Here are the stories we are watching at ‘The War Room’ today:
Today must be “Everyone Point Out How Dishonest Mitt Romney Really Is Day“ across America. Steve Rattner, head of Obama’s auto task force, takes to the New York Times editorial page to tell everyone, once again, that Romney is misrepresenting the auto bailout, using words like “dead wrong”, “utter fantasy” and “empty rhetoric.” Seriously Mitt, just stop. Paul Krugman points out the reasons why Romney “is running a campaign of almost pathological dishonesty.” Greg Sargent believes that Romney is trying to wear both reporters and his opponents down with his constant flip-flops, and he points us to Ronald Brownstein at the National Journal, who believes that Romney has simply picked up on a Rovian tactic and has used it well. Last but not least, Reid J. Epstein and Zachary Abrahamson at Politico tell us the ultimate truth – it’s working.
Two new polls in Michigan today seem to show that it HAS worked for Romney, or, maybe that people have actually listened to what Rick Santorum was saying, and found out that the guy is one paranoid delusion away from being a bonafide tin-foil hat, anti-government crackpot that you wouldn’t give the time of day to if not for the billionaire who is paying for his microphone. Rasmussen shows that Romney is back in the lead by 6 pts. at 40-34, and Mitchell/Rosetta Stone has Romney up 36-33.
Not to be outdone in the dishonesty department, Rick Santorum has released a new ad in Michigan that attacks Romney’s stance over the auto bailout, but what he doesn’t tell you is that he opposes all bailouts, and that stance would have sent this country into a severe Depression with a capital “D”.
All of this is very disturbing to Jeb Bush. Bush the Younger is “troubled” that the GOP candidates are “appealing to people’s fears and emotion” in their campaign rhetoric. And did you catch the part where he said “I used to be a conservative”? Someone might want to follow-up on that statement one of these days.
Jon Huntsman is fed-up too. Even though he endorsed Romney immediately after he dropped out of the race, these days he openly wishes for a third party.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) will turn down Sen. Schumer’s request to testify on Arizona’s controversial immigration law before Congress. Brewer’s spokesman Matthew Benson, “told The Hill that the timing of the hearing gave it ‘every mark of a publicity stunt.’” Kind of like turning down a request to testify in front of Congress. Yeah, it’s like that.
The Atlantic takes a look at the extreme laws that are coming out of state legislatures these days – and why they don’t work. “America, sadly, has grown accustomed to ‘symbolic’ legislation which is designed not to advance the public good, or even to become sustainable law, but rather to appease particular interest groups.”
In case you missed it, Jennifer was on Piers Morgan yesterday:
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