Now here’s a bad sign; Hillary Busing in Supporters to New Hampshire

(Now we know why she won)

Hillary Clinton is having so much trouble drawing large crowds of New Hampshire voters to her rallies that she’s been busing in supporters from out of state.

That’s what NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell reported on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.

Mitchell said she was surprised to find at a recent Hillary Clinton rally in New Hampshire many attendees who were from Long Island and Upstate New York.

NBC Washington bureau chief, Tim Russert, also appeared on the show and offered more confirming details.

Russert said he was attending a Clinton rally at Nashua High School this weekend and was tipped off by the school’s maintenance man to check out the license plates in the parking lot. Russert said he was stunned to find the school’s lot filled with cars bearing Massachusetts plates.

Word from New Hampshire is that Hillary is simply not drawing strong grass-roots supports and has to rely on union activists from outside New Hampshire to fill out the crowds at her events.

Following Obama’s win in the Iowa caucuses, he now holds a double-digit lead in several New Hampshire polls, and it’s becoming clear that Hillary can’t compete with Obama’s charismatic appeal when it comes to attracting crowds at campaign events.

The New Hampshire primary is set for Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Now back to Iowa for a second:

Regarding Hillary’s slogan (for this week anyway – she can’t seem to get that right either) “Change”, looking at this photo from the Iowa Caucus – I see a scary flashback from 1990’s and making me cringe with the prospect of a “Clinton third term”… talk about a flop; Why oh why would you want the world to see Bill on one side of you, and Madeline Albreight on the other?

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Huckabee declared Republican winner, Romney concedes Iowa to Huckabee

This is today’s Desmoines Register headline, and the first of many!

Congratulations Governor.

Next is maybe NH, but we see good signs coming from South Carolina, Florida, Delaware, and it’ll spread wider and stronger with time.

us Huckabeezers knew the attacks would be hard and heavy – and that they would not work – I said so right here.

Here’s what the political world is saying: click on the headline to read the entire article.

New York Times:

From Nowhere, Huckabee Prevails

Boston Globe:

Huckabee moves to front as Romney struggles

Wall Street Journal:

MIKE HUCKABEE’S REMARKABLE VICTORY

The Salt Lake City Tribune:

Romney’s big investment in Iowa turns bitter

International Herald Tribune, France:

Romney fails in Iowa, loses first of 2 back-to-back wins he hoped for

AND MY FAVORITE….. from the Washington Post:

Romney Concedes Iowa to Huckabee

Former governor Mitt Romney (Mass.) conceded the Iowa caucuses to former governor Mike Huckabee even as his campaign sought to pivot its focus to the upcoming New Hamphsire primary.

“This competitive finish here in Iowa puts us in the position of remaining competitive across the board in all of these early primary states. No other campaign can point to a similar measure of broad strength in the early primary states,” said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden following the caucus.

That fact hardly quelled the elation of the Huckabee campaign. “Although I not suprised I am very excited,” said Huckabee consultant Bob Wickers. “Given the margin of victory Mike Huckabee was able to speak not just to evangelicals, but the entire Republican coalition.”

From New Hampshire, Sen. John McCain called and left a message congratulating Huckabee. “The lesson of this election in Iowa is, one, you can’t buy an election in Iowa and negative campaigns don’t work. They don’t work there and they don’t work here,” McCain said.

On MSNBC, Rudy Giuliani, who had largely written off the Iowa contest, also responded to the caucus results. “I believe we need a candidate who can run in all 50 states and I believe I’m the candidate who can run in all 50 states,” he said.

Later, speaking on CNN from Florida the former New York mayor continued to downplay the importance of Iowa. Of his broader national focus, Giuliani said: “As we move along, I think you’re going to see that strategy pay off.”

Huckabee brings it to Mitt

see the video here..

Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, December 30, 2007; Page A05

DES MOINES, Dec. 29 — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee launched an aggressive series of attacks against Mitt Romney on Saturday, signaling a forceful new offensive designed to blunt the former Massachusetts governor’s critiques of Huckabee’s record.

“I think he’s being dishonest about my record and John McCain‘s,” Huckabee told reporters at a news conference in Indianola. “If you get a job by being dishonest to get it, how can you be trusted to be honest once you’re in that job?”

Romney’s campaign is airing negative ads about Huckabee in Iowa, including one stating that as Arkansas governor, Huckabee pardoned 12 murderers, which overstates the correct number by one. A flyer mailed to GOP voters last week shows a “Get Out of Jail Free” card from the game Monopoly with the headline: “What do we really know about Mike Huckabee and his record on law and order?”

Romney is also using TV commercials and mailings in New Hampshire to blast McCain on immigration and taxes.

In the past week, Huckabee had largely been referring to “my opponent,” but in speeches on Friday and Saturday, he repeatedly used Romney’s name, slamming him as a recent pro-life convert, for raising fees by more than $500 million as governor of Massachusetts and for giving inaccurate statements about an endorsement from the National Rifle Association that he never received.

“I know that Mr. Romney has said that he was pro-life, but that’s a new position for him,” Huckabee told a crowd in Ottumwa on Friday. “Mitt doesn’t have anything to stand on except to stand against,” Huckabee said at Boyt Harness Co., a hunting accessories business in Osceola.

Romney largely ignored the intensifying battles with his rivals Saturday, refusing to face reporters and taking no questions from audience members as he skipped across southeast Iowa.

Listening to Romney at a succession of coffee shops packed with supporters, there was little indication of the nasty back and forth. Instead, he offered a cheery, positive final pitch as he attempted to regain the lead and the momentum he once had in the state.

He thanked supporters for braving the chilly weather, grew serious talking about a soldier’s casket returning from the Iraq war and joked about his son’s decision to visit all 99 Iowa counties.

“He likes to say that he saw the largest frying pan in the world, he saw the largest bull in the world, of course he saw the field of dreams, the largest truck stop,” Romney said, ticking off some Iowa tourist attractions. “I have to tell you, our family and I love Iowa and love the people of Iowa.”

In other outlets, however, his campaign continued its two-state war against Huckabee in Iowa and McCain in New Hampshire. The Romney campaign launched a new ad against McCain, and his aides e-mailed reporters about gaffes Huckabee made while discussing the crisis in Pakistan.

Huckabee said the attacks on McCain helped make up his mind that he would take on Romney directly, but he said he also worried that Romney’s criticisms might influence voters.

“I don’t want to come to caucus night and people are saying, ‘He never answered the charges,’ ” Huckabee told reporters.

This Story

Huckabee and Romney drew most of the attention in Iowa, but former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani also campaigned in the state, where he trails far behind.

So infrequent have been Giuliani’s appearances here that when he stopped in Indianola on Saturday, one person asked, “Rudy, why didn’t you spend time in Iowa?”

“We’ve spent a lot of time in Iowa,” Giuliani responded. “We’ve spent a lot of time in New Hampshire. We’ve spent a lot of time in California and Florida and South Carolina and Michigan.”

Earlier, during a visit to his headquarters in the Des Moines suburb of Clive, Giuliani responded to criticism from McCain, who claimed that the former mayor’s performance dealing with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, did not constitute national security experience.

“I’ve run the third- or fourth-largest government in the country, considered the second-toughest job in America, and I ran it during times of crisis,” he said.

Pathetic Romney continues slamming his rivals… SIGNS OF DESPERATION

Slick Mitt continues the sleazy misleading, Clintonesque ad’s. The good news is that he’s scared, desperatae, and fully knows that he must make voters think of the other guy, not his own flip-flop laughable record he so willingly and stupidly contrasts to Huckabee’s.

Second hit on Huckabee in Iowa CLICK HERE

Click here to read this article from Boston.com: Romney slaps Huckabee again in ad

In a show of desperation, while slamming Huck in Iowa, decides it’s time to hit McCain – see it here on Politico’s Jonathan Martin

Romney-McCain battle heats up in New Hampshire

Commenting on his AD, McCain to Romney: ‘Try to relax, Mitt’

McCain hits back with an ad of his own – RIGHT HERE

Thank you NEWSWEEK: Romney on Huckabee II Romney attacks Huckabee again with false and misleading claims.

False and misleading… like I’ve been saying all along. Those that want to know the truth should just see the records for themselves – and remember; visit mikehuckabee.com and click the truth-squad icon for the facts as well as factcheck.org

Hey FOXNEWS, be FAIR AND BALANCED and ask Mitt on the validation of this article.

If you’re in IOWA, please pass along to your family, friends and colleagues.

Here’s the NEWSWEEK article

by Justin Bank and Lori Robertson | factcheck.org

Romney launched another negative ad in Iowa this week, where the Republican presidential candidate has been battling the new front-runner, Huckabee. This time, Romney attacks Huckabee’s record on methamphetaminelaws and the clemencies he granted as governor of Arkansas. We found that:

The ad says Romney “got tough on drugs like meth” while governor of Massachusetts, but the legislation he supported never passed, and his state’s laws are much weaker than Arkansas’. Convicted meth dealers face both minimum and maximum prison terms in Arkansas that are four times longer than those in Massachusetts.

The ad misrepresents news articles, implying that they supported Romney’s actions as governor when that’s not what the news organizations said. One article, in fact, gave critical views of Romney’s refusal to issue a pardon.

Analysis
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced that the ad would begin airing in Iowa Dec. 17. It’s a sequel to an earlier Romney attack on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that we reviewed here, and it begins with the same misleading description of similarities between the two before going on the attack with new material.

Injecting Meth into the Campaign
The ad says Romney “got tough on drugs like meth” while Huckabee “even reduced penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine.” But wait: While Romney did submit legislation in 2005 that would have broadened state laws against meth production, such as setting sentencing guidelines for possessing various methamphetamine precursor ingredients, this effort to get “tough” failed. That bill died in committee in Jan. 2007.

The legislation Huckabee supported, meanwhile, did shorten the amount of time a convict would have to serve before being eligible for parole from 70 percent of the sentence to 50 percent. But Arkansas has strict meth laws that remain on the books, and they are far tougher than those in Massachusetts. A convicted meth dealer can be sentenced to 40 years in Arkansas, but in Massachusetts the maximum term is 10 years. The mandatory minimum in Arkansas is 10 years in prison, but it’s only a two-and-a-half-year state prison term in Massachusetts. And, in fact, the bill this ad criticizes was drafted with the help of Arkansas state prosecutors to help alleviate overcrowding problems in the state penal system.

Here are the details of the state laws: In Arkansas, offenders found guilty of intent to distribute or manufacture while in possession of less than an ounce of meth face a minimum sentence of “not less than ten (10) years nor more than forty (40) years, or life” and a fine “not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).” In Massachusetts, the penalty for a person convicted of manufacturing, distributing or possessing with intent to manufacture or distribute a substance that contains any quantity of methamphetamine is “a term of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than two and one-half nor more than ten years.” A fine of no more than $10,000 may be imposed as well. The legislation Romney backed would not have increased the mandatory minimum, even if it had passed.

One possible reason that Arkansas has far tougher meth laws than Massachusetts is that it has a far larger meth problem: The federal Drug Enforcement Agency counts 407 methamphetamine “lab incidents” in Arkansas in 2006, compared with only one in Massachusetts. The DEA says methamphetamine is Arkansas’ “primary drug of concern,” while in Massachusetts the drug is “available in limited quantities” and “rarely abused.” However, meth is a huge problem in Iowa, where this ad is airing. In 2006, there were 318 meth lab incidents, according to the DEA, down from a high of 1,370 in 2004. Iowa enacted a tough law in 2005 that made it illegal to sell non-prescription pseudoephedrine to a minor or to keep it anywhere but behind a pharmacy counter. Pseudophedrine is found in common over-the-counter medications such as Sudafed and has been widely used to make meth.

Print Your Own Newspaper!
The ad uses news clippings to borrow the independent credibility of newspapers and bolster Romney’s claims. However, in several instances, the ad reconstructs the words of the newspapers to distort the original reporting. For instance, it lists the Berkshire Eagle as saying “tough on drugs like meth” on Aug. 15, 2005. But the paper didn’t exactly say that. What the paper did say was:

Berkshire Eagle: Legislation filed by Gov. Mitt Romney would heighten the penalties for the possession of methamphetamine as well as toughen penalties for the possession of the chemicals used to produce it.

The newspaper is clearly reporting on the legislation filed. Romney’s ad changes the words to make it appear the newspaper is endorsing his effort. Filching the credibility of news organizations is an old trick we’ve found in past elections here, here and here.

Pardonable Offenses
In another example of skewing the news in his favor, the ad shows a June 12, 2007, Associated Press tagline under the headline “never pardoned a criminal.” But the closest the AP article comes to saying that is this:

AP: During the four years Romney was in office, 100 requests for commutations and 172 requests for pardons were filed in the state. All were denied.

The language from the ad appears nowhere in the news article, which is certainly no endorsement of Romney’s policies. It actually portrays the governor as unreasonably stubborn. The article focuses primarily on Romney’s refusal to pardon National Guard Lt. Anthony Circosta, who had been convicted of assault at age 13 for “shooting another boy in the arm with a BB gun, a shot that didn’t break the skin,” according to the AP. After returning from duty in Iraq, Circosta wanted to become a police officer but needed to have his childhood charge pardoned first. Romney refused twice, despite the recommendations of the state Board of Pardons.

We’re not passing judgment on either governors’ record on clemencies, but we take issue with Romney’s misleading attempt to claim this news article endorsed his actions. It didn’t.

Sources
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Senate bill No. 2183, “An Act to Control the Use of Methamphetamine.” 18 Aug. 2005.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Chapter 94C: Section 32A. Class B controlled substances. Accessed 18 Dec. 2007.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Arkansas state fact sheet 2007. Updated June 2007.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Massachusetts state fact sheet 2007. Updated June 2007.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Iowa state fact sheet 2007. Updated June 2007.

“Meth in Iowa” fact sheet. Prepared by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute on behalf of the Midwestern Governors Association Regional Meth Summit, Dec. 2005.

Kendell, Gary W. “Methamphetamine Abuse in Iowa.” Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, 19 Jan. 2007.

Arkansas Code (Non annotated) > Title 5 Criminal Offenses > Subtitle 6. Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, Or Welfare > Chapter 64 Controlled Substances > Subchapter 4 — Uniform Controlled Substances Act — Prohibitions and Penalties > 5-64-401. Criminal penalties.

Arvidson, Erik, “Romney acts to boost meth penalties,” The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA). 15 Aug 2005.

LeBlanc, Steve, “As governor, Romney opposed pardons, a blanket policy challenged by case of Iraq war veteran,” AP. 12 June 2007.

Robinson, David and Thompson, Doug, “House approves repeal of 70-percent law for meth producers,” Arkansas News Bureau. 9 Mar 2005.

Republished with permission of FactCheck.org .

CANDIDATE ALERT: Giuliani’s Iowa Co-chair sat on Planned Parenthood Board in Iowa

IS RUDY GIULIANI ANTI-LIFE?  …talk about feeling betrayed!!!

In a note I received from Kim Lehman, Chairman of the Iowa Right to Life committee encouraging Iowa Christian Conservatives to get out and vote, I found out an alarming fact that everyone must be made aware.

Giuliani’s co-chair for his campaign in Iowa also sat on Planned Parenthood’s board and was responsible for raising $11,000,000 for PP. In other words, Planned Parenthood is actively involved in the Republican caucuses this year. Do not be fooled, Guiliani is a liability for the Republican Party and has a limited possibility in beating the Democrats. Think about it, how can an anti-life candidate win if his party is made up of 70% pro-life people and he is Very unlikely. anti-life?

He supports:
1) Partial Birth Abortion
2) Tax Funded Abortions
3) Works closely with Planned Parenthood supporters

Nearly 70% of the Republican party is pro-life, yet half of those Republicans do not know that Giuliani is anti-life. Please read and share this post with this link of an article exposing his extreme positions: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54323