Posts Tagged ‘ Election 2012 ’

Romney hearts “Obamacare”

May 15, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Jamelle Bouie  

"You could say Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts endorsed a state-level individual mandate and signed a universal-health-care bill similar to the ACA, got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Romney needs these conservatives to win the GOP nomination, but he's been reluctant -- if not unable -- to disavow his work as governor." [editor's note: Romney gets it half-right -- the Fedgov can't force people to buy something; unfortunately, he thinks state gummint SHOULD! - SAT] (05/12/11)

http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=romney_defends_obamacare  

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Ron Paul should NOT run for president

May 15, 2011
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Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by Raven West  

"Ron Paul has a message. Ron Paul has a following. He can raise money in amounts unheard of in a single day. He can hold rallies attended by thousands and speak to standing room only venues. He has the opportunity now, more than ever before, to change the course of government in this country not by running for the highest office, but by helping elect others like himself to the lower offices of Congress and Senate." (05/14/11)

http://tinyurl.com/63pd4tm  

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Romney to offer health proposal

May 11, 2011
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The Boston Globe    

"Mitt Romney, whose emerging candidacy for president has been clouded by GOP doubts over his healthcare plan in Massachusetts, is planning a bit of political jujitsu tomorrow: taking the biggest perceived negative of his campaign and attempting to turn it into a positive. The former Massachusetts governor will seek to redefine his candidacy by delivering a major speech outlining his vision for dismantling President Obama’s overhaul and creating a new national model. Romney is expected to propose tax breaks for consumers buying coverage on the open market; a requirement that insurers cover patients with preexisting conditions; and provisions giving states more power in the health coverage arena." (05/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3qg8gh4  

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Ron Paul: Less lonely these days

May 11, 2011
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Freedom Politics
by John Stossel  

"The man who likely has done more than anyone to put the libertarian philosophy of freedom and small government on the political agenda probably will make another run for the presidency: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. Paul is always upbeat, but lately he's had more reason to be, as he sees libertarian ideas bubbling up from the grass roots." (05/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3nl3dyq  

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Gingrich makes perpetual presidential campaign official

May 11, 2011
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Politico    

"Newt Gingrich formally launched his long-expected presidential campaign Wednesday, saying 'we can return America to hope and opportunity.' ... He enters the race with the strength of near-universal name recognition against many lesser-known rivals. But Gingrich also confronts a past of affairs and two divorces that will be difficult to sell to social conservatives. His early poll numbers, usually topping out at low double-digits nationally, reflect a GOP base wary of returning him to power." (05/11/11)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54780.html  

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The Rick Santorum scam

May 10, 2011
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Jack Hunter  

"Former United States Senator Rick Santorum represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. If dismantling big government is now a primary concern, Santorum has spent a career promoting big government. If stopping massive spending is now a top priority, Santorum has a lifelong record of championing massive spending. If our debt is now considered the greatest threat to our national security, Santorum has always considered everything but the debt a greater threat. Indeed, if conservatism means limiting government, the many ways in which Santorum has been the consistent enemy of conservatism are virtually unlimited." (05/09/11)

http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2011/05/09/the-rick-santorum-scam/  

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GOP also-runnings joust in South Carolina debate

May 5, 2011
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The State    

"Most of the expected field did not take part in the first debate of the 2012 Republican presidential race in Greenville Thursday .... Just five candidates — in a GOP field expected to grow to twice that size — took part in the debate, the first official event of the 2012 campaign season. The debaters were former Godfather’s Pizza chief executive Herman Cain, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania." (05/06/11)

 

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Poll: Nearly six in ten say “no way” to Trump, Palin

May 4, 2011
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USA Today    

"Nearly six in 10 Americans say they 'would never vote' for Donald Trump or Sarah Palin for president, a new poll shows .... The independent Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found 58% of Americans have zero interest in Trump, the real estate mogul/reality TV star, or Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee." (05/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3qku5x6  

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Just when you thought the GOP field couldn’t get any more boring or silly …

May 3, 2011
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ABC News    

"Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman took his first tangible step toward exploring a run for president by setting up a federal political action committee on Tuesday. ... Also on Monday former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who had already announced he was 'testing the waters' said he has established a presidential exploratory committee."

http://tinyurl.com/3zfsrt2  

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Obama bets the house

May 3, 2011
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Mother Jones    

"At a press briefing on Monday, White House counterterrorism aide John Brennan called Obama's decision to authorize the operation 'one of the most gustiest calls of any President in recent memory.' Brennan works for the guy, but he was right: Obama had gambled his presidency on this mission. Today, it's all hurrahs — including from Republicans and conservative foreign policy advocates .... Yet imagine what Gingrich and the rest of the Obama Hate Machine would be saying had the mission failed. In short, the message would have been: Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter." (05/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3wz5fzv  

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What Ron Paul brings to the 2012 race

May 1, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by John Nichols  

"As Ron Paul prepares to mount his third campaign for the presidency, he does so from a dramatically better position than he was is at the beginnings of his previous bids. In 1988, he was a Libertarian shouting from the political wilderness .... In 2012, Paul runs as an increasingly iconic Republican with a good many more allies inside the party and a claim to fame that most of his fellow contenders for the GOP nod lack: a job as a congressman that places him in the thick of national debates." [editor's note: An interesting progressive perspective on RP; of some value to libertarians as well - SAT] (04/30/11)

http://tinyurl.com/668pcnq  

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Constant conservative Ron Paul

May 1, 2011
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Jack Hunter  

"During the periods when conservatives find themselves not defending big government Republicans and instead choose to stress the need for limited government and constitutional fidelity, they echo the sentiments of Ron Paul. The difference is Paul never changes his sentiment. When conservatives are not defending big government Republicans and instead choose to talk about the need to eliminate debt and deficits, they are repeating the philosophy of Ron Paul. The difference is Paul never changes his philosophy." (04/29/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3fd5no7  

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Trump butthurt by prez jokes

May 1, 2011
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Politico    

"Donald Trump pushed back Sunday at President Barack Obama for making him the 'focus of the evening' in his White House Correspondents' Dinner speech, and laced into Saturday Night Live comedian Seth Meyers as a "stutterer" whose delivery was lacking. Trump's comments came in a quick phone-in to 'Fox and Friends,' a day after he sat almost stone-faced while the president and Meyers ripped him repeatedly, to belly laughs from the crowd." (05/01/11)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54037.html  

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The Ron Paul Revolution continues

April 28, 2011
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"Ron Paul’s success will not come in the form of winning an election. His message has been, and always will be, directed towards the remnant. And the truth is that we are the remnant. We are the ones who are going to have to pick up the pieces after society self-destructs. And if you’ve made it this far you know that the next system we build will not be predicated on coercion. It will be built on voluntarism." (04/27/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4yw98yj  

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On the road to nowhere with Johnson and Paul

April 28, 2011
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Over the next 18 months, libertarians will no doubt argue vociferously amongst themselves about Paul and Johnson. The most often heard line from their supporters will be that one or the other at least represents 'a move in the right direction.' The strongest defense offered for their non-libertarian positions will be that 'ideological purity' just isn’t feasible in the context of an election campaign. Both of those arguments miss the point entirely. A 'move in the right direction' is impossible in a car that doesn’t run — and political government is just that kind of car." (04/28/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6931  

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The other libertarian

April 27, 2011
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National Review
by Michael D. Tanner  

"It says something about our political culture that while the mainstream media were obsessed last week with the latest bizarre pronouncements by Donald Trump, another businessman-turned-politician was becoming the first declared Republican presidential candidate, with far less fanfare. In many ways, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson is the anti-Trump." (04/27/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3ktx958  

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The partisan temptation

April 26, 2011
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"[P]ut not your trust in partisan politics. There is no hope there, at least not under the present two-party system. Rome, in the era of its prolonged decline, had two great political parties, the patricians and the plebeians, or, in the Byzantine version, the Greens and the Blues, which were closely associated with teams of chariot racers. The two-party system, in and of itself, is a symptom of decadence: it represents the degeneration of politics from a civic duty into an entertainment. Donald Trump’s candidacy underscores how relevant this analysis is to our present day condition." (04/27/11)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/04/26/the-partisan-temptation/  

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Donald Trump’s eminent domain empire

April 26, 2011
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Freedom Politics
by Michelle Malkin  

"Don't be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I'm a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump's towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes and made dazzling promises of urban renewal. Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers. America, it's time you wised up to Donald Trump's property redistribution racket, too." (04/22/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3v8prrh  

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Ron Paul: Why is he running again?

April 26, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor    

"Ron Paul is in. That’s the word from the libertarian-leaning Republican congressman from Texas, who said on Fox News Monday night that he plans to announce his presidential exploratory committee Tuesday afternoon in Iowa. Representative Paul suggested that he may not go beyond the exploratory phase. ... But at this point, not running hardly seems in the cards, even for a man in his mid-70s. Paul knows he has a fervent base of supporters. Major polls place him far down in the pack of prospective 2012 candidates, but his fans are a hardy bunch, many of them young." (04/26/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3pyhvef  

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RomneyCare’s unhappy anniversary

April 26, 2011
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Forbes
by Sally C. Pipes  

"Higher costs and less accessible medical care has been the Massachusetts experience -- and will soon be the nation's. Earlier this month, the landmark Massachusetts health care reform law turned five years old. Democrats were quick to applaud the anniversary, as the Bay State law is the model for the federal health care reform package that passed last year. The anniversary has proved especially inconvenient for former Massachusetts Governor and probable Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who argued forcefully for his state's reforms." (04/25/11)

http://www.forbes.com/2011/04/25/health-care-mitt-romney.html  

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Trump magic

April 26, 2011
posted by

Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by Joel S. Hirschhorn  

"There are some sound reasons for considering a vote for Donald Trump for the US presidency, though taking him seriously is challenging." (04/26/11)

http://www.nolanchart.com/article8592_Trump_Magic.html  

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What Trump gets right

April 26, 2011
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Orange County Register
by Thomas Sowell  

"The boomlet for Donald Trump as a Republican nominee for president of the United States ought to be a wake-up call for Republican candidates and Republican Party leaders alike. Why has Trump surged ahead of other Republican candidates and potential candidates in the polls? It is not likely that his resurrection of the issue of Barack Obama's birth certificate has aroused all this support." (04/26/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3cq2hkq  

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Donald Trump: Corporatist bully

April 26, 2011
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The Liberty Papers
by Stephen Littau  

"Donald Trump is the poster child for what many on the Left as a greedy capitalist; a caricature of everything that is wrong with capitalism as preached by the Ralph Naders and Michael Moores of the world. But those of us who know better know that Donald Trump isn’t a capitalist at all but a corporatist. Trump doesn’t try to work within a framework of a free market as a true capitalist would, but like far too many businessmen, he uses his wealth and influence to encourage the government to work on his behalf to his advantage (and at the expense of anyone else who would dare get in his way)." (04/25/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3du7zel  

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Emperor Trump has no clothes

April 24, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by Katrina vanden Heuvel  

"For a media that loves infotainment, the horse race and spectacle — and has trouble tackling real policy issues and digging deep — Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving: all spectacle, all the time. Now he’s out there on his ugly birther trip, riding it to the top of the polls amidst a GOP presidential field in disarray. ... if Trump is going to portray himself as a presidential contender, and the media is going to give him mega-time to do that, then let’s take a hard look at his record and his views — particularly on 'fiscal responsibility,' which Congressman Paul Ryan and the GOP say is the issue of our time." (04/22/11)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/160112/emperor-trump-has-no-clothes  

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The Gary Johnson wild card

April 24, 2011
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Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by George Dance  

"Gary Johnson is running for President. But there's not much more one can say with certainty about his candidacy." (04/20/11)

http://www.nolanchart.com/article8574_The_Gary_Johnson_Wild_Card.html  

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