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Romney Leads in IL by 9%

Scott Rasmussen gives us the second poll of the day for the primary in Illinois and it shows Mitt Romney leading Rick Santorum by 9%.

PRESIDENT – ILLINOIS – GOP PRIMARY (Rasmussen)
Mitt Romney 41%
Rick Santorum 32%
Newt Gingrich 14%
Ron Paul 7%

This poll was done March 15th among 750 primary voters. Rasmussen’s email today says he will also be putting out a new national primary poll at Noon and then a General Election poll of the “four core states” at 1pm

Posted by Dave at 11:25 am
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524 Responses to “Romney Leads in IL by 9%”

  1. NYCmike says:

    2.

  2. GF says:

    Two, buckle my shoe…

  3. GF says:

    Ah, geez…OK, off to work. Good morning, all.

  4. jenny-former republican says:

    what the percentage of evangelicals in illinois? if it’s a high percentage, mitt will win in a squeaker.

    go mitt!

  5. NYCmike says:

    that is Romney’s biggest lead there in a while, isn’t it?

  6. Scott says:

    More Ras polling. God help us!

  7. NYCmike says:

    GF,
    Stepped on your toes again!

  8. Robbie says:

    Is Puerto Rico winner take all or is it WTA only if someone clears 50%? I thought it was the latter, but I’m unsure.

  9. Scott says:

    Phil
    Maybe the reason for Obama’s overnight surge was that Ras stayed in IL to use his sample.

  10. marc says:

    It’s obvious that if dingle wood can believe that a character like Santorum, who’s social views are a repellant to normal general election voters and a third of Republicans that he/she is someone who can not be reasoned with.

    When ideology trumps reasoning it’s a lost cause.

  11. Bitterlaw says:

    The Santorum porn story is a manufactured hit piece aided by Romney shill Matt Drudge – Dingle

    Only Dingle could state that Santorum’s position on banning porn is a “manufactured hit piece” AND THEN SAY THAT THE SOURCE OF THE MANUFACTURED HIT PIECE IS SANTORUM’S OWN WEBSITE.

  12. marc says:

    Jenny it will certainly be less than the 70% and 80% we saw in Mississippi and Alabama.

  13. Waingro says:

    #9, Robbie, you are correct in your assertion. From wiki: “If any candidate receives more than 50% of the votes it becomes a Winner-take-all contest.”

    NOW I know why santo bothered to make a trip out there. If he can hold Mitt to 49%, he prevents a white wash.

  14. Scott says:

    Has anyone noticed that the 10-year T-Note this week went from 1.95% to 2.31%?
    Inflation,anyone?!
    By the way,if you attempt to read David Brooks’ column in today’s NY Times,please have a barf bag available.What a brown nose.He personifies Obama man-love!

  15. NYCmike says:

    after reading some of the previous threads, my wife may start reading this blog. Talk about world’s colliding! And all because of this comment:
    “Teacher says every time a bell rings, the debt goes up another $1,000,000,000.”

    Thanks a lot, Barrett!
    LOL!

  16. Phil says:

    I read it. It was disgusting…..and Brooks is supposed to be the “conservateve” at the NYT. I always thought he and Zero needed to get a room.

  17. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC – If your wife starts reading this, we’re not cleaning up our coarse language. You should warn her.

  18. janz says:

    PR has a total of 23 delegates. 20 of them will be decided proportionately, unless a candidate reaches 50% of the popular vote. If that happens then this candidate is awarded all 20. The other 3 are unbound. Two of the three have already said they are supporting Romney, while the 3rd is supposedly supporting Gingrich.

  19. NYCmike says:

    #18 Bitterlaw,
    I have been reduced to saying AW FUDGE!
    These skirts aren’t too bad, though. I pretend I am Scottish!

  20. Robbie says:

    #9, Robbie, you are correct in your assertion. From wiki: “If any candidate receives more than 50% of the votes it becomes a Winner-take-all contest.”

    NOW I know why santo bothered to make a trip out there. If he can hold Mitt to 49%, he prevents a white wash.

    Comment by Waingro — March 16, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    I figured that’s why he traveled to PR, but it was a big mistake in my opinion. IL for Santorum is a perception changer were he to win. A smart campaign would have camped out in IL and understood the perception of a win. That’s why Santorum’s not going to be the nominee though. His campaign isn’t smart.

  21. bio mom says:

    I was born and raised in Chicago. I don’t remember Illinois being all that evangelical. The southern part of the state certainly is the more conservative part and would likely have a lot of Tea Party types but not so many evangelicals I believe. Maybe more at the border with Missouri.

  22. marc says:

    Your just realize this now Robbie?

  23. Emerica says:

    Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act

    WASHINGTON — For more than two years, a handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming if the public — or even others in Congress — knew about it.

  24. Phil says:

    Economic Cycle Research Institute has an analysis up today in which they absolutely reaffirm their recession call. They explain where they get their numbers and why the “good” economic news of late is NOT evidence of an upward rise in the economy. They include charts and data showing why they expect the job numbers will begin to decline this spring.

    They pull no punches. They also have a track record that is second to none in calling recessions and expansion cycles.

    These guys are good and they have thousands of paying clients. They don’t just speculate. Don’t have the link at this moment but google Economic Cycle Research Institute and check out their analysis of March 15.

    It’s an eye opener.

  25. dinglewoodnorwoodbill says:

    It’s obvious you do not get it. (previous poster over Santorum’s electability)

    Santorum’s views are **not** repellent as you think.

    Most of this country is receptive to it. Sad you buy into media myths.

    And, it makes no difference as elections are *not* decided like that.

    Only hard cores on both sides vote by issue checklists.

    The middle elected the most left wing socialist radical in history, Obama. The public also elected Reagan.

    Check history. When the GOP elected Willkie, Dewey, Landon, Dole, Ford, McCain, etc. What was the result???

    The assumption that I cannot be reasoned with is idiocy. Your premise is wrong, on both counts.

    Wrong to assume Santorum cannot win, that’s flat nonsense, and exactly what we are suffering from, useful idiots on our side allowing the media to repeatedly select our nominee out of fear, and worse, the misplaced wrongheaded assumption that SOCIAL CONSERVATISM loses ***by force***

    at…the ballot box. It wins all the time. But it only does when the right has the strength to stand up for it, and not apologize for it, to win.

    The left understands this. They manage to eventually win even when the public is CLEARLY against their social agenda.

    On issue after issue. And they do not apologize for their extreme views.

    Why do you think they are winning?

    Yeah, we are the Stupid Party…

  26. Annie says:

    bio mom – My parents were born and raised in Chicago, too – My great great grandparents moved to Chicago in 1872 (to help with reconstruction after the fire). Illinois’ GOP is much more moderate than, say, Missouri (where I also have family). Even on the farms in the southern end of Illinois.

  27. SUSYQUE says:

    Romney Set to Dominate Race Through April
    (Interesting Read)

    Three of the four candidates for the Republican presidential nomination — Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul — might soon agree with T.S. Eliot: for them, April may indeed be “the cruelest month.”

    That’s because their front-running rival, Mitt Romney, appears poised to further pad his lead in delegates in upcoming Republican nomination contests, starting with Illinois next Tuesday and through a northeastern primary day on April 24.

    From now until the end of April, we expect Romney to win not only the majority of nominating contests, but also the majority of delegates awarded in these contests.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_larry_j_sabato/romney_set_to_dominate_race_through_april

  28. Bf says:

    Mitt wants to ban porn:

    Former Governor Mitt Romney in a written statement:

    “(I)t is imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values. This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children. It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.”

  29. Phil says:

    Santorum is unelectable in November. That’s all thsat matters.

  30. Annie says:

    Dingleberry – I think the time has come for me to just ignore your rants. Sorry.

  31. pitchaboy says:

    Phil, while the stock market is booming with institutional buying, the CEO of top companies are dumping stock in big numbers.

  32. marc says:

    Most of this country is receptive to ban contraception?

    Most of this country is receptive is opposed to going to college?

    Most of this country is receptive to thinking single mothers raise criminals?

    Most of this country is receptive thinking that the separation of church and state makes them vomit?

    No most of this country is not receptive to that nonsense.

  33. SUSYQUE says:

    #22…bio mom…I, too, was born in Chicago. Southside, Cook County. Always lived in an upscale
    Irish neighborhood. Thank God my parents moved to California while I was still a pre-teen.

  34. janz says:

    #25 Phil is this the source you frequently post from regarding how the economy is trending?

  35. Annie says:

    Bf (does that stand for “brain fart”?) – Having Internet parental control over pornography is similar to parents having blocking codes for their cable televisions. It is not the same as banning pornography for adults who so choose to view. And, didn’t I say Romney was just as moral, but not as dumb, as Santorum?

  36. marc says:

    Its obvious with dinglewood your dealing with an extremist and likely an Evangelical.

  37. Bitterlaw says:

    Df – your Romney quote referred to parents monitoring their children. Where is the blanket ban Santorum advocates? Also, enforcing “obscenity laws” is generally interpreted as going after child porn. As I said yesterday, I have no problem with executing those involved in child porn.

  38. Bitterlaw says:

    marc – the HHR consenus is that Dingle is Cheksux playing her anti-Romney role with a new twist.

  39. Annie says:

    Susy – What part of the Southside were you from?? My cousins lived in St. Ethelreda parish. My parents went to St. Francis de Paula – now closed.

  40. SUSYQUE says:

    #29…Excuse me…Mitt wants to REGULATE porn to protect CHILDREN.

  41. Annie says:

    #33 – marc – Exactly right -

  42. Bf says:

    36,38,41. Annie, Bitterlaw, Susieque:
    You guys completely missed it! Romney’s quote is almost identical to Santorum’s. One of you asked “where is the blanket ban that Santorum wants?” Good question, because Santorum doesn’t want that! Both of these guys, wisely, only want to ban “obscenity”. You all simply think that Santorum wants to ban more because of your silly bias against him.

  43. Annie says:

    Re #40 – Of course, those neighborhoods from my childhood in the 1960s & 1970s are all changed now. Most of my extended family has scattered across the country or moved out to the western suburbs of Chicago.

  44. DrJay says:

    “The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay of execution for hundreds of thousands of public pools which had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws.

    President Obama in 2010 dramatically expanded the rules for access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the new regulations mean that every publicly accessible pool — from municipal facilities to hotels — must have two “accessible means of entry,” at least one of which must be a ramp or wheelchair lift. Spas must also have either a lift or a transfer system to help the disabled enter them, under the new rules.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/mar/15/pool-mageddon-avoided-now/

  45. Bf says:

    As I said yesterday, I have no problem with executing those involved in child porn.
    Comment by Bitterlaw — March 16, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    Wow! I tend to agree, but I wouldn’t execute them. I’d just cut a piece of their anatomy off.

  46. DrJay says:

    I’m sorry, Mr. Jones, I can’t hire you because I spent what would have been your salary on four lifts for our hotel pool and spa… in fact I had to let 400 people go to pay for the legal fees and impending lawsuit for non-compliance.

  47. Annie says:

    Bf – It’s just another facet to the perception of Santorum as an ultra-social conservative. And that is why it is sticking on him so tightly. Face it, he might represent your views as a social conservative, which is why Santorum does so well with evangelicals, but his viewpoints can seem extreme and intrusive to a majority of general election voters. No one is saying Santorum can’t hold those ideas, but that his positions – the urgency and priority he places on social issues – will not be helpful in November, and could really swing independents and many others away from voting for him. On top of the social focus, Santorum really is no fiscal conservative, has never been the executive of a government or business – he is as unprepared for the office of POTUS as Obama was four years ago.

  48. MFG says:

    The psychopaths are out in force today

    Pure panic

    Pope Ricky is going to get destroyed & humiliated and I am going to laugh and enjoy every moment

  49. MFG says:

    The retarded dipsh*t can’t even find delegates

    IN HIS HOME STATE!!

    http://www.thedaily.com/page/2012/03/15/031512-news-web-campaign-santorum/

  50. marc says:

    It’s my opinion that Evangelicals should not hold viewpoints that are oppressive and intrusive on other Americans.

  51. MFG says:

    “The ranks of delegate hopefuls are littered with Republican state committee members, elected officials and others with close party ties, who will ultimately be more beholden to a state party leadership that, while officially neutral, is visibly leaning in Romney’s direction and increasingly vocal in its fear that Santorum could hurt the party in a general election — especially after witnessing his 18-point drubbing in 2006.”

  52. MFG says:

    “At this point the delegate candidates are lined up everywhere but with Rick,” said Charlie Gerow, a longtime GOP strategist supporting Gingrich.

  53. MFG says:

    “I think most people recognize we have to put forward the best candidate to beat Barack Obama,” said Rep. Jim Gerlach, a suburban congressman and Romney backer who’s also a delegate. “There’s a lot of support to make sure Gov. Romney is ultimately our nominee.”

    Added a top Republican fundraiser who’s neutral in the race: “People like Rick, and they often like his policies. But his brand is so tarnished and we’re all terrified at the prospect of him on top of the ticket.”

  54. MFG says:

    Meanwhile, many tea party activists and fiscally focused Republicans harbor bitter feelings for Santorum’s endorsement of the moderate Sen. Arlen Specter in 2004 and his love affair with earmarks.

    “There’s a lot of resentment over that,” said Don Adams, president of the pro-Romney Independence Hall Tea Party PAC. “While no candidate running has a perfect background, being from Pennsylvania and having voted for Rick three times, I don’t think he’s the kind of guy that I or other tea party folks would like to see as president right now.”

  55. MFG says:

    lolololololololol!

    These are the things his FRIENDS and NEIGHBORS are saying about him…

  56. MFG says:

    And my favorite:

    “I think Rick Santorum is credited with being a hard-working senator who was loyal to the party,” English said. “Having said that, I think his catastrophic loss in 2006 with unified party support and an enormous amount of money demonstrated to most Republicans that he had lost touch with the voters of Pennsylvania and had really lost his appeal.”

  57. Phil says:

    janz,

    It’s one of two sourses. The other is Consumer Metrics Institute which has also been negative as of late. They analyze every month and their last analysis was about three weeks ago I believe. Both are good because they post LEADING numbers, not the stale stuff the government posts which look Back a month. CMI posts an absolute demand index daily which has shown the products and services index to be down – aproximately at 88% of the 2005 number which they use as their baseline. I will be interested to read their next analysis summary.

    What these two institutions share in common is they both have steller trck records and they don’t focus on backward looking data.

  58. Annie says:

    I find it interesting that, in the last several days, Santorum is whining that Romney is calling him an “economic lightweight” (so true) – but it’s alright for him to call Romney a “liar” (echoing the other man of Washington, Gingrich). People from the Senate, much less the House, make terrible presidents…They are used to arguing and complaining each and every day, and do not know how to be executives (unless they were previously a governor).

  59. F9gopguyIN says:

    Does anyone have a link to Ricky telling puerto ricans they need to learn english to become a state…in puerto rico?

  60. MFG says:

    They’re not even sure he can carry his home state:

    “Romney will come in and spend millions and millions of dollars, and he’ll be very organized in Pennsylvania,” chief Santorum strategist John Brabender said. “We hope by then that the conservative vote will be unified behind Rick.

    “This thing is going on a couple more months,” Brabender added. “We’re going to make sure we’re not living or dying by one particular state anymore.”

  61. SUSYUE says:

    #44…Annie, I was too young to know what side, I just remember the beautiful brick buildings and the large Catholic Church a few blocks away. We were the only Greek family in the neighborhood.
    We went to all the Irish wakes and as kids we played in the street until it got dark. In the winter they would flood the school playground and we would ice skate. Now my cousins live in
    the suburbs.
    In those days the black-white thing was serious, If a black moved
    in, the whites started moving out.

  62. MFG says:

    lololololololololololololololololol

  63. janz says:

    #45 DrJay

    Installing lifts in public pools was not only an unnecessary intrusive move by government, but also a costly, punitive one for everyone falling under such a stupid regulation. This included apartment buildings, hotels etc. For one thing, there aren’t even enough lifts manufactured to meet the requirement by the deadline established. If this extension wasn’t given then everyone would be denied access to these pools, plus fines!

    Ah, all these radical changes being sought by this president and we quibble about nonsense in the republican primaries!

  64. SUSYUE says:

    #60….google it.

  65. Emerica says:

    Interesting that Romney believes English should be required as the only language for the other 50 states but not Puerto Rico.

  66. Annie says:

    Time for me to get to work – check in with everyone later. Susy and bio mom – let me know where in Chicago you were from.

  67. janz says:

    Even if Santorum wins the popular vote, he is predicted to come in on the low side with delegates, because of how Pennsylvania gives independence to it’s delegates. Most are already committed to Romney, while many of the rest are said to go to either Gingrich or Paul.

  68. SoHope says:

    My view in it is that no politican will ever save America’s collective soul…leave that to the pulpits and homes of America.

    Baptists seem to be forgeting that we have often be on the pointy end of the forced morality spear.

    I would prefer a president that understands the actual role of president…Santorum obviously doesnt.

  69. janz says:

    #58 Phil

    CMI is the one I was thinking of that you often have referred to. Yes, it will be interesting to see what they have to say. Thanks for clarifying this source and all the info.

  70. dinglewoodnorwoodbill says:

    BTW, the point on social issues is that you do not change your views or pander, you get others to see why you are right.

    It’s not the issues themselves that win OR lose, it’s how they are packaged, sold, and framed.

    That’s why the left is successful time and again taking currently UNPOPULAR social position stances (gay marriage, etc.) and in a few short years, reversing public opinion.

    It’s NOT the social itself that’s a winner or loser, it’s the tactics and perseverance or lack thereof in the case of the right, usually, that matters.

    We lost the gay issue due not to merit, but of tactics and resolve against a foe willing to do anything to win which we would not return volley serve on.

    You do not win moderates by *being* a moderate. You win by persuasion to the CONSERVATIVE VIEW.

    Even if you do “win” occasionally with such an approach, you lost. See why?

    Your position soon becomes so moderate, almost leftist, that Democrats and liberals have won on it.

    Like they win the opposition party nominates a guy who fathered Obamacare and urged Obama to apply a national mandate.

    It aint rocket science, folks.

    In any case, social issues, and socially conservative stances are not losers, election history often shows the reverse.

    Typically, in a vacuum, they are a wash, since mods and indies, who decide elections, do not vote in either positive or negative direction based on social issues. IOW, they do not overly care what Rick Santorum (or Obama’s) stances are, even on seemingly bigger ones like allowing infants to die after botched abortions which Obama supports.

    They will not vote against or for Obama based on his stance, and will not vote for or against Santorum based on the same. They just do not care and are not single issue voters, but many on the left and right are, on abortion.

    Understand now?

  71. Bobby says:

    Rasmussen poll of 500 in NC,VA, FL and OH

    Santorum 48
    Obama 44

    Obama 46
    Romney 42

  72. Phil says:

    The regulation and growth of government will be staggering once Obama has that pesky election behind him.

    Buckle up.

  73. Brandon says:

    FL, NC, OH, VA(RASMUSSEN)

    Obama: 46%
    Romney: 42%

    Santorum: 48%
    Obama: 44%

  74. MFG says:

    How do you package “single mothers need their asses kicked”?

    Mitt is going to be the next POTUS retards

    Suck on it

    lololol

  75. F9gopguyIN says:

    Probably because Puerto Rico is….get ready for it, Majority Spanish bubu! I mean after all it kind of was a colony of spain before we acquired it. *rolls eyes*

  76. Annie says:

    Emerica – Puerto Rico is not a state, does not desire to become a state (as the people have voted time after time). Moreover, the population of Puerto Rico is very bilingual. And hey! The Spanish language is part of their culture and history! Their island, their history, their language. Santorum insulted them – period. It’s like telling the people of Quebec that they need to give up French – ain’t goin’ happen – Il ne se passe pas. No está pasando. Nicht passiert -

  77. Emerica says:

    Romney says English should be the official language of the U.S.A. (except Puerto Rico apparently)

    http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=3302

    The ad sparked a discussion about language, and both Romney and Gingrich revealed that they both support English as the official language of the United States and proceeded to argue over who was more in favor of English immersion.

  78. Racist says:

    Shh, don’t tell mnw you can speak Spanish. He might think you’re one of those “wetbacks”.

  79. SoHope says:

    There are alot of true believers or dems lying through there teeth in that poll.

  80. Annie says:

    Rasmussen poll of 500? That’s a laugh… Now, I must get to work, for real. Bye -

  81. MFG says:

    One of Santorum’s delegates withdrew his support for Santorum over the matter, according to a local newspaper report. The Vocero paper reported that Hector Perez said he was no longer committed to Santorum. The party chair told the paper that one of the alternate delegates submitted by Santorum’s campaign would fill the spot.

    Puerto Rico holds a Republican primary on Sunday to allocate 20 of the territory’s 23 delegates. Delegates will be distributed proportionally among candidates earning over 15% of the vote unless one candidate wins over 50%. In that case, he will receive all 20 delegates.

  82. Emerica says:

    No, Romney said it was OK for Puerto Rico to have two officials languages to become a state.

  83. MFG says:

    Pope Ricky is the most tone deaf dumbfuqq I have ever seen in politics

  84. dinglewoodnorwoodbill says:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/rick-santorum-social-issues-contraception-abortion-church-state/story?id=15931995

    Now, a flood of lying articles about Santorum will surface as a lazy, dishonest media thatconservatives NEED to expose as fools but instead back down against, gets into “frame Rick” mode.

    Another “reporter” picking up the ball, manufacturing “news” that never happened.

    This, by fear, is how the left picks our nominees. The right, when they get somebody reasonably conservative, panics over electability and runs to moderate (chosen by the left) like Romney.

    Then they win either way. They either divide a depressed conservative base, like in McCain, and win outright, or they get a compromiser, like Mittens, who will not reverse leftist agenda when in office if he narrowly wins.

    So, leftism keeps advancing in the United States.

    Why is this so hard for many of you to see?

  85. Emerica says:

    He probably speaks Spanish like Bush. Bush used to try to pretend to speak Spanish.

  86. Bobby says:

    If you look at the internals it is a mess…none of it is logical.

  87. MFG says:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/14/ridge-endorses-romney/

    How come no one in his home state is endorsing Pope Ricky?

  88. jan says:

    If the shoe fits.

  89. janz says:

    dingle

    Your posts are impossible to address because they are so solidly single-minded, cemented in your own ideology, versus taking a longer view of the country.

    People calling themselves ‘conservatives’ do not all fall in that confined slot where you are. Therefore, you can howl about your definitions all day long, make all the points you want to push your conservative, Santorum-like agenda and it will only sway those who are already receptive to such a philosophy, while turning off all the rest.

    We have over 307 million people in this country, and it will be the median point which will attract the most people, rather than one held by a socially conservative purist!

  90. Annie says:

    Gad – must reply to Emerica before I go…English as official language IN AMERICA…Puerto Rico is NOT a state, and doesn’t want to be one. Puerto Ricans are a bilingual people – they already speak English and Spanish. Santorum put his foot in his mouth on their island.

  91. jan says:

    What exactly is leftist about women being allowed to make their own reproductive choices, not attacking single mothers and not hating on gays?

  92. F9gopguyIN says:

    Thanks for the link MFG….i’m really highlighting ol’ Ricky on my facebook for friends in states that still have primaries coming up. plus a friend of mine and i love to have fun at his expense (even if he is a paulbot, though not one that makes you want to vomit like bubu).

  93. MFG says:

    If Bobby Jindal ran for President he would get the enthusiastic endorsement of 95% of the elected Republicans in this state and 90% of Republicans in the state overall

    Why is it that the people who know Pope Ricky the best will not support him???

  94. janz says:

    This is a blow to the WI state senate, having a republican senator resign, leaving the senate now tied 16/16, dems and republicans.

  95. MFG says:

    Almost all of the men endorsing Romney has deep ties to Santorum, and each endeavored to cast his endorsement of Romney in a positive light. Al Novak, former chairman of the PAGOP, captured the tightrope walk:

    “Rick Santorum was a success story in Pennsylvania, but we do not believe that he has… Let me say it this way: Mitt Romney has the best opportunity to win the presidency as a Republican candidate and to get this county back on track economically.”

    lolololololol

  96. janz says:

    Why is it that the people who know Pope Ricky the best will not support him???

    MFG, it’s the same for Gingrich and his vapid support from people who have served with him. It puzzles me too, why people don’t take this fact more under consideration in their analysis of candidates.

  97. Wobbles says:

    The poll from Rasmussen is showing Santorum doing better than Romney. We are doomed.

  98. Rockefeller Republican says:

    Mitt will win IL decisively, affirming the message that Little Ricky and Eye of Newt can’t hang in the big states…FL, MI, OH, next IL and CA, NY, NJ, in future – all Romney country… He’ll also do well and maybe even win TX – who knows?

    It’s all about delegates and Mitt is accumulating them everywhere. Will be interesting to see how well he does in MO tomorrow – hopefully better than his pathetic primary showing.

    Happy Friday all!

  99. MFG says:

    Acroso 101

    So you’re a dirty political wh@re too, just like me?

    So much for Ron Paul and his principles, right?

    Embrace your inner sellout!!

    lol

  100. Wobbles says:

    Rockefeller Republican, I hope you are right. Cool handle.

  101. Emerica says:

    Who said I was endorsing that?

    I won’t vote for Romney either way.

  102. MFG says:

    What!

    You’ll disagree with Ron Paul on something???????

    HMFS!

    Stop the presses!!!

  103. bio mom says:

    102?????????

  104. janz says:

    Santorum’s momentum meets Romney’s money in Illinois is an interesting analysis of the pluses and minuses of both contentious candidates. However, I tend to favor the one favoring Romney:

    With 69 delegates at stake in Illinois — 54 apportioned by district, plus 15 chosen at the state convention in June — Santorum’s forfeiture of 10 delegates isn’t disastrous. But he’ll have to fight hard to win a majority. Romney is pouring resources into Illinois to stanch the bleeding from his recent bad night down South. Reuters suggests the campaign and its allied super PAC have spent nearly $5 million in Illinois already. The campaign has rolled out a laundry list of supporters as a testament to its deep institutional backing.

    “Romney’s by far the best organized,” says Pat Brady, the Illinois GOP chairman. Brady, who supports Romney, says the former Massachusetts governor will rack up his margin in the vote-rich suburbs of Cook County — some 70% of Republicans are based in the Chicago area — and in a narrow band of turf that runs west to Wheaton and north to the Wisconsin border, home to a more moderate Republican electorate for whom fiscal issues trump social ones. The model for a Romney win, Brady says, is that of Senator Mark Kirk, who rode an economic message to a victory in 2010. “The state is just a train wreck fiscally,” Brady says. “People are looking for solutions.”

    Does anyone have any undates on Mark Kirk’s health status following his stroke????

  105. bio mom says:

    Gallup toda:

    Romney 36 (1), Santorum 28 (+1), Gingrich 13 (-2).
    5 day rolling average.

    50/50 split over who Gingrich voters pick as their second choice, Romney or Santorum.

  106. bio mom says:

    Sorry, typos

    Gallup today:

    Romney 36 (+1), Santorum 28 (+1), Gingrich 13 (-2).
    5 day rolling average.

    50/50 split over who Gingrich voters pick as their second choice, Romney or Santorum.

    Obama 44 approve/50 disapprove 3 day rolling average

  107. lisab says:

    “While King Barack believes in many of the basic tenets of fascism – totalitarianism, dictatorship, single party state – he doesnt believe in the main emphasis of facsism which is militant nationalism. King Barack things that Europe and the UN are far superior to the US and wants us to pledge our allegiance to them instead of the good ole USA.”

    maybe yu have not noticed but the european countries are not fascist

  108. lisab says:

    “The psychopaths are out in force this morning. Pure panic! Where my popcorn at?” mfg

    because the porn gaffe is a disaster

    and will be used by the dems in november if santorum was the nominee

  109. Bf says:

    101.Heh
    Ron Paul adviser: ‘Of course’ we’d trade our delegates to Mitt Romney for putting Rand on the ticket
    Comment by Emerica — March 16, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    So, Romney fans, would you be happy if your guy dealt with the Devil like this?

    This, by the way, is the only way that I would withhold my vote from the Republican ticket. I’d rather have 4 more years of Obama than a possible 16 years of Romney & Paul.

  110. SUSYQUE says:

    Rick Santorum Campaigns With Mitt Romney for Mitt Romney in 2008
    Listen to his praise for Romney! Brief Video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu50Hb61jVQ

  111. Bf says:

    There is NO “porn gaffe” — just a statement on his website that he wants to “enforce obscenity laws”, just like Mitt wants to do.

    But Santorum has made no gaffes like “I like firing people”, “I’m not worried about the very poor”, or “I know a few owners” (NASCAR/NFL) Those are real gaffes, much worse than anything dumb Santorum has said.

  112. bio mom says:

    All these articles are fantasy land from writers who don’t know what to write about so they essentially make things up.

  113. SUSYQUE says:

    Why I Chose Newt Over Santorum

    Norris has a list of reasons
    he is against Santorum!

    http://townhall.com/columnists/chucknorris/2012/02/14/why_i_chose_newt_over_santorum/page/full/

  114. Jeff G. says:

    I think Bob McDonnell is Romney’s most likely VP pick – very popular governor in an important state and solid conservative creds.

  115. Harbinger of Electoral Sorrows says:

    Imagine what Santorum would have to trade to get to 1144.

  116. Annie says:

    Brain fart – Those lines of Romney’s you mention (other than the NASCAR owners) were taken out of context. I like firing people who provide bad service to me, too. I don’t care providing even more goods and services to the poor who are given goods and services now, while the middle class is sinking (Romney also mentioned that the rich were not a big economic concern, too). As for NASCAR owners vs. drivers – most people in America could care less. Who wants a poor schlub for a president? I don’t know of too many poor schlubs who ever became president…did Kennedy or Roosevelt hang out with poor schlubs? Did they know rich people? Duh.

  117. Annie says:

    I still think “Wobbles” – “obbl” = Wes

  118. DrJay says:

    There is only one way to bring Wes out of hiding…

    JEB BUSH/AL SALVI 2012!!!

  119. DrJay says:

    alternatively, you could post some pictures of hot women…

  120. DrJay says:

    in fact, if you happen to have a picture of Kristi Noem in a bikini, that would be optimal…

  121. DrJay says:

    See, here I am now, by myself, talking to myself. That’s Chaos Theory!

  122. MFG says:

    Manning belongs on the Nine ideal spot for him

  123. Wobbles says:

    I am neither Wes nor Tina.

  124. GF says:

    85- Pope Ricky is the most tone deaf dumbfuqq I have ever seen in politics

    Comment by MFG — March 16, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    More tone deaf than Woody Jenkins? I mean, he should be on his third term right now; Landshrew had no business winning that seat.

  125. MFG says:

    Wobbles you be gangsta keep torturing Robbie

  126. MFG says:

    Woody Jenkins got rooked in that first race, that race was stolen from us…

  127. MFG says:

    Ugh

    Landshrew

    Christ how I hate that b*tch will we finally be rid of her in ’14 ???

  128. SUSYUE says:

    #123…Tim V…read your article about why evang. don’t go for Romney and it isn’t his mormon religion. Sorry, don’t believe that.
    One reason citied was he was once for abortion, but since has changed. They don’t believe that. Are you aware that one in five women who have abortions are evangelical women. I guess it doesn’t bother them that Santorum’s wife lived with the abortion doctor who delivered her at birth. His wife has changed, so why can’t we accept Romney’s “change”…it’s all.

  129. SUSYUE says:

    #139…? *omit …it’s all

  130. GF says:

    I’ve no doubt some late night rooking was going on down in Nawlins, MFG, but Jenkins has a big mouth (heck, he lost us a House seat in the special elction a few years back). Damned near anyone else aside from Duke could have beat Mary silly.

    ANywho…gotta go. Be back later.

  131. MFG says:

    I know Woody slightly, shame he got hosed in that election…

  132. Bitterlaw says:

    Imagine what Santorum would have to trade to get to 1144.

    Too bad he is against everything he would have have to do.

  133. Harry says:

    If FL St doesnt pick it up they will really mess up my bracket.

  134. Brandon says:

    Three finalists for Peyton are Tennessee, Denver, and San Fran.

  135. Barrett says:

    Is it possible the RNC will forgive states like Florida and restore full delegate count? This would push anyone who won delegates in these states closer to 1144

  136. Tim V says:

    mfg, do you think mario williams will make a difference for buffalo bills ? is he that good ?

  137. MFG says:

    aim V, Assuming he makes a complete recovery from that injury, yes he is very very good and should really help you guys maybe ’12 is the year the Bills get back in the playoffs

  138. MFG says:

    Tim V I meant…

  139. MFG says:

    147 Barrett I would think so

  140. MFG says:

    Brandon, to me SF is the no brainer place for Manning, he desperately wants another ring and the Nine have a defense

  141. SUSYQUE says:

    What Public Employee Unions are Doing to Our Country

    “This vanguard,” Siegel continues, “becomes in the eyes of many liberals the model for the middle class. Public-sector unions are what all workers should be like. Their benefits are the kind of benefits everyone should get.” So instead of the private sector defining the public, the public sector is thought to define the private.

    As public employees unionize, their dues—often collected for the unions by the government—fund a permanent interest constantly lobbying for bigger government. To pay for this bigger and more expensive government, they advocate for higher taxes on those in the private sector. Only when they are threatened with layoffs are they inclined to compromise, and sometimes not even then. That is what I mean when I say that we work for them.

    http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2012&month=03

  142. Bf says:

    152– With the Packers, Saints, Giants, and others, the path to the Super Bowl is much tougher through the NFC. Thus he may want to stay in the AFC. Only the Patriots are at the above level.

  143. Bf says:

    Just got an email from Mitt.
    He wants to “do lunch” with me. If I donate $5 or more, I’m in a drawing for lunch with Mitt & Ann at one of his “favorite burger places”. I think the best part of winning would be that Mitt would fly me out to California!

  144. Barrett says:

    #155, I got the same email. Maybe I’ll see you there!

  145. Annie says:

    Susy – I was just thinking about how you mentioned being from an Irish neighborhood on the Southside originally, and it reminded me of the neighborhood where my uncle’s wife (who was Irish) was from, St. Sabina’s parish (W 78th) – now the parish of leftie activist Father Pfleger.

  146. Annie says:

    Bf – Where in California would he wine and dine you for lunch? Because if it’s in San Diego, or even San Francisco, it might be worth a trip – but Barstow or Yuba City is not worth a special trip (just my opinion, if anyone lives in Barstow or YC).

  147. SUSYQUE says:

    Vaanderplatts on Fox TV Cavuto pushing Santorum over Romney. Says Santorum can win the election over Romney. He says Santorum has it together now and is catching on and people are taking notice.

  148. Bf says:

    158. I’m guessing it would be someplace where he’s campaigning for the California Primary. My guess would be where there’s the most Republicans: Orange County.

  149. Bf says:

    This raffle contribution to meet the candidate is, I guess, the latest trend. I’ve already seen an online ad for a chance to meet Obama (for only a $3 contribution). I suspect Santorum and Newt will be doing the same soon. Maybe Paul will too, but who cares about him?

  150. SUSYQUE says:

    #157…Oh no, not Father Pfleger!
    Speaking changes, it reminds me of “You Can’t Go Home Again” is a novel by Thomas Wolfe. I would never want to live in Chicago again, even in the suburbs.

    This sounds strange but we had a lot of fun going to the wakes and in those days they had the body there.

  151. Scott says:

    Phil–thanks for the info on CMI.
    bio mom- thanks for the Gallup info

    Let’s see.Since early in the week Ras has gone from an Obama approval of 44% to 49% and climbing.Gallup has been its mirror image going from 49% to 44%.

    With Ras showing Santorum doing 8% better than Romney in the must-have GOP swing states,I say trash all of Ras’ polling this week including his favorable Senate polls!

  152. SUSYQUE says:

    # 157…Annie…78th sounds familiar! I am trying to remember the address. Perhaps I will call one of my cousins later to see if she remembers where our grandparents and my parents lived. (different neighborhoods)

  153. Bf says:

    163. With Ras showing Santorum doing 8% better than Romney in the must-have GOP swing states,I say trash all of Ras’ polling this week including his favorable Senate polls!
    Comment by Scott — March 16, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Of course! We wouldn’t want to actually consider that maybe all of this HHR wisdom could be incorrect, would we?

  154. Michael1 says:

    Well, we are waiting for the other shoe to drop, NOT in Illinois — I think Romney wins there- but in Pennsylvania. Am I the only person on this blog to think that Santorum will NOT be strong in his home state? I mean, doesn’t he have like the entire state Republican machine “off sides” because they fear he’ll take the down-ballot Republican candidates into the sewer with him in November? Possible? Probable? Nope?
    Thoughts?
    Reactions?
    Insights?

    Dallas, TX

  155. jenny-former republican says:

    rasmussen is a closeted democrat! there’s no way santorum is ahead of obama. remember rasmussen showed christine o’donnell leading coon before the primary election and conservatives rallied around her. she defeated castle and then lost to coon.

    go mitt!

  156. Apologetic California says:

    Ras polling makes me want to punch him in the back of the head. He’s got Santy doing better than both Obama and Romney in OH, FL, NC, and VA. Yet, Santy is behind Obama by 6, doing worse than Romney in his national poll. WTF?

  157. Wobbles says:

    Yes, Rasmussen is a Republican in name only.

  158. Tim says:

    #153:
    Why don’t you just say the Republicans hate Organized Labor, and always have? That is no secret, at all. They wish to destroy them, for political reasons. That is because they favor Big Business, and the Rich. And, they have proved that, with their legislation.

    All of that other stuff is a pack of nonsense.

  159. Tim says:

    Now, Scott Rasmussen is a secret Democrat? Ah, gee……

  160. Bf says:

    168.Ras polling makes me want to punch him in the back of the head. He’s got Santy doing better than both Obama and Romney in OH, FL, NC, and VA. Yet, Santy is behind Obama by 6, doing worse than Romney in his national poll. WTF?

    Actually, that makes all the sense in the world. Romney is likely doing much better than Santorum in all of the Blue states, where those votes will be wasted. That’s why most of the states Romney has won are the Blue states.

  161. Bf says:

    170. Why don’t you just say the Republicans hate Organized Labor?

    Tim, we Republicans hate it when Union leaders want to FORCE workers to join their unions, whether they want to or not, and want to FORCE workers to pay dues, whether they approve of how those dues are being used or not. That’s what we hate.

  162. Annie says:

    Bf – Since when are Alaska and Idaho blue states? Wyoming?

  163. Annie says:

    Susy – I spent so much time at my grandparents’ homes on the Southside growing-up – Great memories -

  164. Wobbles says:

    Can we have a breakdown of blue states versus red states won by Romney so far? I know he cheated in some of them.

  165. DrJay says:

    Florida? Ohio? Virginia?

    wasted votes?

  166. Tim says:

    #173:
    And, supporters of Labor hate “free riders”, who pay no dues, but enjoy the fruits of a union that others pay gladly for.

    “Right to work state”. Boy, there’s a contradiction in terms, if ever there was one.

    More importantly, the GOP has far overstepped themselves in the upper Midwest. And, they’re gonna pay for that later this year, at the ballot box. It will probably cost them Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the election.
    They could have gotten a lot of Union votes. Don’t count on that, now.

    Working people are sick of getting kicked around. Ask the Republican politicians if Wisconsin and Ohio if they believe that, now…….

  167. DrJay says:

    Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, North Dakota, Kansas

    thank heavens Santorum will secure these votes for the GOP…

  168. Robbie says:

    FL, NC, OH, VA(RASMUSSEN)

    Obama: 46%
    Romney: 42%

    Santorum: 48%
    Obama: 44%

    Comment by Brandon — March 16, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Who’s the most electable candidate again?

  169. Brandon says:

    #171. Tim, doesn’t some of the stuff that you read on this site just make you shake your head?

  170. Well, duh! says:

    The one that isn’t tied in Arizona.

  171. Bf says:

    174. Annie, you missed the words “most of”.

  172. Robbie says:

    Wobbles you be gangsta keep torturing Robbie

    Comment by MFG — March 16, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Yes. I am losing sleep nightly over this person. Please, I can’t take it anymore.

    The amount of juvenile posting that goes on here is startling considering so many claim to be politcal experts.

  173. jenny-former republican says:

    robbie, rasmussen is lying. there’s no way pious rick is leading obama in those states.

  174. Barrett says:

    #168, Maybe Obama leads in every other state entirely, lol.

    But seriously, you are right. That’s a bit suspicious

  175. Robbie says:

    Of course! We wouldn’t want to actually consider that maybe all of this HHR wisdom could be incorrect, would we?

    Comment by Bf — March 16, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    Quick rule of thumb. If an article or poll is favorable to Romney, it’s deemed and interesting read or good news.

    If and article or poll is unfavorable to Romney, it’s agenda driven and a waste of time.

  176. Barrett says:

    Robbie, you do know we read articles that highlight Romney’s weak points, do you not? Or are you really that ignorant?

  177. Robbie says:

    robbie, rasmussen is lying. there’s no way pious rick is leading obama in those states.

    Comment by jenny-former republican — March 16, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    You’re probably right. Ras just dreamed up a few numbers and sent out a press release in order to help Obama. I know this because HHR has deemed Ras to be a closet Democrat.

    Of course if the poll said otherwise, it would be proof Pope Ricky and his band of religious zealots were crazy and he had no shot at winning a general election.

  178. Robbie says:

    Robbie, you do know we read articles that highlight Romney’s weak points, do you not? Or are you really that ignorant?

    Comment by Barrett — March 16, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Right. Because when I’ve posted columns suggesting Romney’s not a shoe-in to hit 1144 before the convention, I’m called an Obama troll who’s spreading lies.

  179. Bf says:

    190. Robbie, arguing against the deity of Mitt Romney on this site is like going to the Daily Paul website and trying to tell them that Ron Paul is anti-Semitic.

  180. Well, duh! says:

    Robbie is right. Rasmussen is spot on.

    Arizona
    Rick Santorum 45%
    Barack Obama 44%

  181. Cory says:

    Rasmussen IS a secret Democrat, but now he’s opened his big mouth and ruined the closely guarded secret that Santorum will defeat Obama, but Romney will lose to him. All of this planning by the Democrats to get Romney as the opponent, and Rasmussen might have just blown it for them.

  182. SUSYQUE says:

    Why the MSM Doesn’t Want To Do the Romney Math Hugh Hewitt
    Mitt Romney’s nomination as the GOP standard bearer in the fall is as inevitable as Barack Obama’s renomination.
    Meteors could hit either man, but it will be a Romney-Obama race in the fall, and the map favors Romney now, as do some national polls.
    The election will come down to a dozen or so states: Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2012/03/15/why_the_msm_doesnt_want_to_do_the_romney_math

  183. Bf says:

    “Right to work state”. Boy, there’s a contradiction in terms, if ever there was one.
    Comment by Tim — March 16, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    How is this a contradiction? If I want to work for a company that is offering me a job, why must I be FORCED to join the union? Why can’t I have a “right to work” for that company without being FORCED to join an organization that I don’t want to join? It’s called freedom, the freedom to join or not join whatever you want to.

    My brother, by the way, is a Teamster — by FORCE. He would gladly negotiate his own terms of work without the union, if he could.

  184. SUSYQUE says:

    janz/Annie/ bio mom…who is Cory? Did you see what she/he wrote? #193

  185. Cory says:

    I’m just trying to fit in, Susy.

  186. Wobbles says:

    There are a lot of secret Democrats on this site too.

  187. bio mom says:

    Here is my read on that poll. First, only 500 people in 4 states!! Second, taken over the time frame including Santorum’s wins with all the headlines. Third, Dems voting in the poll. Operation Chaos 2012 cold be operative as well.
    Santorum was behind one week ago and is 4 ahead now? The only change is the headlines in my opinion and that kind of thing sways in the wind.

  188. bio mom says:

    Cory is a Canadian who likes to blog here for some explicable reason. An Obama supporter. He is pulling your leg in that post.

  189. Secret Democrat says:

    The jig is up! Run, Scotty, your cover’s been blown!

  190. bio mom says:

    I think polls that are taken over 6 days are really stupid, now matter what they show. 3 days maximum. Two is better so they can be properly interpreted.

  191. Brandon says:

    This Norfolk State/Mizzou game is getting really interesting.

  192. Cory says:

    These last 10 seconds should only take 6 or 7 minutes.

  193. Harry says:

    My bracket has been hexed today.

  194. EML says:

    Well it looks like im out. Missouri is one of my final 4 teams lol.

  195. Brandon says:

    Norfolk State!

  196. bio mom says:

    Yeah! Missouri loses. Glad. They are giving Santorum a win Saturday. Bad karma.

  197. Cory says:

    I picked Kansas to win it all, and the other two HHR entries to pick Kansas (Dave W and somebody else) both have Missouri losing to Kansas in the final.

    Woohoo! Norfolk State!!

  198. SUSYQUE says:

    When ooo entered the political arena as a senator, we have been had! This man is as radical as one can get. Now, I understand why Holder would not prosecute the black Panthers
    at the polling place where they intimidated white voters. It’s because of
    Holders and OOO’s sicko marxis’ mentality. Our president is truly radical to the core!
    Critical Race Theory identifies power structures are based on white
    privilege and white supremacy, which perpetuates the marginalization of people
    of color. Critical race theory (CRT) is an academic discipline focused upon the application of critical theory, a neo-Marxist examination and critique of society and culture, to the intersection of race, law, and power.

  199. SUSYQUE says:

    Sadly, the last new Supreme Court Judge is also
    a believer in Critical Race Theory….how could she objectively rule with that mentality!

  200. SUSYQUE says:

    That is why ooo has to be overcome and voted out of office. He will continue to fill our courts with these radicals and it will truly destroy our
    republic.

  201. SUSYQUE says:

    Wow…just got this e-mail:

    Israel Connecting to Europe
    Posted: 16 Mar 2012 10:01 AM PDT
    By David Dolan DDolan.com Israeli energy officials have unveiled plans to lay an electric cable on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea that will connect Israel’s energy grid with the small island nation of Cyprus. At the same time, Israel will join Cyprus in laying down another underwater line to Greece. In announcing the joint project, Israeli Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said, “

  202. Ben Romney says:

    MO Primary isn`t tomorrow it`s till 24th March

  203. SoHope says:

    I am tied with Cory’s bracket…Nooooooo!

  204. bio mom says:

    The caucus is tomorrow is it not?

  205. SUSYQUE says:

    Romney, Santorum Tie as Gingrich Voters’ Second Choice
    Romney second choice of 40% of Gingrich voters, Santorum 39%

    by Jeffrey M. Jones
    PRINCETON, NJ — Republican voters who prefer Newt Gingrich for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination are as likely to name Mitt Romney as their second choice as they are to name Rick Santorum, suggesting the race would not tilt in Santorum’s favor if Gingrich dropped out.

  206. Bitterlaw says:

    I guess all the Mizzou fans will be too depressed to vote. Does that help or hurt Romney?

  207. Jerry muthertruckin' Cruncher says:

    Mizzou choked. Lame. See what happens when you start believing your own hype.

  208. mnw says:

    Some of the MO GOP caucuses were a week ago. Most are tomorrow. The St. Louis caucus is a week from tomorrow.

    RAS has Romney only +3 on zero in MO. That doesn’t sound right to me. I bet it’s a lot more.

    Contrary to mark & Corey, Akin has a lot of money. So does Brunner. Sky |Queen is absolutely f’d!| An incumbent with her kind of #s is doomed.

  209. mnw says:

    Cheksux has been posting as “racist” today, I see.

  210. GF says:

    mnw, not sure if you saw my note the other day; will the Auditor Schweik get in? I heard Danforth was pushing him (not sure why; Akin and Steelman seem to have Sky Queen on the ropes). Any of the will take her out so long as Ricky is not on the ticket, methinks.

    And, I think you are right; that +3 is too narrow. I could see Mitt winning the state quite big (not Reagan big, but easily Clinton Big, 6-8 points).

  211. Bitterlaw says:

    I think Duke just said, “Enough of this ##@##@”

  212. mnw says:

    GF

    I don’t think anybody KNOWS whether Schweich gets in or not. He’s formed an exploratory committee. He’s REALLY obscure. REALLY.

    What I get out of the furious GOP scramble is, the GOP smells Sky Queen blood in the water. Every GOP politician in MO sees the GOP Senate nomination as a once-in-a-lifetime, easy ticket to the big show.

  213. GF says:

    224- Indeed. She’s Marie Antoinette if Mitt is the nominee (as I am quite certain he will be). Our nominee will lead her to the electoral scaffold.

    I am quite comfortable with a +5 gain right now (allowing for the ME loss). I can see up to ten on the horizon on a really good day, but maybe 7 or 8 as the median.

  214. mnw says:

    GF

    At the risk of being stoned to DEATH by Olympia-lovers, I will bet that King caucuses w/ the GOP, if the GOP takes the Senate. His big issues have always been fiscal conservative ones, I understand.

  215. hellbelly says:

    ….i’m not a big Santorum supporter, but the next time some numbskull on here refers to him as “Pope Ricky” I’m going to contribute to the Santorum campaign…..congrats, you Mitt-bots….way to antagonize a huge part of the Republican constituency.

  216. SoHope says:

    if #15 Lehigh beats #2 dook it will makeup for my busted bracket…GO LEHIGH!!!!

  217. Diogenes says:

    King will be more moderate than the flaming leftist Dem rep. from ME. Of course he will probably still caucus and vote with the dems. If the Romney and Brown wins he may be malleable with joining ranks with the GOP but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  218. Diogenes says:

    Pope Ricky. Go ahead and throw more good money after the bad.

  219. mnw says:

    “of course”– like you really know. /s

  220. hellbelly says:

    hey, Diogenes….a question for you…how despererate are you to lose the presidency by turning off the so-cons?

  221. Diogenes says:

    Hey, hellbelly, how does it feel to always have the GOP lose in MA? Does it pain you that Scott Brown is not a social con? The last time we had a president that led by social conservatism we had Dubya. Thanks but no thanks. Fiscal conservatism first, social conservatism second.

    Deal with it.

  222. MFG says:

    Pope Ricky
    Pope Ricky
    Pope Ricky
    Pope Ricky
    Pope Ricky

  223. SoHope says:

    If SoCons can be turned off in the GE with Romney vs. Obama then the Republican party is doomed.

  224. MFG says:

    And in closing let me say

    Pope Ricky

  225. mnw says:

    I don’t understand why zero is movin’ on up at RAS lately.

    What the hell GOOD things have happened to the arrogant, preening jerk lately?

  226. Bitterlaw says:

    Mr. Hellbelly:

    Given a choice between Obama and Romney, I hope the social conservatives would choose Romney because Obama is far worse on social issues. I am voting GOP no matter who gets the nomination.

    Did your son pick a school yet?

  227. MFG says:

    People are being turned off by the concentration on social issues mnw

  228. hellbelly says:

    …i’m glad to see the Mitt-bots are utterly comfortable in the so-con support that they can use anti-Catholic slurs to solidify that support.

    Buffoons.

  229. Bitterlaw says:

    What the hell GOOD things have happened to the arrogant, preening jerk lately?

    A 2 seed lost to a 15 seed?*

    *Sorry, Missouri fans. If you don’t care about the outcome, upsets are awesome.

  230. MFG says:

    Or Raw is picking more den samples because of prior criticism of his methodology by the left

  231. MFG says:

    Or Ras…

  232. MFG says:

    I’m Catholic

    Pope Ricky is a psychotic theocrat

    NO THANK YOU

  233. mnw says:

    RE: MIZZOU

    I was always skeptical of their 3-pointer live-or-die style.

  234. Waingro says:

    Duke about to choke!

  235. Emerica says:

    I’m kind of annoyed with Jesse Benton talking about tricking Paul supporters into supporting Romney in exchange for Rand being V.P actually.

    Jesse Benton married into Paul’s family so he can never be fired either (not that there is a reason for it but just saying)

  236. MFG says:

    If Paul endorses Romney you will disagree with your hero Acroso?

  237. hellbelly says:

    ….I have to admit one thing, however that Mitt-bots and so-cons can agree on:

    …its always good to see Duke choke like dogs.

  238. Emerica says:

    He’s not going to endorse Romney.

    Benton is a bit self-interested. He wants to make a lot of money.

  239. MFG says:

    Looks like the cardinals are out in the race for manning

  240. bio mom says:

    251

    Agree!, One more minute. Fingers crossed.

  241. SoHope says:

    I have a mass text messag ready for all my dook fan friends…ready to hit send at the buzzer. It has turned out to be a beautiful day :)

  242. MFG says:

    Abraham re signs with falcons

  243. Emerica says:

    “No, no, no we’re absolutely NOT in a conspiracy with Romney, but we sure want to be in one!”

    -imaginary Jesse Benton quote

  244. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m torn. As a Lafayettegrad, I hate Lehigh. It would be cool to see the Patriot League advance. I’m not a Duke hater or Duke Lover. I really have no opinion on Duke.

  245. Bitterlaw says:

    Mr. Hellbelly:

    Coach K goes to daily Mass and carries a rosary. I thought you would like him.

  246. hellbelly says:

    …in the one NCAA championship that counts, Penn State has five guys in the finals in St. Louis for wrestling….Cornell has three finalists.

    ….and now, back to the wussy sport of basketball.

  247. hellbelly says:

    Mr. Bitterlaw,

    Bill Belichick could turn water into wine while crossing the Charles River on his feet, and I still wouldn’t root for him.

  248. jenny-former republican says:

    Duke is overrated like Obama! Congrats Leigh!

    go mitt1

  249. Tim V says:

    I feel bad for Go Duke!!!

  250. jenny-former republican says:

    oops! Lehigh!

  251. SoHope says:

    Coach K also sucks the blood from dead rats.

  252. Tim V says:

    Tina G.

  253. hellbelly says:

    Tim V,

    Go Duke???? You are an old-timer!

  254. Tim V says:

    and so are you mr hellybelly

  255. hellbelly says:

    Lehigh beats Duke at the exact same moment that their heavyweight wrestler beats the guy from American University to gain the finals in the NCAA wrestling championships.

    Why do I report this?

    Well…its certainly more fun than being outraged by politics!

  256. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m not sure about wrestling. The wrestlers throw up like girls bulemic before a dance. Some of those positions would be banned by President Santorum.

  257. Tim V says:

    SoHope says:
    March 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm
    Coach K also sucks the blood from dead rats.

    yeah but at least he never called lisab a fcw.

  258. hellbelly says:

    ….not the heavyweights, Mr. Bitterlaw….not the heavyweights!

  259. Bitterlaw says:

    Where is Hellbelly, Jr. going?

  260. hellbelly says:

    Mr. Bitterlaw,

    we’ll know in about two weeks….he’s into Villanova and Fordham….waiting on a bunch more.

  261. Bitterlaw says:

    If he goes to Villanova, you can park in my driveway for free on football gameday.

  262. Bitterlaw says:

    I respect Coack K – he was just interviewed and said “Lehigh played winning basketball and we didn’t. They deserved to win. They had the best player on the court.” I know people hate him bit I respect sportsmanship like that.

  263. lisab says:

    santorum’s anti-porn gaffe disqualifies him

    that would end him in the general

    all libertarians and social moderates would fless

  264. SUSYQUE says:

    #277 Lisab….what does this mean? social moderates would fless

  265. lisab says:

    ** flee not fless

  266. SoHope says:

    I know lisab. I was wanting to see how long I could get SSQ going.

  267. jenny-former republican says:

    #277, I heard a minister on the local Christian radio program say that God is helping Santorum. He believed that it was God’s helping hand that allowed Santorum to win Mississippi and Alabama. They fear Mitt more than they fear a second Obama term.

  268. SoHope says:

    Best headline ever:

    Missouri Loves Company!
    Two #2 seeds bite the dust.

  269. SUSYUE says:

    280…Lisab… thanks for the correction.

  270. jason says:

    “congrats, you Mitt-bots….way to antagonize a huge part of the Republican constituency.”

    Did you ever consider this is not about you, it might be about the country???

    If you need “not to be antagonized” in order to get rid of Obama, you deserve him.

    I am tired of idiots that think we need to kiss their ass for them to support Romney.

    Antagonized? Vote for Obama but pls spare us the BS:

  271. SoHope says:

    is it too greedy of me to want KU to lose too?

  272. Tim V says:

    Jason,haven’t seen much of you lately. fless you.

  273. Bitterlaw says:

    Lehigh? WTF. I could handle Bucknell or American or any other Patriot League school winning but not Lehigh.

  274. Bobby says:

    As an American alum…it is bittersweet….wish it was us.

  275. Bf says:

    Always glad to see Coach K go down. He is human scum. He has this false image (which was stated here) of being so classy and sportsmanlike, but on the court, he’s among the more vulgar coaches harrassing the refs. He’s a two-faced jerk.

  276. addisonst says:

    Dook and michigan both choked. My life is complete. I hate them both. Michigan has now been ravaged by app st, ohio and honda. Osu is now telling michigan to book all games w ohio

  277. addisonst says:

    Coach k is pretentious and a fake. But he’s no paterno. I don’t think he’s pro child rape like paterno and the state of pennsylvania

  278. addisonst says:

    Btw when is jopa day in pennsylvania? Who knew that state was more inbred than alabama?

  279. Bitterlaw says:

    Add – you mf-er. Come to mt house and tell me I’m in favor of child rape. Oh, wait. You won’t because you’re a p*ssy. A loud mouth a-hole on the internet – at least until lisab bitch-slaps you.

  280. Bitterlaw says:

    Is the Chief Justice in chains yet?

  281. addisonst says:

    Bitter penn in general suppors paterno and child rape. You like to impugn others like the states of ms and al for not agreeing w you. Yet your state thinks paterno is great man when he’s scum and was supported by the in bred policies. Psu and the state are a joke and u keep calling names. Whatever dude. I am not here as often bc people like u are boring. So insult away. Your state is a laughingstock that supports the paterno legacy including your gov and every judge. A guy who raped 50 boys is still free. And his boss is a great man. Inbred clowns.

  282. addisonst says:

    Oh and I’m no expert on internet puss** but I’ve never used or heard the phrase. You seem to be an expert on calling names on the internet. I will now ignore your nonsense again for quite some time not bc I’m a pus*** but because you aren’t worth being here for on a daily basis. That’s right. You’re boring

  283. Bitterlaw says:

    Add – you’re not here as often because you were exposed as a lunatic and bitch-slapped by lisab. My problem with Miss. and Alabama was the voters who supported Santorum who said that beating Obama was not their number one priority. If the Governor and every judge in PA supports Sandusky, why is he on trial? I never called you a troll when most here did. You can rant all you want about Pennsylvania. It won’t make you a better person or bring your marriage back, you sad, broken clown.

  284. Bitterlaw says:

    Since you are going to ignore me, we won’t be able to discuss the scumbag Bears who just signed a woman-beating wide receiver. Too bad.

  285. MFG says:

    Another peaceful night on HHR…

  286. Bitterlaw says:

    Temple was blown out? That’s why I don’t bet on sports beyond my yearly $5 entry in my wife’s office pool.

  287. janz says:

    MFG — nice ending to an evening.

  288. Mike M says:

    My apologies if this sentiment has already been shared on this site, but I just can’t take it any longer. In short, Karzai is really pissing me off!

    Everyone can agree that the recent massacre/murders was absolutely reprehensible.

    However, no one seems to be calling Karzai on the carpet to point out how many of his citizens’ lives have been SAVED by the U.S. military and coalition forces over the last 10 years. I say call Karzai’s bluff- go ahead and leave now, lock, stock, and barrel. Lets see how you fare, Mr. Karzai, once the Taliban re-establishes control of the country over the next several months. After the Taliban gets through settling many, many, many “old scores”, the most recent tragedy of 16 murders will pale by comparison.

    Have a great weekend, HHR’s… happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  289. O'Susyque says:

    St. Patricks Day…
    On this day, I always added a O’ to my last name
    when I wrote my name on the board at school. My students would ask me why I did that and that gave me an opportunity to explain the wearing of green and a brief story of St. Patrick.

  290. Tim V says:

    bitterlaw vs add. the hhr wars continue.

  291. Brandon says:

    Add is clearly completely insane.

  292. Wobbles says:

    There are a lot of insane folks here.

  293. Bobbles says:

    Morning, Tina.

  294. bio mom says:

    rasmussen has another strange day of polling. Obama back up to a50, beating Romney by 6 and Santorum by 10. Big change from yesterday in those matchups. Strange.

  295. Cobbles says:

    There are a lot of insane folks here.

    Too many to count or name.

  296. Gobbles says:

    we are all a little crazy

  297. O' SUSYUE says:

    #312…bio mom, Thanks for all the great URL you post.

  298. O' SUSYQUE says:

    My Irish wish for Bitter and Annie…

    May your neighbors respect you,
    Troubles neglect you,
    The angels protect you,
    And Heaven accept you.

  299. Bitterlaw says:

    Thank you, SSQ. I might be able to live up the first one.

  300. O' SUSYQUE says:

    #314…bio mom…that was such a great read. I almost felt sorry for Sentorum and I can only imagine the comments students and teachers there made about his time on the stage!

  301. Bitter's neighbors says:

    316- no you can’t.

  302. Bitterlaw says:

    Suck it, neighbors. I’m glad my cat poops in your garden.

  303. Bitter's neighbors says:

    lol

  304. Wobbles says:

    Too many multiple handles here. This site could use a registration system.

  305. Bobbles says:

    I agree Tina.

  306. Wobbles says:

    Let me see, who uses the most multiple handles here:

    Chekote

    Brandon

    Robbie

    Wes

    Tim V

    (Others)

  307. Wobbles says:

    I am not Tina, strike two.

  308. Wobbles says:

    So Far:

    People have said I am Wes, MD, and Tina.

    All wrong. It is my understanding that these long time posters no longer post here or have taken breaks from posting.

  309. Wobbles says:

    If you would do a search of the HHR archives in 2003, I was here.

  310. Bobbles says:

    Give up the act, Tina. Seriously.

  311. Wobbles says:

    Again, I am not Tina, Brandon.

  312. Wobbles says:

    You should search the archives.

  313. mnw says:

    I notice there is a virtual MSM blackout in MO on Sky Queen’s terrible poll numbers.

    Best-kept secret in Show Me state MSM history.

  314. mnw says:

    When someone tells me, “Go search the archives,” I say, “GFY.”

    I’m not some other poster’s errand boy. The person instructing another poster to “Go search the archives” should do his OWN gd research.

  315. Tim V says:

    wobbles, are you derek ?

  316. Wobbles says:

    Research me? I am a biologist used to research. Sky Queen is very offensive by the way. Maybe, you and Tina would like those names.

  317. Brandon says:

    Wait, wait, how the hell did I get dragged into this? I’ve only posted as Brandon and Poolaris.

  318. Wobbles says:

    Also, proof that I am not Tina. I am a registered Democrat, born and raised in Hawaii. I am not the Hawaiian in name only like the President, however.

  319. Tim V says:

    boaz ?

  320. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Ate we going to start with the false handles again? I for one am not going to tolerate it

  321. Tim V says:

    how about “dallas” ?

  322. Waingro says:

    Ugh, Barry back up to 50% in Ras today and leads Mitt 49-43.

  323. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Patriots close to signing Brandon Lloyd

  324. mnw says:

    Who gives a zh*t who you are?

    Use a fake handle, get ignored.

  325. Brandon says:

    Ugh gonna hate to play the Pats this year.

  326. O' SUSYQUE says:

    Will Corey show up today? I want to know what is going on in Chicago with the election.

  327. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Manning decision Mon or tues

    He has done a really good job of due diligence with this

  328. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Dolphins didn’t get manning if flynn signs with the seahawks they will really be FUTA

  329. Waingro says:

    #342, yup. Reloading for another SB run!

  330. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    If the Nine get manning everything changes

  331. janz says:

    I have come to really enjoy Nate Siver’s ongoing analysis of each primary. Here he has taken on the battle of Chicago versus Illinois for Romney and Santorum. It’s an interesting read, as it incorporates prior election trends and demographics, comparing and contrasting them to today’s trends and demographics.

    A sample is as follows:

    Mr. Romney should do very well, however, in the Chicago suburbs, which still have their share of Republicans. Mr. Romney is not an ideal stylistic fit for the Chicago area: it likes its politicians with a little more salt and bombast than Mr. Romney has. But he is certainly a far better match for suburban Chicago than Mr. Santorum is.

    But while Chicago and downstate come close to balancing out, they do not do so exactly. Mr. Romney has had a very slight lead in the most recent polls of Illinois. And with the candidates spending relatively little time on the ground there, his advantages in advertising and organization should give him a slight edge.

    Still, Illinois is close enough to even that it represents the best and perhaps last opportunity for Mr. Santorum to show that the dynamics of the race have changed.

    In his final analysis Silver’s own predictions are that Romney has an 86% chance of winning Illinois versus Santorum’s 14%. When it comes to WI, though, the predictions are reversed, giving Santorum the much higher likelihood of coming out on top in that state’s primary.

  332. mnw says:

    Walker could use some $$$ help. Looks very close.

  333. janz says:

    A colorful lead-up to the primary in PR. It appears to be more competitive than the other territories.

    Chaotic campaigning for Romney in Puerto Rico

    #349 mnw When is the recall election in WI?

  334. janz says:

    There has been very little ‘news’ regarding todays contest in Missouri, except for this one:Showdown in the show me state

    Their caucus system seems way too complex, IMO.

    In Missouri’s system this cycle, the county caucuses are just the first step. In April, congressional districts will pick their delegates, while the state’s at-large delegates will be picked in June. The 52 delegates sent to the convention will be all be bound to a particular candidate. (Another twist in the Missouri process is that if the mood of state Republicans changes in April and/or June, the delegates chosen to attend the convention won’t necessarily reflect which candidate was popular in the March caucuses.) In other words, the final result for the Missouri contest won’t be known until June.

  335. Wobbles says:

    How can I be ignored? I am been told that I am at least four different posters here by some people using fake handles.

    I know its tough for you that Rush and Romney are going down.

  336. mnw says:

    janz

    Looks like June 5th. The situation, predictably, is complex & confusing. The June 5th date presumes primary elections will be held in May for some GOP state senate recalls– they’re going after 4 MORE GOP state senators, as well as Walker & his LG.

  337. mnw says:

    The MO GOP caucus is a mess, alright, but at the end of the day Santo gets the vast majority of the MO delegates to the convention.

    Some counties (Chariton) have already reported their caucus results, & Santo kicked adz, unfortunately for those who are sane & wish to actually win.

  338. Scott says:

    #339-Waingro
    That Ras 50%approval number is no surprise.I thought it would be higher.Last Saturday,Ras had Obama’s approval at 44% and Romney ahead of him by 6%.Nothing has happened over the past week to engender such dramatic poll swings,other than bad polling.
    It is an understatement to say that Ras’ polling over the past few days has been nothing short of bizarre.

  339. janz says:

    Thanks mnw. I plan on sending Walker some money. One of the GOP senators has already turned in her resignation, due to “family problems.” So, I guess they are trying to find a replacement. It has been a rough slog, though, for the republicans in WI. The unions just won’t give his administration a chance!

  340. janz says:

    #355 Scott

    Is it the polling, or could it be an indication of an erratic public?

  341. Diogenes says:

    Endless waves of money coming from mandatory dues. A complete and utter corruption of the political process.

  342. Wobbles says:

    So, is it the opinion of this blog that Rasmussen is a Democrat and does bad polling?

  343. Jeff G. says:

    I daresay that Rasmussen’s polls have become utterly useless to gauge anything. Has anyone noticed how dramatically his presidential approval and horse race numbers have changed from day to day the past several weeks? Romney went from about six points up on Obama to six points down today. Santorum was within one point of Obama a few days ago, now he’s down 10%. Obama’s approval is 50% today, was 44% a week ago and hit 50% in the prior week. He had Romney winning Mississippi by 8% last Friday (he lost by 2%), and now has Romney winning Illinois by 9%. Based on his recent track record, that poll is useless to me. Is the electorate really that volatile, or have his polls just become complete garbage?

  344. Jeff G. says:

    I see a few people posted on the subject since I started writing #360. I took a while to compose that one.

  345. Emerica says:

    US ISPs become ‘copyright cops’ starting July 12

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/?intcmp=features

    Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United States will soon launch new programs to police their networks in an effort to catch digital pirates and stop illegal file-sharing.

  346. Emerica says:

    #348

    Romney is chief author of Obamacare.

    Funny how Romney has to rely on Chicago like the Democrats and Obama do.

    This is a reoccurring theme this election in that it’s him vs. rural America.

  347. bio mom says:

    352: Romney is not going down. March was his difficult month. We all knew that. Then come his good months and the entire narrative changes.

  348. janz says:

    A little off the topic of elections…however, while Obama is going around the country saying we “can’t drill our way to lower gas prices because we only have 2% of the oil reserves,” This article depicts us as an oil-rich nation after all.

    What Obama fails to include in his stump speeches is that his references deal only with ‘proved oil reserves.’ He’s basically telling a lie by ommission of all the facts. For, according to this analysis we have:

    •At least 86 billion barrels of oil in the Outer Continental Shelf yet to be discovered
    •About 24 billion barrels in shale deposits in the lower 48 states, according to EIA.
    •Up to 2 billion barrels of oil in shale deposits in Alaska’s North Slope
    •Up to 12 billion barrels in ANWR, according to the USGS.
    •As much as 19 billion barrels in the Utah tar sands
    •A stunning 1.4 trillion barrels of oil shale the massive Green River Formation in Wyoming

  349. Enjolras says:

    I sent Walker $25 this week and another $25 2 weeks ago.

    I don’t make much but, every time I pay my bills I send something to Walker, the TEA Party Express, and the USO

  350. janz says:

    Kudos, Enjolras!

  351. Emerica says:

    What Happens When You Disrupt a Santorum Speech With a Homosexual Act?

    USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!USA! USA! USA! USA!

  352. Emerica says:

    Paul supporters came to Normandy today only to be defeated by literally….

    Normandy:

    Three bound delegates have been awarded to #Santorum in Normandy. A convent of nuns came to the #MOcaucus there and took majority. #serious

  353. Emerica says:

    Judging by the tweets overall it looks like Santorum won.

    In the counties he would have lost, the GOP chairs just cheats and illegally bound the delegates or shut it down. Giant circus of a caucus basically.

  354. Annie says:

    315 – Thank you, Susy! I’m wearing my Connemara shamrock pin today in honor of the Galway ancestors -

  355. bio mom says:

    So Santorum gets all of the state delegates.

  356. bio mom says:

    375 is meant as a question.

  357. bob says:

    PPP tweet:

    “No surprise on the first round of our Illinois polling. Romney up by a healthy margin.”

  358. bio mom says:

    Caucuses should be done away with. Skewed results in a state. Tiny percentage of activists determine the entire state outcome.

  359. bio mom says:

    377

    Beware all polls unfortunately.

  360. Emerica says:

    Serious cheating going on in multiple counties some in which Paul supporters had 2/3 supermajorities.

  361. bio mom says:

    380. That stinks.

    Also Santorum making dishonest claims about how many Midwest states he has won and about the delegate count. Then he calls Romney dishonest. What a creep. Just another lifelong Washington pol playing the usual political games. So much for claiming to be the insurgent. Disgusting man.

  362. lisab says:

    A flag depicting an image of President Barack Obama was taken down from Lake County Democratic Party headquarters today after several veterans complained it was a “desecration.”

    A short confrontation at the Democratic office ended when party chairwoman Nancy Hurlbert took down the controversial flag, which had been flying under an American flag on the same flagpole.

    “It’s a cult of personality to show his face, like Stalin or Mao,” said John Masterjohn, a former Marine and retired schoolteacher from Leesburg. “It’s despicable. They don’t realize how sick they are.”

    What’s wrong with an Obama-faced flag? If the President can win a Nobel Peace Prize while waging two wars, he can pretty much do anything.

    And he’s almost finished a whole term. Why haven’t we put his face on our money yet? The U.S. dollar is so worthless now, Republicans might not mind if we put Obama’s head on it.

  363. Emerica says:

    In the past at the national and even state conventions, they end up with competing delegates that both claim to represent their district.

    That could be what happens here. The convention with the GOP chai on their side normally wins, but at a minimum it breeds animosity at the chairman to make sure that he gets fired at the next available election.

    So it ends up being a Sue Lowden situation where the only thing you can do is try to prevent the cheater from being reelected.

  364. Emerica says:

    Donald D ? @DonaldDeez Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    District Caucus in chaos as GOP retaliates on #RonPaul supporters for taking chairmanship. #Seattle

    lol

  365. O'Susyque says:

    #378…bio mom…Frankly, I don’t trust the caucaus’ counts. Remember the 8 that didn’t show up in Iowa. They can easily fudge the count.

  366. Emerica says:

    Donald D ? @DonaldDeez Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    We took the chair from GOP appointees & now they are withholding ballots. Keeping mum. #RonPaul

    I tweeted asking if he could print his own

    chair hiding ballots now!

  367. Emerica says:

    Santo supporters cheating at caucuses that have Paul majorities.

    TheFerg ? @christoferguson Reply Retweeted Favorite · Open
    Santorum people made up fake rules, handed then out, and claim they must be followed and will not accept votes to amend.

  368. Emerica says:

    Santo needs to sweep Missouri to make up for winner take all Arizona

  369. Brandon says:

    Chaos in Missouri. Largest county adjourns without awarding delegates after chair loses control.

    http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-st-louis/largest-mo-caucus-adjourns-without-conducting-business-no-delegates-selected

  370. Emerica says:

    Stupid GOP chairs (who favor Romney) should be running their caucuses legitimately and helping Paul if he wins in theirs in this situation because if Santorum has 50% of the delegates at the state convention he can vote to take 100% of the national delegates.

  371. Emerica says:

    There are a ton of counties that Santorum took 100% in.

    Just because a few of the caucuses randomly get proportional representation at the whim of the moron GOP chairman (in reaction to seeing Paul supporters) doesn’t mean that that will ensure enough non-Santorum people will be elected to stop Santorum from sweeping state convention. Plus it’s cheating.

  372. ParakeetO'Flaherty says:

    Well, Acroso one thing I agree with you on

    This whole delegate selection process is a thermonuclear owlfuqq

  373. Emerica says:

    19 police cars and a helicopter….

    Paul supporters also brought\paid $600 for a professional parliamentarian (president of missouri parliamentarians) and she said they broke all rules.

  374. Brandon says:

    I just don’t know why they can’t just have all 50 states vote and then whoever has the most popular votes after everyone votes is the nominee.

  375. Emerica says:

    Was the meeting property adjourned? I bet the SWAT team was really cramping our style at the convention.

  376. Emerica says:

    “I just don’t know why they can’t just have all 50 states vote and then whoever has the most popular votes after everyone votes is the nominee.”

    Because elections are local, and not run as a national election as it should be.

  377. Emerica says:

    Here’s what actually happened from a first hand account. Basically the crowd fired the chair, and a temp chair (who the audience didn’t want) took over who broke all the rules and appointed the delegates himself.

    My account

    Just got back from the caucus in the park.

    Here’s what went down

    We had about 300+ Paul supporters at the caucus, but we didn’t have a majority. Our camp made a deal with the Romney camp to shut out Santorum and we’d still get our chair and Romeny would get delegates and secretary (I could be wrong on the specifics on this because I heard it all so fast, but some type of deal was made)

    There was a ban on cameras. The temporary chair said before we proceeded the guy recording needed to stop bc it was against the rules. The guy yelled it was for transparency and the chair directed police to remove him which the crowd bood, whistled, and chanted. It was Romney and Paul supporters, and possibly some Santorum people that were all upset about this. The boos drowned out the chair to the point he couldn’t even hear himself and the police withdrew and called in backup. 9 cops showed up one with a motorcycle helmet on. The guy by then had taken the camera off the tripod and we proceeded with the pledge and invocation. Then the temp chair appointed a parliamentarian which is something the elected chair is supposed to do. All points of order were ignored. He then appointed the credentials and rules committee. All poitns of order ignored. He then opened the floor to nominations for the chair which the entire audience was chanting “brent stafford” who was our guy. The temp chair ignored him and instead called one of his buddies on the committee and said he won by voice vote. Points of order and division were ignored.

    At that point the “elected” chair was getting booed and people were chanting and screaming. He adjourned the meeting and said the police will arrest everyone for trespassing.

    The Paul, Romney, and Santorum floor leaders told everyone to stay. We eventaully all went outside to figure out what we were going to do. When we got out there, there was state, local city, county cops and a police helicopter circling overhead. Brent Stafford stood on a chair and told everyone what we needed to do but we needed to do it quick before the SWAT team gets called. 2 minutes later he was arrested and is currently being held. Still trying to figure out what his bail was.

    We all went to a park down the street. Romney, Paul, and Santorum people.

  378. Emerica says:

    What were the charges against Mr Brent?

    Being more popular than the chairman and getting elected as new chairman?

  379. ParakeetO'Flaherty says:

    Thank you Michael Steele

  380. Emerica says:

    At least two caucuses have been shut down completely not to mention lots of cheating by the GOP chairmen at the ones that actually completed their business.

  381. Emerica says:

    O well,

    At least the “homosexuals” were able to disrupt a Santorum event in Puerto Rico.

  382. bio mom says:

    I am concerned about Romney interview on 60 Minutes. They edit with an agenda. Do not trust them. Neither should Mitt.

  383. OHIO JOE says:

    What? The Romney camp does not trust the liberal media all of a sudden?

  384. Brandon says:

    I think the polls in Puerto Rico close at 4:00 EDT tomorrow.

  385. Cory says:

    Looking like my 2nd round upset special (Gonzaga over Ohio State) is not going to happen…

  386. Cory says:

    I guess they’re calling this the 3rd round.

    I think 50% of Gonzaga’s shots are long, 10% are short, and the rest are going in. They’re too excited, or something.

  387. Emerica says:

    stlouis4ronpaul ? @stlouis4ronpaul Close
    Chair refused to acknowledge #RonPaul supporters in Clay county. The GOP chair had struck a deal before the caucus. #mocaucus

    Unbelievably corrupt GOP chairs in Missouri

  388. Emerica says:

    Frothy had a chairman in Clay County who had it rigged for him.

    EyesOnLiberty ? @EyesOnLiberty Close
    @christoferguson @Ronpaulmissouri exactly what happened to me. We lost by 4 votes every time. Chair wouldn’t recognize Romney or Paul people

  389. Cory says:

    Slooooow here today.
    It’s been 45 minutes since someone other than Bunu or I has posted.

    Gonzaga down by 3, they’re hanging around…

  390. Corey says:

    I’m going to see Mitt Romney tomorrow!

  391. ParakeetO'Flaherty says:

    Tell him Louisiana’s parakeets are solidly behind him

  392. O'Susyque says:

    Corey….what do you hear about in Chicago about Mitt’s chances for a win?

  393. Emerica says:

    “People don’t care what I do, they only care about what I say” – Newt Gingrich

  394. Emerica says:

    Santorum thugs attack Paul supporter in Missouri?

    CompGuy ? @FreeSebha Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER SANTORUM SUPPORTERS KNOCK OUT her out for supporting Paul #MOcaucus

    Dunno if legit or not

  395. Emerica says:

    Santorum supporters angry that we stole their milkshake

    Christian Evans ? @cevans93 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Sounds like Santorum will be denied most of Missouri delegates thanks to a combined effort between Paul and Romney supporters.

  396. Brandon says:

    Patriots sign WR Anthony Gonzalez. Maybe the Lloyd deal is falling through.

  397. Emerica says:

    I think that we might be able to win an official challenge against some of these corrupt Santorum chairman\supporters.

    If Missouri were to vote to bind it’s caucus delegates proportionally to its primary, then it would fall into the penalty zone for having too early of a primary and lose half its delegates (like Florida etc.)

    That’s the reason why they made their caucus non binding in the first place.

  398. david says:

    Where has Ras. Reports been polling for the President’s approval? Detroit, Chicago and DC? No with this Pres. has 50%.

  399. Brandon says:

    Scott Rasmussen has been revealed to be a closet Democrat by the HHR Truth Squad.

  400. lisab says:

    when a gop goes around saying

    birth control is bad

    adult web sites should be prosecuted

    and

    single women need to be punished

    the current president looks better and better

  401. Jeff G. says:

    #433,

    And he’s the guy who WON’T be nominated.

  402. janz says:

    This is a parsed and distorted article put out by Fox News. By the headline, “Polling shows Romney/Santorum poised to split upcoming contests”, one would think it meant the rest of the primary season, when, in reality, it refers to the more contested ones in March —> MO (a foregone one for Santorum), Illinois, Lousiana (Santorum is ahead by 4 pts), PR (who knows). But, that’s it for this rosie conclusion about splitting the “upcoming” primaries.

  403. janz says:

    Stuart Rothenberg has one of the most ‘sensible’ analysis of the primaries that I’ve seen for some time: Wins, delegates and the long GOP fight

    But isn’t Romney weak because he can’t win in core Republican states? That was the post-mortem chatter.

    Here is the answer: No. Romney is stronger than Santorum and Gingrich among the kinds of voters — urban and suburban, upscale, the less religious, the more moderate and moderately conservative — who will pick the next president in swing states. Who cares that he is weaker than his GOP rivals in South Carolina, Alabama and even Tennessee?

    In fact, a candidate whose greatest appeal is to evangelical, very conservative voters probably is going to have a hard time in Northern Virginia; suburban Denver; suburban Clark County, Nevada; suburban Ohio and Florida’s I-4 corridor — the moderate voters in swing states who will elect the next president.

    Finally a pundit who takes into consideration a state’s demographics in considering wins and losses. Someone who looks at the entire primary picture as well as the importance of collecting delegates.

    In conclusion, Rotherberg also makes a credible statement about in what way this elongated, heated primary process hurts the GOP.

    The longer the Republican race continues, the more the focus is on the GOP and the less it is on the president. That can’t be good for the eventual Republican nominee.

  404. jason says:

    “Jason,haven’t seen much of you lately. fless you.”

    Glad I am missed…..

    I am traveling but I’ll be back….

  405. jason says:

    “Scott Rasmussen has been revealed to be a closet Democrat by the HHR Truth Squad.”

    Brandon believes PPP-DKos is non-partisan, so he is hardly credible to comment on “truth”.

  406. Brandon says:

    Uh, Jason, if you had been here, you would see I am mocking the morons.

  407. jason says:

    Stuart Rothenburg is a Democratic hack and an idiot, but I agree that Obama is getting a free ride.

  408. jason says:

    “WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER SANTORUM SUPPORTERS KNOCK OUT her out for supporting Paul”

    I think its a typo and should read knocked her up.

  409. Emerica says:

    A Santorum rapist?

  410. Bitterlaw says:

    I was away today. Any good fights?

  411. bio mom says:

    Santo now saying if he wins he wins the nomination. Also that he has a new delegate count. I now despise this insufferable prig. Please mitt, take him out for the good of the country.

  412. bio mom says:

    If he wins Illinois. Sorry.

  413. bio mom says:

    I hate feeling this way. Should never have begun paying attention to politics. Ignorance is bliss.

  414. Wobbles says:

    A lot of whining about Romney.

  415. Emerica says:

    I don’t like Santorum, but I still think it would be bad for the party if Romney manages to win Illinois.

    We don’t want the architect of Obamacare (Mitt Romney) as the spokesman for the party.

  416. Cory says:

    ESPN Tournament Standings are sorted by the score in the R64 round, rather than the overall score.

    Everybody else see that too?

    With 20 Million people filling out brackets, you’d think they would double check that the standings display correctly.

  417. bio mom says:

    No. The whining is about that puts Santorum.

  418. Emerica says:

    Paul won most of the caucuses whenever the chairmen weren’t cheating.
    Boone county Missouri=all Ron Paul

  419. bio mom says:

    Get over it already. Romney did not author Obamacare.

  420. Wobbles says:

    The convention will be brokered. Book it.

  421. jason says:

    ” Paul won most of the caucuses whenever the chairmen weren’t cheating.”

    This is an outrage.

    I demand that all the chairmen who weren’t cheating be fired immediately.

  422. O'Susyque says:

    #433…Lisab….it not All of the gop…it’s Sentorum and Co.

  423. Bitterlaw says:

    Bunu the America-hating bastard cares about who speaks for the GOP? Why? He’s not a Republican.

  424. jason says:

    I think all the Paul supporters were cheating…

    “Some at the Republican caucus don’t consider themselves Republican other than the fact they support Paul on the Republican ticket. That’s a description first-time caucus-goers William Polansky and Caroline Hargrove said applied to them.

    Paul organizers even felt the need to remind supporters planning to attend the caucus that only Republicans could participate: An email that went out on Friday to Youth for Ron Paul members said: “If anybody asks, you are a Republican!”

  425. jason says:

    “The convention will be brokered. Book it.”

    I think you mean catered.

    I think so too.

  426. janz says:

    John Avlon is more of a center right writer. And, because of this moderate meter-reading he will probably be disparaged by those further right of him. However, he makes spot-on points about the quirky far right’s obsession for the perfect conservative candidate in the case for crazy: what the GOP would learn by picking Rick Santorum

    The dangerous groupthink delusion being pushed in conservative circles over the last few years is that ideological purity and electability are one and the same. It is an idea more rooted in faith than reason.

    If Mitt Romney does finally wrestle the nomination to the ground, and then loses to Obama, conservatives will blame the loss on his alleged moderation. The right wing take-away will be to try to nominate a true ideologue in 2016.

    But if someone like Rick Santorum gets the nomination in an upset, the party faithful will get to experience the adrenaline rush of going off a cliff together, like Thelma and Louise—elation followed by an electoral thud.

  427. Emerica says:

    Greene county in Springfield Missouri- 8.5 hour caucus ended with

    65 delegates for Paul, 40 for Romney, 6 Santorum

  428. Tim says:

    #444:
    I agree…….

  429. Bitterlaw says:

    1 county in Missouri has more convention delegates that either Michigan or Ohio? I call BS.

  430. Tim says:

    #433:
    True.

  431. Tim says:

    Helluva game between VCU and Indiana…….

  432. Brandon says:

    I assume they are state convention delegates….

  433. Bitterlaw says:

    If Bunu told me I was Bitterlaw, I would doubt it.

  434. AuthorLMendez, Liberterian For Romney says:

    246 and he’s losing the catholics easy too, they’re even embarrassed by him

  435. hellbelly says:

    …the best sport’s viewing anywhere is on ESPN right now: NCAA wrestling championships!

  436. So? It’s Illinois. Barry’s Illinois. Blago’s Illinois. Hoffa’s Illinois.

    d(^_^)b
    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  437. jason says:

    ” Paul supporters also brought\paid $600 for a professional parliamentarian (president of missouri parliamentarians) and she said they broke all rules.”

    Paul is really incompetent. He buys the buses, the voters, the parliamentarian.

    And still has not won ONE caucus or state.

    Pitiful.

  438. lisab says:

    “…the best sport’s viewing anywhere is on ESPN right now: NCAA wrestling championships!”

    on espn 8 … the ocho … if it’s almost a sport, we’ve got it here?

  439. Tim says:

    #470:
    You do realize that the last GOP Governor of Illinois is also in jail?

  440. jason says:

    Basically Bunu is upset that the small number of Paulbots are not allowed to hijack the whole process.

  441. jason says:

    Mitt now at 94% to win Illinois.

    If anyone thinks Santorum (6%) will win, feel free to get rich.

  442. MFG says:

    Pats got Lloyd

    Jason think your team gets manning?

  443. Emerica says:

    Seattle Washington had their caucus today as well.

    “Donald D ? @DonaldDeez Reply Retweeted Favorite · Open
    #RonPaul tweeps: WE SWEPT OUR DISTRICT CAUCUS in Seattle! All Paul Delegates to State! Even w GOP deception.

  444. jason says:

    “You do realize that the last GOP Governor of Illinois is also in jail?”

    Tim always has some kind of moral equivalency.

    Ted Kennedy was drunk, drove off a bridge and killed a woman?

    No problem, a GOP official was seen spitting on the sidewalk in 1989.

  445. jason says:

    “Jason think your team gets manning?”

    Hope not. Manning is a has been, I prefer Tebow.

  446. MFG says:

    Manning to Denver doesn’t makesense to me he wants a ring now with him are they a SB team??

  447. jason says:

    The deadenders know Santorum is a loser.

    But they still want him.

  448. Brandon says:

    Lol.

  449. jason says:

    Manning can play back-up for Tebow.

  450. Bf says:

    First Bunu and his Paul fanatics told us the Romney supporters were cheating in Maine, now the Santorum supporters are cheating in Missouri.

    Get over it, Bunu! No one likes your bigoted old man. There was no cheating in either Maine nor Missouri. You just want to create a false scenario for why your guy can’t win anywhere.

  451. O'Susyque says:

    I called my cousin in Chicago. I asked her if she was voting for Romney. She said.”I stopped voting because in Chicago they are all a bunch of crooks.

  452. jason says:

    Your cousin is a moron.

  453. Corey says:

    What should I say to Mitt Romney tomorrow if I get to speak to him?

  454. jason says:

    Ron Paul has gotten wiped out wherever people got to vote for a candidate.

    So plan B is to hijack caucuses with a bunch of ill-mannered college students who think by disrupting the proceedings they might get enough people to leave so they can vote themselves in.

    Helluva strategy Bunu.

  455. jason says:

    487. Good luck.

  456. Corey says:

    ok, I’ll go with that over “please adopt me.”

  457. jason says:

    Rumor… I read it on Intrade, has to be true…

    “more interesting news, word is that Santo is pulling out of Illinois, shutting down advertising and events, he is going to Louisiana.. That means that his internal polling also shows him collapsing.”

  458. Muzzle says:

    Somebody please use me on jason. Seriously man, just shut the hell up once in a while. You just came back and you are so damn annoying.

  459. bob says:

    #491:

    You must mean Newt. That is what he has done.

  460. MFG says:

    Lot of Catholics here in LA not a given that pope ricky wins here

  461. jason says:

    Poor Newt, too brilliant for us….

    “The thing I find most disheartening of this campaign is the difficulty of talking about large ideas on a large scale, because the news media can’t cover it and, candidly, my opponents can’t comprehend it,” Gingrich said, while also vowing to continue his campaign to the convention in Tampa this summer.

  462. jason says:

    Hey Muzzle, why don’t just follow the other lemmings off a cliff like a good boy….

  463. Dr. SoHope says:

    My bracket has had a good day today…ready to pounce of the 4 person muddle at 3rd place.

  464. Dr. SoHope says:

    Not that I didn’t enjoy the live twitter feed from bunu on how his poor widdle nazi was being cheated in the Mizzou caucus, but offer this to Bunu…”Ahhh, Shaddup!”

  465. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m in 3d, too (at least I was 10 minutes ago).

  466. a brain says:

    “Seriously man, just shut the hell up once in a while. You just came back”

    One can see that Muzzle has difficulty with simple concepts…..

    If he just came back, was he gone for a awhile?

    Could you please install me on him, it seems like he really needs me.

  467. a brain says:

    “Because elections are local, and not run as a national election as it should be.

    Btw, looks like Emerica needs me too.

  468. Bitterlaw says:

    I also have the most potential points remaining. Just think what would happen if I actually watched college basketball during the season.

  469. Dr. SoHope says:

    I am probably going to drop the NM/LOU game tonight…still made up for my sucky first round.

  470. david says:

    YES, #1 in the Hedgehog NCAA Bracket !!! I will enjoy it while I can.

  471. Bitterlaw says:

    Second place in the bracket. I probably hit my peak but still a good moment.

  472. david says:

    same here Bitterlaw….

  473. david says:

    Not bad for a CPA and an attorney.

  474. lisab says:

    i find it hard to believe that santorum is being considered as a serious contender of the gop

    i have considered obama to be anti-women since 2008 …

    but santorum? really?

    you cannot expect to be treated as a serious political party if you support santorum. you might as well be the i hate women party

  475. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    That’s part of the reason obamas poll numbers are improving

    The simple fact that a psychotic bufoon like pope Ricky can be considered a serious candidate is scaring the crap out of a lot of people

  476. Emerica says:

    Puerto Rico today!

  477. Hall Monitor says:

    #517…RPP…a psychotic bufoon?…That over the top and most disrespectful to call any candidate in the race.

  478. Brandon says:

    Alex Smith visiting with the Dolphins today…

  479. Wobbles says:

    What is new for the Romney Report?

  480. SUSYQUE says:

    This man has to be stopped. Notice, war or emergency. He cannot be trusted.

    Obama Signs Executive Order Allowing For Control Over All US Resources Obama has signed a new Executive Order which gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency WhiteHouse.gov

  481. david says:

    #515, Bitterlaw, I belive you mentioned that you were an attorney and an CPA.

  482. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Smith should have signed when he had a chance

    Fool…