Former Tennessee Congressional Candidate Robert Doggart Pleads Guilty in Plot to Destroy Muslim Community

NEWSER) – A former Congressional candidate in Tennessee has pleaded guilty after allegedly planning to assault a Muslim community known as “Islamaberg,” court documents say. Robert Doggart, 63—who got just 6% of the vote as an Independent in 2014—was nabbed April 10 and hit with an array of charges for his apparent plan to firebomb and murder Muslims in Hancock, NY, reports the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. But he only pleading guilty to interstate communication of threats, which comes with a maximum five-year sentence. He’s also out on a $30,000 bond, albeit under electronic surveillance, providing he stop getting drunk and using pain medication, the Chattanoogan reports. You can imagine, Muslims aren’t too thrilled with the treatment he’s getting.

via Former Tennessee Congressional Candidate Robert Doggart Pleads Guilty in Plot to Destroy Muslim Community.

Obama ‘irritated’ by Romney’s 2012 concession: David Axelrod – NY Daily News

President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney’s concession call in the 2012 presidential election—and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod.

Obama was “unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over,” Axelrod writes.

The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote.

“‘You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,’ in other words, black people,'” Obama said, paraphrasing Romney. “That’s what he thinks this was all about.”

via Obama 'irritated' by Romney's 2012 concession: David Axelrod – NY Daily News.

Charts: How Much Have the Kochs Spent on the 2012 Election? | Mother Jones

Charles and David Koch arguably have been liberals’ biggest bogeymen of the 2012 election. Just as conservatives have come to see George Soros as the mastermind of a shadowy leftist network, the billionaire brothers have become synonymous with the dark-money machine working to defeat Barack Obama. By their own admission, the Kochs have been raising millions to sway voters. At a closed-door gathering of like-minded megadonors in 2011, Charles Koch declared that the upcoming election would be a battle “for the life or death of this country” and that “we gotta do better than” the president’s expected $1 billion war chest.

via Charts: How Much Have the Kochs Spent on the 2012 Election? | Mother Jones.

Review: ‘Double Down,’ on the 2012 election, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann – The Washington Post

By now, everyone knows that Mitt Romney’s inner circle was righteously peeved at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for spending the final days of the 2012 presidential race arm-in-arm with President Obama as they toured the Jersey coastline after its thrashing by Hurricane Sandy. The buddy-buddy act boxed Romney out of national media coverage for days while lending the president some bipartisan street cred.

But it wasn’t just the storm. Christie had rankled Romney’s team throughout the campaign: He held back his endorsement as long as possible, flirted with big-shot GOP donors who begged him to jump into the race and used his prime-time address at the Republican National Convention to puff up his Garden State record — without mentioning Romney once.

via Review: ‘Double Down,’ on the 2012 election, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann – The Washington Post.

Harry Reid’s Source On Mitt Romney’s Taxes Was Jon Huntsman Sr., Book Claims

The source behind Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid\’s (D-Nev.) bold claim that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had paid \”basically\” no taxes for a decade was Jon Huntsman Sr., a new book on the 2012 campaign claims.

The New York Times on Thursday offered details from \”Double Down: Game Change 2012,\” a behind-the-scenes account of the election by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Among the nuggets in the book is the reveal that Reid\’s source was Huntsman, a longtime backer of Romney.

In a July 2012 interview with The Huffington Post, Reid said a Bain Capital investor had told him that the former Massachusetts governor \”didn\’t pay any taxes for 10 years.\”

\”He didn\’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that\’s true? Well, I\’m not certain,\” Reid said. \”But obviously he can\’t release those tax returns. How would it look?\”

Reid stood by the claim throughout the campaign.

via Harry Reid's Source On Mitt Romney's Taxes Was Jon Huntsman Sr., Book Claims.

Your Smile For the Day

Armey in Exile

By the time CNBC’s election-night anchors welcomed Dick Armey on the air, the networks had already called it. CNBC rolled footage of Barack Obama supporters waving American flags and cheering, above the breaking-news banner: PRES. OBAMA WINS RE-ELECTION. The only thing left was for Mitt Romney to concede.

But Armey, the former House majority leader, saw no reason to surrender. “I don’t blame the Romney folks for refusing any concession speech on the basis of this premature call,” Armey told viewers. “You got Florida running, seems to me, headlong into a recount, and Ohio I don’t think is settled by any means.”

Driving to his home outside Dallas after the TV appearance, Armey heard Karl Rove on the radio insisting that Ohio was still up for grabs. Armey planted himself on the couch and flipped anxiously between Fox News and C-SPAN, nourishing a flicker of hope right up until 12:55 am, when Romney finally capitulated.

After three decades in politics, Armey had seen Republicans lose plenty of elections. But this one really hurt. He knew it would be his last election as the face of the Tea Party, and it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

One month earlier, Armey had agreed to resign as chairman of FreedomWorks, an influential conservative organization, and slipped out of Washington for good. Even an $8-million payout couldn’t assuage his bitterness. The fall of 2012 should have been an auspicious time at FreedomWorks headquarters.

via Armey in Exile | People & Politics | Washingtonian.