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PPP Says Romney Up By Double Digits in IL

A slow weekend for me at the computer but we do have this from Public Policy Polling’s Twitter feed about their latest poll in Illinois.

Romney’s winning by a larger margin in our Illinois polling than the surveys to date- double digits in today’s calls

Barring any new polls, not much from me until much later tonight….

Posted by Dave at 9:58 am
Filed under: General | Comments (325)

325 Responses to “PPP Says Romney Up By Double Digits in IL”

  1. Wobbles says:

    Although I wish the result was not true, they are the best in the business. I still want a brokered convention and cannot stand the whining for Romney here.

  2. Brandon says:

    BREAKING:

    Obama administration officials seen buying large quantities of chains. Developing….

  3. SUSYQUE says:

    KUHNER: Oust Obama
    In particular, Mr. Panetta – to the amazement of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican – argued that the administration needs only “international permission” to engage in war. In other words, Mr. Panetta stressed that international approval from the United Nations or NATO trumps the sovereign authority ofCongress. The administration is now contemplating whether to topple the brutal regime in Syria or wage devastating airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Mr. Obama seems to view Congress and our system of checks and balances as a nuisance. He is engaged in a massive power grab, behaving more like a Roman emperor unfettered by the will of the people and its duly elected representatives. His worldview is clear – and ominous: America is no longer a self-governing republic, but a supranational state.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/15/oust-obama/

  4. Emerica 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”

    So Suzy, we all know the republicans would do the same thing in war time (Patriot Act, etc) so you’re getting worked up about electing someone from the GOP who will be a benevolent Lord to governor us.

    Once again, this is why the president shouldn’t have an army so that states or individuals are capable of nullifying laws if needed. If he has all the guns, then there is nothing to be done about it.

  5. Todd Palin says:

    Sarah in a brokered convention ! Yeah baby.

  6. bob says:

    PPP had Santorum down in both MS and AL as well. Got to keep things in perspective.

  7. SusyQue says:

    Romney is on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

  8. Emerica says:

    Santorum will win in rural areas, Downstate and the republican strongholds.

    Romney will win in Chicagoland since he’s spokesman for Obamacare.

  9. Rockefeller Republican says:

    Happy Sunday friends, fun-lovers & truth-seekers!

    Gov. Romney should enjoy a victory today in PR…Viva Mitt!!!

    Can anyone shed light on the mess in MO??? Who the heck won yesterday’s caucuses??!! Some of the big suburban/urban counties have postponed until next weekend…

    IL should again affirm that Romney is the only GOPer who can consolidate the suburban vote. Those voters decide elections – as they go, so goes the presidency.

    Happy Sunday all – off to worship with my fellow Presbyterians.

  10. Bitterlaw says:

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

    Comment by david

    If I had any useful job skillz, I would never see the inside of a courtroom again. I am just a lawyer.

  11. jason says:

    Hopefully Mitt wins PR today and gets a little mo for Illinois on Tuesday.

  12. jason says:

    “Romney will win in Chicagoland since he’s spokesman for Obamacare.”

    Uh, not really, Romney will win the Chicago suburbs where there are a lot of votes. Suburbs and exburbs are where elections are decided btw. In swing states like Ohio, Florida, Virginia, etc. the suburban vote will be key.

    And Romney is not the spokesman for Obamacare, as he has committed to repeal it. Since Romney has NEVER advocated for Obamacare, find another lie to tell.

  13. Muzzle says:

    Still waiting for you jason…

  14. a brain says:

    Here, here!!!

  15. jason says:

    “If I had any useful job skillz, I would never see the inside of a courtroom again. I am just a lawyer.”

    Don’t feel bad.

    In nature, supposedly parasites have an important role.

  16. Michael corleone says:

    Here is liberal mitt romney’s record of supporting federal Mandates for healthcare – aka Obamacare.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/did-romney-support-federal-mandate-during-obamacare-debate_633135.html

  17. RoboRobbie says:

    If Mitt wins PR and Illinois, it’s meaningless.

    However, if Santorum wins Louisiana, it’s a sure indication of a brokered convention and further proof Obama will carry the deep south in the GE against Romney.

  18. SusyQue says:

    Saw Romney on Fox Sunday with B.B. He looked good and spoke well and answered all of BB’S questions.
    BB asked and show how much money Romney, Sentorum
    and Newt were spending. I hate the way they make a man who has earned his wealth a negative. Romney’s answer was good. He talked about have an organization to beat ooo and that takes money.
    (paraphrase) Let’s face it the other two guys are
    begging for money, getting some, but still no
    well thought out organization!

  19. jason says:

    “Here is liberal mitt romney’s record of supporting federal Mandates for healthcare”

    Romney has made it clear the MA mandate (in the form of a tax break) was tailored for MA, not for a national plan.

    Also there are huge differences between Obamacare and Romneycare, and the idea that Romney supports Obamacare is a canard only hypocrites and liars can advance.

    If you want to educate yourself a little on the truth about mandates rather than trying to gather snippets of out of context quotes read this.

    http://www.whyromney.com/truth-about-mandates.php

  20. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    16

    If you actually read the piece and the others like it it is clear he is talking about state mandates on each and every.ocassion

    For people who are supposed to be such big Christians its amazing how much you lie

  21. Brandon says:

    It will be interesting to see whether Mitt can get to 50% today in Puerto Rico.

  22. jason says:

    17. Only in the mind of this columnist is Romney’s uncertainty about keeping Fitzgerald a huge problem. Fitzgerald might have bagged Blago, but he also conducted the witch hunt against Scooter Libby and Karl Rove on the ridiculous “outing Plame” story.

    I bet you “keeping Fitzgerald” will rank about 50th in issues important to Illinois voters.

  23. Bitterlaw says:

    Everybody hates lawyers until they need one.

  24. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    No one cares about mandates anyway FatToad supports mandates and he’s the greatest thing in the world

    It’s just a convenient disguise for “get that Mormon”

  25. bio mom says:

    Romney having money is not involved in his spending advantage over his rivals. His superpac and campaign have more money. He has not touched his personal fortune at all this cycle. Did somewhat last cycle.

  26. jason says:

    ” If you actually read the piece and the others like it it is clear he is talking about state mandates on each and every.ocassion”

    It’s ludicrous how the deadenders firmly and religiously believe that the out of contexts quotes attributed to Romney are the Holy Grail.

    Yet all the real quotes he has made about how he does not believe Romneycare is a national solution and that he will repeal Obamacare are not to be believed.

    They believe in Romney if they can put words in his mouth. The real words? Not so much.

  27. bio mom says:

    Is Romney appearing on 600 Minutes tonight or not? I heard he was but have not seen it advertized anywhere so perhaps that was just an inaccurate rumor. Anyone know?

  28. bob says:

    Mitt Romney is simply an average speaker, not nearly as bad as Rick Perry but not as good or charismatic as Sarah Palin or Barack Obama.

    And he neither inspires confidence or inspires the troops.

    And when you are considered an anathema or bane by conservatives you have a dual problem that is very, very difficult to overcome.

    Sure Romney supporters will claim that Romney is inevitable (he probably is) and that conservatives will have no other choice but to vote for Romney, given Obama is the other choice (Obama), but I do believe they are missing the point.

    In a very close election, which the 2012 election is expected to be (similar to 2004) every vote counts, and if enough conservatives stay home or vote 3rd party in enough key swing states, Obama is likely to eke out a narrow victory.

    In 2008 McCain assumed by putting Sarah Palin on the ticket that conservatives would show up en masse. At the end of the day they did not. It was calculated that over 4m conservatives stayed home or voted 3rd party rather than voting for the McCain-Palin ticket.

    Romney could attempt the same strategy but again to little avail.

    With Mitt Romney at the helm, it will be no different and it could even be worse. At least McCain had his foreign affairs/national security issues creds in his favor to appease conservatives. Romney falls short on that score as well as on social conservative issues.

    Romney is a very poor match-up for the Messiah. Obama will use his daily demagouery like a boxer uses his left jab to keep his opponent at bay while scoring (political)points consistently on the campaign trail. At the end of the day, those points will give Obama a narrow win in the electoral college, equivalent to a split decision after a boxing match goes the distance.

  29. bio mom says:

    Not 600 Minutes, 60 minutes. (100 jokes comes to mind).

  30. jason says:

    Newt Gingrich advocates for “transfer of finances” AND a national HC mandate. But of course, for deadenders, this is NOT a problem:

    GINGRICH: Some aspect of the working poor has to involve transfer of finances. To ask people in the lowest paying jobs to bear the full burden of their health insurance is just irrational, it’s not going to happen…One of my conclusions in the last six years, funding the Center for Health Transformation, and looking at what our system is, unless you have 100 percent coverage, you can’t have the right preventive care and you can’t have a rational system. [...]

    If I see someone who’s earning over $50,000 a year, who has made the calculated decision not to buy health insurance. I’m looking at someone who’s absolutely as irresponsible as anybody who is ever on welfare….I’m actually in favor of saying, whatever the appropriate income is, you ought to either have health insurance, or you ought to post a bond.”

  31. bio mom says:

    29. That may be your opinion, it sure is not mine. And Rick Santorum would open up such a long list of targets against him it would lead to a big win for Obama.

  32. jenny-former republican says:

    Again, I heard a minister on a local Christian radio station say, “Before you vote, ask yourself if the candidate is a Christian?” These idiots believe God will punish this country is the president isn’t a Christian. They will never vote for Mitt. If Mitt is going to win, he has to focus on suburban women. Maybe, their votes can offset the loss of the Christian zealots.

    go mitt!

  33. bio mom says:

    LarrySabato: Obama spox easy to read. Never miss opportunity to bash Romney, rarely mention Santorum. So we know how they think R battle will end.1 hour ago on a tweet.

  34. jason says:

    bob, your analysis is full of holes.

    First, Obama was running as a “post-partisan”, “non-partisan” candidate who supposedly was going to introduce a new era of consensus politics to America. A lot of people, even conservatives, bought into that narrative. Now everyone who is not a moonbat knows Obama is a committed leftist, statist, and partisan to the extreme. Conservatives that stay home will know they are electing a socialist, I doubt they will stay home.

    Second, Obama won by 10 million votes, even if the “4 million conservatives” narrative is correct, it would not have made a difference.

    Conservatives know if Obama is elected he will probably succeed in implementing a liberal SCOTUS with an impact on conservative causes for a generation if not permanently.

    So the situation is completely different from McCain. Any conservative with half a brain should be able to see re-electing Obama will be a disaster.

    They will come out in droves to vote for Romney. You read it here first.

  35. jason says:

    “Again, I heard a minister on a local Christian radio station say, “Before you vote, ask yourself if the candidate is a Christian?”

    Someone should ask this guy if he prefers Reverend Wright to a Mormon?

  36. bob says:

    #35:

    Never said that McCain lost the election because conservatives stayed home. But they did allow McCain to lose by a wider margin.

    Similar to 2004, this next election will be decided by 2-3 points either way. And without maximum conservative turnout, Romney won’t win. He won’t lose by much, but a loss is a loss.

  37. Corey says:

    I’m going to see Mitt Romney tonight!

  38. david says:

    #33, yes, and most of these same ministers belive in the secret rapture.

  39. david says:

    #36, I am at the point where I cannot listen to Christian radio. Does anyone in here that listens to Christian radio (e.g. K-Love) think they are big fans of this Administration. Whenever good news comes out (e.g. employment numbers, etc), the announcers are all giddy. I guess to them, abortion on demand is okay.

  40. mnw says:

    Santo wins the primaries in states where zero can’t win, & Mr. Roboto wins the primaries in states where zero can’t lose.

  41. Waingro says:

    “And without maximum conservative turnout, Romney won’t win”

    First of all, even if this happens, which I doubt it will, Barry himself will not get NEARLY the amount of moonbat/leftist turnout that he did in ’08. If anything, it’ll be a wash.

    Secondly, this race is gonna come down to the suburban swing state independent/moderate vote that Barry won last time and where Mitt has an excellent chance of flipping back.

  42. mnw says:

    I voted for Mr. Roboto at the Camden County, MO caucus yesterday. Lot of good it did. Santo took all the delegates. I drove six hours roundtrip, btw,

  43. lisab says:

    it is amazing how the new trlls

    say the exact same thing as the old trolls

  44. mnw says:

    The Illinois Family Institute, affiliated with American Family Association, passed out voters guides at church (Presbyt) this morning.

  45. Todd Palin says:

    if romney is so much more “electable” than Santorum, how does ras get these results ?

    The so-called ‘core four’ states are NC, FL, OH, and VA, and Santorum is leading Obama in each of those states, where as Romney is not:

    RASMUSSEN – President Obama now trails former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The president continues to hold a modest lead in those states.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/obama-trails-santorum-leads-romney-in-obama-core-four-states/

  46. mnw says:

    Again, conservatives ALWAYS turn out to vote for POTUS. But they sometimes deny their energy to a GOP nominee, i.e., McCain, to whom they’re cool.

  47. lisab says:

    Presbyt?

    snake dancers?

  48. jason says:

    “Similar to 2004, this next election will be decided by 2-3 points either way. And without maximum conservative turnout, Romney won’t win. He won’t lose by much, but a loss is a loss.”

    Maximum conservative turnout will be important. But even more important will be for Obama to lose a portion of the moderates and independents he conned into voting for him in 2008. This will make the difference in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and other swing states.

    And Romney is the only guy who can peel these people away from him. Santorum would lose the Indy vote by a huge margin.

    So conservatives will have to decide if they want Obama again or not.

    Not rocket science.

  49. mnw says:

    Right, lisab. We pass around rattlers.

  50. jason says:

    “if romney is so much more “electable” than Santorum, how does ras get these results ?”

    So you believe this poll but you don’t believe the hundreds of other polls that show Romney more competitive against Obama?

    Okayyyy….. 8)

  51. mnw says:

    I still believe, based on my own objective analysis, that Mr. Roboto is more electable than Santo, but I’m no longer entirely sure of it.

  52. Diogenes says:

    A swing voter is worth 2 voters. You get one and the other guy loses one. A base voter is worth one vote. They vote for your guy, third party, or not at all.

    When your base is now smaller than the other guy, it’s smarter to go after the swing voter.

  53. jason says:

    “it is amazing how the new trlls

    say the exact same thing as the old trolls”

    No its not.

    They get their talking points at the same source.

    These people are not exactly independent thinkers.

  54. mnw says:

    That’s certainly how McPain saw it.

  55. lisab says:

    “Right, lisab. We pass around rattlers.”

    do you dance?

  56. mnw says:

    not very well

  57. jason says:

    The idea that McCain lost because he didn’t get the conservative vote is just BS not borne out by any real data.

    McCain lost because he was hugely outspent and was defined as a doddering old fool who didn’t know how many houses he had by the MSM, and Obama convinced swing voters that he was a moderate post partisan guy. Combined with fatigue of the R brand it was a miracle McCain was even competitive as late as September.

    The economic crash ended McCain’s surge.

    The conservative vote narrative is just a myth.

  58. mnw says:

    I didn’t say, nor have I ever, that McVain lost the conservative vote. Given zero as the alternative, conservative all voted for McPain.

    But they didn’t ring doorbells; waive signs; volunteer at GOP HQ to make phone calls; write checks; or drive voters to the polls.

  59. jason says:

    Santo wins the primaries in states where zero can’t win,

    True

    & Mr. Roboto wins the primaries in states where zero can’t lose

    Wrong.

    Romney has won in NH, VA, OH, FL, and NV, for example, all swing states that could be competitive in November.

  60. Poolaris says:

    It most certainly is not a myth. Have you not seen my elaborate analysis that 10 million conservatives stayed home which swung the election to Obama?

    -Poolaris

  61. mnw says:

    Roboto also cruises in CA; NY; IL; MA; & HI.

    Amnesty Boy really had conservatives jazzed in ’08, alright.

  62. jason says:

    “But they didn’t ring doorbells; waive signs; volunteer at GOP HQ to make phone calls; write checks; or drive voters to the polls.”

    Maybe, but that may have been due to the perception that Obama was going to win anyway, which dampens enthusiasm.

    I have an idea that if Romney is competitive in the polls after the convention, it may be different.

  63. jason says:

    “Have you not seen my elaborate analysis that 10 million conservatives stayed home which swung the election to Obama?”

    Yes, your brilliance, but the question remains of why someone with such an advanced brain like yours didn’t see that happening.

  64. mnw says:

    It may have been because they hated Amnesty Boy/Gang of 7 Boy only slightly less than they hated zero, too.

    I don’t think conservatives have the same animus against Romney as they did against McVain, Not even close.

  65. ParakeetO'Flaherty says:

    OK

    Don’t be enthused

    Lose the fuqqing election and concede the Supreme Court for the next generation

  66. Poolaris says:

    “A little more than one-third of Republicans say they would vote “enthusiastically” for either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum if either candidate were to win their party’s nomination for president. Slightly fewer say they would vote enthusiastically for Newt Gingrich. This level of enthusiasm is similar to Republicans’ feelings about voting for Romney in early 2008, but lower than the enthusiasm level for that year’s eventual GOP nominee, John McCain.”

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/153272/Romney-Santorum-Stir-Less-Enthusiasm-McCain.aspx

  67. MFG says:

    Why do people have to be enthused?

    If you need a dental implant you get it, if you need a root canal you get it you do what needs to be done when something is important

    Are “conservatives” children?

  68. Wobbles says:

    The brokered convention is likely because of Romney.

    Also, based on what is filtering out, he appears to have bombed on 60 minutes.

  69. lisab says:

    the election will be won or lost in five states

    none of them are solid red states

  70. Wobbles says:

    That just proves that the Republicans will lose. In 2008, people despised McCain and the enthusiasm gap was very apparent. Now, this same gap with Romney appears even worse.

  71. Emerica says:

    The Romney people are basically trying to sabotage the GOP by nominating this guy.

  72. Wobbles says:

    Correction: The Election is lost no matter what thrash the Rs field.

  73. dinglewoodnorwoodbill says:

    Mittbot idiots, Obama will WIN IL in the general, against BOTH Rombo and Santy.

    Learn to read:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/17/rasmussen-santorum-leads-but-romney-trails-obama-in-four-core-states/

    Santorum is the only credible candidate on Obamacare, Mittens the least, due to fathering it with his MA HC plan, AND his urdging Obama to adopt a one size fits all policy with a national mandate, which means he lied 20 times in debates and continues to do so.

    Coonventional wisdom by Karl Rove, the person who supported FORD against Reagan in 1976′s NEAR brokered convention, BTW, is not wise at all.

    Santorum fully potentially puts PA in play, outright, and that will force Obama to campaign there and spend money on it. If he loses it, he will not be re-elected.

    It’s suicide going with a person who gives away the issue of national health care 1000% in swing states like OH, where it’s unpopular, using a guy like Romney.

    Pick Rick.

  74. janz says:

    The only statement that makes absolute sense to me, regarding this tedious primary, is that Obama is wiping his forehead with relief.

    The longer the primary is drawn out, the less attention is given to our current prez’s disasterous 1st term in office. The more candidates bash each other, the more money Obama draws into his own reelection coffers, and the less time there is for the eventual GOP nominee to enrich his own GE campaign funds.

    We are engaged in the law of diminishing returns the longer confusion reigns in who we annoint as the R to go up against Obama. It is becoming more of a campaign of egos, Rick Santporum, Newt Gingrich trying to oust Romney from the ring of contention, than consolidation around the goal of not allowing Obama a 2nd term.

    This kind of individual drama might be entertaining in wrestling. However, in elections like we’re having, IMO, it is only draining and dehabilitating the primary purpose of 2012 — to unseat Obama.

  75. bio mom says:

    The biggest difference this year is that Obama now has a record to defend. He cannot defend it. Santorum makes the election about his wacky social issues. Romney will make it about Obama.

  76. Emerica says:

    The ramifications of the arrival of “Smart Meters.”

    A search without a warrant every single day.

    Smart meters are also radio transmitters so some police stations also use “smart meter” radio freq to locate marijuana grow houses, illegal business and generally servile the public

    These are actually no different than wire tapping devices, but the power companies get away with it.

  77. bob says:

    Gallup daily tracking poll:

    GOP contenders:

    Romney 36% (0)

    Santorum 28% (0)

    Gingrich 12% (-1)

    Paul 11% (+1)

    NB: Newt Gingrich has lost 5 points in support in the last 5 days.

  78. SusyQue says:

    From now on I am going to skip reading the anti-romney posts. It’s like having alan colmes
    refuting everything I believe is right. I don’t need that.
    I would like to know who thought up this primary schedule/style. It’s a political treasure hunt for delegates!

  79. Bitterlaw says:

    Is Bob really Dingle really Grace really Cheksux? The long, ranting stupidity is very similar.

  80. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Illinois looks like a Thermonuclear OwlFuqq for pope Ricky the retards are all aflutter today

  81. bob says:

    #81:

    For a simpleton like me, what exactly did you just post?

  82. Brandon says:

    Things I learned from BJG today:

    If Obama thinks he might lose, he will declare martial law and suspend the elections.

  83. Emerica says:

    Pope Ricky’s biggest supporter incensed at Paul-Romney narrow victory at Missouri’s third biggest county

    In the end, the caucus unfolded much like an eight-hour episode episode of CBS’s “Survivor.” With Newt Gingrich skipping Missouri (he was not on the primary ballot), Santorum was outflanked by the Romney/Paul alliance. The final vote was 407-353. The tribe had spoken.
    As the writing on the wall became clear, Santorum supporters became increasingly incensed.
    “You’re out of order!” caucus chairwoman Danette Proctor repeated over and over as the Santorum uprising reached the center aisle microphone.
    Many with Santorum stickers said their piece, then left in disgust before the final vote, the ultimate outcome already a foregone conclusion.

  84. Bitterlaw says:

    Brandon- is Add over on the Island? They might make him King with his Chief Justice in chains theory.

  85. SusyQue says:

    #81…RPP…please, what are you saying in your post: Thermonuclear OwlFuqq? Just say it in standard English. Thank you.

  86. Brandon says:

    Essentially what he is trying to say is that Santorum is going to get raped in Illinois.

  87. Brandon says:

    Bitter, I haven’t seen him over there, but I’m sure he’d fit right in.

  88. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    In other words, Santorum will be badly beaten in IL and his followers and the trolls are especially upset because they can see this coming

  89. jason says:

    ” Santorum fully potentially puts PA in play, outright,”

    Funny.

    Santorum lost his senate race by 18 points.

    He is a non-entity here, a complete has been.

    Santorum will not put PA in play, that is a complete joke.

  90. EML says:

    Guys we MUST nominate Santorum. Only by bringing out the base with a far right ideologue can we win elections. Just ask President Goldwater and Senator O’Donnell.

  91. jason says:

    Debt is 15 trillion and climbing, real unemployment is 15%, gas is 4 bucks, etc.

    What is Rick Santorum talking about?

    ” Rick Santorum doubled down Sunday on a campaign promise to crack down on the distribution of explicit pornography if elected president, saying exposure to the content “can be very damaging.”

  92. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Will that be before or after he “kicks single mothers in the ass”?

  93. jason says:

    ” distribution of explicit pornography”

    Hey Ricky, have you ever heard of the Internet?

  94. Senator Angle says:

    92. I agree.

  95. RoboRobbie says:

    What time do polls close in the meaningless (Romney wins) or decisive (Santorum wins) PR primary?

  96. SoHope says:

    How awesome would it be to have UNC beat #8 Creighton, then beat either #12 USF or #13 Ohio, then to face #11 NC State (who we have beat by double digits 3 times this season) to get to the Final Four.

  97. Brandon says:

    I think 4 PM.

  98. DrJay says:

    “Washington (CNN) — Mitt Romney escalated Republican attacks on President Barack Obama’s energy policies Sunday, calling for the firing or resignations of what he labeled the “gas hike trio” of top energy and environment officials in the administration…

    decide who will run against Obama in November.

    “There’s no question” that Obama is to blame for higher gas prices, Romney said on Fox, adding that the president wanted higher energy costs to help speed the transition from oil and other fossil fuels.

    “He has selected three people to help him implement that program,” Romney said of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, “and this gas hike trio has been doing the job over the last three and a half years, and gas prices are up.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/18/politics/romney-obama-energy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

  99. DrJay says:

    For SSQ, just in case:

    “decide who will run against Obama in November.”

    don’t know how that got in there… bad cut/paste job…

  100. jason says:

    Deadenders, time to get rich.

    Romney at 94% at Intrade for IL.

  101. DrJay says:

    congrats to NC State…

  102. DrJay says:

    …first Cinderella into the sweet 16

  103. jason says:

    Turnout in GOP primary in PR predicted to be 150k…..

    If anyone can get to 50% he gets all the delegates, otherwise it will be proportional.

  104. Emerica says:

    Pope Ricky doubles down on fight against Pornography

    To black out foreign sites, Santorum would likely need legislative action requiring Internet service providers to use “a mandatory filter set up by the government or by the service providers,” said Volokh.

  105. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Someone somewhere be lookin at t*tties!!!

    “Government intervention now!!”

  106. Brandon says:

    I heard a 400k vote prediction.

  107. Emerica says:

    #109

    I don’t think “t*tties” are classified as obscene.

    He’s talking about gay sex.

  108. jason says:

    Turnout appeared light around the island and officials predicted about 150,000 people would cast ballots in the Republican primary. Among them was Francisco Rodriguez, a 76-year-old pro-statehood architect who was supporting Romney, in part because the former Massachusetts governor had secured the endorsement of Gov. Luis Fortuno and other leading politicians. “He has a stronger connection to Puerto Rico and that will help us in the process of becoming a state.”

  109. SoHope says:

    #36, During the NFL & NBA drafts I always email the Panther’s & Bobcat’s GM to be sure to draft the most religious players available.

    http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-KI756_gleegr_E_20101005192544.jpg

    http://onlyagame.wbur.org/files/2012/03/0302_oag_beren.jpg

  110. Brandon says:

    “Adolfo Krans, a political analyst who hosts a daily radio talk show on the island, predicted that the turnout in Sunday’s primary will be high – some projections hover around 400,000, which would be more than the first two primary states to vote – Iowa and New Hampshire – combined – and that Romney holds the upper hand.”

  111. Brandon says:

    Haley Barbour voted for Gingrich in Mississippi.

  112. jason says:

    PR only has 4 million people, of which about 30% are under 18. So 400k would be a gigantic turnout.

  113. Brandon says:

    The 1980 primary had about 400k. The 2000 primary only had 93k.

  114. Brandon says:

    Alex Smith to visit Seattle after he leaves Miami…

  115. jason says:

    PR has 2.3 million eligible voters. Let’s say half are Democrats. I don’t believe the turnout will be 400k. But if it is, great.

  116. bio mom says:

    I thought this was the first primary. Previously caucuses?

  117. Brandon says:

    Well I don’t think it’s a completely closed primary.

  118. Brandon says:

    ’08 was a caucus, but there have been primaries in the past.

  119. Brandon says:

    This is what CNN has:

    In order to vote in the GOP presidential primary in Puerto Rico, voters must sign a “Republican Party of Puerto Rico Affiliation Form” pledging commitment to the ideological principles of the Party

    So all Dems have to do is sign a paper to do a little Operation Chaos. And apparently they Dems have been advocating that there:

    Jose Luis Fernandez, the host of “Mesa Presidencial,” a show on Univision Radio WKAQ 580AM in Puerto Rico, is not so sure. He believes that Santorum has the potential to exceed expectations on the island and ensure a split of the 23 delegates.

    “Even though Governor Fortuño endorsed Romney, and many believe that it would be easy for him to get the 23 delegates, it may not necessarily be the case,” Fernandez said. “I have heard of Democrats, many within the Popular Democratic Party [commonwealth advocates] in Puerto Rico mobilizing their people to vote for Santorum or against Romney. Remember what happened in Michigan, where over 100,000 Democrats voted for Santorum. If commonwealth supporters actively encourage their people to vote for Santorum, this could present a difficult scenario for Romney.

  120. jason says:

    Fred Karger and Buddy Roemer are on the GOP ballot…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico_Republican_primary,_2012#Results

    Btw an interesting fact:

    On a per capita basis, it has sent more active duty forces to Iraq and Afghanistan than all U.S. states except Nevada, according to Defense Department figures.

  121. SoHope says:

    FYI, I got a late night text from the hottie that Wes called “Fire Crotch”. After 2 months of silence she wanted to see if I wanted to go out last night.

    I told her I had my kids but would be free next Saturday as long as she is OK with watching the Tar Heels play either at a sports bar or at my house…She said yes.

  122. jason says:

    “voters must sign a “Republican Party of Puerto Rico Affiliation Form” pledging commitment to the ideological principles of the Party”

    Activists may be willing to do this. Regular folks who are not Rs won’t go this far. Just my gut feeling.

  123. jason says:

    Well we will soon know if the turnout is 150k or 400k and whether operation chaos worked or not.

  124. Emerica says:

    I was just listening to Courtney Love and I think she’s a bit underated.

  125. Brandon says:

    No one cares Bubu.

  126. Brandon says:

    Bubu, how is Senor Paul going to do in PR today?

  127. Emerica says:

    …Probably not as well as ‘Senador Puertorriqueño’ as he has nicknamed himself.

  128. barrie o. says:

    I think after the first 50 states have caucuses or primaries Ron Paul is going to start doing well in the next 7.

  129. SusyQue says:

    Grover Norquist Predicts Republican Sweep

    “We’re going to have a Republican House after this next election. We’re going to have a Republican Senate after this next election,” he said on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sunday.
    Norquist added: “The Republicans are now in a position where they will govern from the House and the Senate in the same way that the Democrats did for 60 years.”

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/grover-norquist-predicts-republican-sweep-20120318

  130. bio mom says:

    123

    this is tiresome. Santo supporters should be ashamed . It just helps Obama.

  131. jason says:

    “I got a late night text from the hottie that Wes called “Fire Crotch”.

    Sounds too good for college basketball.

  132. Brandon says:

    Fire Crotch? She has crabs?

  133. SusyQue says:

    Oops! Rick Santorum calls Puerto Rico ‘a Spanish-speaking country

    Rick Santorum delivered yet another gaffe about Puerto Rico on Sunday as voters there head to the polls for the Republican primary.
    The former Pennsylvania senator referred to the United States commonwealth as a “Spanish-speaking country” on ABC’s “This Week.”
    Although Santorum was quick to fix his mistake, it was yet another example of how the presidential wanna-be has stumbled in his efforts to gain support among the island’s Republican voters.
    Santorum made the error while he was trying to explain his previous comments that Puerto Rico’s residents would have to speak English as a condition of being admitted as the U.S.’s 51st state.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/election-2012/oops-rick-santorum-calls-puerto-rico-a-spanish-speaking-country-article-1.1041757#ixzz1pV00Xwfn

  134. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    What a fool…

  135. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Whats next?

    “I hope these colored people vote for me”?

  136. SusyQue says:

    #88…Brandon…Thanks. Where did you learn
    to read RPP-gibberish!?!

  137. Brandon says:

    Polls closed in PR.

  138. Brandon says:

    First votes in:

    Romney: 87%
    Santorum: 12%

  139. SoHope says:

    b/c she’s a redhead, brandon.

  140. Brandon says:

    Don’t think this one is going to be all that suspenseful.

    Romney: 88%
    Santorum: 9%
    Paul: 1%

  141. Brandon says:

    Fred Karger has 1 vote so far…Newt Gingrich 0. HAHA.

  142. Apologetic California says:

    Votes tallied so far is just over 100. Chillax peeps.

  143. SoHope says:

    “I see that both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum now have Secret Service with them on the campaign trail,” Brown said. “And in Santorum’s case, I think it’s the first time he’s actually ever used protection.”

    -Sen. Scott Brown

  144. Brandon says:

    40 minutes and we have 104 votes counted? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  145. Brandon says:

    Santorum and Romney negotiated a truce in Illinois for ballot access. Both of them failed to meet the requirements.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74152.html

  146. AuthorLMendez, Liberterian For Romney says:

    as a Puerto Rican I am offended at these constant slips by Santorum, his ignorance is in full show

  147. jason says:

    CNN Romney 245 Santorum 19

  148. Phil says:

    At this rate, we should have the PR finalresults a few days prior to the convention in Tampa.

  149. jason says:

    Romney 424 Santorum 34 Newt 5 Paul 2

    1% Reporting

  150. Jerry muthertruckin' Cruncher says:

    Whatever

  151. jason says:

    Romney 700
    Santorum 65
    Newt 7
    Paul 6

  152. lisab says:

    “when Alexandra Pelosi and Bill Maher call you out on your liberal bias, you may have a problem.”

    According to Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), HBO executives in New York were horrified at the thought of running a video she made depicting welfare recipients as, in her words, “freeloading welfare queens.”

    “I have offended everybody at HBO, in New York,” she told Bill Maher during a segment on this week’s “Real Time.” “All of the people I work with, they said ‘you can’t put that on TV.’ Somehow it was ok to do it to the toothless rednecks,” Pelosi continued, referring to a segment she made last week for the same program showing voters in Mississippi making racially charged statements about President Obama and ignorant statements about federal welfare programs.

  153. bubu says:

    This is an outrage. Paul should have 10 votes by now not 6.

  154. Phil says:

    Add another 20 delegades for Romney. He just quietly keeps piling up his delegate count.

  155. Emerica says:

    santorum_n_1355916.html”>Santorum doubles down in fight against pornography. Says this is not even a Priority For Obama Administration

    “They [the libertarian right] have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulation low and that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues, you know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world, and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone…”

    -Rick Santorum

  156. Barrett says:

    Well Bunu, I agree with you on that one.

    Thus far it seems the people of Puerto Rico agree as well.

  157. Emerica says:

    BTW- Santorum home schooled all his kids in an Opus Dei school so he might believe that Martin Luther was a heretic and Protestant needs to be reversed. He also attends Opus Dei events.

  158. lisab says:

    “Santorum doubles down in fight against pornography.”

    good idea

    because beautiful naked women are very unpopular with the populace

  159. EML says:

    3% reporting

    Romney 1717
    Santorum 119
    Gingrich 27
    Paul 18

  160. Muzzle says:

    Santorum wasted two days campaigning in Puerto Rico. Moron.

  161. SoHope says:

    Politics and the rest of the universe is on pause…the Tar Heels are now playing.

  162. bob says:

    #166:

    If truth be known he considered it a “working vacation.”

  163. Wobbles says:

    The real contests are Missouri and Louisiana.

  164. jenny-former republican says:

    #161, isn’t porn protected by the first amendment? will someone please ask the pious creep if he has watched porn?

  165. bubu says:

    Ron Paul voters were bused to the Richport Chinese Restaurant in Richmond Virginia by mistake.

    More dirty tricks by Romney.

  166. Bitterlaw says:

    Santorum home schooled all his kids in an Opus Dei school so he might believe that Martin Luther was a heretic and Protestant needs to be reversed

    Are you sleeping, lisab? I thought you would have hit that one out of the park. Wake up!

  167. jason says:

    PR so far is not a primary, it’s a massacre.

    Romney 3295
    Santorum 297
    Newt 51
    Paul 25

    3% in

  168. RoboRobbie says:

    Hispanic voters hate Romney.

    I read it on the Internet.

  169. SoHope says:

    Checking in during TV timeout.

    The Mormon, RINO, elite establishment fifedom is coming through big for Romney.

  170. Barrett says:

    #173 – Those numbers are unamerican!

  171. lisab says:

    santorum is not going t like this movie

    “Nude Nuns with Big Guns”

    Sister Sarah (Asun Ortega) is caught trying to smuggle a package of product in her vestments during an exchange between drug trafficking priests and a biker gang called Los Muertos. As punishment, the priests pimp her out to the bikers who shoot her so full of heroin that she develops one hell of a Joan of Arc complex. When an aging heroin cooker named Mr. Foo (Maxie J. Santillan Jr.) cleans her up and gives her two shiny pistols, she thanks him by shooting him in the back.

    “I have to show no mercy,” she explains, “even to those who show mercy on me.” As the film’s tagline says, “This sister is one bad mother.”

  172. Brandon says:

    Looks like a light turnout. Maybe 100k.

  173. bob says:

    Too bad for Romney that every state doesn’t have the demographics of Puerto Rico.

  174. EML says:

    Can’t call the race unless Romney is over 90%. Another disappointing result for Mitt.

  175. lisab says:

    Nude Nuns with Big Guns – OFFICIAL TRAILER

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubtt1RDk_M0

  176. Tim says:

    #173:
    I think the pic of Santorum shirtless did him in, there……..

  177. lisab says:

    “Too bad for Romney that every state doesn’t have the demographics of Puerto Rico.”

    exactly … a candidate who does well with hispanics would be a real handicap in the 57 states

  178. EML says:

    179 – It would appear that Puerto Rican GOP voters have a higher IQ than many stateside GOP voters.

  179. Bobby says:

    Anyone have a link to the PR results

  180. Tim says:

    #164:
    That’s why all men hate Hooters. Who wants a perfectly good meal ruined, when it’s served by scantily clad beautiful women with large breasts?

  181. Brandon says:

    Romney down to 81%. Slacker.

  182. lisab says:

    “Who wants a perfectly good meal ruined, when it’s served by scantily clad beautiful women with large breasts?”

    men hate big breasts

  183. SusyQue says:

    Memo to Romney Staffers: These Dark Days Will Pass
    by Mark McKinnon

    They guided their man to frontrunner status, despite his health-care handicap, and now he’s facing a delegate battle and constant ‘Seamus’ references. But former Bush and McCain adviser Mark McKinnon tells Romney’s foot soldiers that their man will win.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/17/mark-mckinnon-s-memo-to-romney-staffers-these-dark-days-will-pass.html

  184. mnw says:

    The Santo supporters’ prayer: “Give us this day our daily illusion.”

  185. Wobbles says:

    The convention will still be brokered, mark my words.

  186. Brandon says:

    Fred Karger and Buddy Roemer are both ahead of Ron Paul. No joke.

  187. DrJay says:

    5:00 left in 1st half

    Norfolk State: 15
    Kenny Boynton: 10

    Too bad for Norfolk State the rest of the Gators have 27…

  188. bio mom says:

    cnn declares Romney the winner. Currently up 82 to 8

  189. DrJay says:

    3:00 left in 1st half

    No one for Norfolk State has more than 3 points… no one has made more than one shot.

    Is this close to some sort of record for futility?

  190. SusyQue says:

    Romney wins Puerto Rico!

  191. SusyQue says:

    #196…bio mom…just saw your post after I got the news. Hope he gets 90+

  192. SusyQue says:

    Romney 14% reporting 83% of the vote

  193. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Them colored people who don’t speak English didn’t vote for pope Ricky

    Shocking!

  194. SusyQue says:

    Was Corey going to see Mitt today?

  195. SusyQue says:

    Puerto Ricans in the USA might favor voting
    for Romney in the primary.

  196. DrJay says:

    Halftime:

    Gators: 47
    NorfolkSt: 19

    Question: More embarrassing for Norfolk State or Missouri?

  197. david says:

    #204, i have to say Missouri

  198. Bobby says:

    CNN Projecting Romney will take 22/23 delegates (1 uncommitted came out for Gingrich a while back)

  199. Bitterlaw says:

    men hate big breasts

    Comment by lisab — March 18, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    And women hate big . . .

    We now return you to the real world.

  200. SoHope says:

    Santorum would only have had to increase his percentage of the vote by 525% he could have gotten the 50% needed to deny Romney all the delegates.

  201. Brandon says:

    Mitt will easily clear the 50% mark. I can’t believe Santorum spent two days in PR rather than in Illinois. Mind blowing stuff there.

  202. Brandon says:

    Hey Bubu, why is Ron Paul losing to Fred Karger, Buddy Roemer, and the “others” line on the ballot(I guess write-ins).

  203. Bobby says:

    PPP will have a poll out of IL tonight…should be Romney by 10+

  204. Brandon says:

    4 hours and 20% of the vote is in. Jesus.

  205. Todd McCain says:

    Catholics dont like Santorum. I hope everyone is getting that ingrained in their skulls. We dont like being associated with these religious freaks like Santorum. Romney has been consistently winning Catholics the whole primary season. Now he just won a landslide with an overwhelmingly Catholic voting bloc. GO MITT. Cafeteria Catholics for Mitt!

  206. Pope Ben. says:

    #21…If Santorum is a strict Catholic, why are you calling him a freak?

  207. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    He’s a pre Vatican two lunatic way way out of the mainstream of average Catholic thought

  208. Todd McCain says:

    He is a freak. He wants to ban contraception and porn — enough said.

  209. Bitterlaw says:

    As a Catholic, I don’t feel a need to make other people believe what I believe. As I have said repeatedly, I don’t care if you all go to Hell if it increases my slim chance of sneaking into Heaven.

  210. Barrett says:

    Bitter, for your statement in #218, you are today’s favorite Catholic

  211. Barrett says:

    This just in: 11% of republicans in Puerto Rico HATE MITT ROMNEY

    …actually, that’s not bad!

  212. mnw says:

    I am not a Santo fan at all, but he’s never said he wants to ban contraception. That’s unfair & untrue.

  213. Pope Ben. says:

    216-217…Let us be honest. The Catholic church teaches not to use contraceptives of any kind. Also that porn produces lustful
    thoughts and actions and is also disapproved. So Santorum isn’t wrong or weird, he just is following what the church teaches.

    Church teaches that the unnatural or artificial means of birth
    control are immoral and blameworthy? Yes. In Humanae Vitae, the
    first-named form of illicit or unnatural method of birth control is
    abortion (n. 14).[3]

    Then, “equally to be excluded, as the teaching authority of the Church has
    frequently declared, is direct sterilization, whether perpetual or
    temporary whether of the man or woman” (Humanae Vitae, 14). This condemns tubal ligations, vasectomies, and the Pill.
    “Similarly excluded is every action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of it snatural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” (Humanae Vitae, 14). Such unnatural forms include the Pill, the intrauterine device, foams, diaphragms, condoms, withdrawal, or solitary masturbation and sodomistic practices.

  214. MFG says:

    He has said he wants to talk about the dangers of contraception and he has said he thinks it hurts women

    Hes a fuqqing lunatic wildly out of step with the country on this issue (and others)

  215. MFG says:

    222

    Yes and there are no catholics anywhere who follow those teachings on contraception

  216. MFG says:

    There’s theoretical nonsense and then there is reality

    Virtually no Catholics anywhere are opposed to birth control this is a lunatic position especially if you hate abortion

  217. Pope Ben. says:

    Many Catholics find it very difficult to follow what the church says about contraception. You have a right to follow your own conscience and Santorum has a right to follow his conscience.

    Name calling is inappropriate when people are following their
    conscience.

  218. MFG says:

    A priesthood filled with closeted gays lecturing married couples against contraception I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

  219. Annie says:

    Upon hearing that Santorum now has Secret Service protection, Sen. Scott Brown quipped that it was probably the first protection Santorum has ever used.

  220. MFG says:

    226

    Hes not running for pope, bishop or monseigneur

    He’s running for a SECULAR office and seems to have no conception that in running for a SECULAR office he MAY NOT impose these views on everyone else

  221. Pope Ben. says:

    It is time to return to Rome. Be at peace.

  222. lisab says:

    cnn has a big special on the benefits of government health insurance

  223. lisab says:

    now pushing the heritage foundation’s individual mandate

  224. Walt says:

    Two words:

    Delegate Count
    *******************************
    Looks like voters in PR are pretty much in one accord after kicking all the various candidates tires and looking under the hoods.

  225. Pope Ben. says:

    228…Annie…called my cousin in Chicago she remembered we lived on Indiana Ave. off of 78th street. When we went to the beach we took 78th street all the way to Lake Michigan. Now the area is a black neighborhood.

  226. SusyQue says:

    Oh no…I forgot to change my Moniker….LOL!

  227. Walt says:

    On a far more important matter, my high school alma mater (and where I taught for 33 years) won the state AAA boys basketball state championship this Sat.

    GO IGGLES!!!!

  228. SoHope says:

    Wow…our region is really crumbling before UNC.

    KU is down 8 against Purdue almost a quarter of the way through the game.

  229. SusyQue says:

    Great photo of Ann Romney on Drudge!

  230. SusyQue says:

    #236…Great Walt! What subjects did you teach?

  231. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Susyque using fake handles!!!

    What has this world come to?

  232. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Congrats Walt!

  233. SusyQue says:

    240…RPP…I laughed so hard I my sides ached.

  234. SoHope says:

    #1…King of the Mountain
    #2…Kansas trailing Purdue by 4
    #3…gone
    #4…gone
    #5…gone
    #6…gone
    #7…gone
    #8…gone
    #9…gone
    #10..Purdue leading Kansas
    #11…Plays winner of the KU/Purdue game
    #12…gone
    #13…The next victim of UNC
    #14…gone
    #15…gone
    #16…gone

  235. Walt says:

    242.240…RPP…I laughed so hard I my sides ached.
    *****************************
    That’s nothing…I laughed so hard tears came down my leg.

  236. Walt says:

    SSQ–

    In 33 years I taught 19 subjects in grades 7 through 12–including a math class and an english class. Double teaching fields in Business and Social Studies.
    ****************************
    Mostly taught social studies to 11th and 12th graders. Last 8 or 10 years taught AP Psych, regular Psyche, 11 Honors American History (since 1898), 11 regular American History.

    Kids nickname for me was “Dr. Death”.

  237. EML says:

    Maybe we need to let the puerto ricans run the country. Seems like they have a lot more sense than the people here.

  238. Annie says:

    234 – I know the neighborhood well! At least how it was in the ’60s and ’70s – probably would need a police escort to travel through there now – unfortunately.

  239. SusyQue says:

    Annie..did you remember the beautiful brick buildings…some were a golden color others were deep red.

  240. SusyQue says:

    #245…Wow, you must have had a lot of lesson plans with all the different subjects at one time or another. Why were you called Dr, Death?

  241. Annie says:

    That Chicago neighborhood is near Grand Crossing, and just to the east is the oakwoods Cemetery, where my great grandparents (who died in the early 1900s) are buried, as well as many other relations. Most of my family is buried in St. Mary’s.

  242. Walt says:

    MFG–

    Here is the kicker about my alma mater wining state BB championship. They lost 6 games total this season and 4 of those losses came to the cross county rival who was ranked #1 in state (but who lost in the semifinal at state playoff. I live in the city that FOUR TIMES beat my alma mater state champs.

    This year, they allowed high ranking teams that got beat in their sectional (like my alma mater) a chance to play back and still make it to state playoffs. They did. They won.

  243. Annie says:

    Susy – Yes, I sure do! The homes also had those thick glass “bricks” to let in light. I loved playing in the basements. My mom’s dad built two houses – One for the grandparents and one for my uncle’s family. One was red brick and one was yellow (I say “was”…they are still there, but I will never see them again, except on Google street maps). My dad’s parents had a big red brick house near the railroad tracks just south of Grand Crossing Park.

  244. SusyQue says:

    #250…Annie…All on my mother’s side are buried in Chicago. My grandfather bought plots for each of his children. I am so thankful I have pictures of my Grandparents, aunts and uncles. I keep them in my family room in what was a recess for books, but I filled it with family pictures and every day I look at it as I walk by. I do miss them all.

  245. Annie says:

    Susy – Do your relations remember what high schools they went to? My mom went to Calumet and my dad went to Hirsch (graduated back in the 1940s).

  246. SusyQue says:

    #255…I remember the basements when my mother washed and hung the clothes. (no dryers)….

  247. Walt says:

    SSQ–

    Called “Dr. Death” because I demanded students work, and drove them hard. Had high standards for myself and my students. Had a “reputation” for being a “hard, no nonsense” teacher (but I did have a good sense of humor that students enjoyed).

    It did not take long for many students to realize I was doing those things in their best interest. Despite the nicnkname, I was well-liked / respected by the students, except for those who wanted a grade without doing the work or bothering to actually attend class.

    My students were very successful post high school.

  248. bio mom says:

    You guys are bringing back memories of my 20 years growing up in Chicagp. And missing my deceased parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles.

  249. Apologetic California says:

    Holas todos, Meester Romney ganado esta pais boricua. Gracias.

  250. SusyQue says:

    #254…We went to private schools that were attached to the Greek Orthodox Church. We learned Greek and English. All my relatives are in heaven. Just have cousins left. It amazes me that so many who now live in California are from Chicago. San Diego reminded my father of Greece…tiled roofs, etc.

  251. bio mom says:

    When does ppp release their Ill poll?

  252. Annie says:

    My family is yelling for dinner (it’s 7 pm, and the poor babies are starving) – So, I must get going! Goodnight, everyone!

  253. SusyQue says:

    356…Walt…I had the same experience…firm, but friendly. Loved
    my job….loved my students….one of my top 5 blessings in this
    life was being a teacher. Had experience in elementary school, middle school and high school. Still miss it very much. Once a teacher, always a teacher! I believe we taught in the golden years of education. It is a noble profession.

  254. SusyQue says:

    Bio mom…Tell me where you lived and why you moved to California.

  255. bio mom says:

    I live in Delaware, not Cal. Grew up in Calumet Park. Left when I got married.

  256. SusyQue says:

    364…Calumet Park….sounds so familiar….will check it out on the map tomorrow. I think there was a street also named Calumet.
    Is it cold in Delaware….it’s in the 50′s here and it’s windy, and raining. Had to turn the heat on.
    I think maybe janz lives in California.
    ……………………
    You sure are savvy about getting the info on the polling, primary states, and nominees. I appreciate all of your posts.

  257. Bitterlaw says:

    SUSYQUE – I hate to be honest. My aunt and mother-in-law were teachers when women had almost no options beyond nurse or teacher or secretary. The people I knew in college who became teachers openly admitted that they were going into teaching so they could retire as early as possible. These were people who at 22 knew they were going to work until they got tenured and then coast. I can’t say everybody is like that, obviously, but almost every teacher I know talks about benefits and vacations and retirement (they are all in their 40s now). I never hear them talk about their students. It’s sad.

  258. Corey says:

    Hello.

    I never thought I would get to witness a victory speech for a Puerto Rican election but I got to see Mitt Romney do just that tonight.

    It was a great event, absolutely packed, tonight for Mitt in Lake County, IL. I got there early enough so I had a pretty good seat, and I even got the shake the Mittster’s hand!

  259. sickofdems says:

    Lisab……please tell me who is going to win the NCAA B-ball championship!!

    ( i really dont care who wins….just want your take on it )

  260. Bitterlaw says:

    Corey – that’s not quite as cool as meeting Selena Gomez but it’s a close second.

  261. SoHope says:

    #268 this should be good…

  262. jason says:

    Actually the PR turnout is pretty good, might get to 150k.

  263. SoHope says:

    Corey, did your issue of blood clear up instantly or did it take a while?

    I kid of course…

  264. Bitterlaw says:

    If Cincy wins, I share first place in a 3 way tie atop the HHR Bracket.

  265. jason says:

    “and I even got the shake the Mittster’s hand!”

    Don’t wash it, if he becomes Prez you can get $$$ for it on Ebay.

  266. Corey says:

    272. Not sure I get it, you sick freak.

  267. david says:

    #273, I noticed that…good job.

  268. lisab's eunuch says:

    “Lisab……please tell me who is going to win the NCAA B-ball championship!!”

    I would tell you if she’d let me watch.

  269. Corey says:

    Mitt looks exactly the same as he does on tv.

    Go figure.

  270. corey says:

    “Not sure I get it, you sick freak.”

    Uh, I was talking about not washing your hand.

  271. Bitterlaw says:

    SoHope – Tonight, on The Walking Dead the zombies overran the farm where the people were living. Most escaped. One of the characters is a religious man who said his faith was tested. He said, “Jesus said the dead would rise. I expected something a bit different than this.” I wonder if Tim V. thought it was amusing.

  272. Bitterlaw says:

    So now I am depending on Bearcats to put me in first.

  273. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m glad I don’t bet on sports. I’m stressed enough trying to have bragging rights on a blog.

  274. janz says:

    Corey,

    Thanks for the feedback on meeting Romney. If anyone deserved to meet him, it would be you, as you have been a loyal supporter for some time!

  275. janz says:

    I’m also glad to hear that the meeting you went to was packed!

  276. RoboRobbie says:

    I don’t think CNN should be calling the PR race yet.

    While Romney has 83% and is leading 66k – 6k there is only 57% in, and the heavily Santorum in the central and western mountain areas have not yet reported.

    It is possible Romney might get around 82% when these areas come in, and that would be way under 85% which is the minimum he needs to become a credible candidate.

    This possible defeat does not bode well for Romney in Illinois.

  277. SoHope says:

    Corey, I was talking about this (but made it clear I was kidding):

    Luke 8:41: And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. 43: And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44: Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45: And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46: And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47: And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him and how she was healed immediately.

  278. Corey says:

    Thank you janz. It was quite an experience. Probably the only real chance I will have to see him personally before the November election and if it works out, I can finally say I saw a President (and First Lady.)

  279. SusyQue says:

    266…Bitter…that is sad that they just wanted the benefits. I discovered on the first day of my job as a teacher that I was pregnant. I worked for about 7 months and then had to go on leave. I had my baby and my mother and mother-in-law took care of the baby so I could return to work. When I walked into my classroom and saw my class and their precious faces, I realized how much their parents loved them like I loved my baby. It was then that I decided that I would treat my students just like I would want my child treated…and that never left me in all the years and grade levels I taught. I treasure all the pictures I took and all the notes they wrote me and would leave on my desk. I still have them. It is a great honor to be a teacher. I learned so
    so much from them and they learned so much from me. When I pass the schools I taught in, I remember to pray for the well
    being of all the students I had. They enriched my life.

  280. Corey says:

    They had several hundred people in a pretty small gym for the event and it was pretty warm in there.

    They had an overflow crowd of 300 people outside who could not get in, and the Romneys spoke to them outside first.

  281. Corey says:

    Sorry, I’ve never read the New Testament or even seen the movie.

  282. SoHope says:

    Bitter, I was actively cheering against my bracket. UNC will be playing a 13 seed, but our PG broke his wrist in today’s game. I wanted someone to take out KU to make it easier…unfortunately they eeked by after trailing most the game to #10 Purdue. I hope NC State takes them out. We have already beat them 3 times this season.

  283. Corey says:

    PPP tweet says that Romney is up about 15 in IL.

  284. jason says:

    ” You have a right to follow your own conscience and Santorum has a right to follow his conscience.”

    Sure he does.

    The problem is that he is running for President.

    His position on contraception is so far from the mainstream that he cannot be elected.

    So the issue is not whether he can believe what he wants.

  285. Bitterlaw says:

    SoHope – sports reveals our true nature. My dad went to Lafayette (Class of 1951). So did I (Class of 1990). he was thrilled that Lehigh beat Duke because it reflected well on the Patriot League, I told him that he was a traitor to the Leopards. I may be the the only non-Duke student/alumni who was pissed that Lehigh won. i was glad they lost today.

  286. Corey says:

    I tend to root for Duke, not that I really care about college basketball.

    I wonder if Chris Collins is going to become the new coach of Illinois or Northwestern. I remember him from his HS days in the Chicago suburbs, when his father was the Bulls coach.

  287. Bitterlaw says:

    His position on contraception is so far from the mainstream that he cannot be elected.

    I don’t fully agree. If Santorum said, “I have lived my life according to my faith but I can’t make you live my life. I will defend your right to live the life you choose to live,” he would do much better.

  288. jason says:

    I shook hands with GHWB the night before the election against Dukakis. I shook hands with Gerald Ford many years after he lost to Carter. Last year I shook hands with GWB at an event in PA.

    I look forward to shaking hands with President Romney someday.

  289. jason says:

    296. Fair enough. But he is not saying that.

  290. Corey says:

    PPP

    Mittster 45
    Economic Lightweight 30
    Moral Lightweight 12
    Sanity Lightweight 10

  291. SusyQue says:

    #293…I understand what you are saying. We will see how this
    race goes….I hope Mitt will be the nominee. Santorum has no organization to compete with ooo. Family values cannot truly be
    legislated.

  292. Corey says:

    I also drove right by a Santorum event on my way home from work on Friday, having no idea he was going to be there.

  293. jason says:

    susyque agrees with me??? Lord where did I go wrong… 8)

  294. SusyQue says:

    #297…Hope you get your wish!

  295. jason says:

    Romney 45%

    Voracious earmarker/porker 30%

    Amoral big government idealist 12%

    Crazy old earmarker/porker 10%

  296. SusyQue says:

    #301…Corey, I am so glad you got to meet Mitt Romney. You will have to write about it on your blog. I am looking forward to it.

  297. Corey says:

    I just saw the back of my head on the local CBS news.

  298. SoHope says:

    Dook is the gathering ground for Ratfaced led 3 pointer-chucking pastey white boy floppers that do nothing but run around the moving screens from their “mostly” non-talented big men.

    They suck, are sucking, and have sucked.

    Their fans are annoying dorks that will probably never see a woman naked.

    Their most exciting memory in their pathetic lives will be when they camped out in K-ville for 3 weeks so that they can lay on the half court line and have they dook mascot ride over them and their dweeb friend on his surf board.

    They are completely overrated.

    If J.J. Reddick was on fire and I was holding a cup of water, I would sit down take a sip and enjoy the show.

  299. Bitterlaw says:

    Jason – I think Santorum does want to shove his faith on us all. If he does not, he sucks at conveying his message.

  300. Phil says:

    So Romney is up 15 in Ill?

    Finish the clowns, Mitt.

  301. lisab says:

    sickofdems,

    i have n idea who will win, i do not follow college basketball

    i hope indiana, because they are big 10

  302. jason says:

    308. I agree. The fact he can’t help himself is pretty scary.

  303. dingleberry says:

    “So Romney is up 15 in Ill?”

    Only because of fraud in the big counties. Santorum will win all the little counties so he should be President.

  304. SoHope says:

    dingleberry, how exactly is that “fraud” shown in the poll?

  305. SusyQue says:

    #306…hoped you taped it! (:-)

  306. SoHope says:

    oops…just paid closer attention to the handle :)

  307. david says:

    Bitterlaw, welcome to the top of the bracket.

  308. SoHope says:

    Bitter, congrats on the Cincy pick

  309. Bitterlaw says:

    Thanks. I wonder if we will get mentioned by Dave in the morning. I don’t know if I ever earned that honor before.

  310. Bitterlaw says:

    I love the lower seeds in the Sweet 16. Dick Vitale must be pissed. He only loves the big basketball powers.

  311. janz says:

    I understand that the primaries is a political hardball warm-up for the GE. Romney has been negative about his opponents, as have his opponents bashed him.

    However, what Santorum has done, which I think is over the top of decorum, is:

    1) being the recipient of dem cross-over voting, not to support him, but just take out the more viable candidate in hopes of making it easier for Obama to win.

    2) keeps saying there is no difference between Obama and Romney. Comparing and contrasting your own strengths and weaknesses from your R opponents is appropriate vetting. But, dragging your opponent down, by making him the moral equivalent of the person everyone wants defeated, has no good end to it.

    What’s going to happen if Romney is the nominee? How is Santorum going to spin any kind of support for him? As it is, Santorum stumbles around in getting around his glowing 2008 endorsement of Romney. Nothing changed since then, except that Santorum now wants the job, and is willing to say and do anything to get it!

  312. Marv says:

    Bitterlaw,

    I haven’t posted here in awhile……is this GOP nomination thing still going on?

  313. sickofdems says:

    Thanks lisab….and i sort of agree with you.
    I am a big Michigan fan ( albeit mostly football ) so by extension i root for most Big Ten teams when the Wolverines are gone. ‘Cept for MSU….i hardly ever root for them but dont really root against them either.

    ( As if rooting for/against ANY team makes any difference! )

  314. Phyllis Macon says:

    Joseph Smith predicted many years ago that a Mormon would be President of the US some day…Mormons for Mitt!

  315. mnw says:

    The pitiful little GOP presence remaining in IL doesn’t do “vote fraud”!

    Chek/dingle is clueless. Name one IL GOP primary in the last 50 yrs where there was a serious claim of “vote fraud.” Can’t be done.

  316. Robert says:

    Mitt Romney is far, far and away the best candidate for president that we’ve seen in our lifetime. Who has had his credentials. Not Reagan, Kennedy, nor any president in a long, long time. If he becomes president many of you naysayers will be pleasantly surprised at his great ability to turn things around for America.