Sunday, November 27, 2011

"A mentch tracht, un Gott lacht". (A Man plans, and God Laughs).....

My Friend Bill O'Reilly who took time to decide on a presidential candidate, has landed on Mitt's wagon, and since then has been a great help of inspiration in motivating me to keep my Faith in the consensus leader i think can lead us out of the mess. Bill Just saved me from writing up my daily rant, wanting to make the same exact point, if this is a jinx moment or what... the point is clear!

Here is what he wrote today following newt's nod from NH's Union leader:
I think God may be smiling on Mitt Romney. It may not look like it today — the day Newt Gingrich bagged the Manchester Union Leader endorsement — but I think I see the crack of a divine grin breaking through the big white puffies up above. 
The last thing anyone wants to be in a presidential primary is the clear front runner. Front runners are media targets. They are the focus of every other campaign. And when they go down, they often fail to get up (Ask Ted Kennedy’s, Gary Hart’s, and Howard Dean’s campaign teams.) But somehow, throughout this GOP presidential primary roller-coaster ride, Mitt Romney has managed to remain the front runner without being the focus of attention. That’s a neat trick. 
Romney has consistently held around 22-24 of the national GOP primary vote in a field of more than seven. And throughout the months, his opponents have managed to take turns attracting the national spotlight for a few weeks — and then fading, leaving Romney in the lead again, largely unscathed and with low negatives among the general electorate. First there was Mike Huckabee, who chose not to run; then Michele Bachmann; then Rick Perry; then Herman Cain, and now it’s Newt Gingrich starring as the conservative dark horse candidate to nip Governor Romney at the wire. 
But it’s only a matter of time before Newt Gingrich blows it. He’s famously arrogant and intellectually undisciplined, which is why National Review’s Jonah Goldberg warns him today to accept the Union Leader endorsement with a dose of humility. The smart money says that won’t happen. It always wagers that the leopard will remain spotted. 
Newt’s sudden surge in the polls is timed perfectly for Romney, if his good luck holds out. The first primary voting begins in fewer than two months, and Newt should be able to survive at least a few weeks in the media spotlight — freezing every other dark horse candidate in place. When he falters — and his track record strongly suggests he will — there will be no other viable choice in the GOP field but Mitt. And watch how quickly conservatives get in line then.

The last bump in the road between Mitt Romney at the GOP Convention stage in Tampa is Newt Gingrich. Could central casting mortals have done better?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanks to NY9 -The awakening of a new political force - The Jewish Vote

UPDATE: Looks like somebody got the message:
AP reports: Democrats are crafting a campaign strategy for Vice President Joe Biden that targets the big three political battlegrounds: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, states where Biden might be more of an asset to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign than the president himself.

Obama won all three states in 2008. But this time he faces challenges in each, particularly in Ohio and Florida, where voters elected Republican governors in the 2010 midterm elections.

The president sometimes struggles to connect with Ohio and Pennsylvania's white working-class voters, and Jewish voters who make up a core constituency for Florida Democrats and view him with skepticism.

Biden has built deep ties to both groups during his four decades in national politics, connections that could make a difference.

As a long-serving member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden cemented his reputation as an unyielding supporter of Israel, winning the respect of many in the Jewish community. And Biden's upbringing in a working class, Catholic family from Scranton, Pa., gives him a valuable political intangible: He empathizes with the struggles of blue-collar Americans because his family lived those struggles.

Behind the scenes, he's working the phones with prominent Jewish groups and Catholic organizations in those states, a Democratic official said.

New York Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the committee, said he believes Biden could be a "game-changer" in those districts.
Earlier the Week Romney made some headlines as the emerging Republican candidate courting the Jewish vote up for grabs.

As reported by Yossi Gestetner:
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is expected to visit Borough Park Brooklyn in December to meet with a group of wealthy Orthodox Jewish donors to familiarize with them and to discuss issues of concern to the Orthodox Jewish community. But of course, in politics nothing is free: Team Romney is expected to pick up $100,000 in contributions during the “meet.”
The  NY post on Saturday took note of the Presidential candidates finally courting the orthodox Jewish community if not for their votes, at least for their money and attention.
"Taking a page from Bob Turner, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is looking to become the chosen one.

Romney is aggressively courting New York’s growing, conservative Orthodox Jewish communities for votes and campaign cash in the wake of the anti-Obama backlash that helped elect Republican Turner to Congress from a Queens/Brooklyn district.

Romney, a Mormon, is expected to hold a fund-raiser in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn next month — the heart of New York’s Orthodox Jewish community, according to Gestetner Updates, a Jewish political news blog.

Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have also held events with city’s religious Jews.

Rep. Turner said the GOP candidates have taken notice of how conservative, religious Jews came out in force to elect him over Democratic David Weprin, an Orthodox Jew, to repudiate Obama’s policies. The seat, formerly held by Anthony Weiner, who resigned following a sexting scandal, was once considered a safe Democratic seat.

“It’s an important recognition of what happened in my race. This is an awakening of a new political force. The Jewish community is a force to be reckoned with,” Turner said.

“They have exerted real political muscle. They were a deciding factor in my election. They went to my side in a very large way.”

Turner, who has remained neutral in the GOP presidential race, said "the attention from the candidates is good for the Jewish community because it means the candidates will be responsive to their concerns — particularly on US policy toward Israel."
Now it turns out that the Romney's camp took another example from the successful Bob Turner campaign. The first mailer sent out in Iowa, has the famous Obama photo shown talking on the Phone with Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the legs on the oval office desk - that angered the pro Israel-Jewish community, and that Turner used in his mailer to urge the orthodox Jewish community to vote. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Blitz moment...sweeter than the Libya one..

sometimes you cant stop to laugh...this was the moment you never expected...but enjoy it...

When debate moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Cain whether it's appropriate for Muslim Americans to get more extensive pat downs or security screenings at airports, he got an interesting response.

"No, Blitz. That's oversimplifying it," Cain said, mixing the CNN anchor's last name with his first. As Cain began responding, he caught himself and said, "I'm sorry, Blitz, I meant Wolf, OK?"

When Herman Cain finished his answer, Blitzer had his retort. "Thank you, Cain," Blitzer said to laughter.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NY Republican delegation settling for Romney...

First it was Michael Grimm, now The Congressman I so admire as the most senior Republican Congressman in New York city (well long Island), is putting together his thoughts and ready to jump on board to endorse Mitt Romney for President.

Here is an interview he gave tonight to Reid Pillifant from Capital New York:
Representative Peter King has almost settled on a presidential candidate. "I think, first of all, Mitt Romney is clearly the most competent candidate we have," he told me in a phone interview this afternoon.
"I will probably end up endorsing Mitt Romney, I'm just not ready to do it now. If it comes down, which it looks like it will, to a campaign on the economy, I would say business experience and competency, Mitt Romney is clearly our strongest candidate. He's probably won all the debates. Certainly, he hasn't lost any of them, I'll put it that way. And he's serious. He's shown he's a serious player."

"I think if Mitt Romney is the nominee, the Republican brand will be strong, because he'll be competent," King said. "I mean, he's not going to give a bad answer, he's not going to show a lack of understanding, so he will certainly show that we are an intelligent party, that we understand the issues. On some of his foreign policy positions, I may have some concerns but at least he expresses them in an articulate, intelligent way. Mitt Romney certainly measures up as a very legitimate candidate, no matter what."
Here is what he thinks of the other candidates:

Rick Perry:
"I mean, Rick Perry has shown he's not serious, You can't run for president without having a greater grasp of the issues."
Herman Cain:
"Like with Herman Cain, you shouldn't run for president if you don't read the newspaper."
Newt Gingrich:
"I don't support Newt Gingrich, I do not think he overall did an effective job as speaker and I don't think he has the discipline to be the Republican nominee."
(King once said Gingrich had "a Southern, anti-union attitude that appeals to the mentality of hillbillies at revival meetings.").

One only hopes that with influences i have, and following the path of his Republican colleagues, well! only reading the newspapers. Newly Elected Congressman Bob Turner will also endorse Romney in the very near future. (in the latest PPP poll done on the eve of the September 13th special election - Mitt Romney beat President Obama in the NY9th Congressional district).

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bud-lite slurp - Jews and Americans alike, It's Mitt's Time

First from my Bud Bil O'Reilly (the Bob Turner one): Don't steal it from Mitt, Newt!
"Yes, Mr. Gingrich is smart, too smart perhaps. And he is brash at a time when Americans thirst it. But he is not electable on a national scale. Too many Americans just don’t like or trust him. I can think of a dozen Democrats off hand who would consider voting for Mitt Romney. Not a single one of them would consider pulling the lever for The Newt. Ever. And to win states with a majority of Democratic voters, Republicans need crossover voters. Obviously.

Close your eyes and ask yourself if Mitt Romney might, theoretically, if they were to be contested, be competitive running against Barack Obama in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Michigan, or even – and this admittedly is a stretch – New York. The honest answer would be “yes.” Romney could win most of those states and run competitively in all of them, theoretically. Now, close your eyes and make that candidate Newt Gingrich. The idea of him putting Northeast or Midwest states – or Northwest states for that matter — into play seems preposterous. Democrats would line up for miles to vote against him – and defeat down-ballot Republicans in state after state along with him.

The fact is that Newt Gingrich cannot assemble a viable electoral map wide enough to win, and GOP party leaders know that. It’s one of the reasons Newt hovered not far above zero for so long. He will return there."
With regard to the Jewish Vote here is my Haaretz bud, Chemi Shalev blog on Mitt Romney's resolute position of getting a Big Chunk of the Jewish vote - steal the Presidency from Obama by stealing away the Jews from the Dems - the Reagan package:
"Although there are various forecasts of just how important the Jewish vote may turn out to be in the 2012 presidential elections, the few polls that have examined this issue as well as the observers of the American Jewish scene that I have spoken to have no doubt that Romney is the Republican candidate who is poised to make the most serious inroads into the traditionally Democratic Jewish vote. In spite of - or, possibly, because - he is such a devout Mormon.

First, most of the people that I talk to agree that if Romney gets 40 per cent of the Jewish vote, and thus emulates Ronald Reagan’s 39% share in 1980 or Dwight Eisenhower’s 40% support in 1956 – he will be able to boast of a historic achievement which may indeed be but a precursor to bigger and better things for the Republicans in the future. In a pinch, and on the yet-to-be proven assumption that a race between Romney and President Obama would be a close one, such a proportion of the Jewish vote may very well put Romney over the top in a state such as Florida, as many analysts have already noted, which may ensure the presidency for the Republican Party.

Romney’s moderate positions, his successful business background and his East Coast credentials play a major role in making Jews feel more comfortable with him than with other Republican candidates. An American Jewish Committee poll conducted in September already gave Romney 32% of the Jewish vote – more than any other candidate - compared to Obama’s 50%, and 18% that were undecided.

A coalition comprised of the 22% of Jewish voters who preferred John McCain over Obama in 2008, buttressed by the ever-growing number of newly-eligible Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox voters – who will come out to vote “even twice or thrice” if their Rebbe so orders it, as every Israeli knows – complemented by substantial numbers of Jewish professionals and business people who have despaired of Obama’s economic performance and reinforced by those Jews who have been driven crazy by what they perceive as Obama’s anti-Israeli animus - all of these could significantly bolster the Republican Jewish vote on November 6, 2012, especially, or perhaps only, if Romney is the candidate.

But the most important factor working in Romney’s favor, from a Jewish point of view, is the one that is his Achilles’ heel in the internal Republican contest – the disaffection towards him exhibited by ultra-conservatives, evangelicals and Tea Party types. All the so-called “non-Romneys” that keep popping up in the race – first Michele Bachman, then Rick Perry, then Herman Cain and now Newt Gingrich – are supported by the kind of groups that make most mainstream American Jews squirm and stay Democrat, and this includes the staunchly pro-Israeli Christian evangelicals.

And Romney has two other, possibly relevant personal tidbits in his personal biography: first, he is the son of Michigan governor George Romney, who was a leading Republican moderate and whose close friend and later campaign treasurer was Max Fisher, the late and great Jewish Republican macher, who moved from Romney’s failed presidential campaign in 1968 to that of the eventual victor Richard Nixon and from there to a position of unparalleled political sway. Secondly, it is not widely known that Romney knows Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from the late 1970’s, when most Israelis hadn’t heard of him yet, when both were employed by the Boston Consulting Group. And according to published press reports, it was Romney who introduced the future prime minister to Fleur Cates, who went on to become Netanyahu’s second wife.

3. When Romney Senior was running for president in 1968, his Mormonism did not play a major role in the campaign, though there are those who claim it would have come up had he triumphed in the early primaries. But America is a different country today, and most polls show that Romney’s religion will likely play a significant and possibly critical role in his campaign. A survey by the Public Religion Research Institute released this week showed Romney’s approval rating dropping dramatically among Evangelicals, with a pronounced correlation between this drop and the increase in the number of those who realize that Romney is Mormon.

Jews, on the other hand, are probably going to have less of an issue with Romney’s Mormonism than any other religious group – with the ironic exception, perhaps, of American Muslims. Older and more liberal Jews may have problems with the LDS’s past discrimination against blacks and their exclusion of African Americans from the priesthood (which was lifted only in 1978 following a “revelation” to church leaders) while others may be deterred by what is still being described – most recently in a disturbing article by Yale’s noted literary critic Harold Bloom, discreetly tucked away in the middle of this week’s New York Times Sunday Review section - as Mormonism’s outlandish if not sinister internal rites and codes, including the polygamous image which Mormons have been trying to shed for decades but which was dramatically resuscitated by the HBO series “Big Love” which ended a five-season run only last March.

For most Jews, especially the Orthodox, Christians and Mormons are virtually identical, “six of one or half a dozen of the other”, at the very least, and very often members in the same brotherhood of shunned religious minorities. As one Jewish leader who served as a rabbi in the army in the Vietnam War told me: “In our unit there were 50 Protestants and Catholics in one corner, and me and the Mormon in the other.”

For Christians, of course, even in latter-day America, Romney’s Mormonism is more of an issue, with Catholics historically viewing Mormons as heretics and some fundamentalist Protestants seeing them as “a cult”, as Rick Perry’s pastor, Robert Jefress, controversially noted last month. Most recent polls show that anywhere between 35% and 50% of Evangelicals don’t consider Mormons to be Christians at all. And while Americans like to tell themselves that they live in a society in which a candidate’s religion does not have any impact on his chances of being elected and then go on to cite the precedent of John Kennedy’s Catholicism not having prevented his election in 1960 - they tend to overlook the fact that Kennedy may just be an exception, and an extraordinarily charismatic one at that, who simply proves the rule.
Thus, these groups will be doing their best to sideline Romney and to crown a more conservative candidate – and a more Christian one, though they won’t say so in so many words - as the primaries season gets underway in a little over a month, beginning with the Iowa caucuses on January 3.

Most of the Jews, I suspect, will be rooting for Romney on the sidelines. Not only is he the preferred candidate of those who will be voting Republican, he is also probably the favorite of those Jews who will carefully consider voting for him but end up going with Obama in the end once again."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In merit of Hillel the Elder - If Not Him, Who? If Not Now, When?

This is starting to get messy, not that this wasn't a predicted process... but com'on... starting from being unpolished to questions over readiness in leading this great nation and the integrity to handle the complex world .. some Republican candidates are enjoying this journey more than the traditional American voters.... so as a 25 percenter - backing Mitt Romney in this packed Republican field i think its high time to get serious and rally behind the candidate that we all assume will win the race, proposed the right solutions to fix America and has the capacity of winning the votes to beat President Obama in November of 2012.

Here is a summary of two articles i came across today, that make the case, even those who doubt Mitt Romney has the discipline to win over all pure conservatives, yet are united in reclaiming the conservative values they so believe in, and are eager to send Obama packing home.

1) Ann Coulter (would you believe?): If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When?
"The mainstream media keep pushing alternatives to Mitt Romney not only because they are terrified of running against him, but also because they want to keep Republicans fighting, allowing Democrats to get a four-month jump on us. 
Meanwhile, everyone knows the nominee is going to be Romney. 
That's not so bad if you think the most important issues in this election are defeating Obama and repealing Obamacare. 
There may be better ways to stop Obamacare than Romney, but, unfortunately, they're not available right now. Among Romney's positives is the fact that he has a demonstrated ability to trick liberals into voting for him. He was elected governor of Massachusetts -- one of the most liberal states in the union -- by appealing to Democrats, independents and suburban women. 
He is not part of the Washington establishment, so he won't be caught taking money from Freddie Mac or cutting commercials with Nancy Pelosi. 
Also, Romney will be the first Republican presidential nominee since Ronald Reagan who can talk. Liberals are going to have to dust off their playbook from 30 years ago to figure out how to run against a Republican who isn't a tongue-tied marble-mouth. 
Romney is the articulate Republican. He's already explained how mandating health insurance in one particular wealthy, liberal Northeastern state is different from inflicting it on the entire country. As governor, Romney didn't have the ability to change federal laws requiring hospital emergency rooms to treat every illegal alien, drug dealer and vagrant who walked in the door, then sending the bill to taxpayers. 
Most important, Romney has said -- forcefully and repeatedly -- that his first day in office he will issue a 50-state waiver from Obamacare and will then seek a formal repeal. 
Obamacare is going to be repealed -- provided only that a Republican wins the next presidential election. If a Republican does not win, however, it will never be repealed. 
Instead of sitting on our thumbs, wishing Ronald Reagan were around, or chasing the latest mechanical rabbit flashed by the media, conservatives ought to start rallying around Romney as the only Republican who has a shot at beating Obama. We'll attack him when he's president...."
2).Tom Dougherty: Time To Get Serious
"Yes it’s been fun to watch the gaffes and brain freezes but the Republicans have to stop playing Whack-A-Mole with themselves. First it was Bachmann who surged to the top after her early success in Iowa, then whack and down she went. Next it was Perry who flew to the top of the polls only to demonstrate in short order he is nowhere near presidential, and whack down he went. Next came Cain with his plain-spoken and forthright manner that resonated with the party base but all too quickly he proved he is in way over his head, and whack down he went. Most recently it was Gingrich, who despite possessing the credentials carries entirely too much baggage to be electable, and whack down he’s going.

Debate if you wish the issue positions, personalities, attitudes and your own personal desires but the bottom line is Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. This is not my opinion alone since every serious political pundit and operative has known this was the case all along. The media has hyped the race the best they could to keep the story interesting and there are good people out there working hard for the other candidates but many just need the job. Political operatives have to work too you know. But the time has come for the GOP to signify it’s serious about winning back the White House.
Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee and no amount of wishful thinking from the fringe elements will change that fact. If the party is serious about making Obama a one-term president then it’s time to stop the fun and games, elevate Romney to the status he will ultimately achieve and start campaigning as a solidified force now.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Herman Cain is lost when it comes to foreign affairs....

I'm not going to mince words..just watch this following video to assess how lost Herman Cain is when it comes to foreign policy... (Perry's brain freeze moment is gold to the uncomfortable 65 second struggle before even giving the most unclear answer ever). Who's talking about giving him the position of being the Commander in chief, when he's not even command of himself in answering a simple question, even to those sitting at home watching TV and reading commentary over the US intervention in Libya.. the leading of behind, and the failure to avoid the missile exhibition to outside terrorist groups.

Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel reports:
"Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain Struggled to collect his thoughts and explain how his approach to the crisis in Libya would have differed from the actions taken by President Barack Obama.


Libya.... President Obama supported the uprising, correct? President Obama called for the removal of Qadhafi. Just want to make sure we’re talking about the same thing before I say, yes I agree, I know I didn’t agree. I do not agree with the way he handled it for the following reason – no, that’s a different one. I gotta go back to … Got all this stuff twirling around in my head. Specifically, what are you asking me, did I agree or not disagree with on what? … Here’s what I would have – I would have done a better job of determining who the opposition is and I’m sure that our intelligence people have some of that information. Based upon who made up that opposition – based upon who made up that opposition, might have caused me to make some different decisions about how we participated. Secondly, no, I did not agree with Qadhafi killing his citizens. Absolutely not. So something would have had to be – I would have supported many of the things they did in order to help stop that. It’s not a simple yes-no, because there are different pieces and I would have gone about assessing the situation differently, which might have caused us to end up in the same place. But where I think more could have been done was, what’s the nature of the opposition?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mitt Romney - The Mentch!

watching the viral Youtube clip about 9-9-9 times, it just struck my mind and others too, there was some voice in the background trying to give a helping hand to a falling brother in a troubling and embarrassing moment, a moment that could have an impact on the Perry presidential campaign, and ultimately a gaffe that only Mitt Romney could be the beneficiary of this, depending on how the media would play a role in exploiting it.. and yet Mitt did what nobody on that podium did, offering a helping generous hand trying to help Perry refresh his frozen memory.

Mitt Romney was the only candidate in this race, that was negatively attacked, and has taken on brutally bruises from Rick Perry, and in response, at the right moment Mitt proved himself to have one of the crucial components some like to see in a person: Mitt Romney is a Mentch!.

Here is what Kathleen Parker writes in the Washington Post:

As Perry was free-falling into the abyss of lost thoughts Wednesday night, he turned to his fellow contestants as if to say, “Please, someone, can’t you tell me what I think?”

From somewhere on the panel, a voice reached out to the struggling Texan, a suggestion that might help Perry gather himself and emerge from this utter humiliation.

The voice belonged to Mitt Romney...Romney’s suggestion when most of the others were squirmingly silent was an act of pure kindness and self-sacrificing generosity. It was not especially noticeable. But if you were Rick Perry in that moment, you were well aware that Romney was the one who tried to save you. When Perry finally said, “Oops,” it was Romney toward whom he looked.

Small, but not insignificant, this gesture of active empathy tells much about the man who extended it. He’s a nice guy in a season of nastiness, a trait that may also be his greatest political failing.

Others insist that Romney can’t earn people’s confidence because he’s too squeaky clean. Few can identify with a man who never touches coffee or alcohol, whose hair is as precise as the crease in his pants. Or, put another way, the figures in his business ledgers?

He seems preternaturally unflappable, which to some is too robotic, not-quite-human. We like some fallibility in our leaders and flaws in our protagonists. Perhaps Romney would benefit from a slight imperfection or some other handicap over which he has struggled.

Or might kindness and humility be handicaps in a mean, self-infatuated world?

Humility is a tough trait to communicate in a presidential campaign that requires confident self-promotion, though it is often apparent in Romney’s debate face. He looks at others respectfully when they are speaking, and his expression betrays patience and even a hopefulness that they will do well.."

Don't Love him, Like him ...

He's avoiding one on one TV interviews, stiff and sticky to his talking points and campaign tactics, blamed by his fellow conservatives and primary rivals as a flip-flopper and  proven inconsistency stances on policies. Yet Mitt Romney- has performed so well over the past few months in all fronts as the debater,fundraiser,endorsement pick-up and presidential in chief - overcoming all the flavors of the week and potential frontrunners, all in await to lock up the Republican nomination and take on President Obama in what it looks like a long and tight race.

You may not love Mitt Romney in personal, but you gotta 'Like' him, at least if you want a winnable race and experience the defeat of President Obama and watch a well addressed concession speech in Hyde park on Nov. 2 2012.

As Roger Simon sums it up in Politico:
."...Once again Wednesday, his debate performance was calm, dignified and always taking the correct Republican line.....and Romney always gets his answers correct.

Has Romney flip-flopped? You bet. But soon that will seem long ago and far away.

“I’m a man of steadiness and constancy,” Romney said during the debate, citing not his stand on the issues, but his 42 years of marriage, which resulted in five children, and his 24 years at Bain Capital, which resulted in his becoming filthy rich.

The Republicans don’t have to fall in love with him. They just have to learn to live with him.
And what other choice do they have?.."
 In a personal note about Rick Perry's freeze moment and fatal gaffe last night: well as a spinner in chief , I think he handled the damage control very well (after all he has a sanity campaign put in place.. and a non-smoking campaign manager..at the very least not so bad as Block), at least to own that and play the best he can when it comes to one on one - charming and charismatic.. but this doesn't give you a free ride to the White House... The road to the White House is bumpy and risky, and to this point Perry has not persuaded any possible supporter that he has the right tools to navigate his way through this and bring on board those who put Obama in place.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Op – Ed on TLJnews: The State of the Union – It’s Mitt’s Time.


My view on the state of the Republican race, as published on the TLJNews website:

Call it lucky or strategic brilliance, Mitt Romney has proven to be a well-polished politician and over the course of this vetting process He has positioned himself as a strong challenger to President Obama. Between the drinks, adopted children, flaws, gaffes and allegations, the field of presidential contenders might not be so attractive to many voters out there, especially for those looking for a variety choice between style and substance. Between values and character, hence looking back over the past few months from the moment the process began to the flak and flaws from the major players, it seems like it was just written from above that now is Mitt’s time. The main barriers to his candidacy and the big guns that were threatening his five year journey to Pennsylvania Avenue were just pushed off the track one by one. That was not by choice. First it was Mike Huckabee, then Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour, followed by Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani.

To his credit, When it all looked so dark, if it was Rick Perry’s late entrance or Herman Cain’s straw poll bounce, Mitt Romney continued to wrench up endorsements, fill up his war chest, and run away from the spot light, some calling it – the Mittness protection program (look’s like he took some advice from Benjamin Netanyahu). He just waited out for everything to play out for his favor.

Despite his Flip flop image, and his failure to lock up the case among Republican voters, Mitt Romney has stuck consistently to his commitment to run a national campaign. A campaign based and focused on defeating Barack Obama. Although he may not appeal to many conservatives that question his convictions or brew on a daily basis his first term governorship record in Massachusetts, his broader message of focusing on the economy and fiscal policy is resonating among the electorate as a consensus candidate. A candidate that can bring our country together in a time of crisis, clean up the our mess, and fix the broken gridlock system in Washington.

The latest stories and flaws by other candidates are indications that although the Media might be eager to offer a fair and balanced shared coverage of the Republicans. However, crisis management and the candidates capabilities of handling crises or hiring the right staff that is able to to lead a positive public relations is a greater an much needed factor in the race for the White house.

Romney has not been fairly treated by Mainstream media nor promoted by them, yet knew the way to avoid them or play by the rules when put in spotlight.

In terms of improving his communications skills, he came a long way from his robotic, buttoned shirt style, to, at the very least an effort to, shvitz a little. It could be seen in his off the script townhall speeches engaging with voters on the campaign trail and yes even his testy encounter with Rick Perry at the last debate, which in many eyes did him good in showing his other side.

Mitt might not be the most perfect guy. As a matter of fact not even the coolest new media communicator. Not to mention his lack of excitement, being a poor enthusiastic energizer. Nevertheless he is wanted and needed to get the Job done. for the very simple reason – Because when the cameras are turned away, the microphones muted down, and the door is closed behind him, he’ll know how to take the task forward. He will appoint the right people for the right Job, He’s experienced enough to avoid fatal mistakes, and given the skills to bring together both parties in Washington to work together on the issues that unite America and the right world view to restore America’s leadership role in the world.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Its 1992, and Obama is Bush...

The debate over Israel becoming a campaign issue, has become more partisan than ever, yet still! a healthy civilized debate of America's Foreign policy and its treatment of Israel as the only ally in the Middle East region, is important and vital than ever.

Americans support for Israel is solid, and its the voters choice to choose their candidate based on the administrations policies , actions and promises - Now in 2012 it's the Republican candidate time to challenge President Obama, while in 1992 it was the Democratic nominee Bill Clinton challenging President Bush's policy on Israel..

Here is DOUGLAS J. FEITH writing in the WSJ - Why Israel Should Be a U.S. Campaign:

"Pro-Israel organizations have long been active in American politics, promoting friendly relations between the U.S. and Israel. Jewish groups, in particular, have helped ensure that candidates' attitudes toward Israel would be an important element in congressional and presidential elections. Yet now, two venerable Jewish organizations, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), are saying that it is improper to do this in the case of President Obama. They have taken the initiative to shield Mr. Obama from the political consequences of his cold treatment of Israel.

The AJC and ADL are jointly promoting a "national pledge for unity on Israel." Its essence is that "America's friendship with Israel . . . has always transcended politics" and that "U.S.-Israel friendship should never be used as a political wedge issue."

But since when have American supporters of Israel believed that a candidate's attitudes toward Israel should be kept out of electoral politics? Since never.

In 1984, pro-Israel groups exerted themselves to block the re-election of Illinois Republican Sen. Charles Percy, the prominent chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who was an outspoken critic of Israel and champion of U.S. engagement with the Palestine Liberation Organization. Percy lost and, in an election night interview, attributed his defeat to the Israel lobby. Other politicians who met a similar fate include Reps. Paul Findley (R., Ill.) and Cynthia McKinney (D., Ga.).

When running against President George H.W. Bush in 1992, Bill Clinton took full advantage of Mr. Bush's testy relationship with Israel. As the New York Times reported in March 1992: "Some leaders of American Jewish groups predicted today that President Bush would pay in the November election for his demand that Israel freeze settlements."

One such leader spoke of the "anger and dismay in Jewish communities over Bush Administration policy that is increasingly perceived as one-sided and unfair against Israel," adding "I imagine it will be translated into an unwillingness to vote for this Administration or contribute funds." By the way, the speaker was Jess Hordes, Washington director of the ADL.

President Obama came into office determined to distance the U.S. from Israel and to portray Israel as the impediment to Middle East peace. He insisted on an unprecedented Israeli settlement freeze, exceeding the demands at that time of the Palestinian Authority itself. And he went along with the PA's refusal to renew direct negotiations with Israel, agreeing that the Palestinians could use U.S. officials to conduct indirect talks. Meanwhile he offered "engagement" to Israel's Iranian and Syrian enemies, a vain policy that failed as the courted regimes rebuffed the offer and brutalized their own pro-freedom demonstrators.

Mr. Obama also orchestrated a public imbroglio with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, walking out of a White House meeting with him in 2010 and refusing to be photographed with him. Quarrels between the men this year have been openly bitter.

When Mr. Netanyahu addressed Congress in May, most Democrats, including the leadership, joined in the numerous standing ovations that were obviously intended to contrast the affection for Israel on Capitol Hill with the bad feeling emanating from the White House.

So anyone truly intent on preserving unity among Israel's friends could do so by building on the substantial bipartisan opposition to Mr. Obama's policies on Israel. Instead, the AJC and the ADL are working to protect Mr. Obama.

If the AJC and ADL want to defend Mr. Obama straightforwardly, they could do so. They might argue that his record on Israel is not unremittingly hostile. They could try to balance some of the healthy features of the U.S.-Israeli relationship—for example, the continuation of defense cooperation—against the bad parts. But it's not a strong argument, which explains why they are claiming to uphold a venerable (though previously unheard of) principle of unity that precludes criticism of a president's position on Israel.

Whatever the AJC and ADL say, Mr. Obama can expect to pay a substantial political price in 2012 for his antagonism toward Israel and feckless courting of its enemies..."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Forget allegations for a second, Herman Cain's lack of foreign affairs knowledge troubles me - A LOT

Ok, let's say this is a smear campaign, the sexual harassment allegations are out of the bucket, and that Herman Cain's support will not be effected by this story, it might even take him to the lead in early states, at least in terms of empathy for him.

What troubles me the most is not his 9-9-9 plan, his past business experience, or his non politician image, but his lack of foreign policy experience and lack of knowledge on the basics, every American leader should know before he runs for office, ready to be positioned as the Leader of the Free world.

First it was not knowing what the Right of Return is, followed by the uz-beki-beki-stan-stan flak, going further to suggest,( oh no he was misunderstood) he would consider a possible negotiation hostage deal with Al-Qaeda, playing more Hawkish than Danny Danon, questioning the existence of the Palestinian people, not to mention his comparing foreign policy to making Pizza, who even has the courage to bring up his disastrous O'Reilly interview on Iran and China... Ok my head is spinning already, and this is just a brief summary of the past few weeks.

During a discussion with comedian Dennis Miller, O'Reilly explained: "I like Herman Cain, I like his spirit, I think he presents himself very well. But when he came on the Factor a few weeks ago, he had no clue about foreign affairs. None."

Cain's lack of detailed answers on Foreign policy matters may not hurt him in the GOP primary, as the FIX notes three reason: "1) The Republican electorate is almost exclusively focused on the economy; 2) his candor is part and parcel of his "not politician" appeal; 3) in a crowded Republican field, he's been able to mask what he doesn't know easily and effectively".

In comparison to the economy, foreign policy hardly plays a factor in the general elections, hence we expect to be given a choice of packages, a package that includes solution to fix the economy and bring the situation around, but also a vision for American's role in the World, and American ought to be sure enough they are electing a guy that knows enough about how to keep them safe from harm, and make up for the mess we are experiencing right now nationally and globally.

Herman Cain, with all due respect, does not fit that model, Americans and America's allies cannot afford another 4 years of uncertainty, and the mishandling of dramatic Global events unfolding unprecedentedly on a daily basis.