Monday, January 30, 2012

Who is Elizabeth Cuevas?

The woman, holding the Puerto Rican flag during a Republican primary event in Florida, does not represent me or the half million Puerto Ricans living in Central Florida or the 3.5 million living in the US Territory of Puerto Rico. 
We are United States Citizens by birth and we are loyal to our nation and to the US Flag. She should have had both the American and the Puerto Rico Territorial flag in her hands.
She speaks for herself, or whatever organization she represents.
Will Romney-Gingrich battle lead to costly split in the GOP?

Jan. 27, 2012
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder listens to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressing a speech to the Hispanic Leadership Network at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.
Emmanuel Dunand / Agence France-Presse via Getty Images

Washington Post
By Dan Balz,
Monday, January 30,
TAMPA — Newt Gingrich has vowed to take his fight for the nomination all the way to the Republican convention in August. That may be nothing more than an empty threat by a frustrated candidate with a history of exaggerated rhetoric. But could Gingrich’s battle against Mitt Romney leave the party badly divided heading into the fall campaign?

That question will intensify if Romney wins a big victory in Florida on Tuesday. Election-eve polls show the former Massachusetts governor with a healthy lead here, though the volatility of the Republican race so far this year makes forecasting more precarious than in the past. But already the lines are being drawn over whether Gingrich, if he loses badly, should begin to throttle back or keep the pressure on Romney.

Former Republican senator Mel Martinez (Fla.) said Monday that he cringes at the prospect of a lengthy and bitter contest continuing through the spring and into the summer. “It only benefits President Obama,” he said on NBC’s “Daily Rundown.”

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, no friend of the establishment, took the opposite view over the weekend on Fox News. She accused the establishment of trying to “crucify” Gingrich and said it is far too soon to call a halt to the debate and the vetting of the candidates. “If for no other reason, rage against the machine, vote for Newt,” Palin said.

Whatever the outcome Tuesday, the Florida campaign has crystallized the battle between Romney and Gingrich. The backlash against Gingrich since his victory in South Carolina has made Romney the clear establishment favorite in a party where tensions between the party elite and its insurgent grass roots are still strong. The endorsement of Gingrich by former candidate Herman Cain, a tea party favorite, underscored the split.

Gingrich is hardly the perfect vehicle to lead a tea party protest against the establishment-backed Romney, given his record as former House speaker and later as a Washington consultant. But he has the capacity, if not the resources, to wage a lengthy and personal campaign against his rival. In the past few days, he has escalated his attacks on Romney, labeling the former governor as a liberal rather than a moderate and calling Romney’s character and honesty into question.

Romney has responded by matching insult with insult. He has belittled Gingrich as a complainer and doubled down on his attacks on the former speaker over his work for the housing agency Freddie Mac. Romney’s campaign appearances are mild compared to the negative ads running constantly on television here, both from the Romney campaign and the super PAC supporting his candidacy.

Political analysts are looking at past nomination battles for clues as to what might happen if the Romney-Gingrich contest continues unabated for some time.

At this time four years ago, Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton were waging an increasingly nasty campaign against one another, coming out of a South Carolina primary in which former president Bill Clinton was accused of playing the race card against Obama by some African American leaders. Though many predicted otherwise, Obama and Clinton eventually reconciled.