Posts Tagged ‘ABC News’

Speaking of April Fools…Coulter Attacks Palin Again

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Here We Go Again...

Ann Coulter seems intent on snuggling up close to the GOP establishment, and her liberal friends in media. On Sunday, notably a day for fools like Coulter, she joined the round table discussion on ABC’s “This Week.”  The problem is that as with all such things, it seems as though the only real intention here was to smear Palin.  The comment was an aside without substantiation, and I now believe she does it just to ingratiate herself with the liberal Republicans and the left.  It’s typical of Coulter to make snide remarks as a throwaway line, but this isn’t the first lately aimed at Sarah Palin.  To attack the former Vice Presidential candidate as having been some sort of “novelty candidate” when she was picked by John McCain as his running mate is simply ridiculous.

Here’s the video:

I think Coulter is losing her grasp on the conservative movement.  Slowly but surely, she’s turning into precisely the caricature the left has painted of her over the years.  Naturally, in discussing the Vice Presidential pick, she acknowledged many are talking about Marco Rubio, and she fairly drooled over the prospect of NJ Governor Chris Christie again, but that’s no surprise.  Coulter has worn out her welcome with me, as she continues to take cheap-shots at conservatives, particularly Sarah Palin.

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Why Newt Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Get Out

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The 'Cheerful One'

Jonathan Karl has an enlightening piece up on ABCNews.com covering Newt Gingrich and his reasoning for staying in this Republican nomination fight.  It’s a reason that makes a great deal of sense once you understand the former House Speaker’s rationale:  He wants to prevent a Romney coronation, with the GOP establishment riding herd over the rank-and-file.  There’s good reason for conservatives to want this too, because if there is an brokered convention, we’re far more likely to have a more thoroughly prepared candidate once the general election season begins.  The GOP convention is our last chance as conservatives to hold any candidate’s feet to the fire, and if we’re smart, we’ll make full use of the opportunity it presents.   It is not only true that Newt Gingrich won’t get out, but also true that he shouldn’t.

The establishment line has been that “a brokered convention will hurt the party,” or that “Mitt Romney will win anyway,” or that “conservatives should shut up and get in line.”  None of these are true, and for now, Newt Gingrich is carrying that banner.  Also, as I observed last week, there is no guarantee that if Newt gets out, that it won’t bolster Romney rather than Santorum, as some have contended, notably GOP establishment operatives who would love to see Gingrich out so they can focus all of their venom and negative campaigning on a single target.  Gingrich seemed to confirm this, according to Karl:

1) His vote gets divided between Santorum and Romney. A larger percentage would go to Santorum, but at least some goes to Romney, allowing him to accumulate more delegates; and,

2) Romney is then able to aim all of his considerable firepower at Santorum, destroying him with negative ads the way he twice destroyed Gingrich (in Iowa and Florida).

This may sound familiar to my regular readers, although we should note that Gingrich has done the math too, and while his road to the nomination is formidable, the way to defeat Mitt Romney for either Gingrich or Santorum is in a floor fight at the convention.  Some establishment Republicans fear the spectacle, but they shouldn’t unless they’re selling a pig in a poke to conservative Republicans. On the anxiety in the party, carried forth and broadcast by the press, Gingrich told Karl:

“This thing is going to go on. You guys need to relax and cover the most interesting nominating process in your lifetime,” Gingrich told me. “Be not anxiety-ridden, this is going to be good for America. This is a good conversation to have.”

He’s absolutely right.  Nothing is supposed to be smooth or easy about this process.  This is where we’re supposed to settle the differences in the party.  This is the time for conservatives to find their voices in the battle with the party establishment.  The establishment would rather the grass-roots and conservative base of the GOP simply shut up and play along, but that’s not we’ll defeat Barack Obama. We’re conservatives, and we shouldn’t expect it to be easy, or even bloodless in a political sense. If we have the strength of our convictions, we must fight this battle too, and unflinchingly.  Newt Gingrich is right: It’s a battle worth fighting. As the Daily Caller further details, while messy, a brokered convention is an important part of the process.  We came within a whisker of getting Reagan in 1976, as the Daily Caller details, and it’s something to consider when we look at what’s going on in this primary season, and how the GOP establishment is pulling out all the stops to prevent a similar scene.

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After Hammering Gingrich, Santorum Over Earmarks, Romney Is Exposed

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Do as He Says...

Mitt Romney’s big government reflex was revealed in a video captured by a Democrat operative back in 2002, but what makes this situation so bad is the hypocrisy it demonstrates in Mitt Romney’s attempt to win the nomination at any cost, including going after Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for their support of various “earmarks” over the years.  In point of fact, Mitt Romney was determined to get his share of earmarks for the Salt Lake City Olypmics, bragging about it while running for Governor. In the debate in which he said every Olympics went to the Federal government for assistance in the areas of security and transportation, the truth is that he even solicited assistance from the Department of Education, and received it.

Here’s the ABC News video:

It should be obvious from all of this that Mitt Romney is every bit as hooked-in to the Washington DC process as anybody else.  The fact that Romney has never served in Washington DC is irrelevant to the fact that he has leveraged plenty of Washington connections to his advantage, including while running the Salt Lake City Olympics, but also while governor of Massachusetts, funding much of the “Romneycare” health reforms in Massachusetts with healthcare dollars from the Federal government.

It’s bad enough to be a hypocrite, but it’s even worse to do so by misleading debate audiences about the matter.  This is a significant part of the reason that I don’t accept the narrative that Mitt Romney is an anti-Washington candidate.  He’s always been willing to use Washington’s influential permanent political class to his benefit, or the benefit of whatever he’s pursuing at the time.  It’s a laughable claim, in fact, because what Romney doesn’t admit, but the record proves is that he has had his hands out for those federal earmarks while others created them.  Outsider?  Hardly.  What Mitt Romney has done in this instance is to try to have it both ways, but conservatives shouldn’t permit it.

ABC News Busted?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Busting ABC News - Howard Kurtz

Howard Kurtz has tweeted that which I’ve captured at left.  I really have nothing else to say about this, except how despicable is ABC News.

This is how disgusting the media has become, and those of us who have defended Sarah Palin under years of even more radically baseless attacks know too well how this sick game is played.