The Country Club for Growth Strikes Again

The Club for Growth spinoff group, Club for Growth.net, has their sights set on Mike Huckabee. Jackson “Steve” Stephens, Jr. and his poodle, Pat Toomey are at it again.This time, Toomey is announcing a major ad buy in Iowa and SC, and is threatening to “dramatically increase the buy in the near future.” See for yourself….

Even as their favorite candidate languishes in the polls, their battle cry has become “Anybody but Huckabee.” Hiding behind a pro-business facade, CfG’s tactics reveal them to be nothing more than a self-serving organization bent on preserving the status-quo. It really isn’t much of a stretch to believe that given their visceral hatred of Governor Huckabee, Stephens and the Club for Growth would support a Hillary Clinton candidacy, should Huckabee gain the Republican nod.

For those of you who may not know, Toomey was a congressman from PA who made the right money connections in the brokerage/securities biz. He parlayed those connections into a multi-million dollar campaign war chest, along with an additional million-dollar ad buy (courtesy of the Club for Growth), in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Arlen Specter. His reward for losing to Specter? He was named President of the CfG. The Toomster now spends his time criticizing and campaigning against other Republicans who aren’t as conservative as he thinks they ought to be.

Stephens, Chairman of CfG.net, is from one Arkansas’ richest families, as well as one of the largest contributors to CfG. His feud with Huckabee goes back several years. It has seemingly become a personal blood feud for Stephens, as previously documented here. Stephens is not above using the CfG imprimatur to campaign against so-called “earmark spending”, just so long as some of the pork spending is reserved for his own companies.

idareyou.jpgAs an interested observer, I get the distinct impression that the Country Club for Growth is almost daring Mike Huckabee to run a new type of populist campaign. It would combine social conservatism with economic populism. And, while this type of campaign is probably new ground for most Republicans, especially a yankee like Toomey, Stephens really should know better.

We Southerners have watched the quadrennial gubernatorial runs of various and sundry silk-stocking trial lawyers who would don a hard hat and carry a steel lunch bucket to various and sundry factory locations, claiming that they were the true-blue supporters of the working man. It really didn’t matter that they were all Democrats. Everybody was a Democrat. Arkansas and Louisiana are the last two southern states who suffered under the Federal occupation (euphemistically called “Reconstruction”) to fully embrace two-party politics. Suffice to say, we are quite familiar with populist campaigns.

I would say to the Country Club for Growth: be careful what you ask for. You have been unable to answer the most basic “tax-cuts for the rich” Democrat mantra in a palatable way. What makes you think you can take on someone with the rhetorical skills of Huckabee who doesn’t mind using similar economic language, and who is operating on familiar territory?

What we are seeing now, should Huckabee prevail, is a dramatic realignment of the Republican coalition. And, we will have The Country Club for Growth, in part, to thank.

Bring it on, poodle-boy.

also at The Hill, and at Hot Air

News from Iraq

I wonder if any of this captured intel will lead back to Tehran…..

Baghdad – Security forces stormed a hideout belonging to Izzet al-Douri, the former Iraqi vice president under Saddam Hussein, in a village near Tikrit, 170km north of Baghdad, an Iraqi official said on Friday.

They broke into the hideout based on confirmed intelligence that al-Douri was using it to hold meetings with his aides, said the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The forces did not find al-Douri, but seized documents with information on the al-Qaeda terrorist network and other militias, their activities and the techniques used to conduct their operations in northern Iraq, the source said.

The documents also referred to the groups’ objectives which involved attacking Iraqi military and police forces, but contained no reference to US troops.

The source said the police later pursued a car in which al-Dourri was believed to have been travelling, but the driver managed to escape.

They later found the car abandoned, but containing a computer with important information, small arms and other equipment, the source said. source

Al-Douri was number five on the 55-wanted people list the US military had announced after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

No al Douri, you’re not being paranoid……everyone IS out to get you, muthafokkah.  Hehehehe

Let the fun begin

Dear WSJ, Club for Growth, NRO, American Spectator, et al:

Did you really want to see a populist campaign from a Republican?

You’ve been daring him to do it. You don’t think it will work? Well, you’ve got no one to blame but yourselves.

And, he’s the frontrunner.

Now the fun begins…..

The U-turn on Iranian nukes

The release of the most recent NIE on Iranian nuclear activity has left many of us wondering about the reliability of intelligence assessments in general. The Times (UK) reveals some of the background on this story…

l-nuclear385_220650a.jpg American intelligence agencies based this week’s surprise assessment that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003 on notes obtained from Iranian military officials.

These included vehement complaints about a decision to shut down what had been an active programme to build a nuclear warhead.

The notes were corroborated by other intelligence, US officials say, including intercepted conversations among Iranian officials, collated in recent months.

The CIA was so concerned that the notes might be part of an elaborate disinformation effort by Tehran that it organised a “red team” to check their veracity.

Once US intelligence officials decided that they were genuine, the notes and other evidence were presented two weeks ago in a White House meeting to the most senior members of President Bush’s national security team, including Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, according to the New York Times.

In the meeting — described by one official as a “vivid exchange” — the intelligence officials were challenged to defend their new assessment that Iran’s nuclear programme had been suspended.

Mr Bush and Mr Cheney have both sounded ominous warnings in recent months about Tehran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. As recently as October Mr Bush warned that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to a third world war.

The spy operation caused a dramatic reversal of a 2005 US intelligence assessment that stated with “high confidence” that Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapon. The latest estimate, released on Monday, states with “high confidence” that Iran halted the programme in 2003 and has not restarted it. It also says, however, that Tehran continues its efforts to enrich uranium.

One of the great questions left unanswered by the US intelligence agencies is why Iran decided to suspend the programme in 2003. Monday’s National Intelligecne Assessment said that it was “primarily in response to increasing international scrutiny and pressure”, but no firm conclusions about Tehran’s motives appear to have been reached. Source

Dramatic reversal, indeed.

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It’s Been Called…A Day Of Infamy!


On this day in history, 7 Dec 41, our nation was shocked by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and our sudden and immediate thrust into WWII.
The metal from the damaged ships and structures hadn’t cooled, when our nation’s collective will to enter the war, and be victorious, had emerged. Remembering all of the lives lost from that day, over thirty eight hundred, is worthy of our remembrance for several reasons, most particularly as they served and sacrificed in a war that they didn’t know existed, and became an inspiration for a proud nation, that would avenge their deaths, and not let them be in vane.
As I sit here, thinking of this historic day, drinking my coffee, clacking on a keyboard, surrounded with my possessions, I owe everything to the men and women of Pearl Harbor. Without their service and sacrifice, and the resulting resolve of our nation, I doubt any of the things we take for granted would be possible…I may not have been possible. The attack on Pearl Harbor was more than a military defeat at the hands of a vicious enemy. It was a wake-up call that tyrants, despots, and madmen were trying to kill or enslave us, and destroy our way of life. Americans answered the threats, and united as never before…or since.
Did we need a Pearl Harbor to become actualized against the threats to our freedoms? Sitting here, thinking about it, and all that transpired, I would have to say yes, that it was the catalyst for our nation to understand what was worth fighting for.
My greatest concern today, thinking of this historic day, is that this nation is no longer unified, doesn’t recognize the threats to our freedoms, and that there are those who, once again, wish to destroy our way of life, and/or enslave us. I believe the attacks on 11 Sep 01 were a wake-up call, as much as Pearl Harbor, with several distinct differences, mostly that it was a symbolic attack on some of our best known landmarks, and that those targeted for death were civilians, not military. We were unified as a nation for a period of time after that attack, but most have fallen back into their selfish daily pursuits, and are not willing to make any personal sacrifices in order to win, and aren’t required too, as we are a nation of plenty, and privations aren’t required.
God Bless all those men and women of Pearl Harbor, and my personal thanks for your sacrifice, in helping a nation find it’s way. May your day of infamy always be remembered, for your sacrifice, and for your example, of how a great nation can find the strength in tragedy, to fight for what is right and worthy.

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