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  • Newt Gingrich's twin campaigns (Inside Look at Newt's Campaign)

    03/20/2012 3:17:43 AM PDT · by God-fear-republican · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/20/12 | JONATHAN MARTIN and GINGER GIBSON
    That cheery, DIY effort masks a different campaign, one that is slowly expiring in all the usual ways of terminal campaigns at the end-stage: cash is running low, supporters are griping about not getting paid and aides are valiantly trying to convince themselves as much as the press that, really, there is a path forward.......To a degree rarely seen in presidential politics, Gingrich is his own strategist, scheduler and press secretary.“He makes the decisions about 99.9 percent of the campaign,”.........“They never build any structure to live past the next state,” complained one GOP strategist who advised Gingrich in one key...
  • Politico editor John Harris: Voters are stupid

    Last night on Politico's live-stream election show, Politico editor-in-chief John Harris highlighted a provocative Politico story about "stupid voters." The Politico article by reporter Alexander Burns examines poll numbers from voters who still think Obama might be a Muslim, believe that the president can change gas prices, and appear to have conflicting opinions about the war in Afghanistan. The article quotes Tom Jensen of the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling who admits, “The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid. . . I tell a client trying to make sense of numbers on a...
  • Anti-Romney conservatives face calls to coalesce

    01/01/2012 10:53:57 AM PST · by TBBT · 56 replies
    Politico | 1/1/2012 | ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
    KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Even before votes are cast here, movement conservatives across the country are beginning to fear that 2012 will be a replay of the last GOP presidential primary: conservatives divided between candidates, enabling a center-right contender to march up the middle and claim the nomination. Time is running short on activist Republicans who have long yearned for a unifying Mitt Romney alternative in the race – leading some to worry that if they don’t stop him in Iowa on Tuesday, they may not be able to stop him at all. Rick Santorum’s late surge in Iowa, coupled with...
  • Newt Weeps at Iowa Stop

    12/30/2011 10:21:25 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 95 replies
    politico.com ^ | 12/30/11 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    A drastic departure from his usual image as a stoic, policy-drive candidate, Gingrich cried more than once in recalling how even today he still cries when he sings Christmas carols. GOP pollster Frank Luntz asked the tear-evoking question. "I get teary-eyed everytime we sing Christmas carols," he said, starting to choke up. "My mother sang in the choir and loved singing in the choir. And I don't know if I should admit this, but when I was very young she made me sing in the choir and we had pictures of me at a very young age singing in the...
  • Romney: Cain allegations 'particularly disturbing'

    11/08/2011 10:30:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 130 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/8/11 | AP
    Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney says allegations that rival Herman Cain groped a former employee are "particularly disturbing" and must be addressed. Romney told ABC News/ Yahoo! on Tuesday that he will not judge whether Sharon Bialek's claims against Cain are true. He declined to say whether they are disqualifying. ... Romney .. "These are serious allegations and they're going to have to be addressed."
  • Mitt Romney: Allegations against Cain must be “addressed seriously” (WATCH VIDEO)

    11/08/2011 1:21:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Was it wise for Mitt Romney to offer any opinion on Herman Cain’s campaign crisis? Romney tells George Stephanopoulos in an interview today that he finds the allegations “serious” and particularly disturbing,” although Romney declines to answer whether they are disqualifying if true. All he says in that regard is that Cain has to address the allegations directly: Mitt Romney today for the first time characterized sexual harassment allegations facing fellow GOP candidate Herman Cain as “particularly disturbing.”“These are serious allegations, George,” said Romney in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on ABC News and Yahoo. ”And they’re...
  • Milbank: GOP would support 'psycho-killer' Cain

    11/01/2011 5:20:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 1, 2011 | Charlie Spiering
    MSNBC's Al Sharpton hosted Dana Milbank of the Washington Post and Democratic strategist Bob Frum on his show last night to talk about the Herman Cain story. Sharpton reminded viewers that he was not one to "rush to judgment," on personal matters, but suggested there was more to the story. Milbank noted that Cain's supporters were very passionate, and a large number would excuse him on the issue. "We could find out that he was some kind of psycho-killer and a large number of his supporters would say, 'That's great, at least he wasn't in government.'" Milbank said sardonically. "He's...
  • Herman Cain plans to cut back on campaign events

    10/29/2011 1:44:28 PM PDT · by Innovative · 199 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/11 | Associated Press
    <p>Presidential candidate Herman Cain isn't lacking in confidence about his 2012 prospects.</p> <p>He says he expects to finish first or second in each Iowa and New Hampshire.</p>
  • Evangelicals more aware of Mitt Romney's faith

    10/28/2011 6:11:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    Politico.com ^ | Oct. 27, 2011 | Alexander Burns
    Evangelicals are more aware of Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion than they were at the beginning of the summer, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute. The PRRI poll showed that a majority of white evangelicals — 53 percent — now know that Romney is a member of the LDS Church. That’s a 9-point increase since July. White evangelicals were the only religious subgroup in the poll to show a growing awareness of Romney’s faith. They’re also the only respondents among whom a majority knew Romney was a Mormon. The 9-point increase is not a dramatic leap,...
  • Tim Pawlenty chief says Michele Bachmann won't last over long haul

    07/24/2011 2:26:58 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 33 replies
    Pollutico ^ | Sunday July 23, 2011 | Jonathan Martin
    Tim Pawlenty manager Nick Ayers sent a blast email today to supporters making the case why Iowans will rally to the former Minnesota governor and Michele Bachmann will fade. After reiterating Pawlenty's accomplishments in St. Paul, Ayers wrote: "This doesn't make great fodder for cable news but as more Republican primary voters start to tune in to the race, they are finding out that the Governor’s record and message will stand the test a brutal campaign. Other candidates’ records (or lack thereof), and plans for the future (or lack thereof) won't." The manager also claimed they "had a record week...
  • Palin ruling out Bachmann nod?

    07/10/2011 10:26:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2011 | Jonathan Martin
    Sarah Palin may have been making the case for herself with a Facebook post last night arguing that a president must be "a strong chief executive [who] has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments." But she also sounds an awful lot like Tim Pawlenty, whose indictment against Michele Bachmann is that three-term member of Congress gives a good speech but hasn't actually accomplished anything. Wrote Palin: "Leaders are expected to give good speeches, but leadership is so much more than oratory. Real leadership requires deeds even more...
  • Romney's Thatcher homage (Steals would be another word)

    06/24/2011 10:41:58 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/24/11 | Ben Smith
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  • Tea party dilemma: What to do about Mitt Romney

    06/24/2011 6:57:20 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 144 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/24/2011 | Kenneth Vogel
    The anybody-but-Mitt Romney faction developing within the tea party may pose a problem for the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential ambitions, but some tea party organizers worry it could also backfire against the movement itself. Romney, the current Republican front runner, is viewed skeptically – at best – by many tea partiers. And disagreement over whether to actively oppose him threatens to undo the uneasy truces forged in the run-up to the 2010 midterms and undermine the fledgling movement’s influence in the GOP. The possibility of Romney winning the nomination is even reviving debate about whether activists should embrace, or even...
  • 'Not Any Single Reporter At Any Media Organization Thinks Palin Should Be President'

    06/14/2011 5:24:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 68 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    People know that the MSM despises Sarah Palin. Still, it was shocking to hear the dirty little secret so openly stated . . . Jim Vandehei of Politico, on Morning Joe today: "If you talk to any single reporter at any media organization that we're aware of, I don't think that anyone thinks she can be president or should be president." View video here.
  • Politico Admits 'Error' in Attributing Bachmann Criticism to Palin

    06/10/2011 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 36 replies
    foxnews ^ | June 10, 2011
    News site Politico.com admitted Friday that it made an "error" in attributing a nasty quote about Rep. Michele Bachmann to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The article said: "Palin's bus tour had some of the hallmarks of a primal scream: 'I built this constituency, not Bachmann, not anyone else,' she said. Looking at it through her eyes, she has a point." However, Palin never said that. Her political action committee promptly issued a statement urging the media to "quit making stuff up." "An absurd opinion piece in Politico includes a quote attributed to Governor Palin that is a total fabrication...
  • Sarah Palin's bus tour leaves GOP cold

    06/03/2011 5:25:06 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/03/2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS & DAN HIRSCHHORN
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - As it played out on TV this week, Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” road trip of U.S. historical sites was a masterpiece of political mischief-making – a wild dash up the East Coast that delighted her fans and cornered the market on 2012 coverage for days on end. That’s not how the bus tour looked to Republicans on the ground, many of whom are more convinced than ever that the former Alaska governor is simply not serious about running for president. While Palin has reveled in giving an extended one-fingered salute to the national press, refusing to give...
  • 'Mama Grizzly' Sarah Palin back on the prowl (Politico Deeply Saddened!)

    04/19/2011 7:43:42 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | April 18, 2011 | Jonathan Martin
    It's a fool's errand to use traditional indicators as definitive evidence that Sarah Palin is or is not running for president. If nothing else, she's made clear since her national debut two-and-a-half years ago that she plays by her own set of rules. But her pugnacious speech over the weekend in Wisconsin, promotion thereof and re-launch of her PAC's website today, suggests that she very much wants to stay in the political conversation. As has been well-documented, Palin reads most everything written about her. So she surely didn't miss recent stories about her declining poll numbers and relative quiet. For...
  • How JournOlism Works:Politico’s Ben Smith DropsRace Card on Donald Trump,NBC Runs With It

    04/12/2011 6:48:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 4/12/11 | John Nolte
    And so it finally happened. Obviously troubled by the fact that Donald Trump’s questions surrounding Barack Obama’s birth certificate are starting to gain some real traction, Ben Smith at the left-wing Politico finally panicked and fired off the Race Card. Hilariously, Smith did so using my favorite brand of agendized journOlism, what I call the “Some Say” tactic. How it works is very simple. In order for Smith to hide behind his dishonest and arrogant veil of objectivity, he simply finds others saying what he wants to say and abuses his position to amplify the charges directly
  • Obama to take on Ryan on health costs (Obama couldn't even cut taxpayer's funded abortions)

    04/11/2011 4:44:26 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/11/2011 | By DAVID NATHER
    President Barack Obama is promising to lay out his long-awaited ideas on how to restrain Medicare and Medicaid spending this week — just in time to take the spotlight away from Paul Ryan. But he'll have to do it in a way that doesn't provoke a Democratic revolt or give the Republicans an easy target. And right now, there aren't a lot of Democratic ideas on either Medicare or Medicaid that Obama can just pull off the shelf, dust off and use.
  • Donald Trump proud to be a birther

    03/30/2011 3:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 30, 2011 | Maggie Haberman
    Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's proud to be part of the so-called birther movement, which he says is comprised of "great American people.” "I don't feel heat; I think he's got heat," Trump said of President Barack Obama on the Laura Ingraham show . "Look, he cannot give a birth certificate. You can, I can, I got one yesterday, it took me a day, 24 hours, I got one. "A lot of the so called birthers, these are great people, these are really great American people,” he added. “These are hard working, unbelievable, salt of the earth people." Trump’s...
  • David Frum truly is a disgraceful, petty, Palin-obsessed Washington-insider. (Mark Levin)

    03/22/2011 8:02:39 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 37 replies
    Mark Levin's Facebook Page ^ | March 22, 2011 | Mark Levin
    Here's a part of his post at CNN, where he is apparently a regular contributor, which makes the point: "Ben Smith in Politico reports that the trip was booked through a Christian tour operator. But the real news is who did not book the trip: the Republican Jewish Coalition, the group that brought George W. Bush to Israel in 1998, Mitt Romney in 2007, Haley Barbour in 2011, and many other presidential hopefuls beside. "Very likely you have never heard of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But then again, you probably are not seeking the Republican presidential nomination. If you were...
  • Politico's Sexism against Conservative Women

    03/14/2011 1:56:59 PM PDT · by alan8228 · 5 replies
    Moore Common Sense ^ | 3/13/11 | Alan Moore
    Any news junkie will tell you that Politico has been on a steady decline in journalistic standards for the past few years. They have taken it to new levels with the latest piece of hackery by the leftist mouthpiece Jonathan Martin and Kendra Marr entitled "For Michele Bachman, a pattern of getting facts wrong." This story, the top "news item" last night on politico.com was a hitpiece entirely about some verbal miscues Michele Bachmann apparently made in New Hampshire. Martin said: "For Bachmann, who leads the House Tea Party caucus and champions a return to the Constitution, to get such...
  • For Michele Bachmann, A Pattern of Getting Facts Wrong [makes Palin look like Count Metternich]

    03/12/2011 9:38:34 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/12/11 9:48 PM EST | By JONATHAN MARTIN & KENDRA MARR
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s suggestion Saturday that the Revolutionary War began in Concord, N.H., rather than Lexington and Concord, Mass., marks the third time in recent months that the potential GOP presidential hopeful has committed a puzzling gaffe about history and current affairs. Making her first trek to New Hampshire as a 2012 prospect, Bachmann told a GOP crowd in Manchester: “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.” The Revolutionary War began, not in New Hampshire’s capital, but in the famous two towns more than 50 miles away in...
  • O’Keefe releases another NPR video

    03/10/2011 4:25:38 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    Politico.com/blogs ^ | March 10, 2011 | Keach Hagey
    UPDATE: NPR released a statement condemning Liley’s statements in the video. “The statement made by Betsy Liley in the audio tapes released today regarding the possibility of making an anonymous gift that would remain invisible to tax authorities is factually inaccurate and not reflective of NPR’s gift practices. All donations – anonymous and named – are fully reported to the IRS. NPR complies with all financial, tax and disclosure regulations.” Liley, who was caught on the initial videotape laughing at the suggestion that NPR was sometimes called National Palestinian Radio, was placed on administrative leave with Ron Schiller on Tuesday...
  • Palin vs. Romney. If both seek the presidency, it could split the Republican party.

    03/01/2011 8:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 212 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/01/2011 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    <p>Two potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have been described as “frontrunners”: former governors Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. According to pollster Scott Rasmussen, they’re the candidates with the most supporters among likely Republican-primary voters: Romney has 24 percent, Palin 19 percent. Intrade, the prediction market, has them as the most likely nominees: Romney is given a 23 percent chance of winning, Palin 15 percent. Each of them has a claim to being “next in line”: Romney because he was arguably John McCain’s strongest rival for the nomination in 2008, Palin because she was his running mate.</p>
  • Mike Huckabee full of love for President Barack Obama

    02/28/2011 11:50:26 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | February 28, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Mike Huckabee is going against the grain of conservative pundits and potential 2012 rivals who are merciless in attacking the Obamas, taking a softer tack as he defends the first couple on issues like healthy eating and the president’s citizenship. While conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh trashed First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy-eating initiative — one of her few forays into public policy — as an effort to have a government-run food program, Huckabee went the other way. “I do not think she's out there advocating that the government take over our dinner plates,” Huckabee, who’s been open about...
  • Book: Palin used to mispronounce 'Mitt' (Unintentionally funny)

    02/22/2011 9:01:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 22, 2011 | Andy Barr
    Sarah Palin used to pronounce Mitt Romney's name "M-I-L-T." In one of the many embarrassing anecdotes about the former Alaska governor, former aide Frank Bailey writes in a leaked manuscript that Palin actually argued with some of her staffers about how to correctly pronounce Romney's name. During her own 2006 campaign for governor, when Romney was chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Bailey writes that Palin didn't seem to know much about the then-Massachusetts governor. “During the campaign for governor, when Romney was in the background of our Republican Governors’ mess, Sarah didn’t even have a clear idea who he...
  • Oprah wants 'respect' for Obama

    02/11/2011 5:33:19 AM PST · by Michel12 · 49 replies
    Oprah called on President Obama's critics on Friday to “show some level of respect.” "I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason why I was willing to step out for him was because I believed in his integrity and I believed in his heart," the influential TV host said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in Chicago. Of the negative mood of the country, Oprah added, “I think everybody complaining ought to try it for once.” She said the presidency is a position that “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all,” and that...
  • Poll: Most like Obama on Egypt

    02/08/2011 1:44:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    Politioc44 ^ | 02/08/11 | ABBY PHILLIP
    President Obama has earned the trust of most Americans on his handling of Egypt’s political crisis, but not by much, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Around 58 percent of respondents said they believe the protests in Egypt won’t affect the United States very much, and around the same number believe the Obama administration has handled the protests well. Obama gets positive marks from a majority of Democrats and independents in the survey, but only 43 percent of Republicans believe he’s done well.
  • Loving Palin, but not for president, cont'd

    02/05/2011 12:12:57 PM PST · by pissant · 137 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/5/11 | Ben Smith
    Last Spring in New Orleans, Jonathan Martin and I picked up a very clear sentiment from Republican activists about Sarah Palin, reporting from the Southern Republican Leadership conference that "the wide admiration for Palin among the rock-ribbed Dixie Republicans gathered in the room wasn't matched by a confidence that she was ready to run." Jeff Zeleny picks up something very similar at the Reagan Library this weekend: Roy Billings, a Reagan admirer and a longtime contributor to the [Young America's Foundation], said he liked Ms. Palin a great deal, but he hoped that she would not run for president in...
  • Palin retreats, won't reload

    01/30/2011 8:45:32 AM PST · by Hawk720 · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/11 | ANDY BARR
    Palin’s putting the safety catch on her references to weapons in the wake of Rep. Giffords's shooting. Continue Reading Her speech last night to the Safari Club in Reno was closed press, but thanks to the Reno Gazette-Journal's David Jacobs putting his ear to a closed door, we’re hearing the former Alaska governor’s new line. Palin dropped the "reload" phrase from her routine, telling the audience of hunters "don't retreat, stand tall" — a shift from her now infamous and well-known "don't retreat, reload" line that played on a loop on cable in the after the Tucson shooting.
  • [POLITICO] Polls show rave reviews for SOTU

    01/26/2011 7:07:52 AM PST · by mrsmith · 41 replies
    politico ^ | 1/26/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Americans responded with overwhelming positivity to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, two polls conducted after the Tuesday night speech found...
  • Politico’s persecution of Sarah Palin

    01/16/2011 2:20:18 PM PST · by Starman417 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-16-11 | DrJohn
    And Politico effectively joins Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Politico's increasingly leftward lean has finally caused it to fall over entirely. The sheer volume of anti-Palin stories over the last week was breathtaking. It's clear that they have targeted Palin. To wit: First they were critical of Palin for not saying anything: Tucson shooting presents 2012 test Their widely divergent reactions — from Tim Pawlenty’s subtle distancing from his beleaguered rival, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; to her virtual disappearance; to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s feeding of the right-wing base — are telling for what they show about the...
  • Obama takes opportunity Palin missed (You might need a second bag on this one...)

    01/13/2011 10:02:06 AM PST · by Qbert · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/13/2011 | Jonathan Martin
    In the span of a single news cycle, Republicans got a jarring reminder of two forces that could prevent them from retaking the presidency in next year. At sunrise in the East on Wednesday, Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest — or capacity — in moving beyond her brand of grievance-based politics. And at sundown in the West, Barack Obama reminded even his critics of his ability to rally disparate Americans around a message of reconciliation. Palin was defiant, making the case in a taped speech she posted online why the nation’s heated political debate should continue unabated...
  • Palin grabs spotlight with 'blood libel' video-dominated nat'l political conversation

    01/13/2011 2:31:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 13, 2011 | Jonathan Allen
    On a day that political leaders in Washington and Arizona devoted to honoring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of Saturday’s mass shooting in Tucson, Sarah Palin proved once again that her bully pulpit is second to none in commanding the attention and passions of the political world. As Democratic and Republican lawmakers filed into the well of the House to offer prayers for the severely wounded Giffords and the six people who were killed, Palin’s eight-minute Facebook video — in which she accuses her opponents of “blood libel” — dominated the national political conversation. The video, released shortly after...
  • Green skeletons lurk in GOP closets (Romney, Huckster, Palin, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Boehner, Bush)

    01/02/2011 6:21:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 69 replies
    (snip) Dig long enough and just about every Republican has a green skeleton in their closet. Many of them have their last presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, a longtime cap-and-trade enthusiast, to thank for it. (snip) "I support a reasonable cap-and-trade system," [Pawlenty] said. "I think it'd be good for the federal government to take that up rather than have states take it up as clusters of regions." Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, appealed to a New Hampshire audience in October 2007 on moral grounds by saying he backed a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases and faulted the...
  • Joe Scarborough: GOP should take on Palin (Elite's stalking horse brays at Gov. Palin)

    11/30/2010 10:05:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies · 2+ views
    The Politico ^ | November 30, 2010 | Former Rep. Joe Scarborough (RINO-MSNBC)
    Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private. Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up. Everybody knows that Palin is a busy woman. The former half-term governor of Alaska stays so busy these days that one wonders how this mother of five manages to juggle her new reality show, follow her eldest daughter’s dancing career and launch...
  • GOP senators fight over failure (Graham, Lott, RINOs slam DeMint as selfish "loser" but praise Kirk)

    11/03/2010 7:06:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 125 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-11-03 | Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju
    Long-simmering tensions within the Republican Party spilled into public view Wednesday as the pragmatic and conservative wings of the GOP blamed each other in blunt terms for the party’s failure to capture the Senate. With tea party-backed candidates going down in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada, depriving Republicans of what would have been a 50-50 Senate, a bloc of prominent senators and operatives said party purists like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had foolishly pushed nominees too conservative to win in politically competitive states. (snip) Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott put it plainly: “We did not nominate our...
  • GOP senators fight over failure

    11/03/2010 7:06:56 PM PDT · by Qbert · 126 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2010 | Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju
    Long-simmering tensions within the Republican Party spilled into public view Wednesday as the pragmatic and conservative wings of the GOP blamed each other in blunt terms for the party’s failure to capture the Senate. With tea party-backed candidates going down in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada, depriving Republicans of what would have been a 50-50 Senate, a bloc of prominent senators and operatives said party purists like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had foolishly pushed nominees too conservative to win in politically competitive states. Movement conservatives pointed the finger right back at the establishment, accusing the National Republican Senatorial...
  • Vandehei response to Palin (Politico claims reason for anonymous sources is fear)

    11/01/2010 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | Ben Smith
    With Sarah Palin denouncing my colleagues for veiling the Republicans who want to stop her in anonymity, POLITICO executive editor Jim VandeHei responds: We have promised since the earliest days of POLITICO to pull back the curtain on how Washington really works and to let readers inside the conversations taking place among the people in power. Sometimes that requires extensive use of anonymous sources. This is what GOP insiders in this city are talking about and their concerns are widely known, if not publicly discussed. None of these Republicans would speak on the record for obvious reasons: they fear the...
  • Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Palin

    10/31/2010 6:16:28 PM PDT · by Bratch · 189 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/31/10 | MIKE ALLEN & JIM VANDEHEI
    Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin. Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns. There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the...
  • Rove: Huckabee apologized

    10/28/2010 1:03:12 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 43 replies
    Rove: Huckabee apologized Ben Smith October 28, 2010 Karl Rove told a New York audience today that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee e-mailed him to apologize for a public shot at the former White House adviser. Huckabee, in the course of denouncing "elitism" in the Republican Establishment, told WABC's Aaron Klein that he was "disappointed" in Karl Rove's dismissal of Christine O'Donnell. Speaking to the Heritage Foundation in New York today, Rove was asked about the comment. Per The Nation's Neima Jahromi, whose outlet asked the question, Rove said Huckabee had apologized for the jab. Rove has become a target...
  • POLITICO - The day after: Leadership drama

    10/25/2010 4:11:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies
    POLITICO ^ | October 25, 2010 | JIM VANDEHEI & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Voters will do much more than decide control of Congress next week: They will determine whether the most powerful political figures in Washington are up, out or ousted from their leadership jobs. Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful House speaker in decades, is in serious danger of losing her job, either by Democrats' surrendering the majority or by emerging with a margin too thin to protect her. John Boehner is a cinch to replace her if Republicans win back power — but expectations are running so high, his job could be on the line if they fall short. Harry Reid, a...
  • Sarah Palin is wreaking havoc on the campaign trail, GOP sources say

    10/21/2010 8:00:04 AM PDT · by Al B. · 155 replies
    Politico ^ | October 21, 2010 | Jonathan Martin
    The election is two weeks away, but the campaign trail reviews of Sarah Palin already are in, and they aren’t pretty. According to multiple Republican campaign sources, the former Alaska governor wreaks havoc on campaign logistics and planning. She offers little notice about her availability, refuses to do certain events, is obsessive about press coverage and sometimes backs out with as little lead time as she gave in the first place. In short, her seat-of-the-pants operation can be a nightmare to deal with, which, in part, explains why Palin doesn’t often do individual events for GOP hopefuls.
  • Hurricane Sarah (Politico Hit Job)

    10/21/2010 7:59:09 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Jonathan Martin
    The election is two weeks away, but the campaign trail reviews of Sarah Palin already are in, and they aren’t pretty. According to multiple Republican campaign sources, the former Alaska governor wreaks havoc on campaign logistics and planning. She offers little notice about her availability, refuses to do certain events, is obsessive about press coverage and sometimes backs out with as little lead time as she gave in the first place. In short, her seat-of-the-pants operation can be a nightmare to deal with, which, in part, explains why Palin doesn’t often do individual events for GOP hopefuls. It’s not that...
  • Democrats call Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, and others stupid

    10/21/2010 4:40:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 21, 2010 | Ben Smith
    The 2010 election has devolved in its closing days into a battle – familiar in American history and high school alike – over who’s stupid, and who’s a snob. Republican candidates have served up their share of bloopers — humanoid mice, sunspots causing climate change – and Democrats have taken the expected delight in their opponents’ stumbles. But they’ve taken their mockery one step further – contending as a part of their closing argument that the tea party movement, its champion Sarah Palin, and the left’s favorite Republican candidate, Christine O’Donnell, are, frankly, dumb. Palin “has made ignorance fashionable,” the...
  • Romney's $1.7 million tops field (CAPTION THE RINO MYTH ROMNEY)

    10/16/2010 6:41:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-10-14 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Mitt Romney’s political operation raised $1.7 million from July through September, again pacing the field of prospective 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls. The former Massachusetts governor, who lost a bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination and is widely believed to be preparing another run, has built a robust political operation including political action committees at the federal level and in five states with strategic significance in the pending battle for the Republican nomination: Iowa, New Hampshire, Alabama, South Carolina and Michigan.
  • 'Year of the Republican Woman' Sets Politico Spinning

    10/12/2010 1:30:07 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 20 replies
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | October 12, 2010 | Krista West
    From Tea Party activists to “mama grizzlies,” the number of female conservative candidates in this year’s election is unprecedented. This surge in the number of right-leaning ladies has not only caught the Democratic Party’s attention. Several media outlets have jumped on board to lend support to the female democratic candidates who are in danger of losing their seats.  Politico dedicated roughly 1300 words to the subject of female candidates in this year’s election in an Oct. 12 article, but it could only spare about 174 words on the conservative candidates. The article could easily double as a campaign literature touting...
  • Don't look, birthers: Obama's passport

    08/17/2010 11:13:03 AM PDT · by Natural Born 54 · 482 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | August 17, 2010 | Josh Gerstein
    Here's something new for the birthers to chew over: President Barack Obama's passport. Says he was born in Hawaii! But the White House has strategically fuzzed out certain data, so the mystery continues. Now, it's his official passport, which means it's new, so the true believers will not be persuaded. Not that they ever would.
  • Obama, the one-term president

    08/17/2010 5:06:35 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/17/10 | Roger Simon
    Honest to goodness, the man just does not get it. He might be forced to pull a Palin and resign before his first term is over. He could go off and write his memoirs and build his presidential library. (Both would be half-size, of course.) I am not saying Obama is not smart; he is as smart as a whip. I am just saying he does not understand what savvy first-term presidents need to understand: You have to stay on message, follow the polls, listen to your advisers (who are writing the message and taking the polls) and realize that...