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June 24, 2012

Here’s how sure Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is that he’s going to win his Republican primary on Tuesday: His opponent, Dan Liljenquist, got sick of waiting for Hatch to agree to a debate, so he just held a one-man debate (the intro is shown above). Between the 13 videos on YouTube, Liljenquist’s “debate-style town hall” has a total of 99 views. Meanwhile, Hatch got an endorsement from Mitt Romney the next day. Hatch hasn’t even begun to sweat. (Side note: You know who holds one-man debates? Improv comics. Not politicians. Improv comics.)

11:24 // 2 years ago
April 8, 2012
I hit him as hard as I could. He hit me hard as he could. It turned out he had more things to hit with than I did.
Newt Gingrich • Sounding pretty close to making a concession speech to Mitt Romnney in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” this morning. Gingrich, who previously sounded like he was banking on a brokered convention in Tampa to revive his hopes, stuck behind that manta, but says that Romney “far and away the most likely Republican nominee,” suggesting that Gingrich is seeing that possibility mostly as a pipe dream. Rick Santorum, currently running second, has said that he needs to win his home state of Pennsylvania to stay in the race — which looks like it might be difficult, as his fundraising is very weak at the moment. In other words, the inevitable is starting to look more and more inevitable.
20:02 // 2 years ago
March 24, 2012
The polls will be closing in the Louisiana GOP Primary in a few minutes, and we’ll be covering the results — polls leading up to today would suggest that tonight will bring a big win to Rick Santorum, which as the delegate math tilts increasingly against his favor, he desperately needs. (Photo by hjl)

The polls will be closing in the Louisiana GOP Primary in a few minutes, and we’ll be covering the results — polls leading up to today would suggest that tonight will bring a big win to Rick Santorum, which as the delegate math tilts increasingly against his favor, he desperately needs. (Photo by hjl)

20:52 // 2 years ago
January 31, 2012

Florida exit polls show evangelicals rare bright spot for Gingrich

  • 36% Mitt Romney’s level of support from evangelical voters in today’s Florida GOP primary, exit polls show
  • 40% Newt Gingrich’s level of support — better a cheater than a Mormon for Florida’s evangelicals? source

» Pardon us if that seems reductive, but how evangelical voters relate to Mitt Romney’s faith, and Newt Gingrich’s lack of faithfulness, has been a critical question in the GOP nominating process. In a barrage of exit polling coming out of Florida tonight, this seems to be one of the few positives Gingrich can take away; while not a staggering advantage by any stretch, his personal baggage risks making him deeply unpalatable to a moralistic, Christian electorate. In the short-term, however, it seems he’s staying afloat with those voters, at least enough to keep Romney at his back.

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19:46 // 2 years ago
19:27 // 2 years ago

Exit polling shows GOP debates played big role

  • 2 of 3Florida voters call debates a big factor source

» The early exit polling tells the tale, and it’s an especially concerning one for Newt Gingrich. The GOP debates held in Florida, particularly the most recent one, were widely thought have been won by Mitt Romney. Gingrich himself never had a worse debate than that, just prior to Florida voters having to make up their minds. That Gingrich is likely to lose tonight is no shocker — heading into today he was polling behind by double-digits. However, considering it was his sharp, aggressive debate demeanor that propelled him to victory in South Carolina, to now be losing that medium to Mitt Romney has to sting, and is an essential issue for his campaign going forward.

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19:24 // 2 years ago
December 24, 2011
Only a failed system excludes four out of the six major candidates seeking access to the ballot. Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates.
Newt Gingrich’s campaign director, Michael Krull • Criticizing Virginia’s primary system, which decided that Gingrich didn’t have enough signatures to show up on the ballot. He joins Rick Perry (who didn’t have enough signatures for the ballot, either), and three GOP candidates who passed on getting signatures altogether: Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman. He has a very strong point here. However … we’re not going to spell this out specifically, but do you see the slight Krull’s slight of Huntsman in his quote? source (viafollow)
11:09 // 2 years ago
December 23, 2011

Not enough signatures: Rick Perry will remain off Virginia ballot

  • misery A day after frantically attempting to get himself on the primary ballot in Virginia, Perry was told he did not fit the requirements — 10,000 signatures, including 400 from each congressional district. Perry’s camp claimed it submitted 11,900. That sound you hear is Perry beating his head against a table.
  • company Perry wouldn’t be alone amongst those not on the ballot — Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum passed on the opportunity to gather signatures, and Newt Gingrich is still waiting to find out if his passed muster. Ron Paul and Mitt Romney met the requirements. source

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19:51 // 2 years ago
November 8, 2011

The Lewinsky scandal’s spazzy little brother

"It’s not just men who potentially sexually harass women." Herman Cain just gave a press conference addressing the sexual harassment accusations his ex-employees keep hurling at him, and we can’t say it went very well. He clarified nothing, repeated what he’s been saying all along (“These women are lying and I never harassed anyone”), and made a few unforced errors—such the true but utterly irrelevant reminder above—that can’t do anything but hurt him going forward. Here are some of the best/worst.

  • On his time as CEO"I have seen instances where it could be interpreted as sexual harassment, and if I saw it…I dealt with it immediately, before the other person perceived it as an infringement of their privacy." In other words, Herman Cain can detect harassment before the victims even know they’re being harassed!
  • On taking a polygraph"Yes. Yes, I absolutely would [take a lie detector test]. But I’m not gonna do that unless I have a good reason to." This is the kind of thing someone says when they don’t want to take a lie detector test.
  • On who’s behind it all"The Democrat Machine in America has brought forth a troubled woman to make false accusations." Cain initially claimed that it was Rick Perry’s doing; now, it’s the Democrats. Also, Cain is fooling himself if he thinks Democrats want to prevent him from getting the nomination. source

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18:29 // 2 years ago
November 7, 2011
"Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone."
Team Cain triples down: “All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone.” That’s the campaign’s official statement on the latest harassment allegations, and it’s a notably firm denial. There’s very little wriggle room; if, say, some sort of evidence were to come out against Cain, he’d have a hard time coming off as anything but a bold-faced liar. This would seem to imply that Cain is confident no hard evidence will surface—a confidence that, in itself, doesn’t imply innocence or guilt. The statement also inexplicably patted Cain on the back for his “clear foreign policy vision,” perhaps in an attempt to divert media attention to another, less salacious Herman Cain controversy. (Picture credit: Gage Skidmore)  source
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Team Cain triples down: “All allegations of harassment against Mr. Cain are completely false. Mr. Cain has never harassed anyone.” That’s the campaign’s official statement on the latest harassment allegations, and it’s a notably firm denial. There’s very little wriggle room; if, say, some sort of evidence were to come out against Cain, he’d have a hard time coming off as anything but a bold-faced liar. This would seem to imply that Cain is confident no hard evidence will surface—a confidence that, in itself, doesn’t imply innocence or guilt. The statement also inexplicably patted Cain on the back for his “clear foreign policy vision,” perhaps in an attempt to divert media attention to another, less salacious Herman Cain controversy. (Picture credit: Gage Skidmore)  source

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15:06 // 2 years ago