Thursday, January 19, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 292 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
The Error Of Inevitability
For weeks we have been told that Mitt Romney was the inevitable nominee. We were told that the race would be over after South Carolina, after Romney had accomplished an historic feat in sweeping the first three early voting states -- Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. How things can change in a day!
First, news broke this morning that Romney did not win Iowa by eight votes after all. Senator Rick Santorum has been declared the certified winner of the Iowa caucuses. Official recounts put Santorum ahead of Romney by 34 votes. That is an incredible accomplishment given how dramatically Senator Santorum was outspent.
After Romney's predictable win in New Hampshire, his own "backyard," the fight turned to South Carolina. Again Romney appeared poised to emerge on top of a divided field. But Newt Gingrich has been surging in the polls. Yesterday he got a nod from Sarah Palin, and this morning Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped out and endorsed Gingrich. A new Rasmussen poll finds Gingrich leading Romney in South Carolina by two points.
My point is simply this: Let's not cut this process short. There is a very real possibility that instead of Romney going 3 and 0, each of the top contenders will have won one state -- Santorum in Iowa, Romney in New Hampshire and Gingrich in South Carolina.
Or if my guy, Senator Santorum, surges as he did in the last 48 hours before the Iowa vote, he would have two victories to Romney's one. By the way, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, also endorsed Santorum today, as have an increasing number of pro-family leaders.
We know one candidate won't drop out until the bitter end -- Ron Paul. And I don't think it would be a good thing for the Republican Party to have an extended contest in which Ron Paul is the only name on ballot after ballot amassing delegates to the convention by default, as the only alternative to Romney.
Just as Newt Gingrich is starting to gain traction, ABC News is set to air an interview tonight with Marianne Gingrich, his second wife. According to reports, she levels some stunning allegations and concludes that he "lacks the moral character to be president."
Newt Gingrich has admitted to a troubled marital history. In a 2007 interview with Dr. James Dobson, Gingrich admitted to marital failings and "periods of weakness" that he was "not in any way proud of." Nevertheless, I suspect this is still news to many and seeing Marianne Gingrich and hearing her side of the story could influence many votes on the eve of the South Carolina primary.
There is also a debate tonight on CNN. Will the issue be brought up? Will conservative voters in South Carolina extend some grace to Gingrich? Will they side with Santorum? Or will Mitt get his momentum back? We will find out Saturday night.
But the media's attention to Gingrich in this instance is just one more example of how deeply big media is in the back pocket of the American left. When Bill Clinton was impeached, the media rushed to defend him from Republican extremists who were supposedly trying to criminalize his personal life. But the issue was perjury and obstruction of justice.
John Kerry was divorced too, but the media never put his ex-wife on national television. It was reportedly widely known among many "journalists" that John Edwards was not faithful, but they ignored the story and left it to a tabloid to report the truth.
The New York Times did not fail to report rumors of an alleged affair between John McCain and a lobbyist. The Times eventually had to settle a defamation lawsuit as a result. We have yet to see Barack Obama's college transcripts, but somehow the media got a copy of Rick Perry's. The list goes on.
I know this is a difficult issue for Christians. Of course we want our leaders to be men and women of strong moral character and neither party has a lock on virtue. But the left-wing media have become willing mouthpieces of the Democrat Party, eager to expose every flaw in any conservative candidate, while hiding the sins of liberals.
My friends, we know there are no sinless candidates on the ballot and I fear we will see more of these "revelations" throughout this campaign. Please do not let the media's hatchet jobs and hit pieces demoralize you and keep you away from the ballot box. Be discerning and be active!
Your reaction to yesterday's item about Barack Obama blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was intense. It was a shocking decision that caught many of the president's media cheerleaders off-guard as well. Consider these editorials from two leading national papers.
From the Washington Post:
"On Tuesday, President Obama's Jobs Council reminded the nation that it is still hooked on fossil fuels, and will be for a long time. 'Continuing to deliver inexpensive and reliable energy,' the council reported, 'is going to require the United States to optimize all of its natural resources and construct pathways (pipelines, transmission and distribution) to deliver electricity and fuel.'
"It added that regulatory 'and permitting obstacles that could threaten the development of some energy projects, negatively impact jobs and weaken our energy infrastructure need to be addressed.' Mr. Obama's Jobs Council could start by calling out ... the Obama administration. …
"We almost hope this was a political call because, on the substance, there should be no question. Without the pipeline, Canada would still export its bitumen … but it would go to China. And, as a State Department report found, U.S. refineries would still import low-quality crude -- just from the Middle East. … Finally, pipeline skeptics dispute the estimates of the number of jobs that the project would create. But, clearly, constructing the pipeline would still result in job gains during a sluggish economic recovery."
From the Chicago Tribune:
"Keystone should be approved. This is a good project. It will give us energy and give us jobs. You want stimulus? This is a $7 billion deal to be done with private-sector funding. …
"Blocking construction of the Keystone pipeline became the No. 1 objective of the green lobby, which raised concerns that construction and operation would pollute aquifers and destroy wildlife habitats. There just isn't much evidence for those threats, though. Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil. The designers of this particular pipeline engineered it with lavish safeguards. …
"Obama made a decision that will deny the U.S. a reliable source of oil. Note that Canada has never threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz. Obama made a decision that will cost the U.S. good jobs. He seems to think those jobs will still be there when he gets around to making a decision on the pipeline. But they may well be gone for good."
This decision is a prime example of why America cannot afford another four more years of Barack Obama. With your continued support, Campaign for Working Families will make sure voters know that Obama put his radical ideology ahead of jobs and our national security.