Oct 23 2011

Gardner Outmoves Romney and Forces Nevada to Move it’s Caucus

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner and the Jon Huntsman lead Republican walkout of the Nevada Caucus has forced Nevada to move it’s Caucus day back to February 3rd.

The move is a blow to the Romney campaign which had exercised heavy political pressure on Nevada to move up the caucus in order to speed up the nomination process and thus not allow another candidate to catch Romney.

The change clears up the primary and caucus schedule that was clouded when Florida improperly moved up its caucus to up to January 31, 2011.


Current Primary/Caucus calendar:

Iowa – Tuesday, January 3rd

New Hampshire – Tuesday, January 10 (Likely, not confirmed)

South Carolina – Saturday, January 21st

Florida – Tuesday, January 31st

Nevada – Saturday, February 3rd


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  1. packeryman

    The GOP has no choice except to make the nominee Mitt Romney. Any other bible thumper /tea bagger or a candidate that is supported by this group will lose the national election. We Independents will run from the GOP if they nominate a candidate from the far right. If the party is so weak they would rather run one of these radical right candidates, they will reap what they sow (defeat Goldwater style 1964). It would have helped Romney if the Nevada primary had been held earlier but we will have to wait and see if sanity prevails or we end up with a bible thumping religious fanatic or a tea bagging lunatic.

  2. Thomas

    I agree we do not need a religious fanatic, but we also do not need a RHINO. What is the difference between Obama and Romney? Think about it. Really, nothing.
    He is the candidate most Democrats would be ok with, because he is basically a Conservative Democrat.
    He has no spine and no heart, he is Politician 101. He will say anything and change any view to get elected.
    We need a real Conservative. I am not sure who at this point, but NOT ROMNEY!

    1. packeryman

      Go ahead and run a conservative from the right of the party and you will get a religious zealot or a tea bagger and the country has had enough of their antics in the House of Representatives. They will not elect a far right conservative from the Republican party, the people that have high jacked the GOP may nominate one but they will go down in the general election. I as and Independent will vote Obama before that kind of insanity.

  3. Mike

    Romney is a scum bag! Using everything we hate about politics to weaken the New Hampshire Primary and force his way to the nomination.
    Kudos to Secretary of State Bill Gardner and Jon Hunstman for standing up to Romney and Nevada!

  4. Charles

    Not only did Romney try to dictate when the elections would be held to help is chances, but he expects to win New Hampshire because he moved here.
    This guy is unbelievable! Moves to New Hampshire to win the primary! What a politician.
    If you vote for this dirty politician, you just want more of the same.

  5. Julie

    Sorry, but I cannot vote for a Mormon. I would almost rather hold my nose and vote for Obama…well, maybe not, but maybe I would vote “none of the above”.
    I am not a religious fanatic, but I believe you have to be Christian to be my president. Mormons are not Christians.
    Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry would both make excellent candidates to run against Obama.

    1. packeryman

      Most Americans are not concerned with one’s religious preference, sexual preference or any social or religious issues. The majority don’t believe they should have any place in our government and certainly not planks in a political platform. Let’s keep church where it belongs, in the church, heart and minds of those who want to attend. Most believe that when you start using the pulpit for propaganda on political issues right or left then that church should lose its preferential tax status. I am sorry to see we still have those who can’t vote for a Mormon. before JFK we had those who couldn’t vote for a Catholic, before Obama those who couldn’t vote for a Black. I suppose there will be those who cannot vote for a Latino, it appears that the group with those ideas can only vote for a white Protestant. I am from a white Protestant background and its hard to believe this kind of thought still exist.

  6. Ryan

    Gov. Huntsman is the clear choice for republican voters. If you are afraid of Mormons taking over or something ridiculous, read about him more. He has not practiced Mormonism in some time. Though he was raised Mormon, he has traveled around the world and adopted children from other countries, believing in God but having a more… ‘muddled’ religious view. That was just for “Julie” and those like her.

    In my second point, I’ll add that he is a refreshingly moderate republican who has a track record of working across party lines, something that very few of the GOP candidates could even consider. I think this makes him a very viable choice to draw votes away from Obama in 2012. Sure, I wish he would change his views on abortion, where he is pro life, and allow a slie into pro choice, but as a whole, his views will re-align this country and get congress back to the work they are paid entirely too much to not do. Bipartisanism might not be a dirty word if he were elected.

  7. cory

    This is an interesting read from the Washington Post.

    Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker just nailed it on abortion:

    So how does a person change from one position to the polar opposite on such a core issue as abortion? Easy. Countless women have changed their minds, thanks to pregnancy and birth. Countless others have suffered the agony of revelation too late following an abortion. Men overjoyed by fatherhood, or crushed by the loss of a child through abortion, have also changed their minds.

    Romney’s own change of heart evolved not from personal experience but rather from a purposeful course of study. I know this because I know the man who instructed him in 2005 on the basics of embryonic life during the stem-cell research debate then taking place in Massachusetts. As governor at the time, Romney was under intense pressure to help flip a state law that protected embryos from stem-cell research. Some of that pressure came from Harvard University, Romney’s alma mater, where scientists hoped to assume a leading role in stem-cell research.

    The politically expedient choice was obvious, but Romney took a more thoughtful approach and sought to educate himself before staking out a position. Enter William Hurlbut, a physician and professor of biomedical ethics at Stanford University Medical School. For several hours, Hurlbut and Romney met in the governor’s office and went through the dynamics of conception, embryonic development and the repercussions of research that targets nascent human life. It was not a light lunch.

    The result of that conversation and others was a pro-life Romney, who kept his campaign promise to honor the state’s democratically asserted preference for abortion choice but also began a personal path that happened to serve him well, at least theoretically, among social conservatives. Was his conversion sincere? No one can know another’s heart, but Hurlbut is convinced that it was.

    “Several things about our conversation still stand out strongly in my mind,” Hurlbut told me. “First, he clearly recognized the significance of the issue, not just as a current controversy but as a matter that would define the character of our culture way into the future.

    “Second, it was obvious that he had put in a real effort to understand both the scientific prospects and the broader social implications. Finally, I was impressed by both his clarity of mind and sincerity of heart. . . . He recognized that this was not a matter of purely abstract theory or merely pragmatic governance, but a crucial moment in how we are to regard nascent human life and the broader meaning of medicine in the service of life.”

    Whether one agrees with Hurlbut’s appraisal or Romney’s conclusions, this was at least a flip-flop of a higher order. Would that all our politics were so painstakingly crafted.

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