Quotes of the day

posted at 10:39 pm on January 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

“If you want to make a counterintuitive case about the attacks, the better one is that the attacks could help Mr. Romney to win the nomination. Precisely because they are potentially damaging to him, Republican party actors may be quick to rally around him — hoping to declare the Republican nomination over by T.K.O. rather than enduring a 15-round fight in which Mr. Romney is heavily favored but may wind up bloodied. Already, we have seen some evidence of this: a major donor to Mr. Perry’s campaign ‘flipped’ to Mr. Romney because he did not like the substance of Mr. Perry’s recent comments.

“Meanwhile, it is unclear how compelling the attacks might be to Republican base voters. I am not going to render a prediction about whether they will work, particularly given the ambiguities in South Carolina polling and the fact that the South as a whole has long been fertile territory for economic populism. But one might attribute higher odds of success to attacks that more clearly originated from the right — those that attacked Mr. Romney, for instance, for his passage of a health care bill that contained an individual mandate, or that pointed out his supposed apostasies on social issues.

“What’s unusual about the attacks on Bain Capital is that they might be more compelling to independent voters than to Republican primary voters. Politics ain’t beanbag, and sometimes the front-runner will be attacked by any means necessary, even if it might produce collateral damage. But rarely has there been an attack that had such uncertain potential to harm a candidate in a primary but such clear potential to harm him in the general election.”

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“Capitalists of Romney’s sort never want to acknowledge how much their ability to make money depends on what government does. How does it structure the laws related to property, taxation and debt? What rules does it write on how companies can be acquired and how power within firms is apportioned among shareholders, employees, managers and other stakeholders? These are not natural laws. They are the work of politicians and the lobbyists who influence them.

“Which leads to this observation from Gingrich: ‘I think there’s a real difference,’ he said, ‘between people who believed in the free market and people who go around, take financial advantage, loot companies, leave behind broken families, broken towns, people on unemployment.’ Yes, there are different kinds of capitalism.

“Romney’s victory speech suggested that he hopes that the campaign will be about whether President Obama wants to turn the United States into Europe. A more relevant discussion would be over what American capitalism is — and should be. Thanks to Gingrich and Perry, this debate is now unavoidable.”

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“Gingrich recalls another impressive, flawed political figure. I have in mind a Southerner, attracted to big ideas, fascinated by management theories and scientific paradigms, prone to grandiosity and moralism, capable of both insight and bullying, leading through the cultivation of constant alarm. Al Gore was also transformed by defeat, which coincided with an ‘assault on reason,’ a failure of ‘rational analysis’ and the ‘shocking decay and degradation of our democracy.’ The political failure of a figure so large required cosmic explanation. Gore’s opponents became ‘digital brown shirts’ and ‘un-American’ and a ‘renegade band of right-wing extremists’ who had ‘betrayed the country.’ Grievance merged with self-importance. It is easy to imagine Gore delivering Gingrich’s words: ‘If you want to smear people who are trying to think, fine.’

“Newt Gingrich is becoming the Al Gore of the Republican Party — but with one large difference. By accepting the role of vindictive prophet, Gore appeals to a subset of the progressive coalition — the sort of people who find Keith Olbermann fair and balanced. (Gore, in fact, employs him.) Whatever Gore’s flaws, he is the leader of a cause.

“It is currently difficult to discern any cause in the Gingrich campaign apart from Gingrich himself. He is the party of one — one world-historic leader, supported primarily by one billionaire. This is not a movement; it is the prosecution of a feud. Like Samson, Gingrich is willing to pull down the temple around him. But, in this case, it is not the Philistines who suffer. It is Republicans in the rubble.”

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“Yet, like the snobby homecoming queen who thinks everyone hates her because they are jealous, Romney can’t see that it’s not his financial success in itself that is the problem. It’s that many people find his self-serving brand of capitalism – which was the hallmark of the recent economic collapse – repulsive…

“[M]aking a profit is only one component of owning a business. Whatever happened to the idea that you are responsible for your workers and to the larger community? Too often, people feel like just pawns in a ‘game’ of ever increasing largesse for the top dogs. The big shots are always the winners – often getting payouts in the millions when their companies fail — and the ‘losers’ are left to figure out how to eat or buy clothes for their children. (A new study found that $100 million “golden parachutes” have become commonplace for failed CEOs)…

“The unlikely hero in this tale has been Newt Gingrich, who has been making the most coherent argument for ethical capitalism. Says Gingrich, what we want is, ‘a free enterprise system that is honest. . . fair to everyone and gives everyone an equal opportunity to pursue happiness.’ Criticizing Romney’s brand of free enterprise, Gingrich said, ‘It’s not fine if the person who is rich manipulates the system, gets away with all the cash and leaves behind the human beings.’

“Be still my heart.”

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“Through his defenses of his pro-corporate welfare lobbying efforts and his facile attacks on Mitt Romney’s profits, Gingrich has emerged this election as an enemy of the free market — an unlikely distinction for a member of the Republican Party, which is supposed to stand for the free market. The pious preachments of liberal college professors, the foolhardy machinations of liberal central planners, and the even the greedy public-policy profiteering of subsidy-suckling CEOs and regulatory robber barons are all less harmful to economic liberty than the insidious and Orwellian campaign by the former speaker…

“The Gingrich narrative — that Romney made money by laying off good working men and women — is breathtakingly simplistic, the sort of thing you expect from an Upton Sinclair or a Dennis Kucinich. Layoffs cause pain, and conservatives and free-traders have historically had trouble sympathizing with the emotional and financial difficulties caused when the invisible hand determines that one’s job does not yield the optimal allocation of wealth. To put it in free-market lingo: Every misallocation of resources benefits someone, and sometimes that person is an underprivileged, low-income, hard-working American…

“Gingrich the lobbyist extracted wealth from society through his government connections, and then defended it, perversely, as ‘free enterprise.’ Now Gingrich the candidate is attacking Romney for the crime of being implicated in capitalism.”

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“[G]reat presidents are often aristocrats and experienced political insiders. They experience great setbacks. They feel the presence of God’s hand on their every move.

“Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to talk about these things openly these days. We disdain elitism, political experience and explicit God-talk. Great failure is considered ‘baggage’ in today’s campaign lingo.

“Today’s candidates have to invent bogus story lines to explain their qualifications to be president — that they are innocent outsiders or business whizzes. In reality, Romney’s Bain success is largely irrelevant to the question of whether he could be a good president. The real question is whether he has picked up traits like emotional security, political judgment and an instrumental mind-set from his upbringing and the deeper experiences of life.

“We’ll learn more about that as he confronts brutal attacks that now besiege him.”

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Like Samson, Gingrich is willing to pull down the temple around him. But, in this case, it is not the Philistines who suffer. It is Republicans in the rubble.” – Michael Gerson

Mitt Romney torched the Republican house in Iowa to knock Newt out of the race. Now that it looks like Mitt might be the occupant of the Republican house, Mitt and his surrogates want everyone else to douse the fire.

JonBGood on January 14, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Axe on January 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

… can’t believe I’ve gotten old enough to be a flippin’ cultural reference :) Next week, the coming of the Iron Horses.

Axe on January 14, 2012 at 2:41 AM

his facile attacks on Mitt Romney’s profits, Gingrich has emerged this election as an enemy of the free market — an unlikely distinction for a member of the Republican Party, which is supposed to stand for the free market. – Timothy carney, The Washington Examiner

Who knew that Mitt Romney was the free market personified? I must have missed his political canonization. I guess simply lionizing his Bain experience wasn’t working out too well. ;-)

JonBGood on January 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Mitt Romney torched the Republican house in Iowa to knock Newt out of the race. Now that it looks like Mitt might be the occupant of the Republican house, Mitt and his surrogates want everyone else to douse the fire.

JonBGood on January 14, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Actually Paul and Romney, I mean their Super pacs, just played a bunch of true ads about Newt. I live in Iowa and the ads just reminded everybody how unelectable he is (hence he wanted to run a postive campaign because he couldn’t defend himself).

Roymunson on January 14, 2012 at 2:49 AM

In Defense of Romney… to Conservatives

Romney is under attack for being a greedy capitalist. But clearly he cares about the downtrodden. He says so, and we believe him.
His position on social security is the same as RPerry’s. But Perry comes off as a fringer, unlike Romney.
His position on gay marriage is the same as RSantorum’s. But Santorum comes off as a fringer, unlike Romney.
It’s clear to me that the man has a core, of principle. What is it? I’d say ‘modified patrician.’ With patrician, it means…. conservative economics, and he cares. But ‘modified’ to fit the post-Obama times. The GWB days of Repubs growing govt are over, and his proposals (as on his website), and what he says, are consistent with this. In 2002 when, in a bid to win an election in MA, he said, in a rather routine or superficial tone, that he was a moderate etc, don’t make a mountain of a molehill. Remember, in ’08 he was the conservative alternative to McCain.
Plus, he got a bum wrap on R-Care. Despite what O & others say, it’s not a blueprint for OCare. RCare, though providing for the uninsured, left the private sector & established medical systems intact. That is the key difference. OCare will mandate nearly everything: a de facto govt takeover. It will take a wrecking ball to the private sector (end: single payer probably). Romney, by pointing out this key differentiation to O, will actually be a stronger advocate against OCare! And more electable. Romney can say: it’s not that I don’t care… it’s that OCare sucks!
On abortion. Early, he had the position of his Dad. Then he switched to his Mother’s position. Now he’s gone back to his Dad’s position. Believe him, or give him a mulligan, somehow. He says he will nominate Alito / Roberts type judges. So that’s what matters.
The opposition says he’s technocratic, only a manager, sans vision. But a venture (or vulture) capitalist needs vision… in determining what to do with these companies. Ask one.
He may be ‘a little awkward’ sometimes, but we can do worse. Harvard MBA and JD. Ok, that’s NE elitist. But he has Mich + UT roots also.
(Cut & Paste this, and reuse / rework as desired.)

anotherJoe on January 14, 2012 at 2:49 AM

It’s that many people find his self-serving brand of capitalism – which was the hallmark of the recent economic collapse

Since the economic recession was largely caused by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, I fail to see what Romney or capitalism has to do with it.

Dawnsblood on January 14, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Is it too early to talk about the Senate races? I rarely hear about them.

LL1960 on January 14, 2012 at 3:16 AM

KEY correction: I said ~2 posts above (In Defense of Romney): “Romney, by pointing out this key differentiation to O, will actually be a stronger advocate against OCare!” read instead: “by pointing out this GLARING differentiation”

anotherJoe on January 14, 2012 at 3:38 AM

Actually Paul and Romney, I mean their Super pacs, just played a bunch of true ads about Newt. I live in Iowa and the ads just reminded everybody how unelectable he is (hence he wanted to run a postive campaign because he couldn’t defend himself).

Roymunson on January 14, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Actually, according to the Washington Post:

The Pinocchio Test

The ad overall might merit three Pinocchios but the abortion language is so underhanded that it really discredits the entire ad.

Four Pinocchios

JonBGood on January 14, 2012 at 3:58 AM

Actually Paul and Romney, I mean their Super pacs, just played a bunch of true ads about Newt. I live in Iowa and the ads just reminded everybody how unelectable he is (hence he wanted to run a postive campaign because he couldn’t defend himself).

Roymunson on January 14, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Actually, according to the Washington Post:

The Pinocchio Test

The ad [by the Romney pac]overall might merit three Pinocchios but the abortion language is so underhanded that it really discredits the entire ad.

Four Pinocchios

JonBGood on January 14, 2012 at 3:59 AM

Romney Hypocrisy:

Romney versus Gingrich: a Super PAC’s over-the-top ad
Posted by Glenn Kessler at 06:02 AM ET, 12/21/2011, The Washington Post

Interestingly, Romney on Tuesday expressed dismay at the growth of Super PACs, saying “campaign finance law has made a mockery of our political campaign season.”

There is an easy way for him [Romney] to deal with this issue—publicly demand that his Super PAC stop running such misleading ads. While he claimed that communicating with the Super PAC would land him in the “big house,” there is nothing to stop him from denouncing such ads as unbecoming to his campaign.

JonBGood on January 14, 2012 at 4:09 AM

Newt needs to drop out. He’s unelectable. Every poll shows him getting destroyed by Obama. He’s got to much baggage. Even if he was electable, what would be the point? He’s a big government progressive. He needs to go back to hanging out with Nancy Pelosi.

steve123 on January 14, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Just saw Gingrich at a SC ‘debate’ (wasn’t really a debate at all) on C-SPAN. What a great talk he gave! I think he has a great chance of taking South Carolina, and consolidating the conservative vote against Romney on forward.

LevinFan90 on January 14, 2012 at 5:30 AM

LevinFan90 on January 14, 2012 at 5:30 AM

I pray you are correct. Coming out of South Carolina conservatives need to unite behind a candidate – the top vote getter among Gingrich, Santorum and Perry. Also Mittens “I was an independent during Reagan-Bush” needs to lose to break the inevitability narrative.

Ted Torgerson on January 14, 2012 at 5:55 AM

O/T,//Reminder!
—————

January 14, 2012
Huckabee Forum 2: South Carolina Undecided
******************************************

8pm ET on Fox News (taped broadcast)
Location: Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsor: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) and Fox News
Participants: Romney, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman (Unofficial list)
=================

http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-debate-schedule/2011-2012-primary-debate-schedule/

canopfor on January 14, 2012 at 6:06 AM

Obama Re-Election Campaign Accuses Romney of Being a ‘Corporate Raider’ and Exploiting the Middle Class

…The memo’s authors quickly switch from condemning Romney to praising President Barack Obama for creating jobs and growing the economy:..

…However, it’s not the boasts about President Obama’s economic “successes” that have some critics scratching their heads. It’s the decision to attack Mitt Romney via private equity.

Considering the fact that President Obama has “both taken donations from the industry and appointed a number of private equity veterans to his administration,” as Alexander Burns of Politico writes, this line of attack seems very odd…

…“If President Obama plans to campaign against Mitt Romney and the alleged evils of private equity, then he will need to start by purging the ranks of his own administration,” a private equity insider told Politico

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 6:41 AM

The Romney ads against Newt in Iowa were full of inaccuracies. That is why those Romney ads earned four Pinocchios from the Washington Post — and the Washinton Post does not like Newt. Further, Romney still runs those ads in South Carolina and Florida. So, Romney is in no position to complain. If he is going to lead the GOP and claim he knows how to create jobs, then he has to be able to defend his record at Bain Capital as well as in his term as Governor of Massachusetts. The Republican Party is not going to be happy if it turns out on the close inspection that a Presidential race brings, the GOP’s nominee was a job destroyer in the private sector as well as a tax raiser as Governor.

Phil Byler on January 14, 2012 at 7:07 AM

We have no luxury of choosing among true conservatives. Newt is proving to be the less preferable alternative.

Igor R. on January 13, 2012 at 11:27 PM

But less preferrable to the media and moneyed interests.

Nexialist on January 14, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Wowser! What a line-up to deal with on the quotes today…

You have your choice of…

Nate Silver at the NYT
EJ Dionne at the WaPo
Michael Gerson at the WaPo
Kirsten Powers at the Daily Beast (yeah KP love and all that)
Tim Carney at the WaEx that is eating the WaPo up on its home turf
David Brooks at the NYT
Richard Trumka at MSLSD

You gotta really be scraping the barrel to get one half-way decent analyst for a QOTD column. Now if it was ‘Washington Insider Spin of the Day’ you might actually have something there.

So what is the Washington Insider Spin of the Day looking like?

1) Nate Silver – The Super PACs are going to kill the American Political System!!!! Spin: free speech needs to be regulated more to protect us all from Super PACs. The problem: regulation is causing this problem.

2) EJ Dionne – We need to have a long overdue look at US capitalism. Spin: The rich people are way too powerful in the system and need to be regulated more, because we can’t become like Europe without finding their loser solutions independently via smart rich people. Problem: regulation is keeping bad business models from failing, so that the rich can get poor.

3) Micheal Gerson – Newt is a party of an egotistical One! Spin: Newt Gingrich is going to destroy the Republican Party!!! Problem: if one man can destroy it, it isn’t as stable as a house of cards and will come down on its own with or without Newt’s ego.

4) KP – Mitt is claiming that attacks on him are based on envy… oooooo… spooky!! Spin: Romney is an rich man who made lots of money and KP is envious of him. Really, I can’t come up with something else from the piece, especially the snippy parts at the end. Problem: the system now has ‘too big to fail’ as part of the Democratic Mantra and attacking one group on ‘envy’ and another group as cuddly enslavers of the masses means we all get enslaved to the few… and they aren’t the cuddly sorts you started out with… and the only ‘envy’ involved are those wanting more regulation to gain power, not money.

5) Tim Carney – Gingrich is a part of the current revolving door system. Spin: Gingrich wants to blur the line between pursuit of profit and wealth extraction. Problem: the regulations encourage wealth extraction, not wealth building via the pursuit of profits.

6) Trumka – The guy who visits or talks with high level WH operatives on a near daily basis. He is all spin, hatred and wanting to stir up divisions and expand unions at the expense of personal freedom and liberty to work as you wish to work. Beats me why such a guy got on the QOTD, unless you like to have a look at the black heart of the Left Machine Goonies.

So many analysts.

There is a reason I stopped paying attention to most of them: they love the current system, don’t want an actual conversation about a solution that removes government, and have no interest in trying to stop the very revolving doors they complain about. They want to get to the defenestration option as fast as possible, and forget that they will be some of the first to the window. For all the supposed wisdom and free flowing of words, these analysts can’t see the fist about to hit their face and don’t have any instincts to tell them to duck… but they quack just fine.

ajacksonian on January 14, 2012 at 7:11 AM

January 14, 2012
Huckabee Forum 2: South Carolina Undecided
******************************************

8pm ET on Fox News (taped broadcast)
Location: Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsor: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) and Fox News
Participants: Romney, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman (Unofficial list)
=================

http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-debate-schedule/2011-2012-primary-debate-schedule/

canopfor on January 14, 2012 at 6:06 AM

It’s really taking place at noon. I’m hoping to find a link of it streaming live…

catquilt on January 14, 2012 at 7:15 AM

I forgot David Brooks. The cross between Josef Stalin’s humanity, Woodrow Wilson’s foresight and the dependability of a weathervane to point north in a tornado. Reading him is a waste of precious time in my life… just like listening to Trumka, save he humanity of Genghis Khan towards his enemies.

ajacksonian on January 14, 2012 at 7:19 AM

ajacksonian on January 14, 2012 at 7:11 AM

I appreciate the way you cut thru all the bull and call it as you see it.

catquilt on January 14, 2012 at 7:15 AM

FOX usually live streams the debates here:

http://live.foxnews.com/

I would think they’d live stream today’s forum at the same link.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

LOL, he must be getting desperate.

Obama proposes tax breaks for companies ‘investing in America’

“In the next few weeks, I will put forward new tax proposals that reward companies that choose to do the right thing by bringing jobs home and investing in America – and eliminate tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas,” Obama said Saturday.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Thanks!

catquilt on January 14, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Where are MJB and the new co-moderators this morning to tell AP that he wrote the article wrong?

kingsjester on January 14, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Good Morning HA :)

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:35 AM

indeed, election time is drawing ever nearer…gotta get those ‘fat cats’ to give me more money

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

“In the next few weeks, I will put forward new tax proposals that reward companies that choose to do the right thing by bringing jobs home and investing in America – and eliminate tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas,” Obama said Saturday.

About this proposal, IIRC every GOP candidate has been calling for this since the beginning of the campaign season, as well as Speaker Boehner and the (R) members of the House and Senate.

Doesn’t this proposal kind of shoot a hole in his campaign against a “do nothing Congress”?

Thanks!

catquilt on January 14, 2012 at 7:37 AM

You’re welcome.

kingsjester on January 14, 2012 at 7:45 AM

cmsinaz on January 14, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Good morning.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 7:51 AM

ajacksonian on January 14, 2012 at 7:11 AM
Beautiful explanation why this site is regretfully becoming more of a Noonan/Brooks/Frum-ish echo chamber. Thank you!

The over-simplification on the “meta” issues biz (“anti-capitalist”) is really silly. Were these pundits condemning Romney in Iowa, that Romney’s ads proved Romney was “against free speech”?!?

THIS Floridian is voting GINGRICH in the Primary.

Czar of Defenestration on January 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I gues that when we structure Fannie Mae a certain way it begets newt like behavior. And there is this sort of toad like behavior too.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078841/Newt-Gingrich-divorced-wife-Jackie-Battley-wasnt-pretty-First-Lady.html#ixzz1jLR2e7Ov

aloysiusmiller on January 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Where are MJB and the new co-moderators this morning to tell AP that he wrote the article wrong?

kingsjester on January 14, 2012 at 7:45 AM

At ‘church’ in the atheist threads.

LOL:!

tom daschle concerned on January 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The latest “Perry Woman” video ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt7c4mQbaZ4

nancysabet on January 14, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Romneys PAC ran ads containing the lie that Perry is for amnesty, and Romney’s spokesman has been going on Fox telling the lie that Perry gave free tuition to illegals.

It would help if Romney would stop lying about the other candidates.

juliesa on January 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I have a genius-level IQ, but to you I am not bright. OK, I’ll take your word for it. And thanks for briefing me on the current poll situation, since I have trouble reading I had no idea. And I’ve always thought that Alaska determines the nomination! Isn’t that what makes Sarah Palin so important???

Igor R. on January 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Dude…IQ tests = Eugenics

Maybe they left that out at the last Mensa meeting?

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Speaker Gingrich is a descendant of James “Birdseye” McPherson, an Army Officer that fought with U.S. Grant in the ci.vil war.Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Gov. Rick Perry is a descendant of Sam Houston.

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Dug up something that shows NEWT was right on Immigration.
I found this on FOX NEWS website…burried…and NOT a word from any news outlets…especially FOX.
Before you look at this poll….Remember where the candidates stand on Immigration… Romney…”send them all back”.

http://www.foxnews.com/interactive/us/2011/12/09/fox-news-poll-immigration/

coach1228 on January 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Gov. Rick Perry is a descendant of Sam Houston.

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Yes, I know that. I couldn’t find that comment last night so I wasn’t sure it went through. I wasn’t trying to tout the Speaker as being any better than the other candidates, I just wanted to show the absurdity of Pastor Manning’s claim.

Speaking of Governor Perry, did you see the story about him jokingly calling on a mannequin with its hand raised at a town-hall event Friday in South Carolina?

I find his humor very refreshing in such a contentious campaign season as this has been.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

juliesa on January 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Dont sweat the Anmesty thing…trust me:
Fox News is hidding this poll..just out yesterday:
As we move into the Primary more….since Fox is shilling for Romney…this will be swept under the carpet.
Check it out….and please spread this poll taken….BY FOX NEWS.

http://www.foxnews.com/interactive/us/2011/12/09/fox-news-poll-immigration/

coach1228 on January 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Romneys PAC ran ads containing the lie that Perry is for amnesty, and Romney’s spokesman has been going on Fox telling the lie that Perry gave free tuition to illegals.

It would help if Romney would stop lying about the other candidates.

juliesa on January 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM

yeah…Romney is a bastard

Romney’s mailing out Alinsky Style scare fliers to seniors saying Perry wants to take away their Social Security Payments.
He cited liberal data (From a Soros funded organization) to claim all the jobs in Texas went to illegals…even the math of that data doesn’t add up to real data and it’s been debunked multiple times.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FGGFQt1PyAM/TiWXYiVslfI/AAAAAAAAALU/UdCs_iIWt28/s1600/annwagegrowth.jpg

2005 – 2010

1. Texas has faster job growth than the rest of the country;
2. Texas has actual labor market growth, unlike New York, California, and the other large states; and
3. Texas has higher wage growth, even higher than New York, which has been buoyed by no cost money from the Fed and the Wall Street bailouts.

source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, State and County Employment and Wages, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Unemployment Rate Would be 7.9% if the Rest of US Was Like Texas

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HO0kKVu_ZA0/The7Dyit1xI/AAAAAAAAALE/ANRsau1WJ2E/s1600/Picture1.jpg

What if the US job growth rate since January 2010 had been the same as Texas? The above applies the Texas monthly job growth rate since January 2010 to US total non-farm employment and calculates the resulting unemployment rate, assuming the same labor force. Last month, the unemployment rate would have been under 8% instead of north of 9%.

Of course, if US job growth were the same as Texas, the US labor force might actually be expanding (like Texas) instead of contracting.

So what did the administration do this week?

* Passed yet another set of EPA regulations that will kill jobs.
* Talked about raising job-killing taxes. Again.
* Refused to stop the NLRB from attacking successful states.

source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2011 Local Area Unemployment Statistics

http://texanomics.blogspot.com/#!/2011/07/unemployment-rate-would-be-79-if-rest.html

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I can’t take it anymore. Seeing images of the bloated gila monster Newt Gingrich makes me physically ill. The man literally physically repulses me. The way Newt Gingrich has conducted himself over the last few weeks has made me detest the man to the point that I hope we never have to hear much from him ever again after he exits the race.

Newt has revealed himself to be a spiteful, pompous, lying, socialist rhetoric-loving toad. Newt Gingrich is going after Romney using attacks I doubt Newt even believes. Newt obviously has zero chance of winning the nomination (and even less chance against Obama, who would win in a landslide against Newt), yet Newt Gingrich still proceeds with attacks that could only hurt Romney in a general election. Newt right now can forget about any role or speaking time at the Republican Convention in Tampa when the Romney/Rubio ticket is officially presented.

South Carolina voters, please send Newt packing, and FAST! The man is a disgrace.

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Need a new picture of Newt….with an eyepatch.
Ahoy… Matey!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Dug up something that shows NEWT was right on Immigration.
I found this on FOX NEWS website…burried…and NOT a word from any news outlets…especially FOX.
Before you look at this poll….Remember where the candidates stand on Immigration… Romney…”send them all back”.

http://www.foxnews.com/interactive/us/2011/12/09/fox-news-poll-immigration/

coach1228 on January 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Sorry, but the people are with Romney on this one. Ask voters whether they think we should we should start granting tuition breaks to illegals and other kinds of de facto amnesty without bothering to secure the border. Ask voters whether they think talking about granting amnesty without securing the border is a good idea… or whether they think it will just encourage more illegal immigration.

I don’t like the wording in that Fox News poll one bit. It made the “send them back first” option sound extreme, and described the amnesty option with all kinds of caveats to make it more digestable.

Not buying it!

You can push your pro-amnesty candidates Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all you want, but both of them are LOSERS.

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I read that Newt has told his superpac to correct the Bain film errors but they refuse to do so unless Romney furnishes them with many details-even though independent observers have branded the film mostly untrue. What I find most amusing is that Newt said Romney could just tell his superpac what to do and Newt can’t get his too. Also in the NH debate Newt brought up Pinnochios on Mitts record but would not dissavow the Bain film when it got 4 pinnochios from the washington post. what goes around comes around

gerrym51 on January 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I put in a vote for the RestoreOurFuture SuperPAC (or someone else) to finish off Newt totally in South Carolina. I don’t want this man around any longer. Newt is only hurting the party and hurting our chances of defeating Obama. Newt would be a complete embarrassment against Obama. I want Newt pulverized (metaphorically speaking, of course) in a manner ten times worse than the drubbing he got in Iowa. Everyone in South Carolina must know what a pathetic, unelectable, vile man Newt Gingrich is. I have no more patience for the disgusting Gingrich.

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I GOT NOTHIN….it is 2012….

not-ur-avragejoe on January 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I have a genius-level IQ, but to you I am not bright. OK, I’ll take your word for it. And thanks for briefing me on the current poll situation, since I have trouble reading I had no idea. And I’ve always thought that Alaska determines the nomination! Isn’t that what makes Sarah Palin so important???

Igor R. on January 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The Internet is a wonderful place, where we are anonymous and we can be whatever we want to be. lol

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Ahhhhhhhhhh well…errr….mmmmmm

Still got Nothin

not-ur-avragejoe on January 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I can’t take it anymore. Seeing images of the bloated gila monster Newt Gingrich makes me physically ill. The man literally physically repulses me. The way Newt Gingrich has conducted himself over the last few weeks has made me detest the man to the point that I hope we never have to hear much from him ever again after he exits the race.

Newt has revealed himself to be a spiteful, pompous, lying, socialist rhetoric-loving toad. Newt Gingrich is going after Romney using attacks I doubt Newt even believes. Newt obviously has zero chance of winning the nomination (and even less chance against Obama, who would win in a landslide against Newt), yet Newt Gingrich still proceeds with attacks that could only hurt Romney in a general election. Newt right now can forget about any role or speaking time at the Republican Convention in Tampa when the Romney/Rubio ticket is officially presented.

South Carolina voters, please send Newt packing, and FAST! The man is a disgrace.

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Rofl! Your hero is reaping what he sowed in Iowa, bluegill- just like he did in 2008 after he lied and smeared McCain and Huckabee. Looks like he didn’t learn from past experience. Payback is a biatch, ain’t it?

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

You know your hatred for Gingrich is almost psychotic.
What is wrong a clogged bile duct?

kenny on January 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Has it been posted at HA yet that a quote of Mitt’s was found saying that “affordable housing should be a right”?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/romney-viewed-affordable-housing-as-right-not-pri

And yet, the Mittbots insist that MITT is the “capitalist” and that Newt, Perry, and Huntsman are the “socialists”. LOL!

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 1:03 AM

SCORE!

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Perhaps you could construct a Newt/Perry dartboard…and relieve some of that traumtic stress building up.

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Payback is a biatch, ain’t it?

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Good luck getting a response from that one. It has a habit of dropping into a thread, telling people to leave if it doesn’t like something you’ve said to someone else, demanding that come November you will vote for Romney and you will like it, and last but not least, making false accusations against someone and when asked to prove those accusations, you get crickets.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You know who was a great entrepreneur and capitalist? Bernie Madoff
If it had not been for the cabal of Trotskyites, socialists and anti-capitalist fellow travelers like Newt Gingrich, Madoff would still be out there creating jobs.

kenny on January 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

ajacksonian on January 14, 2012 at 7:11 AM

QOTD is for stirring up the locals. Whatever sells, don’tcha know?

Vince on January 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Has it been posted at HA yet that a quote of Mitt’s was found saying that “affordable housing should be a right”?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/romney-viewed-affordable-housing-as-right-not-pri

And yet, the Mittbots insist that MITT is the “capitalist” and that Newt, Perry, and Huntsman are the “socialists”. LOL!

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 1:03 AM

I have been coming across all kinds of Romney waffling all over the internet via words, videos, etc.

He has absolutely NO convictions at all. It is simply amazing that he could have gotten this far and this close to winning a GOP Primary.

But then you look at the divided vote and also Paul putting up a strong libertarian effort, and the weakness of all of the candidates including Romney, you have to conclude our chances are just not there for the general election.

We need to focus on the Senate, pad the lead in the House, and continue to reform the GOP and put out a real Tea Party conservative/libertarian in 2016 but one that is acceptable to socons and also has a more limited and prudent foreign policy as opposed to the expansionism of the Neo-cons and the extremes of isolationism of Paul.

I think we should better focus our limited resources not against O, but to FULLY capture Congress and stop him legislatively and chip away at the Executive branch.

KirknBurker on January 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Speaking of Governor Perry, did you see the story about him jokingly calling on a mannequin with its hand raised at a town-hall event Friday in South Carolina?

I find his humor very refreshing in such a contentious campaign season as this has been.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Perry can be a hoot & thanks for posting the link.

Of course the article describes it as a gaffe when it was clearly just Perry being Perry…He has a very easy going sense of humor sometimes self deprecating and sometimes aimed as criticism.

The “intellectual set” try to pidgeonhole it as “folksy mannerisms” but Perry is a farmer’s son from West Texas and it’s just who he is…And he is at his best appealing to and interacting directly with voters not the “intellectual set” who profess to be our betters.

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Just saw Gingrich at a SC ‘debate’ (wasn’t really a debate at all) on C-SPAN. What a great talk he gave! I think he has a great chance of taking South Carolina, and consolidating the conservative vote against Romney on forward.

LevinFan90 on January 14, 2012

If Rick Perry can’t derail weasely Mittens, then I’ll go with Newt.
If the GOP wants to anoint Willard, let ‘em. No one I know will vote for him.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

You know who was a great entrepreneur and capitalist? Bernie Madoff
If it had not been for the cabal of Trotskyites, socialists and anti-capitalist fellow travelers like Newt Gingrich, Madoff would still be out there creating jobs.

kenny on January 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

that’s pretty funny

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

“Which leads to this observation from Gingrich: ‘I think there’s a real difference,’ he said, ‘between people who believed in the free market and people who go around, take financial advantage, loot companies, leave behind broken families, broken towns, people on unemployment.’ Yes, there are different kinds of capitalism.

This is a sad sequel to the original lib-union tradedy Wall Street. And what always struck me as funny about the fairy-tale-spinning liberals and their fantasies about business is this: for a Bain Capital to benefit from buying a company, they first have to buy a company. Why do the liberal nitwits always forget that before Bain “looted and ransacked” a business, first they made the founder and/or owner of that failing business fabulously wealthy.

You run a business into the ground, where the only escape is the sale of the assets and profitable lines of that business, but you don’t want to be saddled with the bad press of doing what needs to be done, so what to do? Sell to Bain/Gekko! They are fearless and blameless, and very, very good at doing what capitalism requires — fix the problem. Sell off valuable assets, spin off viable business units, lay off worthless workers, fire corrupt union bosses.

Why do the idiots who criticize capitalists somehow forget that one week ago, before the capitalist bought ACME Buggy Whip, Mr. B.W. Smith SOLD ACME Buggy Whip, took $27 million, and retired to Boca Raton? Because they are idiots, of course.

Jaibones on January 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Jaibones on January 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

This an electability issue
…Newt and later Perry,Huntsman exposed Romney’s carefully constructed electability myth driven by the media.

Romney is the weakest of candidates to run against Obama in this economy.

Romney has credibility problems and always has.

“But what became clear this week is that Romney made a major mistake in the way he chose to describe his professional experiences. Instead of simply emphasizing that he was a turnaround expert, someone whose managerial skills and business competence would help fix everything, Romney insisted that his great achievement in life has been creating jobs—specifically, 100,000 jobs while at Bain. As The Wall Street Journal and others have now made clear, “creating jobs” was never a metric that Bain used to define success, and, frankly, is not a metric that any company uses to define success.

Independent fact-checkers have declared Romney’s 100,000 figure somewhere between phony and unverifiable. It is now one of the most important claims of this campaign for journalists to substantiate. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Romney’s success depends on whether that job-creation statement withstands scrutiny.

Ironically, Romney has made a similar mistake to the one the Obama Administration made in early 2009, when two of Obama’s economists released a study with overly optimistic unemployment projections. Ever since then, critics have been able to point to that study as evidence that, if judged by Obama’s own standard, his stimulus has been a failure. We could end up with a race that pits Obama’s stimulus record against Romney’s Bain record.

Judging from the gleeful reaction of Democrats this week, it’s a debate Obama would welcome.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/01/romneys-mistakes.html#ixzz1jS4UEzmv

Romney took this strategy because he can’t run in the primary on his record as Gov. of Taxachussettes and it’s the only way he can compete with Gov. Perry’s economic record in Texas where Perry has a demonstrative conservative governing record with results that counteract Obama’s dismal record and Obama’s attempt to blame his troubles on Bush.

In fact Gov. Perry is the antithesis to the carefully crafted media constructed persona of a distant politician…It’s why people like him when they meet him even if they don’t like his politics…voters relate to him as one of them who also happens to be the Governor and approach him with questions or concerns or opinions on the street wherever he is. They always have done this throughout his career and Perry usually stops and listens and chats with them. There are stories of Perry stoppin’ by a table or on his way somewhere to just shoot the breeze with folks like a regular guy.

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Good luck getting a response from that one. It has a habit of dropping into a thread, telling people to leave if it doesn’t like something you’ve said to someone else, demanding that come November you will vote for Romney and you will like it, and last but not least, making false accusations against someone and when asked to prove those accusations, you get crickets.

Flora Duh on January 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I know. Still, I cannot resist taunting it when it is imploding. lol

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

If Rick Perry can’t derail weasely Mittens, then I’ll go with Newt.
If the GOP wants to anoint Willard, let ‘em. No one I know will vote for him.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Yep.

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

If Rick Perry can’t derail weasely Mittens, then I’ll go with Newt.
If the GOP wants to anoint Willard, let ‘em. No one I know will vote for him.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Yep.

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Man I wish we had a third party that was more conservative than the Republican party.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Man I wish we had a third party that was more conservative than the Republican party.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

No one’s stopping you from starting one.

BettyRuth on January 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I can’t take it anymore. Seeing images of the bloated gila monster Newt Gingrich makes me physically ill. The man literally physically repulses me. The way Newt Gingrich has conducted himself over the last few weeks has made me detest the man to the point that I hope we never have to hear much from him ever again after he exits the race.
bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Obama is that you? Meghan McCain? Or a junior high school girl?
If you really are a junior high school girl, honey, I apologize, but try something more age appropriate, you won’t be so frustrated.

I, Me, 5 times in one paragraph, cause yea, ya know, like, ah, yea everything really is all about YOU! Not just this comment but virtually every bit of nonsense you post!

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

No one’s stopping you from starting one.

BettyRuth on January 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I am no where near pure enough to go through a vetting process. I cleaned my act up when I was in my late 20′s, but we all know that there is no too early period in a person’s life that can be off limits. When grade school writing assignments are in limits, it puts me off the political spectrum.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

UhOh…Bad News for Mitt

“When Hayes became pregnant, authors Michael Kranish and Scott Helman document a conversation during which Romney apparently sat down with Hayes and mentioned the church’s adoption agency. Hayes says she wanted to have the second child and that she came to realize that Romney wanted her to give her son-to-be up for adoption.

Book Claims Romney Tried to Get Woman to Give Her Baby Up for AdoptionIn an article in Vanity Fair that includes excerpts from the book (with the very subjective title “The Dark Side of Mitt Romney”), Kranish and Helman have published portions of their book. Here’s a section that explains the alleged interaction between Romney and Hayes:

Hayes was deeply insulted. She told him she would never surrender her child. Sure, her life wasn’t exactly the picture of Rockwellian harmony, but she felt she was on a path to stability. In that moment, she also felt intimidated. Here was Romney, who held great power as her church leader and was the head of a wealthy, prominent Belmont family, sitting in her gritty apartment making grave demands. “And then he says, ‘Well, this is what the church wants you to do, and if you don’t, then you could be excommunicated for failing to follow the leadership of the church,’” Hayes recalled.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/book-claims-romney-tried-to-get-pregnant-mom-to-give-her-baby-up-for-adop

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I am no where near pure enough to go through a vetting process. I cleaned my act up when I was in my late 20′s, but we all know that there is no too early period in a person’s life that can be off limits. When grade school writing assignments are in limits, it puts me off the political spectrum.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Didn’t stop the guy in the Whitehouse, just a little scrub a dub dub and your shiny as a new penny, of course it might not work for a Republican the way it did for a Black Liberation Theology Maoist.

And make no mistake Obama is a Maoist, Not a socialist or even Marxist.

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Man I wish we had a third party that was more conservative than the Republican party.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Could very well happen if Mitt gets the nomination. But hey, I’m a glass-is-half-full kind of person.

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Whoa.

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Didn’t stop the guy in the Whitehouse, just a little scrub a dub dub and your shiny as a new penny, of course it might not work for a Republican the way it did for a Black Liberation Theology Maoist.

And make no mistake Obama is a Maoist, Not a socialist or even Marxist.

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I understand what your saying. But my morals are not of the kind where I will work to hide my past transgressions. I would essentially have to write a book before I ran for president, but instead of raising me up to be the light bringer, it would be a roller coaster ride of stupidity. It goes along the lines of Romney’s business practices. I do not begrudge him that he did the things he did to make money. It is just something that I see as completely immoral when you look at the degree to which he siphoned money away from running concerns and into his own pocket. I do not want the government arguing how much money a person can make or take or whatever. I want the American people to look at these activities and find them wanting and do what should be done, tell Romney that we cannot support a person of your moral character, thank you very much for having asked for our vote, and we respectfully decline.

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

astonerii on January 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Agreed!

My past precludes me from running for high office also but it is not so bad that I cannot help out locally and we need Patriots at the local levels, also, to guard the Hen House from the weasels.

ConcealedKerry on January 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Good article…

“Romney’s is the management perspective, through and through. I once had the experience of planning and administering a layoff of about a third of the 90-some people working for me. It was horrible. But you know what? It was a lot worse for the people losing their jobs.

It’s an openly avowed plan of the Obama reelection campaign to hit Romney hard over layoffs and outsourcing during his years at Bain. Real people who worked at failing companies acquired and downsized by Bain will tell their personal stories of financial and emotional devastation. It’s going to be emotionally charged if not gut-wrenching stuff.

Romney needs to be able to answer the charges. He needs an answer that he knows inside and out and can produce on demand whether he is fresh or tired. He needs an answer that doesn’t make him sound either defensive, or complacent and arrogant. He needs an answer that radiates his comfort with it as it acknowledges the legitimacy of the question itself. And to judge by his first forays over the past week in response to the first airing of these charges, he hasn’t got one yet.

The counterattack from the right on Gingrich and Perry​—​which came mostly from Romney boosters but also from some prominent Romney skeptics, notably Rush Limbaugh​—​was essentially an effort to change the subject. It was surely heartfelt, either in the straight up “pro-capitalist is pro-Bain” sense or in the attenuated form that attacking Romney on these terms would give aid and comfort to Democrats. And indeed, Democrats will no doubt use Gingrich and Perry soundbites in the fall if Romney is the nominee. One wonders, though, how damaging such clips will be. In the 1980 primary season, George H. W. Bush famously accused Ronald Reagan of “voodoo economics,” and not only did this not hurt Reagan, Bush ended up his vice presidential nominee on a ticket that won in a landslide.

Suppose Gingrich and the rest hadn’t brought up Bain. Romney and those around him would still know the attack was coming, but they wouldn’t have had the visceral experience of feeling its sting and having to respond​—​in fact, failing to respond well. They would have had to learn about their weakness and try to correct it under the much higher-pressure circumstances of the general election campaign. And all those news stories now appearing​—​“At Bain, Romney believed in ‘creative destruction’ ” (Washington Post, January 12)​—​would still be in the can, waiting for release in support of an Obama onslaught.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/bain-his-campaign_616732.html?page=2

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

She’s down for the schtruggle.

Igor R. on January 14, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Excellent! You are a funny man, Igor.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Romney’s PAC can outright lie about Gingrich, claiming he “supports amnesty,” but oh no, when Gingrich factually lays out in human terms Romney’s past it’s “off with his head!”

Sanctimonious double standards of BS candidates and their sycophantic pundits are a red flag for me.

GINGRICH in 2012!

Czar of Defenestration on January 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Whoa.

kg598301 on January 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Yeah…Usually if there’s one there’s more.

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Don’t miss this

January 14, 2012

Huckabee Forum 2: South Carolina Undecided
8pm ET on Fox News (taped broadcast)
Location: Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsor: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) and Fox News
Participants: Romney, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman (Unofficial list)

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Mitt Romney torched the Republican house in Iowa to knock Newt out of the race. Now that it looks like Mitt might be the occupant of the Republican house, Mitt and his surrogates want everyone else to douse the fire.

JonBGood on January 14, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Very well put. Gerson is a whining RINO, responsible for Obama.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

So 150 conservative evangelicals have decided to rally around this guy…

Facepalm

Single Issue Stupidity and Rick Santorum

“And just in case there’s some uncertainty as to Rick Santorum’s view of the role of government, in 2004 he laid out his view very clearly:

“One of the criticisms I make is what I refer to as more of a Libertairanish right. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be alone to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, that we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”

Voting for the candidate who is most vociferous in his defense of your one issue to the exclusion of everything else is suicide. While candidate Rick Santorum speaks about limited government and lower taxes and overregulation on the campaign trail, Senator Rick Santorum was far from a constitutional conservative. He voted in support of most of George Bush’s big government agenda, he voted against NAFTA, voted for steel tariffs and was a huge supporter of earmarks. Obviously Rick Santorum has never heard of the United States. Both his record and his words make it crystal clear that he is no friend of limited, constitutional government. Rick Santorum may sound great on babies, but he will do nothing to take us off that path to disaster. Those single issue voters who are supporting him just might want to think again, or consider the prognosis for the country (and its unborn babies) once America becomes an economic basket case and modern day dystopia.

http://floppingaces.net/2012/01/10/single-issue-stupidity-and-rick-santorum-reader-post/?utm_source=feedburne

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Whatever happened to the idea that you are responsible for your workers and to the larger community?

Obama and the other Communists pretty much own that idea!

perries on January 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I hate Mitt. How he thinks these lies and smears of other candidates will “unite the party”, as the nominee MUST be able to do, I have no idea. He’s a SNAKE!

If Trump sticks to his word about running third party if Mitt’s the nom. I’ll consider voting for Trump. He was my first choice in all this mess anyway.

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Uh-oh. AND, there, ladies and gentleman, is one reason why Mormonism is a turn-off to the majority of Americans.

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

workingclass artist on January 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I saw that clip yesterday and the SC crowd immediately got the joke. Yet, the oh-so-smart MSM did not.

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Uh-oh. AND, there, ladies and gentleman, is one reason why Mormonism is a turn-off to the majority of Americans.

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I hate Mitt.

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

And there, ladies and gentlemen, you see the mask slipping off the typical Rick Perry supporter. What is revealed of the pathetic Perry bigot fans is ugly and not anything we ought to be pandering to. Rick Perry, whose supporters delight in calling certain candidates cult members, appeals to the lowest common denominator.

Incompetent buffoon and pro-illegal alien amnesty Rick Perry cannot seem to move beyond about 1-3% support in many polls, but he sure is successful at drawing the bigots and bottom feeders to his feeble, floundering campaign.

bluegill on January 14, 2012 at 9:08 PM

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