- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 7, 2011

THE COMEBACK TRAIL

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. As president, I’ll end Obama’s war on religion. And I’ll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.”

(Dialogue from a new campaign message titled “Strong,” released Wednesday by presidential hopeful Rick Perry, who has purchased $1.2 million in broadcast advertising to run on Fox News in the next three weeks.)

COMEBACK PT. 2

“People understand that I’m a man of steadiness and constancy. I don’t think you’re going to find somebody who has more of those attributes than I do. I’ve been married to the same woman for 25 — excuse me, I’ll get in trouble — for 42 years. I’ve been in the same church my entire life. I worked at one company, Bain, for 25 years. If I’m president of the United States, I will be true to my family, my faith and our country, and I will never apologize for the United States of America.”

(Dialogue from a new campaign message titled “Leader,” released Wednesday by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who has purchased $1 million in broadcast advertising to run on Fox News in the next three weeks.)

TARGET PRACTICE

CBS News is reporting, based on official documents, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discussed using its covert operation Fast and Furious to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales, including Demand Letter 3, which would require 8,500 firearms dealers in four southwest border states — Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas — to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long” guns.

“If these reports are true, even by Washington standards this reaches a new level of arrogance and corruption,” says Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican. “Yet again, Attorney General Eric Holder has some explaining to do.”

PRO-LIFE PREMIERE

The campaign dynamic continues to tighten out in Iowa: All Republican presidential hopefuls have been asked to the premiere of “The Gift of Life,” a pro-life documentary hosted by Mike Huckabee and produced by Citizens United Productions. This is no Hollywood fete: The premiere is scheduled next week in Des Moines, and allows each candidate to address the audience on pro-life issues.

On the “yes” list so far: Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, who will join the Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats and Citizens United President David N. Bossie onstage. No word from the rest.

FAUX DEBATE

Some pine to be Donald Trump now that the kajillionaire reality TV star has been named moderator of a Republican presidential debate scheduled at month’s end. Though it’s bound to draw much ancillary press coverage, the bout has drawn the interest of only three GOP hopefuls.

But alas. As serious political ritual, the Republican debate now is devolving into something called “Stephen Colbert’s South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate.”

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