Can we please stop hearing about the lack of enthusiasm on the Republican side for Mitt Romney? Obamamania is waning in dramatic fashion in recent days.
In the span of a couple of weeks, Obama has lost delegates to a convicted felon, and now has lost 41% of the vote to an unknown named John Wolfe, and 42% of the vote in a state in which he ran unopposed.
A reminder – these aren’t bipartisan statewide votes, these are Democrat primaries, meaning Democrats themselves are having a tough time punching their ballot for President Obama.
Not to mention, we’re willing to bet there are a large number of Democrats and Independents who are choosing Obama for media polls, but are going to cast their vote against him in November. It would be the reverse of 2008, where numerous Republicans were saying they would vote for McCain, but opted to pull the lever for Obama, having succumbed to his rock star campaign.
Four in ten Democratic voters chose someone other than President Obama on Tuesday in primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky.
In Arkansas, John Wolfe — a perennial, long-shot candidate — took 41 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, with 71 percent of precincts reporting. Obama came in just under 60 percent. The Associated Press did not call the race for Obama until close to midnight.
And in Kentucky, 42 percent of Democrats chose “uncommitted” rather than cast a vote for the incumbent president. Obama took 58 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
A Wolfe, a felon, and “uncommitted” are now pulling strong numbers against Obama in the voting booth. What’s going to happen when he runs against a Mitt?
How does this man continue to get elected? What exactly is in the water down in D.C.?
Via NBC Washington:
While celebrating his Democratic primary victory in Ward 8 Tuesday night, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry delivered a remark apparently critical of Asian business owners.
Barry spoke of changes in the ward, saying he’s worked hard for economic development in the city’s poorest ward and will continue to do so and saying something needs to be done about Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Avenue.
He also seemed to criticize Asian shop owners who operate many small stores in the District.
“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
Yes, because the biggest problem facing Washington is ‘dirty Asian businesses’.
How about cleaning out crackhead politicians? And for those who will want to jump the gun and call that statement racist, here is an FBI photo of Marion Barry smoking crack…
Oh what a knee-slapper we witnessed at the upstate New York voter fraud case today!
The Democrat party in this area is but a comedy of errors, day after day in court – problem being, they are the only ones who have had a laugh at the expense of poor, minority voters whose rights were being trampled during recent elections.
Anthony Renna, a long-time Democrat operative who has already been found guilty of second-degree forgery, actually had the fortitude to say the following with a straight face:
When asked why he handed ballots to former City Councilman John Brown, Renna said that he didn’t know what Brown’s intentions were and that “I wasn’t involved in any criminal procedures.”
Of course, in addition to having already been charged, Renna and a cohort in the scandal, Anthony DeFiglio, told police that, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections, and faking absentee ballots was commonplace.”
Fraud and forgery must not register as illegal in the mind of Democrats.
Earlier this month we reported on another statement made by Renna:
Renna explained that the process of handing in forged ballots and fake votes ensures that “ballots are voted correctly.” He adds, “‘Voted correctly’ is a term used for a forged application or ballot.”
It would appear that Renna still isn’t aware that forgery is indeed a criminal procedure. Of course, that might be because he and the Democrats in New York had been getting away with it for some time.
Testimony today revealed that one of the defendants in the case, Edward McDonough, one of two Democrats facing a litany of charges involving forgery and falsifying documents, had provided State Police with evidence that Renna himself had forged ballots in the 2007 general election, as well as the 2009 primary.
At one point during his testimony, Renna was challenged by defense attorney Brian Premo, “You committed many felonies of voter fraud over the past 20 to 30 years, isn’t that right?”
Renna denied that was the case, but as we reported earlier in the trial, a State Police Investigator stated that DeFiglio had referred to the voter fraud scheme as a ‘normal political tactic’ that had been taking place for ’25 years’.
Th crux of the defense’s argument was that long-time operatives in the Democrat party such as Renna were actually the ones who had developed the forgery scheme throughout the years, and had simply showed newcomers the ropes.
All told, Renna admitted to forging ten ballots on the stand Wednesday.
He also made statements suggesting that he may have tried to get DeFiglio out of the area to, as in the words of the defense “tamper with the witness”. The exchange as reported by the Times Union:
Premo also asked Renna if he tampered with evidence during the investigation by suggesting that Democratic operative Anthony DeFiglio leave the state when the fraud case broke.
Renna said McInerney sent him to DeFiglio with a job offer in Vermont.
“You wanted to tamper with the witness, right?” Premo asked.
“It all pertained to him not having a job at that time,” Renna said.
“In fact, they did not want him to talk to investigators, right?” Premo asked.
“There was a feeling he might be better off leaving the area,” Renna said.
Renna frequently came off as inept during his testimony, making statements that were not made during previous interviews or testimony, and forgetting names and individuals involved in scenarios when cross-examined.
Premo believes the inept act to be just that – an act.
“In fact you are just play acting for this jury, acting like you are slowed by illness when in fact you’re very streetwise, right?” he asked.
At least the city of Troy can rest easy knowing that Renna and the other Democrats still don’t believe what they did could be considered ‘criminal procedures”.
Obama Lite… I mean, Mitt Romney is projected to sweep tonight’s primary battles. Just kidding, Mittens fans.
Via NBC Politics:
Mitt Romney won the Michigan Republican primary on Tuesday, staving off Rick Santorum in the state where Romney was born and raised and avoiding an embarrassing setback for his campaign.
NBC News projected that Romney would win the Michigan primary, along with another primary that took place on Tuesday in Arizona.
Romney and Rick Santorum awaited final results Tuesday evening following a tumultuous three weeks that had both candidates fighting for momentum in the Republican nomination contest.
Most of the attention was focused on Michigan, where the results could prove to be a turning point in the race.
Michigan will result in a splitting of the state’s 30 delegates. CNN reports:
The state’s 30 delegates will be allocated on a proportional basis, and Romney and Santorum each won three so far, according to the early returns.
Fox describes it as such:
Romney’s victory may not settle those questions, but it prevents a major embarrassment going into Super Tuesday on March 6, when 10 states hold primaries worth hundreds of delegates.
That’s Romney in a nutshell. No convincing victories, just doing enough to stave off embarrassment.
Again, if you’re looking for coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries tonight, coverage that will serve as an alternative to the mainstream media, please give Tony Katz and Stephen Kruiser a look. But don’t stare!
Watch them. Call them. Loooove them.
They’ll also be taking phone calls at (888) 955-8669. So feel free to give them a ring and do lots of heavy breathing. I’m told they like that. No, not you Mr. Frank!
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Declaring victory in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, Mitt Romney again turned away from his GOP rivals and toward President Barack Obama.
CNN projected that Mitt Romney will win the Nevada Republican presidential caucuses based on results and entrance polling.
With 43% of the vote in, Romney held about 43% of the vote while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 25% and Rep. Ron Paul had 19%. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who had largely bypassed the state, had 12% of the vote. Those numbers were gathered from vote counters at caucus sites across the state and the state’s Republican Party.
Romney thanked supporters at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, telling them that, “This isn’t the first time you gave me your vote of confidence, but this time I’m going to take it to the White House,” alluding to his win in Nevada in 2008.
While it is no surprise that Romney has done well in Florida and Nevada, it is a surprise that the former Speaker of the House keeps getting baited into petty squabbling every time he seems to be making a move. Newt is flailing right now, and he needs to stop blaming everybody and everything for his losses – including Mormons and money this time.
Hey, it’s one thing for bloggers to speculate the reasons for Gingrich’s loss in Nevada (I had mentioned previously that Nevada has a heavy Mormon population), but it’s another for Newt to analyze it in this manner. It shows an immaturity in his campaigning – surprising for a man in the political game for most of his life – and it shows voters how he would act toward adversity in the Presidential campaign, or even as President.
At one point, Newt complained about being outspent by Romney at a rate of 5-1, and then turned around and said Romney would struggle in the general election because he’d be unable to outspend Obama at that rate.
Look within, Newt. By that reasoning, if you can’t beat Romney because of his money, then you have even less of a chance going up against Obama.
The Other McCain writes:
Gingrich is neither helping himself nor hurting Romney with these attacks, and Romney is ignoring Newt the nuisance: “In three campaign appearances Friday, Romney did not even mention Newt Gingrich.”
He is also dead on in this analysis:
Every candidate believes he is best qualified to defeat Obama, or else he wouldn’t be running. There are surely Republicans out there who believe that the GOP lost its best chance to beat Obama when Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry dropped out. But public doomsaying by candidates during the primary campaign is best avoided.
Gingrich has surged every time he has focused his attacks either on Obama, or Obama’s cohorts in the liberal media. But it is disconcerting to see that Gingrich is so easily led off message every time he faces adversity.
There’s something to be said for looking Presidential. And right now, Mitt fits the role.
Photo credit – AP via ABC News