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  • Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running so Hillary Clinton Will Face No Dem Opposition in ’16

    01/15/2014 5:41:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 15, 2014 | Jason Easley
    With Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) joining Elizabeth Warren and other in deciding not to run in 2016, it looks like Hillary Clinton will have no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination in 2016. According to the LA Times, California Gov. Jerry Brown has ruled out another run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, “No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately.” With his impressive record as governor, Brown would have presenting a serious and interesting challenge to Hillary Clinton. However, it is looking more and more like Democrats have decided to clear the field for Hillary in 2016. Last month, Sen....
  • The Ghost of Mitt Romney Returns

    11/03/2013 2:44:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 3, 2013 | Connor Simpson
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday shows almost exactly one year since he lost the election to Barack Obama, only to attack the President and call his second term into question. The former Republican politician wasted no time attacking the President over his rocky Obamacare roll out during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "The president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said, repeating that he thinks a state-by-state healthcare plan would work better. Romney then launched into a greater attack on the President's "you can keep your...
  • Ted Cruz will be president if Democrats listen to Elizabeth Warren, warns Republican

    10/25/2013 10:09:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pareene
    What’s that, Daily Beast? “How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016″? Oh, you are still around, and still doing this sort of thing? That’s great. Let’s take the bait, I guess. Our dutiful “hot take” artist today is David Frum, the famous apostate Republican who has dedicated the last few years to building a new Republican Party that is more moderate, more rational and less dedicated to taking dead-ender stands on cultural issues. He is not, in other words, the sort of Republican Ted Cruz appeals to. Frum has devoted more words to Cruz’s savvy than to his worldview, but...
  • The MSM plan for the GOP & Tea Party: Divide and Conquer

    08/03/2013 11:32:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Da Tech Guy ^ | August 2, 2013 | Da Tech Guy
    Mickey: Stay down, Stay down Rocky 1974 John Rambo: Live for nothing or Die for Something Rambo 2008 I was watching Morning Joe today and as usual the entire table was united in asserting that Ted Cruz and the Tea Party caucus was wrong to consider fighting to de-fund Obamacare highlighting a piece by Krauthammer This is about tactics. If I thought this would work, I would support it. But I don’t fancy suicide. It has a tendency to be fatal. They stressed the wisdom of Krauthammer’s assertion that the GOP should not fight. It seemed an odd assertion since...
  • Who wins if Hillary doesn't run in 2016? Some Dems crossing fingers that Clinton sits this one out

    05/05/2013 12:52:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Week ^ | May 2, 2013 | Keith Wagstaff
    A new Quinnipiac poll comparing potential Democratic candidates for 2016 comes to a familiar conclusion: Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run, would absolutely dominate the competition. The poll has 65 percent of potential Democratic voters picking Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee in 2016. That's in line with multiple recent polls — including from Gallup, PPP, and PublicMind — showing Clinton as the overwhelming favorite in a Democratic primary. What's interesting about the Quinnipiac poll is that it conducted a separate survey in which Clinton was removed from the race. Which Democrats come out on top if Clinton decides...
  • Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect scarier than attack

    04/29/2013 5:09:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said the law enforcement that swarmed around Boston in the days following the marathon bombings was scarier than the actual terrorist attack. “The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city,” he said on the Lew Rockwell website, Politico reported. “This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.” The terror attacks on April 15 in Boston killed three and injured 264. Mr. Paul, a former libertarian political candidate who served in Congress as...
  • Battenfeld: Political ploy masked as gratitude? No thank you (Dem Chairwoman DWS, naturally)

    04/23/2013 9:19:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | April 23, 2013 | Joe Battenfeld
    You knew it would happen eventually, but so soon? It took only one week for a partisan group — in this case the Democratic Party — to turn the terror bombings in Boston into a crass political ploy. Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was behind this tasteless tactic, sending out an email and tweet asking people to sign a supposed “thank you note” to the first responders. That would be nice except for the fact that in order to “sign” the note, you have to give the Democratic party your email account and ZIP code. “We’ll collect every...
  • Gov. Tom Ridge: Pat Toomey had 'a lot of courage' on gun bill

    04/19/2013 12:40:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | April 18, 2013 | John L. Micek
    Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge believes the Obama White House can draw some useful lessons from Wednesday's defeat of a bill extending background checks on most firearms purchases. Ridge took a few minutes to chat Thursday about the lessons of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's rising national profile and where gun-control advocates go next after Wednesday's vote. Here's the transcript of the interview: Q: In the hours after the Boston Marathon attacks, there was a rush to judgment, both in the press and in social media, about the identity of the alleged...
  • After Boston, Congressman Urges Caution on Immigration Reform

    04/16/2013 12:10:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | April 16, 2013 | Robert Costa
    Representative Steve King of Iowa, a prominent House conservative, says Congress should be cautious about rushing immigration reform, especially after Monday’s bombing in Boston, where three people were killed. “Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.” On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold. “We...
  • NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Points Finger At Senate GOP In Wake Of Explosions, Takes It Back

    04/15/2013 2:34:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 15, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    In the immediate aftermath of the multiple explosions that rocked the Copley Square area of Boston during this afternoon’s marathon, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof took to Twitter to say that the tragic events are a “reminder” of how Senate Republicans blocked the appointment of a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “[E]xplosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment,” he tweeted with a link to a Washington Post article on the Senate GOP’s threats to put a hold on President Obama‘s nomination for a...
  • $22 minimum wage: Could it pass Congress? (+video)

    03/19/2013 10:58:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 19, 2013 | Peter Grier
    Should the minimum wage be $22 an hour? That’s what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts suggested at a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Here’s her logic: If you took the minimum wage from 1960 and indexed it for workers’ gains in productivity, it would be $22 an hour today. And why shouldn’t employees reap the benefits of their own improved labor practices?, she asked at the hearing, rhetorically. Today, the actual minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. “What happened to the other $14.75? It sure didn’t go to the worker,” Senator Warren...
  • O’Donnell Eulogizes ‘Lobbyist’ Scott Brown’s Political Career With Elaborate Sarah Palin Analogy

    03/12/2013 12:19:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 11, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    “This is Scott Brown’s full Palin.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell used his “Rewrite” segment Monday night to pay tribute to Scott Brown‘s political career, which he deemed dead today after the former Massachusetts senator and one-time GOP presidential prospect announced that he would be taking a job with Boston law firm Nixon Peabody. O’Donnell reviewed Brown’s short span in the political spotlight, from his unexpected ascent to Ted Kennedy‘s old Senate seat to his recent loss to Sen. Elizabeth Warren after a hard-fought and very expensive campaign. Since the election, Brown has taken a job as a Fox News contributor and...
  • People in MA are excited about Romney victory

    10/31/2012 2:36:05 PM PDT · by indubz · 32 replies
    So I live south of Boston. I have a LOT of friends who are former liberals, who voted for O in 2008, alot of them are either not voting this cycle, or in some cases are ACTIVELY contributing to Romney's campaign, by either voting or going up to volunteer in NH!! NONE of them are supporting Obummer. Now if this isn't a clear indication, give that this is a clear blue state, I don't know what is, that we are about to witness a Romney landslide!
  • Women, including ex-Cabinet members, rally behind Romney and 'binder' project

    10/17/2012 5:09:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    Mitt Romney’s second-in-command when he was governor of Massachusetts and a coalition of women's groups rallied Wednesday behind the Republican presidential nominee in the face of a rapidly expanding Internet phenomenon poking fun at his "binders full of women." The supporters said Romney, indeed, asked for and received binders with name of potential female candidates for high-level posts -- backing up his claim in Tuesday night's debate that as governor he had reached out to women's groups because he was dissatisfied with the mostly male applicants for jobs in his administration. Romney's anecdote, in which he recalled receiving "binders full...
  • Religious intolerance an insult to all: Kerry

    09/21/2012 8:20:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | September 21, 2012 | Our Correspondent
    WASHINGTON: US Senator John Kerry said on Thursday that religious intolerance is an insult to everybody and condemned senseless intolerance exhibited in the anti-Islam video following a meeting. Senator Kerry made the remarks following an hour-long meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Ambassador Sherry Rehman on Capitol Hill. Other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also attended the meeting. “All of us in the US, all of us condemn this senseless intolerance exhibited by the video which very few Americans have seen. We feel it is without any legitimacy, any potential redeeming quality. It is an insult...
  • Kerry Dismisses Romney As “Out Of Touch” In DNC Speech

    09/07/2012 6:16:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry dismissed Republican Mitt Romney as “out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad and out of the mainstream” in a Democratic National convention speech that’s the Democrat’s audition of sorts for secretary of state if President Barack Obama is re-elected. The 2004 presidential nominee praised Obama for ending the war in Iraq, ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden, helping to end Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya and standing with Israel. “Our opponents like to talk about ‘American Exceptionalism.’ But all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional not...
  • Anti-Obama Billboards The Talk Of Hanson (Massachusetts!!)

    08/30/2012 1:41:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | August 30, 2012
    Free speech or offensive? Those are two viewpoints regarding three political billboards in Hanson that are getting the attention of everyone who drives by Sullivans Inc., a motorcycle accessories distributor off Route 27. One shows a little girl raising her middle finger next to the message: “Thanks Obama. You’ve spent my lunch money, my allowance, my inheritance, 35 years of future paychecks and my retirement. You Jerk. Vote Mitt Romney For 2012!” The finger is now covered in packing tape. Some people say the sign makes them uncomfortable. “It’s being offensive,” one man told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Thursday. ”I think...
  • Ron Paul and Tea Party supporters rally before Republican National Convention

    08/27/2012 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 63 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2012-08-27 | Patton@Bastogne
    . NBC News : Free Republic's Patton@Bastogne calls-out Myth Romney as a "Pathelogical Political Liar" at the Tampa 2012 GOP Convention ... Patton@Bastogne calls-out Myth Romney as a "Pathelogical Political Liar" in Tampa ...(click) Internet Link: .
  • Team Obama responds to special ops criticism via John Kerry (Seriously?!)

    08/17/2012 5:46:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Earlier this week, a group of former special forces and intelligence agents launched a media campaign criticizing President Obama for the White House’s poor handling of sensitive national-security information and for Team Obama persistently using the death of Osama bin Laden as a subject for bragging rights. The Obama campaign can’t have that — Obama almost certainly plans to bring up his daring OBL raid during any foreign policy discussions we have on our way to November, and members of the military and intelligence community rallying in criticism of Obama’s national-security creds would certainly put a damper on that. I’d...
  • Poll - Romney seen as more 'mainstream' than Obama

    06/03/2012 12:19:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | Kerry Picket
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is seen as more 'mainstream' than President Barack Obama according to a Rasmussen poll posted on Sunday morning: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that 52% say it’s more accurate to describe the putative Republican nominee’s views as mainstream, while 30% regard them as extreme. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. When it comes to the president's political views, 45% of voters say they're in the mainstream, but an identical 45% say it's more accurate to describe them as extreme. This same poll, however, showed that voters are equally...
  • Cherokees hammer Elizabeth Warren on ancestry claim ahead of Mass. party convention

    06/02/2012 6:53:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 2, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    As Massachusetts Democrats meet at their nominating convention today, some members of the Cherokee Nation are stepping up a campaign to get answers about candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claims of tribal ancestry – a sideshow controversy that has nevertheless begun to wobble one of the most closely-watched Senate campaigns in the country. This week, Indian reporters say they were snubbed by Warren’s campaign as they sought clarification on why Ms. Warren was listed as a minority Native faculty by Harvard in the 1990s, even though she has no evidence to back that claim and apparently never sought out other Native Americans...
  • Barney Frank: The President Has Really Turned Around The ‘Mess of The Economy’

    05/31/2012 8:49:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 31, 2012 | Becket Adams
    During an interview with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) discussed everything from the Trayvon Martin shooting, to gay marriage, to his upcoming retirement. And while none of these are surprising for this congressman to talk about, the eye-opening moment occurred when he said (with a straight face) that president Obama has helped “turn around the mess of the economy.” Really? “When you look at the election, you look at the campaign season here,” Malveaux said, “What do you think President Obama has done right, that he’s gotten right? And what do you think he really needs to work...
  • Romney’s Electoral College prospects bright — still

    05/28/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | May 28, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Not too long ago pundits were arguing that Mitt Romney’s path to 270 electoral votes was “narrow.” We didn’t buy it. Lo and behold, conventional wisdom has now changed. The Associated Press writes: “Warning signs for Obama on tight path to 270.” The AP explains: Obama’s new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin offer opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 if he’s to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to oust the incumbent in November. Iowa, which kicked off the campaign in January, is now expected to be tight to the...
  • Kennedy Helped Shape Romney’s Career, and Still Haunts It

    03/24/2012 6:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 24, 2012 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    When Gov. Mitt Romney signed legislation in April 2006 requiring most Massachusetts residents to have health coverage, Senator Edward M. Kennedy stood by his side, beaming like a proud father. They were onstage at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, a setting that had a special resonance for the two. Twelve years earlier, they shared that stage as opponents in a bitter Senate race. Back then, Mr. Romney accused Mr. Kennedy of waging “untrue, unfair and sleazy” personal attacks. Now, the Republican governor was introducing the liberal Democratic senator as “my collaborator and friend.” Mr. Romney’s complicated relationship with Mr. Kennedy,...
  • This Is How Romney Wins (Sarah Palin/Mitch Daniels unity ticket?)

    03/01/2012 10:10:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | Ross Douthat
    I’ve been struck, in the aftermath of Michigan and Arizona, by how many political journalists have made arguments like the following from New York’s John Heilemann, which emphasizes Mitt Romney’s continued weakness and vulnerability: … the shirts versus skins schism that has emerged as a defining feature of the Republican electorate will be sharper in many of the ten states that vote [on Super Tuesday]. In Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Alaska, more than half the voters going to the polls are likely to be Evangelicals (whereas in Michigan the percentage was just 39 percent). In all those states, Romney...
  • Poll: Romney Slips in Michigan. (Milt 31%, Newt 26%)

    01/30/2012 1:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2012 | Janet Adamy
    Mitt Romney, once seen as a sure bet to win the Michigan Republican presidential primary, now appears locked in a surprisingly tight race with challenger Newt Gingrich. Michigan is home turf for the former Massachusetts governor. His late father, George Romney, was a popular governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, and the younger Romney grew up in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. But with the state’s primary approaching on Feb. 28, Mr. Romney’s lead remains small, given his home-court advantage. A poll released last week by the Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV found that 31% of likely voters supported Mr....
  • 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...
  • 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 —...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Former Intern Says Gay Flier Was Campaign Lit (Romney "gay pride" flier from 2002)

    01/30/2012 2:35:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 9, 2012 | Andrew Kaczynski
    The Romney yesterday campaign denied knowing about a 2002 flier distributed by the Romney campaign during Gay Pride Week in Massachusetts while he was running for Governor. Fehrnstrom told the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, "I don't know where those pink flyers came from. I was the communications director on the 2002 campaign. I don't know who distributed them... I never saw them and I was the communications director." Fehrnstrom continued "I never saw them and I never approved them. I'm not quite sure where they came from." But a former Romney campaign volunteer who is now a fiscal policy scholar...
  • Saul Alinsky and the Romneys' Progressive Activism

    01/26/2012 3:21:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Andrew Brietbart's Big Government ^ | January 25, 2012 | Dan Riehl
    Mitt Romney’s father, liberal Republican George Romney, met with and endorsed infamous progressive activist Saul Alinsky; meanwhile, in a defense of Mitt Romney against charges of racism, the National Black Chamber of Commerce points out the significant influence the elder Romney had on son Mitt and credits the Romneys for a long history of progressive activism. Emphasis mine. No, Mitt Romney is not a racist. As I researched history, over the years I have come to find that the opposite is the case. The Romney Family has a legacy of pro-civil rights, progressive activism and an understanding of how poverty...
  • Insiders Divided Along Party Lines Over Impact of Primary on Romney

    01/20/2012 2:37:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal's Hotline On Call ^ | January 20, 2012 | Taylor West and Peter Bell
    If frontrunner Mitt Romney survives the Republican primary process and becomes the party's presumptive nominee, a majority of Democrats surveyed in this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll say he will enter the general election campaign a weaker candidate than when he began his run. But by an overwhelming margin, Republican Insiders feel the primary campaign has been a benefit, leaving Romney stronger and more prepared to take on President Obama. (GRAPH AT LINK) Many Republicans feel the primary process has been a critical pressure-test for Romney's campaign skills, resulting in a more honed and prepared candidate. "He has weathered...
  • Sen. DeMint Not Ready to Endorse Romney (Author thinks he will endorse Ron Paul!)

    01/18/2012 7:45:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | January 18, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    In a recent article published by The Daily Beast, its Washington bureau chief, Howard Kurtz, reasoned that if “moderate” Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination for President, he’ll need to choose a running mate with the conservative bona fides to balance the ticket. While the notion that Mitt Romney is "on the verge of sewing up the Republican nomination" is still just a neo-con fantasy (especially in light of Ron Paul’s surging poll numbers and his respectable showing in Iowa and New Hampshire), pundits and soi disant opinion makers have suggested that the former Governor of Massachusetts choose a VP...
  • ˇMexican Mitt! Romney makes appeal to Latino voters, can literally be Mexican if he wanted

    01/16/2012 11:59:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    WBEZ-FM ^ | January 11, 2012 | Achy Obejas
    A funny thing is happening to Mitt Romney on his way to Florida: ˇHe is becoming so aware of Latino voters, that he’s practically becoming Latino himself! Oh, wait, amigos -- ˇMitt is suddenly so Latino that he’s eligible for Mexican citizenship! żYou think I’m kidding? Although up to now about the only time he’s mentioned Latinos is to say NO (a word conveniently the same in both English and Spanish), in one of his last appearances in New Hampshire, ˇhe dropped the little known fact that his dad was born in Mexico! Yup, suddenly, Romney’s so one of us,...
  • Limbaugh - Donna Brazile Lets the Cat Out of the Bag: Dems Want to Run Against Romney

    01/09/2012 12:09:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 1+ views
    EIB Network ^ | January 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There is a story on the Drudge Report today from Sarah Palin in which Sarah Palin says that the White House wants Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee. Now, not only did I tell you that the Broncos were gonna beat the Steelers, for months I have been telling you that the Democrats want Romney -- and you all know it. You've been listening here and you've heard people call me and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about, that I'm full of it, that they're scared of Romney. "Romney is the only guy...
  • Romney's top donor: Goldman Sachs, Ron Paul's top donor: US Army

    01/02/2012 10:06:05 AM PST · by packback · 75 replies
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 1.2.12 | Andy Booker
    Mitt Romney's top ten is made up of Goldman Sachs, followed by Credit Suisse (Switzerland), Morgan Stanley, Barclays (UK), Bank of America and JP Morgan. In contrast Romney's co-frontrunner in Iowa, Ron Paul, has a top three donor list made up of the US Army, US Navy and US Airforce.
  • Romney on Gingrich: I don't know why he's so angry.... (He'd vote for Ron Paul)

    12/28/2011 9:24:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN's The Situation Room ^ | December 28, 2011 | Wolf Blitzer
    CNN's Wolf Blitzer sat down with Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney to talk about a wide range of issues from Mrs. Romney’s health to who convinced Mitt Romney to run for president again. Highlights from the interview are after the jump. Please credit all usage of the interview to CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer EMBEDDABLE VIDEO: Romney: I would vote for Ron Paul EMBEDDABLE VIDEO: Romneys discuss their darkest hour Highlight: Romney on Newt Gingrich THIS IS A RUSH FDCH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. M. ROMNEY:...
  • Barney Frank’s exit sets off scramble on Hill

    11/29/2011 10:10:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 29, 2011 | Hillary Chabot, Dave Wedge and Chris Cassidy
    Cranky liberal standard-bearer U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s bombshell retirement announcement sent shock waves rippling through the Bay State and set the stage for an epic national clash as Democrats and Republicans prepare to do battle over a seat that until yesterday seemed staunchly and securely blue, observers said. “It will be a fun race to watch — at least fun from a distance,” said U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville), who said Democrats are launching a major push to recapture the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. “It’s not the only race in the country that both sides will be...
  • 10 Reasons Romney is Wrong for Republicans

    10/30/2011 4:43:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Dakota Voice ^ | October 28, 2011 | Bob Ellis
    Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt has compiled 10 good reasons why Christians should reject Mitt “RomneyCare” Romney as a Republican candidate for president. Those 10 reasons are just as relevant and applicable for Republicans in general as they are for Christians, because in all those ways, Romney is inconsistent with Republican values and the GOP platform. This is a quick summary, but you can read the full list with details at WorldNetDaily: 1.Romney forced homosexual marriage upon Massachusetts. 2.Romney is pro-abortion. 3.Romneycare is the reason we have Obamacare. 4.Romney opposes our Second Amendment rights. 5.Romney appoints liberal Democrats as judges. 6.Mitt...
  • Game on: Elizabeth Warren stands by Occupy Wall Street (Massachusetts US senate race)

    10/26/2011 6:33:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's The Plum Line ^ | October 26, 2011 | Greg Sargent
    Yesterday I noted here that national Republicans have opened up a new front in the Massachusetts Senate race by attacking Elizabeth Warren for embracing Occupy Wall Street—the latest effort to turn blue collar whites and independents against the protests and their populist message. Republicans are seeking to tie Warren directly to protesters who clashed with cops in Massachusetts, an effort to exploit a cultural fault line between working class whites and liberal activists that has been key to our politics for decades. This is the sort of thing that has traditionally spooked Dems, but it appears Warren is standing by...
  • Romney Finally Takes Debt Stance (Wow! Profiles in Courage!)

    08/01/2011 3:05:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    FITS News ^ | August 1, 2011
    Goaded by his rivals, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has finally staked out his position on the controversial deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. Perhaps not surprisingly, the GOP frontrunner opposes the plan and places the blame for the “crisis” squarely on the shoulders of U.S. President Barack Obama. Color us stunned … “As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table,” Romney said on Monday. “President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the...
  • 2012: Romney reveals his VP shortlist?

    07/27/2011 12:54:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 27, 2011
    “Add GOP presidential candidates to the list of Republicans who aren't thrilled by House Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt limit,” USA Today writes, adding, “Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said Tuesday that Boehner's approach is ‘wrong.’ … Ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney praised Boehner, but not the plan. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul told Politico yesterday that Romney ‘applauds’ Boehner for ‘standing firm against raising taxes when our nation can least afford them.’ Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman was the first GOP presidential candidate to come out with a statement Monday supporting Boehner. He called it a ‘good first step.’” Pawlenty...
  • In Iowa, Bachmann, Paul, Palin on the Rise: Romney can't capitalize w/Huckabee, Trump, out of race

    07/13/2011 5:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | July 13, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A poll unveiled this week from American Research Group shows that three Republican presidential candidates -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska -- are gaining serious momentum in Iowa, site of the first presidential caucus. Bachmann, who declared her candidacy in June and has been surging in polls at both the national and state levels, topped the poll with 21 percent. Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts placed second with 18 percent. Paul, who was the Libertarian candidate in 1988 and ran for the Republican nomination in...
  • Could Romney’s Woman Problem Get Even Worse?

    07/03/2011 9:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 3, 2011 | Nicole Coulter
    In the past few weeks we’ve seen the media scrambling to promote a cat fight between Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. As the UK’s Telegraph recently wrote: The first shots have been fired in what could become an ugly battle between Sarah Palin and her potential rival Michele Bachmann for the Republican presidential nomination. [...] A Republican consultant who declined to be named because he is aligned with a rival camp, said: “The claws are out. It’s the cat fight everyone has been waiting for – Queen Sarah being taken on by the Palin mini-me.” This is all obviously designed...
  • Romney says he can work with Democrats (Do tell!)

    06/27/2011 6:42:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Reporting from Concord, N.H.— As Democratic and Republican leaders in Washington struggled to find agreement on spending cuts and extending the debt limit, Mitt Romney struck a conciliatory note in New Hampshire on Monday by lamenting partisan feuding while touting his record of working with Democrats -- even the Senate's onetime liberal lion Edward M. Kennedy. Taking a pause from a fundraising tour for two campaign appearances, Romney faced questions from voters that reflected frustration with the gridlock in Washington. During a business roundtable at a technology company in Salem, state Sen. Chuck Morse pressed Romney to explain how he...
  • McRomney, McHuntsman, and Four More Years of Obama

    06/22/2011 6:04:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 22, 2011 | AWR Hawkins
    Looking at the current GOP field, I share what seems to be the ubiquitous feeling of “blah.” Apart from Michele Bachmann, no one in the field appears to be serious about beating Obama, and the two guys getting the most love from the mainstream media, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, are destined to lose if they secure the Republican nomination. To be honest, just the fact that the mainstream media keeps them front and center should be warning enough for every lucid Republican. After all, this is the same way the media carried John McCain through the primaries in 2008:...
  • Axelrod 'Surprised' by Huntsman Run

    06/19/2011 11:04:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    President Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist is dismissive of the Republicans who want his boss' job, saying they are eager to criticize the Democratic incumbent without offering substantive ways to help the country. David Axelrod says it's too early to start sizing up the competition, but he took on the emerging field of candidates when asked to assess the GOP' first major debate of the campaign season last Monday in New Hampshire. Republicans at that forum condemned Obama's handling of the economy and pledged to repeal his health care overhaul....
  • James Carville: If Sarah Palin Doesn’t Like Answering Questions ‘Then Stay In Alaska’(Loves Milt)

    06/06/2011 11:52:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 6, 2011 | Matt Schneider
    Democratic strategist James Carville spoke with Don Imus this morning about the Republican field of presidential candidates. While Imus joked he had a better chance of being President than Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich, Carville was more interested in sharing his thoughts on Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. Carville though Romney would be a very strong candidate and admitted that based on his record in Massachusetts, “I can almost vote for him.” Imus agreed and humorously suggested, “he probably knows what Paul Revere did.” Imus hesitated to take further jabs at Palin and her view on Paul Revere, instead suggesting...
  • Palin In New Hampshire: Best of luck to you, Mitt!

    06/02/2011 4:22:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 2, 2011 | John Hayward
    Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour just happens to be rolling through New Hampshire today, en route to a big clambake on the Seacoast. Some reporters noticed this is happening on the same day Mitt Romney formally announces his Presidential bid, and asked Palin about it. She told them it was a coincidence, and took the opportunity to wish Romney “more power” and the “best of luck” before teeing off on him. It has been strange listening to some people complain this is unfair to Romney. June 2 is not Mitt Romney Day. If he wants an audience, let him...