Mitt Romney

CPAC presidential straw poll candidates

Dave Weigel brings us the list of prospective Republican presidential candidates that will appear on the annual CPAC straw poll this year.

Attendees will be able to choose from:

  • Haley Barbour
  • Mitch Daniels
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Sarah Palin
  • Ron Paul
  • Tim Pawlenty
  • Mike Pence
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rick Santorum
  • John Thune

Write-in candidates and undecided will be an option for attendees. Weigel notes that Romney won the straw poll in each of the last three years.

Tax Hike Mike Leads GOP 2012 Contenders As Palin Fades

In the immediate aftermath of her bizarre and still inexplicable decision to quit as Alaska’s Governor, Sarah Palin was in second place behind Mitt Romney in a poll of Republicans about their preference among candidates for the 2012 nomination.

A new Rasmussen poll, though, shows that Palin has faded to third place behind Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney:

Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Republican voters nationwide say former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 Presidential campaign. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 24% prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney while 18% would cast their vote for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 14% of the vote while Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty gets 4%. Six percent (6%) of GOP voters prefer some other candidate while 7% remain undecided.

These numbers reflect an improvement for Huckabee since July when the three candidates were virtually even. Huckabee’s gain appears to be Palin’s loss as Romney’s support has barely changed.


RomneyCare’s insurance requirement a preview of ObamaCare

This is something those of us watching the debate over ObamaCare need to pay attention to. Your health insurance, though it may suit you and your family, may eventually need to be changed once minimum requirements once statutory and/or regulatory requirements take effect. If Massachusetts is the model for ObamaCare, then be prepared for higher insurance premiums and stricter regulation of insurance plans or a hefty tax. Take it from Massachusetts resident, Wendy Williams:

For the first two years of the mandate, our IBM health insurance was seen as acceptable in the eyes of the state. This year the rules changed. The state requires that health plans cap out-of-pocket expenses for individuals (not including monthly premiums) at $2,000 a year. Our plan’s cap is $2,500.

Ten years ago, we had excellent coverage through a more gold-plated plan. But we found that it was no longer worth paying the premiums and scaled back to a more modest policy. Today, we pay about $300 a month for catastrophic care. If we went with the next step up in plans offered to us by IBM, our monthly premium would increase to $800. We simply don’t need to pay that kind of money for the amount of health care we actually consume.

Health care debate no friend to Mitt Romney

Politico has a story up explaining how the health care debate has hurt Mitt Romney, a likely candidate for the GOP nomination for president in 2012:

Three years ago, Romney was heralded for his innovative effort to institute near-universal health care in his state. But now that the issue has emerged as a partisan fault line and the Massachusetts plan has provided some guidance for Democratic reform efforts, Romney finds himself bruised and on the defensive as the GOP rallies around opposition to President Barack Obama’s plans.

When Romney came to Washington last week to speak to social conservative activists at the annual Value Voters Summit, his potential 2012 GOP rivals chewed him up in front of the same audience over his Massachusetts legacy.
The criticism has forced Romney into the awkward political position of trying to defend his program while at the same time hitting the president for trying to institute a plan with many of the same elements.

During his Value Voters Summit speech, Romney took credit for tackling the issue, but conceded that his solution came up short.

“This Republican worked to reform health care in my own state. Not every feature of our plan is perfect, but the lesson it teaches is this,” Romney said before launching into an attack of the president’s proposal.

“We can get everyone insured, without breaking the bank and without a government option—there is no government insurance in my Massachusetts reform,” he said. “The right answer for health care is not more government, it’s less government.”

Rasmussen 2012 Preview: Obama Tied With Romney, Leading Palin

In what can only be taken to be a reflection of his declining approval numbers, a new Rasmussen poll shows that President Obama would face quite a challenge in seeking re-election three years from now:

If the 2012 presidential election were held today, President Obama and possible Republican nominee Mitt Romney would be all tied up at 45% each, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

The president, seeking a second four-year term, beats another potential GOP rival, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, by six points – 48% to 42%.

Cato’s Michael Tanner takes on Obama on healthcare

Michael Tanner, a policy expert on healthcare with the Cato Institute, has unloaded on initiatives put forward by President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress:

Drip by painful drip, the details of the Democratic health-care-reform plan have been leaking out. And from what we can see so far, it looks like bad news for American taxpayers, health-care providers, and, most important, patients.


The plan would not initially create a government-run, single-payer system such as those in Canada and Britain. Private insurance would still exist, at least for a time. But it would be reduced to little more than a public utility, operating much like the electric company, with the government regulating every aspect of its operation.

Hugh Hewitt’s “GOP 5.0”

Republican talk radio host Hugh Hewitt has a book out illustrating his vision for electoral renewal for the Republican Party. Here is the synopsis:

The GOP’s fall from the triumphant elections of 2004 to the consecutive defeats in 2006 and 2008 didn’t have to happen, and doesn’t have to be prolonged. But change in crucial aspects of the party’s message and messaging must occur quickly if the potential pick-ups of 2010 are to be achieved, and the White House reclaimed in 2012. As soon as the dust settled in 2008, Hugh Hewitt began an intensive series of interviews with key GOP leaders and political analysts and tacticians across the ideological spectrum. The blueprint for Republican renewal presented here reflects the best of that thinking.

John McCain Starts His Post-Partum PAC

Yes, I’m still thinking about the ‘08 Election. No, I’m not bitter.

John McCain blasted an email out to his list encouraging them to join his new PAC - usually a no-brainer move after any national election these days.

The problem? I don’t think many people are going to be all that excited about it.

From Exuberance to Skepticism

A quiet scattering of Republicans have begun to express concern about the ability of the party “messiah”, Sarah Palin, to counter the one major sticking criticism - her lack of knowledge of policy issues or at least the ability to articulate them effectively when the spotlight is on. Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker has publicly said Palin should step aside. National Review editor Kathryn Jean Lopez last friday, while not going as far as Kathleen, did express sympathy to the idea and said in response to Palin, “something’s gotta change.”

Election Idol Season 3

Now who is John McCain going to pick?

The media circus continues.

As we approach the party conventions, all of America has their eyes on Obama/Biden and John McCain’s VP picks. The media cannot seem to stop talking about the choices and how the outcome will effect the election.


All the other contestants have been voted off. Hillary, Giuliani, Romney, and all the other strong contenders reflecting on who they think is going to win.

Last seasons veterans making a splash appearance - Kerry, Bush, Edwards.

Always process, never substance.

Two contenders called back to compete in the final round? Biden. Maybe Romney? Or a mystery contestant from Season 1? Lieberman?

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