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  • Mitt Romney still faces a trust deficit with GOP voters

    11/24/2011 10:05:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-24 | Maeve Reston
    Southfield, Mich. — As other Republican candidates have stumbled their way toward the presidential primaries, Mitt Romney has put together what would seem to be all the elements of a winning campaign: an effective staff, a robust treasury and smooth, knowledgeable performances both in debates and on the trail. But for months, the threshold of support for the former Massachusetts governor hasn't inched above a quarter of Republican voters in national polls. For many GOP voters in early primary states, hesitation about Romney comes back to one thing: their perception that he has routinely molded his views to suit the...
  • Tea party activists remain wary of Romney (but Romney campaign expects Tea Partiers to surrender)

    11/17/2011 7:49:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 95 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-11-17 | Paul West & Seema Mehta
    Washington and Des Moines - Throughout the roller-coaster Republican presidential contest, one thing hasn't changed: the stubborn refusal of many tea party supporters to warm up to Mitt Romney. The swift rise and abrupt fall of a succession of GOP candidates has been driven in part by the restless search for a Romney alternative by that group of voters, who energized the GOP's big turnaround in 2010. "They don't trust Mitt Romney," said Simon Conway, a Des Moines radio host popular with tea party followers. "Mitt Romney can be tea party one minute, and the next minute introduce 'RomneyCare'" —...
  • (Chameleon) Mitt Romney: 'I've been as consistent as human beings can be'

    11/05/2011 10:38:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-11-03 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Mitt Romney, under fire from all sides on the strength of his political convictions, said Thursday he has been as consistent as a person can be during his political career. "I've been as consistent as human beings can be," the presidential candidate said in a meeting with the editorial board of New Hampshire's Seacoast Media Group. "I cannot state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time, and so there are some folks who, obviously, for various political and campaign purposes will try and find some change and try to draw great attention to something which looks...
  • A Pledge Never to Vote for Romney: Send a Message to the GOP

    09/12/2011 4:22:19 PM PDT · by xzins · 381 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | September 12, 2011 | Xzins
    Romney is Obama-Lite. Take the simple pledge: I will not vote for Romney for any reason.
  • Scott Brown hails Romney's 'courage' in healthcare speech.(BARF)

    05/12/2011 8:50:14 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05-12-11 | Michael O'Brien
    Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) healthcare speech drew quick support from fellow Bay State Sen. Scott Brown (R), who called Romney's defense of the state's healthcare plan "courageous." Brown, who's up for reelection in the typically Democratic state next fall, offered Romney political reinforcement following the former governor's highly anticipated healthcare speech on Thursday. "Governor Romney showed a lot of courage today by standing his ground on the reforms he put in place in Massachusetts," Brown said in a statement. "What he did as governor worked for Massachusetts by getting health insurance to more people."
  • McCain: If U.S. uses torture, nation will suffer (US in Afghanistan for "rest of the 21st century")

    05/13/2011 6:01:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2011-05-13 | David S. Morgan
    Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years, has rejected the argument that torture was necessary to successfully combat terrorism - and denied claims that waterboarding detainees provided intelligence that helped end the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. (snip) On CBS' "The Early Show" Friday, McCain denied claims made by Rep. Peter King, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who said earlier this week that through the use of such tactics, a courier for the al Qaeda leader was identified. (snip) "Through normal, conventional...
  • Re: Lindsey Graham and the First Amendment (Mark Steyn)

    04/04/2011 11:44:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 04, 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Andrew, ever since I ran into a spot of bother in Canada, I’ve found myself giving speeches in defense of freedom of expression in Toronto, London, Copenhagen, etc. I did not think it would be necessary quite so soon to take the same stand in the land of the First Amendment against craven squishes of the political class willing to trade core liberties for a quiet life. I have no expectations of Harry Reid or the New York Times, but I have nothing but total contempt for the wretched buffoon Graham. A mob of deranged ululating blood-lusting head-hackers slaughter Norwegian...
  • McCain favors comprehensive immigration reform after borders secured

    01/05/2011 7:26:33 AM PST · by WilliamHouston · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/2011 | Michael O'Brien
    Congress should take up work on comprehensive immigration reform once the U.S. borders are secure, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday. McCain, a longtime proponent of comprehensive reform who had tacked right in his race for reelection last year, said that an immigration deal could be an area of compromise between Republicans and Democrats. "Once we get the border secured — and we can get the border secured — I would look forward to working on comprehensive immigration reform," the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said on NBC's "Today" show. The Arizona senator had in the past favored legislation that would...
  • Poll: 57 Percent View Palin Unfavorably

    12/14/2010 5:25:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies · 3+ views
    National Journal ^ | 12/14/10 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to be a highly polarizing figure, with a whopping 57 percent viewing her unfavorably according to a new poll. The Bloomberg survey, released Monday, also found that the negative feelings about Palin are particularly strong. A third -- 33 percent -- said they view Palin "very unfavorably." That's the same percentage that viewed her favorably cumulatively -- respondents who either viewed her "somewhat" or "very" favorably (!). The survey results indicate that Palin faces a significant image problem as she decides to run for president. Just look at how Pres. Obama's numbers compare. Obama...
  • Bush on TARP: 'Absolutely' Would Do It Again. (VIDEO)

    11/03/2010 7:28:34 PM PDT · by wrrock · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Video ^ | 11/3/2010 | ButAsForMe
    George W. Bush is on book tour and sat down with Matt Lauer. Here is what was said about TARP: WATCH VIDEO...Lauer: You went with the TARP Program. Bush: We did. Lauer: A lot of people now call it the bank bailout and they hate it. Bush: Yeah, they do hate it. I can understand that. Look, the idea of spending taxpayer's money to give to wall street and the banks, to save them, a lot of people think they created the crisis in the first place. So I can understand the angst. But in my case, I wasn't worried...
  • Interview with Senator Lindsey Graham (Graham "ready" to work with Pelosi, Reid, Obama on amnesty)

    10/01/2010 10:54:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 90 replies
    (snip) BLITZER: Are you ready to work with the Democrats on immigration reform? GRAHAM: Yes, I'm ready to solve the problem -- the immigration problem once and for all. Start with securing the border, and if I'm not willing to work on immigration reform? Why am I up here? Because it's a huge problem for the country. Start with border security. I'm willing to do anything that makes America stronger as long as I get something for it. (snip)
  • LIVE THREAD: RINO Juan McCain vs. J.D. Hayworth, Tea Party (Ariz. US Senate GOP Primary 08/24/2010)

    08/23/2010 6:36:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 267 replies
    FR | 2010-08-24
    Results TBD 08/24/2010 Late PM PDT/MST.
  • The stranger than truth files bite McCain (MCCAIN WILL BACK AMNESTY AFTER SW BORDER 'SECURED')

    05/20/2010 8:01:36 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 125 replies · 2,252+ views
    ABC News / GOPUSA ^ | 2010-05-20
    From ABC News... (snip) "McCain was supportive of the Dream Act in the past... we saw him as a champion in some ways, and we hope that comes back," said Abdollahi. Now the next paragraph is the money paragraph and I certainly hope Arizona voters are paying attention. McCain has been on all sides of this issue and now that he is facing reelection he is trying to convince voters that he will protect the borders. Let's see what he says when under pressure from the left. A McCain spokesperson told ABC News the senator will support the so-called "Dream...
  • Citizens United Foes Seek a McCain Stand-In (McCain may attack conservatives after beating J.D.!)

    04/15/2010 9:36:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 58 replies · 2,371+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2010-04-16 | Matthew Murray
    (snip) Elias and other observers say that the day of reckoning for possible McCain support is Aug. 24, when Arizona voters take to the polls to decide the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s fate against his primary opponent, GOP former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. Many observers speculate that after the primary, McCain may pivot toward the middle and could ultimately back a Schumer-Van Hollen bill.“Perhaps he’s planning on voting for it, but because of political considerations or other things he just doesn’t want to be out front,” Elias said. “At the end of the day, it may very well be that he...
  • Schumer, Graham Unveil Immigration Reform Blueprint (INCLUDES "PATH TO CITIZENSHIP")

    03/18/2010 11:15:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 2,034+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 2010-03-19 | Jennifer Bendery & Jessica Brady
    Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) unveiled their bipartisan blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday, a move hailed by President Barack Obama as progress on an issue for which he has been criticized for ignoring. “The American people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation. We urge the public and our colleagues to join our bipartisan efforts in enacting these reforms,” the Senators said in a Washington Post editorial posted online Thursday. The Schumer-Graham outline entails four key components: a biometric Social Security identification card for employment verification; strengthened border security and interior law...
  • Adviser: Gov’t needs to look at global warming (McCainiac continues to push cap-and-tax)

    02/01/2010 2:13:21 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 324+ views
    The Telegraph, Nashua, NH ^ | 2010-01-17 | David Brooks
    New Hampshire would seem to be surprise proof when it comes to visits from prominent people urging support for various causes, but it was something of an eyebrow raiser a when a former policy adviser for John McCain’s presidential campaign went before business folks Tuesday to say that federal oversight is needed to control greenhouse gases.“I won’t pretend that I get standing ovations,” joked Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was a staff economist for President George H.W. Bush and served as chief economic adviser to McCain’s campaign. He spoke Tuesday to a gathering of New Hampshire businesspeople at the New Hampshire Institute...
  • McCain Nudges Obama Toward His Party’s Health Plans (RINOcare rising from the ashes of Obamacare?)

    01/24/2010 2:13:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 93 replies · 2,513+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-01-25 | Joseph Berger
    In the wake of a political setback for national health care legislation, Senator John McCain, the losing candidate in the last presidential election, advised his victorious 2008 adversary on Sunday that the way to get meaningful changes passed is to “start from the beginning” by meeting with Republicans. Mr. McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” that President Obama should sit down with Republican leaders and begin adopting some of their ideas for improving the nation’s health care system such as overhauling medical malpractice lawsuits, allowing residents of one state to buy health...
  • Graham says he’s ready to make a deal on climate change legislation (wants to be 60th vote)

    01/07/2010 6:13:25 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 180 replies · 6,361+ views
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is ready to be the 60th Senate vote to get the climate change and energy bill passed, he told a Midlands audience Tuesday at Harbison State Forest. “Since they’ve got no Republicans but me, business is open,” Graham said. Graham has been criticized by his own party for pursuing bipartisan resolutions on such issues as illegal immigration and possible filibusters of judicial nominees. And he believes that the cap-and-trade bills being debated this year are another occasion to do so, he told the audience at a forestry conference hosted by the S.C. Wildlife Federation. He said he...
  • Senate climate change fight looks as tough as healthcare reform (Graham is RINO Judas goat)

    12/29/2009 5:09:11 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,201+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-12-29 | Ben Geman
    Senate Democrats will face a problem when they return in January every bit as tough as crafting the healthcare bill: Assembling a climate and energy package that can be shoehorned into the election-year calendar. Imposing limits on greenhouse gases is a White House and Democratic priority, but it’s stuck in line behind health care, Wall Street reform and jobs legislation. It’s also become increasingly apparent since the Copenhagen climate summit that the Senate will go forward in a dramatically different direction than the House, which approved its own climate bill last summer. Environmentalists familiar with Democratic plans say party leaders...
  • McCain adviser: Palin’s book is fiction (Romneybot Nicolle Wallace attacks Sarah Palin again)

    11/17/2009 9:24:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 96 replies · 3,607+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2009-11-18
    Depictions ‘took place entirely in her imagination,’ says Wallace. NBC NEWS and NEWS SERVICES NEW YORK - Former McCain campaign senior adviser Nicolle Wallace says Sarah Palin's book "Going Rogue" is "based on fabrications," and that the basis for Palin’s depictions of her and former McCain campaign director Steve Schmidt as villains "took place entirely in her imagination." In a statement to The Rachel Maddow Show, the former McCain spokesperson repeatedly used the word "fiction" to describe Palin's narrative and echoed criticisms by other former McCain staffers. "She [Palin] probably has a legitimate complaint that things could have been better...
  • Romney accuses Obama of not protecting troops

    11/14/2009 1:52:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 93 replies · 2,263+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivered a scathing criticism of President Obama's Afghanistan strategy Friday night, accusing the president of delivering rhetoric and not action in the war-torn country. Quoting from a speech Obama delivered in March, Romney agreed with the president "that 'we are in Afghanistan to confront a common enemy that threatens the United States, our friends and allies."' Romney continued on seconding the president: "I believe 'that to succeed, we and our friends and allies must reverse the Taliban's gains, and promote a more capable and accountable Afghan government.'"
  • Scozzafava Endorses Democrat After Dropping Out of N.Y. Congressional Race

    11/01/2009 11:45:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 639 replies · 18,290+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/01/09
    Republican Dede Scozzafava endorsed her former Democratic opponent Sunday in the race for an upstate New York congressional seat, one day after Scozzafava dropped out of the contest. Scozzafava dropped out after Conservative Party candidate Dough Hoffman experienced a late-in-the-game surge. But on Sunday, Scozzafava backed Democrat Bill Owens -- the announcement was made in a statement send out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same," she said. "In Bill Owens, I see a sense of duty and integrity that will guide him beyond political partisanship. He...
  • Revenge of the RINOs (Meghan McCain)

    04/18/2009 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Aglooka · 55 replies · 3,489+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/19/2009 | Meghan McCain
    Republican in Name Only? Try the future of the GOP. The following is Meghan McCain's address to the Log Cabin Republicans Convention—a group that promotes gay issues within the GOP—on April 18, 2009. Thank you all for having me here tonight. I am thrilled to be able to speak to you this evening to share some of my experiences from the campaign and observations on where our party is today. And I’m proud to tell you there is a special role for the Log Cabin Republicans to play in our future. The last two years of my life have been...
  • Cornyn applauds Obama on immigration reform

    04/10/2009 11:09:40 AM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 39 replies · 1,298+ views
    Houston Chronical ^ | 4-9-9 | Staff?
    Here's what Cornyn said about the Obama White House's decision to re-open the public dialogue on immigration: "I applaud President Obama's commitment to addressing comprehensive immigration reform this year, and stand ready to work with him to produce a product that represents the best interests of America, including respect for the rule of law, national security and economic security. "Comprehensive, common-sense immigration reform remains a top priority for me. Any legislation must protect our borders, promote economic prosperity in Texas and throughout the United States, and be consistent with our American values of compassion, family and opportunity."
  • Crashing the Republican Party [Meghan McCain's plans for the GOP] [Triple Barf]

    04/11/2009 4:23:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies · 1,302+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-04-11 | Daniel Libit
    Turns out that a McCain did emerge from the 2008 election victorious — not the captivity-surviving, straight-talking, Palin-picking Republican senator from Arizona but his Bud Light-drinking, talk-show-appearing, insouciantly Twittering 24-year-old daughter. “My cab driver is totally vibing me out,” Meghan McCain Twittered to her online devotees Thursday evening. “Just asked me if my cheekbones are real? Wtf, u can have fake cheekbones???” Yep, that’s the one. While John McCain has gone back to being the senior senator from Arizona, Meghan — Columbia grad, former "Saturday Night Live" and Newsweek intern — has crashed the Republican Party like a slightly tipsy...
  • [Olympia] Snowe laments partisanship [says Republicans should compromise, be bipartisan]

    04/11/2009 4:36:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 1,674+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-04-11 | Jerry Harkavy
    PORTLAND, Maine — Olympia Snowe may be among a shrinking number of moderate Republicans in the U.S. Senate, but she's making no apologies for being a centrist in a party that has shifted to the right over the past couple of decades. "It's not healthy for the country to have parties with polar opposite views without that bridge that you need to build consensus," Snowe told the Associated Press on Friday. With America facing an economic crisis, lawmakers cannot remain locked in their ideological corners, said Snowe, who has represented Maine in the Senate since 1995. Instead, she recalled how...
  • McCain backs Obama's call to end nuclear weapons

    04/10/2009 1:10:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 70 replies · 2,087+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-04-10
    TOKYO (AFP) — US Senator John McCain Friday backed a call by President Barack Obama, his former rival for the White House, for a planet free of nuclear weapons and this should start with North Korea and Iran. The Republican senator from Arizona was speaking in Japan on the last leg of an Asia tour, after Tokyo was angered by Pyongyang firing a rocket over its territory Sunday. "Concerning President Obama's commitment to the removal of nuclear weapons from the Earth, I certainly support that ambitious goal," McCain told a Tokyo press conference.
  • [Mad Juan] McCain loses temper with Hispanic immigration activists

    04/03/2009 12:21:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies · 2,580+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 2009-04-03 | Ed Morrissey
    When we remind people that elections have consequences, we’re usually talking about the outrage that comes from appointments to the executive and judicial branches. They have other consequences on policy and legislative priorities, as John McCain “forcefully” reminded Hispanic immigration activists at a meeting last month. National Journal reports on the fallout today.
  • John McCain on Obama's Budget ["I want to support this president. I want him to succeed"]

    04/02/2009 8:30:34 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1,172+ views
    BLITZER: -- if you will.All right, let's talk about the G20.So far, what you've seen, do you like what you've seen President Obama do so far or not so happy? MCCAIN: I like it. I think he's having a whirlwind series of meetings which are very helpful. I think that the agreement of the Russians to pursue nuclear strategic weapons agreements is an important step forward.I want to support this president. I want him to succeed. I think there are some really strong and fundamental differences between ourselves and the Europeans on a variety of issues. But I wish him...
  • McCain: Obama not working with Republicans [still believes Obama is "sincere" about bipartisanship]

    03/28/2009 5:30:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 994+ views
    UPI ^ | 2009-03-28
    WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in an interview published Saturday, said President Barack Obama needs to learn how to be effectively bipartisan. In a session with editors and reporters at The Washington Times, McCain said the Obama administration has reached out to him only once since the inauguration. On that occasion, a lawyer discussed the possible closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Obama defeated McCain 53 percent to 46 percent in the November presidential election, with most swing states going into the Democratic column. "There are things that, statements that then-candidate Obama made during...
  • The Real Story of How AmeriCorps Became Bipartisan [barf] [McCain, Bush, other RINOs involved]

    03/27/2009 8:22:28 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 779+ views
    The Wall Street Journal - Capital Journal ^ | 2009-03-27 | Steven Waldman
    On my wall I have a copy of an old fashioned Senate roll call sheet – the handwritten tally from the clerk recording the passage of the original law creating AmeriCorps in 1993. There were hash marks next to just seven Republicans. Yesterday the Senate approved a bill authorizing a tripling of AmeriCorps. It passed 79-19 – with 21 Republican votes. That’s right, more Republicans voted for the measure than against it. In 1993 those Republicans who did support it were mostly moderates. This time supporters included conservatives like Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Michael Enzi of Wyoming...
  • Palin's prayer remark angers former staffers (McCain staffers after her yet again)

    03/26/2009 1:24:04 PM PDT · by pissant · 128 replies · 4,380+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/26/09 | staff
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Some of Sarah Palin's former campaign aides are frustrated with the Alaska governor for remarking in a lengthy, freewheeling speech that she had refused to pray with them before last October's vice presidential debate. Palin told the story in a speech to a GOP dinner in Alaska last Friday. "So I'm looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra," she said of the moments before the debate. "And the McCain campaign, love 'em, you know, they're a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find...
  • Senators: Obama border initiative good step, but insufficient [McCain, others praise Obama]

    03/25/2009 12:17:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 896+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-03-25
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Obama administration's initiative to deploy additional federal resources in the fight against rising drug-related violence along the Mexican border was criticized as insufficient in a Senate committee hearing Wednesday. Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, said the administration's plan to send hundreds of extra federal agents and new crime-fighting equipment to the border "represents a significant step forward" but is not enough. Mexican drug cartels, believed to be operating in more than 230 American cities "from Appalachia to Alaska," represent a "clear and present" danger to the United States, Lieberman said at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing...
  • Another McCain Throws Down a Challenge

    03/25/2009 5:55:09 AM PDT · by steve-b · 67 replies · 2,355+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/25/09 | Kathleen Parker
    The GOP's identity crisis just got more interesting with the media splash of Meghan McCain, daughter of the senator who did not become president. Young McCain, who began blogging during her father's presidential campaign, recently made waves at the Daily Beast when she picked a fight with conservative media mavens Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. This is enough sport to make the little dog laugh, to say nothing of the dish and the spoon. McCain, just 24, is one smart cookie. In a matter of weeks, she has created a brand, presenting herself as a fresh face of her daddy's...
  • Meghan McCain on the GOP: "It's My Party! (satire)

    03/24/2009 2:30:31 PM PDT · by Mac from Cleveland · 3 replies · 395+ views
    self | 3-24-09 | Mac from Cleveland
    It’s my party- And I’ll- Cry if I want to! Defy who I want to! Eat pie--one piece won’t do! You would whine too-If you hadn’t a clue. Daddy was running for President Against this way-cool black guy Now Obama’s a White House resident And I just whimper and sigh! Sarah Palin was Daddy’s running mate, Tho’ I thought she was way too right-wing Her politics are just what I hate Now all that I can do is sing…. It’s my party- And I’ll- Cry if I want to! Defy who I want to! Eat pie--one piece won’t do! You...
  • The Specter of a New Arlen [Charlie Crist]

    03/24/2009 6:43:16 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 667+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 2009-03-24 | Larry Thornberry
    TAMPA -- There's good news and bad for Republican U.S. Senate hopes. Now that it's near certain that Florida's rookie Republican governor, Charlie Crist, will run for the Senate in 2010 rather than for re-election as governor, the GOP stands a good chance of retaining the seat current Republican Senator Mel Martinez has said he will not seek re-election to, and would not have won had he done so. That's the good news. For reasons that teach more about widespread gullibility than anything else, Governor Crist's job approval numbers remain in the high-sixties. In an election today, Crist would defeat...