Archive for March 20, 2012


March 20, 2012

Secret Service Code Names Revealed

GQ reveals the Secret Service code names chosen by the top two Republican presidential candidates: Mitt Romney elected to call himself “Javelin.” And Rick Santorum chose “Petrus.”

“It’s tempting to associate a candidate’s code word with some aspect of their personality. Sometimes this is true and sometimes it is not. ‘Petrus’ is a biblical allusion — as in St. Peter, the first pope. (The Latin name is derived from the Greek word for ‘rock.’) Perhaps ‘Javelin’ is a reference to the ’60s muscle car made by American Motors Corporation, the company once run by George Romney.”


Barber Will Run for Full Term

In a surprise announcement, the Arizona Daily Star reports Ron Barber (D), the long time district director for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), said he would run for office in Arizona’s newly-drawn 2nd congressional district later this year.

Barber is already running to complete his former boss’ term in the 8th congressional district special election to be held on June 12. He is a survivor of the January 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson which also injured Giffords.


Santorum Sees a Much Closer Delegate Race

Rick Santorum’s campaign offered ABC News “a sneak peek at their in-house delegate tally, which still shows the former Pennsylvania senator trailing Romney but in a much better position to catch him.”

Here’s how the Santorum campaign sees the standings in the race for delegates: Romney 435, Santorum 311, Gingrich 158, Paul 91

Here is the ABC News delegate estimate: Romney 521, Santorum 253, Gingrich 136, Paul 50

“Their delegate equation largely rests on two key assumptions: First, that Arizona and Florida will eventually allocate their delegates proportionally rather than using their current winner-take-all scheme. Second, that delegate tallies in Iowa, Missouri and Washington State should be estimated based upon the preliminary results of ongoing county and district conventions, not on the initial ‘beauty contest’ votes.”


Arpaio Claims Media Conspiracy

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells the Arizona Republic that a media conspiracy “bigger than Watergate” is purposefully downplaying his investigation of President Obama’s birth certificate.

Said Arpaio: “I’m not going to drop this. You don’t think I did a press conference and let it die? I’ll make a decision real quick where to send the evidence we have. There are not many options. You do know this is complex. Many conflicts of interest from the White house to the Attorney General. I can go on and on.”


Top Ten Most Vulnerable House Members

Roll Call lists the top ten most vulnerable House members up for re-election this year — six Republicans and four Democrats.


Bonus Quote of the Day

“He’s not overwhelming, that’s the problem through the whole damn primary. What’s the spark? What’s the thing that gets him off and running? No one knows.”

— Former House GOP leader Bob Michel (R-IL), quoted by Politico, on Mitt Romney.


Rubio’s Memoir Pushed Up

Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) memoir, An American Son, will now be published on June 19 instead of in October, as previously planned.

According to Politico, the goal is to beat a more critical biography, The Rise of Marco Rubio— currently scheduled to come out July 3 — by a few weeks.


Mitt Romney, Then and Now

“This is all about getting delegates. If the polls are right, we’ll pick up some delegates. That’s what it’s all about.”

— Mitt Romney, quoted by ABC News ahead of the Alabama and Mississippi primaries last week.

“I know a lot of people will talk about delegates and strategies and math and that’s all very interesting to the insiders. But I think the American people want to see someone who has the leadership, skill and experience to defeat the president, and a vision of conservatism that will get American back on track again.”

— Romney, in an interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday.


Lugar Faces Tight Primary Challenge

A new Global Strategies Group poll in Indiana finds Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) leads his GOP primary rival Richard Mourdock (R) by just six points, 45% to 39%.


Barbour Voted for Gingrich

In what First Read calls “another gut punch” for Mitt Romney, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) told ABC News that he voted for Newt Gingrich last week in his state’s GOP primary.

Said Barbour: “I didn’t endorse anybody. I didn’t want to try to influence anybody’s vote, so beforehand I didn’t say who I voted for. But Newt and I have been friends a long, long time… Out of friendship, I voted for Newt.”


Obama Moves to Defend Health Care Law

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. Supreme Court should throw out either the “individual mandate” in the federal health care law or the law in its entirety — signaling the depth of public disagreement with that controversial element of health care reform.

The Supreme Court opens hearings on the law’s constitutionality next week.

Meanwhile, BuzzFeed notes President Obama’s re-election campaign “has launched an all-out defense of his landmark, and unpopular, health care overhaul, a move that marks a realization: The issue can’t be avoided.”


Quote of the Day

“This is someone who doesn’t have a core. He’s been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past 10 years.”

— Rick Santorum, on CBS’s This Morning, about Mitt Romney.


Romney Holds Big Lead in Illinois

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Illinois finds Mitt Romney comfortably ahead of Rick Santorum in the GOP primary, 45% to 30%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 12% and Ron Paul at 10%.

A new American Research Group poll shows Romney leading with 44%, followed by Santorum at 30%, Gingrich at 13%, and Paul at 8%.


Menendez Leads in Re-Election Bid

A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll in New Jersey finds Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) ahead by double digits over Joe Kyrillos (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 43% to 33%.