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Ross Douthat: Everything’s Coming Up Romney [Massachusetts Dreamin']
The New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | Ross Douthat

Posted on 03/08/2011 12:02:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Last August, I wrote the following about Mitt Romney’s odds of winning the Republican nomination:

In a sense, the stronger President Obama looks next year, the better Romney’s chances of being nominated. He needs the prospect of an uphill general-election battle to keep his potential rivals for establishment support safely on the sidelines. And then he needs that same establishment to rally around him once the primary voting starts — not out of love or admiration, but out of fear of the populist alternative.

Six months later, this is almost exactly how things are playing out. In many ways, Romney still looks like an extraordinarily weak frontrunner, if he’s the frontrunner at all — defined by his flip-flops, dogged by the resemblance between his Massachusetts health care bill and Obamacare, and unable to break 20 percent in the polls. But the establishment’s preferred candidates — Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels, possibly in that order, and then perhaps Haley Barbour as well — are all sitting on the sidelines (another possible establishment pick, Jon Thune, has already taken himself out of the running), and if the economy keeps growing and the president’s approval numbers stay close to 50 percent, they may decide to stay there for the duration. Meanwhile, the strongest populist candidate, Mike Huckabee, might not run either — which could leave a Republican field of Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, possibly Jon Huntsman, possibly Sarah Palin (though I’m betting against it), and then some folks like Rick Santorum and John Bolton filling out the debate stage. That’s a very weak field, and a race that Romney, for all his own weaknesses, stands a very good chance of winning....

(Excerpt) Read more at douthat.blogs.nytimes.com ...


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Most people don't write their dreams down, like Ross does.
1 posted on 03/08/2011 12:02:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

0bamaCare = RomneyCare.

0bama says so.

I believe him.

I will not be shackled by Romney any more than I will by 0bama.

I will never vote for Romney under any circumstances. He is more dangerous a Socialist than 0bama, because he pretends to come from our side of the aisle.


2 posted on 03/08/2011 12:07:02 PM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am NOT voting for Romney. If, in the unlikely event he wins the nomination I am still NOT voting for him.


3 posted on 03/08/2011 12:08:40 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: Mears

bfl


4 posted on 03/08/2011 12:11:10 PM PST by Mears
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The NY Times will push for Romney to win the primary, and then will turn on him for the general.

If you want to know who they truly fear, look at who they are savaging now.

5 posted on 03/08/2011 12:11:25 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: MeganC

To stay home and give obama a second term is inexcusable.


6 posted on 03/08/2011 12:11:43 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Most likely, Obama's campaign organizers told him that Romney is his most dangerous opponent, and that he should try and neutralize him somehow.

Which tells us two things; A) Obama's campaign organizer is an idiot, and B) They may not be watching Palin, Bachmann, or any of the other true conservatives very closely. Which may work towards our advantage.

7 posted on 03/08/2011 12:13:30 PM PST by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Voting for Romney in the primary *IS* giving Obama a second term.

And if RomneyCare Mitt wins the general election, what’s the difference?


8 posted on 03/08/2011 12:13:36 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: MeganC
Romney is certainly a RINO, but is he a blatant, raging, unabashed, America-hating, ideological socialist?

I doubt it. Obama is certainly worse.

9 posted on 03/08/2011 12:19:43 PM PST by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney is the 2012 McCain ver 2.0


10 posted on 03/08/2011 12:26:33 PM PST by AU72
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To: MeganC
The major difference: A RINO can possibly nominate a good SCOTUS justice. Obama cannot.

Scalia is old. Kennedy and Thomas aren't spring chickens either. The thought of Hussein selecting their replacement is nauseating.

11 posted on 03/08/2011 12:27:22 PM PST by Dagnabitt ("Obama" - Swahili for "Fail")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Are we going to let the powers that be choose for us like they have been?


12 posted on 03/08/2011 12:32:07 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just say "no" to Mittney.
13 posted on 03/08/2011 12:32:15 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: MeganC

I’m not a romney fan, but to compare him to Obama is ridiculous.


14 posted on 03/08/2011 12:43:19 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Dagnabitt; Celtic Cross

I’m not going to hold my nose and vote for Obama-lite.

If the GOP won’t put up a conservative then they have no right to my vote.

And RomneyCare, Big-Dig Mitt is not a conservative.


15 posted on 03/08/2011 12:44:54 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: GlockThe Vote

“I’m not a romney fan, but to compare him to Obama is ridiculous.”

John McCain liked Obama.

John McCain likes Romney.

Ridiculous?


16 posted on 03/08/2011 12:50:11 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: Dagnabitt

Exactly - I am not Mitt Fan at all, but if he wins the primary - anyone on this site staying home is as bad as the worst communist marxist voting for obama. I will not vote for him in the primary, but if he wins, i will try to help him win the general.

There is way too much at stake to allow a 2nd obama term.


17 posted on 03/08/2011 12:55:14 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: MeganC

Yes - Kagan - Sotomayor - Holdren, Sunstein, etc.


18 posted on 03/08/2011 12:57:01 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Wrong. If Romney is the candidate, NO ONE WILL VOTE FOR HIM.

We will work against him. Got that? You betcha.


19 posted on 03/08/2011 1:08:02 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think the article is way off when it suggests everything’s going according to plan for Romney. If anything, the discontent about Romneycare has made it even less likely Romney will get the nomination. I don’t know who will win, but I don’t think it will end up being Romney.


20 posted on 03/08/2011 1:09:04 PM PST by DeskCaptain
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To: Dagnabitt

You hit the nail on the head. I hope to God Romney isn’t the nominee, but I’d hold my nose and vote for him if he were and the SC is a big reason why. Sotomayor is the best Obama would give us while Anthony Kennedy is the worst Romney could give us.


21 posted on 03/08/2011 1:09:34 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As Mark Levin would say, “What’s a Ross Douthat?”


22 posted on 03/08/2011 1:10:55 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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To: Diogenesis

I will vote for the GOP nominee regardless, even if its Madoff/Vandersloot

Yes, Obama is that bad.


23 posted on 03/08/2011 1:15:33 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: conservativebuckeye; GlockThe Vote
Wrong. Romney is as bad -- or worse -- than Obama.
He appoints only Democrat judges.

A vote for Romney is a vote for Soros and Obama.

MITT ROMNEY - THE PROVEN BAD GOVERNOR

"As U.S. real output grew 13 percent between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts trailed at 9 percent.
* Manufacturing employment fell 7 percent nationwide those years, but sank 14 percent under Romney, placing Massachusetts 48th among the states.
* Between fall 2003 and autumn 2006, U.S. job growth averaged 5.4 percent, nearly three times Massachusetts' anemic 1.9 percent pace.
* While 8 million Americans over age 16 found work between 2002 and 2006, the number of employed Massachusetts residents actually declined by 8,500 during those years.
"Massachusetts was the only state to have failed to post any gain in its pool of employed residents," professors Sum and McLaughlin concluded.
In an April 2003 meeting with the Massachusetts congressional delegation in Washington, Romney failed to endorse President Bush's $726 billion tax-cut proposal."

[Cato Institute annual Fiscal Policy Report Card - America's Governors, 2004.]


“The Massachusetts Republican Party died last Tuesday.
The cause of death: failed leadership.

The party is survived by a few leftover legislators
and a handful of county officials and grassroots activists
who have been ignored for years.
Services will be public and a mass exodus of taxpayers will follow.
In lieu of flowers, send messages to Republican voters
warning them about a certain presidential candidate named Romney.”
- Boston Herald, 11/12/2006


"In 2006, while Romney was chairman of the National Republican
Governors Association - a group dedicated to electing more
Republican governors - his own hand-picked Republican successor
as governor lost badly to the Democrat, despite the fact that Republicans
have held the governorship in Massachusetts since 1990. Romney largely
ignored the Massachusetts elections and spent most of the time
during the campaign out of state building his presidential campaign.
He came back and publicly campaigned for the Republican candidate
the day before the general election!
“Locally, this is a rebuke to Mitt Romney and checking out within six months
after being elected and having accomplished almost nothing,”

[Jim] Rappaport [former chairman of the state Republican Party]."
- Boston Globe, 11/8/2006


"Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans,
has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced
,
instead tapping registered Democrats or independents -- including two gay lawyers who
have supported expanded same-sex rights, a Globe review of the nominations has found.
Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats
or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians
or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show.
In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters,
and 14 registered Democrats."
- Boston Globe 7/25/2005


Romney Rewards one of the State's Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge
Romney told the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2004, that the "real threat to the States is not the
constitutional amendment process, in which the states participate,
but activist judges who disregard the law and redefine marriage . . ."
Romney sounds tough but yet he had no qualms advancing the legal career of one
of the leading anti-marriage attorneys.
He nominated Stephen Abany to a District Court.
Abany has been a key player in the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association which,
in its own words, is "dedicated to ensuring that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision
on marriage equality is upheld, and that any anti-gay amendment or legislation is defeated."
- U.S. Senate testimony by Gov. Mitt Romney, 6/22/2004 P>


"Romney announces he won't fill judicial vacancies before term ends
Despite his rhetoric about judicial activism, Romney announced that
he won't fill all the remaining vacancies during his term - but instead
leave them for his liberal Democrat successor!

Governor Mitt Romney pledged yesterday not to make a flurry of lame-duck
judicial appointments in the final days of his administration . . . David Yas,
editor of Lawyers Weekly, said Romney is "bucking tradition" by resisting the urge to
fill all remaining judgeships. "It is a tradition for governors to use that power to appoint judges
aggressively in the waning moments of their administration," Yas said.
He added that Romney has been criticized for failing to make judicial appointments.
"The legal community has consistently criticized him for not filling open seats quickly enough
and being a little too painstaking in the process and being dismissive of the input of the
Judicial Nominating Commission," Yas said.
- Boston Globe 11/2/2006


24 posted on 03/08/2011 1:31:22 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: GlockThe Vote

If Romney needs my one vote to win Mississippi in the Fall of 2012, then he has a whole hell of alot of other problems going for him.


25 posted on 03/09/2011 9:37:06 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: Diogenesis

Qadaffi isn’t as bad as Obama.


26 posted on 03/09/2011 8:23:09 PM PST by conservativebuckeye
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