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Does Obama Fear Petraeus As Romney's VP?

Well, that's the rumor. 
Drudge quotes an anonymous Democratic fundraiser, who says he overheard the president whispering this week about Romney courting Petreaus for the number two spot on the Republican ticket. 
The current CIA Director claims to have no political ambitions, but it appears that apparent Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, may be considering the former General as his VP pick.
Romney is said to have met with Petraeus in New Hampshire, where both men have homes.
The Obama-Petraeus relationship has been strained, to say the least.
The president is said to be nervous about giving Petreaus too much political power in his administration -- while at the same time worry about the damage he could mete out if he becomes an administration critic.
The White House denies having made any such assertions. Of, course we're waiting for Harry Reid to confirm the rumor.

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Obama has good reason to fear Petraeus as V.P. candidate. The general is everything Obama is not, and could never be, in terms of leadership, knowledge, and accomplishments.

Let's compare:

General David Petraeus
Graduated West Point - Star Man, top 1% of pre-med tracked students
Ranger School - top honors
Command and General Staff College - George C. Marshall Award winner
Princeton University / Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs - Master's degree and Doctorate in international relations
West Point again - doctorate in International Relations
Commanding officer of Airborne unit
Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations in Bosnia
Deputy Commander - U.S. Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force
Commander - 101st Airborne in Iraq
Commander - Multi-National Forces in Iraq
Commanding Officer - U.S. Central Command
Director - CIA

Barack Obama:
Probably attended college at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard, but no records exist to show grades or any other details
Defacto president of the local marijuana smoking club
Community organizer (whatever the hell that means - ask the ghost of Saul Alinsky)
Champion teleprompter reader
Supposed "constitutional law" lecturer; odd, in that he has no respect for the Constitution
Illinois Senate (D-Chicago Machine)
Rookie in U.S. Senate - only partial term served
Currently serving as Post Turtle in the White House

By comparison, well, there is no comparison.

But the general is saying no to the prospects of V.P., so the whole subject may be moot.

August 8, 2012 at 06:13 | Registered CommenterRedBeard

Barack Obama is Commander in Chief, and that provokes wingnuts completely out of their minds. It makes them drool and rend their garments and causes much wailing and lamentation.

Absurdly unqualified candidates? I see former Guv’na Halfterm (“Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods”) is weeping hockey mom tears; her handpicked and heavily dog whistled fellow grizzly mama from Missouri lost a Senate primary. Aww, so sad.

Three reasons to be of good cheer.

August 8, 2012 at 10:28 | Registered CommenterWinston

Well, that's the rumor . . . Drudge quotes an anonymous Democratic fundraiser
. . . The president is said to be nervous

we're waiting for Harry Reid to confirm the rumor.

That last bit is not actually the funny part; the part that’s funny is that we’re getting better at this sort of thing, while you’re getting worse. There’s no way to prove a negative, and no reason even to acknowledge a Drudge story whose “source” is anonymous. On the other hand, Romney does need to respond to the Senate Majority Leader’s story: it’s easily in his power to corroborate or disprove it, and it's quite plausible some disgruntled Bain Limited Partner was blowing off steam within Harry's earshot. Moreover, whether the prospect of a Petraus Veep slot makes the President “nervous” is ultimately just some speculative whacko wingnut masturbatory fantasy, while whether CP paid no taxes is either true or untrue.

Hey, here’s a little news: Clueless Plutocrat chaired Marriott Corporation’s audit committee at a time when Marriott fraudulently claimed tens of millions of dollars in completely phony “losses” in an ultimately failed attempt to dodge their taxes.

August 8, 2012 at 12:17 | Registered CommenterWinston

Yeah, but we can trust any anonymous source from Harry Reid.
(after all, as they say... they're so much better at this sort of thing)

August 8, 2012 at 13:04 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

It's a frustrating election for Obama. He can't go to court to have Romney thrown off the ballot like he did his Illinois state dem party competitors. He can't grub through the trash to find divorce records on Romney to embarrass him with made stripper tales. He's working the "racist" rant he refined against Hillary & Bill Clinton but that's not working. We have the Romney caused a women to die of cancer but that's blown-up in their face. This having to run on his record and facing the reality that he is the 'Worst President Ever" thing is tough to shake.

Why can't anyone at Columbia University remember a guy named "Barry Soetoro?"

August 8, 2012 at 13:18 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Speaking of Veep's; since we all know the job of Joe Biden is to make Obama look smart therefore lifetime emplyment. Can't we all dream that this woman is next to Obama from now until election day??

"The morning of noted contraception activist Sandra Fluke’s campaign appearance with President Barack Obama in Denver, the newly minted lawyer explained she is “standing with Obama” in an effort to protect women’s health care."

August 8, 2012 at 13:31 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Biden the Wise, Jimmah Cahtah (D- Malaise), Sandra "Gimme my free contraceptives" Fluke, Harry "Some guy told me" Reid, Nancy Pelosi (D- Botox), Debbie Wassername Schultz, all sterling folks for Obama to show off, in his quest to convince voters that he's their guy.

Good luck with that, Barry.

August 8, 2012 at 14:01 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

You know the dems are worried when the complient media comes out daily with these "registered voter" polls to make Obama look goood. These daily jerk-off polls to relieve the stress for dems are getting actually funny. That and Romney causes cancer.

August 8, 2012 at 14:12 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Yes, the "Romney causes cancer" thing is just about the most ridiculous thing the Dems have pulled yet. Sounds like a post from Winnie.

August 8, 2012 at 14:44 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Why can't anyone at Columbia University remember a guy named "Barry Soetoro?"

Tom Miller thinks the President has perpetrated an elaborate fraud and never really attended Columbia.


And they melt down with rage every time we point out how batsh!t insane they are.

August 8, 2012 at 14:56 | Unregistered CommenterWinston

It's to bad it won't be Christie. He would call both Biden & Obama DF's to their face. Hey you gotta earn respect.

August 8, 2012 at 15:44 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller


Isn't it interesting the same guy who supposedly was laid off by Romney, had his wife contract cancer due to Romney and who knows had a third cousin get West Nile because of Romney; nobody in the Obama campaign knows anything about this guy. One problem, Stephanie Cutter talked him up in a May conference call with reporters. How soon the Chicago mob forgets.

August 8, 2012 at 15:53 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

It's a frustrating election for Obama.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
On the contrary, Tom, it’s a profoundly frustrating election for Clueless Plutocrat.

He says the rationale for his candidacy is his success at Bain, yet he steadfastly insists what he did there and how he did it is completely out of bounds. He says taxes are too high on rich people (and not high enough on everyone else) but he refuses to dispel or even discuss persistent rumors that he himself paid little or no taxes on colossal sums of income.

Apart from quite a bit of empty trash-talk designed to butch up his image—f’Pete’s sake, the guy owns a f***ing dancing horse—he won’t say how, specifically, he would do foreign policy any differently from the current Administration. He’d like to talk about achieving universal healthcare coverage in Massachusetts. But when he does the wingnuts hit the ceiling and go berserk. His basic platform—“we can restore the economy by re-electing George W. Bush to a third term—ain’t selling that well.

Most frustrating of all, no one likes him. Even you people, his base, don’t like him. He’s just the ham sandwich who isn’t the Wingnut-Provoker-In-Chief.

August 8, 2012 at 16:18 | Registered CommenterWinston

And yet Winston with all the bile you project Romney will still beat "The Worst President Ever" based on the fact that America can't take another four years of this level of incompetence. He's killed forever the Keynesian economic theory, the worth of community organizers and the myth that you can effectively work and play golf at the same time.

400 1983 Political Science grads with the same degree as Obama from Columbia and none can remember a guy name 'Barry Soetoro.' How do you not go to class and get into Harvard?

August 8, 2012 at 16:49 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Now you've really got me intrigued. Redbeard, Machiavelli. Grayrider, Duff, Tijuana--do you also believe, along with Tom, that President Obama faked going to college?

August 8, 2012 at 17:31 | Registered CommenterWinston

There’s no way to prove a negative, and no reason even to acknowledge a Drudge story whose “source” is anonymous. On the other hand, Romney does need to respond to the Senate Majority Leader’s story:

So, we (including Pelosi) can believe Reid's repeatedly proclaimed un-sourced comments, but are to blow off Drudge's un-sourced comments. Got it. Then, how about the un-sourced word I got about you being a closet transvestite? Should we believe that?

Redbeard, Machiavelli. Grayrider, Duff, Tijuana--do you also believe, along with Tom, that President Obama faked going to college?

Well sure, using your logic, all Obama has to do is provide the documentation.

August 8, 2012 at 17:57 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

OK. A little evasive, but I'm going to put you down as agreeing with Tom: the President faked going to college. What about the rest of you? Skinny?

August 8, 2012 at 18:35 | Registered CommenterWinston

"Tijuana--do you also believe, along with Tom, that President Obama faked going to college?"

My hands up here, yo, yes, definitely yes.

August 8, 2012 at 18:48 | Registered CommenterTijuana

No way he'd pick Patraeus as veep. He would be completely overshadowed by a great man. Everyone would wonder why Romney's name is on the top of the ticket.

August 8, 2012 at 19:16 | Registered CommenterChoy Lee Mu

That's two, then. And the straw poll continues. Gentlemen, what say you?

August 8, 2012 at 19:17 | Registered CommenterWinston

The other funny thing about this rumor is that if the true movement nutters actually get to know Patraeus' positions, there is no way they would approve of him. Patraeus is not Allen "bark at the moon" West.

August 8, 2012 at 19:20 | Registered CommenterChoy Lee Mu

Petraeus and Romney are both too far to the left to suit me, but compared to the Marxist-in-Chief and his village idiot V.P., they're absolutely sterling.

Still, I can't believe Petraeus will be the choice, for a number of reasons. But if the simple discussion of his name freaks out the Obama cabal, then good.

August 8, 2012 at 19:42 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Redbeard, do you think the President faked going to college?

August 8, 2012 at 19:49 | Registered CommenterWinston

OK. A little evasive, but I'm going to put you down as agreeing with Tom: the President faked going to college.

Is English your second language? Of course he didn't go to college. He should produce his transcripts to prove as much. That's YOUR logic, my alleged transvestite friend.

August 8, 2012 at 20:19 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

Any minimally-competent campaign manager, any non-comatose non-criminally-negligent campaign manager, even if it’s Tom Miller, has been telling CP for weeks, just rip that band-aid off. Release the damn tax returns. This drip-drip-drip is killing us. Just take whatever heat there is to take over whatever the hell’s in there, and then get on to other topics. To be telling the candidate anything else would be political malpractice.

The fact that CP won’t do this tells us there’s something very very ugly in there. I don’t, obviously, know what it is—maybe he paid no or almost no taxes, maybe as rumored he took advantage of the 2009 amnesty program for staggeringly rich tax felons, maybe he wrote off twenty times the average person’s income on expenses associated with Rafalca. I just don’t know. But whatever it is, plainly he doesn’t think his candidacy could survive it.

I shy away from political prognosticating. CP might still pull this out despite having to overcome a pretty uphill electoral map. But if you want the next twelve weeks or so to be a campaign about what nasty secrets lurk in CP’s tax returns, versus we simply must replace the President because a bunch of certified lunatics (“the President faked going to college”) hate, despise, and loathe him with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns, why, that’s a campaign I’m very happy to have. VERY happy to have.

August 8, 2012 at 20:19 | Registered CommenterWinston

I'm not saying he didn't go to college, it's just odd know one can ever remember the guy. Not in class. Not at the student union. Not at the campus bars. Nothing.

August 8, 2012 at 20:34 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Really; I LOVE IT when Obama goes off message. You get jewels like this one:

"Obama Complains that Michelle Doesn't Make Money As First Lady"

OMG, did the cameras and crowd look away while Obama pulled his foot out of his ass?

August 8, 2012 at 20:38 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

No one cares about your random bullshit Tom. The story on everyone's lips is that CP's spokeswoman said if only the laid-off-by-Bain steelworker had been in Massachusetts, his wife could've gotten Romneycare for her cancer. And from Limbaugh on down the Nooshans went berserk.

I am so loving this campaign. Since his European Tour of Triumph™ , CP is heading up a train wreck of a campaign of Biblical proportions.

August 8, 2012 at 20:53 | Registered CommenterWinston

With the polls starting to stretch out further for Romney and the "Romney caused cancer" smear blowing up in demwit faces like an exploding cigar, you have to wonder what their campaign strategy of "throwing all kinds of shit against the wall" will bring next? Steph Cutter; Barry’s Chicago mouth piece otherwise known as the easiest piece of ass on Rush St won't disown the cancer ad so this will get comical in the last 90-days of the campaign.

August 8, 2012 at 20:55 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Obviously Winston's hasn't caught up with the 24/7 media cycle that CNN unbelievably exposed that the woman had health insurance with her company and she got cancer FIVE YEARS after the steel plant closed!

Swing and miss demwits and oh' that's going to leave a mark!!

August 8, 2012 at 21:02 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Good catch, Tom. Winston just wishes stuff like that were true. After all, he requires no confirmation...unless of course, it's something that he doesn't like.

August 8, 2012 at 21:22 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

"otherwise known as the easiest piece of ass on Rush St "

Wow. Holy cow. Between this and your "Occupy Wall Street shooter murders Aurora theatergoers to punish the 1%", you are rapidly staking your claim as the most despicable and classless jerk in a very crowded field.

Please don't let us catch you snarking "stay classy, Dems" ever again. I think I'll die laughing. On the other hand, I welcome wingnuts revealing their inner viciousness, it has a way of clarifying how much they resemble rabid dogs.

August 8, 2012 at 21:24 | Registered CommenterWinston

And yet Winston with all the bile you project Romney will still beat "The Worst President Ever"

All the bile *I* project? All I said was, CP seems to be flailing—he calls any talk about his candidacy’s central theme (his business background) out of bounds; his tax policy favors the extremely wealthy at the expense of everyone else; he won’t say how, internationally, he’d do anything different; bragging about his one accomplishment makes his party base hate him; and no one likes him. That’s not “bile.” “Bile” is crudely calling a campaign spokesperson a slut.
And yet Winston with all the bile you project Romney will still beat "The Worst President Ever"

Isn’t it starting to feel like wingnuts are desperate to convince themselves? The longer this grinds on, the more Nooshans appear to be in a disbelieving, enraged panic.

Most of the country just doesn’t think the President faked college, or was married to a man, or got a nose job. In fact they think people who think such crap need psychiatric help. Read some of these comments if you need some perspective on how normal people think.

August 8, 2012 at 22:48 | Registered CommenterWinston

A thing of beauty.



August 9, 2012 at 01:22 | Registered CommenterWinston

Hahahahahahahahahahaha! Winnie doesn't think he projects bile. Too funny.

Did I mention hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!?

August 9, 2012 at 06:11 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Whoopsie. The whole Romney Causes Cancer thing is coming off the rails.

Obama mouthpiece: "As you know, we can’t coordinate with super PACs..."

Yes, we know, but you don't seem too clear on the principle.

August 9, 2012 at 06:41 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

They knew before they didn't know they knew about that "Romney kills man's wife" ad RB. Such a "nicer tone" coming out of Washington since "the one" has been precedent.

August 9, 2012 at 08:28 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Any scumbag who casts a vote for this scumbag (need I say obama) is a scumbag.

August 9, 2012 at 08:32 | Registered CommenterTijuana

"Patraeus is not Allen "bark at the moon" West." say's chewy.

Just more evidence of the left's blatant and unprovoked RACISM.

August 9, 2012 at 08:36 | Registered CommenterTijuana

So funny how the obama campaign let that ad lie out there until they saw it turning on them. Then deny, deny, delie..... about knowing anything about it. Don't you guy's find it interesting watching criminals working in broad daylight like this. This administration truly believes the American people are just too stupid to notice or care about what they do. Too funny. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...

August 9, 2012 at 08:44 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Allen West is a patriot, so naturally the lefties hate and fear him.

You're right, T. Calling West a barking moonbat can only be explained as overt racism. Don't take my word for it; ask Winnie. There can be no other reason to criticize and insult a black man.

August 9, 2012 at 08:58 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

do you also believe, along with Tom, that President Obama faked going to college?

I believe Obama really did go to college, but I would like to know how a self-admitted lackluster student and habitual drug-user managed to get a transfer to an Ivy League school.

August 9, 2012 at 09:24 | Registered CommenterMachiavelli

"A thing of beauty."

Is that all ya got windy? DUDE, bring it on.... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...

Wanna really see something, check this out:

The hypocrisy and fascist methods of the left have no bounds. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.....

August 9, 2012 at 09:27 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Winston's stance for protecting women is so heart warming especially after all his jokes and snark about Sarah Palin's mentally disabled child and Ann Romney's MS. And he wonders why 100% his opinions, bile infused posts and pontifications are ridiculed, ignored, forgotten and acknowledged as lies. But it's a free country; keep posting.

August 9, 2012 at 09:31 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Any day that finds Man Coulter shrieking Candidate Etch-a-Sketch‘s campaign needs a shake-up at the top is a lovely, happy day. The thugs are completely flummoxed when Democrats stop bringing a plastic spork to a gunfight.

I love Harry Reid. I love the ad. We need six more like it. I love how just a couple of cinder blocks to the testicles make Nooshans start whining piteously about what happened to a nicer tone in Washington. I love that Governor Dancing Horse has such a glass jaw some wingnuts are openly wondering whether it’s too late to nominate someone else—as if he weren’t ALREADY the *most* electable out of a repulsive scrum of sadists, psychotics, and grifters. I love that CP is unable to refrain from humiliating himself every time he steps on foreign soil. I love that he has no possible Veep choices that aren’t either hopelessly boring ciphers or huge neon bull’s-eyes (looking at you, Paul Ryan). I love that the entire bench of Retardican halfwits is just dying to go Full Metal Buchanan at the dais in Tampa and this thing could be over by Labor Day.

I feel pretty.

August 9, 2012 at 09:31 | Registered CommenterWinston

Winston's stance for protecting women is so heart warming especially after all his jokes and snark about Sarah Palin's mentally disabled child and Ann Romney's MS.

What a vicious and pathetic liar you are. It's sad, this constant need to fabricate.

August 9, 2012 at 09:38 | Registered CommenterWinston

And he [Winnie] wonders why 100% his opinions, bile infused posts and pontifications are ridiculed, ignored, forgotten and acknowledged as lies.

But he doesn't wonder, Tom. He doesn't wonder at all. Therein lies the core of his mental health issue.

August 9, 2012 at 09:40 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Lol, too funny Winston. Thanks for posting that Hannity footage. Normally, I leave the room when Coulter is on tv but that was hilarious. I bet Andrea Saul is fired by the end of the day. Damn it, didn't Romney's spokespeople get the message that you should never tell the truth? Its so funny to see Romney not able to brag about his signature legislation while Gov. of Mass.

Out of curiosity, who do you guys (conservatives) want? Are you going with one of the boring safe choices like Pawlenty and Portman? Or someone more exciting? How about Liz Cheney? That would scare the crap out of everyone...

August 9, 2012 at 09:42 | Registered CommenterChoy Lee Mu

Andrea Saul is no lefty either. She used to work as a Climate Change Denial spokesperson for Exxon Mobile.

August 9, 2012 at 09:47 | Registered CommenterChoy Lee Mu

Choy, in view that they've never acknowledged the ticket damage inflicted by Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods, I'm sure they're thinking, the more stupid, right wing, confrontational and belligerent, the better. Michele Bachman?

But insecure egomaniac CP hates being upstaged so my bet is on one of the Portman/Pawlenty types, pasty, dull, boring.

That's interesting about Saul. Wasn't she on the McCain campaign staff too? That went pretty well as I recall.

August 9, 2012 at 10:12 | Registered CommenterWinston

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