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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 336 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Newt's Turn & Pelosi's Threat
New polling data shows Newt Gingrich continuing to lead the GOP field in the key early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina, while Mitt Romney holds an advantage in New Hampshire. Gallup's latest national poll finds Gingrich's support nearly tripled in the past month. According to Gallup, Gingrich leads Romney 37% to 22%. No other candidate earned double-digit support.
While this is Gingrich's turn to shine, it is also his turn to experience the withering barrage of negative scrutiny that comes with being the GOP front-runner. And he is taking hits from the left and the right.
Yesterday Nancy Pelosi led the charge, suggesting that "when the time was right," she would leak information from a House Ethics Committee investigation of Gingrich. "One of these days we'll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich. …I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him," Pelosi said.
Once again we see how willing the Democrats are to engage in the politics of personal destruction to smear and destroy their opponents.
Gingrich immediately fired back, thanking Pelosi for an "early Christmas gift" to his presidential campaign. Gingrich added:
"I think it tells you how capriciously political that committee was that she was on it. It tells you how tainted the outcome was that she was on it. And I think what she said to you today should explain a great deal about what happened in the ethics process when Nancy Pelosi was at the heart of it, and is now prepared to totally abuse the House process.
"So I regard it as a useful education of the American people to see what a tainted, political ethics operation Nancy Pelosi was engaged in. And I would hope that the House would immediately condemn her if she uses any information that was gathered while she was on the ethics committee because that would be a total violation of the committee."
Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said this morning that party leaders he is speaking to are panicked by the realization that the race has seemingly come down to Gingrich and Romney, with some even talking about a brokered Republican National Convention. It's no secret that Scarborough is no fan of Newt, and the fact that his show is on MSNBC makes Scarborough's conservatism suspect.
The Drudge Report featured this banner headline today, "IOWA BLITZ: RON PAUL GOES FOR NEWT'S THROAT." Paul's campaign launched a blistering ad against Gingrich that almost implies he has done something criminal. Whether you like Gingrich or not, this is the kind of negative ad that can only have people at the Obama White House smiling.
Folks, this race isn't over. It is too early to predict who will be the nominee. One month ago, Newt Gingrich was in third place, 14 points behind Herman Cain. A month from now, the voters of Iowa could completely upend the race, just as they did in 2008 when a junior senator from Illinois named Barack Hussein Obama finished first, while Hillary Clinton finished third.
Muslim Radicalism In The Military
Congress' approval ratings are low. Many of you think the GOP House could be doing more to advance the conservative cause. But consider what is happening this week on Capitol Hill.
Tomorrow Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is holding a joint hearing with Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) to examine radicalization of Muslims in America. This will be King's fourth such hearing, and will focus exclusively on radicalization within the American military.
These hearings are necessary because the Obama Administration is turning a blind eye to a very real danger. It was reported in late October that the administration had ordered law enforcement and national security communities to "eliminate all references to Islam" in their counterterrorism training materials. The action was reportedly taken in response to complaints from CAIR and other Muslim groups. Even the Pentagon has been dragged into this politically correct charade.
In addition to the King/Lieberman hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder will be testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday on Operation Fast and Furious -- on the same day former Senator and Governor Jon Corzine (D-NJ) is set to testify about his role in the MF Global scandal.
None of these hearings would be taking place if Nancy Pelosi were Speaker of the House today.
The Associated Press reports that Barack Obama issued a memorandum today ordering the State Department to use your hard-earned tax dollars "to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad, including combating attempts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality." According to other reports, the Obama Administration may condition foreign aid on a country's gay rights record.
So while the administration is downplaying Christian persecution overseas, it is elevating homosexuals to a protected class. I'm sure promoting the idea of men "marrying" other men will win over many converts in the Middle East, especially as the Islamists seem to be taking over one country after another.
The Obama Administration is also considering putting abortion-inducing drugs on the shelves of local grocery stores. I know it seems outrageous, but you don't have to take my word for it. Consider this excerpt from today's Washington Post:
"The federal government is grappling with the explosive question of whether to let anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription. …[making] the pill as easy to get as toilet paper and toothpaste…"
With the nation mired in debt and unemployment still unacceptably high, why is the Obama Administration focused on these issues? That tells you all you need to know about Obama's priorities. As Obama writes off white working-class voters, he is once again pandering to his left-wing base in advance of the 2012 elections.