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Friday, May 27th, 2011

White House 'Web Police' to Do Battle in 2012?
It is a move that seems to signify that team Obama is preparing to do battle in 2012. The administration has created a new post devoted to combating Internet smears against "The Anointed One." An internal White House memo that was obtained by The Huffington Post reads, quote, "This week, Jesse Lee will move from the New Media Department into a role in the Communications Department as director of Progressive Media & Online Response." Now, it turns out, Jesse Lee has an interesting background in quote, "progressive media." He's married to Nita Chaudhary, a high level staffer who played a very key role in creating this ad, dubbing general David Petraeus as "General Betray Us." The ad accused the general of cooking the books for the White House with regard to the surge in Iraq. Ms. Chaudhary had no shame about her role in circulating that ad. One has to wonder what General Petraeus, who is slated to become the president’s CIA director in the fall, what Obama thinks of this most recent move. Andrew Breitbart shared his reaction to this story with Sean on ‘Hannity.’ You can watch the interview by clicking here.

Simone: “Palin Won’t Run”
Mark Simone, filling in for Sean, opened Friday’s show by discussing a new poll released by CNN. Two of the three people at the top of new national poll in the battle for the Republican nomination may not even run for the White House. According to the poll, which was released Friday, 16 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they would most likely support Rudy Giuliani as their party's nominee. One point behind, at 15 percent is Mitt Romney, with Sarah Palin coming in at 13 percent. “I don’t Palin is going to run. I know she’s going to look like she’s going to run because she’s going on a tour but I think this is a Donald Trump kinda run that is good for business, good for publicity and good to get your message out. I think life is too good for her right now. She’s got a nice speaking career, TV career – she’s making a lot of money and its fun and enjoyable. Why give all of that up to go into a presidential race when you know the left-wing “smear machine” is going to destroy you and she’ll have to put up with that. I don’t think she’ll really run,” Simone concluded.

Juan Williams On Giuliani’s Chances In 2012
Mark Simone spoke with Juan Williams about the CNN Poll that shows Rudy Giuliani leading the field of 2012 GOP presidential candidates – even though he’s not running! “The real question,” Williams asked rhetorically, “is who Rudy Giuliani is today. Is he the guy who didn’t run for the governor of New York – he was going to run but then pulled out. Then he was going to run for state senate in New York but ended up not doing that. So on one level you can ask ‘is this guy a has-been?’ Or on the other hand the field is so weak he could catch fire, because remember, he was the hero to many of 9/11.” Simone disagreed with Juan’s take on Giuliani. “After every genius in the world tried and failed Giuliani came in and reduced crime by seventy-six percent – one of the greatest miracles in the history of governing. He’s like Babe Ruth. You can find a lot you don’t like about him personally, but the guy hits sixty home runs and you can’t take that away from him,” Simone added. You can listen to Juan Williams' interview by clicking here.

Show Guests

Ann Coulter

Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961) is an American social and political commentator , best-selling author , and syndicated columnist . She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Well-known for her conservative political opinions and the controversial ways in which she defends them, Coulter has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot" and, unlike "broadcasters," does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced."

Juan Williams

Williams regularly appears on major radio and television programs, notably National Public Radio and the Fox News Channel. He also writes for leading newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and has been published in magazines including The Atlantic Monthly and Time.

Pat Caddell

Patrick Hayward Caddell (also Pat or Patrick H., born May 19, 1950, in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is an American public opinion pollster and a political film consultant.