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Mitt Romney: The Man Behind The Perma-Smile Mega-Rich, Mormon, Chilly and Ruthless
Guardian(UK) | January 30, 2012 | Ed Pilkington

Posted on 01/30/2012 2:14:04 PM PST by Steelfish

Mitt Romney: The Man Behind The Perma-Smile Mega-Rich, Mormon, Chilly and Ruthless

– Mitt Romney may emerge as the Republicans' candidate to take on Barack Obama, but he has a good few obstacles to get over first

Ed Pilkington

'Well, it's just great to be here!" Mitt Romney says as he bounds on to the stage at a campaign stop in January, just one of hundreds he has made in his epic journey – he hopes – to the White House. It is the first of three rallies he will be packing into a single day, this one held in the open air at a small liberal arts college in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

"This is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous," he continues, a perma-grin glued to his face. He has a way of talking down to the crowd, pausing after every sentence to allow them to soak it up, that is disconcertingly suggestive of that old pantomime favourite, Widow Twankey. "What kind of tree is that?" he says, looking up at the branches that arch over him with an expression of mock surprise. "I don't even know. Is it a Mitt Romney tree?"

The crowd laughs heartily, which is peculiar given the quality of the "joke" and the fact that, unlike a pantomime, there are few three-year-olds in the audience. (Besides, as any motley fool could tell you, the tree under which he is speaking is a laurel oak, Quercus hemisphaerica.)

It has been a rum old fortnight for the former governor of Massachusetts. Since 2007 he has been on the campaign trail virtually without pause, laying down a nationwide network of volunteers, fundraisers and supporters that his rivals – Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul – can only dream of.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society
KEYWORDS: americansvsromney; dogsvsromney; inman; patriotsvsromney; romney4romney; romneybigdig; romneydeathpanels; romneyvulturism; ruthlessromney

1 posted on 01/30/2012 2:14:07 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/30/mitt-romney-man-behind-permasmile

But as the article goes on to state “core Republican voters distrust him.”


2 posted on 01/30/2012 2:16:33 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

OUCH!

He’s a liar, slimebag fraud.

Mr. 1-percenter.

Good luck trying to connect with “the folks.”

He’s the custom made opponent for Obama.

GO NEWT!

GO TEA PARTY!

STOP ROMNEY NOW!


3 posted on 01/30/2012 2:18:14 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Steelfish
ROMNEYTVCONSERVATIVE, TV CONSERVATIVE
4 posted on 01/30/2012 2:20:39 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: Steelfish

Romney is so easily beat in November its not funny


5 posted on 01/30/2012 2:21:50 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish
By Ed Pilkington.

Isn't he the star of a television show called An Idiot Abroad?

Seriously, though why should we care what Lunchtime O'Booze of the British press thinks about anything?

6 posted on 01/30/2012 2:23:35 PM PST by x
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To: Steelfish

I oppose Romney and, for now, support Newt. But there was one very reassuring part of this article and it was that in the author’s opinion, Romney will be just as vicious and devious in his attacks on Obama as he has been on other Republicans. We can only hope, because I’m afraid he’s going to win the nomination. By the time I vote against him in Ohio, it will likely be locked up.


7 posted on 01/30/2012 2:27:37 PM PST by LS
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To: Steelfish

I LIKE “mega-rich,” “chilly,” and “ruthless.” (’Pubbies needs a LOT more ruthlessness.) And I don’t care about Mitt being a Mormon.

Its the part about him not being a conservative, that bothers me.


8 posted on 01/30/2012 2:28:52 PM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Steelfish

Exactly, a perma smile, totally phony on despicable obamney.


9 posted on 01/30/2012 2:30:27 PM PST by biggredd1
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To: x

By Ed Pilkington.

Isn’t he the star of a television show called An Idiot Abroad?

Seriously, though why should we care what Lunchtime O’Booze of the British press thinks about anything?

No that is “Karl Pilkington” Not ed.


10 posted on 01/30/2012 2:32:29 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Steelfish

“What kind of tree is that?” he says, looking up at the branches that arch over him with an expression of mock surprise. “I don’t even know. Is it a Mitt Romney tree?”
_________________________________________

Yes Romney

Its a Willie Mitty hangin tree

For treason you traitor...


11 posted on 01/30/2012 2:33:30 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Romney a Massachusetts moderate which is a liberal by Republican standards)
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To: Steelfish
Romney will NEVER get my vote, EVER!

I have held my nose for these country club Republicans for the last damn time. To add insult to injury was Ann Coulter, et al, who basically called Tea Party members uneducated hillbillies while they shilled for the NE liberal. These are the SAME people who hated Sarah Palin with a PASSION.

There will be NO Mitt Romney vote in this household! Good luck A-HOLES pulling the party together after YOU have tried to destroy your Republican opponent.

12 posted on 01/30/2012 2:33:30 PM PST by kcvl
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To: onyx
Mr. 1-percenter.

We can attack Mitt all we want for his beliefs/values but calling him a 1-percenter is Leftist talk and has no place among conservatives.

13 posted on 01/30/2012 2:34:37 PM PST by libh8er
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To: kcvl

I’ll never ever vote for Romney nor will my family no matter how many of his stoogies come on here saying it will help obama.

I’ve had it with his lies and attacks and the way the establishment came out attacking our candidates.

I guarantee right now that the establishment thinks that because we hate obama then we will vote especially as they put a decent VP on the ticket like they did last time.

Well I for one will not fall for it, I held my nose and then they turned on Sarah , they have ignored us and what we want and I will now ignore them if Romney gets the nomination


14 posted on 01/30/2012 2:41:12 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: GeronL

[ Romney is so easily beat in November its not funny ]

Oh yes and even if he wins the end result is almost the same as obama, and it sets us up for another dim-o-crap victory in 2016.


15 posted on 01/30/2012 2:46:50 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Steelfish

I don’t care about R0mney’s facial expression.

I don’t care about R0mney’s wealth.

I don’t care where R0mney goes to church.

I utterly oppose R0mney because

R0MNEY IS A DISHONEST, PRO-ABORTION, GUN-GRABBING COMMUNIST.


16 posted on 01/30/2012 2:46:50 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: libh8er

Bet me. It’s said that “timing is everything” and this is NOT the time for the idiot GOP to run a 1-percenter when obama is raging against Wall Street and Romney is backed by Wall Street.

Romney can’t run against the system, because he is the system.


17 posted on 01/30/2012 2:47:17 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know!)
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To: LS

Romney running against Obama will be totally different than running against the conservative base, the media will not cover his attacks, and amplify them.


18 posted on 01/30/2012 2:52:35 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: manc

Smug little *astards that’s for sure!

Every time I see Ann Coulter’s face I turn the channel. She reminds me of a raving lunatic. The same goes for the rest of the mob who have been piling on not just Gingrich but the Tea Party!

Check out what many, if not most, of Romney advisors have said about the the Tea Party. They don’t think they will need us and actually DESPISE US!

They can KMA!

******

Romney Adviser: Many Republicans Don’t Like Romney Because They’re Stupid

There’s no end to the scorn Mitt Romney’s campaign has for Republican primary voters. They’re like a better-funded Huntsman campaign.

Another Romney adviser was more derisive of the Anybody But Mitt Republicans.

“They like preachers,” the adviser said of the tea party demographic. “If you take them to a tent meeting they’ll get whipped into a frenzy. That’s how people like Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich get women to fall into bed with them.”

And from a supporter invited to speak:

Tampa attorney Paul Phillips illustrates the gap. He came to Romney’s Tuesday morning State of the Union pre-buttal dressed for a business meeting, sporting a blue pinstriped suit and a smart polka-dot tie.

“I’m an educated elitist,” Phillips said before Romney spoke in a warehouse that has closed during the economic recession. “I mean seriously, I don’t view the tea party with a very good light. Most of them quote the Constitution and don’t understand it. It’s pretty scary, actually.”

http://amerpundit.com/2012/01/26/romney-adviser-many-republicans-dont-like-romney-because-theyre-stupid/


19 posted on 01/30/2012 2:53:14 PM PST by kcvl
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To: libh8er

“calling him a 1-percenter is Leftist talk and has no place among conservatives.”

Neithr does romney...so we’re even.


20 posted on 01/30/2012 3:03:31 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Steelfish

“I poop on Backstabber Romney for RomneyCARE and his lies.”

21 posted on 01/30/2012 3:12:03 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Steelfish

If Mitt happens, true conservatives will get frustrated.
If true conservatives get frustrated, they will speak out against Mitt.
If true conservatives speak out against Mitt, they will be placed in a FEMA detention camp.
If true conservatives are placed indefinitely in a FEMA detention camp, they won't be able to vote in future elections to throw Mitt out.
Don't end up in a FEMA detention camp and give up your right to vote to throw Mitt out.
Throw him out now!


22 posted on 01/30/2012 3:27:51 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Proud RINOmney Denialist since 2007!)
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To: kcvl

I can’;t even write what I think of the establishment and Romney but I will say I’;ve had it with them and they will never get my support, money or vote.

They’ve spat in the eye of all conservatives, he has never bothered to meet with conservatives and when I see the likes of Coulter etc , well it makes me sick.

I went and did a few rounds sparring to get some energy out and that did not work as I;m all fired up

Romneys stoogies will be on here soon saying hoe we have to be with each other, the talking heads on TV will say the same and think that all of us are stupid enough to fall for it again.

There is no difference from Romney to obama, homosexual agenda, health care, spending, gun rights etc.

The establishment are telling us that we should not decide who our nominee is and have forgot how the process is to work so I’m forgetting them when they want money, boots on the ground and votes


23 posted on 01/30/2012 3:32:10 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: kcvl

oh and check Mi-kael or how ever he spells it

Not for Romney but calls Newt amnesty and ignores all about flip flopping Romney

This is what we are having to put up with ,idiotic voters http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2840133/posts?page=24


24 posted on 01/30/2012 3:36:54 PM PST by manc (FOX, DRUDGE, HAS BEEN DISGUSTING IN THEIR BIASED ATTACKS V NEWT. I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Steelfish

I’ll vote third-party before I vote for Romney.


25 posted on 01/30/2012 3:38:49 PM PST by rivercat
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To: Steelfish

and what;s with thise 5 ir 6 hairs of his that hang down from his head? What’s that all about? Is it supposed to be hip or cool or something? It’s so old hat it reeks of lounges. come on mitt...it’s 2012 NOT old days when that was supposed to be something. Rich? I don’t care. That;s his business but Presidential? That weak looking smile that he grins at his opponents? Wow... why is he always speaking as if he is in a race? not me....i will never be convinced and never will vote for him. He is plastic and not to be trusted. He may think he is slick and he may be but... I KNOW I am not STUPID.


26 posted on 01/30/2012 3:46:02 PM PST by cubreporter (Happy New Year R ush and we look forward to 2012 with you and the EIB Microphone.)
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To: kcvl

What YOU said! (Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!, etc.)


27 posted on 01/30/2012 4:08:35 PM PST by nfldgirl
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To: FrankR

Romney at the Villages just now

“Lets keep America the hope of the Earth”

Romney the sacrilegous pagan...

It’s the LORD Jesus Christ who is the Hope of the Earth, you anti-Christian fool...


28 posted on 01/30/2012 4:21:05 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Romney a Massachusetts moderate which is a liberal by Republican standards)
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To: GraceG
...even if he wins the end result is almost the same as obama, and it sets us up for another dim-o-crap victory in 2016.

That's the dirty little secret about a Romney run. If he wins, the economy is poised to go in the dumpster beginning in 2013 - thanks to all the wonderful things they DemocRATs have done since 2006. A President Romney will be blamed for the economy (you KNOW they're going to do this) and in the 2016 campaign, the DemocRAT message will be "we TOLD you this would happen! Vote DemocRAT!" Hell, they could even bring Obama back since he only served one term!

Romney wins, we lose. Romney loses, we lose.

29 posted on 01/30/2012 4:40:18 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Controlling RINOs in Congress is like herding cats; should we be surprised Newt got scratched?)
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To: MestaMachine

"Look Daddy! Teacher says: every time a conservative votes for Mitt Romney, a Viking Kitty cries!"


30 posted on 01/30/2012 4:48:09 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Controlling RINOs in Congress is like herding cats; should we be surprised Newt got scratched?)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Amen and God will not be mocked by his sick, blasphemous cult


31 posted on 01/30/2012 5:43:48 PM PST by StPaulRevert
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To: Steelfish

Ode to the Grand Olde Party, and their BFF, the Obamanator.

When Newt or Paul rocks the Establishment Boat,
The GOP oarsmen pull knives from their boots.
The hacking and slashing puts extreme fighting to shame,
Never, no NEVER rock the Establishment Boat!
They cannot win elections, by choice of their suits,
A RINO Nominee is a Democrat, - - - - one and the same.

Two Party as One Party is what they adore.
Never give voters a choice, or politicians
Are out of life-time jobs, forever more.

As we pay our bills,
And hold our noses
As we vote,
The Obamanator holds
His cold, steel knife
To America’s throat - - - - .


32 posted on 01/30/2012 7:19:00 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Tennessee Nana
ROMNEYTVCONSERVATIVE, TV CONSERVATIVE
33 posted on 01/30/2012 8:45:44 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: kcvl
Romney will NEVER get my vote, EVER! I have held my nose for these country club Republicans for the last damn time.

Amen! If a Republican candidate wants my vote, they damn well better be a Conservative. I'm done voting for liberals with (R) next to their name.
34 posted on 02/01/2012 6:56:12 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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