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    G January 13, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    ROTFLMAO!!! That was just AWESOME! 🙂

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    Keith January 13, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    “…we have the same problem you do with illiterate foreigners invading our southern borders to steal our jobs…

    AWESOME!

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    John January 13, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    There is the old saying – “We’ve got bigger fish to fry.” – Namely Obama.

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    Daniel January 13, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    They do have an awesome sense of humor. I work with Canadians. It’s likie their always laughing… with… you…

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    Majority Will January 13, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    John: Namely Obama

    The President’s first name is Barack. It’s no wonder you’re so confused.

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    Lupin January 13, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Somewhat OT, we too have a presidential election in 2012 and we could use some of that wild birther spirit to undermine the candidacy of our own incumbent, the notorious Hungarian Nikolai Sarközy, a radical capitalist, whose ideology is just the same as Papa Doc Duvalier’s, I’m told by my friend Elmer le Petomane, PhD.

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    Majority Will January 13, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Lupin:
    Somewhat OT, we too have a presidential election in 2012 and we could use some of that wild birther spirit to undermine the candidacy of our own incumbent, the notorious Hungarian Nikolai Sarközy, a radical capitalist, whose ideology is just the same as Papa Doc Duvalier’s, I’m told by my friend Elmer le Petomane, PhD.

    Gingrich has just slammed Romney for speaking French in another attack ad.

    How would that work out over there?

    Newt Gingrich Hits Mitt Romney’s French Connection’

    (excerpt) Newt Gingrich is out with a new ad comparing Mitt Romney with John Kerry for, among other things, speaking French. The ad features clips of Kerry and Romney speaking French.

    (source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/newt-hits-romneys-french-connection/)

    There’s nothing surprising about a GOP blowhard pushing xenophobic bigotry.

    “Look, ma. Scary furriners on the TV.”

    Idiots.

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    J. Potter January 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Majority Will: Gingrich has just slammed Romney for speaking French in another attack ad.

    Oh, yes, Romney and France ….. this is a fun citation:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=Ar5MZjAOZJwC&pg=PA218&lpg=PA218&dq=romney+freedom+not+france&source=bl&ots=JODgzhPJ7J&sig=XTHaw8Ey6AoLNFqRIhEJrfH7cEU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DWYQT72LMaiq2QWPq6DTAg&sqi=2&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=romney%20freedom%20not%20france&f=false

    I keep wondering why the frenzy over euro-socialism is never targeted at Canada? Seems like it has been in the past, but not right now. Too close to home for use in a presidential election? Candidates don’t want to enter office with a neighbor being seen as anti-Canadian? Surely, Canadians are bigger than that. Would just shake their heads and titter about “those silly Americans.”

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    sfjeff January 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I have to admit, Mit reminds me a lot of John Kerry.

    Can’t exactly nail it, but I think its the same lack of charisma.

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    Scientist January 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    sfjeff: I have to admit, Mit reminds me a lot of John Kerry.
    Can’t exactly nail it, but I think its the same lack of charisma

    He is being picked by the Republicans for the same reason that the Dems picked Kerry-that they believe he is the safe, solid candidate who can attract enough Independents to beat an incumbent President. And he isn’t loved by his party, just like Kerry wasn’t. And there’s the flip-flopping reputation, though Mitt makes Kerry look a steady-Eddy.

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    Wile E January 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    sfjeff:
    I have to admit, Mit reminds me a lot of John Kerry.

    Can’t exactly nail it, but I think its the same lack of charisma.

    They both come off as a little too “aristocratic” and they are both highly susceptible to attacks like this one…
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/smallestminority/Poodle.jpg

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    vic January 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Maybe because the people who would otherwise attack Canadian socialism have adopted it as our 51st state (because of their oil)?

    J. Potter: I keep wondering why the frenzy over euro-socialism is never targeted at Canada?

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    G January 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    LOL!

    Wow! That was a brutally effective visual attack ad!

    Wile E: They both come off as a little too “aristocratic” and they are both highly susceptible to attacks like this one…http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/smallestminority/Poodle.jpg

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    G January 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    In terms of the campaigns, looks like Stephen Colbert’s Super-PAC (now under Jon Stewart control) is making a major tv ad buy for next week in SC…

    Can’t wait to see what they have planned…

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/01/stephen-colbert-super-pac-presidential-bid-tv-ads-/1

    In other fascinating campaign “behind the scenes” news is this story of 9 reasons why Bachmann’s campain failed – most of it reveals internal organizational gaffes and missed opportunities that we weren’t aware of.

    But the surprising detail was how real the undercurrent of serious resistance within certain Evangelical circles was to her, simply because she was a woman and so, she shouldn’t be running for higher office in the first place (the old “a woman’s place is in her home” meme). Even I’m surprised that some still cling to this outmoted misogony here in the 21st century…

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-13/bachmann-campaign/52532144/1

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    G January 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Further campaign news – another big SC development in the wings:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/exclusive-top-sc-tea-party-senator-to-endorse-p

    A leading South Carolina conservative and Tea Party champion, State Senator Tom Davis, will endorse Ron Paul Sunday, a South Carolina Republican consultant close to Davis told BuzzFeed.

    “I’ve heard it’s true and I hope its true,” said Will Folks, founding editor of FITSNews, in an email. “Tom Davis is the gold standard for fiscal conservatives in South Carolina.”

    I can’t resist making the joke that of course a person who is the “gold standard” would be a good fit for Paul… 🙂

    But seriously, there aren’t that many endorsements out there that truly matter in these races. I definitely feel that prominent local endorsements within a state that is facing its contest are some of the most valuable that actually *do* matter.

    SC’s Jim DeMint in my view, would arguably be one of the most influential and powerful endorements any GOP candidate could get…and that goes for both the state of SC and on the national GOP electorate as well. In 2008, he actually endorsed Romney. This year, even though Romney is viewed as “inevitable” by so many, DeMint so far has signaled that he will actually refrain from endorsing anyone at this stage…. which is someone surprising, considering how he spent a lot of time signaling his intent to use the power of his endorsement to play “king maker”…but then again, that was before this year’s crop of candidates was determined and then set-in stone. That Jim DeMint doesn’t want to endorse is a huge “tell” of the true weakness of this year’s field of participants and dissatisfaction with the choices at hand.

    DeMint has gotten a lot of press time, now that the contest has moved to his state of SC, with most journalists pushing to see if he’ll come out and endorse Romney – something he could easily have the “cover” to do, based on Romney not only winning the last 2 contests but also since he was willing to endorse Romney just 4 years ago. I’ve really been amazed by how hard Jim DeMint is working to *avoid* endorsing Romeny at all costs this time around…. Heck, he suddenly decided to even “get out of dodge” and schedule several days of visits and events in NYC of all places, just to not be in his home state of SC, with their race on the line…

    My point is that not only are there certain endorsements that do actually matter, but in certain cases, the LACK of endorsement by certain people also matters and sometimes reveals a more important story…

    Anyways, back to Ron Paul. Sounds like this Tom Davis endorsement truly is one of the biggest “gets” that could matter in this campaign.

    I’d even go as far to say as that Tom Davis deciding to back Paul is much more significant that either McCain or SC Gov Nikki Haley endorsing Romney. (And my reason for saying that is neither of those two “announcements” surprised anyone as they came across as fairly obvious quid-pro-quo duty, returning the favor from when Romney last backed each of them.) According to the article, ALL these major campaigns had been courting Tom Davis. And with the endorsement making news today by telegraphing that an official endorsement event announcement will take place this Sunday, that’s sets the story up to be in the spotlight for several days…

    G: In terms of the campaigns, looks like Stephen Colbert’s Super-PAC (now under Jon Stewart control) is making a major tv ad buy for next week in SC…

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    J. Potter January 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    G: DeMint has gotten a lot of press time, now that the contest has moved to his state of SC … he suddenly decided to even “get out of dodge” and schedule several days of visits and events in NYC of all places, just to not be in his home state of SC, with their race on the line…

    Well, he does have a book to sell. 😉

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    Dr. Conspiracy January 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Gingrich’s strategy, as stated in his Beacon speech, is not to move to the middle, but rather to to paint your opponent (Obama) as so far left that the middle will come to you.

    Scientist: He is being picked by the Republicans for the same reason that the Dems picked Kerry-that they believe he is the safe, solid candidate who can attract enough Independents to beat an incumbent President. And he isn’t loved by his party, just like Kerry wasn’t. And there’s the flip-flopping reputation, though Mitt makes Kerry look a steady-Eddy.

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    G January 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Yeah, that sure sounds like Newt.

    On the Newt thread, I just mentioned that I see signals that Newt will probably get a pre-SC major endorsement too – I see some solid hints from Herman Cain that he’s setting the stage to officially back the Gingrich.

    Dr. Conspiracy: Gingrich’s strategy, as stated in his Beacon speech, is not to move to the middle, but rather to to paint your opponent (Obama) as so far left that the middle will come to you.

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    J. Potter January 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    G: Herman Cain that he’s setting the stage to officially back the Gingrich.

    Priceless! Who else would Cain endorse! birds of a feather they are. Are these candidates such sell-outs that they’ll take anybody? Todd Palin, now Cain?!? It really is from another universe. Or signs of increasing desperation for media attention. The increasingly nutty stunts before the fail.

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    G January 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Remember, Conservatism by nature does not like uncertainty. At the same time, the “inevitable” choice they are faced with is such a shameless, bland, uninspiring and untrustworthy figure with a whole host of weaknesses, that they just can’t bring themselves to let the establishment “shove him down their throats” and expect them to simply “get in line like a good little solider” as they always capitulate and do.

    That doesn’t mean they won’t eventually capitulate and then outwardly “pretend” they think Romney is great…it just means that they are still resisting the heavy pressure and natural inclination to do so and hoping that they can “buy time” to have a better alternative to get behind.

    Both Romney and Paul have benefitted greatly by the Deep Red / Conservative faction’s choices still being split and divided amongst several “not great either” candidates vying for that position. Their only real hope is to settle on one of those and combine their forces, as combined, they are the largest faction of the GOP voting base.

    Mercurial Newt, for all his other problems and concerns, can make a serious case to win their support. Further, he also offers them the ability to raise their own ceiling and pull some support from the other GOP factions, as Newt really is an amalgam candidate in his views and his connections.

    Surprisingly, both Newt & Santorum are both Catholic. Normally, whether a Conservative or Evanglelical blend of Catholicism or not, most Deep Reds only view the Protestant flavors of Evangelicalism as “one of their own” and sadly, seem to have quite a bit of behind close doors animosity and prejudice against the other flavors of Christianity out there. Yet their only other option is Perry, who’s performance and polling still shows that they are not willing to bet their horse on giving him another chance.

    So, they are left deciding between Santorum and Gingrich to still give their faction a real fighting chance in this race. That is where this endorsement issue really comes into play – signaling where the high-profile members of their community weigh in and persuade them which to get behind.

    So far, the signs point to momentum going towards Gingrich. I think a major part of the calculation at this stage is they are just more confident that his connections and existing deep-pocket supporters can be there to allow Gingrich to go the distance over Santorum.

    Huckabee was their champion last time, but the win they gave him in IA last time around wasn’t able to pull his shoestring organization up to sufficient strength to go the distance and remain competitive long enough nationally. So I think they are still “stung” by that experience and fearful of backing someone who’s so outmatched and behind in funding strength and campaign organization by the time the voting contests begin, unless they can be convinced that candidate can get some big money backers to prop them up.

    I suspect they are also aware that SC should have gone to them last cycle, but they lost the ability to give Huckabee a critical win there by still being divided and splitting their votes between him and that total dud, Fred Thompson. If it wasn’t for Fred Thomspon, Huckabee would have likely won SC instead of McCain and that single contest dynamic is probably one of the most crucial turning points last cycle that allowed McCain to pull the nomination off and led to Huckabee’s eventual defeat.

    Personally, I think Perry is certainly a “Fred Thompson” for them this cycle. But he hasn’t dropped out and still has a crucial 5% of that Deep Red vote sticking by him. With there also being Newt and Santorum to further divide their vote, I think they are feeling the pressure that this is too quickly becoming “do or die” for them to coalesce behind just one Conservative “champion”.

    The endorsements for SC really become particularly crucial in giving them the opportunity to make that happen, so I expect we’ll start to see quite a few announced that merit attention. So far, I’m seeing evidence that the Deep Reds are moving towards Newt.

    I would expect to also see the establishment work hard to wrap this up for Romney and roll out a bunch of endorsements for him, in order to prevent that threat and the threat from Ron Paul’s faction.

    High profile endorsements for Ron Paul are even a bigger deal than for anyone else, as his movement is the biggest tranformative threat and change from the factions that have achieved seats of power so far. His movement is mostly seen to be coming from outside any positions of power and influence. Therefore, any time an actual existing prominent voice within the GOP base endorses Paul, that represents a seismic shift in dogma and a huge increase in acceptance of (at least portions) Paul’s perspective and positions. Whenever that happens, that is proof that his “ceiling” is actually much higher than anyone is willing to believe or accept.

    This rumored Paul endorsement on Sunday by SC State Senator Tom Davis is probably even a much bigger deal than Newt getting Todd Palin and possibly Herman Cain.

    J. Potter: Priceless! Who else would Cain endorse! birds of a feather they are. Are these candidates such sell-outs that they’ll take anybody? Todd Palin, now Cain?!? It really is from another universe. Or signs of increasing desperation for media attention. The increasingly nutty stunts before the fail.

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    G January 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Here’s another good link on this story. Even though Bachmann’s now out of the race, she too is understandably p*ssed off to find this line of thinking worked against her.

    …Although, being from that “community”…she really should have been more aware that it still exists and not as surprised as the rest of us might be…

    Michele Bachmann’s top Christian outreach aide is demanding an apology from Rick Santorum, in response to emails from a Santorum staffer suggesting conservative voters should not back a woman for president.

    Children’s lives would be harmed if a woman was president, Santorum coalitions director Jamie Johnson wrote, according to the Des Moines Register.

    “The question then comes, Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’ ” Johnson’s email reportedly said.

    The emails provoked a furious email from Bachmann’s former Faith Outreach Director, Peter Waldron, to BuzzFeed today.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/bachmann-staffer-blasts-sexist-santorum-campaign

    G: In other fascinating campaign “behind the scenes” news is this story of 9 reasons why Bachmann’s campain failed – most of it reveals internal organizational gaffes and missed opportunities that we weren’t aware of.
    But the surprising detail was how real the undercurrent of serious resistance within certain Evangelical circles was to her, simply because she was a woman and so, she shouldn’t be running for higher office in the first place (the old “a woman’s place is in her home” meme). Even I’m surprised that some still cling to this outmoted misogony here in the 21st century…
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-13/bachmann-campaign/52532144/1

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    Keith January 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    While we’re on the topic of humor…

    C-Span getting punked

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    G January 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    It appears the momentum and battle for Conservative alternative is still up in the air. Today, a coalition of conservatives in TX, working to settle on crowning a Deep Red preference, chose to back Santorum over Gingrich and Perry:

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-14/conservatives-back-santorum/52557580/1

    G: So far, the signs point to momentum going towards Gingrich. I think a major part of the calculation at this stage is they are just more confident that his connections and existing deep-pocket supporters can be there to allow Gingrich to go the distance over Santorum.

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    G January 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Another interesting SC endorsement happened today, “The State”, a newspaper touted as South Carolina’s largest, endorsed Jon Huntsman!

    Dr. C would have a better idea of how “The State” matters in SC opinion-shaping, so I’ll simply provide the link to the story and refrain from making any judgement:

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/15/10161117-huntsman-wins-key-sc-newspaper-endorsement

    G: I’d even go as far to say as that Tom Davis deciding to back Paul is much more significant that either McCain or SC Gov Nikki Haley endorsing Romney. (And my reason for saying that is neither of those two “announcements” surprised anyone as they came across as fairly obvious quid-pro-quo duty, returning the favor from when Romney last backed each of them.) According to the article, ALL these major campaigns had been courting Tom Davis. And with the endorsement making news today by telegraphing that an official endorsement event announcement will take place this Sunday, that’s sets the story up to be in the spotlight for several days…

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    G January 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Some more updates on the battle for the “Conservative Alternative” and how that still seems to be going in several directions:

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/santorum-and-gingrich-scramble-for-the-conservative-vote/

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/15/us-usa-campaign-idUSTRE80E0OO20120115?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FPoliticsNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Politics+News%29

    Some interesting tidbits from the latter:

    South Carolina could be a make-or-break-state for many candidates. The winner of South Carolina’s primary has gone on to capture the Republican nomination in every election since 1980. Those who finish far back could have a hard time raising money and convincing voters in other states that they are still viable.

    Gingrich and Perry said they would reassess their campaigns if they did not win or come in second in South Carolina.

    Romney won endorsements from newspapers in Greenville, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday. Jon Huntsman, who finished third in New Hampshire, won the endorsement of the newspaper in Columbia, the state capital.

    G: It appears the momentum and battle for Conservative alternative is still up in the air. Today, a coalition of conservatives in TX, working to settle on crowning a Deep Red preference, chose to back Santorum over Gingrich and Perry:http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-14/conservatives-back-santorum/52557580/1

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    Scientist January 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    G: Another interesting SC endorsement happened today, “The State”, a newspaper touted as South Carolina’s largest, endorsed Jon Huntsman!

    They are too late. According to the NY Times, Huntsman is dropping out.
    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/huntsman-says-hes-quitting-g-o-p-race/?hp

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    G January 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    HOLY MOLY!!!

    What a scoop and surprise, Scientist!

    If this holds true and he does drop out an endorse Romney tomorrow, that truly is a significant and unexpected development!

    I find it a puzzling bit of timing for Huntsman to do this – SC is not really his “battleground” regardless. He could have treated it similar to IA and tried one last shot for some momentum in FL – a state where he originally had his HQ and operation running from.

    To get the unexpected endorsement from the prominent SC newspaper today and then decide hours later that he’s going to drop out and immediately endorse his main opponent … that just doesn’t make any sense at all …

    …Unless you assume he’s simply making the same calculation that Romney did in 2008, when he agreed to bow out and endorse McCain instead of continuing that fight, assuming that his capituation to “establishment pressure” to bow out and settle on a defacto nominee would be “good for the party” and would lead to him being rewarded with their backing and the title in the next go-around. Then again, that strategy seems to be playing out just fine for Romney so far… so Huntsman has probably been enticed with similar assurances of support for the party to back him in 2016…

    It always seemed like he was really trying to raise his profile just so he could be viewed as “next in line” for 2016 anyways…

    Scientist: They are too late. According to the NY Times, Huntsman is dropping out.http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/huntsman-says-hes-quitting-g-o-p-race/?hp

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    J. Potter January 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    G: If this holds true and he does drop out an endorse Romney tomorrow, that truly is a significant and unexpected development!

    I saw the blog last night, heard it on the news this morning, still seems surprising, but, Huntsman is a duty-bound guy. Country then Party. He wants to serves his party’s interests, but also seems to grab a chance to raise his own awareness when he can. His intro of Palin at the 08 convention served both purposes. Cringeworthy to watch, but a good move for him. Bowing out now seems like odd timing, but as G said, he was never going to win, this for him is about his future. And a possible VP slot? Just the Bland-bland ticket I was (not) hoping for! Also, Huntsman playing 2nd fiddle to Romney is an insult to Huntsman.

    That a leading mainstream paper endorsed a candidate at 1% is also encouraging to me. Go with what they believed was right, instead of popular.

    Huntsman posted a message over night. I assume he is speaking sometime today.

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    G January 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I say no way for Huntsman getting the VP slot with Romney. Would not make the base happy at all. The promise of an administration post or cabinet position? Perhaps.

    J. Potter: And a possible VP slot? Just the Bland-bland ticket I was (not) hoping for! Also, Huntsman playing 2nd fiddle to Romney is an insult to Huntsman.