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More nicknames have emerged for President Obama’s heartland bus tour: Rolling Blunder, Bus Force One, Running on Empty, America Under the Wheels, Hell on Wheels, Beast Bus. All courtesy of talk radio, the conservative blogosphere, fierce Republicans and — astonishingly enough — National Public Radio, which came up with the Beast Bus.
“The debt end bus tour … and a president who is really the campaigner-in-chief here of America. All he’s doing is campaigning,” says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “That’s what this bus tour is — it’s a campaign trip. It’s paid for by taxpayers, and we are not going to sit around and let it continue.”
The 2012 presidential race is redefining what it means to be a “conservative standard-bearer,” says Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com. “Tim Pawlenty’s exit from the race demonstrates a dynamic in Republican politics that few in the media grasp. It is no longer enough to appear conservative just to the liberal elites of the media.”
Mr. Viguerie observes, “To the media, Pawlenty was a conservative because his personal story was one of a man who lives by conservative principles. But his campaign failed to gain traction because his record as governor — and candidate — was one of flip-flopping and compromise on fundamental conservative principles. The real reason Pawlenty is out is because tea party and grass-roots conservative activists are no longer going to allow the liberal media to anoint the conservative candidate.”
“America’s jobs governor Rick Perry learned the value of hard work, patriotism and faith in God … conservative to the core.” (Dialogue from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s first presidential campaign spot, released Monday.)
“Two slices each of apple, pumpkin, German chocolate, and something with graham crackers, along with an entire coconut cream pie.” (President Obama’s order at the Coffee Mill in Zumbrota, Minn., courtesy of White House pool reporter Glenn Thrush of Politico.)
BIG FAT WASHINGTON
“Washington, D.C., led the nation in economic confidence during the first half of 2011 with the only positive Economic Confidence Index score (+11) in the U.S.” reports Dennis Jacobe, chief economist for Gallup, which tracked the sentiments of 87,634 employed adults during the first six months of the year.
“Its 12-point increase in confidence compared with the same period a year ago expanded its lead. Maryland and Virginia — states adjacent to the nation’s capital — are also in the top 10 in confidence, as they were in the first half of 2010.”
Mr. Jacobe adds, “Those living in and around D.C. benefit from having the federal government as their major industry. And, unlike state and local governments, the federal government has continued to grow even as many other industries have not during the recession and its aftermath.”
REAL ECONOMIC TERRORISM
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