Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Running Out Of Fat Cats

Commentary By Ron Beasley

Mitt Romney is running out of rich people.

The former Massachusetts governor�s gold-plated fundraising machine has depended almost exclusively on big checks from the wealthy individuals � business leaders, Mormon allies, longtime Republican Establishment donors � whom Romney and his team have been cultivating for years, pressing the cases that resonate for those crowds: That he�ll cut taxes; that he�ll beat Barack Obama; that he�s inevitable and they�d better get on board.

But Romney has proved unable to tap into the emotion-driven small-dollar contributions that helped power Barack Obama in 2008, and which fueled even his more Establishment rival, Hillary Clinton, this time four years ago when she too began to run out of big donors. The result: Republican fundraisers say that despite his success so far, they think Romney is fast approaching a wall, and that he will likely be forced to pay for the campaign out of his own deep pockets.

Dependence on rich people is a problem, you can only give $2,500 once but you can give $25 a 100 times. In addition there is a limited number of rich people.  Santorum like Obama is able to tap the small donor and that's a well that won't go dry.  This may be a test of just how effective the Super-Pacs can be.


  1. Sounds like Bishop Romney needs a lesson in money management.

  2. The real monetary race is the Super-PACs. Direct campaign spending is peanuts.

  3. I guess cats are really decent pets.
    Want to have one on our house.