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  • Obama's Left always was anti-faith and family

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

    02/20/2012 8:52:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    EIN News ^ | February 20, 2012 | Joe Rothstein
    At various times over the past few months the political media pack has obsessed that, in turn, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, or Newt Gingrich could be the surprise presidential nominee for the Republican Party. There was even a boomlet for Donald Trump. Given that recent pundit history, and with confidence that I can be as wrong as the next person, I’m not at all reluctant to now make my prediction for how the 2012 race for the White House will finally resolve: It will be a three-way contest: Christie and Rubio, the Republicans; Obama and Clinton,...
  • Romney Ariz. campaign advisor quits after announcing he's gay (Sheriff Paul Babeu)

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

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

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

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

    02/16/2012 2:01:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 16, 2012 | Carol Bengle Gilbert
    "All bets are off" as to who might lead the Republican ticket if a brokered convention becomes a reality, Sarah Palin told Eric Bolling, host of Follow the Money, on Wednesday. That's the closest Palin would come to stating her own intentions. Here's what some of the analysts and pundits say about the prospects for Sarah Palin emerging from a brokered convention as the Republican nominee: * "Notice that part of her message was that a brokered convention wouldn't be so bad and guess who could emerge out of a brokered convention, with all of this enthusiasm and energy and...
  • Occupy Wall Street Forms Super PAC Without Any Sense Of Irony

    02/16/2012 12:40:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Ology ^ | February 16, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    Atlantic Wire is reporting that the entity known as Occupy Wall Street is forming a Super PAC to accept unlimited donations and run political advocacy ads. The image above is the actual Federal Election Commission filing for Occupy Wall Street Political Action Committee (sans mask). "We're utterly serious," OWS Treasurer John Paul Thornton told Atlantic. Kudos to Atlantic reporter John Hudson for presumably asking the question, "are you guys serious?" The filing originates from Decatur, Alabama, where, according to the OWS offshoot’s Facebook page, this organization intends to raise money for progressive political candidates including Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren...
  • 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...
  • Is Romney’s campaign running out of money?

    02/16/2012 12:23:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 15, 2012 | Allahpundit
    I’m skeptical, especially if you count his Super PAC as part of his campaign. (And who doesn’t?) But the basic logic makes sense. If you depend heavily on a small-ish base of wealthy donors who are capped by law on how much they can give, then you’d better win early to grow that base before they’re all tapped out. If Santorum bumps him off in Michigan and Romney underperforms on Super Tuesday, it suddenly gets much harder for Mitt to lure big money with the promise of access to the eventual nominee. Romney has proved unable to tap into 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,...
  • McKenna opens 9-point lead on Inslee in governor's race (WA ping)

    02/14/2012 7:20:07 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 14, 2012 | Jim Brunner
    Continuing an early trend in Washington's 2012 governor's race, a new Elway poll finds Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna with a 9-point lead over Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee. The poll, conducted last week, found 45 percent of respondents would "definitely" or "probably" vote for McKenna, compared with 36 percent for Inslee. Pollster Stuart Elway notes one "ominous" sign for Inslee in the poll data: the proportion of voters with a negative impression of him (22 percent) is nearly equal to those with a positive impression (28 percent). By contrast, McKenna has a 3 to 1 ratio of positive to negative...
  • 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...
  • 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...