James Carville Says Romney Will ‘Get Back In The Race’ After Jeb Drops Out

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Hat/Tip to Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa at The Washington Post.

With only Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side OFFICIALLY in the race for the 2016 Presidential Election, speculation still abounds.

Saint Anselm College has been a required stop on the pilgrimage for presidential aspirants, going at least as far back as John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon more than a half-century ago.

When former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) made his first speech here on Friday, he pointed to the historic photos on the wall.

“I’m looking out at this room, and I’m seeing these incredible pictures, some of which bring back really fond memories — guy over there, guy over there,” Bush said.

They were decades-old images of two former candidates who happened to be Bush’s father and brother.

The lessons that George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush had learned in New Hampshire were hard ones. Both stumbled the first time they ran here, in 1980 and 2000, respectively.

But this time around the competition on the GOP side is going to be much stiffer and well funded, so the Granite State could be nearly crucial to a successful run on the Republican side.

For Jeb Bush, an even trickier set of challenges awaits in the Granite State in 2016. The first-in-the-nation primary may well be a do-or-die situation for the third Bush to run in it.

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Not yet formally declared as a candidate, Bush already is being seen as the establishment front-runner. But that status means less than it used to, given that the GOP has moved further to the right than it was when the older Bushes ran. It also appears that Jeb Bush will be running in a far larger field of credible, well-financed contenders.

Even more significant, New Hampshire could be a crucial test of Bush’s core argument that he is the GOP candidate who stands the best chance of beating Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election.

Democrats will also be watching Bush’s New Hampshire effort closely, as a sign of how much of a free-for-all the GOP nominating process is likely to become.

“Jeb Bush has to win New Hampshire. It’s a must-win for him, because he will lose Iowa. You’ve got to win one of them, particularly if [you’re] considered to be something of a front-runner,” Democratic strategist James Carville said at a panel discussion in February celebrating the New Hampshire primary’s upcoming 100th anniversary.

“I will go further,” Carville said. “If Jeb Bush loses New Hampshire, they’ll get Mitt Romney back in the race” — a reference to the GOP’s 2012 nominee, who briefly flirted with the idea of making a third bid for the White House.

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Video: Donald Trump Has Harsh Words for Mitt Romney And Jeb Bush at CPAC… Crowd Cheers

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Hat/Tip to the Conservative Tribune.

Donald Trump is no politician. He is a blunt, say it like it is businessman and that is a huge part of his appeal. His bluntness was on display at CPAC this year, as well.

The last week has been a bit rough for Jeb Bush. The former governor of Florida attended the Conservative Political Action Conference with high hopes for a 2016 presidential run, but he has been hit with a harsh dose of reality.

Several prominent conservatives took time in their CPAC speeches to specifically criticize the brother of George W. Bush, and remind viewers about Jeb Bush’s many moderate and even liberal positions.

At one point, members of the audience even stood up and walked out as Bush spoke.

The latest celebrity to mock Jeb is none other than Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television personality.

“Jeb Bush is in favor of Common Core,” Trump declared to the crowd. “He’s weak on immigration. I don’t see him winning.”

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Breaking News: Romney Makes Decision On 2016 Run For POTUS

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Mitt decides not to run for President in the upcoming 2016 elections.

Hat/Tip to Foxnews.

He’ finally made the announcement!

Mitt Romney announced Friday he will not run for president in 2016, after briefly flirting with a third White House run — a decision that only slightly narrows the crowded field of potential Republican candidates. 

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it’s best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told donors on a conference call Friday morning. 

The announcement comes after the 2012 GOP nominee, who repeatedly denied interest in another campaign, surprised donors earlier this month by telling them he was considering it. 

Many thought he was going to run, especially after reaching out to some pretty heavy hitters when it comes to campaign donations and support.

Since then, the former Massachusetts governor spent three weeks calling donors and strategists and giving a handful of addresses, including to a Republican National Committee summit. But while some from his former campaign team were willing to wait for his decision, others were already gravitating toward the budding campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. 

The two heavyweights were seen as competing for many of the same donors, supporters and strategists. And some doubted whether Romney, who lost to President Obama in 2012 after a campaign in which Democrats cast him as out-of-touch, would be able to connect on a third run — even as early polls showed him leading the GOP field.

Romney gives his reason:

Romney, in a written statement which he also read from on his conference call, said he believes that he could win the nomination, and that he would have enough funding and support. 

“The reaction of Republican voters across the country was both surprising and heartening,” he said in the statement. At the same time, Romney said it would have been a “difficult test and a hard fight,” and it’s time for a new voice. 

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” Romney said. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.” 

He said he will not hire a campaign team, will not take donations and will not organize a political action committee. 

This announcement comes just days after Mitt’s meeting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but was this the reason for his turn around on the matter?

Romney, in a written statement which he also read from on his conference call, said he believes that he could win the nomination, and that he would have enough funding and support.

“The reaction of Republican voters across the country was both surprising and heartening,” he said in the statement. At the same time, Romney said it would have been a “difficult test and a hard fight,” and it’s time for a new voice.

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” Romney said. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

He said he will not hire a campaign team, will not take donations and will not organize a political action committee.

Jeb Bush released a statement after their meeting.

Romney recently spoke with Bush in a private meeting in Utah. It’s unclear whether that meeting set the stage for Friday’s announcement. 

Bush, in a written statement on Friday, praised Romney as a party leader and a patriot.

“There are few people who have worked harder to elect Republicans across the country than he has,” he said. “Though I’m sure today’s decision was not easy, I know that Mitt Romney will never stop advocating for renewing America’s promise through upward mobility, encouraging free enterprise and strengthening our national defense.”

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Trump On The Attack: Romney ‘Choked Like a Dog’ in 2012 Campaign

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Hat/Tip to Sandy Fitzgerald at Newsmax.

Never one to back away from controversy or let the media set the tone in whatever endeavors he participates in, Donald Trump is at it again. This time it’s about the next Presidential election and he minces no words.

Mitt Romney “choked like a dog” in the 2012 election, Donald Trump said Monday, adding that neither Romney nor most of the slate of frown-romneypotential GOP nominees will be able to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“I supported Mitt Romney and he didn’t bring out the people,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends” Monday. “He choked in the end … frankly, he just choked, choked like a dog, and we cannot allow that to happen again.”

Trump went on…

Romney’s last month of the 2012 campaign “was a disaster,” added Trump, who said he’s going to decide on his 2016 campaign aspirations within the next three or four months.

“He should have won that election. He was going against the president, who was absolutely not good and not doing well.”

Romney, if he finally decides on a 2016 race, will lose again, Trump said.

“The ‘Romneycare’ is still with you, many other issues with you, including the 47 percent statement that’s going to be brought up again, and he’ll lose for the same reasons,” said Trump.

And further, while he describes Romney as “a nice man,” Trump said the former Massachusetts governor doesn’t have what it takes to win a presidential race, and he never did.

“Most importantly, some people cannot get the ball over the line and he was never able to get the ball over the line,” said Trump. “We can’t do it again…. We really need help in this country. This country is going to be a disaster if we keep going along the way we’re going.”

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2016 Republican Campaign For President

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Just for the record, I really despise how early the campaign for the Republican nomination for President is already heating up. It should be rebranded as the campaign of 2014-2016. Even before the new Congress was sworn in, the hopefuls were rattling their swords. It’s no secret that Jeb Bush is going to run. Oh, I know he hasn’t officially announced, but anyone who thinks he will not be in the race is fooling themselves. Mike Huckabee has resigned his show on Fox, signaling that he is also thinking about running. The Huckabee hopefuls, of which I may be one, are excited about the possibility of a Huckabee campaign. At the very least the debates will be more entertaining. I am also intrigued by the idea of a Huckabee presidency. I know he isn’t considered a true conservative by many, but I’m not convinced that’s the case.

Enter Mitt Romney. Just when we thought 2012 was the last year the former Governor of Massachusetts would be reaching for the White House, it turns out that his hopes for living at that esteemed address are not quite dashed. Let me be clear about something. I think Romney would probably make a fair President, albeit a pragmatic one. The trouble that he has always had is his campaigning skills. They are almost nonexistent and I see no indication that anything has changed. Unless he has a secret weapon of some kind, the media will likely bury him, just as they did in 2012.

Then we have people like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, etc. No offense intended, but those three often sound like a trio of Bantam roosters, going back and forth. And many people aren’t really giving serious consideration to someone like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He has proved to be a fine Governor, in spite of the flak he has caught from his opponents in the Democratic Party. I wouldn’t mind seeing him give it a shot. At the very least, he would give the Democrats fits with his record of making things work in Wisconsin.

There is also Rick Perry, Dr. Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, and a host of other candidates who are possibly, maybe, or just might be announcing their contention for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. The list just keeps growing and growing. Who knows, I’m thinking of running myself. Does anyone want to throw their hat in the ring as my Vice-President?

I know this is a serious time. The last thing we need is for the next President of the United States to be named Hillary Clinton. That thought troubles me almost as much as does the very real threats we have faced during the Obama presidency. That being said, I almost hate to see this campaign approaching. The squabbling between the different factions of the Republican Party is already getting weary on my ears. Is it just me, or is the oxygen already being sucked out of the air by the preview of the campaign? Just imagine how it’s going to feel after the many months of debates and campaigning that will precede the nomination being awarded to one lucky candidate.

Good grief, I can hardly wait until it’s over already.

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Sources: Yep, Mitt Romney is Probably Going to Run Again

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Hat/Tip to Guy Benson at TownHall.com.

Well, it’s all but official that dear old Mitt is throwing his hat into the ring for a third time, as he seeks the Presidency in the upcoming 2016 election.

Details have been bleeding into the press for days now, and the emerging picture strongly suggests that the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee is angling to take a third crack at a White House run after all. Mitt Watch: 2016 struck me as a silly exercise as recently as a few months ago, when the former Massachusetts governor was still adamantly denying that he harbored any intention of entering the fray.  Then, with Jeb Bush making tell-tale moves toward launching a presidential campaign, I further reasoned that the likelihood of Romney jumping in was growing even more remote.  With a well-known, well-funded, well-connected Republican establishment-leaning standard bearer planting his flag in a major way, any remaining raison d’être for a Romney candidacy would basically vanish, right?  Wrong, according to a “senior GOP source:”

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And this one conversation isn’t the sole source of the Romney in 2016 buzz, either:

Mitt Romney told an audience of Republican donors in New York on Friday that he is seriously considering a third presidential bid. “Mitt told the group of 30 or so guys that were there that he is considering a run for the White House and that they could go tell their friends,” a source in the room told CNN. The Wall Street Journal first reported the comments. Though his loyalists and supportive donors have floated his name as a potential candidate for the better part of a year, Romney himself has been more reticent about mounting another White House bid after his 2008 and 2012 losses. But Romney’s outlook has changed in recent weeks, according to people who have spoken with him recently, and he seems to be more serious than ever before.

No matter the “buzz” or “drumbeat” that is out there about another Romney run, it is just still way too early to speculate. Right now the only reason Romney is winning in the polls is name recognition. That will change once the field forms up and the mud starts slinging.

Until then, we can only wait.

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Paul Ryan Says He WON’T Run For President In 2016…

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Paul Ryan made his Presidential aspirations for 2016 public today.

Ryan said he would not run if Mitt ran again. Romney also just made clear he’s thinking about running again. Wonderful…

Via Daily Caller:

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is a no-go for 2016.

The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee announced Monday that he will not run for the White House. Ryan’s news comes just days after Mitt Romney, his running mate, made clear he may run again.

“I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016,” Ryan told NBC News on Monday.

“It is amazing the amount of encouragement I have gotten from people – from friends and supporters – but I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that,” Ryan said.

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For Jeb Bush And Mitt Romney, A History Of Ambition Fuels A Possible 2016 Collision

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Jeb Bush, left, was a guest on Mitt Romney’s plane during Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, foreground right, and then-Rep. Connie Mack, foreground left. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Hat/Tip to Philip Rucker and Robert Costa at The Washington Post.

It looks like the Leftist Media – and you can’t get too much more left than The Washington (Com)Post – are going to be pushing this huge rivalry.

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have much in common. Both were pragmatic as governors, mild-mannered as candidates and more comfortable balancing budgets at their desks than clinking glasses at a political dinner.

The two Republican leaders’ personal rapport is cordial. But they are hardly chummy — and at moments their relationship has been strained, with each man’s intertwined political network carrying some grievances with the other’s.

As Bush, 61, and Romney, 67, explore presidential campaigns in 2016, they are like boxers warming up for what could become a brutal bout, sizing each other up and mulling whether or when to step into the ring.

Their early maneuvering reveals a level of competitiveness and snippiness that stems from a long history following similar career paths in business and politics prescribed by their dynastic families.

“We’re seeing the first shots of the war between clan Romney and clan Bush,” said Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist who has worked for both men. “Both bring to the battle incredibly powerful fan clubs as well as wounds they have to heal. How ugly could it get? You’re only competing to lead the free world.”

They run in a lot of the same circles when it comes to donors and supporters.

Bush has been trying to consolidate support among establishment donors, leaders and operatives since announcing in December that he would begin laying the groundwork for a likely campaign.

“The Bush connection is a centrifugal force, and it’s drawing back a whole generation of public servants and politicos,” said former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, one of Romney’s 2012 opponents.

But on Friday, Romney sought to slam the brakes on Bush, telling about 30 powerful donors that he, too, was seriously considering a 2016 bid. “I want to be president,” he said, adding that his wife, Ann, was supportive.

Romney has begun methodically calling donors, staff members and endorsers from his two prior campaigns to measure how deep his reservoir of support would be if he runs for a third time, his advisers said. He also has scheduled a series of public speeches, including a Jan. 28 address at Mississippi State University.

Some folks who run in those same circles might be forced to choose sides.

“Awkward,” was the reaction from several past Romney supporters when they learned he was weighing a 2016 campaign. If both he and Bush run, they would occupy similar space as favorites of the party brass and business community.

“The abundance of great candidates developing on the Republican side is making life very tough for me because I’m going to have to choose amongst friends,” said former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu, who was White House chief of staff under Bush’s father but a top campaign surrogate for Romney. 

But, Sununu added, “it’s applesauce right now. Let’s not try to pick up applesauce and move it to the other side of the plate.”

However it shapes up, if this battle takes place, it will surely get more personal even, than Romney-Gingrich in the lead up to Florida in 2012.

The two candidates would invite comparisons to each other, which could be tense for Bush, who was sharply critical of Romney’s 2012 campaign — in particular, his lack of outreach to minorities — and has pledged to run a more inclusive and transparent campaign.

“A Romney-Bush race could end up being nastier than Jeb against someone like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul,” Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, said of the Texas and Kentucky senators. “A Cruz-Bush race is pretty straightforward and ideological. A Romney-Bush race would be more personal — about whose turn it is and who is owed it.”

The two possible contenders maintain that things couldn’t be rosier between them…

Associates of both men insist there is no animosity between them and that each will make his decision about a 2016 run irrespective of the other.

“Governor Bush respects Governor Romney,” said Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell, who worked on Romney’s 2012 campaign. “His process moving forward won’t be impacted by Governor Romney’s decision to explore a run — and I would assume it is the same on the reverse side.”

Beth Myers, a longtime adviser to Romney, said he and Bush have been friends since 2002, when Romney was elected to his first term as Massachusetts governor and Bush to his second as Florida governor.

“Mitt has great respect for Jeb’s ability and integrity, and they’ve worked together many times over the years to promote conservative principles,” Myers said. “At the end of the day, whatever decision Mitt makes about running for president, I’m 100 percent certain he will still value and maintain his friendship with Jeb.”

Mitt and Ann Romney also have nurtured a friendship with Bush’s parents, former president George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara. In 2007, when Romney gave a personal speech on his Mormon faith, which had become a touchy issue with evangelical Christian voters, he did so at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Tex., where he was warmly introduced by the 41st president.

Working on Romney’s 2008 primary campaign were several Jeb Bush lieutenants: Sally Bradshaw, Bush’s longtime political adviser; Ann Herberger, a Miami-based fundraiser; and Al Cardenas, a fixture in Florida Republican politics. All three stayed out of Romney’s 2012 campaign, although Cardenas, then the chairman of the American Conservative Union, endorsed him as the primaries were ending.

But the relationship between the Bush clan and Romney camp goes back a lot farther than recent politics.

The Bush-Romney family dynamic has been one of intrigue and ambition, dating at least to the 1950s, when Romney’s father, George Romney, then president of American Motors, was striving to make political connections as he eyed a run for office.

In 1957, Romney wrote a letter to Prescott Bush, Jeb’s grandfather then serving in the Senate from Connecticut, urging him to test-drive a Rambler or a Metropolitan. Both were popular AMC models, and Romney told Bush the latter got 40 miles to the gallon, according to car-industry historian Patrick R. Foster’s book “The Metropolitan Story.” But, Foster writes, it remains unknown whether the efforts resulted in a sale — or even if Romney’s solicitation drew any notice in Bush’s office.

All I can say is, let’s hope they cancel each other out to let a true Conservative pick up the ball and run with it for once.

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Political Death Match? Romney vs Bush!!

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Hat/Tip to Melanie Batley at Newsmax.

Whether you view him as the bad penny that always turns up, or the man who could get our economy chugging again, Mitt Romney is making all the noises one does when they are considering a run for the Presidency of the United States.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, is more open to a third presidential bid than ever before, according to the National Review.

“The governor is preserving his options — that’s the message I’ve gotten from Boston,” Robert O’Brien, a Los Angeles attorney and former Romney foreign policy adviser, told National Review.

Of course, the spectre of a Jeb Bush run is already looming out there and many wonder if it will figure into Romney’s decision.

A number of key donors are sending messages to Romney encouraging him to mount a bid, raising speculation that he could be a direct challenge to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as an establishment candidate.

“Bush and Romney, both former Republican governors, would occupy the same space in a Republican primary and compete for many of the same donors,” the National Review said.

Sources close to Romney dismissed concerns that Bush would take Romney’s top donors, and a top Romney bundler said that, regardless, Romney could run a credible campaign with “a fifth of the core group that we had before.”

However, with all this conjecture, no one has heard from the man himself.

The National Review said that the buzz surrounding a possible Romney bid escalated this week after a report in The Washington Post indicated that Romney was dining in California Wednesday with a handful of advisers to his 2012 campaign.

However, two sources close to Romney told the National Review that the dinner was not a 2016 strategy session.

“Is Mitt telling anybody he’s going to run? No,” the Romney bundler told the National Review. “Are the people around him suggesting that he’s open to it? Absolutely. They would just love it.”

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Ted Cruz Says Republican Voters Will Stay Home In 2016, IF…

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Hat/Tip to Patriot Update.

Well of course a great Conservative like Cruz knows what is needed in ’16. It’s the RINO GOP Establishment that we’ve got to put asunder. We have to have a strong Conservative candidate that has the uplifting outlook of Reagan’s “Morning in America,” and we have to overwhelmingly support that person to the point that the RINOs have no choice but to join us.

 

“In my view, Republicans cannot win…

…if we don’t stand for anything.”

 

You know, if you look to prior elections, the one thing that’s clear, is if we nominate in 2016, another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole, or a John McCain, or a Mitt Romney…and let me be clear, all three of those are good men, they are honorable men, they’re war heroes, they’re people I respect and admire…but what they did, didn’t work. And if we nominate another candidate in the mold of Dole, or McCain, or Romney, the same voters, who stayed home in 2008, 2012, will stay home in 2016.

The only way, I believe for us to win in 2016, is to nominate a candidate who runs as a strong Conservative, with a positive, optimistic, hopeful vision for the future. – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

 

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Where Was The Media When Jonathan Gruber Was Bragging About ObamaCare?

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Liberal MediaI have watched the ongoing revelations about Jonathan Gruber and his role in lying to the American people about ObamaCare with no small amount of interest. The reality of the situation is simple for me. We have known all along the liberals who shoved that monstrous piece of legislation down our throats were lying. Many of us tried to warn the country what was going down, what the legislation was intended to do, but we were shouted down. It wasn’t just the liberal politicians and policy wonks who raised their voices against our protests. The media establishment has done everything they could to make sure ObamaCare was passed and its failures hidden from sight.

In the interview Jonathan Gruber granted to PBS’ Frontline, he continually pointed out how he was just a “numbers guy”. This was the case when he helped Mitt Romney’s team set up their new health care plan in Massachusetts. He continued that mantra when he talked about his time with President Obama, before and after he became President. He is an economist and a liberal and with his proven proclivity to lie about what he is doing to the American people, just to make sure the desired result is achieved, it makes me trust economists and liberals even less than I already do.

My fellow Americans, we have been lied to from the beginning. The liberals in charge of creating ObamaCare and ramming it through Congress knew what their plans were all along. They manipulated the numbers, even bragging about it among themselves. With hardly any effort on my part, I can find several videos of Jonathan Gruber doing just that. While I can not argue with him that many American voters are less than astute in their knowledge of what goes on in their country, especially outside of their own tunnel vision, it doesn’t excuse his role in the lie that has been perpetrated.

Going back to Gruber’s interview with Frontline, let me point out the obvious. That interview was taped on June 13, 2012. By my calculations, that is 146 days before the presidential election took place on November 6, 2012. Plenty of time for the interview to be dissected by the media and the American public, but nary a word until 2014. This is just the latest evidence that shows just how culpable the media is, when it comes to Barack Obama. They said nothing about his failures, when it would have profited the American people to know of those failures. They said nothing about Jonathan Gruber’s manipulation of the legislation to make sure the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored it the way the Obama team wanted it scored.

This is not the only time the media played coverup for the Obama administration and ObamaCare.America’s Watchtower has a post about how CNBC helped lay a wet blanket over the criticism of ObamaCare. Melissa Francis, currently of Fox Business, had this to say about her time at CNBC.

“When I was at CNBC, I pointed out to my viewers that the math of Obamacare simply didn’t work. Not the politics by the way, just the basic math. And when I did that, I was silenced. I said on the air, that you couldn’t add millions of people to the system and force insurance companies to cover their preexisting conditions without raising the price on everyone else. I pointed out that it couldn’t possibly be true that if you like your plan you can keep it. That was a lie, and in fact, millions of people had their insurance canceled. As a result of what I said at CNBC, I was called into management where I was told, that I was quote, ‘disrespecting the office of the president’ by telling, what turned out to be the absolute truth” she stated.

When you look at the dates of Ms. Francis’ employment at CNBC, one thing stands out. She joined Fox Business in the second week of January 2012. That means her former employer was actively involved in covering up the truth about ObamaCare, well before the presidential election of 2012. That is another nail in the coffin holding the last vestiges of a responsible media establishment.

Even now, the mainstream media refuses to cover the video evidence of how Jonathan Gruber and the rest of the liberals involved in creating ObamaCare lied to the American people. As it was with Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, and other scandals perpetrated by the Obama administration, they act as if not even a smidgin of corruption exists. They pretend it isn’t really a legitimate news story, just dreamed up by conservatives to make their pet President look bad. Remember what I said about not trusting another liberal economist? The same applies to the liberal media. They have proven one thing, once and for all. They can not be trusted to do the right thing.

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Donald Trump to Mitt Romney: Don’t Even Think of Running

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Donald Trump. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hat/Tip to Melanie Batley at Newsmax.

The Donald has spoken. In an interview with Breitbart News, Trump covered the question of  a Romney run in ’16.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney should by no means make a bid for the presidency in 2016 because “he had his chance and he blew it,” says real estate mogul Donald Trump.

In an interview Tuesday, Trump also expressed his disappointment with Romney’s performance in the final four weeks of the 2012 campaign against President Barack Obama.

“No. I don’t think he should run. He had his chance and he blew it,” Trump told Breitbart News. “He had a great chance of winning. He should have won. That was an election that, frankly, should have been a much easier election than the probable 2016 candidate Hillary [Clinton]. That was an election that should have been won by the Republicans.”

With Romney in Iowa to help out Joni Ernst in her bid for the Senate, rumors ran rampant about whether he’d run again. But both Mitt and his wife, Ann have done their best to quash any such rumors.

Earlier this month, speculation mounted that Romney might make another presidential bid after a visit to Iowa to campaign on behalf of GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

According to The Washington Post, confidants have said they think Romney is grappling with whether he would take up the challenge should the party draft him, while multiple GOP donors have pleaded with him to throw his hat into the ring.

Romney and his wife, Ann, have tried to stamp out speculation that he will make a bid, repeatedly saying he is not considering it.

“I’m not running and I’m not planning on running. I’ve got nothing to add to that story,” he told supporters earlier this month while on the campaign trail in Georgia.

In two separate interviews last week, Ann Romney also ruled out a possible run. 

“Done,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “Completely. Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done,” she said, in reference to their five sons. “Done. Done. Done.”

She also made similar comments during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.

But the pollsters are consistently putting Mitt at the top of the heap of hopefuls in 2016.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC News poll out earlier this week found that Romney had the highest support among likely voters of any potential 2016 candidate, with 21 percent.

A Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll last week showed that Romney would be the only potential GOP candidate who would beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Iowa in a hypothetical match-up.

Specifically, 44 percent of likely Iowa voters said they would support Romney, compared to 43 percent who said they would back Clinton. 

So will he or won’t he? Maybe, as they used to say, only his hairdresser knows for sure. But one thing is for certain, there are a LOT of opinions, both pro and con on the idea of him trying a third time to become President.

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Romney was Right

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Hat/Tip to Newsmax and Politico.

He tried to tell America during his ill-fated 2012 run for the President of the United States, but it seems he wasn’t listened to. Well at least it’s for sure that Obama didn’t believe him or listen to him, judging by Obama’s spectacularly awful year and half since winning his second term.

In the nearly 20 months since Mitt Romney lost the election to President Barack Obama, many of the former Massachusetts governor’s predictions have played out on the world stage.

For instance, Romney called Russia the nation’s “number one geopolitical foe”; he pledged strong support for Israel amid tense relations with Iran and other neighbors; declared that corporations are “people” — and said that illegal immigration remained a continued threat to the American economy.

As a result, Mitt Romney’s popularity is increasing.

As many realities have developed in the U.S. and abroad, Romney’s popularity has increased in national polls — and it is believed that he is considering a White House run in 2016.

“Mitt Romney, in retrospect, was not omniscient,” Bradley Blakeman, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, told Newsmax. “He saw what was there to be seen. He saw the world as it was — not the way he wished it would be.

And Blakeman is right, if it weren’t for bad news, Obama wouldn’t make the news at all.

“Obama believed that he could change the world with just his presence on the world stage and with his words. His hope was naïve and impossible,” Blakeman added. “He was running for president, not messiah.

“He never has been able to match his words with deeds. And, today, if it were not for bad news — Obama doesn’t make news.

The vindication of Romney being right when he warned of Russia being our biggest geopolitical foe during the debate where Obama quipped, “…the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” is leading some to make the case for a Romney run in ’16.

Romney recognizes well the historical odds against becoming a repeat nominee. In the film Mitt, which documents his two presidential campaigns, he is captured at a fundraiser making an “L” on his forehead to depict how a failed nominee becomes “a loser for life.” “We just brutalize whoever loses,” he says. We can assume George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, Bob Dole, Al Gore, John Kerry and John McCain came to a similar conclusion.

Will Romney be different from these other failed nominees? Could he defy the odds and make a comeback presidential bid capturing the GOP nomination after all the doubt, second-guessing and blame that accompany such a loss? According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, many Americans seem to think so—45 percent of voters said the United States would be better off today with Romney as president.

So does all this mean that Mitt is considering another run in ’16?

That was also the question on not just the minds but the lips of many at a recent private gathering in Utah known as the E2 Summit, Romney’s now-annual retreat for high-profile politicians, policymakers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, top bundlers and, of course, a core group of long-time Romney loyalists. (Disclosure: I served in multiple roles in the 2012 campaign, including adviser to the economic team, television surrogate and fundraiser.) Although the subject was not on any agenda or the topic of any speech or breakout session, virtually every meal, cocktail hour and coffee break included quiet ruminations over whether Romney could successfully run again.

The event was off the record, so I need to honor those ground rules, but suffice to say that many of speakers, some of the brightest lights of the Republican Party, and with no particular allegiance to Romney, saw great merit in a Mitt resurgence.

Well only time will tell. As for my editorial comment on this, I will say that Mitt Romney was not my first choice in 2012, but once he became our nominee, I lent him my 100% support. Party dissent, name-calling and pulling for your particular dog in the fight is what primaries are for, but once we get a nominee, we need to do all we can to put that person in the White House.

I’m thinking that America would already begin to be looking much different with a President Romney, had things turned out differently in ’12.

Read the full stories here and here.

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Obama Worst, Reagan Best, Mitt a Better Fit

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Best President since WWII, Ronald Reagan; Worst President since WWII, Barack Obama

Hat/Tip to Newsmax.

Quinnipiac: Obama Worst President Since World War II, Reagan the Best

It seems as if the pollsters are finding out what we here in flyover country (anywhere outside of DC) already knew.

President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, and the United States would have been better off if his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, had won the election in 2012, a new Quinnipiac University national poll released today reveals.

The best president? Ronald Reagan.

“Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

On the question of whether the country would have been better off if Mitt Romney had won in 2012, it seems as if the electorate is finally waking up.

“Would Mitt have been a better fit? More voters in hindsight say yes,” Malloy said.

In addition, 45 percent of the voters said the country would be better off if Romney won in 2012, and 38 percent said the country would be worse off.

The choice was sharply divided among party lines, with Republicans choosing Romney by 84 percent to 5 percent and Democrats choosing Obama by 74 percent to 10 percent. Independent voters came in with a 47 percent to 33 percent nod to Romney.

Read the full story here.

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Video: Students Shocked to Hear What Hillary Said

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This is an excellent video that shows not only the institutional bias that colleges foist upon our young people, but it also shows how much of  a pass they are willing to give Democrats. At first, when MRCTV’s Dan Joseph read this quote, the students virtually all said that it sounded like something “any Republican,” or Mitt Romney, or Rick Santorum might say.

“Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”

He then asked if they would be comfortable with the author of that quote speaking at their school. Most were uncomfortable with the idea, but a few said that the person who said that quote had the 1st Amendment right to do so, and they ought to be allowed to speak at the campus even though they disagreed with them.

Then when he revealed that Hillz is the author of that quote, the students had two reactions.

First they displayed shock.

Then they gave Mrs. Clinton a pass, flippantly saying she was probably chasing votes because now she is for gay marriage.

So what we have here is a student body not liking the author of the quote at all. Some even grudgingly acquiesce to the idea of the author of the quote speaking on campus. But when it is revealed to be Hillary Clinton, all of sudden it is okay because she is now probably pandering for votes since she “evolved” her position on this.

Odd that the view is bad if held by a Republican, but when espoused by a Democrat, it is okay as long as they give lip service to gay marriage, if only to get votes.

What a sad, sad double standard the Liberals have drummed into the youth of this country.

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Obama and the major media owe Sara Palin and Mitt Romney an apology

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Well Obama, his ass kissing major media and every despicable liberal in America who called Sarah Palin every ungodly name imaginable were wrong and it’s all over the news.

Both Sara Palin and Mitt Romney were right on every issue and Obama lied his ass off. But thanks to the betrayal by the major media of the American people they covered up and mis-represented both Palin and Romney.

They both realized that Obama was/is a limp-wrist bisexual who never had “manhood” but has worn Tampons his entire life. They realized then and it’s more evident now that world leaders don’t take anything Obama says seriously. They know he’s just some weak panty-waist more interested in sucking the American taxpayer dry with his vacationing and his endless Rap-parties at the White House.

(one side note here … the only reason “President” is used referring to Obama here at Cry and Howl is that’s how the title at The Minority Report reads. Barack Obama is never referred to as “President” here at C & H. Sorry, just can’t bring myself to do it)

Via: The Minority Report

President Obama owes Gov Romney and Gov Palin an apology 

The major media owes both Romney and Palin an apology as well, and we won’t be waiting for that apology from either the media or President Obama. We also won’t wait for the White House memorial Monica Lewinsky Press Corpse to be asking about this issue either.

As a reminder, Sarah Palin said this in 2008 and was widely derided after the Tina Fey SNL memorable “I can see Russia from my front porch” routine.

“After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” Palin told Foreign Policy in 2008, “

The Curmudgeon has never hidden the fact that we have issues with Palin’s executive ability, but we also never hidden the fact that we’d rather have President Palin than our current Chief Whatever.

Then there was the attack on Mitt Romney.

That’s quite a list of luminaries who were sure the Cold War was over and Russia was no longer a player on the international scene.

And then there’s this little gem…

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Original Post:  Cry and Howl

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What Has Happened To The Once Mighty Peacock?

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The executives and powers that be over at 30 Rockefeller Plaza have evidently never heard that old adage, when you find yourself in a hole – STOP DIGGING!! What has happened to the network that brought us such sterling news people as, Hugh Downs, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, David Brinkley, Jessica Savitch, John Chancellor and Stone Phillips?

The list of NBC’s faux pas keeps growing and growing with each passing day, it seems. Let’s recap, shall we? (and these are just the ones this author remembers)

* MSNBC television host Ed Shultz via his radio show –
– calls radio talk show personality, Laura Ingram a slut, live on the air, not once, but twice.
– calls the GOP “anti-American.”
– says of the Republicans, “Sometimes I think they want Obama to get shot. I do. I really think that there are Conservative broadcasters in this country who would love to see Obama taken out.”
– says “You’re damn right Dick Cheney’s heart is a political football. We oughta rip it out and kick it around and stuff it back in him.”
– he continues about Dick Cheney, “Lord take him to the promised land, will ya? See I don’t even wish they guy goes to hell, I just wanna get him the hell outta here.”

* MSNBC host Chris “Thrill Up His Leg” Matthews –
– “I think Sarah Palin proved herself to be – I think she’s proven herself to be profoundly stupid.”
– mocked Rep. Michele Bachmann as being hypnotized for the answers she gave him, then called her a balloon head because she stated that the Founding Fathers were against slavery.
– called people who believe in God, “troglodytes.”
– on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show he said, “…everybody in the GOP pushes the birther conspiracy…”

* Martin Bashir called for defecation and urination into the mouth of Sarah Palin. (He later resigned.)

* Melissa Harris Perry –
– She and her entire panel made fun of Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson.
– said, “…we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

And now we come to NBC’s latest transgression. During their New Year’s Eve show, Carson Daly tried to speak about the Pearl Harbor Day tweet by SpaghettiOs which showed their mascot holding an American flag and saying, “Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.” Following is a transcript of the exchange:

CARSON DALY, HOST: SpaghettiOs on Pearl Harbor Day, they sent out a tweet featuring their mascot holding an American flag asking people to quote “take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us.” It offended a lot of people, corporations glomming on to, you know, sentimental American historic traditions, seemingly looking for people in business. It wasn’t good. But you were offended for another reason.
JANE LYNCH: I’m offended because they were referring to SpaghettiOs as pasta.
NATASHA LEGGERO: I mean, it sucks that the only survivors of Pearl Harbor are being mocked by the only food they can still chew. It’s just sad.
Carson Daly’s face betrayed his emotions. You could tell he thought the remark was out of line, but he went along with the “joke” anyway. The rest of the ensemble laughed heartily about it, with B-list character actor, Anthony Anderson cackling like it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard.

What is it with NBC? They allow their on-air personalities to disparage, mock and denigrate anyone and everyone on the right, and as if that wasn’t egregious enough, they turn their sights on survivors of the second worst terrorist attack on American soil?
One can only wonder how many years must pass by before NBC begins to mock the survivors of 9/11.

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