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  • I'm a Tea Party Nose Holder

    06/30/2012 12:35:57 PM PDT · by morethanright · 74 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-06-30 11:50:12 | mrcurmudgeon
    <p>Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the power to do just about anything it desires provided it's called a tax. It's hard not to notice that the Progressive march toward totalitarianism in America has a decidedly bipartisan feel. Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the high court's majority opinion, is an appointee of "compassionate conservative" George W. Bush.</p>
  • Affordable Care Act SCOTUS Decision--Live Thread

    06/28/2012 4:56:21 AM PDT · by John W · 847 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | June 28, 2012 | SCOTUSblog
    Today is the day. SCOTUSblog live at 8:45 AM.
  • Romney Secures 88 Texas Delegates, Clinches Nomination

    05/29/2012 6:33:59 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 286 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 May 2012 | AP Projection
    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has now secured at least 88 of the 155 delegates at stake in the Texas Primary, bringing his secured delegate total to 1174, 30 more than necessary to win the majority of the delegated needed for the GOP nomination. With 4% of Texas precincts now reporting, Romney has consistently maintained or increased a 60 point lead over his nearest competitor, Congressman Ron Paul. In the contested race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, David Dewhurst is holding a 48% to 31% lead over his nearest rival Ted Cruz in a nine person contest.
  • Romney Campaign Rejects Using the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Against Obama

    05/17/2012 8:26:34 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 128 replies
    NYT ^ | Thursday May 17, 2012
    Mitt Romney’s campaign manager rejected efforts to use President Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in ads attacking the president, as reportedly planned by a “super PAC” working toward electing Mr. Romney in November. “Unlike the Obama campaign, Gov. Romney is running a campaign based on jobs and the economy, and we encourage everyone else to do the same,” the campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, said in a statement on Thursday morning. “President Obama’s team said they would ‘kill Romney,’ and, just last week, David Axelrod referred to individuals opposing the president as ‘contract killers.’ It’s clear President Obama’s team...
  • Santorum Suggests Obama Preferable to "Etch-A-Sketch" Romney.

    03/22/2012 6:27:59 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 761 replies · 17+ views
    latimes.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Michael A. Memoli
    Rick Santorum's latest attempt to use a Mitt Romney aide's "Etch-A-Sketch" remark against the Republican front-runner instead gave his rival a chance to fire back on Thursday, after Santorum seemed to say he'd rather see President Obama reelected than send Romney to the White House. Speaking at an event in Texas, Santorum again made the case that Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom's comments Wednesday on CNN about a "reset" of the campaign if Romney clinched the nomination showed the former Massachusetts governor's efforts to appeal to conservatives were insincere. "You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision...
  • SHOCK POLL: ROMNEY 48% OBAMA 43% [Drudge Headline]

    03/10/2012 11:17:08 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 164 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 10, 2012 | Rasmussen Reports
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19 (see trends). Looking at Tuesday's upcoming primaries, the GOP race in Alabama is essentially a three-way tie, while Mitt Romney leads by eight in Mississippi. Nationally, Romney now leads Rick Santorum by 12 points. Regardless of who they want to win, 80% of Republican Primary Voters nationwide believe Romney will be the party's nominee. With the...
  • PPP AZ and MI Tracking Real Time Update: Romney headed for a huge win in Arizona

    02/26/2012 5:33:18 PM PST · by lilyfreeper · 55 replies
    No #s yet, just some tidbits: I'd expect Michigan results between 10 and 11 tonight, and Arizona results between midnight and 1 AM (all eastern) Early observations on today's polls: Michigan still pretty close, but Romney headed for a huge win in Arizona. It looks like Romney has banked about a 30 point lead among early voters in Arizona and they're more than half the electorate. From the findings I didn't expect file: Babeu still seen more favorably than not by Arizona Republicans. Santorum's favorability numbers not what they were a week ago- the shine is finally wearing off with...
  • Romney bets he can win Iowa without support from social conservatives

    11/23/2011 6:24:48 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-11-23 | Niall Stanage
    After months of uncertainty, Mitt Romney has decided to roll the dice and go for a win in the Iowa caucus. But the former governor is betting that he can triumph in the state without any significant support from social conservatives — normally a vital voting bloc — and is making no real effort to win them over.
  • Romney under fire for immigration remarks (Flip Romney loves illegals too)

    11/23/2011 11:48:17 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-11-23 | Sam Youngman & Lily Kuo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was accused on Wednesday of flip-flopping for comments he made in 2007 indicating he was open to a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Romney's remarks, made on NBC's "Meet the Press" when he was a candidate for president, were circulated by rival Newt Gingrich's campaign the day after the former Speaker of the House of Representatives came under similar fire for suggesting during a debate Tuesday night that he was in favor of such a pathway for immigrants. Opponents of a pathway, a large swath of the early-voting Republican electorate, have...
  • Romney on Romneycare: ‘I Am Not Going to Walk Away From That’

    11/17/2011 3:56:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 2011-11-17 | Katrina Trinko
    Don’t expect Mitt Romney to backtrack on his Massachusetts health-care plan at any point this election cycle. “I am sure there are many people who have calculated, and perhaps correctly, that the healthcare plan I put in place in Massachusetts is not good for me politically, and if I want to encourage my political future, I should say it was a mistake and walk away from it,” Romney told Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto in an interview set to air later tonight. “You have seen a lot of candidates look at their biggest vulnerability, call it a mistake, and...
  • As Romney solidifies front-runner status, focus turns to Obama (Barf Alert)

    10/16/2011 3:48:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2011-10-16 | Glen Johnson
    WASHINGTON - Among the Republicans angling to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. a year from January, Mitt Romney is the closest to achieving his goal. The former Massachusetts governor has reached the decisive phase in his presidential campaign: attempting to consolidate his support and cinch the nomination. (snip) Romney’s most ardent conservative critics have been left to rally around Herman Cain, simultaneously engaged in a book tour and presidential campaign, in a last-ditch effort to prevent his nomination. (snip) ...the Romney staff is focused on what it sees as an inevitable clash with Obama and the Democrats. But with the...
  • Purpose of FR and why we can never support Mitt Romney

    10/15/2011 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 987 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | Oct 15, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Our purpose and goal on FR is to restore, defend, preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity!!</p> <p>The goal of the domestic enemy (the left), i.e., the statist liberals, Marxists and progressives is just the opposite.</p>
  • Will tea party purists back imperfect Romney? (MSM says Tea Partiers can't win without Romney)

    10/14/2011 6:29:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 158 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | 2011-10-14 | Gloria Borger
    After watching the GOP presidential debate the other night, it was hard to avoid this conclusion: Mitt Romney looks more and more like the GOP presidential nominee. He's the best debater. He's got his issues and his rejoinders down pat. He brushes away his opponents like lint on his lapel. And all with such ease. That said, there's a teensy problem he just can't seem to beat: Conservatives don't like him. Or trust him. Or really want him to be the GOP nominee. Sure, you say, Republicans never like their nominees, and they still manage to vote for them. There...
  • CNN Poll: Perry still at top but Romney stronger vs. Obama

    09/26/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 337 replies
    CNN politics ^ | 9/26/11 | cnn political unit
    According to the survey, which was released Monday, 28 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they support Perry as their party's presidential nominee, with Romney at 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at ten percent, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, all at seven percent. The poll indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is at four percent, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at three...
  • Can Mitt Romney Escape His Romneycare Albatross?

    09/01/2011 5:24:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies
    CATO / Forbes ^ | 2011-08-29 | Doug Bandow
    Health care remains one of President Barack Obama's greatest political weaknesses. The issue remains an equally serious problem for Republican Mitt Romney. President Obama's program to centralize medical decision-making in Washington remains as unpopular as ever. Insurers are raising premiums and canceling policies. The president's promise that Americans can keep their existing coverage has turned out to be void. Health care providers and insurers are cutting back operations and dropping jobs to comply with the new law. Washington has been forced to issue temporary waivers — over 1400, as of mid-June — to moderate the legislation's impact. Moreover, ObamaCare has...
  • Flippin’ embarrassing? You betcha!

    11/15/2010 10:38:04 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 271 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/15/10 | Jennifer C. Braceras
    Sarah Palin has officially “jumped the shark.” Last night’s premier of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” will be remembered as the moment the once-promising, conservative darling crossed over into the absurd. Part Alaska tourism promo, part window into the family Palin, TLC’s eight-part series features clips of the former governor at home in gym shorts and shots of the family enjoying the great outdoors while she calls out folksy comments like, “this is flippin’ fun!” If that’s not enough, Palin takes Kate Gosselin (of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” fame) camping in the Alaska wilderness - the two women reportedly didn’t get...
  • GOP lawmaker: Palin cost party control of Senate

    11/10/2010 2:40:33 AM PST · by South40 · 72 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune (AP) ^ | 11/9/2010 | Ben Evans
    WASHINGTON — A leading House Republican says Sarah Palin cost the GOP control of the Senate. Questioned about those comments on Tuesday, a spokesman for Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama said the remarks had been taken out of context but didn't retract them. Bachus, in line to become chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, initially blamed Palin last week at a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon. According to the Shelby County Reporter, he said the Senate would be in Republican hands if not for losses by tea party candidates endorsed by the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential...
  • Romney calls Palin presidential run 'great'

    11/01/2010 2:37:19 PM PDT · by pissant · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/1/10 | Mike Obrien
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said Monday it would be "great" for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to run for president in 2012. "She would be a great thing for the Republican primary process," said Romney, a 2008 presidential candidate and a potential candidate again in 2012. "It'd be a good thing for her to get in." Romney, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) have all rallied around Palin, who on Sunday night condemned suggestions that GOP operatives in Washington were looking to stall any potential presidential aspirations...
  • Nicolle Wallace on Bill Maher,what a TRAMP she is

    10/22/2010 8:23:17 PM PDT · by Friendofgeorge · 50 replies · 1+ views
    opinion/mine | Oct 22 | friendofgeorge
    Nicolle Wallace on Bill Maher just admitted that she was no fan of the Tea Party. Now I knew that I was not a fan of hers because of comments she made about Our Sarah, but had no idea she was so openly against the Tea Party. Nicolle laughed hysterically at every vulgar,rude slanderous remark that Maher made about basically ALL the Tea Party candidates. She mocked COD about the first amendment? We all know that COD was only stating the fact that the phrase separation of Church and State was not in the Constitution. Nicolle was just hateful. I...
  • A 25-state midterm swing for Romney; Former governor positioned for ’12

    08/24/2010 3:16:05 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2010-08-24 | Sasha Issenberg
    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, having met last weekend in New Hampshire with the staff of his 2008 presidential campaign, is preparing to embark on an aggressive schedule that will take him to more than 25 states in what is seen as a prelude to another possible White House bid. The two-month itinerary will launch a cycle of politicking for Republican midterm election candidates that will make Romney one of the nation’s most visible politicians in a year when he is not on the ballot.
  • Poll shows Palin not the clear Tea Party favorite

    08/14/2010 8:32:41 AM PDT · by Bob J · 131 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 8-13-10 | Alexander Mooney
    She's appeared at Tea Party rallies across the country and long been considered the movement's de facto leader, but a new CNN poll out Friday suggests Sarah Palin isn't the group's clear favorite for the White House.
  • Caught on Video: Couric Mocks Palin on Day She’s Named Running Mate

    08/04/2010 1:40:59 AM PDT · by Bratch · 27 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | Aug 4th 2010 at 1:11 am | Alexander Marlow
    Raw footage of CBS News anchor Katie Couric recording voice-overs for news segments about Gov. Sarah Palin on the day she was named as John McCain’s running mate: [...] What’s newsworthy here isn’t merely that Couric mocked the GOP’s historic Vice Presidential nominee–most of us have said things we’re not proud of in private–it’s that she did so so brazenly in front of her supposedly objective news team. Conservatives4Palin raises another good point about Couric and Co.’s efforts to marginalize the former Alaska governor from day one: “[W]hat in [Palin's] impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus...
  • EXPLOSIVE: New Video of Couric Mocking Palin on the Day She was Named as McCain's Running Mate!

    08/04/2010 3:04:55 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 96 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 4, 2010 | C4P Editors
    The following video was sent to C4P’s tips account. As you can see, the video shows Katie Couric preparing to go on the air on the day John McCain announced Governor Palin as his running mate. It shows some tantalizing hints of Couric’s attitude toward the Governor--when talking about first Trig, then Track, Couric says “where the hell do they get these [names]?...” At that point the producer running the sound board shut off the sound because he or she didn’t want to have Couric’s disdainful and contemptuous view of Governor Palin’s children captured on even an internal CBS tape...
  • When McCain Picked Palin to be His VP, Liberal “Journalists” Coordinated Plan to Destroy Her…

    07/28/2010 11:03:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | July 22, 2010
    Repeat after me: “Liberal media bias is a myth”… (Daily Caller)- In the hours after Sen. John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the last presidential race, members of an online forum called Journolist struggled to make sense of the pick. Many of them were liberal reporters, and in some cases their comments reflected a journalist’s instinct to figure out the meaning of a story. But in many other exchanges, the Journolisters clearly had another, more partisan goal in mind: to formulate the most effective talking points in order to defeat...
  • Mitt Romney: The Wrong Man, The Wrong Message, The Wrong Time

    07/25/2010 3:25:32 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 76 replies · 6+ views
    All Voices ^ | July 2, 2010 | R.G.Yoho
    Whenever anyone mentions the 2012 election, inevitably the name of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney becomes a topic of conversation. And when it comes to polling data, Romney is often seen as a front-runner, forecasted to be stronger than the current occupant of the Oval Office, Barack Obama. Increasingly, many of those in the Republican Party think Mitt is the GOP’s “go-to” guy in the next election. I guess you’ll just have to pardon me for failing to drink the Kool-Aid regarding the former governor. I just think it’s about time somebody stated the truth about Gov. Romney. Mitt Romney...
  • JournoList: 122 Names Confirmed (with News Organizations)

    07/25/2010 2:04:11 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 85 replies · 2+ views
    Source List Included | 07/25/2010 | BuckeyeTexan
    Spencer Ackerman - Wired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect Thomas Adcock - New York Law Journal Ben Adler - Newsweek, POLITICO Mike Allen - POLITICO Eric Alterman - The Nation, Media Matters for America Marc Ambinder - The Atlantic Greg Anrig - The Century Foundation Ryan Avent - Economist Dean Baker - The American Prospect Nick Baumann - Mother Jones Josh Bearman - LA Weekly Steven Benen - The Carpetbagger Report Ari Berman - The Nation Jared Bernstein - Economic Policy Institute Michael Berube - Crooked Timer, Pennsylvania State University Brian Beutler - The Media...
  • Sarah Palin strikes back at Journolist's 'sick puppies'

    07/22/2010 9:39:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 22, 2010 | Jonathan Strong
    From a remote location on an island off Alaska’s coast, former Governor Sarah Palin is blasting what she describes as the “sick puppies” in the media who immediately and ruthlessly attacked her when Sen. John McCain picked her as his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign. In exclusive remarks to The Daily Caller, Palin described “hordes of Obama’s opposition researchers-slash ‘reporters’” descending upon Alaska in the days after she was picked by McCain. She said the media became a key reason she decided not to finish out her term as governor and faults, in part, the McCain campaign for...
  • ‘Anonymous Numbskulls’ – Romney Calls for Cease-Fire with Palin

    07/16/2010 12:57:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    ‘Anonymous Numbskulls’ – Romney Calls for Cease-Fire with Palin July 16, 2010 1:04 PM ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: How do you end a political food fight in 140 characters or less? A series of delectable, anonymous quotes were forming an early front in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination – until former Gov. Mitt Romney took to Twitter today to put a stop to it. The fun began when a pair of Romney intimates sounded off – without their names attached --about former Gov. Sarah Palin: “She's not a serious human being,” one Romney adviser told Time’s...
  • Social media wrap: The occasional wit and wisdom of Fred Thompson

    07/14/2010 9:59:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 8, 2010 | Craig Howie
    Fred Thompson, former GOP senator, presidential candidate, actor and prolific Tweeter, is usually one of the more entertaining pols out there in social media. Here are some of his recent bons mots: Hillary in Kiev, Ukraine: prosperity should be "equally spread". No - doesn't work. That's why you didn't speak in Kiev, USSR. #ftrs #tcot Jimmy Buffet: oil spill Bush's fault. Why trust his opinion? He can't even keep track of a shaker of salt. #ftrs #tcot Justice Kennedy: won't retire while Obama in office. So we're safe, barring accident, illness, or Rolling Stone interview. #ftrs #tcot Obama: US and...
  • Mitt Romney Straps on the Clown Shoes for 2012 (A critique from the Left)

    07/14/2010 9:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 13, 2010 | Charles P. Pierce, Contributing Editor
    BOSTON — I consider myself lucky to have lived in Massachusetts during the years 2003 to 2007, when the Commonwealth (God save it!) was under the barely distinguishable leadership of Willard (Mitt) Romney, an affable parachute artist from Utah who came tumbling into and out of our politics so quickly that it's hard to believe he ever was here. For the most part, Romney was the kind of Republican we'd always liked: He was rich and white, and he wasn't dramatically concerned with either the civil rights of zygotes, or where some men might be putting their pee-pees when Jeebus...
  • Romney Outraises Obama In NYC (wait, what?)

    05/17/2010 2:43:10 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 446+ views
    Hotline ^ | 05/17/2010 | Erin McPike
    Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) held a fundraiser in Manhattan last week and outperformed Pres. Obama's own cash grab a day later on behalf of the DCCC, another sign of trouble brewing for Dems this cycle in all corners of the country. Romney headlined an event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on May 12 that raised $1.5M for his Free and Strong America PAC. By contrast, Obama's appearance at the St. Regis Hotel on May 13 raked in a lesser $1.3 million for the DCCC.
  • Schwarzenegger predicts Romney in 2012; would like to run himself (MASSIVE BARF ALERT)

    04/30/2010 1:31:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 449+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-04-30 | Eric Zimmermann
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) thinks Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination for president in 2012. Schwarzenegger predicted on the Tonight Show on Thursday night the former Massachusetts governor will emerge from what could be a crowded field. "I think maybe Romney by a hair," he said. Schwarzenegger also lamented that he can't run himself because the Constitution requires the president to be born in the U.S.
  • Nearly 4M to pay health insurance penalty by 2016

    04/22/2010 11:36:03 AM PDT · by TruthHound · 10 replies · 412+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 4 million Americans—the vast majority of them middle class—will have to pay the new penalty for not getting health insurance when President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law kicks in, according to congressional estimates released Thursday. The penalties will average a little more than $1,000 apiece in 2016, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report. Most of the people paying the fine will be middle class. Obama pledged in 2008 not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000. Republicans have criticized the penalties, even though...
  • Palin’s Sound Bite Foreign Policy [Jourbalist Marcia: Obama brilliant, Palin stupid]

    04/21/2010 10:26:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,117+ views
    Frum Forum ^ | April 21, 2010 | Marcia Smilack
    Seated on the same side of an antique table before a large audience, Presidents Barack Obama and Dimitri Medvedev smile at one another as they exchange documents encased in red and black leather folders. The new START treaty has been signed, completing a journey Obama began when he visited the Czech Republic a year ago and announced his intention to begin ridding the world of nuclear weapons. He has reset relations between Russia and the United States and fulfilled a dream of another American President: Ronald Reagan. The cold war is over. Back in America, the former half-term governor of...
  • So How Overhyped Will the SRLC Straw Poll Be?

    04/10/2010 6:50:18 PM PDT · by Publius772000 · 66 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 04/10/10 | Michael Naragon
    The Drudge Report made it the headline story Saturday night: ROMNEY WINS STRAW POLL RESULTS. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the former governor of Massachusetts, who, incidentally, signed into law the state health care system upon which Obamacare is based, narrowly edged Ron Paul in the informal poll of potential GOP candidates for 2012. Sarah Palin was third in the polling, with Newt Gingrich finishing out the top four. Some of the big guns in the conservative movement and the Republican Party will make a big story out of this, as they have been pulling for Romney since the...
  • Romney Wins Straw Poll by Single Vote Helped by Evangelicals for Mit

    04/10/2010 5:59:09 PM PDT · by GeorgeSaden · 44 replies · 1,192+ views
    Mitt Romney, the once and likely future presidential candidate, didn’t show up to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, but that didn’t stop him from walking away with the big prize from the gathering. The former Massachusetts governor bested the competition in a straw poll conducted here over the past two days. Romney received 24 percent of a total of 1,806 ballots cast when voters were asked to name the candidate they would support if the Republican primary for president were held today. [snip] A group whipping votes for Romney, Evangelicals for Mitt, spent the day handing out plastic pink...
  • Mitt Romney Wins Presidential Straw Poll at Republican Leadership Conference

    04/10/2010 5:54:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 40 replies · 862+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 10th 2010
    April 10 Mitt Romney Wins Presidential Straw Poll at Republican Leadership Conference Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the straw poll by one vote over Rep. Ron Paul, 438-437. The person who didn't attend the Southern Republican Leadership Conference won the 2012 GOP presidential straw poll. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the straw poll by one vote over Rep. Ron Paul, 438-437. Sarah Palin finished in third place with 330 votes, while Newt Gingrich rounded it out with 321 votes. Several potential candidates addressed the three-day gathering which ended Saturday. Eyeing another presidential bid, Texas Rep. Ron Paul told...
  • Romney Dogged by a Tale of Two Health Plans

    04/08/2010 9:57:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 32 replies · 556+ views
    WSJ ^ | 4/9/10 | PETER WALLSTEN
    Mitt Romney, along with some other Republicans likely to run for president in 2012, is raising money this year for congressional candidates who want to repeal President Barack Obama's sweeping health-care law. But as Mr. Romney tours to promote his new book, some people have been posing an uncomfortable question: If he opposes Mr. Obama's health-care policy, why did Mr. Romney shepherd a near-universal health-insurance system into law as governor of Massachusetts?
  • It begins: GOP inching away from campaign to repeal ObamaCare

    03/31/2010 6:25:17 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 54 replies · 1,283+ views
    HotAir Blog ^ | March 31, 2010 | Allahpundit
    The thinking is that it won’t play well in some states, like Illinois, where the GOP’s got a shot at an unlikely pick-up, so rather than push some monolithic “repeal it” message nationwide, they’re going to let local candidates decide how much they want to push it or not. Which is politically savvy, but not a big confidence-booster in terms of their determination to roll this thing back should they get the numbers in Congress to do so. Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that’s roaring through the conservative base:...
  • Romney, Outsmarted: ObamaCare dashed Romney's presidential hopes before he's even announced

    03/31/2010 3:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 923+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 31, 2010 | Allysia Finley
    Mitt Romney may end up being the biggest GOP casualty of ObamaCare -- his 2012 presidential hopes dashed before he's even announced a bid. Mr. Romney has continued vociferously campaigning against ObamaCare even while defending a very similar universal health-care plan he signed into law as Massachusetts's governor in 2006. Last week, he inveighed on the National Review blog that "President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation . . . . he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends." Critically, Republicans need to win the presidency in order to...
  • GOP hopes repeal-the-bill fire won't burn them (Barf Alert)

    03/31/2010 7:30:58 PM PDT · by dr_who · 33 replies · 706+ views
    Associated Press via Breitbart.com ^ | Mar 31 05:05 PM US/Eastern | CHARLES BABINGTON and PHILIP ELLIOTT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Republicans are starting to worry about their health care rallying cry "Repeal the bill." It just might singe GOP candidates in November's elections, they fear, if voters begin to see benefits from the new law. Democrats, hoping the GOP is indeed positioning itself too far to the right for the elections, are taking note of every Republican who pledges to fight for repeal. Such a pledge might work well in conservative-dominated Republican primaries, they say, but it could backfire in the fall when more moderate voters turn out. At least one Republican Senate candidate, Mark Kirk...
  • 'Pre-existing condition' vexes Mitt Romney

    03/30/2010 10:21:25 PM PDT · by ATX 1985 · 16 replies · 647+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/29/10 | JONATHAN MARTIN & BEN SMITH
    In the days immediately before and after passage of the landmark health care reform bill, Mitt Romney responded so forcefully as to suggest his own political fate is tied to the new law. It may well be. Just as health care, or “Obamacare,” as it is derided on the right, hangs over this year’s midterm elections, it is already casting a shadow on the 2012 presidential contest — and its GOP front-runner. What was once thought to be an asset for Romney, his passage as Massachusetts governor of a health care mandate for the state’s residents, now poses a potentially...
  • Mitt Romney's Health-Care Dilemma: In Iowa Today Facing New Questions About Authenticity

    03/29/2010 9:43:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 386+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 29, 2010 | Teddy Davis
    Mitt Romney, the once and likely future Republican presidential candidate, is back in Iowa today. The stated purpose of his visit, which includes speeches in Des Moines and Ames, is to promote his new book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness."The broader mission, however, is to begin to reintroduce Romney to the state that holds the first in the nation presidential nominating contest. When Romney ran for president in 2008, his most delicate task was trying to convince social conservatives that he was, in the words of former Romney adviser Mike Murphy, "a pro-life Mormon" who had been "faking...
  • Mitt Romney for Health Czar

    03/29/2010 5:15:49 PM PDT · by rae4palin · 22 replies · 357+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 3/29/10 | rae4palin
    Why the former Massachusetts governor should run health care reform. As I see it, there are three principal requirements for the job. The first is experience in management, business, and organization: maybe someone who's worked as a management consultant, an entrepreneur, and an executive in both the public and private sectors. The second is the ability and capacity to commit: someone who isn't likely to have any pressing obligations for the next several years, and who has enough cash that he or she doesn't need a large private-sector salary. Third is relevant experience in implementing a large-scale health-care reform program,...
  • Romney signs his books in Des Moines

    03/29/2010 4:54:43 PM PDT · by curth · 29 replies · 443+ views
    Globe Gazette ^ | Monday, March 29, 2010 | James Q. Lynch
    DES MOINES — There was no doubt about the sentiments of many of those at author Mitt Romney’s book-signing at the Des Moines Public Library Monday. “I’d be interested if he ran” for president again, Scott Newland of Des Moines said as he thumbed through Romney’s “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.” Among those waving Romney campaign-like signs and wearing Romney t-shirts, Shirley Woodruff was more direct about wanting to see the former Massachusetts governor make another run for the Republican nomination. “He’s at least honest,” she said, displaying a photo of herself and Romney’s wife, Ann. “He has...
  • GOP forms tactics to torpedo Dems

    03/23/2010 3:52:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 847+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2010 | S.A. MILLER and GEOFF EARLE,
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans were girding for battle yesterday as they plotted new strategies to try to take down President Obama's health plan, repeal it, or tie it up in legal knots. Just hours after the House passed a landmark overhaul, Republican strategies to fight back were emerging, even as Obama and the Democrats savored their biggest victory yet. "There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year," fumed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on an Arizona radio station. "They have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it." "Outside the Beltway, the American people...
  • Romney outlines plan to overturn health care bill

    03/21/2010 8:45:05 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 127 replies · 2,741+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 03-19-10 | George Copeland
    Former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney predicted that President Obama's massive health care bill would be passed by Congress, and he outlined a legislative strategy to overturn the bill by cutting off the funding necessary to implement it. Speaking in Dallas yesterday as part of the publicity tour for his new book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Romney said that the key to his plan was for the GOP to reclaim majorities in both houses of Congress as well as the White House. Romney said that those members voting for the health care bill...
  • Media Matters unloads on CNN hire (Erick Erickson)

    03/16/2010 7:05:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,161+ views
    Politico ^ | March 16, 2010 | Andy Barr
    The liberal media watchdog group Media Matters is fuming over CNN’s hiring of conservative RedState blogger Erick Erickson. In a document provided POLITICO that Media Matters plans to post on its blog Tuesday, the group accuses Erickson of having a “long history of incendiary, sexist and racially charged statements.” “If you need any further proof that the liberal media bias is a myth, CNN just hired someone who called David Souter a goat——ing child molester,” Media Matters Vice President of Research and Communication Ari Rabin-Havt told POLITICO. The document includes many other profane Erickson statements, including the vulgar phrase highlighted...
  • DeMint Not Sold On Romney As 2012 Approaches (Also, DeMint Rules Himself OUT As 2012 Candidate)

    03/15/2010 3:55:23 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 85 replies · 1,110+ views
    WIBW Interview/ CNN ^ | 3-15-10 | WIBW Staff
    DeMint Not Sold On Romney As 2012 Approaches Sen. Jim DeMint told CNN Monday that he isn’t sure if he would endorse Mitt Romney for president if he decided to run. Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, was one of Mitt Romney's top backers during the 2008 presidential campaign – a key endorsement that helped the former Massachusetts governor boost his profile among conservatives. But if Romney decides to run for president again in 2012, a prospect that seems likely, he might have to do so without DeMint's support. DeMint told CNN Monday he isn't sure...
  • Et tu, Mitt? (RINOs looking out for each other)

    03/15/2010 9:54:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies · 506+ views
    Red State ^ | March 15, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    Bob Bennett, as you know, is the TARP-backing, Bridge-to-Nowhere-supporting, health-care-takeover-proposing RINO running for his life to win re-nomination in Utah for a fourth term. Bob Bennett’s health care proposal – it’s called the Wyden-Bennett bill, remember – includes an individual mandate, forces taxpayers to subsidize abortions, supports “domestic partner” benefits, and would cost more than $1 trillion. He is an unrepentant earmarker, whom Senator Jim DeMint has conspicuously declined to endorse for re-election. Conservatives in Utah are rallying around Bennett’s challengers, and the Club for Growth is actively working to defeat him at the May nominating convention. So who does...