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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...
  • Arizona debate: Newt Gingrich – Part one

    02/23/2012 12:47:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 23, 2012 | Catherine Brigden
    The mainstream media enjoys analyzing how the candidates performed but rarely replays the meat of an answer given by a candidate. The substance of what Newt Gingrich said in reply to the questions asked by CNNs John King will help Oklahoma voters make their decision of who to vote for in the March 6th Presidential Primary. The first question asked was regarding the candidates’ plan to bring down the national debt. Gingrich’s response was to create jobs and spur economic growth. He also suggested that the Federal government open federal land and offshore areas to energy production. He also mentioned...
  • Poll to FReep - Wisconsin Recall Election

    02/23/2012 8:31:36 AM PST · by knittnmom · 2 replies
    Poll along the right hand side of the page:Poll Will the John Doe investigation become a major factor in whether Scott Walker wins or loses the (assumed) recall election? Yes. He will be held accountable and will lose because of it. 38% Yes. But he will still win for many other reasons. 6% No. The investigation will show Walker did nothing wrong and he will win. 21% No. He will lose no matter what the investigation finds. 36% Total Votes: 11667
  • The Case for Newt Gingrich

    02/22/2012 11:50:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Tucson Citizen | February 22, 2012 | Bob Quasius
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  • Romney’s $55 Million Negative Attack Machine Now Targets Santorum

    02/22/2012 10:34:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 22, 2012 | Jim Meyers
    Mitt Romney and his supporters are spending more than $4 million in the battle for next Tuesday’s must-win Michigan primary, funding a barrage of negative attack TV ads aimed at Republican presidential rival Rick Santorum. But the spending spree is nothing new for the Romney campaign, which spent $18.8 million in January, while a pro-Romney super PAC dished out nearly $14 million in Florida, 20 times the amount spent by any other group — mostly for attack ads against Newt Gingrich. Overall, the Romney campaign has spent more than $55 million as of early February, with negative advertising accounting for...
  • Rand Paul Says ‘It Would Be An Honor’ if Romney Asked Him to Be VP

    02/22/2012 3:56:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WFPL-FM News Radio ^ | February 22, 2012 | Kenny Colston
    Kentucky’s junior senator says it would be an honor to be considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Senator Rand Paul first discussed his higher aspirations at the beginning of this year. He said he wouldn’t close the door on being a Vice Presidential candidate. After a speech in Louisville today, Paul held that door firmly open, saying he wants to be part of the national debate. Paul’s name has swirled as a possible pick that would give Romney points with the Tea Party. When asked directly what he would say if Romney made the...
  • DeMint: Mitch Daniels only last-minute candidate ‘who could make it happen’ (Huh?)

    02/22/2012 2:35:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | February 22, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) kept the speculation about a possible brokered GOP convention alive this week when he was asked whether Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels could still become a last-minute presidential candidate. DeMint spoke highly of Daniels when asked at a meeting of the Aiken Republican Club in Aiken, S.C., on Tuesday night. “He’s the only one who could make it happen,” DeMint said, according to a report published by the Augusta Chronicle, a local paper. “But I don’t think his wife will let it happen.” In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was chosen as...
  • A Tennessee winner? Rick Santorum's making a run

    02/22/2012 10:04:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/22/12 | Michael Collins
    Leading in a number of national polls, Rick Santorum is moving quickly to put in place a formal campaign operation in Tennessee as the state prepares to take its turn in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination. In just the past couple of weeks, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania has opened campaign offices in Knoxville and Johnson City and has tapped Knoxville native Jon Parker as his state field director. Last weekend, volunteers manning a phone bank in Johnson City called thousands of voters across the state to firm up support for the candidate and spread his message...
  • GOP race tightens in California

    02/22/2012 8:57:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/22/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Long written off as too late to matter, California's Republican primary June 5 may turn out to matter a lot. A new Field Poll shows former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum just six points behind front-runner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. California's mother lode of 172 delegates has long been considered Romney's firewall against a contested or even brokered national convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. A contested convention is the ultimate nightmare scenario for the GOP, which has savored this year as its best chance since Jimmy Carter to deny a second term to an incumbent Democratic president."It's...
  • 10 politicians who could boost the GOP (Almost all gold-plated, certified RINOs, of course)

    02/22/2012 7:30:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Politico ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mackenzie Weinger
    What happens if Romney loses Michigan next week? Some are saying it could mean the Republican Party needs a new candidate to take on President Barack Obama. Here’s POLITICO’s list of 10 people who could jump into the race (or be tapped as the GOP standardbearer at a brokered convention): 1. Jeb Bush: The former governor from a key state is the top choice for many wishful-thinking Republicans, although he’s said repeatedly he won’t do it. 2. Mitch Daniels: The Indiana chief executive, who gave the high-profile 2012 Republican response to the State of the Union, decided last year he...
  • America the Beautiful by Ray Charles

    02/21/2012 7:22:03 PM PST · by AmericaUnited · 16 replies
  • Drudge Buddy is Romney Manager

    02/21/2012 2:07:59 PM PST · by Amish · 16 replies
    Just Tweeted by Chris Cillizza, of Washington Post's "The Fix" How important is Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades' connection to Matt Drudge in this race? ANSWER: Very.
  • Who Could Emerge As The GOP Compromise Candidate At The Convention?

    02/21/2012 12:48:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Ology ^ | February 21, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    Even without a competitive Republican primary, the GOP’s presidential nominee would not have been able to lock down the required 1,144 delegates required to cinch the nomination until May. Given the trajectory of the Republican presidential race, it is more than likely that the nominating contest will go on until the summer and may even stretch all the way to the convention. There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the possibility of a brokered convention where no candidate has the required delegates to secure the nomination outright. In that scenario, multiple ballots would be required by...
  • Megyn Kelly’s Panel Has Some Advice For Santorum: ‘Stop Writing Ads For The Obama Campaign’

    02/20/2012 10:49:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 20, 2012 | Alex Alvarez
    On Monday, America Live host Megyn Kelly invited a panel made up of radio host David Webb and Gotham Ghostwriters president / Democratic strategist Dan Gerstein onto the show to discuss candidate Rick Santorum‘s recent comments concerning Barack Obama‘s values and faith. You may recall that, while speaking at a Christian conference on Saturday, Santorum criticized Obama’s moral compass and suggested the President’s agenda was based on a “phony theology” not based on the Bible. The next say, Santorum appeared on Face the Nation, where he clarified that he hadn’t been talking about the President’s faith, nor about religion convictions...
  • Sarah Palin Releases Presidents Day Video: Preparing For A Brokered Convention?

    02/20/2012 10:07:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 20, 2012 | Meenal Vamburkar
    In honor of Presidents Day, Sarah Palin released a new video on her political action committee’s website, The move has some asking: is Palin preparing for a brokered convention? Entitled “Chords of Memory,” the video calls for restoring America — set against the visual backdrop of presidential monuments and Palin herself. Palin begins by saying: We stand today at the symbolic crossroads of our nation’s history, and all around us are monuments to those who have sustained us over the years in word or deed, the towering presence of the great emancipator who secured our union at the moment...
  • Obama's Left always was anti-faith and family

    02/20/2012 8:21:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 18, 2012 | Mark Tapscott, Editorial Page Editor
    No matter the ultimate destination of Rick Santorum's current surge in popularity in the GOP presidential nomination battle, his rise to prominence is sparking a renewed interest in "the social issues," helped along by President Obama's latest bureaucratic salvo against religious institutions. There are two important points to keep in mind here as the campaign goes forward. First, the conventional wisdom has it that Republicans should at all costs avoid embracing the social issues - pro-family, pro-life and pro-faith-based institutions - because, otherwise, they will lose the all-important independent voter. Better to keep the focus exclusively on the economic issues...
  • 2012 Presidential Election Forecast: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet Compared to What's Coming

    02/20/2012 8:52:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    EIN News ^ | February 20, 2012 | Joe Rothstein
    At various times over the past few months the political media pack has obsessed that, in turn, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, or Newt Gingrich could be the surprise presidential nominee for the Republican Party. There was even a boomlet for Donald Trump. Given that recent pundit history, and with confidence that I can be as wrong as the next person, I’m not at all reluctant to now make my prediction for how the 2012 race for the White House will finally resolve: It will be a three-way contest: Christie and Rubio, the Republicans; Obama and Clinton,...
  • McCain Blasts GOP Super PACs, Calls Supreme Court Ignorant For Citizens United Decision

    02/19/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 19, 2012 | Josh Feldman
    Senator John McCain appeared on This Week today from Afghanistan, but before getting onto matters of foreign policy, he weighed in on the Republican contest going on in the United States and continued to speak out forcefully on an issue that has been part of his political identity for over a decade: campaign finance reform. McCain has not been the biggest fan of Super PACs, and McCain today blasted the Supreme Court for its decision in the Citizens United case two years ago. When Jake Tapper asked McCain about how the GOP’s divisive contest may end up handing the election...
  • Sarah Palin: Newt Gingrich Is Toughest Fighter in the Race. Sarah knows toughness (FR nod)

    02/19/2012 6:35:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Human Events ^ | February 19, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin discussed why she hasn't endorsed a candidate yesterday on FOX Business Network. Sarah said Newt Gingrich was the toughest fighter in the race. "You know that is what I'm saying today. I'm saying that David because Newt has learned through that school of hard knocks. And you know that is where character is shaped and that is where character is revealed. In times of controversy and conflict. Not at a time of convenience and comfort. I see that in Newt that he has learned, that he has been sharpened and strengthened through all of that...
  • Walter Jones, that was then, this is now

    02/19/2012 10:53:46 AM PST · by MitchellC · 16 replies
    Truth or Dare NC ^ | December 19, 2011 | Imkitties
    Walter Jones’ campaign is having to dig deep to try and showcase their candidate’s former conservative credentials. Recent Facebook posts labeled ‘From the Archives‘ show two photos of a young Walter Jones with conservative stalwart Senator Jesse Helms nearly 20 years ago. That was then. This is now. Let’s get a little more current, shall we? Cut and Run “Cut and Run” Jones with progressive left-winger Dennis Kucinich.Jones voted for Kucinich’s articles of impeachment against Bush in 2008. Jones also voted numerous times with Kucinich and Pelosi to pull out of Iraq long before the job was done.Support for Dodd-Frank...
  • Romney Ariz. campaign advisor quits after announcing he's gay (Sheriff Paul Babeu)

    02/18/2012 6:30:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | February 18, 2012 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    An Arizona co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign resigned after announcing that he is gay. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was forced to come out after allegations that he dated a Mexican immigrant and hosted a pornographic online profile. The Romney campaign said they received a call from Babeu and accepted his resignation. "Sheriff Babeu has stepped down from his volunteer position with the campaign so he can focus on the allegations against him. We support his decision," spokesperson Ryan Williams said. Arizona is holding its primary on February 28, and all four candidates will be in the state Wednesday...
  • 2012 Presidential Election Electoral Vote Map & Projection

    02/18/2012 4:39:12 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 17, 2012
    270 Electoral Votes Needed To Win Likely GOP Votes - 224 Likely Dem Votes - 217 Tossup Votes - 97
  • Mitt Romney: “Michigan’s Trees are Just the Right Height”

    02/18/2012 10:41:52 AM PST · by CASchack · 56 replies
    Spyders Den ^ | 02/17/12 | bhypes
    Mitt Romney, during campaign stops in Michigan yesterday, embraced his Michigan roots for all they’re worth. As he watches his popularity plummet in the state in which he grew up, he seems to be grasping at anything to keep from sinking any further. Romney tried to hit all the right buttons in order to resonate with Michigan voters leading up to their February 28 primary, by making himself one of them again. “I was born and raised here. I love being in Michigan,” Mr. Romney said. ”Everything seems right here. You know, I come back to Michigan; the trees are...
  • Investigative Reports: Newt Gingrich and the Republican Revolution (1995)

    02/18/2012 5:28:55 AM PST · by Marguerite · 16 replies
    Investigative Reports ^ | February 5, 2012 | Bill Kurtis
    Synopsis of Investigative Reports: Newt Gingrich & the Republican Revolution This documentary, part of the Investigative Reports cable television series on the A&E network, examines the condition of the Congress beginning in 1994 when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Newt Gingrich, the Speaker of the House after the Republican majority, became a controversial American politician. This episode, narrated by Investigative Reports host and producer Bill Kurtis, takes a behind-the-scenes look at these years of Republican control and suggests that some of the junior congressmen and congresswomen were not yet ready for their congressional appointments....
  • One Shall Stand and One Shall Fall — the Tea Party vs. the Cocktail Party Enter Thunderdome

    02/18/2012 1:38:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    HillBuzz ^ | February 16, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    I’m going to an interesting Tea Party event here in Chicagoland that’s going to keep me busy all morning, where I’ll have the chance to meet some people with the true pulse of what’s going on. I’ve had this visual in my mind for quite a while, of the Tea Party and the Cocktail Party entering Thunderdome in this election — where one shall stand and one shall fall when the dust settles. Either Willard “Mittens” Romney becomes the Republican nominee (in which case the Cocktail Party GOP establishment wins), or he’s defeated and someone other than the permanent political...
  • Can Sarah Palin get ’er done? Pros disagree

    02/17/2012 5:15:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | February 17, 2012 | Erin Smith
    The prospect of a brokered Republican convention has reared its head — with the re-emergence of conservative lightning rod Sarah Palin as a GOP savior — as the controversial Alaskan said she’d be willing to “help” if her party can’t choose a nominee ahead of the August rubber- stamp event. But even with the rollicking Republican primary roller coaster looking more like a trainwreck, political experts and players are split over the likelihood of a late-summer nailbiter. Sean Trende of said that if the current trend of stark regional divides continues — with Mitt Romney taking more moderate states,...
  • Thanks" Obama for endangering the world with TWO Nuclear Islamic bombs: Pakistan and Iran

    02/17/2012 3:10:31 PM PST · by Milagros · 13 replies
    "Thanks" Obama for endangering the world with TWO Nuclear bombs: Pakistan and Iran Today's photo-up of the three: Pakistani leader, Afghani leader and Iran's Ahmadinejad tells a lot. Obama has managed to spoil all the good relationship Bush has forged with Karzai. Naturally, Pakistan's nuclear bomb is more endangered as it turns more towards radical-Islamism. Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings Washington Post Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings
  • Sarah Palin tips her hand

    02/17/2012 12:01:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 16, 2012 | Bart Marcois, Romney volunteer & RNC LDS Outreach Liason
    Has Sarah Palin just announced her candidacy for president? On Wednesday night she told Fox Business host Eric Bolling that she still has the fire in her belly and is still game to run for office. More telling, however, is what she said about the current GOP nomination battle and the possibility of a brokered convention. Palin’s comments leading into the South Carolina primary, encouraging people to vote for Newt Gingrich because the party is strengthened by a long primary battle, were bewildering at the time. “I want to see this thing continue, because iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel....
  • 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...