A new Public Policy Polling poll on the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination has Sarah Palin in the lead by two points over Newt Gingrich, with Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee not far behind.

This is now the second poll in the last month showing Palin the leader among possible GOP candidates for 2012. However, Mitt Romney has led the field in four polls released during the past month.

We have begun posting an average for candidates from the seven polls released in the past month. The average is not a true head-to-head average since not all the polls survey for the same field of possible candidates. So we have simply averaged the total for each candidate in the polls where they are included. Eventually, once the GOP field is set, the average will be based on the most recent 40 days of polls that include all the same candidates.

At this point, here is how the top five rank in the average:

18.9% Mitt Romney

17.5% Mike Huckabee

16.6% Sarah Palin

13.7% Newt Gingrich

5.7% Ron Paul

Palin Leads 2012 GOP Field in New Poll; Romney Leads in Average of 2012 Polls

Via Newsbusters.org

In the segment before her interview with Rep. Steve King, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing calls him “one of the most radical right-wingers in Congress.”

MSNBC Anchor Calls Rep. Steve King a ‘Radical Right-Winger’ Before Interview – Video


(CNN) — Interpol, at the request of a Swedish court looking into alleged sex crimes from earlier this year, has put WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on its most-wanted list.

The Stockholm Criminal Court two weeks ago issued an international arrest warrant for Assange on probable cause, saying he is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and illegal use of force in August incidents.

Sweden asked Interpol, the international police organization, to post a “Red Notice” after a judge approved a motion to bring him into custody.

The “Red Notice” is not an international arrest warrant. It an advisory and request, issued to 188 member countries “to assist the national police forces in identifying or locating those persons with a view to their arrest and extradition,” according to Interpol…Read more

Interpol Puts WikiLeaks Founder On Most-Wanted List – Report

Here is video of President Obama speaking today after meeting with Republican Leaders where they discussed what to do about extending the Bush Tax Cuts.

Obama said the meeting was “productive,” and he felt everyone came to it “with a spirit of wanting to work together” for the American People.

He has directed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to lead negotiations with Congressional Leaders on how to move forward with extending tax cuts. Republicans want to permanently extend the Bush Tax Cuts for all Americans. Obama wants to raise taxes on the very people who own most of the businesses, and employ most of the workers in the nation. He then waxed eloquent on the need for everyone to not be partisan – when he has led as partisan an administration in the history of the Presidency!

President Obama Calls Meeting with GOP Leaders “Productive”; Launches Negotiations on Bush Tax Cuts – Video 11/30/10

Here is video of the Fox All-Stars talking about the WikiLeaks scandal, where Bill Kristol, Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer assess the fallout from the release of hundreds of thousands of classified State Department Cables and other documents.

Fox All-Stars Assess Damage from WikiLeaks Release of Classified Material – Video 11/29/10

Here is video of Dick Morris last night on Hannity where he said he believes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was trying to get personal information on foreign diplomats and heads of state so he could “blackmail” them into doing what she wanted them to do.

Morris is basing that contention on WikiLeaks documents that show Clinton was urging State Department employees to try and obtain personal information such as credit card numbers and other personal information on foreign officials.

“It’s how the Communists work. They work on getting negative information on everybody, so that they can blackmail everybody with something.”

Hannity appeared shocked at what Morris said, but Morris responded with: “You’re not getting that (personal information) for a scrapbook, Sean.”

H/T Gateway Pundit

Dick Morris: WikiLeaks Cables Show Hillary Clinton Sought Personal Info. to “Blackmail” Foreign Officials – Video 11/29/10

GOP Rep. Mike Pence spoke at the Detroit Economic Club today, and came out fully in favor of the Flat Tax, and called for the United States to abandon “Keynsian spending,” and return to “the practice of free market economics”:

THE HILL: “The time has come for Congress and this administration to take bold action to simplify our tax system and lower people’s taxes,” he said. “The best option, the most pro-growth option, is a flat tax. I believe it is time that America adopted a flat tax and scrapped the current system once and for all.” . . . .

“To restore American exceptionalism, we must end all this Keynesian spending and get back to the practice of free market economics. … The free market is what made America’s economy the greatest in the world, and we cannot falter in our willingness to defend it,” he said. “We should remember what Ronald Reagan said — ‘No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.’ ” . . . . Read More

Good job by Pence. He looks like he is setting himself up to make a run for the 2012 GOP Nomination, and the Flat Tax could be the centerpiece of his campaign.

GOP Rep. Mike Pence Comes Out in Favor of the “Flat Tax”; Calls for Return to “Free Market Economics”

Here is video of Republican Rep. Steve Buyer reading acting House Speaker (Dem Rep. Laura Richardson) the riot act over the power games she was playing by refusing to recognize him to speak even though there was no one else even there to object to him being recognized. As she continued to deny him the right to speak, Buyer even said to her, “This is why the American People have thrown you out of power.” Here is how it all went down:

CBS NEWS: . . . . Here’s what happened: Buyer this afternoon asked Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson of California, who is acting as speaker, to yield time for him to speak on a veterans bill. Richardson refused, prompting Buyer to ask sarcastically, “as a sitting member of the House, the speaker chooses not to recognize another sitting member, is that correct?”

Richardson responds that the decision on recognizing Buyer is up to the speaker – that is, her. An increasingly frustrated Buyer replies that she is choosing not to recognize a ranking Republican member dispute the fact that isn’t anyone on the floor to object to his request.

“This is why the American people have thrown you out of power,” he says to Richardson. He then begins walking around the chamber angrily, throwing down a folder and muttering that Democrats are wasting time despite the fact that there are many things to be done, including repeal of the health care reform bill.

When Buyer returns to the microphone, Richardson changes course, yielding Buyer one minute to speak. He responds sarcastically, “wow.”

“Was treating another member with dignity so hard, madam speaker? I don’t believe it was,” he says. . . . Read More

GOP Rep. Steve Buyer Blasts Acting Dem Speaker: “This is why the People have Thrown You Out” – Video 11/29/10

Here is video of former President Jimmy Carter giving his thoughts on a possible Sarah Palin candidacy in 2012. Carter said Palin is “one of the most dynamic and attractive speakers we’ve ever seen,” and described her as “very eloquent.” He believes Palin will be “quite formidable” within the GOP and could very well win the nomination. He did not say she could not win a General Election, but it was clear he is skeptical of her beyond getting the GOP Nomination.

H/T HotAirPundit

Jimmy Carter on Palin: “One of the Most Dynamic and Attractive Speakers we’ve Ever Seen” – Video

Here is video of former UN Ambassador John Bolton talking today about the huge dump of documents put out by WikiLeaks yesterday. Bolton called the release of the documents “an outrage,” and said it is going to cause great damage diplomatically for the United States.

Bolton called WikiLeaks “an anti-American organization,” and believes any American involved in leaking this information “should be charged with treason.”

John Bolton Calls WikiLeaks Release of Documents “an Outrage”; Says Leakers Should be Charged with “Treason” – Video 11/29/10

Here is video from the deck of the U.S. supercarrier – the USS George Washington – of fighter jets taking off and landing during joint exercises with South Korea in a show of force. The exercises have been condemned by North Korea, who launched an artillery attack against South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island last week killing four people.

Video from the Deck of the USS George Washington During Joint Exercises with South Korea – Raw Video

Here is video of elitist historian Edmund Morris going off on CBS News’ Bob Schieffer for asking what Teddy Roosevelt might think about today’s political scene. Morris, a Brit who has become an American citizen, pointedly told Schieffer that was a “bullsh*t question,” and then proceeded to trash Americans. Morris described Americans:

“I see an insular people who are insensitive to foreign sensibilities, who are lazy, obese, complacent and increasingly perplexed as to why we are losing our place in the world to people who are more dynamic than us and more disciplined.”

Don’t you just love Americans who are proud of their country? I guess he didn’t get the memo from Michelle that it’s OK to be proud of America now. Keep in mind that Morris wrote a book on Ronald Reagan that was described this way by one reviewer:

. . . . . After fourteen years of research, Morris’s Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, finally arrived, and it turned out not to be a biography or even history. Morris has instead produced a fiction in which he is the main character and his life is interspersed with impressions and memories of Ronald Reagan.

The book was released with much fanfare and amidst a din of controversy. Very few favorable reviews appeared. Historian Douglas Brinkley said flatly the work is not a work of non-fiction. George Will described the book as a dishonorable work. Peggy Noonan described the book as a mere entertainment and bad entertainment at that. Charles Krauthammer argued that Morris’s book does Reagan a grave injustice. The work never made it to the top of best-seller lists and began slipping down the lists one week after release. One suspects that Random House won’t be advancing Morris $3 million again any time soon. . . . . . Read More

Following Morris’ prescription of being concerned about “foreign sensibilities” will not restore America’s place in the world. Standing firm on an agenda of freedom and liberty will, and those nations that are offended by that agenda are not the constituency America should be trying to please.

Elitist Historian Goes Off on Bob Schieffer; Calls Americans “Insular, Lazy, Obese, Complacent” – Video 11/28/10

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The hundreds of thousands of documents dumped by WikiLeaks yesterday contain a great many revelations about how U.S. diplomats and sources throughout the world feel about numerous world leaders and dicey diplomatic situations. MSNBC Open Channel (thanks to Gateway Pundit for the heads up) is tracking key disclosures from the document dump. Below are links to some of the highlights:

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Details on World Leaders – including Gaddafi’s fear of flying

Iran “must be stopped” – Arab Leaders Pushed Obama to Attack Iran

Embassy cables tell of elderly American’s escape from Iran: Man, 75, rode horse over freezing mountain range into Turkey

Israel primed to attack a nuclear Iran

WikiLeaks Document Dump Reveals Unvarnished View on World Leaders, Volatile Issues – Video Report 11/28/10

The New York Times is reporting that documents released in the latest Wikileaks dump of classified information reveal that Iran obtained missiles from North Korea that are capable of reaching Western European countries:

NEW YORK TIMES: . . . . .Iran obtained 19 of the missiles from North Korea, according to a cable dated Feb. 24 of this year. The cable is a detailed, highly classified account of a meeting between top Russian officials and an American delegation led by Vann H. Van Diepen, an official with the State Department’s nonproliferation division who, as a national intelligence officer several years ago, played a crucial role in the 2007 assessment of Iran’s nuclear capacity.

The missiles could for the first time give Iran the capacity to strike at capitals in Western Europe or easily reach Moscow, and American officials warned that their advanced propulsion could speed Iran’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. . . . . Read More

This is what has been happening on President Obama’s watch, all the while he has been convinced that he can reason with the despotic regimes in Iran, North Korea and other places. Iran has only seen Obama’s overtures as an opportunity to obtain the weapons they so desperately desire.

Documents Reveal Iran has Obtained Missiles from North Korea Capable of Reaching Western Europe

Another taste of the kind of propaganda the poor North Korean people have been indoctrinated with decade after decade. This clip is from a North Korean propaganda film that has been subtitled in English. North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Dictator is hailed in song as the “General,” and it repeats again and again: “We live relying on General as our god.”

With a regime like this, and 50+ years of communist indoctrination of the people, anything could happen.

North Korean Propaganda Film Hails Dictator: “We Live Relying on General as our god” – Video

You’d better sit down.

Here is video of liberal Chris Matthews comparing Sarah Palin to Bill Clinton! Matthews calls Palin a “natural,” in the mold of Clinton. He said she has “moxie” to stay in the arena and come back from what he called a “humiliating pounding” she took in 2008.

I don’t think Palin was humiliated in 2008. She was treated shamefully by the media, but she was actually a real bright spot for the GOP in the 2008 Campaign. But I do agree with Matthews that Palin has “moxie” in the face of withering attacks and criticism. She also has the ability to draw huge crowds and is a natural politician in many ways. The key for her future chances at the Presidency is her ability to improve her standing among independents. I think she can still do that if she sticks to her principles and she communicates a clear conservative vision to the nation.

H/T NewsBusters

Liberal Chris Matthews Compares Sarah Palin to Bill Clinton – Video 11/28/10

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