Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political Opinions and the Cinema Politico Movie of the Week: 11/26/11

Bookmark and Share    With less than 40 days to go before the Iowa Caucuses take place, this first holiday weekend of the holiday season is one of those rare times when we see and hear little news coming from the campaign trail. Iit will also be the last weekend for such little political news to report on for quite some time.  But in light of this brief lull, today’s Trunkline 2012 focuses on the opinions being offered from our fellows bloggers across the blogosphere.  And as is the case with every Saturday, we also offer you our movie of the week at White House 2012’s Saturday Cinema Politico.
  • If Romney doesn’t energize his campaign soon, somebody might actually try to win this race besides him.”
  • “Occupy The White House” Now In Full Throttle
  • Another victory for “smart power”
  • On Reversing the Immigration Magnet’s Polarities
  • Ron Paul is nuts
  • Will Congress try to duck the automatic cuts?
  • Moonbats Still Blame Sarah Palin for Gabby Giffords Shooting
  • Site of the Week2012Twit.com :  Most social media platforms are only as good as those who use them, nut some are still better than others.  For instance, Facebook is going through a transition which is currently making it less useful.  Twitter is however becoming more and more valuable when it comes to gathering useful information without a ot of chatter.  2012 Twit is a platform that enhances the use of Twitter, especially in the area of political information.  It provides a real time analysis of the 2012 presidential election on Twitter and if you don’t know about it yet, you should.
  • Sunday Morning News Programming: ABC -This Week With Christiane Amanpour The deficit-reduction talks; volunteerism; and access to clean water. Guests include Sen. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa.); Colin Powell; Matt Damon; Gary White (cofounder of water.org); and Bill Gates. – Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace: One on One” series of interviews featuring the Republican presidential field with former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.Then, with the super committee failing to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion dollars from the nation’s debt, how will Capitol Hill move to put our fiscal house in order? We’ll hear from two key Senate party leaders. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois / Majority Whip. Sen. Jon Kyl, (R) Arizona / Minority Whip.  CBS Face the Nation: Authors Walter Isaacson, Michael Lewis, Condoleezza Rice and Kathryn Stockett.  NBC – The Chris Matthews Shows: A panel discusses American politics and whether talk-show host Rush Limbaugh used racially tinged language about first lady Michelle Obama.
  • File this under “I’m Sorry”: If White House 2012 is anything, it is honest, and it is that honesty which allows me to share this reader comment from Lou who writes;

“Love your site, but I’m finding the “typos” and missspelllings disconcerting. For no charge, I’ll review your copy before you post it. Isn’t it worth five minutes more to get it out “clean and sober”? I’m serious, guys. I’ll do it for no charge, in the interest of getting the message out without the annoying distractions. I hope to here from youse.”

-Lou F.

Lou is right and while I can try to offer excuses, any such attempts would be just that……excuses.  I myself have often found errors in the stories of others and thought to myself “how stupid”.  I recently read a piece from a prominent columnist who was writing about the flu season and wrote, “I hate how I always get dick”.  He meant “sick”.  That one slipped by (no pun intended….okay, maybe it is intended) the columnists, the editors, and the proofreader.  And they all get paid handsomely for their work.  Here at White House 2012, no one gets paid.  Ours is a labor of love and done out of passion for our beliefs.  However, finances or the lack thereof, are no excuse for sloppy work.  So to Lou and everyone else out there, I offer my apologies for typos, and misspelled words.  We may not be the New York Times but that is still not reason enough to not be better than them,……….which shouldn’t be too hard to do.

  • White House 2012′s Cinema Politico: This week’s feature presentation is Atomic Cafe.

This 1982 flick  provides a slight release of comic energy. The film recounts a defining period of 20th century history and serves as a chilling and often hilarious reminder of cold-war era paranoia in the United States.  At least it’s considered paranoia now.

Click here to see the Movie. Registration with Hulu is required, but it is quick, easy, and free. Like White House 2012

 

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Trunkline 2012: Monday Mentions from The Republican Presidential Race – 9/26/11

Bookmark and Share    Some of the fallout from today’s trek down the campaign trail ………….Perry’s record under attack, Herman Cain’s Florida win raises questions, and shakes the establishment, Colorado makes the G.O.P. primary calendar a mess, Romney kisses Donald Trump’s ring, more talk about Christie running for President, the Recession Generation is quickly becoming “the Obama Generation”, Democrats try their best to let the government shutdown for the President’s benefit, and liberal discrimination against gays who disagree with them………..

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Republican Presidential Race – 9/13/11

Tuesday Evening Election News Roundup: Treats and Tweets From the Campaign Trail for Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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Ouch! The GOP Presidential Race Is Already Getting Sharp

Bookmark and Share The race for President may be slow to start but one candidate for the Republican presidential nomination who is not letting any grass grow under his feet is Fred Karger. At this early stage in the still evolving presidential race, Karger has come out punching and he is looking for a knockout. His two most recent victims are Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. In a very hard hitting piece for the UKs Guardian, Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger set his sites on the religious rights darling candidate, Mike Huckabee, and outlined reasons why Huckabee is unfit to be President.

In Kargers column, he points out the problem that Huckabee will have with his granting of clemency to a criminal who later went on to kill four police officers, while they were sitting in a diner. This situation is very reminiscent of the Michael Dukakis furlough of Willie Horton, an event that went down in the annals of political campaign history and ultimately played a large part in Dukakis landslide, 1988 defeat. Interestingly Fred Karger was working for the opponent of Mike Dukakis, George Herbert Walker Bush, and he played an instruemental roll in the infamous Willie Horton ad. Now, more than two decades later, Karger sees history repeating itself, but this time against a Republican.

In September of 2010 White House 2012 addressed the very same issue that Karger has written about. In a piece called Huckabees Record Will Haunt Him in 2012, I maintained that the clemency problem facing Huckabee is even worse than it was for Michael Dukakis regarding his furlough program. In it,the I describe how that there are several instances where, as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee granted clemency to a few criminals who went on to commit greater crimes. There was Wayne DuMond who Huckabee granted clemency to and after he was released, raped and killed two women. But it is clemcy of Maurice Clemmons that will probably hurt Huckabee the most. Clemmons killing of four police officers in Lakewood, Washington is enough to keep Huckabee out of the race. And I maintain that despite Huckabees recent meeting with financial bundlers in New York, the clemency problem that Huckabee will inevitably have to confront, will in fact keep him from running.

In another White House 2012 article entitled Can Republicans Pardon the Pardons, Jsmashmouth articulates similar sentiments but he adds that Tim Pawlenty may also have a problem in this area.

However; in Kargers column, he does not stop at the pardon problems of Huckabee. Karger also attacks Huck for his un-Christian remarks about homosexuals and he calls Huckabee out for casting aspersions and being a bully.

And this week, while Karger is chopping at the reputation of Mike Huckabee, he also took the opportunity to use an MSNBC interview to confirm that Huckabee is not his only target. When asked if his campaign was specifically trying to throw a monkey wrench in to the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, Karger stated that such a thing is a welcome sidebar note.

Karger was a key player in trying to pass legalized gay marriage in California and the most aggressive opponentof the proposition which would have made it legal was the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints. As a Mormon himself, Mitt Romney is seen as a leader in the LDS community and as such, it is Kargers hope to influence Mitt Romney to appeal to his religions leaders and put an end to their persecution of homosexuals.

So far, this has been a good week for Karger who is still a relatively unknown candidate and while he may not exactly be making friends, he is making news and in politics. And while some might say that Kargers attacks will be short-lived, I say think again. First of all, Karger is an experienced political strategists and consultant. That means he knows how to get some beneficial mileage out of an argument. And secondly, as a gay man, I can tell you that fellow gay men like Fred Karger can be, excuse the language,…….. relentless bitches. We can teach courses on it. So I would suggest that those who Karger sets his sites on, address the issue he puts on the table or else they will get no rest.

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New Hampshire Straw Poll Puts Candidate Karger in First Place

Bookmark and ShareThis past Thursday evening first time presidential candidate, Fred Karger won the St. Anselm College Republican Straw Poll. College Republican President Brock Weber announced the results to a room full of participants at the famous New Hampshire Institute of Politics after voting ended at 9:00 pm. The straw poll was conducted all week on the campus of this conservative Catholic College located in New Hampshire’s largest city.

Karger was the only presidential candidate or potential presidential candidate to have addressed the gathering but his win was still a surprise and an indication of just how little a lock anyone has on the nomination at this stage in the game. Of course this straw poll is not neccessarily a good indication of the opinion of New Hampshire voters. The pool of voters in this poll were of a specific age group and many students attending the college from other states, are not even eligible to vote in New Hampshire. But a win is a win and in this case it was a pretty significant one for Fred Karger.

The final results were as follows:

  • Fred Karger, 79 Votes
  • Mitt Romney, 74 Votes
  • Donald Trump, 26 Votes
  • Tim Pawlenty, 24 Votes
  • Ron Paul, 24 Votes
  • Rudy Giuliani, 22 Votes
  • Rick Santorum, 20 Votes
  • Sarah Palin, 9 Votes
  • Herman Cain, 8 Votes
  • Gary Johnson, 8 Votes
  • Mike Huckabee, 8 votes
  • Newt Gingrich, 7 Votes
  • Haley Barbour, 3 Votes
  • Mitch Daniels, 2 Votes
  • John Bolton, 1 Vote
  • Rand Paul, 1 Vote
  • Other, 6 Votes

Although all straw polls are little more than beauty contests, a win like this for a virtual unknown can help boost his name ID and increase the viability of Karger’s candidacy as time goes by. It will also help his case when it comes to being included in future Republican presidential debates.

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Republican Fred Karger Becomes the First Official Candidate for President in 2012

Bookmark and Share Unbeknownst to most, Wednesday, March 23rd , 2011, marked the first official day of 2012 presidential campaign. While there is no denying that campaigning for the presidency began in earnest immediately following the 2010 midterm elections, and while a few potential candidates have created exploratory committees, only one person has gone from the exploratory stage, to an actual declaration of their candidacy. That person is Fred Karger.

Of course the name Fred Karger does not bring with it the level of recognition that a Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney or a Sarah Palin, bring to the table so the media has largely let this hallmark event go unnoticed. Nonetheless, Kargers official filing of his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission makes him the first 2012 presidential aspirant to officially throw his hatin the ring and put his name on the line.

The lack of national name ID that Fred Karger has, certainly makes him unique in a developing field of better known names but what makes Fred even more unique is the fact that after declaring his candidacy with the FEC, he has made history as the nations first openly gay candidate for President in either of the major political Parties. Another thing unique about Fred is the way in which he declared candidacy. While many make such announcements with balloon drops, bands, grandiose backdrops and great flare and pomp and circumstance, Fred subtly dedicated his announcement to the 6 teenagers who took their lives this past fall because they were bullied for who they were.

While Candidate Karger intends to run on a broad range of issues, he is not letting the fact that he is gay go unnoticed. And not just for the novelty of it, but for the opportunity to send a message to anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer, that you can do anything you want to do in this country. You can even run for President of the United States.

Fred Karger understands that he will probably have a harder time running for President than any of hismore recognizedopponents. He knows that being both gay and an outsider, he may be written off by some and that he may not be permitted in many of the officials debate. As such, he will fight all the more for his rightful place in the primary and election process, because he understands that his campaigns has a taken on a role that is symbolic of the type of societal sidelining and ostracizing of individuals who do not conform to the box that many segments of so-called mainstream America, fit in to. He understands that like the Tyler Clememtis of the world, he will be made to feel unwelcome and uncomfortable. But he also understands that confronting such sentiments in a very public campaign for the highest officeinthe land, can help set an example for many and offer hope to many others.

In a recent one-on-one interview with White House 2012, Fred told us that he would like to help shape the debate and bring back optimism and hope to al Americans. Today he begun that mission. A mission which is worthy of our attention, even if the mainstream media is not yet willing to give it to him.

White House 2012 will soon be releasing a second part of that exclusive interview with Fred Karger. Part I can be found here.

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Ask the Most Controversial Republican Presidential Candidate Your Questions

Fred Karger

Bookmark and Share This Monday, White House 2012 will be interviewing Fred Karger. If you dont know who that is dont worry. Youre not alone. And Fred knows that. That is why his campaign tag line is Fred Who and he is currently using it as he introduces himself to voters as a Republican presidential candidate.

Mr. Karger has graciously granted White House 2012 an exclusive interview and Ive decided to share that interview process with White House 2012 readers by asking you to submit your questions to us at WhiteHouse2012blog@gmail.com .

Questions will be accepted until 10:30 am EST on Monday, March 7th, 2011.

First Prize

The best question submitted between now and then will receive an exclusive, one of a kind White House 2012 mug.. Because you cant have enough mugs in your liferight? The winner will be contacted at the email address they submit their question for Fred from.

When submitting your question please indicate the name you would like to be identified by when the interview is published on Tuesday, March 8th.

Karger is probably one of the least mentioned Republican presidential contenders but also the most controversial one.Fred Karger In addition to being a Republican who has worked on the campaigns of several past Presidents and presidential tickets such as Dole-Kemp in 1996, Fred Karger is also gay and an activist one at that. Fred Karger has been in the forefront of such efforts as the campaignopposing the California ballot initiative that outlawed gay marriage in California.

Mr. Karger and his campaign have been the recent focus of newspaper articles in papers such as the Washington Post. Some of these articles discussed the latest brouhaha which has seen him banned from one of the first Republican presidential forums. It is being sponsored by the Faith andFreedom Coalition of Iowa but due to Karger sexual orientation organizers are not permitting him to take part. The incident is one which is likely to be repeated during the course of the long campaign to come but how long Republicans can try to shut a candidate out because of who they are before it becomes a problem for the G.O.P. remains to be seen. In the meantime, Fred is forging ahead and campaigning extensively in Iowa and New Hampshire where he is also running some of the first presidential television ads.

To read more about Fred Karger and his campaign, visit his White House 2012 page here. Read about this brave but controversial candidate and when youre done try to win that mug by submitting the question you would like to ask of Fred.

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