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Team Romney Declares Victory, Sees Voting As Mere Formality
AnyoneButMitt.com ^ | 26 December 2011 | Michael Graham

Posted on 12/27/2011 5:52:49 PM PST by COBOL2Java


Unto the manor born, as they say:
Romney’s speech was billed by his advisers as his closing argument before the GOP nomination fight kicks off in earnest with the Iowa caucuses on January 3. But you would be forgiven for thinking it sounded more like the opening salvo in a general election. Romney drew no explicit or, really, implicit contrasts with any of his Republican rivals, training his fire exclusively on the Democrat in the Oval Office. His focus reflected a strategy from which his campaign has rarely deviated all year long. But it was also born of a confidence in Team Romney so deep it borders on serene: that the nomination is, if not in entirely the bag, then about to stuffed there soon. “The dynamics couldn’t be better for us,: says a senior Romney strategist. “I don’t see any scenario where we’re not the nominee.”
Hey, why even bother to have a primary? Why doesn’t the GOP simply announce “The most establishment guy who ran last time and lost gets to be the winner the next time.” It was a great strategy for Presidents Dole and McCain.

We are on the verge of taking the first step in the inevitable march toward Mitt Romney’s polite defeat in November. Mitt’s good at that—losing politely. He did it against Kennedy, and he did it in 2008.

Step one: Mitt wins Iowa, thanks in large part to Ron Paul dividing the opposition. Step two is New Hampshire. Once Mitt is 2-0, obedient Republicans will fall into line. By February 1, he’ll be the nominee presumptive, going through the motions against the token holdout, once again likely Ron Paul.

Then the Axelrod attack machine will crank up and label Mitt a “typical Republican.” He’ll have all the problems of the GOP brand dumped on him, and the more he tries to return to his “I’m no Reagan Bush Republican” MA roots, the more of his own base will stay home.

Obama’s message—“If you’re going to have big-government mandates and a social welfare state, why not have a president who’s SINCERE about it”—will resonate against the empty suit that is Romney.

Mitt will be just Republican enough to whip up Obama’s base, but not Republican enough to inspire his own. Congressional and senate races will be lost because uninspired conservatives won’t bother getting to the polls.

Mitt won’t run mean ads, he’ll pointed defend Obama’s on the Jeremiah Wright charges, he’ll bow before complaints that trying to hold Obama responsible for Eric Holder’s awful record is “playing the race card.” By the time we reach next November, Mitt Romney’s campaign slogan will essentially by “I’m sorry I’m a Republican,” and Obama’s will be “You should be.”

It’s all so obviously, so easy to foretell. And it starts with the myth of “Mitt the inevitable,” fed by his own smug campaign.


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1 posted on 12/27/2011 5:53:01 PM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

Well, I just sent Newt another donation to make this not happen. GO NEWT!


2 posted on 12/27/2011 5:54:33 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: COBOL2Java

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.


3 posted on 12/27/2011 5:59:22 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Parley Baer

I really hope that Santorum wins. I mean we are conservatives and should be supporting the only two conservatives. Michele Bachmann is the other. Some on Rush’s show today were saying that Newt never even won a state wide election. I had not noticed that but it is true. I tell you that Obama will have a field day if Newt wins the nomination. He will have the easiest win to victory in history. If Newt wins the nomination, I will just pray that the Senate and House picks up ALOT of seats.


4 posted on 12/27/2011 6:07:48 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: COBOL2Java

This guy thinks he has it wrapped up?

What a A$$, while he is a democrat. He is running as a republican.

The hard core conservative base says he won’t win the free house at 1600...


5 posted on 12/27/2011 6:08:04 PM PST by cableguymn
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To: doc1019

Mitt will have a terrible time trying to fly in flyover country. The more evangelical, the more conservative and also the more that LDS is viewed as a weird-out factor. That’s simply a demographic observation. Newt will beat Mitt’s pants off in “Jesusland.”


6 posted on 12/27/2011 6:09:02 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: COBOL2Java

Newt said something similar a few weeks ago. Big deal. Lets wait till some votes are counted. With this assembly of candidates, the joke is on us.


7 posted on 12/27/2011 6:11:30 PM PST by VicVega (LSU is without a doubt the #1 team in the nation. GEAUX TIGERS, Geaux Saints)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Unfortunately I think it's over.
8 posted on 12/27/2011 6:12:58 PM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: COBOL2Java
Such an arrogant man. I was checking another site (which has been taken over by Romney supporters) earlier today, and they were hyperventilating over the great campaign strategy Mitt has engineered, laughing at anyone that had criticized Romney in the past. They insisted that it was over, Mitt would be the nominee, and this was the time to start talking about his VP.

A pox on him and his arrogant supporters!

9 posted on 12/27/2011 6:15:07 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: napscoordinator
I've news for you....Congressmen don't run or are elected State wide.

Grab a clue..when you can.

10 posted on 12/27/2011 6:16:09 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: ExtremeUnction

And Obama will squeak out a second term as GOP voters boycott Mitt en masse, some even saying they won’t bother going to vote for the sake of Congressmen.


11 posted on 12/27/2011 6:18:30 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Isn’t this common politician-speak? Mind fakes?


12 posted on 12/27/2011 6:20:48 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
And Obama will squeak out a second term as GOP voters boycott Mitt en masse, some even saying they won’t bother going to vote for the sake of Congressmen.

Exactly. Nominating Romney will be the Republican Party committing suicide.

13 posted on 12/27/2011 6:22:33 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: Osage Orange

I know that. I know you are in love with the guy (I have no idea why). But you are causing us to personally lose this election by your stupidity.


14 posted on 12/27/2011 6:23:53 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator
Congresscritters run in districts. Senators run in the state, post 17th amendment (Grinding teeth noise here).

So... What was incorrect?

/johnny

15 posted on 12/27/2011 6:29:31 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: COBOL2Java

The smug cultist bastard!


16 posted on 12/27/2011 6:30:57 PM PST by Jukeman (No Romney, No Bush, No Trump. No, No, No. Never. Final Word!)
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To: Osage Orange
You only take flack when you are over a target. Carry on.

/johnny

17 posted on 12/27/2011 6:31:18 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: COBOL2Java

He will not get my vote!


18 posted on 12/27/2011 6:32:09 PM PST by Paperdoll (P.O. Bo)
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To: napscoordinator
But you are causing us to personally lose this election by your stupidity.

If you think one vote will make a difference.. you need to look up the definition of stupid.

But if you mean to say that advocating for a conservative... A true conservative... will cause us to lose the election.... say that.

But one person, makes no difference.

What scares you, is that there are millions of us that don't think like you.

Sleep well.

/johnny

19 posted on 12/27/2011 6:34:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I don’t know, but Mitt supporters sure come across as very presumptuous and arrogant. Though we have seen things change a lot in the primary race so far - I guess we just have to wait and see how long their arrogance last if Mitt finds himself performing below their expectations.


20 posted on 12/27/2011 6:35:04 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: COBOL2Java

Welcome to the United Soviet States of America..where the Pravda State Media “vet” the candidates to the pleasure and needs of the RinoCrat UniParty.

This “election” will be a non-election...featuring the state approved “candidates”-whose only distinction is whether they are black or white.


21 posted on 12/27/2011 6:35:04 PM PST by mo
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To: COBOL2Java

We are running against the RNC, the DNC, and the media. It’s an uphill battle, and Willard is not up to the challenge.


22 posted on 12/27/2011 6:36:44 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

should read = lasts.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 6:38:41 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: napscoordinator

If Santorum runs, I’d rather lose with him than lose with a lame candidate like willard.


24 posted on 12/27/2011 6:55:28 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: COBOL2Java

It’s Time To Settle. Mitt 2012. (tm)


25 posted on 12/27/2011 6:57:56 PM PST by pogo101
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To: Parley Baer
I remember when Newt helped win the House in the 90’s, first time in 40 years.

You probably heard something about Newt's book deal immediately after. He was offered first $2.5 million, then $4.5 million by Harper Collins.

He had his hand out weeks after the victory.

In 1988 when Newt firsrt came to Washington his “net worth statement” said that he was worth $10,000. He left ten years later in 1998 it was $7.5 Million. How does one do that on less than $150,000 per year? I doubt that $5,000 speaking fees explains it.

26 posted on 12/27/2011 7:03:52 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks COBOL2Java.
Step one: Mitt wins Iowa, thanks in large part to Ron Paul dividing the opposition. Step two is New Hampshire. Once Mitt is 2-0, obedient Republicans will fall into line. By February 1, he'll be the nominee presumptive, going through the motions against the token holdout, once again likely Ron Paul. Then the Axelrod attack machine will crank up and label Mitt a "typical Republican." He'll have all the problems of the GOP brand dumped on him, and the more he tries to return to his "I'm no Reagan Bush Republican" MA roots, the more of his own base will stay home.

27 posted on 12/27/2011 7:11:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Mikey_1962

Do you have a credible source link for the net worth allegations?


28 posted on 12/27/2011 7:14:49 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: COBOL2Java

The RINO Party elites are Donkey socialist/Marxist lite. They’re the country club Rebublicrats whose names we loathe with a passion. What the RINOs want is to apperar as offering an opposition to the Donkey Party. In reality, they’re in bed with them.

The RINOs aspire to a permanent minority status so they can appear as powerless critics of the Donkeys, but are actually helping them divide and rule the population.

The RINOs are only too happy to take the scraps left behind by the Donkeys. RINOs crave MSN coverage — gained by selling the American people down the river — as long as they can go to the posh DC parties, get invited to golf outings, and vote themselves more perks at taxpayer expense.

Vince Flynn’s “Term Limits” is sorely needed . . . NOW!


29 posted on 12/27/2011 7:27:40 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: COBOL2Java

MItt, I’m not going to lift a finger to elect you to anything.


30 posted on 12/27/2011 7:30:24 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

MItt, I’m not going to lift a finger to elect you to anything. . . . .

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I have never sat out an election, I won’t sit this one out either. That having been said Mitt better have plenty of his own money, he won’t be getting any of mine or a lot of other people. Conservatives don’t donate to RINO’s as a normal rule. We vote for the McCains and the Bush’s in the general, but we don’t send them money.

I do think that there is some likelyhood that Mitt could win the nomination. He has been working on it for 5 years and the guy does know how to organize.

My only hope is that if he gets the nomination and wins the election he turns conservative.

My real fear is that Obama won’t run. Hillary will be the Democrat nominee. She will get the womens vote and will win hands down. O will not be able to qualify in enough states to run and then Hillary will have to step up to the plate and save the party. It doesn’t make a difference that she is the same as Obama, that she was part of the Clinton administration, that she is queer or anti Israel she will be the nominee.

Now put that in your pipe and smoke it Mitt.


31 posted on 12/27/2011 8:03:12 PM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: JAKraig

At this point, I am not even sure the GOP can win this election if its were the only candidates running and the country contained no democrats...

I am feeling incredibly pessimistic at this point ><;;

I pray to God Almighty that some dynamic changes and soon.


32 posted on 12/27/2011 8:17:25 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37
I am not even sure the GOP can win this election. . . .

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If the election is against Obama and any Republican I think it will be a landslide for the Republican. It doesn't matter who the Republican is that except perhaps Gingrich would have a hard time because of his past and the hate the press has for him.

I just don't think we will be running against Obama. There too is the third party that the Democrats will likely foist on us. Paul, or perhaps Trump will siphon off enough votes to do like Perot did against Bush one. That was the only reason Clinton got elected. I suspect that the Democrats are counting heavily on the third party.

I am frightened and I expect Hillary to be worse than Obama. They have the same friends and she will get a couple of years without scrutiny where she will have a free hand to do as she pleases.

33 posted on 12/27/2011 8:45:20 PM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: COBOL2Java

Further proof the fix is in for Mittens. We’re so doomed.


34 posted on 12/27/2011 9:06:29 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: JAKraig

I also fear Hillary, because not because of her abililty as she is an utter idiot, but because of the stupidity of this country.

I wish I could agree that any republican could beat Obama, but it seems to me that saying any republican can beat Obama is essentially the same as saying no republican can beat Obama, because no republican stands out at all. There is no who who stands out as boy that person would make one hell of a leader, none that I can think of except perhaps for West, but certainly none that are in our current field.

I am not searching for a perfect candidate, because I know that such a person doesn’t exist, but at this time I just can’t see anything going in our favor. Maybe things will change, I really hope they do...


35 posted on 12/27/2011 9:27:01 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Osage Orange; napscoordinator
I've news for you....Congressmen don't run or are elected State wide. Grab a clue..when you can.

Abraham Lincoln, you know the first President that was a Republican, was a congressman.

Perhaps it is you who needs to review history.
36 posted on 12/27/2011 10:47:31 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I have no link as I received the data from an FOIA I filed with Congress from the Senate Office of Public Records and the Office of the Clerk of the House to get both Senate and House records.

From 2004 on you can look up the data on line at:
http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/overview.php?type=W&filter=C&sort=D&ptysort=A&year=2004

Everything else is in the pre-digital age sadly.


37 posted on 12/28/2011 6:22:11 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I have no link as I received the data from an FOIA I filed with Congress from the Senate Office of Public Records and the Office of the Clerk of the House to get both Senate and House records.

From 2004 on you can look up the data on line at:
http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/overview.php?type=W&filter=C&sort=D&ptysort=A&year=2004

Everything else is in the pre-digital age sadly.


38 posted on 12/28/2011 6:22:29 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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