Quotes of the day

posted at 8:15 pm on February 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

“Whether Mitt Romney wins or loses the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Tuesday, his advisers are warning donors and other supporters to prepare for a longer, more bruising and more expensive fight for the Republican presidential nomination that may not be settled until at least May…

“Mr. Santorum is likewise preparing to fight on for weeks or months, enticed by new party rules that award delegates in early primaries and caucuses based on each candidate’s share of the votes. ‘The race is going to go a long time,’ he said as he left the stage, promising to ‘fight fire with fire.’…

“There is a growing sense among party leaders that the primary fight has gone on long enough and that continued attacks by the candidates and their allies have steered the conversation away from the economy and could damage the party’s prospects in the fall. But several Republicans said a diversion to social issues threatened to turn off independent voters, who will be needed to form a winning coalition in the fall…

“In Michigan, some Republican leaders expressed worries about the effect of an extended battle on the party’s prospects of winning the White House and suggested that the time had come for the party to rally around one candidate, however imperfect.”

***

“The most disturbing aspect of this election is that despite the parlous condition of the country and the profound vulnerability of the incumbent, the best Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Haley Barbour — have sat it out. As I keep lamenting, in the terrible year 1968, with assassinations, riots, 550,000 draftees in Vietnam and 200 to 400 of them returning in body bags every week, at one time or another, Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan were all running for president, and all of them were more impressive than the present contestants.

“Of the surviving Republican contenders, Ron Paul is a sound monetarist and a doughty libertarian, but he is a 76-year old kook who, like President Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, thinks 9/11 was the chickens coming home to roost. Newt Gingrich is a completely unfeasible flake. Rick Santorum is consistent, courageous, and believably argues for fiscal encouragement of families and the creation of jobs that add value to the economy and not just more lawyers and consultants and service-industry leeches. But he has his feet stuck in cement on abortion and same-sex marriage, and early in the campaign even criticized contraception. These shouldn’t be partisan issues at all, and any candidate who gets into them has self-detonating grenades strapped to his torso, front and back. Mitt Romney is more presentable and has a successful private-sector career behind him, but is afflicted by plasticity and has faced in all four directions on most issues…

“It is all as ludicrous as Fidel Castro, the world authority on misrule, claims. If Obama loses, it will be because the Republicans jump the rails on this corrupt, farcical nominating process and draft a serious candidate on a serious platform. If he wins, it will be a disaster to delight America’s critics, and will be repealed by a nation chastened back to its senses in 2016.”

***

“Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage told POLITICO Saturday he hopes to see a ‘floor fight’ at the GOP convention in Tampa this summer, giving the party an opportunity to nominate a ‘fresh face’ rather than one of the battered members of the 2012 field.

“‘I’m pushing for a floor fight … I’d like to see a good old-fashioned convention and a dark horse come out,’ LePage told my colleagues Dave Catanese and Alexander Trowbridge at the National Governors Association winter meeting. ‘I think the candidates, in my mind, have injured themselves and injured the party by not following Ronald Reagan’s ‘never speak badly of another Republican.”…

“‘It’s been too messy. I just believe we ought to go to the convention and pick a fresh face,’ LePage said. ‘They beat themselves up so badly that I’d think it’d be nice to have a fresh face.’”

***

“The most interesting [convention] scenario, however, is the case where the unpledged delegates would be sufficient to give a candidate a majority, but his claim to the nomination was somewhat tenuous. Suppose, for instance, that Mr. Romney had 43 percent of the delegates, Mr. Santorum 37 percent, and about 8 percent of delegates had not yet pledged to a candidate…

“If Mr. Romney’s plurality lead seemed to be built upon structural advantages in the delegate selection process rather than popular support — say, for instance, that Mr. Romney had the most delegates, but Mr. Santorum was 10 points ahead in national polls at he time — some delegates might conclude that it was not in the best interest of the party to give him a helping hand…

The aesthetics of how a candidate performs could be important in a case like this. If in addition to trailing in national polls, Mr. Romney had lost key states like Michigan and Ohio, it would be harder for him to claim that his nomination reflected the collective will of the Republican electorate.”

***

“By performing his aloofness from and contempt for the radical right, even as he fakes solidarity with it, Romney is doing exactly what he needs to do. He is keeping the radical right close to him for the general election by seeming to bow to its power, even as he is signaling to everyone else that he knows how miserably inadequate the support of the radical right will be in the general election.

“So let’s all calm down and stop getting so excited about a deadlocked convention, and a dark-horse nominee introduced at the last minute, and an imploded Republican opposition. Beyond Super Tuesday lie delegate-rich states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California that are not top heavy with Tea Partiers and evangelicals and that will almost certainly enable Romney to arrive at the convention with a strong hand. And beyond that are the party elites, who were content to use the radical right-wingers but who never liked them, and who tremble at the thought of Candidate Santorum. Finally there are the Tea Partiers and evangelicals who, though hostile to Romney at present, would rather vote for a golden retriever than give Obama another four years in the White House.

“What seems like a circus now is serious business, so let us look beyond the circus instead of exaggerating it.”

***

“Whatever risks it might pose in the general election, the controversy over contraceptives, the Catholic Church, and the Obama administration has been an unalloyed blessing for Santorum in the Republican-nomination fight. Popping up unexpectedly, it has shifted what the political sharpies call the ‘issue matrix’ in an awkward direction for Romney and a comfortable one for Santorum, and is likely to help the latter further solidify his already firm hold over a voting bloc with which his rival is notably weak…

“If Santorum can consolidate the support of these groups as Gingrich did momentarily in South Carolina, the battle between him and his amalgam of red-hots and Romney and his army of regulars will be pitched—and, depending on what happens on Tuesday in Michigan, maybe bloody and protracted

“The reality is that even winning Michigan (and Arizona the same day) may not be enough to rescue Romney from the rough. ‘Every money guy I know thinks Romney can’t win a general election,’ says a respected Washington player and presidential-campaign veteran. ‘Our guys on Capitol Hill are moving into survival-of-the-fittest, only-worrying-about-themselves mode. They think the damage to Romney may be done and may be irreversible—and now he might not even be the nominee. So Romney not only has to win Michigan and Arizona, but he has to have a resounding knockout on Super Tuesday or he’s gonna be in real, real trouble.’…

[I]f Obama prevails, precisely the opposite dynamic is likely to kick in: a period of bitter recriminations followed by a reformation (or counterreformation) of the GOP. This, please recall, was what many Republicans were counting on to happen in the wake of their party’s loss of the White House and seats in the House and Senate in 2008. Instead, Republicans seized on a strategy of relentless opposition to Obama, which proved politically effective in 2010 but left the party as bereft of new ideas, a constructive agenda, or a coherent governing philosophy as before. With Obama having looked beatable months ago, a botched bid to oust him—especially if coupled with a failure to take over the Senate—would usher in a full-blown Republican conflagration, followed by an effort to rise from the ashes by doing the opposite of what caused the meltdown of 2012.

***

Via Mediaite.

***

“‘Well, I think it is important to appeal to the independents, certainly as I’ve described, Ronald Reagan did,’ she said. ‘We will not win by getting only the people who voted for John McCain. So, yeah, we need moderates. We need my gender. We need independents. But I don’t even know what he is talking about — playing to fears, particularly. When I make that point I have specific criticisms. I don’t think we should be prattling nonstop about contraception in the middle of an economic meltdown. I don’t think we need a candidate who proposes child janitors and then turns around and opposes worker comp requirements in the welfare reform. That is Newt Gingrich. I think you need an appealing candidate. But conservative positions are appealing and the more conservative a candidate is, you know the better off you are, which is why I support Mitt Romney.’”

***

“GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said today that watching John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to ‘throw up.’

“‘To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?’ Santorum said…

‘I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country,’ said Santorum. ‘This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960,’ he said.”

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Lunar moon bases for what reason? New technological advances, it worked well the first time we went to the moon.

Community immigration boards are more government and ripe for corruption. Something will have to be established sooner or latter and it’s not going to be coming from the private sector.

Dissolving courts? Do we want Obama dissolving courts? Okay, not so good of an idea.

Dragging justices before congress? Do we want Obama dragging judges before congress? We have in the past, why not keep them accountable to the people?

csdeven on February 26, 201

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

There are several people that post that I just scroll right over now. Not even worth the time it takes to read them. Same CRAP different post.

razorbackchick on February 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

But they are doing a great job of demonstrating how Mitt Romney is nothing more than the White Obama — no ideas, no policies, no record of competence, just screaming “bigot/racist” over and over again at anyone who dares treat him as less than the Messiah.

northdallasthirty on February 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

crosspatch on February 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Romney IS Obama!

razorbackchick on February 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Seriously? Do I really have to paste in here the 6000 or so Bible verses that deal with repentance and redemption? Give me a break. I’m no theologian, but even I know that if somehow sincerely repents of their past transgressions they can be forgiven not only in this life but in the next as well. As to whether that repentance is genuine or not, truly only God and that person can know.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

yet you say this about JFK: ‘How should I judge him again?’ well, how about not (not that he cares anymore :-), you have no idea whether he did repent or not…or he was supposed to do it publicly to pas your morality test…
I do know that by all accounts Newt Gingrich has led a blameless and exemplary personal life for the past dozen or so years.

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

The GOP will oy vey you

batterup on February 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

But several Republicans said a diversion to social issues threatened to turn off independent voters, who will be needed to form a winning coalition in the fall.

Yup, them there socon issues kept Reagan & “W” from winnin’ anythin’.

itsnotaboutme on February 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

northdallasthirty on February 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Very true!

razorbackchick on February 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM

gregory is a putz, pure and simple…

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM

What was wrong with either of those videos?

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

What trees are the right height?

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960,’ he said.”

No, moron. Kennedy had plenty of faults, but attacking religion wasn’t one of them. Kennedy was the first (and only) Catholic president and that fact made a lot of protestants uneasy. He was trying to reassure them that he wasn’t going to force protestants to live by Catholic rules.

Santorum’s analysis of that speech is facile and lazy. I can’t believe we are taking this guy seriously.

Caiwyn on February 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

The GOP will Sandra Day you.

Kataklysmic on February 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

(where you been? I had to fill in a couple of times! I start stressing now if I don’t see that in a thread…Dire’s, been rather remiss too)

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

It was a nice day here in So. Cal today…

… Little 7% and I decided to get out of the house and enjoy the day with some baseball.

Thanks for holding down the house…

… HANG IN THERE NEWT!!!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

New technological advances, it worked well the first time we went to the moon.

What new technology can only be developed on the moon that we need or can afford?

Something will have to be established sooner or latter and it’s not going to be coming from the private sector.

Perhaps, but there are better ideas out there that involve less government bureaucracy.

We have in the past, why not keep them accountable to the people?

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Congress isn’t the people. They are as corrupt as any judge they would question. The party in power would manipulate it to their own ends.

Man, I just do not trust the government.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

When I hear a single idea that is not a talking point or theocratic statement from: Romney, Santorum or Ron Paul I will give them some consideration, until then I will support Newt. Although, I will give Romney credit for a decent interview today with Chris Wallace.

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

The time has come for each of these contenders to present a case of how they are a better prospect for America’s future than the current buffoon in the WH.

Let this process continue until June, so that as many primary voters as possible have a voice. But let the focus be on why Obama must go and why each GOP candidate is the best person to replace him. Put Obama on the defensive. He, after all, is not pulling any punches in attacking the Republicans.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Call your Walgreen’s pharmacist, your script is ready..

hillsoftx on February 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

HITN!!!!

29Victor on February 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Are you serious? You have never felt that when at home, everything just felt right?

And the audience certainly got what he was saying.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

1.) Santorum is a putz and a guaranteed loser. It still boggles my mind that people who claim to desire a “small government true conservative” alternative to Mitt Romney have alighted on HIM, of all people. I have a long enough memory to remember that many of the same people who are defending Santorum’s many indefensible big-government/anti-liberty philosophical positions and statements were dismissing him insultingly for the very same things only a month or so ago. Hypocrites.

2.) That said, stop it with the endless “BIGOT” shrieking about him. As a Romney supporter, let me tell you that it only undermines what is an incredibly strong substantive and rhetorical case against the man. A little name-calling is never out of place around here, given the insane vituperation that many people direct against Romney, but too much of it just backfires and seems over the top.

Esoteric on February 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

The time has come for each of these contenders to present a case of how they are a better prospect for America’s future than the current buffoon in the WH.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

From your mouth…

29Victor on February 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Newt Gingrich is a completely unfeasible flake.

I stopped reading that piece right there. Obviously, the writer has neither listened to Newt’s speeches, heard his debating arguments, nor read his well-thought-out policy ideas.

It was a junior-high worthy hit piece of trash talk.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

bluegill=paid Romnney shill.

they lie on February 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

By the way, according to PPP, Romney has retaken the lead in their Michigan polling. From Santorum +15 two weeks ago, to Santorum +4 a week ago, to Romney +5 or so today. That’s what we call a bad trend for Rick.

Furthermore, according to PPP, Romney is heading towards a truly massive blowout in Arizona. Note that AZ is winner-take-all.

Esoteric on February 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

But let the focus be on why Obama must go and why each GOP candidate is the best person to replace him.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

That wont happen until the other candidates cease beating up Romney over Romneycare.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

PPP:

Santorum’s net favorability in Michigan has declined 29 points in the last week

Story of the GOP race: 2 weeks ago Santorum’s net fav was 34 pts better than Romney’s in MI. Now Romney’s is 5 pts better than Santorum

With voters more concerned about economic than social issues (69% in MI) Romney leads Santorum 45-30

joana on February 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

That said, stop it with the endless “BIGOT” shrieking about him. As a Romney supporter, let me tell you that it only undermines what is an incredibly strong substantive and rhetorical case against the man. A little name-calling is never out of place around here, given the insane vituperation that many people direct against Romney, but too much of it just backfires and seems over the top.

Esoteric on February 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Well said. I don’t agree with your assessment of Santorum (but I don’t support him either), but it’s always been my belief that people only use words like “bigot” when they feel that they don’t have a good argument for their case.

+5 for using “vituperation” in a sentence.

29Victor on February 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Congress isn’t the people. They are as corrupt as any judge they would question. The party in power would manipulate it to their own ends.

Man, I just do not trust the government.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Look, the system is what it is; and we do elect these people. At some point you have to trust that they are looking out for the countries best interest. But, I will agree with you, I’ve lost all trust in what we’ve become, I can only hope it gets better.

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM

That wont happen until the other candidates cease beating up Romney over Romneycare.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

And Romney quits “beating up” the other candidates over earmarks, lobying and Fannie Mae. Let’s be fair here.

29Victor on February 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM

By the way, the guy who decided it would be a great idea for the GOP to suddenly alter their delegate-awarding policies for the Presidential primaries this cycle? To make it more “proportional” and therefore drag the primary out longer in the one year where uniting early behind a single candidate in order to oust the Worst President In My Friggin’ Life?

Yeah, that guy needs to get his ass fired.

Esoteric on February 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM

yet you say this about JFK: ‘How should I judge him again?’ well, how about not (not that he cares anymore :-), you have no idea whether he did repent or not…or he was supposed to do it publicly to pas your morality test…
I do know that by all accounts Newt Gingrich has led a blameless and exemplary personal life for the past dozen or so years.

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I sincerely hope that before his horrible death JFK did repent if necessary. We say a prayer for the suffering souls in purgatory every day. Regardless, you are the one who just had to insert Newt Gingrich into the discussion.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

The GOP will foreplay you.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

The GOP will naysay you

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Lee Siegel has a lot of contempt for the Tea Party and completely misses its raison d’etre: fiscal sanity and limited federal government. It was never shaped by social conservative ideas.

Mitt Romney does not strike me as being motivated by limiting the federal reach and reining in spending.

onlineanalyst on February 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM

If we can stick to the original purpose of the TEA Party (fiscal conservatism) we can make more progress in getting down ticket candidates elected. If we can make progress in 2012, I guarantee that we will see some democrat candidates in 2014 promising to follow a TEA Party agenda.

After we replace 535 scum (and the POTUS) with true patriots, then I’ll stand for the elimination of some courts and holding justices accountable.

But don’t ask for the moon. The moon is too much. ;-)

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

The GOP will frappe you.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Completely O/T, and just for fun…

I went down, to see a Gypsy Woman

JohnGalt23 on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

joana on February 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Is that their new poll out tonight?

Rational Thought on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

AZfederalist on February 26, 2012 at 8:43 PM

You know how some of these people keep repeating their mantra on every thread, and about every poll?…Can I copy yours to use in every such thread?…It IS MUCH MORE accurate!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

The

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

GOP

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

will

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

By the way, according to PPP, Romney has retaken the lead in their Michigan polling. From Santorum +15 two weeks ago, to Santorum +4 a week ago, to Romney +5 or so today. That’s what we call a bad trend for Rick.

Furthermore, according to PPP, Romney is heading towards a truly massive blowout in Arizona. Note that AZ is winner-take-all.

Esoteric on February 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I think you misunderstood Jensen’s tweets. Romney’s 5 percentage points better than Santorum on net favs.

joana on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

betray

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

you..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

The GOP will Ebay you

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

And Romney quits “beating up” the other candidates over earmarks, lobying and Fannie Mae. Let’s be fair here.

29Victor on February 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Of course. I focus on Romneycare because the entire GOP field (except for Paul) have an unholy alliance against Romney and it all centers on Romneycare. Romney has had to face each and every candidate individually over the last 6 months. And he has prevailed over each one. He will be the most prepared nominee we have ever had.

I believe that if no ones past could be used against them, Romney would still be in the lead.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

The GOP will dismay you

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I do know that by all accounts Newt Gingrich has led a blameless and exemplary personal life for the past dozen or so years.
cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

come on now, ‘an exemplary personal life’, and how do you presume to know that? you are not privy to his and his wife personal lives, you don’t know how ‘exemplary’ it is…how do you know they don’t do threesomes or orgies or so, in private, which I assume would offend your Catholic sensitivities and wouldn’t qualify for ‘exemplary’ as per your definition…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

+1
excellent :)

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The GOP will foreplay you.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Thank goodness you said that one! I’m getting tired of only getting bent over… right away!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM

The GOP will souffle you.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM

The GOP will Ebay you

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Ain’t that the sorry truth.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

PPP, Michigan: Romney 39, Santorum 37, Paul 13, Gingrich 9

joana on February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Black is jealous of Romney’s ethics and business success. Black’s present circumstances betray a serious lack of judgement.

Basilsbest on February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

PPP: Romney 39 Santorum 37 Paul 13 Gingrich 9

Esoteric on February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Lolz..Good to see you..:)

PS..Did you see any OWS protesters at the debate??..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Dinner and a movie first, please.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Is that their new poll out tonight?

Rational Thought on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Yes.

http://t.co/eJ4gfv7d

Romney up 62-29 among those who already voted (16%).

joana on February 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM

PPP also adds that Romney leads Santorum by a whopping 62%-19% among those who voted early. That’s only 15% of the GOP primary electorate, but you never know what the turnout will look like. Could end up huge.

Esoteric on February 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

‘I think the candidates, in my mind, have injured themselves and injured the party by not following Ronald Reagan’s ‘never speak badly of another Republican.”…

What Reagan meant was that people shouldn’t treat other Republicans the way Rush Limbaugh has treated Ron Paul, for example, not that we shouldn’t vet our candidates. The reason this primary has been so damaging to the establishment Republican candidates is because the Republican Party is corrupt, useless and incapable of change and their candidates likewise suck. They are part of the problem and do not wish to participate in the solution because it would mean the end of their power and privilege. The reason people keep jumping from one candidate to the other is because none of the candidates are offering what people are looking for. Ron Paul actually has the strongest chance but he is a threat to the powers that be and they control the media, so it is a catch 22.

In order for voters to do the right thing they need to stop listening to the GOP elite in the media that keep jumping from one candidate to another like whack-a-mole and just do what right, vote for Ron Paul. The ruling class won’t like it, and that’s precisely why we need to do it.

FloatingRock on February 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

535 replacements may be asking for too much, after all we did replace a few on the last election cycle. But true Patriots is always a good idea. I have my favorite candidate, but in the end, it is ABO.

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I haven’t believed the leaders of the GOP understand the trouble America is in even after the Tea Party drilled it into them, for a long time now.

Otherwise three of four Republican candidates are more than capable of beating Obama and as President bringing us back from the edge.

Speakup on February 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

fresh face 2012

freshface on February 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

The GOP will doomsday you

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Yes.

http://t.co/eJ4gfv7d

Romney up 62-29 among those who already voted (16%).

joana on February 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Thanks. These two points from the poll are interesting:

-Romney is winning union households 40-29 over Santorum, just another data point suggesting that his bailout stance isn’t going to be a big problem for him at least in the primary.

-Only 5% of likely primary voters are Democrats and they’re splitting their votes 28-28 between Romney and Santorum…it doesn’t look like the 2012 version of ‘Operation Chaos’ is getting off the ground.

Rational Thought on February 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM

come on now, ‘an exemplary personal life’, and how do you presume to know that? you are not privy to his and his wife personal lives, you don’t know how ‘exemplary’ it is…how do you know they don’t do threesomes or orgies or so, in private, which I assume would offend your Catholic sensitivities and wouldn’t qualify for ‘exemplary’ as per your definition…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I don’t think that it’s particularly going out into left field to presume that if Newt had been unfaithful with someone else that that news would have become public by now. It’s pretty hard to keep something like that a secret, especially given the fact that people like Larry Flynt are actually offering a cash reward for such information. So our first instinct is to take people at the word, right? That’s what has made the revelations about JFK especially troubling to people, I suppose. They so wanted to believe that he was different and was actually what he purported to be. Those around him were aware of that fact and that’s why some of this information is just now coming out.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

“Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage told POLITICO Saturday he hopes to see a ‘floor fight’ at the GOP convention in Tampa this summer, giving the party an opportunity to nominate a ‘fresh face’ rather than one of the battered members of the 2012 field.

Yeah right…All we need is some new candidate to jump in at the convention having not taken any heat of the campaign vetting. Thumping their nose at us and letting the establishment throw all the earned delegates to the dogs..And none of the “the best Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Haley Barbour” crowd would have a rats a$$ of a chance over any of the now candidates.

rich801 on February 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

What time do the Mittler Youth retire for the evening?

I’m not about to wade into their Beer Milk Hall Putsch.

tom daschle concerned on February 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Whether Mitt Romney wins or loses the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Tuesday, his advisers are warning donors and other supporters to prepare for a longer, more bruising and more expensive fight for the Republican presidential nomination that may not be settled until at least May

Wow!..I don’t know if we can keep the infighting going that long..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Will Santorum win anything else or will Gingrich clean up in the south?

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

The GOP will parlait you.

Kataklysmic on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Ron Paul actually has the strongest chance but he is a threat to the powers that be and they control the media, so it is a catch 22.
In order for voters to do the right thing they need to stop listening to the GOP elite in the media that keep jumping from one candidate to another like whack-a-mole and just do what right, vote for Ron Paul.
FloatingRock on February 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

The “Republican establishment” controls the media? huh?

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM

not a one shockingly enough…just good ol’republicans

:)

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20
PM

Oh! There you are!…and I was just complaining to 7%
(NEVER mind!)

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

the question of the night

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Wow!..I don’t know if we can keep the infighting going that long..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM

A two-month barroom brawl. That could set a record. Hope the furniture is sturdy. ;)

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

535 replacements may be asking for too much, after all we did replace a few on the last election cycle. But true Patriots is always a good idea. I have my favorite candidate, but in the end, it is ABO.

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

True. If a majority were in charge, the rest would probably follow.

ABO! +1000

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

The GOP will parlait you.
Kataklysmic on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Mademoiselle from Armentieres, the GOP will Parlez-vous.

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Good deal..Sounds like the Ronulans were their usual rowdy selves!!??..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

The GOP will dismay you.

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

The GOP will parfait you.

massrighty on February 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

A two-month barroom brawl. That could set a record. Hope the furniture is sturdy. ;)

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

LoLz..I also hope the cafeteria is well stocked..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I sincerely hope that before his horrible death JFK did repent if necessary. We say a prayer for the suffering souls in purgatory every day. Regardless, you are the one who just had to insert Newt Gingrich into the discussion.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM

my comparison was apt in the context…I might have misunderstood you, but you did say that it was ok to judge JFK for what he did, and it’s absurd to insist that we don’t judge people based on their morality (or lack of it thereof), we do that anyways…they might not be your exact words, but something along that line…I was coming from a position where I think it’s not ok at all to judge people, especially that for most part we don’t know their circumstances, the details etc…the Gingrich example came in handy, as I found it perplexing that you’d judge JFK (a dead man) for his past transgressions while at the same time coming quickly to the defence of Gingrich who was ‘guilty’ of pretty much the same ‘sin’, the difference being that one repented publicly and the other not??..I mean was that what you were saying?…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM

The political elite ruling class GOP Rinos won’t spit on the tip nor give you a reach around…

(was that too much?)

:)

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

OT: But speaking of brawls, I’m watching “Full Metal Jousting.” Anybody watched any of these yet? Pretty cool.

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

The GOP will Flambee’ you

massrighty on February 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

eb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Haley Barbour

What the GOP hasn’t come to terms with yet is that the reason all of the establishment candidates have bombed out, one after the other, is the same reason these new candidates would bomb also; it is the establishment itself that is the problem, not any particular member. All they’re doing now is throwing $H1t against the wall hoping something will finally stick. No thanks, not interested.

FloatingRock on February 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Whether Mitt Romney wins or loses the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Tuesday, his advisers are warning donors and other supporters to prepare for a longer, more bruising and more expensive fight for the Republican presidential nomination that may not be settled until at least May…

Wow!..I don’t know if we can keep the infighting going that long..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM

At Hot Air?……..NooooooooooooooooProb-lem-oo!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

The GOP will slay you.

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

All our California trolls present and accounted for? – Large Naked Woman Stomps On Car In Noe Valley [NSFW]

slickwillie2001 on February 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

About 7% too much, I think!

massrighty on February 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

The GOP will inveigh you

predator on February 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

The “Republican establishment” controls the media? huh?

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I didn’t say they control the media, I said “in the media”.

FloatingRock on February 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM

The GOP will waylay you.

massrighty on February 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

my comparison was apt in the context…I might have misunderstood you, but you did say that it was ok to judge JFK for what he did, and it’s absurd to insist that we don’t judge people based on their morality (or lack of it thereof), we do that anyways…they might not be your exact words, but something along that line…I was coming from a position where I think it’s not ok at all to judge people, especially that for most part we don’t know their circumstances, the details etc…the Gingrich example came in handy, as I found it perplexing that you’d judge JFK (a dead man) for his past transgressions while at the same time coming quickly to the defence of Gingrich who was ‘guilty’ of pretty much the same ‘sin’, the difference being that one repented publicly and the other not??..I mean was that what you were saying?…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

How can I put this nicely? I sort of lost interest in this conversation a while ago.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

yes indeedy…

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

ot: mr cmsinaz just found walking dead, he’s hooked

cmsinaz on February 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

A little O/T:

“$2.50 Gas is a Reality We Can Achieve – Newt Responds To Obama’s Energy Speech”

The audio is a little weak…

… If anyone has a better linky, please post.

Otherwise…

… the other candidates might want to try this approach!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

You say that he is polling in single digits, so why you even bother to list all his supposed whacky ideas ?

evergreenland on February 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Wow!..I don’t know if we can keep the infighting going that long..:)

Dire Straits on February 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Sure we can:

I could never vote for that RINO/bigot. Let Obama win. The country needs to be taught a lesson. We need a Carter to get a Reagan.

Only True Conservative on Hot Air June on September 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

If you don’t support the GOP nominee you hate America.

Last True Conservative on Hot Air June on September 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

No. I’m no slave to the GOP! We have to take a stand! If you don’t, you hate America!

Only True Conservative on Hot Air June on September 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

No. You hate America. Go back to HuffPo where you belong you Moby!

Last True Conservative on Hot Air June on September 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

etc…

Count on it.

29Victor on February 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM

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