What Obamacare is REALLY about: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

The Supreme Court oral arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which, in a dramatic reversal, even Obama now calls “Obamacare,” shined a spotlight on the battle hat will be joined in November, a battle for the soul of this nation; that is, are we a country that guarantees opportunity, but not results, for all?

The Obama campaign has been planning for at least a year to run against a caricature straight out of a Gilded Age cartoon, and now with Mitt Romney on the verge of clinching the nomination, they and their Lame Stream Media allies are ramping up the class envy rhetoric, hoping to stoke the voting enthusiasm of their most loyal constituency, the Takers, who believe they are entitled to some of what the Makers have produced. In large measure, that’s what the health care debate is about, a “remade” America in which the fruits of one person’s labor are taken through the coercive force of the federal government and given to another. Isn’t is a measure of how far we’ve come from the Founders’ vision that there could be even the slightest belief that this statute could pass constitutional muster? And what of the failure of Justice Kagan, who was the Solicitor General at the time the law was passed, to recuse herself from the case? We’ll ask our guest, Van Irion of the Liberty Legal Foundation, these questions, and also get his take on what the Court will decide.

Sen. Marco Rubio came out last week and endorsed Mitt Romney, albeit in a rather tepid, almost resigned “Oh, all right, I guess it’s going to be him” statement. Is he correct that a brokered convention helps only one guy, Barack Obama? Why won’t Santorum acknowledge, as Newt Gingrich did earlier this week, that Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the nominee? Is he right? Is Marco Rubio the perfect running mate for Mitt, and is he even eligible to run?

Join us Sunday for the rest of the story.

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Why I Voted for Newt in Today’s Illinois Primary

Yesterday at Bradley University, a Mitt Romney showed up that we don’t see often enough. As you can see in today’s “Post of the Day,” this guy was not the one who genially refers to Barack Obama as a “nice guy” who is “in over his head.” When a heckler started sarcastically suggesting that if Mitt is really all about “freedom,” he’d give her free birth control, this Mitt was ready to open a can of whup ass on not only her, but also the One. This Mitt is a guy I could enthusiastically support, and more important, a guy who can beat Barack Obama like one of those drums those Occupy misfits like to haul around.

So that’s the question: can Mitt win? In response to that question, SL(Smart Listener) Ron wrote:

Yes I believe Mitt can win IF he doesn’t become too damaged by those in his own party! Defeating the incumbent won’t be an easy task when half the population are getting freebies & pay no tax. Couple this with the Dem’s expertise in vote fraud, it’s definitely an uphill battle.

It will be all the more tough if the campaign against Obama can’t begin in earnest until Sept.

Mitt has some quirks & shortcomings but none that would stop him from successfully undoing some of Obama’s follies & putting the country back on track…domestically & national defense. He’s an astute guy with good experience under his belt.

I see things a little differently. I think that this continuing primary battle makes it more likely that we see more of Mighty Mitt, the guy who will finally start to take it to Obama over the one issue that counts for all the marbles, which happens to be the Dear Reader’s signature “achievement,” the Orwellian titled “Affordable Care Act,” and less of Milquetoast Mitt, the mushy, Massachusetts moderate.

As Bill Kristol points out in this piece, “It’s the Obamacare, Stupid,” the American people instinctively understand that unless we repeal this legislative monstrosity, the country we grew up in his history.
In Obama’s view, taking over health care and giving federal bureaucrats the power of life and death over every American (and lots of illegals) was an essential predicate to “remaking” this unfair, racist nation. If Mitt can demonstrate that he appreciates that fact, and that he’s willing to fight to stop it, he will win, and win big. If he doesn’t get it, and campaigns as if the election is about simple policy differences, he’ll be McCain 2.0.

So, I voted for Newt because he best articulates conservative principles, and having him in the race will not only keep those principles front and center, it will help keep Mitt on the straight and narrow.

The Truth About What Obama “Inherited:” Prof. John Lott, Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

As our economy continues to stagnate despite record levels of debt, and the Obama administration stubbornly pursues policies that suffocate economic growth, he and his surrogates have ramped up their rhetoric, whining that the One cannot be blamed for his failures. “It’s not his fault! It’s what he inherited!” they wail. Our guest Professor John Lott has written a new book with Grover Norquist that demolishes these lame attempts to deflect responsibility for the consequences of Barack Obama’s ideologically-driven policies. He’ll join us to discuss Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future.

The GOP’s “War on Women” continues. How else can anyone explain their opposition to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act? “How can anyone be against violence against women?” the average distracted citizen no doubt thinks. Except this law isn’t about preventing violence against women. It’s about doing violence to not only our Constitution, but to securing our borders. How can that be? Listen and find out.

Remember that great audio from Detroit, featuring some Obama voters looking for free stuff from “Obama’s stash?” We’ll hear more unashamed freeloaders tell you why they, and their “baby mommas,” deserve to live on your dime.

Will Mitt land a knockout punch in Illinois on Tuesday? Can he beat Barack Obama? We’ll ask Eric Kohn of the Chicago Tea Party.

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Rick’s Big Night Rains on Mitt’s Inevitability Parade, But Can Rick Win?

About a week ago, a conservative friend appeared concerned, and by “concerned,” I mean the way I imagine he’d look if he got notice of an audit from the IRS, over the state of the current GOP Presidential field. He told me that he got bummed out after a recent conversation with his engineer son, who like most of us, wants only one thing for Christmas this year: the defeat of the first Alinskyite, race-baiting Marxist currently occupying the Oval Office whose destructive policies are taking this country over a cliff. According to my friend, his son said something like the following: “What the heck is going on? How in the world can we win? I mean, this process never ends, and this Santorum guy is ‘nuts.’ What’s going to happen?” Good question then, and even better question today, after Mitt Romney placed third in both the Alabama and Mississippi primaries.

Time didn’t permit me to ask him at the time what he meant when he said “Santorum is nuts,” but later he explained that his son was unhappy with Santorum “mainly because of the contraception issue that Santorum keeps talking about instead of what my son believes to be much more important issues such as the economy and jobs.  I feel the same way as we can’t get sucked into the libs trying to redefine this election in terms of women’s issues.  We most focus on the deplorable job this idiot in the White House is doing.” I haven’t endorsed any candidate yet, but I suspect that Santorum supporters would respond by saying (1) that accusing him of emphasizing the issue of contraception is like accusing the United States of aggression against Japan in 1942. Obama’s scheming campaign operatives cooked up this whole silly “contraception” non-controversy, and enlisted George Stephanapolous to get the ball rolling at the New Hampshire debate on January 7. Then, having creating a phony “crisis,” they sought to exploit it to enhance the Dear Reader’s sinking political fortunes by incessantly asking the Republican candidates ridiculous questions about states outlawing contraception and (2) Santorum doesn’t spend most of his time talking about contraception. He talks a lot about bringing back manufacturing to this country, and he has been talking about the tremendous danger posed by Iran for years. He does talk about social issues, in part because he is a devout Catholic. There’s another reason, though, and it’s more important for electoral purposes. He recognizes that the idea that the notion of being “socially liberal,” as in pro-abortion, indifferent about the importance of the traditional family v. so-called “marriage equality,” and in step with the secular popular culture, and “fiscally conservative” at the same time is a childish fantasy. If this moronic Sandra Fluke episode proved anything, it’s that. Our country is broke, and our economy is stagnant, yet Obama and his big-government buddies think that someone other than Ms. Fluke, a 30 year-old arrested development case, should pay for her birth control products. So, the traditional family and the traditional values that come with it are essential to stop the hemorrhaging of money that comes with the Nanny state. With the family intact, there’s a lot less need for Obama’s food stamps, Medicaid and the rest of the goodies he wants to use to create a dependent class of voters.

I don’t think my friend or his son would disagree with that latter point, but I think that they fear, like many of you, that the average distracted voter won’t connect those dots and  will allow the Lame Stream Media to define Santorum as a crazed religious fanatic who wants all women barefoot and pregnant (even though his wife is both a nurse and an attorney), and that droves of enraged women will storm the polls to vote for democrats. There’s no question that the LSM will try every trick in the book to get Pres. Sham WOW (Walks on Water) re-elected, but here’s the thing: it doesn’t seem to be working. From Commentary, citing the New York Times most recent poll:

In the head-to-head matchups, Mr. Obama also maintained much of the advantage he had built in the last year among important constituencies, including women, although he lost some support among women over the past month, even as the debate raged over birth control insurance coverage.

Mr. Obama appears to be retaining much of his gains among important demographic groups, erasing inroads that Republicans made in 2010, especially among women. But his falling approval rating in the last month extended to his handling of both the economy and foreign policy, the poll found.

“He lost some support among women” is apparently the New York Times’ nice way of saying Obama’s approval rating dropped 12 points among women during the past month, from 53 percent to 41 percent. Needless to say, the Democratic Party’s “war on women” rhetoric doesn’t seem to be working:

 

In recent weeks, there has been much debate over the government’s role in guaranteeing insurance coverage for contraception, including for those who work for religious organizations. The poll found that women were split as to whether health insurance plans should cover the costs of birth control and whether employers with religious objections should be able to opt out.

Mitt’s supporters keep trotting out their math-based argument, talking about their delegate lead and the number of states he’s won, as if to say to Santorum and Gingrich, “you guys have no chance. you should just quit now.” The problem is that they are also saying that to Republican voters, who no matter how much Mitt spends, and how many delegates he accumulates, are not convinced. Mitt is coming off like the guy who tells the girl, “Stop this foolishness. You’ve had your fun. Now it’s time to settle down, and you know I’m the guy.” The next sound he hears is the tires screeching as she speeds to freedom.

Math definitely counts, but perhaps passion counts more. Can Rick win? I believe he can, and at least one recent poll suggests he’d have a better chance than Romney to do so. In addition, Dana Milbank thinks Mitt is inevitable, which should give any of his supporters pause.

Illinois will be decisive. If Mitt doesn’t win here, all bets are off.

Any Chance Mitt Romney is Actually Paying for These “Operation Chaos” Robo Calls?

From a slightly-agitated Politico:

Mitt Romney blasted Rick Santorum’s campaign Tuesday for robocalls encouraging Democrats in Michigan to vote in the Republican primary, blasting the tactic as “outrageous and disgusting.”

“It’s a dirty trick. It’s outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after the union labor in Detroit to try to get them to vote against me,” Romney said on “Fox & Friends” on the day of the Michigan and Arizona primaries. “Look, we don’t want Democrats deciding who our nominee’s going to be, we want Republicans deciding who our nominees are going to be.”

 

First of all, if we don’t want Democrats picking our nominees, why do we pay any attention to their incessant polls? Well, ok, we don’t, but the party establishment does. But I digress …

Here’s the part that caused me to raise a skeptical eyebrow: “It’s outrageous to see Rick Santorum team up with the Obama people and go out after the union labor in Detroit to try to get them to vote against me.” Could Mitt actually be behind the robo calls, which make it possible for him to position himself as the guy the Obama campaign fears most? As you know, I have contended for some time that, but for the missing messy divorce, Romney is the candidate genetically-engineered by David Axelrod to run against the Dear Reader. So, the Romney campaign puts out these robo calls and then expresses outrage at this “dirty trick” that proves their guy is the candidate Obama fears most.

What say you?

Rick Santorum’s Home Run at CPAC Illustrates Romney’s Real Problem

I counted two standing ovations during Rick Santorum’s CPAC speech this morning. You can watch it here.

I think the reason Rick is rising in the polls is that he oozes authenticity. David Brooks gets it right in his column today:

If Rick Santorum weren’t running for president, he would still be saying the same things he is saying today. Very few people believe that about Mitt Romney. If he can’t fix that problem, he may win the Republican nomination, but it won’t be worth much.

Mitt Romney is speaking right now. I doubt that he will do as well as Santorum, but even if he gives a terrific speech, I’m not sure that will sufficient to overcome the problem that David Brooks captured so well.

CNN Jacksonville Debate Post-Mortem-It Pays to Get a Debate Coach

As you know, I watch so you don’t have to, but some of you did join me in the live chat last night. That was lots of fun. Thanks for being there! 

My overall bottom line: As I tweeted last night, Newt did not land the desired, and anticipated, knock out punch. Rick Santorum did very well, particularly when he went after Romney on Romneycare, but I don’t think he beat Newt or Romney, as in being in a position to win the Florida primary.

Last night’s Romney was a new Romney. I guess it helps to hire a debate coach, even one who worked with John McCain.He was much more focused, much less defensive about his success and much more assertive. Prepared, sharp and to the point. Do you think he has ever in his life before last night told anyone to his face that a statement that person made is “repulsive?” Clearly Mr. O’Donnell is having an impact.

Bizarre, but not unwelcome, moment: When the opened the debate with National Anthem performed by the University of North Florida Chamber Singers. Wait, isn’t this CNN?

Most Unfortunate Moment:”We have many qualified, Hispanic leaders. Which of our Hispanic leaders would you consider to serve in your cabinet?” Is it really necessary for the GOP to engage in this sort of identity politics? Have they thoroughly abandoned the idea that they are a party of ideas, not interest groups?

Dumbest Question:”why would your wife make the best first lady?” Really Wolf? Did you ask this because you are laboring under the bizarre delusion that Michelle Obama is some sort of national hero?

Best Romney moments:

  • The whole exchange in which he got Newt to admit that, despite his going after Mitt on his investments, he also owned mutual funds that invest in Fannie and Freddie
  • “Speaker, you’ve indicated that somehow I don’t earn that money. I have earned the money that I have. I didn’t inherit it.
  • I take risks. I make investments. Those investments lead to jobs being created in America.”

Worst Romney moments:

  • When he had to admit, after saying he hadn’t seen the ad, that ad accusing Newt of calling Spanish “the language of the ghetto,” was in fact his ad.
  • Runner up: “I’m proud of the taxes I pay.” Why should someone be proud of obeying the law?

Best Newt Moment: In response the question of why he was the best person to beat Obama. “And I believe, if we have a big election with truly historic big choices, that we can defeat Barack Obama by a huge margin. But it won’t be by running just as a Republican. It will be an American campaign open to every American who prefers a paycheck to food stamps, who prefers the Declaration of Independence to Saul Alinsky and who prefers a strong national security to trying to appease our enemies.” Do we think that any other candidate will educate the voters about the fact that this election is not a traditional Democrat v. Republican contest, but rather a choice between two warring visions of the future of our country?

Best Santorum moments:

  • When criticized the Obama’s administration’s “abysmal” record regarding Central and South America, citing Honduras, and when talking about Cuba even using the “M” word, “Marxism”
  • When he echoed Paul, suggesting that the back-and-forth about who earned what from Fannie and Freddie is a distracting waste of time

Best Paul moments:

  • When he responded to the question about whether Romney and Newt should give back the money they made from Fannie and Freddie with “that subject really doesn’t interest me a whole lot,” and went on to talk about the Community Redevelopment Act.
  • When he suggested that we should send some politicians to the moon

Debate transcript here. What say you?