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Romney Spokesman: Endorsements Are "Nice" But Don't Really Matter (barf alert)
.conservatives4palin ^ | FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010 | By Doug Brady

Posted on 06/19/2010 8:54:02 AM PDT by curth

Immediately after Nikki Haley's overwhelming victory in the South Carolina Primary, we noted Team Mitt's panic over the credit Governor Palin received:

It appears Mitt Romney is getting a bit nervous as a result of all the well-deserved credit Governor Palin received for helping Nikki Haley in South Carolina, both in the media and by Haley herself. In fact Romney is so nervous he feels compelled to return to South Carolina to campaign for Haley before the runoff on the 22nd.

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This is classic Mitt Romney. When all the mud was flying and Governor Palin publicly and steadfastly stood behind Haley, Romney was, as is his custom, nowhere to be found. Undoubtedly Romney thought he could gain some conservative cred in South Carolina by endorsing Haley in March who, at the time, was considered a long-shot conservative candidate with little chance of winning. However, after Haley's incredible surge in the polls (following, not coincidentally, Governor Palin's endorsement) and ultimate victory last night, Romney saw his plan for making inroads in the important primary state unraveling.

Recent activities on the part of Team Mitt indicate our assessment of Romney's panic was correct. Today Romney travelled to South Carolina to campaign with Nikki Haley and, while there, announced he was giving the Haley campaign $42,000. How, you ask, can he give a candidate that much money given the limits in campaign finance laws? It's easy if you're Mitt Romney. You purchase a team of lawyers to figure out how to get around the spirit of the law. Via Andy Barr at the Politico:

...lawyers for Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC discovered that multiple PACs sharing the same leadership and office space are able to contribute $3,500 each per cycle in South Carolina, according to a Romney source.

With one federal PAC and five statewide PACs each maxing out at $3,500 for Haley in both the GOP primary and general elections, Romney has contributed a total of $42,000.

This is standard operating procedure for Romney. What else can a plastic flip-flopping politician do to acquire the influence he lacks other than purchase it? Unfortunately for Romney, there's not enough money in the world for him to purchase that which he really needs: authenticity.

C4P readers may have noticed Romney's astro-turfers spamming the threads on other websites in the days immediately after Nikki Haley's victory. They repeatedly claimed that Romney, not Governor Palin, was the real endorsement powerhouse in the GOP since he purportedly endorsed 120 candidates since the beginning of the year. They even provided this link to a Romney website as evidence. What a difference a few days make. Now, believe it or not, endorsements don't really mean anything according to Team Mitt, as a Romney spokesman told Barr:

“Endorsements are nice, but Governor Romney understands that money wins elections,” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told POLITICO.

Oh, I see. A week ago Mitt was Captain America because of all the endorsements he made this year. Now endorsements may be "nice" but don't really matter, only money counts. Of course Romney's hack didn't mention all the money Governor Palin's endorsements generate for her endorsees through grass-roots contributions, but why complicate the narrative? What has happened to cause such a dramatic change in Team Mitt's attitude toward endorsements? Perhaps it's because Mitt Romney's endorsements are insignificant, as Rick Santorum indicated in an interview with the National Review to which Ian linked the night before last:

“Palin is the only endorsement anyone wants,” he laughs. “If you ask who the most influential endorsers are, Palin is numbers one, two, and three, with maybe Sen. Jim DeMint at four. Her endorsement is the only one that matters this year. Just look at what she did for Nikki Haley.”

What about Romney, the man Santorum supported in the 2008 presidential campaign? “No offense to Mitt, but he doesn’t carry the weight,” Santorum says. “Mitt can help you with some finance people, maybe in some small way, but his pull is insignificant compared to Palin’s.”

So, to paraphrase, her endorsements are golden, his don't mean sh*t. Yeah, I guess this realization may well have had something to do with Romney's change of heart on the importance of endorsements. It also explains why he had to rush down to South Carolina and hire a team of lawyers to figure out how to give Nikki Haley $42,000 for a race she's going to win easily anyway. Mitt, your erratic actions prove beyond a doubt that, although your endorsements may not matter, hers most definitely do.


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1 posted on 06/19/2010 8:54:03 AM PDT by curth
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To: rodguy911; Canedawg; TexasCajun; Brices Crossroads; free me; justsaynomore; ...

(((PING)))


2 posted on 06/19/2010 8:55:14 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: curth

Mitt is toast.


3 posted on 06/19/2010 8:56:01 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: curth

Now that is funny there.


4 posted on 06/19/2010 8:56:29 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: curth
Romney gets almost no media publicity. Hardly makes a ripple.

Hard to get elected that way no matter how much money you spend.

5 posted on 06/19/2010 8:58:14 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: curth

Romney is a great executive, but has no X factor. Elections are like American Idol. If you have no charisma, you lose. Look at Obama all style, no substance. He won.


6 posted on 06/19/2010 8:58:32 AM PDT by ignoramus2010
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To: curth

Certainly Mitt’s money is more influential and probably more welcomed than his endorsement, but Palin’s endorsement, when the accusations are flying? That was priceless.


7 posted on 06/19/2010 8:59:05 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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The Mittster needs to be watching the political trends more closely so he can flip to the right Candidate quicker.


8 posted on 06/19/2010 8:59:18 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: curth

From my point of view, he’s dead-on right. I don’t give a damn who endorses who, and never have. Educated, informed voters (who, let’s admit it, are the minority) don’t need a celebrity to tell us who to vote for.


9 posted on 06/19/2010 8:59:21 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Yes, Chef!)
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To: curth
When all the mud was flying and Governor Palin publicly and steadfastly stood behind Haley, Romney was, as is his custom, nowhere to be found.

More fiction from Precious' minions.

10 posted on 06/19/2010 9:04:35 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: curth
Willard the RAT needs to join his real love, the democrats.
11 posted on 06/19/2010 9:05:45 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: curth
“Endorsements are nice, but Governor Romney understands that money wins elections,” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told POLITICO.

Yeah, like for Alvin Greene.

Romney spent HOW much in New Hampshire, his next door neighbor, to lose to McCain, who was nearly broke by the time that primary hit?
12 posted on 06/19/2010 9:07:05 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I saw him on Fox the other day..I noticed he is getting that perfect head of dark hair “frosted” to add to his mature image


13 posted on 06/19/2010 9:08:27 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: ignoramus2010
If you have no charisma, you lose.

Reminds me of the classic YouTube video
Romney visits Gilligan's Island
14 posted on 06/19/2010 9:11:30 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: pissant
It's true, totally non fiction.

She stood up for her during the accusations, Romney was mute.

You're being no better than a troll when you say dumb stuff like that.

15 posted on 06/19/2010 9:13:05 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

More minion BS:

“I stand four square by Nikki Haley. I don’t put much stock in unsubstantiated blog posts that appear at the 11th hour, and neither should the voters of South Carolina.”

Mitt Romney


16 posted on 06/19/2010 9:19:48 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Lakeshark

Mitt Romney headed to S.C. for Nikki Haley (primary)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38325.html


17 posted on 06/19/2010 9:22:52 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: NoRedTape

Romney endorsed Haley long before Precious did.


18 posted on 06/19/2010 9:25:07 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: curth
An objective observer of the value of endorsements from a firsthand perspective would be Rick Santorum, who said ... Palin is the only endorsement anyone wants.

So Mitt sends Eric Fehrnstrom (bigtime putz) out to pooh-pooh endorsements because Mitt's endorsements mean nothing, and everybody knows it.

Santorum, however, doesn’t play coy when I ask him about what his endorsement means to a fellow Republican, if anything. “Palin is the only endorsement anyone wants,” he laughs. “If you ask who the most influential endorsers are, Palin is numbers one, two, and three, with maybe Sen. Jim DeMint at four. Her endorsement is the only one that matters this year. Just look at what she did for Nikki Haley.”

What about Romney, the man Santorum supported in the 2008 presidential campaign? “No offense to Mitt, but he doesn’t carry the weight,” Santorum says. “Mitt can help you with some finance people, maybe in some small way, but his pull is insignificant compared to Palin’s.”

19 posted on 06/19/2010 9:26:07 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: pissant

Yes and she languished in fourth place until Precious brought her to the forefront. Her endorsement is indeed precious.


20 posted on 06/19/2010 9:29:10 AM PDT by curth (Sarah Palin: 1.5M Facebook fans. "I'm In For $15 - Donate $15 to Sarahpac to celebrate!)
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To: curth

Nonsense.


21 posted on 06/19/2010 9:30:28 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: curth

Palin may have gotten it right on some but she damn sure blew it in Alabama.

The guy she endorsed here was the biggest buffoon in the race.


I could look at the candidates websites and sort of tell you which ones I would endorse. It’s not that difficult. Obviously, she didn’t know most of these folks.


22 posted on 06/19/2010 9:35:31 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: pissant

Since when did you join Team Romney?


23 posted on 06/19/2010 9:35:43 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: curth

Can you say “Jealous”!


24 posted on 06/19/2010 9:44:18 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: curth

You have to wonder about so-called “conservatives” who actually get upset that someone gives the preferred conservative candidate $42,000 to win their election.

But some people are just very deranged.


25 posted on 06/19/2010 9:45:25 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: pissant
“No offense to Mitt, but he doesn’t carry the weight,” Santorum says. “Mitt can help you with some finance people, maybe in some small way, but his pull is insignificant compared to Palin’s.”

Little mittens is insignificant and there isn't anything you can do about it.

Go Sarah

Pissant - You're now known as Mitt's little precious kitten. SmileyCentral.com
26 posted on 06/19/2010 10:03:41 AM PDT by presently no screen name ( Repeal ZeroCare!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I didn’t. There is more than enough ammo to mug Romney with. No need to make stuff up, like this author did.


27 posted on 06/19/2010 10:07:27 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Point taken.


28 posted on 06/19/2010 10:09:39 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

No Kidding. What is Mr. Socialized medicine interested in conservative candidates for anyways?


29 posted on 06/19/2010 10:09:52 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: pissant
I knew he had endorsed her, but never saw any article about him defending her during the onslaught while there were multiples about Sarah's facebook postings during that time.

If he actually said that, then very few people heard it. I'll stand corrected if true, but if a tree falls deep in the forest, nobody hears it.

It is fairly well known that Haley gained traction only after Sarah Palin endorsed her, and her strong defense helped a lot when the allegations came out.

As to "minions", admit it, don't you wish your candidate had even had a paltry few?

:-)

30 posted on 06/19/2010 10:21:32 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: curth
This is always said, and by some who provide endorsements themselves, by people who are on the losing side of the argument. It's the same take as "Polls don't really mean anything, the only poll that matters is the one taken on Election Day" line -- that usually offered by someone who was riding high in 'em and has had a steep drop for one reason or another.

If endorsements didn't matter, they wouldn't still be made or requested.

31 posted on 06/19/2010 10:25:56 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: pissant
Romney endorsed Haley long before Precious did.

We know that Pissant.

The point is, is that Romney's endorsements mean squat. Haley was still stuck in last place when Romney endorsed her. Only Palin's endorsement carried her to the top.

32 posted on 06/19/2010 10:32:30 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I was responding to someone who apparently is not included in the “we know that” crowd.


33 posted on 06/19/2010 10:44:22 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: curth

“Endorsements are nice, but Governor Romney understands that money wins elections,” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told POLITICO.”

Hmm, sounds like Mitt has a plan for 2012. I don’t trust the GOP not to go for it. At this point Obama is so low they might think that even Mitt could get elected AND bring all that money with him. God save us from this mindset, we need a true conservative leader. Not another Pres__ent.


34 posted on 06/19/2010 11:06:01 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: curth
Willard Myth Romney would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as POTUS nominee!
35 posted on 06/19/2010 11:46:30 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: hennie pennie

*PING*


36 posted on 06/19/2010 2:46:14 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege
LOL @ Mittens!!!

AND "Sour Grapes!"

37 posted on 06/19/2010 2:49:17 PM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: curth
(cough...) I think somebody's ... jealous...(cough)
38 posted on 06/19/2010 3:02:51 PM PDT by redhead (BP Gulf Blowout Debacle: Obama's CHERNOBYL.)
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To: redhead
Remember how jealous Mitt Romney was when Gov. Palin
went on the Jay Leno show?

Mitt Romney actually went on Letterman
(jealously choosing the same night as Gov. Palin on Leno,
and after Letterman attacked Gov. Palin’s daughters!




Mitt RomneyCARE (D, Shapeshifter): "I'm not running as the Republican view or a continuation of Republican values.
That's not what brings me to the race.

(Backstabber Romney Video, accessed 9/19/07)



"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
 over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
 to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn’t make any sense at all.""

--  President Ronald Reagan




Romney (Carpetbagger shapeshifter, D, RINO): ”I'm very clear I think, to the people across the Commonwealth
my "R" didn't stand so much for Republican as it does for reform.
"
(Flip-flop chameleon artiste and Mitt RomneyCARE
Video, accessed 9/19/07)



"A political party cannot be all things to all people.
It must represent certain fundamental beliefs
 which must not be compromised to political expediency
or simply to swell its numbers."

--  President Ronald Reagan


39 posted on 06/19/2010 4:31:11 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: pissant

After Romney endorsed her how far did Haley’s favorables move up? And after the Palin endorsement? (I won’t ask about Duncan Hunter not endorsing Haley, he was probably busy on an elk hunt or fishing trip).


40 posted on 06/19/2010 5:28:31 PM PDT by jla
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Appears Pissant joined Team Romney about the time he was pushing Molina for Governor of Texas.


41 posted on 06/19/2010 8:02:53 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

The same as 30,000 people that show up for a Sarah Palin event..it means nothing!!!


42 posted on 06/20/2010 5:36:33 PM PDT by GregB (Sarah Palin The Next President Of The United States!!!!)
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