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First Lady Maria Shriver and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrive at the California Museum of History, Women and the Arts for a ceremony honoring inductees into the 2007 California Hall of Fame in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.

Arnold’s post-partisan result – A $14 Billion deficit and a fiscal emergency.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he will declare a “fiscal emergency” in January to give him and the Legislature more power to deal with the state’s growing deficit.

Schwarzenegger made the announcement Friday after meeting with lawmakers and interest groups this week to tell them California’s budget deficit is worse — far worse — than economists predicted just a few weeks ago.

The shortfall is not $10 billion, but more than $14 billion — a 40 percent jump that would put it in orbit with some of the state’s worst fiscal crisis, those who have met with him said.

Arnold wouldn’t or couldn’t govern and now Californians will suffer. Isn’t this why Democrat Governor Gray Davis was recalled?

The California GOP made a big mistake with Arnold just like Minnesota did with Jesse Ventura.

Update:

Damn, did Hugh Hewitt get this wrong.  And, to think he is supporting Romney for President. But, then again, so is Tony Strickland.
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Mayor Rudy Giuliani on what he would accomplish as President During his first year in office, December 12, 2007

Rudy will be giving a major address in Tampa, Florida tomorrow morning. Billed as a major speech, this scripted event, a rare occurrence in Hizzoner’s campaign will be the final phase of his campaign with a rousing message of what he would bring to the job and what he would do if elected.

Here are excerpts from the Mayor’s speech: “Tested. Ready. Now.”

America needs a leader. I am running for President of the United States because I believe that I can lead America into a new era …with bold leadership, optimism, determination, and distinctly American solutions.

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If you are looking for perfection, you are not going to find it. Not in me and not in any candidate. But if you are looking for a leader who has been tested in times of crisis. … A leader who is ready to lead right now. … A leader who has achieved results – results that some people thought were impossible – a leader who believes that there is no problem too serious for American solutions and a free, American spirit … I believe I am that leader.

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Some people look at the challenges we face as a nation and they fear the future.

I welcome it.

I welcome the opportunity to defeat the Islamic terrorists who are at war with us because of our freedoms.

I welcome the opportunity to restore fiscal discipline to Washington D.C. while we empower millions of people to move out of poverty and achieve the American dream.

And I welcome the opportunity to win this election…leading a revitalized, 50-state Republican Party into the White House.

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As I travel across our country, I’ve begun to hear a murmur that somehow America has lost its ability to achieve great goals.

Some good people have come to believe that our country is on the wrong track. Middle Class families feel that the American Dream may be slipping away – they’re worried the future might not be as bright as the past.

It does not have to be that way. We can decide America’s direction. We determine America’s future. That’s what an election is all about.

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We’re at war. The American people want to see victory in Iraq and Afghanistan – not humiliation and defeat. They want their children to live free from the fear of Islamic Terrorism. They’re telling us: Get it done. And we will.

Washington’s culture of wasteful spending is out of control. The American people want to see real fiscal discipline. They’re telling us: Get it done. And we will.

Americans have heard presidents talk about energy independence for three decades. Now they are paying more at the pump and seeing their money flow into the hands of our enemies. They’re telling us: Get it done. And we will.

The American people are angry that the federal government has failed to secure our border. They want to see legal immigration reconnected with Americanization. They’re telling us: Get it done. And we will.

What America needs in 2008 is a proven leader who will get things done.

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I believe in the strength and wisdom of the American people.

Look at our history and you’ll see why.

Because no matter when or how your ancestors came to our country, we are all the proud descendants of pioneers and patriots.

Their optimistic American spirit…the defiant determination to do what some consider impossible – that is our greatest inheritance.

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The campaign will take the message to New Hampshire on Monday, Missouri on Wednesday and back to the New Hampshire at the end of the week.

While slipping in the recent polls as Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee duke it out in Iowa and South Carolina, Giuliani is hoping to shift back the focus back to his candidacy with a positive and optimistic tone.

Stay tuned….

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Republican presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee takes part in the Des Moines Register Republican Presidential Debate in Johnston, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007.

In a stunning reversal in the Florida GOP race, Mike Huckabee has taken the lead in the latest Rasmussen poll. For months Rudy Giuliani has owned Florida as his “firewall” against early state losses.

  • Mike Huckabee – 27% (9%, 11-18)
  • Mitt Romney – 23% (19%)
  • Rudy Giuliani – 19% (27%)
  • Fred Thompson -9% (16%)
  • John McCain – 6% (10)
  • Ron Paul – 4% (5%)

The Huckaboom has hit Florida and if this poll is not an OUTLIER then Mayor Giuliani may need a Plan B. Some pundits have already seen the shift to an early New Hampshire push for Rudy.

The GOP race is very fluid and jumbled. And, as Flap has siad before it will come down to a last minute media war in Florida. Rudy will be delivering a speech in Tampa tomorrow. And, voting in Florida has begun with absentee ballots.

However, with the Huckaboom what may happen is a muddled race with NO clear leader going into the March and later primaries.

In fact, Flap does not see Rudy, Romney or Huckabee withdrawing before the September convention. Will such a “BROKERED” convention be tolerated by the GOP national party?

Probably not. The party will ask two of the three to step aside in a deal.

Flap thinks two of those three candidates will be on the ticket – with Huckabee being left off. But, we will see.

Stay tuned…..

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Mike Huckabee Watch: Words Come Back to Haunt Huckabee


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