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  • Netanyahu instructs Israeli delegates to walk out during Rouhani´s UNGA speech

    09/24/2013 1:19:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/24/13 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the Israeli delegates to boycott Iranian President Hassan Rohani during his address Tuesday at the UN General Assembly in New York. Netanyahu´s office said that the prime minister had instructed the Israeli envoy to walk out of the assembly during Rouhani´s speech as done last year during former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad´s address. "Despite Iran´s charm offensive, the government´s policy in Tehran toward Israel has not changed," Netanyahu said. Netanyahu added that Iran´s diplomatic overtures to the West over its disputed nuclear program were aimed at allowing Tehran to continue to pursue atomic weapons.
  • Republican Party of Virginia 2013 State Convention

    03/01/2013 12:26:31 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 6 replies
    http://www.rpv.org ^ | 3/1/2013 | RPV
    Republican Party Of Virginia via kwout
  • DNC Delegates Say the Darndest Things

    09/07/2012 6:13:17 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 2 replies
    A pair of videos out of the DNC are letting the Democrats indict themselves with their own foolish utterances. First, from Reason, comes this look at the “pro-choice” party is actually committed to allowing people to make their own choices: And second is the video from Peter Schiff, who has some surprising success (or not so surprising if you regularly read the new additions here at LotM) in getting attendees to agree that there should be a ban on profits. See video(s) at link...
  • Gold: “The Daily Show” on Democratic “tolerance” (DNC)

    09/06/2012 10:31:40 PM PDT · by bronxville · 14 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 09-06-2012 | Staff
    ...Anyway, fun clip, especially in light of the latest Nazi reference at the convention. I’ll leave you with this graph via Dan Amira of New York magazine, who interviewed 50 convention attendees at random. See if you can figure out a connection between the TDS segment and these results: VIDEO and more reading at site...
  • Exclusive: Democrats Ignored Advice Against Radical Changes to Platform Language on Israel

    09/06/2012 8:59:52 PM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 09-06-2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    Video obtained from C-SPAN suggests that as Democrats discussed their party’s emerging new position on Israel this past summer, few seemed concerned about the party's radical new direction on Israel policy. Those who advised against making drastic changes from past party planks on Israel were evidently ignored. VIDEOS at site
  • How To Make the GOP Eat Itself Alive

    09/01/2012 1:16:40 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 218 replies
    Free Republic Original Content | September 1, 2012 | By Laz A. Mataz
    Recently, the GOP passed some Presidential primary and delegate rules changes, in a very shady manner, that enraged conservatives. This rule will lessen the impact of delegates, and soften the voice of conservatives and Tea Party members. I was one of those who were enraged. In fact, I was at the front of the parade. However, in life and especially in politics, not all is as it seems. One of Mitt Romney's closest advisors, a man by the name of James Bopp Jr., led the charge to prevent the rules from being this drastically changed. In a letter he...
  • Opponents defeat feared ‘power grab’

    08/28/2012 4:42:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2012 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney’s campaign has stepped back from a major confrontation with fellow Republicans who were irate over what several ranking party officials had called a “power grab” by the presumptive nominee. The Romney campaign had won approval earlier of a change in the party’s presidential nominating rules that would allow Mr. Romney, if elected president, to veto already elected delegates from the 50 states and five territories to the next GOP nominating convention in 2016 and beyond. Even if Mr. Romney were not president come January, the rules change would have allowed future presidential nomination candidates the...
  • Republicans reach rules change deal to avert floor fight

    08/27/2012 7:00:25 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 61 replies
  • Floor fight: Grass-roots activists battle attempt to rig GOP convention delegate rules Updated

    08/27/2012 2:32:18 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 114 replies
    http://michellemalkin.com ^ | August 27, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Drew McKissick is a longtime conservative activist and blogger who is in attendance at the Republican National Convention’s Rules Committee meetings. He and others on the ground are sounding the alarm over rules changes that he and many other attendees believe will hurt grass-roots movement conservatives. The battle is being cast by some observers as a narrow fight between Ron Paul advocates and the rest of the party. Drew says that’s not true. And many other state delegations who oppose top-down delegate choices are chiming in. First, here’s Drew’s call to arms (my emphasis added in bold): Fellow conservatives, Those...
  • Missouri delegates angry at Mitt Romney over Todd Akin

    08/27/2012 12:10:44 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 162 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/27/12 | MANU RAJU
    TAMPA — Missouri GOP delegates are rejecting the heavy-handed push by Mitt Romney and national Republicans to boot Todd Akin from their state’s Senate race, revealing a split among Republicans that could imperil the party’s effort to take back the chamber in the fall campaign. In interviews with POLITICO, delegates argued that Akin could still win the race in the conservative state, pushing back against the notion that his remarks on rape were a death blow to his Senate candidacy. Several delegates here in Tampa seemed angry at the national party, saying the decision to withhold millions of dollars in...
  • An Ex-Democrat Posts an Open Letter to the GOP Tampa Convention Delegates Regarding Sarah Palin

    08/22/2012 3:33:29 PM PDT · by EandO1773 · 43 replies
    Essex and Orange 1773 blog ^ | August 20, 2012 | Ray Gross
    This is an open letter to all RNC delegates attending the GOP convention in Tampa next week. This was part of a campaign called The Goliath Project where almost half of the delegates were recently mailed a copy of this posted letter and another letter written by another great patriot, Brian of Berkeley. As the name of the project implies, we understand that the odds are great against taking down the giant Republican machine with our little slingshot and stones. But we cannot stop trying to defeat the giants, for they will surely win. If you know a delegate to...
  • Maine’s Elected Republican National Delegates Say 'No Deal' to Their Challengers

    08/07/2012 5:25:35 PM PDT · by maine yankee · 6 replies
    PRWEB ^ | 08/06/2012 | staff
    By unanimous vote of those present, the 40 contested members of the Maine Delegation to the Republican National Convention being held this month in Tampa, Florida, did not accept a deal put forward by Charles Webster, State GOP Chairman.
  • The Story of Corruption Within the MA GOP Continues to Grow

    07/03/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT · by jazzpatriot · 14 replies
    The Jazz Patriot ^ | June 30, 2012 | Tom Wholley
    The Mass GOP Corruption scandal, regarding the delegate selection process to the GOP convention in Tampa, has legs and is growing. If the State Committee is smart, they’ll make this whole matter go away by reconsidering their vote, as this has the potential to hurt Mitt Romney.
  • Is there a Ron Paul putsch under way?

    06/06/2012 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 102 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 06/05/12 | Pam Gellar
    Is a Paulian putsch being planned for the Republican National Convention? Newt Gingrich has warned that Republican leaders have not thought through “how they’re going to handle the convention in Tampa, and how they’re going to handle the Ron Paul forces.” The New York Sun reported that “what Mr. Gingrich seems to be worried about is the delegates that Congressman Paul is winning through his strategy of dealing with state conventions. The former speaker had just come from the convention at Georgia, where … the ‘Ron Paul people’ were out in force.” I have been receiving alarming emails concerning an...
  • Obama's Kentucky primary performance means party could need plan B for delegate selection

    06/05/2012 6:41:05 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | May 24, 2012 | Nick Storm
    President Barack Obama’s 58 percent share of the vote against the “uncommitted” option on Tuesday not only caused some national headlines but also some headaches for Kentucky Democrats — specifically when it comes to selecting national delegates. Party officials are in the planning process of the statewide organizational convention on June 2 in which those participating with select Kentucky’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The uncommitted option received enough support to have representation in Kentucky’s delegation to the national convention, and that’s what’s causing the biggest headache for Democratic Party officials who are trying to work...
  • Romney Secures 88 Texas Delegates, Clinches Nomination

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

    05/05/2012 11:56:26 AM PDT · by jazzpatriot · 32 replies
    http://www.jazzpatriot.com/ ^ | May 5, 2012 | Tom Wholley
    Red Mass Group is reporting that the Romney Campaign is planning on decertifying the Ron Paul delegates that won positions at the MA State Caucuses on April 28th to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida under the “Ronald Reagan Unity Liberty Slate, by invoking Rule 5.2, which requires delegates to be certified by the “allocation committee.” Translation: We aint certifying no stinking Ron Paul Delegates
  • RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischief

    05/04/2012 3:07:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Justin Sink
    RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischiefBy Justin Sink - 05/03/12 08:53 AM ET The Republican National Committee is warning the Nevada GOP that if supporters of Ron Paul are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, the party may opt against seating the state's entire delegation. "I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention," said John R. Phillippe Jr., the...
  • Mass. GOP’s caucus picks leave Romney slate slighted

    04/30/2012 5:23:52 AM PDT · by S.O.L. · 13 replies
    Boston Glob ^ | April 30, 2012 | Stephanie Ebbert
    . . . when Massachusetts Republicans went to their caucuses on Saturday, many didn’t vote for Mitt Romney’s picks. Less than half of Romney’s 27 chosen delegates won, and the losers included some notable Massachusetts Republicans - including former Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey and House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones Jr. {and Charlie Baker, failed gubernatorial candidate}
  • Romney Still Needs Almost 500 Delegates to Clinch GOP Nomination

    04/23/2012 6:45:02 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 37 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | /12/2012 | Jennifer DePinto
    Even though Romney's chief rival, Rick Santorum, has suspended his campaign, states continue to hold primaries. There are five contests on April 24th with 219 delegates at stake; but even if Romney won every single delegate that day he would be far short of 1,144. Wyoming and Missouri are holding conventions before April 24th where Romney may pick up some delegates but even winning all of them wouldn't bring him much closer to the magic number. Looking ahead, Romney would need to win about 80 percent of the delegates available in the April and May events to possibly clinch on...
  • Romney wins 12 of 24 Missouri delegates chosen Saturday

    04/22/2012 3:45:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    STL Today ^ | April 21, 2012 | Mark Schlinkmann
    Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, won half of the contingent of national convention delegates chosen Saturday in Missouri's complicated selection process. The former Massachusetts governor picked up 12 delegates, while seven went to former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania even though he withdrew from the race last week. Trailing were U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with four and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia with one. The 24 delegates were picked at conventions in each of the state's eight U.S. House districts; those voting were selected at local caucuses earlier. Most of the remainder of Missouri's...
  • Santorum's Ala. delegates will unite with nominee IF..... Ala. GOP Chair warns Newt against division

    04/21/2012 3:20:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 20, 2012 | Phillip Rawls
    Rick Santorum, the winner of Alabama's Republican presidential primary, hasn't released his 22 Alabama delegates to support another candidate, but delegates said they expect to unite behind Mitt Romney if he locks up the GOP nomination. ....Santorum won Alabama's GOP primary March 13, picking up 22 delegates, compared with 13 for Newt Gingrich and 12 for Romney. Even though Santorum has suspended his campaign, the rules of the Alabama Republican Party bind his delegates to him until he releases them. Dean participated in a conference call with Santorum on Monday, during which the former Pennsylvania senator told delegates he has...
  • Romney asks GOP delegates to sign pledge, but some refuse

    04/20/2012 2:41:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/20/12 | Peter Hamby
    Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee gathering in Arizona were invited to meet with Mitt Romney in private Friday and have their pictures taken with the presumptive GOP nominee, but there was a price of admission: loyalty. RNC members and state GOP chairmen were welcomed into the private reception only after signing a form pledging to support Romney as a delegate to the national convention in Tampa. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker All 168 members of the committee have a vote at the convention as "superdelegates" – and one of Romney's supporters on the...
  • Priebus: No 'presumptive' nominee yet

    04/15/2012 12:54:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2012 | MANU RAJU
    Mitt Romney doesn't get the coveted "presumptive nominee" title just yet -- at least according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. "We haven't officially declared a presumptive nominee out of respect for Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich," Priebus said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" before adding that Romney is "clearly on a pathway to be a presumptive nominee."
  • Colorado Republicans split delegate votes between Romney, unified Paul and Santorum supporters

    04/15/2012 7:02:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Day Trades Show ^ | April 15, 2012
    Colorado Republicans are heading to their national convention with their most conservative delegation in years, as supporters for Ron Paul and Rick Santorum masterminded a stunning upset in electing delegates. [Big SNIP] This game is not over until August in Tampa," said Michelle Morin of El Paso County, who spoke on behalf of Gingrich. "We need the best leader to defeat the left."
  • Colorado Assembly Results for National Delegates

    04/14/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by cookcounty · 8 replies
    Colorado GOP ^ | April 14, 2012 | Colorado GOP
    DENVER, COLORADO –Republican Party of Colorado Chairman Ryan Call announces delegates and alternate delegates for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL: “I am pleased to announce Colorado’s delegates and alternate delegates for the Republican National Convention this August. Colorado Republicans are grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm to Colorado and the Party, and for their tireless efforts to make Barack Obama a one-term president,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call.
  • The Fate of Rick Santorum’s Delegates

    04/10/2012 8:48:34 PM PDT · by Taiowa · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/10/2012 | Chris Good
    Now that Rick Santorum is out of the race, what happens to his delegates? Santorum has 285 delegates, according to the latest ABC News delegate estimate, second to Mitt Romney’s 661... ...But some of those delegates were never really “his.” ABC estimates that 78 Santorum delegates, from his wins in states that don’t “award” their delegates – Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, and North Dakota, would have been free to support any candidate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa... Another two of Santorum’s delegates were Republican National Committee superdelegates, who will attend the convention by virtue of their positions in the...
  • Push to Get Santorum Out Shows Romney’s Weakness

    04/10/2012 8:26:22 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 21 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 04-05-12 | CHQ Staff
    The Romney campaign’s phony delegate counts and establishment Republican calls for Rick Santorum to end his campaign, and allow Mitt Romney to claim the Republican presidential nomination without a majority of the delegates, expose the fatal weakness of the case for the Romney nomination. Romney is far from having a commanding lead in delegates, and Romney is not “over half way there” as his camp and their establishment GOP allies claim. If the Republican National Committee rules are correctly applied, and the delegates elected by local caucuses in states the mainstream media has stopped following are allocated, Romney has more...
  • Santorum’s campaign releases their delegate count: Romney 571, Santorum 342

    04/06/2012 7:41:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | April 5th, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    This is interesting. There’s a lot of issues as to how this will be handled at the convention by the RNC as they explain below, but their numbers certainly look better than the media’s counts. I’m sure they will be analyzed quite at bit in the coming days: The Media’s Delegate Math is Wrong There are a couple of fundamental flaws with the delegate counts that the media keeps that reveals that this race is much closer than they report: 1)      Florida, Arizona, and quite possibly Puerto Rico will be proportional rather than Winner Take All.  They broke RNC rules...
  • Gingrich speaks at 9-12 Delaware Patriots meeting

    04/06/2012 1:47:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    WGMD - DELMARVA | April 5, 2012 | Andrew Koch
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich capped his busy Thursday of cris-crossing Delaware by speaking at the 9-12 Delaware Patriots’ Sussex County chapter in the Millsboro Fire Hall. With several candidates for local and statewide offices in attendance, ranging from Glen Urquhart to Tom Kovach, Gingrich outlined his platform and vision for putting America back on the right track. He interacted with the audience from the podium, rolling with shouted remarks from attendees, and even referring to an Android tablet a man in the front row was using to talk about innovation through technology to make the government more efficient. He...
  • Gingrich Raises the Bar on Romney

    04/02/2012 1:43:16 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2012 | Joy Lin
    Frederick, Md. - Newt Gingrich says the finish line for Mitt Romney's path to the GOP nomination is further down the road than what current delegate counts indicate. The longshot hopeful, who has said he won't get out of the race until Romney secures 1144 delegates, is stressing that the delegates have to be "uncontested" in order to count. The frontrunner's rivals argue some of the states that awarded Romney all of their delegates violated Republican National Committee rules when they moved their contests ahead of April 1 and therefore should distribute delegates proportionally. This dispute, if it continues, would...
  • Gingrich to Romney: Pick Conservative Platform

    04/02/2012 10:13:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    NBC ^ | April 2, 2012 | Alex Moe
    Newt Gingrich unveiled a new message to Mitt Romney Monday morning during a campaign stop in Maryland: if the former Massachusetts governor does become the Republican nominee, pick a conservative platform. But speaking on the eve of three primaries that could potentially seal the Republican nomination in Romney’s favor, Gingrich vowed to only exit the race if a candidate gets the required delegates. ““I will be going to Tampa, Callista and I will both be going to Tampa, because we are going to fight for a conservative platform,“ Gingrich said. “He [Romney] has to win 1,144 uncontested delegates. At that...
  • The Texas GOP delegate surprise

    04/02/2012 9:25:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | April 2, 2012 | Jonathan Gurwitz, editorial board
    Mitt Romney continues racking up delegates — 568 thus far, about half of the 1,144 needed to clinch the Republican nomination. He continues racking up endorsements, with establishment figures like George H.W. Bush and tea party favorites Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan giving him their support last week. And with a huge financial and organizational advantage over his three remaining GOP competitors, he should continue to accumulate delegates where they are awarded proportionally by district or state, even when he loses. By the time the Texas primary rolls around on May 29, there’s a good chance he’ll have the finish...
  • This Race Is Far From Over - How an open convention could reinvigorate Republicans

    04/02/2012 3:24:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 2, 2012 | Quin Hillyer
    No, no, no. The Republican presidential nomination really is not over despite the parade of rather craven endorsements now flowing Mitt Romney's way. Before I go any further, a few words of explanation. Please bear with me. Part One of this column will explain why I am writing this right now. Part Two, the meat of it, will explain the actual delegate arithmetic in play, while also providing part of a tutorial on caucus/convention systems. Part Three will "game out" the remaining contests. Part Four will explain why a contested convention could be very much to the benefit of the...
  • Republicans need to unite to win

    04/01/2012 1:29:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 263 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 1, 2012 | Noelle Nikpour
    "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat," the American humorist Will Rogers once said. He also said, "Democrats never agree on anything. That's why they're Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans." Will Rogers must be turning in his grave because this is the year that Democrats are organized and do agree on something — the need to defeat the Republicans. That means if Republicans want to win this election, it's time to unite behind the only candidate that can still win the party's nomination, Mitt Romney, and then...
  • Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum Agree to Texas GOP Debate [Mitt will "weigh the invitation"]

    03/31/2012 1:51:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 30, 2012 | Brian Bolduc
    Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum have agreed to a debate in May sponsored by the Texas Republican party. “Both my staff and myself have reached out to the campaign of Governor Mitt Romney and have been told that they are considering attending the debate,” state-party chairman Steve Munisteri says in a press release. The statement notes:.....
  • Santorum details new delegate math

    03/29/2012 6:03:37 PM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 28 Mar 12 | Byron York
    As he struggles to keep up with frontrunner Mitt Romney and parries calls for him to drop out of the Republican presidential race, Rick Santorum has said in recent weeks that he has actually won more delegates than some media counts show. Those counts, Santorum says, are not taking into account Republican party rules, as well as the state-level meetings that actually determine how many delegates go to each candidate. "Here's one of the things that I can tell you I didn't know," Santorum told a small group of reporters at a breakfast in Washington Monday. "Every single state is...
  • Untangling the Republican Delegate Mess (sausage making the GOP doesn't want us to understand)

    03/26/2012 12:42:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 3+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 26, 2012 | Greg Lewis
    It is possible that MittRomney might not get the requisite number of delegates before the RepublicanNationalConvention is held in August, but that's looking more and more unlikely as the primary season grinds on. Because it could happen, though, here's a review of the "delegate math," as well as a look at how it might be skewed by the tangled web of rules spun by the RepublicanParty and the flouting of those rules by a couple of key states. [SNIP] The kicker in all this is that, as much fun as it would be to watch that perverse, self-inflicted three-ring circus...
  • Ron Paul Wins By Cheating: The Message From Missouri

    03/25/2012 7:20:17 AM PDT · by mnehring · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Even though he was defeated in every primary and caucus, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is still claiming he will win several states because of delegate support.  The Paul campaign is now predicting victory in Minnesota and Maine, and says he is close to victory in Iowa, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, Georgia, North Dakota and Missouri. The Paul team is highly organized and his claims should not be dismissed. In Taney County, Missouri, the results of the February 7th election were Santorum 58%, Romney 23% and Paul 11.5%. The result was reversed on March 17th when the Texan won 100% of the...
  • Math of delegate counts for the remaining 4 candidates.

    03/23/2012 8:25:26 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    03/23/2012 | Original Poster
    By April 24th we can accurately predict if we get a brokered convention in 2012.
  • Texas Could Play a Role in the GOP Presidential Race

    03/23/2012 4:41:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | March 23, 2012 | Jay Root
    Texas is usually flyover country in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. But this year could be different, even with a delayed primary. Although former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is leading former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania in the hunt for delegates, it is next to impossible for Romney to wrap things up before the Texas primary on May 29. And Santorum has led most public opinion polls in conservative Texas, which has the country’s second-largest number of delegates at stake, with 155. Two other factors point toward a competitive Texas race: Gov. Rick Perry’s endorsement of...
  • Gingrich: Some 'Brand New Players' Might Emerge At GOP Convention

    03/22/2012 1:08:31 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 84 replies · 3+ views
    WWNO ^ | Marcj 22. 2012 | NPR People: Mark Memmott
    6:51 AudioSaying that Mitt Romney may not be able to "grind his way toward the nomination" despite a huge fundraising advantage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told NPR today that he sees no reason to exit the Republican presidential race and that there's a chance of a new contender emerging at the party's convention in August. "I'm not so sure you wouldn't get a series of brand new players" stepping forward during a brokered convention, he told Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep. Or, he said, he might emerge as the convention's choice. Gingrich said he expects to end the primary...
  • Newt hopes to sway delegates after Utah

    03/22/2012 12:50:11 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | March 22, 2012 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is pushing back on the idea that the former House speaker must win three more states in order to be nominated at the Republican national convention, arguing that he could compete in Tampa instead by peeling off delegates from his GOP opponents. I wrote earlier that in order to get nominated on the first ballot, Republican National Committee rules state that Gingrich would have to win a total of five states – three more than he already has. That’s not technically right. As Gingrich communications director Joe DeSantis just pointed out to me, the rules literally...
  • Why It’s Not Surprising Romney Won Illinois-And why it will be surprising if he wins LA, IN

    03/21/2012 6:48:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 21, 2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson
    While it’s clear that regional variations have played a role thus far in the Republican primaries — with Mitt Romney doing well in the Northeast but not in the South, for example — breaking down the contests along other lines might help shed some additional light on the race. It’s perhaps interesting to compare how Romney has done in each of five groupings of contests: the five states that have the largest percentage of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona); all other swing states (Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio,...
  • Romney in Puerto Rico: a case study in political pandering

    03/19/2012 2:05:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2012 | Robert G. de Posada
    In Puerto Rico, for the price of 20 delegates, Mitt Romney sold out his conservative principles. There is a long history of Congress requiring English to be the language of government and schools for territories seeking to be admitted to the Union — e.g., Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma. For all of the territories that had large non-English speaking populations, Congress announced before the territories voted on the question of statehood that a change in language policy would be a prerequisite for statehood. In the case of Puerto Rico, where according to the latest Census only 15% of residents...
  • Romney, Paul merge delegates to Defeat Santorum in MO Caucuses

    03/18/2012 8:09:32 AM PDT · by parksstp · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner ^ | 03-18-2012 | Mark Wachtler
    March 18, 2012. St. Louis. It’s midnight Missouri time and there is still no sign of any winner in the Missouri Caucus. In fact, there are no vote totals, news reports or even a Missouri Republican Party Caucus website. It was there earlier. Now, it simply says, the page doesn’t exit. News accounts from earlier in the day before the media black-out detailed near riots from one caucus site to the other as Ron Paul supporters battled the state GOP leadership. Some of the highlights of news accounts coming in from Missouri include the arrests of two Ron Paul caucus...
  • Showdown in the Show-Me State

    03/18/2012 2:53:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 17, 2012 | Katrina Trinko
    .............[Jim]Talent [top Romney surrogate] isn’t alone in thinking the caucus system is confusing. In 2008, Missouri’s presidential contest was a primary, not caucuses. Campaigns and the state party are scrambling to ensure voters understand the 2012 caucuses. Most counties will caucus today, but a handful have already held their caucuses or will do so later this month. Further complicating the matter is the fact that at the caucuses, the voters will pick delegates, not candidates. A caucus can pass a rule that binds delegates to a particular candidate, but it’s not clear how many caucuses will do so. Still, MissouriGOP...
  • Divided GOP may have to throw away the convention script

    03/18/2012 2:23:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies · 2+ views
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | JEFF ZELENY and JIM RUTENBERG
    For the first time in a generation, Republicans are preparing for the possibility that their presidential nomination could be decided at their national convention rather than on the campaign trail, a prospect that would upend one of the rituals of modern politics. .....as Romney struggles to win the hearts of conservative voters and hold off a challenge from Rick Santorum, party leaders, activists and the campaigns are for the first time taking seriously the possibility that neither he nor anyone else will get to that total. In that case, the nomination would be decided by the more than 2,200 delegates...
  • Romney and Santorum would split vote if Gingrich exited race [What if Rick exited and Newt stayed?]

    03/17/2012 6:47:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 123 replies
    Pocono Record - PA ^ | March 17, 2012
    WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney would stand to benefit just as much as Rick Santorum if Newt Gingrich exited the presidential race, according to a new poll released Friday. The Gallup poll defied conventional wisdom by suggesting Romney would peel off just as many Gingrich supporters as Santorum would. Forty percent of Gingrich supporters in Gallup's daily tracking poll said Romney was their second choice while 39 percent said they would migrate to Santorum. "If two candidates for a presidential nomination compete in the same ideological space, it would make sense that if one dropped out that the other would benefit,"...
  • Why Newt's Narrative Is False [Except When it's True]

    03/15/2012 4:44:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 15, 2012 | Quin Hillyer
    Newt Gingrich seems to be making decent sense, in terms of apparent logic, in saying that by staying in the race he can help rack up enough delegates to keep Mitt Romney from winning on the first ballot at the GOP national convention. Sometimes, though, that which seems to make sense does not actually work in practice. Nomination arithmetic is different from normal arithmetic. And no, I am not talking about how he alters the "impressions game" by splitting the conservative vote and thus either handing pluralities to Romney or narrowing the margins of victory for Santorum. That is a...