From The Wall Street Journal
Newt Gingrich’s sweeping victory in South Carolina throws the GOP Presidential contest into a useful uproar and poses a challenge for Mitt Romney, what’s left of the Republican establishment, and not least for Mr. Gingrich himself. We’ll see who rises to the occasion.
There’s no denying the breadth of the former House speaker’s triumph in the Palmetto State. He won among rank-and-file Republicans, tea partiers, men and women, all manner of conservatives, most income groups, and every age group save those under 30 (who went narrowly for Ron Paul over Mr. Gingrich).
Most strikingly, he routed Mr. Romney on what had been the former Massachusetts governor’s greatest strength—electability. Some 45% of voters in the exit poll said defeating President Obama was the candidate trait that mattered most, and they went for Mr. Gingrich over Mr. Romney, 51% to 37%.
This reflects Mr. Gingrich’s debate skills but perhaps more his willingness to promote conservative values. Since Reagan, Republicans have had a President or nominee who was typically either tongue-tied or timid in defending their policies and principles. With Mr. Obama preparing a re-election assault on those principles, GOP voters understandably want a tenacious advocate. Voters sense that, whatever his other failings, Mr. Gingrich can match Mr. Obama on the issues and won’t go down without a fight.
This is in contrast to Mr. Romney, who is cautious at his most tenacious but in the last week has seemed befuddled by questions he surely knew were coming. The demand to release his tax returns was inevitable, especially with Mr. Obama preparing to attack him as “Mr. 1%.” Mr. Romney said Sunday he will release his 2010 tax return on Tuesday, but blowing that layup suggests either personal stubbornness or the lack of an adviser who can tell him when he’s wrong.
The more serious flaw exposed by the tax debate is Mr. Romney’s inability, or unwillingness, to make a larger and persuasive case for free-market economic growth and lower tax rates. Before last week, he seemed to believe he could dodge a class-war battle by not proposing a cut in tax rates. This was always implausible given Mr. Obama’s campaign, but it is impossible now that he has disclosed that his own effective tax rate is 15%.
He faces a fundamental political choice: Duck and cover against the barrage of attacks on his 15% rate, the lower rate on “carried-interest” and any overseas income he might have, or go on offense by standing for something larger than his own career, such as a major tax reform to spur growth.
Mr. Romney and his advisers are making the mistake that John Kerry made against George W. Bush in 2004—believing that voters are so unhappy with the incumbent that all Mr. Romney has to do is present himself as a safe alternative. Mr. Romney seems to think it’s enough to run on his biography as a businessman.
It won’t be enough—unless the economy goes into another recession, which no one should want in any case. The Republican nominee will have to make a sustained and specific case that Mr. Obama’s policies made the recovery weaker than it should have been (stimulus, health care), squandered resources on political boondoggles (Solyndra), and how and why GOP policies will do better. Mr. Romney’s 59 economic proposals are fine but forgettable little ideas. He needs a big idea.
Read the article here.
(Romney is going to lose, because he can not really defend himself and his record. he will resort to lying about Gingrich, but really people know that Romney is just a whiter version of Obama)
Think about this. Obama is scary when what he says is so damn near to what Hitler said!
The EPA, acting as if it has no one to answer to, is single-handedly destroying not only our ability to produce energy but is also making it almost impossible for farmers to get pesticides.
They’ve basically said they are JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER when it comes to rulings.
Hilarious! The Row versus Wade fight!
More on TSA and Paul Rand….
The law protects him from detention but that does not seem to matter to the TSA.
The U.S. Constitution actually protects federal lawmakers from detention while they’re on the way to the capital.
“The Senators and Representatives…shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same….” according to Article I, Section 6.
And, of course, the Obama Regime sided with TSA.
I am certain that if it had been Princess Pelosi or Harry Reid or any other dirtbag democrat the White House would be demanding the head of the TSA himself.
The White House is standing by the Transportation Security Administration in its standoff with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his father, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)
The elder Paul called the TSA a “police state” Monday after Sen. Paul was reportedly detained by TSA after he refused to take a pat-down from TSA officials at the Nashville International Airport.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that he didn’t have any reaction to Paul’s comment about “police state.”
But Carney sided with the TSA saying, “I think it is absolutely essential that we take necessary actions to ensure that air travel is safe.”
Okay, I am torn on the above matchup. Gingrich for sure as President! Allen West, I don’t know yet how he would stack up against say Rick Santorum. For sure, West has a cleaner history than Rick.
Westboro Baptist Freaks Plan To Protest Joe Paterno’s Funeral Can’t believe these freaks are still around.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations says it will send Rick Santorum a copy of the Qur’an this week to help the Republican presidential candidate to “educate himself about Islam” after he was quoted as implying that Muslims do not worship the Judeo-Christian God.
The advocacy group targeted the former Pennsylvania senator just days after condemning fellow GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich for his negative views on shari’a (Islamic law).
Addressing supporters in South Carolina on Friday night, Santorum said that the concept of equality emanates from “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” – not from Islam or eastern religions.
Since equality comes from God, he went on to say, people should “live responsibly in conforming with God’s laws.
(you know the islamics are in a panic because they know that if republicans finally take over the presidency and the congress, that finally the idiocy of the liberal and obama regime of kissing islamic ass will come to an end)
Face it, for me, I would never go to geico insurance. Their commercials have always been a bit laughable.
KIRKWOOD (KMOV) – Members of Occupy St. Louis and the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined forces Sunday afternoon to protest outside the Kirkwood Walmart and Lowe’s over advertising dispute.
Organizers say they are protesting Lowe’s decision to pull its advertising funds from TLC’s television series “All-American Muslim”. Protesters are accusing Lowe’s of pulling the ads after pressure from the Florida Family Association.
Lowe’s officials say the program brought up a “lightning rod” of complaints and they didn’t want their ads to be associated with the controversy.
Multiple protests have been happening nationwide since Lowe’s pulled their ads.
(dirtbags and ragheads. what a shitty combination! and this boycott is not having any effect at all!)
Blindfolded and handcuffed to each other on a barren hilltop, Pakistani soldiers wait for death at the hands of a merciless Taliban fighter.
Fifteen men were lined up for execution, the chilling scene captured on film by the Taliban for a video released as a warning to the Pakistani army operating near the Afghan border.
The Frontier Corps soldiers were seized last month in what the Taliban said was an operation to avenge the deaths of insurgents in Pakistan.
The video shows one of the killers from the Pakistan Taliban, or TTP, holding an AK-47 rifle and speaking with fury about revenge.
‘Twelve of our comrades were besieged and mercilessly martyred in the Khyber Agency [area],’ said the militant. ‘Our pious women were also targeted.
‘To avenge those comrades, we will kill these men. We warn the government of Pakistan that if the killing of our friends is not halted, this will be the fate of you all.’
One of the men shoves a clip into his assault rifle and fires a few rounds into the back of the heads of some of the soldiers. ‘God is greatest,’ the Taliban yell.
Other fighters step up and take turns pumping bullets into the men, some wearing green military uniforms. Each time a soldier collapses, the man standing next to him is pulled in that direction by the handcuffs. After the executions, the Taliban militants stare at the bodies slumped on the ground.
‘If the killing of our friends is not stopped, this will be the fate of all infidel armies, God willing,’ says one militant.
(and these guys are our friends? So says biden, obama, and liberals. maybe if the taliban grabbed 15 liberals and did this?)