The Cheat Sheet, October 5: Perry's Texas-sized Money Haul

The Wall Street Journal informs, NJ Gov Chris Christie’s overly grand exit (despite never having actually been “in” anything save some YouTube clips), has shifted focus to Mitt Romney.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to sit out the presidential race removes one of the last big unknowns from the 2012 Republican nomination fight and opens the path for Mitt Romney, the GOP front-runner for most of the year.

Well, at least we know what their focus is, anyway. Team Romney claims to have picked up approximately 20 new funders from a group of about 300 they contacted. Perhaps the remaining 280 are focused elsewhere?

Herman Cain has moved into a tie with Mitt Romney atop the field of Republican presidential candidates, according to a new CBS News poll, while Rick Perry has fallen 11 percentage points in just two weeks.

Meanwhile, word comes that a law firm affiliated with Sarah Palin has been making inquiries as to state filing deadlines. As with most things, focus is relative, perhaps?

Rick Perry is raising money faster than a Texas wildfire. The campaign reports raising $17 million in just 49 days. More importantly, as Politico points out, he has $15 million cash-on-hand, which means he’s running a very fiscally conservative campaign.

Rick Perry isn’t the first GOP nominee to be viewed as “soft” on immigration. Just few cycles ago, another GOP candidate ran for the nomination and spelled out in a debate that he opposed a border fence with Mexico and supporting free public schools for the children of illegal immigrants. That candidate, Ronald Reagan, was surely never heard from again.

Senate Democrats last night blocked a vote on Obama’s jobs bill. You know, the one Obama said weeks ago that Congress had to pass immediately. Seems the Dems aren’t so keen on Obama’s plan and are rewriting large parts of it.

Yesterday acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Democrat, narrowly won a special election for Governor of West Virginia. He defeated the GOP candidate, 49% to 47%. Tomblin had once enjoyed a 30 point lead in the race. Expect a rematch next year.

In other news, a college dean, Daniel Polsby, is receiving high praise for recent actions from both FIRE and voices on the Right. It’s always nice to know the proverbial Tree of Liberty still stands, even if it and ourselves require reminding and refreshing, from time to time.

As reported on the website of FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a controversy took place recently at the George Mason University School of Law. First the Federalist Society and the Jewish Law Students Association invited activist Nonie Darwish to the campus to lecture. Then CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, protested, demanding that, because of statements Darwish had made about Islam, she be disinvited.

Yes, I know. So far the tale sounds drearily predictable–but next comes a twist. Instead of capitulating to CAIR’s demand, the dean of the law school, Daniel Polsby, last week sent a statement to students and faculty. You’d have to search long and hard to find another figure in American academia who has issued such a compelling defense of freedom of speech.

Greece is facing a 24 hour general strike in response to the country’s austerity measures. It’s hard to fathom how that gets them back on track any time soon, given that they’re, um, broke. Oh well, what’s a little austerity when one can still afford to take a day off work every now and then?

BigPeace’s Worldview, October 5: EU/Greece Financial crisis coming to a head

Planned job cuts are at their highest level in 2 years. Except Friday’s jobs report to show another month of zero or near-zero job growth.

DOOM: This is a mean old world, try and live it by yourself

Tougher environmental regulations are about to cause a huge spike in electricity bills. Just what the economy needs!

The House Progressive caucus has gotten behind the Occupy Wall Street movement. That, despite problems it’s causing on main street. Just a thought, if main street concentrated on making the House Progressive Caucus go away come next November, perhaps the whole issue might eventually be resolved?

Mother Jones admits what is already plain to everyone; the Occupy Wall Street movement is powered by Big Labor.

House Republicans are calling for a Special Counsel to investigate Holder on issues relating to the “Fast and Furious” issue. And a CBS reporter claims the White House “screamed” and “swore” at her over her coverage of the growing scandal.

Buckle up, it’s going to be a long year. By the way, in stark contrast to the above bit of news, if you’re in Chicago, perhaps that should be “strap on?” Violent crime rates are actually plummeting subsequent to the removal of a hand guns ban. Imagine that?

Sour Milk: A judge in Wisconsin has ruled that there is no fundamental right to own a cow or drink its milk.

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