in an attempt to palinize McMorris Rodgers, they better be willing to deal with a backlash from mothers and wives all across the nation because this time their attacks will be seen as nothing but personal and inappropriate.

Pros:

  • Can help bridge the existing gap in popularity that exists between Romney and Obama among women and would make the liberal charge of a Republican war against women far more unbelievable than it already is
  • With a a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 93.80 percent, McMorris Rodgers will be a choice that satisfies the conservative base that Romney needs to have show up to the polls in record numbers on November 6th
  • Has history of bipartisanship that can appeal to independent voters
  • McMorris Rodgers has a record that is quite appropriate for this election regarding her positions on fiscal policies, Obamacare, and government reform
  • Is experienced in areas of trade, another important issue
  • Her relatively low profile makes her less a lightning rod for liberal attacks and her addition to the ticket would not invite a litany of distractions during the campaign

Cons:

  • Has not yet been intensely scrutinized by a merciless media and national liberal lynch mob
  • Is relatively unknown outside of Washington state
  • Does not bring to the ticket any vast popularity that can dramatically change the electoral college vote within a needed state or region

Assessment:

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is not what you can call the perfect running mate for Mitt Romney. The perfect running mate for him is someone who won’t overshadow him, can win over a majority of women, and/or Hispanics and independents, lacks any of the baggage that liberals can use to create a distraction from the real issues with but has positive national name ID and could insure that Republicans win Ohio and or Florida.

The problem is that no one is perfect. If there was such a person, they would have been nominated for president by Republicans instead of Mitt Romney. But when it comes to Cathy McMorris Rodgers insofar as picking a running mate for Romney, she comes pretty close to perfect.

McMorris Rodgers is perfectly positioned on the issues important in this election, can help Romney among women, will appeal to independent voters, and in this largely out with the old, in with the new, anti-establishment electorate, McMorris Rodgers is a fresh face that helps generate a sense of fresh start in Washington, D.C.

And although she may not be the favorite son or daughter of a state that deliver a state like Ohio or Florida to the Republican’s electoral vote count, her appeal to a wide segment women and independent voters in those could be all Romney needs to win those states and others as well.

All of this makes McMorris Rodgers a bold but safe choice for Mitt Romney and “safe” is one of the things Mitt Romney likes the most. Which is why if Romney does surprise us by picking a running mate whose name has not already been widely discussed, it will be with the name Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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Recent Key Votes

HR 3541 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 Legislation (Yea) May 31, 2012

H Amdt 1160 – Project Labor Agreements Amendment (Nay), May 31, 2012

HR 4310 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Legislation (Yea) May 18, 2012

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Bill Sponsorship & Cosponsorship

Some of McMorris Rodgers’s most recently sponsored bills include…

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McMorris Rodgers on the Issues

Foreign Policy Gun Control Budget & Economy Education
Homeland Security Crime Government Reform Civil Rights
War & Peace Drugs Tax Reform Abortion
Free Trade Health Care Social Security Families & Children
Immigration Technology Corporations Welfare & Poverty
Energy & Oil Environment Jobs Principles & Values

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Why Newt Gingrich? Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

The pressure is again being mounted by some in the conservative media for former Speaker Newt Gingrich to withdraw from the GOP race. I sound a word of warning to conservatives against any such move and in fact, urge them to support Speaker Gingrich in whatever way possible going forward and will explain why.

Today, the influential conservative magazine National Review called for Newt Gingrich to leave the Republican primary contest. Repeating its past criticisms of Gingrich the magazine’s editorial said “it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee.”

I refute this call for a variety of reasons but above all, Republicans need to be careful what they wish for. This GOP race has perhaps being the most widely covered, and without doubt volatile in presidential race history. The reasons for this are many; the introduction of the Super Pacs, the media war between liberal and conservative media outlets, the vast amount of debates and finally social media have transformed this race.

This 2012 election race is I believe, a final opportunity for Americans to divert their great nation away from decline and direct themselves back onto a course of recovery, restoration and once again be the world’s leader in all sphere’s of influence.

If you believe commentators growth, consumer spending, manufacturing, house prices and stock prices are all on the upward trend and unemployment is coming down and the green shoots of a recovery are starting to gather steam. This may on paper be all true at present however; it is the unforeseen and often, quickly dismissed issues, that will determine the real future outlook for most American’s in the coming generations.

The primary function of government has come to be understood as being the protection of the people’s rights from foreign nations and the government itself. These rights, as we all know, are the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. This function of government could not be clearer. It is this failure of government and the lack of an individual with a proven track record to address the issues of the national debt, spending, entitlement reform and pursue a strong foreign policy that are the real threats.

I will state, that I do not believe these very real threats and dangers facing America are all down to President Obama; they have been decades in the making. President Obama however; has failed to halt the decline and above all, has been unable to get all branches of government working for the people effectively under his stewardship that has been his biggest failure.

The U.S. National debt is approaching $15.4 trillion dollars; $4 trillion dollars of this debt has been added in three years under President Obama alone. Commentators in the U.S. often cite Greece as the potential end result for the U.S. if it fails to alter course. I say forget Greece, total European Union debt stands at around $14 trillion dollars however, its 27 nations account for a bigger share of global gross domestic product, possesses a much larger internal market and has a population of over 500 million compared to the U.S. population of roughly 310 million people. The debt burden per person (capita) stands at $48,258 for every American with the U.S contributing 37 per cent of the increase in global debt from 2007 – 2011 and 40 per cent from 2011 to 2016, it is only a matter of time before these financial constraints strangle America’s future and prosperity.

In recent years, all too often have U.S. recommendations or initiatives become to be ignored or dismissed by other leading nations on issues ranging from trade negotiations, military threats, peace efforts,  right through to addressing the recent global economic crisis.

I respect Mitt Romney, and if he is the eventual nominee for the GOP, he’ll have my total support in the race and I believe America will improve to an extent economically under a Romney Presidency. Respectfully, Ron Paul has some very valid and excellent ideas and arguments on a domestic level however; his approach to foreign policy concerns many and justifiably so. Then there’s the latest rise of Senator Rick Santorum. I think he is a strong valued & principled man however; putting the very real challenges of ineffective government, economic and global threats together, I do not believe he is capable of being the type of president America needs at the present time. Santorum is well versed on the issue of Iran however; like Governor Romney, when you take them onto broader international issues and threats, they simply haven’t got the depth of knowledge or experience to hit the ground running from the start.

Conservatives and independents need to be honest with themselves and ask, if they really want to defeat President Obama in the coming fall election. The GOP as a party needs to offer a strong platform and contrast to President Obama and the Democratic Party in terms of policy and vision.

The election is not about personality or an American Idol type contest, this is a decisive moment in history, and as I’ve always maintained, a turning point for America and its future. Don’t be swayed by populist media commentators and partisan coverage. In order for the U.S. to remain the global leader it has become, the entire manner in how the government in Washington operates needs to be addressed.

I’ll say something controversial here, regardless from what side of the political divide you come from, entitlement reform needs to be addressed urgently and fundamental changes made. There needs to be wholesale change of the tax system at all levels and finally, spending needs to be brought back under control and a balanced budget achieved within the next five years.

This leads me onto former Speaker Gingrich, who I’ve always believed substantively, to be the candidate with the most potential. He’s an individual whose strong conservative arguments and mastery of the issues are sometimes ignored due to past behaviour. He’s already been carpet bombed with negative advertisements from the Romney campaign in Iowa and Florida already. Attacked like no other candidate by the mainstream media in this election cycle, and then by many from within his own party. People need to ask why this is? It is not coincidence, or is it due to any past behavourial mishaps on his part. It is because Gingrich has the ability to communicate a sharp contrast between conservative policies and values against the Obama Administration’s better than any other candidate in the field.

Gingrich poses a real threat to the opposition and status quo, he has many achievements during his long political career, playing a key role in passing welfare reform in the 1990’s. He not afraid to upset members within his own party to pursue a vision, a vision he has laid out in his “21st Century Contract with America,” better than any other candidate in the field. It is an organic plan containing some bold but substantive ideas and solutions to the nations’ problems and challenges.

He wants to remove regulatory barriers to boost economic growth understanding fundamentally that less government is the key, not bigger government. He has also worked to and achieved balanced budgets and a budget surplus with former President Clinton.

Gingrich has the proven ability to work across party lines in the national interest, even if it costs him personally and politically. He wants to provide a healthcare system that works; he values and recognises the need for a well educated young nation and values entrepreneurship and innovation. I don’t perceive a candidates’ willingness or preparedness to work with the other party as a weakness, I see it as a distinct positive in these most of crucial times. Above all, I believe he possesses the desire, passion and enthusiasm to lead America from the front and get Washington working effectively again for the people.

I believe any of the other three candidates could be a good Vice-President however; in order to defeat President Obama in the coming election, it will require someone who has the experience, proven ability and vision to transform America and secure its future. America needs a strong president and someone in the Oval office who will not shirk the difficult decisions, and who will ensure a strong and powerful military exists to defend the nation and its people. This is an election of opportunity, and my fear is that conservatives and independents won’t see it in the all important context of securing America’s future for generations to come.

This presidential election race is more about the future and the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Only by choosing a capable and confident leader can America’s future be won! The nation needs strong leadership and a person willing to work with everyone in its interest and Newt is that candidate.

See Sarah Palin’s Entire CPAC Keynote Address: “You Gotta Hope Things Change”

FROM CPAC: Palin Closes Out CPAC Slamming Obama Economics: “His plan isn’t winning the future, it’s losing the country.” (See the video below this post)

Bookmark and Share Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin unloaded on President Barack Obama and the Washington D.C. establishment during an address that closed out the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Before a jam-packed crowd, with hundreds more watching on monitors in the convention center hallways and overflow rooms, Palin attacked the Obama economic agenda from many angles.

She identified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a key culprit in destruction of jobs in America. Instead of developing America’s own homegrown resources, the EPA has put the country in a position where it must rely upon dubious foreign sources, she said. And the EPA makes it difficult for businesses trying to expand although, Palin noted wryly, the EPA never seems to block the construction of new government buildings in Washington D.C.

“Instead of calling Washington D.C. a swamp, call it a wetland,” she said. That would be one way to slow the march of government, she suggested.

Palin also took aim at “crony capitalism,” which she said, was growing the size of government at the expense of average Americans.

“The politicians arrive as men and women (in Washington D.C.) and they become plutocrats. And they spread the wealth around to their pals.”

Palin also reminded audience members that CPAC was initiated by conservative activists who were out to remake the Republican Party. Reagan called for “bold colors, not pale pastels,” she said.

There is a certain paradox at work in the current political cycle, Palin said. “The conservative movement has never been stronger or brighter, yet the federal government has never cast a bigger shadow.”

The Tea Party has momentum because “the American people have woken up” to the dangers of big government, she said.

If the country continues on a path where policy makers attempt to tax and spend their way into prosperity, the future of America will look more like the old world rather than the new world.

“That’s the dream of the far Left, not the American dream,” she said.

Never before in American history has there ever been such a division between how the president views the “state of the union” and how average Americans view the “state of the union,” she said.

In history of our republic between how our own president sees Americans see state of union and Americans he’s elected to serve see state of the union, Palin told audience members.

Unlike President Obama, Republicans are looking to free markets and to long-standing constitutional principles, she said.

“His plan isn’t winning the future, it’s losing the country.”

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View Allen West’s Entire CPAC 2012 Speech

Bookmark and Share  Florida Congressman Allen West delivered a speech filled with lots of red meat for conservatives and raised the roof on CPAC in a way that few others can do.  In both the content of his speech and the delivery of speech, Allen West proves that he gets it and makes you wonder why others don’t, including those who are running for President.

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Paul Ryan Got It Right! See the Video of Paul Ryan’s Entire Speech at CPAC 2012

Bookmark and Share  On Thursday, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, proved again to me why I was ready to endorse him back in August when he gave running for President some serious consideration.

Ryan’s CPAC speech was not a loud, gimmicky, Herman Cain-like sales pitch or slick, fast mouthed attempt to convince people to buy what they’re selling like Vince, pushing the “Schticky” on T.V.  It wasn’t a halftime speech or an uplifting series of cheers from a pep squad.  It was instead, a serious assessment of the truths we must face as a nation and as conservatives.  It was pure Paul Ryan….honest, hard hitting, even keeled and right on the mark.

Paul Ryan’s CPAC speech was a sobering statement about the ruin this nation faces by a single moment more of Barack Obama’s leadership but true to form, Paul Ryan did not ignore the blame deserved by his own Party and it was his criticism of conservatives that I appreciated the most and that the men running for running need to listen to the most.

In addressing the Republican attempt to unseat President Obama, Ryan stated;

“You know, it’s not going to be enough to condemn the President’s attempt to pit one group of Americans against another. Instead we must promote upward mobility, starting with solutions that speaks to our broken education system, broken immigration system, and broken safety net programs that foster dependency instead of helping to get back on to their feet.  In other words a bold reform agenda is our obligation. We have an obligation to provide the American people with a clear path that gets our nation back on track.  If we make the case effectively and win in November, than we will have the moral authority to enact the kind of fundamental reforms that America has not seen since Ronald Reagan’s first year.

That’s the moral case for going bold. But there’s also a strong political case for going bold.

The times call for leaders who understand the depth of the problems we face. And that offer far reaching reforms that are equal to the challenges.”

Anyone who has read my greatest criticisms about Mitt Romney knows, that his lack of boldness is I believe his greatest problem in  this election.  And at the same time, it is Newt Gingrich’s natural instincts to be bold which have led me to endorse him over Romney and the others in this race.

It is my belief that Mitt Romney’s attempt to play it safe is now failing him and I appreciate the fact that Paul Ryan took the time to articulate the need for conservatives to step forward and offer a bold Reagan-like vision for out future.  Now I just wish that the men remaining in the race for President will take Paul Ryan’s advice.

But that was just one of many good points that Ryan made in his speech. For the many other good points, I suggest you hear him yourself.  His speech is well worth the time it takes to hear his valuable words.

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View Marco Rubio’s CPAC 2012 Speech in its Entirety

Bookmark and Share   As one of the opening speakers at the 2012 CPAC event, Florida Senator Marco Rubio demonstrated why he is the future of the G.O.P. and the nation.  He offered a speech that marked with a wonderful mix of  humor, sharp criticism and hard facts that highlighted the differences between the left and right and the exceptionalism of our nation which stems from the conservative ideology that founded it.

One of the best lines comes when Rubio related to the crowd in telling of how as a freshman in the Senate, he was initially floored by being in the presence of so many respected, prominent, national leaders and at times could not believe he was there, in the presence of all of these powerful people.  He then recalled how six months later he couldn’t help but wonder how those same people ever got there.

Rubio’s speech was hard-hitting and accurate and he delivered it so fluidly and naturally that one could not help but tell that they were listening to a future President of our nation.

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Video of Rick Perry’s 2012 CPAC Speech

Bookmark and Share  Texas Governor Rick Perry offered the over three conservatives gathered in D.C. at CPAC a very fiery speech that focussed on what America will be if we continue down the path that President Obama is taking us.  He did so in large part with an emphasis on one of the issues nearest and dearest to the Lone Star State Governor…..the Tenth Amendment.

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Click Here to Join White House 2012 at CPAC Via Our Official Livestream of the Conference

Bookmark and Share    Today is CPAC and as an official CPAC Blog, White House 2012 is proud to have our own David  Cowan reporting to us from CPAC.

We are also proud to provide you with a White House 2012 livestream of the event provided to us by CPAC.  To join this gala conservative extravaganza live, simply click on the live feed at the following link http://videosrvr.com/player/1328470235957283072


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ACU Announces Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain to Address CPAC 2012

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2012

Contacts: Kristy Campbell, (202) 347-9388, KCampbell@conservative.org

 

ACU Announces Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain to Address CPAC 2012

ACU Preparing to Host 39th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced former Presidential candidates U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain will both be featured speakers at CPAC 2012 – the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists will be held Thursday, February 9 – Saturday, February 11, 2012, in Washington, DC.

 

“We are proud to welcome Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain to CPAC 2012 next month in our Nation’s Capital. Congresswoman Bachmann is one of the House Chamber’s fiercest advocates for constitutional conservatism, and Herman Cain remains a favorite among many of our supporters across the country. Both are great additions to our exciting CPAC agenda,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “In less than one month, the American Conservative Union looks forward to hosting 2012’s premier venue for highlighting and advancing conservative leaders, principles and polices.”

 

Every year, the ACU brings thousands of grassroots conservatives and conservative leaders together in Washington, DC for three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional values. Based on this year’s theme, “We STILL Hold These Truths”, CPAC 2012 will feature grassroots training and strategizing to strengthen the conservative movement and ensure conservatives have the resources and tools necessary to defeat the Obama agenda in November.

 

CPAC 2012 features an all-star line-up that also includes former Governors Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, Ann Coulter, Senators Jim DeMint and Marco Rubio, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Laura Ingraham, Congressmen Jim Jordan, Steve King, Paul Ryan and Allen West, Colonel Oliver North, former Senator Rick Santorum, Governors Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker and many more.

 

The American Conservative Union is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization and was founded in 1964. The ACU has hosted CPAC in the Nation’s Capital since 1973.  Admission tickets and hotel accommodations for CPAC 2012 are going quickly. Online registration for CPAC 2012 ends February 3, so reserve your space today at www.cpac.org.

 

 

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New DNC AD Attacks Republicans through CPAC

Bookmark and Share In what can only be viewed as a sign of things to come, the Democratic National Committee is returning to their attempts at demonizing Republicans by trying to paint their conservative base as heartless fiends and maniacal evil scientists who would dare to experiment with such things as the ability for the free market to improve quality and life in America. In a video put out this week by the DNC, clips from CPAC, the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

The video uses clips of cheering CPAC audiences as speakers talk of replacing the E.P.A, abolishing the Board of Education and allowing people to opt out of Social Security. After the evil Republicans have their say, Steny Hoyer and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz are spliced in as they discuss how Democrats are making sure that America is competitive enough to insure is a stronger economic future. The video then goes to a clip of President Obama from his State of the Union Address in which he discusses the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans and how as a nation “we do big things.”

What the ad does not tell you is that for Democrats, those big things are big government and big government programs which replace the American entrepreneurial spirit with bureaucratic mandates and regulations that have a return on the dollar that is less than the cost required to implement.

Another interesting thing to point out is that, the way I see it, the DNC seems to also be banking on President Obama’s supposed great oratory skills as means to appeal to the hearts and minds of the American voter. Not that there is anything wrong with that. A President should be able to do so, but one must be able to tap into American sentiments if they wish to be successful at such attempts. One must be Reaganesque if they wish to do that. The problem is we knew Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan. Nice try though.

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CPAC 2011: Allen West’s Keynote Address at CPAC

Bookmark and Share If you have not yet had the chance to hear Rep. Allen West’s keynote address at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Committee, make sure you do so.

It was an outstanding summation of what conservatism really is in America. And his citation of what he calls “the three pillars of conservatism”, Allen West poetically and prophetically supports these pillars with examples that demonstrate how without them, the ceiling of our government, collapses on the new dawn of our nation.

And in defining true conservatism, Allen West never fails to neglects our responsibility to the defense of what is the source of Americas very being and existence ..freedom. One of my favorite lines came when the freshman Congressman told the audience;

A new dawn for America means never surrendering our nuclear deterrent capability due to a nave trust in those who subscribe to Machiavelli and not kumbaya.

But there were actually far too many convincing arguments, powerful statements of evidence and inspiring ideological and national words to list as the most memorable or noteworthy. In truth, Wests entire address was memorable and noteworthy. And while he touched upon a broad range of issues, I noticed that he was one of the few at the CPAC gathering who addressed touched on the issue of English as an official language in America. While West did not exactly call for such legislation or amendments of the sort, he did specifically say that;

We must honor our language and realize that it is the most important, most basic, and common bond which makes us an American.

In his speech Congressman West defended God, country, culture, values and life, and he did so in a way that made both proud of our nation and proud to be a conservative. He also made many of us realize that if he chose to seek it, he could be a future President of these great states of our mighty Union. Such may not be in the cards for 2012, but I intend to make sure that I am around long enough to eventually turn White House 2012 into White House 2016 and after that White House 2020. If I am fortunate enough to join you in those campaigns, I fully expect to be writing extensively about the campaign of candidate West.

Take a moment and listen to and watch Wests speech. Youll be glad you did.

Thanks to Politiclearnews for providing some of the earliestpublic recordings of the speech.

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Bookmark and Share Right off the bat, I have to tell you that I have not been following Ann Coulter too much. In the past, I felt she crossed some lines that while they did not personally offend me, they rubbed me the wrong way politically, in the sense that one or two of the jokes went too far and became a political issue to use against Republicans. However; I must say that Anns performance at CPAC was a masterful mix of political knowledge, ideological fervor, and sarcastic wit. Anns 25 or so minute spiel was an exhibition of political humor that she elevated to an art form.

Of course, if you are a liberal without a sense of humor, you will not find any of this funny. Those individuals will simply lace up their Converses, grabs sticks and hang Ann Coulter in effigy as they march down the street screaming No justice, no peace, or Bush and Cheney are war criminals. Those individuals find humor in nothing other than the jokes they tell about conservatives or people who cling to their religious beliefs and their rights, including their second amendment rights.

But nevertheless, Coulter gave a performance at CPAC which anyone who has sense of humor, and by that I mean, can even laugh at themselves, should not miss. For that reason, I present to you my last series of clips covering CPAC. I was unable to get all of the speeches that I would have liked to. I am particularly angry and disappointed with circumstances that involved both an unexpected early departure and technical difficulties which prohibited me from both seeing and recording Congressman Allen Wests keynote address. I am a big fan of Rep. West and I was so looking forward to what I am sure was an exceptional and inspiring speech by him.

But that aside, for your enjoyment here is Ann Coulter. If you havent had the opportunity to catch it before now, than you just have to hear it now. You wont regret it.

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Bookmark and Share On Saturday morning, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour presented CPAC attendees a speech that focussed on out of control government and the related endless spending that comes with it.
Governor Barbour decalred “Never forget, a bigger government, means a smaller economy”.
He reminded us that “our problem is not that we tax too little. It is that we spend too much”,and he called the Obama Administration “the most job stifling administration in American history”.
In the end, the Governor told his audience that that Republicans were lected in 2010 because they want us to “expand freedom, not government” and he warned that ifRepublicans forget that, they “will be defeated as quickly as Democrats and we will deserve it“.
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Bookmark and Share On Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry made for a very animated speaker who addressed the conservative Republican in a manner more conversational than oratorical. Yet what he may have lacked in poetic rhetoric, he more than made up for in a hard hitting discussion that struck at the heart of what troubles conservatives. As he put it, we are most bothered by an overly controlling federal government and deeply concerned with the federal governments willful neglect of their responsibilities.One such responsibility that he brought up was controlling our border. Perry said

Border security is one of Washington, D.C.s essential responsibilities. Yet they continue their record of abject failure in that area.

Perry also spoke of his love of the 10th Amendment which so poetically declares a faith in the government closest to the people is truly the best government. He added that a constitutionally limited government is one of the most critical aspects of our nation and of freedom. In one of his most eloquent remarks, Perry stated;

Our responsibility is to unite in ending the federal binds that tie our hands together and return to the visions of our founders.

He added;

We must handcuff the big spenders by simplifying our tax code and adopting a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Along the way, Governor Perry, like several others who spoke before CPAC, held up Texas as

the one state in the nation all others should aspire to.

This was in large part due to its status as the state that stands as number one in job creation, a distinction that the rest of the nation is sorely in need of improving. Perry also took the opportunity to promote Texas, or rather his leadership in Texas, by comparing his record to the liberal record of our federal government and that between all their regulation, taxation and spending, tell the federal government, enough! and urged everyone to pick up their cell phones and text 95613 Fed UP and he will keep you tuned in to what were doing in Texas.

Perrys speech was well received and well delivered but I could not help but notice one thing. I can see onesuperficial but stillproblematicimagethata potential Perry presidential campaignis likely torun in to. There were many times when I could not help but see a lot of President G. W. Bush in Perry.Aside from the understandable and obvious similarities in syntax and accent, Perry exhibited mannerisms that just made him eerily similar to the former President. One especially noticeable mannerism was what I would call the Bush shrug. Now for me this is not a problem, but for more moderate and even left leaning voters, this may be a silly draw back.

But then again, I have seen Perry deliver many speeches in a more statesman-like style, His recent State of the state Address is one example. When he focuses on his delivery, he doesnt come across quite so Bush-like. He might want to consider that when and if he campaigns outside of the South, where unfortunately George W. Bush is more of a liability than a benefit. For them, its bad enough that Perry is from Texas.

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Santorum Goes After Palin For Skipping CPAC

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum went after Sarah Palin today charging that her decision to skip the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference was a financial one. The former Senator told conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, who hosts an online radio show on Glenn Becks website, “I have a feeling that she has some demands on her time, and a lot of them have financial benefit attached to them.” In what seemed to be a suggestion that the former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate’s priorities were with speeches and appearances that were paid, Santorum stated that Palin has “other business opportunities.”

Santorum also took sarcastic aim at the suggestion that Palin had family responsibilities to tend to as well. “I don’t live in Alaska and I’m not the mother to all these kids and I don’t have other responsibilities that she has,” he said. Santorum is the father of 7 children.

Palin has turned down invitations to speak at CPAC reportedly due to an ongoing rift with American Conservative Union president David Keene who has publicly criticized her.

Taking on Palin can be dangerous ground headed into a campaign but Rick Santorum seems to be the one candidate who is not afraid of possibly alienating her large base of followers. As others have tip toed around any public criticism of the highly popular former VP candidate it seems Santorum is not going to shy away from taking on the power of Palin. If she runs it could be a good move as everyone will have to weigh in on her candidacy. If she doesn’t it could put a dent in his being able to grab her many evangelical followers from the likes of Mike Huckabee.

The CPAC conference begins on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Scheduled to appear are Santorum, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former MA Governor Mitt Romney, IN Governor Mitch Daniels, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former MN Governor Tim Pawlenty, TX Governor Rick Perry, MS Governor Haley Barbour, MN Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and others.

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CPAC Releases Its Speakers Schedule

Bookmark and ShareNext week the American Conservative Union will conduct its annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.. The event has become a rite of passage for Rpublicans who are trying to make their wayt down the path to the White House and is seen as an agenda setting gathering of the G.O.P.’s political base.

This year, speakers include:

Andrew Breitbart, Ann Coulter, Wayne LaPierre, David Horowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Phyllis Schlaffly, Congressmen Paul Ryan, Connie Mack,and Allen West, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Colorado Senator Mike Lee and Florida Governor Rick Scott.

But in addition to those speakers, the following list ofpotential Republican presidential candidates will also be addressing the lively crowd:

  • THURSDAY, February 10:
    10:00 AM: Michele Bachmann
    1:00 PM: Newt Gingrich book signing.
    2:00 PM: Rick Santorum
    4:30 PM: Paul Ryan
    6:15 PM: A reception co-sponsored by SarahPAC.
  • FRIDAY, February 11:
    10:30 AM: Mitt Romney
    1:30 PM: John Thune
    3:00 PM: Tim Pawlenty
    3:30 PM: Ron Paul
    4:00 PM: Rick Perry
    4:30 PM: Herman Cain
    7:30 PM: Mitch Daniels
  • SATURDAY, February 12
    9:30 AM: Haley Barbour

The highlight of the event is its annual straw poll. Last year, Ron Paul won. Mitt Romney was the winner of the CPAC straw poll in each of the two years prior to that. This year’s straw poll results are scheduled to be announced at 5:15 PM on Saturday, February 12th.

Click here for a complete itinerary of the Conservative Political Action Conference

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