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  • Romney was not the problem

    11/22/2012 10:31:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 155 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 21, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Small minds always leap to the answers given the last time around, which is probably why Maxine Waters keeps getting re-elected. But the last time is not necessarily the same as this time. A terrorist attack is not the same as the Cold War, a war in Afghanistan is not the same as a war in Iraq, and Mitt Romney is not the same as John McCain or Bob Dole. But since the election, many conservatives seem to be coalescing around the explanation for our defeat given by Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots, who said: “What we...
  • Jeb Bush is wrong: Ronald Reagan could have won the 2012 Republican nomination easily

    06/11/2012 9:34:32 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 59 replies
    The Great Britain (UK) Telegraph ^ | June 11th, 2012 | By Tim Stanley
    Jeb Bush says that if Ronald Reagan was alive today he would struggle to win the Republican presidential nomination. I should think so – the great man would be 101 (that gag is copyrighted to Jonah Goldberg). What Bush meant was that Reagan’s history of compromise with Democrats would make him unacceptable to the GOP base. He told Bloomberg reporters that Reagan and Bush's father, President George HW Bush, "got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan support. [Reagan] would be criticized for doing the things that he did.” The remark is electoral gold for Obama as...
  • Mitt Romney Campaigns in Colorado & Nevada; Clinches GOP Nomination

    05/28/2012 9:15:30 PM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 89 replies
    C-Span ^ | May 28th 2012
    Mitt Romney will officially clinch the Republican nomination for President when he secures the 1,144 delegates required to become the party's nominee in the Texas primary later tonight. Romney will also campaign today in two western battleground states, Colorado and Nevada. The former Governor will begin the day in the northwest Colorado town of Craig where he will hold a rally at Alice Pleasant Park and is scheduled to talk about the economy and energy policy. According to the Craig Daily Press, the owner of Deer Park Inn sent the Romney campaign a video called ”The Perfect Storm Over Craig,...
  • Ron Paul Scoops Up 83% of Available Delegates in Minnesota

    05/23/2012 7:04:02 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | Updated 23 May 2012 | NY Times Election Coverage
    Don't look now, but Ron Paul has just secured 30 of 36 delegates in Minnesota. Although he won only four counties and finished 18% behind Rick Santorum, the February 7 caucus winner, superior organization has enabled him to stuff the delegate rolls with committed Paulistas.This follows his February 4 narrow caucus loss in Maine, where Paul's delegates still managed to secure 21 of 22 committed delegates.
  • Ron Paul all but ends presidential campaign, continues delegate strategy

    05/14/2012 12:09:56 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 14 replies
    The Ticket ^ | May 14, 2012 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Ron Paul announced Monday that his campaign will no longer spend money on presidential nominating contests due to lack of funds, effectively ending his campaign for the Republican nomination.
  • Santorum endorses one-time rival Romney

    05/07/2012 8:41:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 491 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum is endorsing his one-time bitter rival Mitt Romney in a late-night e-mail to his supporters. Santorum on Monday urged his supporters to join him in working with the effective Republican nominee to deny President Barack Obama a second term.
  • Ron Paul wins Louisiana

    05/01/2012 12:16:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    KVUE, ABC Channel 24, Austin TX ^ | April 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul continues to work to win the Republican nomination. He's campaigning in Houston. Saturday night, he claimed another caucus victory. Louisiana announced that approximately 74 percent of its delegates will go to GOP Convention as Paul supporters. …
  • On good-bye tour, Gingrich touts ability to be Romney surrogate

    04/26/2012 2:12:02 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 120 replies
    NBC ^ | 4-26-2012 | Andrew Rafferty
    On good-bye tour, Gingrich touts ability to be Romney surrogate By NBC's Andrew Rafferty MOORESVILLE, NC -- Even though his presidential campaign "will go bye-bye," Newt Gingrich on Thursday said he and his wife plan to campaign through the fall to help presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. "I'm going to look at how I can be helpful, because I suspect people will still show up to hear me," Gingrich told voters at luncheon here. "Callista and I are going to campaign through October." Though today, just 25 people attended the midday event here, leaving a roomful of empty chairs. Some of...
  • Newt Gingrich says he's dropping out 'about' May 2 and endorsing Romney [VIDEO]

    04/29/2012 3:29:52 PM PDT · by Innovative · 213 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/29/2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told The Daily Caller in a video interview that he is dropping out of the Republican presidential race 'probably about Wednesday' May 2 and endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Gingrich, alongside his wife Callista, said the GOP's message in the general election should be, "Can you afford four more years like this? Not complicated. Do you want this much unemployment, this high a gasoline price, this much deficit spending? You have a great president but if you don't want this, you better vote for somebody new."
  • The Square Can Win

    04/27/2012 1:29:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | David Paul Kuhn
    In 1972, a young aide named Patrick Buchanan suggested that Richard Nixon frame the presidential campaign as "square America" vs. "radical America." The square won 49 states. Pundits tend to describe Mitt Romney's vanilla disposition as a liability. The Washington Post recently asked, "Why does Mitt Romney seem so stiff?" But there's a more practical question: How much does it matter? Stiffs can become president, even in this television age. During the 1988 campaign, George H.W. Bush asked reporters, “What’s wrong with being a boring kind of guy?" The answer came on Election Day. Americans backed the boring guy. Today,...
  • Tea Party May Be Dead. And Conservative Media is Robert the Bruce

    04/25/2012 12:44:11 PM PDT · by rightjb · 23 replies
    PolitiJim.com ^ | 4/25/2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    We awoke today with news that Mitt Romney’s nomination has now risen to nearly 57% of the GOP nationally, and that in the most fervent conservative state in the country, South Carolina, Tea Party “membership” has dropped from 28% to 11%. For weeks the supposed conservative media pushed either a disingenuous, social conservative statist hypocrite, or a liberal socialist in conservative clothing ignoring the only man that expanded conservatism nationally and balanced the budget 4 consecutive years with a liberal Democrat President and an overwhelming RINO Republican majority. I have something to say about that. Am I damn sure ain’t...
  • Primary Postmortem [Vanity]

    04/25/2012 8:31:57 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 32 replies
    Special to Free Republic | 2012-04-25 | Self
    Primary Postmortem And so another GOP primary season wraps up, all but officially, and once again, conservatives get the shaft. As usual, it is largely of our own making, as we fail to unify behind a single standard-bearer and allow the "establishment" candidates to pick us off one by one, as none can gain enough momentum to topple the McCains or Romneys of the world. So, how do we avoid this problem next time? What criteria can we use to find a "unity" candidate when we all have our own ideas as to who the "best" candidate is? I think...
  • Romney Nomination in doubt – Brokered Convention likely

    04/24/2012 8:32:25 PM PDT · by Huskrrrr · 42 replies
    Whiteout Press ^ | Richard Winger
    April 24, 2012. Des Moines. Two networks yesterday, CNBC and MSNBC, broadcast a little known fact – Ron Paul appears to be winning the Republican nomination for President. When the popular Texas Congressman repeatedly assured supporters that the race was about delegates, not beauty contests, he apparently knew what he was talking about. Now, after three more states locked in delegates to the GOP nominating convention – CO, MN and IA – indicators point to a brokered convention with a possible, even probable, Ron Paul victory.
  • Romney Wins GOP Primary Marked by Low Turnout (The RINO Effect)

    04/24/2012 7:34:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    Middletown Patch ^ | 4/24/12 | Cassandra Day
    Middletown poll workers outnumbered voters in Tuesday's Republican Primary in which the presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney sailed to victory. -snip Normally, there’s a rush between 6 and 8 a.m., Dypa said, as a poll worker yelled to the eight others in the gymnasium, not one a voter, “seven hours!” This year, three Republicans showed up at Spencer during the first two hours.
  • Goode is a presidential candidate

    04/23/2012 10:27:06 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 37 replies
    The Franklin News-Post ^ | April 23, 2012 | Paul Collins - Martinsville Bulletin
    The Constitution Party nominated the Franklin County native in Nashville on Saturday NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Constitution Party has nominated Virgil Goode to run for president of the United States. Goode was nominated Saturday morning on the first round of voting at the party's convention in Nashville, according to Jim Clymer, the party's national chairman. Goode received 203 votes; 202 were required for a majority. Goode, 65, of Rocky Mount is a former Virginia senator who served six terms in Congress. "There was some spirited competition" for the Constitution Party nomination for president, with a total of six candidates, Clymer...
  • Can Gingrich turn around the primary in Delaware?

    04/23/2012 8:33:31 PM PDT · by vmivol00 · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4-23-12 | Ed Morrissey
    Ready for the greatest political comeback of all time?  According to the Newt Gingrich campaign, that’s what they hope to start tomorrow in Delaware by surprising Mitt Romney in tomorrow’s winner-take-all closed primary: The campaign told NBC that Tuesday would be a “big day” and that Gingrich was “just waiting to see” what the outcome of the primary would be.  He told a Wilmington audience last week that a win in Delaware would “break up the media narrative” that has formed from Gingrich’s inability to win a state in over six weeks.  Can Gingrich make this his “game changer” and...
  • Mitt & Newt: A Plan to Win This Year

    04/20/2012 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 05:00 PM | Christopher Ruddy
    As the dust begins to quickly settle from the hotly contested Republican primary and Mitt Romney assumes the title of presumptive nominee, it’s important to recognize the role Newt Gingrich has played and will continue to play in helping the Republicans win the White House and Senate this fall. The former House speaker recently told Newsmax in an interview that he remains in the race, not as a spoiler, but to play a key role promoting a conservative agenda at the Republican convention in Tampa in August. It’s a worthy goal – and I have no doubt that Newt will...
  • Mitt Romney leads Obama in first Gallup national tracking poll

    04/16/2012 12:03:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 349 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 16, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    Mitt Romney leads President Obama in the first Gallup national daily tracking poll. Romney took 47 percent support from surveyed registered voters, while Obama took 45 in a poll conducted between April 11 and April 15. Romney's edge though is within the poll's three point margin of error. Independents tipped the scale in favor of Romney, going for the former Massachusetts governor 45 percent to 39.
  • Report: Santorum to Suspend Campaign (Live FoxNews Conference just confirms supension)

    04/10/2012 11:05:34 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 60 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | 10 APR 12 | dcbryan1
    Fox Confirms: Rick Santorum to suspend Presidential Campaign. Will post link and source when it hits Fox News Website.
  • Gingrich says campaign 'on a shoestring,' signals he's preparing for Romney nomination

    04/09/2012 6:59:00 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 179 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 08, 2012 | N/A
    (Snip) Though Gingrich and Romney throughout January engaged in some of the most personal attacks of the presidential primary campaign, Gingrich said Sunday that the two are at peace with one another. "I hit him as hard as I could, he hit me as hard as he could -- turned out he had more things to hit with than I did," Gingrich said. "That's part of the business." Gingrich said that if Romney wins 1,144 delegates and clinches the nomination, he will do "everything I can" to support him going into November. "We are absolutely committed to defeating Barack Obama,"...
  • Was RNC in Tank for Romney?

    04/06/2012 2:23:15 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | April 6, 2012 | Kenneth P Vogel
    "Critics, including supporters of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and even neutral Republicans, argue that the national party took steps that helped tilt the contest toward Mitt Romney — an allegation that the RNC rejects but is taking very seriously. The list of specific grievances ranges from issues that even the party acknowledges are legitimate to those that they dismiss as desperate fixations from Romney’s flailing rivals. An operative for one of Romney’s GOP rivals said, “I know this sounds like Watergate conspiracy theory stuff, but it is all connected. It’s the same sort of establishment crowd who all have...
  • RNC neutrality challenged on Romney

    04/06/2012 2:08:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | April 6, 2012 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    The Republican National Committee was supposed to play the part of umpire in the GOP presidential primary, but some Republicans are grumbling that the committee wasn’t just calling balls and strikes. Critics, including supporters of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and even neutral Republicans, argue that the national party took steps that helped tilt the contest toward Mitt Romney — an allegation that the RNC rejects but is taking very seriously. The list of specific grievances ranges from issues that even the party acknowledges are legitimate, to those that they dismiss as desperate fixations from Romney’s flailing rivals. For example,...
  • Marco Rubio to Santorum and Gingrich: “It’s Time Now to Concede”

    04/05/2012 11:55:27 AM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 44 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 4/5/12 | Javier Manjarres
    Senator Marco Rubio made some bold statements regarding the Republican Presidential primary race,while attening one of his regional Senate office openings in Palm Beach county, Florida. Rubio has openly endorsed Governor Mitt Romney in the race, and has said that he was not one to tell another candidate to drop out of a race, until now. “I actually think we’re going to have a very good nominee. I think Mitt Romney’s going to be the next president of the United States. And by their own admission, the folks running against Mitt Romney have admitted that they cannot win the primary,...
  • Live Thread: GOP Primary election results (WI, MD, DC)

    04/03/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 317 replies
    April 3, 2012
    Fox News & CNN are projecting Romney wins MD in their banners. Santorum wasn't on the DC ballot. Wisconsin polls close at 8pm CDT/9pm EDT.
  • Ron Paul Will Quit Republican 2012 Presidential Race

    03/28/2012 9:54:50 AM PDT · by mnehring · 39 replies
    Will Ron Paul be the next Republican presidential candidate to drop out of the race? Unfortunately, Ron Paul Nation, it’s looking like that. The libertarian’s recent primary showings and fundraising figures have been far from stellar, and Paul now looks like the shakiest candidate in the race. All other candidates — even the mostly down and out Newt Gingrich — still have something going for them. Paul, of course, has yet to win a state primary. Yes, he “won” the popular vote in the Virgin Islands earlier this month, but all but one of the eight delegates in that race...
  • Voter Turnout Appears Light in Louisiana Primary

    03/24/2012 11:26:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    .......Chelsey Dargis, 21, who is studying to be a teacher, voted in Metairie for Mr. Romney because she said she thought he would reach out to independents. “I have Republican qualities, but I also agree with Democrats,” Ms. Dargis said, citing her approval of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. “I like Mitt Romney better because he once was a Democrat. He still has to have somewhat of the mind-set of a Democrat.”
  • CNN And Fox Project Romney Wins Illinois

    03/20/2012 5:51:54 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 276 replies
    CNN and Fox | March 20, 2012
    No link yet. I'm just seeing it on CNN. Reuters said Fox called it as well.
  • 'We Did it Again!' Santorum Takes the South. Blue Collar Beats Blue Blood

    03/14/2012 6:10:12 AM PDT · by tcg · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/14/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ...This was blue collar vs blue blood. The pundits tried all evening to sound intelligent as they attempted to explain the vote. They failed miserably. In his victory speech, Rick Santorum nailed it, "This campaign is about ordinary folks doing extraordinary things, just like America." As he ended his speech he told his supporters the campaign was about "Free people, a free economy, the integrity of the family and the centrality of faith in our lives". Just as he finished that line, a campaign worker informed the candidate that he had also won Mississippi. The entire room broke into an...
  • RNC: Gingrich Leads Santorum in Primary Delegates

    03/08/2012 10:28:35 PM PST · by Fred · 108 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 030812 | NewsMax
    A new official delegate count being kept by the Republican National Committee reveals that Newt Gingrich has won more "bound" delegates in the presidential primary than Rick Santorum. Gingrich has won 107 delegates compared to Santorum's 95, according to the RNC's count, which was made after Super Tuesday. That effectively puts him in second place behind front-runner Mitt Romney. But the RNC does not count delegates from states like Iowa in its total, according to the Huffington Post, which first reported the story. The Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses did not officially allocate any of the state's 28 delegates to the...
  • Romney Lags in Small Donors as Big Givers Hit Limits [$77 Million mostly from high-dollar donors]

    03/08/2012 10:27:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 7, 2012 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and ASHLEY PARKER
    .....With an unusually large proportion of his donors already giving the maximum contribution allowed by federal law, Mr. Romney’s campaign has made repeated appeals to grass-roots donors in recent days... Mr. Romney has tacked a request for help onto the end of his stump speech in recent days, directing supporters to his Web site,... ........A spokeswoman said on Wednesday that Mr. Romney raised $11 million in February, bringing his total for the cycle to $77 million, much more than any other Republican in the race. But relatively little of it has come from small checks. Through the end of January,...
  • RUSH: WHY SANTORUM SCARES THE LEFT

    02/29/2012 6:58:18 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 48 replies · 4+ views
    www.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Why Santorum Scares the Left February 28, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, we have some headlines that are in the Drive-By Media today. Most of them are about Santorum and how out of touch he is and how what a wacko he is and what a creep, what a fanatic. I had 'em set aside. I'll just run through the headlines here.ABC: "New Lows Among Conservatives Mark Romney’s Popularity Problem."This is an ABC News/Washington Post poll on Romney's plummeting popularity with conservative Republicans. From the Right Scoop: "Santorum: Romney Uniquely Unqualified to Take on President Obama." From the National...
  • Despite Attacks, Conservative Support For Santorum Will Grow

    02/27/2012 5:01:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | Star Parker
    New Gallup polling shows the clearest picture yet of the great divide in the Republican Party that has been pushing Rick Santorum to the head of the class. Behind Santorum’s eight point national lead over Romney is a yawing gap in ideological support for the two candidates. Conservative support for Santorum stands at 42 percent, compared to 24 percent for Romney. Among those who attend church frequently, support for Santorum is at 44 percent and for Romney 22 percent. In the nation’s heartland in the Midwest and South, Santorum leads by 19 and 8 points respectively. It is only on...
  • Don't Pick Rick

    02/25/2012 1:20:13 PM PST · by WPaCon · 104 replies
    NRO ^ | 2/24/2012 | Mona Charen
    Wish I had a nickel for every conservative who confidently predicted that the Arizona debate would, of course, feature obnoxious questions about birth control and the devil aimed at Rick Santorum. As it turned out, CNN’s John King did not ask “gotcha” questions and, for the most part, conducted a fair and informative debate. The debate moderated by King, along with other events of the past week, has resolved a question that has been swirling since the Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota primaries: Why not Santorum? There is much to like and admire about Rick Santorum. He did fine work enacting...
  • Poll: Christie is top choice at 'brokered' convention

    02/22/2012 12:23:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 149 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the top choice of Republicans if the party nominates its presidential candidate at a "brokered" convention this summer, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday. Mr. Christie is favored by 32 percent of Republicans, followed by former Govs. Sarah Palin of Alaska and Jeb Bush of Florida with 20 percent each, the poll found. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is fourth at 15 percent. Some conservatives are contemplating a so-called brokered Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August, in which none of the current candidates would have gained enough delegates to win...
  • Oregon Republicans say Portland presidential debate still on despite cancellation of [GA] debate

    02/17/2012 9:29:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | February 17, 2012 | Jeff Mapes
    Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have pulled out of a Republican presidential debate scheduled for March 1 in Atlanta, leading to the cancellation of the affair. But backers of a planned presidential debate in Portland on March 19 are confident they won't run into the same problem. "We have every indication it will happen," said Greg Leo, chief of staff of the Oregon Republican Party, which is sponsoring the debate along with Oregon Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System and The Washington Times. Romney and Paul cited problems with their campaign schedule in being able to make...
  • Santorum Offers Clear Contrast to Obama

    02/10/2012 2:29:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to move on to Rick Santorum. You talk about being perfectly positioned? Rick Santorum is a practicing Catholic, a pro-lifer. You talk about a candidate who is perfectly positioned to draw the most distinct contrast to Obama and the Democrats and what's going on right now. Santorum speak at CPAC this morning, the Conservative Political Action Conference. We have five excerpts from Santorum's speech which fired up CPAC. Here's the first of them... SANTORUM: "We have to learn our lesson that we need to compromise, do what's politically reasonable, and go out and push someone...
  • Fox News Poll: Santorum Surges Nationally After Three-State Sweep [Ties Romney at 30%; Gingrich 16%]

    02/10/2012 9:57:42 AM PST · by Steelfish · 275 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 09, 2012 | Dana Blanton
    Fox News Poll: Santorum Surges Nationally After Three-State Sweep By Dana Blanton February 10, 2012 Rick Santorum has surged nationally in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination after his three-state sweep this week, while Mitt Romney has lost ground among GOP primary voters. In addition, most GOP voters say the nomination race isn’t over -- someone other than Romney could still win. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Friday. The new poll was conducted over four nights this week -- Monday through Thursday -- so it provides a unique opportunity to compare Santorum’s support before and after...
  • Rick Santorum’s Sweep Changes Republican Race

    02/09/2012 7:50:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    yesbuthowever.com ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Michael Fell
    (YBH) – As the final Colorado vote counts were coming in late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, confirming that Rick Santorum scored a hat trick against his Republican competitors, it was becoming clear that a sea change is occurring within the GOP race. More than before, it’s now arguable that the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s candidacy is a fallacy. This opinion has been long espoused by Republican grassroots activists across the country. Now there are numbers to back it up. Santorum has now won four out of the eight contests. He has victories in four contests compared to three for Romney....
  • Establishment Shocked by Santorum Sweep

    02/08/2012 11:21:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Rick Santorum, one night, three victories. CBS has the story: "Santorum Stunner: Sweeps 3 GOP Contests." I've taken a gander throughout the Republican media, conservative media, and all over the place, and they are shocked. They're literally shocked. The Republican establishment had no idea this was percolating out there. I can't believe how insulated they are. I mean I know they're insulated. I know they're inside the Beltway. I know they have their own world in which they live, but to look at the reaction they're having today, to see how shocked they are that Rick Santorum...
  • Romney not exactly the overwhelming favorite

    02/08/2012 11:06:34 AM PST · by landsbaum · 18 replies
    Tuesday’s balloting had to deflate the Romney campaign as Rick Santorum, who now has won more states than Mitt, swept all three elections in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota. Even Ron Paul beat Romney in Minnesota – by 10 points. Romney, whom nearly everyone was crowning nominee after his decisive Florida victory, clearly isn’t the darling of a large swath of the Republican faithful. We won’t belabor this except to say there are a few things that bode ill, not just for Romney, but for Republicans...
  • G.O.P. Race Has Hallmarks of Prolonged Battle (Buh bye, inevitability)

    02/08/2012 5:12:12 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | February 8, 2012 | Nate Silver
    Whatever your perspective on how likely Mitt Romney was to lose the Republican nomination race prior to Tuesday evening, it should be acknowledged that he had about the worst results conceivable. In Minnesota, a state which Mr. Romney carried easily in 2008, he has so far failed to win a single county — and got just 17 percent of the vote. That put him 27 points behind Rick Santorum, and 10 points behind Ron Paul, who finished in second. Missouri is a less important result since its beauty contest primary did not count for delegate selection and since turnout was...
  • Santorum Rejects Reagan Space Legacy - Conservative stumbles in bid to hit Gingrich

    02/07/2012 5:37:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 137 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 7, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    [BIG snip] Santorum's ad and his Op-Ed, meant to mock Gingrich, in reality can only distinctly not help Santorum's struggling campaign. Gingrich will surely make the inevitable -- and correct -- connection between Santorum's ad and a serious attack on the Reagan space legacy -- and the dreams of America itself. "We'll continue our quest in space…. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue," said President Reagan that tragic January night. Well, no they won't. Not if Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have anything to say about it. "I promise," says Santorum. Worse, whether Santorum's staff understands it...
  • Tea Party ‘Is Dead’: How the Movement Fizzled in 2012’s GOP Primaries (Barf!)

    02/06/2012 12:49:33 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 72 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2012 | Patricia Murphy
    It was the great wildcard going into the 2012 election cycle. Republican Party insiders openly worried the Tea Party might knock off the establishment presidential candidate, just as it knocked out establishment picks in the chaotic 2010 congressional races. Party heavyweights wondered whom the upstart movement would get behind and whether Mitt Romney could even get through the early states, given the once-raging Tea Party elements in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. But after months of wondering how the Tea Party would change the primary game, leaders inside the movement admit they never came in off the sidelines. For...
  • Romney in Context - The candidate’s rhetoric needs a safety net

    02/04/2012 5:14:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Stephen F. Hayes
    On October 1, 2010, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney described the genius of the American idea and lauded its results. “No nation has done more to lift people out of poverty than this nation,” he said in remarks at Benedetto’s, an Italian restaurant in Tampa, Florida. “Our free enterprise system has lifted billions out of poverty.” Romney spoke at a “Reclaiming America Rally” for Marco Rubio, then a candidate for the Senate. It was one of three events Romney did that day with Rubio. The two men chatted in the kitchen before their remarks to a crowd that spilled into...
  • CAN ROMNEY BE STOPPED? HISTORY SAYS YES!

    02/01/2012 2:20:44 PM PST · by Anti-Hillary · 69 replies
    Wallbuilders ^ | 2-1-12 | Rick Green
    Romney has won only two of the four contests thus far…we have 46 states to go. Why do so many pundits believe that makes him the inevitable nominee? Let’s take a look at the most similar republican primary of the last 50 years…1976 between Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The biggest difference in 1976 was that Ford was an incumbent president being challenged in his own party by a B-list actor turned Governor. It should have been a landslide for Ford and for the first few months, it was. Reagan lost EIGHT of the first nine contests, some of them...
  • Mitt Romney’s liberal campaigning tactics

    02/03/2012 7:58:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Washington Times Communties ^ | February 3, 2012 | Henry D'Andrea, The Conscience of a Conservative
    PHOENIX, February 3, 2012- Mitt Romney’s win in Florida didn’t happen because the voters felt at heart with Romney’s message and past, but rather the negative onslaught of campaign ads run by the Romney campaign and its allies against Newt Gingrich. An analysis from the Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG) shows that 92% of political ads airing during the last few weeks of the Florida primary were negative. It was so negative that CMAG President Ken Goldstein said, "this is the most negative campaign ever." Of all the ads during the Florida primary, 68% were negative toward Newt Gingrich and...
  • Tom Tancredo backs Santorum

    02/01/2012 3:36:06 PM PST · by parksstp · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 02-01-2012 | Emily Schultheis
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has picked up an endorsement from former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo (tan-KRAY-doh). The failed gubernatorial and presidential candidate is a tea party favorite. Santorum was campaigning in Colorado on Wednesday ahead of next week's GOP caucuses there in hopes of building some momentum for his White House bid. Santorum also was endorsed Wednesday by former congressman Bob Shaffer and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.
  • Panicked GOP insiders land in bizarro world

    01/30/2012 5:15:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 140 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 30, 2012 | By Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    The 2012 Republican primary race has passed well beyond the rabbit hole into some extra-dimensional bizarro world where up is down, black is white and the allies of the candidate who disavowed Reaganism would have us believe that the leader of the “second stage of the Reagan Revolution” is somehow insufficiently Reaganesque. It’s no secret that the GOP establishment backs Mitt Romney. The same folks who gave us John McCain and Bob Dole have picked their winner. When Mr. Romney is down, their panic shows. They start floating desperate ideas like late-entry candidates or a brokered convention. They also pull...
  • Newt's Old-Time Religion

    01/30/2012 1:00:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies · 1+ views
    American Prospect ^ | January 30, 2012 | Patrick Caldwell
    LUTZ, FLORIDA— On the last Sunday before the Florida primary, Newt Gingrich bowed his head at Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church, a megachurch in a suburb north of Tampa. As the remaining Republican candidates scramble to reach as many voters as humanly possible before Tuesday's all-important primary, every chance to preen before a captive audience is a golden opportunity. And no audience is more glued to their seats than devout Christians on a Sunday. Most parishioners appeared unaware that a celebrity was scheduled to be in their midst. When Gingrich stepped off his bus, reporters formed a swarm that enveloped him...
  • The GOP Empire Strikes Back At Gingrich

    01/27/2012 7:27:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 90 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2012
    The GOP Empire Strikes Back At Gingrich By Dan Balz January 27 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The revenge of the Republican establishment is a sight to behold. From one corner to another, those who have tangled with Newt Gingrich, who feel aggrieved toward Newt Gingrich or who fear Newt Gingrich have amassed to stop him. They know how much harder it will be to do so if the former House speaker wins Florida on Tuesday. The quintessential example of establishment angst came Thursday from Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee. Hours before Thursday’s GOP debate,...