Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Gingrich Abandons Campaign, Not Moon Base Idea By Tom Shoop

Source: http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2012/05/gingrich-abandons-campaign-not-moon-base-idea/55556/?oref=voices-module

May 2, 2012

Newt Gingrich officially left the presidential race Wednesday, but he didn't back down from his commitment to seeing a U.S. base on the moon someday.

"I am cheerfully going to take back up the issue of space," Gingrich said in his announcement that he was suspending his campaign, the Atlantic Wire reported. "My wife has pointed out to me approximately 219 times, give or take three, that moon colony was not my best quote in this campaign ... but the underlying key point is real. If we're going to be the leading country in the world, we have to be the leading country in space."

"I am not totally certain I will get to the moon colony," Gingrich added. "I am certain Maggie and Robert [his grandchildren] will have that opportunity should they choose to take it."

Monday, May 07, 2012

Romney Sweeps By Christian Heinze

Source: http://gop12.thehill.com/2012/04/romney-sweeps.html
April 24, 2012

NBC has now projected that Mitt Romney will easily win Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. New York is on the way.

Most effective line from his victory speech (full transcript here).

Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.

The speech, by the way, was very good.

Scott Conroy, who's been covering Romney for five years, tweeted:

"Hard to recall a better Romney speech in 5+ years of running for president."

The general election began after Wisconsin, so I'm not going to go all Lord of the Rings and say "and so it begins." Instead, I'll just say: "So the beginning continues............"