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  • The Calm Before the Storm

    03/19/2015 8:02:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    It's mid-March; Daylight Saving Time has just forced us to spring forward in time; spring break is either recently over or about to happen and it's time to look forward. It's the calm before the storm of the 2016 presidential primaries. For the next month or two, news organizations and pundits will pontificate about possibilities and potentials. But, once the race begins, with numerous candidates entering, it will be like a fox hunt -- they will be off and running, and the news organizations will be trailing after them like bloodhounds. For those wishing to keep score, here's my prediction...
  • The Charmless Hillary Juggernaut

    03/18/2015 5:21:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 18, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Hillary Clinton is not a pleasant human being, by all available evidence. She does not convince; she browbeats. She does not discuss; she lectures. Her laugh issues mechanically from her mouth, resonating with a close-but-not-quite verisimilitude that occupies the space known as the uncanny valley. If anyone were to kidnap Hillary Clinton and replace her with a robot of Hillary Clinton, it would take a short circuit for America to realize it. Her campaign slogan should be: "Remarkably Lifelike!" All of which makes her undeclared candidacy so much more awkward than that of others. Nobody quite knows why Hillary is...
  • Hillary Column Triggers Trigger Warning

    03/18/2015 2:24:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | March 18, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    When I wrote my recent Townhall column, “Hillary Will Be President Of Nothing,” I expected that the response from the foam-lipped Left would be irrational, unhinged hate. And I looked forward to it since, like all good conservatives, I feed off of impotent leftist rage. But little did I know that my column would itself be the recipient of one of those legendary “trigger warnings” that liberal feminist believe strong, independent, capable womyn need to avoid the emotional catastrophe of being offended. Nor did I expect that I would also have to apologize to a hideous demigod of unrepentant evil....
  • Obama's Policies Leave Democrats Weak Candidates in 2016, Except -- Maybe -- Hillary Clinton

    03/13/2015 5:34:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 13, 2015 | Michael Barone
    The controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails and her unconvincing press conference at the United Nations have gotten many Democrats and others thinking the unthinkable: Clinton may not be the Democrats' 2016 nominee for president. And it has many asking the question -- scary for Democrats -- of who else could be. It's not a strong field. Vice President Joe Biden is 72 and has low poll ratings. Elizabeth Warren inspires the Democratic left, but says she's not running -- perhaps for fear of exposure of her dubious claim, when seeking prestigious law school jobs, of Cherokee ancestry. Others are even...
  • A Matter of Convenience, Which Hasn't Worked out That Way

    03/12/2015 5:21:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 12, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Former first lady of Arkansas, former first lady of the United States, former senator from New York, former secretary of state and -- by all appearances -- future candidate for presidency, Hillary Clinton, has been part of public life for more than 30 years, but her appearance this week before reporters revealed much about her that we had never known. Clinton's performance on Tuesday at a news conference at the United Nations came after a week during which she avoided public discussion about why she had used her personal email to carry out public business while serving as secretary of...
  • They Come to Bury Conservatism (Great advice in the last paragraph)

    03/11/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The media have developed a predictable and equally annoying habit every presidential election cycle. We hear the Republicans are going to be crushed by pandering too much to conservatives. The Democrats are firmly moderate and need a push from the left so they don't forget their "compassion." So it was with Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter 35 years ago. So will it be in 2016, no matter who is nominated. Republican primary voters have nominated moderates in every election cycle since Reagan '88, but not because they are moderates. Instead, the moderates survive the usual conservative circular firing squad exercise;...
  • The Unbelievably Incompetent White House

    10/06/2014 9:38:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | October 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    I know that many of my conservative friends think that there are evil geniuses at work in the White House with a master plan to collapse the system. And I‘m not discounting that they have such a plan. No. Not at all. My quibble is with the part where they call them geniuses. Sure, this White House is clever in spots. But so are raccoons. But I wouldn’t trust raccoons to implement healthcare reform, for example. You know… unless my only other option was to allow the folks in Washington, DC implement it. So let’s just say that after six...
  • Republicans See Money Drying Up in Final Weeks

    09/26/2014 8:51:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 25, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    A restless electorate and a target-rich map have the GOP on the cusp of winning the Senate majority. But with fewer than 40 days until November, Republican campaigns are suddenly confronting a problem that undermines high hopes of victory: a sudden and serious lack of cash. GOP campaigns, political committees, and—above all—the party's outside groups are scrambling to raise money, worried that Democrats and their allied groups are poised to heavily outspend them on TV ads in the final weeks before Election Day. Concerns run deepest about October, when Democratic groups are on track to pour millions of dollars into...
  • Favors and Loot for Sale

    09/10/2014 6:05:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 10, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, "So, yeah, there's too much money in politics. There's (sic) special interests that have too much influence." Sen. John McCain has been complaining for years that "there is too much money washing around political campaigns today." According to a 2012 Reuters poll, "Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics." Let's think about money in politics, but first a few facts. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Barack Obama raised a little over $1 billion, while Mitt Romney raised a little under $1 billion. Congressional candidates...
  • Hillary Clinton Not Campaigning Much for her Party in 2014, Unlike Richard Nixon in 1966

    08/19/2014 7:59:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 19, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Just about everyone noticed Hillary Clinton's scathing comments on President Obama's foreign policy in her interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. But almost no one has noticed where Clinton hasn't been seen. That's on the campaign trail or at fundraisers for Democrats running for the Senate. Obama hasn't been on the campaign trail much either, for the very good reason that he has low approval ratings in the seven states carried by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney where Democrats are defending Senate seats. But at least Obama's been busy raising money; up in Martha's Vineyard, seemingly the heartland of...
  • Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations?

    07/24/2014 1:02:31 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 12 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 | SeekTheTruth
    Answer: MORE insane, racist, and corrupt than JZ Knight, apparently. For those of you who don’t know, JZ Knight is the cult leader best-known for channeling “Ramtha,” an enlightened soul who lived 35,000 years ago on the now-sunken continent of Lemuria. She has run a number of scams over the decades (above and beyond the ongoing scam of her Ramtha School of Enlightenment, which has been bilking gullible, desperate hipsters and Hollywood hacks of their hard-earned Hollywood-hipster-hack money for decades). In addition to her other snake-oil endeavors, she is also a big political contributor, and was recently described as “one...
  • Five negative campaign ads that backfired

    05/15/2014 8:06:44 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 6 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 5/15/2014 | David Freddoso
    People complain about negative advertising, but campaigns do it because it works. Well -- at least it works when it's done well. Here are five examples where negative ads backfired. 1 In the current Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary, Rob McCord recently released an ad attacking the frontrunner, Tom Wolf, for his support of former York Mayor Charlie Robertson. last decade, Robertson was charged (and acquitted) for his role in York's 1969 race riots, during which Robertson had been a policeman. Since the ad came out, Wolf's numbers have actually spiked and he's considered the easy favorite to win next Tuesday. [WATCH...
  • The Real Vote Fraud

    05/11/2014 11:57:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | May 11, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Many years ago, as a college Republican, I spent one summer in Austin working for a candidate in a special election for the Texas senate. My hometown was a liberal enclave with many college students -- unwashed, longhaired, pot-smoking students, it seemed to me -- who were predominantly Democrats. The more students who came out to vote the less likely our candidate was to win. But our campaign strategists came up with a plan. They sent mailings to all the registered voters in precincts near the campus. Many cards came back because the addressee had moved, as college students...
  • 24 Vintage GOP presidential campaign posters

    03/13/2014 5:02:13 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 28 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-13-14 | The Looking Spoon
    This was an interesting set of graphics to collect. I didn't get every Republican candidate who ever ran, I just grabbed the posters that got my attention. This goes all the way up to 1984.To the best of my knowledge these are in chronological order. This one made me cringe...A LOT...
  • Governed by Rules, Not Men

    03/12/2014 4:07:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 12, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    What kind of rules should govern our lives? I'd argue that the best rules are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision-making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at it. My mother worked as a domestic servant. That meant that my younger sister and I often lunched at home by ourselves during our preteen years. Being bigger and stronger than my sister, I seldom divided the food evenly, especially the desserts. After a tiring day at work, Mom would be greeted by sob stories...
  • Winning Elections for the Tea Party (Saturbray)

    01/18/2014 8:45:22 AM PST · by bray · 11 replies ^ | 1/18/14 | bray
    Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials excercise authority over them. Mat. 20:25 Conservatives continue to lose battle after battle at the ballot box because they are using a broken formula. They are under the impression if they will get their conservative base to vote for them while chasing the Democrats they will turn up enough votes in the box to win. You will never convince a Dem to vote for a Repub just as you are never going to get an Auburn fan to...
  • Scott Walker: How to win the Obama-Walker voters

    11/21/2013 5:39:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-21-13 | Scott Walker
    If conservative principles are the problem, then why are so many Republicans in office who campaigned on them? In the wake of the 2012 elections, Republicans are being warned once again that they need to compromise their principles to win at the ballot box. That the only way to win the center is to move to the center. If this were true, Barack Obama would not be president today—and I would not be governor of Wisconsin. When I was first elected as Milwaukee County Executive in 2002, pundits said it was a fluke—a Republican elected in a heavily Democratic district...
  • Wisconsin Senate Elections Committee Approves Four Nominations to State Elections Board

    11/10/2013 3:45:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 11-9-13 | Jerad McHenry
    MADISON – On Wednesday, The Senate Elections and Urban Affairs Committee approved the nominations of four members to the Government Accountability Board. This came after a public hearing on Tuesday in review of the nominations. During the hearing, the committee reviewed the nominations of two existing board members: Judges Gerald C. Nichol and Timothy Vocke along with two new members: Judges Harold Froehlich and Elsa Lamelas. Judge Timothy Vocke, who currently serves as the Board’s Chairperson, was approved on an unanimous 5-0 vote on Wednesday. Vocke, resides in Rhinelander and is a retired Vilas County Circuit Court Judge. He holds...
  • Free Advice for the GOP

    10/28/2013 12:37:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 10-28-13 | Jonah Goldberg
    We now know that millions of people will lose their existing health-insurance policies thanks to Obamacare. Already hundreds of thousands of people have gotten letters from their insurance companies letting them know they’ll lose their coverage. Millions more are bound to get similar letters, particularly when the small-business mandate kicks in. They should also get another letter, however. And that letter should come from the GOP, either from Reince Priebus or, better, from their local GOP representative, senator, governor or whichever local politician makes the most sense. And that letter should, without stridency, hyperbole or annoying appeals for money, explain...
  • Vote Por Carlos! Weiner campaigns at Ecuadorean Parade

    08/05/2013 7:08:23 AM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 12 replies
    The NY Post ^ | 8/4/2013 | Marr McNulty, Beth DeFalco
    There’s Danger in the streets . . . Carlos Danger! Serial sexter and mayor wannabe Anthony Weiner appeared to be embracing his embarrassing online pseudonym and encouraged crowds that chanted, “Carlos!” and “Carlos Danger!” while marching in the Ecuadorean pride parade yesterday. Sporting bright blue pants, a bullhorn and an Ecuadorean flag, Weiner repeatedly shouted, “Que viva Ecuador!” to the crowd as he energetically ran down Northern Boulevard in Queens with his loyal interns following.
  • With Dems on Defensive, GOP Has Chance to Recapture Senate

    07/09/2013 4:09:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | July 9, 2013 | Michael Barone
    What's the outlook for the 2014 Senate elections? The Republicans once again have a chance to overturn the Democrats' majority, as they did in 2010 and 2012. Much attention has been focused on whether Republicans this time will nominate candidates capable of winning key races, as they failed to do in those two elections. But another interesting question is how Democrats will try to hold onto seats in Republican-leaning states even as Barack Obama maintains his strong tilt to the political left. The lineup is certainly favorable to Republicans. Assuming the New Jersey seat now held by Republican appointee Jeff...
  • Drawing Blood: Can Obamacare Be Killed?

    07/05/2013 11:58:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | July 5, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The White House decision to delay the implementation of Obamacare's business mandate for one year sent shock waves through political circles here. The Obama administration tried to cloak its decision in soothing rhetoric about giving small businesses more time to provide health insurance benefits for employees who work more than 30 hours a week that was set to begin next January. "We believe we need to give employers more time to comply with the new rules," Obama's senior White House political fixer Valerie Jarrett wrote in her blog on Tuesday night. "This allows employers time to ...make any...
  • World Exclusive: Chelsea Clinton adopting African baby

    03/26/2013 12:32:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 129 replies
    The National Enquirer ^ | 3-26-13 | Barry Levine -- executive editor
    Big hearted Chelsea Clinton plans to adopt a baby from Africa, the Enquirer has learned exclusively.
  • Is Obama Down For the Count?

    03/11/2013 1:53:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | March11, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    We always knew that Obama has a glass jaw, that he can’t take a punch. But it’s a little surprising that he’s started staggering around the ring so soon after November, his approval numbers bleeding away, desperately counting the seconds until the bell rings at election time in 2014 to save him from further pummeling. It’s also hilarious. On paper he’s a bruiser. This is a guy who won a knockout reelection bout even though the economy was in the toilet. He hit the GOP with an uppercut over the Fiscal Cliff. He’s got an awestruck media in his corner...
  • Sometimes It’s The Messenger

    02/10/2013 4:03:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | February 10, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Infighting continued amongst conservatives and Republicans this week. Karl Rove angered Tea Partiers by implying they don’t know how to pick candidates. Majority Leader Eric Cantor told anyone who would listen Republicans need to learn to craft their message better for a broader audience. Every conservative group and politician is scrambling to find a way to appeal to various groups of Americans in a way that will “work” to win them votes. It reeks of desperation…and it’s nothing new. After every election loss by Republicans in the last 20 years, the media has declared them dead, particularly the conservative wing...
  • How Conservatives Can Win in Blue-State America: Lessons from South Africa's Opposition

    11/11/2012 1:18:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    Big Government ^ | November 11, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    The new conventional wisdom in the aftermath of the 2012 elections is that Republicans face two challenges: first, that the United States is no longer a center-right nation, but a center-left one; second, that the country’s demographic shift away from whites will make it tougher for Republicans to win votes. The proposed solution is that Republicans must compromise on the party’s core policies, from immigration to taxation to social issues. The conventional wisdom is wrong. I once worked in South Africa for a centrist party, the Democratic Alliance, which faced the same challenges as Republicans do, only far more extreme....
  • Storm Saves Obama From Himself

    11/02/2012 10:25:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    If President Obama had the time for some introspection on the campaign trail, he might take offense at all the media speculation (and in many cases wishful thinking gussied up as speculation) that his response to Hurricane Sandy will give him the edge going into Election Day. In effect, people are saying: "Obama is doing the minimum requirements of his job, what a game-changer!" Now, one could quibble about whether he's really doing what a president should. He's handing out a bunch of checks, which is warranted, but he has staff to do that. Moreover, presidential photo ops at disaster...
  • Benghazi: Obama and His Ilk Hung Chris Stevens and Others Out to Dry

    10/21/2012 3:57:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | October 21, 2012 | Doug Giles
    This past Friday the State Department released internal docs showing that Chris Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to hell’s corridor in Libya, begged Obama’s boys in D.C. to ramp up security in Benghazi. And, as we all know now, he got nothing from the State Department but was allowed to be tortured and murdered by “democracy seekers” from the “Religion of Peace” in the “liberated” nation of Libya. As far as I am concerned, blood is dripping from Obama’s golf-gloved campaign hands. Whatever do I mean, you ask? Well, according to James Rosen’s findings in the newly released damning papers, it’s...
  • Public Health Campaigns May Contribute To Obesity

    09/17/2012 4:30:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | September 17, 2012 | Bryan Nash
    According to research out of Yale, there’s a fat chance that public health campaigns will help overweight Americans. The messages could have the opposite effect. After analyzing 1,041 Americans and 30 public service announcements, the researchers concluded that the campaigns may make members of the intended audience feel worse about themselves. As a result, many will go to fridge to find comfort. “Public health campaigns that are designed to address obesity should carefully consider the kinds of messages that are disseminated, so that those who are struggling with obesity can be supported in their efforts to become healthier, rather than...
  • Liberal Media Might As Well Wear Obama Buttons

    09/14/2012 7:57:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | September 14, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    The liberal media gave the ceaselessly political President Obama a pass for campaigning instead of performing his presidential duties when they were most needed, while they castigated Mitt Romney for being political when he was the only one of the two acting presidential. To be sure, Obama is a political candidate for re-election to the presidency, but do we have to remind ourselves -- as he often reminds us -- that he also currently holds that office and that it includes duties that supersede his political activities? After remaining silent for hours after the attacks in Egypt and Libya, Obama...
  • Which Dems besides Sen. Tester (Mont) are running vs Obama

    09/06/2012 5:04:42 PM PDT · by StAntKnee · 6 replies
    Tester campaign ^ | Aug 7, 2012 | Tester campaign ads
    Who else is watching endangered incumbents campaign against Obama? Tester, after voting the Harry Reid/Obama line 90% of the time the last five years is seeking distance. I'm researching for an op-Ed piece about sinking ships, deserting rodents. Names and links to ads, if you please.
  • PPP: Obama up single digits in Colorado, Michigan

    09/04/2012 11:46:53 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 09-04-2012 | Alexander Burns
    he prolific Democratic polling firm has the president ahead, by tightening margins, in two swing states. Here's Colorado: PPP's first post-convention Colorado poll finds Barack Obama continuing to hold the lead over Mitt Romney in the state, 49-46. This is, however, the closest PPP has found the race in four Colorado polls this year suggesting that Romney may have received a modest bounce in the state. Last month we found Obama ahead by a 49-43 margin in Colorado. But in the wake of his selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate and the Republican convention Romney has consolidated the...
  • Last Recourse of Failed Presidents

    09/04/2012 4:37:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | September 4, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    Both the 20th and 21st centuries have seen failed presidencies. William Howard Taft lost in 1912, though he might have retained office had not his old friend and former leader Theodore Roosevelt run as a third party Bull Moose candidate and won more votes than Taft. Herbert Hoover failed through no fault of his own. The Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression were beyond his control, and every remedy he tried failed adequately to work. Had the popular Cal Coolidge sought a second full term in 1928 instead of declaring, "I do not choose to run," he would have...
  • Running on Zer0: Low blows, lower turnouts and low expectations

    09/02/2012 10:38:13 AM PDT · by jonrick46 · 9 replies
    Mail Online ^ | September 2, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Barack Obama was swept to the White House in 2008 by a wave of idealism and inspirational campaigning in which he encapsulated the mood of the nation with his slogans of ‘Hope’, ‘Change’ and ‘Yes we can’. Then, his message was a fundamentally positive one. Americans wanted an end to the Bush era but that almost went without saying. Obama pointed to his own vision of the country; a post-partisan, post-racial America in which gridlock in Washington was ended and common-sense centrist solutions were adopted. What a difference four years makes. Obama is campaigning ferociously for a second term –...
  • A Campaign of Vilification

    08/28/2012 8:51:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 28, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    As Lyndon Johnson told it -- or allowed it to be told in his name -- this Goldwater guy, if given half a chance, would blow up the world. In which case, why shouldn't the voters back in '64 not play it safe and keep LBJ in the White House? Memories of the infamous Johnson television spot, with its daisy-leaf-plucking-about-to-be-incinerated-by-bad-Barry, cuddly, little girl, cause some of us old-timers to reach for the Maalox. (Small wonder that Barry would later say, talking of Lyndon, "Don't get me started on that SOB.") The debasement of presidential discourse wasn't the only public offense...
  • Journo-Tools for Obama

    08/22/2012 1:37:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | August 22, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Can we stop calling the hosts of the presidential debates "moderators"? They're left-erators. It's time for the old media godfathers to end the pretense that they're fair and neutral observers of the American political scene. And it's time for the GOP to stop perpetuating these rigged exercises in futility. Last week, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the names of 2012's chosen referees: CNN's Candy Crowley, PBS's Jim Lehrer and CBS's Bob Schieffer will preside over the three presidential debates; ABC's Martha Raddatz will host the sole vice presidential debate. While the debate panel trumpeted the gender diversity of its...
  • Video: Paul Ryan's Greatest Hits

    08/11/2012 1:18:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 11, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    Courtesty of Video Truffle, "This is Why Paul Ryan is the Vice Presidential Nominee" Best of Paul Ryan
  • Goldman Sachs Tops Corporate Split With Obama, GE Jilts Him

    08/09/2012 12:09:59 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 9 replies
    san francisco chronicle ^ | 9/2012 | salant
    Goldman Sachs Group employees have changed to red from blue. Four years ago, employees of New York-based Goldman gave three-fourths of their campaign donations to Democratic candidates and committees, including presidential nominee Barack Obama. This time, they’re showering 70 percent of their contributions on Republicans. That’s the biggest switch among the 25 companies whose employees have given the most to candidates and parties since 1989, according to data through June 30 compiled by Bloomberg from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group that tracks campaign donations. Goldman isn’t alone; 13 of the companies’ employees are now giving more...
  • Rules for Romney: How to Win

    07/23/2012 5:59:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7-30-12 | JEFF BERGNER and LISA SPILLER
    The two of us recently published a book about the highly successful Obama presidential campaign of 2008. From our research we distilled 10 lessons for 2012 Republican primary candidates called (with apologies to Saul Alinsky) “Rules for Republicans” (The Weekly Standard, January 2-9, 2012). With the Republican primary now behind us, it is fair to ask: How is the Romney campaign doing? First, the good news. Romney campaign headquarters is located far outside Washington, D.C. (unlike the Clinton and McCain campaigns of 2008). The Romney campaign has developed a state-by-state electoral strategy with multiple avenues to victory. The campaign has...
  • Where Does Ron Paul's "Liberty Movement" Go From Here?

    07/19/2012 1:32:32 PM PDT · by Sark · 8 replies
    Last weekend, Representative Ron Paul’s (R-TX) supporters were disappointed to learn that the stalwart defender of constitutional government likely would not be placed in contention for the Republican Party’s official presidential nomination at national convention. Congressman Paul needed a plurality of the delegates from five states in order to have his name presented as a possible nominee and to ensure a speaking slot, but he came up short on Saturday after failing to win a plurality in Nebraska, leaving him with only four states. Although the possibility that he would somehow still win the nomination was already slim to none,...
  • Obama's Problem Obeying the Law

    07/06/2012 5:59:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-6-12 | William Sullivan
    There is ample evidence that Barack Obama, and people under his supervision, committed at least one felony -- specifically, illegal gambling across state lines -- to fund his 2008 election campaign. The Obama Campaign's Numbers Racket The general definition of a lottery is an activity that includes (1) mandatory payment of consideration -- i.e., money -- as a condition of participation, (2) a prize -- i.e., anything of value, such as an expenses-paid trip, and (3) an element of chance in the selection of the prize winners. It is against federal law to conduct a lottery across state lines, and...
  • Cradle to Grave: The Obama Campaign's Fantasy for American Life

    05/03/2012 10:18:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 5/3/12 | Kevin Glass
    The Obama campaign has a cringe-inducing propaganda slideshow called "The Life of Julia" intended to illustrate how the Obama Administration's policies will give government help to a young woman as she is educated, works, starts a family and retires. If you had to stifle a guffaw, you're not alone. Yes, the Obama Administration's policies alone can be the savior for American children everywhere - all it takes, apparently, are piles and piles of taxpayer money thrown around recklessly. And by the end, children will still be able to retire and live comfortably on the totally-stable programs of Medicare and Social...
  • Romney, Santorum camps at odds over delegate math (Mitt's Voodoo Math)

    03/07/2012 11:48:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | March 7, 2012
    In a memo to reporters, Romney Political Director Rich Beeson laid out his camp's view that neither Santorum nor any of the other candidates in the race has any chance of securing enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination...... "Super Tuesday dramatically reduced the likelihood that any of Governor Romney's opponents can obtain the Republican nomination," Beeson wrote. "As Governor Romney's opponents attempt to ignore the basic principles of math, the only person's odds of winning they are increasing are President Obama's." Beeson cited Romney's current lead in delegates and a tough upcoming primary and caucus calendar as examples of...
  • Randall Terry seeks to attract pro-life Dems in Oklahoma

    03/02/2012 3:54:41 PM PST · by SoonerStorm09
    Red Dirt Report ^ | March 2, 2012 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s just before dawn on a Wednesday and parked at the far end of a Wal-Mart parking lot is an RV, it appears to be a model from the early-to-mid 1990’s. It’s been driven, that’s for sure, and inside the vehicle, the driver is stirring. The driver happens to be one of the best-known anti-abortion activists in the past quarter century. It’s Randall Terry, the uncompromising pro-life guy who has been arrested dozens of times and served time at the height of the 1990's abortion wars. A few days earlier, I had conducted a phone interview with...
  • "No. Never." Ron Paul assures media he is not colluding with Romney campaign

    02/27/2012 10:19:48 AM PST · by SoonerStorm09 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Red Dirt Report ^ | February 26, 2012 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY – It was short, emphatic and to the point. “No. Never.” That was the straightforward answer Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul gave Red Dirt Report Saturday afternoon, following his well-attended Oklahoma City campaign stop, when he was asked by this reporter if he was somehow working behind the scenes with the Mitt Romney campaign. The few members of the Oklahoma media that bothered to cover the Ron Paul press conference on the first floor of the State Capitol did not ask the one question many national media people are talking about – collusion between Paul and Romney to...
  • Wild cards could swing presidential race - Outcome of 2012 election becoming tougher to predict

    02/20/2012 7:15:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 1+ views
    NBC, CNN, MSNBC: Click on Detroit - Channel 4 ^ | Februrary 20, 2012 | Julian Zelizer
    PRINCETON,NewJersey(CNN) - The outcome of the election of 2012 is becoming even tougher to predict, since there are many political landmines facing both parties. President BarackObama has enjoyed a resurgence in his political standing, with polls showing him ahead of the GOP rivals in hypothetical matchups for the general election. Recent statistics showing an improving economy have bolstered the president's position, while his budget proposal and increasingly populist rhetoric have generated some excitement within the base of the Democratic Party. On the Republican side, MittRomney remains the front-runner, though barely, still enjoying the kind of edge in campaign contributions that...
  • Romney names Gov. Haslam chair of Tenn. campaign

    02/14/2012 10:13:52 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 8 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | February 14, 2012 | Staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has named Gov. Bill Haslam his campaign chairman in Tennessee. The Romney campaign also announced Tuesday that it has gathered a full slate of 48 delegate candidates on the Tennessee ballot, led by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. Haslam said in a statement that the delegates represent the statewide strength of the Romney campaign in Tennessee. SNIP Romney supported Haslam in the state's 2010 governor's race, and Haslam's father and brother also hold leadership positions in the former Massachusetts governor's Tennessee operations.
  • Chris Rickert: Recalls are their own economic stimulus package

    01/21/2012 9:44:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 1-21-12 | Chris Rickert
    Wisconsin lost about 3,900 private-sector jobs in December — the sixth straight month state employment has declined. But don't worry, the recalls can help fix all that. I don't mean by getting rid of Gov. Scott Walker — who has famously promised to create 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015 but who after a year in office can only point to about 13,500. Rather, last year's nine state senate recall elections and this year's likely recall elections for governor, lieutenant governor and four state senators represent Wisconsin's very own jobs package. Take the state Government Accountability Board's hiring of 50...
  • Campaigns embracing 'Occupy' themes

    01/16/2012 1:24:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 1/16/12 | Christopher Cadelago
    It came to prominence when demonstrators vowing to represent the 99 percent condemned corporate malfeasance, lopsided executive salaries and the distribution of wealth from the middle to the top. Four months later, the grievances of Occupy Wall Street have become a pillar of campaigns from Washington, D.C., to San Diego. The amalgamation of deepening distrust in the American institutions of Washington and Wall Street, the sluggish job and housing markets and the growing prospect that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may become the Republican presidential nominee has helped thrust tenets of the Occupy movement into the political sphere. On Thursday,...
  • Ron Paul's Threat to Gingrich

    12/14/2011 8:33:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The American Prospect | December 14, 2011 | Jamelle Bouie
    <p>With his vast trail of scandals and long list of enemies, Newt Gingrich is unlikely to win the Republican presidential nomination, even if he’s leading the polls. But if you were to imagine a path to the nomination for the former House Speaker, it would begin in Iowa. A strong win in the Iowa caucuses would provide Gingrich with the momentum necessary to place well in New Hampshire (or win it, under the right circumstances). With the momentum of two primaries behind him, Gingrich would cruise to victory in South Carolina and Florida, and finish January as the presumptive nominee.</p>