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Mike DeWine, Attorney General of Ohio, is switching from Mitt to Rick, and he used to be a Tim supporter, so this is big news:

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was in line for a key endorsement on Friday from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who had earlier endorsed Mitt Romney, CNN and The Washington Post reported. The Ohio primary is one of the big prizes on Super Tuesday, March 6.

It will be hard for the Romney campaign to attack DeWine for flip-flopping or changing his mind, because, well you know.

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Saied “Stumpy” Moradi, Iranian, attacked a Thai tree with a grenade.

The plucky tree rebuffed the grenade attack, throwing the explosive back at Moradi, who subsequently earned his nick-name.

Iranian officials stated that Moradi was an agent of the Zionist entity, assigned to provoke tension between Iran’s pieces-loving people and Thai trees.

    ‘ve selpt a few time since 9/11 so my memory might be a be hazy but … I seem to recall reports that the 9/11 hijackers who started in Portland, ME went out the night before to buy some porn from a local store.

    Lesson: “Beware horny Islamists”

Didn’t DeWine’s brother torpedo Willard when he visited Ohio last fall by asking him questions about Issue 2 and using that against Kasich in an intra-party spat?

Romney must be pissed, 10 Million in more pro Newt ads. Threaten a highly liquid multi billionaire? BAH!!! Money Talks, just because none of his lackeys will do business with him, doesn’t mean there aren’t scores of money men looking for a deal that won’t.

    Astroman in reply to imfine. | February 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Romney is ecstatic about $10 million going to the Newt campaign. Newt isn’t a threat, but the money will help Newt stay in and siphon not-Romney votes from the real threat – Santorum.

    Remember, Adelson is a fan of Newt AND Romney, but hates Santorum.

I don’t know if anybody saw this or if it has been mentioned, but Romney last night on Fox News was whining that the “Rombo” ad from Santorum was “most negative ad I’ve seen.” This was also in the same breath where he was saying he was not going to whine about negative advertising! He is the KING OF NEGATIVE ADVERTISING! After what he did to Newt in Florida (and before/after it as well) he has NO STANDING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT NEGATIVE ADVERTISING. He is so easy to knock off his game.

I think it is about time that the other contenders take off the kid gloves with Mitt Romney (especially in the next debate as it may very well be the last) and break his glass jaw once and for all.

    Astroman in reply to heimdall. | February 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    That ad is devastating against Romney, not only because it is funny, but because it is true. It is one thing when your opponents criticize you, it is a whole ‘nother thing when they laugh at you.

    wodiej in reply to heimdall. | February 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Santorum will be “whining” soon as well. We’ll see how they both like it.

James Carville says things are looking up. 🙁

    heimdall in reply to gs. | February 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    James Carville also said after Obama won in 2008 that Democrats would rule for the next forty years. How did that turn out?

    He has as good of a track record in predictions as Dick Morris.

      1. James Carville also said after Obama won in 2008 that Democrats would rule for the next forty years. How did that turn out?

      They hold the White House and half of Congress. If they reelect their President, they have a strong chance of flipping the Supreme Court. And they’re doing this with one of the worst Presidents in history. Think what would be happening if Obama were Bill Clinton.

      2. Not that the election is lost. Not at all, though prospects are not as good as they were a few months ago. But it is as injudicious to ignore Carville’s assessment as it would be to accept it at face value.

      Ditto for Rove. Both have been seriously wrong on occasion—but both have elected a President.

        Joy in reply to gs. | February 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Sad but true.

        heimdall in reply to gs. | February 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        I strongly suspect that the republicans will take the senate by a large margin. If they do, any supreme court vacancies will have to get by them, and if the president (if it is Obama) puts up a nominee that republicans don’t like, then they should not vote for them. There is no law stating that the supreme court HAS to have nine justices at all times. The seat could be left vacant. However, with the current lot in charge of the senate republicans, I doubt they have the stones for that.

        As to your point about Carville:
        We need to take everything he says with a HUGE GRAIN OF SALT. There is interesting data that he presents, I am not advocating that we ignore that, I am advocating that we ignore the commentary. I will ignore the commentary of him just as much as I ignore the posts from Jennifer Rubin on Mitt Romney. Like her, Carville has skin in the game. He is a Democrat who is advocating for the Democrat party.

        Carville is slanting the statistics to look like the President is doing better than he is. In some cases he is touting, the President is statistically within the margin of error to the previous surveys. I have read through his reports before and this one is no different. Barack Obama, based on this survey is at a 49% re-elect. Even with all of the infighting and nitpicking in the republican party President Present is still NOT above 50%. In most of the other polling, his month long bump seems to be fading, just look at Gallup and Rasmussen.

        Hispanics, women, and other groups (Yes and even younger voters) also are not supporting him with the huge margins he got in 2008. We have work to do to appeal to the public, but now that Obama has a record, people are not exhuberent by him any longer.

        This election will not be really starting for another SEVEN months, so all the hand wringing now about poll numbers and the likes is just a though experiment. The political landscape could have gone through several sea changes before the election season even begins with how fast things are changing.

        Uncle Samuel in reply to gs. | February 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        Fortunately, tolerance of bullies is going out of fashion.

        So is tolerance for being silenced, marginalized, ridiculed, cowed, dhimmied, etc.

        Tea Party Conservatives have had enough liberal, Islamist, marxist cra*.

OK, Newt supporters, it is truth time.

Adelson’s latest donation to Newt’s SuperPac isn’t about supporting Newt as much as supporting Romney. Adelson has already made it clear that he supports Romney as his second choice, and he is strongly opposed to Santorum.

Now why would Adelson decide to give so much money to Newt’s SuperPac all of a sudden? Is there anything that indicates Newt is about to have another resurgence? No.

What Adelson knows is that Santorum is beating Romney right now, and the polls show that if Newt drops out, Santorum will tear Romney apart (in a way that Newt wouldn’t, if Santorum were the one to drop out).

This is about trying to keep the not-Romney vote split, so Romney has a chance. Newt, realistically, does not. The BEST thing that could happen for Romney is if Newt stays in the race. The WORST thing that could happen for Romney is if Newt drops out. Vote for Newt, it’s Romney’s only hope.

I’ve never subscribed to the logic that others need to drop out for the sake of others. But many here do. I think you know what you ought to do.

    nativeaz11 in reply to Astroman. | February 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Really? Adelson is pro-Newt. He said he would back Romney only IF he became the nominee. And Newt realistically does have a chance. Once Sweater Vest is vetted, his support will drop like a ton of bricks and those voters will flock to Newt.

    Say_What in reply to Astroman. | February 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Astroman – You know, I’m beginning to think you really work for Romney, cause you sure aren’t helping Rick.

      Astroman in reply to Say_What. | February 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Whoopty-do. I am only a marginal supporter of Santorum. As in, if Santorum is on the ballot, I’ll vote for him. If it is Romney or Newt, I will write-in or go third party. Obama will probably win anyway – Mitt and Newt are auto-losses, but Santorum might at least give us a small chance of winning. Maybe.

      And if I turn you off, it is only because I am parroting the logic of this blog. There’s a saying about dishing it but not being able to take it.

    Browndog in reply to Astroman. | February 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Appreciate the advise, But I’ll be casting my vote for Newt here in the coming days.

    BTW- When it comes to telling others how they should vote-

    Well, you know what you ought to do.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Astroman. | February 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Astroman: “OK, Newt supporters, it is truth time.”

    LOL

    Yeah, when I’m in need of truth, I go looking for Astroman.

      Actually, do you really want to compare track records in predictions and observations?

      I get lots of thumbs down on this blog in spite of the fact that I have been right on a great many things. I can set aside my own personal feelings when I make predictions. That is why I am so successful in calling it like it is.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Astroman. | February 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        Do you really think we aren’t aware of your games? I invite readers to go to Hot Air and read Ed Morrisey’s post on the $10 million donation to the Newt campaign, posted 02/17/12 at about 1 pm. Then come back here and read Astroman’s above post on the $10 million donation to the Newt campaign, posted an hour or two after Morrisey’s.They’re the same post. Astroman merely reworded it and passed it off as his own wisdom and insight. Ain’t the first time either. It’s why he’s so ignorable.

        I mean, wow, lol.

Good news for Gingrich’s campaign. Spend wisely.

Who would want DeWine’s endorsement? in 2004 he co-sponsored an amendment to renew the ban on common semi-automatic weapons. He was one of only two Republican senators to vote against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which banned lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers for criminal misuse of their products. He also authored Senate Bill 954, to extend lifetime bans on gun ownership on citizens who happened to get a conviction in a foreign country, which carried a jail term of more than a year. That bill only garnered the endorsement of one other Senator, Dianne Feinstein of California. Pffft.

Here in Michigan, it’s our turn to get bombarded by political ads.

Normally, this doesn’t happen, as the “race” is typically over by now-

Here’s what I’m seeing in saturation order

-Mitt Romney driving around in suburban Detroit, talking about how great things used to be (over and over)
-Newt Gingrich is an evil, evil person that loves him some Nancy Pelosi
-Pete Spenditnot (usually followed by a Pete-lies-now ad)
-Rick Santorum is a big government lover, women hater

I’ve seen one Santorum ad, and yet to see a Gingrich ad.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Browndog. | February 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    As a swing state that went Obama in 2008 and is the site of the 2012 Dem convention, NC is already getting bombarded, has been for a while. Our primary isn’t till May.

I must have missed the posts on the Implicit Marginal Tax rates the first time they ran. That is the scariest thing I’ve read, but it really explains a lot about the state of our country today.

I do know people that are living on government assistance & cash work. The thing is, most of them would be willing to work more, but the government has made it unattractive to do so.

We’re doomed.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Scott. | February 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Oh, it’s even worse than we think. The gushing river of entitlements are great when used legall, as directed, but the whole shebang is rife with corruption and fraud. Google out info on the food stamp black markets for one instance.

So the RINOs want Jeb Bush warming up in the bullpen just in case Romney does an epic fail in Michigan and needs replacing? Does that mean Palin can get in too? … After all we Conservatives didn’t get our replacements for Perry, Cain and Bachmann.

But who knew we could send in replacements and ignore each state’s rules for ballot placement. Oh that’s right, those rules only apply to Newt & Rick especially in Virginia. So now you tell us that the rules for these primaries have all just been The RNC/RINO Pirate Code, written in stone for Conservatives, but more like a set of guidelines for RINOs.

And then you wonder why we aren’t jumping on your RINO bandwagon?

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Re: Cows on Texas roadways. No big deal, next weekend thousands of horses, riders and chuckwagons will be on Houston freeways, making their way to camp out for the night in Memorial Park before riding in the Houston rodeo parade the next day.

Not dissin’ big T so much as lil ‘ol Katie Thompson. “Cows on the road” are not unexpected sights in at least 20 states I’ve visited. Says more about sheltered KT than rural Texas, methinks.

From the NRO article that Robert Costa wrote conmes this quote:

“Markets work,” Santorum says. “I have no time for the idea that I’m anti–Wall Street. I’m a supply-side guy.”

According to WIKI:

Supply-side economics is a school of macroeconomic thought that argues that economic growth can be most effectively created by lowering barriers for people to produce (supply) goods and services, such as lowering income tax and capital gains tax rates, and by allowing greater flexibility by reducing regulation. According to supply-side economics, consumers will then benefit from a greater supply of goods and services at lower prices. Typical policy recommendations of supply-side economists are lower marginal tax rates and less regulation.

But Mike Tanner points out at NRO that his actions go against the free trader tendencies of the supply-siders:

He voted against NAFTA and has long opposed free trade. He backed higher tariffs on everything from steel to honey. He still supports an industrial policy with the government tilting the playing field toward manufacturing industries and picking winners and losers.

Rick is deadly serious that government must be involved in our daily capitalist lives. We already have a President who does just that.

DeWine was reportedly offended that Romney didn’t make time to meet with him on his last Ohio trip. Since he had first endorsed Pawlenty, Santorum is his enthusiastic third choice.

Adelson can spend as he chooses, and it is true he mistrusts Santorum more than Romney (who is supposedly also a friend), but he could have just given the money to Romney.

I suspect the Santorum surge is just another manifestation of the base’s dissatisfaction with the field this cycle, as Palin said of Cain, he is the “Flavor of the Month.”

So we are basically where we were: the base is not ready to get behind Romney, and will try all the other horses before they do. Any viable alternative candidate would win, but the current crop hasn’t cleared the bar.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | February 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I think ‘flavor of the month’ assessments are dismissive, a miscalculation I hope the opposition is making.

    The story is this from the GOP voters: Romney? No, thanks. Santorum or Gingrich? We’re deciding right now which is the more reliably conservative.

I will be casting my vote for Newt as the early voting starts here in Kansas next week. I believe my husband likes Santorum, but I’ve tried to convince him otherwise. So maybe we each give Romney the vote in the end {horrors}

I absolutely see no way that Santorum wins. He isn’t on the ballot in Indiana and Virginia.

What I do see happening, is Ron Paul in the end gives all his delegates to Mitt and we’re screwed. Dr. Paul has no intention of wanting to be President. He just wants a platform at the convention for a keynote speech.

Somehow, a contested convention doesn’t even appeal now.
I still don’t want the GOP RINOS to put in another one of their RINOS….Jeb Bush. The electorate is tired of the Bush family. Doesn’t Jeb have some skeletons in his closet?

The only way the GOP could seal the deal with me is either Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio. It’s all about saving this country.

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