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  1. Profile photo of Copperfield Member

    I was at our county GOP HQ yesterday making calls to Iowa. Coincidence? I think not. 

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    • October 28, 2012 at 5:41 am
  2. Profile photo of Keith Preston Member
    DocJay: Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado will fall to Romney. All other major swing states are in play. Momentum builds. · 4 hours ago

    Add Minnesota, Michigan, etc. Mitt will shock people with the suburban vote. It’s led Michael Barone to call it for Mitt. That is huge; he may lean right, but he goes by the numbers. They only question is: do we get a wave and sweep in senators? I think with Benghazi info being leaked by the Intel Community, this thing becomes a tsunami. 

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    • October 28, 2012 at 5:44 am
  3. Profile photo of Wolverine Member

    Does anyone really agree with their opening paragraph that the huge stimulus was necessary? I certainly welcome the endorsement though the mindset that agrees with how Obama managed the economy in 2008 is a different mindset that would endorse Romney. 

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    • October 28, 2012 at 5:59 am
  4. Profile photo of hazel krabinski Member

    Yesterday my neighbor was working the Romney booth at the farmers market in a suburb of DC (in VA) and she told me it was packed. She said the Obama booth was NOT and the workers looked sullen. I think it will be a decisive victory for Romney enough so there are no hanging chad issues anyway. And I think YOU are a big deal Joe and wish you were on Red Eye more often. 

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    • October 28, 2012 at 5:59 am
  5. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    Perhaps the Register for Romney endorsement was payback for the arrogant and dismissive way Obama treated their editorial board?

    At any rate ChiTrib and Sun Times, O’s hometown papers have elected to do a Lena Dunham. But then, How’ya doin’, they exist here in the People’s Republic of Illinois on sufferance of Rham Emmanuel and don’t want any building inspectors or tax assessors poking around.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 6:13 am
  6. Profile photo of iWe Member
    iWe

    Rush last week said there was NO way the DMR would endorse Romney. So this endorsement definitely feels like a boost.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 6:32 am
  7. Profile photo of liberal jim Inactive

    Romney proves liberal enough to win even this paper’s endorsement. Last time the GOP pulled this trick off was when Nixon was running. I understand why big gov. GOPers are taking pleasure in this Romney turnaround, but why are conservatives?

    Four years from now when deficits are still over a trillion, the government is bigger yet and the US is having trouble selling debt who do you think is going to be blamed?

    I have difficulty deciding what group is more pathetic, blacks who support the Dem machine no matter what or conservatives who do the same with the GOP?

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    • October 28, 2012 at 6:33 am
  8. Profile photo of Israel P. Member
    liberal jim: 

    Four years from now when deficits are still over a trillion, the government is bigger yet and the US is having trouble selling debt who do you think is going to be blamed?

    But there will be room to maneuver for a course correction.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 6:40 am
  9. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    Conservatives fight the machine in primaries, look at all these Senate races. Dems don’t, look at the big cities.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 7:03 am
  10. Profile photo of DocJay Member
    liberal jim: Romney proves liberal enough to win even this paper’s endorsement. Last time the GOP pulled this trick off was when Nixon was running. I understand why big gov. GOPers are taking pleasure in this Romney turnaround, but why are conservatives?

    Four years from now when deficits are still over a trillion, the government is bigger yet and the US is having trouble selling debt who do you think is going to be blamed?

    I have difficulty deciding what group is more pathetic, blacks who support the Dem machine no matter what or conservatives who do the same with the GOP? · 36 minutes ago

    Can we just accept that voting against the worst president in our lifetimes is reason enough to celebrate? Voting him out is an assertion of sanity, whether moderate or Hannity.

    Furthermore, our country needs some unity to tackle this deficit. If we get some bi-partisanship then we are likelier to marginalize the progressive infectious scum whose influence peaked under Pelosi and drained us like Lugosi.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 7:27 am
  11. Profile photo of Severely Ltd. Member
    DocJay: …peaked under Pelosi and drained us like Lugosi.

    Your own? Anyway, very nice.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 7:47 am
  12. Profile photo of Devereaux Inactive
    DocJay
    liberal jim: Romney proves liberal enough to win even this paper’s endorsement. Last time the GOP pulled this trick off was when Nixon was running. I understand why big gov. GOPers are taking pleasure in this Romney turnaround, but why are conservatives?

    Four years from now when deficits are still over a trillion, the government is bigger yet and the US is having trouble selling debt who do you think is going to be blamed?

    I have difficulty deciding what group is more pathetic, blacks who support the Dem machine no matter what or conservatives who do the same with the GOP? · 36 minutes ago

    Can we just accept that voting against the worst president in our lifetimes is reason enough to celebrate? Voting him out is an assertion of sanity, whether moderate or Hannity.

    Furthermore, our country needs some unity to tackle this deficit. If we get some bi-partisanship then we are likelier to marginalize the progressive infectious scum whose influence peaked under Pelosi and drained us like Lugosi. · 39 minutes ago

    Got your back on this one.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 8:13 am
  13. Profile photo of Starve the Beast Inactive
    I have difficulty deciding what group is more pathetic, blacks who support the Dem machine no matter what or conservatives who do the same with the GOP? · 1 hour ago

    LJ, you’re intentionally omitting the context.

    We tried hard to get a more conservative candidate than Romney, but the Republican machine bested us. We’re not in love with Mitt, but we are anxious to vote against a socialist. Nothing ‘pathetic’ about it, this is the way our system works.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 8:29 am
  14. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Are newspaper endorsements leading or following indicators? I’m not sure, but they do indicate where the momentum is.

    Iowa is critical to a Romney win without Ohio (though I’m convinced he’ll have Ohio as well).

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    • October 28, 2012 at 8:30 am
  15. Profile photo of Dave Roy Inactive

    I’m not happy at how “liberal” the DMR endorsement is, but it’s certainly not a good sign for Obama that it happened.

    Saw on Hot Air today that MN seems to be in a virtual tie in a poll from a traditionally left-leaning source. Obama leads by 3, but most of that strength seems to be in the Twin Cities area.

    For once, I think it’s a good thing that the election is still over a week away. Gives the tsunami a chance to build up steam.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 8:38 am
  16. Profile photo of flownover Inactive
    tabula rasa: Are newspaper endorsements leading or following indicators? I’m not sure, but they do indicate where the momentum is.

    Iowa is critical to a Romney win without Ohio (though I’m convinced he’ll have Ohio as well). · 8 minutes ago

    They are already cheating in Ohio, so if the catch rate is maybe 10%, then how many votes will they steal in the end ?

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    • October 28, 2012 at 8:57 am
  17. Profile photo of Doc Inactive
    Doc
    iWc: Rush last week said there was NO way the DMR would endorse Romney. So this endorsement definitely feels like a boost. · 4 hours ago

    All four major newspapers in Iowa endorsed Romney. I’ll take it as a good sign.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 10:38 am
  18. Profile photo of BlueAnt Member
    Joe Escalante

     How many more of these things have to happen before this electoral college map starts to look less tragic?

    A solid, indisputable 4-5 point lead in a single battleground state is all it would take to change the narrative.

    I’ve never paid attention to a single newspaper endorsement in my life. I can’t imagine anyone other than horse race watchers really care about them.

    I’m not quite in the Rob Long school of gloomy warnings about dire possibilities, but I see its appeal, considering how close the Romney campaign insists on cutting it.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 10:56 am
  19. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member

    <devil’s advocate mode = on>

    Do we want Romney to be in the company of all those other folk?

    Does the endorsement not mean that the DMR thinks Romney has a lot in common with the who’s who of tax-and-spend liberals?

    <devil’s advocate mode = off>

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    • October 28, 2012 at 11:09 am
  20. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member
    DocJay Voting him out is an assertion of sanity, whether moderate or Hannity.

    Do you write hit Broadway tunes in your spare time?

    😉

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    • October 28, 2012 at 11:13 am
  21. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    The scene: Boardroom of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Editorial Board Meeting.

    Unidentified Liberal Voice: “We’re here today to rubber-stamp our endorsement of Obama.”

    Loud Noise Without. Man rushes in wearing a muscle shirt.

    Unidentified Man: “I’m James Likeks, and I work for this sorry excuse for a paper. You will not endorse Obama; you will endorse Romney. Here’s why . . . . [Twenty brilliant segues later]. So just do it.” [Lileks exits, stage right, pursued by a bear (obligatory Shakespeare reference)].

    Fade to lead headline on next day’s Editorial Page:

    “Why the Star-Tribune Supports Mitt.”

    . . . .

    [Forget this entire scenario if they’ve already endorsed Obama–I was too lazy to check].

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    • October 28, 2012 at 11:16 am
  22. Profile photo of Wylee Coyote Member
    Starve the Beast We tried hard to get a more conservative candidate than Romney, but the Republican machine bested us. We’re not in love with Mitt, but we are anxious to vote against a socialist. Nothing ‘pathetic’ about it, this is the way our system works.

    I agreee with your post in the main, but “machine” or no, does anyone really picture Gingrich, Santorum, or Bachman doing as well as Romney has?

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    • October 28, 2012 at 11:39 am
  23. Profile photo of Devereaux Inactive

    Have faith. It WILL come to pass.

    I was rather astounded with the listing of endorsements over the years for the DMR. Seems they were once conservative, but became liberal. And yet anyone who had endorsed Al Gore and now endorses Obama’s rival must show that the gig is up.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 11:45 am
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    Wylee Coyote

    I agreee with your post in the main, but “machine” or no, does anyone really picture Gingrich, Santorum, or Bachman doing as well as Romney has? · 11 minutes ago

    I have been thinking this too. Romney is proving that he was indeed the best candidate for us to put against Obama.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 11:54 am
  25. Profile photo of DocJay Member

    Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado will fall to Romney. All other major swing states are in play. Momentum builds.

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    • October 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm
  26. Profile photo of SagioGeoCicero Inactive
    Joe:Perhaps the distinguished editorial board of the Des Moines Register were moved by the spirit of Finley Peter Dunne’s Mr. Dooley, who loudly proclaimed that, “The newspaper does everything for us. It runs the police force and the banks, commands the militia, controls the legislature, baptizes the young, marries the foolish, comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, buries the dead, and roasts them afterward.”All kidding aside, in answer to your rhetorical question, “Yes,” most certainly, the DMR’s endorsement of Governor Romney is a big thing, and portends even bigger things happening in Iowa, and potentially Wisconsin, in less than ten days.. With apologies to Bob Dylan,.. “The times…. they are a changin!..”
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    • October 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm
  27. Profile photo of Red Feline Inactive

    I am off to do more tweeting on Twitter to the effect that Romney will win, and the Benghazi scandal had lots of questions needing to be answered. Every time I do that I pick up more followers. That must be saying something positive too. :-))

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    • October 29, 2012 at 1:01 am
  28. Profile photo of Lucy Pevensie Member

    I just noticed that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which endorsed Obama in 2008 and from what I remember was a pretty left-leaning paper in general, decided, oh, completely apropos of nothing, to stop making political endorsements this year.

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    • October 29, 2012 at 1:16 am
  29. Profile photo of James Of England Moderator
    Misthiocracy: <devil’s advocate mode = on>

    Do wewantRomney to be in the company of all those other folk?

    Does the endorsement not mean that the DMR thinks Romney has a lot in common with the who’s who of tax-and-spend liberals?

    <devil’s advocate mode = off> · 2 hours ago

    Did you read the endorsement? This is the part of his platform that they quote:

    Romney has a strategy for job growth through tax and regulatory relief for small businesses, encouraging all forms of domestic energy production, education that prepares graduates with job skills, expanding foreign trade and reducing the burden of federal deficits.

    He won the endorsement not by pandering to people opposed to capitalism, but by persuading them of capitalism’s virtues. Note also that they’re familiar enough with his trade policy to recognize that his policies would expand, not restrict, low tariff trade.

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    • October 29, 2012 at 1:30 am
  30. Profile photo of Misthiocracy Member
    James Of England
    Misthiocracy: <devil’s advocate mode = on>

    Do wewantRomney to be in the company of all those other folk?

    Does the endorsement not mean that the DMR thinks Romney has a lot in common with the who’s who of tax-and-spend liberals?

    <devil’s advocate mode = off> · 2 hours ago

    Did you read the endorsement? 

    Of course not. I’m allergic to effort.

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    • October 29, 2012 at 1:38 am
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