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Many major former Romney supporters not backing him this year?
Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2011 | Allahpundit

Posted on 01/28/2011 10:06:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Most them aren’t definite no’s, but even if they’re holding out for the time being merely to see who else jumps in, that’s … not encouraging. Some, like Judd Gregg, may end up endorsing him anyway but might want to see if Daniels (or Huntsman?) declares first. Others, like DeMint, who have embraced the tea party full-fold almost certainly aren’t going to endorse him unless the entire “true conservative” bench decides not to run. Either way … not encouraging.

My favorite part? Hot on the heels of a rumor that Mitt might skip Iowa, there’s now a rumor circulating that he’ll skip South Carolina too. That makes superficial sense since both are social-conservative strongholds, but have we learned nothing from the Giuliani catastrophe, my friends?

As much as anything else, it calls into question just how far ahead of the pack he is as the 2012 contenders emerge. Even as Romney tries to project inevitability by signing up top GOP money men in Washington and New York, the defections suggest he’s seen as far from a sure thing even among insiders. After all, if top Republicans were willing to commit to Romney four years ago when he was a lesser known commodity, why won’t they get on board now when he’s a household name in the political circles and clearly among the most formidable candidates for his party’s nomination?…

Romney’s top strategists in [South Carolina] – who also are DeMint advisers – indicated that they hadn’t heard from their 2008 candidate and were unlikely to get behind him this time…

Peter Brown, a top GOP donor in Columbia who also served on Romney’s state finance committee in 2008, explained why he was not committed again.

“The word on the street is that Romney will skip South Carolina,” Brown said. “Most conservatives believe we need a Jim DeMint-type, assuming Jim will not run for president, someone who really wants to push for a limited federal government – not a government that will grow more slowly.”

Another possibility: His former South Carolina team might be convinced that Romney not only can’t win the state, he can’t win in the south more broadly. Whether that’s because he’s suspect on abortion or because he’s from Massachusetts or because of his faith, I don’t know, but PPP’s polling of some southern states suggests he’s having difficulties throughout the region. And by “difficulties,” I don’t mean he’s in second behind Huckabee. I mean he’s in fourth, way, way out of the lead, with a favorable rating among Republicans between 50 and 60 percent. If this is all about RomneyCare, I’m not sure why the objections would be so much sharper regionally. Any theories, southern readers?


TOPICS: Iowa; Massachusetts; South Carolina; Campaign News; Parties; Polls; State and Local
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Ummm, maybe because most Southerners are conservative and he's not? Just spitballing here.
1 posted on 01/28/2011 10:06:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The jerk o*f sends me crap in the mail.


2 posted on 01/28/2011 10:08:01 PM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The jerk o*f sends me crap in the mail.


3 posted on 01/28/2011 10:08:06 PM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The word on the street is that Romney will skip South Carolina..."

Well, if it worked for Rudy.

Wait...

4 posted on 01/28/2011 10:08:17 PM PST by OddLane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow, Allahpundit jut can’t bring himself to even mention Sarah Palin’s name. Like a blind man unable to find an elephant in the living room.


5 posted on 01/28/2011 10:15:32 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh noez

What to do What to do...


6 posted on 01/28/2011 10:19:46 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The word on the street is that Romney will skip South Carolina,”
__________________________________________

I was in South Carolina for their primary in 2008...

I was there working for Duncan Hunter...

John McCain had the most trivial lack of campaign you ever saw...

But he still won SC...


7 posted on 01/28/2011 10:24:17 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think we’re gonna need someone who knows more about war than business. I don’t think Romney knows much about either but he certainly knows jack shiite about military operations. If you can look at what’s happening in this world and not see a big one on the horizon, you are blind.


8 posted on 01/28/2011 10:25:27 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: RC one

Palin/Bolton should do the trick.


9 posted on 01/28/2011 10:28:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: DaxtonBrown
Personally, I think AP's got a secret crush.


10 posted on 01/28/2011 10:28:13 PM PST by OddLane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee!
Do I dare mention that “The Donald” Trump may decide to jump into the fray!..


11 posted on 01/28/2011 10:28:26 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips Sink Ships)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Duncan Hunter is awesome!

I really wanted to vote for him, but he dropped out before the NY primary.

:0(

12 posted on 01/28/2011 10:29:14 PM PST by OddLane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ohhhh....Darn.

FUMR


13 posted on 01/28/2011 10:32:49 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously..... You won't live through it anyway.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
ROMNEY BHO
14 posted on 01/28/2011 10:33:11 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Might as well just call it Obama/Biden.


15 posted on 01/28/2011 10:35:38 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: FrankR
The thing that struck me about Romney is how he wasn't able to unite conservatives against John McCain, which seems like a relatively easy task.

I don't see how he's going to be able to defeat Obama, assuming he wins the nomination.

16 posted on 01/28/2011 10:36:45 PM PST by OddLane
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To: FrankR

Both of ‘em are liberal scumbags too. Great graphic aside from that glaring omission. :)


17 posted on 01/28/2011 10:37:25 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: RC one; onyx; Josh Painter

Please explain your comment.


18 posted on 01/28/2011 10:39:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think you know exactly what I’m saying.


19 posted on 01/28/2011 10:41:31 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Haven’t run into many LDS in the south. They are there, but nothing like from KC on west. They are pretty much a lock for Romney if he runs.

He doesn’t look or talk southern, isn’t seen wearing anything but fancy clothes. That doesn’t play well with the working class.

If you want to win the conservative south, you have to relate.

Someone who can talk while frying chicken and making kids do homework.


20 posted on 01/28/2011 10:43:05 PM PST by One Name
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To: RC one
Might as well just call it Obama/Biden.

Excuse me?

21 posted on 01/28/2011 10:44:13 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: One Name
Maybe he should borrow Scott Brown's pickup truck.
22 posted on 01/28/2011 10:45:48 PM PST by OddLane
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To: RC one
I think you know exactly what I’m saying.

That you're ready for ZOT?

23 posted on 01/28/2011 10:45:53 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81; RC one

I’ll guess that he doesn’t think Sarah can win, but that he’ll support her and vote for her when she’s the nominee.


24 posted on 01/28/2011 10:46:03 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: RC one

You’re saying that you’re mentally deficient and looking to find your way home? Worry not! It’s that way, my lad. :)


25 posted on 01/28/2011 10:47:35 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: OddLane

And get him a huntin’ license!


26 posted on 01/28/2011 10:48:26 PM PST by One Name
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To: onyx
I sat out '08, but I have trouble thinking of a Republican candidate I wouldn't vote for if it meant defeating Obama's reelection.

The only one that comes to mind is Hunstmann, although I would be holding my nose if I had to vote for either Huckabee or Romney.

27 posted on 01/28/2011 10:48:26 PM PST by OddLane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From the idiot's (RC 1) home page. He's itching for ZOT!

. That is not to say that I am always 100% on board with the GOP or, as I see it, that is not to say that the GOP is always 100% on board with me and, judging from the lack of love I’ve seen for John McCain around here during the 2008 election,

28 posted on 01/28/2011 10:49:11 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: One Name
It would be more impressive than his "life-time" NRA membership.

Endorsements Out of Thin Air

29 posted on 01/28/2011 10:50:39 PM PST by OddLane
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To: onyx; rc1

Check his homepage; he’s mad at us because we didn’t “show enough love” for McCain.


30 posted on 01/28/2011 10:51:09 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another RINO wearing a big Marde Gras fake elephant head. Good ole Mitt isn't a conservative any more than McCain was and if he's the candidate in 2012 we're in very, very, deep crap.
31 posted on 01/28/2011 10:55:44 PM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t underestimate Romney, he can win without S. Carolina, and no matter what, don’t underestimate Obama. God help us, but he WILL be tough to beat.


32 posted on 01/28/2011 10:56:59 PM PST by americanophile
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To: buccaneer81

I’ve decided not to feed the trolls, even ones who’ve been here awhile, unless there’s a good reason. It’s not up to me to determine who gets to stay here.


33 posted on 01/28/2011 10:58:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: OddLane

I guess I don’t understand the sit-it-out thing: there’s always a lesser of two evils.

You only have so many elections in your lifetime. Waiting around with your thumb up your _ss for the perfect candidate is like a surfer waiting for the perfect wave- it may not come.

I was a political dork when I was young but I voted. I voted for Reagan twice but I voted for Ross Perot the first time he ran and we got Clinton and the AWB.

They’re fixing to try us all again.


34 posted on 01/28/2011 10:59:57 PM PST by One Name
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To: buccaneer81

I have been saying for months that we’re probably going to lose the Whitehouse. The party is hopelessly divided. Sarah Palin doesn’t fix that, she exacerbates it. Giving her your lunch money doesn’t change that. It didn’t help Ron Paul either. Lots of conservatives sent him money and were furious when he lost his primary battle and outright refused to vote for McCain because they were way overinvested in him. McCain, incidentally, LOST WITH SARAH PALIN as his running mate. Think I’m wrong? I have two words for you “Christine O’Donnell”.


35 posted on 01/28/2011 11:00:27 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: OddLane

Exactly. Don’t trust him far as you can throw him.


36 posted on 01/28/2011 11:05:50 PM PST by One Name
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To: Noob1999
Do I dare mention that “The Donald” Trump may decide to jump into the fray!..

You can mention it all you want.

He'll suffer a worse fate than Rudy.

He'll be out after the first cut of Primary states.

THere's nothing there from a conservative perspective.

He excites barely no one in the base.

That's why he would probably be a media favorite and the progressive elite within the so-called GOP power structure.
37 posted on 01/28/2011 11:07:19 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: RC one

Miss Christine O’Donnell never won an election. Governor Sarah Palin has won at least five of them, including the first female and youngest governor in her state’s history. Talk about apples and oranges.


38 posted on 01/28/2011 11:07:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: RC one

The problem is in your mind.

You’ve been listening to the enemy, and he has you by the gonads.

Vote with your heart, for what you think is right.

After the primaries, it will be clear.


39 posted on 01/28/2011 11:10:24 PM PST by One Name
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To: RC one; Brices Crossroads
I have been saying for months that we’re probably going to lose the Whitehouse. The party is hopelessly divided. Sarah Palin doesn’t fix that, she exacerbates it. Giving her your lunch money doesn’t change that. It didn’t help Ron Paul either.

No comparison between Ron Paul and Sarah Palin.

Ron Paul is a kook, and so are a good portion of his supporters.

Sarah Palin appeals to a wide swath of the base, notwithstanding flawed polls that say otherwise, that oversample groups or undersample other groups or poll anything that breathes besides likely voters.

Palin is inevitable. She resonates with the Broken-glass republicans that will be voting in the Primaries.

Furthermore, the more both the GOP elites and the Left trash her, the more the base will rally around her.
40 posted on 01/28/2011 11:10:49 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: americanophile

You are 100 percent right, I think. People still flock to liberals when we think they have been cured of their disease. They haven’t. They think the “right” liberal can solve the problems.


41 posted on 01/28/2011 11:20:19 PM PST by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: RC one

Mcnutts making a BEELINE back to washington to vote yes on the bailout pissed off conservatives and in my mind did him in.


42 posted on 01/28/2011 11:22:49 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: americanophile
Don’t underestimate Romney, he can win without S. Carolina, and no matter what, don’t underestimate Obama. God help us, but he WILL be tough to beat.

Romney can't win spit!

How many millions of his own money did he waste last time around with the worst field of candidates I have ever seen and all he could pull off against the worst candidate ever in John McCain was a distant second?

You have to be kidding!
43 posted on 01/28/2011 11:22:52 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: One Name
He doesn’t look or talk southern, isn’t seen wearing anything but fancy clothes. That doesn’t play well with the working class.

With that, you run into what Democrats do. Look at Kerry and his "hunting" photo. Wearing flannel with a bright orange vest, hand wrapped around a shotgun barrel. Or Clinton when she's talking to a predominantly black group. It just seems like an overdose of being completely fake. Doesn't come off well for anybody.

44 posted on 01/28/2011 11:24:41 PM PST by wastedyears (It has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with control.)
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To: One Name
Listen, I will vote for her in the General and, if she's the best candidate, in the primaries, I'll vote for her there too. As it stands now, I like her better than Romney or Huckabee but that's really not saying much. Voting for her will not even require any holding of the nose. My question to you though is this: will you vote for Romney if it comes to that? If you are like most conservatives, you won't. . That comes back to my point about the division in the Republican party and how it will affect our chances of taking the Whitehouse. I think we have a very strong chance of retaking the Senate but I'm not convinced that we will take the White house. I also think conservatives are seriously underestimating the ability of barack obama to pull votes in 2012. The one thing he does well is campaign and I think he can hold the center in a race against Sarah Palin. My biggest issue with Sarah palin, however, is probably that we are over investing ourselves in her. I also think that, due to her overexposure, the media has her dialed in and is ready to fire for effect the minute she announces that she's running. It's nothing personal mind you. I don't generally care for most candidates. I think I expect too much from them.
45 posted on 01/28/2011 11:35:32 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Bush fatigue did him in as much as anything IMO. Obama, as you’ll recall, exploited that very well. Obama beat him. period.


46 posted on 01/28/2011 11:38:37 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Most conservatives believe we need a Jim DeMint-type, assuming Jim will not run for president, someone who really wants to push for a limited federal government – not a government that will grow more slowly.”

Will these "most" conservatives get their heads out of their butts in time to recognize that Sarah Palin is exactly that person?

47 posted on 01/28/2011 11:40:44 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: RC one

Bush did us no favors and that is for certain.We pissed him off raising hell against amnesty and what do you know right after that we(the republicans) starting losing everything.


48 posted on 01/28/2011 11:43:19 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: buccaneer81

OH....LOL.
I guess that beats all.


49 posted on 01/28/2011 11:45:08 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Kooks seem to be right lately. Ya think?


50 posted on 01/28/2011 11:46:03 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Surfers Rule)
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