The Phony Campaign

2012-03-11 Update

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Despite his win in Kansas, the Intraders have dropped Rick Santorum below our arbitrary 4% threshold for inclusion in our Phony Polling. And none of the other Not-Mitts have stepped up. So (once again) we're down to a two-man-plus-Libertarian race:

Query String Hit Count Change Since
"Barack Obama" phony 172,000,000 -8,000,000
"Mitt Romney" phony 8,020,000 +330,000
"Gary Johnson" phony 1,130,000 +20,000

  • President Obama is writing campaign ads. For the Republicans.
    "The next time you hear some politician trotting out some three-point plan for $2 gas -- you let them know we know better," Obama told a supportive crowd.

    "Tell them we're tired of hearing phony election-year promises that never come about."

    Gosh, you mean like these?

  • That whole "wall of separation between church and state" thing? If it gets in the way, fuggedaboutit.
    On Wednesday, White House officials summoned dozens of leaders of nonprofit organizations that strongly back the health law to help them coordinate plans for a prayer vigil, press conferences and other events outside the court when justices hear arguments for three days beginning March 26.
    Liberal outrage over theocrats in the White House? Not so much.

  • John Kerry—remember him? He also made phony news this week:
    Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., today blasted presidential contender Gov. Mitt Romney for what he says is a "phony set of phony propositions" for how to handle Iran.
    Whoa, Senator. That's a whole lotta phony. Kerry's stuttering screed was in response to this op-ed from Mitt.

  • "Natalie Schultz (libertarian)" got pretty up in arms over something she heard on the TV from Lawrence O'Donnell.
    On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the day after the last Republican debate, Lawrence O'Donnell, a self-declared "Socialist" attempted to make the case that Ron Paul is a "Fake Libertarian" because he believes that sex outside of marriage is immoral. Funny, during the debate over The Pill, I actually 100% EXPECTED Ron Paul to make that very claim; that it is not "contraception" that is the problem, but the moral driving-force that makes people want to use it. Ron Paul is a Christian, this is well known. Ron Paul is also a TRUE Libertarian, and as such he engaged in his First Amendment Right to express his OPINION, which is based on his Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. Ron Paul DID NOT, EVER ONCE, say that he would LEGISLATE HIS MORAL VIEWS ON ANY AMERICAN.
    Natalie has learned where the Caps Lock button is on her keyboard; now she should learn not to use it, ever.

    But for our purposes, this is the point I'd like to discuss:

    So, regarding marriage, Ron Paul, who defends INDIVIDUALS, not "groups," and CONTRACTS, is a TRUE Libertarian, whereas Gary Johnson, who wants the GOVERNMENT to DEFINE "gay-marriage" as a "Constitutional Right" is DEAD WRONG!
    The problem being that I can't find any evidence of Gary Johnson actually advocating any such thing. Instead:
    Governor Johnson has a libertarian viewpoint on marriage. He does not believe that government should be involved in marriage, but that it should simply hand out civil unions. From this standpoint, Governor Johnson states that he support gay rights as his view places all couples on level ground with respect to the government.
    Also here.

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