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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...
  • Dan Lungren ramps up re-election efforts in Sacramento Co. seat

    03/13/2012 9:55:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/13/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Rep. Dan Lungren is stepping up his re-election efforts this week, raising cash, recruiting volunteers and holding town hall meetings in his Sacramento County district. The Gold River Republican faces a rematch with his 2010 challenger, Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera, in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District. A close voter registration split and high turnout in the presidential election are expected to make the race one of the most competitive congressional elections of the year. Lungren, who has trailed his opponent in campaign cash both this election and in 2010, got some help from Republican leadership for a Monday...
  • Obama vs. Palin…2012

    03/13/2012 2:40:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 13, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Hours before the premiere of HBO’s “Game Change,” the Obama campaign released a web ad Saturday focused on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who is portrayed in that premium cable film — fairly, according to her detractors, unfairly per her supporters. “I don’t really want to spend any time on Sarah Palin, but you need to see what she said the other night on Sean Hannity’s show,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote in the email to supporters. “She accused President Obama of discrimination, saying he was taking the country back ‘to days before the Civil War, when unfortunately too...
  • Fmr. McCain Strategist Nicolle Wallace To Maddow: ‘Both Parties Will Forever Avoid A Palin Choice’

    03/12/2012 10:45:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies · 3+ views
    Mediaite ^ | March 12, 2012 | Frances Martel
    On the tail of Game Change‘s premiere on HBO, former McCain/Palin adviser Nicolle Wallace, prominently featured in the film, visited Rachel Maddow tonight to expand upon the lessons of the 2008 campaign, and made clear that she felt fairly guilty about working to make someone “fundamentally unprepared and unsuited for the job” the Vice President of the United States. Wallace noted that she was still in shock as to “how close we came to having somebody a heartbeat away from the presidency so fundamentally unprepared and unsuited for the job,” adding that, while she thought tossing around the term “PTSD”...
  • LIVE at 9PM ET -The Mitt Romney Radio on GOP race and National security

    03/12/2012 5:43:08 PM PDT · by jacobny · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Mitt Romney Radio Channel ^ | 03/12/2012 | JacobNY
    Jacob Kornbluh discusses Governor Mitt Romney and National Security each Monday evening at 9pm Eastern. Join us for news and commentary on the presidential candidacy of Gov. Mitt Romney, as well as discussion about the political strategies and news relating to other leading GOP contenders.
  • Utah Primaries: Power to the Precincts

    03/12/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | March 9, 2012 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Utah’s primary isn’t for another three months, but Sen. Orrin Hatch’s electoral fate could be sealed next week. The six-term GOP senator is trying to avoid following in the footsteps of his colleague, Bob Bennett, who not only lost reelection in 2010, but failed to make it out of his party’s convention and onto the primary ballot. When freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) declined to run, there was a sense that Hatch was out of the woods. But now-former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is in the race and is regarded as a very formidable threat to the senator. Tuesday’s precinct...
  • Sarah Palin plays ‘gotcha’ on issue of vetting (You've got to see this!)

    03/11/2012 7:48:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | March 11, 2012 | Jonathan Capehart
    Any star worth her salt knows how to use the hype of a movie about her to call even more attention to herself after a relatively long absence. That’s why the reemergence of Sarah Palin in the middle of all the hype leading to Saturday night’s premiere of the much-anticipated movie “Game Change” was no surprise. Equally unsurprising was the nonsense she spouted with a straight face. For instance, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, best-selling author, reality television star and Fox News contributor, appeared on “Hannity” last Thursday and complained that the media didn’t vet President Obama four years ago....
  • Mourdock picks up NRA endorsement in GOP primary (Indiana)

    03/11/2012 12:51:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies · 1+ views
    WTHR Channel 13 ^ | March 6, 2012
    The National Rifle Association is supporting tea-party favorite Richard Mourdock in his GOP primary race against veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. National NRA lobbyist Chris Cox is scheduled Wednesday to announce his group's support for Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer running against Lugar in the May primary. The Mourdock campaign confirmed the endorsement Tuesday. A handful of high-profile conservative groups have lined up behind Mourdock in his bid to oust Lugar. The anti-tax Club for Growth threw its support behind Mourdock last month. Lugar's supporters have opened a pair of Super PACs recently to raise unlimited funds to support his...
  • Obama Campaign to Take Advantage of the Republicans' Women Issue (Huh?)

    03/11/2012 12:50:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 11, 2012 | Caroline Bankoff
    According to the New York Times, this Monday, the Obama re-election effort will take advantage of our National “Conversation” about women’s issues to launch a mailing campaign aimed at female voters in battleground states. Materials will be sent to independents, with “separate versions for mothers, young women and older women.” Additionally, organizers will reach out to via “phone banks, campus activities, house parties and media events featuring local residents helped by the [the administration’s new heath care] law,” all of which will be capped off by a “Women’s Week of Action” later in the month. While women have long tended...
  • The Dems May Have Miscalculated on Ms. Fluke

    03/10/2012 8:29:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 9, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    The Democrats thought they had a great distraction from the economic issues that bedevil most Americans in the form of 30-year-old activist Sandra Fluke. Rush Limbaugh foolishly (as he later acknowledged) called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” in the course of ridiculing, entirely properly, her very silly claim that the federal government should force all employers to pay for their female employees’ contraception–I never did figure out whether the plan extended to buying male employees condoms and vasectomies–regardless of whether either the employers or employees prefer such benefits to cash compensation. Ms. Fluke’s theory, really, was so stupid as...
  • Trick or treat! Romney's son and daughter-in-law dressed as the Palins last Halloween

    03/10/2012 4:04:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | March 9, 2012 | Beth Stebner
    Halloween is a time for ghoulish trickery and exploring that which is haunting, scary, and unknown. To the younger Romneys, that is apparently Sarah Palin and her husband Tom. For Halloween last year, Matt and Laurie Romney donned the outfits of Alaska’s most well-known political twosome for a famous couple’s costume party. To their credit, the young couple was quite meticulous in assembling their respective ensembles. Laurie sported a conservative suit with an American flag on the lapel, and the frameless glasses Palin is often seen wearing. To top it off, she had Palin’s signature updo down pat. Matt, however,...
  • Ann Coulter: The problem with Rick Santorum

    03/10/2012 12:04:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | March 5, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Even when I agree with Rick Santorum, listening to him argue the point almost makes me change my mind. I also wonder why he’s running for president, rather than governor, when the issues closest to his heart are family- oriented matters about which the federal government can, and should, do very little. It’s strange that Santorum doesn’t seem to understand the crucial state-federal divide bequeathed to us by the framers of our Constitution, inasmuch as it is precisely that difference that underlies his own point that states could ban contraception. Of course they can. States could outlaw purple hats or...
  • Matt Towery: Are three birds in hand worth one in the Bush? (Another Bush?)

    03/09/2012 9:38:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Cherokee Tribune ^ | March 10, 2012 | Matt Towery
    After the not so “Super” Tuesday results, pundits and experts predicted a much longer march to the Republican National Convention to be held in Tampa, Fla. Many experts believe Mitt Romney will ultimately gain the required delegates to win the nomination prior to the convention. But talk of a so-called “open” convention, where no candidate has the needed votes and delegates might be free to choose the candidate of their own personal preference is increasing, as well. The likelihood of such a scenario actually playing out remains relatively low. But should Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum capture the Texas primary,...
  • Tea Party group endorses Manzullo over Kinzinger in lawmaker match-up

    03/09/2012 7:17:05 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 9, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    The two were thrown together after the Democrat-controlled restricting process was finished. Their primary has turned into a funhouse-mirror image of many races between older establishment Republicans and younger Tea Party challengers. Kinzinger won his seat in 2010 with strong Tea Party support but has developed a more centrist voting record since he entered the House, making establishment Republicans happy but angering his Tea Party base. His decision to quit the conservative Republican Study Committee and join the centrist Tuesday Group after a fight between the RSC and House GOP leaders pleased Boehner but infuriated groups like Freedomworks, which cite...
  • Schweich testing waters for US Senate bid (MO)

    03/09/2012 7:12:20 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | March 7, 2012 | David A. Lieb
    Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has set up a political committee to test the waters for a U.S. Senate campaign, finally publicly confirming his interest in a race he once pledged not to enter. The IRS has approved the creation of a “Schweich for US Senate” committee, following an application by Schweich’s campaign treasurer. The committee allows money to be raised and spent on behalf of Schweich while he considers whether to launch a formal challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. The Senate race already includes three prominent Republicans — former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman of Rolla, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin...
  • S.E. Cupp: Palin hearts Newt. Really?

    03/09/2012 2:10:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | March 8, 2012 | Sarah Elizabeth Cupp, Special to CNN
    Far be it for me to offer unsolicited advice to Sarah Palin. She's built a very successful career out of going rogue and certainly doesn't need any tips from me. And, as an occasional pundit, a political influencer and a private citizen, she's free to throw her weight behind anyone she wants. But I just have to say it: Newt Gingrich? Really? Now, I'm not in the camp of conservative elites who think she's seen her best days and should politely retire to obscurity. If anything, the premiere of "Game Change" on HBO on Saturday is proof that she's still...
  • Deal not sealed, Romney hits Santorum with big ad buys

    03/08/2012 10:50:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | March 9, 2012 | Patricia Zengerle
    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign would like to be focusing its attacks on Democratic President Barack Obama around now. But after failing to seize control of the Republican nomination race on "Super Tuesday," Romney cannot shake off rival Rick Santorum, whom he criticized on Thursday as a political insider. Opening up a new front against Santorum, the Romney campaign accused him of being a lobbyist in his home state of Pennsylvania even before he went to Washington in 1991. Romney's campaign also attacked Santorum for holding regular meetings with lobbyists as a Senate leader, part of the Republican "K Street Project"...
  • Obama super PAC chief: Equating Rush Limbaugh with Bill Maher ‘is crazy’

    03/08/2012 2:31:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    Bill Burton, the former Obama 2008 campaign press secretary who went on to found the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA, appeared on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC show Thursday, trying to distinguish between the rhetoric used by HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher and conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh. Maher recently donated $1 million to Priorities USA. Mitchell asked Burton how Maher has gotten away with what he said about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin while Limbaugh was condemned for his own ill-advised remarks. “Well, a couple of things,” Burton said. “First of all, obviously, some of those things were vulgar and...
  • Election Song for Rick Santorum- "Game On" (YouTube Video)

    03/08/2012 10:16:16 AM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7pv7sO5Gng
  • The Buzz: Republican Beth Gaines may face two GOP challengers

    03/08/2012 8:12:51 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    The race for the newly drawn 6th Assembly District is shaping up as a potential political – and personal – Republican slugfest. GOP Assemblywoman Beth Gaines could face two challengers from her side of the aisle in her re-election bid for the safe Republican district. The Rocklin Republican's potential rivals – Folsom attorney Andrew Pugno and Roseville school board member Linda Park – both have ties to Gaines' former rival, Roseville Councilman John Allard. Pugno, who has filed a statement of intention to run but has made no formal announcement, used the same campaign consultant in 2010 that Allard did...
  • Obama jabs at Gingrich's "phony" gas price promise

    03/08/2012 12:01:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 7, 2012 | Stephanie Condon
    President Obama's visit to Mt. Holly, North Carolina on Wednesday to discuss energy policy and the economy was technically not a campaign stop, but he didn't shy away from adding some politically-tinged remarks during his taxpayer-sponsored visit. "The next time you hear some politician trotting out some three-point plan for $2 gas, you let 'em know, we know better," Mr. Obama said, seemingly referencing Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's pitch to bring gas prices down to $2.50 if he becomes president. "Tell 'em we're tired of hearing phony, election year promises that never come about." Mr. Obama toured the Daimler...
  • Make sure the Right person goes against Obama

    03/07/2012 11:11:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | March 7, 2012 | Joseph A. Gallant
    Establishment Republicans will not stop supporting liberal RINO's until we Conservatives once and for all deliver a united blow against this GOP elitist in some sort of SOLIDARITY behind one particular conservative candidate soon or else we will lose. The Day After Super Tuesday » Judson Phillips - articulates it best in this (VIDEO): http://bit.ly/xgCt6T Wake up people! The people who said Sarah Palin was not electable are the same people who say Newt is not electable. This is just BS! Remember Reagan too, lost 6 primary contest before becoming the GOP nominee in 1976, for that matter in 2008...
  • Romney encourages rivals to fold; no way, they say

    03/07/2012 9:45:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Boston Globe / The Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2012 | David Espo
    His delegate lead growing, Mitt Romney gently nudged his Republican opponents toward the sidelines on Wednesday and said he was on track to wrap up the presidential nomination before the party convention next summer. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich paid him no mind, vowing to fight on in a campaign marked by persistent ideological divisions. If anything, the political maneuvering intensified as the marathon pointed toward contests in five states over the next week. Romney's campaign purchased television advertising time in Alabama according to campaign sources, as it pursued a breakthrough in the party's Southern base....
  • A Bid to Get Gingrich to Give Up Quest

    03/07/2012 9:22:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2012 | Trip Gabriel and Michael D. Shear
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — For weeks, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have been echoes of each other, both aiming their urgent verbal fire at Mitt Romney, the man they are desperate to stop from becoming the leader of the Republican Party. But the political and geographical imperatives of two important Southern primaries next week are forcing the two men to turn on each other as they seek to demonstrate an ability to unite the party’s fickle conservative base. It is a clash that has been building for weeks as both men circled each other warily, mindful that a shot at the...
  • Campfield elected as Gingrich delegate despite leaving campaign

    03/07/2012 6:03:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/7/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — State Sen. Stacey Campfield, who resigned as co-chairman of Newt Gingrich's Tennessee campaign last week, was nonetheless elected a Gingrich delegate in voting Tuesday. On the other hand, state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, who remained alone as head of the Gingrich Tennessee campaign after Campfield's resignation, failed to win a delegate seat in the voting based on unofficial returns. Twenty-eight "at large" delegates are allocated on the basis of Tuesday's vote statewide, and Adam Nickas, executive director of the state Republican Party, said the unofficial results will translate into 12 statewide delegates for Rick Santorum, nine for Mitt...
  • California suddenly matters after Super Tuesday fails to decide GOP contest

    03/07/2012 5:45:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/7/12 | Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune
    Suddenly June 5 doesn't seem so far away. With a muddled outcome from the 10 Super Tuesday states, there's no sign the GOP presidential primary process will be resolved before California Republicans hold a vote that pundits once said was too late to matter. In fact, June 5 -- when California and four other states will vote -- is now "one of the key dates between now and the convention" in late August in Tampa, Fla., said renowned election prognosticator Larry Sabato, who directs the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "As it turns out, every state is relevant, just...
  • DeMint back on the air for Stenberg in Nebraska

    03/07/2012 5:16:29 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2012 | Josh Lederman
    A PAC controlled by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is back on the air in Nebraska with an ad supporting state Treasurer Don Stenberg (R). DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund will spend an initial $234,000 to air the ad for most of March on statewide cable and broadcast television. The bio spot follows another ad DeMint aired for Stenberg in January. All told, DeMint's PAC has spent almost one-half million dollars supporting Stenberg, with plans to sink much more into the race. "Don Stenberg's a conservative leader who's won battles for smaller government, spending cuts, the death penalty, term limits," says the...
  • Gingrich not quitting, bets on must-win South

    03/07/2012 3:00:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 1+ views
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 3/7/12 | THOMAS BEAUMONT - Associated Press
    PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) — Newt Gingrich says he isn't dropping out of the Republican presidential race. Gingrich said during an Alabama campaign swing Wednesday that he's staying in because it's impossible for a moderate Republican to be elected president in November. He was referring to front-runner Mitt Romney.
  • Florida: Local Official Says Stearns Tried to Buy Him Out of Race

    03/07/2012 2:39:17 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 7, 2012 | Amanda Becker
    A clerk of courts running for Congress in Florida told a group of Clay County Republicans earlier today that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) offered him incentives to drop out of the race. Clay County Clerk of Courts James Jett’s statements to the gathering, including that the FBI is already looking into the matter, were first reported by the political blog of Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union. According to those present at the South Clay Republicans meeting, which occurs the first Wednesday of each month at the Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club, Jett accused Stearns of using a middle man to offer...
  • Missouri: State Auditor Tom Schweich Eyeing Senate Bid

    03/07/2012 2:34:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 7, 2012 | Joshua Miller
    The GOP field against vulnerable Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill might not be set yet. Show-Me State Auditor Tom Schweich is considering entering the race, according to a Missouri Republican familiar with his thinking. Schweich supporters have even filed paperwork with the IRS to begin the process of setting up an organization that could support his campaign. That news was first tweeted by Greg Giroux of Bloomberg News.Businessman John Brunner, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.) are the current contenders for the GOP nomination. Some Missouri Republicans have groused for months that their field could be stronger...
  • Sarah Palin Initiates Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” Campaign? (Poll to FReep, too)

    03/07/2012 1:28:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Shark Tank ^ | March 7, 2012 | Javier Manjarres
    While Governor Mitt Romney garnered the most delegates coming out of Super Tuesday, the possibility of a brokered Republican convention is beginning to take a life of its own as Romney’s victories and defeats on Tuesday continue to send the signal that the former Governor of Massachusetts is still considered by many Republicans to be their “default” candidate. Romney will need to amass 729 more delegates from the remaining 1145 still up for grabs- about 50% of the remaining delegates. Rick Santorum needs to grab 968 of the remaining delegates, while Gingrich needs 1037 more. With Senator Rick Santorum’s strong...