What’s New Today
Story #1 tells us that the Democrats have outspent the Republican over the last six years and seem to be in a panic because it appears that record is over. #2 show the level of desperation with the Obama’s latest gimmick, the Obama event registry. #3 in the meantime a fundraiser in Georgia has put the president “on sale.” #4 gives us a reason why Obama is panicking. He’s down 5 in the latest Rasmussen poll. #5 Catholics are participating in a Fortnight for Freedom to protest Obama’s attack on freedom of religion. #6 lays out how much of what we supposed know about Obama is fictional. And speaking of fictional biographies, #7 tells us what the GOP got Elizabeth Warren for her birthday.
A new study of hotel rooms (not including the bathroom) finds the dirtiest spot to be …the TV remote.
With Obama’s latest foray into an unconstitutional action we have a new problem. How do you verify that the people who Obama is not deporting anymore are who they say they are and have been here as long as they say? The devil is in the details.
How many lies does a man have to tell before we can call him a liar? The Ancient Romans said only one, when they gave us the legal dictum Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus. Politicians are in a lot of trouble using that standard.
When do you think Eric Holder will resign? I’m figuring before the Democratic convention.
In recent election cycles, Democratic candidates have consistently outspent Republicans. In 2004, John Kerry spent more than George W. Bush. In the last weeks of the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama, the greatest money-machine in the history of American politics up to that time, reportedly outspent John McCain by five to one. Democrats boasted of their fundraising prowess, and Obama vowed to raise an unprecedented billion dollars for his reelection campaign.
But then things started to go awry. Obama’s policies have devastated the economy and convinced many millions of Americans that he has to go. Americans are voting with their wallets, supporting Mitt Romney’s campaign to the point that Romney is significantly outraising Obama at this stage of the campaign. Which has caused Democrats to go completely insane….
Fund raising is a big problem for the Democrats. They aren’t getting the money they did in 2008 and I think realize they will be outspent in this election cycle for the first time in six years. They don’t like it and with a bad economy, they hoped to have a huge advantage in TV advertising.
2. Obama campaign’s latest sign of desperation
The Obama campaign, which has made political fundraising into an art form, rolled out yet another option on Friday for Americans who want to help give Barack Obama another four years in the White House: the Obama event registry.
"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?" the campaign asks on its official Web site. "Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It's a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it's a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."
Pay attention to the little things and you will see how bad things are for the Democrats and Obama. Frankly, I rather have a toaster. If it doesn’t work out, you can take it back.
3. Obama’s on sale in Georgia
The Georgia Democratic Party’s fifty percent reduction in ticket costs for a reception next week in which Georgians can press the flesh with Barack Obama has prompted some Republicans to ask if the president’s fundraising operation is slowing.
A joint fundraising effort by the state party and the presidential reelect effort, the Atlanta reception was originally pushing three graduated ticket offerings: $10,000 to earn co-host billing, $1,000 for a sponsorship, and $500 for general admission.
But the state party emailed donors on Wednesday to say a new tier had been created for young professionals. This Gen44 offering, said to have limited availability, would run donors only $250 — half the original value of general admission chit….
One of the things you can do to get a feel for the coming election is to pay attention to the big and little things. Obama is not drawing the crowds he once did nor is he raising the money he once did. I see despair in the Democratic Party’s future.
4. Obama down by 5 in latest Rasmussen Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting 48% of the vote, while President Obama earns 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are undecided.
The president picks up support from just 35% of white voters overall. That’s eight points below the 43% of the white vote he won in 2008. Among white Democrats, 17% currently plan to vote for Romney.
In addition Obama is current -23 among those who strong approve vs strongly disapprove of the President among likely voters.
5. A Fortnight for Freedom
A Fortnight for Freedom began Thursday night — two weeks of prayer and education for the preservation of religious freedom, designated by the Catholic bishops of the United States. But it’s just not bishops who are Fortnighting. Lay Catholics are, perhaps, the most important voices involved, particularly in the political realm. Maureen Ferguson, a spokesperson for the Catholic Association, which is playing a pivotal role on the political-education front, is among the women defending freedom in the face of a mainstream narrative that has the Obama administration saving her from reproductive oppression.
TCA has a 14 day to-do list for those who want to actively engage in defense of religious liberty, and today encourages Catholics to call their Congressmen asking for conscience protection.
Ferguson answers some of my questions about the effort and the role of the laity in the defense of freedom.
This is going to be a big problem for Obama. The Hispanic vote that he is trying to secure is heavily Catholic and even peeling away 20% of what he is counting on would be a major blow to his reelection bid.
6. Obama and the truth: Mutually exclusive?
It's becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is not burdened with too heavy a commitment to honesty.
This is hardly a shock about any politician, but revelations of dishonesty hurt some more than others. Announce that Bill Clinton has been speaking falsely, and it hits the ears with as much force as the news that birds fly, fish swim and dogs lick their own nether regions.
But Obama was supposed to be different. He was a "lightworker," an ocean tamer and cynicism slayer. In short, he was supposed to be too good to be true -- and it turns out he was.
That's one obvious conclusion to be drawn from the all-too-delayed vetting of the president's biography, most notably in David Maraniss' aptly titled new book, "Barack Obama: The Story," but also at news outlets such as National Review Online and Big Journalism.
Obama has been less than honest about many things. Some of his biggest distortions should be the subject of sustained soul searching on the part of the media. For instance, as New York Times reporter Janny Scott first reported over a year ago, Obama lied about his cancer-stricken mother being denied coverage for her pre-existing condition. Yes, he was close to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former terrorist Bill Ayers. Yes, he was a member of the socialist New Party (as my National Review colleague Stanley Kurtz has documented).
In the spirit of charity, some of the lies can be chalked up, at least in part, to fanciful family narratives. Obama claims his maternal grandfather fought in Patton's army and liberated Nazi death camps. He says his paternal grandfather was tortured by the British imperialists in Kenya. He's claimed his Indonesian stepgrandfather was killed by the Dutch while fighting for independence. None of that is true.
What I find more interesting are the lies Obama tells not so much about himself, but about society. In "Dreams from My Father," Obama tells readers that he struggled with racism and racial alienation all his life. He wasn't a starter on his high school basketball team because he played "black" while his coach coached "white." He confabulated a black friend in high school who, like himself, was shunned for racial reasons. He wrote of a "big fight" with a white ex-girlfriend who, after seeing a racially charged play, "started talking about why black people were so angry all the time."
As Maraniss methodically shows, these and other tales of racial woe were false. His coach didn't start him because he wasn't good enough to start. His friend in high school was half-Japanese, not black, and neither of them were racially ostracized. The girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, never saw the play and never said anything of the sort. And so on….
The more we find out about Obama the more we realize he is a fictional character. Everything we were told about him seems to be a fabrication and an exaggeration. The problem he has in this election is that we actually now have facts about him and he has a record he doesn’t get to make up himself (although his campaign is trying to).
7. GOP gives Elizabeth Warren a gift of an account at ancestry.com
“Since Professor Warren has failed to come up with any evidence supporting her claims to Native American ancestry, we thought this Ancestry.com account would make the perfect birthday gift,” said Massachusetts Republican Party executive director Nate Little in a statement.
Warren has come under fire in recent months for identifying herself as Native American in law school directories based on a blood line that she said goes far back, though there has not yet been primary documentation to back up her claim.
The Warren campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News’s request for comment…
Very clever of the GOP to gift this to Professor Warren.