Tag: Mitt Romney

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As we draw nearer to the next election cycle, Republicans seem to have one defining characteristic that sets them apart from those in the opposing party. This can be been seen among Republicans who self-identify as tried and true conservatives just as much those many would label as moderates. What is this defining characteristic? If […]

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Jeb Bush’s 10% Solution


Jeb BushIt sounds like a good idea:

Portraying himself as a political outsider — despite his family’s 12 years in the White House — Mr. Bush called for a 10 percent reduction in the federal work force, an immediate hiring freeze, a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget and a six-year waiting period before members of Congress can lobby on Capitol Hill.

Just so you don’t think Jeb! is a mean and heartless man, readying himself to flood DC with pink slips, his civil service trimming comes with an important caveat:

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Have you been around the recent political discussions on Ricochet? Lots of people seem ok with the opinion that only net contributors to the public fisc should be allowed to vote. The name for that is, of course, oligarchy. All these men, of course, are convinced that the criterion would never ever become more restrictive–say, […]

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Miss Berlinski once asked, on a whim, a rather dangerous question: What do you believe to be true that no one else believes to be true? That is the way to start a civil war. Happily, I am a stranger, so I believe I can afford to answer that question–not without all due apologies, not […]

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Mitt Romney, will participate in a boxing match for charity. Romney said that it would be a lot “better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers.” And he’s not just boxing some random old dude. Romney’s going to the take on 52-year-old former heavyweight champion of the […]

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The GOP’s Fight Club


621_356_fight_club1Sometimes, late-night television writers have to scrounge for material. Other times, comedy falls right in their laps. For example: news reports that a 68-year-old Mitt Romney plans to climb into the ring with former boxing champ Evander Holyfield.

It’s part of a May 15 card in Salt Lake City. And before you think Romney’s lost his mind (or suffered damage from too many political campaigns), rest assured that (a) his heart’s in the right place (it’s a fundraising event for Charity Vision, a humanitarian organization founded by retired Salt Lake physician Bill Jackson) and (b) the former GOP nominee hasn’t lost his sense of humor (“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” he told reporters. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.”).

We’ll see how Romney’s boxing skills measure up with those of another Utah legend: Donny Osmond.

Why Is the Best Analysis I’ve Read of the Republican Presidential Race at MSNBC?


shutterstock_241547266During the bull sessions that accompany the composition of The Daily ShotTDS author Fred Cole and I have maintained a running disagreement about Jeb Bush’s 2016 prospects. Fred thinks (perhaps “fears” is more accurate) that Bush’s decisive early fundraising advantage may well push him to the head of the pack, something on which an awful lot of pundits agree with him. I, by contrast, am not convinced that money will be dispositive here. I look at the swelled ranks of Bush donors and see a lot of investors pouring money into a product that’s ill-suited for its intended market (the GOP primary electorate).

Somehow—and I admit that this leads me to question everything I hold true about the universe—MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki—also of Salon and, presumably, an overzealous HOA and a local Wiccan sect—has broken down this dynamic in a more astute fashion than anyone I’ve seen on the right. To wit:

In part, [the Tea Party] reflected the predictable reaction of one party’s base to the election of a candidate from the other party. But it was also, crucially, a response to the [George W.] Bush presidency – to the idea that in accepting “compassionate conservatism” in the name of victory in 2000, the GOP had corrupted itself; the idea that the Bush administration had expanded government irresponsibly and given conservatism a bad name, and created the conditions that hastened Obama’s rise. This is the real story of the tea party: It’s not just an effort to fight Obama. It’s a mission to keep the Republican Party from selling out again.

An Argument for Romney


Ishutterstock_108696173n the “Know Your Opponent” Department, I clicked on an article entitled “Mitt Romney 2016 Isn’t Crazy” published in The Week. The article opens by dutifully citing some of the basic arguments against his run. Next we read about the documentary Mitt, seen by tens of thousands on Netflix, which managed to do what a billion-dollar campaign could not: present Romney’s non-robotic, human side.

I recommend reading the whole thing, but that’s just the warm up; here’s the conclusion which provides deep insight into how most of these people think:

Romney: He’ll Be Different This Time


imageMore buzz from Politico that Romney is planning a third run:

Shortly after Election Day in 2012, a Mitt Romney supporter moaned to POLITICO about the failed GOP nominee’s performance: “We had no message, and we gave it to the worst communicator in the world.”

Two years later, Romney is mulling over another campaign for the White House, and this time, he says, things will be different.

Romney 2016? Probably!


Romney 2016The Deseret News, Utah’s leading newspaper, reports that Mitt Romney is a probable candidate for 2016:

Mitt Romney is eyeing a third run for the White House and will get in the race in the coming months if he doesn’t like how the GOP field is looking, his longtime friend Kem Gardner said Monday. “I know exactly what Mitt’s going to do,” Gardner, a real estate developer who helped bring Romney to Utah to lead the 2002 Winter Olympics, told the Deseret News. “I think over the next few months, a lot of things will happen.”

I’ve always supported Romney, though I’m a bit ambivalent about his giving it a third go around. I like the guy, think he’d make a great president, perhaps a better one than any of the other likely candidates.

Bush, Romney, or Rubio: Who’d You Rather Have?


JebMarcoMittAn interesting observation this morning from the folks at NBC News’ First Read:

After Jeb Bush’s news [that he’s release a new e-book, as well as e-mail records of his time as governor, both taken by the media as suggestions that he’ll run for president] this weekend, we received a press release that supporters of Mitt Romney have created a Super PAC urging the 2012 GOP presidential nominee to make a run in ’16. This Super PAC sure feels like a response to Jeb, because if Jeb does get in, there won’t be as much pining for Romney, especially among the Republican Party’s wealthy donors. Here’s one more thing to consider: If Jeb is ultimately a “yes,” that probably also freezes out a bid by Marco Rubio, who’s a political disciple of Bush’s.

Now, here’s an interesting question for Ricochet: my read of the assembled Ricochetti is that there’s not much appetite for either a Bush or Romney candidacy, and that a Rubio bid — while not repellant — is also not a major fixation for most of our readers. So here’s the question, putting aside for the moment your feelings about other candidates: if each of these three candidates has the potential to crowd out the other two, which one would you most like to see make the race and why?

The “47%” Comment of 2014



Hillary Rodham Clinton says her family was “dead broke” after her husband Bill’s presidency.

In an interview with ABC News airing Monday, the former secretary of state and possible presidential contender said the couple emerged from the White House saddled with legal fees and debt. Clinton said they struggled to finance “mortgages, for houses” and daughter Chelsea’s education.

Random Ruminations


If only Churchill and FDR had hashtagged the Nazis and the imperial Japanese, a world war could have been averted. President Roosevelt could have reassured us that, “We have nothing to fear but a Wi-Fi disruption,” while Prime Minister Churchill, through clinched fist and chewed cigar, could have promised that, “We shall hashtag them on the beaches, we shall hashtag them on the landing grounds, we shall hashtag them in the fields and in the streets, we shall hashtag them in the hills…”

“The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime,” declared US Secretary of Capitulation John Kerry last week, adding, “we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice.”  

What Is the Difference Between Harry Reid and Most Other Public Servants?


Well, for starters, most other public servants are not nearly as rich as Harry Reid. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being wealthy, but the way in which Reid has acquired his wealth ought to raise more than a few eyebrows:

Last month, as the Senate was busy negotiating the final details of its Ukraine aid package, Majority Leader Harry Reid became temporarily distracted with a campaign finance issue. Since winning re-election in 2010, Reid’s campaign had purchased gifts for supporters and donors from vendors like Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Nordstrom, and the Senate gift shop, among others. But one round of spending was directed to a less recognizable firm: Ryan Elisabeth, a jewelry line.

What Will Campaign Ads Look Like in 2016?


Everyone knows that in 2012 the Obama campaign trounced the Romney campaign in use of technology to get out the word and get out the vote. Both with social media and in-house tools (Obama’s geek squad v. Romney’s ill-fated ORCA) the GOP’s efforts were laughable.

But there was also traditional TV advertising. 2012 brought record output in this medium, with almost $2 billion spent and 3 million ads aired, according to NPR. However, not everyone was subjected to the same levels of exposure. Niche markets/demographic and key regions were the major recipients. For instance, Obama outspent Romney 12-1 in Spanish language ads, and residents of places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida saw nothing but candidates during ad-time for 6 months. 

It’s the last class of our summer session and Troy Senik and Professors Yoo and Epstein are not letting class out early. This week, they ponder Romney as a judge picker (is that a legal term?), Richard and John give an advice to those offered federal appointments — and in the process inspire the title for this week’s episode, a frank discussion on the electoral college (is there any other kind?), and we wrap up with a look at Apple v. Samsung.