VEEP MADNESS! Time to pick the bottom-half of the 2012 GOP ticket

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Since this is a pro-Romney site it would be pointless to run a presidential preference tournament. So we are going to do the next best thing - pick the bottom half of the ticket. Click the image above to see the whole bracket. If you don’t like my seeding assignments… well… it was all pretty much arbitrary anyways.

The first round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Sunday.

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Romney Remains Among Most Influential Republicans

Chris Cillizza, from the “The Fix“, once again ranks Mitt Romney as one of the most influential leaders within the Republican party.

Most Influential Republicans and Possible 2012 Contenders

Here is what he had to say about Mitt Romney:

Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor, who has been among the most prolific endorsers among potential 2012 candidates, is now backing candidates in more than half of all 50 states - a milestone that speaks to the strong groundwork Romney is laying for his all-but-certain presidential bid. Romney’s refusal to get mixed up in the controversy over the proposed Islamic center near ground zero - and his unyielding focus on the economic issues - demonstrate his keen political acumen and his realization that the economy remains the main concern for voters this cycle, and likely beyond.

Here is the full list of those that made the top ten:
1. Haley Barbour 2. Sarah Palin 3. Mitt Romney 4. Tim Pawlenty 5. John Boehner 6. John Cornyn 7. JIm DeMint 8. Mitch Daniels 9. Mike Huckabee 10. Pete Sessions

The top five are pictured up above in order of their rank.

So This is How Liberty Dies…With Thunderous Applause

As I watch the Democrats cheer and applaud this atrocity of a bill supposedly only about health care, I can’t help but think of one of the greatest movie quotes of all time:

Now, obviously not everyone was applauding this terrible bill. Far from it. Thanks to so many who have done a great service to this country, like conservatives in the media and in Congress, the American people were informed about this bill and it’s implications. This entire process was filled with deception and shrouded in darkness from beginning to end. Americans revolted against the the substance and the way it was crafted. Most of us acknowledge that health care in the United States needs some reform - this is anything but. Anyone who thinks Republicans don’t have ideas of their own and didn’t offer them need only look at Mitt Romney’s efforts in Massachusetts and the many ideas and bills presented by Republicans which were all soundly rejected. Mitt Romney wasn’t contacted even once by any of the Democrats in Congress in regards to Mitt’s experiences in reforming healthcare in Massachusetts. In spite of what has transpired, I haven’t felt this hopeful and proud of the Republican Party in years. The GOP is on the verge of finally becoming the party so many of us want them to be.

Top speeches of the day go to Paul Ryan:

Dave Camp:

Mike Pence:

Eric Cantor:

and John Boehner:

Absent of all the backroom deals we will inevitably find out about in the future, the ones we already know about, and the ones we might never know about, this bill would never have been passed. I’ll give Nancy Pelosi this - she is the best arm twister I have ever witnessed. However, that is where my compliments of that disgrace to our country ends. She is reportedly the primary reason Republicans were completely shut out of the process. Some Democrats were willing and actually wanted to work with Republicans on this issue, but Pelosi stood in the way of those efforts.

That, and so many other reasons, is why it’s time to fire Pelosi! She is one of the largest obstacles to bipartisanship and good government in Washington.

To the millions of us who tried to let Congress know how we felt about this bill, we can hold our heads high and know that we didn’t stand idly by as our country took another major step away from what our Founding Fathers envisioned for this great land. Several items related to health care are still to be acted on, but the major hurdle has been crossed. The states may still revolt against this and the Supreme Court may ultimately deem it unconstitutional, but we may also have to wait until 2012 when we have a better president and a conservative Congress to overturn this bill. The fight isn’t over. We still have our right to vote which we will exercise in November. Let us all pledge to each other right now that we will not forget what happened with this bill. Let’s pledge to hold our own representatives accountable and do what we can to educate others on what has transpired!

The United States of America was designed to have and needs an educated and engaged electorate in order to function properly. The American people are the ones who elected all members of Congress. Regardless of which party they are in, every elected official must be held to account for corruption. It’s not too late to bring America back, but conservative change begins with us!

UPDATE:
From Mitt Romney 3/22/2010

A Campaign Begins Today

America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.

— Mitt Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts and author of No Apology.

Obamacare Update As We Brace For Showdown Vote Tomorrow

(Editorial Insert: The debate is live, watch it now on C-Span now and chat with us here.)

Nancy Pelosi says we are on the verge of making history for the American people. Obama says he’s not transforming one-sixth of the economy all in one fell swoop. John Boehner says Obama’s health care bill will ruin our country.

Tomorrow, all of America will be watching as the largest change in U.S. social policy since the Great Depression comes to a head.

The year-long battle of President Obama to confiscate the American health care industry comes down to 216 votes on Capitol Hill tomorrow. Three big Obamacare votes are possible:

1. The first vote brings the “fix-it” bill to the floor of the House.
2. The second vote is on the bill.
3. The final vote would then be on the Senate bill itself.

If the final bill passes, the Senate will take it up next week.

The latest news on possible health-care-corruption votes are 217 leaning FOR and 214 leaning AGAINST.

In the meantime, Nancy Pelosi revealed today that she will not make any concessions on restricting tax-payer funded abortions in the final health care bill which may have been why Rep Bart Stupak (D-MI) cancelled his 11:00 AM press conference today. The ‘Stupak Dozen’ is roughly now a half-dozen holding out against the bill.

The Rules Committee ruled this morning that the Slaughter strategy of ‘deem and pass’ will not be used. Republicans have called for an actual roll call vote of ‘ayes and nays’ which most likely won’t happen.

Surprise! Surprise! The final health bill OMITS some of Obama’s promises:

It was a bold response to skyrocketing health insurance premiums. President Barack Obama would give federal authorities the power to block unreasonable rate hikes.
Yet when Democrats unveiled the final, incarnation of their health care bill this week, the proposal was nowhere to be found.

Ditto with several Republican ideas that Obama had said he wanted to include after a televised bipartisan summit last month, including a plan by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to send investigators disguised as patients to hospitals in search of waste, fraud and abuse.

And those “special deals” that Obama railed against and said he wanted to eliminate? With the exception of two of the most notorious — extra Medicaid money for Nebraska and a carve-out for Florida seniors faced with losing certain extra Medicare benefits — they are all still there.

For the White House, these were the latest unfulfilled commitments related to Obama’s health care proposal, starting with his campaign promise to let C-SPAN cameras film negotiations over the bill. Obama also backed down with little apparent regret on his support for a new government-run insurance plan as part of the legislation, a liberal priority.

Washington D.C. swarmed today with thousands of Tea Protestor groups and affiliates critical of the health care overhaul. Among the speakers was Dr. Milton R. Wolf – Barack Obama’s second cousin:

“Do not tear down the greatest health care delivery system in the world just to re-build it as a subsidiary of the Internal Revenue Service.” ~ Dr. Wolf

The 20 House Democrats who will decide the fate of the healthcare reform bill:

Over the last couple of days, Pelosi has leaned on many skeptical Democrats to vote with her. There are many publicly undecided Democrats, but the Democrats below are the legislators who are key to the success, or failure, of the measure heading to the floor on Sunday.

* Marion Berry (Ark.) Berry is retiring, but he has been critical of the president since announcing his that he would not be seeking reelection. In recent days, Berry has appeared more on the fence than leaning no. Berry is a backer of Stupak’s language. He voted yes on the House health bill last year.

* Rick Boucher (Va.) Boucher is in a tough reelection and his vote is anyone’s guess at this point. Boucher was a no last fall.

* Chris Carney (Pa.) Carney voted for the Stupak language and seemed like a certain no earlier this month. But now he sounds like he will vote yes. On March 19, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) talked at length with Carney on the House floor. Carney, who is a GOP target this November, voted yes last year.

* Mike McMahon (N.Y.) Many of McMahon’s on-the-fence colleagues in the Empire State have announced their support over the last week. McMahon told The Hill last week he was leaning no. He rejected bill last year.

* Nick Rahall (W. Va.) He is a committee chairman so there is more pressure on him to vote yes. Rahall is pushing hard for Stupak language but won’t get it. He faces a difficult decision. He voted yes in 2009.

* Brian Baird (Wash.) Baird is undecided but because he is retiring, many believe he will vote yes. However, Baird bucked his party by saying the surge in the Iraq war worked. Baird voted no last year and Clyburn is leaning on him to change his vote this time.

* Peter DeFazio (Ore.) DeFazio’s threats to vote no because of Medicare reimbursement issues have to be taken seriously. DeFazio voted for the health bill last year, but he rejected the stimulus and the climate change bill in 2009.

* Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) Kaptur is torn. She wants the Stupak language, but still may vote yes. Others in Ohio delegation have gone yes in recent days, but Kaptur has shown in the past she is not reluctant to go against the grain. One of the few on this list who will sail to reelection, making her vote that much more important. Kaptur voted yes in 2009.

* Henry Cuellar (Texas) Cuellar is undecided. He voted for health bill last year under pressure from the Speaker and the president. Cuellar also voted for climate change but he is a conservative Democrat who has bucked his party in the past. Cuellar said on Fox News that he has not returned calls from the White House, saying he will vote what is best for his district.

* Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.) GOP target who is thought to be in Stupak’s group. She is being leaned on heavily by the Speaker to vote yes. Dahlkemper backed the health measure last year.

* Lincoln Davis (Tenn.) Davis has been very silent, triggering speculation that his expected no vote will go in the yes column. He voted no in 2009.

* Bill Foster (Ill.) Another undecided lawmaker from Illinois. Leadership needed his vote on a controversial ethics package soon after he was sworn into office. A probable yes vote. Foster voted yes on the House measure in 2009.

* John Tanner (Tenn.) Tanner is retiring and has strongly disputed rumors he will be offered a job in the Obama administration if he votes yes. Tanner, a well-respected member of the House, is still publicly undecided. He voted no in 2009.

* Jim Matheson (Utah) Matheson voted no in 2009 and, complicating matters, the White House appointed his brother to a post in the administration. He voted no in committee as well last year. Matheson is expected to win reelection.

* Earl Pomeroy (N.D.) He supported package last year but he wasn’t an easy yes vote. The Ways and Means Committee member, hailing from a red state, is undecided.

* Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) Voted yes in November but now in a much tighter reelection race. Mollohan has been mum on his vote. A complete wild card.

* Glenn Nye (Va.) Nye is in a toss-up race. He voted no last time and his vote will go a long way in determining whether Democratic leaders get the votes.

* Zack Space (Ohio) Space is undecided. Other Ohio Democrats, such as Reps. Betty Sutton and Mary Jo Kilroy, have gone from undecided to yes. He supported the House bill in 2009.

* Ciro Rodriguez (Texas) Rodriguez is considered more likely than not to vote yes but he did vote for the Stupak language. Rodriguez voted yes last year.

* Paul Kanjorski (Pa.) Kanjorski, a GOP target this cycle, was one of four House Democrats to reject education bill that will move with healthcare reform as part of reconciliation. Kanjorski voted yes last year after voting for Stupak language.

Among the speakers protesting Obamacare in D.C. today, actor/patriot Jon Voight predicted that Obama will be a one-term president:

“I can only pray to God that each and every one of you - and I’m talking to all the people inside now (motioning to the Capitol building) that each and every one of you finds the will, the strength, the courage to turn your back on this destruction of America.” ~ Jon Voight

(emphasis mine)

Tea Party protestors will hold a candlight vigil in D.C. later this evening.

If Obamacare passes, 150 bureaucracies and agencies will be overseeing YOUR health care.

Let’s give it one last effort! Click here to ‘Say No To Obamacare’ by clicking on the big, blue button in the top right hand corner of this site. A quick form will come up. You fill it out and it e-mails your Member of Congress and automatically is sent on to 58 Blue Dog Democrats as well. Phone numbers to call are also listed.

Update:Even the Administration’s Chief Actuary at HHS cannot provide cost analysis of latest Democrat health spending bill before the vote.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama administration’s chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified Republican leaders Saturday that the “very tight time frame” and “complexity” of the Democrats’ health spending bill would prevent them from fully analyzing the costs and efficacy of the bill before the House voted on the legislation. The letter was in response to a request from House and Senate Republicans.

The Chief Actuary, Richard S. Foster, wrote: “In your letter, you requested that we provide the updated actuarial estimates in time for your review prior to the expected House debate and vote on this legislation on March 21,2010. I regret that my staff and I will not be able to prepare our analysis within this very tight time frame, due to the complexity of the legislation.”

Foster and his staff analyzed the Senate-passed bill and determined that it bent the cost curve up, estimating in a January 8 report that national health expenditures would increase by an estimated total of $222 billion, and that the additional demand for health services “could be difficult to meet” and “could lead to price increases, cost-shifting, and/or changes in providers’ willingness to treat patients with low-reimbursement health coverage.” Foster, in his letter today, expects the new health spending bill to be “generally similar.”

House Republican Leader John Boehner said: “The House of Representatives should not vote blindly on an issue that is so important to every American. We deserve to have all the facts about how much this bill raise health care costs before we vote. The decision to press ahead and jam this bill down the throats of the American people is just one more example of arrogance and irresponsibility from Washington Democrats.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said: “Americans deserve to have a full analysis of this bill, but won’t because of the mad dash forced by the Democrat leaders in the House. We now know that even the Obama administration’s chief actuary predicts more government spending, more price increases for consumers and less care for low-income patients. This debate was supposed about lowering costs for Americans not making things worse.”

*SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE* - Ross
Vote Day Whip Count, A.M. Edition: Still 210 Read it and then take some last minute action to convince the undecideds to vote against the bill at CODE RED.

Executive Order Hijinks

A Stick Out Your Tongue and Gag ‘Ahhh’ Moment


Gathering at the White House Rose Garden today, 150 white-coated doctors smiled as President Obama applied tepid CPR to his health care plan.

“We have listened to every charge and every counter-charge — from the crazy claims about death panels to misleading warnings about a government takeover of our health care system,” he said.

The Senate Finance Committee wrapped up debate on the overhaul of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system on Friday and could vote on its plan as soon as Tuesday.

The plan, first put forward by committee chairman Max Baucus, had a price tag of $900 billion.

Passage by the committee will be a major victory, but the overhaul still has a long road ahead. The finance committee’s bill must be merged with another committee’s even before going to the full Senate in mid-October.

Obama’s Democrats are divided on major issues, especially whether to include a government-run insurance plan, the so-called “public option,” strongly supported by liberals but opposed by conservatives and heatedly opposed by the insurance industry.

The finance committee plan does not include a public option, and Obama did not mention one at Monday’s event.

The reform plans have yet to win support from any Republicans as they make their way through Congress.

House Minority Leader Representative John Boehner said the overhaul schemes are too expensive and that “thousands of doctors” have objected to it because it would cripple their ability to care for patients.

“Members of the medical community — who deal with red tape day in and day out — rightly recognize that the Democrats’ government takeover would weaken the doctor-patient relationship that is so critical to making the right health care decisions,” he said.

Read more here.

Behind the scenes, Obama is taking public option temperatures and hoping to revive fever-pitch support . He concluded his speech today by praising the doctors in his audience: “I want to thank every single doctor who is here and I especially want to thank you for agreeing to fan out across the country and make the case about why this reform effort is so desperately needed… If you’re willing to speak out strongly on the things you care about…I’m confident we are going to get health reform passed this year.”

It was a real stick out your tongue and gag ‘ahhh’ moment.

Tom Price, speaking at the AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) 66th Annual Meeting, on October 3rd 2009, urges us to call the White House TODAY and outlines a S.I.M.P.L.E. plan for Americans to follow to stop government takeover of health care:


S – Sign up for email newsletters from organizations you support.
I – Invest time and resources in groups, organizations you support.
M- Multiply your involvement by recruiting other folks every single day.
P – PetitionPelosi.com Sign up!
L – Look for AAPS YouTube videos and send them to everybody you know.
E - Expand your reach by helping others in congressional elections in 2010.

As Mr. Price reminds us, the work of politics is a battle of ideas and that battle never ends. The opposition is creative. Here’s just one recent idea supporting Obama’s plan: Blogger for Obama’s Organizing for America, Nicole Aro, is calling for college students to jump on the wobbly gurney of nationalized health care by joining her Organize a Health Reform Phone Booth program.

This week is critical. We can’t be complacent. We must be more creative. If you have a clever idea that serves to inspire more to join our cause, please share it here. In the meantime, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Share your opinion on blogs. Email, text, instant message, twitter, and Facebook your friends to ask them to call their congressional reps and the White House TODAY (202-456-1414). Stop the hypodermic needle of big government from injecting socialism into health care!

Is Acorn a Canary in a Coal Mine?


‘This is a witch hunt. There are a few bad apples in every organization. These videos have been doctored and edited.’ So squawked ACORN reps regarding recent scandalous videos involving ACORN personnel.

With voter registration fraud, embezzlement, enabling child prostitution, and tax cheating hatching on a daily basis, the tax-paid feathered nest of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – better known as ACORN - is beginning to crumble. Thankfully, the Census Bureau severed its ties to employ the organization for the 2010 census. On Monday (Sept. 14th) a bill introduced by Mike Johanns (R-NE) denying housing and urban funds to ACORN was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate. The bill would prevent ACORN from taking taxpayer money for mortgage counseling, Community Development Block grants, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and other programs.

Speaking on FOX news today, *John Boehner (R – Ohio) revealed that he and 129 of his colleagues sent a letter yesterday to President Obama to urge him to stop all funding for ACORN. Today, Congressman Boehner introduced Defund ACORN Act - legislation to cut all ties between our federal government and ACORN.

Now, Bertha Lewis, ACORN CEO is warbling a different tune:
“As a result of the indefensible action of a handful of our employees, I am, in consultation with ACORN’s Executive Committee, immediately ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review. I have also communicated with ACORN’s independent Advisory Council, and they will assist ACORN in naming an independent auditor and investigator to conduct a thorough review of all of the organizations relevant systems and processes. That reviewer, to be named within 48 hours, will make recommendations directly to me and to the full ACORN Board. We enter this process with a commitment that all recommendations will be implemented.”

ACORN’s independent Advisory Council:

• John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
• Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Board Member, RFK Foundation, former MD Lt. Governor
• Andrew Stern, International President, Service Employees International Union
• Harvey Hirschfeld, President, Lawcash
• John Banks, Vice President of Government Relations Con Ed
• Eric Eve, Senior VP of Global Consumer Group, Community Relations, Citigroup
• Dave Beckwith, Executive Director, Needmor Fund
• Henry Cisneros, Executive Chairman, Cityview

Boehner describes today’s action by ACORN as too little – too late.

Who believes that anyone on this Advisory Council will name an unbiased auditor to investigate the operations of ACORN? Just how far does the corruption reach? Is ACORN a canary in a coal mine?

* Boehner also sent a similar letter last year to President Bush and Steven Preston (then-Sec of Housing and Urban Development).