Senator DeMint Not Endorsing In Primary

From Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC chaired by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC):

“I’m going to work on Senate races and let South Carolina decide for itself who they want to nominate,” DeMint said. “I want to help deliver a conservative Senate, otherwise it doesn’t matter who is in the White House.”

Interesting decision by the Senator, considering his voice carries a great deal of weight among Conservatives.  But he does make a great point in that without a conservative Senate it really doesn’t matter.  The GOP having control of the House the last two years shows that.

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Sowell: America Needs a Man of Action

An interesting column by Thomas Sowell, attempting to make the case for former Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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What the media call Gingrich’s “baggage” concerns largely his personal life and the fact that he made a lot of money running a consulting firm after he left Congress. This kind of stuff makes lots of talking points that we will no doubt hear, again and again, over the next weeks and months.

But how much weight should we give to this stuff when we are talking about the future of a nation?

This is not just another election and Barack Obama is not just another president whose policies we may not like. With all of President Obama’s broken promises, glib demagoguery and cynical political moves, one promise he has kept all too well. That was his boast on the eve of the 2008 election: “We are going to change the United States of America.”

Many Americans are already saying that they can hardly recognize the country they grew up in. We have already started down the path that has led Western European nations to the brink of financial disaster.

Internationally, it is worse. A president who has pulled the rug out from under our allies, whether in Eastern Europe or the Middle East, tried to cozy up to our enemies, and has bowed low from the waist to foreign leaders certainly has not represented either the values or the interests of America. If he continues to do nothing that is likely to stop terrorist-sponsoring Iran from getting nuclear weapons, the consequences can be beyond our worst imagining.

Against this background, how much does Newt Gingrich’s personal life matter, whether we accept his claim that he has now matured or his critics’ claim that he has not? Nor should we sell the public short by saying that they are going to vote on the basis of tabloid stuff or media talking points, when the fate of this nation hangs in the balance.

According to Thomas Sowell what matters is concrete accomplishments, especially when another Ronald Reagan isn’t in the cards for voters.

While the televised debates are what gave Newt Gingrich’s candidacy a big boost, concrete accomplishments when in office are the real test. Gingrich engineered the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 40 years — followed by the first balanced budget in 40 years. The media called it “the Clinton surplus” but all spending bills start in the House of Representatives, and Gingrich was Speaker of the House.

Speaker Gingrich also produced some long overdue welfare reforms, despite howls from liberals that the poor would be devastated. But nobody makes that claim any more.

Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was Speaker of the House? Yes, enough for it to cost him that position. But he also showed that he could produce results.

In a world where we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available, the question is whether Newt Gingrich is better than Barack Obama — and better than Mitt Romney.

Personally I have strong reservations about former Gov. Romney, as do many conservatives.  However I also have strong reservations about former Speaker Gingrich, especially in light of his reactions following the Iowa Caucus.  That being said, Thomas Sowell makes a very interesting point.

Those who want to concentrate on the baggage in Newt Gingrich’s past, rather than on the nation’s future, should remember what Winston Churchill said: “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.” If that means a second term for Barack Obama, then it means lost big time.

It’s a point that actually could be applied to all the Republican candidates, as each has flaws and shortcomings.

 

 

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Rick Santorum: “Game On”

It is “Game On” in the Republican Presidential primary following the “surprise” finish by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

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Mitt Romney may have won the Iowa Caucuses by eight votes, but the story coming out of Iowa is Rick Santorum. In addressing his supporters on Tuesday night, the first words out of his mouth were, “Game on.”

Romney edged Santorum 30,015 to 30,007 votes. The result is closest caucus finish in history and a campaign that go down in history.

After languishing in the polls for almost two years, most candidates would have changed course, fired their advisors, and thrown in the towel, but not Rick Santorum. From the beginning of the campaign to the caucuses themselves, Santorum stayed faithful to his grassroots strategy that relied more on blood, sweat, and tears, than the glitz, glamour, and media attention that comes with being a front-runner.

Santorum’s strategy paid off, largely because Iowa’s plentiful social conservatives coalesced around his candidacy in the closing days of the campaign. His message on bringing manufacturing jobs home resonated with blue-collar workers. Another key factor behind Santorum’s stunning victory in Iowa is the simple fact that he made himself more assessable to Iowa voters than any other candidate.

The strong finish by Santorum shows the Tea Party will be a force in 2012.

The Santorum Iowa “victory” negates the dire predictions against the Tea Party, most notably by Talk Show host and O’Reilly Factor pundit, Laura Ingraham, who said recently that a win in Iowa for Romney was a defeat for the Tea Party.

Clearly it was not, because Mitt Romney, for all the push and hype, barely scraped past Rick Santorum for the top spot in Iowa, and did not crack the percentage ceiling, maintaining a plateau below 30 percent, while Santorum’s grass-roots, bare knuckles and bare-bones campaign managed to resonate reasonably with the hawkeye voters, who gave him the second spot.

If there’s an unsung “hero” in the Iowa Caucuses, it most certainly is the Tea Party, because the narrative in the election and the driving forces are the issues of the economy, unemployment and jobs, and the corruption of Crony Socialism of the current administration, the very issues of the Tea Party.

The Iowa caucus results also show the importance of EVERY vote for this reason.

They show that no matter how you slice it, the GOP nomination for President is up for grabs.  When you tally all the polls and divvy-up all the percentages, add in all the predictions, factor in all the speculation, then sum up all the estimates, the inside skinnies, the fat rumors, the wishful thinkings, the positive ponderings, the maybe baby’s, the hollow hunches, and the round tuits, Conservatives need to get out the vote, the message, and follow through to the result.

As was said Tuesday night, “Game On!”

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Bachmann Ends Campaign for President

Word is that the job of the Iowa caucus is to winnow the field of candidates.  If that’s the

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case, the caucus has done just that.  A mere five months after winning the Ames straw poll, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has “suspended” her Presidential campaign.

“Last night the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside,” the Minnesota congresswoman said.. “I believe that if we are going to repeal Obamacare, turn our country around and take back our country, we must do so united. And I believe that we must rally around the person that our country and our party and our people select to be that standard-bearer.”

Not much of a surprise, despite the claim to supporters last night that she was continuing the fight.  It may be a disappointing finish for Rep. Bachmann, but in the end it was the right decision.

Fox News contributor and former Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins said Bachmann’s loss was pretty devastating after coming in first in last summer’s Ames poll. Rollins, who had predicted before the election that she’d finish last, said she would need to drop her campaign since she also has to worry about a redistricting fight at home.

“I don’t think she has the resources to go beyond. She doesn’t want to end up $1 million in debt,” Rollins said, adding, “I think she has nothing to be ashamed of.”

The question is who will her supporters back now?

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