Posts Tagged ‘ Election 2012 ’

Barack Obama is no centrist

April 10, 2012
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"President Obama chastised the media last week. ... [He] also claimed that he holds positions that 20 or 15 years ago 'would have been considered squarely centrist positions. What's changed is the center of the Republican Party.' ... Yet many in the media don't ask: Where are the moderate Democrats?" (04/10/12)

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Why Romney is too moderate to beat Obama

April 9, 2012
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The New Republic
by Noam Scheiber  

"For the last three months, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have been repeating the same argument against Mitt Romney: He’s a moderate, and a moderate Republican can’t win the White House. ... The argument is incredibly self-serving: both men invariably cast themselves as Reaganesque antidotes to Romney’s flaccid centrism. ... But that doesn’t make the argument untrue! Indeed, if the last week or so has taught us anything, it’s that Romney’s reputation for moderation could be a major liability against Obama." (04/05/12)

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The messenger is also the message

April 8, 2012
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Wrights 2012 Wrights 2012
by R. Lee Wrights  

"Anyone trying to explain libertarian ideas should remember that 'the medium is the message.' They should also keep in mind that the messenger is a medium, so you could say 'the messenger is the message.' In many situations the libertarian messenger may be even more important than the message." (04/07/12)

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An open letter to Ron Paul

April 8, 2012
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The fun doesn’t have to end in Tampa: if you decide to run an independent campaign for the White House -- a strategy some of your supporters are already urging on you -- your celebration of liberty and peace can continue right on up until November, and beyond. Because a third party candidacy will leave a legacy, a lasting monument to your campaign and the movement it created: a viable third party alternative to the twin parties of war and Big Government." (04/06/12)

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GOP primaries: Romney wins three

April 3, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Mitt Romney edged closer to capturing the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday as he beat back a challenge from rival Rick Santorum in Wisconsin and swept the field in Maryland and the District of Columbia." (04/03/12)

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US futures regulator rejects gambling on Obama’s future

April 2, 2012
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Reuters    

"The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday quashed a proposal to allow options contracts on the U.S. presidential election, saying such 'gaming' was not in the public interest. The CFTC rejected an application by the North American Derivatives Exchange (Nadex) seeking to list options contracts tied to election outcomes such as the 2012 presidential race or whether Democrats or Republicans will control the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate." (04/02/12)

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Mitt Romney: In your heart you know he’s a loser

April 1, 2012
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Romney isn’t so much a serious candidate for the presidency as he is a national joke: his record as a 'flip-flopper,' his inability to project anything remotely resembling sincerity, and his Richie Rich persona have all combined to turn him into a human pinata for both liberals and conservatives to pick apart. Which leads us back to the question I asked at the beginning: is the GOP deliberately throwing this election?" (03/30/12)

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Donor who gave $50K to Obama re-election campaign accused of fraud

April 1, 2012
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Washington Post    

"A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official .... The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama’s re-election effort this year, federal records show. But Assongba is also fending off a civil court case in Florida, where she’s accused of thieving more than $650,000 to help build a multimillion-dollar home in the state ..." (04/01/12)

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Santorum: “Bullshit;” Palin: “Welcome to my world”

March 27, 2012
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CNN    

"Sarah Palin heaped praise on Rick Santorum after the Republican presidential candidate accused a reporter of 'bulls[hit]' questioning over the weekend. The former 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said the exchange showed strength. ... 'I was like welcome to my world Rick. And good on ya, don't retreat.'" (03/27/12)

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LA: Santorum wins GOP primary

March 25, 2012
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MSNBC    

"Rick Santorum’s campaign netted a victory Saturday night in Louisiana, where he won that state’s GOP primary by a significant margin. The win sparks hope of a campaign rebound, following Santorum’s lopsided losses to Mitt Romney in the Illinois and Puerto Rico primaries. The former Massachusetts governor finished second and Newt Gingrich third in Saturday's contest." (03/24/12)

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TN: Wrights tops Libertarian presidential straw poll

March 25, 2012
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The Examiner    

"[T]he Libertarian Party of Tennessee held a presidential straw poll at their annual state convention. Lee Wrights won with 49% of the vote, and Gov. Gary Johnson finished second with 24%. ... There was also a strong 15%) third-place showing for None of the Above." (03/24/12)

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The primary lessons from Illinois

March 22, 2012
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Neal Reynolds Nuzcom
by Neal Reynolds  

"[W]hat the media is focused on doing is doing whatever it can to ensure there will not be a brokered convention, because a brokered convention is the only possible way that anyone besides Romney could be the republican presidential candidate. (And even if you think Romney will still likely get the nomination, why take a chance, no matter how slight, if you don’t have to?) But a brokered convention is the only hope for America, the 99%, the non-media, non-Wall Street, non-government elite." (03/22/12)

http://nuzcom.com/primary-lessons-illinois  

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Battlefield rust belt

March 21, 2012
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In These Times
by Eric Johnson  

"President Barack Obama won the industrial Midwest in 2008 with a message of hope and change, but he faces a much different political and economic re-election landscape. And with key congressional races looming in 2012, the beleaguered Rust Belt will be on the front lines of the battle over competing definitions of American capitalism and plans to restore the dwindling middle class. In states like Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana -- where Republican lawmakers have successfully pushed anti-labor legislation since early 2011 -- unions and fiscal hawks have flocked to the streets and capitol buildings with teeth bared and fists clenched." (03/20/12)

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12851/battlefield_rust_belt  

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Paul: Secret Service “a form of welfare”

March 21, 2012
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National Journal    

"Rep. Ron Paul is the only remaining Republican presidential candidate who does not have Secret Service protection -- and he doesn’t want it, either. Appearing on the Tonight Show on Tuesday, Paul told Jay Leno that the service is 'a form of welfare,' and costs taxpayers too much money." (03/21/12)

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IL: Romney wins GOP primary

March 20, 2012
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USA Today    

"Mitt Romney swept to another primary victory Tuesday night, capturing a big chunk of Illinois' GOP primary vote while distancing himself from rival Rick Santorum. After winning primaries in industrial states Michigan and Ohio, Tuesday's victory solidified Romney's front-runner status to face off against President Obama in this fall's general election." (03/20/12)

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Obama raises $45 million in February for campaign

March 19, 2012
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USA Today    

"President Obama has stepped up his fundraising pace, amassing $45 million for his re-election and the Democratic National Committee in February before a likely spending spree by Republican outside groups in the general election, his campaign announced Monday. The haul outpaces the $29.1 million Obama raised for himself and the Democratic Party in January. It still trails what he collected at this point four years ago as he made his first bid for the White House." (03/19/12)

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Puerto Rico: Romney wins GOP primary

March 18, 2012
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New York Times    

"Mitt Romney hailed his victory on Sunday in the Puerto Rico primary as another step in a slow march to the Republican presidential nomination .... the Republican rivals had their sights squarely set on Illinois, where 69 delegates are at stake on Tuesday. The race is far tighter here, party strategists said, and Mr. Romney scrapped a brief island respite to return to campaign across the state on Sunday." (03/18/12)

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President Santorum: American Sex Police Commander in Chief

March 18, 2012
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum would come around to start harping on the horrible social 'problem' of pornography in our society. He just can’t help himself." (03/18/12)

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Don’t retreat, re-aim

March 15, 2012
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Less than a year and a half after Republicans swept to the biggest midterm congressional landslide since Grover Cleveland's second term, they are struggling against a president presiding over a struggling economy, rising gas prices, and an approval rating in the low 40s. Prospects for a Senate takeover, once a foregone conclusion, are now tenuous. Even the newly won House majority is in jeopardy. What has changed? Some may blame this on a nasty primary between three of the least inspiring presidential candidates since Bob Dole. But the current GOP seems to have lost any semblance of a coherent message." (03/14/12)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dont-retreat-reaim  

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Ron Paul’s hour of decision

March 14, 2012
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Paul campaign started out with the odds stacked against it: the GOP leadership and the 'mainstream' media both did everything they could to smear, discredit, and discount him and his supporters. This effort failed: Ron emerged from the pack, and went on to create what is arguably the most vital and alive movement this country has seen since the 1960s. However, the growth and development of the Paulian movement has now reached its limits within the confines of the GOP, like a potted plant whose roots can no longer be contained. Either the plant is put in the ground, or its roots will become so stunted that the plant will wither and die." (03/14/12)

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Hillary in a sweater vest?

March 14, 2012
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"To the casual observer no two politicians could be more different than Hillary Clinton and Rick Santorum -- the career woman who calls herself a 'government junkie' and the 'true conservative' whose wife home-schools their seven children. But look a little closer, and you'll find some surprising similarities." (03/09/12)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/hillary-sweater-vest  

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GOP primaries: Santorum wins Alabama, Mississippi

March 13, 2012
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Los Angeles Times    

"Rick Santorum has won the Mississippi GOP presidential primary, according to an Associated Press projection, following his earlier triumph in neighboring Alabama on Tuesday. ... final results in both states appeared to be as close as advertised. Since both states divvy up their delegates proportionally, neither of the three leading candidates is likely to emerge with much of a delegate advantage." (03/13/12)

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Romney, you’re no Reagan

March 13, 2012
posted by

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"It's axiomatic in politics that winning makes you look like a winner. No matter how hard-fought a primary race might be, once you've vanquished your opponents and emerged victorious, you acquire a glow that makes your weaknesses look less important than the strengths that allowed you to triumph. But has there been a candidate who emerged from a tough primary season looking weaker than Mitt Romney does now?" (03/13/12)

http://prospect.org/article/romney-youre-no-ronald-reagan  

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Obama trails Romney in new poll

March 13, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"President Obama is under pressure in public opinion polls, and the high price of gasoline appears to be a central reason. Even though the job market has been improving, energy prices are a big concern that stares Americans in the face whenever they're at a gas pump. That could be bad news for Mr. Obama's reelection hopes, new polls suggest. A Washington Post/ABC News poll, released Monday, tells one big part of the story: Disapproval of the president's handling of the economy stands at 59 percent of Americans, which the Post says is a record low on that issue for Obama." (03/12/12)

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Hold off on Obama victory dance

March 12, 2012
posted by

The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner  

"Things have been breaking well for President Obama. Economically, job growth has outperformed expectations. The unemployment rate could be below 8 percent by Election Day. Politically, Republicans are engaged in the sort of demolition derby once reserved for Democrats. ... However, Obama faces a daunting two-part challenge related to Iran’s nuclear assertions, with implications for both national security and sustainable energy. A misstep could cost him the presidency and cause the country to take a disastrously wrong turn in these two critical areas." (03/12/12)

http://prospect.org/article/hold-obama-victory-dance  

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