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No longer on the donation sideline

No longer on the donation sideline

The choice of Paul Ryan, and the reaction, finally got me off the donation sideline.

I just donated to the Romney-Ryan campaign.  And in case you were wondering, maxed out. For the first time in my adult life I was proud to do so.

It’s not just about Romney-Ryan, it’s about who we are up against:


Update: This tweet was removed from the embed because, as pointed out in the comments, I apparently didn’t get that it was sarcastic. That happens sometimes, as we know. Scrolling through her tweets, she’s actually quite conservative and quite humorous, including this one:

Also, The first race card has been played against Paul Ryan.


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Yes, we are up against pure evil. Sadly, all our side has to offer is a lesser evil.

Donald Douglas | August 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

Good man, William!

I’ll be sending some cash as well. I got you linked up here:

More blogging later…

Anyone else look at who these type of ugly tweets come from? When I see the hateful tweets I just have to check out the tweeter – they tend to be ugly in all their tweets or just blatently flaming libs.

    Ugly and obviously have no idea that the Obama regime is taking $715 Billion out of Medicare to pay for his ObamaHealthTaxCare.

    The other day I saw a car-inside were an elderly female driver and elderly female passenger- with two bumper stickers “Vote Democrat” and “Keep your hands off my Medicare”

    It is terribly sad how Big Government has duped generations into believing Government is caring and benevolent.

Best line from the speech: “We can turn this thing around.” Dirk, Al, Charles, Chelsea, David, and Same Same can come along for the ride while the “we” gets the job done.

If this is the best that the Left has to challenge the Great Opportunity Party (per VA Gov. McDonnell), while perceptions will keep this election from being a cakewalk, then having these two on the ticket should assure that any attack can be handled with grace and aplomb.

Remember: this is not the first time around the proverbial block for either Romney or Ryan. And, of course, they’re not stupid by any means.

Intelligent and wise. We haven’t seen that combo going to DC in a long time.

I call foul on putting Chelsea Grunwald’s tweet on this post – she was being sarcastic – look at some of her prior tweets – we are lucky that someone like her is on our side – she’s young & cute & seems to be conservative, (and from Wisconsin!).

    alan markus in reply to alan markus. | August 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    For those who don’t follow links, here are some recent examples of her tweets:

    If you don’t want to pay for birth control, keep you pants on. This isn’t a hard concept.

    The GOP wants to take us back to the 50’s? Please do, there were actually jobs then!

    Wanna know what sounds like “going back to the 50’s”? Reducing women’s health to their vaginas and insisting that they can’t be responsible for it

I think this part of Ryan’s speech also was effective:

” Let me say a word about the man Mitt Romney will replace. No one disputes President Obama inherited a difficult situation. And, in his first 2 years, with his party in complete control of Washington, he passed nearly every item on his agenda. But that didn’t make things better.

In fact, we find ourselves in a nation facing debt, doubt and despair.”

It’s a speaker’s objective to “connect” wth an audience. By using three descriptors – “debt, doubt and despair” – it increases the likelihood of doibg just that.

Who can’t relate to debt, on a personal, community, or federal level?

Who can’t relate to a sense of doubt, even if persons believe that “Obama is the man” isn’t there doubt creeping into the equation?

Despair – seems as though there’s enough of this, nearly at every turn!

So, even if there isen’t a “connection” on all three, two or one will still work.

Now, if Team Romney will use this speaking tool, as well as others, to put a very, very human face on them selves.

I’m going to obsess about the Chelsea Grundwald thing some more:

Chelsea Grunwald: 2012 Honorable Mention — The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

HONORABLE MENTION: For the past 18 months Chelsea Grunwald, 21, has witnessed massive protests by labor unions and the radical left. She is in the center of the action at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, which is a short drive from the capitol building.
Many of her fellow students participated in the protests while she was always defending her hero, Scott Walker. She refers to him as “our greatest Governor.”
Chelsea put her school work aside and did not sleep in the 42 hours leading up to the recall vote. Her passion was so apparent that “All of my Madison friends unfollowed me.” She says “It’s funny. Walker’s in office a year and any slow job growth is all his fault. Obama is in office for over 3 years and liberals claim slow growth is none of his fault.
“It is also annoying that there was a 60% voter turnout, but because the liberal candidate lost, the radicals are now saying ‘Democracy died.’
“Obama’s leadership has brought us 40 consecutive months of over 8% unemployment. He should not be giving us economic advice. He claims to stand with the 99%. At the same time he has appeared at over 150 fundraising events where the average donation was $40,000. . .
“We need a true leader and I heart George W. Bush. He loves America and his decisions were based on what was right, not on what would gain votes. . .
“Libertarians sure have a huge superiority complex for how little they’ve accomplished on their own.”
Some of her strongest zingers are aimed at her fellow students:
“Stop crying about the world not being fair because you have to pay back your student loan. Over 50,000 people die from real poverty daily. Don’t take out a loan if you can’t pay it back. No one forced you to take the loan. College education is a privilege, not a right.”
Chelsea doesn’t have a boyfriend but she wants one. She recently “ran into the boy I’ve been in love with since I was ten. He is still hot as hell, and he voted for Walker! I am swooning.”
You can contact her directly at:
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45

That’s two gaffes here today, and it’s still morning.

    alan markus in reply to alan markus. | August 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    For some reason I can’t get the source to link:
    here it is untagged:

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall in reply to alan markus. | August 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Of course you are right. It’s unfortunate that she was wrongly lumped in with that collection of hateful, worthless cretins. When Prof. Jacobson gets around to skimming the comments here he’ll probably make an edit.

      William A. Jacobson in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | August 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Yup, corrected. Sorry Alan Markus for going for a walk and not reacting to your comments immediately. I’ll be sure never to leave the computer again so as not to upset you.

        Thanks for correcting that – I was just trying to do my job to protect the reputation of a young conservative until you got back from your walk, and being more subtle about things like this in the past tend to get ignored – seems like the only way to get a response is to be a jerk about it. Sorry you missed her sarcasm (I certainly catch yours)- I did too, but when I saw her name I recalled some of her “work” during the Walker campaign & that motivated me to followup on that.

          barbara in reply to alan markus. | August 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

          “when I saw her name I recalled some of her “work” during the Walker campaign & that motivated me to followup on that”

          And how many other people will have your knowledge about her, or will bother to look further?

          If you’re going to send out sarcastic tweets, maybe you’d better add a “/sarc” or something similar at the end. As far as most people reading her tweet would know, she was as seriously hateful as the rest of the clowns the Professor point out.

          Maybe you should point that out to her.

          alan markus in reply to alan markus. | August 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          Barbara, I don’t have any connection to her – via Twitter (don’t have account), Facebook, etc. so I’m not in a position to give advice on how to write tweets. I was just trying to point out to readers here who she was by providing back up information, for those who are willing to learn instead of just listening to themselves “talk”, so most of this I learned this morning by doing research (and then I get a ass-hat comment from WarEagle82). Sometimes this blog is too much of an “echo chamber” – don’t ever get confronted with opposing viewpoints from “the other side”, so some are rather thin-skinned when one of your own says something a little “off”. And if anyone is a long time reader of LI, they would know my history here. Can’t find when I started commenting here and putting lots of links to Legal Insurrection in comments at other blogs (like Althouse, The Other McCain, Dan Riehl). That’s how blogs build readership, on the backs of the “small” people (commenters like me). I probably discovered this blog that way – by linking to something put up by a commenter somewhere else. Today, I also learned that she is a member of the Tea Party Patriots & that she and Paul Ryan are from the same hometown. Just think, if/when she becomes a “rising star” in the Republican party (don’t know if anybody important from RNC or Romney/Ryan campaign read comments here)some of you might be able to say that you discovered her here. She cut her chops in hostile territory (University of Wisconsin – Madison; ask Ann Althouse what that’s like). May be a little “raw” (she’s only 21)but I see the possibility of her being part of Romney/Ryan appearances in Wisconsin, maybe a job someday with future Congresswoman Mia Love.

          Sorry that my comments here hijacked this post – that usually isn’t my style & I’ve hit trolls pretty hard here, but I hope some people learned something useful today.

        “I’ll be sure never to leave the computer again so as not to upset you.”

        See to it that you never allow this kind of thing to occur in future.

        We have all learned a valuable lesson here today…

        LukeHandCool in reply to William A. Jacobson. | August 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        Less than three months to election day and he’s going for walks !!!

Okay. So Alan is deeply “in crush” with Chelsea.

Can you say, “restraining order?”

    alan markus in reply to WarEagle82. | August 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    No, I just believe that the Republican Party needs to engage young people like this – why treat “one of our own” like this? Do you think the future of the Republican Party is old guys like us? I’m just trying to get the Professor’s attention here – I’ve noticed that some bloggers tend to ignore the comments and never engage – want to do more “talking” and less “listening”.

    WarEagle82 in reply to WarEagle82. | August 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    It’s a good thing Chelsea has you cyber-stalking watching out for her. Maybe you can get a job copy-editing all of her internet posts to make sure she is never, ever misunderstood again.

    Plus, that would give the Good Professor time to take bathroom breaks.

    It looks like a “win-win” solution to me…

DINORightMarie | August 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

I predict a MASSIVE donation surge – both in positive response to the choice, and in response to the intense negative response; it’s plain, downright, hate-filled evil, as these tweets illustrate.

They must smell defeat in the air this morning……brings out their vitriolic, viral viciousness!

Nothing new, no surprise. I wonder how long before they try to paint Ryan as a raaaaacist?! Will he make it onto the Card Game tonight? Next week?

Not really a matter of “if”….just “when.” Haters gotta H8!

What a coincidence – I already intended to sit down today and make my list of politicians I will donate to this fall, per the good Professor’s suggestion yesterday, and make the first of those donations. Perfect timing.

I had intended to wait until after the convention to start donating to Romney, but with the addition of Paul Ryan to the ticket, I’ll do that today instead. Sorry I don’t have any more I can send (I certainly can’t max out my donation), but I’ll send what I can, and plan on a little more each payday up to the finish line.

Paul Ryan for Vice President – what a concept! Let’s sent the adults to Washington for a change.

By the way, I’ve got dibs on the popcorn concession for the vice presidential debate! ;-p

    ALman in reply to barbara. | August 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Ditto your comment, as well as those that precede and, in anticipation, the ones that follow.

    Sent a donation using the provided link. Captialize on the momentum is the hoped for result.

I’ll glady pay for Obama to sit in the front of the bus as he rides out of town.

Personally, I would have preferred Rubio simply for the Florida toss up thing. My “dream” VP guy would have been Allen West. But alas that is not to be the case.

Paul Ryan is an excellent “mechanic” regarding getting government back on track though a lot of it being quite unpopular. Never the less, it’s a task that must be addressed and resolved.

I’ll give Romney the benefit of the doubt in that he’s been successful most of his life and that requires insight, assessment and execution.

Of course I’ll be supporting the ticket!

    DINORightMarie in reply to GrumpyOne. | August 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I totally agree with you about Rubio, but I understand also why strategically he can’t be taken out of the Senate right now. Not only is he the one of the best, brightest lights in the Conservative Senate, he is too valuable as a sure vote in his certain seat….oh, so necessary when the Senate is still in contention this election.

    On top of that, Florida is indeed, as you say, a toss-up state at present – that’s why the GOP can’t risk losing a solid Republican in the Senate at this time. Winning and gaining a solid majority (maybe, Lord willing, a SUPER-majority) of conservative Republicans is ESSENTIAL this election!! Can’t lose sight of that – and I believe the GOP and Romney considered that heavily in this decision (just IMHO, from my armchair, of course!).

    I believe Ryan has it all. The Dems have been trying to tear him apart, but to no avail. I have no illusions that they won’t go to the very bottom of the barrel and continue their attempts to destroy Ryan. However, it will not succeed unless there is truly something in his past to expose.

    He’s smart, knows his facts like breathing air; he is able to think on his feet; his perhaps-questionable vote history in the Congress is easy to explain, to discuss, and to comprehend. And, more important, he is a solid Conservative who is ready, willing, and able to take it to the left, to leftist-Dems – in a civil, irrefutable manner,

    The left is going to get out the “guns” for the “knife fight.” But Ryan has cannons and heavy artillery (i.e. the TRUTH, and INTEGRITY) that, I believe, will prevail.

    DINORightMarie in reply to GrumpyOne. | August 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Another piece of strategery: Ryan will be the tie-braking vote in the Senate, should a vote come to a tie.

    Moves him into an even stronger position, making a solid, certain Conservative vote should the situation arise (e.g. Senate vote to repeal ObamaCare).

    Very good strategic choice, on so many levels!

    Yeah, all that false rhetoric about “…cost the GOP the WH…” “It’s over!” blah blah blah. False bravado.

    And Obama calling Paul Ryan a “radical” and a “extreme”?!?! Pure projection!!!

    Romney-Ryan 2012!!!

I donated as well, my max $100. Its important that we get a good surge going to build momentum and to signal to Romney “Yes, that’s the direction where your support lies..forget the Rino crap!”

I have never donated to Romney before and its 5 years since I gave to the RNC. Only via Demint and to candidates directly until the RNC gets on board.

All that is needed for evil to triumph is for men (and women) of good character to not donate to Romney-Ryan and vote for them on election day.

    JDmyrm in reply to JDmyrm. | August 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    And I’m STILL pining for newt.

      imfine in reply to JDmyrm. | August 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      He’ll always be the speaker. Everyone else is just a pretender. Polosi, bohner etc. who gives a crap. Newt is a true visionary and leader. When I look at Newt he isn’t a conservative for some dogmatic reason, he’s a conservative because he understands that liberalism will never work. He transcends the debate by getting to the core of the issue. It’s a shame he is not or nominee

        It’s taken awhile but I’m finally OK with Newt not being the candidate, mostly because I believe Mitt brings fewer negatives to the table – but that’s subjective. I think there’s a place for Newt – if he’d take it – in a Romney-Ryan administration, but only time will tell.

        Meanwhile, regarding November I’m taking the example of Manteo Mitchell to heart and repeating over and over in my head, “Faith, focus, finish…”

Professor, lemmee see if I understand this correctly, you gratuitously slimed Romney for months and months and months and months in favor of that fat, useless, amoral POS Gingrich, and now you’ve “maxed out” your contributions to Romney? Disconnect much?

    scooby509 in reply to G Joubert. | August 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Speaking as a long time Romney supporter, I thought the profs criticism was biting, but I didn’t think it was sliming him or gratuitous.

    What matters to me is that Bill Jacobson has found a solid reason to support Romney.

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to G Joubert. | August 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    At the beginning of the primary season there were twelve contenders for the nomination. Each and every one of them received votes…so unless someone voted for Romney in the primary, they cannot lend financial support for the general election? Your logic is disconnected, not the Professor’s.

    Still drooling, I see. Yes, grasping logic is difficult when one’s mind is disenfranchised.

myveryownpointofview | August 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I just donated too. I did it today as a way to indicate my approval of the VP pick, and I hope everyone else who can give does so.

I believe that Ryan brings tremendous appeal, and is just the right man for the job. I am soooo relieved that Romney decided on him. Almost every response that I have read in the various Right blogs comment threads has been super positive – very little lamenting about this “one” or that “one” being passed over.

People seem very comfortable uniting over Ryan and I take that as a fantastic sign of things to come.

Creative Minority makes an excellent point: “Mitt Romney keeps the social conservatives on board and perhaps even enthuses them a bit by selecting about as solid a social conservative as he could possibly have picked and that naturally turns the media discussion to the ECONOMY!

He selected a 100% pro-life pro-family veep and all anyone can talk about is the economy. That, my friends, is called WINNING!”

Henry Hawkins | August 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Picking Ryan is going to provoke a ton of money from the Tea Party and from across the GOP spectrum.

I’m going to focus on Senate races with the money the government made for me.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    (BTW, the Romney campaign has picked up $1.6 million in donations since announcing Ryan. Wow, Professor – Cornell must really pay well!)

Prof, your a better man than me. It really sounds like you are voting more so against Obama and less so for Romney. It feels like what you are doing by supporting Romney is playing to win the short game and lost in the long term. Everyone here know Romney is a terrible politician, and whatever meager gains we get in 2012 will be met with massive loses in 2014 and 2016. Maybe the economy will get somewhat better but he just doesn’t have it in him to do any long term good for the country. I think the reason why is that he is really in his heart of hearts an FDR/LBJ democrat and aryan does nothing to change that. Romney did not stand up for him when Ryan laid down his plans to help at least stem the problems we are having with senior rated entitlements. He sees Ryan in purely utilitarian terms, Ryan has credibility, he does not. Sure I feel Ryan will bring some sobriety in cabinet meetings, but Romney still wants to wallow in the mud of excessive spending.

Comparitavily an Obama Win will leave us assuredly in control over congress through 2016, in which times the dems will continue to languish. 2016 will be a great year for us with the rinos booted, and conservative influence solidifying the republican party. I shudder to think what Romney rinos will do to the party in the next 4 years. Think of what happened to us in 92 after 4 years of Sunnunu on bush’s staff. We fell for every democratic trap, and then he blames Newt for his own stupidity. That’s how rino’s think, they betray their party and principles, and then when the dems double cross them like they always do, they then blame the repubs screaming at the tops of their lungs “IT’S A TRAP!” as if pointing out its a trap is worse than stupidity falling into it. I don’t think I could take 4 more years of that. I understand your frustrated with obama, but Romney is not the answer, we should concentrate on the house and senate and let this wall street crony country club rino blow up on his own instead of letting him blow up the party with him.

Andrea Saul @andreamsaul

HERE FIRST: @MittRomney has raised over $1.2 million since pick of @PaulRyanVP #LessThan4Hours


That’s good news.

The bad news: Andrea Saul still has a prominent role in the Romney campaign.

Given the persecution of Adelson by the OBOZO regime for contributing to the Romney campaign, I need to ask the following…
I have recently made a modest (as much as I could afford) contribution to the Romney campaign. For those who have already done this, could you please let me know when I can expect the following to happen:
1. my name placed on the terrorist no-fly list
2. a clicking sound on my home phone whenever I ‘m in a conversation
3. an audit letter sent to me from the IRS
4. my e-mails taking an extra day longer to get to the receiver
5. an unmarked, no license-plate, black Government Motors vehicle following me everywhere I drive.
6. dingy-harry demanding to see all of my lifetime tax returns
7. my home being swamed by police from a lunatic-leftist’s call
8. on national TV axeldouch alleges that I’m part of a pornography ring
9. I’m publicly branded a “racist” by the National Association of (d-cRAT Socialist) Colored People
10. “systemic failure” napolitano begins deportation efforts against me, a certified, natural-born US citizen.

Thanks. (I think a Romney donor in OBOZO-land is in as much danger as a Jew in Adolf’s Germany.)

    WarEagle82 in reply to MicahStone. | August 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Based on new policies recently implemented by The “ReichSicherheitHauptAmt” otherwise known as “Big Sis” in a totally loving and caring totalitarian context, all except steps except step 2 is automatic the next time you use your ATM card.

    Step 2 may take some time as the Post Office is unable to deliver mail due to the financial incompetence of yet another GSE. But note that just because you have not received an official notification, you are still required to meet all processing and filing deadlines, especially the super-secret ones you don’t know about. After all, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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