MITT Romeny – nice hair, like John Edwards – but: “If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
“This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters… many of you right here in this room… have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country,” Romney said.
McCain beats Clinton.
Clinton beats Romney.
Romney beats Obama.
Obama beats McCain.
Who’s who? And is Obama wallpaper?
IN the new advert, Presidential runner Mitt Romney opines:
In the next ten years, we’ll see more progress, more change than the world has seen in the last ten centuries.
Now that’s optimism…
THE Republican contest in Iowa has gotten dirty.
With just weeks to the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, Mitt Romney’s campaign has launched a low blow against Mike Huckabee’s stance on immigration.
Could these tactics have anything to do with the fact that Romney has fallen behind the cherubic wonder preacher Huckabee in recent Iowa polls?
John McCain’s camp said the ad was an insult to Iowa voters. And as if by magic, pro Huckabee ads have popped up touting his hard-line on immigration.
Don’t you just love that message at the end – “Authentic Conservative” – as though Huckabee’s rivals are just cheap, Chinese-made, knock-off conservatives. (Though that might go some way to explaining Fred Thompson’s failure to live up to expectations.)
Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani’s team are facing questions over their candidate’s stance on homosexuality. It appears the former mayor of New York thinks homosexuality itself isn’t sinful, it’s just homosexual acts that are a one-way ticket to hell.
And Ron Paul’s supporters are convinced that the boos their candidate suffered during a recent debate were a set up by the Giuliani campaign.
Are the conspiracy theorists right? Or is it possible that saying you want to bring the troops home is not the best way of appealing to a room full of Republicans?
It started with a series of chain emails a few months back accusing Barack Obama (middle name “Hussein”) of being a closet Muslim and of being part of a Muslim conspiracy to take over America.
Now, one of Hillary Clinton’s staffers has been caught forwarding the email.
The full email is at the bottom of this post, but here’s an excerpt:
Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran (Their equivalency to our Bible, but very different beliefs) Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential candidacy. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level – through the President of the United States , one of their own!!!! Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading our country?…… NOT ME!!
The Clinton staffer incident is just the latest in the ugly rumor’s short life.
Last week, all manner of “Obama is Muslim” rumors made the front page of the Washington Post, prompting Columbia Journalism Review to take the newspaper to task for repeating unsubstantiated slurs without categorically stating they were untrue.
And make no mistake, in the minds of many people, these rumors are very true. Here are acouple of Hillary supporters who are convinced Obama is Muslim. And back in mid-October, Politico.com warned that:
[...]“barack obama muslim” is the third most popular Google search for the presidential candidate’s name, behind “barack obama” and “barack obama biography,” according to Google Suggest, which tracks the frequency of word searches.
[And]…a CBS News poll in August found that, in response to an open-ended question about Obama’s faith, 7 percent of Americans identified him as a Muslim — more than any other response. The right answer, Protestant, was second at 6 percent. (Most didn’t know or wouldn’t say.)
Here’s the email in full, published on Politico.com:
*Subject:* **Who is Barack Obama?**
*_Most_* of this appears to be true! *I shutter to
think!! *Scary guy!
**We checked this out on ‘snopes.com’. It is factual.
Check for yourself. ***
If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward
this to all your contacts…this is very scary to think of what lies
ahead of us here in our own United States…better heed this and
about it and share it.
THIS DEFINITELY WARRANTS LOOKING INTO. THIS COUNTRY WAS
FOUNDED, ‘ONE NATION UNDER GOD’. ALMIGHTY GOD, NOT THE GOD OF THE
We checked this out on ‘snopes.com’. It is factual.
Check for yourself.
Who is Barack Obama?
Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein
Obama was born in Honolulu , Hawaii , to Barack Hussein Obama,
black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel , Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white
from Wichita , Kansas .
Obama’s parents met at the University of Hawaii . When
Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father
Kenya . His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from
Indonesia . When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to
Indonesia . Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta . He also
two years in a Catholic school.
Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a
Muslim. He is quick to point out that, ‘He was once a Muslim,
he also attended Catholic school.’
Obama’s political handlers are attempting to make it
appear that Obama’s introduction to Islam came via his father,
this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama
returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any
direct influence over his son’s education.
Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama’s mother, Ann
Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam Obama was enrolled in a
school in Jakarta .
Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the
Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western
Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking
public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has
United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim
ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT
Holy Bible, but instead the Koran (Their equivalency to our
very different beliefs)
Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected
The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S.
from the inside out, what better way to start than at the
- through the President of the United States , one of their own!!!!
Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this
man leading our country?…… NOT ME!!!
COULD this man really be President?
Until a week or so ago, Mitt Romney seemed to be posing a formidable challenge to Rudy Giuliani.
So how is it that Giuliani, despite recent allegations of wasting taxpayer money as he carried out an extramarital affair, despite previous support for gay marriage and gun control, despite getting dressed up in women’s clothes and being kissed by The Donald, is still the Republican frontrunner?
Is it 9/11?
Or is it just that the others are that lousy?
HE’S nowhere to be seen in the race for the presidency. In fact, he was shut out of the last Democratic debate because his fundraising and poll numbers were so low.
But we’re sure former Alaska senator Mike Gravel would make a mean pop-star president, judging by this campaign video produced by Rx2008 of Sunday Bloody Sunday fame.
Meanwhile, with exactly one month to go to the Iowa caucuses, America’s media is fixated on two races.
On the Republican side, Mike Huckabee continues to make inroads.
The former southern baptist minister is getting stronger every day in Iowa, where he has pulled ahead of former frontrunner Mitt Romney in the polls.
He’s taking flak from some corners of the party for his record of raising taxes while he was governor of Arkansas.
But he’s beginning to emerge as one of the few Republican candidates who might just appeal to Democratic voters when the race opens up next year. Though what they will make of his stance on evolution is anyone’s guess.
On the Democrat side attention has turned to Hillary Clinton, who has vowed to start setting out the differences between herself and Barack Obama.
But this one promises to be a snoozefest.
Although the two candidates differ on just about everything from foreign policy and healthcare to the way the political establishment conducts business, their main difference continues to be that Clinton remains the runaway favorite for the Democratic nomination. While Obama, like his fellow candidates, is failing to mount a serious challenge.
IN a sign of just how close the Republican race for the nomination is proving the candidates in last night’s YouTube/CNN debate turned on each other with ferocity.
With less than six weeks to go to the Iowa caucuses and less than two months to the first primaries, Mitt Romney traded barbs with Rudy Giuliani over illegal immigration.
Romney accused Giuliani of being soft on illegals’ rights and Giuliani accused Romney of turning a blind eye to illegal immigrants employed by a landscaping firm that worked at his home.
That mud might stick, but so did the boos of the audience as Giuliani repeated his accusations.
Meanwhile, Fred Thompson went on the attack with a YouTube video of his own, highlighting Romney’s past support for abortion and Mike Huckabee’s support for taxes.
There was barely any time to devote to pillorying that old chestnut, Hillary Clinton, as the candidates turned on each other over abortion, guns and tax.
Romney and John McCain clashed over torture. And Thompson attacked Giuliani for his support of Bernard B Kerik, the former New York police commissioner whom Giuliani appointed and who has recently been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
All in all, it hasn’t been a good 24 hours for the Giuliani campaign. Yesterday Politico.com reported that Giuliani billed obscure New York City agencies tens of thousands of dollars for a security detail in the Hamptons during 1999 and 2000 when he was having an extramarital affair with a woman who lived there.
The only crumb of comfort for Giluliani may be that commentators appear divided on who came out on top.
The New York Times Caucus blog said it was hard to pick a winner for the evening “because the fur was flying in all directions.”
The New York Post declared it Thompson’s best debate yet with Giulani appearing too liberal.
But Britain and America chose John McCain as the winner of the evening, talking well on immigration, foreign affairs and torture while Thompson lacking fluency, Giuliani was off form and Romney couldn’t shake accusations of flip flopping.
Meanwhile, Redstate went with Huckabee and McCain, accusing Giuliani and Romney of being so so, and Thompson of failing to deliver anything better than a few good one-liners.
All eyes would now turn to the CBS Democratic debate scheduled for December 10. But the debate has been canceled because of the writer’s strike and candidates’ unsurprising reticence to cross the picket lines.
NOPE it’s not the title sequences for a new sitcom. It’s the promo video for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate in Florida tomorrow night.
And with less than two months to go to the presidential primaries the debate actually promises to be a tad more exciting than this dreary promo suggests.
While Hillary Clinton continues her runaway lead among the Democrats, the Republican field remains wide open, with Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney constantly at each other’s throats, Mike Huckabee champing at the bit and John McCain and Fred Thompson battling hard to stay in the race.
Oh, and did we mention Ron Paul? His name seems to evade the mainstream media most of the time, but Paul continues to attract vehement support and piles of cash online.
But ahead of the debate, Mike Huckabee is hogging most of the limelight.
Huckabee’s latest ad portrays him for what he is: a good Christian candidate for President.
The ad may also contain a number of veiled digs at Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and his flip-floping on issues such as abortion, according to the New York Times.
Either way, Huckabee’s appeal among socially conservative Christians is sure to hurt Romney, and by doing so help Giuliani.
Indeed, Huckabee’s recent surge in Iowa polls and his strong campaign has set tongues wagging about a possible partnership with Giuliani next year.
The New York Sun points out that Huckabee and Giuliani have refrained from criticizing each other as the campaign has intensified and that Huckabee has even taken Giuliani’s side in his recent spats with Romney.
Certainly, Giuliani could do with the conservative street cred of a former southern Baptist minister who so appeals to evangelical Christians.
DID you hear the one about the future Republican president who is an apostate and a freemason?
Keep watching this space as James and Patrick report on the shocking background of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney from a damp churchyard in the middle of Middle England.
It’s exactly the kind of incisive commentary that is sorely lacking on US TV.
According to James and Patrick, the American public finds itself in an extremely dangerous situation.
On the one hand, they can vote for a Democratic feminist from a dangerous liberal organization called the United Methodist Church. (James and Patrick don’t know much about the UMC, but they’re definitely up to no good.)
And on the other hand, there’s the crafty multimillionaire Mitt Romney who’s going to play down his Mormon faith to garner the votes of the Christian right.
James and Patrick say there’s only one thing left for the great American public to do: pray.
That’s right, America, pray! Pray for a third party candidate who can lead you out of apostasy and into the light!
We’re guessing that the billionaire Jewish mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, is not the third party candidate that James and Patrick are hoping for.
And we’re not sure why they never found time to mention the current Republican frontrunner, Rudy Giuliani.
Do they know something we don’t? Is Rudy gonna be out of the race before long? Have they had a sign?
Or is it just the fact that they are too busy ensconced in conspiracy theories about previous presidential elections involving Frank Sinatra, the Kennedys, the Catholic Church, the Bush family, the mob, the Mormon Church, and every twitching expert’s favorite, the Illuminati?
It’s such a shame to let this stuff go to waste on GodTube.
If anyone out there knows Nick Park get him to take a look at this. It would make a great creature comforts
YOU would have thought that allying yourself with a terrorist might not be the best way to run for the White House in 2008.
In one of the biggest fund-raising drives ever seen, Paul’s supporters used Guy Fawkes–or rather the V for Vendetta version of the Guy Fawkes tale–to appeal to the American people to donate $100 each on November 5.
The goal was to raise $10 million “for liberty,” “for freedom,” yada, yada, yada.
In the event, the one-day drive raised a little over $4 million. But that is still an impressive feat. According to the New York Times, Republican contender Mitt Romney’s best one-day total is $3.14 million. Hillary Clinton’s best is $6.2 million.
Paul is running the ultimate grassroots campaign.
His supporters swarm the internet, agitating and proselytizing. They became such a nuisance at the conservative blog RedState.com, that Redstate blogger Leon Wolfe warned everyone who had joined up in the past half year that they were not to “shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion.”
“Unless you lack the self-awareness to understand just how annoying, time-consuming, and bandwidth-wasting responding to the same idiotic arguments from a bunch of liberals pretending to be Republicans can be,” wrote Wolf. “Which, judging by your comment history, you really don’t understand, so allow me to offer an alternate explanation: we are a bunch of fascists and we’re upset that you’ve discovered where we keep the black helicopters, so we’re silencing you in an attempt to keep you from warning the rest of your brethren so we can round you all up and send you to re-education camps all at once.”
Needless to say, censorship did not go down well across the blogosphere.
So what does Paul believe in?
He told Jay Leno recently that he stands for free market economics, free trade, saving the billions that are being wasted “maintaining our empire around the world,” bringing the troops home from Iraq, and doing away with social security and income tax.
A fantasy world indeed.
RUDY Giuliani could have a couple of problems on his hands.
While millionaire Mitt Romney buys his way to the White House on one side, the New York Sun points out that a dark horse social conservative has emerged on Giuliani’s flank.
That outsider is former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, who has come from nowhere to tie Rudy Giuliani for second place in the latest Iowa poll, a crucial early state in the presidential primaries.
The University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll shows Huckabee (12.8 percent) and Giuliani (13.1 percent) statistically tied, while Romney sits way out front with 36.2 percent. Huckabee polled just 1.8 percent in a similar poll in August.
His surge is impressive considering Huckabee has spent just $1.7 million on his campaign so far, compared to Romney, who has spent $53.6 million, and Giuliani, who has spent $30.6 million.
Huckabee is one of the few Republican candidates who appeals to social conservatives. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. And he attracted more than half the votes of delegates to a recent Values Voter summit in Washington.
He is tough on immigration and tough on corporate pay. And he has the added advantage of being able to boast that he has fought the Clintons in their Arkansas backyard. Yesterday he told politico.com that he had beaten the “Clinton political machine” four times.
Nationally, Giuliani still leads the Republican pack with 20 percent in the polls. Fred Thompson and John McCain follow with 19 percent and 14 percent respectively.
But it’s Huckabee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney who appear to be gaining all the traction. Watch this space.
IT’S an odd factor in the polemics of the 2008 presidential campaign so far, but according to the Wall Street Journal a clear gap has opened up between Republicans and Democrats in one area–use of the I-word.
Candidates of both parties like to talk tough on terror. But when it’s time to point the finger of blame Republicans single out Islamic extremism while Democrats barely mention the “Islam” word at all.
According to the Journal, Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama refer to “stateless terrorism” and “global terrorism” while Republicans such as Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mick Huckabee warn of “Islamic extremism” and “Islamic jihad.”
Mitt Romney has made “jihadism” the subject of a recent Iowa campaign ad.
Meanwhile the race for the White House is hotting up in South Carolina at least.
The 1,000,000 Strong for Stephen T Colbert Facebook group attracted more than one million members in just over a week. (According to the New York Times it took Barack Obama’s “One Million Strong” group eight months to attract 380,000 members.)
Democratic candidate John Edwards is taking no chances in his home state, fighting satire with satire. His campaign released this statement last night:
“Stephen Colbert claims to represent a new kind of politics, but today we see he’s participating in the slash and burn politics that has no place in American discourse. The truthiness is, as the candidate of Doritos, Colbert’s hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from salty food lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn’t in the pocket of the snack food special interests.”
IS America ready for a Mormon president?
Massachusetts Governor and Mormon Mitt Romney is entering the final stretch of the Republican primary race in a strong position.
Romney, a millionaire venture capitalist with a net worth of around $200 million, has run a tight campaign. He’s dodged the negative comments that have dogged opponents like Fred Thompson and John McCain. And he’s got millions of dollars to throw into the ring if he needs it. (He’s personally loaned his campaign $17.4 million so far this year.)
As the Politico blog points out, in a matter of one year Romney “has gone from being a little-known governor of a liberal-leaning Democratic state to the leading Republican candidate in public opinion polls in both critical early-primary states, New Hampshire and Iowa.”
If you wanted to throw a tenner on an outsider with a semi-decent chance of winning the presidency, Romney would probably be your man.
True, Romney’s Mormonism is bound to become more of an issue to conservative Christian voters as elections draw near. But Giuliani’s defense of gun control and abortion, and his succession of marital and family problems, hardly endears him to core values voters.
Miraculously, Romney’s views on abortion have become more conservative in time for the presidential race.
Assuming Romney can defeat Giuliani, he must fancy his chances against Democratic runaway leader Hillary Clinton, who enjoys a 31-point lead over her closest rival Barack Obama.
Clinton is the most divisive candidate the Democrats could hope to choose. She recently came out top in a poll of candidates whom voters would never vote for. And her candidacy is sure to stir up more grassroots oppostion than any other
WITH less than three months to go before Americans decide which two candidates will square off in the Presidential election, all eyes are fixed on the Republicans.
It’s not that Hillary Clinton’s Democratic nomination is assured. It’s just the race between the Republicans is closer, and turning a little bitchier.
At last night’s Republican debate in Florida, Fred “Fading Fast” Thompson, John “Vietnam Vet” McCain, Mitt “Don’t Mention Mormonism” Romney and Rudy “9/11″ Giuliani exchanged barbs.
Thompson and McCain both played up their conservative credentials attacking Romney and Giuliani for their liberal records on issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Meanwhile, Giuliani played the “I Made New York a Safer Place” card while the telegenic Romney talked up his successes as a Republican governor of a Democrat-dominated Massachusetts state legislature.
When they weren’t bashing each other, the Republicans were attacking Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. McCain scored the biggest hit of the night, criticizing Clinton’s support for a $1 million museum to commemorate the Woodstock Festival that took place while McCain was a PoW in Vietnam.
“Now my friends I wasn’t there. I’m sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event,” he said, before adding, “I was tied up at the time” to a round of applause and a standing ovation.
Whoever goes on to face the Democrats won’t necessarily be quaking in their boots if they face Clinton. A recent Zogby poll showed that half of Americans would never vote for her, compared to 43% who said they would never vote for Giuliani and 42% who said they would never vote for Romney.
At the other end of the poll, Democratic candidates Barack Obama (37%) and Bill Richardson (34%) fared much better. Richardson, who recently released a humorous video telling voters about his career, has turned to more serious subject matter. His latest campaign ad trumpets his success freeing a pair of American hostages in Iraq.
RACE for the White House – Hillary Clinton is on:
America’s presidential hopefuls are using every trick in the book to get their message out. And it seems they’ve decided gimmicks and gags work far better than boring old party political broadcasts.Take this Pro-Hillary Rob Reiner ad for example. It urges Hill’s supporters to get behind their candidate without boring the rest of us to tears. It’s entertaining enough to ping around the interweb. And even though Hillary doesn’t make an appearance, the viewer still credits her with having the good humor to let it pass.
And Hillary isn’t the only one. Here’s Republican Bill Richardson telling voters all of his credentials in under 80 seconds without sounding like a politician. It’s the sketch show approach to politics. And it appears to be working. Richardson’s video has been viewed almost a quarter of a million times.
Imagine if pols in Russia and Britain used the same tactics for their campaign. Mobster lookalike Vladimir Putin could do a Sopranos parody that would put Hillary Clinton to shame. And the Tories could call on public school girls to entice voters with a Cameroony Girls Gone Wild video.And then there are the gimmicks: web users voted for Hillary’s campaign theme tune, the residents of Columbus, Ky (pop. 229) won a visit from John Edwards in a web competition, and Mitt Romney has combined gimmicks with videos by holding a “make your own ad contest” which was won by a 23-year-old college student from Utah.
The ad “Ready for Action” was supposed to debut the first week in October, but we couldn’t find it anywhere online. Could it have anything to do with the result you get when you type ”
Ready for Action” into YouTube’s search bar? Hardly the kind of thing that appeals to conservative Americans (unless they’re in the privacy of their own airport toilet cubicle).
PRESIDENTIAL hopeful and former TV star Fred Thompson survived yesterday’s Republican debate. But he failed to make a big enough dent to emerge as a strong contender for the Republican ticket. That title seems firmly attached to frontrunners Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
While pre-debate attention had been all Thompson, post debate attention was firmly focused on a heated exchange between Romney and Giuliani over taxation and spending. The two have been engaged in a war of words over the issue via speeches and press releases during the past week, with each accusing the other of raising taxes during their respective administrations.
The majority of the US press pack couldn’t fault Thompson’s performance. But expectations were exceedingly low after a couple of campaign trail gaffes and a growing reputation for sending voters to sleep.
Thompson stood up to the test. He even managed to make light of a critique from Mitt Romney that he joined the race six months later than his rivals. Romney suggested the campaign was a bit like Law & Order, in that it has a huge cast, seems to go on forever, “and Fred Thompson shows up at the end.”
Thompson countered: “And to think I was going to be the best actor on the stage.”
But while Thompson will be happy that he didn’t attract the predicted headlines.He may also have been disappointed to be eclipsed by Giuliani and Romney, who dominated the debate according to the New York Times. Despite a gallant effort, John Podhoretz, writing in the New York Post, declared that Thompson simply lacked the energy to make it to the White House.
So with Thompson’s chances getting slimmer by the day, and Giuliani and Romney dominating the headlines, it’s looking increasingly like a two-horse race for the Republican nomination.