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First, I take no pleasure whatsoever saying this. Romney will be the GOP nominee. Santorum has run out of field. There are not enough truly conservative states left to get him to the nomination. Of course he will keep going in the hopes of a contested convention, but in their hearts of hearts they know it is not in the cards.
Therefore, it is time. VP Stakes:
There are plenty to choose from.
Herman Cain: I don’t see it. The issues that came up about the affair would scare off any candidate in my mind. Why deal with that distraction when you don’t have to? I give this almost no chance.
Paul Ryan: A great choice, but very young. He also has very young children who he doesn’t want to put into the spotlight at their tender ages. Which just makes me love him all the more. Also, very remote chance of this happening.
Chris Christie: This is a non-starter as far as I am concerned. I like many things about Christie, but he adds nothing to the ticket. He won’t bring NJ over to the GOP. He is just as moderate as Romney is in most respects. So I give this almost no chance.
Michele Bachman: She will excite the base, but let’s be honest; she is a loose cannon. Romney won’t take the chance of her blowing his last chance at being president.
Marco Rubio: He is dynamic and from a swing state. He had a great deal of tea party support. Notice I said had. There are many in the Tea Party who have lost confidence in him. He has some issues with a brother-in-law who has had some drug dealing issues. Of course that has nothing to do with him, he didn’t marry the guy, but the media will have some fun with that. He also has said that he has zero intention of taking it even if offered. Of course much easier to say no to a reporter than to the nominee. He is also young. He may feel he isn’t ready yet. I would give this a 50/50 chance.
Allen West: West has been favorable towards Newt, although he never came out and endorsed him. West has the entire package that the conservative base is looking for. He will make an excellent attack dog on the stump. He will pull no punches with Obama, which will allow Romney to stay above the fray and concentrate on comparing and contrasting policies with the Obama administration. West had some issues in Iraq that will come up again. He sometimes doesn’t always filter what he is saying. He also just moved in order to run for congress again. I would give this maybe a 40% chance.
Sarah Palin: Heaven knows she has been vetted. But she is also very polarizing. I also don’t think she would accept. Why be the small dog again when she had the chance to run for the big seat and decided to bow out? I give this less than a 20% chance.
Rand Paul: I like Rand. A lot as a matter of fact. He also is another that will take on Obama without fear. His down side is that it will add fuel to the fire to the people who accused Romney and Ron Paul of working together and Rand getting the VP seat as the payoff. It will alienate the people who believe this. But, it may bring in Ron Paul fans. Not likely, but some may be willing to vote for him. I would say this is about a 30% chance.
I don’t see him taking any of the candidates he went up against. The blood between Newt and him is way to bad for it to be repaired. It looks like it is starting to get that way with Rick now as well. I would give this the least likely of the scenarios.
My pick is Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia. He is currently the head of the RGA. Has a rising profile nationally. He has spoken at the Reagan library recently and was received well. His administration has been very successful. He has increased revenues without raising taxes, VA’s ratings has increased under his administration, he has kept most of his promises when he was elected, (one more year to fulfill the balance). He is also a very good campaigner. He is a staunch conservative, which Romney needs to excite the base. Virginia is a swing state, and right now is trending to Obama by 8 points with Romney as the nominee. (Which Romney was the best of the remaining candidates).
“Gingrich is the same as Mitt Romney. You’d think these guys had been the standard-bearer for the conservative movement and the Republican Party, but they’re great pretenders — they’re frugal socialists, people want something that’s very bold and very different, they won’t get it in either Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.”
Michele Bachmann on Newt and Mitt.
I don’t understand her strategy here. This isn’t going to help her win.
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The Roots, the band at the Jimmy Fallon Show, played the song Lyin’ Ass Bitch as Michele Bachmann walked on the stage for her interview.
To add insult to injury this is how the AP reported this:
The song itself, about a relationship gone wrong, isn’t political.
But I guess I shouldn’t expect much better from NBC or the AP for that matter.
You can take this short quiz to see who you match up with. Apparently I am more of a Paul fan than I ever thought. He is coming out as my top pick with Michele Bachmann in second and Rick Perry in third.
Maybe I am just a liberation girl instead?
Ok, first, the debate was way toooooooooo long.
I personally feel that Perry did better. I am not sure that is a popular belief though. He still did some damage to himself tonight with his answers on in-state tuition and immigration. I feel that as a governor of a border state his view is different from others. He has a very long border with Mexico and the economy of his state is very intertwined with immigrants be it legal or illegal. I do not agree with in-state tuition for illegals. Is it a deal breaker? Not really because that is not a federal issue, that is a state issue. So as president it wouldn’t have anything to do with him. I also do agree with him that the policies that will lead to fixing our porous borders have to be done on the federal level and will require boots on the ground.
Newt is a smart man and a good debater. But I do feel this was his weakest performance yet. He could potentially be a good VP candidate. Can you imagine him debating Joe Biden? That would be classic.
Michele Bachmann did a better job with her answer on Gardasil this time around, but too little too late. She did nothing to help herself today and her candidacy will not lead to the nomination. She does look fabulous in red though.
Ron Paul did a very good job tonight. I agree with him on many fiscal issues and the rights of the states. He didn’t answer many questions on foreign policy so that is a help with many in the republican gop base, as that is where he loses much of his support.
Rick Santorum is another very good debater. He also would make a strong VP candidate. But he did nothing that will bring him to the upper tier of candidates.
I was happy to see that Fox decided to include Gary Johnson. I have felt is was very unfair to include Huntsman and leave out Johnson. He did nothing to help himself. He will fade into oblivion after Iowa, if he makes that far.
Romney again proved that he can debate on the issues. I don’t like his answers on Romneycare, mainly because they are not even truthful. To me he really hurt himself with the GOP base by going back to his answer about an executive order to give waivers on Obamacare. That will not solve the problem. It must be repealed on the legislative level otherwise the feds will still be required by law to fund it. But part of his plan in these debates is to do no harm, and he did accomplish that.
Huntsman gave some good answers, but he does stray from conservative principles and that is a deal breaker for me. But he held his own tonight.
Hands down the winner of tonight’s debate was Herman Cain. He sharpened his answers, he has done his due diligence on the issues and his 9-9-9 plan is something that I could get behind. I don’t like everything about it, but it is a start. He will get more people to notice him and will more than likely drive some cash flow to his campaign. He is a likable man and has a compelling and very human life story. General election voters like that. I looked up the stats on the blog and see that some hits have come in where he stands on the issues, so he did himself some good tonight. I personally believe that the best he can hope for is the VP slot and I do believe that he would fill that role well. I firmly believe that the job of the VP during a general election campaign is to be the attack dog, and he will do that very well. He is an articulate man who can draw a crowd in. I have seen him speak three or four different times and it is something to watch live.
Michele Bachman has decided to use the Gardasil issue to hammer Governor Perry on. While I am in full agreement with the congresswoman on the fact he did this by executive order. Bad governor, bad. I am also in agreement to point out the fact that he received some financial benefit from Merck, the manufacturer of the vaccine, in the form of campaign contributions. What I don’t agree with is her continued claims that the vaccine caused at least one case of mental retardation.
In her latest statement during a presser today she says:
“All I was doing is relaying what a woman had said, I relayed what she said. I wasn’t attesting to her accuracy. I wasn’t attesting to anything.”
This is disturbing on quite a few levels. She is admitting that she didn’t bother to fact check this statement before she made it.
I realize that there are many people in our country that have very strong feelings against vaccines. I personally was talking to a woman last week who told me that flu shots are designed to kill you slowly, so she refuses to get one. Jenny McCarthy has been very outspoken about her belief that her son’s autism was a result of his childhood vaccines. But the fact remains that people who believe this are considered to be on the “fringe”. Most people in this country will need a great deal more proof before they jump on the no vaccine bandwagon. I am making no judgement either way. But, the no vaccine crowd is considered a fringe group.
I live in a state where Gardasil is “mandatory”. The reason that is made mandatory is so that it will be covered by most insurance policies. There is an opt out for the parents. The numbers in this state have shown that most parents are not getting the vaccine. Less than 20% of parents in Virginia have decided to give the shot to their child. I personally believe that an opt out is the way to go. It gives parents the choice.
Congresswoman Bachmann making the statement was bad enough, but she kept repeating it for days and refusing to back away from the comment gives me a great deal of pause about what type of leader she will be. I like most of the Congresswoman’s message. I have met her on a few occasions and she was very gracious. But that isn’t enough. We are at a crossroads in this country. The next election quite literally will be deciding which way this country decides to go. Are we going to become a nation where more and more people are dependent on the government, or are going to start the long road back to constitutional principles?
This country is in desperate need of a strong leader with principles. One that can admit when things are not working and change course. Congresswoman Bachmann has shown she is not that leader. It is time for her to wrap it up and get back to her job as congresswoman.
Michele Bachmann will win by a small margin
Ron Paul will come in second or third. He is an expert at getting people to vote in straw polls
Mitt Romney will do better than most people think.
Herman Cain will place in the top 6, but it will not be enough to give him the momentum he needs to raise his profile and much-needed cash
Pawlenty really hurt himself the other night and he fill finish very poorly and will be dropping out of the race before the real vote is cast
Gingrich will finish close to the bottom, he won’t be too far behind Pawlenty in calling it a day
Huntsman won’t even register
Rick Perry will have a very good showing even though he is a write in
Sarah Palin will do remarkably well for someone who has not announced her candidacy
Santorum I think will do better than originally predicted, he had a good showing at the debate last night, he is also beloved by social conservatives for his strong and outspoken voice for the voiceless on abortion
McCotter may actually have a bit of an impact in the poll. He has a wonderful dry sense of humor and is a Midwesterner Some votes of his are suspect, but overall a good solid conservative
I read in the paper today what the candidates are serving in their tents – i.e Cain is serving Godfather Pizza of course, Bachmann is doing B-B-Q and Funnel Cake, Paul wouldn’t announce what he was serving, but the funniest part is that almost every candidate is having Mike Huckabee playing his bass. He will be making the rounds for the party tomorrow in Ames – I suppose he need to fill his one hour show on Fox
Who do you think will win?
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Most people more than likely could care less what I think, but since I blog I am going to put it out there anyway.
The overall grades –
A- to Rick Santorum. To me hands down he won the night. Now, I don’t think it will change the fact that he has little to no chance of getting the nomination, but he did very well. He can very proud of his performance.
B+ Mitt Romney. He walked away unscathed, which I am sure was his goal for the night. Iowa is going to be very difficult for him to win. But I am going to downgrade him to a B- because the truth is he didn’t answer many questions, he did a great deal of evading.
B- Herman Cain – I think Herman did very well through most of it. He got a little defensive with Chris Wallace when asked about some of his Fox News Sunday appearances. But, he laid out some specifics on certain things, something he has not done much of in the past. But he needed to hit it out of the park to give himself a better chance in the Straw Poll on Saturday. He did not accomplish that.
C Michele Bachmann – She didn’t do as well in this debate as she did in the last. She too was a little defensive on certain items. The back and forth with Pawlenty I think actually hurt her. She should have taken the high road and instead punched back. Some found it refreshing, I personally found it rude. She was asked a question about her husband’s role in her White House. Many found it to be unfair, again I am in the minority and didn’t find the question unfair. It wasn’t all that different from the questions we were asking about Bill Clinton’s role in a Hillary White House. Spouses talk to each other about their jobs, it isn’t unreasonable to question what type of role that spouse will play. I personally don’t want an activist spouse, as they were not elected.
C Tim Pawlenty Pawlenty was another one that needed to hit it out of the park and did not. I personally find Pawlenty to be a good general election candidate, but the primary is going to be a little difficult for him. He is the Anti-Obama in certain ways, that I think would translate well with independents, but not very well with GOP primary voters. He must do well this weekend in the straw poll, or his candidacy is all but over. I think he will be one of the first to drop out.
C- Newt Gingrich Newt found a way to look like a brilliant strategist and all out bafoon all in one evening. He came across as angry and defensive. He called out Chris Wallace for asking “Gotcha” questions. Sorry Newt, but if you can’t run a campaign you certainly are capable of running a super power that is in major crisis. I think he won’t be too far behind Pawlenty in dropping out.
F John Huntsman He barely answered the questions. He kept referring to his record as Governor of Utah. Excuse Mr. Huntsman, but I don’t live in Utah and don’t know what the record is. If you want me to judge you on that record, the very least you can do is tell me what it is.
F Ron Paul I would give him a lower grade if one existed. While I agree with Paul on many fiscal issues, his answer to Iran was downright scary. A person who believes that a nuclear armed Iran is not a danger to the United States cannot be president. Doesn’t Iran call us the Great Satan? I think they do. Some of the extremist Muslims in Iran have no respect for human life, Jihad is a great calling as far as they are concerned so killing large groups of people is nothing to them. One of the main jobs of the President is to provide national security to the country. A Paul presidency would embolden our enemies and make us a target.
Here is a good clip on Iran.
This was classic. Paul fans think he got the best of Santorum on this, I don’t happen to agree.
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Rick Perry will be putting his hat into the ring and run for the GOP nomination confirmed today by a spokesman for the Governor. Perry who is not on the ballot for the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday, but already has legions of fans working to get people to write his name in. This was being done before the announcement today. So it will be interesting to see how he places this weekend.
Perry’s announcement is bad news for Michele Bachmann. Perry has a good relationship with social conservatives. He is also very strong on 2nd and 10th amendment issues. The Tea Party will be feeling some hominess with the Governor on his constitutional stances. He and Bachmann will be going after the very same pool of voters. Perry should win that race as he has tons of executive experience to Bachmann’s very thin experience. I believe this year, experience will be of up most importance. The last two plus years has shown electing someone without experience leads to nothing but bad things.
Another loser in this announcement is Sarah Palin. While she has still not announced what her decision to run is, since her and Perry are buddies, this could throw a monkey wrench into her plans for a run. Again, Perry will beat Palin in the experience department. It will be interesting to see if Palin will join the race now. She is getting in very late (although name recognition and fundraising are non-issues for her), she has repeatedly said she wouldn’t join the race if there were other true conservatives (Cain, Perry, Bachmann and Santorum are true conservatives) in the race, and she has a professional relationship with Perry that was very friendly.
The biggest loser in this would seem to be Mitt Romney. Perry can pull in the big cash donors. The rumors circulating earlier this week was that Perry was making sure he had commitments on donations before he would throw his hat into the ring officially. Since he is announcing two days earlier than originally thought, someone must have opened their wallets. Perry will be able to compete financially against Mitt, he has more executive experience in the government sector than Mitt, and most importantly, Governor Perry didn’t sign Romneycare into law. Another rumor floating around is that this was Mitt’s biggest fear.
I am not very familiar with Perry’s record, I do know that Paulites consider Perry to be part of the new world order and Romney is afraid of his candidacy. Then my reaction has to be Welcome Aboard Gov. Perry. Glad you decided to play in GOP presidential politics. If the Paulites and Romney don’t like you, you may be someone to take a look at.
Joan Walsh: “A Lot Is Not Known” About Bachmann’s Foster Children It’s predictable, but still shocking and sick when you see it.
So was Michelle Bachmann somehow a slut for caring for children not her own?
My God! This filthy extreme left Obamamaniac is really going to go after the foster children of Rep Bachman? I had to listen to this clip 3x to believe she actually said that. Obama’s children are off limits, but the extreme left is already planning to go after Rep Bachman’s children, and openly saying it publicly? I have never seen or heard anything as filthy or sleazy, and I’ve heard and seen a lot. Ms Walsh has hit a new low for the extreme left. I don’t know how you get dirtier than this. Obama should publicly reprimand her and tell the extreme left that people’s children are off limits, that is unless this started out of the White House?
Bachmann’s closing on Romney even in New Hampshire, so she’s getting the Palin treatment. Good luck with that. Obama poll numbers lately. And those other inconvenient numbers.
Cross-posted at the WP version of P&P
I had a busy day yesterday and didn’t even notice that Blogger was down and my morning post had vanished. (Re-cap of that: Chinese commies bad, Obama bad, Mark Steyn great, cheating and plagiarism bad, etc. I guess you didn’t miss much.)
A few items as I play catch-up:
Mark Steyn talked with Hugh Hewitt last night, and I’m very pleased to hear that Mark admires Dick Van Dyke and his excellent performances in Bye Bye Birdie and Mary Poppins, two of my all-time favorite movies. How about some Ann-Margret fabulousness:
Wrenching our attention back to politics, Steyn tells Hewitt he’s “happy for us to be the moat with alligators party.” Lauri B. Regan at American Thinker agrees:
Well Mr. President, I am proud to say that I do want alligators in a moat that protects our country. And I hope to God that you have one or more decision-makers in your administration that understand that it will take a lot more than killing Osama bin Laden and occasional drone strikes in Afghanistan to protect the citizens who hired you for that job. For while you traverse the country spiking the football and fundraising for the 2012 election, there are way too many terrorists who want to see each and every U.S. citizen dead and who are not taking time out of their planning stages to play golf; party with hateful, racist rappers; and hobnob with the rich and famous at $35,000 a plate dinners.
Yeah. I hear you.
More Steyn: He assesses the 2012 GOP field with Sean Hannity — video here. Excerpts:
I’ve got a soft spot for Tim Pawlenty. I think the last time I saw him was when he and I were on your show together a couple of weeks ago and I think this is a guy who is more likely to wind up with the nomination. He hasn’t got an albatross like Obamacare and he hasn’t got the personal baggage that Newt Gingrich has. He’s got a good record that is flawed. But everybody is flawed. But I think he’s closer to someone who is at ease with himself, is authentic and conservative enough. And, I think someone like Tim Pawlenty could be the last guy standing.
I do like Michele Bachmann. And I think her instincts are good. Whether you can go from a short congressional career to the presidency, I don’t know. But Michele Bachmann is a terrific campaigner and just adorable to watch in that sense.
The field overall:
I don’t — all I ask is I don’t want a candidate we have to drag across the finishing line. I want one we can get behind and cheer all the way.
No, I’m happy to go with the Pawlenty-Bachmann ticket if it comes to that, Sean.
Adorable! I love it. Read the rest. He has something to say about Gingrich, Trump, Palin, Huckabee, Paul, Daniels, and Romney.