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Could This Man Be the Next U.S. President?
Frontpage Magazine ^ | 1/10/07 | David Frum

Posted on 01/10/2007 10:28:12 AM PST by Sunsong

The Republican presidential field for 2008 is led by one of the nation's greatest military heroes, a seasoned senator, one of the most famous and best-liked men in America. Running hard alongside him is the most successful mayor in American history, the man who saved New York City from crime and defended it from terrorism. And the third front-tier candidate is . . . a one term governor of Massachusetts.

How did this happen? How can it be that Governor Mitt Romney has come to be seen as one of the top three contenders for a presidential nomination? Romney has benefited from the secret issue in the 2008 presidential race: competence. Since Hurricane Katrina, Americans have lost faith in George W. Bush's ability to manage the government. In every poll conducted after the summer of 2005, about 60% of Americans describe Bush as "ineffective." Suddenly, everybody wants a president who can make government work.

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1 posted on 01/10/2007 10:28:16 AM PST by Sunsong
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To: Sunsong

Mark Sanford for President 2008


2 posted on 01/10/2007 10:29:53 AM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Sunsong

"one of the nation's greatest military heroes"







I wouldn't go that far.


3 posted on 01/10/2007 10:34:40 AM PST by ansel12 (America, love it ,or at least give up your home citizenship before accepting ours too.)
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To: First_Salute

Limbaugh/Limbaugh '08


4 posted on 01/10/2007 10:35:08 AM PST by petercooper (Cemeteries & the ignorant - comprising 2 of the largest Democrat voting blocs for the past 75 years.)
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To: ansel12
I wouldn't go that far.

LOL

5 posted on 01/10/2007 10:36:12 AM PST by Sunsong
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To: ansel12
I wouldn't go that far.

Good on him for serving, and I know they tortured him pretty bad, but he was not really a military hero.

6 posted on 01/10/2007 10:39:08 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (SAY NO TO RUDY!)
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To: Sunsong
--And then he persuaded the legislature to require everybody to buy an insurance policy: no more free riding at hospital emergency rooms.--

--anybody out there know if this applies, for example, to illegal aliens?

7 posted on 01/10/2007 10:40:32 AM PST by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Is Pat Paulson running in 08?


8 posted on 01/10/2007 10:40:50 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." Lenin)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I was watching 10 top gameshow hosts last night and I was thinking that Alex Trebeck would be a great candidate - but, unfortunately I heard that he's a native Canadian!


9 posted on 01/10/2007 10:44:45 AM PST by princess leah
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To: First_Salute; All
"Mark Sanford for President 2008"

Can anybody supply a link to interviews, articles, etc., where Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina was asked if he is considering a run in '08 and how he responded to that question? I see Sanford's name pop up occasionally on Free Republic, but I have no idea if he is interested in running for President.

10 posted on 01/10/2007 10:46:13 AM PST by Unmarked Package (Amazing surprises await us under cover of a humble exterior.)
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To: Sunsong

Lord I hope not!

Another Eastern Liberal RINO is NOT what we need!


11 posted on 01/10/2007 10:52:19 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Sunsong

One of the nation's greatest military heroes?

I won't go into any details, but that is absolutely ridiculous.


12 posted on 01/10/2007 10:54:39 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Unmarked Package

I think he has indicated that he isn't. Drat...He is as photogenic and articulate as Romney, and he is also a genuine conservative.


13 posted on 01/10/2007 10:55:06 AM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Sunsong

He could pick Rick Perry as his running mate and they could argue over who is more tall, dark and handsome. They look to be brothers those two.

/male and comfortable in my maleness so don't ask


14 posted on 01/10/2007 11:07:56 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: kinghorse

Romney that is.


15 posted on 01/10/2007 11:08:25 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: kots

I doubt that Romney is a real conservative, but he is the best, electable candidate that I have seen. I don't think Hunter or Brownback stand much of a chance...


17 posted on 01/10/2007 11:11:40 AM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: petercooper

limbaugh/ coulter


18 posted on 01/10/2007 11:12:32 AM PST by absolootezer0 (stop repeat offenders - don't re-elect them!)
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To: Sunsong; All
A big thanks to you, Sunsong, for posting this superb article at Free Republic about Mitt Romney and the '08 field of contenders.

This article focuses on the qualifications for U.S. President that I place at the top of a long checklist for the Republican nominee. I have been attempting to convey many of the points presented in the article in my meager posts at Free Republic, but the article does a much better and more complete job of it.

This article is definitely a keeper for future reference.

19 posted on 01/10/2007 11:15:35 AM PST by Unmarked Package (Amazing surprises await us under cover of a humble exterior.)
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To: First_Salute

Good lord - the man ran on his biggest achievement being:

Short lines at the DMV. !!!!! - I'm sorry - that hardly qualifies as Presidential level stuff.

I live in Greenville - Mark Sanford - a nice weak leader.

No way.


20 posted on 01/10/2007 11:15:42 AM PST by Jake The Goose
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To: First_Salute

How about Fred Sanford! just kidding


21 posted on 01/10/2007 11:16:10 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: Unmarked Package

You are most welcome!


22 posted on 01/10/2007 11:18:11 AM PST by Sunsong
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To: First_Salute

Ditto!! To the only conservative!!


23 posted on 01/10/2007 11:19:35 AM PST by mo
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Unfortunately Pat Paulsen died in 1997. As a Marine who served in WWII, he may have been more of a military hero than anyone who is likely to run in 2008.


24 posted on 01/10/2007 12:18:13 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Sunsong
Rudy McRomney--no thanks. I'll stick with the Conservative option...



Duncan Hunter on the Issues

Freepmail me to join the Duncan Hunter Pinglist
25 posted on 01/10/2007 12:19:27 PM PST by Antoninus ( Rudy McRomney as the GOP nominee = President Hillary. Why else do you think the media loves them?)
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To: kots

One thing I have always thought was odd regarding the Supreme Court and Judges is why Bush has never filled the vacancies of Federal Judges and why with a Republican Congress did he have so many problems with his candidates.


26 posted on 01/10/2007 12:20:42 PM PST by freekitty
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To: achilles2000
There's always Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, and Huckabee.

Maybe the MSM is hyping Romney to drown out any other alternatives to the two they want the Republican primary voters to choose between, Giuliani and McCain.

27 posted on 01/10/2007 12:21:19 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
"Maybe the MSM is hyping Romney to drown out any other alternatives to the two they want the Republican primary voters to choose between, Giuliani and McCain."

Members of the Democrat Media*, especially the Boston Globe, were doing their best to squash the hopes of a Romney candidacy before this week. Then the Romney organization collected $6,538,323 in contributions in a single day of fundraising. No, the Romney stories are not hype, something real is going on here in my opinion.

* NYT, WaPo, LAT, BosGlob, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, AP, Reuters

28 posted on 01/10/2007 1:04:22 PM PST by Unmarked Package (Amazing surprises await us under cover of a humble exterior.)
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To: princess leah

I had a HS History teacher whom I liked and respected a lot. She made it onto Jeopardy and held on for a few days, but came back with a very negative opinion of Trebek...indicating that he is an absolutely pompous and arrogant individual.


29 posted on 01/10/2007 1:08:06 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Is Pat Paulson running in 08?

Pat Paulsen for President Official Web Site and Memorial.
(1927-1997)
www.paulsen.com
30 posted on 01/10/2007 1:18:56 PM PST by Proverbs 3-5
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To: kots
(Bush just asked conservative judges to withdraw..isn't he a closet liberal as well?)

Bassackwards. The candidates asked Bush to withdraw their nominations.

31 posted on 01/10/2007 1:23:35 PM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Sunsong

Unless Romney has a Mark Foley problem that comes out, he will probably get my vote in the primary. The War on Terror takes precedence over abortion and school prayer stuff.


32 posted on 01/10/2007 2:06:06 PM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Democratshavenobrains
Unless Romney has a Mark Foley problem that comes out, he will probably get my vote in the primary. The War on Terror takes precedence over abortion and school prayer stuff.

Good points. And there is the issue of uniting the country - or moving toward greater unification. Romney can do that, too. He actually likes to hear different and opposing views!

33 posted on 01/10/2007 2:24:51 PM PST by Sunsong
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To: achilles2000
I doubt that Romney is a real conservative

Why do you doubt that?

34 posted on 01/10/2007 2:56:30 PM PST by curiosity
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To: Redbob
Another Eastern Liberal RINO is NOT what we need!

Would a RINO order the state police to arrest illegal aliens and turn them over to the Feds? Would a RINO veto a embryonic stem cell bill? Would a RINO stop the morning after pill? Would a RINO be fighting on the front lines against gay marraige and push the MA legislature to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between a man and woman?

35 posted on 01/10/2007 2:58:43 PM PST by curiosity
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To: Democratshavenobrains
"The War on Terror takes precedence over abortion and school prayer stuff."

Social conservatism is a major concern for many FReepers. Judging from his record as Governor of Massachusetts (2002-2006), Mitt Romney will stand firmly for the pro-life position when faced with a decision regarding abortion law. I haven’t read anything about Romney’s views on school prayer.

He proposed a moratorium on changes to abortion law in his run for Governor in 2002 and made good on the promise during his term in office. In ultra-liberal MA, the Democrat dominated state Legislature sought to enact more liberal abortion law and a moratorium was a very unpopular stand.

Romney vetoed a bill to give kids access to emergency contraception without parents’ knowledge. He vetoed a bill to expand research in stem cell research involving cloning of human embryos even though his wife has multiple sclerosis and despite the overwhelmingly hostile liberal majority in the MA Legislature. Romney opposes Roe v. Wade and thinks states should set abortion policy.

36 posted on 01/10/2007 2:59:40 PM PST by Unmarked Package (Amazing surprises await us under cover of a humble exterior.)
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To: indylindy

He's dead, Jim, er, lindy.


37 posted on 01/10/2007 3:00:15 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Democratshavenobrains
The War on Terror takes precedence over abortion

FYI, Romney is pro-life, and he's done more than just say it. He's actually taken action as governor to help the cause. It's true that he's only recently come around to the pro-life position, but his forceful actions convince me of its sincerity.

38 posted on 01/10/2007 3:02:32 PM PST by curiosity
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To: MHGinTN

Hes probably more able to do the job than your average democrat. Dead never bothers them, why, they even vote!


39 posted on 01/10/2007 3:02:47 PM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: Unmarked Package; Democratshavenobrains
Also, don't forget that Romney pushed to protect the freedom of religious adoption agencies to refuse to place orphans with homosexual couples. I'm not sure he won that fight, but he did fight it with vigor.
40 posted on 01/10/2007 3:05:50 PM PST by curiosity
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To: Antoninus
Rudy McRomney--no thanks. I'll stick with the Conservative option...

Hey, instead of putting that spam-like Hunter button graphic on every thread discussing GOP candidates, maybe you should find articles discussing your man Hunter (such as this Frum piece discussing Romney), and start a new thread headed by the Hunter article.

(Of course you may find that there are no such articles, because Hunter's groundswell of support consists only of a few posters at FR).

41 posted on 01/10/2007 3:08:26 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: freekitty
why with a Republican Congress did he have so many problems with his candidates.

You are joking, right?

42 posted on 01/10/2007 3:10:55 PM PST by Stentor
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To: Plutarch
One thing missing from these discussions are issues of a candidate's competence and skills. Romney started and ran one of the most successful venture capital firms in history. He has more knowledge about finance in his finger than do any of the other candidates in their entire bodies, and he succesfully leverged that knowledge to balance the MA budget, as well as restore its state pension fund to solvency.

That kind of knowledge and experience, coupled with his demonstrated political saavy as governor, will be indispensible to averting the looming financial crisis resulting from all the unfunded liabilities associated with social security and medicare. It's going to require a financial professional to get that job done, and McCain and Gulliani and Hunter know squat about finance. Romney is the only candidate of either parties with the skills to do it. This has grave national security implications, for how can a bankrupt country run a war on terror?

Let's also not forget that save Gulliani, none of the other candidates has any executive experience. Executive competence is going to be at a premium in the general election as a result of our experience with Bush.

43 posted on 01/10/2007 3:35:59 PM PST by curiosity
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"Also, don't forget that Romney pushed to protect the freedom of religious adoption agencies to refuse to place orphans with homosexual couples."

Thanks, I was not aware of that before now. It’s consistent with Mitt Romney's position supporting the right of local councils of the Boy Scouts of America to make local decisions and enforce their policy regarding homosexuals in the Boy Scouts.

Some FReepers are very concerned about Romney’s personal opinion that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation. However, it’s reassuring to me that Romney will stand firmly for local and states rights in setting policy regardless of his personal opinions.

As an Eagle Scout myself, I disagree with Romney's personal opinion if applied to Boy Scout leaders, but I applaud his stand in support of the right of the Boy Scouts to set and enforce their policy.

I also note that Romney served on the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board from 1993 to 2002 despite his personal beliefs about their policy on this one issue.

44 posted on 01/10/2007 3:55:14 PM PST by Unmarked Package (Amazing surprises await us under cover of a humble exterior.)
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To: Plutarch
Hey, instead of putting that spam-like Hunter button graphic on every thread discussing GOP candidates, maybe you should find articles discussing your man Hunter (such as this Frum piece discussing Romney), and start a new thread headed by the Hunter article.

There have been plenty of articles on Hunter, but ones on the other candidates are a lot more prevalent at this point and even though articles like this one don't get too many posts, they're still helpful for raising Hunter's profile.

A conservative candidate is sure to attract a lot of attention on a conservative website where a select group of posters are pushing liberals as the "only choices."
45 posted on 01/10/2007 4:18:09 PM PST by Antoninus ( Rudy McRomney as the GOP nominee = President Hillary. Why else do you think the media loves them?)
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To: First_Salute
Any day now Tommy Franks is going to announce his candidacy, I just know it. Waiting, waiting, waiting....
46 posted on 01/10/2007 4:25:04 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Sunsong; jla; Nancee; joanie-f; beyond the sea; yoe; All
 

Hillary Clinton? She had a good view of how the White House is run--but no responsibility for running it.

Could This Man Be the Next U.S. President?
Frontpage Magazine
1/10/07
David Frum

Not exactly right. She did have one administrative job and she was a complete flop at it.

In fact, according to a clinton administration veteran who was there, she was even too stupid to notice that she was too stupid.

Clinton Administration Veteran:
"Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life."


My two cents' worth--and I think it is the two cents' worth of everybody who worked for the Clinton Administration health care reform effort of 1993-1994--is that Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life. Heading up health-care reform was the only major administrative job she has ever tried to do. And she was a complete flop at it. She had neither the grasp of policy substance, the managerial skills, nor the political smarts to do the job she was then given. And she wasn't smart enough to realize that she was in over her head and had to get out of the Health Care Czar role quickly.... there is no reason to think that she would be anything but an abysmal president.

J. Bradford DeLong
professor of economics, Berkeley
clinton Administration veteran

Hillary Clinton?
Who would even know her name were it not for her attachment to a man?


Thank you, Gavin McNett, for your tribute to the incomparable Tammy Wynette. (TAMMY WYNETTE, 1942-1998)

Too many pundits, usually leftist and privileged, sneer at country music. To these critics, any music created by poor, Southern whites (at least those poor, Southern whites who didn't attend an Ivy League university) must be held in contempt, along with its correlatives: incest, racism and trailer parks.

Hillary Clinton? Who would even know her name were it not for her attachment to a man? Where would she be now if she as a child had to pick cotton from sun up to sun down?

Tammy Wynette stands alone, a legend; and she will be admired wherever people appreciate the honesty of the human experience. Human beings are vulnerable. We all should be thankful to any artist courageous enough to bare her soul on the public stage so the rest of us who are listening and know whereof she speaks might benefit.

Sean Smith
Fresno, Calif.
Salon.com


HILLARY ON THE COUCH
IS MISSUS CLINTON MENTALLY FIT?



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(CLINTON MACHINE DUMPS THATCHER FOR 'MOTHER')

HOW THE CLINTONS ARE HANDLING THE HILLARY DUD FACTOR 5


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COPYRIGHT MIA T 2007


47 posted on 01/10/2007 5:10:36 PM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Sunsong; jla; Nancee; beyond the sea; yoe; All
Hillary Clinton? She had a good view of how the White House is run....

Could This Man Be the Next U.S. President?
Frontpage Magazine
1/10/07
David Frum

True.
Especially the
corruption.

Listen to "the smartest woman in the world" --oops!--confess....



48 posted on 01/10/2007 5:30:06 PM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: Sunsong

I think Romney is a real possibility. I want a competent, smart, ARTICULATE candidate and he has those qualities. The Dems and the MSM are already getting worried about this guy. I think he has the talent to beat a Hillary/Obama ticket. I think he could whack the Breck Girl easily.

Guiliani and McCain are out in my book. They have too much personal baggage. If the Iraq situation gets worse, McCain will be dead meat because he backs a troop surge. Guiliani apparently has some questionable business connections he's worried about. Hunter and the rest are too obscure; they won't be able to raise the cash. Gingrich says he won't run unless neither Guiliani nor McCain has emerged as the leader by the fall of 2007. I don't think he will run and the MSM has fatally wounded him.


49 posted on 01/10/2007 5:47:44 PM PST by WestSylvanian
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To: Mia T

Thanks for your posts! It's good to know the enemy.


50 posted on 01/10/2007 5:51:25 PM PST by Sunsong
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