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  • Analysis: How a Mormon can be U.S. President

    02/02/2011 12:53:42 PM PST · by T Minus Four · 58 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | 01 February 2011 | Jamshid Ghazi Askar
    Now that it's official Jon Huntsman is resigning the U.S. ambassadorship to China effective April 30 (presumably to make a run for the White House), the question du jour becomes whether a candidate's Mormon faith precludes a viable candidacy for the U.S. presidency. Mounting evidence is increasingly pointing to a brave new world where the perceived biases that potentially derailed Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign are dissolving and, lo and behold, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could realistically be elected president of the United States in 2012. The Washington Post currently has two articles...
  • 2012: Romney hits Obama on health care (Anyone see the irony?)

    02/02/2011 12:23:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    MSNBC's First Read ^ | February 1, 2011
    DANIELS: “Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels may not be a household name, but the potential 2012 Presidential contender beat out better-known politicians in a straw poll of Washington state GOP activists over the weekend,” the Seattle Times writes. In the Roanoke Conference straw poll, “Daniels led with 31 percent, well above second-place finisher Mitt Romney of Massachussetts (14 percent.)” “Daniels is reportedly close to making a decision regarding whether he will leave office in order to seek the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination,” The State column writes. “’I think I have got to make up my mind fairly soon,’ Daniels said...
  • The White House Loves Reminding People About RomneyCare

    01/31/2011 8:58:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | January 31, 2011 | Dan Amira
    Mitt Romney may very well be the front-runner for the Republican Party presidential nomination, but the big (as Donald Rumsfeld would put it) "known unknown" looming over his candidacy is to what extent the albatross of RomneyCare — the health-care reform enacted in Massachusetts under Governor Romney in 2006 that is similar in many ways to the reviled ObamaCare — will hinder him in the primaries. Romney will be endlessly assaulted about health-care reform by his primary opponents, and because the White House would prefer to face a divisive tea partier over the more broadly appealing Romney, they'll do their...
  • Many major former Romney supporters not backing him this year?

    01/28/2011 10:06:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2011 | Allahpundit
    Most them aren’t definite no’s, but even if they’re holding out for the time being merely to see who else jumps in, that’s … not encouraging. Some, like Judd Gregg, may end up endorsing him anyway but might want to see if Daniels (or Huntsman?) declares first. Others, like DeMint, who have embraced the tea party full-fold almost certainly aren’t going to endorse him unless the entire “true conservative” bench decides not to run. Either way … not encouraging. My favorite part? Hot on the heels of a rumor that Mitt might skip Iowa, there’s now a rumor circulating that...
  • N.J. Gov. Christie meets with Mitt Romney at governor's mansion

    01/25/2011 1:17:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | January 25, 2011 | Chris Megerian and Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie hosted a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday night, sitting down with Mitt Romney for dinner at the governor's mansion. Nearly two dozen people, including some of Christie's top political advisers and party leaders, gathered for the meeting with the former Massachusetts governor at Drumthwacket, according to three sources. The sources described the dinner as an informal discussion without any specific talk of endorsements in New Jersey's Republican presidential primary, which is still a year away. Romney has been laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign, although he has not yet formally...
  • Evangelical/Romney supporter calls for new litmus test (Here it comes!)

    01/23/2011 10:04:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 23, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Mark DeMoss, a well-connected figure in the evangelical community and Mitt Romney supporter, sent a memo last week to Christian conservatives urging them to consider “a new litmus test” beyond traditional cultural issues “A candidate for president of the United States should be capable of becoming president, and then competent to be the president,” DeMoss wrote in a five-page missive sent to about 200 top pastors, donors, intellectuals and leaders on the Christian right. DeMoss, a public relations executive who also backed Romney in 2008, offered an impassioned case for the former Massachusetts governor but also took some barely-veiled swipes...
  • Romney Steers Clear of Tea Party

    01/21/2011 9:42:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 21, 2011 | Dan Weil
    You might expect that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of the top likely candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, would cozy up to tea party followers anytime he can. But he’s actually steering clear of the movement, The Boston Globe reports. “Romney for the most part is inaccessible,’’ says Andrew Hemingway, chairman of New Hampshire’s Republican Liberty Caucus. “[Minnesota Gov. Tom] Pawlenty, I could call him right now and say, ‘Let’s have coffee.’” Romney has kept his distance from tea party activists in key primary states, including the state viewed as a must win for him – New...
  • Romney’s team gets ready [To spend more $$]

    01/14/2011 11:17:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Belmont Citizen-Herald ^ | January 14, 2011 | Patrick Ball
    Belmont, Mass. — Long before it came time to actually choose a career, Peter Flaherty knew he wanted do so something exciting. “In Massachusetts, you kind of grow up with two things in your blood: sports and politics,” said Flaherty, a Belmont resident and father of three. “When I realized I was not going to be a professional athlete, I realized politics was the adult equivalent of professional sports.” Flaherty has always found room for public service in his professional life, which has seen him prosecute homicides, produce big-budget children’s movies and serve as a senior advisor to then-Gov. Mitt...
  • Republican Mitt Romney, eyeing 2012, on Mideast swing (Poor schlemiel, talk about bad timing!)

    01/09/2011 7:01:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 9, 2011 | Steve Holland
    Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, looking to bolster his foreign policy credentials, is on a Mideast swing that included a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney met the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus. Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 only to lose to John McCain. He has shown multiple signs of planning to seek his party's nomination again for the right to oppose Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. Romney could be among as many as a dozen Republicans seeking the...
  • Mitt Romney's Family Christmas Card-Slash-Campaign Advertisement

    12/25/2010 9:19:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 3+ views
    Comedy Central ^ | December 24, 2010 | Dennis DiClaudio
    Did you get your Christmas card from the Romneys this year? No? That's odd. Did he not confirm your address the last time you ran into him at the yacht club's semi-formal restaurant? What's that? You don't belong to the yacht club? Yikes. This is slightly embarrassing. I certainly do have egg and vanilla-infused aloe facial scrub on my face ha ha ha ha. Anyway, here, you can take a peek at the one that Mitt Romney's campaign website somehow managed to get their hands on… Yes, that is a picture of Mitt Romney and his wife Ann posing with...
  • Governor Mitt Romney’s Family Christmas Card 2010

    12/23/2010 8:26:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 2+ views
    We thought you’d like to see Governor Romney’s wonderful family Christmas card… The inscription on the bottom reads “Guess which grandchild heard that Papa might run again?” Any guesses? Those are fourteen adorable grandchildren, for sure! An inside look…What a fantastic family!
  • Mitt Romney mulls presidential run, can’t hide from the Mass. health mandate he signed into law

    12/18/2010 10:22:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 3+ views
    The Fall River Herald News / The Associated Press ^ | December 18, 2010 | Glen Johnson, AP Political Writer
    BOSTON — Republican Mitt Romney is finding it hard to avoid comparisons between the Massachusetts health insurance mandate he signed into law and the federal version enacted by President Barack Obama as he weighs another presidential run. A federal judge struck down the Obama mandate last week, and appeals of that ruling and other court challenges are likely to wend their way to the Supreme Court during the next two years, legal experts say....
  • Why Romney Needs Palin (This is how the Left thinks)

    12/18/2010 2:08:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The American Prospect's Tapped Blog ^ | December 15, 2010 | Paul Waldman
    As we all know, Mitt Romney's biggest problem in the 2012 Republican primaries is that conservatives don't trust him, given that he used to be a pro-choice moderate who got health coverage for Massachusetts' uninsured. His answer to this problem has been to run frantically to the right, staking out the most extreme position he can on any issue that comes up (his latest is an attack on lazy unemployed people). But the truth is this strategy is going to fail. What Mitt needs to understand is that voters don't make judgments based on checklists. If a true-blue conservative wants...
  • Romney: Replace unemployment insurance system

    12/14/2010 11:49:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 14, 2010 | Jeff Mapes
    On the same day that it was announced that Oregon remains mired in a 10.6 percent jobless rate, Republican Mitt Romney published an op-ed piece saying that unemployment insurance ought to replaced with a privatized insurance system. Of course, Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is looking toward running for president again in 2012. And his piece in USA Today - which denounces the tax deal President Barack Obama reached with Republican leaders - was aimed at inciting a little buzz among conservative activists. It may not have the short-hand verve of one of Sarah Palin's tweets, but Romney is...
  • PPP Poll: Romney Trails Obama By 9 Points In Massachusetts

    12/03/2010 6:16:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    TPM ^ | December 3, 2010 | Eric Kleefeld
    The new survey of Massachusetts from Public Policy Polling (D) shows President Obama continuing to lead various possible Republican challengers in this deep-blue state -- including former Gov. Mitt Romney, who comes the closest to Obama but still trails by a significant margin. Obama leads Newt Gingrich by 57%-33%; Mike Huckabee by 57%-33%; and extends his lead to 61%-32% against Sarah Palin. Against Romney, who was governor of the state from 2003-2007 -- and did not seek re-election in 2006 in order to run for president in the 2008 cycle -- Obama leads by 52%-43%. Obama's approval rating in Massachusetts...
  • Palin, blueblood-bashing and Mitt Romney (Bushes endorse Myth)

    11/24/2010 12:54:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | November 24, 2010 | Steve Kornacki
    Sarah Palin wasted little time firing back at Barbara Bush, who used an interview with Larry King early this week to express her hope that Palin will stay in Alaska. "I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue bloods," Palin said on Laura Ingraham's radio show on Wednesday. "And I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes. The blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners." While it's true that Barbara Bush remains a well-liked figure, particularly within...
  • A Mormon not for Romney for President

    11/20/2010 4:20:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Liberty Musings Blog ^ | November 16, 2010 | David Hall
    Monday evening, Special Report’s 12 in 2012 series featured Mitt Romney, and his likely 2012 run for President. I was for Romney in 2008 and supported him in the Republican caucuses in Colorado. But not this year. To me, he crashed and burned over his Romneycare. It’s not that he pushed this through in Massachusetts, it’s his blindness in how he continues to defend it. They played his answer on Special Report, and it’s so weak. He talks like there is a difference of night and day between Romneycare and Obamacare because his was a state program and Obamacare is...
  • Republican hearts are with Palin-but not their heads. Best prez candidate for 2012, Romney (Spew!)

    11/17/2010 4:23:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The London Guardian ^ | November 17, 2010 | Ryan Streeter
    Sarah Palin has certainly sent clear messages that she's considering a bid for the White House in 2012. She has effectively said as much in interviews, and her actions speak quite loudly. Her flurry of TV shows and appearances, hugely-attended public events, and a surprisingly well-articulated policy statement or two – such as the one on quantitative easing that won the Wall Street Journal editorial page's praise – all seem to be part of a strategy to show her leading on multiple fronts. A good trait in a president. It may be difficult for people outside the United States to...
  • Tea Party Leader: Romney’s Healthcare Past Won’t Fly

    11/11/2010 10:13:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News' The Note ^ | November 11, 2010 | Arlette Saenz
    Mitt Romney could face strong resistance in a potential White House bid from Tea Partiers troubled by the healthcare plan he implemented as governor of Massachusetts. In an interview on CBN’s The Brody File Show, Amy Kremer, director of grassroots and coalitions for the Tea Party Express, one of the most public Tea Party groups in the country, was asked if Romney’s hand in the enactment of the Massachusetts healthcare plan would fly with the Tea Party movement. “I'm being honest here. You can't get away from that,” Kremer told host David Brody. “These people don't have short memories. They're...
  • Meghan McCain on Christine O'Donnell: 'Nutjob' (VIDEO) [Endorsed Mitt Romney, naturally!]

    10/28/2010 6:27:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    TV Squad ^ | October 28, 2010 | Donald Deane
    Meghan McCain had a few choice words for Christine O'Donnell on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated), questioning the GOP Senate candidate's state of mind, but declining to comment specifically on Sarah Palin. "I ... called her a nutjob," McCain said tersely of O'Donnell. "I feel the same way right now." When asked by Julie Chen whether she thought Palin was unfair to father John McCain's campaign team after the 2008 Presidential election, McCain was cagey and instead mentioned who she plans to support in 2012. "It's irrelevant at this point. I've so moved on," she said. "I'm looking at 2012. I've...
  • State of the Mitt (Laughable)

    10/20/2010 9:34:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Perpetual Post ^ | October 21, 2010 | Christian Heinze and Dani Alexis Ryskamp
    Mitt Romney is shaking hands, kissing babies, making endorsements, and dropping money in every state in the nation in a way that suggests he’s in it for the long haul to 2012. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling Romney’s chances for the GOP presidential nomination. He’s a workhorse in a party addicted to, if not Thoroughbreds, at least some well-spruced Clydesdales. Romney is, as Politico notes, “an establishment kind of guy in an insurgent kind of party.” He’s putting in the work, but he’s not getting either the name recognition of a Newt Gingrich or the camera recognition of Sarah Palin. In...
  • Barney Frank gives $200K to his campaign

    10/20/2010 6:49:55 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/19/10 | JAKE SHERMAN
    Longtime Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has given his re-election campaign $200,000 as he faces his toughest race in years. A campaign finance report filed Tuesday showed that Frank, the chairman of the powerful House Financial Services committee, lent himself the money Tuesday. Frank, a 15-term lawmaker from Newton, Mass., raised $316,644 last quarter and reported more than $1 million on hand with no debts. His campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • Bad intro, George: It's about Romney, not Palin (Mittbot in Bakersfield cries 'foul!')

    10/12/2010 7:05:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | October 12, 2010 | Roger C. Allred
    George Martin has got to be still kicking himself today. Not because of his exceptional Bakersfield Business Conference: I am not aware of any event that compares to what George has been able to create. I am referring to him getting caught up in the moment and introducing Sarah Palin as "the next president of the United States." Come on! I always look forward to the Republican love fest that we call a business conference. It is the only time that I hear so much rational thought about how to clean up the mess in our state and federal governments....
  • The End of Mitt Romney

    09/17/2010 6:00:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | September 17, 2010 | Stephanie Mencimer
    The big story coming out of Friday's Values Voter Summit—the massive religious-right confab in DC—is the obvious marriage between the burgeoning tea party movement and the old Christian Coalition. The stars of the event were tea party luminaries: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), and of course, newcomer Christine O'Donnell, who just won the Senate GOP primary in Delaware. But lost amid all the tea party fervor was what may be the beginning of the end of the presidential prospects of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Romney was clearly here because he is running...
  • Mitt Romney is still the GOP 2012 front-runner

    09/17/2010 3:54:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Salon ^ | September 17, 2010 | Alex Pareene
    <p>So. Sarah Palin is running for president. This is exciting news for Democrats who are worried about Obama's reelection prospects, great news for conservatives who hate establishment Republicans, and very sad news for Republicans who would like their party to be less crazy.</p>
  • Mitt Romney takes aim at Obama in speech

    09/17/2010 1:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 17, 2010 | Kathleen Hennessey
    President Obama has "declared war on free enterprise" and is leading the country with "counterfeit values," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Friday in a speech before a gathering of socially conservative activists. "I’m afraid that some in Washington today are driven by such different values that they would change the very character of America," Romney told the Values Voters Summit in remarks that began with a sharp critique of the president’s handling of the economy and ended with soaring praise for the founding fathers. Romney was among a handful of possible Republican presidential candidates scheduled to speak at the...
  • Mitt Romney: Grow jobs and shrink government

    08/18/2010 1:18:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 18, 2010 | Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts
    IT’S NOT happening the way President Obama had planned. Unemployment blew past his 8 percent ceiling and hasn’t looked back. Private sector investment in new jobs and capital has languished. Even the head of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, has resigned. Almost every action the president has taken has deepened and lengthened the downturn. The private sector has retreated, frightened by his agenda and paralyzed by the uncertainty, lack of predictability, and outright hostility he has engendered. His policies are anti-investment, anti-jobs, and anti-growth. Raising taxes — with a 15 percent hike on certain small business corporations,...
  • Electing president by National Popular Vote a bad idea

    08/14/2010 9:21:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Stoneham Sun ^ | August 14, 2010 | Mass. State Senator Richard Tisei (R-3rd Middlesex District, Minority Leader)
    Election Night 2012. President Barack Obama has easily won the backing of Massachusetts’ voters for a second term in office, but Republican Sarah Palin, riding a national wave of anti-incumbent sentiment, captures a narrow lead in the popular vote. As a result, Massachusetts’ 12 electoral votes go to … Sarah Palin, and with those 12 votes, Palin is elected president. Sound impossible? Not under a National Popular Vote system, which Massachusetts is one step closer to implementing now that Gov. Patrick has signed legislation authorizing the commonwealth to join a multi-state compact to change the way we elect the president....
  • Mitt Romney, you’re our only hope [If Mitt's the answer, what was the fool question?]

    07/28/2010 9:49:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 29, 2010 | Margery Eagan
    So Mitt Romney - the venture capitalist guru who never sweats - leads all Republicans in a new Zogby poll that has him within striking distance of Obama, 45-43. Can anyone be surprised? The economy’s a mess. We’re basket cases over keeping jobs and homes. Obama’s reduced to courting Whoopi and Barbara Walters today on “The View,” hoping a cozy chat will reassure the wives of independents and/or Tea Party sympathizers who’ve abandoned the president in droves. Close your eyes. Envision, for a second, the best known GOP contenders: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul. On the Ward...
  • 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 ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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
  • 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....
  • Democrats rethinking “blame Bush” strategy after Massachusetts flop

    01/25/2010 9:46:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 859+ views
    Hot Air ^ | January 25, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Democrats have gotten into the habit of running against George W. Bush. They won majorities in both houses of Congress in 2006 by running against Bush, and won a presidential election in 2008 with that strategy despite the fact that Bush wasn’t able to run. Barack Obama has spent most of the past year blaming his own ineffectiveness on his predecessor. So when the special election to replace Ted Kennedy got unexpectedly tight, Democrats figured that a healthy dose of Boogeyman Bush would send Democrats flocking to the polls. Instead, it demonstrated the emptiness of Democratic arguments for leadership: After...