February 6, 2012

Santorumentum?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:25 pm

From Rick Santorum’s web site (HT PJ Tatler):

Today Mitt Romney’s well financed seek and destroy attack machine turned its sights on Rick Santorum. And the reason is clear. Recent polling data strongly suggests that Rick Santorum is by far Romney’s most significant opponent.

Polling results just released today by Magellan Strategies BR show Rick Santorum beating Romney in Missouri. Polling results by Public Policy Polling, also show Rick Santorum beating Romney in Minnesota, and catching up to Romney in Colorado. Polls earlier last week showed Rick Santorum ahead of Romney in Missouri and Ohio.

And according to a Rasmussen survey released yesterday, while Mitt Romney loses to Barack Obama by 4 points in a potential matchup, Rick Santorum is ahead of Obama 45% to 41% 44%. This last piece of information is particularly damaging to Romney because it destroys his argument that he is the strongest opponent to defeat Obama. It also reveals that a trusted conservative is better positioned to defeat Obama than a moderate who agrees with Obama on big government healthcare mandates, government bailouts, and radical cap and trade initiatives.

Well, well.

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UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has endorsed Santorum, writing that “Santorum is the last consistent conservative standing, and the only one both promoting the conservative agenda and campaigning as a conservative in the race.

‘Electability’ Update: A Santorum Surprise

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:25 pm

From CNS News:

Santorum Only GOP Candidate Beating Obama, Rasmussen Daily Poll Finds

Just ahead of three more Republican nominating contests, a new poll — a snapshot in time — shows former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum leading President Barack Obama in a one-on-one matchup.
The Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for one day only — Feb. 5. — marks the first time Santorum has held a lead over Obama in potential matchups.

It’s a small lead for Santorum — 1 percentage point, giving him a 45-44 percent edge over Obama.

“This is the first time Santorum has ever led the president in any poll,” the Rasmussen poll said. “Several other GOP challengers have led the president a single time in the polls, including Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich. Each man briefly held the lead while they were surging in the polls, only to fall quickly. It remains to be seen what will happen to Santorum’s support.”

The same daily tracking poll finds Obama actually beating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP frontrunner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Neither Obama nor the other GOP candidates gets a majority in any of the hypothetical matchups.

Well, well.

By the way, Michelle Malkin has endorsed Rick Santorum for the GOP nomination.

So do I.

So should everyone who evaluates his competition and understands all that is at stake.

‘Ohio GOP Chairman – Out of Control’

Filed under: Activism,Ohio Politics — Tom @ 7:17 am

The following was forwarded to me on Saturday morning. I held off publishing it until now so I can keep it at or near the top most of Monday.

The email confirmed a suspicion I expressed on Friday when I wondered:

Did the vote really require a majority only of those present, or did it really require a majority of all members?

The answer, as seen below, is: “Votes such as these require a majority of all members (regardless of whether they voted), except when ORP Chairman Kevin DeWine unilaterally says it doesn’t.”

Here goes (bolds are mine):

Greetings,

The Ohio GOP State Central Committee met today to consider Chairman DeWine’s proposed “Power Play Amendment” to disqualify candidates on the ballot for state central committee in the midst of an election that is already underway.

The vote was 29-28 in favor of the Power Play Amendment, and Chairman DeWine ruled that it had passed. The Bylaws require that a majority of all state central committee members (34) is required to pass such an amendment; DeWine’s ruling is in direct violation of the Bylaws and is thereby legally null and void.

We now have a tyrant who practices open contempt not only for the majority of the rank and file members of his party, but for the Permanent Rules of the party, running the Ohio GOP. If there was any doubt remaining, let it be gone.

We are trying to get a roll call of how state central committee members voted so that we can forward that information to you.

More later.

Best regards,
Jim Woods

I hope Kevin DeWine realizes that as long as he remains chair until the day he resigns, this action will be justifiably referenced by opponents as evidence of utter hypocrisy every time an Ohio Republican or conservative suggests basic measures relating to electoral integrity.

I don’t see how this can possibly just blow over and go away. It’s surely doing damage already, which will continue as long as DeWine remains party chairman.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Occupiers?

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:16 am

Not Indiana, Hoosier State Governor Mitch Daniels, or those who attended yesterday’s Super Bowl (HT Gateway Pundit via Instapundit):

A small group of about 50 activists marched to Lucas Oil Stadium where the Super Bowl will be played later on Sunday to peacefully protest Indiana’s new anti-union “right-to-work” law.
Indiana on Wednesday became the 23rd state in the nation and the first in the U.S. industrial heartland to adopt a law allowing workers to avoid paying union dues at unionized businesses.

Supporters led by Indiana’s Republican Governor Mitch Daniels have said it was necessary to attract jobs to the state. Critics including Democrats and unions called it “union busting” and have said it would lead to lower wages.

The small group of protesters walked peacefully the five blocks from downtown Indianapolis to the stadium, although the demonstrators were heckled along the route by some of the people they passed.

“I think they need to get jobs,” said Jeff Eichler, who was visiting Indianapolis from Baltimore, Maryland.

… The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, released a statement last week saying it did not “plan nor condone any attempts to disrupt the Super Bowl.”

A recent Rasmussen poll indicated that right-to-work’s national support is at 74%, and that “just 15% of Likely U.S. Voters think workers who do not belong to a union should be required by law to pay union dues if the company they work for is unionized.”

Who’s out of the mainstream now?

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020612)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Pope — Christ displayed his power in humble deeds

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 29, 2012 / 04:51 pm

The power of Jesus Christ is manifested in humble service and love, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29.

“For man, authority often means possession, power, control, success,” the Pope said to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

“For God, however, authority means service, humility, love,” he continued, “it means entering into the logic of Jesus who stoops to wash the disciples’ feet, who seeks the true good of man, who heals wounds, who is capable of a love so great as to give up his life, because he is Love.”

The Pope’s made his comments as part of a reflection on today’s Gospel reading in which an unclean spirit identifies Jesus Christ as the “Holy One of God,” during his travels in Galilee. The Pope observed how Jesus heals both spiritually and physically through his teaching and miracles.

“In a short time, his fame spread throughout the region, which he travels announcing the Kingdom of God and healing the sick of all kinds: word and action.”

He then quoted the fifth-century Church father St. John Chrysostom, who noted that Jesus “alternates the speech for the benefit of those who listen, moving on from wonders to words and again passing from the teaching of his doctrine to miracles.”

The Pope suggested that Jesus’ use of words immediately opened up most of those listening to “the will of the Father and the truth about themselves.” However, the scribes who “struggled to interpret the Holy Scriptures with countless reflections” were not open to his words.

Therefore, Jesus also united to his words to miraculous actions as “signs of deliverance from evil,” the pontiff explained. He further recalled how St. Athanasius, the third-century Church father, would say that the “commanding and driving out demons is not human but divine work” and demonstrates how Jesus “distanced men from all diseases and infirmities.”

“Divine authority is not a force of nature.” Instead, it is “the power of the love of God who created the universe and, in becoming incarnate in His only begotten Son, in coming down to our humanity, heals the world corrupted by sin.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.