Romney’s victories much-needed on several counts

Mitt Romney won Arizona easily and took his native Michigan by just three percentage points, but in the end he did take it. That’s good news for the Romney campaign, good news for the Republican Party and good news for the United States of America.

It helps no one to have one of our major political parties take a headlong plunge into fanaticism and willful ignorance. That’s what the nomination of either Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum would represent. And while Romney’s pandering makes him a less than stalwart champion against those tendencies, under the circumstances he’ll have to do.

David Brooks described the GOP nominating process well the other day, writing:

” … we’ve had a primary campaign that isn’t really an argument about issues. It’s a series of heresy trials in which each of the candidates accuses the others of tribal impurity. Two kinds of candidates emerge from this process: first, those who are forceful but outside the mainstream; second, those who started out mainstream but look weak and unprincipled because they have spent so much time genuflecting before those who despise them.”

Romney is clearly the second type of candidate. And the sad thing is, should the former Massachusetts governor go on to win the nomination but lose the general election, his defeat will be cited by many as confirmation that the Republican Party loses when it chooses moderation. What ought to serve as a warning sign about the political perils of extremism will instead be interpreted as a validation of extremism.

Over at Redstate.com, conservatives are making that argument already, predicting a Romney loss this fall and taking solace that “at least we can be rid of him and, hopefully, his most ardent cheerleaders on November 7th.”

Yesterday, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine announced her retirement, stripping the GOP and the country of one of the last remaining moderate voices in the party, a voice that in truth had already been all but silenced. Robert Bennett of Utah has already been purged. Another of the endangered, Republican icon Richard Lugar, is fighting for his political life in Indiana against a primary challenge. As John Danforth, a former senator and himself a symbol of a wiser, saner GOP, warned last fall:

“If Dick Lugar, having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”

The forces within the party that feed on RINO meat have gotten so desperate for prey that they have turned on Orrin Hatch of Utah, a man whose conservative credentials were once considered impeccable. At this point, Hatch’s future rides on the outcome of party caucuses on March 15, and may have to survive a primary challenge after that.

It’s hard to know where all this leads, but the sense continues to grow that we’re building toward something noted in the history books as an important political turning point. I do know that when the circus comes to town on March 6, the Georgia primary, I’m picking up a Republican ballot and voting for MItt.

In your heart, you know that’s right.

– Jay Bookman

482 comments Add your comment

Midori

February 29th, 2012
6:52 am

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
6:55 am

“The forces within the party that feed on RINO meat have gotten so desperate for prey that they have turned on Orrin Hatch of Utah, a man whose conservative credentials were once considered impeccable.”

holy moly.

I mean, I knew that the tightie righties had taken over the zoo, but criminey – questioing Hatch’s conservative credentials???

they’ve swung so far to the right, they’ll be coming up on the left any day now

Normal

February 29th, 2012
6:56 am

Damn Jay, You’re up early!

My Dad was a lifelong Republican and Of course, he adored Eisenhower. Being his son, I became a Democrat just to tic him off. Today I wish the Republican Party was like my Father’s…but alas…

Too bad too. I have more faith in the American People to ever let the Republican Party continue as it is…We don’t need a God Only Party…

Recon 0311 2533

February 29th, 2012
7:03 am

If Romney wins the nomination and goes on to win in November he will advance the conservative agenda. Most conservatives know that to be true and will vote for him.

Cherokee

February 29th, 2012
7:04 am

I was of the opinion that sane people everywhere should vote for Santorum, on the theory that the only way the Republican party will rid themselves of their crazy tea party base is to suffer a massive defeat in November.

But honestly I think you’re correct – even the chance of a Santorum or Gingrich presidency would really harm this country – it’s just not worth taking that chance.

Brosephus - In Full Effect!!

February 29th, 2012
7:04 am

I do know that when the circus comes to town on March 6, the Georgia primary, I’m picking up a Republican ballot and voting for MItt.

:shock: :shock: :shock:

Skip

February 29th, 2012
7:04 am

Michigans not half as crazy as I remember it.

Brosephus - In Full Effect!!

February 29th, 2012
7:07 am

Recon

I’m guessing you didn’t read Erickson’s article that Jay linked to.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:07 am

“the only way the Republican party will rid themselves of their crazy tea party base is to suffer a massive defeat in November”

threat of a third-party break-away, anyone ???

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:09 am

“Michigans not half as crazy as I remember it.”

I dunno … those Yupies are pretty nutty ;-)

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:13 am

“If Republicans in Washington are not panicked and trying desperately to pull Bobby Jindal in the race tomorrow, or someone like him, the party leaders must have a death wish”

:lol:

oh,sweetjeebus – PLEASE pull Jindal into the race!!! (his response to the 2009 SOTU was a CLASSIC moment in “not ready for prime-time teevee” … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/25/bobby-jindal-response-pan_n_169710.html)

Steve - USA (I support "None Of The Above")

February 29th, 2012
7:16 am

I 100% agree with Jay.

Whenever the Republicans lose now they say the problem was they weren’t Conservative enough. With that way of thinking I don’t see the Republicans getting their act together for a long, long time.

Midori

February 29th, 2012
7:24 am

I have a question: just what, exactly, is the conservative agenda?

Doggone/GA

February 29th, 2012
7:25 am

“I have a question: just what, exactly, is the conservative agenda?”

Beat me to it! I’d like to know too.

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:27 am

mornin’.

David Brooks described the GOP nominating process well

from the salad bar at Applebee’s?

.

.

(an oldie-but-goodie.)

ragnar danneskjold

February 29th, 2012
7:29 am

“Fanaticism and willful ignorance” sounds like “the One We Have Awaited” and the “stimulus.” Willful blindness can be inadvertently amusing.

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:30 am

just what, exactly, is the conservative agenda?

1. Wake up

2. Hate on libruls[1]

3. Gratuitously piss off libruls

4. Go to sleep

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:31 am

sounds like “the One We Have Awaited”

I love the smell of imaginary quotes in the mornin’.

ragnar danneskjold

February 29th, 2012
7:31 am

Dear Jay, You omitted the hilarious whine by David Brooks, at the end of his essay:

“First they went after the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not a Rockefeller Republican. Then they went after the compassionate conservatives, but I was not a compassionate conservative.

Then they went after the mainstream conservatives, and there was no one left to speak for me.”

This from a fellow who writes twice per week in the second most influential paper in the country. (I stole that from Taranto.)

Jm

February 29th, 2012
7:31 am

Woooohooooo Romney!

Took half the vote in AZ and handily won in MI.

Go Romney (Obama slayer) :)

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:31 am

“I have a question: just what, exactly, is the conservative agenda?”

to quote the mighty TBogg: “It’s not uter-YOU, it’s uter-US”

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:32 am

“handily won in MI. ”

3% is “handily”???

I’d hate to see what you’d call a squeaker … particularly since it was his home state …

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:33 am

Forgot the footnote @ 7.30, my apologies.

————-

1. a.k.a. “Scores of millions of your fellow working, taxypaying citizens.”

AmVet

February 29th, 2012
7:34 am

“I have a question: just what, exactly, is the conservative agenda?”

I know, I know, I know!!

Anything that the rest of mankind is for or believes in? They are against.

And vice versa.

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:35 am

Took half the vote in AZ

In other news: Desert Gooper zombies do as they’re told

Jm

February 29th, 2012
7:37 am

I think a lot of this is much ado about nothing.

Republicans want someone who will actually SHRINK government, not rubber stamp gradual but persistent government scope increases from Democrats. I can understand that sentiment fully.

southdem

February 29th, 2012
7:38 am

Keeping the Republican Party sane? That ship has already sailed, Jay. The GOP’s been the party of fanatics and racists since at least 1980. The only way to lance the boil is for it to suffer such a complete and total defeat that it just dies. Then a truly fiscally conservative party can develop to balance the Democrats, and the country really will be better off.

On the other hand, losing with Romney this fall will just embolden the GOP extremists and make them even more determined to nominate a true believer in 2016. Then they can suffer their catastrophic defeat and final collapse. Either way, by 2020 or 2024 we might have two responsible parties again.

I’m getting a Democratic ballot for Super Tuesday to give the President a vote of confidence. I will not be associated with the Republicans in any way, shape, or form.

Daedalus

February 29th, 2012
7:38 am

Maybe Santorum’s delirium is finally becoming evident to the GOP’s primary voters?

Too bad that Newt the Governor of the Moon shot himself in both feet, repeatedly. I was hoping for a few more months of Mitt v Rick v Newt…..but don’t count Santorum out in the South. We love our salted nuts.

Jm

February 29th, 2012
7:38 am

Usinuk 2000 FL. Squeaker

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:40 am

Jm – it was his home state. it was his wife’s home state. he should have done FAR better there than a 3% margin.

surely you agree.

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:42 am

I do know that when the circus comes to town on March 6, the Georgia primary, I’m picking up a Republican ballot and voting for MItt.

Ten years ago similarly noble motivations had me picking up a Gooper ballot and casting a vote for the most sane candidate, Sonny Perdue. I couldn’t allow myself to say, later, that I had done nothing and helped to allow Linda Schrencko–who was ranting about the PTA being a socialist organization and clearly deranged, and later convicted of felony charges–to become governor of this state.

And you know, I’ve never forgiven myself for that.

Anyway, Jay, YMMV.

Jm

February 29th, 2012
7:43 am

Usinuk 7:40. I don’t agree. “native son” voting patterns are tenuous at best

It’s more about voter demographics

Good job Romney the O slayer! :)

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:47 am

those Yupies are pretty nutty

all 299 thousand of them (3% of the MI population).

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:47 am

“It’s more about voter demographics”

voter demographics???

this was a Republican primary! “demographics” has little to nothing to do with it

Brosephus - In Full Effect!!

February 29th, 2012
7:48 am

dB

I was still registered in Alabama at that time. Thank G*d I don’t have to live with that baggage. I really feel bad for you for that one.

Normal

February 29th, 2012
7:48 am

Mitt couldn’t slay President Obama even if he had a rocket launcher…he’s flip flop and end up slaying himself…

Peadawg

February 29th, 2012
7:51 am

I don’t think it matters who won. Romney and Santorum have both given Obama enough ammo to run with in the election.

Midori

February 29th, 2012
7:53 am

USinUK – now you and I both know how hopeless it is trying to get jm to make some semblance of sense.

I don’t even think he’s past puberty yet.

barking frog

February 29th, 2012
7:53 am

Either Jay is a Republican or a
cross party voter like Mitt…

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
7:55 am

Romney and Santorum have both given Obama enough ammo to run with in the election.

This.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:55 am

P’diddy – “Romney and Santorum have both given Obama enough ammo to run with in the election.”

and that’s the joy of a reelection campaign – little to no opposition in your own party and the opposition party beating hte crap out of itself.

Normal

February 29th, 2012
7:56 am

Midori,
“I don’t even think he’s past puberty yet.”

I would respect him more if that was true… :)

Common Sense isn't very Common - Papist Independent

February 29th, 2012
7:58 am

bumper stickers:

Vote Gingrich 2012
I’m fat and an old white guy’

I’m against abortion and children
Vote Santorum 2012

I’m the other one

Vo Mitt 2012

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
8:01 am

I really feel bad for you for that one.

well, don’t–I was indulging in a bit of hyperbole to make a point to Jay.

Mostly I look on that misguided-but-noble 2002 vote as a mile-marker in my sociopolitical evolution (from self-IDing centrist to DFH) over the past decade.

AmVet

February 29th, 2012
8:03 am

Republicans want someone who will actually SHRINK government…

Sure they do.

Exactly like the last three men they elected to do that job and who failed in a gargantuanly perverse and intentional manner, right?

You spendaholic cons have no intention whatsoever of reigning in Uncle Sugar’s giveaways programs to the super-rich and the corporations who own this country.

You just want to see the money redistributed to them while you pick the winners and losers in your crony capitalism while being strong on defense.

Not bad, huh?

Four idiotic con slogans in one sentence..

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:04 am

Common – “I’m the other one”

the funny thing is that he could use that campaign slogan against both his fellow GOP candidates … as well as his own gubernatorial tenure!

Jimmy62

February 29th, 2012
8:05 am

Whereas the Democrat primaries the media makes the decision and the sheep follow along like good little useful idiots.

barking frog

February 29th, 2012
8:06 am

Jm

one more step to
Romney/Rubio 2012.

carlosgvv

February 29th, 2012
8:08 am

Jay, I feel it’s my duty to inform you the Republicans are already in “a headlong plunge into fanaticisn and willful ignorance” It may be you have not been paying attention to Mitt’s attempts to align himself with the crazed Tea Party dogma and ignorance. Mitt, Santorum and Gingrich are already in a trailer trash political mud wrestling contest and it will only stink to high heaven even more as time goes by.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:08 am

“Romney/Rubio 2012.”

you’re not cheering for Christie to be his running-mate?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-29/christie-tax-cut-wins-most-support-from-n-j-s-rich-poll-shows.html

gm

February 29th, 2012
8:08 am

Anytime you only win by 3% in your home town and half of your home town people vote against you, I would hang my head down, in the general election Obama will win there in a land slide.

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
8:09 am

Mitt couldn’t slay President Obama even if he had a rocket launcher…

eh, I think the Intraders are probably right about his chances. About one-in-three.

Of course if Mitt does win, it won’t be because he “slayed” Obama, but because events overtake this Administration’s ability to manage them.

Mitt will clean up nice and become a decent general election candidate, but he’ll be at a disadvantage at every rhetorical turn and no amount of SuperPAC money’s gonna change that.

Recon 0311 2533

February 29th, 2012
8:09 am

I read where 1 in 10 voters in Michigan were Democrats. Given that if it’s true and Romney being 15 points behind just a few week ago, it was a pretty big win.

Jay

February 29th, 2012
8:10 am

Sfd, sometimes civic duty requires you to perform unpleasant tasks.

At this moment, for example, I am sitting in the jury assembly room at the Fulton County Courthouse with a couple of hundred of my fellow citizens….

Recon 0311 2533

February 29th, 2012
8:11 am

I read where 1 in 10 voters in Michigan were Democrats.

It was indicated that the 1 in 10 Democrats voted for Santorum.

barking frog

February 29th, 2012
8:11 am

USnUK
not cheering..prognosticating.

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
8:12 am

Whereas the Democrat primaries the media makes the decision

Filed under “Really Stupid Conservative Articles of Faith” for future reference.

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
8:12 am

Sfd, sometimes civic duty requires you to perform unpleasant tasks.

At this moment, for example, I am sitting in the jury assembly room at the Fulton County Courthouse with a couple of hundred of my fellow citizens….

Hey, but the pay is excellent, right?

Brosephus - In Full Effect!!

February 29th, 2012
8:14 am

dB

:lol: Everytime I see those letters, I get a chuckle thanks to you. I had not paid that term much thought before.

Recon 0311 2533

February 29th, 2012
8:16 am

“I’m picking up a Republican ballot and voting for MItt.”

I wonder how many Georgia Democrats will do the same?

Normal

February 29th, 2012
8:16 am

Gosh Jay…

Whatever will we do if you end up being sequestered? :)

ByteMe - Liberal Thug

February 29th, 2012
8:17 am

The forces within the party that feed on RINO meat have gotten so desperate for prey that they have turned on Orrin Hatch of Utah, a man whose conservative credentials were once considered impeccable.

Then he went all “Hollywood” on them:

http://www.amazon.com/Put-Your-Arms-Around-World/dp/B00095OITA/ref=sr_1_6?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1330521344&sr=1-6

ByteMe - Liberal Thug

February 29th, 2012
8:17 am

At this moment, for example, I am sitting in the jury assembly room at the Fulton County Courthouse with a couple of hundred of my fellow citizens….

Then you have time to chat. :)

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
8:18 am

Everytime I see those letters, I get a chuckle thanks to you.

The pleasure’s mine.

…of course, those in the know realize there’s virtually no daylight between being truly “centrist”, i.e., in the mainstream of American political thought (as I consider myself to be–about the only truly unpopular opinion I can think of, on any major issue, is regarding the death penalty) and being a DFH. That’s the whole point of self-IDing thus.

Anyway, this DFH gots to go produce goods and services of tangible value. Later, kids.

man behind the curtain

February 29th, 2012
8:18 am

Uh, haven’t we already had our venture capitalist President in the form of GWB? I mean he did what Mitt does/did: cash out and bankrupt the country.

jconservative

February 29th, 2012
8:19 am

Jay, you repeated the Republican myth that niminating moderates is anautomatic loss;

1952 Eisenhower moderate…won
1958 Eisenhower moderate…won
1960 Richard Nixon moderate…lost
1964 Goldwater conservative…lost
1968 Richard Nixon moderate won
1972 Richard Nixon moderate….won
1976 Gerald Ford moderate…lost
1980 Ronald Reagan conservative…won
1984 Ronald Reagan moderate won
1988 George H. W. Bush moderate won
1992 George H. W. Bush moderate lost
1996 Bob Dole…………… conservatice lost
2000 George W. Bush moderate won
2004 George W. Bush moderate won
2008 John McCain moderate lost
scorecare
conservative…..1 W – 2 L
moderate………8 W – 4 L

p/s – I give Reagan a moderate on his reelection because there is no way anyone can call him conservative after his first term.

Common Sense isn't very Common - Papist Independent

February 29th, 2012
8:19 am

Jay – just tell them you can spot a guilty man a mile away. :-)

barking frog

February 29th, 2012
8:19 am

remove the Democrat crossovers
and Romney did o.k. in Michigan.

Joe The Plumber Too

February 29th, 2012
8:20 am

@ southerndim 7:38: “Keeping the Republican Party sane? That ship has already sailed, Jay. The GOP’s been the party of fanatics and racists since at least 1980.”
I am supporting the GOP no matter what against a man I believe has done more damage to this country than we know of yet. Please tell me how I racist?

Recon 0311 2533

February 29th, 2012
8:20 am

Watching some of Debbie Wasserman Schultz on television I think she’s even a bigger phony than Nancy Pelosi.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:21 am

“At this moment, for example, I am sitting in the jury assembly room”

I always got a lot of recreational reading done while hanging out in the assembly room before being dismissed for the day …

Murph

February 29th, 2012
8:22 am

Never EVER underestimate the ability of the Republicans to implode on themselves. Romney’s looking good at them moment but…refer back to my first sentence.

AmVet

February 29th, 2012
8:22 am

2000 George W. Bush moderate won
2004 George W. Bush moderate won

GWB a moderate????????????????

Unf&ckingbelievable.

Willydoit?

February 29th, 2012
8:23 am

“But honestly I think you’re correct – even the chance of a Santorum or Gingrich presidency would really harm this country – it’s just not worth taking that chance.”

I can see why you would say that. Look at the damage Obama and a super majority congress did in just two years.

(ir)Rational

February 29th, 2012
8:23 am

Gotta say, I was a bit surprised last night when I pulled up the paper’s website and saw Romney was leading in Michigan. Even more surprised this morning when I saw he pulled it out. I realize Jay is correct about what the republicans will think if Romney is the candidate and loses the general election. I realized that a few days ago, and that made me think that maybe having Santorum as the nominee wouldn’t be a bad thing. Then maybe they could see that the crazy isn’t what America wants. It is what it is though.

On a side note, I realize I’m young and all, but I’ve been registered to vote for 9 years now, and have never once been called for jury duty. And I grew-up in a very small county where I had pretty decent odds of getting called (for example, my mom got called about twice a year). But, as Normal said, what are we going to do if Jay gets sequestered? Fight on this page for a week or two?

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 29th, 2012
8:23 am

Jay in a jury selection waiting room… I am sure we can have some of our less civic minded posters tell us how to avoid jury duty again while they wave the patriotic flag and tell us what it means to be free Americans! [Cue the Lee Greenwood music]

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:23 am

“2000 George W. Bush moderate won
2004 George W. Bush moderate won”

okay. this is what makes me call into question the “moderate / conservative” judgement …

Cosby

February 29th, 2012
8:23 am

I cetainly wish the Electorial college would do waht the founding fathers intended…pikc a statesman to be President…No one in the mix including Barry AKA Obama is worthy of the Office. But lals, we now have a system that only the wealthy can run and they have proven, since Lincoln, that none of them have a clue waht they are doing. Leave the White house vacant!!

Fred ™

February 29th, 2012
8:24 am

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
7:40 am

Jm – it was his home state. it was his wife’s home state. he should have done FAR better there than a 3% margin.

surely you agree.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Surely he won’t. he THRIVES on negative attention so he will do anything, tell any lie just to get it. if he agrees then you might not talk to him anymore……… he can’t be the center.

Midori: He’s past puberty, that’s the problem. No one in the “home” will talk to him except the orderlies who bring his food and meds.

Finn McCool (Class Warfare = Stopping Rich People from TAKING MORE of OUR MONEY)

February 29th, 2012
8:24 am

I would love to see a strong third or fourth party. Sign me up for the uber-liberal one…

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:25 am

dammitall, AmVet … you pipped me to the post …

Fred ™

February 29th, 2012
8:25 am

Jay

February 29th, 2012
8:10 am

Sfd, sometimes civic duty requires you to perform unpleasant tasks.

At this moment, for example, I am sitting in the jury assembly room at the Fulton County Courthouse with a couple of hundred of my fellow citizens….
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

What a crock and waste of time. As soon as they find out who you are both attorneys will trip over themselves trying to toss you out lol.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:25 am

and I know of no one who thinks that Reagan got more moderate the longer he was in office. ..

Normal

February 29th, 2012
8:26 am

I Guess I really want Mitt as an opponent for president Obama. Newt and Rick may be weird-o’s but they do the “Steely Eyed Glint” quite well. It shows they are “True Believers”. Of course, Newt believes in himself and Rick…well..whatever he believes in, he really believe in it.

Mitt, on the other hand, doesn’t do the “Steely Eyed Glint” thing well…he has no real convections (thus his ability to be a political chameleon)

Jay

February 29th, 2012
8:26 am

jcon, I wasn’t endorsing the myth, merely noting it.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:26 am

“As soon as they find out who you are both attorneys will trip over themselves trying to toss you out lol.”

sad, but true.

Normal

February 29th, 2012
8:28 am

Finn,
“Sign me up for the uber-liberal one.”

Yes, we could use a Unicorn Party… :D

AmVet - “A lot of so-called conservatives don’t know what the word means." ~Barry Goldwater

February 29th, 2012
8:29 am

Fellow bloggers, I am stating the obvious here, but it is clear that the average Republican has no earthly idea of what conservatism is.

Goldwater was absolutely spot on.

And what a friggin’ bad (meaning deadly, immoral and incompetent) joke these fake versions are.

Fred ™

February 29th, 2012
8:29 am

stands for decibels

February 29th, 2012
8:09 am

Mitt couldn’t slay President Obama even if he had a rocket launcher…

eh, I think the Intraders are probably right about his chances. About one-in-three.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Um dB? You sent a link that was logged in to. I just bought you 100 shares………….

(ir)Rational

February 29th, 2012
8:30 am

I don’t know, depending on what the case is, the defense attorney would probably be wise to try and keep someone who is educated, and thinks rationally and clearly on the jury. The prosecutor on the other hand will kick your butt to the curb.

Jay

February 29th, 2012
8:30 am

Not necessarily true, Fred.

If you recall the Lita Sullivan murder case of a few years ago, I kept making cut after cut for a death-penalty jury that was to be sequestered, from some 400 people down to 20 or so. On the final day I had to show up suitcase packed, ready for hotel confinement. Escaped, but barely.

gm

February 29th, 2012
8:32 am

I hope the GOP continue to appease the right wing nut jobs, they pretty much have lost most black conservatives, independents, moderates, sure they will keep certain blacks who hate themselfs like West, Cain, but a lot of black conservatives would never support Newt or Rick, do you think a Collin Powell would support any of those idiots?
I a proud of the people in Mich who voted against Mitt, this goes to show the people in the north vote for their interest not like the southern poor whites in the south who vote on race, look at Georgia last in education, top 3 in poverty and the poor whites still run and vote for Rep who dont care if they live or die, go figure””’

ByteMe - Liberal Thug

February 29th, 2012
8:34 am

Interesting headline over at CNN: “Apple worth more than Poland”

I see a takeover in their future…..

(ir)Rational

February 29th, 2012
8:35 am

ByteMe – That would be interesting. Bet they would stop producing their products in China then. What’s the point if you own an entire country. :)

Guy Incognito

February 29th, 2012
8:36 am

Jay,

Tell them, “I believe in killin’ them all, and lettin God sort them out.”

Dismissed!

TaxPayer

February 29th, 2012
8:36 am

And the sad thing is, should the former Massachusetts governor go on to win the nomination but lose the general election, his defeat will be cited by many as confirmation that the Republican Party loses when it chooses moderation.

Any Republican worth his weight in tea leaves would spot that correlation and conclude that causation was a lack of conservatism.

Fred ™

February 29th, 2012
8:36 am

Wow Jay, that’s surprises me. They usually cut you “know people” pretty quickly. I’m always wanted to be on a jury but have only been called twice. Drives my wife nuts. Both here and when we lived in Gwinnett she’s been summoned 3 or 4 times, (total of 8 I think) in the last 20 years. Never been sat though.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:37 am

Jay – wow ! really??? I remember that case – horribly sad.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:38 am

Guy – 8:36 – now, that’s funny.

USinUK

February 29th, 2012
8:39 am

I’ve never been sat, despite being called about a half-dozen times.

haven’t been called here, yet – don’t know if I’m eligible.