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Old 07-31-2011, 02:51 PM   #741
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Real estate mogul Donald Trump said Friday he'd consider running for president — again — if the U.S. economy "continues to be bad: and "if the Republicans pick the wrong candidate."

"I would give it very, very serious thought," he told CNBC. "There are so many people wanting me to do it."

The Trump Organization president did not say on which party line he'd run if he didn't like the Republican candidate.

But he said congressional Republicans have a great opportunity to "negotiate a great, great deal, but they can’t be weak." He said that any deal to raise the debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline should involve cutting considerable government waste, including repealing the Obama health-care law, which he called "a disaster."

What he doesn't want is a default, he said.

"I don’t advocate default," not what you said on Fox he said. "What I do say is you can’t be afraid [of a default]. This is the time to settle the problems of years and years of abuse. This is the time for the Republicans to get the country back on track. The Republicans have the cards, the president does not have the cards."

As he did when he considered a presidential run earlier this year, Trump blamed a lot of the problems in the U.S. economy on "foolish leaders" who allow other countries — principally China and the members of OPEC — to steal jobs and keep the U.S. over an expensive oil barrel.

"People don’t respect us any longer, they don’t respect our leaders. With all these foreign countries taking advantage of the U.S., unless somebody addresses that problem we’re never going to be great again," Trump said.

He also railed against overregulation and federal bureaucrats who, he claims, are "sitting around doing nothing. It's just like featherbedding...It's absolutely sinful."

Trump added, "you have to cut, cut, cut. I see the waste. I do a lot of business with the government and it’s not fun."
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Mitt Romney’s Debt-Ceiling Statement Makes Him the Cowardly Candidate - The Daily Beast

he gained a little respect when he refused to take the no-tax pledge and the other pledges that whack groups demand, negro children were better under slavery, than under Obama, etc.


then this?

I am sure he was in favor of the wall street bail out, that contributed to this huge debt.
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Mitt is very good at pandering

Opens the door to higher taxes? How? I haven't heard that at all.

He's so good at creating jobs so I'm sure that will be his number 1 priority Just like the Tea Party.
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HOUSTON (AP) — Though not yet a declared candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is putting his faith under the national spotlight as a White House prospect with an important conservative constituency all to himself.

He's addressing a daylong prayer rally Saturday that he has spearheaded while weighing a campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Perry says the event is not political but rather aimed at rallying the nation to a Christian unity during difficult times, but he will be reaching thousands of religious conservatives, many of whom vote in Republican primaries, especially in early voting states Iowa and South Carolina.

More than 8,000 evangelical Christians, most from Texas, had registered as of Friday to attend the event at Reliant Stadium, which seats 71,500 and was the site of the 2004 Super Bowl. Organizers said they expected thousands more than that to show up.

Perry's midday speech will reach thousands of social-values conservatives, but he's not expected to take questions from reporters covering the religious rally.

"The questions are all going to be political, and that would just take away from the event," Perry spokesman Mark Miner said.

More than 1,000 churches around the country plan to stream the seven-hour event on the Internet.

"With the economy in trouble, communities in crisis and people adrift in a sea of moral relativism, we need God's help," Perry said in a June video when he announced the event, which is being called The Response USA. "That's' why I'm calling on Americans to pray and fast, like Jesus did and as God called the Israelites to do in the book of Joel."

The rally is financed by The American Family Association, a Tupelo, Miss.-based group that opposes abortion and gay rights and believes that the First Amendment freedom of religion applies only to Christians.

Although Perry invited all the nation's governors, members of Congress and the Obama administration, it was not clear whether any top elected officials besides Perry would attend. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback had said he would attend, although event organizers said Friday it was unclear whether the Republican governor would be there.

Perry, who has said he is considering a presidential run in part out of a religious calling, is expected to announce his plans sometime after Saturday's event. He plans to travel to South Carolina the following Saturday, when several of the declared Republican candidates for president will be in Ames, Iowa, for that state's presidential straw poll, a closely watched test of campaign strength in the leadoff caucus state.

Some Republican strategists have said Perry would be better off to identify himself as a fiscal conservative, touting Texas' recent job gains, as he approaches a decision that could shake up the race. Nodding to evangelical voters before entering the race could send the signal he's not the pro-business conservative some activists have said is lacking in the 2012 GOP field.

"He doesn't need to bow to the Christian right because he already has his bona fides there," said Iowa Republican Doug Gross, who was a top backer of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 2008 campaign but has been cool to support him again.

And it's not clear that the event will even help Perry with Christian voters.

Pastor Cary Gordon of Sioux City's Cornerstone World Outreach church said his church will likely webcast the event, although Gordon, an influential GOP activist in Iowa, does not plan to support Perry.

Gordon said he objects to Perry's comments, in light of New York's legalization of gay marriage in June, that the state had the right to enact such measures.

"All of our rights come from God," Gordon said. "Rick Perry becomes the poster child for the problem because he is suggesting men grant men rights."
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^ this kind of thing strikes me as batshit insane, and just a half-step away from Iran.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:40 PM   #746
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^ this kind of thing strikes me as batshit insane, and just a half-step away from Iran.
When it comes to being "a half-step away" from the mullahs of Iran, I think you have the governor of Texas confused with that 'Lil ol Band from Texas.

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If he does intend to run, he's taking a big political risk drawing such a high-profile association between himself and evangelical conservatives. It's possible that he might imminently announce his candidacy then proceed to spend the rest of campaign season focusing almost exclusively on fiscal conservatism. But at the moment, this kind of grandstanding religiosity seems like a surprisingly pigeonholing move on his part.
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But at the moment, this kind of grandstanding religiosity seems like a surprisingly pigeonholing move on his part.


it might be the only way to beat Romney. he's going to go for the Palin/Bachman base and then make an appeal for credibility on fiscal issues and possibly use his excessive (but, for the GOP, *correct*) religiosity to define himself against a Mormon.
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as for Rick Perry's now apparently imminent announcement, i can't put it better than this:

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Is everyone excited to be ruled by another illiterate D-student Texas devil clown whose weepy prayers are automatically forwarded to God’s spam folder because God is already tired of the other idiot Texas frat prince who ruined His Earth with eternal wars and torture camps?

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Great, more reasons to anticipate a Culture Wars campaign season long on jingoistic bullshit and short on policy debates (yes INDY, I mean from both sides).

For now I still doubt Perry's draw with establishment GOP and independents, though. He just seems kinda small-time somehow. But we'll see.
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Newsweek's latest issue features a Michele Bachmann cover that's sure to stir up controversy.

The cover shows Bachmann standing against a stark blue background, looking directly into the camera with a wide-eyed expression. The headline advertising the magazine's story reads, "THE QUEEN OF RAGE."

"Rage" is a word that doesn't appear in Newsweek's actual profile of Bachmann, though author Lois Romano does criticize what she calls the "radical" nature of the Tea Party that Bachmann champions.

Conservative websites are already crying foul over the cover, with some saying it makes Bachmann look "crazy" and one blogger asking, "Can anyone really say with a straight face that the mainstream media is not totally biased against conservatives?"


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I am just so sad that there is any talk about her looks at all.
What comes out of her mouth should scare the shit out of any voter with half a brain and disqualify her from elected office. I just hope more audio of her circulates.

But, I suppose this is what we are coming to in the U.S., beauty pageants for elected office, especially for female candidates.
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I think the question is-did they intentionally choose a photo that makes her look a certain way? More so that than about her general/overall looks. I don't like the focus on female candidates looks-it's fine in equal measure to discussion of the male candidates looks. Other than that, irrelevant and it starts to make me wonder. Looks are irrelevant to the job in both cases, obviously.

Queen of rage? That's just, um..interesting choice of words.
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Does the media have bias against conservatives? That's a broad stroke and one that's fairly incorrect.

Does the media have bias against nutjobs? Yes, as well as they should!
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The Romney one caused a controversy because of the Mormon issue-they weren't trying to make him look crazy. Maybe silly, depending upon the viewer I suppose. Of course Newsweek does have a female editor, Tina Brown. It's all to get media attention, but it is interesting.








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Girls Gone Mad: the Wild-Eyed Lunacy of Bachmann, Palin, Pelosi, Clinton . . . Etc. — BagNews

"The reason that the image of a crazed female politician is so powerful, and powerfully dangerous, is because it stems from a much older story about women. Whether burning them as witches or dismissing them as bitches, Western culture has always disciplined women who transgress established societal and political boundaries. One way in which this discipline has historically been meted out has been to classify women who resist traditional roles and boundaries as insane (or possessed) and burn them at the stake (18th century), consign them to sanitoriums (19th century), or encourage them to self-medicate with alcohol and anti-depressants (20th century). During the 18th and early 19th centuries, women were widely regarded as incapable of the rational thought required for democratic deliberation and, thus, denied the right to vote. Nearly 100 years after women won the right to vote in the U.S., female politicians are still trying to prove that they’re sane enough to be trusted in high office. "
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For now I still doubt Perry's draw with establishment GOP and independents, though. He just seems kinda small-time somehow. But we'll see.

he does strike me as very ... regional. i think Bush got by because wealthy non-Christian-fascist GOP people were able to tell themselves that, yes, he is a blue-blood Yale-educated son-of-a-president Bush, and *wink* we know the Texas drawl is part of the show to get the commoners on board so they'll vote to lower our taxes.

Perry, however, has a Texas dust on him that will scare the hell out of everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line, kind of in a way that i think Chris Christie will have problems going national because he's so Jersey (though i think he'll be a much, much easier sell to the middle than Perry). what's scary is that for all his demonstrative acting, he's really not acting all that much.

i can't wait for the Perry gay rumors to resurface.
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Not so much different from the photos they chose of Nancy Pelosi. Or Hillary. Or any other woman (and some men) they want to marginalize--stupid or angry--or, if they're fortunate, both.

I didn't see Mrs. S's Girls Gone Mad post when I posted this, but yeah.
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Hillary as a witch-where have I seen that before?

I'd just as easily accept that they do it to men too, if I could see plenty of pictures of boys gone mad. Maybe they'll do it to Rick Perry.
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they used to darken OJ's skin back during the trial.

it's something magazines do all the time to grab attention in a crowded marketplace.
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