Our “First Gay President” says marriage is between a desperate candidate and his donors…
- Voter ID Has Broken Leftist Containment, by J. Christian Adams. Things are not going well for voter ID opponents. (And don’t miss Scott Ott’s recent PJTV video: You’ll Never Guess Which Liberal Groups Are Demanding ID.)
- New Silicon Graffiti Video: March Madness, by Ed Driscoll. A brutal month for Obama, the worst of his presidency — plus the secret of how Spitzer replaced Olbermann, revealed…
- Obama’s Slow-Motion Social Darwinism, by Tom Blumer. Projection.
- Who Cares About Race? By Rick Moran. Being indifferent about race is not the same as not caring about racism.
- Meet Azawad, Africa’s Newest Country, by Michel Gurfinkiel. A secular Berber, pro-Western nation in the middle of the Sahara.
- Looking Under the Hoodie: Lessons from Trayvon Martin’s Death, by Bridget Johnson. D.C. residents gathered for a frank discussion about everything from saggy pants to youth mentoring, from racial profiling to their own slain children. Update: At the Tatler: Charged with Second Degree Murder, George Zimmerman Turns Himself In.
- A Doll’s Life, by Michael Ledeen. My friend Luigi Grassi, who managed the legendary “Doll Hospital” in the heart of Naples has passed away.
NBC continues to characterize its deceptive edit of George Zimmerman’s 911 call a “mistake.” The edited version, in which George Zimmerman says Trayvon Martin “looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black” appeared on the Today show and on NBC’s web properties. That edit put racial concerns front and center in a story that may not have been about race at all. But could the edit really be a mistake?
Is it possible for such an internal edit that substantially alters the nature of Zimmerman’s call with the 911 dispatcher to happen by chance? As an audio and video editor for going on 20 years, in my opinion it is highly implausible and close to impossible for that edit to have occurred by chance. Watch this video and you’ll see why.
- Olbermann: The Day the Muzak Died, by Jazz Shaw. No matter how big you think you’ve gotten, everyone has a boss.
- From PJTV: Vodkapundit’s Week In Blogs, by Stephen Green. Video on the PJ Media homepage.
- The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, by David Forsmark. His one regret about his kill total: he didn’t shoot more bad guys.
- The Blue Social Model is Running Out of Money, by Richard Fernandez. The recent woes of Olbermann, Sharpton, Oprah, and Obama himself are making “progressivism” seem as modern as a ’33 Duesenberg.
- Holder Charges Kidnapping Solicitation of White Supremacist, Not New Black Panthers, by J. Christian Adams. The albatross of the Panthers continues to hang around Eric Holder’s neck.
- Betrayal Glorified: The Bizarre Jewish Movement to Destroy Israel by Pretending to Save It, by Barry Rubin. Behind the absurdity of Peter Beinart and J-Street is a poisonous hidden agenda.
- Giving Karzai Aid and a 20 Percent Profit, by Bridget Johnson. “Shame on us,” one Oversight subcommittee member said of the scheme. “We rolled over again.”
- Predictably, Land Day Protests Turn Violent, by Gregg Roman. Yet another failed faux-popular attack on Israel.
Unlike most liberals, Fareed Zakaria uses math on CNN, but like most liberals Keith Olbermann cannot stop talking about Rupert Murdoch. Just another day on MSM? Find out. Plus, Obama surrogates want you think that it’s not as bad as you think it is. Is it? Tina Brown’s number one kennel hound Allison Yarrow insulted Dick Cheney and mocked his health issues. Hear what she said.
- Nice Supreme Court You’ve Got There, by Richard Fernandez. ‘Shame if something were to happen to it…
- From PJTV: Glenn Reynolds Interviews Walter Russell Mead on Obama at War: Video on PJM homepage.
- The Green Jobs Boondoggle, by Tom Blumer. You’ll need a powerful magnifying glass to find those green jobs, since they make up barely 2% of the private workforce.
- The Appleseed Project: History, Character, and Rifles, by Bob Owens. Learning the underappreciated ingredient of our liberty: marksmanship.
- And the Budget Winner Is… Paul Ryan, by Bridget Johnson. But even the more conservative GOP alternative, the progressive and Black Caucus budgets fared better than Obama’s plan.
- ‘A Deeper Truth’, ‘Fake but Accurate’, and Trayvon Martin, by Richard Fernandez. Truth doesn’t matter with totalitarians; they appeal to a need for myth. (Update: Related thoughts from Bryan Preston at the Tatler on ABC, Zimmerman, and the case of the curiously-placed Chyron.)
- 7 Ways Wildly Successful People Screw Up Their Lives, by John Hawkins. If you’re not prepared, it’s easy to fall over the cliff, even at the height of your power and fame.
- Re-Engineering Humans: An Old Solution to Climate Change, by Ed Driscoll. The “New Man,” a trope that appears in virtually all totalitarian societies, is revived yet again.
Glenn and I attended Andrew Breitbart’s memorial service in Washington D.C. over the weekend. It was great to see how many fans and friends that Andrew had who were passionate about him and his work. We interviewed the attendees about what they learned from Andrew and how they will carry his message of liberty and truth forward. Others shared what they knew about his life and his passion for the internet and how it shaped the new media.
- AIPAC: The Bibi Solution, by Roger L Simon. Forget Romney, Santorum, and Newt. Bibi for President!
- Ohio the Key to Super Tuesday Victory, by Rick Moran. Too close to call.
- The Gaseous Policies of Barack Obama, by Victor Davis Hanson. We have two Nobel laureates in Dr. Steven Chu and Obama to see us through “unexpectedly” high energy prices.
- Super Tuesday Caucuses Virtually Ignored by Candidates, by Neil Snyder. Alaska, Idaho, and North Dakota given short shrift by campaigns.
- Contraception, Obama & the Congressional Dems: No Way To Treat Women’s Health, by Belladonna Rogers. Why promote a form of birth control that is a surefire guarantor of the spread of 20+ — many fatal — STDs?
- Andrew Klavan: At the Corner of Hollywood and New Media, by Ed Driscoll. A 22-minute audio interview with the author, screenwriter, video maker and PJ Media columnist on the death of Andrew Breitbart, the future of Hollywood and new media, and much more.
- Fakegate: Can’t Hide This Decline, by Rand Simberg. Peter Gleick adds yet more fraud to the warmists’ resume.
- Redefining the American Dream … Downwards, by Richard Fernandez. Poverty as a policy goal.
- Han Shot First! By Ed Driscoll. Bill Whittle’s newest video is a reminder that Oceania has always been at war with East Alderaan.
- The Follies of Thomas Friedman’s Third Party, by Ron Radosh. Third parties give the victory to whomever third-party voters like the least.
- ‘Chemtrails,’ Ron Paul, and the Cost of Conspiracy in Arizona, by John Nampion. Ever wonder about those white lines in the sky?
- The Futility of Trying to Wish Iran into Being Rational, by Bridget Johnson. The “rational actor” was emboldened enough today to talk about its own preemptive strikes.
- God Bless America? Remembering 1993′s Falling Down, by Kathy Shaidle. How far has the revenge fantasy devolved in the past 20 years?
Sharp minds, fast Sharpies — and narration by PJTV’s own Bill Whittle:
H/T: Roger Kimball, who writes that OWS has finally found its own Leonard Bernstein to slum with them:
For a vivid taste of the humor, savor this delicious tidbit from The New York Times‘s daily report on OWS:
The composer Philip Glass will make a statement at a General Assembly at Lincoln Center Thursday evening, where his opera, Satyagraha, on the life of Gandhi, is closing.
Occupy Wall Street. Philip Glass. Gandhi. It really is droll. There is a reason that George Orwell began his devastating essay on that Indian fraud with the observation that saints should be considered guilty until proven innocent. (It cost a lot of money, the historian Paul Johnson observed in his tart assessment of Gandhi in Modern Times, to keep Gandhi living in poverty.)
Perhaps Philip Glass will write one of his minimalist operas on Occupy Wall Street — if you thought the drum circles at OWS were repetitive, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. On the other hand, Glass’s reputation was made in the early 1980s with his soundtrack to the visually striking film Koyaanisqatsi, whose plot is focused on mankind’s destruction of pristine virginal Mother Earth (stop me if you’ve heard that one before from Hollywood). Curious that Glass would side with them, given that’s a topic that OWS and its offshoots have proven definitively that they’re expert on.
To paraphrase Steven Den Beste on an earlier mid-century warning on the dangers of statism run amok, Atlas Shrugged: A warning for the rest of us, a user manual for the Obama Administration:
Given the mid-budget production values of the film, I suspect it will play better on the small screen than it did in theaters, but as a both timely and eternal message, it’s well worth checking out on DVD.
Wednesday night, November 2nd, I went to the Occupy Los Angeles Protests in front of City Hall with my flip cam to take footage. At 5:30 PM approximately one thousand of the protesters gathered in the middle of the street and started marching. Mind you, this was at 5:30 PM, rush hour, in Downtown Los Angeles, where the traffic is already atrocious on a regular night. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I wondered how on earth these protesters got a permit to march in the middle of the street during rush hour, blocking traffic and making the drive home for thousands of people even worse. However, as you will see in the video I took, these protesters did not have a permit. They just marched in the street, completely breaking the law. And the most amazing part, the cops did not seem to care. In fact, they were escorting the marchers through the streets of downtown, as thousands of people sat in their cars waiting for these selfish brats to pass by. In fact, to my knowledge, not one single person was arrested. Unbelievable. This got me thinking: Would the city and the police be so accommodating if a tea party rally spontaneously started marching into the streets and obstructing traffic during rush hour? That, of course, is a rhetorical question.
- Sammy Levine (Associate Producer PJTV)
The PJMorning Report
Each morning PJ Media will give you vital news and opinions you will not see compiled anywhere else. Picked by PJM’s Washington bureau chief Richard Pollock.
Good morning! It’s Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Here are some of the key news developments this morning:
An emaciated and frail Gilad Shalit emerges from a Hamas prison basement. Few in the West decry Hamas’ mistreatment of the Israeli soldier. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners arrive in Gaza to a hero’s welcome.
President Obama promises officials behind the scandalous Fast and Furious gun program ”will be held accountable.” Obama speaks about it for the first time only hours after the Senate unanimously votes to ban future undercover operations. Is the president letting AG Holder swing in the wind?
Political Fight Night in Vegas. Romney still looks like The King and Perry gets better but is booed. President Obama was mentioned only in passing.
Perry parrots Boston Globe allegations about Romney hiring illegal aliens. The jury is still out on the account. But do you know who works for your lawn care service?
Cain tells PJTV he “misspoke” about releasing Gitmo prisoners for one American prisoner. He says he would not release Gitmo terrorists. “My bad,” he tells PJTV’s Alexis Garcia.
Apple disappoints the street in earnings. The company shows it may be human too.
Goldman Sachs follows JP Morgan on losses. Why is it beginning to feel like 2008 all over again?
Moody’s downgrade Spain and warns France its credit rating is at risk. New pressures on EU leaders.
Secretary Clinton makes a surprise visit to Libya. NATO is still clueless about Qaddafi’s whereabouts.
President refuses to meet with Occupy Greenboro, NC when he traveled there on his bus tour. He turned down their request for a meeting.
A Democratic pollster reports 1 in 3 OWS protesters supports violence. Doug Schoen says they are an “unrepresentative segment of the electorate.”
Rep. Barney Frank: one of few Democrats to openly scorn OWS. He calls them out for “incoherence.”
New Fear report: climate change will threaten our global coffee supply. Enviros warn climate changes could affect Ghana and the Ivory Coast coffee farmers by 2050. They are mum about the rest of the world’s coffee farms. You can still sip your coffee in peace.
Front page WaPo defends the Teleprompter — and Obama. The Post argues back:”Republicans use it too!” The paper looks silly.
DNC today actually celebrates the third anniversary of Obama record-breaking $150 million fundraising haul for September 2008. For Dems it’s all about the money. The “good government” types are still trying to figure out how they got snookered by the first modern President to opt out of public financing.
NBA talks go nowhere after 16 hour negotiating sessions. It’s the 110th day of the lockout.
PJ CEO Roger Simon interviewed former Vice President Dick Cheney this week, about a range of topics including the Palestinians’ moves in the UN and the overall Middle East peace process. Roger kicks off this preview with a quote from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s speech on the subject earlier this week, to get the former vice president’s reaction to it.
The full and fascinating interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney will be available on PJTV.
On Friday night, hundreds packed The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa to get a glimpse of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, in advance of her keynote address at the Tea Party of America event in Indianola, IA.
The room was warm, as the September night was rather humid, and it was filled with people from all over the country who have come to Iowa to hear for themselves whether or not Palin will run for President of the United States. Reports of people from California, Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, Minnesota, Washington State and Florida, with rumors of 10,000 to 20,000 people expected at the big rally.
Palin didn’t speak to the crowd on stage, but spent about an hour talking with people, signing autographs and taking pictures. Peter Singleton, of the Iowa chapter of Conservatives4Palin, gave his thoughts to why Palin should run, stating clearly that Palin – in his estimation – could win the nomination, and the general election, which received wild applause from the crowd.
Be sure to check for updates from the big event tomorrow on the Tatler. Also, photos and videos will be up on the PJTV Facebook page. Be sure to leave comments, and to “LIKE” the page.
As the Tea Party Express kick-off at the Napa Fairgrounds in Napa, CA, was getting started, (approximately 10:30am PST) the street that bordered the Fairgrounds was lined with protesters, carrying signs saying “Tax The Rich,” as well as multiple solidarity signs professing their connection with Wisconsin, complete with big red fists. I had spotted two or three protesters on the street corner when the bus arrived at just after 10am PST, but the vast majority had yet to arrive.
There was even a 15 foot tall inflatable rat. Really. (Video coming soon.)
Yet, as soon as the event got started, (11am PST) they were gone. No sign of a protester anywhere. We often hear in the MSM, throughout the leftists blogosphere and from Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and others, that the Tea Party is dead….done….gone. Yet it was the protestors who had no staying power. After a few poorly organized chants and one woman asking why I hate poor people, they went their own way.
The majority of the Tea Party crowd was still partying at 1:20pm. The event officially ended at 1pm. Who has the staying power? It’s one hell of a metaphor.
I have been part of the kick off of the Tea Party Express bus tour as it starts its 17 day, 30 city tour, ending in Tampa, Florida on September 12th for the Tea Party Express/CNN debate. The tour starts in Napa Valley, and then heads east to Reno, NV, then across the nation up to Maine, finally following the eastern seaboard South to Tampa Bay.
On Friday, August 26th, the Napa Tea Partyheld a dinner in celebration of the impending Tea Party Express launch. Over 400 people attended a night of music, laughter, conversation and cigars (if you were anywhere near me!) At the table I sat at, I met a gentlemen in his sixties who drills water wells. With his wife by his side, he told me that he has been drilling for near 40 years, and this is the first year – ever – that there is simply no work. The economy has just stalled his business.
Another person at the table identified himself as a real estate broker. He mentioned the massive drop in real estate prices, with houses going for half of what they used to be worth. I was quick to point out that, especially in California, housing prices are far higher than the national average, and it isn’t that surprising that there would still be serious depression in the California housing market. He turned to me, agreed with my assessment, and then stated clearly:
It used to be that owning a home was the American dream. Now, you go into a house, and all you see is broken dreams.
We will be reporting throughout the day on the upcoming rally, any corresponding protests and the feel of the Napa crowd as the 2012 Presidential Race heats up.
The lack of main stream news coverage on the Fast and Furious debacle, that left at least one American dead, has been frightening. Often called President Obama’s Watergate, Fast and Furious’ misguided premise put guns in the hands of violent criminals, cost millions of dollars, killed Border Agent Brian Terry and – if ever investigated – may expose barbaric corruption at the Department of Justice, and the White House.
As PJ Media has been reporting in a near exclusive fashion for over three months, the Department of Justice, which includes ATF (Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) engaged in Operation Fast and Furious (also known as “GunWalker”) as a strategy to combat gun trafficking on the Southern Border. From the 2009 Congressional Report:
In the fall of 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) developed a risky new strategy to combat gun trafficking along the Southwest Border.…The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) implemented that strategy using a reckless investigative technique that street agents call “gunwalking.” ATF’s Phoenix Field Division began allowing suspects to walk away with illegally purchased guns.
This shift in strategy was known and authorized at the highest levels of the Justice Department. Through both the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona and “Main Justice,” headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Department closely monitored and supervised the activities of the ATF.
It has become increasingly obvious that the Justice Department, meaning Attorney General Eric Holder, and the White House, meaning President Barack Obama, were aware – in part or in full – about the plan. As others have mentioned, a second intention of this plan was to perpetuate the myth that American guns are flowing into Mexico, thus creating the violence on the border between the two countries. The idea being that Operation Fast and Furious could be used as a vehicle to institute greater gun control; which is to push forward the Progressive ideal of eliminating 2nd Amendment rights.
What has also become obvious is that the main stream media has no plans to aggressively cover this story, and by aggressively I mean at all. The New York Times, rather than report the facts of this story, (which show the President and the Attorney General as being complicit, if not advocates, in a plan to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels) writes incoherent drivel about Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who sits as Chairman of the House Government Operations and Reform Committee which is investigating the Fast and Furious disaster.
This case has exposed the MSM in two horrific ways. First, it is yet more proof that the MSM refuses to portray the Administration honestly. Second, it shows how absolute the first point is. Border Agent Brian Terry is dead due to this operation, and who knows how many countless Mexicans. This plan has put all US Border Agents at incalculable risk, and shows a level of complete incompetence from those in charge who put Progressive desires ahead of human life. Yet, in adherence with their rigid ideology, the majority of the MSM not only won’t cover the story, they – like the New York Times – write error-laden hit pieces against those who are investigating the story, like Rep. Issa.
Media bias doesn’t kill, but it seems to go out of its way to protect the killers.
PJTV and PJ Media are live at the 2011 Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa. PJTV is proud to have a prominent placement at the Google/TheIowaRepublican booth, hearing from the candidates who are coming by including Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and others.
Keep tabs on PJTV throughout the weekend, as we continue to post videos from the event. Right here, we will be adding updates throughout the day.
UPDATE #17 – Another 20 minutes until the polls close. Be sure to check PJTV.com for Straw Poll results and analysis.
UPDATE #16 – According to operatives from RebelPundit.com, there are reports that supporters of Rep. Ron Paul have been pranking the Rep. Bachmann campaign by messing with their golf carts (meant for moving people and supplies.) The only real gossip of the entire event…..thank goodness.
UPDATE #15A – Once again, PJTV is called on stage at the Google/TheIowaRepublican.com Soap Box to ask Sen. Santorum questions in front of the live crowd. Be sure to look for it at PJTV.com.
UPDATE #15 – Sen. Rick Santorum takes the stage. So far, he has visited 68 of the 99 counties here. He refers to America as a “moral enterprise” and that rights come to us from G-d. He then went into a history lesson about Washington, and the concept of American Exceptionalism, ending with, “Mr. President, you don’t understand America.” He then states that Obamacare is the example of government control that existed in the colonies before the Declaration of Independence. He further pushed for his belief in smaller government, and how Democrats aren’t “evil,” they just believe in something different. The crowd was the the biggest of the day.
UPDATE #14 – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made his official announcement that he is in the race for president in 2012. We knew it was coming. However, while there are t-shirts a plenty here with “Americans for Rick Perry” on them, I haven’t heard much other chatter about him. The Straw Poll results may say otherwise.
UPDATE #13 – The crowd is waiting for Sen. Rick Santorum. The biggest crowd of the day so far.
UPDATE #12 – I caught up with former Speaker Newt Gingrich after he spoke at the Google/TheIowaRepublican Soap Box. Here is the video.
UPDATE #11 – OK…a man named Al Shearer just took to the stage to announce that he is running for President, and is passing out bumper stickers. Anyone heard of him?
UPDATE #10 – Up next is Sen. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI). The crowd is truly intrigued, as they don’t know much about him. A surprise! He’s not just giving a speech, he’s doing a Q&A, and I start the questioning for PJTV. The crowd in the tent is growing, and McCotter’s style – not dramatic, not overtly passionate, has this group of people fully engaged. It seems that if he is given the chance to speak, he wins people over…just don’t know if that can translate into donations and a strong challenge.
UPDATE #9A – Sen. Grassley agreed to speak with us, on the stage at the Google/TheIowaRepublican.com Soap Box, in front of well over 150 people. Be sure to look for it at PJTV.com.
UPDATE #9 – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is now speaking, and the tent just got really full. He is talking about “The Buck Stops Here,” and how President Obama has failed to take any responsibility for the current state of affairs. To quote, “You (the President) shouldn’t have any more excuses than Harry Truman had – the buck stops here!” The crowd is now applauding on every other line….they are crazy about him, and love the message. Big applause line comes when he sings the praises of the Tea Party.
UPDATE #8 – A quick word from former New York Lt. Governor Betsy McCoughey about the need to repeal Obamacare, and the viciousness of the IRS in implementing this law.
UPDATE #7 – A break in the action on stage, but lots of activity in this booth. Across the way, the Rep. Bachmann tent is jam-packed. Next to her, the Herman Cain tent also has plenty of activity. As for passers by, the Ron Paul t-shirts are now out and about, along with lots of signage.
UPDATE #6 – Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) is now speaking. He is pushing for a majority in the Senate, to get the “regulatory burden” off the people. It was a simple talk, speaking to the members of his district, which Ames is a part of.
UPDATE #5 – I just spoke at TheIowaRepublican.com soap box, comparing and contrasting the Tea Party and the Iowa voter with the rhetoric of the Democratic party.
UPDATE #4 – Newt Gingrich is now on the stage. He was quick to say, “I don’t want you to be for me, I want you to be with me.” He then made the same plea he made at the close of the FOX debate, imploring people not to wait 15 months to get started, start doing now. He then started talking about the problems with bureaucratic Socialism. (Aside from McCotter, you won’t hear that talking point from anyone else.) He finished up by stating that you can not describe America without saying that our rights come from G-d, and that President Obama is wrong about the nature of America. NEW – Catch the interview here.
UPDATE #3 – Spotted! Americans for Rick Perry t-shirts….lots of them. Has someone been organizing?
UPDATE #2 – Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is speaking at the Google/TheIowaRepublican booth, where close to 100 people have gathered to listen to him. His biggest applause line came when he asked the crowd to sign a pledge to help repeal Obamacare, which Rep. King referred to as a, “malignant tumor.”
UPDATE #1 – Walking on to the Iowa State University campus, where the Straw Poll is taking place, the first sight I saw was Sen. Rick Santorum, who is shaking hands as fast as he can. Once on the main campus, I was struck at the number of Tim Pawlenty t-shirts I saw. I don’t know how that translates to votes, but the shirts – a bright green with the number 12 on the back of them – are very visible.
The debate in Ames, Iowa, in advance of the Straw Poll, was a far different affair than the first debate in New Hampshire. It was no longer the “We’re all in it to beat Obama!” love-fest. It was politics – 8 people who want the job, and want to draw a clear line in the sand that they are the people you can trust with the job. Or, more factually, seven people who engaged the idea, and Amb. John Huntsman.
Here is how I rank the contenders: (You can watch my debate wrap up from the Spin Room in Ames, Iowa here.)
1 – Former Speaker Newt Gingrich – Never mind sitting on the couch with Nancy Pelosi, or the NY-23rd. If you don’t think he won this debate – with room to spare – then check your premises. Or, check your “rigid ideology.” Or, if those two don’t work, check your head. Gingrich has finally found his opportunity to gain a constituency. He has positioned himself as the Statesman, with the understanding of the experiences of America to bring about the best solutions. And, he did! He reminded the audience, even in his closing statement, that the election was 15 months away, but there are things that people can do right now to help our country. And, as the Statesman, not the politician, he was able to return fire to Chris Wallace (who asked some of the questions that night) and was able to give a more honest focus, without couching his words. He was strong, funny and connected with an audience who two hours prior had written him off. There can be no question that he won last night. Does that translate into Straw Poll results? Not sure.
2 – Sen. Rick Santorum – I’m as surprised as anyone on this front. I had spoken at length on Wednesday and Thursday that Santorum and Gov. Tim Pawlenty need to show up in this debate. Santorum did, in a most fascinating way – as foil to Rep. Ron Paul. After, quite literally, having to beg to be heard in the debate, Santorum started to respond to Rep. Paul’s thoughts and theories with a competing view point. The back and forth between Santorum and Paul was great for America, and the closest thing to a real debate I have ever seen in presidential politics. Both men advocating for individual liberty, and that laws come from G-d, not man – and two different views of how that plays out. Santorum bests Paul on just good humor – he came across better on stage.
3 – Rep. Ron Paul – For me, he seemed rather focused. He was able to pivot back to the concept of individual liberty, and then expand out to economic realities, finishing with how his foreign policy (i.e., end the wars, bring home the troops) will save the people of the United States billions of dollars. His engaged, yet respectful, countering of Sen. Rick Santorum’s thoughts on America, and the best way forward, will be the longest running theme from this debate. Of most interest, he spoke of Cuba and free trade. I interviewed Rep. Paul earlier that day (which received many comments on YouTube, some rather negative – calling it an “ambush interview” and painting me a neo-con) and asked him about his thoughts on isolationism and the Constitution. He responded by stating his belief in free trade, and how we should be engaged in trade with Cuba! Perhaps I planted the seed?
4 – Gov. Mitt Romney – He didn’t win, he didn’t lose. He comes out unscathed. That’s a good victory, and a big lesson for the rest of the field who let the pitch (the Mitt) go by.
5 – Gov. Tim Pawlenty – The editor and publisher of TheIowaRepublican.com, Craig Robinson, had mentioned on PJTV that Pawlenty had to show some fight. He did. He did it well. In the opening conversation with Rep. Michele Bachmann, he was direct, forthright, honest, sincere, and most importantly, forceful without being rude. In the second go-round with Bachmann, it got to be uncomfortable. As I wrote on PJM last night, it went from “…wow to whoa.” Pawlenty already had Bachmann reeling from the first round. He should have taken his focus off of her, and put it back on Obama with much more speed. And, if not Obama, then Romney. Pawlenty got the second chance to discuss “ObamneyCare.” He did so, and pretty well, but it all may be academic at this point. As opposed to many others in the race, the Iowa Straw Poll may determine his immediate political fate.
6 – Rep. Michele Bachmann – Would you look at that…more hate mail for me! The end result of Bachmann’s performance is that she allowed herself to be taken down by a lesser contender by engaging her. Bachmann has massive Tea Party support, and a growing fan base. She was sure to be complimentary of former Gov. Sarah Palin, whose supporters may flock to Bachmann if Palin is not in the race. I don’t think her performance will hurt her at the Straw Poll, but she did not come across as well as she did last time on CNN. Pawlenty got to her, and it showed. Luckily, she has the time, the money and the platform to recover.
7 – Herman Cain – I like Herman Cain, but he just doesn’t connect on stage. He had a great line about America taking a joke when discussing the border, but the rest of his answers through the majority of the debate seemed unformed. Not the intent of his answers, but the answers themselves. When Cain speaks of foreign policy, it comes across that he is completely out of his element. It was refreshing to hear him talk about what he is learning, and that he gathering the information to be the best president possible. That kind of honesty goes a long way, but it might not be the best idea to be the president who has to learn on the job (like Hillary Clinton warned!) Off stage, on camera, in person, Cain is just fantastic. Incredibly likable and engaging. On the stage, he fades, and I don’t think there is enough time for Cain to correct that.
8 – Amb. John Huntsman – Oh, look. There’s Ambassador John Huntsman. Wow…he really got great seats. Oh, look. He’s going to answer a question..good thing he brought his can opener.
What do you think? Please give your thoughts in the comments.
I am in the spin room on the campus of Iowa State University. You can follow all of the Tweets, and all of the action, via Twitter. Just look for hashtag #pjtvstraw, or follow me on Twitter.
Everyone is here. Ran into Ed Morrissey of Hot Air, Guy Benson of TownHall.com, Stacy McCain himself is here, Chuck Todd of NBC is just 20 feet from me, and even Obama denizen David Axelrod was sighted outside.
Please tell us your thoughts about the debate. Leave your comments below. Thanks!
UPDATE #5: Be sure to check out PJTV for all of our debate wrap-up.
UPDATE #4: Rep. Paul has hit some stride on the conversation of individual liberty. Sen. Santorum is hitting a stride on being for values, and being unapologetic. It’s a very interesting back and forth between them. I haven’t said much about Gov. Romney…and I don’t think that is going to change. He started off with good fire, but now he is settling in to simple answers and getting done with this debate and away from the Straw Poll (which he is not participating in.) And is Ambassador Huntsman still on the stage?
UPDATE #3: The conversation between Sen. Santorum and Rep. Paul was great. It should be a national conversation about who we are as a nation, and which way is the best way to secure our safety. I like Herman Cain, but I think he is fading. He’s not connecting on stage. Newt continues to impress. He is taking on the questions, and the stage, but keeping his answers focused, smart, witty and dynamic. Going back to Santorum, I have said that he is a VP candidate only, and I still believe it, but he is proving to his base that he is worth keeping in this race.
UPDATE #2: The Bachmann/Pawlenty back and forth went from wow to whoa. Moving on. Herman Cain was refreshingly honest, but quasi-tongue tied. Rick Santorum gets a big laugh, and then ends with a big elbow on the other candidates. It’s Newt who shined. He is looking for his constituency, and he may find it with this style of answer and proposed statesmanship.
UPDATE #1: From Round One of the debate, Craig Robinson – editor of The Iowa Republican.com – stated that Rep. Michele Bachmann “…didn’t look like a front runner…” in the exchange with Gov. Tim Pawlenty. I agree. Pawlenty came out looking strong. JulesLaLaLand on Twitter disagreed, question whether we see things differently as men and women. We will see.
If it was a dinosaur, it would be a Crapasoraus Rex.
If it was a painting, it would be The Mona Crappa.
And if it a was an actress, it would be Crapalina Jolie.
But this is Klavan on the Culture interpreting President Obama, so it can only be, Talking Crap 3: ABSOLUTE CRAP!!!
Today, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – campaigning with his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in Ames, Iowa – confirmed to PJTV that he will ask for a vote of “no confidence” on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.
I spoke with Sen. Paul at a small event in Ames, Iowa, just hours before the FOX News debate. We talked about the Super Committee, and the problems with their mandate. Sen. Paul also commented on the state of the current stock market, and the concern people should have. It was then that Sen. Paul made clear he will call for a vote of “no confidence” on Sec. Geithner, stating that, “I think it’s a huge mistake for the president to keep him on.” He admitted that the vote would have no legal standing.
On the subject of his father, he reminded that Rep. Paul correctly understood the problems with the housing market, specifically Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and focused on his father’s fiscal discipline as valued trait in the race for President.
The full video of my interview with Sen. Rand Paul will available on PJTV, as well as linked on The Tatler. Be sure to check back often at PJTV as we continue to provide coverage of the 2011 Straw Poll.
Update: Here’s my interview with Sen. Paul.
Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) spoke to a small group of supporters and press in Ames, Iowa in preparation for the Iowa Straw Poll, taking place on Saturday, August 13th.
His remarks covered a myriad of subjects – economy, foreign policy, monetary policy, the TSA, government over reach and education. He said of education, to thunderous applause, “I don’t even believe in the Department of Education.” On foreign policy, he blasted President Obama for being involved in “five wars,” and reminded the crowd that it was Afghanistan that “did in” the Russians. Paul also advocated for the United States leaving the United Nations.
Specifically, I was able to ask Rep. Paul about his foreign policy stance, asking if it was “Constitutional,” or, rather, “Isolationist,” as well as a question about Israel and the White House. We will post it here once it is available. Be sure to check PJTV for the latest news from the Straw Poll, and “Like” our Facebook page for exclusive behind the scenes photos.
Update: Here is my interview with Rep. Paul.
According to The Iowa Republican.com, former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be coming to Iowa on Friday. Craig Robinson, editor and publisher of The Iowa Republican.com, says that Palin’s reason for coming is, “Obviously, to make an impact on the field. She’s creating a bookmark that allows her to keep her options open for getting in to the race.”
PJTV is covering the Straw Poll, and all the action throughout Iowa. Be sure to check PJTV.com for video updates, and The Tatler for the latest breaking news from Iowa.
Margaret Hoover’s American Individualism hits the Washington Post political best seller list and she joins James Poulos to explain how the GOP has to win more young voters.
For more information, buy American Individualism on Amazon: http://amzn.to/qr3ZZi
According to FOX NEWS, the latest debt limit deal has an increase of $2.4 Trillion, with $1 Trillion happening immediately, and the rest based on certain “triggers” as they have become known. Congress would have until the Thanksgiving recess to come up with $1.2 Trillion in spending cuts. If not passed by December, automatic “across the board” cuts would then go into effect.
Yet, FOX also announced that the Progressive Caucus (the ones who proposed the most embarrassing and insulting budget ever!) has stated that they can not support the new possible deal because it DOES NOT include tax increases.
It seems that the idea of compromise has gone out the window. As the Progressives are showing, their “rigid ideology” of taxation (see Big Government and Government Control) is far more important than the welfare of the nation, and much more important than backing their weakened leader, President Obama. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) leader of the Progressive Caucus has come out to say:
This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it
One no longer has to opine as to who the real radicals are. They are obvious, and they want your money.
PJTV’s Alexis Garcia catches up with GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, and asks him for his thoughts on the debt ceiling debate. Describing the debate as a “debacle,” Cain slams President Obama for his lack of leadership.
Two of the Right’s smartest, together in St. Louis. Dana weighs in on the debt ceiling fight and what Speaker Boehner should have done, and on President Obama’s asinine twitter spam campaign.
On this week’s Kruiser Kontrol, Stephen takes aim at Chris Matthews’ bizarre wish for suicidal fat cats, Martin Bashir’s wankitude and the main problem with Olbermann’s new show on Current (hint: It makes him miss MSNBC’s Countdown). Plus, what does Kruiser say to make Sammy go, “Awwwww…”? Find out on PJTV.
PJTV’s James Poulos interviews Judge Andrew Napolitano about Operation Fast and Furious and what should happen if AG Holder knew about the government’s scandalous gun running operation. The judge also talks about the Constitution, fiat money, and how politicians just don’t understand what the Constitution is or what it’s supposed to do. Not to be missed.
PJTV’s Sonja Schmidt takes us to the Jackass Cafe: Where Liberal Cuisine is Expensive and Hard to Stomach
Hungry? Go to the Democrat Cafe. Hear about foods inspired by your favorite Democrats, including Barack Obama, Anthony Weiner, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and more.
“The food is expensive but almost completely subsidized” — Sonja Schmidt
Paul Witt, the original producer of A Better Life — the film for which I was the first writer back in 1989 — appears on Poliwood to explain, among other things — why it took us so blankety-blank long.
Actually the film is doing well now, good reviews and platforming across the country. NY, LA, Dallas and Houston this weekend… More in the weeks to come.
I wrote the first script over two decades ago, and it’s taken that long for the film to finally make it into theaters. Poliwood co-host Lionel Chetwynd says A Better Life is one of the most honest, apolitical films dealing with the subject of illegal immigration. Watch Poliwood to find out why.
In 2002, a group of firefighters put together a float for the Racine, WI 4th of July parade to re-enact the moment when New York City firefighters raised the American Flag soon after the attacks of 9/11. This 4th of July, and coming on the 10 year anniversary of the attacks that murdered 3000 people in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, one of the firefighters decided to bring that float back to the parade.
As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Daniel Bice, Racine firefighter Lieutenant Matt Gorniak, is having problems putting the float in the parade:
The problem: Gorniak had recently invoked a little-used provision in his union contract and opted out of membership in the Wisconsin State Firefighters Association.
Members of the executive board of the Racine firefighters union ultimately decided not to support or march with his float.
As Bice reports, firefighter and union officials were, at first, on board with Gorniak’s decision to revive the float, going so far as to want to invite a NYC firefighter to march in the parade with Racine picking up the cost. But, before they could get to planning, Gorniak was asked if he was “fair share,” a term designated to those fire fighters who opt out of the union. Gorniak did so just a few months ago, in the wake of the firefighter’s union’s support of the protestors opposed to the state’s collective bargaining law — the one supported by Gov. Scott Walker, and which the Democrats and unions fought. Once it was discovered that Gorniak was not part of the union, the board voted against the float idea.
Gorniak has decided to run the float in the parade, with or without the firefighter’s union, or with or without other firefighters.
Mr. Gorniak, I know thousands upon thousands of people (probably more!) who will gladly march with you on July 4th, and will support what you are doing. We are the same people who recognize that unions put unions before everything, including the nation, our national memories and the members they purport to protect.
This anti-Obama legacy video is making its way around Al Gore’s internet. It is geared to young voters who, after watching, perhaps will learn a thing or two about the consequences of their 2008 “Hope and Change” vote. Let’s hope the 2012 election is when they will grow up and vote as if their own future, and that of the nation, are truly at stake.