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Tonight on the Dark Side with Kira Davis

3/11/12 Tonight on the Dark Side I’ll talk with filmmaker Molotov Mitchell about his movie “The Gates of Hell”-a provocative, comic-book fantasy, action, pro-life film focusing on the Black victims of abortion. We’ll get him to explain just what the hell all that means and why he made a movie like this in the first place. Also-the primary battles roll on and I make my always accurate predictions for the upcoming week in news. Join us at 10pmET, 7pm Pacific on the CDNews Network on BlogTalk Radio.

Has Santorum Peaked at Just the Right Time?

Wednesday night’s CNN GOP debate from Arizona was important for a couple of reasons: with the Michigan primary and Super Tuesday just around the corner, this may well be the last primary debate of the season.  Also, this was the first debate after the incredible Santorum surge placed him as a solid frontrunner recently.  There was no doubt that there would be a target painted on the Senator as big as Joe Biden’s suspiciously shiny forehead.  Many viewers tuned in just to see how Santorum would fair as the “main target”.

One thing is for certain – being the frontrunner is a lot harder than being the underdog.  As the underdog, Santorum has been tenacious, steady and impressive.  As the frontrunner Wednesday night he seemed slightly nervous and not nearly as confident.  It was not a terrible performance at all, but next to the always consistent Mitt Romney and the king of debates – Newt Gingrich- Santorum had difficulty finding his rhythm.  Of course, there is Ron Paul to consider as well. Please save your hate mail about how no one takes him seriously, Paul fans.  People do take him seriously and that’s his biggest problem.  Moderator John King ended the debate with the question “What is a common misconception the media makes about you as a candidate”- to which Paul answered, “That I can’t win.” He asserted that everyone keeps saying he can’t win and it’s not true.  I know Ronulans applauded that answer, but it made me think that perhaps everyone keeps saying he can’t win because he isn’t winning! So don’t be offended that I often leave Paul out of the mix.  He isn’t on the radar (yet) as far as actual wins go, so in that respect I don’t count him as a viable candidate.  Please direct all of your hate mail to my editor, Rich Mitchell at Conservativedailynews.com.  He loves it.

The real issue in Wednesday’s debate is whether or not Santorum performed well enough to hold on to his dwindling lead in the Michigan polls. A win over Romney in Romney’s own home state could very well permanently tip the scales of this election. Santorum needed to at least maintain his status as a serious contender.  I don’t know if he did that or not in this debate.  This is what I do know: voters are already experiencing severe primary fatigue.  The ups and downs of this process have been unpredictable and draining, to say the least.  I think at this point, with only 4 men left in the race most people have made up their minds about who they want to win.  I’m not convinced that at this point in the race a good or bad debate performance will spell certain doom for any of the candidates, because I believe  voters are tired of the soundbites and they’ve pretty much made their choices.  Santorum voters will see a decent performance by a guy for whom everyone is lining up to smack around, from every angle lately.  Newt voters will find the usual satisfaction in his stellar debate performance – but on a side note, without the debate platforms Newt isn’t nearly as visible or loud in the general media.  Mitt fans will be pleased with his steady confidence and well-positioned attacks on his new frontrunner adversary.  And Paul fans…well, they are nothing if not loyal. No minds will be changed on his end, no matter how good or bad his debates go.

Clearly Santorum has benefited from surging during this relatively long period between debates.  His strength is in the ground campaign and not as a “frontrunner debater”. The rest between debates has given him time to work his ground strategy and voters haven’t had to see him face the direct attacks from his opponents on a national stage.  Had Santorum been surging any earlier it seems very likely the final 4 might be looking a bit different than it does now.  As it stands, Santorum may have peaked at just the right time. We’ll know soon enough.

Be sure to check in with conservativedailynews.com for all the latest in the primary races and campaigns leading up to Super Tuesday.

 

crossposted at kiradavis.net

S.C. GOP Debate Recap: No Huntsman & Not-Romney's

Monday night in Myrtle Beach, SC marked the 139th GOP debate in this election cycle. Well, perhaps that number is a bit high, but its close! With the number of debates ticking up month by month, there is virtually nothing new for the candidates to reveal about their platforms or positions.  South Carolina was not a debate to watch for new revelations.  What makes the Myrtle Beach debate so interesting is the fact that now that the field is thinning out, the gloves are coming off.

Huntsman officially bowed out of the race earlier in the day, bringing the number of men on stage down to five.  He wasn’t missed.

It was obvious from the start that Newt was fired up and ready to go after Romney.  He has made it his mission since Iowa to tear down Romney every chance he gets.  Newt is angry about Romney’s Super PAC and he made sure everybody knew it Monday night.  As a matter of fact, it seemed every candidate had finally decided to attack Mitt’s record on stage.  It may be too little too late, but it was almost refreshing to see Mitt being forced to defend himself with nearly every question/comment.  The only way any one else will become the nominee is to attack the front-runner directly.  If Mitt does win, he’ll be attacked like that every day in the generals.  Either way, it’s a win for Republicans to have the former Massachusetts governor challenged relentlessly.  Mitt seemed thrown off his game a bit by all the attention. He stuttered and dodged more than he previously has in any debate. This was clearly Romney’s worst debate performance to date.  That being said, it was still a performance worthy of at least a satisfactory rating from Romney fans.  Not-Romney candidates take note: Mitt is not accustomed to attacks.

I really hate to draw the ire of Paulistinians (as Levin calls them), but he really did seem kookier than normal in South Carolina.  Oh sure, the typical Paul crowd was in attendance, whooping and hollering with every Ron Paul-ism Ron Paul uttered.  But Ron Paul’s Ron Paul act is getting tired, and weird.  He made some vague distinctions between military spending and defense spending, complained at length (again) about useless wars and battle-happy Americans who “can’t wait” to start more wars; then he told the audience that he has more military support than any other candidate on stage. The Ronulans were clearly and typically impressed, but I suspect Paul did nothing to sway anyone else.

And what was up with Juan Williams? Did he just use the list of questions Stephanopolous rejected from the last debate? Williams spent a good amount of his moderating time race-baiting and giving typical left-wing talking points in the form of questions.  Diane Sawyer was proud, I’m sure.  We may hear a bit about Santorum regarding this tomorrow. He did step in it a bit when talking about the issues of letting felons vote and how it affects African-Americans.  His point was salient, but no doubt Media Matters and Rachael Maddow will have lots of fun with the old “conservatives are racist bastards” meme for the rest of the week.

Perry continues to turn in strong debate performances. He’s sunk a lot of capital into South Carolina and this could be his last stand. If Perry doesn’t poll well here, its questionable as to whether or not he stays in the race after this.  Perry was up to the task and took every chance to paint himself as the last “outsider” candidate – pro military, pro capitalism, pro small government, anti-Obama.  I’ve noticed the quality of Perry’s debate performances has increased as the height of his shirt collar has decreased.  Coincidence?

Santorum looked very confident and perhaps tied Newt as the winner of this debate.  He stumbled a bit, but only a bit and he received big applause for direct and strong attacks on Mitt Romney.  It is obvious Santorum is ramping up and with the news that he may have won Iowa after all, it is no wonder.  It was a good night for Santorum supporters, but the question remains: did he convince any new voters to lend him their support?

The primary train rolls on, considerably lighter but also much faster.  Tuesday’s primary vote in South Carolina will only bring the race into sharper focus. The process is tiring, but we are getting closer to the endgame. I’ll be honest, though  – the first man who promises to rid America of Flo from those damn insurance commercials gets my vote.

 

crossposted to kiradavis.net

Voter I.D. Madness & Minority Victimization

I’ve probably known thousands, maybe tens of thousands of Black Americans over the years.  Some are my family, some are friends, many I’ve shared a community with, and some I’ve served.  I have never met one Black person who doesn’t have some form of identification, be it a birth certificate, driver’s licence or state non-driver i.d.  Even my 80 year old aunt who was born without a birth certificate has a license! In fact, my aunt doesn’t even truly know her real birthday.  She isn’t even sure if her name actually is what we call her or just a distortion of her birth name due to the Black Michagander dialect…but she drives, has a bank account and uses Medicare – all things she needs her licence to access.

Recently the Justice Department blocked South Carolina’s latest voter registration law requiring voters to present a valid state i.d. before being allowed to vote at the polls.  Governor Nikki Haley says the law is needed in order to prevent voter fraud and secure safe and fair elections, but critics claim voter i.d. laws disenfranchise minorities, particularly Black people.  In a letter to South Carolina officials Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said, “The absolute number of minority citizens whose exercise of the franchise could be adversely affected by the proposed requirements runs into the tens of thousands,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said in a letter to South Carolina officials.”  Really? Tens of thousands of South Carolina residents have no form of i.d.?  In 2012? This is nothing more than a political ploy to continue to allow the Democrat party to steal elections through voter fraud. It makes no real sense, no matter how many big words Mr. Perez uses to describe the law.

To add insult to injury, the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People has decided to take their objections to the United Nations and request that they send an official observer to monitor elections.  That’s right, the NAACP wants the United Nation to monitor our elections! “It’s been more than a century since we’ve seen such a tidal wave of assaults on the right to vote. Historically, when voting rights are attacked, it’s done to facilitate attacks on other rights. It is no mistake that the groups who are behind this are simultaneously attacking very basic women’s rights, environmental protections, labor rights, and educational access for working people and minorities.  Voting rights attacks are the flip side of buying a democracy. First you buy all the leaders you can, and then you suppress as many votes as possible of the people who might object.”, says NAACP President Ben Jealous.

Black people are getting tired of being treated like ignorant, uneducated babies who haven’t the ability or will to care for themselves or function properly in modern society.  The idea that somehow there are scores of Black people wandering around this country with no identification whatsoever is patently ridiculous.  It is literally impossible to live an even semi-modern American life without some form of official i.d.  Am I to believe that there are thousands of Black citizens right now who have never cashed a check, opened a bank account, applied for government assistance, purchased alcohol or tobacco or firearms, bought cold medicine or picked up a prescription, registered for school, rented a car, applied for a credit card, flown on an airplane, or…you get the idea.  If identification is needed to buy cough syrup for your baby than why in the hell wouldn’t it be required to engage in the most important privilege we have as American citizens?  Is it racism that requires you to have proper identification when buying beer?  Why isn’t Ben Jealous asking the UN to monitor liquor sales in America? I’ll tell you why: because Jealous knows that his party depends on an easily defrauded system to win elections.  Dead votes, repeat votes, illegal alien votes – these are the voting base of the Democrat party.  Jealous knows damn well Black people have i.d.’s these days.  I would bet my savings account that he doesn’t know anyone over 18 without one.  This is Democrat trickery and minority victimization at its worst.

On the eve of the South Carolina GOP primary this month Black conservatives, led by Anita MonCrief (among others) will converge on the state with their photo i.d.’s to protest this gross injustice perpetrated by the DOJ and NAACP.  All are welcome, but the hope is that the administration and their media minions will be forced to see that not all Black people are willing to go along with just anything that the DOJ slaps the term “social justice” on.  We understand that leaving elections open to fraud hurts all Americans…and last time I checked Black people in this country counted as Americans.  Using our race to perpetrate a gross violation of law and common sense is simply unacceptable.  Governor Haley and other South Carolina officials have vowed to fight the DOJ’s intrusion to the highest level, but it is up to the rest of us to make our voices heard and to help restore reason and sanity to our voting process. If you have the ability, join MonCrief and company in South Carolina later this month.  If you aren’t able to make the trip, blog, post or talk about it as much as you can.

If you have no birth certificate or photo i.d. of some type than you probably aren’t a citizen, which means you definitely should not be voting.  Jealous, the National Association for the Advancement of COLORED People and this current regime know that.  They don’t care about justice.  They only care about votes.  what they don’t care about is where those votes come from…and that is most certainly more un-American than any voter i.d. law.

Santorum Surge: Should We All Start Investing in Sweater Vests Now?

I never in my life would have thought I’d be describing the Iowa caucuses as exciting.  Hell, I can’t even say the word “caucus” without having to suppress immature fits of giggles.  It’s just such a funny word.  I have never really taken the Iowa caucuses as seriously as Iowans themselves do.  After all it’s not a real vote and it polls a small cross section of citizens.  I have always felt content to simply tune into the news the next day and find out the winners and losers.  Tuesday was different.

With wall-to-wall press coverage as if it were a real Presidential contest it was hard not to be sucked into the buzz.  Perhaps it was the idea that the field would be thinning a bit with the Iowa results, or the curiosity as to whether or not Ron Paul crowd could propel him to victory there that created such an atmosphere.  Maybe it was all the weirdness surrounding Newt’s surge and fall; whatever it was, Iowa was where all eyes were focused on Tuesday night.

What was widely expected was that Romney would win the caucuses, and Ron Paul might surprise with a win or close finish.   What was certainly not expected was the Rick Santorum -the generic Republican who has seemingly been blending into the background of every GOP debate thus far – would nearly win the caucuses (heehee) and suddenly become a national sensation.

In a race that counted tens of thousands of votes, the winner came down to a difference of merely 8 votes.  Suddenly Rick Santorum went from being a punchline to a real challenger.  Although Mitt Romney eventually came out on top, there is not doubt the real winner was Rick Santorum, who now has a spot in the national limelight for the time being, at least.

But what does all this mean for the months ahead in this primary battle?  Santorum has been branded the “social conservative candidate” and with Bachmann’s exit and Perry’s struggle in the polls, many are wondering if this Iowa “win” will siphon off some of those Bachmann/Perry voters.  I hate to make predictions.  Goodness knows this primary race has already held many more surprises than any of us anticipated.  However it can’t be ignored that Santorum’s Iowa surprise will have consequences for the rest of the race.  Will Santorum suddenly become a Ronald Reagan-type candidate that Republicans across America will suddenly begin to rally around? I doubt that.  Santorum isn’t so much the issue here, but what he represents is the message that conservatives aren’t ready to hand over the nomination to Mitt Romney just yet.  This presidential season is all about the “Not Obama” campaign, and in our own party we are dealing with a “Not Romney” faction that is truly digging their feet in and refusing to concede to the media’s pick for us.

Santorum bet big on Iowa.  He has visited all 99 counties over the last year, repeatedly.  He bet his campaign on the idea that if people could get to know him personally, they would vote for him.  His bet paid off, but can it translate to votes outside of Iowa?  After all, he hasn’t the time or ability to visit every county in America in the next 10 months.  Santorum has received a huge media bump from this win, and that will most certainly translate into dollars, although to what extent remains to be seen.  Also, millions of Americans who had no idea who Rick Santorum was before Tuesday night are now able to associate the face with the name and will be more likely to follow his progress as the primaries move along.  That is publicity that you just can’t buy.  All that bodes well for Santorum to continue his momentum moving into the other primary states.  What won’t be to his advantage is the shelacking he is about to receive from the mainstream media.  Even those on our side have not always been kind to the former PA senator.  At best he has been described by his detractors as a mediocre senator who eventually lost by 18 points to a very liberal Democrat.  He has also supported earmarks and other questionable spending plans and he will most certainly be held to account for those things.  Also, Santorum will most definitely be painted with the same homophobic, racist, sexist brush the media uses to portray all of us conservatives.  He may be riding high today after his almost-victory, but Santorum shouldn’t get too happy. We’ll be hearing the Hitler metaphors inside of a week, bet on that.  How he handles the criticism will be very telling as to whether or not he can turn the Iowa caucuses (snicker) into a victory on a national level.

For Romney, Santorum’s surge means he still has a lot of work to do to win over the Republican base.  Far from being the “lock” he was once predicted to be, Romney can’t seem to poll over 30% and each challenge to his front-runner status has only served to highlight the fact that he is far from wrapping up this nomination, despite the best efforts of the media.

If anything, this Santorum victory serves to remind Republicans that this race is nowhere near over; and while the primary process may be bloody and tiresome at times it is absolutely vital in selecting a credible candidate.  When the process is tampered and toyed with by 3rd party haters and establishment tricks we end up with a John McCain…but when the process is allowed to unfold spontaneously we end up with what we have now – an unpredictable roller coaster.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.