Parties (GOP Club)

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  • 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...
  • Why Republicans Just Don't Get Libertarians

    03/16/2012 8:49:38 PM PDT · by johnatures · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2012 | John A. Tures
    There is a chorus of calls for Ron Paul to get out of the race because "he's not a true Republican." The Koch Brothers are trying to take over the libertarian think tank Cato Institute, and morph it into more of a conservative attack machine. You'll hear people call the Libertarians "GOP lite." Folks will accuse libertarians of siphoning votes unnecessarily from Republicans, helping to elect Democrats. Is this just a case of semantics, or disgruntled Republicans joining up with a new party just to win a nomination that they couldn't capture within the GOP? Or is there a deep...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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”...
  • Alabama Democrats scrub Bill Maher fundraiser off website

    03/12/2012 3:13:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    The Alabama Democratic Party has now scrubbed a web page advertising its upcoming fundraiser with HBO’s Bill Maher following an uproar from conservatives about the event because of the comedian’s history of making sexist statements about women. The web address — — once took visitors to an invitation to the Maher reception in Huntsville on March 17. Now it redirects to the homepage of the Alabama Democratic Party. Bradley Davidson, the executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, has not returned multiple requests for comment from TheDC about the reception. The scrubbing was first reported by the Alabama blog...
  • 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....
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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): 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...
  • 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...
  • Palin leaves door open to eventual White House bid

    03/06/2012 11:16:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Asia One / AFP ^ | March 7, 2012
    Sarah Palin is a popular and influential member of the Republican party. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin coyly said Tuesday she could still make a tilt for the White House as Republican candidates battle it out for the divided party's 2012 nomination. Although it would be an unlikely scenario, the controversial former 2008 vice-presidential candidate - speaking as she voted in her far northwestern state - said she might consider throwing her hat into the ring if pressed. "I would seriously consider whatever I can do to help our country, to put things back on the right track," she told...
  • Netanyahu Controls Obama's Fate

    03/06/2012 12:48:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 6, 2012 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to seal President Obama's fate, all he has to do is to attack Iran. It is clear from Obama's AIPAC speech that the president will continue to talk about diplomacy and sanctions for the remainder of his term and will take no military action against Iran. If Israel attacks Iran, she will achieve three things: a. Israel will buy time by delaying the Iranian nuclear program by one to three years. b. Those extra years will give the effective sanctions, only now being imposed, time to work. c. The resulting increase in the...
  • It Could Be Worse, Palin Could Be on the Ballot (The Left rejoices)

    03/06/2012 11:08:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Daily Beast's David Frum Column ^ | March 6, 2012 | Noah Kristula-Green
    Peter Wehner celebrates Sarah Palin's absence from the GOP primary, while also reminding us about her worst attributes: [On] Friday [Sarah Palin] told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, “At this point we are watching Obama with his naive apologies to savages in Afghanistan who turn around and kill our soldiers. We look at things like that, the actions of our sitting president and we say, ‘anybody but Obama.’ And that is why Greta, that Alaskans whom I speak with — we’re so tired of the pettiness within that GOP process. You know, the folks are bickering back and forth about different...
  • Finally a book about RINOs

    03/06/2012 9:39:27 AM PST · by donjuanluis07 · 3 replies ^ | March 6, 2012 | donjuanluis
    After providing lists of RINOs for the last several years, is now proud to present The RINO List 2012, available March 14, 2012 only at You can go to the Amazon Listing page, and Wish List an order of the book. On March 14, the Kindle version will go live as well, so watch for them both!
  • Ron Paul mocks Santorum and Palin for small crowds (Huh?)

    03/05/2012 5:49:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 5, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, mocked Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin today for drawing smaller crowds than his campaign as he sprints to the Super Tuesday finish. Paul's campaign announced that 1,300 people attended his town hall in Sandpoint, Idaho, which has a population of 7,400 people. "This contrasts with less-inspiring candidates struggling with diminished interest, including small crowd sizes for Rick Santorum in [the] much larger Coeur d'Alene, which neighbors Spokane," his campaign observed. "The 'leading' competing candidate drew a paltry 600 there on February 15th, and turnout for the Pual town hall event also contrasts with turnout for a...
  • Poll finds churchgoers favor Santorum

    03/05/2012 1:47:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
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  • Pelosi Hammers GOP on Limbaugh

    03/05/2012 1:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Texas Insider ^ | March 5, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Republicans are now stuck being associated with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh calling a Georgetown law student a “slut.” Democrats have been hammering Limbaugh and Republicans since the radio host criticized Sandra Fluke, the student, for stressing the importance of birth control during a congressional hearing on President Obama’s contraceptive mandate. Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” because he said she was effectively asking taxpayers for money for contraception. On Thursday, Democrats urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to publicly denounce Limbaugh’s statement. “They won’t disassociate themselves from it. They’re tattooed...
  • In Breitbart’s Last Column, Did He Endorse Newt Gingrich?

    03/05/2012 9:46:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Deceased conservative media icon Andrew Breitbart’s posthumously released article outlines a leftist play heralding radical Saul Alinsky that Obama participated in. But for as much as the crux of the article is centered on Barack Obama’s affiliation with Alinsky-styled radicalism, does he also endorse Newt Gingrich at its conclusion?When Andrew Breitbart announced at CPAC this year that he would be vetting Obama with a new set of tapes that would confirm his radical roots, he planted an eagerness in the conservative movement that currently waits with bated breath to see if these videos live up to the hype that Breitbart...
  • Is Snowe’s Retirement a Blow to LGBT-Friendly Republicans?

    03/04/2012 2:44:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Edge ^ | March 2, 2012 | Michael K. Lavers, National News Editor
    Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe’s announcement on Tuesday that she will not seek re-election after more than three decades on Capitol Hill certainly sent shockwaves across Washington, D.C. What does it exactly mean to LGBT-friendly Republicans? Snowe is among the six Republicans in the U.S. Senate who voted for a bill that repealed the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemembers. She is also a co-sponsor of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The vast majority of her Republican colleagues were obviously unwilling to meet her in the middle on these issues. "As I enter a new chapter, I see a...
  • Analysis: Social issues constrain GOP

    03/04/2012 1:43:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 3/4/12 | STEVEN R. HURST - Associated Press
    Once deeply vulnerable, President Barack Obama has seen his fortunes take a dramatic turn for the better as the Republican Party splits between its historic business-friendly establishment and the powerful tug of more conservative and social issues voters. Burdened throughout his term by the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, Obama was expected to be hard pressed to hold on the White House in November. But eight months before Election Day, things have changed. That's partly because the economy is finally showing signs of a sustained recovery. But the new wind at Obama's back blowing just as powerfully...
  • In Romney, Moderates See A Champion Against The "Nutjobs" The Tea Party is so 2009

    03/03/2012 9:25:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | March 1, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    ANN ARBOR, Michigan — As he watched last week's Republican debate from his apartment in University of Michigan's married student housing, Derek Osborne could hardly contain his disgust every time Rick Santorum came on TV. "He represents a part of the Republican party that drives me absolutely crazy," he seethed. Osborne, a Ph.D candidate, is a Mitt Romney supporter. He's also a moderate Republican who is alarmed at what he sees as the anti-intellectual fervor—and undeniable political power—of the Tea Party movement. As the latest candidate to emerge as the main populist rival to Romney, Santorum has become the primary...
  • Gingrich spends far more with Ohio firms than 3 rivals

    03/03/2012 8:23:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | March 3, 2012 | Jessica Wehrman, Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — As the Ohio Republican presidential primary enters its final days, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich can make a legitimate claim that he’s already providing a boost to the state’s wobbly economy. Gingrich spent more than $5 million using Ohio vendors for his presidential campaign in the past four months alone — far more than any of the other three GOP contenders. He spent the bulk of that money with two companies — Akron-based InfoCision and Delaware-based Strategic Media Placement Inc. — an affiliate of the Strategy Group for Media. In all, he spent $2.9 million with the former...
  • Bill Maher: Liberals Have To Get Out Of ‘Bubble’ And Realize Obama Might Not Win Reelection

    03/03/2012 6:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 2, 2012 | Josh Feldman
    Bill Maher has been doing a segment on his show every week about how conservatives are stuck inside a bubble and do not let facts get in the way of their worldview. But in his final New Rule tonight, Maher acknowledged that liberals live in a bubble too, especially if they think President Obama will easily soar to reelection against candidates like Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. And Maher said there is a very realistic chance Obama might lose in November. Maher joked that Obama should be thanking Santorum for helping his campaign, because of how much Santorum has been...
  • Sarah Palin: ‘I’m Not Going To Be Asked’ To Step Up In A Brokered Convention

    03/03/2012 5:51:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 3, 2012 | Frances Martel
    With the Alaska Republican primary on the horizon, Alaska’s most prominent Republican has been making the rounds on Fox News, and this morning Sarah Palin stopped by to tell Republicans to keep their eye on the Democratic ball, not to fear a brokered convention, and not to watch Game Change. But in doing so she made a new revelation in being asked whether she would take the convention stage should it be brokered: she doesn’t expect anyone to support her. Giving a similar evaluation to the field in Alaska as she did last night– that Mitt Romney would probably take...
  • Palin floats Rep. West for VP nominee

    03/03/2012 5:34:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 3, 2012 | Regina Bratton
    Several high-powered names have been bandied about for a possible No. 2 on the GOP presidential ticket. Sarah Palin, the Republicans' last VP nominee, on Saturday threw out a new one - Florida Rep. Allen West. "I would like to see considered for the VP Col. Allen West," she told Fox News. "In this tumultuous time ... he served in the military and has intimate knowledge of the way the military works and should work by having a close family member serve. Someone like that." Palin isn't ruling out another run herself on the ticket, should she be asked. "It...
  • Newt Gingrich 11Alive Interview: On politics, immigration and compromise

    03/02/2012 7:44:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WIZ-TV | March 2, 2012 | Doug Richards
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  • Key Issues for Black Voters in 2012 (Major Spew Warning)

    03/02/2012 12:37:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    New America Media ^ | March 1, 2012 | Zaineb Mohammed
    Robert C. Smith is professor of political science at San Francisco State University. He is author or coauthor of more than 40 articles and essays and nine books including "Race, Class and Culture: A Study in Afro-American Mass Opinion." His newest book, "John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama and the Politics of Ethnic Incorporation and Avoidance," is due out later this year. Prof. Smith spoke with New America Media’s Zaineb Mohammed about what he sees as the key issues for black voters in this year’s upcoming elections. What is the key wedge issue for black voters in California in 2012?I think...
  • Gingrich, Romney, Santorum, others pay tribute to 'warrior' Andrew Breitbart

    03/01/2012 2:00:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 1, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In the hours after the sudden passing of conservative warrior Andrew Breitbart Thursday, influential conservatives and Republican presidential candidates paid tribute to the man who fearlessly and relentlessly battled liberals and the mainstream media on behalf of conservatives, and whose best weapons were his words, the web and his passion for liberty. “Andrew Breitbart was the most innovative pioneer in conservative activist social media in America,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted. “He had great courage and creativity.” Gingrich also told HUMAN EVENTS that “no other conservative could match” Breitbart because he “combined technological knowledge, sound conservative principles, extraordinary energy...
  • This Is How Romney Wins (Sarah Palin/Mitch Daniels unity ticket?)

    03/01/2012 10:10:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | Ross Douthat
    I’ve been struck, in the aftermath of Michigan and Arizona, by how many political journalists have made arguments like the following from New York’s John Heilemann, which emphasizes Mitt Romney’s continued weakness and vulnerability: … the shirts versus skins schism that has emerged as a defining feature of the Republican electorate will be sharper in many of the ten states that vote [on Super Tuesday]. In Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Alaska, more than half the voters going to the polls are likely to be Evangelicals (whereas in Michigan the percentage was just 39 percent). In all those states, Romney...