• Barack Obama,  President 2012

    Obama Campaign Gets Serious with Big Bird Ad?


    Of course, the Obama Campaign folks will say that this is just a light-hearted dig at Romney. But, the fact that in their press release they did not list the states where this purported television ad will air, everyone suspects that this was a “trial balloon.”

    The add is a pretty stupid move when the President just had his ass kicked on the issues in the first debate with Mitt Romney.

    I mean, really, 8 per cent unemployment for 44 months of his Presidency and a stagnant economy, then the President attacks Romney over Big Bird.

    Obama and his campaign are flailing….

  • Charles Krauthammer,  Mitt Romney

    Memo to Mitt Romney: Go Large or Go Home

    Real Clear Politics Presidential PollReal Clear Politics Poll

    Charles Krauthammer could not have said it better to Mitt Romney.

    Mitt, you are behind in the polls and blaming pollsters for oversampling Democrats is not going to cut it.

    You have allowed the Obama campaign to cast you as the County Club Fat Cat that everyone loves to hate. In the meantime, you have rolled over and talked about what?

    Certainly not the fact Obama’s Presidency has been a disaster both economically and in foreign policy.

    There is still time to turn this race around. The country is a mess and voters want an alternative.

    Go all in and show them some fire in the belly – why you want to be President.

    Or, release your donors to support other Republican POLS who want to fight for America.

  • Barack Obama,  Government Regulation,  Mitt Romney,  Polling,  President 2012

    Poll: Americans Don’t Want MORE Government Regulation of Business and Industry

    According to the latest Gallup Poll.

    Americans say there is too much (47%) rather than too little (26%) government regulation of business and industry, with 24% saying the amount of regulation is about right. Americans have been most likely to say there is too much regulation of business over the last several years, but prior to 2006, Americans’ views on the issue of government regulation of business were more mixed.

    The collapse of Lehman Bros., the failure of the secondary mortgage market, and other business problems in 2008 and 2009 might have been expected to increase Americans’ desire for more government control of business and industry. But that was not the case. Americans’ views that there is too much government regulation in fact began to rise in 2009, perhaps in response to the new Obama administration and new business regulation policies such as Dodd-Frank, reaching an all-time high of 50% in 2011 before settling down slightly this year to 47%.

    There has been little change since 2003 in the percentage of Americans saying there is too little regulation of business. The changes that have occurred in recent years have involved shifts between the percentages choosing the “too much” and “about right” alternatives.

    Congressional Democrats and President Obama are vulnerable on this issue and this is certainly exploitable by the GOP.

    I, certainly, would have expected to see some national cable television ads on this subject. But, maybe, they will be hitting this issue hard in the coming weeks with their ad buys.

    Even independent voters say there is too much government regulation of business.

    Here is the chart:

    Poll of Goverment Regulation by party preference chart

    What does this mean?

    Despite what some observers call a pattern of excess by big business that helped lead to the 2008 recession, Americans continue to say there is too much rather than too little government regulation of business. In fact, over the 15 times since 1993 that Gallup has asked this question, never have more than a third of Americans said there is too little regulation of business and industry.

    The increase in the “too much” viewpoint since 2008 largely results from Republicans’ increased agreement with this point — most likely reflecting their reaction to Democratic President Obama’s election and his policies once in office.

    All in all, the results suggest that a call from Mitt Romney for a reduction in government regulations and red tape may strike a more responsive chord from the average American, particularly independent Americans, than a call from Obama for more regulation.

  • Mitt Romney,  Peggy Noonan

    Peggy Noonan: Conservatives Thanked Me for Throwing Mitt Romney Under the Bus

    Peggy Noonan of the WSJ on Face the Nation

    Peggy Noonan, columnist for the Wall Street Journal

    Say what?

    Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan made as much news last week as either of the presidential candidates when she came out and advocated for an intervention to save GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney from himself. After calling the Romney camp a “rolling calamity,” Noonan was admonished by both Republican operatives and conservative commentators. However, on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Noonan claims that she privately received thanks from anxious conservatives who felt the Romney campaign needed some tough talk.

    Peggy, who “jumped the shark” at least two Presidents ago, is a political legend in her own mind. Unfortunately, Peggy has become old, tired and crotchety.

    Noonan hated McCain-Palin, hated Bush, hell she hates every Republican. But, she makes the case for Obama.

    Time for Peggy to move along and start writing for Slate or the New Republic.

    Watch her act on yesterday’s Face the Nation:

    Peggy, don’t speak for conservatives, because you left us a long time ago.

  • Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney and the 47 Per Cent

    Mitt Romney and the 47% Who Do Not Pay Federal Income Taxes

    Graphic: www.taxpolicycenter.org and AP

    No, Mitt Romney didn’t lose the election with his 47 per cent comments at a private fundraiser last May.

    Here is the video:



    Because Romney is actually correct. Look at these charts and see for yourself.

    But, were the “off the cuff” comments smart politically?

    Probably not as the MSM left-wing media’s heads explode with this “devastating” gaffe. In a big way, this reinforces the Team Obama meme that Romney is out of touch with every day Americans, who are the 47 per cent.

    However, ULTIMATELY, American voters will have to ferret out the truth here and decide who they want as President based on records and policy.

  • David Chalian,  Mitt Romney

    Yahoo News Fires David Chalian for Racial Anti-Romney Comment

    Yahoo News David Chalian

    David Chalian

    What a comment David Chalian made.

    Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast today saying that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac, a source familiar with the situation tells POLITICO.

    “They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian said during the ABC News/Yahoo News webcast, in reference to the fact that the GOP convention in Tampa is taking place as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast.

    The conservative media watchdog organization NewsBusters first posted audio of Chalian’s remarks, but referred to him as an ABC News employee (and offered slightly inaccurate transcription). ABC News spokesperson Julie Townsend informed the organization that Chalian was with Yahoo.

    Good riddance to this moron.

    In year’s past, the MSM would have just covered this up, suspended the miscreant and transferred the journalist to another gig. Don’t think this will fly in the world of social media and instant communications.

    By the way, Yahoo has confirmed Chalian’s firing:

    David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!.  He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.

  • Barack Obama,  Mitt Romney,  Polling,  President 2012

    Poll: Obama More Likable But Romney is About the Economy

    Gallup Poll on Presidential Characteristics

    According to the latest Gallup Poll:

    As the two-week period of back-to-back presidential nominating conventions gets underway next Monday, an Aug. 20-22 USA Today/Gallup poll underscores the strengths and weaknesses of each of the two candidates at this point in the campaign. Barack Obama retains a significant edge over Mitt Romney on personal dimensions, particularly in terms of his “likability,” while Americans still believe Romney is better able to handle the economy.

    This Presidential race is all about the economy.

    Likability does not put food on the table or a car in the garage.

    Americans can like their President, but if he is not producing results – he is OUT.

  • CA-26,  Linda Parks,  Mitt Romney,  Paul Ryan,  Tony Strickland

    CA-26: Tony Strickland Says NO to Paul Ryan Budget

    DCCC attacks Parks 2 CA 26: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Hits Linda Parks in Republican Framing Mailer

    The DCCC has released its first attack mailer (for the June 2012 primary election) and it is not against the Republican, Tony Strickland, but against NPP (No Party Prefeerence) Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks

    Tony Strickland, the Republican candidate for my Congressional District is not taking the bait and opening himself up on defending Paul Ryan and his controversial stand on Medicare.

    You can read Strickland’s quotes over at my colleague, Timm Herdt’s blog over at the Ventura County Star newspaper.

    As most in Ventura County know, Strickland is close to Mitt Romney and has been for years. He, like, Romney, will not be trapped like Linda Parks was in June by reaining silent or defending Paul Ryan’s proposal, which is dead in the Congress anyway.

    He is aware of the mailers used against Parks, like above and this piece below:

    There is no need to open himself up for these types of “strawman” attacks. Strickland knows they are coming, but his defense is that he would have voted “No”. Let’s move along….

    Then, like Romney, he will pivot and talk about the Romney Plans to save Medicare, oppose ObamaCare and reduce government spending in order to improve employment and the economy.

    Score 1 for Strickland for avoiding the Democratic trap.

    But, don’t be surprised to not see Paul Ryan, but Mitt Romney or his wife, Ann, to be in Ventura County for a “big” fundraiser for Tony.

  • Barack Obama,  Medicare,  Mitt Romney,  Obamacare,  Paul Ryan

    Video: Romney Goes on the Attack to “Save Medicare” from ObamaCare

    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan today unveiled an ad to be broadcast in key battleground states that attacks President Obama and his ObamaCare health reform legislation.

    In what is viewed to be a pre-emptive strike against Democratic criticisms of Ryan’s efforts in the House to reform Medicare, Romney is shooting the first shot across Obama’s bow.

    Here is the ad:

    Now, the Romney ad team will be able to build upon their own narrative not the negative portrayal of the national Democratic Party and their minions in the mainstream media.