Romney Obliterates Bush in WHD Poll

by Keith Koffler on December 21, 2014, 5:48 pm

I thought it would be close. It wasn’t.

In a sign that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has lots of work to do with conservatives if he wants the Republican nomination for president, ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won 92 percent of the vote compared to Bush’s 8 percent in a White House Dossier poll asking the website’s mostly conservative readers whom they would prefer if the choice came down to Bush or Romney.

Some reporting has suggested that Bush’s recent signals he is getting in the race might mean Romney will have to stay out. The poll indicates the reverse may be true.

The survey was not strictly scientific. Readers were simply asked to select their choice on the website. The only choices were Bush and Romney, and only one vote per reader was permitted.

Nevertheless, the overwhelming victory for Romney indicates he must have a much stronger position with conservatives, no matter the methodology of the poll.

If the comments are any guide, many WHD readers disdained the choice between the two relatively moderate Republicans. Fifty six percent of those who answered the poll described themselves as conservative and 26 percent chose “very conservative,” with only 10 percent saying they are moderates and another seven percent choosing “other.” Many in the last group described themselves as libertarian.

Bush has drawn the suspicion of conservatives, chiefly through his support for immigration reform and the common core education standards. Conservatives may also be wary of putting another Bush in office. Romney, while not particularly well liked either by conservatives, may be viewed as having less baggage, despite his introduction of Romneycare in Massachusetts.

The poll was conducted from 12:30 pm Saturday, December 20 until 5:30 pm Sunday, December 21. Readers were asked, “If you had to choose one of these candidates for president, whom would you choose?” A total of 590 people voted, with 541 selecting Romney and 49 choosing Bush.


Obama Goes Two for Two

by Keith Koffler on December 21, 2014, 4:27 pm

President Obama today went golfing for the second time in two days of vacation, playing with aide Joe Paulsen, longtime Hawaii friend Bobby Titcomb, and someone named Preston Heard.

It’s his 50th time playing this year and the 207th time as president.


Obama Phone NYC Police Commissioner

by Keith Koffler on December 21, 2014, 4:24 pm

President Obama today called New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton to express condolences for two police officers killed in Brooklyn and to offer assistance.

From a statement by White House spokesperson Eric Schultz:

In their conversation, the President reiterated his call for the American people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal – prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen. The President told Commissioner Bratton that his staff would continue to monitor the situation in New York, and that Administration officials would be working with leaders across the country to echo the same message. The President also offered the Commissioner his full support for any possible assistance in the days and weeks ahead.


Obama Condemns Killings

by Keith Koffler on December 21, 2014, 10:02 am

President Obama Saturday condemned the killing of two police officers in Brooklyn, asking people to “turn to words that heal.”

From the written statement, issued from Hawaii:

I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won’t be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day – and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal – prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.


Sunday Open Thread || December 21, 2014

by Keith Koffler on December 21, 2014, 8:45 am




Former NY Gov. Pataki Blames Holder for Shootings

by Keith Koffler on December 20, 2014, 11:22 pm

Former New York Gov. George Pataki pegged the shootings of two Brooklyn police officers today on the “divisive, anti-cop rhetoric” of Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City mayor Bill DiBlasio.

Pataki, a Republican who is considering a run for president, tweeted:

Sickened by these barbaric acts, which sadly are a predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of #ericholder & #mayordeblasio. #NYPD.

By blaming Holder, Pataki would appear to be stopping just short of pointing the finger at President Obama.


White House will “Monitor the Situation” in Brooklyn

by Keith Koffler on December 20, 2014, 10:50 pm

President Obama apparently will not be making any kind of statement out of Hawaii today about the murder of two police officers in Brooklyn by a man who appears to have been acting in revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police.

“The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting,” a White House official said in a terse statement to reporters in Hawaii today. “White House officials continue to monitor the situation.”

The White House put out word that “a lid” had been called, meaning Obama, who went golfing earlier in the day, is not scheduled to be heard from again.

They could of course change their minds, but that’s the current status.


Obama Already Playing Golf

December 20, 2014

Just 30 hours or so after holding a White House press conference, President Obama is in Hawaii playing golf. His partners are two junior White House aides, Mike Brush and Joe Paulsen, as well as Hawaii friend Bobby Titcomb. It’s Obama’s 49th golf excursion of the year and the 206th of his presidency. Don’t forget […]

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WHD Poll || Which Moderate Would You Choose?

December 20, 2014

This should be interesting. Some of you will be mortified. Others won’t mind. I’m wondering, if you absolutely had to choose between the two candidates in the poll below, whom would you vote for? I don’t want to name them here because the order their names appear in has to be randomized, as they are […]

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Obama Press Conference: Ladies Only

December 20, 2014

President Obama during his press conference Friday called only on women reporters. Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on CNN that this was probably planned in advance and that it was a good idea. I’m not sure, in the annals of the struggle for women’s rights, that this is exactly the most courageous […]

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Obama Swaggers on Water

December 19, 2014

The secret to Barack Obama’s success is an apparently infinite capacity for feeling good about himself without any evidence to support the conclusion. That’s what propelled a one-term U.S. senator and former Illinois state legislator with an undistinguished record in either body to the presidency: an implacable sense of self-confidence drawn from – well I […]

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Obama: “Sony Made a Mistake”

December 19, 2014

President Obama said today that Sony Pictures had erred in backing down to North Korean hackers. “Yes, I think they made a mistake,” Obama said when asked about the matter during a White House press conference this afternoon. While saying he sympathized with Sony’s problem and the gravity of the threats lodged against it, Obama said […]

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