Following a week-old Republican tradition, newly announced presidential candidate Herman Cain last night corrected a statement he’d made on a Sunday interview program only a few hours before.
The venue of his error was “Fox News Sunday,” during a debut appearance that strayed into foreign affairs and the question of whether ousted Palestinians should have the “right of return” to Israel.
See the entire 13-minute clip here:
Said Cain, after bashing President Barack Obama’s speech last week on the topic of peace negotiations:
”I don’t think [Israelis] have a big problem with people returning. The issue is there are some things that they simply do not want to give in on.
Actually, Israel has a very large problem with the “right of return,” as Cain acknowledged last night:
”All Israeli governments have rejected the ‘right’ of large numbers of Arabs or Palestinians to return to what is now the state of Israel. Such an en masse return would unbalance Israel’s demographic makeup as the world’s sole Jewish state.”
Meanwhile, former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich was on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” looking to repair damage done by his appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the week before.
The topic of the Tiffany account was raised. Gingrich and his wife once owed as much as $500,000 to the jewelry company.
“We are very frugal,” Mr. Gingrich said in trying to explain the account, which he described as a “normal way of doing business.” He said the account was always paid off and was a standard revolving credit line. Pressed by host Bob Schieffer, Mr. Gingrich declined to say what he bought from the jeweler – “It’s my private life” – and insisted he and his wife “don’t do elaborate things.”
“I am debt free. If the U.S. government was as debt free as I am everybody in America would be celebrating,” he said.
If you want to know why U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., today distances himself from House Republican plans for Medicare, look no further than this piece from Roll Call:
Two polls released over the weekend showed Democrat Kathy Hochul leading Republican Jane Corwin, giving Democrats new optimism about pulling off an upset Tuesday in a western New York special election.
Hochul led Corwin 42 percent to 36 percent in a poll released late Sunday by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm. The results closely mirrored those of a Siena Research Institute poll released Saturday that also showed Hochul at 42 percent, but ahead of Corwin by 4 points.
Much of America is bent out shape this morning by an appearance by former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney on Libyan TV over the weekend.
But that anger might be better directed at an appearance on Iranian TV that was just posted here Sunday.
McKinney claimed America’s tea party movement had been “hijacked” by the Republican part to tamp down a rebellion – and said her defeat in a Democratic primary in 2006 by Hank Johnson was due in large part to her refusal to pledge support to Israel.
It will make a fine piece of Iranian propaganda:
Press TV: I just want to get into this pledge a little bit more. So this is basically something that is mandatory, that every Congressperson has to sign saying that what Jerusalem as you said is the capital of Israel, and what else?
McKinney: You make a commitment that you would vote to support the military superiority of Israel that the economic assistant that Israel wants that you would vote to provide that.
>Press TV: This is not a question for the Congress people serving — that they are representing or they are supposed to be representing the people of the United States, not a foreign country, and yet they have to pledge allegiance to a foreign state? No one questions this?
McKinney: That is what I was asked to do, and I made it public. Probably, nobody has said anything about it. But I made it public and then you know the excuse was well those were just overzealous advocates for Israel. So then the tactic changed, but this is what is done for 535 members of the United States Congress. One hundred senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives have to now write a paragraph which basically says the same thing.
The good people of Savannah seem to have found a way to defuse protests by that Kansas church that declares American war dead are God’s judgment for tolerance of homosexuality: Humor. From today’s Morning News:
”[I]t should come as no surprise that as the Westboro Baptist Church group stopped at several churches Sunday, they were greeted by more than 200 locals who treated the affair with an almost festival atmosphere. There were funny hats, even funnier posters and a general sense that these tourists would be gone soon enough, too.
Ensuring order between the two at each stop were about 20 Savannah-Chatham metro police officers, most of whom shared the same detached air that seemed to say they had encountered far more sinister forces in the dark stairwells on River Street.
“It’s a hullabaloo about nothing,” proclaimed Bays Anderson, a bass vocalist in the choir at First Baptist Church. “They don’t know us at all.”
….At each stop, Act Out Savannah volunteers monitored counterprotesters. The human rights group spent the preceding weeks studying the Topeka, Kan.-based church led by disbarred attorney Fred Phelps. Act Out knows the group spews hateful slogans in the hope of inciting a reaction that will let them file a lawsuit and collect damages.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider