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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 259 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Santorum Under Siege
Senator Rick Santorum has been under siege by the mainstream media for several days now over comments he allegedly made about Barack Obama's "faith." Just to be clear, Santorum wasn't talking about Obama's faith, but his environmental policies, which are being dictated by the radical environmentalist movement. The "phony theology" Santorum was referring to was the left's extreme environmental views, not Obama's faith.
The left-wing blogs and talking heads went ballistic. Headlines like this one soon appeared: "Santorum: Obama Believes In 'Phony Theology' Not Based On Bible." The spin was the same in every story -- Rick Santorum is an extremist for daring to question Barack Obama's faith. The media's hyperventilating speaks volumes about the left's ignorance and ulterior motives.
The liberal media couldn't make the connection between the radical environmental movement and the zealotry with which it pursues its agenda and a "phony theology." Moreover, the media are determined to portray Santorum as an extremist, fixated on religion and social issues. So even when he is talking about manufacturing and the need to develop our own energy resources, the media hear conspiratorial attacks on Obama's faith.
Senator Santorum is not backing down. In explaining the controversy, he told Sean Hannity:
"I am not going to question … what the president believes in when it comes to his faith. But I am going to question what he is doing in this country, to drive up the cost of energy. …I'm out there on the campaign trail talking about energy, I'm out there on the campaign talking about manufacturing jobs, I'm talking about cutting the corporate tax for all businesses. And of course, you know, they want to talk about the issues [that] fit their narrative."
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Barack Obama went to the National Prayer Breakfast and turned the Bible into the IRS and Jesus into a tax collector. He said his plans to raise taxes were not only good economic policy, but were also supported by his Christian faith. The implied message was that if you disagreed with Obama's socialism you were a bad Christian.
A few on the right raised their eyebrows, but where were all the liberal talking heads then? Why were there no headlines like this: "Obama: Supply-Siders Believe In 'Phony Theology' Not Based On Christianity"? Or this: "Obama: Tax Hikes Make Me Better Christian"?
Unfortunately, our side did not make enough noise about this issue. Every Republican office holder should have issued statements demanding an apology for Obama's abuse of Scripture to promote his socialist agenda. Pastors should have spoken up forcefully. And given Obama's assault on religious liberty that has followed, let's hope our shepherds find their voices in the days and weeks ahead.
I think the evidence is clear that there is a pattern here to marginalize Rick Santorum. It kicked into high gear during last month's Republican presidential debate when George Stephanopoulos made birth control the number one issue. With sky-high unemployment, record deficits and Iran building nuclear weapons, it seemed odd that contraception was at the top of George's list. But in hindsight it is obvious what is going on.
Last week, the media jumped all over a joke by Foster Friess, the biggest contributor to a pro-Santorum super PAC. NBC's Andrea Mitchell asked Friess if he was concerned about Santorum's electability given some of his comments on social issues. (Again, note the not-so-subtle hint from the media -- "Santorum is unelectable because he is an extremist.")
Friess then joked about the contraception debate, saying, "In my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly." Friess' joke about chastity and abstinence was a perfectly valid message, and one that millions of Christian parents try to instill in their children.
But Mitchell was at a loss for words. She responded, "Excuse me. I'm just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly. Let's change the subject…" Others in the media ran wild with the story, making a caricature out of Friess as a kook who really meant women could take aspirin for birth control.
Remember, friends, these are the same media elites who repeatedly referred to Tea Party activists as "tea baggers." This is an extremely vulgar reference to a sexual practice that I won't describe here. But it was their little inside joke, and they were all too happy to share it amongst themselves and with all the other leftists who despise conservatives.
Now we're supposed to believe that they didn't understand a joke about an aspirin between the knees, just like they couldn't connect the dots between Obama's radical environmental policies and a "phony theology." Give me a break!
Paul: Social Conservatism A "Loser"
For all those Ron Paul supporters who still think he is the only candidate Christian conservatives should support, think again. On CNN this weekend, Paul said that social issues were "a losing position" for Republicans.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Republican Party is built on Ronald Reagan's three-legged stool of economic conservatives, defense conservatives and social conservatives. Knock out one of those legs and the party falls apart. Paul is trying to knock out two of the three legs of Reagan's winning coalition! Ron Paul is a libertarian. He is no Reagan conservative.
Don't Be Discouraged
In Friday's report I warned against big media's non-stop effort to discourage conservative voters by convincing them that Obama's reelection is a foregone conclusion. Whether it's the improving economy or GOP infighting, Obama has a lock on reelection -- or so their story goes. I have to confess that I was even starting to worry.
For example, Iowa is one of roughly a dozen swing states that will likely decide the outcome of the 2012 contest. Iowa voted for Bush in 2004, but Obama won it by 10 points in 2008. I was concerned that all the negative ads run by the GOP candidates bashing one another in the days before the Iowa caucuses might have put the Hawkeye State out of contention for us. So far that is not the case.
A new Des Moines Register poll indicates that Obama would lose the state to three of the four GOP candidates. It is encouraging to see that the negative campaign has not buried all of our candidates in this key state.
That said, it is worth taking polls at this stage of the campaign with a grain of salt, or perhaps the whole shaker. Polls are snapshots in time and can be useful for predicting what might happen tomorrow or a few days from now. But it is pointless to try to predict the November results now, which is exactly what the media are trying to do.
Eight years ago this month John Kerry led George W. Bush by 12 points. Even former North Carolina Senator John Edwards led Bush by 10 points. In January 1980, Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan by 30 points. Don't give up!