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2010 Republican Handshake with Alabama

Since some “Handshake” links from are now broken (as of October 23, 2012), see below for a full text capture of the 2010 Republican Handshake with Alabama from Also, here’s a PDF copy of the Handshake downloaded from also on October 23, 2012.

2010 Republican Handshake with Alabama

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Alabama April 24 GOP runoff results

(5/2) Paul Gattis reported that Joey Parker conceded to Eddie Sisk with no recount.

(4/26, 8a) Dale Jackson reported (from 32:45-36:40 in the podcast) that Joey Parker spoke to John Noel (Madison County GOP chair) and Tommy Ragland (Madison County Probate Judge), and requested a recount. Parker must pay for this recount, since initial count has him behind Eddie Sisk by more than 0.5%. The recount will be conducted by the Madison County GOP, both by machine and manually. According to Paul Gattis‘ & Nick Banaszak‘s reports, this recount will take place next Wednesday (May 2).

(4/24, later) Wade posted Birmingham-area and statewide results.

(9:02p) Paul Gattis reports that Eddie Sisk edged out Joey Parker by < 1%. Gattis also reports that Parker will ask for a recount given the current difference of 32 votes.

(8:54p) Brian LeCompte (@flashpointblog) says Joey Parker has a slight lead over Eddie Sisk with 88% reporting.

(8:53p) Amanda Gentle very graciously conceded on the Patty Demos 2012 Facebook page: “Congrats patty. Good luck in the general election you have my support 100%”

(updated 8:46p) AL GOP is posting statewide runoff election results.  It shows Twinkle Cavanaugh‘s lead widening (63%) over Chip Brown at the moment.

(8:35p) Chris Messervy appears to have won the Madison County District Judge seat in his race against Linda Coats, with 61.5% of the vote, and 86 of 94 precincts reporting, according to Brian Lawson.

(8:30p) Keith Clines reports that Patty Demos has a large lead (65%) over Amanda Gentle with half of the precincts reporting.

(4/24, 8:20p) Wade Kwon (@WadeOnTweets) says he’ll post Alabama primary results on later tonight.

A: Romney. Q: Why?

Conservatives have been asking for months “why Romney?”  @marklevinshow has been effectively hammering the point all week, giving Romney supporters ample call time to support their case.  Such calls have been painful listening (caller:  “um, it says here I should say Olympics… private sector… electable… I know he’s not a perfect conservative, but did you notice his perfect hair?… did I mention electable yet?”)  Mark nailed it in his opening monologue last night:

  • Romney tied Santorum in delegates in Michigan
  • Romney had the full weight of the GOP machine behind him in Michigan
  • Romney outspent Santorum 6:1 in Michigan
  • Michigan is one of Romney’s home states
  • Romney beat Santorum in Michigan in 2012 by a much slimmer margin than he beat McCain in Michigan in 2008
  • Romney will not be able to outspend Obama, so on what substance will he run during the general election?

The GOP elite (pardon the hairball) drones on that The Answer is Romney.  I thought Allen Iverson owned that moniker, but I digress.  We conservatives still have our questions:  why so desperate?  What’s the rush?

Mitt salts the fields

If Mitt’s so darned electable (I’m not buying it), then why did he need to resort to this in Florida?

“[Mitt] had no reason to ask for folks to vote for him, and thus he did not invest much to do so.  The scorched earth of Florida will in no way, shape or form resemble any other state let alone the General Election.  The carpet bombing of Iowa and Florida would simply cost way too much money to duplicate nationally.” ~C. Edmund Wright, on American Thinker

Mitt in Paradise Valley, AZ, Dec 6, 2011 (picture by Gage Skidmore)

Congratulations on your win last night in Florida, Mitt.  And please accept my November condolences in advance if we’re fool enough to pick you as our GOP nominee.

(Thanks also to C. Edmund Wright for the idea on the title to this post.)

Calm down, Ann

Ann Coulter is not happy about South Carolina last weekend.

“I am pretty sure we’ll get everyone who voted for McCain — since no one voted for McCain because we liked McCain — it was to stop Obama.” – Ann, surely you’re not arguing for 2008 as the GOP success model?  Many of us held our noses and voted for the next guy in line (made slightly more palatable because Palin was on the ticket), and that lack of enthusiastic support resulted directly in 4 solid years of wanton destruction of the country we love so dearly.  So no ma’am – you will not “get everyone” [emphasis mine] simply because you’re siding with the GOP machine that’s desperately trying to give us our marching orders.

“I think South Carolina is going back to its Democratic roots” – So Ann, supporters of Newt are now old-style Democrats?  Look, we’re not arguing that Newt is the purest of conservatives – that’s your strawman, not ours.  Are you arguing that Mitt is?  There are a lot of us out here not buying it.  You’re not giving equivalent scrutiny to the guy you’re supporting.

If Romney’s so rock solid, then what’s all this rush about?  Give conservative Americans in many states the chance to pick our guy.  We resent your ongoing scolding lecture.

We are not a football team

(hat tip Minus the Bear’s awesome tune for article title)

Will we allow propaganda hacks, the GOP establishment, Ann Coulter, and Karl Rove to prop up the next man in line, just because we’re too afraid to be aligned with the losing guy at the buzzer?  Remember, propaganda hacks will gleefully jump ship the instant all other GOP contenders are gone, no matter who the nominee is.  C’mon folks, we’re not lap dogs, and we’re talking about our country here, not your fantasy football league.

character destruction on parade

Look at that Real Clear Politics graph, and stop me when you’ve heard this tune before:

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Bain is not the boogie man

Please, GOP and conservatives: attack Mitt Romney for his legitimate weaknesses, but let’s not arrange in a circular firing squad over capitalism and free markets!  Bain Capital is not the problem.  Class warfare is the problem.  Cronyism is the problem.  “Too big to fail” is the problem.  But honestly, do you believe that workers should never be fired, under any conditions? That when workers are fired, there’s some evil fat cat to blame?

not evil

If you believe any of these things, you’re in dire economic need of brushing up on your Henry Hazlitt.

Despicable Senator Snowe

She makes my list again:

Senator Olympia Jean Snowe McKernan

Senator Olympia Jean Snowe McKernan

History calls“, Senator Snowe, not for your vote on the Democratic “health care” (uh, power grab assault on individual liberty) “bill” (uh, alleged bill), but rather for you to leave the GOP in disgrace.

Despicable Senators

The vote is not quite over, but the turncoats have ensured that it’s a mere formality at this point:

Senator Arlen Specter
Senator Olympia Jean Bouchles Snowe McKernan
Senator Susan Margaret Collins

In response to your votes on today’s Economic Stimulus bill, American conservatives invite you to leave the Republican Party.  Each of you is a complete disgrace to the GOP.

it’s over

I wasn’t born in ’64 when LBJ enjoyed the second biggest Democratic electoral landslide win (90%*) of the 20th century – second only to FDR in ’36 (98.5%*). 2008 will be the biggest electoral landslide for the Dems since 1964. Clinton, Obama – it doesn’t matter, although it’s looking more like Clinton after tonight’s California win. Whoever gets the nod, their victory will exceed Clinton’s ’96 electoral performance (70%*). I believe somewhere in the 80-85% range.

The GOP establishment clearly didn’t get the message in November ’06 or in summer ’07. The GOP has foolishly thrown its weight behind a candidate who’s a non-starter for many, many Conservatives. Tonight, McCain secured second place for himself – perhaps he’s proud of that “accomplishment.” Democratic turnout crushed Republican turnout, all over the country, usually at a 2:1 clip. McCain will lose in the general election, and the margin of defeat will be huge.

* data gathered from

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