“Michele Bachmann won a straw poll of Iowa Republicans Saturday, confirming her status as the front runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in the state that kicks off the real voting next winter.
“Bachmann, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, edged out Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota finished a distant third, a disappointment for a man who freely invested time and money in search of a strong showing to boost his flagging campaign.”
- Michele Bachmann Wins Ames, Iowa Straw Poll (crooksandliars.com)
- dcdecoder: It’s almost decision time in Ames, Iowa, where many… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Santorum: Happy With 4th Place in Iowa Straw Poll (blogs.wsj.com)
A poem for the morning:
Republicans are funny folks
They like to laugh at racist jokes…
But make a joke about their guys
And they will tell you “It’s all lies.”
Perhaps the thing their humor lacks
are ways of getting votes from blacks.
When Obama impersonator Reggie Brown took the stage Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, the audience howled as he joked about how he only celebrates half of Black History Month and that his mother loved a black man, “but she was not a Kardashian.” They were practically rolling in the aisles at a bit about how presidents age in office, in which a stylish “before” photo of President Obama and the first lady was followed by an “after” photo of actors Redd Foxx and LaWanda Page playing Fred Sanford and Aunt Esther from Sanford and Son.
But when Brown started in on the 2012 Republican candidates — he said Newt Gingrich‘s campaign is dropping “like Anthony Weiner‘s pants in an AOL chat room,” and that Tim Pawlenty could turn to “Obamneycare” for the spinal transplant he needs — Brown got the hook and was walked off the stage by a party official.
– from The Root
A Leadership Conference… give me a break.
“I think in response to that direct question I should have been much more clear during the debate… I don’t think we can have a nominee that was involved in the development and construction of Obamacare and then continues to defend it and that was the question, I should have answered it directly and instead I stayed focused on Obama…I should have been more clear, I should have made the point that (Romney) was involved in developing it, he really laid the groundwork…
I don’t think you can prosecute the political case against President Obama if you are a co-conspirator in one of the main charges against the president, on the political level.”
- Tim Pawlenty Is Very Brave… On Twitter (oliverwillis.com)
- Tim Pawlenty’s New Hampshire Ally: Obama is a “Jungle Alien” (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Getting Muddy: Tim Pawlenty Attacks ‘ObamneyCare’ (chicagonow.com)
- Pawlenty Goes After Romney on Twitter (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Pawlenty Finally Throws the Punch – On Twitter (blogs.wsj.com)
- Pawlenty tries to spin debate fail with renewed attack on Romneycare (dailykos.com)
What sets Tim Pawlenty apart from the other Candidates? Nothing.
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Who do the Media Controllers on the Right want for a Candidate? Someone with their weight on issues.
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Don Wright, Tribune Media Services:
Who do the ordinary Republican voters want? Who knows?
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Milt Priggee in the Puget Sound Business Journal: