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Friday, January 20, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 291 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Last Night's Debate
Here are my thoughts on the Republican presidential primary debate in South Carolina last night.
I think Senator Rick Santorum delivered his best performance so far in this campaign. He was more finely honed in his critique of Barack Obama. For example, during a discussion about veterans, Santorum said:
"We have a president of the United States who said he is going to cut veterans' benefits, cut our military, at a time when these folks are [serving] four, five, six, seven tours, coming back, in and out of jobs, sacrificing everything for this country, and the president of the United States can't cut one penny out of the social welfare system and he wants to cut a trillion dollars out of our military and hit our veterans. And that's disgusting.
Santorum also gave Mitt Romney a difficult time over ObamaCare. He effectively argued that Romney would be hard pressed to make the case against ObamaCare when Romney's former advisors were invited to the White House to help craft ObamaCare. Obama has said repeatedly that RomneyCare was the model he used.
Speaking of Governor Romney, this was the second debate where he has struggled and it is showing in the polls. According to a new Gallup poll, Romney's support nationally has dropped seven points in the past five days. It is puzzling why his campaign, which has otherwise been well run, still hasn't formulated more effective answers on his tax returns, his work at Bain Capital and other issues. Obama and his liberal allies will be far more vicious than any of Romney's fellow Republicans. He says he is expecting those attacks, but if so, I would expect his responses in these GOP debates to be better. I think it is now more than likely that Romney could lose the South Carolina primary tomorrow, coming on the heels of the news that he lost Iowa too.
This has been a frustrating campaign in many respects, including the support Ron Paul gets from many in the pro-life community. This is inexplicable to me given that, as Senator Santorum noted last night, Paul has a terrible voting record on pro-life legislation. Paul can wax eloquent about freedom and constitutional liberty, but then goes on to make the absurd claim that abortion should be a states' rights issue.
Let me say this again: Federalism is an important principle for conservatives, but it is not our most important value. Either we possess a God-given right to life that should be inviolable at any level of government or we do not. National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru further dissects Paul's "nuttiness" on the sanctity of life here.
Of course, no analysis of the debate would be complete without recognizing Newt Gingrich's command of the stage. Newt has many critics, but he understands one thing: You can't win a debate playing defense. You have to be able to take a blow to the chin and hit right back. As soon as CNN's John King hit below the belt, Gingrich went for the jugular. Fed up with the liberal media that regularly overlooks issues like Obama's past cocaine use and his 20-year attendance at a church with a racist pastor but jumps at the chance to dredge up Newt's decades-old divorce, the crowd roared its approval of Gingrich's indignation.
We will be watching the South Carolina primary tomorrow with great interest and will analyze the results on Monday. While Romney's hopes of locking up the nomination in South Carolina may not materialize, the fact remains that Romney has spent $3 million in Florida already and it has largely gone unanswered by his opponents.
Obama At Disney World
As you probably know by now, Barack Obama went to Disney World yesterday to make the case for his economic agenda. That's a very appropriate venue since most of his policies seem to be coming out of Fantasyland!
I can imagine the ads now: An Obama lookalike saying, "Unemployment is up. Gas prices are up. I've socialized the healthcare industry and turned America into Europe." "What are you going to do now, Mr. Obama?" "I'm going to Disney World!"
By the way, while Obama was making his economic pitch about how his policies would help grow the economy, did anyone compare his nose to Pinocchio's?
The fallout continues from Barack Obama's stunning decision to reject the latest permit request for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Bloomberg News reports that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed his "profound disappointment" in a phone call yesterday with Obama, and warned that "Canada will continue to work to diversify its energy exports." In other words, if Obama doesn't want Canada's oil, Harper will have no choice but to sell it to China, which desperately wants it.
The Bloomberg report notes, "Currently, 99 percent of Canada's crude exports go to the U.S." But Obama is putting all that at risk, not to mention the lost jobs, in order to appease his radical left-wing base. Meanwhile prices at the pump have doubled since Obama took office. Thanks to decisions like this and his earlier ban on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, they aren't likely to come down anytime soon.
March For Life
Monday marks the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., when pro-life activists from around the country come to our nation's capital to promote the sanctity of life. Of course most folks can't come to Washington, but many churches will observe Sanctity of Life Sunday this weekend. I encourage you to find out what is going on in your community this weekend and to be involved in the "good fight" for the right to life!
This country is a beacon of hope to millions around the world. Yet that image is tarnished by the reality that more than one million unborn children are destroyed in abortion facilities every year. We are better than that.
America was founded on the principle that everyone is created equal and endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right to life. We fought a civil war to settle the question of whether some men possessed no rights we were bound to respect. In keeping with our founding principles we rightly determined that every life has dignity and is worthy of respect.
Roe v. Wade is an injustice based on the same misguided philosophy as Dred Scott -- that some humans are not "people" for the purposes of our Constitution. But I have confidence that this good and decent land will someday once again live up to its image as a "shining city upon a hill," when every child is welcomed into the world and protected under the law.