Patterico's Pontifications


Romney Almost Dropped Out of the Presidential Race in 2011

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:24 pm

He didn’t really want it that badly:

Romney confirmed after the election that he called his son one morning to tell him he thought he wasn’t going to run. “I recognized that by virtue of the realities of my circumstances, there were some drawbacks to my candidacy for a lot of Republican voters,” he told Balz. “One, because I had a health-care plan in Massachusetts that had been copied in some respects by the president, that I would be tainted by that feature. I also realized that being a person of wealth, I would be pilloried by the president as someone who, if you use the term of the day, was in the ‘1 percent.’ ”

Romney’s exchange with his son wasn’t the first time he expressed doubts about running. During a Christmas holiday trip to Hawaii in 2010, the Romney family held a vote. Should Romney, who lost the 2008 presidential primary, run again? Ten of 12 family members voted no — including the candidate. Only Tagg and Ann Romney, Romney’s wife, voted yes.

So: let’s play a game of alternate history. Say Romney had dropped out. Who would have won the nomination, and who would have won the general?

Morsi Out in Egypt

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:26 pm


Don’t worry, Obama’s on top of it.

Yes, I was kidding.

State Department Spends $630,000 on Facebook Likes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:59 am

Man, this sequestration business is hurting us bad. They couldn’t even spend a million?

State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook “likes,” prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was “buying fans” in social media, the agency’s inspector general says.

The department’s Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its “likes” count between 2011 and March 2013.

“Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as ‘buying fans’ who may have once clicked on an ad or ‘liked’ a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further,” the inspector general reported.

By the way, the State Department’s Inspector General has been hampered by President Obama’s multi-year refusal to name a new Inspector General. Ted Cruz threatens to hold up all State Department nominations until a new IG is nominated, and all of a sudden there is a nomination.

Nice going, Sen. Cruz. Looks like they need more oversight.

Pro-Abortion Activists in Texas Chant “Heil Satan!”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:50 am

Cahnman’s Musings:

It’s been a very interesting day at the Texas State Capitol. Cahnman’s Musings hasn’t been following the hearing. Instead, we’ve been participating in the surrounding events. LetTexasSpeak has been doing a live broadcast from the rotunda where women have been sharing their abortion related testimonies. The pro-abortion crowd has responded with repeated chants of “hail Satan.” It’s taken us all day to get a video recording, but here it is:

And here is the recording:

The Blaze points out:

Obviously, it is much more likely that the abortion supporters were chanting “Hail Satan!” to mock pro-lifers rather than actually hailing Lucifer, but anything is possible.

I think it’s a mistake to assume that true evil always comes in the guise of a frowning or sneering monster. Often, it appears on a laughing face.

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[Photos posted under the authority of Godwin’s law. — Ed.]

if Satan exists, this is how he would seek to spread his message: not through sincere worship of his evil ends, but through mockery of goodness.

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