Monday, December 5, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 337 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Cain's Pain; Newt's Gain?
Herman Cain officially suspended his campaign for the White House Saturday. But, unofficially, few think we are likely to see the "Cain Train" on the stump again. He brought a lot to the race and elevated the discussion of tax reform with his "9-9-9" plan. Unfortunately, frequent allegations of harassment and affairs were taking a toll on his family and made it impossible for Cain to continue.
As we reported Friday, Cain's position in the polls had already collapsed, and many of his supporters appeared to be realigning with Newt Gingrich, who has surged in recent days. Our own surveys and other polling indicated that Gingrich was the "second choice" favorite among many Cain supporters. There are reports that Cain may endorse Gingrich later today.
Cain's fall and Gingrich's rise demonstrates just how volatile this race has been and how fluid it remains. The Iowa caucuses are just days away and the primary campaign is quickly approaching its zenith. It is very likely that the race will be down to two or three contenders in less than 60 days.
A Stealth War
Last week we reported on the mysterious explosions at critical military installations in Iran. An explosion near Bid Kaneh virtually destroyed an entire complex devoted to Iran's ballistic missile program, while another explosion occurred in Isfahan, seriously damaging a key nuclear facility. There is speculation as to whether Israeli commandos or the CIA are responsible for the explosions.
Yesterday, Iran claimed it shot down a U.S. drone, but that is being disputed by Washington. NATO officials say operators lost control of a drone operating in western Afghanistan last week and it is possible it crashed in Iran.
In addition to whatever is happening inside Iran, the Islamic regime continues to create mischief outside its borders. Iranian agents were behind a recent plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular Washington, D.C., restaurant. And there were reports last week that Iran was plotting to sabotage U.S. military bases in Germany.
In the 60s, folks used to ask, "What if they had a war and nobody showed up?" Today perhaps we should be asking ourselves, "What if there was a war and nobody noticed?" Our political elites may not like to admit it, but Iran is already at war with us.
Fast & Furious Back In The Spotlight
There is no doubt that Obama would like the Fast & Furious scandal to go away. More than 50 members of Congress are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign as a result of the gun walking program that left a Border Patrol agent dead. But in spite of Big Media's attempts to ignore the story, the administration's spin keeps unraveling.
Friday night the Justice Department released more than one thousand pages of documents related to Operation Fast & Furious. Among the revelations in this latest document dump is the fact that the administration lied to Congress in its previous statements about the gun walking program.
Stay tuned. This scandal isn't going away soon.
Will Obama's Class Warfare Backfire?
Obama’s reelection campaign will look like the polar opposite of his 2008 campaign. Hope and unity will be replaced by demonization and division. His class warfare rhetoric and the Occupy Wall Street movement are all about dividing Americans. Thankfully, more and more business leaders -- real job creators -- are speaking out in defense of free enterprise. You can read more in my latest column at humanevents.com.