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Santorum's Sweep of 3 [Non-Binding] Caucuses Proves He is the Only Conservative Running?

At least that is what the political operatives were saying last night on Fox News, especially Charles Krauthammer while he was on the O’Reilly show. This comes after CK stated that Santorum is the first “admirably worthy conservative alternative” to Mitt Romney in the Washington Post  back on Jan. 5.  Today, the big political “news” is that Rick Santorum has swept all three of last night’s caucuses/fake [non-binding] primaries in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Brett Bair (also of Fox News) referred to these three caucuse/primary votes last night as non-binding beauty contests, with no actual delegates being won by a victory. For the rest of this week, expect to hear such flowery phrases as “Santorum has gained momentum and could see a campaign fundraising boost”  or  “Santorum is the conservative alternative to Mitt [ Jello} Romney,” blah blah blah.  This is the political dog and pony show of faux sensationalistic media circus acts that sadly passes as news reporting today. Is it any wonder that people are so politically uninformed today that they would elect a junior Senator from the political corruption capitol of the world as the President of the United States on an undefined “Hope and Change” fraud? In a nutshell, yes it does and yes they did.

Mr. Krauthammer is largely considered to be a brilliant political analyst with excellent oratory skills today. Keeping that in mind, how do his “Santorum is a worthy conservative” statements stack up against Senator Rick Santorum’s actual voting record?  Not very well, if you were brave enough to check out the truth in that fact-sheet. Krauthammer appears to have fallen into the exact same category of the once respectable conservative pundit and leftist basher extraordinaire, Ms. Ann Coulter. That would be the “say anything for a buck and to get attention while ignoring true conservative principles” category that Coulter exhibits today in her “vote for the proven conservative Mitt Romney campaign.”  Is she referring to this Mitt Romney,  when she went on her recent tirade of praising Romneycare  after trashing it back in November?  Ann Coulter’s recent flip-flop off the conservative high dive into the “elect the only candidate who is moderate enough to beat Barack Obama” cess pool of say-anything-for-a-buck irresponsibility, is an astounding about-face. When Coulter speaks about the mob-mentality that she has explained in recent books so often, maybe there should be a chapter titled “Us flip-floppers have to stick together.”

As far as Charles Krauthammer goes, he has to try to protect his high-paying, high-wire conservative commentary act [and reputation], while also putting out enough controversial statements, [see Santorum is a worthy conservative above] that gain attention, TV viewers, and readers, to justify his next fat contract with Fox News. The fact remains that, as proven in the above-linked article on Santorum’s voting record, he is a proven big-government conservative. How’s that for the ultimate in oxymorons?

Finally, the only proven conservative in the GOP candidate field, Newt Gingrich is being trampled, lied about, and smeared by the likes of Coulter, Krauthammer and the establishment GOP in true Democratic Attack Machine  fashion.  Is Newt Gingrich really a proven conservative?  This article  shows us just what Gingrich accomplished in a very tough political environment. Despite the D.A.M. lies and misinformation about the balanced budgets during Speaker Gingriches tenure, (which are heavily promoted in most browser searches) this article points  out just why Gingrich is a danger to the old guard, establishment GOP that has had a big hand in our trillion-dollar-deficits.

Amid all the tax-cutting and agency consolidations (in Newt’s plans if elected POTUS) would come a return to a fiscal policy that he said emanates “directly from the Reagan playbook.”

“I think these kinds of steps would move us toward a very dramatic job growth, which is the best way to move towards a balanced budget—by getting people off of unemployment, off of Medicaid, off of food stamps, get them back into earning a living and paying taxes,” he said.

Gingrich wants to limit the size and scope of government, which would cut off the big government grifters entrenched in DC from buying votes and influence with taxpayer dollars. Gingrich also wants to limit the government to spending less what they take in each year, as in creating a true balanced budget, yet the mainstream media talking points never include these important facts.  Our government has gotten so big that we are now approaching $16 trillion dollars in debt, which equals our entire GDP.

Ask Greece how that scenario works out. They too, ignored the serious-minded fiscally conservative candidates for the last 20 years or so, only to elect moderates just like Mitt Romney and numerous” big government conservatives”  like Rick Santorum. Barack Obama has loaded up the back seat of the failed Chevy Volt with our entire economy and will drive it right off the Greek-style debt cliff if given another four years. Electing so-called “electable moderates” and “big government conservatives” will also crash and burn the U.S economy just like the firebomb now known as the Chevy Volt will do, when it plunges off the debt cliff and hits rock bottom.

 

 

Santorum’s Sweep of 3 [Non-Binding] Caucuses Proves He is the Only Conservative Running?

At least that is what the political operatives were saying last night on Fox News, especially Charles Krauthammer while he was on the O’Reilly show. This comes after CK stated that Santorum is the first “admirably worthy conservative alternative” to Mitt Romney in the Washington Post  back on Jan. 5.  Today, the big political “news” is that Rick Santorum has swept all three of last night’s caucuses/fake [non-binding] primaries in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Brett Bair (also of Fox News) referred to these three caucuse/primary votes last night as non-binding beauty contests, with no actual delegates being won by a victory. For the rest of this week, expect to hear such flowery phrases as “Santorum has gained momentum and could see a campaign fundraising boost”  or  “Santorum is the conservative alternative to Mitt [ Jello} Romney,” blah blah blah.  This is the political dog and pony show of faux sensationalistic media circus acts that sadly passes as news reporting today. Is it any wonder that people are so politically uninformed today that they would elect a junior Senator from the political corruption capitol of the world as the President of the United States on an undefined “Hope and Change” fraud? In a nutshell, yes it does and yes they did.

Mr. Krauthammer is largely considered to be a brilliant political analyst with excellent oratory skills today. Keeping that in mind, how do his “Santorum is a worthy conservative” statements stack up against Senator Rick Santorum’s actual voting record?  Not very well, if you were brave enough to check out the truth in that fact-sheet. Krauthammer appears to have fallen into the exact same category of the once respectable conservative pundit and leftist basher extraordinaire, Ms. Ann Coulter. That would be the “say anything for a buck and to get attention while ignoring true conservative principles” category that Coulter exhibits today in her “vote for the proven conservative Mitt Romney campaign.”  Is she referring to this Mitt Romney,  when she went on her recent tirade of praising Romneycare  after trashing it back in November?  Ann Coulter’s recent flip-flop off the conservative high dive into the “elect the only candidate who is moderate enough to beat Barack Obama” cess pool of say-anything-for-a-buck irresponsibility, is an astounding about-face. When Coulter speaks about the mob-mentality that she has explained in recent books so often, maybe there should be a chapter titled “Us flip-floppers have to stick together.”

As far as Charles Krauthammer goes, he has to try to protect his high-paying, high-wire conservative commentary act [and reputation], while also putting out enough controversial statements, [see Santorum is a worthy conservative above] that gain attention, TV viewers, and readers, to justify his next fat contract with Fox News. The fact remains that, as proven in the above-linked article on Santorum’s voting record, he is a proven big-government conservative. How’s that for the ultimate in oxymorons?

Finally, the only proven conservative in the GOP candidate field, Newt Gingrich is being trampled, lied about, and smeared by the likes of Coulter, Krauthammer and the establishment GOP in true Democratic Attack Machine  fashion.  Is Newt Gingrich really a proven conservative?  This article  shows us just what Gingrich accomplished in a very tough political environment. Despite the D.A.M. lies and misinformation about the balanced budgets during Speaker Gingriches tenure, (which are heavily promoted in most browser searches) this article points  out just why Gingrich is a danger to the old guard, establishment GOP that has had a big hand in our trillion-dollar-deficits.

Amid all the tax-cutting and agency consolidations (in Newt’s plans if elected POTUS) would come a return to a fiscal policy that he said emanates “directly from the Reagan playbook.”

“I think these kinds of steps would move us toward a very dramatic job growth, which is the best way to move towards a balanced budget—by getting people off of unemployment, off of Medicaid, off of food stamps, get them back into earning a living and paying taxes,” he said.

Gingrich wants to limit the size and scope of government, which would cut off the big government grifters entrenched in DC from buying votes and influence with taxpayer dollars. Gingrich also wants to limit the government to spending less what they take in each year, as in creating a true balanced budget, yet the mainstream media talking points never include these important facts.  Our government has gotten so big that we are now approaching $16 trillion dollars in debt, which equals our entire GDP.

Ask Greece how that scenario works out. They too, ignored the serious-minded fiscally conservative candidates for the last 20 years or so, only to elect moderates just like Mitt Romney and numerous” big government conservatives”  like Rick Santorum. Barack Obama has loaded up the back seat of the failed Chevy Volt with our entire economy and will drive it right off the Greek-style debt cliff if given another four years. Electing so-called “electable moderates” and “big government conservatives” will also crash and burn the U.S economy just like the firebomb now known as the Chevy Volt will do, when it plunges off the debt cliff and hits rock bottom.

 

 

Rick Santorum Sweeps Trio of States

While Sen. Santorum was expected to win Minnesota and Missouri, Colorado was widely-believed to be a safe state for Mitt Romney because of the large margins he held in 2008. That turned out to be far from the truth as the Santorum campaign orchestrated a Tuesday night tsunamai for which the Romney people were totally unprepared.

While Romney decided to skip these three states for others, Santorum used retail politics as he did in Iowa to exactly the same result. Political pundits had proposed that this style of campaigning would be impossible to keep up past Iowa and Santorum has proven that kissing babies and saying hello can still get it done.

Gingrich’s campaign is said to be suffering from financial difficulties and having fared this poorly will certainly make it even more difficult for him to continue. Of the less-effective candidates in these races, Gingrich finished at or near the bottom of all three races while Rep. Ron Paul floated in the middle.

Ron Paul has cash from a very loyal following that will keep him going despite being the only remaining GOP candidate to fail to win at least one primary or caucus event.

It is widely expected that Romney will change tactics to placate the right while going heavily negative on Santorum to remove a stubborn challenger.

Colorado Results (99% reporting 1:32a)

Candidate Results
Gingrich 13%
Paul 12%
Romney 35%
Santorum 40%

*CDN is calling Colorado for Rick Santorum

Minnesota Results (86% reporting 1:03a)

Candidate Results
Gingrich 10.7%
Paul 27%
Romney 17%
Santorum 44.9%

*CDN is calling Minnesota for Rick Santorum

Missouri Primary Results (100% reporting 1:00a)

Candidate Results
Santorum 55.2%
Romney 25.3%
Paul 12.2%

*CDN predicts that Rick Santorum has won the Missouri (Beauty Contest) Primary – no delegates to be awarded (caucus to be held later)

Live Blog

1:33 – There is nothing more to see here folks.. it’s over.  Go to sleep… really (Ferris rocks!)

1:00  – Colorado GOP chair announces that with 98% of the vote – Rick Santorum wins Colorado – it’s a sweep

12:24 – Romney takes slight lead .. shortly after CDN calls it for Santorum.. figures.

12:18 – Anderson Cooper calls Colorado poll attendance “depressing”

12:15a – CDN calls Colorado for Rick Santorum.

11:22 – Colorado results begin coming in again

11:12 – Colorado results coming very slow. No new info in more than 90 minutes.

11:09 – Paul takes the stage to say “We had a strong second place and it’s going to continue”. Looking forward to results in Maine.

10:47 - Santorum takes stage in Missouri and starts with “We doubled him [Romney] up tonight in Missouri and Minnesota”. Santorum also announced “I am not standing here to be the Conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I am the Conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”

10:21 – CDN is calling Minnesota for Rick Santorum

10:15 – Lack of entrance and exit poll data (and slow results from Colorado) will delay CDN’s call on the remaining two states

9:56 – CNN pundit says that “Santorum voters will go to Romney” counting him out of the race despite tonight’s results.

9:45 – with almost 4% in, Santorum clearly posing a challenge to Romney’s “electability” claim

9:40 – Romnemomentum could come to a halt tonight as Santorum is poised to take the middle of the country.

9:33 – CDN is calling Missouri for Rick Santorum with more than 26% of the vote, his lead is significant and accelerating (54.2%)

9:32 – MSNBC’s Maddow misstates result totals in Missouri as 1% of returns when more than 25% are in.

9:22 – CNN tries to get a Romney supporter on Camera from a caucus crowd.. no takers.

9:13 – Missouri results flying in while Minnesota’s are trickling in a bit slower.

9:01 – Herman Cain says that big win for Santorum tonight will only give him a slight “bump” not a “surge”

8:47 – Some pundits already starting to explain Santorum’s early success as a result of low voter turn-out

8:45p – Santorum holding his early lead so far. Paul showing better in MN than MO while the reverse is true for Romney

8:15p – Polls close in Missouri.

8:00pm – Minnesota Caucuses begin

Santorum contrasts healthcare and Romneycare sans Glitteratti

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited Minnesota today in an effort to boost support for his campaign one day before the Minnesota Caucus.

Tuesday’s caucus here in Minnesota corresponds to that of Colorado and Missouri.

Santorum visited voters in a small banquet room of Rochester’s prestigious Kahler Grand Hotel, which stands across the street from the Gonda Building of the Mayo Clinic. The candidate used the venue to tick off 10 of 15 reasons why so called Romneycare and Obamacare are essentially the same.

“We have a presidential candidate for all intents and purposes is the least qualified to make an argument against the opposition on the major issue of Healthcare, and that is Mitt Romney,” Santorum said in his speech.

Healthcare, Santorum said, is one of the major reasons why the Tea Party formed, amongst others.

The GOP presidential candidate best suited to oppose and eventually replace the current president cannot be a carbon copy of him on the issue of healthcare, Santorum said.

Santorum pointed out that health institutions of the stature of the Mayo Clinic show the success of the private sector as opposed to the dismal failure of public sector government controlled programs.

Despite the relative smallness of the banquet room off the main lobby of the hotel, the room was packed to capacity with voters and supporters. Santorum took time to shake hands with many who stuck around, take photos with supporters, talk with constituents and sign autographs.

The Glitterati known for pelting conservative candidates with glitter in opposition to their stances on gay marriage were not to be seen at the event. However, Santorum had a brief, intense conversation with a constituent where he politely but firmly reiterated his stance that marriage is defined as the union between one man and one woman.

The only other sign of potential opposition to the candidate at the event was a person dressed in a pig outfit with a sign saying, “Pork Lovers for Rick”. Doubtful they were from a pork producing coop of Minnesota, but more likely a quip on Santorum and earmarks when he was a senator from Pennsylvania.

Santorum was to make a brief stop at Soldiers Field in Rochester to lay a wreath in honor of Minnesota veterans before the event at the Kahler Grand Hotel. After that the candidate was off to Colorado to greet voters there.

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum greets voters at Kahler Grand Hotel banquet room across from the Mayo Clinic

 

Pork Lovers for Rick!

Florida Primary Results

Down to four candidates and across the line where a new entrant into the GOP nomination race is mathematically useless, the Florida primaries come to a close tonight.Mitt Romney came on strong last week and re-took the Florida lead in the polls. Exit polling is showing him strong as well .

Ron Paul didn’t bother to campaign in Florida and has elected himself out of the news for that two week cycle.

So now we just wait on results and see how Floridians viewed the candidates.

Primary Results

Precincts Reporting: 95% – updated 10:50p 

Mitt Romney:     46.4%

Newt Gingrich: 31.9%

Rick Santorum:  13.4%

Ron Paul:             7%

 

Live Blog

  • Polls close at 8pm eastern
  • 6:45p CDN calls it for Mitt.. 
  • 8:pm Everyone else calls it for Romney, Gingrich second, Santorum third and Paul last.. surprise.
  • 11p: yeah .. nothing’s changed

Santorum, Quayle and the important things in life

In 1980 I was living in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I had been encouraged to listen to Dan Quayle, who was running for the United States Senate against a long-term incumbent Democrat. That was the year that viciousness in campaign ads was taking place across the nation. The sitting senator, Birch Bayh, was being trashed pretty harshly by the religious right.

The was the stage, and the actors were set. Being a political junkie since before I was old enough to vote I decided to take the suggestion. In doing so, I was told that Representative Dan Quayle would be at a shopping mall at a designated time to address whoever showed up. I showed up…along with other people.

In the mall there was a small platform, I am guessing about 8- 10 inches high. Congressman Quayle was on the platform speaking and answering questions. I witnessed something which may have little meaning to most, but to me it was significant. I believe it involved Dan’s son, Ben, whom is now serving as a House member representing Arizona’s Third Congressional District. I say I believe it was Ben, because of the ages of the children at the time. I never asked.

Here is what I recall happening. The details are fuzzy, but the influence and impact was not.

Ben must have been playing on the platform as his father spoke. At some point, the toddler toppled over and off of the platform. Nothing serious, it has likely happened to most children, in some manner.

But, what was remarkable to me at the time is that it was A congressman, seeking to unseat a sitting liberal Democrat, that ceased speaking and went to his child’s rescue. He briefly cuddled, reassured, and calmed the frighten boy. He passed his child to another (my belief is that it was the mom, Marilyn). Then, he went back to his speech as though he had never been disrupted.

I left the incident with a distinct impression in mind; “This is the man I want to represent me in the Senate. He is a man that instinctively knows his priorities.” To me that was no small potatoes.

In my religion there is a quote that is occasionally used which says “from small and simple things are great things brought to pass”. Simply standing where priorities are is a very small thing in this day and age. Candidates are “blown by every wind of doctrine” and frequently set aside their professed values for momentary applause. There is a very strong tendency for such candidates to judge the tenets of their convictions to meet the expediency of their campaign…rather than the other way around.

This weekend I just came to know a little more about Rick Santorum. Admittedly, I do not know the entire set of facts. Yet, I do know my impressions. They are favorable.

It appears that Rick Santorum left Florida presumably to “do his taxes”. Today, the news media is reporting that he is placing his young daughter, Bella, in the hospital sometime Sunday. Rick Santorum, has chosen to be where he should be (in my mind), rather than scrambling for votes. I personally admire that. The details are fuzzy, but the influence and impact are not.

Now, I am a political hack. I freely admit that. I am harsh in my assessment of candidates, and quick to offer an uninvited opinion. My mind would have me wander down that road in this article, and throw some comparison to other candidates out on the blogosesphere. I will not!

This is simply to say Rick Santorum impressed me this weekend more than I have been impressed in 31 years.

Thank you, Senator Santorum.

The Left Loves Newt Gingrich

Remember when we used to say “don’t let the media choose our candidate”? Well, they are, and they’ve convinced large numbers of Republican primary voters to do their bidding.

From this an interview with George Soros, courtesy of Breitbart.TV:

… if you have an extremist conservative, be it Gingrich or Santorum, in which case I think it will make a big difference, which of the two comes in. If it’s between Obama and Romney, there isn’t all that much difference, except for the crowd they bring with them …

Why would Soros point out something which many conservatives instinctively believe? For the reaction! He wants conservatives to jump out of their seats and shout “See, I told you so! Newt’s a real conservative and Romney’s just another Obama! Even George Soros says so!”, which some of you undoubtedly did just now.

George Soros is a skillful manipulator. He knows how some Republican voters will react to his statement: Greater approval for Newt Gingrich (or Rick Santorum).

Then there’s this tired repeat of an old accusation by Nancy Pelosi:

There’s something I know (about Gingrich)… the Republicans, if they choose to nominate him, that’s their prerogative…

Pelosi, like Soros, knows how she is perceived by the right: As an instigator. Why would she drop this “tidbit” (which is probably a bluff) again? Because she knows what the Republican reaction will be: An immediate defense of Newt from loathsome Nancy Pelosi. The last time she did it, Newt’s response to her allegation was a memorable throwing down of his gauntlet. Giving Gingrich an opportunity to make such a spectacular riposte was not a misstep on Nancy’s part- her statement was calculated to give him such an opportunity!

Speaking of opportunities given to Gingrich to render a memorably grandiose defense: The CNN debate, where John King opened with his tawdry question about the Marianne Gingrich interview. Does the reader honestly believe that liberal news outlets don’t think ahead before taking an action? This question was planned in advance, to capitalize on Gingrich’s speaking ability and give him an “easy win” to attract support from the audience.

You see, liberals have gained dominance through manipulation. The leaders of the leftist movement- the head honchos of liberal media outlets, the well-known bombthrowers like Pelosi, the cloak-and-dagger operatives like Soros- have succeeded because they manipulate voters. This includes manipulating Republican voters.

So why would these figures want to engender greater support for Newt Gingrich? Simple: Because he can’t win in November! These people want Republican voters to choose a candidate who can be beaten by Obama. They know Gingrich will eventually embarass the party as he did before, and make their future victories easier.

And for those who salivate over the prospect of an epic Obama/Gingrich debate: There will be no Lincoln-Douglas-style debate between the two men. There will be no long series of twice-per-week prime time debates. Obama will avoid debating Gingrich, and Gingrich will be deprived of his one-trick campaign pony.

Every one of us involved in this process has implored others, at one point or another, to “not let the liberals choose our candidate”. That is exactly what the liberal establishment is doing now.

And they are succeeding.

Mitchell & Ray – 1/26 – SOTU and Stupid Conservatives

When: Thursday, January 26th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where:Streaming Internet Radio

What: Join independent political commentators Michelle Ray and Rich Mitchell as they discuss the issues impacting Americans.

 

Tonight: SOTU, Stupid Conservatives, the Candidate-Go-Round, Debt ..Ceiling? and Military Cuts.

 

Show Recordings:

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and .. the non-flash, iGadget-friendly version:

CDN radio hosts let loose

Why obama is Toast


This just in from the Associated Press:

The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.

About 302,000 homes were sold last year. That’s less than the 323,000 sold in 2010, making 2011 the worst year on records dating back to 1963.

http://news.yahoo.com/home-purchases-fall-2011-worst-ever-sales-152515874.html

This doesn’t bode well for the current White House occupant, who’s staking his re-election on a two pronged strategy of attacking Republicans and spinning the impression that, thanks to his policies, America’s economy is on the right track and on the road to recovery.

Numbers like these certainly won’t help him implement the second portion of this strategy. If the trend is up, as the White House, their surrogates in the “progressive” Democratic Party and the “progressive” Party Pravda keep telling us, why were there fewer new homes sold in 2011 than in 2010?

This speaks to the bigger reason why occupy Oval Office’s re-election changes are diminishing. People in America are not as stupid as the self appointed, self-imagined “intellectual elite” believe them to be.

Just because a bunch of self interested, self seeking snobs with highfalutin college degrees thumbtacked to their office walls altered the variables in the equation by which inflation rates are calculated doesn’t mean that people can’t and won’t see the truth. Bureaucrats in government can release all the doctored numbers it’s possible to cipher, desperately trying to convince people to deny their own cognitive abilities and take what they’re being told at face value…that there is no inflation. I guess them there fancy pants geniuses with them there Ivy League deeeegreeeees truly believe that average people, Joe and Josie six pack if you will, don’t see the cost of gasoline and food going up when they fill up their cars and go to the grocery store.

The “intellectual elite” keep trying to convince those dummies populating fly over America that thanks to massive big government spending and increased regulation through the stimulus, Dodd/Frank, and obamacare, unemployment numbers are going down and people are finding jobs. If you just happen to be one of the millions of folks who can’t find a job, haven’t been able to find a job after months or years of searching, live with someone who’s experiencing the same dilemma or hear from someone who just lost the good paying job with benefits they’d had for years, you’re absolutely, positively, definitely the exception to the rule.

The economic crash of 2008 was the direct result of the failed leadership of George W. Bush and failed Republican policies. The Tea Party is Astroturf. Tea Partiers are violent, extreme racists. The Tea Party spit on us. Occupy Wall Street is legitimate. Occupy Wall Street is a spontaneous grassroots movement. Newt Gingrich can’t win a general election. Mitt Romney’s a part of the isolated, evil rich 1%. Rick Santorum has no chance.

There’s no doubt about it. We have spoken, you will believe. The world’s a safer place! The world’s impression of the United States is better now that we’re in charge! America’s more respected now! Believe us…trust us…we’re the smart ones (read: not you). Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. I AM THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ!

Oh brother.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/why-obama-is-toast/

January 26th 8pm CNN Republican Debate

Tonight at 8pm eastern, CNN will host the last debate before the Republican primary in Florida.

Rasmussen Reports released a new poll that shows that Mitt Romney has re-taken a slight lead in Florida after having been behind Newt Gingrich for the last week.

Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are polling well back at 9% and 11% respectively.

Rep. Paul has decided to skip the Sunshine State to focus on smaller markets with larger pools of independent voters and is expected to do poorly in Florida.

Where to Watch:

Television: CNN

Internet Live Stream: CNN.com/live and CDN once available.

 

NBC Republican Debate January 23rd 9pm [full video and poll]

It wouldn’t be the 2012 Presidential campaign season without another GOP debate and NBC has come to the rescue.

Tonight at 9pm Eastern, NBC will hold the next in a series of Republican candidate debates which will include Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Expect the debate to be the Mitt and Newt show – trading barbs on what has or hasn’t been released and who’s the better Conservative.

Taking into consideration Mitt Romney’s announcement to reporters shortly after conceding the landslide loss in South  Carolina, he is widely expected to lash out at Newt in the debate tonight. Mitt will likely demand Newt’s contract from Freddie Mac and other artifacts in an attempt to damage Gingrich’s rising favor with the electorate.

Rick Santorum was crowned the winner of the Iowa Caucuses, but hasn’t shown strongly in the two primaries that followed. His standings in the most recent national poll give little reason for any of the candidates or the moderators to aim questions and/or comments at him.

Ron Paul will likely stick to talking about financial bubbles and his non-interventionism foreign policy. Rep. Paul is the only remaining candidate not to have won in a primary or caucus. That, along with his disappointing results in South Carolina faltering national poll numbers may see another debate where Paul is less-involved than his fans would like.

Video:

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Who Won Poll:

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2012 GOP Presidential Nomination: And Then there Were Three.

Very soon, the 2012 GOP Presidential candidate field will be whittled down to the final three candidates. Substance is quickly winning out over rhetoric, as numerous GOP presidential hopefuls have dropped like flies as the tour headed into the very important primary states of South Carolina and Florida. So much for the money-grubbing, irrelevant media circuses of Iowa and New Hampshire. As the younger generation likes to say, “It’s game on” in the battle to represent conservative Americans in 2013 and beyond as the next president of the United States of America.

Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped out of the race this week and gave one of the most heart-wrenching, eye-opening, intense speeches to ever be given by a candidate that is dropping out of contention for the Presidential nomination. Perry is a man of conviction and a deep-seated love for American family values, exceptionalism and culture that was very evident throughout his speech. Also noted, is the fact that Governor Perry, unlike some 90% of the self-serving politicians today, came right out and endorsed Newt Gingrich for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination. He took a stand for what he believes is the best candidate before the critical SC and Florida primaries.

In last night’s CNN GOP Presidential debate, Rick Santorum’s decent performance was overshadowed by Newt Gingrich, and his slaying of the CNN’s John King and the media corporations blatant protectionism of Barack Obama’s reelection bid. Yes, Newt once again showed the world that he is the only candidate to take on both Barack Obama and his media operatives in 2012. This is rapidly coming down to a battle between Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, who is apparently incapable of facing the reality that his stances on legalizing drugs and ignoring the dangers of a nuclear Iran truly do make him unelectable. In all actuality, the 2012 GOP nomination battle is now between the moderate Mitt Romney and the proven conservative Newt Gingrich. Rick Santorum is currently polling poorly in both South Carolina and Florida, the irrelevant and convoluted Iowa caucus results be damned. Rick Santorum needs to show conservatives across the country that he truly wants what is best for America and gracefully suspend his campaign, as the honorable Governor Rick Perry has done. Santorum;s big problem will be that after he drops out, he will be faced with the question of just who he will endorse. Heading into the critical primary states votes, anyone fence-sitting and refusing to take a stand, such as Michelle Bachmann has done, is doing a disservice to conservative America.

 

And then there were three actually two GOP candidates remaining for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. The lines are drawn in the sand quite clearly now for all concerned and informed Americans across the land. Moderate, fence-sitting Mitt Romney, or the true fireball of a proven conservative, Newt Gingrich. Ron Paul? He is just as unelectable today as he was proven to be in 1984, when he lost his election bid for the U.S. Senate, then again in 1988 when he lost in the presidential election while running as a Libertarian, and finally in the 2008 GOP primaries where he averaged under 10% of voter-support across the nation. Ron Paul has refused to face the reality of his numerous past failed campaigns, no matter how low he sinks in the polls/GOP primaries. When a country faces the danger of giving Barack Obama four more years of  tearing apart everything that America stands for while waging class warfare that is dividing this great nation, to not unite behind the strongest candidates remaining is just plain irresponsible. Those candidates are Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. 

 

January 19th CNN GOP Presidential Debate [video]

It’s only been a few days and it’s already time for another Republican Presidential candidate debate tonight at 8pm Eastern on CNN. If you liked the last one because there were only five candidates, you may really like this one as Rick Perry has joined the ranks of the fallen.

Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will be the only participants in the CNN debate that will be held in Charleston, SC.

Just hours before the debate Rick Perry announced the suspension of his campaign and his endorsement of Newt Gingrich. Shortly after that, news broke that Newt’s ex-wife sat down with ABC news in an interview where she discussed their divorce more than a decade past.

Romney has been hammered over his use of off-shore banking to hold his money, his tax rate and his reluctance to share his tax returns. After his lackluster performance in the last debate, the negative attention is taking its toll as Newt has now taken a slim lead in South Carolina polls.

Ron Paul struggled to explain his unpopular foreign policy in Monday’s event and that seems to left him anchored at the bottom of the pile now that Perry has left.

That leaves Santorum to make or break his campaign in tonight’s affair. His last debate performance was neither great nor terrible, he’s been largely left alone by the press and today we learned that he actually won the Iowa Caucuses.

Where to watch

  • CNN
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  • This post if a live stream is made available

Since Perry's Out, I'm With Romney

As reported, Gov. Rick Perry has dropped out of the presidential race.

Which candidate will I support now?

Backstory: Originally, I favored Mitch Daniels- a solid fiscal conservative who pushed for, and got, a balanced budget multiple years in a row, an increase in Indiana’s credit rating to AAA for the first time ever; and substantial reform in Medicaid with the Healthy Indiana Plan. Mitch is also solidly pro-gun and pro-self-defense; indeed, after the devastating Indiana Supreme Court decision curtailing an individual’s right to defend his home, I wrote a letter to Governor Daniels expressing my outrage, and received a wonderful reply from his staff. His message of a social issues moratorium- criticized by some on the right as proof of Mitch’s “closet liberalism”- was sound advice, proven more sound every day this Presidential primary continues. This moratorium allowed him, among other things, to defund Planned Parenthood by approaching it as a budget issue rather than a social issue.

But “My Man Mitch”, one of our party’s few Democrat Whisperers, announced he wasn’t running. I was devastated. After a few months of searching for a similarly authentic personality, one with fiscal bona fides to match Mitch’s, I found one: Governor Rick Perry of Texas.

Perry’s authenticity resounded in me; his eleven-year record of economic performance in Texas couldn’t be seriously challenged; he wasn’t afraid to part ways with generic GOP thinking when he disagreed with it, particularly on immigration issues; and he attracted a loyal following. On that last point, I must say this: Some of the nicest people I’ve met recently on Twitter and Facebook are people I’ve encountered by advocating on behalf of Rick Perry. He didn’t just attract supporters, he attracted good and decent supporters. Unfortunately, he didn’t attract enough of them.

Rick couldn’t overcome his initial debate performances- likely a result of the pain medication he took following his back surgery. His later debate performances were extraordinary, but too late to save the campaign.

So now that he has dropped out, who should I support?

I suppose it’s fair to say I’m on the “Anybody But Obama” bandwagon. We’re not just choosing the next President. His success or failure will also decide our success or failure in retaking the Senate- which is crucial to our cause- as well as success or failure, to some degree, in state and local elections. Whomever occupies the White House for the next four years will also replace at least two, perhaps as many as four, Supreme Court justices- determining the composition of the Court for the next twenty years. We must, at any cost, win in November. To quote a great fictional leader, “all other concerns are secondary”.

We have four contenders for the nomination now. We can safely eliminate two right away: Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Paul doesn’t have enough support among registered Republicans to win the nomination, and Santorum, despite the recent endorsement of the Family Research Council, doesn’t appeal enough to moderate elements of the party to win the nomination either.

So, I am left with two choices: Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney.

I’m not going to get into either candidates’ record, since both are substantially lacking in genuine conservatism. My one and only concern is stated above: Which has a better chance of defeating Barack Obama.

And my choice- this is difficult to type- is Mitt Romney.

Romney has the better organization of the two, by far. Gingrich’s campaign staff have already walked out on him once, and his organization failed to get him on the ballot in Virginia. Romney’s organization, by comparison, has made no missteps.

Romney is inoffensive to the middle. Let’s remember that he won election in a heavily-left state. He has appeal to moderates and independents. Some people on the right discount the notion of “electability”- I don’t. We won’t win by “energizing the base”, which is merely political speak for “preaching to the choir”. We win by getting 270 electoral votes, and that means convincing the- gasp- moderates and independents to vote our way. By comparison, Gingrich has a history of turning people off. For example, he recently told gay people to vote for Obama. Let’s also remember that he once was so offensive, his own party turned on him and pushed him out of leadership in the House.

Central to our success in November is convincing the unconvinced middle that our view of deregulated, free market capitalism holds the key to our economic success. Romney, as is already known, spent a career as a venture capitalist. Dan Henninger at the Wall Street Journal makes a great argument that venture capitalists like Bain contributed heavily to salvaging the American economy in the early 1980s. By comparison, Gingrich has argued against venture capitalism, dipping into the bag of leftist talking points.

Let’s be honest: Mitt Romney is a salesman, and a damned good one at that.

I have reservations about Romney: He’s not entirely gun-friendly, he signed RomneyCare, and he’s spoken favorably of a national VAT tax. Gingrich has negative points against him, too: He’s not entirely gun-friendly either, he also has a long history of supporting government health care, his welfare reform plan is pretty shabby, and he believes FDR was “the greatest President of the 20th century“.

Let’s remember what I said earlier: This is not a choice of which candidate is ‘slightly more conservative’ than the other; it’s a choice of which has the best chance of winning the middle and becoming the next President of the United States.

I believe the man with the best chance is Mitt Romney.

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