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Why I Reluctantly Will Endorse Mitt Romney [Why we reluctantly will zot]
Neoavatara ^ | December 30, 2011 | Neoavatara

Posted on 12/30/2011 6:12:25 PM PST by Neoavatara

My choice for President is Mitt Romney.

I just shuddered at that statement.

But there it is. There is the reality that 13 debates, months of bickering and intrigue, and countless discussions with conservative brethren have brought me.

It is kind of a sad reality. Is this the best conservatives could do?

So here has been my calculation for who I would support, from the beginning. First, the candidate must be electable and able to defeat Barack Obama, both electorally and intellectually. Second, they must broaden the base of the Republican Party, both on the conservative and moderate sides. Third, they must be economically intelligent and have a pro-growth plan that will overturn the Obama economic disaster. And fourth, because of the Obama experiment, they must show some executive level experience.

If you look at our current crop of candidates, the Congressional candidates (Paul, Bachmann, Santorum) all lack significant executive experience. Newt Gingrich could be argued to have some executive experience as Speaker of the House, but that is stretching the definition to the breaking point.

I think all of our candidates have more of a pro-growth plan than Barack Obama.

As for broadening the base, this is the one I had the hardest time with. For example, Mitt Romney. He would definitely appeal to independents and moderates who like a milquetoast candidate. Could he broaden his conservative wing? I think he could, but that is a hard slog for him. Could Newt Gingrich, who has years of baggage and is relatively well known, broaden his likability among moderates? Doubtful. Can Rick Perry overcome his stumbles and convince non-conservatives that he is intelligent? Unlikely. In short, I am not sure any of our candidates significantly broaden the party.

As for electability, as time has gone on, it is clear that Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, and Cain would have great difficulty defeating Obama, both electorally and intellectually.

So after all of that angst, you are basically left with potential candidates Romney, Perry, and Gingrich.

But after Perry's stumble after stumble in the debates, I can see him getting torn apart by Barack Obama in debates, in a style reminiscent of what Reagan did to Mondale. I really wanted to like Perry, but he has never risen to the occasion. His brightest moment was when he presented his tax plan, and he never showed another policy initiative as grand. And he still appears more a caricature than the man that longtime supporters of him describe.

The best qualified candidate of the remaining opposition to Romney is Newt Gingrich. All things being equal, Gingrich would get my vote. But all things are not equal. Every time I think Gingrich can leave his past behind, something comes up. He cannot seem to keep his mouth out of the way of his campaign. And he has been on top for about a month, and I am already fatigued trying to defend every new story about him. I can't imagine what another year of this would feel like. Gingrich, ultimately, is a paper tiger. He is the most well spoken of the group, bar none. But is he really a conservative? Is he, for that matter, even more conservative than Mitt Romney? I am far from convinced of this. And ultimately, he was the decisive argument for me between the two: while Gingrich's sacrifice of conservative principles largely came while he was in his own think tank with no outside pressures whatsoever, Romney's betrayal came while surround by a horde of liberals looking to take a piece of him at every turn in the most liberal state government in the Union. It is not an excuse for sacrificing his conservative ideals, so much as an explanation that makes far more sense than Newt sitting on a bench with Nancy Pelosi.

It comes down to this. I have been waiting for the better part of 4 years for someone, anyone, to show me to be the standard bearer of the Conservative revolution initially started by Ronald Reagan 3 decades ago...and these group of candidates have failed. I was waiting for a Mike Pence, John Thune, even a Jeb Bush to step forward and take the helm. They all took a pass, for one reason or another. And so we are left with the current crop of candidates, despite all of our objections.

The last debate in December was a sort of epiphany. That epiphany was that none of the non-Romney candidates was going to turn into Ronald Reagan. Ever. Maybe this wasn't an epiphany so mach as facing up to the reality. Oh, sure, there are a few Perry fanatics and Bachmann lovers still out there. They will probably hold on until the California primary. But both have stumbled too many times, and too consistently, to be considered serious any more. Bachmann's Politifact nonsense from the last debate was the last string for me. As for Perry, if he was this good in debates in August and September, he would be the leader. But it just seems to be too little, too late. Too many missed opportunities, with too much of his buffoonery now baked into the social consciousness. Santorum has never made the sale. And Ron Paul is...Ron Paul. Fascinating on pure market economics and libertarian views, but he lives in an alternate universe on foreign affairs. Jon Huntsman is a non-entity.

Almost makes you wonder if Tim Pawlenty, who was my early leader, left the race way too early, no?

So we are left with Willard Mitt Romney.

I know. My friends that read here will say this is a sellout. Maybe it is. But logically, without any knee jerk reactions, I don't see any way around this. I have for months begged others and myself to come to a conclusion that is different. But I simply can't.

But here is, ultimately my logic.

I don't think many people will rationally argue that Romney is unelectable. He certainly is. His record as governor is admirable for one of the bluest states in the union, and he has been in politics long enough to be adequately vetted.

Romney would likely pull a lot of independent voters. My really concern is, would he broaden the conservative bloc? I am far from sure about this. My conservative brethren have a deep and well developed distaste for Romney, and I am unsure if Romney can overcome it. But I think ultimately, our hatred of Mr. Obama's liberal policies will unify the right.

Romneycare is the biggest hurdle. Will Romney really stand for states rights? I honestly believe he will. I don't think he will ever be the opponent to government health care we want, so don't even propose such a thought. But our goal is to end the mandate on a federal scale. I believe Romney will be an ally in this small, marginal victory.

Economically speaking, Romney actually is the most well spoken and practical of the bunch. Although he does not support more radical reforms in D.C. such as Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, he also has a more traditional approach put forward, which would do a lot of good in rolling back Obamanomics. Romney likely would support a more radical conservative agenda for the economy if we can show there are votes in Congress for such a plan.

Furthermore, Romney has really show increased maturity on the campaign trail over the past few months. What was a wooden caricature earlier in the year now shows some humor, fraility, and joviality. His recent Fox News Sunday interview with Chris Wallace showed a comfortable, relaxed, and human Mitt.

Last, and certainly not least, we found under George W. Bush that even a relatively well intentioned President needs to be reigned in by Congress. A Republican Congress failed to do that for Bush...it needs to learn its lesson, and keep Romney on a tight leash. Without that, no man sitting in the Oval Office can be trusted completely.

So, after all that explanation, I endorse Mitt Romney. I am not happy about it, and can't believe it has come to this. And I am sure a lot of my friends on the internet will wonder if I have lost my senses completely. But Romney is a good man, a better man than the one sitting in the Oval Office by far. And if he wins the nomination, it is time for Republicans unify, even if it is for this flawed candidate.


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To: Palladin

LOL. So very true.


51 posted on 12/30/2011 6:37:57 PM PST by reaganaut (Mormonism is all about glory to self not Glory to God.)
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To: Neoavatara

This Dole/McCain/Romney idea of “broadening the base” by moving to the Left never works. The Left will vote for Obama. We need to turn out the conservative majority. You are correct that Newt is under constant attack from the Left, but Romney will be also, if he becomes the nominee.


52 posted on 12/30/2011 6:38:14 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Neoavatara

Man you have been busy ping. Got a dead one here!


53 posted on 12/30/2011 6:38:36 PM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: ransacked; Neoavatara; reaganaut

The time to unite is AFTER the convention - especially when there isn’t a clear front-runner until then.

Let’s not forget that THE PEOPLE have yet to VOTE! Whatever the media and their talking heads say, they do NOT rule over us nor choose our public officials.


54 posted on 12/30/2011 6:39:13 PM PST by mrreaganaut (Stupidity killed the cat. Curiosity was framed.)
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To: Neoavatara
I agree with some of your thinking but here is something you might think about.
Romney was governor of a state with a population of about 6 million people that has not grown much in recent years.
Perry was governor of a state of about 25 Million people that is booming and is an economic model for the country. Perry is experienced (along with Palin) in the area of energy production which is really the only way out of the current morass.
55 posted on 12/30/2011 6:39:34 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: Neoavatara

IBTZ!!


56 posted on 12/30/2011 6:40:09 PM PST by Politicalmom (Lazamataz for president!! NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: Neoavatara

Lots of nasty responses here...

Understood though, I don’t care who the nominee is, they all stink, I’m going to vote for whomever the R is running against OhomO, don’t care if I have to hold my nose or not.


57 posted on 12/30/2011 6:42:09 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Neoavatara

58 posted on 12/30/2011 6:42:36 PM PST by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: Neoavatara

Your post reveals your intellect is about as shallow as a dry river.

And you demand a thoughtful response ?

I give children room to scream and be ....well, children.

I don’t engage them in reasoned and thoughtful conversation. They, you, are not capable of cogent thought.

Friggin Simians are not sentient beings.

Be off, like a dirty shirt ....


59 posted on 12/30/2011 6:42:46 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Neoavatara

Your post reveals your intellect is about as shallow as a dry river.

And you demand a thoughtful response ?

I give children room to scream and be ....well, children.

I don’t engage them in reasoned and thoughtful conversation. They, you, are not capable of cogent thought.

Friggin Simians are not sentient beings.

Be off, like a dirty shirt ....


60 posted on 12/30/2011 6:43:15 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: chris37

Point out the “nasty responses”.


61 posted on 12/30/2011 6:43:45 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Neoavatara; mojitojoe

Nah, this is more fun.


62 posted on 12/30/2011 6:44:05 PM PST by reaganaut (Mormonism is all about glory to self, not Glory to God. - which explains Mitt Romney)
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To: Neoavatara

I can make a case for my first choice candidate easily.... she chose not to run.

Now let’s get back to you.... first of all I checked your past posting history and all you do is pimp your blog. So one strike against you already. Now this Mittens the dog abuser post, ....... you want to know why you haven’t already been zotted? Let me tell you why. They are letting people tease you, torment you and also seeing who agrees with you, that way they can zot you and several others all on one thread.

I’m just letting you know, unless all mods and JR are out tonight or asleep, you’re going to get zotted very soon.


63 posted on 12/30/2011 6:44:16 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: reaganaut

They are being a bit premature casting Mitt as the candidate.

But there are a lot of people who are simply going to be voting against Obama. Not because his opposition is worth anything other than that.


64 posted on 12/30/2011 6:44:39 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: reaganaut

LOL


65 posted on 12/30/2011 6:45:01 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Neoavatara

Romney is not “a good man”, he is a morally corrupt, wicked man with good grooming and personal habits, but his political and public life are that of an evil man who is amoral and who wants to hurt what conservatives value and love, and what our nation depends on.


66 posted on 12/30/2011 6:45:54 PM PST by ansel12
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To: vmivol00

Excellent quote.


67 posted on 12/30/2011 6:45:55 PM PST by reaganaut (Mormonism is all about glory to self, not Glory to God. - which explains Mitt Romney)
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To: Neoavatara
RED States choose NEWT !!! And Red States have more Delegates.

January
? - Iowa 28 delegates

? - New Hampshire 12
Newt - South Carolina 25
Newt - Florida 50


February
Newt - Nevada 28

Newt - Maine 24

Newt - Colorado 36
? - Minnesota 40

Newt- Arizona 29
? - Michigan 30

March
Newt - Washington 43
Newt - Alaska 27
Newt - Georgia 76

Newt - Idaho 32
RINO - Mass 41

Newt - North Dakota 28

Newt - Ohio 66

Newt - Oklahoma 43

Newt - Tennessee 58

? - Vermont 17
Newt - Virginia 50

Newt - Wyoming 29

Newt - Kansas 40

Newt - Alabama 50

? - Hawaii 20
Newt - Mississippi 40

Newt - Missouri 52

? - Illinois 69

Newt - Louisiana 46

April

Newt - Maryland 37
Newt or Perry - Texas 155

? - Wash D.C. 19

Newt - Wisconsin 42

? - Connecticut 28

? - Delaware 17
? - New York 95

Newt - Pennsylvania 72

? - Rhode Island 19

May
Newt - Indiana 46

Newt - North Carolina 55

 Newt - West Virginia 31

Newt - Nebraska 35

Newt - Oregon 29

Newt - Arkansas 36

Newt - Kentucky 45


June
? - California 172
Newt - Montana 26

Newt - New Jersey 50

Newt - New Mexico 23

Newt - South Dakota 28

RINO - Utah 40

68 posted on 12/30/2011 6:46:02 PM PST by show
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To: Neoavatara

“endorse” is word that betrays your dillatance.

Support on the other hand is showing your humillity but again I doubt that this is what you are showing us.

When one is over-filled with excitement and consternation they rush to surrender before a battle has been waged. You write a blog. Get some proportion. All we are doing is chosing functionaries for a limited government.

How is the successful nominee chosen at the convention to know the conservative truth of their party base without indications by their vote.

If you wish to give up that conservatism, you may end up with that choice in a future time. But now is not that time.

Man-up, buckeroo. If you have the fight in you.


69 posted on 12/30/2011 6:46:52 PM PST by KC Burke
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To: Neoavatara
His record as governor is admirable for one of the bluest states in the union, and he has been in politics long enough to be adequately vetted.

Admirable????

I find it VERY hard to believe you came to this conclusion reluctantly.

70 posted on 12/30/2011 6:47:01 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Neoavatara

smoked


71 posted on 12/30/2011 6:47:01 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Neoavatara

Good evening. Best of luck with your blog. Goodbye.


72 posted on 12/30/2011 6:47:16 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Norm Lenhart

Norm, you are so great.


73 posted on 12/30/2011 6:48:00 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: Neoavatara; mojitojoe; reaganaut

So you admit that Mitt Romney is your first choice candidate.

Hm.


74 posted on 12/30/2011 6:48:06 PM PST by mrreaganaut (Stupidity killed the cat. Curiosity was framed.)
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To: Neoavatara

Sellout.


75 posted on 12/30/2011 6:48:12 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: mrreaganaut

He’s dead, Jim.


76 posted on 12/30/2011 6:48:55 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: piytar; Neoavatara

Hmmm, checked your posting history, and you have not been around as long as I thought. And you’re a blogpimp.

IBTZ!!!


77 posted on 12/30/2011 6:48:55 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Good job.


78 posted on 12/30/2011 6:49:05 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Guy was monkeying around too much


79 posted on 12/30/2011 6:49:55 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Admin Moderator

Guy was monkeying around too much


80 posted on 12/30/2011 6:50:45 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Neoavatara
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81 posted on 12/30/2011 6:51:08 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: chris37

Which is exactly what Mitt is hoping for.


82 posted on 12/30/2011 6:51:22 PM PST by reaganaut (Mormonism is all about glory to self, not Glory to God. - which explains Mitt Romney)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
An ozone warning has been issued for Friday for most of the Free Republic.


83 posted on 12/30/2011 6:52:48 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Neoavatara

84 posted on 12/30/2011 6:54:05 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Godzilla

Love the new graphic, but you may want to shrink it, O big one.


85 posted on 12/30/2011 6:54:12 PM PST by reaganaut (Mormonism is all about glory to self, not Glory to God. - which explains Mitt Romney)
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To: ansel12

Pretty much what I think........


86 posted on 12/30/2011 6:54:45 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Marcella
Another one was posted before this one and I pinged a moderator to remove it

Thanks :)

87 posted on 12/30/2011 6:55:34 PM PST by CainConservative ( Newt/Rubio 2012 with Cain, Bolton, Santorum, Perry, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Admin Moderator

Was that a Zot or a pre-Zot? It felt like a Zot.

Shoot, I wasn’t IBTZ with my second post. Dang!


88 posted on 12/30/2011 6:56:17 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks for taking out the trash. It was starting to smell in here.

IATZ...sigh,again.


89 posted on 12/30/2011 6:56:42 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Looks like the Romneybots and Paultards have joined forces to leave their parents basement and use the nice computers upstairs tonight.


90 posted on 12/30/2011 6:58:25 PM PST by rintense
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To: bigheadfred

Very true, which is why we need to work NOW to keep Mitt out. Lemmings will vote for him just because he ain’t Obama.


91 posted on 12/30/2011 7:00:33 PM PST by reaganaut (Mormonism is all about glory to self, not Glory to God. - which explains Mitt Romney)
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To: exit82
Eh. You haven't lived until you go in during a zot, when you are posting to the miscreant while the ZotMaster is doing it's remorseless work. It's like a hangover without the headache.
92 posted on 12/30/2011 7:06:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: mojitojoe

Great tag line.


93 posted on 12/30/2011 7:08:36 PM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: reaganaut

I love your zot pictures - so cute yet so deadly.


94 posted on 12/30/2011 7:08:51 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: Osage Orange

No thanks, you got eyes, read ‘em if you want don’t if you don’t, I don’t really care.


95 posted on 12/30/2011 7:11:29 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Neoavatara; darkwing104; 50mm; Old Sarge; 230FMJ; A.Hun; abigailsmybaby; AFPhys; Aircop_2006; ...
Stinking, libtard blogpimp! Take your lousy Myth-loving blog and shove it up your Obama. ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!

To be added or removed from the Viking Kitty/ZOT Ping List, FReepmail Darkwing104 or 50mm.

96 posted on 12/30/2011 7:11:49 PM PST by 50mm (Trust nobody and you'll never be disappointed.)
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To: reaganaut

I don’t care what anyone is hoping for other than me, and that is Ohomo out of the white house.

If my dog wins the nomination, he gets my vote.

If you want your horse to get my vote, then make sure your horse gets the nomination.

It’s as simple as that.


97 posted on 12/30/2011 7:13:05 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Neoavatara

>> I just shuddered at that statement.

Me too. I also threw up a little in my mouth just contemplating myth as potus.

Buh bye.


98 posted on 12/30/2011 7:13:22 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Neoavatara
Romney for Obama in 2008

Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"I’m told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palin’s people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romney’s former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
… aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.


"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off ….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."


"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the “Diva” leak was Nicolle Wallace’s husband."


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



99 posted on 12/30/2011 7:15:41 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Neoavatara

MITT ROMNEY - THE PROVEN BAD GOVERNOR

"As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."

[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]

100 posted on 12/30/2011 7:16:07 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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