Posts Tagged ‘Endorsement’

Marco Rubio Says “Yay Romney!” – Says No to Brokered Convention

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Rubio Endorses Romney

Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney on Sean Hannity’s show a few minutes ago on FNC.  Let me get this guy some pom-poms.  I’m not interested in hearing anything more about Rubio as a Tea Party guy.  He’s a Bushie.  Those of you who have seen him as a Tea Party guy?  I’ve got news for you: WRONGO.  He was a Tea Party guy because he needed your votes to overcome Charlie Crist, not an altogether terrible outcome, but let’s not overdo this Tea Party narrative.  It had also been people connected with Senator Rubio who pushed Florida’s primary forward and got out the vote for Mitt Romney in that state, with South Florida winning that state for Mitt Romney.  Remember, it was Florida that caused the four early states(IA,NH,SC,UT)  to move their primaries up to January.

This endorsement has been a fait accompli for some time, the only reason for its public unveiling is to afford some plausible deniability to the freshman Senator.  The truth is that he’s part of the same old crowd that helped to make Florida Jeb Bush country, and still runs that state’s machine.  I warned my readers some time ago that you can learn a good deal from an endorsement, and it’s usually about the endorser more than the recipient of that endorsement.  This is no exception.  Rubio rattled on about wanting to avoid a brokered convention.

Here’s the problem, Senator Rubio:  Some of us want a brokered convention because we think Mitt Romney is a horrible candidate even when he chooses you as his running mate, as we’ve known since Florida that he will.

You’ll do nothing to improve that.

I’m waiting a little longer before I pronounce my final judgment on this race, but the truth is that the establishment is making its big push for Romney now, and you can expect a string of endorsements to come out in the coming weeks to give some false momentum to Mitt Romney.

Note: And then there’s this, for Republicans who hate the so-called “birther” controversy: I keep getting emails from a guy who insists Marco Rubio’s parents were not citizens at the time of his birth, thus making him ineligible to be President or VP, and that this is the “real reason” the GOP establishment has participated in “shouting down investigations into Obama.”  I don’t assign any particular credibility to this guy’s charges, except that I can see a fuss coming if Romney does get the nomination and does pick Rubio. Both are still big “ifs” in my book.

Will we now be forced to endure that indignity too?

 

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Donald Trump’s Endorsement: Does It Matter To You? Poll

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Does He Matter?

There has been a lot of discussion in the last day over Donald Trump’s endorsement, and who might get it, if he gives one at all. All that is know is that “The Donald” has decided to make some sort of announcement from Las Vegas, Nevada this evening.  Rather than play the speculation game going gang-busters in the media, I have an important question for readers, and it’s a relatively simple one:

Flash: Cain Endorses Newt Gingrich in Florida on C-SPAN Live

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Cain Endorses Gingrich

Saturday night’s headlines will erupt, and this should lead the headlines on Sunday morning, but since the media is too busy clubbing Gingrich over the head to notice, you never know. I can’t think of a more impressive situation for Gingrich.  This comes at an event in which none other than Congressman Allen West had spoken just moments before, and in an environment of incredibly good cheer. Herman Cain was on hand to both introduce and endorse Newt Gingrich!

Fred Thompson Endorses Newt Gingrich – Video

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Fred Thompson

Appearing on Hannity on Monday night, former Senator Fred Thompson endorsed Newt Gingrich for President.  This certainly won’t make any friends for Thompson in Hollywood, but he explained why he supports Gingrich, and he focused specifically on the condition of the country, saying “we’re at a tipping point,” but he also took on the notion of Gingrich as an “insider,” and he also took on Mitt Romney’s tendency to use surrogates to press a negative attack on Gingrich.  Thompson won his first term as Senator from Tennessee in 1994, the same year that Gingrich engineered the first Republican takeover of Congress in decades.  Here’s what Thompson had to say:

Chuck Norris Endorses Newt Gingrich

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Kicking Ass for Newt

Proving he does more than just “kick ass,” in his regular column on WND today, Chuck Norris endorsed Newt Gingrich. Norris has some very flattering things to say about Gingrich:

“I’m tired of watching our country being torn to shreds by those who think the answer is more government debt and control. I’m tired of being in bondage to a tax system that robs U.S. citizens like the king of England did before the Revolution. I’m tired of watching our sovereignty being sold by foreign loans and loose borders. And I will not sit back and merely watch this decay and degradation of the U.S. and then hand it over to my children and grandchildren to deal with.

“That is why Gena and I have committed the rest of our lives to help Old Glory rise again to her heights of splendor. And that is why we are endorsing and standing with Newt Gingrich, because we believe he can lead all of us who have committed to the same.”

Gingrich, upon learning of the endorsement, tweeted:

“Honored to have Chuck Norris’ endorsement. He will make an excellent Secretary of Attack.”

And then:

“In all seriousness, Chuck is a great American and man of deep convictions. Very flattered.”

Well, that settles it, doesn’t it? To tell the truth, I’m not all that impressed with celebrity endorsements in general, but here in Texas at least, many have a great deal of respect and admiration for Norris. Remember, there’s almost nothing Chuck Norris can’t do.

Flash: Todd Palin Endorses Newt Gingrich(Updated)

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Todd Palin

ABCNews is reporting that Todd Palin is endorsing Newt Gingrich in the primary for the GOP nomination. Coming ahead of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, this may provide something of a boost to Gingrich, because many Palin supporters have been holding off to see how the former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin would endorse.  That still hasn’t been answered, but the fact that Todd Palin is endorsing Gingrich will be seen by many so-called “Palinistas” as a tip to who Sarah Palin may herself endorse.

Update:  Todd Palin is scheduled to be On The Record with Greta Van Susteren tonight, 10pm Eastern

Des Moines Register Endorses Romney – Does Anybody Care?

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

They Picked Me?

I read the news of the Des Moines Register’s endorsement on Saturday evening of Willard “Mitt” Romney in grim amusement.  Apart from the fact that I question the value of endorsements in general, I have some specific problems with the Register’s endorsement of Governor Romney.  They cited “Sobriety, wisdom and judgment” as the basis for their reasoning, but I am now left to wonder whether the Register is a valid judge of those traits, partiicularly where conservatives and Tea Party patriots may be concerned.  I don’t know whether the Register is up to the chore, and reading through their endorsement, I believe many will take issue with their specific justifications, but I also believe some will share my amusement.  This is further evidence of the absurdity of the establishment media, and one more reason to ignore it. Let us examine it together.

Under the heading of “Sobriety,” the Register said:

While other candidates have pandered to extremes with attacks on the courts and sermons on Christian values, Romney has pointedly refrained from reckless rhetoric and moralizing. He may be accused of being too cautious, but choosing words carefully is a skill essential for anyone who could be sitting in the White House and reacting to world events.

In one respect, this may well be true unless you and I happen to think in so doing, he was pandering to the establishment class who values the notion of a dispassionate candidate.  The chattering establishment class sees a passionate advocate as a “firebrand” or some such thing, and they prefer a nuanced, flexible, flip-able, flop-able candidate as being better able to avoid pitfalls.  Meanwhile, ordinary Americans want to know what a candidate believes, and the only outward sign they might glimpse of this is through the passion and consistency a candidate shows to the world in spite of some criticisms for strong stances.

In considering his”Wisdom,” the Register opined:

Romney obviously is very smart. He graduated as valedictorian at Brigham Young University and finished in the top 5 percent in his MBA class at Harvard, where he also earned a law degree. Romney also exhibits the wisdom of a man who listened and learned from his father and his mother, from his church and from his own trials and errors in life. He does not lack self confidence, but he is not afraid to admit when he has been wrong.

Is he?  While I am certain Governor Romney isn’t a dolt, neither do I view him as a brilliant man.  He is clearly very disciplined, and knows how to stick to a plan.  I am happy that he had good parents, and that he is a man who has a strong moral underpinning, but does it seem odd to you that the same publication that only a paragraph earlier criticized the practice of “moralizing” now goes out of its way to tell you Mitt Romney is a moral man?  This sort of crudely constructed self-contradiction shouldn’t be permitted in polite society, never mind an editorial board’s meeting room.

Romney should have no problem admitting having been wrong on an issue, as there are few issues in which he hasn’t at some point embraced both sides.  With a record like his, admitting one’s errors ought to become habitual.

On the matter of his “Judgment,” the Register offered:

Romney disagrees with Democrats on most issues, but he offers smart and well-reasoned alternatives rather than simply proposing to swing a wrecking ball in Washington. He is a serious student of public policy who examines the data before making a decision. His detailed policy paper on the economy contains 87 pages of carefully crafted positions on taxes, energy, trade and regulatory policy, complete with 127 footnotes.

Well, Hallelujah!  (Perhaps I should find another word, if I’m to please the Register.)  Let us stipulate to the Register’s knowing that he is running as a Republican, after all, and it should be no surprise that he lately disagrees with Democrats, but what is most telling is that they here reward him for his bipartisan approach to reform. I know, they didn’t say “bipartisan,” but in the establishment media, “smart and well-reasoned” and “bipartisan” are interchangeable descriptions.  Which of Mitt’s opponents for the nomination does not examine data before making decisions?  His detailed policy paper on the economy is carefully crafted to promise everything and nothing at once, and there is no consistent underlying philosophy of economics with which I am familiar, but there is a consistency in another form: It consistently avoids serious hot-button issues.  They seem impressed by 127 footnotes.  If so, I’ve seen more in fewer pages, but I still don’t know how this tells us anything about his judgment.

The Register goes on to stress his record in business and on economics, but let’s be blunt, shall we?  The state of our economy is not merely the result of mistaken economic policies.  The state of our economy is an effect born of a much larger cause to which the Register never wishes to speak:  The moral decline of our nation has birthed the intentionally disastrous economic policies we are now facing, and it is that moral schism that threatens the continuation of the Republic.  A president who replaces Barack Obama will be forced to effect change greater than mere economics if he or she hopes to mend the nation.  We will need a president willing to go to bat on moral arguments, and Mitt, by their own admission, is terribly uncomfortable in so doing.

This is precisely the sort of endorsement I’d expect from an old media rag, and exactly the kind of thing conservatives and Tea Party patriots have come to expect from the establishment.  More than speaking to the limited virtues of his candidacy, it is code for telling the establishment that he’s the safe bet, and that this is the candidate least likely to offend anybody, including particularly the most offensive of characters.  You can take your advice from the Des Moines Register if you like, but you’ll excuse me if I form my own conclusions.  They’re apt to be a good bit more accurate.