Thursday, May 26, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Gallup released a new poll measuring the state of the GOP primary race without Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee or Donald Trump. Two candidates are essentially tied for first place: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads with 17%, followed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at 15%.
Further down the list are: Texas Congressman Ron Paul (10%), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (9%), Herman Cain (8%), former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (6%) and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (5%).
It is not clear that Sarah Palin will run, but there are hints she may get in. With Palin out of the race, Gallup finds Romney moving up slightly to 19%, Newt and Ron Paul tie for second at 12% each, followed by Herman Cain (still at 8%) and Pawlenty and Bachmann at 7%.
While the Republican race remains a wide open contest, Joe Biden provided some clues as to what we can expect from the Obama campaign. Speaking to donors in New Hampshire yesterday, Biden did his best to turn Obama into Superman. Biden said that Obama’s decision to kill Osama bin Laden was “the boldest undertaking [of] any president … on a single event in modern history.”
Really? So, Obama was bolder than FDR when he ordered the D-Day invasion? Obama had more guts than Harry Truman, who made the decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan? Getting bin Laden was a bolder decision than sending 500,000 troops to liberate Kuwait in 1991, or sending U.S. forces to Afghanistan after 9/11?
Don’t get me wrong — getting bin Laden was the right decision. But what other choice was there? I hope there wasn’t too much handwringing at the White House. Then again, maybe Joe is right. Since Obama just signed the guest book at Westminster Abbey “24 May 2008,” perhaps they think that modern history began with Obama’s political career.
Do you remember how the Democrats and the media lectured the 2004 Bush campaign about not exploiting 9/11? You and I both know that Biden is intimately involved in the 2012 campaign meetings. If this is what he is telling Democrat donors, I guarantee you they already have the campaign commercials of “Rambo Obama” cut and ready to air.
The Democrats will exploit bin Laden’s death to compensate for Obama’s appeasement of Iran, bowing to the Saudi monarch, repeated “outreach” to the “Muslin world,” alienation of Israel and desire to gut the defense budget.
Here’s more of what we can expect from the Democrats. While progressives preach tolerance and demand civility from conservatives, “MSDNC” host Ed Schultz was suspended without pay for one week for calling Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” This isn’t unusual behavior for Schultz. His rants are frequently beyond the pale, and he has been reprimanded before by network executives. Last fall, Schultz called New Jersey Governor Chris Christie a “cold-hearted fat slob.”
As I noted in yesterday’s report, Democrats believe they won the New York special election with their “Mediscare” tactics, such as this progressive ad showing an elderly lady in a wheelchair being dumped off a cliff by a Republican.
On the House floor this week, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) accused Republicans of wanting to get patients dumped out of their nursing homes. Not that it matters to Democrats, but even Bill Clinton admits that something has to be done about Medicare.
And then there is House Democrat Assistant Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who yesterday blamed Obama’s problems on racism. Clyburn said, “…the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin.” If racism is such a problem today, how did Obama get elected three years ago? If conservatives are such bigots, how did black Republicans Allen West and Tim Scott get elected?
This is just a glimpse of what we can expect from the left in the days and weeks ahead. It is just another reason why it is so important for you to engage your friends and family members. Don’t let them fall for these lies. Share the information in these reports with them.
If there is one lesson conservatives must learn from the New York loss it is that we must be prepared for a vicious assault. The left is desperate to maintain its grip on power. This isn’t the Rotary Club presidency that is on the line, but rather the future of our country. It is foolish for us to expect the left to engage in a civil, positive debate about the issues.
Obama Unifies Democrats And Republicans
During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised to help achieve bi-partisan consensus on big issues. Yesterday he succeeded. The United States Senate voted unanimously on a budget plan offered by President Obama. Unfortunately for President Obama the vote was 0-to-97 against his budget. That’s right, not a single Democrat voted for Obama’s $3.8 trillion tax and spend, big government budget.
The Senate also voted down Paul Ryan’s budget, 40-to-57, but that was 40 more votes than Obama’s budget received. An alternative offered by Sen. Pat Toomey got 42 votes, still short of the 60 votes needed.
These votes are very telling. While our nation is facing is fiscal crisis, House Republicans have at least passed a budget that begins to address the mess we’re in. The Democrat Senate majority can’t produce a budget of its own, and no Senate Democrat is willing to support Obama’s budget. It is clear from these votes that only one party is serious about getting spending under control.
Washington Wasting Your Hard-Earned Money
In 2009, Barack Obama said that he was putting “Sheriff” Joe Biden in charge of the stimulus program because “nobody messes with Joe,” and “if you’re misusing taxpayer money, you’ll have to answer to him.” It seems Sheriff Joe has some answering of his own to do.
Earlier this week it was reported that the contractors who received $24 billion in stimulus funds owed more than $750 million in back taxes. Then we learned that the stimulus was over budget by at least $40 billion.
Today we’re learning that your tax dollars are funding such bizarre programs as exercise for shrimp, Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole and laundry folding robots. The laundry folding robot might sound appealing, but it evidently takes nearly half an hour to fold one towel and costs $1.5 million!
Kudos to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) for exposing this waste of your hard-earned money.