Mitt Romney Delivers New Hampshire GOP PAC Keynote Address

Delivering the keynote address yesterday at Fratello’s Restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, Mitt Romney rocked  the House Republican Victory PAC dinner. Prior to the main event, the three hour fundraiser featured a VIP reception and No Apology book signing. The Granite State GOP PAC is dedicated to electing a Republican majority to the New Hampshire House.

First Read adds:

The former Massachusetts governor, no surprise, leads the pack of 2012 hopefuls who have donated to the state party [NH] and state GOP candidates. Romney has donated already $30,000 to the state party, Williams said. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the next biggest contributor of the group with $5,000.[…]

Romney has also given $7,500 to other local and state special election candidates in New Hampshire, and $1,000 to Chris Sununu, who is running for the state party’s executive council. Chris Sununu is the son of state party chairman John Sununu, a former governor.

(emphasis mine)

What seems to have caught the attention of a few observers was how Gov Romney arrived at and departed the event:

We all know how important a politician’s choice of car has become.

Deval Patrick’s Cadillac – not good. Scott Brown’s pickup truck – very good. And maybe it’s a coincidence, but when Mitt Romney arrived to a private fundraiser in Manchester on Thursday night, he wasn’t being driven around in his usual SUV, he was all alone in his very own pickup.

To be fair, the truck is not just a political prop. Judging by all the scratches, he uses it a lot, but it certainly fits the image he’s trying to shape for the next campaign.

I guess silly season starts early.

Gov Romney is simply a down-to-earth great guy; he’s known for a fervor for hard work, his generous nature, and a willingness to roll up his sleeves to lend a hand to those in need. His wife, Ann, has also told us about his penchant for helping around the house and for nitty-gritty outdoor work. He hasn’t got a lazy bone in his body. It looks like he’s got a truck that’s been put to good use and it can keep up with him!

Governor Romney, keep the wheels rollin’ for the conservative cause!

(Hat tip to Rebel Ross for video)

UPDATE: NRO (The Corner)

Romney brushes aside the Scott Brown comparison. “I’m going out to my place in Lake Winnipesaukee,” he says. “I have got to pull a trailer for my wife over the weekend, so the truck pulls the trailer.” Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s spokesman, tells the AP that if Romney runs again, he’ll take an RV — the “Mitt Mobile” leftover from his 2008 presidential run — over the truck.

Gas ‘er up! Let’s go!

Mitt Romney Endorses Diane Black for Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District

Adding another name to his previous Tennessee endorsement, Mitt Romney has released a statement supporting State Senator Diane Black as she seeks to win the Republican nomination for  Tennessee’s sixth congressional district. (Romney endorsed Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam for governor of Tennessee last month.):

“Diane Black’s blend of experience as a small business owner and a conservative Tennessee legislator make her the type of person we need in Washington. She will fight every day to put people back to work, decrease the federal deficit and get our economy back on track.” – Gov Romney

TN State Senator Diane Black

State Senator Black is a small business owner and has worked in the medical field as a nurse for over forty years. She and husband, David, are parents of three grown children; six grandchildren round out the family tree.

Black’s Campaign press release (in its entirety):

Black Endorsed By Mitt Romney

Romney endorses Senator Diane Black in Sixth District

GALLATIN, TN – Tennessee State Senator Diane Black was honored to receive the endorsement today from former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Romney, a well-recognized leader in Republican politics and a strong conservative leader, has endorsed Black in Tennessee’s Sixth District Congressional Republican Primary.

“I am very honored to receive the endorsement of one of the most respected voices in the conservative movement and in national Republican circles,” said Black. “Romney’s background in business, and his leadership in the Republican Party is well known, and I am pleased he has lent his name and his experience to my campaign.”

“Diane Black’s blend of experience as a small business owner and a conservative Tennessee legislator make her the type of person we need in Washington. She will fight every day to put people back to work, decrease the federal deficit and get our economy back on track,” said Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC ( sup­ports office­hold­ers and candidates who are dedicated to advancing social, fiscal and foreign policies that will strengthen America at this critical time in the nation’s history. Romney bases his endorsements on core principles such as uncompromised military strength, a belief in the power of free markets, lower taxes, smaller government, as well as strong families.

Ad for Black:

Another ad for Black:

Interesting note: Newt Gingrich has endorsed an opponent of Diane Black – Republican Jim Tracy. Learn more about Black here.

Good luck, Diane!

Polls Are Closed in Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas. Join Our Chat While We Watch the Election Results.

Mitt-man Pete Hoekstra is running for Governor in Michigan against 4 other Republican candidate seeking the nomination. Primaries are also being held (polls now closed) in Missouri and Kansas. Join us as we follow the returns and discuss the election results!

Thanks to all who participated! It was a lively event.

For those who were watching the Michigan Gubernatorial primary race here are the results:
36.4% Snyder (winner)
26.8% Hoekstra
23.0% Cox
12.2% Bouchard
1.6% George

Other winners include Roy Blunt (MO Senate), and Sam Brownback (KS Gov), plus many more. For full results visit:

Also of note is Prop C passes in Missouri by a large margin signaling to the White House the major discontent with ObamaCare.

Hoekstra speaks last night after loss:

Making a Final Push for Pete Hoekstra In Michigan

Earlier today Mitt Romney tweeted:

Polls open for the Michigan Republican Primary tomorrow! Stand with my friend @petehoekstra for Gov.

Mitt Romney with Pete Hoekstra

Mitt has backed Pete 110%, and after seeing this video I can see why! Pete is a smart conservative leader who will keep taxes low, cut wasteful spending and create jobs. Pete Hoekstra has the capability and the right policies to get Michigan’s economy moving again.

See also: We NEED Pete Hoekstra as Michigan’s Next Governor! Vote August 3rd

Hat tip BOSMAN – Mitt Romney Interviews on FOX47 Michigan Talk Network. They discuss Pete Hoekstra and other issues on primary election day:

North Carolina Candidates Endorsed by Mitt Romney

French Broad River, North Carolina

Not only have five great candidates from North Carolina been endorsed by Governor Romney, they will be receiving a total of $15,000 in contributions from his Free and Strong America PAC.

“Rather than focusing on putting people back to work and enacting policies that will restore our economy, too many of our leaders are instead focused on growing the size of government. It is more important than ever that we elect leaders who will say no to the Washington culture of higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt, and that is why I am endorsing these candidates today,” said Romney.

Endorsed candidates:

Senator Richard Burr: Richard Burr currently serves as a U.S. Senator in North Carolina and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

Congressman Howard Coble: Howard Coble currently represents the 6th Congressional District of North Carolina and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx: Virginia Foxx currently represents the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina and is running for reelection. For more information about her and her campaign, visit

Harold Johnson: Harold Johnson, a former broadcast journalist, is now running to represent the 8th Congressional District of North Carolina. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

Jeff Miller: Jeff Miller, a businessman and community leader, is now running to represent the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina. For more information about him and his campaign, visit

The PAC also announced that is sending Senator Burr a $5,000 contribution toward his Senate campaign, and that it is sending Congressman Coble, Congresswoman Foxx, Johnson, and Miller each a $2,500 contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns.

These endorsements are another in a series of state rollouts of the PAC’s 2010 endorsements, which are aimed at electing conservative candidates who will work to lower taxes and spending, restore commonsense principles to healthcare and get our economy moving again. As part of this program, Romney’s PAC also has announced endorsements in Ohio, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Nevada, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Idaho, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Maine, South Dakota, and New Jersey.

Take a tour of the ‘The Tar Heel State’ in 3:24 minutes by clicking here.

Help Governor Romney support conservatives! Click here to donate to Free and Strong America PAC.

Good luck, candidates!

Zogby Poll: Mitt Romney Best Shot at Beating Obama

With mid-term elections pushing presidential considerations into the ask-me-later department (according to potential presidential candidates), and twists and turns still to be taken on the thoroughfare to the White House 2012, this is still good to hear:

From Dave Wedge (Boston Globe):

Poll shows Romney has best shot at beating Obama

Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney has the best shot at unseating President Obama in 2012, trailing the commander-in-chief by just two points in a new national poll.

The Zogby poll of 8,487 likely voters showed Obama slightly besting Romney 45 to 43 percent. Romney has yet to say if he’s running again but the venture capitalist has been traveling the country raising money for Republicans and handing out endorsements in state races.

The president would fare far better against Sarah Palin, garnering 48 percent of the vote to Palin’s 37. And Obama would beat former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee 46 to 37, the poll found.

Mitt and Ann Romney greet crowd at Ronald Reagan Library May 25, 2010

Addendum by Nate:
Nice little news report from NECN about the Zogby poll:

UPDATE by Jayde: Public Policy Polling released a new poll of New Hampshire’s GOP voters regarding the 2012 presidential race:

Mitt Romney -31 percent
Newt Gingrich – 14 percent
Ron Paul – 13 percent
Mike Huckabee – 12 percent
Sarah Palin – 9 percent
Tim Pawlenty – 3 percent
Mitch Daniels – 1 percent
Someone else/undecided – 16 percent

Bush Tax Cuts Set to Cease, Teetering Economy at Further Risk

Bigger taxes are coming! Bigger taxes are coming!

Unless Americans usher a new Congress into office this fall, Obama’s redistribute-the-wealth-bankrupt-America agenda will likely smother our wheezing jobless economic recovery. The Bush tax cuts breathe their last at midnight on December 31, 2010:

The Tax Tsunami On The Horizon

Fiscal Policy: Many voters are looking forward to 2011, hoping a new Congress will put the country back on the right track. But unless something’s done soon, the new year will also come with a raft of tax hikes — including a return of the death tax — that will be real killers.

Through the end of this year, the federal estate tax rate is zero — thanks to the package of broad-based tax cuts that President Bush pushed through to get the economy going earlier in the decade.

But as of midnight Dec. 31, the death tax returns — at a rate of 55% on estates of $1 million or more. The effect this will have on hospital life-support systems is already a matter of conjecture.

Resurrection of the death tax, however, isn’t the only tax problem that will be ushered in Jan. 1. Many other cuts from the Bush administration are set to disappear and a new set of taxes will materialize. And it’s not just the rich who will pay.

The lowest bracket for the personal income tax, for instance, moves up 50% — to 15% from 10%. The next lowest bracket — 25% — will rise to 28%, and the old 28% bracket will be 31%. At the higher end, the 33% bracket is pushed to 36% and the 35% bracket becomes 39.6%.

But the damage doesn’t stop there.

The marriage penalty also makes a comeback, and the capital gains tax will jump 33% — to 20% from 15%. The tax on dividends will go all the way from 15% to 39.6% — a 164% increase.

Both the cap-gains and dividend taxes will go up further in 2013 as the health care reform adds a 3.8% Medicare levy for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and joint filers making more than $250,000. Other tax hikes include: halving the child tax credit to $500 from $1,000 and fixing the standard deduction for couples at the same level as it is for single filers.

Letting the Bush cuts expire will cost taxpayers $115 billion next year alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and $2.6 trillion through 2020.

A few other areas where tax changes will occur include: The Medicine Cabinet Tax, HSA Withdrawal Tax Hikes, Brand Name Drug Tax, Economic Substance Doctrine, and the widening net of Alternative Minimum Tax – tax hikes on employers and the loss of deductions for tuition. Click here to read more on this tax nightmare. Read more here.

Behind Capitol Hill doors, some progressives have a gleam in their eyes for the Value Added Tax (VAT) which is especially common throughout the European Union. VAT would give Obama the boost to herald a solution for America’s deficit while allowing him to implement invisible capitalistic destruction.

A VAT is a sales tax imposed on every level of a product’s path from production to consumption. It already exists in Europe and many other struggling countries around the world. It’s a sneaky sucker, too, since it’s essentially built in ahead of time and doesn’t show up on a receipt like a sales tax would. If a VAT were in place that iPad you just bought would be $600 instead of $500.

A VAT would pull in massive revenues. Just think: a 10% VAT would produce 1 trillion in revenues. Cash register sounds go off in the minds of every leftist that hears it.
Obama and the Democrats are spending SO much that they’ll be forced to invoke a VAT. They are creating a crisis so that they can solve it with a mechanism that will serve as the catalyst for future spending on their massive government programs.

And even though our president said he wouldn’t raise taxes on 95% of Americans while he was on the campaign trail, this move would raise taxes on everyone.
What Obama will say is that he is putting together a commission to find a way to pay down our country’s maxed out credit card.

Expect that commission to recommend the VAT tax after the 2010 midterm elections. By then, we’ll be on the verge of Greece-like catastrophe and we’ll have no choice but to impose a VAT. But only one that will, coincidentally, go into effect after the 2012 presidential election.

Just yesterday Timothy Geithner quashed hopes of a Bush tax cut extension:

Mr. Geithner said there is “still some uncertainty about how strong the recovery is going to be,” which may be impacting spending decisions by businesses and individuals. But he discounted that as a reason to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for top earners, saying most private forecasts show moderate economic growth and increasing public confidence in the recovery.

Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is warning of unusual economic uncertainty.

No wonder Poll numbers for Obama are slippery sliding into the rocks; 27% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of his presidential performance and 44% strongly disapprove. Obama has a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.  More and more of his supporters are beginning to feel like this (go full screen and crank up your speakers):

“The Democratic Party is obsessed with spending more, borrowing more, and taxing more, all of which sap our national strength. ~Mitt Romney

Keeping in mind that the real prize is what happens in 2012, we must not underestimate Obama. Let’s do all we can to help Americans find what they’re looking for!

Conservative victory 2010. Mitt Romney 2012.

Georgia Governor’s Race: Mitt Romney Endorses Handel

Sprewell Bluff State Park, Georgia

Weighing in on the race for Governor of the great state of Georgia, Governor Mitt Romney has endorsed former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Fmr GA Secty of State, Karen Handel

Romney released a statement yesterday (7/21/10):

A successful businesswoman and public servant, Karen Handel’s blend of executive, political, and business experience is just what Georgia needs at this critical time. The leadership skills that she has honed in both the private and public sectors will enable her to make tough decisions and enact the reforms needed to get the economy back on track and foster job creation,” said Romney.

Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC donated $1,000 to her campaign.

Sarah Palin has also endorsed Ms. Handel.

An August 10th runoff election pits Handel against U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal. Deal has been endorsed by Newt Gingrich. From Wall Street Journal:

JULY 20, 2010 Rough Republican Runoff Set in Governor’s Race

ATLANTA — Georgia voters set the stage for a tumultuous fall gubernatorial race in which Roy Barnes, a Democratic former governor, threatens to wrest the office back from Republicans in a staunchly conservative Southern state.

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal are headed for the Aug. 10 runoff for the Republican nomination, according to the Associated Press. The three-week runoff will likely be dominated by a continued brawl over who is more conservative on immigration, abortion and gay rights.

Ms. Handel had 33% of the vote to Mr. Deal’s 24%, in unofficial results. They both led former state Senate President Eric Johnson, who had 20%, and the race’s former favorite, Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, who had 17%. Mr. Barnes handily won the Democratic nomination, beating the attorney general, among others.

Women for Karen, Kickoff Luncheon January 5, 2010:

‘The Peach State’ invites us to enjoy a few moments…

Good luck, Karen!

START Treaty: The Heritage Foundation Supports Mitt Romney, Behind-the-Scene Look at Uneasy Progressives

Mitt Romney’s op-ed on the START treaty (7/6/10) urging law-makers to reject the lopsided agreement, rattled progressives. On the very next day Senator John Kerry (D-MA) railed that Romney failed the test in arguing against START. In the uproar, Obama tossed a life-line to tax-evader-ex-senator Tom Daschle to wrangle words on behalf of his New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Daschle dusted off the moth-balls and promptly hustled on over to left-of-left Center for American Progress to deliver his rhetoric, proclaiming that rejection of the treaty would be ‘nuclear anarchy’. With theatrical flair he added:

Republican senators “can choose Mitt Romney or they can choose the entire U.S. military establishment,” Daschle said.

The former senator went on to accuse some Republicans of caring more about scoring political points against the president than about the future of the country. He suggested that they are ignoring the responsibilities of their office to pander to the conservative chattering class.

“If Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh choose to make a living peddling partisan hate and anger and mangled conspiracy theories, there will always be people for them to sell a bill of goods,” Daschle said. “It is not healthy for our democracy.”

(emphasis mine)

Strongly supporting Governor Romney’s START assessment, The Heritage Foundation responded:  

New START’s Many Problems: What the Experts Say

• The Honorable Eric Edelman, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy: “[A] START-like treaty that ignores North Korea and Iran may be a step backward rather than forward.” Testimony, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 24, 2010

Constrains Missile Defense
• Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Undersecretary of State “Initially, the Obama Administration gave numerous assurances that there would be no limitations on missile defenses in the Treaty—‘no way, no how.’ Later, once the Treaty text was made public, the line changed to ‘no meaningful’ limitations and ‘no constraints on current and planned’ programs.” Testimony, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing, June 24, 2010

Weak on Verification
• Senator James Inhofe (R-OK): “[V]erification appears to be less robust than in the 1991 treaty. … I am concerned that it will make it harder for our intelligence community to monitor Russian nuclear forces and may require additional resources, which we do not currently have, to ensure we are adequately monitoring … developments. I am also concerned that 18 inspections per year … is not robust enough given the fact we conducted on the order of 600 inspections during the 15 years of START I.” Statement on the Senate Floor, June 18, 2010

Reverts to Cold War–Style Arms Control
• Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC): “We have the technology, the capability and the responsibility as a federal government to defend our citizens, and to sign a major treaty that agrees in perpetuity to make ourselves vulnerable to a nuclear attack. … I can’t accept that when we have the capability to change it.” American Foreign Policy Council conference, May 20, 2010

Click here to read more from The Heritage Foundation on:
‘The Advantage to Russia’ by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
‘America Less Safe’ by Richard Perle (former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Arms Control)
‘Fails to Advance Non-Proliferation’ by Kim R. Holmes (former Assistant Secretary of State)

Given its deep flaws, Americans should join Governor Romney and others to call for a halt to this treaty. In the meantime, what is Obama really doing to prevent Iran from weaponizing its nuclear program? What is Obama doing about North Korea’s obsession to create long-range nuclear warheads and their exportation of nuclear and ballistic technology?

UPDATE 7/23/10: Ratification uncertain with Republicans holding back support of U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty

An affiliate of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has taken the lead in opposing the treaty. The Heritage Action for America, an advocacy group, has started a petition drive and may run political advertisements on the issue during the election season. It also is lobbying in the Senate.

Though arms control is hardly a major issue in a campaign season dominated by economic worries, the divisive political environment makes it difficult for Republicans to buck the conservative mainstream and hand Obama a victory that might be considered his top foreign policy achievement.

Tom Daschle, a former Democratic Senate Majority leader, who supports the treaty, says Heritage’s influence may explain why so many Republicans have been reticent about taking a stand.

“It is certainly serious enough to silence some Republican senators,” he said. He added that he expected enough Republicans eventually would come around for passage.

Heritage won some prominent support when a likely GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, announced opposition to the treaty in a newspaper column this month.

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There’s more.

A story within a story; connecting dots…

The Center for American Progress (CAP), where Daschle delivered his denunciation of Romney and other conservatives, is a consummate progressive ‘think tank’ based in Washington DC. (Surprise! Tom Daschle is a CAP fellow.) Created in 2003 by John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton and head of Obama’s presidential transition team after the election, his goal was to create a liberal think tank on steroids. Think lefty-left-left. CAP is a 501(c)(3)organization whose major individual donors include George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steve Bing, and Herbert M. Sandler. CAP also receives undisclosed sums from unknown corporate donors. In 2009, they created Progressive Media:  

The Center for American Progress — which has emerged as perhaps Washington’s most influential idea factory in the age of Obama — is launching a major new war room, to be staffed by nearly a dozen people, that will focus on driving the White House’s message and agenda, I’m told. The Democratic operatives running the project are already holding a daily early morning call with dozens of operatives from liberal groups – labor, health care, the environment – to coordinate messaging and to deliver usable talking points for the day, according to liberal operative Jennifer Palmieri, who’s the project’s communications director.

The new war room – which is called Progressive Media – represents a serious ratcheting up of efforts to present a united liberal front in the coming policy wars. The goal of the war room will be to do hard-hitting research that boils down complex policy questions into usable talking points and narratives that play well in the media and build public support for the White House’s policy goals.

The war room – a joint project of CAP Action Fund and Media Matters Action Network — will be headed by well-known liberal operative Tara McGuinness, who worked on John Kerry’s presidential campaign and was a major player in the anti-war movement during the Bush years. … ‘We do a coordination call to get our content out and to coordinate people so they can fire up for the day,’ Palmieri says.[…]

(emphasis mine)

Head of Media Matters war room Tara McGuinness’ ties to Senator John Kerry (D-MA) sheds extra light on Kerry’s media tirade against Gov Romney the day after Romney’s START article was published (July 7, 2010).

Another individual that may be motivating the barking against Romney is Tom Matzzie, a leader at CAP:

“Tom has worked in progressive politics for more than a decade – with, the AFL-CIO, Campaign for America’s Future and campaigns at the presidential and statewide level. At MoveOn, he created ground-breaking campaigns on corruption and the war in Iraq that set the stage for the 2006 Democratic takeover. The MoveOn 2006 election program successfully targeted for defeat 29 out of 36 Republicans.” […] He has also served on the Board of Directors of Progressive Majority. […]

“The Politico wrote that the intensity of his 2007 Iraq campaign, “rattled the entire Republican caucus.” The New York Times Magazine said of the Iraq campaign that they are to progressives, “…what the NRA is to the Right.” “Tom was named one of the “Forty Under Forty to Watch” by Washingtonian Magazine for his role as a leader in the emerging Internet-powered politics.”

Tom Matzzie is a strategist on politics, media, and technology for the Huffington Post. His involvement with the groups listed above ties him with  notorious uber-liberals. Listed among Campaign for America’s Future‘s many founders and advisors are hair-raising SEIU’s Howard Stern and Frances Fox Piven of Cloward and Piven Strategy fame.

Matzzie is also the leader of Accountable America, a nasty organization aimed at defeating right-wing groups with threats: “… in 2008, he spearheaded an effort “to confront donors to conservative groups, hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.” He described the effort a “going for the jugular.” The letter warned “donors who might be considering giving to right-wing groups [of] legal trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives.”

Still with me?

Looking further into CAP, two names caught my eye. Listed under ‘Personnel’ is the name of David Halperin, Senior VP and Director, Campus Progress. Listed under ‘Fellows’ (besides Tom Daschle and another name)  is Morton H. Halperin – also Executive Director of Open Society Policy Center. Halperin? Could they be related to THE Mark Halperin (senior political analyist for MSNBC and editor-at-large, senior political analyst for The one who started a conservative twitter war a few days ago by claiming unnamed sources associated with Mitt Romney had dissed Sarah Palin?

Yes. They are related. Morton H. Halperin is Mark’s father and David Halperin is his brother.

Morton Halperin, Mark’s father, served many years as Director of the ACLU Washington office from 1984-1992. While in that position he defended the right of the The Progessive to publish details on how to construct an atomic bomb. He was the Senior VP and Director of Fellows at the Center for American Progress. Morton Halperin is the Senior Advisor for the Open Society Institute. OSI was created in 1993 by investor George Soros and is a private operating, grantmaking foundation which aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, and economic, legal, and social reform. His current wife, Diane Orentlicher, serves as Deputy, Office of War Crimes, Department of State. To read more about Morton Halperin, George Soros, and The Shadow Party click here. (Scroll down to ‘The Southampton Meeting’.)

David Halperin, Mark Halperin’s brother, is a founding board member of the American Constitution Society (2001). He previously worked as a Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and speechwriter to President Bill Clinton, solo litigation practitioner, and legal associate to Professor Laurence Tribe. Tribe was a teacher and mentor of Barack Obama and one of his earliest supporters. Obama appointed Tribe as ‘Senior Counselor for Access to Justice’ in the Justice Department. David Halperin was a policy associate to Ralph Nader, counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and served as a law clerk to District Judge Gerhard Gessell.

UPDATE 1:Click here for more info on David Halperin.

UPDATE 2: Mark Halperin appeared on Meet the Press on January 17, 2010. During the interview Halperin stated that he thinks Obama has done an extraordinary job. Click here to read article.

It’s hard to believe the cluster of punches at Romney from John Kerry, Tom Daschle, and Mark Halperin are coincidental. This brief rub-your-eyes look at the web of connections between them and Barack Obama is just the tip of the Obama spear. Romney makes them grind their teeth at night. They will stop at nothing to discredit him. Although Romney has said he won’t make any decisions regarding another presidential run until mid-term elections are over, Obama’s pre-emptive stealth campaign for 2012 has begun.

Are you ready?

Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC Releases Impressive 2nd Quarter Numbers

Ever organized, precise, and timely, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC has released impressive numbers for the second quarter 2010 :

Free and Strong America PAC Second Quarter 2010 Financial Report

Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC today filed its finance report with the Federal Election Commission and reported raising $1,504,989.71 in the second quarter of 2010. Mitt Romney’s PAC also has five state affiliates in Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, which raised an additional $329,700 during the same period, bringing total PAC second quarter fundraising to $1,834,689.71. Combined first and second quarter fundraising for the federal and state PACs totaled $3,438,978.41.

Mitt Romney formed the Free and Strong America PAC to promote Republican candidates and conservative causes around the country through speeches, political appearances and financial support. In the second quarter of 2010, Republican candidates and conservative causes received $270,552.04 in support from the federal PAC and an additional $79,050 from the state PACs, totaling $349,602.04. Combined first and second quarter contributions totaled $408,444.30.

Contributions included $42,000 to Nikki Haley’s gubernatorial campaign in South Carolina, $20,000 to Terry Branstad’s gubernatorial campaign in Iowa, and $10,000 to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s reelection campaign.

“Republicans have an opportunity to make significant gains in the 2010 elections. The reason is because people are fed up with overspending, deficits, higher taxes and the lack of jobs. Our PAC is supporting candidates who are opposed to President Obama’s job-killing tax and spend agenda and committed to putting our nation on the right track,” said Romney.

In the first two quarters of 2010, the PAC has supported over 150 Republican candidates and conservative causes in states across the country including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

Total 2010 Q1 and Q2 Contributions:

(my emphasis)

A complete list (IMPRESSIVE!) of recipients of Romney’s PAC donations for the first and second quarter of 2010 can be found here (scroll down).

Mitt Romney is a doer. He said what he meant and meant what he said when stating that he would spend his time doing all within his power to help win congressional seats this fall. No question, Romney is dedicated to saving our Republic.

Click here to help him!