When Romney made the highly publicized “47 percent” comment during a Boca Raton fundraiser, he was referencing the fact that it was not a campaign priority to reach out to that sector of the population for votes. He was right because most of those people were not going to vote for him anyway. The liberal elements of the media, however, mischaracterized Romney’s comment as meaning that he would not care about those people as president. Rather than defending Romney for saying the things that most conservatives feel, Republicans are distancing themselves from their former leader, the same way they unfaithfully abandoned George W. Bush. Loyalty seems to be a real problem for the Republican Party these days. Andrew Breitbart was right when he said that there is a “self-hating wing of the Republican Party.” Read it at Daily Caller: Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/02/romney-was-right/#ixzz2EMjMHSm5 http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/02/romney-was-right/
The Clinton 2016 war chant has begun. But will her support base hold together? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/12/05/hillary-clinton-2016-poll_n_2243843.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
Take it from a fiercely partisan Republican activist: Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is a bad ass politically and otherwise. He’s the kind of pol that you just can’t help but look across the aisle at and admire. We had our Reagan and TR, They had their FDR and Kennedy… and can I sneak in a Hillary 2008 plug here? Ok, moving on…
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo insisted that he had no intention of hiking taxes on New Yorkers to cover the costs of recovery. Providing for the caveat that someone surely will cover the costs and that those someones will be the other insured citizens and national taxpayers under disaster relief allocations, this anti-tax hike stance will surely garner Cuomo support from across the political spectrum.
Governor Cuomo also has a tried and true history of working across the aisle and making good on bipartisan political promises. Two years ago when New York was deeply entrenched in a divisive marriage equality battle, Cuomo relied upon the development of personal/political relationships across the aisle to bring in several Republican legislators to bring home the change in policy. For those Republicans under fire from their right flank, Cuomo pledged to offer support from the middle to bring these brave lawmakers home for re-election.
As politically awkward as it may be, Cuomo appears to be making good on those promises. National Democrats are up in arms that Gov Cuomo is busy making back room deals with State Senate Democrats to cross the aisle and caucus with Republicans to assure a GOP majority in the legislature. While this may earn ire from his own party in the short run, it’s hard not to imagine the brave move may pave the way toward a serious POTUS campaign for 2016.
In a paradigm where partisanship runs deeper than patriotism, it’s hard not to admire Governor Cuomo for doing exactly what he does. We may have a great debate ahead of us after all.
I’m always a little leery when a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat offers opinions about what Republican candidates ought to do. It seems a bit moot for someone on the other side to suggest what a conservative should do. I ask “And if they pick this ‘moderate’ candidate and run him against your guy, do you vote for our D-Lite?” “Well, no… but I’d sure like the other guy more.”
This, then, is not a treatise on how Obama can make my side like him more. Rather, it’s a hopefully frank look at how the 2nd term can set the GOP in the rears for a generation. To that extent, let’s hope they don’t figure this out.
1) Pick up the “fiscal responsibility” fumble.
Obama has the opportunity to do what was once thought impossible — become the voice of budget sanity.
The George W. Bush era Republicans were many things… budget hawks was not among them. Tea partiers were no more fond of the bank bailouts, the prescription drug coverage or the DC solution to unemployment that was the Department of Homeland Security than they were the absurd 1,100 page Obama health care plan.
Obama ran in the first term saying he’d cut the deficit in half. He, instead, doubled it. Yes, of course, he was re-elected while still spending more money than all his predecessors put together. But if he began to legitimately work to bring the budget down, he’d be able to successfully usurp one of the main GOP themes for the past century. Recent “Republicans” have left the ball lying there for him to steal.
2) Be Bibi’s BFF
The Jewish vote for Obama in 2012 was 68%… sizable, yet a full 10 points lower than his 2008 showing in the same group. How can Obama get some of these traditionally left-of-center voters back to that column for years to come?
The dems need to recognize the immutable old truth that “you can’t make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends”. Obama seems to have through his first term decided to keep Israel’s at least at arm’s length if not farther.
It’s not too late, however. Obama can still craft his foreign policy legacy for his second term.
Take the Monroe Doctrine to Israel. I don’t have the slightest idea what the Hebrew equivalent of Ich bin ein Berliner is, and I don’t dare trust Google Translate for that, but I’m sure Obama has someone he can ask what it might sound like if he was ever willing to actually come out and say his second-term policy is “We are Israel. Full stop.”
3) Make Jon Hunstman Jr. Secretary of State.
He’s a better choice than Susan Rice, even just on pure qualifications. It takes a stride in the direction of “getting serious” on China, whatever the hell that means.
And, perhaps most damagingly, it has the potential of putting the stake in the ground a fair distance into Republican territory. It says “anyone from this point on, I can work with. Anyone beyond this… well… I tried. What are you doing to try?”
4) “Never interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake”. – Napoleon
“Never murder a man who is committing suicide” – Calvin Collidge
“When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil.” – James Carville
No matter how you say it, the sentiment is the same. If the other side is self-destructing, sometimes all you have to do is take a step back and leave them to their own malfunctioning devices.
Anyone emotionally invested in the GOP doing well, yet still possessing an analytical eye WINCED whenever Donald Trump opened his smirking yap about Obama’s birth certificate or Todd Akin betrayed having skipped some basic biology classes when discussing rape, women and pregnancy.
Adjusting slightly for a degree of comfort speaking off the cuff, ANYONE who gives as many speeches a day as politicians must today will drop a couple of beauts. Sadly, only conservatives seem to highlight Obama’s own gaffes. It’s not as if SNL made weeks of giddiness from Obama standing in Hawaii saying “Here in Asia…”
However, this is more than just a case of foot-in-mouth disease. Donald Trump didn’t misspeak. He said what he meant to say… and in many ways that’s more dangerous. Akin’s was actually a double whammy — he inarticulately made a point that was also completely wrong. That’s like being about to shoot yourself in the leg and shooting yourself in the chest instead.
Some Republicans need to be served a big tall frosty glass of shut-the-hell-up.
Obama seems smart enough to know… he certainly doesn’t have to be the one to pour it. When Republican speakers were prompting “facepalms”, Obama knew not to say “Hey, did you realize you’re about to make an ass out of yourself?”
So…four ways Obama can cement the lead. And see, I didn’t even have to make the media’s racist generalizations about “Hispanics” once 🙂
While Republicans scramble to console ourselves after an epic election loss to President Obama, there are a few nuggets of hope buried in the data debris.
Take this shocking piece of news: Mitt Romney did vastly better with Millenials than John McCain.
According to numbers guru Karl Rove, Millennials (those aged 18-29) were a larger share of the turnout than in 2008, but 176,000 fewer in number. They cast 1.5 million fewer votes for Mr. Obama than last time and 1.1 million more votes for Mr. Romney than they did for Mr. McCain. To win, the GOP must do better—much better—with Hispanics and millennials, and also with women voters.”
Although this generation of voters still preferred President Obama by a 60-36 margin according to CNN Exit Polls via Forbes, the raw numbers do show that Romney made up some ground. It is true that 36 percent isn’t nearly enough of a farm team of Young Republicans to offset a deluge of liberal youngsters, but hey — it’s a small start in the right direction.
Mitt Romney was truly in his element at the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City. The crowd of New York Democrats, media and other liberals couldn’t help themselves but roar laughing at some of Romney’s quips regarding the president’s tenure. This time four years ago, it was John McCain that faced then-Senator Obama in mano-a-mano campaign humor at the Al Smith Dinner. Back then it was clear that McCain badly trailed. This year it was Obama feeling the heat.
Here are a few highlights from RealClear Politics:
Romney: I was hoping that President Obama would bring Joe Biden along, because he’ll laugh at anything.
Romney: We were chatting pleasantly this evening as if Tuesday didn’t happen.
Romney: Usually when I get invited to gatherings like this, it’s just to be the designated driver.
Romney: We’re down to the final months of the president’s term.
Romney: I have my beautiful wife Ann, he has Bill Clinton.
Romney, referring to St. Peter, says skeptics will say “if you’ve got a Church, you didn’t build that.”
Romney says Obama’s new campaign slogan is “you’re better off than you were four weeks ago.”
Romney: The president’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter O and the number 16 trillion.
Romney says headlines will say “polls show Obama leading from behind.”
UPDATE: Romney adds to newspaper endorsement coup by winning Sun-Sentinel endorsement in heavily-Dem South Florida. Read it here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-mitt-romney-presidential-endorsment-sun-sentinel-20121025,0,1757975.story
Central Florida’s largest newspaper made waves on Thursday by endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
The Orlando Sentinel, which asked I-4 corridor voters to vote for Barack Obama four years ago flipped their endorsement this time around, to the surprise of other Newspapers like the New York Times. Not only did the Sentinel endorse Romney, but they also scathed Obama’s disappointing record.
We have little confidence that Obama would be more successful managing the economy and the budget in the next four years. For that reason, though we endorsed him in 2008, we are recommending Romney in this race.
Obama’s defenders would argue that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, and would have made more progress if not for obstruction from Republicans in Congress. But Democrats held strong majorities in the House and Senate during his first two years.
Other presidents have succeeded even with the other party controlling Capitol Hill. Democrat Bill Clinton presided over an economic boom and balanced the budget working with Republicans. Leaders find a way.
The New York Observer, another paper that backed Obama four years ago, also switched to Romney this time. Their critique for one candidate and lavish praise for the other was even more striking.
Class warfare might be a successful strategy for cobbling together 270 electoral votes. But it’s not the way to unite a divided nation.
The president comes to town on a Monday, takes our money, shakes our hands and tells us how much he values the CEOs and innovators of New York. And then on Tuesday, he turns around and refers to business leaders as fat cat bankers whose success was created by the sweat of others. That’s not a friend. That’s not a leader. That’s a politician.
Mitt Romney stands out because—unlike so many candidates in the past—he understands how to build businesses, create efficiencies, make tough deals and carefully consider divergent viewpoints. America needs a strong leader, a practical leader. Mr. Romney knows full well that it would be a tragic mistake to simply assume that the United States will continue to be the world’s economic powerhouse simply because that’s what we’ve been for decades. America earned its global prominence because of the nation’s culture of work and individual freedom. That’s why immigrants came here and continue to come here—not because they seek a handout, but because they want a chance to work and to create and to innovate. In today’s competitive economy, the country needs competitors, not class-war crybabies.
The final leg of the Romney trifecta comes from the Tennessean. In a move that made the Examiner declare, “Hell Freezes Over…“, none other than Al Gore’s paper declared that in Washington, it is Time For Another Change.
In addition to newspaper coups for Romney, the turnaround specialist also secured endorsements from business tycoon Ross Perot, retired Chrysler Chief Lee Iacocca, and the world renowned Reverend Billy Graham. That should tell readers all the need to know about turnarounds, prosperity and healing. America desperately needs all three. America desperately needs Mitt Romney.
Check out this Fact Check by the Heritage Foundation this morning. Although President Obama wants you to believe from his second debate that oil and gas production on federal lands is down because of oil companies “sitting on their leases”, the truth shows a very different picture. Not only aren’t they sitting on the leases, but the reason that oil production isn’t happening on most of them is — anyone?? — government obstacles!
Are oil companies sitting on leases? The short answer is no. President Obama made this statement tonight, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar routinely makes this statement. But as Kathleen Sgamma, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Western Energy Alliance, recently testified:
By looking at the statistics over time, it is evident that industry has become much more efficient over the last several decades. While we used to hold 80,000 leases and produce on 24% in 1988, we now hold just 49,000 leases and produce on 46%. Secretary Salazar’s statements that this shows industry is intentionally leaving leases idle is tired rhetoric that fails to take into account the huge obstacles the federal government places in the way of oil and natural gas producers, and the fact that not every lease has recoverable oil and gas.
Just because oil companies aren’t drilling, this does not mean that no activity is occurring on that land. Environmental review, permitting, seismic research, and exploration may be occurring. But even that fails to address the real problem: The environmental review and leasing process takes entirely too long.
Rather than implementing an efficient leasing process, the Department of the Interior added three unnecessary and duplicative administrative regulations to the leasing process in 2010. Oil companies are not sitting on leases; they are simply not being issued by the DOI, or the DOI is making it more difficult to actually obtain the leases.
– Nicolas Loris
(emphasis added is my own)
President Obama faced an unusually tough, frank interview on Univision during his Florida swing this week. The Miami event highlighted areas of the Obama presidency that Hispanics largely view as failures, and it wasn’t just immigration either. The interview gave the president a chance to face these voters on their own turf, on their own terms, in their own language. It was interesting, to say the least.
While in the hot seat, Obama made a few interesting assertions — and the mother of all gaffes for an incumbent president running for re-election. Host Jorge Ramos asked the president, “What has been your biggest failure?” According to the transcript:
The President: Obviously the fact that we haven’t been able to change the tone in Washington is disappointing. We know now that as soon as I came into office you already had meetings among some of our Republican colleagues saying, how do we figure out how to beat the President. And I think that I’ve learned some lessons over the last four years, and the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside. That’s how I got elected, and that’s how the big accomplishments like health care got done, was because we mobilized the American people to speak out. That’s how we were able to cut taxes for middle-class families.
So something that I’d really like to concentrate on in my second term is being in a much more constant conversation with the American people so that they can put pressure on Congress to help move some of these issues forward. (Applause.)
Interviewer: Yes, as you said, that’s your biggest failure and Jorge asked you do you consider that you broke your promise. So I think the answer is, yes, with many excuses, but you actually broke your promise.
To be honest, I’m not sure which conclusion is more stunning. First, there’s the false claim that the president tried but failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the first place. He did no such thing. To date, Obama’s only move on comprehensive immigration reform was — anybody want to guess?? — a speech. Oh, bravo mister president! Four more years!
Then there’s the conclusion that he couldn’t possibly change Washington from the inside. As Mitt Romney Central astutely covered, this is the ultimate case for electing Mitt Romney in November. If President Obama thinks he can do more good from outside of the White House, then by God let’s give him that chance.
But the final assertion is perhaps the most spit take-worthy. By his own admission, President Obama failed to deliver on (umpteen) promises during his first term. So why not give him a second term and let him make it right? Second try is a charm, right?
Uh…. I think that call that a “fracaso” or #FAIL in Spanish, Mister Presidente.
I’ve been playing around with one of the more interesting prognostication sites for the upcoming election, 270towin.com.
This website will start off by filling in the states where the polls are already dramatic one way or t’other. CA blue, Texas red, etc. You can then predict how you see the states in play will fall and it will give you the totals of who would win with that breakdown. As it currently stands, they list as in play:
Let’s say the Dems keep Nevada — Harry Reid’s home state, didn’t go our way in 2010. I’ll also give the Dems Colorado. I don’t buy that New Hampshire is in play, so you can color that one blue as well. Virginia’s always been a pretty middle-of-the-road state, but let’s say that the population of DC federal employees that continue to spread out into VA keep that one barely blue. Pennsylvania would be an amazing pickup, but I don’t see it happening. I’ll give them Michigan because of the population around Detroit.
Wisconsin, after the Scott Walker fun and the popularity of Ryan, could be a Republican pickup. Iowa and NC come back into the GOP fold. For the sake of this breakdown I’m giving Romney Ohio and Florida —both certainly possible.
This breakdown would be 269 – 269. A tie.
Which — thank you Mrs. Gray’s AP US History class — we all know gets the decision tossed to the House of Representatives.
Boy, you wanna see a hot mess of media engaging in self-flagellation and wailing… the Republican House picking the POTUS would really lead to the lefties having kittens.
If you’re a fan of chaos, you may want to start rooting for no one.