Posted by Alfonse Muglia on April 4, 2012
With a vast American flag suspended behind him, Mitt Romney took the stage full of pride last night after a sweep of the evening’s three GOP primaries. Romney scored large wins in Maryland and Washington D.C., and captured the much-contested state of Wisconsin – after a week of campaigning alongside Paul Ryan - by a substantial seven percentage points. With the victories, last night perhaps represented Romney’s first speech as the undeniable GOP nominee. Because of this, it is important to pay special attention to the words of this victory speech. While Romney has been speaking all along as if he was already the nominee and was campaigning against President Obama, I believe that last night was the first night that he actually was.
So what did he say? Two themes of the speech stood out to me more than any others. In his attempt to draw clear lines between himself and Obama, Romney included many pro-business innuendos throughout the speech. Secondly, in a more fundamentally conservative move, Romney attacked Obama’s “government-centered society,” repeating that phrase five times in the 13 minute speech. What Romney failed to do, however, was to differentiate how a pro-business government is different than a “government-centered society.” But it was a victory speech, after all, and I predict that Mitt’s ability to clearly highlight the differences between these two ideas is what will ultimately decide the general election.
Look for these themes as you listen to Mitt’s first speech as the GOP Presidential nominee. Also, note how his tone differed from that of Rick Santorum, who warned his party last night that they were making a catastrophic mistake.
“Time and time again the Republican establishment and aristocracy have shoved down the throats of the Republican Party and people across this country, moderate Republicans because ‘We have to win by getting people in the middle,’” remarked Santorum. “There was one person who understood that we don’t win by moving to the middle. We win by getting people in the middle to move to us and move this country forward.”
That’s right. Rick Santorum is the modern-day Ronald Reagan.
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Posted by Alfonse Muglia on March 6, 2012
Today’s Super Tuesday primaries across the nation will undoubtedly play a large role in determining the eventual GOP Presidential nominee, as well as setting the course for the remainder of the 2012 primary election season. This has caused some in the Cornell community to wonder if the race will still be relevant by the time that the state of New York holds its primary on April 24.
Amidst the Super Tuesday hype across the internet this morning, CBS News ran an article addressing this very point. Depending on today’s results, many are predicting that few candidates will drop out of the race. This has some, including Guy Molinari – head of Mitt Romney’s New York team – gearing up for continued consequential primaries down the road.
“Now everybody’s going to be involved, and that’s good in the long term. It’s good for everybody because more people become involved,” said former Rep. Guy Molinari.
In 2008, New York held its primary over two months earlier, on February 5, 2008 with 20 other states. John McCain was victorious, with 51.8% percent of the vote. In the Democrat contest, Hilary Rodham Clinton defeated Barack Obama by 17.4% to carry her home state.
This year, a meaningful New York primary will depend on a prolonged primary season. This could bode well for Ron Paul, who has a tradition of staying in primary contests until the very end. Paul also has strong support among the youth in upstate New York. Cornell University has the 3rd largest Youth for Ron Paul group in the nation. Nearby Ithaca College, University of Buffalo, and SUNY Oswego (among others) also boast campus chapters.
Noah Kaplan, leader of Cornell’s Youth for Ron Paul chapter, acknowledged that Paul’s message has resonated with many around the Cornell community. “Ron Paul support is insane,” he commented in a recent interview with The Cornell Review.
It is these passionate student leaders who are hoping that the primary season will still be exciting come April 24.
95 delegates are up for grabs this year in New York. Neighboring Pennsylvania (72 delegates) will also hold its primary on April 24. It will be the next busiest day – by delegates at stake – following today’s contests. This year’s New York primary is further complicated by the fact that state legislatures have yet to reach a redistricting agreement following results from the 2010 Census that declared that New York would lose two seats in the House of Representatives due to population loss.
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Posted by michael on May 5, 2011
A typical Ron Paul supporter.
If today’s announcement that an actual real life socialist (Review-endorsed!) is going to be the new Student Trustee has got you down, don’t worry! Tonight is the first debate (despite featuring none of the top tier candidates, it will showcase all of the crazy and hilarious ones) of the 2012 primaries. Hosted in Greenville, South Carolina, the debate is streaming here and the Insider will be liveblogging the event below.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is promoting his new summer blockbuster, will be there, along with four others running for the Republican nomination. Look for Rick Santorum to complain about gay people a lot, Herman Cain to talk about health care reform like an old school preacher in the deep south, and Gary Johnson to attempt to match Ron Paul in the number of Austrian economists and references to marijuana legalization he can fit into one answer.
Full coverage after the jump . . .
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Posted by michael on March 15, 2011
The Cornell University College Republicans have announced that they will be bringing former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove to Call Auditorium on Wednesday, April 13. Rove, known for his political prowess as the “architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 victories, will be discussing, among other things, the 2012 presidential race.
As soon as the CRs put the announcement up on Facebook, campus liberals sprang into full freakout mode. If there was any doubt that Bush Derangement Syndrome, as Charles Krauthammer so poignantly dubbed the phenomenon, would be in full force at the event, one only had to visit the comments section on the event’s page. While one student asked why Rove “wasn’t under arrest for war crimes yet,” another took a more balanced approach, saying, “I hate this man with a passion, which is exactly why I’m going to see this.”
If Rove’s engagement elicits a response at Cornell similar to that of his appearance last October at Oberlin, where liberal students attempted a “people’s arrest,” it’s sure to be a can’t miss event.
Tickets will be available at the Willard Straight Box Office starting Wednesday, March 16. They are free of charge. Additionally, there will be access at the door assuming undistributed tickets and no-shows.
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Posted by Cornell Insider Staff on March 1, 2010
Only how many more weeks until spring?
- In one of the shortest news articles I’ve read in my life, WENY-TV News reports that the Cascadilla Gorge Trail should re-open shortly.
- Cornell researchers help Colorado crack down on handicapped parking violations. Are the same researchers responsible for my recent ticket on North Campus?
- Cornell Basketball continues to roll to an Ivy Championship, and we’re predicted to be a #11 seed in this bracketology installment. The men’s hockey team also had a productive weekend, earning a first round bye for the ECAC Tournament.
- Speaking of hockey, congratulations to Cornell student Rebecca Johnston on her Olympic gold medal.
- “Hide the cookie jars” say Cornell researchers.
- According to another Cornell researcher, people work harder against underdogs to save face.
- VC Blogger Ilya Somin disagrees with an article that argues that intelligent people are more likely to be liberal.
- Is Mitch Daniels on the 2012 short list?
- Thomas Sowell discusses the dangers of the aimless apology.
- Finally, another great Krauthammer column on Toyota and the price of modernity.
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