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Rick Santorum for President in 2016? HUH!

Feb 6, 2013 10:16 PM PT

Rick Santorum tells Greta Van Susteren he's talking about running in 2016. Given his poor showing in the 2012 primaries, does anyone think he's a viable candidate? Social conservatives did not even vote for him in sufficient numbers. Staying in the race doesn't mean you have a chance. Just means you're still running. 

John Brennan Has Some 'Splainin' To Do

Feb 6, 2013 8:34 PM PT

Obama's counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, will be appearing before the Senate, Thursday, for his confirmation hearing as the next CIA director.

AEI's Marc Thiessen has provided a list of the top ten national security leaks  Brennan needs to explain to the Senate. The curious timing of most of these disclosures is something the Senators should be focusing on, Thiessen noted:

With the exception of the bin Laden leaks (which began in May 2011) and the exposure of the Israeli basing agreement with Azerbaijan (March 2012), every one of these leaks occurred over a three-month period between May and August of 2012. Six of the most egregious ones took place in just a 25-day period in May/June 2012. All came in the midst of President Obama’s re-election campaign, when he was aggressively making the case for his national security leadership in the war on terror.

Coincidence? Not likely. Brennan should be asked explain this strange confluence of events. He should be asked whether he has been questioned in the investigations into any of these leaks. He should be asked to provide the intelligence committee with a list of everyone who was “in the room” when the presidential briefing on Stuxnet, which was quoted by the Times, took place. He should be asked who else has been questioned, and whether any senior Obama aides have been told they are the targets of an investigation. He should be asked why so many of these leaks took place in a brief period in the midst of a presidential campaign.

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In Defense of Identity Politics

Feb 6, 2013 5:07 PM PT

Identity politics, as practiced by Democrats, is dehumanizing and  horrible.  They reduce people to one or two characteristics and then tell those groups that Republicans hate them, want them held back in life and that Democrats are their only ally in Washington .  And it works spectacularly.

Whether it's women, lower-income families, Hispanics, gays, blacks or young people, the Democrats have been successful in convincing them that Republicans only care about the group they are not.  Republicans (or conservatives, whichever you identify with in elections) must realize that simply having the better message doesn't matter if huge voting blocks have heard for years that your values and message don't apply to them.  I know "identity politics" has become a dirty phrase on the right, but it's time to do damage control.  Just insisting that we're not racist or sexist or homophobic and hoping people get the message isn't working.

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Rubio Delivering GOP Smack Down of POTUS' Speech

Feb 6, 2013 1:46 PM PT
The Republican leadership in the Congress has just tapped Senator Marco Rubio to  deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next Monday, February 12. The GOP establishment has finally  smartened up in continuing the Rubio media onslaught that we have been witness to over the past couple of weeks, with all the talk about immigration reform. Democrats fear Rubio because his message resonates with all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation.

Is Rubio the right choice to deliver the GOP's response? Have they finally realized that this dude is the future of the party, and are welcoming him in with establishment arms?

SPLC Website Provided Shooter with His Targets

Feb 6, 2013 1:09 PM PT

According to a story at the Examiner, attempted mass shooter Floyd Lee Corkins told the FBI he picked his targets off the Souther Poverty Law Center website:

He told the FBI that he wanted to kill anti-gay targets and went to the law center's website for ideas. At a court hearing where his comments to the FBI were revealed, he said that he intended to "kill as many as possible and smear the Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in victims' faces, and kill the guard."

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Chicago Tribune: Why Couldn't Hagel Admit the Surge Worked?

Feb 6, 2013 12:38 PM PT

If you caught some of Hagel's performance last week you know it was awful. The Chicago Tribune says it was so awful that Hagel should be rejected. But one paragraph in their editorial caught my attention:

Sen. John McCain grilled Hagel about his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in Iraq ordered by President George W. Bush. Hagel refused to say whether he had been right or wrong. He said he'd await the "judgment of history." If he had spoken with candor, he would have acknowledged that the surge helped win that war and hasten the safe departure of U.S. troops. Why the reluctance to say so?

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