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New Santorum Ad Running in SC: Pride

Good news for Rick Santorum - Red, White and Blue Fund, a super-PAC supporting Santorum’s candidacy, will start airing an ad in South Carolina this weekend ahead of the state’s Jan. 21 primary.

 The group is spending $190,000 on its initial buy to drive home the message that Mr. Santorum is “the conservative we can trust.”

He’s the principled conservative. Rick Santorum. Champion.  Leader.  Reformer. Rick Santorum is determined and will never waver. What wins in America are bold ideas, sharp contrasts, and a plan that includes everyone. A plan that includes people from all across the economic spectrum. A plan that says we will work together to get America to work. Rick Santorum. The conservative we can trust. Red, White, and Blue Fund is responsible for the content of this ad.

And here are a couple of too-good-too-miss excerpts from articles I posted in an update on my Friday Free For All post:

Charles Krauthammer, NRO: A Worthy Challenger:

For a front-runner who can’t seem to expand his base, he’s been fortunate that the opposition has been so split. But the luck stops here. Michele Bachmann is gone. Rick Perry will skip New Hampshire, then dead-man-walk through South Carolina. And then there is Newt.Gingrich is staying in. This should be good news for Romney. It’s not. In his Iowa non-concession speech, Gingrich was seething. He could not conceal his fury with Paul and Romney for burying him in negative ads. After singling out Santorum for praise, Gingrich launched into them both, most especially Romney.Gingrich speaks of aligning himself with Santorum against Romney.  For Newt’s campaign, this makes absolutely no strategic sense. Except that Gingrich is after vengeance, not victory. Ahab is loose in New Hampshire, stalking his great white Mitt.What a lineup. Santorum and Gingrich go after Romney. Paul, Romney’s unspoken ally, needs to fight off Santorum in order to emerge as both number-one challenger and Republican kingmaker —  leader of a movement demanding respect, attention, and concessions. And Jon Huntsman goes after everybody.Is this any way to pick a president? Absolutely. It works. It winnows. And it has produced, after just one contest, an admirably worthy conservative alternative to Romney.

He used the Ahab line on Special Report, that other night – cracked me up.

Keith Koffler: One Politician of Principle

Pennsylvania is teaming with retirees, ranking behind only Florida and West Virginia in the percentage of people over 65, and Santorum’s stand in favor of the accounts was the gift to Democrats that kept on giving.

As the point man for my publication on Bush’s Social Security drive, I was on Capitol Hill one day to cover a press conference by a group of Republican senators touting some aspect of the plan.

Not only was Santorum supporting Bush, but he was actually trying to promote the plan by putting himself before the cameras. Normally in Washington, even when someone takes a politically difficult position, they kind of sneak on to the floor to cast their vote – preferably wearing a full body burqa – and then scurry back to their office and hide under the desk.

Santorum was duly asked by one reporter why he was committing political suicide. Actually, it was more polite, like, “Isn’t this going to hurt your reelection prospects?”

I expected some kind of nonsense claiming that everything was perfectly normal aboard the Titanic and that iceberg ahead was a welcome diversion to be marveled at and embraced.

Instead, he was kind of sheepish, looking down, smiling a bit. He said something like “I really can’t worry about the politics of this. It’s the right thing to do.”

He really did. And it was clear to everyone that he was serious, since the politics of it were so bad.

And then he went on the be defeated for reelection.

Finish reading at links.

Hat tip: Charles B.

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Friday Free-For-All

 

For this Ramirez cartoon, and many others, see Townhall.

Getting right to it…

The Daily Caller: Obama to Congress: I’ll decide what’s constitutional:

Election season is here, and you might think President Obama would be going  out of his way to show voters that he can be trusted with the powers of the  presidency. But you would be wrong. Just a few days before Christmas, Obama  served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive  privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun  agenda.

Congress placed a provision in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2012  designed to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using any of its  $30.7 billion taxpayer funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” However, upon  signing the bill into law, President Obama issued a caveat of his own:

I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as  preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to  the Congress’s consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and  expedient.

In other words: “Congress may pass laws, but I decide which of its laws are  constitutional and which I can simply choose to ignore.”

Scared yet? You should be.

 El Rushbo, yesterday commented on the Cordray appt:

Obama said, “When Congress refuses to act — and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk — then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.” He got applause. “I have an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we elected to serve. Not with so much at stake, not at this make-or-break moment for middle class Americans. We’re not gonna let that happen.”l

Now, the Founding Fathers said this is exactly what’s supposed to happen! It’s called “the separation of powers,” and it’s to make sure that things like this do not happen, that an all-powerful executive does not run roughshod over the government. But President Obama has just said: Because the Congress won’t do what I want them to do I’m gonna do it myself. That is extraconstitutional! That is not the way this government was set up. It was not the idea of the Founders. That’s acting outside the Constitution, and there’s no question about it — and the Obama campaign is claiming he’s doing all these recess appointments and things like this “to help the economy.” Reuters again: “Hammering populist themes that show him to be a champion of the middle class, aides say the president will keep taking steps to show voters he’ll make moves on his own to help the economy if Congress refuses to act.”

If Congress “refuses to act,” it is his job to sit down and talk to ‘em and make ‘em act and get them to vote the way he wants. He does not have — unless they grant it to him (and they’re doing it, by the way) — the authority to run roughshod over them. But if they don’t stop him, he can do it. We can’t. Congress has to stand up for itself.

In case you missed this post, last night: BTW, The Senate Did Too Conduct Business During Pro-Forma Session

Steve McCann, The American Thinker: Obama: The Mask Is Off:

The  mask is fully off.  Barack Obama is the most corrupt, power-mad president  in this nation’s illustrious history.  By his actions in bypassing Congress  and making appointments that should be subject to Senate approval while the  Senate is still in session and innumerable extra-constitutional actions since he  became president, he is following in the footsteps of the despots who dominated  the 20th century.

In  late September of 2008, it became clear to me that Barack Obama would be elected  president.  Based on his background, education, motivation, and  indoctrination, I saw a man who could single-handedly destroy the country and  someone with no respect for the history, the Constitution, or the people of the  United States.  The specter of a megalomaniac who was a stranger to the  truth and would or say or do anything to achieve or retain power overcame  me.  In Barack Obama and his fellow travelers, I saw what I feared the most  since I came to this country: a person and a political mindset that would, if  allowed, spell the end of the noblest experiment in the history of  mankind. – (contine reading at link)

Amen, brother – my feelings exactly.. And what allows the abuse to continue, is the mindset that preceded previous fascist regimes: It can’t happen here. Well it can happen here. It is happening here. And Congress needs to act.

 IBD Editorials: Obama’s Recess Appointments: An Impeachable Offense?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recognizes this as a constitutional crisis in which Obama “arrogantly circumvented the American people” and “fundamentally endangers the Congress’ role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”

Obama claims he has “an obligation as president to do what I can without them,” referring to Congress.

But the Constitution, which Obama took an oath to preserve, protect and defend, says he can’t.

The “I” word — I for impeachment — might not yet be on Washingtonian lips, but it might be soon.

Stiffen your spines, sirs. Because if he’s willing to do this much, now, think how much worse it will be if he’s reelected.

…Speaking of banana republics – did you hear that the regime is now terrorizing seniors – “for practice”, Training excercise startles locals:

Training exercize for who? Us or them?

With their blue and white SUVs circled around the Main Street office, at least one official was posted on the door with a semiautomatic rifle, randomly checking identifications. And other officers, some with K-9s, sifted through the building.

“I thought someone was upset about not getting there check,” said Laura Kelly, who took a friend to the office on Tuesday.

According to one Homeland official in the Washington, D.C. office, Operation Shield. is an effort that uses routine, unannounced visits by FPS inspectors to test the effectiveness of contract guards, or protective security officers — “detecting the presence of unauthorized persons and potentially disruptive or dangerous activities.”

Part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FPS is the federal law enforcement agency that provides integrated security and law enforcement services to over 9,000 federally-owned and leased buildings, facilities, properties and other assets.

I hope they feel ready to confront a real-live terror situation now that they’ve patted down a bunch of docile seniors. Wow.

Meanwhile, the regime’s spectacular failures continue, apace, as reported by Ace: Chevy Recalls More Volts Than They Actually Sold:

They are recalling “around 8000″ Volts for minor “structural repairs,” because, as it turns out, part of the vehicle’s GreenSmart technology involves catching on fire and murdering you, which turns out to have been the hit it was planned to be.

They’ve sold 7,671 of the short-range vehicles/rolling immolation murder-carts, so they seem to be recalling more vehicles than actually sold.  I guess the rest of them are sitting in dealer lots, awaiting victims, like Christine, if Christine only had a range of 40 miles.

In other words, it’s just one more damn Obama triumph.

And From Triumph To Triumph: California Board Puts Kibosh On High-Speed Rail Boondoggle, As Economically Retarded:

No but actually the panel seems to think this is a boondoggle for some vague reasons.

The group, which exists by state law and was directed by the California State Legislature to conduct the report, concluded that “moving ahead on the [High-Speed Rail] project without credible sources of adequate funding, without a definitive business model, without a strategy to maximize the independent utility and value to the state, and without appropriate management resources, represents an immense financial risk on the part of the state of California.”

Weasel Zippers: Pelosi Blames “Failed Economic Policies Of George Bush” For The Obama Economy…

She’s such a good soldier.

So is Wasserman-Shultz (exposing her shark teeth while she spins wildly for the regime), and Brian Willams (trying to revive the Obamessiah narrative), and Joan Walsh, deploying the Obama campaign’s not-so secret weapon.

Check back later for more.

MUST READ:

This could be just the beginning. If President Barack Obama’s legally dodgy appointment of Richard Cordray to head the consumer finance agency should stick, it may open the door to more such actions. Here’s Jaret Seiberg of the Washington Research Group:

To us, the most important takeaway from a recess appointment of Cordray is that the President could use this same maneuver to put a housing advocate in charge of FHFA.

And why is that important? The Federal Housing Finance Agency is the regulator and conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And the FHFA currently has an acting director, Edward DeMarco. If Obama replaces him with a “housing advocate” via the same recess appointment process, here’s what might happen next, according to Seiberg:

That could lead to a mass refinancing program for agency-backed mortgages that would go well beyond the existing HARP program. That could hurt agency MBS pricing and result in higher financing costs going forward. Yet it also could be a big boost for the economy and housing going into the election.

Indeed, my sources tell me the Obama administration has been eager to implement just such a plan, but needs to have its own man heading the FHFA to make it happen. The plan would be modeled after one originally devised by Columbia University economists Glenn Hubbard (a campaign adviser to Mitt Romney and AEI visiting scholar) and Christopher Mayer. In recent congressional testimony, Mayer described how the mass refinancing plan would work:

UPDATE:

Two days after defying Republicans and appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama visited the new agency to take a little time to gloat.

Making a victory lap of sorts at the independent agency, Obama cracked a joke, telling employees that he came by to help their new director move in.

Isn’t he just awesome?
Charles Krauthammer, NRO: A Worthy Challenger:

For a front-runner who can’t seem to expand his base, he’s been fortunate that the opposition has been so split. But the luck stops here. Michele Bachmann is gone. Rick Perry will skip New Hampshire, then dead-man-walk through South Carolina. And then there is Newt.Gingrich is staying in. This should be good news for Romney. It’s not. In his Iowa non-concession speech, Gingrich was seething. He could not conceal his fury with Paul and Romney for burying him in negative ads. After singling out Santorum for praise, Gingrich launched into them both, most especially Romney.Gingrich speaks of aligning himself with Santorum against Romney.  For Newt’s campaign, this makes absolutely no strategic sense. Except that Gingrich is after vengeance, not victory. Ahab is loose in New Hampshire, stalking his great white Mitt.What a lineup. Santorum and Gingrich go after Romney. Paul, Romney’s unspoken ally, needs to fight off Santorum in order to emerge as both number-one challenger and Republican kingmaker —  leader of a movement demanding respect, attention, and concessions. And Jon Huntsman goes after everybody.Is this any way to pick a president? Absolutely. It works. It winnows. And it has produced, after just one contest, an admirably worthy conservative alternative to Romney.

He used the Ahab line on Special Report, that other night – cracked me up.

Keith Koffler: One Politician of Principle

Pennsylvania is teaming with retirees, ranking behind only Florida and West Virginia in the percentage of people over 65, and Santorum’s stand in favor of the accounts was the gift to Democrats that kept on giving.

As the point man for my publication on Bush’s Social Security drive, I was on Capitol Hill one day to cover a press conference by a group of Republican senators touting some aspect of the plan.

Not only was Santorum supporting Bush, but he was actually trying to promote the plan by putting himself before the cameras. Normally in Washington, even when someone takes a politically difficult position, they kind of sneak on to the floor to cast their vote – preferably wearing a full body burqa – and then scurry back to their office and hide under the desk.

Santorum was duly asked by one reporter why he was committing political suicide. Actually, it was more polite, like, “Isn’t this going to hurt your reelection prospects?”

I expected some kind of nonsense claiming that everything was perfectly normal aboard the Titanic and that iceberg ahead was a welcome diversion to be marveled at and embraced.

Instead, he was kind of sheepish, looking down, smiling a bit. He said something like “I really can’t worry about the politics of this. It’s the right thing to do.”

He really did. And it was clear to everyone that he was serious, since the politics of it were so bad.

And then he went on the be defeated for reelection.

BobMcCarty: Judge Denies Barack Obama’s Motion to Dismiss, Allows Eligibility Challenge to Proceed in Georgia, is a guest piece written by Paul R. Hollrah that might prompt some to label me a “birther.”  Oh well.  It’s still worth reading and makes sense.

ThreeDaysInAugust.com:

Books About American Snipers Tell Vastly Different Stories is a piece in which I compare and contrast two people — former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most-lethal sniper in U.S. military history, and former Green Beret Kelly A. Stewart, the former sniper instructor whose fighting for a new trial to clear his name.

BTW, The Senate Did Too Conduct Business During Pro-Forma Session

http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/natebeeler

Dan Pfeiffer: January 4, 2012:

 The Senate has effectively been in recess for weeks, and is expected to remain in recess for weeks.  In an overt attempt to prevent the President from exercising his authority during this period, Republican Senators insisted on using a gimmick called “pro forma” sessions, which are sessions during which no Senate business is conducted and instead one or two Senators simply gavel in and out of session in a matter of seconds.

Jay Carney, Jan 5, 2012:

I defy you to find anything like a quarum – anything like even enough people to fill this room,   You might find them in very warm places, or snowy places having fundraisers.

No Senate business, eh? They all flew off  to “warm places having fundraisers”… (sound like anyone we know?)

Hans Von Spakovsky for PJ Tatler, reports:

…a simple review of the Congressional Record (“CR”) shows that claim to be categorically false.

Most senators left D.C. on Dec. 17 after scheduling pro forma sessions for December and January.  The CR for Dec. 17 shows that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) received unanimous consent to schedule Dec. 23 as a pro forma session.

The CR for Dec. 23 shows that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid specifically asked for unanimous consent for H.R. 3765 so “that if the House passes and sends to the Senate a bill which is identical to the text extension of the reduced payroll tax, unemployment insurance, TANF, and the Medicare payment fix, the bill be considered read three times and passed.”

In that pro forma session, Reid received unanimous consent and the two-month extension of the payroll tax break that had caused such a political commotion in Washington was considered read and passed in the Senate after the House acted. That’s not a “gimmick.” That’s legislating.

That same CR for the Dec. 23 pro forma session records a series of other business actions taken by the Senate.  The President pro tempore signed several enrolled bills.  Other senators were designated as members of a conference committee to negotiate with the House over disagreements to H.R. 3630.   The minority leader even made appointments  to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. § 7002.

Contrary to White House assertions, the Senate unquestionably conducted actual business during at least one of its supposedly pro forma sessions.  This simple fact makes President Obama’s actions even more indefensible.

Rest here.

Hat tip: Charles B.

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