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Inside the Beltway
Question of the Day
Do we have ignition here? Iowa Republicans already have predicted that Rep.Michele Bachmann’s appearance at a Polk County Republican dinner in Des Moines on Thursday night will be “historic,” complete with an announcement from the Minnesota lawmaker that she plans to run for president in 2012. Mrs. Bachmann herself appears to be assuming a serious presidential posture.
“Let’s make Obama a one-term president. We cannot afford another four years of an Obama White House,” she says, later adding, “My family and I are prayerfully considering what the next 18 months or so may bring. We’ve seen incredible support pouring in; the Team Bachmann momentum is building and very encouraging as we look to our next steps.”
It’s not Hollywood in the heartland. Still, Sarah Palin watchers sat upright with the news that “The Undefeated,” a full-length feature film about the former Alaska governor will makes its debut next month in Iowa. The project was financed and produced by conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon.
“The film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run,” observes Real Politics national politics writer Scott Conroy.
“The film will also appeal to staunch Palin supporters who have long celebrated her biting rhetoric and conservative populism yet know little about her record in Alaska and have perhaps written her off as presidential material,” Mr. Conroy adds.
THE SOROS SPREAD
“The pieces of the George Soros media empire are as diverse as the nations of the world and just as widespread. From nakedly partisan left-wing media like Think Progress, the blog for the Center for American Progress, and a TV show on MSNBC, to the supposedly impartial National Public Radio, Soros has impact on the flow of information worldwide,” says Media Research Center vice president for business and culture Dan Gainor.
His four-part foray into the billionaire’s press holdings and related influence continues to reveal the real breadth and heft of it all.
“It gives him incredible influence. Every month, reporters, writers and bloggers at the many outlets he funds easily reach more than 330 million people around the globe. The U.S. Census estimates the population of the entire United States to be just less than 310 million. That’s roughly the entire population of the United States with the population of Australia thrown in for good measure- every single month,” Mr. Gainor adds.
WOE IS ARNOLD
Following revelations of Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘s marital infidelity, some members of the California Democratic Party called for an investigation to determine whether the former California governor used state or federal funds in connection with his extramarital activities. And so it begins: The National Enquirer reports he used “state funded security” to cover up his affairs. The response was swift and simple.
“Totally and completely false,” says Martin Singer, counsel to Mr. Schwarzenegger.
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