New Yorker Magazine Cover Shows Mitt Romney Driving Car with Rick Santorum in Dog House

The  latest issue of  New Yorker magazine hit a home run with its  cover showing Mitt Romney driving a car with Rick Santorum strapped on top in a dog house.  That’s exactly where Mitt Romney wants to put Rick Santorum. Hilarious.

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New Yorker Magazine Cover Shows Mitt Romney Driving Car with Rick Santorum in Dog House

Dyler Byers: “Somewhere, the Seamus-obsessed New York Times columnist Gail Collins is busy looking for an 8″ x 11-1/2″ picture frame.” (H/T Politicalwire)

Poll: Newt Gingrich Most Unpopular Politician in America Right Now

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Poll: Newt Gingrich Most Unpopular Politician in America Right Now (Wikipedia)

GOP presidential hopeful and admitted adulterer Newt Gingrich is the most unpopular person in American politics at this time, according to The Fix.

CNN/Opinion Research poll: 63% of all Americans viewed Gingrich unfavorably, compared to just 25% who saw him in a positive light.

CBS News/New York Times poll: Shows a similar split: 54% view Gingrich unfavorably, compared to 16% who say they feel positively predisposed towards him.

“Those 38-point spreads between his favorable and unfavorable ratings are a new high for Gingrich in the 2012 campaign and tie his worst numbers from 1997, when he faced ethics troubles and a GOP revolt during his time as speaker of the House.”

The problem is Newt Gingrich doesn’t get it and we will continue to be subjected to his hypocrisy. This should come as no surprise to anyone. Newt Gingrich has been unpopular since the day he set foot into Washington D.C.

The Republican Party Deserves to Lose the Presidential Election Because of the Weak & Flawed Frontrunners

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The Republican Party Deserves to Lose the Presidential Election Because of the Weak & Flawed Frontrunners (2012 Presidential Candidates)

I have long maintained that this current slate of Republican presidential candidates is a joke and they deserve to lose to President Obama in November. The most credible candidate, in my opinion, was Jon Huntsman, but he was weighted down by the negative perception of working for President Obama as ambassador to China, as well as his stance on climate change and evolution. These were non-issues in my view, but hey, that’s me. If Newt Gingrich, who has serious moral shortcomings and a very weak Mitt Romney are the best the Republican Party has to offer, then sorry, I’ll take my chances with President Barack Obama for a second term.

Mitt Romney is at a serious disadvantage in appealing to blue collar Americans, the Latino and black communities. Heck, he can’t even appeal to the right wing evangelical wing-nuts in the Republican Party. Pulling out his tax returns, after he kicked and screamed against doing so, is going to reinforce the opinions of people on Main Street. He’s out of touch with the realities we face and he is an elitist. How many of us have the luxury of a Swiss bank account, or money in the Cayman Islands or even paying a 13.9% tax rate? Therein lies Mitt Romney Achilles heel and he won’t overcome that deficit any time soon.

As for the current GOP field, it’s like confronting a terminal diagnosis. There may be an apparent range of treatments: conventional (Romney), experimental (Gingrich), homeopathic (Paul) or prayerful (Santorum). But none will avail you in the end. Just try to exit laughing.

That’s my theory for why South Carolina gave Newt Gingrich his big primary win on Saturday: Voters instinctively prefer the idea of an entertaining Newt-Obama contest—the aspiring Caesar versus the failed Redeemer—over a dreary Mitt-Obama one. The problem is that voters also know that Gaius Gingrich is liable to deliver his prime-time speeches in purple toga while holding tight to darling Messalina’s—sorry, Callista’s—bejeweled fingers. A primary ballot for Mr. Gingrich is a vote for an entertaining election, not a Republican in the White House.

Then there is Mitt Romney, even now the presumptive nominee. If Mr. Gingrich demonstrated his unfitness to be a serious Republican nominee with his destructive attacks on private equity (a prime legacy of the Reagan years), Mr. Romney has demonstrated his unfitness by—where to start? Source: Wall Street Journal

Sorry, but the Republican alternative to President Barack Obama promises to be another fiasco like George W. Bush. I would venture to say, I would be willing to vote for a credible Republican candidate, who personifies the issues important to me, but the hypocrisy emanating from the two frontrunners — Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich —  makes me want to puke. If you want to win an election, um, then please, don’t run with losers.

Polls: Mitt Romney Widens Lead in South Carolina as Newt Gingrich Fades

Reuters/Ipsos poll:  Mitt Romney leading with 37%, followed by Ron Paul at Rick Santorum at 16% and Newt Gingrich dropping back to 16% in South Carolina.

New Frontier Strategy poll: Mitt Romney leading with 32%, followed by Gingrich at 23%, Santorum at 14%, Paul at 10%, Perry at 6% and Huntsman at 4%.

It seems that Newt Gingrich is probably paying attention to the poll results because he is backing off that anti-Romney video, “King of Bain,” being aired by his Super PAC, Winning Our Future. He is now calling on the Super PAC to remove any incorrect or misleading parts of the film.

“Nobody Cares,” Jon Huntsman Arrogantly Dismisses John McCain’s Endorsement of Mitt Romney

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"Nobody Cares," Jon Huntsman Arrogantly Dismisses John McCain's Endorsement of Mitt Romney (Wikipedia)

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman raised some eyebrows in his reaction to the news Sen. John McCain is backing Mitt Romney in New Hampshire today:  “Nobody cares,” according to MSNBC’s First Read.

“I have great regard for Sen. McCain. I love the man. But it’s another example of establishment piling on,” Huntsman told reporters at Globe Incorporated, a first-responder fire suit manufacturer today.

“It seems the more establishment piles on, Dole, McCain, all the rest, nobody cares. Nobody cares about this. I mean, none of the endorsements that Romney picked up have been a thing in terms of how people respond, because the people are looking for a new generation of leadership. They’re looking for a new approach to problem solving in this country. You can get all the Doles and McCains in the world as Romney probably will, but in the end, nobody cares.” Source: First Read

Wow, that was a mouthful, don’t you think? Um, here is why people should care about Sen. McCain’s endorsement:

a) He won New Hampshire twice, so clearly people there like him;

b) Jon Huntsman has been a bottom tier candidate all through the campaign (even though I believe he’s the most conservative and most qualified among the other candidates).

Has Jon Huntsman already thrown in the towel on his presidential aspirations or is he just arrogantly dismissive of his political adversaries as a general rule? Either way, John McCain’s endorsement of Mitt Romney is a good one and already seals the deal of him being an establishment candidate, though it’s clear he has major weaknesses. Yes, Jon Huntsman, somebody cares!

 Nobody Cares, Jon Huntsman Arrogantly Dismisses John McCains Endorsement of Mitt Romney

Iowa Caucus Heading to Photo Finish with Ron Paul, Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum Leading the Pack

Iowa caucus heading to photo finish with Ron Paul leading at 20%, Mitt Romney 19% and Rick Santorum at 18% in a dead heat, as Newt Gingrich fades fast, according to latest poll results.

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Iowa Caucus Heading to Photo Finish with Ron Paul, Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum Leading the Pack (Public Policy Polling)

The latest Public Policy Polling survey in Iowa shows the three leading contenders all within two points of each other — Ron Paul leads at 20%, followed by Mitt Romney at 19%, and Rick Santorum at 18%.  The other candidates: Newt Gingrich at 14%, Rick Perry at 10%, Michele Bachmann at 8%, Jon Huntsman at 4%, and Buddy Roemer at 2%.

It’s actually a little scary that Rick Santorum, a longshot for the presidency, could see such a meteoric rise in the polls. He moved up eight points since the last PPP poll. He gained from Newt Gingrich implosion and a softening of Ron Paul’s numbers. The social evangelicals are running to Rick Santorum, but this guy was a senator who was rejected by voters in the last election. He claims it was because the Republicans had hit a rough patch during that time. Well, if he was as good as he says he is, then he should have won reelection easily. It seems the Republicans are in a tizzy because they just can’t rally around one candidate at this point because each one is flawed in some way. For what it’s worth, Mitt Romney’s numbers have remained constant but the others have risen and fallen as they continue to play musical chairs.+

Among voters who say they decided who to vote for in the last seven days Rick Santorum leads Romney 29-17 with Paul and Gingrich both at 13.

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Santorum’s net favorability of 60/30 makes him easily the most popular candidate in the field. No one else’s favorability exceeds 52%.  He may also have more room to grow in the final 48 hours of the campaign than the other front runners: 14% of voters say he’s their second choice to 11% for Romney and only 8% for Paul. Santorum’s taken the lead with two key groups of Republican voters: with Tea Partiers he’s at 23% to 18% for Gingrich, 16% for Paul, 15% for Bachmann, and only 12% for Romney.  And with Evangelicals he’s at 24% to 16% for Gingrich, and 15% for Paul and Romney.

For what it’s worth, winning the Iowa caucus doesn’t necessarily translate into a win for the White House. We all know Ron Paul, with  all his radical ideas, will not be the GOP nominee. Donkeys would fly first. My bet is that Mitt Romney will secure the GOP presidential nomination or Jon Huntsman will become the nominee by an act of God. This Rick Santorum surge is not for real. He cannot sustain this momentum. That record of accomplishment he brags about is very flimsy and he manages to negate all that with crazy statements such as bombing Iran’s nuclear sites, saying no to same sex marriage and repealing the right for gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

 Iowa Caucus Heading to Photo Finish with Ron Paul, Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum Leading the Pack

Polling Forecasts Show Ron Paul Most Likely to Win Iowa Caucus as Newt Gingrich Implodes

Public Policy Polling survey: Ron Paul must be feeling really good this morning, since Nate Silver‘s forecast is that he a 44% chance of winning the Iowa caucus since Newt Gingrich is literally imploding before our eyes. Mitt Romney has a 32% chance of winning, while Gingrich’s chances have sunk to just 15%.

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Polling Forecasts Show Ron Paul Most Likely to Win Iowa Caucus as Newt Gingrich Implodes (Public Policy Polling)