Super Tuesday Review + More

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The GOP fight

Editor’s Note: The Patriot Post has not endorsed any GOP candidate in the primary.

“Each candidate won where he should have. … Romney won in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Virginia — where neither Santorum nor Gingrich were even on the ballot. Santorum can only wonder what his night might have been like had he had the campaign infrastructure to get his name on the ballot in [Virginia]. Santorum won in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota – which I thought might be a Ron Paul win. … Mitt Romney’s campaign will claim that the real contest is for winning delegates, not winning the popular vote in these states and he’s right. But, the story of last night was supposed to be that the race was now all but over because Romney demonstrated such strength in so many places. … [I]t was far more of a struggle than it was supposed to have been. … Rick Santorum is not going anywhere. He will have the political support and the money to continue at least through the rest of the Spring and perhaps all the way to June. Or, all the way to August.” –political analyst Rich Galen

“It was an ‘eh’ night for Romney, although he avoided catastrophe by pulling out a razor-thin win in Ohio where he was trailing most of the night. Otherwise, he won one state where he used to be governor (Massachusetts), a small Northeastern state (Vermont), an essentially uncontested Southern state (Virginia), a heavily Mormon state out West (Idaho) and Alaska. In Virginia, he couldn’t get to 60 percent against just Ron Paul. Rarely has a candidate seemed so inevitable and so weak at the same time. … A clear demographic split was evident in Ohio. Santorum won non-college graduates and Romney college graduates. Santorum won voters making less than $100,000, Romney voters making more than $100,000. This speaks to a weakness with the working class that could hurt Romney in the fall if he’s the nominee.” –National Review editor Rich Lowry

“So why are the Left and the media still pushing and publicizing a campaign for advertisers to dump the [Rush] Limbaugh show and end his career? … Liberals want this government-mandate controversy to be not about religious liberty, which is devastating, but about contraceptives, which works in their favor. That is intellectually dishonest. They want to position conservatives as ‘anti-women.’ … The Left honors their own pundits as ‘brilliant’ for verbally assaulting women, then circulates petitions calling for advertisers to drop the Limbaugh show because his ‘anti-woman tirades are appalling.’ To the Left, this is simply an opportunity to put their attacks on religious liberty in a feminist frame, and an opportunity to try and shut down Limbaugh.” –columnist L. Brent Bozell

“It was just a few days ago that General Motors announced it was [temporarily] killing the Chevy Volt. … [Monday], the Geneva Auto Show named the Volt its 2012 Car of the Year. … You can even drive ‘an EPA-estimated 35 miles’ without gas! Which means you can hit the 7-11, Whole Foods, and pot dispensary in one trip before having to recharge for three hours. … It turns out that after crash tests done by federal safety regulators, the batteries burst into flame. No wonder there are over 6,000 unsold Volts in stock. Perhaps we can ship them to Europe. In five years, President Obama can buy one … from abroad. Your stimulus dollars at work!” –columnist Ben Shapiro

Editorial Exegesis

Editor’s Note: Just for fun, here’s what The New York Times thinks of the Republican primary.

“Long before Super Tuesday, the Republican Party had cemented itself on the distant right of American politics, with a primary campaign that has been relentlessly nasty, divisive and vapid. Barbara Bush, the former first lady, was so repelled that on Tuesday she called it the worst she’d ever seen. We feel the same way. This country has serious economic problems and profound national security challenges. But the Republican candidates are so deep in the trenches of cultural and religious warfare that they aren’t offering any solutions. The results Tuesday night did not settle the race. Republican voters will have to go on for some time choosing between a candidate, Mitt Romney, who stands for nothing except country-club capitalism, and a candidate, Rick Santorum, so blinkered by his ideology that it’s hard to imagine him considering any alternative ideas or listening to any dissenting voice. There are differences. Mr. Santorum is usually more extreme in his statements than Mr. Romney, especially in his intolerance of gay and lesbian Americans and his belief that religion — his religion — should define policy and politics. … Mr. Romney has been slightly more temperate. But, in his desperation to prove himself to the ultraright, he has joined in the attacks on same-sex marriage, abortion and even birth control. He has never called Mr. Santorum on his more bigoted rants. Neither politician is offering hard-hit American workers anything beyond long discredited trickle-down economics, more tax cuts for the rich, a weakening of the social safety net and more of the deregulation that nearly crashed the system in 2008.” —The New York Times

The Demo-gogues

Don’t drill, baby: “Well, if there’s one thing I know about New Hampshire, it’s that your political bull detector is pretty sharp. You know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices. You know there aren’t any quick fixes or silver bullets.” –Barack Obama

Gas prices are about his re-election — no wait, they’re about families: “[J]ust from a political perspective, do you think the president of the United States going into re-election wants gas prices to go up higher? … Look, here’s the bottom line with respect to gas prices: I want gas prices lower because they hurt families.” –Barack Obama

He protests too much: “So if during this political season you hear some question my administration’s support for Israel, remember that it’s not backed up by the facts. And remember that the U.S.-Israel relationship is simply too important to be distorted by partisan politics. … So there should not be any doubt of it by now: when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” –Barack Obama

Hope needs another four years: “Around the world, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president. It takes more than a single individual.” –Barack Obama

He just cheats at everything else: “I am very proud of the fact I do not cheat when I’m playing golf.” –Barack Obama

Straw woman argument: “It’s time … the Republican Party end the war on women they started. Whether it’s the Blunt-Rubio amendment, personhood or attempts to repeal Roe v. Wade, we aren’t going to let extremist politicians dictate to women what we can or cannot do with our bodies.” –DNC bobble head Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

Which Is MORE Important?

Insight

“An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.” –French diplomat Talleyrand (1754-1838)

“The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.” –American lawyer Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

Dezinformatsia

Anti-liberty: “What is it about this ideological dream of the right to bear arms that overrides any other rights, I mean the rights to not have your children killed at school?” –CNN’s Piers Morgan

Wonder what he thinks of the Bible: “The U.S. military should distribute copies of the Quran in Arabic and other local languages to any and all Afghan civilians who want them. … The American-distributed Qurans would be gratefully received. Americans, who come from a country awash in books, simply don’t realize how important books (especially ‘the book’ for Afghanistan’s Muslims) are to a people that has very few of them.” –Daily Beast contributor Richard Miniter

The BIG Lie: “Now does President Obama understand what contraception is and how it works? I don’t know. I kind of assume that he does. But the point is that there is a difference between the two parties on this issue right now. And it maybe doesn’t matter if he gets it. Because he’s not and the Democrats aren’t playing doctor on this issue. They’re not saying that the government should be the ones who make the decisions about contraception and how your lady parts work.” –MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

The language of civility: “[Andrew Breitbart] was a piece of s—. Period. Just because he is now dead does not change that fact. … [N]ot only did he despise anything progressive or liberal, not only did he deliberately obfuscate and outright lie with both his words and postings of edited videos about us and groups that help our cause, he willingly attempted and successfully destroyed lives and reputations in the process. And the smug bastard smiled while doing it. He deserves no respect, not while he’s living and certainly not in his afterlife.” –Daily Kos blogger MisterOpus1

Newspulper Headlines:

That’s Racist: ‘Happy Birthday to the Oreo” –The New York Times

Answers to Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Olympia Snowe: Why I’m leaving the Senate” –The Washington Post

We Blame George W. Bush: “George W. Bush Impersonator Dies at 48” –Politico.com

Because the Other Guys Are Getting More Votes: “Paul Explains Why He’s Not Winning Primary States” –NationalJournal.com

Shortest Books Ever Written: “What Kids Now Learn in College” –Dennis Prager syndicated column

Out on a Limb: “Rush Limbaugh Is No Stranger to Controversial Statements” –Washington Post website

Bottom Story of the Day: “Fluke Says Limbaugh Apology Means Nothing” –FoxNews.com

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

Village Idiots

Changing the issue: “[Obama] wanted to offer his support to [birth control activist Sandra Fluke]. He wanted to express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks and thank her for exercising her rights as a citizen to speak out on an issue of public policy.” –White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

Bluster: “Obama’s call to Sandra Fluke is analogous to JFK’s call to Coretta King in 1960. Obama will reap women’s votes as JFK did black votes.” –Barbara A. Perry, Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center

Utilitarian thought: “The reduction in a number of pregnancies is — compensates for the cost of contraception. … Providing contraception as a critical preventive health benefit for women and for their children reduces health care.” –Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

“It is common sense that when women are able to plan their pregnancies, populations grow more slowly and as a result so do greenhouse gas emissions. Providing access to contraception and preventative health should be one of the many effective strategies used to fight climate change.” –Stanford University executive and climate activist Kavita Ramdas

Short Cuts

“Seizing the opportunity to show his respect for women’s rights, President Obama has decided to give the commencement address at the all-female Barnard College this May. The school had already hired a speaker — the New York Times’ first female executive editor, Jill Abramson — but it dropped her after a phone call from the White House. A college spokesman said students are eager to hear from a president who works tirelessly to provide equal opportunity for women. The school apologized to the female editor it bumped, explaining that they simply found someone better qualified to give the speech.” –humorist Scott Ott

“The University of North Carolina-Greensboro has ordered a Christian club to allow non-Christians as leaders. While we’re at it, let’s put high school dropouts in charge of the University.” –Fred Thompson

“In a speech on Wall Street the other day, President Obama compared himself to Gandhi. Well, that makes sense. He’s created a lot of jobs in India.” –comedian Jay Leno

“A U.S. Marine rescued a boy who fell into the lion cage at the National Zoo. He jumped over the fence, punched the lion, and snatched away the boy. The next day the Washington Post reported that a Marine attacked an African immigrant and stole his lunch.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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(Please pray for our Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families — especially families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who granted their lives in defense of American liberty.)

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