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Conservatives Cling to Romney

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:40 am by HL

Conservatives Cling to Romney

Mitt Romney

The conservative wing of the Republican Party still has a lot of affection, oddly enough, for the former governor of the People’s Republic of Taxachusetts. For the third straight year, Mitt Romney beat out the likes of Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee in a poll of conservative activists.

A survey of Republicans in general, however, put Romney in third place.

Obviously polls are to be taken with a grain of salt, particularly those carried out years before they matter. Still, as a measure of party division, it’s telling that characters like Mike Huckabee, the socially conservative economic populist, and Mitt Romney, the self-styled heir to Ronald Reagan, cannot find firm ground in these various polls.

Congressional Quarterly via Political Wire:

If the Republican Party’s conservative wing had the power to choose presidential nominees, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be the hands-down choice.

For the third straight year, activists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) chose Romney, a candidate in the 2008 primaries, as their next presidential favorite in a straw poll.

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CNN Political Ticker:

Twenty-nine percent of Republicans questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they are most likely to support Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Right behind the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, and well within the poll’s 4.5 percent sampling error, is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Twenty-six percent of those questioned say they are most likely backing the former, and possibly future, Republican presidential candidate.

Twenty-one percent of Republicans polled say they most likely would support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, another GOP hopeful from the last campaign who may put his hat into the ring again.

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Redistributionist, and That’s Just Fine

The well-off will pay more in taxes. And before the howling on the right gets too loud, consider that we have just gone through a long era involving a far less frank form of redistribution—upward.

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Tony Sachs: My Night Of Shame: Meeting The Clintons And Making An Ass Of Myself

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Tony Sachs: My Night Of Shame: Meeting The Clintons And Making An Ass Of Myself
As my wife and I waited to be seated for dinner at New York’s 21 Club the other night, we were shocked to see Bill…

Duncan Quirk: President Obama’s Interactions At The Bulls/Wizards Game

Sandip Roy: Outsourced to Bobby Jindal
Here’s Chris Matthews tearing into Bobby Jindal’s response to President Obama’s non-state-of-the-union speech. “They had to outsource the response” says Matthews. Interesting choice of words….

John Krifka: d’Artoon — A Bad Beat
new poker term…….

Cenk Uygur: The Flaw in the System: The Bankers Don’t Care About the Banks
Alan Greenspan says he is in a “state of shocked disbelief” that the concept of self-interest did not protect the banks from taking excessive risks…


Obama Retreats on Iraq Withdrawal

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Obama Retreats on Iraq Withdrawal
A sound, if cynical, policy for elections is to never vote for a candidate whose policies match your own. Since politicians often renege on their promises, you are better off voting for a candidate who says he’ll do the opposite of what you want — and trusting that he’s a liar. George H.W. Bush, after all, gave an emphatic promise not to raise taxes and then raised taxes. Bill Clinton vowed to crack down on China’s human rights abuses and didn’t. George W. Bush championed a humble foreign policy.


The Daily Muck

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:36 am by HL

The Daily Muck
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced yesterday that it began an investigation of its New Orleans office last week, relating to equal employment opportunity complaints. The news came after Rep. Anh Cao (R-LA) raised questions about cronyism and other misconduct…

Report: Goss Knew Of Foggo’s Shady Past
A great nugget from Laura Rozen… Source said that Goss lied in his testimony, that he was not aware about the problems with Foggo when he hired him for executive director. He said that a major fight had broken out…





Jindal’s Katrina Story: A Tall Tale?
The evidence continues to grow that the story Bobby Jindal told Tuesday night — about how he backed a tough-talking sheriff’s efforts to rescue Katrina victims, government red-tape be damed — was, how to put it … made up. Delivering…


Race Played Factor in Seating Burris

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:35 am by HL

Race Played Factor in Seating Burris
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), “who advised Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) last week to step down from the Senate, acknowledged today that racial considerations were at play in the decision by majority Democrats to seat Burris,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

“Durbin, a fellow Democrat and Illinois’ senior senator, noted that Rep. Bobby Rush, a Chicago Democrat, appeared at Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s announcement of his appointment of Burris and used racially charged language to defend the appointment.”

Gates Says Obama More Analytical
According to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, President Obama “is more analytical than his predecessor,” CNN reports.

“Gates, the only Cabinet holdover from the Bush administration, initially paused when asked what the difference is between working with President Obama and President Bush.”

Said Gates: “President Obama is somewhat more analytical, and he makes sure he hears from everybody in the room on an issue. And if they don’t speak up, he calls on them. President Bush was interested in hearing different points of view but didn’t go out of his way to make sure everybody spoke if they hadn’t spoken up before.”

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Vitter Regains Footing After Scandal
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) “survived a potentially career-wrecking scandal midway through his freshman term, since establishing himself as one of the most outspoken conservative voices in the Senate’s diminished Republican ranks,” CQ Politics reports.

“In an interview, Vitter made clear that he is running for re-election and said he intends to spend the next two years focusing on energy policy, a key economic issue in his oil- and gas-producing state.”


Hey Obama, Downsize This: 25% Slash for Defense Spending Needed Now

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Hey Obama, Downsize This: 25% Slash for Defense Spending Needed Now
With so many social programs desperately in need of better funding, progressive leaders are making a push to go after Pentagon budgets.

Constitutional Crisis Sparks All-Out War for Control of Powerful Union
A struggle for power within one of the nation’s most powerful unions, UNITE HERE, has devolved into all-out civil war.

Holder’s Much Touted Speech on Race Lets White People Off the Hook
Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder blamed personal cowardice for our racial divide, rather than institutionalized inequities.


Neocons Vow To Stop Freeman and Gaza Aid in Congress — And Call Me Names Too

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Neocons Vow To Stop Freeman and Gaza Aid in Congress — And Call Me Names Too
I knew the neocons would strike back although, deep in my heart, I feared that they don’t even know I exist. I thought I was flying below their radar. But I’m not. Today one of them, Jonathan Tobin, called me…

Republican Laughs
In his CPAC speech this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insisted that conservatives are more “interesting” and “fun” than liberals. Here’s his proof: “who wants to hang out with guys like Paul Krugman and Robert Reich when you can…


O?Reilly to speak at fundraising event for rape victims.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:32 am by HL

O?Reilly to speak at fundraising event for rape victims.
News Hounds points out that on March 19, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is slated to speak at a fundraiser for the Alexa Foundation, a group committed to supporting rape survivors: In the past, however, O’Reilly has made controversial comments about an 18-year-old woman, Jennifer Moore, who was raped and murdered, implying that it was partially […]

News Hounds points out that on March 19, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is slated to speak at a fundraiser for the Alexa Foundation, a group committed to supporting rape survivors:

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In the past, however, O’Reilly has made controversial comments about an 18-year-old woman, Jennifer Moore, who was raped and murdered, implying that it was partially her fault. O’Reilly called her “moronic,” adding:

Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she’s out of her mind, drunk.

?Fair and Balanced? Fox News allows only Republicans to debate Obama?s budget.
This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace welcomed Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to discuss President Obama’s budget plan — with not a single congressional Democrat or White House representative present to defend it. Predictably, Kyl and Ryan attacked Obama’s budget (Kyl called it “terrifying”); Fox News gave Obama’s critics […]

This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace welcomed Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to discuss President Obama’s budget plan — with not a single congressional Democrat or White House representative present to defend it. Predictably, Kyl and Ryan attacked Obama’s budget (Kyl called it “terrifying”); Fox News gave Obama’s critics an 15-plus minute opportunity to slam the budget without interruption.

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Later in the show, Fox News panelist Juan Williams defended parts of the plan — but only after Bill Kristol, Brit Hume, and Chris Wallace alternated taking shots at it.


Aides Defend President’s Budget

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Aides Defend President’s Budget
Top aides to President Obama yesterday defended the ambitious plans laid out in the administration’s proposed $3.6 trillion budget for next year, calling the spending necessary to reignite the economy and put the country on a path to sustainable growth.

Sebelius’s Political Skills, Experience Win Plaudits
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has never lost an election, even as a Democrat in a Republican-dominated state, something analysts attribute to cool competence, a lifelong education in politics and a knack for reaching across the political divide.

The United Front of Geithner and Summers
The Obama administration’s budget bears the hallmarks of a decade-old alliance that has quickly come to dominate the most pressing issues on the young administration’s agenda.


Congressional Republicans Go Soft on Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 2nd, 2009 5:29 am by HL

Congressional Republicans Go Soft on Obama
Stephen Hayes, Weekly Std

Newt. Again.
Matt Bai, New York Times Magazine

Learning to Live With Radical Islam
Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek

Obama Retreats on Iraq Withdrawal
Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

Ailing G.O.P. Risks Losing a Generation
Marjorie Connelly, NY Times