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  • 12 Reasons Obama Could Lose in 2012

    01/29/2011 1:04:58 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2011 | Mark McKinnon
    Supporters are as exhausted as Velma Hart, the Tea Party has momentum, and Republicans are now more trusted. Mark McKinnon on why those issues, plus nine others, spell doom for the president’s reelection hopes. President Obama’s State of the Union was strongly bipartisan and made smart moves to the center, although it missed a chance to really tackle tough fiscal issues like meaningful entitlement reforms. His Arizona speechwas terrific, his favorable ratings are climbing over 50, the economy is showing steady signs of improvement, and the stock market is up. So, how could he possibly lose his reelection bid? Just...
  • Jeb Bush for President in 2016! (They're assuming we'll lose in '12)

    01/11/2011 9:37:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 9, 2011 | Mark McKinnon
    Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann is flirting with a run in 2012, but the GOP may not get a real shot at the White House until four years later. Mark McKinnon on why, dynasty issues aside, Bush will be a clear favorite. As the 112th Congress settles into its first week of work, political fireworks are already going off that could have a big impact on the presidential elections of 2012 and 2016. Michele Bachmann and Jeb Bush showed some leg this week and got many in the GOP steaming up. While the media fixates on a possible presidential...
  • 'No Labels' Aiming for Political Middle Mark ( Mark McKinnon barf )

    12/13/2010 1:41:56 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | 13 Dec 2010 | Craig Schulz
    One of the founders of the new political group "No Labels" ..."All they see is the poison and the hyper-partisanship," Mark McKinnon ... "No Labels" officially launches Monday with an event in New York City expected to draw 1,000 people from all 50 states. Also expected in attendance are political heavyweights such as Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-N.Y.), Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), along with Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), among others.
  • What’s Wrong With the Republican Party in Two Words: Mark McKinnon

    12/12/2010 7:27:39 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | December 11, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain
    You may recall Mark McKinnon as the Republican political strategist who worked to help John McCain win the 2008 GOP nomination, but then quit because he refused to campaign against Barack Obama. You may recall Mark McKinnon as the Republican political strategist who accused Rick Santorum of having “a lack of character.” You may recall Mark McKinnon as the Republican political strategist who in May 2009 told ABC News: “If the Republican party does not expand its tent, it’s going to turn into a circus, and it’s going to become a minority freak show that sort of features Rush Limbaugh...
  • President Palin [He's not happy about it]

    12/05/2010 5:32:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    No Cure for That ^ | November 19, 2010 | Davis Fleetwood
    Two week ago, when John Heilemann wrote a cover story for New York Magazine outlining the perfect storm that could carry Sarah Palin to a Presidential election victory in 2012, I would have told you that Sarah was much more powerful as a king-maker and not a King. And then she went and bragged to Barbara Walters that she can beat Obama in 2012 this. Hah ha. Funny. In an Armageddon kind of way right? We can’t be that stupid, can we? Well… in the immortal slogan of an era long ago: yes we can! So I decided to re-read...
  • Analysis: Some Republicans urge Palin not to run ("Morning" Joe, Babs, McKinnon, et al)

    12/03/2010 4:30:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 2010 | Steve Holland
    As Sarah Palin ponders a 2012 presidential campaign, some prominent Republicans are urging her to resist the temptation to run even as her devoted followers flock to her book tour. In recent days, a debate has broken out among Republicans over whether the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and popular activist would be able to defeat a politically weakened President Barack Obama in two years. The criticism, rejected by Team Palin, reflects concerns among establishment Republicans that the former Alaska governor lacks the gravitas to oust a sitting president, even a struggling one. Palin has a very strong following in...
  • Rewriting the Rules, Sarah Palin-Style: How To run For The White House

    11/26/2010 4:04:02 PM PST · by dselig · 64 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | Friday 26 November 2010 19.33 GMT
    US political pundits baffled as former Alaska governor gambles on nationwide book tour and reality TV show "Sarah Palin has done everything wrong according to the traditional way of campaigning," said Scott Rasmussen, a leading pollster and co-author of a book on the Tea Party. "She gave up her position of power as governor of Alaska, she wrote a book for a lot of money, she has her daughter on Dancing with the Stars, she is on her own reality TV show, she's been incredibly partisan in her politics – this is everything that a presidential candidate is supposed not...
  • Don't Run Sarah!

    11/25/2010 9:10:56 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 214 replies
    I spent only a few hours with the former governor, helping to prepare her for the vice presidential debate in October 2008. And during that brief window, I saw Palin at one of her most vulnerable moments, when any result other than a complete train wreck seemed impossible. And yet I also saw a determined woman buckle down, recover her confidence and then storm the national stage where she more than held her own against a seven-term senator. Did she face some tough slogging to reach her remarkable perch? Sure, you betcha. I admire her tenacity, her verve, her moxie,...
  • Stop Calling Them Sluts

    11/01/2010 5:07:43 PM PDT · by Al B. · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | November 1, 2010 | Mark McKinnon
    O’Donnell likes nights on the town, Palin is a clotheshorse, Angle is “crazy,” Whitman is a “whore”—conservative women are being attacked from all sides, but voters will reward the victims at the polls, says Mark McKinnon. Nuts and sluts, bitches and whores: That’s the gauntlet conservative women must run to compete for the “honor” of political office today. While every campaign season is deemed more vicious than those that came before, the attacks this time around have reached a new low. Rather than debate ideas and policies, weak-minded opponents of strong-willed women resort to sexualized attacks—a cover to compensate for...
  • How Her Mind Works (Mark McKinnon on Sarah Palin)

    07/06/2009 4:26:11 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 29 replies · 2,093+ views ^ | 7/6/2009 | Mark McKinnon
    A few words about Sarah Palin: She is one of the most fascinating women I have ever met. She crackles with energy like a live electrical wire and on first meeting gets about three inches from your face. Her instant subliminal message is: “I don’t know you very well, but I’m very clear about who I am.” She reeks of moxie and self confidence. And she’s fearless. Well, she was mostly fearless when I intersected with her. But, she was also a week out from a nationally televised debate with Joe Biden, and she knew she was in trouble. She...
  • David Frum: A new look at a third party (RINOS ATTEMPTING TO THWART TEA PARTY) (BARF ALERT)

    10/23/2010 1:57:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    National Post ^ | 2010-10-19 | David Frum
    Republican political strategist Mark McKinnon – veteran of McCain and Bush presidential campaigns – acknowledged in an interview with David Frum that a third-party presidential effort for 2012 was not far off, and hinted at his involvement in one. In the podcast interview, McKinnon, who was discussing his recent Daily Beast column “A Centrist Manifesto”, lamented that “there’s nobody that gets rewarded for bipartisan behavior, [and] in fact they get punished.” To that end, he said, “there is a very real possibility for a legitimate third party effort for 2012 … American voters are so hungry for more voice, and...
  • Setback for British 'hacker' in US extradition fight

    10/10/2009 12:05:11 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies · 1,014+ views
    AFP ^ | Oct 10, 2009 | AFP
    LONDON — A Briton accused of hacking into US military and NASA space agency computers was on Friday refused permission to appeal to the new Supreme Court in London against his extradition to the United States. The High Court had turned down Gary McKinnon's extradition challenges and on Friday refused him leave to appeal, ruling that that his case did not raise "points of law of general public importance" -- a prerequisite of being able to pursue a cause in the Supreme Court. The 43-year-old could spend life in prison if convicted by a US court of gaining access to...
  • Former Bush, McCain Adviser "Very Disappointed" By Mark Levin's "Jaw-Dropping Hate Language" - Video

    10/05/2009 11:00:47 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 42 replies · 1,809+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 5, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of former Bush and McCain adviser McKinnon on MSNBC talking about Chicago's failed Olympic bid. McKinnon said "I think the Chicago incident was bad political instincts and bad political judgment but I was disappointed that it didn't come to America, and I think it is patriotic that we should have supported that move." He went on to say "I was very disappointed to see talk show hosts like Mark Levin coming out with jaw-dropping hate language about the president..and reveling in the presidents failure." (Video)
  • The Liberal Media’s Favorite “Republican

    09/14/2009 6:31:41 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 8 replies · 983+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | September 13, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    The demonstrators were mostly against Big Government, but many banners and signs on display during the 9-12 march and rally in Washington, D.C. expressed disgust with liberal media bias. One of the harshest was, "Mainstream media: communists or puppets?" Another said, "Why are the watchdogs White House lapdogs?" One of the most direct, equating liberal news outlets to state-run media, was "AP, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC=Pravda." Still another said simply, "Shame on Mainstream Media!" On the other hand, television and radio talk-show host Glenn Beck was a hero, as the "Glenn Beck for President" sign illustrated. Several signs declared "Thank...
  • GOP Sees Protest As an Opportunity [but McCainiacs say full of "right-wing nutballs," "freaks"]

    09/11/2009 9:25:23 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies · 3,819+ views
    'Taxpayer March' in D.C. Attracts Party Leaders, but Some Are Wary. BY DAN EGGEN & PERRY BACON JR. With tens of thousands of conservative protesters expected to gather in Washington on Saturday for a "Taxpayer March on D.C.," Republican officials are attempting to capitalize on a movement that lately has galvanized anti-Obama activists more effectively than the party's elected leaders in Washington. Searching for ways to compete with Democrats after two consecutive electoral drubbings, Republicans have moved past earlier uncertainty about the protesters, who organized nationwide rallies this summer that have threatened Democratic health-care plans and eroded President Obama's standing...
  • McKinnon: Gov Palin reeks of moxie & self-confidence. And she’s fearless

    07/06/2009 10:39:38 AM PDT · by MaxCUA · 15 replies · 721+ views
    Mark McKinnon, vice chairman of Public Strategies & President of Maverick Media, wrote a great article for The Daily Beast titled "How her mind works" about the time he spent with Governor Palin.
  • Blogger admits Hawaii birth certificate forgery, subverting Obama claims (Uh-oh)

    07/03/2008 4:35:19 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 9,581 replies · 131,028+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | 3 July 2008 | Reuven Koret
    Jay McKinnon, a self-described Department of Homeland Security-trained document specialist, has implicated himself in the production of fraudulent Hawaii birth certificate images similar to the one endorsed as genuine by the Barack Obama campaign, and appearing on the same blog entry where the supposedly authentic document appears. The evidence of forgery and manipulation of images of official documents, triggered by Israel Insider's revelation of the collection of Hawaii birth certificate images on the Photobucket site and the detective work of independent investigative journalists and imaging professionals in the three weeks since the publication of the images, implicate the Daily Kos,...
  • McKinnon To Step Aside From McCain Effort

    05/21/2008 10:41:57 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 15 replies · 123+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/21/08 | Chris Cillizza
    Mark McKinnon, the lead media consultant for Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) presidential bid, is stepping down from that role -- making good on a pledge he made last year not to work against Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in the fall campaign. McKinnon confirmed his decision to The Fix this afternoon. "I'll be transitioning, shifting position from linebacker to head cheerleader," said the always-colorful McKinnon. He added that he would continued to be a "friend and fan" to the campaign. McKinnon, a former Democrat, played a central role in Gov. George W. Bush's 2000 campaign and the Bush-Cheney reelection four years...
  • McCain Adviser Won't Fight Obama

    02/13/2008 9:08:50 PM PST · by george76 · 102 replies · 1,944+ views
    ABC News' ^ | February 13, 2008 | Teddy Davis
    A top adviser to John McCain said Wednesday that he will step down from the Arizona senator's presidential campaign if ... "I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama," said McCain adviser Mark McKinnon ... McKinnon, who was a Democrat before serving as President Bush's ad maker in 2000 and 2004, said that he plans to be behind McCain "100 percent" no matter who the Democratic nominee is. He explained, however, that if the Democrats nominate Obama, he will be supporting McCain "from the sidelines."
  • McCain ad guru wants Obama win (and other damning information- Reform Institute)..

    02/13/2008 6:36:21 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 69 replies · 212+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 13, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    John McCain's ad guru, Mark McKinnon, is on record with his admiration of Democratic front-runner Barack Obama, and has vowed to make no television commercials which would harm Obama's campaign. Paul Weyrich, president and CEO of Free Congress Foundation, said things might have been different if information such as the revelations about McKinnon and WND's report that McCain's foundation has been funded by billionaire George Soros since 2001 had been available earlier. "This validates everything that those of us who have reservations about McCain have been saying,” Weyrich said.
  • Hacker fears wrath of US court as judge urges his extradition [Fears Guantanamo Bay]

    05/10/2006 6:08:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies · 892+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | 5/11/06 | Fran Yeoman
    Gary McKinnon leaves Bow Street Magistrates' Court yesterday after a judge recommended that he be extradited to the US (DAVID BEBBER) A BRITISH man accused of the biggest military hacking operation yet faces trial in the US after a judge recommended him for extradition yesterday. Gary McKinnon believes that he could be sent to Guantanamo Bay and tried by a military tribunal if his extradition goes ahead. He said that he was “practically already hung and quartered” if US government claims that he would face a federal court in Virginia proved correct. Mr McKinnon, 40, is alleged to have caused...
  • NYT: Campaign Strategist Is in Position to Consolidate Republican Majority

    11/06/2004 7:40:14 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 1,188+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 5, 2004 | TODD S. PURDUM and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 - Victory may have a thousand fathers, but if President Bush's triumph this week had a Big Daddy it was indisputably Karl Rove - the seer, strategist and serious student of politics and the presidency that a grateful Mr. Bush himself referred to as the architect of his winning campaign. And with Mr. Bush's re-election, Mr. Rove has not only cemented his reputation as one of the canniest campaign gurus in a generation but has also put himself in position to shape second-term policies that could help realize his longtime goal of consolidating a broad Republican electoral...
  • "Maverick Media", Indeed: Mark McKinnon, A Discussion (Vanity)

    03/05/2004 9:18:48 AM PST · by LincolnLover · 1 replies · 190+ views
    Various (ABC News) ^ | 3/5/2004 | Self
    I noticed that Mark McKinnon is heavily involved in the 2004 effort, what with his production of the television spots now airing across the nation. Naturally, I wondered what happened to the infamous "Bush debate prep tape/Gap pants" debacle (at least as far as the FBI probe was concerned). I know that the probe led to the indictment of McKinnon's aide (and Austin Dem. Party activist) Juanita Lozano, with McKinnnon being "exonerated", but there's something about that whole Gap pants story that just stinks. Here's an old FR thread (dated 10/2000) on the subject: Finally, a 2002 piece...