That’s the money quote from this bit of testimony at last week’s congressional hearing on the Benghazi attack:
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The storyline shifts again to make the show more entertaining:
According to the latest survey from Public Policy Polling, it looks like a statistical dead heat between Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum for the top slot in the state.
With a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points, Romney leads with 19 percent, followed by Paul with 18 percent and Santorum with 17 percent. As with the Des Moines Register poll unveiled Saturday night, Santorum appears to have the most momentum of all of the candidates, with an eight point surge from last week. Santorum also has the highest favorability rating of all the candidates—60 percent—which could give him an edge with the 41 percent of Iowa caucus voters who say they have not yet made up their minds.
Gov. Rick Perry has suddenly decided that he made a mistake back in 2007 when he issued an executive order mandating that all sixth-grade girls in Texas receive a controversial vaccine against the human papillomavirus:
Some conservatives believe Perry’s about-face is genuine — he’s thought about it and now admits it was a mistake. The Family Research Council is now “satisfied” that Perry’s sudden interest in HPV was based on Perry’s “concern with protecting human life” at the time.
But a trip in the Wayback Machine shows that this is actually a case of Perry being hoist[ed] on his own petard: He tried to be a good Republican by doing what big business lobbyists paid him to do and now finds that conflicts directly with what the good Republicans of the anti-vaccine religious right want him to do. He cannot have it both ways, so he’s chosen the latter.
Short form: Gov. Perry is for sale and he always has been. He was for Al Gore (Texas campaign manager during Gore’s run for president in 1988) before he was against him. And now he’s against Merck — ever since last weekend, when he publicly announced his run for president.
Sadly, the Family Research Council and other conservatives officially interpret Perry’s about-face as genuine and not as a cynical attempt to pander to evangelicals. The FRC is apparently believes the end justifies supporting whichever Republican they think can win the next election.
More disturbing, though, is that those of us who’ve raised the issue (and questioned the efficacy, safety, and need for an HPV vaccine) are portrayed as “anti-vaccine crazies” by other conservatives!
That’s as insulting and ignorant as the claim by Obamabots that opposition to the president is naked racism.
Have the president’s handlers completely isolated him from public opinion?
President Obama on Friday kept up the pressure on Republicans to agree to revenue increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, claiming 80 percent of the public supports Democrats’ demand for tax increases.
“The American people are sold,” Obama said. “The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”
Can you honestly think of any time in American history when 80% of the public approved of a tax increase? For schools, fire protection districts, libraries — anything?
We can’t get 60% of us to agree on anything! Well, except for the 69% of us voters who oppose raising the debt ceiling. (And the similar percentages that opposed bailing out Wall Street, and Obamacare…)
Either the president is blinded by arrogance or his staff is keeping him away from the “Internets”. I guarantee you this part of Flyoverland is overwhelmingly opposed to raising taxes to pay for more social engineering and nation building.