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  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. 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....
  • 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...
  • 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. 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • What You Won't Hear About the Unemployment Numbers

    02/04/2012 9:02:15 AM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 15 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/03/2012 | Rusty
    For those of you (like the mainstream media) who actually believe today's unemployment numbers are good, here's a little rundown of why it's nothing more then smoke and mirrors. From Zerohedge: A month ago, we joked when we said that for Obama to get the unemployment rate to negative by election time, all he has to do is to crush the labor force participation rate to about 55%. Looks like the good folks at the BLS heard us: it appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record 1.2 million. No, that's not a typo:...
  • Medved: Mitt Romney Should Learn a Lesson from Teddy Kennedy (Assumes he's already GOP nominee)

    02/04/2012 5:15:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 3, 2012 | Michael Medved
    As his formidable campaign marches inexorably toward the nomination, Mitt Romney should learn a vital lesson from the guy who beat him in his first race for public office: Sen. Ted Kennedy. In 1980, Teddy lost his own bid for the presidency because he couldn’t answer a simple question about why he wanted the job. Like Kennedy, Romney could undermine his confident drive to unseat a stumbling incumbent unless he prepares clear, concise, and forceful responses on what he means to do with the office he seeks. Near the end of the disastrous Jimmy Carter administration, most analysts expected an...
  • An Open Letter To RNC Reince Preibus: Do The Right Thing With The Florida Delegates

    02/03/2012 9:45:14 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 39 replies ^ | 2-4-2012 | Bill Knowles
    Dear Chairman Preibus, I am writing an open letter to you in hopes that you will do the right thing and make the Florida Republican Party abide by the rules of the Republican National Committee. The state of Florida deliberately snubbed its' nose at the party and the rules several months ago when it voted to hold the Florida primary early, which has already cost if 49 delegates out of the original 99 delegates allocated by the RNC. Now they further give the party the middle finger by allocating the remaining delegates as "winner-take-all", instead of the proportional allotment that...
  • Mitt Romney’s Unfavorable Ratings Have Been Rising Since Iowa

    02/03/2012 7:50:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 1, 2012 | Andrew Romano
    Sure, Mitt Romney just had a huge win in Florida—but his favorability ratings have been sinking miserably since the New Year. Andrew Romano on why the GOP’s long primary race in 2012 won’t mirror the Dems’ in 2008. Plus read more Daily Beast contributors on what Romney’s Florida victory means. On stage last night in Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center, Mitt Romney, the winner of the 2012 Florida Republican primary, tried his darndest to simulate the emotional state that Homo sapiens refer to as “happiness.” “Our opponents in the other party ... like to comfort themselves with the...
  • The Math of the GOP Nomination

    02/03/2012 6:52:52 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 12 replies ^ | 2/3/2012 | Randy Evans
    For all the 2012 GOP candidates, it is the math that makes securing the nomination so complicated. There will be 2,165 delegates to the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa, Florida. In order to win the Republican Nomination, a Presidential candidate must have 1,144 delegates. To put this in perspective, only 112 delegates (less than 10%) have been won. In fact, the candidate with the most delegates (former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney) has only 71 delegates. This seems rather amazing given all of the media attention so far. From the Iowa caucuses to the Florida primary seems like an...
  • Why Jan Brewer's disrespect will motivate black voters for Obama

    02/03/2012 9:18:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 1+ views
    The Grio ^ | February 2, 2012 | Sam Fulwood III
    Sam Fulwood III explains why Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's disrespectful gesture last week will motivate black voters to support the president in the November election. With a waggle of her right index finger last Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer erased the question of whether black voters will be enthusiastic about going to the polls in support of President Barack Obama. Now, you can count on it. Gov. Brewer almost guaranteed that large numbers of black voters will turn out on Election Day because they will march to the polls, still angry about Brewer's one-finger salute of the commander-in-chief. Nothing motivates...
  • How Newt Gingrich could bounce back (Consider the source)

    02/02/2012 6:13:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 2, 2012 | Alexander Burns
    For Newt Gingrich, the next comeback bid may be his hardest yet. The former House speaker didn’t just lose to Mitt Romney in Florida this week; he got beaten within an inch of his life. Now, Gingrich – along with Rick Santorum and Ron Paul – heads into a weeks-long lull in the campaign, with a lapse of 20 days before the next debate and nearly a month before the next major primaries in Arizona and Michigan. If Gingrich is going to stop Romney’s candidacy from becoming a runaway train, he needs to change the terms of the race much...
  • The National Review’s Candidate Won’t Stop Digging (Rebuked by DeMint!)

    02/01/2012 6:47:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    RedState ^ | February 1, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    Standing Athwart History Yelling "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another." It is days like today that make me thankful I think they all suck. At least I’m thankful I’m in the firmly not Romney camp. Having told us only Romney was viable (with half-nods to Huntsman and Santorum) and having trotted out Elliot Abrams to smear Newt Gingrich with out of context quotes, even National Review is having trouble defending their candidate today. This morning Mitt Romney said he wasn’t concerned about the poor. The poor, after all, have food stamps and Medicaid. But don’t worry. If the safety...
  • Romney reiterates support for increasing minimum wage with inflation

    02/01/2012 4:00:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 1, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he supported tying the federal minimum wage to inflation, a move that would result in automatic increases to the pay rate. The position is a break from fiscal conservative orthodoxy — which generally seeks to eliminate the minimum wage — but could help Romney rebound from damaging comments he made earlier Wednesday when discussing the "very poor" in America. "I haven't changed my thoughts on that," Romney told reporters aboard his campaign plane on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. He was apparently referring to a statement he made in 2002 when running for governor...
  • Romney Quotes From Thurston Howell III and Ebenezer Scrooge

    02/01/2012 4:00:08 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 18 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/1/2012 | Bill Knowles
    Ok....gang....Mitt is the front-runner....again....for now...Why the heck would he say something stupid like the dumb quote he made today about the poor? In his latest goof, Romney was quoted as saying that he is not concerned about "the poor...they have a safety net...if it needs repair, I'll fix it." Apparently Mitt has started channelling the ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge and Thurston Howell III when he talks. Doesn't this sound eerily close to "A Christmas Carol"? First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the...
  • Breaking: Witness Says Democrats Convinced Two Mentally Disabled Men to Sign Forged Ballots

    02/01/2012 1:19:37 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 18 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/01/12 | Rusty
    Is it possible that evidence against Democrats in Troy, New York,has finally hit rock bottom? When they weren't paying off college kids with their vote, they were apparently tricking mentally impaired voters into signing absentee ballots, telling them "the city made it easier to vote this year." A witness who testified in the upstate New York ballot fraud case explained that she would frequently visit two brothers, both of whom had 'mental disabilities'. Three men allegedly paid a visit to the family home of Michele Ziglitt one day. Two of the men were identified as Gary Galuski, and Anthony DeFiglio....
  • Why February Could Matter

    02/01/2012 7:03:07 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 7 replies ^ | 2/1/2012 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    I wonder if three features of the race as it stands today aren't being a bit neglected: 1. Turnout: The Romney-Gingrich slugfest in Florida appears to have produced slightly fewer than 1.7 million voters in this year's primary. That's down by about 12 percent from the 1.94 million who voted in 2008. Not a good sign for the GOP in this key swing state, especially following a flat GOP turnout in Iowa and only a slight uptick in New Hampshire (also swing states). Both of those states have open primaries, so with no Democratic contest this year, in contrast to...
  • Video: Sarah Palin Slams Mitt Romney's Win in Florida

    01/31/2012 10:18:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | January 31, 2012 | Michael Allen
    Appearing on Fox News tonight, former half term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by claiming that he won the Florida with money and misleading ads (video below). Palin lamented: “I think that with $17 million purchasing some ads and some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter that bombardment of advertisements" “$17 million spent in one state, that purchased a lot of darts and arrows that were flown in one direction and then a lot of darts and arrows were flown back and you know a...
  • Country-club establishment lays down the law to Paul, Palin, Tea Party & conservative movement

    01/31/2012 9:45:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 31, 2012 | Brent Budowsky
    At some country-club golf course recently, Speaker Boehner, Haley Barbour and the Bain Capital and banking wings of the GOP probably devised the plan that is now under way: Ron Paul, get on the program behind Mitt and stop talking down wars. Sarah Palin, stop referring to the GOP establishment as Stalinesque. Tea Party members: shut up and get behind the former liberal governor of Massachusetts. Conservative movement, cool it. So what if our nominee was the godfather of ObamaCare? The French say, apres moi, le deluge. The white-shoe, country-club, establishment Republican leaders will be pressuring in unison after Florida,...
  • The Conversation With a Florida Tea Partier That Should Scare Every Republican

    01/31/2012 6:51:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Ricochet ^ | January 30, 2012 | Ben Domenech
    Last week, Mollie raised an interesting point about what a Mitt Romney nomination means for the Republican Party. In the comments, I shared my concern concerning the lean-Republican independents who make up much of the Tea Party, and who prior to 2009 were mostly inactive in politics beyond regularly voting. The Tea Party is a collection of people who felt compelled to transition from citizens to activists in favor of limited government and fiscal restraint. Many sacrifice time away from family, work, and life in a desperate attempt to save the nation they love, from their perspective. My concern is...
  • TEA Party In Space Endorses Newt Gingrich for President of the United States

    01/31/2012 7:20:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Tea Party in Space ^ | January 30, 2012 | Andrew Gasser
    (Titusville FL) — Tea Party in Space (TPIS) is excited to endorse Newt Gingrich for President of the United States. Mr. Gingrich is the only candidate who consistently articulates a bright vision for future American space exploration and settlement. Mr. Gingrich’s unique approach of utilizing the government and private sector is exactly what NASA needs. “Newt Gingrich is the only credible candidate in this primary race in Florida who has any credibility when it comes to America’s future in space,” said Andrew Gasser, President and National Coordinator for TPIS. “Newt will not have to take a poll or rely on...
  • Making room for new, old economies

    01/31/2012 5:43:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 30, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    The announcements by Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) that they would not run for reelection reflects what may be the last gasps of the Great Plains Democrats, much as California’s 2010 Democratic landslide assured that Republicans are soon to become endangered species in places like Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. The conventional explanation for these trends centers on culture or ideology, but the real cause may lie with an evolving conflict between two dueling political economies. On one side lies the information or “creative” economy, centered in coastal big cities and university towns. On the other lies...