It was former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s struggling presidential campaign that fed the rumors to the press that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain had been accused of harassment by multiple women during his business career — a story that ultimately led to Cain’s departure from the contest — a new book reveals.
Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, vehemently denied the claims at the time and shamed Politico, the outlet which eventually wrote about the anonymous accusations, for reporting the story.
But a big mystery since then: who fed Politico the story? Authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin write in “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ that a campaign that no one really expected was behind the oppo on Cain.
“After getting a tip from a donor, Huntsman’s researchers had dug into Cain’s past, discovered the first two sexual harassment claims, and fed the story to Politico,” the book recounts, according to an excerpt in U.S. News and World Report. “As they waited for Politico to turn their tip into a story, members of Huntsman’s circle asked each other when the ‘high heel’ was going to drop on Cain.”
An aide to Cain told The Daily Caller on Monday that the businessman and radio host has yet to read Heilemann and Halperin’s account, which hits bookshelves Tuesday.
If Huntsman admits he was behind dirty tactics to take down the Cain campaign, who's to say he wasn't also behind the disgusting attack on the Paul campaign, which took many of Cain's former supporters after he withdrew?
I fully expect Huntsman to return to the presidential race in 2016 and try the same tricks on Rand.
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says her dad is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the tea party faction of the Republican Party, which she called “the hyper-conservative wing.”
A state of mind many in the tea party can relate to in their radical pursuit of a more fiscally responsible, limited federal government.
“We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” Meghan McCain said during an interview with ABC and Yahoo News.
Ms. McCain, who has her own reality show “Raising McCain,” said the last time her father was so depressed about the state of politics was after his failed 2008 presidential bid, according to the Washington Times.
“He is so depressed. He is so downtrodden,” Ms. McCain said. “The way he’s talking about it, how he’s never seen it this bad in his 30-plus years in office.”
There is in centre-right political parties a strand of thought known as “neo-conservatism”. Like socialists, neo-conservatives talk about freedom but believe in power, not liberty under law. We have seen their influence in the words and actions of the past few days.
Wikipedia provides a summary:
Today’s neo-conservatives unite around three common themes:
A belief deriving from religious conviction that the human condition is defined as a choice between good and evil and that the true measure of political character is to be found in the willingness by the former (themselves) to confront the latter.
An assertion that the fundamental determinant of the relationship between states rests on military power and the willingness to use it.
A primary focus on the Middle East and global Islam as the principal theater for American overseas interests.
In putting these themes into practice, neo-conservatives:
Analyze international issues in black-and-white, absolute moral categories. They are fortified by a conviction that they alone hold the moral high ground and argue that disagreement is tantamount to defeatism.
Focus on the “unipolar” power of the United States, seeing the use of military force as the first, not the last, option of foreign policy. They repudiate the “lessons of Vietnam,” which they interpret as undermining American will toward the use of force, and embrace the “lessons of Munich,” interpreted as establishing the virtues of preemptive military action.
Disdain conventional diplomatic agencies such as the State Department and conventional country-specific, realist, and pragmatic, analysis. They are hostile toward nonmilitary multilateral institutions and instinctively antagonistic toward international treaties and agreements. “Global unilateralism” is their watchword. They are fortified by international criticism, believing that it confirms American virtue.
No doubt there is absolute truth and virtue, but we can approach them in this world only imperfectly. That knowledge demands humility about power. It is a humility missing from the doctrines and policies of both socialists and neo-conservatives.
Michael Gove is possibly the best-known member of the Cabinet in the neo-conservative camp. Before the debate yesterday, we had a pleasant philosophical conversation. I think we agreed that different honourable conclusions could be drawn from our different intellectual assumptions and traditions. I was therefore surprised to read in the Mail, You’re a disgrace: Gove rages at the Tory rebels for voting down Syria intervention.
We’re all utterly repulsed by the atrocities committed on all sides in Syria, but how these things are dealt with matters. Criminals should be brought to justice in courts; it’s not for nations to punish nations. We do not support vigilantism at home; we ought not to practice it abroad. Moral obscenities must be met by the full force of law; the course of world events ought not to depend on the opinions of a few in authority. There is a time to kill without the authority of duly constituted institutions; in relation to Syria, this is not it.
Every diplomatic channel should be used to secure a ceasefire in Syria, hard and imperfect as that would be. There must be a peace conference. The cultural foundations of political and religious tolerance must be developed. Nationalism and socialism – two of the pillars of Ba’athism – must be fought and the institutions of a free society built up.
Like socialism, neo-conservatism has been a predictable failure despite the honourable intentions of its followers. Maybe the events of the past few days signify further stages in the death of this ideology. I hope so.
See also: Principles for a Free Society and Ron Paul’s Neo-Conned! (video, especially from 23:00):
From the UK...
Back then we were told of the “definite proof” of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), of the horrors that Saddam wrought on his people and that regime change would bring peace and prosperity to the people of that country.
We have been in Afghanistan longer than the First and Second World Wars combined and yet what have we actually achieved?
The price we have paid is considerable: not just the billions of pounds spent, but the price in blood of the hundreds of British soldiers killed and maimed fighting thousands of miles away from the country they signed up to defend.
Ukip has been consistent in its opposition to military intervention in foreign wars over the last decade and this latest debate on Syria is no different.
JERUSALEM — Four rockets were fired toward northern Israel from southern Lebanon on Thursday for the first time in nearly two years, according to the Israeli military. The rocket fire set off sirens in the western Galilee and raised tensions in the region against the background of the conflict in Syria.
The Israeli military said its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the rockets between the Israeli coastal towns of Acre and Nahariya. Two fell between buildings in Israeli villages, damaging property but causing no injuries. Another appeared to have fallen in an open area.
Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso both R-Wyo., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, David Vitter, R-La., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a bill this week that has the potential to quickly halt the nation’s debt spiral and do it with a minimal amount of pain.
The senators said in just two years they could end the nation’s long tradition of spending more than we have by using their “Penny Plan” or the One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2013. The Penny Plan is simple. It would cut 1 percent from total federal spending for two years. That would balance the budget. The plan doesn’t mandate any specific cuts. Instead of arbitrary cuts across the board, Congress could make targeted cuts and focus on the worst first, but would be required to meet the 1 percent overall cut.
Everyone should be able to live with 1 percent less in order to help bring this country back from the brink of catastrophic fiscal failure, the senators said.
Once a balanced budget is achieved, the bill would place a cap on total spending each year. The new level of spending would be roughly 19 percent of America’s total economic output. Over a 10-year budget window, the bill would cut spending by about $5.8 trillion from currently projected levels.
Click here to view the text of the bill. Representative Austin Scott, R-Ga., has introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House.
Rand Paul to Chris Christie: You need to talk to more real Americans - Washington Times: http://wtim.es/13hoSkX via @washtimes
Washington Times piece- By Ralph Z. Hallow and David Sherfinski
Republican rivals Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky are escalating their feud over national security policy and liberty.
In comments at a forum of Republican governors in Aspen, Col. Thursday, Mr. Christie said the libertarian strain championed by Mr. Paul currently coursing through the veins of political parties — as evidenced by broad, although ultimately unsuccessful, lobbying in the House of Representatives against NSA surveillance programs this week — is dangerous.
“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Mr. Christie said Thursday in Aspen, Colo. on at a forum of Republican governors. “You can name any number of people and [Mr. Paul is] one of them.”
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