Tax cuts for the rich, part 2

Decision Week for the Republican Primary has brought some interesting, although not completely unexpected developments with the withdrawal of Romney, the rise of McCain, and the near unanimous chorus in the punditeria that “it’s over.”

Also heard from the the pundit class is that Huckabee has had his 15 minutes, but he must not be the VP choice.

It may come as a surprise to many, but Huck is not running to be McCain’s VP. He hasn’t been running to spoil it for Romney. Or Thompson. Or anyone else.

He’s been running to win. Period.

And, with the time and money short, the delegate math becoming nearly impossible, and the odds growing longer than ever, Huck is facing the hard decision of either withdrawing from the race, or performing a near miracle at C-PAC on Saturday morning.

If there is one candidate in the race, on either side, who has the rhetorical flair to pull it off, it is Mike Huckabee. But what can he say, what words can he employ, what theme can he strike, to win the hearts and minds of the conservative base to become the viable alternative to John McCain?

I can think of only one.

Huckabee can answer, once and for all, the thorn in the side of fiscal conservatism: “Tax Cuts For The Rich.”

If there were any doubt that TCFTR would be a dominant theme in the general election, just listen to Obama’s Super Tuesday Speech. As I listened to the Senator’s list of grievances against the Right, the overblown hysteria about “100 years of war” just made me chuckle. Any Right-brain worth his salt can chew that up for breakfast. In fact, anyone who believes that either of the Donk Senators can compete on the National security field with the Republicans just hasn’t been paying attention. But, the TCFTR language was front and center, brought forth as the proximate cause of every fiscal problem facing the nation. The one thing, that if removed, would allow for the full implementation of every liberal pipe dream ever imagined.

John McCain will not answer it. He believes it. He used the rhetoric of Left to oppose the Tax Reform Act of 2001.

Mitt Romney can’t, nor can Stephen Moore, Arthur Laffer, The CfG, Cato, or anyone else who would attempt a scholarly rebuttal. They’ve all tried and failed. Their words have fallen on deaf ears.

Mike Huckabee can.

The way to respond to a gutteral, populist charge is with a response that is equal parts of emotion and populism, and delivered with conviction. Huckabee can do it with the credibility that will be necessary to make it stick. He is, in fact, the only one who can. And, once successfully countered, it is put to bed, once and for all.

If he does it Saturday morning at C-PAC, then this really can become a two man race.

UPDATE: James Dobson endorses Huckabee

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Family Business

At our family reunion, 1995, my cousin came over to me and asked me if I liked my job.  It kind of caught me by surprise:  we really weren’t that close, he was about 10 years older, and we ran in different circles.  His next question was equally surprising; “How much did you make last year?”  Well, I hemmed and hawed and said, “I’m doing ok…”

To make a long story short, he told me about a job opportunity with the company that he worked for.  I followed up on it and a few months later, made a career change to the job and company that I have today.

He wasn’t kidding me about an “opportunity.”  It is without a doubt the best job I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few.  I’ve made more money and met more people than I ever thought possible.

He taught me everything I know.

We became very close friends.

He died today.

My heart is broken.

I’m going to be out of pocket for a few days.

Romney to drop out

per Time’s Mark Halperin

Update: It’s official. “It’s time for me to stand aside.”

FoxNews’ Britt Hume says the GOP race is over.

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Is it time to revisit the NIE on Iran?

The December NIE, and the assessment that Iran’s nuke program was effectively stopped at the time of the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, may need to be revisited. NYSun reports…

It turns out that on Tuesday, as our Eli Lake reported on page one of yesterday’s Sun, the director of national intelligence, Mr. McConnell says he now regrets the phrasing of the unclassified estimate that so stirred America’s enthusiasts of diplomacy. In testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Mr. McConnell went further. He noted that Iran is developing both the long range ballistic missiles and the nuclear fuel for a potential weapon. What had halted, it turns out, was work to design the actual warhead and secret enrichment activity. The Iranians continued to enrich uranium in the open in Natanz in defiance of two Security Council resolutions.

As for the secret enrichment and weapons design, Mr. McConnell is not even sure as of mid-2007 whether the Iranians have restarted this work. “We assess with moderate confidence that Tehran had not restarted these activities as of mid-2007, but since they comprised an unannounced secret effort which Iran attempted to hide, we do not know if these activities have been restarted,” he told the assembled senators. So why then did the opening sentence of the December 3 assessment state with no equivocation, “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program”? Mr. McConnell said that it was because he had to assemble quickly a declassified estimate in late November and that it did not occur to him that this kind of declarative statement would confuse the issue.

Words mean things. The words and headlines have not escaped the attention of those who see a deeper meaning….

“Especially when it’s accompanied by as many as 9 communications cable breaks, as we reported yesterday, and a virtual disappearance of regular internet traffic to and from Iran that continues this morning.” LINK

The best advice? Be prepared, go shopping, review your plans, stay vigilant, and most importantly, have faith.

See also: “The Front Page Story That Was Not.” (h/t n2l)

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