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What Keeps Ambassador John Bolton Up at Night?


Ambassador John  Bolton joins us at CPAC to tell us what keeps him up at night. 

Right now, his preeminent foreign-policy worry is the deal with Iran over their nuclear program — but he also notes that China is closely watching how the West responds to Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Crimea.

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John Bolton: Still Thinking of Running for President


The great former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and occasional NRO contributor John Bolton writes in Human Events today:

Obama’s policies are jeopardizing not only our national security and economy, but our constitutional sovereignty too. That is why I have been considering running for President.  The Republican Party must nominate a leader who, unlike Obama, understands instinctively that America’s liberty, prosperity and national security are inextricably linked…

To date, in my view, no Republican candidate has persuasively argued that our economic recovery and long-term prosperity are completely intertwined with a strong national security posture.  If no one else is prepared to make that case, I will.

If he’s thinking of running for president, certain deadlines loom. For example, it’s probably too late to make an impact in the Ames Straw Poll.

As of this writing, the absolute deadline for any potential candidate still thinking about it who wants to appear on the ballot is November 1, the filing deadline for South Carolina’s GOP primary.

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NRA Convention Part Five: Bolton and Cain


John Bolton’s remarks to the NRA attendees addressed a range of topics, some more related to gun issues than others  (the Obama administration’s reluctance to support domestic drilling, the National Labor Relations Board’s efforts to impede Boeing’s move to South Carolina.”

But Bolton offered a powerful and Second Amendment-centered critique of Obama when discussing violence on the U.S. southern border and in Mexico, where he said “the very essence of civil society is endangered by growth and power of drug cartels.”

Bolton attacked the notion that that the American right to own a gun under the Second Amendment is  responsible for the gun violence in Mexico as a “subterfuge,” and argued that the administration’s demonization of U.S. gun dealers as “laying the predicate for stricter gun control laws.”

“As President Obama likes to say, ‘he’s playing the long game.’ When he faces no further electoral constraints, his true agenda will come to the fore.” With a smile, he said to the NRA conventioneers, “I know you’ll know what to do about it.”

Bolton’s intellectual demeanor and data-heavy speeches don’t necessarily make for barnburning speeches, but he seemed to be one of the most deeply respected figures to address the NRA today.

The final potential presidential candidate to address the group today was former Godfather’s pizza CEO Herman Cain, who, for all of the obstacles and long odds facing his candidacy, remains one of the most electrifying speakers in the GOP field.

He began quite simply, “Fellow patriots – the Founding Fathers got it right,” with a confident grin that generated cries of “YEAH!” from the audience.

He continued, “we have to alter this entitlement mentality in America and build an empowerment society. We need to alter this victim mentality and build a society of victors. My parents never saw themselves as victims as they pursued their American dreams.”

In a comment that seemed to apply to Tea Party members as much as to NRA members, Cain urged the audience to “Stay involved! One of the reasons they [on the other side] assuming that we are not going to take [the country] back is becuase they think we aren’t going to stay involved! …Remember, they didn’t get a poll saying a majority of the people wanted to fight King George.”

Cain closed with a captivating story about holding his first granddaughter at the hospital, and he closed, “It is not about us – it is about the grandchildren. It’s not about us, it is about the future generations and their ability to pursue dreams. You can achieve anything in this great country if you believe in God, if you believe in yourself, and you believe in the greatest country in the world – those are the keys to success in America.”

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Just Think of MSNBC’s Headaches if Ed Schultz Runs


A quick excerpt from the Thursday edition of Morning Jolt:

The Fox Caught the Newt, Then Let Him Go

You knew the fact that five potential Republican presidential candidates — Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and John Bolton — were under contract to Fox News Channel was going to be an issue sooner or later. If any of the commentators announced they were running, continued appearances would run afoul of the Equal Time rule. (You remember the brouhaha when Arnold Schwarzenegger first ran for governor and some complained showing his movies constituted free advertising; there was some grumbling about this issue regarding Fred Thompson’s Law & Order reruns.) As long as they weren’t announced candidates, Fox News Channel was in the clear with the FCC, but there was still the awkward appearance; the All-Stars on Special Report would be speculating about whether or not Palin would run, while she would be appearing later on the prime time shows and O’Reilly or Hannity or Van Sustren could just ask her. Heck, if they were talking about Huckabee, they could just go down the hall and ask him . . .

At Conservatives4Palin, Ian Lazaran writes, “While it’s certainly fair to infer from this news that Mike Huckabee has absolutely no intention to run for the presidency, I don’t think you can draw very many conclusions as to whether Governor Palin will run and when she will make an announcement. She has stated in the past in interviews she isn’t very likely to set up an exploratory committee. If she does run, she’d probably just formally jump into the race. That a Fox News executive believes she hasn’t shown a serious intention to form such a committee doesn’t tell us very much about her intentions because she wasn’t very likely to form one in the event she did decide to run for the presidency. As for timing, she wouldn’t need sixty days notice to let Fox News know that she has decided to run for the presidency. She could just let Fox News know about her plans tomorrow or at any time and her contractual relationship with Fox would end. I actually think this news explains why Newt Gingrich got some cold feet yesterday about announcing that he was forming an exploratory committee. He may not have wanted to forgo the income he received at Fox News by formally establishing an exploratory committee.”

Tags: John Bolton , Mike Huckabee , Newt Gingrich , Rick Santorum , Sarah Palin

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