Tuesday, November 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


2012 Update

Three polls released in the past 24 hours suggest that Newt Gingrich is now the GOP front-runner. That makes five polls in 12 days finding Newt leading the pack.

A lot of people in Washington took notice today when Gingrich announced his foreign policy team, which is led by two of the most respected foreign policy experts on the right -- former CIA Director James Woolsey and Reagan National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane. These additions show that Gingrich is building a serious campaign structure.

Tonight the GOP candidates will meet for their 11th debate, co-hosted by CNN, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. Tune in at 8:00 PM ET to watch the candidates debate foreign policy at Constitutional Hall in Washington, D.C.

Democrats And Voter Fraud

As we get closer to the 2012 elections, concerns about voter fraud are once again coming to the fore. National Democrats recently staged a series of high profile events designed to cast voter ID laws as racist throwbacks to the Jim Crow era.

Today's Daily Caller features an interview with former Rep. Artur Davis, a black Democrat from Alabama, that turns the Democrats' spin upside down. Davis backs the laws, saying they are needed to "protect African-Americans from corrupt political bosses -- many of them African-Americans themselves -- who run Democratic Party machines in the South."

Davis' experience is not unique. While most of the states passing new voter ID laws elected Republican governors and legislatures in 2010, one state stands out like a sore thumb -- liberal Rhode Island, where the issue was pushed by minority legislators. In signing the law, liberal governor Lincoln Chafee said, "Notably, I spoke with representatives of our state's minority communities, and I found their concerns about voter fraud and their support for this bill particularly compelling."

Meanwhile, the fallout continues from Minnesota's marred 2008 election that sent Al Franken to the U.S. Senate. According to Jeff Davis of Minnesota Majority, 113 people have been convicted of illegally voting in that election and 200 more cases are pending. "It's mind-boggling to me that as a tiny non-profit corporation, we netted more than double the number of convictions in one year than the U.S. Department of Justice was able to find in five," said Davis.

Voter fraud is real. It is an insult and an injury to our republic that it happens. There should be bi-partisan agreement to stop it. Unfortunately, the left's outrageous attacks against voter ID laws are more evidence of how deeply divided our nation has become. From Eric Holder's refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers to the media's blindness to ACORN's corruption, Democrats and their liberal allies refuse to deal with it because voter fraud often benefits them!

There is a solution: Every conservative must work even harder to make sure we win in a landslide. The left can't cheat if the results are not close.

"This Conscience Thing"

There she goes again. In a recent "lifestyle" profile in the Washington Post, House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi picked a fight with the Catholic Church. Last month during a debate on legislation to strengthen conscience clause protections for pro-life hospitals and medical professionals, Pelosi accused Republicans of voting to let women "die on the floor."

Asked if her comments were over the top, Pelosi stood by them. She added, "I'm a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it … but they have this conscience thing." Yes, Nancy, they do have a "conscience thing," thank God. If only more of our politicians had the same.

Speaking of Consciences…

The Corzine/MF Global scandal is getting worse. Forensic accountants at Deloitte and Ernst & Young have reportedly discovered that as much as $1.2 billion of investors' money could be missing.

By the way, the other thing missing in this whole scandal is Jon Corzine. Where is he? The former Democrat governor and senator was always eager to get his face on TV. Even after losing office, he was a frequent guest on cable news shows. Now he's nowhere to be seen.

But maybe there is a silver lining here. Joe Biden once claimed that the administration got a lot of economic advice from Corzine because he was the "smartest guy" Biden knew.

Happy Baracksgiving!

I know it's not polite to bring up politics at the dinner table, but there is too much at stake in 2012. Help us spread the word about Obama's failed presidency by sharing our latest web video with your friends and family members this Thanksgiving weekend. Post it to your Facebook page and Tweet it. Thank you!

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