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McDonnell Delivers GOP Response To Obama's Weekly Address, Third Poll Shows Him Well Ahead In Governor's Race

What a 24 hours for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell: First, as reported in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot's Pilot on Politics Blog yesterday, a poll by the whack job leftist blog Daily Kos, conducted by Research 2000, has McDonnell up over Democrat Creigh Deeds by a 51-43 margin (see poll internals, here). This is on the heels of polls this week by WDBJ-TV/SurveyUSA that showed him up by 15 percentage points and Public Policy Polling (another liberal pollster) that showed him up by 14 percentage points. (These two polls also show Republicans Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli leading their Democrat opponents by double figures.)

Then, McDonnell was selected by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama's weekly radio/Internet address. In it, McDonnell puts some realism into the hype of yesterday's unemployment report (the rate went down, but 240,000 more jobs were lost) and spoke plainly and practically about the dangers of government takeovers of the energy (so-called "cap-and-trade") and health care industries, as well as enabling union dominance at the expense of employee freedom ("card check"); and a how dynamic society free of unnecessary government regulation and litigation can create a prosperous economy. 

Bob McDonnell points to positive policies that unleash freedom and creativity; "cap-and-trade" would put 1,500 Virginians out of work at the MeadWestvaco Plant in Covington.

Davis, Voinovich, Matthews: We're All A Bunch Of Dimwit Southern Redneck Hayseeds. Rings A Bell Doesn't?

I'd comment on this, but the idiocy of the conversation speaks for itself. Watch Chris Matthews and former U.S. Representative Tom Davis, a Republican from Fairfax, expound on the lunacy of a recent statement of U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio). Then, view the screen below it. Sound familiar?

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In His Own Words: The Supreme Court Should Redistribute The Wealth And Restrain Our Freedoms

A lot has been said about socialism and redistribution of wealth during this presidential campaign, although perhaps not enough. In a previous post, we saw a reporter finally ask the tough, legitimate questions of a national ticket that, for the first time in American history, openly uses phrases such as, "spread the wealth" and that it's "patriotic to pay more taxes." (Click here.) If those on the left are upset about this discussion, it's only because they finally are honest enough to talk openly about a philosophy they've tried to impose on America for years through stealth — except when they back off the comments to cover their political tracks. There's just one problem: More and more evidence pops up that Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama has not just "misspoken" or had his words taken out of context. An audio tape found last week from a 2001 radio interview (when he was a state senator in Illinois) emerged where he speaks of redistributing the wealth and that the courts have not been "radical enough;" that the courts need to reign in our constitutional freedoms among other radical suggestions (see AFP article here).

  

So, let's recap: Barack Obama repeatedly uses socialist rhetoric. We find out it's in his DNA because he's been using it since at least 2001. He is more to the left than the Senate's only avowed socialist (see here). His running mate Joe Biden plaigerized from the leading British socialist from the 1980s. But you better not accuse them of being socialists.

But it's more than that. As you heard, he thinks the constitution grants us too much freedom and needs to have checks placed on it to reign in those freedoms. So it's more than just that: It's an ideology of not just pursuing what he thinks is fairness, it's enforcing it and not tolerating dissent (as when his campaign last week kicked off from its press plane three reporters whose newspapers endorsed Republican nominee John McCain.)

We hope whoever released this audio first received protection by federal marshalls and is in the witness protection program. If the personal attacks unleashed on Joe the Plumber (where political appointees in Ohio government went into his tax and voting records just for asking a question) and Barbara West of WFTV are any indication, there's no wonder The L.A. Times doesn't want to give up its video of Obama at a party for a PLO terrorist and former hack for Yassir Arafat. You never know when freedom of the press may be considered too "unrestrained."

Not So Slick Talking Bishop Biden

Democrat vice presidential candidate Joe Biden earned the nickname "Bishop" for all the whoppers he's told trying to re-write the Catholic faith. Perhaps because of that, his gaffes on the more mundane political and policy issues seem to have escaped any serious scrutiny by the Mainstream Media. On the other hand, he makes so many gaffes, it's quite difficult to keep up and sort out. Jake Tapper of ABC News has a blog called Political Punch, surprisingly somewhat fair. About two weeks ago he tallied up Biden's gaffes at 29 (click here),although that may have been an undercount. A post by Tapper yesterday (click here) had Biden up to 32 gaffes (still low by our count). Yet all the media can focus on is Governor Sarah Palin's clothes. However, today, Tapper has a post about how much more accessible Governor Palin is to the media than the bishop.

We've wanted to document the bishop's gaffes but they fly out of his mouth faster than we can write and post the video. Thankfully, Michelle Malkin came along. Today, she published a column on Biden's gaffes, recounting some of his biggest hits, all the more relevant because Biden has been known to brag about his allegedly high IQ.

Some of our favorite Biden blusters:

» Telling Katie Couric Franklin Roosevelt was president in 1929 and addressed the nation on television about the Great Depression;

» Telling a crippled state senator to "stand up, Chuck!";

» Telling Kate Snow of ABC News that paying higher taxes is patriotic;

» Admitting that Hillary Clinton would have been a VP better choice than he;

» Just recently telling a crowd that the major issue in the campaign comes down to a "three-letter word: J-O-B-S;"

» Ridiculing Joe "The Plumber" by saying "no plumbers or cops live in my neighborhood," perhaps because Biden lives in a $3 million house (which misstated Joe's complaint anyway — Joe's not rich now, but he wants to buy a business one day and be real successful, which apparently Biden and Barack Obama think only the elites can do);

» Telling an environmentalist in Ohio that he and his running mate are against clean coal technology, while Obama told a crowd in Virginia that they are for it; and

» Admitting that if elected, "five or six" rogue regimes would start international incidents to "test" Barack Obama. Very reassuring.

This is on top of his documented 14 lies during his debate with Governor Palin.

By the way, with all the dislike the Mainstream Media says Americans have for Governor Palin, why has she set records for viewership for her convention acceptance speech (although fewer networks carried it), for the vice presidential debate and for last weekend's Saturday Night Live? All blew away any number that Senator Obama received. So, to be fair: Since we posted a video of Barack Obama's gaffes last week, here's a video of Bishop Biden's:

Pastors Energized To Make A Difference After This Week's "Watchmen on the Wall" Conference

Nearly 250 pastors and church leaders earlier this week joined together in Williamsburg at a "Watchmen on the Wall" conference co-sponsored by the Family Research Council and The Family Foundation of Virginia. The attendees were urged to speak out on important issues of the day and to encourage their members to take their civic responsibilities seriously.This year The Family Research Council is hosting several "Watchmen on the Wall" pastor conferences across the nation, including in Washington, D.C.; California, Arizona and New Hampshire. To date, nearly 2,000 pastors have joined together and hundreds of others have joined The Family Research Council's pastors' effort. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told the crowd, "Your leadership is absolutely fundamental and essential to this nation. My hope for America is not bailing out Wall Street. My hope for America is not in education. My hope for America is not in our strong military. My hope for America is Jesus Christ."

Former U.S. Representative Bob McEwen (R-Ohio) encouraged pastors to make sure people in their congregations are registered to vote. He said, "There are fifty million self-identified evangelicals in the United States. That's fifty million votes. Fifty million votes wins everything." Statistics indicate that at least half of self-identified evangelicals are not registered to vote. Dozens of churches in Virginia have been holding voter registration drives and will continue to do so up until the registration deadline (click here to see how to get involved).

Pastors also were educated by Alliance Defense Fundsenior counsel Jordan Lorence about their legal rights concerning speaking about issues, educating their congregations and providing election materials. Lorence has argued numerous times before the United States Supreme Court. 

The audience also heard from Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown) and Attorney General Bob McDonnell. 

The Family Foundation, along with its pastor outreach arm, Pastors For Family Values, co-hosted the event. Pastors For Family Values provides support for pastors who speak on cultural issues and provide civil leadership. Pastors For Family Values formed in 2007 after Virginians in 2006 overwhelmingly voted to pass a Constitutional amendment defining marriage — as an outgrowth of pastoral involvement in that effort, several pastors of various denominations and ethnicities approached The Family Foundation with the concept of forming a pastors group.

It is absolutely essential for church leaders to take the lead and speak out on the values issues that shape our nation and our culture. While some organizations try to intimidate and discourage religious leaders from exercising their rights and freedoms in the political sphere, we urge them to reject those fear tactics and take a vocal stand on important issues. Only when our churches take a stand will we see our laws begin to reflect the traditional values our nation once stood upon.

Attendees left the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference excited and challenged. Nearly 20,000 church going Virginians were represented by the participating pastors. The impact these pastors and those church members can have on Virginia's political culture is enormous.

There is a tremendous amount of energy among pastors and church leaders and there is no question this energy will affect the congregations they represent. The potential impact of this energy and leadership cannot be underestimated. It isn't intended simply to affect one election or one campaign cycle but to bring change to an entire culture. This week was an important step toward that change.