Saturday, December 31, 2011


Santorum's surprising ascent

San Francisco Chronicle - 
A month ago, Rick Santorum's Republican presidential campaign wasn't just an afterthought, it was a non-thought. The conservative former Pennsylvania ...

  1. Iowa GOP poll shows Romney leading but threatened by Santorumsurge

    The Guardian - 
    The turbulent GOP presidential campaign produced yet another twist Saturday when a new poll of Iowa caucus-goers showed a last-minute surge by Rick Santorum ...
  2. Romney leads Paul in Iowa poll, Santorum surges

    Reuters India - 
    The closely watched poll, which has a strong track record in Iowa races, showed Rick Santorum surging past Newt Gingrich into third place in a fluid battle ...
  3. Des Moines Register Poll: Rick Santorum Surging, Mitt Romney on ...

    ABC News (blog) - 
    OTTUMWA, Iowa– Three days before the Iowa caucuses a New Year's Eve Des Moines Register poll shows Rick Santorum gaining momentum in Iowa, but still running

    Takes from the Des Moines Register Poll

    TIME - 
    Washington Post: "Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, showing a late burst of momentum..., was poised to move into second place if he can continue ...

    Pulse quickens as Tuesday Iowa caucuses approach - 
    Rick Santorum, a favorite of religious conservatives, is moving up fast in a tightening race, according to the Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll, ...

    1. Santorum is peaking in Iowa, but then what?

      Sacramento Bee - 
      Rick Santorum has gone from afterthought to X Factor in the Republican presidential field during the closing days before Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. ...
    2. Santorum: "I trusted the people of Iowa"

      CBS News - 
      Rick Santorum is the man of the moment in Iowa, with preference polls showing him rising into the top tier of Republican presidential candidates. ...

      1. Romney Leads, Santorum Surges in Iowa Republican Voter Poll

        BusinessWeek - 
        Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who has spent more time in Iowa than any of the Republican candidates, is seeing the benefits of his labor. ...
      2. Romney leads, Santorum surges in Iowa

        Politico - 
        DES MOINES — The Rick Santorum surge continues. The former Pennsylvania senator has climbed to third place in Iowa, according to the latest Des Moines ...
      3. Iowa: Romney Leads, Santorum Rises, Steve King Weighs Choice

        RealClearPolitics - 
        Ron Paul is in second place at 22 percent, while Rick Santorum has ascended into third with 15 percent. However, Santorum appears to have all of the late ...

        1. Rick Santorum, Iowa's GOP man of the moment

          CBS News - 
          Rick Santorum is getting increasing attention as polls are showing for the first time that he could finish strongly here and have a big impact on the GOP ...
        2. Amid Lead for Romney in Iowa Poll, Momentum for Santorum

          New York Times (blog) - 
          ... Ron Paul of Texas and 15 percent for Rick Santorum. However, as The Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs noted, there is a “twist” in the survey. ...
        3. The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll: Watch Those Romney andSantorum ...

          The Atlantic - 
          By Molly Ball The paper's final, authoritative survey finds a tight race with Mitt Romney in the catbird seat and Rick Santorum moving up. ...

          Just wen you thought it was safe to say Ron Paul wins Iowa here comes Rick, and if he does win or come in second he is the news going into New Hampshire.

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          Power to the People who "VOTE"


May 2012 be the year of Newt in the White House and an end to these very negative campaigns.


Group’s Ads Rip at Gingrich as Romney Stands Clear

By  and 

As Gingrich Reels From Attack Ads, Some Aides Suggest Fighting Back

Newt Gingrich’s vow to stay positive draws applause at campaign stops, but his drop in the polls raises questions about that strategy.

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Watch Out: Political Attacks Turn Nasty in Iowa

Asked about Newt Gingrich's failure to get on the Virginia ballot, Romney likened the former House speaker's political operations to an out-of-control ...

Super PACs Funding Much of Anti-Newt Message - 
The lion's share of the money spent by those groups has targeted former House SpeakerNewt Gingrich, according to The Hill. The impact in Iowa is clear ...

Billionaires Help Fund Attack On Gingrich

Forbes - 
As The New York Times notes today, more than $2.8 million has been spent in Iowa to attack Newt Gingrich. The ad blitz is being funded not by the Mitt ...

Watch out: Political attacks turn nasty in Iowa

Houston Chronicle - 
Asked about Newt Gingrich's failure to get on the Virginia ballot, Romney likened the former House speaker's political operations to an out-of-control ...

Romney can't beat Newt on the issues so he and his friends are spending what every it takes to beat him up with negative ads.

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VJ Machiavelli
Power to the People Who VOTE


New Hope for Republicans Left Off Virginia Ballot

New York Times (blog) - 
That would likely allow Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry to participate in the primary after both failed to gather the required signatures under Virginia's ...

Candidates struggle to get names on VA ballot

The Associated Press - 
On Saturday, lawyers for Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum joined Perry in asking the Virginia State Board of Elections and ...

Gingrich, rivals join suit against Virginia ballot rules

Reuters - 
One of the casualties was Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the US House of Representatives who was particularly embarrassed because he lives in northern ...

Virginia attorney general to push bill allowing excluded ...

Pocono Record - 
Also Saturday, the national counsel to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. ...

Virginia AG Intervenes in GOP Ballot Dispute as Blocked Candidates ...

Fox News - 
Perry and the four candidates joining the lawsuit -- Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman -- did not. ...

Fox: Cuccinelli requesting emergency legislation to change state ...

National Journal - 
Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential candidates who failed to get onto the Virginia primary ballot may have a 

Virginia AG Cuccinelli may intervene in ballot flap

CBS News - 
Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich might have a glimmer of hope to get on the ballot for the March 6 Virginia primary after failing to submit ...

My bet is they allow everyone on the ballot.

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
Power to the People who "VOTE"


Newt an old softie

New York Post - 
By GEOFF EARLE DES MOINES, Iowa — Newt Gingrich got weepy on the campaign trail yesterday when talking about his late mother in front of a crowd full of ...

Newt Gingrich Weeps, Mitt Romney Attacks Ron Paul

ABC News - 
By DAVID ESPO and SHANNON MCCAFFREY AP Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wept Friday as he recalled his late mother's end-of-life illnesses, ...

Gingrich gets teary recalling mother

The Boston Globe - 
DES MOINES - Newt Gingrich choked up and wiped away tears yesterday while recalling his late mother's struggle with depression and mental illness. ...

Gingrich Sheds Tears as Iowa Caucus Campaign Enters Final Days

BusinessWeek - 
31 (Bloomberg) -- With emotions running high in the final days of the Republican presidential campaign in Iowa, Newt Gingrich wiped away tears yesterday ...

  1. Newt's candor: It is welcome

    The Union Leader - 
    We're not accustomed to complimenting Newt Gingrich, but his statement that he wouldn't vote for Ron Paul for President in a general election is a ...
  2. Gingrich volunteers surge as their candidate gets emotional

    Atlanta Journal Constitution - 
    Fueled with hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, Gingrich's volunteers sat in makeshift booths divided by giant “Newt” signs in his Urbandale campaign office, ...

    Who knew he could show such emotion and it was before New Hampshire

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    Power to the People who "VOTE"

Friday, December 30, 2011


  1. Taking in Iowa: cornfields and grassroots

    YNN, Your News Now - 
    Ron Paul's, have spent the past few weeks recruiting volunteers from across the country to ensure they have a representative at each location. ...
  2. Oddball Paul steals march in race to the White House

    Vancouver Sun - 
    By Jon Swaine, The Daily Telegraph December 29, 2011 Ron Paul... Ron Paul, the eccentric 76-year-old Texas congressman, is threatening to cause an upset ...

    1. Families, out-of-staters get into caucus tourism - 
      Ron Baker of Newton brought his 8-year-old grandson, Blake Baumgartner of Kellogg, to a Ron Paul town hall meeting at the Iowa Speedway this week. ...
    2. Editor Backs Ron Paul for Republican Candidacy in ...

      San Francisco Chronicle (press release) - released their "5 Reasons Ron Paul Should Be President" in support ofRon Paul's run for the Republican Party's 2012 presidential bid. ...

      GOP hopefuls' gloves come off in Iowa - 
      Ron Paul delivered his somber message to big, devoted audiences. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was confident enough to beef up his Iowa schedule, ...

      Kelly Clarkson endorses controversial US Republican congressman ...

      The Daily Telegraph - 
      Kelly Clarkson likes Republican Ron Paul. Her fans now hate her. Picture: Darryl Gregory Source: Herald Sun KELLY Clarkson hit a sour note with her fans ...

      Supports Ron Paul

      Daily Freeman Journal - 
      Now that Paul has climbed to first place in the polls here in Iowa, despite the complete lack of media attention, the establishment hacks are all screaming ...

      Kelly Clarkson Endorses Ron Paul, Gets Attacked Online By Haters

      The Inquisitr - 
      American Idol's first champion Kelly Clarkson announced on Thursday that she'll be voting for Ron Paul during the GOP Presidential Primary. “I love Ron Paul ...

      Now it's Ron Paul's turn to rise and fall

      Pocono Record - 
      The candidate whose fortunes are ascendant in Iowa is Ron Paul, whose libertarian views have won him a substantial following across the Republican spectrum ...

      Kelly Clarkson Responds to Backlash over Ron Paul Endorsement

      Gather Celebs News Channel - 
      Kelly Clarkson received a lot of backlash today after commenting that she liked Ron Paul on Twitter. In defense of herself, the American Idol champion and ...

      Ron Paul in the lead in Iowa with a bullseye on his back

      Todays Loser - 
      Two months ago Ron Paul got very little media coverage. Now that he's in the lead in Iowa everyone in the field has come out and is looking to take him out. ...

      1. In Endorsement Switch, Tea Party's Distaste for Romney - ABC News

        San Francisco Luxury News - 
        When the tea party Republican Kent Sorenson left Michele Bachmann for Ron Paul, it was clear that the tea party has two opponents in this presidential ...
      2. Ron Paul: 'I sense a change in this country'
        After railing against US involvement overseas, the country's shaky economy and abuses of civil liberties, Ron Paul told a crowd of 750 in Council Bluffs ...

        Supporting Ron Paul can be dangerous just ask Kelly Clarkson.

        Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

        VJ Machiavelli
        Power to the People who "VOTE"


Gingrich's closing argument in Iowa: I'm the true conservative

Washington Post - 
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Newt Gingrich delivered a closing argument to Iowa Republicans this week, saying that he is the most effective conservative in the race ...

Newt Gingrich addresses his political past in Iowa

The State Column - 
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is finding it difficult to uphold his pledge to remain positive for the remainder of his campaign. ...

New Perry ad attacks everyone but Romney (blog) - 
Bad idea,” the ad begins as images of Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul andNewt Gingrich are shown. Granted, both Perry and Romney have served as ...

Ron Paul - Newt Gingrich feud dates to 1996

Human Events - 
by John Gizzi With days to go before the Iowa caucuses, Republican Presidential candidates Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich have stepped up the attacks on one ...

'Super PACs' boost Gingrich's rivals

Tucson Citizen - 
29, 2011, under USA Today News The newest weapon in the political arsenal may have claimed its first victim: Newt Gingrich. Millions of dollars in negative ...

Watch out for the banana peel, Newt

Evansville Courier & Press - 
By Jay Ambrose Newt Gingrich is slipping in the polls, partly a result of the banana peel he stepped on in the latest debate of Republican presidential ...

'Super PACs' add millions to efforts against Gingrich

USA TODAY - 2 hours ago
By Martha T. Moore, USA TODAY The newest weapon in the political arsenal may have claimed its first victim: Newt Gingrich. Restore Our Future, a super PAC ...

Tea-Party Groundwork Little Help to Gingrich

Wall Street Journal - 
By JENNIFER LEVITZ Before entering the presidential race, Newt Gingrich traveled the country to build alliances with tea-party activists and train them to ...

Newt Stays Positive

Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago
By JASON L. RILEY A month ago, Newt Gingrich held a commanding lead in the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses. Today he's in fourth place thanks in large ...

Yes Newt they are, but you will overcome and win the Nomination and then the White House.

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
Power to the People who "VOTE"

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Jon Huntsman says Ron Paul is 'unelectable'

Los Angeles Times - 
Huntsman said the recent revelations about incendiary newsletters published under Ron Paul's name in the 1990s had also raised questions about the Texas ...

Ron Paul Campaign Scrubs Radical Anti-Gay Pastor From Website

TPM - 
The Ron Paul campaign appears to have removed a press release touting the endorsement of Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, a Nebraska pastor who has called for ...

Bachmann Loses Iowa Campaign Chairman To Paul

by AP INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Michele Bachmann's struggling presidential campaign saw her Iowa chairman defect Wednesday to rival Ron Paul's side, ...

Bachmann's Top Iowa Aide Endorses Paul

Daily Beast - 
Michele Bachmann just lost one of her most high-profile advisors to none other than Ron Paul. Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson ditched the Minnesotan and ...

'Stealth' campaign promotes Ron Paul in Florida

Orlando Sentinel - 
Ron Paul, the grumpy old man of the Republican presidential field, is benefiting from a stealth campaign in Florida that could make him a surprise contender ...

  1. Ron Paul gets front-runner's welcome

    Your Houston News - 
    Ron Paul, R-Texas speaks during a campaign stop at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Perry asks judge ...
  2. Ron Paul's stance on Israel called into question - 
    Republican presidential candidate and Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) talks to the employees of the GuideOne Insurance Company in West Des Moines, Iowa, ...

    Michele Bachmann loses Iowa campaign manager to Ron Paul

    Los Angeles Times - 
    "It's difficult, but it's the right thing to do," Sorenson said, announcing his decision before a crowd of several hundred at a Veterans for Ron Paul rally ...

    Young Ron Paul Volunteers Descend on Iowa

    RealClearPolitics - 
    ... Moines airport and bring them to their makeshift lodgings late Tuesday, about two-dozen college-aged Ron Paul volunteers mingled in the cold night air. ...

    The say don't get mad get even and Ron Paul is getting even, and his army is invading iowa.

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    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People Who VOTE


Thomas Sowell: Gingrich for president

Hot Air - 
Much depends on whether you think the voting public is going to be more interested inNewt Gingrich's personal past than in the country's future. ...

Curbing Attack Mode Difficult for Gingrich

Wall Street Journal - 
By DOUGLAS BELKIN This was the week Newt Gingrich wanted to highlight his economic plan, portray himself as the true supply-sider in the Republican ...

Gingrich campaign says it's raised about $9 million for 4th ...

Newser - 
By SHANNON McCAFFREY | AP | 2 minutes ago in Newt Gingrich has raked in roughly $9 ... Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ...

Gingrich takes dig at Bloomberg, claims he bought job of NYC mayor

New York Daily News - 
BY Rolando Pujol Diane Bondareff/Bloomberg Philan/via AP Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista make nice with Mayor Michael Bloomberg during an event in New ...

Gingrich starts to badmouth GOP opponents

Globe and Mail - 
As his hopes of an easy victory in the Iowa Republican caucuses melt away in the unusually balmy Midwestern winter, Newt Gingrich has stooped to breaking ...

Gingrich cites fraud in Virginia ballot failure

Chicago Tribune - 
MASON CITY, Iowa (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday his failure to meet the requirements to take part in ...

  1. Newt Gingrich Details Illegal Immigration Plan and How to Handle ... - 
    By Jim Meyers Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich outlined a detailed plan for dealing with the problem of illegal immigration in a wide-ranging ...
  2. Newt Gingrich Would Ask Ben Bernanke to Resign - 
    By Jim Meyers Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is “dangerous” and should be ousted ...

    1. On Trail, Gingrich Strains to Show Nice-Guy Side

      New York Times - 
      DUBUQUE, Iowa — Concluding a luncheon speech here to a Rotary Club, NewtGingrich held his arms out to his sides and unleashed a most un-Newt-like gesture ...
    2. Newt Gingrich has raised about $9 million in last three months - 
      Newt Gingrich has raised around $9 million in the final three months of this year, campaign spokesman RC Hammond said this evening. ...

      Newt Gingrich's welcome candor

      Los Angeles Times -
      Newt Gingrich addresses a meeting of the Rotary Club during a campaign stop at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club. (Scott Olson / Getty Images / December 27, ...

      Gingrich visits chocolate factory after Romney joke

      Washington Post - 
      After Mitt Romney jokingly compared Newt Gingrich's campaign to "Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory," Gingrich on Wednesday actually visited a chocolate ...

      Newt is the "ONE" but he needs to raise a ten million more at least.

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      VJ Machiavelli
      Power to the People Who VOTE

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Trump drops party affiliation, possible step in presidential run - 
Entrepreneur and financier Donald Trump took a step Friday that could be a prelude to a run for the White House. Once a rumored Republican candidate, ...

Trump Leaves Republican Party

NY1 - 
Perhaps gearing up for a presidential run of his own, real estate mogul Donald Trumphas left the Republican party to become an independent. ...

  1. PICKET: Trump not so independent just yet

    Washington Times (blog) - 
    By Kerry Picket New York City businessman and reality show TV host Donald Trumpofficially left the Republican Party on Friday, so he could have an ...
  2. Donald Trump signs 20-year deal to run New York City golf course ...

    New York Daily News - 
    BY Daniel Beekman Donald Trump's company has signed a 20-year deal to run a city golf course being built at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, city officials ...

    Donald Trump breaks with GOP, eyes independent bid - 
    Donald Trump will probably use his substantial wealth to even the playing field with President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, special counsel Michael ...

    Trump drops Republican Party tag for independent

    Chicago Sun-Times - 
    FILE - In this file photo taken April 25, 2011, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. A spokesman for Trump said, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, the businessman ...

    Donald Trump news!

    Gretawire (blog) - 
    by Greta Van Susteren by Jake Gibson | December 23, 2011 | Donald Trump has changed the party affiliation on his New York State voter registration to ...

    Donald stop all the foolishness and run for Mayor in 2013

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    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who "VOTE"


GOP: Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry fail to qualify for Virginia primary - 
Rainier Ehrhardt / AP Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appears at a campaign stop in Columbia, SC, on Friday. RICHMOND, Va. — Former House Speaker Newt ...

Gingrich and Perry fail to qualify for Virginia primary

The Guardian - 
The former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas governor, Rick Perry, ... "After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit ...

Only Romney & Paul on Virginia Ballot

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - 
... that only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Super Tuesday ballot, dealing a setback to the campaigns of both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich...

In Ballot Fiasco, Virginia Loses Chance to be Relevant

National Journal - 
At the same time, the failures of five other major candidates to get on the ballot, including McLean, Va., resident Newt Gingrich - the frontrunner in at ...

Gingrich and Perry Didn't Qualify for the Virginia Ballot

The Atlantic Wire - 
Newt Gingrich told reporters this week that his campaign was still collecting signatures in Virginia to qualify for a spot on the primary ballot in that ...

  1. Gingrich Attacks Va. for Keeping Him off Ballot

    ABC News - 
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gives the keynote address during the Georgia Republican Party Victory Dinner in this May 13, 2011 file photo. ...
  2. Gingrich camp assails Virginia's "failed system"

    CBS News - 
    The campaign of Newt Gingrich assailed a "failed system" for his failure to make it onto the ballot for the Virginia Republican primary. ...
  3. Gingrich, Perry Booted from VA GOP Primary - 
    Newt Gingrich, currently leading most national polls, failed to submit enough ... “After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit ...

    1. Gingrich, Perry Won't Be on Va. Ballot

      TIME - 1
      24, 2011 (WASHINGTON) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have failed to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary, ...
    2. US Republican Gingrich out of Virginia primary election

      Chicago Tribune - 
      By Sam Youngman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has failed to meet the requirements to be in the primary .

      Gingrich, Perry Fail to Make Virginia Ballot - 
      (TheStreet) -- Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry will not appear on the Virginia primary ballot. Both candidates failed to ...

      GOP: Gingrich, Perry will not be on Va. Ballot

      San Francisco Chronicle - 
      By WILL LESTER, AP Rainier Ehrhardt / AP Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop, Friday, Dec. ...

      Can Ron Paul beat Romney one on one in Va ?

      Will VA Republicans change the rules and allow all on the ballot ?

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