Debunking Newt Mythology

Ok, hold on a minute.  Let’s talk about Newt.

The left has gone all in on Newt.  After three years of seeing that the Democrats have an empty hand with Obama, they have put all their chips on the table and dared us to run Newt.  And as usual, we are folding.  Same thing happened in 2008 when the left and the media scoffed at Mitt Romney and said that the only candidate who could ever beat their guy was John McCain.  Believe it or not, we listened.  For the smarter party, Republicans sure can be stupid.

Now the left is saying it will be a cake walk if we run Gingrich and the only serious candidate who can beat their guy is Romney, or maybe Huntsman, although they seem to have figured out that one is a hard sell.  So why are we listening again?  Ann Coulter came out slamming Newt and endorsing Romney.  George Will has attacked Newt Gingrich.  And what for?

Newt got $1.8 million from Freddie Mac.  Not really, it was actually Newt’s company.  But he did it by lobbying.  Well, again, no.  Newt did not lobby for Freddie Mac, but his company did provide consulting services to Freddie Mac.  Now, I am a businessman and a lot of what I do involves consulting.  Does that mean I can never run for President in case one of my clients does something bad someday despite my advice?  Maybe.

Let’s take it out of the business realm.  Pretend you own a garage and you fix cars.  If George Soros drives up and asks you to change the oil, will you turn him away?  Are you a liberal if you change his oil?  What about Bernie Madoff before he was caught?  Are you part of his illegal pyramid scheme because you changed his tires?

It would be one thing if Newt counseled Freddie Mac on how lose billions of dollars, get bailed out, and pay everyone huge bonuses.  But if you are looking for that smoking gun, you are looking at the wrong person.  Try Franklin Raines, Jamie Gaerlick, etc.  Enough with the guilt by association.  Newt did consulting for large businesses, and they paid his company rates that large, multi-billion dollar businesses pay for high level consulting.

Ok, but Newt sat on a couch with Nancy Pelosi.  Yes, he did.  He also had debates with Cuomo, Kerry and Sharpton.  Newt Gingrich is not going to implement cap and trade to prevent global warming.  That’s about as crazy as saying Mitt Romney is going to support partial birth abortion.  Seriously, you have my word that neither of those will happen.  Newt wasn’t endorsing Nancy Pelosi any more than Al Sharpton was endorsing Pat Robertson.  If Sarah Palin stood next to Michelle Obama and did a PSA saying its good for kids to have a healthy diet, would you suddenly think that Palin supports federal government takeover of school lunches? Newt has fought vigorously against cap and trade.

Well, what about Newt supporting a healthcare mandate?  When Hillary was pushing Hillarycare, which would take responsibility away from people, Newt signed on with the Heritage Foundation’s alternative that included an individual mandate. After researching it, Newt backed off that position.  He never implemented it for an entire state, or for anyone actually.  Newt is not going to implement a healthcare mandate on the entire country.  Guess what, neither is Romney.

In fact, let’s talk Romney for a minute.  Mitt Romney is pro-life.  He opposes gay marriage.  He makes Huntsman look like Hillary.  He supports tax cuts for the middle class and not raising taxes on employers and producers.  As much as Romney has been painted as the liberal in this bunch, he was the most conservative viable candidate in 2008 after Fred Thompson dropped out.  He may not be a card carrying TEA Party member, but he has said himself that he supports the TEA Party and shares all of their goals.  By the way, I never got a card either.  I really don’t think they issue them, even if Bachmann has one.

Why did Romney lose in 2008?  It all came down to two reasons.  Number one, Romney was not moderate enough to get the “independents”.  He was too conservative.  Only John McCain could beat the Democrat in 2008 by reaching across the aisle and not being so extreme.  Reason number two, the infamous time-table for withdrawal charge.  Romney said that when the time came to draw down the troops from Iraq, he supported a time-table for an orderly withdrawal.  His opponents turned that into Democrat style cut and run.  No matter how many times he tried to explain that was not what he believed, that became the mantra.

What about Rick Perry?  Why aren’t we going around saying that Rick Perry is going to implement cap and trade because years ago he was a Democrat working on the campaign of the future Nobel prize winner and global warming snake oil salesman, Al Gore?

The only person we have to actually worry about doing half the crazy stuff he’s been accused of thinking is Ron Paul!

So let’s not let people choose our candidate for us.  Research what you hear about candidates.  Just because George Will thinks you are too dumb to vote doesn’t make it so.  Each of the candidates left have some great ideas, and each one will do a far better job at running this country than the current President.  Did Cain have some foreign policy gaffes?  Shoot, the last three years have been an Obama foreign policy gaffe.

Part of this election cycle that Romney has skipped sofar has been the knife in the back from the right and the dare to run that candidate from the left.  Considering how well Newt is handling this complete onslaught from the right and left, wouldn’t you rather have him going up against Obama than the candidate that no one is vetting?  McCain got plenty of vetting after Romney dropped out in 2008.

This is not an endorsement of Newt.  I will make an endorsement of a candidate after the Jacksonville, Florida debate in January.  But this is a serious question to our party.  Why do we have to self destruct again?

Trunkline 2012: Sunday Election News Review-12//4/11

Bookmark and Share ****Cain gone, Newt Ahead in Iowa, Coming in second: Ron Paul?? *****

With Cain gone, the field is looking more and more like Gingrich/Romney.  Meanwhile, liberal pundits and even some conservatives seem to be praying that Newt’s rise will be as long lived as Bachmann’s, Perry’s and Cain’s.  Is it really Santorum’s turn?  How about Ron Paul’s?

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Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political Opinions and the Cinema Politico Movie of the Week: 12/3/11

Bookmark and Share  Saturday’s Trunkline 2012 offers you a , uh, eh, ahh, well I guess the best way to put it is a unique movie of the week feature along with the main news of the day involving Herman Cain, and tidbits about Newt, Mitt, on of the Rick’s, our presidents corruption problems, a preview of tomorrows TV news programming, the weekly Rpublican national message, and more

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” the director of the Obama’s National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, is interviewed by The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib and The Economist’s Greg Ip —- NBC’s “Meet the Press” RNC Chairman Reince Pebius, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod —-CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs  —-ABC, “This Week”: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.),  former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum —-CNN, “State of the Union”: Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota,  Arizona Sen. John McCain and former White House budget director Alice Rivlin and former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin —-“Fox News Sunday”:   Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)discuss how to shrink the ballooning federal deficit. And Michele Bachmann gets interviewed.

  • White House 2012′s Cinema Politico: This week’s feature presentation is Crude Independence

First-time director Noah Hutton captures the change in Stanley, North Dakota, after a historic 2006 oil discovery. Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of small town America and a tale of change at the hands of the global energy market.…

It’s an odd and bizarre flick but it’s free 

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Reaction To Herman Cain’s Decision To Suspend His Campaign

Bookmark and Share   Herman Cain’s poll numbers had fallen in to the single digits, so his withdrawal from the race for the Republican presidential nomination may not have any immediate and dramatic effect on the overall numbers for any of the other candidates.  It would seem that Newt Gingrich had already picked up the numbers that Cain lost.  But the remaining five to eight percent of Cain’s supporters have yet to pick a new team to side with.  Those staunch supporters will likely follow Herman Cain’s lead when he makes a promised endorsement of one of his rivals. 

But in the meantime, to say that those supporters are disappointed is an understatement.

Many of those who have come to support Herman Cain are a part of the newly reinvigorated civic minded group of individuals who come from the TEA movement.  They are people who had been turned off by politics and tuned it out.  Until President Obama tried to deliver on his promise to reform America.  Obama’s attempts to control every aspect of our lives from how much a private business can pay us, where a private business can do business, where we get our healthcare from and when we can get it, to the air that we breathe and the food that we eat, have alarmed these dissatisfied Americans so much that they came to realize that the direction our leaders try to take our nation in can not be ignored or allowed.

These people are not like politics and do not  like politicians.  They are reform minded and want dramatic changes in the process and policies of our federal government and they do not trust the establishment any more.

Then came Herman Cain.  An independent, successful businessman, who has challenged the establishment and tried to provide the solutions that the establishment can’t or won’t.

Between his fascinating and poignant personal story,  his oratory skills, homespun style, common sense thinking, and anti-establishmentarian tendencies, Cain captured the imaginations and hopes of these people.  And while he did not always rise to the occasion, he did offer the promise of a change from business as usual.  It helped him win the hearts and minds of many of these Americans and now that the Cain train was forced off the tracks, they are left angry at a process that dashed their hopes and they are left searching for a new leader to pin their hopes on. 

Immediate reaction to the Cain announcement seems to indicate that Cain’s support will continue to overwhelmingly go to Newt Gingrich. 

A sampling of the reactions to Cain development are expressed by messages sent to White and through white Hose 2012.  In an open letter that one Cain supporter, J.C. Stephens, sent to Mr. Cain through White House 2012, he writes;

I knew last night there was an update to come today about the campaign. The thought that you might stop your bid for the White House did cross my mind for a moment but I thought you would be able to fight through to the end.
I do understand and praise you for putting your wife and family first . I am however greatly saddened that you have made this decision.

I believe you are a man of character and just what we’ve needed for this country since Ronald Reagan.

I don’t know what more to say other than I hope you will return to the race for President and go on to the White House in 2012.

J.C. Stephenson

Marji states to White House 2012 readers;

People…do you not remember..we had a President of the Unite States look the people in the eye and Lie, lie, lie….”I did not have……..”. The news did nothing…this man they are trying to put him on the cross. I wonder how much she got paid to ruin this man’s life. When are you going to wake-up!!! The news people are doing the voting for you so they can get the one in the White House now re-elected. Obama does not care for us or our country…he is selling us down the drain for pennies….Look..look at what is around him…the company he keeps!!! Wake-up and pray….the greatest country on earth and he hates it.

In another open letter to Herman Cain, Nina Flora writes;

Mr. Cain

I just want to express my deep concern for you, your wife and your family. I for one just do not believe the allegations and do hope you as you said recently get to the bottom of this. It is so sad that a person can say whatever they desire to defame a person’s character, hurt the family and just walk away with no proof. I always thought the person being accused had a right of confronting their accusers, I do also realize when in the position you were in that there is not time to do all this and “run for president” I am so very disappointed in our leaders “plural”. We have now people in our country in leadership who have no honesty, integrity, and loyalty to our loved country. I admire your desire to make some badly needed changes and do wish you all the best and our prayers.I know this was a plan to destroy you. You are in my prayers.

Nina  is now leaning towards Newt Gingrich but tells us she likes Rick Santorum because she thinks he is particularly honest   Nina says” I think Newt is very smart and actually does care for our country, he is a strong personality capable of standing up for us, his past does not bother me..if a person changes..they change and have a right to acceptance”  She adds ” but just wait , if he becomes the Republican candidate, they will crucify him just like Cain and Sarah Palin”  Nina goes on to tell us;

“I am sorry that Cain was maligned…but that is also part of the problem..just wait and see who is the upcoming candidate and see what liberals, MSNBC, CBS and all the liberal media do next to ruin them..These medias are simply evil and vindictive and want their “bosses” the liberals and all other anti-american entities to be in control.”

An appreciative Steve Moran of  California, shows some fighting spirit with some enthusiastic encouragement of Mr. Cain’s new mission;

Amen! Thank you for pressing forward Mr. Cain to represent “We the People” and to clear your good name. You are a true patriot and I pray that you are in the Cabinet of the new Republican administration in January 2013 to help to briskly cleanse Obama’s anti-constitutionial corruption, to eradicate his heretical socialist policies, and to, once again, restore America to the hill top so that her exceptional, unflickering shining light may unapologetically beam brightly for all the world to see in 2013, and for many generations to come. God bless and stay the course.

When asked where he will go from here Steve tells us he has has not yet decided who will now support but stated that is leaning towards Newt Gingrich because he is “largely aligned with Mr. Cain on the salient issues vital to the re-establishment of de facto conservatism in America.”  Mr. Moran also tells us that who Herman Cain endorses will totally influence who his vote goes to though.   “I value Mr. Cain’s opinion immensely, and his future endorsement will have a profound effect on the candidate that I support”, said Moran.

He adds “I had hoped that they [Gingrich and Cain] would run together as President and Vice President, with either in either position”

As for those who just a day ago were Herman Cain’s rivals for the nomination, reaction to the end of Cain’s campaign is somber in tone but filled with praise for the former presidential candidate.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson released the following statement;

“I have no doubt Herman Cain will remain a significant voice in the dialogue about the many important issues we face.  His rejection of business-as-usual in Washington has been a valuable part of this campaign,  and clearly resonates with a great many Americans.  I wish him the best.”

Newt Gingrich tweeted the following message;

“I am proud to know Herman Cain and consider him a friend and I know he will continue to be a powerful voice for years to come.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry stated;

“I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best.”

Others like Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Jon Huntsman have also issued their well wishes and commended Herman Cain on what all agree was a job well done.  And a job well done it was.  One of his most significant accomplishments was his courage and ability to force the rest of the Republican to all agree on making tax reform a major staple of their campaigns and in turn a major issue on the American political agenda. 

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Herman Cain Suspends His Presidential Campaign

Bookmark and Share   Amid a  festive atmosphere that ironically included a barbecue, Herman Cain, who has been continuously grilled about the fate of his campaign in the wake of new allegations about a 13 year long extramarital affair, stepped off his campaign bus with his wife Gloria at his side and ended the suspense by declaring he was suspending his campaign for President.

The announcement came at what was originally billed as the grand opening of his campaign headquarters.

Cain opened his announcement by stating how proud he is of how far he and his supporters have come.  And while talking about his decision to run in the past tense, he reminded voters that he was inspired to run because the politicians in Washington have failed us.  He thanked those who supported him and shared his concerns. 

Cain stated that his campaign and supporters proved that money matters less than the message and told supporters that they showed the world that we the people are still in charge of this country and that you do not need a distinguished pedigree to run for President in America.  He told supporters that with a month to go till the Iowa Caucuses, he is one the of final four in the polls and added that it is a sign that you can come from humble beginnings and still be President.  Cain declared that proving that a common man can lead this nationwas the greatest gift that he and his campaign have given people.

Cain stated that he has made mistakes and is the first to own up to his mistakes and despite how the political elite feels he handles those mistakes, he does it his way.  Then Cain admitted that the media fury which has spun the false allegations against him hav hurt his wife, his family, himself, and the American people because it cretaes distractions that prevent the American people from being provided with solution.

Standing with his wife behind him Cain reiterated his claim that all the accusations were false and that he and his wife are at peace with themselves, their family and themselves.  Then he announced that his campaign was going on to plan B which is a suspension of his presidential campaign because of the continued distraction and hurt on him and his family.   But he promised that he will not be silenced and will not go away.  So his plan B. was to move ahead with with which he will show that people are in charge and promised to make sure that the biggest reforms our nation has ever seen.  Cain cited energy independence and his much touted 9-9-9 plan.

Cain wrapped up by saying that plan A was to change Washington from the inside, but plan B is to change it from the outside.  Then he declared that he will endorse one his rivals very soon.

With his campaign suspended, Herman Cain may now have more an impact on the 2012 presidential than ever before.  His campaign concludes at a point in time when the race seems to be shaping up as a two-man contest between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.  If Herman Cain endorses Newt Gingrich, Newt will find himself in the catbirdseat. 

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Watch the Livestream of Herman Cain’s Annoucement. Wiill He Stay in the Race?

Bookmark and Share   Sometime between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm EST , Herman Cain will be announcing the fate of his quest for the presidency of the United States. His campaign has provided a livestream of this event which is actually suppose to be the grand opening of his campaign headquarters.

Expect Cain to announce that he will  not allow himself to be pushed out of the race.  Do  not expect a mea culpa or any announcement declaring that he is pulling the plug on his presidential ambitions.  Few have ever done such a thing after providing a livestream of their fall while having a barbecue for those at the announcement.  And that is exactly what is happening outside the new headquarters for the Cain campaign in what is reported to be a very festive atmosphere.  However, it is reported that Herman Cain’s campiagn team is not optimistic.

Watch the livestream of the announcement here or by clicking on the image below;

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Bachmann’s Gamble

Michele Bachmann believes she is the best candidate for the job.  She should, she’s running.  However, unlike the two front runners, Bachmann has chosen not to differentiate herself based on ideas, but instead to attack the front runners as being more liberal as she is.  Her most recent target is Newt Gingrich, but she can also be traced to the fall of Rick Perry.

The two front runners, and Herman Cain, have done a very good job of not attacking other candidates.  The “attacks” between Romney and Gingrich over the last week have amounted to points scored on differentiation in back ground and complementary assessments of each others abilities with subtle hints as to who is better because of it.

So why does Bachmann think that attacking the other GOP candidates is a winning proposition?  Simply put, she does not believe Barack Obama can win.  In Bachmann’s mind, the GOP candidate could be Tom DeLay and Obama would still lose.  Technically, she should be right.

The administration got the best news it’s had in three years this past week.  Enough people dropped out of the job hunt to join Occupy Wall Street that unemployment (which only measures who is looking for a job) fell to 8.6%.  Now, Obama’s justice department has released a new round of incriminating documents on a Friday night to avoid the media cycle and Obama is skipping town for an extended Christmas/New Years vacation that us working schlubs could only dream of.

But Bachmann’s faith in Republicans’ will to vote for the lesser of two evils is unfounded.  Just look at how quickly Republican supporters are backing off of Cain after the most recent affair allegation.  Sure some of it is fears over electability, some of it is dislike for his 999 plan and foreign policy, but a good portion of it is different standards.  It’s the kinds of standards that make Republicans resign for tapping their toes in the men’s room while Democrats can shove a cigar in their young intern’s….well anyway.

Bachmann’s gamble is that since Obama is going to lose anyway, Republicans need to take this glorious opportunity to choose the best candidate for the job (Michele Bachmann) and not settle for a RINO (Mitt Romney), a crony capitalist (Rick Perry), or a flip flopping environmentalist (Newt Gingrich).  Instead, we should choose the TEA Party image of perfect conservatism, the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan mixed with Sarah Palin: Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann seems to think her negativity will make her be the first candidate to be a front runner, lose it all and end up in 5%ville, and then rise from the ashes a second time.  She needs to be careful that it won’t accomplish that for Obama instead.

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