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280 – White Women Wish For Wokeness, LeBron the Activist has A Lot To Learn and Mitt Romney Swings Wildly At Trump

The Women’s March in Eureka, CA has been cancelled, because of too many white women. Tony Katz breaks down the progressive cannibalism that is the very concept of “wokeness.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is running for President. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inauguration speech shows that he’s running as well. Unfortunately for him, the speech is just awful. Sen-Elect Mitt Romney takes President Trump’s character to task. Unfortunately for him, his Washington Post op-ed doesn’t do him any favors.

LeBron James may be the best basketball player in the world, and he might be the best who ever played the game. But activist LeBron James has a lot to learn.

Sen. Rand Paul Seems Up To The Fight

Because pollsters and pundits don’t often know what to do with their free time, the rest of America is subject to polls, articles, columns, soliloquies, conjecture and random grab-assery about who will be the GOP nominee in 2016. Often discussed – in both positive and negative light – is Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

It’s too early to discuss 2016. Potential candidates may be delivering vague hints as a way of building up donations (see, war-chest) and then deciding their options, but the more pressing need is 2014. Republicans need to take the Senate and secure the House before thinking about how to deal with the electoral deficit that faces them every four years.

Sen. Paul is, clearly, one of those potential 2016 candidates. He has, for a while now, been speaking about the presumptive Democrat nominee, former Secretary of State and fake bullet-dodger Hillary Clinton. He has done so through his references to President Bill Clinton and his conduct as both president and governor of Arkansas, referring to him as a “serial philanderer.”

Sen. Paul said on Fox News Wednesday of President Clinton’s extramarital activities:

We have a lot of conservative Democrats in our state who go to church each week and really don’t approve of his behavior, what he has done with sexual harassment in the workplace [referencing the Monica Lewinsky scandal]…A lot of Democrats in our state don’t approve of that kind of behavior.

I think really having him as some sort of role model for the Democrat Party, it’s something they ought to rethink because there are a lot of people who don’t agree with those kind of values.

Comments like this have elicited a wide array of negative responses from Democrats and Republicans.

Fox News contributor and key Bush 43 perfunctory Karl Rove said, “Frankly, Rand Paul spending a lot of time talking about the mistakes of Bill Clinton does not look like a big agenda for the future of the country.”

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated, “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president…I think her record is what will be judged upon, not the record of her husband.”

The problem here is that Rove and Romney are losers. They may be good people. Enjoyable people. One of whom I would have preferred as president over President Obama, but they lost.

In the 2012 election cycle, Rove raised over $300 million dollars with his group American Crossroads, and went 7 for 15 in the races he backed. As I wrote at the time, he’s the Charlotte Bobcats of politics. Romney won the first presidential debate by a wide margin. He chose, then, to be a gentleman in debates two and three. If he had treated Obama in those debates the way he treated Newt Gingrich in Florida, he’d be President Romney today.

Why are either of these men deciding, in February of 2014, what the strategy should be for victory in November of 2016? Should I check what Bob Shrum thinks as well?

Chris Cillizza, of The Fix at the Washington Post, also questioned Sen. Paul’s “attacks:”

Whatever the reason for Paul’s focus on Clinton’s private life, it’s a reminder (although we didn’t need one) that the Kentucky Senator operates under a different code of conduct than his colleagues and the people he will compete against for the 2016 nomination. It’s what makes him intriguing — and dangerous.

What wonderful amnesia of history! It was then candidate Obama, and his team who used the race card against President Clinton in South Carolina in 2008. According to the New York Times (yes…THE New York Times!) President Clinton “accused Senator Barack Obama of Illinois of putting out a “hit job” on him.”

In 1996, the late, great Jack Kemp was the vice presidential running mate of Sen. Bob Dole. The two men never liked each other. Kemp was once quoted as saying, “In a recent fire, Bob Dole’s library burned down. Both books were lost. And he hadn’t even finished coloring one of them.” Bush 41 referred to President Reagan’s economic philosophy as “voodoo economics.”

And who can forget every word ever said about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin? Is it so far back in history that we can’t remember that we were told that her own son was not really hers? That she was referred to as “Caribou Barbie?” That her face was added to a photo of a bikini-clad woman holding a rifle?

Even after the election it continued. She was held responsible for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson. David Letterman made a “joke” about the rape of her daughter by a New York Yankee. Hilarious. Really.

For Cillizza to state that Sen. Paul operates under a “different code” is nonsense. It’s an attack on a man who came to the knife fight with a gun (clearly, he has been listening to President Obama on some issues.)

People can agree or disagree with Sen. Paul’s comments, but they have no right to decide the strategy.

The strategy for winning is that everything is on the table until it’s not. Everything is fair game until it’s not. Everything is a conversation until it’s not. Politics isn’t pretty, and it makes no sense to walk into the arena with your options limited by what losers and the historically blind think are appropriate.

Rand Paul may not be the nominee, but he knows how to fight. That alone makes him desirable, and should have other potential candidates taking notice.

This article originally posted at Rare.

Tony on TownHall – I Love Ann Coulter Even When She Is Wrong

Here is my latest article on TownHall.com. Lots of pundits are discussing electability in the 2012 race, and no one has been more clear on the subject than Ann Coulter. She’s right about a lot of things, but, on the 2012 race, she’s simply wrong:

I Love Ann Coulter Even When She Is Wrong

Ann Coulter is wrong about Newt Gingrich. She is wrong about Mitt Romney. She is wrong about President Obama. Since the election race began, Ann Coulter has been wrong about near everything having to do with the GOP race in 2012. Yet, she’s still smarter than near everyone out there. I love Ann Coulter, even when she’s wrong.

Gingrich won the South Carolina primary by 13% over Romney. In vote total, that is 75,874 more votes for Gingrich. In context, Gingrich beat Romney by a vote total only 2000 less than Rep. Ron Paul got overall. On FOX and Friends on Sunday, Coulter responded to the victory by Gingrich in the South Carolina by admonishing the voters:

Apparently, South Carolinians would rather have the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall…We saw it in the debates when Gingrich would say things that didn’t really make sense. That is what you usually associate with Democrats, which I described in my last book, ‘Demonic,’ how mobs behave.

Coulter commenting negatively on snotty remarks is like Bill Maher commenting negatively on snotty remarks. The bigger, more accurate story is that Gingrich’s remarks were not snotty, they were accurate. South Carolina agreed that it was wrong of CNN’s John King to start a debate with so-called scandal described by Gingrich’s ex-wife Marianne Gingrich. The applause that Gingrich got Thursday night in Charleston is about a disgust for sensationalism over content. In exit polling, women voted overwhelmingly for Gingrich. If that trend follows in Florida, then it can be clearly said that female primary voters don’t care about Gingrich’s bedroom.

Coulter is wrong about the idea of electability. Legal Insurrection made this point about Coulter’s thoughts just last year:(emphasis mine)

In February 2011 she told us at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) that Romney was a certain loser against Obama, now she tells us he will win. Her excuse was that she was“sick” at CPAC. She also played the birther card on the Tea Party in making the case for Romney. Inexcusable and unforgivable. Coulter’s endorsement of Romney does not a case for Romney make.

The idea of Romney electability of Obama is a myth. It is pushed by Romney supporters with tremendous passion and desire for it to be truth, but it is not. Proof shows just the opposite, as Romney lost in Iowa and South Carolina. The “inevitable” front runner is 1 for 3. Good in baseball, less good in politics. On my radio show, and in interviews across the country, I have stated that Obama can’t win re-election. Any of the men on stage right now will win over Obama.

In South Carolina, both Sen. Rick Santorum and political analyst Dick Morris made sure to stop by the Blogger Bash after their back to back appearances on Hannity Friday night. In front of a gathering of bloggers and radio hosts, Morris made the same point; Obama won’t we re-election. He went so far as to say that Republicans will win 40 states in the general election with any candidate (sans Rep. Ron Paul.)

Coulter might still be feeling scorned by her one true love, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who decided not to run for President. While questions about his conservatism persist, people love Christie’s tone, mannerisms, and attitude. They love that he’s no nonsense, that he takes on all comers. They salivate for those videos where people try to challenge him. They watch them in their entirety…waiting eagerly for the eventual smack down. Then, they cheer wildly, and share the videos on Twitter and Facebook and G+, in emails and at computer work stations. People like honesty, and respond to those who act firmly in the face of usually unanswered leftist assaults.

Coulter followed Christie in backing Romney. Romney, however, has none of these qualities. He has responded to one questioner on the concept of Capitalism with some aplomb. Otherwise, he comes off as quasi-hysterical. When he took on Gov. Rick Perry (in a conversation about hiring illegals) about who had the right to speak at the moment, his voice was not that of a man in control, but rather a scorned child who wanted her oompa-loompa now! When on FOX with Bret Baier, he called the interview absurd. Just take a look at him answering questions about when he will release his tax returns. He mumbles, he bumbles, he takes offense. Only when trounced by Gingrich does he set a firm date for their release.

Trounced, it must be said, by a man who takes on all comers, who is will to take on the media, who isn’t afraid of a heckler. Trounced by a man who has people salivating over his debate performances. They watch them in their entirety…waiting eagerly for the eventual smackdown. Then, they cheer wildly. It’s not that they agree with Gingrich on everything, or agree with every political or personal decision he has ever made. They like someone who fights to win. They like Christie. They like Gingrich. They LOVE Ann Coulter! They would like Romney if he did the same. So far, he doesn’t.

Ann Coulter will continue to dominate big think, and will continue to do us proud when it comes to taking on nonsensical leftist talking points. She will eviscerate those who haven’t done their research. She will do it with a smile, with a historical understand about America, its culture and its values. When she does, we will watch and cheer wildly.

I love this woman. She’s just wrong about the 2012 race.

Tony Katz on FOX and Friends; does South Carolina care about Gingrich sex stories?

On Saturday, January 21st, I spoke with FOX and Friends’ Dave Briggs while covering the primary in South Carolina. We talked about the effect of Marianne Gingrich’s claim on presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, why Gov. Mitt Romney is having trouble connecting and what to expect from the people of South Carolina.