Gingrich Wins at Cain Event

Slated by organizers as the beginning of the Northeast Florida political campaign season, Stand Up for America was an event in Jacksonville Friday night featuring semi-local radio personality Neil Boortz, Karl Rove, Jacksonville political news blogger and reporter Jaime Dupree, and featured a special guest appearance by Herman Cain.

Cain got the audience going at the well attended event with a 20 minute speech on taxes, spending and foreign policy.  But the big winner of the night was Newt Gingrich who won the straw poll at the beginning of the night.  The day before, Newt gathered a crowd of a couple hundred in downtown Jacksonville for a townhall meeting sponsored by the First Coast Tea Party, one of the largest individual TEA party organizations in the United States.

Get Yer Obama Job Killing Calendar Here: Compliments of American Crossroads

Bookmark and Share   While the group American Crossroads has been much maligned by both the TEA Party on the right and the liberal bomb throwers on the left, much of that criticism has been centered around former Bush strategist Karl Rove and former R.N.C. Chairman Ed Gillespie who were among the initial creators of the group.  However despite ones opinions, deserved and undeserved, of people like Karl Rove,  American Crossroads is doing a good job at one thing……….making the case against Barack Obama. 

Take for example the following advertisement that American Crossroads just produced; 

The ad quite masterfully makes a dramatically easy to understand case that on the issue currently having the greatest negative effect on Americans, President Obama has done nothing but make it worse and has cost us far more than his presidency is worth.  The problem is that American Crossroads is a 527.  According to Internal Revenue Code Section 527, such groups  are permitted  to collect unlimited amounts of money from individuals and corporations and spend those funds on independent advocacy or opposition efforts.  In other words, it takes full, legal advantage of the controversial  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that lifted restrictions on corporate cash in political advertisements.

The first amendment plusses or influence peddling minuses regarding allowing endless amounts of money to be pumped into advertising that manipulates political policy through free speech and  public opinion can be argued endlessly, and it will be.  But in the meantime no matter where you stand on that issue, American Crossroads is right about President Obama’s economy killing ideology and policies.  So regardless of what you think about Karl Rove or how much dislike you have for the influence that money has in politics, don’t ignore the message that American Crossroads is getting out there. 

In this case, you can you shoot the messenger if you like, but don’t bury the message.

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Romney Shows Some Passion in Exchange with Liberal Iowa Hecklers

Bookmark and Share    A group of liberals set out early this morning to stake territory right in front of a makeshift stage where Mitt Romney was going to speak. The group has been identified as think-tank called Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. Some reports identified them by the name Scrap the Cap . Whatever you call them, they were nothing but as rude as a bunch of Ron Paul fanatics in the back row of a debate.

In the footage below, Mitt Romney can be seen handling one liberal relic from the group who refused to give Romney the chance to speak and answer the question he was being asked. After a long lasting tirade from the questioner, Romney answered the question which essentially was how he would save Social Security and Medicare without reducing benefits.

Once Romney made sure the liberal heckler was finished he said,

“good, now I will give you my answer and if you don’t like it you can go vote for someone else.”

And what was Romney’s response,

 “You ready for my answer? I’m not going to raise taxes”.

The exchange continued as at least three more members of the liberal think tank asked questions. In the Fox News video put together for you by White House 2012, Karl Rove offers an excellent critique of Romney’s handling of the situation. On balance, I gave him an A+. Romney showed that he was human and can be angered, but still maintain his composure. More importantly, he demonstrated some passion. And it is that passion that voters need to see more of if he wants to remain the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The Season of Sarah

If you are a C-Span junkie like me, then tonight was a great night.  Palin backed TEA Party Candidate Christine O’Donnell gave a speech at the Family Research Counsel’s Values Voter Summit, fresh off a surprise upset win in Delaware.  Next up, cameras cut to Iowa for Sarah Palin’s keynote speech at the annual Ronald Reagan dinner.  The Values Voter Summit straw poll results will be released this weekend and Palin may receive higher marks than we would have expected even a week ago.

There is no question the momentum is on her side.  While the mainstream still does not like Palin, primary victories in Alaska, Kentucky, Nevada, New York, and Delaware have earned her the respect even mainstream conservatives had previously refused to give.  Of course, she has made some odd enemies along the way, including possibly Karl Rove and Charles Krauthhammer who are not yet believers.  November will be the ultimate testing ground.

Sarah Palin goes to Iowa

So with this recent success, and a much more polished presentation, is Palin ready to take another shot at the big time?  She indicated to Fox News that she is.  Most candidates don’t let the cat out of the bag two years ahead of time, but Palin said in a recent Fox News interview that, “If the American people were to be ready for someone who is willing to shake it up, and willing to get back to time-tested truths, and help lead our country towards a more prosperous and safe future and if they happen to think I was the one, if it were best for my family and for our country, of course I would give it a shot.”

These may seem like a lot of caveats, but for a potential candidacy statement two years before the election it is significant.  November will be the huge test to see if conservative primary victories can translate into conservative general election victories.  After that, we will have to see if Palin can keep Americans engaged without causing fatigue.  One thing is for sure, as she racks up the conservative victories and the left continues to flounder, Palin is looking less like a right wing radical and more like a mainstream possibility.

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