Hannity’s Headlines: Sean Tears Into The Media In Post-Debate Analysis

Sean Tears Into The Media In Post-Debate Analysis
No matter who you believe won Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican primary debate, there was one clear loser: the mainstream media. In the closing moments of Wednesday’s Hannity, Sean unleashed on the media with both barrels for their shameless performance.

WATCH: Sean Tears Into The Media In Post-Debate Analysis

“You know I’ve got to tell you something,” Sean began, “Between the comments of Ted Cruz tonight, and the comments of Marco Rubio tonight and the comments of Chris Christie tonight and the comments of Mike Huckabee tonight, you know, I’m looking at The Drudge Report and ‘The debate was an encyclopedic example of liberal media bias.’ You know what? This is going to go down in history as a really bad night for the media.”

Is Congress About To Hand President Obama Unlimited Spending Power?
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is standing firm against the budget deal that made it through the House on Wednesday. The two-year deal won the approval of 79 Republicans and 187 Democrats and will now make its way to the Senate.
According to Paul, the budget deal will hand President Obama  a virtual blank check when it comes to spending.
“Do you know that they’re going to raise the debt ceiling by an unspecified amount?” Paul said on Wednesday night’s Hannity. “They’re giving the power to President Obama, in his final year, to spend whatever he wants to spend. No limits. There will be no limits on the debt ceiling when this passes. This is horrendous.”

Senator Paul is considering a filibuster to stop the deal from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.
“Why have Republicans allowed this to happen?” Sean asked the Kentucky Senator. “Since [John Boehner] has been Speaker, the debt has gone up 4.1 trillion dollars. That doesn’t sound like a party of limited government to me.”

“It bothers me also,” Paul responded. “Paul Ryan is going to vote for this increase in the debt, which is an unlimited increase in the debt.”

Paul claims that the spending is the result of an “unholy alliance” between the right and the left in Washington. “The right gets what they want, increased military spending, and the left gets what they want, increased domestic spending, and there’s sort of a secret handshake, and all the spending goes up but they’re bankrupting the country.”


What the GOP field is saying about Rick Perry

From CNN.com

Rick Perry drops out of presidential race

Washington (CNN)Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who insisted he learned lessons from his disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, dropped his second bid for the White House on Friday after just 100 days.

“Today, I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States,” Perry said in an address in St. Louis that virtually mirrored his standard stump speech until the very end. “Life is good. I am a blessed man.”

The departure of Perry, who had little support in early-voting states or among the GOP donor class, is unlikely to alter the contours of the Republican race. But Perry nevertheless implored his supporters in an email to back a candidate who embodies the principles of conservatism.

“The conservative movement has always been about principles, not personalities,” Perry said, before making a not-too-veiled swipe at Donald Trump, the GOP’s current front-runner. “Our nominee should embody those principles. He — or she — must make the case for the cause of conservatism more than the cause of their own celebrity.”

For almost two years, the swaggering Texan had prepared and studied for a second shot at the presidency. But in a 17-candidate field, Perry found himself weakened by fundraisers who ditched him for his rivals and by top surrogates who defected as his campaign crumbled. He raised only about $1 million in the first fundraising quarter, and he never had enough supporters for him to earn a spot in the premier GOP debates. Back in Texas, he remained under indictment on an abuse-of-power charge.

And as it became increasingly clear that the campaign wouldn’t be able to overcome deep financial problems that left him without enough money to win a competitive race, he became the first GOP candidate to leave it.

Still, Perry’s exit still comes surprisingly early. He was scheduled to appear next week at CNN’s Republican debate, which his allies hoped would be a turning point for his troubled campaign. His super PAC sat on more than $17 million that it was investing in Iowa to fill the void created by his Austin-based campaign as its financial difficulties mounted. And Perry acted very much the candidate all day on Friday, authoring an opinion piece about terrorism in National Review in the morning and sharing his vision for his presidency for a half hour in his St. Louis speech in the afternoon.

Some of his top supporters expressed shock that Perry bowed out so early. David Johnson, an Iowa state senator and the candidate’s top backer in the Hawkeye State, said Perry may have prematurely pulled the plug.

“Perhaps Governor Perry sees something that I don’t,” Johnson said, explaining that he heard about Perry’s decision from the other Texan in the race — Ted Cruz. “I was certainly ready to go.”

Perry was unable to reassemble the Texas political and financial base that made him, at one point, the party’s front-runner in the last presidential cycle. In the 2012 race, his campaign was dogged by questions about his readiness, punctuated by an embarrassing moment in a debate when he couldn’t name the third agency he planned to eliminate as president.

And just as in his first campaign, the man who was once governor of the largest Republican state for 14 years, leaves the campaign trail disappointed and also politically damaged.

Deep financial problems

The second campaign began to unravel this summer, with the operation essentially abandoning its efforts in Iowa and New Hampshire. Doug Deason, the son of a $5 million donor to the Perry super PAC, said Perry’s campaign had only raised $100,000 in the two months since the last reporting period. Deason said Perry delivered the news of the suspension to him on Thursday.

“He felt it coming. He knew there’s only so much the super PAC can do,” explained Deason, a powerful Texas donor who is part of the Koch Brothers’ political network. “After the word got out they were struggling, they did start getting donations in — but it just wasn’t enough to really make a difference.”

Deason expects to get his millions of dollars returned next week.

“The beauty, of course, of investing in a super PAC is you get the money back that doesn’t get spent,” Deason said.

But Austin Barbour, the group’s top operative, said it was not immediately clear if the law allowed the donations to be refunded.

Nevertheless, other campaigns Friday evening were moving rapidly to poach top financial and political backers of Perry. Deason dined with Cruz a few evenings ago. Even while Friday’s speech was going on, Deason was contacted by Cruz finance director Willie Langston and lieutenants from the Jeb Bush and Scott Walker campaigns. Johnson said in the hours after Perry’s decision, he heard from aides representing Walker, Cruz and Rick Santorum.

“Would you consider another Texan for president?” asked Bryan English, Cruz’s Iowa state director, according to Johnson.

The departure of Perry speaks in part to the limitations of super PACs, which had been expected to save the cash-strapped campaign. Perry’s well-funded group, Opportunity and Freedom PAC, depended heavily on a small group of Texas families, and the organization had indicated it was willing to hire field operatives and launch an aggressive advertising campaign.

“In It For The Long Haul: Opportunity and Freedom PAC Is Back On The Air In Iowa,” the group announced at 9 a.m. on Friday.

“We all felt like we had really turned a corner in the past few days,” said a disappointed Barbour, whose super PAC had knocked on 10,000 doors in Iowa so far. “We wanted to fight. We felt like there was path, but again, it’s not up to us.”

Earlier this week, Perry shuttered his South Carolina campaign headquarters in the capital city of Columbia. And field staffers in Iowa and New Hampshire went without pay this month as the campaign tried to salvage its operation. About a month ago, Perry’s campaign announced that it would no longer be paying staff across the country.

Some Perry staffers had remained loyal to the campaign, and his super PAC was expected to play a growing, if not unprecedented, role in resuscitating the official campaign. Perry’s support barely registered in polls, but his departure will likely create an intense fight for the dollars that have flooded his big-money group, which must spend the money independently.

It is unclear which candidate, or candidates, will inherit the support of Perry’s backers. In the past, Perry has repeatedly gone out of his way to lavish praise on another candidate with Texas roots: businesswoman Carly Fiorina.

2016 candidates salute Perry

Soon after Perry announced the end of his bid, a flood of warm wishes came from his now-former GOP presidential rivals on Twitter — perhaps in an effort to court his support, or that of his backers.

“.@GovernorPerry is a terrific guy and I wish him well- I know he will have a great future!” tweeted Trump, who has made antagonizing his GOP rivals, including Perry, a hallmark of his campaign.

Cruz said he donated to The Lone Survivor Foundation and the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, two of Perry’s favorite charities, and praised his one-time boss.

“The entire GOP field was unquestionably made stronger by the experience & wisdom @GovernorPerry brought to the race,” he tweeted.

“.@GovernorPerry has dedicated his entire life to his family, friends, and Jesus Christ,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said.

Bush praised Perry for his commitment to conservatism.

“Amen. God bless Rick Perry for his continuing commitment to that cause,” Bush said.

“@GovernorPerry getting to know you and Anita has been a great joy for our family. Thank you for your service friend,” Santorum tweeted.

Other candidates, like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who have feuded with Trump, used Perry’s departure to mock the GOP front-runner.

“.@realDonaldTrump Attacked him one day. Praised him today. Sounding like a typical politician. Rick is a better man than you’ll ever be,” Jindal tweeted.

“What does it say about GOP when a 3 & half term Gov w/ a successful record of creating jobs bows out as a reality star leads in the polls?” Paul asked.

Gary L. Bauer: ISIS, Boy Scouts and Kudos To Cruz

From  Gary L. Bauer – Founder and President of Campaign for Working Families, Arlington, VA

Former CNN commentator Piers Morgan penned a blistering op-ed this week warning that ISIS was winning and that President Obama “only has himself to blame.” Here’s an excerpt:

“Obama’s had plenty of time to devise a successful strategy for dealing with the emerging threat of ISIS, and so far he has spectacularly failed.

“As they beheaded Americans, he made somber speeches, then played golf minutes literally seven minutes later. . . . The clear message? ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got this all under control.’ Only he hasn’t. Many parts of Iraq and Syria are demonstrably raging OUT of control. Obama’s ‘lead from behind’ military strategy . . . now looks hopelessly misguided. His decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq seems even more disastrous. . .

“It’s time President Obama stopped talking a good game, and actually played one. Because I don’t think it’s too big a leap to suggest ISIS currently represents one of the biggest threats to global peace since the Nazis. . . . Sometimes, as the world found with Hitler, the only way to beat such an oppressive, evil enemy is through might. . . .

“President Obama has to stop telling us how well everything’s going, admit this is now a very serious and unstable situation, and do something meaningful about it. . . . In short, the President has to show that the golf clubs are back in the bag now, and he’s serious. ISIS is winning. They must be stopped. Or we’ll all lose.”
Scouts Cave

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, also the national president of the Boy Scouts of America, said today that he is urging the BSA to end its ban on homosexual adult leaders. Press reports say the decision was made “in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles.”

I can’t say that I am surprised. It was inevitable after the organization liberalized its membership rules two years ago. Many families committed to Judeo-Christian values have since joined Trail Life USA.

But note the reasoning behind this decision. The tolerant thing to do would have been for gay scouts to form their own group rather than demand that the Boy Scouts of America change its values under threat of “destructive legal battles.”

But the militant left isn’t asking for tolerance. It is demanding submission to its agenda.

The Silencing

Speaking of the intolerant left, if you’re looking for good summer reading material, I recommend Kirsten Powers’ new book, “The Silencing: How The Left Is Killing Free Speech.”

Conservatives have long complained about the media’s liberal bias. But even some liberals like Powers are disturbed by the left’s increasing intolerance and hostility.

USA Today columnist and commentator on Fox News, Powers is a recent convert to Christianity and it seems the scales are falling from her eyes in more ways than one. Consider this excerpt from her book:

“This intolerance is not a passive matter of opinion. It’s an aggressive, illiberal impulse to silence people. This conduct has become an existential threat to those who hold orthodox religious beliefs. But increasingly I hear from people across the political spectrum who are fearful not only of expressing their views, but also as to where all of this is heading.

“I’ve followed this trend closely as a columnist with growing concern. It’s become clear that the attempts — too often successful — to silence dissent from the liberal worldview aren’t isolated outbursts. They are part of a bigger story.”

Needless to say, Powers is now under incredible attack from the left, which is attempting — of course — to silence her! I don’t agree with Powers on everything, but she is absolutely right about the left. And I am happy to recommend her book as a way of showing support for free speech and expression.

Kudos To Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks during the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10.

Tuesday Senator Ted Cruz did a brief interview with a local reporter in Beaumont, Texas. The reporter repeatedly hectored Cruz with “gotcha” questions such as, “Do you have a personal animosity toward gay Americans?”
The senator knocked it out of the park. Here’s what Cruz said:
“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex? . . . ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

Sticking to his script, the reporter again asked, “Do you have a personal animosity toward gay Americans?” Cruz shot back:
“Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody. And what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution, which is what we should all be focused on. The Constitution gives marriage to elected state legislators. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president or to unelected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.” Kudos to Ted Cruz! That is the right answer and the right way to handle hostile media.

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