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1. Republicans retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

2. Voters in Alabama, Montana, and Wyoming all passed measures limiting Obamacare.

3. Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, one of the conservative movement’s brightest rising stars, overcame establishment GOP opposition to clinch a U.S. Senate victory in Texas.

4. Corruptocrat Beltway barnacle Rep. Pete Stark was finally kicked out of office in California.

5. Despite entrenched teachers’ union opposition, a charter school initiative in Washington state triumphed.

6. Despite entrenched Big Labor support, a radical collective bargaining power grab in Michigan failed.

7. Oklahoma voters said no to government race-based preferences in college admissions, public contracting, and government hiring.

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This one got to me….very powerful.

 

via The Ulsterman Report

A remarkable  story from a longtime D.C. political operative of just how personally moved Mitt Romney was following a campaign stop in Red Rocks Colorado where over 10,000 enthusiastic supporters greeted the man they hope will be the next President of the United States.

Got this feedback earlier today and thought you’d like to hear it.  You know, I’ve gone from just trying to defeat Obama to really trying to help Governor Romney be this country’s next president.  I’m really starting to believe there might be something very special about this man.  This took place out in Colorado.  Just a couple days ago.  Probably my favorite campaign trail story that’s come back my way so far this election.  Wish I had been there.  I’m going to try and get a little poetic on you here.  Hope I pull it off OK and do this story justice.  Feel free to help me out a bit in the telling.  I would be embarrassed for people to know just how bad my spelling really is.  And sadly, that’s not a joke.  -INSIDER

As the governor was en route to the amphitheatre they were told the crowd was showing “strong numbers”.  What greeted him was a lot more than just “strong numbers” though.  It was a massive wave of thousands and thousands of supporters.  Before going on the governor apparently peeked out a few times and was shaking his head in disbelief at just how many people were there to see him.  He was told by organizers up to a thousand more were turned away because there simply wasn’t any room left.  People said you could feel the size of the crowd under your feet backstage.  Somebody had passed out a ton of “thundersticks” and the people were banging them together and making this amazing rumbling noise.  There were some real veteran campaigners backstage and I’m told they were all blown away by this crowd in Colorado.  It really was like some big time rock show.  Just a huge response for the governor.

So Governor Romney goes onstage and gives his speech.  The crowd just totally embraces him.  From beginning to end.  Every word.  They are fired up. Loud.  Positive.  Cheering.  Just an amazing moment for the campaign.  Everybody backstage were all smiles and peeking out at all those people and shaking their heads.  This is the kind of moment in a campaign you never forget.  Ever.   Nobody who hasn’t experienced it can really understand this feeling.  You’re looking at a candidate being transformed right in front of your eyes into the next Leader of the Free World.  They go from being human into something just a bit more. It’s all those people.  That energy.  It kind of fills the candidate up and makes them bigger than life.  And you are watching it happen in real time.  Right then. 

The governor returns backstage and he is smiling and shaking hands, taking congratulations from everybody around him.  He’s saying how great it was.  Somebody yells out he’s going to win Colorado and the governor laughs and says he thinks so too.  And then something very interesting happens.  He moves away from the group of people just a bit.  Maybe ten or fifteen feet or so.  Just enough to have a little space to himself.  And enough people notice that the area gets a lot more quiet, and they are trying to watch the governor without looking like they are watching the governor.  They can all kind of tell something is happening right then.  It was described as something very peaceful and powerful that came over that backstage area for a moment.  And the governor, he lowers his head and his eyes shut tight and you could see him take a slow deep breath and then he lets it out and says quietly, but just loud enough for some to hear, “Lord, if this is your will, please help to make me worthy.  Please give me the strength Lord.”  And then his eyes open up, and he’s back to smiling and laughing and shaking hands and being the candidate once again.

I’m 100% convinced Mitt Romney was shaken to his soul right then and there.  I think at that moment it was sinking in he might really be the next American president, and it humbled him right to his core, in every nerve of his body.  And as he was saying that little prayer, you could hear the sound of thunder from all those thundersticks outside. Like this huge low rumble that just surrounded all of them at once.  A quiet little prayer, and the sound of thunder.

The sound of God.

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I regularly have conversations with Democrats who cannot successfully defend the president’s record.  In fact, they don’t even try.  It’s either an attack on Romney, usually without basis in fact, or it’s some lame excuse about Obama’s social record, if they even make that much of an effort.

I have these conversations quite frequently with one particular co-worker.  We had a very intense debate recently, which I later realized epitomizes the logic of the typical Obama voter.  I asked why he supported Obama over Romney.  His first effort was to trash Romney, for everything from not paying enough taxes to killing jobs while at Bain Capital.  I successfully debunked every charge he made against Romney, and once he ran out of ideas, he said that none of it mattered anyway, because he supported Obama’s social policies, and that was it.

So, I’m curious….is that really enough of a reason to support this president?

We’ve talked about Obama’s group of friends and associates until we’re blue in the face.  Controversial figures like Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis and Reverend Wright have come up for the past 4 years, but it doesn’t seem to have any affect.  We’ve talked about Obama’s relationships with, or defense of, radical groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and the New Black Panther Party, yet supporters just don’t seem to care.   I was always taught that the people we hang around with says a lot about the person we are.  Does that not apply anymore?  Does character even matter?

We’ve pointed out Obama’s socialist/Marxist/communist philosophies.  We’ve pointed out his messages of class warfare, division and wealth distribution.  We’ve pointed out his extreme views on abortion.  It’s not enough.

What about the economy?  Growth has been virtually stagnant through Obama’s entire term.  Growth was slower this month than last month, and slower last month than the previous month.  Unemployment is still around 8%, with real unemployment closer to 15%.  Millions of Americans are underemployed.  Houses are still under water.  Gas and food prices are still up.   We’ve reached $16 trillion of debt.  Businesses are afraid to expand.  The future is uncertain.  Yet, millions of Americans still support this president.

What about health care?  Insurance rates are going up – in my case, by 50%, in other cases, by 75% or 100%.  Some companies are dropping coverage altogether.  The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable.  Doctors are getting out of medicine.  Reimbursement rates are dropping.  The health care law is costing us over $1 trillion at this point, a number which grows consistently.  Yet, Obama’s support in this election is still around 45-47%.

So here is my question to Obama voters:  What will make you sit up and take notice?

It is $20 trillion in debt?  $30 trillion in debt?  What’s the number?

Is it 18% unemployment?  25%?

Is it $5/gallon for gas?  $10?

Is it 1 in 5 Americans on food stamps?  One in 3?  Food stamps for all?

Is it a completely decimated U.S. military?

Or are you completely satisfied with this president, economy and national defense be damned, just because he supports gay marriage and free birth control?

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Once again, Obama has flipped Congress the bird and is implementing the DREAM Act without them.  He’s already been doing this behind the scenes, but now it’s official.  He will not be denied.  Is  Congress going to sit by and continue to let this happen?  The more they sit on the sidelines while he just rolls over them and stomps all over the Constitution, the more it emboldens him.  If Obama gets another four years, the Congress will be completely obsolete….and so will we.

 

(CNN) – In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration announced Friday it will stop deporting young people who came to the United States as children of illegal immigrants if they meet certain requirements.

A release from the Department of Homeland Security is after the jump.

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

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Written by Tom Tancredo

 

His approval rating is in the toilet. His re-election numbers are abysmal for an incumbent president at this point in his term. He has stated that he is giving up on white, working-class Americans. The economy, regardless of how he tries to talk it up, is lethargic at best. His “foreign policy” consists of repeating the line “(fill in name of country) is one of our best allies and punches above its weight.” Independents are deserting him in droves.

Obamacare is still unpopular, and his numbers will fall even further after it is declared unconstitutional. Of course, the Obama attack machine (campaign and left-wing media) will immediately go to town after the Supreme Court announces its decision and try to whip up the base with frightening rants about the end of Roe v. Wade being just one vote away. Even if this ploy works, independents will not be pulled over to his side in big enough numbers to stop the slide. The Catholic Church has taken off the gloves over BO’s attempt to force them to provide insurance that includes coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. They are attacking him from the pulpit and with a television commercial that is as hard-hitting as anything produced by James Carville.

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President Obama is full swing into campaign mode….not that he ever left…and the contributions have been coming in fast and furious.  Oops…did I just say Fast and Furious?  Freudian slip?  But I digress…

Obama’s most recent fundraiser was at the private home of filmmaker Spike Lee, with invites going for $35,800 per plate.  During both of Obama’s campaigns, we have heard a lot about his massive contributions from various bundlers, fundraisers who bring in anywhere from $50,000 to $500,000 from multiple contributors, and we are all aware of the claims of crony capitalism associated with the current administration.

Now, the Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan group, has come out with some interesting facts regarding this very subject.  According to their studies, 68 out of the 350 bundlers, or their spouses, have received appointments within the White House administration.  In addition, 250 of those same 350 bundlers have been invited to various White House events, some to multiple events, and others who visit on a regular basis.  That’s a pretty staggering number.  There are also reports that 30 of the 2012 bundlers have ties to companies that either already work with federal agencies or hope to do so.  Read the full story here

So, is this the appropriate behavior from a president who promised to do away with the special interests in Washington?  Who promised to change the politics in Washington?  Who promised hope and change and a unified America?  I think not.  But it’s par for the course with this current president.  Wasn’t he the one who talked about rewarding friends and punishing enemies?  He clearly rewards his friends, such as the unions, who give approximately 90% of their political contributions to Democrats.  A large percentage of the waivers from Obamacare have been given to unionized companies and other administration allies.  He clearly punishes his enemies, like Right to Work states, such as South Carolina, with the Boeing contract, and Tennessee, with Gibson Guitars.  His Justice Department also goes after states like Arizona and Alabama, for trying to enforce illegal immigration laws, laws that were written by these states, because the federal government is not getting the job done.  These examples are just a drop in the bucket.  This is consistent behavior by the current administration, the man who claims to have the most transparent administration in history.

Where is the public outrage?  Where is the media?  Ah yes, they’re too busy protecting the president, smearing the tea party, and speaking to ex-wives of Republican presidential candidates.

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The media has been ripping Cain apart, since his sudden rise in the polls just a few short weeks ago.  One of the many criticisms of Cain, by both Republican and Democratic strategists, is that he may not be a serious candidate for president, because he’s not spending enough time in Iowa like most other candidates.  Well, as it turns out, maybe he doesn’t have to.  Here’s the latest Newsmax story on Cain’s rising numbers in the Hawkeye State:

Herman Cain has surged into an eight-point lead over his nearest Republican rival in first-in-the-nation Iowa, an exclusive Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll released on Monday shows.

The former pizza magnate is supported by 26 percent of voters who say they will vote for him in the Hawkeye State GOP caucus, compared to 18 percent who opt for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The surprising numbers come just two months after the popular Ames Iowa Straw Poll where Cain ranked fifth among the top-tier candidates, taking 1,456 votes to winner Michele Bachmann’s 4,823 votes.

Cain also is running second behind Romney in New Hampshire, according to a separate Newsmax poll in that state.

Combined, the two polls confirm that with the clock ticking on the primary season, Cain is now the clear favorite among conservatives who are determined to defeat Romney for the nomination.

 

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