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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 287 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Florida Debate Post Mortem
Last night's GOP debate in Florida left many feeling flat. The audience was disengaged and appeared uninterested. Worse, the debate began with Gingrich and Romney sniping at one another, while Santorum and Paul were ignored for ten minutes.
As it turns out, the audience was instructed by moderator Brian Williams not to applaud. Unfortunately, they complied. And the image transmitted to millions of living rooms across the country was one of a demoralized, bored and disinterested Republican Party.
Newt Gingrich is reportedly warning that he will not participate in future debates unless members of the audience are allowed to express themselves. He said this morning, "The media doesn't control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to."
I agree. My advice to the audience of future GOP debates: Don't let liberal big media elites boss you around!
Santorum Schools Paul On Foreign Policy
An hour into last night's debate, the subject was what, if anything, the candidates would do about Iran's nuclear weapons program. Ron Paul made it clear that he would do nothing and then, predictably, launched into a defense of the Iranian regime.
As he has done in the past, Paul claimed U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran were "acts of war" committed by the United States and our allies against the Islamic Republic. So just to be clear, in Paul's mind we are the "bad guys" and the mullahs are victims of our aggression. This is normally the kind of nonsense one hears coming from the far left fringe, which may explain why left-wing, America-bashing, conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone is such a fan of Ron Paul and says he would vote for Paul over Obama.
Once again, it was Rick Santorum who set the record straight. Here's an excerpt of his remarks:
"Well, let's look at the acts of war [by] Iran -- they are holding hostages, they are attacking our troops, their IEDs [improvised explosive devices] are killing our troops in Afghanistan, and killed them in Iraq, and maimed so many … and people were trained and funded in Iran specifically to kill American troops.
“You look at the ships that have been attacked by Iran, embassies were attacked by Iran. Iran has plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador here in this country. It is a long list of attacks -- of war-like behavior on the part of this regime. …It would be reckless not to do something to stop them from getting this nuclear weapon."
Romney's Trouble With Conservatives
Yesterday I wrote that there are questions about Mitt Romney's ability to energize the conservative base should he win the GOP nomination. Here's one reason why: Today we learned that several of Romney's top campaign advisors were key strategists for Charlie Crist. Yes, THAT Charlie Crist -- the Florida RINO.
For those who may not recall, Charlie Crist is the former governor of Florida who gave Obama a big bear hug, backed the misnamed stimulus bill, supported cap and trade, ignored the Tea Party, vetoed pro-life legislation and ultimately abandoned the Republican Party in a failed effort to defeat conservative Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Obama Fails Again
Remember when Obama flew to Europe to lobby for Chicago as a host city for the Olympic Games? He failed in his mission. Remember when he flew to Brazil to lobby for their oil from huge, newly-discovered reserves? Obama said, "We want to help with technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely, and, when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers."
Well guess what? We're not getting Brazil's oil either. China is. And this news came just as the Obama Administration was rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have brought us more oil from Canada.
I know there is a debate among some on the right as to whether Obama is just incompetent or doing exactly what he intends to do. I don't know the answer, but the result is the same and America is losing as a result. I know this much too: America can't afford another four years of Barack Obama!
Soros Sees Chaos
George Soros, the billionaire godfather of the political Left, is predicting class warfare and chaos in the streets of America. During a recent interview with Newsweek, Soros warns of "a decade of more stagnation" and possibly "a collapse of the financial system."
When asked about the potential for "riots on the streets of America," Newsweek reported that Soros "almost gleefully" responded, "Yes, yes, yes." Then Soros warns that the violence will be "an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which … could bring about a repressive political system."
But what is the most likely source of the violence he is predicting? It's not the Tea Party.
Remember how the unions behaved in Wisconsin last year during the battle over collective bargaining rights? Remember the New Black Panthers blocking the doorway to a polling station? Democrat pollsters have warned that nearly one-third of Occupy Wall Street protestors "would support violence to advance their agenda."
In 2006, George Soros launched his SOS Project aimed at electing left-wing activists as Secretaries of State. Soros and others on the left know that Secretaries of State are the key officials in determining election rules and combating voter fraud.
Many of Soros' candidates won in 2006, but in 2010 he won only two of seven targeted contests. That year, Matt Schultz defeated Iowa's Democrat Secretary of State Mike Mauro. But Democrats are not taking that loss well. Just as they did with Sarah Palin, they have repeatedly harassed Schultz with frivolous complaints and threats of lawsuits. The left didn't stop there.
On Friday an employee of a well-connected Democrat political consulting firm was arrested for trying to steal Schultz's identity in order to "falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in perceived illegal or unethical behavior while in office." You can only imagine what they had in mind!
The man arrested wasn't just an over-zealous, low-level employee. He joined the Obama campaign in early 2007 and eventually became the Iowa Director of New Media for Team Obama. Read more here.
This is Chicago-style politics at its worst. And it is just one example of the desperation and dirty tricks we can expect throughout this election year as Obama and the radical left do whatever they have to do to hold on to power.