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Birthers go after 4 Republican 2016 hopefuls…..

The Republican party contunues to eat inself alive…..

The birther movement has come home to roost as the Republican presidential primary heats up.

In a column published last week on the conspiracy theory website WND, author Jack Cashill noted that questions had been raised about whether four of the 17 candidates in the GOP field were really “natural born citizens” and therefore eligible to run for President.

Ted Cruz has already dealt with those questions publicly — the Canadian-born senator from Texas renounced his citizenship with that country last summer in anticipation of a 2016 bid — but Cashill also listed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) among those who were suspect….

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Rick Santorum on anti-gay Christians and ‘re-education camps’…Really…

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum addresses his Michigan primary night rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Hey, it’s true enough for radio.

Rick Santorum thinks he’s running for president again. But will America survive long enough for him to do it?

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) claimed during a radio interview this week that anti-gay marriage business owners are being sent to “re-education camps” for refusing to serve gay customers.

“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers who are being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings or get fined, lose their business,” Santorum said during the appearance on the American Family Association’s “Focal Point” radio program on Monday.

“In the case of Colorado, there was a Colorado case recently where someone had to go to a re-education camp if you will. And the amazing thing is that in Colorado gay marriage isn’t even legal!”

“If you will,” in this case, means “if you will believe me, which you probably will since you’re dumb enough to be listening to far-right crackpot Bryan Fischer’s radio show.” But now a bunch of very dumb Americans will take it as gospel truth that the United States is sending people to pro-gay re-education camps—Rick Santorum said so, after all.

For the record, sigh, he’s talking about the Colorado baker case, where a baker found to have illegally discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them a cake for their wedding reception was required to submit future reports on how he would be implementing policies going forward to prevent the same thing from happening again. No camping was involved, nor re-education, and for his part the crabby baker became a national hero to the Rick Santorum crowd so he’s doing just fine.

But none of that matters, because just you watch. Your crazy relatives will soon be certain, just certain that there are FEMA camps in Colorado currently processing anti-gay Christians and forcing them to do macaroni art about how wonderful gay people are, and they’re going to be sending those emails to you, and to me, and no doubt some exceptional idiot will repeat it on Fox News at some point, months from now, and it’s all because Rick Santorum limey the publicity….

By Hunter @ Daily Kos…..

 

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Rand Paul wins another early 2016 Presidential Straw Poll….

The REAL Interesting thing is Chris Christie came in right behind Paul in the polling at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua by GOP firm WPA Opinion Research.….

Rand Paul has been making sure he gets media attention for the last year or so…..

That Christie, who is a Northeast Governor, came in tuts close to Paul, HAS to hearten his people….And signal that if he is able to escape charges in the Bridge-Gate scandal….He could be right back in the running for the GOP nomination come 2016….These numbers are NOT a good look for Ted Cruz. or Jeb Bush….

We KNOW this IS a trumped up beauty contest….

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the top 2016 pick of Republican activists gathered in New Hampshire this weekend, a new survey found Saturday.

Paul took 15 percent in the survey of attendees at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua by GOP firm WPA Opinion Research.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ran a close second with 13 percent. Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum tied at 11 percent. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal got 9 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got 4 percent, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan and former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton tied at 3 percent.

New Hampshire is a key state along the early presidential primary trail, and many of the potential candidates polled Saturday have already made Granite State pilgrimages ahead of the 2016 primaries

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On the 2016 GOP Presidential Bench….

The GOP presidential bench is awful

by brooklynbadboy @ Daily Kos

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) and his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, REUTERS/Jim Young

Sorry Jeb, there’s no escape.

From the New York Post:

They cite the cool reception Christie has been getting recently from Republican establishment types outside of his home turf in the Northeast, and the fact that many fund-raisers are now looking to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the party’s savior.

Chris Christie, a bombastic fat guy from Jersey collapses under a cloud of scandal. Scott Walker, bland, dry, lifeless and dull, attempts a redux of Tim Pawlenty but with bald spot. Some guy in Ohio nobody knows and looks like a milk delivery man from 1972. Some tiny doofus from Louisiana in a cheap suit that’s too big for his 5’9″, 140-pound frame. Then there are a murderer’s row of crazy people, most of them not even close to having the chops to wage a national presidential campaign.

On the other side, the most famous and admired woman in the entire world.

This is the state of affairs in the 2016 presidential campaign, a situation so lopsidedly in favor of Democrats that it is breathtaking to see. I can’t ever remember an upcoming election in which the two sides were so clearly uneven.

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Rick Santorum wants to Bring Up Social Issues?

Now?

Rupublicans have a LOT of stuff going on….

Bringing up Social Issues RIGHT NOW probably is a bit much….

And it didn’t help Santorum with his nomination efforts in 2012…..

During a speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Santorum sharply pushed back against critics who say Republicans should stay away from those issues in future campaigns.

“I say, you know you guys aren’t thinking through this very clearly. You’re not thinking through the consequences of throwing overboard all these unpopular social issues,” Santorum said. “I don’t know about you, but as a leader I’m not there to follow the polls, I’m here to shape the polls.”

Santorum’s presidential campaign for the Republican nomination in the last election became an easy target for liberal voters who disapproved of his conservative positions on social issues. Since the 2012 election, some voices within the Republican Party have urged potential candidates to focus on fiscal issues and economic growth instead of social issues.

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Ted Cruz moves to the top of the PPP 2016 GOP Candiadtes list….

This IS a bit off the Wall….

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has pulled off a coup….

photo…abcnews.go.com

His 21 hour speech (Not filibuster) has resounded with the GOP PRIMARY VOTING Conservatives….

That…Even though he voted FOR closure on the Senate Bill in the first go around hours after he spoke to out ….

This is another example of how out of reality some of the Grand Ole’ party people are…..

Unbelievable…..

September 27, 2013

Cruz emerges as GOP leader

PPP’s newest national poll finds Ted Cruz is now the top choice of Republican primary voters to be their candidate for President in 2016. He leads the way with 20% to 17% for Rand Paul, 14% for Chris Christie, 11% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, 4% for Bobby Jindal, and 3% each for Rick Santorum and Scott Walker.

Cruz has gained 8 points since our last national 2016 poll in July while everyone else has more or less stayed in place. He’s made himself the face of a government shutdown over Obamacare, and the Republican base supports that by a 64/20 margin. It’s not surprising that Republicans identifying as ‘very conservative’ support a shutdown 75/10, but even the moderate wing of the party supports it by a 46/36 margin.

Cruz is leading the GOP field based especially on his appeal to ‘very conservative’ primary voters, who he gets 34% with t0 17% for Rand Paul and 12% for Paul Ryan. Voters who fall into that ideological group make up the largest portion of the Republican electorate at 39%. With moderates Cruz gets only 4% with Christie leading at 34% to 12% for Jeb Bush and 10% for Marco Rubio, but they only account for 18% of GOP voters and thus aren’t all that relevant to Cruz’s prospects for winning a Republican nomination.

Our numbers also suggest that Cruz is now viewed more broadly as the leader of the Republican Party…..

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Rick Santorum complains about Romney 2012 and his party in Wash DC….

Rick Santorum LOST.….

He’s enttitled to his comments….

But Really?….The GOP primary voters sent him home……

photo….politico….

Our leaders don’t accurately reflect who we are,” he said. “They reflect the interest groups around here who are lobbying for an advantage. Everyone who is up here is wanting an edge for their company or their industry. We’ve got to get away from that.”

Santorum won 11 primaries and caucuses in 2012, including Iowa. On his way out of the room, Santorum paused to greet Iowa social conservative leader Steve Scheffler. The two agreed they should meet up when Santorum comes to Iowa this August.

During his speech, Santorum also implicitly criticized the GOP for nominating Romney because it took Obamacare off the table as an issue in the general election. He said Republicans would have been able to attract more voters had they followed the 2010 playbook. Then he stressed that thorny implementation problems will give the party another chance in 2014.

“I won’t go back and revisit why that was the case or who the better candidate was to do that, but suffice it to say the opportunity is going to present itself in the next year,” he said to knowing laughter.

Santorum complained that, so far, Republicans in D.C. have not adequately highlighted the messiness of the Affordable Care Act.

“Why are they not sounding the alarm?” he said. “Why are we not getting ahead of this train?”

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New 2016 poll…Rubio leads GOP…Hillary leads them all….

Hummmm….NO Rand Paul???

All that Rand Paul media attention is NOT registering with the people out there?

….from the Hill….

Farleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind Poll of registered voters nationwide gives Clinton 63 percent support from self-identified Democrats and those who lean Democratic. Vice President Biden comes in a distant second with 12 percent, while 3 percent support New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Republican field is significantly tighter. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) holds a slight lead over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 18 percent to 16 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes in a close third with 14 percent support, and 9 percent of respondents say they prefer former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Notably absent from the poll is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who recently led the field in a New Hampshire poll conducted by a Democratic firm.

Rubio leads among respondents who describe themselves as conservative, but Christie leads with both liberals and centrists. Rubio also leads with voters aged 18-29, a demographic that the GOP has typically had trouble attracting…..

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Gingrich and Santorum talked about uniting Against Romney….

Strange….

Those two couldn’t get past their ego’s….

Image them running?

The Result WOULD have probably worked in getting the nomination but would have prbabaly had an even worst general election lost being way too right based….

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum considered joining forces during the Republican presidential primaries last year to stop front-runner Mitt Romney, according to a report released Friday in Bloomberg Businessweek.

The report quotes strategists close to both candidates as saying the move would have “sent shock waves through the establishment and the Romney campaign.”

The talks fell apart when the two dark horse candidates couldn’t agree on who should be the presidential candidate and who should be the vice presidential candidate, according to the report.

Gingrich, a former Speaker of the House, was focused on a Southern strategy at the time. After winning the South Carolina primary, he was briefly seen as a real challenger to Romney.

However, Romney quickly adjusted, and his superior fundraising and campaign infrastructure helped him coast to victory over Gingrich in the Florida primary.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, then saw his fortunes rise as the conservative alternative to Romney.

The two discussed the joint effort ahead of the Michigan primary, believing a Romney loss in his home state would be lethal to his campaign. The talks fell through, and Romney went on to squeak out a victory in Michigan after Santorum’s momentum was derailed.

The report also says the Santorum campaign initially floated the idea of Gingrich withdrawing and endorsing Santorum in the middle of a live televised debate.

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Harry Reid, Mitt Romney’s taxes and Rick Santorum…Red State….

It appears that there is new word out there…..‘santoruming’ which  = “a synonym for a disgusting bodily discharge”

This piece is push back against Reid who has obvious got the rights enduring attention…

Harry Reid, pederasty, and the sudden defense of Rick Santorum.

Posted by Moe Lane (Diary) @ Red State

Via Instapundit comes this shocked, shocked, tut-tutting examination of the recent unforced error that Harry Reid has found himself in. The background: it was recently demonstrated that the Senate Minority Leader was and is apparently able to lie in public and get away with it. Specifically, Reid demonstrated that he could make up a story about Mitt Romney evading his income tax – see here for a brutally precise examination of why anybody who believes this attack by Reid should not be allowed to operate heavy financial institutions – and be… not humiliated and shamed for it. Alas for Harry Reid, there is a critical mass of people who are currently unwilling to simply let things like this slide, which is why Harry Reid’s name is currently being linked with pederasty even as we speak. Also, apparently Reid was unprepared for this, which is why his office did not actually, well, deny the charges*.

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Santorum WILL campaign for Romney….

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I don’t believe Romney will be at the event…..

Santorum STILL seems to NOT over his primary loss to Romney….

This weekend former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will hold his first formal campaign event for Mitt Romney since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, sources close to Santorum tell ABC News.

Santorum, who emerged as one of Romney’s last opponents standing after a hard-fought  primary season, will appear on Saturday at the opening of the Romney campaign’s Greensburg, Pennsylvania victory office. It’s familiar turf for Santorum who used to represent that area of southwestern Pennsylvania in Congress.

Up until now the former rival has not been in close touch with the Romney campaign. Santorum had said he was willing to campaign for the former Massachusetts governor, but since the meeting between the erstwhile foes in May there has been limited contact between the two camps, Santorum sources said.

Saturday’s event represents another step in the peace-making process between Santorum and Romney, and it is also a sign that the Romney campaign believes Santorum can be a helpful surrogate in the country’s economically-struggling Rust Belt area.

Santorum was asked to participate in the Greensburg office opening by the Romney campaign and Republican party officials, and “he was happy to accept the request,” according to a source familiar with the planning of the event.

But ever since he ended his own presidential bid in April, Santorum hasn’t always sound like the most enthusiastic Romney backer….

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On Change and America….

My Name is Jack….

Rick Santorum who ran a campaign based on HATE

For anyone different from himself and his so called

“Christian” followers

Is urging Mitt Romney to use Obamas support of Gay marriage as a

“Potent weapon”

Against him….

 

The Dog….

Jack…..

I would agree with ya on Santurom who seem’s to NOT be able to right his car and head to the middle….

Unfortunately you ARE correct when you point out the HATE factor coming from the right…..

As this country evolves and changes…..

It seems that certain groups are going to have trouble adapting top the new realities….

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Newt Gingrich STILL has Secret Service Protection…and More Updates….

Rough sledding for the Secret Service these days….

Here’s the by-line piece….

news.yahoo.com….(When Newt STILL had crowds…)

Gingrich Still Has Secret Service Protection

Because he’s still officially a presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich is “likely costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day with his Secret Service detail on the campaign trail,” the Daily Caller reports.

Gingrich recently had three people on his personal security detail, though sometimes there are “many more.”

Politicalwire….

Comments….

The observation that he has just three agents is incorrect…..

While the protect may have 3 VISIBLE agents around him….

There will be advance agents….

Posted agents…..

Motorcade agents….

Baggage agents….

Airport agents…..

Different shift agents…..

The piece correctly points out a detail for Newt Gingrich at THIS time IS a waste of the taxpayers money…

Evene the agents themselves know they have become highly paid babysitters for a guy with a good size ego…..

Maybe going public on this will get some one to say enough….

The above applies to the detail assigned to Rick Santorum if IT hasn’t been pulled yet either…

foxnews…..

On the other Secret Service Story….

It appears that the MEN involved where NOT part of the President’s detail as originally screamed across the media….

Most if not all where uniform division people assigned to the Service’s Counter Assault Team’s and Sniper Team’s…

Two of the three that have been separated from the service are supervisor’s….

The rest are on administrative suspession which should mean they’re getting paid by have no responsibilities except to answer questions from the Service’s intern affairs people….

Once the President said publicly that he was pissed….

The situation went from a situation where the boys had girls in their rooms and one knucklehead didn’t want pay the bill to some heads have to roll….

With Congress in the act and the hint of some possible drug use things have become serious…..

There where some military guys also in on the action…..

The indeed that there was any security breaches appears to be a non-issue….

Even the women involved said the guys did not go there….

It seems that the women involved DO NOT want anything more to do with the case which will just shower them with unwanted attention…..

The people in Columbia have to amused and concerned that hosting an important even that show cased their country has turned into a sex scandal ……

Finally….

Ever since the Secret Service was moved to the Huge Department of Homeland Security they have been treated like the step child….

A small agency that works for the President as his palace guard’s…

The inspire awe….

But are at the mercy of every other agency including the local cops to get their job done….

It IS unfortunate that one guy NOT paying for service’s rendered has pulled a ton of bricks down on a proud agency that has a tough job to do…..

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Romney Squeezes Out Santorum….The Oligarch Kings….

by  @ The Oligarch Kings

Don’t get too excited yet….

Then there were two.  With the grudged, wrenched withdrawal of Santorum all piqué and no kind words for Romney, the GOP field has finally cleared to reveal, as we all knew from the start, that the Republican party candidate is going to be Mitt Romney.  I mean do you really think that Ron Paul has much of a chance beyond a role as a voice for disgusted?  And as it is reported Newt’s cheques are bouncing it looks like his money has finally run out too.

So…where does this leave the presidential campaign?

Doubtless Romney has to be delighted he is there, all bar the shouting.  The Oligarchy have won this bit.  After the debates, primaries and swamping the media with advertising, all the other candidates failed, and the candidate with the strongest family links to the establishment has won through.  Mitt Romney our little Republican Oligarch is through to the big game.

The question now is” Will he win”?  Personally I doubt it.  Santorum ran an effective campaign given his limitations.  He was of working class background and a Catholic but he found a constituency in the party of homophobes and Evangelical right wingers willing to push his cause along.  His portrayal of himself as the candidate of the working and middle-class man, as opposed to Mitt being the “Rodney Rich-Pigg” 1% millionaire playboy of the Republicans may still haunt Mittens.  Along with Newt Santorum dragged Romney squealing all the while further and further right.   Romney now needs to recover the centre ground to win the bigger game against Obama.  And in the recovery of this Obama will make hay with his previous statements showing him flip-flopping from one issue to the next.

It promises to be a wonderfully dirty, horrid little campaign fuelled with more money than any of us will be able to remember.  No mutual caps on spending this year oh no sir.  Negative and expensive this will be the Billion Dollar Campaign and that in itself will be bad for democracy.  Why?  Because candidates are behoven to whoever pays them that’s why.

So, now we see 2012 as a good old fashioned Oligarch candidate against Oligarch candidate fight, and since Obama has the greater oligarch ancestry (albeit not by much) my bet is on this alone to carry him through.   For all the complaints of the “birther” lobby regarding Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, there is an almost deliberate ignoring, a blindness if you will to his blue blooded mother’s family which gives Barack common relations to both Presidents Bush, LBJ, Truman, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Hoover.  Far from being “just” some immigrant from Kenya’s child, Obama’s ancestry in America goes way back to one Robert Hudson who came to Jamestown in 1622.

 

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Romney tries to gangster Santorum’s Conservative…..

He’s Mitt Romney fighting back and forth with Rick Santorum for past few months…..

Trying to out BS each other…..

Now we have Romney saying he’s…. “on the same page as Santorum?”

Wait…..

That doesn’t connect…….

Mitt Romney

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

It’s only a matter of time before Mitt Romney whips out his Etch-A-Sketch and tries to shed the baggage of the Republican primary, but at least for now he says there’s no daylight between what Rick Santorum cares about and what Mitt Romney cares about.

“I think Sen. Santorum throughout the campaign has been speaking about issues that we care about very deeply,” Romney said. “So we’re on the same page on those issues, and I think you’ll see us all come together in a very powerful way, but the time for that will happen down the road as we spend more time together, hit the trail together.”

Yet even as Romney himself makes it clear that he’s “on the same page” with Rick Santorum, the Associated Press writes:

Santorum’s presence in the race pushed to the fore polarizing social issues, such as abortion, access to birth control and gays in the military, that many in the party preferred not to delve into as the GOP prepared to court independent voters in the general election campaign against President Barack Obama. Although he accused the media of unfairly focusing on that part of his broader campaign, Santorum was unapologetic about taking on such issues.

It’s true that Rick Santorum championed those issues—but it’s silly to suggest that it was his presence alone in the race that brought them to the fore. Mitt Romney was already on Rick Santorum’s side on social issues when the campaign began: Remember, Santorum endorsed him in 2008.It’s true that Romney had flip-flopped on many of them after his 2002 gubernatorial victory, and the reason he flip-flopped is that you cannot be a serious Republican candidate without aligning yourself with the social right. Since Roe v. Wade, there hasn’t been a single pro-choice Republican nominee, although several of them flip-flopped from earlier positions. None of those nominees flip-flopped back to their earlier position, and neither will Mitt Romney. Sure, he’ll hope that pro-choice swing voters think the “real” Mitt is the one who was pro-choice in Massachusetts, but he’ll never actually be pro-choice again.

Throughout the course of the campaign, Romney never once attacked Santorum for being too conservative. In fact, he attacked Santorum for having supported Planned Parenthood. In that case, it was Romney bringing a social issue to the fore—not because Santorum is in the race, but because that’s what Republicans want and because that’s what Mitt Romney has decided to deliver.

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Nate Silver’s Pennsylvania GOP Primary Projection 4/8/12……

From the Polling Jedi Master@ Fivethirtyeight……

Republican Primary Projections

Updated April 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM ET
Pennsylvania

Apr. 24
VOTE
PROJECTION
CHANCE
OF WIN
Mitt Romney 42.4% 51%
Rick Santorum 42.0 49
Ron Paul 8.0 0

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