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Rick Santorum To John King On Birthers: ‘I Don’t Feel An Obligation’ To Refute Them

Rick Santorum To John King On Birthers: ‘I Don’t Feel An Obligation’ To Refute Them

Rick Santorum comes into tonight’s debate at a fluid third, the place he held in the South Carolina primary. And he comes into it with the image of being the most solidly conservative candidate in the race, which is both a blessing and a curse. During a rally today, Santorum was confronted with the ugliest part of that side of the aisle– supporters of his who think President Obama is Muslim– and on CNN tonight, John King asked him to explain his response to the lady, which completely dismissed her comments.


King culminated the interview with a final question on an occurrence at a Santorum event today, however, in which a woman at the event refused to call President Obama the president because “he’s legally not the president,” and that “he is an avowed Muslim” (King was generous to label it a “pretty out there attack”). Santorum only responded to the lady that he was “doing my best to try to get him out of the government, and you’re right about how he uniformly ignores the Constitution.” King used it as a launchpad to ask whether Santorum believed he had a responsibility to call people out who say such things at his events.

“I’ve repeatedly done that, but I don’t think it’s my obligation every time someone says something I don’t believe to contradict them,” Santorum responded, adding that President Obama “is a big boy and he can defend himself and his record.” King once again asked whether that was still enough for him– “you don’t feel an obligation to say, ‘Ma’am, let’s fight him on taxes, let’s fight him on spending, let’s fight him on the size of government but let’s not do that’?” Santorum repeated that he did not think President Obama was a Muslim, “but I don’t think it’s my obligation to go out and repeat that every time someone who feels that way says something.”


Let's Revive Bill Clinton to Battle Gingrich

Let's Revive Bill Clinton to Battle Gingrich

By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2012 4:33 PM CST

(NEWSER) – If the GOP can revive Newt Gingrich from his political grave, Democrats are allowed to play retro too—and bring back Bill Clinton, David Maraniss writes in the Washington Post. True, "the law prohibits the Comeback Kid from coming back to serve a third term, and Obama might not go for it, but only old-school twits would let any of that get in the way," chuckles Maraniss. Plus Bill and Newt's foibles would brilliantly balance each other out, banishing "pious baloney about sex" from our national debate.

Cue Newt's desire for 3-hour Lincoln-Douglas-style debates, where Bill, "who was born talking and never stopped, can match him word for word, hour after hour, until the last dog flaps its ears down. It would be a blabfest for the ages." Most delicious advantage for Clinton: In Gingrich's own words, "I melt when I'm around him." Writes Maraniss: "Clinton ate Gingrich alive back then. There is no reason to believe he has lost that magic spell."


The Florida Debate We Should Be Having Tonight - By Charles P. Pierce


Mr. Romney, please explain in detail how $56 million diverted from safety measures to incentive bonuses really is a victory for all Americans in pursuing their American dream in this, the greatest country on earth and the shining city on the hill.

Mr. Gingrich, please explain in detail why a culture of dependency and moral laxity is inculcated among the poor by $200 a month in food stamps, but why it is not inculcated by millions of dollars of "diverted" funds among the executives of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Mr. Santorum, please explain in detail why two happy gay people who get married is an existential threat to the moral foundation of this country, but sucking up money you gouged out of the ratepayers, allegedly to protect them, is not.

Dr. Paul, please explain in detail why markets work better for all of us when they're unregulated, and why the real solution to an exploding pipeline that kills eight people and wrecks 38 homes is the fact that, because its pipeline killed eight people and wrecked 38 homes, PG&E will suffer a public-relations problem in the marketplace.


Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/florida-debate-january-23-6643296#ixzz1kKROXET3

Little Ricky: Always Look On the Bright Side of Rape

Last Friday, CNN’s Piers Morgan asked Santorum to clarify his reasoning behind such a callous position. Insisting that “it’s not a matter of religious values,” Santorum explained that sexual assault victims should “accept this horribly created” pregnancy because it is “nevertheless a gift in a very broken way” and that, when it comes down to it, a victim just has “to make the best out of a bad situation“:

SANTORUM: Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.


once again, my apologies...

Palin: Christie got his "panties in a wad" after SC

January 23, 2012 5:51pm

Sarah Palin, in a pre-recorded interview to air on Fox Business Network tonight, says Chris Christie made a "rookie mistake" by calling Newt Gingrich an "embarassment" to the party, adding that the New Jersey governor got his "panties in a wad" when his favored candidate, Mitt Romney, lost the South Carolina primary.

“I do care to take him to task -- poor Chris," Palin said in an interview to air tonight at 10 p.m. eastern time on Fox Business. "This was a rookie mistake. He played right into the media’s hands. Here’s a host that asked Chris, ‘Does Newt embarrass the party.’ I think he asked him twice, and there Chris played right into it and spewed that about Newt embarrassing the party. Sometimes if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when Romney lost to Newt the other night and of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy, you kind of get your panties in a wad and you may say things that you regret later. And I think that that’s what Chris Christie did."


On if Christie was tricked into calling Gingrich an “embarrassment”:

“I think if Chris were asked about some of his past actions, taking a state helicopter to his kid’s baseball game, some people may say, well, that sort of embarrassed your party, Chris. And he would then be on the receiving end of a comment that maybe he wished that somebody kept as an inside thought and not blasting that to the rest of the nation. He’s been in office a year or two is all, and he’ll learn that the media goad you. They want you to say things like that in order to boost ratings and make it more of a reality show-type scenario that we’re watching in the GOP primary. And a comment like that just kind of played right on into that narrative.”


Rand Paul: invasive government is wrong when it's a man's body.

On way to anti-choice rally Rand Paul refused TSA pat-down.
Because On way to anti-choice rally Rand Paul refused TSA pat-down. Because invasive government is wrong when it's a man's body.


Gingrich Freddie Mac contracts to be released before debate

Gingrich Freddie Mac contracts to be released before debate
By NBC's Michael Isikoff

Newt Gingrich's former consulting company will release his contracts with Freddie Mac this evening before the NBC debate, a spokeswoman confirmed. Gingrich was reportedly paid $1.6 million under the contracts and Romney had made disclosure of the contracts a major issue in the last day.

The spokeswoman for the Center for Health Transformation said she documents will be released by 7 p.m.


Hi-Level Obama Officials MANIPULATED SCIENCE & "SERIOUSLY-LOWBALLED" Amount Of BP Oil Leaked

News Releases

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2012
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337

HIGH-LEVEL LOWBALL IN GULF DEEPWATER CRISIS — Scientific Integrity Complaint Details Official Underestimation of BP Spill Rate

Washington, DC — Top Obama officials manipulated scientific analyses of independent experts to seriously lowball the amount of oil leaking from the BP Deepwater Horizon, according to a scientific integrity complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Documents obtained by PEER through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit indicate White House pressure to present low-range estimates as best estimates. In fact, numbers presented to the public were less than half the true flow rate.

On May 19, 2010, one month after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the White House announced creation of a group of experts from academia, industry and government to generate an accurate and independent estimate of the oil leak rate. This group was called the Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG).

Using new scientific integrity rules, PEER today filed a complaint charging that the leader of one of the FRTG Teams, Dr. William Lehr of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), manipulated the scientific results of the FRTG experts throughout the entire crisis to significantly understate the spill rate. Lehr is also the author of the now infamous “Oil Budget Calculator” and a report concluding 75% of the oil was gone from the Gulf by August 2010.


View the email describing White House pressure
See new paper admitting errors:

TOO LATE For GOP Cavalry...

No GOP Cavalry Coming — It’s Too Late For Last Minute Presidential Candidates To Get On The Ballots

As Newt Gingrich surges in the polls against Mitt Romney, despite the fact that many observers think he would be a disaster for the GOP’s prospects, some Republican pundits have re-lit the flame for a new candidate to jump in and save them from a Mitt vs. Newt contest. But there is a serious problem with these fantasies: It is now impossible to get on the ballot in many states.

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