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Ruling motivates Romney supporters

Whitman was a lot like Romney, a competent CEO, but hyper-opportunist with flip-flopping. She changed her positions by the hour and basically represented a third Arnold term -- much as Romney represents a third Bush term. Her nickname was "Nutmeg Whitman."  (Jul 24, 2012 | post #585)

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If we extend the aerospace symbolism, I see both Obama and Romney as piloting a spaceship that's supposed to take us from the Moon back to the Earth, but going via Alpha Centauri. The only difference is that Pilot Obama may be going the wrong direction at a faster speed than Pilot Romney.  (Jul 24, 2012 | post #584)

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The 2010 GOP ticket in California was horrendous. Other than Meg Whitman, they were not well known nationally, it included nanny state Republicans like Mike Villines and Abel Maldonado (both of whom played a big role in Arnold's tax hike).  (Jul 23, 2012 | post #551)

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I wouldn't be as concerned if it were just the presidency. If a "President Romney" would face Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the courts who manifested atrue appreciation for liberty and limits on government, then that would be another matter. But McConnell, Boehner, have a great taste for pork -- just like the Republicans who ran Congress under Bush. Eric Cantor and John Kyl may be a little better, but I see no reason to expect them to defy their party leaders, let alone a GOP president.  (Jul 23, 2012 | post #550)

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I believe that the name was popularized by CNBC's Rick Santelli reporting from the Chicago Board of Trade.  (Jul 23, 2012 | post #549)

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I've read that the reason why the Arabs (not all Arans are Muslim, of course) surrendered Jerusalem was because the surrender leaflets dropped on them conatined a note from General Allenby which was misinterpreted as "Allah bey."  (Jul 23, 2012 | post #12)

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But there may be moderate Muslims in the sense that there are Muslims who do not interpret and apply Quranic teachings and the Haditha as strictly as others. I don't know if you're Jewish, but you must know that there are some Jewish teachers who are more liberal (in the theological, not political, sense) than others and who apply Torah less strictly than others. I'm am not saying that the situation in Islam is identical to that in Judaism, of course.  (Jul 23, 2012 | post #11)

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Clinton to Egypt's Morsi: Find Way Out of Crisis

Ok, but Republican presidents have demonstarted equal ignorance. Bush-41's foreign policy guru was James "F--- the Jews" Baker, and Bush-43 rested his foreign policy upon Powell and Rice. I respect both General Powell and Professor Rice, but they are glassy-eyed when it comes to Islamic countries' current ability to be aprt of a region-wide movement for democracy. There are moderate Muslim leaders and schslars, but they are rare exceptions to the current Wahabist and Twelver tragjectory. (I realize that Wahabists and Twelvers may hate each other, but they both hate the Israel the US, tolerant Muslims, and the West in general. At the present time, some Wahabists may have toned down their efforts a bit out of concern for Iran, but they hate us nevertheless and will stab us in the back once they no longer find us useful against the ayatollahs -- perhaps sooner.)  (Jul 22, 2012 | post #8)

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There's more likely to be success when one takes a diversified approach. E.g., in New York state, the Conservative Party often endorses GOP nominees when they are faithful to a conservative vision. But they slate their own candidate when the GOP nominates a "RINO." 1965, they could have just said, "John Lindsay is not as bad as Abraham Beame" (William F. Buckley, Jr.'s "The Unmaking of a Mayor" is an excellent account of this mayoral race) or in 1970 "Senator Charles Goodel is better than Richard Ottinger", but they ran their own candidate instead. In instance it "worked" and another it did not, but in both cases they held to their convictions.  (Jul 22, 2012 | post #533)

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Be patient with whom? The machinery of the GOP has no motivation to change -- or even be significantly more accommodating -- as long as they can slate big government nominees and the masses of the right consistetly bend over for them (I don't mean to be overly offensive with this imagery, but I can't presently think of a better way to make my point) on the not-as-bad-as-a-li beral line of reasoning. The Democratic Party strayed far to the Left with McGovern & Co., but when a signifcant portion of the Democratic masses (Reagan Democrats, Boll Weevils, etc.), made it clear that they would not put up with just any feces that the establishment shoveled in their direction, the party had to make some serious moves to moderate. I'm not saying that the DLC, and Bill Clinton were ideal -- not by any means -- but they did represent a significant moderating shift in the party. Unfortunately, the DEMS fell in love with Barack Obama and now conservatives (by Democratic standards, at least) bend over backwards chanting "OBAMA, OBAMA" no matter how distateful they find his policies (e.g. Harry Reid) -- either that, or they step down (e.g. Evan Bayh). If conservative (again, by Democratic standards) Democrats had all said "well, we just have no choice but to vote for McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, etc.) then the party machinery would have no motivation to change. Afterall, why buy the cow when you're getting the milk for free? A simliar situation existed in the British Labour Party, but Tony Blair significantly moderated that group -- although Gordon Brown may have ruined what Blair accomplished. I am, of course, no expert on UK politics. While the GOP situation is by no means identical, I think that it is similar enough for liberty consevatives to at least play hard to get.  (Jul 22, 2012 | post #531)

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Ruling motivates Romney supporters

I'm interested. Do you think that having a President Romney, Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McConnell, and Chief Justice Roberts in charge of our government constitutes a tea party victory? They are all big government conservatives (i.e. neo-feudalists). With friends like that, the Tea Party doesn't need enemies. Yoy can say "well, they're not as bad as Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and whoever a Democrat would appoint to the SCOTUS", but why should the GOP establishment do any more than throw a periodic small bone to liberty/conservati ves as long as they can win with the "our guy's not as bad as the liberals" reasoning. In some states, howver, people have put their fdoot down. In Indiana, e.g., they decided to stop putting up with Richard Lugar's antics and turned him out in the primary -- even though one could conceivably argue that Lugar was a sure bet over the Democrat in November, whereas Mourdock will probably win, but might lose.  (Jul 22, 2012 | post #514)

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Ruling motivates Romney supporters

Point taken regarding Governor Romney, but that describes President Obama as well.  (Jul 22, 2012 | post #512)

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Ruling motivates Romney supporters

It doesn't. They can try to claim that it's interstate commerce, but that doesn't hold water -- especially since interstate insurance purchases are illegal and individuals do not have the same rights to write off health care as do employers. But again, we're falling into the "well-the-oth er-side-does-it-so -it's-OK-for-my-si de-to-do-it" that the crook John Boehner (as well as the Romney campaign) lives by.  (Jul 22, 2012 | post #511)

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Ruling motivates Romney supporters

Just wherein the Constitution does the federal government have the right to make such a law?  (Jul 21, 2012 | post #486)

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I'm not very impressed by Romney either, but under your reasoning, anyone who runs against an incumbent is talking trash. As a matter of fact, President Obama did a lot of criticizing of Bush in '08, and Bush wasn't even on the ballot. Obama reads his "blah" from his teleprompter.  (Jul 21, 2012 | post #485)