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 (via • follow)
The Tea Party movement is more organized, more focused and more potent. What happened in 2010 was not the end. It was just the beginning.Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) • Discussing the growing sophistication of the Tea Party, which has helped him personally. As an example, the leader of the Myrtle Beach, S.C.-area Tea Party, Joe Dugan, has been statistically tracking each vote politicians have been making, and based on those numbers, his group will choose to support or turn their back on a candidate. It worked very effectively in South Carolina, where each of the ten candidates Dugan’s group supported won their elections — from dog catcher on up. Dugan’s group is far from the exception, Reuters found that Tea Party groups are increasingly becoming far more sophisticated in their approaches to supporting candidates, which could prove important in 2012. source (via • follow)
swagandpassion asks: So has Ron Paul dropped out or just not receiving any major media attention? The GOP race is perplexing to me. It would seem Ron Paul would have more traction with independents and disillusioned democrats versus Newt, Mitt, or Rick. Just curious.
» SFB says: As usual, he’s getting ignored for candidates with more issues and character flaws. However, he got some pretty good attention today for this attack ad he targeted at Newt Gingrich. There are definitely some plus sides to a Paul campaign for Dems (his anti-war stances especially), but the media at large (minus Jon Stewart) hasn’t really been giving him a chance. Why is that? (By the way, highly recommend reading the Ron Paul Tumblr tag. It shows how passionate people are for and against him.) — Ernie @ SFB
No one is going to get perfect in a general election candidate. That is why we think the Senate is a better place to focus.FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe • Effectively saying that Tea Party groups plan to focus on the presidential election, and instead put their energies towards helping the GOP win back the U.S. Senate, which the Democrats control with a slight majority. The race totals favor the GOP winning more seats — 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs next year are in Democratic power, and at least a few of those seats up for grabs because Senators are retiring — most notably those of Jim Webb and Kent Conrad. Do you guys think the GOP has a chance at getting the Senate back in 2012, especially considering increased Tea Party focus? source (via • follow)