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Newslinks for Tuesday Jan 17: Romney puts in weak debate perfomance as the other candidates gang up

Posted on 01/17/2012

South Carolina debate: Romney puts in weak perfomance as the other candidates gang up

  • 011612_aehq_taxrate_640"The Non-Romneys tried to recover from their utter incompetence last week. They backed away from the most extreme Occupier rhetoric on Bain Capital, and instead carped about SuperPAC ads." - Michelle Malkin
  • "Romney was the target from the start and he remained there as opponent after opponent piled on, leaving no issue off limits as they worked to chip away at Romney ahead of Saturday’s decisive primary." - The Hill
  • "Mitt Romney was off his game tonight, more awkward and unprepared than I've seen him during this campaign." - American Spectator
  • At debate, Romney hedges on whether he would release tax returns - LA Times
  • "Newt Gingrich had a performance Monday night that reminded people why he was once the Republican frontrunner for the Republican nomination." - Weekly Standard
  • "The most obvious thing to say about Monday night’s debate is that it was better than almost all the previous ones, in part because there were fewer participants." - William Kristol
  • Rick Perry stands by defense of Marines shown urinating on Taliban - LA Times
  • Mark Halperin comprehensively scores each of the candidates' performances - TIME

Santorum's main line of attack against Romney: felons’ voting rights

Santorum"Rick Santorum briefly knocked Republican front-runner Mitt Romney off his game during Monday night’s Fox News debate when the two sparred over attack ads the former Massachusetts governor’s supporters are running in South Carolina. The former Pennsylvania senator has criticized the ad, which claims he voted to “let convicted felons vote,” calling it “explicitly false.” Santorum did vote for a bill that would allow felons to vote, but only after they had finished their time in prison and probation." - Daily Caller

  • "Rick Santorum clearly got the best of Romney in their exchange over felon voting rights. But is endorsing felon voting rights really a way to win votes in a South Carolina Republican primary?" - American Spectator
  • Santorum compares Romney to Obama in TV ad - USA Today

Ron Paul's Plan B: Use delegates at the convention as a bargaining chip to stand up for Paul's agenda

Ron Paul"If the campaign comes up short at the convention, Benton says the plan is to use all the delegates awarded to Paul as a bargaining chip to force the Republican Party to stick to its limited government platform. Benton says this could include auditing the Federal Reserve and winding back several parts of the Patriot Act, including roving wire taps which he says were originally written with the intent of expiring." - ABC

Byron York: A recount in Iowa may show Santorum won

Screen shot 2011-07-24 at 13.30.31"Results released on caucus night -- actually, at 2 the next morning -- showed Romney won by eight votes, 30,015 to Santorum's 30,007. Many observers assumed that those results were final... But the results were not final. Even though there is no provision for a recount in the party caucuses, state GOP rules do require that the results be certified, which is nearly the same thing. That certification process began the day after the caucuses and is expected to wrap up this week, yielding a final, official vote tally." - Washington Examiner

Polling in Florida: Romney favorite by wide margin

"Mitt Romney has a double-digit lead in Florida, ahead of his closest rival by 17 points, according to an American Research Group poll released on Monday. Romney took 42 percent, followed by Newt Gingrich at 25 percent, Rick Santorum at 9 percent, Ron Paul at 8 percent, and Jon Huntsman at 5 percent." - The Hill

  • CNN Poll: Obama tied with Romney & Paul
  • Santorum wins over a prominent Perry backer in Florida - WSJ

Ross Douthat: A post-mortem on Jon Huntsman

Screen shot 2011-06-21 at 15.43.04"Huntsman can blame the mainstream media, for constantly depicting him as the “sane Republican”... he can blame his own advisers, for embracing that self-defeating image... he can blame Republican voters for dismissing him because of symbolism and identity politics rather than judging him on his record... But he also has to blame his own skills as a candidate... He was in most of the umpteen debates that Newt Gingrich used to reboot his candidacy after a shaky start, he put in the kind of man hours on the ground in New Hampshire that paid dividends Rick Santorum in Iowa, and he received a level of media attention that was disproportionate to his poll numbers. And in the end, he couldn’t make the sale." - Ross Douthat in the New York Times

  • "“I salute Jon Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye,” Mr. Romney said in a statement emailed from his press shop." - WSJ

David Brooks: I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America

Screen shot 2010-12-14 at 15.55.45"Republican audiences this year want a restoration. America once had strong values, they believe, but we have gone astray. We’ve got to go back and rediscover what we had. Heads nod enthusiastically every time a candidate touches this theme. I agree with the sentiment, but it makes for an incredibly backward-looking campaign. I sometimes wonder if the Republican Party has become the receding roar of white America as it pines for a way of life that will never return." - David Brooks for the New York Times

Close polling in OR-1 special election 

"Former Democratic state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici has a 46 percent to 42 percent lead over Cornilles, according to the survey conducted by Moore Information, a Portland-based Republican pollster." - National Journal

Job approval for Congress sinks to new low - USA Today

Congress returns, renews fight over spending

Screen shot 2011-03-29 at 11.20.21"House lawmakers return to Washington Tuesday to open the second session of the 112th Congress and their first move will be to block President Obama from raising the nation's debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion...With Republicans dominating the House, the chamber will most likely approve blocking the increase. That won't satisfy the party's sizable right flank, which is anxious to deeply cut spending, something to which both parties agreed last summer" - Washington Examiner

  • 2012 offers a chance to make progress in areas such as tax reform, energy and health care - Politico

Payroll tax cut deal may come faster than expected


"The one-year payroll tax deal that eluded Congress last month... could get wrapped up surprisingly quickly in the new session. The main sticking point from December’s showdown is largely moot: Both parties are now pushing for a full-year extension of the Social Security tax cut for 160 million Americans. Aides note that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had been on the cusp of a longer-term deal as time ran out just before Christmas." - Politico

Candidate Obama promised to transcend Washington partisanship. President Obama plummeted into it

Obama 2"Obama’s failure to fulfill this central claim of his 2008 campaign has never been more glaringly obvious. The hard truth is that Washington next year will look indistinguishable from the one Obama warned against during his election-night victory speech, when he called on Republicans and Democrats to “resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”" - Politico

  • Business group leader says Obama's recess appointments create 'constitutional crisis' - Fox News

Group spends $6 million linking Obama to Solyndra in ad - CNN

Bored with union organizing, SEIU gears up for thuggeryWashington Examiner editorial

US and Iran inch closer to military conflict

Screen shot 2011-04-09 at 13.13.45"The likelihood of military conflict between the United States and Iran is higher now than at any time in more than two decades, military analysts say, as tensions continue to escalate over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and blustery rhetoric. While full-blown war might not be on the immediate horizon, the conditions for military skirmishes are as ripe as they’ve been since 1988, when Iran laid mines against U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf and the United States destroyed Iranian oil platforms in response." - The Hill

  • US urges South Korea to cut Iran oil imports - Fox News

And finally... Colbert Super PAC: Vote for Herman Cain - BuzzFeed

  • Stephen Colbert: I scared Jon Huntsman out of race - Politico

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