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  • Romney Lures Obama Wall Street Donors in Race for Campaign Cash

    09/26/2011 10:09:26 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Bloomberg | September 26, 2011 | Jonathan D. Salant and Lisa Lerer
    Cannot excerpt Bloomberg article due to their restrictions. However, you can read the story HERE. Gist of write-up: Romney and Perry are at competing fundraisers this evening. The RINO is in New York picking up loads of cash from Zero's Wall Street donors who helped the Wee Wee get into office and now have buyers remorse. The Gov is in Dee Cee raking in dough from conservative southerners. All three sides (Rick, Slick and Obozo) have their spin machines kicked into overdrive.
  • Romney Front-Runner By Default While Cain Wins FL Straw Poll (Palin's opening)

    09/24/2011 7:18:54 PM PDT · by ak267 · 98 replies
    C4P ^ | 9-24-2011 | Mark America
    After the FoxNews/Google debate, it had begun to crystallize in the view of many Republicans is that Rick Perry isn’t the candidate many had hoped. Capturing the straw poll in Florida on Saturday, Herman Cain reached new heights as Perry’s slide down hill has accelerated. Bachmann has peaked and begun to taper off, while Gingrich, Paul, Santorum and Huntsman continue to struggle in the middle-to-low single digits. This leaves Mitt Romney out front, not because he’s such a great candidate, but because to date, his chief opponents have grossly underperformed. This begs the question most conservatives want most to ask:...
  • Rick Perry tops GOP poll, but Mitt Romney has edge against Obama

    08/31/2011 10:21:47 AM PDT · by americanophile · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/31/11 | Michael Muskal
    Rick Perry has taken the lead in the Republican presidential sweepstakes, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, but the survey also shows that the fiery Texas governor may have a tougher time against President Obama than the other leading GOP aspirant, Mitt Romney. According the poll, Perry is preferred by Republicans over former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, 24% to 18%, similar to the findings of other major nonpartisan polls that show Perry taking over the top spot from Romney. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has yet to declare her intentions, was at 11%, a statistical dead heat...
  • Mitt Romney Leading in Florida; Palin, Bachmann Battle for Second

    06/23/2011 1:48:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | June 23, 2011 | Kevin Derby
    A poll released from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm with connections to prominent national Democrats, found that former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is leading the pack of Republican hopefuls seeking their party’s presidential nomination in Florida. A PPP poll back in March found Romney tied in Florida with a rival from the 2008 Republican primaries, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, with 18 percent each. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was right behind them with 15 percent. Since then, Huckabee has announced that he is not running for president,...
  • Outgoing NY Times Editor Says “Journalists Would Recoil In Horror” If Palin Ran For President…

    06/19/2011 5:10:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | June 19, 2011
    Don’t worry, liberal media bias is still just a right-wing myth. The Tom and Jerry Problem — Bill Keller/NYTIf the 2012 election were held in the newsrooms of America and pitted Sarah Palin against Barack Obama, I doubt Palin would get 10 percent of the vote. However tempting the newsworthy havoc of a Palin presidency, I’m pretty sure most journalists would recoil in horror from the idea. That is not — or not entirely — for the reasons Palin thinks: that journalists are liberal elitists, that they find the Tea Party fringe ridiculous or alarming or that they are infatuated...
  • Al Warms To Mitt (Excellent Reason Not To Vote For Him)

    06/16/2011 5:12:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 16, 2011 | Staff
    Election 2012: GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has a new, not-so-welcome friend: Al Gore, who extolled the candidate's promise to fight hard against global warming. Does Gore think Romney can't win? The former vice president, who has devoted his post-electoral career to climate change fanaticism, this week gave the former Massachusetts governor kudos on the issue closest to Gore's heart. "Good for Mitt Romney," Gore blogged Wednesday afternoon. "While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party." At a recent New Hampshire town hall...
  • Political Insiders Give Debate Nod to Romney, Bachmann (Cain-4%)

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the winner of the first major presidential debate tonight according to a survey of Republican and Democratic political operatives, campaign consultants, and party strategists, in a special National Journal Political Insiders Poll conducted tonight. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann also had a good evening.
  • Romney, Bachmann dominate gracious GOP debate

    06/13/2011 11:04:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 75 replies
    Mitt Romney easily survived his first debate of the 2012 primary with barely a nick to his early frontrunner status. Tarred as a flip-flopping phony during his 2008 White House bid, Romney looked at ease during the two-hour live forum, and none of his lesser-known rivals made him squirm. Eager to make pleasing first impressions on a national audience, they all passed when handed opportunities to attack Romney. A picture of the former Massachusetts governor and corporate executive in an open-collared shirt and tie -- posted on Twitter just minutes before the debate in an obvious attempt at campaign image-making...
  • Rivals see New Hampshire as the place to deny Romney front-runner

    06/12/2011 3:48:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 06/11/2011 | Philip Elliott
    STRATHAM, N.H. – Mitt Romney's political backyard is the most promising terrain in his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination. It's also the most perilous. The former governor from neighboring Massachusetts has a vacation place in New Hampshire, so the state really is his second home. He's well known and well established here, and he's putting more emphasis on the Granite State, which holds the nation's first primary, than he did four years ago. He'll be in Manchester for a seven-candidate debate Monday night. But the state's proximity to Massachusetts is a two-edged sword. Voters know a lot about...
  • The Options for 2012. A guide to the Republican presidential race

    06/03/2011 4:29:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/03/2011 | Jeffrey Bell
    A number of recent developments — the dropout of several high-profile candidates, the GOP’s special-election defeat in New York’s 26th congressional district, and the emergence of the future of Israel as a national campaign issue, among others — have greatly clarified the landscape of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign. As recently as April, a Gallup poll had Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump tied for the lead among Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters. Today, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are alone in Gallup’s first tier. Romney leads at 17 percent, with Palin at 15 percent. Palin has embarked on what appears...
  • Palin’s Mandate Hypocrisy (Pay attention to Mitt! He's the Real Deal!! Sob!)

    06/02/2011 2:10:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Frum Forum ^ | June 2, 2011 | Zac Morgan
    On the day Mitt Romney formally announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, former Alaska Governor took a shot at his Massachusetts health care plan by criticizing government mandates. RealClearPolitics reports: ‘[E]ven on a state level and a local level, mandates coming from a governing body, it’s tough for a lot of us to accept because we have great faith in the private sector and in our own families and in our businessmen and women in making decisions for ourselves,’ Palin said. ‘Not any level of government telling us what to do.’ And yet… even her home state of...
  • Tea Party coming out against Mitt Romney

    06/02/2011 1:49:34 PM PDT · by conservativeforpalin · 11 replies
    Politicons- Politically Conservative ^ | June 2 | Henry D'Andrea
    I’m not saying every tea partier is against Mitt Romney, but many prominent Tea Party groups are saying no to Romney for President. FreedomWorks, an influential Washington-based group working within the Tea Party movement, say they do not support Mitt Romney for President, because of his moderate record as governor. The group’s communications director said, it’s because “Romney has a record and we don’t really like it that much.” Brendan Steinhauser, the group’s liaison to smaller, grassroots organizations said, Romney is, “inauthentic.” They also have some beef with RomneyCare. Also, the Tea Party organization’s president and CEO Matt Kibbe was...
  • Romney and health care: In the thick of history [An Amazing Political Feat]

    05/30/2011 8:12:19 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 20 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 30 May 2011 | Brian C. Mooney
    In late spring 2005, Mitt Romney gathered with a dozen top policy and political advisers in a conference room near the governor’s suite on the third floor of the State House. For two years, they had grappled with the abstruse complexities of health care reform, sifting data, evaluating input from experts, and testing theories to craft a plan that would expand coverage to nearly everyone in the state and not break the bank. This was a bold move for a first-term Republican governor, some of whose more conservative advisers doubted the wisdom of a foray deep into policy turf long...
  • Palin Creates Buzz But Rivals Bet She Won't Run (Romney Adviser: Palin an 'entertainer')

    05/26/2011 6:27:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 116 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, May 26, 2011 | Byron York
    "The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president," says a Republican adviser close to front-runner Mitt Romney. "She's making money, she's moved on, she's kind of an entertainer rather than a politician. She still has some sway with the grass roots, but she is not going to run." "I don't think she's going to run," says a Republican close to Tim Pawlenty. "She has faded a lot in the last few months. I look at what she's doing now and say that she's found a way to get back in the story." Maybe these representatives...
  • It’s hard to win when your motto is ‘It’s my turn’ (Milt Romney the Bob Dole of '12?)

    05/22/2011 5:19:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 22, 2011 | Joseph Curl
    Once upon a time there was a president, wavering in popularity. He was deemed by some political pundits as “highly beatable.” He had just done his whole thing with health care, which left voters fuming, and two years before the presidential election, Republicans picked up a slew of seats in the House, taking control. But then, the Republican Party did the unthinkable: It gave the nomination to a guy because it was essentially “his turn,” and the candidate got shellacked by the incumbent Democratic president. That president was Bill Clinton; the “It’s His Turn” candidate was Bob Dole; the year,...
  • Romney raises $10.3 Million in Single Day

    05/17/2011 7:48:52 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Real Claer Politics ^ | 05/17/2011 | Erin McPike
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled in an eye-popping $10.3 million during a national fundraising effort Monday that he described as the kick-off to his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. The event was staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the site was no accident: Nevada is key to Romney's early primary state strategy. Nearly 800 participants dialed for dollars all day and hauled in nearly $4 million more than when his campaign staged a similar event four years earlier. Romney has been scarce on the campaign trail in recent months as he's focused heavily on...
  • RomneyCare Is Problem, Not Part Of The Solution (Mark Steyn Column)

    05/13/2011 4:25:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 13, 2011 | The great Mark Steyn
    Unless things change, the man (or woman) elected in 2012 will be the last American president to preside over the world's leading economy. If things get really bad, he will find himself presiding over the early stages of American collapse. Not "decline" but "collapse." "Decline" is what happens when you're Britain in the 1940s and you cede global dominance to a major ally that shares your language, legal system, cultural inheritance and broad geopolitical objectives. That deal isn't on offer this time round. Nor was the United Kingdom circa 1948 in thrall to anything like the same levels of spendaholic...
  • Are you ready for the big Romney health-care speech? (Coming May 12,2011)

    05/11/2011 6:53:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2011 | Allahpundit
    On Thursday, the healing begins. Mitt Romney won’t be apologizing for Romneycare in his health care speech Thursday. But he will be addressing it, according to a Romney aide.“He’ll address it, but the main focus of the speech will be what his plans will be going forward,” the aide tells National Review Online…“What will be clear is that number one, he’s got the same position as every other 2012er when it comes to the repeal of Obamacare,” the aide says. “Secondly, he’ll be the first of those candidates to lay out his plan for replacing Obamacare with reforms that will...
  • Do Palin and Romney Represent a GOP Income and Education Divide?

    05/09/2011 9:29:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Human Events ^ | May 10, 2011 | Tony Lee
    Is there a beer vs. wine or a mink coat vs. cloth coat divide in the Republican primary electorate that divides affluent and more well-educated Republicans from those who are poorer and less educated? According to a recent study by Gallup, there just may be. In a survey of 3,304 Republicans during the past three months, Gallup found that “Republican college degree holders are more likely than those without a degree to support Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, 21% vs. 13%. Similarly, Romney's support climbs from 9% of Republicans earning less than $24,000 annually to 21%...
  • Poll Reveals Poorer And Less Educated Voters Support Sarah Palin, Wealthier Voters Prefer Romney

    05/09/2011 3:42:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 9, 2011 | Alex Alvarez
    A new Gallup poll reveals that voters who identify as more conservative, do not have college degrees and who make less than $24,000 annually are more likely to support former Alaska governor Sarah Palin over Mitt Romney for president in 2012. Romney, on the other hand, has evidently fared better with voters who describe themselves as “liberals to moderate”, have received degrees of higher learning and who make at least $90,000 a year. The split drives home the challenges facing any would-be GOP candidate: Catering to the party’s base without completely alienating those on the fence, and appealing to voters...
  • Why Romney might be the chosen one [and all I got was this big ol zot]

    04/15/2011 8:08:19 PM PDT · by kinghorse · 106 replies
    Vanity ^ | 4/15/2011 | Me
    If you believe, as I do, that leaders are handpicked by the elites to achieve a means to an end, then Mitt Romney is the logical choice to be the next President of the United States. The fact that he infuriates a lot of the folks on this blog proves he is the best candidate. Because any successful Republican needs to be two things, okay make that three, in order to walk into the WH. ONE be white, TWO be a non-offensive white and THREE be married to a hot blond. But, as the Shamwow guy would say, there's more!...
  • Organizer: Romney wanted in on Trump's tea party gig

    04/13/2011 1:03:04 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 14 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 04/13/2011 | Politico
    A Florida tea party activist who's coordinating a major rally where Donald Trump is a featured speaker this weekend says he got a feeler phone call from a Mitt Romney aide the day after Trump's attendance was announced, asking if the former Massachusetts governor could also speak at the event. Everett Wilkinson, the Florida coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and the chairman of the South Florida Tea Party, said he got a call "from Mitt Romney's person for Florida... [saying she] wants Romney to show up. And I said, 'OK, we've got a very busy schedule...' but I tried...
  • Milt Romney Announces 2012 Pres. Exploratory Committee (puts off decision again)

    04/11/2011 1:22:50 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 56 replies
    TPM Poll Tracker ^ | 4/11/2011 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    Milt Romney Announces 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee (puts off decision again) Former failed Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) is one step closer to officially announcing what nearly everyone already expects -- that he'll seek the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2012. On his website Monday, Romney (weakly as he is) kicked off the exploratory committee phase of his campaign in the style of the day with a YouTube clip and a tweet (copying Gov. Palin). "I will promise whatever you want."
  • PPP New Hampshire Poll: Romney leads in NH, Donald Trump makes things interesting

    04/05/2011 9:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Romney leads in NH, Trump makes things interesting Mitt Romney's still the clear early front runner to take the Republican primary in New Hampshire next year but for the first time in our polling of the race PPP finds someone within single digits of him...Donald Trump. If Trump actually run 21% of New Hampshire GOP voters say they'd vote for him, compared to 27% for Romney. The key to Trump's relatively strong showing? He does well with birthers and Tea Partiers, two groups he has seemed to actively court with his public comments of late. 42% of primary voters firmly...
  • How big GOP 2012 field could boil down to three (Governors Romney, Pawlenty & Barbour)

    03/29/2011 6:15:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 29, 2011 | Linda Feldmann
    Flip through any list of Republicans running for president or probably running or maybe thinking of running, and you'll find at least a couple dozen names. From Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty to Michele Bachmann, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump, it's a potentially vast field peppered with outsize personalities and also folks who make you say, "who?" Why so many? "Because people perceive vulnerability in President Obama," says Darrell West, a political analyst at the Brookings Institution. "We have high unemployment, we have 2-1/2 wars, and there's a lot of contentiousness surrounding health care. So nobody's afraid to take on...
  • If I Were President: Obamacare, One Year In (Romney thinks its his turn)

    03/22/2011 7:06:40 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | March 22, 2011 | Mitt Romney
    If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them.
  • Romney in 2007: RomneyCare 'will be a model for the nation'

    03/22/2011 9:57:33 AM PDT · by Right Wingnut 2 · 7 replies
    Why Not Romney ^ | 3/22/11 | Right Wingnut
    It remains to be seen whether Mitt Romney will attempt to distance himself from his disastrous health care legislation in the upcoming presidential campaign. However, from his previous statements, it is clear that he once envisioned RomneyCare as a national model. Here is what he said leading up to his failed presidential campaign. ...During a speech in Baltimore on Feb. 2, 2007, Romney outlined his ambitions for the Massachusetts plan. "I'm proud of what we've done," he said. "If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation." Last month Romney's dream came true. If...
  • Ross Douthat: Everything’s Coming Up Romney [Massachusetts Dreamin']

    03/08/2011 12:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | Ross Douthat
    Last August, I wrote the following about Mitt Romney’s odds of winning the Republican nomination: In a sense, the stronger President Obama looks next year, the better Romney’s chances of being nominated. He needs the prospect of an uphill general-election battle to keep his potential rivals for establishment support safely on the sidelines. And then he needs that same establishment to rally around him once the primary voting starts — not out of love or admiration, but out of fear of the populist alternative. Six months later, this is almost exactly how things are playing out. In many ways, Romney...
  • See Mitt Romney flip-flop

    03/07/2011 8:01:17 PM PST · by pissant · 22 replies · 2+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/7/11 | Michael Kinsley
    His convenient and implausibly explained reversals on issues say all we need to know about his character. He will do or say anything to become president. We're all for transparency these days, and if anything is transparently clear about American politics, it is that Mitt Romney will do or say anything to become president. The best guess is that at heart he is an old-fashioned moderate, business-oriented Republican (just about the last one standing). But there's no knowing for sure. He may have no sincere beliefs at all. There was a piece about Romney on the front page of the...
  • Romney steps closer to presidential bid

    03/08/2011 12:35:01 AM PST · by South40 · 91 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 7, 2011 | Martin Wisckol
    The signs are that Mitt Romney is running for president. With several Republicans edging ever closer to formally declaring their presidential candidacies, Romney told New Hampshire Republicans on Saturday that he’s the candidate who can beat Barack Obama on the central issue of the economy. ((snip)) A key hurdle for Romney among GOP primary voters will be distinguishing the health-care reform he instituted when his was Massachusetts governor from the nationwide plan championed by Obama.
  • Why Romney isn't taking charge of GOP race

    02/21/2011 2:19:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Rochester Post-Bulletin ^ | February 21, 2011 | Carl P. Leubsdorf
    A year before Republicans pick a 2012 candidate, their presidential outlook remains muddled. Nothing exemplifies their dilemma more than the all-but-certain candidacy of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. By traditional standards, he should be the GOP front-runner. He was the 2008 runner-up, is personally attractive and professionally successful and can mount a well-financed, professional campaign. But he doesn't even have clear support within the party's mainstream wing, let alone the increasingly influential tea party faction. His problems were evident from what he said — and didn't say — when he joined other hopefuls in wooing activists at last week's annual...
  • In Palin's Absence, Romney Plays Front-Runner at CPAC (Good for a chuckle)

    02/12/2011 10:07:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 12, 2011 | Erin McPike
    The presidential field may be wide open, but one candidate is playing the role of the inevitable front-runner, as his performance at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference this weekend shows. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney brought with him to the event a large entourage that stayed for several days, while most other potential candidates dropped in and out of the conference to make their speeches and headline a reception or two. Other serious contenders brought just a few key staffers, but many didn't even have their top political aide in tow. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas...
  • Mitt Rewrites Himself

    02/10/2011 8:05:43 AM PST · by speciallybland · 16 replies
    The Boston Phoenix ^ | 02/10/2011 | David S. Bernstein
    When Mitt Romney's second book, No Apology, came out a year ago, it looked like he was moving away from the far-right demagoguery of his 2008 bid for the presidency, and toward a more moderate centrism for the 2012 election cycle. (See "New and Improved Romney," Talking Politics, February 10, 2010.) But times change, and so does Mitt. A year later, with the Tea Party–fueled extremism of the 2010 midterms foretelling a rightward tilt to the GOP presidential primaries, Romney is tacking back — as evidenced by changes made to two sections of the text in the new paperback edition...
  • And the GOP front-runner is ... only two spots on the GOP ballot. One is reserved for Romney..

    02/09/2011 6:10:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2011 | Doyle McManus
    The race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination starts in earnest this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Too early, you say? On the contrary. With the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary only 12 months away, it may soon be too late for anyone who wants to run for president to begin the hard work of raising money, recruiting a staff and wooing Republican activists. So let's get started. Here's the conventional wisdom, fresh from the corridors of power, on the state of the Republican race: There are really only two spots on the...
  • Axelrod: Obama faces a wide open 2012 GOP field

    01/31/2011 9:54:58 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 7 replies
    The Ticket (Yahoo! News) ^ | 013111 | Holly Bailey
    As President Obama prepares to launch his 2012 re-election campaign, one of his top advisers admits they have no idea who might be his ultimate GOP opponent. 'This is most unfathomable Republican field in my lifetime," Obama political adviser David Axelrod tells USA Today. "I don't think anybody in the media or in either party can tell you with any degree of certainty who the Republican nominee will be." But Axelrod, who left the White House last week to begin working for the campaign, went out of his way to praise one of Obama's potential rivals, Mitt Romney. The former...
  • Romney may announce presidential bid in April

    01/13/2011 9:50:48 PM PST · by pissant · 60 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 1/13/11 | Lisa Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — There are new hints that former Utah Olympic leader Mitt Romney is gearing up to announce another run for president. Politico reported Thursday that Romney aides are telling other Republicans that he expects to launch his campaign in April. The online news source noted Romney has already taken "another methodical step toward his 2012 run" by stepping down from the Marriott hotel chain board of directors — again. The last time Romney left was before he ran successfully for governor of Massachusetts following the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He rejoined the board in...
  • Obama would easily win Nevada again...except against Romney

    01/07/2011 10:17:46 AM PST · by speciallybland · 72 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 01/07/2011 | Tom Jensen
    Barack Obama would easily take Nevada if he had to stand for reelection today...unless the Republicans nominated Mitt Romney. Obama has early double digit advantages against Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin in the state but has just a single point edge over Romney. Nevada is one of the few swing states we've polled in the last couple months where more voters approve (50%) than disapprove (46%) of Obama. Like everywhere else in the country Democrats are largely happy with him and Republicans are most unhappy- what sets apart his numbers in Nevada is his popularity with independents, 55%...
  • Howard Dean Views Tea Party As “Last Gasp Of The 55-Year-Old Generation” (Likes Mitt for 2012)

    01/06/2011 10:46:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 5, 2011 | Matt Schneider
    On a day when many Tea Party-influenced Republican members of Congress took the oath of office in Washington, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is storming back onto the scene, first declaring Tea Party leadership to be fraudulent and now revealing his true thoughts about the whole Tea Party movement at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. Although he doesn’t think Tea Party members are racist, he does think “it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation . . . a group of older folks who’ve seen their lives change dramatically.” Dean continued: Every morning when they see the president...
  • The GOP's 2012 Fantasies

    12/27/2010 9:23:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 26, 2010 | Howard Kurtz Info
    Why are so many long-shot or no-shot Republicans making noises about running for president? Howard Kurtz on the would-be candidates—and the upside of getting yourself mentioned. ****** You may be unaware that Mike Pence is on the verge of deciding whether to run for president. “Pence Announcement Looms in January,” a Politico headline blared the other day. Looming is a great journalistic verb, suggesting that the masses await, eyes turned upward, the great man’s decision. Which isn’t to suggest that the Indiana congressman—who may run instead for governor, a decision that looms over all Hoosiers—isn’t worthy of the Oval Office....
  • 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....
  • Mitt Romney in Unusual Interview Talks about the Role of “Faith” in Governing – Video

    12/11/2010 12:27:12 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 21 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is an unusual interview Mitt Romney did with a woman named Eliane Brick. The introduction to the interview is 1:25 long, so you may want to move it forward to that point. She asks Romney what role “faith” plays in his decision to run for President. Romney goes out of his way to make clear he “believes in God,” but says that his personal faith must remain separate from his commitment to uphold the laws and govern for all the people. Let’s just say the video closes with Ms. Brick making clear the importance of “faith!” NOTE: Mitt Romney...
  • 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...
  • Palin now leads Romney by 15 points amongst moderates in two state PPP polls

    12/03/2010 3:31:07 PM PST · by techno · 33 replies
    public policy polling ^ | December 3, 2010 | techno
    Polls of 2012 GOP contenders: 1) Montana: 545 GOP primary voters from Nov 10-13: OVERALL MODERATES CONSERV Palin 23* 25* 22 Romney 12 10 13 2) North Carolina: 400 GOP primary voters Nov 19-21 Palin 21 27* 20 Romney 10 12 10 3) Virginia: 400 GOP primary voters Nov 10-13 Palin 17 20* 17 Romney 15 18 13 Palin leads in 3 state polls among moderates and trounces Mitt Romney in two of them. Highly significant. Is Palin outflanking Romney now among fiscal conservative-social liberal types?
  • Palin Leads in Montana, Romney's Meltdown Continues

    12/03/2010 3:26:05 PM PST · by t-dude · 74 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | December 3, 2010 | Ian Lazaran
    The Daily Kos pollster finds her in the lead in Montana. Palin 23% Huckabee 22% Gingrich 16% Romney 12% Paul 9% Pawlenty 3% Thune 3% Daniels 2% This poll is further evidence that Mitt Romney has absolutely fallen apart. In 2008, Romney won Montana by a 38-25 margin over Ron Paul. Today, he's running far behind Governor Palin despite the fact that Montana's Republican electorate is comprised of a large percentage of Mormons.
  • Mitt Romney: ‘If You See Me On Fox News, I’ve Decided To Run For President’

    12/02/2010 8:46:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/2/10 | Colby Hall
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is also a presumptive candidate for President in the 2012 election, which was a topic of conversation on The Tonight Show last night. Host Jay Leno opened the light, if not somewhat boring interview with questions about a potential White House bid, to which Romney replied, “If you ever see me sign up for a gig on Fox News, it’ll be a clear indication that I’ve decided to run for president,” adding “that’s not in the cards anytime soon, thanks.” It was a gentle yet pointed dig at the cable news channel who includes on...
  • The myth of Palin's frontrunner status

    12/01/2010 7:48:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 146 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    Much of the punditocracy is obsessed with Sarah Palin. It's understandable on several levels. First, she makes for good copy and has a knack for coining catchy phrases ("death panels") and new words ("refudiate" -- it's now in the dictionary). She is controversial and opinionated, so given the choice between, say, a story on John Thune and one on Palin, it's a no-brainer to choose the best-selling author, TV reality show star and Tea Party darling. But conservatives suspect there's also some mischief-making afoot -- the desire by liberal-leaning members of the media and the White House to make Palin...
  • Nicolle Wallace: 'Heaven Forbid' Palin Becomes President

    12/01/2010 6:54:20 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 92 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Saying that a woman engaged in feline fisticuffs might be called sexist. But when that woman actually accuses another of seeking to "claw" critics, illustrating her assertion with a cat-like hand gesture, well . . . It's no secret that Nicolle Wallace is no fan of Sarah Palin. But the former Bush communications director and McCain campaign aide perhaps took things to another level with her attack on Palin on today's Morning Joe. [snip] Wallace unleashed a hail of criticism of her own: * "Mistakes were made [by McCain in choosing Palin]." * "Her troubling deficiencies." * "Her incredible cynicism,...
  • PPP poll: Romney voters a risk to switch to Obama if he loses nomination?

    11/30/2010 6:08:46 PM PST · by pissant · 88 replies
    Hot air ^ | 11/30/10 | allahpundit
    I could have gone two ways with the headline here. One was to note that Palin’s now leading the field, albeit narrowly — 21 percent to Gingrich’s 19, Romney’s 18, and Huckabee’s 16. The other was to note that those darned RINOs in Mitt’s base just might be ready to bolt, Delaware-style, if their man’s not the pick in 2012. I went with my gut that you guys might just be in the mood for an ol’ fashioned RINO stomp.
  • Opinion: History Says Mitt's the Man for 2012

    11/30/2010 3:23:19 AM PST · by Rome2000 · 139 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | 11/29/10 | Michael Medved
    Opinion: History Says Mitt's the Man for 2012 Michael Medved Contributor AOL News (Nov. 29) -- Conventional wisdom says the battle for the GOP nomination in 2012 is wide open and unpredictable, but Republican history suggests that there is an obvious front runner who is nearly certain to represent his party in the presidential race. For nearly 70 years -- long before most of the current contenders were even born -- GOP leaders and primary voters have displayed a shockingly consistent tendency to pick a candidate whose previous national campaign, whether successful or not, suggested it was "his turn." This...
  • Not This Mitt Again (Mitt Romney hasn't changed a bit)

    11/22/2010 7:01:21 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 64 replies
    pajamasmedia ^ | Monday November 22, 2010 | Tom Blumer
    Mitt Romney hasn't changed a bit, and carries even more damning baggage. The serious rumblings are already out there. Undaunted by the failure of one of the most expensive presidential primary runs in history, Mitt Romney apparently wants to take another shot at getting the GOP’s nomination. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is “quite sure” Romney will run, and has said that the former Massachusetts governor “would be my preference.” Sadly, there’s a hoary tradition in the GOP that certain establishment-favored candidates, even though they’re not the best available, have somehow earned “their turn.” That belief has usually led the party...