Florida GOP Primary: Open Thread

by: Shaun Appleby

Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 18:47:37 PM EST



Polls close in a few hours and the Florida GOP primary will probably determine the course of the nomination race and possibly cement Romney's frontrunner status.

Aggregate polling has shown a very slight tightening but the only significant variation among pollsters is the magnitude of the lead Romney enjoys although most agree he is now the expected victor.  One interesting exception has been the recent Dixie Strategies/The News-Press/First Coast News poll which predicts a dead heat:


Our poll has Gingrich leading Romney by an eyelash - 35.46 percent to 35.08.

Could our poll be right and all the others wrong? Maybe.

In polling terminology, our poll is what's called an outlier (for a set of numerical data, any value that is markedly smaller or larger than other values).

However, there is one factor that works in our favor. The News-Press poll's sample size (2,567 likely voters) is three to four times larger than that of other pollsters and thus our poll has a very small margin of error (1.93 percent) with a confidence level of 95 percent.

Scott Bihr - Why our poll may be right News-Press 28 Jan 12

Given the brawl that this campaign has become it will be interesting to see how the Gingrich/Romney battle in Florida influences the remaining contests.  In spite of Gingrich's assertion that he will carry the fight all the way to the convention it is pretty hard to see how he could if he loses big to Romney tonight.  On the other hand a narrow victory or loss could derail Romney's presumed coronation, given his immense media buy and his campaign's apparently reckless attitude toward managing expectations in this contest.

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If Romney... (2.00 / 6)
Doesn't win big he will have to do another round of messaging to explain how that happened after spending something like $16M in Florida alone.

Personally I think Gingrich's polling understates his support but on the other hand he has been a complete dick about most things since the last debate and has made some ridiculous claims on the campaign trail.  But if he gets within of 5% of Romney I wonder if Romney's "carpet bombing" strategy will be seen as a modest failure.  We'll see.

Interesting to note that in national polling Santorum is edging up to almost par with Gingrich in second place.


Apparently 4 in 10 are unhappy with the current GOP field (2.00 / 8)
and want someone else to jump in. Unfortunately, I'd guess 6-7 in 10 will suck it up in November and vote for the eventual nominee.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

yeah, they'll suck it up (2.00 / 6)
and vote for whatever hairball the GOP coughs up in tampa.  the polls show it all over, their issue numero uno isn't jobs, economy, healthcare, foreign policy, immigration, gay marriage, or even abortion...it's defeating obama.  so, i don't doubt they'll eventually coalesce around their nom, but a lot of them are going to be much less than thrilled no matter who that ends up being.  wet blanket enthusiasm is good for our down ticket slate, and I'm thinking we've got an increasingly decent shot at taking back the house (senate would be tougher).  actually, if the general sticks to the trajectory I see, I'd say we've got a very good chance -- barring some earth shattering event or scandal, of course.  i still think obama will win handily.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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Let MITT FIX WASHINTON (2.00 / 3)


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i thought it was cemented after New Hampshire!?! (2.00 / 7)
that Newt!



BTW, read a tweet that Bachmann and Perry outraised (2.00 / 5)
Santorum in Q4.  Oops!

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

Crikey (2.00 / 5)
9% reporting and Romney is 52%.  Wonder if that is the early votes we've heard so much about being counted.

Nate Silver says Romney won early voting 52-25%. (2.00 / 6)
Don't know if that's what's being counted but that's a huge advantage.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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That Must Be It... (2.00 / 4)
But now they are claiming 30% precincts reporting and the lead hasn't shifted much.  Short night.

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This... (2.00 / 4)
Is going to be a short diary.  I'm betting they call this about ten seconds after polls close.

They'd have called it by now except they don't want to suppress (2.00 / 5)
the vote in the panhandle.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Hmmm, (2.00 / 8)
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he wouldn't rule out voting for President Barack Obama in November.

Crist - who was a member of the Republican party until 2010 and is now a registered independent - said in interviews with MSNBC and CNN that he would "consider" casting his ballot for Obama on election day.

snip

This has been a tough time for the president to govern, I think everyone understands that. But we're starting to see some positive signs going forward as it relates to the economy. That's very important."

snip

He told CNN that making an attempt at unity, such as he did with Obama during his time as an elected official, may be political suicide.

"Well, maybe it is," he said. "Certainly it seems to be in the Republican party, where the word 'compromise' has almost become a dirty word."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/s...

At least he's thoughtful and not interested in ideology over everything else.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


Romney crushed it in Miami/Dade (2.00 / 5)
but Nate says he's unlikely to get 50% of the total vote.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

Gingrich... (2.00 / 4)
Really blew this campaign.  He's an erratic megalomaniac, to be sure, and he just spent a week proving it.

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I heart Charles Pierce (2.00 / 7)
Esquire Politics @ESQPolitics

Can we now stop pretending that winning a majority of Republican voters in SC means anything except that you can out-cracker someone?



"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Charles is My Favourite... (2.00 / 6)
This cycle.  But quote of the day to Alan Grayson, "Newt's negatives are astronomical - they're approaching his name recognition at this point..."

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On MSNBC, they are comparing it to Kennedy-Carter in 1980 (2.00 / 7)
Don't know which is more disturbing, the Romney-Carter parallel or the Gingrich-Kennedy parallel.  OK, definitely the latter.  Barf.

The future is unwritten

Looks to Me... (2.00 / 6)
Like Gingrich just got buried again.  Hard to see where either he or Santorum go from here.  Sadly the predictions of an early Romney wrap on the nomination seem to be correct; not good news for Democrats.

Wonder if Gingrich thinks GA can turn things around? (2.00 / 5)
Or at least make him look competitive.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Given His Performance... (2.00 / 3)
In Florida I really doubt it.  As Pierce notes SC is something of a special case.

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Interesting... (2.00 / 5)
Romney beat Gingrich plus Santorum and won among self-identified Tea Partiers.  Sheesh.  Waiting for a sour grapes concession speech from Newt.

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Newtzilla go RAMPAGE!!1! (2.00 / 7)
He'll stay in, biting ankles until he runs completely out of (other people's) money. it'll be a vendetta campaign from here on.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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That's rather Al Giordano's take as well. (2.00 / 7)
So long as someone keeps tossing money at him Gingrich will stay in because his ego and quest for revenge demand it.  And he can always bring up how he was counted out once before and came back.

Oddly, I'm a bit surprised Santorum didn't do better given his debate performance.  If he can't get above the mid-teens after that strong showing he's beyond sunk.

(As an aside, I guess it is safe to say FL didn't give a flip about the Palin and Cain endorsements.)


"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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Well... (2.00 / 5)
Burying Gingrich cost the Romney campaign about $20 per vote.  Gingrich's votes cost about $6, Santorum's and Paul's were basically free.

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Newt did do much better along the panhandle, though. (2.00 / 7)
Also, someone pointed out (David Frum, I believe) that the population of FL is about 16% African-American but only 1% showed up tonight.  Not surprising, just interesting.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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so, uhm (2.00 / 6)
did newt fall asleep in a tanning bed?

is anyone seeing this?

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


Heh (2.00 / 7)
Amazingly disconnected "concession" speech from Newt.  He's toast.

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Falling asleep in a tanning bed (2.00 / 2)


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Apropos of nothing (2.00 / 9)
aamom/OBAMABOT @AVD911

More people clicked on Obama's YouTube video singing Al Green (over 5m) than voted for Newt. In all 4 states.
Retweeted by BWD



"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

okay, this is completely awesome (2.00 / 11)
A newly discovered letter from a freed former slave to his onetime master is creating a buzz. Letters of Note explains that in August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee wrote to his former slave Jourdan Anderson, requesting that Jourdan return to work on his farm.

In the time since escaping from slavery, Anderson had become emancipated, moved to Ohio where he found paid work and was now supporting his family. The letter turned up in the August 22 edition of the New York Daily Tribune.

{snip}

As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshal-General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you. This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor's visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to. Please send the money by Adams's Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday night; but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the negroes any more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.

you gotta read the rest.  omg.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/si...

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


Epic. (2.00 / 8)
Now that's "tact" in all its glory.

As someone who reads and re-reads his important letters before (and after) sending them, I can only imagine the experience of writing that out.

Awesome, epic, World Title: "We sincerely wish you  an enjoyable trip to Go Fuck Yourself, and look forward to your safe return."

Conway approves.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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Sigh (2.00 / 10)
There is something so vacant and breathtakingly inauthentic about Romney that the thought that even Republicans could select him as their nominee is profoundly disheartening.  In spite of my abiding contempt I still consistently overestimate the "common sense" of conservatives in matters of aesthetics and good taste.

If this is the "new normal" something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.


At least (2.00 / 9)
he's not "arrogant" and "elitist."  And he undoubtedly loves America, as he's sucked down gallons of its economic blood.

The future is unwritten

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Not elitist? (2.00 / 4)
He does speak French, you know....

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He's sucked down gallons of its economic blood. (2.00 / 6)
Oddly, Teh Google does not appear to produce any 'shopped images of Mittens dressed like Count Dracula.  Seems like it would have been a natural thing for someone to have done by now, considering all the publicity about Bain Capital sucking companies dry and then discarding their desiccated husks.

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There is something so vacant and breathtakingly inauthentic about Romney (2.00 / 5)
There is something so vacant and breathtakingly inauthentic about Romney that the thought that even Republicans could select him as their nominee is profoundly disheartening.  In spite of my abiding contempt I still consistently overestimate the "common sense" of conservatives in matters of aesthetics and good taste.

If this is the "new normal" something has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

Me, I'd say creepy.



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We're in deep kimchee (2.00 / 7)
If I heard him correctly, in his post-election speech, in which I don't recall him conceding or even mentioning Mittens by name, Teh Newt pledged to Teh Cause his wife, his fortune, and his sacred honor.

Newt has yet to call Romney and concede either NH or FL. (2.00 / 7)
They'd have to expand the White House in order to accommodate Gingrich and his ego (and Callista's hair but let's not be catty).

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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her air looks as if it could withstand a direct nuclear stike. (2.00 / 7)
if you thought their line of credit at tiffany's was staggering, wait until you see the aquanet bills.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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*hair (2.00 / 5)
face/palm.

rough morning over here.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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Her tresses could also withstand an EMP attack. (2.00 / 3)


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Do we really want to go there? (2.00 / 6)
The attacks on FLOTUS annoy the hell out of me. They do more than annoy me, they disgust me. I don't see how making fun of wives on the other side balances things out. Better to just not go there.

This is not a recession. It's a robbery.

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ymmv (2.00 / 4)
i don't think a 'hard hairspray' quip is anywhere near the kind of fucking shit that morons sling and FLOTUS. your point is taken john, but this is the same hairspray joke I'd make about jon bon jovi c. 1989.

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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Well... (2.00 / 4)
I wouldn't worry about it, Callista's public persona seems to speak for itself.  There's a pretty rich vein of humour to mine just among the candidates themselves:

Pretty funny stuff, really.


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That Clip... (2.00 / 4)
Jogged my memory back to Pat Paulsen, who ran for president as a comedian long before Colbert, back in 1968:



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I see your point to a point. (2.00 / 6)
Attacking someone for their physical attributes is a no-no as a general rule but I guess, rightly or wrongly, I make the distinction based largely on something that is within that person's control.  Callista apparently chose to make herself into some type of Stepford wife for whatever reason and her hair is clearly on display.  Criticism of Michelle Obama is largely based on utter, pure, made-up horseshit lies.  (Take the latest kerfuffle over the $50k in lingerie.)  FLOTUS was criticized in 2009 for wearing very expensive sneakers to a food shelter; that criticism was justified, imho, because it showed a lack of consideration.  Calling her "Moochelle" a la Limbaugh though is a whole 'nother ball of wax.

Having said all that I started this by taking a gratuitous slap at Callista that had nothing to do with the point I was making regarding her husband.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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speaking of FLOTUS (2.00 / 5)
she can hold her own.  lol



Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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I'll go there! (2.00 / 6)
I loved the Trump 'comb over' over jokes. And Todd Palin was a target rich area for any jokester. Kids are out of bounds, but any politicians spouse who puts themselves forward to step on the hustings and promote that illusion of family well being or false intimacy can take a few jokes about attire or hairstyles I would have thought

But then again I am benighted Brit with BO, bad teeth but a full head of nit infected hair

What I reality want to know is what makes Blasky's golden lock so soft and full and radiant....


The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


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Extensions? (2.00 / 8)
What I reality want to know is what makes Blasky's golden lock so soft and full and radiant....


This is not a recession. It's a robbery.

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Yeah. I reckon. Or perhaps an implant... (2.00 / 7)
Been a rash of mane removal from the male lions of the Serengeti in the last few months. My brother says a van with an 'infosec' decal and playing loud Todd Rungren music was seen in the vicinity. But who can blame the Blask? Because he's worth it

'

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'


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That's... (2.00 / 5)
Todd Rundgren to you, buddy:



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The only thing more beautiful than blasky's sunshine soaked scalp... (2.00 / 6)
... would be the wind in his hair while he rode in on a unicorn.  

Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

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\o/ (2.00 / 6)
Photobucket

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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That's "Mr. Blasky", please... (2.00 / 2)
dammit, where's my Kamoondi pic...?

Back inna bit.

Love you folks for thinking of me, I got a hot-chocolate feeling going on... ;~)

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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her air (2.00 / 3)
I could repost that infamous picture of Newt and the blow-up Callista doll, but considering the response that it triggered the last time that I did that, I won't.

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I really cant take listening to Romney. He's going to balance (2.00 / 8)
the budget without raising taxes. Why would anyone except the ultra rich like the way that would look?

When they talk about cutting food stamps why do I imagine more hungary people?

Mitt and Newt base their whole existence on not being Obama. They dont need a coherent plan, they just arent black and cant sing.



h-u-n-g-r-y I dont imagine Eastern Europeans. nt (2.00 / 5)


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Heh (2.00 / 4)
That explains Romney's oft repeated karaoke act with "America the Beautiful."  Any other election cycle that would so be a deal breaker.

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They just aren't black and can't sing. (2.00 / 2)
But are they blah?

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I Guess... (2.00 / 5)
When Republican policy became meaningless platitudes Romney saw his big opportunity.

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And then Romney follows up his win with one of the dumber (2.00 / 7)
comments made by a candidate in recent years:

Mitt Romney is on the defensive over his wealth on Wednesday after telling a CNN reporter that "I'm not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there." http://2012.talkingpointsmemo....  

One, that shows a stunning lack of empathy or sympathy or understanding.  And, two, if the GOP had its way there would be no safety net.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


And... (2.00 / 6)
An opening for William Jennings Gingrich:


GINGRICH: I'm fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other...the Founding Fathers wrote that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among with are life and the pursuit of happiness. The Founding Fathers meant all of us.

Igor Volsky - Gingrich Slams Romney 1 Feb 12

Although I think this is more to the point:


It's this tone-deafness that makes a lot of Republicans nervous about Mitt Romney as a general-election candidate. He often simply forgets which memo to bring up in his memory banks when he's on the spot. This time, it was the polling memo, and that was a mistake.

Ed Kilgore - Mitt and Po' Folks Washington Monthly 1 Feb 12

We all know what he, his consultants and his party are thinking, he just actually said it.


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Of Course... (2.00 / 5)
Among real conservatives the comments about "fixing the safety net" for the poor and the subsequent "we do not need to change policies for them" went down like a dose of castor oil because they are committed to eliminating them.  The policies, I mean, not the poor, although sometimes you wonder:


The National Review sure does know how to pick them. Glad they'll be defending him in the general. I'm not sure I'll waste my time. Sure, I'll vote for him. But I think I'll focus on House and Senate races so when the buyers remorse sets in on those who backed Romney we're not completely screwed down ballot.

Erick Erickson - The National Review's Candidate Won't Stop Digging Red State 1 Feb 12

Heh.  As Axelrod said, "Taking two positions on every issue, one on the left and one on the far right, doesn't make you a centrist, it makes you a charlatan."


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But the key in Erickson's quote is ... (2.00 / 5)
Sure, I'll vote for him.

The question is will those reliably conservative GOTV "agencies" work to defeat POTUS or will they slink grudgingly to the ballot box?

And once the SuperPACs kick into high gear Romney won't need Erickson's money.

The truly bad news for Romney, though, is that he cannot stop himself for saying such seriously uncaring statements.  Over and over and over he's said some remarkably tone-deaf comments that, played in a loop, should cause a whole lot of moderates to say WTF?!

Also has to take the wind a bit out of his sails.  Folks aren't talking about his FL win ~ they are talking about this quote.  As a Dem I couldn't be much happier.

And, btw, Gingrich even daring to mention parties dividing Americans is beyond laughable.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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Agreed (2.00 / 5)
But Erickson is rattling the establishment's cage over at Red State and agitating, in Alinsky style, for commotion as a precursor to the shifting of power; hopefully into his willing hands, of course, but there it is.  None of that can be helping the emerging Romney campaign strategy of "Put your seats up and fasten your trays in the upright position.." which is about all Republicans can hope for at this point.

Romney is clearly an "imperfect vessel" for the disruptive scheme they were pursuing last cycle of loosing the hysterical Tea Party cohort on an unsuspecting electorate; that didn't work out so well once they got their darlings into the House.  They are making some of this sh*t up on the fly, in terms of strategy, it seems.

Turnout is down in every primary so far and this is supposed to be their cycle; if I was bean-counting over at the RNC I would be starting to worry.  I strongly suspect that among the deep thinkers in the Republican party there is already a sense of resignation about this election and has been for a while.


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Someone Commented Here... (2.00 / 5)
That the actual platform of the Republican party consists wholly and totally of defeating the incumbent.  That's it.  There is nothing else and it is no surprise that their collective policy agenda is a dog's breakfast as much as their rhetoric is largely dog whistle.  That's how Gingrich, for all his megalomaniacal rantings, was as credible on policy as Romney.  Only chameleons or contortionists need apply.  The House voted almost unanimously on party lines for the Ryan plan but the candidates, even when they stray accidentally into that territory, never mention it; yet it hangs over their campaign like the sword of Damocles.

While they can get away with "defeat Obama" in the primary it is an absolutely crappy platform for the general election and to fill the void they will lash together a pastiche of some of the less ridiculous things proposed during the primary, stir in Ryan's suicidal program and press this crock of goulash into Romney's willing but inauthentic hands to be served up lukewarm to the American public.  Bring it on.

If it seems like the Republicans are in confusion it's because they are; their vision for America doesn't go beyond a White House without Obama in it and as long as he stays there they are liable to say or do just about anything in their helpless indignation; as the past two years amply demonstrates.  I wouldn't want Romney's job for quids, but in this hapless candidate they have a champion who would have probably mangled a sensible platform if they had one.  


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Exhibit A (2.00 / 5)
On the one issue platform:


This campaign is about more than replacing a President. It is about saving the soul of America. President Obama and I have two very different visions of America.

Mitt Romney

Subtract the subjective bullshit from that mission statement and you are left with the one issue.  

Well, that and an abiding suspicion about what "vision of America" a predatory Bain Capital CEO who spent most of his adult life sucking the prosperity out of thousands of unsuspecting Americans and depositing it in a Swiss bank account might have.


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And +/- 45% of voters will pick this asswipe for president. (2.00 / 4)
Either because they agree with him about the poor or they see this as some liberal crap conspiracy or they just want to get rid of the black dude in the White House.

The whole thing makes me very sad.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


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Well... (2.00 / 5)
It would if they were going to win, but I kinda doubt it.  Nothing I've seen so far gives me any sleepless nights and even Romney's apologists agree he's a lousy candidate:


It's been clear for a long time that nobody will ever confuse Romney with a great politician, and he seems constitutionally incapable of avoiding blunders ("I like to fire people," the $10,000 bet, etc.) that play into every single stereotype of the out-of-touch rich guy. For these and many other reasons, he's been a weak frontrunner throughout the primary season, and he'll carry all those weaknesses into the general election contest.

[...]

So yes, Romney's "I'm not concerned about the very poor" comments are a reminder of his many failings as a politician. But the Republican Party is far better off with the Romney campaign it has, warts and all, than it would be with the kind of campaign that many voices on the right have called for.

Ross Douhat - The Right and Romney NYT 1 Feb 12

If that isn't a requiem for a campaign I don't know what is.  Read the whole thing; it really cheered me up to realise just how dismally the Romney candidacy is thought of among their own commentariat.


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Take another look at that polling chart (2.00 / 7)
Even with all his opponents falling by the wayside, the Mittster STILL can't get out of the low to mid-40s support among Republicans.  That does not bode well for getting out the November vote among the true believers.

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.

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George W Bush ... twice. (2.00 / 5)
Yeah he might have gotten an assist from SCOTUS the first time but he won the Electoral College outright the second.  The bright spot is that President Obama isn't Gore or Kerry (and he is the incumbent).

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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Look On the Bright Side (2.00 / 5)
As prejudiced and foolish as they are they will all be better off in Obama's America than they ever would have been in Romney's.

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me! me! me! (2.00 / 5)
...their issue numero uno isn't jobs, economy, healthcare, foreign policy, immigration, gay marriage, or even abortion...it's defeating obama.

http://www.motleymoose.com/sho...

Earth is the best vacation place for advanced clowns. --Gary Busey
 


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Well... (2.00 / 5)
Compared to all the blather in the media the past few weeks that has to be the most incisive and insightful single comment I've read.  Bravo, Fogiv and long live the Moose.

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Long live the Moose indeed! (2.00 / 4)
And all its happy Meese!

smilingmoose_m

If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done subjunctively.


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Hey, Chris... (2.00 / 4)
You probably know about this already but it blew me away:



High tech is cool (2.00 / 5)
I'm also into low tech.

Wolverine: Chasing the phantom - PBS

This was a really good documentary about wolverines. The cinematography was excellent. It's worth watching for the landscapes alone.

This is not a recession. It's a robbery.


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Just had to share this somewhere (2.00 / 6)
Change Happened



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Found this on Balloon Juice (2.00 / 3)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02...

There are a lot of pet lovers that read and comment on balloon-juice.com. This story was a natural for them. It's an eight-page story about a family that adopted a boy that turned out to have fetal alcohol syndrome and how a service dog ended up changing their lives for the better. It's really well-written. It's also quite moving. I found myself misting up while I read it.

This is not a recession. It's a robbery.


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