Report: Mitt Romney Not Running for President Again

Report: Mitt Romney Running for President Again

Report: Mitt Romney Not Running for President Again

Twice-failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not throwing his hat in the ring for a third time.

Mitt Romney released a statement to his supporters:  “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.”

“I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president.” – Hugh Hewitt Show

That’s contrary to reports from the Daily Beast and First Read:

Daily Beast:  “Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle Thursday, he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do better as a campaigner in 2016. Romney had originally intended to wait until later in the cycle but the bullish entry of Jeb Bush into the field encouraged him to jump early.”

First Read: “No one knows for sure what Romney will announce, but the hunch coming from Romney World is that the former Massachusetts governor is going to give it another try. But here’s why Romney has to make up his mind now: The ground underneath his feet is already beginning to crumble. Just yesterday, we learned that Romney’s top Iowa strategist in 2008 and 2012 — David Kochel — is set to be Jeb Bush’s campaign manager. We also learned, via the AP, that some of Romney’s past donors are jumping aboard the Jeb Train.”

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

I must admit, Donald Trump saying he would have beaten President Obama in the 2012 presidential campaign is a funny as Sen. Joni Ernst’s bread-bag story. He said he was leading in every poll. Um, really? Which poll? Oh wait, he’s talking about his brief lead in a GOP poll in early 2011. He conveniently forgets that his polling numbers imploded from 26 percent in April to eight percent in May. He’s deluded into thinking he could have beaten President Obama, who won by a landslide. Mitt Romney got 47% of the vote, the same number of Americans he called deadbeats.

In a sit-down interview with The Des Moines Register, he said the two presumed GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, are doomed to lose — and he expressed regret that he hadn’t run himself in 2012.

Trump said he should be in the White House right now.

“I was leading in every poll. … I regret that I didn’t stay in,” he said in an interview before a private dinner at the Stine Barn in West Des Moines. “I would’ve won the race against (President Barack) Obama. He would’ve been easy. Hillary (Clinton) is tougher to beat than Obama, but Hillary is very beatable.”

Trump said he heard Bush is trying to raise $15 million before he makes up his mind about running.

“If I do it, I’ll be self-funding so that solves that problem. Which is nice,” he said. Source: Des Moines Register

Every presidential election cycle we hear the usual drum beats from the likes of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. No-one in their right minds would vote for either. They both have zero credibility and will never be POTUS. Donald Trump’s delusional comments comes days after a poll found most Republicans prefer Mitt Romney over Jeb Bush in the presidential elections.

Democratic Frontrunner Hillary Clinton Building “Research-Driven” Campaign

Democratic Frontrunner Hillary Clinton Building "Research-Driven" Campaign

Democratic Frontrunner Hillary Clinton Building “Research-Driven” Campaign (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton “is assembling a heavily research-driven campaign designed to prevent a repeat of her poor performance in 2008,” the Washington Post reports.

“Clinton still faces many of the same challenges she had seven years ago, when she went from being a juggernaut and most likely the first female president in American history to a perceived stumblebum out of touch with the political moment… But backers say this time Clinton is developing a smarter, more relevant campaign message… The former secretary of state is also trying to play down any sense of inevitability and aims to adopt many of the same data-focused strategies that Barack Obama used to snatch the race from her in 2008.”

Canadian Born Sen. Ted Cruz Building Campaign Team for 2016 Presidential Election

Canadian Born Sen. Ted Cruz Building Campaign Team for 2016 Presidential Election

Canadian Born Sen. Ted Cruz Building Campaign Team for 2016 Presidential Election (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is said to be building his White House team, the Washington Examiner reports. I would love to know how the birthers feel about someone who isn’t a natural born American throwing his hat in the ring. Oh, wait, Ted Cruz is white, so that won’t matter much to them, since race still plays a role in much of what transpires in the U.S.

The Republican senator from Texas tentatively plans to fill senior campaign positions with the triumvirate he signed last summer to expand his political operation. At the top is Jeff Roe, whose organizational title is undefined but who would be the campaign’s chief strategic and logistics decision-maker. Jason Miller would shape and oversee campaign messaging; Lauren Lofstrom would direct fundraising.

Cruz is in the process of “feeling out” additional campaign hires and prospective donors in preparation to join the field of 2016 candidates. If the senator decides to run for president, he wants to hit the ground at full speed, a senior Cruz advisor confirmed Monday.

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Rounding out the team are pollster Chris Perkins, who earned plaudits for being among the few to correctly forecast November’s Georgia Senate race, and Jason Johnson, the senator’s longtime political consigliere. Nick Muzin, Cruz’s deputy chief of staff in his Senate office, is steeped in South Carolina politics. He is viewed as someone who might take a leave of absence from Cruz’ Senate office to join the campaign.

Johnson, meanwhile, is often referred to as Cruz’s “political brain.” He is rooted in the Texas GOP establishment and has been with the senator the longest among his advisors. Johnson served as chief of staff to Greg Abbott for a period when the incoming governor was state attorney general. It was in Abbott’s office that he and Cruz, then the the Lone Star State’s solicitor general, bonded. Johnson guided Cruz to second place and then victory, respectively, in Texas’ 2012 GOP primary and runoff contests. Source: Washington Examiner

Hey, remember that government shutdown Ted Cruz engineered? That’s the kind of foreign-born bully we will get in the White House. I am not a betting person, but I will go out on a limb to wager that the GOP presidential nominee will be Jeb Bush. I can very easily see a Jeb Bush-Marco Rubio ticket.

No Mitt Romney, You aren’t Second Coming of Ronald Reagan

No Mitt Romney, You aren't Second Coming of Ronald Reagan

No Mitt Romney, You aren’t Second Coming of Ronald Reagan (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) – Mitt Romney and his family believe he would have been a better president than Barack Obama. The American people didn’t think so, that’s why he lost by a landslide in 2012 and didn’t even make it out of the primary stage in 2008. His tenure as Massachusetts governor was also very iffy, so I am not sure how a Romney presidency would have turned out. He claims ISIS wouldn’t exist had he been Commander-in-Chief. Well, if Barack Obama had his way, the Iraq invasion would have never happened and we wouldn’t be dealing is the Islamic State today.

To echo Rupert Murdoch’s sentiment (which is a once in a lifetime thing for me), Mitt Romney was a “terrible candidate” in 2012. He thinks three times is the charm but no way. He’s no Ronald Reagan. He’s thinking of joining a crowded GOP field and I don’t see how he can rise above Jeb Bush, was a wildly popular Florida governor. Quite the opposite of Mittens. The stench of the 47 percent insult and Bain Capital are still pungent. That includes the binders full of women PR blunder. How could I forget wannabe First Lady Ann Romney’s unbelievable account of how they lived in poverty during the early years of their marriage: “Our desk was a door propped up on sawhorses. Our dining room table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen.” Um, that’s all the while having stock portfolios.

Say whatever you will about Ronald Reagan, he stood for something and built his following around those ideas — Reaganism. Romney, on the other hand, seems to want the presidency to fulfill a lifelong ambition. Nothing more. Has anyone ever thought Romneyism was more than a passing joke? Here’s a snippet from Peggy Noonan’s latest column:

There is no such thing as Romneyism and there never will be. Mr. Romney has never encompassed a philosophical world. He has never become the symbol of an attitude toward government, or an approach to freedom or fairness. “Romneyism” is just “Mitt should be president.”

Mitt Romney’s dream that he’s the second-coming of Ronald Reagan is just that, a dream. You will recall during the 2008 campaign he tried to paint himself as the heir to Ronald Reagan and during the 2012 presidential campaign he went all-out Ronald Reagan, painting Obama as Jimmy Carter. It didn’t work. President Obama won reelection by a landslide, leaving Mitt and Ann Romney (lady in red) stunned beyond words. Hey Mitt, to dream the impossible dream is what you are doing…..

California AG Kamala Harris to Launch Campaign for Seat Vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer

California AG Kamala Harris to Launch Campaign for Seat Vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer

California AG Kamala Harris to Launch Campaign for Seat Vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will launch a US Senate campaign for the seat vacated by Barbara Boxer (D), the LA Times reports.

“She’s not testing the waters. She’s charting the course. She’s in with both feet,” said the source who requested anonymity while discussing Harris’ plans.

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Harris, 50, who is in her second term as attorney general, previously served as the district attorney of San Francisco. She is the first candidate to officially declare. Boxer announced last week that she would not seek reelection in 2016, setting off a scramble among Democrats who have not seen an open U.S. Senate seat since 1992.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer are seriously considering bids, as are several members of Congress. Source: LA Times

 

Mike Huckabee: Jay-Z Crossed Line from Being Husband to Pimp

Mike Huckabee: Jay-Z Crossed Line from Being Husband to Pimp

Mike Huckabee: Jay-Z Crossed Line from Being Husband to Pimp (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Right wing evangelical presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee trolled Jay-Z in his new book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” saying he crossed the line from being a husband to a pimp by exploiting Beyonce as a sex object. Um, exactly why does Mike Huckabee care what Jay-Z and his wife do?

Huckabee hardly leaves a celebrity spared in his riffs on the corrosive effects of Hollywood culture, but he saves special scorn for hip-hop’s most famous couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Huckabee compared the duo’s 2013 Grammy Award performance to watching “foreplay.”

“My reaction: Why? Beyonce is incredibly talented – gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay-Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?” Source: US News

Huckabee also slammed the Obamas for allowing their children to listen to Beyonce’s music, which he called “trash.” Wow, so much for that minority outreach. Personally, I am no fan of Jay-Z or Beyonce. I liked her in the earlier years of her career. I don’t like the sexed-up Beyonce, but their shenanigans aren’t important enough for me to go on rant. Kinda self-righteous of him to ignore Justin Bieber but attack the Carters.

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will announce the end of his Fox News show as he considers a 2016 presidential run.

Huckabee wrote in a letter to his supporters, “I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them.”

“The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox so I can openly talk with potential donors and supporters and gauge support,” he added.

Mike Huckabee is expected to say “goodbye” on “Huckabee” on Saturday night. He was a longshot for the nomination when he first ran in 2008 and he’s still a long shot in 2016.

Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush?

Jeb Bush "Actively" Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush?

Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush? (Photo Credit: Facebook)

For once I agree with Donald Trump, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” Jeb Bush has announced on Twitter and Facebook that he’s “actively exploring a White House run for 2016.” To be fair, I actually prefer him to his brother, George W. Bush, but do we need another Bush in the White House?

Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook about discussions over a possible presidential run, “We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”

So, I guess he will be restoring the America his brother helped to wreck, right? Like Donald Trump said, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” That’s even as he flirts with a presidential run, which we know won’t materialize.

 

Shameful: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections

Report: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections

Report: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

SHAMEFUL:  More people went shopping on Black Friday than voted in the 2014 midterm elections. The sad reality is America is really, really broken.

The National Retail Federation predicts 140.1 million people will go shopping this weekend, down from the 140.3 million who went shopping last year.

The United States Election Project reports that only 76.9 million people turned out to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s the lowest turnout since World War II. Get this, the population then was less than 150 million people.

[H/T Mediaite]