What exactly does she mean by wrong people?
From the PJ Tatler:
The first lady tried to enlist “Families for Obama” at an event with tickets starting at $500 a pop at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Friday.
The pool reporter estimated that there were a couple dozen kids in the audience of about 350, and Michelle Obama spent much of her speech talking to them.
“I mean, I can’t tell you in the last election how many grandparents I ran into who said, I wasn’t going to vote for Barack Obama until my grandson talked to me, until my great-grandson talked to me, and talked about the future he wanted for this country,” she said.
“You can get out there with your parents. You guys can knock on doors. I had one young lady who brought me a petition — she’s already working. You can convince wrong people. Sometimes we don’t listen to ourselves, but we will listen to our children.”
If your five-year-old needs to convince you of some sort of previously unseen wisdom in President Obama’s policies, then you have to ask yourself two questions: Just how brilliant can a man be who only appeals to underdeveloped minds? And how bright can I be if I have to rely on a child to guide my decision making when voting for the future of America?
Via Breitbart News:
This is a hallmark of leftist campaigning – the notion that children possess some sort of inherent wisdom to which their elders must heed. It’s insulting and ridiculous, but it’s also the same sort of electioneering that got Obama elected the first time. But during the 2008 election cycle, President Obama hadn’t yet sold out future generations to finance his world-remaking vision. The good news for the Chicago Obamas is that many of these children’s grandparents and great-grandparents may be voting Obama – whether or not they’re alive to do so.
Isn’t it funny how two groups – children and Democrats – that both believe in fantasies and unrealistic utopias, that both believe in the land of unicorns and lollipops, would both be on a mission to get out the vote for President Obama?
A newly released video from a citizen journalist shows that making contributions to the Obama campaign website is significantly easier than say, for other Presidential candidates – because it doesn’t require the standard credit card verification code.
The video can be seen here – Obama Donations – Anyone, Anywhere
The description reads:
The Obama campaign does not have the universal 3-digit security code feature for credit card transactions on their website. It appears that anyone, anywhere can donate to President Obama’s re-election campaign, all you need is a credit card number. Watch me put Obama’s donation system, as well as his opponents, to the test.
Why is this such an issue?
Well for one, the Obama campaign website accepted donations from people named Nidal Hasan, Adolph Hitler, and Aunt Zeituni.
The PJ Tatler explains how this can happen:
Let’s take a look at the three campaign websites mentioned in the video. Here’s Obama’s donation page.
The Obama campaign’s donation page for Americans living outside the US also lacks the security verification code field.
Here’s Mitt Romney’s donation page. I’ve circled the verification number field on it. I would have done the same on Obama’s page, but it wasn’t there.
Here’s Rick Santorum’s donation page. The security code field is circled in red.
Only the Obama campaign’s web site lacks the security code field. The others require it, and will not accept donations unless the security code and payment information match up.
In 2008, the Obama campaign did the same exact thing.
There’s three main points that the Tatler smartly points out with this method of accepting donations…
One, the Obama campaign disabled the verification system. The verification system is turned on on web sites that accept credit cards, by default. I used to manage the website for the Texas Republican Party, so I know this from personal experience. Someone had to take the action of turning it off on the Obama site. Two, the Obama campaign can accept donations without the identity of the donor being positively verified. Three, not only can people in foreign countries donate to the Obama campaign in violation of federal campaign law, so apparently can identity thieves who have access to stolen credit card numbers. People who do not know that their credit cards have been compromised may not notice small amounts in the $3 dollar donation range that the Obama campaign has been targeting, when such donations show up on their statements.
We asked readers which of the Presidential candidates most reflects their own values, and the results were split – every candidate received votes in the poll. That said, Rick Santorum led the way as the candidate that emulated the values that our readers hold most dear. Santorum was followed by Newt Gingrich, President Obama, and Ron Paul, while Mitt Romney came in dead last. Here are the results:
Which candidate for President most reflects your values as a voter?
Rick Santorum – 33%
Newt Gingrich – 25%
Barack Obama – 18%
Ron Paul – 14%
Mitt Romney – 7%
Rick Santorum has slowed the Mitt Romney streak in GOP primaries with a surge of his own tonight, scoring victories in both Minnesota and Missouri. He also leads in Colorado, but the contest is currently too close to call.
Is this a game-changer, or simply a bump in the road for Romney?
Fox News is reporting that Rick Santorum has also won in Colorado. From their breaking news ticker:
“Colorado Republican Party Says Rick Santorum Wins Colorado Caucuses”
From MSNBC (updated):
Rick Santorum scored victories in the Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado nominating contests Tuesday night, winning him no actual delegates, but nonetheless blocking Mitt Romney’s bid to keep alive a streak of victories in the Republican presidential primary.
NBC News declared Santorum the projected winner of the Missouri primary, the Minnesota caucus, and the Colorado caucus. NBC will not be allocating any delegates from Missouri, Minnesota, or Colorado to Santorum in its projected count.
Romney finished third in Minnesota, a state where he won its 2008 caucuses, and where a key campaign surrogate, Tim Pawlenty, served two terms as governor.
Rick Santorum won the Missouri primary and Minnesota caucuses Tuesday in results that reshaped the Republican presidential race by raising questions about frontrunner Mitt Romney’s ability to attract broad conservative support.
The former Pennsylvania senator was also leading in the Colorado caucuses, and would score a major upset over the front-running Romney if the trend held.
The victory in a state Romney won in his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid was a strong statement by Santorum that he represents a major conservative challenge to the former Massachusetts governor and Gingrich, the former House speaker.
And from Fox News:
Romney is still ahead in the , despite Santorum’s big night. But Santorum’s victories disrupt the narrative that the GOP presidential contest had become a two-person race between Gingrich and Romney.
In his victory speech, Santorum said “Conservatism is alive and well in Missouri and Minnesota.”
Question is, is it alive and well in the rest of the country?
“I don’t stand here and claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” Santorum declared. “I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”
Michelle Malkin makes two great points:
If Santorum sweeps these critical battleground states tonight, he will have won more states than “frontrunner” Mitt Romney (he has snagged three states).Nothing is inevitable in politics.Also noteworthy: Santorum is doing this with just a fraction of Mitt Romney’s money.
Money can take you far, but just like Mitt Romney learned in 2008 and is learning again, it can’t seal the deal
Great response from readers here at the Mental Recession on this weeks poll. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!
We asked – Who will win the GOP nomination?
Here are the results:
Newt Gingrich – 40%
Mitt Romney – 26%
Ron Paul – 17%
Rick Santorum – 15%
My opinion? I think a lot of the votes came in prior to Romney’s surge in Florida, riding the Newt bandwagon. I still believe this is Romney’s to win – for better or worse.
That said, if Santorum or Gingrich were to suspend their campaign at some point, those votes would likely consolidate on the ‘anybody but Romney’ side of the aisle, making things infinitely more interesting.
What do you think? Now’s your chance to back up your vote!
Romney has some very real problems now. If Santorum drops from the race and Newt presumably picks up a majority of his conservative voters, then this is going to be a tough battle.
Mental Recession readers may have predicted it here first, when they said that Romney would not win the nomination.
Don’t forget, the turnaround may have started with a response he had in the Fox News debate for Juan Williams, where he didn’t take the race-bait, he answered honestly, and he didn’t back down from his convictions. Every time conservatism is explained in a well thought-out, passionate manner, it wins.
Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, capping off a remarkable comeback for his presidential bid that reshapes the trajectory of the battle for the GOP nomination.
Based on early exit polls, NBC News projects Gingrich as the winner of the primary, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will finish second.
UPDATE: Fox is now calling it for Gingrich as well…
Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina Republican primary, Fox News projects, further scrambling an already volatile primary race that has produced three different winners in three states.
Fox News projects that Mitt Romney will place second in the Palmetto State. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are battling for third place, and that contest remains too close to call, though Fox News exit polls show Santorum with a slight lead over the Texas congressman.
Santorum’s conservative credentials remain more solid than Newt’s, but if they continue to split votes in further primaries such as Florida, they will continue to give Romney an edge in each state. My personal belief is that it’s time for Santorum to drop and back Newt.
UPDATE: Maybe this is what put Newt over the top in South Carolina – working the drive-thru at a Chick-fil-A in Anderson. Nice…
UPDATE: Looks like the real loser in South Carolina tonight was Marianne Gingrich. Weasel Zippers reports that “Women went for Gingrich 36% to Romney’s 30%.” The liberal media, the ones trying to go through the baggage of the Republican candidates while ignoring Obama’s baggage for five years now, forget that their hero, Bill Clinton, already had an ‘open marriage’ in the White House.
Well, the results are in and we had a pretty good response from readers of the Mental Recession.
We asked – Will Mitt Romney win the GOP nomination?
And mimicking the late surge in South Carolina of Newt Gingrich, there was a late surge of ‘No’ votes for Romney. The results?
Yes – 40%
No – 52%
Not sure – 8%
Thanks to everyone who voted!
Republican candidate and former Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman, will be ending his bid for the presidency.
Huntsman has announced that he will be endorsing Mitt Romney. While it’s always nice to pick up endorsements, adding Huntsman to his band of cheerleaders will do nothing for Romney’s stature in the conservative community. It was just a week ago that a poll had indicated that 51% of Huntsman supporters thought that Obama was doing a satisfactory job.
From the Daily Caller:
Former Utah Governor Jon has informed advisers that he will end his presidential campaign Monday and endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, The New York Times reported.
ABC News reports that Huntsman will make his endorsement of Romney official in Myrtle Beach during an 11:00 a.m. press conference Monday.
Doug Powers explains why he had to drop out, and offers a little advice for Romney:
Things were looking beyond grim for Huntsman in South Carolina and Florida while Newt’s been closing the gap somewhat on Romney. So, if you’re Romney, why not promise Huntsman a China ambassadorship (yet again) or maybe a post as Harley Czar in order to get his five percent and stretch the margin a little?
A new poll on South Carolina seems to indicate that Newt Gingrich still has a little kick left in his campaign. Are the multiple Romney attacks having an effect? Can Newt pull out SC and get back in this thing?
The InsiderAdvantage poll of South Carolina likely Republican primary voters shows Newt Gingrich surging, coming within a statistical tie of Mitt Romney.
The poll of 726 registered voters was completed Wednesday night and offered the following results:
Romney — 23 percent
Gingrich — 21 percent
Santorum — 14 percent
Read more on Newsmax.com – Poll: Gingrich Surging in South Carolina
Perhaps Mitt’s coronation is a bit premature…
A former Senior Aide to Ron Paul between 1997-2003 is claiming that the GOP hopeful has made some insane statements regarding U.S. policy toward Hitler in World War II. Even more insane than his usual comments about U.S. foreign policy.
Via Eric Dondero at Right Wing News:
Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. He denies this charge vociferously. But I can tell you straight out, I had countless arguments/discussions with him over his personal views. For example, he strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that “saving the Jews,” was absolutely none of our business. When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just “blowback,” for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such.
This is why Ron Paul has no credibility. Countless Republicans say the same thing when it comes to his credentials – Paul’s fiscal policy is sound, but his isolationist views are dangerous. Not to mention his Truther views. To go along with his Pearl Harbor conspiracy theory:
He immediately stated to us staffers, me in particular, that Bush/Cheney were going to use the attacks as a precursor for “invading” Iraq. He engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps the attacks were coordinated with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time. He expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11, and pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of memorial expressions, or openly asserting pro-military statements in support of the Bush administration.
Go ahead Paulbots and defend away. The fact remains that he is the ONLY candidate who could not defeat Obama in 2012. He is mildly insane, and the Obama camp would play off of that while adding a touch of ‘Old White Guy’ vs. ‘First Black President’ racism for kicks.