Wednesday, April 25, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 195 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Grand Slam, Governor!
After sweeping five state primaries yesterday, Governor Mitt Romney kicked off the general election campaign with a victory speech that put the 2012 election in very stark terms. I was cheering last night as the governor aggressively attacked Obama's failed record and brilliantly critiqued Obama's "fairness" claims. Here are some excerpts:
"Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better! The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it's not the best America can do! …
"Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. …What do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama? Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? …Do you pay less at the pump?
"If the answer were 'yes' to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It's still about the economy, and we're not stupid. …
"This president is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He's asking us to accept that Washington knows best -- and can provide all. …
"This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; … we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.
"In the America I see, character and choices matter. …We'll stop the days of apologizing for success at home and never again apologize for America abroad.
"There was a time -- not so long ago -- when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared. We were Americans. That meant something different to each of us but it meant something special to all of us. We knew it without question. And so did the world. Those days are coming back. That's our destiny.
"We believe in America. We believe in ourselves. Our greatest days are still ahead. We are, after all, Americans! God bless you, and God bless the United States of America."
Governor Romney clearly made the case why Barack Obama does not deserve a second term, and many voters agree. In today's Rasmussen tracking poll of likely voters, Romney leads Obama 49%-to-44%. Obama can -- and must -- be defeated!
According to Fox News "senior campaign aides" have confirmed that former Speaker Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign for the GOP nomination next week. Gingrich had hoped for a possible upset win last night in Delaware to keep his campaign alive, but Gov. Romney won Delaware by a 30-point margin.
Unforced Error, Governor
While Governor Mitt Romney is clearly enjoying a bounce in the polls and a boost in momentum, his campaign still has some work to do when it comes to reassuring the conservative base and values voters. That's why his appointment of Richard Grenell, who worked in the Bush Administration, to be his spokesman on national security issues was a disappointment to many conservatives.
I share their disappointment not because Grenell is gay. He is not weak on defense. In fact, former Ambassador John Bolton is defending Grenell today. Conservative pro-family leaders are disappointed because Grenell has been an outspoken advocate of redefining normal marriage. For the overwhelmingly majority of folks who support Governor Romney that issue is starkly clear -- marriage is the union of one and one woman. But Grenell once caused a controversy by trying to have his partner listed as his spouse when he worked at the U.N.
Thankfully, Grenell is not going to be making policy on domestic issues. But his appointment was disappointing because it comes at a time when the Romney campaign should be reaching out to the conservative base. Instead, this appointment seems like a slap at the base.
Moreover, Grenell is known for having an acerbic personality, and critics have described his comments in social media as being "catty." He may be competent, but he is creating controversies on multiple fronts where the Romney campaign can least afford them.
That said, we should not exaggerate this. Homosexuals were part of the Reagan Administration and the Bush Administrations. Our concern is policy. One of the ways Governor Romney can reassure values voters is to make more statements in his speeches that speak to their concerns about the sanctity of life, the meaning of marriage and the importance of faith and family.
Pointing this out does not hurt Mitt Romney. I am making this observation precisely because it is so important that he defeat Barack Obama. There is no path to victory for a Republican presidential candidate that does not involve massive turnout by pro-family voters. The only way Mitt Romney will end up with a majority on Election Day -- and I will do everything I can to make sure that happens -- is to unite economic, defense and social conservatives behind his candidacy.
Government Gone Wild
With all the issues making headlines these days -- from rising gas prices to our record national debt -- you would think that Obama could get his bureaucrats to focus their attention and prioritize their efforts. Think again.
There is news today that Obama's Labor Department is getting ready to ban chores on family farms. The bureaucrats in their infinite wisdom have decided that it is an urgent priority to enforce child labor laws down on the farm.
The Daily Caller reports, "The new regulations … would also revoke the government's approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course."
Not to be outdone, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a ruling this week expanding federal anti-discrimination statutes to include transgendered individuals. As if small business owners needed yet one more confusing and burdensome regulation from the Obama Administration, the EEOC contends that "The term 'gender' encompasses not just a person's biological sex but also the cultural and social aspects associated with masculinity and femininity."
America cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama's out-of-control bureaucracy!
The Christian Crisis "60 Minutes" Ignored
Earlier this week I told you about the outrageous "60 Minutes" story that claimed to be about Christian persecution in the Middle East. Instead of accurately portraying the real threat to Christians in the Middle East -- radical Islam -- CBS presented Israel as the villain.
In response to this biased presentation, Pastor John Hagee and I published an op-ed today on the Christian crisis that "60 Minutes" ignored. You can read our column here. Please share it with friends and family members.