Friday, February 5, 2016

As Cortney has already reported, there is controversy surrounding the decision from ABC News to exclude Carly Fiorina from the debate stage Saturday night (the under-card debate has been eliminated). Of the remaining GOP candidates, Fiorina received more votes in the Iowa Caucus than Governor John Kasich and Governor Chris Christie. She is also beating Dr. Ben Carson in New Hampshire polls. As of now, Kasich, Christie and Carson will be on the stage, Fiorina will not.

This seemingly unfair situation has prompted a number of high profile Republicans, like New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, to come to Fiorina's defense. Now former GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney is adding his support.

Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don't exclude only woman.

At this point, ABC News isn't changing their decision.
The New York Times previews Saturday night's "get Rubio" debate, reporting that the campaigns of Jeb Bush and Chris Christie are informally collaborating on methods and lines of attack in an effort to reverse the Florida Senator's momentum in the race. (UPDATE: Christie denies the story, see below). It's not official collusion, per se, but the mutual interests at play within the so-called 'establishment wing' of the field are obvious and urgent:
For Mr. Christie, the verbal barrage is a carefully calibrated attempt to damage Mr. Rubio’s standing in New Hampshire before Tuesday’s primary — and to set up a showdown with him in Saturday night’s Republican debate, possibly Mr. Christie’s best chance to impede Mr. Rubio’s surging candidacy. Mr. Rubio’s strong third-place performance in Iowa on Monday night, and his steady improvement in the polls days before the voting there, alarmed Mr. Christie and his mainstream Republican rivals, including Mr. Bush, who fear Mr. Rubio’s emerging as a breakout figure in New Hampshire. The shared concern has even prompted the opening of a back channel: Members of the Bush and Christie campaigns have communicated about their mutual desire to halt Mr. Rubio’s rise in the polls, according to Republican operatives familiar with the conversations. While emails, texts and phone calls between operatives in rival campaigns are not uncommon in the tight-knit world of political strategists, the contact between senior aides in the two campaigns has drifted toward musings about what can be done to stop or at least slow Mr. Rubio, the operatives said. In a sign of a budding alliance, the aides have, for example, exchanged news articles that raise potential areas of vulnerability for Mr. Rubio. There is no formal coordination, the operatives stressed, but rather a recognition of a shared agenda. “We do have similar goals,” an adviser to Mr. Christie said. For their part, Mr. Christie and Mr. Bush are finding ways to praise one another in public and cozy up to each other in private: Mr. Bush telephoned Mr. Christie on Monday to wish him good luck in the caucuses.

Obama had Georgetown U cover “JESUS” but didn’t have Baltimore mosque cover “ALLAH”
By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


Obama had Georgetown U cover “JESUS” but didn’t have Baltimore mosque cover “ALLAH”
It was three and a half years ago: Obama asked Georgetown University to cover over IHS, which is an abbreviation for Jesus derived from IHΣ, the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek, while he was speaking there. But yesterday Obama stood without hesitation under the Arabic for Allah at the Islamic Society […]
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Mosque Obama visited under FBI surveillance since 2010: one of its members plotted to blow up a federal building

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Islamic Society of Baltimore Welcome Obama“The mosque that is hosting the commander in chief, while receiving his historic benediction graduated a terrorist who plotted to blow up a local Army recruiting station, hired an imam who condoned suicide bombings and blames American ‘foreign policy’ for terrorism. Obama has to be willfully blind not to see all these ties to terror.”

Or maybe he knows all about them, and just doesn’t care — or even actively favors this activity. Those are the choices: he is either stupid, which he isn’t, or willfully ignorant, which he is unlikely to be, or simply outrightraitorous.
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