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Reading Romney’s Mind
Frum Forum ^ | April 7, 2011 | David Frum

Posted on 04/07/2011 6:46:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

This has been my best week in politics since John McCain lost to Barack Obama.

I face two huge problems: getting nominated and getting elected.

To get nominated, I need to discredit the Tea Party before it can veto me.

To get elected, I need a double dip recession in 2012.

Thanks to Paul Ryan, both these outcomes have just come a big step closer.

Here’s how Ryan helps me win the nomination:

This budget proposal will end in tears, especially if there is a government shutdown tomorrow. The Democrats know that few Americans understand the difference between the 2011 Continuing Resolution and the 2012 budget. The Democrats will pound home the message that Republicans shut down the government so that they can cancel Medicare for everyone under 55, gut Medicaid, and cut taxes for the rich. Ryan is the hero of the party today. Six weeks from now, Republicans will feel about him the way the Confederacy felt about George Pickett six weeks after Gettysburg. Battered and chastened, Republicans will be less resistant to the safe choice demanded by big party donors: i.e., me.

Of course, winning the nomination is the easy part. Incumbent presidents are hard to beat. But they can be beaten if the economy suffers badly enough. And happily for me, there is lots of bad news: rising oil prices for example. Look for a bad economic growth report at the end of April. Monetary policy is exhausted, it’s hard to imagine the Federal Reserve daring a third quantitative easing – harder to imagine the quantitative easing working.

So: fiscal stimulus? No way! Remember, the payroll tax holiday expires December. Do you think House Republicans will agree to renew it? Especially after Obama beats them up all this year over Ryan’s Medicare cuts? As born-again conservative Donald Trump would say: fuggedboutit. (By the way – thanks Donald, for killing Newt Gingrich’s candidacy. I owe you.) Which means we’ll start 2012 with a big tax increase on every working person – and very possibly a second tumble into recession.

Republicans want tighter monetary policy and tighter fiscal policy. They may get it too. That means recession. And recession means: me.


TOPICS: Massachusetts; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; economy; obama; recession; romney; romney4romney; trump
This probably isn't too far off from what he is thinking.
1 posted on 04/07/2011 6:46:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love short stories.


2 posted on 04/07/2011 6:48:18 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Diogenesis

Frum and Romney are both worms.


3 posted on 04/07/2011 7:10:17 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

public is that stupid, likrly voters are not.


4 posted on 04/07/2011 7:13:49 PM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frum is actually Romney in disguise.


5 posted on 04/07/2011 7:32:43 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To get nominated, I need to discredit the Tea Party before it can veto me.


I thought they were trying to tell us that the TEA Party liked Romney better than Palin. They can’t keep their lies straight.


6 posted on 04/07/2011 7:37:20 PM PDT by excopconservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go away!


7 posted on 04/07/2011 7:41:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Memo to Mitt: Sometimes no really means Hell no!!


8 posted on 04/07/2011 8:24:05 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"One of the traditional methods of imposing statism
or socialism on people has been by way of medicine..."

President Ronald Reagan


Romney-Imposed Gay Marriage (through Threats against Clerks)
And Romney Death Panels and ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE
Imposed by the carpetbagging, backstabbing “Milt” Willard Romney.



9 posted on 04/08/2011 4:28:58 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people''s money." M Thatcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Frum publicly displaying his mental masturbation ejaculate for all.


10 posted on 04/08/2011 6:58:53 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism in nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The backstabbing "state-of-'mind'" of Frum and Romney
is determinable from their PAST behavior.



Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


"Frum was indeed a critic of Palin, calling her nomination a "huge mistake" during an October 13 (2008, weeks before the election) Early Show appearance."


David Frum: "Two of our most plausible candidates for president in 2012 are leading Mormons: Mitt Romney and Utah governor Jon Huntsman."


David Frum: "I have a lot of regard for Mitt Romney as a man and politician… I will support him without qualm."



Who benefits most from Sanford meltdown? Californian (that's right) Mitt Romney


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



11 posted on 04/10/2011 4:28:01 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people''s money." M Thatcher)
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