Quotes of the day

posted at 10:48 pm on March 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

“In an interview with CNN in 2009, as Washington was debating President Barack Obama’s health care proposal, Romney said portions of the Massachusetts law could serve as a model for the country.

“‘I think there are a number of features in the Massachusetts plan that could inform Washington on ways to improve health care for all Americans,’ Romney told CNN. ‘The fact that we were able to get people insured without a government option is a model I think they can learn from.’…

“But in that 2009 interview, Romney clearly defended the mandate, referring to it as a ‘requirement’ that allowed Massachusetts residents to secure a ‘tax exemption.’ In other words, if they didn’t sign up for health insurance, residents would get hit with a tax.”

***
“First Lady Michelle Obama gets the warmest rating, with a 60.1 degree mean score, more than 3 degrees hotter than fourth-place President Barack Obama, when American voters rate their feelings about politicians and other national figures in a Quinnipiac University national thermometer poll released today. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is the hottest politician on the thermometer.”

***
JL: What are the considerations at the moment? What are the things that you are weighing up?

SP: Well, understanding that Obama has already said he’s going to rake in and spend $1bn (£615.4m) in this race. Money is certainly going to be a consideration. And then just the idea of, will the American electorate be ready for someone a bit unconventional, in terms of a candidate who will call it like she sees it, and who will not be beholden to special interests or such obsessive partisanship as to let a political machine get in the way of just doing what’s right for the voters.

JL: In a sense, do you think your “unconventionality” in that sense, the fact that you tell it as it is, is your strength but is also perceived as a weakness as well?

SP: I believe that it is a strength. I tell my kids, I encourage everyone I know that whether it be in their workplace, whether it be in a political arena or within their own families, to do what their gut tells them to do. And that involves calling it like they see it and tackling the tasks that are at hand and not worrying so much what other people are thinking or saying about them. And a lot of that goes along with that unconventional vein that I am talking about, that independent vein that I have within me. So I think that it’s a strength and I encourage people I know to exercise that strength, too.

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“Let us not mince words. There are at most five plausible Republican presidents on the horizon – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Utah governor and departing ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts governor Romney and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.

“So the Republican winnowing process is far advanced. But the nominee may emerge much diminished by involvement in a process cluttered with careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing candidates to whom the sensible American majority would never entrust a lemonade stand, much less nuclear weapons.”

***
“Once again, we have to be reminded of a few things. First, the candidate for president who won in 1992 didn’t declare his intention to seek office until the fall of 1991. Second, Barack Obama declared his candidacy in February 2007 and promptly wasted six months of money and energy and bad debating appearances. He gained no traction against Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t until October that he actually figured out how to run, and he might have spared himself the trouble if he’d waited until then.

“So what does this tell us? It tells us that the person who can win has either not reached the point of deciding to run or that he is biding his time until later. It could be Chris Christie. It could be Paul Ryan. It could be Marco Rubio. It could be Bobby Jindal. One hears that the 2016 GOP race will feature all these guys in a superstar battle. If that one could, so could this one. And there’s plenty of time. Plenty.”

***
“With such a large number of undecided voters, the 2012 nominating fight is looking more and more likely to be a momentum contest. Most Republican voters are looking for someone to like but haven’t found anyone yet.

“That’s a similar dynamic to what happened in the 2004 Democratic presidential primary when former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean went from nowhere to the race’s frontrunner thanks to the relative lack of energy for anyone in the rest of the field. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who picked up the pieces of Dean’s eventual implosion, used that same momentum premise to effectively end the race after back to back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“Could 2012 be the Republican version of what happened to Democrats in 2004?”

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predator:How could you…….:)

canopfor on March 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Emotion overcame me. OMG! I’m a liberal! *this bridge isn’t that high Pred, it will be over before you know it*

Goodbye cruel world!

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:04 AM

I thought that was Alan Grayson’s video.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 8, 2011 at 12:01 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RjXY_-PUbo

Geochelone on March 8, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Thats what I thought as well!:)

canopfor on March 8, 2011 at 12:00 AM

What’s up is down, what’s right is left, what’s Obama is Romney.

One of these three are not the same. Or are ʎǝɥʇ?

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 12:05 AM

alt,
Yeah it fits Grayson also. And Peelousy, and Waxman, and Wasserman-Schultz, and …geez this could go on all night.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:07 AM

If you ever want to read a really honest assesment of Patton, good and bad, check out the book that Carlo D’Este wrote about him. It pulled no punches and was the best read on Patton I’ve ever seen.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:02 AM

I’ll second that.
D’Este’s book is OUTSTANDING!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 8, 2011 at 12:08 AM

Will is a twit.

AZCON on March 8, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Kini on March 7, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Now cut that out. I can only stand on my head for so long!

shmendrick on March 8, 2011 at 12:11 AM

I’ll second that.
D’Este’s book is OUTSTANDING!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 8, 2011 at 12:08 AM

If you want to really know Patton it is the one book to read. I’ve been a big fan of Patton all my life. Yes, he had his faults (anti-semitism being one of them), but he was a driven man, a determined man, a man who believed not only in his own destiny but that of his nation. A true patriot in many ways. He was right about many things (he predicted the Pearl Harbor disaster in ’37, he knew we shouldn’t trust the russkies) but no one would listen to him. The world suffered for it.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Want a spot-on parody of George Will? Just Google the name “T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII”, sit back, & enjoy.

OhioCoastie on March 8, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Want a spot-on parody of George Will? Just Google the name “T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII”, sit back, & enjoy.

OhioCoastie on March 8, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Heh. That’s from Iowahawk. He’s a hoot.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Predator:
I this the ideal theme song for the Ronulans is this…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 8, 2011 at 12:22 AM

AZCON:
Speaking of twits…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 8, 2011 at 12:25 AM

First, the candidate for president who won in 1992 didn’t declare his intention to seek office until the fall of 1991

Didn’t we get a poll tonight asking if Republicans should debate in May or in the Fall?

I’m for the Fall, howz about you?

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 12:26 AM

I voted fall. I see that you were posting in zero gravity again. :)

Geochelone on March 8, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Twerp,

Great campaign tune for the paulbots, and then they could follow up with mine when they get spanked. Me likey.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Geochelone on March 8, 2011 at 12:28 AM

I was on a Sheen moment.

What I see is the left trying to artificially create voter fatigue by the time November comes along.

But don’t let my drinking problem ghet in the way.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 12:31 AM

I this the ideal theme song for the Ronulans is this…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 8, 2011 at 12:22 AM

+ 1..Very good choice!..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 12:35 AM

What I see is the left trying to artificially create voter fatigue by the time November comes along.

Not gonna happen, especially if Hopey-Dopey keeps his crap going. The polls are BS. They are manufactured.

But don’t let my drinking problem ghet in the way.

There is no such thing as a drinking problem. As my favorite t-shirt used to say, “I don’t have a drinking problem. I get up. I drink. I get drunk. I fall down. I go to sleep. No problem.”

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 12:31 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Come on now, let’s run Mcain again we arn’t really republicans unless we use viagra

swimcoachmike on March 8, 2011 at 12:42 AM

The polls are BS. They are manufactured.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:40 AM

We are in agreement, polls are like a**holes, everyone’s got one.

If contenders want to jump in now and expose themselves to the media cheese grater, the by all means, and try to keep on topic.

It’s a little like Japanese Headbanging Rock, but in a school girl way.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 12:49 AM

If contenders want to jump in now and expose themselves to the media cheese grater, the by all means, and try to keep on topic.

They should just bide their time. If the train wreck that is the Obugger presidency continues, the public will be screaming for anybody other than him.
Ignore the polls. Ignore the LSM.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Seems the thread is going to bed. Must be inhabited by working people who can’t stay up all night. Unlike huffpo/kos.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:57 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:56 AM

They have to come out sometime..IMHO..Plus they have to start putting together there ground games soon..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Hey, when you got racists like SPLC reinforcing the media narrative, you can tell the sampling out of our candidates by the left.

This cannot happen.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Plus they have to start putting together there ground games soon..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Heh. Yeah, I know there’s some sarc going on there:).
The only people that are interested in a “ground game” right now is the LSM. They need something to yammer about. They want to start picking our candidate for us as early as possible.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Kini,
The Southern Poverty Law Center–one of the most vile orgs on the face of the planet. A true enemy, and I mean that quite literally.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:06 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:04 AM

I agree!..I hope none of the Republicans go to the Politco debate..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Ignore the polls. Ignore the LSM.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Welllllll…. see… we have to remember history and present day pretend journalism.

Take David Gregory, not literally of course, but he’s a shill for Obama like many in the LSM.

Like this interview with Michele Bachmann.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:10 AM

I agree!..I hope none of the Republicans go to the Politco debate..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Exactly. They have nothing to gain. I consider that to be a potential trap. They will be looking for something negative to pin on any participant.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:16 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:16 AM

They do need to start hitting the Sunday talk shows and meeting the folks soon..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Take David Gregory, not literally of course,

Oh, I’d take him alright. I’d take him down to my friends in East Texas and drop him in the gator-infested swamps of the Texas/Louisiana region and see if he could spin his way out of that. *hee, hee, hee*

Oh, and his questions to Bachmann were quite typical.
no surprise.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Plus they have to start putting together there ground games soon..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 12:58 AM

The TEA Party already has a ground game set to go…Add in a certain potential candidate’s (plus a few of her 3.5 Million friends) and I can see DC from my front porch…(I kinda can already)

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:21 AM

They do need to start hitting the Sunday talk shows and meeting the folks soon..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:18 AM

I’ll agree if they’ll be agressive and not let these dopes put them on the defensive. If they go on these shows, they need to set the tone. If they allow themselves to be put on the defensive early on, they have been taken.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Right on. We set the narrative rather than let is be established for us.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:23 AM

Let it be established for us. Sheesh.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:24 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:23 AM

I saw your Podunk remark…I’ve got my eye on you…/

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:25 AM

They do need to start hitting the Sunday talk shows and meeting the folks soon..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:18 AM

No they don’t!

What they need to do is hold Town Halls and spread their message. The old fashion way. Being a captive on a alphabet network is political suicide. You might as well use Alex Jones as your publicist. It’s a no win situation.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:26 AM

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Maybe..Guess we will see soon..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:27 AM

What they need to do is hold Town Halls and spread their message. The old fashion way. Being a captive on a alphabet network is political suicide. You might as well use Alex Jones as your publicist. It’s a no win situation.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:26 AM

Yep, more of the former and less of the latter…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:27 AM

DS,

We both think the May Politico/NBC debate shouldn’t be held in May because it’s tooooooo early. Then why should the potential candidates be clamoring to appear on the alphabet’s?

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:26 AM

I agree with you on the Town Halls and meeting the folks But eventually they will have to go on the Talk Show circuit..If you can’t beat David Gregory then I am not sure if you should be POTUS..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Gotta start sometime..Some may can wait..Others need to start a buzz..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:32 AM

If we are going to win against a sitting President, and I mean sitting on his hands not knowing what to do except wet his finger to see which way the wind blows, we need to have our candidate out in front of the PEOPLE, not the press.

Voters, not Pundits, elect Presidents. Pundits can influence, but face-time, is priceless.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:33 AM

I saw your Podunk remark…I’ve got my eye on you…/

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Lol! We used to have a sale barn in Penfield, Ill. If you could drive a pickup truck or tractor you were welcome. We loved sale days. The taverns served everybody. I was pounding down Buds and watching the sales when I was 15.

We once had a 1,000 pound boar go through the ring. This was about ’68 or ’69. The people in the grandstand went nuts. That was one big hawg, buddy.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Gotta start sometime..Some may can wait..Others need to start a buzz..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:32 AM

After tonight’s CSPAN/Iowa event, a couple of the 5 created a buzz and a couple probably have a buzz from drinking to forget falling on their faces…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:37 AM

Then why should the potential candidates be clamoring to appear on the alphabet’s?

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Anybody who is hot to go on this thing should be scrutinized closely as a potential rino sell-out. *sarah, herman, please don’t let me down.*

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:37 AM

That was one big hawg, buddy.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Sniff, Grandpa…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:39 AM

But eventually they will have to go on the Talk Show circuit.

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:31 AM

Why? You have a hostile media, that spins your message against you, and you have to go on Oprah?

That’s the old way of campaigning. We have to think out of the BOX, like a certain Alaskan that’s not joined with the 48 contiguous, but is one that does speak of the 50 United not connected with the DC establishment.

We have to win, not conform with establish protocols.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:40 AM

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:37 AM

heh..I heard most of it!..You Go Buddy!..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Sniff, Grandpa…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 1:39 AM

Now that made me laugh out loud.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:40 AM

That is one way to look at it!..I just think you can also create a buzz on the Sunday talk shows..Who knows you may hit a Home Run like Scott Brown did with the “Kennedy Seat” question in the debate for MA Senator Race!..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Besides, on a Sunday afternoon no on is watching these talk programs anyway. The only people that are watching these programs are bloggers like AP collecting clips for their QOTD.

The candidate that will win, will use social media and public appearances, not LSM talk shows that pick apart your message with bobble-head pundits like leftover cold chicken.

Get out of the box.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:49 AM

Who knows you may hit a Home Run like Scott Brown did with the “Kennedy Seat” question in the debate for MA Senator Race!..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:46 AM

That happened at a PUBLIC debate, not a Sunday talk show.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:51 AM

Get out of the box.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:49 AM

And get into the street. Meet the people. Get eye to eye with them. I think that is what Palin has in mind. Let all the others put their neck in the noose on these stupid shows, she’ll take it directly to the street and beat the conventional wisdom.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:52 AM

That happened at a PUBLIC debate, not a Sunday talk show.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 1:51 AM

I said it happened at a debate but that don’t mean it can’t happen on a talk show..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:56 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 1:52 AM

Maybe..I agree all of them should hit the streets and meet the folks..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Meet the people. Get eye to eye with them.

This is how you change minds and win votes. There’s a lot to be said for eye contact, a firm handshake, than a television appearance in a television box.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:58 AM

They won’t. They’re too plugged in to the conventional way of reaching the public. It’s all they know. As Kini said, get out ot the box. They can’t do it. They have no idea how. Sarah? Yep. Herman? Yep, him too. The rest? Fuggedaboudit. Not gonna happen. They are media whores owned by the pimps who run that whole show.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:03 AM

Mitt’s good for another 150-200 comment thread…That is, until JtL shows up with his evil vids…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 2:06 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:03 AM

You are right about someof them..I think T-Paw has also been trying to meet the folks..Some have not started yet..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Kini,
I just checked out your blog, briefly. I’m gonna take a closer look later. Just wondering about something.

Do you remember a state senator (or maybe just a rep) named Avery Chumbley? He is from the town I live in. He is also an abject dirtbag. I could say more about his shady dealings here, but I probably shouldn’t on this blog. His past is not the best. But he’s out of office now, as I understand it.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Mitt’s good for another 150-200 comment thread…That is, until JtL shows up with his evil vids…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 2:06 AM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 2:08 AM

I said it happened at a debate but that don’t mean it can’t happen on a talk show..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 1:56 AM

DS, opportunities like Scott Brown’s are rare. Like Reagan’s “Youth and inexperience” comment.

We cannot rely on the methods that are “established”. These are weighed heavily against us.

For gods sake, Obama won by using Styrofoam Greek Column’s and an echo chamber. The LSM gushed at HIM looking at US.

No, the rules have changed and the playing field is not level. Another strategy and tactics need to be employed.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:11 AM

No, the rules have changed and the playing field is not level. Another strategy and tactics need to be employed.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:11 AM

Kini,
You are on it. It’s going to take a sort of guerilla tactic in the political world. Get to the people. Get them behind you. Then hit your opponents when and where they least expect it. I still think this is what SP is planning. Take. It. To. The. Street.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:15 AM

Avery Chumbley

Nope, never heard of him. I googled the name, but I really don’t know anything about the guy.

Are you on Maui? What town do you live in? Thanks for checking out my blog. Leave a comment if you’d like.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:17 AM

No, the rules have changed and the playing field is not level. Another strategy and tactics need to be employed.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:11 AM

Good point..I am sure some will try new tatics..Let’s just Beat Obie in 2012!..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 2:17 AM

Take. It. To. The. Street.

They didn’t call them Whistle Stop Campaign tours for nothing.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Are you on Maui? What town do you live in? Thanks for checking out my blog. Leave a comment if you’d like.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:17 AM

Lol! Nope Kini, I’m not on Maui, nor am I from Hawaii. And neither is Chumbley. I live in east-central Illinois, Rantoul, to be specific. That’s where he’s from. Chumbley basically did a carpetbagger thing in Hawaii. He sucks.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:22 AM

To be honest with you’all

We’d brainstorm good!

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:23 AM

To be honest with you’all

We’d brainstorm good!

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:23 AM

We should start our own political consultanting firm. “Guerilla Political Strategies, Inc.”
Our motto:
“Takin’ it to the streets.”

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:28 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:22 AM

AH! No wonder.

Hey I used to do some work in Schaumburg in a different life.

What I see going forwards is a GOP playing field with lots of Field Goal kickers, but not enough shoes to go around.

In AP’s last quote capture before the Mittens video, the quote talks about undecided voters. If we end up with another McCain like candidate, then we will live with another 4 years of imposed socialism. I do not like those prospects.

Also, the GOP sat on their hands during the last election cycle. The Tea Party drove the election and the wins. I don’t believe voters are undecided, but determined to stop the spending, rising taxes, and crushing regulations.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Looks like we’re fading out here. It’s close to my bedtime anyhoo. See y’all later.

Kini, I’m going to check out the blog more closely when I wake up. See ya.

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:33 AM

Other news of the day…

Gitmo trials ordered restarted Monday by the obamanation…

Britain and France want the UN to let them set up a No Fly Zone over Lybia(WH spelling)…

Charlie Sheen FIRED from 2 1/2 men…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 2:34 AM

The Tea Party drove the election and the wins. I don’t believe voters are undecided, but determined to stop the spending, rising taxes, and crushing regulations.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Glad I checked comments before I logged off. We must maintain the TP movement. It is our only hope, IMO.
‘night

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:35 AM

Takin’ it to the streets.”

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:28 AM

Hmmmm, now to November to think about this.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:36 AM

predator on March 8, 2011 at 2:35 AM

You had the post of the day with that video for Ron Paul!..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 2:46 AM

Hmmmm, now to November to think about this.

Kini on March 8, 2011 at 2:36 AM

I agree..A lot of things will change between now and then..:)

Dire Straits on March 8, 2011 at 2:47 AM

I don’t think we’ll be rid of the obamanation even after he’s defeated in ’12. IMO, he’ll be a worse ex-President than Carter and Clinton COMBINED…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 2:58 AM

The candidates who show up at these way-too-early “debates” are inevitably those who need to generate some early buzz to become viable. Those who have a natural constituency – Palin, Romney, Huck, Christie – don’t need to risk a poor performance when there is nothing of substance to be gained.

As to Palin or anyone else being irrevocably damaged, I recall Richard Nixon, left for dead after losing the 1962 California gubernatorial race to Pat Brown (Jerry’s dad). Of course, his rehabilitation took several years . . . but it is counter productive to allow the MBM – including George Will, an admitted Cubs fan – to pre-qualify our field. Electability is a legitimate issue, and will certainly be discussed at length. Let the primary voters consider these arguments and judge for themselves.

As others have mentioned, Obama is Obama and is unlikely to do anything to improve his prospects, although he could benefit if the economy should improve despite his best efforts.

Adjoran on March 8, 2011 at 3:23 AM

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 2:58 AM

So true…

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2011 at 4:19 AM

OmahaConservative on March 8, 2011 at 4:19 AM

Morning, OC…Hope all is well along the Missouri…Thinking about signing off and leaving HA all to you…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 4:23 AM

I’m going to say it here for the first time.

After thinking about this for months, and watching the Republlican field drag their feet, I’d like to place my bet.

My winning ticket for 2012 is:

Rudolph Giuliani for President.
Sarah Palin for Vice-President.

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:33 AM

I say this because the 100% need to eject the Zero from the Oval Office is beyond debate.

I would like to see Palin at the top of the to force a showdown.

BUT.

And a BIG but:

Rudy will have the overall appeal to send Obama back to wherever he calls home.

I hope, but do not think, that Palin can do this at the top of the ticket, for sure.

And: AMERICA CANNOT AFFORD A PALIN LOSS.

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:38 AM

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:33 AM

Could be…I’d like to see Rudy as Palin’s Atty. General, though…

Gohawgs on March 8, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Hey, gohawgs,

Yeah, I agree in a perfect world. Totally.

But I am finally trying to come to grips with the endless Palin debate on the Internet, and I think that if this were 1980, Palin could win.

But this is 2011 and the media are poisoned.

So I think that Rudy 0 though no one is talking about him- is the most solid bet.

And Palin at VP helps back up his “squish” factor.

I definitely want Palin on the ticket, and I do think she’s qualified to be president.

But the media factor is the key in telling me that she cannot pull a Reagan. I think that Giuliani can get 0bama out of D.C.

And, in the end, that is what has to happen to save America.

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Ryan Gill – BREAKING NEWS – Issued 6:59 PM Pacific/9:59 PM Eastern: We have just got word from Gov. Scott Walker that Wisconsin Senate Democrat leader, Mark Miller, has blocked his Democrat colleagues from returning from Illinois back to Wisconsin, despite promises earlier today that they would do so.

The Democrat leader and Senate Democrats have made liars out of themselves, and betrayed the trust of the American people and the people of Wisconsin.

Heckle on March 8, 2011 at 4:48 AM

Heckle,

Looks to me that today the Wisc. government that remains in the state must move directly to passing a law about when a legislative seat becomes open.

This has become necrotic.

And I heard yesterday A.M. about maybe the Wisc. gov. and sen. maj. leader meeting the head Dem. fleebagger across the border.

No way. You cannot conduct the people’s business out-of-state like that.

The head Dem wants a meeting, he comes across the border and takes his chances.

If Walker goes to Illinois he has totally caved, and perverted the governing of the state of Wisconsin.

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:53 AM

There is no quorom in Wisconsin.

The people of Wisconsin need to rise up, or dissolve themselves as a state.

I would prefer a 49-state flag than the cancer of Wisconson that is eating away at America.

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Quorum.

Wisconsin.

It’s late….

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:57 AM

Giuliani-Palin 2012

Good night….

cane_loader on March 8, 2011 at 4:59 AM

Cane, Palin will never ever in the history of ever be a veep candidate again. She’s too independent for that. It is against everything she is about.

That’s just nutter talk.

pugwriter on March 8, 2011 at 6:35 AM

I’ve always said that Romney’s only hope to escape RomneyCare would be to frame it as a tenth amendment thing: something the states should do instead of the federal government. I’m glad he finally figured that out for himself.

Kafir on March 8, 2011 at 6:46 AM

Kafir, just because one can do something does not mean one should.

Romney is a businessman. A business is a central planning operation. Think about it.

pugwriter on March 8, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Will is right.

MJBrutus on March 8, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Will is right.

MJBrutus on March 8, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Yep. That whole bit he wrote a year or two ago about jeans not being for him was spot on.

pugwriter on March 8, 2011 at 7:43 AM

pugwriter on March 8, 2011 at 7:32 AM

I didn’t mean to imply that states should have public health care plans, only that the tenth amendment was Romney’s only hope of removing that albatross from around his neck.

As to your other point, yes a business is a central planning operation but not in the sense that a government is. Businesses are nimble and respond to market conditions. Most laws passed by governments stay on the books in perpetuity.

Kafir on March 8, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Glad to see AP finally put up the Romney teleprompter video.

steebo77 on March 8, 2011 at 8:03 AM

pugwriter on March 8, 2011 at 7:43 AM

Is that all you got? A silly column about pants on a slow news cycle?

Face it, it’s not the messenger, you don’t like the message.

MJBrutus on March 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Romney/Daniels 2012. The three-watt nightlight administration. Sleeeeep, people, sleeeeep.

SKYFOX on March 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

SKYFOX on March 8, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Because quiet competence is passe. We want to be entertained 24×7 by our politicians. Forget about digging us out of the mess we’re in, tell us a joke!

MJBrutus on March 8, 2011 at 9:01 AM

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