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  • The Real Reason Obama Got Elected ("Freebie" Nation)

    11/11/2012 5:48:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/8/2012 | Gerri Willis
    Here’s an interesting plot twister; Republicans made the assumption, incorrectly as it turns out, that voters in states with high-unemployment would kick the bums out. That is, that they’d vote Obama out of office and try to find someone who could solve the jobs problem in this country. Turns out, the opposite has happened. Voters in high-unemployment states actually like the president, and the reason is obvious; the Federal Government is paying the jobless, extending unemployment benefits, food stamps, and even underwriting disability payments from Social Security. Think we’re different from the Europeans? Think again. The proportion of Greek men...
  • Romney’s campaign consultants were incompetent, in it for the money

    11/10/2012 8:12:14 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | November 10 2012 | Doug Brady
    In too many posts to count, I’ve argued that the reason Romney was the overwhelming choice of the Washington campaign consultant class since the day after McCain lost in 2008 was that he was their dream candidate. He possessed the two qualities most prized by this insular population of political parasites who occupy the D.C. beltway: An enormous amount of money and an equally enormous dearth of core convictions. For this reason, they correctly recognized Romney as someone who could easily be fleeced for a virtually limitless amount of money. He’d shower them with tens of millions of dollars in return for their sage “advice” on...
  • Why Mitt Romney Lost

    11/07/2012 4:49:37 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 53 replies ^ | November 7, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy
    It was the worst of times and the worst of times. With the 2012 election results in, there are no short- or even medium-term "silver linings" for Republicans. President Barack Obama has won a decisive victory and the GOP, expecting to gain Senate seats, actually had a net loss of three. The "morning after" will bring the expected explanations and after-game quarterbacking. Still, it is important that the GOP understand why we lost this one in hopes of future victory. Perhaps the easy explanation is that two hurricanes and two betrayals by Chris Christie killed Mitt Romney's chances.
  • Why Mitt Lost and it Wasn’t Very Close

    11/08/2012 6:30:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 103 replies ^ | November 8, 2012 | John Ransom
    Memorandum to the GOP: When running an election campaign it is often valuable to select a nominee who represents the rank and file of the Party. This is how other Parties do it. Perhaps you might get on board. Who? Well let’s start with who not to select. There was George H.W. Bush, who, while a nice, honorable public servant, won primarily because of the record Reagan established. He lost because the rest of us thought that when he mouthed the words “Read my lips, go to Texas,” he meant “Read my lips, no new taxes.” There was Bob Dole,...
  • GOP Turns Sure Victory into Defeat

    11/08/2012 5:43:21 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 84 replies ^ | November 8, 2012 | Michael Reagan
    Wait until next year -- 2016, that is. That’s what disappointed Republican spinners kept saying Tuesday night as they watched Mitt Romney’s hopes crash and burn in swing state after swing state. How many times did I hear a Republican talk about how their party’s deep bench of future all-stars will return it to power in Washington in four years? But all the Ryans, Rubios, Bushes, Haleys and Christies in America can’t put the GOP -- or the country -- back together again. The GOP is a wreck -- and not just in California, where the party’s registration is now...
  • Karl Rove claims President Obama won reelection by 'suppressing the vote'

    11/09/2012 8:43:26 AM PST · by dirtboy · 105 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/8/2012 | Jonathan Lemire
    The Republican super-strategist was feeling the heat after his shadowy political committees burned through $100 million on anti-Obama attack ads — to little effect. Republican super-strategist Karl Rove tried to shift blame Thursday for his failed spending spree to defeat President Obama, claiming Obama won reelection by “suppressing the vote.” Rove was feeling the heat after his shadowy political committees burned through $100 million on anti-Obama attack ads — to little effect. Obama’s top strategist, David Axelrod, joined the piling on Thursday, chortling that if he were one of the Republican benefactors who bankrolled Rove, he’d be “asking where my...
  • The high road led straight to defeat for Romney

    11/09/2012 7:18:04 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/9/2012 | Diana West
    If Election Day is about picking winners, the morning after is for post-mortems. That's when we slice open the losing campaigns, set aside the hundreds of millions of dollars that gush out, and pick apart the cause of death. Why did the Romney campaign fail? Maybe the country is now GOP-proof. That is, maybe a Constitution-guided, free-market, limited-government candidate no longer can "appeal" to the majority of the electorate. It could be that the death knell rang early this year once 67.3 million of us, or one in five Americans, had come to depend on federal assistance, formerly known as...
  • Three Lessons from the ‘Beauty Contests’ (MO, MN and CO -- The storyline changes again)

    02/08/2012 6:08:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Did Tuesday’s results matter? Nowhere near as much as the results from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida mattered. But primary campaigns rarely reach stasis; momentum shifts, ebbs, and flows, and the trio of contests yesterday offered a few hints that the storyline will change once again.Rick Santorum is on the verge of overtaking Newt Gingrich as the anti-Romney alternative.Santorum began this contest as the man of the hour, the little engine that could in a sweater-vest who challenged and beat the much-better-funded Mitt Romney . . . and yet he has, at the moment, an entire three...
  • QUICK TAKE: Romney Takes a Swing At Newt

    01/21/2012 7:10:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 44 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 1/12/21 | Jim O'Sullivan
    Mitt Romney, whose second-place finish in South Carolina’s Republican primary on Saturday handed him his second defeat in three state contests, said the GOP could not take back the White House relying on a candidate who had waged a “frontal assault” on free enterprise – a square shot at primary winner Newt Gingrich. Romney, who was trailing Newt Gingrich on Saturday night, used his concession speech to strike back at Gingrich’s attacks for Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital and reluctance to release his tax returns, questioning whether such criticism disqualified Gingrich for the party nomination. “Our party cannot be led...
  • In Victory Speech, Newt Gingrich Goes After Obama (Video 2:28)

    01/21/2012 7:49:16 PM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 21, 2012 | Staff
  • FOX News calls it for NEWT!! WOO HOO!!

    01/21/2012 4:14:20 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 694 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News calls it for NEWT!! WOO HOO!!
  • Iowa Republicans to call caucus result split decision

    01/19/2012 4:30:07 AM PST · by edpc · 76 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 19 Jan 2012 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iowa Republican Party will certify this month's presidential caucuses as a split decision between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, citing missing data from eight precincts, the Des Moines Register reported on Thursday.
  • Santorum Tops Romney in Iowa Caucus 'Split Decision' (Santorum won by 34 votes)

    01/19/2012 3:47:43 AM PST · by Brown Deer · 68 replies
    national journal ^ | January 19, 2012 | Niraj Chokshi
    A recount of the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican caucus results has Rick Santorum leading Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination by 34 votes, with data from 8 precincts missing and never to be certified, GOP officials told The Des Moines Register on Wednesday. Despite Santorum's advantage, the state Republican party views the results as a wash.
  • Grading the GOP Debate

    10/11/2011 7:42:03 PM PDT · by LesDowrey · 86 replies
    The Page ^ | 10/11/2011 | Mark Halperin
    Mark Halperin's Grades from the GOP Debate: Romney: A Cain: A- Gingrich: B+ Santorum: B+ Huntsman: B- Perry: C Bachman: C- Paul: C-
  • Romney Front-Runner By Default While Cain Wins FL Straw Poll (Palin's opening)

    09/24/2011 7:18:54 PM PDT · by ak267 · 98 replies
    C4P ^ | 9-24-2011 | Mark America
    After the FoxNews/Google debate, it had begun to crystallize in the view of many Republicans is that Rick Perry isn’t the candidate many had hoped. Capturing the straw poll in Florida on Saturday, Herman Cain reached new heights as Perry’s slide down hill has accelerated. Bachmann has peaked and begun to taper off, while Gingrich, Paul, Santorum and Huntsman continue to struggle in the middle-to-low single digits. This leaves Mitt Romney out front, not because he’s such a great candidate, but because to date, his chief opponents have grossly underperformed. This begs the question most conservatives want most to ask:...
  • Bachman wins Iowa Straw Poll. Paul second. Pawlenty third. Romney fourth, er, seventh.

    08/13/2011 4:03:48 PM PDT · by DRey · 435 replies
    Bachman bests Paul. Pawlenty third. Romney fourth. Works for me!
  • On Obama, Earmarks, Palin Less Than Honest

    09/04/2008 3:14:45 PM PDT · by steve-b · 57 replies · 241+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/9/08 | Russell Goldman
    In a rousing speech at last night's Republican National Convention, vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, touted her record, attacked the opposition, and in some cases bent the facts. PALIN: "[Obama] is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word 'victory' except when he's talking about his own campaign." FACT: On July 15, in a speech in Washington, D.C., Obama twice used the word "victory" in reference to Iraq. "In fact," he said, "true success in Iraq -- victory in Iraq -- will not take place...
  • Palin's Stall (editorial criticism)

    09/05/2008 11:02:57 AM PDT · by steve-b · 24 replies · 310+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 9/5/08 | (editor)
    Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate. She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage. Instead, Gov. Palin has begun stonewalling the Legislature's attempt to get the bottom of allegations that she, her family or staff violated ethical or state personnel rules. As a result, the Troopergate allegations hang over Palin's future and cloud her candidacy for vice president....
  • Palin Asked About Censoring Books With Wasilla Librarian

    09/04/2008 1:39:26 PM PDT · by steve-b · 104 replies · 363+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/4/08 | Rindi White
    WASILLA -- Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so. According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn’t fully support her and...