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  • Mitt Romney may have a woman problem: Doesn't exactly shine when he's up against a female opponent

    07/18/2010 11:17:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Salon ^ | July 18, 2010 | Steve Kornacki
    Oh boy, here we go again. Mitt Romney has his eyes on a major political office -- if only that damned woman would get out of the way! Romney, of course, is running for president in 2012, and has been from the moment he used a comically red meat-laden CPAC speech to depart from the 2008 GOP race. And his prospects, at least for the Republican nomination, aren't bad: He's the next-in-line guy, he'll have plenty of cash, and there just aren't that many other options. But then there's Sarah Palin. She may ultimately decide not to run, but this...
  • Mitt Romney Straps on the Clown Shoes for 2012 (A critique from the Left)

    07/14/2010 9:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 13, 2010 | Charles P. Pierce, Contributing Editor
    BOSTON — I consider myself lucky to have lived in Massachusetts during the years 2003 to 2007, when the Commonwealth (God save it!) was under the barely distinguishable leadership of Willard (Mitt) Romney, an affable parachute artist from Utah who came tumbling into and out of our politics so quickly that it's hard to believe he ever was here. For the most part, Romney was the kind of Republican we'd always liked: He was rich and white, and he wasn't dramatically concerned with either the civil rights of zygotes, or where some men might be putting their pee-pees when Jeebus...
  • The 3-S Test [Surprise! Lefty thinks Mitt, not Sarah, "Safe, Sane and Selfless" candidate for 2012]

    06/03/2010 11:03:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies · 612+ views
    The Pacific Northwest Inlander ^ | June 2, 2010 | Ted S. McGregor Jr. , Editor and Publisher
    Sometime around the time Barack Obama won the White House, I started wondering who would inherit the Republican Party. I have to admit I felt a little schadenfreude when George and Dick drove the GOP off a cliff, but I also named this space “Common Ground” for a reason. We need to focus on what unites us more than the things that divide us. Here’s some common ground: We need two functioning political parties to continue to meet the challenges of our times. Unlike Karl Rove, I don’t want one party to run the country. Hammering out public policy through...
  • A GOP Governor in Massachusetts?

    04/18/2010 3:55:59 PM PDT · by rightbrained · 24 replies · 708+ views
    RHP ^ | 4/18/10
    But let's take a look at the situation here. Current Democratic Governor Deval Patrick, a close ally of President Obama, has helped run the state into the ground after Governor Romney straightened out a lot of the state government. Patrick won 55%-35% in a three-way race in 2006. Now he suffers from anemic approval ratings and in any other state would appear vulnerable. But this is Massachusetts.
  • Mitt Romney would get the John Kerry treatment in 2012

    04/16/2010 7:57:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 465+ views
    The Examiner ^ | April 16, 2010 | John Zorabedian
    Senator John Kerry was hounded by Republicans in 2004 for his flip-flops on the Iraq war, leaving the Democratic presidential nominee looking weak and indecisive. A 2012 race with President Obama would leave Mitt Romney similarly exposed on the healthcare reform issue. Romney's posturing on his own version of healthcare reform -- the Massachusetts law he signed as governor in 2006 -- also makes it much harder for Republicans to call for the repeal of the national healthcare law. Which has some conservatives fretting over Romney's chances, and Democrats salivating. That's the take of columnist Philip Klein at the website...
  • Romney, Outsmarted: ObamaCare dashed Romney's presidential hopes before he's even announced

    03/31/2010 3:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 923+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 31, 2010 | Allysia Finley
    Mitt Romney may end up being the biggest GOP casualty of ObamaCare -- his 2012 presidential hopes dashed before he's even announced a bid. Mr. Romney has continued vociferously campaigning against ObamaCare even while defending a very similar universal health-care plan he signed into law as Massachusetts's governor in 2006. Last week, he inveighed on the National Review blog that "President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation . . . . he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends." Critically, Republicans need to win the presidency in order to...
  • Mitt Romney's Health-Care Dilemma: In Iowa Today Facing New Questions About Authenticity

    03/29/2010 9:43:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 386+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 29, 2010 | Teddy Davis
    Mitt Romney, the once and likely future Republican presidential candidate, is back in Iowa today. The stated purpose of his visit, which includes speeches in Des Moines and Ames, is to promote his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."The broader mission, however, is to begin to reintroduce Romney to the state that holds the first in the nation presidential nominating contest. When Romney ran for president in 2008, his most delicate task was trying to convince social conservatives that he was, in the words of former Romney adviser Mike Murphy, "a pro-life Mormon" who had been "faking...
  • Niki Tsongas is No. 1 target

    03/23/2010 2:15:07 PM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 10 replies · 451+ views
    www.bostonherald.com ^ | Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, whose Merrimack Valley district is a hotbed of Scott Brown independents, has emerged as the top Bay State target for Republicans seeking to tap into health-care rage to topple Democrat incumbents. “Voting for such a partisan and reckless government takeover of health care is a political liability that single-handedly could jeopardize Niki Tsongas’s re-election hopes,” said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Tony Mazzola. “Tsongas ignored voters’ concerns and sided with her partisan Washington leaders” on health care, he added.
  • Romney’s Nomination No Lock (No ****, Sherlock!)

    03/14/2010 2:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 512+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | March 2, 2010 | Alex Knepper
    An ABC News review of Mitt Romney’s new book ends thus: “If history is any guide, however, Romney stands a decent chance of getting his party’s nod. Although he was hurt last time by questions about his authenticity, Republicans have a long tradition of nominating second-time candidates: think Richard Nixon in 1968, Ronald Reagan in 1980, George H.W. Bush in 1988, Bob Dole in 1996, and John McCain in 2008″ This is the conventional wisdom; we’re all used to hearing it. It’s the idea that Republicans nominate the “next-in-line” candidate, or the runner-up from last season’s primaries. It’s superficially plausible....
  • Romney tops bestseller list, but with an asterisk (Many bulk orders, unlike Sarah's "Going Rogue")

    03/13/2010 9:52:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 711+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Mitt Romney's new book has topped the New York Times bestseller list, but with an interesting caveat. The Times has two "dagger" symbols next to "No Apologies," Romney's tome, indicating that "some bookstores report receiving bulk orders." One would assume that the multiple daggers indicate a higher quantity of bulk orders. Such orders could come from conservative book clubs or organizations looking to boost Romney's profile. As Taeggan Goddard notes, Sarah Palin's book topped the bestseller list without ever being accompanied by the "dagger."
  • Romney’s 2012 Blueprint (Frum: Romney=presidential & serious, Palin=catty & self-absorbed)

    03/10/2010 10:33:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 678+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | March 10, 2010 | David Frum
    Mitt Romney’s new book, No Apology, makes a very striking contrast with the most recent book entry by a potential Republican presidential candidate, Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue. Palin’s subject is Palin: her wrongs and grievances. Unlike Palin, Romney cares about the external world. His book is an action plan, not a memoir. It is crammed with factual claims and policy recommendations, with only the lightest sprinkling of self-references. You may have already heard my theory of the two Romneys, Good Romney and Bad Romney. No Apologies is mostly written by Good Romney, but Bad Romney does make himself heard at...
  • Sympathy for the Mittster (NOT!)

    03/05/2010 5:53:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 281+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | March 5, 2010 | Paul Waldman
    I almost feel bad for Mitt Romney. He's obviously a smart guy, and when he was governor of Massachusetts he was pretty much the technocratic kind of governor the voters expected -- not pushing conservative social issues too far, creating a health-care reform that's a lot like what the Obama plan ended up looking like. But since he wants to be president, he has to get past a Republican primary electorate that really doesn't care about smarts and technocratic skill. Identity politics is king in the GOP, and Mitt just doesn't have an identity he can hang his hat on....
  • Senator Brown is unreachable and hiding? Here's an OPEN LETTER TO YOU.

    02/23/2010 2:02:23 PM PST · by pansgold · 46 replies · 1,132+ views
    II / XXIII / MMX | pansgold
    Dear Backslider, Your webpage at senate.gov is missing and your phone message box is filled. Hiding won't help. Let this open letter find you Mr. Brown. Yesterday I received a letter from you Senator which thanked me for my generous contribution to you. Then I learned you plan to vote to continue destroying jobs in Amerika by borrowing more money from the Chinese and wasting it like the last trillion or two... or three. Naturally sliding the debt off on my children and grandchildren. You are a 1 timer so get used to it. Fool me once... NEVER AGAIN! Just...
  • Red army galvanizing in our bluest towns

    02/13/2010 9:56:28 PM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 30 replies · 597+ views
    www.bostonherald.com ^ | Sunday, February 14, 2010 | Jessica Fargen
    The state’s loneliest Republicans - those who languish in the navy blue regions from Northampton to Nantucket - are shaking off their years-long malaise and rebuilding a political machine in the land of Birkenstocks and Priuses. “People are coming out of the woodwork saying, ‘We’ve been Republicans in hiding and now we want to be out and help,’ ” said Jeffrey Hopkins, chairman of the City Republican Committee in the old Democratic union stronghold of Fall River. In the wake of Scott Brown’s victory in his Senate campaign versus Martha Coakley, a surge in interest in the GOP has come...
  • Sen. Scott Brown's First Vote Goes Against Obama

    02/12/2010 11:38:27 AM PST · by pansgold · 6 replies · 547+ views
    The Boston Hearld ^ | II / XII / MMX | pansgold
    It looks like those of us that donated to Scott Brown's run in MA might get our money's worth. Senator Brown opposed ending debate on the nomination of Chicago union lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Brown win has liberals seeing red, feeling blue

    02/06/2010 10:39:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 506+ views
    The Salem News ^ | February 6, 2010 | Barbara Anderson
    The writer Rafael Sabatini once described a character as being "born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." This quotation has become my personal mantra. "Just keep repeating it, Barbara, and your head won't explode," I tell myself. Scott Brown has just been sworn in as our U.S. senator and already he a.) is being urged to run for president in 2012, b.) has inspired a new action doll and c.) was being criticized across the political spectrum before he cast his first vote. I enjoyed his ABC "This Week" interview with Barbara Walters...
  • The State Of President Obama (w/Naples, Florida Tea Party information)

    01/28/2010 9:57:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 349+ views
    The Naples Sun Times ^ | January 28, 2010 | Barry Willoughby
    Barack Obama just finished his first State of the Union Address. Actually, Obama made it clear it's all about him.....not the disgust and mistrust of the people directed towards the federal government. I felt it was bland, unemotional (even though he told countless American stories that allegedly caused him to stay awake at night), and it seemed disingenuous and hollow. Of course his promises of creating jobs and making jobs the number one focus is good news even though this is an issue that should have been the major focus to begin with in 2009. He made sure to promote...
  • Maureen Dowd: Bringing Sexy Back (Compares Brown to Obama)

    01/26/2010 11:13:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,751+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2010 | Maureen Dowd
    He’s The One, all right. The handsome, athletic pol with the comely wife and two lovely daughters who precipitously rose from the State Legislature to pull us all together. The fresh face and disarming underdog America’s been waiting for, someone who suffered through his parents’ divorce, watched his mom go on welfare and survived some wayward youthful behavior to become disciplined and successful — a lawyer, a lawmaker and a devoted family guy who does dog duty. Someone who’s always game for a game of pickup basketball, loves talking sports and even boasts beefcake photos. A pro-choice phenom propelled into...
  • Paul Kirk allowed to vote

    01/25/2010 4:38:59 PM PST · by eh77c · 21 replies · 1,147+ views
    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00001
  • Could Democrats Lose the Senate?

    01/25/2010 3:07:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 703+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | January 25, 2010 | Marc Ambinder
    The decision by Beau Biden not to run for Senate brings to mind an historical parallel. With no Biden in the race, with no Ted Kaufman serving another term, the Democratic candidate is likely to be New Castle County executive Chris Coons. Back in 1972, no Democrat wanted to run against a popular Republican, so a young New Castle County Councilman with no money entered the race. His name: Joe Biden. Historical parallels might be all that Democrats have to hang onto. Rep. Mike Castle (R) is sufficiently popular statewide and has a fairly unimpeachable record of service in Washington....