For some reason, when Barack Obama promised the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that he would push for comprehensive immigration reform, the not only believed him, they rose to their feet and applauded.
Barack Obama won a standing ovation Friday at a Latino conference inFlorida Friday in which he promised to press for wholescale immigration reform and described his temporary measure last week to help undocumented youth as simply right thing to do.
He said that his move, giving a temporary two-year visa to an estimated 800,000 young people whose parents moved to the US illegally, was aimed at “lifting the shadow of deportation and giving them a reason to hope”.
He added: “That was the right thing to do.”
The president also used the speech to make repeated digs at his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who spoke the previous day to the same audience, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (Naleo), near Orlando. He reminded the audience of things Romney has said over the last year about immigration.
By contrast with Obama, Romney received only intermittent and tepid applause.
“There was a story that originated today apparently at ABC based upon reports of supposedly outside unnamed advisers of mine,” Romney said in Holland, Michigan. “I can’t imagine who such people are. But I can tell you this: they know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process. There are only two people in this country who know who are being vetted and who are not: And that’s Beth myers and myself. And I know Beth well. She doesn’t talk to anybody. The story was entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.”
Marco’s a good choice, but not my first.
I’d take someone more likely to fire up the base who was reluctant to get behind me in the first place.
He’s said repeatedly that he’s not interested in the job, so it should be no surprise that Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t being looked as as a second to Romney:
Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.
Officially the Romney campaign has no comment. And Rubio has refused to make any comment when it comes to vice presidential questions. As Rubio spokesman Alex Conant told me, “We have no comment on the vice presidential search process.”
The news will be disappointing to prominent conservatives — including Sen. Jim DeMint and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — who have been openly encouraging Romney to pick Rubio.
As I have said before, I wouldn’t mind Rubio as vice-president. Not because I am a fan of Marco. I am. But I’m more excited by the idea of Gov. Rick Scott filling his Senate seat with Allen West.
I’ve heard some rumblings about Condoleeza Rice. She’s good, but I don’t think that’s a good idea, especially since Obama is going to be campaigning against “going back to the thinking that created this mess.”
If you have any overt ties to the Bush administration, it just bolsters his talking points.
Honestly, Romney needs a Palin-esque conservative. He needs someone who will excite the base.
This past weekend, Paul accomplished that goal, winning 12 of 13 delegates at the state GOP convention.
“Victories in Minnesota and other states demonstrate that Ron Paul supporters possess the adaptability, organizational muscle, and unmatched enthusiasm required to continue winning delegates in upcoming contests,” Paul campaign manager John Tate said in a statement.
Paul’s victory means 32 of Minnesota’s 40 national delegates will now be committed to Paul at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. The libertarian-leaning GOP candidate is remaining in the presidential race to compete for delegates in the hopes of shaping the convention and influencing the party platform.
He also recently took all of Maine’s delegates. And who know exactly how many more.
While he may not be campaigning, and while he may not have won a state in the primaries, I still contend this delegate strategy is going to make the GOP convention a national version of the Missouri Caucuses.
I’m not saying his supporters are going to get him the nomination, but they will have an impact on things, and it could get heated.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, an Obama supporter, surprised quite a few people watching Meet the Press yesterday, especially those working to re-elect “Teh One,” when he said Team Obama’s attacks on Bain Capital made him sick:
Booker is right, but one can only assume the arm twisters with Team Obama were sent out to re-calibrate the mayor because it wasn’t long before he was walking that line back:
Exactly like a hostage tape. You can just picture Axelrod behind the scenes, cigarette smoke swirling in the air around him, some clueless intern standing behind the camera, looking around nervously as if to wonder if this is normal and in walks Rahm with a black bag of who knows what. His tools to ensure Booker’s reeducation sticks.
GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised over $40 million in April, coming close to matching what Hollywood heart-throb Barack Obama pulled in, despite not having dinners with George Clooney:
The New York Times was first to report the figure, which includes money raised for Romney’s 2012 campaign and the “Romney Victory Fund,” a joint fundraising effort with the RNC. A Romney aide confirmed the numbers, which will be formally released later this morning.
That’s a major increase from the $13 million Romney raised during March, when he was still in the heat of the Republican primary.
He’s going to need every penny.
Now, here’s what to expect from the left. The attack on this figure will be that it comes from rich people making major donations, while Obama, man of the people, gets his loot from all the poor people who look to him to bring fairness to America. The message will continue to be based in leftist class warfare, the hero of the proletariat versus the evil, rich embodiment of the bourgeoisie.
“Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted,” Mr. Paul said. “Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have.”
He did encourage his supporters to still turn out and vote.
His decision not to compete for new votes in other states leaves Mr. Romney as the only candidate still actively fighting for voters’ support in the 11 states still to vote. That list includes the biggest prizes on the board — Texas and California.
“Stop overreacting,” wrote a commenter at ronpaulforums.com, the online hub for Paul supporters. “It’s always been a delegate strategy, and this changes nothing, when the media was going to black out any campagining he did anyway.” The commenter has written hundreds of posts on the forum under the name TheGrinchWhoStoleDC.
Reports have Vice President Joe Biden in a state of stammering confusion over the headline, but the fact is, in the West Virginia Democratic Primary, 41 percent of Democratic voters would rather have a guy currently serving time in a Texas prison than the guy currently serving in the White House:
Keith Judd, who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas for making threats, actually got 41% of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary.
“I voted against Obama,” said Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician from Cross Lanes who called himself a conservative Democrat, told the Associated Press. “I don’t like him. He didn’t carry the state before and I’m not going to let him carry it again.”
When asked which presidential candidate he voted for, Brown said, “That guy out of Texas.”
Obama’s energy and environmental policies are unpopular in a state where coal mining remains big.
The problem is not technical, uh, and the problem is not mastery of the legislative intricacies of Washington. The problem is, uh, can you get the American people to say, “This is really important,” and force their representatives to do the right thing? That requires mobilizing a citizenry. That requires them understanding what is at stake. Uh, and climate change is a great example.
You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.
They — you — you can already see what the arguments will be during the general election. People will say, “Ah, Obama and Al Gore, these folks, they’re going to destroy the economy, this is going to cost us eight trillion dollars,” or whatever their number is. Um, if you can’t persuade the American people that yes, there is going to be some increase in electricity rates on the front end, but that over the long term, because of combinations of more efficient energy usage, changing lightbulbs and more efficient appliance, but also technology improving how we can produce clean energy, the economy would benefit.
If we can’t make that argument persuasively enough, you — you, uh, can be Lyndon Johnson, you can be the master of Washington. You’re not going to get that done.
If you can’t persuade the Democratic primary voters to support you over a guy serving time in another state, you can be the master of Washington. You’re not going to get re-elected.
The Republican National Committee is warning the Nevada GOP that if supporters of Ron Paul are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, the party may opt against seating the state’s entire delegation.
“I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention,” said John R. Phillippe Jr., the chief counsel for the RNC, in a letter obtained by the Las Vegas Sun.
The RNC is concerned that the Paul campaign will game the state-level convention this weekend that selects delegates to the national convention. While Mitt Romney should be awarded 20 of the state’s 28 delegates, based on his dominating win in the state’s primary, it’s possible that Paul supporters could exploit their strength in the Nevada GOP to get named to some of those delegate slots.
I’m thinking that perhaps I should start raising some funds to go to the convention this year.
Is it really that hard to believe that even if they powers that be didn’t know about the Eastern European communists love affair with the term “Forward,” that they still wouldn’t be drawn to the word for the same reasons? I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and say they were completely ignorant of how often “forward” has been used by communists as slogans and titles.
The slogan “Forward!” reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word “Forward” with the “O” having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign’s official beginning.
There have been at least two radical-left publications named “Vorwaerts” (the German word for “Forward”). One was the daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party of Germany whose writers included Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky. It still publishes as the organ of Germany’s SDP, though that party has changed considerably since World War II. Another was the 1844 biweekly reader of the Communist League. Karl Marx, Engels and Mikhail Bakunin are among the names associated with that publication.
East Germany named its Army soccer club ASK Vorwaerts Berlin (later FC Vorwaerts Frankfort).
Vladimir Lenin founded the publication “Vpered” (the Russian word for “forward”) in 1905. Soviet propaganda film-maker Dziga Vertov made a documentary whose title is sometimes translated as “Forward, Soviet” (though also and more literally as “Stride, Soviet”).
Here’s the video, if for some reason you have seven minutes of your life you don’t care to waste:
And here’s some communist propaganda, featuring the Obama slogan:
Young builders of communism! Forward, to the new successes in work and study!
Under the banner of Lenin and Stalin, forward to victory of communism!
Understanding the Leadership of Stalin, Come Forward with Communism