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    The Rick Perry campaign gets a much needed reorganization,  but does this advice hold, Perry shuffles campaign team:

    The first thing [Joe] Allbaugh ought to do is send Perry to Dallas to apologize for badmouthing W. all over the country. I believe that we will see a slow but steady rise in Perry’s fortunes from this point forward.

    In the natural ebb and flow of a campaign, it seems to me that perhaps Perry’s ebb has ended, Romney and Cain’s has started, and Newt’s watching and waiting on the shore, and building.

    Ouch, Mark Steyn on Herman Cain.

    Ugh, Gaddafi sodomized (h/t HotAir):

    An analysis of video obtained by GlobalPost from a rebel fighter who recorded the moment when Col. Muammar Gaddafi was first captured confirms that another rebel fighter, whose identity is unknown, sodomized the former leader as he was being dragged from the drainpipe where he had taken cover.

    Dems not too hot on Obama mortgage actions:

    Just hours after the Obama administration unveiled enhancements to its anti-foreclosure efforts, House Democrats are already saying it doesn’t go nearly far enough to help the millions of homeowners still struggling from the housing bust.

    Obama has opened a Tumblr site as a “huge collaborative storytelling effort.”  Isn’t this entire administration one “huge collaborative storytelling effort” aready? (BTW, they’re worried about trolls).  Really?  Considering how well their hashtag efforts are working on Twitter, why would they worry about that?

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    damocles | October 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Sadly, I think you are right on the money there Retire05. The Arab spring was nothing more than the rise of militant Islam and our bombers and money helped put them in power.

    Another one to add to your list:

    Makes me wonder if Ed Rollins was planted there to sabotage Michelle Bachmann’s campaign. She made it very clear to everyone that winning in IA was critical to her campaign yet her NH staff quits and pulls an Ed Rollins by issuing a scathing letter after they quit? That letter sounds so contrived. Who hired those whiners anyway?

    And why is that the slightest “gaffe” and “misstep” by a conservative always serves as conclusive proof that they just aren’t serious candidates whereas the RINO candidates get pass after pass. How bad has Rick Perry been anyway? He sure stretches “nobody’s perfect” to ridiculous extremes as a defense.

    It’s the same old Rovian progressive angle to attack conservatives who always get labeled as “flawed” as in “silly, unqualified, light-weight” whereas RINOs are merely “imperfect” as in “nobody’s perfect” and “perfection is the enemy of the good”.

      retire05 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Ed Rollins is not so stupid as to attempt what you suggest. He was in it to win and the rewards, had Bachmann won, would have been great.

      But Bachmann has a reputation of being a bit of a prima donna. When the event was held that featured her, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, Bachmann arrived early, but spent most of the day in her bus. Santorum hit the grounds late in the evening. Perry, on the other hand, was there early in the day, spending the entire day on the grounds doing retail politics. During Bachmann’s speech, Perry was in the audience, applauding with everyone else. At the end of her speech, Bachmann stood on stage and threw signed t-shirts at people, then left through an exit that offered the fewest people to talk to. Santorum left, and Perry stayed, again, shaking hands and answering questions that Iowans like to ask, until every last person was gone.

      The press has complained that Bachmann’s campaign team are too aggressive in trying to keep reporters away from her. She is not known to mingle with the crowds before, or after a speech.

      Bachmann made some strong points. But she doesn’t seem to know when to move on and stop dwelling on one issue. She should have made the points she wanted to and then moved on to other issues. She didn’t and her poll numbers fell because she looked a bit off kilter.

      Perry’s right; not one of the candidates standing on the debate stage are without warts. It all depends on whether you want to see the warts on the person you support, or not.

      spartan in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

      @Pasadena Phil

      With regards to Ed Rollins, you have to think outside the box. Rollins is not a Movement Conservative. This is the guy who managed liberal GOP Christie Todd Whitman’s gubernatorial campaign. He also has managed a couple of folks who had very little chance at winning the nomination/presidency; Mike Huckabee and H Ross Perot. They ran spoiler campaigns; that is, they help other folks attain their goal of nomination/presidency.
      Huckabee attacked Romney in 2008 and seemed quite comfortable playing the role of McCain’s wingman. Perot, played a similar part in 1992 attacking Washington gridlock. This only helped the outsider Bill Clinton overcome his anti-war past. Folks bought the hope of Clinton or went with Perot, leaving Daddy Bush with 38%.

      I saw a similar replay with Bachmann. Rollins had said/implied back in January that Bachmann could not win the nomination as she was not a serious player. Of course, that was before he was hired by Bachmann. Since Rollins came on board, Bachmann seemed to have two roles; attack Pawlenty and fend off Palin jumping into the race. When Perry jumped in, she went after Perry. Yet, nary a glove on Romney.
      When the Bachmann shtick was not resonating, causing lower poll numbers, Rollins took ‘senior status’. It seems the only people who believe she has a chance are Bachmann and some diehards. Bachmann served her purpose. Pawlenty is out and Palin did not run. Her attacks on Perry are not resonating as he is now seems to get stronger. Rollins was there to hide/gloss over Bachmann’s imperfections; no longer. You are probably seeing why Bachmann has had a high turnover in staff. Yet, for some, the warts are never there and the attacks on others continue.
      Bachmann has always been a ‘show horse’ and a side show this primary season. I think Rollins is right about one thing; it is a Perry/Romney race for the nomination.

      If that’s a recant, then I don’t know my Steyn.

    BannedbytheGuardian | October 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    These were no longer ‘rebels ‘ by the time they surrounded Sirte. They were the acknowledged power . Still they were making no headway until NATO did their bombing raids. So technically NATo bombed a besieged city. Still it took weeks & more bombing raids needed to squeeze out the escaping convoy. Then they bombed the convoy.

    There is no way NATO is not responsible & armed with its ICC warrant – they could have easily captured Ghaddafi & close allies.

    They did have SAS boots on the ground & logically in Sirte.

    There is a deep breakdown in diplomacy & international ‘values’ that once broken will be difficult to resurrect when bigger battles appear .

    WarEagle82 | October 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Let me get this straight. Some international organization complained that the TNC, who is not signatory to the Geneva Conventions, and is largely composed of thugs pining for the 7th century, committed multiple barbaric acts on a despotic thug before murdering him in cold blood…

    Who do you think sits on the governing council of the TNC? Mother Theresa is NOT the chief executive there. Everybody knew the TNC was largely composed of a different collection of thugs. And NOW, people are complaining that thugs acted like thugs when they captured another thug?

    It won’t be long before Obama is sending in Predator drones with Hellfire missiles to take out these clowns…

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to WarEagle82. | October 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      My point is that NATO is the driving force & enabler of the TNC & all offensive actions by any Libyans that they assist . In this case the bombing of Sirte 7 & the convoy.

      davod in reply to connie. | October 25, 2011 at 3:35 am

      This is a refinement on the salt the law reviews with articles supporting your position. Or, better yet, quote a SCOTUS precedent deceptively by reversing the meanining to support your case.

      Situation normal.

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