End Of Day Report


Friday, October 30, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer 


The Fallout Continues 

The fallout from Wednesday’s contentious CNBC debate continues. Politico reports that the presidential candidates are taking matters into their own hands. 

Representatives from at least nine campaigns will be meeting in Washington, D.C., Sunday to discuss how they can force changes to the debate structure. No one from the Republican National Committee (RNC), which set up this process with the media, has been invited.

The candidates’ frustrations run the gamut from the questioning to the reliance on national polls to determine who makes it into the prime time debates. 

Chairman Reince Priebus announced today that the RNC has canceled a February debate with NBC News. “The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith,” Priebus wrote. “We need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.” 

Meanwhile, there is an amusing report that the CNBC moderators and staff were “shell-shocked” by the negative reaction to their performance. Of course, the liberal news media think the big story is the criticism of the liberal media. 

But there is no doubt CNBC hurt itself. Even liberal media icon Carl Bernstein declared, “More than anything . . . CNBC was really reprehensible. . . And [conservative critics] are right about the mainstream media.” 

But the moderators likely helped themselves. As much as we despised their performance, at least 40% of the country was cheering. The left-wing cultural elites were ecstatic. John Harwood, Carl Quintanilla and Becky Quick have likely guaranteed themselves almost any kind of media career they want. 

As Senator Ted Cruz observed during the debate, “Nobody watching at home believes that the moderators have any intention of voting in a Republican primary.” It would not be at all shocking to see them serving in a future Democratic administration. I don’t need to remind you about the revolving door between the Obama White House and the current liberal media complex. 


Who Is Your Favorite? 

If you have not done so yet, please take a minute to give me your feedback on the GOP candidates. Click here to participate in our online poll. 


Border Security Is National Security 

When it comes to immigration, passions run deep. While some aspects of the debate are complex, I hope we can all agree that the people we allow to come here legally should be committed to our values and to democratic principles. As I have frequently argued, in a post-9/11 world border security is national security. 

We should not allow individuals dedicated to overthrowing our constitutional system of government to come here. Our immigration procedures and policies should guarantee that we are not importing tribal hatreds and that most ancient of evils, anti-Semitism. 

Polls show that significant percentages of Muslims around the world adhere to radical beliefs that are contrary to our concept of freedom. Many harbor anti-Semitic attitudes and buy in to conspiracy theories about who attacked us on 9/11.

We know that we already have a problem with radical Islam in this country. Minneapolis, of all places, is a hotbed of jihadi recruitment. Yet record numbers of Muslims are coming into the country every year due to our immigration and refugee policies. 

I raise this issue again because recent headlines demand our attention. 

Posters appeared Tuesday on a university campus in England with the caption “Hitler Was Right.” 

Earlier this week, it was reported that German intelligence officials are alarmed by what they are seeing in the so-called “refugee crisis.” A high-level intelligence report warned, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding.” 

Unfortunately, the political left doesn’t seem to be paying any attention. Some politicians are demanding that we let hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees into the country. 

Common sense suggests we should consider a freeze on Muslim immigration while opening our doors to Middle East Christians, who are facing what can only be described as genocide. 


Kudos To North Carolina 

The nation was outraged this summer when Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. Her killing led to legislation in Congress, known as Kate’s Law, to crack down on sanctuary cities like San Francisco that provide safe havens to illegal immigrants.

I am still shaking my head in disgust that Senate Democrats sided with radical activists and filibustered Kate’s Law. Such legislation is overwhelmingly popular. Nearly 60% of the public supports cutting off federal funding to sanctuary cities. 

But if that legislation were allowed a vote on the Senate floor, Democrats would have to choose between the vast majority of people and playing identity politics with professional grievance groups like La Raza and the ACLU, which adamantly support sanctuary cities. Thankfully at the state level we are getting action. 

I am pleased to report that North Carolina enacted legislation this week banning “any policy that interferes with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” The new law will likely force several cities, including Charlotte, to change their pro-illegal immigration policies.


The GOP Is Thriving 

The media’s conventional wisdom holds that Republicans are in disarray and on the verge of imploding. They tell us that Republicans have been radicalized and are embracing increasingly extreme and unpopular positions, thus alienating themselves from most voters. 

But the numbers tell a much different story. Contrary to the media narrative, the Republican Party is thriving. Click here to read my latest editorial at The Daily Caller. 

End Of Day Report


Thursday, October 29, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer 


Speaker Ryan 

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin became Speaker Ryan this morning. In doing so, he becomes the youngest speaker of the House in nearly 150 years. He is now second in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden. 

While I have concerns about some of Ryan’s positions, I will say this for the new leader of the House: Well-known for his devotion to policy solutions, Paul Ryan is one of the GOP’s most articulate spokesmen. There will be many contentious battles in the weeks and months ahead, and his ability to articulate a conservative vision for the country will be tested like never before.

I look forward to working with Speaker Ryan as he seeks to restore balance to our constitutional republic by truly making Congress a co-equal branch of government once again. He should begin by lending his full support to the impeachment efforts against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. 


Cruz & Rubio Score Big 

A few minutes into last’s night debate, I developed a sense of dread. The focus was supposed to be economics, but I am very familiar with John Harwood’s left-wing views. I assumed he would try to skewer the candidates, and he did. 

For a while, I was worried about the amount of ammunition being provided to the Democrat National Committee. But my concerns quickly disappeared as one candidate after another rose to the occasion and put the left-wing “moderators” in their place. 

Here’s my take on the key moments of last night’s Republican debate. 

JEB BUSH — The pressure was on Bush last night to take his game to a new level. I don’t think he did that. I’m not alone. Consider these post-debate headlines: 

“The Agony Of Jeb Bush.”
“Jeb Bush’s Campaign On Life Support After Rough Debate.”
“Jeb Bush’s Comeback Strategy Backfires At GOP Debate.”
“The Beginning Of The End For Jeb.”
“For Jeb’s Supporters, It Was A Night Of Crushing Disappointment.”
“Jeb’s Dead: Adios Amigo.”


It’s not that Bush made big gaffes, he just didn’t stand out. Viewers didn’t hear or see anything that would lead them to think that Bush is the best candidate for the job. Commentators right and left are saying this morning that Bush reinforced the sense that he is not a very good candidate. It’s worth remembering that the last time he ran for office was 2002 — more than 10 years ago. 

BEN CARSON — I like Dr. Carson a lot. He is a wonderful man who has hit a nerve with evangelical Christians, especially evangelical women. But I don’t think he helped himself last night.

For example, how is it that during an economic debate he was unable to tell us what his proposed flat tax rate would be? Later on, it sounded as if he was proposing a consumption tax too — in addition to a flat tax on income — when he talked about how much money would be generated from “a 15 percent tax on your gross domestic product.” 

I am also hearing more concerns about whether a candidate with such a low key demeanor will be capable of stopping Hillary or, if he is elected, defeating the ingrained Washington establishment that plays hardball. Dr. Carson is a very thoughtful man, but politics is a contact sport. 

CHRIS CHRISTIE — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knocked it out of the park when he took on an incredibly dumb question about government regulation of fantasy football. 

“Carl, are we really talking about getting government involved in fantasy football?” Christie asked. “We have $19 trillion in debt. We have people out of work. We have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us. And we’re talking about fantasy football? Can we stop?” (Watch it here.) 

Unfortunately, it has to be noted that this was a missed opportunity for Governor Bush. He was asked the question first, a gift on a silver platter. Yet he attempted to answer it by talking about government regulations on day trading and insider information. Gov. Christie handled it perfectly. 

TED CRUZ — Senator Cruz had THE moment of the debate when he denounced the moderators for trying to create a “cage match” between the candidates. He wisely did not complain about the questions posed to him, but he called out the moderators for the absurd questions posed to fellow candidates. (Watch it here.) Cruz’s response set a record with focus group viewers. 

Cruz seemed more engaging, natural and spontaneous. And as I suggested yesterday, he even opened the debate with a joke, showing his sense of humor. There was never any doubt about his ideology, but he appears to be improving as a candidate. 

MARCO RUBIO — I wrote yesterday that Senator Rubio would likely be confronted on his Senate attendance record. The Bush campaign had spent the last several days stoking the issue, believing the media would take the bait. They did and Rubio was ready. 

He noted that the media were not at all concerned when Democrats who were running for president regularly missed votes. But Bush, hoping for a breakthrough moment, jumped in and went on the attack. It backfired. Rubio swatted him away almost effortlessly. 

He also had one of the best moments of the night when he compared the left-wing media to a Democrat Super PAC and then accused Hillary Clinton of being a liar. (Watch it here.) 

DONALD TRUMP — The former GOP front runner held his own, but did not dominate the show. He has definitely moderated his demeanor and tone, perhaps in an attempt to appear more statesman-like. He did not attack Ben Carson, as was expected. Instead, Trump went after Gov. John Kasich, who had gone on a tirade the day before, distorting the views of other candidates on immigration and Medicare. 


The Biggest Loser 

Without any question, the biggest loser of the night was CNBC and moderators John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla. 

For example, after opening the debate by asking all the candidates to name their biggest weakness, John Harwood kicked off the questioning with this gem to Donald Trump: “Let’s be honest, is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?”

Immediately following the debate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted CNBC, calling the performance of the moderators “extremely disappointing,” adding “CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled.”

Sean Hannity said, “This is going to go down in history as a really bad night for the media.”

However, former Attorney General Ed Meese isn’t letting GOP leaders off the hook. Meese called the debate a “verbal shooting gallery set up by CNBC.” He said, “Whoever selected the moderators should be fired and the RNC leaders who allowed it should be condemned.” 


Who Is Your Favorite? 

I’ve given you my thoughts. Now I’d like yours.

With three debates behind us, who is your choice for the 2016 Republican presidential primary (if you have one)? 

I’d also like to know how you would vote in a series of hypothetical match-ups. 

Please take a few minutes to give me your feedback. Click here to participate in our online poll. 

End of Day Report

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer 


Impeachment 

Yesterday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced a resolution of impeachment against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The impeachment resolution was co-sponsored by 18 members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“Commissioner Koskinen violated the public trust. He failed to comply with a congressionally issued subpoena, documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled,” Chaffetz said. “Impeachment is the appropriate tool to restore public confidence in the IRS and to protect the institutional interests of Congress.”

I agree. It is unconscionable that no one has been held accountable for the gross abuses that took place at the IRS during the Tea Party targeting scandal. Since the Obama Justice Department is refusing to take action, the House of Representatives must act. 


Debate Night 

The third Republican presidential debate airs tonight on CNBC. The economy and economic policy will dominate tonight’s discussion. 

Like the previous two debates, this one will be divided between the candidates based on their rankings in the polls. The “happy hour” debate — featuring Senator Lindsey Graham, Governor Bobby Jindal, former Governor George Pataki and former Senator Rick Santorum — begins at 6:00 pm ET. The prime time debate begins at 8:00 pm ET. 


What Is At Stake 

There is a clear division even among the candidates in tonight’s prime-time debate. Here’s a quick analysis of what is at stake for each of the “top tier” candidates. 

JEB BUSH — This is a key debate for Governor Bush. Between a major restructuring of his campaign and a poorly phrased comment widely interpreted as a slap at the political process and frustrated voters, Governor Bush needs to regain his footing and reassure nervous supporters. Having said that, it would be a huge mistake to count him out. 

He has the finances to stay in the race for the long-haul. Insiders envision a scenario where Trump collapses, the lower tier candidates drop out, and the race comes down to Carson, Cruz, and Bush. The Bush camp believes that Jeb prevails in such a contest, and it is not farfetched. Cruz and Carson would divide the conservative grassroots vote, enabling the establishment candidate to capture the winner-take-all primaries. 

BEN CARSON — Dr. Carson can make the case that he is the front runner now. Tonight the new GOP leader will likely be pressed for more specifics and substance, and he will need to deliver. 

There is some irony in that he has made his biggest moves in the midst of several controversies that many pundits thought would destroy him. Carson expressed hesitation about supporting a Muslim for president given what we know about radical Islamists. He suggested that he would try to organize a counterattack against a shooter if he was ever in a mass shooting situation. 

Carson said it would have been more difficult for Hitler to carry out the mass extermination of Jews if they had been armed. And he compared abortion to slavery, arguing, as I have, that both required depriving human rights from entire classes of people — black Americans and unborn children. After each controversy, Carson’s donations increased, as have his poll numbers. 

TED CRUZ — Many conservative leaders believe that Senator Cruz is the most reliable conservative with a significant record of public service in Texas and in the U.S. Senate. Even liberals admire his intelligence, and he is unafraid of the D.C. establishment. Nevertheless, he is struggling to break into double digits. 

On the other hand, it is widely acknowledged that Cruz has built the best campaign network. Without much notice, he and allied super PACs are raising serious money, enabling him to stay in for the long haul. 

Yet, there are worries about whether he is winsome enough to win the general election. The debates are an opportunity for him to not only demonstrate his intellect, but show a sense of humor and connect with those who may be skeptical. 

CARLY FIORINA — Can Carly recapture the momentum with another strong debate performance? She knocked it out of the park last time, got a good bump in the polls but then faded fast. It’s not clear whether she can recover again, and lightening rarely strikes twice. 

MARCO RUBIO — Serious people in Washington and at the grass roots compare Rubio’s rhetoric, style and narrative to Ronald Reagan. That is a tremendous advantage for him. Many of the large donors who thought Jeb Bush was the easy choice are now giving Rubio a second look. There are rumors that Sheldon Adelson, who has a record of making major investments in candidates who support our alliance with Israel, is leaning toward Rubio. 

Rubio’s biggest impediment is that his first foray into Washington was joining a bi-partisan group of senators on an immigration reform bill that to many looked like a quasi-amnesty. Rubio also goes into the debate tonight in the middle of an unfortunate controversy. 

He has missed a lot of Senate votes, which is not unusual for a member of Congress running for president. In trying to defend himself, he said that many of his missed votes are on issues of little significance, while more important issues often don’t go anywhere due to liberal filibusters or Obama’s veto. 

Of course, the media mob immediately pounced, suggesting that Rubio wasn’t interested in doing his job and that he felt serving in the Senate was insignificant. But as Rubio explained to CNN, “I’m not missing votes because I’m on vacation. I’m running for president so that the votes they take in the Senate are actually meaningful again.” 

Back in Florida, newspapers are now calling on Rubio to resign. (Of course, the liberal media gave Barack Obama a pass for repeatedly demonstrating his disrespect for Congress by abusing his executive authority.) 

Even though the focus of tonight’s debate will be economic issues, Rubio may have a chance to correct an impression he surely did not intend to create and to highlight the unique pro-family aspects of his tax reform proposals. 

DONALD TRUMP — Until this week, Trump had led the polls for 100 days. He is now second in Iowa, and one poll shows him trailing Dr. Carson nationally. Critics suggest that having lost his lead, Trump will be petulant and snarly, looking to tear Carson down. 

He did not display that kind of behavior in Iowa last night. He encouraged his supporters to work harder, joked with them and urged them to make the best of this opportunity to upset the establishment and elect an outsider. 

Tonight’s focus on economics could be an advantage for Trump, but the moderators may try to trip him up with complex questions about fiscal policy, something he seems to beanticipating. 


The Establishment’s Nervous Breakdown 

As Trump and Carson fight for the lead, establishment candidates were at first dismayed. Then they were in denial. Now they appear to be melting down. 

First, Jeb Bush said he had cooler things to do than put up with angry voters and the current political process. Yesterday, Ohio Governor John Kasich lashed out at conservatives, saying, “I’ve about had it with these people.” 

Kasich launched into a tirade against several other candidates, grossly distorting their views and suggesting that he wasn’t all that interested in entitlement reform, major tax reform or doing anything about securing our borders. Kasich asked, “What has happened to our party? What has happened to the conservative movement?” 

With all due respect, governor, frustrated conservatives have been asking those very questions for years as they watched the debt pile up and our values get eviscerated. If the choice in America boils down to a liberal party and a less liberal party, there’s little incentive for conservatives to vote and Democrats will win every time. 

End of Day Report


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer 


Something To Strive For? 

When we think of things worth striving for, usually something noble comes to mind — striving for a better education, a new job or reaching a life goal. But by the standards of most Americans, one abortionist is striving for something sinister.

The latest undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric fetal harvesting practices features Dr. Amna Dermish discussing how she was trained to “get the specimens out pretty intact.”

And she has one major goal in mind: to harvest an intact fetal brain. “I haven’t been able to do that yet,” she says, adding “this will give me something to strive for.” Her methods may beillegal. 

Dr. Dermish’s comments, as disgusting as they are, should give all of us who cherish the sanctity of life a renewed sense of commitment. Let us strive for the day when all of our children are welcomed into the world and protected under the law. 

Let us strive for the day when Planned Parenthood no longer receives taxpayer subsidies from hard-working Americans. 


Comey Vs. Obama 

FBI Director James Comey is causing a lot of consternation at the White House. Twice in the past week, Comey has warned that a major spike in violent crime is partly due to a “Ferguson effect” that is causing law enforcement officers to hesitate on America’s “mean streets.” 

Comey warns that “a chill wind [is] blowing through American law enforcement over the last year,” adding “That wind is surely changing behavior.” And while President Obama is embracing the Black Lives Matter movement, Comey’s comments are being echoed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We have allowed our Police Department to get fetal, and it is having a direct consequence,” Emanuel said recently. 

By the way, a new Washington Post analysis of 800 fatal shootings by police officers found that the officers were justified in approximately 95% of the cases. 

Meanwhile, President Obama will be in Chicago today calling for more gun control laws during an address before the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chicago is a good place to talk about violent crime. Last weekend, five people were killed and 17 were wounded. But virtually nothing Obama is proposing would stop criminals from getting guns. 

The left is increasingly out of touch when it comes to the Second Amendment. The NRA has a 58% favorability rating, significantly higher than President Obama’s 46% approval rating.

Moreover, when asked whether recent mass shootings represent problems related to mental health issues or inadequate gun control laws, only 23% of the public thinks we need more gun control laws. 


The Anti-Israel Left 

I have warned before about the growing anti-Israel sentiments of the American political left. We saw it in the Occupy Wall Street crowd. 

The latest example comes from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. A recent viral video entitled “When I see them, I see us,” shows Palestinian and BLM activists embracing each other’s cause. It comes at a time when Palestinians are engaged in a terror campaign against Israeli Jews. Moreover, the video features a Palestinian bomber and celebrates a U.S. cop-killer. 

The attempt to turn Palestinian violence into the equivalent of the American civil rights movement is outrageous, and the absurdity is obvious. In the Middle East, the one country that promotes civil rights is Israel. There are no civil rights in Gaza or in many Arab nations unless you come from the correct Muslim sect. 

Two weeks ago, one of the speakers at Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man march in Washington, D.C., was Revered Jeremiah Wright. Not surprisingly, Wright launched into an anti-Israel rant, saying among other things, “The youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine have united together” and “Palestinians are saying ‘Palestinian lives matter.’ We stand with you, we support you.”

Barack Obama sat in Reverend Wright’s church for years, and the church’s magazine gave an award to Louis Farrakhan, a raving anti-Semite. If you want to make a connection between the political left and rising anti-Semitism, look at the past seven years of Barack Obama pummeling Israel in the court of public opinion, while reorienting our foreign policy away from the only true democracy in the region to the theocratic mullahs of Iran. 


Poll Position 

There has been a change at the top of the GOP leaderboard for 2016. A new CBS/New York Times national poll finds Dr. Ben Carson now leading the Republican presidential primary. Carson leads Donald Trump 26% to 22%. No other candidate received double-digit support.

This poll comes on the heels of several others showing Dr. Carson opening up big leads in Iowa — anywhere from 8 to 14 points. 


Cruz Control? 

Ben Carson and Donald Trump dominate the polls. There is a lot of talk about Marco Rubio emerging as the establishment’s choice as Jeb Bush fades. But for whatever reason, many pundits seem to be overlooking the campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. They may be surprised in the weeks and months ahead. For example: 

  • Cruz is picking up major endorsements almost every day. 
  • He has county chairmen in every county in the first four early voting states.
  • He has a strategy to mop up delegates in the March primaries. 
  • According to an analysis in today’s Washington Post, he’s put together an extremely impressive fundraising network. Cruz has more cash-on-hand than any of his GOP rivals.

    In fact, Ted Cruz was recently singled out by former President George W. Bush as perhaps the most serious challenger to his brother, Jeb. Stay tuned! 

  • End Of Day Report

    Monday, October 26, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer 


    This Weekend’s “Cycle Of Violence” 

    Friday, an Israeli family, driving near Beit El, was attacked with firebombs. A four year-old girl suffered burns to more than 35% of her body. Her parents and two siblings were also wounded.

    Saturday, a 16 year-old Palestinian pretending to be a candy salesman attempted to stab Defense Ministry security guards near Jenin and was shot. 

    Yesterday, an Israeli waiting at a bus stop near Ariel was stabbed. Also yesterday, a Palestinian woman attempted to stab police in Hebron after she was asked for identification. She was shot and killed. 

    This morning, a 19 year-old Israeli soldier was stabbed in the neck near Kiryat Arba. 

    In the middle of this carnage, former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley addressed the Arab American Institute’s national conference Friday. Here’s how he described the situation:

    “We’ve lost 50 Palestinians in recent violence, many of them teenagers — their entire lives before them. We’ve lost 8 Israelis, including an American couple shot in front of their young children. Some people in this room have family members who’ve been affected, no doubt, some of them for generations. . . all of them are brothers and sisters, and all of them leave behind bereaved families with holes in their hearts.

    “This senseless violence produces nothing but tragedy and more distrust, and it does not move the people and the parties closer to a peaceful and long-lasting resolution. Both sides have to take steps to end this violence and address the underlying cause of it. Both sides have to make the resumption of discussion, talk and dialogue to include a fair, safe and adequate access to sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere.”


    Moral relativism now runs deep in the Democrat Party. O’Malley led his remarks by decrying the lost dreams of Palestinian murderers. Disgusting. 

    The Palestinians are raising their children to kill. The Israelis teach peace. In Israeli hospitals, Jewish doctors strive to save the lives of Palestinian attackers, sometimes only minutes after being unable to save the lives of their victims. They do this because the Jewish system of ethics requires it. 


    Jeb Has Better Things To Do? 

    The Bush family, Jeb’s political operation and major donors to his campaign met this weekend in Texas. This meeting comes on the heels of the Bush campaign’s massive layoffs and salary cuts. 

    As I mentioned before, in a meeting with Gov. Bush and pro-family leaders months ago, I pleaded with him to show some emotion and righteous anger about what has happened in the last seven years. At least half the country feels that anger. 

    Bush recently did show some anger. Unfortunately, it wasn’t aimed at the redefinition of marriage, the gutting of our military, the funding of Planned Parenthood or the inability of the federal government to secure our borders. Instead, Bush seemed irritated by the American political process. Here’s what he said:

    “If this election is about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, then I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation.

    “I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.”


    That paragraph contains virtually every mistake candidates should never make. I doubt many voters will be impressed by Jeb’s assertion that he has “cooler” things to do than being president of the United States. 


    Getting Gridlock Wrong 

    Bush made it clear he doesn’t want to be part of the gridlock. This is now a classic Republican establishment theme. They conduct polls that show voters overwhelmingly do not want gridlock. But the establishment then makes one of its classic mistakes. 

    They misinterpret the results, believing that because voters don’t want gridlock, Republicans should work with the party of Obama, Clinton and Kerry. That is not what Republican and Republican-leaning independents want. 

    All the gridlock question tells you is that the country is narrowly divided, split right down the middle.

    If you ask Democrats why they want an end to gridlock, they would tell you that they would be able to pass $1 trillion of new infrastructure spending, further cuts in military spending, a complete government takeover of the medical system, more federal control of education, higher taxes on virtually everybody, a dramatically higher federal minimum wage, and massive regulation of the economy to fight global warming. 

    If you ask conservatives what they want when gridlock ends, they would tell you that they want the military rebuilt, lower taxes, less regulation, Planned Parenthood defunded, the size and scope of government reduced, our immigration laws enforced and our borders secured.

    People upset with gridlock really mean that they are tired of not getting their agenda, whether it is a liberal or conservative agenda. 

    When Republican leaders ran to the microphones after the 2014 elections and declared that voters gave them huge majorities because they wanted Republicans to work with Obama to get things done, they totally misinterpreted the election. 

    That is why within weeks of that incredible victory, the left, which should have been demoralized, was excited and the right, which should have been excited, was demoralized. 


    Clinton Defends The VA Mess 

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on the “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC Friday night. Among the issues discussed was the Veterans Administration. While it’s never surprising to hear liberals defend big government, I was surprised by how eager they were to defend the VA.

    Both Maddow and Clinton conceded that the VA has major problems, but they just couldn’t understand why anyone would suggest it be privatized. Seriously? The VA is Exhibit A in the prosecution against bloated, big government bureaucracy.

    Just last week, CNN reported that appointment times at VA facilities “are not getting better” despite “$15 billion in extra funding Congress approved for the VA to improve veterans’ access to health care.”

    Last month, an independent review of the VA found that the agency was “plagued by many problems,” including “crises in leadership and culture” that justified “system-wide reworking.”

    The House of Representatives has passed legislation enabling the VA secretary to fire or demote employees. But the legislation is being blocked in the Senate by Democrat Richard Blumenthal. Meanwhile, our veterans wait. 

    End of Day Report

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer 


    What We Learned 

    Contrary to the consensus media narrative that nothing new was learned at yesterday’s Benghazi hearing, there were in fact a number of revelations. And before the media absolves Hillary completely, remember that there is still an active FBI investigation that could result in Mrs. Clinton facing charges under the Espionage Act.

    Here’s what I think deserves further attention. During a previous Senate hearing, Hillary was pressed about the administration’s claim that a video was responsible for the attack. That’s when we got her famous outburst, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” 

    Well, that is precisely the question she should be required to answer. It became even more apparent during her testimony yesterday that the Obama Administration thought it DID make a difference whether the attack was due to Islamophobia in a film or to terrorists “celebrating” 9/11. And that speaks volumes about character and judgment. 

    Obama’s reelection campaign was running on several themes, including a foreign policy built on reaching out to the Islamic world, that the president had kept us safe and that terrorism isn’t an Islamic problem but a criminal problem. The video theory fit the left-wing narrative that jihadists aren’t the problem, but rather our Islamophobia. 

    Administration officials knew exactly what happened. And yet they lied, not only to the American people, but to the family members of those killed in Benghazi. 


    Hillary’s War 

    When the Libyan civil war began as part of the Arab Spring in March 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the charge to intervene. In fact, the Washington Post dubbed the Libyan campaign, “Hillary’s War.” 

    When Muammar Qaddafi was killed in October, Hillary jokingly paraphrased Julius Caesar, saying, “We came, we saw, he died.” It would be her “Mission Accomplished” moment.

    Hillary Clinton wanted to make sure that everyone knew she drove our Libyan policy. She got this dictator, and it was all part of her “smart power” fundamental transformation of the Middle East. 

    But when Qaddafi’s removal led to a failed state, resulting in the chaos that led to the loss of four Americans a year later, suddenly Hillary had nothing to do with it. No longer was it her Libyan policy. 

    Here’s something else to consider. There were literally hundreds of requests for more security from Ambassador Stevens and other personnel stationed in Libya. Hillary Clinton claimed she never saw any of those requests. Clinton said she never even received a personal email from her friend, Ambassador Stevens. 

    But she was getting scores of emails, week after week, from Israel-hating Sid Blumenthal, who had financial interests in the overthrow of Qaddafi. What kind of State Department was she running when the pleas of our people on the ground never made it to her desk, but the self-interested messages of her crony capitalist friend demanded answers? 

    Former Reagan defense official K. T. McFarland writes of yesterday’s hearings that there were no “gotcha” moments, but she added that we did see a glimpse of Hillary’s soul, “and it was chilling.” 

    It is hard to argue with reality. With Joe Biden out, a debate that looked like a coronation and with few moments in the hearing yesterday that really stood out, Hillary Clinton has had a couple of very good weeks. 

    The 2016 presidential election, just 13 months away, is going to be a donnybrook. The only way we are going to prevail is if party strategists figure out how to reassemble the Reagan coalition — values conservatives, economic conservatives and defense conservatives — which no one has improved upon as a governing majority. 


    Planned Parenthood Next 

    In the wake of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby body parts, the House of Representatives voted to establish a select committee to thoroughly investigate the nation’s largest abortion business.

    Today, Speaker John Boehner named the Republican members of this new select committee. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will serve as chairman. Joining her will be Representatives Joe Pitts (R-PA), Diane Black (R-TN), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Andy Harris (R-MD), Vicki Hartzler (R-MO) and Mia Love (R-UT). 


    The Battle For Iowa 

    Two polls in two days show that Dr. Ben Carson has pulled into the lead in Iowa by eight and nine points respectively over Donald Trump. Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are essentially tied for third place at 10%. No other candidate received double-digit support in either poll.

    Trump’s slide in Iowa is not terribly surprising. The Hawkeye State is known for having a strong evangelical base in the GOP, which has historically meant that candidates like Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and even me do well there. 

    In other news today, the Bush campaign is dramatically slashing staff and salaries, hoping to cut $1 million a month in expenses. 

    So, Trump is down and Bush is struggling to stay afloat. My point is that nothing is inevitable. 

    At the same time, I think it is a mistake to get pulled into self-destructive movements designed to tear down our own candidates. Let the voters sort it all out. 

    It is hard to come up with a November 2016 scenario where the Republican nominee wins the presidency without Donald Trump’s voters. He is drawing support from folks who, by and large, embrace a robust American nationalism, feel the little guy is getting the short end of the stick and are sick and tired of all the excuses for why we can’t secure our borders. 

    On the Democrat side, the latest polls show Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by 7 and 11 points respectively — similar to the leads she had at this point in the 2008 race. Ultimately, she finished third in the Iowa caucuses.

    Meanwhile, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee dropped out of the Democratic presidential race today. How long will Maryland’s Martin O’Malley stay in? 

    End Of Day Report

    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer 


    Focus, Please 

    In recent weeks across the nation of Israel, fanatical Palestinian Muslim youths have attacked and killed Israeli Jews. Using knives, axes, and ice picks, they have murdered grandmothers, women and children. The United Nations has collectively yawned.

    For the most part, the Obama Administration has condemned the “cycle of violence” — a phrase which suggests both sides are at fault, as if Israelis were also killing Palestinians. In fact, this is a cycle of Jew killing by Palestinian terrorists and Israeli police are stopping the murderers before they kill again. (Click here to watch my interview on Newsmax TV regarding Obama’s moral blindness toward Israel.)

    Media coverage has been similarly obscenely “even handed.” Boiled down to its core, the media tone can be summed up as, “It is terrible that an 80 year-old Israeli Jew was hacked to death, but what do you expect a poor Palestinian boy to do when he sees ‘dirty Jewish feet’ on their holy ground?”

    Today, U.S. and European media are suddenly filled with moral indignation about what is happening in Israel. Unfortunately, their indignation is not aimed at the murderous ax-wielding Palestinians. 

    Their outrage is directed against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who asserted in a speech that Palestinian hatred of Jews goes back to World War II (and earlier still) when the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, encouraged Hitler and worked with him to kill Jews escaping from Europe. 

    The critics say this is “incitement” against Palestinians, and somehow distracts from Hitler’s responsibility for the Holocaust. I don’t think the prime minister of Israel needs a history lecture from anyone about Hitler’s evil acts. 

    The reality is too many of Israel’s critics are in denial about the fact that for many Palestinians, groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, and the rulers of Iran, Hitler’s work is not done. 


    Second Thoughts? 

    Earlier this month, Iran test fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear payload. The test was a blatant violation of U.N. resolutions and underscored the utter futility of President Obama’s nuclear deal with the Islamic regime. 

    This is not an insignificant issue. As national security expert Dr. Michael Makovsky explains: 

    “Ballistic missiles are not some minor offshoot of a nuclear weapons program. They are an integral part of any such program, providing the delivery vehicles necessary for getting a nuclear device on target. What need has Iran of such lethal projectiles if it has no nuclear weapons aspirations?”


    Yesterday, eleven Democratic senators, including nine who supported Obama’s nuclear deal, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry protesting the Iranian missile launch and demanding to know what, if anything, the Obama Administration plans to do about it. 

    “There must be no ambiguity in our willingness to enforce Iran’s obligations under UN resolutions and the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action],” the senators wrote. 

    I agree completely. But what are they suggesting . . . new sanctions? That’s unacceptable to Ayatollah Khamenei and Obama’s deal surrendered virtually all leverage we had. 

    I warned that the politicians who supported the terrible nuclear deal would become the ayatollah’s hostages. It seems a few senators may be having second thoughts. Too bad they didn’t think a little harder before now. 

    Some Democrats still think it’s a great deal. While a handful of senators are starting to sweat over Iran’s bad behavior, Nancy Pelosi threw a party yesterday, literally celebrating the dealon the same day the ayatollah endorsed it. 


    Hillary To The Hill 

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is testifying on Capitol Hill today about the 2012 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Her testimony is expected to go on for several more hours.

    Democrats have repeatedly claimed that continued investigations are meaningless because there is nothing new to learn. After all, seven other committees have already looked into what happened on the night of September 11, 2012. 

    But the State Department only began turning over emails from the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens this month. That is extraordinary! Just two days ago, the department turned over another 1,300 pages of emails. 

    As Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, said in his opening statement today: 

    “This committee is the first committee to demand access to the emails to and from Ambassador Chris Stevens. How could an investigation possibly be considered credible without reviewing the emails of the person most knowledgeable about Libya?”




    Obama Vetoes Defense Budget 

    For all the talk about how Republicans are refusing to compromise, President Obama vetoed the defense budget this afternoon. It marks the first time in 50 years that any president has vetoed the defense budget. 

    The bill funding the Pentagon passed 270-to-156 in the House and 70-to-27 in the Senate. Thirty-seven House Democrats voted for it, as did 20 Senate Democrats. 

    Among Obama’s objections are popular provisions preventing him from closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Only 29% of Americans support Obama’s position.

    Obama is also insisting on more domestic spending. He is holding the defense budget hostage, demanding congressional Republicans bust the budget caps on programs that have nothing to do with our national defense.