Poll: Of select potential veeps, Condoleezza Rice has highest favorability rating among Republicans

posted at 6:01 pm on April 18, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Of certain select potential vice presidential running mates for Mitt Romney, Condoleezza Rice is by far the most popular among Republicans and it’s not even close, according to a CNN/ORC poll. Rice boasts an approval rating of 80 percent, leading Rick Santorum, whose favorability stands at 65 percent, by 15 points. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie follows with 55 percent, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan are one point apart at 44 percent and 43 percent respectively.

Furthermore, Rice pulled a plurality of support — or 26 percent — in answer to the explicit question, “Of the people I just mentioned, which one would you most like to see Mitt Romney choose as his vice presidential running mate … ?” The rest of the list corresponded with the favorability ratings, as well, with 21 percent saying they hope Romney will choose Santorum, 14 percent Christie, 14 percent Rubio and just 8 percent Ryan.

Among Tea Partiers, though, it’s a slightly different story. While 85 percent of Tea Partiers have a favorable opinion of her, she isn’t the Tea Party pick for VP. A plurality — 22 percent — picked Rubio, another 18 percent selected Christie and 16 percent selected Rice.

The “Results for Republicans Only” are based on a sample of just 473 Republicans and the margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The interviewers also asked Republicans for their opinions about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

Condi’s ticket-balancing credentials are obvious, she would more than hold her own in a debate, she’s been tested in the national spotlight and she has a kind of grace and gravitas that seemingly leave her unfazed by anything. She’s equally comfortable defending controversial foreign policy as she is playing classical piano for the queen. She’s certainly a compelling choice, and I can understand why she polled as well as she did.

Still, though, not even a full week of veepstakes has made me change my mind that Paul Ryan should still be Mitt Romney’s man. A recent column by Michael Barone articulates perfectly why he’s the unpredictable predictable (or the predictable unpredictable) choice:

Anyway, ticket-balancing is not the only successful approach, as Bill Clinton understood. When he clinched the Democratic nomination in 1992 as a Southern moderate, it was widely assumed he would pick a Northern liberal, as Jimmy Carter had.

Instead he chose a fellow Southern Baptist of his own generation with a reputation for moderation and congressional experience in national security issues, Al Gore. They were from adjoining Southern states and when the ticket was announced they met on the bridge between West Memphis, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee.

This unbalanced ticket won two elections, carrying six of 14 Southern states in both 1992 and 1996. Democratic nominees from Massachusetts, both with Southern running mates, carried none in 1988 and 2004.

A similar approach for Mitt Romney would be what opponents might call a double-vanilla ticket, with another white male as vice presidential nominee.

Four possibilities come to mind. One is Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman who endorsed Romney and campaigned with him all over Wisconsin. Romney has praised Ryan’s budget proposals and has endorsed the fundamentals of Ryan’s Medicare plan.

If Romney were to select Ryan, it would embolden Republicans and stun Democrats, who have done their best to suggest that Ryan — and, indeed, his entire budget — will be a liability in the general election. In fact, it’s Democrats’ lack of a plan to ensure the solvency of Medicare — Democrats’ desire to let Medicare go bust — that’s a liability if Republicans only have the temerity and tenacity to point that out relentlessly.

As always, though, Romney has a very deep bench from which to select a vice president. As long as his VP helps to mobilize the anti-Obama vote — on which Romney will undoubtedly depend for election — he should be fine.


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Hilarious thread, in more ways than one. So, to sum up, the crowd that has already settled on a progressive liberal as their GOP candidate in their push for anyone but Hussein ideal are against Condi Rice. Interesting…
riddick on April 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Actually, no. I don’t fit your meme. IMO Bush spent too much time listening to Condi during his second term instead of Cheney. Conservatives don’t like Condi and for others she’ll only remind them of Bush. Sort of a lose-lose proposition.

She’s pro-abortion and a squish about islam.
I want someone who’s gonna stand tough against those who want to destroy Israel. I don’t trust her to do that.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Exactly.

INC on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

MJBrutus on April 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM

MJ, I know you’re a Romney guy, and I’ll prefer him to PBUH, but let’s face it, he’s not really gonna change anything substantially.

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

platypus on April 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I’m not sure, but I think that those were Quadaffi’s last words.

MJBrutus on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I LIKE the way Ed, AP, and Tina run this ship.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 8:20 PM

And that, ladies and germs, is the last word on the subject.

platypus on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

He sure as heck will. I have nothing new to face because I’m not kidding myself.

MJBrutus on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I love her, but she’s a demography pick.

Mitt needs someone like Paul Ryan, because IMHO the election is going to be about who is the grownup in the economic war room. Mitt has been sounding strong lately, so that’s going to be his tack, and I think it’s a winner.

PattyJ on April 18, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I’m also a Rice fan. But I don’t like her for the VP pick. I don’t really know where she stands on domestic issues aside from guns. She may be pro-gun, but otherwise I suspect that she isn’t conservative enough.

Mitt needs to pick somebody that can help him govern, and not worry about the electoral impact of the pick. A good, strong pick that can help him govern can help him win in November.

like Ryan. However, I would rather see Ryan in the House, pushing the budget, and stiffening Boehner’s resolve. I think that Jindahl, McDonnell, Pawlenty, or Daniels would be good picks.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Name president who wasn’t.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Washington, next time don’t leave yourself open by making broad statements.

RickB on April 18, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I think we can add Washington to the list since he warned us of foreign entanglements.

Punchenko on April 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Joe Biden does it for God’s sake and he is an idiot.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Unless someone tells Biden each and every morning what his name is and puts him in that limo to work, Biden has no idea he even has a job…

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

If my tea party friends in Ohio have their way, Invertebrate Boehner is currently serving his last term. Ryan is not a small budget conservative – his budget doesn’t do a darn thing about the 1.3 trillion yearly deficit to be added to the debt, with interest.

We need cuts but we are unlikely to get them with Mittens and Boehner. But they are better than a donkey Congress and the jugeared jackass-in-chief re-elected.

platypus on April 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I would rather see Ryan in the House, pushing the budget, and stiffening Boehner’s resolve.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Boehner and resolve should never be used in same sentence. Name one battle he has won (since becoming Speaker, clarification for those in the crowd who are slow on the subject, RickB?) His “resolve” so far has amounted to how many TRILLIONS of additional debt? For a guy who controls the checkbook I don’t see any resolve…

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I have no idea where you Condi loving Republicans are coming from. Do you remember after the 2008 election she said that she voted for Obama? She also said that she thought he was doing a good job. Sounds like she might be suffering from Black fever just like Gen Powell. When the chips are down they vote skin color. She also was not well thought of in the state dept except by the career people. None of the GWB policy people liked her including Cheney or Bolton. Some of you are looking at the window dressing of a nice looking woman but not her ideology. She is to me, because she is Black , a total unknown about where she would lead the nation. As Obama has shown, something clicks in their heads and they become socialists and fair share advocates.

inspectorudy on April 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Ryan is not a small budget conservative – his budget doesn’t do a darn thing about the 1.3 trillion yearly deficit to be added to the debt, with interest.

We need cuts but we are unlikely to get them with Mittens and Boehner. But they are better than a donkey Congress and the jugeared jackass-in-chief re-elected.

platypus on April 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

+1000

Very accurate points.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Rumsfeld and Cheney
wraithby on April 18, 2012 at 7:32 PM

.
Oh Boy.

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Condi. OH No.

wraithby on April 18, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Boehner and resolve should never be used in same sentence. Name one battle he has won (since becoming Speaker, clarification for those in the crowd who are slow on the subject, RickB?) His “resolve” so far has amounted to how many TRILLIONS of additional debt? For a guy who controls the checkbook I don’t see any resolve…

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I missed that part of the Constitution.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I missed that part of the Constitution.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Spending is controlled by the House.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

None of the GWB policy people liked her including Cheney or Bolton.

inspectorudy on April 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

You’re making a rather strong argument to put her on the ticket. :-)

Punchenko on April 18, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I have no idea where you Condi loving Republicans are coming from. Do you remember after the 2008 election she said that she voted for Obama? She also said that she thought he was doing a good job. Sounds like she might be suffering from Black fever just like Gen Powell. When the chips are down they vote skin color. She also was not well thought of in the state dept except by the career people. None of the GWB policy people liked her including Cheney or Bolton. Some of you are looking at the window dressing of a nice looking woman but not her ideology. She is to me, because she is Black , a total unknown about where she would lead the nation. As Obama has shown, something clicks in their heads and they become socialists and fair share advocates.

inspectorudy on April 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

She was very gracious after the election, and expressed her pride in America for overcoming its racial issues to elect an African-American. Powell sold us out at the eleventh hour, endorsing Obama, and timing his announcement to do maximum damage to the Republicans.

Rice’s expression of pride was understandable and commendable. The only problem with her remarks is that Obama was an indirect and undeserving beneficiary.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I missed that part of the Constitution.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Spending is controlled by the House.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

False.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

False.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Whatever…

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Please god no.

Shes had her chance and she didnt do one thing right for which she’ll be remembered from a performance standpoint.

Also, she has zero connection to everyday people, something the Romney campaign will need in large measure this summer.

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williamg on April 18, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I hope they Pick Condi — She is VERY Qualified!

NO ONE can say she’s not!

williamg on April 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Hey Tina… you spinner of baloney… how come you did not show the comprehensive PPP poll that showed Sarah Palin with the highest favorables of ALL the Republicans?
I guess its not in your slant to admit that Sarah Palin is STILL the most influential female in the Conservative movement and in the Republican Party.
Ooops.

PhilipJames on April 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Hilarious thread, in more ways than one. So, to sum up, the crowd that has already settled on a progressive liberal as their GOP candidate in their push for anyone but Hussein ideal are against Condi Rice. Interesting…
riddick on April 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

riddick, you’re right.
We are settling for Mitt.

It’s not rocket science.
We’re against Condi for the same Liberal tendancies.

Nice to have a Rick Perry type instead.
Not another elite Republican which is really a Democrat.
That’s all.

At least Mitt knows how to run a business.
(I can’t believe I’m defending and liking Mitt)
Condi couldn’t manage a taco stand, just like Obama.

I really appreciate your gloating about our predicament with our non-Conservative Presidential and VP candidates.

Seriously, we’re trying to save this nation while you snark. eh

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

+1

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Hey Tina… you spinner of baloney… how come you did not show the comprehensive PPP poll that showed Sarah Palin with the highest favorables of ALL the Republicans?

I guess its not in your slant to admit that Sarah Palin is STILL the most influential female in the Conservative movement and in the Republican Party.
Ooops.

PhilipJames on April 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Spinner of baloney? Well she did eat a corn-dog whereas Obama ate a Dog.

Palin is STILL the most influential female in the conservative movement.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Condi would be a bad pick for VP. She is more of a classy diplomacy type.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I hope they Pick Condi — She is VERY Qualified!

NO ONE can say she’s not!

williamg on April 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM

She meets the Constitutional qualifications.

RickB on April 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Clueless Condi Rice is Colin Powell in a skirt.

Hilts on April 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

…I didn’t know….she voted for O!
I really really admired that woman, and I first find out here… she put color before country? I was just thinking, what you just said!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Well she did eat a corn-dog whereas Obama ate a Dog.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2012 at 9:09 PM

…..you are… what you eat?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I didn’t know….she voted for O!
I really really admired that woman, and I first find out here… she put color before country? I was just thinking, what you just said!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM

How do you know that she voted for Obama?

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Condi would be a bad pick for VP. She is more of a classy diplomacy type.

SparkPlug on April 18, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I’m not really a fan of Condi for VP, but being a classy diplomacy type is pretty much the only thing a VP does. I guess it’s possible she could end up president via an accident, but VP is like the most do-nothing job in Washington. Apart from wander around to various functions and blurt out randomly insulting things, what has Biden done in the last few years?

And apart from steering Hurricane Katrina directly into New Orleans by using Super Secret Government Satellite Antennas in Alaska because George Bush hates black people, what did Cheney do? I guess he advised the president, but it’s not like that advice was somehow enhanced by his Vice-Presidentness.

Out of all the possible contenders for VP that I’ve heard, Paul Ryan is the one that I’m drawn to – because he does VP things really well. He looks good on camera, he articulates conservative values well, he’s smart, and he’ll use the voice the media gives him in a way that helps people understand why conservatism is the way to go.

Quantus on April 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM

P.S.

The “Rick Perry type” I’m talking about, is Rick making sure, there’s a climate for businesses to flourish in our State.
This is what’s needed as the back-up person.
Another job creator.

I do not believe in Rick’s Dream Act/Immigration thingy.

We can hire an analyst steeped in Russian diplomacy or someone who can play the piano at State dinners.

WE NEED JOBS. WE NEED ENERGY.
WE NEED PEOPLE IN KEY POSITIONS THAT UNDERSTAND THIS CONCEPT…
INCLUDING THE VEEP.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Condi recently gave an interview where she very firmly said she was not interested in running for any elected office including VP. She doesn’t like campaigning. Pick someone else.

I hadn’t known she voted for O. I think we have to accept the reality of identity politics. It exists. Let’s use it with the VP pick to help beat Obama. Women, Latinos and African Americans may all be swayed in the Republican direction if the right candidate is on the ballot as number 2.

talkingpoints on April 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Interesting. Rice would certainly blow Biden out of the water in a debate. Parts of him would be James Cameron/submersible bait, and others would end up somewhere on Mars.

Romney might well be smart to add some gravitas on foreign/security policy to the ticket. “Hawkish but vague” is a good description of him. He always talks like nothing has changed since 2008, when in fact America’s position is the most tenuous it has been since the end of the Cold War. There are a lot of things we can’t just march around and do today, not even with a tougher and smarter leader at the helm. Even at the summit of the Americas a few days ago, our Latin American partners handed Obama his head on the Cuban sanctions issue, something they haven’t meaningfully challenged us on until now.

Romney seems unaware of the whole trend in that direction. No new president in 2013 will be able to simply pick up where Bush left off. Too much has changed. I truly don’t think Romnmey understands that. Of course, I don’t know that Condi Rice understands it either.

J.E. Dyer on April 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I hadn’t known she voted for O. I think we have to accept the reality of identity politics. It exists. Let’s use it with the VP pick to help beat Obama. Women, Latinos and African Americans may all be swayed in the Republican direction if the right candidate is on the ballot as number 2.

talkingpoints on April 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I’m fairly certain that she never said that she did. Some people have taken her silence on the subject as an admisssion that she did, which is a really big assumption.

I think that it would be an enormous mistake for the Republicans to go down the road of pursuing identity politics. In the first place, using identity politics is unprincipled. And in the second place, it won’t work (e.g., Michael Steele in MD).

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

What other SecState could get away with thigh-high leather boots? (pause for you all to contemplate Hillary Clinton or Madeline Albright)……

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Whoa! Are you saying I’m the only person here at HA who thinks Madame Albright would look HAWT in a pair or leather thigh high boots? I think you’re wrong!

Red State State of Mind on April 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I like Condi. She’s a smart lady. Unlike Plugs,

Dingbat63 on April 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Whoa! Are you saying I’m the only person here at HA who thinks Madame Albright would look HAWT in a pair or leather thigh high boots? I think you’re wrong!

Red State State of Mind on April 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Crap. Thanks for giving me that image. Now, I won’t be able to sleep for a week.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Condoleezza Rice is by far the most popular among Republicans

What a bogus, transparent ploy. Does anyone think for one minute that her place on the VP slot would garner anymore than %.05 of the captive , plantation black vote?

Foolish waste of time. It’s time to realize that dems are profound racists and Rice’s place wil be derision and silly….she will be seen as Ms. Unka Tomasina.

Black voters don’t identify with her….she’s articulate, independent, educated and successful. Not what the “po folks” can identify with. She’s seen as a sellout to them.

Twana on April 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Crap. Thanks for giving me that image. Now, I won’t be able to sleep for a week.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Because you’ll be lying awake fantasizing about Madame A, right?

Red State State of Mind on April 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Red State State of Mind on April 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

If you must know, Red is blind.

Its the only conclusion.

BobMbx on April 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Do you remember after the 2008 election she said that she voted for Obama?
inspectorudy on April 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

She most certainly did not say she voted for Obama. So go do your homework inspector and come back with the evidence. A link to a quote from her in print.

Texas Gal on April 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I would rather see Ryan in the House, pushing the budget, and stiffening Boehner’s resolve.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Boehner and resolve should never be used in same sentence.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

How about stiffening?

topdog on April 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

If Mr $50 Abortions and a Planned Parenthood seat on the board doesn’t pick a strong pro-life running mate, I will never be able to force myself to vote for him. Ever. Its going to be hard enough with one, but without…That will be the slap in the face this Conservative woman will not forgive.

pannw on April 18, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Seriously, we’re trying to save this nation while you snark. eh

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

+100

…and THIS is why AP is unhelpful, as well!

williamg on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Condi’s smarts are not in question.
It’s her ideology.

It’s the same with Obummer.
He’s smart.
It’s his ideology.

All these univeristy types, haven’t lived in the real world since they entered univeristy.
They’re academics.
We’ve tried those.

(Big Sigh.)
I miss you, Sarah.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Everyone keeps saying here that she voted for Obama. How do we know this? I could not find anywhere that she said who she voted for.

acasilaco on April 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

She meets the Constitutional qualifications.

RickB on April 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Something that could ALSO be said of Sarah Palin -

But NOT of the current “Occupier” of The WH Office

williamg on April 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Best VP idea so far.
Great pic!

PaleoRider on April 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Apologies if this has already been mentioned.

Are we talking about the same Condi rice who was Secretary of state under GW Bush? If so, she’s also the same Condi rice who compared the cause of the Palstinians in Gaza to the Negroes’ civil rights movement in the 1960s US.

That attitude is hunkered down in the Oval office now – we don’t need for the GOP to continue the ‘blame Israel’ mentality.

Condi should seek her stated dream job of being NFL commissioner, and should stay away from politics.

GGMac on April 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Because you’ll be lying awake fantasizing about Madame A, right?

Red State State of Mind on April 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Because I’ll be lying awake trying very hard not to think about it! :)

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Seriously, we’re trying to save this nation while you snark. eh

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

We’ll see how you saving the nation will go come General with your guy being Hussein Lite. So in stead of 100MPH drive to the cliff we’ll only go 80MPH. That is if he can actually win while convincing that 46% that he is better for them than Hussein I’ll Give You Free Money.

Math doesn’t lie.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Dear America, Our Orwellian President Fails on Energy
.by Sarah Palin on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 6:23pm ·.Last Friday, former energy trader and now Fox News host Eric Bolling and I hosted a Fox special called “Paying at the Pump,” which offered President Obama solutions to reduce prices at the pump and get our country on the path to real energy security.

A genuine “all of the above” approach to energy independence is, of course, a multifaceted plan. It includes conservation and sensible private sector investment in sound alternative energy, and it absolutely must involve unleashing our domestic energy production. We cannot ignore the need to drill, baby, drill; frack, baby, frack; and mine, baby, mine. Those who are concerned about the environment and our dangerous dependence on foreign oil should encourage the development of natural gas as a clean and plentiful bridge-fuel to a more renewable future. We have enough clean, green natural gas in America to be energy independent for many decades—whether we use it for natural gas cars or natural gas power plants. We also need to look at our oil refining capacity and our regulations there. We must cut the job-killing, anti-domestic energy regulations of Obama’s EPA and IRS which create such burdens and uncertainty. Finally, Eric pointed out that we must do something about the Wall Street speculators. I know this is a touchy issue, but Eric’s points are valid. Obama’s Federal Trade Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission appear to have no teeth in dealing with this because they haven’t cracked down on the president’s friends on Wall Street who are creating unnecessary oil market volatility. Eric suggested that we could reduce the problem of speculation by raising energy margin requirements.

In his press conference today, President Obama seems to have latched on to Eric’s idea of dealing with speculators. But the president proposed an outrageously expensive “fix,” claiming that he needs a boatload of tax dollars and bureaucrats to merely apply common sense to regulating oil trades and enforcing the authority the CFTC was already granted by the Dodd-Frank bill. This is ridiculous, and it’s not enough. Keep in mind that cracking down on speculation is only a small part of the solution. The key remedy is still drilling.

Basically, President Obama’s idea of an “all of the above” approach to energy is really “none-of-the-above” to the resources we use right now to power our economy. Take for instance the Obama EPA’s war against coal production (which he promised when he was a candidate), which will ultimately leave us with higher electric bills and less electricity. Because his cap and trade legislation got sidelined, Obama is now using his EPA to accomplish the same destructive goals by imposing draconian regulations aimed at crippling the coal industry. According to the Associated Press, Obama’s EPA will soon “force 32 mostly coal-fired power plants to shut down and threatens to close 36 others” and will eventually remove from our power grid enough electricity to power 11 million households. Just ask Californians how much fun “rolling blackouts” are. I suppose we can look forward to more romantic candle-lit evenings ahead as America moves backward with less energy, which must be more of Obama’s “leading from behind” strategy. I hope the folks up North have a hearty wood supply for their fireplace warmth, and that those in the Southwest don’t mind sweltering in the summer heat. Air conditioning takes up an awful lot of electricity; and in Obama’s America, energy will be scarce. As Mark Levin has pointed out numerous times, Obama’s policies will ultimately de-industrialize America.

But we don’t have to look to the future to feel the pain of Obama’s energy policies. Look at our current gas prices. The Obama administration is locking up federal lands to drilling. The EIA reports that production and sale of fossil fuels on federal lands dropped by 6% last year under Obama. Other studies show a 12% decline. When you hear the president boast of all the “new” drilling going on, he’s talking about production on private and state land that was in the works long ago and is not under his control. He doesn’t tell you how his administration has done everything in its power to strangle resource development with regulatory red tape and foot dragging on the permitting and leasing process. We hear his endless claims that we only have “2% of the world’s oil”—sometimes he adds “reserves” to that—but know that the White House is playing games with semantics. The Obama administration is using a subset of “proved oil reserves” to make it sound like America is energy poor! They’re deliberately distorting the true picture of our massive recoverable oil resources—most of which is on federal land that the government has locked up to responsible development. In short, the president is deceiving the public. As I’ve said before, the energy production “facts” and numbers President Obama repeats are skewed, deceptive and downright Orwellian.

Ironically, President Obama likes to remind us that global factors outside of our control affect the price of oil, but he never seems to make the connection that this is precisely why we should increase our domestic supply of oil by drilling here where environmental and worker safety standards are stricter than any foreign country from which we purchase oil, and that our increased domestic supply would put downward pressure on the price of oil. If Obama doesn’t think increasing the supply on the market affects the price at the pump, then why did he ask the Saudis to increase their production? And Brazil? Why did he open our Strategic Reserves last year to lower prices at the pump? Common sense tells you that, of course, increasing the supply of something has an affect on the price.

President Obama refuses to acknowledge this obvious truth because he doesn’t want to do what needs to be done. He isn’t interested in drilling, fracking or mining for the resources we actually use to power our economy. His idea of an energy plan amounts to dumping more of our tax dollars into the bankrupt green energy companies that his campaign donors invested in. It’s crony capitalism on steroids. He’s also in favor of “investing” your tax dollars into algae because he believes pond scum is the wave of the future. He also tells you to deal with gas prices by merely inflating your tires; getting a tune up; and, despite your work needs or the size of your family, ditch your larger vehicle for one he deems acceptably small. But what about the $4 per gallon gas prices that are devastating the budgets of American families, crippling our small businesses, and increasing the transportation costs of all goods shipped in America and thereby increasing the prices of everything we buy? Barack Obama’s answer to your pain is basically, “give me some flexibility here…” because “change isn’t easy.” Well, actually it is. It starts with getting rid of this energy illiterate administration.

Today, on Tax Day, our big, wasteful, and largely useless centralized government is taking hard-earned money from 85 million Americans.

The Republican Study Committee reports: “According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, the country will work 107 days this year just to pay for federal, state, and local taxes. By their calculations, a larger share of Americans’ income will go to taxes than food, clothing & housing combined!”

And what do we get in return on our investment in big government? More marching orders from the faceless bureaucrats in D.C. More crony capitalism for the administration’s favored friends. More expensive conventions, vacations, parties (and Colombian hookers?) for the profligate Obama administration. Less energy security. Less allowance for resource development. More EPA regulations to de-industrialize our country and kill jobs. More opportunities shipped overseas as we allow others to produce for us that which our government refuses to allow us to produce for ourselves!

Aren’t we tired of this by now? Candidate Obama promised us a sensible energy plan to get us to energy independence. President Obama has failed to deliver it.

He fails to understand the fundamental truth that there is an inherent link between energy and prosperity, and energy and security. Oil prices affect everything in our lives, including where we send our sons and daughters in war. Developing resources here grows our economy, decreases our trade imbalance, creates hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, and secures our union by eliminating our dependence on dangerous foreign regimes who use our energy insecurity as a weapon against us. Access to secure domestic energy will make us a more peaceful and prosperous nation.

Obama doesn’t understand this—just as he doesn’t understand the dangers of his wasteful spending. Our energy policy is also linked with our fiscal and monetary policies. In light of America’s unsustainable $16 trillion debt, there’s more talk about dumping the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency, which is the currency used to buy and sell oil. If that happens, we’ll feel the pain of inflation everywhere—especially at the pump. That, in turn, will trickle down to everything in our economy. Those living on fixed incomes and retirement pensions and annuities will feel the pain especially hard. So, this is one more reason to get government debt under control with sound monetary policy that doesn’t try to “inflate away” our debt with currency manipulation and gimmicks like quantitative easing.

Obama fails to understand this. He’s failed us as the nation’s stakeholders, and that’s why we must replace our CEO at November’s ballot box. As one audience member in our Fox special said, “I can’t fill my gas tank with hope and change.”

Wake up, America. November is around the corner. Change is easier than you’ve been led to believe.

- Sarah Palin

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CoolChange80 on April 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Again, with all due respect to Sarah (and she would be my first choice for President). She is making same fundamental mistake all other GOP pundits are: she, for some reason, assumes that Hussein has no idea what he is doing. HE DOES. KNOW. EXACTLY, WHAT. HE. IS. DOING.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Are we talking about the same Condi Rice who was Secretary of State under GW Bush?

If so, then we are talking about the same Condi Rice who equates the ‘situation’ of the Palestinians in Gaza to the Negroes’ situation in the 1960s civil rights movement in the US.

Anyone who is a sympathizer of the Palestinians’ goal is by definition in favor of a Palestinian ‘right-of-return’ – which is the same as being in favor of the destruction of Israel.

We do not need another pro-Palestinian/anti-Israeli sympathizer anywhere near the Oval Office.

GGMac on April 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM

We’ll see how you saving the nation will go come General with your guy being Hussein Lite. So in stead of 100MPH drive to the cliff we’ll only go 80MPH. That is if he can actually win while convincing that 46% that he is better for them than Hussein I’ll Give You Free Money.

Math doesn’t lie.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Oh, riddick, tell us something about Mitt we don’t know.

I’ll take the car going 80MPH and live a little longer.

Too bad you aren’t cool like Riddick is in his movies.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Of certain select potential vice presidential running mates for Mitt Romney, Condoleezza Rice is by far the most popular among Republicans and it’s not even close,

Not for this one. Didn’t care much for her as SoS, either. Check out the bios from Bush 2, Rumsfeld and Cheney. She had her good times, but no way I’d want to trust her in the #2 position.

IrishEyes on April 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

riddick, you’re right.
We are settling for Mitt.

It’s not rocket science.
We’re against Condi for the same Liberal tendancies.
Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Seriously, we’re trying to save this nation while you snark. eh

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

We’ll see how you saving the nation will go come General with your guy being Hussein Lite. So in stead of 100MPH drive to the cliff we’ll only go 80MPH. That is if he can actually win while convincing that 46% that he is better for them than Hussein I’ll Give You Free Money.

Math doesn’t lie.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Did not work with McCain the Moderates fooled us. Shame on them.

Mitt fools us and we are the fools. Shame on us.

But it is worse than that 5 moderates have hijacked the Republican Party and all five lost. Nixon was the last one that won.

This is the most important election in our lifetimes and we just throw up our hands and go down without a fight.

Mitt can not win. Period. If we finish nominating him Obama will win it is as simple as that.

Time and again Mitt proves he is a worse candidate than McCain and you expect different results with a worse candidate.

Sorry but to expect Mitt to win is Insane. He could only win if Obama became his VP or something. Then we would all lose though.

Steveangell on April 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Too bad you aren’t cool like Riddick is in his movies.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Riddick in those movies didn’t go with the flow, if you know what I mean. I don’t, either. Settling is not an option for me in this one, especially settling for someone whose record is so bad. I still remember the 2008, too bad others don’t. But hey, you guys obviously have the numbers for November, doesn’t matter what I and an increasing number of others are saying nor doing. Moving along, nothing to see here…

Would I’ve been asking “How high?” when told to jump on command back in my days in USSR I wouldn’t be here today nor question the need to “settle”. As is, and given my life based experience on “settling” I know where settling leads and no, I don’t like the re-run of “settling”. Settling is for losers. Sorry to be blunt, since you have been.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM

This unbalanced ticket (Clinton and Gore) won two elections, carrying six of 14 Southern states in both 1992 and 1996.

Thanks to H. Ross Perot. That is the only reason, in our no run-off system, that they won at all. They never achieved a majority of the vote in either election. They never broke 50%!

The Clinton method only works in a fluke year with a split Conservative/Moderate Republican base via an extra candidate.

Theophile on April 18, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Not up to your specs, TK

Who did they leave off as choices????
(And why?)
That approach would have produced better analysis.

Palin — not asked
Alan West — not asked
Gingrich, Bachmann — not asked
Perry — not asked
Cain — not asked
Nikki Haley — not asked
etc

Why not an open ended “Who do you want to see…?”
Why indeed.
They could have said, “Here’s a list of candidates that CNN wants you to chose from…”

DaMav on April 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Ms. Rice would be a good selection in my view. No one’s perfect, but she’s generally impressed me over the years.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Did not work with McCain the Moderates fooled us. Shame on them.

Mitt fools us and we are the fools. Shame on us.

But it is worse than that 5 moderates have hijacked the Republican Party and all five lost. Nixon was the last one that won.

This is the most important election in our lifetimes and we just throw up our hands and go down without a fight.

Mitt can not win. Period. If we finish nominating him Obama will win it is as simple as that.

Time and again Mitt proves he is a worse candidate than McCain and you expect different results with a worse candidate.

Sorry but to expect Mitt to win is Insane. He could only win if Obama became his VP or something. Then we would all lose though.

Steveangell on April 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Too bad so many have been brainwashed into watching same movie, time and again. Romney doesn’t have the numbers, same as last time, and won’t have the numbers again due to his progressive liberal record and views. Lesser of two evils leads to an evil, anyway.

I am not gloating in any way, I do realize how grave the situation is. There is still time to choose a nominee we can all embrace, amazing how many people have “settled” already without giving up the fight after Pro-Hussein states in GOP primaries have “selected” our supposed candidate. He is not my choice, never was and never will be. And I know I am not alone in this.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Why not an open ended “Who do you want to see…?”
Why indeed.
They could have said, “Here’s a list of candidates that CNN wants you to chose from…”

DaMav on April 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

We should have started with a simple premise: Any state that voted for Hussein in 2008 should be at the tail end of GOP primary in 2012. Very simple.

We had same morons who elected Hussein make the choice for us. AGAIN.

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Ms. Rice would be a good selection in my view. No one’s perfect, but she’s generally impressed me over the years.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Tell it to the “educated intelligentsia” in the thread who support progressive liberal as their GOP candidate while opposing Rice. Ultimate irony. Obviously lost on these Einsteins…

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Here is the quote from Condi Rice about whom she voted for. She doesn’t spell it out because she is gutless but if you cannot tell from her statements then you need to go back to reading comprehension 101.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/5939527/Did_Condoleezza_Rice_vote_for_Barack_Obama/

inspectorudy on April 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Just imagine Reagan saying, “ah- screw the wall, Eastern Europe isn’t ready for democracy” – She is 100% correct – Freedom is an absolute.

FlaMurph on April 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

You must be nuts to equate Eastern Europeans to muslims. Reagan would never have made that mistake.

VorDaj on April 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM

As any Commander of the military knows, he must work with the Army he’s handed…so too, the Republican electorate.

Over the last 40 years, only Reagan, has been worth a hill of beans, in all those candidates. It’s why a Teaparty exists!

I’m a Teaparty Patriot, working within legal and lawful means, for now, sending in money to specific Conservatives, to get better candidates than the doofus’s, the GOP sends us every 4 years.

I’m no loser. I fight tyranny.
Something I’m proud about.

So, have I been talking to a Ron Paul fan?

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

…several people here have stated that.
It’s been a couple of hours off and on..and I can’t find anything to verify that…I would be crushed!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM

…several people here have stated that.
It’s been a couple of hours off and on..and I can’t find anything to verify that…I would be crushed!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I haven’t been able to find anything to corroborate it either. I would also be disappointed if it was true.

ghostwriter on April 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM

I wish I could remember why I oppose higher office for Ms. Rice.

I am in the later (I hope) phases of recovery from a very rough medical situation that played havoc with my memory of certain years, and so I can’t remember what it was that I opposed about her. But I do remember that enough statements accreted that I eventually realized that I truly disliked Ms. Rice’s politics, and I thought she was a liberal at heart masquerading as a conservative, and had too much of the academic cloistered ascent for my taste.

I am a staunch Constitutionalist when it comes to picking the VP.

I want a solid back-up president who is ready to step in and be a top-notch president – NOT a “demography pick,” as PattyJ so astutely described it upthread.

Maybe J. Danforth Quayle got a bad rap, but I think that Bush 41 set a horrible precedent of boutique VP picks, that I believe 0bama mimicked. Actually, no… exactly why did 0bama pick Biden?!? I have never heard anyone give a convincing explanation except for the conspiracy theory – that Biden was so brain damaged that he gave Barry a firewall against removal by any means – because Biden is so obviously an idiot.

I don’t feel that Biden is ready to step in and be president – I really don’t. I think that Bawney Fwank or Al Fwanken would do as good or better a job. Biden has had THREE strokes, and that ain’t good.

Hey PattyJ, THANK YOU for finally putting into two words a description for Rubio et al that has evaded me.

“Demography pick” is a wonderful piece of wordsmithing.

I bow to you, and would like to use it in homage. :-)

cane_loader on April 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I thought she was a liberal at heart masquerading as a conservative, and had too much of the academic cloistered ascent for my taste.

Meant to say “academic cloistered scent.”

Sorry!

cane_loader on April 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Although it works fine the way I typoed it!

cane_loader on April 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Wall of text, thanks Cool change

poljunkie51 on April 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Here is the quote from Condi Rice about whom she voted for. She doesn’t spell it out because she is gutless but if you cannot tell from her statements then you need to go back to reading comprehension 101.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/5939527/Did_Condoleezza_Rice_vote_for_Barack_Obama/

inspectorudy on April 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM

See that’s what happens when you make accusations not based on facts. You pass your opinion as facts based on some else’s opinion.

Condi never said she voted for Obama. She made a comment about how far the country had moved forward by electing a black president.

You have no understanding of her experiences in growing up Democrat controlled Alabama. If anyone understands the plantation mentality, it’s Condi Rice. That’s why she is a Republican. Just like MLK.

Texas Gal on April 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Condoleezza Rice is pro-abortion.

Go a head and pick her and see how fast the voters stay home.

oldyeller on April 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Condoleezza Rice is pro-abortion.

Go a head and pick her and see how fast the voters stay home.

oldyeller on April 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I’d pick her if she were a lesbian or an hermaphrodite also. I don’t believe rightwing conservatives will stay home and enjoy another 4 years of the ONE.

racquetballer on April 19, 2012 at 1:38 AM

“academic cloistered scent.”

cane_loader on April 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Channeling Gidaffi?

lexhamfox on April 19, 2012 at 4:35 AM

My first presidential vote was for Nixon. Haven’t missed a vote since then. (No promises for 2012…we’ll see.) That said, I have only voted for a president because of a VP candidate once, in 2008. Don’t see that happening again, especially not for a pro-abortion VP candidate.

swinia sutki on April 19, 2012 at 5:50 AM

Still, though, not even a full week of veepstakes has made me change my mind that Paul Ryan should still be Mitt Romney’s man.

WTH Tina! Do you really dislike Paul Ryan so much that you want to see him Palinized after the GOP insiders selection loses miserably to the 0ne?

As always, though, Romney has a very deep bench from which to select a vice president. As long as his VP helps to mobilize the anti-Obama vote — on which Romney will undoubtedly depend for election — he should be fine.

Such was the thinking when McLame chose Sarah, which did indeed win him my county, and that worked out so well nationally! /s

DannoJyd on April 19, 2012 at 7:13 AM

As VP, what will she really do anyway?
But beside the point, did she really vote for Obama?
If so, I am disgusted.
But will still vote GOP ticket no matter what it is.
ABO everybody.

Badger40 on April 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Condoleezza Rice for VP?!!! Now that is scary. She was a registered democrat and she “tearfully” gushed over Obama being President of the United States of America. Do some vetting people!!!!!!!

She was a registered Democrat and she loves Obama.
http://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/biography/condoleezza-rice/

Rice Congratulates Obama Tearfully, Says She Is “Especially Proud” Of Obama’s Win (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/05/rice-congratulates-obama_n_141414.html

Condoleezza Rice Breaks With Right Wing And Says We Should Be For ‘Welcoming’ Immigrants | ThinkProgress

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2009/07/15/175543/condoleezza-rice-immigration/

sinsing on April 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

She’s pro-abortion and a squish about islam.
I want someone who’s gonna stand tough against those who want to destroy Israel. I don’t trust her to do that.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Well if that’s the ticket, I’m definitely voting 3rd party, because that ticket will be progressive-lite, not a game changer.

AH_C on April 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Doesn’t she share a home with another woman?

stingray9813 on April 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Condi is the wrong shade of black, doesn’t have street cred, and worst of all, worked in the Bush administration.

racquetballer on April 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Oh No, No, No Nooooooooooo

Of certain select potential vice presidential running mates for Mitt Romney:
- Condoleezza Rice
- Rick Santorum
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
- Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan

Ms. Rice is indeed an intelligent, good, and decent human being who makes a superb adviser – sadly, for strictly the diplomatic side of everything. As much as I admire her, she just doesn’t have the broad shoulders, sharp elbows, and conservative beliefs that are required in this World of Rogues.
The others noted are simply window-dressing in order to pander for votes.
(yes, i know … that’s what it’s all about – let’s try WINNING)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

riddick on April 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM

You’re no, Riddick.
We could use a few more Neo’s.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

So, have I been talking to a Ron Paul fan?

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I am a Jew, so you tell me if I am Herr Doktor fan. Think before you type, problem with all of you so called “settlers” who can only talk, but in real life are worth nothing when fighting comes.

riddick on April 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Before we enter Dr. Rice into this political mix we need her to sign a affidavit clearly delineating whom he voted for in the last election and, indeed, whom she intends to vote for in the next. Dr Rice is a bright, highly intelligent, vivacious, sophisticated lady but inquiring minds need to know cogent facts.

MaiDee on April 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Karl Magnus on April 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

.
Slow Joe Biden- “The Enigma VP” LOL – Yes, the bar has been set high.

Its game over if Hillary does go for the VP slot-
And CONDI is the ONLY person that can offset that match up.
And she doesn’t seem interested in the job anyway.

Hope Obozo doesn’t fall behind in the polls to the point Hillary is required to regain a Dem lead.

FlaMurph on April 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Not all that popular apparently.

Bmore on April 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I’d pick her if she were a lesbian or an hermaphrodite also. I don’t believe rightwing conservatives will stay home and enjoy another 4 years of the ONE.

racquetballer on April 19, 2012 at 1:38 AM

You should be careful. We will not stay home but we may pass on voting the top of the ticket. As of right now I’m trying my best to talk myself into voting for Romney. He better make an incredibly smart choice for his VP pick and Condi Rice is not it.

dmn1972 on April 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I would consider changing my decision of not voting to voting for a Romney/Rice ticket. Romney is an untrustworthy flip-flopper but Rice might act as a counterbalance in a Romney administration. I do not necessarily like all of her views, but I do respect her. She also has an incredible resume of government experience and (obviously) experience in foreign affairs. She would be good to go from day one while Romney would need time to ramp up.

I think it would really cause some consternation on the liberal/socialist side as well. Her veep nod wouldn’t shut up the feminazis but it would muddy their talking points. She is from academia so she could cause a rift in that voting block. Being that she is an American of African descent would pull votes of intelligent moderate or independent African-Americans over to the Republican side. Of course African-American idiots would still vote for Obama to get a chance for more of them Obama Bucks, so nothing would change there.

The sad thing is that I honestly think she would make a better president than Romney. The ticket should be switched around. Or better still a Rice/Cain ticket. I wonder how racist blacks like Sharpton, Farrakhan, Jeremiah Wright, and the New Black Panthers would deal with that?

If Romney picks a moderate insider rich white male lawyer I will sit on my hands on election day and let the moron fend for himself.

AttaBoyLuther on April 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

riddick on April 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

So, you’re a Jewish Ron Paul supporter?

Typicalwhitewoman on April 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

NO!!!

Absloutely not!

She’s not a RINO, she’s a DIABLO!

Democrat In All But Label Only. Are you people kidding me? Just vote for Barry again, it’s the same damn thing.

patch on April 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM

She’d be a fine VP, especially if Israel and Iran blow up.

Also, she never said she voted for Obama. She said she wouldn’t say who she voted for and conservatives who live in a shell have assumed that meant she voted for Obama because it never occurs to white conservatives, who only see what black conservatives are treated like from afar, that had she said no the massive S@#! show that would have caused for her.

If she came out and more vocally supported McCain the same people on here would be going nuts about that too. Most conservative women love Condi Rice, it certainly wouldn’t be a bad pick.

That being said, pick Ryan, win Wisconsin, win the presidency, reform Medicare.

cpaulus on April 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

WTH Tina! Do you really dislike Paul Ryan so much that you want to see him Palinized after the GOP insiders selection loses miserably to the 0ne?

Paul Ryan will not be Palinized. He has 4 times the experience that Palin had when she ran and has been in the national spotlight for over a year with the president personally calling him out in speeches.

cpaulus on April 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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