For those who thought that by the South Carolina primary we'd know who the GOP nominee would be is mistaken. We know who has thrown in the towel but the race now appears to have more legs, maybe even making the Texas primary relevant!
It remains to be seen who the nominee will be and TCR does not rule out a dark horse.
If A Tree Falls In The Forest,
Does Anyone Hear It?
Only if they are present. Kind of like the Empower Texans U.S. Senate Debate. It was not televised or on the radio, but was available via video streaming courtesy of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. All the GOP candidates showed, no major mistakes, everyone performed as expected, and nothing has changed in the race, maybe because it is so early with an April, May or June primary.
Obama Campaign Top Strategist Defends Jeremiah Wright!
So the Obama campaign is now not ashamed of Rev. Wright after President Obama repudiated his racist, anti-Semitic and anti-American rants in 2008? David Axelrod, Chief Political Strategist, said recently that essentially it was much ado about nothing.
TCR Comment: Not really, unless the truth is Barack Obama decides that attending Rev. Wright's church was done because he agrees with him.
There Is No Such Thing Currently Of
Land-For-Peace In Middle East
With the West pushing Israel and the Palestinians back to the conference table, the question here is, why? In a recent column in the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick detailed "The Land-for-Peace Hoax."
Among the highlights:
"The land-for-peace formula will be exposed as a two-fold fiction. First, it is based on the false proposition that the peace process is a two-way street. Israel gives land, the Arabs give peace. But the inevitable death of the Egyptian-Israeli peace accord under an Egyptian jihadist regime makes clear that the land-for-peace formula is a one-way street. Israeli land giveaways are permanent. Arab commitments to peace can be revoked at any time."
"Then there are the supposedly iron-clad US and European security guarantees that accompany signed treaties. All the American and European promises to Israel - that they will stand by the Jewish state when it takes risks for peace - will be exposed as worthless lies. As we are already seeing today, no one will stand up for Israel's rights. No one will insist that the Egyptians honor their bargain.
"It is important to keep this sorry state of affairs in mind when we assess the prospects for a land-for-peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
"There are several reasons that these talks are doomed to failure. The most important reason they will fail is that even if they lead to an agreement, no agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is sustainable.
"Abbas today represents no one. His term of office ended three years ago. Hamas won the last Palestinian elections in 2006.
"And Hamas's leaders - make no bones about their intention to destroy Israel. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh proclaimed, 'We say today explicitly so it cannot be explained otherwise, that the armed resistance and the armed struggle are the path and the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, and for the expulsion of the invaders and usurpers [Israel] … We won't relinquish one inch of the land of Palestine.'
"This leads us to the question of what the diplomatic forces from the US, the EU, and the UN who have worked so hard to get the present negotiations started are really after. What are they trying to achieve by pressuring Israel to negotiate a deal that they know will not be respected by the Palestinians?
"In the case of some of the parties involved it is fairly obvious that they want to weaken Israel. Take the UN for example. In 2005, Israel withdrew all of its military forces and civilians from Gaza. Rather than reward Israel for giving up land with peace, the Palestinians transformed Gaza into a launching pad for missile attacks against Israel.
"Since the inauguration of the land-for-peace process between Israel and the PLO 19 years ago, Israeli land giveaways have consistently been met with increased Palestinian terrorism.
A Pro-Growth Agenda For The GOP
"The time has come for Israel to admit the truth. Land-for-peace is a confidence game and we are the mark."
Economic statistics in the last few months show the economy may be having an anemic recovery.
The GOP message needs to be aggressive. The Obama economic recovery is at around 2.5%, which doesn't cut it.
Economist Larry Kudlow suggests we seek a 5% growth target, and emphasize in our platform a fundamental tax simplification and eliminate special tax breaks, corporate welfare, regulatory reform, open up the energy area by removing obstructive regulations, and eliminate Obama Care.
In simple words, we need to get government out of the way, make the case for limited government and lower the deficit significantly.
And while we are at it, tell the voters what the future holds under a reelected Barack Obama, which is higher and more complex taxes and increased regulations on job-creating businesses.
The Kudlow message, "We can do this better" with a plan for higher growth and significantly lower unemployment that will benefit all Americans.
Who Gets On Courts Matters,
Texas Redistricting Case Proves It
Thank goodness the US Supreme Court leans conservative. The GOP in Texas, it appears, will survive the efforts of the San Antonio 3 judge panel (note: 2 are supposed to be conservative). It now appears the changes will be minor at best. As for when we will vote, it will be sometime in April.
As for that San Antonio panel, it proves that who gets appointed to federal courts matters and that party affiliation alone doesn't tell us if those picked will be conservative jurists. Clearly we made some mistakes here.
TCR on the Air
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01/27/12: "Who's in the Race?" with Republican and Democratic County Chairs, Jared Woodfill and Lane Lewis.
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About Your Editor
Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his fourteenth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last eleven years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 8 years, Gary has published election guides for the GOP primary, general elections and city elections, all with the purpose of assisting conservative candidates. Gary is also in his ninth year of co-hosting Red, White and Blue on PBS Houston. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.