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  • Tea Party Warms To Romney

    04/18/2012 5:02:41 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 192 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 4/18/12 | Kyle Leighton
    One chunk of the Republican electorate has proved an incredibly fickle voting bloc, denying party unity while the nominating process dragged on. It’s the same group of conservative voters that went from candidate to candidate, looking for an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Now, out of options, it seems that those who identify themselves as tea party supporters are finally coming home to the presumptive nominee. (snip)
  • Mitt's Mormon Army: How It Works

    02/04/2012 6:53:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 555 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | February 3, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    Very, very good e-mail lists — and an internal debate over whether to use them. “I'm getting really tired of the ads for Romney campaign trips coming from this list serve,” writes one young Mormon. LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- At Mitt Romney’s first rally here earlier this week, there were plenty of hints that the enthusiastic crowd of 1,000 was stacked with Mormons. Kids walked around in BYU sweatshirts, moms chatted about LDS youth groups, and at least one supporter was overheard talking about making phone calls for the candidate as part of "family home evening" -- a weekly family...
  • Mitt’s Politics of Division Will Backfire

    01/30/2012 9:05:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 30, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    Even if Mitt Romney wins in Florida on Tuesday, he still may lose the presidency come November. The old adage of “divide and conquer” may work well in war, but in politics it’s not always a smart strategy, especially in Republican primaries. Ronald Reagan’s name has been evoked quite often in this race. The Gipper must be turning over in his grave that Mitt Romney has so badly violated his 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Reagan’s law not only sounds great, it’s smart politics. Reagan understood that the very same Republicans a candidate attacks...
  • Santorum says Romney nomination "will destroy this country"

    01/06/2012 5:14:56 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    Mark Levin Show (Youtube Video 1 minute) ^ | January 5th | Santorum via Levin
    Santorum says Romney nomination "will destroy this country"
  • Polls the Gee-Oh-Pee Don't Want You to See

    01/06/2012 5:03:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 6, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    All I'm hearing from those-who-like-to-tell-us-how-to-vote (MSM/GOP establishment/Ann Coulter) this week is how Romney is "feeling confident" while Rick Santorum is soaring  (an unsinspiring politician Romney/Obama would love to face), yet Reaganite warrior Newt Gingrich (of whom they are both terrified) is now 'demoralized', with 'little chance of winning', etc... and all this derived from a vote count representing of just 4% of Iowa's tiny, rural population.  Yes, MSM/Left know perfectly well that this is the flakiest GOP primary electorate in history -and Santorum not even 10% as brutally-vetted/slandered as Bachmann, Cain, and Gingrich have been: might be good to consider at this point why some...
  • Vote Count Error? Did Rick Santorum Really Win the Iowa Caucuses?

    01/05/2012 9:30:57 PM PST · by Mozilla · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 5, 2012 at 11:46pm | Scott Baker
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is shrugging off reports that the vote count from Iowa’s caucuses might be wrong, saying the errors appear not to change the fact that he and Mitt Romney were nearly tied. Santorum tells Fox News that a party official says the two cases in which errors were reported in the count from Tuesday night nearly cancel each other out. A Ron Paul supporter told Des Moines TV station KCCI that the posted count from his precinct in Appanoose County gave Romney more votes than he actually received. The GOP chairman...
  • Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History? (Santorum may regain win)

    01/05/2012 6:12:47 PM PST · by mnehring · 144 replies
    Caucus Vote Counter Says Romney Mistakenly Given 20 Votes (Video report at link) DES MOINES, Iowa -- Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world's eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 50 people may just blow up the results. Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the...
  • Mitt Romney out of control

    01/04/2012 9:45:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2012 | Dana Milbank
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — If this is Mitt Romney’s idea of a victory rally, one shudders to think what would have happened if he had lost the Iowa caucuses. The day after his impossibly thin eight-vote victory, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination flew here for a town hall meeting at Manchester Central High School, where he was to bask in the endorsement of his 2008 arch rival, John McCain. But the senator grimaced when he was introduced, and as Romney delivered his own stump speech, an increasingly impatient McCain pulled up his sleeve and checked his watch. McCain gave...
  • South Carolina Tea Partiers Wish Romney Would Just Go Away

    01/04/2012 4:57:02 PM PST · by TBBT · 28 replies · 1+ views
    npr.org ^ | 1/4/2012 | FRANK JAMES
    Talk with Tea Party leaders here in South Carolina and you quickly realize that the toughest job in the Mitt Romney campaign would be the assignment of doing outreach to these activists. Maybe not a mission impossible, but close. They really want no part of Romney. And there appears to be little he could say or do between now and Jan. 21, the date of the South Carolina primary, to change that. The Massachusetts health law Romney enacted as governor with its individual mandate called Romneycare by critics is just one of several reasons they give for their animus. There...
  • Romney takes biggest lead yet against Obama in national poll

    12/31/2011 9:45:37 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 31, 2011 | S.A. Miller
    GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has rocketed ahead of President Obama and taken his biggest lead yet in a national head-to-head matchup, a new poll showed today. Romney topped Obama 45 percent to 39 percent in the Rasmussen Reports survey. “It’s also the biggest lead a named Republican candidate has held over the incumbent in Rasmussen Reports surveying to date,” said the pollsters.
  • Shock Poll : Romney 45% Obama 39% [Drudge Headline]

    12/29/2011 7:16:12 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 336 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | DECEMBER 27, 2011 | Rasmussen Reports
    Mitt Romney has now jumped to his biggest lead ever over President Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup. It’s also the biggest lead a named Republican candidate has held over the incumbent in Rasmussen Reports surveying to date. The latest national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the former Massachusetts governor, while 39% prefer the president. Ten percent (10%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) A week ago, Romney trailed Obama 44% to 41%. The week before that, he held a...
  • Romney predicts tea party will turn on Gingrich

    12/17/2011 9:56:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | December 17, 2011 | Kasie Hunt
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney is mocking Newt Gingrich's long record in Washington and says conservative tea party voters eventually will reject the former House speaker who's Romney chief presidential rival. Romney tells reporters in South Carolina that he thinks the state's tea party voters will turn on Gingrich because of his work for the mortgage company Freddie Mac and his consulting time in Washington....
  • Romney, Gingrich Now Top Choices for GOP Nomination

    11/21/2011 5:59:37 AM PST · by TBBT · 84 replies
    Gallup ^ | 11/21/2011 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Gingrich's support on the rise this month by Jeffrey M. Jones PRINCETON, NJ -- Republicans are most likely to name Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as their first choice for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, with Herman Cain close behind. Among all Republicans nationwide, Romney is the choice of 20% and Gingrich 19%. Among Republican registered voters, Gingrich is at 22% and Romney at 21%. Mid-November 2011 results: Next, I'm going to read a list of people who are running for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. After I read the names, please tell me which candidate you are most...
  • Romney tries to prove he can win without actually being wanted (waging war of attrition)

    11/21/2011 3:03:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | November 21, 2011 | SHELDON ALBERTS
    From the W moment he launched his presidential campaign on a windy New Hampshire morning in June, Willard Mitt Romney has been the acknowledged front-runner in the Republican race. He has raised more money, earned more support from his party's establishment, hired more paid staff and secured more endorsements than any of the seven other "major" GOP candidates. There is but one nagging thing keeping Romney from being dubbed the "inevitable" GOP nominee in 2012 - a solid 75 per cent of the voters in his party simply cannot stand the guy. "He is cold gravy," said Stephen Schneck, a...
  • Romney, Gingrich Now Top Choices for GOP Nomination

    11/21/2011 1:50:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 21, 2011 | Jeffery M. Jones
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Republicans are most likely to name Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as their first choice for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, with Herman Cain close behind. Among all Republicans nationwide, Romney is the choice of 20% and Gingrich 19%. Among Republican registered voters, Gingrich is at 22% and Romney at 21%. [snip] ....Implications With the first official nominating contest, the Iowa caucuses, now just six weeks away, there is no clear national front-runner for the Republican nomination....
  • Despite warning signs, Romney declines to reach out to major tea party groups

    10/20/2011 2:23:08 AM PDT · by South40 · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller (Yahoo) ^ | 10/20/2011 | Will Rahn, Alex Pappas
    Two of America’s most active national tea party organizations say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has made no effort to win them over, despite his apparent need to attract more grassroots support. “As far as I am aware, we’ve had no contact with Romney’s campaign, nor have any of his representatives reached out,” Mark Meckler, co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, told The Daily Caller. Meckler, however, acknowledged: “We haven’t had a lot of contact with the candidates in general, though [congresswoman Michele] Bachmann, [businessman Herman] Cain, and [former House Speaker Newt] Gingrich have all spent a lot...
  • Is Romney Our Best Choice?

    07/17/2011 12:39:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 17, 2011 | Clayton E. Cramer
    The evidence suggests otherwise — but for the wrong reason. There’s a long list of reasons why Mitt Romney might not be our best choice to go up against Obama, and some of them are really good reasons. One reason is Romney’s part in creating the Massachusetts health system that Democrats claim (perhaps rightly) was the blueprint for ObamaCare. Another is that as governor of a very liberal state, Romney signed into law all sorts of bills that are going to be used by Democrats to persuade many middle of the road and even conservative voters that there really is...
  • Romney Strikes a Blow Against Romney

    07/07/2011 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Any candidate for president can fall victim to occasional stumbles, lapses, gaffes and clunkers. But Mitt Romney has a shot at raising ineptitude to an art form. The other day, he had to answer a question about how the economy has fared under the current administration. Before he was done, though, Romney managed to give the impression that if he dove off a dock, he'd miss the water. He also undermined his chief assets in the campaign: a supposed mastery of economic issues and a reputation for competence. Over and over, the former Massachusetts governor has accused President Barack Obama...
  • Waiting for Sarah (while other conservatives join liberals to bash her)

    06/25/2011 3:44:21 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 83 replies
    AmerIvan Thinker ^ | Saturday June 25, 2011 | M Catherine Evans
    After all Sarah Palin did last year to contribute to the GOP's historical 2010 win, and all that she has gone through to shine the light on true conservative values, I am amazed how some of those on the right still disparage her. Jeff Kuhner of the Washington Times, and a fill-in host for Michael Savage, echoed leftist reporters like Susan Milligan of U.S. News and Bill Keller of the New York Times. Mrs. Palin (should she run) may be able to win the GOP nomination. The presidency, however, is a bridge too far. The media will eviscerate her. Outside...
  • Romney LOSING in GOP polls, 73% want someone else

    06/24/2011 7:25:51 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 61 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | 6/24/11 | Mr. K
    The talking heads in the media are all tingly that "Mitt"-for-brains Romney is "winning" the GOP Primary polls by "double digits" because he got 27% in a Florida poll. You expect this kind of baloney from CNN but even "Fox and Friends" was repeating this nonsense this morning. Since Romney has 27% and Palin (who is not even running yet) has 17% and Bachman and all others get 10% or less, they report this as somehow showing Romney being in the lead, and a repudiation of the TEA party in the GOP. This is totally ass-backwards. Romney is LOSING by...
  • If Mitt “Peacetime” Romney Can Only Get to 23% Post-Announcement...

    06/13/2011 5:39:37 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Conservatives4palin ^ | June 13 2011 | Ian Lazaran
    If Mitt “Peacetime” Romney Can Only Get to 23% Post-Announcement, He’s Not Going To End Up Breaking 30% in A Multi-Candidate Field Posted on June 13 2011 - 7:56 AM - Posted by: Ian Lazaran Here is what the race looks like when you average the six polls (the polls are from the Washington Post/ABC News, Quinnipiac, Reuters/Ipsos, Fox News, and the two polls released this morning from CNN and Gallup) that have been conducted after Mitt “peacetime” Romney formally announced that he was running for the presidency. Romney 23% Palin 17% Cain 8% Gingrich 7% Paul 7% Bachmann 5%...
  • Bill O’Reilly: GOP Race ‘Is Mitt Romney’s To Lose,’ But ‘Nobody’ Is Leading The Party

    06/11/2011 2:49:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 11, 2011 | Frances Martel
    This disarray in the Republican Party has reached some dizzying depth, Bill O’Reilly explained last night, as no candidate or public official has taken hold of the party. With several candidates as long shots or complete unknowns, O’Reilly concluded Mitt Romney had the best chance, but no one was going to defeat President Obama without having “a little Trump in them.” O’Reilly began his program last night with a quick evaluation of each candidate left: “Newt Gingrich is done as a serious candidate,” he explained, why Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum were “long shots.” Sarah Palin could...
  • Palin either slightly ahead for GOP nomination, or way behind (A Tale of 3 Polls. Who's Correct?)

    06/09/2011 12:11:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/09/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Ah, the travails of polling! Attempting to handicap a race when it hasn’t really started — and when the contestants haven’t yet entered the arena — is a tricky business. Reuters and Fox News team up this week to demonstrate just how tricky it can be. While Reuters declares Sarah Palin as the front-runner in its latest survey, Fox News scores her as an also-ran — as does Quinnipiac in a third poll this week.First, Reuters reports that Palin took a slight lead over Mitt Romney in their latest survey: A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday afternoon finds Sarah Palin...
  • Romney: 'If You Want to Learn More About My Church, Talk to My Church'

    06/08/2011 2:18:47 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 71 replies
    ABC The Note ^ | Emily Friedman
    In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, the second part of which aired tonight on the network, presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushed back against the host's questions about how his Mormon faith might influence his policy should he win the White House in 2012. Asked whether it's actually possible to separate his faith from his job as president should he be elected, Romney responded, "Absolutely. You don't begin to apply doctrines of a religion to the responsibility of guiding a nation or guiding a state." Romney explained that he opposes abortion rights and that he is in favor of gay...
  • When it comes to Palin, ignore the ‘experts’ (" like a guerrilla insurgent fighting the Redcoats")

    05/27/2011 9:55:00 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Friday May 27, 2011 | Matthew Lewis
    The insiders are largely agreed: Sarah Palin isn’t really running for president. She is more interested in making money and getting publicity. So her movie, bus tour, and poll numbers mean nothing. Zero. Nada. The best example of this is probably found in Byron York’s column today: “The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president,” says a Republican adviser close to front-runner Mitt Romney. “She’s making money, she’s moved on, she’s kind of an entertainer rather than a politician. She still has some sway with the grass roots, but she is not going to run.”...
  • Here Comes Sarah: How a Palin candidacy could help and hurt Mitt Romney

    05/26/2011 6:06:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Slate ^ | May 26, 2011 | John Dickerson, chief political correspondent
    The Mama Grizzly is coming out of hibernation. This weekend, Sarah Palin is launching her "One Nation" bus tour, visiting historical sites across the country. Palin will start on Memorial Day at the Rolling Thunder weekend motorcycle rally that starts at the Pentagon. Where it will end has yet to be announced. But given Palin's other recent move—the announcement of a feature-length film on her tenure as governor—it looks as if her ultimate destination may be the White House. Whatever Mitt Romney had on his plate for Memorial Day, he'd better make room. If we assume—for the purposes of page...
  • Romney to announce in New Hampshire next Thursday

    05/26/2011 5:19:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    cnn.com ^ | May 26, 2011 | CNN Political Unit
    Romney to announce in New Hampshire next Thursday.
  • Romney tops NH poll, but majority of voters still undecided

    05/25/2011 12:12:39 AM PDT · by South40 · 25 replies
    The Ticket (Yahoo) ^ | May 24, 2011 | Holly Bailey
    Mitt Romney still has a major lead over his GOP rivals among Republican voters in New Hampshire. But a new CNN-WMUR poll finds that an overwhelming majority of Republicans in the key primary state still have "no idea" who they will support in 2012. According to the poll, 32 percent of GOP voters in the state back Romney for the Republican nomination--a 23 point lead over his closest competitor, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who received 9 percent support.
  • It’s hard to win when your motto is ‘It’s my turn’ (Milt Romney the Bob Dole of '12?)

    05/22/2011 5:19:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 22, 2011 | Joseph Curl
    Once upon a time there was a president, wavering in popularity. He was deemed by some political pundits as “highly beatable.” He had just done his whole thing with health care, which left voters fuming, and two years before the presidential election, Republicans picked up a slew of seats in the House, taking control. But then, the Republican Party did the unthinkable: It gave the nomination to a guy because it was essentially “his turn,” and the candidate got shellacked by the incumbent Democratic president. That president was Bill Clinton; the “It’s His Turn” candidate was Bob Dole; the year,...
  • The Early Republican Field Is Less Hungersville, More “The Hunger Games”

    05/21/2011 9:11:56 AM PDT · by theothercheek
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | May 20, 2011 | The Stiletto
    The Republican presidential field is starting to look like “ The Hunger Games,” with those who had no fight in them, those who overplayed their hand and those who were undisciplined out of the fight to the finish before the real contest begins. Mitt Romney - a stronger, well-fed combatant - is eager to enter the arena. Alarmed by the alacrity with which at least half a dozen contenders fell by the wayside, some well-heeled spectators are rushing to support him even before they have a chance to size up the other combatants – some of whom are in stealth...
  • Does Mitt Romney Enjoy More Tea Party Support Than Sarah Palin?

    04/19/2011 10:16:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 19, 2011
    ABC News' Amy Walter reports: A new ABC News/Wash. Post poll finds that in a head to head match-up against President Barack Obama, 70% of those who say they are Tea Party supporters say they'll vote for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president--compared to 69% for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Seeming Tea Party favorites like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, meanwhile, draw 61% and 60%, respectively....
  • Why Romney might be the chosen one [and all I got was this big ol zot]

    04/15/2011 8:08:19 PM PDT · by kinghorse · 106 replies
    Vanity ^ | 4/15/2011 | Me
    If you believe, as I do, that leaders are handpicked by the elites to achieve a means to an end, then Mitt Romney is the logical choice to be the next President of the United States. The fact that he infuriates a lot of the folks on this blog proves he is the best candidate. Because any successful Republican needs to be two things, okay make that three, in order to walk into the WH. ONE be white, TWO be a non-offensive white and THREE be married to a hot blond. But, as the Shamwow guy would say, there's more!...
  • Poll Shows Romney Leading Obama in Florida

    04/14/2011 1:13:54 PM PDT · by a_note · 32 replies
    R.C.P. ^ | April 14, 2011 | Kyle Adams
    A new poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney narrowly leading President Obama in a hypothetical general election matchup in Florida.
  • Ross Douthat: Everything’s Coming Up Romney [Massachusetts Dreamin']

    03/08/2011 12:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | Ross Douthat
    Last August, I wrote the following about Mitt Romney’s odds of winning the Republican nomination: In a sense, the stronger President Obama looks next year, the better Romney’s chances of being nominated. He needs the prospect of an uphill general-election battle to keep his potential rivals for establishment support safely on the sidelines. And then he needs that same establishment to rally around him once the primary voting starts — not out of love or admiration, but out of fear of the populist alternative. Six months later, this is almost exactly how things are playing out. In many ways, Romney...
  • Insiders: Romney Is Top GOP 2012 Contender, Daniels Second (Beltway love these guys, should you?)

    01/06/2011 12:48:14 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 68 replies
    National Journal ^ | Thursday January 6, 2011
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to hold the pole position for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll. But the surprise runner-up to Romney was the two-term Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who moved up from fifth place when the last ranking of the potential GOP White House contenders was conducted a year ago. Romney's assets and liabilities are well known and haven't changed much since last January. He has a national network of political and financial supporters left over from his unsuccessful run for the 2008 Republican nomination, a command of economic issues...
  • Poll: Obama's losing support; Romney would beat him now

    12/11/2010 6:09:12 AM PST · by mandaladon · 78 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 11 Dec 2010 | Steven Thomma
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's approval ratings have sunk to the lowest level of his presidency, so low that he'd lose the White House to Republican Mitt Romney if the election were held today, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.</p>
  • The myth of Palin's frontrunner status

    12/01/2010 7:48:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 146 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    Much of the punditocracy is obsessed with Sarah Palin. It's understandable on several levels. First, she makes for good copy and has a knack for coining catchy phrases ("death panels") and new words ("refudiate" -- it's now in the dictionary). She is controversial and opinionated, so given the choice between, say, a story on John Thune and one on Palin, it's a no-brainer to choose the best-selling author, TV reality show star and Tea Party darling. But conservatives suspect there's also some mischief-making afoot -- the desire by liberal-leaning members of the media and the White House to make Palin...
  • Not This Mitt Again (Mitt Romney hasn't changed a bit)

    11/22/2010 7:01:21 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 64 replies
    pajamasmedia ^ | Monday November 22, 2010 | Tom Blumer
    Mitt Romney hasn't changed a bit, and carries even more damning baggage. The serious rumblings are already out there. Undaunted by the failure of one of the most expensive presidential primary runs in history, Mitt Romney apparently wants to take another shot at getting the GOP’s nomination. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is “quite sure” Romney will run, and has said that the former Massachusetts governor “would be my preference.” Sadly, there’s a hoary tradition in the GOP that certain establishment-favored candidates, even though they’re not the best available, have somehow earned “their turn.” That belief has usually led the party...
  • Tea Party success could hurt Romney: Activists distrust establishment ties

    11/04/2010 9:53:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 5, 2010 | Michael Kranish
    Tea Party activists are injecting into the 2012 GOP presidential primary an element of antiestablishment volatility that could hurt Mitt Romney’s possible bid while benefiting a fast-growing crop of conservative candidates, political observers say. “It is wide open,’’ former House majority leader Dick Armey, one of the leaders of the Tea Party movement, said of the potential field of candidates. In a twist of GOP tradition, the nominee could be someone Americans know little about, he said. “The defining influence electorally in America is we are tired of big-shot insiders taking care of themselves and one another,’’ said Armey, chairman...
  • CNN Poll: Obama vs. Palin in 2012? (Guess who most Republicans prefer as Candidate?)

    11/04/2010 5:48:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    Washington (CNN) – His party got its clock cleaned in Tuesday's midterm elections, but according to a new national poll President Obama remains competitive in hypothetical 2012 presidential election matchups, especially against Sarah Palin. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday also indicates that at the unofficial start of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the field of possible contenders appears wide open with no front-runner. According to the poll, 21 percent of Republicans say they would most likely support former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 GOP White House candidate Mike Huckabee for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, with 20...
  • State of the Mitt (Laughable)

    10/20/2010 9:34:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Perpetual Post ^ | October 21, 2010 | Christian Heinze and Dani Alexis Ryskamp
    Mitt Romney is shaking hands, kissing babies, making endorsements, and dropping money in every state in the nation in a way that suggests he’s in it for the long haul to 2012. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling Romney’s chances for the GOP presidential nomination. He’s a workhorse in a party addicted to, if not Thoroughbreds, at least some well-spruced Clydesdales. Romney is, as Politico notes, “an establishment kind of guy in an insurgent kind of party.” He’s putting in the work, but he’s not getting either the name recognition of a Newt Gingrich or the camera recognition of Sarah Palin. In...
  • Campaign 2012: Watch Out for Mitt Romney!

    10/20/2010 8:59:05 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 125 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | Oct. 18, 2010 | David Corn
    It's two weeks before the 2010 elections. Which means now's a fine time to start obsessing about the 2012 campaign. The next presidential race will unofficially begin on No. 3 -- the day after the midterm elections. It's possible we may not know the outcome of all the critical House and Senate races by then, and these races could determine which party controls the House and Senate. But once most of the 2010 votes are counted, the politerati will quickly pivot toward the next big thing. So let me get an early jump and tell you this: watch out for...
  • How Romney made a bestseller (Freepers right again!)

    10/15/2010 10:23:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | October 15, 2010 | Ben Smith
    Mitt Romney boosted sales of his book this spring by asking institutions to buy thousands of copies in exchange for his speeches, according to a document obtained by POLITICO. Romney's book tour ran from early March to late May of this year, and took him to book stores, universities, conferences, and private groups around the country. Their giant purchases helped his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, debut on top of the New York Times bestseller list, though with an asterisk indicating bulk purchases.
  • Mitt Romney's plan: Go big, go everywhere

    10/15/2010 7:42:57 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 48 replies
    Politico. com ^ | 10-13-10 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is grinding through the 2010 campaign state by state and district by district, adhering to a go-everywhere, never-say-no campaign schedule that will have recorded visits to 30 states before Election Day. * * * * * * Romney’s schedule is so all-inclusive that it barely looks like he’s picking his targets. In just the past few weeks, he’s campaigned for Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson and gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal. He made a Western campaign trip that included stops for Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Nevada House candidate Joe Heck and gubernatorial nominee...
  • Delaware and NH General Election Number Preview

    09/13/2010 6:14:42 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 59 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 09/13/2010 | Tom Jensen
    Just finished the general election numbers in Delaware and New Hampshire. Not going to release them until Wednesday when we have nominees but in one case the conventional wisdom about who's more electable was confirmed and in the other it was not: -In Delaware Chris Coons polls 26 points better against Christine O'Donnell than Mike Castle. Castle's net favorability is 25 points higher than O'Donnell's. That electability gap is even wider than what we saw a month ago when Castle did 20 points better against Coons than O'Donnell.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Romney v. Palin: When business gets personal

    07/20/2010 1:50:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 20, 2010 | A.G. Gancarski
    As I type this, I am watching former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on “The Wendy Williams Show” talking about his impending talk show on Fox and am reminded, not for the first time, that quite a few presidential candidates function as if they never expected or even wanted to be president in the first place. They ran to gain a media platform. But few have done so as brazenly as Huckabee, who typically ended his homespun stump homilies with pedestrian pluckings of his bass guitar. Huckabee’s ultimate role in the 2008 race was to assist in the splintering of evangelicals...
  • Romney Campaign to Surrender Evangelicals in 2012

    07/07/2010 8:21:33 PM PDT · by colorcountry · 62 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | 7/07/10 | Joanna Brooks
    Word from inside the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign team is that Romney will abandon his 2008 strategy of seeking to win over social conservatives—evangelical or born-again Christians—for whom his Mormonism is a major deterrent. In 2008, the Romney campaign had hoped the candidate’s clean-cut, family-man profile would be enough to win over socially conservative Christians, many of whom harbor deep misgivings about Mormonism fed in large part by a thirty-year campaign of “spiritual warfare” against Mormonism begun in the 1980s at Fuller Theological Seminary under the auspices of its anti-“cult” ministries. Romney’s 2008 candidacy was consistently shadowed not only...
  • Conservatives, Republican Primaries, and Governor Palin

    10/24/2009 1:20:34 PM PDT · by euram · 3 replies · 434+ views
    conservatives4palin ^ | 10-24-09 | Doug Brady
    Last week there were a couple Rasmussen Polls which seemed to show Governor Palin losing support among Republican voters. One showed her in third place behind Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. Another showed her losing in head to head matchups with Huckabee and Romney. At the time I argued, justifiably, that hypothetical polls, even scientific polls, this far from an election, are unreliable at best. I still believe that to be the case. For example, in March 2007 Rudy Giuliani was beating John McCain by 21 points in the Rasmussen Poll for the 2008 GOP nomination, yet less that none...