Monday, December 12, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 330 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Three Weeks to Iowa
The first real vote leading to 2012 takes place in the Iowa caucuses on January 3rd. Last week I asked our friends around the country who they support for president. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the clear lead with 43% of the vote. Former Senator Rick Santorum and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann were tied for second with around 17% of the vote. Texas Governor Rick Perry weighed in with 10%. Congressman Ron Paul was close behind with 8%, and former Governor Mitt Romney was the first choice of only 5% of you.
The big GOP Presidential debate on Saturday reflected our poll results. Everyone went after Newt Gingrich as the new front runner. Santorum and Bachmann competed to emerge as solid conservative alternatives. Perry tried to recover his momentum and gave one of his best debate performances. Romney was smooth as usual, but he has to be worried that the conservative base still seems skeptical. But perhaps the most important person on the stage was Ron Paul – see below.
Kamikaze Ron Paul
Last week Ron Paul hit a new low. He told a college audience in Iowa, “Just think of what happened after 9/11. Immediately, before there was any assessment there was glee in the administration because now we can invade Iraq.”
It is beyond outrageous for Paul to claim that anyone in the Bush White House was feeling “glee” after 9/11 about anything. President Bush did not come into office hoping to be a war president. I knew dozens of top level foreign policy officials in the White House. There wasn’t glee. There was an overwhelming sadness that 3,000 innocent Americans had been savagely murdered. And there was a resolve to try to “drain the swamp” in the Middle East, where a radical Islamist culture was daily giving birth to homicide bombers and terrorists.
When some on the radical left after 9/11 suggested that the Bush Administration was complicit in the attack or was glad it happened, all people of goodwill, including the conservative movement, condemned such comments. Ron Paul’s statement last week drew yawns.
Columnist George Will this weekend issued a warning that should chill the heart of every conservative. He suggested that Ron Paul’s real intention is to run on a 3rd party ticket in 2012. Will’s analysis suggests that Paul’s candidacy would virtually guarantee Barack Obama’s reelection. When Paul is asked whether he would entertain a 3rd party candidacy he very carefully hedges his words and leaves the door open. With voters deeply split in Iowa, Paul could very well win the caucuses. It is time for the other candidates to “take the gloves off” and expose Ron Paul’s unacceptable foreign policy views that increasingly resemble the rhetoric of Al Qaeda rather than the rhetoric of a Republican in good standing.
“Jihad” Against Lowe’s
After numerous complaints, Lowe’s Home Improvement announced last week that it was pulling its advertising from a cable TV show called “All American Muslim.” Critics of the show felt that it was pro-Islamist propaganda in the guise of entertainment. Lowe’s made a legitimate business decision to take its advertising dollars elsewhere. That should be the end of the story – but not in “politically correct” America.
Lowe’s now finds itself in the bull’s eye of both Islamic and left wing outrage. The Michigan Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that Lowe’s is engaging in “capitulation to bigotry.” He suggested Lowe’s should be boycotted. Leftwing California State Senator Ted Lieu went further. He accused Lowe’s of being “un-American” and threatened legislative action if Lowe’s doesn’t apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads. Apparently Senator Lieu thinks it is “American” to force a company to sponsor a TV show it no longer wants to sponsor.
All over the world Christians are suffering severe persecution, violence, murder and mayhem at the hands of radical Islamists. I can find no evidence that the CAIR or Senator Lieu has ever said one word to condemn such persecution. But they are prepared to crucify Lowe’s. I think Lowe’s would love to hear that millions of Americans applaud their decision not to promote thinly veiled Islamic propaganda. You can thank them by calling 1-800-445-6937 or emailing here.