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These are my links for May 11th from 20:47 to 20:49:

  • Whether Mitch Daniels runs for president may come down to his wife’s vote – The Washington Post – Whether Mitch Daniels runs for president may come down to his wife’s vote
  • Whether Mitch Daniels runs for president may come down to his wife’s vote – Indiana first lady Cheri Herman Daniels is a “lifelong Hoosier” who has four daughters with Gov. Mitch Daniels. Her official state Web site also shares that the blond and personable 61-year-old enjoys reading, golfing, exercising, cooking and spending time with family and friends. In recent months, she has participated in the “Cheri’s Chores” program, in which she acquires new skills. (“Cheri’s Chores Assignment 1: Learn how to drive a dump truck and operate a gravel shooter.” No. 8: “Learn how to be a lunch lady.”)As she prepares to deliver the keynote address at the Indiana state GOP dinner on Thursday, Daniels has taken on a new task: shaping the Republican presidential field.


    We will find out tomorrow night….

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These are my links for May 11th from 19:08 to 19:13:

  • Mitch Daniels Passes the Cap and Trade Test – “Want to guess which potential Republican candidate looks ready to pass the pH test on [cap and trade]? Mitch Daniels. In early 2009, when the issue was ill-defined, he was already arguing against it. That’s a nice arrow in the quiver the next time he’s asked about the ‘social truce.'”=======

    And, everyone else?

  • Mitt Romney: Do you remember the Hillary campaign? – But what if Republican voters in 2012, like Democrats in 2008, care more about the future than the past; what if they want new and not the next in line? Is a corporate candidate going to wow the populist Tea Partyers? That remains to be seen.And, of course, he still has some explaining to do about RomneyCare. He’ll give a speech tomorrow trying to defuse that issue. But it’s not simply one topic. It is, as abortion was in 2008, a symptom of a larger question about Romney: Does he have core political beliefs? Republicans have no doubt that Mitch Daniels is a penny-pincher and Newt Gingrich is a passionate defender of American exceptionalism and a robust foreign policy. But the passion that Republican voters are looking for is not a defining feature of Romney’s political persona. The very qualities that make him attractive to Wall Street financial types may not resonate in the heartland.

    Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are the ultimate “A” students — prepared, diligent and eager to please. But if it’s true that “C” students hire “A” students it may be that Romney (as Hillary did) is more likely to show up in a Republican Cabinet than in the White House.


    Read it all.


    Mitt will make a good Secretary of Commerce.

  • Mitt Romney = Obama’s Running Mate – Mitt Romney travels to Ann Arbor today to deliver what his campaign bills as a major address laying out his “2012 principles for health-care reform.” These are likely to be sensible, but what we’ll be listening for is how he explains his health-care principles of five years ago.As everyone knows, the health reform Mr. Romney passed in 2006 as Massachusetts Governor was the prototype for President Obama’s version and gave national health care a huge political boost. Mr. Romney now claims ObamaCare should be repealed, but his failure to explain his own role or admit any errors suggests serious flaws both in his candidacy and as a potential President.

    There’s a lot to learn from the failure of the ObamaCare model that began in Massachusetts, which is now moving to impose price controls on all hospitals, doctors and other providers. Not that anyone would know listening to Mr. Romney. In the paperback edition of his campaign book “No Apology,” he calls the plan a “success,” and he has defended it in numerous media appearances as he plans his White House run.


    Read it all.

    Mitt Romney is a flawed candidate and will not be the GOP nominee for President in 2012.

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Well, there is a remedy for this Orcutt, California dilemma.

From the press release:

SB 443 authored by Sen. Strickland (R-Simi Valley) would authorize the Old Town Orcutt Revitalization Association (OTORA) to plan, construct, and maintain a veterans’ memorial in a park-and-ride lot located in Orcutt, California. No state money will be used to build or maintain the memorial.

SB 443 passed out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on an 8 to 1 vote and is now waiting to be heard in the Senate Appropriations committee.

But, there should not have to be special legislation for this display.

Remember the last time California Governor Jerry Brown had control of Caltrans?

Remember Adrianna Gianturco?

But, this is simply stupid and reflects the state of California politics today.

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These are my links for May 11th from 13:26 to 14:37:

  • Mitt Romney: As first act, out with ObamaCare – Health care is more than just one-sixth of the American economy. It is a source of well-being for individuals and families. We are blessed with much that is good in American health care. But we have taken a turn for the worse with ObamaCare, with its high taxes and vastly expanded federal control over our lives. I believe the better course is to empower the states to determine their own health care futures.======

    Read it all….

    Go for it Mitt!

  • California High-speed train trip going nowhere – The latest criticism was issued Tuesday by the Legislature’s budget analyst, Mac Taylor, in a report fittingly called “High-Speed Rail Is at a Critical Juncture.”If the project is to have a chance of success, Taylor’s staff concluded, it needs a thorough re-evaluation, a shift from the rail authority to the Department of Transportation, and a business plan that fully identifies costs, ridership and how it could operate without subsidies as state law dictates.

    The report is especially scornful of the proposed track to nowhere in the San Joaquin Valley.

    In other words, Taylor implies, it’s time to either shape up the project or dump it, although the words that his report uses are much more diplomatic, such as “challenging choices.”

    There’s probably no way for California to gather the untold tens of billions of dollars in construction money the system would require and operate bullet trains without subsidies or “revenue guarantees” to private investors.

    However, before the rail authority moves dirt and pushes us into a bottomless money pit, we’d best find out for certain – and have the guts to call it quits if the project doesn’t add up.


    The business plan needs to be re-evaluated and the project scraped if it does not pencil out.

  • President 2012 Poll Watch: Obama Gets a Bounce – Obama – 47% Vs. Romney – 42% | Flap’s Blog – FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog – President 2012 Poll Watch: Obama Gets a Bounce – Obama – 47% Vs. Romney – 42% #tcot #catcot
  • What went wrong with Palin? – Right Turn – The Washington Post – What went wrong with Palin?
  • What went wrong with Palin? – One can’t but feel that Palin was not only snared in the web of resentment but that it determined a particular course for her post-2008 career. She embarked on a particular path, one incompatible with being a serious force on conservative policy and a credible presidential contender. You can understand how easy and alluring (not to mention profitable) became the new role as political martyr. The “lamestream media” perfectly encapsulated the Joan of Arc complex, the blame-game and the focus on herself that swamped her public image.But one can’t really call it a “tragedy” as Green does. She’s attained fame and fortune and she has as loyal a following as any popular figure. But she made a choice — to bear grudges, to forgo serious policy study, to reject the advice of all but a handful of advisers. It is a shame for those who saw a star-quality and enviable political talent. But tragedy? No. She simply chose a different path.


    Certainly a choice Sarah has made….

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