Trunkline 2012: Thursday’s Dust Ups from the Campaign Trail

Today’s campaign trail news summary features Bill Clinton claiming Romney is right, Eva Longoria’s twitter inspired need to resign from Team Obama, the liberal return to playing the race card, Romney’s rising tide in Ohio, the nation and early balloting, the gaffe that will haunt the President in  the third and final debate, a clue that al Qaeda is still very much on the run, Hillary Clinton’s apparent lack of interest in running for President in 2016, and much more

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October Surprise? Obama Camp Trying to Coverup a Major Campaign Donor Scandal

  Bookmark and Share   According to sources at the Washington Examiner, President Obama’s reelection campaign has been trying to block reports that a national magazine and a national web site are preparing to release a story regarding what the Examiner describes as a “blockbuster donor scandal story.”

The Examiner’s sources claim that after a nine-month long investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising, an unnamed taxpayer watchdog group has discovered thousands of violation of federal election laws that were broken by the campaign’s solicitations of and acceptance of donations from unsecure, overseas accounts.

The pending story comes on the heels of the Obama camps recent announcement of a near record breaking collection of  $150 million in donations just for the month of September.  If the still developing story behind the potential allegations are true, this record haul of donations could be in large part due to the Obama campaign’s illegal participation in collecting donations via untraceable prepaid credit cards that would allow the campaign to hide the identity of donors and evade limits on how much those unidentified individual donors are legally allowed to give to the campaign.

In 2008, after then Senator Obama raised a similar amount of money also in the month of September, The Washington Post reported a story entitled “Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations”.  In it they described an online donation process that was nearly impossible to make foolproof.  In 2012 the donation collection process for Obama as well as Romney is still not foolproof and as in 2008 both campaigns conducted a comprehensive analysis of online contributions on the back end of the transaction to determine whether a contribution is legitimate or not.  When and if a contribution is found to be in some way improper or in excess of the allowable FEC donation limits, each campaign refunds the money.  But the real problem is the Obama campaign’s willingness to accept online donations through prepaid cards, something the Romney campaign does not do.  Payments through such prepaid credit cards makes it impossible to trace exactly where and who the donations are coming from.

The problem here is that unless the players behind this story can confirm that the Obama campaign or individuals in the campaigns were involved in a conspiracy to coordinate payments via prepaid credit cards, this story could wind up being more a story about the problems with the campaign finance process than a story about some Obama related scandal.  Until the two publications and the taxpayer watchdog group that the Washington Examiner credits with this story come forward, no one can tell with certainty if it is truly a scandal or not.  But the Washington Examiner seems eager to point out that when the full story goes public on Sunday or Monday, the Obama camp will be forced to confront an embarrassing and potentially damaging ethics and financial scandal.  And in typical fashion, to make matters worse, Team Obama is trying to cover it up.

If true, Bob Woodward may prove to be the most insightful political talking around.  On Thursday, Woodward stated that he believes the emergence of some sort of major political or personal event involving Obama may have been the reason for Obama’s disaterous debate performance on Wednesday night.

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Defamation and Felony

While a felony can land you in court, slander and libel can get you in legal trouble too.  However, in the dirtiest of political campaigns, defamation is the name of the game.  That is what Obama is running: the dirtiest of political campaigns.    Even still, cries of one’s opponent being a “felon” are usually relegated to the third party shenanigans of an “issues” candidate who has no hope of winning.  Such charges could also be associated with peanut gallery observers and shock personalities like Sean Hannity or Bill Maher.  However, now it is also a tactic of the Obama campaign.

Can Obama sacrifice all credibility and still win?

Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama campaign, suggested that Mitt Romney is either a liar or a felon and could face criminal prosecution.  Why?  Because either she is a liar, or the Obama administration is incompetent when it comes to corporate structures and SEC filings.

At issue is whether Mitt Romney was running the show at Bain Capital after 1999.  Everyone at Bain Capital, including Democrat Obama supporters, say no.  Everyone at the Olympics say Romney was there.  The only people who think Romney was at Bain after 1999 are in Obama’s campaign.  They blame Romney for everything that happened in Bain up to 2002.  Kind of like how they still are blaming Bush for 8.2% unemployment.

So why do Cutter and Obama think Romney is a felon?  The Boston Globe came out with a story showing that Romney signed SEC documents as the President, Director and CEO of Bain Capital up until 2002.  The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine and Factcheck.org explain this.  Romney left to save the Olympics before any sort of replacement could be found and remained listed as President and CEO until his shares were passed on.

Typically liberal Washington Post embarrasses Obama even more with a follow up fact check story, giving Obama another three Pinocchios.

Obama’s outright false and defamatory Bain attack is designed to get Romney to release more tax returns.  Obama believes he is gaining ground by highlighting the low percentage Romney pays in taxes.  However, another Washington Post factcheck story shows that even this line of attack is dishonest.  In fact, one of the reasons Romney’s tax rate is lower is because he gives as much to charity as he pays in taxes.

Media organizations have not been able to back Obama up on this one.  Even CNN’s John King backed up Romney’s side of the story.

In addition to exposing himself as a liar and a dirty campaigner, Obama has exposed himself to an easy rebuttal from the Romney campaign.  In fact, while Obama’s campaign is cheering any unfair negative press they can get on Romney, the result is Romney sitting in front of CNN, Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC cameras, on their dime, explaining how Obama is wrong and not living up to his promises of running an issues centered campaign.

In fact, as John Sununu pointed out, Obama’s bringing up things like felonies and outsourcing is really a liability for Obama.  Obama can be tied to Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojavich, Bill Ayers, and more recently Eric Holder and the Fast and Furious scandal.  You want to talk about secretive.

Here is my challenge to the Obama campaign.  Bain executives, Olympic executives, and anyone who knew Romney in 1999 knew that he was no more running Bain Capital than Bush was running a timber company in 2004.  So why doesn’t Obama send Eric Holder to arrest Mitt Romney for listing himself as CEO of Bain in 2002?  It wouldn’t be a waste of Holder’s time, he’s busy not turning Fast and Furious documents over to Congress and not enforcing Congress’s vote of contempt against him.  Send Holder to arrest Romney for supposedly committing the felony of being the president of a company he wasn’t running or involved with.  Then we can all have a good belly laugh at Obama and get on with our lives.

Obama has been consistently dishonest in this election season.  Eventually more people than just the political junkies like you and me will figure this out.  When a President lies several times during a campaign, the average joe on the street might miss every instance.  When a President lies continually, eventually every American will experience his dishonesty.  And when not even CNN and the Washington Post can backup Obama, his credibility is gone.  Can Obama win with no credibility?

Obama Rust Belt Tour Based on a Lie

Obama is getting ready to board his Canadian made campaign bus and tour the rust belt states touting his message of economic recovery, and Romney’s record of outsourcing jobs at Bain.  There’s only one major glaring problem with this tour’s premise:

Bain has asserted and left-leaning factcheck.org has confirmed that Bain Capital did not outsource jobs under Mitt Romney’s leadership.  Obama’s bus tour is based on a lie.

Meanwhile, Obama is the President who took Chrysler from its US bondholders and sold it cheap to Italy.  Obama is the President who has limited US oil drilling while giving billions of tax payer dollars to Brazil so they can drill there.  Then, in what one Yahoo! business commentator called a result of Obama’s incompetence, Brazil didn’t even sell the oil they extracted to us.  They sold it to China instead.  So while Obama is falsely accusing Romney of outsourcing jobs, Obama is stopping US energy jobs and instead financing Brazil’s energy sales to China.  Way to go, Mr. President.

Obama is basing his campaign thus far on two propositions: his base will vote for him no matter how openly dishonest he is, and independents will not educate themselves about his lies.  If these two factors hold up, the left’s ambivalence and the center’s ignorance will help Obama win in 2012.

TEA Party’s New Mission

John Roberts, what were you thinking.  If this question went through your mind at about 10:30am on June 28th, that puts you in good company.  In fact, the whole ruling on the healthcare law frankly seems odd.  First they ruled that it wasn’t a tax so that they could proceed with deciding if it was constitutional or not.  Then they ruled that it was a tax so that they could say it is constitutional.  Then, in a twist of irony after Obama’s recent decision to stop enforcing immigration laws, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government couldn’t penalize states for not implementing Obamacare.  After this whirlwind, what we ended up with is the biggest regressive tax on the middle class in our nation’s history.

And that is when the sleeping giant woke up.  Suddenly we were reminded that we are Taxed Enough Already.

In 2010, Conservative Constitutionalists and TEA Party activists had a reason to live.  Democrat policies were rejected by voters in a massive conservative sweep.  But after two years of being beaten down by mainstream media and the Republican establishment, and the influx of special interest commercialism into the TEA Party, the heartbeat of the movement was faint.  You can feel free to disagree with me, but let’s be honest.  The rallies had turned into book tours and the infighting had handed victory in the primary to Mitt Romney.

Every Republican knows that Romney will do great with the economy.  Shoot, most Democrats know it, but won’t admit it.  Despite this, many conservatives have become purists and would still struggle to pull the lever for Romney.  I suggested a while back that many conservatives will be more willing to open their wallets to conservative PACs than to Romney.  Many conservatives will vote for Romney, but won’t put a Romney bumper sticker on their car.  Many are voting for the candidate named Not Obama.

And then the unthinkable happened.  The chief justice Bush appointed joined the majority and ruled Obamacare constitutional.  Even Justice Kennedy knew better.

Now 2012 has all new meaning.  It is no longer the establishment RINO versus the unpopular liberal.  It has become what it was in 2010, a referendum on Obamacare.  So far, conservatives are up 1-0 when it comes to elections on Obamacare.

Eugene Robinson, in an article suggesting that the Supreme Court decision will heal America, said that the decision was bad for Mitt Romney.  I think we can say with confidence that this sentiment is wishful thinking on the part of the Left.  The election is no longer about Romney.  It is no longer about RINOs or Republicans either.  As of 10:30am on June 28th, this election is about one thing:

 

Wednesday’s Words and Wit from the Presidential Campaign Trail: 5/23/12

Bookmark and Share  Today’s tidbits from the trail include Romney’s proposals for education reform, to his promise regarding the unemployment rate under a Romney Administration, and more juice pertaining to Obama’s continued attacks on Romney through Bain, The G.O.P. debt limit bargaining chips, anti-establishment victories in yesterdays primaries, Coburn’s call to stop funding national conventions with taxpayer’s money, A gay friendly G.O.P., and much more.

The Myth of the Obama Recovery

Depending on how you read the jobs report, you might think we are well on our way to economic recovery.  At least if you read the headlines.  Well, we should be.  In three short years, this President has increased the debt more than any President in the history of our country combined.

What do we have to show for it?

Think about it.  Think of all that we have accomplished with the last $6.3 trillion in debt.  We won two world wars, at various times brought unemployment down to 4.4% (most recently under the economic policies that supposedly got us into this mess), fought five other major wars, four major undeclared conflicts, and assisted in several other wars, gave hundreds of billions back in tax cuts, sent a man to the moon, maintained a shuttle program, bought over half the land in the country, rebuilt after a civil war, implemented civil rights, built socialistic retirement, healthcare and welfare systems, helped produce 5% and higher GDP growth, built every crumbling and non crumbling bridge in the United States today, and created a massive bureaucratic infrastructure covering roads, education, homeland security, and our entire regulatory system.

So what has Obama done with $6.5 trillion in debt?  He has brought 5.7% unemployment down to 8.3%.  Oops, I meant up to 10% and then down to 8.3%.  We have managed to get GDP just over 2% for a fleeting couple quarters.  We did continue two major conflicts which accounts for almost a trillion of Obama’s $6.5 trillion in debt.  But he didn’t do anything to stop the conflicts, and in fact started another one in Libya.

A lot of that money went in to funding failed green energy projects, such as Solyndra, which were owned by Obama’s supporters.  A lot of money went towards bailing out Wall Street and making the United States a shareholder in failed companies like Citigroup, GM and Chrysler.

One of Obama’s large debt contributions was in the form of extended unemployment benefits to make the victims of his economic policies comfortable enough to not complain.  This year when he runs on a platform of how he cut taxes, be assured that no member of the media will ask him about the taxes he has forced states to collect to fund their own broke unemployment compensation funds, and pay interest on federal loans of unemployment funds, all of which has been passed on to business owners of every size.

The amazing thing is that in his term so far, Obama has spent the equivalent of more than one full year of United States private sector GDP.  Nearly half of that has been in the form of debt.  Stop and think about that for a minute.  And yet, with more debt than every other President combined, Obama is ecstatic with an 8.3% unemployment rate?  There is something seriously wrong with this.

But it gets worse.  There is unemployment and real unemployment.  What’s the difference?  The 8.3% represents only people who are still looking for a job.  If you counted the same number of people who were looking for a job in 2007, the unemployment rate would be at 10.3% and that hasn’t changed  since 2009.

Ezra Klein at the Washington Post notes this disturbing trend which seems to show little variance in the unemployment rate when you consider people who have stopped working.  That means that with $6.5 trillion in new debt, more than all other Presidents combined, Obama hasn’t managed to increase job growth, he has just managed to increase the number of discouraged workers who are willing to settle for his extended unemployment welfare program.

In fact, although Obama will be running on the myth of jobs saved and created, in actuality there are 2.4 million fewer people working today than there were when Obama signed the stimulus in 2009. The number of people who have jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is down to 139 million from 141 million in 2009.

For those keeping score, it was 127 million in 2001.  Do the math.

Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Republican Presidential Race – 1/24/12

Bookmark and Share Today’s campaign trail news gives us a glimpse at how Billion Buck Barry intends to campaign for President, thoughts on Mitch Daniels’ entry in to the presidential race, news about how Ann Coulter and Chris Christie are sharing bunched panties, and news about Romney pulling even with Gingrich in favorable ratings, Democrats taking charges against Newt too far, and much more.  All in White House 2012’s Trunkline 2012.
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Cain’s Area 51 Response to Tabloid Reporting

Herman Cain may not be able to salvage his campaign after issuing a notice that he is reconsidering his run.  Nothing says you have skeletons in your closet more than jumping in front of the closet door and shouting “Ok, I’m done!” when people get close to it.  And it’s truly a shame.  Whether or not the accusations are legitimate, so far there is no credible evidence that they are.

Ginger White adds to the list of financially troubled, gold digging, sue happy women from Cain’s corporate past who have been bankrupt, sued their work place for frivolous sexual harassment claims, and of course have failed to provide any evidence of the alleged misconduct.  Her husband said her claims “wouldn’t surprise me, either way”.  If you’ve worked in the corporate world, haven’t you known that person that you decided right away you better leave your office door open when he or she comes in to protect yourself?

The mountain of accusations has come down to one woman, without even a hotel receipt to show for it, claiming that Cain grabbed her crotch in a car while taking her back to her room, one woman who claims Cain dared say she was as tall as his wife, and a woman with no money and several eviction notices who Cain thought was a friend, but who also has had about a month now of hearing why the other accusers might be financially motivated because of book deals.  I mean, imagine how much she could sell her autographed book she got form Cain that says something about friends being friends forever and everything else being bonuses?  We all know what that means.  He might as well have said “had a great time being friends with benefits”.

So suddenly every mainstream newspaper in America is reporting Cain’s affair like the black and white tabloids say that aliens exist.  The only problem is, Cain is getting ready to put electric, barbed wire fences up all around area 51.

Herman Cain has not been impressive in his handling of things like this, but let’s face it.  He is an amateur when it comes to smear politics.  He can’t even do it himself.  The poor guy has been nothing but respectful to most of his opponents, with the one exception being when he rashly called out Rick Perry and his former staffers for kickstarting the story since only they knew those sexual harassment claims existed.  So Cain’s decision to hold off and see if things blow over or not could just be a rank amateurish blunder.

That said, my evaluation is that Herman Cain may choose to continue, but the continuation will be short lived.  He has contributed a lot to this election process, but at this point his blunders have just made him a distraction from the main event.  If I had to predict, I would say that Cain will drop out, and will endorse the person who ends up becoming the GOP candidate.  Shortly after dropping out, the affair stories will quickly evaporate leaving only his most staunchest supporters and detractors wondering if they were ever actually true.

Trunkline 2012: Friday’s Campaign Trail News Wrap-Up from White House 2012– 11/11/11

Bookmark and Share Friday’s Trunkline serves up a smorgasbord of campaign trail tales, tips, and tallies with new poll standings, split decisions, how dreams may be dashed, how some may write-in history, how Mitt Romney seeks to use South Carolina, a new conservative dreamboat, movie tastes and a tribute to out Veterans on this Veterans Day, and as always, much more.

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If you haven’t done so yet, we at White House 2012 ask you to use this day as a good excuse for finally donating to the worthy Wounded Warrior Project.

Founded in 2003, WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Always remember that the brave and selfless men and women who have defended our nation, its interests, and our freedom, and our way of life, have sacrificed much for us all. Now it is time for all of us to sacrifice just a little to thank, honor and help those Veterans who now need the help of others to rebuild their own lives.

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Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Political Tales from the Campaign Trail– 11/03/11

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In the dust kicked up on today’s campaign trail, we find that Herman Cain is surfing atop harassment-gat while the sharks still circle in, Newt sees his second coming…… and others do to, and Perry also expects to see his time come in Iowa, while Michele talks about sharia law, and talking heads write about Rick Santorum’s chances and ask if Barack Obama is the worst President since before the Civil War.  So sit back, relax and let the dust settle with today’s edition of Trunkline 2012…..your daily election news summary.

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Trunkline 2012: Sunday Election News Review – 10/30/11

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Sunday talking heads chat it up, Bob Scieffer issue editorial attack on Herman Cain, David Plouffe becomes the pot that calls the kettle black, Ron Paul won’t rule out third Party candidacy, Santorum endorsed by oldest vounteer Republican organization, and other delectable details define Trunkline 2012’s Sunday campaign trail news summary.

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Video of the Entire Bloomberg TV-Washington Post GOP Presidential Debate

  Bookmark and Share   As I noted in a post yesterday , that due to the relatively low access of Bloomberg TV to viewers, Tuesday night’s Republican presidential, one of the greatest challenges would be trying to prevent those who did not see the debate, from simply basing their opinions on media spin.  For that reason, White House, 2012 is providing a Washington Post video of the entire debate.

You should take the opportunity to watch it.

It was a very interesting forum that will allow you to get at least of sense of the candidates.

For a few perspectives of the debate, I suggest you take a look at two White House 2012 posts on the topic; “Welcome to the top, Herman Cain” and “Mindless Media Madness vs. Reality“.

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The Real Challenge in Tonight’s Washington Post/ Bloomberg TV Presidential

Bookmark and Share   This evening, 8 Republicans will participate in the seventh official presidential debate of the year.   Hosted by the Washington Post and Bloomberg TV, it will take place in New Hampshire at 8:00 PM (EST) and will be moderated by Charlie Rose who will ask questions of the candidates along with Washington Post’s  Karen Tumulty  and Bloomberg TV’s Julianna Goldman.  The entire debate will be dedicated to the economy and unlike previous debates, this one will feature a round table format with the candidates  seated next to each other.

The debate will stream live on PostPolitics.com,  and be broadcast live on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg.com and WBIN-TV in New Hampshire.

Following the event, the candidates and their advisers will speak to reporters in the political “Spin Room” which you can follow LIVE on C‑SPAN.org at 10:00 PM.

The debate comes at a critical juncture in the nomination contest.  With last week’s announcements by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Alaska Governor  Sarah Palin declaring that they will not be running for President in 2012, this will, be the first debate of the election which forces voters to focus on comparing those who are running to one another and not with any hoped, for but undeclared, potential candidates.  It also comes at a time when shifts in public approval of some candidates are swinging wildly.  Such is the case with Herman Cain and Rick Perry.  While Cain has emerged from the back of the field to take position in the top half of the field, the opposite has happened with Rick Perry.

At the same time Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman find themselves in the unenviable position of trying to establish themselves as the alternative choice to the frontrunners.  Currently, all four of them are having to fight the “why” factor.  That’s  “why” as in why keep running?

Meanwhile, Texas Governor Rick Perry is probably under the most pressure tonight.

While the this evening’s debate may not be a deal breaker for him, it is most definitely going to be his opportunity to gain ground that he has lost since he began plummeting in the polls after his las debate performance.  He could either get back on track or concede ground to Romney, Cain, or any one of the other second tier candidates, including Ron Paul.  And with about twelve weeks left before the first nomination ballots are cast, Perry really can’t afford to lose any more ground .  For him, tonight will mean the difference between voters continuing to consider his candidacy or writing it off as a dud.

For Herman Cain, this seventh debate provides him with the opposite version of the Perry situation.

Herman Cain must find a way to give voters who began to take his candidacy seriously after winning the Florida Straw Poll, reason to say, “Yeah.  He really is good“.  A good showing tonight will solidify Cain as the seriously strong, viable, anti-establishment alternative to the establishmentarian candidacy of frontrunner Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney will also be under a great deal of pressure.  He will be the man in the hottest seat of all.  All the darts will be thrown at him.

Rick Perry believes the media driven perception that the Republican presidential election is a two man race between him and Romney.  So he will largely leave the other candidates alone and simply try to take Romney down.   Herman Cain understands that while Perry has been dropping in the polls, he has be rising and is in striking distance of overtaking Romney.  So he will try to to give voters every reason to do so by taking his own shots at Romney.  All the other candidates would like to make a name for themselves and know that one of the best ways to do so would be by landing a well publicized knockout punch to the current king of the hill.  For Romney, he needs to avoid making any gaffes and to somehow convince the Republican base that he is as as conervative as any of the other candidates sitting with him.  Pulling that off will be difficult but if he walks away gaffe free and standing, he will have achieved all he really needs to tonight.

Lost in each of those individual mini dramas will be another challenge that all the candidates will face in tonight’s debate.  It is a challenge that will come from the media.

Previous debates were televised live on relatively popular and mainstream cable news stations.  Bloomberg TV, has not yet established itself to be a  comparable, mainstream, news source. Due to the fact that Bloomberg does not release figures about the size of its audience and does not have a contract with the ratings company Nielsen, it is hard to say what percentage of the American viewing audience Bloomberg shares, but it is safe to say that its share of the viewing public is somewhat small.    Bloomberg TV’s audience does however have the highest median household income and the highest median net worth among cable news networks in the U.S..  Its viewer’s median income is $156,290.  But that does not translate in to more viewers.  Furthermore, Bloomberg TV is focussed on the New York City Tri-state are which includes New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut, and for the past two years the station has concentrated on building its 6 AM to 12 PM viewing audience, not its 8 to 10 PM audience.

This means that this evening’s audience will be far more limited than previous debates.  As a result, most people will be hearing about the debate through the filter of the liberal mainstream media.  In other words, the media will have far more control over the spin  of this debate than they have had in the past.  Most voters will be establishing their opinions of the candidates debate performances through whatever headline and spin that talking heads and journalists want us to believe.

That means that the greatest challenge facing the debate participants tonight will not come from one another, it will come from their ability to prevent the media from coopting their messages.

Mr. Fellows attributed the company’s absence on Nielsen to a combination of factors, including cost and Nielsen’s inability to measure the core audience sought by Bloomberg.

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Heavy Hitters Urge Paul Ryan to Run for President

Bookmark and Share   A day after the prospects for a presidential run by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan were heightened by reports that the Congressman is in fact seriously considering the idea, some of the most influential names in Republican circles have come out in support of the idea.

Few candidates, declared or undeclared, have brought out the type of open public support and encouragement that Paul Ryan is receiving. While candidates like Mitt Romney , Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry receive high public praise from colleagues and elected officials, none of them have received public commitments to their campaigns from people such as former and incumbent governor’s , former presidential cabinet members and powerful incumbent members of Congress.

On the news that Ryan is nearing a decision, people such as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and former Director of National Drug Control Director Bill Bennett, have all indicated their extensive depth of support for Paul Ryan and his candidacy and have urged him to take the plunge.

Governor Mitch Daniels told The Weekly Standard;

“I don’t think it’s a secret that he was strongly encouraging me to try. I’ve been strongly encouraging him to run as well. He has all the qualities our party needs to be emphasizing in these elections.”

He can explains—

“and is willing to explain—in plain English why today’s policies are a disaster for the middle class, and he has the smarts to go toe-to-toe with the people who are saying misleading things about the proposals that he’s put out there.”

Former Governor Jeb Bush states;

“Paul Ryan would be a formidable candidate. I admire his substance and energy. Win or lose, he would force the race to be about sustained, job-creating economic growth and the real policies that can achieve it.”

Meanwhile Scott Walker, the freshman Republican Governor of the state that Ryan represents a portion of is urging Ryan to run and publicly stated that;

“Paul Ryan is one of the most courageous people I know,”

and added

 “Now, more than ever, we need a president with courage. We need leaders who care more about the next generation than they do about the next election. That’s Paul.”

These three names alone are immensely important to have on one’s side.

All of these men are widely embraced as conservatives and reformers by both establishment and anti-establishment forces alike. Walker, in particular. His courageous and controversial stands against the abuses of big unions and his difficult budget cutting choices have made him a particular favorite of conservative TEA movement activists.

Another influential figure to be on Ryan’s side is the man who under Ronald Reagan was appointed to serve as the first National Drug Policy Director ……Bill Bennett.

Early Wednesday morning, Bennett emailed the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin and of Paul Ryan wrote;

“There are many talented candidates in the race already, but there is always room for a man of Paul Ryan’s intellectual depth, temperament, talent, and conviction.”

Bennett will be soon be visiting Ryan while he is on vacation with his family in Colorado. The two are old friends and Ryan considers Bennett a mentor of sorts.   From all indications, Ryan’s mentor is likely to help the Congressman conclude that it is in fact time for him to take the mantle of leadership and run for President.

Others who have been offering praise of Ryan include Speaker John Boehner who calls Ryan a “natural candidate” and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan. Jordan is a leading conservative and the head of the Republican Study Committee. According to him, Ryan would be “an asset to the race. When Paul talks about Cut, Cap, and Balance as a key to solving America’s debt problem, people get it.”

But praise is nothing new for the sensible young conservative Congressman from Wisconsin. Ryan has been consistently receiving glowing reviews for his work, personality, sense of commitment, and skills, for a long time now. That is part of the reason why at 41, when Republicans recently took control of the House, Paul Ryan became one of the most powerful peope in the nation after being appointed to the leadership position of Chairman of the critically important House Budget Committee.

And in just a matter of weeks, after taking on that responsibility, Paul Ryan led his committee to settle upon a budget brave enough to touch all the third rails in politics and comprehensive enough to deal with such things as entitlement reforms and all of the issues which the recent debt ceiling debate pushed off on to a select committee of 12.

If Paul Ryan decides to run, he may face a hill too steep to overcome. He does not have the type of immediate fundraising capacity of a Mitt Romney or Rick Perry. He does not have the name recognition of a Sarah Palin or Rudy Giuliani. Not yet anyway. But given a chance, this relatively fresh and undeniably young face will have a profound effect on the Republican presidential race. Ryan is the little engine that could and he has the potential to catch the American public’s imagination in a way that Barack Obama did among liberals when he was running for President in 2008.  But at the same time, Paul ryan has the ability to appeal to our senses and our logic.

Paul Ryan has the ability to be an unpretentious, conservative Republican version of JFK, minus Camelot, nepotism, and philandering. He offers youthful vision, and has the ability to create a narrative regarding our nation’s problems that mixes honesty with hope and reality with resolution. Paul Ryan is decisive and dedicated. He is savvy, serious and sincere. He is a man of great humility and respect. But most of all, Paul Ryan is one of the few American politicians who is willing to speak the truth about the greatest problem facing our nation today ——– our out of control budget and debt. And unlike any other candidate, he has the knowledge, judgment, capacity, and willingness to share the truth about our budgetary mess and articulate the difficult decisions that we have to make, without any smoke, mirrors and false hopes.

If Paul Ryan were to be our Republican presidential nominee, he will begin a national dialogue that will consist of tough truths and sellable solutions, not bumper sticker slogans and hapless hyperbole. If Paul Ryan runs, the question will not be is he ready to do the job, the question will be is America ready for Paul Ryan. We already know that the guy who currently has the job was not ready for it. But I know Paul Ryan is.

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Gingrich Tells House Republicans to Place Budget Cuts Over Government Shutdown

Bookmark and Share As President Obama and Senate Democrats face-off with House Republicans on matters of the budget that could force a March 6th shutdown of the federal government, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich recently penned an excellent editorial in the Washington Post which lent advice to Republicans that wasbased upon his own firs hand experience . It was 16 years ago when the Gingrich led House of Representatives and President Clinton clashed over the budget and actually forced a shutdown of government.

In his editorial Gingrich explains that at a crucial juncture in 1995, after technically fulfilling several budgetary aspects of the Contract With America , he and fellow Republicans weren’t interested in procedural success but instead understood that they were elected to deliver results. So the House Republican leadership decided that they would voluntarily balance the budget eventhough they were unable toachievea balanced budgetamendment mandating such a thing.

The former Speaker states that after the House adopted a timetable and created a plan that would end deficit spending by 2002, the Clinton White House and Senate Democrats set out to test our seriousness. They made a calculated, cynical decision to use the threat of a presidential veto – which would close the government – to insist that we drop our balanced budget.

Gingrich adds that:

it was President Bill Clinton’s veto of our budget in December 1995 that closed the government. The White House knew that it could use the power of the presidency and the support of liberal media to blame us. So, we faced a choice. We could cave in and be accepted by the Washington establishment, or we could stand firm for a balanced budget for the American people. We decided to stick to our principles through a very contentious and difficult period. Our attempt to balance the federal budget was distorted in the news media as an effort to ruin family vacations, frustrate visitors to the nation’s capital and prevent government employees from going to work. For the Republican leadership, the effort to hold together the House and Senate caucuses while negotiating with the White House became extraordinarily exhausting.

But in the end it was Republican determination which ultimately produced the first of four consecutive balanced budgets since the 1920s balanced budgets that paid off more than $450 billion in federal debt, overhauled welfare, strengthened Medicare and enacted the first tax cut in 16 years. Gingrich added;

It was this tax cut that boosted economic growth and allowed us to balance the budget four years earlier than projected. During my years as speaker, more than 8.4 million new jobs were created, reducing the national unemployment rate from 5.6 percent to 4.3 percent.”

After laying out the case Newt urges the G.O.P. to work to keep the government open, unless it requires breaking their word to the American people and giving up their principles. It his belief that House Republicans should give President Obama and Senate Democrats the opportunity to sign significant spending reductions and keep the government open, or to veto their cuts and close the government. And if they go for the second option Republicans must;

make clear that it is their stubborn liberalism that is closing the government.

The approach which Gingrich takes is both a moral one and a strategic one. Morally we as Republicans know that the moral thing to do is to begin to make sure that we stop spending more than we have. Furthermore; we realize that the proper way to do this is by cutting spending not raising taxes. Therefore the Gingrich approach is the right thing to do. It is in fact what they were elected to do.

Strategically though Gingrich is also correct to warn us to preempt the liberal media biases and general liberal spin machine that will undoubtedly try to paint Republicans as the heartless fiends who would should down government and take from the poor to give to the rich.

For Gingrichs advice to work, every Republican entity from the RNC to state and local Republican committees and from the Republican Governors Association the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional campaign committees must get on the same page and join with TEA Party groups across the nation in a campaign that can make Democrats inability to stop spending like drunken sailors the blame for such a a government shutdown.

Only if the forces which elected the new Republican House majority, stay united behind the issues they voted on, and only if House Republicans prove to be committed to those issues will it work. Without such a partnership of commitment to cuts by legislators and of , commitment by voters to the legislators who support such cuts, the news will not be good for the G.O.P. But if this partnership holds firm the real bad guys can take the heat for their real bad decisions.

I would also add this. Republicans should be much more afraid of compromising their principles than of a government shutdown. If they do not go all out to achieve the significant budget cuts they seek, voters will turn their backs on them for years to come. For many voters, 2010 was a last chance for Democrats to prove themselves to be sincere fiscal conservatives not liberal spenders. As such if the government remains open on March 6th but Republicans failed to achieve any significant spending solutions, the majorities that elected them in to office will be much less inclined to vote for them again. On the other hand, if there is a government shutdown and Republicans have shown that it is because Democrats refused to make necessary spending cuts, those who supported them before, will continue to do so and more will join them.

The bottom line is that Newt is right. Now if he is willing to take this message and translate it into a Republican campaign for President, it just make have a lot of play.

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