Friday, July 20, 2007
Jay Garrity Update
Our favorite cop wannabe is back in the news
In an apparent violation of the law, a controversial aide to ex-Gov. Mitt Romney created phony law enforcement badges that he and other staffers used on the campaign trail to strong-arm reporters, avoid paying tolls and trick security guards into giving them immediate access to campaign venues, sources told the Herald.
The bogus badges were part of the bizarre security tactics allegedly employed by Jay Garrity, the director of operations for Romney who is under investigation for impersonating a law enforcement officer in two states. Garrity is on a leave of absence from the campaign while the probe is ongoing.
Two other Romney aides are implicated in the phony badge story.
You may recall that Garrity first came to our attention
when he pulled over a New York Times reporter who was covering the campaign.
Hat Tip: Monday Morning Clacker
Labels: Jay Garrity, Mitt Romney
Thursday, July 19, 2007
McCain Still Does Best Against Hillary
Although the canary just dropped from its perch
By a 5 percentage point margin, voters say they would back Clinton over Giuliani (46 percent to 41 percent) if the election were held today. Clinton also leads McCain by 3 points (45 percent to 42 percent), Romney by 15 points (50 percent to 35 percent) and the yet-to-announce Fred Thompson by 9 points (47 percent to 38 percent).
So on a net basis, McCain does better than Giuliani by 2 points, better than Romney by 12 points, and better than Thompson by 6 points. Yes, they're all losing right now to Hillary, which just points out the necessity of putting forward the man who has the best chance to win!
Labels: 2008 Candidates, John McCain
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
USA Today's Top 25 Players of the USA Today Era
The countdown has now reached #4, with Lawrence Taylor. Looking at the list
, it's pretty obvious who the remaining three players are: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Walter Payton. I'm pleased to see Montana outlast the rest of the QBs; whether USA Today will do the right thing and crown him the king has yet to be seen. Rice is clearly the greatest wide receiver of all time. I would pick Emmitt over Sweetness, but neither would be a bad #3 pick on this list.
Labels: Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Walter Payton
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I'm Ready for My Closeup, Mr DeMille
Heheh, we've all enjoyed laughing at John Edwards' primping for the cameras and $400 haircuts, but it turns out that Mitt Romney spent $300
for "makeup consulting".
Romney spokesman Kevin Madden confirmed that the payments -- actually two separate $150 charges -- were for makeup, though he said the former Massachusetts governor had only one session with Hidden Beauty of West Hills, Calif. That was before the May 3 Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., co-sponsored by MSNBC and The Politico.
"We basically put a drop of foundation on him … and we powdered him a little bit."
Labels: Mitt Romney
Monday, July 16, 2007
Arianna on McCain
This is a common enough meme
that I thought I would spend a couple minutes on it:
McCain's fate should be a warning to all Republicans seeking office in 2008: continue to back the president's war policy at your own risk.
This is a convenient analysis for liberals who opposed the war like Airiheadda, but the fact is that the war is not terribly unpopular among Republicans. And it's not like the other candidates are running on an antiwar platform.Rudy Giuliani
Like all Americans, Rudy Giuliani prays for the success of our troops in Iraq and their safe return home. But he believes setting an artificial timetable for withdrawal from Iraq now would be a terrible mistake, because it would only embolden our enemies. Iraq is only one front in the larger war on terror, and failure there would lead to a broader and bloodier regional conflict in the near future. Building an accountable Iraq will assist in reducing the threat of terrorism.Mitt Romney
"The road ahead will be difficult but success is still possible in Iraq. I believe it is in America's national security interest to achieve it."
In fact, the only Republican presidential candidates who oppose the war are Ron Paul (who's got tremendous internet buzz and about 1% support in the polls) and Chuck Hagel, who decided not to run because he was so unpopular.
Labels: 2008 Candidates, John McCain