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  • Thousands of fans hail Romney in SLC-Many think his book promotion tour is a precursor to a presiden

    03/14/2010 2:57:08 PM PDT · by delacoert · 35 replies · 728+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Derek P. Jensen | Derek P. Jensen
    Utah's favorite political son made no apologies Saturday for his conservative cred -- a stance thousands of backers in the Beehive State hope will propel Mitt Romney to the White House. Speaking at the Salt Palace Convention Center hall, Romney weaved wit, humor and folksy anecdotes around enough anti-Barack Obama broadsides to energize his fawning fans. Most in attendance braved a sloppy snowstorm to hoist campaign-style signs, giving Romney's No Apology: The Case for American Greatness book tour the feel of a 2012 campaign rally. "I hope he does run," Midway's Bart Kotter said afterward. "The guy is an amazing...
  • What Can Voters Expect from a President Romney?

    03/13/2010 10:08:52 PM PST · by pissant · 72 replies · 1,127+ views
    FF ^ | 3/13/10 | David Frum
    t’s page 258 – and suddenly we are back in Campaign Mode. The transition is very abrupt. On pages 256, Romney is describing an interesting program he advocated in Massachusetts: “a Parental Preparation Program for every underperforming school district. In order for parents in these districts to enroll their children in public school, the parents would have been required to attend classes themselves, where they would learn about the value of education as well as ways in which they could support their children’s educational experience.” On p. 257, a funny story about Romney’s business career, about his unsuccessful attempt to...
  • 'Rock star' Mitt Romney gets big ovation in Utah (HUGE BARF ALERT)

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

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

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

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

    03/12/2010 4:49:51 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 11 replies · 441+ views
    Frum ^ | Friday March 11, 2010 | David Frum
    I have to say I got a big chuckle out of Romney’s healthcare chapter. Two years ago, I published a book on conservative reform that urged conservatives to pay more attention to the social costs of obesity. Those lines prompted National Review’s book reviewer to ceremonially drum me out of the conservative movement. Two years later, the candidate endorsed by National Review in 2008 has this to say: “One of the biggest behavioral contributors to sickness and death is our big waistlines, and the cascading negative health impact of that excess weight.” (191) Romney then proceeds through a very well-informed...
  • Romney’s 2012 Blueprint (Frum: Romney=presidential & serious, Palin=catty & self-absorbed)

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

    03/10/2010 2:47:13 PM PST · by Signalman · 51 replies · 1,848+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/10/2010 | William K. Stoos
    COL John “Jack” Sallee was a good man. Witty, charming, and decisive, he had a way of cutting through the BS. He was my Commanding Officer in the Army. I was sorry to hear of his passing. He prominently displayed a sign on the wall of his office in the headquarters building. Perhaps it was a warning to his troops, but I think it was an endearing, sort of self-deprecating reminder. In big, bold letters it read: “DON’T DO DUMB THINGS”. It was simple, eloquent, and said it all—good advice for all of us. I wish Sarah Palin had met...
  • (Scott) Brown team to apply winning strategy elsewhere

    03/10/2010 1:15:29 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 15 replies · 423+ views
    Google News/AP ^ | March 10, 2010 | MICHELLE R. SMITH and GLEN JOHNSON
    The political team that helped Scott Brown stage his improbable victory in the Massachusetts Senate race wants to apply its winning strategy elsewhere this election year. First stop: Rhode Island. The Shawmut Group, led by aides to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is helping GOP congressional candidate John Loughlin, who's campaigning to replace retiring Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I. The Shawmut Group also is working with New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, Long Island congressional candidate George Demos and Massachusetts state auditor candidate Mary Connaughton.
  • Mitt Romney Interviewed by Chris Wallace (A disaster?)

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

    03/03/2010 9:47:53 PM PST · by ellery · 20 replies · 474+ views
    American Conservative ^ | March 3, 2010 | Daniel Larison
    "Secretary Paulson’s TARP prevented a systemic collapse of the national financial system. Secretary Geithner’s TARP became an opaque, heavy-handed, expensive slush fund. It should be shut down." ~Mitt Romney This is the same line that Thune uses now. This is a ridiculous position to take. One can either recognize that the original TARP was always potentially an opaque slush fund to be used for whatever purpose the executive branch wanted, and it was therefore an outrageous measure that ought to have been defeated, or one can accept the abuses of the TARP that inevitably followed from the absurd way it...
  • WRKO bumps Rush Limbaugh for Charley Manning

    03/02/2010 12:16:28 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 60 replies · 2,655+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/2/10 | Jessica Heslam
    Republican consultant Charley Manning is replacing the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh on WRKO radio starting Monday. Jason Wolfe, program director for WRKO-AM (680), confirmed to the Herald that Manning will take over the station’s weekday noon to 3 p.m. slot. Manning, who has served as a campaign adviser to former Gov. Mitt Romney, emphasized that his new show, “The Charley Manning Show,” will be local. The GOP strategist said his show will “touch on all of the local issues that everybody is talking about, but with a special look at politics.” “I’m looking forward to really getting into politics, especially...
  • Supporters dismiss Marco Rubio's use of Florida GOP credit card

    02/27/2010 4:13:55 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 32 replies · 783+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 28, 2010 | Adam Smith
    Amid revelations about how Republican U.S. Senate front-runner Marco Rubio wielded his Florida GOP credit card as state House speaker (not exactly conservatively), it seems some of his most vocal conservative supporters are plenty forgiving. Rubio agreed to reimburse the state party about $3,000 after the St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald bureau revealed that while House speaker he double-billed the state party and Florida taxpayers for eight flights between Miami and Tallahassee. Club for Growth spokesman Michael Connolly: "Sounds like Marco is doing the right thing reimbursing taxpayers for the $3,000. Hopefully Gov. Crist can do the same thing about that...
  • Mitt again, Romney re-emerges for likely WH bid (he is still pushing Romneycare!)

    02/22/2010 12:14:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 818+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-02-22 | Glen Johnson
    BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is stepping back into the public spotlight after spending two years behind the scenes laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign. (snip) Romney has shifted from social issues that brought accusations of flip-flopping and undermined his 2008 White House bid. With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, his new focus is on economic themes and fix-it skills he claims as a former businessman. That plays to what some observers believe would be his strength in a second race. They could also distinguish him from potential rivals such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin,...
  • Romney lays groundwork for 2012

    02/22/2010 9:12:37 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies · 865+ views
    UPI ^ | 2010-02-22
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Romney kicks off a 19-state book tour observers say could be an effort to garner support for a 2012 presidential run. The three-month tour to promote his book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," includes speeches and appearances in early-primary states as the one-time 2008 Republican presidential hopeful wages what some see as the most methodical campaign of any GOP presidential wannabe for the 2012 party nod, USA Today reported Monday. The tour begins next week. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington during the weekend, Romney polled...
  • CPAC's Odd Ending

    02/22/2010 2:11:01 AM PST · by Brugmansian · 130 replies · 2,479+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 22 2010 | C. Edmund Wright
    Ron Paul out-polled Sarah Palin almost 5 to 1 and keynoter Glenn Beck got huge ovations as he disavowed any conservative ascendency within the Republican Party. So someone please tell me - just what the heck happened to a convention that was off to such a wonderful conservative start? Where is the momentum from the Marco Rubio speech and the Dick Cheney "Obama is a one term President" moment? Perhaps David Keene of the American Conservative Union will be a bit more careful when picking keynote speakers from now on. What happened was predictable, given that the man he picked...
  • Presidential 2008 Election Prophecy

    02/20/2010 7:42:37 AM PST · by Catsrus · 23 replies · 1,536+ views
    Did anyone else see this posted on the internet during the election? I remember seeing it, but, every place it was posted, it was quickly deleted. Things that make you go huh. I thought this would be an interesting thread for discussion. Prophetic Warning from Pastor Steve Foss Sat, 25 Oct 2008 I am writing to you today an urgent message concerning the coming American election. God has released me to share with you a powerful prophecy He gave me eight years ago. I have shared this prophecy in a number of public meetings, but I have never published it...
  • Palin and Brown: Mitt Romney's best friends [barf]

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

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

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

    02/17/2010 11:12:50 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 8 replies · 415+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 2/17/2010 | eRtwngr
    Deval Patrick is a disaster. A perfect prototype of the same disaster going on in Washington. Why, his good friend Barack Obama even lifted the same campaign slogans and promises. And the land of the gullible bought the idea that one party rule would lead to bipartisanship, better government, and lowed deficits and taxes. Surprise!
  • Romney gearing up for 2012 presidential run?

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

    02/14/2010 6:35:04 PM PST · by Leisler · 72 replies · 1,334+ views
    The Boston Phoenix ^ | February 10, 2010 | DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
    In his new book, Mitt makes himself over as a muscular defender of America. Few things are more predictable than a GOP presidential candidate posturing as a he-man protector of America, and depicting his Democratic counterpart as an effete, appeasing girlie-man on the dangerous world stage. Mitt Romney — who himself has no personal military or foreign-policy experience of any kind — may not seem well-suited to the Republican role, but hey, if draft-dodgers like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney could use the formula against a genuine war hero, anything is possible. Romney, presumably warming up for 2012, flexes...
  • More Troubling Questions on Possible Romney Candidacy

    02/14/2010 5:45:16 PM PST · by Welshman007 · 35 replies · 772+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/14/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    In light of a recent poll that shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leading the pack of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders, 10 serious questions were presented that Romney must answer satisfactorily in order to gain the support of conservatives. To answer these questions Romney supporters provided various explanations concerning the candidate's stance on key issues impacting conservative support, among these being gun rights, property rights, and healthcare. Conservatives are individualistic voters who think independently. Unanimous agreement on the issues is an unrealistic expectation. However, in general conservatives can unite around several core principles:
  • It's a trap: jump in - The GOP & O's 'health summit'

    02/13/2010 3:23:17 AM PST · by Scanian · 29 replies · 973+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 12, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    President Obama has in vited Republicans to sit down and talk through health care at a big "bipartisan summit" on Feb. 25. Some think it's a little late for such a conversation. After all, the Democrats have built their health-care palace from the ground up, using only Democratic labor and input; they just can't get it to pass inspection. So general contractor Obama invites Republicans to debate the blueprints, and just the blueprints. Oh, and he wants to debate them, not change them. "The president doesn't think we should start over," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer explained.
  • 10 Serious Questions for Mitt Romney

    02/12/2010 6:48:17 PM PST · by Welshman007 · 50 replies · 982+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/12/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    With the latest Gallup Poll showing that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is leading the pack of potential GOP Presidential nominees, serious questions need to be asked of the candidate. Although Sarah Palin comes in 2nd in the polls and is actually in a statistical tie with Romney, Palin is the one who has been scrutinized to the point of navel-gazing. Romney, on the other hand, has so far received a pass from the media. If Republican voters are going to turn to a moderate governor of a very liberal state to be its standard bearer even after the policies...
  • New and Improved Romney

    02/11/2010 2:34:09 AM PST · by iowamark · 39 replies · 887+ views
    Boston Phoenix ^ | February 10, 2010 | DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
    He's more fiscal, less social. And he's got millions. But will GOP voters give a Mitt? Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters, who huddled eagerly before their TV screens to watch their hero du jour give his acceptance speech. But even in the midst of his moment in the sun, Brown made sure to thank the other handsome, well-coifed man on the stage, Mitt Romney — who, as it happens, would very much like the votes of that national Republican audience in...
  • Broder: Sarah Palin -- take this populist with a pitch seriously

    02/10/2010 6:28:46 PM PST · by Al B. · 73 replies · 2,069+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Feb. 10, 2010 | David Broder (WaPo)
    Washington » The snows that obliterated Washington last week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously. Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News' Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game -- a politician who knows who she is and how to sell herself. This was not the first time that Palin has impressed me. I gave her high marks for...
  • EDITORIAL: Abandon all hope ye who support Palin

    02/10/2010 10:54:16 AM PST · by CharlesWayneCT · 86 replies · 2,723+ views
    Manassas News & Messenger ^ | 2/10/2010 | The Editors
    If there was ever any doubt that Sarah Palin is a fool, she has removed it. Once the governor of Alaska and a vice presidential candidate, Palin has left the confines of public office for the more sympathetic offices of Fox News. She has also been acting as something of a de facto leader of the Tea Party movement. Unfortunately, her new roles have not lent her the gravitas she was lacking as a politician. ... Palin has consistently shown herself to be thoughtless, uninformed, impulsive and opportunistic. If these are the qualities people look for in a leader, then...
  • Whitman-Poizner skirmish just a sign of things to come?

    02/06/2010 5:41:58 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 350+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/6/10 | Steve Harmon
    SACRAMENTO — Democrats can only hope that last week's dust-up between Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner is a sign of things to come in the Republican gubernatorial primary. The accusations and counterattacks — all starting with Poizner, the state's insurance commissioner, charging that Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of eBay, had tried to intimidate him into leaving the campaign — appeared to set a course for a brutal and nasty slugfest that could last all the way to the June 8 primary. A damaging exchange over the next four months — if both Republicans are still around — is precisely...
  • Analysis of 2012 GOP Contenders Says Mitt Romney is "the Big Gun" - Video 1/29/10

    01/30/2010 10:01:12 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 73 replies · 1,066+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 30, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report assessing who might run in 2012 for the GOP Nomination for President. The report has analyst Teddy Davis saying Mitt Romney is "the big gun" because he has money and name recognition, and the GOP has a history of choosing "second-time candidates." Romney has been campaigning for other Republicans around the country and built a lot of good will. Davis says "Romney is considered the front-runner. Sarah Palin is the big question mark, as to whether she will run or not. The downside for Palin that Davis pointed out is that "3 out of 5...
  • Is the Republican party black balling Sarah Palin ? Is she going along ?

    01/27/2010 2:10:57 PM PST · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 56 replies · 1,130+ views
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    Bob McDonnell, an anti Palin Republican is giving the rebut to the State of the Union tonight. McDonnell, Christie and Scott Brown all avoided her like a disease in their respective elections. She has signed a tv deal with FOX. And shes goes on the Oprah show with a 60s hairstyle. And she is going to campaign for McCain. I don't see where she has any plans to come to swing states yet. What is going on here ? What is the plan ? Where does Sarah stand in all of this ? Why is the GOP leadership trying to...
  • Palin: Not Romney's turn (but she calls him "a great guy")

    01/27/2010 11:59:01 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies · 1,187+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-01-27
    GOP 12 notes that Sarah Palin responded last night to the question of whether it's "Mitt Romney's turn to be the next Republican nominee for President." "Well, I don't think it's anybody's turn ever. We've got to really, really work hard to build up that trust in the people for the people to elect you in a primary and general," she said, going on to call Romney "a great guy."
  • Romney/Brown 2012? (HECK NO!) (BARF)

    01/24/2010 9:04:57 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 1,119+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2010-01-25 | Benjamin Bell
    The past week has been marked by the meteoric rise of Sen. elect Scott Brown, who just a few short weeks ago - as a friend recently put it to me - was the “third most famous person in his family.” How swiftly fortunes can change. Today, Brown is the undisputed darling of the Republican Party. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, Brown’s innate appeal is hard to deny. Perhaps it’s easiest to say that, at least from appearances, he has all the characteristics that made Sarah Palin a star in the GOP and none of her...
  • Obama administration: Massachusetts endorsed health plan by electing Repub who vowed to defeat it

    01/24/2010 5:13:15 PM PST · by Merciful_Friend · 12 replies · 1,011+ views
    The Cinch Review ^ | 01/24/2010 | Cinch
    Various representatives of the Barack Obama administration were out on the Sunday talk shows in the U.S. today, trying to spin the election of Senator Scott Brown (R -MA) [and how often do you see that abbreviation?] as being an endorsement of the Obama agenda, particularly with regard to health care. I witnessed the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, on "Fox News Sunday," trying to do this very thing. Gibbs was making the very same kinds of arguments to host Chris Wallace as Howard Dean tried making a few days ago to MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Wallace was a lot...
  • Understanding Romney: One size does not fit all

    01/22/2010 6:06:18 PM PST · by restornu · 291 replies · 2,813+ views
    THE HILL ^ | - 01/22/10 | By Bernie Quigley
    As The Wall Street Journal points out in an opinion this morning, this is a good day not only for Scott Brown, the new senator from Massachusetts, but for Mitt Romney as well. Glenn Beck doesn’t trust Brown, he says. But with Brown toting friends like the popular former governor of Massachusetts, William Weld, John McCain and Romney around on his bus, it might not be such a good day for Glenn Beck. The WSJ’s Kim Strassel pointed out that Romney’s closest aides flooded to Mr. Brown, bringing with them the savvy of his national operation. “From a perch atop...
  • Massachusetts' Other GOP Winner

    01/21/2010 7:38:32 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 47 replies · 1,121+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-21-10 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts has most Republicans hopeful about midterm elections. It has Mitt Romney hopeful about 2012. In many ways, the former Bay State governor never ended his 2008 presidential campaign. From a perch atop his Free and Strong America PAC, Mr. Romney has been raising money, nurturing his team, keeping himself in the national spotlight. With the Massachusetts Senate race, he sensed an unexpected opportunity to step to the front of the GOP presidential ranks. He played it nicely. Aware that many voters have mixed views of his governorship, Mr. Romney stayed in the shadows, leaving other...
  • Republicans jumping on Scott Brown bandwagon ...line starts here...

    01/20/2010 9:24:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 44 replies · 883+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/20/10 | Joe Garofoli
    Now that he has slayed the Massachusetts blue dragon, now EVEEEEEERYBODY -- of the Republican persuasion -- is jumping on the Scott Brown bandwagon. We know that Tom Campbell has had other things on his mind recently, like deciding which major office to run for. But the GOP Senate candidate didn't send out a note urging his supporters vote for to until noon Tuesday -- about oh, five hours before the polls closed. Fellow GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina didn't formally send out any such notes, but campaign insiders say she spoke about it "repeatedly" to donors, supporters. She followed...
  • Palin/Brown in 2012?

    01/20/2010 6:25:01 PM PST · by USALiberty · 78 replies · 1,432+ views
    Does that sound like a good ticket or what? I say HECK YES! Lock and load! Let's go!
  • How Long Till FR Turns On Brown?

    01/20/2010 2:42:05 AM PST · by tlb · 260 replies · 3,266+ views
    Jan. 20. 2010 | tlb
    The dem campaign tried to portray Brown as a right wing Neanderthal. As far as I can tell from a distance, he in reality is a centrist mildly leaning to the left. For that particular state in 2010 this may be their idea of a conservative, but it's difficult to imagine anybody like an actual across the board conservative winning this election. Even against Coakley. The only big political name from outside the state he brought in to campaign was bogeyman Rudy Giuliani. He seems tight with Mitt Romney and Romney policies. In his victory speech he prominently and unreservedly...
  • This is Romney’s Big Night, Too

    01/19/2010 6:22:19 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 153 replies · 2,186+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/19/2010 | Ed Carson
    Ex-Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney was just talking on Fox News about Washington Democrats' “attitude of arrogance” on Fox News. Speaking from Scott Brown's HQ, Romney was a key backer of the little-known state senator back when he was seen as a sacrificial lamb. While some are already touting Brown as a 2012 presidential contender, Romney could be the big beneficiary. He’s helped deliver the 41st GOP vote, perhaps derailing Obamacare. Activists will remember that.
  • The danger of Sarah Palin

    01/18/2010 9:20:55 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 21 replies · 1,230+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 14 January 2010 | Andrew Stephen
    Cover Photo: Excerpt: The result, encouraged by ever-willing far-right agitators such as Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, has been the creation of the so-called Tea-Party movement - named after the quintessentially American, anti-British, anti-taxes and anti-big government Boston Tea Party revolt of 1773. Early next month, none other than the 45-year-old Palin - an ambitious lady whom you dismiss lightly at your peril - will reportedly earn a six-figure sum as the keynote speaker at the first conference of a new political entity called the “Tea Party Nation” (TPN), at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. “We believe in...
  • Massachusetts race lacks key ingredient: Mitt Romney (Politico pimps Romney in 2012) (BARF!)

    01/18/2010 1:46:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 939+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-01-18 | Alex Isenstadt
    The upper echelon of Republican Scott Brown’s Senate campaign in Massachusetts is filled with staffers who once worked in former Gov. Mitt Romney’s employ. But with the eyes of the nation on the state’s Jan. 19 special Senate election — and with other Republican luminaries such as Rudy Giuliani traipsing through Massachusetts for Brown in recent days — Romney himself has been conspicuously absent. Despite his status as one of the GOP’s most prominent national figures and a prospective 2012 presidential candidate, the former Massachusetts governor hasn’t appeared publicly with Brown since late October. Back then, when almost no one...
  • Mitt Romney's Man

    01/18/2010 1:31:35 AM PST · by svxdave · 29 replies · 967+ views
    The Dailu Beast ^ | Samuel P. Jacobs
    Mitt Romney's Man by Samuel P. Jacobs AP Photo If Scott Brown pulls off an upset in the race to replace Ted Kennedy in the Senate, he may have Mitt Romney to thank. Samuel P. Jacobs on the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful's hidden hand. There are a number of forces driving Republican Scott Brown’s surprising surge in the Massachusetts special Senate election campaign. He’s benefiting from public anger over the Obama administration’s health-care reform plan. He’s buoyed by a tide of cash from around the country, donated by conservatives eager to send a message by upsetting Democratic front-runner Martha Coakley....
  • Romney Book a Fitting Prelude to 2012 Presidential Run (BARF ALERT)

    01/17/2010 9:54:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 119 replies · 1,896+ views
    His supporters say the book will show Romney is more thoughtful than Sarah Palin. BY KENNETH T. WALSH Friends of Mitt Romney say his upcoming book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, is a lengthy and detailed explanation of his philosophy and should be a fitting prelude to a 2012 presidential campaign if Romney decides to run. The book, which comes out March 2, seems designed to position Romney as a thoughtful conservative who has ruminated carefully about the major issues of the day, ranging from the global economy to national security. Romney supporters say it will serve as...
  • Mitt Romney's Man. ( Rombots claim Brown Victory )

    01/17/2010 5:29:28 PM PST · by Leisler · 65 replies · 1,588+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | Jan 17, 2010 | Samuel P. Jacobs
    "Largely overlooked in assessing Brown’s prospects: the hidden hand of Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor headlined at a fundraiser for Brown last October. And Romney has helped Brown raise money outside the state as well. “I know Scott and how determined he is to win. I've campaigned for him, raised money on his behalf, and we're doing all we can to help him over the finish line,” Romney wrote supporters last Monday. Brown, 50, raised $1.3 million that day."
  • 2012 Presidential Power Rankings: January

    01/16/2010 1:34:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,032+ views
    Race 4 2012 ^ | January 16, 2010 | Max Twain
    1. Mitt Romney – Gov. Romney remains in the best position to win the GOP nomination, however the fallout from Gov. Mike Huckabee’s clemency of a cop killer may hurt Romney as well. If the clemency problems force Huckabee out of the race, then Gov. Sarah Palin could consolidate social conservative support in the early states and pose a serious threat to Romney’s chances. On the other hand, Romney has held steady throughout the year, experiencing none of the problems that have plagued his potential rivals. That doesn’t mean that trouble isn’t rearing it’s head around the corner. Gov. Romney’s...
  • MA-Sen. 2010: (Scott) Brown defends Romneycare (ROMNEYBOT ALERT)

    01/15/2010 10:13:00 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 1,522+ views
    Oliver Willis notices Scott Brown defending the Massachusetts health care plan -- which he supported -- and trying to make the case that it's really quite different from the federal plan with which it shares key features. "They're two different programs. What we have here is a free-market enterprise where we're providing insurance in various levels to people in Massachusetts. The plans in Washington are a one-size-fits-all plan," he said.
  • Meg Whitman's campaign guru donated max to Obama -- while she advised McCain

    01/13/2010 3:35:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 814+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/13/10 | Carla Marinucci
    Even as former eBay CEO Meg Whitman acted as a high-profile backer and adviser to 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain, her top aide Henry Gomez -- now an eMeg gubernatorial campaign majordomo -- donated the maximum to Democrat Barack Obama, federal records show. Gomez, a trusted top insider in Republican Whitman's 2010 gubernatorial campaign, donated the maximum $2,300 allowed to the general election campaign of Obama in the days before -- and the weeks following -- the former eBay CEO's high profile televised address to the GOP National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he accompanied Whitman around the...