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A New GOP Presidential Candidate Takes the Stage

They have apparently learned a lot during this endless, ridiculous Primary…

And, since none of their current Candidates seem feasible,  they have decided to put forth a new Candidate …

They just won’t tell you who it is…

They’ve learned that’s the only way he/she can survive the GOP Primary process, much less defeat President Obama….

From The Onion:

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Mitt Romney’s Dog: His Story

It seems Mitt Romney’s dog has recorded his own music video….

This story says so much about Romney’s character- or lack there of–I’m really glad it won’t go away….

I’m also glad Seamus finally gets to put forth his point of view of the infamous episode….

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Ann Coulter Criticizes Newt Gingrich And South Carolina

The GOP establishment is letting all their major attack dogs loose on Gingrich now….

And none are scarier, loonier and more self-promoting than that junk yard dog Ann Coulter….

She’s kind of like a female Newt Gingrich…

If even she is after him, it is proof his South Carolina victory has really scared the Republican Establishment and, if he wins Florida, it’s going to be GOP Panic in the Streets time among the Washington elites…

Now, I’m just waiting for a nasty comment from Peggy Noonan when she “thinks” her mic is off– as so conveniently happened with her Sarah Palin comments.

We are heading toward a civil war in the GOP between the Establishment and that great big bunch of loonies who they call their Base….

The patients are starting to run the Mad House and the Corporate Republicans see the whole thing coming down around them in a loss of epic proportions if the Base takes charge and Newt wins their nomination….

Isn’t it lovely?

From HuffingtonPost.com

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter laid into GOP candidate Newt Gingrich and those in South Carolina who voted for him in the state’s primary on Saturday.

Coulter appeared on Fox News’ weekend edition of “Fox and Friends” on Sunday. Coulter, who staunchly supports GOP candidate Mitt Romney, criticized South Carolinians for rather having “the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall.” She criticized Gingrich for his debate performances, and said that he “would say things that didn’t really make sense. It’s what you usually associate with Democrats.”

Coulter continued to rip Gingrich and called him the “least electable” of the Republican candidates. She also described Gingrich as the “least conservative.” She added that in electing Gingrich, “South Carolina [was] going back to its Democratic roots.”

via Ann Coulter Criticizes Newt Gingrich And South Carolina, Defends CNN’s John King (VIDEO).

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Newt Gingrich and Richard Nixon: Flawed, Dangerous and So Much Alike….

This guy really nails it in this article:  Newt wants to be Reagan, but he’s really more like Nixon.

Mean, insecure, petty, divisive, petulant, vindictive, smart and dangerous…..

Great article from Jon Meacham in “Time”:

He won with a glower. After Newt Gingrich in the Jan. 19 Republican debate fought off a totally reasonable question about an ex-wife’s account of his acknowledged adultery with an attack on “the elite media,” there was little doubt about what would happen. South Carolina is the rawest of GOP states, the political embodiment of the legacy of the man Gingrich was channeling with that stare and orchestrated outrage onstage: Richard Nixon.

Like every other living Republican (and more than a few living Democrats), Gingrich longs to be seen as the heir to Ronald Reagan. That’s understandable. Reagan is the Republican FDR, an exemplar of presidential greatness. You could play a rather serious drinking game during GOP debates if you took a shot at every evocation of Reagan. Beginning with his ads in New Hampshire contrasting himself as a “bold Reagan conservative” and Romney as a “Massachusetts moderate,” Gingrich has taken the Reagan strategy the furthest.

For all of this, though, Gingrich has much more in common with the 37th President than with the 40th. His language and even some of his mannerisms (remember the glower) directly descend from the Nixon of 1968.

The analogous elements are obvious. Like Nixon, Gingrich is smart, with a wide-ranging and entrepreneurial mind. Like Nixon, Gingrich is a striver who seems insecure around traditional establishment figures even though he has achieved much more than nearly all the politicians, editors and reporters he seems to at once loathe and fear. Like Nixon, Gingrich is fluent in the vernacular of cultural populism, brilliantly casting contemporary American life in terms of an overarching conflict between “real” people and distant “elites” bent on the destruction of all that is good and noble about the U.S.

His win in South Carolina on Saturday, Gingrich said, was about “something very fundamental that I wish the powers that be in the news media will take seriously: the American people feel that they have elites who have been trying for a half-century to force us to quit being American and become some kind of other system.”

Nixon was a genius at this kind of politics, speaking up, as he put it in accepting the Republican nomination in Miami in 1968, for “the forgotten Americans, the non-shouters, the non-demonstrators.” In his epochal memorandum on “Middle America and the Emerging Republican Majority,” Nixon political strategist Kevin Phillips spoke of the resentments “the great, ordinary, Lawrence Welkish mass of Americans from Maine to Hawaii” felt against the liberal elites who “make their money out of plans, ideas, communication, social upheaval, happenings, excitement,” according to Nixonland by Rick Perlstein. In recently released grand-jury testimony from 1975, Nixon told prosecutors that attacking him “is going to make you much more popular with the Washington press corps, with the Georgetown social set, if you ever go to Georgetown, with the power elite in this country.”

What is interesting about Gingrich is that his instincts for cultural division are leavened with a futuristic sense of possibility and progress that has something in common with Bill Clinton’s cheery politics of tomorrow. These marbled elements, I think, help account for Gingrich’s unevenness as a candidate and as an incumbent back in the day.

The question now is how far the Nixonian strategy can take Gingrich, who will doubtless continue to invoke the sunnier Reagan while using tactics learned from the darker Nixon. For most candidates, the kind of anger Gingrich is stirring is a good starter but not a good finisher — yet there is another element of the 2012 story with antecedents in 1968 that has yet to play out. “Watching George Romney [father of Mitt Romney] run for the presidency,” said Governor James Rhodes of Ohio, “was like watching a duck try to make love to a football.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, except that the bid was an undertaking that did not work. We’ll soon see whether there is anything new under the (Florida) sun.

More:   Newt Gingrich and Richard Nixon: Insecure, Smart Strivers | TIME Ideas | TIME.com.

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Romney Will Release 2010 Tax Returns and What to Look For…..

More fun on the way….

He really doesn’t want to do this, but after South Carolina, he really doesn’t have much choice….

A few thoughts/lookouts here:

  1. He is only releasing last year and an estimate of this year.  It takes more than one year to really get a picture of his true financial life.
  2. Look for Cayman Islands bank accounts/investments funds.  If they they are there; who are his partners?  Follow the money…
  3. Look at how much he contributes to charities and what charities he supports.  This could cause some questions…
  4. Look at his overall wealth and tax rate.  This is probably going to be the first bomb to go off, but the others could be bigger….
  5. Who know what else?

The fun continues!

From The Huffington Post:

Bending, halfway, to political pressures, Mitt Romney pledged on Sunday to release his most recent year of tax returns this coming week as well as an estimate for his upcoming filings.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Massachusetts governor said his campaign would be putting out tax information for 2010 and projections for 2011 on Tuesday.

More:   Romney Will Release 2010 Tax Returns And 2011 Estimates On Tuesday.

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Romney Campaign Busing in Mormons to Make Crowds

This is showing up on several websites today….

The Romney campaign is just collapsing in South Carolina and bussing in Mormon college students to make their crowds seem bigger and more excited….

This is really getting interesting….

From DailyKos:

Buzzfeed reports the latest signs of the complete collapse of the Romney campaign in South Carolina:

GREENVILLE, South Carolina–Outside Tommy’s Ham House here this morning–where Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich scheduled back-to-back visits–a boisterous crowd of young, fresh-faced supporters was waving Romney signs and chanting, “MITT! MITT! MITT!”

But this wasn’t a grassroots youth movement rooted at the University of South Carolina. No, many of the students cheering on the candidate told BuzzFeed they were actually BYU students and young Mormons from D.C. and Virginia who traveled to the Palmetto State to give their coreligionist’s presidential effort a much-needed jolt of energy.

Kat Wardle, a 23-year-old BYU student who is spending the semester in Washington, D.C., said she and several young Latter-Day Saints have been following Romney around the state, playing the role of cheerleaders at various campaign stops.

“I was all over the place at the Lexington rally!” said Wardle, referring to a rainy outdoor event that the campaign has been spinning as an example of growing momentum. Despite the weather, a crowd of several hundred remained for the event and, Romney surrogates like Nikki Haley have pointed out, they were loud and proud.

MORE:   Daily Kos: Romney campaign busing in Mormons from D.C. to make crowds. WOW..

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Rich Kids for Romney

I’m back from a week of travel and meetings for my real job…

Let’s kick it off with a great little video of Romney’s latest endorsement…

Hat tip to the Huffington Post where I first saw it….

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