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"Drudge Report" Pulling Romney to the Finish Line
January 19, 2012 | Vanity

Posted on 01/19/2012 11:12:53 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Everyone of the candidates except Mitt Romney is getting the Drudge Report Treatment.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: drudge; gopprimary; msm; opsresearch; perry2012
Nov 14, 2011: Special report: The golden age of opposition research .....Overall, Romney is thought to have the best oppo team in this Republican primary, with Yost as chief of research and Matt Rhoades, another veteran of RNC opposition research, as campaign manager. No one in the Romney organization would comment.

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....."Frustrated rivals think they know the secret: a low-profile, hard-driving Republican operative named Matt Rhoades, who is Romney’s campaign manager. Rhoades met Drudge, as POLITICO Editor-in-Chief John F. Harris and co-author Mark Halperin reported in their book “The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008,” when he became research director of the Republican National Committee and was introduced by his predecessor on a special trip to Miami. Rhoades has since been seen as a pipeline to the reclusive Drudge, who now has two veteran Washington reporters working on the site as well.".... Source

1 posted on 01/19/2012 11:12:57 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It ain’t over yet.

I personally believe Drudge forced ABCs hand on the ex-wife interview; the last thing they’d want to be doing is dribbling this out piecemeal instead of in a headline-grabbing ABC primetime deal.

But the fact is, a lot of people are supporting Romney. But big deal, doesn’t mean I’ll stop using Drudge’s website.


2 posted on 01/19/2012 11:17:43 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Matt Drudge:



By the looks of this guy, no small wonder he's supporting Romney.
3 posted on 01/19/2012 11:18:12 AM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney is dropping like a stone at Intrade.


4 posted on 01/19/2012 11:19:21 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Wifey,

My condolences, I know how hard you worked for Perry.

I have no candidates to really back at 110%, and I know you are smart enough to avoid mittens, so do like the rest of us and muddle through.

I'll do the dishes and run the vacuum cleaner for you next week.

Take care and I really understand how you feel.

Glad to see you back on the board.

5 posted on 01/19/2012 11:21:38 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t think that Drudge is intentionally keeping Mittens out of the headlines. Milt is just not making any news. He is a dud milquetoast who is sitting on his lead. That is why he is going to be creamed by Obummer.

Are there any stories about Mittens that Drudge sat on this cycle?


6 posted on 01/19/2012 11:21:55 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Drudge does not appear to hold back on anybody. According to Rush, it was Drudge who ‘smoked out’ ABC by forcing them to change their plans on when to release this.


7 posted on 01/19/2012 11:22:26 AM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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8 posted on 01/19/2012 11:22:35 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Utmost Certainty

It’s more than just looks.


9 posted on 01/19/2012 11:24:58 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What Drudge did to Newt is really despicable. We are constantly told that homosexuals can be true Republicans. Yet time and time again we see them put their lifestyle choice front and center above all else. I honestly believe this is some kind of sick vendetta that Drudge had because Newt has spoken out about homosexual sin. If freak Drudge thinks it’s his place to pry into people’s private lives, then he needs to taste his own medicine.


10 posted on 01/19/2012 11:25:24 AM PST by DesertRenegade
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To: DesertRenegade

Don’t shoot the messenger.


11 posted on 01/19/2012 11:27:22 AM PST by Palladin (Vote for Rick Santorum: He is a REAL Catholic.)
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To: baddog 219

LOL!!


12 posted on 01/19/2012 11:30:39 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: DesertRenegade

“What Drudge did to Newt is really despicable.”

Drudge conspiring with ABC news to invent the fantasy that Newt Gingrich, of all people, would ask his wife for an “Open Marriage” is worse than despicable.


13 posted on 01/19/2012 11:31:35 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: bigbob

Think.

Ever one good story about Bachmann?

Herman Cain?

Rick Perry?

Always the lousy pictures — except Romney looks good.

Drudge helped pick them off one by one.

Now Rush is saying Drudge is “helping” Newt?

Rush is “begging” listeners to accept that he isn’t promoting Newt... Give me a break. Rush has juggled all the candidates so well, never really approving of them, but “liking” them all.

I think Rush will happily be endorsing Romney again.


14 posted on 01/19/2012 11:31:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Drudge, is an 'evil' capitalist. His goal is to get people talking about his site and actually going to it. He does a very good job of it.

If he is a fanboy, I would say he is one of Ron Paul.

15 posted on 01/19/2012 11:35:25 AM PST by Theoria (Vada a bordo, cazzo!)
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To: trumandogz

Yeah, the ex-wife didn’t even use the term “open marriage,” only ABC did.


16 posted on 01/19/2012 11:36:11 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Drudge Report" Pulling Romney to the Finish Line

You're missing the point. Drudge is interested in scooping the media. Period. And this is DEVASTATING to ABC News. As far as Mittens, he is toast. The "Massachussetts Moderate" ads have crushed him in S.C., and he was pathetically weak at the debate, and will be again tonight. He is toast.

17 posted on 01/19/2012 11:37:26 AM PST by montag813
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To: DesertRenegade

Scratch a Romney RINO, find a pro-gay agenda Republican. “Electable” is just a code word for “agrees with me on social issues such as gay marriage.” I imagine Romney is a major hero for them after introducing gay marriage to the nation in Taxachusetts and I’m sure they don’t believe he’s truly flip-flopped. Margaret Hoover said as much on FOX...her ilk don’t care if he says he’s against gay marriage now because they assume he’s just saying it to get elected.


18 posted on 01/19/2012 11:43:42 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We wouldn’t be on these sites if it wasn’t for Matt Drudge.


19 posted on 01/19/2012 11:44:31 AM PST by Politics4US
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Drudge is massively biased for Romney. It’s been blatant for months and been getting moreso since the actual voting started. He’s been constantly putting unflattering or shadowy Newt pictures on the top headlines and linking to silly trumped up stories about Newt with misleading negative headlines. Anything bad for Romney is barely mentioned, listed in small print on the site, and disappears from the page fast. When Palin said on FOX that the Dems wanted Romney as the nominee, it took him 2 days to put it up, it was buried under about 10 other links, and it only stayed up for a few hours. The Todd Palin endorsement and Sarah semi-endorsement likewise didn’t get any big prominence on the site. If Sarah had endorsed Romney it absolutely would have been the top headline most of the day barring a major non-political news story.


20 posted on 01/19/2012 11:50:31 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When Drudge broke Monicagate, Bill Clinton’s minions broke the news that Drudge was gay. Drudge responded, in effect, “So what?” And that pretty much put an end to it.

I don’t notice Hillary admitting that she is a lesbian, even though that is supposed to be a Good Thing.

I give Drudge credit. Maybe he is gay, but he is not a gay activist. There is a huge difference. I have had gay friends over the course of my life, and as far as I’m concerned it’s their business, as long as they don’t try to push it on everyone else, including our children.

I have kept an eye on it, out of curiosity, over the years, and I have never seen Drudge report on the many gay controversies that we have been plagued with over the years with anything but neutral objectivity. That’s more than you can say for the MSM, who are constantly pushing the gay agenda. As long as it doesn’t effect his work—and it doesn’t—it’s his business, as far as I’m concerned.


21 posted on 01/19/2012 11:56:03 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RoosterRedux
Romney is dropping like a stone at Intrade.

Intrade betters had Romney as their favorite as of last night on the breaking news of the X. It looks like the weather-van is going the other way as they must think Gingrich is successfully defending.

22 posted on 01/19/2012 11:56:18 AM PST by Red Steel
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To: JediJones

It’s been embarrassingly obvious since the primary began that he’s supporting the Romney candidacy.


23 posted on 01/19/2012 11:57:53 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: DesertRenegade

Drudge screwed ABC by ruining the timing of their newt hit piece.


24 posted on 01/19/2012 11:59:42 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Red Steel

I know it isn’t a scientific sample, but the comments on these Drudge links seem to suggest a backfire.


25 posted on 01/19/2012 11:59:47 AM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Red Steel

Yeah, Gingrich is rising on Intrade for sure.

Though nobody should take Intrade that seriously for anything. It’s little more than a glorified lagging indicator of prevailing conventional wisdom.


26 posted on 01/19/2012 12:01:55 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Everybody who supports a particular candidate thinks the media should support their candidate and trash all others. That’s how the RATS work. I don’t want to see that from conservatives. My only objective is to defeat Obama.


27 posted on 01/19/2012 12:02:46 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; af_vet_rr; GoCards

Painful Truth Bump

Were having much the same discussion with af_vet_rr earlier. It was something that had slowly been dawning these past few weeks, but really was obvious this morning that the only news that was headlining was the bad news, and news that could be viewed as positive for any GOP candidate but Romney/Paul was pushed waaay down the page.

He even started in on Santorum with the nerdy high school photo - seriously - I am pretty leery of Santorum’s affinity for BigGovernment, but come on, any one out there NOT have a painfully awkward high school yearbook photo?!

All I know is that it feels as if we are being herded by folks we never figured would be up for such a thing, and regardless of WHO they are trying to herd us toward, (Romney/Paul), it is more than a little unsettling, and to paraphrase GoCards on a different thread, our options are dwindling rapidly!

The good news is, our eyes and ears SHOULD now be fully open and I for one am ready to align with the coalition that seems to be forming around Newt.

May God give us strength and wisdom and COURAGE.
Tatt


28 posted on 01/19/2012 12:11:02 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Here's one thing to keep your ears perked up for.

Paul is suing about the Huntsman ad with his Chinese children. So far, we are led to believe it was a NH PAC for Paul, but early detective work says it may have come from SF California. Since it made Paul look racist,( which he is), Paul took the hit. Now he's mad.

Looking at the trail, it will most likely be Dem or Romney. Remember Cain's women? He said it had to be Perry. Perry denied. My bet is it turns out to be Romney. He's the one with the money.

Either way, I bet there will be fireworks somewhere down the road.

29 posted on 01/19/2012 12:16:27 PM PST by chuckles
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To: DesertRenegade

What did Drudge do?
He posts links 99.5% of the time to things he is interested in, that’s it.
You may think he is in the tank for Romney, just wait.


30 posted on 01/19/2012 12:17:15 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One could easily claim that Newsmax is pulling for Gingrich.


31 posted on 01/19/2012 12:18:18 PM PST by Cousin It
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

again? Limbaugh never endorsed Romney.


32 posted on 01/19/2012 12:18:47 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I always had a feeling that deep-down Drudge likes Ron Paul. LOL

Thanks so much, for your hard work for Rick Perry.


33 posted on 01/19/2012 12:20:49 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: Cicero

“When Drudge broke Monicagate, Bill Clinton’s minions broke the news that Drudge was gay.”

Sheesh. It doesn’t pay to mind your own business. You get walloped with a reality bat. I never knew about it. He said, “So what?” and ended it? Hmmm.


34 posted on 01/19/2012 12:32:01 PM PST by FryingPan101 (In mourning. Will think tomorrow.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think Rush will happily be endorsing Romney again.

I guess you didn't hear Rush today when he told the lady caller they were "taking Romney out". Rush has been on the Newt bandwagon from the beginning and it is easy to see.

35 posted on 01/19/2012 12:42:36 PM PST by Hattie
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36 posted on 01/19/2012 12:51:46 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Lazlo in PA
I don’t think that Drudge is intentionally keeping Mittens out of the headlines. Milt is just not making any news. He is a dud milquetoast who is sitting on his lead. That is why he is going to be creamed by Obummer.

I think Drudge is doing everything possible to try and shape the election, whether it's downplaying Perry's endorsement of Gingrich or Santorum's win in Iowa. He deliberately runs crappy pictures of candidates he doesn't like.

Romney was pinning his campaign on his winning the first two primaries. When the vote in Iowa was uncertified and Romney was only up by a few dozen, he declared victory for Romney. When the vote was certified and Santorum the winner, it's now being downplayed.

Look at the Santorum high school yearbook crap as well. This is not an issue, but on a day when Santorum's big news is that he beat Romney in Iowa, that's the story that Drudge plays up.
37 posted on 01/19/2012 2:30:49 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr; Cincinatus' Wife

I revise and extend my remarks. I never noticed a particular bent on Drudge siding with one candidate or another...until today.

I did see the Santorum yearbook photo story that had no purpose other than mocking Santorum. The other piece on him was based on some rumor mill BS about his wife that has no bearing on anything and was purely there to claim some hypocrisy that doesn’t exist.

It does appear that whoever is editing the news there has a bent towards a particular candidate or they just hate Santorum and don’t have any legit dirt on him.


38 posted on 01/19/2012 2:55:22 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
The other piece on him was based on some rumor mill BS about his wife that has no bearing on anything and was purely there to claim some hypocrisy that doesn’t exist.

If it was the story and the pictures of her when she dated the abortion doctor back when she was in her 20s, yeah it has no bearing on things. People do stupid crap in their 20s, and she's not running anyways.

It does appear that whoever is editing the news there has a bent towards a particular candidate or they just hate Santorum and don’t have any legit dirt on him.

The photos they use are definitely very selectively picked.

Free Republic seems like a better place to get news anyways.
39 posted on 01/19/2012 5:20:01 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

New Drudge primary poll open...current results:

http://www.drudgereport.com/

GINGRICH 34.04% (54,960 votes)
PAUL 31.51% (50,878 votes)
ROMNEY 20.76% (33,526 votes)
SANTORUM 13.68% (22,094 votes)

Total Votes: 161,458


40 posted on 01/20/2012 8:35:56 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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