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Newslinks for Wednesday April 18: More evidence that Republicans are rallying to Romney

Posted on 04/18/2012

Screen Shot 2012-04-18 at 10.24.49Video: 'I am seeing our Party unite' says Michele Bachmann

REPUBLICANS HEADING FOR A LANDSLIDE! - Analyzing patterns of behavior among undecided voters Dick Morris says omens for GOP are very positive - The Hill

  • Ronald Brownstein at the National Journal, in contrast, sees persistent but not overwhelming advantage for Obama.
  • NPR says don't study the opinion polls too closely until September
  • The president hopes for a Reaganesque reelection, but the Gipper had a surging economy behind him - Jonah Goldberg for NRO
  • The FiveThirtyEight blog focuses on the ground war: "The 2012 election between Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney is shaping up as a much closer race than the 2008 contest, and a couple percentage points won by the hard work of local get-out-the-vote operations could make the difference. Mr. Obama has an early, but by no means insurmountable, lead in building such an apparatus."

Boehner JacketBoehner and McConnell endorse Romney

  • "House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell both endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Tuesday, but some conservative GOP lawmakers remained less than enthusiastic for the presumptive Republican nominee." - The Hill
  • "“It's clear now Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee,” Boehner said. “I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put Americans back to work, and frankly, contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama. And I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win." - LA Times

Tea PartyHOT TEA! Mere days after the primary’s fizzle, Mitt Romney is embraced by conservative activists - Robert Costa for NRO

  • Romney huddles with conservative leaders - Wall Street Journal
  • Romney favorable rating rebounds - CNN
  • "The Post-ABC News poll shows that Romney’s base has come around. (“Fully 69 percent of Republicans — including 80 percent of conservative Republicans — now hold favorable views of the former Massachusetts governor, both career highs.”) The Pew poll tells us, “As the GOP primary winds down, the party base is getting behind Mitt Romney." - Jennifer Rubin
  • Donald Lambro at the Washington Times agrees: "Remember all the pundits who warned that the poisonous Republican presidential primary battles threatened to divide the GOP and seriously weaken their nominee? They were wrong."
  • The New York Times profiles Beth Myers, the woman who will choose Romney's running mate

Romney ramped up his criticism of Obama's proposal to require people earning over $1 million to pay a minimum 30-percent tax rate, calling it a "gimmick" that is a meaningless response to the nation's mounting debt - CBS

  • So long as tax rates are high, rich people will figure out ways to protect their income - Daniel Mitchell for TownHall
  • Romney tells prez to ‘start packing’ for retirement - New York Post

Santorum largeNearly a week after ending his bid to be president, Rick Santorum still isn’t ready to make an endorsement - Wall Street Journal

  • "Rick Santorum pulled the plug on his presidential campaign a week ago, but apparently that was after his campaign sent out another round of fundraising letters warning Iowans that the former Pennsylvania senator was frightened by the prospect of Mitt Romney becoming the party's nominee." - Washington Times | MSNBC

The Republican National Committee has announced that it has appointed state directors to drum up Hispanic support in Florida, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia and North Carolina - Washington Post

Republicans lead in all Wisconsin State Senate recall races - Weekly Standard

DCCC to spend $32 million on early TV attacks on 26 GOP incumbent Congressmen - Politico

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $9.8 million in March, besting the committee charged with electing Republicans for the fifth month in a row - USA Today

  • Democrats want Hillary Clinton be their nominee in 2016 - Politico
  • "President Bill Clinton’s recent endorsements in a handful of House primaries have conjured up memories of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, as he has sought to reward his wife’s supporters and candidates with loyalties to the couple." - Roll Call

The urban renaissance is very good for Democrats - Timothy Egan in the New York Times

John McCain says it was tough to see how the talks with Tehran on nuclear issue would accomplish anything beyond “a stalling tactic on the part of the Iranians” - The Hill

Screen Shot 2012-04-18 at 11.43.07If we had begun exploring in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2002, its oil and gas (and jobs and revenue) would be flowing now - Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Wall Street Journal

Why do SMALL businesses get all the political attention? - NPR

Max Boot: NO alternative to US global leadership

"Post-1945 Britain could cede the mantle gracefully to the U.S., confident that we would champion the same liberal values. To whom can the U.S. possibly pass power today? China? Russia? Iran? The question answers itself: there is no alternative to American leadership." - Max Boot for Commentary

And finally...

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"This President," says Michelle Obama, "has brought us out of the dark and into the light" - Fox

"Do Mrs. Obama and her speechwriters really not understand how discordant this sounds to most Americans? The messianic bit was over the top in 2008, but now? Now, with unemployment up, employment down, the economy stagnant, the debt exploding, the “green jobs” program a fiasco, our foreign policy in disarray? Do they seriously not comprehend that many Americans, maybe most, recall the Bush administration more as a golden age than an era of darkness?" - PowerLine

Jay Leno: "Even Obama Is Doing Worse Under President Obama" - RCP

"Obama remains ahead in his race with Romney—but just barely. So why are the president’s surrogates sounding so overconfident? Michael Tomasky on the perils of chutzpah." - Daily Beast

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