Mitt Romney 2010 Or 2012?

I’m not sure which of these scenarios I like best – Romney for President 2012, or Romney for Senator of Nevada 2010, (taking Reid’s seat)?

As far as the Presidential race in 2012 goes, things are looking very promising for Mitt.

Peter S. Canellos of the Boston Globe opines that Romney “suddenly seems like the only adult left standing among the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls”:

It’s early, of course – ridiculously early – for anyone except potential candidates to be thinking about the next presidential race. But there’s been plenty of positioning going on in the nowleaderless GOP, including a head-scratching debut by one promising contender, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and a parade of speeches by some others at the Conservative Political Action Conference late last month.

And while much of the CPAC spotlight went to someone who isn’t a candidate for president – radio personality Rush Limbaugh, who came off as either boorish or straight-talking, depending on your political temperature – it was Romney who walked away with the best reviews and victory in the convention’s presidential straw poll.

There’s already a Mitt Romney for President 2012 website, “ready when you all come crawling back”.

I suspect that after four years of Obama, even the most rabid anti-Mormon fundamentalists will be running to him.

Meanwhile,  this has been brewing on the rumor mill:

The speculation began with an article in a weekly newspaper, the Pahrump Valley Times. A local doctor, Frank Toppo, had received tickets from Harry Reid to attend Obama’s inauguration, and while there, he apparently was given a tip on Romney’s Nevada designs.
Frank Toppo passed along some political scuttlebutt from inside the Beltway: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is planning to move to Nevada to challenge Sen. Reid for his seat in the 2010 election.

This story was followed by an article in the Reno, NV, News Review:
Online columnist Sally Denton (a Nevada native and author of a book on Nevada politics): “Rumors swirl in Las Vegas that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is in the process of establishing residency in Nevada with his eye toward unseating his fellow Mormon.”
David Bernstein in the Boston Phoenix in Romney’s home state: “Mitt vs. Harry Reid? If you’re looking to sell a palatial estate in Nevada, I think I might know somebody who’ll be looking to buy soon. … Hint: Mormonism is an asset in Nevada. (Reid is Mormon, in fact.) Romney, you might recall, campaigned hard in Nevada and won the caucuses there, helping to blunt his loss in South Carolina. The genius of running against Reid is that, win or lose, Romney becomes a hero to the GOP just for taking it on. I think he’s planning to do it. Of course, he doesn’t actually live there, but that’s easily fixed.”

More at link.

Hat tip: Hot Air

Obama’s Plan To Negotiate With Taliban Scoffed At… By Taliban

It’s been one foreign policy blunder after another with this guy.  Is this what people voted for? Did liberals really think that it would be a good idea to negotiate with terrorists? Because even the terrorists don’t think so:

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban on Tuesday turned down as illogical U.S. President Barack Obama’s bid to reach out to moderate elements of the insurgents, saying the exit of foreign troops was the only solution for ending the war.

Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, expressed an openness to adapting tactics in Afghanistan that had been used in Iraq to reach out to moderate elements there.

“This does not require any response or reaction for this is illogical,” Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a purported spokesman for the insurgent group, told Reuters when asked if its top leader Mullah Mohammad Omar would make any comment about Obama’s proposal.

“The Taliban are united, have one leader, one aim, one policy…I do not know why they are talking about moderate Taliban and what it means?”

“If it means those who are not fighting and are sitting in their homes, then talking to them is meaningless. This really is surprising the Taliban.”

If you remember, Iran responded with similar contempt for Obama’s overtures in January:

US President Barack Obama’s offer to talk to Iran shows that America’s policy of “domination” has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

“This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed,” Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

“Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change,” he added.

RELATED EMBARRASSMENT:

Via Jules Crittenden:

Obama’s attempts to deal with the Russians vis a vis the missile defense system, falls flat:

Medvedev is happy to talk about dismantling the missile defense system, but won’t “haggle” with Obama over Iran.  Deutsche Welle.

Sounds like that’s one bad idea blowing up in the new guy’s face before it gets off the ground. I believe Ivan is dissing 44. To put it in more diplomatic terms, Ivan is signaling that from his perspective, 44 has diplomatically signalled a desire to be his bitch.

This, on top of  the Obama’s mortifying faux pas during the Gordon Brown visit. Gad, I thought Obama was supposed to be repairing our damaged reputation throughout the world. Instead, he’s making us a laughingstock.

With Bush, the world may have hated us, but they respected us.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

“Another Embarrassing Debacle For The Obama Administration”

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Via Jennifer Rubin at Commentary:

…how long can the rest of the mainstream media hold out without reporting on an embarrassing debacle for the Obama administration? This is the John Edwards story on steroids — a virtual conspiracy of silence with little if any journalistic justification. And here the issue is really important — the appointment of a key intelligence official who is alleged to harbor serious conflicts of interest and extreme views. I have made inquiry at two prominent, national newspapers about the lack of coverage and have received one “I’ll pass it on” from the ombudsman and only an automated response acknowledging receipt from the other. I wonder how mortified they’ll be if the story comes and goes, causing greater public controversy and embarrassment for the administration with nary a report from them.

Yep. We’re talking about Chas Freeman. The  appointment continues to cause controversy and consternation. And the only one talking about it in the MSM is Jake Tapper.

UPDATE:

Well! Jake Tapper Reports:

Chas Freeman Pulls Out

A statement from Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair:

“Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not proceed.  Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman’s decision with regret.”

Hoo boy… Freeman issued a statement:

The libels on me and their easily traceable email trails show conclusively that there is a powerful lobby determined to prevent any view other than its own from being aired, still less to factor in American understanding of trends and events in the Middle East. The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth. The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views, the substitution of political correctness for analysis, and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those that it favors.

As Gabe said:

Shorter Chas: “It was the Joooooooos!”

So hows that smoothest transition evah going?

The New Editor:

According to the White House Transition Project, which tracks [presidential] appointments, there are some 1,200 government jobs that require Senate confirmation about 360 of which are considered policy jobs. Only about 70 of those jobs have been filled so far.