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Freedom's Watch Makes a Move

Freedom's Watch, an independent conservative organization expected to play a big role in the 2008 general election, has brought on longtime Republican operative Carl Forti.

Forti, who starts at Freedom's Watch tomorrow, comes to the group from the presidential campaign of former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.), where he served as national political director. Prior to that post, Forti spent several election cycles at the National Republican Congressional Committee -- overseeing the House campaign arm's communications operation and vast independent expenditure program.

"Carl is a seasoned political operative with a broad and deep understanding of the policy issues that shape political dynamics both nationally and locally," the Freedom's Watch Board of Directors said in a statement on the hire released earlier today. "Carl will play an integral role in this organization as we move to impact critical public policy issues that will be debated this year."

Forti called the position "an important job in an important cycle." Asked about the goals for the organization, Forti said only his aim was "to educate people about issues important to them and their neighbors."

Forti's hiring should quiet some nerves among Republican strategists who saw Freedom's Watch as largely without a clear mission with just eight months until the 2008 general election. The departure of former president Brad Blakeman earlier this month was a clear sign of the discontent among donors and others affiliated with the group. (The group has not yet filled Blakeman's vacancy.)

While Freedom's Watch has floundered, plans on the Democratic soft-money side appear to be moving ahead apace. Organizations like Fund for America and America Votes are staffing up, while the labor community -- through the AFL-CIO and Change To Win -- is flexing its financial muscle as well.

Remember that in the 2004 election, the worst damage inflicted on Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was not done by President George W. Bush, but by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- an independently operating 527 organization.

Forti's hiring shows that Freedom's Watch is moving in a strong direction. But, in truth, there isn't much time left to organize a large and sophisticated soft-money venture.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 25, 2008; 7:38 PM ET
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According to The Book of Revelations the anti-christ is:
The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with per suasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything. Is it OBAMA??

Posted by: blueflorida | March 26, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

According to The Book of Revelations the anti-christ is:
The anti-christ will be a man, in his 40s, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with per suasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything. Is it OBAMA??

Posted by: blueflorida | March 26, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to thank the Post for focusing on this organization. They're much more likely to try dirty tricks than the noble folks at moveon.
-Trevor Wynne
Washington, DC
http://www.atimelikethis.us/

Posted by: trevorwynnewhitehouse | March 26, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

JRENO -- you are an *ss -- a sick f*ck.


McCain laid out his bold, bold plan to deal with the mortgage crisis and the economy yesterday:

SANTA ANA -- - Sen. John McCain addressed the mortgage foreclosure crisis and the weakening economy in a speech in Santa Ana today but offered no major prescriptions for quelling turbulence -- instead calling for two panels to look at the problems.

Wow! No major prescriptions! Convening two panels! Can the electorate bear such vigorous and inspirational leadership? Such decisive, hard-nosed specifics issuing from the bowels of a proposed third Bush term?

Of course, for more than four years, McCain has had an opportunity as a senator to address the shaky underpinnings of the loan industry's effect on the economy and has refused to do so. Via Think Progress's new Wonk Room, check out the facts and weep:

- McCain voted against discouraging predatory lending practices. In 2005, McCain voted against an amendment prohibiting law-breaking high-cost predatory mortgage lenders from collecting funds from homeowners who are forced into bankruptcy court. [S. 256, 3/03/05]

- McCain failed to vote on bill to overhaul mortgage lending practices of FHA.In 2007, McCain failed to vote on passage of a bill that would overhaul the mortgage lending practices of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The bill would reduce the required minimum down payment for an FHA-insured loan and simplify its calculation, requiring a flat 1.5 percent of the appraised value of the home. [S. 2338, 12/14/07]

- McCain failed to sign on to the Predatory Lending Consumer Protection Act. In 2003, McCain failed to add his name to this legislation, which was intended to "protect consumers against predatory practices." The bill, which was endorsed by a host of civil rights and housing advocates, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, ACORN, and the Consumer Federation of America. [S. 1928, 11/21/03]

- McCain failed to sign on to Truth in Lending Act. Less than four months ago, McCain failed to sign on to this bipartisan initiative providing protection to consumers taking out home mortgage loans. Among other measures, it was designed to "establish new lending standards to ensure that loans are affordable and fair." McCain also refused to co-sponsor this legislation in the 107th Congress as well. [S. 2452, 12/12/2007]

Posted by: drindl | March 26, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jreno19 | March 26, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"Remember that in the 2004 election, the worst damage inflicted on Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was not done by President George W. Bush, but by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- an independently operating 527 organization."

The damage was done to the American people, to true patriotic Americans, to American veterans, and to Americans belief in the Political system. A low point in the history of American politics.

Posted by: thebobbob | March 26, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

THE SPEECH --

The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Posted by: jreno19 | March 26, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

McCain will need and surely the Republicans understand this, every ounce of help he can get...

Obama vs Clinton vs McCain -
a Web Comparison:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=76

Posted by: davidmwe | March 26, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is the most dirty politician among democrats in recent history. Her negative campaign based on deceptions and lies should disgust any decent democrat, or voter in general, to vote for her for the nomination or during a general election.

Fortunately, even insiders in her campaign confirm that the chances for her to win the nomination are slim to none: see the articles

CLINTON'S CHANCES VIRTUALLY NIL...

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/campaignmatters?bid=45&pid=301838

STORY BEHIND THE STORY: THE CLINTON MYTH

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9149.html

So Hillary now understands that she will not win the nomination and she is playing for 2012 by making sure that the democrats will lose in 2008.

Let's hope that the superdelegates will put an end to the campaign of this kamikaze who believes in ressurection; after all, she is supposed to be Jesus or one of his associates if Bill Richardson is Judas.


Posted by: Logan6 | March 26, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

We need to remember not to forget that we need to emphasize and point out at every opportunity we get that both the Clintons - Bill and Hillary are running for the same job - the Presidency and not only Hillary. Remind the voters that they are getting a two for one in the Clintons.
We need to be reminded of the sleaze, slime, scandal and bribery during the Clinton years.
We also need to be reminded that Bill Clinton prepared the way and prepared the ground for the 9/11 attack on America. Bill Clinton has 8 years to deal with Osama Bill Laden. He did nothing because he was too busy having oral sex with Monica Lewinsky.
We need to remind of the bribes the Clinton took from the Canadian Business man in exchange for political patronage afforded to the Kazasaatann President
America cannot afford to have Bill Clinton running the white House from behind the scene.
Do we want both the Clintons in the White House continuing and doing these shady deals? There are too much financial irregularities on the part of the Clintons that the press had not bothered to ask

Posted by: sbgamatt | March 25, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

The building of Imperial America...the rich and the poor, the resented and the resentful:

http://www.variety.com/VR1117982907.html

Read Juvenal's satires for a taste of what is to come.

Posted by: wpost4112 | March 25, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

yep. I was a Jebbie for 5 years.
btw, thanks for the kind comment several blogs ago.

Posted by: wpost4112 | March 25, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, wpost. That is certainly enough documentation for me tonight!

Did you not post that you had studied to be a Jesuit?

Do I have you confused with another poster?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 25, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

more interesting reading on Philip Weiss's blog:

http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/neocons/index.html

I found David Wurmser's speech last week frightening. He said that he was able to read "the code" on Ahmadinejad, which revealed that the Iranian president is a messianic Hitler who wants to destroy the west. Wurmser was Vice President's Cheney's code-reader for the Middle East, serving in the White House for many years, and in that capacity he said the same thing about Saddam Hussein, too--another Hitler. As I reported last week, Wurmser's evil empire has shifted over ten years from Arab nationalism (Iraq) to Islamic "theofascism" (Persia). Whoever is Israel's enemy.

As a Jew, I understand Wurmser in Jewish terms: He is a Zionist paranoid. All Jews know this type. We've been around them all our lives, they're our cousins, our brothers. And from the time that the neoconservatives began promoting the Iraq war, the challenge has been to Jewish liberals and lefties to openly label the neocons' feverish concern for Israel's security. As I've said repeatedly on this blog, America won't be healed from Iraq, and American Jewry won't recover from neoconservatism, until these intellectual/cultural currents are identified and repudiated.

Posted by: wpost4112 | March 25, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: wpost4112 | March 25, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

m_in_a: sure....give me a sec.

Posted by: wpost4112 | March 25, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Founder and money man for Freedom's Watch:

Sheldon Adelson
http://www.forward.com/articles/11408/

and its front man:

Ari Fleischer
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/23/AR2007082302235.html

It's all about staying in Iraq, bombing Iran and protecting Israel.

And while I fully support Israel's right to exist, I think it's a mistake to put Israel's needs before the needs of the USA, even if it is in our interest to support Israel in as much as it crucial to our national interest.

There is no doubt in my mind, the NeoCon/Israeli influence is one major reason why we are in Iraq.

And, in anticipation, my remarks are in no way anti-semitic. They are similar to remarks made by any number of American and Israeli Jews.

Posted by: wpost4112 | March 25, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

wpost, I have found your posts quite reliable so please do not take offense when I ask you for cites to authority for your backgrounder.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 25, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

background:


The idea for Freedom's Watch (FW) first surfaced in March of this year at the winter meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) in Manalapan, Florida, where Vice President Dick Cheney accused House Democrats of not supporting the troops in Iraq. The RJC, which is credited with shepherding then-Texas Governor George W. Bush on his first tour of Israel in November 1998, is a big-money pro-Israel lobby group that networks Jewish-American neoconservatives, Christian Right leaders and conservatives in Israel.

The Freedom's Watch "inner circle of strategists and donors are close to Vice President Dick Cheney or held high posts at the White House," the Associated Press's Jim Kuhnhenn pointed out in late September.

Posted by: wpost4112 | March 25, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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