Mark Sanford Lost his Primary Bid … to Trump

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Most of us know about the defeat of incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Sanford to South Carolina State rep. Katie Arrington. Many are pointing to president Trump’s influence in the race. Trump tweeted his support of Arrington over Sanford on election day, which may have been what put Arrington over the top.

Sanford is considered to be one of those dreaded Never-Trumpers. If true, that’s a rather idiotic stance to take. It’s as idiotic a stance as being an Ever-Trumper, or Trump apologist. No man is perfect, nor is he completely flawed.

Damning a politician for who he is rather than his policy positions is just stupid. You don’t have to like the man to like his policies. But you can disagree without being disagreeable.

The feud between Sanford and Trump dates back a couple of years, when Sanford exclaimed after a meeting with then candidate Trump that he wasn’t particularly impressed with Trump’s knowledge of the Constitution. Sanford mocked him slightly, which was unnecessary.

Sanford also criticized Trump’s use of the word “s***-hole” to describe some third world countries. Again, this was an unnecessary criticism, particularly because they are s-hole countries. read more

A Glowing Endorsement of Scott Walker

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Scott Walker has thrown his hat in the crowded ring of presidential hopefuls. I don’t know a ton about Walker, but I do know he has had great success in Wisconsin standing up to and defeating the left.

I’ve considered him one of my top tier of candidates and unlike some, if he gets the nod, despite not being my favorite, I would vote for him. But then I saw this.

A few days ago college professor, Tim Koechlin, wrote of Walker in the Huffington Post, regarding a correspondence he received from the Governor’s campaign.

Of course, being a college professor, he must be well versed and erudite as will be apparent.

Evidently, it all started innocently enough, as Tim received a “Team Walker” campaign flyer asking for his support and a donation to Walker’s campaign. Now, what does a “normal” person do when receiving one of these from a candidate one is clearly not going to vote for? Obviously it gets filed in the nearest waste disposal device (a trashcan).

But if you are a highly educated college professor, you don’t take the piece of “junk mail” lying down. This mass-mailing is to be taken as a personal affront to you and all radical leftist higher educators. read more

Podcast – ISIS Slave Auctions & It Won’t Be Hillary or Jeb

Today I discuss, or rather vent my spleen over the atrocities that the dirt bags in ISIS are perpetrating against the Yazidi and Christian female population in the Middle East, touching on and expanding on the article I recently wrote about the same. I also discuss the revelation the pundit class is coming to regarding Jeb and Hillary not being their partys’ nominees. read more

Set Adrift Without A Party

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Yes, we are the RINOs, the Republicans-In Name Only. Quite an astute observation by Erik Erickson from Wednesday’s RedState Morning Brief.

He was of course speaking of the Mississippi Republican Senate primary between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel. Everyone is. Well, not everyone. I’m sure TMZ or Entertainment TV nary gave it a whisper.

No, I’m speaking of us geeks. You know, we, who actually care about preserving what’s left of the United States. We, who are more concerned with the deteriorating state of our country than the ‘R’ or the ‘D’ that follows our name.

At this point, after Tuesday night, I think it’s safe to say we really don’t have an affiliation.

You might say – what about the Tea Party? Well, I suppose, but that’s not a party. It’s a set of ideals, of principles, a movement.

So, if this is what our once great antislavery party – the party of Lincoln, of Coolidge and Reagan has morphed into, I want no part of it.

The establishment Republicans, it seems, have officially chosen sides and figuratively taken up arms against us. In essence, they have declared war against conservatives. read more

Democrats For Cochran in Mississippi?

from Breitbart:

CLEVELAND, Mississippi — “I still think the slaves should get their 40 acres and a mule,” LeeRoy Carter, a black preacher who’s working to get out the vote among black Democrats for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) for the GOP primary runoff, told Breitbart News on Thursday. “I still think it, honest to God I do. Because we haven’t gotten it.”

Outside the Bolivar County Courthouse, Carter said he is delivering voters for Cochran in the Republican primary runoff but voting for Democrat Travis Childers in the general election in November. Experts argue that voting for a Republican in the runoff but a Democrat in the general election is technically illegal, but the strategy is the linchpin of a desperate bid by Cochran to use Democratic voters to prevail against Tea Party-backed state Senator Chris McDaniel. read more

Electial Dysfunction

One of the best, most brash and courageous ads I’ve ever seen.

The following video ad began running this past weekend and has created plenty of buzz.

This is what we need; candidates/challengers who aren’t afraid to “take it to” the establishment cronies – call them out and explain to the public exactly who these incumbents really are. read more

The Magic of the Sweater Vest

Poll: Santorum takes first national lead

By Josh Lederman of The Hill:

Rick Santorum has taken the lead nationally in the Republican presidential race for the first time, a new poll showed.

Less than a week after besting Romney in primary contests in three states, Rick Santorum has a 15-point lead on the former Massachusetts governor, according to a national poll released Saturday by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Recent polls had shown Romney up about 10 points on Newt Gingrich, his nearest rival.

Santorum leads Mitt Romney 38 percent to 23 percent in the new poll, while Gingrich is in third place with 17 percent. Ron Paul comes in last with 13 percent.

This is the first major national poll to show Santorum in the lead. The closest he had come previously was after his surprise win in Iowa the first week of January, but even then, Romney performed 10 points better than Santorum nationally.

But Santorum has been riding a wave of momentum since his surprise performance on Tuesday, when he defeated the front-runner not only in Minnesota and Missouri, but also in Colorado, a supposed Romney stronghold. Santorum’s campaign has said he has raised more than $2 million since Tuesday, and he was the biggest attraction on Saturday when about 10,000 activists packed the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Some of Santorum’s success in the new poll may be attributed to declining support for both Romney and Gingrich. Romney’s favorability rating has declined substantially in PPP’s polling and now stands at 44 percent — just one percentage point higher than the 43 percent who say they disapprove. Santorum remains highly popular, with 64 percent saying they approve and just 22 percent viewing him negatively. Gingrich’s numbers are almost identical to those of Romney.

Santorum is also besting Romney and the others with key demographic groups, including self-described very conservative voters, Tea Party voters and evangelicals.

“It’s important to keep in mind, though, that fewer than half of his voters are firmly committed to him,” said Dean Debnam, the polling firm’s president. “When he comes under attack in the coming days, his lead could evaporate just as quickly as it was created.”

The survey of 656 Republican primary voters was conducted Feb. 9-10 using automated telephone interviews and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Election Analysis by a Brit

The following is a post election anaylsis by british reporter Toby Harden of the UK Daily Mail. Sometimes it’s fun to see if their prospective is any different from our own. I think he is fairly spot on. Pip Pip, Cheerio!

He titles the article:

THE FIGHT IS ON! NEWT GINGRICH VICTORY IN SOUTH CAROLINA MEANS NO MORE MR. INEVITABLE FOR MITT ROMNEY

Turnaround: Mr. Gingrich’s victory came after an amazing fight back over the past week.

What a turnaround! A week ago, it looked like Mitt Romney was going to head into the Florida primary with three victories under his belt. Then it turned out that Rick Santorum won Iowa after all and South Carolina voters backed Newt Gingrich, delivering a message to Romney and the media: ‘Not so fast!’

So, for the first time in Republican history there’s been a three-way split decision between Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Next up, in 10 days’ time, is Florida, where Romney holds a solid double-digit lead and has the money and organisation that should ensure he wins a large state with nine separate television markets.

Of course, Romney’s emphatic 16-point win in New Hampshire and consequent double-digit poll lead here in South Carolina should have delivered him victory tonight so no one in Romneyworld will be taking anything for granted in the Sunshine State.

What did it for Gingrich here? Two very strong debate performances were key. His best moment was his exchange with Juan Williams of Fox in Monday’s Myrtle Beach debate in which he gave full-throated voice to the conservative philosophy of self-help and free enterprise as well as casting aside political correctness and racial tiptoeing.

Then, the much-ballyhooed ABC News interview with his second wife Marianne backfired spectacularly. CNN gave Gingrich a gift by asking him about the ‘open marriage’ allegation right at the start of Thursday’s debate in Charleston. Savaging the ‘liberal media’ is almost invariably a winner in Republican primaries and Gingrich took full advantage.

More generally, however, South Carolina voters decided they did not want a coronation or to send an unvetted nominee into battle against President Barack Obama, with a billion dollars in campaign funds behind him, in November.

He remains the favourite for the GOP nomination but it is now clear that Romney is no shoo-in. And nor should he be. Obama’s long and bitter primary contest with Hillary Clinton in 2008 ultimately meant that he was battle-tested for the general election. Whoever emerges as the Republican nominee in 2012 needs to be the same.

Romney, uncharacteristically, was vague and halting in the two debates this week and need to turn in a strong performance in Tampa on Monday. In his ‘concession’ speech (I never heard him concede to or congratulate Gingrich) he was fiercely combative, indicating that he will go for Gingrich’s throat in Florida.

Previewing a key line of attack, Romney compared Gingrich to Obama: ‘Our party can’t be led to victory by someone who also has never run a business and never run a state.’
Gingrich still has a mountain to climb. By every measure, he is significantly behind in Florida and one lesson of this race so far is that momentum from one victory matters very little. But tonight has burst the bubble of inevitability in which Romney had been enveloped.

Romney’s opponents have long suspected he has a glass jaw. Now we will see whether he can take a punch, get up off the floor and keep fighting.

George W. Bush recovered from a drubbing in
New Hampshire in 2000 at the hands of John McCain. Barack Obama overcame a stunning defeat at the hands of Clinton in the same state in 2008. Romney now has the chance to prove he is made of similar stuff.
Gingrich, the early December front runner, has already sunk once in the polls under sustained negative attack from Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Perry. He’ll need to brace himself for a Romney onslaught in Florida with every detail of his ethics violations, marital infidelities, House leadership stumbles and activities on behalf of Freddie Mac laid bare for all to see.

Current Republican Delegate Count

Methodology: Delegate numbers for each state are after the application of penalties and include unpledged delegates. In some states where actual delegates are assigned by multi-step procedures, the AP uses results from local caucuses to calculate the number of national delegates each candidate will win. The AP interviews unpledged delegates to determine their preferences and includes them in the total.

Attribution: AP, Wallstreet Journal

Romney Likes to Fire People

This one has me ticked off. I am sick & tired of the lies flying around the republican primary.

What I heard today was the straw that broke the preverbial “Camel’s Back”.

Mitt Romney was speaking at an event when he said, “I like being able to fire people … who don’t give me good service.”

Find something wrong with that statement, I dare you. That is, without twisted the words around. In context, there’s nothing wrong with it.

Some people have twisted the words around to make Mitt say, “I like to fire people”.

That some being, the media, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman & even Rick Perry. The only candidate that didn’t was Rick Santorum. Good for you, Mr. Santorum.

Newt Gingrich has once again demonstrated he is the second coming of original big government progressive, Teddy Roosevelt, with his portrayal of Romney as the evil “Bain Capital”, wallstreet mogul. Teddy would have done the same. I’m sure it’s also an attempt at payback for what the Romney Super-pac did to him in Iowa.

He (Gingrich), Jon Huntsman & Rick Perry have all lied about the Romney quote. I say they’ve lied because anyone with a brain would understand what Romney very clearly said.

I am not even a Romney supporter, but when other’s just outright lie about a candidate, I have to say something.

I might add, it wasn’t some Super-pac on their behalf. It was the candidates themselves.

I get the whole Ron Paul half truth & lie by ommission commercials. He isn’t taken seriously by enough people. I don’t lend him enough credence to worry about. He’s in this to bring his delegates to the convention to advance some of his ideas. Hopefully it’s just the domestic ones.

I am also getting frustrated with the conservative radio hosts I usually trust to get it right. Neither Rush Limbaugh nor Sean Hannity got it right today. I discount Sean, due to him being the prototypical republican apologist.

I thought at least Rush might get it right though. He didn’t. Maybe he didn’t hear the whole Romney quote, so as to put it into context. If he didn’t, he should’ve held his comments. I didn’t hear the whole segment, so I may have missed something. For now, I’ll give Rush the benefit of the doubt. He’s usually right.

As I would expect, the only talk radio to get it exactly correct was the Glenn Beck show. Stu & Pat were hosting without Glenn today. They covered the whole flap. They were dead on.

This is what we all hate about politics guys!