Iowa (GOP Club)

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  • Newt Nation (He's WAY up in the state polls)

    12/07/2011 5:24:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 7, 2011 | Mark Halperin
    Fresh TIME/CNN first-in-the-nation polls show Gingrich dominating Iowa, South Carolina and Florida — and within striking distance in New Hampshire. Iowa: Gingrich 33 — Romney 20 New Hampshire: Romney 35 — Gingrich 26 South Carolina: Gingrich 43 — Romney 20 Florida: Gingrich 48 — Romney 25 See the full results, including how the other candidates stack up, here. Halperin's Take-Static analysis: Gingrich will be the Republican nominee....
  • Steve Forbes Says Perry Has 'Chance to Move Up'

    12/07/2011 3:30:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 7, 2011 | Hiram Reisner
    Publisher Steve Forbes says he has no trepidation in backing Rick Perry for president, despite his low poll numbers, because the presidential race remains “fluid.” Forbes — who ran for president twice himself — also told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that he has no trouble with Perry’s occasional gaffes, as the Texas governor comes “across much better in person.” “I think this race has proved it is a very fluid situation and already Newt Gingrich is starting to get some of the flak that every temporary front-runner seems to get,” Forbes said. “So I think this is going to be...
  • 'Fired' up: Paul & Huntsman refuse to attend Trump-led 'circus' debate...

    12/04/2011 9:49:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 5, 2011 | Staff
    He’s not even running for president, but Donald Trump's latest venture has some Republican candidates riled about the 'circus' it would become. It was announced Friday that the real estate mogul and Apprentice host would lead the event between White House hopefuls on December 27. The timing is crucial, as it is scheduled to take place just one week before the Iowa primary, which is the first of the 2012 election race. But at least two of the candidates said Sunday that they refuse to take part. Ron Paul's campaign said in a statement that Trump's presence is 'beneath the...
  • Ron Paul's army rises up as Palin gives Santorium thumbs up (Video)

    12/03/2011 9:45:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    AllVoices ^ | December 3, 2011 | Stephanie Ealy
    (VIDEO AT LINK: "New song for the Ron Paul campaign by Jordan Page.") Take it or leave it, Sarah Palin's got a following, platform and a voice in America and she chose to use it with positive comments about Rick Santorum's campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination through Hannity--but will that slow down Ron Paul's momentum? Maybe she and some others don't realize that, take it or leave it, Ron Paul has an army of supporters who continue to rise up tweeting, YouTubing and shouting "Ron Paul 2012," at events and on street corners as they wave signs for...
  • Finally! The Trump/Newsmax presidential debate; Update: Trump to endorse immediately after debate?

    12/02/2011 6:10:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 2, 2011 | Jazz Shaw
    We talk to a lot of people here who are keenly interested in politics, both in the comments, on other blogs and on Twitter. And if there’s one common complaint that we hear time after time it’s, “You know what we really need? More debates.” Well, put your minds at ease. Not only will we finally get another debate added to the schedule, but we can finally get away from the horrible moderation of all these journalists and turn the controls over to the one person everyone wants to hear from. The Donald. It’s officially a reality television Republican primary...
  • Santorum fundraises off Palin praise

    12/02/2011 11:52:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 2, 2011 | Maggie Haberman
    Rick Santorum, who picked up a key pastor's endorsement yesterday, capped off the evening with some praise from Sarah Palin - and now he's fundraising off it. In an email to supporters, Santorum listed up high Palin's quote on Sean Hannity's Fox News show last night: “If voters start shifting gears and deciding they want ideological consistency, then they’re going to start paying attention to say, Rick Santorum.” Most of the email is below. But Santorum, who has been working Iowa the hardest throughout the year on a basic retail level, is looking to try to consolidate support, and kind...
  • Web Exclusive: What Else Michele Bachmann Told Meghan McCain

    12/01/2011 5:51:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's NOW With Alex Wagner ^ | December 1, 2011 | DaxTejera
    (VIDEO AT LINK) Albums on her iPod, debate rituals, and the secret sauce to Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign. Meghan McCain joined Alex on NOW today to discuss her interview with the Minnesota Congresswoman—who touched on topics she doesn’t often discuss.....
  • Occupy Activists Make Iowa Caucuses Plans

    12/01/2011 4:33:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Activists associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement are encouraging supporters to attend the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 to speak out about their issues. Organizers said Monday that Occupy protesters from around the country would meet in Des Moines Dec. 27 to draft sample resolutions that could be introduced at local caucus meetings of both political parties. Occupy Des Moines member Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs said issues like campaign finance reform and income inequality would likely dominate the agenda...
  • Will Herman Cain's demise see Sarah Palin return?

    11/30/2011 9:57:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | November 30, 2011
    AS FORMER Republican frontrunner Herman Cain looks likely to exit the race for next November's presidential election, the GOP right's one-time darling, Sarah Palin, has been called back to the fray. The Daily Beast claims that Cain has told his campaign staffers he is "reassessing" his run in light of recent allegations that he'd had a 13-year extramarital affair which only ended shortly before he launched his bid for the party nomination. "We have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some peoples’ minds as to whether...
  • New Ad Urges Sarah Palin To Join Presidential Race

    11/29/2011 11:19:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KCAU-TV ^ | November 29, 2011 | Staci DaSilva
    "Run Sarah, Run!" says a crowd in the campaign ad. She's not, but some are hoping Palin changes her mind. The group, Conservatives4Palin, is not affiliated with the former Alaska Governor, but its ads are still hitting our airwaves and hoping for quite the splash. Woodbury County Democratic Party Member Rick Mullin said, "The whole reason they're buying ads on Ch. 9 is so that it gets national exposure. They know that if they can spend $1,000 here, it'll get hundreds of thousands, maybe even more than that, hits on YouTube and other media outlets." And with the Iowa caucuses...
  • UPDATED w/The Video: ‘Sarah Palin Reconsider’ Ad In Iowa: Windmill Jousting, Doolittle Raid, Both?

    11/27/2011 12:10:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | November 25, 2011 | Smitty
    via Surber, here is the ad: (VIDEO AT LINK) He says: My take on it is simple: If she is on the ballot in the West Virginia primary in May, I shall vote for her. She is my first choice. I’m even simpler: I’ll write the lady in, if possible. A lot of people, like Teach in the comments, are miffed that she took so long to bow out quietly. Maybe that’s her final word. Even if it is, the dangling threat of her lives rent-free in the mind of the Left. Let’s keep the mind-frak going, and fight for...
  • Palin supporters announce Iowa ad buy (May commission a nat'l primary poll that includes Gov Palin)

    11/26/2011 2:41:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2011 | Meghashyam Mali
    Some Sarah Palin supporters are still hopeful the former Alaska governor will jump into the GOP's 2012 presidential race and will run an ad in Iowa urging her to run. Conservatives4Palin will air a television ad in the Sioux City, Iowa market asking the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate to enter the 2012 race, reports The Des Moines Register. In October, Palin announced that she would not run for the party's nomination. "You don't need an office or a title to make a difference," she said in a YouTube video. Palin had weighed a presidential bid for months and was...
  • TV ad asking Sarah Palin to 'reconsider' on tap in Sioux City

    11/25/2011 5:09:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The Des Moines Register | November 25, 2011 | Jason Noble
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/11/25/tv-ad-asking-sarah-palin-to-reconsider-on-tap-in-sioux-city/
  • Rand Paul as super surrogate

    11/22/2011 6:32:01 AM PST · by packback · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 11.22.11 | William Chocher
    Media figures on the right that once laughed at his father found themselves cheering on and defending Rand, legitimizing Ron Paul by proxy. Yet, so far, Rand Paul has not played a large role in his father's presidential campaign for the GOP nomination.
  • Occupy Iowa Want Presidential Forum (Yes, they're serious)

    11/20/2011 5:00:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WOI-TV ^ | November 19, 2011 | Alex Schuman
    Occupy Des Moines protesters marched on the Thanksgiving Family Forum held today the First Federation Church to deliver a letter to the Republican presidential candidates taking part. The letter was an invitation to their own presidential forum they want to hold. Their criticism is that people should not have to pay to get into these kinds of events when the issues being discussed effect everyone. So, sometime before Dec. 27th, they want as many willing candidates as possible to sit down and listen to the, "99 percent." A couple protesters tried to breach the police insuring no one came onto...
  • Another Fake Presidential Candidate Rises to the Top (The Left laughs up their sleeve)

    11/16/2011 5:17:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | November 16, 2011 | Paul Waldman
    If everything works out, the Buddy Roemer boomlet should be perfectly timed to sweep him to victory in the Iowa caucus and make him the Republican nominee for president. OK, I'm kidding (and in case you were wondering, Buddy Roemer is a former Louisiana governor and congressman who is running for president, but for some reason, he's considered "fringe" and ignored while a half-dozen equally clownish candidates are allowed to participate in the debates). But watching the Newt Gingrich surge—he's now leading the Republican field in some polls—you could almost believe that every candidate, including Roemer, will eventually get their...
  • New Iowa Poll: The Gingrich Surge (Herman Cain still in the lead, despite headline)

    11/14/2011 3:56:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 14, 2011 | Reid Wilson
    For months, Iowa Republicans faced with a plethora of choices couldn't make up their minds. Now, it looks like the first caucus state is headed toward a decidedly split decision. A new survey, conducted by the Republican firm the polling company, shows five candidates in double digits, with no one really running away from the pack. Businessman Herman Cain leads with 20 percent, statistically tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, at 19 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, at 14 percent, is certainly within striking distance. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul are both at 10 percent. Four other...
  • Progressive group wary of plan to occupy Obama campaign headquarters

    11/01/2011 11:37:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Missouri News Horizon ^ | November 2, 2011
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — Progressives and union leaders in Iowa had cold feet Tuesday about joining an “Occupy Wall Street” caucus protest that could turn up the heat on Democrats in 2012. Demonstrators with Occupy Des Moines on Monday invited protesters from around the globe to descend upon Republican and Democratic campaign headquarters here for a week-long occupation in advance of the Jan. 3 caucus. The group is an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has inspired thousands to camp out in public places to protest corporate greed and socioeconomic inequality. “We definitely stand in solidarity with this...
  • Occupy Iowa organizers invite protesters to mobilize around 1st-in-the-nation caucuses

    11/01/2011 4:12:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Occupy Iowa protesters who have been camping out for weeks at a Des Moines park say they’ll ask people across the country to protest this winter at candidates’ headquarters in the final weeks before the state’s leadoff presidential caucuses. The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 3. The Des Moines Register (http://bit.ly/s465nm ) reported that a group of the protesters voted Monday night to put out the call to like-minded activists, asking them to endure a cold Iowa winter to make their views known to candidates who flock to the state. Frank Cordaro, a longtime Des...
  • An Iowa opening for Romney

    10/01/2011 2:01:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 30, 2011 | Ben Smith
    We wrote yesterday that for Romney to pull an unlikely early victory next spring, he would need to exceed expectations in Iowa and South Carolina. And now, as Iowa voters tire of Bachmann and Perry, the Des Moines Register reports Romney may have an opening in the first-in-the-nation state: Some Republicans in Iowa say they have new eyes for Mitt Romney. The presidential campaigns of Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann have tarnished, and Chris Christie and Sarah Palin remain camped on the sidelines. The result: Romney has fresh appeal....
  • Sarah Palin Documentary To Be Shown In Ida County (IOWA!!)

    09/27/2011 9:45:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KCAU-TV ^ | September 27, 2011
    The Ida County GOP Central Committee will be showing the Sarah Palin documentary, The Undefeated, which was written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon and produced by Bannon and Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleuette. The film chronicles Sarah Palin's rise from obscurity to national prominence. ARC Entertainment is the film's worldwide distributor. The Undefeated features leading prominent political commentators Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce and Andrew Breitbart as well as conservative activists Kate Obenshein, Sonnie Johnson and Jamie Radtke. Additionally, the film features interviews with Alaskan civil servants, elected officials and advisors who were involved in...
  • Republicans start to pour cold water over Sarah Palin White House run (RINO-licious!)

    09/14/2011 11:58:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The London Guardian ^ | September 14, 2011 | Paul Harris
    For months former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has played a "will she, won't she" game over a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination and the right to battle President Barack Obama for the White House. But, in a strong sign that a run is increasingly unlikely, a growing chorus of Republican figures have now dismissed the idea or openly spoken out against it. The development reveals a chasm between Palin and many senior figures in the party leadership. But, more worryingly for her supporters, conservative activists and Tea Party figures have also started to turn against Palin running for...
  • Sarah Palin attacking Rick Perry and Mitt Romney?

    09/06/2011 10:21:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 6, 2011 | Brent Budowsky
    Sarah Palin's speech in Iowa was a political work of art. I mean this as a compliment in the sense of pure political analysis. I certainly don't agree with much of what Palin would do if elected. However, her populist attack on crony capitalism is a direct hit for the kind of politics that would work in 2012 against Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, as well as against Barack Obama and both parties in Washington. I have previously suggested that Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann should launch an attack against Rick Perry's "pay for play" special interest giveways in Texas....
  • Huntsman Slams Palin's Tax Proposal

    09/04/2011 12:07:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 4, 2011 | Major Garrett
    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, trailing badly in the GOP presidential race, hit hardest Sunday at a Republican who isn’t even in the race -- Sarah Palin. Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Huntsman described Palin’s call Saturday for no federal corporate income taxes “a great political bromide” unhinged from basic budget math. “How do you do it? How to you make the numbers work?” he asked. At a speech for a tea party event in Indianola, Iowa on Saturday, Palin called for a zero corporate tax rate coupled with an elimination of all corporate tax subsidies and federal bailouts....
  • Bachmann "open" to eliminating corporate taxes

    09/04/2011 11:23:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CBS News' Face The Nation ^ | September 4, 2011 | Lucy Madison .
    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann offered muted support Sunday for Sarah Palin's recent call to eliminate all corporate taxes, noting that she's "open" to the idea of cutting corporate tax rates to zero percent - but not calling for it outright. The Minnesota Congresswoman, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, said "we could go that route" on corporate tax rates, but she noted that "we'd have to have a fundamental restructuring of the tax code" first if taxes paid by companies were to be eliminated altogether. "What we would have to do then is re-jigger other elements to define...
  • Palin Appearance in Iowa Leaves Supporters Exhorting Her to Run

    09/03/2011 1:13:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 3, 2011
    Sarah Palin, looking and sounding like a presidential candidate at a Tea Party rally in Iowa, left chanting supporters without saying if she will make a run for the White House next year. ""America is at a tipping point," said Palin, 47. "This is a systemic crisis due to failed policies and incompetent leadership." Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, brought her brand of celebrity-infused politics to a spot in Iowa where Barack Obama spoke to a fundraising event four years earlier as he was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. The outdoor venue at the Indianola Balloon Grounds...
  • Sarah Palin Lays Out Her Views in Tea Party Speech, Without Formally Announcing 2012 Candidacy

    09/03/2011 12:42:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 3, 2011
    In front of a wildly supportive crowd of Tea Party members at a rally in Indianola, Iowa, Sarah Palin said that the U.S. is now at a “tipping point.” While didn’t explicitly announce her candidacy for the 2012 Presidential race, observers at the Des Moines Register who covered the event said Palin’s comments sounded like a campaign speech. “Iowa you are good people,” Palin said. “We’re here because America is at a tipping point. America faces a crisis, and it’s not a crisis like perhaps a Midwest summer storm that moves in and hits hard, but then moves on.” When...
  • Mike Huckabee On Sarah Palin’s 2012 Chances: ‘A Seasoning Agent, But Not The Main Course’

    09/03/2011 12:08:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 3, 2011 | Frances Martel
    With her speaking engagement this weekend Sarah Palin has once again managed to bring the 2012 presidential spotlight on herself without jumping into the race, though polls are now showing her chances are rather compromised. Even if she does not run or win, however, at least Mike Huckabee thinks there’s a significant place for her at the table. On Fox & Friends this morning, the 2008 GOP candidate argued that, given her poll numbers, it may be Palin’s fate to “season the food,” but not be the “main ingredient.” “You have to be very stubborn [to run],” Huckabee noted when...
  • Is Palin Prepping to Jump in the Race?

    09/03/2011 11:03:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 3, 2011 | Andre Tartar
    All summer, Sarah Palin has been dropping nice fat hints that she's planning to jump into the 2012 GOP field — party-crashing the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, putting out decidedly campaign-style ads — before immediately pirouetting and telling the MSM, no siree, still haven't made up my mind. In recent days, many have speculated that the decision hour had finally come, what with Mama Grizzly headlining a Tea party rally in Des Moines, Iowa today — where the event's organizer said she would be making a "major announcement" — and off to New Hampshire for Labor Day. Adding fire...
  • Palin and a real presidential run

    09/02/2011 6:42:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | September 2, 2011 | Robin Abcarian
    Des Moines-With her youthful wardrobe — platform sandals, polka-dotted toenails and skinny, low-cut jeans — Sarah Palin does not look like the buttoned-up, middle-aged Republican presidential contenders who've been traipsing around New Hampshire and Iowa for weeks. But here she is, just like them, sweeping into both states this weekend to give speeches on her way to, well, what? If she is to run for president, she said last month, she will have to decide by the end of September. Many Republicans with ample presidential campaign experience say her window is closing fast. Polls suggest that her indecisiveness may have...
  • Palin fuels presidential fire, but at what cost? (Ass. Press worries about GOP)

    09/01/2011 7:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KFMB-TV / The Associated Press ^ | Jennifer Agiesta and Philip Elliott
    Sarah Palin soon will end the will-she-or-won't-she presidential speculation that has trailed her for two years — and that she has fueled with abandon, perhaps to the detriment of her potential candidacy. "America is waiting for the president to make good on this promise," the former Alaska governor recently posted on Twitter, linking to a video of President Barack Obama pledging to run a transparent government. She set up Saturday's scheduled visit to Iowa with, "I'll be talking about this and more." It was the "and more" part that got many supporters all atwitter.....
  • Why Romney shouldn’t want Sarah Palin in the race

    09/01/2011 9:56:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's The Plum Line ^ | September 1, 2011 | Jonathan Bernstein
    Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake have an interesting argument for why Mitt Romney should want the Sage of Wasilla to fully enter the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. It’s reasonable (and I recommend reading it), but ultimately I think it’s wrong. Romney should be rooting for Palin to take a 15-month cruise or something like that. Her candidacy most likely wouldn’t help him — and could hurt him Cillizza and Blake’s argument is mainly focused on the prospect that a Palin candidacy could split the Tea Party vote in the primaries among her, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, while...
  • Palin, Perry, and Paranoia

    09/01/2011 9:44:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 1, 2011 | Robert Stacy McCain
    After Wednesday's all-day drama surrounding Saturday's Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa -- with headliner Sarah Palin​ reportedly ready to cancel her scheduled appearance -- Palin's fans were understandably perplexed. It appeared that the event's organizers, a new group called Tea Party of America founded by Ken Crow, had provoked an unnecessary controversy by a last-minute decision to add former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell to the rally schedule. Tuesday, O'Donnell was disinvited and then re-invited, and by Wednesday morning, Palin's participation in the event was reported to be "on hold." Then O'Donnell was finally disinvited and, at last word,...
  • New Questions, and Old, Surround Palin’s Iowa Trip

    08/31/2011 2:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Times' The Caucus ^ | August 31, 2011 | Michael D. Shear
    There are several things that might explain why Sarah Palin is traveling to Iowa and New Hampshire over the Labor Day weekend. The former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential nominee could be using the trips as a prelude to an already planned presidential campaign, serving up the latest in a series of not-so-subtle hints about the importance of the states where voting will begin early next year. It could be another attempt to test the appetite — if any — among conservative activists for her particular brand of celebrity-infused politics. Ms. Palin is scheduled to attend Tea Party...
  • Sarah Palin: Master media manipulator

    08/31/2011 12:24:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 31, 2011 | Chris Cillizza
    Sarah Palin is the puppeteer. We, the media, are her puppets. Since rising to national prominence during the 2008 presidential campaign, the former Alaska governor has demonstrated an uncanny ability to not only draw media attention but manipulate that coverage when and how she chooses. “For someone out of elected office and not running for anything, Palin has a near singular ability to capture the media’s attention,” said Christian Ferry who served as deputy campaign manager for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid. “If you take her at her word, which I do, she doesn’t know if she is going...
  • Were Some of Perry's Straw Poll Votes Colbert's?

    08/29/2011 5:35:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Care2 ^ | August 29, 2011 | Robin M.
    One of the most impressive stories to come out of the 2011 Ames straw poll was the sixth place showing of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who had an impressive 718 write in votes despite not even yet declaring for president or showing up to the event. But now some are wondering how many of those votes were really Perry’s, and how many of them might have been votes for Steven Colbert. Colbert, prior to the vote, was running a “Vote Rick Parry” parody campaign for his comedy SuperPAC, accusing Iowans of being obsessed with “cornography” and broadcasting other cheesy commercials...
  • GOP 2012 Race A Replay Of 2008 Democratic Race?

    08/28/2011 11:01:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | August 28, 2011 | Doug Mataconis
    MSNBC’s First Read notes that, as of right now, the calendar for the Republican primaries has still not been officially set, setting into motion the prospect of a chaotic primary not unlike the never-ending Democratic nomination fight of 2008: According to Republicans monitoring this subject, there are two different timeline scenarios. The first is the RNC-sanctioned February start date: Iowa goes Feb. 6, New Hampshire Feb. 14, Nevada, Feb. 18, South Carolina Feb. 28, and Super Tuesday is March 6. The second is the more chaotic January (or even December) start date: States like Arizona and Florida — risking losing...
  • Iowans weigh a possible Palin run (Plus 8 reasons she should & shouldn't run)

    08/27/2011 10:32:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Des Moines Register | August 27, 2011 | Jennifer Jacobs, Chief Political Writer
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/08/27/iowans-weigh-a-possible-palin-run/
  • Palin to make Iowa stop on Sept. 1 [Tea Party Express]

    08/25/2011 12:39:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | August 25, 2011 | James Q. Lynch
    CEDAR RAPIDS - Sarah Palin may be making a lunch-hour stop in downtown Cedar Rapids. "She's done about six of our rallies. I think that's more than anyone else, so I wouldn't be surprised to see her," says Sal Russo, co-founder and chief strategist for Tea Party Express, which is planning a rally from noon to 2 p.m. at Greene Square Park on Sept. 1. Then again, Russo concedes, Palin may be a no-show. "She's known for her spontaneity," Russo says about Palin, who is scheduled to be in Iowa on Sept. 3 for an Iowa Tea Party rally in...
  • Sarah Palin’s Sept. 3 Speech Will Be ‘Major,’ but Will It Be the Big One?

    08/24/2011 11:31:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    ABC News' The Note ^ | August 24, 2011 | Shushannah Walshe
    With Sarah Palin’s next Iowa visit mere days away, the will-she-or-won’t-she frenzy is at an all time high. The former Alaska governor will headline the inaugural event of the Tea Party of America in Indianola, Iowa, Sept. 3. That event, coupled with a new video highlighting her trip to the Iowa State Fair earlier this month, seems to indicate that she’s moving toward getting into the 2012 presidential race. SarahPAC put out a statement Monday night warning that “DC pundits” are “citing false information that she has made a decision and set a date regarding a future campaign.” --snip-- Peter...
  • Palin Poll and Open Thread — Will She or Won’t She?

    08/24/2011 11:14:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | August 22, 2011 | Todd Dorman
    I’ve always figured that Sarah Palin would not run for president. I thought she’d milk the possibility of a candidacy for as long as possible, for marketing purposes, then fade out. But, suddenly, it sure seems more likely that she’s getting in the Republican race. And maybe that’s exactly what she wants us to think. But the Iowa video (below) she released last week is hard to explain away. It has a very campaigny feel, from rolling bus to roaring bear. Palin also has to be looking at how Rick Perry ambled into the race late and became a big...
  • Could a Palin presidential bid rewrite the campaign rulebook?

    08/23/2011 8:29:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | August 23, 2011 | Lucy Madison
    Conventional wisdom dictates that Sarah Palin is not running for president: it's too late; the field is too crowded, and many think she is more interested in making money than running for office. On top of that, the onetime vice presidential candidate has failed to build substantial campaign apparatus in crucial early primary states. She has seemingly declined to aggressively court big-name, big-dollar Republican donors, and she has watched as countless top GOP operatives join her possible competitors' campaigns. Palin, many believe, has handicapped her own prospects for 2012 and decided to sit it out. --snip-- "Her campaign, if it...
  • Is Sarah Palin going to announce she's running for president on September 3?

    08/20/2011 3:47:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 20, 2011 | Peter Greier
    Sarah Palin will run for president, and will announce her candidacy sometime around Labor Day – perhaps September 3, when she’s scheduled to address a big Tea Party event in Iowa. That’s what former Bush administration political advisor and all-around GOP smart guy Karl Rove predicts, anyway. In an appearance on Fox News Saturday he said he believes ex-Alaska governor Palin is going to run, in part because of a slick campaign-style video about her trip to the Iowa State Fair released by her PAC last week, and in part because of where she’s popping up. Palin “has a schedule...
  • Palin event moved to National Balloon Classic field near Indianola to accommodate larger crowd

    08/19/2011 6:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Sarah Palin's scheduled Sept. 3 appearance at a tea party rally in Iowa has been moved to Indianola to accommodate a larger crowd. Tea Party activist Charlie Gruschow says the event will be held at the National Balloon Classic field near Indianola. That spot can handle a larger crowd than the previously planned venue at Hawkeye Antique Acres in Waukee....
  • Sarah Palin Iowa Organizer: 'She'll Run'

    08/19/2011 9:07:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    US News and World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | August 19, 2011 | Paul Bedard and Lauren Fox
    The Undefeated, the Sarah Palin documentary, isn't what you'd call a summer blockbuster. In fact, the sympathetic biography flopped in theaters, grossing only $175,000 at the box office. In Iowa, where the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee seems to be laying the groundwork for a presidential bid, just a few have seen it. Iowa Palin organizer Peter Singleton puts the number of screenings at "dozens," but "less than 100." And, adds Singleton, only a "handful of people" have attended each showing. For anybody else, that would spell disaster. If Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential hopes after...
  • Rick Perry Leads the Republican Field in Iowa (Also FReep poll "who'll be next to enter race")

    08/18/2011 11:17:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A Lone Star is rising over the Hawkeye State, as Gov. Rick Perry of Texas now leads the pack of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa, according to a new poll released Thursday. The "We Ask America" poll of likely Republican caucus voters finds Perry -- who launched his presidential campaign on Saturday, same day as the Iowa straw poll in Ames -- ahead with 29 percent. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who won the event, is second with 17 percent, followed by former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 15 percent. Despite only having write-in votes, Perry placed sixth...
  • Politico: At least five reporters hassled by Bachmann security

    08/18/2011 7:26:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    MinnPost ^ | August 18, 2011 | Joe Kimball
    At least five times on the campaign trail reporters have had physical confrontations with members of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's staff, Politico reports. The story calls the instances "unusually hostile encounters with the traveling media marked by pushing, shoving and, in one instance, the allegation of a threat of violence to a reporter." There's often no love lost between reporters and campaign staffers, the story says, but "the number and intensity of incidents is unusual, particularly in Iowa, where reporters and the public are accustomed to almost unlimited access as an early state presidential ritual." Campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart said: “The...
  • Rick Perry Doesn't Need "The Money"

    08/18/2011 7:24:30 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 38 replies
    Business Insider via KausFiles ^ | 08/17/11 | John Ellis
    [Jonathan] Martin [of Politico] writes: "Perry's comment (about ...Ben Bernanke's "treasonous" behavior) is exactly the sort of misstep that will worry the many GOP donors on the sideline right now who chiefly want to beat President Obama. The quote reinforces their central fear about Perry — that he has a cowboy problem — and could prompt them to remain uncommitted." This is accurate. It's also irrelevant. It's irrelevant because the "GOP donors on the sideline right now" don't matter. They think they matter, but they don't. The fact is that Rick Perry can raise $15-20 million out of Texas for...
  • Bachmann staffer was arrested for terrorism

    08/17/2011 1:05:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 17, 2011 | Alexander Burns
    Insert "palling around with" joke here: The evangelical organizer who helped Michele Bachmann win the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa Saturday was previously charged with terrorism in Uganda after being arrested for possession of assault rifles and ammunition in February 2006, just days before Uganda's first multi-party elections in 20 years. Peter E. Waldron spent 37 days in the Luriza Prison outside Kampala, where he says he was tortured, after being arrested along with six Congolese and Ugandan nationals for the weapons, which were described variously in news reports as having been found in his bedroom or a closet in...
  • OUR OPINION: Decision day looms for Sarah Palin

    08/16/2011 9:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | August 16, 2011 | The Editors
    Turns out she didn't try the fried butter after all. But there was plenty of waffling to go around when 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited the Iowa State Fair on Friday. Upon arrival, Palin immediately headed to the livestock barns and the media cattle call ensued. Were there more cameras than cows? Maybe not (this is the state fair after all), but the scene was surreal. Palin and her husband, Todd, feigned amusement and surprise that the "lamestream" media was making such a spectacle of her return to the Hawkeye State. She merely accepted an invitation to...