Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on January 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

“While Iowa-watchers obsess over Rick Santorum’s miniature surge and Mitt Romney’s late strength, there’s one other candidate on an upward trajectory: Rick Perry.

“Aided by millions of dollars’ worth of television ads boosting him and tearing down his rivals, the thoroughly humbled Texas governor has crept up in Iowa polling in recent weeks, improving from his crash-and-burn to reliably score in double digits…

“As the days to the caucuses wane, Perry has things other candidates would kill for: Crowds who want to meet him, ads all over the airwaves, a decent ground organization, an anti-Washington message people are hungry for, and terrific hair. The question is whether it’s too little, too late, to get through the crowded pack ahead of him.”

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“A few months ago, who would have believed that Gov. Rick Perry would spend his last five days before the Iowa caucus running attacks on Rick Santorum? But there Perry was, in a tiny room upstairs at Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joynt in Waterloo, uncorking a mini stem-winder, assaulting Santorum for his time in Washington: Santorum voted for pork barrel projects and earmarks, including a teapot museum in North Carolina and Alaska’s Bridge to Nowhere. Santorum also voted—multiple times—to raise the debt ceiling. (Perry has an ad up on the air hitting Santorum on these same points.)

“It was the kind of performance that reminds you why Perry is still dangerous. He was forceful, direct, and fluid. The crowd of 100 interrupted him with applause. Both before and after the speech, he worked the room with smooth professionalism. Perry hasn’t won every election he’s entered since 1985 by accident.”

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“Aside from Iowa frontrunners Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, Perry is thought to be the only Republican candidate here with the kind of sophisticated ground game to pull off a much-needed comeback

“As of Friday, the Texas governor had signed up 1,500 precinct leaders in Iowa, a source inside the Perry campaign told CNN…

“The Perry camp also has 470 out-of-state volunteers descending on Iowa this weekend (including Perry’s own family, which flew in on Friday).

“The source said that by caucus night, ‘we will easily have over 2,000 Perry volunteers’ fanning out across the state knocking on doors and speaking for Perry at their voting sites.”

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“A flat tax. A part-time Congress. An ad that praised celebrating Christmas in schools and scorned gays in the military. A sharpened stance against abortion. And this week, Perry barnstormed Iowa with a conservative rock star, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, condemned by the Obama Justice Department for alleged civil rights abuses.

“Ever since Perry vaulted to the top of the pack upon entering the race in September — and tumbled almost as quickly in part because of a series of erratic, and sometimes downright comedic, debate performances — he’s been groping for a way to get hot again. And more than any other candidate in the field, he’s resorted to the kind of gimmick plays that can sometimes turn things around, but can just as easily backfire

“Perry has pledged other seemingly Herculean feats. He vowed to balance the budget by 2020, in part by capping federal spending at 18% of gross domestic product — a cap so low that most economists have dismissed it as impossible. He told one attendee at an event in Creston that if he failed to balance the budget by then, he’d slash his own executive salary — never mind that 2020 would be the final year of a second Perry term…

“Supporter Bill Thomas, 63, of Indianola was impressed, saying Perry had overcome his debate foibles. ‘Yeah, he’s getting better,’ Thomas said. ‘It’s not so much what they say; it’s what they’ve done.’”

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“Almost all the candidates had one or another of these factors working in their favor. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, was named the most knowledgeable, for instance, Mr. Romney the most electable, and Representative Ron Paul of Texas the most likely to reduce the size of government. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Rick Santorum, the former senator of Pennsylvania, rated well on the attribute of relating to ordinary Iowans.

“Mr. Perry was the exception; he did not lead the field in any of the nine categories. For all his swagger, in other words, Mr. Perry is failing to stand out from the crowd. Despite spending $4.3 million in advertising, his brand has become poorly differentiated from the other Republican contenders…

“In turning his attention to Mr. Santorum and to socially conservative voters, Mr. Perry may have helped to entrench his status as a second-tier candidate, competing for a fraction of the electorate that can help a candidate to win Iowa but becomes less relevant outside of it.”

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“The two Iowa surveys released this week (from CNN/Time/ORC and NBC/Marist) have each shown Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum in the top three. Senior Romney advisers argue, convincingly, that if those three ultimately constitute Iowa’s top tier the order in which they finish won’t matter much: any of those combinations would benefit Romney. The reason is that such a finish would deny an Iowa boost to Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry.

“Each man, for all of his struggles in the race, still probably has more residual potential to attract a broad coalition against Romney in other states than Paul or Santorum. But given the wounds Gingrich and Perry have accumulated (many self-inflicted), neither is likely to revive enough to present such a threat without a strong injection of momentum from Iowa. Even that might not be enough to really earn them a second look in other states, but without such a boost their odds of making a last stand against Romney could dwindle toward the microscopic…

“What’s more, it’s highly possible that even if Santorum finishes near the top here, the outcome will be too jumbled to convince Gingrich or Perry, and maybe even Michele Bachmann, to quit the race before making a last-stand in South Carolina. That would create what the Romney camp considers ‘an ideal situation, to be blunt,’ as one puts it: the possibility that several candidates to his right will continue to fragment conservative voters in New Hampshire and especially in South Carolina.”

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“‘We have Fred Thompson to thank for McCain as the Republican nominee in 2008,’ wrote Lane, who said he sees Santorum playing a similar role this time by undercutting better-funded opponents.

“Referring to the local social conservative leaders in Iowa who have endorsed the former Pennsylvania senator in recent weeks, Lane continued, ‘If Santorum gets traction, we’ll have Santorum (and the IA ‘Family Policy Boys’) to thank for Romney as the Republican nominee in ’12, and the reelection of Obama on Nov. 6, 2012.’

“In an email to POLITICO, Lane elaborated: ‘Right now it looks like 2008. Evangelicals, generally speaking, don’t understand politics.’”

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“Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will skip New Hampshire Wednesday, hours after the nation’s first presidential contest in Iowa, to campaign in South Carolina — a strong sign the Texas governor is depending on the Palmetto State to help keep him in the race…

“‘Why use resources in a state where there is no fit?’ said the source close to the Perry campaign, who requested anonymity because he had not been cleared to comment by Perry’s national campaign. ‘The effort is being made to focus and hunt where the ducks are. For Rick Perry, those ducks are clearly in South Carolina. For Mitt Romney, those ducks are clearly in New Hampshire.’”

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“Two thousand twelve was supposed to be the year the Tea Party picked a Republican presidential candidate. It was supposed to be this great, historic opportunity for conservatives to finally get a nominee without compromising. But the two candidates who would probably be judged the most pure of all could be days away from seeing their campaigns ended, and the two candidates who are seen as having strayed the most from the party line over the years are leading nationally.

“Lots of factors combined to bring us to this point, but the simplest explanation is that Republicans are going for intellect — which brings with it a sense of competence — over ideology. Bush fatigue probably explains a lot of that, as does the desire to beat Obama, who is far less intellectual than he is made out to be, but who is nonetheless a sharp and nimble adversary. Republican voters seem to be seeking a nominee who is sharper than Obama and more competent than Bush, and judging both Bachmann and Perry as inadequate by both measures.”

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Amazing what happens when the Federal Reserve, CIA, and the Joooooos put their heads together.

CorporatePiggy on January 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM

That’s funny. Cause RP is an Anti-Semite. Yeah.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

“It was the kind of performance that reminds you why Perry is still dangerous. He was forceful, direct, and fluid. The crowd of 100 interrupted him with applause. Both before and after the speech, he worked the room with smooth professionalism. Perry hasn’t won every election he’s entered since 1985 by accident.”

He beat the Washington DC/Bush backed candidate in 2010 by 20 points for a reason.

not that it makes a difference but i keep seeing this same mistake on this site. Its Gardasil not tardasil

gerrym51 on January 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

fat fingers

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I don’t get it. How can one love zombie movies and not support Ron Paul. He could have starred in them!

Archivarix on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I do not get the Ron Paul group.

RAGIN CAJUN on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Think. You know, with your brain and stuff.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

My visits here recently have shown me that some will not vote in the GE if it isn’t___________ fill in the blank candidate. Just depressing.

bazil9 on January 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Really?
Fill in the blank, because the only ones who have stated they would not for anyone but their fav are Ron Paulers and maybe a couple of diehard purists. The consensus seems to be “I have a preference, but I’ll vote for whoever is on the ticket”.

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I don’t get it. How can one love zombie movies and not support Ron Paul. He could have starred in them!

Archivarix on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

That’s funny. Cause RP eats brains and is an undead person. Yeah.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Schadenfreude on January 1, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Awww, thanks Schaden. I try.

bazil9 on January 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Really?
Fill in the blank, because the only ones who have stated they would not for anyone but their fav are Ron Paulers and maybe a couple of diehard purists. The consensus seems to be “I have a preference, but I’ll vote for whoever is on the ticket”.

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

LOL. RP irrational haters are the ones who say they will sit out the GE if he is nominee.

Think. With your brian and stuff.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

not that it makes a difference but i keep seeing this same mistake on this site. Its Gardasil not tardasil

gerrym51 on January 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Ask Bachman about it making people retarded.

RickB on January 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Think. You know, with your brain and stuff.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I agree. A brain..and using it to think, will toss Ron Paul off the list in short order.
Good call!

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

ansonia on January 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Any officer in the Air Force for 3-4 years and doesn’t screw up is likely to hold the rank of captain. Promotions to first lieutenant and captain are almost automatic. Don’t confuse the rank of air force captain with the navy, which is equal to an air force colonel.

bw222 on January 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Think. With your brian and stuff.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

The Brian’s I know don’t want Paul either.

RickB on January 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I do not get the Ron Paul group.

RAGIN CAJUN on January 1, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Like most people here I don’t agree with Ron Paul’s foreign policy but when I take into account how corrupt our government has become, with crooked backroom deals being shoved down our throats, authoritarian mandates that contravene the Constitution, TARP, bailouts, NDAA discussed in Tina’s thread, insider trading in Congress, including from Boehner it seems like and he hasn’t even resigned, it’s so blatant, not to mention the others.

Anyway, once you realize that we are our own worst enemies and that we are destroying our selves on Al Qaeda and Iran’s behalf, it is really quite easy to overlook Ron Paul’s foreign policy and do the right thing.

FloatingRock on January 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Perry’s history of “pay to play” also might be a problem for Sarah. His record in Texas really goes against her “crony capitalism” message.

bw222 on January 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Who cares…Palin was bought by John “Bhopal” Coale.

Palin made it voluntary, Perry didn’t…..

idesign on January 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

There was an easy parental opt out. Without the EO Insurance Companies wouldn’t have covered the cost of over $600.00 for the vaccine series. Next you’ll repeat Bachmann’s Tardisil mother claim.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

LOL. RP irrational haters are the ones who say they will sit out the GE if he is nominee.

Think. With your brian and stuff.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I call bs on that claim. What are you basing it on?

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Really? Then read some threads you missed. Some have said, NO to Romney, NO to Newt. Hell, some have said they will vote for the won if those are the choices. I am sure others can back me up- otherwise go look yourself.

bazil9 on January 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

poljunkie51 on January 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Not an effing chance in hell! What she’s not good enough to run but she’s just good enough to endorse your guy?

HerneTheHunter on January 1, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The Brian’s I know don’t want Paul either.

RickB on January 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Good catch. funny stuff!+

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Perry’s cheerleaders are cheering the possibility of Perry finishing 3rd when he should have taken Iowa.

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

how can someone call themselves a conservative and support a land grabbing, gardasil injecting and i forget the third one.
oh, yeah, and he has become a multimillionair while NEVER holding a real job and he wants open borders.

la raza rick perry 2012 (for those mice who luv government cheese).

renalin on January 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

This video is from C-Span from yesterday of one of Perry’s stops. I love the Q & A session, especially what was to have been the “last question” — the man asked about growing up in a rural town and Perry answered that people think that it’s “dreary” with nothing to do, when in fact it was very busy with focus on school, church, and the Boy Scouts; he said he would choose to live in Paint Creek if he had a choice. When he was finished answering, he took another question forgetting that one was to be the last — he joked, “that one [about rural towns] was too easy”. It’s a very cute moment seeing Perry talk about his poor, but beloved childhood.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PerryC

Aslans Girl on January 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I gotta roll.

Good night- especially to Schadenfreude and predator.

Take care.

bazil9 on January 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

bazil9 on January 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

bazil9 is right Mimzey, I have seen a couple of people here say they would vote for O if Romney is the candidate.

Mebbe they’re just blowing smoke, but it has been said.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Really? Then read some threads you missed. Some have said, NO to Romney, NO to Newt. Hell, some have said they will vote for the won if those are the choices. I am sure others can back me up- otherwise go look yourself.

bazil9 on January 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Here ya go.

If Romney is the nominee, I will vote for Obama and will enjoy doing so.

TheRightMan on December 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

A Perry supporter. This will be my 2nd presidential election since becoming a citizen, I don’t understand that thinking.

JPeterman on January 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

And JPeterman is right on time with a quote. Nice work.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Perry’s cheerleaders are cheering the possibility of Perry finishing 3rd when he should have taken Iowa.

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Ha, did you see the debates? I think it speaks volumes about Perry that he was able to come back from mistakes like that. Humility is a rare trait in politicians.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

bw222 on January 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Perry was recommended to continue in the Air Force and become a flight instructor. At the time there was a glut of pilots so he chose to finish up his service and head home to partner with his dad and expand into ranching. After that he ran for the seat in the Texas legislature & has never lost a race since.

He campaigned in a beat up ol’ airplane.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

And JPeterman is right on time with a quote. Nice work.
predator on January 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I believe the asternii fellow was making such claims, as well.

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Not an effing chance in hell! What she’s not good enough to run but she’s just good enough to endorse your guy?

I was for Palin until she announced she wasnt running. We have to stop Romney,

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Rick Perry has a lot of conservative support, we have not given up on him. We do not want Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee.

carolt2 on January 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

la raza rick perry 2012 (for those mice who luv government cheese).

renalin on January 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Alex Jones is hiding under your bed…oh and give Yeti’s the vote!

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

And JPeterman is right on time with a quote. Nice work.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

The real question is, if the tables were turned, would Romney supporters vote for someone like Bachmann had she held the top spot?

I have no qualms with what ticket I will be voting for, but where the problem comes is in the after context. I can understand wanting to teach the GOP a really big lesson.

But hey, if Mitt supporters think that Mitt’s campaign is rock solid and that he doesn’t need more campaign volunteers, so be it. :)

Midwestprincesse on January 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Really? Then read some threads you missed. Some have said, NO to Romney, NO to Newt. Hell, some have said they will vote for the won if those are the choices. I am sure others can back me up- otherwise go look yourself.

bazil9 on January 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Like I said..a couple purists.
A lot of those No to Newt..No to Romney, etc can be from the same person.
You may be experiencing “focus bias”..we all do it. We get a notion about something and then subconsciously remember the bits of information that supports our bias, while most of the other contrary
information goes unremembered.

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I believe the asternii fellow was making such claims, as well.

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I think maybe angryed and/or pappyd61 went there as well. I may be mistaken, though.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Ha, did you see the debates? I think it speaks volumes about Perry that he was able to come back from mistakes like that. Humility is a rare trait in politicians.
ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I did see the debates. I realized I wouldn’t settle for Perry.

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

A Perry supporter. This will be my 2nd presidential election since becoming a citizen, I don’t understand that thinking.

Playing baseball as kids. After being clearly tagged out, the whiney kid
jumped up angrily, put his nose in the air, grabbed his baseball (the only one) and said “I am taking my ball…. And Leaving.”

That was pretty much the only thing that any of us ever said to him again.
Every time he walked by, he heard it. Forever.

Anyway, I think the “I will vote for Obama” shtick is the same thing.

PaleoRider on January 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

That’s funny. Cause RP eats brains and is an undead person. Yeah.

Aquateen Hungerforce on January 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

In your guts, you know he’s nuts.

WhatNot on January 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Midwestprincesse on January 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I’m hoping that it isn’t decided before the South comes into play. If, say, Newt and/or Perry can hang in that long Mitt will get blackened like a Redfish. *uh-oh! I said blackened! I’m a racist!*

predator on January 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Perry seems like a heckuva nice guy and maybe he is a good exec. but after I watch him speak I’m left wondering, where’s the beef?

Speakup on January 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Whether Herr Doktor sucks monkey balls, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or is simply a paranoid crank matters little.

catmman on January 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Results matter more than debates.

1. Some just astounding job figures about Texas and the nation.

2. Forbes magazine says Texas is number one for jobs.
3. Site Selection Magazine says Texas is number one for business climate.
4. Texas is the number one exporting state in the nation for the ninth straight year.
5. Texas cities completely dominated the Milken Institute’s list of best-performing cities.
6. DCI: Texas is number one among the “Best and Worst States for Business”
7. Texas Public Policy Foundation: “The Texas Model Works”
8. Rick Perry isn’t just talking about it, he’s actually cutting regulators in Texas.
9. While the nation’s credit rating was downgraded, Rick Perry’s Texas received an upgrade from S&P. Texas has the second lowest debt per capita in America.
10. Area Development ranked Texas number one for business climate.
11. Texas incomes are growing faster than all but a handful of states, especially liberal ones.
12. Texas students continue improving relative to those in the rest of the nation. Indeed, Texas is winning this battle, despite the spin otherwise.
13. Texas has a far lower mortgage foreclosure rate than the nation, especially states like California.
14. Texas dominates Business Insider’s list of “Least Miserable Cities” in America. Also from Business Insider: America’s best-performing cities have moved from California to Texas over the past decade.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Speakup on January 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Maybe, instead of being shallow, you shuold look at his record — in his record there is not just “beef”, but Grade-A RED Conservative MEAT.

Aslans Girl on January 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I prefer Perry to Romney too. I just don’t see it happening.

Ya, I know- things could have been sooo different.

poljunkie51 on January 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Don’t you love these conservative ‘eeyores’ that always claim to prefer Perry but lack the cojones to support him?

TheRightMan on January 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

why would Sarah endorse a guy who would stick a government needle into Piper without her consent?

renalin on January 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Palin would be informed enough about the opt-out provision.

onlineanalyst on January 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Yeah, but would she be happy with the fact she needs to inform herself and have to fill out paperwork that she shouldn’t have to in the first place?

kim roy on January 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Maybe, instead of being shallow, you shuold look at his record — in his record there is not just “beef”, but Grade-A RED Conservative MEAT.

Aslans Girl on January 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Actions speak louder than words & Texans don’t much like smooth talkers..we like results.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Yeah, but would she be happy with the fact she needs to inform herself and have to fill out paperwork that she shouldn’t have to in the first place?

kim roy on January 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Alaska enjoyed the federal funding for the vaccine.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I did see the debates. I realized I wouldn’t settle for Perry.

aryeung on January 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

We can do worse than a poor debater. Have you found a candidate that you didn’t have to settle for?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

O/T,this is interesting Update!
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Mount Rainier shooting Suspect in killing of Washington park ranger is also suspect in New Year’s Eve party shooting
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@KING5SeattleStory metadata:
Submitted 1 hour ago from http://www.king5.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on January 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Is it true that there were some illegals getting health insurance in Texas?

angrymike on January 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Here ya go.

If Romney is the nominee, I will vote for Obama and will enjoy doing so.

TheRightMan on December 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

A Perry supporter. This will be my 2nd presidential election since becoming a citizen, I don’t understand that thinking.

JPeterman on January 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

You better start to understand it.

Romney has 25% support – no more – among primary voters. Knowing very well he will lose if conservatives coalesce behind one candidate, he used the tactics of ‘divide and conquer’.

Fair enough. Now assuming that lands him the nomination, what else?

He is banking on Republicans – including conservatives – to come to the polls and vote for him in droves because they hate Obama and want him out?

Ready to throw the dice on someone that will not hesitate to backstab conservatives once he is safely esconced in the White House?

Fine – go ahead.

I have vowed never to put a RINO anywhere near power again after the McConnells, Boehners, Snowes, Collins, and Scott Browns ran us over with their buses, backed up, and ran us over again and again.

TheRightMan on January 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

There was an easy parental opt out. Without the EO Insurance Companies wouldn’t have covered the cost of over $600.00 for the vaccine series. Next you’ll repeat Bachmann’s Tardisil mother claim.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Negative billing is negative billing. There’s a reason why people are trying to enact laws against it and get really irritated when it rears its head.

Plus, isn’t it interesting that they had to mandate an EO in order to have insurance companies finance it? Not enough money without the EO? Do we really want to follow the money trail with THAT point? Probably not.

kim roy on January 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Obama is a lousy debater with a lousy record who couldn’t even argue law in court after getting a degree from Harvard & being the editor of the Law Review.

This election won’t be won on TV…It will be won on the ground.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

O/T a tad,in case you missed John Bolton interview!!
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Bolton slams Obama / Ron Pauls antiAmerican Foreign Policies
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We cannot live in fantasy land with Ron Paul’s foreign policy,
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which is worse than Obama’s foreign policy.
Added: 8 hours ago
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2da_1325210542

canopfor on December 30, 2011 at 6:08 AM

canopfor on January 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Re: Obama’s quantitative easing
Were you better off than you were $4T ago?

Ha. Whichever staffer who wrote that for Perry needs to get a raise.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

kim roy on January 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Oh do enlighten the class Kim…

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Is it true that there were some illegals getting health insurance in Texas?

angrymike on January 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I think Romney signed that into law in MA.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Midwestprincesse on January 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Several of the hardcore Romney supporters here were the most vocal against Gov. Palin over the last year. Their brutality was out of scale considering she wasn’t a committed candidate and they didn’t lighten up when she decided not to run. What is really interesting is that as critical as they were of her, they were even more rude and dismissive of her supporters. So it is not without some surprise that they don’t understand how their persuasions for Romney are falling on not only deaf but defiant ears.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

the world saw rick perry’s mind go completely blank on the debate stage.

he’s unfit to lead. next.

renalin on January 1, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I don’t understand that thinking.

JPeterman on January 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Simple.

Romney = Obamalite

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Newt’s going to come back. From NY Mag:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/01/battered-in-iowa-gingrich-plans-to-rip-romney.html

Battered in Iowa, Gingrich Plans to Rip Romney in New Hampshire and Beyond

“Gingrich complained that he had been “Romney-boated” by the negative ads. “I probably should have responded faster and more aggressively,’’ he admitted. “If somebody spent $3.5 million lying about you, you have some obligation to come back and set the record straight.”

Then Gingrich went on, incredibly, to lay out his post-Iowa strategy. “New Hampshire is the perfect state to have a debate over Romneycare and to have a debate about tax-paid abortions, which he signed, and to have a debate about putting Planned Parenthood on a government board, which he signed, and to have a debate about appointing liberal judges, which he did,” Gingrich said. “And so I think New Hampshire is a good place to start the debate for South Carolina.”

So there you have it: Gingrich, who trails Romney badly in the Granite State, plans to use the week between the caucuses here and the primary there to try, in effect, and rip Romney a new one in the hopes of weakening him in South Carolina, where Gingrich (for the moment) is polling strongly and is at the head of the pack.  Now flush with a decent fundraising haul in the last quarter of 2011—around $9 million, he claims—Gingrich apparently intends to take to the airwaves to make his case, in addition to hammering Romney as a dreaded (and self-described, albeit long ago) moderate in the two debates scheduled for this weekend in New Hampshire.

nicktjacob on January 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Ha. Whichever staffer who wrote that for Perry needs to get a raise.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I believe DeMint coined it and Perry liked it so much he began using it a couple of months ago. I love the line, too :)

Aslans Girl on January 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Beware the meme that Romney is the most electable.

It is a lie.

He is actually the least electable.

Bold pastels remove incumbents – weak ones do not.

Only a conservative candidate that attracts voters that want to vote for him for actual change can beat Obama.

A strategy that depends on voters removing an incumbent because they hate him never works especially when the replacement is barely distinguishable.

But what do I know, right?

Go ahead, make Romney the nominee, and watch him lose by margins never before thought possible.

And of course, conservatives will get the blame from the Establishment.

TheRightMan on January 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

No more Progressive GOP nominees !

Fearless

Consistent

Effective

Limited Fed govt believer

CONSERVATIVE

2012 !!!!

PappyD61 on January 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

So it is not without some surprise that they don’t understand how their persuasions for Romney are falling on not only deaf but defiant ears.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

THIS. Thank you.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

You better start to understand it.
TheRightMan on January 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I understand everything perfectly well and grew up in communist Eastern Europe. I know what the value of my vote means to me and I will not throw it away like a spoiled child just because my favored candidate does not get the nomination.

JPeterman on January 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

the world saw rick perry’s mind go completely blank on the debate stage.

he’s unfit to lead. next.

renalin on January 1, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You care about the theatrics. Some voters care about the issues. I care about the candidate’s character. To each their own. So which show horse are you backing?

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

This election won’t be won on TV…It will be won on the ground.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

This election will be won on TV and the alphabet media will see to it.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 1, 2012 at 11:04 PM

So it is not without some surprise that they don’t understand how their persuasions for Romney are falling on not only deaf but defiant ears.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I always liked Palin…But her supporters have been trashin Perry ever since he entered the race.

I expect it of Romney supporters because he’s a competitor but she isn’t even in the race.

It gets old.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Is it true that there were some illegals getting health insurance in Texas?

angrymike on January 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Don’t illegals just show up at the emergency room if they have an ear ache or if one of their anchor babies haas a tummy ache?

bw222 on January 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

o/t – Mark Steyn on C-Span 2!

Netanyahu/Steyn 2012!

A girl can dream (even if she can’t spell).

Laura in Maryland on January 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

This election will be won on TV and the alphabet media will see to it.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 1, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Nope. Most folks get their news on the net & traffic the blogs & research on the net.

This will be a twitter & Youtube election & folks will want to meet the candidates..not rely on the old established media.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

TheRightMan on January 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I agree with what you said. Mitt is this cycle’s Juan McLame. I don’t want him as the nominee, but I will support him in the general because he is at least marginally better than the commie bastage that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania now. I.Want. Obama. Gone.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I know what the value of my vote means to me and I will not throw it away like a spoiled child just because my favored candidate does not get the nomination.

JPeterman on January 1, 2012 at 11:03 PM

You think I refuse to vote for Romney, if he is the nominee, simply because Perry lost?

I will crawl over broken glass to vote for Bachmann, Santorum, and Gingrich.

Romney? Nah…

It’s not me… it’s him.

And I must say your story about growing in communist Europe is touching…

Welcome to America where ‘comrades’ Dems and RINOs are two halves of the same coin that is feeding the drink machine of Big Govt.

You think Romney will be any better than Obama? He will actually be worse because Republicans will be obligated to support his crappy policies.

TheRightMan on January 1, 2012 at 11:11 PM

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

It’s dumb for anyone to trash other candidates, you just might have to vote for them in November. All of the candidates have fine qualities that shouldn’t be ignored and certainly you should promote your favorite vigorously, I just don’t see any reason to try to destroy the others.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Don’t illegals just show up at the emergency room if they have an ear ache or if one of their anchor babies haas a tummy ache?

bw222 on January 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

EMTALA. If illegals show up to the ER with an ear ache, they are going to wait for 18 hrs to see a doctor. Triage. In other words, most illegals go to the ER only if they feel really sick.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I always liked Palin…But her supporters have been trashin Perry ever since he entered the race.

I expect it of Romney supporters because he’s a competitor but she isn’t even in the race.

It gets old.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Not all of us. I liked him when he got in. Things he said made me take a step back and question him somewhat, but I don’t think I’ve ever trashed him. Maybe a joke or two about his debate gaffes, but he brought those on himself. And I will support him if he gets the call.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

“Gingrich complained that he had been “Romney-boated”
nicktjacob on January 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

That is funny

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Netanyahu/Steyn 2012!

A girl can dream (even if she can’t spell).

Laura in Maryland on January 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I actually prefer Americans for POTUS.

Punchenko on January 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Branstead said he might do well on Caucus day? Then why doesnt he endorse him?

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 11:16 PM

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I agree, I wouldn’t have any problem with Gov. Perry gaining traction and improving in the polls. He has some impressive credentials and way too much emphasis has been put on his debate performances, especially since he has improved there also.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Yeah, he’s getting better,’ Thomas said. ‘It’s not so much what they say; it’s what they’ve done.’”

Go Team Perry..:)

Dire Straits on January 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

o/t – Mark Steyn on C-Span 2!

Netanyahu/Steyn 2012!

A girl can dream (even if she can’t spell).

Laura in Maryland on January 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Laura in Maryland:This it!!:)
==============================

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

canopfor on January 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

They flooded the conservative blogs. Geller led the charge.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Don’t underestimate the power of the MSM. While newspapers don’t have the circulation they once had and the evening news viewership is down, they still pack a wallop.

Just look what it did to Palin and Cain … and Obama.

In a unguarded moment, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas admitted that media bias was responsible for 15% of the Kerry-Edwards vote total in 2004.

That number may be down to 8%-10%, but it’s still substantial.

bw222 on January 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I actually prefer Americans for POTUS.

Punchenko on January 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I prefer someone who isn’t FOR the destruction of America, like Obowmao.

Laura in Maryland on January 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Go Team Perry..:)

Dire Straits on January 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Dire Straits:Yup,I think its time to board the Pery Train!

Ron Paul,Newt,and Romney….NO!!:)

canopfor on January 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

They flooded the conservative blogs. Geller led the charge.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I can’t address that wc, I spend most of my time here and I’m speaking for myself.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Don’t illegals just show up at the emergency room if they have an ear ache or if one of their anchor babies haas a tummy ache?

bw222 on January 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

EMTALA. If illegals show up to the ER with an ear ache, they are going to wait for 18 hrs to see a doctor. Triage. In other words, most illegals go to the ER only if they feel really sick.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Far as I know Debtors Prisons are still outlawed too.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:22 PM

D*mmit,thats Perry,not Pery!

canopfor on January 1, 2012 at 11:22 PM

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Cool

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Go Team Perry!

gophergirl on January 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

I always liked Palin… But her supporters have been trashin Perry ever since he entered the race.

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Not all of us. I liked him when he got in.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I have also considered Perry and was actually touting a second look as Gingrich emerged as the front runners. Cindy Munsford is right about the most vocal and venal Romney supporters and their all out attack on Palin. I doubt I will ever have any respect for them and now dislike their candidate even more,

Fallon on January 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

canopfor on January 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Sounds good to me..:)

Dire Straits on January 1, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Fallon on January 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

As I said earlier, here’s hoping the South is Mitt’s undoing.

predator on January 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Go Team Perry..:)

Dire Straits on January 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I’m going to be a very good girl and not count any chickens until Tuesday night.

If he places very well. I reserve the right to do a little showboating on here Tuesday night.

gophergirl on January 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Fallon on January 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

I would love to say their behavior didn’t color my views but I don’t think that would be honest of me.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 11:27 PM

kim roy on January 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Oh do enlighten the class Kim…

workingclass artist on January 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Just asking questions on a point YOU brought up. Why don’t YOU explain why an EO (or negative billing if you prefer) was mandatory for insurance company coverage?

kim roy on January 1, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Fallon on January 1, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Totally OT – you were the one expecting the first grandbaby right? Has he/she arrived yet?

gophergirl on January 1, 2012 at 11:28 PM

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