Posted by Alfonse Muglia on November 12, 2012
It’s been a while since the Insider last published a Monday Reading Madness (MRM), but there are a lot of good articles out there on a busy Monday that may be of interest to our politically minded readers. Enjoy:
Remember the words of Alexander Tyler? (Cornell Insider)
Civil War? Louisiana extremists file secession petition; followed by 19 states (The Daily Caller)
New York among them! The Empire State’s NEW government petition
The next move for the Republican Party: abolish misconceptions (College Conservative)
Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz on the Hispanic vote. Could the GOP lose Texas? (Huff Post)
It Could Happen Again: The Importance of a ground game in campaigns will not go away. (Red State)
Back at Cornell, the Men’s soccer team keeps dominating; capture Ivy League Title
Check out the team’s celebration video
Obsessed: The Student Assembly is at it again
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Posted by Alfonse Muglia on November 7, 2012
I’m honored that the Daily Sun was able to find the time to attend our election night viewing party, and cover it this morning. But do not let the Sun’s report fool you. The mood at Alpha Delta Phi, as members of the Cornell Review and others in the Cornell community gathered to watch the election results, was far from somber. The reaction of these individuals, with a sincere interest in the night’s proceedings, was understandably disappointed, but also exuded an understanding of the reality of the situation that unfolded this evening. I guess someone decided for us that conservatives are not allowed to have fun on election night anymore.
In reality, the announcement that the President had won reelection was far from one of “shock.” Anyone that was tuned into the ongoing coverage, rather than jumping between others’ parties, would attest to the same. This reality includes the fact that the mass media made multiple attempts to dramatize the coverage of the election in order to keep viewers tuned in as long as possible. It was as if the growing electoral vote count was a high-scoring soccer game that would not stop. I hope the Sun reporters enjoyed the thrill of the rollercoaster that is the American electoral system as much as we did.
Therefore, to say that the reaction to the announcement was one of “shock” is inaccurate and an example of classic partisanship. Furthermore, to limit the description of the evening to a gathering of Cornell Republicans, with a somber atmosphere, is an inaccurate representation of what was a gathering of diverse interests, representing various groups on campus, who engaged in a night-long debate of the values that will set the course of America over the next four years. But I do appreciate that the Sun continues to deny, out of fear, the Cornell Review‘s presence on the Cornell campus.
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Posted by Alfonse Muglia on August 14, 2012
BREAKING! The Cornell College Republicans and College Democrats announced today that they will co-sponsor a debate this October between national political figures Rick Santorum and Howard Dean. The duo will take to the stage of Bailey Hall on the night of Thursday, October 18 in a debate titled “The Role of Government in a Free Society.”
Santorum, fresh off his unsuccessful campaign to capture the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has spent the last few months out of the limelight until recently being named as a speaker at the upcoming Republican National Convention.
Dean, as you may recall, had his own run at the Presidency in 2004, when he also failed to defeat a more moderate, Massachusetts-based member of his party for the opportunity to take on the Incumbent in November. Dean would go on to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009.
“Both figures are very extreme, and we expect that there will be support and opposition for both,” commented Cornell Republicans President Jessica Reif, ‘14. “With the Presidential election coming up in November, we expect politics to be a big topic of conversation on-campus and hope that both speakers will contribute to the discussion.”
The debate, sponsored by the Young American Foundation, is free of charge. Tickets will be made available to the public in a few weeks.
This is not the first time that Santorum and Dean will take the stage together. The pair squared off in a debate at Northwestern University in December 2010. Issues discussed at that gathering included the role of young people in America, states’ rights, and the deficit.
With Santorum preparing to launch his own presidential campaign at that time, Dean closed the Northwestern debate by offering the Senator a valuable piece of advice: “Don’t talk about the states you’re going to visit.”
Expect more coverage from the Cornell Insider in the coming weeks.
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Posted by Alfonse Muglia on August 13, 2012
Your Monday morning guide to what the blogoshere is saying about this weekend’s Paul Ryan announcement:
Coulter says Ryan pick makes presidential contest “into a 1980 election about ideas” (The Daily Caller)
Five issues where Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan differ (Washington Post)
With Ryan on ticket, Romney will make election about big ideas (Karl Rove)
Paul Ryan’s Paradox (The American Conservative)
Paul Ryan: Risk and Opportunity (Redstate)
No longer on the donation sideline (Legal Insurrection)
Paul Ryan: A Brilliant Choice (The College Conservative)
10 interesting facts about Paul Ryan (The Daily Caller)
Paul Ryan and the 2nd Amendment (Hot Air)
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Posted by Alfonse Muglia on April 21, 2012
The Cornell Review caught up with Ron Paul following Thursday evening’s rally in Lynah Rink. Editor Zach Delle asks Dr. Paul about his plans to reach out to Rick Santorum supporters in the upcoming primaries:
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Posted by Jonathan Jaffe on April 18, 2012
Mitt Romney may have all but secured the GOP nomination, but the race for the presidency is just beginning. Romney has received endorsements from many of the right’s notable leaders, including George Bush Sr. and Donald Trump, but none of these recommendations have been enthusiastic. It seems as though many Republicans are simply accepting Romney as their only chance at removing incumbent Barack Obama from the Whitehouse, instead of wholeheartedly believing in him as a politician. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Laurel Conrad on April 17, 2012
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) would make the ideal running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
To win the presidential race, Romney needs to excite and motivate his Republican voter base, while simultaneously persuading independents of his policies. Romney is already viewed by the public as a moderate republican who is perhaps too fiscally conservative for liberals, but too socially liberal for conservatives. While this may appeal to moderates and independents, it does not create enthusiasm from his republican voter base. In order to overcome this weakness, Romney needs his running mate to act as a rallying factor.
Rubio could be this rallying factor. He has already proven his potential to appeal to staunch conservatives. He has the support and approval of Tea Party activists behind him, as well as the G.O.P establishment.
In fact, he has many characteristics that contrast with Romney’s political weaknesses.
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Posted by Roberto Matos on April 16, 2012
The grueling primary season may have engaged broad swaths of the Republican Party, and the anti-Obama fervor may be steadily approaching its zenith, but enthusiasm for Romney within his own party still remains unacceptably low if he wishes to dethrone the President. A Romney ticket cannot merely appeal to the center, butmust marshal the energy of GOP ranks themselves. All things considered, a Romney-Huckabee ticket seamlessly fulfills this criterion.
First, and most critically, Former governorand minister Huckabee strongly appeals to evangelical voters, who Romney desperately needs animated in a few key swing states in the Midwest and the upper south if he is to carry them safely. Huckabee’s pedigree among religious conservatives was brilliantly displayed in 2008 (Iowa), and his Arkansasgovernorship contributes to his credibility among southern voters and his keen understanding of them, something Romney lacks. At this most critical of junctures,these opening weeks of the 2012 presidential duel, Romney should feel compelled to galvanize those segments of the GOP voting base which still remain skeptical of him, especially Christian evangelicals and southern conservatives. Republicans in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, who voted against Romney, will need a persuasive reason, besides staunch opposition to Obama, to get excited about a Romney ticket. The time to secure their confidence has long since passed, and in order to avoid merely tepid support amongthis critical base of the party, he ought to forthrightly reassure them. They’d overlook perceived shortcomings if he did so. Huckabee not only communicates effectively with these voters, but has demonstrated that he can summon their enthusiasm. This will enhance the attractiveness of the ticket among influential religious figures in the social conservative movement.
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Posted by Alfonse Muglia on April 16, 2012
It was announced this morning that Beth Myers – a longtime Romney aide – will be leading the former-Massachusetts governor’s search for a running mate for the upcoming presidential election. Neither Romney nor Myers has yet to give any indication of who the early favorites may be, leading many to continue speculating about who Mitt will tap to help with his imminent battle against President Obama.
Here at the Cornell Insider, we decided to conduct a little search of our own; we’re looking for the “Ideal 2012 Running Mate.” All this week, our writers will be discussing who they would like to see on the ticket alongside Governor Romney. They will highlight specific issues that will be important in Myers’ ultimate decision, from targeting certain demographics to securing votes in key swing states. They will accentuate the political capital of each potential Vice President, while also considering their liabilities. All of this will lead up to the unveiling of the Insider’s “Ideal 2012 Running Mate” – an accumulation of the very best of each potential Vice President tied together into one candidate.
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Posted by Alfonse Muglia on April 12, 2012
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Ron Paul is speaking at Cornell!
The Cornell Republicans announced this afternoon that GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul will be coming to Cornell next Thursday, April 19.
Paul’s decision to come to Ithaca is undoubtedly affected by the fact that Cornell currently has the seventh largest Youth for Ron Paul chapter in the United States, with 1,381 members. He will hope to rally support among students and those in the greater Ithaca community to vote in the upcoming New York state primary, which will be held on April 24. With Rick Santorum’s departure from the race earlier this week, Paul will look to mobilize many in the conservative base looking for an alternative to Romney heading into the convention.
The campaign event will be co-sponsored by the Cornell Republicans and Cornell Libertarians. The announcement comes after months of behind-the-scenes work on the part of the Republicans and their president Raj Kannappan, who has been in contact with Paul’s team since last semester.
With one of the largest turnouts in Cornell Republicans’ history expected, the club has booked Lynah Rink as the venue. Clink here for out more information about the event and to reserve your ticket.
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