Wow! I’m giddy. I was surprised and thrilled by Gov. Romney’s performance in last night’s debate (Oct. 3). I watched the debate with 7 other Conservatives, time-delayed by a Tivo box so that we could halt the action and toss in our own comments.
Several of us were apprehensive at the outset, but by the end of the debate we had worked ourselves into a frenzy of excitement, shouting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” as he pounded home those key points that free-market, limited-government, fiscal-responsibility Conservatives have been trumpeting for years.
Now I have to confess. I had no idea that Gov. Romney had this in him. Sure, he’d had some brief flashes on the campaign trail, and his style turned for the better after naming Paul Ryan as his VP. But like many Conservatives, I feared the Governor was just the next-in-line Establishment Republican candidate — doomed to be another gracious loser.
I’m still absorbing what I saw & heard, and I’ll have to go through the whole debate again, but I do remember Romney’s first home run of the evening (for me) when he pointed out the immorality of the debt we are piling on the backs of our children. As I’ve written in the past (here, here, and here for example), we are effectively selling them into a modern-day version of debt bondage. At last we have a candidate who leads with that point against all those “compassionate” Democrats, the people who supposedly “care”.
As for Obama’s own performance, a repeated interjection among my friends was “He’s flailing, he’s flailing!”. Time and again he reached back for his standard campaign talking points, sometimes well off-topic, and he was visibly shell-shocked when Romney put them down emphatically, with compelling refutation points, nicely bulleted and driven home like nails in a coffin (puns intended).
If you can watch the debate again, keep an eye on Obama’s upper jaw near his left ear as he stares down at his podium. One of our friends spotted it first. You’ll see a light spot come and go as he visibly clenches and unclenches his teeth. This man is used to adulation and acquiescence, not reasoned confrontation. Bound up in his Leftist ideology and surrounded 24/7 by sycophants and a fawning, collaborative media, he was totally unprepared to defend his indefensible record. He spent much of the evening staring down at that podium as if being scolded by his school master.
Obama will be better prepared at the next debate, and Romney will have to guard against over-confidence. But I’m no longer worried. Obama’s hand is incredibly weak — almost everywhere, he’s holding a pair of deuces against Romney’s full house. And Romney’s better at the game — much better.
Of course, the election ain’t over ’til it’s over, and the Obama machine, the Great American Left, and the Democrat Media Complex won’t go gently into the night. But we have ourselves a candidate in Mitt Romney, and I have a new-found confidence that he and his staff might just run this campaign right across the finish line going away, and leading by several lengths.
Then, the long hard path to recovery begins.
[This article cross-posted from WesternFreePress.com]
Are any of you Conservative news junkies sensing what I’m sensing?
It seems the Leftist media are finally sensing defeat in November. And I mean really sensing it. The willful self-deception that they’ve cultivated for so long is crumbling. Their messiah is false. He’s failed. And rather miserably at that. And he may well take the party down with him in just a few weeks.
Why do I think they’re sensing defeat?
One of their media princelings, Chris Matthews, the bloviating, spittle-spewing host of MSNBC’s Hardball, shifted rather abruptly into defensive alibi mode on the August 31 edition of his show, less than 24 hours after Mitt Romney’s RNC acceptance speech. Matthews began slathering blame on “Republican opposition” for Obama’s failure, this time including a freshly announced conspiracy, ostensibly hatched “in secret” back in 2009, to oppose the President’s policies.
Short memo to Chris: The opposition opposes. That’s what they do. Especially when your messiah sets about to do what he’s done. And every minority party seeks to regain the majority. It’s nothing personal, okay?
But more importantly –
What Obama failure are you talking about? So now Obama has failures? Are you now implying he’ll lose the upcoming election? Are you seeking to lay off the blame for that in advance?
What happened? Did you watch the RNC speeches that your network wouldn’t air? Were you frightened by the depth of the Republican bench? (If so, eat your heart out, pal.) Did you mentally compare Paul Ryan to Joe Biden and suffer a panic attack?
I occasionally enjoy your show for its unintentional humor, but the sea change in your August 31 show was positively delightful. Please do it again on your next show. Please. As the RNC mystery guest said: Go ahead. Make my day.
|In the three states with primary elections so far, three different candidates for the Republican nomination have been declared winners. Next up is Florida. Many already are looking toward the next major state primary – Arizona.
Arizona Republic columnist, Bob Robb, said the Arizona Primary Election “is likely to be the most consequential shootout leading up to Super Tuesday.”
But Arizona isn’t only a key state for the Republicans. As evidenced by the President’s visit to Chandler this week, Arizona is seen by some as a toss-up state in November.
Every vote will count on February 28 and November 6!
Each one of us needs to make sure our families and friends at church registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election is Monday, January 30. If you are not registered, or you know someone who is not registered, check out ServiceArizona.com today. It only takes five minutes to register online!
Opening Doors & Getting off the Waiting List
|This week’s celebration of National School Choice week was especially timely as two school choice victories have occurred in the last week.
Yesterday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge upheld the constitutionality of the CAP-supported Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program. ESAs provide parents of children with special needs the opportunity to redirect state funds for the education and educational services that best meet their children’s needs. Approximately 75 families have received empowerment scholarship this year. On Monday, a House committee will consider expanding this vital program.
Last week, the Arizona Senate voted to expand the Scholarship Tax Credit program. This new credit is intended to address the critical need to provide scholarships for children on waiting lists. The measure awaits House consideration. Keep up-to-date on legislation at our bill tracker.
|Unfortunately, opponents of school choice continue to distort and attack the programs.
Check out CAP Legal Counsel Deborah Sheasby’s rebuttal to the critics of school choice on the Foundations Blog.
Three Reasons for Banning Abortion at 20 Weeks
|On Wednesday, CAP brought Americans United for Life Senior Counsel, Clarke Forsythe, to the Senate Health Committee to testify in support of a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Today, all but three or four out of the 195 nations in the world prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. And you guessed it – you can count the United States as one of the few countries that allow abortion at such a late stage.
So Much Coming Up
|The CAP Calendar is full of events coming up! The next big event is this Sunday at Catalina Foothills Church in Tucson. I’ll be speaking with Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin and Kenyn Cureton of Family Research Council at the Recapturing Our American Heritage event.
Find more details about this and other upcoming events here.
WFP Poll: Who do you want in the AZ-6 race? Kirk Adams, Travis Grantham, Matt Salmon, or Chuck Gray.
WFP: Attack Watch, Obama’s New Campaign Site Created to “Fight Smears,” Becomes Laughing Stock of Internet
What is this site about?
Obama for America national field director Jeremy Bird told ABC Newsthat the site’s goal is to offer “resources to fight back” against attacks. Mostly, that means fact checking statements from the likes of GOP presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry and conservative commentator Glenn Beck and offering evidence to the contrary. The site is designed in bold red and black colors, and uses statements like “support the truth” and “fight the smears.”
Sadly, President Obama’s team has laid another goose egg. Almost every tweet about the site has ridiculed it. Conservative bloggers and pundits have had a field day poking fun at Obama.
Aside from the poor political strategy of creating a “snitch” site, Victor Davis Hanson points out the obvious “big brother” vibe.
Yet go onto the new (“Paid for by Obama for America”) AttackWatch.com website. It reads and looks like some sort of Stasi file (“file” is their vocabulary, not mine). It asks readers to inform them of criticism of Obama. The format is, I guess by intent, supposed to resemble a government intelligence dossier (“Attack files”), with its blaring black and red headers: “Attack” /”Attackers” (followed by names and pictures of the supposed bad guys)/”Attack Type” /(“public statements”) followed by check off boxes like “Have your seen or heard this attack?” “Yes/No”. It reminds me of of living in 1973 dictatorial Greece, when we all kept silent about the Colonels upon entering the apartment building, lest the government-paid concierge write something down not nice in her black book.
Apparently no one in the administration learned from the spooky tone of the now defunct Journolist. That obtuseness begs the question, what is it with these extra-journalistic efforts to intimidate critics, as if the 2012 campaign will be based around deterrence: e.g., as if: “Beware: if you criticize Barack Obama, your name and picture will appear on our “Attack File”. We are watching you, so you watch out!”
So creepier still is the request to snoop around and collect evidence for what the Roman emperors and French monarchs used to call maiestas/Lèse-majesté—supposed crimes against the head of state, by circulating criticism of his authority that might lessen his proper sense of majesty. Indeed, on AttackWatch.com there is a special pop-up window that is reminiscent of Crimestoppers.com that supposedly will help form some sort of a clearing house: “Your email”/”content of attack or link”/”Attack type”, “Attach” with a link “Report” that pops up yet another window.
But back to poking fun, Ezra Dulis makes a hilarious parody video.
The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Flock paints a clearer picture of why this is a poor political strategy.
While the initiative is reminiscent of a similar online effort launched during the 2008 campaign, called Fight the Smears, the intimidating design and language of the new site seems to be what’s causing a bigger ruckus.
Fight the Smears looked and felt far less scary, quoting Obama at the top of its page in a classic hope-change statement: “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon — that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge but enemies to demonize.”
Attack Watch, on the other hand, uses the shorter tagline, “Get the Truth. Fight the Smears.”
It’s safe to say that in its 24 hours of existence, Attack Watch has already backfired, becoming a tool for conservatives to use against Obama 2012. A tweet by conservative author Brad Thor summed up the critics’s argument: “Wow, not only are Obama & Co. incredibly thin-skinned, they’re paranoid.”
Paranoid? You think? Already the conservative odd makers are betting when Obama’s people will pull the site.
President Obama is in emergency mode. Nevada and New York’s special elections were a GOP sweep. Particularly in New York’s 9th District, where a Republican has not held the seat since 1922 and where Democrats have previously won by 20 points. Even in Nevada, the Republican outperformed expectations and did surprisingly well. Even Nate Silver says, the 2010 Republican wave has not ended.
“In other words, the four special elections, taken as a whole, suggest that Democrats may still be locked in a 2010-type political environment. Democrats might not lose many more seats in the House if that were the case, since most of their vulnerable targets have already been picked off, but it would limit their potential for any gains. And it could produce dire results for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, where they have twice as many seats up for re-election.”
The best exit quote of the night from NY-09’s Republican victory.
“I am a registered Democrat, I have always been a registered Democrat, I come from a family of Democrats — and I hate to say this, I voted Republican,” said Linda Goldberg, 61, after casting her ballot in Queens. “I need to send a message to the president that he’s not doing a very good job. Our economy is horrible. People are scared.”
Doom. What will a desperate President do next?
The post and its comments can be seen at Western Free Press.
AZVOTERGUIDE.COM IS YOUR GUIDE TO THE PHOENIX CITY ELECTION
WEBSITE GIVES STRAIGHT FORWARD ANSWERS ON WHERE THE CANDIDATES STAND
PHOENIX – Discovering where candidates for city offices stand on the issues is easier now thanks to the free online resource, azvoterguide.com. This nonpartisan service compiles survey results from city election candidates in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott to give voters the clear information they need to be an informed voter.
Candidates indicate on their survey whether they support or oppose 15 statements on critical issues that face our city. Examples of these statements include:
- Using city funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion.
- Prohibiting fully nude performances and touching or tipping dancers in sexually oriented businesses.
- Allowing private companies to compete with city government for contracts to provide city services.
- Providing a “domestic partners registry” for unmarried, cohabiting homosexual and heterosexual couples.
- Regulating the hours and locations of medical marijuana dispensaries
On azvoterguide.com, you can access copies of the actual surveys candidates filed out, and read the comments they wrote. You can download a pdf of the Voter Guide which compares the candidate’s responses here: http://bit.ly/pWhqQb
If a candidate decided not to respond, their phone number and email address is provided, and you are able to send the candidates a blank version of the survey for them to complete and return to Center for Arizona Policy: http://bit.ly/nyMi1B
You can also contact the candidates via Facebook and Twitter. Their usernames have been compiled here: http://bit.ly/n6SlrY
With as few as 10% of the voting population expected to turn out to vote on August 30, it is essential that voters get the facts about the candidates, then turn out to vote their values on Election Day.
Center for Arizona Policy promotes and defends
the foundational values of life,
marriage and family, and religious liberty.
When Marriage Comes Under Attack
Late last Friday, New York’s state legislature decided to radically redefine marriage. In a less than transparent process, New York became the sixth state in the nation to call marriage something other than the union of one man and one woman – and only the third to do so by legislative action. There are thirty states, including Arizona, with constitutional amendments protecting marriage.
We are publishing a series of posts on the Foundations blog this week and next about why it’s so important to stand for the true definition of marriage. We’ll look at what the Scripture says about marriage, whether this is really a “civil rights” issue, and the impact on our religious freedom. Check out the first post of the series by CAP’s Communications Director Aaron Baer: “Why Protect Marriage.”
Celebrating Our Independence
While you celebrate our nation’s independence this 4th of July with family and friends, I hope you take time to reflect on the blessing of living in this great country, and the responsibility that comes with it.
That responsibility starts with exercising our freedom and right to vote our values. City elections throughout Arizona are less than two months away on August 30. Be sure you and your friends are registered to vote, and consider talking with your pastor about holding a voter registration drive at your church in the coming weeks. CAP has everything you need to get started registering voters. We’ll also be publishing a city election Voter Guide at azvoterguide.com in the coming days.
City elections can have a profound impact on the entire state. Our opponents specifically target these elections because it’s much easier for them to influence the outcome and then advance their agenda. We cannot afford to be silent in these local elections. If you haven’t already done so, check out this blog post by CAP’s Blackstone intern Angelina Nguyen about how one city’s bad policies can have an impact on everyone in the state.
5 Minutes for Families will be going on a short summer break through the month of July. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and watch the Foundations blog for updates from us during this time. I’ll be back with more updates and news you need to know that impacts your family in August. Happy Independence Day!
by Gayle Plato-Besley, M. Ed.
Governor Sarah Palin gives more than lip service to the situation we are in. Let’s applaud her success, but please those at Camp McCain, get on the fast track! Let’s see Sarah speaking with substance. What I see is the great opportunity to play off of the Governor’s populist record, underlining her real accomplishments, while pointing out what the Republican Ticket offers.
As Barack Obama talks of sex education at the Kindergarten level, please seize the news cycle and talk to the people.
Sarah Palin can explain detailed aspects of the Republican Platform as no other. Yet, the camera is also on her awaiting a mistake or a flub. Run with that and sound bite back. Get the talk on the messages appealing to families today. Much is being said about national security and energy costs. We also need good talk about education.
DOVETAIL SUCCESS and STREAMLINE SPENDING:
RESILIENCY PROGRAMMING for EARLY EDUCATION
Early Childhood Education is a huge issue for families in America. As it states at www.johnmccain.com, “There is no shortage of federal programs targeted at early child care and preschool. State and federal funding for early childhood care and education programs is over $25 billion each year.” Yet, how does a candidate claim there’s enough spending without infuriating everyone wanting, using, or benefiting from social programs?
If Sarah Palin talks as a mom with the savvy and knowledge of this issue as a governor, she can enlighten the country; the money is already there. We need to evaluate and coordinate services. Let’s streamline and dovetail good programs to build on strength and success.
Some of the key problems with all federal programming includes the lack of coordination, the overlapping and wasted expenditure, and limited focus on success. Too many non-profit and public groups spend too much time looking for more money, creating data showing their validity, and avoiding any overhauling or efficiency checks. In fact, one of the key jobs of most Community Organizers is to make themselves seem important. Local citizens see the organizers as either paper shufflers, or as focused only on a few small actions. There is little actual organization and streamlining of services to help the community not waste funds.
As for education today, great work of pre-Kindergarten programming is happening in private and parochial schools nationwide. Many receive some public funding, but often run on a majority of private support. We as a country need to push for more faith-based education opportunities and support the many church, temple, or other faith/community education services. We also will benefit from a true accounting of all expenditures in public pre-K education. Show how these programs flow and build on one another. How much doubling up happens in just one city, let alone an entire nation?
Push the value of Child Find. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (http://www.nectac.org/partc/ptcoverview.asp)
there are federal services to identify pre-K children with potential developmental delays. Special Education is an exponentiallly growing cost for this country. Unfortunately, a vast majority of parents, health care, and education providers do not know of the process. Early intervention fosters successful development. It’s also cost effective. Pro-active service is the key to long term success.
Talk of Resiliency Programming
There is an overwhelming problem with the liberal-base social/educational intervention services in this country. Most social services are reactive, at-risk models. We throw money at programs created from antiquated models of statistics- all noting who might fail. The risk of failure is always the issue and it is not the best indicator for federal spending.
I personally saw federal funds dumped on treating alcoholics to stop drinking, and start educating their children as to the danger. Yet, 75% of children of alcoholics do NOT become alcoholics. Less money and better success can be seen through education regarding alcohol addiction, and overall community programs for good social opportunities, like a YMCA or Boys and Girls Club.
Though great work is being done in the field of Resiliency Services. Dr. Emmy Werner, a developmental psychologist, created a phenomenal study tracking the low-income and needy children of Kauai, Hawaii. Thirty years of studying children deemed moderately to severely at-risk showed that with good role models and consistent protective factors, a vast majority of the children grew up to be happy, productive adults.
Dr. Werner legitimized the Resiliency Movement in social programming. Yet, federal and state agencies are NOT using the tools nor the information. This is a critical point for all conservative spending on social programming. It is missed and ignored by many of the ‘At-Risk’ mindset. We can turn off the social spending tap by being more efficient and by updating our approach.
it is time for Sarah Palin to give us details. Tell us of how you will help target spending; it is your strength as a governor. You are also a self-appointed advocate for children of needs. Please run with it as I KNOW it is a very important issue for many voters.