Today I discuss the North Korean reaction to our annual joint military exercise with their neighbor South Korea – Jeb Bush doesn’t exactly wow them at CPAC and mysteriously, yet another one of Vladimir Putin’s critics are silenced, for good.
Contra George Will: Imposing Homosexual Marriage Not Libertarian
George Will defended CPAC this Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” but when he did so he decided to slip in propaganda for the Liberal totalitarian pansexual makeover. While I appreciated Will’s stand in such a horrible setting (his fellow guests were just ugly and arrogant), and I even concede some of his demographic claims, I still can’t let this one go by. Will said,
“What I did see at CPAC was the rise of the libertarian strand of Republicanism, which has an affected foreign policy that is a pullback from nation-building and other ambitions abroad that they never countenance from government at home, and a sense of ‘live and let live’ with subjects such as decriminalization of certain drugs and gay marriage.”
And, then in response to Republican Senator Rob Portman’s flip-flop to favor same sex marriage,
“He will not be the last, because the demographic tide here is large, powerful and [in]exorable. As I said on this program before, opposition to gay marriage is literally dying. It’s an older demographic.”
I realize there are those within the Republican Party who do not like Rush Limbaugh. Some of them even think the GOP is worse because of him.
Likewise, there are those within the GOP who say they like Rush and see “a use” for him, but they themselves do not like listening to him. He’s just not their cup of tea or something.
These people should really spend a week listening to Rush three hours a day and perhaps they would not be so stupid.
Most of the people who fall into these camps have been mouthing off on two topics about which their commentary has been decidedly stupid. Perhaps if they were students of the Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies they’d wise up.
The first, of course, is CPAC, put on by the American Conservative Union.
The ACU gave Mitch McConnell a 100% rating and gave Renee Elmers of North Carolina, one of the most worthless members of Congress to ever be elected as a tea party candidate, some award to prove her bona fides. That basically means the award is her conservative bona fides because she doesn’t have a record to show for it.
Basically, ACU is good at giving people cover.
And now they’ve given Chris Christie cover. They haven’t invited him to CPAC.
Boo-freaking-hoo. Continue Reading
Poll: Santorum takes first national lead
By Josh Lederman of The Hill:
Rick Santorum has taken the lead nationally in the Republican presidential race for the first time, a new poll showed.
Less than a week after besting Romney in primary contests in three states, Rick Santorum has a 15-point lead on the former Massachusetts governor, according to a national poll released Saturday by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Recent polls had shown Romney up about 10 points on Newt Gingrich, his nearest rival.
Santorum leads Mitt Romney 38 percent to 23 percent in the new poll, while Gingrich is in third place with 17 percent. Ron Paul comes in last with 13 percent.
This is the first major national poll to show Santorum in the lead. The closest he had come previously was after his surprise win in Iowa the first week of January, but even then, Romney performed 10 points better than Santorum nationally.
But Santorum has been riding a wave of momentum since his surprise performance on Tuesday, when he defeated the front-runner not only in Minnesota and Missouri, but also in Colorado, a supposed Romney stronghold. Santorum’s campaign has said he has raised more than $2 million since Tuesday, and he was the biggest attraction on Saturday when about 10,000 activists packed the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
Some of Santorum’s success in the new poll may be attributed to declining support for both Romney and Gingrich. Romney’s favorability rating has declined substantially in PPP’s polling and now stands at 44 percent — just one percentage point higher than the 43 percent who say they disapprove. Santorum remains highly popular, with 64 percent saying they approve and just 22 percent viewing him negatively. Gingrich’s numbers are almost identical to those of Romney.
“It’s important to keep in mind, though, that fewer than half of his voters are firmly committed to him,” said Dean Debnam, the polling firm’s president. “When he comes under attack in the coming days, his lead could evaporate just as quickly as it was created.”
The survey of 656 Republican primary voters was conducted Feb. 9-10 using automated telephone interviews and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.