Monday, May 16, 2011

Mike Huckabee’s Exit Further Widens GOP Presidential Field

(L-R) Tim “Charisma Free” Pawlenty, Mitt “No Tie Here” Romney, Rick “Dr Who?” Santorum, Michelle “Crazy” Bachmann and Newt “Is That Wife #4?” Gingrich.

Donald Trump exit signals end to silly season

“Hey, who knew that in my 60’s, I’d turn out to be a rich, racist loon with a bad hairdo?”

BACK AND FORTH NEWT?

Newt Gingrich and Medicare: On “Meet the Press” Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan “too big a jump” and “right-wing social engineering.”But a Gingrich spokesperson told the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack that there is “little daylight” between Gingrich and the Wisconsin Republican.

“Newt would fully support Ryan if it were not compulsory,” Rick Tyler said. “Radical means that politically you can’t get to what Ryan wants from where we are. … Right wing social engineer refers simply to compelling people to participate with[out] giving them a choice. That is a political mistake.”

Gingrich has not been entirely consistent on this issue. A few weeks ago, the 2012 presidential candidate told TIME magazine that he would have voted for Ryan’s plan. Hours later, he wrote in a Facebook post that he would “allow seniors to choose … a more personal system with greater options for better care.” That seems to be in line with the proposal put forward by former Congressional Budget Office director Alice Rivlin (D) and former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) which would allow seniors to choose private insurance or stay in traditional Medicare if they paid a bigger share of rising costs.

Gingrich is kicking off his tour of Iowa in Dubuque Monday, where he will speak to the Kiwanis Club about health care.

Michele Bachmann Always Rising, Never Compromising

President Obama polls well despite jobs fears

 

“Let me know when you guys on the other side get your s**t together.”

SCOOP – Alexander Burns’ “Morning Score”: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) will call on the presidential field today [Monday] to pick up the pace in his state, using his weekly news conference to fire a starter’s pistol on the 2012 caucus race. With Mike Huckabee’s decision not to run, Iowa is now wide open. Branstad will issue “a full-throated appeal for candidates to campaign in Iowa and begin laying down their markers now,” per Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht. Newt Gingrich is scheduled to storm through Iowa this week, Tim Pawlenty has already made a dozen trips, and Mitt Romney will make his first visit of the year on May 27.

–Iowa’s caucuses are under attack: Branstad has to contend with campaigns’ concern that the state will only vote for candidates who cater to hard-core social conservative activists. Romney has treaded lightly in the Hawkeye State. Jon Huntsman sounds like he may skip it entirely. Branstad’s “Call To Action” is as much about economics as it is about politics. Iowa and Iowans make a lot of money during primary season and unlike 2008 when both parties had several candidates running for president, the bulk of spending in this election cycle will come from the GOP.

Newt Gingrich’s rough roll-out

House GOP fires back at Newt Gingrich

Mitt Romney call-a-thon haul: $10 million

Christiephiliacs: Why GOP Power Brokers Dream of New Jersey’s Governor

RANDOM THOUGHTS

New President Obama Campaign Slogan – “Is This It?”

New Tim Pawlenty Campaign Slogan – “I May Be Boring But I’m Not Mitt Romney Boring”

JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT

  

       Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

                 Mitt Romney                          

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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