Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views from the Campaign Trail– 1/26/12

Bookmark and Share  Today’s Trunkline 2012 discusses tonight’s presidential debate in Florida, the personhood amendment, Bob Dole’s freak out on Newt Gingrich, Bob McDonnell’s view of all the VP talk, Romney and paul running in Nevada, what Newt learned from Dick, and much more.

Wednesday’s Words and Wit from the Presidential Campaign Trail: 1/25/12

Bookmark and Share Trunkline 2012 delivers a dose of campaign trail news dealing with the president’s Fiction and Fantasy Economic Tour, Newt pulling ads and surging in Florida, Obama losing Florida, Pelosi’s secret secrets about Newt, Fidel Castro thoughts on Republican being idiots, and much more.

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Trunkline 2012: Friday’s Campaign Trail News Wrap-Up from White House 2012 – 12/30/11

Bookmark and Share  The news from the campaign trail todasy is plentiful as Newt weeps, Ron Paul rejects everyone, Perry and Santorum sharpen their aim at one another, Bachmann gets an almost endorsement, Gingrich gets a very important Iowa endorsement, and everyone offers their own views on the Caucus and everyone else.

This is a time for leadership, not warm fuzzies. The future is at stake, and we may never get another environment with the country so prepared to challenge the system as we have right now. – Steve Deace in his endorsement of Newt Gingrich
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Greta Christina
GretaChristinaGreta Christina

Not sure which is funnier: headline reading “Santorum Surges From Behind,” or the fact that Rick Santorum retweeted it.
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Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views from the Campaign Trail– 12/29/11

Bookmark and Share  Today’s campaign trail briefing offers a look at Ron Paul’s games and blames,  anew santorum ad, Jon Huntsman’s wisecrack, how Iowa will effect New Hamsphire and more news and views.

 “If you’re thinking about Ron Paul because of his domestic issues, think again and look at virtually any of the other candidates and consider how they would be as Commander-in-Chief. That’s the president’s first duty, defending the country.” – Ambassador John  Bolton

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   BorowitzReport   Andy Borowitz
Kelly Clarkson has endorsed Ron Paul, which means that her music is no longer the worst thing about her.
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Wednesday’s Words and Wit from the Presidential Campaign Trail: 12/28/11

Bookmark and Share Santorum surges, Romney leads, Bachmann goes after Perry and Paul, pastors urge candidates to drop out of the race and conservatives think about foreign policy as a sleeper issue in the 2012 election, what the Ron Paul vote has to do with Ron paul, and how we find the most conservative and electable nominee.  That an more tops today’s news from  the campaign trail in Trunkline 2012 election news roundup.

“He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs” – Eric Dondero, the right-hand man to Congressman Ron Paul for 16 years

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  McGarrysGhost   Leo Thomas McGarry
Ron Paul’s lifetime legislative record in Congress: 620 bills sponsored, 4 bills voted on, 1 signed into law. That’s a 99.84% failure rate.

Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Republican Presidential Race – 12/27/11

Bookmark and Share  Today’s Trunkline 2012 reveals that Ron Paul is beginning to understand what it’s like to be attacked rather than on the attack as both Christians and Jews start throwing stones at him,.  Meanwhile, Newt’s past continues to haunt him, Perry flops or flips, it’s hard to tell, and Michele Bachmann finds some praise and predictions.

“You look at Ron Paul’s record of systemic avoidance of reality, his ads are about as accurate as his newsletter,” – Newt Gingrich

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  qhardy  Quentin Hardy
Rick Perry’s Iowa ad spending comes to $25 per caucus goer. “I should have just sent them each a $25 bill,” he says.
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Trunkline 2012: Monday Mentions from The Republican Presidential Race – 12/26/11

Bookmark and Share  Twas the day after Christmas and not a creature stood still on the campaign trail and Trunkline 2012 is here to tell you about each move they made with news on everything from Ron Paul’s newsletter problem, Perry’s faith based pitch to voters, and Virginia’s next move on Gingrich and Perry,  to a last word on Herman Cain and more.

“The United States should stand with our allies to support the Nigerian government in the aftermath of the attacks. The terrorist activities of Boko Haram are particularly worrisome for the United States because of the organization’s affiliation with Al Qaeda.”  –Rick Perry on the Christmas Day bombing in  Nigeria

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BorowitzReport   Andy Borowitz

 Ron Paul may benefit from Iowa’s unique caucus rules, which allow people from other planets to vote.

Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views from the Campaign Trail– 12/15/11

Bookmark and Share  Trunkline 2012 is proud to deliver youj a wrap up of today’s events on the campaign trail that includes some debate about tonight’s debate, Newt’s practical conservatism, the cause for Perry’s poor debate performances, Bachmann’s Iowa tour, and much more including a special cartoon of the day.

“The assault on all things Christian is “as constant as the north star.” In fact, the Lord tells us this is the way it is to be for us. For the overwhelming majority of American Christians, martyrdom is less about losing one’s head literally for our faith as it is about not losing it metaphorically when a non-believer walks all over those things we hold most dear.”  – Bob Eschliman for SteaveDeace.com

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Monica CrowleyMonicaCrowley  Monica Crowley

Barney Frank is sporting a cast on his left hand.  He won’t disclose how he tore a ligament in his thumb, so let your imagination run wild.
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The following cartoon comes from Draw For Truth

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Republican Presidential Race – 12/13/11

Bookmark and Share  Obama’s election strategies and chances are outlined in todays’s Trunkline 2012, aliong with news of a stunning Iowa poll, battleground state polls, Rick Perry talking,….coherrently, Iowa evangelical leaders liunning up behind Bachmann, Santorum’s possible upset victory, Ron Paul’s assistance of Mitt Romney, and much more.

“I’m not going to sign those silly pledges, I don’t pander…I’m not going to set my hair on fire, I’m not going to Don Trump’s debate.”  – Jon Huntsman, Jr. in an interview with CNN

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Today’s daily tweet is an example of just how fair and unbiased National Public Radio is: 

NPR Politics
nprpolitics NPR Politics

Newt Gingrich’s Economic Plan: Big Tax Cuts For Rich, Huge Deficits For All http://n.pr/vfslXX

Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views Tales from the Campaign Trail– 12/8/11

Bookmark and Share  A very interesting Trunkline 2012 awaits you today as the campaign trail reveals Romney and Gingrich taking heat from everyone, Perry getting serious in Iowa, Santorum preparing to make a big announcement, Christie turning the table on hecklers, Ann Coulter’s case of verbal diarrhea, a place for the Governor of Puerto Rico on the G.O.P. presidential ticket, and other juicy tidbits and tales, and the quote and Twitter of the day.

“How many jobs did Barack Obama create as a community organizer?  As a law professor? Maybe now you see the problem.”  – Opening line in new Mitt Romney SuperPAC ad

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Marco Rubio marcorubio Marco Rubio
Obama Admin was quick to call Honduras a “coup” in 2009 but #Ortega stolen #election in #Nicaragua met with silence http://nyti.ms/tdebpY
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Wednesday’s Words and Wit from the Presidential Campaign Trail: 12/7/11

Bookmark and Share Today we pay tribute to our fallen heroes at Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to the Greatest Generation, the one that saved the world.  And from the campaign trail, Trunkline 2012 brings you news about Newt  picking running mates and his cabinet, Obama’s forgeries, Ron Paul’s help in making nominating Mitt Romney, and more

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Mark Levin’s Either Or, Bachmann or Santorum Endorsement

Bookmark and Share    While most individual endorsements have only varying degrees of minimal effect on the success or failure of a candidate, the collective endorsements of like-minded leaders can have significant effect on voter’s behaviors.  At the very least, a united front of endorsements from those associated with a particular cause or ideology, can easily force the faithful to look at the candidate behind those endorsements and open the door to their own support for that candidate.

In Republican politics, one group that falls in to this category of influential endorsements are those who share a seat at the table of conservative columnists and radio talk show hosts.

Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Tammy Bruce, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Neal Bootrz, Michael Gallagher, Mark Levin and the King of conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, these are just some of the most influential commercial conservative opinion shapers.  As lone voices, they may not be able to swing and election one way or the other, but collectively, if these leading figures, or a vast majority of them were to support a particular candidate, their listeners who comprise an audience of activists Republican who make up the base of the G.O.P. , would not be able to avoid considering their endorsement.  At the very least, such a coordinated effort would force them to at least reconsider their own candidate of preference.

In 2008, most of the conservative talking heads rallied around Mitt Romney.  When the 2008 primary came down to a clear two man race between McCain and Romney, McCain was the candidate that conservatives wanted an alternative to.  Ironically, in 2008, that candidate was Romney.

So far, in the 2012 election, the conservative talking heads have not yet been able to coalesce around a single alternative to Mitt Romney.  But as the first voting in the nomination process approaches, these conservative hosts are beginning to dash to the corners of certain candidates.  However they are doing so based  on a process of elimination that has them picking the candidate they least dislike.  They have written Romney and Huntsman off as too liberal, they wrote Perry off as incapable of campaigning effectively,  Gary Johnson and Buddy Roemer as flakes who are not significant enough for them to consider, Ron Paul for not being sane enough,  and now they are writing Newt Gingrich off as a candidate who is too liberal, commercial, and personally flawed.

With Herman Cain now out of the running, that process of elimination would leave them with Bachmann, Santorum.

Evidence of that process was recently demonstrated by Mark Levin who on his radio show, gave listeners an either or endorsement.  Either Michele Bachman or Rick Santorum [listen to the clip in the video provided below this post].

Levin did however state that he is not trying to tell people what to do.  He said that what he thinks doesn’t really matter because the voters will decide for themselves.  But Levin stated that for himself, if the primary was coming up in his state anytime soon, his vote would come down to Michele Bachmann or Rick Santorum.  His reasoning behind his preference of them is due to what he described as their history of being consistent conservatives.

Before he offered his personal view, he did also stipulate that he will be supporting whoever is the ultimate Republican nominee.  Levin also added that the first priority is defeating Obama.

I can appreciate Mark Levin’s either or endorsement and what’s more is, I can appreciate the way he did it.

Mark Levin has been careful not to assassinate the character of all of the other candidates.  With the exception of Ron Paul, unlike some, Levin has not tried to hobble any of the other candidates and he has criticized others in his field who have stated and written things about the other candidates which will simply play right in to the hands of President Obama and the liberal establishment.

As Levin himself states, his endorsement is probably not going to effect who the nominee is and he does not intend for it do so.  He states that it is merely his personal decision.  But with the seeming desire to write-off Newt Gingrich by others like Ann Coulter and Michele Malkin, and with the general dislike for Romney from the rest of the conservative talking head circuit, there is a very plausible scenario which could see all these opinion makers slowly follow Levin’s lead and make this nomination come down to a choice between Romney and either Santorum and Bachmann.

They did this in 2008 when they lined up behind Romney.  But it didn’t work.  John  McCain went on to win the nomination and lose the presidency.  And in 2012, if that type of process of elimination were to again play itself out, I believe we will see the similar results for Republicans in the 2012 general election.

Hopefully this can be avoided, but I am only slightly optimistic.

While I have personally chosen to endorse Newt Gingrich, like Mark Levin, I have also chosen not to close the door on any of the other realistic choices for President.  In the end, when all is said is said and done,  I believe that Mitt Romney will be our nominee and unlike some who have painted Romney as a flaming liberal, I have come to accept the fact that the vision that Romney has proposed for our nation is in fact a conservative one and a vast improvement over what we currently have.  Furthermore, in Romney I see a leader with a record of proven success, a man who is a true manager who has shown his ability to take the reigns of a chaotic situation and tame it, as he did with the 2002 Winter Olympics.  That doesn’t mean I that I won’t promote Newt.  But it also doesn’t mean that I will spite myself and the Party if I do not get the pcik of litter.

I  understand that whoever the nominee is, when the dust settles, people’s opinions will change.  Conservatives will find many things to like about the ultimate nominee but by then it may be too late.  When that time comes, if they continue to go on record with their character assignations and the denigration of those who are not their first choice, the Democrats will have been provided all that they need to make it hard for changed minds to achieve their goal of beating Obama.

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Trunkline 2012: Monday Mentions from The Republican Presidential Race – 12/5/11

Bookmark and ShareThe “late” edition of Trunkline 2012 has talk of Newt, Mitt, Michele, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Chuck “the Schmuck” Todd, Nancy Pelosi, some advice from Mark Levin, the lies involved in Fast & Furious, and more news from the campaign trail.

 “I just think it’s time to have a president whose idea of being “hands on” doesn’t mean getting a better grip on the golf club….” – Mitt Romney

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PublicPolicyPollingppppolls  PublicPolicyPolling

 If Gingrich meets the same fate as the last 2 front runners, Mitt well positioned to win in Iowa: http://tinyurl.com/c5upzmx
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Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political Opinions and the Cinema Politico Movie of the Week: 12/3/11

Bookmark and Share  Saturday’s Trunkline 2012 offers you a , uh, eh, ahh, well I guess the best way to put it is a unique movie of the week feature along with the main news of the day involving Herman Cain, and tidbits about Newt, Mitt, on of the Rick’s, our presidents corruption problems, a preview of tomorrows TV news programming, the weekly Rpublican national message, and more

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” the director of the Obama’s National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, is interviewed by The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib and The Economist’s Greg Ip —- NBC’s “Meet the Press” RNC Chairman Reince Pebius, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod —-CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs  —-ABC, “This Week”: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.),  former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum —-CNN, “State of the Union”: Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota,  Arizona Sen. John McCain and former White House budget director Alice Rivlin and former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin —-“Fox News Sunday”:   Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)discuss how to shrink the ballooning federal deficit. And Michele Bachmann gets interviewed.

  • White House 2012′s Cinema Politico: This week’s feature presentation is Crude Independence

First-time director Noah Hutton captures the change in Stanley, North Dakota, after a historic 2006 oil discovery. Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of small town America and a tale of change at the hands of the global energy market.…

It’s an odd and bizarre flick but it’s free 

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Trunlkine 2012: Thursday’s Summary of News and Views Tales from the Campaign Trail– 12/01/11

Bookmark and Share  Trunkline 2012 has a few surprises in store today.  They include the start of a third party presidential candidacy, Newt’s cocky declaration, His pledge regarding the Mexican border and meeting with Donald Trump while Romney makes a presidential visit, Michele Bachmann’s Vice presidential choices, Huntsman’s daughters still struggling to make a difference and other juicy gems.

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Wednesday’s Words and Wit from the Presidential Campaign Trail: 11/30/11

Bookmark and Share    Today Trunkline 2012 brings you some good and bad news for Newt, Michele Bachmann’s strong stance against extending the payroll tax holiday, Herman Cain’s decision to make a decision about keeping his going , Mitt Romney’s attempt to prevent Newt from passing him by, Chris Christie’s attempt to prove that Mitt is the man, Allen West on  becoming the next Vice President and more tid-bits from the campaign trail.

Mitt Romney  MittRomney   Mitt Romney

The right answer for America is to stop the growth of government & start the growth of the private sector. VIDEO: http://mi.tt/tQmwch
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“Real leadership is not what you see in the White House right now. I think it’s a sad day in our country’s history to have a bystander in the Oval Office, and that’s we have.”   NJ Governor Chris Christie during a meeting of the RGA on 11/30/11

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Trunkline 2012: Tuesday Tidbits From The Republican Presidential Race – 11/29/11

Bookmark and Share   Today’s campaign trail turns up a Trunkline 2012 with news about Herman Cain’s reasessment of his campaign, a look at who would benefit and who would be hurt if Cain drops out of the race, the new draft Sarah Palin for President ad, Bachmann blasting Newt, why Chris Christie shouldn’t be President, and much more including two new Trunkline 2012 features, the Daily Tweet and the Daily Quote.

 “The president acts like a politician running for office, not a sitting leader. That has had a poisonous effect on the country.”-Rick Santorum in an interview with the Nashua Telegraph

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ConservativeNDC A.K. Baker

“The current Occupy Wall Street movement is the best illustration to date of what President Barack Obama’s America looks like.”

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