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Bachmann shows Santorum how not to take the liberal bait

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:45 pm - March 5, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Just a few moments ago, when I was doing cardio at the gym, I caught Michele Bachmann on Piers Morgan.  Now, the Minnesota Congressman has a long way to go before she earns my support, but in holding her own against the CNN anchor’s barrage of hostile questions, she gained a bit of my respect.

Instead of taking the bait on the contraception issue as has one of her former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, she made it clear that the issue was not contraception, but the federal mandate, with the government dictating what qualifies as valid health insurance coverage.  (When the transcript is up, I will post her actual remarks.*)

On the issue of gays, she also refused to take the bait.  Morgan kept pressing her to weigh in on actor Kirk Cameron’s recent comments on his program that homosexuality was “unnatural” and “ultimately destructive.”  She replied that she wasn’t there “as anybody’s judge”.

Morgan persisted with this line of questioning and, in the words of Frances Martel on Mediaite:

Bachmann eventually relented on the entire topic. “I think I’ve had enough of this conversation,” she told him, “we’ve beaten this horse to death.” Morgan seemed surprised she was done with the subject. “It was quite a lively horse though, wasn’t it?” he joked. “For you!” she replied, half in jest.

From my perspective, she wasn’t replying in jest, but in mockery, wondering why Morgan wanted to talk about gays when she wanted to talk about the economy and national security.  (RELATED: Gingrich Scolds David Gregory: Why Is Rush Limbaugh ‘The Great National Crisis Of This Week’?)

No, Michele Bachmann has not redeemed herself for some of the things she has said (about gays) in the past, but she did show how a social conservative can refuse to take the bait of a liberal-leaning journalist, an education that might benefit a certain former Pennsylvania Senator.

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Netanyahu mentions gays in AIPAC speech

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:21 pm - March 5, 2012.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands,Politics abroad

Just caught Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech tonight to AIPAC.  It was a powerful address when he reminded his listeners that Israel was the only nation in the Middle East where minorities, including Arabs, have civil rights.

When he defined the tyranny that reigns in Iran, he pointed out that Iran hangs gays.  We must always remember that gay men and lesbians can live openly, live freely in nations like Israel, but in such places like Iran, their freedom is not existent and their lives could readily become forfeit to a radical regime.

Have Obama’s internals shown weakening support among women?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:07 pm - March 5, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Blogging,Blogress Divas

Last night, after toasting Andrew Breitbart, I enjoyed a number of good conversations with a great variety of right-of-center bloggers, blogresses and blog readers, chief among them, the ever-insightful Joy McCann, AKA Little Miss Attila.  Among the issues we considered were the contraception kerfuffle, the rising price of groceries and the apparent insecurity in the Obama camp.

I speculated that the Democrat’s internal poll show that his support is very soft, that he has a hard core base, perhaps as high as 40% who definitely plan on voting for him eight months hence.  And in the surveys showing him leading his Republican challengers, many of those currently backing the incumbent indicate that they could change their mind.  Listening to Joy,* I began to wonder if the president’s polls have been showing soft support among women, hence the Democrats’ attempt to peddle the dishonest notion of a “Republican War on Women.”

Joy wonders how effective that strategy will be, quoting one of the good “Prof. Reynolds’ readers” who once put it this way, “a Democrat who frightens women cannot win anything. Period.”  In a post today, the good professor expanded on that point, “This is why the Obama Administration is trying so hard to silence its critics. They know they’re going to have problems enough between now and November. They’d rather talk about birth control.

Among those problems is this sign of an economic slowdown.

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It’s not about Rush’s language, but his politics

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:45 pm - March 5, 2012.
Filed under: Democrats & Double Standards,Liberal Hypocrisy

Even after Rush Limbaugh apologized (on more than one occasion) for his ugly and intemperate language, even acknowledging (as well he should have) that he was “wrong” to call the reproductive rights activist a “slut,” some on the left will have none of it.  Some of my friends on Facebook are still posting appeals to the conservative talker’s advertisers to cancel their contracts.  The woman in question refuses to accept his apology.

In one thread, a woman distinguished this Rush’s case from that of Ed Schultz (who used the same term to describe conservative talker Laura Ingraham) because the left-winger “publicly apologized”.  Now, Rush has done the same.  Both men used ugly language.  Both men acknowledged their mistake, yet some of our liberal friends persist in attacking the conservative.

Guess perhaps because only liberal apologies are accepted?

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Rick67 explores what he dubs, the “unspoken assumption – and Ann Althouse helped me see this – is that there is some sort of consistent principle which the left applies”:

There isn’t. Other than the Goal. Everything else is ad hoc and contingent. Yesterday we have no problem with intemperate language – against conservatives. Today we are outraged by intemperate language – against leftists. Yesterday we offer an apology and that should be the end of it. Today we demand an apology and when you offer it it’s not good enough. Yesterday we’re outraged you didn’t include our pet activist in your hearing. Today she’s the only one speaking at our press conference.

The left is simply grabbing whatever rhetorical and emotional weapon is available for attacking anyone who would stand in the way of their agenda. (more…)

A slightly suspect survey?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:32 pm - March 5, 2012.
Filed under: Random Thoughts,We The People

A couple times in the past few weeks, I thought that perhaps I had finally been contacted for a poll of national consequence. Now, to be sure, I had been surveyed on issues of local import, that is, West Hollywood ballot initiatives, but this morning I received a call from the 307-area code (i.e., from the Cowboy State), asking me to participate in a brief 30-second inquiry into my political opinions.

Cool, I thought for a second, I was going to participate in a poll.  Then, the female voice told me that if I did I’d be eligible for a two-day cruise.  Or did she tell me that if I did answer the questions, I’d get to go on said cruise?  I never found out; the offer of the cruise made the call seem suspect. I hung up.  As I did, I remembered receiving a similar offer a few weeks ago.  Exact same voice.  Exact same offer.

Perhaps, I should have stayed on the line to see what she was offering.

Or maybe this was a sincere survey?  Has anyone else received similar phone calls?

Mitt Romney: current favorite of right-of-center bloggers?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:19 pm - March 5, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Blogging

In his latest survey of “right-of-center bloggers,” John Hawkins of Right Wing News asked a variety of questions concerning “which candidate they’d support if the 2012 Republican primaries were today“. The answers surprised him. In his e-mail introducing the results, he wrote:

For one thing, Mitt Romney FINALLY appears to have become the consensus nominee in the blogosphere. He beats all the other candidates 1-on-1. That being said, there is someone who beats Mitt 1-on-1 and that’s another significant story in and of itself.

Among these bloggers, Romney beats Santorum by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, yet falls short (47.1% to 52.9%) when we were asked if we preferred the former Massachusetts governor to “An as of yet unknown candidate selected at a brokered convention”.

Seems like even as we’re resigning ourselves to Massachusetts meatloaf, we still would prefer a nice juicy steak.

On the merits of George Clooney’s Indifference

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:07 pm - March 5, 2012.
Filed under: Integrity,Movies/Film & TV

I’m no fan of George Clooney; he’s not a very good actor, bland in (most of) his movies and smug in his personal appearances.

That said, in one aspect, he is far superior to many celebrities.  He remains pretty upfront about wanting to remain single.  He doesn’t dissemble for the sake of his image.  I had heard that he tells his girlfriends not to believe the media hype about their relationships and to trust instead to his own commitment to avoid attachment.  He doesn’t want to lead them on, encouraging them to enjoy dating, but not to get their hopes up about marriage.

On that score, he’s a man of integrity.

It is perhaps his reluctance to marry and his single status which has lead some to speculate about his sexuality.  But, the guy isn’t gay.  That said, the rumors don’t bother him:

He’s long been the subject of rampant tabloid speculation over his sexuality, but George Clooney says he doesn’t mind.

. . . .

“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community,” Clooney said. “I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh*t.”

It’s commentary like this that make me warm to the guy a bit.  He wants to keep his private life private (which is at it should be) — and is content enough with his own life that he doesn’t care what other people say about him  — an indifference to which we all should aspire.

Contraception kerfuffle to distract us from higher grocery bills?

Last night, I attended a meet-up organized through Ace of Spades for its readers and conservative bloggers in the heart of Obama country, Santa Monica. And once again, I introduced myself as a GayPatriot blogger and received a far warmer welcome than I do when I introduce myself as conservative at gay gatherings.

I had the good fortune to talk to Joy McCann who now blogs at Conservative Commune. Last week, she weighed in on the contraception kerfuffle, offering an opinion effectively identical to my own, “I don’t think the state should pay for it, or mandate it, or force others to pay for it, either directly or indirectly. Nor should the state discourage it.

Democrats sure do want to make it appear that Republicans want to prohibit it.  And with a generous assist from the legacy media, Rick Santorum and, briefly, Rush Limbaugh, they’ve been pushing that dishonest notion — and raising money from it.  As William A. Jacobson put it, zeroing in on the talk show host’s language, “the use of ‘slut’ or ‘prostitute’ even in an analogy was inappropriate, as Rush has acknowledged.  It also distracted from the attack on religious freedom which is the heart of the controversy.”

That’s not the only thing it’s distracted from.  Seems the president is bending over backwards to reach out to women voters.  And women, Joy reminded me, tend to do most of the grocery shopping.  They know, what reader ChrisH and I have observed, the cost of groceries has increased significantly over the past year. (more…)

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