Tag Archives: 2012 Presidential Election

About Sarah Palin and Politico

1 Nov

So, according to Politico – Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

I just can’t stand garbage like this. First of all, who are these anonymous sources? And why won’t Politico name them?

Secondly, “Top Republicans” are the reason we have Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Their failure to lead when they were in charge led to this. As Scott Rasmussen pointed out in The Wall Street Journal tomorrow is A Vote Against Dems, Not for the GOP.

Finally, if the GOP “elites” want to make THIS their mission, let me be clear, Sarah Palin is not my candidate for 2012…

BUT she WILL be.

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Hillary 2012: Remember, you heard it here first

3 Sep

Sort of.

I’m calling it: Hillary 2012

15 Jul

I said several times back in 2012 that the best choice between Obama, Clinton and McCain may well have been Hillary Clinton.  Not because I can support her, or her politics.  But of the three she may have been the most qualified and ~gulp~ the most rational of the choices.

And, I think she’ll be the Democratic nominee in 2012.

Pete DuPont thinks I might be right (or I think Pete DuPont might be right): 

Hillary Clinton for President
The secretary of state could mount a formidable challenge to Obama.
Pete Du Pont in The Wall Street Journal

First, as Peggy Noonan wrote earlier this month, the conclusion one hears from most “normal” American people is that the president “is in over his head, and out of his depth.” Even most progressives agree that “the Obama presidency has been a big disappointment,” according to Eric Alterman of The Nation. That means there’s a big opportunity for Mrs. Clinton.

Read more.

Seriously, when has he ever stopped campaigning?

24 Feb

All cowboy hat. No "cowboy diplomacy."

He’s focusing on health care, no it’s jobs, no scratch all that, gear up the 2012 campaign.

I’m mean really, regardless of what you think of the President or his policies, the man has never stopped campaigning since he first announced he was running for the White House.

Exclusive: White House privately plots 2012 campaign run
Mike Allen, Politico

President Barack Obama’s top advisers are quietly laying the groundwork for the 2012 reelection campaign, which is likely to be run out of Chicago and managed by White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, according to Democrats familiar with the discussions.

CNN: 52% say Obama shouldn't be re-elected

16 Feb

CNN Poll: Anti-incumbent fever at record high
According to the poll, 44 percent of registered voters say Obama deserves re-election, with 52 percent saying the president does not deserve a second term in office.

But take note Congress, your numbers are worse, regardless of your party affiliation.

Not Newt, Not Ever

26 Oct

Newt Gingrich says he still has to decide whether he’s going to run for the White House in 2012.

Gingrich Will Decide in Early 2011
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

Said Gingrich: “Callista and I are going to think about this in February 2011. And we are going to reach out to all of our friends around the country. And we’ll decide, if there’s a requirement as citizens that we run, I suspect we probably will. And if there’s not a requirement, if other people have filled the vaccum, I suspect we won’t.”

We’ve already decided.  Not Newt.  Not Ever.

Like Michelle Malkin says:  Newt for 2012? No, thanks.

Adam Bitely has: Newt Gingrich Choking (on the Scozzaflava endorsement)

Governor Clinton?

10 Sep

Doug at Below the Beltway passes on the rumor that The Weekly Standard is apparently passing along.

Hillary Clinton for Governor?

The boss hears from two sources that Hillary Clinton is considering stepping down as Secretary of State this fall in order to run for Governor of New York.

Doug thinks maybe it’s a prelude to another run for the White House.

I’m not so sure. 

Would Hillary challenge Barack Obama in 2012?  Even with his numbers plummeting daily, he’s going to recover somewhat and will likely be the Democratic nominee in 2012.  As an aside, I don’t think it will be an Obama/Biden ticket in 2012.

So that means Hillary’s next shot would be 2016.  She would be 69 years old.

For the most part, Democratic candidates in the last few decades have been young and energetic.  And we know the success the Republicans have had with older white men.

At almost 70, would Hillary be considered too old?

Dear GOP, it's win one for the GIPPER, not ZIPPER!

24 Jun

News Flash: Mark Sanford is a sinner.

So am I. So are you.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24

That’s the Gospel Mark Sanford believes. That’s the Gospel I believe. As we learned once again today, living up to it is a different story.

What I am not, and what Mark Sanford may not be much longer, is a keeper of the public trust. That doesn’t make Sanford more of a sinner than I am. We both need grace. Lots of it.

But along with his marital indiscretions, Sanford betrayed his office. You know the story. He’s missing. He’s hiking. He’s hiking naked. He was none of those things. He was in Argentina having an extramarital relationship.

Sanford confessed today in a long, drawn out conference. It will be replayed over and over. He also resigned as Chair of the Republican Governor’s Association. What remains to be seen is whether or not he’ll remain as Governor. That’s for Sanford and the People of South Carolina to decide.

Twitter and Facebook and the Interwebs have been buzzing with the story all afternoon. comments ranging from jokes (some of the puns just write themselves), to accusations that all Republicans are hypocrites. This on the heels of the John Ensign story certainly doesn’t help.

Sure, there’s the double standard that says liberals and Democrats “get away with this” and Republicans don’t. But the Democrats don’t claim to be the party of family morals and don’t have a huge constituency of social conservatives and Evangelical Christians (granted some of that is changing). And in reality, a Democrat missing for a week then confessing as Sanford did really wouldn’t get that much of a break.

It doesn’t mean that morality and family values are wrong. It means, as noted above, that we’re all sinners. We all struggle. We all fail. And when in the public eye a leader falls the vultures are there to pounce.

I’m not pouncing on Sanford. He’s going to get enough without it coming from me. Nor am I excusing him. He failed. Miserably. John Ensign failed. Miserably.

So if you’ll excuse the double entendre, what I’d like to say to potential 2012 (and beyond) GOP contenders is simply this, “If you can’t keep it zipped, withdraw now.” Take that as you will.

Jenny Sanford did not come to today’s press conference. She could’ve stood by like Dina Matos McGreevey as the scorned but loving wife. Or she could’ve “Stood by Her Man” like Hillary “Chocolate Chip” Clinton. Instead she kept her distance and issued a gracious statement:

Psalm 127 states that sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from Him. I will continue to pour my energy into raising our sons to be honorable young men. I remain willing to forgive Mark completely for his indiscretions and to welcome him back, in time, if he continues to work toward reconciliation with a true spirit of humility and repentance.
Read the full statement in The State.

Mark Sanford didn’t personally sin against me. I’ve never met him. Never likely to. The worst he did to me was to dash some hopes of possibly returning sanity to the White House in 2012. So now we look elsewhere. But, he’s asked for forgiveness. And, as a brother in Christ, I’m called to give it to him.

Sanford’s political career is likely over. His marriage may be as well. Time will tell.

From a (non-related) friend’s post on Facebook yesterday:

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Let’s hope and pray that’s the case for Mark Sanford.

Sanford channels Garbo: "I want to be let alone"

23 Jun
Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina

Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina

Can’t a guy just get away from it all once in a while? Okay, that’s more difficult when your say a Chief Executive. But still, turns out that Governor Mark Sanford just wanted a little quiet time away from the budget mess, the stimulus mess, and maybe for the weekend away from his family. Yes, it was Father’s Day. That’s Father’s Day, not children’s day. Sometimes all a dad, or a governor, wants is a little peace and quiet.

After all it’s not like he spent a couple hundred grand in taxpayer money for a night in The Big Apple, or even buzzed the state jet around the Confederate Flag at the State House.

The Lessons of Mark Sanford’s Hike
Erick Erickson, RedState

Now, here is all you need to know about this whole entire story — the reaction from the erstwhile Republicans angry at Sanford for not being a fiscal squish and from the media all go back to their core belief that without Sanford manning the barricades of government at all times, the government will collapse and people will starve, die, and forget how to read and write.
Read more.

Governor’s Hike Reopens Rifts
South Carolina Politicians Spar as Aides Say Sanford Will Be Back Wednesday
The Wall Street Journal

State Sen. Greg Ryberg, a Republican who is close to Mr. Sanford, said the issue was a “man-made tempest” blown out of proportion by political enemies seeking to discredit the governor, including the state’s lieutenant governor, André Bauer. Both are Republicans, though they have clashed in the past.
Read more.

‘There’s a lot of reason for Sanford to not want to let Bauer run things, even for a couple of days.’
Jim Geraghty, The Campaign Spot at National Review Online

One Republican strategist based in South Carolina wonders if Sanford didn’t let many people in state government know of his absence because of tensions with Lieutenant Gov. Andre Bauer.
Read more.

The way we see it, there’s nothing hinky going on here. At worst it’s a PR snafu. I figure the Governor left town and told his staff and wife “don’t tell anyone where I’m going.” After all he’s a potential 2012 contender, he attracts attention and some “enterprising” young reporter would’ve followed him out on the trail just to make sure he was observing “Leave No Trace.”

Sanford is supposed to be back tomorrow. I expect a statement. And I expect his political opponents to try to use this to tear him down.

Sadly, that’s the way the world works.

Sarah Palin: Told ya so!

9 Jun
Available in The Write Side Shop.  (click the pic)

Available in The Write Side Shop. (click the pic)

Sarah Palin rips President Obama, tells Fox News his economic policy is leading U.S. to socialism
NY Daily News

Sarah Palin said “we told ya so” to President Obama on Monday night, claiming his spending polices to revive the economy were leading America to socialism.
Read more.

Palin Says ‘We Told Ya So’ on Government Growth and Spending
Fox News

Interview with Sean Hannity
Read the transcript.

When you consider that the federal government is about $11 trillion in debt, and we’re borrowing more to spend more … it defies any sensible economic policy any of us ever learned through college…

Palin center of attention at big GOP dinner
CNN Politics

WASHINGTON (CNN)  — Newt Gingrich was the keynote speaker at Monday night’s fundraising dinner for the Senate and House Republican campaign committees, but it was Sarah Palin who stole the show.
Read more.

And more hate from the party of Hopey-changism…

Comedian on ‘Today’ Show Trashes Sarah Palin: She’s ‘Very Much Like Herpes’
NewsBusters

VH1 comedian Chuck Nice appeared on Tuesday’s “Today” show and compared Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the sexually transmitted disease herpes.
Read more.

Letterman: Palin Updated Her “Slutty Flight Attendant” Look In NY
Real Clear Politics

While reading his top ten list Monday night, “Late Show” host David Letterman said Gov. Sarah Palin bought makeup from Bloomingdale’s to update her “slutty flight attendant” look.
Video at the link.