Newslinks for Wednesday September 28, 2011Posted on 09/28/2011
10:15am VIDEO: Chris Christie's speech last night at the Reagan library
The anger driving American politics
"Majorities of Democrats (65%) and Republicans (92%) are dissatisfied with the nation's governance. This perhaps reflects the shared political power arrangement in the nation's capital, with Democrats controlling the White House and U.S. Senate, and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives. Partisans on both sides can thus find fault with government without necessarily blaming their own party." - Gallup
Paul Ryan's big healthcare speech
"During a major speech today at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Paul Ryan laid out his vision of health care reform, saying, “Choice and competition are critical to controlling costs…[and] improving quality….And yet, across the federal landscape, choice and competition are undermined by poorly designed programs and tax policies.” In other words, to fix our health care system, we need to undo the problems the government has created, rather than further empowering the government." - Weekly Standard
- The Washington Examiner welcomes Paul Ryan's first draft of an alternative to ObamaCare
- This year's 9% spike in premiums is concrete evidence of the substantial harm ObamaCare is already doing to our health care system - IBD
- Fox say "sources" say Christie definitely ain't running.
- Politico says he's keeping the door open.
- The New York Post thinks he sounds like a candidate.
- The Wall Street Journal thinks he's closed the door.
- And the Washington Post can't decide: "In his nearly 30-minute speech, Christie offered no indication he might offer himself as that strong leader, but didn’t close the door, either."
- Commentary says Romney would be main winner if Christies does NOT run
- It's too late for Chris Christie to run says Ari Fleischer at CNN.
HotAir probably summarizes the situation best: "Christie basically says he’s not running — but won’t say definitively".
...At NRO Rich Lowry imagines what kind of candidate Christie would be: "Every presidential candidate needs a narrative. Christie’s is that he’s the truth-teller who cares above all about getting things done: “When there is a problem, you fix it.” He’d be “honest and tough,” as he described his approach to the debt, in working to renew America in keeping with its finest traditions. From this speech you’d conclude that if he runs he’s going to be less timid than Romney but less rigid than Perry."
- But also at NRO Daniel Foster identifies FIVE weaknesses in any Christie candidacy
- Although his approval rating in New Jersey is up to 54% - Weekly Standard | Hotline
...While USA Today focuses on the meat of Christie's speech at the Reagan presidential library: "The Republican governor warned that the nation's credibility abroad was being damaged by troubles at home. He charged that an indecisive White House has deepened the nation's economic pain, and he accused President Obama of preparing to divide the country to win re-election next year."
After difficult two weeks Perry's campaign confirm they've raised more than $10 million - WSJ
The Washington Post reports on how Perry is attempting to reassure supporters. The Texas Governor has held a conference call with thousands of activists in early voting states, will speak to donors and has launched videos attacking Romney's flip flops.
- In Iowa, Anita Perry defends husband's immigration views - LA Times... as does Jeb Bush - USA Today.
- Perry isn't bipartisan - Economist
2012 GOP race in brief:
- Now in sixth place, Bachmann attempts to revive campaign in the state that matters most to her; Iowa - WSJ
- Cain's 999 economic plan is drawing attention - NPR
- Herman Cain says there'd be no celebrity visits in his White House, just lots of focus on economic growth - Daily Caller
- RedState praises Cain for running for someTHING, not against someONE.
- All candidates seek Donald Trump's approval - Daily Beast
- Huntsman lags so far behind in national polls that he may be excluded from an upcoming national debate, a critical platform he needs to sell himself to a national audience - Washington Examiner
Mitch Daniels' message to all GOP candidates...
"Daniels' message, based on his new book, "Keeping the Republic," was important, one that every presidential candidate should heed -- because it was about a looming issue that Barack Obama has so far decided to duck but that one of them, if he is elected, may have to confront. We face, Daniels said, "a survival-level threat to the America we have known."" - Michael Barone in the Washington Examiner
Blue Dog Democrats are already an endangered species but redistricting poses new threat to them - Roll Call
Bill Clinton's criticisms of Obama's economic policies reignite speculation about Hillary Clinton running - Fox
Nothing is more crucial to the president’s reelection strategy than a super-strong showing among black voters...
...argues Dick Morris in Roll Call BUT: "According to a Washington Post/ABC News survey, his favorability rating among African-Americans has dropped off a cliff, plunging from 83 percent five months ago to a mere 58 percent today — a drop of 25 points, a bit more than a point per week!"
- Obama's economic policies hurt Obama most of all - Victor Davis Hanson for NRO
The President also has big problems with that other voting group that supported him in large numbers in 2008... Young Americans...
"In June of this year, a poll of young Americans found an astounding 44 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds disapprove of how Obama has handled youth unemployment, while only 31 percent approve. That discontent is potentially devastating to Democrats." - Fox
The deficit supercommittee is meeting in secret as John Kerry tells reporters: "I don't want to discuss what we discussed" - Politico
"House Republicans have begun an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funds, questioning whether the national network of abortion providers has proper checks in place to prevent violations of federal law." - Washington Times
America's future job growth lies In traditional energy industries not in green jobs - Forbes
The myth of judicial acivism: The Supreme Court struck down less than 1% of the federal laws passed over a 50-year period
"America needs instead is a properly engaged judiciary that understands the importance of constitutionally limited government and refuses to be cowed by empirically baseless accusations of judicial activism." - Clark Neily in the Wall Street Journal
Should food stamps be usable at fast food restaurants? - New York Times
At the United Nations, Canada proves - yet again - that under Stephen Harper it is a staunch ally of Israel - FrumForum
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