Sarah Palin goes Ron Paul? "Palin is the second prominent Republican to call for cuts to foreign aid in recent months. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for wide-ranging cuts in foreign aid, including aid to Israel -- a controversial demand even within his own cut-friendly party. It was not clear whether Palin would back similar cuts to Israel, but she prefaced her call for cuts by noting she 'say[s] this as a Republican, as a true American who wants to make sure that there's peace in the world and that America's interests are heard and adhered to.' "
The GOP House goes after President Obama's environmental agenda. "House Republicans threw down the gauntlet at the Obama administration's energy and environmental agenda Friday night, proposing to defund the White House energy adviser's office and block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.In addition to slashing the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by $3 billion - nearly twice as much as they originally proposed - GOP lawmakers included language in the continuing resolution to strip the agency of its ability to implement climate change rules." Anxious to know how many jobs all this would save.
No one bests Pam Geller in the crackpot department. She goes after CPAC: "This is the problem with CPAC. it's corrupted and compromised by the Muslim Brotherhood." Aside from Ron Paul, none of the speakers seemed weak on fighting Islamic terror. So why isn't she attacking him?
Liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington goes around the bend. "A Washington ethics watchdog says it is time for Congress to crack down on lawmakers who sleep in their offices rather than pay for a place to live." Good grief, are there no real ethics issues for CREW to police?
Citing the Post's Glenn Kessler, ABC's Jake Tapper goes after the notion that Obama took democracy promotion seriously. "Perhaps more glaringly, while the Bush administration tried to directly fund civil society in Egypt -- pro-democracy groups and the like -- the Obama administration changed that policy and cut funding significantly, ending an effort to provide direct funding to democracy groups not 'approved' by the Egyptian government, and reduced funding in the budget for programs to promote civil society groups." Read the whole thing.
Glenn Beck goes for the pro-dictator audience. "While on MSNBC, Chris Matthews and the field reporters in Egypt were giddily wondering whether other Middle Eastern regimes might fall, doom and gloom Beck was praying that it wouldn't happen." Those on the right and left who took the same stance (albeit with less crazy rhetoric) might want to rethink how they got it so wrong.
It goes to show that social conservatives need a better strategy than boycotting. The "boycott" of CPAC was a bust. Most major presidential contenders showed up, there was scant mention of social issues, the confab had record attendance (11,000) and Sarah Palin endorsed GOProud's attendance.
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