Mitt Romney pays his own way… and tips well, too!

October 6, 2012

After a campaign stop in Florida, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, had a craving for Cuban food, so they stopped for takeout at La Teresita in St. Petersburg (1). The staff didn’t want to let them pay, but the Romneys wouldn’t hear of it:

Mitt Romney is believed to have amassed a fortune of more than $200million from his career as a private equity boss.

So he can certainly afford to pay for his own takeout food as he travels around America on the campaign trail.

And when the Republican presidential candidate visited a Cuban diner in Florida yesterday, he insisted on being treated like an average customer.

(…)

During the unscheduled visit, the couple picked up some pastries and a serving of soup.

The restaurant staff refused to allow the multi-millionaire to pay for his order – but Mr Romney eventually prevailed, leaving a $40 tip.

Contrast that with a certain other candidate who, um… “forgot” to pay.

Good move all around on the Romney’s part: not only does he have to woo Cuban-Americans to win Florida’s electoral votes, not only do they see that the multi-millionaire pays like anyone else, but Cuban food is also good. I love Cubano sandwiches. Throw in some fried plantains and lemonade and I’m one happy blogger.

And, of course, no candidate can go without posing with babies:

(Courtesy Daily Mail)

Awww….

via Blue Crab Boulevard

Footnote:
(1) The article says St. Petersburg, but the Web says Tampa. Judging from the photos, I think I have the right web site…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) “Out of Time”

October 4, 2012

Last night’s debate between Governor Romney and President Obama provides almost endless material for the Romney campaign and its allies, as well as many, many moments the President and his team wish they could forget — and make voters forget.

Here’s one of the first results, from the American Future Fund:

That’ll leave a mark.

RELATED: My blog-buddy ST has a great post on the debate. I think she was pleased; I could see her smile from across the country.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


New OPSEC ad: “Bumps in the Road?”`

October 3, 2012

OPSEC comprises a group of former Special Forces and intelligence personnel who have criticized President Obama before for revealing classified information in pursuit of his reelection. They’ve come out with a new ad in the Virginia market smacking the president for his “bumps in the road” description of the deaths of Americans in Benghazi:

It’s a smart ad buy; Virginia is both a swing state and heavily military. I doubt many there will appreciate the comparison of the president’s victory laps for the killing of bin Laden on the one hand, and his dismissal of military deaths as “bumps in the road” on the other.

OPSEC has a web site for donations. If you feel that this is an important message to get out to other battleground states, consider sending them a few bucks.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Two photos that should cost Barack Obama his job

September 16, 2012

The first from the ruins of our consulate in Benghazi:

(Click the image for a larger version)

Those are the bloody hand prints of an American, desperately fleeing for his life. They are the fruits of the Obama-Clinton policy of “smart power” and speak more loudly than any words can of the administration’s utter failure. (Courtesy of the Daily Mail via QandO)

Then there’s the home front:

(Courtesy LA Times. Click the image for a larger version)

That is a free man being taken away by police under pressure from an administration desperate to blame anyone but itself for the collapse of its Mideast policy. While he may have violated his parole, he was investigated because his speech made the government uncomfortable. My blog-buddy ST has already vented her outrage; my own feelings are a burning contempt for this open display of Chicago-style thugocracy — Benito nods in approval. And Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, is livid:

When taking office, the President does not swear to create jobs. He does not swear to “grow the economy.” He does not swear to institute “fairness.” The only oath the President takes is this one:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.

He won’t resign, of course. First, the President has the appreciation of free speech that one would expect from a Chicago Machine politician, which is to say, none. Second, he’s not getting any pressure. Indeed, the very press that went crazy over Ari Fleischer’s misrepresented remarks seems far less interested in the actions of an administration that I repeat, literally sent brown-shirted enforcers to launch a midnight knock on a filmmaker’s door.

But Obama’s behavior — and that of his enablers in the press — has laid down a marker for those who are paying attention. By these actions he is, I repeat, unfit to hold office. I hope and expect that the voters will agree in November.

Read it all. (h/t Blue Crab Boulevard)

If we weren’t so close to the election, I’d be calling for President Obama’s impeachment for dangerous incompetence and gross abuse of power.

But we don’t need Congress to clean house for us. As Glenn points out, we have an election in less than two months. Send these photos and the linked articles to anyone you know who’s still undecided. Make them aware of what’s happening.

A vote for Obama is a vote for American decline and to entrench “gangster government,” the thugocracy, and liberal fascism.

It’s up to us to put a stop to it.

LINKS: Twitchy — “This is not America.”  In 2008, I and others wrote about Obama’s contempt for free speech. Hey, my fellow citizens, we tried to tell ya…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Hearing her master’s voice? @stefcutter cites Chinese news to attack Mitt Romney

September 14, 2012

Barack Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager, Stephanie Cutter, retweets an article critical of Mitt Romney from a Communist Chinese news agency:

Well, hey, y’know? Her boss has borrowed all that money from China, she’d better listen to what they say!

Mitt Romney: attacked by Red China.

Barack Obama: endorsed by Hugo Chavez.

Hmmm…

PS: In case you were wondering, this is indeed the same Stephanie Cutter who was caught in a horrific lie when Priorities USA tried to link Mitt Romney to the death of a woman from cancer.

via David Steinberg

UPDATE: It’s evidently the coordinated Democratic talking point of the day. No mention of dead diplomats or burning embassies, though.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


New Obama campaign poster!

September 7, 2012

I don’t know who the created this, but h/t to UriBlago:

Just call it the “Thelma and Louise economy.”

PS: How about that latest jobs report, eh?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Wait… Where have we heard this before?

September 3, 2012

From the RNC, via Roger Kimball, presenting Obama 2008 vs Obama 2012:

You know what they say, Mr. President: “Fool me once, shame on you…”

Well, to quote The Who, we won’t get fooled again.

PS: Kimball’s essay introducing the video is a good one: “Feeling Sorry for Maureen Dowd.”

PPS: Romney-Ryan 2012, because they’re not foolin’.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) Mitt Romney vs. The Incredible Shrinking President

August 31, 2012

Bill Whittle nails it in this video: In 2012, the candidates at the top of their respective tickets have made very different bets about the nature of the American people, and that difference is revealed in the choices each has made about who they pick for their running mate and how they run their campaigns. Romney has bet everything that Americans are still responsible adults who can face facts and make intelligent decisions as free citizens of a democratic republic. President Obama, on the other hand, assumes we are now nothing but infantilized wards happy to live in a super-sized European nanny state, concerned only that the “free pie” keeps coming.

PS: Romney-Ryan 2012, because too much free pie is only going to make us sick.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) SEALs don’t fight so American presidents can bow to kings

August 28, 2012

Another hard-hitting ad by special operations veterans, this time from Special Operations For America (SOFA), headed by former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke, a Montana state senator.

Did I say “hard hitting?” Make that a gut-punch.

Ben Shapiro at Breitbart spoke with Senator Zinke about why these former special operators have chosen to speak out:

The ad is sure to provoke massive consternation on the left, which has been in a frenzy ever since Special Operations for America launched. The event at which the ad launches, “Defending Our Defenders: A Salute to the United States Military,” will feature a tribute by Congressman Louie Gohmert, former members of SEAL Team Six, Army Rangers, Gold Star parents, and a few surprise guests.

Ryan Zinke, the former Navy SEAL who started the super PAC, spoke exclusively with Breitbart News today. “The ad itself accurately portrays where this President is,” said Zinke. “It accurately portrays his core belief that America should not lead. This president is shaping America to be one of the followers, to relinquish our role as a world leader. I didn’t fight 23 years as a Navy SEAL to watch America bow to anybody.”

(…)

When asked whether it was inappropriate for former SEALs to speak out, as some on the left have alleged, Zinke answered, “If the veterans can’t speak out, who can? I think it’s a duty of every veteran and every citizen to be actively involved in our political process, especially when the president sets out to negotiate away our rights under the Constitution. There have been other veterans — TR, Eisenhower, JFK — they’ve been active in speaking out and shaping the policy and politics of our country. I’m going to stand for what I believe in, and I’m encouraging every veteran and every citizen to do the same. Our country is at a crossroads, and this election is certainly the most important in my lifetime.”

And, as Shapiro notes, for their choice to speak freely as American citizens and veterans, SOFA has been placed on the White House “enemies list.”

Nice way to say “thanks for your service,” isn’t it?

RELATED: An earlier short video from another group of concerned veterans and intelligence operatives, this time on White House leaks.

PS: Romney-Ryan 2012, because they won’t glad-hand our enemies.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Oregon in play? Really??

August 27, 2012

Normally I’d call whoever said that crazy, but it is Karl Rove, after all:

A lot of the political analysis you hear from partisans is predictable. But sometimes they surprise.

That was the case when Karl Rove spoke at a Politico breakfast event in Tampa this morning. Two examples:

(1) When asked what state, now that Wisconsin and Michigan seem to be in play, would emerge next on the target list, he cited Oregon. He noted correctly that the state House is ied 30-30, Republicans almost captured the governorship in 2010 and tha[t] there’s a left wing constituency disappointed in Obama. He surely remembers that in 2000 Ralph Nader won 5.04% in Oregon and tha[t] Al Gore carried it by only 46.92% to 46.52%.

To be honest, I’d expect Oregon to flip about the same time as California, which would also be when the sun goes out. But, much as I thought of the possibility of Obama losing Illinois, the fact that these questions are being raised at all indicates the depth of the problem Obama faces in his reelection race: he may have to spend a lot of money defending what should be his core states, rather than in the battlefield states where Romney is genuinely competitive. Given that Obama is already having trouble raising enough money to keep up with Romney, spreading what cash he has more thinly could cause a real problem come election day. While I’d love to see a “Red” breakout on the West Coast, I’ll settle for making Team Obama scramble to patch a leaky dam.

Read the rest; there are some interesting observations about the Hispanic vote, too.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The Washington Post answers Reagan’s question

August 24, 2012

Obama’s economic recovery adviser

Ronald Reagan met Jimmy Carter in their one and only debate a week before election day in 1980. At the end, Governor Reagan asked a question of the viewers and with it, some say, decided the race:

Now, 32 years later (has it been that long??) The Washington Post has answered that question for us: No way, no how.

Household income is down sharply since the recession ended three years ago, according to a report released Thursday, providing another sign of the stubborn weakness of the economic recovery.

From June 2009 to June 2012, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 4.8 percent, to $50,964, according to a report by Sentier Research, a firm headed by two former Census Bureau officials.

Incomes have dropped more since the beginning of the recovery than they did during the recession itself, when they declined 2.6 percent, according to the report, which analyzed data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. The recession, the most severe since the Great Depression, lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.

Overall, median income is 7.2 percent below its December 2007 level and 8.1 percent below where it stood in January 2000, when it was $55,470, according to the report.

But wait, there’s more! The median net worth of families declined nearly 40%, from $126,000 to $77,000, a level not seen since 1992. Blacks saw their income decline more than twice as much as Whites and Hispanics, a grim achievement for the first African-American elected to the presidency. Households that derive most of their income from the self-employed now have to make due with almost ten percent less. The only people who have done better, not surprisingly, are those collecting government checks.

Read the whole thing; it’s a horror story as much as a news article, and its key point cannot be driven home hard enough — for the average American, the “recovery” has been worse than the recession.

I’ve seen it written before that recessions caused by financial crises, as was the last one, take longer to recover from than those arising from industrial slowdowns. And, I’ll grant, Obama did inherit a bad situation, once made worse by the mistakes of the late Bush administration — TARP, the initial auto bailouts, &c.

But Obama is responsible for his administration’s policies since taking office, and he owns in its entirety the nation’s economic performance since June, 2009, when the recession ended and the so-called recovery began.

And that is a record of doing exactly the wrong things, resulting in a miserable failure that shows no sign of improvement — and may well get worse.

If you aren’t doing better that you were four years ago, if in fact your situation is objectively worse, then why on Earth would you vote for Obama?

PS: Romney-Ryan 2012, because I want someone in charge who can see that the private sector is not doing fine.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


#MOsen The Senate situation post-Akins fiasco – with a glimmer of hope, even there

August 22, 2012

So, let’s face it. The mess in Missouri is depressing, with Rep. Todd Akin putting his personal desires ahead of the good of the nation and his party. (1) Most observers expect the next Senate to be closely divided, even if the Republicans do gain control, and that was before Mr. Akins turned what had been an almost sure win into, at the outside best, a toss up with his ignorant comments about rape and biology. As Jim Geraghty wrote in this morning’s Jolt:

In a race where a right-leaning ham sandwich could win, Akin leaves us yearning for the common sense, message discipline, and far-sighted vision of a right-leaning ham sandwich.

With the developments in Missouri, the goal of undoing ObamaCare and the other Democratic legislative and fiscal atrocities seemed more like a fading dream.

Or maybe not. In a later article, Geraghty surveys other Senate races and sees signs of… hope for conservatives?

All they have is Nebraska, where State Senator Deb Fischer holds an 18-point lead over Democrat Bob Kerrey in a seat where incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson is retiring, and North Dakota, where Rick Berg is up 9 on in a seat where incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad is retiring…

and Montana, where Rep. Denny Rehberg has a small but consistent lead over incumbent Jon Tester…

and Wisconsin, where Tommy Thompson has an increasing lead over Tammy Baldwin to fill the Senate seat occupied by the retiring Herb Kohl…

…but they have to make up the likely loss in Maine, where either a Democrat or Democrat-leaning Independent are likely to replace Sen. Olympia Snowe… they need to keep Sen. Scott Brown in office in Massachusetts where the latest poll has him… er, only up by 5…

… and they have to hold Indiana in a presidential year, when Rasmussen has Mourdock slightly ahead… and make sure that Sen. Dean Heller keeps his consistent lead in Nevada…

There’s more, so read it all. Aside from the above, Jim also sees decent-to-good prospects in Connecticut, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. And he fails to mention Maryland, where Dan Bongino is very impressive. If we ignore Missouri and assume Democrat-leaning Independent Angus King wins in Maine, but otherwise run the table, the Republicans could net eight or nine seats. (2) That would put us at 55-56, and leave self-serving squishes like Lisa Murkowski helpless to hold the party caucus hostage by threatening to join the Democrats.

I doubt we’ll win that many, though; the odds are awfully high. But 4-6 seems not unreasonable.

So here’s what we do. Unless Akin comes to his senses and seeks a court’s permission to withdraw (Or switches races? See this Daily Caller article for an intriguing possibility), let’s concentrate our efforts on these other, more promising Senate races. While the loss of a sure thing in Missouri is discouraging, we shouldn’t get permanently depressed. Pick a candidate, volunteer, and donate.

All Senate races are national, and too much is at stake.

PS: If I can toss in a longshot, my own state’s Elizabeth Emken has a chance, albeit a small one, of defeating Democratic incumbent Diane Feinstein. I think she fits California well and would make a good senator. Her position papers are solid, and she is gaining in the polls. But California is a tough, expensive market for a Republican: statewide candidates start off in a registration hole (Democrats have about a 20% edge), and the major media markets are expensive. But it can be done! Elizabeth’s donation page is here. If you’re in a safe Republican state, consider sending a donation our way. Who knows, we just might really steal one from under the Democrats in November.

PPS: Looks like ST and I are on the same wavelength.

Footnotes:
(1) No, I don’t think Akin has a serious chance against McCaskill. If he committed this big a faux pas this early, there are surely more coming.
(2) We’d need at least four, if -gulp!- Obama wins reelection.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Missouri Senate candidate opens mouth, inserts foot, and chews it off

August 19, 2012

I used to have Missouri in my “sure pick up” category; the Democrat incumbent, Claire McCaskill, is so bad that a mannequin could probably beat her.

Unfortunately, Missouri did not nominate a mannequin:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” [Todd] Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin added: “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

Akin issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying he misspoke.

I understand what Congressman Akin means by “legitimate rape” — as opposed to false claims. (I have no statistics on how often that happens, though.) And I commend his concern for the new life and sympathize with the idea that it shouldn’t suffer punishment for the crime of another. I get that.

But that comment about “female biology” is just weird, and there’s a disturbing implication that women who do get pregnant may not have been “legitimately” raped.

The McCaskill campaign is already in full outrage mode, and you can bet they’ll play this for all it’s worth. Akin’s already issued a “clarification,” but the damage is done. He’s handed them a hammer to beat him senseless every day until election day. Some Republicans are already calling for him to withdraw and be replaced.

I don’t know enough to say one way or the other with certitude. Maybe he can recover, but my gut feeling is that Todd Akin’s candidacy is toast. This is just too emotional an issue, and a lot of voters won’t be interested in “what he really meant” explanations. I imagine the Missouri Republican Party is looking into the rules on replacement candidates even now.

Maybe Sarah Palin’s pick, Sarah Steeleman, wasn’t so bad a choice after all.

RELATED: More from Twitchy — online lynch mobs are out in full force, calling for Mr. Akin to be raped. More “new tone” I guess. At Legal Insurrection, Professor Jacobson bemoans the Republicans’ knee-jerk willingness to form a firing squad.

via JWF

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) Romney-Ryan: a great way to win, and a great way to lose

August 19, 2012

In this episode of Afterburner, Bill Whittle’s clearly happy; he got the VP candidate he wanted, Paul Ryan, and he explains why Ryan is the right choice.

But Bill’s happy for another reason, too. Like me, he expects we’ll win this election. (1) But, if we lose and it’s four more years of Hopenchange, then Whittle will still be happy with Romney’s pick.

Watch and see why:

Footnote:
(1) Like Professor Paul Rahe, I just have a gut feeling this is going to be a landslide. The election has a real “1980 feel” to it.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Sign of DOOM for Obama in Virginia?

August 16, 2012

Douglas Wilder, former Virginia governor, a Democrat, and the first African-American governor in US history, attended a presidential fundraiser in Richmond tonight.

For Mitt Romney:

At a fundraiser at the Richmond, VA Marriott tonight for the Romney campaign, there was a surprise guest. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who in turn introduced Rep. Paul Ryan. But before McDonnell took the mic, another figure was acknowledging dignitaries in the crowd. Among those dignitaries addressed from the stage, was former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, according to a Tatler source who was there.

(…)

Gov. Wilder’s appearance at a fundraiser for the Republican presidential ticket is sure to set off shock waves among the Democrats, and lead to speculation that he could shake up the race with more criticism of the Democratic ticket.

Wilder has been highly critical of Joe Biden’s idiotic “they gonna put y’all in chains” comment; maybe that was the last straw for him.

No photos, and this could be just a rumor, but, if true, it’s a blaring siren telling Obama that he can kiss off a swing state he can little afford to lose.

Afterthought: Does two make a trend? First former Democrat congressman Artur Davis endorses Romney and becomes a Republican. Now another African-American centrist Democrat crosses over to back the other guy. Who’s next?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Republican backstabbers* try to do to Paul Ryan what they did to Sarah Palin

August 14, 2012

Republican insiders “help” Paul Ryan

Hey, Congressman Ryan! Need some help pulling that knife out of your back that was stuck there by unnamed Republicans?

You’ve heard them on television and read them on POLITICO — cheerful, defiant statements from Republican political professionals about Mitt Romney’s bold masterstroke in tapping Paul Ryan as his running mate, and turning the 2012 presidential race into a serious, far-reaching debate about budgets and the nation’s future.

Don’t buy it.

Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren’t being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington: Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right — and a huge chance of going horribly wrong.

In more than three dozen interviews with Republican strategists and campaign operatives — old hands and rising next-generation conservatives alike — the most common reactions to Ryan ranged from gnawing apprehension to hair-on-fire anger that Romney has practically ceded the election.

It is not that the public professions of excitement about the Ryan selection are totally insincere. It is that many of the most optimistic Republican operatives will privately acknowledge that their views are being shaped more by fingers-crossed hope than by a hard-headed appraisal of what’s most likely to happen.

And the more pessimistic strategists don’t even feign good cheer: They think the Ryan pick is a disaster for the GOP. Many of these people don’t care that much about Romney — they always felt he faced an improbable path to victory — but are worried that Ryan’s vocal views about overhauling Medicare will be a millstone for other GOP candidates in critical House and Senate races.

Let’s get to the caveats: No one is asserting that Washington operatives in either party are oracles or seers. What’s more, it is not as if there is anything like unanimity in GOP circles about the merits of the Ryan pick, though the mood of anxiety and skepticism is overwhelming.

Most of all, if you are one of those people who thinks if someone has something negative to say, they should have the guts to put their name on it, you won’t find much to impress you in this article. Nearly all the Republican professionals interviewed for this story said they would share their unfiltered views only “on background” rules of attribution.

You can guess what the criticisms are: “too young;” “too radical;” and my favorite, “not ready to be president.” As if Joe Biden is ready for anything other than a straightjacket?? If this looks familiar, it’s because this is almost exactly what was done to Sarah Palin in 2008 by anonymous DC insiders who felt threatened by a genuine reformer and someone who wasn’t “in the club.”

Now it’s Paul Ryan’s turn: another young, charismatic reformer who actually believes one can be honest with the American people about the problems we face. More worried about preserving their cushy staff and consulting jobs than dealing with our looming fiscal train wreck, Republican “pros” run to Center-Left shill Politico to make their fears known (and suck up to the other side)  –“But, oh, don’t quote me by name, but Ryan’s budget plan is just too radical, and his Medicare plan will scare the elderly, and… and… and can I still come to next week’s cocktail party?”

Bah! These “pros” make me want to puke.

Math. Doesn’t. Lie.

We are running out of time before the clock strikes midnight and we turn into a Greek pumpkin. The Republican ticket is the only one even close to offering a real solution, and yet these “wise old hands” are doing everything they can to tear it down — and for what? So they can a have a frisson of excitement from playing “Secret Source?” For a pat on the head and a reassurance that they’re still important?

As a friend suggested, I wonder how many of these “loyal-but” Republicans are ex-McCain campaign staffers?

God save us from our enemies, for our “allies” are bad enough.

RELATED: A similar story in The Hill. Ed Morrissey reports on an IBD article that argues Ryan’s plan is hardly radical, no matter what pants-wetting Republican insiders might say.

*I had another word in mind, beginning with “chicken,” but this is a family show.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) Mitt Romney introduces Paul Ryan as his running mate

August 11, 2012

By now you’ve all heard that what’s been speculated widely is true: Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. Here’s video of the Governor’s introduction of Ryan, and Ryan’s acceptance speech:

Good speeches from both men, but I really like what I heard from Ryan. Andrew Malcolm provides the transcript, but I want to highlight one part:

But America is more than just a place…it’s an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.

This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.

This idea is under assault. So, we have a critical decision to make as a nation.

We are on an unsustainable path that is robbing America of our freedom and security. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:

We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!

We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility!

We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them!

We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

What kind of country do we want to have?

What kind of people do we want to be?

We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.

That last would be a nice change, wouldn’t it?

Ryan is right to point out that this is not just a battle over economic records, but of ideas — on the nature of the economy, the relation between citizen and government, and the very essence of America, herself. Obama himself has opened the door several times to making this a battle not just about the economy (though his record there is awful enough), but about ideas and ideology, about a choice between being a growing, vigorous United States populated by freeborn citizens, or being a senile, declining “North American Europe,” populated by wards of the state.

The choice is clear, and it’s ours.

LINKS: Twitchy has some fun with liberals who are busy pointing out something shocking — Paul Ryan is a White male!! *gasp!* The horror… Speculation on how Joe Biden is taking the news. Is this the speech that won Paul Ryan the VP nod? The first of the Romney-Ryan ads. It’s a good one. James Pethokoukis thinks Romney-Ryan would complete the Reagan Revolution. Erika Johnsen thinks Ryan is ready for his close up and provides great moments of the congressman taking down President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tax Cheat Geithner. Roger L. Simon calls it “Romney’s Gutsy Choice.”

PS: ST has announced she will be at the Romney-Ryan Charlotte event tomorrow. Expect photo ops with both men. 

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Obama hates missile defense, except when he’s trying to buy votes

July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney is on an overseas trip to Great Britain, Israel, and Poland. Worried about the Jewish vote at home because of his noted lack of support for Israel and wanting to steal a bit of the limelight from Romney, President Obama signed a bill giving Israel $70,000,000 for their (very promising) Iron Dome short-range missile defense system. What’s notable about that, you ask?

It’s all about the pandering, baby.

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


(Video) Some day the Obama campaign will learn not to give gifts like this to Romney

July 26, 2012

I mean, a lousy economic “recovery,” unemployment above 8% for the longest stretch since the Great Depression, millions more on food stamps than when he took office, and yet Obama can say that his plan worked?

I guess, if by “worked” he meant it in the “Evil Mastermind rubbing hands in glee” way.

Anyway, the Romney camp came up with a very nice reply:

Some day they’ll learn to quit handing Romney clubs with which to beat them, but hopefully not until after November.

PS: Romney 2012, because his English dictionary wasn’t printed on the Bizarro World.


(Video) This will -or, at least, should- worry the White House

July 26, 2012

You may recall that, a couple of weeks ago, Mitt Romney spoke before the NAACP at their annual convention. The reception he received was mixed: some standing ovations mixed with jeers at his promise to repeal ObamaCare.

Still, he apparently made some converts who were willing to go on the record:

(via The Jawa Report)

That’s gotta hurt.

Then there’s this item from Breitbart — CBS News: Blacks Unsatisfied With Obama

CBS does a pretty good job giving a myriad of examples of that dissatisfaction, even while in nearly every other paragraph, CBS reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell mentions how, dissatisfied or not, they are all still voting for Obama.

But that constant reassurance aside, the piece is filled with example after example of the grumbling from black community leaders and politicians all essentially saying how disappointed they are that Obama has done so little for them.

The piece leads with complaining from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), both of whom are annoyed that black unemployment is so much higher than that of other communities.

Obama is also criticized for not showing much leadership on other issues that affect the black community. The piece notes, for instance, that Obama has done little on the violent crime that plagues big city black communities, and he’s also criticized for not speaking before any of the nation’s African American organizations like the NAACP or the National Urban League.

All in all, it seems that many in the African American community feel that Obama has failed to live up to his “unique role in history” and that he’s allowing “political expediency” to rule the day.

It’s been noted many times that the Democratic Party relies on near-total bloc voting by African Americans to win elections; they regularly garner above 90%. Even losing just a few percentage points from that bloc could cost them elections at the national and state levels.  Combine the Black vote being depressed because of dissatisfaction with Obama with the sight of NAACP leaders saying it’s okay to vote for Romney, and…

Well, let’s just say David Axelrod probably isn’t sleeping well at night.

Darn.

PS: Romney 2012, because I want a president who cares about Americans, but doesn’t care about their skin color.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)