Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 03:11pm 50 Comments
- What a hack, Jim Talent who was used as Romney hit man on Newt now is going after Rick as well. Come on, bring back John Sununu.
- Alan West is being followed
- Cataloging signature fraud and error on the WI recall.
- The quote Rick uses in his advertising and all over his website and in his press releases that he was “a tea party kinda guy before the Tea Party even existed” comes from WaPo reporter Karen Tumulty in 2010, hardly an expert on the subject.
- What do you know, Drudge is linking to anti-Santorum page at The Daily Paul.
- Thank you Cornell Insider and Cornell Review.
- More to follow.
- I guess I’m not alone. I hate having to turn the channel away from Fox News, but I find myself doing it increasingly (and not just when Coulter is on).
- What does “for now” mean? Maine GOP: Romney win will stand for now (h/t @JonahNRO)
- Actually, maybe it was a good thing I didn’t go to CPAC. “Women will be future leaders, too, and I was dismayed to see how many of them either looked frumpish or like two-bit whores.” (someone disagrees)
- I’m against federal tort reform (what don’t you understand about limited federal government?) and arbitratry damage caps, so I can sue you for unlimited amounts and not worry that it will look hypocritical when I run for President.
- It’s amazing what upsets the editors of National Review, this, but not this. Funny, because this writer understood exactly what NR meant when it called on Newt to exit. (h/t Windy City in the comments).
- Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I’ll see it when I believe it: “Mitt Romney’s campaign — and its slashing Super PAC — are locking their sights on Rick Santorum for a campaign that may make previous attacks on Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich look like mere love taps.” (h/t CWLsun in Tip Line)
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Rick is now going to feel the Romlove.
Romney brings to mind Romulan from Star Trek.
It is very àpropos.
“The Romulans are characterized as passionate, cunning, and opportunistic — in every way the opposite of the logical Vulcans.”
One that utilizes scorched earth tactics don’t typically see logical consequences.
I see Romney as a Romulan/Ferengi hybrid.
So very true.
I found this about the Ferengi
“Like most of their culture, their religion is also based on the principles of capitalism: they offer prayers and monetary offerings to a “Blessed Exchequer” in hopes of entering the “Divine Treasury” upon death, and fear an afterlife spent in the “Vault of Eternal Destitution”.
The politician Romney is Romulan, the business Romney is Ferengi. Occupiers, of course, are Tribbles.
I’m not so sure, Henry Hawkins.
With any luck, the TEA Partiers and the Newt supporters will be turn out to be the Tribbles.
No, Mr Hawkins. Tribbles are adorable (even if prolific)
Occupiers are repulsive.
“I hate having to turn the channel away from Fox News…”
I find myself sighing a lot when I watch several of the Fox foxes…
VERY hard to concentrate on the news.
If I were in a small space with Shep Smith, I’d HAVE to beat him into a grease spot. He just effects me that way…
Anytime I see Shep Smith, Bob Beckel and a few others I have to Mute it.
I turned off Fox news a while back. It’s just not entertaining anymore. They are all too busy licking Romney’s boots.
I actually thought they were more Newt supporters than Romney’s Gingrich has been on Hanity and Greta countless of times, engaging in softball interviews and love fests with these commentators.
just because he has been on their network, does not mean they are not in the tank for Romney. That’s pretty common knowledge they like Romney.
Ditto. Stopped watching a few weeks ago. Not even a fleeting glimpse now.
Fox is the right wing of the State Run Media.
While I agree that FNC has moved to the LEFT, I think the move has more to do with their support for Mittens. I hope FNC realizes that 42% of the country identifies as conservative, and if they don’t want to give us a voice then eventually they will be replaced. This strategy of appealing to “moderates/centrists” is stupid, as those people are the least political, and informed, their ratings will be in the gutter.
Pretty much every other MSM outlet, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, etc cater to liberals (even though liberals only make up 20% of the population).
Conservatives like me, continue to be under served in the MSM. There is a new channel launched for us “The Right Network,” but it’s still only available OnDemand, and it’s still in it’s infancy. I hope one day the Right Network will take the place of FNC.
That 42% number quoted as ‘conservative,’ includes people self-ascribing as conservative democrats, and republicans all over the social/fiscal spectrum of being conservative. It is by no means a number representing a politiclly one-dimensional POV.
From what I hear, The Right Network ran out of money.
Probably not going to happen any time soon.
What a shame.
Sen. Talent isn’t just a Heritage Fellow, as CPAC agenda listed him as, he along with Vin Weber work here….
And of course Team Romney…
1 You are getting fairly thinned skinned when you think it improper for another to point out ones voting record on appropriation bill.
2 I turned off all television news programs years ago (other than live, non-political events). With what we have available at our fingertips I don’t see any reason to get news through a filter at best, and horribly biased or flatly wrong at worst.
Scorched Earth is a valid strategy, as long as them losing is more important to you than you winning. But that’s also known as kamikaze tactics…
Stopped watching Fox about a year ago.
Sorry we don’t have a voice like lefties have MSNBC and, well, the whole pantheon of lefty outlets.
No hard feelings…funny, about the time I stopped watching a Dem friend said “I’m watching O’Reilly now to find out what the conservatives think”.
That struck me as odd.
I wonder what the percentages are, in terms of overlap between BillO and typical conservatives. Probably not in the 90s.
More on ME: Pressure mounting for GOP caucus reconsideration
At best, a PR mess.
If Paul wins it, so what! Just because it has a connection to Romney doesn’t warrant so much intrigue. Paul is a big boy, and will take it to the mat if necessary.
Irnonically, though, Santorum ‘won’ Iowa by what, a couple dozen votes, while 8 precincts there went uncounted — by many peoples’ thinking these were Romney’s stronghold areas. But, Romney didn’t contest or make a big deal out of it, nor did the ABR people, because. well, after all, it’s not about fairness as much as they don’t like Romney.
But, apparently, when the shoe is on the other foot, such as ME showing some possible uncounted caucus votes, the hounds are unleashed, meaning the ABR people.
Now that’s rich.
“Talent followed up with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, calling back to explain his comments further. Talent clarified that he didn’t mean to say that Santorum’s (and his own) votes for bills like Medicare Part D can’t ‘be explained or justified, because they can’ but that Santorum’s self-described image as a true conservative doesn’t reflect the truth.
“‘Today, he’s running in Missouri anyway as a kind of Jim DeMint conservative, which suggests that during his service he was actually much stronger on those issues,’ Talent said. ‘So what he’s suggesting is misleading on two levels. He wasn’t, even for Republicans at that time, he took a more liberal position on these issues, and then if you look at how the party’s judging those things now, it’s just hypocritical of him to suggest to people that he’s the conservative they can trust year in and year out, regardless of where the winds in Washington are going.’
But is this a mantle to which Romney himself could lay claim? After all, Romney’s support for an individual health insurance mandate in his Massachusetts health care law is not as conservative as Santorum’s consistent opposition to such an idea. Talent defended the Massachusetts law as ‘on balance, a conservative measure’ supported by the Heritage Foundation at the time.
“‘The mandate didn’t bother Rick four years ago when he endorsed Governor Romney [for president],’ Talent added.”
This is the sort of spinmeister representing Heritage.org and willing to throw them under the bus on a policy they had to admit was wrong and not “on balance, a conservative measure”. Doesn’t show great insight on Heritage.org’s part in making him a Distinguished Fellow.
That’s great that the Cornell Insider recognized your award, Professor! Noticed that the post about your award is their most popular post. Congratulations!
And the Cornell Review as well.
News corp international profits rose over 40% in the last quarter.
Analysts are super p*ssed at this & have hoped the hacking thing will bring em down. Not so. Uk shares jumped 8.8% . Bloomberg is having a fit.
There was 10% increase in US pay tv /entertainment operations . Also big growth in South America take-ups.
Got to hand it to the man -he knows business.
A tale of 2 NRO Posts. Hi Professor, hope you’re reading this. See this first link by Ponnuru, then the 2nd link by Kathryn Lopez. They are rewriting their own history over there at National Review.
Finally, here’s the sniveling Rich Lowry’s post on the matter.
Thanks, linked to it, and gave u the h/t
Thanks. I forgot to mention that they actually took down K-Lo’s post trumpeting their little editorial, but they fail to mention that K-Lo’s post ever existed. So, they are covering it up (K-Lo’s post that is). The commenters on the NRO site brought that up.
Hi, Windy City Commentary — Thank you for the links. Oh, yes, sniveling, sniveling, sniveling.
I would like to see the memo Wm. F.Buckley would write to Rich Lowry. To all three of “The Editors” (unsigned). “What, what, what are you doing?”
In no possible universe do I see Wm. F. Buckley supporting Romney.
It is to laugh. But only a hollow laugh. More of a sad sob. Honestly. What is wrong with “The Editors” (unsigned) ?
Remember, from Matt Lewis and the News back in December 2011?
http://dailycaller.com/2011/12/23/inside-game/ And Dan Riehl commented on it at the time. http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2011/12/matt-lewis-vs-rich-lowry-nro-for-sale.html
Of course, others at NRO, like Andrew C. McCarthy, were more balanced and continued to evaluate Newt on the merits. “I respectfully dissent from National Review’s Wednesday-evening editorial, which derided Newt Gingrich as not merely flawed but unfit for consideration as the GOP presidential nominee. […] The editorial surprised me, as it did many readers. […] What I want at this very early stage is information about the candidates so I can consider them, not a presumptuous and premature pronouncement that good conservatives do not even rate consideration.
Regarding former Speaker Gingrich, […] there ought to be balance — balance between a candidate’s failings and his strengths, balance between the treatment of that candidate and of his rivals. The editorial fails on both scores.
Gingrich’s virtues are shortchanged — his great accomplishment in balancing the federal budget is not even mentioned, an odd omission in an election that is primarily about astronomical spending. His downsides are exaggerated in two unbecoming ways. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/286053/gingrich-s-virtues-andrew-c-mccarthy?pg=1
Mr. Wm. F. Buckley, thanks for everything you did for us, standing athwart history, yelling Stop! some of us are trying to carry on in the tradition of Liberty. Not a conservatism of being stuck; a conserving of all that is good in the principles of liberty and individual sovereignty, and the principled beginnings of the United States. Oh, and an ever-expanding vocabulary.
I found this at Maggie’s Notebook:
“America is the force that defeated communism and all those who would put the human soul itself into bondage.” Ronald Reagan — via Maggie’s Notebook
Time is marching on when the name Melissa is associated with a harpy.
It was THE name to have in the 70s.
Now it is another Edna.
Either history has not been kind to Santorum or Rick has been unkind during his history in politics. This seemingly typical Northeastern politician is talking the social conservative game but this piece from Will Bunch at prospect.org from 2006 paints an ugly picture of his ethics and “family man” image. Rick’s greed is only exceeded by his disregard of his constituents. How else could he have earned himself a place among the 20 Most Corrupt politicians of 2005 and 2006?
900,000 or so debates to date but not one question regarding this damning public information.
Wow-just wow. This is a long read, but what a picture it paints. Not just a bad picture of Rick Santorum, but a bad picture of Washington too. All the money that is thrown around–no wonder politicians always seem to lose their souls.
Thanks for the link.
My favorite Romney comment from the NRO:
“libor 02/13/12 10:20
“I agree with the editorial except that I think Romney should exit too. He’s like an encyclopedia salesman who won’t leave your living room even though you told him you’re not interested.”
Pictures of Romney, Santorum and the “Talentless Hack” in 2008… happier times.
I don’t know why, but all of these stories are just making me depressed today. I’m usually a political junkie, but I am getting a headache from all of the bull that is being spewed by TV networks that I used to trust(FOX) and conservative writers that I used to have faith in(NRO).
Could someone tell a joke or something?
Ok. Hi Tamminator.
A horse walked into a bar, and the bartender said, “Why the long face?”
Isn’t this one of the jokes from “AIRPLANE”?
I found these on a site about Ronald Reagan’s jokes about Soviet communism.
Two men, an American and a Russian were arguing.
The American said, “In my country I can go to the White House, walk to the president’s office and pound the desk and say ‘Mr. President! I don’t like how you’re running things in this country!'”
The Russian said “I can do that too!” The American said, “You can not.”
“Yes,” responded the Russian, “I can go to the Kremlin, walk into the General Secretary’s office, pound the desk and say, ‘Mr. Secretary, I don’t like how Reagan is running his country!'”
It’s hard to get an automobile in the Soviet Union. They are owned mainly by elite bureaucrats. It takes an average of 10 years to get a car. Only one out of seven families owned automobiles. They had to go through a major process and put the money down in advance.
So a man did this and the dealer said. “Okay., in 10 years, come get your car.”
“Morning or afternoon?” The man replied.
“Well, what difference does that make?” asked the dealer.
“The plumber is coming in the morning.”
In another car incident, Gorbachev was late from getting to the Kremlin from his house. He told the chauffeur, “Look. We are running late so let me drive. I insist.”
So Gorbachev told the chauffeur to get in the back and Grobachev drove.
Meanwhile, the police had been given strict orders to ticket anyone speeding, no matter what. So Gorbachev was speeding in Moscow and a motorcycle cop pulled him over.
But the cop didn’t ticket him after he saw who it was.
The cop went back to the station and talked about it and was asked, “Why didn’t you ticket him?
“Who was it?”
“Well, I didn’t recognize HIM, but his driver was Gorbachev!”
Two guards were patrolling at night and one of the guards told a man to halt.
The man started to run and the guard shot him.
The other guard asked, “Why did you shoot him?”
The first guard replied, “Curfew.”
“But curfew doesn’t start for ten minutes.”
“That’s okay, I know him. I knew he’d never make it.”
Thanks, Hope Change, that was my first laugh of the day.
I’ve got a dying Aunt that I’m very close to, and on top of that, all of this political crap was just getting me down.
You’re a doll. 🙂
Love them 🙂
And that site would be ?
Went to the Ron Paul link. Looking at the comments, it appears his followers are just as frustrated with media because nobody is really questioning Santorum. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I might think MSM is pushing all the stories about the polls and holding back on any real vetting with the hopes Rick actually gets the nomination because it will be so easy for them to take him out. Heaven help us.
“A brutal, two-front attack from the campaign and the SuperPAC. “The expectation is that Santorum, just given his personality, is going to whine like crazy,” said a Romney advisor”
Which is a good reason that Newt should stay in to pick up the pieces. No wonder National Review wants Newt to drop out now. They don’t care for Santorum, they just wanted Santorum to be the not-Newt. They want Newt out, so no one is there to pick up Santorum’s voters if he starts to tank.
I decided to answer Newt’s call & put my credit card where my mouth is, another $100.
The Democrats conned one of their loons to enter the Republican primary to run against West in 2010. Looks like their doing it again in West’s new district.
Scum never ceases in the demon-rat party. Too bad the Florida GOP did him in also. Can’t allow those blacks to get off of the plantation. Got to make an example of them. Well, I intend to scream racist. Looks like their chickens have come home to roost! It’s fair game.
I am one of those that now only watch FOX when Palin is on. Ailes is canceling Napolitano, Bolling and Asman’s shows. The only conservative voices on FBN that don’t trash Palin. The fact that Ailes wouldn’t let Wallace include clips of her CPAC speech at her Sunday interview was the last straw.All Romney all the time channel……screw the fat CFR member Ailes.
The idea that Rick Santorum has a THING to do with the original Tea Party movement is laughable. Or maybe you haven’t seen the video of him basically laughing at the notion of the “no government” Tea Party and his disdain for libertarians.
Describing big government nanny-statist Rick Santorum as part of the “Taxed Enough Already” Party is the ultimate in spin. People are only “taxed enough already” until Santorum finds another use for that money, such as Amtrack, any and all earmarks that could remotely benefit him, Medicare D, NCLB, etc. etc. etc.
Just because there is a quote somewhere that makes the claim does not counter evidence to the contrary.