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  • The Unlikeable Palin

    07/02/2010 6:07:54 PM PDT · by pissant · 147 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 7/2/10 | Daniel Larison
    Outside of Republicans, she’s not popular at all. According to our NBC/WSJ poll, just 29% view her favorably, compared with 43% who view her unfavorably (not far from George W. Bush’s 29%-50% score). In addition, the poll shows that 52% have problems with a candidate who has been endorsed by Palin, versus only 25% who are comfortable with that attribute. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Palin is more of a political celebrity than a political figure. ~First Read This is true, but there is nothing here about Palin that we know now that we didn’t already...
  • Faith still sticky issue as Romney mulls run: Mormonism remains hard sell for Evangelicals

    07/03/2010 12:29:01 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 433 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 3, 2010 | Sasha Issenberg
    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney and his strategists expected his Mormon faith to fade as an issue for fundamentalist Christians during his first presidential campaign. This time around, should he choose to run again, they have doubts. ...But even as the national Republican establishment warms to Romney as never before, the former candidate and his closest aides now believe a group of voters will always be off-limits because of his religion. SNIP In Iowa, three-fifths of caucus-goers considered themselves “born-again or evangelical Christian,’’ according to a survey, taken for a media consortium as voters entered the caucuses. SNIP More than one-third...
  • PALIN VS ROMNEY: All that glitters is not gold

    06/28/2010 3:09:13 PM PDT · by techno · 56 replies
    PPP poll | June 28, 2010 | techno
    Comparison between first state poll taken in Colorado (3/11), Texas (2/26), and Pennsylvania (4/09) and the second state poll taken (Colorado mid May and TX and PA today)with regards to changing political fortunes of Mitt Romney: FIRST SECOND NET COLORADO 44% (IST) 25% (2ND) -19 TEXAS 32% (1ST) 18% (3RD) -14 PENNSYLVANIA 31% (1ST) 16% (4TH) -15 In addition of the 11 state polls released by Public Policy Polling (PPP) since the beginning of May, Romney has only finished first once and second twice. In contrast Palin by virtue of the second polls in Colorado and Pennsylvania now leads in...
  • Will Sarah Palin get a second chance at the presidency?

    06/27/2010 5:11:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 169 replies · 1+ views
    Helium ^ | June 27, 2010 | Todd Daigneault
    I really don't think so. But who could have predicted George Bush from winning a second term. America is funny when it comes to politics: it swings from the left to the right; and the left and the right from time to time become centerists. The centerist John McCain and the right-winger Sarah Palin made an unlikely team in the 2008 general elections. Had the circumstances been better for the country, this unlikely balance may even have won the election. With the electorate no longer in the mood for the same that they got from eight years of Bush-Cheney, and...
  • Romney Can Kiss the 2012 South Carolina Primary GOOD-BYE!

    06/22/2010 7:52:33 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 29 replies
    June 22, 2010 | vanity
    The elections of Nikki Haley, who is poised to become the first female/first Indian governor of South Carolina and Tim Scott, poised to become the second black Republican congressman to serve in Congress (and who won against a segregationist's son, Paul Thurmond) were momentous and historical for all the obvious reasons... That being said, I do not expect the lamestream media to give these stories as much coverage as they deserve mainly because their "conservatives want segregation back" mantra is quite frankly the only age-old tactic liberals have to rely on for any hope of keeping their shackles on the...
  • Mitt Romney: We need a leader, not a politician (BARF ALERT)

    06/10/2010 6:07:18 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 33 replies · 141+ views
    Thursday June 10 , 2010
    Mitt did an op-ed on the disaster in the Gulf and chides O in the USA Today article on lack of leadership, but where has Mitt been as far as coming out and telling it like it is? only after everybody else criticized Obama!!....I see He copy's pretty much what Sarah Palin already said in her facebook!
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: McCain to campaign with Romney in Mesa on Friday (THAT'S TODAY!)

    06/04/2010 3:28:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 427+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-06-04
    PHOENIX (AP) - John McCain is calling in former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday. McCain and Romney are scheduled to appear together at a town hall meeting in Mesa.
  • Folks Releases “Haley-gate” Phone Records

    05/27/2010 5:32:49 PM PDT · by pissant · 99 replies · 1,918+ views
    FITS news ^ | 5/27/10 | staff
    By FITSNews || FITSNews founding editor Will Folks on Thursday released cell phone records to several local media outlets in Columbia, S.C. related to the ongoing “Haley-gate” scandal. Folks released the information without comment. Additional information to follow …
  • South Carolina Consultant Wesley Donehue Pushing Will Folks To Leak Worked For The Romney Campaign

    05/27/2010 2:44:28 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 7 replies · 541+ views
    Liberty Pundits ^ | Thursday May 27,2 010
    Basically, the writer is saying, Wesley Donahue who worked for Romney in the past, was involved heavily in pushing the Rumor all last year according to the email provided by Will Forks....Now considering that Romney did endorse Nikki, some are wondering why would Donahue push this story now, if he did at all? The speculations is speculation but does make sense in a way: Many expect Palin to run for President and win the Iowa caucuses (she has strong support there) even stronger if Huckabee isn't running); many expect Mitt to do very well in the New Hampshire Primary The...
  • Tight Four-Way Race in 2012 GOP Field (Poll: Huckabee 25%, Romney 23%, Gingrich 21%, Palin 20%)

    05/13/2010 3:46:50 PM PDT · by FTJM · 203 replies · 2,137+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | May 13, 2010 | Staff
    PPP has polled Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for the first time in the potential 2012 Republican presidential race nationally, and their presence reduces support for the other candidates, particularly Mitt Romney. What was a decent advantage for Romney in a three-way race with Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee is now a four-way draw, with Paul in a distant fifth and Romney slipping to a close second. Huckabee has 25 to Romney’s 23, Gingrich’s 21, Palin’s 20, and Paul’s 8, with only 3% undecided versus last month’s 17% with more limited options. Gingrich’s entry into the field erodes Romney’s support...
  • Sarah Palin Surpasses Mitt Romney As GOP Frontrunner At Intrade

    05/03/2010 1:14:07 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 38 replies · 976+ views
    Mitt Romney has been the frontrunner for several months but Sarah Palin has been steadily climbing and closing the gap. It is essentially dead even, as of today, but for the first time she has a small lead and it is expected she will pull ahead. Intrade represents a type of stock market which trades in predictions regarding outcomes of future events. If you believe that Sarah Palin will be the Republican nominee in 2012, you can purchase a "contract" for the prevailing price, currently 25.8. Romney is currently 26.0. This price is determined by the contact traders themselves (anyone...
  • Politics Daily GOP Contenders: Reagan Conservative Sarah Palin Vs RINO Romney

    04/30/2010 7:00:13 AM PDT · by MaxCUA · 10 replies · 309+ views
    The race to win the GOP presidential nomination – is gearing up. It, too, has a large field, but this race is a marathon that takes four years to complete. Now, the time has come to begin handicapping the 2012 primary race. This list represents a snapshot of a moment in time, with fluid odds and a constantly changing field. Keep in mind that if this list were compiled a year ago, Mark Sanford's name would have been included – and possibly John Ensign as well. But that's horse-racing. Just ask the owners of Eskendereya, the consensus favorite to win...
  • Time to lay off Mitt bashing? Mitt, Bachmann and Palin are the only ones speaking up?

    04/20/2010 7:14:49 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 214 replies · 2,411+ views
    Truth in advertising: I've been an off and on, Mitt Romney supporter. By and large, off. But I'm beginning to wonder if maybe Mitt deserves a second look.
  • Fred Malek: Palin’s not doing what she needs to do to run

    04/16/2010 5:28:52 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 620 replies · 3,901+ views
    Who’s Fred Malek and why should you care? Think of him as sort of the Beltway-insider equivalent of John Ziegler. Like Ziegs, he’s a Sarahcuda defender par excellence, and like Ziegs, he doesn’t think she’s angling for a serious shot at the presidency. From a WaPo profile last year describing him as “the authority on Palin”:
  • Mitt Romney-Sarah Palin in 2012? You betcha! ZOT!!

    04/15/2010 2:25:07 PM PDT · by sweetb · 419 replies · 5,314+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, April 15, 2010 - Updated 3h ago | By Edward Mason, Hillary Chabot and Jessica Van Sack
    Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door yesterday to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run - a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama. “Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at yesterday’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor - giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech. Last night, as Palin stopped for cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End, she said she was “serious” about the...
  • Mitt Romney spins health care ‘both ways’ [Doin' what Mitt does best]

    04/10/2010 6:45:36 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 31 replies · 531+ views
    NYT via MSNBC ^ | 4/10/2010 | Kevin Sack
    BEDFORD, N.H. - When it comes to health care, Mitt Romney is hoping to have it both ways, even as he accuses the White House of doing the same. In the weeks since President Obama and the Democratic Congress enacted their health care overhaul, Mr. Romney, the once and presumably future candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has confronted an issue that is alternately viewed as a strength and a vulnerability. As he promotes himself as a problem-solving pragmatist, Mr. Romney can justifiably point to the landmark universal coverage law in Massachusetts that he, as governor, proposed in 2006. But...
  • Taking On Obama in '12 — Tougher Than You Think (Say what???)

    04/05/2010 1:11:15 PM PDT · by Justaham · 42 replies · 1,198+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 4-5-10 | Mark Halperin
    Here are the facts of Election 2012, as it stands now: Two major Republican candidates are engaged in the serious travel, staff hiring, contact building and general planning that are required to make a credible run for President. That pair is Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran in 2008 and is — and will be for the foreseeable future — the party's front runner, and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who was considered for the 2008 veep slot by John McCain. Romney has the stronger hand but some real problems. He retains almost all the strengths he brought to...
  • Obama: You know, my plan’s a lot like RomneyCare, isn’t it?

    03/30/2010 7:33:31 PM PDT · by yongin · 31 replies · 665+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 30, 2010 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline: “Obama hands devastating new attack ad to Romney opponents on a silver platter.” If you don’t have time to watch this now, no worries: You’ll be seeing the part about Mitt in eight thousand different GOP primary spots starting early next year. So brutal is it — think what kind of beating Charlie Crist is taking over the photo of him hugging Obama, then multiply by a thousand — that I’m tempted to believe The One set out to mention Romney with that idea in mind. If he can take out a potentially dangerous Republican nominee early in...
  • Mitt Romney's Health-Care Dilemma: In Iowa Today Facing New Questions About Authenticity

    03/29/2010 9:43:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 386+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 29, 2010 | Teddy Davis
    Mitt Romney, the once and likely future Republican presidential candidate, is back in Iowa today. The stated purpose of his visit, which includes speeches in Des Moines and Ames, is to promote his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."The broader mission, however, is to begin to reintroduce Romney to the state that holds the first in the nation presidential nominating contest. When Romney ran for president in 2008, his most delicate task was trying to convince social conservatives that he was, in the words of former Romney adviser Mike Murphy, "a pro-life Mormon" who had been "faking...
  • Republican Elite In Disarray After David Frum Is Sacked By Think-Tank

    03/27/2010 10:32:45 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 92 replies · 2,117+ views
    London Times ^ | March 27, 2010 | Giles Whittell
    March 27, 2010 Republican Elite In Disarray After David Frum Is Sacked By Think-Tank America’s conservatives were in open disarray yesterday after the abrupt sacking of a leading Republican for daring to blame his party for “the most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s”. David Frum, who coined the phrase “Axis of Evil” when he was a speechwriter for President Bush, was fired by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) after posting a column on his website that called healthcare reform a disaster for Republicans and blamed it squarely on their own refusal to compromise with the Obama Administration. The prominent...
  • A Campaign Begins Today (Do you want Lord Cornwallis Leading us?)

    03/22/2010 6:38:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies · 834+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 22, 2010 | Mitt Romney
    America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.
  • Frum: Republican Waterloo

    03/22/2010 5:53:57 AM PDT · by ironangel · 93 replies · 4,213+ views
    moderatevoice ^ | March 21, 2010 | JOE WINDISH
    Former Bush speechwriter David Frum says it’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the GOP disaster. And he blames this “most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s” on conservatives and Republicans: At the beginning of this process we made a strategic decision: unlike, say, Democrats in 2001 when President Bush proposed his first tax cut, we would make no deal with the administration. No negotiations, no compromise, nothing. We were going for all the marbles. This would be Obama’s Waterloo – just as healthcare was Clinton’s in 1994. Only, the hardliners overlooked a few key facts: Obama was elected with...
  • Media Matters unloads on CNN hire (Erick Erickson)

    03/16/2010 7:05:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,161+ views
    Politico ^ | March 16, 2010 | Andy Barr
    The liberal media watchdog group Media Matters is fuming over CNN’s hiring of conservative RedState blogger Erick Erickson. In a document provided POLITICO that Media Matters plans to post on its blog Tuesday, the group accuses Erickson of having a “long history of incendiary, sexist and racially charged statements.” “If you need any further proof that the liberal media bias is a myth, CNN just hired someone who called David Souter a goat——ing child molester,” Media Matters Vice President of Research and Communication Ari Rabin-Havt told POLITICO. The document includes many other profane Erickson statements, including the vulgar phrase highlighted...
  • Why Vote For Romney: Supports Mandatory Health Insurance

    03/16/2010 2:21:53 PM PDT · by mnehring · 17 replies · 436+ views
    Why Vote For Romney: Supports Mandatory Health Insurance Why Vote For Romney: Supports Mandatory Health Insurance Many Americans want mandatory health insurance. Mitt Romney was the leader, being the first in the nation to introduce mandatory health care. Thanks to Mitt Romneys generosity. 80% of Massachussetts residents are now insured, and the other 20% are receiving health insurance while serving there jail terms for failure to buy insurance.
  • California's GOP Candidate Meg Whitman on Guns

    03/15/2010 7:17:35 PM PDT · by pansgold · 71 replies · 2,125+ views
    SF Gate Via Google Cache ^ | III / XV /MMX | pansgold
    I can't vote for anyone like this.
  • We Are In A Huge Constitutional Crisis. Could We Layoff The Romney-Bashing For A While?

    03/14/2010 2:32:38 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 239 replies · 3,111+ views
    A Request of Personal Privilege: We Are In A Huge Constitutional Crisis. Could We Layoff The Romney-Bashing For A While? We are in a huge Constitutional and practical crisis in our country. Obama and the DC Dems are trying to ram Government Socialized medicine through by any way they can, legal or otherwise. They are doing so for one reason. If they make 51% of the voters dependent on the government, they will be in power forever. This is what they want. I know Mitt Romney’s positions anger many here, but he will not run for any office foe the...
  • 'Rock star' Mitt Romney gets big ovation in Utah (HUGE BARF ALERT)

    03/14/2010 1:19:22 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 146 replies · 1,787+ views
    The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah ^ | 2010-03-13 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney brought his book tour Saturday back to the city where he led the 2002 Winter Olympics, telling an enthusiastic audience he could decide by Christmas whether to run again for president. "That's not a decision we've made at this point," Romney told a 12-year-old boy from Bluffdale who said he was "asking a question that a lot of people are wondering and that's, 'Are you going to run for president?' " The cheers the question received were among the loudest during Romney's hour-long appearance at the Salt Palace as part of his national tour for...
  • Obama by Proxy

    03/13/2010 7:58:13 PM PST · by Eterna1Soldier · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 3/13/2010 | Doctor Zero
    What drives Palin Derangement Syndrome to such intensity? Did anyone except John Edwards feel this passionately about John Edwards after he concluded a losing campaign as a vice-presidential candidate? Certainly Palin has remained more prominent than most such candidates, writing a blockbuster autobiography and launching a daring raid against the Death Panel Star from her Facebook page on Yavin-4… but has she really done anything to inspire this level of personal venom?
  • VANITY: A Conservative Nightmare in 2012: will McCain run again?

    03/13/2010 6:02:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 103 replies · 1,815+ views
    FR | 2010-03-14 | rabscuttle385
    The RINO McCain is in New Hampshire now campaigning for Kelly Ayotte, who is running for Senator from that state. According to the Nashua Telegraph, he's also co-hosting a town hall with Ms. Ayotte. The Boston Globe notes that the town hall meeting was "reminiscent of those he held during his two presidential campaigns." Fox News also reports that McCain did over 100 townhall meetings leading up to the crucial "First in the Nation" New Hampshire Presidential Primary and won, once again becoming the GOP frontrunner. So, my question for my fellow FReepers is, McCain's 2010 re-election race with J.D....
  • Whitman lays out her agenda of reform

    03/13/2010 10:26:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 601+ views ^ | 3/13/10 | Carla Marinucci and Joe Garofoli
    Responding to criticism that she has sidestepped media, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman held an unprecedented, hourlong conversation with news reporters Friday, laying out her positions on state pension reform, prisons and immigration while taking shots at Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican rival Steve Poizner. The billionaire former eBay CEO had her most in-depth exchange with political reporters since she entered the race last year, after arriving to cheers at the state GOP convention at the Santa Clara Hyatt. She later spoke to several hundred delegates after being introduced by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Whitman proposed major reforms to...
  • Poizner pushes to stop services for illegal immigrants at GOP convention

    03/13/2010 10:21:22 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies · 1,558+ views
    Ventura Star ^ | 3/13/10 | Timm Herdt
    SANTA CLARA — Seizing on the issue of illegal immigration, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner stepped up his campaign Friday to persuade California Republicans that he is the true conservative seeking the party’s nomination for governor. At a news conference just prior to former eBay CEO Meg Whitman’s speech to the state GOP convention, Poizner called for the elimination of all public services for illegal immigrants that are under the control of the state and pledged to lobby for federal changes so that schools could turn illegal immigrant children from their doors. “We should move that forward,” he said of the...
  • NY Times: Bookstores Reported Receiving Bulk Orders for Mitt Romney's New Book

    03/12/2010 5:22:21 PM PST · by curth · 164 replies · 2,269+ views
    conservatives4palin ^ | FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 | Iceland's Finest
    Romney fans, please don't shoot the messenger. Mitt Romney's book has debuted at #1 atop the NY Times best-seller list among non-fiction hardcover books. However, the NY Times also provides some additional information that may explain how Romney's book hit the #1 spot. Whenever the NY Times places a "dagger" symbol next to a book, it signifies that "some bookstores report[ed] receiving bulk orders" for the book. The NY Times placed not just one, but two, daggers next to Romney's book. You can draw your own conclusion as to who it was that purchased Governor Romney's book in bulk. By...
  • Romney’s 2012 Blueprint (Frum: Romney=presidential & serious, Palin=catty & self-absorbed)

    03/10/2010 10:33:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 678+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | March 10, 2010 | David Frum
    Mitt Romney’s new book, No Apology, makes a very striking contrast with the most recent book entry by a potential Republican presidential candidate, Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue. Palin’s subject is Palin: her wrongs and grievances. Unlike Palin, Romney cares about the external world. His book is an action plan, not a memoir. It is crammed with factual claims and policy recommendations, with only the lightest sprinkling of self-references. You may have already heard my theory of the two Romneys, Good Romney and Bad Romney. No Apologies is mostly written by Good Romney, but Bad Romney does make himself heard at...
  • Three FAKE media-driven scandals about Palin within a weeks time!!

    03/08/2010 6:33:09 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 69 replies · 384+ views
    Monday March 8, 2010
    Canada Health-Care scandalStep one: Some provocative yet murky detail emerges about something she said or did, usually it comes from a leftist blogger. In this case, that’d be her admission that as a kid (6 years old) her family once crossed the border to seek medical care for her brother in Canada when Anchorage was 45 minutes away. Step two: The media assumes the worst and beams out the shocking allegations taking out of context.( she is supposedly for socialize health-care at the age of six!)Step three: Media corrects the story later on in the day, but it is too...
  • Mitt Romney Interviewed by Chris Wallace (A disaster?)

    03/07/2010 7:58:15 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 155 replies · 378+ views
    RightPundit ^ | Sunday March 7, 2010 | Arriba
    I watched the Mitt Romney interview on Fox News Watch with Chris Wallace this morning. I actually watched twice, I was stunned. What a debacle! Apparently, this was his opening gambit in his 2012 Presidential campaign, since he has written a book. Wallace, by far the most skilled of the talking head interviewers, pressed Romney on his two primary claims: that Obama has spent his first year apologizing for being an American, and that his health care plan is awful. Romney was unable to delineate any major differences between the plan he developed in Massachusetts and Obama’s, except that the...
  • Sarah Palin turns stand-up comedian, outshining a rigid Mitt Romney (Sarah:Charming Mitt: Dull)

    03/06/2010 5:43:00 PM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 112 replies · 2,149+ views
    The Sunday TImes ^ | March 7, 2010 | Christina Lamb
    At first sight it was no contest. On one channel Sarah Palin, the poster-girl of the American right, was wowing audiences with her first routine as a stand-up comedian. On a rival chat show Mitt Romney, the early frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2012, was delivering such dull fare that his host yawned. Writing a book and promoting it on late-night television have become an integral part of a presidential campaign launch. It certainly worked for Barack Obama. For Romney, the tactic seems to have backfired. He may be ahead of Palin in the opinion polls. But 5.8m people...
  • Romney Tells Letterman: Palin "Has a Rifle, You Know"

    03/03/2010 12:26:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies · 2,257+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 2, 2010 | Brian Montopoli
    Likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday as part of his tour to promote his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."Asked about potential rival Sarah Palin, Romney called her "terrific" and added, "she's got energy, passion." He then urged Letterman to "be careful what you say about her by the way," a reference to the feud between the two kicked off by Letterman's comments about Palin's daughter. Letterman grinned and nodded, saying, "I've had my…," before trailing off as the audience began laughing. Responded Romney: "She has a...
  • Romney: Beware the “temptations of populism” (Willard protecting his "boys")

    03/02/2010 1:41:53 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies · 795+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2010 | Allahpundit
    In a vacuum there’s nothing newsy about this, but 2012 isn’t a vacuum. We’ve talked before about the developing narrative: Palin vs. anti-Palin, “true conservatives” vs. centrists, blue-collar vs. white-collar, and … populists vs. “elitists.” With Beck having brought down the house at CPAC and the GOP in the grip of tea party fee-vah, why oh why would a potential nominee spritz cold water on populism? Branding, dear boy, branding: As Mitt Romney sets out this week to promote his new book, “No Apology,’’ he is also auditioning for a rapidly disappearing role in American politics: a politician who is...
  • Early ’12 favorite is Romney

    02/28/2010 12:48:36 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 202 replies · 2,692+ views
    Houston Chronicle / ^ | 2010-02-28 | R.G. Ratcliffe
    <p>In the category of it’s never too early to start looking, a new poll found Mitt Romney is the early favorite in Texas for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.</p> <p>The survey by Public Policy Polling of North Carolina found Romney leading with 32 percent support, followed by Mike Huckabee at 29 percent and 23 percent for Sarah Palin.</p>
  • Step by step, Romney lining up support for 2012

    02/21/2010 9:47:27 PM PST · by pissant · 67 replies · 865+ views
    USA Today | 2/21/10 | Sue Page
    USA Today - headline and link only
  • Palin and Brown: Mitt Romney's best friends [barf]

    02/19/2010 4:52:41 PM PST · by Al B. · 20 replies · 485+ views
    WaPo ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 | E. J. Dionne
    Mitt Romney got a rousing reception at the Conservative Political Action Conference. And why not? He was introduced by the new conservative hero, Scott Brown, the Massachusetts senator whose election Romney played an important role in bringing about. And I am starting to think that Sarah Palin is Mitt Romney's other best friend. First, compared with Palin, Romney is a plausible president. Many conservatives won't say that publicly for fear of alienating Palin or her followers, but they believe it. Suddenly, Romney's looking like a bit -- or more than a bit -- of a technocrat becomes an asset to...
  • Conservative confab: at CPAC, Romney looks ready to run (BARF!)

    02/19/2010 6:25:01 AM PST · by wk4bush2004 · 27 replies · 389+ views
    Washington – The starting bell has just rung for the 2012 presidential election, and the unofficial Republican front-runner is … former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The occasion is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, which serves as a cattle call for presidential wannabes. For the past three years, Mr. Romney has won the CPAC presidential straw poll, and in recent months, the more scientific surveys usually have shown him coming in first for 2012. Not that any of these early polls mean a whole lot. Two years ago, even as he was winning the CPAC poll, he...
  • In slip, Scott Brown calls Romney 'Republican light'

    02/18/2010 2:26:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 1,389+ views
    In slip, Scott Brown calls Romney 'Republican light' By Alexander Bolton - 02/18/10 04:55 PM ET Scott Brown on Thursday called Mitt Romney “Republican-light” before immediately correcting himself at the CPAC conference in Washington. The cringe-worthy moment came in the midst of Sen. Brown (R-Mass.) otherwise very warm introduction for the former Massachusetts governor. “It is my truly, truly my unique pleasure to introduce to you one of the Republican light – one of Republican Party’s bright lights and a man I once called my governor and now I’m even more proud to call my very, very dear friend,” Brown...
  • Romney says Obama failed America

    02/18/2010 11:40:20 AM PST · by americanophile · 22 replies · 706+ views
    WASHINGTON — Republican Mitt Romney is blistering President Barack Obama for a squandered inaugural year filled with policy failures and broken promises. He blames Obama for failing the American people, and said that's why Democrats will lose their majority come this fall. Romney spoke to a Washington gathering of conservatives, a critical constituency in the Republican primary fight in two years. The former Massachusetts governor hasn't decided whether to run for president again.
  • CPAC 2010: Mitt Romney Expected to Fire Up Crowd (Barf alert)

    02/18/2010 6:20:54 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 55 replies · 945+ views
    Mitt Romney Central ^ | 2-18-10 | Jayde Wyatt
    Described as ‘Mardi Gras for the Right’, CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) opened this morning at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. Excited GOP power players, power player makers, and everyday citizens concerned about the abuse of political power are streaming through the doors. The three-day conference will be filled with speeches, exhibits, forums, panel discussions, book signings, networking, hospitality suites, banquets, and entertainment. Among official bloggers attending is our own Nate Gunderson. He will be posting blog updates and sending live tweets. We’ve already received several tweets today from Nate, including one received this morning: “Governor Romney...
  • These Times brings about our leaders and he is not Mitt!

    02/15/2010 9:15:58 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 52 replies · 562+ views
    Monday February 15, 2010 | Bigtigermike
    I'm sorry, Mitt might be good in business dealings and might make a good cabinet member in a Conservative administration but to say that The Stimulus Plan was good and needed is outrageous for anyone outside of the White House, even some in Congress probably don't believe it work....David Bernstein of The Boston Phoenix who reviewed Mitt Romney's book might have a bad excerpt of it, but he read the book and if it's true, i give Mitt credit for being honest but he is not what the people of the U.S need at this time a man who is...
  • Romney gearing up for 2012 presidential run?

    02/15/2010 12:36:58 PM PST · by presidio9 · 190 replies · 1,963+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb 16, 2010
    Is Mitt Romney getting all the pieces together for another run at the White House? What seems to many as a forgone conclusion may soon become a reality, with the announcement of Matt Rhoades as executive director for Romney's Free and Strong America PAC. According to an article in Politico, Rhoades, who has served on other presidential campaigns and at the Republican National Committee was communications director for Romney's 2008 run. With the upcoming release and tour for Romney's new book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Romney's 2012 intentions may be one of the worst kept secrets in...
  • Romney getting band back together

    02/15/2010 9:27:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 167 replies · 1,471+ views
    Politico ^ | February 15, 2010 | Ben Smith and Mike Allen
    One of the first big moves of 2012 -- “Mitt Romney Names Matt Rhoades PAC Executive Director: BOSTON -- Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC announced today that Matt Rhoades, who has held senior positions on major presidential campaigns and at the Republican National Committee, will serve as the PAC's executive director. … .................................................... Rhoades, who's moving to Boston, is a well-regarded guy whose return to Romney pretty much confirms what will surprise nobody: That he's running in 2012. He's also, incidentally, been valued for his relationship with a key player in any GOP primary, Matt Drudge.
  • Can Sarah Palin translate celebrity into real political power?

    02/13/2010 8:31:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 197 replies · 2,145+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2010 | Dan Balz
    Sarah Palin has proved that she can draw a crowd. What she has yet to demonstrate is that she can translate the appeal of a phenomenon into a political force that can attract or mobilize sizable numbers of voters. The former Alaska governor is the Republican Party's biggest celebrity. She has given voice to a grass-roots movement grounded in anger with Washington and President Obama's policies. But her political future remains in question. Is she presidential timber? A force only within the Republican Party? A protest candidate like George Wallace (minus the racial divisiveness) or Ross Perot? --snip-- "Right now,...
  • President Palin?

    02/13/2010 7:56:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies · 1,578+ views
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | February 12, 2010 | Robyn Blumner
    Since Sarah Palin won't rule out running for the presidency in 2012, her performance recently at the Tea Party convention in Nashville deserves more scrutiny. Voters may have to soon evaluate her as a future leader of our nation and defender of the free world. Which makes her strikingly vapid answers to the softball questions thrown her way all the more frightening. When Palin barnstormed the country as Sen. John McCain's running mate, she had a glaring lack of comprehension of national issues. But then, she had a lot to learn in a short time. By now she should be...