I was just browsing TechCrunch and caught an article that talks about the cleverness of the newest, official Romney Facebook app: Commit to Mitt.
After connecting to your Facebook account, the app automatically finds all of your friends that live in swing states and — whether by private message or by posting on their timeline — makes it easy for you to encourage them to support Mitt Romney.
Honestly, I was surprised to see that I had many friends who currently live in swing states. I used the app to send each of them a personalized note, asking them to Commit to Mitt and to encourage their friends to do the same. Easy stuff.
If you’re not one for making phone calls or knocking doors, this may be the best way that you could have a personal impact on the results of the election (just 13 days from now!). Please take a moment to ask influential friends in your network to vote for Mitt Romney — let’s make sure we use this awesome tool to win it for Mitt! (more…)
The National Rifle Association Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum has been ongoing this week in St. Louis, Missouri. An important GOP interest group, the annual meeting attracts top conservatives.
Governor Mitt Romney addressed the gathering yesterday:
Although gun control groups have complained that Obama has done little to support their cause, Romney took a page from the NRA leadership, which has been saying that the president is waiting for a second term to crack down on firearms. He warned that Obama would “remake” the Supreme Court in a second term, threatening constitutional freedoms.
“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election,” Romney told a crowd estimated at 6,000 in the Edward Jones Dome.
Referring specifically to the right to bear arms, Romney said: “If we are going to safeguard our Second Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will.”
Governor Romney’s speech:
In his first term, we’ve seen the president try to browbeat the Supreme Court. In a second term, he would remake it. Our freedoms would be in the hands of an Obama Court, not just for four years, but for the next 40. That must not happen.
As President, I will uphold the rule of law – and put America back on the path toward the Founders’ vision. I don’t want to transform America; I want to return America to the principles that made this nation great.
Our Founders began this great American Experiment. They created a nation conceived in liberty and they entrusted us with the duty to preserve it and defend it.
Time for the wearin’ o’ the green as the Missouri caucuses get underway today with 52 delegates to be awarded. Caucus rules are a wee bit confusing; information may be found here and here.
Sure and begorra if Governor Romney didn’t receive MORE Missouri endorsements this week:
“I am proud to see more Missouri leaders coming to my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “These leaders support my vision for more jobs, smaller government, and less debt and with their support over the next couple of days and in November, we can defeat President Obama and bring conservative change to Washington.”
“Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can win in November and put in place conservative policies that will jump-start the economy,” said Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph. “It is time for Republicans to unite behind Mitt Romney and work our hardest to defeat President Obama in November. This election is too important to allow President Obama to have four more years in the White House.”
Missouri Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
Eric Struemph, Jefferson City Mayor
Walt Bivins, Former State Representative
Rick Stream, State Representative
Katee Porter, County Commissioner
Robert Snyder, Former State Representative and Missouri Court of Appeals Judge
Brian Fullmer, Smithville Mayor
Lynda Fullmer, Republican Committeewoman, Clay County Central Committee
Herb Jones, Former Mayor of Kirkwood
Tom Wilsdon, Republican Committeeman (Maryland Heights), St. Louis County Central Committee
Neal Breitweiser, Republican Committeeman (Creve Coeur), St. Louis County Central Committee
Alan Wheeler, Republican Committeeman (Bonhomme), St. Louis County Central Committee
Kathlyn Fares, Former State Representative
Rich Magee, Mayor of Glendale
Maryann Rober, Republican Committeewoman (Clayton), St. Louis County Central Committee
The Romney Campaign released a sharp new video ad titled Missouri: Stand with Mitt…
Romney supporter Donald Trump did a phone interview with FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren last night. He’s been doing a bang-up job speaking for The Gov (love how he doesn’t let her run over him). He really took a shillelagh to President Obama and Rick Santorum during the interview:
Because everyone is Irish on March 17th, and we have a fine tradition of celebrating the day here at MRC, click below the fold. You’ll be ready to get your green on… and that’s no blarney!
Santorum has been loudly proclaiming not only that he is the one true conservative in this race, but that he’s the only candidate who understands and will fight for working Americans. To hear him tell it, you’d think he invented conservatism.
Not so fast, Senator. There are a few things that working people and conservatives alike should know about you and your record before they pull the lever.
I am certainly not a one-issue voter, but one principle is so fundamental in the raging battle for America’s soul that it has become the threshold across which all candidates must pass before they can legitimately claim the title and honor of Conservative. That principle is freedom from forced unionism.
There was a time in our nation’s history when unions helped and protected workers. However, today’s union movement has been largely co-opted by left-wing social engineers, who are using the economic engine of forced union dues to fund sweeping changes to American society, government and values — changes that are the antithesis of the conservative principles I hold dear.
Against the wishes of large swaths of their membership, today’s union bosses routinely pick their members’ pockets by using forced dues to support politicians and agendas that are have nothing to do with the workplace, and are often opposed to the values and philosophies of those members.
In 27 states (it was 28 until just last month — congratulations, Indiana!), union bosses have become so powerful that they have secured mind-boggling legislation which allows them to deny gainful employment to honest, hard-working citizens who want nothing more than to put bread on the table without funding some union leader’s social and political agenda. This keeps the bosses in power. More importantly, it keeps the money flowing from their unwilling members’ paychecks to union coffers and on to their cronies in government. They just need a few cooperative politicians to keep these laws in place for them.
And Rick Santorum — “Reliable Rick” — is Big Labor’s go-to guy on the “right.”
Denying a basic freedom like the right to work is about as anti-conservative as it gets. No politician can give lip service to the principles of individualism, self-determination or the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness while at the same time colluding with entrenched labor interests to compel workers into unions that forcibly take their money and do little to help them.
But remarkably, despite his claims that he is a champion of blue-collar America, Rick Santorum has done exactly that.
For example, in an astonishing effort to ingratiate himself to the union bosses who control the campaign purse strings in his home state of Pennsylvania, then-Senator Rick Santorum actively worked to defeat the federal right to work bill in the United States Senate. (104th Congress, S. 1788, the National Right to Work Act of 1995. (“On the Cloture Motion (motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to consider S.1788),” Senate Bill Clerk, Vote Number: 188, www.senate.gov, 7/10/1996)
Had it passed, millions of American workers who are currently trapped in union shops, compelled to follow union rules and forced to pay union dues against their will, would have been liberated from the clutches of their union overlords. Sadly, no thanks to Rick Santorum, these workers are still imprisoned in forced-union Perdition. (more…)
Well, the final results aren’t final yet . . . but it’s clear that Romney won this important swing state’s caucus, and won it big. (Update . . . Romney did get just over 50%, but the entrance poll results have just been revised this morning, so much of what you see quoted below is somewhat off from what the linked poll says NOW. Sorry, I’m not going back and re-calculating things at this point).
He’s got 43% of the vote with 43% of precincts reporting, but the results of Clark County (Las Vegas) as not coming in as fast as expected. Don’t fret though Romney fans, Mitt will win a majority of the votes and I’m guessing he’ll be somewhere between 52-55% of the total vote when all is said and done. If things track as closely as they are in the entrance polls, Clark County should go for Mitt by over 60% (and they’ve nailed the non-Clark County…rest of NV…percentage at 43%, exactly how the real results have turned out)
Debunking the “Romney won Nevada because of the Mormon factor” myth:
Yes, Mitt dominated among LDS voters with 90% choosing Romney, BUT (and it’s a very big “but”), EVEN IF NOT A SINGLE MORMON WENT TO VOTE, ROMNEY WOULD HAVE WON THE STATE WITH A 42%-26% margin over Gingrich. Romney won Catholics 52%-19% over Newt and “White Evangelical/Born Again” by a solid margin of 46%-26% over the former Speaker.
Debunking the “See, the poor won’t vote for Romney” myth:
On CNN’s coverage tonight, the anchors/pundits seemed to be getting as much mileage as possible out of the fact that the only economic demographic that Romney did NOT win was those that make $30,000 or less (which were only 10% of the voters in NV last night). They were trying to tie this to Romney’s “I’m not concerned about the very poor” comment and even went on to conclude that this “underscores the fact that blue-collar workers, who you can’t win without their support, do not see that this is a guy that will fight for them.” SERIOUSLY?!?!? I realize that these pundits aren’t statisticians, but it’s pretty straightforward to figure out why he didn’t win this demographic. First off, he hardly “lost” this demographic. Paul and Newt both got 31%, and Mitt got 30%, a virtual 3 way tie for first. Secondly, the age of the voter is VERY determinative of income when looking at your youngest age group especially. Voters aged 18-29 were only 8% of the vote (quite similar to the 10% in that income of $30K or less), and Paul won that group 40% to 39% over Romney. Paul has been wining the young college-aged voters in almost every state . . . it’s his base and he’s definitely turning out this group of folks that do not typically vote in a GOP primary. Good for Paul. But these college kids are a HUGE portion of the “makes less than $30,000 year” group, and I don’t think anyone would consider college kids “the very poor,” they are just in a temporary low-income stage of their lives.
“Strong Moral Character;” Mitt good, Newt Very Very Bad:
In perhaps the most revealing entrance poll finding, those that felt a candidate having “Strong Moral Character” was their number one trait they sought in a President, Mitt got 54% of the vote … Newt got 1% of those voters. No, that is not a typo, ONE PERCENT (Paul got 32% and Santorum got 13%). Looks like Nevada voters are pretty good judges of character, eh? THIS IS WHY YOU’RE LOSING NEWT!! YOU BLAME MITT FOR YOUR LAGGING VOTE TALLIES, BUT YOU NEED TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR BUDDY!
Debunking the “Strong Conservatives and Tea Party voters don’t like Romney” myth:
Like New Hampshire and Florida, Romney, once again, won self-identified conservatives and supporters of the Tea Party in Nevada. This time though, he won A MAJORITY of these groups. Romney beat Newt 54%-21% among conservative voters and 50%-23% among Tea Party supporters. Yet I still see pundit after pundit say that Romney still has a lot of work to do to appeal to conservatives (while they “obviously” love Newt). CAN THEY NOT READ A POLL?!? Among “very conservative” voters he Mitt still won 49%-24% over Newt, and even beat him 39%-30% among those “strongly supportive of Tea Party.” Some narratives are hard to kill, but when a state in the Northeast (NH), Southeast (FL), and West (NV) all show Romney winning conservatives and Tea Party supporters I think it’s proof positive against that media meme. The real take-away/new-media-narrative should be that Newt has work to do to appeal to as many conservatives as Romney has been.
Odds and Ends:
The Economy was the number one (even by a majority) issue on voters minds, and Romney carried these voters by 62%. By an even larger margin, the candidate quality of “Can Defeat Obama” was number one, and Romney absolutely dominated here with 73% of the vote. WOW! ”Right Experience” was the top quality to only 15% of voters, but Romney cleaned up here too with 55% (Rick Santorum pulled in a whopping 1% here). Romney also continues to dominate the Suburbs winning with 69% there; historically this is a key demographic for winning a general election.
Newt and some liberals keeps saying that Mitt’s trying to suppress turnout in order to win. When we look at the field compared to 2008, however, I don’t think it’s any surprise that turnout is lower. Last time around there was much more diversity, and much more famous personalities in the field. You had a Pro-Choice candidate with strong personal appeal/popularity in Rudy Giuliani, War Hero John McCain, popular actor Fred Thompson, and folksy former pastor Mike Huckabee in addition to Mitt and Paul all in the race this far into the process. Substituting character-challenged Gingrich and personality/experience-challenged Rick Santorum in place of Giuliani, McCain, Thompson, and Huckabee is beyond even comparing apples and oranges. They all had more money and organization that either Newt or Rick too and that is how turnout is driven. Like all of Newt’s complaints/excuses, this one rings hollow as well.
CONGRATS MITT AND NEVADA!! ANOTHER GREAT WIN FOR ROMNEY!!
In the 24 hour news cycle, the story of the day has been Mitt’s comments to CNN in the early morning after his Florida win. While I think even the most ardent Romney fan would admit that this could and should have (and will be) phrased more adeptly, the liberals have taken and run with the partial quote that he’s “not concerned with the very poor” … It looks worse in print that in the context of the interview:
Mitt doesn’t care about poor people? Demonstrably false and easy to debunk (and this is without even delving into fact that Mitt, as a Mormon Bishop for several years, dedicated much of his time to caring for the poor in a very “hands on” fashion). If Obama and team push this theme it will come back to bite them. Mitt’s done more to care for the poor than any snarky reporter or any of his political rivals.
Additionally, Brit Hume on Fox News today adroitly argued that anyone who wants to “make hay” or be offended by this out-of-context quote wouldn’t be voting for a GOP candidate anyways. I’d have to agree.
With nothing better to do on a Friday night, I type….
Living in Orange County, CA (large Republican base), we have two major newspapers to choose from. The Orange County Register and The Los Angeles Times. The LA Times clearly has better overall journalism, though it definitely leans left.
This article in today’s Times, by David Horsey, came as a tip from one of MRC’s chatters whose call sign I missed. Thank you!
Some of the better quotes include,
Gingrich is not well-liked by many of the people he worked with in Congress. In fact, loathing may better characterize their feelings.
Now tell me, have you seen a better political cartoon than this one? SERIOUSLY!
By David Horsey / Los Angeles Times
Today, while at a business luncheon in Laguna Beach, I overheard four gentlemen involved in a lively political discussion while I too was so engaged. I heard one guy say, “You should have seen it last night! Romney was just pounding that snake Gingrich! It was beautiful!” My colleague and I smiled and continued our discussion of Gov. Romney while we enjoyed the ocean view on a spectacular day.
Ron Bonjean, a long-time aide to the Republican leadership, told CNN that folks on Capitol Hill are very nervous about Gingrich’s candidacy. “It sends a shiver down a lot of Republican spines,” Bonjean said. “You can actually feel the nervousness from Republicans around town that Gingrich could actually bring the craziness back of his speakership from the 1990s.”
The worry ranges from first-term members to veterans who served with Gingrich as he rose to power in the 1980s and ’90s. According to a report in Politico, freshman House Republicans could talk about little else on a bus ride back from their caucus retreat in Baltimore last week. They have seen the polling data indicating Gingrich is disliked by suburban women – even conservatives — and is broadly unpopular in the Northeast.
[...] Gingrich is proud to be a man of big ideas and bold rhetoric, and it was his intelligence and combativeness that was attractive to the 40% of Republican voters in South Carolina who cast their ballots for him. But Republican officials in Washington see his big ideas and bold talk as evidence of a boundless ego and unscrupulous character.
Now, those old colleagues are aiming the tough language at him – “erratic, abrasive, undisciplined, unreliable, unhinged, unethical, mired in scandal, consummate D.C. insider.”
“Frankly, Governor Romney in his career has created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about it.” — Newt Gingrich
INTRADE (1/27/12, 10pm, PST):
To win the Florida Primary — Romney: 91.1% / Gingrich: 6.9%
To win the Nevada Caucus — Romney: 92.7% / Gingrich: 3.6%
To be Republican 2012 Nominee — Romney: 87.5%
President Obama to be re-elected — 54.9%,
Former Missouri Senator and ordained Episcopal priest John Danforth: “People who believe in the Constitution should not be raising questions about the religious beliefs of Mitt Romney.”
Another endorsement from the great Show Me State – with a religious caveat…
Mitt Romney has announced the endorsement of former Missouri Senator and Ambassador John Danforth. Senator Danforth joins Senator Roy Blunt and former Senator Jim Talent in endorsing Mitt Romney.
“It is an honor to have Senator Danforth’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “For his entire life, Senator Danforth has served Missouri and his country with distinction. His values and commitment to American ideals are what all public servants should aspire to replicate.”
Announcing his support, Senator Danforth said, “This election is one of, if not the, most important of my lifetime. Our country faces the possibility of losing our place in the world if our economy fails to restart. Mitt Romney has taken on significant challenges at every moment in his life. Whether it was turning around struggling companies, rescuing the Olympics, or restoring fiscal health in his state as governor, he has proven that he has both the skill and leadership ability to ensure that the United States remains the strongest and most respected nation in the world. I am honored to join Senators Roy Blunt and Jim Talent in endorsing Mitt Romney. With their help and the hard work of the many Missourians supporting Mitt Romney, we will defeat President Obama in November and set a new course for the country.”
Background On Senator John Danforth:
Senator Danforth served in the United States Senate from 1976 to 1995. After his Senate career, Danforth served the United States in various roles, including as Special Envoy to Sudan and United Nations Ambassador under President George W. Bush. Danforth has also served as Missouri Attorney General.
While offering his endorsement yesterday, Danforth, an ordained Episcopal priest, spoke out against religious bigotry:
Danforth offers Romney aid in dealing with anti-Mormon element
WASHINGTON • Former Sen. John C. Danforth, who has long operated at the intersection of politics and religion, says that people who believe in the Constitution should not be raising questions about the religious beliefs of Mitt Romney.
On the day he endorsed Romney’s bid for the Republicans’ presidential nomination, Danforth, an ordained Episcopal priest, said he has offered to help Romney contend with those who are wary or perhaps downright hostile to a candidate of the Mormon faith.
“I said, you know this is an issue where I have been engaged, namely what’s the relationship between religion and politics? If I can help speak out about this subject of Mormonism, I’m happy to do it. Because I really feel strongly about it,” Danforth said this afternoon.
… [P]olls show that his Mormon faith could be an impediment among some voter blocs, particularly white evangelical Protestants.
If Romney is seeking help in dealing with those concerns, he might find no one better credentialed than Danforth. In addition to being a clergyman, the former three-Missouri senator and past Ambassador to the United Nations has often taken issue with the tactics of Christian conservatives. He is the author of the 2006 book Faith and Politics: How the “Moral Values” Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together.
Danforth said his offer to the Romney campaign was received warmly but without commitment.
“I think it shouldn’t be just up to him (Romney) to deal with it; it’s up to all of us to deal with it because it’s playing on the face of the U.S. Constitution,” Danforth said.
“So people who claim they are constitutionalists should be the first to say ‘no, you can’t say somebody’s a Mormon, or somebody’s a Jew, or Catholic or anything else and aren’t qualified to be president’.”
“I think we should start saying, we the people should start saying no. In this country, if you believe in the Constitution and you believe in fair play, there can be no preligious test for holding public office. Period,” he said.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is busting out the religion card as his campaign struggles to gain ground in the 2012 Republican primary by releasing a 30-second ad in Iowa, where rival Mitt Romney struggled as voters grappled with his Mormonism.
The ‘Show Me State’ is showing America they want Mitt Romney…
Today, the Romney team announced 28 additional endorsements in Missouri:
“Missouri will be a critical state in November,” said Mitt Romney. “Whether our country continues down the same failed path of the last three years, or chooses a different, more prosperous course might well be decided by Missouri voters. I look forward to working with these leaders to defeat President Obama in Missouri and help put our country on a path to prosperity.”
Announcing his support, Speaker Steven Tilley said, “We have seen the results of having a president without experience working in the economy and they have not been good. Mitt Romney spent his life in the private sector and knows how economies grow and how jobs are created. Throughout his life, he has used conservative principles to turn around businesses, rescue the Olympics, and restore fiscal sanity in his state. I am honored to join his team with these outstanding leaders from Missouri. We will work hard to put him in the White House and put our country on the right track once again.”
Missouri Elected Officials And Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
· Steven Tilley; Speaker of the House
· George H. Walker III; Former U.S. Ambassador
· Harry Otto; Deputy State Auditor
· Ron Richard; State Senator
· Betty Sims; Former State Senator
· John Griesheimer; Former State Senator & Franklin County Commissioner
· Gary Nodler; Former State Senator
· Jay Barnes; State Representative
· Scott Dieckhaus; State Representative
· Delus Johnson; State Representative
· Cole McNary; State Representative
· Dwight Scharnhorst; State Representative
· Sheila Solon; State Representative
· Gary Dusenberg; Former State Representative
· Brian Stevenson; Former State Representative
· J. Daniel Patterson; Greene County Prosecuting Attorney
· Steven Stevenson; Andrew County Prosecuting Attorney
· Adam Warren; Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney
· Gregg Grounds; Former Mayor of Blue Springs
· Stephen Holt; Jasper Collector of Revenue
· Dale Carter; Blue Springs City Council Member
· Larry Vincent; Cole County Collector
· Chris Wrigley; Cole County Commissioner
· Judy Lohman; Vice Chair, Morgan County Republican Central Committee
· Karen McCutcheon; Vice Chair Morgan County Republican Central Committee
· Louella Pryor; Treasurer, Morgan County Republican Central Committee
· Katie Smith; Former Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture
· Trish Vincent; Former Director, Missouri Department of Revenue