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  • SESSIONS VS. JEB: BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE GOP

    02/27/2015 3:22:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 27, 2015 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — In a surprise speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) unloaded on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—systematically dismantling Bush’s push for amnesty and a massive increase in guest workers from around the world. “Right now, there are two conferences—one of them in public where candidates are out there having to speak and defend and answer questions on their views and on their positions on important issues facing America,” Sessions said to open up his remarks to the Breitbart News-sponsored meet-and-greet with CPAC activists. “Many people at this conference here and watching...
  • The GOP Must Be the Big-Tent Party

    02/19/2015 1:25:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 19, 2015 | Peter Harris
    The United States’ political parties have always been amalgams of factions rather than vehicles for any single interest. Partly because of the pressures of the electoral system and partly because of the republic’s vastness, forging either of the two major parties into a political monolith has been impossible; the need to cater to a wide base of Americans tends to keep the parties broad and relatively inclusive. This embedded pluralism of the U.S. party system has diminished somewhat in the current era of polarization but it has not evaporated entirely. The parties are still relatively broad churches. This is clearest...
  • Former top Romney strategist backs Jeb Bush's possible 2016 White House run

    02/19/2015 8:08:20 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/19/15 | Serafin Gomez
    A top adviser to Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns has backed a likely White House run by former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a Bush aide confirmed to Fox News late Tuesday. Vin Weber, a former Minnesota congressman, has been meeting with and speaking to conservative heavyweights in effort to persuade them of Bush's credentials, a Washington-based GOP operative said.
  • Anbar leaders: You know what would be nice now? American combat troops on the ground

    10/11/2014 12:04:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When Barack Obama pulled the last American troops from Iraq in 2011 after shrugging off advice to keep a significant force on hand, he took credit for ending the war. Obama continued to brag about keeping his promise to get all combat troops out of the country, and during one of the 2012 presidential debate affected offense when Mitt Romney suggested that Obama had wanted to keep troops in the country. By this summer, Obama claimed that he had been powerless to keep troops in Iraq, and that the Iraqis didn’t want US combat forces on the ground in...
  • Andrew Cline: Why Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is surging

    02/12/2015 11:14:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Manchester Union-Leader ^ | February 11, 2015 | Andrew Cline, editorial page editor
    Mitt Romney announced on Jan. 30 that he would not run for President in 2016, and immediately the commentariate ordained Jeb Bush the big winner. Bush was Romney’s heir, a thousand wagging tongues proclaimed. The donors would fall to him, and with them would go the Republican establishment, then the voters. The Republicans had a “frontrunner.” If there is a 2016 frontrunner for the GOP, he achieved that status six days before Romney’s announcement. On that day, Sat., Jan. 24, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, It vaulted him into the...
  • No longer a candidate, Mitt Romney seeking ways to play kingmaker in GOP presidential contest

    02/12/2015 10:16:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AP ^ | February 11, 2015 | Steve Peoples
    A potential candidate no more, Mitt Romney is charting an aggressive course to help shape the Republican presidential field in 2016. The GOP's 2012 presidential nominee will be a keynote speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting in Las Vegas, one of several high-profile appearances he has scheduled to try and remain relevant in party affairs despite his recent decision not to launch a third presidential campaign. "The thing that Mitt Romney has going for him is he has a microphone," said Spencer Zwick, who led the Romney campaign's massive fundraising operation and remains one of his closest advisers....
  • NRO’s Geraghty Isn’t Sanguine About Jindal’s 2016 Prospects

    02/11/2015 7:01:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 11, 2015 | Scott McKay, publisher
    Lately, the amount of attention Bobby Jindal is getting seems to be on a level normally reserved for top-tier presidential candidates. Jindal set off a firestorm with his comments in Britain about Muslim “no-go zones” in Europe, and his quip about how the threat from medieval Christians is now under control in response to President Obama’s “High Horse” speech earned him a fresh round of headlines. And of course, in between Jindal’s camp was rocked by a host of stories about his record with Louisiana’s budget that on balance were not helpful to his cause. And that came after his...
  • They’re coming out of the woodwork (An old Ripon/Rockefeller Republican pines for Romney)

    02/10/2015 2:22:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Longboat Key News ^ | February 10, 2015 | Richard Hershatter
    They’re coming out of the woodwork And out from under the rocks. For when the Primary season begins, It opens Pandora’s Box. The latest national census establishes the population of the United States as slightly over 325 million. Of this number (excluding Sarah Palin) nearly 170 million are old enough and eligible to be elected President. Why then is the voting population consistently doomed (with the exception of Harry Truman’s contest) to choosing the lesser of two evils? The next election is still almost two years away, but the media is replete with the names, backgrounds and chances of hopeful...
  • Scott Walker: 'I Would Love to Have' Romney's Endorsement

    02/07/2015 9:45:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 178 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes Mitt Romney is a "good man and would have been a good president," but now that the former Massachusetts governor has officially backed out of the 2016 race, Walker would like his support among the list of possible Republican presidential hopefuls. "I would love to have his endorsement," Walker told Fox News Channel's Bret Baier during a segment that aired Friday of an interview that will be running as part of a series surrounding potential 2016 candidates. At the same time, Walker said that he thinks it is "a time for new fresh ideas," and...
  • Three More Guys Who Won’t Be President

    02/06/2015 11:58:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 6, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie, in case you're wondering.I’ve said this before, in various places. But here’s Andrew Ferguson, saying it over at the Weekly Standard: Boy, that didn’t take long. Over the span of a few short days in late January and early February, three members of the top tier of Republican presidential candidates demonstrated why they’ll never be president. They didn’t do anything to disqualify themselves directly, just revealed the traits that will make them appear unsuitable to most voters by the time the campaign really heats up, say, when the presidential election is a mere...
  • Ann Coulter: Three Generations Of Imbeciles Are Enough

    02/04/2015 6:15:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 133 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 4, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    It’s good to see conservatives have gotten back to letting the New York Times choose their nominees for them. The only silver lining to Mitt Romney being pushed out of the presidential race — temporarily, I hope — is that the media’s preferred GOP candidate, Jeb Bush, is catnip to the stupidest influence-seekers, so Wall Street will be wasting all kinds of money over the next few months. Then, Shemp Bush will declare and knock Jeb out of the running, only to be replaced by Zeppo Bush. I wouldn’t be putting a lot of money on another President Bush, unless...
  • The MSNBC presidency: Obama accused Romney using coded racism in 2012 concession call

    02/04/2015 12:36:47 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/04/2015 | Noah Rothman
    "In “Believer: My 40 Years in Politics,” former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod writes that the GOP candidate implied on the call that Obama had won because of his popularity in black communities, according to the New York Daily News, which acquired an advance copy of the book. Obama was “unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over,” according to Axelrod. “‘You really did a great job of getting out the vote in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,’ in other words, black people. That’s what he thinks this was all about,” Obama said after he hung up...
  • Obama shocked, 'slightly irritated' by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod

    02/03/2015 9:24:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 3, 2015 | Annie Karni and Celeste Katz
    President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney's concession call in the 2012 presidential election - and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod. Obama was "unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over," Axelrod writes. The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote. "'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,'" Obama said, paraphrasing Romney....
  • Latino Views on the 2016 GOP Field: Who Can Actually Win the Latino Vote?

    02/02/2015 6:01:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | February 2, 2015 | Matt Barreto
    As the field of possible GOP contenders for the White House start to take shape, it is important to assess what Latino voters think about the potential presidential candidates, if they even know who they are, and how they can possibly position themselves to court the Latino vote. There is no question that Republicans will lose the White House again in 2016 if they repeat the mistakes of Mitt "I would veto the Dream Act" Romney and lose three-quarters of the Latino vote. GOP Chairman Reince Preibus has said future Republican candidates "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform," while...
  • Hewitt: Mitt Romney benched himself, but remains a player in 2016

    02/01/2015 6:43:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 1, 2015 | Professor Hugh Hewitt
    The Friday afternoon following Mitt Romney's decision not to enter the 2016 campaign fray, my radio show was booked solid with journalists who, like me, were trying to read the "invisible ink" in Romney's announcement, which I had obtained and posted a few minutes before the 2012 nominee began his call with donors. Getting such a scoop was a fine thing for me, but 2016 not getting Romney's participation in the primaries is a disappointment to his legion of supporters and and every political journalist in the land who longs for an "open convention" in Cleveland in the summer of...
  • Democrats lose their favorite candidate: Mitt Romney

    02/01/2015 9:58:30 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | S.E. Cupp
    (CNN)—Here we won't go again. No Mitt Romney 3.0. No "third time's a charm." No invoking Ronald Reagan's two failed presidential campaigns. No 47%, car elevators or dog on the roof. No Bain Capital. No Olympics. The media can say goodbye to a plethora of story lines as it prepares to cover the 2016 presidential race. But other than mourning the (substantial) loss of some well-tread fodder, the announcement that Mitt Romney will not be running for president a third time does little to change the 2016 outlook for Republicans. There's still an establishment candidate in Jeb Bush, if he...
  • My Secret Ski Date at Deer Valley - Hint: He’s Not Running for President in 2016

    02/01/2015 7:41:29 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-1-2015 | MOTUS
    I have to make this a quickie as I have a ski date at Deer Valley this morning.I’ll have to turn my snowboard in for skis today, as they don’t allow ‘boarding at Deer Valley. That’s okay though, I’m ambidextrous.Then I have to scamper back to the mountain bunker to watch Tom Brady whup-up on the Seahawks (apologies in advance to Seahawks fans, if there are any) so he can pick up his 4th Super Bowl ring – because what can you do with just 3 when you have 5 fingers, on both hands?So, did my post title pique your...
  • Jeb Bush to Gain Most From Romney’s Exit, Poll Finds

    02/01/2015 5:08:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2015 | Janey Hook
    A new poll suggests that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stands to gain the most from Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for president for the third time. A Fox News poll released Thursday before Mr. Romney’s decision was announced found that Mr. Bush was the second choice of many who favored Mr. Romney, and would lead the field in his absence. Although Mr. Romney would have led the field with 21% of Republicans surveyed by Fox, the poll found that in his absence Mr. Bush rose to No. 1 spot with 15%, followed by Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee...
  • Report: Jeb ‘Never Forgave’ Mitt for Rightward Move on Immigration

    01/31/2015 11:12:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush reportedly “never forgave” Mitt Romney for moving to the right on illegal immigration, which was perhaps one of the only issues where Romney was somewhat in line with conservatives. Romney announced on Friday that he would not make a third run for the White House, and NBC’s Chuck Todd said Romney was Jeb Bush’s preferred candidate in 2007 before Romney flipped on immigration. Todd added that “some of the interest in the race was personal” Jeb Bush “never forgave” Romney for using “immigration as a wedge issue against McCain.”
  • The Romney-Christie axis unites against Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 7:02:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 30, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    In the race for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, there can be only one… establishment candidate. When the news broke late Thursday night that David Kochel, a once loyal Mitt Romney aide who managed the former Massachusetts governor’s Iowa campaigns in 2008 and 2012, had jumped ship and joined former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s camp, it went off like a bomb. The hire signaled to many that Romney’s campaign-in-waiting was floundering and that it was acceptable for donors and former staffers alike to abandon the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. What’s more, by hiring the architect of Romney’s virtual tie...
  • Beck Suspects Romney Bowing Out Was Part of Secret Deal with Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 3:14:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 30, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Glenn Beck suspects that Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 presidential race might be the result of a secret deal between him and Jeb Bush, to avoid the risk of both of them attacking each other and fighting for the same supporters while someone like Ted Cruz can capitalize on a split vote like that. Remember that secret meeting Romney and Bush had this month? Well, Beck figured that was about both men admitting they would “kill each other” and could both lose to the race to a more conservative candidate. And Beck admitted it bothers him that Bush...
  • The Romney Statement: Not Running. "I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party...."

    01/30/2015 7:56:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 286 replies
    hughhewitt.com ^ | 01/30/2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who...
  • The Romney Statement: Not Running ...

    01/30/2015 7:59:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Hugh Hewett ^ | January 30, 2015
    Complete Headline: The Romney Statement: Not Running. “I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.” I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and...
  • Mitt Romney to update supporters on his plans for 2016 Campaign (11:00 a.m. EST today)

    01/30/2015 7:56:57 AM PST · by Din Maker · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 30, 2015
    Mitt Romney plans to update supporters Friday about his plans for the 2016 campaign. The Republican Party's 2012 nominee will host a conference call with supporters at 11 a.m. EST, according to an email from Romney obtained by The Associated Press. Romney will tell staff members about his plans a few minutes earlier. The former governor of Massachusetts jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he surprised a small group of former donors at a meeting in New York by telling them he was eyeing a third run for the White House. In the days since, Romney...
  • Mitt Romney Is Running for President

    01/30/2015 7:37:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 30, 2015 | Staff
    Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11 a.m. ET Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans. Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle Thursday, he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do...
  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    01/30/2015 4:31:22 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 1/30/2015 | Reuters
    Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A former staffer, who asked to remain unidentified, said a conference call with Romney was expected to be held at mid-morning on Friday, and that he might give a signal as to which way he was leaning. Romney for the past three weeks has been seeking traction for another presidential run after he was defeated by...
  • It begins: Top Romney advisor jumps ship to Jeb Bush, will serve as national campaign manager

    01/29/2015 11:07:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A little nudge from Team Jeb to remind the new and improved Romney that this race will be new in lots of ways, many of which he won’t like. Interesting timing. David Kochel, a Republican strategist based in Iowa who worked on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee as a senior strategist and is in line to serve as Mr. Bush’s national campaign manager… “I really believe Governor Bush is the right person for the right time,” he said. “He has a successful conservative record in Florida, and I’d put that record up...
  • 2016 and the Coalition of the Uninspired

    How is it possible that a president can win re-election by a relatively comfortable margin while receiving fewer raw votes than his first election? Enter Mitt Romney. A simple data comparison is very telling. That comparison is the Romney raw vote vs. all votes for congressional Republicans in a given state. Crunching the numbers, Romney significantly underperformed the Republican congressional vote totals in multiple states. In North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin -- all presidential swing states -- Mitt Romney underperformed the total raw votes cast for all Republican congressional candidates by an average of 3 percent. That means that...
  • Mitt Romney Earns Coveted Nancy Pelosi Endorsement

    01/28/2015 4:15:23 PM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    am spectator ^ | 1/28/15 | e zanotti
    I can never tell if these cross-party endorsements are supposed to serve as an underhanded dig, designed to shy Republicans away from viable candidates, or if they've just become a form of trolling. This one, for example, is baffling, because Nancy Pelosi can only want Mitt Romney to run a third time in order to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory, but yet, she can't possibly be daft enough to think that Republicans would see her ringing endorsement of Mitt Romney - yes, Mitt Romney - as some sort of clue that he's the one Democrats most fear. Either way, it's...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romney’s tortured approach to his religion — a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • Don’t Run, Mitt. Don’t Run

    01/26/2015 12:18:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Shawn Mitchell
    Mitt Romney, you're an honorable and accomplished man. You would have been a good president and infinitely better than Obama as a steward of the economy and national security. But, Mitt, we need to talk. You don't get it. You don't really get the basic proposition that freedom works better than government by experts. Sure you believe the concept generally, but there are all those details and exceptions. You hired Jonathan Gruber to guide your health plan. You believe global schemes to reduce carbon will help the climate rather than enrich and empower global elites. You endorsed raising the minimum...
  • Here’s The “Willie Horton” Ad Romney Almost Ran Against Mike Huckabee

    01/25/2015 9:44:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 22, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In the fall of 2007, as Mike Huckabee was surging in the Iowa polls, Mitt Romney’s foundering presidential campaign dispatched a camera crew to Arkansas with the charge to produce one of the most brutal ads of the election cycle. The final product — a withering spot that tied Huckabee to a 2003 murder committed by a serial rapist who was paroled while he was governor of Arkansas — never saw the light of day. But the unaired ad, obtained this week by BuzzFeed News, highlights a potentially potent line of attack on Huckabee as he considers a 2016...
  • Why it matters that Donald Trump is attacking Mitt Romney (+video)

    01/25/2015 5:29:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With all due respect, the Republican Party could probably do with a lot less of what was heard at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday. On one hand, that might seem strange, considering that the Iowa Freedom Summit was all about getting America back to its "core principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense," according to the event website. What could be more Republican than that? Combine that with the fact that a number of potential Republican presidential candidates appeared to see the event as the unofficial kickoff for the 2016 campaign, and it seemed a snapshot...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • The Elevator Pitch For 2016 Candidates

    01/23/2015 9:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cook Political Report ^ | January 21, 2015 | Amy Walter
    There are enough potential candidates for president (on the GOP side at least) that you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep them all straight. Instead of a complicated algorithm, I've boiled each candidate down to his/her most basic elements. At the end of the day, these are the things more likely to define a presidential wannabe. It's also important to distinguish between durable traits and those that are more ephemeral. For example, low name ID is something easily overcome. But, being on the "wrong side" of the base on key issues can be a campaign killer. This is by...
  • Why Liberals Should Embrace Romney the Progressive Champion: Cheering the latest Mittamorphosis

    01/23/2015 8:05:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Corn
    It is time for liberals to cheer Mitt Romney. Not because his possible entry into the 2016 Republican presidential contest could cause chaos for the GOP. But because Romney, apparently seeing the error of his "severely conservative" ways, has become a progressive crusader. Initial news reports noted that Romney was telling Republicans privately that should he mount a third presidential bid he would run to the right of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an all-but-announced contender. Yet in public remarks, Romney has been sounding like a born-again lefty. At an investment management conference in Utah this week, Romney told the...
  • Bush and Romney in ‘Gentlemanly’ Meeting

    01/23/2015 6:50:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney did not reach an agreement during a Salt Lake City lunch meeting on Thursday on how to reconcile their competing plans to run for the White House next year, advisers to both men indicated after the talk. “Governor Bush enjoyed visiting with Governor Romney today in Salt Lake,” Kristy Campbell, Mr. Bush’s spokeswoman, said, declining to elaborate. Republicans close to both Mr. Romney and Mr. Bush were notably tight-lipped about the long-planned meeting, which the two would-be candidates and their advisers were unhappy had been revealed publicly.
  • Mitt Romney: Climate Change Is Real, Human-Induced, And We Must Tackle It

    01/22/2015 10:34:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 142 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | January 21, 2015
    Mitt Romney: Climate Change Is Real, Human-Induced, And We Must Tackle It
  • Bill Straub: Being the ‘most conservative’ in a crowded field could work to Paul’s advantage

    01/22/2015 7:44:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Kentucky Forward ^ | January 22, 2015 | Bill Straub
    One thing you can say about Sen. Rand Paul’s burgeoning presidential campaign – he’s not scaring anybody out of the race. The Republican National Committee reports that the 2016 primary field has mushroomed to about 25 legitimate contenders — the size of a major league baseball roster — and growing, which certainly could make for an interesting party debate where you quite literally won’t be able to tell the players without a scorecard. Despite the RNC’s claims of legitimacy there are a few apples in the barrel who have about as much chance of moving into the Oval Office two...
  • Vanity: No MORE MILKTOAST Candidates!! UGGGH! (Jeb/Romney)

    01/22/2015 7:30:32 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 40 replies
    Just read that Romney and Jeb are meeting in Utah to discuss how best to ram one of them down our throats so their campaigns don't compete against one another. NO MORE BUSHES!! NO MORE ROMNEYS!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!
  • Mitt Romney: Climate Change is Real, World Must Tackle It

    01/22/2015 6:32:53 AM PST · by bestintxas · 94 replies
    newmax ^ | 1/22/15
    As he considers a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday night that one of the country's biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it. "I'm one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that," he said. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee spoke to a sold-out crowd of about 3,000 at an investment management conference. It was his second public address since privately telling potential donors two weeks ago that he's considering seeking the presidency in 2016. Romney didn't address a possible campaign at the event, but...
  • How Romney Can Come Back …

    01/21/2015 3:49:00 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    … Using This One Weird Trick! It seems as if everybody’s down on the idea of Mitt Romney running for president again. Even establishment Republicans who aren’t part of the vast Bush claque seem to be hostile. President Obama’s aides mocked Romney’s interest in income inequality, per Politico: (SNIP) “It’s simply never going to be believable to go from car elevators, off-shore accounts and his famous 47 percent comment to the populist income equality warrior.”… (SNIP) After all, there’s one obvious, simple move Romney could make to turn the mockery around, jujutsu style, in a way that would give him...
  • Crazy for Ted Cruz: South Carolina tea party activists love him, but is that enough in 2016?

    01/20/2015 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— A crowd of tea party activists huddled outside a closed conference door here on Sunday. Many hadn’t caught a glimpse of the man they were waiting for, but they knew he was in there. “Here he comes!” someone suddenly shouted, as Ted Cruz emerged. All day long, the Republican senator from Texas was mobbed by people who thanked him for taking on Washington, jostled for pictures and sought out hugs. Even after Cruz had departed the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, his booth was consistently crowded. Ben Carson and Rick Santorum made their pitches and both...
  • Here We Go: Ted Cruz Revs 2016 Engine

    01/20/2015 11:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 20, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Much of the 2016 political oxygen on the Republican side of the aisle has been sucked up by establishment-leaning figures so far -- Jeb Bush forming his exploratory committee, Mitt Romney heavily weighing launching version 3.0, Chris Christie making telltale moves, etc. On the more conservative end of the spectrum, we have Bobby Jindal almost assuredly running (do read his hard-hitting speech on radical Islamism delivered in London yesterday), Scott Walker staffing up and sounding like a presidential candidate, and Marco Rubio reportedly inching closer to taking the plunge. And then there's Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson,...
  • NBC/WSJ poll: Republicans unenthused about Romney, Bush bids for 2016

    01/20/2015 9:56:01 AM PST · by xzins · 72 replies
    HotAir ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Hot Air readers won’t be surprised by the lack-of-dynamic dynamic from the first big names testing the GOP’s 2016 waters, of course, but supporters of Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush might be — if they can be found. According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, approval ratings for both men dropped after making clear they plan to run for the party’s presidential nomination. And that retreat comes from within the big tent of the Republican Party: Just 27 percent of Americans now offer a positive rating for Romney, the Republican party’s nominee in 2012, compared to 40 percent who...
  • NBC/WSJ Poll: No Bump for Romney, Jeb Bush After '16 Hints

    01/20/2015 7:36:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/20/2015 | CARRIE DANN
    Poential 2016 candidates Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have earned plenty of headlines after publicly acknowledging that they're revving up likely presidential campaigns, but, so far, they haven't gained positive marks from the public, according to the newest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. In fact, both candidates have lost ground since pollsters last measured Americans' feelings towards them - including a dip in approval from members of their own party. Just 27 percent of Americans now offer a positive rating for Romney, the Republican party's nominee in 2012, compared to 40 percent who give him negative marks. And just over...
  • Romney’s Gruber Problem: The Gruber connection tars him with the Obamacare brush in 2016

    01/20/2015 7:08:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/20/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    Those so inclined can think of advantages accruing to Mitt Romney should he attempt another go at the presidency. For example: Unlike his potential opponents, he has been through this before, and his political and personal history, from his Massachusetts governorship to his leadership at Bain Capital, have already been picked through, exposed, and exploited — so surprises are improbable. Unlike his potential opponents, he knows exactly what a long, grinding national campaign is like — so he can prepare accordingly. And unlike his potential opponents, he has the fruits of his 2012 vice-presidential vetting process at his disposal —...
  • Mark Levin: Romney Is "Not The Guy"

    01/20/2015 4:10:01 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin, said that while he agrees with Mitt Romney that the GOP needs a “clear vision,” Romney is “not the guy” on Monday.
  • Palmetto State no lock for any 2016 GOP hopeful

    01/19/2015 10:48:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 17, 2015 | Salena Zito
    South Carolina has been where underdog Republican presidential candidacies die and front-runners begin to look toward November. The only asterisk to its 32-year streak of picking the eventual GOP nominee came in the whack-a-mole 2012 contest that placed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over eventual nominee Mitt Romney. “Romney never closed the deal with the voters,” said legendary South Carolina Republican strategist Chip Felkel about Romney's inability to win the first-in-the-South primary. “Voters cast with their hearts, not their heads, in that cycle.” Everyone understandably focuses on who is coming and going in Iowa, the first contest of 2016's presidential...