Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Romney getting some respect now? Yes and no

Good morning. Welcome to O-Pinion, the editorial board's online space for commentary and discussion. I'm associate editor Fannie Flono, your host today.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney keeps trying to lasso the Republican nod for president with primary wins. Yesterday, it was Illinois, where he swamped opponents Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul by getting 47 percent of the vote. He's not expected to do as well in Louisiana but some pundits are finally giving Mitt his due. Columnist Howard Fineman of the liberal Huffington Post called him the "best in a brutal business. Jay Cost of the conservative Weekly Standard also weighs in. The Standard's William Kristol was still "feeling blue" however over Romney as the choice.

Biden and his blarney
Vice President Joe Biden is always saying some crazy things. But Columnist Jason Linkins, editor of Eat Press, wasn't letting him get away with his absurd comment about that mission to raid Osama bin Laden's Abbotabad hideout which resulted in bin Laden's death: "You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan."
Linkins has some fun with that comment in a piece for the HuffPost.

The lowdown on N.C.'s integrity, and lack thereof
You might have missed the story about a nationwide analysis of "integrity" in state governments. Our story focused mostly on South Carolina and the five other states at the bottom of rankings in the study's "corruption risk" index. But North Carolinians need not get puffed up with pride about being tied for 19th best among the 50 states ranked. There's plenty to cover our faces in shame about.

In the report based on an 18-month investigation by the nonpartisan, good-government group the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity, North Carolina could only muster a C- overall grade. That's because our policymakers - on both sides of the political aisle - have stretched the limits of ethical conduct, and gone over the line more than once.

Of the incidents cited? A North Carolina legislator sponsored and voted on a bill to loosen regulations on billboard construction, even though he co-owned five billboards in the state. When the ethics commission reviewed the case, it found no conflict; after all, the panel reasoned, the legislation would benefit all billboard owners in the state – not just the lawmaker who pushed for the bill. The N.C. Report Card showed the state with F's in Public Access to Information, the state budget process and redistricting. It got D's in judicial accountability and legislative accountability. Argh.
Getting overall F's in this report in addition to South Carolina were Michigan, North Dakota, Maine, Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Georgia. Read more at this site.


Anonymous said...

Great, no surprise this joke of a VP has never heard of the Bataan Death march and the daring Army Ranger rescue that liberated more than 500 US POW's, that were being treated by the Japs as Dogs. Yeah, that trumps the execution mission!!

Anonymous said...

The Illinois vote, like most of the votes conducted so far, awarded ZERO delegates. Why does the CO constantly ignore this? Even Rachel Maddow is ahead of you folks.

Anonymous said...…

Any one of these would be a good reason to not vote for Obozo. I found this on line. It was written by Js.
50 More Reasons to vote out Dear Leader Obama:
1 – Fast and Furious – Operation Gun Runner
2 – Stopped the Keystone pipeline that would have created thousands of jobs
3 – Gave half a billion tax payer’s dollars to Solyndra
4 – Bowed to foreign dignitaries
5 – Increased our deficit over 40% in 2/12 years
6 – Backed release of Lockerbie Bomber
7 – The Drilling Moratoriums
8 – Soaring FOOD and Gas Prices
9 – NO Shovel Ready Jobs
10 – The Downgrade of America’s credit rating ( First time in American history)
11 – First time in American history over 42 MILLION Americans are living in poverty
12 – Never passed a BUDGET ( First time in 34 YEARS)
13 – America drops to 5th place in GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
14 – Over 400,000 small businesses closing every year under Obama
15 – Our Debt has increased $4,247,000,000,000 in just 945 days! . (That’s the fastest increase under any president ever!)
16 – No Summer Recovery
17 – Fed Suing States and States suing Feds
18 – Pressured Retired General Shelton to ALTER his testimony
19 – Enable the LARGEST number of HOME FORECLOSURES
20 – Turn America into the LARGEST FOOD STAMP NATION
21 – Filed lawsuit against Arizona for enforcing immigration laws.
22 – Force a Trillion dollar disaster down our throats called Obamacare WITHOUT EVEN READING THE BILL
23 – Increased unemployment despite “stimulus package”
24 – Appoint a TAX CHEAT for Sec. of the TREASURY!
25 – Appoint over 34 UN-ELECTED CZARS
26 – Rebuffs subpoena on failed solar firm
27 – Eric Holder turns a blind eye to voter intimidation by the Black Panthers then justifies with racial comments
28 – First President to File Lawsuits Against the States He Swore an Oath to Protect
29 – First President to Terminate America’s Ability to Put a Man into Space
30 – First President to Tell a Major Manufacturing Company In Which State They Are Allowed to Locate a Factory
31 – First President to Propose an Executive Order Demanding Companies Disclose Their Political Contributions to Bid on Government Contracts
32 – First President to Withdraw an Existing Coal Permit That Had Been Properly Issued Years Ago
33 – First time in American history a President with a Socialist radical anti American past gets elected, with the help of ACORN and the Black Panthers and gets away with it!
34 – First President in history to create more PROTESTERS then JOBS
35 – First President to Encourage Racial Discrimination and Intimidation at Polling Places
36 – First time a President to enact OVER 4200 NEW anti Business regulations!
37 – First time a President needed to make a website called attackwatch, a site that would make Karl marx Proud!
38 – First time a President Attempted to fill my cabinet with avowed Communist like Van Jones
39 – First time a President supported Anti-Capitalists, Union Thug, Marxists and Anarchists Protesting Mobs bankrupting major cities
40 – The National Debt Has Increased 4.2 TRILLION Dollars
41 – National Debt now 15 TRILLION!!
42 – The USA Spends 4.2 BILLION Dollars More than it takes in
43 – 25 MILLION Jobs LOST But he has added 140,000.00 to the Government payroll
44 – Added 3 MILLION More Americans living in POVERTY
45 – 4 MILLION More Bankruptcies
47 – Gas Prices Have RISEN MORE THAN 80%
48 – Health Insurance Premiums UP 13%
49 – First President in history to have ALL his records SEALED
50 – Takes RECORD amount of contributions from Wall Street

Anonymous said...

UNCC grad Clay Aiken will sue a mouthy perv H20girl for BS like that. Go get him Aiken.

Romney will be the next president with Santorum as his VP to get America back on track and off the govt dole. The other slimewads will be kicked to the curb. Its a done deal.

All able bodied scum too sorry to work will be arrested jailed and convicted and sent to the chain gang.

Sam knows.

Anonymous said...

Romney said this, "I don't care about the very poor. They have a safety net". Well, if he were president, that "safety net" would go up in total smoke. It's not a safety net. Services keep on being deleted from Medicaid and Medicare coverage. But why would a mega millionare get a hoot? He's the one with a "safety net".

Anonymous said...

March 21, 2012 1:29 PM

Forgot one?

Article II - The Executive Branch
Section 1 The President
paragrah 4

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Article II
Section 4 - Disqualification

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.