Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May 30th, 2012 Edition

Tea partier Ted Cruz forces David Dewhurst into Texas Senate runoff
by Rachel Rose Hartman

May 30, 2012

Tea party candidate Ted Cruz achieved his goal Tuesday and forced establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into a runoff in the Texas U.S. Senate race.

Cruz, a Cuban-American lawyer who served as state solicitor general, along with seven additional Republicans competing in the Senate primary, held Dewhurst to 45 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting. That meant Dewhurst was shy of the majority required to avoid a July 31 runoff. Cruz placed second with 34 percent to secure his runoff spot.

The showing by Cruz, who was endorsed by the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks, Sarah Palin and others connected to the tea party, marks the latest in a string of U.S. Senate victories for the movement. First, tea party challenger Dan Liljenquist forced Sen. Orrin Hatch to a primary in Utah, then Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana, and most recently, state Sen. Deb Fischer won her party's nomination in Nebraska.

Cruz and his supporters argued Dewhurst was too moderate and had lied in recent days by claiming Cruz backs amnesty for illegal immigrants.

"Dewhurst failed to get a majority because he failed to fight for conservative principles. His false attacks backfired," Sen. Jim DeMint, a Cruz supporter, tweeted Tuesday night.

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Wisconsin Watch: Rally For Rebecca: Big Labor needs a scalp.
by John Hayward
May 29, 2012

The big story in Wisconsin is the recall effort against Republican Governor Scott Walker, but that’s not going too well for the union bosses. Most polls suggest Walker is in good shape to win on June 5.

Less widely reported is the campaign against Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Now that Walker appears solid, the union guns are turning full-bore against Kleefisch. She’s looking at a hundred thousand dollar media carpet bombing from Big Labor in the week leading up to the recall election. The unions need a scalp, and they can console themselves by wounding Walker, even if they can’t take him out. As the Lieutenant Governor herself put it in her fundraising appeal, “A loss here would mean the Governor looking over shoulder every day, and a chilling effect on every conservative young mom we say should run for office.”

Democrats love to prattle about a “War on Women,” but when they declare war on a woman, there are few rules of engagement. Left-wing radio host John Sylvester felt free to insult Kleefisch on the air by imitating her voice and saying, “I’m Rebecca Kleefisch. I perform fellatio on all the talk show hosts in Milwaukee. And they endorse me and that’s how I became lieutenant governor. And then I got colon cancer and I ran around the state to help people. Even though I have government health care, screw everyone else.” 

He was mocking her appeals to disgruntled businessmen in the liberal hell known as Illinois to relocate their operations to Wisconsin. Kleefisch is famed for making such appeals personally with “cold calls.” Wisconsin voters are expected to take leave of their senses and get rid of a woman who puts that kind of effort into bringing jobs to their state, replacing her with a hand-picked union candidate.

Gary Johnson hits 9% in poll, projects to 45%
by Mark Wachtler

May 25, 2012.
Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson
Phoenix - Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is used to little or no media attention. He experienced that phenomenon when he dropped his bid for the Republican nomination and switched over to the Libertarians. What Johnson isn’t used to is having his name included on Presidential polls. With the former New Mexico Governor’s nomination by the nation’s largest opposition party, that’s changing. And he’s already climbed 2 points to register at 9 percent.

As Presidential candidate Gary Johnson puts it, ‘Nine years ago this week, I was working my way up to the highest point on the planet – the summit of Mt. Everest.’ The former Governor achieved that goal back then, even while suffering from minor frostbite and a recently broken leg. Now, as Johnson puts it, he is on an even greater climb – ‘to restore Liberty as the bedrock governing principal of this great nation’.

It appears the former Governor’s message is slowly catching on. It also appears there is a large portion of the electorate who are not happy with the choice of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. One poll released two days ago shows that voters who have either never heard of Gary Johnson, or the small amount that have a negative impression of him, would still vote for the former New Mexico Governor over President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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