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  • Herman Cain to join Pete Hoekstra on U.S. Senate campaign trail

    02/16/2012 6:46:00 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | February 16, 2012 | Nate Reens
    Former U.S. Rep Pete Hoekstra will trot out Herman Cain, who bowed out of a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, around Michigan next week to drum up support, his campaign said today. Cain will appear in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti and Troy on a blitz across the state as they tout the Holland Republican’s Tea Party ties and taking incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow to task for her spending policies. Cain suspended his quest for the presidency in December amid rumors of marital infidelity. “The Tea Party conservatives have been increasingly supporting Pete Hoekstra over the years as a result...
  • Could Sarah Palin Break Republican Deadlock?

    02/16/2012 2:01:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 16, 2012 | Carol Bengle Gilbert
    "All bets are off" as to who might lead the Republican ticket if a brokered convention becomes a reality, Sarah Palin told Eric Bolling, host of Follow the Money, on Wednesday. That's the closest Palin would come to stating her own intentions. Here's what some of the analysts and pundits say about the prospects for Sarah Palin emerging from a brokered convention as the Republican nominee: * "Notice that part of her message was that a brokered convention wouldn't be so bad and guess who could emerge out of a brokered convention, with all of this enthusiasm and energy and...
  • Occupy Wall Street Forms Super PAC Without Any Sense Of Irony

    02/16/2012 12:40:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Ology ^ | February 16, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    Atlantic Wire is reporting that the entity known as Occupy Wall Street is forming a Super PAC to accept unlimited donations and run political advocacy ads. The image above is the actual Federal Election Commission filing for Occupy Wall Street Political Action Committee (sans mask). "We're utterly serious," OWS Treasurer John Paul Thornton told Atlantic. Kudos to Atlantic reporter John Hudson for presumably asking the question, "are you guys serious?" The filing originates from Decatur, Alabama, where, according to the OWS offshoot’s Facebook page, this organization intends to raise money for progressive political candidates including Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren...
  • 'We The People' - video

    02/16/2012 11:43:08 AM PST · by Milagros · 8 replies · 1+ views
    GET A LOOK AT THIS ONE................ This is without a doubt the best video that has come out and apparently 6 Million others think so too because there have been 6 million hits in 4 days. Please watch it again and again and send it on to others. I believe the pendulum has started to swing so let's keep it going. This is very well done. The Clip: http://youtube.com/embed/JVAhr4hZDJE
  • Did WH Push Contraception Mandate Implementation To Create Election Year Wedge Issue?

    02/16/2012 10:44:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Ology ^ | February 16, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    Allow me to preface this deeply conspiratorial post by saying that, across the board, I do not believe in conspiracy theories. There are no conspiracy theories, only conspiracy facts. By definition, any plot to affect some outcome executed by a cabal of plotters must come to light by one of two ways – either the plot is successful and the theory become fact, or the plot fails and the theory becomes fact. Either way, there are no conspiracy theories. With all that having been said, allow me to irresponsibly advance one: Actually, I’m merely adding onto a dog pile started...
  • We cannot continue a replay of 2008 if we intend a different result.

    02/16/2012 10:26:20 AM PST · by VaConstitution · 2 replies
    Journal of Constitutional Rest from Virginia ^ | 02-15-2012 | Constitutional Reset
    When Romney's neo-con supporters make Romney win through voting fraud his neo-con supporters poison the well and make everyone lose.  The only way I can seen to wash the taint of criminal ambition out of the Republican Party in time to save the 2012 election is for a truly open transparent convention beginning with a proper invocation, followed by the the US Pledge of Allegiance, the Republican Creed and an every member oath/affirmation of there duty as it currently obligated by law.  The National Republican Party must formally man-up to their duty or lose. Many Republicans now look for a hero/ine to arise from the convention...
  • Ron Paul Is Secretly Taking Over The GOP — And It's Driving People Insane (Maine)

    02/16/2012 8:34:06 AM PST · by opentalk · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 15, 2012 | Grace Wyler
    By now, it is clear that the Maine caucuses were a complete mess. Evidence is mounting that Mitt Romney's 194-vote victory over Ron Paul was prematurely announced, if not totally wrong. Washington County canceled their caucus on Saturday on account of three inches of snow (hardly a blizzard by Maine standards), and other towns that scheduled their caucuses for this week have been left out of the vote count. Now, it looks like caucuses that did take place before Feb. 11 have also been left out of final tally. As the full extent of the chaos unfolds, sources close to...
  • Is Romney’s campaign running out of money?

    02/16/2012 12:23:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 15, 2012 | Allahpundit
    I’m skeptical, especially if you count his Super PAC as part of his campaign. (And who doesn’t?) But the basic logic makes sense. If you depend heavily on a small-ish base of wealthy donors who are capped by law on how much they can give, then you’d better win early to grow that base before they’re all tapped out. If Santorum bumps him off in Michigan and Romney underperforms on Super Tuesday, it suddenly gets much harder for Mitt to lure big money with the promise of access to the eventual nominee. Romney has proved unable to tap into the...
  • Romney Attempts to Convince Palin He's 'Conservative Enough'

    02/15/2012 11:42:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn, The Hill
    Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his conservative bona fides following doubts expressed by Sarah Palin. The former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate told Fox News Sunday that she is "not convinced" by Romney's conservative instincts, indicating he may not be conservative "enough" for her. "And I don't think that the majority of GOP and Independent voters are convinced, and that is why you don't see Romney get over that hump," she said. (VIDEO AT LINK) "I'm not quite sure what she'd be referring to," Romney responded Wednesday, also on Fox News. "I'm pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, I believe in the...
  • Democrat Councilman Jokes About His Felony Drug Conviction

    02/15/2012 6:56:37 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 1 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/15/2012 | Rusty
    Kevin McGrath, who currently sits on the Troy City Council, testified yesterday at the upstate New York voter fraud trial, that he was concerned about running for public office because of his history of substance abuse, and 'the fact that he is a convicted felon'. These days it seems, McGrath is far less concerned about public perception, at one point cracking a joke about his lack of drug-peddling business savvy - a comment that forced him to apologize to the judge. During his testimony, McGrath stated that he was not convicted of distributing 220 lbs. of pot, but rather, he...
  • Democrat Councilman Jokes About His Felony Drug Conviction

    02/15/2012 6:56:11 PM PST · by rustyweiss74
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/15/2012 | Rusty
    Kevin McGrath, who currently sits on the Troy City Council, testified yesterday at the upstate New York voter fraud trial, that he was concerned about running for public office because of his history of substance abuse, and 'the fact that he is a convicted felon'. These days it seems, McGrath is far less concerned about public perception, at one point cracking a joke about his lack of drug-peddling business savvy - a comment that forced him to apologize to the judge. During his testimony, McGrath stated that he was not convicted of distributing 220 lbs. of pot, but rather, he...
  • Sarah Palin, could she be ...

    02/15/2012 6:39:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 202 replies · 1+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mark Vogel
    If Sarah is flirting, I was seduced a long time ago! For everyone who doesn't want Romney, this is huge! It's only in the modern era that Presidential nominations have been locked up before most American voters even tuned in. So this year, for the nation, the Republican Primary is kind of a return to older times, when all Americans counted, not just the few power brokers. The race has been a very rich blue blood from New England ( where he would not carry one state in the general election ) and a group of three, Newt, Rick and...
  • Palin’s star may have faded, but her grass-roots influence persists

    02/15/2012 5:58:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2012 | Stephanie McCrummen
    It was a Sarah Palin crowd. At a conference of conservative activists last week, there were stacks of Sarah Palin books and Sarah Palin posters. A special screening of a film about Palin was planned. And after skipping the gathering for four years, Palin herself had agreed at last to give the keynote address. Having traveled from Buffalo, Jason Benner was there to see the one who made his heart soar. “Wayne LaPierre,” he said with gusto, referring to the head of the National Rifle Association. He named the rest of his top five speakers — Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney,...
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce airs early TV ads backing Dan Lungren

    02/15/2012 8:14:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Republican Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River is getting some early help for his re-election bid from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A new television ad airing in the Sacramento area praises Lungren for "fighting to protect California jobs" and singles out his support for repealing the federal health care overhaul. A slight voter-registration edge for Democrats in the new 7th Congressional District and high turnout for the presidential election are expected to make Lungren a top target this year. He faces a rematch with Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera, the doctor and medical educator who lost to Lungren by...
  • McKenna opens 9-point lead on Inslee in governor's race (WA ping)

    02/14/2012 7:20:07 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 14, 2012 | Jim Brunner
    Continuing an early trend in Washington's 2012 governor's race, a new Elway poll finds Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna with a 9-point lead over Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee. The poll, conducted last week, found 45 percent of respondents would "definitely" or "probably" vote for McKenna, compared with 36 percent for Inslee. Pollster Stuart Elway notes one "ominous" sign for Inslee in the poll data: the proportion of voters with a negative impression of him (22 percent) is nearly equal to those with a positive impression (28 percent). By contrast, McKenna has a 3 to 1 ratio of positive to negative...
  • Company That Received Billions From Stimulus Also Receives Annual State Tax Break of $2 Million

    02/14/2012 1:39:22 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 2 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/13/2012 | Rusty
    In November, Accuracy in Media released my report regarding a company known as CH2M Hill, an engineering firm that claimed nearly $2 billion in stimulus awards. Most of their work concentrated on one division - the CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) - which operated one of the world’s largest environmental cleanup projects—the Central Plateau on the Hanford Nuclear Site in Richland, Washington. New information shows that despite their claims, the Energy Department says the company actually received $1.38 billion from the stimulus, but had an additional $3.1 billion in annual budget appropriations. Furthermore, they are receiving $2 million in...
  • Dear Mitt Romney: Don't Change on Account of Sarah Palin (Laff riot!)

    02/14/2012 1:27:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 13, 2012 | Andrew Riggio
    Sarah Palin is weighing in on the GOP nomination race. She appears to have something to say about everyone and has little positive to say. It's almost embarrassing for the Republican Party to have her voice an opinion. Palin comes across less like an expert on campaigning and more like a washed-up booth babe trying to show she does have something useful to say. Of particular note are her recent jabs at Mitt Romney. She's calling him out for not being far enough to the political right. The former vice-presidential candidate might be suggesting Romney adopt a stance more like...
  • AM Alert: Can Newt Gingrich find California Valentine(s)?

    02/14/2012 9:48:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/14/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is spending Valentine's Day in the Central Valley. Sure, the former House Speaker is looking to woo California Republicans, whose votes he's hoping will still make a difference by the time the state's June primary rolls around. But the real object of desire for this trip is cash to fuel his campaign fund. The GOP presidential candidate is holding an evening reception at the Fresno home of Wendy Turner, daughter of former Secretary of State Bill Jones, and her husband Ryan as part of a fundraising swing through California. Gingrich is no cheap date. Spending...
  • Sarah Palin is the Most Powerful Female Politician in the World

    02/13/2012 9:42:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Yahoo! Contributor Network ^ | February 13, 2012 | Mark Whittington
    If one doubted Sarah Palin wields great power by virtue of her charisma and persona, that notion was laid to rest during her speech at the CPAC convention when she had the overflow audience on their feet numerous times. None of the presidential candidates, least of all front-runner Mitt Romney, got anywhere near that warm of reception. Newt Gingrich, who delivered a classic speech filled with ideas, came closest. But Gingrich has faltered somewhat in his presidential run. Romney still won the CPAC straw poll, likely because he filled the venue with enough of his supporters to pull off a...
  • CPAC’s Enthusiastic Crowd Polled for Romney and Cheered for Palin

    02/13/2012 7:42:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 13, 2012 | Michael Medved
    Mitt Romney may have won the straw poll but Sarah Palin won CPAC’s heart--electrifying the Conservative Political Action Conference with one of the most rousing and effective political speeches of recent years. Both winners managed to advance the cause of conservative unity and raised the prospects for a competitive and formidable Republican challenge to Barack Obama’s re-election. Romney’s win among conservative activists, especially combined with his simultaneous victory in the Maine caucuses completed on Saturday, will help to change the over-stated and misleading media narrative about Mitt’s supposed inability to connect with his party’s conservative base. After spending three days...
  • As Romney flags . . . Republicans roar for red meat

    02/12/2012 11:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 12, 2012 | Michael A. Walsh
    Mitt Romney’s twin wins over the weekend in the Maine caucuses and the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual straw poll leave the GOP presidential-nomination race right where it’s been all along — in trouble and waiting for a Prince Charming. In Maine, Romney won with 39.2 percent of the vote, less than four points ahead of Ron Paul. The principal “not-Romneys” — Paul and Rick Santorum — took 53 percent of the roughly 5,600 nonbinding votes cast, about 2 percent of the state’s Republican electorate. Romney’s numbers were similar in the CPAC poll, in which he grabbed 38 percent of...
  • CPAC 2012: Sarah Palin, motivator-in-chief

    02/12/2012 4:23:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's She The People ^ | February 12, 2012 | Melinda Henneberger
    Sarah Palin strode out on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington carrying a red leather briefcase — and off to work she went, firing off a year’s worth of sarcastic one-liners at “Professor Obama.” “He promised to transform America, and that’s one promise he’s kept; he transformed a shining city on a hill into a sinking ship.” “This government isn’t too big to fail; it’s too big to succeed.” “Hope and change? Yeah, you gotta hope things change.” “After a year or two [in ‘Obama’s Washington,’ lawmakers] decide it’s not really a cesspool. More like a hot...
  • Palin: Romney a 'great' candidate, not a convincing conservative

    02/12/2012 4:05:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 12, 2012
    Despite a hard-charging speech over the weekend that suggested dissatisfaction with the Republican presidential primary frontrunner, Sarah Palin said Sunday that Mitt Romney "is a great candidate." But the 2008 vice presidential candidate and Tea Party darling isn't yet convinced Romney is "instinctively" a constitutional conservative. "I am not convinced and I don't think that the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced," Palin told "Fox News Sunday." "And that is why you don't see Romney get over the hump. He's still in the 30-percentile mark when it comes to approval and primary wins and caucus wins. He still...
  • [Lib.] D. Brazile: Over 60% of Republicans like Rick Santorum

    02/12/2012 8:33:18 AM PST · by Milagros · 14 replies
    Issues: * Santorum Vs Romney. * Birth control. * Nuclear Iran. -- [Lib.] D. Brazil: Over 60% of Republicans like Rick Santorum On ABC 'This Week' with George Stephanopoulos. The same Dianne Brazil who says she's "catholic" defended the Pres. Whereas George Will said: This is what liberalism [and progressives] looks like, to break the [religious] institutions. WashingtonPost's 'Anti War' journalist David Ignatius had to inject his opinions too trying to scare and insist on "negotiations..." Even though he knows that Syria is Islamic-fascist Iran's door to the Arab world, and he knows that Iran is a GENOCIDE threat. George...
  • Palin and CPAC crowd shout down Occupy hecklers

    02/11/2012 3:41:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | February 11, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Occupy hecklers tried to disrupt Sarah Palin's CPAC speech, in which she regularly turned President Obama's rhetoric against him, but the crowd shouted them down and Palin turned the moment into a example of how grassroots conservatives can beat Obama. "We aren't red Americans, we aren't blue Americans, we're red, white, and blue and President Obama we are through with you," Palin said in an appropriation of Obama's 2008 campaign lines. She called for "Change that we can believe in, change we need," she said, continuing that meme, explaining that "we can't wait -- our country hangs in the balance."...
  • Nominating Mitt Malaprop: Has GOP nomination wrapped up—but verbal miscues will haunt him in Nov.

    02/10/2012 9:43:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Week ^ | February 3, 2012 | Bob Shrum
    The Donald has spoken. He knows a done deal when he sees one. After Florida, Mitt is the Republican nominee. And the morning after, to the relief of Democrats and the distress of the conservative commentariat, he proved again that he is the gaffe machine that keeps on giving. First, the state of the race: Romney is ahead of Barack Obama's pace in 2008. It was Super Tuesday then, still a month from now, when I argued that the Democratic contest was all over except for the noise, the ritual combat, and the counting, given that party rules made it...
  • Gingrich talks about his “bold solutions” at CPAC 2012

    02/10/2012 8:16:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 10, 2012 | Ewa Kochanska
    Former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich was the last one of the three GOP presidential candidates to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, February 10, 2012. The former Speaker of the House spent most of his 30 minute-speech attacking the “Washington establishment.” Incidentally, not many Congressional Republicans have been supportive of Gingrich’s candidacy, instead endorsing his main rival former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The Speaker made it clear on Friday that there’s nothing surprising about Washington’s resistance to a possible Gingrich presidency. “For the Republican establishment managing the decay is preferable to changing the trajectory, because...
  • Sarah Palin's tightrope walk for relevance (Did you know she produced The Undefeated?)

    02/10/2012 7:13:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Danbury News-Times ^ | February 10, 2012 | Professor Jim Bellano
    Since she was plucked from relative obscurity by John McCain to be his vice presidential candidate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been at the top of the American political scene. Recently, however, the ebb and flow of the primary season has called into question whether her political star has faded. During the heat of the primary battles, all of the air in the Republican-conservative-Tea Party balloon has been sucked up -- appropriately, by the candidates. Since 2008 that air was the oxygen that fueled the Palin super nova. The prospect of going from Momma Grizzly to political also-ran has...
  • Sarah Palin Set to Re-emerge at CPAC

    02/09/2012 9:32:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 10, 2012 | Scott Conroy
    At last year's CPAC gathering, the mere sight of a Sarah Palin impersonator was enough to throw some attendees into a star-struck frenzy. Such was Palin's clout among conservative activists in February 2011, just a few months after she played a critical role in the 2010 midterms and when she was stoking speculation about her own presidential ambitions. This year, CPAC attendees won’t have to settle on a doppelganger, as the former Alaska governor is slated to deliver the event’s keynote address on Saturday. But, with the Michigan and Arizona primaries looming at the end of the month and Super...
  • Republican John Sanchez Drops New Mexico Senate Bid

    02/09/2012 3:32:01 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | February 9, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping out of the open-seat Senate race, leaving former Rep. Heather Wilson with just one opponent in the Republican primary. Sanchez said Thursday that a nasty primary with Wilson and conservative challenger Greg Sowards would hurt the party’s chances of winning the seat in November. “A bitter and divisive Republican Primary would only diminish our party’s genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington,” Sanchez said in a statement. “The reality is that the path forward to success in the campaign could cause a negative primary struggle that would leave the eventual nominee...
  • Romney's new offensive blames Gingrich, Santorum for GOP failings

    02/09/2012 8:18:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner / The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 9, 2012 | Michael Finnegan
    ATLANTA -- A day after his defeats in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota, Mitt Romney pounded Republican presidential rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich on Wednesday as big-spending Washington insiders whose careers show scant evidence of fiscal restraint. The Republican Party, he said, "lost its way" by borrowing and spending too much, particularly on the pet projects "earmarked" by members of Congress, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Santorum and former House Speaker Gingrich deserve some of the blame. "Under Newt Gingrich, earmarks doubled," Romney told reporters here on an airport tarmac. "Rick Santorum was a major earmarker and continues to defend earmarks."...
  • Hook, Line & We're Sinking

    02/08/2012 9:34:09 PM PST · by katyloraley · 13 replies
    Point of Order ^ | 02/08/2012 | Katy Loraley
    Point of Order No. 4,321,458: A recent study released by the Heritage Foundation states that the depedency index under President Obama has grown an astounding 23% during his reign er I mean presidency. In just a mere two years 67 million (yes that's MILLION) people are now relying on federal aid in one form or another. Investors.com explains "In 2010, for the first time ever, average spending on dependence programs per recipient exceeded the country's per-capita disposable income." The Left would have you believe that the reason behind this spike is mainly the crap economy, but WE'RE NOT BUYING IT....
  • Pendergraph to run for 9th District seat (NC)

    02/08/2012 6:28:07 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    WCNC.com ^ | February 8, 2012
    Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph formally announced his campaign for the 9th District Congressional seat Wednesday. Pendergraph will seek to replace fellow Republican Sue Myrick, who announced Tuesday she will not seek a 10th term in office. Pendergraph said he'll continue in the tradition of Myrick and acknowledged there will be many other candidates to announce in the coming weeks. “I expect a number of people will jump into this race, because the seat hasn't been open in 18 years,” Pendergraph said in his announcement. Other Republicans who have expressed interest include County Commissioner Bill James, Charlotte City Council member...
  • The early list of Myrick replacements (NC incumbent retiring)

    02/07/2012 3:46:50 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | February 7, 2012
    The list of possibilities to replace U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick will surely change by the hour. Within minutes of Myrick's announcement that she won't be seeking another term, Roll Call was up with some obvious names: N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis of Huntersville, state Rep. Ruth Samuelson of Charlotte and state Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews. We'll add former state Sen. Robert Pittenger and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot. And don't discount some local prospects, including Mecklenburg county commissioner Jim Pendergraph (who will announce his intention to run, the Observer's Jim Morrill reports) and former City Councilman Edwin Peacock. Here's...
  • Reagan to RINO's: "Let Them Go Their Way"

    02/07/2012 12:24:40 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Red County ^ | February 7, 2012 | Matthew Burke
    Conservatives are incessantly browbeaten into "softening their message", "moderating their stances", or "moving to the middle" (i.e., to the left) in order to win over the so-called moderates and independents of the electorate. President Ronald Reagan, the greatest conservative of our generation, didn't believe in soft-pedaling conservative principles and values.
  • The Prop 8 Ruling is Good News for Newt Gingrich (9th Circuit legalizes homosexual "marriage")

    02/07/2012 12:18:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | February 7, 2012 | David Weigel (Journ-o-list)
    Folks, we're not even being contrary when we point this out. For the 9th Circuit to rule Prop 8 unconstitutional, just as Gingrich is looking again for his footing -- just as Rick Santorum is about to steal his headlines -- is a Gingrichian dream. Look! He agrees: (TWEET FROM NEWT AT LINK) The link goes to the 9th (coincidentally) of Gingrich's solutions for fixing the judiciary, to prevent it from doing things that conservatives don't like -- abolishing courts that make "un-American decisions." He's been on the record wanting this treatment for the 9th circuit for a long, long...
  • Newt Gingrich broadsides Romney, Obama at Bloomington rally (Packed house)

    02/07/2012 11:40:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | February 7, 2012 | Megan Boldt
    Republican Newt Gingrich packed a Bloomington hotel ballroom Monday night, attacking President Barack Obama's economic policies and arguing that a vote for rival Mitt Romney would mean the continuation of the same failed ideas and big government spending. On the eve of state's precinct caucuses, the presidential candidate's appearance at the Ramada Mall of America was his first campaign stop in Minnesota. About 500 supporters turned out to hear the former House speaker promise to cut spending and taxes, turn welfare safety nets into springboards and stand firm against America's enemies abroad if elected president. And,Gingrich said, the only way...
  • Missouri SOS Not requiring Presidential Qualifications?

    02/07/2012 5:20:23 AM PST · by urtax$@work · 10 replies
    Missouri Secretary of State ^ | Feb 7, 2012 | myself
    Can anyone find Presidential Qualifications listed by the Missouri SOS website ?
  • Video: New York Senator to Occupy Albany - 'Getting a Job Would Be a Good Idea'

    02/07/2012 4:58:55 AM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 3 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/07/2012 | Rusty
    Why would you assume that people with the ability to constantly interrupt government workers mid-day, and with the ability to camp out in a park for months at a time, wouldn't have jobs? Occupy Albany got their much needed dose of media attention (video below) this morning when they interrupted budget talks in the capital. The attention-whoring featured the usual slapstick, including mic checks and the repetition of short phrases (because saying it twice makes it seem more intelligent), but the interview after the incident was where the real entertainment came through. When asked about the interruption and the tactics...
  • Huckabee: Governor Romney acted unconstitutionally on "gay marriage"

    02/07/2012 12:43:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | February 5, 2012 | Amy Contrada
    "He could have stopped it, and should have stopped it," Huckabee said. CNSNews.com: Governor Romney should have stood up to the Court and said, "No"? Huckabee: He should've. (August 2008) Old news? Yes — and Mitt Romney hopes it will be ignored or forgotten. How does Romney manage to bury his past political sins? With a lot of help from his former critics — including Governor Huckabee — who seem to suffer from amnesia. But what of the media's duty to vet the candidates? Shouldn't every significant action in a candidate's record be under review? Why is the media —...
  • Here we go Again

    A constitutional expert offers information on Obama case
  • Chuck Norris endorses Newt Gingrich, rails against 'trifecta of tyranny'

    02/06/2012 8:55:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2012 | Lanford Beard
    Chuck Norris doesn't endorse presidential candidates -- he anoints political saviors. The actor, an avowed Republican, explains at the outset of an epic editorial on WND that, "As a six-time undefeated middleweight world karate champion, I have a pretty good idea what makes a warrior." In the nearly 1,400 words that follow, the fiery-spirited, flame-haired Golden Boot Award winner lays out the "the trifecta of tyranny" that Newt Gingrich, his new favorite Republican candidate is facing. Namely, foe Mitt Romney's massive funding, the dreaded mainstream media (MSM), and the "elite power mongering" forces within the GOP party itself. As you...
  • All Romney, all the time (Obama team prepares to beat Richie Rich like a rented mule)

    02/06/2012 5:25:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Times reports that President Obama's reelection campaign has always been singularly focused on Mitt Romney — and are hoping for a campaign filled with flubs and gaffes by the former Massachusetts governor: “When you guys were all out there writing your Herman Cain stories, we were not following you into that sideshow,” one Obama aide said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “We are keeping our eyes on the prize.” Recently, that prize has been giving the Obama camp plenty to work with as a series of missteps have played into the Obama re-election machine, with its...
  • Why Nevada’s GOP caucuses were a jackpot of embarrassments

    02/05/2012 2:03:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/5/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Nevada state GOP chair Amy Tarkanian boasted this week that her state will turn Republican in the next presidential election. Not likely if her state GOP runs that show like it ran the Nevada caucuses, which were an embarrassing display of bad planning and execution on multiple levels. Aside from the scheduling, the choice of caucus locations, and the decision to shut out thousands of workers on the Las Vegas strip which we’ve detailed here, let’s now clue you all in on the litany of other problems: 1. The GOP couldn’t deliver results in a timely manner.An all-night count —...
  • Liberal Mark Shields Hits Obama for Pressing Catholic Employers to Provide Birth Control

    02/05/2012 12:05:07 PM PST · by Milagros · 4 replies
    NewsBusters (blog)‎ ^ | Feb 4, 2012 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Friday's Inside Washington on PBS, as the panel discussed the new Obama administration rule that requires even Catholic employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraception to their employees, both liberal columnist Mark Shields and conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer hit Obama for the decision, while NPR's Nina Totenberg claimed that there were valid arguments in both directions as she made a flawed analogy between contraception and immunization as a defense of the Obama position.
  • Santorum: 'I Want to Endanger Newt'

    02/05/2012 12:01:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    MONTROSE, CO - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a new jab at Newt Gingrich, saying he wants to "endanger" the former Speaker. The dig came during a campaign rally in Montrose, CO., as Santorum railed against the federal government's environmental regulations. "These are your lands! Oh but they always say we're doing it for your benefit," Santorum decried. "We'll make sure that you don't do something to scar the land or you don't do something to endanger a newt. No not that Newt, different newt. I want to endanger that Newt - that's a different story." The line drew...
  • Bring on the brokered convention – it could be just what the Republicans need

    02/05/2012 11:39:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | February 5, 2012 | Dr. Tim Stanley
    Mitt Romney won last night’s Nevada caucus. It’s no shocker: he took the state by 51 percent in 2008 and it’s packed full of Mormons. But the media is predicting a sunny spring for Mr Romney, with likely victories across February. By Super Tuesday in March, he could have enough momentum to knock out Gingrich and claim the nomination. Newt was not happy with the result. During his concession speech, he lashed out at his opponent's "shameless untruths" and the media's willingness to promote them. He left the podium with a smile. Gingrich lost the Nevada caucus but won his...
  • President Mitt Romney: What if a Republican does win? (Hurl, you will)

    02/05/2012 9:54:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | February 5, 2012 | Olivia Ward
    Mitt’s money. Newt’s lunar landing. Rick’s abortion advice. Ron’s rip-it-all-up rhetoric. Followers of America’s Republican primary contest could easily conclude that the adults have left the political playground. And with unrefereed mud wrestling matches set to roll across the country until summer, it’s a sure bet that no candidate will be coming out as Mr. Clean. It’s a far cry from the pundits’ prediction for a short sharp contest, with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (“Senor Smooth”) felling former House speaker Newt Gingrich (“Mr. Mean”) in a round or two, and Pennsylvania hopeful Rick Santorum (“The Saint”) flat on the...
  • Newt: Obama's war on the Catholic church

    02/05/2012 7:03:12 AM PST · by Milagros · 34 replies
    Newt: Obama's war on the Catholic church On NBC's 'Meet The Press.' Liberal Rachel Maddow "diasgrees..." David Brooks of the NYTimes, highligted it (that it's going to be an issue), saying though its not being talked much in the media...
  • Influence of Palin and Tea Party Wanes in Early Contests (I hope they actually believe that!)

    02/04/2012 2:05:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 2, 2012 | Michael D. Shear
    In October, Sarah Palin announced that she would not run for president in 2012, ending the media frenzy around her potential candidacy even as she vowed to remain politically active and influential. “I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets,” she wrote in an e-mail to her supporters. Just over three months later, her attempts to wield influence in the presidential campaign the way she did during the 2010 midterm elections have largely fizzled. And the Tea Party movement that she helped to turn into a powerful political force in 2010 has so far displayed little impact...