Is it Mitt, or is it Hillary?

This is excerpted from an earlier post during the last Presidential primary season. I pulled the quotes from the excellent resource website, “On The Issues.”

See if you can identify the speaker as Mitt Romney, or Hillary Clinton:


1) “I am adamantly against illegal immigrants. People have got to stop employing illegal immigrants. you see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work & construction work & domestic work.”

2) “We have to have our citizens insured, and we’re not going to do that by tax exemptions, because the people that don’t have insurance aren’t paying taxes.”

3) “I hate the idea of in any way making it more difficult for kids, even those who are illegal aliens, to afford college.”

4) “We need to stand firm on behalf of sensible gun control legislation.”

5) “I also support an assault weapon ban.”

6) “The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.”

7) “I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion.”

8] “We ought to be providing domestic partnership benefits for people who are in homosexual and lesbian relationships.”

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The answers:

(1) Hillary, (2) Mitt, (3) Mitt, (4) Hillary, (5) Mitt, (6) Hillary, (7) Hillary, (8) Hillary

So, how did you do? I live in a deep red state so my protest vote against Mitt won’t mean very much.

But for you conservatives who think Mitt is the only way to “win” the country back, take a look at Mitt’s changing stands on the issues that matter. Look closely. No one has forced Mitt to change his mind on them. Just naked opportunism. You decide if it’s worth it to you to elect someone who is the Republican version of Hillary Clinton.

I know what my answer is.

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Obama locks up key endorsements

On Sunday, Barack Obama scored the stunning endorsement of General Colin Powell, guaranteeing that he would receive over 90% of the black vote.

Tonight, another stunner….. former WH Press Secretary Scott McClellan has endorsed Obama, thus guaranteeing that Obama effectively locks up 90+% of the ass-wipe vote.

Story from Media-Bistro (if anybody really gives a shite)

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Clinton Chief Strategist Mark Penn Steps Down

The manager of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign says Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as chief strategist of the campaign.

Campaign manager Maggie Williams issued a statement Sunday saying the action comes after what she referred to as “the events of the last few days.”

Williams says Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign.

She also says Geoff Garin and Howard Wolfson “will coordinate the campaign’s strategic message team going forward.”

Source:  Fox News

Well.  Who didn’t see this one coming?

Letter To The Editor!

Obamamania and the Liberals

I have a theory as to why the MSM and the liberal pundits are falling in love with Obama (Chris Matthews recently had a “Thrill go up his leg” while listening to Obama). Obama’s speeches remind me of the sermons given by a preacher at one of those mega churches. They give feel good sermons using words like change and hope. Now a lot of conservatives go to church on a regular basis and they hear oratory like Obama gives all the time and they wonder what all the fuss is about. A lot of liberals on the other hand don’t go to church and they have never heard “sermons” like this before and it really affects them emotionally. I just hope once the two parties have chosen their candidates (More than likely Obama and McCain) we can get down to more substance and less emotion.

Danny Huddleston
Houston, Texas

All I can add to this letter is…AMEN, BROTHER!

Breaking News! A HuckaBoom Endorsement!

Paul Weyrich has endorsed Mike Huckabee.
Weyrichs profile:

“We are different from previous generations of conservatives. We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure of this country.”

Mike Huckabee’s comment:

“He has been one of my political heroes and mentors, and I’ve admired his tenacity as a conservative stalwart,” he said.

Say what you will about endorsement’s, but among conservatives, this is a biggie.

Setting The Record Straight On The McCain-GOP Establishment Tag-Team!

MIKE HUCKABEE
Ideology Support
Conservative: 43%
Moderate: 24%
Liberal: 9%
General Election Matchup
Huckabee (40%) Clinton (48%)
Huckabee (35%) Obama (51%)

John McCain
Ideology Support
Conservative: 31%
Moderate: 45%
Liberal: 8%
General Election Matchup
McCain (48%) Clinton (40%)
McCain (47%) Obama (41%)

Mitt Romney
Ideology Support
Conservative: 42%
Moderate: 28%
Liberal: 8%
General Election Matchup
Romney (42%) Clinton (47%)
Romney (38%) Obama (47%)
Source.

If the purpose of any political party is to win, to acquire or maintain power, then the logical question must be how to reach that goal. I won’t even discuss that question about the Democrats, they are all Marxist. However, for the Republicans it is a much more complex problem, with the various factions involved and how to get them to coalesce.

Without a clear perfect candidate for their party, a standard bearer of all the things Republicans hold dear, the answer for the GOP establishment was a very simple one, who could win against the top Dem contenders. To reach their goal of selecting that person, many people would have to be “brought around” and they would just have to “calm down.” Senator McCain was the chosen one by the GOP establishment, long ago, because of his internal polling numbers against the DNC rivals, but he had a troubling record with conservatives within the party. How was the GOP establishment to overcome the resistance to their annointee and still get the needed support from the conservatives in their party? The strategy was simplified and any candidate that presented a challenge to the GOP establishment’s goal of winning was implemented, and the one candidate that they couldn’t dismiss as a fruitcake(Paul) and appealed to the conservative element of the party had to be attacked and marginalized, made as unappealing as possible to those conservatives, so that in the end, those conservatives would have no place left to go and would fall in line and support the GOP establishments choice, or the result…HEAVEN PORTENDS…they would be helping elect Hillary! The left has long contended that the right uses scare tactics, but as is clear now, both the left and the right use them, but in this case, the right is using scare tactics on the right for their own selfish reasons. Principles be damned!

How else can McCain’s rise from the ashes be explained? In August he was on his hands and knees, he was on the mat, bleeding from his ears, broke and working without the operatives he had to layoff and none of the other candidates applied the CNS disconnect, the coup de grace. A bullet to the back of his head at that time would have been to the benefit of conservatives, but would not serve the interest of the GOP. Just like in a Kung Fu movie, he had to be allowed to continue kicking aimlessly and wildly, in a show-down with the antagonist.

The strategy would involve a number of competent, but not unifying conservative-like candidates, such as Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney. They would only be given limited roles in their grand strategy, lest they take support away from McCain, their role was to take votes away from Mike Huckabee, the only true life-long conservative in the race and the antithesis of the GOP establishment.

How to explain this analysis of the GOP establishments Kabuki isn’t very difficult. First let’s look at the awkward and halting campaign of Fred Thompson. I don’t care to look up the exact date it was first hinted, that there was a whisper, that Fred was considering announcing his candidacy for President in ’08, but it created a buzz throughout the LameStream media, but even more so in the new media. The echo chambers throughout the blogosphere, such as Michelle Malkin and Hot Air, were in the forefront of the blog buzz. As Fred continued to hold back from announcing, his would be supporters became frustrated and made even louder appeals for him to announce so they could start helping him gain support and momentum for his run, but he continued to hold back. Finally, at some point, he entered the race and his supporters were ecstatic and energized about the campaign, but as his campaign proceeded, even his own supporters had questions about his lack of enthusiasm and those who were not as enthusiastic about his candidacy, looked at his limited and sometimes questionable record in the Senate, along with his seeming disinterest and decided he didn’t have the fire in the belly needed for the long campaign. As the caucuses/primaries proceeded, his performance and results were less than encouraging, especially for those who had doubts about his sincerity, like this author. Finally, the week leading to the South Carolina primary approached and the whispers were if Fred didn’t win or do well in SC, he would end his campaign and he bashed on Mike Huckabee all week, but not on Romney or McCain. As a result, Fred had his best showing of the campaign and finished third. However, if you look at this realclearpolitics link, in particular the bottom graph, you will see that Fred’s numbers actually declined during the weeks leading to the primary, all the while bashing Mike, but that the two who did surge at the end were Mike and McCain. Romney climbed some during the month prior, then fell of at the end. So who was hurt and who was helped at the SC primary? Who was the “spoiler?” Contrary to the Republican echo chambers, Fred and Mitt were the GOP establishment’s spoilers for Mike, as he would have won SC had they not taken conservative votes away from him, knowing full well they couldn’t win. The following Tuesday, after sabotaging Mike’s chances to take an important win and holding off McCain in taking the delegate collection lead, Fred dropped out after his best performance of the race. The question as to why Fred would drop out after his best showing was raised and was still being asked on some talk shows as recently as this past week, but a report from Carl Cameron on the Fox News website, within hours of Fred dropping his campaign, answered that question very well, and with this report today, adds credence to the believable story that all Fred wanted was to be VP and was just waiting for the right moment to announce he was supporting the GOP establishment’s choice, which conveniently occurred on this date, just prior to Mike taking the stage at the CPAC.
What a coincidence, if you believe in them.

Then there is the matter of Mitt Romney, the “conservatives conservative.” Did this candidate earn this embellished title from years of supporting conservative ideals, such as being a tax-cutter, pro-life, pro-family or pro-gun? Hardly, his own statements from the 90’s and the early 2000’s contradict his most recent claims as to being conservative on all those issues. For such an allegedly smart investor, the enormous amounts of money he spent on his campaign, with such a poor return, belies that claim. Going into Super Tuesday, with the internal polling he could afford, he knew he didn’t have a chance to win other than in states that no one cares much about and certainly not in the South where even McCain is very weak, but Mitt’s presence in the race, at that time, was essential to the GOP establishment’s strategy. Mitt had to siphon off the conservative vote from Mike, so McCain could win some close races(such as Oklahoma and Missouri) and so that Mitt could deprive Mike of needed delegates in those states that were not winner take all. Their plan succeeded and McCain was able to add an almost insurmountable lead in the delegate count and it should be noted about Mitt’s campaign, and his much vaunted conservative values, he only carried his former home state of Massachusetts by ten points over McCain. So, a few days later, Mitt the “spoiler,” having done what was asked of him by the GOP establishment, took his marbles and went home, all the while complaining about Mike’s campaign and whining about results, while only days before, admonishing Mike for whining.

But wait!
How was the conservative voter supposed to believe that Fred and Mitt were indeed the conservative choice in this race, knowing they would have to rein them in, in the end and have them walk away handing a likely nomination to McCain? McCain being the most reviled candidate in conservatives eyes. Simple, they would need to dominate the talk show air waves and the blogosphere with anti-Huckabee lies, distortions and half-truths, and repeat them as often and as loudly as they could in order to build in enough resistance to his campaign and record as possible, knowing that in these echo chambers the message would resonant enough so that the majority of the listeners and readers, who would never do their own research, would accept their lies as the truth. The propaganda worked, especially the big lie, that Mike was responsible for huge tax increases in Arkansas, while conveniently leaving out the fact that the Democrat controlled state legislature overrode Mike’s vetoes of those tax increases.

Now the GOP establishment is making calls…no…demands…that all conservatives should coalesce around McCain as their nominee and defeat the Dem candidate, whoever that may be. It doesn’t matter if the conservative voters ever know that they were played or that they never had a chance to vote for a true conservative with a record to prove it, the GOP establishment wants their power and they have no interest in the thoughts or feelings of conservatives, as long as they vote straight ticket GOP. Any dissent from that position and the brow-beatings, derision, or whatever the latest demonizing adjective they can conjure up may be, will be applied without mercy until the election and maybe afterward, if the GOP doesn’t get to keep what matters to them the most, their power.

For the record, I am a conservative, not a Republican, so I never accepted any offer of a cup of punch Kool-Aid from the establishment or their many duped minions.
Mike may not have a statistical chance of winning, at this point, thanks to the spoiler tag-team of Fred and Mitt, who both dropped out conveniently after depriving Mike of needed votes, but he isn’t quitting either, unlike those two. In this letter by his campaign Chairman, the message is clear, and he will fight on until he or McCain has the delegates needed, or maybe all the way to the convention, which is what I would like to see. If the GOP truly wants to win, they will need the many different types of conservative voters, they will also need to be truthful about the only conservative choice and they also need to visualize an old, disabled Washington insider Senator on the same stage with a young, energetic populist Democrat nominee, in the form of Obama. Despite conventional GOP wisdom, I don’t believe McCain can defeat Obama, but I do believe Mike has a better chance and Mike has already had first hand experience fighting and winning against the Clinton machine.

Is my opinion worthy of a thoughtful analysis as to how we have arrived at this point in time? Is it believable?
Is the echo chamber’s analysis believable, that Mike played tag-team with McCain? If so, who is Mike tagging up on now, Ron Paul?

I wouldn’t have spent my Saturday morning writing this, if I didn’t think my analysis was more believable than the echo chamber’s and I leave it to you to step out of any emotional attachment to the candidates and think about it.
I think Republicans have been played and I don’t know about them, but as a conservative I don’t like the feeling.

Some Members Of The GOP Echo Chamber:
Michelle Malkin-go feel the duped love, especially in the comments.
Gateway Pundit-sad, such good work on news and information, but duped on Romney
Rush Limbaugh-still valuable for info and commentary, but sadly spreads the GOP’s strategy by bashing Mike
Sean Hannity-first he was for Rudy, then Mitt…the establishment?
Hugh Hewitt-based on his months long Mitt support, I think he was duped completely

Accept no imitation. Huck is the real deal

h/t Tommy

End of Romney campaign?

In last week’s debate in Florida, Gov. Romney responded to the flip-flop accusations with the words: “I can point to a very simple way to find out exactly where I stand, and that is look at my record as governor.”

Mmmmmmkay…..

As governor, Mitt Romney issued an executive order forcing justices of the peace to perform homosexual weddings, or resign. Then he ordered marriage licenses changed to read “party A” and “party B” – instead of “husband” and “wife.”

As governor, Romney appointed a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association to the bench, and appointed more Democrat judges than Republicans.

As governor, Romney authored and signed a mandatory heath insurance plan backed by Ted Kennedy – including taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

As governor, Romney overruled his own health department and forced Catholic hospitals to distribute the morning after abortion pill.

Homosexual marriage?

Tax-funded abortions?

Catholic hospital morning after pills?

Homosexual activist judges?

“Look at my record as governor.”

source: RoeGone.org

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The Club for Growth: slouching towards irrelevance

Over the next few days, we will hear a great deal about the meaning of the Iowa Caucuses, as pundits and bloggers will sift through the demographic data to interpret trends, and voter preferences. There were two obvious winners. There were several losers.

The Big Loser tonight in Iowa: The Club for Growth.

I’ve written quite a bit about The Club for Growth’s ongoing jihad against Mike Huckabee.

With each salvo launched by Pat Toomey and the Club for Growth, the Huck has seemed to gain additional momentum. Each time a new “White Paper” has been released (there have been three so far) the level of skepticism towards CfG has grown. Among a large portion of the conservative coalition, the Club for Growth is no longer viewed as an honest broker. After spending upwards of $700,000 in attack advertising with the stated aim of derailing Huckabee, and future buys pending in Carolina, Huckabee went from low single digits in the polls to this solid victory in the opening act of the 08 election.

Toomey will, no doubt, claim that the message just isn’t getting out, and will order his troops to increase the volume, exaggerations, demonizations, polarizations, and continue the promotion of small-tent conservatism that continues to drive the Club towards irrelevance. In fact, I noticed today over on the CfG blog that they were still looking for reasons to explain Toomey’s primary loss to Arlen Specter.

This time? “Did Specter break the law to beat Toomey?

Last time? Well, Toomey blamed it on Stephen Moore’s lack of managerial acumen, despite the Club for Growth spending over a million dollars in negative advertising aimed at Specter.

After his election defeat, Toomey was able to build alliances on the Board in order to force out Moore and the rest of the brainpower that was originally responsible for the rise, relevance, and prominence of the Club for Growth.

There is only one reason Toomey was unable to beat Specter: Pat Toomey executed a poor strategy. Sooner or later, Steve Stephens and the rest of the big boys on the CfG Board are going to realize that Toomey’s execution during this election cycle has been equally poor. Frankly, I haven’t seen any really good stuff from CfG since the “Blowing in the Wind” ad.

Hopefully, along with that realization will come the affirmation that social conservatives are their allies, not their enemies. I’d love to see them go after the Democrats with the same fervor that they’ve gone after Huckabee. Oh, and while y’all are at it, how about using some of that supposed expertise to do a fair critique of The Fair Tax?

also at ConservaBlogs,

great analysis at American Thinker,

another great analysis at NYT, 

and also at caucus blogs

Hawkeye Cauci GOP Presidential Poll

Welcome to The Hawkey Cauci Presidential Preference Poll. Posted over at the CB site Please vote for your favorite!

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Mea culpa, mea culpa

In the spirit of political apologies, I want to apologize for saying that Fred Thompson “just might be as dumb as a box of rocks.”

It isn’t fair for me to blame Fred’s forgetfulness on stupidity.

He couldn’t help it. He just plain forgot. I accept that. It can’t be comfortable for the Thompson crowd to have his lapses of memory to be pointed out and held up for public ridicule.

Fred was asked about last year’s Senate hearings on the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts, whom Thompson “shepherded” through the confirmation process. The former Tennessee senator had this to say in response:

“Even though the other party controlled the Judiciary Committee, we got some votes there. For a good, sound, what I would call conservative justice.”

News flash: Democrats didn’t regain control of the Senate until 2006. Roberts’ confirmation took place in 2005, when the GOP was still firmly in charge of both chambers.

Just a momentary lapse. Besides, he’s been real busy filming ‘Law and Order,” who can blame him if he hasn’t had time to follow current events.

Although no cable channel could get enough of the Terri Schiavo saga two years ago, Thompson claims he doesn’t “remember the details of it.” And Everglades drilling is an important issue in Florida — something one would expect a southern Republican senator to know. Perhaps the most surprising statement he’s made came last week, when Thompson said he didn’t know lethal injection procedures in his home state of Tennessee had recently been ruled unconstitutional.

And, when asked about Iran, it just isn’t gentlemanly of me to point our Fred’s misnomer….

his answer included the statement, “I’m afraid that the Soviet Union & China are not ever going to do anything that’s going to hurt them that badly but we need to ratchet those up if at all possible.”

Uh, Fred, the USSR has been kaput since before your Senate race in ’94, Remember? Back when you were unabashedly “Pro-choice” .

So, please accept my apology. Or not. Whatever.

Huckabee: The momentum continues

This is absolutely amazing. 

Daily tracking numbers from Rasmussen shows Huck and Rudy tied for the lead nationally. 

“With less than a month to go before the Iowa caucuses, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that Rudy Giuliani has fallen back in the pack in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination. Giuliani’s support has fallen to 18% and four other candidates are within six percentage points of the lead. Mike Huckabee is enjoying an amazing surge and now shares the top spot with Giuliani at 18%. Close behind are John McCain at 14%, Fred Thompson at 13%, and Mitt Romney at 12%. Ron Paul attracts 7% of Likely Republican Primary voters nationwide and no other Republican candidate reaches 2% (see recent daily numbers).”

Hillary urges calm in wake of hostage situation

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A Special Statement on the Clinton Campaign Hostage Crisis

As you are all well aware there was a hostage situation today at a Clinton campaign field office in Rochester, NH. At the moment there is little that we know about this white male perpetrator or why he is singling out the Clinton campaign. With that said, it is the expressed wish of the Party not to turn this situation into political speculation or to assume that this male is indeed a white middle-aged man who engages in heterosexual activity and is a registered Republican, an avid church-goer and a member of the NRA for purely political gain. We just aren’t going to do it.

With that said, in no way, shape or form are we going to jump to the conclusion that this angry white male – who is possibly Christian – could be exacting revenge for the Clinton’s campaign use of gardening techniques to plant liberal pansies in the Republican YouTube debate. Once again, we are not going to engage in political speculation or make the assumption that George Bush – with the help of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy in general – is in fact the true culprits of this terrible situation. We just aren’t going to do it.

It simply isn’t prudent right now in this time of fear and desperation to make random assumptions, speculation or to pin blame on certain Republican campaigns for sending this obviously deranged Right wing nut-job into the Clinton campaign field office. It’s also not prudent at this time to suggest that this man is a deranged Right-wing nut-job or is, in fact, a Barack Obama staffer trying to hurt Hillary’s chances in New Hampshire. We are also not going to consider this “terrorism” since, as we all know, “terrorism” is just a bumper-sticker. We just aren’t going to do it.

In the meantime we ask everyone to remain calm while our top strategist figure out ways to capitalize on this unfortunate event – which isn’t for political gain, mind you – so that everyone’s well-being can be served. Right now Senator Clinton has offered to negotiate with the mad Right-wing nut-job – who may or may not be an Obama campaign staffer, a member of a Republican campaign or a White House operative – so that she can put this situation to bed and so that she take credit for being the hero who saved her volunteers – a hero, mind you, that did it not for political gain but for the Common Good™.

In the event of speculation among of friends in the MSM, the Clinton campaign wishes for you to cease pinning blame on the above mentioned non-speculative claims that were mentioned solely for non-political purposes so that we, the Clinton campaign, will not gain politically from them. But, if you must use our non-speculative, non-political claims in order to get to the bottom of this situation then by all means do so. However, in no way does the Clinton campaign want the media to claim that this man was sent by the White House, the Giuliani campaign or is in need of quality free healthcare that only Hillary, upon becoming President, could possibly deliver. In no way do we want the media to claim that this man lost his child in George Bush’s illegal war in Iraq and why it is the motivation for him trying to speak with Senator Clinton – who will, by the way, end the war upon becoming President and who will bring the troops home. So please, if you must speculate – and we rather you not although we understand if you must – please keep the above mentioned in mind and have photographers on hand when Hillary heroically carries the hostages out of the building.

Thank you,
Chairman Meowsevitch S. Punchenko

On eve of St. Pete debate: Huck surges into 2nd place

Huck-mentum in Florida……….

By Gary Reese
Florida Insider

November 27, 2007 — Mike Huckabee has moved into second place among Republican presidential hopefuls in Florida, according to a new InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research poll of likely voters in the Jan. 29 GOP Florida primary.

The poll’s results serve to ratchet up the drama as the Republican candidates prepare to debate on CNN Wednesday night from St. Petersburg, and InsiderAdvantage and the Florida Chamber of Commerce prepare to conduct an unprecedented poll that will determine the winner of the debate.

Here are the results of the pre-debate poll, conducted Sunday and Monday nights:

Question: “If the Florida Republican presidential primary election were held today, would you vote for…”

Rudy Giuliani (26%)
Mike Huckabee (17%)
John McCain (13%)
Mitt Romney (12%)
Fred Thompson (9%)
Ron Paul (3%)
Duncan Hunter (1%)
Tom Tancredo (1%)
Undecided (18%)

The poll was conducted Nov. 25 and 26 among 675 likely voters in the January Republican primary. It has a margin of error of about three-and-a-half percent. Southern Political Report

Still a large swath of undecided voters. This race is completely up for grabs.

What to make of Hillary and Huma

Hugh Fitzgerald sums up the puzzlement quite nicely…

if the reports are to be believed, Huma Abedin remains, despite living in the West, a “deeply conservative” Muslim. We are entitled to assume, therefore, that she still regards the Qur’an as the uncreated and immutable Word of God. And we are entitled to consult that “Word of God” to find out what she believes. And that includes 9.5, and 9.29, and another hundred deeply disturbing and hate-filled verses. We are entitled to assume that she is familiar with the most “authentic” Hadith in the most authoritative collections. We are entitled to assume that she regards Muhammad as exemplary, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil, and that therefore she finds all of his behavior not only beyond criticism, but to be taken as a model: little Aisha, and the murders of Asma bint Marwan and Abu Afak, the decapitation of the 600-900 bound prisoners of the Banu Qurayza, the attack on the inoffensive Jewish farmers of the Khaybar Oasis, and so on.

hillhuma.jpgIs this close aide, this aide-de-camp, who may or may not be closer and more intimate with Hillary Clinton than anyone else on earth, really a deep admirer of that Muhammad? Is she a deep believer in the Qur’an, and therefore a supporter of the Shari’a, desirous naturally of removing all barriers to the spread of the faith of which she is not only an adherent by birth (born into it through no fault of her own), but apparently by conviction? She is, furthermore, the daughter of a Muslim preacher who went to Saudi Arabia, the place where the most rigorous and unmediated Islam is put into practice, and enforced at every level.

We have a right to know. And Huma Abedin, and her great and good friend, have a duty to tell us. With no counter-attacks, none of that manufactured indignation, none of that “I won’t dignify such scurrilous rumors” or “leave her alone, it’s her private life.” In this case, Huma’s friend is running for President. In this case, she wishes to be in control of the American government when war is being made on that government, and its people, and on Infidels everywhere, by Muslims acting in the name of Islam. And they are not doing so because they are “extremists,” but because they have chosen to use the instrument of warfare, or terror, rather than to use the instruments of Da’wa, and the Money Weapon, and demographic conquest that are being employed by tens or hundreds of millions of other Muslims.

This has to be cleared up. What does this woman so close to Hillary Clinton believe? And what does Hillary Clinton now believe, or allow herself to believe because she wishes to, because it makes her able to justify, or reconcile, her personal life and her political life? Or does she think there is nothing to worry about, or that no one has a right to raise this issue?

Excellent post, Mr. Fitzgerald. Thanks for all you do.

Hugh expounds into why Mrs. Clinton’s primary opponents are unlikely to ask these questions. Please read it all.

Doug Ross! Congrats.

So, I’m driving down I-55, somewhere near Bogue Chitto, balancing a cell phone and a cup of coffee, and El Rushbo begins talking about the Las Vegas debate, and CNN’s disingenuous practice of calling democrat operatives “undecided voters”, and all of a sudden El Rushbo says something about our pal Doug Ross @ Journal.  I’m thinking, did I just hear that right?  Sure enough.
Hey Doug, you hit a homer, bud!  Congratulations.  Thanks for all you do.

Chuck says, “Vote for Mike”

I just received an email from Governor Huckabee’s campaign. They’ve produced their first TV ad, and made a limited buy in Iowa. Here it is. (also posted in comments by Robert D.  sorry I missed it.)

To contribute to Huck’s campaign, go here.

Laying out the rules…

Scrappleface (Scott Ott) offers his own unique perspective on tonight’s Democrat debate on CNN…..(Snicker Alert!)

wolf.jpg (2007-11-15) — Officials with the Nevada Democratic Party and CNN today granted a request from Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign that the former First Lady be allowed time during tonight’s presidential debate to deliver rebuttals to any statements she makes with which she disagrees.

The concession, granted only to Sen. Clinton, will help “prevent the debate from becoming a circus in which the reporters ‘play gotcha’ and the other candidates spend the night piling on the presumptive Democrat nominee,” according to a joint statement from the event sponsors issued through the Clinton campaign.

debate.jpgDuring a recent debate in Philadelphia, Sen. Clinton found herself at odds with her position on granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. However, her campaign felt she didn’t get adequate time to refute her remarks on the issue.

“In all fairness,” said CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who will moderate the Nevada debate, “Sen. Clinton, as the presumptive nominee, should not have to remain silent while one of the candidates mis-characterizes her positions, even if she happens to be that candidate. When that happens, we’ll give her a minute to respond.”

I heard that Wolf drew a line in the sand about having Ms. Clinton’s campaign write all the questions. Heh.

On his game

I don’t know if y’all got a chance to hear (or watch) the President’s news conference this morning, but I want to tell you: GWB was on his game. He had an air of confidence in his manner that I haven’t seen since the 04 campaign.

It is refreshing to me to see the Administration tightening up their rhetoric, and addressing the issues of the day in a way that exposes the vacuity of the left. If today’s press conference is any indication, then the days of the Bush Administration appearing as “defenseless as baby seals” (I think that’s how Mark Levin described DOJ some time ago) are over. Here’s how the President concluded the press conference: (emphasis mine)

gwb.jpgQ: Given the decision to commute the sentence of Libby and given the performance of Iraqi leaders, is it fair for people to ask questions about your commitment to accountability?

THE PRESIDENT: I would hope people would say that I am deliberate in my decision-making; I think about all aspects of the decisions I make; and I’m a fair person.

Back to Iraq, no question they haven’t made as much progress as I would have hoped. But I also recognize how difficult the task is. And I repeat to you the fundamental question is, does it matter whether or not there is a self-governing entity that’s an ally in the war on terror in Iraq? Does it matter? Does it matter to a guy living in Crawford, Texas? Does it matter to your children? As you know from these press conferences, I have come to the conclusion that it does matter. And it does matter because enemies that would like to do harm to the American people would be emboldened by failure.

I recognize there’s a debate here in America as to whether or not failure in Iraq would cause there to be more danger here in America. I strongly believe that’s the case. It matters if the United States does not believe in the universality of freedom. It matters to the security of people here at home if we don’t work to change the conditions that cause 19 kids to be lured onto airplanes to come and murder our citizens.

The first question one has to ask on Iraq is, is it worth it? I could not send a mother’s child into combat if I did not believe it was necessary for our short-term and long-term security to succeed in Iraq. Once you come to the conclusion that it’s worth it, then the question you must ask is, how difficult is the task of a young democracy emerging? Those who study the Articles of Confederation would recognize that there are difficult moments in young democracies emerging, particularly after, in this case, tyrannical rule.

That’s not to say that, Dave, we shouldn’t be pushing hard for all opportunities for reconciliation. But for those of us who believe it’s worth it, we’ll see progress. For those who believe it’s not worth it, there is no progress. And that’s going to be the interesting debate. And what it’s going to come down to is whether or not the United States should be in Iraq and in the region in a position to enable societies to begin to embrace liberty for the long-term. This is an ideological struggle.

Now, I recognize some don’t view it as an ideological struggle, but I firmly believe it is an ideological struggle. And I believe it’s a struggle between the forces of moderation and reasonableness and good, and the forces of murder and intolerance. And what has made the stakes so high is that those forces of murder and intolerance have shown they have the capacity to murder innocent people in our own country. I put that in the context of accountability.

In the case of Iraq, it’s a lot more complicated than just the passage of four laws, even though I would hope they would get the four laws passed. But again, I repeat, the threshold question, does it matter, does it matter to our security here at home? And the answer is, absolutely, it does. It does. And then the second question really for a lot of Americans is, can we succeed? And in my mind, the answer to that is absolutely, not only we must succeed, we can succeed.

See what I mean? Link to transcript

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