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Newslinks for Thursday September 29, 2011

Posted on 09/29/2011

11:00am Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Boob bait for the bubbas: Republicans have fallen for the bait year after year; will they really have the moral fortitude to resist the temptation after 2012?

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Give Cain's 9-9-9 plan a fair shake 

Fox News poll: GOP race top tier now Romney, Perry and Cain

"Three September debates have shaken-up the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Herman Cain has jumped into the top tier. Rick Perry’s stumbled. Mitt Romney's holding steady. And Michele Bachmann is hitting bottom. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday." - Fox

Complex calendar gives Romney the edge - Politico

Romney waits as GOP flirts with alternatives

Romney "After a summer spent skillfully navigating the obstacles of an unpredictable race, and after consistently rising above his rivals during three debates, Mr. Romney still faces one central question: Will he ever be able to satisfy Republicans? The latest drumbeat of adoration aimed at luring someone new into the race — this time, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey — is also a slap at Mr. Romney, whose effort to consolidate support from donors and party activists is impeded every time another potential candidate surfaces." - New York Times

  • Must Read: Romney addresses flip-flop criticism at NH town hall - ABC

Perry walks back "heartless" immigration comment

Perry Rick "'I probably chose a poor word to explain that for people who don't want their state to be giving tuition to illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, in this country, that's their call, and I respect that,' Perry said in an on-camera interview with Newsmax. 'And I was probably a bit over-passionate in using that word, and it was inappropriate. But here's what I do believe: it's a state's sovereign right to decide that issue for themselves.'" - CNN 

  • Herman Cain: "I could not support Rick Perry" due to immigration comments - Politico

2012 GOP race in brief:

  • Screen shot 2011-01-15 at 12.54.13 Anita Perry: Rick Perry "Will be better prepared" for next debate - WSJ
  • Herman Cain says black voters are "brainwashed" - Politico
  • "Speculation about a presidential bid is not only boosting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's profile nationally. It is also helping him raise money for his Republican Party back home." - WSJ
  • Romney: "It’d be fun" if Chris Christie enters GOP race - WSJ
  • Palin's self-imposed decision deadline looms - The Hill
  • Jon Huntsman should scrape by and qualify for Nevada debate - Politico
  • Bachmann tries to reignite: "The Minnesota congresswoman couldn't be more upbeat as she strives to revitalize her presidential campaign in Iowa. But Iowa Republican leaders and some of her own supporters say recent weeks have revealed weaknesses." - WSJ ($)
  • Philip Klein on Perry vs Santorum: "There are two questions at the heart of the debate: First, does government have a role in promoting morality through lawmaking? Second, should states and local communities answer this question rather than the federal government?" - Washington Examiner

Republicans hoping Obama's unpopularity will yield upset in West Virginia Governor's race - National Journal

Supreme Court asked to rule on Obamacare - with a decision by June 2012

Screen shot 2010-12-09 at 10.17.03 "A 26-state coalition has asked the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of the massive health care reform legislation championed by President Barack Obama. The petition filed Wednesday virtually assures a landmark decision by June, in the thick of a presidential election year." - CNN

"The political calculus is complicated. A decision striking down President Obama’s signature legislative achievement only months before the election would doubtless be a blow. But a decision from a court divided along ideological lines could further energize voters already critical of last year’s 5-to-4 campaign finance decision, Citizens United." - New York Times

  • "Whichever side the majority falls is likely to be decided by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy will never be on a ballot, but the Obama administration has bolstered the possibility that Kennedy's decision will be the president's running mate next year." - National Journal 
  • Catholics fight Obamacare rules on contraceptives - WSJ

Florida will likely hold January primary, threatening presidential calendar

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13 "Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray and jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than party leaders had hoped. ... If that happens, it would almost certainly force the traditional early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to leapfrog Florida and move their primaries and caucuses into early- to mid-January." - CNN

  • "The end result, some legal experts warn, could be a convoluted two-tier contest, with different rules for voting in different Florida counties." - National Journal
  • "Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is facing one of the biggest challenges of his tenure — juggling the party’s presidential primary calendar." - The Hill

NRCC launches new campaign: "Where are the Blue Dogs?"

"Self-proclaimed 'moderate' Blue Dog Democrats have become an endangered species after their constituents discovered their true colors. In the 2010 cycle, Republicans defeated 28 Blue Dogs, dwindling their coalition from 54 down to a mere 26 lap dogs. Now, seeing the writing on the wall, these 26 supposed moderates are in hiding, fearful of being found and held accountable for their partisan job-destroying records." - NRCC

Tea Party Sen. Ron Johnson vs. the establishment Sen. Roy Blunt in Senate GOP leadership race

"Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) has quickly secured the support of conservatives in his bid for GOP Conference vice chairman, but Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) could still prove to be a tough opponent in any head-to-head matchup if leadership members and other establishment Republicans side with him." - Roll Call

Alabama wins in ruling on its immigration law, now has toughest in the country - New York Times

Ohio, Pa. polls show trouble for Obama - USA Today

GOP stifling efforts for immigration reform, Obama says

Obama video "Obama reiterated that he he supports a pathway for legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. His immigration vision includes having undocumented immigrants pay a fine or learn English, or other steps that will lead to citizenship. Tough border security enforcement and actions against employers who hire illegal immigrants are the other pillars of his plan." - CNN

  • "President Obama, seeking to shore up support among a key constituency that wants to see him work more to keep his 2008 promises, staunchly defended his record on Latino issues on Wednesday, insisting that 'it is just not true' that he can somehow bypass the Congress to push the Hispanic agenda." - National Journal

Karl Rove: Obama will alienate swing voters by feeding red meat to his base

Rove "There are two ways the president could re-energize Democrats. One is by offering a positive, uplifting vision, which is what Mr. Obama did in 2008. If employed now, that strategy would allow the president to reconnect with the swing voters he desperately needs for victory. The other approach is to feed the Democratic base red meat, which is what Mr. Obama is doing now. But what pleases left-wing donors and activists will alienate the decisive voters. Team Obama assumes the president can play to disenchanted donors and MoveOn.org organizers now and pivot to the center next fall. I'm not so sure." - WSJ ($)

John Bolton and Dan Blumenthal: Time to kill the Law of the Sea Treaty - again

Bolton John"The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)—signed by the U.S. in 1994 but never ratified by the Senate—is showing some signs of life on Capitol Hill, even as new circumstances make it less attractive than ever. With China emerging as a major power, ratifying the treaty now would encourage Sino-American strife, constrain U.S. naval activities, and do nothing to resolve China's expansive maritime territorial claims." - WSJ ($)

Man arrested in "step-by-step" plot to blow up Capitol, Pentagon

"The FBI arrested and charged a man Wednesday for allegedly plotting to blow up the Capitol and the Pentagon. The 26-year-old Massachusetts man, Rezwan Ferdaus, was arrested as part of an FBI sting operation in which he was made to believe he was working with members of al Qaeda, who were actually undercover agents." - The Hill

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