CPAC 2011

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“We cannot continue in an America where we are making more and more people wedded to government either by subsistence check or by employment check,” Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Allen West: America’s Survival Depends on Conservative Values

America cannot survive as a nation if it continues making more people dependent on government checks, Rep. Allen West told a cheering crowd in closing out the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference. The CPAC keynote speaker said America must secure the borders, protect the unborn, stand for traditional marriage and stand with Israel.
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Feb. 12, 2012 — Defeating President Barack Obama in 2012 will fix what ails America — not the president’s proposed budget, which includes a five-year spending freeze, says Rep. Allen West R-Fla. The CPAC keynote speaker also explained that events in Egypt could produce either Armageddon or a Berlin Wall moment.


Live from CPAC: PJTV’s Complete Coverage From the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference

Don’t miss a moment of coverage. Alexis Garcia, Danika Quinn, James Poulos, Tony Katz, Stephen Kruiser and Roger L. Simon will give you the best behind the scenes coverage of this historic gathering. (also; see more below)


CPAC 2011: The Poulos Powerhouse Media Panel — John Avlon, Margaret Hoover and Amy Holmes

James Poulos sits down with John Avlon, Margaret Hoover and Amy Holmes at CPAC.

 

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Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann and Trump slam Obama during first day of CPAC – (The Daily Caller)

CPAC speakers Santorum, McConnell and Gingrich: ‘Obama, you’re no Reagan’ – (The Daily Caller)

(Obama refers to self as ‘the Gipper’Is nothing sacred? More)

POLICY AND POTENTIAL:

OH MY, THE NECESSITY OF CUTS VS THE FANTASY OF A MAGICAL SPENDING MONEY TREE, RESPONSIBILITY VS THE ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY. WE STICKING WITH KRISTI (AND CHRISTIE)
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CPAC 2011: Rep. Kristi Noem Working on Budget Cuts and Responsible Spending

Tony Katz catches up with Rep. Kristi Noem at CPAC 2011.


CPAC 2011: Rep. Schweikert: “The Budget Numbers Are Much Uglier Than I Ever Expected.”

Alexis Garcia caught up with Rep. Schweikert at CPAC 2011.

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GOOD CALL RAND CAUSE THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO.

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Sen. Rand Paul: “I Won’t Vote to Raise The Debt Ceiling”

“I don’t want the other side to trap us into an argument where we can’t have budgetary reform” — Senator Rand Paul

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Fmr. Gov. Gary Johnson: We’re On A Path to an Economic Catastrophe, Can the FAIR Tax Save Us?
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (R) talks about the bank bailouts, the legacy of Ronald Reagan, and deficit spending. Don’t miss this James Poulos CPAC interview.CLICK HERE

[The Family Research Council is already boycotting CPAC. Now Tom McClusky, the council’s vice president for government affairs, has blogged an attack on the conference’s last-minute invitation to Gary Johnson: Guess Who (else) Is Coming to CPAC? Grover Norquist’s pot-smoking/pro-abortion/pro-gay marriage Presidential candidate. I wrote about the pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-pot legalization, pro-illegal immigration former New Mexico governor and wannabe President Gary Johnson before when it was learned that Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform were partnering with the liberal homosexual group Log Cabin Republicans for a fundraiser for him. It appears now that CPAC is so desperate to fill speaking spots that they have invited Gary Johnson to speak at CPAC as well. What is equally likely is that they hope to divide the libertarian vote to avoid the joke of a straw poll they had last year.]

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YOU ARE SO RIGHT – HE SURE DOESN’T GET IT!
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CPAC 2011: Senator Ron Johnson Plans to Reverse The Obama Agenda

“Government does not propel an economy forward. It is the private sector that creates real jobs. I am afraid President Obama simply does not get that.” -Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)

HEY OBAMA AND CO., THAT’S TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS NOT TRICKLE LITTLE (AKA FRUITCAKE) ECONOMICS, YOU DOPES. WAY TO GO JAMES.
Trickle Economics: A Tiny Increase in Jobs, Dramatic Plunge in Unemployment. Do the Numbers Lie?

“It’s Fruitcake Economics.” — James Gattuso, Heritage Foundation.


CPAC 2011: Douglas Holtz-Eakin: The Big Choices on Entitlement Programs Still Remain

“I think Monday we’ll see a complete whiff. We’ll see a budget that looks much like his past two budgets. Tiny cosmetic changes to discretionary spending.” –Douglas Holtz-Eakin on Obama’s budget.


CPAC 2011: Congressman McCotter: We Have To Reorient How Government Operates

“It is my belief what we have to do is reorient how government operates. Not just simply budget reforms or budget cuts. Because as we know from our experiences in the past, when you simply cut big government, overtime it gets fat again.” — Rep. Thaddeus McCotter



CPAC 2011: Rep. Tom Price — “The Fed is Not Working.”

The Fed is not working, has too much power and needs to be reigned in by Congress, says Rep. Tom Price.


CPAC 2011: Too Many Laws– Should Lobsters Equal Prison Time?

“We have too many laws… there was somebody who got federal prison for importing lobsters… we have in Texas eleven felonies relating to oysters.” — Marc Levin

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CPAC 2011: Andrew McCarthy: “I Don’t Worry About Egypt Tomorrow, I Worry About It 3 Years From Now”

Alexis Garcia sits down with the National Review Online’s Andrew McCarthy to talk dictators, oppressive regimes and the Obama Administration’s disinterest in engaging in real foreign policy.

YEH, AFTER DEFTLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH BALL TO EVEN PLAY WITH IN THE FIRST PLACE, THEN HE DROPPED IT.
No Peace in the Middle East; Did Obama Drop the Ball in Egypt?

“The Obama Administration has been flailing about…This would be a challenging moment…for any President, but it is more challenging for Obama… Because Obama did not respond to the 2009 uprising of the Green movement in Iran, it is hard for him to do it here…” — Cliff May

HEY OBAMA AND CO. QUIT TRYING TO FOOL YOURSELF AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, QUIT TRYING TO FOOL US. DO WE REALLY AS THE PEOPLE HAVE TO BE YOUR CHAPERON AND TELL YOU ONE MORE TIME, YOUR NOT DANCING WITH THE DEVIL OR WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO SEND YOU HOME!
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CPAC 2011: Michael Mukasey — Muslim Brotherhood’s Aspiration Is to Create an Islamic Caliphate

“The Muslim Brotherhood goes back to the 1920’s. It’s motto and aspiration is essentially the imposition of Sharia law… and the creation of an Islamic caliphate.” — Judge Michael B. Mukasey

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CPAC 2011: Andrea Tantaros — Obama Administration “Naive” When It Comes to Egypt

Handling of Mubarak: “pig headed and really naive”

CPAC 2011: Alex Traiman: Iran Must Not Cross the Nuclear Threshold 


CPAC 2011: Kenneth Weinstein — The U.S. Needs to Do More to Support Pro-Democracy Groups in Egypt

Has the U.S. backed itself in a corner with Egypt? Kenneth Weinstein of the Hudson Institute thinks so.

AND NOW FOR A WORD OF WARNING. WHY IS THIS GUY ON THE BOARD OF THE ACU (THE MAIN SPONSOR OF THE EVENT), AND WHAT THE HELL DOES HE THINK HE’S DOING?
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Video: ACU’s Suhail Khan declares that there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the United StatesCPAC erupted into controversy this week over the presence of ACU board of directors member Suhail Khan. He didn’t help the matter by saying something that is provably false.

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TERI YOU AIN’T KIDDING IT IS SCARY, AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF OUR BLEAK ECONOMIC FUTURE. IN THEIR DAY OUR LIBERTY TREE MIGHT BE BARE AND WITHERED, AND WHAT THEN OF THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABORS AND OF THEIR FREEDOMS?
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CPAC 2011: Smart Girl Teri Christoff: Our Children’s Future Is “Scary”
Co-founder of Smart Girl Politics sits down with Danika Quinn. She thinks out of control government spending is making our children’s future “scary.”

WE KNOW AMY, WE LOVE AMY, BUT WE WOULD HAVE SAID THIS ONE THING DIFFERENTLY. IT’S NOT A “HOT THING” BECAUSE OUR CAUSE IS NOT AKIN TO A FAD. IT IS THE PROVERBIAL BRUSH FIRES OF LIBERTY SPREADING IN THE HEARTS OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS LIKE WILD FIRE, AND THANK GOD FOR OUR COUNTRY THAT IT IS. WE MUST TOGETHER BE TIRELESS, TO FAN THE WARMTH OF THEIR FLAMES, IN THIS COLD WORLD.
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CPAC 2011: Amy Kremer — Legislators Know They Need Tea Party Support

“Everyone’s coming to the Tea Party. It’s the hot thing right now. These legislators… know they need Tea Party support.” — Amy Kremer

DARN RIGHT THEY ARE:
Orrin Hatch on Tea Party: “These Are Good, Decent, Honorable People”

“These are good, decent, honorable people who are just fed up, sick and tired of what what’s going on in this country and how it’s being run right into bankruptcy. I respect people like that.” — Orrin Hatch

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WITH OUR HEART AND SOUL BY GOD WE ARE TRYING, FOR THE DAY WE HAVE BECOME THE STATE OF WHICH YOU SPEAK, IS THE DAY OUR GREAT CONSTITUTION SHALL HAVE BURNED, AND THAT SHALL NOT COME TO PASS ON OUR WATCH!
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CPAC 2011: Ryan Hecker — Tea Party Needs to Keep Up the Pressure

“It’s not Obama vs Republicans or Democrats vs Republicans. We are in an ideological war right now. This is a moment in our society were we are really deciding, are we going to be moving to the left to a European social welfare state type system or are we going to return to our founding constitutional principles and roots.” — Ryan Hecker


CPAC 2011: Rep. Renee Ellmers on the Freshmen Class and Republican Leadership

“The American People spoke on November 2nd, and I think their voice was strong, it was heard, the Republican party across the board heard it, and they’re waking up and listening.” — Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) 

Tea Party freshmen win ‘$100 billion’ budget battle with GOP leadership – (The Daily Caller)

CPAC 2011: Grover Norquist: Tea Party Congressmen Neuter Republican Old Bulls


CPAC 2011: Jon “David” Kahn Won’t Apologize For His American Heart

“‘I Won’t Apologize,’ well, it was written at a time when Obama was going around the world bowing to everybody like one of those dipping birds” –Jon David Kahn


CPAC 2011: Sen. Barrasso — “I Wake Up Every Day and Say, ‘What Do I Have to Stop Today?'”

Tony Katz sits down with Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) at CPAC 2011.


CPAC 2011: Rep. Michele Bachmann — “People Want the Country to Work Again”

“There are consequences to elections.” – Michele Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) visited with Tony Katz at CPAC. Rep. Bachmann gave Tony her opinions about Egypt, Mubarak, Obama and health care. Hear more.

FROM FLORIDA, GO WEST. DARN RIGHT.

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Go West: CPAC Headliner Rep. Allen West Explains Why ObamaCare Is Unconstitutional

“Trying to tell the individual American citizen that they must enter into a private contractual agreement for a commodity is absolutely outside the mandates of the Constitution…” — Rep. Allen West (R-FL)


CPAC 2011: The Establishment Is “Cruz” -ing for a bruising: Ted Cruz on Principled Conservatism

“I think we need to repeal every word of every sentence of Obamacare.” – Texas Republican Ted Cruz

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Surprise: CBO Confirms Obamacare Will Kill 800,000 American Jobs – Guy Benson

 

Newsmax at CPAC Sen. Lee: Obamacare Doomed 


CPAC 2011: Rep. Mike Lee: Members of Congress should fix the mess then go home 

“Congress doesn’t have and has never previously exercised the power to tell Americans they have to buy a specific product they don’t want.” — Rep. Mike Lee (R-UT)


CPAC 2011: Tevi Troy — The Many Avenues for Repealing Obamacare

“It is likely that the Supreme Court will weigh in…” — Tevi Troy on ObamaCare


CPAC 2011: Sally Pipes — We Can Repeal Affordable Care Act if We Get the WH in 2013

Danika Quinn sits down with Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute, author of “The Truth About Obamacare”.

 
Santorum: Repeal Obamacare, then Work to End Medicaid as a Federal Entitlement Program

Santorum: Don’t Bail Out California or Any Other State

BY THE WAY THERE IS NO BIG RIFT BETWEEN SANTORUM AND PLAIN. DON’T PLAY INTO THE MSM’S BULL****.

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CPAC 2011: Rep. Steve King — “If I get my way the vote will come next week to defund ObamaCare”

“If I get my way the vote will come next week to defund ObamaCare.” — Rep. Steve King (R-IA)


CPAC 2011: Peter Ferrara — How to Build Better, Market Based Entitlement Programs

James Poulos sits down with Peter Ferrara at CPAC 2011


CPAC 2011: Catherine Engelbrecht — “If we’re not participating in fair elections, we’re not free.” 

True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht

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CPAC 2011: Anita Moncrief, ACORN Whistleblower Extraordinaire

“I haven’t stop exposing their corruption… now I am out and I am going to take a hammer and chisel to that 95% rating that he has in the black community. We’re going to take those votes back.” — Anita Moncrief


CPAC 2011: The Pigford “Sherrod” — Andrew Breitbart on Shirley Sherrod and the Pigford Settlements

–“She’s the one that knows the amount of fraud in Pigford. She knows that the black farmers were getting screwed, and that the non-farmers were getting $50,000 checks”

–“Shirley Sherrod did not help the black farmers.”

— “The same week she got fired, MSNBC was accusing me of being responsible…


CPAC 2011: Arthur Brooks: American-Style Freedom? Or European Social Democracy? Time for a Choice.

“The alternative is not one that’s just a question of economics… it’s a cultural question.” — Arthur Brooks

 
CPAC 2011: Dan Mitchell: Left Salivating for a Value Added Tax

“On the left you have them salivating for a value added tax. There is no way that we can ever have a European sized welfare state without a European style tax system. That means a VAT on top of the current tax system.” — Dan Mitchell

Feb. 12, 2011 — Former Rep. Joe Kennedy’s association with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez is not just in bad taste, it is a disgrace, Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., tells Newmax.TV. Mack also disparaged President Barack Obama’s plan to freeze federal spending as insufficient.  Watch video-link above or read article-this link

BLESS YOUR HEARTS, THE YOUNG DAVEY’S OF THE COUNTRY FIGHTING THE GOLIATH THAT IS OUR LIBERAL BIASED PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. (NEVER FORGET 3 MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMUNISTS (AND THEIR LEFTIST VARIATIONS INCLUDED): INFILTRATE EDUCATION, INFILTRATE THE MEDIA, AND INFILTRATE LOW LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WITH SIGHTS ON HIGHER AND HIGHER OFFICES.) HOW DO YOU THINK THEY’RE DOING? WELL ENOUGH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES THAT THESE GUY AND GALS HAVE TO TAKE EM ON!
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CPAC 2011: A New Voice on Campus: Students for Liberty

Students for Liberty is a new voice on campus trying to reach idealistic students with information they never hear — like the economics of freedom.

AND THEN THERE’S THIS LEFTIST PROBLEM, STILL INVOLVING A RADICAL STUDENTS COMPONENT, JUST PLAIN WRONG AND JUST AS INSIDIOUS.

Panthergate: Obama’s Department of Justice Double Standard

“The most transparent administration in history is actually not very transparent if you are a conservative or Republican. But it is awfully transparent if you are a friend of the Administration.” — J. Christian Adams


CPAC 2011: J. Christian Adams & Hans von Spakovsky on Eric Holder’s Politicized Justice Department

“Every American expects not to be confronted by folks with nightsticks. It happened in Philadelphia. It will happen again.”

Ron Paul

Romney’s CPAC speech

Mitt Romney

CPAC: Former Speaker Gingrich’s poignant speech 

Newt Gingrich at CPAC

Mitch Daniels Brings Down the House at CPAC
 
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Barbour makes his pitch

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Haley Barbour said Saturday that he’s actively considering running for president.

“I’m thinking very seriously about it,” Barbour said in a brief interview after his CPAC speech, adding that he is “doing some things to test the waters.”

That includes recent travels to South Carolina and privately urging GOP donors and strategists to not make any commitments before he makes a decision this April.

But the best evidence yet that the Mississippian is a man with his eye on winning the hearts of Republican voters may have come during his address here…

CPAC: Gov Tim Pawlenty’s speech

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  CPAC: Senator June Thune’s speech


 
 
 
 

 

  

 

IF YOU RUN GOVERNOR PERRY, WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK

  CPAC: Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry. 
A great discussion on the 10th Amendment for one thing.

 

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CPAC: Donald Trump’s speech

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Don Trump at CPAC Pamela Geller: Best speech of the day, I gotta tell you. Money quote of the day from Donald Trump, “Ron Paul cannot get elected.” Crowd goes wild. Yay and nay. I was whoooping.Best line of the day, also from Trump, “If I run and if I win, this country will be respected again.”

Donald Trump: Ron Paul ‘has zero chance of getting elected’ [VIDEO] – (The Daily Caller)

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Ron Paul Passes on a chance to hit back at Trump
PAUL WINS THE STRAW POLL AGAIN, SO WHY CAN’T HE WIN THE PRESIDENCY? SEE CAPTION FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE)

  Rand Paul later followed up as said that Trump has no chance to win.WITH ALL DUE RESPECT WE DON’T SEE EITHER WINNING, MAYBE TRUMP AS A VP, OR A FUTURE TREASURY SECRETARY OR SOMETHING. WE WILL ADD HOWEVER THAT AS CHANCES GO, TRUMP’S IS BETTER. THAT BEING SAID WE DO LIKE RON PAUL (AND RAND TOO), HE’S BEEN A STALWART IN DEFENSE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND FIGHTING THE FED RESERVE, AND BLESS HIM FOR THAT, BUT ON FOREIGN POLICY HE KIND SCARES THE HECK OUT OF US (YAF kicks out Ron Paul (because of his out of touch National Security views, in some ways even worse than Obama’s).
WE WOULD ALSO BE SURPRISED IF HE DIDN’T RUN FOR SENATE INSTEAD WITH A SEAT NOW OPEN. BESIDES HE ALSO BEEN THERE DONE THAT TWICE AND TO PUT IT SIMPLY, WE REALLY DON’T BELIEVE 2012 WILL A YEAR FOR RE-TREADS. (WE HYPHENATED THAT WORD SO AS TO MAKE SURE NO DISTURBED LIBERAL PICKS THIS UP AND TRIES TO INSINUATE WE CALLED SOMEBODY A RETARD!)DID SOMEONE SAY RETARD (YEAH YOU BET THAT’S AN INSULT, AND SO IS CALLING MAHER A DISRESPECTFUL JERK, SCHULZ A VILE LOUD MOUTH, AND OLBERMAN A FREAKIN PSYCHOTIC, BUT HEY AT LEAST WE’RE NOT WISHING ANYONE DEAD OR DEATHLY ILL)

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Mental Illness & The MSM: Get the Facts, Know The Answers

“There is help, and there is hope. But admitting you are a whack job is the very first step.” — Sonja Schmidt
FROM A REFORMED INDIVIDUAL NO LONGER DRINKING THE KOOL-AID:

Joe Hicks Confession: Hatred of Ronald Reagan a Leftwing Religion

“Hating Reagan was a religion for leftists like me. In more recent times, they’ve concentrated on George Bush and are now fixated on Sarah Palin.” — Joe Hicks

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STOP THE HATE!!

In a world where conservatives are branded fascist for wanting more liberty (the opposite thereof) and racist for wanting people to be treated equally (with means neither inferior nor superior, by the way), something must be done to stop them … right?

Prelude to a nervous breakdown

The HILL pundits blog by Bernie Quigley – 02/10/11

It is insidious when Rachel Maddow suggests that Rand Paul is a racist. It is insidious when Paul Krugman, The New York Times and the Daily Kos imply that Sarah Palin is a domestic terrorist. But The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank’s suggestion that Ron Paul is a closet Confederate is just stupid. The only tools left in their toolbox are mnemonic slander, irony and demagoguery; thus the liberals’ call to late-night stand-up comics to run for office. It is prelude to a nervous breakdown…Also: It’s time for Ron Paul to pass the torch, to Gary Johnson, an old-school libertarian like the Pauls who, according to a Gary Johnson 2012 fan site, when he was governor of New Mexico: never raised taxes in eight years; cut over 1,200 government jobs without firing anyone; cut taxes 14 times; vetoed over 750 bills; was the biggest advocate in the country for school vouchers; started his own small business and became a multimillionaire.
Ron Paul is thinking about running for president in 2012 as he did in 2008. He should pass the torch to Gary Johnson. Johnson could bring it to the next phase. Paul cannot.


CPAC 2011: CPAC Chairman David Keene– The Second Amendment Is A Simple Freedom
BECAUSE MANIACAL PEOPLE DON’T KILL PEOPLE, POSSESSED GUNS COME TO LIFE AND TAKE OVER THE HUMAN BODY TO CARRY OUT THEIR EVIL DEEDS. WE MUST GIVE THE DEATH PENALTY TO ALL THOSE GUNS.

Coast to Coast: Politics As Usual in Arizona; AZ Governing Class Stops Mental Health Debate

“We can’t go political unless it’s about guns…The one issue America wants to talk about is the mental health debate…we set something up…but I guess that was a little too much for certain members of our governing class”. — Trent Humphries

NRA chief: ‘Government failed’ in Tucson attacks
The leader of the National Rifle Association (NRA) made a vocal defense of gunowners’ rights in the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)

OH NO, HERE GO THEM CONSERVATIVES TALKING COMMON SENSE AGAIN!
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CPAC 2011: Federal Government “Clueless” on the Border Crisis

“Washington, D.C. doesn’t get it. It’s missing in action on the crisis on the southern border. The United States protects the borders of foreign countries… but we don’t protect our own border.” — Rep. Ted Poe (R- TX)

CPAC 2011: Dana Loesch– Conservative Women “Have More Balls Than Liberal Men”

CPAC 2011: Mary K. Ham on “Loko” Politics & 2012 GOP Candidates

CPAC 2011: Tabitha Hale — Tweeters, Not MSM, are Driving the Conversation

Tabitha Hale says tweeting and blogging is driving the political conversation now, not the Main Stream Media.

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Gore, Godzilla and Global Warming
“If Godzilla appeared on the mall this afternoon, Al Gore would say it’s Global Warming.” — Charles Krauthammer

Inconvenient truth: IPCC says heavy snow is not the result of global warming, contradicting Gore – (The Daily Caller)

Will the Earth’s Wandering Magnetic Poles Cause Deadly Superstorms?

Patrick Michaels: The politicization of science is undermining the credibility of academia — Politics and science shouldn’t mix.

 WHICH REMINDS US, YOU MUST WATCH BEN STEIN’S CLASS DISMISSED 

CPAC: Don Rumsfeld’s speech

Where Have all the Rumsfelds Gone?

Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs: This shot is the money and my favorite. Period.Rumsfeld’s speech was the highlight of the day and in a rational, more civilized world,
he would be the front runner in 2012.

CPAC: Former VP Dick Cheney’s speech

Cheney makes surprise appearance at CPAC

And we do not appreciate how a few of those in attendance treated him. (and by the way, just so you know, they were Ron Paul people. You may want to read more on Paul above if you didn’t catch our comments)   

CPAC: 2012 Picture Still Fuzzy — ‘No One Is Like Ronald Reagan’

Does anyone meet that criteria?

CPAC 2011: John Fund: In 2012 Republicans Should Avoid Nominating the “Next Guy in Line”

“The bill is a dog’s breakfast.” — Wall Street Journal’s John Fund.
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AND OF COURSE THERE HAD TO BE A LITTLE CONTROVERSY.

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CPAC 2011: Ann Coulter — “I Like Gays, and I Don’t Think They Should Be Co-Opted By The Left.”

“I am as Christian as they come. I’m against gay marriage, I’m against open gays in the military. But I like gays, and I don’t think they should be co-opted by the left.” — Ann Coulter

[IF WE’VE SAID THIS ONCE, WE’VE SAID THIS A MILLION TIMES ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE. WHERE WE HAVE A CONSERVATIVE VIEW OF THIS ISSUE FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE, HOW CAN’T YOU, WE ALSO HOLD A SECULAR LIBERTARIAN VIEW IN THAT WHAT ONE ENGAGES IN A PRIVATE MANNER, THAT DOES NO HARM TO ANOTHER, IS THEIR BUSINESS. THAT BEING SAID, MOST IMPORTANTLY THE VIEW THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF INDIVIDUAL IDEOLOGIES, IS THAT OF NATURAL LAW. THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE IS AN INSTITUTION OF MANKIND AND THE NATURAL FAMILY UNIT IS THE BEDROCK AND THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF SOCIETY. THAT WHICH DEVIATES FROM IT, CANNOT BE IT.THIS HOLDS TRUE WITH RESPECT TO THE ADOPTION OF CHILDREN (AND ABSURDLY THE IDEA OF REFERENCES TO PARENT 1 AND PARENT 2. IT’S SO 1984’ISH LIKE REFERRING TO CITIZEN #8456293. ALSO ABSURD IS THE IDEA OF A CHILD’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE SAYING FATHER AND FATHER OR MOTHER AND MOTHER. THAT’S UNNATURAL AND IMPOSSIBLE, UNLESS MAYBE YOUR FOOLING AROUND IN THE LAB PLAYING GOD.) BACK TO THE ADOPTION ISSUE, WELL NEED WE SAY MORE. OK, ONE MORE THING; WE DO BELIEVE IT’S HARMFUL TO A CHILD TO BE RAISED, NOT IN AN ENVIRONMENT SUCH AS A DAD AND UNCLE OR GRANDFATHER, BUT RATHER AN ENVIRONMENT OF 2 MEN PLAYING HUSBAND AND WIFE. IDENTITY CRISIS, SELF ESTEEM ISSUES, DEPRESSION AND OTHER FACTORS HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED AS NEGATIVE UPON CHILDREN IN THIS SETTING.FINALLY AS TO THE POLITICS OF IT ALL (RECALL OUR LIBERTARIAN VIEW ABOVE) AND A GROUP LIKE GOPROUD, WE UNDERSTAND YOU WOULD LIKE SEAT AT THE TABLE, AND YES BECAUSE YOU DO HOLD TO PREDOMINATELY CONSERVATIVE IDEALS, AND WE APPRECIATE THAT. WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE MANY GAY PEOPLE THAT ALSO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GAY MARRIAGE, WE KNOW A COUPLE SUCH PEOPLE. BUT THEN THERE ARE OTHER GROUPS, THE HRC FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WE DO NOT APPRECIATE, AS THEY DO NOT HOLD TO MOST OF OUR OTHER PRINCIPLES, ARE USING US, AND ARE USING YOU.SO OUR VIEWPOINT, AT LEAST ON MARRIAGE IS AS SIMPLE AS SIMPLE CAN GET. NO GAY MARRIAGE, PERIOD.PS. YOU REALLY NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT SOME OF YOUR BIG MONEY DONORS AND FAMOUS SUPPORTERS, SPECIFICALLY THE ONES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND THE HOLLYWOOD ESTABLISHMENT. YOU SEE IT’S LIKE THIS: THE GAY POPULATION IS ONLY A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE, YET ON TV AND IN THE MOVIES IT SEEMS EVERY OTHER SHOW AND EVERY OTHER PROGRAMMING HAS AT LEAST SOME IF NOT A LOT, OF HOMOSEXUAL CONTENT. WHAT UP WITH THAT? IT HAS BECOME OFFENSIVE, NOT ALL INDIVIDUALS BUT AS A COLLECTIVE AGENDA, ESPECIALLY WITH RESPECT TO HOW MUCH KIDS ARE SUBJECTED TO MATERIAL, ALONG WITH THE DISAPPROVAL OF PARENTS, AND AS FOR ADULTS THERE ARE PLENTY THAT WOULD SIMPLY LIKE A BREAK FROM IT TOO. SOME THINGS MAY BE SUBTLE AND MORE RESPECTABLE, BUT MORE AND MORE THESE DAYS MANY THINGS ARE NOT. THEY NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS GAY AND IT’S JUST PERFECTLY NATURAL AND PERFECTLY FINE AND EVERYONE’S BORN THAT WAY. THEY NEED TO STOP ACTING AS IF THEY HAVE SOME BIG POWER OR ARE OF A SPECIAL CLASS, WHEN AS WE SAID, THEY ARE A SMALL MINORITY, AND AS INDIVIDUALS NOBODY SPECIAL LIKE THE REST OF US. THE INDIVIDUAL, MAN AND WOMAN DID NOT CREATE NATURE, DO NOT OWN NATURE, CANNOT EVEN FULLY COMPREHEND NATURE, AND SHOULD BE TRY TO ALTER NATURE.PSS. WE TOO ARE OPPOSED TO D.A.D.T. AND STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU READ WHISTLEBLOWER MAGAZINE. THEY DEDICATED AN ENTIRE ISSUE TO THIS SUBJECT TITLED “DROPPING THE H-BOMB ON THE MILITARY” YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A PDF FROM OUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS PAGE.]

WOW WHAT A SENTIMENT, WE LIKE IT. HERE APPLY THIS SAME THOUGHT TO THE ARGUMENT ABOVE.

Rewriting Black History Month “I don’t buy into black history month… I don’t want to be treated rotten because of my skin color, and I don’t want to be treated special either.” — AlfonZo RachelAND SPEAKING OF THE SHALLOW, FICKLE, HYPOCRITICAL HOLLYWOOD; CAN RELATE TO THE 2 STATEMENTS ABOVE, WHAT A JOKE (NOT AN AWARD WINNING COMEDY KIND OF JOKE MIND YOU)

“White” Tie Event? Racism and the Academy Awards

“The fact is that there are nearly all-white Boston suburbs, and there weren’t a lot of black faces in the inner circles of the British royal family circa World War II, and exactly how do you inject race into a Pixar animated film that features toys as characters?” — Joe Hicks

HRCrefuses to commend Sarah Palin — “The nation’s largest gay rights advocacy organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has instituted its own ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy toward conservative firebrands Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle after they implicitly — but clearly — voiced support for the gay-oriented Republican group GOProud,” reports The Daily Caller’s Jeff Winkler. We need “different, diverse groups … involved in political discourse,” Palin said. “We need to be very careful when we get to talk about our opinions and be inclusive,” added Angle. HRC’s response? “We have no comment on this matter.” According to its website, the Human Rights Campaign has but one goal: “Achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.” If that reads to you like a nonpartisan statement, you were clearly born yesterday, and it’s a wonder you can read at all.

AND THE IRONY OF IT: So-called gay rights groups shun gays palling around with PalinA BIG TENT IS FINE, BUT YOU DON’T TREAT IT LIKE OUR BORDER EITHER – WIDE OPEN ALLOWING HARM TO OURSELVES.

GOPROUD: We Need a Bigger Tent to Solve America’s Problems

GOProud’s Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia: CPAC should include everybody.

EMPHASIS FROM ABOVE –
Guy Benson: GOProud Is Pretty Conservative; Supports the Movement on Most Issues

Guy Benson on GOProud: “We have to be careful before we start writing people out of the movement.”

A POINT WELL TAKEN. WE’RE NOT BOYCOTTING THE WHOLE CPAC, JUST THE HRC.
Adam Salmon: Boycotting CPAC is a mistake — By boycotting CPAC, social conservatives are doing the conservative movement a disservice.THEN THERE’S THIS VIEWPOINT, AND HE HAS A POINT WELL TAKEN TOO.

Tony Perkins: Conservatives must not waver on principles — Why CPAC is no longer, for the most part, conservative.~

CPAC Gets Sneak Peek of New ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Film

https://i2.wp.com/www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Atlas-133x200.jpg  atlas2 “It is a movie that freedom fighters have been waiting decades for,” said Max Pappas, the vice president of public policy for FreedomWorks, which co-sponsored the CPAC screening. With sufficient support and financial backing, the filmmakers hope “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” will be followed by two sequels.    Watch the trailer below:

CPAC 2011: Special Highlight Reel – Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann, and Rand Paul, and more  

Highlights of the PJTV’s coverage of CPACCoulter sat with James Poulos at CPAC to talk about her new book, liberals, health care and more.  Ann Coulter likes gays, but does not like gay marriage. Still, she doesn’t think that gay citizens should be co-opted by the left. Plus, Coulter has strong words for liberals, especially the young ones. Can they be helped? Should we raise the voting age for the sake of the republic? Find out here. 

CPAC 2011 Closes with Record Crowd

WATCH THE CLOSING VIDEO: TAKING AMERICA BACK DAY TWO. THESE ARE INSPIRING TIMES, THESE ARE ALL INSPIRING PEOPLE AND GREAT AMERICANS, AND IF THIS ISN’T THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION, AND WE MEAN THIS MOST SINCERELY, GOD HELP US.
 

 ON, WHY RON PAUL CAN’T WIN, AND WHY WE WON’T BE LOOKING TO ROMNEY AS THE FRONT RUNNER EITHER.
THIS IS A STRAW POLL, EARLY ON, WITH A CROWDED FIELD, AND OF SAID FIELD RON MAY HAVE GOT 30%, BUT IT’S EVERYONE ELSE THAT GOT THE OTHER 70. PAUL HAS A LOYAL AND ENERGETIC FOLLOWING, AND HE WILL ALWAYS GET THE 30%, THE PROBLEM IS THAT’S WHERE IT STOPS, EVEN WHEN THE FIELD CLEARS HE STILL WON’T PICK UP MUCH MORE, AND YOU CAN WIN THE PRESIDENCY THAT WAY.
AS FOR ROMNEY, AS MUCH AS WE FEEL FOR HIM IN THAT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUR CANDIDATE LAST TIME, NOT JOHN MCCAIN, AND HAD HE THE COUNTRY WOULD BE A LOT HAPPIER RIGHT NOW, HOWEVER A PROBLEM SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DESCRIBED ABOVE APPLIES TO HIM AS WELL, COUPLED WITH THE FACTS THAT THE ATMOSPHERE HAS CHANGED FOR HIM SOMEWHAT, AND THAT THIS YEAR IT IS MOST LIKELY THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE A REPEAT FRONT RUNNER.  THAT PUT THEM BOTH OUT, AS IT DOES HUCKABEE, GIULIANI, AND OTHERS.

For the second consecutive year, libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) breezed to victory Saturday in the CPAC straw poll — a sign of the intense following he enjoys and the waning relevance of the surveys.The results this year were nearly identical to last year — Paul took 30 percent in 2011 and 31 percent in 2010 — and the response from the crowd was the same, as well.Outgoing American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene was jeered by Paul enthusiasts as he sought to downplay the results.


but perhaps a much better idea for Ron Paul-

Could Ron Paul Join His Son in the Senate?
According to a new poll, possibly (if he decides to run)! The impending retirement of Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison has created an open seat in 2012, and Ron Paul comes in a close second in a PPP poll measuring support for prospective candidates among Republican voters.

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NOW FOR THE RATINGS: WE PICKED UP THE RATINGS OF CPAC SPEECHES (FOCUS ON PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECTS) FROM POLITICO. WHERE WE DON’T ALWAYS AGREE WITH POLITICO, THEY HAVING A BIT OF A BENT TO THE LEFT OVERALL, REGARDLESS, THIS IS WORTH NOTING.

NEWT GINGRICH – Thursday, 12:30 p.m.Substance: The party’s “ideas man” didn’t disappoint, touching on all matters of public policy. Borrowing a phrase from Citizens United’s David Bossie, a “one man think tank.”Presentation: A gifted speaker for sure, hard-hitting and free-flowing, historical tangents abounding, always holding the audience’s attention.Conservative red meat: Vociferous attacks on Obama’s foreign policy and economic philosophy. But not much on the social issues — no gay marriage, no prayer in school, but did put his foot down when it comes to tax payer funded abortions.Audience reaction: A rock-star reception, with laughs, thunderous applause and plenty of occasions to jump out of your seat.Obama bash:I hate to tell this to our friends at MSNBC, but Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan. OVERALL GRADE: A-. The combination of wonk, energy and aggression is eaten up by the crowd and moves him to the head of the class so far.

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DONALD TRUMP – Thursday, 3 p.m.Substance: About as much depth as an “Apprentice” episode in specifics, but heavy on the economy, no new taxes and earning back respect around the globePresentation: Rare that one gets such a show for free – a hand-waving, tough-talking extravaganza Conservative red meat: Said he’s pro-life, anti-gun control and anti-ObamaCare. Audience reaction: Over the moon enjoyment – unless they were Ron Paul fans.Obama bash: “The people who went to school with him, they never saw him, they don’t know who he is.”OVERALL GRADE: A- The best-received speech of the event, the grade will become an A if he actually runs

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RICK PERRY – Friday, 4:00 p.m. Substance: 10th Amendment pitch found the perfect audience. Calls for smaller government and more border security were well received.Presentation: He’s got the swagger of a younger George W. Bush. His dramatic run through of the ills of federal overreach showed why he would be a compelling presidential candidate.Conservative red meat: The folksy advocacy for greater local control was a favorite: “I love hearing those people who talk about ‘government revenues.’ Folks, it’s the people’s money.”Audience reaction: Even at the end of a long day, Perry had the crowd on its feet and energized.Obama bash: “Have I mentioned ObamaCare? I sincerely hope our principled senators, regardless of party, will toss out that train wreck of a plan. If we don’t, that bill will bankrupt our states.”OVERALL GRADE: A- There wasn’t much talk about Perry in the conference hall leading up to the Texas governor’s speech, but there sure was after.

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MITT ROMNEY – Friday, 10:30 a.m.Substance: Jobs, jobs, jobs, but also briefly hit the president for what he called a nonexistent foreign policy.Presentation: Not as stiff as usual, was comfortable, at home.Conservative red meat: Mocked Michelle Obama’s organic garden – and made a second reference to letting the masses eat “organic cake” – but mentioned health care just once (see RomneyCare).Audience reaction: A rock-star reception, with laughs, thunderous applause and plenty of occasions to jump out of your seat.Obama bash: “How difficult is it to take office in the middle of a raging economic crisis and understand that the economy should be your number one priority?” OVERALL GRADE: B+ Never going to be the choice of this crowd ideologically, but made the best of what he has. Smooth delivery helped a lot, and he did nothing to tarnish his front-runner status.

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TIM PAWLENTY – Friday, 3:00 p.m.Substance: Delivered forceful argument about cutting spending and limiting the size of government, but thrust of the speech hit Obama for not getting tough with America’s enemies.Presentation: Honed his standard stump speech, knowing which lines are winners (America followed Greece into Democracy, not bankruptcy) and testing new ones (What planet is Obama living on?).Conservative red meat: Fed the crowd a healthy dose of health care repeal, denouncing Obama as un-Reagan-like and proposed a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget. “We as a nation need to turn towards God, not away from him.”Audience reaction: Started off receiving only a light smattering of applause but grew into a few standing ovations, particularly for hammering Obama’s “weakness” in national security.Obama bash:We need more common sense and less Obama nonsense.”OVERALL GRADE: B+ Came out fighting on foreign policy, asserting America’s greatness and strength. But avoided the situation in Egypt, other than a passing mention of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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JOHN THUNE – Friday, 1:30 p.m. Substance: Spoke convincingly about cutting spending, but the real focus of the speech was personal – introducing himself and effectively using a story of his grandfather’s trip from Norway to America and his families rise in South Dakota.Presentation: At his best while being light, jokes drew laughter and the touch of introducing his wife was well received. But his attacks on Obama were flat.Conservative red meat: Hit the right notes for the crowd, calling for a repeal of the health care law, a broader domestic energy plan, a recommitment to family values, and firm support for Israel..Audience reaction: They “oooohed” at his dig at Palin, “The closest I’ve come to being on a reality show is CSPAN’s live coverage of the Senate floor.”Obama bash: “This year, the president talked a lot (in the State of the Union) about supporting ‘clean energy,’ and he started by recycling his speech from last year.”OVERALL GRADE: B+ The bar wasn’t set as high for Thune as for some of the other speakers, but he certainly cleared it. And starting off his speech with calls of “run, John, run” surely didn’t hurt.

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MICHELE BACHMANN – Thursday, 9:15 a.m.Substance: Wonky, it wasn’t. Light as a feather on policy, making up just a tiny portion of the remarks.Continue ReadingPresentation: In the zone, relaxed, connecting with the crowd, and comfortable enough to mock her own not-looking-at-the-right-camera mishap.Conservative red meat: A vegetarian dish, no mention of hot button-issues like guns, prayer in school, gay marriage. But tapped into anti-Washington fever, including repealing ObamaCare and shrinking the deficit.Audience reaction: Whoops, hollers and lots of applause.Obama bash:The all most important must-have for 2012 is this: making Barack Obama a one-term presiden t.”OVERALL GRADE: B. Used her personal charisma to pump up the early-morning crowd and kick off CPAC.

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MITCH DANIELS – Friday, 7:30 p.m.Substance: The man they call “The Blade” urged cuts, cuts, cuts: “Our morbidly obese federal government needs not just behavior modification but bariatric surgery.”Presentation: Chock-full of metaphors and historical references — to the extent of sometimes being stiff.Conservative red meat: Gets hearty approval for populist cry to refund tax dollars — but staying true to his “truce” call, nary a mention of social issues.Audience reaction: A tough crowd by 9 p.m. after a long day, his wordy speech gets a few laughs and light clapping. Best applause comes when he pulls out the Russian accent to imitate the New Jersey Nets owner.Obama bash: “Today’s EPA should be renamed the Employment Prevention Agency. After a two-year orgy of new regulation, President Obama’s recent executive order was a wonderment, as though the number one producer of rap music had suddenly expressed alarm about obscenity.”OVERALL GRADE: B He poured on the policy, a tough sell for a tired audience. Only positive reviews we heard after he yielded the stage save him from a lower grade.

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HALEY BARBOUR – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.Substance: Slammed Obama on energy policy, spending, tax increases and growth of government.Presentation: The CPAC veteran delivered with ease in his trademark drawling, folksy style.Conservative red meat: Despite known appreciation for the social-issues “truce,” Barbour insisted that governors like himself weren’t ignoring such matters in favor of fiscal concerns. “Americans United for Life named Mississippi the safest state in America for an unborn child.”Audience reaction: A full ballroom, but as the morning’s first draw it seemed Barbour could only cajole a few applause lines. Was still rushed by the crowd when he stepped off the stage.Obama bash: “President Obama has tried to sound like Ronald Reagan for the last several weeks — I can tell you, Reagan would recognize this ploy as just another play from the Democrat playbook: Fake up the middle, then run around left end.” OVERALL GRADE: B No jump-out-of-your-seat moments — but he made the best out of a bad speaking slot.

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JOHN BOLTON – Saturday, 1:30 p.m.Substance: Bolton seized on the moment in Egypt to slam Obama as weak on national security stances for the entirety of his speech — spending more time on the subject than any other CPAC speakers. A bit wonky at the end, but it worked.Presentation: Right at home with this speech, dispatching his missives in his traditionally hawkish manner.Conservative red meat: Stuck close to his foreign policy chops, calling the Obama White House’s views “cancerous” and repeatedly hammering home Obama’s inexperience. Said the administration “has been hesitant, inconsistent, confused and just plain wrong” on Egypt, and broader national security issues. Domestic concerns and hot-button conservative issues largely absent.Audience reaction: Strong applause every time he delivered an Obama zinger — and there were lots. People filing out of the ballroom weren’t talking about him as the next Commander in Chief — they want him as Secretary of State.Obama bash: “We do not accept an American president who is weak, indecisive and apologetic about our country.” OVERALL GRADE: B While Bolton hammered home his Egypt views, it wasn’t a speech that took guts — he would have talked about national security no matter what. Still, he gets a little extra credit for using foreign policy to rev up a crowd that hasn’t talked much about it this week.

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HERMAN CAIN – Friday, 4:30 p.m. Substance: A light affair, with no substantial policy talk from a presidential hopeful with no political experience.Presentation: Cain’s a businessman, but this sale almost flopped under the weight of a slow start — and then there was his confusion “attack of the -atians” lines, as in “taxatian” and the like. It sounded like “attack of the Asians and fell completely flat — a total head-scratcher.Conservative red meat: Zeroed-in on Obama’s health care law — saying it was “shoved down Americans’ throats” — but was noticeably silent on social issues.Audience reaction: While he didn’t get the rock-star treatment usually delivered by his grassroots audiences, he showed his moxie with lines like “Stupid people are ruining America,” and “The United States of America will not become the United States of Europe! Obama bash: “You will get called racist simply because you disagree with the president who happens to be black. They call me racist too, because I disagree with a president who happens to be black.” (and he’s black) OVERALL GRADE: B- As the only 2012 hopeful with an actual exploratory committee, you’d think Cain would have done more to advance his case. Instead, he relied on personal anecdotes and cute, catchy maxims that won’t close many deals. Still, he gets points for selling the product he knows best — himself.

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RICK SANTORUM – Thursday, 1:45 p.m.Substance: Knowledgeable in his attacks on judicial activism in abortion cases, but meandered through a discussion on Obama’s foreign policy that seemed to lose some in the audience.Presentation: Showed the polish of having been a senator and comfortable with a well-worn stump speech. Lost momentum by offering a short question and answer session that fell flat.Conservative red meat: Impassioned plea for the GOP to not forget pro-life issues and offered a touching story about one of his children who suffers from a rare disorder.Audience reaction: After Gingrich packed the house, the room was only half full – and very quiet. Only a few applause lines.Obama bash: “President Obama has refused to look at the situation in Iran and Egypt and around the world and do what Ronald Reagan was never afraid to do, to call evil evil.” OVERALL GRADE: C+ Didn’t really stand out or connect with the audience, and at times had trouble making his point clear.

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GARY JOHNSON – Friday, 9:30 a.m.Substance: Solid, stressed his executive credentials in calling for immediate budget cuts, free market solutions and no new taxes.
Presentation: You could have slept through it. Relaxed, calm — rarely voice his voice.Conservative red meat: Vocally pro-gay rights — an issue Johnson’s been promising to raise at CPAC — he skipped over the issue entirely! Did the dog eat that part of his speech?Audience reaction: A few supporters carried “Gary Johnson Rocks” and “Gary Johnson for President 2012” signs — and they cheered loudly for his proposal to legalize pot.Obama bash: “We should repeal President Obama’s health care plan. But how about Republicans offer a repeal of their prescription drug plan?” OVERALL GRADE: C+ Crowd enjoyed his libertarian leanings and low-key demeanor, but major deduction for not having the guts to mention one of his signature issues – gay rights – to the conservative audience.

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RON PAUL – Friday, 3:30 p.m.Substance: Began with a criticism of interventionist foreign policy, tying his long-held belief that America is overextended into the events Friday taking place in Egypt. He then hit his usual criticisms of the Federal Reserve and monetary policy, but was strongest in decrying the U.S. “propping up puppet dictators.”Presentation: An off day. At times seemed to lose track of where he was going and after reading a quote from Sam Adams later referred to him as Sam Johnson.Conservative red meat: Got his loudest applause by declaring, “The Patriot Act is literally the destruction of the Fourth Amendment.”Audience reaction: The crowd for Paul was larger than any other speaker, but unlike last year he didn’t rock the conference. There were no interruptions and chants of “End the Fed” like last year; this time around he barely stirred the audience.Obama bash: There wasn’t any — he didn’t even mention the president!OVERALL GRADE: C He’s a CPAC star and should have done better. For as many of those who showed up, he disappointed.

*****

 Conservatives Cautious on 2012 Presidential Pick  

  Fox News Poll: Trump for President?

  TAKE PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLLS AT TOWNHALL

TAKE PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLLS AT TAX DAY TEA PARTY / LIBERTY.COM

Honey, Do You Mind Leftovers Tonight?
January 28, 2011 – Why the GOP nominee for president should not be too familiar to voters More

Wall Street Journal – GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Tea Party Views on Spending

Iowa ‘Tribes’ Flex Their Muscles With Support for Presidential Candidates. The Tea Party. The candidates.

By Stephen Clark | Published February 12, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Keep the pressure on: American Solutions launched NoMoreObamaCare.com. Freedom Works encourages the Tea Party movement to continue to take action right now in their Repeal ObamaCare War Room.

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Conservative, Doctor, Senator Tom Coburn; impeccable record, unassailable character, one of our top Presidential contenders for 2012 (though most preferably, as always in our view, would be a Governor):

Hard choices cannot wait another year  Sen. Tom Coburn, OpEd Contributor “The problem is we’ve had countless Sputnik moments in recent decades that have created little more than space junk.”Coburn “disgusted with the media. (The Daily Caller), and he should be, as are millions of us.

Lessons from 94 and why it’s D-Day on the national debt Sen. Tom Coburn, OpEd Contributor “You are swearing an oath to defend the Constitution, not your state or district.” Budget Contains Healthcare ‘Trojan Horse’ December 10th, 2010 From Fox NewsSenator Coburn Denounces Federal Budget Bill as ‘Trojan Horse’ to Fund New Health Care Law by the Billions.

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Bachmann on ‘12 Run: ‘I’m Committed to Doing Whatever I Can’ to Oust Obama.

Bless her heart. This is a genuine woman with genuine beliefs and genuine concerns. We have our own ideas about the Presidential nominee but we are definitely looking at you as making a great VP choice, although we conceed this will be much like Palin revisited, the media having already begun it’s attacks. One difference though – there won’t be a John McCain at the top of the ticket.

Michele Bachmann Shares Keys to 2012 Success With S.E. Cupp – Interview

 

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Palin Hires Chief of Staff…Strong Indication of 2012 Presidential Run (and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU)

Some long shots crowd the field https://i0.wp.com/images.politico.com/global/news/110209_santorum_pataki_605.jpgPataki Weighs Presidential Run – More evidence is emerging that former New York Republican Gov. George Pataki may run for president. He has quit as chairman of Revere America, his anti-Obamacare political action group, to focus on “other commitments.”

Giuliani: I’m Open to 2012 Presidential Run – Why, why bother – you don’t have a chance. Just stay in NYC and fulfill the appointment you accepted from Gov Cuomo.

Giuliani: TEA Party’s Good, but a Couple People in it are ‘a Little Crazy’ – Well that may be true, there’s a few bad apples in “every” bushel no doubt, but Rudy – thinking you should run makes you a little crazy too.

Giuliani Mulls Another Presidential Bid- Giuliani is getting set to vie for the nomination again in 2012, seeing an “opportunity for a moderate candidate with a background in national security.” He has also suggested that if Palin runs that will convince him too. Well you just made a great case for Palin to sit one out!

 

HOT AIR Quote of the day 2/2/11 – “The betting among Republicans is that John Thune remains in the Senate, and the senator himself acknowledges he might stay put… “‘He’s young, he’s got time,’ said one veteran Republican close to Thune. ‘He does have that

 

Could Obama Ambassador (update: now x-ambassador) Jon Huntsman, Jr. Be the GOP’s 2012 Nominee?

January 1, 2011 at 4:28pm by  Jonathon M. Seidl  He was once considered a rising star in the GOP. But after taking a position in the Obama administration, his name has mostly disappeared from the GOP’s lexicon. Now, however, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. is changing that as he begins hinting at a possible 2012 presidential run.Huntsman, who shares a name with his philanthropist and businessman father Jon Huntsman, Sr., is currently the U.S. ambassador to China. It’s an ambassadorship many think was used as a pawn in a game of political chess: with Huntsman out of the picture, and literally out of the country, he couldn’t gain momentum for a 2012 run against President Obama.That theory isn’t too conspiratorial. Obama campaign manger David Plouffe once said that Huntsman makes him feel a “wee bit queasy” because he’s “speaking a lot of truth about the direction of the party.” Enter a new Newsweek profile and a “wee bit queasy” could develop into a full on sickness:

Is Mike Huckabee a good candidate for 2012? NO, says Tea Party Eric Odom! (We agree, as said yes Huckabee is a good and decent man, and would be a far cry better than Obama, never the less, we can do better)

We don’t take endorsements or opposition positions in primaries lightly. In the case of Mike Huckabee (and likely a few others in the coming weeks) we believe it’s time to take a position of opposition. Now, as we stated on Facebook a few days ago, this is certainly going to upset a few because we have members who believe Mike Huckabee is a good choice for President. For the record, Liberty.com is of the opinion that Mike Huckabee  is a good, decent person. That said, as a politician he is NOT what this movement has advocated for. Don’t worry, we’re not just throwing the charge that Mike Huckabee is no tea party candidate out there with nothing to back it up. We’ve put a post up on our new blog that explains Mike Huckabee’s support of higher taxes, tax fees, and even calls for national smoking bans and other nanny state positions. Please read the full post on the new Liberty Blog. Also visit the YouTube video here. We would love to know your thoughts on the matter! For Liberty-Eric Odom-liberty.com

From TheDC Analysis: Inaugural GOP presidential nomination rankings

By Jamie Weinstein – The Daily Caller |  01/17/2011

THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE BECOME MORE CONSERVATIVE SINCE LEAVING THE NY GOVERNORS OFFICE, WELL LET’S JUST SAY THAT CREDENTIAL SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. WE ARE FELLOW NEW YORKERS, AND LIKE GIULIANI, WE SAY – NO WAY.

With the November midterm elections having just recently taken place, it is hard to believe the first Republican presidential primary debate is just months away. Daily Caller contributor and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain became the first Republican candidate to formally launch a presidential exploratory committee last week. Cain is a superstar on the Tea Party circuit and in rank-and-file conservative circles. The anti-Obama African-American who likes to joke about his “dark-horse candidacy,” he’s a lot more than merely a less eccentric Alan Keyes. It’s hard to guess how far he’ll go as a Presidential candidate, however as a VP choice he’s a no brainer pick. (Herman Cain: A people’s president — A people’s president would be of the people, by the people and for the people.) (Top Ten Reasons to Support Herman Cain for President by C. Edmund Wright) More will surely follow. Below is my first ranking of the top 10 possible candidates, ranked by their current strength to win the nomination should they run. This will undoubtedly alter significantly as we move through the primary season and my rankings will be periodically updated to reflect the changing environment. But without further ado, the current rankings:

1. Chris Christie, “The Dream” – Chris Christie insists he isn’t going to run, but no one excites the conservative base as much as the tough-talking, union-bashing governor of New Jersey who isn’t afraid to throw his ample weight around to get things done. Christie has surely seen the recent Zogby poll that shows him not only at the top of the heap among Republicans if he decides to make a run, but the only potential 2012 contender that currently leads Obama in a hypothetical match-up. Christie has also certainly learned the Obama lesson – strike while the iron is hot. There are still a lot of “known unknowns” with Christie, however, which could potentially cause his bubble to burst if he enters the race. Where does he stand on foreign policy? How about social issues? A salivating party wants to know.

2. Mitt Romney, “Mr. Manufactured” – The former Massachusetts governor is still the leading pick of Republican insiders, according to the latest Hotline survey – though Mitch Daniels is gaining on him. But Romney has a potentially fatal flaw: health care. The 2010 midterm rage was driven in large part by Obamacare. But before there was Obamacare, there was Romneycare. Romney has not done a good enough job explaining this away – the federalism argument doesn’t cut it – and if he is unable to, his candidacy may very well be doomed. Which, in some respects, is a shame since a businessman renowned for turning around companies might fare well in 2012 if the economy hasn’t fully recovered.

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3. Sarah Palin, “The Superstar” – Despite criticism for leaving the Governors office back home in Alaska, you can’t deny that Sarah Palin is the biggest personality in Republican politics. She can draw a crowd probably as large as each of the other GOP presidential contenders combined – and then some. For that reason alone, she can’t be discounted as a serious contender for the GOP nomination if she decides to run, especially since she has the potential to do extremely well in Iowa and South Carolina, two of the earliest and most important primary states. As for her potential to actually win a general election, well, that’s another story altogether.

(As to the first remark, it could also be argued that her departure was a smooth transition into capable and acceptable hands, and should the current Governor choose to, it’s likely he will be re-elected.)

4. Mitch Daniels, “Mr. Competent” – The rap on the Indiana governor is that he is boring. But it seems like establishment-types are slowly getting behind him, and some of the brightest minds in conservative punditry have sung his praises. Even the New York Times reported how well he has done to right Indiana’s fiscal situation. If America’s budget problems have not been addressed a year from now, the GOP and ultimately America may just be ready for, in the words of conservative columnist George Will,  a “a short, balding, unimpressive, uncharismatic competent governor” at the helm.

Daniels to Collect Fiscal Restraint Award

5. Mike Huckabee, “The Talker” – People have underestimated the former Arkansas governor before and it is possible I am doing so again. He has done well in a lot of recent polling, including leading a recent poll of Iowa Republicans (Christie was not included in the poll). Remember, Huck came out of nowhere to win the Iowa Caucuses in 2008.

(There’s growing buzz however that Huckabee, a fierce defender of his top-tier contender status, may not run because he’s got a big new contract with Fox News in the works.)

6. John Thune, “The Unknown” – He looks the part, but can he play it? The tall, presidential-looking South Dakota senator isn’t exactly the most famous name in the Senate, but he holds solid conservative views and would likely appeal to a cross spectrum of Republican primary voters. He also comes across as likeable, without looking like a pushover (see Pawlenty, Tim). As the field narrows and if some of the other more talked about candidates fail to overcome their liabilities, the party may turn to someone like Thune. In short, Thune could be the real deal.

7. Newt Gingrich, “Back to the Future” – Note to GOP challengers in 2012: Underestimate Gingrich at your own peril. Both a policy wonk and one of the savviest politicians in the business, the former House Speaker will certainly enter the Republican primary  with a well-thought out plan for victory — if he does indeed run. Of course, he does carry some baggage which he may or may not find difficult to overcome.

8. Tim Pawlenty, “Mr. Nice Guy” – Pawlenty is almost certainly running for president. In his favor, the two time Minnesota Governor  received an “A” rating from the Cato Institute for his fiscally conservative governance. The Weekly Standard recently claimed he  “has better chance then you think.” But I don’t buy it – not yet, at least. Call me skeptical — very skeptical — that T-Paw has what it takes.Timothy P. Carney – Could Tim Pawlenty be the free-market populist of the 2012 field? “There’s a bunch of people running the country all these years from Harvard and Yale and Wall Street. You know, they screwed it up.” That was Tim Pawlenty, Republican presidential candidate. I think this is a good angle, …

9. Mike Pence, “The Purist” – Besides being a great speaker, supporters of the Indiana congressman suggest he appeals to the foreign policy, fiscal, and social conservative wings of the Republican Party. Some believe he has the potential to be a dark-horse success story and it looks like he is poised to run, but he also has the option of opting to run for governor of Indiana instead.

Rep. Mike Pence: A Nation That Will Not Stand For Life Will Not Stand For Long

Group forms to draft Rep. Mike Pence to run for president in 2012

10. (Tie) Donald Trump, “The Donald” – Oh my. It would be a gift to journalism if Trump entered the race. The brash businessman would make the already eccentric cast of potential Republican contenders all the more, well, spectacular. But is he serious or is this just another publicity scheme? He is, afterall, the undisputed master of publicity schemes. While it is doubtful he has a particularly good shot of winning the GOP nomination if he runs, he may be able to catch on as the straight talking businessman who only wants to set America right.

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10. (Tie)  John Bolton, “The Wrecking Ball” – The gruff former UN ambassador, is tireless and brilliant, but he’s never run for federal office. I am a bit biased with this one as I broke the story that he was considering a run for the White House. But Bolton has the potential to pick up steam as a debate candidate if he enters the presidential race, making sure the 2012 contenders don’t forget about foreign policy issues. He is certainly a popular figure with his constant appearances on Fox News. And oh what fun it would be if Bolton and Ron Paul – whose foreign policy vision couldn’t be more different than Bolton’s – mixed it up in a few debates.

11. Who are probably, but not definitely, running: Romney, Gingrich, Palin, Pawlenty, Santorum, Bolton, Daniels, Cain, Johnson, Paul, Barbour, and Thune. Five are unlikely to last long as serious contenders, not least because talk-show and grass-roots popularity doesn’t necessarily win in the “money primary.”
A top tier of five front-runners: Romney, Palin, Gingrich, Pawlenty and Daniels. Romney is the organizational front-runner; Daniels is the first pick of wonks and DC eggheads; Palin probably has the most devoted following among actual voters; Gingrich will dominate the debates, and Pawlenty (vying with Daniels) is the least disliked.

Haley Barbour, perhaps the sharpest political operator with a natural Southern constituency in a Southern-dominated party, could be a front-runner (and a hilarious, adept debate opponent for Obama), but his plans remain murky.[In “Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past,” Bruce Bartlett relates countless such anecdotes to show that while the Republican Party is endlessly smeared as racist, at its worst, it could not hold a candle to the party of Wilson and FDR. What brings this history up is the media assault on Gov. Haley Barbour for his answer to an interviewer’s question as to why his hometown, Yazoo City, avoided the violence that attended the desegregation of other cities in the Mississippi of his youth. As Haley Barbour can attest, liberal hypocrisy is exceeded only by liberal amnesia about who kept them in power from 1933 to 1968. More about this here Woody, Haley & The Klan By Patrick J. Buchanan] South Carolina

Sen. Jim DeMint, the Tea Party’s man on the inside, has said he’s not running but acts like he might be, but is probably better off remaining, at least for now, the conservative stalwart and important leader in the Senate. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has introduced legislation to finish what the House started and repeal Obamacare.

Earlier this year, there was a lot of talk about General Petraeus running. The Army general gave several very substantive speeches but some of the politicos found them to be somewhat dull and he has since faded to the background. It’s hard to say at this point if he’s actually even interested or seriously considering it.

Judd Gregg, New Hampshire’s retiring senator, acts likes he’s not running but hasn’t ruled it out.

Gary Johnson, the ex-New Mexico governor and supported many by Libertarians, will focus attention on pot legalization.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the governors of New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, and Louisiana — Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Rick Perry, and Bobby Jindal — probably aren’t running, though they all enjoy deep admiration on the right, especially Christie, whose YouTube videos are passed around like samizdat.

Rubio and Ryan, respectively the incoming junior senator from Florida and the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee are wisely sitting out the presidential contest to concentrate on their to-do lists, though these two golden boys of the GOP are ripe vice-presidential picks.

Pro-lifer Challenges Obama in Dem. Primary 2012
Randall Terry, the controversial pro-life activist, will challenge pro-abortion President Barack Obama in the Democratic primary with the sole mission of bringing up the issue of abortion. 

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OBAMA 2.0 – WILL HE SUCCEED IN BAMBOOZLING VOTERS AGAIN?The year 2012 looms large in the mind of Barack Obama. After two years of decline in the number of those who view his policies, his performance, and his personality favorably, Barack Obama has begun yet another process of reinvention on the road to re-election. READ MORE>  

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YOU MUST HAVE HEARD BY NOW THE COMMENTARY ABOUT OBAMA’S RE-ELECTION BEING A BILLION DOLLAR AFFAIR. THAT’S RIGHT, TIME’S MAY BE TOUGH BUT THE DEMS, PRIMARILY THE LEFT, WANT TO BUY A CONTINUING HOLD ON THE WHITE HOUSE FOR A BILLION DOLLARS! AND NOW GET THIS -Obama Quietly Drops Campaign Spending Reform From SOTU To-DoIt’s no accident that President Barack Obama did not return to the subject of campaign finance in his State of the Union speech, writes National Journal columnist Eliza Newlin Carney. Democrats, including Obama, may have decided to join quietly, instead of fighting, the election spending spree that the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling unleashed.In last year’s speech, and with several justices looking on, President Obama criticized their decision to overturn some restrictions on campaign expenditures. This year? Not a peep.“Obama’s shift toward the center pushes political money reforms further to the back burner,” Carney writes. “And the Democrats’ bill to toughen up campaign reporting requirements is all but forgotten. The so-called Disclose Act stands no chance in the GOP-controlled house.”The issue could become a battleground, however, now that House Republicans are moving to loosen or repeal any remaining restrictions on election spending.
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The Welfare State of the Union President Obama has been speaking lately of what he views as an upswing in the economy. “The economy is growing again,” he declared in the State of the Union address. Not surprisingly, he failed to mention that for 104 consecutive weeks, larger and larger numbers of Americans have become dependent on welfare. Or that within those families receiving welfare, fathers have become more and more irrelevant, and youth crime has increased.But, then, those are not facts that one expects to hear from the President in a State of the Union address, or anywhere else. What we hear, again and again, is the fantasy that government creates jobs, (fantasy) government drives the economy, (fantasy) government feeds kids and sends them to bed happy.The facts are just the opposite.  Read on…
 

‘I Am Not Committed’: Colin Powell Might Not Vote for Obama in 2012

Who cares, No Credibility now.

Frum, we’re sick it, just sick of it (you). If you want to be a liberal, want to be a democrat-lite, go be one. We on the other hand are moving away from that because for one, it is what has been destroying the GOP, and more importantly, this lurch to the left is what is destroying our country!
David Frum’s Bad Advice for the GOPLiberal Republicans, led by David Frum, continue to argue for a remolding of the GOP into a Democrat-lite party.Conservative activists poured into a standing-room-only hotel conference room Friday afternoon for a brief glimpse of the long-awaited movie adaptation of “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand‘s 1957 philosophical novel about how government intervention and collectivism wipe out society’s creativity, innovation and industry.
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