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Noonan: The Long Race Has Begun

 

Will Romney do what it takes to capitalize on Obama's weak start?

 

·By PEGGY NOONAN

 

And so it begins. We have a Republican nominee in Mitt Romney and a Democratic nominee in Barack Obama.

 

It is a marathon, not a sprint, but the pace is quickening. In five months we will have chosen a new president or doubled down on the current one.

Superficially both men have some things in common. Starting from the outside, they are both handsome, tall and fit. They care how they look, and how they look has had something to do with how well they've done. Both are academically accomplished, with three Harvard degrees between them. Each has spent much of his adult life a step apart from America's big, messy, varied center, one as a political star and the other a star of business.

Neither has ever been a loser, which is unfortunate: Losertude is a great teacher, an orienter in life; it tells you not everything you touch will turn out well. This is important information for a president. Both are highly verbal in the sense of being—well, verbal, of speaking words with great fluidity. When you ask them a question, a stream of words flows. In a way they remind me of what a court reporter once said about the testimony of William F. Buckley: "High syllabic content!"

 

They are different people with different personalities, temperaments and characters. The most consequential difference for the election's purposes is that one has fully absorbed the general assumptions, attitudes and sympathies of the political left, and the other the general attitudes, assumptions and sympathies of the political right. That's what should—should—make the next five months interesting, and the outcome important.

 

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U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter drops out of race

 

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, stung by a scandal over fraudulent, duplicated and otherwise invalid signatures in support of his re-election campaign, is dropping his short-lived plan to run as a write-in in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

 

McCotter, a Livonia Republican, announced his decision -- which could be tantamount to a forced retirement from politics after 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives -- in a statement late Saturday, saying, "One can't clean up a mess multitasking."

 

Milford Township English teacher Kerry Bentivolio remains the only Republican on the primary ballot in Michigan's 11th Congressional District. Late this week, former state Sen. Loren Bennett of Canton announced plans to wage a write-in campaign as well, potentially splitting the vote and hurting McCotter even more.

 

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Then, last weekend, as he returned from a congressional delegation trip to Taiwan, McCotter learned the state Secretary of State's Office had found problems with the signatures needed in support of his re-election campaign.

 

This week, it came to light that the vast majority of the 1,830 signatures were duplicated, some with the dates changed.

 

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Truth Before Dishonor

 

How Barack Obama Loses In 2012

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/06/03

I actually wrote this as a comment on The First Street Journal, but I thought it worthy of its own article.

Obama will not win any states he lost in 2008. I guarantee that. So, Obama has to hold onto the states he won in 2008. And he will lose some of those states. I guarantee that, as well.

Obama will lose Indiana and North Carolina, two states he won in 2008. That’s “settled science.” Trends show Obama losing Florida. Ohio and Virginia are sliding toward the Republican column. Nebraska split its electoral votes in 2008. The Democrat Cornhusker Kickback was so roundly despised by the Cornhusker State that I project a full slate of Republicans in their electoral college. And it is likely that New Hampshire returns to its Conservative tradition (or New England Conservative, which is far squishier than the vast majority of the nation’s Conservatives).

Here’s a map showing the 2008 US Presidential election results from US Election Atlas.org, which I’ve previously used on more than one occasion (for more detailed information or to look at previous election results, click the above link and not the map itself):

So, breaking down what I wrote above:

Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia flip from Democrat to Republican, and Nebraska goes from split electors to a full slate of Republican electors.

That is all that is necessary to boot the Socialist from the Oval Office.

But Obama cannot just focus on those states. Round about 50 million Union dollars spent in Wisconsin to get rid of snip

 

There are essentially 3 main reasons why Barack Obama is doing so poorly:

• Barack Obama himself, and his massively over-reaching, totalitarian Socialist agenda that too many patriotic Americans hate.

• The TEA Party and their Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, Patriotic aims.

• The exploding blogosphere, breaking through the Hard-Left agenda of lamestream media.

Those three points should very likely mean the death of the contempt of Federal Court Barack Obama Regime. snip

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An Ad and Its Critics

 

Friday, June 1, 2012, 10:15 AM

 

Dustin Siggins

 

In a

, Catholics Called to Witness (CC2W) tells Catholics to look at all of the issues facing America this November (including energy, jobs and the economy). Among these issues are gay marriage, abortion, and religious freedom/the contraceptive mandate. Near its end, the ad (which has gone viral in the nearly three months it’s been out) says votes related to these three latter issues “will affect the future–and be recorded in eternity.”

 

Personally, I thought the ad was right on point–abortion and the contraceptive/sterilization/abortifacient mandate are, in my opinion, two critical political issues this fall for any Catholic in good standing with the Church. However, this ad naturally drew controversy. One person who opposed the ad’s message was Frank Cocozzelli, a New York City lawyer who writes for the liberal blog Daily Kos. Unfortunately, Cocozzelli makes a couple of significant errors in his post, and is misleading at other points.

 

First, Cocozzelli says Catholics Called to Witness claims some issues (life, marriage and religious freedom) are “non-negotiable,” and indicates they are prioritizing the issues as an independent organization. This is technically inaccurate. While the group does say this in the ad, CC2W is merely repeating the Catholic Church’s official position on the matters. While the Church’s moral positions on issues that do not concern grave or intrinsic evils (such as those relating to immigration, health care and social justice) are to be heeded, the Church acknowledges that the complexity of the issue is such that the respective moral concerns may be addressed by a number of acceptable proposals. Thus, the Church defers to the “prudential judgment” of statesmen and policy professionals, without regard to partisanship. This deferential treatment is not accorded to gay marriage, contraceptives, or abortion.

 

Second, Cocozzelli disputes claims that President Obama is anti-Catholic. While I think it is debatable as to whether or not the contraceptive mandate was specifically meant to target the Church, it is not debatable that the Church will likely be compelled to shut down its hospitals (about one-sixth of all hospital beds in the nation are Catholic), Scissors-32x32.png Read More

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/06/01/an-ad-and-its-critics/

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Please Excuse My President

Peter Wehner — June 2012

Few things are more difficult in politics than confronting failure and learning from it. It is especially difficult when a leader you have championed, and in whom you have placed your highest hopes, turns out to be less than he seemed.

Such is the dilemma facing liberals in the age of Obama. Barack Obama entered the presidency with his sights and standards very high, and many liberals believed he could be the transformative figure they had been awaiting for generations. But by now it is clear that, by any reasonable measure (including those set out by Obama himself at the beginning of his term), his presidency has been a failure.

Consider the economy. President Obama has overseen the weakest recovery on record. He is on track to have the worst jobs record of any president in the modern era. The standard of living for Americans has fallen more dramatically during his presidency than during any since the government began recording it five decades ago. As of this writing, unemployment has been above 8 percent for 38 consecutive months, the longest such stretch since the Great Depression. Home values are nearly 35 percent lower than they were five years ago. A record 46 million Americans are now living in poverty. snip

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How Obama Loses In 2012: Obama’s Actions

 

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/06/04

This is a follow-up to my previous article. (Again, originating as a comment on The First Street Journal.)

According to the US Census Bureau, the fastest growing part of the US is the South (not to be confused with the southwest). And, with the Census Bureau’s delineations, the South consists of 38 percent of the US population. (There are four regions.) The Northeast and the Midwest combine for 122.2 million people. The South alone stands at 114.6 million people. And the West has 71.9 million people. And nationally, Democrats are pretty much giving up on the South as a whole, ceding basically 38 percent of the electoral college to Republicans right out the gate. That means Democrats must win the states in the other 3 regions basically 9 – to – 1 (by electoral college numbers). An 8 – to – 1 Democrat win in the other 3 regions would mean a Democrat loss nationally.

So, the Democrat Party, with Obama as its titular head, has given up on the South. How is he doing with the rest of the nation? Reports have him giving up on white, middle class blue-collar workers, who did a lot of work to get him elected in 2008. Oops. Lost votes, some of which will vote Republican this time and others who will not vote for President or will cast a protest vote for a Third Candidate. Baraka alienated a great many Catholics, who traditionally vote Democrat, by telling the Roman Catholic Church that it absolutely must commit immoral acts if it wants to continue its charitable work. Big oops. Baraka alienated a not-so-small number of black pastors, who lead black churches (and thus, their flocks give much heed to what they say) by declaring himself a homosexual “marriage” proponent. Big oops.

Now, while The RCC constituency which traditionally vote Democrat could very well swing Republican Scissors-32x32.png Read More http://truthbeforedishonor.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/how-obama-loses-in-2012-obamas-actions/

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The Gateway Pundit

 

Another Obama Record!… US Treasuries Lower Than At Any Time During the Great Depression

 

Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, June 4, 2012, 5:04 AM

 

Sometimes, when you elect an unskilled community organizer to the White House, these things happen.

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Another Obama record – US Treasuries at 1.45pc.

US Treasuries were at 4pc. in 2008.

 

US Treasuries fell to 1.45pc recently, lower than at any time during the Great Depression.

The Telegraph reported:

The window of opportunity offered by US recovery is slamming shut again. America’s dire jobs data for May – and the downward revision for April – confirm the fears of cycle specialists that the US economy has slipped below stall speed. America risks tanking back into recession as the “fiscal cliff” approaches late this year, unless the Fed comes to the rescue again soon.

Brazil wilted in the first quarter. India grew at the slowest pace in nine years. China’s HSBC manufacturing index fell further into contraction in May, with new orders dropping sharply and inventories rising.

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Jewish World Review

 

 

Spending? What spending?

By Rich Lowry

May 30, 2012/

Franklin Delano Roosevelt never denied that he created Social Security. Lyndon Baines Johnson didn't forswear any responsibility for Medicaid. Ronald Reagan never argued that his defense buildup didn't happen.

The Obama White House, in contrast, wants to wish away the historic federal spending that is one of its signature accomplishments.

White House press secretary Jay Carney, whose job it is to dodge questions and elide facts without betraying any embarrassment, urged reporters the other day to steer clear of "the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration." Not one to be outclassed by his press secretary, President Barack Obama kept up the edifying livestock theme by calling Mitt Romney's attacks on his deficit spending "a cow pie of distortion."

The White House has a deeply conflicted relationship to its own record. It is saddled with a bad case of spender's denial, a rare psychological disorder afflicting committed Keynesians facing re-election at a time of record debt.

On the one hand, spending is the lifeblood of "Forward." It saved us from another Great Depression. It is forging a glorious new future of green energy. It is the only thing standing between the American public and the untold devastation of the Paul Ryan budget. How do we know? Because President Obama says so.

On the other hand, the deficits and the debt that come with all this spending are alarming and unpopular. So Obama calls himself the most fiscally conservative president in more than half a century. When the president isn't extolling his transformative expenditures, he has a Walter Mitty life as the second coming of Dwight Eisenhower. He needs to consult an accountant and a therapist, and not necessarily in that order.

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A better way to compare Romney, Obama job figures

byByron York Chief Political Correspondent

 

Democrats and their allies in the press are mocking the Romney campaign over a new defense, offered by top-level Romney surrogates on the Sunday talk shows, of Romney's record on employment as governor of Massachusetts.

On ABC's "This Week," top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom defended his boss against the charge that Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation in job creation during Romney's time in office. "Can I just say, on the jobs question, because this comes up repeatedly that Massachusetts was 47 out of 50 in terms of jobs growth," Fehrnstrom said. "Actually, when Mitt Romney arrived, Massachusetts was an economic basket house. If you throw D.C. into the mix, we were 51 out of 51. By the time Mitt Romney left four years later, we were in the middle of the pack."

On "Fox News Sunday," another top Romney adviser, Ed Gillespie, tried a similar argument. "You take the first year, which is a low base year when the governor came in and took office, because it was 50th in job creation out of all of the states, dead last," Gillespie said, "and [Democrats are] averaging out over the four years. So, they are bringing down the gains of his fourth year in office, which shows the real impact of his policies and diluting it with the first year in office."Scissors-32x32.png

 

But putting more complicated measurements aside, perhaps both teams' advisers should ask a simple question: Did unemployment go up or down during my candidate's time in office?Scissors-32x32.pngRead More

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/better-way-compare-romney-obama-job-figures/577741

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OUCH!

 

Oh, yes. That's a good one. smile.png

 

Remember Democrats are the party of The Little Guy!

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Mark Levin Asks some very good questions of the Romney Campaign.

 

I heard that one when he broadcasted it. Great questions for sure. I'm sitting here with a big WTH expression on his selection for his transition guy, Michael Leavit.

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Romney heads to Texas in search of campaign cash

 

 

By Holly Bailey

June 5, 2012

 

DALLAS—A week after Texas primary voters gave him the delegates he needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney will hold his first public event in the Lone Star State this campaign season.

He's scheduled to speak Tuesday afternoon at a Fort Worth office supply company, where he's expected to slam President Obama's "hostility" toward the country's job creators—a message he echoed in stops last week in Colorado, Nevada and California.

But Romney's real focus over the next two days in Texas is campaign cash. He's set to hold a fundraiser at the historic Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas on Tuesday night, before heading to finance events in San Antonio and Houston on Wednesday.

While the presumptive Republican nominee has spent zero time courting Texas voters, the state has still been one of the largest sources of Romney's campaign money, contributing more than $5.8 million to his 2012 campaign so far. Read More http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-heads-texas-search-campaign-cash/story?id=16497157

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Wow it is New Jersey Primary night.... Romney 82%, Paul 10%, Santorum 5%, Gingrich 3%.

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Mark Levin Asks some very good questions of the Romney Campaign.

 

I heard that one when he broadcasted it. Great questions for sure. I'm sitting here with a big WTH expression on his selection for his transition guy, Michael Leavit.

 

 

This is what concerned so many. Now, there is nothing wrong with Moderate Republicans (that a smack upside the head wouldn't cure), and then should have a role in his campaign and if he wins his administration, but a position this high, leads one to say WTF.

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