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September 12, 2012

Paul Ryan drops millions to protect his House seat

$2m Amount VP hopeful Paul Ryan is set to spend on additional campaign ads…for his reelection to the House of Representatives, that is. Just in case Mitt comes up short. source

13:55 // 1 year ago
August 2, 2012
I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination.
Harry Reid • “Doubling down,” as they say, on his allegation that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for ten years.  Reid sourced this claim to an anonymous investor in Bain, Romney’s old company, and in a conference call with reporters today, said that he’s “had a number of people tell me that [Romney paid no taxes].” When asked to back up his claim, Reid replied: “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?” On the one hand, it’s easy to attribute an incendiary allegation to an anonymous source, as Reid has done. On the other hand, the only way to confirm or discredit this allegation is—you guessed it—for Romney to release his tax returns. source (viafollow)
11:39 // 2 years ago
July 17, 2012
[T]he opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy. And I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.
Mitt Romney • Explaining why he doesn’t intend to release any of his tax returns from prior to 2010. As an analysis of President Obama’s reelection strategy, Romney is absolutely right: Obama does indeed want to distract from the economy as much as possible. But as an explanation as to why he’s not releasing his returns, this doesn’t cut it. If there’s nothing to hide in the returns, wouldn’t the Obama campaign’s efforts to “pick through, distort, and lie” fail? If not, that would imply that voters are gullible enough to be fooled into thinking there’s scandal when there isn’t—which, to be fair, may well be the case, but we don’t really think that’s the argument Romney should be making if he wants to be elected president. Also, saying stuff like that results in headlines like thissource (viafollow)
14:06 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2012
Kid Rock to perform at Republican National Convention
Romney/Rock 2012? Just kidding, that’s not happening. You know what is happening, though? A Kid Rock performance at the Republican National Convention this summer. Rock has always been an outspoken conservative, so this isn’t really too surprising, but still, there’s now a chance that we’ll get to see Mitt Romney singing and clapping along to “Bawitdaba,” and that possibility alone will absolutely make the RNC worth watching. If that’s not enough to entice you, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be there as well (Photo credit: Getty). source
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Romney/Rock 2012? Just kidding, that’s not happening. You know what is happening, though? A Kid Rock performance at the Republican National Convention this summer. Rock has always been an outspoken conservative, so this isn’t really too surprising, but still, there’s now a chance that we’ll get to see Mitt Romney singing and clapping along to “Bawitdaba,” and that possibility alone will absolutely make the RNC worth watching. If that’s not enough to entice you, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be there as well (Photo credit: Getty). source

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21:17 // 2 years ago
April 5, 2012
17:44 // 2 years ago
February 29, 2012

Unsurprisingly, female voters like Romney more than Santorum—at least in Michigan

  • 1% margin by which Mitt Romney won the male vote tonight in Michigan
  • 5% margin by which Romney won the female vote source

» Why? Well, these statements in opposition to placing female soldiers on the front lines of battle may have had something to do with it. Or maybe it’s his opposition to abortion, or his opposition to contraception. Santorum may be aware of this deficit he faces: As Molly Ball at The Atlantic notes, "Santorum began his speech by thanking his mother, his wife, and his eldest daughter at length, emphasizing their professional bona fides. He seemed to be implicitly going out of his way to assure women he took a modern view of their place in the workplace and role in society."

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1:30 // 2 years ago
February 27, 2012
Ron Paul hasn’t attacked Romney once during the debates
Ron and Mitt, bosom buddies: A lot has been made of the mysterious affinity between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. In addition Romney offering his private jet for Paul’s use, many note that, despite sharing almost none of the same policy positions, the two rarely go after each other during debates. ThinkProgress analyzed the forums, and its findings seem to confirm this: During the 20 Republican forums, Paul hasn’t attacked Romney once. We’d like to learn more about their methodology before drawing any hard conclusions from this (what counts as an “attack?”); we’re also curious as to why candidates like Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain weren’t included in the analysis [Edit: Herman Cain is actually represented on the chart; thanks to robajob for pointing that out]. Nevertheless, it is a rather odd phenomena, with explanations ranging from “they’re just friends” to “Romney promised Ron Paul’s son the VP slot” (which seems rather far-fetched, but not altogether impossible). It’s nice to have some numbers to back up the observation, and it’ll be interesting to see how the two handle Virginia’s primary, where they’re the only two candidates on the ballot. [many thanks to ThinkProgress, both for the analysis and the image] source
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Ron and Mitt, bosom buddies: A lot has been made of the mysterious affinity between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. In addition Romney offering his private jet for Paul’s use, many note that, despite sharing almost none of the same policy positions, the two rarely go after each other during debates. ThinkProgress analyzed the forums, and its findings seem to confirm this: During the 20 Republican forums, Paul hasn’t attacked Romney once. We’d like to learn more about their methodology before drawing any hard conclusions from this (what counts as an “attack?”); we’re also curious as to why candidates like Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain weren’t included in the analysis [Edit: Herman Cain is actually represented on the chart; thanks to robajob for pointing that out]. Nevertheless, it is a rather odd phenomena, with explanations ranging from “they’re just friends” to “Romney promised Ron Paul’s son the VP slot” (which seems rather far-fetched, but not altogether impossible). It’s nice to have some numbers to back up the observation, and it’ll be interesting to see how the two handle Virginia’s primary, where they’re the only two candidates on the ballot. [many thanks to ThinkProgress, both for the analysis and the image] source

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16:03 // 2 years ago
February 13, 2012
Obama vs. Romney on tax rates: As you can see, rates are largely the same—except for the nation’s richest and poorest. The poor would pay almost twice as much in taxes under Romney’s plan; meanwhile, the very richest in the country would be forced to cough up about 10% more of their income under Obama. The net effect? In short, Romney’s plan would reduce federal revenues to about 17% of GDP—down .9% from where they are now. Obama’s budget would raise revenues 19.2%, with most of that money coming from those making over $250,000 a year (Graphic and data courtesy of The Washington Post / Tax Policy Center).

Obama vs. Romney on tax rates: As you can see, rates are largely the same—except for the nation’s richest and poorest. The poor would pay almost twice as much in taxes under Romney’s plan; meanwhile, the very richest in the country would be forced to cough up about 10% more of their income under Obama. The net effect? In short, Romney’s plan would reduce federal revenues to about 17% of GDP—down .9% from where they are now. Obama’s budget would raise revenues 19.2%, with most of that money coming from those making over $250,000 a year (Graphic and data courtesy of The Washington Post / Tax Policy Center).

16:15 // 2 years ago
January 29, 2012
Time is not Newt Gingrich’s friend, because the more time he has, the more he talks.
George Will on “This Week”• Regarding the hazardous effects of Newt Gingrich’s prolonged loquacity. Will was reacting in part to Gingrich’s allegation, made earlier on the same show, that Mitt Romney is a “maniacal liar.”  Just last month, Gingrich had pledged to run “a positive campaign focused on our country’s future;” guess that’s easy to say when you’re the frontrunner.  source (viafollow)
23:09 // 2 years ago
December 20, 2011
Supervillain? Or Newt Gingrich?
"Celebrating our next president’s best ideas:" This wonderful little website presents you with a proposal, and then asks you to guess whether it came from Newt Gingrich, or a supervillain from a movie/comic book/etc. It’s harder than it looks; we follow Gingrich pretty well, and we only scored 50%. source
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"Celebrating our next president’s best ideas:" This wonderful little website presents you with a proposal, and then asks you to guess whether it came from Newt Gingrich, or a supervillain from a movie/comic book/etc. It’s harder than it looks; we follow Gingrich pretty well, and we only scored 50%. source

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22:47 // 2 years ago