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Why Romney Needs Palin (This is how the Left thinks)
The American Prospect's Tapped Blog ^ | December 15, 2010 | Paul Waldman

Posted on 12/18/2010 2:08:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

As we all know, Mitt Romney's biggest problem in the 2012 Republican primaries is that conservatives don't trust him, given that he used to be a pro-choice moderate who got health coverage for Massachusetts' uninsured. His answer to this problem has been to run frantically to the right, staking out the most extreme position he can on any issue that comes up (his latest is an attack on lazy unemployed people). But the truth is this strategy is going to fail.

What Mitt needs to understand is that voters don't make judgments based on checklists. If a true-blue conservative wants to choose his primary candidate based on ideological affinity, all the screamingly right-wing op-eds in the world won't make a difference. It's a feeling, an identification, a sense that the candidate is "one of us." And Mitt just ain't. He's going to have to find some other way to win them over.

That isn't to say ideology doesn't matter -- Romney will have to convince them that he's conservative enough, passing a threshold of ideological acceptability. But he seems to be trying to prove he's the most conservative, and that won't work. Which is why he really needs Sarah Palin to enter the race.

If Palin gets in, she'll have the crazy vote locked down, and that will take the pressure off Romney. If the only thing that matters to you is finding a candidate who hates liberals as much as you do, the choice will be clear. Voters who care about other things -- like who has a chance to beat Obama, who seems to know what he's talking about, whose jaw is the squarest -- will then be choosing between Mitt and a bunch of other candidates who are not, at this point, looking like a bunch of giants. If the race comes down to Palin vs. Romney, Mitt will be in great shape, because Palin has a relatively low ceiling of support even within the party, and chances are she'll be running a Keystone Kops campaign more notable for its entertainment value than for its ability to accumulate delegates.

Whether progressives would rather have Romney be the nominee over someone else is a difficult question. He's probably the one with the best chance to beat Obama, but he may also be the one most likely to govern sanely, should he actually win. This is a question a lot of progressives I know are now asking themselves with regard to Palin -- should you want her to be the GOP nominee, given the small chance that she'd win, set against the likelihood that if by some turn of events she did, within a few months America would become a post-apocalyptic hellscape where survival depends on forging an alliance with the cannibal gangs to overcome the zombie horde?

In either case, there's no easy answer. But it's not something we'll be deciding anyway.


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I think they're in for a rude awakening. Check out the comments, too.
1 posted on 12/18/2010 2:09:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry, this time we won’t be letting the Democrats and Left-Wing Press pick our candidate.

Hope that is OK with you left-tards!


2 posted on 12/18/2010 2:11:39 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a feeling, an identification, a sense that the candidate is “one of us.”

Written by a lib, no doubt about it.


3 posted on 12/18/2010 2:12:24 PM PST by jessduntno (Care what the Left thinks of you? "Their opinion of me and my policies is irrelevant." - Dick Cheney)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The flip flopper Willard Romney would snatch defeat
out of the jaws of victory as GOP nominee!
4 posted on 12/18/2010 2:15:49 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: SoConPubbie

In some states there are open primaries and you can stop it. That is how we got McCain.


5 posted on 12/18/2010 2:17:17 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is a question a lot of progressives I know are now asking themselves with regard to Palin -- should you want her to be the GOP nominee, given the small chance that she'd win, set against the likelihood that if by some turn of events she did, within a few months America would become a post-apocalyptic hellscape where survival depends on forging an alliance with the cannibal gangs to overcome the zombie horde?

What was it this guy was saying about somebody having "the crazy vote locked down"?

6 posted on 12/18/2010 2:19:05 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
chances are she'll be running a Keystone Kops campaign more notable for its entertainment value than for its ability to accumulate delegates.

They sure are in for a jolt. The Palin organization has been orchestrating and carrying out detailed and extended "campaigns" around her booksigning tours, her speech schedules, dealing with the media, all the crucial elements which contribute to a successful candidacy. Certainly fundraising will be the least of Palin's worries if she runs!

These people are pro's by now. It has all happened right under the enemy's nose, and in their arrogance they haven't even noticed.

7 posted on 12/18/2010 2:23:31 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If Palin gets in, she'll have the crazy vote locked down, and that will take the pressure off Romney.

(twitch) being from Minnesota and knowing of Al Franken (twitch) I'm (twitch) fighting the idea that (twitch) Sarah Palin (twitch) may be the best damn thing that can happen to us (twitch) on a national (twitch) basis in 2012 (twitch).

I guess perhaps that I may just be crazy to have a wanton directive for a true conservative leader.

I'm just NUTS but with conviction!

PSSST, please don't let it out that I have voted Bachmann every time she has been elected (twitch) for they may lock me (twitch) up for good for my own good.

Am I crazy?

8 posted on 12/18/2010 2:24:44 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Forget Romney, he's dead meat. In 2008 he spent what--60 million dollars? And didn't even get a T-shirt. His sell-by date has passed.
9 posted on 12/18/2010 2:25:13 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: jessduntno
Written by a lib, no doubt about it.

I've lost track of how many pieces I've read lately written by libs containing amateurish psychological ploys to get us to like Romney.

The left really seems to like him. 'Nuff said.

10 posted on 12/18/2010 2:26:19 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No offense, but Mitt couldn’t even beat John McCain.


11 posted on 12/18/2010 2:33:07 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: BOOM. Taste My Cluebat!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whether progressives would rather have Romney be the nominee over someone else is a difficult question. ....................................... Looks like the MSM picking your candidate again. Why not Dole/McCain? LOL


12 posted on 12/18/2010 2:35:15 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you have to prove you are, you aren’t.


13 posted on 12/18/2010 2:38:44 PM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Romney praises Obama
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney praised President Obama
at a GOP fundraising dinner Wednesday ..
"I also think it's important for us to nod to the president when he's right," Romney said....
Romney, who spoke at a dinner for the National Republican Senatorial Committee,
said he's pleased with the president's plans to "finish the job" in Iraq and Afghanistan
-- lines that drew applause from the partisan audience. He also applauded the president
for standing up to the auto industry.
"I hope he continues to be tough ....The former businessman even offered faint praise for
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, saying that after a series of initial missteps,
"I think he's finally getting close to the right answer."


14 posted on 12/18/2010 2:41:29 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another Gender confused Liberal Palan Hater.
15 posted on 12/18/2010 2:53:05 PM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: A CA Guy
That is how we got McCain.

We got McCain because of Mitt Romney being in the 2008 primaries.

16 posted on 12/18/2010 3:26:06 PM PST by ansel12 (Lonnie, little by little the look of the country changes, because of the men we admire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I actually think to some extent that Sarah Palin running in the primaries could help someone like Mitt Romney. If people really feel she can’t win the general election because she resigned from the governorship, they might be more forgiving of another candidate’s weaknesses—just to get someone, anyone else to win the nomination.

That said, I think Romney has a big hill to climb as a result of all the criticism of Romneycare being like Obamacare.

Lately I get the impression that Palin probably won’t run, but could end up being a “kingmaker” by throwing her support behind someone else. (Huckabee maybe?)


17 posted on 12/18/2010 3:33:22 PM PST by Triton42
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To: ansel12

Romney didn’t help.


18 posted on 12/18/2010 3:39:01 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

Blame Romney then, first he killed the selection by making all potentials know that he was entering the race with all of the money, and all of the organization and people, and then he was too weak to defeat even a broke, McCain or Huckabee.

Romney is still here and now wants to ruin 2012.


19 posted on 12/18/2010 3:43:38 PM PST by ansel12 (Lonnie, little by little the look of the country changes, because of the men we admire.)
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To: Triton42
Hi, Newbie.

First, Gov. Palin running helps Gov. Palin.

Second, nothing could help Romney except if he apologizes
for what he has done.

Finally, RomneyCARE = ObamaCARE = FASCISM

20 posted on 12/18/2010 3:58:48 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Triton42
Lately I get the impression that Palin probably won’t run, but could end up being a “kingmaker” by throwing her support behind someone else. (Huckabee maybe?)

Really, it beats me how you and others like you arrive at that conclusion given everything that Governor Palin has said and done.

Hey, it's your perception, if you want to keep your head in the sand, more power to you!
21 posted on 12/18/2010 4:46:10 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: Triton42
That said, I think Romney has a big hill to climb as a result of all the criticism of Romneycare being like Obamacare.

No, RomneyCare is just like Obamacare for the following reasons:

1. It forces, by law and under penalty of fine, everyone to get insurance, even if they don't want it.
2. Is subsidizes those "who can't afford it" Health Insurance with Tax-Payer money.

That's socialism, bubba!

So stop soft-peddaling the issue.
22 posted on 12/18/2010 4:49:30 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: jessduntno

Palin needs Romney—she needs someone to serve as Sec. of the Treasury when she is elected president. Maybe as a VP choice? I don’t think so.


23 posted on 12/18/2010 7:38:01 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney’s strategy will be much like McCain’s. Help keep the field for the nominationas as large as possible so that back-room deals (like the one McCain and Crist cut over Florida) rather than voters will make the difference.

Myth could never have more than 50 percent of Republican primary voters in the big red states. He needs to back-stab Palin to win.


24 posted on 12/18/2010 8:57:09 PM PST by PaleoBob
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To: ansel12

Let him run, to Mexico, Canada, but not for President.

We don’t need him or want him.


25 posted on 12/18/2010 9:50:27 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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