President Obama may have a long campaign ahead of him, but one area in which he continues to dominate is on the social media front. The commander-in-tweet has more than 25 million Facebook likes and upwards of 12.5 million Twitter followers -- significantly more than any of his Republican competitors. According to this infographic shown on Mashable, Romney and Newt tie for second, with Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and late-to-the-game Libertarian Gary Johnson trailing, in that order. The president may be able to sit back on his online laurels, but we do suggest changing how he signs the tweets he personally posts: "BO" just seems like it's asking for it.
Gas prices highest ever for this time of year
NEW YORK - Gasoline prices have never been higher this time of the year.*******
At $3.53 a gallon, prices are already up 25 cents since Jan. 1. And experts say they could reach a record $4.25 a gallon by late April."You're going to see a lot more staycations this year," says Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research. "When the price gets anywhere near $4, you really see people react."Already, W. Howard Coudle, a retired machinist from Crestwood, Mo., has seen his monthly gasoline bill rise to $80 from about $60 in December. The closest service station is selling regular for $3.39 per gallon, the highest he's ever seen."I guess we're going to have to drive less, consolidate all our errands into one trip," Coudle says. "It's just oppressive."The surge in gas prices follows an increase in the price of oil.
“One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right.
They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.
That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”
"He lost his election in Pennsylvania running as a sitting senator -- by 19 points," Trump said, according to the National Journal. "So the people that knew him best turned him out and let him go locally."
Make no mistake about it folks SANTORUM CAN'T WIN A GENERAL ELECTION!
Santorum is severely wrong
By GENE HEALY
*********"I am severely conservative," Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday. Way to sell it, governor!Clearly the Romney-2012 Presidential Unit still has a few bugs in its pandering software. The former Massachusetts governor's robotic awkwardness helped propel Rick Santorum to a string of victories in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado last week, and a new Pew Research Center poll has him with a slight lead on Romney among Republican voters nationally.
To borrow from Mitt's rhetorical stylings, I'm not severely conservative, but I do have a case of Stage IV libertarianism. And anyone who shares that condition will find Santorum's rise particularly vexing. The former senator from Pennsylvania is libertarianism's sweater-vested arch-nemesis.
In a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg last summer, Santorum declared, "I am not a libertarian, and I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement."
In that regard, Santorum has a pretty impressive record. By voting for the No Child Left Behind Act, he helped give President Obama the power to micromanage the nation's schools from Washington; and by supporting a prescription drug entitlement for Medicare, he helped saddle the taxpayers with a $16 trillion unfunded liability.
Santorum voted for the 2005 "bridge to nowhere" highway bill, has backed an expanded national service program, and his compassionate conservatism has the Bono seal of approval: "On our issues, he has been a defender of the most vulnerable." Rick Santorum: He's from the government, and he's here to help.
Santorum's 2012 campaign platform even includes a pledge to "re-direct funds within HHS, so it can create public/private partnerships... for the purpose of strengthening marriages, families, and fatherhood."
If you liked what the feds did to the housing market, wait till you see what they can do for your marriage.
The Tea Party movement was supposed to represent an end to this sort of moralistic Big Government conservatism. Animated by "fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets," as the Tea Party Patriots' credo put it, the movement had supposedly put social issues on the back burner to focus on the crisis of government growth.
At one time, Santorum seemed to share this view of the Tea Party — and it troubled him. In that same talk in Harrisburg, he said, "I've got some real concerns about this movement within the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement to sort of refashion conservatism and I will vocally and publicly oppose it."
Santorum needn't have worried: In this year's contests, he's regularly drawn more support from Tea Party voters than Ron Paul, who has been described as the "intellectual godfather of the Tea Party movement."
Exit polls show Santorum beating Paul among self-described Tea Party supporters in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida, trailing him only in independent-heavy New Hampshire and Nevada.
A recent Time magazine symposium asked leading thinkers on the Right, "What Is Conservatism?" Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist offered this answer: "Conservatives ask only one thing of the government. They wish to be left alone."
Tell that to Santorum, whose agenda rests on meddling with other people, sometimes with laws, sometimes with aircraft carrier groups.
"This idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do," Santorum complained to NPR in 2006, "that we shouldn't get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn't get involved in cultural issues... that is not how traditional conservatives view the world."
That version of conservatism has a new standard bearer, and he's rising in the polls.
York: Why did Santorum lose his seat by 18 points?
The Problem with Rick Santorum - Vodka Pundit
by Stephen Green
Rick Santorum is the See ‘n’ Say candidate for President. Point the arrow, pull the lever, and you’ll get two minutes/five minutes/twenty minutes of heartfelt bromide, on whatever topic the arrow points to.
A candidate has got to pick a message and stay on-message, or the media will tear him apart with distractions. That’s part malice, part boredom, I suspect — but mostly just reporters looking for good copy. What what’s better copy than a candidate who can be made to spout off on anything at any time? (“Hey, Jake — I bet you ten dollars I can get him to talk for two minutes about proper tire inflation.”)
This isn’t just a matter of a personal dislike for Santorum’s persona, either — although I do have plenty of that. America’s mind is made up on birth control, and we’re for it. America’s mind is made up on sodomy, and we’d like to keep it in the bedroom and away from the podium. That Santorum can get tangled up in losing crusades is a very strong signal that he lacks the focus to win a general election. It signals that he lacks, in a very fundamental way, the ability to prioritize and pick his battles. I wouldn’t let Rick Santorum near the levers of real power, any sooner than I’d give a set of steak knives to a coked-up spider monkey. In short order, we’d wind up with a bloody mess.
You want the general election to become a national referendum on birth control and blow jobs? Then vote for Rick in your primary. I know the Democrats and the Mainstream Media (but I repeat myself) would just love that. But if you insist, I’ve saved up enough “pull the lever” jokes to get us through November.