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May 21, 2012

Paul forces hand Romney another massive defeat in Minnesota GOP convention.

How many states has this happened in already? How many other states have stealth Paul delegates masquerading as Romney delegates? If Paul can control 5 state delegations he can get things on the floor. I don't know if Romney has any idea of the chaos that is coming to the convention.


ST. CLOUD - After years of quiet, relentless organizing, followers of libertarian-leaning GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul have exploded inside the Minnesota Republican Party, becoming its most potent army.

"This is one of the greatest states that I have witnessed, where I have seen the transition, where the enthusiasm's there," the grinning Texas congressman told hundreds of exuberant activists Saturday at the state party's convention in St. Cloud, where he won 12 of 13 open delegate spots to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla., in August. The 13th went to former presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann -- and only after a Paul supporter dropped out to let her have that spot.

In Minnesota, more than almost any other state, Paul forces have completed a historic party takeover. They proved their might Saturday, but also firmly established Minnesota as a remote GOP outpost nationally.

Now state GOP activists will march to the national convention firmly backing Paul rather than presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

. . .

Despite those doubts, Paul power floored longtime Republican powers. Romney forces feared its power so much they sent a cadre of high-powered backers to Minnesota to push the Romney brand. It didn't matter. Paul nearly swept the field in every contest.

May 20, 2012

Shocking results of Vanderbilt U. poll must be giving Romney nightmares.

News item:


The poll of 1,002 Tennessee residents who are 18 and older found 42 percent would vote for Romney and 41 percent for Obama if the election were held now. The survey, conducted May 2-9 by Princeton Survey Research Associates International for Vanderbilt, had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

McCain won Tennessee by 12 points.

Republicans reacted by saying that the poll was unreliable but a careful examination of the results show that all of the other results were quite unremarkable.

The Republican Governor is popular, a majority disapprove of Obama as President, and so on.

There are two factors that are having an impact on Tennessee voters;

1) The radical agenda of Republican legislators is turning off the public.

2) It appears that with Romney at the head of the ticket that a lot of right leaning voters are not planning on voting. The President is 7 points behind Romney among registered voters but tied among people who have said that they are likely to vote.

With all of the other results showing that the poll accurately represents the Tennessee electorate's tendency to vote right of center the fact that Romney is running in a tie with the President shows, with the other results, that the radical Republican agenda in state legislatures isn't just turning people off its suppressing interest in the election among the right but energizing the left. And if they were feeling a little less inclined to go to the polls the Romney nomination, which had high negatives in the poll, is further depressing the right and energizing the left.

Now the likelihood that Tennessee will be this close a month ahead of the election is not great, but if the trend in this poll also reflects what is happening in other states like Ohio and Missouri then Romney is in bigger trouble than expected. Even if Obama doesn't win Tennessee but Romney has to spend time and resources to defend it, it is a tactical loss for Romney.

The Romney campaign now, it appears, not only has to fight a successful Presidency a charismatic and energetic campaigner, a vacuous platform, a duplicitous record and a terrible campaigner, it now also has to fight against the negative effect that all of the radical Republican state legislatures are having on the electorate.
May 16, 2012

Romney issues new ad. Problems of the unemployed. Featured guy with a long rap sheet

One of the big differences between Obama and Romney is the professional character of the campaigns.

If he can't get a video done right how is he going to lead a country.

What a putz.


Jason Clausen, a Mason City, Iowa man featured in Mitt Romney's new video featuring unemployed people has a lengthy rap sheet and served ten days in jail for "assault on a peace officer," public records show.

Clause is seen in the video "A few of the 23 million" saying, "When the economy went bad a month after my divorce, I lost my job, I lost my house." He and his wife filed for a dissolution of their marriage, records show, in January 2009, months after the economy started tanking.

According to public records, a Jason Clausen with his birth date was found guilty of "assault on peace officers and others" on Feb. 28, 2005. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail, with 110 of those days suspended. He was given 730 days probation and paid $845 in fines, records show. Iowa Dept. of Corrections records show he was on probation for "a serious misdemeanor" until April 3, 2006.

The records show Clausen had nearly 20 busts, tickets or fines, a number of them traffic infractions related to things like driving while intoxicated, or with a suspended license. Some were related to accidents, others to driving without seat belts.

Jason Clausen, a Mason City, Iowa man featured in Mitt Romney's new video featuring unemployed people has a lengthy rap sheet and served ten days in jail for "assault on a peace officer," public records show.

. . .

May 10, 2012

Romney's backstory is disassembling. Friend says Romney was like "Lord of the Flies".

Romney's classmates from Cranbook are not rushing to his defense.

The guy who introduced Mitt and Ann is passing on rushing to Romney's defense.
White, in an interview with ABC News, said that he is “still debating” whether he will help the campaign, remarking, “It’s been a long time since we’ve been pals.”


According to White, he knows of several other classmates that have also been approached by the campaign to counter the article. White declined to name the fellow classmates.

Romney often mentions White on the campaign trail as the friend who threw the party where Romney met his wife Ann, whom he has now been married to for more than 43 years.

One former classmate and old friend of Romney’s – who refused to be identified by name – said there are “a lot of guys” who went to Cranbrook who have “really negative memories” of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior this classmate describes as “like Lord of the Flies.”

The classmate believes Romney is lying when he claims to not remember it.

“It makes these fellows [who have owned up to it] very remorseful. For [Romney] not to remember it? It doesn’t ring true. How could the fellow with the scissors forget it?” the former classmate said.

One of the things that I pointed out at the beginning of Romney's campaign that he didn't really have a lot of close friends, either from the past or in the Republican Party. Alot of Republicans are going to enjoy letting him strangle in the wind because he while he has been writing big checks to the Mormon Church he hasn't been writing checks to help get Congressman and Senators elected, and he hasn't been running around the past 4 years getting people elected.

May 10, 2012

Dogs, Esteemed Blind Teacher, Vulnerable Gay Student

The Romney Trifecta.

Letterman and the rest of them will be hammering the shit out of Romney all the way to November.

What does Romney have?

Obama is a Superstar Celebrity.
May 8, 2012

Prediction: in the next 72 hours Romney will make a scripted courageous statement at a town hall mtg

Romney is the guy who never stood up an challenged anything. Not his Church, his country, his party.

Now a two bit radio jockey and addle brained Republican nutjob have exposed Romney for the truly shallow gutless ass he really is.

McCain didn't just stand up to a few nutjobs at a town hall meeting he refused to leave the Hanoi Hilton ahead of the others even though his health was ebbing and he might not have meant it. When Cindy came home with a Bangladeshi daughter McCain adopted her sight unseen.

You cannot imagine Romney doing anything like that. The unremarked strange part of the Seamus story actually was the mentality of a father that would plan only 2 pit stops for 5 boys for a 12 hour drive.

So as the country is beginning to see that Romney may be Nominee in modern history most unsuited to be Commander in Chief because he is completely and totally gutless I predict that the campaign will:

Within the next three days expect to see somebody at a town hall event say something not just beyond the pale but completely insane. Ideally it won't even mention the President's name but be an assault on Democrats in general. Something along the lines of "Don't you agree that all Democrats are Communists?"

Then by script Romney will put his palms up and do his best Ronald Reagen impression "Whoa there, let's just hold up there for a minute. We may disagree with them and their policies may be 100% wrong for this great American but not ALL Democrats are communists."

Then cue the idiot squad of Romney surrogates praising the brave courage of Romney, his 'Sister Souljah' movement and a wave of nauseous contrived bullshit about how Romney defends Democrats and will bring this country together.

The MSM will slap him on the back, David Gregory will pronounce him vetted and ready to command the United States Armed Forces.

You know they are writing the script and finding a patsy for the town hall. There will be a few run thrus and then it will be coming to a town hall meeting in the next few days.

May 4, 2012

Well time finally ran out.

She had an iron constitution and entered her last year of life 10 years ago at the age of 86.

She was one of those strong willed women from the depression that wasn't going to let her body tell her when she was going to come or go.

A few years ago when she agonized about her condition (blind and bed ridden and in constant pain) her conscious mind joined her body in wanting to end the ordeal.

Her iron constitution wasn't going to let either her body or her mind tell her when she was going to come or go either and she continued on eating a few bites of ice cream a day and a couple of months ago she entered into her last "24 hours".

The doctors however never knew her like we did. When she stopped eating a week ago and they told us to start making final arrangements we knew that we still had plenty of time.

A month ago we took our Golden Retriever and put him to sleep. It took 2 minutes and it was so gentle.

I can still hear my mother coming home from visiting a cousin who lingered the same way she did. This was 40 years ago.

She made us all promise to never let her linger like that.

She hated it. We all agreed and we all promised but there was nothing we could do.

If there was it was doubtful that anyone would have done anything, we learned in childhood that you never argued with her constitution.

She was a stern and distant mother and yet to her friends was a great and supportive friend. We could never understand the dichotomy and all of her friends thought she was the model mother. She proved it by ouliving all of her friends. Even her care giver grew old and needed a care giver.

It was a different time and they just don't make them like that anymore.

May 1, 2012

Is Karl Rove (and the Bush Establishment) cutting Mitt Romney loose?

You may have seen Karl Rove's latest electoral map. It is non partisan (and maybe even a little generous with South Carolina as a toss up) and pretty accurate.


Obama starts with 220 solid (double digit or much much more) and Romney with 92. Leaning Obama 64 and Romney 79.

Basically Romney has to run the table with his leans and toss ups and has to turn atleast one Obama lean..

Obama takes his solids and leans and wins. if he wins AZ, FL or VA there is virtually no way for Romney to get close with all of the rest of the leans without turning a couple of leans from Obama to Romeny.

So what is the twice divorced college drop out Machievellian political hackmeister up to?

Some at DU have speculated that he is trying to scare Republicans to start donating real money.

If that was his agenda then he wouldn't have used this map, this one makes it look like a lost cause. This is the map you use if your trying to convince people not to waste good money after bad on Romney and spend the money on Senate and Congressional states/districts.

So here is an alternate theory. The Bush/Republican establishment are leaving Romney to his own devices. Team Romney isn't hiring a bunch of traditional Republican campaign staffers but his own gang. In the meantime Rove and the rest of them use their PAC funds to help Republicans run Congressional candidates in key Republican districts and States where the President is thought to have a possible impact.

Romney goes down to a historic landslide and cannot run again in 2016.

In the meantime the Bush machine has quietly been working hard to get people elected.

Over the next 4 years Obama is saddled with fixing the deficit, fixing the entitlement funding problems and getting the economy back on track. In 2016 the Jeb Bush comes back to reunite the Republican Party and they run on a whole list of social agenda items and cutting back the size of the government and reducing taxes.

With a whole fistful of IOUs in his pocket Jeb is able to lock up Iowa, NH and S. Carolina and a grateful party is reunited behind Jeb Bush and the Bushes finally get to run the 'smart son' who makes the Republicans giddy at the possibility that Jeb's Mexican born wife will be able to undo the damage of the Republican anti-Hispanic campaign.

So is Karl Rove trying to undermine support to Romney?

Don't know but this map sure isn't going to help Romney raise money?

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