They Don’t Get a Vote

Ninety-seven GOP House members have written to President Obama opposing his possible choice of U. N. Ambassador Susan Rice to be the next Secretary of State because of Benghazi and her now-infamous talking points.  Only the Senate gets to vote on the nomination, and so far only John McCain and Lindsey “Butters” Graham have said they would filibuster a Rice nomination.

Having chosen Sarah Palin as his Veep, I think Johnny Mac is forever barred from calling anyone “unqualified.”  He obviously didn’t recognize “unqualified” when it showed up at his ranch winking at him and flashing a little cleavage.

We Pay While Newtie Runs Up Debt, Not Delegates

Newtie may not be accumulating delegates for the Tampa campaign, but he sure is accumulating debt.  His latest campaign filing to the Federal Election Commission shows debt of about $3 million.

I would also say he owes a moral debt to us taxpayers for costing us tens of thousands of dollars a day for Secret Service protection for a sham, failed campaign.  This is supposedly someone who cares passionately about wasted government spending.

I guess this is Newt’s new “Contract with America” — we’re stuck in a contract to pay for this delusional pompous ass to pretend to run for a nomination that Mitt already has.

Newt’s Phony Campaign Costing Taxpayers Real $

Conservative web site The Daily Caller is reporting that Newt’s Secret Service protection is costing taxing tens of thousands of dollars a day.  Back in 2008, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told a House subcommittee that candidate protection cost about $38,000 a day per candidate.

If we’re so outraged about the GSA Las Vegas junket, as we should be, why aren’t we outraged about this?

Gingrich Grifters Just Piling Up the Debt

From “Newt rents donor list to raise cash,” Kenneth P. Vogel and Ginger Gibson, Politico:

“Desperate times in the Newt Gingrich camp have called for desperate measures.

“Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the former House speaker has resorted to renting his presidential campaign’s most valuable asset – its donor list – for as much as $26,000-a-pop.

“It’s a risky move for an active presidential campaign to give outsiders access to his best supporters and possibly donors who could be easily turned off — just as he says he’s trying to mount a comeback. Diminishing his best asset looks more like a sign of surrender, rather than a genuine effort to challenge Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination.

“Campaign insiders attribute the problems partly to Gingrich and his wife Callista, asserting that the couple was unwilling to downgrade from private jets and security details even as the campaign floundered. Insiders say Callista Gingrich required an entourage of at least two staffers – including one who dressed in an elephant costume to promote her children’s book — and a contracted security guard who followed her even on non-campaign trips.”  Emphasis added.

Hey, Newtie donors, don’t you love having your money go to a guy dressed as an elephant to sell more of Callista’s pathetic books and to her own Secret Service so she can pretend she’s First Lady?

The Gingrich Grifters have just been using your money to go on a glorified book/DVD sales tour.

I predict they’ll be off on another Greek cruise long before that $4.5 million is paid back.

Quote of the Day

“But the election is going to be decided by a few million people, most of whom voted for Obama last time but have the same level of buyer’s remorse as ticket purchasers on the Titanic.”  Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour.

I think nominating Mitt puts the GOP on a path toward the metaphorical iceberg.

Mitt Needs Evangelical Running Mate

Some of the names being bandied for Mitt’s Veep are Catholics (Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio), but I think Mitt really needs to choose an Evangelical Protestant.

Mitt has done well among Catholics (better than Rick Santorum), and they will come out for him.  The Evangelicals won’t vote for Obama, but some of them will stay home.  Evangelicals have more of a problem with Mormons than Catholics do, so an Evangelical on the ticket would boost turnout for Mitt.  Marco Rubio sometimes attends an Evangelical church, but he is thought of as Catholic.

If Mitt can’t turn out the Evangelical base in very high numbers, he’s in very deep trouble.

Newtie Doesn’t Get the Memo

Newtie has released a statement vowing to stay in the race till Tampa and asking Santorum’s supporters to join him.

Newt has no money and is not about to sell off Callista’s Tiffany baubles to keep going.  He’ll just continue Wizard-of-Oz style as a giant talking head rather than as a functioning campaign.

Mitt has the nomination he’s been fighting for since early in his single term as Massachusetts governor.  The only remaining question is whether that nomination is worth anything.

The Emperor Has No Clothes

MSNBC’s resident conservative, former Florida Republican congressman and host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said out loud what everyone is thinking (except Ann and Mittens and their five boys), that the GOP’s emperor has no clothes:

“Let’s just be honest. Can we just say this for everybody at home? The Republican establishment — I’ve yet to meet a single person in the Republican establishment who thinks Mitt Romney will win the general election this year…. I’ve yet to meet anybody in the Republican establishment that worked for George W. Bush, that works in the Republican Congress, that worked for Ronald Reagan that thinks Mitt Romney is going to win the general election.”

When Mitt infuriates me (pathetically projecting his own most obvious defects onto Obama by calling him a flip flopper, calling him out of touch, saying he’ll end Medicare, etc.), I just imagine watching Mitt’s concession speech in November.

Maybe there’s a novel to be written — Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold.