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Monday, December 19, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 323 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Will Iowa Matter?
There is no question that the Iowa caucuses are a crucial battleground for candidates seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. But will the Iowa caucuses matter at all in 2016?
It breaks my heart to ask that question because I love Iowa, having spent many days there during my own presidential campaign in 2000. But new polling data suggests the Iowa caucuses may result in a disastrous victory by Iranian apologist Ron Paul.
Newt Gingrich clearly has been hurt by the barrage of attacks he has faced from his opponents recently. Gingrich's support has dropped 11 points in the past eight days. A new poll finds Gingrich running third with just 14% of the vote -- trailing Mitt Romney (20%) and Ron Paul (23%).
Let me be clear one more time -- I am not endorsing any candidate in this race at this time. But with all due respect to our Iowa friends: If Ron Paul, the candidate who is the most outside of the GOP mainstream -- and to the left of Barack Obama on national security -- wins the Iowa caucuses, your state will cease to be a key battleground in future presidential nominating contests. The next item explains why.
Paul Does His Best Soros Impersonation
Ron Paul appeared on Jay Leno's show Friday night and did his best George Soros impersonation. Asked to briefly describe what he thought about his opponents in the GOP primary, Paul said Michele Bachmann, "hates Muslims. She wants to go get 'em." Paul also said that Rick Santorum hates "gays and Muslims."
I have written repeatedly that the candidates seeking to win the presidency would best serve the country by focusing their attacks on the man in the Oval Office, Barack Obama. Yet Paul chose to attack two of the most conservative candidates in the race as "haters." His comments read like a left-wing press release. Is Paul being paid by George Soros to attack conservatives or is he doing this for free?
On Mike Huckabee's Fox show Saturday, Bachmann fired back, saying:
"The real hate that you hear is coming from the president of Iran. [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] hates Jews. He hates Jews in Israel, and he hates the American people, and so do the mullahs in Iran who have expressly stated that it is their goal to kill Jews in Israel and also to kill Americans. That's a real threat and that's why as commander and chief of this nation I will stand up and make sure that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon and I will stand with our ally Israel."
Bachmann gets it, as do most Americans. Ron Paul may be getting applause in Tehran and on the radical left, but he does not deserve to get one vote in a GOP primary.
Two items in the news today demonstrate the media's bias against conservatives and how reporters twist and misrepresent statements to fit their ideological agenda.
Do you know that Newt Gingrich wants to arrest judges? That was the inescapable conclusion from the chatter by the talking heads this morning regarding Gingrich's appearance on "Face The Nation."
Gingrich has made reining in rogue judges a centerpiece of his campaign. He said that as president he would ignore court rulings that impede on national security and would ask Congress to subpoena judges to explain outrageous rulings that defy logic and public opinion. When asked how he would enforce such subpoenas if the judges refused to testify, Gingrich said, "…you instruct the Justice Department to send the U.S. Marshal."
Gingrich was merely answering a process question, but liberals and their media allies went ballistic over that comment, and for obvious reasons. For decades the left has relied on unelected judges to push through the courts key parts of the liberal agenda, like abortion on demand and same-sex "marriage," that could never pass at the ballot box. That's why the left is so desperate to take down anyone who challenges its stranglehold over the courts.
Do you know that House Republicans want to raise taxes on middle class families? That is the spin coming from the media elites after House Republicans rejected the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.
Here's the truth: House Republicans passed a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut last week, which is what President Obama has been asking for. It was the Democrat Senate that managed to approve only one-sixth of what the president wanted. Experts are now warning that the two-month extension "could create substantial problems" and "cannot be implemented properly."
Rather than continue to have this debate every other month for the next year, House Republicans are demanding a better bill that gets it done now so that families can have some certainty in their paychecks next year!
Former Obama Security Advisor: Build The Pipeline!
A major sticking point in the payroll tax cut debate has been Obama's efforts to kill the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to our Gulf Coast refineries. Republicans attached an amendment to the payroll tax cut demanding the administration make a decision on the pipeline in 60 days, rather than waiting until 2013.
Friday, retired General Jim Jones warned that we can't wait to build the pipeline and that failing to do so would damage America's national security. In a conference call with reporters, Gen. Jones said:
"If we get to the point where we cannot bring ourselves to do what is in our national interest, then we are clearly in a period of decline… A nation that fails to secure the energy its citizens and its economic engine need to keep functioning leaves itself vulnerable to external contingencies in a dangerous and uncertain world and to the whims of foreign leaders and other actors who may not always have its interests at heart.
"The delay, and possible rejection of this pipeline, could have significant and long-range national security implications for our nation."
What make Jones' remarks so striking is that he served as Barack Obama's National Security Advisor from 2009 through most of 2010. General Jones clearly gets the strategic importance of this pipeline. The question every voter should be asking is why Obama does not.
Lost in Obama's Tolerance Shuffle: Persecution of Christians
It is well-known that Barack Obama presides over one of the most anti-Israel administrations ever. But Israel's Jews aren't the only besieged religious minority in the Middle East that's scorned by the Obama administration. You can read more in my latest column at humanevents.com.