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  • Arizona’s Gov. Brewer endorses Romney

    02/26/2012 6:56:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 121 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on Sunday, saying he is the most electable candidate in the field. “He’s the man that can carry the day,” Mrs. Brewer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
  • Hedging its bets, Google picks Romney backer [Molinari] as new top Washington lobbyist

    02/26/2012 4:19:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill - Hillicon Valley tech report ^ | February 26, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    By hiring former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.), a supporter of Mitt Romney, to head its lobbying team, Google is hedging its bets on the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. The Internet giant already has close connections with the Obama administration. Company Chairman Eric Schmidt advised Obama during his 2008 campaign and is a frequent guest at the White House. Google employees are the third biggest contributors to Obama's re-election campaign, according to campaign finance data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. But with so much at stake in legislation and policy, Google wants to be on good terms...
  • Groan: Jeb Bush Accuses GOP Candidates of Fear Mongering, Finds It “Troubling”…

    02/24/2012 8:59:04 AM PST · by Qbert · 44 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/24/2012 | Weasel Zippers
    Full-blown RINO. Via Politico: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that he found it “troubling” that the 2012 presidential candidates are “appealing to people’s fears and emotion” on the campaign trail, according to reports. Bush expressed concern about the type of rhetoric that the candidates were using, without getting specific or naming names. “I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon...
  • 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...
  • Romney Struggles For Right Pitch

    02/20/2012 6:53:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | Sam Youngman
    Mitt Romney isn't singing anymore. A little more than two weeks after his off-key but enthusiastic renditions of "America the Beautiful" captured the spirit of a candidate who had won the Florida primary and seemed on the verge of locking down the Republican nomination for president, Romney is back in lackluster mode. It's not just that Romney is facing a surprising challenge in his native state of Michigan from Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who vaulted into contention in the state-by-state nomination battle with wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. What alarms many Republican Party leaders and strategists are...
  • Fox News Sunday: Newt Gingrich on resurrecting his presidential campaign

    02/20/2012 2:48:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2012 | Chris Wallace interview with Newt Gingrich
    [SNIP] I'm much prepared to break out of the Washington establishment model. ........WALLACE: You were listing to some of the states. And obviously, you know, it's not only big ideas. It's also political strategy. What does it mean to Mitt Romney if he were to lose his home state and an important swing state of Michigan? GINGRICH: Well, I'd be curious what their rationales would be. Here' the guy who's been running for six years, put in $40 million of his own money last time, has outspent all the rest of us I think by three or four to one...
  • The Trouble With Mitt

    02/20/2012 1:19:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Ricochet ^ | Febrauary 17, 2012 | Ben Domenech
    John Hinderaker encapsulates an assumption which has started to take hold among many of Mitt Romney’s backers: that the fault for what appears to be an increasingly likely 2012 election loss lies with conservatives for making this a real primary. Speaking of the see-saw of not-Romney candidates, he writes: The same pattern has been repeated more than once during the current, discouraging presidential nominating process. If the GOP loses this year’s presidential contest, the party will have no one to blame but its own activists. I'm hearing this meme repeated by many increasingly dejected Romney supporters around Washington, D.C. See,...
  • VANITY- My conversation with Josh at the RNC- No wonder our Republican party is falling apart

    02/09/2012 2:08:54 PM PST · by georgiagirl_pam · 118 replies ^ | February 9, 2012 | georgiagirl_pam
    Oh my gosh! I am so very mad I am still shaking. I called the RNC today to get the definitive answer on the Florida delegate count. I was transferred to a young man named Josh and what ensued was the most infuriating, while enlightening, conversation that I have had in a long while. I first asked my question about the delegates. His convoluted answer was basically that they couldn't impose two punishments, so the one punishment imposed was taking away half of their delegates. I asked him about that rule, was that in writing somewhere. He then proceeded to...
  • Romney says he still expects to be GOP nominee

    02/07/2012 10:39:25 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 37 replies
    Times Herald ^ | 7 Feb 2012 | AP
    Mitt Romney says it's been a good night for Rick Santorum, but that he still expects to become the Republican nominee for president. After losses to Santorum in Missouri's non-binding primary and the Minnesota caucuses -- where he is in third place -- Romney is congratulating the former Pennsylvania senator but continuing to focus on President Barack Obama. Despite Tuesday's setbacks, Romney says he is ready to lead the Republican Party and is happy to compare his record on leadership to Obama's.
  • Hamas and the Washington Establishment

    02/06/2012 4:34:21 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 2 replies
    To date, the Republican presidential primary race has been the only place to have generated any useful contributions to America's collective understanding of current events in the Middle East. Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich became the first major political figure in more than a generation to pour cold water over the Palestinian myth of indigenous peoplehood by stating the truth, that the Palestinians are an "invented people." As Gingrich explained, their invention came in response to Zionism, the Jewish national liberation movement. Since they were created somewhere around 1920, the Palestinians' main purpose has not been...
  • Trump’s Paper Tiger Rebellion Against Conservatives

    02/04/2012 9:54:05 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    In the spring of 2011, Donald Trump threatened to start a revolution within the Republican Party, appealing to the naive among Tea Partiers by promising to take on President Obama as no one else could. All too many members of the conservative media, including even some highly reputable ones, took his nonsense seriously.
  • Allen West switching districts for reelection (FL-18) (Take that establishment!)

    01/31/2012 3:55:53 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | January 31st | TRS
    Allen West has decided to switch to the newly proposed 18th district in Florida for reelection. Here is his statement below: “After much prayer, reflection and discussion with my close friends and family, I am announcing today my decision to seek reelection in Florida’s proposed 18th Congressional district. I have always believed the state of Florida would be best served by having both Congressman Tom Rooney and myself in the House of Representatives working to solve our nation’s most pressing problems. I have never waivered from my vision; to work to create jobs, restrain federal government spending, reduce America’s ever...
  • The Florida Smear Campaign [Prof. Thomas Sowell Calls It Like It Is!]

    01/31/2012 1:36:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    National Review | January 31, 2012
    January 31, 2012 The Florida Smear Campaign Mitt Romney’s Fraudulent Attacks on Newt Gingrich. Thomas Sowell. The Republican establishment is pulling out all the stops to try to keep Newt Gingrich from becoming the party’s nominee for president of the United States — and some are not letting the facts get in their way. Among the claims going out through the mass media in Florida, on the eve of that state’s primary election, is that Newt Gingrich “resigned in disgrace” as speaker of the House of Representatives as a result of unethical conduct involving the diversion of tax-exempt money. Mitt...
  • Matt Strawn resigns as IA GOP Chair (Superdelegate)

    01/31/2012 12:06:02 PM PST · by parksstp · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 01-31-2012 | Juana Summers
    Matt Strawn, the Iowa GOP chairman who has been embroiled in controversy since the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus results, is resigning, he announced Tuesday. “It is only because the Iowa GOP has returned as a strong and relevant voice in Iowa politics that I am now able to evaluate all the competing priorities in my personal, business and political life. The party is strong and has the resources in place for victory in November,” Strawn said in a statement. “Now is the time to transition to new leadership.” Read more:
  • Romney Ramps Up Attack Ads Against Gingrich to Unprecedented Levels (92% of ads negative in Fla.)

    01/31/2012 10:48:59 AM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Jan 31, 2012 | John Avlon
    No, it’s not your imagination. Things are uglier than ever in the Sunshine State. A staggering 92 percent of the political ads run in Florida over the last week of the campaign have been negative. “For as long as I’ve been in politics, 14 years, journalists call me and ask if this is the most negative election ad atmosphere I've ever seen,” says Kenneth Goldstein, president of Kantar Media CMAG, which tracks content and targeting of political advertising. “And every year I say, ‘Don’t be ridiculous.’" “But this year it's true. This primary season is the most negative it's ever...
  • Five Reasons So Many Grassroots Conservatives Don't Like Mitt Romney

    01/31/2012 5:42:35 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 31, 2012 | John Hawkins
    1) He's not a conservative. There have been a lot of conservatives who've talked a good game during the primaries and then have let us down in D.C., but if Mitt Romney becomes the nominee and gets elected, some people seem to be hoping that he'll be the first Republican moderate to go to D.C. and turn into a fire-breathing conservative. Based on his record, if Mitt Romney is nominated, he will be the least conservative candidate since Nixon. >snip 2) He doesn't believe in anything politically other than Mitt Romney. What conservative cause has Mitt Romney ever fought like...
  • It's Not About Newt

    01/30/2012 5:23:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2012 | Joseph Koenig
    GOP voters are sending a clarion call to the party establishment, but it seems GOP leaders are not getting the message. The statement being sent to the GOP elite isn't about Newt, and it goes beyond even Romney. It is about a deep dissatisfaction that has been building for years within the Republican rank and file. With the proclamations of Bob Dole and others against Newt Gingrich recently, it is clear the GOP establishment fears a Gingrich nomination. In truth, however, it is the GOP establishment's own ineffectual leadership that led to the recent surge of the former Speaker of...
  • The Republican Establishment's Strategic Blunder

    01/30/2012 12:08:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 104 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2012 | Steve McCann
    The RepublicanParty has a tenuous hold on the conservative movement in America. At present the only home for the 40 per cent of the electorate that identify themselves as conservative is the Republican Party, but it appears that those who are nominally identified as the "Republican Establishment" are doing all they can to alienate the vast majority of the current base of the Party. There is no office on ConnecticutAvenue in Washington with a sign reading "The RepublicanEstablishment" or the "The Democratic Establishment"; rather it is an amalgam of like-minded groups with one common interest: control of the government purse-strings....
  • Weatherford Confirms Redistricting Will Leave Allen West’s Congressional Seat Vulnerable

    01/29/2012 5:56:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 2+ views
    The Shark Tank ^ | January 27, 2012 | Javier Manjarres
    Jacksonville,FL- After last night’s Republican Presidential debate, the candidates’ respective spinmeisters made their cases to the media as to why their guy won the debate. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s spokesmen was Florida Representative Will Weatherford, and during the course of his remarks in the “Spin Room”, he shed a very dim light on the ongoing redistricting process in the Florida Legislature. Over the past several weeks, many Republicans have voiced their disappointment towards the Republican legislature after the release of the preliminary redistricting maps. Much of the ire concerns the proposed boundaries of Congressman Allen West’s 22nd Congressional District...
  • Mr. L Nails it (Why Palin didn't run...logistics).

    01/29/2012 2:22:29 PM PST · by ak267 · 18 replies
    Mr. L ^ | 1-29-2012 | Mr. L
    The GOP establishment talking about going into smoke filled rooms & brokered conventions. Problem with that is, they're looking to come out of the smoke filled rooms with moderates like Mitch Daniels & Jeb Bush. My thoughts on this & also the dizzy upside down electorate. Sarah Palin appears on Fox Biz Tom Sullivan shows possibly why Palin never officially ran for president. Did she say what it would take for her to make a late entry? By the way where is the vaunted TP-Express endorsement?