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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 357 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Taking The Battle To Obama
Yesterday we posted a video highlighting 53 seconds of Obama's "oops" moments. (There is so much material to work with we might do another one!) Our first foray into the 2012 election season has received more than 30,000 hits online. Within minutes of posting the video, the radical group "Right Wing Watch" had noticed it and personally attacked me. Other Washington media outlets gave it more positive coverage.
My friends, the battle for America is on and we cannot afford to lose. We will utilize every medium available -- TV, radio, the internet, mail, phones, etc. -- to take America back. What we are able to do is limited only by the support we receive from good folks like you!
Cain's "Oops" Moment: Herman Cain recently sat down with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. When Cain was asked whether he agreed with Barack Obama's Libya policy, he seemed stumped by the question and conceded that he had "all of this stuff twirling around in my head." For two minutes, he seemed unable to formulate a coherent response. The video of Cain's "brain freeze" has gone viral. You can watch it here.
Herman Cain is a good man. It was heartbreaking to see him so unprepared. His tax plan has certainly added a lot to the discussion. But there is no doubt that the "Cain Train" has slowed down in recent weeks. The sexual harassment allegations have hurt him. His poll numbers are falling, and Mitt Romney has regained the lead in the RealClearPolitics.com average. This latest episode is already being used by the left and its media allies to raise serious doubts about whether Cain could navigate international affairs as president.
Obviously Cain's foreign policy would be better than Obama's, whose support for the Arab Spring has resulted in major gains for radical Islamists and increasing danger for us and Israel. But this latest slip-up by a leading GOP contender will make it harder to win over independent voters.
- Newt Rising: As Cain falls, Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls. Among the four most recent national polls, Newt Gingrich is second in three and leads in one. His standing has more than doubled in the past month -- from 7.2% to 17.6%.
- 4-Way Tie In Iowa: If you need another example of the chaotic state of the GOP race, look no further than the latest Bloomberg Iowa poll. Four candidates are essentially tied for the lead: Cain 20%, Paul 19%, Romney 18% and Gingrich 17%. In addition, the poll finds that 10% of caucus goers are undecided while 60% could still be persuaded to support another candidate.
Kagan Not An Impartial Judge
In yesterday's report, I said that Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from next year's hearing on ObamaCare. It is just not plausible that Obama's solicitor general can be an impartial judge of his top legislative achievement. Reinforcing that assertion is a recently revealed email exchange between Kagan and left-wing Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, who briefly worked at Obama's Justice Department.
According to CNSNews.com, on Sunday, March 21, 2010, the day ObamaCare passed Congress, an elated Kagan emailed Tribe, "I hear they have the votes, Larry!! Simply amazing." Tribe's response: "So health care is basically done! Remarkable." The subject line of their exchange was, "fingers and toes crossed today!"
As Terry Jeffrey of CNSNews notes, "According to 28 USC 455, a Supreme Court justice must recuse from 'any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.' The law also says a justice must recuse anytime he has 'expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy' while he 'served in governmental employment.'"
Clearly, Kagan was more than a dispassionate observer. She should step aside when this case comes to the high court, but you and I know she probably won't. Leftists believe the rules don't apply to them!
Bishops Battling Big Government
The Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week in Baltimore, Maryland. Yesterday, Catholic leaders stepped up their resistance to big government by warning that religious liberty in America is at stake. In response to repeated assaults against traditional values, the conference formed a new committee on religious liberty and launched a new website aimed at defending the church's teaching on marriage. (Who would have thought it would ever be necessary?)
But as the "tolerant" left has pushed its agenda, big government has aggressively moved to push men and women of faith into the closet. For example, because the Catholic Church refuses to compromise on marriage, several states refuse to work with Catholic Charities on adoption services. The Obama Administration recently denied a grant to the Catholic Church to help victims of human trafficking because the church refuses to refer individuals for abortions.
America is at a tipping point. The values we have taken for granted are at great risk. Do not think that these concerns are just abstract issues that will not affect your life. As I have reported before, children are being indoctrinated in the public schools and individuals are at risk of losing their jobs if they believe in normal marriage. Unfortunately, for some, it is even worse.
Nurses Forced To Kill
I had the honor of speaking at a fundraising dinner for the New Jersey Family Policy Council this past weekend. One of the many issues addressed that night was a brewing controversy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, one of New Jersey's largest hospitals.
Nurses at the hospital have been ordered to assist in abortions or risk having their employment terminated. At the dinner Saturday night, twelve pro-life nurses who refused to blindly follow orders were recognized and received a standing ovation from the audience.
I am pleased to report that Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) is taking up their case too. There are conscience clause protections in federal and state laws meant to prevent such abuses, but the Obama Administration has moved aggressively to undermine those laws. Elections have consequences.
As I argued in my recent Human Events column, the Democrat Party is increasingly made up of liberals who worship at the altar of big government. They are literally tithing to left-wing candidates and causes. Men and women of faith who cherish traditional values must "fight the good fight" in the political arena too!