Huntsman picks up major GOP endorsement for SC primary

          Tonight, in Iowa, the news is all about three guys named Paul, Romney, and Santorum.  But an email that went out today across The Carolinas –with the subject line Ronald Reagan in 2012 —  indicates that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman might make some noise in The Palmetto State’s primary: I miss Ronald Reagan.  I served as his first US Attorney. We all wish he would appear out of the cornfield in a “Field of Dreams” and be our nominee for President. But right now – there is only one true Reagan Republican in the…

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NC’s 7th CD race: lobbyist parties, the death of a controversy, and an incumbent who lives in NC-8 (Oh, my)

    In May,  Illario Pantano of New Hanover County — the 2010 GOP nominee for this congressional race — and state Senator David Rouzer (R-Johnston) will face off for the privilege of taking on incumbent Democrat congressman Mike McIntyre in November. McIntyre, who has represented the 7th in Washington since 1996, was drawn out of his district in the recently approved redistricting plan.  McIntyre’s home, in Lumberton, now sits within the 8th congressional district, currently represented by fellow Democrat Larry Kissell.  Instead of running in a primary against Kissell, McIntyre chose to run again in the reconfigured 7th, which…

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Davidson prof: If Romney wins Iowa, the race is OVER

              Wow. Yep, that’s what 34-year old Josh Putnam told The Charlotte Observer today: Q. What if Mitt Romney wins in Iowa? Is the race over? A. “It would be over. That would be the death knell for quite a number of campaigns. It would be a real signal (for the other candidates) that (continuing would be), if not futile, then pretty close to it. It gets down to voters making a pragmatic choice. ‘We may not like Romney, but he gives us the best chance to win in November.’ “ Really?  Let’s examine…

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An interesting way for conservatives to send McCrory & co. a message

So far, it looks like ol’ Pat has no primary competition, and everyone is being told to go ahead and get on board with Team McCrory for November.  I remember, earlier in the year in a town near Wilmington, a group of business people — upset with their one-and-only-one choice for mayor — put Disney character Donald Duck on the ballot. Why not put John Galt, from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged on the May primary ballot?  There is a precedent for something like this. Campaign signs and bumper stickers could be printed up.  Ads could be run.  “Galt” could run…

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Waiting on Howard

  Howard Coble, the Republican congressman representing North Carolina’s Sixth District,  appears to be playing the part of Hamlet here at the end of 2011.  Fresh off of hospital stays in DC and Greensboro, the congressional delegation’s senior member says he can’t make up his mind on whether to run for reelection. Never mind that the primary is about five months away.  Never mind that — if he decides to retire — the new Republican candidates will have a very short time to introduce themselves to voters. Here’s how Coble laid out his situation to Greensboro TV station WGHP: “If…

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SC Primary: Um, THANKS ?????

              A former South Carolina state official convicted on drug charges has endorsed Ron Paul for President: South Carolina’s former treasurer who spent 10 months in prison on a cocaine charge says his experiences as a victim of the government’s costly “war on drugs” are among the reasons he’s supporting Republican Ron Paul for president. Thomas Ravenel wrote in an email Friday that the federal government has become a threat to America’s founding principles of individual liberty and prosperity – something he notes he has first-hand knowledge about. He also derides excessive government regulations,…

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Miss Nancy is BUSTED! (Livin’ la vida 1%)

  (I bet Pinehurst mayor — and faithful Haymaker reader Nancy Fiorillo — had a conniption and spit out her coffee when she saw that headline. )  Our friends at Andrew Breitbart’s  BigGovernment.com have outdone themselves again.  They’ve  caught the plastic-faced U.S. House Democrat Leader (and former Speaker)  and her husband spending the holidays at an exclusive $10,000 per night Hawaiian resort.  That’s quite a healthy serving of hypocrisy for the San Francisco she-devil, who has never missed an opportunity to praise Occupy Wall Street, bash “income inequality,”  or push for higher taxes and increased regulations. I am a capitalist.  I…

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Recipe for 2012 GOP gubernatorial victory missing key ingredients

The three modern day successes for the NCGOP in governor’s races came in 1972, 1984, an 1988. What do those three years have in common? A Republican presidential candidate cruising to victory.  Nixon was stomping McGovern in 1972, and Reagan was doing the same to Mondale in 1984.  George H.W. Bush was spanking Mike Dukakis in 1984. Fired-up conservative voters.   That was especially the case in 1972, and 1984, with Jesse Helms on the ballot. The power of The White House.   There’s nothing like an incumbent president and his team helping you.  You can look really good stepping…

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Tea Party needs to refocus its eyes on THE TRUE PRIZE

          In a slow news cycle, just in front of the South Carolina primary, a couple of loudmouth local yokels calling themselves “Tea Party leaders” are airing their dirty laundry in front of  a national news media ever-ready to mock Southerners AND Tea Party movement folks: Organizers of a tea party convention scheduled to convene next month in Myrtle Beach are fending off accusations that they called for “armed guards” with concealed weapons permits to staff the event. A senior leader of one tea party group in the Palmetto State raised concern about heat-packing patriots amid a flurry of email backlash after supporters of…

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GOP: Get On the bandwagon — or else …

    Rush had the theory some time back that the DC Republican Ruling Class is putting out the following message to Republican activists and officials around the country:  Get behind Romney if you want to be  a player in this party ever again.  Watching the recent actions of certain Carolinas Republicans is giving that theory a little more credibility with me. S.C. Governor Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Romney was truly disappointing. She rode a wave of strong Tea Party support to the governor’s mansion in Columbia.  The Mittster is the kind of Republican that made so many average ordinary…

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