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  • Not Excited About Romney?

    04/25/2012 9:11:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 156 replies
    CE.com ^ | april 25, 2012 | David J. Peterson
    Not Excited About Romney? PoliticsApril 25th, 2012 David J. Peterson This year’s GOP primary has been an odyssey filled with sound and fury. But, like elephants who never forget, millions of Republicans are muttering “haven’t we seen this movie before?” Conservatives who were looking for a solid alternative to Democrat Barack Obama are angry and disappointed. The party rank and file was opposed to the nomination of Mitt Romney, seeing him as a weathervane – willing to adopt any position or cause to suit his ambitions.The Republican establishment, which is dominated by big business and the Wall Street elite, heard...
  • We're All in Trouble

    04/11/2012 4:12:31 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 94 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 10, 2012 | Quin Hillyer
    Now we will put to the test what was always an odd claim, namely that Mitt Romney is well positioned and well equipped to defeat Barack Obama this fall. This is a man who lost by 17 points to an incredibly weakened Ted Kennedy (people forget how vulnerable Kennedy was that year) in one of the most pro-Republican years in history, 1994 (the same year in which Rick Santorum won yet another upset victory); a man who would have been handily defeated if he had run for re-election as governor of Massachusetts in 2006; and a man who could barely...
  • Mitt Romney: Registered Democrat

    02/06/2012 8:11:35 AM PST · by mnehring · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Mitt Romney’s 1992 Democratic Primary vote for Paul Tsongas — a technocratic modernizer and reformer, but very much a Democrat — raised some Republican eyebrows last week. What hasn’t been mentioned: Romney’s vote formally enrolled him in the Democratic Party. more…For anyone who either believes in leprechauns or that Mitt Romney is a conservative this should be of significance, especially since his minions haunted this site making much of the fact that Rick Perry was a Democrat before 1989.The speculation is that Romney had originally intended to challenge Ted Kennedy in the Democrat primary then decided to run as a...
  • James Carville: Why Rick Perry's Presidential Bid is Toast

    10/30/2011 12:30:33 PM PDT · by drewh · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2011
    When Rick Perry announced he was running for president back on August 13, to tell you the truth I got a little excited. Now I know what you're thinking -- James you are a big Democrat, why on earth would you be excited about Perry running for president? This was my thinking: Perry would get in and he would be a major force. He was the bona fide conservative complete with a pedigree to take on Romney. With the way things are shaping up now, the convention planners might be more inclined to take a motivational speaker. Hey Rick --...
  • Cain ties Romney in Arizona poll, Obama holds own

    10/27/2011 11:03:58 PM PDT · by South40 · 38 replies
    BizJournals.com ^ | 0/27/2011 | Mike Sunnucks
    A new statewide poll by the Behavior Research Center shows businessman Herman Cain tied with Mitt Romney in a potential Arizona Republican presidential primary. The BRC Rocky Mountain Poll gives both Cain and Romney 20 percent of the vote. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is next with 9 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry grabs 7 percent in the GOP field.
  • Romney So Far: No Core Beliefs, Many Flip-Flops

    10/26/2011 4:14:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 26, 2011 | DOUGLAS MACKINNON
    Is there anyone sane left in the GOP establishment? Does plain old common sense and gut instinct no longer matter to those who purport to speak for the party? Have conservative principles and traditional values become nothing more than meaningless rhetoric to those so desperate to hang on to imagined power? As the Republican establishment lines up like lemmings behind Mitt Romney, it would be illuminating and in fact critical to look at the news for just the last couple of days with regard to this untethered and pliable candidate. A good place to start would be Romney refusing to...
  • Does Romney Have a "Nixon Problem"?

    10/26/2011 6:36:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2011 | Michael Medved
    A ghost from 1968 haunts the campaign of Mitt Romney—and no, it’s not the memory of his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, who stumbled as a leading GOP contender 43 years ago. For the younger Romney, the more worrisome blast from the past involves the campaign of Richard Nixon, who ultimately won the nomination by default but never managed to inspire real enthusiasm from the party faithful. As with Mitt, nearly all Republicans considered Nixon acceptable as a standard bearer as the former vice president positioned himself in the safe center of the party.But grassroots activists felt far...
  • I KNEW IT !!! (re. Romney)

    10/25/2011 9:40:09 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 25, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Told you this guy was BAD news... The Inevitable One Just popped over to Intrade to check out the latest odds on the GOP primary race, and although the punters are still piling the chips high on Romney, a harsh reality was laid bare... Not this one, people... NEVER! More news/views/humor at Reaganite Republican
  • The Republican Primary is Over

    09/29/2011 10:28:10 PM PDT · by americanophile · 66 replies
    GOPublius.com ^ | September 26, 2011 | Libertas
    The Republican presidential primary contest is over. Yes, you heard us right. Despite the months of campaigning ahead; the speeches, fundraising, media proxy wars, endorsements, gaffes and dark horse speculation, there is increasingly little doubt about the Republican presidential nominee for 2012. His name is Mitt Romney. From the beginning the contest has been Romney’s to lose, and not merely because of a party predilection toward nominating the last runner up. It’s been Romney’s to lose because of a combination of his own qualities, and those of his competition. Were he in a position to be truly candid, like any...
  • See Mitt Romney flip-flop

    03/07/2011 8:01:17 PM PST · by pissant · 22 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/7/11 | Michael Kinsley
    His convenient and implausibly explained reversals on issues say all we need to know about his character. He will do or say anything to become president. We're all for transparency these days, and if anything is transparently clear about American politics, it is that Mitt Romney will do or say anything to become president. The best guess is that at heart he is an old-fashioned moderate, business-oriented Republican (just about the last one standing). But there's no knowing for sure. He may have no sincere beliefs at all. There was a piece about Romney on the front page of the...
  • Romney steps closer to presidential bid

    03/08/2011 12:35:01 AM PST · by South40 · 91 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 7, 2011 | Martin Wisckol
    The signs are that Mitt Romney is running for president. With several Republicans edging ever closer to formally declaring their presidential candidacies, Romney told New Hampshire Republicans on Saturday that he’s the candidate who can beat Barack Obama on the central issue of the economy. ((snip)) A key hurdle for Romney among GOP primary voters will be distinguishing the health-care reform he instituted when his was Massachusetts governor from the nationwide plan championed by Obama.
  • In Palin's Absence, Romney Plays Front-Runner at CPAC (Good for a chuckle)

    02/12/2011 10:07:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 12, 2011 | Erin McPike
    The presidential field may be wide open, but one candidate is playing the role of the inevitable front-runner, as his performance at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference this weekend shows. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney brought with him to the event a large entourage that stayed for several days, while most other potential candidates dropped in and out of the conference to make their speeches and headline a reception or two. Other serious contenders brought just a few key staffers, but many didn't even have their top political aide in tow. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas...
  • Axelrod: Obama faces a wide open 2012 GOP field

    01/31/2011 9:54:58 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 7 replies
    The Ticket (Yahoo! News) ^ | 013111 | Holly Bailey
    As President Obama prepares to launch his 2012 re-election campaign, one of his top advisers admits they have no idea who might be his ultimate GOP opponent. 'This is most unfathomable Republican field in my lifetime," Obama political adviser David Axelrod tells USA Today. "I don't think anybody in the media or in either party can tell you with any degree of certainty who the Republican nominee will be." But Axelrod, who left the White House last week to begin working for the campaign, went out of his way to praise one of Obama's potential rivals, Mitt Romney. The former...
  • The myth of Palin's frontrunner status

    12/01/2010 7:48:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 146 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    Much of the punditocracy is obsessed with Sarah Palin. It's understandable on several levels. First, she makes for good copy and has a knack for coining catchy phrases ("death panels") and new words ("refudiate" -- it's now in the dictionary). She is controversial and opinionated, so given the choice between, say, a story on John Thune and one on Palin, it's a no-brainer to choose the best-selling author, TV reality show star and Tea Party darling. But conservatives suspect there's also some mischief-making afoot -- the desire by liberal-leaning members of the media and the White House to make Palin...
  • Kathleen Parker Falsely Claims Alexander Hamilton was an Illegal Immigrant

    11/19/2010 1:12:45 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 172 replies · 3+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 11/19/2010 | Matthew Balan
    On Thursday's Parker-Spitzer, CNN's Kathleen Parker bizarrely and inaccurately claimed that Alexander Hamilton came to the United States illegally and drafted the Constitution: "Let's remember...a lot of Americans did come through the back door such as Alexander Hamilton. He got off the boat from the West Indies, and all he did was write the Constitution and become the first Secretary of the Treasury." Parker raised this false history during a discussion of Pedro Ramirez, Fresno State University's student body president, who was outed as an illegal immigrant by a student newspaper. After playing clips from Ramirez and his opponent during...
  • Better News For Palin

    11/12/2010 10:13:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | Ross Douthat
    As evidence against my skepticism of Sarah Palin’s supposed front-runner status for 2012, I give you the latest round of Public Policy Center polls: PPP’s newest batch of 2012 Republican primary polls conducted right before last week’s election finds Mitt Romney ahead in the critical early state of Florida, Tim Pawlenty surprisingly weak in his home state of Minnesota, and Sarah Palin posting leads in Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Maine. All of her leads are relatively slim, but the fact that she’s ahead of Huckabee in Texas and West Virginia is notable, and her leads in Maine (by 23...
  • President Obama compares his health care plan to Romney’s

    11/08/2010 4:51:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Globe / CBS News ^ | November 8, 2010 | Stephanie Vallejo
    (VIDEO AT LINK) Former Governor Mitt Romney has kept a high profile throughout the midterm election season endorsing and fundraising for GOP candidates, an effort that some analysts say has established his position as frontrunner for Republican nomination in 2012. Romney hasn’t escaped President Obama’s attention – and in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview last night, Obama compared his health care plan to Romney’s and practically announced Romney’s candidacy. Obama weighed the political costs of health care reform and said Republicans didn’t cooperate as much as he had hoped they would. “We thought that if we shaped a bill that...
  • If You Had to Choose: Huckabee vs. Romney?

    11/05/2010 7:20:21 AM PDT · by Ocarterma · 127 replies
    me | 11/5/10 | Ocarterma
    Let preface this unofficial poll by saying that I am a Sarah Palin supporter through and through and will go to the mat for her if she runs in 2012. But supposing the new CNN poll showing either Huckabee or Romney would beat Obama in '12 is not a faux poll and pretending these two where the last two standing in the GOP primary in two years I'm curious as to which of the two Freepers see as the lesser of two........
  • State of the Mitt (Laughable)

    10/20/2010 9:34:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Perpetual Post ^ | October 21, 2010 | Christian Heinze and Dani Alexis Ryskamp
    Mitt Romney is shaking hands, kissing babies, making endorsements, and dropping money in every state in the nation in a way that suggests he’s in it for the long haul to 2012. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling Romney’s chances for the GOP presidential nomination. He’s a workhorse in a party addicted to, if not Thoroughbreds, at least some well-spruced Clydesdales. Romney is, as Politico notes, “an establishment kind of guy in an insurgent kind of party.” He’s putting in the work, but he’s not getting either the name recognition of a Newt Gingrich or the camera recognition of Sarah Palin. In...
  • Bad intro, George: It's about Romney, not Palin (Mittbot in Bakersfield cries 'foul!')

    10/12/2010 7:05:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | October 12, 2010 | Roger C. Allred
    George Martin has got to be still kicking himself today. Not because of his exceptional Bakersfield Business Conference: I am not aware of any event that compares to what George has been able to create. I am referring to him getting caught up in the moment and introducing Sarah Palin as "the next president of the United States." Come on! I always look forward to the Republican love fest that we call a business conference. It is the only time that I hear so much rational thought about how to clean up the mess in our state and federal governments....
  • Conservatives to Romney: It’s time to apologize for RomneyCare

    10/06/2010 8:47:44 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/05/2010 | Allahpundit
    C’mon. Would it do any good at all? “I guarantee that, at the top of everyone’s list on how to differentiate your guy from Mitt Romney, the top of the list is health care — until and unless he takes the opportunity to say, ‘We tried, and it didn’t work. The individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare and Romneycare was wrong,’” said Bill Pascoe, a Republican strategist who wrote a post on his blog earlier this year titled “Say Goodbye to Mitt.”…An apology from Romney, or even an acknowledgement that the Massachusetts law has faults, could play into the...
  • Romney Attempts to Endorse GOP Nominee for AL Governor, Fails Miserably When Endorsement Turned Down

    10/02/2010 9:30:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | October 2, 2010 | Zip
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama Republican governor candidate Robert Bentley has turned down an offered endorsement from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, expected to be a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Romney on Thursday endorsed a list of 24 Alabama Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, state treasurer Kay Ivey in her race for lieutenant governor and Birmingham lawyer Luther Strange, who is running for attorney general. The Birmingham News reported that Bentley turned down the endorsement. A spokeswoman for Bentley, Rebekah Mason, said Friday that Bentley wanted to concentrate on the race for governor and did...
  • Romney, Palin clear leaders for 2012 GOP presidential primary

    10/01/2010 12:53:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Sify News ^ | October 1, 2010
    Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are the clear leaders of the 2012 Republican presidential primary field, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday. Romney and Palin were the only potential candidates to earn more than 15 percent in the poll, with Mike Huckabee trailing not far behind. The three former governors were the only candidates to receive more than 10 percent, with Romney receiving 19 percent, Palin getting 16 percent and Huckabee at 12 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in fourth in the poll, getting 9 percent, reports Politico. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was the only other...
  • Poll Shows Romney And Palin As Front-Runners For GOP Nod In 2012

    09/30/2010 10:44:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    RTT News ^ | September 30, 2010 | Staff
    Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin have the strongest support among potential candidates for the Republican party's presidential nomination in 2012, according to the results of a Gallup poll released on Thursday, with strong showings also turned in by Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich. The poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents showed that 19 percent support Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, while 16 percent support Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2008. Former Arkansas Governor Huckabee and former House Speaker Gingrich received the support of 12 percent and 9 percent, respectively, while Rep....
  • Mitt Romney 3.0: Republican "Low-Keying it" on 25-State Tour (Caption New Mitt)

    08/29/2010 2:40:39 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 24, 2010 11:53 AM | Brian Montopoli
    [snip] In addition, Romney is presenting a more "easygoing and accessible" image instead of again offering up "the formally dressed, perfectly coiffed, carefully rehearsed candidate" of the 2008 campaign, according to the Globe. "Mitt is doing a better job at low-keying it,'' former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman Steve Duprey told the newspaper. "He would be wise to stay with it right through a presidential primary.'' Romney has been spending the summer at his $3.5 million home on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, where he drives a Chevy Silverado truck and can be seen in jeans, not suits. (That's an image...
  • Romney continues to lead in NH

    07/28/2010 8:27:12 AM PDT · by speciallybland · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | July 28, 2010 | Tom Jensen
    Mitt Romney continues to look like an overwhelming early favorite for the 2012 New Hampshire primary but the most surprising thing about our newest set of numbers there may be that Ron Paul's in third place, outpolling Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin (albeit by small margins.) Romney leads the way with 31% to 14% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Paul, 12% for Huckabee, 9% for Palin, 3% for Tim Pawlenty, and 1% for Mitch Daniels. Observations from the numbers: -Among voters who are more likely to support a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin...Romney leads...with 29% to Palin's 21%. We've written...
  • 2012 Florida/Nevada GOP Numbers (Wikipedia: "PPP Is A Democratic-Party Affiliated Polling Firm"

    07/27/2010 2:00:43 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Public Policy Polling (PPP) ^ | 7/27/2010 | Staff
    Mitt Romney's the favorite at this early stage in a couple key Republican primary states: Florida and Nevada. Romney came up short in Florida last time, but for now Republicans in the state prefer him to the other leading potential 2012 candidates. Romney gets 31% with Palin and Gingrich tied for second at 23% and Huckabee and Paul further back at 15% and 6% respectively. These numbers are good news for Romney and bad news for Huckabee and Palin...
  • Palin and Romney preview 2012

    07/20/2010 12:02:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 20, 2010 | Aaron Guerrero
    If the Republican nomination in 2012 shapes up as a two-way race between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, expect fireworks to fly. Last week, GOP primary voters caught a glimpse of how things might play out between the two Republican heavyweights when anonymous aides from both camps exchanged pointedly personal barbs. The scuffle began when Time magazine’s Mark Halperin anonymously quoted one Romney aide in a column last Thursday, blasting Palin for her lack of substance, “She’s not a serious human being.” Another aide to the former Massachusetts governor ripped into Palin, arguing, “If...
  • Poll: Ex-Obama Voters Like Romney

    07/16/2010 2:57:19 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 69 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | Friday, 16 Jul 2010 09:52 AM | By: Dan Weil
    A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows President Obama trailing Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich in support for the 2012 presidential election. Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Romney leads by 46 to 43 percent, ex-Arkansas Gov. Huckabee by 47 to 45 percent and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich by 46 to 45 percent. Obama is tied with ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 46 percent. The only potential Republican candidate he leads is lesser-known Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, 44 to 36 percent. The president’s numbers are the worst ever in Public Policy Polling’s monthly survey. But the poll respondents didn’t express much...
  • Romney advisor on Palin: “She’s not a serious human being”

    07/15/2010 5:26:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies · 2+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 15, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Huckabee’s taken potshots at her from time to time, but between this fusillade from unnamed Mitt advisors and the furious counterattack on Romney at Conservatives 4 Palin, I’d say that the 2012 primary is now, at long last, officially on. In the immortal words of Greg Stillson, “The missiles are flying. Hallelujah.” Still, few express much regard for Palin’s ultimate chances. One adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 frontrunner, says of Palin, “She’s not a serious human being.” Another Romney intimate warns, “If she’s standing up there in a debate and...
  • Beyond Palin: Assessing the Rest of the GOP Presidential Field (2 Faced Romney strikes again)

    07/15/2010 8:40:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 235 replies
    Time ^ | July 15, 2010 | Mark Halperin
    Sarah Palin's recent web video making a pitch to conservative women may have again shifted the political spotlight to the former governor of Alaska, but more than a half dozen other GOP hopefuls are toying seriously with a presidential run this summer. ......................................................... Still, few express much regard for Palin's ultimate chances. One adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 frontrunner, says of Palin, "She's not a serious human being." Another Romney intimate warns, "If she's standing up there in a debate and the answers are more than 15 seconds long, she's...
  • Mitt Romney Straps on the Clown Shoes for 2012 (A critique from the Left)

    07/14/2010 9:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 13, 2010 | Charles P. Pierce, Contributing Editor
    BOSTON — I consider myself lucky to have lived in Massachusetts during the years 2003 to 2007, when the Commonwealth (God save it!) was under the barely distinguishable leadership of Willard (Mitt) Romney, an affable parachute artist from Utah who came tumbling into and out of our politics so quickly that it's hard to believe he ever was here. For the most part, Romney was the kind of Republican we'd always liked: He was rich and white, and he wasn't dramatically concerned with either the civil rights of zygotes, or where some men might be putting their pee-pees when Jeebus...
  • Republicans Begin to Jockey for 2012 Position

    07/11/2010 7:47:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 11, 2010 | Julie Kirtz Garrett
    The November midterm elections are just four months away, but a handful of politicians are already looking far down the calendar to 2012 -- and it's starting to show. Though the 2012 presidential campaign arguably began as soon as the 2008 campaign ended, the water testing is starting to become more visible. It takes a long time to raise the millions needed to run for president and build national attention -- so with about two years to go until the conventions, a few potential candidates seem to be getting the ball rolling. The political activity is taking place in all...
  • Matthews: Media will destroy Palin if she wins in the primaries

    07/07/2010 2:32:33 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 80 replies
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 07 JULY 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    This isn’t intended as a criticism of Chris Matthews or his statement about Sarah Palin; in fact, he’s exactly correct in this analysis. If Palin decides to run for President and scores big in Iowa, survives in New Hampshire, and can go big in South Carolina, she will have a strong lead for the Republican nomination. Actually, that’s not exactly news, since that’s also the strategy for Mike Huckabee and Tim Pawlenty (who is spending three days in Iowa), and anyone else seeking the Republican nomination. Matthews is also not wrong about what will happen if Palin manages to do...
  • Ranking the most influential Republicans

    07/03/2010 11:26:18 PM PDT · by byteback · 27 replies
    The Washington Post (The Fix) ^ | July 2, 2010 | Chris Cillizza
    1. Haley Barbour: Barbour's Republican Governors Association has become the story of the 2010 midterms. The RGA's second quarter fundraising numbers -- $19 million raised, $40 million on hand -- is an eye-popping total that should remind those who have forgotten about Barbour's reach in the GOP donor community. With Republicans poised to make significant gains at the gubernatorial level this fall, Barbour will almost certainly emerge with momentum after the November elections -- momentum that he may seek to channel into a presidential exploratory bid. 2. Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor is slowly and methodically rolling out endorsements...
  • Ranking the most influential Republicans (Haley Barbour #1)

    07/03/2010 10:22:47 AM PDT · by yongin · 40 replies
    WaPO ^ | July 2, 2010 | Chris Cillizza
    Since we began ranking the 10 most influential Republican leaders early last year, we've made sure to note that this Line is not to be taken as an early ranking of the 2012 field. More and more, however, it is. As the 2010 election now stands less than four months away, the 2012 jockeying has begun in earnest with potential presidential candidates seeking to out-endorse and out-stump one another. The current leaders in that game are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who are both doling out cash by the bucketful through their respective PACs. Increasingly...
  • Do South Carolina Primaries Foreshadow Shifting Political Priorities?

    06/23/2010 9:23:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    PBS ^ | June 23, 2010
    SUMMARY Nikki Haley was one of two conservative minority Republicans to post primary wins in South Carolina, thanks to strong backing from tea party voters. Judy Woodruff talks to two political watchers about what those wins mean for the general election. JUDY WOODRUFF: And for more on the primaries and the historical results in South Carolina, we're joined by Amy Walter, editor in chief of The Hotline, "National Journal"'s political daily, and Adolphus Belk Jr. He's a professor of political science and African-American studies at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He joins us now from Charlotte, North Carolina....
  • Haley win a boon for Palin, Romney

    06/23/2010 8:57:07 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 83 replies
    www.Politico.com ^ | 6/23/10 | ANDY BARR
    Nikki Haley may have been the big winner in South Carolina Tuesday, but she isn’t the only Republican whose star is rising in an early state that is key to winning the GOP presidential nomination. Both Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, were also winners in the 2012 sweepstakes. They got behind Haley at critical junctures in her campaign for governor while the rest of the potential GOP presidential field either endorsed another candidate or stayed out of the fray completely. . . . . . . Former Arkansas Gov. Mike...
  • Romney Can Kiss the 2012 South Carolina Primary GOOD-BYE!

    06/22/2010 7:52:33 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 29 replies
    June 22, 2010 | vanity
    The elections of Nikki Haley, who is poised to become the first female/first Indian governor of South Carolina and Tim Scott, poised to become the second black Republican congressman to serve in Congress (and who won against a segregationist's son, Paul Thurmond) were momentous and historical for all the obvious reasons... That being said, I do not expect the lamestream media to give these stories as much coverage as they deserve mainly because their "conservatives want segregation back" mantra is quite frankly the only age-old tactic liberals have to rely on for any hope of keeping their shackles on the...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain to campaign with Romney in Mesa on Friday (THAT'S TODAY!)

    06/04/2010 3:28:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 427+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-06-04
    PHOENIX (AP) - John McCain is calling in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday. McCain and Romney are scheduled to appear together at a town hall meeting in Mesa.
  • The 3-S Test [Surprise! Lefty thinks Mitt, not Sarah, "Safe, Sane and Selfless" candidate for 2012]

    06/03/2010 11:03:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 612+ views
    The Pacific Northwest Inlander ^ | June 2, 2010 | Ted S. McGregor Jr. , Editor and Publisher
    Sometime around the time Barack Obama won the White House, I started wondering who would inherit the Republican Party. I have to admit I felt a little schadenfreude when George and Dick drove the GOP off a cliff, but I also named this space “Common Ground” for a reason. We need to focus on what unites us more than the things that divide us. Here’s some common ground: We need two functioning political parties to continue to meet the challenges of our times. Unlike Karl Rove, I don’t want one party to run the country. Hammering out public policy through...
  • Sarah Palin Surpasses Mitt Romney As GOP Frontrunner At Intrade

    05/03/2010 1:14:07 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 38 replies · 976+ views
    Mitt Romney has been the frontrunner for several months but Sarah Palin has been steadily climbing and closing the gap. It is essentially dead even, as of today, but for the first time she has a small lead and it is expected she will pull ahead. Intrade represents a type of stock market which trades in predictions regarding outcomes of future events. If you believe that Sarah Palin will be the Republican nominee in 2012, you can purchase a "contract" for the prevailing price, currently 25.8. Romney is currently 26.0. This price is determined by the contact traders themselves (anyone...
  • ObamaCare: An Unmitigated Disaster

    05/01/2010 4:22:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 732+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | ObamaCare: An Unmitigated Disaster | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Americans are learning that ObamaCare will pile on insurmountable debt and cause government to encroach on every area of our lives. ObamaCare is, as Yuval Levin said, an "unmitigated disaster -- for our health care system, for our fiscal future, and for any notion of limited government." And the more we learn about the specific provisions, the more we discover that the bill does not reflect our values -- faith, family and freedom -- nor does it strengthen those principles that are the foundation of a great nation. Each day while Democrats are criss-crossing the country to declare that ObamaCare...
  • Can Mitt Romney Outrun Sarah Palin? Handicapping the 2012 GOP Horse Race

    04/30/2010 12:55:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 638+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | April 29, 2010 | Matt Lewis
    On Saturday, May 1, the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby, some 20 thoroughbreds will run for the roses in the most famous and important race in the sport. That race of 3-year-old colts (and one filly) will be won in just over two minutes. Meanwhile, another exciting horse race – the race to win the GOP presidential nomination – is gearing up. It, too, has a large field, but this race is a marathon that takes four years to complete. Now, the time has come to begin handicapping the 2012 primary race. This list represents a snapshot of a...
  • How Romney Could Kill the ObamaCare Repeal Movement

    04/16/2010 10:10:12 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 29 replies · 798+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 4/16/2010 | Philip Klein
    Over the past several weeks, political observers have speculated about how passage of the national health care law modeled after the one Mitt Romney signed in Massachusetts could hurt his presidential ambitions. But more significant for conservatives is how Romney's presidential ambitions could stymie the effort to repeal ObamaCare. As it is, achieving a full repeal of the recently-passed health care law will be extremely difficult. Given that Obama would veto any bill to undo his signature legislative accomplishment, it means that to get rid of the law, Republicans will have to not only take back Congress, but capture...
  • Mitt Romney-Sarah Palin in 2012? You betcha!

    04/14/2010 7:35:39 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 103 replies · 3,267+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | April 14, 2010 | Edward Mason, Hillary Chabot and Jessica Van Sack
    Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door today to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run - a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama. “Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at today’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor - giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech. Earlier tonight, as Palin stopped for cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End, she said she was “serious” about the...
  • Mitt Romney Wins GOP Presidential Straw Poll

    04/10/2010 8:46:17 PM PDT · by GVnana · 191 replies · 2,600+ views
    CBS News ^ | 4/10/2010
    NEW ORLEANS -- Mitt Romney won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership conference here Saturday in a victory that will be taken as a sign of the former Massachusetts governor's strength as a 2012 presidential candidate. That's because the 2008 GOP presidential hopeful elected to skip the conference to continue his book tour. Romney triumphed by a single vote over Ron Paul, who took second place 439 votes to 438. Both men won 24 percent of the vote. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich essentially tied for third with 18 percent of the vote each.
  • So How Overhyped Will the SRLC Straw Poll Be?

    04/10/2010 6:50:18 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 66 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 04/10/10 | Michael Naragon
    The Drudge Report made it the headline story Saturday night: ROMNEY WINS STRAW POLL RESULTS. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the former governor of Massachusetts, who, incidentally, signed into law the state health care system upon which Obamacare is based, narrowly edged Ron Paul in the informal poll of potential GOP candidates for 2012. Sarah Palin was third in the polling, with Newt Gingrich finishing out the top four. Some of the big guns in the conservative movement and the Republican Party will make a big story out of this, as they have been pulling for Romney since the...
  • Romney Wins Straw Poll by Single Vote Helped by Evangelicals for Mit

    04/10/2010 5:59:09 PM PDT · by GeorgeSaden · 44 replies · 1,192+ views
    Mitt Romney, the once and likely future presidential candidate, didn’t show up to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, but that didn’t stop him from walking away with the big prize from the gathering. The former Massachusetts governor bested the competition in a straw poll conducted here over the past two days. Romney received 24 percent of a total of 1,806 ballots cast when voters were asked to name the candidate they would support if the Republican primary for president were held today. [snip] A group whipping votes for Romney, Evangelicals for Mitt, spent the day handing out plastic pink...
  • Mitt Romney Wins Presidential Straw Poll at Republican Leadership Conference

    04/10/2010 5:54:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies · 862+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 10th 2010
    April 10 Mitt Romney Wins Presidential Straw Poll at Republican Leadership Conference Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the straw poll by one vote over Rep. Ron Paul, 438-437. The person who didn't attend the Southern Republican Leadership Conference won the 2012 GOP presidential straw poll. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the straw poll by one vote over Rep. Ron Paul, 438-437. Sarah Palin finished in third place with 330 votes, while Newt Gingrich rounded it out with 321 votes. Several potential candidates addressed the three-day gathering which ended Saturday. Eyeing another presidential bid, Texas Rep. Ron Paul told...