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  • Palin vs. Romney, as told by Nikki Haley (Ouch!)

    03/19/2012 2:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 2+ views
    The Politico ^ | March 19, 2012 | Alexander Burns
    MJ Lee gets an early look at Nikki Haley's memoir, in which the South Carolina governor relates the difference in the way Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney handled allegations of infidelity that surfaced against Haley: She describes Palin in her memoir as someone with whom she enjoyed an “instant rapport” and an immediate “kinship,” as they talked about everything from their children and shoes to the hardships of being on the campaign trail. “She was very friendly and gregarious. She signed books and took pictures with people. There was not one thing about her that was high maintenance,” Haley says....
  • Brokered convention could energize base, boost nominee, say some insiders

    03/18/2012 6:25:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 18, 2012 | Niall Stanage
    A brokered convention is more plausible this year than it has been for a generation, as the fight drags on for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. The scenario leaves many GOP insiders petrified of the damage the party could suffer. Yet some dissenting voices insist there would be a silver lining to the cloud. They hold out the possibility of a convention of such drama and intrigue that it would energize party activists and mesmerize the broader public. “It could turn into a free-for-all, and be somewhat unseemly, and no-one wants that,” Keith Appell, a Republican strategist who is not...
  • Maureen Dowd: Is Elvis a Mormon?

    03/18/2012 1:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    TRUST Mitt Romney to be on top of the latest trend of the superrich: the trophy basement. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported on the new fashion to look low-key on the outside while digging deep for opulence — carving out subterranean spaces for Turkish baths, Italianate spas, movie theaters, skateboarding ramps, squash courts, discos and golf-simulation centers. The Journal reported that Romney has filed an application to replace his single-story 3,000-square-foot beach house in La Jolla, Calif., with a 7,400-square-foot home featuring an additional 3,600 square feet of finished underground space. It’s a metaphor alert, reinforcing the two...
  • Utah: Senate Race Could Be Won or Lost Today

    03/18/2012 10:56:45 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 14, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Today may be the most important day of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R) bid for a seventh term. The Hatch campaign, fending off state GOP convention challenges from conservative opponents, has recruited and trained thousands of people to run as delegates for Hatch in tonight’s local caucuses being held around the state. The 4,000 delegates elected will go on to vote at the April 21 convention, where a nominee can emerge with 60 percent of the vote. If no one cracks that mark, the top two finishers go on to a June 26 primary. “The campaign has been working toward caucus...
  • Will Millennials Vote for Barack Obama Again in November 2012?

    03/18/2012 12:15:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1+ views
    PolicyMic ^ | March 16, 2012 | Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais
    Millennials (born 1982-2003) were crucial to Barack Obama’s 2008 election. Other than the state of the economy, the most pivotal factor in determining the outcome of the 2012 general election is likely to be whether or not America’s youngest voters repeat their 2008 electoral performance in 2012. In November 2008, Millennials comprised about 17% of the electorate and voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama over John McCain (66% to 32%). With older generations dividing their votes almost evenly between the two candidates, Millennials accounted for about 80% of Obama’s national popular vote margin over McCain, turning what would have been a...
  • Newt Should NOT Drop Out, Period.

    03/17/2012 10:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 1+ views
    RedState ^ | March 16, 2012 | mswalnut
    I am writing as a Newt supporter so there are bound to be many who will disagree with my assessments; but these are my personal opinions with little room for argument. Here are the reasons why Newt should stay put: 1. Santorum v. Obama, the best we can do? I thought the number one goal for most people here is to beat Obama, i.e., ABO, not ABR (anybody-but-Romney). It makes sense for us to rally behind a candidate ONLY IF that candidate is the best we can muster to match up with Obama, not because he is the current non-Romney...
  • Police Intervene, Arrest Ron Paul Backers at Missouri Caucus

    03/17/2012 6:50:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo! News / ABC News ^ | March 17, 2012 | Chris Good
    Police and organizers shut down proceedings at one of Missouri's largest caucuses today, as Ron Paul supporters feuded with local GOP leaders. "It's like the Hatfields and the McCoys around here," St. Charles County's former GOP chairman told ABC News, after police arrived on-scene with a helicopter and removed Paul backers. In St. Charles, an exurb of St. Louis and one of the state's largest GOP counties, Paul supporters sought to elect their own chairman and adopt their own rules when proceedings opened - both of which are part of standard caucus rules and procedure. But as they argued with...
  • Huckabee: Brokered GOP Convention A ‘Trainwreck,’ But Pressure On Gingrich To Drop Out Is ‘Unfair’

    03/17/2012 11:56:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 17, 2012 | Frances Martel
    Mike Huckabee does not agree with Sarah Palin that a brokered convention is a good thing for Republicans– though he discourages the idea of Newt Gingrich stepping aside to prevent that from happening. The former Arkansas governor went on Fox News today to describe the brokered convention process to Uma Pemmaraju (“a trainwreck”) and discourage the party from, if it must happen, choosing someone who didn’t run during the primary. “If you’ve ever seen a trainwreck,” Huckabee joked, you’ve seen a brokered convention. Calling it “a disaster for the Republican Party,” he expressed dismay at the way this campaign has...
  • Newt Should Stay In

    03/16/2012 11:56:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Race42012 ^ | March 16, 2012 | Barry Casselman
    I have known Newt Gingrich for 27 years, beginning at a time when he was relatively obscure except to C-SPAN devotees who saw him chronically criticizing the majority leadership in the U.S. house of representatives (he was a minority backbencher). That continued to the Republicans’ surprise upset victory (much of it designed by him) in the 1994 elections which led to him being elected speaker of the house, and then to his resignation four years later, followed by a decade-long career in speaking, creating public policy think tanks and authoring and co-authoring numerous books on American history. Mr. Gingrich is...
  • McCain Staffers Sought To ‘Shield’ Steve Schmidt’s Reputation Days Before ’08 Election

    03/16/2012 10:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 16, 2012 | James Crugnale
    As reality began to sink in to the losing McCain presidential campaign in late October 2008, a senior communications adviser, Brian Jones, sent out a comprehensive strategic memo seeking to protect campaign manager Steve Schmidt‘s reputation, the central figure in the HBO political drama Game Change, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports. “A week out from the election, named and unnamed sources are beginning to pin some of the blame for McCain’s likely defeat on Steve Schmidt,” Jones wrote in the memo. “Thankfully, and rightfully so, some members of the political punditry are already coming to his defense (Rove, McKinnon, Scarborough), however...
  • If The GOP Needed Palin To Stir The Base In 2008, They'll Need Two Palins in 2012

    03/16/2012 10:34:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 3+ views
    Ology ^ | March 16, 2012 | Noah Rothman, Senior Editor
    Gallup, the pollster of record, and its chairman, Frank Newport, have some bad news for the Republican party this year – they’re less enthusiastic about the present GOP presidential field than they were about Sen. John McCain in 2008. Fortunately for Republican voters, they already know this. Tenuous Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney inspires the most confidence of the GOP field this year, though that remains a dubious distinction since his support remains tepid. 35 percent of voters said that they will enthusiastically head to the polls to cast their ballot for the former Massachusetts governor if he becomes the party’s...
  • Obama chides GOP ahead of Ill. primary

    03/16/2012 4:59:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Tweaking Republicans four days before the Illinois primary, President Barack Obama said Friday that the hopefuls campaigning to take his job would do well to channel the moderation and inclusiveness of the Land of Lincoln. "I'm thinking maybe some Lincoln will rub off on them while they're here," Obama told a lunchtime fundraiser in Chicago....
  • The trouble with Obama and the Democratic propaganda machine

    03/16/2012 4:33:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 5+ views
    Fox News / The New York Post ^ | March 16, 2012 | Michael Goodwin
    Nostalgia, Webster’s tells us, is a “wistful or sentimental longing for places, things, acquaintances or conditions belonging to the past.” For Barack Obama, nostalgia means turning the clock back to 2008, when the big crowds swooned and the gauzy promises of Hope & Change hadn’t yet crashed into the realities of war, high unemployment and soaring gas prices. Despite complaints that it doesn’t have a vision for a second term, the president’s re-election team really does — you just need a rearview mirror to see it. Judging from the slant of its advertising, fund-raising and Hollywood helpers, Team Obama believes...
  • Axelrod: I sure am disappointed that Romney didn’t criticize Rush more harshly

    03/15/2012 8:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 15, 2012 | Allahpundit
    So, to answer my own question from this afternoon — no, I guess we’re not quite done with this yet. And to repeat a point I made in that same post, for politicos and their apparatchiks, this “debate” is of course 99 percent about partisanship. When asked about Rush’s comments, Romney tersely said, “It’s not the language I would have used.” When asked about Maher this afternoon, though, he unloaded: In an appearance on the Sean Hannity radio show, Romney said, “Frankly, what Bill Maher said, and I finally read the transcripts, I was offended, outraged that a person would...
  • Gingrich Campaign Plots Against Romney ("..strategists admitted he was the most qualified..")

    03/15/2012 7:21:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 15, 2012 | Matt Towery
    It was unbelievable: As soon as Newt Gingrich failed to win both Alabama and Mississippi in the GOP race for president, most members of the mainstream media and political strategists with whom I talked readily admitted, off the record, that he was the most qualified among the Republican candidates to serve as president. Now these are objective pros that have been around presidential politics for years. I have no doubt they were telling me the truth because these folks only tell you this stuff when it is relatively clear that the candidate is no longer a viable alternative. The Gingrich...
  • Paul Begala: Romney’s Dixie Debacle in Mississippi and Alabama Primaries

    03/14/2012 8:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 13, 2012 | Paul Begala
    One of the great legends of political consulting is the Dog Food Problem: an apocryphal tale of a company that had the best packaging, the best advertising, the best marketing. But there was only one problem: the dog wouldn't eat it. Forevermore we should no longer call it a Dog Food Problem. We should call it a Mitt Romney Problem. In truth Romney is still probably the most likely GOP nominee. He has the most money, the best organization, the most endorsements, and the best hair. There is only one thing wrong with the Mitt Romney campaign: Mitt Romney. If...
  • David Frum - Conservatives: Do You Really Want to Do This to Your Party? (Santorum)

    03/14/2012 8:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 14, 2012 | David Frum
    After tonight, Newt Gingrich has to be considered finished. You don't get to be the nominee if you don't win primaries, and if Gingrich can't win Alabama and Mississippi, it's hard to imagine any other state in the country where he can win. While Gingrich may remain some kind of factor, in almost every remaining state, this race devolves to a Romney-Santorum battle. That's great news for Santorum, who has been hoping and yearning for a two-man race. It's acceptable news for Romney, who knows that party donors and insiders dread a Santorum candidacy as likely to lead to a...
  • Christie helps generate $600K for Kyrillos' bid to unseat Menendez (NJ)

    03/14/2012 6:34:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NJ.com ^ | March 12, 2012 | Jenna Portnoy
    Gov. Chris Christie tonight helped rake in $600,000 at the first fundraiser of Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos' bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. More than 500 people were expected to attend $250 a plate dinner at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel. Besides Christie and Kyrillos, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore were on the bill. Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) acknowledged the one-term incumbent will have the fundraising advantage, but said his supporters believe he's the candidate to turnaround the state's unemployment and underemployment rate, the debt crisis and America's standing in the world. “I’m...
  • Palin Punches Back After Obama Attack Ad

    03/14/2012 5:45:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 4+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | March 14, 2012 | Dan Riehl
    Sarah Palin punched back yesterday at President Obama after Obama attacked her in his latest ad. Palin writes from her Facebook page: The far Left continues to believe American voters are not smart enough to grasp the diversionary tactics it employs to distract us from the issues our President just doesn’t want to talk about – issues that affect us all every day and must be addressed. Exhibit A in these diversionary tactics is an absurd new attack ad President Obama has released taking my comments out of context. I’m not running for any office, but I’m more than happy...
  • Coulter on Palin and a brokered convention: Beware of political celebrities in the GOP

    03/14/2012 2:51:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 14, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    Actually, her exact phrase wasn’t “political celebrities.” At the Indian River County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner in Vero Beach, Fla., Monday night, she said the GOP has a problem with “con men and charlatans.” Her point, though, was this: The Republican Party — and particularly the conservative movement — has created incentives for politicians to enter the fray not necessarily to win an office, but to eventually score a gig with Fox News or write a book. We need to be wary, then, of people who might possibly be in it solely for themselves. Coulter’s not keen on the...