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March 21, 2012
I keep hearing the president say he’s responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression. No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.
Mitt Romney • At a town hall meeting today. We’re no political strategists, but we’re wondering how helpful it is for a presidential candidate to make a statement now, in 2012, that’s both pro-George W. Bush and pro-bailout. TARP, for instance, is currently sitting with a net -13 approval rating. Not exactly a winning issue. source (viafollow)
19:05 // 2 years ago
March 13, 2012

Alabama and Mississippi leaning toward Santorum, but both too close to call

  • alabamaWith 38% of precincts reporting, Santorum is leading everyone by 4.7%. Behind him is Gingrich, who’s about 2 points ahead of Romney.
  • mississippiIt’s still way too close to call. More precincts are reporting—63%—and Santorum is in the lead, but only by about 1%. Gingrich is right behind, followed by Romney. source
22:13 // 2 years ago
February 6, 2012

Obama opens up big lead over Romney in general election polling

  • 9 point lead for Obama over Romney in the latest WaPo/ABC News Poll source

» It’s the largest lead either candidate has held over one another since The Washington Post/ABC News started polling Romney-Obama match-ups in April of last year. It’s also a huge reversal from just a month ago, when Romney led Obama by one. Why the change? Well, it could be the (slowly) improving economy, or the insanity of the Republican primary taking its toll on all the Republicans, or Romney saying that he’s “not concerned about the very poor" on CNN last week. Or maybe, people are just fickle, and Romney will be twelve points ahead of Obama next week.

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14:11 // 2 years ago
December 20, 2011
Gary Johnson: Exclude me GOP?!? I’m gonna run as a Libertarian, jerks!: After showing up in a grand total of one major debate (in which he made a dog poo joke), the former New Mexico governor will take a stab at running on a third-party ticket. Think he might have a shot? source Follow ShortFormBlog

Gary Johnson: Exclude me GOP?!? I’m gonna run as a Libertarian, jerks!: After showing up in a grand total of one major debate (in which he made a dog poo joke), the former New Mexico governor will take a stab at running on a third-party ticket. Think he might have a shot? source

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20:23 // 2 years ago
December 13, 2011
I would really love to spend six months to a year in the Amazon basin, just being able to spend the day watching tree sloths.
Newt Gingrich • In a 1995 Vanity Fair profile. There are lots of fun tidbits in this piece. Even back then, Gingrich was thinking of a presidential run, but his then-wife Marrianne didn’t approve. “I don’t want him to be president,” she said, “and I don’t think he should be” (he eventually divorced her). Newt often describes himself oddly journalistic terms, as if he’s a pundit writing an op-ed column, and this was true in 1995 as well.  He says here that he’s “a mythical person,” “a psychodrama living out a fantasy,” and that “what makes me unusually intense is that I personalize the pain of war, the pain of children being killed.” source (viafollow)
20:51 // 2 years ago
November 21, 2011
The pun we were all waiting for
This is, in fact, the official name of Gingrich’s New Hampshire effort. Hopefully, “Mitt Hampshire” will follow, maybe with a banner image that’s a little less self-parodical. source
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This is, in fact, the official name of Gingrich’s New Hampshire effort. Hopefully, “Mitt Hampshire” will follow, maybe with a banner image that’s a little less self-parodical. source

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14:14 // 2 years ago
November 16, 2011
I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.
Herman Cain • Giving a novel take on the requirements—or lack thereof—for presidential candidates. Okay, seriously? Did he actually say this? Did he mumble? Or does Herman Cain actually not understand what the job of the President of the United States is? This is indefensible.  source (viafollow)
13:33 // 2 years ago
November 15, 2011
One of the Republican weaknesses is that we rely too much on consultants and too much on talking points, and we don’t rely enough on actually knowing things.
Newt Gingrich • In an interview with David Brody. Not quite sure what the political calculus is here, as admitting publicly that your entire party doesn’t know what it’s talking about is rarely good politics. However, not “actually knowing things” would seem to be a disqualifying factor for someone running for president, so Newt’s obviously exempting himself from this assessment. source (viafollow)
21:58 // 2 years ago
November 14, 2011

Here’s the thing about the Gingrich surge

  • yeah…Newt Gingrich is, to the surprise and annoyance of pundits everywhere, storing ahead of his GOP rivals in national polls. Newtmentum!
  • but…Polls also show the “ideas man” faring rather poorly against President Obama in a general election, trailing the POTUS by 8-12 points. source

» Now is probably a good time to bust out this gem from last summer.

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