Mitt Romney Landed No Knock-Out Punch in Key Ohio Primary, Bruising Battle for Nomination Continues

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IMitt Romney Landed No Knock-Out Punch in Key Ohio Primary, Bruising Battle for Nomination Continues (Wikipedia)

The bruising battle for the GOP presidential nomination continues and front-runner Mitt Romney just can’t seem to seal the deal. He managed to eke out a win in Ohio 38% to Rick Santorum’s 37%, but it wasn’t a convincing one. He and the other three candidates are very weak and Republican and Independent voters know that. So, after Super Tuesday, the odds of a brokered Republican convention seem to be a real possibility.

New York Times: Mitt Romney won the delegates, but not necessarily the argument.

His quest to win the Republican presidential nomination has always resembled a detailed, methodical business plan. Mr. Romney, who spent much of his life fixing troubled corporations, must now decide whether steps are necessary to repair his lethargic candidacy.

Mr. Romney had hoped that a string of Super Tuesday victories in contests from Vermont to Alaska would effectively bring the Republican race to a close. But he found himself winning over Rick Santorum by only the slimmest of margins with almost all the votes counted in Ohio, the most coveted primary of the night, while losing other contests across the South.

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But the campaign is suddenly bracing for new questions about Mr. Romney’s ability to piece together a coalition needed to move closer to a general election fight with President Obama.

The heart of his case to his fellow Republicans has always been that he is not only the most electable candidate in the field, but also the best prepared and most suited for what is sure to be a brutal general election.

But the outcome of the contests on Tuesday, while allowing him to amass more delegates than any of his rivals, did little to resolve the questions about his ability to connect with voters, especially conservatives.

Shouldn’t there have been a shift in the campaign at this juncture? Surely Mitt Romney should realize that he is in more trouble than he cares to admit. The American voter is fickle on his candidacy. If  wingnut like Rick Santorum can become such a threat to the so-called “most likely candidate to beat Obama,” it follows that the Republican Party will most likely hand the Democrats four more years in the White House.

Rick Santorum was able to win Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota, while Romney carried Ohio (barely), Massachusetts, Idaho, Vermont and Virginia, three of which are heavily Democratic states. His decisive wins aren’t in battleground states or even states that are more conservative and more religious. He seems to have a real problem connecting with blue collar workers. Well, if you want to do that, you don’t set up your campaign headquarters in the affluent Buckhead area of Atlanta, for example.  If you ask me, Rick Santorum was the big winner last night, with his poorly run campaign. That speaks volumes.

First Read: “The answer to that question continues to come down to ideology. According to the exit polls in Ohio, Santorum easily won among very conservatives (48%-30%) and overall conservatives (41%-35%), while Romney won the other ideological subgroups (somewhat conservatives, moderates/liberals). Santorum won Tea Party supporters (39%-36%), while Romney won Tea Party detractors (45%-30%). And Santorum ran up the score with evangelicals (47%-30%). Given that kind of very conservative resistance we’ve seen in other contests — Iowa, South Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio — it’s a tribute to Romney that he remains on track to winning the GOP presidential nomination. But it also explains why he’s unable to pull away from his under-funded and less-organized opposition.”

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Afghan Demonstrators Burn “Black Dog Obama” Effigy to Protest Koran Desecration

Afghan demonstrators set fire to an effigy of President Barack Obama under the caption, “Black Dog Obama,” during a protest against the desecration of the Koran in Jalalabad. Ignorance is running rampant all over this world.

Afghan Demonstrators Burn "Black Dog Obama" Effigy to Protest Koran Desecration (AFP)

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Rick Santorum Says President Obama’s “Agenda Based on Phony Theology” “Not a Theology Based on Bible”

Rick Santorum is wading in treacherous waters by questioning President Obama’s Christianity, saying his “agenda is based on some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” Yeah, Rick, your theology is the best one that will lead followers to the pearly white gates.   Rick Santorum also said, “in the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity,” he said. “If the president says he’s a Christian, he’s a Christian.” Couldn’t we make the same argument about his brand of Christianity?

Weekly Unemployment Applications Fall to 348K, Lowest Level in 4 Years

BREAKING NEWS: Weekly unemployment applications fall to 348K, lowest level in 4 years. The more these numbers fall and the economy improves, the less the Republican presidential candidates can beat President Obama up on the economy. I’m sure Mitt Romney and conservatives will find a way to spin this.

Sen. Joe Lieberman Says U.S. Should Arm Syrian Rebels to Overthrow President Bashar al-Assad

The Hill:  “Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the United States should arm and assist Syrian opposition forces working to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said the Pentagon is putting plans together and that it is time to “help the brave Syrian freedom fighters (AKA Syrian rebels).”

Sarah Palin Delivers CPAC Address Says “President Obama Transformed a Shining City on a Hill into a Sinking Ship,” He “Mucked It Up”

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Sarah Palin Delivers CPAC Address Says "President Obama Transformed a Shining City on a Hill into a Sinking Ship," He "Mucked It Up" (Wikipedia)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker at CPAC Saturday and she didn’t fail to deliver some blows against President Obama. At least, in her mind she was saying something significant. Like, President Obama “transformed a shining city on a hill to a sinking ship” and he “mucked it up.” Um, exactly what did Obama’s predecessor, a Republican president, do for the eight years he was in office? Sarah Palin says never before in history has there been such a gaping disconnect between how the president sees this country, heading in the right direction and the people on the ground saying something else. Um, George W. Bush. She says WTF to President Obama’s jobs plan (Win the Future). In other words, gutter talk coming from Alaska trailer trash.

Sarah Palin says President Obama is the champion of the power brokers who will bankroll his campaign. She said “our nominee must be strong, a fighter for American ideals,” etc. She says they are looking for someone who inherently believes in the Constitution. “Competition will lead us to victory in 2012,” Palin said. She says next time this year “we will have a true conservative in the White House” and a “Commander-in-Chief worthy of our troops.” “President Obama lacks the vision to lead.” Um, as though she has that vision. This is the same person who jumped ship on the people of Alaska. Sarah Palin also said before her speech, that a brokered GOP convention wouldn’t be a bad thing, but that would mean the Republican Party is in a tailspin and would play in President Obama’s favor.

The conservatives can’t help themselves. Immediately following Sarah Palin’s speech was Shania Twain’s “She Not Just a Pretty Face,” playing in the background. Um, that’s exactly what Sarah Palin is, just a pretty face (some would beg to differ), with nothing of substance or history of accomplishment to stand on.

President Barack Obama Sending Dual Messages to Voters in Quest for Reelection

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President Barack Obama Sending Dual Messages to Voters in Quest for Reelection (Wikipedia)

The political transformation of President Barack Obama is glaring. He has moved from the “hope and change” candidate we saw in the 2008 election, to the “doing what it takes to win” president fighting for reelection. Every politician makes promises, empty promises, they know they can’t keep, and that’s not the bad part. The bad part is you don’t know who to listen to and believe has your best interests at heart — Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul.

Politico: “The first is that every modern president in the fourth year of his presidency resorts to the cheap political stunts, broken promises and truth-fudging it takes to win reelection in what has been and will be a 50-50 nation. The reason is simple: Politics is not clean-living; it’s survival.

The second is that Barack Obama, for all his talk of moving beyond conventional political tricks, is doing just that, which wouldn’t be so glaring had it not been for his incessant call for a newer, cleaner and more transparent paradigm for American politics.

The second is that Barack Obama, for all his talk of moving beyond conventional political tricks, is doing just that, which wouldn’t be so glaring had it not been for his incessant call for a newer, cleaner and more transparent paradigm for American politics.”

You can’t say you are for the people on Main Street when you are secretly yukking it up with the people on Wall Street. I don’t know if President Obama’s actions are transactional more than transformative, but I am just tired of politics as usual in Washington D. C. on both sides of the aisle. I am a centrist and I tend to look at some liberal policies and viewpoints with disdain, but I am for the people on Main Street, who are the ones to jumpstart this ecomony by spending. If you can’t look out for Main Street and truly mean what you say, then you aren’t the candidate for me.

President Obama is playing both sides of the field and you just can’t do that and expect to win big. He has flip-flopped as much as his probable Republican adversary Mitt Romney. I was very surprised when he gave his blessings to Super PACs after vehemently decrying their very existence. He literally gave his blessings to Priorities USA Action Super PAC, to go out and collect lots of money from the affluent.

In 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama said,  “you can’t say yesterday you don’t believe in them and today, you are having three-quarters of a million dollars being spent for you. You can’t just talk the talk. The easiest thing in the world is to talk about change during election time. Everybody talks about change during election time. You have got to look at how they will act when it’s not convenient, when it’s hard. And the one thing I’m proud of is my track record is strong on this and I’ve walked the walk.”

So, I guess that record is of little importance to President Barack Obama in 2012, right? The super PACs are a novel way for the fabulously rich and well-connected to influence politics. Um, that doesn’t jibe with his “love and caring attitude” for the people on Main Street. In other words, since everyone is doing it, let’s not get left out of the game, let’s join in this party!

As for the current conundrum with the Catholics and contraceptives, President Obama is just playing politics, that has the potential for serious backlash. Personally, I think the government and the church should not stick its nose in personal matters, such as a woman’s right to chose what she does with her body. This isn’t a fight about religious liberty. It should be a fight about a woman’s right to chose — personal liberty. God knows contraception is the least of President Obama and the Catholic church’s worries. Sorry, but this political transformation of President Barack Obama isn’t the hope and change we signed on for in 2008, but at the same time, who among the Republican slate of presidential candidates is worthy to take the baton? They are all damaged goods. So, here we are, with an enormous problem…..

Harris Poll: Majority of Americans Believe President Obama Trying to Put Country Back on Track

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Harris Poll: Majority of Americans Believe President Obama Trying to Put Country Back on Track (Wikipedia)

Harris Poll: “As President Obama starts his fourth year in office, people have many opinions of the job he has done so far and these opinions have changed over the past three years. In looking at fourteen different statements there are three that have changed fairly substantially over time. In 2010, almost three in five Americans (57%) said President Obama made other countries feel better about the United States. That number dropped to 50% last year and is now even lower, at 43% this year.”

“Looking at some of the more positive statements, each shows a decline in the number of Americans who agree. While majorities believe that the President is trying to put the country back on track (57%), trying to bring about much needed change (54%) and is open, honest and trustworthy (50%), two years ago, in 2010 between 54% and 61% agreed with each statement and in 2011 between 53% and 59% agreed.”

Gingrich Endorser Michael Youssef Says Obama Needs to Apologize for Misuse and Mangling the Scriptures

Gingrich Endorser Michael Youssef Says Obama Needs to Apologize for Misuse and Mangling the Scriptures

Quote of the Day: “Misquoting the Scripture is a common practice by some politicians to advance their cause, but this abuse of the Scripture and viewing one’s administration as the judge and executioner … has reached a new low in egotism. Mr. Obama needs to issue an immediate and urgent apology for his misuse and mangling of the Scripture.”

—  Newt Gingrich endorser Michael Youssef

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Is President Barack Obama a Hypocrite for Giving Blessing to Super PAC, Priorities USA Action?

Is President Barack Obama a Hypocrite for Giving Blessing to Super PAC, Priorities USA Action?

President Barack Obama, hypocrisy or necessity in giving blessings to Super PAC, Priorities USA Action?

Politico: “President Barack Obama  has reversed course and is now blessing the efforts of a sputtering super PAC, Priorities USA Action, organized to fight GOP dark-money attacks.

On Monday morning, Obama reviled the “negative” tone of the super PACs, a dominant fundraising source in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. But by the evening, word leaked to POLITICO that Obama had offered his support for Priorities USA Action, which thus far has raised a fraction of what GOP-backed groups have raked in.”

All politicians who hide behind Super PACs are a bunch of hypocrites. That includes President Obama. Yes, I said.