[Note: just as we were about to publish there was some late breaking news: A new PPP poll now has Donald Trump “running away” with the Republican race. Not only that the theory that Trump is popular because of “name recognition” is blown away too:
“Only 38% of Republican primary voters say they’re willing to support a candidate for President next year who firmly rejects the birther theory and those folks want Mitt Romney to be their nominee for President next year. With the other 62% of Republicans- 23% of whom say they are only willing to vote for a birther and 39% of whom are not sure- Donald Trump is cleaning up. And as a result Trump’s ridden the controversy about Barack Obama’s place of birth to the highest level of support we’ve found for anyone in our national GOP polling so far in 2011…
Among that 23% only willing to vote for a birther Trump is cleaning up even more, getting 37% to 13% for Huckabee and Palin, and 10% for Romney and Gingrich. He’s a lot weaker with the 38% who say they’re perfectly happy to vote for someone who’s dismissed the birther theory- with them Romney leads at 23%, with Huckabee at 18%, Trump at 17%, Gingrich at 10%, and Palin at only 7%.”
Below is the article we wrote before this poll hit. BTW, the results from Wisconsin also came in today. As we had written Wisconsin was the wrong place/wrong time to fight – Prosser beat Kloppenburg. ]
Is Donald Trump even smarter than he thinks? Probably not, he thinks he is pretty smart. But his use of the missing Obama birth certificate issue might be smarter than many of us have realized. Is this his way of getting rid of not only Barack Obama but finishing off Mitt Romney?
Maybe it is that we are smarter than we think. But a funny thing dropped into the Big Pink head as we prepared for our sometime “Friday Follies” jovial article, April 15 edition. As we have previously stated it is possible that Donald Trump was just throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks when he first started fooling around with running for president in this election cycle. Trump has toyed with the idea in previous election cycles but backed away and that is one of the reasons cited by JournoListers as an excuse for not taking The Donald seriously this time.
Fair enough. It is very possible that The Donald was just putting himself out there, getting some publicity, throwing out the bait to see if anything would bite. Then came the polls from New Hampshire and Trump was tied for second and Mitt Romney on first. Placing a close second to Mitt Romney in New Hampshire was big news because Mitt Romney is the presumed Republican nominee, he’s a one-time neighbor Massachusetts governor, and Romney must win big in New Hampshire or die once again when the Republican primaries move south.
Mitt Romney must win New Hampshire big and Mitt Romney knows it. The moment the poll was published which showed The Donald moving up along the rail on The Mitt, the Romney people began to dump dirt on Trump. Indeed when Romney announced he’s running for president he took a direct shot at Trump by attacking the birth certificate issue thereby making himself a “serious” candidate in the eyes of Big Media.
So here we have Donald Trump demanding to see a birth certificate from Barack Obama and denouncing in the strongest terms the possibility that the Constitution has been violated and saying someone who is not legally qualified to be president is now president – while on the other side we have Mitt Romney denouncing the birth certificate issue:
“I think the citizenship test has been passed. I believe the president was born in the United States. There are real reasons to get this guy out of office,” Romney told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow the day after he formally announced that he’s exploring a run for the White House. “The man needs to be taken out of office but his citizenship isn’t the reason why.”
Enter Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe, a known Mitt Romney hater:
“IF DONALD Trump is so interested in birth certificates, he should ask Republican rival Mitt Romney to produce his.
That could finally solve the mild Mitt-stery surrounding Romney’s given name.
His first name is “Willard,’’ after the hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott, his father’s best friend.
His middle name comes from his father’s cousin, who played quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1925 to 1929. That cousin’s name was “Milton’’ and his nickname was “Mitt’’ — a totally understandable preference for a football player or a presidential candidate. But what does the birth certificate belonging to the presidential candidate actually state?
Four years ago, I asked Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom to settle the matter.
“It’s Willard Mitt Romney on the birth certificate,’’ he replied, via e-mail.
Could I see it? I asked. “Sure. He was born in Detroit. City Hall should have it,’’ he e-mailed back.
Birth records are restricted in Michigan and only a person or parent named on the record, or a legal guardian or representative can request a copy. “That shouldn’t be a problem for an old reporter like you,’’ Fehrnstrom responded. It was.”
Yup. Mitt Romney can easily produce his birth certificate but he won’t. Get him Donald. Get that white boy too. Wouldn’t that be an easy way for The Donald to swat away the “racist” race-baiting and hit Mitt, er, Willard between the eyes.
And the name Willard? We’ve heard of Waldo (he has a D.C. address, has a muscular sleeve hating wife, but he is never there). Willard? Really?
The last famous Willard sang love songs to rats.
Okay, that video is from the Willard remake, not the original film, – but did you hear the Donald Trump line “You’re fired”? And doesn’t that Willard look remarkably similar to the Willard who thinks he is going to be president? Gee Willikins.
Here’s the original Williard (who had his father’s business stolen too, just like Mitt is going to find out) as a Friday bonus:
But we digress.
“A Boston Globe timeline on Mormonism and the Romney family, which was produced as part of a major series during his last presidential run, states that in 1947, “Willard Milton ‘Mitt’ Romney is born on March 12 in Detroit.’’
The origin of Romney’s name was a topic of minor interest during the last presidential campaign cycle.
In November 2007, Time asked, “Raise your hand if you knew that Mitt Romney’s given name was actually Willard Milton. Anyone?’’ Blogging for the Chicago Tribune in April 2007, Eric Zorn riffed about “Willard’’ and “Mitt,’’ then added: “Not that Romney’s real first name is a big deal or anything. But I wonder how many of you out there who’ve been obsessing about Barack Obama’s middle name (Hussein) and the minutia of the biographical details of his childhood had ever even bothered to ask or wonder about Romney.’’
When John McCain emerged as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, the ex-governor of Massachusetts and his moniker stepped out of the spotlight. Now that Romney’s back in it, it will be interesting to see how he handles the Trump-inflamed controversy over President Obama’s birth certificate.
Earlier this year, Romney took a light-hearted approach toward names and birth records. During a February appearance on David Letterman, Number 10 on his “top 10’’ list was: “Mitt is short for Mitt-thew.’’ Number 2: “I have absolutely no idea where my birth certificate is.’’
Did Donald Trump know that the birth certificate issue can be used to beat up on Mitt Romney too. Is Donald Trump buying wholesale, not retail? It’s a twofer. It’s a twofer that Trump can use to not only beat up on Barack Obama but also demonstrate that Mitt, er, Willard’s lack of interest in birth certificates is self-interest. Is Donald Trump THAT smart? Gee Willikins.
“Are queries about the name on Romney’s birth certificate a trivial pursuit? Or, is the answer a telling test of truthfulness? Ask those who see Obama’s birth certificate as a way to challenge his personal honesty and the legitimacy of his presidency.
The evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii includes a short-form birth certificate and two newspaper announcements at the time. The Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin published announcements of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama on Aug. 4, 1961. Like Michigan, Hawaii restricts who can request a birth certificate. The state is prohibited from releasing a long-form document “unless the requestor has a direct and tangible interest in the record.’’ Obama has not made such a request.“
Yay Joan, you actually state the facts as they are regarding the fact that Obama can legally get his long-form birth certificate but has refused to do so. We’re making progress because as you know the lies from Big Media that Obama cannot legally get his birth certificate have been many – as we have proven. Thanks Joan for making it real simple.
“When it comes to birth records, Obama and Romney have something in common. Raising questions about Obama’s birth certificate is a way to remind people of the differences that set him apart. Those include his skin color, white mother, Kenyan father, and an upbringing that took him out of the country. Raising questions about Romney’s birth certificate can also be a way to remind people of the differences that set him apart. Those include his Mormon religion and its intricate ties to his family history.
The good news for Obama: if Romney gets past Trump and the “birthers,’’ the anti-Mormon bigots and the Romneycare-bashers, he is unlikely to turn birth records into a major campaign issue.
The bad news for Obama: If Romney somehow becomes the GOP nominee, he will be a serious challenger, no matter what the name on his birth certificate.
Gee, isn’t the Big Media party line that the birth certificate issue hurts Republicans not Obama? Joan seems to think the birth certificate issue hurts (ta da) Barack Obama – and that is a reason for Republicans to nominate… Willard?
Let’s get one thing straight: Mitt Romney is not going to be the Republican nominee. When Ted Kennedy was losing to Romney in a 1994 senate race, Ted Kennedy campaign officials went to South Boston and reminded the Catholics there that Romney was a Mormon. Kennedy won after almost losing. Remember this was the Ted Kennedy whose brother had to fight anti-Catholic bigotry in the 1960s. Today’s evangelicals who are a powerful determinant force in Republican primaries will not, ever, nominate a Mormon.
This Mormon issue is one non-evangelicals do not understand or choose to devalue. The bottom line is that Mormon’s are considered by evangelicals to be a perverse sect that is doctrinally anti-Christian while posing as Christians. We’ll discuss this further on some other day, not a Friday, in the future.
Mitt Romney is not going to be the Republican nominee. Big Media wants Romney to be the nominee. Romney supporters want him to be the nominee. But Willard Romney is not going to be the Republican nominee – and it’s not just because Willard is a Mormon:
“This week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s announcement that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee coincided with the five-year anniversary of his signature legislative accomplishment, the Bay State’s health care law.
Much of this week’s political analysis has focused on whether Romney could survive the Republican primary given the striking similarities between his health care law and the one President Obama signed last year. But there hasn’t been much consideration about how, if he survives the issue, a Romney nomination would affect the rest of the Republican Party. [snip]
Throughout the health care debate and in recent months, Obama and his surrogates have noted the similarities between his plan and Romney’s. On Tuesday’s anniversary, Democrats posted a mocking video thanking Romney for health care reform. The only thing that’s preventing this strategy from gaining more traction is that Romney is just one Republican among many.
But should Romney manage to overcome the health care issue and win the nomination through attrition as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., did in 2008, he would suddenly become the de facto leader of the Republican Party.
Obama will be able to use Romney as a foil to effectively neutralize the health care issue. Just as Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was an ineffective critic of the Iraq War given his prior vote to authorize the use of military force, Romney will struggle to explain why he was for the key elements of Obamacare before he was against them.“
Can you see the ads? “Willard was for Obamacare before Obama.” “Willard was for Obamacare before he was against it.”
Romney is not going to be the Republican nominee no matter how much Big Media wants that to be the contest. Big Media has a great deal of power, Hillary Clinton supporters know that. But are Republicans are stupid as Democrats and allow Big Media to dictate the nominee? Traditionally Republicans are much more hostile to Big Media than Democrats so we tend to think that the Republicans will resist the rat cellar by nominating Willard, er, Mitt.
“Jon Huntsman, President Obama’s outgoing ambassador to China, is considering running against his boss in 2012 as a Republican.
But two handwritten letters from Huntsman obtained by The Daily Caller raise the question of why he’s not campaigning for Obama instead.
“You are a remarkable leader,” Huntsman wrote to Obama in an Aug. 16, 2009 note, underlining the word “remarkable,” “and it has been a great honor getting to know you.”
Go back to Utah Jon (that Mormon thing again). Take that whitey.
Willard Romney’s operatives have been busy trying to destroy Donald Trump in much the same way they attacked Sarah Palin – anonymously. Their handiwork can be seen on DrudgeReport today, which features quotes from Donald Trump.
The supposed shocker, is that Donald Trump said George W. Bush was “evil” had nice things to say about Obama in 2008 – but – that last night on Sean Hannity’s show Trump said that Obama is the worst president ever. How all this counters the Willard Romney flip-flops and the problem of his healthcare “for it before against it” plan as the twin of Obama’s healthcare scam is beyond logic.
Here’s the shocking story (from 2008) Willard thinks will help him destroy The Donald:
“McCain, really, that was almost an impossible situation,” said Trump. Bush has been so bad, maybe the worst president in the history of this country. He has been so incompetent, so bad, so evil that I don’t think any Republican could have won.” [snip]
While he had harsh words for the outgoing president, he had a much different opinion of President-elect Barack Obama.
“I think he has a chance to go down as a great president. Now, if he’s not a great president, this country is in serious trouble,” said Trump.
“I think [Obama’s] going to lead through consensus,” continued Trump. “It’s not going to be just a bull run like Bush did. He just did whatever the hell he wanted. He’d go into a country, attack Iraq, which had nothing to do with the World Trade Center and just do it because he wanted to do it.”
Trump was then asked if he ever thought he would see an African-American president in his lifetime.
“They always said 100 years before a black man or woman could be elected president. And the 100 years turned out to be, like, one year. He’s done an amazing job,” said Trump.”
WHAT???? This is the big scandal? Donald Trump thought Jimmy Carter was the worst president ever… until George W. Bush became president and then Bush was the worst president ever. Donald Trump attacked George W. for not leading by consensus, thought Obama would lead by consensus and thought Obama would be a “great” president and that if Obama was not a great president the country would be in “serious trouble.” This sounds like Donald Trump is being consistent and gave Obama a fair shake until Obama proved himself a total boob.
A great many Americans in 2008 wanted Obama to be a great president. But now, according to Gallup, most Americans know Barack Obama is at best… a B, double O, B – BOOB.
White boy Willard is getting nervous. He better come up with a birth certificate. Willard better explain why he sides with Barack Obama on healthcare and keeping documents secret. Barack Willard Obama. Willard Barack Romney.
Oh yeah. Donald Trump was on Hannity last night. Might he run with a black guy (Allen West says “o.k.”)? The Donald will be on again tonight. Here’s last night interview:
Donald Trump will be on Sean Hannity again tonight. What anonymous rat cellar will Willard be in?