The One is scheduled to take the stage tonight at
Bank of America Stadium Time Warner Cable Arena to accept the Democratic nomination and tell us why he needs another four years to finish off turn around the economy. While our very own smart and handsome VodkaPundit Stephen Green (he did not pay me to write that) will be checking the fact checkers with his drunk blog of tonight’s circle jerk festivities, Andrew Klavan has this handy video to help explain Obamanomics. It’s got Klavan, explosions, and not-so-subtle references to sex toys — who knew economics could be this much fun!
Click below to watch:
Rep. Darrell Issa is scheduled to meet with embattled Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday after Holder requested a private meeting to postphone a contempt of Congress vote for his role in the “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal.
The OC Register’s Brian Calle caught up with Rep. Issa about the latest developments with Fast and Furious and his investigation into the Department of Justice.
Watch the interview below:
Leading figures in the conservative movement will be honored at the 9th annual Bradley Prize ceremony next week in Washington, D.C.
This year’s honorees include former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III; Chip Mellor, President of the Institute for Justice; Heritage Foundation President Dr. Edwin J. Fuelner; and demographer Nicholas Eberstadt with the American Enterprise Institute.
The Bradley Prizes will be presented on June 7th at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Along with the award, each recipient will receive a $250,000 stipend to promote the ideals of limited government and free enterprise.
The event will feature “The Partridge Family” actress Shirley Jones, who also won an Academy Award for her role in “Elmer Gantry” in 1960.
To learn more about the Bradley Foundation, visit www.bradleyfdn.org
We often hear the commonplace that the two certainties in life are death and taxes. (Though according to recent reports, we should probably amend that to death by taxes).
Not only does the IRS want your hard earned money, but it now appears the federal tax organization is intent on forcing regulations on to small, independent tax preparers in an apparent power grab that will benefit larger tax chains and limit your options as a consumer.
The new regulations, which were implemented last year, require that independent tax preparers register with the IRS, pay additional fees, and take a string of unending continuing education courses — adding up to additional costs well over $354,000,000.
The rules would fall heavily on small business owners like Sabina Loving, who opened her own tax service in Chicago’s South Side to provide financial advice to low income minority customers. The new rules would drive up her costs to the point where it would no longer be feasible to continue her business. It would cut down on the number of independent tax preparers, driving down competition and leaving many Americans with limited options when it comes to getting their taxes done.
Now the IRS is saying these rules are necessary to root out unscrupulous tax return preparers and to cut down on erroneous reports, but the solution the IRS proposes does not solve the problem: it would only drive bad tax preparers underground with no way to regulate them at all. And worse, it would put honest accountants out of business.
And if that’s not enough, let’s look at how the IRS is applying these rules. Large tax chains like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt don’t need to meet these requirements — yet small tax prep companies do. And if you are registered with the CPA you also don’t have to worry about adhering to the new regulations.
Simply put, these new rules will not make independent tax preparers better at their jobs, they are in place to force them out of business for the benefit of larger tax prep chains.
Fortunately, this insanity is not being taken sitting down. Sabina Loving and several other tax payers have joined forces with the Institute for Justice and have filed suit against the IRS.
I recently ventured to Chicago to speak with Ms. Loving and the good folks over at the Institute for Justice’s Clinic on Entrepreneurship about the burdens the federal government is putting on independent tax preparers and what Loving is doing to fight back.
Watch more about Sabina’s case below:
By all appearances, Mitt Romney has won the Ohio primary. At one point down by 18,000 votes, the former Massachusetts governor is now in the lead thanks to the urban, high-income counties surrounding Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.
Barring anything short of a miracle, Romney will barely squeak by Santorum in the Buckeye State. And by picking up wins in Massachusetts, Vermont, Idaho and Virginia, you can expect to hear the spin out of Boston that Romney is the only candidate that has won major states in all regions of the country and is in the best position to reach the magic delegate number of 1,144 to secure the nomination.
Though it makes me sick to my stomach to say it, the GOP base will need to start coming to grips with the fact that Romney is likely the eventual nominee. While Santorum has given Romney a tough fight and has shown that he deserves to be in a two-way race with the Massachusetts governor, the hubris of Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — who are determined to stay in the race no matter what — will likely split the anti-Romney vote and deny Santorum any real shot at capturing the nomination.
So where does this leave Mitt Romney? The short answer — in a very weakened position.
Up until today, the former Massachusetts governor had averaged only 36% support in the 12 states leading up to Super Tuesday. Up until today, Romney had only captured a majority of voters in one state — Nevada. Hardly impressive figures. Even with a win in Ohio, 60% of Buckeye GOP’ers said “Thanks, but no thanks” to Romney and his platform.
When (and if) Romney does secure the nomination, he has a lot of work to do to coalesce the conservative base behind him. And that may prove to be more difficult than some think, considering that the candidate has all but refused to meet or speak with conservative grassroots leaders and groups. Will Romney finally reach out to these conservatives? Will he make another pitch to the grassroots for their support?
And while Romney spends time trying to bridge the gap with conservatives, Obama and his billion dollar campaign machine will be preparing — and waiting.
EL MONTE, CA — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich became visibly agitated with reporters while fielding questions about his struggling campaign after a Hispanic Leadership Event at the Cielito Lindo Restaurant.
While the Speaker often uses his admonishment of the media as a personal strength, it’s clear that the continued questions over the legitimacy of his candidacy following a string of primary losses (and his third place finish at the symbolic CPAC straw poll) have started to take their toll on Gingrich.
The Speaker fended off questions on his earlier calls for Rick Santorum to drop out of the race, reversing previous comments that the former Pennsylvania senator should bow out. When asked if his comments toward Santorum meant that he himself should now get out of the race, Gingrich replied, “He decided that that wasn’t a good idea and he was right.”
When asked about the National Review’s latest piece, which asks Newt to drop out, the Speaker responded:
“The National Review wanted me to drop out in June. Look, you guys go running around picking up the same people who said I was dead in June. Who then said I was dead after Iowa. You know, twice I’ve led in the Gallup polls. Now that strikes me as a fairly real candidacy and I did both of them spending radically less money than Mitt Romney. I’m very happy to be competing. We are going to be compete on things like $2 gallon gasoline. We’re going to compete on getting unemployment back to four percent. We’re going to compete on balancing the federal budget. We’re going to compete on having a personal social security savings account for young people. I think on every one of those I am bolder and more willing to outline a better future than either Santorum or Romney and let’s see how it plays out. I’m very happy to continue this campaign based on real solutions…”
While Gingrich said that it would be “absolutely” out of the question he would drop out before Super Tuesday, it’s usually never a good sign to have to continually validate your campaign to the media. I’ll be posting video soon, but Gingrich appeared particularly defensive, as he fought to get back to the core message points of his campaign. Newt has always been about bold ideas and it’s clear that the media’s focus on the horserace have blocked the Speaker from getting that message out.
Gingrich is hoping that a strong showing in friendly southern states on Super Tuesday will bolster a comeback to capture the nomination. But will the media, and voters, already have written him off by then? How can Newt break through?
UPDATE: Here’s video of the exchange:
ORLANDO, FL — After Mitt Romney’s big win in Florida, the Boston Globe today reports that the former GOP candidate and Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann was in negotiations with the Romney camp in terms of an endorsement.
This would be good news for Mitt as he tries to coalesce the conservative base, but the report appears to be false.
Bachmann’s campaign just fired out this statement:
“Let me be absolutely clear — there are absolutely no negotiations between me and the Romney campaign regarding any pending endorsement of Governor Romney. I continue to speak with all the candidates and plan on uniting behind the presumptive nominee. The Boston Globe article today is completely false and I call on the Globe to retract their article.”
ORLANDO, FL – With the results of the Florida primary now in the books, Mitt Romney has emerged victorious with a double-digit win over his rival Newt Gingrich. Learning a lesson from South Carolina, Romney has emerged a meaner, more aggressive candidate here in the Sunshine State. He now understands that Newt must not be left to linger and is going for the knockout blow. After outspending Gingrich on the airwaves five to one, Romney’s attacks took their toll on the speaker and guaranteed him an easy win tonight.
However, with 95% of delegates still left on the table, this race is far from over. Gingrich has vowed to continue his campaign until the convention and is hoping that Tea Party support will help him carry the day. That being said, conservatives and Tea Party members have yet to coalesce around a candidate — if Rick Santorum continues to stick in the race he could take away a chunk of the constituency that Newt is banking on to win. With only one debate until Super Tuesday, Gingrich’s biggest battle will be fighting the perception that this race is over. If he can quelch the narrative that Romney is the eventual nominee and can keep the money coming in, he has a chance of making it into the summer.
One thing is for sure, there are still four viable candidates in the race and the mudslinging is sure to continue for at least the next couple months. Eventually though, one candidate is consistently going to be a winner and Mitt Romney has the most resources and money to carry his campaign until he is the last man standing.
ORLANDO, FL — Word here is that they will call the polls shortly after 8p ET for Mitt Romney. No word on his margin of victory. Note that the panhandle polls are still open for the next hour.
CELEBRATION, FL — Newt Gingrich made his final stop here at the Heritage Hall Voting precinct before polls close in the Florida primary.
Word among the press corps is that the Gingrich camp is planning for an early night. The former Speaker is set to address supporters at a primary night rally at 8pm EST and then retire to watch results.
Gingrich spokesman RC Hammond gave brief remarks to the press signaling the focus of the campaign post-Florida:
“In a race where the media has picked a front runner who hasn’t broke 50% yet, that leaves a lot of math out there for the conservative side of the party to pick. So we’ll stay competitive in the nomination which is why it will last into the Spring. We will continue to bring in delegates. We will continue to bring in large amounts of support. At the end of the day as long of the Tea Party supporters keep coming our way, we’re going to be able to do very well.”
WINTER GARDEN, FL — Polls officially opened here in Florida this morning. Newt Gingrich made a stop at the First Baptist Church of Windermere to greet voters heading to the ballot box.
Facing a swarm of national and local press, the former Speaker said he felt “confident” heading into today. Speaking to a gaggle of reporters outside his press bus, the Gingrich stated that he didn’t think Republican voters wanted a Massachusetts moderate to go against Obama in the fall.
When asked about the challenges of being outspent 5 to 1 in the state, Gingrich stated, “It’s very hard, especially when the campaign has been so dishonest and lying about my record.”
With Romney leading by double digits in most polls, Gingrich is not expected to make an 11th hour comeback. Romney appeared to take a victory lap in his appearances yesterday and canceled a rally in Tampa that was supposed to be held this morning.
TAMPA, FL — Muhammad Ali may have invented the rope-a-dope, but Newt Gingrich is perfecting the move here in Florida as the he fends off repeated attacks by his rival Mitt Romney in the hopes a late surge will put him over the top in the Sunshine State.
A day after Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney a “carpet-bomber” on ABC’s This Week, the former speaker continued his assault on Romney Monday afternoon at a rally here at the Tampa International Jet Center in Tampa, FL.
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of dozens of people, Gingrich exclaimed, “This is a guy who has spent $17.5 million on falsehoods. He voted for Paul Tsongas. He donated money to the Democrats. And he’s questioning my credentials? That just shows you how out of touch with reality Romney is. The establishment is terrified of a Gingrich nomination.”
While most polls show Gingrich slipping to a 15-point deficit in the state, an Insider Advantage poll indicates that the former speaker may be gaining ground in the state on the eve of voting. Even better news for Gingrich — a new Dixie Strategies/The News-Press/First Coast News poll has him dead even with Mitt at 35%.
Gingrich admitted this weekend that he needed a strong finish in the Florida primary to save his “unique campaign.” A double-digit loss would be the beginning of a long month for the Gingrich as the campaign heads into a lull before the Super Tuesday primaries on March 6.
Learning from his defeat in South Carolina, Romney continues to wage attacks on Gingrich — this time on Fox and Friends, where the former governor stated, “We keep hearing him talk about fundamental change and big ideas. What are they? A colony on the moon? I frankly think that’s not the kind of big idea America is looking for.” He continued, “He is the same old Newt Gingrich. What you’re seeing on TV as you see him flail around and attack me is exactly what you saw back in the 90′s which led to him being reprimanded and ultimately, if you will, pushed out of the Speaker position by his own fellow Republicans.”
Pushing back, Gingrich cited remarks made by liberal billionaire financier George Soros from the World Economic Forum in Davos over the weekend. Speaking to policymakers at the event, Soros stated that there is “little difference” between Romney and Obama, but that Gingrich would be real change.
TAMPA, FL – Looking at exit polls from four years ago, it’s easy to see why Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes ended in Florida. The Massachusetts governor, who lost to John McCain in 2008, only captured 9% of the Cuban American vote.
This time around, Mitt is focused on wooing Florida’s Cuban community. He spent Sunday making stops in Miami-Dade and Broward County in south Florida where nearly two-thirds of the state’s Cuban population is concentrated.
And the Governor’s efforts seem to be paying off. In the latest NBC/Marist poll, Romney is up 15 points over his opponent Newt Gingrich.
So how did Romney go from losing the Hispanic vote four years ago to being one of the favored candidates among Latinos this year?
Val Prieto, who runs the influential Cuban blog Babalú, thinks it might be something to do with the Governor’s economic message.
“Like all Americans, Cubans want basic freedoms and civil liberties, less government intrusion and lower taxes. We want opportunity just like everybody else,” Prieto stated.
The Cuban community makes up an influential sect of Florida Republican primary voters. They are highly engaged and often give candidates the edge in competitive races. And as The Cuba Transition Project of the University of Miami indicates, Cuban Americans are three times as likely to be Republican, making them a valuable demographic in the general election.
And while the issue of immigration is a flashpoint for many Hispanic voters in the state, Florida’s poor economy and housing market are larger issues for many Cubans who are headed to the polls.
“The immigration issue is just playing into the Left’s battlefield,” says Prieto. “Many Cuban Americans have launched small businesses out of their garages only to go on and become national and international brands. But we are struggling. Our property values are hitting rock bottom and the Miami unemployment rate is one of the highest in the country.”
While Florida has one of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the nation, the Miami-Dade area has been hit particularly hard – unemployment is nearly 10% and the foreclosure rate in south Florida is three times the U.S. average.
Perhaps that is why Mitt Romney’s attacks on Newt Gingrich’s ties to Freddie Mac are resonating. On Sunday, Romney continued to hammer Gingrich for his work with the mortgage giant. Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd in Hialeah, Romney said, “I think the reason that you find it hard to connect with the Speaker is that you know over the last 15 years, he’s been in Washington and he’s been working for people like Freddie Mac. You want someone who is not part of Washington; you want someone who will change Washington. I will do so when I’m president.”
For his part, Gingrich has been struggling to find a strong response to the deluge of coordinated attacks coming from the Romney campaign. In a state that is struggling economically, the Speaker finds himself defending his position on moon bases and his relationship with Ronald Reagan.
For Prieto, even the attacks have become too much. “It’s a shame it has to get so personal. I don’t recall 2008 being as crazy as it is this year,” he stated. “Cuban Americans saw what Obama was going to do because they lived it for the past 50 years and they were concerned. You are going to have a large turnout this year because so many people are struggling.”
And that turnout could be just what Governor Romney needs to march on to the nomination.
ORLANDO, FL – After being bludgeoned with scores of negative ads here in Florida, Newt Gingrich is fighting back. His campaign has launched TalesofMitt.com to document all of Governor Romney’s flip-flops and highlight his liberal record. Check out the new website here.
ORLANDO, FL – With just under 36 hours to go before polls officially open in Florida, Mitt Romney has widened his lead over Newt Gingrich by a double digit margin. The new numbers from the NBC/Marist poll, which were released Sunday, show the former Massachusetts governor with a 15 point lead over the former Speaker of the House.
Romney’s wide lead is due in part to the endless ads he’s been running in the state attacking Gingrich’s ties to Freddie and Fannie Mac, as well as his connection with Ronald Reagan. He’s outspent Gingrich on the airwaves 5 to 1 and 15 to 1 in the state overall.
So what has helped the Mitt surge after a disappointing loss in South Carolina?
For one, I think Florida is a natural fit for Romney. It’s more moderate than South Carolina and the state’s massive size and diverse population favors campaigns with organization and money, both of which Romney has in spades.
I also believe Mitt learned another valuable lesson from South Carolina — not to underestimate a Newt comeback. Gingrich has proven to be one of the most resilient campaigners in recent memory. How many times have we thought his campaign was left for dead, only to see him rebound with astonishing victories? Romney now knows that he needs a knockout and he has shown no signs of letting Newt off the rope. The campaign has been sending surrogates to Gingrich events and making themselves available to the media to dispel the Speaker’s achievements. The tactic has caused several skirmishes between campaign staff according to reports.
Newt also hasn’t been helping himself. After dominating the South Carolina debates, the former Speaker has committed a series of unforced errors and has appeared almost flat-footed onstage. In a state which leads the country in unemployment and foreclosures, the Speaker has found himself talking about moon colonies and his ties to Ronald Reagan. It will be interesting to see if Newt can get back to his economic message in the final hours before voting.
If Newt has a chance to pulling a Florida victory out of his hat, it will be because of the Tea Party (many of which are working off-the-radar). Though the mainstream media has written off the Tea Party as dead, conservative activists will play a large part in the elections Tuesday. Romney has all but refused to meet with Tea Party activists and I’m sure many of them don’t take kindly to the news that a Romney staffer is behind efforts to redistrict Congressman Allen West out of office.
Do you think that Gingrich will be able to make it close? Or has Darth Romney won the day?
Don’t forget to enter your predictions into PJ Media’s Nostradamus contest here. You could also end up a winner Tuesday night.
Tonight, the GOP candidates appear in the last debate before the Iowa caucuses. And for Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, it will be his second debate since becoming the frontrunner for the Republican nod.
Newt’s surge is due largely in part because his name is not “Mitt Romney” and his path to the nomination will rely heavily on the support of conservatives and Tea Party activists.
But is it safe to assume that just because Newt is the anti-Romney that he is the automatic choice of the grassroots?
Over at the Weekly Standard, PJTV alum Owen Brennan takes an interesting look at the complicated relationship between Newt Gingrich and the Tea Party. Is Newt really the choice of the movement?
Brennan illustrates the Gingrich/Tea Party paradox:
An ABC News headline screams, “Democrats Blast Newt Gingrich in First Video Ad as ‘Original Tea Partier.’” CNN claims “strong support from the tea party movement is contributing to the former House speaker’s surge among likely Republican primary voters and caucus-goers.”
But two politicians supported by Tea Party activists say, “Not so fast.”
Senator Rand Paul says he knows the Tea Party movement. And Newt Gingrich is no Tea Party guy. Rep. Michelle Bachmann goes even further suggesting Gingrich is a Romney-esque ‘Not Romney.’
So the DNC and some folks in the media think Newt is the Tea Party candidate. But conservative voices, like Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann, blast Newt’s Tea Party credentials.
But what do the grassroots think? Familiar voices like Stephen Kruiser and Tony Katz offer their analysis:
Katz explains that even though some of Gingrich’s past, present, and future policies might not be congruent with Tea Party core principles, Tea Party activists should like his style. “There’s some rugged individualism with Newt and that will set him apart from Romney.”
In short, Gingrich has got some ‘splainin’ to do if he wants to capture the Tea Party vote.
But what say you? Do you think Gingrich can maintain the support of the Tea Party to propel himself to the nomination?
Here at PJTV, we vigilantly monitor all forms of mainstream media bias. Which is why this Google search piqued our attention:
Apparently, Google’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO) doesn’t take too well to Rush Limbaugh.
It doesn’t look like this is the first time Google has tried to block Rush either. Chris Silver Smith of NodalBits notes how Google’s site blocking feature is “an assault on SEO.”
Now only if they could turn this on for Keith Olbermann….
(h/t Mark @ PJTV)
PJ Media columnist Victor Davis Hanson is best known for his writing on politics and history, as well as his work at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. But Hanson also operates a family farm in central California originally built by his great-great grandparents.
He recently took PJTV’s Roger L. Simon for a rare tour of his home to show how the country has changed since the heyday of his family farm. The “On the Farm” interview covers a variety of issues from today’s Orwellian identity politics to the looming collapse of the European Union. The full interview will be released on Monday, December 5th, but only for PJTV members.
Here is an excerpt from the wide ranging interview. In this clip Victor and Roger discuss the problems of immigration, multiculturalism and amnesty:
Become a PJTV member to see the full Victor Davis Hanson interview and you’ll also gain access to other great programs such as all 20 episodes of Freedom’s Charter with Scott Ott and special episodes of Trifecta.
In an interview today, the former Godfathers CEO told CNN reporter Jim Acosta that he will make a final decision about his campaign “in the next several days.”
After new claims of a 13-year affair surfaced this week, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is reported to be “reassessing” his candidacy. The big question: will the Georgia businessman withdraw from the race in light of these new allegations?
His campaign manager, Mark Block, told ABC News last night that there was “no way” Cain would be dropping out and an email to supporters sent yesterday afternoon, Cain reaffirms his commitment to the 2012 election by stating, “Let me assure you, I am not deterred. America’s future is too important. We will continue on this journey to make America great once again.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many here in the nation’s capital are preparing themselves for the debt supercommittee to fall short in reaching a deal to find $1.2 trillion in savings before the November 23rd deadline. A few reports have surfaced suggesting that Republicans, who have been adamantly opposed to raising taxes, may make room for tax increases after all.
I caught up with Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) at the Women Working for Change Conference here in Washington and asked her about the debt deal and if tax hikes were in our future. While the Congresswoman was optimistic that a deal could still be reached, she did discuss ways that Republicans are considering raising revenue by closing loopholes and making reforms to the tax code.
Catch the full interview below:
Like many of you, I have been following the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Mr. Cain and have been both fascinated and appalled by the campaign’s complete failure at crisis communications and the media’s reluctance to put forth more details to substantiate such serious allegations.
In all honesty, the way the Cain story has been handled (by both the campaign and the press) makes me yearn for greater coverage of the Kim Kardashian divorce and Lindsay Lohan.
But Kimmy K. and LiLo aside, this whole goat rodeo has brought to mind this clip from 2008 in which then-candidate Barack Obama called a Michigan reporter “sweetie” while touring a plant in Detroit:
Now I bring this example up, not to point out the obvious bias and hypocrisy that comes along with covering such instances, but to illustrate a bigger problem: we’re losing focus on the narrative.
Let’s just briefly revisit a couple items:
1) President Obama has been giving Congress the runaround and is unilaterally issuing executive orders as a way to push through his agenda
2) The Fast and Furious scandal has escalated with news that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer knew about potential problems with the operation back in 2006
3) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has asked for an additional $6 billion in aid. Add that to the $169 billion taxpayers have already spent to bailout the fledgling federal agencies
4) And let’s not forget the growing list of failed alternative energy companies after Beacon Power filed for bankruptcy. Another one bites the dust, eh?
Now the allegations involving Mr. Cain are serious and do need to be answered and investigated with the utmost care. Most of Cain’s wounds have been self-inflicted by mishandling the media. And it doesn’t help to finger point a rival campaign without evidence. But what is most disturbing to me is the fact that attention to important issues that have a direct impact on the health and prosperity of our country have fallen by the wayside.
I hope Mr. Cain can clear up these issues soon so we can get back to the business at hand.
Because if we don’t, we’ll all be sorry, sweetie.
Well President Obama’s jobs plan seems to be working for one major U.S. city. Bloomberg reports today that the nation’s capital is at the top of the heap when it comes to the highest incomes in the United States. The data shows that federal employee compensation (which averages $126,000) and the greatest concentration of lawyers helped the beltway edge out Silicon Valley for the top spot.
Further evidence of the disconnect from reality can be seen in Harry Reid’s comments on the Senate floor this morning: “It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine, it’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.”
Right on, Harry.
I’m certain the numbers will further fuel the narrative that Washington is out of touch with the rest of the country. What say you?
Barely a week old, the Occupy Vegas movement took to the streets of Sands Boulevard Tuesday afternoon to protest the Western Republican GOP debate. When I had first arrived at press check-in, it looked mostly like a gathering of the local SEIU chapter, but when I saw Slate reporter Dave Weigel in the mix of protesters, I figured I should also check out the local color (mostly union purple and gold, for those of you at home keeping score).
I did manage to find a handful of people that were not associated with the SEIU chapter. Howard, from Las Vegas, was there with his family to protest against big business. I asked him if he felt the media’s portrayal of the Occupy movement being related to the Tea Party was a fair comparison. He stated, “The Tea Party is a very different movement. I think that they’re against the bailouts for the big banks and the financial industry. That may be where we have common ground, but other than that, there is no common ground.”
With over 700 arrests at one protest in New York, I think most Tea Partiers would agree.
The landslide victory by Herman Cain at the Florida straw poll on Saturday rocked the media and political establishment. But for those in the grassroots and observers of the movement, his win comes as hardly a shock. What does Mr. Cain’s rise mean?
Much of the analysis of yesterday’s events is being filtered through the lens of race. If you look at the story line being put forth by the media, the Georgia businessman’s win proves once and for all that the Tea Party is not racist. But I would argue that this is a false narrative. The only reason his victory comes as a surprise to anyone has more to do with the mainstream media’s repeated underestimation of the Tea Party and not because of racial politics.
What Mr. Cain’s straw poll victory tells me is a couple things: 1) The GOP field is hardly settled and the race is wide open and 2) the Tea Party, not the media nor the Republican establishment, will determine the candidate in this election. PJTV has been following Mr. Cain’s candidacy (as well as the Tea Party) since it’s early days. On several occasions, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Cain and watching him on the stump around the country — from CPAC in Washington, D.C.; to the Smart Girl Summit in St. Louis; to Freedom Fest in Las Vegas (video here); and at Congressman Steve King’s conference in Des Moines.
What struck me about Mr. Cain in his appearances was his ability to connect with the crowd and deliver a clear message about his vision of the proper role of government. Mr. Cain has a presence that is able to captivate his audience and evoke a response – many times cheers and applause — in instances where many other candidates fall flat. (In fact, the two candidates I’ve seen do this well are Mr. Cain and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.) This observation is illustrated in Mr. Cain’s continually strong Gallup positive intensity scores. The latest measure shows Mr. Cain tied with Texas Governor Rick Perry at the top of the heap. The reason Mr. Cain is doing well right now is because his message is one that is resonating with voters. He has one intangible quality that many of the Republican candidates sorely lack: authenticity.
Nearly a few days after Maxine Waters asked black voters to “unleash us” on President Barack Obama, the California Congresswoman is directing her anger at a new target this weekend: the Tea Party.
While addressing an unemployment forum in Inglewood, CA, the ethically challenged legislator remarked that “…the Tea Party can go straight to hell.”
So much for the new tone, right?
ST. LOUIS, MO– While speaking to attendees during a lunch at the 2011 Smart Girl Summit, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart announced that he would be skipping next year’s CPAC in reaction to the American Conservative Union’s decision to bar GOProud from participating in the event.
For those of you out there that are still following Newt Gingrich—
The 2012 candidate will be holding what is probably the first G+ hangout by a presidential candidate at 4:30ET to talk about jobs numbers and the economy.
How long before the CNN/Google Plus debates?
On Wednesday, White House senior adviser David Plouffe postulated that Americans won’t base their votes on unemployment numbers stating: “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers.”
Well with new numbers out today that show abysmal job growth and unemployment growing to 9.2%, Plouffe – and President Barack Obama – better hope that theory holds, or they may soon be opening for these guys…
“I am Michele Bachmann and I am running for President of the United States.”
And with that, the GOP field grew by one on Monday as Michele Bachmann made her candidacy official in her native home of Waterloo.
The Minnesota congresswoman played heavily on her Iowa roots in her first formal campaign speech, and wasted no time in going after President Obama and his failed policies.
“We cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama,” Bachmann exclaimed before a cheering crowd of dozens of supporters outside the Snowden House in downtown Waterloo. “In February 2009 President Obama was very confident that his economic policies would turn the country around within a year…Well Mr. President, you’re policies haven’t worked. Spending our way out of a recession hasn’t worked.”
The crowd, who enjoyed a sunny morning despite forecasts of rain, joined Bachmann in echoing what has become her campaign mantra: “Barack Obama is a one-term president!”
The reception from her hometown crowd was overwhelmingly positive for Bachmann, who has enjoyed a surge in the Iowa polls since her strong showing in the New Hampshire debate earlier this month. The congresswoman is in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney in the latest Des Moines Register survey.
“I’ve followed Representative Bachmann since she’s stepped on the scene,” said Brian Ferguson of Independence, Iowa. “I just like what she represents. She’s not afraid to take on her own party when they go against what they stand for and I just think she has what it takes to be a great leader.”
While Bachmann does enjoy a bit of a hometown advantage here, it will be interesting to see how she is received by independent voters in New Hampshire. She will make one official stop in the state tomorrow before heading to South Carolina.
Waterloo, Iowa– Michele Bachmann returned to her birthplace of Waterloo on Sunday for a homecoming celebration on the eve of her official campaign announcement.
Taking the stage to Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine” before hundreds of supporters, the three-term congresswoman had reason for a little bounce in her step — a new Des Moines Register poll has her neck in neck with Mitt Romney atop the Republican field.
The poll shows that 22% of likely caucus voters would support Bachmann, putting her just one percentage point behind Romney who garnered 23% support.
Bachmann’s surge in the polls and her strong performance at the New Hampshire Republican debate earlier this month make her the candidate to watch and one of the conservative favorites for the primary nod.
“She’s one of us. She’s lived the same lives many of us have lived,” said David Alderman of Waterloo. “I think she has that ‘it’ factor. I like what she stands for and I think I can easily get behind her.”
Iowa figures to be a crucial state for Bachmann on her path to a primary victory. In a preview of her announcement speech, the congresswoman reminisced about her childhood in Waterloo and her roots in the community (complete with frequent trips to Dairy Queen and slices of Wonderbread).
“Everything I needed to know I learned in Iowa,” said Bachmann to a room of applause. “The one thing I want you to know here tonight in Waterloo is my heart. And my heart is for you.”
After announcing in Iowa on Monday, Bachmann will continue on to New Hampshire and South Carolina. She plans on returning at the end of the week for a bus tour throughout the state.
After Gage Gilbert was officially diagnosed with autism, his family began using an iPad to help him communicate. The impact has been so profound that the Gilberts are starting a foundation, The Gage Rufus Foundation, to begin placing iPads in classrooms throughout Nevada, where they live. You can find out even more about their story here.
Podium order of debate from stage right to left: Santorum, Bachmann, Gingrich, Romney, Paul, Pawlenty, Cain. Another interesting note on stage order — CNN chose the order and decided to put Romney front and center. Why? “He’s the hometown candidate.”
Here’s a first look at the stage. Click to enlarge.
Rick Santorum just made a brief appearance at the Heritage Foundation’s GOP primary debate kick off luncheon at the new Hampshire institute of Politics at Saint Anslem College.
Brief gaggle where he said he was going to state clear positions as opposed to candidates who have “changed positions” over time. Obvious swipe at Romney and T-Paw. Reporters hammered away at Romney until phone call from Rick’s wife. “When she calls, I answer.”
Video to come.
The Yogi-ism goes, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”
Well it seems that a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll is experiencing its own Yogi Berra moment when it comes to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan.
CNN’s poll, released June 1, proclaimed that 58% of Americans opposed the House Budget Committee Chairman’s Path to Prosperity budget. The survey, CNN claimed, was evidence that Americans had given the “thumbs down” to the Ryan plan.
But a new Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP poll released yesterday finds that only 38% of Americans have even heard of the Ryan plan. In fact, a whopping 61% don’t know much about it.
So the question for all you mathletes out there: How can 58% of Americans be against the Ryan plan if only 38% of them have even heard about it?
The IBD Poll offers this hint, “among those who know about the Ryan plan, 68% agree that opponents are ‘trying to mislead and scare seniors.’ (Even 49% of Democrats agree.) And 54% of this group say media coverage has not been ‘fair and objective.’”
So has CNN’s coverage of the Ryan plan been fair and balanced? As Berra might say, “They’ve made too many wrong mistakes.”
Yesterday, former Michigan governor and Obama surrogate Jennifer Granholm took to the pages of Politico to blast Republican presidential candidate and presumed GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney for his position against the auto bailout in 2008.
The two-term governor, whose own economic policies were so effective in the Great Lake State that she fled to California after her time in office, lamented:
Unfortunately for Romney, we aren’t likely to forget that, when our city most needed help, his response was simple: “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”
Today, the Romney press shop fired back in an email to reporters outlining President Obama’s failed economic record in the state of Michigan. Just how effective has the auto bailout been for the Michigan economy? Here are some numbers:
-Since Obama took office, Michigan has lost approximately 36,900 jobs
-In April of 2011, Michigan lost 10,200 jobs, the largest decline of any state
-In that same month, Michigan’s unemployment rate was a staggering 10.2%
Let’s not also forget this chilling number from a new CNN/Opinion Research poll that shows 48% of Americans believe a new Great Depression is imminent.
This isn’t the first clash between the former governors. Both sparred over auto loans on Meet the Press in December of 2008.