Among Swing Voters In CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, OH & VA, Which Resonates More?


In web video, Romney says Obama’s plan is 960 days late.

Perry: “Like the president’s earlier $800 billion stimulus program, this proposal offers little hope for millions of Americans who have lost jobs on his watch, and taxpayers who are rightly concerned that their children will inherit a mountain of debt.”

Huntsman: “Tonight’s list of regurgitated half-measures demonstrates that President Obama fundamentally doesn’t understand how to turn our economy around.”

Bachmann: “[Obama] called 535 members back to hear what I believe was nothing more than a political speech.”

Santorum: “The President’s speech tonight was more of the same failed policies and empty rhetoric that got him elected and got us in this mess.”

Cain tweets President should’ve asked him how to create jobs.

To me, it’s clear as day.

How about to you?

Rick Perry Strategist David Carney, Blue Hampshire’s Mike Caulfield & I Discuss Mitt Romney’s Vulnerabilities In New Hampshire

Political Chowder from 12/23/07. Just about two weeks out from the 2008 New Hampshire Primary.

Many lifetimes ago, but still oh so relevant.

Keyword: “Veneer”

PS, nice call by Blue Hampshire’s Mike Caulfield on New Hampshire not necessarily rubber stamping the Dem who comes out of Iowa. He was right, I was wrong.


Sarah Palin is back in New Hampshire today.

Of course she is.

As “Tina Palin” put it so ably last spring: “The important thing for people to know is that I’m gonna be runnin’ for president every four years for the rest of my life. It’s my Olympics and I intend to win a whole bunch of silvers.”

The New Hampshire Republican Party Has Bigger Problems Than The Jack Kimball Mess

Though I have no dog in the fight, I have watched with some interest the ongoing battle between New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jack Kimball and what’s left of the 20th century GOP establishment here in NH.

It seems like everyone has an opinion about what’s happening in Concord. And why not? The battle for control of NH’s GOP machinery has been public, nasty and protracted, which makes it political catnip.

But the Kimball fight, I would argue, is not much more than a temporary sideshow, a distraction from the much more serious identity crisis that the NHGOP will wrestle with over the next several election cycles.

What identity crisis you might ask?

Taxes I would respond.

For 25 years it has been sacred GOP theology to never increase tax revenues for any reason. Organizations such as Americans for Tax Reform and The Club For Growth have raised and spent billions of dollars to brand the Republican Party as the “No tax increases!” party.

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Why True Fiscal Conservatives Support Across-The-Board Tax Increases (coupled with deep spending cuts)

Ladies and gentlemen, the math is crystal clear.

For the last 30 years or so the federal government, Republicans and Democrats alike, have been making promises that we can’t possibly keep.

At last count, we have $60 trillion (trillion with a “T”) in unfunded entitlement liabilities on our books.

At the state level, our entitlement liabilities are less transparent (and vary from state to state) but are considered as equally devastating to our generational bottom line as what’s been done in Washington. Again, this isn’t news:

So, how bad is it?

It’s so bad that anyone who tries to tell you that we can fix this problem without tax increases on everyone – including “the rich” and including those 45% of households that currently pay no federal income tax at all – is either lying to you or doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

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