Thomas Sowell points out that no one seems to be really happy with this year's field of Republican candidates for that party's nomination -- except perhaps the Democrats.
Rick Santorum – 24%
Mitt Romney – 23%
Ron Paul – 22%
Rick Perry – 15%
Newt Gingrich – 9%
Michele Bachmann – 6%
Jon Huntsman – 1%
The number of people identifying as Republicans increased last month while the number of self-described Democrats is at an all-time low.
"Jon Huntsman’s anemic vanity campaign has the support of Vogue Magazine, his wife and children, his deep-pocketed father, and very, very few others."
"Michele Bachmann is promising a “miracle” in Iowa tonight, but her numbers look dismal and the glow of her long-ago Ames straw poll win is a distant memory buried by a series of unfortunate campaign staff debacles/defections."
"Rick Perry, who followed Bachmann’s sizzle-and-fizzle footsteps in Iowa, will also follow her to South Carolina in hopes of a defibrillator-like campaign recharge. Perry says Santorum can’t beat Obama. But this comes from a guy whose “epic failure” in Virginia exposed utter incompetence."
Ron Paul Letter Warned 'Race War' Coming
A direct-mail solicitation for Ron Paul's political and investment newsletters two decades ago warned of a "coming race war in our big cities" and of a "federal-homosexual cover-up" to play down the impact of AIDS. The eight-page letter, which appears to carry Paul's signature at the end, also warns that the U.S. government's redesign of currency to include different colors - a move aimed at thwarting counterfeiters - actually was part of a plot to allow the government to track Americans using the "new money." The letter urges readers to subscribe to Paul's newsletters so that he could "tell you how you can save yourself and your family" from an overbearing government. The letter's details emerge at a time when Paul, now a contender for the Republican nomination for president, is under fire over reports that his newsletters contained racist, anti-homosexual and anti-Israel rants. Reports of the newsletters' contents have Paul's campaign scrambling to deny that he wrote the inflammatory articles. Read more on Newsmax.com: Ron Paul Letter Warned 'Race War' Coming Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!
Israel Matzav, "Ron Paul a 9/11 troother?"
Not only is Jon Huntsman’s latest attack ad on Ron Paul pretty pitch-perfect, it also comes at a great time. After watching the annual New Year’s 48-hour “Twilight Zone” marathon on the SciFi network, Ron Paul’s creepy conspiracy theories and crackpot foreign policy sound exactly like something the horror genius Rod Serling would concoct to terrify us.
Gingrich Axes Chapter on Climate Change in Forthcoming Book
BREAKING! The Republicans’ election plan will be to use Obama’s own words against him.
Ok credit the fact that I had a shitty end of year coupled with the fact that I had a shitty New Year… who am I kidding I had a shitty past couple of years for the most part but life goes on, hell maybe things may turn around but I am a religious pessimist anyway. Ok hear is a less ranting article about something I have been bitching about forever, getting rid of the Iowa caucuses. Folks I have deliberately avoided news programs because I am sick of hearing about the so called importance of Iowa. This is just utter madness, I really don’t understand why people give a shit about Iowa, I don’t understand why candidates campaign there, I don’t understand why candidates give a shit what the people from Iowa think about any fucking thing. Iowa is a complete waste of fucking time, resources and news time. However I have no hope of common sense taking over because people will always be attracted to shiny objects whatever the media dangles in front of the faces of the politically and mentally impaired will be deemed important and relevant. The only thing I can come up with is someone really wealthy has business interests in Iowa and the money made from the media marching across the state and promoting a bunch of Midwestern bullshit. Just as in most things in life follow the money trail.
Column: Why we should kill the Iowa caucuses - USA Today
There's been a lot of chatter in recent weeks that if Texas Rep. Ron Paul wins the Iowa Republican caucus today, the Iowa caucuses should be eliminated once and for all.
That's unfair. Even if he loses, we should get rid of them.Let me be clear. I'm not anti-Iowa. I like the place. I've been there many times. I like the people, the food and, well, the people and the food will do for now. The Atlanticrecently published an outrageously snobbish, misleading attack on Iowa from some professor who apparently spent 20 years living in a state he hated, surrounded by people he considered to be boobs, hicks and Bible-thumpers. That's not my complaint.The reason the Iowa caucuses should go (and so, too, New Hampshire's first in the nation primary status) is simple: Who died and made Iowans pope?
The Carter warningIt's worth recalling that there's no actual reason why Iowa should go first. All the explanations you hear from Iowa party hacks and their enablers are post-hoc rationalizations for why Iowa should stay first.The caucuses were moved to the front of the schedule essentially by accident in 1972. In 1976, Jimmy Carter, a dark horse candidate, committed himself to campaigning aggressively in what was still considered a political backwater and emerged a star. That alone should have been a warning sign. Instead the political press romanticized the place and started treating Iowa as special.
NBC Gives Platform to Professor Who Called Iowans 'Meth Addicts' and 'Elderly Waiting to Die' How much you wanna bet that if I turned on the TV to any news show and they interview someone from Iowa it would be some old ranting ass bible thumping white woman or some Occupy Wall street looking scruffy looking honkey. I mean seriously people, what the fuck!? It’s kinda like Negros being interviewed after a 187 in the hood describing how Pooky got shot.