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  • Big Day for Santorum

    02/07/2012 4:18:31 AM PST · by Huber · 66 replies
    Rick Santorum could be headed for a big day in today's contests in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri. Missouri looks like a probable win for Santorum. He's at 45% there to 32% for Mitt Romney and 19% for Paul. Minnesota provides an opportunity for a win as well. Currently he has a small advantage with 33% to 24% for Romney, 22% for Newt Gingrich, and 20% for Ron Paul. And Santorum should get a second place finish in Colorado, where Romney appears to be the likely winner. The standings there are Romney at 37%, Santorum at 27%, Gingrich at 21%, and...
  • Santorum Pursues Surge in Colorado & Minnesota (Wash. Times)

    02/07/2012 12:34:18 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6 February 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — The Republican presidential race could be headed for another reshuffle Tuesday as Rick Santorum, who has lagged behind since his surprise Iowa victory, is once again challenging the dominance of front-runner Mitt Romney. Polling over the past week shows Mr. Santorum statistically tied with Mr. Romney in Minnesota, besting him in Missouri, and running second to him but ahead of rival Newt Gingrich in Colorado, all of which hold contests Tuesday. Mr. Romney’s camp took notice, firing the kinds of broadsides it generally has aimed at Mr. Gingrich. Romney surrogates on Monday accused Mr. Santorum of pork-barrel spending....
  • Tea Party ‘Is Dead’: How the Movement Fizzled in 2012’s GOP Primaries (Barf!)

    02/06/2012 12:49:33 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 72 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 6, 2012 | Patricia Murphy
    It was the great wildcard going into the 2012 election cycle. Republican Party insiders openly worried the Tea Party might knock off the establishment presidential candidate, just as it knocked out establishment picks in the chaotic 2010 congressional races. Party heavyweights wondered whom the upstart movement would get behind and whether Mitt Romney could even get through the early states, given the once-raging Tea Party elements in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. But after months of wondering how the Tea Party would change the primary game, leaders inside the movement admit they never came in off the sidelines. For...
  • Newt torches Romney: (5 Min Newt Video- challenges Mitt to debate)

    02/03/2012 5:11:57 PM PST · by VinL · 27 replies
    the right scoop ^ | 2-3-12 | staff
    This is a slam dunk for Newt. He goes after Romney, the Soros-approved candidate, on his comments about the very poor and torches the idea that the ‘safety-net’ is anything but a spider web that traps the poor: It isn’t good enough for the Republican party to nominate Obama-lite. Now, let me tell you what the difference is. If you’re a genuine conservative, first of all you don’t say that you don’t care about the poor. If you’re a genuine conservative, you believe that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and...
  • Underestimating Mitt and Newt

    02/02/2012 7:34:30 AM PST · by Samson0254 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 2, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    Rush Limbaugh is right in that a strong conservative message will win the election. He is wrong in his implication that Gingrich is necessarily the better man to deliver it. As much as I admire Newt, one exit poll statistic out of Florida will shape the rest of the primaries, and the general election as well. It is this: Romney led Gingrich among female voters nearly two to one, 51 to 28. Minds can still be changed, but human nature is a little tougher. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/underestimating_mitt_and_newt.html#ixzz1lEpTauut
  • Welcome Home, Governor Perry

    02/02/2012 6:25:53 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/2/2012 | Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt
    Welcome home, Mr. Governor. You have fought the good fight. You have earned a few scars, gained a few wrinkles, and absorbed a few blows. And you have nudged the country, ever so slightly, in the right direction. For that we are grateful. You brought the straightforwardness of Texas to the national limelight. You captured the resoluteness of Texans and reminded us that unambiguity and resolve are qualities that all Americans should employ. You showed us that slow talk can be straight talk, that truth is simple, that reality is easily explained. No, you can't add regulation and jobs at...
  • Republicans Have Only Themselves To Blame [Hey, lookee! I'm a retread zotee!!]

    02/01/2012 6:47:11 AM PST · by energized · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2012 | Richard Cohen
    On Saturday night, at precisely 9:19 and 30 seconds, my iPhone, my iPad, my computer and, for all I know, my toaster were informed that Herman Cain had endorsed Newt Gingrich. The ping-ping of the devices suggested that something momentous had happened--alerts from both The Post and the New York Times--but in fact it was just additional evidence that the Republican Party has become a circus: One clown endorsed another. It’s hard to know who is the more ridiculous figure — the grandiloquent, bombastic and compulsively dishonest Gingrich, or the beguilingly ignorant Cain, a man who has never held elective...
  • Update #2 of Full Primary Caucus Calendar

    01/31/2012 4:30:09 PM PST · by Ron C. · 5 replies · 2+ views
    CA GOP, and various additional | 1/31/12 | Ron C
    Updated Full Primary/Caucus Calendar Jan 3 Iowa (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Unbound - Allocation at State Convention Jan 10 New Hampshire (primary) 12 Delegates 12 Bound - Proportional with 10% threshold Jan 21 South Carolina (primary) 25 Delegates 25 Bound - Winner-take-all per statewide vote Jan 31 Florida (primary) 50 Delegates 50 Bound - winner-take-all per statewide vote Feb 4 Nevada (caucus) 28 Delegates 28 Bound - Allocated on results of primary Feb 4-11 Maine (caucus) 24 Delegates 24 Unbound - Convention elects delegates Feb 7 Colorado (caucus) 36 Delegates 36 Unbound - Allocated at State Convention Minnesota (caucus) 40...
  • What's Mitt So Afraid of?

    01/31/2012 12:59:39 PM PST · by TheCollegeConservative · 9 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | Angela Morabito
    Mitt has a problem. He’s had his chance to run away with the GOP nomination – but the man that so many were eager to name the “GOP frontrunner” has won only one primary, the same number as his two major competitors, Gingrich and Santorum. One would think that Romney might have had more success in the primaries so far, given the clear weaknesses of his competition. The most distinctive things about Santorum are his religion and his sweater vests. Newt has his own problems, named Jackie, Marianne, and Freddie Mac. Romney gets to be the “frontrunner” by default, but...
  • Santorum’s ‘Game of Survivor’ (He looks West)

    01/31/2012 5:05:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2012 | Robert Costa
    Tampa, Fla. — If the polls are correct, Rick Santorum will not win tonight’s primary. But he tells National Review Online that he remains in the hunt for the nomination. “This is a game of survivor,” he says. “I’m under the strong belief that we are going to hang in there. You are going to see some more ebbs and flows in this campaign. We are going to get our opportunity.” Santorum sees hope to the west, from the Upper Midwest to the Rocky Mountain region. Leaving behind Florida’s air wars, where television advertising ruled, he is confident that he...
  • Why It's Too Late for Entry in the Republican Nomination Race

    01/30/2012 1:42:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Frontloading HQ ^ | 01/30/2012 | Josh Putnam
    Way back in the summer (of 2011), FHQ began fielding calls and emails from a number of media outlets asking about the filing deadlines for primaries and caucuses in the various states. It really picked up in late September and into October as some folks in the press continued to, well, press the notion of a late Palin candidacy. From that point onward, the Palin speculation may have dropped off to some extent, but a cottage industry has popped up in the wake of it and proliferated throughout the Republican presidential primary landscape around the notion of late entry....
  • NEWT GINGRICH IN TAMPA FLORIDA, LIVE NOW ON C-SPAN!!

    01/30/2012 10:39:20 AM PST · by Spunky · 232 replies
  • Tea Party Patriots straw poll: Santorum nomination would generate most enthusiasm

    01/30/2012 8:05:48 AM PST · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/30/12 | Alexis Levinson
    Florida tea partiers would be most enthusiastic if former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the Republican presidential nomination, according to a straw poll conducted Sunday night by the Tea Party Patriots organization. The straw poll was conducted following a conference call during which Santorum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and answered questions and made their pitch to the call’s participants. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was invited to participate, but was unable to do so. Callers were asked to rank their enthusiasm for each of the candidates receiving the nomination on a scale of...
  • Romney Praised Hezbollah in 2008. See video

    01/28/2012 8:13:35 PM PST · by Anti-Hillary · 14 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | 1-25-12 | Tamminator
    Romney really will say anything to get elected. This is just four years ago, and he sounds like someone who works for the Obama administration. So now he’s a conservative? Really? Puleeeze.
  • Lying about Reagan to get Romney elected

    01/27/2012 10:30:07 AM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 27, 2012 at 12:45pm | William A. Jacobson
    I have been pounding the keyboard all week about the lies and distortions of the Romney campaign and supporters about Newt’s record of support for Ronald Reagan. These allegations were played out by the Romney campaign and on Drudge, and did serious damage to Newt, both substantively and by forcing Newt to get off message. I was highly suspicious of several accounts, including that by Elliot Abrams, regarding a speech by Newt in 1986. That article in National Review gave rise to this notorious Drudge headline:
  • GOP Delegate Tracker

    01/27/2012 7:29:19 AM PST · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Following the results of the 2012 Republican primaries and caucuses.
  • Palin: Establishment “Trying to Crucify” Newt

    01/26/2012 4:36:59 PM PST · by TBBT · 46 replies
    thepage ^ | 1/26/2012 | thepage
    Ex-Alaska topper tells Fox Business Network Gingrich is being "vilified" by GOP elites and the media. Palin: "Look at Newt Gingrich, what’s going on with him, via the establishment’s attacks. They’re trying to crucify this man and rewrite history, and rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years."
  • Nancy Reagan 1995: Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt

    01/25/2012 7:20:04 PM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 110 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 25, 2012 at 9:50pm | William A. Jacobson
    There is something truly obscene about the full blown assault on Newt Gingrich’s strong Reagan conservative history from and on behalf of Mitt Romney, who unabashedly ran away from the Reagan legacy and conservative principles in his 1994 Senate campaign and 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Truly obscene.The latest iteration comes from Elliott Abrams writing in National Review, quoting pieces of a single speech Newt apparently gave on the floor of the House on March 21, 1986, in which Newt criticized certain foreign policy decisions of the Reagan administration. Abrams does not link to the full speech or to other speeches of...
  • ARG FL Poll (Romney 41%, Gingrich 34%)

    01/25/2012 11:43:33 AM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 48 replies
    American Research Group ^ | January 25, 2012
    Mitt Romney has maintained his lead in the Florida Republican presidential primary. Romney leads with 41%, followed by Newt Gingrich with 34%, Rick Santorum with 9%, and Ron Paul with 7%. In a similar survey conducted January 13-15, 2012, Romney was at 42% and Gingrich was at 25%. A total of 17% of Republican primary voters say that they have already voted by absentee ballot or in early voting. Of this group of voters, Romney leads with 51%, followed by Gingrich with 39%, Paul with 6%, and Santorum with 4%. Among the 83% of the remaining likely Republican primary voters,...
  • "Mr. Beck, if I may?"

    01/25/2012 6:08:25 AM PST · by RobaWho · 124 replies · 4+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | Jan. 25, 2012 | Rob Cunningham
    <p>You have perhaps no bigger fan of your philosophy, nor a more eager consumer of your many books, broadcasts and events, than me. One of the more memorable events in my life was attending your Restoring Honor rally in Washington, D.C., and sharing breakfast with you, several hundred supporters and Gov. Sarah Palin, in support of the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Never will I forget hearing you announce, "Ladies and gentleman, security just notified me that we should all go soon, because the crowd is already filled beyond the reflecting pool." Thank you for the greatness of your vision and the amazing courage of your convictions.</p>
  • Newt up 5 in Florida (Newt leads by +5%)

    01/23/2012 5:08:08 PM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 17 replies · 1+ views
    PPP Polls ^ | January 23, 2012
    PPP's first post-South Carolina poll in Florida finds Newt Gingrich with a small lead. He's at 38% to 33% for Mitt Romney, 13% for Rick Santorum, and 10% for Ron Paul. Gingrich has gained 12 points since a PPP poll conducted in Florida a week ago. Romney has dropped 8 points. Paul and Santorum have pretty much remained in place. Their favorability numbers show similar trendlines. Gingrich's has increased 8 points from +15 (51/36) to +23 (57/34). Meanwhile Romney's has declined 13 points from +44 (68/24) to +31 (61/30). Here's the good news for Gingrich in this poll:
  • Gingrich win puts TN in play to decide Republican nomination

    01/23/2012 12:13:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    The Tennessean | 1/23/12 | Chas Sisk
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120123/NEWS02/301230034/Gingrich-win-puts-TN-play-decide-Republican-nomination?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • What the Sunshine State Will Illuminate (what we learned IN SC, and what we can look for in Florida)

    01/23/2012 7:32:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Five key factors in what happened this weekend in the South Carolina primary, and five key factors in what will occur eight days from now in the Florida primary:LOOKING BACKOne: The rapidity of the Romney collapse. Since the race began to take shape in early-to-mid 2011, Mitt Romney has been mocked for having a glass jaw. In both Iowa and New Hampshire, Romney and his backers could scoff at the claim, pointing out that he had (seemingly) won Iowa and overwhelmingly won New Hampshire, not to mention that polls showed him leading in South Carolina and Florida, as well...
  • Newt expands South Carolina lead (Newt leads by 9%!)

    01/20/2012 7:37:05 PM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 73 replies
    PPP Polls ^ | January 20, 2012
    Newt Gingrich heads into South Carolina election day as the clear front runner in the state: he's now polling at 37% to 28% for Mitt Romney, 16% for Rick Santorum, and 14% for Ron Paul. Gingrich's lead has actually increased in the wake of his ex-wife's controversial interview with ABC. Although one night poll results should always be interpreted with caution, he led the final night of the field period by a 40-26 margin. One thing that continues to work to his advantage are the debates. 60% of primary voters report having watched the one last night, and Gingrich has...
  • Newt turns media "gotcha" questioners into road kill!

    01/20/2012 11:45:34 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 43 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/20/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    John King has joined Juan Williams as Newt Gingrich road kill. They have both been taught a harsh lesson: Newt Gingrich will not play the “gotcha question” game and he will turn such questions into smack downs of those who insist upon asking them. In just over 2 minutes Gingrich took King’s opening question about the charges being made by his former wife and flattened the pride of CNN to the delight of hundreds in a South Carolina auditorium and millions across the country. Newt’s smack down had us banging our fists and saying “Finally! Finally somebody is punching back!”...
  • SC House Speaker Harrell Endorses Gingrich

    01/19/2012 2:37:58 PM PST · by Utmost Certainty · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 19 Jan 2012 03:51 PM | Newsmax Wires
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Thursday that he is endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the state's Republican primary. "Cathy and I make these decisions together. We believe Newt Gingrich is the right choice for South Carolina, and for the United States," Harrell said in a statement the Gingrich campaign released. "His commitment to the conservative principles of lower taxes, smaller government, and economic development are key to restoring America to greatness. "Speaker Gingrich is the only candidate with proven leadership experience, which is what we need to effect real change in Washington." Harrell...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Major General James Livingston Endorses Newt Gingrich

    01/18/2012 5:44:49 PM PST · by red flanker · 16 replies
    Newt Org ^ | January 18, 2012 | Staff
    Charleston, SC - Medal of Honor recipient Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret) today endorsed Newt Gingrich’s candidacy for president of the United States. Newt GingrichA South Carolina Lowcountry resident, decorated war hero, and prominent member of America’s veterans community, General Livingston today withdrew his support of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s candidacy and announced he intends to promptly begin campaigning for Speaker Newt Gingrich. “I appreciate Governor Perry’s efforts, and adore him and his wife Anita. But I have come to the conclusion that Republicans need to get behind a conservative candidate who is developing the momentum needed to...
  • Palin to South Carolina: Vote for Newt

    01/17/2012 7:34:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 111 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/17/12 | CNN
    (CNN) – While not offering a full endorsement, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged South Carolina voters to turn out for Newt Gingrich during Saturday’s primary.
  • In 2012, Republicans need to run on an idea

    01/18/2012 11:12:09 AM PST · by botlogger · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 18, 2012 | John Scrudato
    So who should get the Republican nomination? Should it go to the most “electable”? Should we follow Gallup’s poll on candidates’ “acceptability”? Mitt Romney wins these metrics hands down. But don’t take the easy way out. Romney is eminently acceptable because there’s nothing there to hate. But there’s also little there to love — nothing to inspire other than his personal qualities. But, as we’ve seen, those don’t endure.
  • Analysis: Presidential races flummox GOP's right

    01/16/2012 9:31:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/16/12 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press
    The Republican Party's steadily rightward drift, exemplified by the tea party movement's muscle, keeps hitting a quadrennial paradox that frustrates social conservatives: presidential primaries. For all its success in congressional races, the GOP's right wing repeatedly has failed to unite behind a "movement conservative" to be the party's White House nominee. It happened in 2008 with John McCain, and in 1996 with Bob Dole. Now social conservatives fear it's happening again in, of all places, South Carolina, virtually the heartland of the tea party. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is running strong in polls there, threatening to sweep the year's...
  • VANITY: HERMAN CAIN: ENDORSE **MITT ROMNEY** AT YOUR OWN POLITICAL RISK (From Former Supporter)

    01/15/2012 7:24:17 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 110 replies
    self | 17 January 2012 | AmericaninTokyo
    (VANITY)Word has it that Mr. Herman Cain, a strong conservative presidential candidate incessantly attacked by the national media, the DNC and the RINO Establishment slime machine, is in a position now to endorse in pivotal South Carolina prior to its presidential primary.The problem is, some indications are coming out that such an endorsement, while "unconventional" may be going to Mitt Romney, the worst possible choice for the Republicans in 2012 and certainly no conservative, easily beatable by Barack Obama in November. Sucn an endorsement would be highly inadvisable. Many of us, former 2012 Cain supporters, volunteers and donors say this...
  • THE PUBLIC EYE: The Republicans' Mitt Romney Problem

    01/13/2012 8:57:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 1/13/12 | Bob Burnett
    After Rick Santorum’s surprising showing in the January 3rd Iowa caucuses, many observers asked, “Why didn’t Mitt Romney win? What explains Santorum’s late surge?” The answer lies at the core of contemporary Republican politics: they don’t have one candidate that appeals to their fractured base. A recent Pew Research poll revealed the remarkable diversity in the US electorate. In 2012, Pew projects that 10 percent of potential voters, mostly young people, will not vote; Pew allocates the remaining 90 percent to three groups: “Mostly Republican,” 25 percent, “Mostly Independent,” 35 percent, and “Mostly Democratic,” 40 percent. (This reflects ideology not...
  • With time, money running out, SC often turns nasty

    01/13/2012 10:53:30 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/13/12 | JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press
    South Carolina has a reputation for nasty politics — and there's a good reason for that. The state has a rich history of electoral mudslinging and bare-knuckled brawling, particularly in its Republican presidential primary. With little more than a week to go before this year's Jan. 21 GOP primary, it's safe to expect that under-the-radar attacks will occur in the final run-up to the voting.
  • Romney SuperPAC going after Santorum

    01/13/2012 10:09:26 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/13/12 | William Jacobson
    Via The Hill: "Restore Our Future, an outside group backing Mitt Romney, is taking its first shot at Rick Santorum. The group is running ads in South Carolina and Florida criticizing Santorum for supporting earmarks, part of multi-million dollar ad buys running in the states." Fair? In context? All the possibly clarifying facts disclosed? Of course not.
  • The Race for the South Carolina Primary is Getting Tight

    01/13/2012 9:50:18 AM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 13, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    Mitt Romney leads the GOP presidential field in South Carolina, but his rivals are closing in fast. Newt Gingrich is close behind the former Massachusetts governor, while Ron Paul and Rick Perry have posted impressive gains over the past week, according to an American Research Group poll released on Friday. Romney came in at 29 percent, followed by Gingrich at 25 percent, Paul at 20 percent, Perry at 9 percent, Rick Santorum at 7 percent and Jon Huntsman at 1 percent. Paul has climbed 11 percent in the last week and Perry has gained 7 percent. Santorum, who was tied...
  • Conservatives torn over defending, opposing Romney

    01/13/2012 8:41:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/13/12 | Laurie Kellman, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Torn between reality and their political dreams, leading conservatives are defending Mitt Romney's private sector success and acknowledging that his presidential nomination may be inevitable even as they search for a more palatable candidate. Romney, meanwhile, is marching steadily through South Carolina, unveiling a prominent endorsement and sending a message to his party: It's time to stop bickering. Not just yet, some conservative leaders say. "Honestly, it looks like Gov. Romney's nomination is inevitable," said the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas and a supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. "Evangelicals, come November,...
  • GOP Presidential Candidates on Agenda 21 ‘Sustainable Development’

    01/13/2012 7:37:34 AM PST · by unspun · 10 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 12, 2012 | Arlen Williams
    Even those who believe themselves devoted patriots (including devout Christians) may foolishly be enticed by the powers that be, into violating Americans' sacred and essential Popular and national Sovereignties. It has been happening for a long time, now. People who believe in a Sovereign nation called the United States of America are being duped into not only violating the mandates of our Constitution, but even worse, into nullifying our own Declaration of Independence from the control of foreign, kleptocratic power. This is the tragedy for all, of those who foolishly follow the stratagems of those seeking hegemony over us via...
  • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: the 2012 GOP Primary Race

    01/12/2012 5:18:56 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 8 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-12-2012 | grey_whiskers
  • California Republicans resign themselves to irrelevancy in the GOP presidential race

    01/09/2012 2:49:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/9/12 | David Siders and Torey Van Oot
    Jeff Miller, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign chairman in California, was in Iowa with a handful of California lawmakers for last week's caucuses. He may find himself in South Carolina when the race arrives there later this month. He isn't missing much back home. "That June primary," Miller said, "might as well be 100 years away." It sure feels like it. While the Republican presidential campaigns fast-forward to New Hampshire on Tuesday and South Carolina on Jan. 21, hardly anyone in California is off the couch. Republicans here know the race may be over before they vote on June...
  • Election Strategies.

    01/09/2012 12:35:21 PM PST · by Grunthor · 19 replies
    Grunthor ^ | 1/9/2012 | Grunthor
    Did you ever feel that eerie deja vu feeling? Here we are again, just three short years after McCain was foisted upon us and those of us who clung stubbornly to our principles along with our Bibles and guns were visciously attacked by "party trumps all" types for refusing to vote for that backstabbing sack of yak-squeeze (thanks Mr. Boortz) as if he were the second coming. Now here we are predictably once again about to nominate a worthless RINO. We have Republicans telling us that while it looks like a liberal, and talks like a liberal and has a...
  • Romney Likes ‘Being Able to Fire People’

    01/09/2012 12:12:27 PM PST · by Colofornian · 114 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News.com ^ | Jan. 9, 2012 | Emily Friedman
    NASHUA, N.H. — Mitt Romney, already under intense scrutiny for his leadership at venture capital group Bain, inadvertently gave his rivals new material today when he said that he likes “being able to fire people.” The remarks came during a speech to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce this morning in which he was trying to explain that he would like people to have the option to pick and choose their medical insurance and get rid of plans that don’t meet their needs. “I want individuals to have their own insurance,” he said. “That means the insurance company will have an...
  • Evangelicals may face choice: electable candidate or 'moral' one

    01/08/2012 10:43:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 40 replies
    Tennessean | 1/8/12 | Bob Smietana | The Tennessean
    Gannett Newspaper, Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120108/NEWS02/301080082/Evangelicals-may-face-choice-electable-candidate-moral-one?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • Tennessee just might become relevant in GOP presidential primary

    01/08/2012 10:05:30 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/8/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Mitt Romney, who finished third in Tennessee's 2008 Republican presidential primary, has established a solid lead in organizing to win the state this year — if that will still matter on March 6. And some of the state's leading Republicans think that the political dust to be stirred in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and elsewhere will not be settled on that "Super Tuesday" two months from now. If so, Tennessee just might be in the national limelight for a moment. Three other Southern states — Georgia, Texas and Virginia — also have primaries scheduled on March 6....
  • 2012 Election Calendar (incomplete)

    01/07/2012 5:11:51 PM PST · by papasmurf · 4 replies
    self | 01/07/2012 | papasmurf
    Title (R) Primary-Iowa (Caucus) When Tue 3 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-New Hampshire When Tue 10 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-South Carolina When Sat 21 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-Florida When Tue 31 Jan 2012 Title (R) Primary-Maine (Caucus) When Sat 4 Feb 2012 08:00 AM – Sat 11 Feb 2012 08:30 PM Title (R) Primary-Nevada (Caucus) When Sat 4 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Minnesota-(Caucus) When Tue 7 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Colorado-(Caucus) When Tue 7 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Arizona When Tue 28 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Michigan When Tue 28 Feb 2012 Title (R) Primary-Washington-(Caucus) When Sat...
  • Rick Santorum and the Need for a New Coalition

    01/07/2012 11:40:38 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 7, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Counting blocks, counting heads: The Democratic Party has long made it clear that their commitment to their voting blocks is based on two things: giving them goodies and increasing their numbers. Now, there’s nothing new about the former. The modern Democrat is a believer in wealth redistribution – in a zero-sum game in which the government allocates the portions. The Democrat campaigns on his promise to distribute whatever the government has to give – be it tax dollars, borrowed dollars, or printed dollars – in whatever form is desired – entitlement checks, college grants, mortgage forgiveness. He then promises to...
  • Georgia case could determine whether Obama's name may be placed on ANY 2012 state ballot!

    01/07/2012 11:00:14 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 73 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/07/2012 | Doug Book
    Americans have finally made the acquaintance of a judge who is willing to adhere to the demands of the Constitution and the laws he swore an oath to uphold upon taking office. Georgia State Office of Administrative Hearings Judge Michael M. Malihi ruled this week that, as stated in Georgia law, “every candidate for federal office shall meet the constitutional and statutory qualifications for holding the office being sought.” (1) In his ruling, Mahili stated quite simply that “the court finds that the defendant (Barack Obama) is a candidate for federal office who has been certified by the state executive...
  • Fox News Takes Center Stage in Primaries

    01/05/2012 7:42:26 PM PST · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 5th 2012 | Gregor Peter Schmitz
    Fox News has long been seen as the American right's staunchest defender. But this election year has seen the channel demolish the campaigns of several Republican frontrunners. But what is good for ratings may not be good for US conservatives. With two decades of experience under his belt, US journalist Bret Baier is a veteran in his field. Yet hardly anyone has ever accused him of being particularly fair or balanced. Baier is, after all, a host on Fox News, the most important television network for American conservatives. And he knows where he needs to stand -- when in doubt,...
  • The One True Anti-Romney

    01/05/2012 3:52:13 AM PST · by expat1000 · 8 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Jan 4, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    While other candidates were busy rising and falling, sinking and swimming, reaching out to experts and promoting themselves to insiders, Rick Santorum did things the old fashioned way. He campaigned. And the candidate whom the insiders ignored and disdained, came within a hair of winning Iowa. So now it's another round of Pile on Santorum. After the previous round of Pile on Gingrich. Which is how we ended up with a match between Romney and Ron Paul. What exactly is the point of destroying Santorum I have to wonder? These attacks aren't really based on ideological opposition. Not for the...
  • Willard's 25% problem returns as 75% say "No thanks" and other thoughts on Iowa

    01/04/2012 7:31:24 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/04/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Mr. 25% has done it again. Willard Romney has a thing about the number 25. If there are six people in the Republican field his 25% puts him at or near the top. When the field thins out his 25% will have to be increased or he will end up the same way he did in 2008. Rick Santorum is a solid conservative who demonstrated that a candidate’s perceived conservatism will ultimately be the quality that propels one of the Republicans on the stage to the nomination. Whether Rick has the staying power to mount a protracted fight remains to...
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE PREDICTIONS

    01/03/2012 8:37:48 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Who do you predict? Here's my prediction: 1. Mitt Romney 2. Jon Huntsman 3. Rick Santorum 4. Ron Paul ...and unlike Iowa, I don't think it will be close.