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  • 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...
  • Why Nevada’s GOP caucuses were a jackpot of embarrassments

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

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

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

    02/04/2012 7:43:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/4/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Las Vegas -- Today's Republican caucuses in Nevada differ from primary elections by requiring voters to devote a block of time to make their preferences known in a process that takes more time than just filling out a ballot. There are also some unusual rules set this year by the GOP officials in the state, including:Timing: Republican Party officials in each county decide when to hold caucus meetings. In Clark County, home to Las Vegas and 70 percent of state residents, the meetings are at 9 a.m. today - a time that is inconvenient for the city's taxi drivers, waitresses...
  • Minnesota caucuses could be key for Gingrich campaign

    02/03/2012 4:22:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Minnesota Post ^ | February 3, 2012 | Joe Kimball
    Newt Gingrich's presidential ambitions could hinge on the outcome of Tuesday's Minnesota caucuses, along with Colorado's caucus on the same day, says a story in the Huffington Post. Gingrich was leading in recent polls in Minnesota, but he's the only one of the four remaining Republican contenders not to visit the state in the week before the caucuses. The story says Mitt Romney is expected to fare quite well in upcoming contests in Nevada, Michigan and Arizona: But Colorado and especially Minnesota, both non-binding contests to be held on February 7, are different kettles of fish. And they are likely...
  • 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...
  • Why Sarah Palin is right about having a competitive primary season

    02/02/2012 9:51:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 2, 2012 | J.E. Dyer
    The short answer is that Mitt Romney isn’t a small-government conservative. The slightly longer answer is that Barack Obama has been – as he promised to be – a game-changer, and the 2012 election is the one in which libertarian anti-statism will either have a voice in the Republican Party, or will have to do something else. This primary season is a fight for the character of the GOP. The fight is not the perennial standoff between “social cons” and “fiscal cons”; it is a long-postponed dispute over the size and charter of government, and how the GOP will approach...
  • The Gingrich playbook: He expects to be fighting all the way to the GOP convention floor

    02/02/2012 6:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 2, 2012 | Doyle McManus
    Newt Gingrich says he's staying in the Republican presidential race all the way to the GOP convention in August, and that he's willing — even eager — to fight for the nomination on the convention floor. But does he have a chance? Gingrich and his aides seem to think so, and they have a theory of how they can wrest the nomination from Mitt Romney. It begins with pushing Rick Santorum to the sideline and uniting the party's conservative majority behind Gingrich. That's why Gingrich claimed a victory in having turned the campaign into a two-man race in Florida on...
  • 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...
  • Breaking: Democrats Preyed On Immigrants In Ballot Fraud Scandal

    02/02/2012 2:32:26 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 10 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/02/12 | Rusty
    Let's see... Paying for votes? Check. Tricking the mentally disabled? Check. And now, preying on those who struggle with the English language? Check. Democrats in upstate New York seemingly left no stone unturned, no voter they would not swindle, in an attempt to steal past elections. Via the Times Union: Testimony from voters in the city ballot-fraud case revealed the tactics politicians and political operatives used and the promises they made to allegedly convince residents to sign over their voting privileges. By 'politicians and political operatives' they mean 'Democrats and Democrat operatives'. There is after all, no other party on...
  • 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...
  • Prediction: Someone Else will Swoop in, Nab GOP Nomination (Guess who he means?)

    02/01/2012 5:08:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | February 1, 2012 | Mark Berman
    I will start this out by saying that I am usually wrong when I make political predictions (how did that Hillary Clinton-Rudy Giuliani face-off turn out in 2008?). But I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and in the off chance that I happen to be right, I just want it on the record. So here goes… Mitt Romney will not be the Republican nominee for president in 2012. Neither will Newt Gingrich. And certainly not Ron Paul or Rick Santorum. No, the Republican candidate for president will be someone who isn’t even a candidate for president right now....
  • Despite Mitt Romney’s Big Florida Win, the GOP Race Is Not Over

    01/31/2012 11:10:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 1, 2012 | John Avlon
    Romney is being portrayed as having locked up the Republican nomination with his Florida victory, but he’s a long way from the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch, and voters in other states deserve to be heard. Yes, Mitt Romney had a big win in Florida last night. He’s won two of the first four primary states, totaling 84 delegates to date. But he needs 1,144 to clinch the Republican nomination—he’s just 7 percent of the way there. So call off the coronation—give people in the other 46 states a chance to vote. “We’re in the first quarter,” says John Brabender,...
  • 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...
  • Sarah Palin's attack on the GOP establishment

    01/30/2012 8:04:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jon Healey
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stirred the pot again in the GOP presidential campaign, using her Facebook account Friday to blast "the Republican establishment" for using "Alinsky tactics" against her favored candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. I'll leave it to Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic to critique the historical inaccuracies in Palin's rant; he also provides an intriguing but non-scientific sampling of the blowback from Palin's followers in the tea party. I'm more interested in two of Palin's bigger points, one of which is disingenuous, the other right on the money. Taking the latter first, Palin rightly calls out...
  • Good News and Bad News for Gingrich in Florida

    01/30/2012 5:29:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 30, 2012 | Ronald Brownstein
    PLANTATION, Fla. -- With polls showing Mitt Romney on track for a convincing victory in Tuesday's Republican primary in this state, the one silver lining for Newt Gingrich may be the acceleration of a sorting-out process that is driving more prominent conservatives toward the former House speaker as a parade of establishment GOP leaders rally around Romney. The most powerful dynamic in Florida over the past week has been the Romney campaign's success at blunting the momentum from Gingrich's South Carolina win by seeding a gardenful of personal and political doubts about him. But the sheer ferocity (and success) of...
  • Todd Palin to robo-call for Gingrich; Gingrich calls Romney campaign 'pathetic'

    01/30/2012 4:02:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jo Ling Kent
    FORT MYERS, FL--Thousands of Floridians will hear the voice of Todd Palin in their homes tomorrow as they head out to the polls on primary day. The former GOP vice presidential candidate's husband is recording a get-out-the-vote robo-call in support of Newt Gingrich that will go out across the state, campaign spokesman RC Hammond told NBC News. Gingrich also revealed that Todd Palin will campaign on his behalf on the trail, though he did not specific exactly how. "I'm also delighted Todd Palin has agreed to do calls for us and campaign for us," Gingrich told a crowd at Page...
  • Herman Cain and Sarah Palin: Do they still have political clout? (Here it comes!)

    01/29/2012 12:17:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 29, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker
    When the political history of this era is written, two of the most colorful figures are likely to be Sarah Palin and Herman Cain. The once-obscure former governor of Alaska, picked as John McCain’s running mate in 2008, went on to create a Palin-centric industry as public speaker, author, reality TV star, Fox News commentator, and potential presidential candidate who made tons of money while tantalizing millions of tea party supporters around the country with suggestions that she might run this year. She was (still is) catnip to the media. Herman Cain, the businessman who’d never held elective office, similarly...
  • Editorial: GOP keeps having bad days in court

    01/28/2012 8:10:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/28/12 | Editor
    The California Republican Party keeps making matters worse as it struggles against what seems inevitable. On Friday, the California Supreme Court unanimously decided to leave in place state Senate district maps drawn by the voter-created California Redistricting Commission. This was the second time the GOP turned to the court for help, and the second time it was slapped down. The Republicans spent – and probably wasted – $2 million on its drive to qualify a referendum challenging the maps. It's not certain that the measure will qualify for the November ballot.
  • McCain: Gingrich is 'dangerous' candidate

    01/27/2012 12:05:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    KTAR-FM ^ | January 24, 2012
    Newt Gingrich may have pulled out a shock victory in South Carolina, but he has yet to win the heart of one political analyst. "Newt Gingrich is dangerous on many levels," Meghan McCain told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos. The Republican daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain said that Gingrich uses techniques that make the younger McCain dislike politics, including race-baiting. McCain even went so far as to say that, if the election came down to Obama versus Gingrich, she would likely turn to a third-party candidate. "I can't vote for Newt Gingrich," she said. With McCain crossing her...
  • ‘Stop-Newt’ Republicans Confront Base Unwilling to Take Orders

    01/26/2012 4:29:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Bloomberg | January 25, 2012 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
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  • At local stops, Mitt Romney draws applause, but Newt Gingrich gets cheers

    01/25/2012 7:36:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 25, 2012 | Scott Powers
    Different crowds, different tones at events for the 2 top GOP candidates. The two leading Republican presidential candidates came to Central Florida on Wednesday, and their events — and reception by voters — couldn't have been more different. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney showed up at factory in Orlando on Wednesday morning, telling a politely enthusiastic crowd of about 400 that President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night showed that the president is out of touch with America. "We have a president who is detached from reality. He's detached from the people. He's detached from his own...
  • Top Rick Perry surrogate in California now backing Newt Gingrich

    01/24/2012 10:39:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 23, 2012 | Torey Van Oot
    One of former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry's most vocal California backers has thrown his support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's campaign. "I think the people of America want to go back to work more than anything," Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Penn Valley, said today. "Mr Gingrich has the courage and the intelligence to turn the economy around." Logue, who founded the Committee to Draft Rick Perry for President last year, had campaigned for the Texas governor in Iowa earlier this month. He said he decided to endorse Gingrich late last week, after Perry dropped his own campaign and announced...
  • VIDEO: Opening Statement Heard in Upstate New York Voter Fraud Case

    01/24/2012 8:29:43 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 4 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 01/24/2012 | Rusty
    Opening statements were made by both the prosecution and the defense in a massive upstate New York voter fraud case. Special prosecutor, Trey Smith, promises to expose the seedy underbelly of Democratic politics in the city of Troy, something other Democrats already charged in the case have referred to as 'normal political tactics.' The trial involves Democrat Board of Elections Commissioner Ed McDonough, and former Councilman Michael LoPorto, who combined, face over 100 total charges that include second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and second-degree criminal possession. Smith has claimed that Democrats 'went for a power grab...
  • Jesse Kelly to Run in Arizona Special Election

    01/24/2012 3:46:31 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Roll Call ^ | January 24, 2012 | Abby Livingston
    Jesse Kelly, who narrowly lost to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) in 2010, is running again in the upcoming 8th district special election, according to two sources. “I would say an announcement is imminent,” said an insider close to the Iraq War veteran. Giffords beat Kelly by only 2 points in 2010, in what was an overall terrible political climate for Democrats. Another source close to Kelly described Giffords as the strongest possible Democratic candidate and indicated Democrats would have difficulty finding a nominee with her charm, name identification and fundraising prowess.
  • Gingrich Challenges Obama to 7, 3-Hour Debates

    01/21/2012 10:07:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 21, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano
    A victorious Newt Gingrich declared his improbable victory in South Carolina a “very humbling and very sobering” experience while challenging President Barack Obama to a series of seven, three-hour debates if he becomes the GOP nominee. “The biggest thing I take from the campaign in South Carolina is that it is very humbling and very sobering to have so many people who so deeply want their country to get back on the right track,” acknowledged Gingrich with his wife, Callista, by his side. Gingrich, who is often criticized for being overly bombastic, was nothing if not humble in his victory...
  • Newt Gingrich Three wives='No Moral Imperative'vs.Mitt Romney Bain & USA's Riteousness-John Roco-ZOT

    01/21/2012 1:11:04 PM PST · by John Roco · 55 replies
    Youtube ^ | Saturday January 21, 2012 | John Roco
    John Roco argues that a pattern of increasing power enabling access to a female 'of more desire to him' has defined Newt Gingrich for the election, debates, presidential race of 2012, as well as leaving a wife when she was 'baggage' of being ill, and seemingly not to serve his purposes. John Roco also argues of Newt Gingrich's attack ability at debates, whether South Carolina, Florida or future, actually becomes an extreme deficit of one who would want to be leader of our nation, needing to 'contain' outbursts and expressions of ego empowerment. Admiral Patrick Walsh is mentioned as one...
  • Upstate New York Republicans Deny That Voter Fraud is 'A Normal Political Tactic'

    01/18/2012 8:58:18 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 14 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 1/17/12 | Rusty
    As the city of Troy, NY, awaits jury selection in the first trial involving two Democrats and their alleged roles in a "massive"voter fraud scheme, new details have emerged from the investigation. Details involving two other veteran political operatives that have already pleaded guilty. According to a recent Fox News report, Anthony Renna, a Democrat guilty of second-degree forgery, and Anthony DeFiglio, a Democrat guilty of first-degree falsifying business records, are trying to drag all local politicians, regardless of party affiliation, down with the ship. Thus far, eight people have been charged in connection with the ballot fraud investigation, four...
  • The Uphill Climb a ‘Draft Palin’ Effort Would Face Today

    01/18/2012 10:58:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | January 18, 2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A couple of Sarah Palin fans are looking at today’s article about the proposed, and ultimately dismissed, idea of writing in Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, or Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan in New Hampshire’s primary and wondering whether to try to write in Palin in the remaining GOP primaries and caucuses. If a Draft Palin movement were to begin in earnest, the best-case scenario for leave the former Alaska Governor with a decent number of delegates, but not enough to win the nomination — unless she pulled off the Tebow-esque political miracle of winning a significant number...
  • Roco announces U.S. Senate candidacy

    01/16/2012 10:45:31 PM PST · by John Roco
    Hawaii 24/7 ^ | January 16, 2012 | MEDIA RELEASE by John Roco
    MEDIA RELEASE John Roco, a counselor on Oahu, is also a sometime church pianist and cantor for Sunday mass and founder of ‘Saint Damien Advocates’ – a nonprofit defending Catholic works from closure of adoptive and foster care services due to new gay non -discrimination laws (e.g., H.R.1681, ‘Every Child Deserves a Family Act’). Family values are not given ‘lip service;’ instead, Roco’s website is thoroughly ‘family.’ His son designed the site, took and arranged the photos at ‘homepage,’ and put together a video explaining H.R. 1681. His daughter, Eileen, is a 2010 Nene award winner and contributes with political...
  • Clinton backers want her to seek the presidency (RuPaul/Hillary 2012?)

    01/14/2012 7:21:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | January 14, 2012 | Anna M. Tinsley
    Four years hasn't been long enough to forget. Some supporters of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid, including Texans, remain bitter over how the last primary turned out, and they want their candidate back on the ballot this year, one way or another. Petitions are being circulated to encourage Clinton to resign as secretary of state and run for president; write-in efforts are under way to put her name at the top of the ballot. Some say they wouldn't mind if President Barack Obama did what has long been whispered: swap the jobs of Clinton and Joe Biden, making Clinton the...
  • Confessions of a Neocon

    01/13/2012 7:47:07 AM PST · by Billlknowles · 19 replies
    WeArePolitics ^ | 1/13/2012 | Bill Knowles
    The first time one of Ron Paul's supporters called me a Neocon I was insulted and hacked off which was exactly the response the name caller was looking for. However since then, the more times I have been called that the more enamored to it I have become. Yes....I admit it...I am a Neocon. Thank you for labeling me as such, all you napalm spreading Paul-ites who are the self-proclaimed "Defenders of the Faith", "Proclaimers of the Truth" and "The Founding Fathers Favorites". Your name calling has finally produced something meaningful. The American Heritage Dictionary's definition of neoconservativism is "an...
  • Obama’s re-election and other perilous predictions for 2012 (Huckabee will be Milt's VP pick?)

    01/08/2012 1:32:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 8, 2012 | Andrew Steele
    Predictions in politics and government are a fool’s game. The systems involved are chaotic and complex. The players change motive or exit the game unexpectedly. Choices are made for reasons that are often hidden, illogical or against one’s own self interest. Despite this, last year I went out on a limb with 10 perilous predictions for 2011. Surprisingly, eight of the ten guesses are generally correct, albeit some achieving the predicted result in different ways than envisaged. For instance, Stephen Harper did get his majority, but at the expense of the Liberals, rather than through NDP losses. Gas prices failed...
  • So powerful in 2010, the Tea Party this time around has missing in action: Is the Tea Party over?

    01/07/2012 9:30:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 2+ views
    WFTS-TV ^ | January 7, 2012 | Brendan McLaughlin
    TAMPA - Two years ago in the midterm elections, the Tea Party dominated the conversation -- and the results at the polls. But this time around, with the presidency at stake, the Tea Party is making very little noise. And that's making some people wonder if the Party's over. With Sarah Palin at the helm, and a legion of newly energized voters, the Tea Party wielded enormous clout in 2010, sending favored sons and daughters like Rand Paul of Kentucky and Nikki Haley of South Carolina to Congress. The defeats of Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell show that they didn't...
  • Predicting Obama-Clinton squeaks by Romney-Ryan (With help fron Ron Paul)

    01/07/2012 9:10:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Iowa City Press-Citizen | January 6, 2012 | Bruce Wheaton
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  • Congressional Candidate Dr. Dan Eichenbaum secures iCaucus Endorsement

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Asheville, NC (December 20, 2011) — With an approval rating of 95%, Dr. Dan Eichenbaum recently became the first and only congressional candidate for North Carolina’s District 11 to be endorsed by national citizen-led vetting organization Independent Caucus. The ICaucus process required Eichenbaum to submit his candidacy to the independent vetting process that includes a background check, completion of a related questionnaire, and recorded interview. This information was then made available to IC affiliate groups consisting of five grassroots organizations in the district for review, discussion and vote. Eichenbaum said, “We have an incumbency problem in Washington...
  • Sarah Palin to keynote CPAC

    01/05/2012 5:56:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 5, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    For the past four years, she has swayed, danced and dodged around the Conservative Political Action Conference, but, this year, Sarah Palin says she has committed to deliver the keynote address Feb. 11, the last day of the conference. ABC’s The Note recounts the rocky history between the former vice presidential candidate and CPAC’s sponsor, the American Conservative Union: She declined to keynote the event in 2011, citing a scheduling conflict. But her refusal to participate fueled speculation that she wasn’t going because of GOProud, a gay Republican group, that planned to attend. She denied that was the case. Her...
  • Republicans?

    01/05/2012 4:09:01 AM PST · by VaConstitution · 16 replies
    TeaPartyConstitutionalists ^ | 01-02-2012 | Journal of Constitutional Reset from Virginia
    We need to actively recruit members to the Republican party.  To this end an oath/affirmation by EVERY member of the Republican party to support republican principle and the constitutionally republican rule-of-law would be useful in establishing party honor, unity and diligent enthusiasm:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “I, _______,  believe, as do all true members of the Republican Party :1) That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice, That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society, (Tea Party Free Markets core value)2)...
  • Palin to Cavuto: If Candidates Don’t Get Passionate about Reforms Someone Will Enter the Race

    01/04/2012 9:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | January 4, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    Sarah Palin appeared on Fox Business News Tuesday night and talked with Neil Cavuto. Pretty much what you expect, until the end. When asked about the chance of her entering the presidential race, she get’s pretty fired up. You can tell that, like many of us, she’s frustrated with these candidates. Frustrated they aren’t talking reform and offering real solutions. It should be noted that Bill Kristol, who recently made a plea for those who declined to run to reconsider, was on Fox News later naming Sarah as someone who should. (VIDEO AT LINK)
  • Sen. Sam Blakeslee unlikely to run again if current maps upheld

    01/04/2012 4:41:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 1/4/12 | Torey Van Oot
    GOP Sen. Sam Blakeslee has started publicly signaling that he might not run for re-election this year. The San Luis Obispo Republican told Bee sister paper The San Luis Obispo Tribune that his decision is tied to the fate of the new district maps drawn by the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Democrats now hold a 16-point registration edge over Republicans in the central coast swing seat Blakeslee won in a 2010 special election. But critics of the new Senate maps have collected hundreds of thousands of voter signatures in an attempt to ask voters to reject the districts next fall....
  • Michele Bachmann's campaign is in last place and she will be the first one out

    01/03/2012 1:59:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 3, 2012 | John Presta
    Michele Bachmann had high hopes going into this Presidential campaign. She saw herself as the second coming of Sarah Palin. A new and improved version of Sarah Palin. Unfortunately, Bachmann is not a new Sarah Palin nor an improved Sarah Palin. Michele Bachmann is in last place in most of the polling. Every recent poll put Bachmann in last place heading into the caucuses, a far cry from her summer win in a state GOP straw poll. But top campaign advisers vowed she would prove the recent surveys wrong by activating a support network built through her visits to small...
  • Outside observers (Barbour, Cain, Daniels and Palin suggest campaign strategery)

    01/02/2012 11:56:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Concord Monitor / The Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2012 | Ben Leubsdorf and Monitor staff
    If any Republican presidential candidates are looking for last-minute advice before the Iowa caucuses, Sarah Palin, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour and Herman Cain have some thoughts. The Washington Post asked the four politicians Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee; Daniels, the Indiana governor who passed on a presidential run; Barbour, the Mississippi governor who also passed on a White House bid; and Cain, who suspended his campaign last month for tips. Barbour wrote it should be all about President Obama and his policies: "If I were campaigning, I'd talk about how his policies have made economic growth and job creation...
  • Who Are the 25 Most Powerful Unelected People in America? (They know Palin would head the list)

    01/01/2012 6:11:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Nieman Watchdog ^ | January 1, 2012 | Barry Sussman
    I got an email from my nephew Daniel Sussman the screenwriter. He has been living in Greece for a while and thus has a calm, detached perspective on what’s going on in American politics. He wrote: Okay, maybe this is naive, but… Just about every sane person is (or a significant number of people are) appalled by the field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination. I would like to know two things: 1. Who are the Republican politicians who are better qualified? Who are the statesmen? These people must exist. And if they don’t, make them up. Maybe they’re...
  • Iowa caucus counting moved due to ‘Occupy Caucus’ concerns

    12/28/2011 1:52:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2011 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Iowa’s Republican Party will count this year’s caucus results at a secret location in response to security concerns, according to multiple reports. The Occupy Caucus movement, organized by Occupy Wall Street protesters in the Hawkeye State, is gaining steam and could potentially disrupt the caucus votes taking place next week. “The Iowa GOP is taking additional safeguards to ensure the caucus results are tabulated and reported to the public in an accurate and timely manner,” Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn told CNN. Occupy Iowa protesters met Wednesday to plan a week of protests timed to hit the Iowa caucus....
  • Political predictions for a fast-moving 2012

    12/26/2011 10:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | December 26, 2011 | Carl P. Leubsdorf
    The pressure is on. Four years ago, I picked Barack Obama to win 353 electoral votes and, twice, I correctly tabbed George W. Bush as a winner, including a 2000 forecast he’d beat Al Gore by four electoral votes. Here is a preview of the road to Nov. 6: January: Texas Rep. Ron Paul edges Mitt Romney in Iowa caucuses, and fast-closing Texas Gov. Rick Perry nips Newt Gingrich for third. Romney rebounds to beat Paul in New Hampshire, but Perry edges former Massachusetts governor in South Carolina, driving Gingrich from the race, and also wins Florida. In his State...
  • When you don’t have the A-Team around (Still kicking Sarah Palin after she went home)

    12/26/2011 10:35:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's The Plum Line ^ | December 26, 2011 | Jonathan Bernstein
    Conservatives are still upset about the GOP presidential field and even still thinking about drafting another candidate, although in fact it’s far too late for that. For example, over at National Review this morning Rich Lowry is pining for…someone, and quotes a conservative he talked to who said “we don’t have our A team on the field.” It’s certainly true that the candidates who have been showing up for debates for the last several months are an unimpressive group. I think, however, that complaints about the field are mostly just an illusion caused by the way the GOP process works...
  • Occupy The Iowa Caucuses (More dirty tricks from Team Obama, SEIU, ACORN and Soros)

    12/20/2011 4:53:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Ology ^ | December 20, 2011 | Noah Rothman
    Occupy Iowa Caucuses Occupy Wall Street is moving on with a variety of 2.0 rebirths with the coming winter months forcing protesters off the streets. Alongside occupying homes targeted by banks for foreclosure and repossession, the three-month old protest movement is targeting the political events of the presidential election year – first on the calendar: the Iowa Caucuses on January 3. The Occupy aligned protesters have a plan, according to the event’s website, to register as Republicans or Democrats on caucus day and submit their vote for “uncommitted.” We cannot consent to this broken system any longer. We will join...