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Can Romney beat Obama?

Posted on 03/07/2012 6:40:54 PM PST by seeking enlightenment

With Romney squeaking out Ohio and a few other races before I have to question his electability. Ron Paul's supporters are going to support Paul no matter what but Santorum and Gingrich are splitting the vote. If Gingrich wasn't in the race then Romney loses the close races, there is not going to be anyone to split the the vote with Obama. Romney is also spending up to six times the money of the other candidates. Obama is talking about raising 1 billion dollars so Romney will probably be on the other side of the money battle and will his leads evaporate or will he be able to close the gap in the close races when he can't outspend Obama? I know that many people will vote for anyone but Obama but Romney doesn't seem to be able to inspire most of the Republicans and conservatives to vote for him so will he be able to pull in the undecided independents when the media turns the spotlight on him, he has yet to take a serious beating by the media yet and can he take it? If the race was a two man race and Santorum or possibly Gingrich had half his money I don't think he'd get the Republican nomination. So if Romney becomes the nominee and he no longer has his advantages and the pro Obama media comes into play, can he win?


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1 posted on 03/07/2012 6:40:59 PM PST by seeking enlightenment
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To: seeking enlightenment

With gas prices $6 a gallon in some places, and actual unemployment rate of over 11%, if we can’t beat Obama then the Country is totally lost.


2 posted on 03/07/2012 6:44:47 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: seeking enlightenment

In a wos, no.


3 posted on 03/07/2012 6:44:52 PM PST by smalltownslick
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To: seeking enlightenment

If you look at a map of Romney’s wins and where his votes are, it looks similar to an Obama win map.

He might be able to squeak by in a primary, but the areas he’s winning today will go to Obama in November.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 6:44:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: seeking enlightenment

The answer is most likely not.

Romney is simply not a good campaigner and his game plan appears to follow the Presidential loser strategy of Bob Dole and McCain. Don’t say anything that would be perceived as offending the “precious” independents and try to run from the middle. You know the whole be a “gentleman” and be “honorable” while the media and dems bash you as racist and twist every word you say out of context.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 6:48:20 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: seeking enlightenment

Romney and Newt are both capable of winning. The only real shot we have at losing this thing is Santorum.


6 posted on 03/07/2012 6:49:02 PM PST by varmintman
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To: seeking enlightenment

No, he can’t.

I pray I live long enough to see the GOP nominate a worthy candidate. No more “my turn”. Our slimey prez will steam roll Rummey and the tea partiers, far right wingers of the party will be blamed, once again.


7 posted on 03/07/2012 6:49:13 PM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: smalltownslick

Do not know what you guys are smoking. Romney will cream him. Moderate Dems and independents will vote for him over Obama. I will put money on it now. You know who can’t beat Obama? Rick Santorum. he is very unlikeable...


8 posted on 03/07/2012 6:49:13 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: seeking enlightenment

Romney is another example of the media dictating our candidate as they did in the last presidential election, and we know how well that went.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 6:49:53 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: seeking enlightenment

Nope. That’s why he’ll get the nomination. So he can lose gracefully.


10 posted on 03/07/2012 6:50:21 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: cripplecreek

Mitt generates all the excitement of a mid-September baseball game between two teams 20 games out of first place.


11 posted on 03/07/2012 6:51:53 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: doc1019

It’s like this. I don’t like Romney, I am a Gingrich man.

If Romney is the Candidate I will be forced to vote for him, but I will not send him or the Republicans one thin dime.


12 posted on 03/07/2012 6:52:15 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Ballygrl

Nope a rock star vs McCain without war hero status. The socialized medicine debate should be a real barn burner. Worked well in 2008 didn’t it?


13 posted on 03/07/2012 6:54:31 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: Hildy

You are dreaming. Romney will get destroyed. Many conservatives will not vote for him. He will be unable to draw sharp contrasts with Obama, end up having to compete for the same voters, and lose badly.


14 posted on 03/07/2012 6:55:11 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: seeking enlightenment

Oh I forgot he won 3 states he has NO Chance of winning in November Maine, Massachusetts, and that conservative stronghold in Vermont.


15 posted on 03/07/2012 6:58:51 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: Venturer
I will be forced to vote for him

Kind'a my point. With the help of the MSM, we are being force to vote for the candidate of their choice. Sad, sad situation.

16 posted on 03/07/2012 6:59:12 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: JohnD9207

Voting patterns show Romney is winning in liberal areas he has no chance of carrying in the fall.


17 posted on 03/07/2012 7:00:41 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

So who will conservatives vote for? Obama? Really... Three words... SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. Grow up.


18 posted on 03/07/2012 7:02:04 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

So who will conservatives vote for? Obama? Really... Three words... SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. Grow up.


19 posted on 03/07/2012 7:02:12 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: seeking enlightenment

Don’t know, but he’ll have to do it without my vote. I’m not voting for either of them.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 7:03:03 PM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: Hildy

Many won’t vote. Grow up.


21 posted on 03/07/2012 7:03:25 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Exactly...but Mittens is a real Conservative according to Fox News. Pray for our Country.


22 posted on 03/07/2012 7:10:08 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: seeking enlightenment

No


23 posted on 03/07/2012 7:10:32 PM PST by antonico
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To: Hildy
Actually the supreme court justice is just another red herring pushed by the GOP establishment.

If O is reelected there is no way in hell any of the conservative justices will retire. However if Romney is elected Scalia or Kennedy might feel it is ok to quit and Romney will be free to nominate Justices far less conservative than either shifting the balance for years to come. I wont vote for Romney under any circumstances

24 posted on 03/07/2012 7:11:04 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: seeking enlightenment
RINOmney is exactly the candidate Obama wants to run against.

Obama's team will beat him like a rented mule, from every side:

RINOmney is the embodiment of the 1% - and amazingly, he doesn't seem to know it.
RINOmney has been responsible for firing people - and in this age of high unemployment, that isn't a good credential.
RINOmney by virtue of RomneyCare gives cover for Obama on one of the biggest issues of our age, Obamacare.
RINOmney makes abortion, gay rights, government mandates, etc. non-issues.
RINOmney can easily be neutralized by the Chicago machine.

... even worse, RINOmney fails to excite the base and alienates a huge portion (+20%)of Christian voters.

25 posted on 03/07/2012 7:11:10 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: seeking enlightenment

Romney IS Obama.


26 posted on 03/07/2012 7:12:23 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: trappedincanuckistan

“Many won’t vote. Grow up.”

Many won’t vote for RINOmney exactly because they’ve grown up, having voted for Ford, Bush I, Dole and McCain.


27 posted on 03/07/2012 7:13:21 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: seeking enlightenment

The best answer I come up with is that what could have been a cake walk becomes highly questionable with Romney.

By the way, this is two cycles in a row where Romney, with his built in vast organization, and money, and with his aggressive posturing to people considering entering the races, has managed to keep out strong challengers.

Personally I won’t be voting for Mitt, so that is a sign that he may weaken the party down the line, I will be voting for the rest of the ballot, but not everyone who is repulsed by Romney will go to that trouble, and even fewer will be volunteering and donating, with Romney as the face of the party.

This could be a replay of FDR, where in competition with a flailing, failing, economically disastrous president, the challenger is still too weak to win.


28 posted on 03/07/2012 7:13:30 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: seeking enlightenment

Only if gas prices remain high then he has a chance to defeat Obama, other than that there is no chance...


29 posted on 03/07/2012 7:14:11 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Hildy

Grow up chick.

Romney appointed plenty of judges, all of them liberals and leftists.

Only 25% of his judges were even in the republican party at all.


30 posted on 03/07/2012 7:16:54 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: arthurus

Where do y’all get that? Romney is far, far from being my candidate, but to equate him with 0bama is dangerous and just flat wrong. You think Romney will pack the courts with baby Bader-Ginsbergs and, oh, what’s her name - the most recent one? You think Romney will hire, at the taxpayer’s expense, czars in more ways than one, will repeatedly threaten to give our defense secrets away to the the Russians and Chinese, will give lip-service to the Israelis on the one hand and betraying them on the other? You really think that?


31 posted on 03/07/2012 7:17:58 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: seeking enlightenment
The main reason he cannot defeat Obama, (assuming gas prices do not remain high by elections day) is BAIN CAPITAL. Many on our side are so scared to mention this for the fear of being attacked by others on our side but it is BAIN CAPITAL that will utterly defeat Romney. Republicans should have listened to Gingrich and Perry few months ago when they talked about Bain Capital rather than going insane defending Romney including the so called “conservative” talk radio. Huge mistake and now we are paying the heavy price.
32 posted on 03/07/2012 7:19:58 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Bigtigermike

“You know the whole be a “gentleman” and be “honorable” “

I know gentlemen and I know honorable and Mittens is neither.


33 posted on 03/07/2012 7:20:47 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Hildy

So Mittens is going to win over the middle by promising them less? I agree with you on the supreme court but Romney cannot beat a rock star. Stiff like Gore, supports socialized medicine, 2008 all over again. We tried the middle with Mcain...really didn’t work. No Offence intended I will vote for a shoe over Obama, but even $5.00/gal gas has the liberals smiling. Blowing up the civilians in Libya to keep Kadafi from killing them...silence. GITMO open...nothing, the VOLT...nothing...15.4T in debt smiles all around. Going moderate will not work, and Mitt is a moderate. If he wins he has my vote, but I will be plugging my nose again...not a good plan GOP. With respect of course.


34 posted on 03/07/2012 7:20:57 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: varmintman

“Romney and Newt are both capable of winning. The only real shot we have at losing this thing is Santorum.”

Amen! I don’t know how a new “never run so much as a lemonade stand” candidate can beat the current “never run so much as a lemonade stand” president.

I love Newt. I can barely tolerate Romney. Santorum sucks.


35 posted on 03/07/2012 7:21:29 PM PST by Lucas McCain (Heaven protect us from what evil men do in the name of good.)
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To: cripplecreek

Excellent analysis, CC.


36 posted on 03/07/2012 7:22:06 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Hildy

The supreme court justices do not have to retire in the next 5 years.


37 posted on 03/07/2012 7:22:26 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Lucas McCain

“Romney and Newt are both capable of winning.”

Ummm..not so much.


38 posted on 03/07/2012 7:23:08 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: seeking enlightenment

No. He’s the Rats’ chosen candidate, the rich poster boy for their class warfare campaign. We need a street fighter like Newt but I’m beginning to doubt we’ll get him.


39 posted on 03/07/2012 7:23:11 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: JohnD9207

I disagree, too many Americans are hurting, our Country is insane if they elect Obama to another term.


40 posted on 03/07/2012 7:26:08 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: seeking enlightenment

Romney is not the perfect GOP candidate, but getting Obama out of the White House trumps all this time around. And regarding can Romney defeat Obama, I think the wishy-washy Independents (you know, the folks with no core values) satisfied their “I’m not racist” mantra in ‘08. This time they’ll be voting their pocketbook. It’s too late for Obama to turn the economy around so he’s stuck with only two choices: putting lipstick on the economic pig and demonizing the eventual GOP nominee.

If, and this is a BIG if, our nominee can stay focused and on point, not getting sidetracked down one of Obama’s rabbit trails, we’ll be fine. Contrary to popular opinion around here, Romney is shrewd and has his eyes on the prize. Whether he’ll keep his “conservative” pledges he’s now making, that remains to be seen.


41 posted on 03/07/2012 7:28:59 PM PST by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Ballygrl

Americans don`t understand the meaning of “real” unemployment. All they see and comprehend is that phony BLS stat.


42 posted on 03/07/2012 7:29:19 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: Hildy
Do you think we will give up our values to vote for someone we KNOW will lose? Romney is no different than Obama. His lies are well documented. Besides lying he cheats and destroys good people to get power for himself. If you want to see what the leaders of his own state attorney general...religious leaders said he DID after he said he was against gay marriage & abortion; you can read it below.

I WILL NEVER vote for romney or paul. I'd rather a democrats be the destroyer of this country, than a republican, and romney WILL be.

A conservative third party (C) will bring the base and those who want to rid themselves of everything that has been wrong with politics for a long time.

Sorry to the non-romney readers for this long posting, but a few people need to see what romney is really like.

Everything on Romney

A Stern Warning to the “Conservative Elites” about Mitt Romney
Published by Peter LaBarbera at 1:00 pm under ‘Pro-Family’ Compromise, Romney
Contact: John Haskins
JHaskins@ParentsRightsCoalition.org
508-480-0705 

A Stern Warning to the “Conservative Elites” about Mitt Romney

Through their silence, the elites are assisting a political cancer that has profound consequences for our children and grandchildren

We write the following because we must oppose the deception of the American people by powerful and influential conservatives. Many in the conservative grassroots no longer trust the “conservative” media, lawyers and leaders, whom they see as serving the GOP establishment regardless of the will of the conservative base, regardless of the truth.
 
Most of us are not allied with any presidential candidate. But we are troubled by the unethical and Orwellian cover-up of Mitt Romney’s role in catastrophic events in Massachusetts, once the cradle of American liberty. Actions he took as governor were beyond the pale. As Romney twice explained to the homosexual “Log Cabin” Republicans, it would take a Republican to enact their agenda ( www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2006/12/romneys_thought.html ).

Attorneys, journalists and pundits must be fearless and selfless watchdogs of politicians and guardians of democracy. This is a sacred trust that is being defiled. Silence about ugly truths, such as the points enumerated below, is a betrayal of the lofty status we claim in a constitutional republic. Pay the price of courage. Tell America the truth.

Phony Pro-Life “Conversion”

Issue # 1.  Mitt Romney established abortion as a “healthcare benefit” in his own government-run healthcare plan at $50 per abortion — after his supposed “pro-life conversion.” (http://www.mahealthconnector.org/portal/binary/com.epicentric.contentmanagement.servlet.ContentDeliveryServlet/About%2520Us/Connector%2520Programs/Additional%2520Resources/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf ) He created a permanent, official government role for an unelected Planned Parenthood representative on the health care board.

Issue #2.  Romney’s well-timed “pro-life” conversion for the Republican primary pulled a “states’ rights” committment out of nowhere to hedge his political bets. His claim that states’ rights trump the unalienable right to life is inconsistent and unprincipled: he simultaneously opposes an amendment to protect human life, but claims to support one to preserve marriage! What happened to Romney’s committment to “states’ rights?” 
 
Issue #3.  Unforced by anyone, Romney overruled his own Commissioner of Public Health and lied about state law in order to compel Catholic hospitals to issue abortifacient pills — in violation of their freedom of religion enshrined in the United States and Massachusetts Constitutions. Using exactly the crafty political theatre he employed to cover his actions on same-sex “marriage” and homosexual adoption, Romney posed as defender of the very thing he was destroying, gallantly “asking” the legislature to create a special “religious exemption” for Catholic institutions. Even Democrat former governor Mike Dukakis publicly agreed with Romney’s commissioner of public health that state law already grants a “religious exemption.”

“Gay Marriage,” Gay Adoption and Pro-Homosexuality Propaganda In Schools

Issue #1.  In another flagrant lie about the law, Romney told Catholic Charities’ adoption and foster agency they had to give children to homosexuals even when normal mother-father families were lined up to give them a home. Again, he deployed his standard smokescreen, gallantly proposing a “special exemption,” with a wink of his eye to the militantly pro-homosexuality legislature. Again, he got caught. Former governor Dukakis pointed out that the “state law” that Romney was citing as requiring gay adoption was non-existent. It was merely an executive regulation that a governor can rescind with a few strokes of his pen. Romney was apparently fulfilling secret 2002 campaign promises ( http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/12/is-romney-working-with-log-cabin.html ) to Republican homosexual power brokers whose endorsement he coveted and received. He had sought no backing from social conservatives. 
 
Issue #2.  Romney says the Boy Scouts should accept homosexual scoutmasters and that homosexuals have “a legitimate interest” in adopting or producing and raising children.
 
Issue #3.  Though Romney pretends he opposed homosexual “marriage,” he did the opposite. In 2002 he opposed a  marriage amendment that would have prevented homosexual “marriage.” 120,000 citizens, including his wife, son and daughter-in-law signed the amendment petition. Romney’s militant pro-homosexuality Republican predecessor, Governor Jane Swift, and Democrat legislators openly violated the constitution to deny the citizens their right to vote on the amendment. Even the ultra-liberal Massachusetts court ruled that they were violating their oaths and the Constitution. Romney failed to oppose their subversion of the law or to defend the people’s right to amend their own Constitution. ( www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/may/07051409.html )

Issue #4.  Since the notorious Goodridge court opinion discovering a constitutional right to “gay marriage,” Romney has methodically lied about the judges’ legal authority and his own legal duty to enforce the Constitution. As professor of jurisprudence Hadley Arkes pointed out, under the state Constitution, the court has no jurisdiction over marriage law. An opinion issued without jurisdiction is legally void and cannot be “enforced.” Romney also knew that the same judges had recently admitted they have no power over the legislature or governor.

The Legislature never “obeyed” the judges by changing the marriage statute to legalize “gay marriage.” Under the state constitution that was the end of the line. The court neither ordered nor even suggested any intervention by the governor. Many lawyers and law professors (including Hugh Hewitt: http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/12/hugh-hewitt-told-romney-to-defy-mass.html ) told Romney to ignore the unconstitutional Goodridge opinion and embarrass the judges. Mysteriously, Romney rejected their advice. Why? The New York Times finally revealed four years later that, to win a coveted endorsement, Romney secretly promised the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans in 2002 that he would not defend the constitution against an illegal attempt by the judges to sneak same-sex “marriage” past the voters. ( www.nytimes.com/2007/09/08/us/politics/08romney.html?_r=3&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin  )

When the Legislature did not legalize homosexual “marriage,” to fulfill his secret promise, Romney claimed that the judges had. This is a blatant lie plainly refuted by the state constitution Romney swore to uphold! He quickly found willing “conservative” lawyers, pundits and “pro-family leaders” to back him up. Rather than challenge the motives, integrity and “expertise” of their own friends and colleagues, most of the conservative establishment suddenly went silent. Ignoring his oath to faithfully enforce the statutes, Romney ordered officials to violate the marriage statutes and perform homosexual “marriages.” His Department of Public Health illegally bypassed the legislature by changing the marriage certificates from “husband” and “wife” to “Party A” and “Party B.”

Romney gave orders that illegally usurped the exclusive constitutional authority of the Legislature, as proven in this devastating “Letter to Governor Mitt Romney from Pro-Family Leaders.” ( www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/dec_letter/letter.pdf   ). He violated multiple Articles of the Massachusetts Constitution, including one of the most vital principles of American government, which John Adams stated more forcefully than anywhere else in American law:

“In the government of this commonwealth…the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, …the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers,  …to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. — Article XXX, Part The First

We deplore the glaring refusal of the “conservative” establishment to face the implications of a devastating article by a leading constitutional scholar, illuminating why pro-establishment attorneys have covered up Romney’s unconstitutional actions:

“The deeper failure must go to the man who stood as governor, holding the levers of the executive. And if it is countdown for marriage…it is countdown also for Mitt Romney, whose political demise may be measured along the scale of moves he could have taken and the record of his receding, step by step… [I]t became clear that even conservative lawyers had come to incorporate, and accept, the premises that gave to the courts a position of supremacy in our constitutional schemes.” — Hadley Arkes, Professor of Jurisprudence, Amherst College ( The Missing Governor, National Review Online May 17, 2004 )

We equally deplore the refusal to acknowledge the obvious truth in highly respected conservative attorney Phyllis Schlafly’s assessment:

“Massachusetts public officials … are groveling before the four judges… (Romney) said: ‘We obviously have to follow the law as provided by the [Court] and … decide ‘what kind of statute we can fashion which is consistent with the law.’
But what ‘law’? There is no law that requires or even allows same-sex marriages.” — Phyllis Schlafly ( It’s Time To Rebuke The Judicial Oligarchy (EagleForum.org, Dec. 3, 2003 )

Schlafly was right, as any honest and competent lawyer knows. The Massachusetts Constitution powerfully refutes Romney’s entire story that the judges changed marriage law and forced him to give unconstitutional orders:

“[T]he people of this commonwealth are not controllable by any other laws than those to which their constitutional representative body have given their consent.” Article X, Part the First of the Massachusetts Constitution

“The power of suspending the laws, or the execution of the laws, ought never to be exercised but by the legislature…” Article XX, Part the First of the Massachusetts Constitution

Mitt Romney created homosexual “marriage.” His “conservative” legal experts are aggressively covering up both his role and the plain language of the Supreme Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Issue #5.  Though Romney admitted the Goodridge opinion was not based on the Constitution and that the judges had exceeded their power, he opposed a citizen’s drive to remove the four rogue judges who violated their oaths. ( http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/09/iowa-patriots-seek-to-remove-gay.html )

Issue #6.  Though Romney says same-sex “marriage” will damage religious freedom and harm children, who need both a mother and a father, he personally issued more than 190 special one-day certificates to allow homosexual “marriages” to be performed by legally unqualified persons. He claims he was “just applying the marriage statutes evenly.” But as Phyllis Schlafly reminded America, and even the outlaw Goodridge judges admitted, the Massachusetts statutes do not allow homosexual “marriages,” despite Romney’s false claim that the court “legalized” homosexual “marriage. Moreover, a governor is not obliged to issue any special marriage certificates to anyone. Since Romney says same-sex “marriage” will harm children and erode religious freedom, why did he violate the marriage statutes and issue hundreds of special permits? ( www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/ )

Issue #7.  As governor, to please Massachusetts’ militant homosexual groups, Romney aggressively BOOSTED government funding for pro-homosexuality indoctrination, starting in kindergarten. He refused to defend schoolchildren and parents’ rights against this indoctrination. He refused to order his education officials to obey the law guaranteeing that parents’ can protect their children from sexual brainwashing. ( www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/ ) This is a continuation of his views since 1994 when he opposed congressional efforts to protect children by banning federal funding to public schools that encourage “homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.” His deference to militant homosexual groups’ “right” to indictrinate other people’s children was jaw-dropping:

“I think that’s a dangerous precedent in general. I would have opposed that. It also grossly misunderstands the gay community by insinuating that there’s an attempt to proselytize a gay lifestyle on the part of the gay community. I think it’s wrong-headed…”  ( www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2006/12/romneys_thought.html )

With their silence about the illegal actions and toxic legacy of Mitt Romney, the elites are assisting a political cancer that has profound consequences for our future. If anyone has convinced themselves that so-called “same sex marriage” is a fringe issue and not a grave threat to the rule of law and to children they should read Maggie Gallagher’s stunning article “Banned in Boston.” They should also investigate the pro-homosexuality indoctrination of Massachusetts children (“It’s 1984 in Massachusetts – And Big Brother Is Gay”) which had been covert, but in the aftermath of Romney’s illegal orders imposing homosexual marriage, is swallowing up parents’ most fundamental right to protect their children and control their moral education. To remain silent about the re-engineering of the human family and child psychology, and the active and dishonest role Romney has played, is a dereliction of our highest duties. 

We are among those who believe that same-sex “marriage,” homosexual adoption and pro-homosexuality indoctrination of schoolchildren hasten the decline of Western Civilization in its most crucial aspects, whether the elites face that and comprehend it or not. Yet many who have the greatest obligation are cowering in the shadows or even aiding the deception. Our silence is a fatal abdication of duty to our children and future generations, a breech of faith. It is a betrayal of the honor of young soldiers dying overseas for principles that we decided in our hearts long ago require no profound sacrifice from the elites.

The truth is this: Mitt Romney’s fictional defense of natural marriage, childhood innocence, life in the womb and constitutional governance is sustained only by our silence in the face of overwhelming propaganda. Edmund Burke famously said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
 
Dante went further: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”

It is very telling of today’s “conservatism” — an endless regression of sophist ironies and nuances, dissolving, in the end, into absolutely nothing at all — that dire warnings from ancient voices seem like faint, distant echoes bouncing absurdly against rock walls far below our feet, beneath a precipice that we scaled long ago in the conceits of our modern conservative minds. 

To continue in silence or in support of the craftiness and ruthless ambition of Willard Mitt Romney betrays generations past, present and future, including our own children and grandchildren.

Pay the price of courage, friends. Tell America the truth. 

Sincerely,

Judge Ned Kirby (ret.), former Assistant Minority Leader, Massachusetts Senate
Atty. Edgar Kelley, former Assistant United States Attorney, Massachusetts District
Atty. “Robert Paine,” author: “The Governor’s New Clothes; How Mitt Romney Brought Same-Sex Marriage To America”
Dr. William Greene, President, RightMarch.com
Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman, Christian Film and Television Commission
Linda Harvey, President, Mission America*
Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan*
Michael Heath, Executive Director, Christian Civic League of Maine*
Ray Neary, Director, Pro-Life Massachusetts (former President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life)
John O’Gorman, Member of the Board of Directors, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Peter LaBarbera, Founder, Republicans For Family Values; President, Americans for Truth*
Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
John Haskins, The Parents’ Rights Coalition
Gregg Jackson, Co-host, “Pundit Review,” author: “Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies,” contributor, TownHall.com,
William Cotter, President, Operation Rescue: Boston*
Brian Camenker, President, MassResistance
Mark Charalambous, Spokesman, CPF-Fatherhood Coalition, Massachusetts
Nedd Kareiva, President, Stop the ACLU Coalition
Phillip Magnan, President, Biblical Family Advocates
Rev. Earle Fox, D. Phil, (Oxford), President, Road to Emmaus, School of Judeo-Christian Apologetics (www.theroadtoemmaus.org)
Janet Folger, author, columnist, President, Faith2Action
Michael W. Calsetta, Former President, Conservative Democratic Alliance
Allyson Smith, Director, Americans for Truth-California*

* For identification purposes only. All persons are signing as concerned private citizens. This information is solely for educational purposes and not in support of any candidate.

The irrefutable proof that Romney’s “conservative” lawyers are lying to America:

“Letter to Governor Mitt Romney from Pro-Family Leaders.”

www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/dec_letter/letter.pdf

“Governor’s New Clothes; How Mitt Romney Brought Same-Sex Marriage To America,” by Robert Paine, Esq. http://robertpaine.blogspot.com/2006/06/governors-new-clothes-how-mitt-romney_17.html

The most thorough documentation of Mitt Romney’s record anywhere is at: http://massresistance.org/romney/
Contact: John Haskins
JHaskins@ParentsRightsCoalition.org
508 480-0705

A Stern Warning to the “Conservative Elites” about Mitt Romney
Published by Peter LaBarbera at 1:00 pm under ‘Pro-Family’ Compromise, Romney
Contact: John Haskins
JHaskins@ParentsRightsCoalition.org
508-480-0705 

A Stern Warning to the “Conservative Elites” about Mitt Romney

Through their silence, the elites are assisting a political cancer that has profound consequences for our children and grandchildren

We write the following because we must oppose the deception of the American people by powerful and influential conservatives. Many in the conservative grassroots no longer trust the “conservative” media, lawyers and leaders, whom they see as serving the GOP establishment regardless of the will of the conservative base, regardless of the truth.
 
Most of us are not allied with any presidential candidate. But we are troubled by the unethical and Orwellian cover-up of Mitt Romney’s role in catastrophic events in Massachusetts, once the cradle of American liberty. Actions he took as governor were beyond the pale. As Romney twice explained to the homosexual “Log Cabin” Republicans, it would take a Republican to enact their agenda ( www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2006/12/romneys_thought.html ).

Attorneys, journalists and pundits must be fearless and selfless watchdogs of politicians and guardians of democracy. This is a sacred trust that is being defiled. Silence about ugly truths, such as the points enumerated below, is a betrayal of the lofty status we claim in a constitutional republic. Pay the price of courage. Tell America the truth.

Phony Pro-Life “Conversion”

Issue # 1.  Mitt Romney established abortion as a “healthcare benefit” in his own government-run healthcare plan at $50 per abortion — after his supposed “pro-life conversion.” (http://www.mahealthconnector.org/portal/binary/com.epicentric.contentmanagement.servlet.ContentDeliveryServlet/About%2520Us/Connector%2520Programs/Additional%2520Resources/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf ) He created a permanent, official government role for an unelected Planned Parenthood representative on the health care board.

Issue #2.  Romney’s well-timed “pro-life” conversion for the Republican primary pulled a “states’ rights” committment out of nowhere to hedge his political bets. His claim that states’ rights trump the unalienable right to life is inconsistent and unprincipled: he simultaneously opposes an amendment to protect human life, but claims to support one to preserve marriage! What happened to Romney’s committment to “states’ rights?” 
 
Issue #3.  Unforced by anyone, Romney overruled his own Commissioner of Public Health and lied about state law in order to compel Catholic hospitals to issue abortifacient pills — in violation of their freedom of religion enshrined in the United States and Massachusetts Constitutions. Using exactly the crafty political theatre he employed to cover his actions on same-sex “marriage” and homosexual adoption, Romney posed as defender of the very thing he was destroying, gallantly “asking” the legislature to create a special “religious exemption” for Catholic institutions. Even Democrat former governor Mike Dukakis publicly agreed with Romney’s commissioner of public health that state law already grants a “religious exemption.”

“Gay Marriage,” Gay Adoption and Pro-Homosexuality Propaganda In Schools

Issue #1.  In another flagrant lie about the law, Romney told Catholic Charities’ adoption and foster agency they had to give children to homosexuals even when normal mother-father families were lined up to give them a home. Again, he deployed his standard smokescreen, gallantly proposing a “special exemption,” with a wink of his eye to the militantly pro-homosexuality legislature. Again, he got caught. Former governor Dukakis pointed out that the “state law” that Romney was citing as requiring gay adoption was non-existent. It was merely an executive regulation that a governor can rescind with a few strokes of his pen. Romney was apparently fulfilling secret 2002 campaign promises ( http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/12/is-romney-working-with-log-cabin.html ) to Republican homosexual power brokers whose endorsement he coveted and received. He had sought no backing from social conservatives. 
 
Issue #2.  Romney says the Boy Scouts should accept homosexual scoutmasters and that homosexuals have “a legitimate interest” in adopting or producing and raising children.
 
Issue #3.  Though Romney pretends he opposed homosexual “marriage,” he did the opposite. In 2002 he opposed a  marriage amendment that would have prevented homosexual “marriage.” 120,000 citizens, including his wife, son and daughter-in-law signed the amendment petition. Romney’s militant pro-homosexuality Republican predecessor, Governor Jane Swift, and Democrat legislators openly violated the constitution to deny the citizens their right to vote on the amendment. Even the ultra-liberal Massachusetts court ruled that they were violating their oaths and the Constitution. Romney failed to oppose their subversion of the law or to defend the people’s right to amend their own Constitution. ( www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/may/07051409.html )

Issue #4.  Since the notorious Goodridge court opinion discovering a constitutional right to “gay marriage,” Romney has methodically lied about the judges’ legal authority and his own legal duty to enforce the Constitution. As professor of jurisprudence Hadley Arkes pointed out, under the state Constitution, the court has no jurisdiction over marriage law. An opinion issued without jurisdiction is legally void and cannot be “enforced.” Romney also knew that the same judges had recently admitted they have no power over the legislature or governor.

The Legislature never “obeyed” the judges by changing the marriage statute to legalize “gay marriage.” Under the state constitution that was the end of the line. The court neither ordered nor even suggested any intervention by the governor. Many lawyers and law professors (including Hugh Hewitt: http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/12/hugh-hewitt-told-romney-to-defy-mass.html ) told Romney to ignore the unconstitutional Goodridge opinion and embarrass the judges. Mysteriously, Romney rejected their advice. Why? The New York Times finally revealed four years later that, to win a coveted endorsement, Romney secretly promised the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans in 2002 that he would not defend the constitution against an illegal attempt by the judges to sneak same-sex “marriage” past the voters. ( www.nytimes.com/2007/09/08/us/politics/08romney.html?_r=3&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin  )

When the Legislature did not legalize homosexual “marriage,” to fulfill his secret promise, Romney claimed that the judges had. This is a blatant lie plainly refuted by the state constitution Romney swore to uphold! He quickly found willing “conservative” lawyers, pundits and “pro-family leaders” to back him up. Rather than challenge the motives, integrity and “expertise” of their own friends and colleagues, most of the conservative establishment suddenly went silent. Ignoring his oath to faithfully enforce the statutes, Romney ordered officials to violate the marriage statutes and perform homosexual “marriages.” His Department of Public Health illegally bypassed the legislature by changing the marriage certificates from “husband” and “wife” to “Party A” and “Party B.”

Romney gave orders that illegally usurped the exclusive constitutional authority of the Legislature, as proven in this devastating “Letter to Governor Mitt Romney from Pro-Family Leaders.” ( www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/dec_letter/letter.pdf   ). He violated multiple Articles of the Massachusetts Constitution, including one of the most vital principles of American government, which John Adams stated more forcefully than anywhere else in American law:

“In the government of this commonwealth…the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, …the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers,  …to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. — Article XXX, Part The First

We deplore the glaring refusal of the “conservative” establishment to face the implications of a devastating article by a leading constitutional scholar, illuminating why pro-establishment attorneys have covered up Romney’s unconstitutional actions:

“The deeper failure must go to the man who stood as governor, holding the levers of the executive. And if it is countdown for marriage…it is countdown also for Mitt Romney, whose political demise may be measured along the scale of moves he could have taken and the record of his receding, step by step… [I]t became clear that even conservative lawyers had come to incorporate, and accept, the premises that gave to the courts a position of supremacy in our constitutional schemes.” — Hadley Arkes, Professor of Jurisprudence, Amherst College ( The Missing Governor, National Review Online May 17, 2004 )

We equally deplore the refusal to acknowledge the obvious truth in highly respected conservative attorney Phyllis Schlafly’s assessment:

“Massachusetts public officials … are groveling before the four judges… (Romney) said: ‘We obviously have to follow the law as provided by the [Court] and … decide ‘what kind of statute we can fashion which is consistent with the law.’
But what ‘law’? There is no law that requires or even allows same-sex marriages.” — Phyllis Schlafly ( It’s Time To Rebuke The Judicial Oligarchy (EagleForum.org, Dec. 3, 2003 )

Schlafly was right, as any honest and competent lawyer knows. The Massachusetts Constitution powerfully refutes Romney’s entire story that the judges changed marriage law and forced him to give unconstitutional orders:

“[T]he people of this commonwealth are not controllable by any other laws than those to which their constitutional representative body have given their consent.” Article X, Part the First of the Massachusetts Constitution

“The power of suspending the laws, or the execution of the laws, ought never to be exercised but by the legislature…” Article XX, Part the First of the Massachusetts Constitution

Mitt Romney created homosexual “marriage.” His “conservative” legal experts are aggressively covering up both his role and the plain language of the Supreme Law of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Issue #5.  Though Romney admitted the Goodridge opinion was not based on the Constitution and that the judges had exceeded their power, he opposed a citizen’s drive to remove the four rogue judges who violated their oaths. ( http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2007/09/iowa-patriots-seek-to-remove-gay.html )

Issue #6.  Though Romney says same-sex “marriage” will damage religious freedom and harm children, who need both a mother and a father, he personally issued more than 190 special one-day certificates to allow homosexual “marriages” to be performed by legally unqualified persons. He claims he was “just applying the marriage statutes evenly.” But as Phyllis Schlafly reminded America, and even the outlaw Goodridge judges admitted, the Massachusetts statutes do not allow homosexual “marriages,” despite Romney’s false claim that the court “legalized” homosexual “marriage. Moreover, a governor is not obliged to issue any special marriage certificates to anyone. Since Romney says same-sex “marriage” will harm children and erode religious freedom, why did he violate the marriage statutes and issue hundreds of special permits? ( www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/ )

Issue #7.  As governor, to please Massachusetts’ militant homosexual groups, Romney aggressively BOOSTED government funding for pro-homosexuality indoctrination, starting in kindergarten. He refused to defend schoolchildren and parents’ rights against this indoctrination. He refused to order his education officials to obey the law guaranteeing that parents’ can protect their children from sexual brainwashing. ( www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/ ) This is a continuation of his views since 1994 when he opposed congressional efforts to protect children by banning federal funding to public schools that encourage “homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.” His deference to militant homosexual groups’ “right” to indictrinate other people’s children was jaw-dropping:

“I think that’s a dangerous precedent in general. I would have opposed that. It also grossly misunderstands the gay community by insinuating that there’s an attempt to proselytize a gay lifestyle on the part of the gay community. I think it’s wrong-headed…”  ( www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2006/12/romneys_thought.html )

With their silence about the illegal actions and toxic legacy of Mitt Romney, the elites are assisting a political cancer that has profound consequences for our future. If anyone has convinced themselves that so-called “same sex marriage” is a fringe issue and not a grave threat to the rule of law and to children they should read Maggie Gallagher’s stunning article “Banned in Boston.” They should also investigate the pro-homosexuality indoctrination of Massachusetts children (“It’s 1984 in Massachusetts – And Big Brother Is Gay”) which had been covert, but in the aftermath of Romney’s illegal orders imposing homosexual marriage, is swallowing up parents’ most fundamental right to protect their children and control their moral education. To remain silent about the re-engineering of the human family and child psychology, and the active and dishonest role Romney has played, is a dereliction of our highest duties. 

We are among those who believe that same-sex “marriage,” homosexual adoption and pro-homosexuality indoctrination of schoolchildren hasten the decline of Western Civilization in its most crucial aspects, whether the elites face that and comprehend it or not. Yet many who have the greatest obligation are cowering in the shadows or even aiding the deception. Our silence is a fatal abdication of duty to our children and future generations, a breech of faith. It is a betrayal of the honor of young soldiers dying overseas for principles that we decided in our hearts long ago require no profound sacrifice from the elites.

The truth is this: Mitt Romney’s fictional defense of natural marriage, childhood innocence, life in the womb and constitutional governance is sustained only by our silence in the face of overwhelming propaganda. Edmund Burke famously said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
 
Dante went further: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”

It is very telling of today’s “conservatism” — an endless regression of sophist ironies and nuances, dissolving, in the end, into absolutely nothing at all — that dire warnings from ancient voices seem like faint, distant echoes bouncing absurdly against rock walls far below our feet, beneath a precipice that we scaled long ago in the conceits of our modern conservative minds. 

To continue in silence or in support of the craftiness and ruthless ambition of Willard Mitt Romney betrays generations past, present and future, including our own children and grandchildren.

Pay the price of courage, friends. Tell America the truth. 

Sincerely,

Judge Ned Kirby (ret.), former Assistant Minority Leader, Massachusetts Senate
Atty. Edgar Kelley, former Assistant United States Attorney, Massachusetts District
Atty. “Robert Paine,” author: “The Governor’s New Clothes; How Mitt Romney Brought Same-Sex Marriage To America”
Dr. William Greene, President, RightMarch.com
Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman, Christian Film and Television Commission
Linda Harvey, President, Mission America*
Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan*
Michael Heath, Executive Director, Christian Civic League of Maine*
Ray Neary, Director, Pro-Life Massachusetts (former President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life)
John O’Gorman, Member of the Board of Directors, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Peter LaBarbera, Founder, Republicans For Family Values; President, Americans for Truth*
Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania
John Haskins, The Parents’ Rights Coalition
Gregg Jackson, Co-host, “Pundit Review,” author: “Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies,” contributor, TownHall.com,
William Cotter, President, Operation Rescue: Boston*
Brian Camenker, President, MassResistance
Mark Charalambous, Spokesman, CPF-Fatherhood Coalition, Massachusetts
Nedd Kareiva, President, Stop the ACLU Coalition
Phillip Magnan, President, Biblical Family Advocates
Rev. Earle Fox, D. Phil, (Oxford), President, Road to Emmaus, School of Judeo-Christian Apologetics (www.theroadtoemmaus.org)
Janet Folger, author, columnist, President, Faith2Action
Michael W. Calsetta, Former President, Conservative Democratic Alliance
Allyson Smith, Director, Americans for Truth-California*

* For identification purposes only. All persons are signing as concerned private citizens. This information is solely for educational purposes and not in support of any candidate.

The irrefutable proof that Romney’s “conservative” lawyers are lying to America:

“Letter to Governor Mitt Romney from Pro-Family Leaders.”

www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/dec_letter/letter.pdf

“Governor’s New Clothes; How Mitt Romney Brought Same-Sex Marriage To America,” by Robert Paine, Esq. http://robertpaine.blogspot.com/2006/06/governors-new-clothes-how-mitt-romney_17.html

The most thorough documentation of Mitt Romney’s record anywhere is at: http://massresistance.org/romney/
Contact: John Haskins
JHaskins@ParentsRightsCoalition.org
508 480-0705

Romney, Virginia GOP commits election fraud: FOX News
The Examiner
Michael Phelps 

With only minutes before the first Super-Tuesday Caucuses were set to close, FOX News and the University of Virginia Center for Politics reported a likely election fraud situation, committed by Mitt Romney and the Virginia GOP.

The establishment elite may be up to their usual 2012, nomination process shenanigans again as more people in positions of knowing have come forward to proclaim their displeasure with the establishment’s handling of challenges to their favorite candidate.

Multiple states across the country reported precincts tampered with, votes permanently lost, elections oddly postponed, permanently unverifiable results, and now simply not even allowing candidates to even be on the ballot to begin with.

Reporting from Virginia, FOX News’s Shannon Breen gave voice to political analyst, Virginia Tech’s Larry Sabato, who says it is very likely Mitt Romney and the Virginia GOP establishment, and their minions purposely kept signatures from being counted so, at least, Newt Gingrich wouldn’t be on Virginia’s ballot on Super-Tuesday.
  
With only minutes before the first Super-Tuesday Caucuses were set to close, FOX News and the University of Virginia Center for Politics reported a likely election fraud situation, committed by Mitt Romney and the Virginia GOP.

The establishment elite may be up to their usual 2012, nomination process shenanigans again as more people in positions of knowing have come forward to proclaim their displeasure with the establishment’s handling of challenges to their favorite candidate.
Multiple states across the country reported precincts tampered with, votes permanently lost, elections oddly postponed, permanently unverifiable results, and now simply not even allowing candidates to even be on the ballot to begin with.

Reporting from Virginia, FOX News’s Shannon Breen gave voice to political analyst, Virginia Tech’s Larry Sabato, who says it is very likely Mitt Romney and the Virginia GOP establishment, and their minions purposely kept signatures from being counted so, at least, Newt Gingrich wouldn’t be on Virginia’s ballot on Super-Tuesday.
 
If the allegations are investigated and found to be accurate, it would represent an addition to the growing list of reports showing the establishment elite to be manipulating the nomination process country wide, in favor on Mitt Romney.

Further stealing caucuses from other candidates, mainly Ron Paul, to likely insure the continuance of a 1%’r agenda that, according to Wall Street and the lion’s share of its campaign donation money, Mitt Romney is most likely to support should he be the nominee and beat Obama in November.

Supporting Medium: 

FOX News (video): Romney & GOP kept Gingrich off of Virginia ballot

Examiner: Ron Paul’s wife, Carol Paul says elections are being stolen

CSM: Did Mitt Romney steal Maine caucuses from Ron Paul?

BuzzFeed: “Outrage”: Ron Paul Manager Claim Conspiracy In Maine

Political Wire: Santorum Says Romney Rigged Straw Poll

WSJ: Paul Campaign Challenges Romney's Maine Win

Examiner: Maine vote fraud official

Examiner: Nevada vote fraud official

Examiner: Iowa vote fraud official

Suggested by the author:
 Iowa’s delegate seats for sale: Sources
 Carol Paul: Election fraud confirmed
 Romney Paul alliance: Pure establishment theater
 Ron Paul Campaign: Establishment hiding Maine Caucus results
 Newsmax accidentally prints Romney Nevada win article 2 days early

POSTED BY INTERCEPT AT 7:27 PM  
LABELS: CORPORATE RULE, ELECTION FRAUD, LARRY SABATO, MITT ROMNEY, NEWT GINGRICH, RICK SANTORUM, RON PAUL, VIRGINIA

We don’t know what Mitt’s rating would have been

WHAT WAS ROMNEY HIDING?
OBAMA WILL HAVE FUN INVENTING WHAT ROMNEY WAS HIDING.
Romney Admits He Destroyed Government Records To Keep Them From Political Opponents
By Alex Seitz-Wald on Nov 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm
Last week, a Boston Globe investigation uncovered that former Gov. Mitt Romney’s administration destroyed emails, purchased hard drives, and otherwise obliterated all digital records of his time as governor of Massachusetts. This happened as Romney was leaving the state to campaign for president (the first time), and observers immediately speculated that the systematic destruction was politically motivated to hide embarrassing data.
Romney and his campaign have so far denied this, with the candidate saying this weekend in New Hampshire that his staff took the highly unusual step of purchasing their work hard drives because they might contain “confidential and private” information. Meanwhile, he’s made calls for greater White House transparency a part of his campaign message.
But in a fairly stunning admission today during an interview with the editorial board of the Nashua Telegraph in New Hampshire, Romney suggested that his administration deleted emails because they didn’t want “opposition research teams” to have access to them:
ROMNEY: Well, I think in government we should follow the law. And there has never been an administration that has provided to the opposition research team, or to the public, electronic communications. So ours would have been the first.
Watch it:

While Romney’s claim that no previous administration had kept emails may be true, that’s hardly a strong precedent given that emailing was not commonplace for very many years before Romney took office.
Meanwhile, Romney clearly broke precedent with the hard drive buybacks, as staffers for previous administration called the purchases “unheard of.” Terry Dolan, who worked in six previous administrations in the state, told the Globe, “That had not happened prior to the end of the Romney administration.” “I don’t remember anybody buying their hard drives. I don’t remember anybody buying anything,’’ said Stephen Crosby, who worked for Romney’s two predecessors.
Tags: Government TransparencyMitt Romney

43 posted on 03/07/2012 7:29:42 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan; Hildy
He will be unable to draw sharp contrasts with Obama, end up having to compete for the same voters

I agree this is a real potential problem. Unlike some, I think Romney can and likely will win, but he has some real weaknesses, and the above is always the problem with middle of the road Republicans. The conventional thinking is that moderate candidates win moderate voters, but that typically is not the case. The voters will go for not go for a Dem-lite when they can get the real thing, and the moderate Republican simply cannot differentiate in the arguments. Assuming Obama stays unpopular, I think Romney does win because he is a reasonable alternative to a typical voter, but if Obama gains real strength, Romney is compromised on a lot of our best issues....health care, Wall Street, etc.

44 posted on 03/07/2012 7:30:30 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: ScottinVA

Oh they know unemployment is bad, and when they go to the gas station to fill up? and to the grocery store to buy food? who will they blame?


45 posted on 03/07/2012 7:30:52 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: SuzyQue

Romney will put lefties on the Court. he did in Massachusetts. Romney will consolidate and expand Rombamacare. His heart is truly smitten by socialized medicine and authoritarian puritanism. Romney is a slightly different flavor from the kenyan but the core is still red ice. He is a totalitarian just as is Obama but without the Moslem tinge. Bush II was not Moslem but HE began the see/hear no evil re the Jihad. Romney will be no better than that and likely far worse.


46 posted on 03/07/2012 7:31:44 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: doc1019
Dictate? Uhmm, interesting. Who is forcing people to vote for Romney when they get in their voting booth with a secret ballot?

Exactly who is forcing them? I know when I got in my voting booth, I had an establishment individual force his way in and made me vote for Mitt. I screamed, shouted and did my best to pry his establishment hands from marking my ballot for Mitt. I cried for help and the other establishment figures at the precinct did nothing and before I knew it, the establishment voted for Romney in my name.

There will be alot of angst here when Mitt wins, but people are voting for Mitt because they think he can win and for no other reason. I live in Virginia and yesterday all I had to choose from was Mitt or the Kook (no write ins allowed), so I strategically voted for the Kook to make Romney's win in Virginia a bit narrower. Running against the Kook, Mitt won only 59.5% of the vote.

Complain about the establishment all you want, but the voters are voting for Mitt and not your candidate. this is their choice - accept it or sit out in November. It really is no more complicated than that.

47 posted on 03/07/2012 7:33:04 PM PST by Dave W
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To: seeking enlightenment

No chance at all.


48 posted on 03/07/2012 7:34:12 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly.


49 posted on 03/07/2012 7:34:56 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: ilgipper

“The voters will go for not go for a Dem-lite when they can get the real thing”

Exactly.


50 posted on 03/07/2012 7:35:25 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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