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  • That Brokered Convention Is Already Underway

    02/29/2012 9:33:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | February 29, 2012 | Elspeth Reeve
    It's not just journalists and political nerds fantasizing about a brokered convention for Republicans in August. Now, even Sarah Palin is talking about it. The idea is that if none of the candidates is able to win a majority of delegates before the convention in Tampa, the presidential nominee will be picked through rounds of votes after lots of deal-making and alliance-shifting. It took 16 days and 103 votes for Democrats to pick their nominee in 1924, The Washington Post explains; Ronald Reagan threatened to steal some of Gerald Ford's delegates in 1976, but failed. Most Republican officials say there's...
  • Ron Paul Super PAC Secretly Funded By Gay Billionaire Peter Thiel

    02/29/2012 1:41:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1+ views
    On Top ^ | February 29, 2012 | Staff
    Ron Paul's super PAC is secretly funded by San Francisco gay billionaire Peter Thiel, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and invested early in Facebook, has given $2.6 million to Endorse Liberty, the super PAC which has released several ads attacking Paul rivals Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, without ever meeting Paul. The German-born Thiel is a 44-year-old conservative Christian who has previously supported gay rights causes and artificial intelligence research. “He has great insight,” Jimmy LaSalvia, the executive director of gay GOP group GOProud, told the paper. “He also is inquisitive, and most of...
  • President Newt Gingrich

    02/29/2012 8:05:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 29, 2012 | Bernie Quigley
    On a recent Lou Dobbs show, The Hill commentator Dick Morris was asked about the primary outcome: Mitt Romney wins Michigan and then goes on to sweep Super Tuesday and wins the nomination. He beats Obama and is elected president in 2012. Makes sense. But Laura Ingraham, who brings intuition to her take, said Tuesday morning on Imus that if Romney wins Michigan, look for a Gingrich insurgence on Super Tuesday. In a word, Gingrich will finally have commandeered the insurgent’s role, taking it finally from Santorum (and Perry, Cain, Bachmann and Paul). And since Sarah Palin was named VP...
  • Newt Gingrich plans new ads with another donation from casino magnate ($10-100 million)

    02/29/2012 2:04:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 28, 2012 | Shira Schoenberg
    A super PAC supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republican presidential campaign is launching a major new advertising blitz, after receiving another large donation from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. A spokesman for the super PAC, Winning Our Future, declined to comment on the donation, which the Associated Press reported is “similar to” the two $5 million dollar donations that Adelson already gave the super PAC. But the super PAC will begin airing a series of new ads this week in Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, which vote March 6, and in Mississippi, Alabama, and Kansas, which vote later in March....
  • The Not-So-Great Eight (Reasons not to vote for Mr. Obama)

    02/28/2012 10:42:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | February 29, 2012 | Ben Crystal
    While the Republican Presidential candidates vie for top billing in Tampa, Fla., the Democrats have evidently convinced themselves that President Barack Obama is a shoo-in for another four-year occupation of the White House. Let me rephrase that: The Democrats are trying desperately to convince themselves that President Barack Obama is a shoo-in for another four-year occupation of the White House. Isn’t it interesting, then, that their anointed savior can’t muster up approval ratings that consistently eclipse the 50 percent mark? Isn’t it more interesting that some polls show Obama packing his gear and clearing out in favor of — among...
  • M. Dewine: Very big enthusiasm in OH for Rick Santorum, very little for Mitt Romney

    02/28/2012 9:20:25 PM PST · by PRePublic · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Very big enthusiasm in OH for Rick Santorum, very little for Mitt Romney Ohio A-G , Mike Dewine on Pieres Morgen / CNN (tonight) He also said: "People just LIKE him. I think Santorum is going to win."
  • Why Rick Santorum's Insurgency is Now Running on Fumes

    02/28/2012 8:38:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The New Republic ^ | February 28, 2012 | Walter Shapiro
    Livonia, Michigan—Rick Santorum is running on fumes. His is the curse of insurgent presidential campaigns—too much passion and too little sleep. You could hear it in his voice Monday morning talking to a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Livonia as the decibel level grew higher, the diction grew muddier, and the logorrhea grew more obvious. An open-ended question on Social Security prompted a nine-minute Santorum monologue. Challenged from the audience about whether he was too conservative for the general election, Santorum out of nowhere unleashed a vicious non sequitur: “They mock conservatives, that’s what the media does. They mock the...
  • Rick Santorum: The gift that keeps on giving ( Who is Allvoices?)

    02/27/2012 7:10:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 2+ views ^ | Feb 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM PST | SchuylerThorpe
    Rick Santorum is on a roll these days. And from my perspective, it seems that he can't keep his big mouth shut on issues that are both politically senstive and politically damaging these days. But--as we've seen these past few weeks--Rick Santorum is the kind of man that doesn't believe in personal restraint.So when he says something both damning and inflammatory, Saint Rick doesn't do things small-time. He goes big.Forget for the moment that we are facing high gas prices, stagnant job growth, high unemployment, and everything that concerns Americans now--let's focus on religious beliefs and silly notions that go...
  • In the Romney Campaign, Everything Has Its Place (NYT puff piece disguised as criticism)

    02/26/2012 8:03:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 26, 2012 | Ashley Parker
    Mitt Romney’s campaign typically leaves little to chance, so when his aides discovered three drunken homeless men on a bench, smoking and shouting, outside Nashua City Hall in New Hampshire, where Mr. Romney was set to receive a major endorsement, they swung into action. Will Ritter, the 28-year-old director of candidate operations and advance, went to a diner and bought the men hot sandwiches and coffee. He then sat down with them, chatted about their life stories and eventually struck a deal. The men, he said, were welcome to stay and be a part of the event as long as...
  • Coulter predicts Jeb Bush to enter race (Multi-level queasiness)

    02/26/2012 11:19:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 26, 2012 | Tim Mak
    Conservative commentator Ann Coulter predicted on Sunday that Jeb Bush was throwing his hat into the ring in hopes of being chosen the Republican nominee, but had harsh criticism for that prospect. "It looks like we can throw Jeb Bush's hat into the ring, along with Sarah Palin, as hoping to be chosen as the nominee after a contested convention," Coulter said on "Fox News Sunday."Coulter was reacting to comments Bush made earlier on in the week, when he said that the Republican presidential candidates are "appealing to people's fears." The conservative author, who is supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt...
  • Super PAC spending hits Tennessee

    02/26/2012 10:29:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/26/12 | Michael Collins
    WASHINGTON — The political ad wars are coming to Tennessee, courtesy of the big money groups that are dumping millions of dollars into the GOP presidential race. Restore Our Future, a group backing Mitt Romney's campaign, has bought nearly $1 million worth of radio and TV airtime for an ad blasting GOP rival Rick Santorum as "the ultimate Washington insider." The 30-second spot began running statewide last Tuesday and will continue airing right up to Election Day on March 6. The ad marks the first spending in Tennessee by so-called "super PACs," the new breed of political action committees that...
  • [MSNBC's linked] Jose-Diaz Balard: Republicans express 'anti-Hispanic' statements

    02/26/2012 9:37:21 AM PST · by Milagros · 13 replies · 2+ views
    <p>Speaking about immigration, MSNBC's linked Jose-Diaz Balard, host of Telemundo's 'Enfoce', though he blamed both parties for the situation, he intentionally uttered the term: 'anti-Hispano' when it comes to Republicans.</p>
  • Jeb Bush new Republican contender for president in 2012, state polls (Banana Republic?)

    02/25/2012 11:59:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Huliq ^ | February 25, 2012 | Dave Masko
    After other Republican candidates have turned off voters with bitter fights, Jeb Bush is stepping into their shoes as a new GOP frontrunner for 2012. In answers to questions from the audience after a speech in Dallas on Feb. 23, new GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush cautioned the remaining Republican campaigns from drifting so far to the right that they put off the key independent voters needed to beat President Barack Obama in November. "I think it's important for the candidates to recognize though they have to appeal to primary voters, and not turn off independent voters that will be part...
  • Now a front-runner, Santorum is still winging it

    02/25/2012 6:05:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 24, 2012 | Samual P. Jacobs
    After a shaky performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate in Mesa, Arizona, Rick Santorum did something rare for presidential candidates in his situation: He walked into the “spin room,” the raucous space where campaign advisers ply reporters with reasons why their candidate won the debate. Other candidates typically leave such post-game cleanup to surrogates. Not Santorum. In a reflection of his free-wheeling and impulsive campaign, the former Pennsylvania senator dived in, complaining that rivals Mitt Romney and Ron Paul had ganged up on him during the debate. Santorum’s move invited ridicule from Romney’s campaign. “Whiny silliness,” Romney adviser Stuart Stevens called...
  • John McCain won't watch HBO's 'Game Change,' stands by Palin pick (Only thing he got right!)

    02/25/2012 4:48:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Politics Now ^ | February 25, 2012 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Reporting from Tempe, Ariz.— Count one less viewer in the audience when HBO airs "Game Change," its dramatization of the 2008 presidential campaign, which features a scathingly negative portrayal of vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. "This new movie that comes out, (people) ask me if I'm gonna watch it," Arizona Sen. John McCain told a group of Republican activists on Saturday. "I tell them it'll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona." (For the uninitiated, Gila Bend is a Sonoran Desert town that often appears on weather maps as the nation's hot spot). The made-for-TV movie, based on the...
  • Time magazine's Joe Klein on GOP field: 'This is Jonestown'

    02/25/2012 10:37:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    Time magazine’s Joe Klein is known for lobbing some bombs at right-wingers. In 2010, he accused former Fox News host Glenn Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of being close to “sedition.” Nearly two years later, Klein still has some tough words for conservatives. On this weekend’s “The Chris Matthews Show,” Klein likened what he saw during recent GOP presidential debates to the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, an event in which more than 900 people died after they were given a deadly concoction of “purple drink mixed with cyanide, sedatives and tranquilizers.” “I got to say, this is Jonestown. These...
  • Top McCain Advisor on ‘Game Change’: Palin Didn’t Cost GOP the Election – Obama’s Fundraising Did

    02/25/2012 10:18:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | February 25, 2012 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    In an in-depth exclusive interview with Big Hollywood, T. Michael Andrews, a former adviser to the McCain presidential campaign defends Governor Sarah Palin, saying that the premise of HBO’s ‘Game Change’ is dead wrong – that she was not the reason the Republicans lost the election – Obama’s fundraising is. Andrews, a former lawyer for the Bush administration, left his position at the Department of Homeland Security in 2008 and recently authored a book, “The Border Challenge” about his experience fighting the drug war for the U.S. His interview with Big Government in January can be read here. Andrews left...
  • Bob Shrum: The increasingly worthless GOP nomination (View from the Left)

    02/25/2012 12:01:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Week ^ | February 23, 2012 | Robert "Eight Defeats" Shrum
    Mitt Romney is pandering so desperately to the far-right fringe that he's become all but unelectable in November. By all accounts, Mitt Romney won what may be the last Republican presidential debate. Little good it will do him if in the process he suffers the loss of the general election. Romney's performance on Wednesday in Arizona was both adequate and alienating. Spraying out a fusillade of negative research, he oppo-bombed a flummoxed Rick Santorum. Mitt even had the nerve to attack Rick for endorsing Arlen Specter, his pro-abortion-rights GOP Senate colleague from Pennsylvania, for re-election in 2004. Santorum lacked the...
  • Mitt Romney front-runner again in Michigan, Arizona (Dirty attack ads working again!)

    02/24/2012 4:01:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | February 24, 2012 | Joe Dwinell and Hillary Chabot
    The topsy-turvey GOP presidential season just flipped again as a new poll shows Mitt Romney has jumped to the lead in both Michigan and Arizona just days before pivotal primaries in both states. The former Bay State governor has 40 percent of the vote to 34 percent for red-hot rival Rick Santorum in Michigan, Rasmussen Reports states today. The survey of likely Republican voters was taken last night a day after the CNN debate where Romney went on the attack against Santorum’s record in the U.S. Senate. Michigan holds its primary Tuesday night. So does Arizona, where Romney is also...
  • Romney’s “hollow and dispiriting” win last night ("Newt will be the last not-Romney standing")

    02/23/2012 11:49:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 23, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    I posted last night and again this morning that Rick Santorum had a terrible debate. But it’s fair also to point out that many of the shots Romney scored on Santorum were cheap shots, as pointed out by George Neumayr at The American Spectator (h/t reader OccamsrazorX): "Romney, at his most hypocritical, labored hard to present himself as more socially conservative than Santorum, noting that Rick had voted for Planned Parenthood funding. Astonishingly, Santorum missed his chance at a return upper cut. Why didn’t he mention that Romney once gave money to Planned Parenthood from his own pocket? Why didn’t...