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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 321 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
- The Iowa caucuses have been scrambled once again. A new Rasmussen poll found Mitt Romney leading the pack with 25% of the vote, compared to 20% for Ron Paul and 17% for Newt Gingrich. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum received 10% each. No other candidate was in double digits. Rasmussen also notes that "Paul has a wide lead among non-Republicans who are likely to participate in the caucuses."
- Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum both received major endorsements yesterday. My good friend Don Wildmon endorsed Gingrich, while two Iowa pro-family leaders backed Santorum.
- Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will reportedly announce next week that he is ending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and will instead seek the Libertarian Party's nomination.
- A new Gallup poll finds that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are essentially tied with Barack Obama, with both Republicans attracting 48% support. The bad news is that Obama earned 50% against both Gingrich or Romney. Now, here's the good news: Gallup surveyed registered voters. But Republicans historically perform better among likely voters. The poll's findings make one thing very clear: With Obama at 50%, we have a lot of work to do, my friends. We can take nothing for granted in the weeks and months ahead!
Justice Targeting Voter ID Laws
Obama's Justice Department declared a jihad against state voter ID laws last week. After the 2010 elections swept Republicans into power, several states passed voter ID laws in response to the ACORN scandal.
Attorney General Eric Holder declared in a speech that preserving ballot access for all voters is a "moral imperative," and for that reason these commonsense protections against voter fraud will face tough scrutiny from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Pardon me if I seem skeptical, but this is the same outfit that saw fit to dismiss charges against the New Black Panthers! Holder has zero credibility here. (By the way, 90 members of the House are co-sponsoring a resolution of "no confidence" in Attorney General Holder.)
We have to produce an ID to buy alcohol and other products. We have to produce an ID to drive and to board an airplane. We have to produce an ID to cash checks. Yet the leaders of one party say that it is an onerous burden to ask citizens to produce an ID when they cast their ballots. The American public overwhelmingly disagrees.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 70% of likely voters support voter ID laws, including 64% of independent voters and even 54% of Democrats. Meanwhile only "22% of voters believe [such] laws … discriminate against minorities and low income Americans."
So why are Obama and Holder going down this road -- especially as we are about to begin one of the most critical elections in our nation's history? The Democrat Party benefits from this type of fraud. They know they would likely lose many close elections if we got really serious about the integrity of our elections.
Yet they will use this issue in a perverse attempt to convince minority voters that conservatives are racists who don't want them to participate in our democratic republic. As a historical reminder, Jim Crow laws were concocted by Democrats, not Republicans. Moreover, many reform-minded minority politicians actually support voter ID laws!
Solyndra At Sea?
Here we go again. As the Obama Administration does everything it can to prevent the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, it is ordering the Navy to buy so-called "green" biofuels. I say so-called "green" bio-fuels because as Andrew Stiles points out: "A University of Virginia study recently concluded that though such fuels 'offer a higher level of energy output and require a minimum level of land area to develop, the production of such fuels results in significantly more environmental degradation.'"
And while it would be nice to develop domestic sources of alternative energy, it would be even better if they were economically viable. Currently, the Navy buys jet fuel at $4 a gallon. According to Stiles, the biofuels cost $15 a gallon, "That's 375 percent more expensive than the standard JP-5 fuel the Navy uses."
Let me remind you what President Obama's former National Security Advisor, Gen. Jim Jones, said last week about the failure of this administration to develop a serious energy policy:
"If we get to the point where we cannot bring ourselves to do what is in our national interest, then we are clearly in a period of decline… A nation that fails to secure the energy its citizens and its economic engine need to keep functioning leaves itself vulnerable to external contingencies in a dangerous and uncertain world and to the whims of foreign leaders and other actors who may not always have its interests at heart."
Kudos To Rep. Scott Rigell
A controversy has erupted in the halls of Congress in recent days. Evidently, members have been told that they are not allowed to wish their constituents "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Chanukah" in their official correspondence. Thankfully, several members of Congress are working to overturn this ridiculous ban.
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) produced a short video making fun of the Capitol Hill Scrooges. You can watch it here.
I'm pleased to report that Rep. Rigell was one of the candidates who benefitted from CWF's million-dollar ad campaign last year. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to run hard-hitting TV ads against the liberal incumbent Democrat, who squeaked in when Barack Obama narrowly carried the district in 2008. With your continued support, we will end the Obama nightmare and help elect more conservatives like Rep. Rigell who will unapologetically fight for our values!
All day long messages of condolence have been pouring in to my Inbox in response to the passing of Carol's brother, Bill Hoke. I can't thank each of you personally, but I want to express my thanks here. Carol and I are deeply comforted knowing that so many good friends are praying for us and the Hoke family. Thank you.