Day: January 23, 2012

Georgia judge orders Obama to appear in court for hearing on attempt to keep him off ballot

These people will never give up.  If the POTUS ‘ long form birth certificate is not enough, then what is?

The Washington Post via Associated Press

ATLANTA — A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen and can’t be president.

It’s one of many such lawsuits that have been filed across the country, so far without success. A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama’s name off the state’s ballot in the March presidential primary.

An Obama campaign aide says any attempt to involve the president personally will fail and such complaints around the country have no merit.

The hearing is set for Thursday before an administrative judge. Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi on Friday denied a motion by the president’s lawyer to quash a subpoena that requires Obama to show up.

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Newt Gingrich’s Surprise Win in South Carolina Panics Republicans

Newt Gingrich

The GOP establishment is running around in a panic because of Newt Gingrich’s recent win in the South Carolina Primary…

The Daily Beast

The Republican establishment is beside itself after Newt Gingrich’s upset victory in South Carolina—but Paul Begala says it just shows that Romney may not have the chops to win, either.

Reactions to Newt Gingrich’s stunning and impressive victory in the South Carolina primary form a symphony. First, of course, we hear the cheers of South Carolina Republicans who have chosen their champion. From Ronald Reagan in 1980 through John McCain in 2008, the winner of this primary has always gone on to be the Republican nominee.

Then, of course, we can hear the buttons popping from Newt Gingrich’s shirt as his ego swells to Macy’s parade size. If you listen carefully, you can hear the soft sobs of Mitt Romney and his consultants, crying in their chocolate milk. But above it all we can hear the weeping, the wailing, the gnashing of teeth of the Republican establishment as Gingrich’s victory sends them into full-blown panic. I’m not talking about mere fear, nor normal nervousness. Not even the feeling you get when the captain says, “We’ve lost power in one of our four engines.” No, this is worse. Worse even than when your doctor says, “I don’t like the looks of that shadow on the X-ray.”

This is terror. Chest-clutching, breath-sucking, soul-shaking panic. This is your teenage daughter telling you, “I think I’m in trouble.” This is a Turkish border guard pulling you into a holding room when you’ve got a baggie of coke in your pocket. This is what George H.W. Bush famously called “deep doo-doo.”

The Republican Party has never seen anything like it. Republicans are hierarchical, orderly, disciplined—everything the Democrats are not. They nearly always nominate the guy who was runner-up last time: Ford beat Reagan, and Reagan got the next nod. Reagan beat George H.W. Bush, so Bush Sr. got the next turn. And then Bush beat Dole, who in turn was rewarded with the 1996 GOP nod. Then they got all wild and crazy and nominated the son of a former president, but then quickly reverted to form and nominated the guy he defeated, John McCain. And who did McCain beat? Mitt Romney.

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Mitt Romney Says He Won’t Release More Than Two Years Of Tax Returns Because of ‘The Internet’

What is Mitt Romney trying to hide?

Think Progress

Today on Fox News Sunday, Mitt Romney said he would release his 2010 tax return (along with an estimate of his 2011 taxes) on Tuesday.

Fox’s Chris Wallace pressed Romney on why he would only release two years of returns whenhis father released twelve during his run for President. Romney said he wouldn’t release as many tax returns as his father did because that was “before the internet.” Watch it:

Romney’s answer seems to suggest that he won’t release more returns because, in the internet age, they will be subject to increased scrutiny. Two days ago, Romney said he would not release his tax returns until April because he didn’t want to give “a nice little present” to the Democrats.

In late December, Romney said he would not release any tax returns at all.