Friday Free-For-All: Iowa Caucus Edition

Henry Payne Cartoon via Townhall

I caught the tail end of this tender moment as it live streamed on C-Span, earlier this morning.Hopefully, the video will be available by the end of the day.

Washington Times: Gingrich chokes up at memory of his mother:

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wiping back tears at the memories, Newt Gingrich said Friday his now-deceased mother’s struggles with bipolar disorder and other ailments of aging helped form much of his public policy during his time in Congress.

Mr. Gingrich was appearing at a discussion hosted by CafeMom, an online website for mothers, and moderated by Frank Luntz, the word guru whose fingerprints can be seen on many of the GOP’s big policy pushes during the last two decades.

Mr. Luntz asked Mr. Gingrich to talk about an important moment with his mother, Kit Gingrich, and the former House speaker first recalled her singing in the choir — and admitted she had gotten him to sing in the choir as a boy, too. He said he still tears up over Christmas carols today.

But Mr. Gingrich then went on to talk about his mother’s health problems as she grew older, and said his work on Alzheimer’s Disease and long-term care developed out of that.

“It’s not a theory, it’s in fact my mother,” he said.

He choked up at the memories at one point, and wiped tears away.

“I apologize, I did not mean to put you through that,” Mr. Luntz told him.

I don’t see this as a negative for Newt, but a huge positive. The arrogant big brain also has a more human side, making him a more sympathetic character.

UPDATE: Video: Newt Gingrich Tears Up Talking About His Mother

A good round-up of conservative opinions on the Santorim surge at The Week: 2012 GOP race: Could Rick Santorum actually win?

A second major poll has confirmed former Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) timely surge in Iowa, just four days before Hawkeye State Republicans gather for their first-in-the-nation caucuses. With Mitt Romney and Ron Paul jousting for first, Santorum comes in a comfortable third. And data from a rival campaign’s internal tracking poll shows that Santorum’s numbers are probably still rising, feeding expectations that Santorum could stage a shocking come-from-behind victory in Iowa, says Stephen Hayes at The Weekly Standard. If the socially conservative dark horse does win Iowa, could he parlay that into a real run for the GOP nomination?

The Other McCain: Guess Who’s Gonna Be Watching Hawkeye Football Tonight With Rick Santorum?

I don’t know about you, but I’m  stumped – click on the link to find out.

The Other McCain: Rick Santorum to Ann Coulter: ‘I Mean, Ann, Should I Have Voted for Amnesty?’

During his speech Thursday night in Davenport, Iowa, Rick Santorum talked about his record in the Senate and mentioned that Ann Coulter had criticized him in her column for voting against “E-Verify”:

But if Santorum wins, we lose on the second most important issue — illegal immigration — and he’ll be the last Republican ever to win a general election in America. . . .
Kowtowing to business (while pretending to kowtow to Hispanics), Paul, Perry and Santorum oppose E-Verify. As a senator, Rick Santorum voted against even the voluntary use of E-Verify.

Santorum explained to the Iowa folks that he voted against “E-Verify” when it was part of John McCain’s amnesty bill in 2006 — a bill that Coulter and every other American with a shred of honesty, intelligence or patriotism also opposed. And what he said next was Tweet-worthy:

“Tell @AnnCoulter, next time you see her, get her facts straight.”

See Also, Bizzy Blog: Ann Coulter Endorses Rick Santorum (Update: Santorum Ran on E-Verify in 2006)

RedState:Ron Paul: Know Who’s Really Behind Islamic Terrorism? The Jews.

One of the more insane claims in Ron Paul’s newsletters was that the Israelis were behind the WTC bombings in 1993:

Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.

This claim is of course so ridiculous and absurd that even Paul has to protect himself by claiming that “a Jewish friend” told him about it. What a handy rhetorical device! If only Paul had had the foresight to couch all his racist remarks in the newsletters in this way, he wouldn’t have any problems right now! “As a black friend of mine once told me, 95% of all black people in DC are criminal or semi-criminal.” See how effective that is?

Via Doug Ross at Journal, The Chart of The Week – Obama’s Economic Record:

Click on link for larger version.

Gateway Pundit: How’s That Hopey-Changey Stuff Working Out For You?… Just 55.3% of Americans Between 16 & 29 Have Jobs:

In 2012, the youth vote is moving on and throwing those omnipresent “Hope” bumper stickers and t-shirts in garbage bins.

Not because of apathy. Not because another candidate generates more enthusiasm. Not because of his character. Not because they think voting is pointless. The 18-29 vote is up for grabs in 2012 because youth can’t afford cars to put bumper stickers on and those t-shirts are worn out from too many days sitting on the couch unemployed.

The sobering reality: just 55.3 percent of Americans between 16 and 29 have jobs. And earlier this year, Americans’ student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time ever.

Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin: Obama Request for $1.2 Trillion Debt Limit Increase Delayed:

The government needs to borrow another $1.2 trillion so they can continue to protect us from bankruptcy. Predictably, the White House tried to get this done on the Friday afternoon heading into a holiday weekend, but circumstances prevented it from happening:

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is delaying his request for another $1.2 trillion increase in the nation’s debt limit at the request of congressional leaders.

It’s basically because of a technicality.

WSJ takes Holder and Obama to the woodshed: Holder’s Racial Politics:

The Voting Rights Act was once needed to counteract the gap between black and white voter registration. By 2009 the gap had narrowed to a few percentage points in some covered states while blacks out-registered whites in others. Yet Justice retains a federal veto on election-law changes no matter how innocuous or racially neutral. Section 5 has become a vehicle not to pursue equal access to the polls but to play the grossest kind of racial politics.

As African-American men at the most exalted reaches of government, Messrs. Obama and Holder are a testament to how much racial progress the country has made. It’s a shame to see them pretending little has changed so they can scare up some votes.

Weasel Zippers: Pompous Diva Olberdouche Already On The Outs With Al Gore’s Current TV…

Via Business Insider

Keith Olbermann, who began his much-publicized tenure at Al Gore’s Current TV this summer is apparently already on the outs with management there.

So much so, he is reportedly being left out of upcoming election coverage specials.

Brian Stelter at the New York Times writes that Olbermann will be notably absent from Current’s upcoming two hours specials on the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.

Pirate’s Cove: New Hampshire “Scientists” Urge GOP Contenders To Embrace Climate Change Hoax:

The Warmists just won’t give up their cultish beliefs, and The Hill is there to run with the story without any fact checking.

Fifty New Hampshire scientists Thursday called on the Republican presidential candidates to accept the “overwhelming” scientific evidence behind climate change.

The scientists issued the joint statement just weeks before the Jan. 10 New Hampshire primary, a key early test for the GOP White House hopefuls.

PotLuck Bloggers: Corporate Responsibility, Personal Responsibility, Nike, and Michael Jordan:

We have all heard the stories of the near riots that occurred when Nike released a new version of Air Jordan sneakers several days before Christmas.  There were arrests, damage to stores, toddlers left in cars, and pepper spray all brought out while the frenzy to be one of the lucky ones who got a pair.  Sneakers that are now on sale on Ebay for almost double the original cost.

Activists in the Houston area have asked the Michael Jordan and Nike take responsibility for the violence that occurred when they went on sale and the violence that has occurred to those who have a pair.

“It is the responsibility of Michael Jordan and Nike to stand up and be part of the solution. Right now it’s a public safety issue with children wearing those sneakers,”

“The people that can least afford these shoes are buying them, and what happens as a result of that? Well there’s more crime,”

So, it is Nike and Michael Jordan who are responsible for the violence?

Keep reading…

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

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