Quotes of the day

posted at 10:50 pm on April 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Tim Pawlenty is making a list of potential running mates.

“Asked for his top five vice presidential picks, Pawlenty didn’t hesitate in naming Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.”

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“It’s difficult at this point to try to determine who has the best chance to be the Republican candidate in the 2012 election. Still, it’s fair to say that Tim Pawlenty could pursue a potentially successful ‘Goldilocks Strategy’ for the nomination

“[I]t would be very difficult to win merely by mobilizing the ‘very conservative’ party base. Mathematically speaking, it is possible, but in practice multiple candidates tend to be in competition for that bloc, which means the ultimate winner will probably have to string together a voting coalition that samples from the more moderate factions. There are, of course, many ways to skin this cat — and George W. Bush’s coalition in 2000 was more conservative than McCain’s in 2008 — but the point is that, whichever mix you put together, Pawlenty, or any other candidate, will need some kind of mix. And it would be very difficult to win the nomination without getting at least 15 percent of either the ‘very conservative’ or the ‘moderate’ faction.

“In other words, candidates who can pursue a ‘Goldilocks strategy’ can be favored — those who come across as not too conservative or too moderate, but fall somewhere in between. And on this front, Pawlenty might be able to carve out a real niche for himself.”

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“Over the course of the last five months PPP has polled Republican voters in 16 different states that had primaries or caucuses while Romney was still in the race for President in 2008. Comparing the support Romney received then to the support he has now does not present a pretty picture for his chances at winning the nomination. On average he is doing 14 points worse than he did in his first campaign. These numbers suggest that little of the support he received in 2008 was ‘hard’ and that with a different field of candidates he could have difficulty getting the same people who voted for him the first time around to do it again…

“I don’t know whether these declining numbers for Romney are because voters have actually turned against him over the last three years or because he was more of a default choice they weren’t terribly enthused about in the first place, but they certainly show he hasn’t been making a whole lot of new friends since his last bid.”

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“I see three [factors], and all have to be in place and reinforce each other for Obama to lose. First, the economy in 2012 has to be either stagnant or in decline in the 10 or so key electoral states (especially the ones in the Midwest) as he heads into the election. This would mean that the economy is creating very few net jobs in 2012 and that prices (including food and gas) are still rising.

“Second, no new major international crisis arises that causes people to rally behind Obama because of his competent handling of it. And I emphasize the words ‘new,’ ‘major,’ and ‘competent.’ Afghanistan and Iraq devolving again into a problem will not help Obama, and actually may hurt him because our country has basically moved on from the situation in both places.

“Third, a Republican nominee has to emerge who is charismatic; is a very good communicator; is in touch with the country’s economic and social needs; and is a new brand of GOP leader whom many younger voters can connect with. Think of what it took in 1980 to defeat the Democratic incumbent—Ronald Reagan and crises galore.”

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“‘I think what the younger voters have figured out is that this is a broken relationship. He made soaring promises and grand expectations. He’s broken those promises,’ [Pawlenty] told the crowd of students. ‘If this was a Lady Gaga song, the relationship between the youth vote and Barack Obama would be ‘Bad Romance.”

“Pawlenty, Minnesota’s most recent former governor and a potential future presidential hopeful, said the news of the day has been dominated by the tragedy in Japan, issues in the Middle East, and Charlie Sheen.

“‘We may not in this room have tiger blood like he does,’ Pawlenty said, referring to the television actor, ‘but we’ve got something else in common with him. There’s going to be a lot of winning on the Republican side in 2012.’”

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“Pawlenty is viewed by many GOP Insiders as the 2012 contender with the least political baggage who has positioned himself as a candidate with the broadest appeal to the party conservative base from tea party supporters to values voters. ‘Increasingly the choice by process-of-elimination,’ noted one Republican Insider. ‘His strategy is to be the least offensive of the ugly girls still standing at the bar at 2 a.m.,’ joked another GOP Insider.”


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Heh…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2011 at 2:22 AM

I’d better go to bed because I’m heading downtown in a few hours to partake of treats that I won’t get in Lubbock-ie Molly’s Cupcakes, Argo Tea, and Portillo’s…and I’m going to turn my tabby into a fur stole because he won’t quit rolloing his head around on the kryboard. He just fell off the table. Serves him right.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2011 at 2:26 AM

Øbama

I’ve just created a text file on my Desktop with that in it so that I don’t have to dig into charmap for the zero each time.

FloatingRock on April 2, 2011 at 2:35 AM

Have fun filling up on stuff, alt…Don’t forget to pack…And, the ibuprofen…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Heh, Liberals will probably just think the zero is a representation of Obama’s logo. Aw….

FloatingRock on April 2, 2011 at 2:39 AM

Whoops, I meant Øbama.

FloatingRock on April 2, 2011 at 2:41 AM

Gohawgs on April 2, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Now Sheldon is barking.
Cats aren’t supposed to bark.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2011 at 2:42 AM

They’re un-qualified to be VPOTUS…/

Gohawgs on April 2, 2011 at 1:58 AM

At this point, Jindal’s certainly qualified. He’ll be re-elected Governor and he had impressive accomplishments before that. And as a man who was once accepted by both the most prestigious medical school in the nation, and the most prestigious law school, he destroys any arguments against the intelligence of Republicans.

Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress, and has become the intellectual leader of the House Republicans on economic issues. He’s also qualified, although, like Pence, he might seek statewide office in 2012.

Before Rubio was Senator, he was the leader of a big-state legislative body. He’s definitely qualified.

By the middle of 2012, when Vice-Presidential candidates are chosen, Christie and McDonnell will have had 2 1/2 years as Governor in fairly large states (11th and 12th in population), in addition to their accomplishments as prosecutors and state legislators.

On paper, Susana Martinez is the least qualified of the group, but she may have the greatest ability to connect to potential voters, as a Hispanic woman from a key region, with a stepson in the Navy.

The incomplete list of potential Vice-Presidents is rather impressive. It’ll be up to an eventual committee to determine their actual effectiveness as potential candidates, and suitability to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Mister Mets on April 2, 2011 at 2:44 AM

Now Sheldon is barking.
Cats aren’t supposed to bark.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2011 at 2:42 AM

Better than barfing…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Mister Mets on April 2, 2011 at 2:44 AM

I think you missed a “bit”…Don’t be alarmed by that wooooshing noise…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2011 at 2:47 AM

Gaddafi to Rebels, CHECKMATE

Nearly Nobody on April 2, 2011 at 3:44 AM

“Third, a Republican nominee has to emerge who is charismatic; is a very good communicator; is in touch with the country’s economic and social needs; and is a new brand of GOP leader whom many younger voters can connect with. Think of what it took in 1980 to defeat the Democratic incumbent—Ronald Reagan and crises galore.”

Ronald Reagan gathering up the young people? There were young people for Reagan, but this is a re write. Reagan won, after his second try, because he ran as an outsider, the inside hated his guts, and he said the unspeakable to a hungry public.

Reagan was a great communicator, but not because he was was in touch with the nation’s needs.

Reagan had a vision. Big government destroys. Socialism is evil. Original American values and morality were good. He used simple language, spoke slowly, and refused to budge on his core values. He ran on his needs for this nation. He ran on values, which is why he captured both the soc con right, and the blue collar swing.

The clueless left and right still think they have to find the formula to win. What the public wants is someone with a vision they share. It is hard to fake.

This election, again, the disenfranchised want an outsider because so far both parties are doing a poor job of showing they have changed. That is why men like Trump are looking good. Trump is willing to talk outside the box. The insiders would rather hug Palin in public than talk outside the box

The Club is building a very constrained box restricting the issue to the economy. Pretend 20 million illegal workers are not a burden with 8 million unemployed citizens at your own peril. Keep making speeches about the impossibility of enforcing the law on these illegal workers. Meanwhile squish on gun rights. Talk about trimming social security and medicare, but keep up the earmarks for every inane project.

Someone might be smaert enough to challenge the Club on these issues and if they can speak Reagan, they will rise to the top

You can tell the public what you like, but you cannot tell the public what they like

entagor on April 2, 2011 at 4:32 AM

Funny how the topic of any Republican contender for the presidency eventually evolves into a discussion of Sarah Palin.

Why do you suppose that is?

Did you ever wonder what it would have been like to have been witness to one of the giants of the American Experiment over the past two and a half centuries?

Wonder no longer. She is one of those giants.

I’d tell you to sit back and enjoy the show, but you mustn’t. This time you need to get off your arse and fight for what you believe in.

Make no mistake, Barack Obama is just as much an existential threat to the United States as any foreign enemy ever has been – any of them. When I use the term TRAITOR to describe Barack Obama, I mean it exactly as it is defined. He is actively trying to destroy the United States with the intent of displacing our Constitutional Republic with his own ideal of a socialist utopia. He is not stupid, he is not incompetent. When you assess his upbringing, his education, his associates, his record and his own utterances, you cannot come to any other conclusion than he is acting within the Alinsky-Cloward-Piven framework for the advancement of socialism. He must not be judged against other presidents and their performance because he is not acting as our president – he is acting as a disease upon the Republic.

He must be turned out. And to do so will require someone who can fearlessly get into the cage with him and be the only one standing after the brawl.

She has demonstrated time and time again that she is the only person who can do it. Ironically, it was Obama operatives that caused her to “quit”, but by quitting, she is becoming their kryptonite.

turfmann on April 2, 2011 at 5:48 AM

“I don’t know whether these declining numbers for Romney are because voters have actually turned against him over the last three years or because he was more of a default choice they weren’t terribly enthused about in the first place, but they certainly show he hasn’t been making a whole lot of new friends since his last bid.”

I have never been anything but lukewarm to him. I’ll vote for anyone but 0bama, but it would be nice to be enthusiastic.

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Best Conservative that can win the Nomination…..AND BEAT OBAMA gets my vote.

PappyD61 on April 2, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Pawlenty, “least political baggage” lashed himself to the GLOBAL WARMING lead balloon, whether as a true believer in the false science or as a political opportunist who chose to be bought early on to be owned by false industry. Either way, not simply bad news, but a sign so blatant that even gullible people can recognize Pawlenty for what he is: MORE OF THE SAME.

maverick muse on April 2, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Now allah is trying to get the former governor of the islamic republic of minnesota elected so ed can become his press secretary. Will all federal buildings have footbaths and will the department of education mandate madrasas when pawlenty becomes president?

peacenprosperity on April 2, 2011 at 7:44 AM

That is why men like Trump are looking good.

He spoke well again for America last night with Michael Savage.

maverick muse on April 2, 2011 at 7:47 AM

That is why men like Trump are looking good.

He spoke well again for America last night with Michael Savage.

maverick muse on April 2, 2011 at 7:47 AM

I’d easily vote for him over 0bama.
Probably with enthusiasm.

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Name dropping those with personal charisma who’ve sworn not to run for POTUS, as if those same names like Christie would sign-on for the runner-up VP slot beside the weasel Pawlenty is a sign of pathetic desperation.

Have any of these names already endorsed Pawlenty for Potus ’12?

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez? WHO is she, and WHY would Pawlenty toss out her name? As an unknown entity, her name functions as his token female and minority Hispanic as his responsive alignment with Jeb Bush’s “Stupid!” slur against constitutional rule of law, against equality under the law.

Pawlenty is pro-social-justice rather than responsibility to uphold the Constitution and the Law. Whatever the elitist establishment wants, their towel boy Pawlenty promises to deliver.

maverick muse on April 2, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Oh, yuck. There is the FNC Joker, Jerry Rivers over in Benghazi.

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Between Trump and Obama, Trump hands down.

Bachmann’s headlining Drudge with largest financial contributions.

Rand Paul not only talks the Constitutional talk, I KNOW he’d walk the Constitutional walk.

Economically for America, there’d be an interesting and productive union meshing on behalf of the Dollar between Trump who successfully markets ideas and Rand Paul’s First Principles.

On name recognition, Trump takes the cake.

maverick muse on April 2, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Obama wants to have his anti-Constitution cake and eat America, too, shared with his al-Qaida allies.

maverick muse on April 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I couldn’t even bring myself to vote for Pawlenty for governor, after he put a dollar tax on my cigs and called it a “fee”. I surezell ain’t voting for him as president. Minnesota has a radical communist governor and two communist senators, now. That’s the kind of conservative inspiration you can expect on a larger scale from President Pawlenty.

Buddahpundit on April 2, 2011 at 8:18 AM

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Yep, he’s been named the chief foreign correspondent, I believe. In case anyone needs a map.

Cindy Munford on April 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Cindy Munford on April 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Just cannot bring myself to take him seriously. Very irritating to get ‘hard’ news from him.

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Oh, double yuck. Now they have trotted out Gomer Pyle Huckabee to discuss the CIA.

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 8:38 AM

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Obviously trotting out the teases for the weekend shows. I bet they would find their ratings will go up if they put Stossell on more often.

Cindy Munford on April 2, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Cindy Munford on April 2, 2011 at 8:43 AM

All it does for me is strengthen my resolve to not tune into either show…

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM

OmahaConservative on April 2, 2011 at 8:50 AM

I am pretty confident that that is not a herculean struggle for you.

Cindy Munford on April 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM

“‘We may not in this room have tiger blood like he does,’ Pawlenty said, referring to the television actor, ‘but we’ve got something else in common with him. There’s going to be a lot of winning on the Republican side in 2012.’”

I guess we should be thankful Paris Hilton’s not in the news these days. Then it would be, ‘The GOP nominating process. It’s hot. Republicans. They’re hot. Look at me. I’m hot’.

Paul-Cincy on April 2, 2011 at 9:21 AM

If this is the best we can do as Conservatives, I fear for my country.

As for Trump, I will not remain in the military with a hotel owner/reality TV show host as my Commander-In-Chief. I only stayed in with Obama in charge out of respect for my country and a sense of Duty to my troops. I am old enough to retire, and fear I will not be able to hold my nose and re enlist again without a real leader in charge.

Sgtmack on April 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Oh and BTW Gov Palin was the only national politican to denounce Islam’s actions as well as the pastors to this day. And she was the only one with enough knowledge and smarts to tie the koran buring with the GZM construction. She called out both wrongs and equated both wrongs.

she was a uniter her in a common purpose to deflame the issue without placing blame on only one side. that my friends is also called being a diplomat.

unseen on April 2, 2011 at 12:50 AM

OK, we get it, you like Sarah Palin. Your repetitive sales job on her is getting tiring.

silvernana on April 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

We need this, we need that … I dunno, I’m just a lowly voter. But I am sick of the word ‘charisma’. Charisma got us Øbama.

…boring, dependable, trustworthy, knowledgeable.. just having a background that is ‘transparent’ would be a positive change. I’d rather have a real live person with foibles than some star-quality hero.

jodetoad on April 2, 2011 at 12:15 PM

OK, we get it, you like Sarah Palin. Your repetitive sales job on her is getting tiring.
silvernana on April 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Ok, so you can’t refute my points so you bring out the stale old cannard about attacking the messenger. Wow. Orginality.

Care to name another national figure thateqauted the GZM and the book burning as examples of intolarnace?

yeap you got nothing.

On issue after issue Gov Palin shines head and shoulders above the other contenders for the nomination. You ca not refute that. It is just that simple.

unseen on April 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM

OK, we get it, you like Sarah Palin. Your repetitive sales job on her is getting tiring.
silvernana on April 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Ok, so you can’t refute my points so you bring out the stale old cannard about attacking the messenger. Wow. Orginality.

Care to name another national figure thateqauted the GZM and the book burning as examples of intolarnace?

yeap you got nothing.

On issue after issue Gov Palin shines head and shoulders above the other contenders for the nomination. You ca not refute that. It is just that simple.

unseen on April 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Look, you inane twit, you have no points to refute and I’m not getting into a pi$$ing contest with you because it is a waste of breath. I don’t care what Sarah Palin has done or not done. I’m just here to say your repetitive selling job is tiring. We know you like her, and you try to bully people by your obnoxious comments over and over. So I’m just saying, knock it off and try to have a decent conversation with people who don’t agree with you.

silvernana on April 2, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Aslans Girl on April 2, 2011 at 1:05 AM

You have it wrong. Gov. Palin said that what Jones did was not in keeping with Christian virtues. That does nothing like claiming he isn’t a Christian. She knows that she cannot make that judgement, only God can. But when a Christian steps outside what is appropriate action under the cover of their faith, it’s fair game to say so.

The Bible says that “all things are lawful, but not all things are expedient”. Jones had the right under our Constitution do burn that Koran. But he didn’t accomplish anything of value by doing so. I don’t blame anyone’s injury on him. Someone looking for a reason to kill will find one either way. But the Koran-burning did not promote any positive agenda whatsoever. And that means it had no virtue. By the same token, she didn’t call him un-American, but she did judge his actions as contrary to promoting liberty, the founding basis of our Constitution.

None of that is equivalent to the wrongs associated with the GZM. Don’t paint it that way to satisfy your anti-Palin bent.

Freelancer on April 2, 2011 at 7:02 PM

None of that is equivalent to the wrongs associated with the GZM. Don’t paint it that way to satisfy your anti-Palin bent.

Freelancer on April 2, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Palin’s the one who equated the GZM with the FL pastor right here:

People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.

Take it up with her not me. Equating the two is repugnant.

Also, pray tell, how is it un-Christian to burn the book of Satan? Jesus Himself will throw Satan and the goats into the Lake of Fire… I’m thinking a whole bunch of Korans will go, too.

She did call him un-Christian by saying his “tactic” wasn’t Christian and un-American by saying it was “anti-thetical to American ideals”.

On another note, I hadn’t re-read this particular facebook statement from Palin since the Tuscon shootings: I find it incredibly hypocritical of Palin that in Sept. 2010 she states:

I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don’t feed that fire.

But yet in Jan. 2011 when the media says the exact same thing about her “don’t retreat, reload” (calling it “heated rhetoric”), she sure sang an entirely different tune (“I won’t sit down and shut up”). Sarah Palin was WRONG about Jones in Sept. And the media was WRONG about blaming Tuscon on Palin. But, Palin has shown herself completely and utterly inconsistent.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on April 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Aslans Girl on April 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

I wonder what your definition of is, is?…

Gohawgs on April 2, 2011 at 9:37 PM

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