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Human Events ^ | 11/7/08 | D. R. Tucker

Posted on 11/07/2008 7:07:43 PM PST by MartinaMisc

Mitt Romney would have broken Barack Obama like a cheap toy.

Despite the image problems facing the Republican Party, the former Massachusetts Governor would have conquered Obama without breaking a sweat. In a time of economic turmoil, voters would have turned to Romney to steer the country through choppy fiscal waters.

Romney was the thinking man’s choice for the GOP nomination. A success in both the business and political worlds, Romney presented the best opportunity to revive the Reagan vision in years. Like Obama, Romney was a handsome, well-spoken, highly intelligent figure who held out hope for a positive future.

It’s a deep shame that Romney couldn’t seal the deal in the GOP primaries. His exit from the race was a harsh blow to the Republican Party and to the country itself. Today, conservatives are questioning whether Obama will govern from the center or from the hard left. Had Romney been the GOP nominee, no one would have had an opportunity to ask that question.

Romney was a dynamic, visionary leader in the private and public sectors, a big-picture thinker and a committed conservative. As President, he would have stimulated the economy, reinforced the country’s security bulwarks and advanced the goals of those who believe in a culture of life. In addition to maintaining the support of the GOP base, he would have easily attracted moderates and independents, thus denying Obama the Presidency.

Remember Romney’s soul-stirring speech on faith and his peerless performances in the GOP primary debates? Imagine how Romney would have performed against Obama in the Presidential debates. He would have disciplined Obama, pointing out the inherent foolishness of his economic positions and ridiculing his liberal vision of the federal judiciary. Obama would have felt like he came out on the bad end of a Chicago street fight.

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1 posted on 11/07/2008 7:07:43 PM PST by MartinaMisc
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To: MartinaMisc

No way a Mormon could become President not until they solve the polygamy thing


2 posted on 11/07/2008 7:08:28 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: MartinaMisc

I don’t believe this at all.


3 posted on 11/07/2008 7:08:34 PM PST by kimchi lover (The ball is now in their court...play ball, SUCKERS!)
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To: MartinaMisc

No fan of Romney; but he nor any other Republican was going to get the chance.


4 posted on 11/07/2008 7:08:54 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: MartinaMisc

Okay, what was Romney’s solution to the crisis that lead to a $700 Billion spending spree by Congress?


5 posted on 11/07/2008 7:09:08 PM PST by Bernard (If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember exactly what you said.)
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To: MartinaMisc

Get real. Mitt Romney had all the money in the world and couldn’t even beat McCain.

So, a guy that most of us hated beat Mitt Romney, because frankly, we just hate Mitt even more.

I realize that his sycophants feel differently, but they’re a small group, who frankly have caused enough trouble in the party.

No Mitt. No Way. No How.


6 posted on 11/07/2008 7:09:21 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (RNC:NEWT OR NOT ONE DAMN DIME!)
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To: MartinaMisc

I don’t know. He always seemed kind of phony to me, fair or not.


7 posted on 11/07/2008 7:09:35 PM PST by Perdogg (01-20-2013)
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To: MartinaMisc

I think I agree. I didn’t for awhile, but the image and resume was right. He had a strong presence and voice, which would have cut the charisma gap. He also would have had a solid economic message and better grasp on communicating health care from experience. People would have gone with the economic stud over the newbie.

Too bad, the RNC lost this one by pushing McCain.


8 posted on 11/07/2008 7:10:39 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: yldstrk
"No way a Mormon could become President"

Correct, an islamic jihadist would have a better chance.

9 posted on 11/07/2008 7:11:28 PM PST by Paladin2 (Palin for President! (RINOs? PUMA))
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To: Perdogg

Romney is the Republican Clinton. He’ll say anything to get elected. In Massachussets he promises to outdo Ted Kennedy on gay rights, and stands up for “abortion rights.” Go to youtube.com and do a search on “the real romney”


10 posted on 11/07/2008 7:12:10 PM PST by Jibaholic ("Those people who are not ruled by God will be ruled by tyrants." --William Penn)
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To: ilgipper

Romney could have picked Ronald Reagan as his VP and been running against Stalin and I still wouldn’t have voted for him.

But I voted for John McCain.

I realize this is anecdotal, but it should give you a small idea of the bloodbath that would have occurred if Slick Willard had been our nominee.


11 posted on 11/07/2008 7:13:13 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (RNC:NEWT OR NOT ONE DAMN DIME!)
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To: MartinaMisc

An a Bible-Believing Christian, I remember thinking, “no way” I would want a Mormon in the WhiteHouse.

Had an interesting experience recently though.

My CEO is rubbing shoulders with someone producing a Jesus movie, and she told me though they had gotten a Big Name NonBeliever (all of Hollywood when you get down to it) to do the lead (Jesus), the lead Evangelical creative consultant rejected the idea in favor of a Christian.

It occurred to me to tell my CEO that Deuteronomy tells us that “[unequal weights and measures are an abomination]”. Put another way, you don’t use one standard to make what you like look good, and another standard to make what you don’t like look bad.

If being a Mormon made us judge Romney too harshly, then that was wrong.

OTOH, if Romney is an unprincipled RINO, then good riddance.


12 posted on 11/07/2008 7:13:42 PM PST by ROTB (GOD sez "You will not envy your neighbors' [anything]." Cut it our with class envy you Communists!)
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To: yldstrk

No way a Mormon could become President not until they solve the polygamy thing


You are right. In today’s America, polygamy, no matter that

it is rare, is much worse to many, than rampant depravity

on an enormous scale.


13 posted on 11/07/2008 7:14:52 PM PST by unkus
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To: yldstrk
I think that they have solved the polygamy thing.

Apparently the Mormon Church in California and Utah is being the target of massive protests by gays who say that the Mormons were behind the California Prop 8 gay marriage ban. The Mormons were the ones who stood up for the definition of marriage being "one man-one woman"....

14 posted on 11/07/2008 7:15:39 PM PST by MHT
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To: MartinaMisc

Oh goody, already planning our 2012 loss.


15 posted on 11/07/2008 7:15:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: MartinaMisc

Mitt Romney wasn’t a conservative from the moment he was born therefore he must be a secret liberal. Plus his hair was too slick. Plus he never cheated on his wife or have any financial scandals. What kind of politician is that?


16 posted on 11/07/2008 7:18:13 PM PST by exist
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To: MartinaMisc

Romney was never going to get past the dog sh*t story.


17 posted on 11/07/2008 7:18:16 PM PST by conservative cat ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: yldstrk

Ya and the Black President thing...oh nevermimd. It’s useless.


18 posted on 11/07/2008 7:19:09 PM PST by exist
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To: ilgipper

Solid economic message or what, the general public has never bothered to study economics.


19 posted on 11/07/2008 7:19:16 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: MartinaMisc

We need to stop the Dems from being able to cross over in the primaries.


20 posted on 11/07/2008 7:20:04 PM PST by Bellflower (A Brand New Day Is Coming!)
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To: MartinaMisc

McCain’s big problem was he was a moderate RINO.. how would a moderate RINO Romney make any difference.. he may have gained a percent being slicker and a better speaker, but I doubt the final result would be different.


21 posted on 11/07/2008 7:20:26 PM PST by mnehring
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To: MartinaMisc

I really don’t know how Romney would have done in the general. I have got to believe he would have done better than McCain who, IMO, had a big “kick me” sign on his rear. The change we should all be discussing, though, is closing our primaries. The reason we got stuck with McCain is that WE DIDN’T PICK HIM. If he hadn’t named Palin as his VP he would have been creamed in the general.
We must close our primaries to people who are not registered R’s. They got the candidate they wanted to face and they won.


22 posted on 11/07/2008 7:20:53 PM PST by luv2ski
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To: Jibaholic

Romney is the Republican Clinton. He’ll say anything to get elected.


Right!


23 posted on 11/07/2008 7:21:16 PM PST by FFranco
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To: yldstrk

RIGHT.


24 posted on 11/07/2008 7:21:42 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: MartinaMisc
End of the line, troll, with all the other faceless, cowardly, elitist Palin-bashing trolls.
25 posted on 11/07/2008 7:22:09 PM PST by LiberConservative (Obama voter: "We gonna get PAID!!!!")
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To: Bellflower

We need to stop the Dems from being able to cross over in the primaries.

Exactly.


26 posted on 11/07/2008 7:23:15 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: MartinaMisc

Oh dear God are we going to have to deal with this guy all over again too?

He’s the gray haired version of Rick Perry and I’m not impressed with him either.


27 posted on 11/07/2008 7:24:21 PM PST by TheZMan (Admin Moderator, "No. We dumped it because it was stupid.")
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To: MartinaMisc
Its easy to play Monday morning quarterback. Unfortunately McCain was the MSM favorite republican, add to that the RINO's and country-club republicans are doing all they can to destroy the conservative/evangelical influence within the party and it adds up to a complete uphill battle. Until the GOP rediscovers conservatism and realizes that RINOs DON'T win anything outside the Northeast, we're doomed to minority party status.

Bottom line is the GOP needs to stop being liberal-lite and start being Reagan conservative again.

28 posted on 11/07/2008 7:24:54 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

“Romney could have picked Ronald Reagan as his VP and been running against Stalin and I still wouldn’t have voted for him.

But I voted for John McCain.”

That does not make any sense whatsoever. True, Romney was not a perfect candidate (we had flawed candidates all around) but McCain was a RINO’s RINO, the essence of what a true RINO actually is. Maverick, my a$$.

A ticket made up of Romney and Jindal would have been much more competetive than what we were left with. McCain was BY FAR my very last choice, and when he was forced upon us I knew we were in huge trouble, because McCain would be forced to try throughout his entire campaign to shore up the base instead of the usual “base in the bag, let’s move a bit to the middle to pay lip service to Independents” way. I had to hold my nose and throw up a few times when I voted for McCain. Romney would have had no lasting problem with the base (not the way McCain did) and with a good running mate like Jindal and a coherent message on the economy (which Romney was made for) it could have been won. If nothing else, Romney would have run a quality campaign, not the complete disaster that the McCain campaign was.


29 posted on 11/07/2008 7:25:08 PM PST by floridagopvoter
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To: MartinaMisc

BTTT


30 posted on 11/07/2008 7:25:17 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: yldstrk

And I would have thought there’s no way a radical leftist could become President until they solve the communism problem.


31 posted on 11/07/2008 7:25:45 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: MartinaMisc
I'm not so sure he would have beaten Obama. Non the less, If he had been nominated, Sarah would still be just that interesting governor up there in Alaska. The conservative base would not have been nearly as jazzed (if at all). The 'conservative' pundits would have been pleased (like I really care anymore) and the party would have slouched along as usual trying to be bipartisan and unifying.

What I want now is for Barry to reach his hand across the isle and pull back a nub, having found out that Alaska isn't the only place to find pit bulls.

32 posted on 11/07/2008 7:26:02 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: MartinaMisc

I honestly thought Mitt ran the primary gauntlet this year just to get the mormon stuff in the rearview mirror, so he could give it a go in 2012. Trouble is, with his little milquetoast faith speech this article extols, he put nothing in the rearview mirror. The temple rituals, the planet kolob, the god who is a flesh-and-blood copulator — and a hundred other unorthodox beliefs that are normal for mormons (but twilight-zonish to most everyone else), far from being over and done with, still loom ahead for Mitt if he chooses to run again. He had a chance to make it “old news” in 08, but I think he chose not to because he thought he might win with the glossed-over, generic little speech he gave.
Anybody who thinks the dems and the press would not have gone over him with a microscope and klieg lights must have missed the colonoscopy they gave Sarah Palin.
There are those who say, “Well, they didn’t do it to him in the Mass. Gov. race.” Totally different ballgame. The nazi libs and press are only concerned with the national level of power.


33 posted on 11/07/2008 7:26:23 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: MartinaMisc
Here's your alternative:


34 posted on 11/07/2008 7:27:34 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: yldstrk
"No way a Mormon could become President not until they solve the polygamy thing"

But a half-breed, Marxist with Muslim roots and questionable citizenship can ?

Some of us here in FR spoke out using such words as Satanic, evil and a few others and we were pretty much given short shrift for what we thought and spoke about.

The child of God may not be always able to use the correct words, but he/she does have a God givin' Spirit of discernment.

35 posted on 11/07/2008 7:27:48 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: floridagopvoter

WAKE UP!

Romney is a freakin’ charlatan.

I wouldn’t vote for him if he were running against Mao Tse Tung. And there are millions like me.

Give up the Mitt Fetish. Mitt’s days as a wanna be standard bearer are over.


36 posted on 11/07/2008 7:28:05 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (RNC:NEWT OR NOT ONE DAMN DIME!)
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To: MartinaMisc

IMHO...the Texas polygamy thingy back in June..

http://texaspolygamy.blogspot.com/

was an roadside IED originally laid by Hillary for Romney.....


37 posted on 11/07/2008 7:30:04 PM PST by mo
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To: MartinaMisc
Mitt Romney would have broken Barack Obama like a cheap toy.

That lie has to come directly from the liberals handbook, start out with a whopper as if were fact.

38 posted on 11/07/2008 7:31:30 PM PST by org.whodat ( "the Whipped Dog Party" , what was formally the republicans.)
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To: MartinaMisc

You need to have your meds checked...with all due respect, Romney couldn’t even win against other Republicans!


39 posted on 11/07/2008 7:31:53 PM PST by bigbob
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To: MartinaMisc

It’s easy to say Romney would have been better when Romney wasn’t facing a media that was 100% in the tank for Obama. Believe me, they would have found a way to negatively spin every one of Romney’s so-called positives.


40 posted on 11/07/2008 7:32:36 PM PST by GnL
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To: MartinaMisc

He couldn’t beat McCain, but he’d do better than McCain against Obama? I sense a logical inconsistency. /sarc


41 posted on 11/07/2008 7:33:16 PM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: where PCP is not just for breakfast anymore.)
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To: floridagopvoter

You liked McCain less than you liked Rooty Tooty Fresh and Frooty? McShame only made my No. 2 for worst candidate. (Hunter, Thompson, Romney, Huck, McPain, Rooty)


42 posted on 11/07/2008 7:33:18 PM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: MartinaMisc

Well, he couldn’t get past the fatally flawed McCain, not even with a goodly number of us saying we’d sit home rather than vote for McCain.

If he couldn’t get past McCain, then we obviously never get to find out how he’d do against Obama.

Well, guess what. We’re going to be fighting for the next 4 years with our backs to the wall. By the time the next election rolls around, Romney and a lot of other people will have had the chance to show what they are made of. He’d have been the big defender of free enterprise against Obama? Guess what. He’s going to get his chance to defend it now.

Or not. Maybe he’ll be a uniter like McCain. Maybe he’ll “reach out”. Maybe he’ll look for nuance like half our supposed conservative pundits. He couldn’t close the deal when we looked strong. But we’re down now. Lets see if he still wants to fight or if he wants to posture for the next election.


43 posted on 11/07/2008 7:34:02 PM PST by marron
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To: MartinaMisc

I think I am the only American that could have beaten Romney. Since we cannot prove either claim, I guess both could be correct. Or not. In short, this is a ridiculous article written by a sore loser.


44 posted on 11/07/2008 7:34:12 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Couldn’t have said it better myself. I am sick and tired of seeing these articles about Mitt Romney — he would have lost big time because other candidates would never have gotten on board after the way he tried to buy the nomination with his own money and undermined other campaigns.

Same crap we put up with trying to make him VP. If his supporters think this is going to help, they need to think again because the other campaigns are in no mood for Romney, today, tomorrow, next year, or 2012.

Don’t want to see anyone run in 2012 that was part of the primary this time. We need new blood.


45 posted on 11/07/2008 7:37:34 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: MartinaMisc

I liked a lot of things about Romney, but his Mass. government health care was a step too far.

No Thanks.


46 posted on 11/07/2008 7:37:54 PM PST by RJL
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To: MartinaMisc
Romney's problem wasn't his religion but his new found Conservative faith. Many felt that this was a political conversion.While governer of MA he forced through gay marriage, socialized medicine and was a big abortion supporter.

Would he have beaten obama? Maybe. Obama is an empty suit with disturbing friends and his "Christian" church is a creepy, racist con. It does appear that this election was won by the one who looked "more presidential".

47 posted on 11/07/2008 7:38:23 PM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
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To: Bernard

Romney has enough financial savvy to have worked to create solution involving the suspension of mark-to-market rules and direct liquidity injections into the banks that would have avoided the high price tag of Paulson’s solution.

I think the author makes a very strong case for Romney. I admire John McCain but his debate skills were not an asset in this campaign. It was like water torture watching the debates and seeing Obama leave himself wide-open for a knockout blow only to have McCain throw a weak left jab rather than a hay maker.

In retrospect, I think both Romney or Huckabee could have done better against Obama. His programs are a weak mush concoction that were begging for an evisceration by a skilled interlocutor. Huckabee’s speech as the Republican convention was a sample of this. He demolished Obama’s new age mush with the precision of a surgeon.

I fear that the right’s obsession with finding the next Reagan may have led us to miss out on two pretty good candidates, Romney and Huckabee.


48 posted on 11/07/2008 7:38:48 PM PST by ggekko60506
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To: MartinaMisc

I agree with the post. Romney would have beaten Obama, for two reasons. The economic expertise, and he would have made the case for Republican ideas.

I believe that Romney would have won the primaries if we had a run-off system in the Republican party. If no candidate gets 51% then you run-off until someone does, winner take all in each state.

What I saw in the primaries was that McCain and Guiliani split the liberal Republican vote, and the conservative vote was split at least 4 ways: Romney, Thompson, Huckabee, Hunter. With a run-off system you stop splitting votes. McCain beats Guiliani, and Romney beats the others in more states than Huckabee does. Then Romney beats McCain in the runoff. Romney’s the candidate.

And he would have beaten Obama.

That’s how I see it. Hate me all you want.


49 posted on 11/07/2008 7:39:49 PM PST by News Junkie
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To: MartinaMisc

This is pure fellation.


50 posted on 11/07/2008 7:40:16 PM PST by George Smiley (Palin is the real deal.)
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