Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

Presidential Race

Charmaine Quoted in Congressional Quarterly on Stem Cell Research

March 19, 2007 | By | One Comment

Charmaine was interviewed by David Nather on stem cell research and politics. His article Facing a Hard Sell on Stem Cells is in the recent edition of CQ


Congressional Quarterly

It’s not an easy time to be a religious conservative on Capitol Hill. Congress’ new Democratic majority has put stem-cell research back on the agenda while ignoring bids to ban gay marriage. …

Case in point: stem cells. … Taxpayer funds shouldn’t be used to destroy human embryos, they say, and other kinds of stem cell research hold promise too.

But there’s another argument now gaining currency among the bill’s opponents: …Congress would create a market that would encourage women to donate eggs for the new research projects, in exchange for quick cash, some of the groups say.


Watch Charmaine in the

video on Stem Cell Research

That kind of market would exploit women who were hard up for money, especially poor women and college students — “the kind of women who are vulnerable to ads that say, ‘Oh, hey, come make $5,000,’ ” according to Charmaine Yoest, vice president for communications at the Family Research Council.

It’s not a completely new line of reasoning, as Yoest points out. It came up in Missouri last year, where a stem cell research initiative became a major factor in the Senate race won by Democrat Claire McCaskill, who supports the research. And during last year’s stem cell debate in the Senate, then-Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. — who supported embryonic stem cell research despite his close ties to religious conservatives — also granted that expanded research could create incentives for women to take ovulation drugs so they could donate eggs…

But the egg harvesting argument is being used more frequently now that the Democrats control Congress, since it involves “using the leftists’ concern for women and turning it on its head,” says Janice Crouse, a senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute of Concerned Women for America. “You’re going to have women in third-world nations, and even college students, who will earn spending money by selling their eggs.”

…Still, religious conservatives believe they’ve already prevailed on another hot-button issue — abortion — as Democrats shift their emphasis from protecting the procedure to reducing the need for it in the first place. The same can happen on stem cells, they believe — even in a Democratic Congress. “We did lose” the Missouri Senate race, says Yoest, but “we didn’t lose by a whole lot. We’re looking at it and saying, ‘The game’s not over.’ “


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Dr. Janice Crouse mentioned in the article is Charmaine’s mother.

Emptying the Nest: Does Day Care Work?

March 15, 2007 | By | 2 Comments

Hillary Clinton has well known positions on daycare. In this presidential political season, we can see where she’d take the country based on what she influenced the last time a Clinton held the national bully pulpit.


I spent eight years in getting the child-care bill passed in Congress,

and at its zenith, there was never a child-care movement in the country.

There was a coalition of child-advocacy groups, and a few large

international unions that put up hundreds of thousands of dollars,

and we created in the mind of the leadership of Congress

that there was a child-care movement — but there was nobody riding me.

And not one of my colleagues believed that their election turned on it for a moment.

There wasn’t a parents’ movement.

Congressman George Miller (D-CA) * Mother Jones * May/June 1991



Daycare DataTo kick off the sixth year, and home stretch, of the Clinton Administration, in January 1998, the President and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a long-time children’s issues activist, announced an historic initiative: $20 billion in increased federal spending for child care over the next five years. This, they said, would address a silent child care crisis afflicting the nation.

Given the size of this initiative, we might do well to examine the underlying assumptions and common perceptions used to buttress such an expansion of federal involvement in day care. Is there a crisis in America today over child care? If so, is day care the answer?

To answer those questions adequately, the issue must be framed appropriately. Accepted as true is the modern myth that most families have two parents working today and are desperately struggling with day care.

This, it turns out, is not true.

Is there a child care crisis in this country? To answer, we need to know what parents really want, and most essentially, we must know what children need.

Continue reading at the jump.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Originally published by the Family Research Council in 1998.

Read More

Charmaine on MSNBC: Discusses Rudy Giuliani’s Backgound

March 14, 2007 | By | No Comments


Charmaine on an earlier

CNN piece on Giuliani On March 8, 2007, Charmaine was on MSNBC twice to discuss the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. This is her second clip.

Please forgive the extra click thru to the Family Research Council site.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Here is her other clip from 8 March.

Evangelical Outpost has an excellent analysis — be sure to see Giuliani smooching Donald Trump.

Charmaine Yoest on MSNBC: Discusses Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy

March 12, 2007 | By | No Comments


Charmaine frames the debate

on an earlier appearance Charmaine explains Giuliani’s lead in the polls.

And frames the question on presidential candidates,

How do they treat the people around them in their lives?

See the short segment here. (Forgive the extra click required to get to the video link on the FRC site.)

Media Alert: Charmaine on MSNBC Interviewed About Rudy Giuliani

March 7, 2007 | By | 2 Comments


Rudy Giuliani

Cross Dressed

with Conservatives? Charmaine will be on MSNBC Thursday, 8 March to discuss the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign.

Charmaine will be discussing Giuliani and the needs of the Jesus-loving voting segment and how Rudy’s positions appeal to us non-cross-dressing prudes.

Charmaine will be appearing twice. Hit times are 9am and 2pm EST. Please tune in and let us know what you think.



The New Book by Dan Gilgoff

March 5, 2007 | By | One Comment

What Mean Machine is needed to win the next presidential election?

The Jesus Machine.


Dan Gilgoff, Senior Editor

US News & World Report

When the rumors of the book’s release were confirmed with a book party invite, we righteous-right, Jesus-loving good-guys were nervous.

But there is a happy ending. **(note from Charmaine: haven’t finished the book yet!)

Charmaine and Your Business Blogger were invited to a new-book celebration at Chef Geoff’s in Your Nation’s Capital. Food, wine and wisdom. Some serious crab cakes.

Dan Gilgoff, Senior Editor from US News & World Report has released a new book on James Dobson and Focus on the Family. Gilgoff,

provides the first inside look at Dobson’s vast national network, the most powerful web of organizations the Christian Right has ever known. From its origins as a Southern California radio show dispensing parenting advice, Dobson — not a minister, but a family therapist with a doctorate in child development — has turned Focus on the Family into the command center for an unrivaled grassroots army. Dobson’s radio show reaches up to ten million Americans a week and elicits so much listener mail that Focus needs its own zip code.

A crowd of 85 moved about a small room and congratulationed Dan.

His mom was there.

Dan talked of the writer’s work and the need for confinement solitary — traveling in hotel rooms to research and bang out 300 pages. He thanks family and friends and co-workers and his employer.

“It takes a lot of people to provide a lot of solitude,” says he.

Michael Barone did a book blurb and paid the highest compliment by attending the book release party. Barone is a class act.

Dan’s PR team sold some books tonight.

Trick DC question: Where is the first place a Big Ego looks inside a new book?

Answer: The Index.


The Jesus MachineThere is a common practice inside the Beltway whenever a new book is released. Most everyone will first check out the index pages to see if one’s name is there. Or a friend’s. Or an enemy’s. (Clever authors sometimes omit the index, hoping the Big Players will buy and research later, outside of the bookstore.)

Dan saved us the trouble by including an Index. We bought a book anyway.

You should too.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Charmaine was not listed in the index. But she did make it as a “Source” in The Jesus Machine. Which was a relief — she’s usually a target.

Be sure to catch the Barone Blog on Rudy’s Viability. He talked tonight about Rudy’s appeal as a “War President.” And how this might just win in this time of terror.

Reasoned Audacity: An Official Blogger at CPAC 2007

February 28, 2007 | By | No Comments


CPAC 2007 Charmaine and Your Business Blogger will be joining 24 of some of the best bloggers on the planet for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

With Vice President Dick Cheney – Sean Hannity – Senator Mitch McConnell – Ann Coulter – Michelle Malkin – David Horowitz – Congressman Mike Pence – Newt Gingrich – Phyllis Schlafly – Wayne LaPierre

Celebrated tomorrow thru the weekend in Your Nation’s Capital.

Rob Bluey graciously reminded us that the following 25 blogs received secured credentials and will get a coveted T1 line. The good-guys at Creative Response Concepts are sponsoring the Bloggers’ Row this year.

Visit these guys for the latest in conservative thought and action and analysis.

And for original content that Alerts Readers will not get in The Washington Post or The New York Times.

Ace of Spades HQ

Alarming News

American Mind

American Spectator

Ankle Biting Pundits

Captain’s Quarters

Hot Air

Human Events

Fausta’s Blog

Little Miss Attila

Michelle Malkin

Musclehead Revolution

National Journal


NOVA TownHall

Outside the Beltway


Reasoned Audacity

Red State



Spot On

The Conservative Voice


Thank you (foot)notes:

These are unpaid links.

Gilmore Promises To Blog from the White House If Elected President

February 27, 2007 | By | No Comments


Roxane and Jim Gilmore; Charmaine and Jack Yoest

April 2005 Governor Jim Gilmore promised to be the First Blogger-in-Chief, if sworn in as president. Gilmore addressed the weekly conservative blogger lunch today at the Heritage Foundation hoping to “talk over the heads of the standard press.”

Although Gilmore promised to start blogging; he did not promise to hire a blogger full time during the campaign. (I was hoping for a bit more pandering to this crowd, but it never was quite Gilmore’s style.)

Far from pandering, Gilmore continues his combative conservatism.

Which, these days, might just sell.

The former governor of the Commonwealth Virginia claims “a broad record of success” and states that “there is not a conservative in the race” besides him.

He might be right.

Except for being pro-choice thru the 13th week. So I ask him, “As governor you hired pro-lifers extensively in your staff, do you promise to do the same if elected president?”

Gilmore reminded us that no one has done better in “service to the pro-life community” and walked down his leadership list on pro-life initiatives:

1) A 24 hour waiting period for abortions,

2) Pushed stopping partial birth abortions,

3) Championed Hugh Finn.

Alert Readers will remember Hugh Finn sustained severe brain injuries from a car accident, and was comatose for 3 and a half years. After moving him to a Virginia nursing home, his wife Michele requested the removal of his feeding tube, but his parents and his six brothers filed suit to stop her.

Careful readers of this blog will recall the hyperventilating over “hyperalimentation” — feeding food and water through a tube — during the legal battle over Terri Schiavo’s case. In 1998, the Commonwealth of Virginia — and Governor Gilmore — confronted nearly exactly the same situation as that posed by Terri Schiavo for Florida and Governor Jeb Bush.

The Governor supported continuing Finn’s feeding tube, and the case went all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court which ruled in favor of Mrs. Finn.

Finn died eight days after the tube was removed.

Gilmore enjoys a pro-life record any pro-life candidate would envy.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger is pro-life. And campaigned for Gilmore, voted for him and served as his Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Resources while the governor was in office. Watched the Governor up close on the Hugh Finn case. Gilmore got this right.

James Gilmore Is Running For President: Can A Pro-Choice Republican Win?

Read on some of Gilmore’s management style at Y2K and The Management of Hurricane Katrina’s Aftermath.

Gilmore may have been planning this for a while; see Americans for Freedom and Opportunity.

Also see Are Children at Risk in Red States?

Rob Bluey is the weekly host at The Heritage Foundation — be sure to read his report Jim Gilmore: The First Blogging President? at