Quotes of the day

posted at 10:46 pm on January 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

“I have, for my sins, watched Gingrich make his pitch across what feels like seventeen thousand Republican primary debates, and I am at a loss to identify the ‘big ideas’ and ‘big solutions’ that he is supposedly campaigning on. Yes, he has an implausible supply-side tax plan, but you never hear him talk about it. He has technically signed on to some form of entitlement reform, but you never hear him talk about that, either. Instead, so far as I can tell, his ‘idea-oriented’ campaign consists almost entirely of promising to hold Lincoln-Douglas-style debates with President Obama, grandstanding about media bias and moderator stupidity, defending his history of ideological flexibility much more smoothly than Mitt Romney, and then occasionally throwing out a wonky-sounding notion (like, say, outsourcing E-Verify to American Express) that’s more glib than genuinely significant. His last-minute momentum in South Carolina, which last night’s debate did nothing to derail, has been generated almost exclusively by the politics of ressentiment: If he wins the Palmetto State primary, it will be because conservative voters don’t much like the mainstream press, and Gingrich has mastered the art of taking tough questions and turning them into dudgeon-rich denunciations of the liberal media and all its works…

“[I]f the Iowa results spoke well of that state’s electorate, a victory for Gingrich this weekend will say something less kind about South Carolinians: They’ll be elevating, as Mitt Romney’s final adversary, a man whose ‘idea-based’ campaign has been anything but, and who won last night’s debate (or at least won its biggest ovation) by turning the topic of his own serial adulteries into an exercise in self-righteousness so shameless that Bill Clinton would have blushed to deliver it.”

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“Being an idea man is fine when you’re writing books, providing commentary and touring the country giving lectures. And it’s apparently enough to make waves in a presidential primary. But Gingrich’s non-traditional campaign failed to qualify for the ballot in his home state of Virginia. And it simply won’t cut it when going after President Obama’s billion dollar plus war chest in a general election. This is something that John McCain proved last time when he won the nomination with a skeleton campaign, only to see his lack of organization (among other things) come back to haunt him in November.

“Beyond that, however excited Gingrich gets by ideas, if he can’t manage a small campaign staff because he’s simply ‘not capable of being a sort of traditional candidate,’ it’s hard to see how he’d competently manage the presidency.

“If Gingrich wins South Carolina and extends the primary, his lack of a traditional campaign will begin to work against him and to the advantage of Mitt Romney as the race goes national. And it will further reinforce Romney’s argument that his managerial competence makes him better equipped to defeat Obama and govern once in office.”

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“Once forced to combat the president in a clash of 60-second sound bites refereed by Obama’s politically-correct buddies, Newt’s supposedly great debating strengths will backfire badly. In a Republican primary, his haymakers draw cheers from the partisan crowd and the commentators marvel at what a crafty street brawler he is. In a general election debate, the crowd of ‘independents’ will boo and the very same ‘news’ people will suddenly he horrified by the bull who just smashed their china shop to bits…

“Newt would be disarmed in this fight on multiple levels. First, he would lose the expectations game before he even started. Then, knowing his bar would be nearly impossible to hurdle; his massive ego would provoke him into lunging for a knockout on every punch. This would play right into the hands of the super coolheaded Obama who will be confident knowing that the referees will score anything his way as long as he simply stays on his feet.

“In short, the whole affair would be an unmitigated disaster.”

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“Gingrich was great at rabble rousing. He was awful at actually managing things. That’s why, again, in the single campaign where he was clearly, unambiguously unchallenged as the architect of national GOP campaign strategy, in 1998, he took a lay of the land that virtually every pundit in the land thought would create at least a 15-seat Republican net gain in the House (Gingrich himself predicted as much as a 30-seat gain), and turned it into a five-seat loss that came within a hair’s breadth in about four races of blowing the entire House majority.

“Meanwhile, how can people say he has ‘changed’ or ‘grown’ or ‘matured’? It was less than a year ago that he was trashing Paul Ryan’s budget as ‘right-wing social engineering.’ It was as recently as 2010 that he was still endorsing a version of the individual health-care mandate. It was just last week that he was attacking Bain Capital from an extreme, left-wing position. Sorry, but that ain’t maturation — and it might explain why he took a 20-point lead in Iowa and a tied-for-lead in New Hampshire and, within about three weeks time, turned them into, respectively, fourth- and fifth-place finishes there. Only in his own backyard, in a state (South Carolina) neighboring his longtime Georgia home, could he hope to be competitive. Even if you give him credit for 1994, Gingrich has been involved in just eight heavily contested elections so far (for the House in 1974, 1976, 1978, and 1992, for the national House elections of 1994 and 1998, and for Iowa and New Hampshire this year so far) — and he has won just three of them. He effectively lost in 1974, 1976, 1998, Iowa, and New Hampshire. And this is the standard bearer who supposedly is going to slay Barack Obama via a series of Lincoln-Douglas debates that of course will never happen anyway?!? I think not.”

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“Fox News, 1/12-1/14:
Obama, fav/unfav, 51%/46%, +5
Romney, fav/unfav, 45%/38%, +7
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 27%/56%, -29

“CBS/NYT, 1/12-1/17:
Obama, fav/unfav, 38%/45%, -7
Romney, fav/unfav, 21%/35%, -14
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 17%/49%, -32

“PPP, 1/13-1/17:
Obama, app/dis, 47%/50%, -3
Romney, fav/unfav, 35%/53%, -18
Gingrich, fav/unfav, 26%/60%, -34

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“Rather than lapsing into the standard ‘Aw-shucks, I’m just an average guy’ political routine, Gingrich went out of his way to embrace his man-on-the-ramparts-of-history persona. Asked about a single regret in the campaign, Newt gave a lesson in Newtonian physics: ‘I would skip the opening three months where I hired regular consultants and tried to figure how to be a normal candidate. And I would just go straight to being a big ideas, big solutions, Internet-based campaign from day one.’ This is Gingrich practicing the politics of authenticity just like he does when he wears suits while campaigning on weekends. Unlike Romney, Gingrich knows who he is and doesn’t try to hide it.

“The fact is, the former House speaker personifies conservatism much as Ronald Reagan did in 1980. With two thirds of the state’s GOP electorate older than 45 (based on 2008 exit polls), voters remember that Newt was the most important Republican of the 1990s. His triumphs in a bleak decade for the GOP earn him a degree of latitude that will never be granted to Romney, no matter what hard-right positions Mitt takes in the quest for the nomination.

“The danger, of course, in this hairpin-turn political season is to over-react to Gingrich’s momentum. Chip Felkel, a Greenville-based GOP political consultant who has not taken sides in the primary, reflected my view of the primary when he said, ‘It’s going to be close. The events of the last 72 hours mean that it could go either way.’ Say what you will about Gingrich — and entire libraries can be written pro-and-con — he remains the most fascinating candidate of this political season. And while he probably will not get the nomination, rest assured that he will not exit the stage quietly. Not after his latest miraculous return from the great beyond.”

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Newt Gingrich has been so nasty (attacking Romney using Occupy Wall Street tactics) and dishonest that Newt had better work hard for Romney after Romney wins the nomination!
bluegill on January 21, 2012 at 6:22 AM

I see that Bluegill is back with the same dishonest Romney talking points.

Newt never attacked capitalism. That’s a Romney talking point. Mitt and his surrogates trout out the old “attacking capitalism” line to hide behind the mantle of capitalism every time his business practices are questioned.

If Mitt Romney is the great businessman he and his supporters proclaim he is, then why do they always try to shut down any discussion of his business record?

For the Romney surrogates to label questions about Mitt’s Bain record as “anti-capitalist” is chutzpah writ large.

After all, it’s Mitt Romney who saddled his state with the socialized healthcare plan known as Romneycare, the building block for Obamacare. Mitt wasn’t so worried about capitalism then, was he? ;-)

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:27 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 6:24 AM

Hi Canopfor! Thanks for the links! Great job, as usual!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:28 AM

It is best to KNOW who you are by asking those that have served with you in the past. Gingrich has NEVER to this day inspired confidence in ANY past or current Congress member. THAT speaks volumes.

“Newt to GOP: Pass Medicare Part D or ‘you don’t deserve to govern’
By Jennifer Rubin

The Romney campaign is beginning, as it did with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, its methodical search-and-destroy operation on Newt Gingrich. For the past few days, the campaign has made available by conference call a series of U.S. representatives who have recounted the tumult of the Gingrich years as speaker. Today, it was Reps. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and John Campbell (R-Calif.), and the subject was ostensibly earmarks. But the zinger was on Gingrich’s role in lobbying on Medicare Part D.

Jeff Flake dubbed Gingrich the “father of contemporary earmarking” and accused Gingrich as speaker of telling appropriators to take congressional races into account when doling out the earmarks. Chaffetz widened the attack, making the case that those on the call were among the most conservative members of Congress, and Gingrich was no conservative. He argued that Gingrich has undermined conservatives, as he did by siding with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on global warming and in attacking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on right-wing social engineering.

I asked the congressmen if they’d ever been lobbied by Gingrich. Flake answered that he hadn’t been individually but said that in the Medicare Part D debate, “[GOP congressman] Billy Tauzin brought Newt in as the closer.” Gingrich ended the GOP conference meeting declaring, “If you can’t pass that bill you don’t deserve to govern.” Ouch.

I imagine Flake might wind up in an ad or two.”

Many of you who were old enough to remember Gingrich’s years must be experiencing short term memory of how he FLAMED OUT so quickly. Again, he has no organizational skills and thinks HE IS TOO BIG for the little things like…governing a country.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:31 AM

O/T
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Influence well beyond its size: South Carolina primary selects every GOP nominee for 3 decades
Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, January 21, 4:43 AM
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Republicans established their presidential primary more than three decades ago as way to raise the state’s national political profile. They wildly succeeded.

Ever since 1980, when Ronald Reagan won, every candidate who has won the GOP primary in this Southern state of fewer than 5 million has gone on to claim the Republican presidential nomination. State party officials are fond of saying the road to the White House passes straight through South Carolina.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/influence-well-beyond-its-size-south-carolina-primary-selects-every-gop-nominee-for-3-decades/2012/01/21/gIQAKyEeFQ_story.html

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 6:33 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 6:24 AM
Hi Canopfor! Thanks for the links! Great job, as usual!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:28 AM

JonBGood:Top of the Morning to ye!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 6:34 AM

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:27 AM

This was laughable…
Why don’t those of you that criticize something that you ONLY read about from what others have told you go through the actual site yourself!

I would bet (10K…haha) that many Romney bashers on here have never ACTUALLY visited MA Healthcare site and just go off ignorance and what they THINK is happening with MA Healthcare. Go read for yourself and get informed. The differences between what MA enacted, yes, with a mandate which they were right to do so by their Constitution (I do not agree with the mandate but they had the right) and Obamacare are vastly different.

Quick Facts:
92% kept their original Employer-based insurance
8% had the option to get insurance through (9) PRIVATE insurance companies
A small percentage (2) do not have to pay for the mandate because they make less than $15K
MA Health coverage has ALMOST completely covered ALL individuals compared to Texas (25% uninsured) and other states
You can receive a waiver for the mandate up to 3 months if are in between jobs
https://www.mahealthconnector.org/portal/site/connector/

There is much more BUT it is not as SCARY as many of you claim it is…I actually walked through a lot of the website because I am tired of hearing all the scaremongering about it.
Also remember, cause I have the quotes if you need them, that the DEMS in the State said we waited till Romney was out to implement many of things he VETOED while in office.

Also I will post after here an ACTUAL MA resident and his comments.

Romney tried (and what his constituents wanted…Remember this is Santorum’s line of thinking on right-to-work) to implement CONSERVATIVE, take responsibility for yourself because the State is tired of spending billions on your laziness of failing to get insurance that WE ALL KNOW some can afford it but use the Emergency rooms as “their doctor” thus overburdening them and causing them to shut down as in the case across the States.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Newt Gingrich strong in South Carolina polls, could blow Republican nomination ‘wide open’ – Sky News

Story metadata:
Submitted 2 hours ago from news.sky.com by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16153581

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 6:37 AM

MA Healthcare explained by a State Resident
Lets try to all speak using words that have the same definition.

In MA, the people get or buy their own health insurance, from private health insurance companies.

There is not socialized medicine in MA. The government in MA regulates the health care industry for safety like every where else. The government is too heavy handed regulating the insurance, but it is still private insurance, and you get a teeny little bit of choice what you want, and sort of can choose the level of coverage you want to pay for. Our car insurance is regulated the same way, we don’t have socialized car insurance, you just pay a lot because when you have a lot of liberals they are always whining that their insurance doesn’t cover what they thought it did. We get to choose any policy we want, but they are all expensive. The Same with health insurance.

Where outsiders may be confused, is that the Romney insurance reform told the insurance companies to come up with MORE insurance plans that people buying their own insurance could afford. The way he set it up, they had some choices, and different levels of coverage. Some had health savings accounts. Some had low limits of coverage like what they call mini plans.

Five years later, I can’t be sure anything he set up is still in place because as soon as he was gone you heard liberals whining that they chose a cheap plan with $26K coverage, and were horrified that they did not get a million…or two million dollars worth of coverage for that. It is very possible that the democrat legislature has superseded a lot of the low cost plans, and I know you blame Romney for that, but it is the people’s own fault for whining to the legislature here that basically it is unfair if you buy a small policy that you don’t still get maximum coverage. It is possible we now have a 2 million dollar policy coverage minimum, having nothing to do with Romney care, but put in place by the MA legislature. They would have done it anyway

People who had insurance from their employer, have not been affected by Romney care, until recently, where they are starting to shift medical costs system wide, to make up for the losses they are experiencing from Medicare/Medicaid. The whole idea of the Romney plan was NOT to expand Medicaid to cover that 8%. It was the liberal idea, that those 8% should be put on Medicaid…they also wanted to convert their 92% health insurance covered state to single payer. Romney prevented this later wish. That is true socialized medicine.

We are also starting to feel the effect of the higher minimum coverage of…$2 million per policy. Obamacare is $750K and that is causing the rash of waivers in the mini plans.

Mitt Romney has no control over the reimbursement from the federal government for these programs, he got the best deal he could for our state to try to use some of the money to subsidize the private insurance plans of the lower income people here who said they could not afford insurance. Those deficits in Medicaid and Medicare are causing the cost of insurance to go up, not the private Romney inspired insurance plans.

There is no actual CARE in Romney care, like their is in socialized medicine. We have private insurance here until Obama Care ruins it. We republicans didn’t really want it, but many people did want the reform of the health insurance exchange with it’s idea of saying the companies had to offer some other levels of coverage. With 92% covered there was no incentive for them to offer limited policies to individuals. You couldn’t buy insurance, unless you wanted a Maximum plan. It’s been twisted to that now, probably. That’s not Romney care, THAT is Obama Care.

Maximum plans, $750K worth. Not just hospitalization. Not, only the things that are important to you. It’s been hi jacked here.
We also have a lot of liberal things that go on and cost money, and it is disingenuous to say that they have anything to do with Mitt Romney.
Our governor is Duval Patrick, a liberal do nothing governor, who has presided over a liberal legislature full of corrupt politicians. This is not a cliche, they get arrested and go to prison for corruption, and then they elect a new one Speaker of the House. They get caught taking bribes and putting the money in their bras. Seriously. They have been voting for pie in the sky since Romney left here, and THEY think it is funny to blame their largess on him. Please don’t join in. Only the aspirations of running for president of the U.S. someday have kept Duval from indulging their wants.

If anyone has the fact or detail on how the insurance minimum coverage was raised to $2 million in MA, I have not been able to find it in an article or on MAss.gov and I want to document something on another post.

I am afraid none of this I have written applies to small business in MA. They are orphans much like republicans are, and have been treated horribly in health insurance and in general by the liberals here. That has nothing to do with Mitt Romney either, but you know Duval Patrick would be happy if you would say it’s Romney’s fault…or George Bushes…or Halliburton, just don’t blame him.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:42 AM

O/T
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Amazing – Man shoots nail in head and keeps working
Jan 21, 2012
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(Video)

A man is recovering after having a nail removed from his brain, and he didn’t even know it was there.
The Sun-Times reports Orland Park resident Dante Autullo unknowingly shot a nail gun into his head Tuesday morning.
Autullo was using the power tool, while working on his garage.
He had fired several nails, but the nail gun backfired on the last one he used.
His finger was still on the trigger, when a sensor on the gun thought he was a flat surface, and shot him.
But Autullo thought the nail just whizzed by his ear and that his head wound was from the gun hitting him.

He felt good enough to plow snow that day and go to work the following day.
Autullo started feeling nauseous after taking a nap at home.
His fiance took him to the doctor, who took an X-ray of his head.
That X-ray revealed that a 3 1/2-inch nail was lodged in the middle of his brain.
It ended up next to the part of the brain that controls motor functions.

“They were shocked because he was walking and talking and he had it in for 36 hours,” said Autullo’s mother, Jerri Autullo, told the Sun-Times.
A surgeon removed the nail and part of Autullo’s skull Thursday afternoon at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he is recovering.
The operation took about four hours.
Autullo is in intensive care, as doctors observe him for any complications, which could include swelling, bleeding, and fever.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLshdFrbdAU

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 6:44 AM

MA Healthcare differed from what Romney wanted/signed
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/68606_Page2.html#ixzz1e23x9FNH

“We knew the next governor was likely going to be a Democrat,” said John McDonough, who at the time was the executive director of Health Care For All, a consumer advocate group. “So Democrats in the state decided to put off key decisions around implementation until a new administration came in.”

And in his book “No Apologies,” Romney concedes: “Even the best written legislation is subject to rulemaking and interpretation by political appointees and it can be adjusted by subsequent administrations.”

Another key difference is that the final bill included a “play-or-pay” provision for small businesses, something Romney had been opposed to from the beginning.

The House added the employer mandate provision — fines for small businesses that did not offer health insurance — and Romney subsequently vetoed the measure. The Legislature overrode his veto, and as a presidential candidate, Romney has been able to defend himself on this point.

Additionally, Romney notes in “No Apologies” that expensive insurance mandates like in vitro fertilization and dental care in “low-cost” insurance plans were also added to the final package despite his vetoes.

McDonough said that every stakeholder in the state, including Romney, ended up agreeing on the pillars of the law that are still in place today, but concedes that the law doesn’t reflect exactly what Romney had in mind for the state.

“The key components from Romney’s original proposal to what was in the final law are all there: insurance market reforms, the individual mandate, subsidies, the exchange,” McDonough said. “But yes, the Legislature filled in the blanks, and it’s markedly different than what he had in mind.”

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Gingrich is running the campaign he has to run. I’m glad he doesn’t have the big money donors. He has built his career proposing conservative alternatives to the Democrat entitlement state, based on opportunity and hard work. Obama won over the white vote by suggesting a post racial America, then scorned those voters. Newt champions a conservative message that intellectually refutes the stereotypes conveyed by a liberal media and establishment political class.

Nexialist on January 21, 2012 at 6:49 AM

I wonder if Ed is going to get up this early to give us an open thread? Polls open in a few minutes! :-)

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Many of you who were old enough to remember Gingrich’s years must be experiencing short term memory of how he FLAMED OUT so quickly. Again, he has no organizational skills and thinks HE IS TOO BIG for the little things like…governing a country.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:31 AM

No, the problem with the Romney-created narrative is simple: it’s contradicted by the evidence, the results. Like all Romney creations: it’s a phony narrative.

Under Newt, there were balanced budgets and welfare reform. Newt created GoPac and other entities that led to the Republican majority in the House. He also caused the resignation of the powerful Democratic Speaker of the House, Jim Wright.

While Newt was winning conservative battles: Mitt Romney opposed the party, Reagan and conservatism.

If Newt was so bad, then how did all these achievements happen under his leadership?

If Gingrich was so divisive to the new conservative House that he helped engineered, why didn’t these great conservatives regain seats and retain the House after Newt left Congress? Why? Please, explain that!

You have all these wonderful conservatives that say that Newt was so ineffective, but yet where is their great record of conservative achievement after Newt was gone? Please, explain that!

If all these wonderful conservatives were so wonderful and effective, so much more effective and organized and thoughtful than Newt, then why did it take the Tea Party Movement to restore a conservative majority years after Newt was gone? Please, explain that!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:53 AM

“We knew the next governor was likely going to be a Democrat,” said John McDonough, who at the time was the executive director of Health Care For All, a consumer advocate group. “So Democrats in the state decided to put off key decisions around implementation until a new administration came in.”

In other words Romney got rolled, just like Bush and Obama got rolled by their Congresses. Gingrich stood up to his own House as Speaker and would do the same as president.

Nexialist on January 21, 2012 at 6:56 AM

This was laughable…
Why don’t those of you that criticize something that you ONLY read about from what others have told you go through the actual site yourself! g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Do you live in Massachusetts?

Also I will post after here an ACTUAL MA resident and his comments. g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Do you live in Massachusetts, or do you get paid to post Romney talking points?

Or do you just like to tell people who actually live in Massachusetts, the Romney-created fictional narrative?

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:02 AM

If Gingrich was so divisive to the new conservative House that he helped engineered, why didn’t these great conservatives regain seats and retain the House after Newt left Congress? Why? Please, explain that!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:53 AM

EXACTLY!!! Because of Gingrich the Clinton campaign linked Gingrich to our elections and people ran from him causing us to lose the House! He was the ONLY Speaker in HISTORY to be removed. You’re selective memory of Gingrich is suspect. I agree he HELPED bring about welfare reform, republican majority, etc BUT he was ONE House member of 435.

He definitely has NOT attracted past or current members to his side which speaks volumes about his character. Gingrich’s issue is his OWN ego gets in the way and he thinks he is better than ANY one else in the room.

Romney has shown from his private and public experience to be able to work with a wide spectrum of people.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 6:52

Daum! Beat me to it. I need a faster coffee pot.

Limerick on January 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

I see that Bluegill is back with the same dishonest Romney talking points.

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Yes, and in her usual charming dictatorial manner.

Newt had better work hard for Romney after Romney wins the nomination!
bluegill on January 21, 2012 at 6:22 AM

sounds oddly similar to:

come November, you will vote for Romney, and you will like it.

bluegill on January 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

O/T,Hopey/Changey Foot-Soldier busted!
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BREAKING:

Former Obama Staffer Busted for Stealing Iowa Secretary of State’s Identity
Jan 20 2012
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Barack Obama’s 2008 Iowa New Media Director was arrested Friday for attempting to use the identities of Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and/or his brother Thomas, with the intent to falsely implicate the Secretary Schultz in illegal or unethical behavior. Zach Edwards, 29, of Des Moines, currently works for Link Strategies, a Democrat-affiliated organization with ties to Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Edwards is the Director of New Media for Link Strategies.

The Secretary of State’s office discovered the alleged crime and reported it to authorities. Edwards turned himself in to the Iowa DCI agents Friday afternoon. He was charged with identity theft, a misdemeanor, and booked into the Polk County jail. Edwards posted $2,000 bail and was released later on Friday. He faces up to two years in prison.

Zach Edwards’ bio on Link Strategies website says he joined the Obama campaign in early 2007 as an intern in Nevada. He eventually joined the New Media department and directed their operations in five other primary states. He was the Iowa Director of New Media for Barack Obama’s general election campaign. After the election, Edwards joined Link Strategies, “where he provides innovative web-based research tools, video analysis and production, and web-based communication tools to assist our clients,” according to the bio.
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http://theiowarepublican.com/2012/breaking-former-obama-staffer-busted-for-stealing-iowa-secretary-of-state%e2%80%99s-identity/

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Here are some real, objective facts about Romneycare:

An analysis of Romneycare by Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute found that, on average, Romneycare:

•    cost the Bay State 18,313 jobs;

•    drove up total health insurance costs in Massachusetts by $4.311 billion;

•    slowed the growth of disposable income per person by $376; and

•    reduced investment in Massachusetts by $25.06 million.

In addition:

“the state’s health-care costs have been heavily subsidized by billions of dollars in federal aid through a Medicaid waiver program.”

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Do you live in Massachusetts, or do you get paid to post Romney talking points?

Or do you just like to tell people who actually live in Massachusetts, the Romney-created fictional narrative?

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:02 AM

I currently live in Afghanistan. Where do you live? Are you in MA? What city?

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:05 AM

canopfor

I see that “Sleepless in the Dominion” is prowling in search of the “Truf’” again. Once knew an Orthodox monk in San Francisco who slept only two hours a day. Must be your long-lost cousin.

So, Michael Moore says American was built on “the backs of slaves.”
And his considerable wealth was built on the bulge of his huge gut.

If he is engaging in “class war” against the “rich,” then isn’t he warring against himself? Some serious psychological issues there.

Oh, and thanks for the tip on Christ Medical Center. If they can remove a nail from that guy’s head, maybe they can remove some of the rocks from mine.

“G’day.” Oh wait, that’s from the OTHER Dominion.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:07 AM

JonB…
post what you want…I think what Allah posted above in this article is damning to Gingrich…MANY people see him as he does himself as TOO BIG FOR HIS BRITCHES and a historical figure that we all should be recognizing his eminence…that is why he gets so angry when pressed and losing.

Romney MAY lose SC BUT he will be fine later on as he has the organization for a POTUS campaign. Gingrich was originally out selling books for his “campaign”

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:09 AM

@stevebruskCNN
The polls at open in South Carolina. At polling station in Lexington, @donlemoncnn report a dozen people were lined up at 7am.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:14 AM

You’re selective memory of Gingrich is suspect. I agree he HELPED bring about welfare reform, republican majority, etc BUT he was ONE House member of 435.

O.K., are you clueless or intent on creating a false narrative with your comments?

Newt was the Speaker of the House, the most powerful position in the House. The Speaker sets the agenda.

I don’t have a selective memory, I’ve worked on campaigns for years. Gopac was a critical resource for building the new House Majority.

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:16 AM

I currently live in Afghanistan. Where do you live? Are you in MA? What city?

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Gm, please stay safe! And thank you for serving!

Yes, I live in MA.

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:18 AM

JonB…
post what you want…I think what Allah posted above in this article is damning to Gingrich…MANY people see him as he does himself as TOO BIG FOR HIS BRITCHES and a historical figure that we all should be recognizing his eminence…that is why he gets so angry when pressed and losing.

Romney MAY lose SC BUT he will be fine later on as he has the organization for a POTUS campaign. Gingrich was originally out selling books for his “campaign”

Excellent post JonB. Facts trump Romney talking points.

Nexialist on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Here you go JonB…

Bill Clinton of the Right With Half the Charm and Twice the Abrasiveness

By Quin Hillyer

That’s what I wrote about Newt Gingrich several months ago. It refers to their lack of discipline, their amoral ruthlessness in politics, their grandiosity, their verbal dexterity and equal dexterity with the truth, and all sorts of other character traits. It remains true now. Jenny Sanford sees part of it. Fiscal conservative stalwarts Jeff Flake and Jason Chaffetz describe another part of it. Yes, Marianne Gingrich saw lots of it, too, but it wasn’t the sex part that was important, but his turning on conservatives, his”melting” around Clinton, his megalomania and psychological oddnesses, and other policy- and leadership-related things she described to Esquire that are the important factors — and these are issues or themes where it’s not just a he-said/she-said thing, but instead ones amply supported by solid conservatives such as Tom Coburn, Dick Armey multiple times (by the way, Marianne Gingrich reportedly has also told people the same story about Newt being called to the White House one day and then coming back completely changed about Clinton and all chummy with him), William Bennett and George Will, Jim Talent, and many other solid conservatives.

Meanwhile, Gingrich consistently claims far too much credit for conservative successes, especially in the Reagan years. As Mitt Romney noted in the debate last night, Reagan barely knew who Gingrich was. He was a back bencher.

The joke going around in the late 1980s was that the NRCC had a whole room full of file Cabinets, with every drawer in the room labeled “Newt’s ideas.” Well, every drawer but one. The drawer in the bottom corner of the dingiest file Cabinet was labeled “Newt’s good ideas.”

As for his role in gaining the majority for the GOP in 1994, it was of course significant. I was there; I will always credit him for that. Alas, he claims TOO much credit. The Contract with America, for instance, was more the brainchild of Kerry Knott (Armey’s aid, who came up with the first version of it while on a weekend clear-his-mind getaway at Morton Blackwell’s country house) than anybody else. The insistence on passing welfare reform (rather than giving up on it after two vetoes and using it as a campaign issue instead) came from the bottom up, with folks like Santorum, John Kasich, Bill Archer, and Clay Shaw deserving more of the credit than Gingrich.

As for Appropriations, Bob Livingston went beyond what Newt even asked in pursuit of a balanced budget, and so did Kasich. But Gingrich almost ruined the whole thing by agreeing with Bill Thomas to include an unnecessary Medicare provision into the “shutdown” battle, thus giving fodder to Clinton and muddying the waters.

Gingrich’s foot-in-mouth-itis clearly helped cost conservatives both in the PR department and in the 1996 presidential race; his conduct of the impeachment inquiry turned it, politically, into a major met minus instead of the net plus it should have been; and his utter capitulation on spending in the fall of 1998 (in order to buy off moderates for what turned out to be irrelevant demands for the actual shape of the impeachment inquiry) blew the lid off the spending progress made in the previous three years and set the scene for the Bush spendathon.

But here’s the question: If Gingrich is afforded so much credit for the House takeover in 1994, why shouldn’t John Boehner claim the credit for the House takeover in 2010? After all, the GOP made a much higher net gain of seats in 2010 than in 1994. (I’m not saying Boehner should get the lion’s share of the credit; my point is that there’s no reason for Gingrich to get more of it than Boehner does, for a lesser numerical triumph.

http://spectator.org/blog/2012/01/20/bill-clinton-of-the-right-minu

I suggest you read the FULL article…it will recall to you the Gingrich years as ALMOST ALL of us remember them. :o)

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Here’s a great article by Andy McCarthy on Newt’s understanding of Sharia and his willingness to call it for what it is. I’d love to hear what Santorum and Romney have to say about this, and suspect that they would toe the politically correct BS line we’ve been hearing for years.

Anyone have any links to Rick and/or Mitt on Sharia?

IrishEi on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Good Morning Fora Duh!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Excellent post JonB. Facts trump Romney talking points.

Nexialist on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Talking points they are not…haha revisionist facts you try to use against Romney.

Again, Romney is the better prepared candidate and it will bear itself out over the next month as he continually picks up States. :o)

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:22 AM

So, Gingrich is “too big for his britches?

Maybe. But no one in this solar system is “too big” for Michael Moore’s britches.

I have no “choice” in the SC primary today. Selections are:
1. Guy who dyes his hair black except for the sideburns. (?)
2. Guy who pays for expensive dome-rug and picks a white one (?)
3. Guy who resembles everyone’s dumb kid brother – “Darn. Spilled
gravy on my sweater vest again.”
4. And then, there is always “Uncle Crackers.”

Think Newt will win, then Romney, Santorum, Paul.

Of course, I could be wrong. IIRC, was wrong once back in ’62, so it could happen again.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:22 AM

If Gingrich is afforded so much credit for the House takeover in 1994, why shouldn’t John Boehner claim the credit for the House takeover in 2010? After all, the GOP made a much higher net gain of seats in 2010 than in 1994.

The answer is simply: Boehner never established the infrastructure or resources for creating a Republican majority like Newt did. The Tea Party drove the 2010 elections.

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:23 AM

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Good morning. Already looking like it’s going to be a busy and boisterous day here at HA. lol

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Of course, I could be wrong. IIRC, was wrong once back in ’62, so it could happen again.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:22 AM

LOL!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Great news, y’all. Romney said the Recession is over! Remember that as you search for a job.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM

I wonder if Ed is going to get up this early to give us an open thread? Polls open in a few minutes! :-)

csdeven on January 21, 2012 at 6:52 AM

csdeven:Excellent idea,maybe that way,well break 5,000 comments,
and Mittens Clan are going to bump into Newts troopers
this morning!
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Oh Sh*t,High Noon at Ham House!
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2012 elections
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Gingrich, Romney heading for Ham House showdown in SC over schedule conflict

– @NBCPoliticsStory metadata:
Submitted 5 mins ago from firstread.msnbc.msn.com by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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Call it the Ham House Showdown.
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Incredulous reporters first thought there was a mistake. Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney scheduled events at Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville, S.C., at 10:45 a.m. ET Saturday. For Romney, the event will be his final public appearance before results are announced Saturday night.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/20/10202845-gingrich-romney-heading-for-ham-house-showdown
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Candidate’s Itinerary

9:30 AM – Mitt Romney
Tommy’s Ham House
214 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC

10:45 AM – Newt Gingrich
Tommy’s Ham House
214 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC

http://www.scgop.com/

canopfor on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Newt is the Honeybadger candidate going after snakes in the media’s pro-Obama’s operation.

Romney still presumes that since he is rich and he has a perfect plan to destroy all other GOP candidates that MUST be elected.

But Newt don’t care!

You know Newt could be beating Mr Enevitable when his supporters start calling Newt a “Rabblerouser.”

jimw on January 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Good morning. Already looking like it’s going to be a busy and boisterous day here at HA. lol

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM

LOL! My problem is that I dislike the false narratives that the Romney surrogates try to create all the time. Otherwise, I could chat about important things … like music!

Alas, the great R&B legend Etta James, 72, passed away Friday of complications from leukemia.

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:27 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM

It’s a small world, after all!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:28 AM

canopfor

I see that “Sleepless in the Dominion” is prowling in search of the “Truf’” again. Once knew an Orthodox monk in San Francisco who slept only two hours a day.

“G’day.” Oh wait, that’s from the OTHER Dominion.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Horace:Great scott,what on earth were you doing,in

Sodom/Gohmorah Land!!?

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:29 AM

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Good post KJ. I can’t believe he essentially ‘conceded’ that issue to Obama. Definitely a *facepalm* moment.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

GoodMorning Everyone—————:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

JonB and Horace,
I see it as a squeaker with possibly Romney winning by 1% boosted by Gov’s Haley and McDonnell’s, and Bolton and McCain’s (whose popular there) push.

Of course I will not find out the results till tomorrow morning my time (AFG Time)

I appreciate the good banter back and forth. :o)

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

kingsjester

I appreciate your attempt to start the day with good news, but Romney is a little behind the times.

Recession ended back in 2009 or 2010. In know because Joe Biden told me. “Stand up, Chuck.”

(Gawd! Keep wanting to make a nasty comment asking if Biden ever said that to Charles Krauthammer, but, to quote Nixon, “that would be wrong.” So, I won’t.)

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:31 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM
It’s a small world, after all!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:28 AM

JonBGood:Yup,and I can’t wait for that video!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Incredulous reporters first thought there was a mistake. Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney scheduled events at Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville, S.C., at 10:45 a.m. ET Saturday.

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Maybe we’ll get a quote ala 2004…”Can I git me a Ham sammich?”
haha

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Meanwhile, Gingrich consistently claims far too much credit for conservative successes, especially in the Reagan years. As Mitt Romney noted in the debate last night, Reagan barely knew who Gingrich was. He was a back bencher

For years during Reagan Gingrich articulated conservative themes and attacked liberal excesses during special orders following regular House sessions. It so infuriated Dems that they ordered the cameras to pan the empty chamber. Perhaps if Gingrich had the Speakership during the 80′s Reagan would not have been rolled by Orrin Hatch over spending cuts.

And in 2010 voters voted against Obama excesses, not in favor of Republicans.

Nexialist on January 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Good morning.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

Mornin’, y’all! Let’s get ready to rumbllllllle!

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Romney told the Boston Globe in 1994 that, as a registered independent, he voted in the 1992 Democratic primary for Paul Tsongas because Tsongas was from Massachusetts and he favored Tsongas’s ideas over Bill Clinton’s.

Marcus, Ruth. The Washington Post [Washington, D.C] 21 Feb 2007: A.15.

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Horace:Great scott,what on earth were you doing,in

Sodom/Gohmorah Land!!?

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:29

Doing time in nearby San Quentin.

It was a crime of passion.

Let it go.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:31 AM

I keep having this urge to invite stuffy ol’ Dr. K. to a Mississippi Family Reunion and Barbeque. It would be a hoot. He’s a very smart man, but he needs to get out of the Beltway every now and then.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:36 AM

@LarrySabato
Gingrich will gain points in FL right away–another neighbor state to GA. But sustaining it over 10 days will take lots of $.

@LarrySabato: A major impact of Gingrich victory tonight in SC will be reopening discussion about “a late entry” in GOP race. But who?

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:38 AM

@stevebruskCNN
The polls at open in South Carolina. At polling station in Lexington, @donlemoncnn report a dozen people were lined up at 7am.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Flora Duh:And so, it begins!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Excellent post JonB. Facts trump Romney talking points.

Nexialist on January 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Thanks! Good Morning!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Good Morning Kingsjester!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

”Can I git me a Ham sammich?”
haha

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

You forgot the “here” at the end. Makes it more hillbilly. Kerry was trying to appeal to the little people, the ones he wants arrested if they loiter on Beacon Hill.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Mornin’, JonB!

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:41 AM

g2825m

Or, even better, as the late, great Georgia writer, Lewis Grizzard, once pointed out, in Southern, “here” is pronounced “hee-oh.”

“Can I gets me a ham sammich hee-oh?” Perfect appeal to the little people.

Course, Romney can then kiss the Jewish vote good-bye. Has been a large Jewish presence in Charleston since colonial days.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM

South Carolina Information Highway

South Carolina – Elections
**************************
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http://www.sciway.net/sc-elections/

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM
Maybe we’ll get a quote ala 2004…”Can I git me a Ham sammich?”
haha

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

g2825m:Lol,btw,stay safe in the Theatre of Operations,and
I too,thank-you for your service!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Flora Duh:And so, it begins!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Early voting opens in FL today. Mr. Duh and I will taking a trip to the polls in a few hours.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:47 AM

kingsjester

HaHaHaHaHa!

I have a hard time picturing Charles “The Sage” Krauthammer at a barbeque somewhere outside Corinth saying, “Hey, y’all, bring me ‘nother plate o’ them there ribs, and don’t be goin’ easy on that sauce neither, ya hee-oh?”

Of course, people as august as Mr. K rarely mingle with the proles.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM

the late, great Georgia writer, Lewis Grizzard

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Love his writing.

“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Early voting opens in FL today. Mr. Duh and I will taking a trip to the polls in a few hours.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Cool! Thanks for voting! :-)

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Course, Romney can then kiss the Jewish vote good-bye. Has been a large Jewish presence in Charleston since colonial days.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Did they come over on the ships as well…

sarc/

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM

“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM

LOL! What an interesting observation!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

Mornin’, y’all! Let’s get ready to rumbllllllle!
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kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:34 AM

kingsjester:GoodMorning to both of ya!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM

“Hey, y’all, bring me ‘nother plate o’ them there thar ribs, and don’t be goin’ easy on that sauce neither, ya hee-oh?”

Of course, people as august as Mr. K rarely mingle with the proles.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM

FIFY ;-)

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM
Love his writing.

“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Flora Duh:

Don’t Eat Yellow Snow,tho!!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Best Jobless/Homeless song evah! (1964)

Third boxcar, midnight train
Destination…Bangor, Maine.
Old worn out suit and shoes,
I don’t pay no union dues,
I smoke old stogies I have found
Short, but not too big around
I’m a man of means by no means
King of the road.

I know every engineer on every train
All of their children, and all of their names
And every handout in every town
And every lock that ain’t locked
When no one’s around.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

The former Mianne Gingrich has proven to be as pure as the driven snow…after the dog sled.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Flora Duh

Another Lewis fan right here on Hot Gas! Great!

After his third or fourth marriage failed – “I’m not gettin’ married again. I’m just going to find a woman who hates me and buy her a house.”

Johnny Carson: “I understand you have a real fear of flying.”
Lewis: “Oh, I done got over that.”
Johnny Carson: “Did you go to counseling or something?”
Lewis: “No. Before the flight, I just get really drunk in the airport bar.”

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

:Lol,btw,stay safe in the Theatre of Operations,and
I too,thank-you for your service!:)

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Thank you!

I find interesting that we are over here protecting a right that is currently happening today in SC and eventually all over America and yet too few Americans take this right seriously.

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

That’s “Marianne”.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Early voting opens in FL today. Mr. Duh and I will taking a trip to the polls in a few hours.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Well, Flora you know who I hope you vote for…if not then I am a big fan of your husbands! haha

I always hated that after voting I would come home and find out a few times my wife and I cancelled each others votes out…haha

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:57 AM

g2825m

Don’t forget – Judah Benjamin, Secretary of State and later Secretary of War for the late, noble Confederacy, was of the Hebrew persuasion.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Don’t forget – Judah Benjamin, Secretary of State and later Secretary of War for the late, noble Confederacy, was of the Hebrew persuasion.

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM

yep, some good blokes!

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 7:54 AM

King of the Road! That’s a cool song!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Total coverage:
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SC GOP PrimaryNews, schedules, video, social buzz and more Voting issues
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Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Return here this evening for statewide and local results.

http://www.thestate.com/primary/

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

I always hated that after voting I would come home and find out a few times my wife and I cancelled each others votes out…haha

g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 7:57 AM

I know what you mean. In 2008 my youngest daughter voted in her first election. When she told me she had voted for Obama I almost disowned her. Being a small business owner she’s now reaping what she sowed and won’t be making that mistake again.

Stay safe.

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Yep! Still cool after all these years.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Horace on January 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

It’s almost as if he was talking about our current GOP field, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Ironic to see CNN working for Newt.

crash72 on January 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM

It will be a awhile until Mom wakes up haner and some of the rest of the Mittbots.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM

“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

It’s almost as if he was talking about our current GOP field, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Excellent point!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM

“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

It’s almost as if he was talking about our current GOP field, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:12 AM

From one mistake to another.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM

the Mittbots.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM

What kind of bot are you?

We know nobody can simply support a candidate without being a bot.

/

Don’t answer. Just FO.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Don’t answer. Just FO.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Who died and made you King of Hot Air, boy?

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

From one mistake to another.

CW on January 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Good morning to you, too, CW. Have a great day!

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Mr. Gingrich’s 2nd wife said her husband called it quits over the phone. I imagine it was something like this:

I don’t love you anymore
It’s just that simple
No, no, no, not like before
Such a shame, dirty shame

I’ll take care of my responsibilities
I’ll send you your money
Every month, you can depend on that
You better believe that you can

But we can’t be together…

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Who died and made you King of Hot Air, boy?

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

What a difference 48 hours can make, eh?

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Time for me to leave.

Have a great day everyone!

Take care, GM! Stay Safe!

Happy voting Flora Duh!

JonBGood on January 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

What a difference 48 hours can make, eh?

Flora Duh on January 21, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Yes, ma’am. And, after haner called me a !@#$ing idiot last night, I’m through taking it from these folks who have turned the discourse on the best Conservative site on the web into a replica of dKos.

kingsjester on January 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

“If Gingrich wins South Carolina and extends the primary, his lack of a traditional campaign will begin to work against him and to the advantage of Mitt Romney as the race goes national. And it will further reinforce Romney’s argument that his managerial competence makes him better equipped to defeat Obama and govern once in office.”

Ok… let me try to understand this. If Gingrich wins it’s proof he’s a loser? So, I guess if he loses tonight that means he’s a better candidate than Romney and going to win the nomination? I really don’t get that statement.

JellyToast on January 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

South Carolina Information Highway

South Carolina – Elections
**************************
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http://www.sciway.net/sc-elections/

canopfor on January 21, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Happy primary day! Thanks for the link canopfor.

tinkerthinker on January 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Found this(Below) really interesting. I can see why Romneybots like thier man from the North East. Romney is in good RINO company with those listed. I have cut and pasted this list for easy reading and I have also pasted the link below the list…..
People…if you want OBAMA Lite……Mitt Romney is your man….good luck with that. McRomney 2012!!!

Top 10 RINOs (Republicans in Name Only)

12/27/2005

Ranked by the editors of Human Events.

1. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.)
Once approached by Democratic Leader Harry Reid to switch parties, Chafee has long supported liberal policies. He backs legal abortion, gay rights, federal-funded health care, strict environmental protections and a higher minimum wage. Opposes ANWR drilling. Also was the only Republican in Congress not to endorse the President’s reelection and one of three who tried to gut Bush’s tax cuts.

2. Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)
A self-described “centrist,” Snowe scored a 100% pro-choice voting record as scored by NARAL and consistently votes with Democrats on social issues.

3. Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.)
“Snarlin’ Arlen” warned Bush not to nominate judges who might overturn Roe v. Wade, joined Chaffee reducing tax cuts and supported Democrats on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, HMO and overtime regulation. Also opposed school choice in Washington, D.C.

4. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
Voted with liberals on the 1999 tax cut, campaign finance reform and the partial-birth abortion ban. Also advocated “pay-as-you-go” tax cuts with spending increases in 2004, leading to a budget never agreed upon between the House and Senate.

5. Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.)
He led the House fight for McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform.” He’s also prone to back environmental causes, gun control and abortion rights. He had no GOP challenger in 2004, but narrowly escaped defeat, 52% to 48%, by a Democratic opponent in the general election.

6. Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.)
Helped unions raise pay and unionize Indian casinos. Has said, “I believe in a limited government, low taxes, a tough approach to crime. … But I also believe in an activist government. I’m not one of those laissez-faire types.”

7. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (N.Y.)
Over the course of his 23-year career, he’s gained considerable power (chairman of the Science Committee), despite amassing one of the most liberal voting records of any House Republican. Fought back conservative challengers in 2000 and 2002 and could face a GOP challenge in ’06.

8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
Has said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the city’s aesthetics, saying, “This is what happens when you don’t have zoning.”

9. Rep. Michael Castle (Del.)
As president of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and key player in the so-called Tuesday Group lunches, he is a ring-leader of RINOs. He’s teamed with Democrats to make federal funding of embryonic stem cell research one of his top priorities.

10. Rep. Jim Leach (Iowa)
One of only six House Republicans to vote against the Iraq War resolution in 2002, he was also the only Republican to vote against President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts. His support for environmental causes and abortion rights has won him liberal fans.

HONESTLY AMERICAN’S….DO WE WANT ANOTHER RINO??

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=11129

coach1228 on January 21, 2012 at 8:41 AM

For the past few days, the campaign has made available by conference call a series of U.S. representatives who have recounted the tumult of the Gingrich years as speaker. Today, it was Reps. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and John Campbell (R-Calif.),
- g2825m on January 21, 2012 at 6:31 AM

I know for a fact that at least two of those mentioned are Mormons. Just a coincidence? Methinks not.
Romney cannot beat President SmartPower, but Newt just might. I don’t care what poll says what. When and where the rubber hits the road, Newton makes Willard look like a man-child with unrealistic expectations.
Gee, don’t we already have a slacker wimp in the White House?

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Karl Magnus on January 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

It is great all this is being hashed out and discussed now. Better now than lots of problems 2 weeks before election day.

Obama can not run on his record so he has to go negative, tie the Republican candidate to Bush, and rely so, so much on the media getting him elected.

And if the economy starts to recover it will be quite difficult to beat Obama.

albill on January 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

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