If you are either old enough to remember the 1964 election or are a student of politics, you are familiar with Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ad that was called “Daisy.” It showed a little girl picking daisies. That bucolic image was replaced with footage of a nuclear explosion. The ad suggested that if Barry Goldwater became President, we would have a nuclear war. The ad worked. Goldwater never became President.
Now in 2012, we have seen the footage for what may be the “Daisy” ad of 2012.
What is it?
Appearing on MSNBC today, Foster Friess, the billionaire who is bankrolling Rick Santorum’s presidential run said, “On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so inexpensive. You know, back in my days, they used Baer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”
There are times you have to ask if some people think before they speak.
This line has already shot through the blogosphere.
Rick Santorum has already come out saying that as President he would “confront the dangers of contraception.” He went on to say further on contraception, "It's not OK, because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."
Rick Santorum believes states have the right to outlaw contraception.
We are in the second great depression and this is a priority for Santorum? It is something he should not even be talking about.
If Santorum becomes the nominee, he has given the left so much ammunition that will split away many Americans from the conservative movement and the Republican Party that it will make not only a Republican Presidency impossible, but it could turn the tide in the battle for control of congress as well.
A majority of the members of the Tea Party movement are either baby boomers or seniors. A lot of us do not realize what this issue will do to the twenty and thirty something generation.
Each younger generation is a little more liberal than their parents. The generation that is the children and grand children of so many of those in this movement will look at Rick Santorum, not as a conservative but as the man who wants to lead a government that will peek into their bedrooms and control some of the most important decisions in their lives.
Obama cannot win reelection in 2012. Unemployment is over 8%. The real unemployment rate is really 15%. Gas is certainly going to be over $4 a gallon this summer and possibly as much as $5.
Obama cannot win.
The Republican nominee, who ever he is, can lose.
As much as Americans are unhappy with Obama, if they fear the Republican nominee, they will put Obama back in office.
Rick Santorum and Foster Friess, with their insane comments on contraception have the possibility of driving voters under forty back into the arms of Democrats and Obama.
If they fear Santorum more than they fear the economy under Obama, this is a recipe for disaster and that is exactly what will happen.
Friess’ statements today and Santorum’s statements yesterday and earlier this year will be incredible fodder for the Democrats and their allies in the drive by media.
Those statements will be the soundtrack for the 2012 edition of the Daisy ad for the Democrats.
And it will be just as effective.
Scary indeed! If each generation is more liberal. More liberal means more government, see definitions of the direction we are heading, below:
(Definitions: Communism: Government ownership of the means of production. Fascism: Government control of the means of production. Nazism: Fascism with a genetic component.) This means that whenever anything goes wrong with the economy Capitalism is blamed even if brought about by government interference like the housing boom and bust. The solutions proposed are more government control (read Fascism). This creates more economic turmoil for which, once again, Capitalism is blamed. And the vicious cycle continues.
"According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, there are clear gender differences in voter turnout: In recent elections, voter turnout rates for women have equaled or exceeded voter turnout rates for men. Women, who constitute more than half the population, have cast between four and seven million more votes than men in recent elections. In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion [of] female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of male adults who voted."
Rick Santorum is making a losing argument and its tainting the Republican brand. After the contraception argument, personhood amendment in Mississippi and now Virginia, Susan G Komen rescinding Planned Parenthood funding before reinstating it, my mother has vowed to vote Obama this year. And she's a practicing Catholic. She thinks our side is anti-woman.
The Left loves this. Instead of discussing the issues that are important they will just keep pushing the Conservatives faces in the mud and exploit the social issues.
Unfortunately our candidates are falling right in step with them and allowing this.
Where are the detailed plans for our economy when the European Union collapses. It will collapse because it must.
Where are the detalied platforms for long term jobs, trade reform, tax reform, regulation reform, immigration reform, energy policies and foreign policies. The candidates need to shift their focus onto the main problems confronting our nation. This religious "compromise" is just a stall tactic, as are all of Obama's delays, until after the election.
He knows if he gets reelected his Socialist/Marxist machine will be unstoppable as he won't be constrained due to being term-limited. We already have seen his blatant abuse of recess appointments, executive orders and Constitutional usurpation.
We MUST retain control of the House and regain control of the Senate at bare minimum. Defeating Obama can only be done on the issues he has failed so miserably on.
COC & ABO (Control of Congress & Anybody But Obama) 2012
I usually agree with a lot of what this post says. I love Newt and would love for him to be the nominee. However, if anyone would listen to the words spoken by Friess just before the selected quote in this article, he pointed out just how ridiculous it is that with all the economic problems our country is faced with, so many choose to focus instead on issues of contraception and sex. I COMPLETELY agree with Friess on this point!
I agree with him as well. Most of our fiscal problems can be traced right back to un-wed mothers staying in the welfare system and producing more babies to get more of that money. The trillions that we have spent on these social issues are linked. John Adams said that our Constitution was for a Moral and Religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. If that is not what we are witnessing right now, then what is it? The Constitution if being used against us, BECAUSE we are not a moral and religious people anymore. If girls would keep their legs closed and men would stay with their wives and raise their families we would be in a lot less mess than we are in today. Our moral foundation has rotted to the core, and we have no moral compass left in this country. It wouldn't be until we return to that compass (God) that we can get on the right track. That my friends IS the bottom line and the ONLY thing that will save this nation. Not Rick, Newt nor Mitt or even the "chosen" one, Obumma. ONLY GOD HIMSELF!
Can't disagree with any of this. The #1 thing the GOP nominee, whoever that is, needs to focus on in order to beat Obama and win the White House is simple: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
Start by asking Americans this question: what has Barack Obama done to get people working again, and has it worked? If not, why not?
Then, after giving them the answer to those questions, tell them: "THIS IS WHAT MY PRESIDENCY WILL DO TO GET AMERICA WORKING AGAIN." There .... that's the first conversation to have with Americans. Are other things, like defense, the courts, Obamacare, etc. important? Sure they are. But if you want to talk to Americans about what WE talk about at the dinner table, it's JOBS; both ours (if we have one) and the fact that so many of our families and friends DON'T have one. THAT will get voters' attention and hold it. Tell them you know what's happening, why, and how Obama - with four more years - will make it worse, and you've drawn them in. Tell voters you have a PLAN to fix things (that WON'T involve people hurting more, unless it's absolutely necessary), and that you know how to execute that plan .... then you'll find yourself sitting in the Oval Office .... and I don't mean just for beer and brats.
The candidate who can accomplish that will get voters on their side. And if they have answers for other problems, dandy. But they gotta start with the JOBS issue - period.
A man who is faithful in the small things will be faithful in the large. While you may not agree with his stance on contraceptives and such, it is refreshing to see a man who will stand by his convictions rather than acting like a fish out of water flip-floping all over the place. Michael Radisson's mother may feel that Santorum is anti-woman, but she plans to vote for a person who isn't a natural born citizen, is anti-American, anti-free market, anti-Christian who wants to give our missle defense secrets to the Soviets and our money to our enemies. With all respect, she needs to stop sipping the Kool-Ade....and so do many others.
Had an exlady friend ,managed a realty company in Fl, voted for Clinton because he was so charming, this contraceptive issue isn't about Catholics, it's designed to drive dumbass women to vote for Ovomit & it will work.
Now we are to believe a practicing Catholic who will be vindictive because Santorum associates with a comedian & this will drive her to Ovomit, she really has her priorties in order. I have never seen scripture whereby there were differences allowed due to personal interpretations, but Hell what do I know?, just a Baptist
With friends like Foster Friess, Santorum doesn't need enemies.
OTOH, challenging contraception is part of Santorum's social conservative milieu, and while he can choose how he wants to frame the debate so as to appeal to the widest possible audience, he cannot avoid the subject and be true to himself. I, for one, believe that Santorum could beat Obama even with this issue as part of his platform, if he had a national organization that could carry the fight. Unfortunately, Foster Friess has created an unwanted issue for Santorum that could hurt him, and also unfortunately, Santorum's organization is weak. I support him, and I hope he can make it all the way to the convention with enough delegates to win or at least strongly influence the platform, but I am concerned, and comments like Mr. Friess made do not ease my concerns at all.
Santorum is stuck on stupid! So at this point we have Romney who has failed to win over most conservatives and won't win over independents. And Santorum who is all about social issues and Iran not about jobs and the economy. That leaves only one person to bounce back and take the nomination, who has the bold ideas and who we need to invest our effort in. Newt.