Thursday, March 29, 2012

Oh NO! Gingrich Unleashes Vince Haley As New Campaign Chair

Vince Haley
As usual, the main stream media spends its time parroting presidential aspirant, Speaker Newt Gingrich's, recent announcement to reduce his campaign staff by one-third and narrow his focus on those goals which he hopes will carry him on to the GOP Convention in Tampa in August.  But because many of today's journalists are so lazy and don't know how to go a step further ... they've missed the huge story.

So, here is the big news in this whole transition: who Newt tapped as the new man in charge of the Gingrich 2012 election ship, Vince Haley––who replaces Michael Krull. 

Now believe me, Haley, is a piece of work! 

Best known for his keen ability to "think outside the Washington, D.C. beltway box" and... for not being afraid to verbalize and implement his unconventional–– often radical ideas––Haley, without a doubt was the quiet boots-on-the-ground, mastermind of Gingrich's South Carolina primary win. 

No one in America (including former community organizer, Barack H. Obama, nor Karl Rove of the Bush administration) does grassroots strategising as effectively as Vince Haley. Don't let the youth of Haley fool you... he is a prolific writer and one of the best opposition researchers in politics today.  

His uncanny ability to draft strategic plans that include layers-upon-layers of variables and options, and also his nonchalant style of incorporating matrixes of plans A's and B's within any given strategic plan... makes him a force to be reckoned with.  

Haley has long been considered one of Newt's coveted secret weapons. Cloaked in an unassuming, boy-next-door persona, Vince Haley's behind-the-scenes hardball tactics have disarmed many in the political field... often catching off-guard those who have discounted his abilities. Consequently, by the time it has been realized that he has seized control of the political debate and has forever altered the trajectory of the moment  ... it's too late! 

So... for Gingrich to unleash Haley at this stage of the political process indicates Newt has only just begun to fight.

Indeed, young Haley is one to watch... as he is sure to bring his signature "David & Goliath, hit-'em-and-kill-'em" political game plan that presents meaningful, thought-provoking issues which are sure to have Americans' tongues wagging. He has the skills to take Gingrich's flailing campaign to a whole new level, and finally, he will offer hard-hitting push backs, unlike Senator John McCain's wimpy responses back in 2008, to assure the American public that the truth gets out.  

Nope... Haley will research President Obama's talking points and policies to the 'empth' degree for accuracy and take it straight to the President in a way that won't be pretty!  

*Pop the popcorn. Game.ON!*


Friday, March 23, 2012


UPDATE:  An eyewitness, who allegedly saw the entire incident has come forth with details that support Zimmerman's claim.

As tensions and anger continue to rise in the aftermath of the killing of Florida youth, Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama, chimed in on the tragedy.|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D146021

The death of this 17-year old black teen has ignited a nationwide fuse.  Young Martin was gunned down by a zealous, Spanish-speaking minority neighborhood watchman––who has yet to be held accountable for the slaying–– and could pit two of the President's major minority cultures against each other.  

Yes, it's true that the President, while slow to jump into the fray and comment on the matter, really had no other choice but to weigh in on this explosive issue.  Pressure was mounting for Obama to say something, as many in the African American community were voicing strong vexations against him for not using his bully pulpit in support of this cause in the same manner which he came out to support Ms. Sandra Fluke, a white woman, in her recent contraception controversy in February.  

As the President of all the citizens of this nation, Obama will need to walk gingerly as this controversy plays out, and may not want to wade into this fray any further. That may be difficult because as a black man, and the first African American President, he should know how Blacks––particularly black males–– and the law have continued enmity... and been quicker on his game.  

I look for President Obama to make some visible overtures and meaningful concessions to the black community for his brazen oversight of coming out the gate on this so slow––since he has basically ignored them for the bulk of his three years in office–– lest he risk losing this needed base in his re-election bid. 

But in the President's defense... perhaps because he did not grow up in a black neighborhood, but was raised by, and hung out with white folks all his life... he may not truly have understood the severity and seriousness of this teen's killing because he had no Black reference point as a teen growing up in Hawaii.   

But... the President did step in and hopefully his comments can help tamp down what could spiral into 1970's-style disorder in America. It's always better late... than never.

Monday, March 19, 2012

This Is A Political Civil War––Anyway You Slice it!

Governor Sarah Palin, Speaker Newt Gingrich and many Tea Party members are of the belief that a protracted GOP Presidential primary is a good vetting exercise, and that such an exercise only strengthens whoever the potential GOP nominee will be for the Fall.  

But that does not seem to be how long-time establishment Republicans, such as former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and D.C. pundit, Karl Rove view it. Both men recently took to the national news shows to voice their opposition to the negative tone and long, drawn out battle of this year's Republican primary. 

So... which side is right? Would Barbour, Rove and company rather wait until the Fall and allow President Obama's savvy opposition research team to present to the general public all the background information that is currently bombarding the airwaves on Mitt, Newt, Rick or Ron (whichever should win the nomination)?

Or is Sarah Palin's position the right one: encouraging the fight to continue so that all the voters in all the States get an opportunity to participate in this democratic process? 

For the record... both sides have merit in their arguments. 

But, as I see it, there is a bigger tussle going on as well... a fight for the soul and direction of the Republican Party and which of these sides will be in charge going forward.  And that battle doesn't appear as if it is going to be over anytime soon!

The GOP battle lines that are being drawn are clear to me: they are between rich, money-having, elite Republicans––that Romney represents... versus the working class, poor, grassroots Republicans––that Palin/Gingrich relate more to.

If the rich Republicans can shut down the "negative" primary wars at this juncture, then their candidate, Mitt Romney, moonwalks to the nomination.  

But... if the poor/regular Republicans can hang on and allow the primary process to continue through the Convention in Florida, there is a big chance that they will have a majority at the table and can force a brokered convention––which will open the door for a conservative-favorite such as Palin or another Tea Party candidate to be victorious.

Rich/poor... elite/grassroots... This is a political civil war anyway to slice it!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mississippi and Alabama: A MUST for Gingrich or Santorum!

The South has always been a must-win for any GOP presidential contender.

But this year it is especially critical for Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Rick Santorum to carry the southern states in order to amass enough delegates to go forward to the 2012 nomination in Tampa, in hopes of a face-off against President Barack Obama in November. 

As I said in the above quote in the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Mississippi and Alabama primaries are 'do or die' contests for both candidates. 

It's true that Governor Mitt Romney currently leads in delegates, but with MS, AL and Texas primaries on the horizon, those numbers could change the landscape significantly.  And the way I see it... it's going to come down to the Evangelicals and Christian conservative voters this year. No doubt about it!

Monday, March 5, 2012


Rush Limbaugh
The controversy surrounding Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh now enters another week... a week that may be critical to the  nationally syndicated shows survivability.  

Yes... a 7th advertiser has now canceled sponsorship on the show and Limbaugh's apology may not be enough to stave-off what appears to be a major money hemorrhage!

While David Frum did an excellent job framing the argument in a recent CNN opinion piece... the real fact of the matter is Rush was wrong! 

It is not funny, not cute, nor is it a laughing matter how women are increasingly being verbally assaulted in this country and It.MUST.Stop!  Rush saying he was just "joking" is not going to cut it.  Calling any woman a slut, the "B" word, a whore or any such derogative term... has no place in the public forum.

Rush knows the rules.  And this time, he went too far and crossed the line.  And so, his advertisers are right in doing what 3 of the four Republican candidates should also be doing––letting it be known that this type of behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. PERIOD!

President Barack Obama was spot-on in coming out to repudiate Rush for this assaultive language.  Any man with daughters, a wife, nieces, a mom, or a girlfriend should be offended by such crude comments... and be man enough to say so!

So what are you waiting for Newt, Mitt and Rick? Denounce Rush Limbaugh for this one, as the backlash from women voters may come back to bite you later. 

UPDATE : AOL joins list of advertisers to abandon Rush Limbaugh!!!

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I'm an unashamed conservative: GOP since '72. Born again Christian. Married to Rev. Chester Berryhill, Jr. This blog affords me an opportunity to share my political and social views with those who are broad thinkers, open-minded and aren't afraid to think out-of-the-box.