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Media was all abuzz with the impending end of Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential bid leading up to his formal announcement at 11:00 AM on Thursday January 26, 2012. In his more than 20 minute announcement, Perry gave a speech that embodied his campaign style and platform.
Stating that “what’s broken in America is our politics,” Perry led up to his formal endorsement of Newt Gingrich calling him a “visionary who can transform this country” with the “heart of [a] conservative reformer” who has the “courage to tell Washington interests to ‘take a hike’.”
With full grace and a strong stance, Gov. Perry recalled former Texas Gov. Houston by saying, “I know when it’s time to take a strategic retreat.” Vowing to continue to support conservative values and principles, and reminding his supporters that “President Obama’s road is a very dangerous one,” Perry stated that he will be heading back to Texas with his wife Anita by his side knowing that “with a loving God, things gonna be good no matter what” he does.
And while the conservative portion of the GOP presidential field is now narrowed even further, and conservatives are now vying for a spot behind the remaining candidates, it is hopeful that Gov. Perry’s message resonates with the voters… “The mission is greater than the man.”
- Gingrich rising in SC, but in time to edge Romney? (mercurynews.com)
- Gingrich urges Santorum, Perry to drop out (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Gingrich suggests Santorum, Perry should exit race (thehill.com)
- Gingrich Faith Leaders’ Statement on Results from Texas (draftcain.wordpress.com)
Question at town hall: “What I’ve been looking for in my candidate is fire in the belly. We’ve got to bloody Obama’s nose. You’ve mentioned challenging him to seven, three-hour debates. He has this armor of media surrounding him. If he doesn’t agree to that, how do you plan to aggressively take the gloves off and go after him?”
Newt Gingrich: “Let me say first of all, I don’t want to argue with you about the analogy. I don’t want to bloody his nose, I want to knock him out.”
- Gingrich: ‘I Would Be Delighted’ If Santorum Dropped Out (blogs.wsj.com)
- Newt Gingrich Amps up Negative Attacks on Mitt Romney (usnews.com)
- Gingrich wins Fox South Carolina Debate (brvanlanen.wordpress.com)
REDLANDS, CA – In a calculated attempt to appease his supporters, Congressman Ron Paul announced on Saturday that his campaign had procured all remaining tickets to the popular Southern California music festival, Coachella.
“Everywhere I go across the country, my supporters ask me the same questions: When will we pull out of Afghanistan, how will you bring down our nation’s debt, and can you get us tickets to Coachella?” Paul continued, “I’m the only candidate in this race with a plan to do all of those things.”
“Our plan is to scalp the tickets at Coachella,” explained Paul’s campaign manager John Tate. “But we’re only selling them to tried and true Paul supporters. If you can’t explain what the Gold Standard is, you isn’t getting a ticket.”
Paul’s campaign website crashed within minutes of the announcement, as a flurry of would-be supporters flocked to the site looking for tickets. “I’ve never voted in my life, but when I learned he had tickets, I was like, ‘where do I register?’” said Dan Santini, a self-described “employee of Mother Earth” from San Jose. As for how Paul was able to get any tickets to the sold out event, he was reportedly able to cozy up to retiring Congressman Jerry Lewis – who represents the Coachella Valley – and was given exclusive privileges over the public on discounted tickets. “I’m retiring, so what do I care?” remarked the 77 year-old Lewis.
The idea to acquire and distribute Coachella tickets is a stroke of genius on the part of the Paul campaign, as even the candidate admits, “Libertarians, by and large, are just Republicans who want to take drugs and listen to music.”
By: Sam Rodriguez
BEIJING – Gov. Mitt Romney was the guest of honor Friday at the ribbon cutting ceremony for what will be the nerve center of his entire 2012 presidential campaign organization – a 150,000 sq. ft. warehouse in China’s capital city. Romney looked on with pride as 5,000 Chinese factory workers marched inside the colossal structure to begin their 15-hour workday, manufacturing ‘Romney Job Creator #1!!’ bumper stickers and calling registered Republicans in key South Carolina counties. “These workers represent what this campaign is all about – people coming together in spite of government regulations and labor laws to elect the only person in this race with private sector experience,” said Romney, who shuttered his former campaign headquarters in Boston as well as all his state and local campaign offices to consolidate his operation in Beijing.
Back in Boston, former Romney campaign volunteers remained outside their former workplace, gathered around steel drums packed with burning Romney yard signs for warmth, banking on the off chance that another candidate might arrive and put them back to work.
“It’s unfortunate, but I have to believe Governor Romney had our best interests in mind when he shipped our jobs to China,” said Lucy Kearns, 40, a former Romney phone bank operator-turned-vagrant. “If it’s good for the bottom line, that’s what counts.” Though there is speculation that Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is eyeing the old Romney HQ for her campaign, Kearns flatly dismissed the notion of working for, “a Communist.”
Before departing from his new campaign headquarters, Romney offered a final defense for his controversial decision, explaining, “This is just what’s best for the campaign right now. And campaigns – like corporations and other faceless, sexless concepts – are people, too.”
By: Sam Rodriguez
Ryan Lizza wrote a column a few days ago citing the five things liberal journalists are rooting for in the Republican presidential primary, including a Ron Paul win in Iowa, a Jon Huntsman win in New Hampshire and a brokered convention. None of those things are happening, telling you how isolated from reality these political “gurus” are.
There is a special irony that the man who put Ron Paul in his place and thereby did his party a great service is none other than Rick Santorum, who is the Republican most despised by the left. His views on abortion and gay marriage, not to mention his robust foreign policy, are an anathema to the left. There is no candidate who has been more mocked or ridiculed than he.
But let’s consider what he accomplished in relegating Ron Paul to third place. He spared Iowa and the party more generally from the ignominy of rewarding the man responsible for racist newsletters and bizarre views on Iran and 9/11. In Lizza’s dream world, Ron Paul is the “winner,” no matter what the results. In fact, a pro-freedom, hawkish national security outlook triumphed. It was a central part of Santorum’s message, and it was a view embraced by Mitt Romney as well.
The GOP nominee, whether Romney or Santorum, will be staunchly in favor of a military option, if needed, to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. He or she will be exceptionally critical of Obama’s foreign policy, especially his treatment of Israel. He or she will be a robust defender of religious freedom around the world and opposed to the dictator-coddling stance that the left favors. He or she will be opposed to slashing defense.
Santorum also deserves credit for insisting that foreign policy be a key part of the campaign. He could have played it down, but in his stump speech and interviews he persisted in calling attention to the dangers the United States faces and in calling for ample defense spending. He disproved the notion that you have to talk purely about what the polls tell us voters want to hear.
In sum, the isolationist left should be glum. Santorum dashed their hopes that the kooky, isolationist segment of the electorate would get a real foothold. In doing so, Santorum showed he is in touch with the actual Republican Party, not the crackpot party that exists in the dreams of liberal reporters.
Mitt Romney, once again, proved that spending millions of dollars in a political campaign isn’t worth a spit if voters don’t like you.
Same goes for Rick – Oops – Perry.
Iowa also proved that a candidate with little money – Rick Santorum – can slug it out with the big boys the old fashioned way. And somehow Newt Gingrich, the target of millions of dollars in negative TV ads, still did well enough to stay in the race and make Mitt Romney’s political life a living hell.
Get your popcorn ready.
As I’m writing this the final tally has not been announced, but it doesn’t matter. Regardless of the final vote count Romney lost. He needed a big win in Iowa in order to be able to enter New Hampshire with his focus solely on defeating Obama. Now he still has to still fight it out with Gingrich AND Santorum.
The President could not have scripted a more favorable republican primary.
Mitt Romney’s bottom line: after campaigning in Iowa since he lost to Mike Huckabee in ’08, with a well run political organization on the ground and millions to spend blanketing the airwaves, 75% of Caucus goers still wanted somebody else.
Lots of people don’t respond well to Mitt Romney, and I think I know why. Mitt is not the top 1%, he’s the top .001%, which is fine. He may not have more money than God, but they belong to the same country club.
That’s not the problem. The problem is he tries to pass himself off as regular guy. He once quipped to a group of unemployed workers, ‘I’m out of work, too!.’ His blue jeans are pressed. He eats pizza with a fork.
The good news: The 2012 Presidential is officially under way. The process may not always be pretty and there’s too much money spent campaigning, but Iowa showed that money doesn’t always buy elections. Even though – technically – this was a caucus and not an election.
Regardless, it’s another great day for America.
- Iowa Caucus: It’s Actually Totally Okay If You Haven’t The Faintest Clue About What Is Going To Happen (huffingtonpost.com)
- James Moore: The Non-Romney Race in Iowa (huffingtonpost.com)
- Des Moines Register Poll Shows Mitt Romney In Lead Ahead Of Iowa Caucus (huffingtonpost.com)