Skip to comments.Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?
Posted on 11/05/2008 4:34:48 PM PST by TitansAFC
Today, Red State ran an article on the origination of nasty lies from within the McCain/Palin camp. They report, Romney staffers now working on the McPalin campaign have been spreading the stories of Palins ineptitude to the press. Red State and other reporters accuse Romney staffers, including Kevin Madden (former Romney press-man) of pushing reporters into Troopergate stories and other possible negative Palin story angles. Palin provides a threat to Romney for a presidential run, but now is not the time for in-party fighting.
American Girl has been very critical of long-time Romney supporter Kathleen Parker (see here and here), a Republican, from the National Review for her consistent ridicule of Palin instead of criticising the Democrat ticket. Parker has proven to be a putrid, vile opportunist in this election. Parker has only proven to me that she would stab my dog if it helped her personal interests.
Mitt Romney has an obligation to his party and beliefs to publicly hog-tie Madden, Parker, and his surrogates (I have a list). If Romney fails to reign them in and rehires them for another WH bid, he can count on American Girl fighting hard against his nomination.
This is no threat, but a promise. I will take my money, my volunteers, my time, this blog, and more - and back another candidate. Guaranteed.
When I was in St. Paul for the Republican Convention, more than a dozen people told me acolytes of Mitt Romney were feeding all the stories to the media portraying Palin in a negative light.
In fact, I heard that one of the biggest pushers of anti-Palin stories, including encouraging reporters to pursue the "Trooper-gate" story was Romney spokesman Kevin Madden.
I did not blog on it at the time because I perceived it to be people trying to finish off Romney. It likewise seemed clear to me that if this was going on, it was people loyal to Romney who were still hoping for his come back and not Romney himself.
These days it is hard to miss Kathleen Parker's savage attacks on Sarah Palin. She, along with several others listed here attacking Sarah Palin were also some of the first pundits in bed with the Romney campaign in 2007/8.
Again, it is hard for me to place the finger on Romney. It seems to me that these are people who are still convinced he's the better nominee and don't want Palin to be in any position to challenge him in 2012.
At this moment, however, it is absolutely clear -- there is an effort, organized or not, by supporters of Mitt Romney to harm the reputation of Governor Sarah Palin.
The American Spectator documented it yesterday.
Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for the White House, 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, now working for McCain-Palin. "The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He's in charge on November 5th."
Though I initially dismissed the Kevin Madden rumors, Amanda Carpenter has Kevin in his own words going after Sarah Palin.
And it is not just Madden. It may be hard for you to believe, but there are Romney supporters now working on John McCain's campaign who are, in fact, indisputably out to damage Sarah Palin's reputation. I am not just convinced of it. I know it to be fact. That there are "conservative pundits" echoing the same talking points makes me deeply suspicious.
I agree with Matt Lewis. I doubt Mitt Romney is responsible or encouraging it. In fact, I suspect he'd be extremely disappointed to find this out. Nonetheless, whether organic or organized, it is happening and it deeply worries me that these people now undermining Sarah Palin view Romney as the logical choice to lead the RNC or be the front runner in 2012. You don't get to sabotage your own side and then have your guy be the front runner.
We must remember this. Contrary to the quote in the American Spectator, if November 5th ushers in President-elect Obama, I stand with Sarah.
"Today, Red State ran an article on the origination of nasty lies from within the McCain/Palin camp...Romney staffers now working on the McPalin campaign...including Kevin Madden...pushing reporters into Troopergate...Palin provides a threat to Romney for a presidential run...critical of long-time Romney supporter Kathleen Parker, a Republican, from the National Review for her consistent ridicule of Palin instead of criticising the Democrat ticket. Parker has proven to be a putrid, vile opportunist in this election. Parker has only proven to me that she would stab my dog if it helped her personal interests...This is no threat, but a promise. I will take my money, my volunteers, my time, this blog, and more - and back another candidate. Guaranteed."
A famous commentator is also way off Romney for '12. Sharing a vile hatred of Ed Rollins is not enough to make enemies of enemies puerile friends...
But back to Madden & Murphy -- nobody deserved it more than Romney:
Adviser says governor "faked" stance on abortion
"Governor Mitt Romney's top political strategist [Mike Murphy] has told a prominent conservative magazine that his client has been ''faking" his support of abortion rights in Massachusetts."
Oh, here we go again. Blaming Romney’s Mormons is starting to become like blaming the Jews for everything.
He would have lost too, and if he ever runs he will lose.
Rich,white men are all become LIBERALS! Bush included.
Romney is a total turkey who I mistrust;birds of a feather flock together.
His staff is garbage and so is Romney for not stopping this.
“the infighting has begun and its not bringing us any closer to unifying this party. The his fault her fault crud is only giving the Dems strength.”
Not necessarily. This has to be done. The party has to get rid of those who are RINO. They have showed that they are dem lite. That is not what the Republican party needs. When we had true Conservatives at the helm, what happened? We won...1980, 1984, 1988 (carryover from Reagan), 1994 with the Contract for America. What has happened since? The Republicans became the party of amnesty and big government. We got our clocks cleaned in 2006 and last night with those people in power.
We need to get back to our true roots. Only way to do that is expose and run out the RINOs. You can’t make an omlette without breaking a few eggs. Then our party can unify behind the true ideals of Conservatism.
Don’t be so quick to believe something you read.
There is no real source to these rumors. It could also be that the same person that wants to throw Gov Palin under the bus, is the same person(s) that want to also throw Romney under the bus!
We might as well get it out of our systems now. Now is the time for ‘infighting’! The future of conservatism is at stake! None of us wanted McCain to begin with...not many more wanted Romney.
It is time for new blood in the party. Sarah fits the bill. The only thing that concerns me in the least about her is what appears to be a populist streak. Other than that..she has my attention big time. Bobby Jindal does too.
Accusing people who are anti-Romney of being anti-Mormon is what has gotten old. Newsflash-— I hate McCain too.
In general I despise people in the party who promote liberalism, condone it, or pose as something they are not. Romney poses as a conservative, and does a bad job at it, then sics his supporters on the real articles while keeping his hands clean on the surface.
I think they sabotaged Mac’s entire campaign. Now, I wonder why they would want to do that.
It says a lot about how weak a candidate Mitt is that for all of his advantages (money, pedigree, looks, organization, smart, communications skills, etc) he still failed to connect with primary voters.
Many of his supporters blame religious bigotry for Romney's demise. The real reason is authenticity bigotry. Republican voters don't like phonies.
"Sarah Palin is being treated unjustly and maliciously by these so-called religious people. I used to respect Mormons."
You believe that?
Romney’s a fraud and a liar.
It amazes me how FReepers run wild with disinformation as though it were fact.
I would think a Romney/Palin ticket would have beaten The One but alas, we had our candidate selected by dimocrats and MSM.
If you want to vent against someone, do everything you can to further discredit and bring down this 5th column that calls itself the free press.
Hey team Romney
He hasn’t got a snowball’s chance in hell of ever getting elected nationally. Deal with that.
Anyone notice that female Nina ___ from Fortune magazine on the show with Brit Hume. What’s her background. Is she a Mitt-bot?