What’s the Difference Between the Heritage Foundation & Newt Gingrich & Mitt Romney
UPDATED: Corrected to note that, like Heritage, Gingrich too no longer favors the individual mandate. —— The individual mandate is an idea from the Heritage Foundation. Unfortunately, the person who came up with the individual mandate never lost his job and Heritage as the brain child has given cover to both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for their support of it. But the individual mandate | Read More »
TODAY, December 28, 2011, Mitt Romney Calls Obamacare “Conservative”
This isn’t a flash back. This is today. Mitt Romney is again declaring the foundation of Obamacare, the individual mandate, “conservative.” To be sure, it is conservative that one takes responsibility for their own healthcare. But the conservative solution is not to force Americans to buy a product. Forcing Americans, through penalty of law, into purchasing or refraining from purchasing a product is not and | Read More »
Romney Fundamentally Lacks Conservative Principles on Healthcare…Or Anything Else
“His only contribution to the party has been his five-year interminable presidential campaign, despite his insistence that he never intended to run for office again after 2008.” When Mitt Romney was seeking the Republican nomination in 2008, he deflected criticism of Romneycare by blaming its disastrous effects on the liberal legislature in Massachusetts. That was four years ago, when Romney was attempting to win the | Read More »
Yes, I am comfortable supporting Newt Gingrich
A few weeks ago I said I wasn’t sure I could get comfortable with the idea of supporting Newt Gingrich. I laid out my case then and there is no reason to go back into it now. I still find it incredibly hard to believe that the two guys at the top — excluding the 9/11 truther nut — both support the individual mandate. I | Read More »
VA AG Ken Cuccinelli calls for primary ballot reform, write-in option.
This just keeps getting better and better for the Virginia GOP, doesn’t it? Via Ballot Access News, first we get the Attorney General for Virginia pointing out that the requirements for ballot access are far too restrictive: I would throw out for consideration that we should lower our requirements to 100 legitimate signatures per congressional district. Let’s face it, absent a serious write-in challenge from | Read More »
Did the VA GOP change the rules on primary ballot access in November 2011?
Richard Winger over at Ballot Access News has an EXTREMELY interesting post (link via here) on the mess that the Virginia Republican party has found itself in over… access to the ballot in Virginia. For those coming in late, background here and here: the very short version is that the VA GOP only certified Mitt Romney and Ron Paul for its primary ballot. Rick Perry | Read More »
Day Two of the Great VAGOP Meltdown.
For those coming in late, let me summarize*: both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have been excluded from the Virginia Republican primary by the Virginia GOP. This has placed the VA GOP in an awkward situation, given that: they have excluded the current national and Virginian front-runner from their own ballot; have currently no write-in option on the ballot; do have an open primary that | Read More »
A Year in Review: The GOP Race for President, Europe’s Economic Woes, and the NFL and NBA Lockouts
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the the top stories in politics, the marketplace and sports for 2011. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can do so at coffee[at]newledger.com. We hope | Read More »
Obama “won’t release his college transcripts” campaign criticizes Mitt Romney…
…for declining to release his tax returns: A spokesman for President Obama‘s re-election campaign blasted Mr. Romney and questioned whether he had something to hide in his finances. “Why does Governor Romney feel like he can play by a different set of rules?” said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign. “What is it that he doesn’t want the American people to see?…” I | Read More »
I will not be endorsing any time soon. I have made clear my reasons here. I am, however, continually surprised that anyone in the GOP thinks Mitt Romney is a really viable candidate. Should he be the nominee, the American public will be treated to interviews and commercials with every person ever fired or laid off because of Bain Capital, an organization from which MItt | Read More »
Debunking PPP in Iowa
I’ve been telling people PPP’s polling Iowa was making nonsense predictions. The pollster has doubled down. I’m going way out on a limb here, and if the actual results refudiate what I’m saying then I’m going to have to take some taunting, but I just don’t see how this poll remotely reflects reality, and I’m flatly saying it’s not predictive of the caucus results.
All of the candidates suck. Pick one.
Promoted from the diaries. The key message here is the first and last sentences. Remember that when/if you threaten to “stay home” from the election(s) … Ed. So…..do they suck WORSE than Obama? All of the candidates are politicians. ALL of them think that government has answers….YES, even Ron Paul. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE IN POLITICS. Let’s see…. Romney is a front runner because he’s | Read More »
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The Danger of Projecting Hope
From the Diaries… Newt Gingrich is still leading Mitt Romney and Ron Paul in Iowa, and nationally among Tea Party voters. But like so many polls, the numbers aren’t what they seem. In fact, while it might look at first glance that the conservative grassroots are flocking to Gingrich, there are still too many Tea Partiers on the sidelines for comfort. In order to beat | Read More »
National Review: “they lived long enough for us to see them become the villain.”
One of our co-founders, Ben Domenech, produces one of the best daily reads in my inbox. It’s the Transom. If you do not subscribe, you should. And if you do subscribe, today you got Ben’s thoughts on the two big conservative endorsements for Mitt Romney. I think he hits the nail on the head and it is very much worth sharing.
More new polls, Newt Gingrich still leads
Newt Gingrich has now led eleven national straight polls, counting just the latest Gallup tracking, and now covering a span of four weeks. He’s been ahead a month. That’s already four times longer than Herman Cain ever led, and getting close to the span of Rick Perry’s lead, which lasted about five weeks. But is there any sign of weakness?
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