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Insider Report: Craig Poll Results; Limbaugh and Hillary; Iran; Gingrich; More

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. NewsMax Poll: Sen. Craig Should Resign
2. Talk Swirls Around Attack on Iran
3. Limbaugh: Expect More of the Same if Hillary Is Elected
4. Kerry Slams Romney on Healthcare
5. MoveOn Ad Helping Republicans
6. Bill Clinton, Gingrich Agree: Huckabee Is GOP Dark Horse
7. NewsMax Announces Winner of $1,000 Challenge
8. We Heard: Clarence Thomas, Ronald Reagan


1. NewsMax Poll: Sen. Craig Should Resign

An Internet poll sponsored by NewsMax.com reveals that Americans believe Idaho Sen. Larry Craig should follow through on his original promise and resign in the wake of his arrest in an airport sex sting.

Craig on Thursday refused to resign from the Senate despite a judge’s ruling that denied his efforts to withdraw the guilty plea he entered in August. Most respondents in the NewsMax poll believe his action is a “bad idea.”

But nearly 7 in 10 respondents think the media would treat a Democrat differently in a similar situation.

NewsMax will provide the results of this poll to major media and share them with radio talk show hosts across the country.

Here are the poll questions and results:

1. Do you believe Sen. Craig when he says he did not engage in lewd conduct at an airport bathroom?

Yes: 27 percent
No: 73 percent

2. Has media coverage of this episode been fair to Craig?

Fair: 52 percent
Not Fair: 48 percent

3. Will the Craig scandal hurt Republicans at the next election in 2008?

Help Republicans: 2 percent
Hurt Republicans: 51 percent
No Difference: 47 percent

4. Would a Democrat facing the same scandal be treated differently by the media?

Treated Same: 31 percent
Treated Differently: 69 percent

5. Should Sen. Craig resign as he promised from the U.S. Senate?

Resign: 66 percent
Stay in Office: 34 percent

6. Sen. Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign. Do you think this is a good idea or bad idea?

Good Idea: 32 percent
Bad Idea: 68 percent

2. Talk Swirls Around Attack on Iran

To go to war with Iran or not to go to war — that is the question being discussed in political, military and diplomatic circles in the U.S. and elsewhere.

There is mounting evidence that an attack on Iran in imminent as the Islamic Republic refuses to halt its uranium enrichment program.

But some sources dismiss that evidence and say the U.S. and other nations have not given up on the diplomatic efforts to head off a nuclear-armed Iran.

The respected French weekly Le Canard Enchaine last week reported an alleged Israeli-American plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. The front-page headline read, “Putin tells Tehran: They’re going to bomb you!”

According to the paper, the attack on Iran has been planned for Oct. 15, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, expressed concerns to reporters in New York that at attack on Iran might be in the offing, The New York Sun reported.

Veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh’s new article in The New Yorker magazine lays out a different scenario. He writes that the White House has concluded that many of its troubles in Iraq can be blamed on Iran, but rather than planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Pentagon is planning surgical air strikes on the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Hersh wrote that the bombing plan meet with a “positive reception” from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, although some U.S. sources have denied that, according to The Independent in Britain.

And in a recent interview with Britain’s Sunday Times, neoconservative guru Norman Podhoretz disclosed that he discussed an attack on Iran with President Bush in the spring.

Podhoretz said he is convinced Bush won’t leave office with Iran having acquired nuclear weapons or the capability of producing them, and added that the president “believes that if we wait for threats to fully materialize, we’ll have waited too long.”

But there is also a body of evidence against a planned attack on Iran. The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who recently spoke about preparing for war with Iran, more recently told reporters that he is now calling for “diplomacy, diplomacy, diplomacy,” the Sun reported.

Eran Lerman, a former Israeli senior Military Intelligence official, pointed out that the U.S. recently launched sanctions of its own against Iran, indicating that Washington has not given up on the United Nations.

“We must be cautious when reading reports by Seymour Hersh,” added Lerman, executive director at the American Jewish Committee’s Middle East/Israel office, who claimed that Hersh’s sources are not always reliable.

Asked to comment on the reports of an impending strike against Iran, a top insider in Washington tells NewsMax: “I would have said the scenario looked likely until this past weekend when John Hamre was appointed by [Secretary of Defense] Bob Gates to chair his Defense Policy Board.

“The Board also includes Harold Brown and Bob Perry, two former Democratic Defense Secretaries. Gates is protecting himself against any such orders from the White House. And if such orders were given, an impressive number of generals and admirals would submit their resignations.”

Another senior intelligence official tells NewsMax bluntly: "We can't do it. We don't have the resources." The source said, referring to Iraq and Afghanistan, "We're too overstretched to engage Iran."

Former CIA counterterrorism officer Philip Giraldi echoed that thought. He told The Independent that when a plan was floated involving a conventional and nuclear attack on Iran, “a number of senior Air Force officers involved were appalled at the implications of what they were doing . . . that Iran was being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack.”

3. Limbaugh: Expect More of the Same if Hillary Is Elected

Rush Limbaugh continued his fight against recent attacks on his patriotism, telling listeners on Wednesday that a campaign against him by Democrats is a "dry run" for tactics Hillary Clinton would use if she is elected president.

The controversy surrounds comments he made about "phony soldiers." Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., charged on the floor of the Senate that Limbaugh described American soldiers in Iraq who disagree with the conduct of the war as "phony soldiers."

Limbaugh has said he was actually referring to a specific “phony soldier,” Jesse Macbeth, who appeared in a YouTube video stating that he had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and he and other American soldiers had killed Iraqi civilians. Macbeth was later sentenced to five months in prison for falsifying his service record, and never served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Limbaugh opened his Wednesday program by reading from an e-mail that he said former Education Secretary Bill Bennett sent him: “He said, 'We've reached a new day, when anything said, no matter how violently torn from context, is presented as however one wishes and accepted as fact by the interpreter. It's the death of meaning."

Such distortions will be a mainstay if Hillary wins the White House, Limbaugh predicts.

“This is a reflection on the thinking and tactics that will be employed by the . . . federal government should Hillary become president," Limbaugh told his listeners. “Because all of these people that are working at these front groups that she has founded, along with George Soros, are going to end up being in her administration.

“And they are going to be rewarded with high government positions, from where they can unleash investigations on people that they want to deal with one way or the other."

Rush said the left-wing organization Media Matters for America was behind the “smear” of the talk-show host, and he played a clip in which Hillary said she helped “start and support” the group.

Limbaugh suggested the campaign against him in the Senate is just the beginning of a broader effort to silence conservative voices.

“And so what we have here is a dry run," he said, “sort of a rehearsal, for if she wins.

“The little people at Media Matters for America, and John Podesta will be back

as chief of staff from The Center for American Progress, all these different think tanks and organizations she has set up — these are little schools for people to learn how to conduct investigations on people that Mrs. Clinton doesn't want to deal with."

Limbaugh indicated that other distortions will occur as the next election approaches, saying: “This is also a great example for the campaign 2008 playbook.”

4. Kerry Slams Romney on Healthcare

Sen. John Kerry has attacked Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on healthcare, charging that he’s “running away” from the plan he instituted when he was governor of Massachusetts.

In April 2006, Gov. Romney signed the Massachusetts health reform law, which requires nearly all Massachusetts residents to buy health insurance coverage or face an additional income tax assessment. Businesses that don’t provide coverage are also penalized.

At the time, Kerry praised the law, saying: “I like this healthcare bill that’s passed. I think it’s terrific.”

But in a speech on Monday in Boston, the Massachusetts Democrat spoke about universal healthcare and said:

“I can’t help noting that Mitt Romney, the only Republican who’s even lifted a finger in that direction — where the wind was already blowing strong, right here in Massachusetts — is running away from his own record so fast that it seems he was for his healthcare plan before he was against it.”

He also stated in remarks reported by The New York Sun: “In fact, he seems to have turned away from his own record so fast he’s going to need a good health care plan to treat him for whiplash.”

Later in the day, Romney’s traveling press secretary Eric Fehrnstrom fired back: “John Kerry was AWOL in the effort to get all our citizens insured. He didn’t lift a finger to help get it done.

“Maybe that’s because our healthcare plan was based on private market reforms and did not require a tax increase or a government takeover, ideas that are completely foreign to the John Kerry-Hillary Clinton wing of the party.”

5. MoveOn Ad Helping Republicans

The MoveOn.org ad calling Gen. David Petraeus “General Betray Us” has actually proved to be a financial boon for Republicans.

GOP candidates and committees are often citing the MoveOn controversy in fundraising requests and campaign materials and attacking Democrats for not condemning the Sept. 10 ad in The New York Times, according to the Washington Times.

The MoveOn ad “issue is very hot with our base right now,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher.

“We are using the controversy to reinforce our message that the Democrats in the Senate are beholden to the liberal wing of the party.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, slammed the ad in a fundraising e-mail to supporters in September.

The ad, he said, “makes me wonder how our children and other nations will look to us for inspiration and courage.”

6. Bill Clinton, Gingrich Agree: Huckabee Is GOP Dark Horse

Former adversaries Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich do agree on one aspect of the 2008 presidential race: Mike Huckabee is the most likely dark horse for the Republican nomination.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” former House Speaker Gingrich said: “I think Huckabee is very effective, and if Huckabee can find money, he will be dramatically competitive overnight. He’s probably the best performer in terms of giving speeches and being appealing.”

He said “there’s something about” the former Arkansas governor. “You just have to like Mike.”

Gingrich also opined that Hillary Clinton is by far the most likely Democratic candidate, and her GOP opponent will be able to beat her on the issues, not by attacking her, The Hill newspaper reported.

Bill Clinton, who also appeared on the show, said Huckabee is the only Republican “dark horse that’s got any kind of chance.”

The former president also said the outcome of the GOP race depends on whether Rudy Giuliani holds onto his lead once other Republican candidates start attacking him, and added: “You can’t rule out John McCain making a comeback.”

7. NewsMax Announces Winner of $1,000 Challenge

NewsMax is happy to announce the winner of NewsMax Magazine’s second $1,000 Challenge Contest.

Contestants were asked to check out a copy of the award-winning magazine’s September issue at one of the many venues where it is sold, review or buy it, and then send an e-mail answering the question: Which presidential candidate says Cubans will be the key to the 2008 outcome?

James F. Gibbons of Yucaipa, Calif., found the answer on Page 36 of the magazine, and will receive the $1,000 prize.

The candidate? Rudy Giuliani.

8. We Heard . . .

THAT the Liberty University School of Law has denied Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill’s claim in a New York Times Op-Ed piece that she was once asked to join the school’s faculty.

A news release issued by the Lynchburg, Va., school on Oct. 2 declared: “Ms. Hill stated that she wrote the Op-Ed to prevent U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas from ‘reinventing’ her in his new book, ‘My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir.’ However, Ms. Hill’s Op-Ed contained erroneous information, specifically that she was once considered for employment at the Liberty University School of Law . . .

“The Liberty School of Law has never received an application for employment from Ms. Hill, nor has the school ever had cause for considering her hiring.”

Hill claimed during Thomas’ 1991 Senate confirmation hearings that he had made sexually provocative statements to her while he was her supervisor.

THAT Al Gore and other Democrats have been heaping praise on an unlikely beneficiary — Republican Ronald Reagan.

At a recent conference on global warming, Gore called on President Bush “to follow President Reagan’s example and listen to those among his advisers who know that we need to have binding reductions in CO2.”

Reagan signed an international agreement to eliminate a class of chemicals that damage the ozone layer.

“I never thought I would say this, but I long for the pragmatism of Ronald Reagan,” Rep. Rahm Emmanuel, D-Ill., told The Wall Street Journal as President Bush was threatening to veto a Democratic initiative.

And at the recent Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., lauded Reagan and his contemporaries in Congress for working together on Medicare and Social Security, adding: “That kind of leadership is missing today.”

But not every Democrat is jumping on the Reagan bandwagon, The Politico reports. One Democratic operative quipped that Reagan outshining Bush was like “being valedictorian at summer school.”

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