Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 6th, 2012 Edition

Author Jonah Goldberg: Liberals Lie About Ideological Perspective
By Henry J. Reske and John Bachman

Published Saturday, May 5, 2012, 09:44 PM

Liberals from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama have been lying about their ideological agenda for generations and it’s all “a big con,” author and editor Jonah Goldberg tells Newsmax.TV.

Goldberg explores this idea in his new book, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.” He said that for most of the 20th century liberals, “certainly from Woodrow Wilson and FDR to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, have insisted that they’re not ideological; that they don’t have some grand agenda; that they just care about what works; they’re pragmatists and empiricists; and they don’t care about all these ideological things and it’s just a bunch of nonsense.

“Of course they have an ideological perspective. There’s nothing wrong with having an ideological perspective. They just simply lie about it.”

The founding editor of The National Review online and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute said that despite assurances in his inaugural address, President Barack Obama does care about ideology.
“His administration was built from the beginning about a transformational, liberal agenda and the lie is simply that he doesn’t have the agenda,” he said. “He campaigned on green energy and his education program and on socialized medicine, and then we have a huge financial crisis and what a huge coincidence, it turns out that socialized medicine, green energy and all the rest are exactly those things we need to fix the economy. It’s just nonsense.

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The Power of the Incumbency
by Jules Witcover
Published May 6, 2012

As Mitt Romney continues his quest for the silver bullet that will wipe out all the deep reservations about his qualifications to be president, the man who still owns the job is demonstrating every day why incumbency gives him a major advantage in striving to keep it.

Last week, all other news was smothered by the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, capped by President Obama's secret and dramatic flight to Afghanistan. The American television networks accommodatingly aired his live press conference from Bagram Air Force Base, with U.S. troops providing the ideal backdrop.

His report on the American mission, claiming near-annihilation of the al-Qaida terrorist network in the country and plans for the ultimate withdrawal of U.S. forces, accentuated the positive and played down the negative. Obama made the best of a cloudy picture while justifying continued American involvement beyond the pure military role.

In doing so, he artfully addressed both the overwhelming desire at home for the return of the U.S. troops and the growing skepticism of any continuing American engagement that looks like the nation-building he has vowed to avoid.

Obama's trip complicated Romney's efforts to characterize him as an ineffective and even a failed leader the realm of foreign policy. Heretofore, that has been a ready target for any Republican opponent, going back at least to Jimmy Carter's fateful 1980 mission to rescue American hostages in Iran

Romney Aims for Campaign Balance
by Steve Peoples
Published May 6, 2012

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney will need independent voters in November, but he isn’t abandoning his “severely conservative” record.

The likely Republican presidential nominee has embarked on an aggressive campaign against President Barack Obama that straddles two sometimes-conflicting political ideologies.

On some days, the former Massachusetts governor is a social conservative and social moderate, a right-wing conspiracy theorist and promoter of political compromise. With the primaries over, it’s an evolving balancing act that, so far, is leaning decidedly right.

Romney spoke out Friday against China’s “one-child policy,” in an apparent nod to social conservatives. But later in the same Fox News interview, he defended his decision to hire an openly gay staffer who just quit under pressure from social conservatives.

Romney said he hires people “not based upon their ethnicity, or their sexual preference or their gender but upon their capability.” He said the ex-aide, Richard Grenell, who was to become foreign policy spokesman, was a “capable individual” and that many senior campaign advisers had urged him not to leave. But Grenell’s departure pleased some on the religious right.

Former GOP Presidential Contender Gary Johnson wins Libertarian Nomination
By Associated Press
Published: May 5, 2012

LAS VEGAS — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is campaigning to win the White House as a Libertarian after receiving scant attention in the Republican presidential race.

Johnson easily became the party’s presidential nominee at the Libertarian national convention in Las Vegas on Saturday. He hopes to appeal to voters fed up with the traditional two-party system this November.

Johnson was a longshot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination when he announced in December that he would instead pursue the Libertarian ticket.

He won 74 percent of the vote on the first ballot in Las Vegas, an unusual showing of support. In 2008, Libertarian delegates needed six rounds of voting to pick a presidential nominee.

Johnson supports legalized marijuana, low taxes and immigration reform. He was elected New Mexico’s governor in 1994.

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