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April 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM
Finding people under the age of 30 who support Romney is a challenge in the Seattle area. Most support Romney, now that Perry, Santorum and Gingrich are out. But it seems like the majority of them were Paul supporters from the start.
SEATTLE – While many Seattleites were outside enjoying the sunshine on Saturday, almost a thousand hard-core Republican Party members were gathering for the 2012 King County GOP Convention.
The meeting, which was held at the Washington State Convention Center, was full of enthusiastic Republicans sporting Mitt Romney, Michael Baumgartner, Rob McKenna and Shahram Hadain stickers and buttons. Ron Paul supporters were also on hand.
Those who visited the Paul campaign booth enjoyed free hard candy, while others enjoyed free doughnuts, courtesy of state Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s campaign. Baumgartner is running for Maria Cantwell’s U.S. Senate seat. Free doughnuts and candies might have off-set the $35 it cost delegates to attend the convention.
When I first entered the convention hall, I immediately noticed a lack of youth representation. I remembered how much youth involvement there was during the 2008 election season and it wasn’t just for Barack Obama. I was living in Arizona at the time and I remembered seeing a sizable amount of youth supporting U.S. Sen. John McCain’s campaign. I know Arizona is McCain’s home state and typically a red state, but there’s got to be some young Republican voters in the room who support Romney, right?
Well, sort of.
April 30, 2012 at 6:30 AM
Gingrich Bids Campaign Adieu…Kinda
Newt Gingrich has not run the most conventional of presidential campaigns. And it seems that Newt isn’t going to be changing his ways, even as he exits the election.
In the wake of multiple primary losses last Tuesday, the Gingrich campaign did not publicly say they were stepping aside, but they did say it was “very clear” that Mitt Romney was the nominee, that Gingrich would campaign as a “citizen,” and that “we’re working out the details of our transition.” There is some talk that Gingrich will withdraw on Tuesday or Wednesday.
In the end, it looks like Newt’s campaign is neither completely dead nor remotely alive. This limbo status prompted John Marshall of Talking Points Memo to question: “Newt Of The Living Dead: Is His Zombie Campaign Finally Over?”
Is Obama Too Cool?
March 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Mitt Romney vs. Rick Santorum means Catholics vs. Evangelicals for the win in Wisconsin’s open, winner-takes-all primary
- Rick Santorum in Detroit, Michigan on February 25, 2012. (James Fassinger/The Guardian) and Mitt Romney (Photo courtesy of MittRomney.com)
A look at 2008 Wisconsin Republican primary results may provide some clues to how the voting Tuesday might turn out in the state’s important primary.
The Wisconsin primary was significantly earlier in the campaign calendar in 2008, taking place on February 19. Both 2008 and 2012, however, fall after Super Tuesday.
Wisconsin is “winner-takes-all” with a total of 42 delegates. According to the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, this style of primary means that the candidate who receives a plurality of the vote in any congressional district gains all three delegates from that district, and the statewide winner is entitled to all of the at-large delegates. Additionally, Wisconsin has an “open” primary, so voters do not need to declare any party affiliation to vote.
In the 2008 Republican presidential primary, John McCain won with 55% of the vote, taking 34 of the 40 delegates. Mike Huckabee received 37% of the vote and 6 delegates. Finally, Ron Paul came in with just under 5% of the vote, with no delegates. (Mitt Romney had dropped out of the race by this point.) Huckabee withdrew his candidacy just two weeks after the Wisconsin primaries.
March 15, 2012 at 5:45 AM
The Republican Party presidential contest descended into schoolyard name-calling this week.
It began when Newt Gingrich on Sunday blasted Mitt Romney as “probably the weakest Republican frontrunner since Leonard Wood in 1920” — a classic I’m-the-smartest-on-the-playground insult for which Gingrich has no political peer. Romney responded the next day with his best blue-blood neener-neener: he pointed to his greater than 3-to-1 lead in delegates over the Georgian, and said, “If I’m a weak frontrunner, what does that make Newt Gingrich?”
On Tuesday morning before primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, Romney blustered that his closest competitor, Rick Santorum, was at the “desperate end” of his campaign. Santorum won both primaries that evening, and Wednesday morning a Santorum adviser lobbed his best your-mama comeback. He invoked a Romney vacation in which the candidate did something unusual, and said the Santorum campaign wasn’t about to listen to the “value judgment of a guy who strapped his own dog on the top of a car and went hurling down the highway.”
A double-dog dare is next, I’m sure.
This is not helping the GOP. Or any else, for that matter.
March 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM
Ann Romney words "I don't even consider myself wealthy" taken out of context, turning tables on Romney campaign
Things are often taken out of context in politics. But with the speed and easy ability to disseminate messages via Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, etc., the combination of taking something out of context and making it public can be disastrous.
Mitt Romney, his wife Ann, and his campaign have been on both sides of this issue: victim and perpetrator.
First, earlier today a brief 13 second clip began to circulate on the web in which Ann Romney said, “And, so, you know, we can be poor in spirit and I don’t… Look, I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing, it can be here today and gone tomorrow.” The video was posted by liberal institution Think Progress on YouTube, and at the time of this posting it is front and center on their homepage.
The Internet was immediately ablaze with people criticizing the “1% Romneys” for saying they were not rich. Here’s a couple examples:
— Pinth-Garnell (@pinth_garnell) March 5, 2012
@politicalwireat least $250 million? I heard that was at most. If you’re gonna try to mock people at least be accurate.
—Christine(@cmdeb) March 5, 2012
Does she consider herself “ridiculously wealthy,” then? RT @ZekeJMiller Ann Romney: “I Don’t Even Consider Myself Wealthy”
— Trey Pollard (@TreyPollard_SC) March 5, 2012
However, as fast as the Internet can send out misinformation, it can just as fast provide correctives.
Within hours of the initial video hitting the Internet, another, fuller length video surfaced showing that Ann was making a broader comment about her battle with Multiple Sclerosis and how she now measures riches by her friends and loved ones.
Clearly, the shorter video clip had not presented her words in their actual full context.
But even with this longer video circulating, the problem is that many may hear about Ann saying she isn’t rich and that may be all they hear. They may not hear about the context of the quote and it may damage their opinion of (or deepen this distain for) her and her husband.
This is not the first time the Romney campaign has had to deal with things being taken out of context. However, before they were the prey, they were the predator.
In the final weeks of the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama quoted the John McCain camp saying, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.” The quote was not by Obama, but by McCain; Obama quoted them to make a point about the McCain campaign’s mindset.
In November the current Romney campaign ran an ad showcasing this Obama quote, and, through creative editing, attributed it to Obama, not McCain. Romney’s camp defended the ad, claiming that there was “no hidden effort” to mislead voters. Romney himself claimed the quote was used to show Obama that, “the same lines you used on John McCain are now going to be used on you, which is that this economy is going to be your albatross.”
Romney’s camp has claimed that “context is irrelevant” when it suits them. With Ann Romney’s words today, context is now highly relevant for them.
March 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Nowadays, robocalling is standard practice for political campaigns. In a presidential election year, almost everyone can expect an automated phone call here and there. This nomination season, voters in contested states, like South Carolina or Ohio, racked up dozens of robotic voice mails. Sometimes it’s Robo-Robert on the other end of the cord, sometimes it’s Barbara Bush. Usually, it’s just annoying.
Nevertheless, setting up an automated phone bank is usually easier than finding flesh-and-blood volunteers. With companies like Republican Robo Calls — who assure the customer they’ve never worked with a Democrat — charging only two to seven cents per call, million dollar campaigns can hardly afford not use them.
Yet for a system supposedly designed to avoid human error, there’s certainly a lot of it. Whether it’s scandalous content, like accusing John McCain of fathering an illegitimate black child in 2000, or just ringing the wrong households, like Rick Santorum phoning Democrats in Michigan, robocalling can be disastrous for both its users and subjects.
The robocalls that peppered Washington state in anticipation of the Republican caucus had their share of trickery as well.
February 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM
PUEBLO — About an hour south of Colorado’s famous conservative mecca, Colorado Springs, we found the city of Pueblo hard at work. No flashy controversies here. No Focus on the Familys and no Ted Haggards. Just friendly, hard-working folks trying to help their city — like so many others in this country — recover from the recession.
It only takes a few minutes walking along downtown’s Main Street for one to realize that people here care more about what the next President can do to help Pueblo than who the new president is. Citizens have a chance to cast their votes on the Republican side in tonight’s state-wide caucuses.
The city has suffered job cuts from some major local employers. The biggest hit came when air conditioning company Trane downsized its Pueblo workforce by 37% in 2009. Even the city’s only daily newspaper, The Chieftan, had to reduce its staff by 5% (11 employees). According to some, this is indicative of a larger, negative economic trend in the area.