9/11

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.

These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

America was targeted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.

And no one will keep that light from shining.”

-President George W. Bush

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He’s Back. Rev. Jeremiah Wright Blasts Obama for Having Done Nothing for Blacks

  Bookmark and ShareJeremiah Wright lost all credibility many, many years ago.  He actually lost that credibility long before Barack Obama started worshipping in Wright’s church and before Barack finally denounced him and distanced himself from Jeremiah.

So it goes without saying that what Jeremiah Wright says these days is still not very credible.  Or is it?

In a recent a recent interview with Ed Klein, [hear the interview in the video clip below provided by Gateway pundit] , the author of ‘The Amateur“, Jeremiah Wright claims that President Obama has done nothing for the African-American community.

Wright goes on to state that what people, or as he more specifically suggests, black people, must understand that he [Barack Obama] was selected before he was elected.  Wright explains that what he means by that is that President Obama was selected by the powers that be who paid for him to get elected.  Wright references Wall Street, GM, Chrysler, and Ford as examples as he asks why do you think Obama bailed out Wall Street and why do you think the big three got a buyout.? Wright says it’s because they selected him.  He even claims that Jews own and selected President Obama.  To make that he point he asks why do you think he stands up and says “I am a Zionist”?

While the Reverend is not someone whom I seek to raise as a legitimate source of facts, I do find it interesting to see how a segment of the black community remains dissatisfied with President Obama.  From my perspective those on the left who are dissatisfied with him are unhappy simply because in their eyes, President Obama has not been extreme enough for the socialist agenda.  The problem is that those extremists will never be pleased.  But the most interesting thing here is how as President Obama heads in to his reelection campaign, it would seem that he has gotten to a point where he pleases no one.

For instance, while some like Rev. Wright and Minister Louis Farrakhan see Barack Obama as a Zionist owned by the Jews, a large portion of the traditionally liberal Jewish voting bloc that is unusually quite loyal to Democrats, do not agree.  Many of them feel that President Obama is no friend of Israel and have been quite offended by the shabby a nd disrespectful treatment that the President gave to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  In fact anti-Obama sentiments now run quite strong in the Jewish community.  That is why last years special election in New York City to replace disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner in a district t that is overwhelmingly Jewish and has a 3 to Democrat to Republican ratio,  went to Republican Bob Turner.

At the time, White House 2012 wrote about the surprise results and included the following analysis;

“As demonstrated in NY-9, the general anti-Semitic impression that the President’s actions and policies has generated within the Jewish community may not affect him very much in states with low Jewish populations like Utah, but many of those states are not expected to vote for President Obama anyway. But in a state like Florida which has one of the largest Jewish populations in the nation, the Jewish vote can make all the difference to President Obama’s reelection chances. There, without the Jewish vote, President Obama is sure to lose and without Florida, there are few if any realistic mathematical combination of state electoral votes that he can piece together to arrive at 270 electoral votes.”

So it is clear that the Reverend Wright is wrong as usual.  President Obama is not in the pocket of Jews.  But Rev. Wright is right about one thing.  President Obama has not done, as he stated, “much for the black community“.  He is correct on that point but for all the wrong reasons.

Wright believes that President Obama has not used the federal government enough to empower African-Americans with federal handouts and special programs aimed specifically at such things as even more funding than he has provided for school districts occupied by a majority of black students, or initiatives to promote and legalize forms of reverse discrimination intended to promote blacks over whites simply because of the color of their skin.

The truth though is that President Obama has done nothing for African-Americans, not for any of the reasons Jeremiah Wright ascribes to the President.   It can be said that he did nothing for them onlky because his policies have not empowered any individual Americans, not just African-Americans.

Under President Obama,  his policies of more government, more government spending, and more government control ,have taken power and opportunities away from the people.  All people.  The Obama economy has increased our national debt so much that for the first time in our history we have seen our national credit rating lowered, we have seen the entrepreneurial spirit doused, and are experiencing one of the longest sustained periods of near record  high unemployment in decades.  Under such an economy, no one is being empowered.  Instead they are being made  slaves to the Obama federal bureaucracy.

And under this economy it just so happens to be that African-Americans have been harder hit than most other ethnic demographics.  In fact, under President Obama, black unemployment surged to 16.7%, the highest rate of joblessness among African-Americans in 27 years.

So next time Jeremiah Wright wants to tell you that Barack Obama has done nothing for the black community in America, tell him the he is once again wrong and then correct him.  Remind him that President Obama has done something.  He’s done something to them, not for them.  He has hurt them with his failed economic policies, failed policies that have left more African-Americans out work than there have been in decades and which  in turn have taken away a great deal of the economic empowerment that African-Americans should have.

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Martinez, Gregg, and Grimm Endorsements Giving Romney an Edge

  Bookmark and Share  Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney received two high profile endorsements today.  One each in the two key early primary states of New Hampshire and Florida.  He also received a third endorsement from a less visible but equally as important freshman Congressman.

In New Hampshire, Judd Gregg, a popular former Governor and three term Senator from the Granite State announced his support
of Romney, and in Florida, former Senator and RNC Chairman Mel Martinez did the same.

Also today, Romney picked up the endorsement of freshman Congressman Michael Grimm.

His endorsement may not attract as much news as Gregg’s and Martinez’s public support but as a former Republican operative in Grimm’s congressional districts which spans Staten Island and Brooklyn, I can tell you, that Grimm’s support is just as important.

Grimm took back the seat formerly held by disgraced Republican Congressman Vito Fossella.   In 2008, the seat went to a Democrat, but in 2010, Michael Grimm won it back for the G.O.P.   The district encompasses the most heavily Republican section of New York City ……all of Staten Island, and the Southwest portion of Brooklyn, which send one of the City’s only Republicans to the New York State Senate.   Beyond that, the political machine that Grimm represents and is controlled by former Congressman Guy Molinari, is an extremely heavy handed, Republican regime with a great deal of influence in the New York G.O.P.  This means that freshman Congressman Mike Grimm’s endorsement of Romney is an early signal of widespread organizational support.  In other words, Romney is locking New York up for himself.

This will help to dissuade others from forcing Romney to spend money on the New York presidential primary, a contest that because of its placement amid very expensive media markets, could be quite expensive.

New York could be important in the nomination process.  It offers 95 delegates, one of the largest in the nation. That’s only four less than Florida,
and because the Sunshine State has violated RNC rules by setting an earlier than allowed date for their primary, they could see their delegate count cut in half.

Unfortunately for Romney though, the New York presidential primary is not held until April 24th.  However; if the early primary contests do not
produce a clear frontrunner thereby allowing us to have a presumptive nominee, New York could be decisive.  In fact mark April 24th on your calendars.  On that day, New York will not be alone in holding its presidential primary.  For the first time, we the 2012 nomination contest will be experiencing a sort of Northeast version of the South’s Super Tuesday.  Call it a Northeast Mega Primary.  On that day 231 delegates will be up for grabs form among  5 Northeastern states:

  • Connecticut – 28 – Primary/Winner-Take-All– Closed
  • Delaware – 17 – Primary/Winner-Take-All– Closed
  • New York – 95 – Primary/Winner-Take-All– Closed
  • Pennsylvania– 72 – PrimaryLoophole Primary – Closed
  • Rhode Island – 19 – Primary/Proportional – Modified

If one of the candidates has not practically wrapped up the nomination by then, Romney could be the one to do it on that day. All 5 of those
states are largely fertile for a Romney.

So while Congressman Grimm’s endorsement may not grab the headlines that Gregg’s and Martinez’s endorsements will, it is as , or even more important.  In the case of Judd Gregg, while he is popular in New Hampshire, his electoral influence is debatable.  In 2000, Judd Gregg, then a sitting U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, endorsed Texas Governor George W. Bush for President and Senator John McCain wound up winning that primary.

Mel Martinez is a different story though.  While how much sway he still has among Florida’s voters is iffy, he does have the potential to influence important parts of the electorate there.  Particularly the higher than average  Cuban-American population. This can only help Romney in a state         where he will need all the help he can to fend off Herman Cain and Rick Perry.

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Mainstream Media Still Pushing Chris Christie and Now Bringing Mike Huckabee Back

Bookmark and Share    As a fickle Republican electorate continues to demonstrate their apathy for the existing field of declared presidential candidates, an old name to the 2012 field has become the newest name to be drawn back into the contest.  While news stories continue to swirl around about some still possible entry of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie into the presidential contest, a new one surfaces about former Governor Mike Huckabee.

According to Reuters,  numerous unnamed sources have urged Mike Huckabee to reconsider his midsummer decision not to run .  Huckabee is said to have told Fox News thathe doesn’t  “see it happening”.  But as is the case with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, that has not put an end to the rumors.

Despite stating quite adamantly that he is not running for President after a speech that Chris Christie delivered at the Reagan Library this past Tuesday, reports that he was on the verge of declaring his candidacy seemed to have only gained in their intensity.

As made evident in the clip below, in the New York City Tri-State area, residents in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania media market were fed an endless array of reports declaring that Christie was still in the middle of considering a run.  On WCBS 880 AM radio news, every twenty minute cycle had a report telling listeners that Chris Christie advisors and aides were scrambling to see if they could put together a presidential campaign organization together at very last moment.

Even the Sunday morning TV political shows dug into the Christie speculation.

Unfortunately most all the reports about Christie possibly deciding to throw his hat in the ring come from “unnamed” sources.  That’s pretty convenient and getting tiresome. But in the never ending search for a “perfect” presidential candidate Republicans have allowed the media to label the existing field of presidential candidates as not good enough.   That feeling will change in time.  But until then, we will continue to hear about the need to recruit someone in to the race.  Such a storyline allows the mainstream media to continue making President Obama look superior when compared the field of  Republicans from which his ultimate opponent will come from.

Meanwhile, with all the talk about Huckabee and Christie running, it is important to realize that both of these would have a problem if they run.

Huckabee has a record on taxes that contradicts some  of his rhetoric on that issue.  He also has to answer to a string of clemencies he issued as Governor Arkansas, which resulted in rapes and murders.  Including the killing of 4 police officers in Oregon.

As for Christie, his 20 months in office have still not done much to increase employment and many of his economic policies have not yet had the time to show New Jerseyans if they are working or not .  Beyond that, Christie is consistently nagged by the far right for what they call his poor judicial appointments, including a controversial selection of a Muslim who represented other Muslims who were rounded up by the FBI in the aftermath of 9/11.   Such representation was not wrong but depending upon the context in which it is explained, it could be turned in to an impression that would be a liability in a campaign.

Other issues which would become a problem for Christie among the conservative base that is responsible for electing a nominee, includes Christie’s support of  the federal assault weapons ban, he supported President Obama’s education reform agenda and has confirmed his belief in manmade global warming and  his support of the President’s failing green energy policies.

So Christie is far from being a perfect conservative candidate.  Yet until he has been forced to defend his record, voters looking for that perfect candidate will not allow the concept of a run for President by Christie in 2012 to die.

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Rudy Feels a Sense of Urgency Regarding His Decision to Run for President

Bookmark and Share    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is said to be preparing for a second run for theRepublican  presidential nomination.

 Although no one is confirming that a final decision to run has been made , anonymous sources close to Giuliani but unauthorized to speak for him, have indicated that the anticipated announcement of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy, has the Mayor feeling a sense of urgency in keeping his options open. That urgency stems from a fear that Perry’s entry in to an already crowded field of candidates will make it harder for Giuliani to hire good political talent for his own possible campaign in New Hampshire. It is for that reason that Rudy has been contacting many of New Hampshire’s Republican politicos. Whether any of them have committed themselves to work for Giuliani if he runs is not yet known,

Part of that concern has Wayne Semprini, the man in charge of Rudy’s New Hampshire campaign in 2008, contacting potential staffers in an attempt to assure the Rudy campaign of at least at a few experienced staffers, As for himself, Semprini confirms that the mayor is still considering a run but if Rudy does run , Semprini  will again stand with Rudy .

The only thing that is certain at the moment is the fact that Rudy will not be making any announcement, one way or the other until after the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Rudy does not want to be seen as tying the somber and emotionally charged anniversary to his political ambitions. Back in 2001, Rudy’s presidential prospects began to get quite real in the wake of his masterful handling of the crisis in New York City when he was its Mayor,

It is also said that the Giuliani camp wants to get a feel for how Rick Perry’s candidacy is received and how it shakes up and shapes up the existing field.

In recent months, I have not taken the thought of another Rudy presidential candidacy seriously. In past WH12 articles on the topic, I have even made fun Rudy’s presidential prospects. His last campaign was so poorly planned and managed that I do not believe he really wants the job of President but would instead like to be a political player and would like to either be the vice presidential nominee or be given a cabinet position. Rudy‘s heart is not in to running. If it were, he would have taken Hillary Clintons‘s Senate seat or when she left office he would have taken it from from Kirstin Gillibrand or The Governor‘s mansion from Andrewm, “Son of Mario”, Cuomo. But he didn‘t.  Instead he has consistently thumbed his nose at running for statewide office and sparing us from the likes of Chuck Schumer.  But now we are suddenly suppose to believe that he wants to run for President in all fifity states.? Sorry but I don‘t think so.

That doesn’t mean he won’t do it. He very well might, but mark my words, if he does run, it will not be for his own presidency, it will be for the presidency of the man or woman who he can help cinch the nomination by swinging how ever many delgates Rudy may win, to the candidate that needs them to make it over the top. That arrangement will then make Rudy a kingmaker that will require many people to kiss his ring and beg for some political mercy from him once he gets the position he wants. For Rudy, the way I see it, he wants to either be Vice President or head of the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security or mybe Secretary of State. Of course another dream job for any good Italian boy from Brooklyn and Queens is that of Ambassador to the Holy Sea in Vatican City.

But other than that, I do not see Rudy’s run for President as a sincere effort to win the White House. Having worked for Rudy, I do know that while he is arrogant enough to think he is the best man for the job of President, I also know that he is not stupid enough to expect to win the Republican nomination under the current circumstances .  But kingmaker is not out of the question and Rudy knows that that is where he can have a big effect on the 2012 presidential race.

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Rudy Giuliani: A Better Democrat Presidential Candidate Than Republican Presidential Candidate?

Giuliani in drag and the way social conservatives see him

Bookmark and Share  As Rudy Giuliani continues to pretend that he can be a viable candidate for President on the Republican ticket, on Sunday during CNN’s State of the Union, he told Candy Crowley “the Republican Party would be well advised to get the heck out of people’s bedrooms and let these things get decided by states”.

While Giuliani claimed that he believes marriage should be between a man and woman, he stated that the libertarian streak of the Republican party should want to avoid “getting involved in people’s sexual lives.”

The former New York City mayor and failed 2008 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination told Republicans to  “Stay out of it,” and added. “I think we’d {Republicans} be a much more successful political party if we stuck to our economic, conservative roots and our idea of a strong, assertive America that is not embarrassed to be the leader of the world.”

While there is a degree of truth in Giuliani’s remarks, the social conservative base of the G.O.P. will not appreciate hiss lack of defense of what they would consider family values. However during the interview, Giuliani did clarify that in trying to make sure that families stay strong, he believed marriage should be preserved as a union between a man and a woman. He went on to state that he disagreed with New York State’s recent legalization of gay marriage but added that it was based on a democratic vote and can live with it.

While Rudy supports civil unions, he also believes the issue should be left up to each of the fifty states to decide for themselves.

Rudy’s position on the issue is one which highlights what is essentially one of the G.O.P.’s most pressing ideological questions. If Republican conservatism is based largely on liberty and limited government, should a limited government actually make decisions that do not allow those who live in relationships that involve an alternative lifestyle to have those relationships receive equal treatment by the law and under a judicial system that is suppose to be blind to our differences? Or is the primary responsibility of Republican conservatism the mission to defend “traditional” family values regardless of how much government must get involved in attempts to do so?

Sooner or later, the Republican Partyis going to have to make this decision. However, in the case of Rudy Giuliani, it is not likely that he will be able to do much to sway the Party in his direction. Answering that question will likely require the leadership of truly respected conservative leaders who are more trusted by the right than the left. It will also require the generational influences that account for the progression of cultural change that accounts for the societal changes that are constantly evolving.

In the meantime, the G.O.P. as a whole must somehow keep itself forging ahead while trying to reconcile its limited government beliefs with its desire to involve government in legislating family values. All while applying the basic American tenet of creating laws that defend equality. Until this reconciliation is achieved the G.O.P. will risk losing a significant minority of followers and future followers to the libertarian cause.

As for Giuliani, the reality of the current G.O.P. would indicate that he might have a better chance of defeating President Obama in a race for the Democrat presidential nomination, than he has at winning the Republican presidential nomination.

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Rudy Believes He Has Plenty of Time to Decide

Bookmark and Share This weekend Rudy Giuliani spoke at the University of Arkansas and when asked if he is running for President his response was that he doesnt know. According to the former Mayor and former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination,

My concern about 2012 is. because I’m a Republican to make sure that the Republican party fields a candidate that can win. And if I think that I can help by being a candidate, then that would probably persuade me to do it, but if I can help supporting another candidate, then I’d probably do that. And there’s time to figure that out. The good thing about this election as opposed to four years ago, is that it’s happening very slowly, so it gives you a chance to think about it.. gives you a chance to get it down to a smaller period of time so people can focus more on the issues.

Giuliani believes that a condensed election cycle is best for the nation. He goes on to say

The election wont start until next year and with everything going in the world, I think that will probably better with everything going on the world, it gives the President time to be President.

Giulianimay be right, but seeing as how President Obama just filed the papers that made him an official candidate for reelection, he might want to tell the President that he need not start campaigning till next year, because he obviously isnt aware of that.

As for Rudy himself running, he barely made it outr of starting gate last time and I don’t have any reason to believe that a 2012 Giuliani campaign will be less lame than it was in 2008. And insofar as helping a Republican candidate to win the presidency, his best use for that mission would be to stay quiet during the primaries and caucuses and campaign for the eventual nominee in blue states and swing states. He resonates much better with the left side of the political spectrum than he does with the right leaning base of the G.O.P..

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