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  • Report: Jeb ‘Never Forgave’ Mitt for Rightward Move on Immigration

    01/31/2015 11:12:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush reportedly “never forgave” Mitt Romney for moving to the right on illegal immigration, which was perhaps one of the only issues where Romney was somewhat in line with conservatives. Romney announced on Friday that he would not make a third run for the White House, and NBC’s Chuck Todd said Romney was Jeb Bush’s preferred candidate in 2007 before Romney flipped on immigration. Todd added that “some of the interest in the race was personal” Jeb Bush “never forgave” Romney for using “immigration as a wedge issue against McCain.”
  • The Romney-Christie axis unites against Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 7:02:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 30, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    In the race for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, there can be only one… establishment candidate. When the news broke late Thursday night that David Kochel, a once loyal Mitt Romney aide who managed the former Massachusetts governor’s Iowa campaigns in 2008 and 2012, had jumped ship and joined former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s camp, it went off like a bomb. The hire signaled to many that Romney’s campaign-in-waiting was floundering and that it was acceptable for donors and former staffers alike to abandon the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. What’s more, by hiring the architect of Romney’s virtual tie...
  • Beck Suspects Romney Bowing Out Was Part of Secret Deal with Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 3:14:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 30, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Glenn Beck suspects that Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 presidential race might be the result of a secret deal between him and Jeb Bush, to avoid the risk of both of them attacking each other and fighting for the same supporters while someone like Ted Cruz can capitalize on a split vote like that. Remember that secret meeting Romney and Bush had this month? Well, Beck figured that was about both men admitting they would “kill each other” and could both lose to the race to a more conservative candidate. And Beck admitted it bothers him that Bush...
  • The Romney Statement: Not Running. "I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party...."

    01/30/2015 7:56:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 281 replies
    hughhewitt.com ^ | 01/30/2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who...
  • The Romney Statement: Not Running ...

    01/30/2015 7:59:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Hugh Hewett ^ | January 30, 2015
    Complete Headline: The Romney Statement: Not Running. “I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.” I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and...
  • Mitt Romney to update supporters on his plans for 2016 Campaign (11:00 a.m. EST today)

    01/30/2015 7:56:57 AM PST · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 30, 2015
    Mitt Romney plans to update supporters Friday about his plans for the 2016 campaign. The Republican Party's 2012 nominee will host a conference call with supporters at 11 a.m. EST, according to an email from Romney obtained by The Associated Press. Romney will tell staff members about his plans a few minutes earlier. The former governor of Massachusetts jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he surprised a small group of former donors at a meeting in New York by telling them he was eyeing a third run for the White House. In the days since, Romney...
  • Mitt Romney Is Running for President

    01/30/2015 7:37:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 30, 2015 | Staff
    Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11 a.m. ET Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans. Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle Thursday, he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do...
  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    01/30/2015 4:31:22 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 1/30/2015 | Reuters
    Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A former staffer, who asked to remain unidentified, said a conference call with Romney was expected to be held at mid-morning on Friday, and that he might give a signal as to which way he was leaning. Romney for the past three weeks has been seeking traction for another presidential run after he was defeated by...
  • It begins: Top Romney advisor jumps ship to Jeb Bush, will serve as national campaign manager

    01/29/2015 11:07:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A little nudge from Team Jeb to remind the new and improved Romney that this race will be new in lots of ways, many of which he won’t like. Interesting timing. David Kochel, a Republican strategist based in Iowa who worked on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee as a senior strategist and is in line to serve as Mr. Bush’s national campaign manager… “I really believe Governor Bush is the right person for the right time,” he said. “He has a successful conservative record in Florida, and I’d put that record up...
  • 2016 and the Coalition of the Uninspired

    How is it possible that a president can win re-election by a relatively comfortable margin while receiving fewer raw votes than his first election? Enter Mitt Romney. A simple data comparison is very telling. That comparison is the Romney raw vote vs. all votes for congressional Republicans in a given state. Crunching the numbers, Romney significantly underperformed the Republican congressional vote totals in multiple states. In North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin -- all presidential swing states -- Mitt Romney underperformed the total raw votes cast for all Republican congressional candidates by an average of 3 percent. That means that...
  • Mitt Romney Earns Coveted Nancy Pelosi Endorsement

    01/28/2015 4:15:23 PM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    am spectator ^ | 1/28/15 | e zanotti
    I can never tell if these cross-party endorsements are supposed to serve as an underhanded dig, designed to shy Republicans away from viable candidates, or if they've just become a form of trolling. This one, for example, is baffling, because Nancy Pelosi can only want Mitt Romney to run a third time in order to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory, but yet, she can't possibly be daft enough to think that Republicans would see her ringing endorsement of Mitt Romney - yes, Mitt Romney - as some sort of clue that he's the one Democrats most fear. Either way, it's...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romney’s tortured approach to his religion — a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • Don’t Run, Mitt. Don’t Run

    01/26/2015 12:18:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Shawn Mitchell
    Mitt Romney, you're an honorable and accomplished man. You would have been a good president and infinitely better than Obama as a steward of the economy and national security. But, Mitt, we need to talk. You don't get it. You don't really get the basic proposition that freedom works better than government by experts. Sure you believe the concept generally, but there are all those details and exceptions. You hired Jonathan Gruber to guide your health plan. You believe global schemes to reduce carbon will help the climate rather than enrich and empower global elites. You endorsed raising the minimum...
  • Here’s The “Willie Horton” Ad Romney Almost Ran Against Mike Huckabee

    01/25/2015 9:44:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 22, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In the fall of 2007, as Mike Huckabee was surging in the Iowa polls, Mitt Romney’s foundering presidential campaign dispatched a camera crew to Arkansas with the charge to produce one of the most brutal ads of the election cycle. The final product — a withering spot that tied Huckabee to a 2003 murder committed by a serial rapist who was paroled while he was governor of Arkansas — never saw the light of day. But the unaired ad, obtained this week by BuzzFeed News, highlights a potentially potent line of attack on Huckabee as he considers a 2016...
  • Why it matters that Donald Trump is attacking Mitt Romney (+video)

    01/25/2015 5:29:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With all due respect, the Republican Party could probably do with a lot less of what was heard at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday. On one hand, that might seem strange, considering that the Iowa Freedom Summit was all about getting America back to its "core principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense," according to the event website. What could be more Republican than that? Combine that with the fact that a number of potential Republican presidential candidates appeared to see the event as the unofficial kickoff for the 2016 campaign, and it seemed a snapshot...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • The Elevator Pitch For 2016 Candidates

    01/23/2015 9:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cook Political Report ^ | January 21, 2015 | Amy Walter
    There are enough potential candidates for president (on the GOP side at least) that you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep them all straight. Instead of a complicated algorithm, I've boiled each candidate down to his/her most basic elements. At the end of the day, these are the things more likely to define a presidential wannabe. It's also important to distinguish between durable traits and those that are more ephemeral. For example, low name ID is something easily overcome. But, being on the "wrong side" of the base on key issues can be a campaign killer. This is by...
  • Why Liberals Should Embrace Romney the Progressive Champion: Cheering the latest Mittamorphosis

    01/23/2015 8:05:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Corn
    It is time for liberals to cheer Mitt Romney. Not because his possible entry into the 2016 Republican presidential contest could cause chaos for the GOP. But because Romney, apparently seeing the error of his "severely conservative" ways, has become a progressive crusader. Initial news reports noted that Romney was telling Republicans privately that should he mount a third presidential bid he would run to the right of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an all-but-announced contender. Yet in public remarks, Romney has been sounding like a born-again lefty. At an investment management conference in Utah this week, Romney told the...
  • Bush and Romney in ‘Gentlemanly’ Meeting

    01/23/2015 6:50:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney did not reach an agreement during a Salt Lake City lunch meeting on Thursday on how to reconcile their competing plans to run for the White House next year, advisers to both men indicated after the talk. “Governor Bush enjoyed visiting with Governor Romney today in Salt Lake,” Kristy Campbell, Mr. Bush’s spokeswoman, said, declining to elaborate. Republicans close to both Mr. Romney and Mr. Bush were notably tight-lipped about the long-planned meeting, which the two would-be candidates and their advisers were unhappy had been revealed publicly.
  • Mitt Romney: Climate Change Is Real, Human-Induced, And We Must Tackle It

    01/22/2015 10:34:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 142 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | January 21, 2015
    Mitt Romney: Climate Change Is Real, Human-Induced, And We Must Tackle It
  • Bill Straub: Being the ‘most conservative’ in a crowded field could work to Paul’s advantage

    01/22/2015 7:44:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Kentucky Forward ^ | January 22, 2015 | Bill Straub
    One thing you can say about Sen. Rand Paul’s burgeoning presidential campaign – he’s not scaring anybody out of the race. The Republican National Committee reports that the 2016 primary field has mushroomed to about 25 legitimate contenders — the size of a major league baseball roster — and growing, which certainly could make for an interesting party debate where you quite literally won’t be able to tell the players without a scorecard. Despite the RNC’s claims of legitimacy there are a few apples in the barrel who have about as much chance of moving into the Oval Office two...
  • Vanity: No MORE MILKTOAST Candidates!! UGGGH! (Jeb/Romney)

    01/22/2015 7:30:32 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 40 replies
    Just read that Romney and Jeb are meeting in Utah to discuss how best to ram one of them down our throats so their campaigns don't compete against one another. NO MORE BUSHES!! NO MORE ROMNEYS!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!
  • Mitt Romney: Climate Change is Real, World Must Tackle It

    01/22/2015 6:32:53 AM PST · by bestintxas · 94 replies
    newmax ^ | 1/22/15
    As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the country's biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it. "I'm one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that," he said. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee spoke to a sold-out crowd of about 3,000 at an investment management conference. It was his second public address since privately telling potential donors two weeks ago that he's considering seeking the presidency in 2016. Romney didn't address a possible campaign at the event, but...
  • How Romney Can Come Back …

    01/21/2015 3:49:00 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    … Using This One Weird Trick! It seems as if everybody’s down on the idea of Mitt Romney running for president again. Even establishment Republicans who aren’t part of the vast Bush claque seem to be hostile. President Obama’s aides mocked Romney’s interest in income inequality, per Politico: (SNIP) “It’s simply never going to be believable to go from car elevators, off-shore accounts and his famous 47 percent comment to the populist income equality warrior.”… (SNIP) After all, there’s one obvious, simple move Romney could make to turn the mockery around, jujutsu style, in a way that would give him...
  • Crazy for Ted Cruz: South Carolina tea party activists love him, but is that enough in 2016?

    01/20/2015 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— A crowd of tea party activists huddled outside a closed conference door here on Sunday. Many hadn’t caught a glimpse of the man they were waiting for, but they knew he was in there. “Here he comes!” someone suddenly shouted, as Ted Cruz emerged. All day long, the Republican senator from Texas was mobbed by people who thanked him for taking on Washington, jostled for pictures and sought out hugs. Even after Cruz had departed the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, his booth was consistently crowded. Ben Carson and Rick Santorum made their pitches and both...
  • Here We Go: Ted Cruz Revs 2016 Engine

    01/20/2015 11:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 20, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Much of the 2016 political oxygen on the Republican side of the aisle has been sucked up by establishment-leaning figures so far -- Jeb Bush forming his exploratory committee, Mitt Romney heavily weighing launching version 3.0, Chris Christie making telltale moves, etc. On the more conservative end of the spectrum, we have Bobby Jindal almost assuredly running (do read his hard-hitting speech on radical Islamism delivered in London yesterday), Scott Walker staffing up and sounding like a presidential candidate, and Marco Rubio reportedly inching closer to taking the plunge. And then there's Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson,...
  • NBC/WSJ poll: Republicans unenthused about Romney, Bush bids for 2016

    01/20/2015 9:56:01 AM PST · by xzins · 72 replies
    HotAir ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Hot Air readers won’t be surprised by the lack-of-dynamic dynamic from the first big names testing the GOP’s 2016 waters, of course, but supporters of Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush might be — if they can be found. According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, approval ratings for both men dropped after making clear they plan to run for the party’s presidential nomination. And that retreat comes from within the big tent of the Republican Party: Just 27 percent of Americans now offer a positive rating for Romney, the Republican party’s nominee in 2012, compared to 40 percent who...
  • NBC/WSJ Poll: No Bump for Romney, Jeb Bush After '16 Hints

    01/20/2015 7:36:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/20/2015 | CARRIE DANN
    Poential 2016 candidates Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have earned plenty of headlines after publicly acknowledging that they're revving up likely presidential campaigns, but, so far, they haven't gained positive marks from the public, according to the newest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. In fact, both candidates have lost ground since pollsters last measured Americans' feelings towards them - including a dip in approval from members of their own party. Just 27 percent of Americans now offer a positive rating for Romney, the Republican party's nominee in 2012, compared to 40 percent who give him negative marks. And just over...
  • Romney’s Gruber Problem: The Gruber connection tars him with the Obamacare brush in 2016

    01/20/2015 7:08:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/20/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    Those so inclined can think of advantages accruing to Mitt Romney should he attempt another go at the presidency. For example: Unlike his potential opponents, he has been through this before, and his political and personal history, from his Massachusetts governorship to his leadership at Bain Capital, have already been picked through, exposed, and exploited — so surprises are improbable. Unlike his potential opponents, he knows exactly what a long, grinding national campaign is like — so he can prepare accordingly. And unlike his potential opponents, he has the fruits of his 2012 vice-presidential vetting process at his disposal —...
  • Mark Levin: Romney Is "Not The Guy"

    01/20/2015 4:10:01 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin, said that while he agrees with Mitt Romney that the GOP needs a “clear vision,” Romney is “not the guy” on Monday.
  • Palmetto State no lock for any 2016 GOP hopeful

    01/19/2015 10:48:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 17, 2015 | Salena Zito
    South Carolina has been where underdog Republican presidential candidacies die and front-runners begin to look toward November. The only asterisk to its 32-year streak of picking the eventual GOP nominee came in the whack-a-mole 2012 contest that placed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over eventual nominee Mitt Romney. “Romney never closed the deal with the voters,” said legendary South Carolina Republican strategist Chip Felkel about Romney's inability to win the first-in-the-South primary. “Voters cast with their hearts, not their heads, in that cycle.” Everyone understandably focuses on who is coming and going in Iowa, the first contest of 2016's presidential...
  • GOP establishment forgets power of party’s right

    01/19/2015 8:36:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    GOP ESTABLISHMENT FORGETS POWER OF PARTY’S RIGHT The 2012 election has had a searing effect on the Republican Party. The 126-electoral-vote defeat of its nominee by an incumbent thought to be highly vulnerable may have altered the trajectory of the GOP even more than the similar, though narrower, defeat Democrats suffered in 2004. The question is: To what end? The 35-vote loss John Kerry suffered in 2004 left many Democrats, as James Taylor might say, “down and troubled,” and looking for the way forward (or back) to success. The party eventually decided to sprint farther leftward and reject triangulation, with...
  • Godly, Gun-Toting 'Rogue' Seeks White House (Huckabee tries to play the class warfare card)

    01/19/2015 1:18:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 19, 2015 | Toby Harnden
    A leading Republican presidential contender has warned against electing another Bush or Clinton to the White House, saying that installing an aristocratic “ruling class” in the United States could all but destroy the country. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister and quick-witted populist Republican who has powerful appeal among religious conservative activists, suggested that those who “live within the enclaves of the educational and cultural establishment and elites” could not understand the lives of ordinary Americans. While not referring directly to his potential presidential election competitors, his words resonate because Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former Republican presidents, and...
  • As Mitt and Jeb Court Donors For 2016, Ted Cruz Prepares For Potential Run

    01/19/2015 12:46:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 19, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    As Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney battle behind the scenes for big money donors, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is working to portray himself as the presidential candidate of the conservative base. Speaking to tea partiers in South Carolina over the weekend, Cruz cautioned that Republicans will lose the White House in 2016 if the nominee is insufficiently conservative. “If we nominate a candidate in that mold, the same people who stayed home in 2008 and 2012 will stay home in 2016 and the Democrats will win again,” Cruz told the crowd. His comments come as the Texas senator —...
  • Please Pass (On) The Popcorn: Democrats Need To Take 2016 General Election Seriously

    01/18/2015 9:30:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | January 18, 2015 | Yellow Dog Yankee
    An MSNBC UP show panel on Saturday gleefully recounted Mitt Romney’s tentative moves toward a third White House run. “What is he thinking?” is one way to summarize the discussion. “He is delusional” is another. Not one panelist could imagine a scenario under which Romney could win, but each was highly entertained by the idea. Beware the Popcorn Syndrome. It seems to be spreading among left leaning social media and chattering classes. Right now it is centered on the 2012 Republican nominee and his refusal to go away, but is being expressed as well on a more endemic level. Pundits,...
  • Cruz needles Romney in front of South Carolina activists

    01/18/2015 2:17:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics ^ | January 18, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz delivered on Sunday what looked like a dry run of his 2016 presidential stump speech to the South Carolina activists who will help decide that election. In his first visit to the state, which will host the third presidential primary in February 2016, since October, Cruz told the state’s Tea Party activists that nominating a moderate in 2016 would lead Republicans to lose just like they have when those moderates led the ticket in the past. “If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, all of...
  • Romney's secret weapon? Run as a Democrat(this will really work, Mitt)

    01/18/2015 9:46:33 AM PST · by bestintxas · 24 replies
    am thinker ^ | 1/18/15 | r moran
    Mitt Romney's election plan is a little bizarre; he plans to run as a Democrat. Well, not really. He will still have an "R" after his name. But read this report from the Washington Post about Romney's agenda and you'd be excused if you did a double take about just what party Mitt wants to win the nomination. Mitt Romney laid down a marker for a prospective presidential campaign in 2016, telling a Republican audience here Friday night that the party can win the White House with a conservative message that stresses security and safety for the American people, opportunity...
  • Carl Hiaasen: Jeb could ruin Hillary’s political run (More Baloney than a Boca Raton Delicatessen)

    01/17/2015 3:17:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | January 17, 2015 | Carl Hiaasen
    If you’re Hillary Clinton, you pinched yourself last week to awake from a strange and wondrous dream. Except it wasn’t a dream. Mitt Romney really has been calling up rich conservative donors to tell them he wants to run for president — again. If you’re Hillary Clinton, you broke into a wide grin that stayed on your face all day, because the news seemed too good to be true. Mitt Romney is seriously going to try one more time? Thank you, God, is what Hillary was thinking. Not because Mitt Romney is likely to become the Republican nominee in 2016,...
  • Donald Clarke: Republican free-for-all is the converse of 1970’s situation

    01/17/2015 12:22:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Donald Clarke
    Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush have emerged to save the party from its immoderate urges.Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan was among the most gripping books published last year. Anybody old enough to remember Nixon’s weighty jowls sagging towards delayed resignation will savour Perlstein’s detailed analysis of Watergate and its aftermath. The book reminds us that – though positively merry in comparison to the UK and Ireland – the United States passed through seven layers of dementia during the 1970s. Patty Hearst was kidnapped. New York City went bust. Helicopters lifted the...
  • Can’t We Do Better? We're going to have to — luckily it’s early.

    01/16/2015 12:06:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 16, 2015 | Ross Kaminsky
    I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist — and I certainly have nothing on Paul Craig Roberts whose most recent article, helpfully disseminated by the Ron Paul Institute, claims the Charlie Hebdo attacks to be a “false flag” operation — but I can’t help but wonder if the “mainstream media” is playing up the potential presidential candidacies of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum simply to depress Republican voters. Or, going the full tin-foil-hat route, maybe these guys are themselves double agents, part of a MoveOn.org (does it still exist?) sleeper cell which was just activated (by...
  • Conservatives shrug off Bush and Romney, remain confident in base-friendly hopefuls

    01/15/2015 8:26:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MSN / The Washington Post ^ | January 15, 2015 | Melina Mara
    Conservative leaders this week shrugged off the sudden moves by Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney toward 2016 presidential campaigns, saying the two establishment-friendly candidates are too far out of touch with grass-roots activists to win the Republican nomination. At the same time, potential candidates with close ties to the party’s conservative base have moved to speed up their own efforts in response. Senior advisers to several of the potential conservative candidates said Wednesday that GOP insurgents will have to do more in 2016 than they did in previous cycles to make a serious run for the Republican nomination. Building a...
  • Rand Paul on Romney: "If He Runs To The Right Of Jeb Bush, He'll Still Be To The Left Of The Party"

    01/15/2015 3:25:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    RAND PAUL: If he runs to the right of Jeb Bush, he'll still be to the left of the rest of the party. So it may be a difficult spot to occupy. Look, I liked Governor Romney. I like him personally. I think he's a good person. I think he's a great businessman, but, you know, that's yesterday's news. He's tried twice.
  • Mitt Romney backlash intensifies

    01/15/2015 10:05:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | January 15, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    “Recycled.” Not the “new blood” the GOP needs. A man who “had his shot.” A “terrible candidate.” A Republican backlash against Mitt Romney that had been simmering for days boiled over on Wednesday as conservatives across the GOP spectrum panned the prospect of another presidential bid by the former Massachusetts governor and two-time loser on the national stage.
  • 7 Gaffes that might haunt Mitt Romney in 2016

    01/15/2015 9:52:06 AM PST · by Din Maker · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 15, 2015
    Seven (7) of the former Republican presidential nominees most cringe-worthy moments: 1. ‘47 PERCENT’ Less than two months before the November 2012 election, Romney committed a gaffe that he even admitted “did real damage” to his campaign. The left-leaning magazine, Mother Jones released secretly-recorded videos of the candidate at a private fundraisers telling donors: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what…who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care,...
  • Jeb Is a Joke in Romneyland

    01/14/2015 11:53:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 14, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Not everyone thinks Jeb Bush is a strong presidential candidate, Republican donors say Mitt Romney is certain that ‘a Bush can’t beat a Clinton.’ When Jeb Bush jumped out early in announcing that he was putting together a presidential campaign, he was quickly anointed as the automatic front-runner. Donors were said to dash to their checkbooks to be the first to shower him with super PAC loot. Political operatives were polishing up their résumés in the hopes of being gifted with campaign jobs. The overstuffed GOP field was going to winnow in a hurry as would-be contenders decided the next...
  • Romney Recycled

    01/14/2015 6:44:15 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal. ^ | 1/13/15 | WSJ Editorial Board
    If Mitt Romney is the answer, what is the question? We can think of a few worthy possibilities, though one that doesn’t come immediately to mind is who would be the best Republican presidential nominee in 2016.
  • Iowa poll: Romney leads nascent Iowa field with 21%, Bush at 14%, Walker 10%

    01/14/2015 5:02:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Gravos Marketing ^ | January 13, 2015 | Neil W. McCabe
    The 2012 Republican nominee for president holds a leads a broad field of GOP potential contenders in the Townhall/Gravis poll conducted Jan. 5-7 among 404 registered Republican voters queried. Note: the polls were conducted using IVR technology and weighted by historical voting demographics. Former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney has never left the hearts and minds of Republican voters and he will hold the dominant position in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination until the other candidates spin up their own campaigns, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, a Florida-based pollster and call center that executed...
  • Conservatives cheer on Romney as establishment field grows (3 major RINOs in the mix)

    01/14/2015 3:26:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The York and Clover Enquirer-Herald / The Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Bill Barrow
    SAN DIEGO — Mitt Romney's unexpected step into the 2016 presidential contest is drawing enthusiasm from the GOP's most passionate conservatives. But not because they want him to win. For the first time in recent memory, prominent conservatives see a Republican presidential field that could have as much competition among the party's establishment-minded prospects — like Romney — as its fiery conservatives....
  • Quotes of the day (Allahpundit off his meds again)

    01/13/2015 8:15:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    The GOP field is in pygmy warlord phase—loud, fractured, and not terribly impressive. The most credible candidate is Jeb Bush, a far-sighted policy wonk whose greatest asset and liability is his last name. Powerhouse Chris Christie still has Bridgegate clouds hovering over his reputation. Rand Paul promises to bring the libertarian revolution to prime time and could inspire enthusiasm beyond the old base—but there’s still that wild gleam in the eye of the Kentucky ophthalmologist who would have his finger on the bomb. Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are the Jekyll and Hyde of Texas politics. Mike Huckabee and Rick...