Trunkline 2012: Wednesday’s Summary of News from the Campaign Trail – 10/24/12

Today’s Trunkline 2012 brings to you news of a Democrat boss caught promoting voter fraud, a breakdown of Obama’s Benghazi lies, Romney receiving Jewish Weekly endorsement as another actor endorses him too,  why stocks continue to stumble, why Obama thinks he will win, Letterman’s disappointment with the President, and more interesting tales from the trail.

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday’s Tidbits from the Campaign Trail – 10/9/12

Bookmark and Share   Today’s tidbits from the trail include news about Romney’s rise in the polls,  Obama’s supporters threaten to riot, the DNC ‘s cash shortage, the President’s obsession with Big Bird, Obama’s initial belief that he won the first presidential debate, his lies about Romney and his own record, the president’s declining support among African-Americans, 10 dates from Obama’s first term to remember, the continued fallout from the Libyan terrorist attack and more:

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Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political Opinions and the Cinema Politico Movie of the Week: 11/26/11

Bookmark and Share    With less than 40 days to go before the Iowa Caucuses take place, this first holiday weekend of the holiday season is one of those rare times when we see and hear little news coming from the campaign trail. Iit will also be the last weekend for such little political news to report on for quite some time.  But in light of this brief lull, today’s Trunkline 2012 focuses on the opinions being offered from our fellows bloggers across the blogosphere.  And as is the case with every Saturday, we also offer you our movie of the week at White House 2012’s Saturday Cinema Politico.
  • If Romney doesn’t energize his campaign soon, somebody might actually try to win this race besides him.”
  • “Occupy The White House” Now In Full Throttle
  • Another victory for “smart power”
  • On Reversing the Immigration Magnet’s Polarities
  • Ron Paul is nuts
  • Will Congress try to duck the automatic cuts?
  • Moonbats Still Blame Sarah Palin for Gabby Giffords Shooting
  • Site of the Week2012Twit.com :  Most social media platforms are only as good as those who use them, nut some are still better than others.  For instance, Facebook is going through a transition which is currently making it less useful.  Twitter is however becoming more and more valuable when it comes to gathering useful information without a ot of chatter.  2012 Twit is a platform that enhances the use of Twitter, especially in the area of political information.  It provides a real time analysis of the 2012 presidential election on Twitter and if you don’t know about it yet, you should.
  • Sunday Morning News Programming: ABC -This Week With Christiane Amanpour The deficit-reduction talks; volunteerism; and access to clean water. Guests include Sen. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa.); Colin Powell; Matt Damon; Gary White (cofounder of water.org); and Bill Gates. – Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace: One on One” series of interviews featuring the Republican presidential field with former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.Then, with the super committee failing to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion dollars from the nation’s debt, how will Capitol Hill move to put our fiscal house in order? We’ll hear from two key Senate party leaders. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois / Majority Whip. Sen. Jon Kyl, (R) Arizona / Minority Whip.  CBS Face the Nation: Authors Walter Isaacson, Michael Lewis, Condoleezza Rice and Kathryn Stockett.  NBC – The Chris Matthews Shows: A panel discusses American politics and whether talk-show host Rush Limbaugh used racially tinged language about first lady Michelle Obama.
  • File this under “I’m Sorry”: If White House 2012 is anything, it is honest, and it is that honesty which allows me to share this reader comment from Lou who writes;

“Love your site, but I’m finding the “typos” and missspelllings disconcerting. For no charge, I’ll review your copy before you post it. Isn’t it worth five minutes more to get it out “clean and sober”? I’m serious, guys. I’ll do it for no charge, in the interest of getting the message out without the annoying distractions. I hope to here from youse.”

-Lou F.

Lou is right and while I can try to offer excuses, any such attempts would be just that……excuses.  I myself have often found errors in the stories of others and thought to myself “how stupid”.  I recently read a piece from a prominent columnist who was writing about the flu season and wrote, “I hate how I always get dick”.  He meant “sick”.  That one slipped by (no pun intended….okay, maybe it is intended) the columnists, the editors, and the proofreader.  And they all get paid handsomely for their work.  Here at White House 2012, no one gets paid.  Ours is a labor of love and done out of passion for our beliefs.  However, finances or the lack thereof, are no excuse for sloppy work.  So to Lou and everyone else out there, I offer my apologies for typos, and misspelled words.  We may not be the New York Times but that is still not reason enough to not be better than them,……….which shouldn’t be too hard to do.

  • White House 2012′s Cinema Politico: This week’s feature presentation is Atomic Cafe.

This 1982 flick  provides a slight release of comic energy. The film recounts a defining period of 20th century history and serves as a chilling and often hilarious reminder of cold-war era paranoia in the United States.  At least it’s considered paranoia now.

Click here to see the Movie. Registration with Hulu is required, but it is quick, easy, and free. Like White House 2012

 

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Palin Likely to Announce Her Presidential Candidacy on September 3rd in Iowa

Bookmark and Share   Mixed signals continue to pour out regarding the still developing Republican presidential field and Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, and Chris Christie remain the main names uttered to be ready to run for President.
 
In New Jersey, state political insiders as well as national political sources are responsible for murmurs about Governor Chris Christie being ready to soon announce his presidential candidacy, Taegan Goddard of Political Wire reported that House Budget Committee Chairman, Congressman Paul Ryan, spoke about the presidential race with Governor Christie for nearly an hour. Goddard further reports that the “two men shared a central concern: The Republican field is not addressing the debt crisis with anything beyond platitudes.” This report tends to indicate that maybe Chrsitie is not actually considering a run but it does tend to confirm recent claims by The Weekly Standard that Congressman Ryan is about ready to announce his candidacy. Some close allies of Ryan also make that claim.

Then there is Sarah Palin.

Palin has baffled me when it concerns her decision to run for President, but that is not the case with others who believe that the former Alaska Governor and G.O.P. vice presidential nominee will indeed run for President in 2012. On Fox News Saturday, Karl Rove made it clear that he is certain Palin will announce her candidacy around Labor Day. The same goes for Iowa’s Organize4Palin representative Steve Singleton who statesWe’re confident she’ll run, and we’ve worked to build that really strong grassroots base that you have to build for a candidate to be successful just in case she does,”

And a recent video put out by Palin called Iowa Passion [see video below] would seem to verify these analyses. As seen in the video, there is little else that this promo could pertain to other than a presidential candidacy. If nothing else, it is a sign that Palin is truly still keeping the possibility of running open.

I for one believe there is still a 50/50 chance that Palin will run and while I am not going to guess which way she ultimately leans, I will add that I believe if she does run, she will make that announcement on September 3rd when she headlines a major “Restoring America” TEA Party event in Iowa, just as the unofficial end of summer  allows for a focus on the Republican presidential nomination contests.

The only one of these three names that I am confident will soon announce their candidacy is Congressman Paul Ryan. I doubt Chris Christie will and while I am unsure about Palin, her “Iowa Passion” has me beginning to think she just might run. Then of course, if Palin runs, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has threatened to also throw his hat in to the ring.

If Palin does go for it, I will be in a very uncomfortable position.

Even before it is known for sure whether Paul Ryan will run or not, I have endorsed his potential candidacy. I have done so for a number of reasons. One of them is that I am confident in Paul’s ability to articulate a superior vision for the United States, can articulate an effective and inspirational Republican vision for the country while also offering clear blueprints and roadmaps to how he intends to apply that vision to government, particularly in the area of our economy and our growing debt crisis. I also believe he has the ability to campaign in a way that will attract enough conservatives, moderates, and Independents to build a winning coalition in November of 2012.  Given a fair chance, it will be hard for Ryan to win the nomination and the general election, but he is a fighter and has the potential to do it.  My support for him at this time is based more on my faith in him than his immediate cjances of getting elected.

But the awkward position I am in is based on the fact that  in 2006, I became a fan of Sarah Palin and by early 2007 I was participating in a draft Sarah Palin for Vice President effort. Few had ever heard of her and no one was more surprised by the fact that John McCain’s only correct decision in his entire campaign was the one to actually nominate Palin for the VP slot. Since then, although Palin has not disappointed me in any way, she has been taking too long to transition from being a conservative cheerleader, to being a national statesman. While I am sure Palin can do this, her tardiness in doing so has frustrated me and allowed me to find inspirations in others such as Congressman Paul Ryan.

I still think Sarah Palin is deserving of her iconic status, and I believe in her abilities, her thinking, and her policies but she has lost me to Paul Ryan. If Ryan does not run, Sarah will easily have me back behind her. For now though, I would really just like to know already who is or isn’t running.

Next time around I propose that the G.O.P. set a date for which all candidates must declare their candidacies. That will help to at least ratchet down the stress of all the uncertainty we are seeing now and anxiety I am feeling.  Anyone know of any good over-the-counter sedatives?…….And I don’t mean the type that Ron Paul wants us to sell.

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