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  • Cut Ties to Donald Trump, Big Donors Urge R.N.C.

    10/14/2016 12:38:06 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 77 replies
    Several of the Republican Party’s most generous donors called on the Republican National Committee on Thursday to disavow Donald J. Trump, saying that allegations by multiple women that Mr. Trump had groped or made inappropriate sexual advances toward them threatened to inflict lasting damage on the party’s image. To an elite group of Republican contributors who have donated millions of dollars to the party’s candidates and committees in recent years, the cascade of revelations related to Mr. Trump’s sexual conduct is grounds for the committee to cut ties with the party’s beleaguered standard-bearer, finally and fully. “At some point, you...
  • Mitt Romney: Family still encouraging me to jump into 2016 race

    06/30/2016 9:54:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | David Sherfinski
    With just a few weeks to go until the GOP convention, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says he’s still getting some encouragement from his family to jump into the 2016 race for the White House. “My wife and kids wanted me to run again this time,” Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said this week at the “Aspen Ideas Festival.” “I’ve got some kids — I got an email from one of my sons yesterday saying ‘you gotta get in, Dad — you gotta get in,’ ” he said....
  • Romney: Future of GOP is 'breaking my heart'

    06/11/2016 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Mitt Romney blasted the Republican Party on Saturday for not doing more to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that the prospects for the party are bleak. During a discussion in Park City, Utah, where Romney is hosting his annual conservative summit, the 2012 presidential nominee singled out Trump’s former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), the last two candidates to drop out of the race against Trump. "Ted Cruz was basically praising Donald Trump through the whole process," Romney told discussion host and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. And Kasich “was in well after the time...
  • Romney gave us Obamacare; now if he runs 3D party, elects Hillary, it will never go away

    05/30/2016 12:52:27 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    Romneycare in Mass was the model for Obamacare This weekend there are rumors that Hillary Kristol has recruited Romney to run as a Third Party spoiler, perhaps ubsuring a Clinton victory in Nov If that happens, Romney-Obamacre doesn't get repealed; its killer premiums will be with us forever.
  • It’s time to just say it. I’m getting about sick of Mitt Romney.

    05/28/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 28, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Yikes. I’m probably as surprised as anyone else to hear myself saying it, but the producers might want to start cranking up the music and offer a subtle hint to Mitt Romney that it’s time to get off the stage. We’re busy getting ready for the convention in Cleveland and the pieces are pretty much set up on the board, yet it seems that the winner of the 2012 GOP primary can’t bring himself to step back and let somebody else get on message. This pattern of behavior was on display yet again this week when Mitt let everyone know...
  • Sorry, we don't take Obamacare

    05/18/2016 4:26:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 17, 2016 | By Elisabeth Rosenthal - The New York Times
    Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created NY state exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: "We don't take Obamacare," the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president's signature health legislation. Though their insurance cards look the same as everyone else's the plans are often very different from those provided to most Americans by their employers....
  • Report: Romney recruiting Kasich, Sasse for third-party option

    05/14/2016 11:33:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 173 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jesse Hellmann
    Greg Nash Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 nominee, is among those courting prospects for a possible third-party bid to keep Donald Trump from the White House, according to a Washington Post report . Among those prospects are Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who suspended his presidential campaign in early May. Kasich’s chief strategist John Weaver said the governor isn’t interested in running an an independent. A Sasse spokesman declined to comment. But it’s not looking to good for a late in the game third-party bid, according to the...
  • Bill Kristol Names Romney, Rubio as Third-Party Challengers to Trump

    05/02/2016 10:27:06 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    News Max ^ | 01 May 2016
    For those who thought it is too late for a third-party candidate to run for president, don't count out that option quite yet. Bill Kristol has put out a hypothetical short list of third-party candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who could run if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, Breitbart News reports. One of the nation's most influential conservatives and editor of The Weekly Standard, Kristol has said that a Trump victory in Indiana this Tuesday would force him to refocus on his so-called Latter-Day Republican independent ticket.
  • Massachusetts Considering Single-Payer Healthcare System

    03/27/2016 7:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | March 27, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Massachusetts considering a single-payer healthcare system for the state, dubbed "Mass-Care." Lawmakers are currently debating a bill that would move private insurance to a single-payer system for all Massachusetts residents. BOSTON – State lawmakers heard arguments Tuesday in favor of a single-payer health insurance system for Massachusetts, with proponents testifying that more needs to be done despite the advances brought on by state and federal law. “I acknowledge that in Massachusetts we have a great health care system, but it is not a system that works for everyone,” Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, said at a Joint Committee on Health Care...
  • Mitt Romney: It's a "Compliment" to Be Called "Grandfather of ObamaCare"

    03/03/2016 6:13:13 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 35 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 September 2012 | Michael Tennant
    Despite all his talk of repealing and replacing the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told an audience September 19 that he takes it as "a compliment" when President Barack Obama calls him "the grandfather of ObamaCare." Appearing at a Univision "Meet the Candidate" forum, Romney touted his own "experience in healthcare reform." That, of course, would be the 2006 healthcare law that Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts. That law mandated that all residents carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty and that insurers not discriminate against individuals with pre-existing...
  • Romney to Lay Out Case Against Trump in Speech Thursday

    03/02/2016 11:12:19 AM PST · by maggief · 215 replies
    Bloomberg | March 2, 2016
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  • Roger Stone: If Rubio Loses Florida, ‘Abundantly Clear Mitt Romney Is Waiting In The Wings’

    03/01/2016 1:34:53 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 98 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/01/16 | Dan Riehl
    Republican campaign veteran Roger Stone tells Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon, “I have reported, and I stand by this, that a number of the billionaires who are funding Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% have told him that he has until the Florida primary on March 15th to show some leg. If he cannot win his home state primary, it will be very hard to continue to justify his campaign. At that point, I think it is abundantly clear that Mitt Romney is waiting in the wings.” Stone continued: Notice how Romney is suddenly tweeting all the anti-Trump tweets?...
  • (Vanity) What if Romney DOES get in..? How would you react..?

    02/27/2016 6:51:04 PM PST · by gaijin · 126 replies
    Feb 27, 2016 | Me
    More and more it seems a real possibility that Mittens might get into the race. Rubio is a little shaky and The Establishment is getting a little desperate. How would you react? If you encountered a neighbor you really liked, what would you say about this? Would you vote for another Republican again..?
  • Mitt Romney: Good Reason to Believe There's a 'Bombshell' in Donald Trump's Taxes

    02/24/2016 2:54:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/24/2016 | David Rutz
    2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Wednesday on Fox News there is good reason to believe there is a "bombshell" to be found in Donald Trump's back taxes. Asked by host Neil Cavuto why he hadn't officially backed a Republican for the 2016 nomination, Romney said he would like to see the back taxes from several of the candidates. Taxes were a sore spot for Romney in 2012, with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) publicly accusing him of not even paying them. "This will give us a real sense of whether these people are on the up...
  • GOPe Relentlessly Play Shell Game With ObamaCare ... Now Comes: "Lets Prop-Up Rubio Version"

    11/29/2015 9:33:47 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 11-28-2015 | sundance
    November 28, 2015GOPe Relentlessly Play Shell Game With ObamaCare ... Now Comes: "Lets Prop-Up Rubio Version" by sundance Oh, we don’t support Obamacare they said. We’ll repeal Obamacare they said. We’ll replace Obamacare with sensible legislation they said. Well, that was prior to the mid-term 2014 election. This story represents an example of how the GOPe manipulate the electorate into thinking the pea is under the middle shell, while their slight of hand is so experienced the pea isn’t actually under any…. If you don’t enmesh yourself in fully understanding the intricate details of how Washington DC is playing “UniParty”...
  • Cold Anger Report: Speaker Paul Ryan EXPANDING Taxpayer Bailout For ObamaCare Insurance Providers

    11/25/2015 6:52:41 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 11-25-2015 | sundance
    November 25, 2015 Cold Anger Report: Speaker Paul Ryan EXPANDING Taxpayer Bailout For ObamaCare Insurance Providers by sundance Yes, it’s that time of year when the “Omnibus” spending kicks into overdrive. Washington DC loves it when the electorate are distracted with the Holiday Festivities. This year we taxpayers get yet another round of usurpation from the Progressive Republican GOPe critters, led now by Paul Ryan, who infect the spending body.SPEAKER Ryan and his team of spending enthusiasts is getting ready to “bail out”, meaning give, the ObamaCare health insurance carriers an influx of EVEN MORE money: WASHINGTON DC – […]...
  • Mitt Romney still a 'no' on 2016 though calls coming in

    11/15/2015 11:11:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 14, 2015 | Jeff Zeleny, Gloria Borger and Jedd Rosche
    (CNN)—Sorry Mitt Romney fans: He's just not that in to running for president. Fresh off a new Washington Post report that GOP establishment leaders are calling on Romney, who has run and lost twice before, to reconsider his decision to stay out of the 2016 race, associates of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee tell CNN there are a lot of "in bound" calls but that there are "no signs" he's changed his mind. One friend of Romney's said there were some calls to Romney confidant Beth Meyers and others in his circle asking him to consider being a lifeline to...
  • Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win

    11/13/2015 5:03:26 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2015 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them. Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands. The party establishment is paralyzed. Big money is still on the sidelines. No consensus alternative to the outsiders has emerged from the...
  • After call on House speakership, Romney calls Ryan 'man of ideas'

    10/10/2015 8:27:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/9/15 | Steve Holland
    Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after speaking with Representative Paul Ryan about the race for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Friday that Ryan was a "man of ideas." "I wouldn't presume to tell Paul what to do, but I do know that he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good," Romney said in a statement provided to Reuters after he spoke by telephone with Ryan, who is being urged to run for the top House post.
  • Romney ticks off viable GOP candidates; excludes Trump, doesn’t mention Carson

    09/30/2015 11:06:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney listed a half-dozen Republican candidates he said could qualify as mainstream conservatives his party could live with in a general election — and said he didn’t think Donald J. Trump was one of those. Mr. Romney, a two-time candidate who was the party’s standard-bearer in 2012, ticked off New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and businesswoman Carly Fiorina as viable options. -snip- Mr. Romney did not mention retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who along with Mr....
  • 2016 and the Romney Factor

    09/29/2015 7:11:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Observer ^ | September 29, 2015 | Bernie Quigley
    After two debates, five Republican candidates jump directly to mind when I think of who would make an effective president in 2016 by temperament and abilities. None of them will be on the stage in the next debate. They are my New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has also been suggested by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, whose singular leadership has effectively brought the Palmetto State through the greatest positive changes in business and culture since integration; Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada, a sterling, contemporary representative of Western conservatism’s infectious business spirit; General David Petraeus;...
  • Donors want Mitt to jump in again???? ~ Vanity

    08/31/2015 7:46:15 PM PDT · by GraceG · 46 replies
    I mean it sounds like Jeb has fizzled and the GOPe are looking to hedge their bets by trying to woo Mittens McRomomom the wonder kitten to take the Jebsters place as the establishment pick... Talk about "Throwing Good money after Bad"....
  • GOP lawmakers: Time to move on from Obamacare repeal

    06/25/2015 5:43:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | June 25, 2015 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Republicans have tried to kill the health care law twice at the Supreme Court, only to be rebuffed. They’ve held more than 50 repeal votes, virtually all of which have died in the Senate. They tried to defund the law through the spending process, but the government shut down instead. As Republicans process Thursday’s sharp rebuke at the hands of the Supreme Court, they’re struggling with what to do next — beset by internal divisions and procedural roadblocks that severely limit their options.
  • Romney: Bush has 'lived conservatism'

    06/14/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies ^ | june 14, 2015 | mark hensch
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) said on Sunday that Republicans should not doubt the conservative credentials of possible GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Romney argued that Bush, Florida’s former governor, would proudly represent conservative values should he seek the White House in 2016. “Governor Bush is a man of integrity,” Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He has very strong record,” he said. “He doesn’t have to speak his way into conservatism, he’s lived conservatism.” Romney’s praise comes as Bush weighs an Oval Office bid next election cycle. He is expected to...
  • Mitt Romney’s right-hand man: I’d still like to see him run in 2016

    06/14/2015 4:48:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Don’t dump on my dream, okay? I took enough abuse last night for being man enough to admit that a pizza with pigs in a blanket in place of the crust sounds kind of good, come to think of it. You know what else sounds good? A battle-royal primary where Marco Rubio is throwing chairs at Rand Paul and Scott Walker is smashing Ted Cruz’s head into the turnbuckle and suddenly, “Hey wait, that’s Mitt Romney’s music.” I’m tired of being punished for my bravery in uttering difficult truths. Robert Costa ✔ ‎@costareports Mitt donor whisperer Spencer Zwick meets the...
  • Yet Another ‘Republican’ Betrayal on ObamaCare

    05/07/2015 6:44:28 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 33 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 7, 2014 | Bob Ellis
    If you live in a state like South Dakota, you’ve become used to “Republicans” selling out the Constitution, the rule of law, and the American people on ObamaCare. We’ve seen our former governor and newly minted U.S. Senator RINO Mike Rounds, our current governor RINO Dennis Daugaard, and a host of other “Republican” leaders in state government sell us out on ObamaCare. And we’ve seen “Republicans” in Washington D.C. sell us out on ObamaCare, with one of the biggest surrenders a couple of years ago when they had a chance to defund this unconstitutional monstrosity before it ever got...
  • The Problem with Romney Nostalgia

    01/14/2015 5:18:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Ill., to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot's Point, S.C., in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background. And where was Mitt Romney when he announced on Friday that he was thinking of...
  • Romney moves to reassemble campaign apparatus for 2016

    01/12/2015 1:51:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2016 | Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty
    Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, spending the weekend and Monday calling former aides, donors and other supporters — as well as onetime foes such as Newt Gingrich. Romney’s message was that he is serious about making a 2016 presidential bid. He told one senior Republican he “almost certainly will” run in what would be his third campaign for the White House, this person said. His aggressive outreach over the past three days indicates that Romney’s declaration of interest to a group of donors in New York Friday was more than the release of a...
  • Carville: "Conservative Alternative" Romney Is Going To Get In And Challenge Jeb Bush From The Right

    01/11/2015 2:57:15 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 89 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 11, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    On Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week Democratic strategist and Clinton confidant James Carville predicted not only will Mitt Romney enter the presidential race, but that he will campaign as the "conservative alternative" to Jeb Bush. "Of course he's going to get in and he's going to run against Bush from the right," Carville said on the panel portion of This Week. "I think he has a strategy that he didn't have before. And his strategy is he's the conservative alternative." VIDEO at link.
  • Cornyn: Obamacare Repeal Vote Should Wait

    01/08/2015 10:03:15 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/8/15
    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said he hopes his GOP colleagues hold off on a vote to fully repeal Obamacare until after Republicans have shown they can govern. “I think it’s important that we demonstrate that we can be productive before we have the inevitable fight over repealing Obamacare,” the Texas Republican said in an interview with CQ Roll Call Wednesday. “We are going to have that vote. But my own preference would be we have it after we’ve been able to demonstrate that we can actually get some things done.”
  • A Republican Alternative to Obamacare

    12/14/2014 4:11:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | December 14, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Now that Republicans will control both houses of Congress, they will have an opportunity to deal with Obamacare. What should be done? They can begin by repealing the worst features of Obamacare. They can do that by keeping three promises many of them made to voters during the last election: Keep your job; keep your health insurance; and keep your doctor. The most direct way to get rid of all the anti-job provisions of ObamaCare is to repeal the employer mandate. The most direct way to insure that people can keep insurance they like is to repeal the individual mandate....
  • Chris Matthews: "Mark My Words," Mitt Romney Will Beat Jeb Bush And Be GOP Nominee

    12/06/2014 5:31:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | December 5, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: Apparently back then when Romney was thinking of putting [Chris Christie] on the ticket when he was running, when he was running, he discovered there were some problems, alright? Do you think he might use those problems against him next time? DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES: Well, that opposition book is rather thick. If Romney doesn't use it, somebody else will. MATTHEWS: And therefore -- but I keep thinking Romney is going to be the nominee after all this is over. CORN: No. MATTHEWS: Look, I'm pretty good at this. CORN: No. No... He's not going to run....
  • Romney's Inner Circle Is Convinced He's Running

    12/04/2014 1:15:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2014 | Linette Lopez and Hunter Walker
    Mitt Romney held meetings with donors in New York this week that left one attendee convinced he is running for president again in 2016. A member of Romney's inner circle who spoke to Business Insider said the former governor of Massachusetts traveled to New York City on Monday where he met with key financial backers of his past campaigns to lay the groundwork for a 2016 White House bid.
  • Obamacare repeal is more likely, and now GOP needs an alternative

    11/17/2014 9:08:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 132 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Philip Klein
    This month, two developments have shaken the conventional wisdom that repealing President Obama’s healthcare law is an impossibility. First, Republicans scored a historic election victory, not only taking control of the Senate but likely winning the most House seats since 1928 — the year before Ernest Hemingway published A Farewell to Arms. Second, the Supreme Court took up another case on Obamacare, and if the justices rule against the administration, it would force a re-opening of the law. This doesn’t even account for the recently released videos of one of Obamacare’s main architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, conceding that Democrats...
  • Here to Stay: Why the New Republican Congress Can't Gut Obamacare

    11/08/2014 8:14:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 126 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 08, 2014 | MAGGIE FOX
    Here to Stay: Why the New Republican Congress Can't Gut Obamacare BY MAGGIE FOX Republicans may have promised to repeal or at least do a big makeover of Obamacare now that they control both the House and the Senate, but most experts believe it’s lip service only. The 2010 Affordable Care Act is in full force across the country, with internet-based health insurance exchanges up and running, expanded Medicaid in 28 states and strict new requirements for health insurers. Here are five reasons the GOP-led Congress won’t be able to change much. The veto. This is the big one: President...
  • GRUBER: "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage." (EXPLOSIVE Video!!!)

    11/08/2014 1:37:36 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 7, 2014 | AmericanCommitment
    VIDEO Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber bragging about deceiving the American people, who he thinks are stupid.

    10/30/2014 6:50:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    YouGov ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kathy Frankovic
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, remains among the most popular of possible 2016 Republican candidates – but just among Republicans. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, 75% of Republicans hold a favorable opinion of Romney, far more than say that about nearly all other GOP possibilities. ......................................................... Romney’s popularity with Republicans does not extend to the rest of the population, however. Overall, he is seen unfavorably. And when it comes to whether or not Romney should try again for the Presidency in 2016, Republicans are divided at the moment. The country overall would rather he stay...
  • Susan Collins Says It's Too Late To Repeal Obamacare (Surprise!)

    10/10/2014 4:50:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10-10-2014 | Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks it's time for Republicans to let go of their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Speaking to an NBC affiliate in Portland on Thursday, Collins argued that the GOP has missed its chance to get rid of the health care law entirely. She noticeably did not say whether she would vote to repeal or defund Obamacare, despite being asked. "You know at this point, I think we’re past that," Collins said. "I think it would’ve been much better if there’d been a bipartisan bill crafted in 2008 that had provisions that both parties could agree on, such...
  • Romney on 2016: “We’ve got a lot of people looking at the race. We’ll see what happens.”

    09/30/2014 7:17:36 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 83 replies
    HotAir ^ | September 30, 2014
    Scout’s honor: Not until today, having read the words of the man himself, have I sincerely believed he might run again. The RomneyWatch™ posts are fun to write but not because Mitt 2016 was a real thing — I thought. They were fun because it wasn’t a real thing. It was a way to collectively pretend-scare ourselves, like playing with a ouija board. Now, suddenly, I look down and the planchette is moving by itself. And it spells M-I-T-T. A recent column by the conservative pundit Byron York noted that Romney had kept in close contact with many of his...
  • Mark Steyn: No reason to believe GOP will ever repeal Obamacare

    09/21/2014 2:39:55 PM PDT · by buffyt · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/2013 | Jeff Poor
    National Review columnist Mark Steyn blasted claims by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others that the best strategy is to allow Obamacare to crumble under its own weight and only then seek to repeal it. Filling in as host on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Monday, Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” explained to a caller named “Joe” that there is no reason to believe congressional Republicans have the will to repeal anything, especially considering that Carter-era institutions like the Department of Education and the Department of Energy have managed to flourish even in times of...
  • Poll suggests Romney on top in Iowa if he runs again

    08/27/2014 1:23:12 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/27/14 | Paul Steinhauser
    He keeps saying no to third run for the White House, but another new poll – this time in Iowa – indicates Mitt Romney would be the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination if he changes his mind. A USA Today/Suffolk University survey of Iowa voters released Wednesday should add to the feeding frenzy over a possible 2016 presidential bid by the 2012 GOP nominee. While the former Massachusetts governor's repeatedly said he's not running again, the attention such speculation captures is a sign of the wide open nature right now of the upcoming Republican nomination race.
  • Mitt Romney for President?

    08/10/2014 8:06:44 AM PDT · by IChing · 527 replies ^ | Donald Joy
    I was in a spiritually-oriented meeting a week ago, and there were about fifty people in the room.  Halfway through, a guy in the center of the room chimed in and announced that he was going to open his speaking time by sharing with us his personal, painful example of the worst kind of betrayal.  We all leaned a bit closer to listen as he described, with tongue secretly hidden in cheek, a time when he bit into what he’d thought was a chocolate chip cookie–only to realize with shock and dismay that it was actually a raisin cookie. He was making a wry...
  • Romney Loyalists Hyping Comeback: 'Republicans Are Dying to Be Associated with Him'

    08/03/2014 6:36:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 346 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 3, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Mitt Romney loyalists are trying to gin up the narrative that Republicans just can't get enough of Romney.“Democrats don’t want to be associated with Barack Obama right now, but Republicans are dying to be associated with Mitt Romney,” Spencer Zwick, "a longtime Romney confidant who chaired his national finance council," claimed to the Washington Post. The Chamber of Commerce, which has vowed to wage war on the Tea Party and push through amnesty legislation, glowingly praised Romney, alleging he would be in a "commanding position" if he entered the 2016 race. Romney is reportedly set to make trips to West...
  • Obamacare Architect´s ´Mistake´ About Subsidies Used by HHS as Defense in Court

    08/01/2014 2:15:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/1/14 | Scot Vorse
    Last Saturday, Breitbart News uncovered three reports and analysis written by Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and chief architect of Obamacare, stating that subsidies or tax credits will be provided to individuals “to purchase health insurance from private companies through state-organized exchanges.” These reports were discovered after a video clip surfaced of Gruber making similar comments on the clip. Gruber said his remarks were a "mistake" made while "speaking off-the-cuff." One of the three reports, titled “The Facts Straight on Health Care Reform,” was written by Gruber for The New England Journal of Medicine in December 2009. Breitbart has since
  • Gruber vs. Gruber

    07/25/2014 6:34:36 PM PDT · by SteveH · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | James Taranto
    ... It seems to us Gruber has an awfully broad definition of "typo." A typo is when you write "established by the Stake" when you mean to write "established by the State," not when you write "established by the State" when you mean "." Nonetheless, many ObamaCare supporters agree with Gruber that the passage in question was, as others have put it, a mere "drafting error"--that Congress could not possibly have meant to exclude the federal exchange from the subsidy program. Many, but not all. One who disagrees is Jonathan Gruber, who not only is a supporter of ObamaCare but...
  • At Romney Retreat, Republicans Search for Focus

    The official topic of the conference, emblazoned on materials handed out to guests gathered here at a luxury Norwegian-inspired resort, was “The Future of American Leadership.” But the unofficial theme was made clear not long into breakfast on Friday, when a guest asked Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky the question on everyone’s mind: Is Hillary beatable?(SNIP) “This is the place where, I believe, the future of the party is really going to come out of,” said Anthony Scaramucci, a New York hedge fund manager and former Romney fund-raising bundler. “This is the Republican Party’s Bell Labs. This is our R...
  • Eric Cantor just got creamed for being out of touch, so he gets to anoint his successor...?

    06/13/2014 6:39:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 6/13/14 | Mark Tapscott
    All signs point to California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as successor to Virginia's Eric Cantor as House majority leader next week when the Republican conference votes. On Wednesday, as he came to grips with his shocking congressional primary loss to Randolph-Macon College Economics Professor Dave Brat, Cantor described McCarthy as his "good friend." One might question the value of being endorsed by the guy who just got shellacked by 12 points after outspending an unknown opponent 50-1. But remember, this is the House Republican conference under discussion here. Who is Kevin McCarthy? As chief whip, McCarthy has been the least visible...
  • Are ‘Repeal and Replace’ and ‘Reform’ for Obamacare Interchangeable?

    05/02/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/02/2014 | Avik Roy
    Ramesh is kind enough to cite a recent piece of mine for Forbes, describing it as a continuation of my “lonely campaign to get conservatives to drop the idea of ‘repealing and replacing’ Obamacare and instead to embrace reforming it.” But it’s only lonely if by lonely he means “shared by a large plurality of the electorate.” Let me cite the data. A Pew Research poll asked whether or not politicians should “make the law work as well as possible,” or “make it fail.” The “work” side won 30–19 overall, and 36–19 among independents. (“Make it fail” won among...

    04/26/2014 7:17:36 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 95 replies
    Nwo Report ^ | 4/26/2014 | Mike Woldburg
    "With the news this week that more than 600,000 Washington residents have acquired new health care plans through the state exchange, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said it’s unlikely the Affordable Care Act will be repealed.... "...She also discussed... the feasibility of immigration reform this year..."
  • Obama: Dems should 'defend and be proud' of ACA [Republicans to end their quest to repeal Obamacare}

    04/17/2014 3:33:12 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Obama: Dems should 'defend and be proud' of ACA By: Kyle Cheney and Jennifer Haberkorn April 17, 2014 03:57 PM EDT President Barack Obama called Thursday on Republicans to end their quest to repeal Obamacare — and Democrats to “forcefully defend and be proud” of the law. In remarks from the White House briefing room, Obama delivered a vigorous defense of the program, which has far exceeded enrollment expectations but remains a liability for Democrats in the midterm elections. “I don’t think we should apologize for it,” Obama said. “I don’t think we should be defensive about it. I think...