At a fundraiser at the Richmond, VA Marriott tonight for the Romney campaign, there was a surprise guest. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who in turn introduced Rep. Paul Ryan. But before McDonnell took the mic, another figure was acknowledging dignitaries in the crowd. Among those dignitaries addressed from the stage, was former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, according to a Tatler source who was there.
Gov. Wilder’s appearance at a fundraiser for the Republican presidential ticket is sure to set off shock waves among the Democrats, and lead to speculation that he could shake up the race with more criticism of the Democratic ticket.
Wilder has been highly critical of Joe Biden’s idiotic “they gonna put y’all in chains” comment; maybe that was the last straw for him.
No photos, and this could be just a rumor, but, if true, it’s a blaring siren telling Obama that he can kiss off a swing state he can little afford to lose.
Afterthought: Does two make a trend? First former Democrat congressman Artur Davis endorses Romney and becomes a Republican. Now another African-American centrist Democrat crosses over to back the other guy. Who’s next?
An FBI affidavit in the investigation of a shooting Wednesday at the downtown Washington, D.C., offices of the Family Research Council says the accused gunman uttered a statement to the effect of, “I don’t like your politics,” before reaching into a backpack for a handgun and opening fire.
Floyd Lee Corkins II, of Herndon, Va., 28, is charged with assault with intent to kill, in addition to federal firearms charges.
Corkins was wearing a white prison jumpsuit and showed no visible emotions or reactions at federal court Thursday.
Leo Johnson, an unarmed building operations manager, is being lauded by D.C. police as a hero for stopping and disarming Corkins before he could get into the building.
Surveillance video shows Johnson interacting with Corkins before he allegedly opened fire, striking Johnson in the arm. The security guard managed to wrestle Corkins to the ground and disarm him before he could get inside the group’s offices.
“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I¹m concerned,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. “He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”
Sources told Fox News that after Johnson disarmed Corkins, the gunman said: “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.”
Johnson underwent surgery late Wednesday. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, visited the hospital and said the surgery “went well” in a statement to Fox News.
Corkins had volunteered recently at a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Two law enforcement officials said Corkins was carrying sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain whose chief executive¹s public opposition to same-sex marriage led to a heated national cultural debate, including boycotts and events held in support of the Atlanta-based chain.
Authorities say Corkins was carrying a 9-mm. Sig Sauer handgun that was purchased and owned legally, said Richard Marianos, special agent in charge of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Washington field office.
Corkins’ backpack contained 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, the FBI affidavit said.
Now, weren’t we most recently lectured to by the militant anti-gun types after the tragic Aurora, CO and Sikh temple massacres that you are much safer in cities that have the strictest gun laws? DC is the gun control capital of America, so doesn’t it stand to reason that – by that logic – yesterday’s attempted mass murder was not supposed to happen?
Related to all this, where was the condemnation by our President on this sick attempt at political intimidation by violence? Oh, that’s right – there wasn’t one from him himself. It came through a spokesman. Where were the howls of outrage coming from The Usual Suspect that the “angry and vicious rhetoric” of the last few weeks over Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage inspired a man to try and kill people with whom he disagreed?
Liberal hypocrisy is, of course, nothing new, but some days it’s more grating than others and this is one of those days – and one of those incidents.
Leo Johnson is indeed a hero for stopping the gunman from committing multiple acts of violence and murder, and – like many – I am praying for him to have a quick and full recovery. But for the typical knee-jerk leftists who would have been all over this had the circumstances been different – I have nothing but contempt … especially for the idiots who claim the shooter was “driven to this” and “couldn’t help himself” due to the “right wing hating on gay marriage.” Really?
Several times in the past, I’ve gone off on the Obama administration for seeking domestic political advantage by revealing military and intelligence secrets: when it comes to our struggles with al Qaeda and Iran, national security takes a back seat to the president’s reelection efforts. Spiking the ball after bin Laden’s assassination was only the most famous (and shameful) example.
But, hey, who am I to be advising the fourth greatest president ever on matters of national security? I’m just a guy behind a keyboard.
But maybe he should listen to those who know the value of keeping secrets and know the harm that can be caused by revealing them. A group of retired military and intelligence professionals have come out into the light to tell Obama to stop acting like a pol and start acting like a commander-in-chief. And if he won’t listen to them, they’ll make sure we know the danger, too, starting with this short video. Twenty-two minutes long, watch the whole thing; it’s powerful:
One of the greatest secrets you can have in intelligence work –especially when dealing with a deadly enemy– is that you’ve compromised their security. That you’ve cracked their codes, found their safe houses, planted a bug in their meetings, slipped a mole deep inside… so many things. You want them kept secret because you can exploit the advantage again and again, disrupting and demoralizing your enemy because they can’t figure out how you’re always one step ahead. These are secrets you go to your grave with, because, once blown, they’re useless.
And the same goes for the methods we use and the “rough men” who do the work. Revealing secrets makes future missions riskier and endangers lives — not just those of the special forces soldiers and intelligence operatives, but those of their family and friends, because of the danger of retaliation. To reveal those secrets for personal political gain is incredibly childish, venal, and shortsighted.
I’m sure we’ll be seeing excerpts from this video and others to follow in commercials in battleground states a lot between now and November. Meanwhile, memo to Team The One:
Not only that, but he claimed once again that Hillary would have been the better veep pick for Obama back in 2008 … and now:
Former Democratic Virginia Governor Doug Wilder offered his criticism in an interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” saying Biden’s remarks were racially-charged.
“First of all, without question they were appeals to race,” Wilder said. “The important thing I got out of this was Biden separated himself from what he accused the people of doing. As a matter of fact, what he said is they are going to do something to y’all, not to me. Not us. So he was still involved with that separate American.”
“As far as I am concerned, the President would not associate himself with those remarks,” he said. “And I expect as the days go forward there will be more clarity associated with what the president feels about what Joe Biden said.”
He also repeated an assertion he’s made previously that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should have been swapped in as President Obama’s vice president. Wilder first made the suggestion in a 2010 op-ed published by Politico.
“As a matter of fact, over eight or nine months ago that it would have been in the president’s bets interest to pick Hillary because-and I’ll go even further,” Wilder said. “If Hillary were on that ticket today based on the job she’s done as secretary of state, I think that would be a clearer advantage the president would be seeing.”
Wilder added, however, “It’s not going to happen. It’s too late. I think she’ll be getting herself together for 2016. But that doesn’t help the president today. What the president need to do it disassociate himself from trying to show anybody that division is what this administration is about as some may have said, ‘cool it,’ ‘back up.”
Both the President himself and top Obama surrogate and Mayor of Newark, NJ Cory Booker have tried to provide “context” for the remarks, with Obama insinuating that no one cares about perceived gaffes outside of Washington insiders – which we know is flat out untrue. That said, this was no gaffe and is exactly the type of rhetoric we heard coming from Obama and his high profile supporters and senior advisors all throughout 2008, and it has no place in civilized debate – and certainly should not be tolerated in the “New Tone” era. I think Wilder is spot on in his criticism of Biden’s injection of race into this campaign – as was Mitt Romney on Tuesday and GOP veepstakes winner Paul Ryan was yesterday:
“You know, these are the kinds of things you say when you’re desperate in a campaign,” Ryan said of Biden’s comments. “I think you’re going to hear more of these things as we go on because they have a terrible record and can’t run on it so they’re going to kind of sink this campaign to these low levels to distract people.
“To try and you know, stoke the emotions of fear and envy, and it’s just not going to work. People are going to see through this. We’ve gone from hope and change to anger and division and blame and attack and I think people are going to see through this,” he said.