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Friday, January 27, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 284 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Santorum Nails It
Last night Senator Rick Santorum turned in one of his best debate performances so far. Several commentators said that on rhetorical points Santorum effectively won the debate. During one of the evening's highlights, Sen. Santorum castigated Romney and Gingrich for their endless bickering and tried to refocus the debate on the issues. Here is what he said:
"The bigger issue here is, these two gentlemen, who are out distracting from the most important issues we have by playing petty personal politics, can we set aside that Newt was a member of Congress and used the skills that he developed as a member of Congress to go out and advise companies -- and that's not the worst thing in the world -- and that Mitt Romney is a wealthy guy because worked hard and he's going out and working hard? And you guys should leave that alone and focus on the issues!"
The audience roared its approval. You can watch it here. At that moment, Senator Santorum was speaking for millions of conservatives around the country who have watched in horror as various candidates have aimed more vitriol and fire at one another than the guy in the White House who is each day dismantling America.
Here is why this matters: A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was released this week. Again polls are just snapshots in time and only tell what people are thinking today. That said, Obama's approval rating is up and the poll finds that he would beat every one of the GOP contenders.
Why should Obama's numbers be up? Has he done so well in defying Congress with unconstitutional appointments or rejecting the Keystone pipeline that voters now believe he deserves reelection? Not really. It's more likely that the public has witnessed week after week of the GOP candidates tearing one another down that they are turning voters off and allowing them to forget what is so bad about Obama!
My friends, I'm going to be frank. I share the concerns expressed yesterday by Rush Limbaugh about whether the eventual nominee and the GOP establishment will be able to fire up the conservative base and prevail in November after they have spent months savaging other conservatives. This week Bob Dole was trotted out to tell us how awful Newt Gingrich is. I could be wrong, but I don't recall Dole saying anything newsworthy in the past three years about how damaging Obama has been to America.
And what about Newt? He has done many good things over the years. But did I really hear him make the ludicrous argument last night that just because Mitt Romney owns certain bank stocks he is somehow making money off home foreclosures? Banks don't make money on foreclosures!
To our friend Mitt Romney: Why don't you just admit that RomneyCare has many of the same components as ObamaCare? The Tea Party movement and the historic GOP victories in 2010 were largely attributed to voter disgust over ObamaCare. Rick Santorum is right -- we cannot afford to surrender this issue.
But by defending RomneyCare, it appears as though you are defending big government mandates. And the Democrats agree! During last night's debate, David Axelrod, Obama's chief strategist, tweeted, "In explaining MA plan, Mitt just offered an eloquent explanation of [ObamaCare] he says he would repeal."
Obama's Losing Bets
Another Obama-backed "green energy" company went bankrupt this week, and House Republicans are demanding answers.
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations, said, "One bankruptcy may be a fluke, two could be coincidence, but three is a trend. Our investigation continues, and we are working to ensure taxpayers are never again stuck paying hundreds of millions of dollars because of the administration's risky bets."
Barack Obama condemns speculation on Wall Street, but he is speculating all the time with your tax dollars! Worse, he said in his State of the Union address that he intends to "double-down" on these risky "clean energy" bets.
Last night I witnessed one of the worst examples of media bias I have seen a while. CBS News led off its nightly broadcast with the tarmac exchange between Barack Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. That was followed by veteran reporter Bob Schieffer condemning America's "vulgar politics" and overheated campaign rhetoric. According to Schieffer, Brewer's finger in Obama's face was the worst example of "public rudeness" toward any president that he could recall.
I guess Bob Schieffer doesn't recall the MoveOn.org ads comparing George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. He obviously doesn't recall Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid calling President Bush a "loser" and a "liar."
While we're on the subject of "vulgar politics," what about stealing the identity of an office holder in order to implicate him in illegal or unethical behavior? What about the smears against Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork? Perhaps, like Chris Matthews, Bob Schieffer feels it is his job to help Obama succeed!
This is just a taste of what we can expect as the campaign heats up in the weeks and months ahead. Please help us expose the liberal media's bias. Continue to share these reports with your friends and family members. Working together we can end the Obama nightmare and put America back on the right track!