President Obama´s campaign feared no potential Republican challenger more than Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who dropped out of the race in late January, according to a top campaign official. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina revealed this week that Huntsman, who stepped down as Obama´s ambassador to China in April of 2011 in order to run for the Republican nomination, would have been the most ´difficult´ candidate for Obama to beat. ´I think we were honest about our concerns about Huntsman,´ Messina told Politico.
Comments: I can´t believe that Huntsman could have done any better than Romney - his association with the Obama administration would have lost him more Republican votes than any Democrat votes he would have gained, as evidenced by his poor showing in the primaries.
Agreed. If Mr. Newt had stuck with his strategy of having Obama be his travel planner (by going to the same place as he, four hours later and rebutting what Obama had just said), it would have been a totally different campaign.
Would Newt had won? Who knows, it could have been a worse loss than 2008. But it would not have been predictable for the Obama campaign and their media chorus line.
I do believe the left is trying to make us believe that Obama feared Huntsman. Huntsman is the perfect, wimpy, boring candidate. Lets face it, we needed a man with Romney´s personal character and Newt´s intellect. We needed someone that could fight back against being Palinized. We didn´t have a person in one embodiment who could do that thi time.
Huntsman is the prototype republican the left wants all of them to be so this story is to embellish the theme that republicans all need to become open minded RINOS and cave to the left´s wishes.Huntsman lost me as soon as he embraced climate change.
Obama won because the left has made an absolute science out of what areas to micro target for cheating prospects.Obviously this includes local election officials.
In the future, the only candidate the dems need fear is one who sells out our country better than they are presently doing. And the pubbies are in the process of finding just the right candidate for that job.
Total baloney. The seeds here were probably planted by the RNC so they can nominate another loser in 2016. The 2012 election was stolen and the GOP is doing nothing. Twenty million voters just don´t disappear overnight.
this article is just nonsense. i am still stunned that romney lost and what that means for this country. i rarely read politics these days (after the election) but this article is ridiculous and who cares anyway? unless repubs get out the vote with minorities there will not be any more repub presidents. hispanics and blacks aren´t stupid, but they are ignorant of republican ideas and ideals - those can be transmitted but only with a longterm grassroots application, starting now. sadly, though, there doesn´t seem to be anyone at the head of the pub party who really knows what he is doing. i am still sickened by romney´s loss. how could that have happened????
This article sounds like GOP establishment/Bush family propaganda. Their number one goal isn´t to defeat democrats or Obama. It´s to get us to shut up. It´s to defeat the Tea Party and any articulate conservative voice. The Silent Majority is supposed to surrender to a globalist like Jeb Bush who´s now a golf pal of Bloomberg´s.
I first heard it more than a year ago when Democratic strategists and operatives started saying that Huntsman was the guy to beat and it continued into the primary. Many have repeated it since the general election ended in Romney´s defeat. It wasn´t true then and it isn´t true now, but it´s a meme they want out there.
Katie Couric is set to quit her troubled chat show little more than a year after its launch on ABC, MailOnline can reveal. The 56-year-old news veteran had wanted to see out her vision for the series - but will announce a new interview show with Yahoo in the next few days. And despite the fact her eponymous show, Katie, enjoyed a five-week ratings high last month, a source confirmed her show is poised to end on ABC at the end of its second season. Today, a source confirmed Katie was in ´ongoing negotiations with Yahoo adding: ´There´s a very
DENVER - Amendment 66, the K-12 education funding measure, has failed in Colorado. Even in Democratic strongholds of Boulder and Denver counties, the measure was failing or barely even. Amendment 66 constitutionally and statutorily would alter Colorado law to change how the state funds education. Firstly, it raises the state individual income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent on the first $75,000 of taxable income. That is equivalent to $472.5 if you earn exactly $75,000 in taxable income per year. If you earn more, any income beyond the $75,000 is taxed at a rate of 5.9 percent.
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don´t like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama´s
Kelly Ayotte is no stranger to the difficult balancing act of politics. In the 2010 New Hampshire Senate primary, the Republican state attorney general trumpeted an endorsement from Sarah Palin to help her fend off a tough GOP challenger, who had attempted to outflank her on the right. Then Ayotte tracked closely enough to the center to blow out her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, by 23 percentage points in the general election. (In the process, she won all 10 of the state’s counties.) Once she arrived in Washington, it wasn’t long before Ayotte began being mentioned as a
Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama´s health care law. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He´s also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally
The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, California scrambled on Friday to deal with fallout from a series of tweets its communications chair sent Friday, in which he wished the children of a speechwriter in the office of Sen. Ted Cruz would endure a painful death. By day´s end Allan Brauer was apologizing, but not before galvanizing conservative Republic tweeters against him in a virtual online bloodbath and losing his political position over what the party called ´appalling and inexcusable´ comments.
Carl Guardino, head of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, came away from a meeting with House GOP whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield a few moments ago on Friday saying he “would bet on” comprehensive immigration reform getting to passage this year. “Kevin is a long-time personal friend,” Guardino said of McCarthy. “We just met one-on-one and I firmly believe, without breaking confidences, that we are going to see deliberative and thoughtful action in the House when they reconvene in September and October.” “I would bet on it,” he added.
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
Michael Moore is divorcing his wife of 21 years. The Fahrenheit 9/11 director and political activist filed a complaint against his producer partner, Kathleen Glynn, on June 21. According US news site MLive, Michael, 59, and Kathleen, 55, no longer live together and court papers have say there is ´no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.´ The couple have no children together but have a long working relationship with Kathleen acting as producer on several of Michael´s projects including the controversial documentaries Capitalism: A Love Story and Sicko.
Todd Harris, the usually gregarious consultant to Sen. Marco Rubio, uncharacteristically resisted eight days of calls and emails seeking his thoughts for this column. When he finally did reply, the answer was: “to be honest, another story about Marco and immigration is not high on Christmas list!!” No wonder. The very issue Rubio (and Harris) thought would be a game-changing, legacy-builder looks like a big liability for the Florida senator, at least right now. In the process, the self-confident presidential hopeful suddenly looks wobbly, even a little weak, as he searches for what’s next.
After being the face of the Senate´s immigration bill, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has not said a word about it since it passed more than three weeks ago, and has not come to the bill´s defense even when other Republicans have attacked it. As the National Journal noted, Rubio did not even respond when House Republican leaders "trashed" the bill as being like Obamacare last week. The publication notes that Rubio´s office, "which churned out countless press releases touting his interviews and speeches about the legislation, hasn´t said a word
The greatest hope most Americans -- including Republicans -- had when Barack Obama was elected president was that the election of a black person as the country´s president would reduce, if not come close to eliminating, the racial tensions that have plagued America for generations. This has not happened. The election, and even the re-election, of a black man as president, in a country that is 87 percent non-black -- a first in human history -- has had no impact on what are called "racial tensions."
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News´ Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch. The startling statistic comes from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) analysis of Obama’s own official White House calendar, as well as the Politico presidential calendar, and raises new questions about Obama’s executive leadership and management throughout the implementation of his singular legislative achievement. More alarming still, the president’s schedule lists 277 private
[Video] President Obama on Wednesday declared that addressing income inequality would be the focus of “all” of the White House’s efforts “for the rest of my presidency.” In a sweeping address that touched on raising the minimum wage, investing in infrastructure and ending tax breaks for the wealthy, Obama warned that the American economy has become “profoundly unequal,” declaring economic mobility the “challenge of our time.” “The combined trends of increasing inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe,” he said in an hour-long
Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon
Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. One of those people, a young Florida woman named Monica Weeks, introduced Obama after telling the story of being struck with Crohn´s Disease at age 19 and receiving expensive treatments for several years that were covered by her parents´ health care plan — because Obamacare allowed her to remain on that plan until age 26. Now, Weeks said, she has coverage through a job. "The Affordable Care Act gives young adults who are just starting
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
Continued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea ice, the potential for a mass extinction of plant and animal life and the threat of immense dead zones in the ocean. At the same time, some worst-case fears about climate change that have entered the popular imagination can be ruled out as unlikely, at least over the next century, the panel found. These include a sudden belch of methane from the ocean or the Arctic that would fry the planet, as
America is facing a wave of strikes by its fast-food workers on Thursday a day after Barack Obama warned that inequality in the USA had soared to the point that it now posed "a fundamental threat to the American dream". Low-paid workers in McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and other fast-food outlets in 100 cities across America were due to start rolling strikes to protest at the low level of America´s $7.25 (£4.45) federal minimum wage. The strikes are the latest part of a mushrooming publicity campaign for higher wages among those working so-called "McJobs", with fast-food restaurants seen as a
The world premiere of the “Ballad for Trayvon Martin for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet” is set for tonight. Princeton University’s director of its jazz-studies program composed the work in honor of the Florida teen. Anthony D. J. Branker told the Star-Ledger that the piece is intended to “be a form of healing” after Martin’s death and the controversial court case that followed it. The ballad, which will be performed by the university’s official orchestra and jazz ensemble, is intended to be a tribute to victims of racial violence, Branker explained. He hopes that the performance will be “one that speaks to
The president put in his ask to Disney CEO Bob Iger at a private meeting with entertainment moguls during his Nov. 26 visit to Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation. [snip] If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg´s DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale. At the end of the conversation -- which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran -- Obama revealed what´s at the top of his bucket