Category Archives: Republican

Let the Big Dogs Hunt. It’s Time for Palin and Christie

Last night revealed a fundamental truth about the race, we need two more candidates in it.  We need another alternative establishment candidate to deflate Romney. Huntsman is not up to the task.  Romney can just attack the leading conservative and look better by comparison.  There is no alternative to Romney for establishment Republicans.  We need one.

The answer to that is Chris Christie.  If we don’t want Romney we need to attack him from both the conservative wing of the party, and the establishment wing.

We also need a top tier conservative candidate that can be an alternative to Rick Perry for the conservative vote.  None of the current candidates fit that bill.  None have the resources or the organizational muscle to play effectively all the early primary states.  We need Sarah Palin.

We need our best candidates in this race. The future of the country is at stake. Whether or not Palin or Christie get the nomination, they are important voices in the party and they will make the race better and our eventual nominee stronger.  We need them both, and we need them now.

We need our best candidates and right now they are sitting on the sidelines.

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Marco Rubio’s Speech at the Reagan Foundation

Senator Marco Rubio is a fantastic speaker.  His most recent speech at the Regan Foundation from last week is a great example of the Performance of Politics.  It lasts about 20 minutes and is followed by questions.  (His speech begins at about the 6:50 mark.) I do not think I have heard a better advocate for the principles of Conservatism since Ronald Reagan.  His speech is optimistic and inspiring and a call for the restoration of American values in our lives and in our government.  If you find yourself inspired after listening to it, please make sure to share it with others, so they can hear his message as well.

Straw Poll Predictions RON PAUL WINS!

RON PAUL WINS! I predict Ron Paul will win the straw poll. His Ronulan followers are legion and known for massing at straw polls. I believe that is one reason that Romney is not playing in Iowa. He does not want to explain a loss to Ron Paul in the Iowa Straw Poll.

2nd Place Michelle Bachmann. She is from Iowa and will play well here.

3rd Place Rick Santorum. A solid social conservative that has been spending time in the state, a must for a good showing.

4th Place Mitt Romney. The frontrunner status will get him 4th place here where he has spent too little time.

5th Place Newt Gingrich. His good debate showing will help a little but not enough to put him in the top half here…yet.

6th Place Herman Cain. The sleeper. He has little money, but is very impressive in person, he could do well if his message resonates.

7th Place Tim Pawlenty. Its OVER for him. He needs to beat Bachmann to stay in the race. That is a tall order.

The FOXNews Ames Debate; Winner: Newt, Loser: FOXNews

After watching the debate last night it occurs to me how important it is to have a panel of questioners that is interested in more than catching candidates in double speak.

The questions seemed focused more on knocking people out of the field, than allowing the audience to determine where they stood on issues that mattered to the country.  This of course was precisely Newt’s point last night in this exchange with Chris Wallace:

Wallace’s retort is absolutely wrong by the way, the question he ask Newt had nothing to do with his record. It was meant to diminish him as a candidate and push him out of the debate and the race.  He has clearly learned his lesson from his appearance on Meet the Press where he simply accepted the terms of the questioner.  He pushed back against the Washington Press establishment last night. Hard. And provided real answers to what he thought should be done in the process.

He reminded me of Chris Christie last night.  Winner.

Chris Wallace last night also intentionally pitted Pawlenty against Bachmann in a blatant attempt to cause a brawl on stage that would take two candidates down in one fell swoop.  Pawlenty is clearly done (stick a fork in him), but Bachmann diminished herself by constantly having to defend rather than discuss what she would do for America.  It was only a marginally successful night for her. Her best line was of course the retort to Byron York’s incredibly offensive question.  Once again, shame on FOXNews

They also gave much to much time to Ron Paul and his dangerous foreign policy regarding Iran and Nuclear weapons.  They allowed him to monopolize much of the foreign policy section. If I didn’t know any better I would say the entire goal of that section was to eliminate him as a viable candidate.

I really liked Rick Santorum last night.  He spoke powerfully against Ron Paul and like Newt called out the debate panel on their idiotic mode of questioning.  He has always been a strong social conservative, but now I see him successfully linking that to founding principles.  I thought his answer on the 10th Amendment was excellent. Natural Law trumps the Constitution. Well done.  I also admired his defense of the tea party as a flat and locally led movement.  This was an oblique reference to Bachmann’s assertion that SHE brought tens of thousands of people to DC to fight Obamacare.  She did herself no favors with the tea party last night with that comment.  She is NOT a leader of the tea party movement.  Her assertion that she is, shows a disrespect to its true leaders, the American people.

Romney had a good line about dog food.

Cain didn’t get enough time to stand out, but he did not hurt himself either.

Huntsman’s favorite word is “record.”

Recap:

Establishment Stuffed Shirt Front Runner: Romney

Conservatives On the Rise: Newt, Santorum, Bachmann

Conservative On the Decline: Cain

Conservative Crashing and Burning: Pawlenty

Crickets: Hunstsman

Bat Shit Crazy: Paul

The real winner may have been the one that wasn’t there: Rick Perry

Conference Calls with Newt to Clarify his Remarks

I was made aware of these calls by Adam Waldeck.  If you would like to hear what Newt has to say and ask him questions about his remarks please call in.

hey everyone –
as you all know, there’s been much discussion about newt’s comments on meet the press, and what’s being reported as his positions on obamacare, the individual mandate, and paul ryan’s plan.
it’s completely understandable that many of you in the tea party/912 movement are concerned and in order to clarify his remarks and speak with you about this directly, newt would like to hold 2 conference calls with you and other leaders in the movement.
i cannot overstate how much i hope that you’ll join us for this discussion, give newt an opportunity to discuss his positions, and then get to the most important part, which is your opportunity to ask questions and speak your mind.
the first will be tonight at 8:30pm ET, and the second one will be tomorrow morning (time TBD).
8:30PM ET
Dial-In Number: 712-432-0900
Password: 162934
in the meantime, i’d ask you to read the statement below from newt explaining his position on obamacare and the individual mandate:
Newt: I oppose the Obamacare Mandate. Period.

Newt believes it is unconstitutional for the federal government to impose an individual mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance.

He is committed to the complete repeal of Obamacare and he supports the lawsuits of various state’s Attorneys General challenging its constitutionality.

In a free society you cannot tell citizens what they should buy and what those things should be.

Newt also believes individuals should be responsible to pay for the care that they receive.

Under the 10th Amendment, states should be free to design a system that works best to achieve that goal.

http://www.newt.org/news/newt-i-oppose-obamacare-mandate-period


Adam Waldeck
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