(When) Will Nikki Haley Endorse Pawlenty?
There was this moment early in the first Republican debate in Greenville, SC: Juan Williams asked, “Governor Pawlenty, despite 10 years of the Bush tax cuts the unemployment rate here in South Carolina was 9.6% in March. Do you have any ideas for stimulating the job market beyond continued tax cuts?” It was a “gotcha” question. Pawlenty responded generically: “I sure do, Juan. It is | Read More »
Obama or ? For 2012
But, balanced budget, jobs and restoring our Nation’s foundation really won’t be the prerequisites for the 2012 campaign.
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Mitt’s $10.3 Million Moneybomb
In addition to tossing rhetorical hand-grenades, Ron Paul is also famous for his “Moneybombs”–large sums of campaign cash raised via the internet in a 24-hour period. Following the first Republican Presidential debate, his followers generated a million dollar moneybomb. Four years ago, he had a one-day record $6 million moneybomb. Despite some of his extreme libertarian positions, Paul has never been a slacker when it comes to fund-raising. | Read More »
Does anyone want the Republican nomination?
Maybe we should blame Jeb Bush. He started the ball rolling by making not running for President an okay thing to do. At least not in 2012. Even when lots of people want you to run. Even expect you to run. For the past year he has been saying that he won’t run for President. His father wanted him to run. His brother wanted him to run. The National | Read More »
Mike Huckabee will announce on his television show tonight that he is not a candidate for the Republican nomination. Haley Barbour doesn’t have the “fire in the belly”. Huckabee will say that he doesn’t feel led by the Holy Spirit. At any rate, two strong Southern candidates will not be on the ballot in a primary coming soon to your state. So where do Huckabee’s | Read More »
Pray for Huckabee?
Mike Huckabee needs your prayers. He’s seeking divine guidance as he decides whether or not to run for President. While others set up Exploratory Committees to try and answer that question, Huckabee has instead created a website: http://prayforhuckabee.com/ . Well, technically he didn’t put up the site, meaning that it isn’t paid for by Huck Pac. But he did write the prayer request letter posted | Read More »
Newt’s 50 State Strategy
Newt Gingrich made it official yesterday. He will be a candidate for the Republican nomination. Although Newt has little chance of winning the nomination (if he was a mortgage loan, he would be underwater), he does have a strategy. Newt sees the contest essentially as a war of attrition. He knows that he has little chance to win Iowa with values voters usually in the ascendancy | Read More »
Daniels: I can beat Obama
In a clear sign that he is almost ready to announce his candidacy for President, Mitch Daniels told reporters yesterday that he felt confident that his chances of beating Obama were “quite good.” Daniels said that “The quality and the number of people who’ve said they’d like to be associated is really quite awesome to me. . . .The campaign might break down because of | Read More »
This morning on the Today show, Speaker Boehner strongly encourgaged Governors Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels to declare their candidacies for President. Boehner complimented both Christie and Daniels on their records of reducing spending and balancing budgets. He also noted that both offered the kind of plain, straight talk that Americans want to hear. Only yesterday Christie himself told Philadephia radio WPHT that he would consider | Read More »
The Gingrich Wing of the Republican Party
A spokesman for Newt Gingrich announced today that Newt will announce his candidacy for Presidency on Wednesday on–where else–FoxNews. Sitting at 8% – 10% in the polls and with negatives higher than his positives, it makes you wonder, “What is he thinking?” Not that Gingrich doesn’t represent a certain segment of the Republican Party–the wheeler-dealer, Washington insider, ethically-impaired, serial adulterer wing of the party. Those | Read More »
Ron Paul’s Post-Debate Moneybomb
Immediately following the Republican Presidential Debate, Ron Paul has received over $1million and counting in donations, according to Ron Paul’s Exploratory Committee web-site ( www.ronpaul2012.com ). In addition, based on the latest CNN poll, taken before the debate, “Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, who also ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and who is well liked by | Read More »
Fox Changes Debate Rules
Fox News plans to announce the “Official” list of approved participants in the May 5 First Republican Presidential Debate on Wednesday morning, May 4. In order to field enough candidates for the Debate, Fox News is apparently changing the rules. Initially Fox required the following criteria in order to participate: — Must register a presidential exploratory committee or have announced a formal campaign for president; | Read More »
Taking Trump Seriously?
A few weeks ago I used this space to discuss the viability of the “dark horse” presidential candidacy of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. I would do the same for another “dark horse” (albeit a dark horse of a different color), Donald Trump. If Barbour is the quintessential southern politician (if in mannerism if not governance), then Trump is the ultimate New York businessman. Tough, cocky, | Read More »
Left Wants Public Money for Campaigns
The Presidential Election Campaign Fund, is a relic of the past. It may have served a purpose in the days before the internet, two year long campaign cycles, 24 hour communications, and mobile phones. Not anymore.
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Attributes of a 2012 Winner
The most prominent attribute of a successful presidential candidate, in my opinion, is his or her desire to win. As we saw in the last election, very qualified and popular candidates in the primary fissled out quickly. I’m specifically thinking about Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani. I think that most conservatives would have been thrilled to get behind a Fred Thompson campaign, but it was | Read More »