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Charmaine Speaks To The Pew Forum on Religion and Politics

November 22, 2006 | By | One Comment


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

at The Pew Forum on

Religion and Politics Charmaine was invited to give a presentation to The Pew Forum on Religion and Politics last week. She gave an analysis of the mid-term election from her perch as Vice President for Communications at the Family Research Council. She said,

“…In September we had a big event called the Washington Briefing…we moved it to the fall and made it a larger event than it’s been in the past. We had nearly 2,000 attendees, over 200 media outlets, and quite a few prospective presidential candidates coming to talk to values voters. We called it the Values Voters Summit. It was our way of kicking off the election season and saying,

This is an important election. Values voters need to be paying attention, and these are the issues they need to be looking at, and here are some of the potential leaders.”

Alert Readers will remember that a number of speakers at the FRC Summit have presidential ambitions and that,

A lot of people paid attention to the fact that Mitt Romney came and spoke and was warmly received, because they had been saying he wouldn’t be accepted by the values voters.


The Pew Forum


Charmaine’s photos courtesy The Pew Forum


Charmaine Yoest

Read the event transcript Religious Voters and the Midterm Elections.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Vince at WorldViews provided the link to Pew at How will the faithful vote in 2008?

Management Training Tip: Big Events can product a Peak Experience for your team.

Politics in public is a contact sport.

Facing South has a liberal perspective at How faith is impacting elections.

More at the jump.

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15 Nov



Redefining "Disgusting"

November 15, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

Scarlett Johanssen
Scarlett “I’m not promiscuous” Johanssen, tells Allure magazine that “I work really hard when I’m in a relationship to make it work in a monogamous way.”

But then she adds:

I get tested for HIV twice a year. … One has to be socially aware. It’s part of being a decent human, to be tested for STDs. It’s just disgusting behavior when people don’t. It’s so irresponsible


Twice a year?! Good for you for being so responsible, Scarlett. Hope that works out for you.


Previous post on Scarlett. . .

Ed Rollins Debates With Reasoned Audacity Tonight on CNN

November 14, 2006 | By | No Comments


Ed Rollins Ed Rollins was the Karl Rove-like political advisor for Ronald Reagan in 1984. Ed Rollins is a genius who knows how to win and win big.

Tonight Ed Rollins and I will discuss the possible presidential run of Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani III on Anderson Cooper on CNN . Hit time is 10:45pm Eastern Time.



Bare Knuckles and

Back Rooms

by Ed RollinsTo give you some idea of how the debate might go, Alert Readers will remember Rollins was the campaign manager for pro-choicers Christine Todd Whitman in 1993 and Ross Perot in 1992.

I look forward to learning what Rollins thinks about pro-choice Rudy Giuliani and his formation of an exploratory committee to test the waters on entering the 2008 Presidential Campaign.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Although Ed Rollins and I both served in the Reagan Administration, we will have never met until tonight.

And be sure to check out the AndersonCooper360review Blog. Not bad analysis.

Charmaine Debates the Values Voter with Anderson Cooper on CNN

November 10, 2006 | By | One Comment


Anderson Cooper Who won? Who lost? Really lost?

Charmaine will be debating the impact of the value voters and cultural conservatives on this week’s election.

On Anderson Cooper 360 tonight live. Hit time is 10:20pm EST on CNN.

Tonight’s Show,

Left, right and righteous. A “360°” special on what’s next for Christian conservatives. Are they moving away from the GOP? Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Check out Cooper’s blog.

Anderson Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt.

More on Anderson Cooper 360 at the jump.

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08 Nov



Donald Rumsfeld's Rules: Advice on Government, Business & Life

November 8, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the president and do wonders for your performance,

One of Rumsfeld’s Rules.

Rumsfeld is resigning. He doesn’t know it, but he was one of my teachers.


Donald Rumsfeld and

Charmaine Yoest Your Business Blogger served a tour of duty in government years ago. Unlike most bureaucrats, I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t even pretend.

Not that anyone noticed anyway.

But when I was appointed, the first Rules I got from a friend were Rumsfeld’s. I kept them in a notebook and referred to them daily.

Rumsfeld’s Rules

Many of these rules, reflections and quotations came from my role as chairman of the “transition team” for President Ford and my service as White House chief of staff. Others came from experiences as a U.S. naval aviator, a member of Congress, ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, secretary of defense, presidential Middle East envoy, business executive, chairman of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Threat Commission,…Credit is given where known.

Serving in the White House

(for the White House chief of staff and senior staff)

Don’t accept the post or stay unless you have an understanding with the president that you’re free to tell him what you think “with the bark off” and you have the courage to do it.

Visit with your predecessors from previous administrations. They know the ropes and can help you see around some corners. Try to make original mistakes, rather than needlessly repeating theirs.

Don’t begin to think you’re the president. You’re not. The Constitution provides for only one.

Know that the immediate staff and others in the administration will assume that your manner, tone and tempo reflect the president’s.

I knew the following rule, and used it to confirm my usual dazed looked,

Learn to say “I don’t know.” If used when appropriate, it will be often.

Rumsfeld says that bad news doesn’t get better with age,

If you foul up, tell the president and correct it fast. Delay only compounds mistakes.

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Montaigne's Advice from Hugh Hewitt via Mere Orthodoxy

October 30, 2006 | By | No Comments


Hugh Hewitt and Charmaine Yoest

May, 2006 GodBlogCon finished up this weekend with bloggers from coast to coast gathering for a good time and, perhaps, some learning.

Andrew McKnight from Mere Orthodoxy has this observation,

Somehow politics don’t depress Mr. Hewitt. He walks in a murky world, but to watch him you’d think he lives perpetually on a sunny hill. His advice to young would-be culture changers (like me!) was two-fold:

1) Take Montaigne’s advice, “Constant cheerfulness is a mark of a truly wise person” and

2) “Find the good, and praise it.”


Hugh Hewitt’s

Painting the Map Red We just finished Hewitt’s Painting the Map Red: The Fight to Create a Permanent Republican Majority

A cheerful book.

A must read.

A happy read.


And be sure to catch the Young Politics Carnival at good reads for any age.

The Esperanza Fires

October 27, 2006 | By | One Comment

Yesterday we flew over the Esperanza fires. The pilot came on the intercom to warn us — he said some people were frightened by the smell of burning when they didn’t know it was coming from the fires! Sure enough shortly we saw enormous, billowing, reddish clouds and an acrid smell.


The Dude has the pictures.

Heading to Godblogcon!

October 26, 2006 | By | One Comment

I’m headed to the Left Coast to talk about blogging with some of my favorite people, the godbloggers.

The Diva and the Dude are coming along because they have both become bloggers and I want them to catch the vision for blogging with a purpose.

Stay tuned — I’m looking forward to meeting some great people and learning a lot. I’ll be reporting back — right here.

16 Oct



Karin Agness President of Network of Enlightened Women and Mallard Fillmore

October 16, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

How does one know when one has arrived?

When you are the subject of a cartoon.


We were honored to have Karin Agness, President of NeW, as one of our panelists for the Center for Military Readiness Celebration last week.


Karin Agness at the Center for Military Readiness Briefing


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Karin L. Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), which helps female college students to confront radical feminists and liberals on fifteen college campuses. Ms. Agness is a Phi Beta Kappa member and student of law, University of Virginia. She has collaborated with the wife of Your Business Blogger, Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D..

Read Rebecca Hagelin’s take at TownHall.

As Seen in Logan Airport

October 14, 2006 | By | No Comments


Come on people.

How ’bout while we are worrying about our children’s safety, we worry about their education too?