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Played you like a fiddle

Things were going so well for ole Mitt.

Got rid of Perry and Bachman.

Carpet bombed Gingrich in Florida.

And remarkably, just when Santorum had three states come up on a level field, magically, Santorum gets a nonsensical issue of

religious intolerance to letting people decide on their own if they want birth control.

Santorum gets a lift.

Santorum now tied with or ahead of Romney in three polls;

Galllup https://twitter.com/#%21/fivethirtyeight/status/167815058552922112

PPP https://twitter.com/#%21/ppppolls/status/167775351718686720

FOX http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/10/fox-news-poll-santorum-surges-nationally-after-three-state-sweep/
(which also shows Obama's positive's going up)

Now Romney is faced with a do or die performance in his home state of Michigan where a loss would most likely end any real chance for getting the nomination.

Now among those that don't get it is the Donald

“Rick Santorum was a sitting senator who, in re-election, lost by 19 points,” Trump said. “To my knowledge — the most in the history of this country for a sitting senator to lose by 19 points. It’s unheard of. Then he goes out and says, ‘Oh, okay, I just lost by the biggest margin in history, now I’m going to run for President.’ Tell me, how does that work? How does that work?”

Well Donald just like you were played like a fiddle at the National Press Club dinner, Mitt is now being played.

I wonder how long it will take Mitt Romney to figure out that he was just played like a fiddle. Just at the point where Mitt was going to have to face Santorum on a one on one even playing field the White House hands Santorum a momentary chew toy.

Now I know that some get irritated by the idea that this was great chess playing.

So I am not going to say it. Just amazing how lucky Barack Obama is.

By the way, how do you like that fiddle playing?

Another reason that Romney shouldn't be President

He doesn't seem to know how to hire key executive staff needed for a campaign.

The puzzling thing about Romney's continued lackluster stump appearences and oddities, like continuing to sing 'America the Beautiful' is that it seems as if he doesn't have a Rove or Plouffe type that can speak with authority to the candidate.

Now key advisers are leaking their advice which is surprising on two fronts, a) that they are leaking their internal discussions with the candidate (something that has never happened on team Obama) and b) it is such poor advice.

The advice? He should "create 'small pictures' -- vivid imagery"

And there's more


One prominent adviser told the candidate to sharpen his use of conservative code words and create “small pictures” — vivid imagery, in other words — to connect with voters. Another flew to Boston to say that Romney’s message is too businesslike and broad to capture the passion of angry Republican voters. Still others have gone on television and written opinion columns to hammer home what is becoming a common theme this year: that Romney has not been able to ignite a cause when the GOP is primed to become part of one.

which has led to this observation


So we’ve gone from advisers taking credit (in the New York Times) for his turnaround in Florida, to now criticizing him (in the Washington Post) after his defeats on Tuesday. Folks, that isn’t characteristic of a winning presidential campaign…\\

The great 'inevitable nominee' candidate is now watching the wheels come off the wagon.

Incredibly if Romney does poorly in his birth state of Michigan (where the Republican Governor has not endorsed him and been dismissive of Romney) then that could spell the end of Romney being considered the 'front runner' and would just become the 'guy with the most money' running the year when having all that money isn't seen as such a good thing.

Remarkably Santorum seems to have been handed a gift by the White House. A ginned up controversy on Birth Control.

Now if that were to be the tipping point in derailing the Romney nomination and Santorum would become the candidate then an awful lot of commentators would remark how 'lucky' Barack Obama is because he is going to run against a guy who has one of the weirdest records in orator, stating that as a President he would campaign against birth control.

Right, lucky again. Just plain lucky. Funny how often he gets lucky.

No Jon Voight, Romney's family hasn't

Last night flipped through and caught the idiot Jon Voight struggling to try and bring the birther issue up on CNN. Watch the video and you can see him struggling to try and shout that Obama was born in Africa.

Instead he decides to go on about how Romney's family is the "true American" family that "has always followed the true American way . ."

No Jon that is not true.

Romney's family goes back to the extreme polygamy wing of the Mormon Church. Not all Mormons embraced polygamy willingly and some were shamed or coerced to do so. Many were happy to stop polygamy when the church started to discourage it and then banned it altogether

Some radical polygamists broke with the Church and went to Nevada, Arizona and Mexico to defy US laws against polygamy. Romney's great grand parents were part of that extreme radical movement


(George) Romney's grandparents were polygamous Mormons who fled the United States with their children due to the federal government's opposition to polygamy.[1] His maternal grandfather was Helaman Pratt (1846–1909), who presided over the Mormon mission in Mexico City before moving to the Mexican state of Chihuahua and who was the son of original Mormon apostle Parley P. Pratt (1807–1857).[2][3] In the 1920s, Romney's uncle Rey L. Pratt (1878–1931) played a major role in the preservation and expansion of the Mormon presence in Mexico and in its introduction to South America.[

Romney's parents, Gaskell Romney (1871–1955) and Anna Amelia Pratt (1876–1926), were American citizens and natives of Utah. They married in 1895 in Mexico and lived in Colonia Dublán in Galeana in the state of Chihuahua (one of the Mormon colonies in Mexico) where George was born on July 8, 1907.[1][3][6]

Here is Voight's transcript and the video with Piers Morgan whose on such a threadbare budget doesn't have the staff to fact check what his interlocutors are feeding him, leaving us with the question "Does CNN have Talent?".


As the race for the GOP nomination grows more competitive with each caucus, on Wednesday Piers Morgan invited actor Jon Voight to share his political views. In his first interview since publicly endorsing Mitt Romney, the Academy Award winner explained why he backs the Republican front-runner:

"He's a fellow who shoots from the hip. He's a very charitable fellow as you probably know. And he's warm, honest. He's got great virtues."

According to Voight, Romney's values can be traced back through generations: "He is a true American. He loves America. And his entire family has always followed the true American way of hard work and success."

As the sit-down continued, Morgan asked the Hollywood legend why Romney hasn't been all that accessible of late: "Can you put a good word in, because he won't come on again," said Morgan. "And I'm not sure why."

Voight promised to do his best: "I don't know. I'll talk to him about you."

It is stunning how ignorant Jon Voight is. He clearly is a racist who has lost his ability to think rationally.

I don't think that all of Romney's ancestors sins should be laid at the feet of Mitt Romeny, but if you start to remythologize that dispicable history into being the "true American way" then don't be surprised when the grenade blows up in front of you.

Leaving the US in order to avoid complying with the law of the US is not the "true American way"..


Boehner, your so close you can do it. Go for single digit approval rating

The worst Speaker of the House in US history has a chance to drive the positive view people have of Congress
to a low that really was beyond imagination, single digits.

John you can do it.


Update 2/6 Intrade: President has gone from a 16.3 point to 18.4 to 22 point lead over Romney



2/6/2012 Intrade Obama 58 Romney 36


2/4/2012 Intrade Obama 57 Romney 38.6 Completely batshit crazy 4.4


1/29/2012 Intrade Obama 54.9 Romney 38.6 Completely batshit crazy 6.5

The President has moved from a 16.3 point spread to 18.4

Intrade Update PBO 9/24 71; 9/25 73; 9/26 75; 9/27 77; 9/28 78

9/24 Now its 71 If you need a smile look at the curve.

Intrade continues to go to in favor of the President by big margins.

9/11 President 60 Romney 40


Keeps going up

Now Obama 60.2 Romney 32.6

In one week the President's spread has gone up 6 points.

Also whereever there has been a Republican primary the President's chances for winning the state has improved significantly.

Romney can say good bye to his 'home state' Hew Hampshire;




2/6/2012 Intrade Obama 58 Romney 36


2/4/2012 Intrade Obama 57 Romney 38.6 Completely batshit crazy 4.4


1/29/2012 Intrade Obama 54.9 Romney 38.6 Completely batshit crazy 6.5

The President has moved from a 16.3 point spread to 18.4

CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau): campaign against predators who prey on mil. personnel.

Anyone who lives around military bases has heard stories about unethical sales people and practices that are designed to victimize unsophisticated enlisted folks.

Secretary Cordray has initiated a plan to shut them down and I have heard on the grape vine that some offices are closing this weekend so as to not be caught in federal prosecutions.


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Department of Defense, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) were joined by the New York Attorney General today to announce the development of a database to combat consumer financial frauds directed at military members, veterans, and their families. The Repeat Offenders Against Military (ROAM) Database will track completed enforcement actions against companies and individuals who repeatedly scam military personnel.

“As a former Ohio Attorney General, I know how frustrating it is to expose a scam and then see it take root in another state. The ROAM database will help law enforcement crack down on frauds that cross state lines,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray today at a press conference. “ROAM is a huge step forward in our mission to improve consumer protection for the military community.”

Law enforcement officials across the country, including state Attorneys General, United States Attorneys, and Judge Advocates (JAGs) from all five branches of the armed forces, will be able to search the ROAM database for publicly available information about completed civil and criminal legal actions against perpetrators of financial scams against military personnel, veterans, and their families.

“During my visits to military communities across the country, I continue to hear stories of servicemembers and veterans being defrauded by businesses that see our troops as easy targets for a quick profit. This database will help law enforcers stop some of the worst offenders – those that have made a practice of targeting our men and women in uniform and our veterans,” said Holly Petraeus, the CFPB’s Assistant Director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs.

More unbelievable non FOX coverage "Nothing to see here" part duex

During SC primary results FOX didn't cover Gingrich's victory and speech: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12513372

Currently MSNBC is showing the President live in Iowa.

Currently CNN is flipping between Gingrich in Florida and the President in Iowa

Currently FOX is showing an update about snow in Washington State, and other blather but neither Gingrich nor the President live.

Gallup: another day of collapse for Romney now Gingrich 31 (+3) Romney 27 (-2)


This is the graphy from yesterday which has not yet been updated. With the new numbers Gingrich will be on top and Romney on the bottom. As it is a 5 day rolling poll and is still reflecting some pre SC numbers, expect more bad news for Romney tomorrow.

Gingrich's earlier gains was coming from drinking Santorum's milkshake (a mind mending frothy concoction) while now he is drinking Romney's milkshake and returning Romney to his more or less under 30 ceiling. All of this shows, IMO, that Romney has an iron ceiling of about 28% in the Republican Party and only went above that briefly when after it appeared that he had won both Iowa and New Hamshire was able to get some soft temporary support.

Now that it is clear that he didn't win Iowa and that his only win was his 'home' state the soft support has melted away and Romney is returning to the mid twenties which appeared to be strong before, only because there were 6 other candidates. Romney's people are seeing this as well and know that they have a very short fuse to upset the apple cart. If he doesn't he will lose the only advantage he ever had, that he is electable.

Romney is on the edge of a historic collapse.

Mr. Carpenter posted a thread at the same time showing that Rasmussen is showing similar results

As predicted in December a 'Draft Daniels Campaign' has begun. (updated 25/1)

Today January 25th

Huffington Post joins the whispering


Yesterday was USA Today


Whispering campaign for Daniels already started (December 19);


Why the new rules for the Republican primary season make it impossible for one candidate to get 51% of the delegates in a multi candidate field (December 11);


Why Romney is finished (Decenber 14)


Now here is Draft Daniels website;


Here are articles that are the second stage of a whispering campaign

(January 24th) http://www.ology.com/politics/mitch-daniels-reconsidering-presidential-bid/01242012

Here is Kristol

January 23rd

Debate Winner: Mitch Daniels


I’ve got to think Monday night’s debate further swelled the groundswell of support for Mitch Daniels. The liveliest part of the debate was at the beginning, when Mitt went after Newt—and Republicans all over America watched with fascinated horror at the thought that these are the two GOP frontrunners. The only spectacle in American politics more off-putting than Newt Gingrich in self-righteous defense mode is Mitt Romney in self-righteous attack mode. I thought Mitt’s attacks were somewhat more dishonest than Newt’s defenses were disingenuous, but it was good to move on to the rest of the debate, where little further damage was done.

My conclusion: If Mitch Daniels’s effective tax rate is 30 percent rather than 15 percent, and if he was never paid $1.6 million by Freddie Mac, he can be the next president.

January 23rd
Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/mitch-daniels-and-what-could-have-been/2012/01/23/gIQAdmffLQ_blog.html

January 22nd

This much chatter has to be coordinated. If Daniels really wanted to get out of all consideration he could have done what Chris Christie did and endorse another candidate.
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