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Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney could have key allies in new governors of Iowa, South Carolina

Republican primary voters today will choose gubernatorial candidates in three of the four states expected to hold early presidential contests -- and that means high stakes for would-be 2012 candidates.

In Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, the Republicans who win today will have at least an even-money shot at claiming the governorships in the fall. So, it's no surprise that the leading potential presidential candidates got involved early and often on behalf of candidates in all three states.

Let's break down the 2012 jockeying in each state:

Iowa

Republicans in the nation's first presidential state will choose a challenger for Gov. Chet Culver (D) today with former four-term (!) Gov. Terry Branstad the clear favorite to be the GOP nominee.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's endorsement of Branstad seems particularly geared toward 2012. First, it goes against her general preference for more conservative, outsider candidates. And second, a video posted to YouTube shows Branstad was genuinely surprised when he learned of Palin's backing last week. (He notes in the video that the two of them have never actually met. Good times!)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney endorsed Branstad before Palin and met with the former governor in March. Also, Branstad's son, Marcus, served on Romney's presidential campaign in 2008.

While Romney and Palin have both endorsed Branstad, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, is behind the insurgent conservative candidate, businessman Bob Vander Plaats. Recent polling shows Vander Plaats behind by double digits, though.

Branstad is close to another potential 2012-er - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R). But Barbour, as chairman of the Republican Governors Association has to stay neutral in primaries. Branstad also knows Tim Pawlenty, the RGA vice chairman, but the Minnesota governor has decided to stay out of contested primaries.

For his part, Branstad stayed out of the 2008 race but has shown a willingness to endorse in past Iowa caucuses. As a state representative in 1976, he picked Ronald Reagan. He endorsed Bob Dole in 1996 and Lamar Alexander and then George W. Bush in 2000.

South Carolina

The winner of the GOP primary here will be a heavy favorite in November. The question is whether state Rep. Nikki Haley can overcome affair allegations and somehow, some way, avoid a runoff. (Once considered a long shot, that prospect is becoming more and more possible by the day.)

Haley has been endorsed by both Romney and Palin.

Romney was the first one on board, endorsing her in mid-March when she was still lost in the pack with three other, more established, male candidates. As with Branstad, the two also have a connection from 2008 as Haley was a vocal supporter of Romney's disappointing fourth-place campaign in the Palmetto State.

But when it came time to defend herself against the affair accusations in recent weeks, Haley turned to Palin, running ads and robocalls featuring the former vice presidential nominee. If Haley thinks that Palin played a major role in saving her campaign, she might feel compelled to endorse her or, at least, stay neutral.

Huckabee, again, was on the other side of his two potential 2012 opponents -- endorsing Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is unlikely to make the runoff.

Nevada

No major potential 2012 candidate is bothering much with this state.

Gov. Jim Gibbons, who has been beset by problems -- ethical and otherwise -- since taking office, is almost certain to lose to former U.S. district judge Brian Sandoval today and, for a variety of reasons (see above), didn't make an appealing endorsee for the likes of Romney, Palin and Huckabee.

That said, none of the 2012 candidates wanted to endorse against an incumbent governor even one as badly damaged as Gibbons.

The lack of involvement by 2012ers also has to do with the likelihood of the state being a walk over for Romney in the presidential primary process. With its large Mormon population, Romney won it by 37 points in 2008 and is a shoo-in for 2012, assuming he runs again.

The other state to keep an eye on is New Hampshire. The primary there isn't until Sept. 14. Former Health and Human Services Commissioner John Stephen is the best-known GOP candidate, but things are wide-open. Winning the seat will be difficult, though, with incumbent Gov. John Lynch (D) the favorite for another two-year term.

--Aaron Blake

By The Fix  |  June 8, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Noacoler wrote,
"Take it from me, a reformed biter of troll bait."

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But you still bite.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh goody. Let's play the old liberal favorite "Was the loon a Conservative or Liberal" The result to them is very important you see, because the instance of one single kook is stout evidence that every conservative is a kook. If it turns out to be one of the favored people, they quickly declare it is a lone wolf.

Even the royal berry likes this technique and uses it often.

Drivl thrives on this form of loony logic daily.

Posted by: bumblingberry
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And every one of these handful of loons is more dangerous than the organized many who seek to “fundamentally transform America” into a socialist paradise.

Posted by: leapin | June 8, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh goody. Let's play the old liberal favorite "Was the loon a Conservative or Liberal" The result to them is very important you see, because the instance of one single kook is stout evidence that every conservative is a kook. If it turns out to be one of the favored people, they quickly declare it is a lone wolf.

Even the royal berry likes this technique and uses it often.

Drivl thrives on this form of loony logic daily.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

How do you know those two people were members of the Tea Party?


I think they were registered democrats.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 8, 2010 3:21 PM\
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Do you? How do you know?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes drindl it is tedious scrolling past it, and it's doubly tedious to scroll past responses to it as well, especially when those responses come from someone whose other posts I enjoy reading.

Look .. he's not going to go away because he has no other life. The models aren't biting. The photo gigs aren't materializing. This is all he has, seeing his rage in print, and Cillizza is a hit-whôre who's not about to slay the goose.

Remember from last year? Vomit on the sidewalk. Just don't step in.

Take it from me, a reformed biter of troll bait. I used to get drawn in, I don't anymore. Don't give this sicko the satisfaction of getting your goat.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat had some great points today
Obama shouldn't need to consult with a bunch of experts so he knows "whose ass to kick."

Isn't that silly ?

Obama is some metrosexual - who simply left his manhood off a long time ago.

Obama is a metrosexual

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Posted by: 37thand0street
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It’s not the president job to kick azz. These are words meant to excite his radicals with the prospect of Barry the Blamer taking over the oil industry. Btw – Jindal is taking some action while Barry procrastinates to prolong and enlarge the crisis which has Rham wetting his pants. Does someone have the number of Chris Mathew’s cleaners?

Posted by: leapin | June 8, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

submissive interracial sex
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finally a topic Ped can sink her teeth into.

D

that's BINGO

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat had some great points today

Obama shouldn't need to consult with a bunch of experts so he knows "whose ass to kick."


Isn't that silly ?


Obama is some metrosexual - who simply left his manhood off a long time ago.


Obama is a metrosexual


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 8, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

drinl


How do you know those two people were members of the Tea Party?


I think they were registered democrats.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Statistics of teabagger attrition.

Revulsion remains the leader .. people who show up because they don't like the rising deficit see all the ni66er signs and the swastikas and don't come back.

Second is death from old age .. all that white hair.

And now, number three .. prison. Too bad the Hesch's aren't more comely in their ages, they'd learn a few things about submissive interracial sex, and fitting lesson for such uh people.

Maybe Cillizza could do a column on TP dwindlement.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't read his drool, Noa -- it's just tedious to have to scroll past it, like beig forced to walk through sewage, so like most people, I leave and like every day, soon it's no one but him and 37, playing with themselves.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

If no one replies, they seldom do, she just keeps posting the same illiterate vituperative slop over and over.

what a shame an empty head is.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Who said my predictions don;t come true. this one took only a few hours:
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wow, another day at the fix reveling in liberal ineffectiveness.

where's dingbat drivl to find some no name Repub who got drunk last night to avert the shame.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 10:49 AM

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Check out your typical teabagger:

A father and son have been arrested and charged with conspiring to threaten a U.S. official after they allegedly sent a letter to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) threatening to kill him over his vote for the health care bill.

Russell Hesch, 73, and David Hesch, 50, were charged with conspiracy to threaten to assault, kidnap or murder a U.S. official. They face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In the most explicit threat from the letter, the author threatens to "paint the Mackinaw [sic] Bridge with the blood of you and your family members. ... Maybe you will be the main character of a story that parents tell their children as they cross the bridge decades from know [sic]. The red paint of Bart Stupak!

"Actions and decisions carry consequences. Are you and your family prepared for those consequences? Is your wife, Laurie Ann, prepared for those consequences? Is your son Ken and his family prepared for those consequences?" it reads in part.

"Without going into great detail and potentially spoiling the surprise of your fate I wonder if you have ever watched the Showtime Series Dexter?" the letter reads, a reference to a TV show about a serial killer. "I have been a faithful fan since its inception. I believe that this show stirs a primeval emotion that is within us all just waiting to be explored."

Toward the end, the letter, signed "The Devil within Us," says this fate can be avoided if Stupak resigns immediately and admits that his health care vote "was wrong and under handed," or if he follows "in the footsteps" of his late son, Bart Stupak Jr., who committed suicide in 2000. "


They have nothing but hate, just like ole zouky and his million monikers.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The old time management screed.

No credit for that old tripe.

How about birds? Are they smart?

Are air conditioned gyms cool?

We may have hit the wall again, considering the parsimonious nature of liberal thought. no BINGO today.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"You're right, drindl, he barely makes the species grade, probably has fewer defective chromosomes than the rest of us."

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Natural selection in action. A new niche has been uncovered in Nammie Nammie Land. Now for some perfectly adapted life forms.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Roommate of a friend of mine got the deluxe slipcase edition. Total chump, a gay Republican, had one of the worst days of his life the day she quit.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 2:39 PM
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I'll bet the pages were all stuck together after you got done with it.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

You're right, drindl, he barely makes the species grade, probably has fewer chromosomes than the rest of us.

Which begs the question .. why do you even bother reading his junk? You know just from the monikers that it's going to say, why don't you practice time management and skip to the next post worthy of your time? You get yourself needlessly torqued by a guy not worth the effort to read.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Do you think I care what you think of me, you impotent little slug? Someone who has no other life but to spam this blog 18 hours a day?

Someone who has to pay women to talk to him? You're barely human.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:42 PM
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No need to get so upset. I'm not sure Noacoler was even referring to you. Chill.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Apparently because every rightwinger is a mental case. Check out your typical teabagger:

A father and son have been arrested and charged with conspiring to threaten a U.S. official after they allegedly sent a letter to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) threatening to kill him over his vote for the health care bill.

Russell Hesch, 73, and David Hesch, 50, were charged with conspiracy to threaten to assault, kidnap or murder a U.S. official. They face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In the most explicit threat from the letter, the author threatens to "paint the Mackinaw [sic] Bridge with the blood of you and your family members. ... Maybe you will be the main character of a story that parents tell their children as they cross the bridge decades from know [sic]. The red paint of Bart Stupak!

"Actions and decisions carry consequences. Are you and your family prepared for those consequences? Is your wife, Laurie Ann, prepared for those consequences? Is your son Ken and his family prepared for those consequences?" it reads in part.

"Without going into great detail and potentially spoiling the surprise of your fate I wonder if you have ever watched the Showtime Series Dexter?" the letter reads, a reference to a TV show about a serial killer. "I have been a faithful fan since its inception. I believe that this show stirs a primeval emotion that is within us all just waiting to be explored."

Toward the end, the letter, signed "The Devil within Us," says this fate can be avoided if Stupak resigns immediately and admits that his health care vote "was wrong and under handed," or if he follows "in the footsteps" of his late son, Bart Stupak Jr., who committed suicide in 2000. "


They have nothing but hate, just like ole zouky and his million monikers.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

All insults all the time. Why is every conservative who posts here a mental case?!?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 2:42 PM
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What you meant to say was "why is every conservative who posts here the same person?!?"

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

V

drivl replies she doesn't care about posters she posts about

E

Ped - same thing. I guess since they're loony Libs we have to give them both credit.

Only one more idea for BINGO.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Ped attack on Palin

P

I bet if they really try hard, we could get three independent "thoughts" from the loons on this thread for a BINGO.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Do you think I care what you think of me, you impotent little slug? Someone who has no other life but to spam this blog 18 hours a day?

Someone who has to pay women to talk to him? You're barely human.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Only good thing about Brigade is that he doesn't know how to pace. Responds with insults to every post that's gone before, then runs out of steam and reverts to his other monikers.

All insults all the time. Why is every conservative who posts here a mental case?!?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Direct link to drivl's "brain"

http://thinkprogress.org/index.php?tag=Energy

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Well she needs to do something to draw attention away from her rapidly sagging jowels.

Riling up the rubes in outdoor speeches in temperate zone sun is catching her up to her age.

At least she can afford silicone implants, plenty of those rubes bought he with-book.

Roommate of a friend of mine got the deluxe slipcase edition. Total chump, a gay Republican, had one of the worst days of his life the day she quit.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Talking to himself -- hilarious!

Toomey the Oil Wh*re

'Despite the massive devastation caused by BP’s oil gusher, a growing number of Republicans have called for an immediate increase in offshore drilling, opposing President Obama’s moratorium on new wells until an investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is complete. Pennsylvania Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey joined the club Friday, telling WHYY in Philadelphia that Obama went too far in stopping new drilling.

Going forward, Toomey wants to see more, and not less, domestic oil exploration.

Toomey has a personal financial interest in drilling. The oil and gas industry has given Toomey nearly $50,000 for his Senate campaign this year, and he has taken over $96,000 from them over his entire career.

Haliburton has been particularly generous to Toomey, giving him $2,500 in their post-Deepwater Horizon spending spree. Toomey was their top recipient of cash in May. Meanwhile, when Toomey was president of the hard-right Club For Growth, he said federal restrictions on offshore drilling “border on the criminal.”

Actual, what borders on the criminal is Toomey himself.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

me apamming?

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:32 PM

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Yes, you spamming. You didn't notice anyone else's moniker did you? Do you feel that if you cut and paste enough pieces of Huffington gibberish in enough places everyone in the world we see it?
The scroll function works everywhere.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

When's Michelle's turn? Have you noticed that Barack's are bigger than hers?

Posted by: Brigade


she'll need a wheelbarrow if they match the rest of her.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Toomey the Oil Wh*re

'Despite the massive devastation caused by BP’s oil gusher, a growing number of Republicans have called for an immediate increase in offshore drilling, opposing President Obama’s moratorium on new wells until an investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is complete. Pennsylvania Republican Senate nominee Pat Toomey joined the club Friday, telling WHYY in Philadelphia that Obama went too far in stopping new drilling.

Going forward, Toomey wants to see more, and not less, domestic oil exploration.

Toomey has a personal financial interest in drilling. The oil and gas industry has given Toomey nearly $50,000 for his Senate campaign this year, and he has taken over $96,000 from them over his entire career.

Haliburton has been particularly generous to Toomey, giving him $2,500 in their post-Deepwater Horizon spending spree. Toomey was their top recipient of cash in May. Meanwhile, when Toomey was president of the hard-right Club For Growth, he said federal restrictions on offshore drilling “border on the criminal.”

Actual, what borders on the criminal is Toomey himself.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Seems Sarah's gone and bought new boobs... so she's got *that* going for her.

Posted by: RobInDenver | June 8, 2010 2:26 PM
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When's Michelle's turn? Have you noticed that Barack's are bigger than hers?

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: koolkat_1960

aka Loud and Dumb before changing her name because it fit so well. Still does.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

me apamming? 11 posts so far by bumblingbrigade and dozens of others on other threads. spamming is his life.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

This is typical of the threadbare and vapid candidates running as gopers. Nothing to offer except wanting a free lunch and opposition to good government.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 1:50 PM
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The relevant point is that they are better than the vapid candidates they seek to displace. Most GOPers have actually worked in the private sector at one time or another.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Better get used to a Democratic Congress.

Now if only Scalia and Thomas bow out, we'll be all set.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 12:10 PM
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Same test for you, oh wise one. Any Dem incumbents for House or Senate who WON'T win re-election in 2010? Any? Just a few? One? Where do all these bright boys come from? Check back in November if you don't hang yourself after the rout.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Seems Sarah's gone and bought new boobs... so she's got *that* going for her.

http://bit.ly/8ZwaI1

Posted by: RobInDenver | June 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

60% have a negative view of R 'policies' -- jokes, is more like it -- and only a third trust Repubicans over Democrats. So much for that landslide.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 11:29 AM
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How many threads are you going to spam with this same post? Here's an off-year election test for you: give us the names of some Democratic incumbents for House and Senate who are NOT going to win. Can't think of any? I guess that tells us all we need to know.

Posted by: Brigade | June 8, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

drivl found a new paste to offer. third one today.

D

R

I

Ped finally got off hold with Bosley. did they tell you that you're supposed to grow hair on your head, not on your back?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

New blog, same routines

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"SAN DIEGO-Carly Fiorina was dumped as the chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard five years ago in a dramatic fall that dominated the business pages of newspapers at the time.

Yet, as the 55-year-old runs for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in California, her nearly six years at the helm of HP aren't merely a few lines in her stump speech, but the entire rationale for her candidacy. Unlike other candidates across of the country, she spends little time discussing her family, political work she has previously done (Fiorina had not even voted for much of her life before the campaign) or her political philosophy, beyond general opposition to taxes and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who she will face if she wins the primary today as expected."

This is typical of the threadbare and vapid candidates running as gopers. Nothing to offer except wanting a free lunch and opposition to good government.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

yeah, looks like jaked has found a new home. (Weigel's blog, not Klein's)

I can't imagine he likes it there, though. His goal in life is to disrupt conversation, and there's just so much more to disrupt here. That's why the trolls flock here.

Incidentally, you should see the right-wingers on Klein's blog. Smartest conservatives on the whole internet (really!)

Posted by: DDAWD | June 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin and Romney? That's it? That's what Republicans are going to offer to lead America in 2 years??? What a Joke!

How will they fix the mess they made? Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | June 8, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

There is another leak in the Gulf - this one coming from the Oil Rig Ocean Saratoga.


what a mess.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If Obungler had been honest, he would have said the following to the students instead:

The president advised the Class of '10 to "make excuses. Take responsibility for others' successes, but find someone to blame for your failures as well. When you screw up...We see it every day out in Washington, call each other names and make all sorts of accusations on TV."

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

A shade has posted on the Ezra Klein blog!

This Sarah Palin fan approves of said endorsement : )

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 8, 2010 12:34 PM

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 8, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

And what was Chairman Zero's message to the students?

The president advised the Class of '10 not to "make excuses. Take responsibility not just for your successes, but for your failures as well. When you screw up...it's the easiest thing in the world to start looking around for someone to blame. We see it every day out in Washington, with folks calling each other names and making all sorts of accusations on TV."
No. No way did the guy who blames all of his problems on the previous administration and FoxNews just say that. Nobody could possibly be that obtuse, could they?

Meanwhile, some headlines from life under the thumb of the government:

Report says FDA struggles to keep food safe (maybe an across the board tripling of all budgets would help??)


GM recalling 1.5 million vehicles for potential fire hazard (berry, is this any way to run a car company? Seems like the same way you run an environmental spill)


Overall, nearly nine in 10 rate the economy "not so good" or "poor," and while three in 10 see improvement, the same figure say things are getting worse. Among all adults, three in 10 say the government's efforts to stimulate the economy have helped, with about one in 10 seeing "a great deal" of progress from the government's efforts.

Berry should have stuck with handing out pamphlets on street corners.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Real Men don't need to have experts in a college seminar atmosphere to find out whose "ass to kick."


It is ridiculous - Real Men KNOW whose "ass gets kicked"


Not only is Obama out-of-touch with the American People, Obama is out-of-touch with his own emotions - and his own manhood.


Metrosexual - that is the best way to put it -


The bottom line - Obama is completely worthless and ineffective.


Yea, but the liberal media keeps on saying - WHY is Obama worthless and ineffective ? WHAT is missing ???


Most of the country will tell the liberal media that Obama never had it - he was ALWAYS A BUNCH OF LIES AND DECEPTIONS.


Obama has been INEXPERIENCED, UNQUALIFIED AND CLUELESS the whole time -


When did YOU first notice ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 8, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

funny, dawd -- guess sarah isn't being 'mavericky' enough for the loonies.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/palin_fans_revolt_over_terry_b.html

Looks like Palin fans aren't happy about her endorsement.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 8, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Better get used to a Democratic Congress.

-the Ped

better get used to inflation, diving stock market, run away deficits, humiliation overseas, environmental catastrophes, budget busting spending, health care declines, military defeats, diplomatic cowardice, housing declines, jobs missing, terror attacks, tax hikes, corruption, sleazy politics and ultra leftist judges.

No thanks. We'll take out that trash soon, don't worry. tonight another of Obunglers choices - Blanche, will tumble into the abyss of barack failures.

That will be 7-0 for team berry. no wonder no one will dare be seen with him, and the ones that are required to attend his long boring speeches "all about ME" are falling asleep.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Ped - are you still on hold with Bosley?

shouldn't you be working on your girls garage article for this month?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

And Republicans still fighting hard to keep BP from having to pay for its negligence, and sticking taxpayers with the bill:

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has been fighting aggressively to defend the oil industry even as BP’s oil disaster gets worse and worse by the day. Yesterday, Vitter blasted an e-mail attacking his Democratic opponent this November, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA), for having the audacity to point out that unregulated free-market policies have allowed the “oil industry to ruin our wetlands.”

Also on Monday, Vitter sent yet another letter to the Obama administration requesting a “quick end” to the “six-month ban on drilling in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.” The moratorium was issued to allow federal authorities to investigate the problems at deepwater drilling platforms and to propose new regulations. Indeed, deepwater drilling platforms like BP’s Atlantis platform in the Gulf of Mexico have been cited for “disturbing reports” of safety lapses.

Vitter, who has been bankrolled by over $783,835 from the oil and gas industry, has been a reliable ally for companies like BP. Shortly after BP’s spill this year, Vitter introduced a bill to limit an oil company’s liability to the amount of its profit in the last four quarters, or $150 million, whichever is greater.

Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I think berry is jealous of Biden's press coverage after the "big f'ing Deal" crack.

It is most certainly not in search of the Nobel prize for literature. biden should stick with plaigerizing other people's works and berry should never, ever, get off the prompter again. Each time he reveals what a thug he is and his true intentions or his racist attitude, his mystique falls another notch.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Remember it was only a few months ago the trolls were crowing about great DEmocratic losses in November? You just wait, "libs," you just wait, House and Senate going back to, as zouk put it, "capitalism and sanity.". Cillizza was breathless about his beloved tea party movement, it was Pawlenty and Palin every week.

My how things have changed. Sue Lowden, Rand Paul, Critz' and Sestak's wins, the overnight anathema of drill baby drill.

Not that there's been a lot if good news for Democrats .. It's just that Republicans simply cannot come close to being seen as credible, or even serious. The face of the GOP is now that bigotted ferret in Kentucky and that bimbo from Alaska. No ideas, just retrogression to junk notions spectacular in their failures.

Not that this slows down Cillizza, hauling more water than ever, Mickey in Fantasia, gibbering over manufactured scandalettes like Romanoff that dry up like puddles after morning showers.

Better get used to a Democratic Congress.

Now if only Scalia and Thomas bow out, we'll be all set.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 8, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Iowa says alot about Palin's intentions. Palin has never even meet Branstad yet she endorsed him even as he's considered a RINO by national Republicans. It seems, based upon that, Palin is going to run for President in 2012. In other states she has endorsed conservatives, but knowing Branstad was the clear favorite in Iowa, the 1st Presidential state, she endorsed Branstad. Huckabee is still leading the pack in Iowa in recent polls, 27% and that leads the pack. Then comes Palin 17%, Gingrich 16% & Romney 15%. I think Branstad would be more likely to endorse Romney than Huckabee. In any case, I think Branstad will be the next Gov. of Iowa this year.

In Nevada, Judge Sandoval is the clear favorite today over Gibbons & in the GE against Rory Reid. Sandoval is the clear fav. to be Nevada's next governor, while Romney is the overwhelming favorite in 2012. The real race will be the US Senate race, who will be the nominee against Senate Majority ldr. Reid? My bet is Angle, but Tankarian could pull it out today. I think Lowden is knocked out.

In South Carolina, I think it will come down to Haley vs. McMaster in a run-off. The stories of Haley's affairs could get uglier, and if they do McMaster should win. If there are no legs to this story, Haley storms to victory. Either way, a run-off is likely today and my guess is: Haley vs. McMaster.

Posted by: reason5 | June 8, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

A new WaPo poll CC seems to be willfully ignoring... guess he doesn't like the results:

"The poll also finds growing disapproval of the "tea party" movement, with half the population now expressing an unfavorable impression of the loosely aligned protest campaign that has shaken up politics this year.

And at a time when Republicans anticipate significant gains in House and Senate elections, there is also fresh evidence of the challenges facing the GOP. Six in 10 poll respondents say they have a negative view of the policies put forward by the Republican minority in Congress, and about a third say they trust Republicans over Democrats to handle the nation's main problems. "

60% have a negative view of R 'policies' -- jokes, is more like it -- and only a third trust Repubicans over Democrats. So much for that landslide.


Posted by: drindl | June 8, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The latest numbers from Gallup aren’t quite a crisis for the Obama administration, but they suggest one might be in the works:

By a six-point margin, more Americans disapprove than approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The president’s 40 percent approval rating on the oil spill trails his overall job approval rating by seven points.

He campaigned as a problem solver and as Mr. Fix-It, and he’s proving that there are some problems that can’t be solved or fixed.

In and of itself, the spill wouldn’t be a presidency-defining problem. But when you place it alongside high unemployment . . . and a lousy housing market and high foreclosure rate in much of the country . . . and a runaway deficit, even by the standards of our usual runaway deficits . . . and a stock market starting to slump more seriously . . . and no sign of Iran’s nuclear program slowing down . . . and no serious consequence for North Korea sinking a South Korean ship . . . and smelly backroom deals involving executive-branch positions and Democratic senate primaries . . . and daily reminders that the health-care legislation won’t live up to the hype . . . and a series of near-misses on the war on terror, where large bureaucracies fail to intervene in time and only sharp-eyed and fast-acting citizens prevent terrible consequences . . . well, it all starts to add up to a pattern.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what allies Quitter Palin has? She's never going to run for office again. She's making too much money giving speeches to drooling morons, putting her name on books that drooling morons buy but can't read because they're illiterate, and selling endorsements to other morons.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 8, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The left flunks Econ 101
Rick Moran

Which side is better able to understand and evaluate the choices facing America in these perilous times?

Daniel Klein in the Wall Street Journal:

Zogby researcher Zeljka Buturovic and I considered the 4,835 respondents' (all American adults) answers to eight survey questions about basic economics. We also asked the respondents about their political leanings: progressive/very liberal; liberal; moderate; conservative; very conservative; and libertarian.
Rather than focusing on whether respondents answered a question correctly, we instead looked at whether they answered incorrectly. A response was counted as incorrect only if it was flatly unenlightened.


[...]

How did the six ideological groups do overall? Here they are, best to worst, with an average number of incorrect responses from 0 to 8: Very conservative, 1.30; Libertarian, 1.38; Conservative, 1.67; Moderate, 3.67; Liberal, 4.69; Progressive/very liberal, 5.26.

Americans in the first three categories do reasonably well. But the left has trouble squaring economic thinking with their political psychology, morals and aesthetics.

To be sure, none of the eight questions specifically challenge the political sensibilities of conservatives and libertarians. Still, not all of the eight questions are tied directly to left-wing concerns about inequality and redistribution. In particular, the questions about mandatory licensing, the standard of living, the definition of monopoly, and free trade do not specifically challenge leftist sensibilities.


We already know the left cares little for basic economics. If they did, people like Paul Krugman who wants trillions more in "stimulus" spending would be standing on a street corner with a sign saying "The End is Near" rather than appearing in august publications like the New York Times.

The trick is to inoculate America against their stupidity. This is admittedly a difficult undertaking but conservatives will have their chance in November when the economic damage done by the left is obvious to all.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Item #4: Chairman Zero Bores Graduates to Tears

Chairman Zero dropped by Kalamazoo Central High School yesterday to deliver a graduation address. You might wonder if the young skulls full of mush were dazzled by his Teleprompter Reading skills, and his ability to repeat strong action phrases like "Let me be clear," "The time for talk is over!" and "I'm gonna kick your ass!"

Not so much, really.

http://www.sondrak.com/index.php/weblog/wake_me_when_its_over/

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 8, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The amazing thing is that Branstad is in no way a Palin kind of Republican. Iowa state government was greatly expanded during his tenure and he is one of the most frequerntly sited RINOs on the internet.

The fact that he is currently a Univeristy President should have put him squarely in those crosshairs she had on her web site.

I assume she is backing him because he can beat Chet Culver.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 8, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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