POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES -10/10
Matt Latimer: “That, of course, is not the Mitt Romney running for president today. In fact the Republican’s encyclopedia-sized list of policy reversals makes 2004’s whipping boy, John ‘I voted for it before I voted against it’ Kerry, look like an exemplar of political consistency. All of which raises a haunting question for the GOP as the clock ticks down to the Iowa caucuses: in a party whose potential nominees include Gary Johnson and Ron Paul, could the GOP’s ‘safe’ choice actually be its most reckless gamble?”
“In a grim sign of the enduring nature of the economic slump, household income declined more in the two years after the recession ended than it did during the recession itself,” theNew York Times reports.
“Between June 2009, when the recession officially ended, and June 2011, inflation-adjusted median household income fell 6.7 percent, to $49,909, according to a study by two former Census Bureau officials. During the recession — from December 2007 to June 2009 — household income fell 3.2 percent.”
“When they ask me who’s the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know. Do you know? And then I’m going to say how’s that going to create one job?”
Ron Paul was the overwhelming winner of the Value Voters Summit Straw Poll with 37%, followed by Herman Cain at 23% and Rick Santorum at 16%. Rick Perry was at 8% and Mitt Romney was at 4%.
Mark Halperin: “Romney and Perry gave perfectly good speeches, well crafted for this audience — and they both got creamed. Large segments of the party want something neither man is offering them now.”
David Brody: “What happened to Rick Perry? 8%? Really? In the straw poll in front of a crowd of his evangelical type people? You know what happened. It wasn’t so much about Perry. It was about Herman Cain. Cain is a major threat to Perry when it comes to carrying the mantle of the Teavangelical who can take on Romney.”