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“The Donald” Endorsement of Willard is a Gift to Democrats

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From reports in national media outlets, Donald Trump will not be endorsing Newt Gingrich. Instead, he is endorsing the Mittster...Willard "Mitt" Romney.

I fail to understand how an endorsement by Trump helps Romney one iota.

#1:  Romney, the son of a man who was born in Mexico, not the United States, is going to tie himself to one of the leading detractors of President Obama's birthplace...even after the President presented his long form birth certificate?  A bit of irony here?

#2:  Romney, a super rich American who obviously can only relate to those in his own class is welcoming the endorsement of another super rich American who obviously cannot relate to anyone other than those of his own class.

#3:  Romney, who seems totally unattached from low and middle income Americans, is attaching himself to The Donald, who basks in the spotlight and is always seeking publicity for himself and his television show.

I could understand The Donald endorsing Gingrich.  They both have very grandiose egos and very grandiose ideas. In many ways they seem to be cut from the same cloth.

But why would Mitt Romney want to stand beside The Donald?  The Donald has proven consistently that he will make as many outlandish remarks as the Mittster has himself.  So he sure can't help deliver the message.

BREAKING: Virginia AG Investigates Gingrich Campaign for Alleged Ballot Petition Fraud

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This article upon which this diary is based appeared at Bradblog.com.

It's so tough for Newt (and some of the other GOP candidates) to get 10,000 signatures! (Snark.   Vermonter Howard Dean could do it, but these guys cannot? Not even Newt from the South?) So sad.  Feel sorry for the whole crew of them (not).

It turns out that, not only have the two GOP frontrunners put in place a massive Democratic voter disenfranchising plan (disenfranchising lawful voters), but also one can act sanguine about an alleged fraud committed by one of his own campaign workers.


Nonetheless, The BRAD BLOG has received confirmation from two different state agencies that the 1,500 alleged cases of ballot petition fraud said to have been carried out on behalf of the Gingrich campaign, in their unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Republican primary ballot in Virginia, is now being carried out by the Attorney General's office.

The explanation given by Newt was simple.


The former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives downplayed the incident, by explaining to the woman that the entire affair was "just a mistake", after they had "hired somebody who turned in false signatures."

So the State Board of elections (SBE) requested that the AG open an investigation.  The office of the AG has confirmed to Bradblog that such an investigation is underway.  

For Anyone Who Ever Claims that Democratic Primaries are Nasty, Vicious,...

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For anyone who ever claims how "nasty," "vicious," etc. Democratic primaries are, totally ignoring the fact that Republicans are much, much nastier than anything Democrats could ever come up with, I present to you, "Blood Money" (subtle, eh?) by the pro-Newton Leroy, "Winning Our Future" Super PAC (against Bob McDonnell's BFF Willard "Mitt the Ripper" Romney). See the "flip" for how "Winning the Future" describes this short movie. Also, click here for the DNC's take on "Romney's Involvement in Damon Corporation's Medicare Fraud." Finally, I'd just note that there's one big winner from all this intra-Republican bloodletting (see the diary I posted last night on Sarah Palin's tirade against the Republican establishment) - Barack Obama. All I want is for this wonderful, glorious Republican campaign to go on...and on...and on...all spring and into early summer, if possible, leaving as much bitterness in its wake as possible. That's not too much to ask, is it now? :)

The Myth of the Inevitable Candidate: Romney’s Fall from Grace

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In a not-so-shocking announcement, Gov. Bob McDonnell threw his political support behind former governor Mitt Romney in the Republican bid for the White House.

The show of support for Romney came a day prior to the GOP primary in South Carolina, a primary that some analysts say could make Romney's place as the GOP presidential nominee a sure thing if he wins by double-digits.

But the recent poll numbers for Romney in South Carolina don't look promising for the "inevitable Republican presidential nominee."

Indeed, Romney has been closely flanked, if not beaten, by a perceivably more conservative GOP presidential candidate in each of the primaries so far: Rick Santorum in Iowa, Jon Huntsman in New Hampshire, and now possibly Newt Gingrich in the Gamecock state.  Obviously, there is nothing inevitable about Romney's succession to the throne of least reprehensive joke of the political right (i.e. GOP presidential nominee).

Ultimately, it appears as though Team Obama is geared up to confront Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. Moreover, the Obama reelection team may even be hoping for a Romney GOP victory due to his ability to split the GOP base between those who want a more conservative presidential nominee and those who just want to beat President Obama at any cost.

Unquestionably, though, the current infighting among the GOP presidential stooges is making for a great deal of invaluable sound bites that the Obama reelection team will be able to use to regain the presidency. It's always nice, after all, to have your enemies pick apart each other's soft-spots before you do.

Paula Deen, the Keystone XL Pipeline & America’s Gluttonous Side

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This week, we learned famed culinary fat food-pusher Paula Deen has diabetes, but only revealed it 3 years late to protect her cooking empire and is now hawking diabetes drugs winking that  - for a price - maybe you don't have to do all those hard diet & exercise changes.

And then former oil company consultant Newt Gingrich blasted President Obama for rejecting Congress' efforts to force him to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline before TransCanada has even determined a safe route, even though it would kill jobs and raise gas prices.

Last night I was in Harris Teeter and spotted this combo package of DiGiorno Pepperoni Pizza/Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies and wondered ... isn't gluttony #2 on the list of deadly sins? And doesn't America claim to be three-quarters Christian? Talk about cafeteria Christianity.

But come on - there's no money to be made in hard choices. How could Paula Deen keep making money by the pudgy fistful by telling people to stop shoving cheese, salted meat, chocolate & dough into their gaping maws & go for a walk? How could Newt Gingrich keep the oil money flowing by telling people the only real way to save on gas is to drive less or pay more for an efficient vehicle?

Much easier to tell people to have a second helping of pizza & cookies and take their magic snake oil pill, and tell people it's not our conspicuous consumption but the gays that are the cause of our moral decay.

Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell’s Former Campaign Manager Sues to...

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If you thought this whole Virginia Republican primary fiasco couldn't get even more ridiculous...well, actually it could and it has! Check this out.
A Virginia attorney and tea party activist is seeking to have Newt Gingrich's name placed on the state's Super Tuesday primary ballot.

Attorney Jonathon Moseley of Reston, Va., says he filed the suit Thursday in the Circuit Court of Richmond County. It contends that Gingrich met the requirement of filing 10,000 signatures and that many of those were improperly excluded. The suit also takes issue with how the Republican Party of Virginia determined that not enough signatures were valid.

So, who's this Jonathon Moseley guy? For starters, there's this:
According to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission by O'Donnell's failed 2008 Senate campaign and by her current campaign, Jon Moseley has worked for O'Donnell in both of these Senate bids. In a recent statement issued in support of her and disseminated by ChristianNewsWire, Moseley described himself as the manager of her unsuccessful 2008 campaign against then-Sen. Joe Biden. Moseley has also served as a campaign treasurer for O'Donnell during that campaign.
Of course, we don't want to prejudge anyone, but let's get real here: anyone who worked for national laughingstock, Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell, has got to be at least a bit suspect. In this case - no shocker here - Jonathon Moseley does not disappoint. For instance, Moseley's the author of the fine piece of investigative journalism (ha - not!!!), Is Barack Hussein Obama (Still) A Muslim? According to Moseley, the answer to that question is an emphatic YES, despite the fact that Obama has been a Christian, is a Christian, and likely will be a Christian the rest of his life (not that any of this should matter, of course, it's all utterly disgusting and bigoted trash). Oddly, Moseley simultaneously believes that Obama's a closet Commie ("Has Obama truly broken with the forces of international communism, which had so much influence over him?"). I guess in these right-wing nutjobs' minds, "commies" and Muslims just sort of blur together. {UPDATE: It turns out that someone else, writing on the same page, directly underneath Moseley's article, claimed that Obama is a closet Communist. It was NOT Mr. Moseley. I apologize for the inadvertent error.} Admittedly, it's easy to conflate an atheistic philosophy of dialectical materialism with a monotheistic faith professing that "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah." Very similar, don't you see? (snark)

On and on it goes, into raving/drooling/frothing-at-the-mouth la-la-land. Oh, by the way, this guy's now suing Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell for $18,250 in money he says is owed to him for "research" and other work he did for the non-witch. And now he's also suing to get Newt Gingrich on the ballot in Virginia. As I said, if you thought this whole Virginia Republican primary fiasco couldn't get even more ridiculous...oh yes it can!!! LOL

Gingrich claims fraud!

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Newt Gingrich has a new reason why he didn't make the ballot -- fraud on the part of someone he hired.  He is claiming that he hired someone to get signatures who forged or made up 1,500 signatures.  See the story here.

I heard on the news tonight that Newt was blaming poor staff work -- sort of a class-less move but hardly surprising.  So now we have an allegation of fraud.

I wonder if anyone will prosecute?  I mean, it's a crime to submit petitions fraudulently.  At the bottom of the form is this language:

I understand that falsely signing this affidavit is a felony punishable by a maximum fine up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment for up to ten years.

See Va. Code 24.2-1016.

So let's get those prosecutions going!  I want to see the perp walk!

Video: Newt Gingrich Makes Conservative, Moral Argument for Individual Mandate

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Needless to say, Ken Kookinelli wouldn't agree with Newt Gingrich - or with the many other (large majority of?) conservatives who, over the years, have (strongly) supported the individual mandate for health insurance. But sorry, Ken, you're wrong and Newt's right. Listen and learn, as Newt Gingrich - in his previous incarnation, prior to his run for the Loony Tunes Party presidential nomination, as a serious, sane human being - explains why the individual mandate is fundamentally conservative, moral, and absolutely necessary.
I think you've got to require everybody to either have insurance or to post a bond. But the fastest growing section of the uninsured is people over $75,000 income, who are making a calculated gamble that if they get sick, you'll take care of them. And I think that's just immoral...I understand the libertarian argument that says, well, if somebody really would rather run the risk of dying; that's not gonna happen! So what's gonna happen is you're not gonna take care of yourself, you're gonna be in a motorcycle accident or a car wreck or you're gonna have a stroke, we're gonna go to extraordinary measures to take care of you, you're gonna turn out to have no insurance, and then given your attitude you're gonna try to avoid paying...
Any further questions? Good, I'm glad to see that Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi all agree on something! :)

P.S. Also, here's Newt in 2006, arguing that "our goal should be 100% insurance coverage for all Americans," that "we agree strongly with this principle [of the individual mandate]," and that "[t]he health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major change in the American health system."  

Gingrich Campaign: Failure to Get on Virginia Ballot Analogous to Pearl...

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No, apparently, this is not a joke by the Newt-sters:
By now you've likely heard that our effort to gain access to the primary ballot in Virginia was not successful. This was not due to a lack of effort by our volunteers, but the cumbersome process in Virginia.

We are exploring alternate methods to compete in Virginia - stay tuned.

Going forward, we will be as in-front of the process as possible and with the help of our grassroots volunteers we will make all other deadlines.

Newt and I have talked three or four times today and he stated that this is not catastrophic - we will continue to learn and grow. Remember that it was only a few months ago that pundits and the press declared us dead after the paid consultants left. They declared that the decision not to compete in the Ames Straw Poll would mean that Iowans would ignore us. Some will again state that this is fatal.

Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941: We have experienced an unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action. Throughout the next months there will be ups and downs; there will be successes and failures; there will be easy victories and difficult days - but in the end we will stand victorious.

OK, can we all agree that there's something seriously wrong with Newt Gingrich, starting with pathological narcissism and megalomania? By the way, gotta love the continued whining about how this has nothing to do with the Newt campaign's own, utter incompetence, it's because Virginia's ballot access requirements - ones that Gary Bauer, Dennis Kucinich, and many other presidential candidates have managed to fulfill over the years - are terribly unfair. Quick, somebody call the waaaaaambulance for Newt Gingrich, it's an emergency!

Perry, Gingrich Out; Should Virginia Change Law in Time for 2012...

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Perry and Gingrich out as predicted: Should the 2012 General Assembly act on its first day to adopt the suggestion herein, and give GOP primary voters what should be their right, to choose their favorite candidate among those who are clearly credible contenders based on the polls?

by Paul Goldman

The failures of the Perry and Gingrich campaigns again point out the growing problem in our politics, which is that the internet makes it easy for anyone to talk the talk, but walking the walk is the same as when Moses had to get across the Red Sea without GPS on his Iphone: it is sweat equity, and low tide doesn't hurt either. Stuff is hard to do. I am sure they will blame the President for this eventually.

However: Just as states should not be allowed to use ID laws to unfairly restrict voting rights of the people, the Republican loyalists of Virginia should be entitled to vote in their primary for those credible candidates seeking the party's presidential nomination. Admittedly, the thought of President Bachmann, Gingrich, Huntsman, Perry and Santorium, may be incredible, yet the people - in this case GOP voters - should have their right to pick their nominee.

Bottom line: While other candidates have, over the years, managed to get on the ballot, the issue is really not about them, but about the people's right to choose. This is a failing of the national Perry and Gingrich campaigns, I get that. BUT voting rights are about the people, not the process.

Sure, the system has to be protected from fraud and the crazies, but this can't be an excuse to, in effect, restrict the right of citizens to cast a ballot for their favorite candidate.