Quotes of the day

posted at 9:15 pm on May 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

“If we add up the points across all six categories, the [biggest beneficiary from Huckabee's decision], with 4.5 points, is Herman Cain of Georgia, the radio talk show host and entrepreneur who is beginning to get more attention lately. He’s the most Huckabee-like of the other Republican candidates. Closely behind him, with 4 points each, are Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Michele Bachmann. Mr. Pawlenty, Mr. Santorum and (somewhat to my surprise) Mr. Paul also score reasonably well.

“Other candidates, however, share little in common with Mr. Huckabee. Jon Huntsman of Utah might be closest to his opposite number — socially moderate rather than socially conservative, Mormon rather than evangelical Protestant, rarely seen in the cornfields of Iowa or on the airwaves of Fox News. Mr. Romney doesn’t share much in common with Mr. Huckabee — although his not having to compete against Mr. Huckabee in Iowa would be a big deal. Donald Trump and Mr. Huckabee don’t have much in common.”

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“But the biggest impact of Huckabee’s opting out of a second race may be felt by his arch-nemesis.

“Without the former preacher in the race, why couldn’t Romney make a strong showing in Iowa? The 34 percent of caucus-goers who supported Huckabee in the race could splinter, leaving a path for Romney to capture a plurality victory in the Hawkeye State…

“Another Iowa Republican was even blunter, suggesting that the Romney fig leaf for not being able to win the caucuses has been stripped away.

“The biggest loser is Romney because he no longer has a foil in Iowa,’ said the Republican. ‘All the Iowa polls sans Huckabee have him winning.’”

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“Pawlenty was according to all reports a finalist for vice president in 2008, and I don’t recall any important GOP or movement conservative groups objecting. So why isn’t Pawlenty pulling away?

“Perhaps he is, and we just don’t realize it yet. That’s the Dukakis analogy. Looking at Nate Silver’s data, Mike Dukakis was an apparent longshot based on early polling, sitting at about 8%. At this point in the 1988 process, Democrats were generally unenthusiastic about the field, distracted by implausible nominees (most notably, Jesse Jackson), and looking for a late entry to save them. Dukakis just rolled along, doing the things that candidates need to be doing, and by the time the actual voting came along he basically had the thing locked up, even though it took a while to get it done.

“And yet…while Dukakis was liked well enough, he never inspired a whole lot of enthusiasm among Democrats. Jesse Jackson, yes. Mario Cuomo, who never ran, yes. But Dukakis was acceptable. Perfectly fine. Certainly would do. Just not someone who set anyone on fire, the way that even losers like Gary Hart in 1984 or Ted Kennedy in 1980 had done.”

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“I think people are complaining that this is not off to a brisk start, I think that’s wrong. I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013 will be one of three people: Obama, [Tim] Pawlenty and [Mitch] Daniels. I think that’s it.”

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“‘There are a lot of great candidates — most of them are very dear friends of mine,’ he said. ‘Rick Santorum for example is a strong social conservative, but is also a strong fiscal and, I think, defense conservative, foreign policy conservative. Tim Pawlenty, is another person; Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann… Sarah Palin, should she decide to get in, and I think people are awaiting her decision, like they were mine.’…

“‘There’s been a lot of talk about Mitt Romney and me,’ he said. ‘We don’t socialize, we’re not close personally, but I want to make it very clear: If Mitt Romney is the nominee for our party, I will support him because I believe Mitt Romney would be a better president of the United States than Barack Obama on any day.’”



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Adjoran on May 16, 2011 at 1:37 AM

My conclusion has been for some time that it’s either Daniels or T-Paw. If neither then PBHO gets another term.

I like much of what Cain says, but he’s too raw and puts his foot in his mouth too much. For example, saying that no Muslims will be in his cabinet was a major unforced error. For another, is his reliance the Fair Tax, which simply won’t happen (Huck went with that in ’08 and it was clearly just a way to avoid talking about real tax reform).

I know that people here hate George Will, but yesterday he also said that it was T-Paw, Daniels or PBHO.

MJBrutus on May 16, 2011 at 6:37 AM

The biggest loser is Romney

as long as this isn’t in Nov of next year, I’m okay with it….

ted c on May 16, 2011 at 6:42 AM

A tidbit that few people remember:

From the Hill Nov. 30/2010:

On second choices if a candidate does not run:

NEWT PALIN HUCK MITT
NEWT DOESN’T RUN — 19 31 27

HUCK DOESN’T RUN 19 34 — 17

MITT DOESN’T RUN 14 27 23 –

PALIN DOESN’T RUN 20 — 24 12

Conclusion:

Palin is the next alternative for both Huck supporters and Romney supporters.

technopeasant on May 16, 2011 at 7:12 AM

cool videos John and Dire….

only got far with ‘More than this’…will have to check it out….thanks

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 7:20 AM

I love G. Will but he’s an establishment, country-club Republican and he’s in no way connected w/the common folk. Gingrich is the only one talking “jobs” and the economy effectively. B/c of that, he has a real good shot at the nomination. DD

Darvin Dowdy on May 16, 2011 at 7:22 AM

And on the silly side of things at ” The Right Scoop”, they’re having a rep candidate poll, Cainbots vs Paulbots, and Ron Paul is at 61% eleventy!!!!!

bigmike on May 16, 2011 at 7:24 AM

If Mitt Romney is the nominee for our party, I will support him because I believe Mitt Romney would be a better president of the United States than Barack Obama on any day.’”

This continues to point to the worst aspect of the 2012 election. That the bar is so low that anybody looks good by comparison. We can’t go there. We can’t accept “anybody but Obama”. We do our country no good by settling for the slow train to socialism to replace the express. Get off these effing tracks and find another direction.

SKYFOX on May 16, 2011 at 7:24 AM

SKYFOX on May 16, 2011 at 7:24 AM

very good point

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 7:28 AM

First.

Bishop on May 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

O/T: Big day in Memphis.

kingsjester on May 16, 2011 at 7:32 AM

nice one KJ…

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

conrats to Booker T…
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How is the river water?

OmahaConservative on May 16, 2011 at 7:38 AM

OmahaConservative on May 16, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Starting to come down a little up here. The Tunica, MS Casinos are still closed. 9,300 employees are without work for at least a month and are filing unemployment.

kingsjester on May 16, 2011 at 7:53 AM

cmsinaz on May 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on May 16, 2011 at 7:53 AM

The last, great hope of our republic … SARAH PALIN.

RUN – SARAH – RUN !!!

stenwin77 on May 16, 2011 at 8:03 AM

My conclusion has been for some time that it’s either Daniels or T-Paw. If neither then PBHO gets another term.

Anyone who thinks that either of those really has any chance at all of coming anywhere close to beating Obama shouldn’t be calling Palinistas delusional. Either of those guys would get crushed, and deep down everyone knows it. Come on.

I know that people here hate George Will, but yesterday he also said that it was T-Paw, Daniels or PBHO.

MJBrutus on May 16, 2011 at 6:37 AM

And in 1980 Will liked Howard Baker.

pseudoforce on May 16, 2011 at 8:05 AM

I wonder how many times I can repeat this as we move toward the primary?

While I may or may not have a favorite among this large group of candidates, every single one of them is greatly preferable to the imbecile socialist who currently infects the Oval Office. Every single one of them has more economic knowledge, and more political and private business experience — even after he has spent two years effing up the country in the White House.

So let’s have a good close look at the candidates, and pick one, and then let’s remove this nitwit from the White House and take over the Senate, and try to get our problems under control and move on with life.

Jaibones on May 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM

And in 1980 Will liked Howard Baker.

pseudoforce on May 16, 2011 at 8:05 AM

So you’re copping an attitude because he blew a call over 30 years ago?

MJBrutus on May 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

I knew Huck is a smart man. Who wants to run against Obama and save the country from certain economic ruin when you have a well-paying comfy gig over at FOX and get to hobnob with mega hotties like that Bradley guy from The Hangover movies on a regular basis?

RepubChica on May 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM

So you’re copping an attitude because he blew a call over 30 years ago?

MJBrutus on May 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

his present calls show he never learned his lesson from that botched call.

unseen on May 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM

unseen on May 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Except that neither you nor he have referenced anything more recent.

MJBrutus on May 16, 2011 at 9:48 AM

He’s the most Huckabee-like of the other Republican candidates.

Not a selling point.

NoLeftTurn on May 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM

I wonder how many times I can repeat this as we move toward the primary?

While I may or may not have a favorite among this large group of candidates, every single one of them is greatly preferable to the imbecile socialist who currently infects the Oval Office. Every single one of them has more economic knowledge, and more political and private business experience — even after he has spent two years effing up the country in the White House.

So let’s have a good close look at the candidates, and pick one, and then let’s remove this nitwit from the White House and take over the Senate, and try to get our problems under control and move on with life.

Jaibones on May 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM

I agree.

And I see so little difference in any of their policies!

For all the RINO talk, they all have about the same positions.

Gingrich coming out in favor of national mandates is the exception… that is sort of out of left field… but even Romney concedes it is not appropriate nationally.

So far that is the biggest difference among any of them.

(Except Trump, who hasn’t a clue, he is just venting frustration at the economy, with no real analysis of what his proposed price controls and tariffs would do to make it worse.)

petunia on May 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM

And in 1980 Will liked Howard Baker.

pseudoforce on May 16, 2011 at 8:05 AM

So you’re copping an attitude because he blew a call over 30 years ago?

MJBrutus on May 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

It shows that he didn’t then, and doesn’t now, have any idea what rank and file GOP voters care about and feel. He’s a fine writer and thinker, but he’s in the Beltway Bubble.

pseudoforce on May 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM

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