Quotes of the day

posted at 9:31 pm on August 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

After a week marred by a not-ready-for-prime-time staffer who had movement conservatives questioning Team Romney’s competence, sanity, and willingness to fight the brass-knuckles White House and Chicago thug operatives, the Romney campaign made the right decision.

And the Right decision

Paul Ryan is fresh, young, energetic, smart, courageous, and ready for prime time.

Paul Ryan is a policy wonk AND a front-line warrior whose budget and long-term entitlement reforms have the entire Dem-Soros-lapdog media machine unhinged…

Paul Ryan won’t cut and run when the going gets tough.

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Romney-Ryan are firmly offering to complete the Reagan Revolution by a) modernizing the social safety net so that it is fiscally sustainable and increases economic mobility and true economic security, and b) reforming the tax code so that it boosts economic growth and reduces crony capitalism. The 21st century would be the American Century, led by a growing, prosperous, confident nation whose government enables the private sector to innovate rather than crowding it out. The American Experiment would be revitalized, fueled by the spirit of democratic capitalism.

As Ryan said earlier today when announced as Romney’s pick, “We can turn this thing around. We can.”

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Ryan refutes the Democratic Party’s bogus arguments. He knows that our domestic spending trajectory is unsustainable and that liberals who fail to get it under control are leading their constituents over a cliff, just like in Europe. Eventually, you can’t borrow enough money to make good on your promises, and everyone’s screwed. Ryan understands that the longer we ignore the debt crisis and postpone serious budget cuts—the liberal equivalent of denying global warming—the more painful the reckoning will be. There’s nothing compassionate about that kind of irresponsibility…

Screw the polls. Republicans will be on the right side of the spending debate. They’ll be on the right side of the substance debate, too. Instead of bickering about Romney’s tax returns and repeating the obvious but unhelpful observation that the unemployment rate sucks, we’ll actually have to debate serious problems and solutions. That’s great for the country…

It speaks enormously well for Romney that he made this choice. It tells me he’d run the country the same way he ran Massachusetts: as a prudent, numbers-oriented businessman.

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Romney’s decision to tap Ryan, the idea man of the Republican Party, is a challenge to President Obama.

In 2008, the central component of Obama’s meteoric rise was that politics had become too cynical and small, and that it was important to have a more substantive debate on the pressing issues facing the nation. His appeal to independents was rooted in this very idea. In the current campaign, Obama has decided that in the face of a weak economy and tepid approval ratings, his path to victory rests on destroying Romney. But with the Ryan pick, Obama has been given a chance to have a substantive debate. After all, it was Obama that helped elevate Ryan in January 2010, when he picked him out of the crowd to acknowledge the congressman had produced a “serious proposal” to address entitlements, even though he disagreed with it.

Ryan is effectively holding a mirror up to Obama.

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It is true that Democrats are licking their chops. And that they will claim a vote for them is a vote to save Medicare. But that’s misguided.

Put another way: Because Obamacare already messes with entitlements, there is greater urgency for reforming the entitlement system. That is, Obama and Biden are the ones who touched entitlements, and Romney and Ryan are coming in to fix them…

Romney has been hinting at this message for some time: Under the presidency of Barack Obama, the United States has fallen into decline. The entitlement problem hasn’t just remained the same; the problems have been exacerbated.

The country needs real changes to restore American greatness. A vote for Obama-Biden is a vote for unsustainability. A vote for Romney-Ryan is a vote for change, and therefore hope that America’s best days are ahead. Or, we might say, Team Romney is all about hope and change — a campaign theme that is known to work rather well!

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Ryan will help Romney govern. If the Republican ticket triumphs in November, having Ryan on-side will help Romney, a non-Washingtonian, navigate the complexities of Capitol Hill. But here it’s important to keep in mind that Ryan is an ideologue and a Beltway wheeler-dealer, attuned to both the possibilities for bipartisanship (recall that his latest Medicare proposal is co-sponsored with a Senate Democrat) and the need to sometimes swallow hard and take one for the team (hence those Bush-era votes for TARP and Medicare Part D). Thus if Romney wants to push an aggressive agenda in his first hundred days or year in office, Ryan will be a natural point person — but if the Romney White House then needs to compromise well short of conservative objectives, Ryan will be capable of negotiating the deal and ready and willing to sell it to a reluctant base. What’s more, having Ryan as a loyal administration foot soldier (whose own presidential ambitions are bound up in Romney’s success) will prevent the Wisconsin congressman from setting up a rival center of power within the party, or becoming a locus of conservative dissent. Some conservatives may think that the Ryan choice brought Romney permanently on-side for their ambitions. But it’s also possible that the choice will ultimately be remembered as the moment when Romney co-opted conservatives instead.

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“Going big has risks, but fewer than going small,” a top Romney adviser told POLITICO early Saturday, after news of the decision broke. “Now this is a race about what the future’s going to look like. … This was all Mitt’s decision. These are two guys who love data, and have a similar way of looking at the world. … Mitt isn’t thinking about Ohio or the Hispanic vote. He’s thinking: ‘I’m gonna be president. Who’s going to help me succeed?’”…

Perhaps so, but Romney and his aides have a lot of questions to answer: If being ready to govern on Day One was the chief criteria, how did Romney, who has scant foreign policy and national security experience himself, overcome the objection that his vice president would have even less? If the basis of Romney’s campaign is that he is a business-minded Washington outsider, what attracted him to someone like Ryan, who has been in Washington since his twenties and has no business or executive experience?

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One Obama backer privately said — not the least bit in jest — that the campaign could now siphon off cash donations for margarita machines, because there was so much to celebrate between now and Election Day.

Another Democratic operative declared the election effectively over — that Ryan was the self-hammered nail in Romney’s own coffin.

“They chose a candidate who is 42, but looks 22, and is a professional Washington politician,” said Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, a top adviser to John Edwards’ 2008 campaign and former chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. “He helps Romney with not a single state, not a single demographic and he won’t turn a single undecided vote around. He also destroys Romney’s argument that professional Washington insiders and politicians aren’t qualified to govern. He’s a disastrous pick that proves the Romney and Republicans are stuck in some kind of time capsule where they think they can win elections by debating obscure conservative theory.”

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This probably improves Obama’s chances of winning. The Ryan plan doesn’t exactly have a great track record winning elections: It played a large role in the Republicans’ defeat in a special election in upstate New York in early 2011. Romney’s path to victory involves winning an outsized share of downscale white voters, and this plan presumably makes that task more difficult. Again, maybe the focus-group testing shows that opposition to the president is so strong among these voters that it just doesn’t matter, but I don’t think I’d bet the farm on this.

In fact, it opens up an Obama landslide scenario for the first time. I’ve always thought that Obama wouldn’t be able to win more than a two-to-three-point re-election victory, mainly because a president almost never wins the votes of people who disapprove of the job that he is doing, and Obama’s approval rating is unlikely to be much above 50 percent on Election Day. But, while I don’t think it’s guaranteed, this really does give Democrats an opportunity to make Romney so radioactive that people who don’t like the president nevertheless vote for him. If the white working class revolts at the prospect of the Ryan plan, Obama really could match, or even exceed, his 2008 showing.

These types of picks rarely end well. When we think back on the “bold” or “unexpected” picks in history, they rarely have good outcomes.

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Democrats will have to be smart. They should show respect for Ryan for being a serious guy, but then just explain to people, urgently but not over-heatedly, what he’s proposed. It’s just very hard to imagine that middle-of-the-road voters want harsh future cuts to Medicare, massive tax cuts for the rich, and huge reductions to domestic programs that most swing voters really don’t hate. Does this choice work in Florida, with all those old people? If Romney just sacrificed Florida, he’s lost the election already.

And why? To placate a party that doesn’t even want him as its nominee anyway. It’s psycho-weird. But at least it will carry the benefit, if this ticket loses, of keeping conservatives from griping that they lost because their ticket was too moderate. Conservatism will share — will own — this loss.

Is all that “daring”? Well, Thelma and Louise were “daring” too, but they ended up at the bottom of a canyon. If the Democrats handle this situation properly, that’s where this ticket will end up too, and then the rest of us—the people who don’t want federal policy to be based on Atlas Shrugged—can finally and fully press the case to the right that America is not behind you, and please grow up.

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Romney has all but put a neon sign above his campaign headquarters saying, “We are terrified.” There is no other reason for Mr. Play-it-Safe to take such a risk, unless the campaign was desperate. He clearly felt pressed to make a “bold” choice that would be a game changer, and he fell under the sway of the conservative intelligentsia who are in love with Ryan. In short: He got rolled. Conservatives persuaded him to choose their man, a choice that is great for the conservative movement and for Ryan, who will now be set up for a future presidential run, but terrible for Romney…

Ryan’s boosters say he is a great pick because he excites the base. Who cares? Obama has more than taken care of that. Conservatives are voting for Romney not because they love him, but because they hate Obama. Romney’s strongest appeal was that he is really a pretty moderate governor from Massachusetts who could appeal to swing voters who are unhappy with Obama. No more: Moderate voters in focus groups have been repelled by the Ryan plan.

Many pundits are claiming this choice is going to make the election about “big ideas.” If only. Perhaps the political class will continue to argue about how to deal with the fiscal calamity that is our country, but the campaign will be fought mostly through vicious micro-targeted advertising, which hasn’t generally been known for fostering rich debates among the electorate.

So long, Mitt. We hardly knew ye.

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On whose part?…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

The Palinistas..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:32 AM

He tried a million times to win the Mass Governorship?

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM

After a horrendous senate run to boot! He couldnt even run for reelection because he was so unpopular.

His only desire is to see himself elected. He is disgusting.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM

LoLz..We need to start a fundraiser to get it fixed!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

AllahsNippleHair on August 12, 2012 at 12:30 AM

G’night ANH. Good summary. :)

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

The Palinistas..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Looks more like 2 or 3 Palin supporters and 2 or 3 Mitt supporters to most of us…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Gary Moore- City of Gold & I Feel Free

Love these guys!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

After a horrendous senate run to boot! He couldnt even run for reelection because he was so unpopular.

His only desire is to see himself elected. He is disgusting.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

How many elections did Sarah win? Just for Wasilla and 1 governor election? Then she quit…

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Glad to see Palin on board. She has been supportive of Ryan in the past. Like it or not, incumbents are damn hard to beat. We need all hands on deck for this one. I do like the way she keeps mentioning the down ticket races. Not only are they crucial to taking back the Senate and holding/increasing our lead in the House, they could help bring some grass roots vote to the top of the ticket. And Hi Jackie!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Then ponder me this…

Why are all these fools attacking her?

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I honestly & sincerely thought that I would be staying away from the internet once the VP pick was announced, but I have to admit I’ve been sucked in & oh boy am I glad. The absolute best thing about the Ryan pick — even better than the sheer panic on the left — are the “smug” Obots dropping into conservative blogs to tell us “thank you for Ryan. Romney just lost Florida and the election” when just yesterday they were telling us that there was no way Romney was going to win (in fact, they’ve been telling us since January that Obama was a “lock” for re-election). So which one is it — was Romney not winning anyway or did picking Ryan make him lose? Heh. I won’t hold my breath for an answer on that one.

Of course, even today there was no respite from the annoying eeyores & ABRs — they’re their usual downer selves.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Looks more like 2 or 3 Palin supporters and 2 or 3 Mitt supporters to most of us…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

I was a Perry supporter.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Why are donk media opinions important? They were never, ever going to say “wow, brilliant choice…we are so scared”. No they were going to do what they did last time and say “rotten, and his first decision as President blows”, like they did with McCain.

It will be all attack, all the time.

It would have been that way with any GOP candidate for anything. The goal is to say “Romney can’t even get this right”, the pathetic part is that they seem to be undermining our resolve. WE may be dumb enough to fall for it again.

clnurnberg on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Movie night. Casino. Holds up OK.. Not as good as Godfather 1 or 2. Kinda cool seeing Romney and Ryan today. That’s where I lived for 49 years. Stood where they were a few times. How are you?

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Hope you saw my above comments to you before all the heck broke loose!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM

How many elections did Sarah win? Just for Wasilla and 1 governor election? Then she quit…

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Since you’re trying to piss, if Im not mistaken, Palin has won more elections than Romney. Not that it matters one iota…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

After a horrendous senate run to boot! He couldnt even run for reelection because he was so unpopular.

His only desire is to see himself elected. He is disgusting.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

I’ll probably regret it, but here goes…

Romney IS going to be the nominee, pretty much a done deal….but since you seem to have problem with that choice, WHOM would prefer to be the GOP standard bearer then?…as in someone that has all the factors that Romney lacks, in YOUR opinion, of course.

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

UGGH you guys! no one has given me an answer yet….how will Ryan respond when Katie Couric asks him what periodicals he reads????

Stray Cat on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Looks more like 2 or 3 Palin supporters and 2 or 3 Mitt supporters to most of us…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Drift back a page or so..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Good evening, Dark Star! Nice to see you!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

I was a Perry supporter.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

so then the transitition to a romney supporter was as simple as changing horses in midstream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_JhT3Q_1v0

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM

I guess flapjackmaka is here because uppereastside & inthemiddle were unavailable.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM

He couldnt even run for reelection because he was so unpopular.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Ah, yes, a Republican governor unpopular in MA — you say that as if it’s a bad thing, nitwit.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Since you’re trying to piss, if Im not mistaken, Palin has won more elections than Romney. Not that it matters one iota…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Of course it doesn’t. I’m just trying to follow flapjack’s train of thought.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Romney could be up 15+ in all 50 states, and there would be some screaming and hand wringing that he isn’t up in DC.

wargamer6 on August 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM

YES. And let’s not forget it. The media will do everything they can to support their unpopular candidate.

clnurnberg on August 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

How many elections did Sarah win? Just for Wasilla and 1 governor election? Then she quit…

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

And still a better election record than mittens! Keep drumming the palinista thing because that’s who you’ll be blaming after this election I bet!

Romney chose Ryan out of fear for his poll numbers.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Good evening jack! Nice to see you too.

Hello all.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

so then the transitition to a romney supporter was as simple as changing horses in midstream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_JhT3Q_1v0

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM

It’s called general election time. I’d rather take down Obama than be a shrill ankle biter like you.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Ah, yes, a Republican governor unpopular in MA — you say that as if it’s a bad thing, nitwit.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Romney supporters in charge of getting the point

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Drift back a page or so..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Been here the whole time…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

How many elections did Sarah win? Just for Wasilla and 1 governor election? Then she quit…

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

She was between a rock and a hard place…

She did what was best for Alaska..:)

Most of us know the story, Try harder…LOL

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM

It tells me he’d run the country the same way he ran Massachusetts: as a prudent, numbers-oriented businessman.

How is Massachusett’s economy going?

It is to laugh.

Rode Werk on August 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM

WHOM would prefer to be the GOP standard bearer then?

I’m content with voting for anyone but romney. He has nothing going for him. He’s as disgusting as a politician you can get

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

you speak to the lib in french and to me about hemorrhoids:)

see a connection?

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM

I can talk to you in French and to him about hemorrhoids if you wish :-), only you are the butt hurt one, and he the tone deaf one (so, it doesn’t matter really which language you talk to him in, he will block whatever message is not a recycled dim talking point)…so, methinks that the message to each of you was taylored quite appropriately :-)…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Yes.. I caught them… I’m quick like that! :) I think we may have shared some of the same youthful experiences!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I’d rather take down Obama than be a shrill ankle biter like you.

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Romney aint winning bro

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

man all the downers here, to include allah, really tick me off. i was realy looking forward to the qotd thread, but surprise! nothing but a downer. oh well.

Jack_Burton on August 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

He’s as disgusting as a politician you can get

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

That’ a bit incorrect…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Romney aint winning bro

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Says you. You gonna be moaning for the next 3 months?

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Wade right in! Make yourself at home! By the way, its Jackie to my friends.

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Obama Team Salivates Over Ryan Pick

The president’s campaign sees the Romney-Ryan ticket as a partner on the Obama road to victory.

Let them exhaust themselves, early.

p.s. Kirstin Powers was always a dumb chick.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Just don’t talk to Sherrie in French, she’ll melt into a puddle…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Movie night, so I just got here. Haven’t seen any flak yet. But the Convention is coming, and we will coalesce around our guys. I’m glad we aren’t a bunch of yes men for the mob. We argue, we debate. But the one thing that really separates us from liberals is we hold our own to task for their actions! That said, the votes have been cast, decisions made.. Now comes the battle for the USA!

I’m in!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Gar Moore- spoonful

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Says you. You gonna be moaning for the next 3 months?

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I’ll be moaning for the next four years because of Obama.

Romney wanted this election to be a referendum. But now because of his caricature he is defined and it’s now a choice. Paul Ryan just blew up his strategic view of the race.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

How many elections did Sarah win? Just for Wasilla and 1 governor election? Then she quit…

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

getting all nasty and hitting below the belt. tsk, tsk, tsk. can’t you just let us enjoy the romney/ryan clusterfark in peace?

i’m a concientious objector. go knock yourself out.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

I’m content with voting for anyone but romney. He has nothing going for him. He’s as disgusting as a politician you can get

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Typical Obot projection. Your panic is causing your “tru con” cover story to unravel & you’re giving yourself away bub.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM

man all the downers here, to include allah, really tick me off. i was realy looking forward to the qotd thread, but surprise! nothing but a downer. oh well.

Jack_Burton on August 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Just flapjackmaka. Ignore him.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM

getting all nasty and hitting below the belt. tsk, tsk, tsk. can’t you just let us enjoy the romney/ryan clusterfark in peace?

i’m a concientious objector. go knock yourself out.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

There is no clusterfark, just ABRs moaning.

Sarah likes the pick. Didn’t you get the memo?

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

PUKE! I stopped listening to Babs when she started talking. Shudddup and sing.

Resist We Much on August 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

.
That’s really your loss…

libfreeordie on August 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM

.
My loss, as well.

Until now, I thought music (like all other art) was “in the eye of the beholder”.
.
Thanks for straightening me out on that, libfree’.

Don’t know how we’d survive without you, and Bab’s singing.

listens2glenn on August 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

It’s a sad day. I’m about to watch John Wayne die for the 2nd time today (The Shootist, The Cowboys)…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Movie night, so I just got here. Haven’t seen any flak yet. But the Convention is coming, and we will coalesce around our guys. I’m glad we aren’t a bunch of yes men for the mob. We argue, we debate. But the one thing that really separates us from liberals is we hold our own to task for their actions! That said, the votes have been cast, decisions made.. Now comes the battle for the USA!

I’m in!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

We’re all in..:)

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Sarah likes the pick. Didn’t you get the memo?

wargamer6 on August 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

oh yeah. absolutely. mentioned obama a gazillion times. barely mentioned mitt.

it a dog whistle thingy with us Palinistas.

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Obama with a 4.6 point lead on August 11, 2012:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/general_election_romney_vs_obama-1171.html

On the same date in 2008, the Real Clear Politics average of polls gave Obama a 4.8 point lead.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/election_2012_vs_election_2008_four_years_ago_today.html

This is going to be a base election. To defeat Obama and the Democrats, we need unity and all hands on deck.

Earlier today, Sarah Palin, as she had promised, she gave 100% support to the Romney / Ryan ticket in this FB post:

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151109537628588

I encourage people to read her statement.

After congratulating Mitt Romney on selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, she makes the case in clear and direct terms as to why Americans need to come together to defeat Obama and the Democrats in the fall.

Hopefully, the RNC and the Romney campaign will invite the Governor to give a similar speech at the convention before a prime time national television audience to help galvanize Americans into supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket.

To win, we need to be united. We must lay down our past quarrels.

As the late great Andrew Breitbart said at CPAC 2012:

I don’t care who our candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate! …

When I walk through CPAC or a I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker.

And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side!

john.frank on August 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM

canopfor on August 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Yeah, I could’ve done without that “hiccup”, but it is good to know that they(dems) won’t be able to use it against Romney too much. Though I still can’t see the lamestream media giving Mitt a pass on this one. I can see the Obama PAC’s having a field day with it. I can see SNL having a field day with it. And I can see the left-wing “news” media having a field day with it as well.

But they would only do that if they are unscrupulous, petty, deceptive, biased, evil, and willing to say anything to divert attention away from Obama’s dismal record.

So yeah, they’re going to have a field day with it.

Sterling Holobyte on August 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Movie night, so I just got here. Haven’t seen any flak yet. But the Convention is coming, and we will coalesce around our guys. I’m glad we aren’t a bunch of yes men for the mob. We argue, we debate. But the one thing that really separates us from liberals is we hold our own to task for their actions! That said, the votes have been cast, decisions made.. Now comes the battle for the USA!

I’m in!

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM
We’re all in..:)

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Anybody else want in??

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

LOVE John Wayne!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

How is Massachusett’s economy going?

It is to laugh.

Rode Werk on August 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM

You cannot be this stupid.

Who’s been governor of MA for the last 5 years — hint, not Romney.

Actually, on second thought, you probably *are* that stupid, so I’ll tell you: it’s Deval Patrick (D) who’s been Gov. of MA for the last 5 years, not Mitt Romney.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Easy shorthand for Romney-Ryan = Rsquared.

Alma on August 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM

How about this:

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQhWGxpIN4h3RiKWicMO8s9afU3FklpVWhlS7LUq7IvgCPP2h7zK6KaVIr7

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Typical Obot projection.

Cant make a reasoned argument. hurr, you’re an obot.

Romney supporters in charge of arguments and winning support

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Been here the whole time…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

As have I..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Thanks Jackie — much appreciated! :-)

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Now THAT’S style! R&R 2012!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Typical Obot projection. Your panic is causing your “tru con” cover story to unravel & you’re giving yourself away bub.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM

..relax, Mr Star. He’s been outed as some zit-encrusted juvenile tool, living in his mom’s basement who pulls wings off of flies when not commenting here.

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Cant make a reasoned argument. hurr, you’re an obot.

Romney supporters in charge of arguments and winning support

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Is that your attempt at irony?

Actually pretty good for you.

You aren’t worth a reasoned argument — you’re a concern troll, nothing more, nothing less. While your more outrageously stupid comments are worth some pointing & laughing, trying to convince you/debate you is a total waste of time.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Anybody else want in??

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Going once…

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM

..relax, Mr Star. He’s been outed as some zit-encrusted juvenile tool, living in his mom’s basement who pulls wings off of flies when not commenting here.

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Heh. Good report.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM

..relax, Mr Star. He’s been outed as some zit-encrusted juvenile tool, living in his mom’s basement who pulls wings off of flies when not commenting here.

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

lolz — thank you War Planner.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM

As have I..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Well, since my youth wasn’t as “mis-spent” as some, my comprehension abilities are somewhat less impaired…;)

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM

ever consider the optics of a rolls royce logo and what it would say about a campaign in this election year.

with ideas like yours romney would hire you in a split second:)

renalin on August 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM

..relax, Mr Star. He’s been outed as some zit-encrusted juvenile tool, living in his mom’s basement who pulls wings off of flies when not commenting here.

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Flap is csdeven?…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/election_2012_vs_election_2008_four_years_ago_today.html

Romney isnt even as favorable as McCain was. pfft

..relax, Mr Star. He’s been outed as some zit-encrusted juvenile tool, living in his mom’s basement who pulls wings off of flies when not commenting here.

The War Planner on August 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

this guy

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Of course, even today there was no respite from the annoying eeyores & ABRs — they’re their usual downer selves.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

bottom feeders…

jimver on August 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Flap is csdeven?…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM

ok. You’re just insulting me now

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I’m content with voting for anyone but romney.

A noble concept, except that he is most likely to be the nominee…

So barring that, and assuming your not a O troll or a PaulNot zomboid, will this mean you’ll stay home or vote for someone from the Sure Loser Party (ie, anyone running 3rd Party right now)?

He has nothing going for him. He’s as disgusting as a politician you can get

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

As compared to the current Administration?

Really?

So what did he do that was so horrible, shave your head in High School cuz you were “special”?

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I KNOW!!! Guess I thought I coud unite the party with one post..My teachers always said that I didn’t live up to my potential. Getting a complex…

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

I don’t care if she didn’t run, you’re the one who seems to have issues…LOL

Divide the party?

You’re a moron..:)

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151109537628588

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Does this mean you’ll follow Sarah’s lead and get out and support Team R & R?

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Since Ryan will be on the ticket for his congressional seat, and the Vice President also serves as the president of the Senate, and since the constitution doesn’t prohibit a Vice President also being a member of the House, it would be fun to keep Ryan on the Budget Committee while he also serves as VP. He’d be the first person who could potentially serve as an elected member of all elected branches of government simultaneously . Not that this would happen, but it’s a fun thought.

BryanS on August 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

We’re all all in, like it or not.

Let’s roll.

Romney’s speech in Manassas today was his best yet by far. If this Romney shows up from now ’til Nov. 6, Obarmy is toast.

hillbillyjim on August 12, 2012 at 1:02 AM

That’s a bit incorrect…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

lol, dry humor at its best. I’m sure there are worse.

arnold ziffel on August 12, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Well, since my youth wasn’t as “mis-spent” as some, my comprehension abilities are somewhat less impaired…;)

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I’m proud for you!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 1:03 AM

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Ken.. the country needs a little R&R… and now we’re going to get it! We’re.. well, most of us… .’In’.

As to the others… I don’t really care what they say… as long as they say it over there ———————————————->

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Okay…you first! :)

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Trust me on this if nothing else Jackie. My story, this is the wrong forum, perhaps in private someday. ; )

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

will this mean you’ll stay home or vote for someone from the Sure Loser Party

I vote for down ticket through absentee and thats it. Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Just don’t start repeatedly yelling “Grammy” OR post the word “abdicate” 500 times on one thread over 36 consecutive hours like a certain someone did do…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

0% chance of winning my state

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

ok. You’re just insulting me now

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Whoa! Quick this one is. /s

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:06 AM

BryanS on August 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Fun thought, but when Romney/Ryan win, WI will hold a special election to fill his seat.

And technically the House & Senate are the same branch of government, so every VP serves in “every elected branch” of government as VP & President of the Senate. I think you meant serve in both chambers of Congress simultaneously.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:06 AM

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I agree!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 1:06 AM

I KNOW!!! Guess I thought I coud unite the party with one post..My teachers always said that I didn’t live up to my potential. Getting a complex…

KCB on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

No worries KCB, you got tactical support from this quarter here…

Let’s Do This.

BlaxPac on August 12, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM

I beg your pardon, Mr. Gohawgs? What was that you said about a misspent youth?

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM

A winning team: Romney/Ryan
a fifth of jack daniels
a quart of Haagan Dazs
a few pecan sandies

after 3+ yrs. of sleepless nights:

Tonight I have become

http://youtu.be/Bpzxf_flm8M

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM

We’re all in, except for flapjackmaka. But at last he’s posted something that’s a little bit sensible.

22044 on August 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Does this mean you’ll follow Sarah’s lead and get out and support Team R & R?

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Like I voted for McCain because of Palin, I will vote for Romney because of Ryan.

idesign on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Bmore on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Me, too! Am I correct in my understanding, though, that you like motorcycles?

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I vote for down ticket through absentee and thats it. Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Make yourself useful. Donate to him, make phone calls, write letters, etc.

It’s the least you could do to try to save your country.

LevinFan on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I’m content with voting for anyone but romney. He has nothing going for him. He’s as disgusting as a politician you can get

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

So, Obama’s your choice, then. Either a write-in or a direct vote for Obama is a vote for Obama.

Liam on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

A winning team: Romney/Ryan
a fifth of jack daniels
a quart of Haagan Dazs
a few pecan sandies

after 3+ yrs. of sleepless nights:

Tonight I have become

http://youtu.be/Bpzxf_flm8M

Excellent set up to an excellent song.

Dark Star on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Why should I vote for Romney in my state when he has 0% chance of winning? Thats masochistic.

Flapjackmaka on August 12, 2012 at 1:05 AM

I’m sure that sounded good in your head while you were typing it, but that makes no sense whatsoever.

AZfederalist on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

im watching thor.

why?

not sure yet.

ted c on August 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

It’s a sad day. I’m about to watch John Wayne die for the 2nd time today (The Shootist, The Cowboys)…

Gohawgs on August 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Great movies!..:)

Dire Straits on August 12, 2012 at 1:09 AM

jrsrigmvr on August 12, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Excellent, Fred!

thatsafactjack on August 12, 2012 at 1:10 AM

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