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Saturday, January 05, 2008
Updated: Romney Wins Wyoming Caucuses
Updated 1/7/08 Final delegate adjustments: Former Gov. Mitt Romney won the Wyoming Republican presidential caucus on Saturday, taking twelve of the state's 14 delegates with nearly all precincts reporting, according to a state party official. Former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee won two delegates. Tom Sansonetti, a Republican organizer, said. "Wyoming is getting a chance to elect the first delegates in the United States." He identified that Iowa actually chooses its national convention delegates in April, not with last week's caucuses. Tags:GOP, Mitt Romney, Republicans, WyomingTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
The first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary serves a national purpose by giving all candidates an equal opportunity on a level playing field. Only in New Hampshire do lesser known, lesser funded underdogs have a fighting chance to establish themselves as national figures. Consistent with that tradition, we believe all recognized major candidates should have an equal opportunity to participate in pre-primary debates and forums.
This principle applies to tonight’s debates on ABC as well as Sunday’s planned forum on FOX. The New Hampshire Republican Party believes Congressmen Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter should be included in the FOX forum on Sunday evening. Our mutual efforts to resolve this difference have failed. While we understand that FOX News continues to move forward it is with regret, the New Hampshire Republican Party hereby withdraws as a partner in this forum.
Visit the New Hampshire GOP website to leave a supporting comment on this issue. We appreciate the NH GOP taking a stand when the Fox News choose to not comply with the NH GOP's stated requirements for a debate of their Party's candidates within New Hampshire.Tags:ABC News, debate, Fox News, GOP, New Hampshire, RepublicanTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
CEO & Chief Editors Need to Address Issues at The Political
Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: Unlike The Politico, the ARRA News Serviceadmits to being slightly bias because the parent organization the ARRA endorsed Fred Thompson. However, editorial content is not directed by the ARRA. Also, we seek to post a balanced conservative view on GOP candidates and issues without making up stories. Obviously, we do not do much favorable reporting on democrats.
One source we follow for political news is The Political. But with their partnering with CBS (a liberal media source), there seems to be slipping in their reporting. It appears that Politico has elected to play its own website game, "Politico's KingMaker," in its journalism. This is blatantly clear in its recent reporting related to the Fred Thompson campaign. The Political has repeatedly made incorrect, definitely misleading and possibly "fraudulent" comments about Fred Thompson and the Fred Thompson campaign.
As identified above, we understand bias but be intellectually honest and straight forward on your bias. Stop your reporters from making up things as they go. If The Political is being mislead by sources, then obviously they are not doing well. If they are not being misled by sources, shame on The Politicol for false reporting! It is time for Frederick Ryan, The Politcol CEO, to do some house cleaning. What is going on John Harris and Jim VandeHei? As The Politico's principle editors what are you doing to improve accurate reporting?
The Politico still has not corrected its "firehouse story," despite video evidence that the story was incorrect. Apparently, they’re taking the “pretend it never happened, see if the problem will go away” approach. Also what about the Politico advise that Thompson would be withdrawing. How’d that work out for Politicol? Again false.
We are not alone in our observations about The Politico's biased or false reporting? Below are only three of the numerous Internet stories addressing The Political incorrect political news reporting with respect to the Thompson campaign:
Whitehouser: "Politico.com Hit job on Fred Thompson? This is one of the bigger problems that will arise out of the information era. The Media has long speculated on what candidates have the “best chance of winning” and they often are accused of making decisions for people. Well, it looks like politico.com (a political blog that now belongs to [sic affiliated with] to CBS) is shaking up the elections.
Today, the Politico published an article saying that Fred Thompson would end his campaign if he didn’t make the top three in Iowa. Here’s the story that is making the headlines: “Fred Thompson May Drop Out, Back McCain” CNN recently interviewed Fred Thompson to ask him about the Politico article and he basically brushed off the story. He said that someone at his campaign probably thought it was something good to say, but he said it wasn’t something he said and dismissed the idea as pure speculation."
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Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families: The first vote of the 2008 election has finally taken place in a campaign that has already been raging for a year and still has a long year to go. And it is safe to say after the Iowa's caucus, that both the Republican and Democrat presidential races are wide open, and anyone can win. In fact, a national poll yesterday showed five Republican candidates were bunched together with only five percentage points separating the first candidate from the last! Here are some observations to consider.
Values Voters Are Alive and Well - Since the disappointing 2006 elections, Big Media has been quick to proclaim that values voters are on "life support" and no longer a force to be reckoned with. But those voters turned out in large numbers last night giving Mike Huckabee his victory over Mitt Romney. Fully 60% of the Republican caucus-goers were evangelical Christians. While social conservatives may not make up as large a share of the electorate in upcoming states on the primary calendar, we will be large enough in every vote that no candidate can afford to ignore, or be hostile to, our concerns. But, while values voters turned out last night, the rest of the conservative coalition was AWOL. (See below)
2. Hillary Is In Trouble - Hillary Clinton's third place showing was devastating. This was, after all, supposed to be a coronation of the Clinton dynasty. The stakes are now very high for her in New Hampshire. But don't underestimate the "Clinton machine." It is well-funded and knows how to play political hardball more effectively than any of her competitors do. Senator Obama better get ready to take some hard punches, as the political landscape is littered with candidates who have underestimated Bill and Hillary. I hope Republicans pay close attention, too, because I don't think our side can afford to nominate a candidate who is inclined to pull his punches. I don't think we will beat Hillary, or Obama for that matter, by being "nice." The Republican nominee is going to have to draw clear contrasts with his Democrat opponent and be willing to hit hard.
3. The "Passion" Is On The Left - The worst news out of Iowa last night was the relative level of enthusiasm among caucus-goers. The Democrats had a huge turnout in Iowa, and the level of passion was extraordinary. The political Left is "on fire." Many liberal activists believe they were cheated in 2000 and 2004. As much as we may dislike the constant campaigning of the past year, liberals have been campaigning against this president for the past seven years! Now, the Left believes it is headed for a sweep this November. On the GOP side, many voters are still dissatisfied with their choices they. Many people I talked with in Iowa noted a stark contrast between the two sides. Preliminary results indicate that around 120,000 Republicans voted, while over 225,000 Democrats turned out.
But, if you need a reminder of why Hillary, or any Democrat, would be a disaster for conservatives, ponder this: Liberal legal activist Jonathan Turley recently stated his belief that the next president could make as many as three appointments to the Supreme Court, with most of the vacancies coming from the high court's liberal wing. CNN reported on the possibility that should Hillary or Obama win in November, Bill Clinton may be appointed to fill the first Supreme Court vacancy! If this sounds crazy, there is precedent for such a move. Republican William Howard Taft served as president from 1909 to 1913 and was later appointed to the Supreme Court by the next Republican president in 1921. Nothing is too outlandish for the Clintons! If the former first lady can be elected to the Senate from a state she had never lived in before, why can't the former president be named to the high court?
4. Obama A Uniter? - It was hard to watch press coverage last night suggesting that Senator Barack Obama is enjoying strong support because he is perceived as someone who can bring the country together. What? He is further to the Left than Hillary Clinton! In Illinois he blocked legislation that would have saved babies born alive after failed abortions. He said he would begin his presidency by surrendering Iraq to the terrorists and entering into negotiations with our enemies in Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. In the months ahead, his radicalism will become more apparent.
My friends, our country faces a number of serious challenges in the days ahead. From the war against Islamofascism to the make-up of the Supreme Court to the expiring Bush tax cuts in 2010, there is simply too much at stake for America to take a radical lurch to the left. As the campaign continues, we will continue to work with all the leading candidates. To ensure that our values prevail in this crucial contest, we will do everything we can to reunite and reinvigorate the Reagan coalition. In order to succeed, we must motivate all elements of the conservative movement, or else we risk a devastating defeat in the war abroad and in the cultural war here at home. Tags:Election 2008, Gary Bauer, Iowa, Iowa Caucus, presidential candidates
"I personally traveled with Alan Keyes across Iowa, and we met scores of Keyes voters. It's totally unfair these citizens' votes are now being withheld from the public," said Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt in a Keyes campaign press release. "This is tantamount to election fraud."
"I voted for Alan Keyes," said Siena Hoefling of Calhoun County. "It's ridiculous they didn't report my vote. Each precinct could have easily called or emailed the vote tallies to headquarters, so they should have been counted by now."
"I know for sure we reported votes for Alan Keyes to headquarters," said Ron Granzow, precinct chair for Windsor Heights. "I don't know why they wouldn't report his votes to the public."
"This resembles a 'communist-style' approach to electoral politics," said Stephen Stone, chairman of Alan Keyes for President. "In the former Soviet Union, political officials limited voters' choices in a way that created merely the illusion of democracy, without the reality. Any undue interference with free and open elections, of the sort we think we just witnessed, is un-American. . . . Alan Keyes has been an announced candidate for president since Sept. 14. Yet the state GOP chose to exclude him from the caucus process, claiming he 'announced too late' to be included, so that his name was not even mentioned on official lists of candidates or in reporting instructions. This disenfranchises Iowa voters." . . . [Read More]
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Michael D. Shear and Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post addressed Mike Huckabee's victory. In addition, they related concerns by Huckabee aids over New Hampshire and a revealing statement about "the message of economic anxiety that he [Huckabee] preaches" in an effort to gain the support of the poor. Quote:
Huckabee now heads to New Hampshire, where voting takes place Tuesday, with little support in the polls and only a ragtag organization to mount a second come-from-behind victory. To succeed, he will have to broaden his message, which has largely been designed to appeal to the Christian conservatives . . . New Hampshire voters tend to be less focused on social issues and more concerned with lowering taxes and reducing the size of government.
. . . Huckabee promised to compete in New Hampshire, but his weak standing there might force him to turn his attention to South Carolina's primary on Jan. 19, where a strong religious community could help him repeat his Iowa success. In dozens of interviews in New Hampshire this week, few voters indicated support for Huckabee.
His aides are wary of New Hampshire. "It's all no tax, no government there," said Bob Wickers, a top strategist. "It's not ideal."But they believe that the message of economic anxiety that he preaches will help in Michigan's primary on Jan. 15 and in states in the South, which have high poverty rates in addition to strong groups of social conservatives.
. . . Other parts of the Republican establishment will not be cheering a Huckabee victory. He is viewed with suspicion by economic conservatives, who bristle at his anti-business message of economic populism and dislike his record of raising taxes in Arkansas. And his lack of foreign policy experience has been a concern . . . [Read More]
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The Ron Paul Campaign has not consider the Iowa Caucuses a defeat. In fact, they invested minimum effort in the state. Now they have turned up the heat and are releasing television ads in several states. None are attack ad - all identify Ron Paul and his supporters.
Who is Ron Paul?
Defender of Freedom
Troops Support Ron Paul
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A New Voice to Conservative Politics [Political Humor]
Playing Politcshas lanched a humorous new voice for the new year just in time to address the various caucuses, primaries and daily events in Congress. Below are examples: Tags:Barack Obama, Democrats, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, political cartoon, political humor, PoliticsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Bobby Eberle, The Loft, GOPUSA: The results are in, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was the big winner in the Iowa caucuses on Thursday. Garnering 34% of the vote, Huckabee outpaced all other Republican contenders, but rather than help clarify the race to the Republican presidential nomination, the win and the results of the other Republican candidates only helped muddy the field. Buoyed by overwhelming support from evangelicals, Huckabee scored the win that he needed. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second with 25% of the vote, followed by Sen. John McCain and former Sen. Fred Thompson, each with 13%. Now, the candidates move to New Hampshire which will hold its primary on January 8. Following Iowa's results, the dynamics and expectations for New Hampshire have changed dramatically. Huckabee is definitely the surprise candidate of any Republican or Democrat in the race for the White House. . . .
As noted in the Washington Post, participation in the Iowa caucuses was at an all-time high. Over 125,000 caucusgoers participating, far out-distancing the previous record of 87,000 voters. According to the Post report, "Sixty percent of Republican caucusgoers described themselves as evangelicals, according to entrance polls. Those voters went for Huckabee over Romney by more than 2 to 1." The results are more than interesting, and they beg the question, "What are evangelicals looking for and why did they turn to Huckabee?" As I wrote yesterday, some of the most important issues for me and other conservatives are "smaller government, lower taxes, and secure borders."On these issues -- core issues for conservatives -- Huckabee simply does not warrant the support he has received. . . .
I sincerely hope that evangelicals are looking at more than the fact that Huckabee is Baptist minister, but the results in Iowa, given the well documented records of all the Republican candidates are surprising. But then again, it's hard to say how much of the record was really known. Huckabee has enjoyed being spared intense review of his record until just the past few weeks. . . . The race for the Republican nomination is still wide open. I continue to hope that once the process is complete, we will all rally around the nominee and help defeat the Democrat. I also hope that during the process, voters will review the records of the candidates and make decisions based on the facts. . . . [Read More] Tags:Bobby Eberle, GOPUSA, Iowa Caucus, Mike HuckabeeTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Steven Mufson, Washington Post: Kerry Beal was taken aback when he discovered last March that many of his fellow security guards at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania were taking regular naps in what they called "the ready room." When he spoke to supervisors at his company, Wackenhut Corp., they told Beal to be a team player. When he alerted the regional office of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), regulators let the matter drop after the plant's owner, Exelon, said it found no evidence of guards asleep on the job.
So Beal videotaped the sleeping guards. The tape, eventually given to WCBS, a CBS television affiliate in New York City, showed the armed workers snoozing against walls, slumped on tabletops or with eyes closed and heads bobbing. The fallout of the broadcast is still being felt. Last month, Exelon, the country's largest provider of nuclear power, fired Wackenhut, which had guarded each of its 10 nuclear plants. The NRC is reviewing its own oversight procedures, having failed to heed Beal's warning. . . . [Read More] Tags:national security, nuclear, nuclear plants, sleeping guards, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Duncan Hunter: “My motto in politics is never complain. My trademark for 26 years has been, ‘Don’t whine. Keep working.’ ”Mark Preston, CNN: Rep. Duncan Hunter will continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination despite his last place finish Thursday in the Iowa caucuses, his campaign manager tells CNN. "Absolutely, he is staying in,” Roy Tyler, the California Republican’s top aide, said in an interview late Thursday night. “We actually predicted we would not do well in Iowa. We were not expecting a lot. That is why we did not put a lot of resources into there.” Hunter only received 1 percent support in the caucuses. The California Republican has already announced he will retire from Congress at the end of the year. See also:Duncan Hunter receives an Excellent Rating on addressing Immigration issues; Fred Thompson received the next highest rating. Tags:CNN, Duncan Hunter, Election 2008, GOP, immigration, presidential candidateTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Fred Thompson: It's pretty clear that we're going to have a ticket to the next dance. . . . It looks like somebody is going to need to carry a strong, consistent, conservative message — and it looks like it ought to be me.”
The following excellent video with sound was made by a Thompson supporter:
Thompson Rally after Iowa Caucuses
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Obama & Huckabee First in Iowa Party Caucuses Clinton Smiles at Delegate Results
Updated info: Although ARRA News reported general results last night, today the Result of 2008 Iowa Caucuses are updated with some very interesting info. Candidates understand both the hype of last nights press and the race for delegates. However, the general public seldom notes the delegate results -- this is where the game is really played.
For example, did you note Hillary Clinton smiling with a 3rd place result? Hillary Clinton received 15 delegates only one less than Obama and one more than Edwards and there are still 12 uncommitted Democrat "superdelegates."In 1992, Bill Clinton ignored the Iowas Caucuses and placed 4th with 2.8%. Do you remember the Democrat Caucus winner - Tom Harkins with 76.4%? Bill Clinton went on to win his party's nomination and the presidency. And who was right their leading his campaign - Hillary Clinton. Also when considering last night results, note that 39% of registered voters in Iowa were not represented at the caucuses: Iowa has 7 electoral votes; 2,054,843 total registered voters - 31% Democratic, 30% Republican, 39% Independent
Republican Closed Caucus (96% reporting): [Republicans report individual votes] Mike Huckabee - 39,814 - 34.3% - 17 delegates
Mitt Romney - 29,405 - 25.3% - 12 delegates
Fred Thompson - 15,521 - 13.4% - 3 delegates
John McCain - 15,248 -13.3% - 3 delegates
Ron Paul - 11,598 - 10% - 2 delegates
Rudy Giuliani (did not campaign) - 4,013 - 3.5% - 0 delegates
Duncan Hunter - 515 - 0.4%
Tom Tancredo 5 0 - 0% [Withdrew before Caucus] RNC Convention Delegates Total 40: 37 tied to Candidates above; 3 unpledged
Democrat Closed Caucus (100% reporting): [*Only Releases estimated number of delegates to the state convention] Barack Obama - 940* - 37% - 16 delegates John Edwards - 744 - 30% - 14 delegates
Hillary Clinton - 737 - 29% - 15 delegates
Bill Richardson - 53 - 2% - 0 delegates
Joe Biden -23 - 0% [Withdrew after Caucus]
Chris Dodd- 1 - 0% [Withdrew after Caucus]
Others - not reported - no votes DNC Convention: 57 total delegates*45 tied to Candidates; 12 superdelegates unpledged Tags:Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Democrat, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, Iowa Caucus, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Republican, Ron PaulTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Two Democrats, Senator Joseph R. Biden of Delaware and Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, dropped out of the presidential race after winning less than 1% of the Democrat Iowa Caucus vote . . . [Read More] Tags:Chris Dodd, Democrats, Election 2008, Joe Biden, presidential candidatesTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Hat tip to Okie Campaigns for calling attention to this historical item:
On this day in 1919, just three days before his death, Theodore Roosevelt wrote in a letter to the American Defense Society:
"We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.
If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people."
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Updated Jan. 4by FactCheck.org: The ad ran at least 10 times on four different stations in Davenport and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Huckabee campaign called those airings a mistake. -- by FactCheck.org:The ad Huckabee said he decided not to run has now appeared at least three times in Iowa anyway. It accuses Romney of being "dishonest" but shades the facts in the process. According to the Campaign Media Analysis Group of TNS Media intelligence, the ad appeared Dec. 31 on WHBF-TV and KLJB-TV in Davenport and on KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids.
In another ad Huckabee claims to have signed the most broad-based tax cut in Arkansas history. But as we've noted repeatedly, he signed bigger tax increases than cuts. . . . [Read More] Tags:Annenberg, Political Fact Check, campaign ad, Election 2008, Mike Huckabee, taxesTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
History evidences that media inflates value of Iowa Caucuses
While the Iowa caucuses kick-off the 2008 presidential primary campaign and are a great source of revenue for the Iowa economy, the results are not as important. "History clearly shows, winning Iowa does not "seal the deal" for any candidate." Bill Clinton lost both Iowa and New Hampshire and survived to win his party's nomination. But the Media still loves to inflate the value of the caucuses.
Gray Bauer provides some historical insights today:
The winners will enjoy tremendous free media and a spike in fundraising, while others may see their campaigns cut short. Howard Dean certainly comes to mind. In the early days of the 2004 campaign, Dean was charging in the polls and many considered him the Democrat front runner - until the Iowa caucuses and the now famous "Dean Scream" that followed. Within hours of the results being announced this evening, the candidates will fly to New Hampshire, where Granite State voters will have the opportunity, on January 8th, to affirm or reject the judgment of Iowa. And frequently that judgment is rejected because the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire are very different people. Here's a brief history to consider.
In 1980, George H. W. Bush won the Iowa caucuses, but lost New Hampshire. In 1988, Bob Dole won the Iowa caucuses, but lost New Hampshire. That same year, Reverend Pat Robertson posted a surprisingly strong second place finish in Iowa, but fell to fifth in New Hampshire. In 1996, Bob Dole again won Iowa and again lost New Hampshire. In 2000, George W. Bush won Iowa by 11 points, but lost New Hampshire by nearly 20 points. The history is similar for the Democrats. In 1984, Walter Mondale won Iowa, but lost New Hampshire. In 1988, Dick Gephardt won Iowa, but lost New Hampshire. In 1992, "favorite son" Tom Harkin won Iowa, but finished fourth in New Hampshire. As a result of these split decisions, the campaigns continued on to Super Tuesday, and I suspect 2008 will be no different.
New Hampshire voters also tend to have a "soft spot" for Massachusetts politicians, since much of New Hampshire is covered by Boston media. For example, Michael Dukakis won in 1988, Paul Tsongas won in 1992 and John Kerry won in 2004. Two eventually won their party's nomination, but none became president. As the history clearly shows, winning Iowa does not "seal the deal" for any candidate. And here's an interesting footnote: One recent candidate actually lost both Iowa and New Hampshire and survived, winning his party's nomination and ultimately the general election! That candidate was Bill Clinton in 1992.
Tags:Election 2008, Gary Bauer, History, Iowa Caucus, Media, presidential candidates
No Recession but Hurdles on Tap for U.S. Economy in 2008
With the struggle for power, varied Democrat Congress members and presidential candidates have tried to inflame the claim the US is headed for a recession in 2008. And guess what, they want us to trust them to fix it!
There are ongoing adjustment in the housing market due to previous overpricing and bad mortgage lending practices. In addition, wage increases, even with an increased "minimum wage," have slowed, and oil prices are rising. Issues like rising oil prices can be placed primarily at the feet these very Democrats. They have supported limiting access to available oil and natural gas fields both in the U.S. and off shore. They have opposed new refineries and prevented new coal, hydro or nuclear production facilities. All of which would have created jobs and eventually lowered prices via falling oil and energy prices. Regardless of the above, the below WSJ Videos address the "R" word and economic indicators:
MarketWatch's Steve Gelsi speaking with Mike Thompson of Thomson Financial who explains why there will not be a recession in 2008. Thompson also addresses personal income and the 2008 earnings outlook.
No Recession on Tap for 2008
Kelsey Hubbard asks David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities, for his economic predictions for 2008. Plus, what he hopes not to hear from presidential candidates on economic issues.
Main Hurdles for 2008 U.S. Economy
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WSJ: Campaigns Kick Off in Iowa & Pre-Election Paradox
WSJ's Gerald Seib discusses the wide-open race in both parties and discusses which candidates have the most to lose in Iowa. Kelsey Hubbard reports. (Jan. 3)
Campaigns Kick Off in Iowa
WSJ's Kelsey Hubbard interviews Wonder Land columnist Dan Henninger about results from a recent Gallup poll where 84% of Americans say they are satisfied with their lives, yet 73% believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. (Jan. 2)
A Pre-Election Paradox
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GOP presidential hopeful Fred Thompson said in an in-studio interview with KCCI-TV in Des Moines that there is no truth to rumors that his campaign will fold before New Hampshire if he doesn't have a strong showing in Iowa."That is absolutely made up out of whole cloth," said the former U.S. Senator from Tennessee.
Thompson said a rival campaign was likely the source of that rumor."Can you imagine such a thing in politics?" he asked. Thompson said his campaign is seeing a "surge" in interest right now, and said he has visited 50 communities in the Hawkeye State in the last couple weeks. "I'm not going to play into any scenario that's not totally optimistic," he said.
Thompson touched on his plan for strengthening border security to prevent terrorist attacks, and his plan to simplify the tax code." Our tax code is a mess right now," he said.
According to people who actually know, I'm told $1,878,138 has been raised since the debate on December 12 from 24,949 people, including $719,534 from 10,237 people. For the week before, week of and week after Christmas, I think that’s pretty good. The Politico might not think so, but I think it gets Fred to South Carolina.
McQ asks a question: “What campaign worth its salt would put out information, even anonymously, on the day of the caucuses? The answer? None.”
Ben himself worked closely with the Gipper, in particular drafting some of Reagan’s most memorable economic addresses. Ben writes:
Only Thompson has a true conservative platform to defend life, liberty and American sovereignty. Only Thompson is advancing a compelling program for economic growth by controlling entitlement spending, unleashing innovation and making the American Dream real for every taxpayer. Only Thompson is committed to strengthening both our military and our intelligence and rallying the country for what must be a protracted struggle against jihadism.
Is Thompson a Reagan conservative? He is indeed.
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Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA: Before first votes are cast today in the Iowa Caucuses for President, here are some things all US Voters need to know about candidates: OVERALL Presidential Candidate Ratings On IMMIGRATION - How Well Would Each Candidate PROTECT Workers, Communities and Taxpayers FROM OVER-IMMIGRATION? (Points were assigned on a 36-Point Scale discussed below.) EXCELLENT:
DUNCAN HUNTER - 34 points
FRED THOMPSON - 28 points:
MITT ROMNEY - 22 points
RON PAUL - 20 points
MIKE HUCKABEE - 18 points
RUDY GIULIANI - 8 points
CHRIS DODD - 7 points
JOHN McCAIN - 7 points
JOE BIDEN - 5 points
JOHN EDWARDS - 5 points
DENNIS KUCINICH - 5 points
BILL RICHARDSON - 5 points
HILLARY CLINTON - 4 points
BARACK OBAMA - 4 points
HOW POINTS WERE ASSESSED: Points are based on candidate promises as of 2 JAN 08 on (a) amnesty, (b) stopping future illegal immigration and (c) reducing importation of foreign labor competition, plus (d) rating of past immigration actions in political office. Points were assigned to the ratings for the first four overall categories: 0 points for "abysmal" rating, 1 for "bad," 3 for "poor," 5 for "fair," 7 for "GOOD" and 9 for "EXCELLENT." Look at full ratings in the 16 categories at Presidential Candidate Ratings website.Tags:Election 2008, immigration, NumbersUSA, presidential candidates, primaries, Roy BeckTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Rush Limbaugh offered assessments of the Republican candidates conservatism: "Ladies and gentlemen, Gov. Huckabee, mighty fine man and is a great Christian, is not a conservative, he’s just not," Limbaugh said. "If you look at his record as governor, he’s got some conservative tendencies on things but he’s certainly not the most conservative of the candidates running on the Republican side." In addition to Huckabee, he singled out John McCain for specific criticism, attacking the senator on immigration, campaign finance reform, interrogation and tax cuts. "The idea that he’s a great conservative in this race is an affront to conservatives," Limbaugh said, accusing the media of "pushing McCain hard."
Limbaugh addressed McCain, Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani in responding to a caller about candidate conservative credentials. "If our nominee is either not conservative and is pandering to the left trying to get some of their votes, or if our nominee is so afraid of his record that he’s relying on identity politics to get votes or if our nominee decides that the only way he can win is to go out and pick off some libs in the northeast and out in the west, it’s going to be a bloodbath," he predicted of the general election. Limbaugh had previously spoken positively about Fred Thompson being a conservative: "There was one candidate who did not display any moderateness or liberalism or have any of hispast forays into those areas displayed, and that candidate was Fred Thompson." See also:Latest Zogby Poll shows - Sen. Fred Thompson…has seen a late-breaking surge. Tags:conservative, Election 2008, Fred Thompson, John Mccain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Rush LimbaughTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Thomas Sowell: Senator Hillary Clinton's Christmas commercial, showing various government programs as presents under a Christmas tree, was a classic example of calculated confusion in politics. Anyone who believes that the government can give the country presents has fallen for the oldest political illusion of all -- the illusion of something for nothing. Santa Claus may turn out to be the real front-runner in the primaries, judging by the way candidates are vying with one another to give away government goodies to the voters. Santa Claus is bipartisan . . . [Read More] Tags:Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, liberalism, Santa Claus, Thomas SowellTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter and Alan Keyes are being excluded from upcoming debates. It seems that the media before even the first small primary test is attempting to narrow the field of candidates that they not the public beleive are acceptable candidates. They wish for us to only hear further and select form their authorized of candidates. Hey - media this is Primary time not General Election debates.
We may agree there may be too many candidates but this is a democracy with respect to the primaries and not a "media-ocracy." Neither Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, or any other media represents the American public when it comes to sorting which candidates we should hear from.
CNN Politics Reports: ABC and Fox News Channel are narrowing the field of presidential candidates invited to debates this weekend just before the New Hampshire primary . . . The roster of participants for ABC's back-to-back, prime-time Republican and Democratic debates Saturday in New Hampshire will be determined after results of Thursday's Iowa caucus become clear.
Fox, meanwhile, has invited five GOP candidates to a forum with Chris Wallace scheduled for its mobile studio in New Hampshire on Sunday. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee received invites. . . .
To participate in ABC's Saturday night debate, Republican and Democratic candidates must meet at least one of three benchmarks: place first through fourth in Iowa, poll 5 percent or higher in one of the last four major New Hampshire surveys, or poll 5 percent or higher in one of the last four major national surveys.
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There has been a lot of talk lately about comments that presidential candidate Fred Thompson made concerning his bid for the White House. I have been a vocal critic of Fred’s lack of enthusiasm and in a recent interview he addressed the “fire in the belly” issue. He said,
…I am not consumed by personal ambition. I will not be devastated if I don’t do it. I want the people to have the best president that they can have. When this talk first started, it didn’t originate with me. There were a lot of people around the country both directly and through polls, liked the idea of me stepping up. And of course, you always look better at a distance, I guess.
But most of those people are still there and think its a good idea. But I approached it from the standpoint of a deal. A kind of a marriage. If one side of a marriage has to be really talked into the marriage, it probably ain’t going to be a very good deal for either one of them. But if you mutually think that this is a good thing. In this case, if you think this is a good thing for the country, then you have an opportunity to do some wonderful things together.
I’m offering myself up. I’m saying that I have the background, the capability, and the concern to do this and I’m doing it for the right reasons. But I’m not particularly interested in running for president, but I think I’d make a good president.
This made me sit back and think for a second. It was a little unusual. It was…candor.
And then I thought about another person in the history of the greatest country in the history of man. This man resigned his post when everyone thought he would be taking over as head of state. He not only resigned, but he told people he wasn’t going to be running for any government positions. People were stunned. It was honestly staggering that this man would not be interested in ruling. When he resigned, the King of England called him the “greatest man alive.”
He then went back to his home to live out his days, but was called for and once again served his country. Because of his help, state after state responded positively to a new Constitution. Following the creation of the Constitution, electors in each state cast ballots for the office of the president. While it was widely suspected he would win the election, he was reluctant. His friends and family responded by reminding him he did not campaign for this position and did not seek the office. He was chosen by the people.
When the ballots were finally counted on April 6, 1789, it was official. He had won. He had not sought the office of the president, but George Washington accepted the position and said, “I cannot give a greater evidence of my sensibility for the honor my fellow citizens have done me, than by accepting the appointment.” Later, when writing in his personal journal, he did not write about winning an election, but of his need to respect and serve ‘my country in obedience to its call.’
After recalling our first reluctant president, and comparing his sentiments to Senator Thompson’s, I came to the conclusion that I owe Fred an apology. I am sorry for wanting you to be something you are not. I am sorry for demanding that you fit the modern mold of a presidential candidate. While I agreed with a majority of his positions, I wanted Fred to put on a better show. I’m sorry for wanting a lot of flashy packaging instead of being satisfied with a quality product.
Having reflected on the first reluctant president, and reading Fred’s comments above, there is only one thing left to do. I fully support Fred Thompson for president of the United States of America.
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Unconventional Finale to an Unconventional Campaign
by Byron York, National Review Online: This morning Mike Huckabee will appear at campaign events in Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, and then, around noon, board a private jet for a destination not usually favored by front-runners on the eve of the Iowa caucuses: Burbank, California. There, he will tape an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and, after the show, hop back on the jet and head back to Iowa, planning to arrive by about 2 A.M. Thursday. His first event on Caucus Day will be at 8:30 A.M. in Burlington, and he’ll go straight through until the votes are counted in the evening.
It’s an unconventional last day in an unconventional campaign. But given that this will be both Leno’s first time back on The Tonight Show since the writer’s strike, as well as Huckabee’s last big TV appearance before the caucuses, the governor’s aides believe there will be great public interest. . . . it’s a chance to appeal to many more people than could be reached during the two or three in-person appearances in Iowa that Huckabee will skip by flying to California.
It will also change the subject a bit. Team Huckabee is trying hard not to appear defensive about the governor’s somewhat odd performance in the last couple of days, a period dominated by his I’m-not-going-to-air-this-negative-ad-but-I-am-going-to-show-it-to-the-press news conference and, later, by a full day of complaining about Romney’s attacks. . . . Some in the national media judged it a disaster, but coverage in Iowa has not been nearly as negative, . . . in any event, the Huckabee campaign is betting that by caucus time, people will be talking more about Huckabee on The Tonight Show than about a press conference that virtually no one saw. . . . [Read More] Tags:Iowa, Jay Leno, Mike Huckabee, presidential candidatesTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
John McCain reacts to Mitt Romney's negative attacks.
We tell the truth
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Pulaski Co. GOP Proud of Fellow Member: Mike Huckabee
by David Kincaid, Pulaski Co Republicans: In recent weeks, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a member of the Pulaski County Republican Committee (PCRC), has emerged as a leading candidate in Iowa, where the first in the nation caucuses will take place on Thursday, January 3. Former Arkansas First Lady Gay White and the Huckabee for President campaign invite you to a watch party for the results of the Iowa Caucuses on January 3 starting at 7:30 p.m. (The PCRC's regular monthly meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Republican Party of Arkansas headquarters) The watch party will be held at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock (10800 Colonel Glenn Road), and barbecue and beverages will be provided. Note: Although the PCRC is proud of former Gov. Huckabee, the PCRC will not endorse any candidates for the primary.Tags:Arkansas, Election 2008, GOP, Iowa, Mike Huckabee, Pulaski County, RepublicanTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Hat tip to 1389 Blog - Antijihadist Tech for info on new U.S. TSA rules that take effect New Year’s Day 2008 concerning spare lithium batteries you pack and take with you when you travel by air. 1389 reports: "You will no longer be able to pack spare batteries in checked baggage, but, within limits, you will be allowed to pack spare batteries in carry-on baggage. Most lithium batteries for consumer electronic devices such as laptops and video cameras will meet the restrictions. But large, professional-grade batteries may exceed the limits; if you have any doubts, call the manufacturer before you pack your devices for travel."
If you’re one of the millions of airline travelers who carry spare lithium laptop, cell phone and camera batteries with you, listen up: The government has some new rules which go into effect on New Year’s Day. Fortunately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is not worried about the batteries installed in your devices, be it an iPhone or laptop. Those are safe to bring along with you on the plane in your carry-on bag. But the TSA is worried about loose, spare batteries. These are batteries with uncovered electrical contacts, which, if touched by other metal objects could cause an explosion and fire during a flight. So, the agency wants to make sure that any spare lithium batteries you take with you on your flight meet its new standards.
Effective January 1, 2008, the following rules apply to the spare lithium batteries you carry with you in case the battery in a device runs low:
Spare batteries are the batteries you carry separately from the devices they power. When batteries are installed in a device, they are not considered spare batteries.
You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage
You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry-on baggage – see our spare battery tips and how-to sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely!
Even though we recommend carrying your devices with you in carry-on baggage as well, if you must bring one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed.
The following quantity limits apply to both your spare and installed batteries. The limits are expressed in grams of “equivalent lithium content.” 8 grams of equivalent lithium content is approximately 100 watt-hours. 25 grams is approximately 300 watt-hours:
Under the new rules, you can bring batteries with up to 8-gram equivalent lithium content. All lithium ion batteries in cell phones are below 8 gram equivalent lithium content. Nearly all laptop computers also are below this quantity threshold.
You can also bring up to two spare batteries with an aggregate equivalent lithium content of up to 25 grams, in addition to any batteries that fall below the 8-gram threshold. Examples of two types of lithium ion batteries with equivalent lithium content over 8 grams but below 25.
For a lithium metal battery, whether installed in a device or carried as a spare, the limit on lithium content is 2 grams of lithium metal per battery.
Almost all consumer-type lithium metal batteries are below 2 grams of lithium metal. But if you are unsure, contact the manufacturer!
Mike Huckabee appeared on Meet the Press with Tim Russert on December 30, 2007 and takes on Romney' caparaison campaign ads. Mitt Romney is running a very desperate and, frankly, a dishonest campaign," Huckabee said on NBC's morning "Meet the Press" program. Videos of comments follow:
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by Steven Thomma McClatchy Newspapers: John Edwards has clawed his way into contention to win Iowa's caucuses on Thursday in the first vote for the Democratic presidential nomination, gaining strength . . . At the same time, Mitt Romney has regained the lead among Iowa Republicans as Mike Huckabee has lost momentum and support, even among the evangelical Christians who had propelled him into the top spot just weeks ago. . . . “On the Democratic side, the race is about as close as it can get, but keep an eye on Edwards,” said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the survey. “Edwards has really moved up since our last poll. Obama and Clinton have each slipped a little bit.” The new survey, taken Dec. 26-28, came three weeks after the initial Dec. 3-6 poll.
On the Republican side, Coker said, “Romney has rebounded and the Huckabee bubble may have burst. “Last time, Huckabee was getting all the good press and nobody had put him under any scrutiny. ... Now he’s under the spotlight, and he’s started to wilt a little.” One in three Iowa Republicans say they could still change their minds. No one knows that better than Huckabee, who surged into the lead three weeks ago and now has lost it just as quickly. Huckabee’s support dropped 8 percentage points since the last McClatchy/MSNBC poll Dec. 3-6. A major reason why is that he’s come under sharp criticism from rivals such as Romney, been blistered as a tax raiser in a $500,000 ad campaign aired by the anti-tax group Club For Growth, and faced new scrutiny by the media of his Arkansas record on such issues as pardons. He still ranks tops among Iowa Republicans who rank values and family issues their top concerns. But while the ordained Baptist preacher still leads among the state’s influential evangelical Christians, he’s lost 8 points among them.
Romney, who had led in the state for months before dropping to second place, regained 7 points since early December. Iowa Republicans gave him their highest favorable rating, and he ranked first among GOP voters looking for experience, leadership and the ability to win in November. He also led among voters who ranked immigration, taxes or terrorism their top concerns. A key gain: He now has the support of 27% of the state’s evangelical Christian Republicans, up sharply from 8% several weeks ago. Concerns about his Mormon faith appear to have ebbed. One warning sign for Romney: one-third of his supporters say they still could defect to a rival, while only 22% of Huckabee's backers say that. . . . [Read More] Tags:Election 2008, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, poll, presidential candidatesTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Former Gov. Mitt Romney takes on varied positions of Sen. John McCain in the following two camapign ads:
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10 Congressmen Head to the South Pole - God Smiles
Dr. Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: Arkansas 4th District Representative Mike Ross will join nine other members of Congress for a trip to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The reason is to study "Global Warming."
According to the itinerary, the delegation leaves Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday. They will be briefed by representatives of the National Science Foundation at the Antarctic Center at Christchurch, New Zealand, before heading to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on Wednesday where they will remain for three days meeting with scientists. They will visit Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Thursday. The congressional delegation will travel to Australia on Jan. 5, where the group will receive science briefings at the Great Barrier Reef and learn about climate change at the Kurunda Rainforest. The delegation returns to the United States on Jan. 8.
Ross is a member of the House Science and Technology Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Both committees will be addressing global warming legislation after Congress reconvenes Jan. 15.
Wonder who will be briefing the delegation -- Gore-ites or real scientists who know the truth? The question is not whether the earth may for extended periods warm or cool -- it does. The question for this trip is whether this Congressional delegation buys into the false belief that it is mankind and not the Sun, our changing orbit, geothermal activity, collisions from space, and other factors to numerous to list that affect these changes. Neither mankind nor "mother nature" controls the weather. God created us to discover and to reason. However, God must truly smile when mankind, like a small child, expresses that they can "control" the earth's climate.
The Bible has a lot to say about God and how He controls the weather.
(Psalms 78:26 NASB) He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens And by His power He directed the south wind.
(Psalms 107:25 NASB) For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, Which lifted up the waves of the sea.
(Psalms 135:7 NASB) He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.
(Psalms 148:8 NASB) Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
(Proverbs 30:4 NASB) Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know!
(Mark 4:39 NASB) And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
God created the Heavens and the Earth and He controls the weather. You may ask, “Why would God allow 'Global Warming" or 'Global Cooling' and the resulting consequences?” The answer is that God is Sovereign. He can do whatever He wants. He is in control and nothing gets by Him.
I hope that all of our Global Warming delegation believes in God. Because when people in authority do not believe in God, they can believe anything - even junk science. Then they can proceed to tax, control, use and abuse people in an attempt to achieve their biased beliefs. Ecclesiastes 1:8 (NRSV) sums it up best: "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun."Tags:Bible, Bill Smith, congress, global cooling, global warming, God, Mike Ross, South Pole, US HouseTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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