By Juan Williams - The Hill
Here’s a news bulletin — it is becoming increasingly clear that we are living in a time when Republican politics are being shaped by a 75-year-old, 12-term Texas congressman with a son in the Senate. And incredibly, it is no longer out of the realm of possibility that this outcast of the GOP establishment may win the party’s presidential nomination.
If you have not been paying attention, it is time to look around and realize that we are living in the political age of Rep. Ron Paul.
A CNN/Opinion Research poll released late last week shows Paul faring the best against President Obama of any potential Republican candidate. He trails the president by only 7 points, 52-45 percent, in a head-to-head matchup. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trails by 8 points, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney down 11 points to Obama.
Newt Gingrich has announced that he is running for President.
Now before you say so what?, consider that this guy was The Speaker of the House (#3 position), and the darling of the GOP Mainstream Establishment. And he nearly engineered the Impeachment of President Bill Clinton over virtually nothing (and ironically the same crime: Infidelity that he himself was guilty of multiple times). So this is a very powerful guy (and corrupt as hell).
But also I'm concerned that he will be the 2012 version of Rudy Guiliani. He will be extremely aggressive in smearing Ron Paul and attacking him in debates. Unlike Guiliani, he will do more than giggle. He will attach various negative labels to Ron Paul (this is what Gingrich was always a master at .. labels, vocabulary, and demonizing certain words).
But I suppose this could be good news in that if the mainstream GOP vote is split up between Romney, Gingrich, Huckabee, Pawlenty, and Santorum, then Ron Paul could win Primaries with just 20%-25% of the vote. That theory holds only if they all stay about equally competitive (or non-competetive).
The Ron Paul campaign would be wise to aggressively circulate the history Grigrich's multiple sexual affairs, abandoning his wife while she had cancer, and GOPAC legal crimes, etc.
I know that Paul himself doesn't usually operate that way, but the Campaign will need to take control of the narrative, and work hard to inject truth-in-advertising if it wants to be successful.
Thoughts on Gingrich?
In N.H., ambivalence on Romney Past stances fuel lingering doubts
By Seth McLaughlin | The Washington Times
May 8, 2011
Polls in New Hampshire show former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the man to beat in the first-in-the-nation Republican primary, despite the reservations of some grass-roots activists in the Granite State.
MANCHESTER, N.H. | On paper, Mitt Romney is the favorite to win next year’s GOP primary in New Hampshire - he ran a respectable second here in 2008 to eventual nominee John McCain, and as the 2012 cycle begins, he’s the clear front-runner in a crowded field of would-be contenders.
So why do so many grass-roots voters say they still have doubts about the former governor from neighboring Massachusetts less than a year before the first-in-the-nation primary?
Granite State Republicans have lingering concerns about the Massachusetts health care legislation Mr. Romney signed and doubts about his commitment to pro-life and gun ownership issues. Some even question the depth of his appreciation for the legacy of Ronald Reagan.
Gary Brown, a 56-year-old businessman, said he likes Mr. Romney’s business experience but gives him the dreaded tag of RINO,” or “Republican in name only.”
read more at The Washington Times
NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for better rail security now that the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound has turned up plans to attack trains in the U.S.
“Anyone, even a member of al-Qaida could purchase a train ticket and board an Amtrak train without so much as a question asked,” Schumer said. “So that’s why I’m calling for the creation of an Amtrak no ride list. That would take the secure flight program and apply it to Amtrak trains.”
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Rep. Barney Frank has introduced legislation to remove members of the FOMC not chosen by elected officials.
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I attempted to break down the numerous polls on the subject and provide clear reasons why Paul is the best chance for the Republican Party (or for any Party) to defeat Obama is 2012, and what his weaknesses are going into a General Election.
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by Rick Sanchez | Huffington Post
We have seen the enemy and he is us.
Congress is spending tomorrow's money today, throwing us into economic oblivion. But Congress isn't the only culprit in the crime of grand larceny of our future. The Federal Reserve -- a quasi-public institution that includes privately-owned US banks -- is a more than willing accomplice.
As Thomas Jefferson warned, "...banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and... the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
For an entity that wields so much power, we know relatively little about the Fed. Would you trust an unknown banker to decide what happens with your paycheck every week? Why do we accept this for our country?
We grow up revering our government's transparency. "Checks and balances" is as much a part of our lexicon as is "American Idol." Yet perhaps the most powerful part of our government, the one constituting the biggest potential conflict of interest in our government's history, goes unchecked and unbalanced.
The mystery that is the Federal Reserve begins with its name, since it is neither Federal nor does it have any reserves. Those two facts are the crux of the problem.
Read the whole thing at the Huffington Post.
Part II below:
Ron Paul hauled more than $1 million just on Thursday via a debate-day money bomb.
Paul’s presidential exploratory committee alerted his supporters to the 24-hour online fundraising via email and social networks and were able to sit back and watch $1,028,436.56 roll in.
The successful money bomb capped off a big day for Paul’s camp, as he attended a tea party rally ahead of the presidential debate and was shown to run stronger against Barack Obama than any other candidate in an new CNN/Opinion Research poll.