No More ‘Summers of Recovery’ for Obama… His Plan? “Buy Thingamajigs”

Whacked with yesterday’s woeful jobs report, President Obama traveled to Minnesota to jazz up voters and remind America of his current economic stimulus strategy. He pushed his going-nowhere-in-congress mortgage refinance redistributionist strategy. You know, the one he hyped in his last State of the Union address.

Well, yesterday Obama upped the ante.

To prove he’s a real solutions guy – someone who really thinks out of the box – he went a step further by proposing a groundbreaking new idea…

“Buy furnace thingamajigs.”

“I assume there are some folks here who could use $3,000 a year,” Obama said. “Let’s get that done right now. That means they’re — you know, if you got $3,000 a year extra, that helps you pay down your credit cards. That helps you go out and buy some things that your family needs. Which is good for business. Maybe somebody will be replacing some thingamajig for their furnace. They’ve been putting that off. but they got that extra money, they might just go out there and buy that thing.” ~ Barack Obama, June 1, 2012

Oh, yeah. That’s the solution. Let’s get that done right now.

Reminds me of another one of Obama’s brilliant ideas.

In the summer of 2008, while running for president, Obama revealed his energy plan for America. A plan where “we could save ALL the oil they’re talking about getting off drilling”:

“Inflate your tires.”

Looks like this isn’t going to be another one of Obama/Biden’s “summers of recovery.”

It’s going to be the whizbang summer of distraction with doohickeys, whatchamacallits, whoseamajiggers, and thingamabobs.

Our Gizmo-getter-in-Chief has got to go.

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Gov Tim Pawlenty: “Romney Electable, Extraordinary Command of Economic Challenges”

Governor Tim Pawlenty wrote a strong op-ed in support of Mitt Romney which was published by Politico yesterday:

“Romney Is Electable” – By Tim Pawlenty

September 21, 2011

What do Republicans want in a presidential candidate in 2012? Certainly, someone who passionately believes in our conservative values.

But considering what’s at stake — the possibility of four more years of President Barack Obama’s ruinously wrongheaded ideas — electability is a key factor. We have to win.

This is a topic I know something about. It’s one reason I endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.

I served two terms as a Republican governor of a blue state. The last time Minnesota voted for a Republican candidate for president was 1972. It has the dubious distinction of the nation’s longest streak of voting for the Democratic presidential candidate.

But Republicans can be elected statewide in Minnesota. I was. The reason is fairly straightforward.

Practical, common-sense conservative ideas to increase jobs and reduce government burdens improve people’s lives. Voters, whether Republican, Democrat or independent, understand this. As governor, I found innovative ways to balance Minnesota’s budget, cut spending, reform health care and bolster education — all without raising taxes.

I also did my best to lead with a hopeful and positive message and leadership style.

Mitt has done the same. A conservative businessman, he won the support of independent voters — and even some Democrats — to win election as governor of the blue state of Massachusetts. That is no small accomplishment.

It reveals Romney’s tremendous strength in bringing Americans together.

He also governed successfully. His state’s economy was mired in recession when he took office. Expenditures exceeded revenue. Without raising taxes — he cut taxes on 19 occasions — he balanced the budget and led the effort to turn the state’s economy around.

By the time he left office, Massachusetts had a $2 billion budget surplus — and was again gaining jobs.

While all the Republican candidates have their respective strengths, Romney is uniquely positioned to help the Republican Party return to the White House.

Though he had an outstanding tenure as governor, Romney’s not a career politician. He’s spent most of his adult life working in the private sector — launching new businesses and rescuing failing ones.

He has an extraordinary command of the economic challenges we face, gained from day-in, day-out experience working in the marketplace. If ever America needed a leader who knows his way around the business world, it is now. Unemployment is more than 9 percent, and the economy is poised for a second recession.

(emphasis added) Continue reading here.

► Jayde Wyatt


Mitt Romney Central: Google, FOX News, RPOF Presidential Debate Details


Gov Mitt Romney shakes hands with Rick Perry at the GOP CNN Tea Party presidential debate held in Tampa, FL on Sept 12, 2011. FOX News, Google, and the Republican Party of Florida are hosting tonight's presidential debate in Orlando, FL.

Mitt Romney supporters are geared up for a rousing GOP presidential debate tonight in Orlando, Florida!

Bret Baier, debate moderator, reported today on FOX News that when Rick Perry toured the debate venue, he told Baier that he was the target at the last debate (his first debate) but “they oughta get ready because I’m comin’ after ’em tonight.”

We have no doubt that the participants are prepared and looking forward to it – especially Governor Romney.


Sponsors: Republican Party of Florida, FOX News, Google

Time: 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET, FOX News pre-debate show 8:30 PM ET

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Moderator: Bret Baier, anchor of Special Report, FOX News.

Panelists: Chris Wallace, host of FOX News Sunday, Megyn Kelly, anchor of America Live, Shannon Bream, FOX News contributor (Note: Text questions and questions submitted prior to the debate on YouTube will also be part of the proceedings.)

Candidates: Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, former Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Gov. Gary Johnson. (Fox News invited Johnson to the debate despite objections by the Florida Republican Party.)

FOX News reported today that all the candidates have toured the debate venue. In this video from yesterday, Bret Baier gives us a behind-the-scenes look:

Viewing/listening options:

TV – FOX News Channel (FNC)

Live Stream – and,

FOX News Radio

FOX News Mobile

Post-debate viewing:

“Hannity” will follow at 11 ET. Host Sean Hannity will talk to five Republican presidential candidates: Romney, Bachmann, Gingrich, Paul and Cain.

The debate and “Hannity” will be repeated from midnight to 3 a.m. Friday and again from 3 to 6 a.m.

As the debate gets underway this evening, we invite Romney supporters to join us here on MRC chat!


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Breaking News… Rep. Thaddeus McCotter OUT of Pres. Race, Endorses Mitt Romney

Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI, 11th District) has dropped out of the presidential race. He has endorsed Mitt Romney. 9/22/11


National Review Online is reporting that Congressman Thaddeus McCotter has dropped out of the GOP presidential race. He has endorsed Mitt Romney:

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCotter says he will give his support to former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and will likely run again for the 11th District congressional seat he’s held since 2003.

(emphasis added)

UPDATE from USA Today:

McCotter, a Michigan Republican, told USA TODAY it became clear that he wasn’t going to be included in the debates – a fact that made mounting a national campaign difficult.

“We know the debates are validators,” he said.

McCotter said Romney’s business background played a large role in his decision to endorse him and that he thought the former Massachusetts governor was “the most electable candidate.”

Welcome to Team Romney, Rep. McCotter!

► Jayde Wyatt

More good news from Michigan

Looks like Michigan’s early primary (February 28th) is almost official.

Just in case anyone doesn’t know why that’s good news, Romney Dominates in Michigan. Arizona is planning on voting on the same day as Michigan and Mitt Romney has picked up key support in SE Valley and leads the state of Arizona in polling as well.

MO Senator Roy Blunt to Lead Romney’s Congressional Team

Missouri Senator Roy blunt has endorsed former MA Governor Mitt Romney and will serve as his Congressional Liaison. Sept 20, 2011

BIG news coming from the Romney camp today and it involves The Show Me State

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announced today that U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) will lead his Congressional Team, spearheading the campaign’s effort to secure the support of Republican members in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

During the 2000 presidential election, then-U.S. Representative Blunt filled a similar role for George W. Bush’s campaign in the lead up to his securing the Republican Party’s nomination and his successful bid for the White House.

It is an honor to have Roy’s support. He has always been a champion of taxpayers and small business owners, and I know that he will be an effective liaison in sharing my vision for America with his colleagues in both the House and the Senate,” said Romney. “I look forward to working with Roy as I bring my plan for job creation to Missouri and the rest of the country.”

“Our nation faces historic challenges today, and under President Obama’s policies, we’ve witnessed high unemployment, skyrocketing debt, out-of-control spending, and burdensome regulations that have stifled job creation,” said Blunt. “Through his experience in the private sector and as governor, I believe Mitt has the right background to help create more economic certainty and spur job growth in Missouri and nationwide, and that’s why I’m proud to lead his Congressional Team.”

Background On Senator Roy Blunt:

Senator Roy Blunt was elected to represent Missouri in the United States Senate in 2010. He serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee; the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the U.S. Senate Rules Committee. In addition, he also currently serves as a member of the U.S. Senate Republican Whip Team. Prior to his election to the Senate, Roy Blunt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2008, where he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as the House Majority Whip and Republican Whip. As Whip, he led a team of deputies and assistants that columnist Robert Novak described as “the most efficient party whip operation in congressional history.” He previously worked as a history teacher, Greene County Clerk and chief election official, Missouri’s Secretary of State, and president of Southwest Baptist University before entering Congress.

From The Washington Post:

Romney’s campaign has won more endorsements from lawmakers than any other candidate, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but a vast majority of Republican senators and House members remain neutral in the race. Blunt, who is well regarded among leaders in both chambers, will help coax lawmakers off the fence and into the Romney camp. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who played a similar role for Romney in his 2008 presidential campaign, has not endorsed a candidate yet.

In 2008, Blunt remained neutral in the race until it was clear that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would be the party’s nominee, and then endorsed him.

Romney’s advisers have said they are targeting newer lawmakers, in particular freshmen from the Class of 2010. Blunt was a longtime House member, where he served in leadership as Republican whip, before winning his Senate seat in 2010. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is supporting his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), is the only other freshman senator who has endorsed in the race.

(emphasis added)

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‘Off the Record’ – Conservative Leaders Prefer Mitt Romney

Governor Mitt Romney takes final leave of MA State House. January 4, 2007

A Newsmax author reveals that, off the record, regarding the run for the White House, leaders in the conservative party prefer Governor Romney…

Conservative Leaders Privately Favor Romney

In the stock market, it’s known as the whisper number. It’s the stock market analysts’ consensus on what earnings a company will report. Because they give their forecasts anonymously, the analysts tend to be more honest. Over time, the whisper number has proven to be more accurate than the figure analysts cite on the record.

In politics, it works the same way. When speaking publicly, conservative leaders usually hedge their bets. They don’t want to be seen as favoring one candidate over another.

In private, it’s a different matter. In those off-the-record conversations, a range of conservative leaders I have chatted with favor Mitt Romney for president.

In public, conservative leaders invariably speak well of Sarah Palin. They cite her loyal following and her ability to whip up crowds and articulate a conservative message. In private, they diss her for her high unfavorability ratings, the fact that she quit as governor of Alaska, and the disorganization of her staff and her chaotic personal scheduling.

To be sure, each potential candidate has flaws. But conservative leaders I have talked to see Romney as the best bet to win the presidency. He looks and acts presidential. He has the experience and chops to handle the economy. He takes a tough approach to dealing with foreign adversaries. And traditionally, Republicans who win the presidency have run previously for the office.

(emphasis added) Don’t miss reading the entire article here.

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New Polls Favor Romney in New Hampshire, Iowa

A couple of polls released today show that while Mitt Romney has largely been OFF the media radar screen, he has been ON the minds of hopeful Americans:

Romney Keeps it Close in NH but Obama Trounces Others

Raleigh, N.C. – New Hampshire is a nominal swing state, but it has gone blue in four of
the last five presidential elections. According to PPP’s latest poll of the Granite State,
Mitt Romney is the only potential GOP nominee with a shot at putting New Hampshire’s four electoral votes in play next year. Otherwise, President Obama leads by margins larger than his almost ten-point victory over John McCain in 2008.

Romney essentially ties the president, with 46% to Obama’s 47%. But the president tops Newt Gingrich 52-39, Mike Huckabee 52-38, Donald Trump 51-37, and Sarah Palin 56-34.
The only candidate who earns more Democratic support than Obama does GOP votes is Romney, who is also the only candidate to tie the president with independents (at 44%). Obama leads the others by 16-22 points with the large 36% plurality who identify with neither party. That essentially explains the varying overall leads.

“Unless Mitt Romney gets the nomination, President Obama should easily win New
Hampshire once again,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “This state really exemplifies the extent to which the GOP being competitive against Obama is going to depend on who they nominate.”


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While other GOP presidential hopefuls have already worn ruts in the ‘woo and coo‘ path through Iowa and jockey to ‘out-devout’ each other, Gov Romney’s focus has been on behind-the-scenes fundamentals. Though he hasn’t yet begun work in Iowa, it’s heartening to see, at this pre-race point, that common-sense conservatives in the Hawkeye State think highly of Romney:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney enjoy an early advantage among likely Iowa caucus-goers, a poll of Iowa Republicans found Wednesday.

Huckabee would win the Iowa caucuses and Romney would place second, if caucuses including all the potential Republican presidential candidates in the contest were held today, according to a Neighborhood Research survey released Wednesday.

Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), meanwhile, would have an edge in a narrower field of candidates, the poll found.

Twenty-one percent of likely caucus-goers said they would prefer Huckabee, followed by 14 percent for Romney, 9 percent for real estate mogul Donald Trump, 8 percent for Gingrich and 7 percent for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the poll found.

Twelve other candidates registered at 5 percent or below, and 24 percent of respondents were undecided in the first ballot test, which included every possible candidate.

But not all those candidates might run. Huckabee has flirted with a bid, but a number of indicators and quite a bit of insider speculation has suggested he ultimately might not run. Trump’s and Palin’s intentions are also an enigma.

In a second ballot test, excluding all three of those candidates, Romney was the benefactor.

Read more here.

It’s not surprising that Mike Huckabee polls well in Iowa; he’s actively been working to keep his name at the top of the popularity list. It remains to be seen if the FOX News TV host will be a candidate for 2012; if he is, we’ll see how it goes.

Romney says if he runs for president, he’ll run a nationwide campaign, including Iowa. Iowans won’t overlook his economic expertise, his ‘Mr. Fix-it’ record, conservative credentials, and the fact that his leadership was a big help during the recent mid-term elections. His PAC contributed $70,000 last year to help elect Iowa GOP candidates.

*Additional links:

Visits by Potential Republican Candidates to Iowa

No Apology: Believe in America by Mitt Romney

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Romney Ranked #1, New Natl Republican Senatorial Committee Obama Ad

At last, April has arrived! While today may be filled with high-jinx and tom-foolery, three political news analysts aren’t fooling when they state that the scramble for 2012 starts today:

Money, momentum and the race for the 2012 Republican nomination

The race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination begins today.

Why? Because today marks the first day of the second fundraising quarter of the year. And anyone who is serious about running for president needs to prove between now and June 30 — the quarter’s end — that Republican donors are investing in them.

While money has mattered since political time immemoriam, it may matter more than usual in this GOP presidential fight for two reasons.

First, President Obama is setting himself up to be the greatest fundraising force in American politics. After collecting $750 million in the 2008 campaign, Obama re-election campaign manager Jim Messina has created a program for 400 majors donors to each collect $350,000 by the end of 2011.

The Fix is no math major, but that adds up to $140 million in 2011 alone (thanks, calculator!) if each of the donors can make their number. If 300 make the target — a more likely possibility — that’s still $105 million raised for the Obama re-election effort before a single vote has been cast on the Republican side.

While no Republican — not even former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney — will likely equal Obama in fundraising, any GOP candidate must prove an ability to collect some threshold amount of money over the next three months to prove that he (or she) would be financially viable against Obama next November.

The first indicator of momentum in any race, but especially a presidential contest, is money. Donors are, after all, investors and convincing them to buy in at the ground level is an early sign of momentum building. (Remember that Howard Dean’s out-of-nowhere candidacy first jumped onto the national radar screen when he raised $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2003.)

And, money follows money. Human nature tends to make us all want to be with the winner — cough, Yankee fans, cough — and the more a candidate raises early on, the more of a winner they look like.

(my emphasis)

Gov Romney is under no illusions about the progressive money machine he’s up against and the dollar amount it takes to survive a primary. He knows if his fix-it experience and get it done dauntlessness is going to rebuild America, he’s going to need a war chest full of money. From an earlier March fundraiser in NYC:

I think Mitt is a very prudent businessman. He’s very data driven. He knows what he needs to do and he’s focusing on it with laser-like intensity,” said [former MA Governor] Weld. “He sounded not just like a presidential candidate. He sounded like a president.”

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Eisenberg said his goal is to be out fundraising as much as he can to raise as much money as possible for Romney, and although $50 million may be the goal now, the final number for the entire campaign is much higher.

“I do believe that by the time we’ve reached November 2012…both presidential candidates, Romney and Obama, will have raised and spent a billion dollars,” Eisenberg said.

(my emphasis)

The Fix also ranks 10 potential GOP presidential contenders most likely to win the nomination (I begin at number five):

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