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Romney: A Mistake for McCain
Real Clear Politics ^ | 07/23/3008 | Dick Morris

Posted on 07/23/2008 5:33:00 PM PDT by JRochelle

You've probably heard the story about the tycoon who wanted to bring out a new kind of dog food.

He spent lavishly. He hired the best marketing person, the top PR firm, the best ad agency, the No. 1 packaging expert, the most powerful distributor -- but the sales were flat after six months.

He summoned his consultants to a meeting and asked why the food wasn't selling. "The dogs won't eat it," was the answer that came back.

And so it is with Mitt Romney. Despite outspending his rivals by huge margins throughout the primaries, the dogs won't eat it. He lost Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and California. The only primaries he won were in Michigan, where Dad was governor; LDS states; and a few states on Super Tuesday in which his California-obsessed rivals couldn't spare the cash to advertise. Only John Connolly in 1968 had a worse cash-to-delegates ratio.

And John McCain rightly did not like Romney's tactics during the primaries. Using his gigantic money advantage to dominate television, he seized early leads in virtually all of the primary states, only to lose them later on. And, when they started slipping away, he resorted to unfair, distorted, scorched-earth negative ads, betting that his opponents couldn't afford to spend enough for the truth to catch up to his charges.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008rncconvention; 2008veep; dickmorris; election08; gopprimary; mccain; mccainlist; mccaintruthfile; rino; romney; toesucker
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Interesting but I still like Romney ... a lot.


151 posted on 07/23/2008 7:55:43 PM PDT by altura (Old age ain't great, but it beats the alternative -- so does McCain.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
I wish Newt would do it too.. but I don’t think he wants to get back into the scuffle.

I was just trying to come up with some of of stature and national name recognition. Newt is a brilliant man but I just don't think John McCain would see Newt as a good fit.

152 posted on 07/23/2008 7:57:22 PM PDT by Zevonismymuse
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To: Will88

Palin has done the job. She is the most effective Gov of Alaska ever. She is the most popular Gov. and elected official in the U.S.

Re: Myth Romney, it has nothing to do with his religion, the list of his weaknesses is too long, but suffice it to say he is a used car salesman RINO.

McManiac=RINO, Romney=Rino.


153 posted on 07/23/2008 7:58:01 PM PDT by papasmurf
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Haha yep you did


154 posted on 07/23/2008 7:59:52 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: NordP

By the way I saw Jindal on TV tonight.

He ABSOLUTELY denied that he would be the VP pick.

He said I’m not going to be the VP.

That’s not something you can go back on.


155 posted on 07/23/2008 8:02:17 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: altura

Interesting ? I don’t think you read it at all.

Why do you like him ? Is it his killing the MA GOP you like ? How about his appointing liberal criminal-releasing judges ? Socialized medicine and $50 abortions ? His having no use for Reagan-Bush ? His flipflopping ? His “buying” support and bribery ?

Fact is, if after reading that post you still support him, you support the liberal cause. No Conservative can support Slick Willard, period.


156 posted on 07/23/2008 8:03:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: JRochelle

Sometimes you just have to give some props to the Dems. A few years back, they also had a governor decide to to make the transition from state to national politics. And that governor was from Arkansas and had been pro-life and pro-second amendment and even signed a resolution honoring the Confederate flag. Then old Slick showed up ready to run for president and those conservative views had been put behind and he was pro-choice, favored restrictions and second amendment, and that little thing about the Confederate flag was just ignored, despite some Republican attempts to make it an issue. The Dems. didn’t care about his past, they just voted for the one they thought had the best chance to win the presidency. And they also forgot about some of those conservative things Gore favored running for office in Tennessee.

When the Dems. saw their best chance to win, they didn’t even think about tearing their candidates apart because of positions they’d taken in conservative states. They supported them, and they went to win the presidency twice and almost a third time.

But these purist Republicans. There will be NO overlooking positions taken to win office in the most liberal state in the union. No matter that Romney ran for president on very conservative positions. He’s tainted forever, no matter what he says when running for a national office.

And these purist Republicans, unlike the much savvier Dems., have done their best to trash the man who could be our best candidate and campaigner since Reagan, who also took some liberal positions as governor, including the signing of a bill expanding cases where abortion was permitted.

Good thing these purists weren’t around in such numbers in 1976 and 1980. They’d have done their best to trash Reagan and keep him from winning the nomination. - Of course, they’ll deny that, but I expect they would have been just as unforgiving then as now. Purity is purity.


157 posted on 07/23/2008 8:07:16 PM PDT by Will88
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To: altura

None that I’ve heard. They are keeping a tight lid on things. What we are hearing, I believe, is just to throw Obama/DNC off.

I believe a very good Conservative, effective leader, and common sense case could be made for her. She’s been extraordinarily successful. Certainly she’s much more qualified than Obama, why couldn’t she make a great POTUS in training?

I also believe that we need the unique angle that a younger person, a woman or a black perspective offers us.


158 posted on 07/23/2008 8:07:53 PM PDT by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
I'm supporting Romney.

The list of VP candidates gets shorter... :)
159 posted on 07/23/2008 8:09:34 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: JRochelle; ConservativeMan55

Powell and Rice would be really doltish choices.

There are zero blacks who are going to be moved by that. If their reason for thinking of McCain is because he has a black on the ticket, then this same thought pattern would have them look for the black at the top of the ticket.

Obama is getting 99.9% of the black vote even if he gets caught at 2 AM in a gay bathhouse in San Francisco.

It’s stupid to waste money and choices chases after a black vote that’s already sewn up.

If McCain chooses Liebermann, he’s going to lose the conservative base. Libermann is a flat out liberal. His ONLY redeeming quality is that he’s a middle east hawk. That’s it. (Another idiotic choice.)

Huckabee delivers Arkansas to the Republicans. Would you rather have that or Romney’s Michigan, Money, Organization, Experience, Expertise, Leadership, and willingness to be a hatchet man.

Morris is wrong again.


160 posted on 07/23/2008 8:10:22 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: MHGinTN

You’re the one spinning, and not all that well.

Nothing was clearly implied about evangelicals. You know you have a very weak argument when the have to start claiming things were implied, though not at all said.


161 posted on 07/23/2008 8:12:06 PM PDT by Will88
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To: ConservativeMan55

Who will you support once he stops paying you ?


162 posted on 07/23/2008 8:12:30 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Will88
"No matter that Romney ran for president on very conservative positions. He’s tainted forever, no matter what he says when running for a national office."

I agree - good point.  McCain/Palin all the way!!!!!

163 posted on 07/23/2008 8:19:26 PM PDT by gscc
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Guess again. This “he’s not as bad as the other guy” ain’t gonna wash.”

And, so, you’re already declaring McCain the loser? That is the only appeal some can find to make in McCain’s favor.

And it will apply more to the top of the ticket than the bottom, to which you’re trying to apply it.


164 posted on 07/23/2008 8:26:52 PM PDT by Will88
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To: gscc

“I agree - good point. McCain/Palin all the way!!!!! “

It’s strange that FR is about the only place I ever see Palin mentioned. Is she on McCain’s list? Have they met as he’s met with several other possibilities?

I don’t know much about her, but I still think she and Jindal need to serve a few years as governors before they jump to a national ticket.


165 posted on 07/23/2008 8:30:10 PM PDT by Will88
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Please- No one is paying me


166 posted on 07/23/2008 8:33:11 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Will88

After looking through your posting history for the past several days, I apologize for calling you a Romney flack. That was uncalled for since you don’t appear to be aware of the ongoing Romneybots’ efforts to divert attention away from his liberalism by raising the mormon issue. You may do with that apology what you will, it’s genuine.


167 posted on 07/23/2008 8:33:38 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: gscc

Romney: “Make all the promises you have to...
Guilty


Definitely Not Guilty

168 posted on 07/23/2008 8:35:43 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Will88

McCain is losing right now. Putting in a divisive liberal with a penchant for lying as his running mate will make doubly certain that the Conservative base will NOT turn out for him. “I’m not Obama” isn’t enough for him to win. It wasn’t enough for Dole in ‘96 running against Bubba. You have to motivate the base and he isn’t doing it.


169 posted on 07/23/2008 8:37:18 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Who will you support once he stops paying you ?”

-

Who will you bash, once Obama’s checks bounce?


170 posted on 07/23/2008 8:37:46 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (CHEVY VOLT COUNTDOWN: V minus 103 Weeks. Waiting...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Bash bash bash.

Complain complain complain.

Blah blah blah.

What is it, with this year?


171 posted on 07/23/2008 8:38:40 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (CHEVY VOLT COUNTDOWN: V minus 103 Weeks. Waiting...)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Does Slick Willard sign your paycheck as “No one” ? You’re not on here 16+ hours a day, 7 days a week posting Slick Willard propaganda and talking points, etc. if you’re not on his payroll.


172 posted on 07/23/2008 8:39:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Proof ? Evidence ? Links ? Where are my “Vote Obama”/”Obama is a Conservative” posts, jackass ?


173 posted on 07/23/2008 8:41:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Must be an Ah-nold supporter. You guys sure love liberals, doncha ?


174 posted on 07/23/2008 8:42:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’m on here less than you are.

Does this mean you’re being paid by the Huckster?


175 posted on 07/23/2008 8:45:49 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: MHGinTN

Accepted

I still contend that, as for Clinton and Gore, and even Reagan to a lesser extent, that politicians often move from a conservative or liberal state to run for national office, they of necessity change some of their previous positions to make themselves more electable. It’s not pretty or admirable, but it happens fairly often. I think that’s what Romney has done, and that he is a natural conservative. And I think he was our best candidate this year and would have been the best president.

And I do think if the south and evangelicals saw more of him, more would realize their common values, except for some unknown number who would be put off by the theological differences.


176 posted on 07/23/2008 8:45:54 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Will88

Excellent post


177 posted on 07/23/2008 8:47:35 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Who’s Arnold?

Duncan Hunter Rocks.

But why are you trying to help Obama?


178 posted on 07/23/2008 8:49:36 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (CHEVY VOLT COUNTDOWN: V minus 103 Weeks. Waiting...)
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To: JRochelle

Didn’t Dick Morris tell use it would be Hillary ... and loved Huck???

No sale on his opinions.


179 posted on 07/23/2008 9:00:09 PM PDT by WOSG (http://no-bama.blogspot.com/ - NObama, stop the Hype and Chains candidate)
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To: ConservativeMan55

You’ve been here fewer years, quite so. But 16 hours a day and 7 days a week posting liberal propaganda for Slick Willard makes you kinda suspect. ;-)

Ask the Hucksterbots of olde if I was on their payroll. I have as much use for the Southern-fried hickster from Hope as I do for Slick Willard.


180 posted on 07/23/2008 9:01:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Will88

Slick’s no natural Conservative. He’s a natural con-man.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2049580/posts?page=429#429


181 posted on 07/23/2008 9:02:35 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’m not here 16 hours a day or 7 days a week.

That’s an exaggeration.. just like your “facts” about Mitt Romney.


182 posted on 07/23/2008 9:03:34 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
"Who’s Arnold?"

Don't even know your own Governor ?

"Duncan Hunter Rocks."

Fine man.

"But why are you trying to help Obama?"

Proof ? Evidence ? Links ? Where are my “Vote Obama”/”Obama is a Conservative” posts, jackass ?

183 posted on 07/23/2008 9:04:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: ConservativeMan55
"I’m not here 16 hours a day or 7 days a week."

That's a total load of *omney.

184 posted on 07/23/2008 9:05:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Reminds me of kids in the backseat:

“Are we there yet?”...

“Are we there yet?”...

“RINO”...

“RINO”...


185 posted on 07/23/2008 9:09:28 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (CHEVY VOLT COUNTDOWN: V minus 103 Weeks. Waiting...)
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To: Will88
Judge Robert Bork supports Romney

"He knows firsthand how the judicial branch can profoundly affect the future course of a state and a nation.
I greatly admired his leadership in Massachusetts in the way that he responded to the activist court's ruling legalizing same-sex 'marriage.'
His leadership on the issue has served as a model to the nation on how to respect all of our citizens while respecting the rule of law at the same time."
186 posted on 07/23/2008 9:09:31 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I’m still waiting for your proof, evidence or links to back up your allegation, madam.


187 posted on 07/23/2008 9:11:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Shameful how Slick Willard lied to Judge Bork. I guess if he has no hesistation to lie to us “pissant voters”, he has no hesistation lying to old men.


188 posted on 07/23/2008 9:12:40 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Michael Novak supports Mitt Romney too

"But the attacks upon Romney's religion have been a last straw. They are just not fair. I remember his father's campaigns and what an upright man he was — and no one even breathed a word against him because of his religion."
189 posted on 07/23/2008 9:13:10 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Are you going to say Bork was paid off too?


190 posted on 07/23/2008 9:13:50 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

You got your posts set on repeat again


To: fieldmarshaldj
Michael Novak supports Mitt Romney too

“But the attacks upon Romney’s religion have been a last straw. They are just not fair. I remember his father’s campaigns and what an upright man he was — and no one even breathed a word against him because of his religion.”

372 posted on 07/22/2008 11:08:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Who ? The guy is ranting about Mormons. I see nothing in the article about policy or character.

376 posted on 07/22/2008 11:14:10 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~”This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !”~~)
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191 posted on 07/23/2008 9:20:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; ConservativeMan55
Who will you support once he stops paying you ?

You're getting paid to support Mitt Romney, ConservativeMan55? Darn, where's my paycheck. :)

192 posted on 07/23/2008 9:25:10 PM PDT by Utah Girl (John 15:12, Matthew 5:44)
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To: Utah Girl

LOL

I wish I was getting paid


193 posted on 07/23/2008 9:26:03 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Utah Girl

Just write his campaign, they pay big $$ to spammers.


194 posted on 07/23/2008 9:27:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Slick’s no natural Conservative. He’s a natural con-man.”

Sort of like McCain “got the message” during the primaries, then forgot the message when he wanted to pander to Hispanics after he had the nomination won?

Now that’s a natural con man, all within one presidential campaign season (and it ain’t over yet). And he’ll still change his positions on drilling some more, I bet.

Romney’s changes have come over a few years, and during his move from uber-liberal politics in Mass. to conservative politics in a national Republican contest. That’s been done before and it’ll be done again. He was pretty consistent all during the primaries and after, unlike McCain.


195 posted on 07/23/2008 9:27:50 PM PDT by Will88
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To: ConservativeMan55
...more.
196 posted on 07/23/2008 9:28:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’m a supporter of Romney. I’m not getting paid and I don’t spam on FR or elsewhere.


197 posted on 07/23/2008 9:28:52 PM PDT by Utah Girl (John 15:12, Matthew 5:44)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I’m not getting paid at all.


198 posted on 07/23/2008 9:29:33 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
I agree with you on Romney. He is probably one of the brightest, most capable politicians we have seen since Reagan. He brings an intelligence and energy unmatched by any of the current luminaries on the scene. He is also a true executive who can rein in the Washington bureaucracy.

It probably would be better for Romney not to associate himself with the McCain and tarnish his reputation for a run in 2012. McCain is going to be trounced. Far better for Romney to help pick up the pieces for the GOP after this election is over.

199 posted on 07/23/2008 9:30:01 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Utah Girl

Me neither!

But I am a big supporter of Romney


200 posted on 07/23/2008 9:30:10 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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