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On The Eve Of Huge Speech, WSJ Delivers A Devastating Mitt Romney Takedown
Business Insider ^ | May 11, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal

Posted on 05/12/2011 4:47:43 AM PDT by Scanian

It's no secret that one of Mitt Romney's biggest vulnerabilities is the fact that he invented RomneyCare in Massachusetts, thus paving the way for the detested Obamacare.

What is surprising is that the WSJ -- which you'd think might overlook that in Romney's case, given their general common ideologies -- would pulverize him on the subject.

That's exactly what they've done tonight, on the eve of his big healthcare speech, basically branding him has un-credible and self-serving.

They say RomneyCare has been a mess, but that really, up until recently he was bragging about its success. What's more, his new argument that it only failed because of poor execution reeks of passing the buck.

The title of the WSJ's editorial is "Obama's Running Mate", a point driven home in the brutal conclusion:

"For a potential President whose core argument is that he knows how to revive free market economic growth, this amounts to a fatal flaw. Presidents lead by offering a vision for the country rooted in certain principles, not by promising a technocracy that runs on "data." Mr. Romney's highest principle seems to be faith in his own expertise...

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: romney; romneycare; selfserving; uncredible; wsj

1 posted on 05/12/2011 4:47:48 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Anyone else get the feeling that the establishment knows Myth Romney won’t be able to win and want to stop him now in order to help Myth Daniels?


2 posted on 05/12/2011 4:52:09 AM PDT by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: Scanian

Romney should run for president of hell as far as I’m concerned.

I’m sick and tired of phony conservatives.


3 posted on 05/12/2011 5:01:49 AM PDT by Bullish (the golfer gets all the credit while the jet fighter pilot gets all the blame.)
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To: Scanian

The Architect of zer0bama care shall fall by the wayside.


4 posted on 05/12/2011 5:04:53 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Scanian
Mr. Romney's highest principle seems to be faith in his own expertise...

A trait he shares with most liberals. That they just know better than us rubes.

We need someone who governs by the conservative principles that government should stick to its proper enumerated powers and otherwise get out of the way. Romney is the opposite of that.

5 posted on 05/12/2011 5:11:49 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Scanian

Romney is a non-starter. This photo will forever haunt him.

6 posted on 05/12/2011 5:17:18 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Scanian
Mr. Romney's highest principle seems to be faith in his own expertise.

It reminds of when Dukakis tried to make the central issue of the 1988 campaign "competence."
7 posted on 05/12/2011 5:19:23 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: CASchack

Who would buy a used car from this phony sleezeball?


8 posted on 05/12/2011 5:19:35 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Scanian

Here’s a link to the WSJ opinion piece ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703864204576317413439329644.html#articleTabs%3Darticle


9 posted on 05/12/2011 5:22:20 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: chiefqc

The problem is that he is leading in the polls for the New Hampshire primary, which is open to dopey uninformed “independents” and crossover Demonrat saboteurs.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 5:22:39 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: Scanian
At the federal level, socialized medicine is completely unconstitutional.
At the state level, socialized medicine is simply stupid.

Mitt isn't good on socialized medicine.
Mitt isn't good on abortion.
Mitt isn't good on gun control.

The only people who like Mitt Romney are Liberals, and in the general election, Liberals will vote for Obama. Mitt will lose worse than McCain.

11 posted on 05/12/2011 5:22:39 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: hellbender

why hasn’t the gop plugged the NH mess ?
The demographic shift in NH make it a trainwreck !


12 posted on 05/12/2011 5:28:29 AM PDT by ncalburt (DO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: Bullish

‘I’m sick and tired of phony conservatives.’

Well said!


13 posted on 05/12/2011 5:43:09 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: chiefqc
Who would buy a used car from this phony sleezeball?

The GOP might, in some states, unless a real conservative steps up.

14 posted on 05/12/2011 6:04:13 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Scanian

Well, he does have nice hair!


15 posted on 05/12/2011 6:13:20 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: shove_it
Here’s a link to the WSJ opinion piece ...

Most damning summary:

He still seems to believe he somehow squared the views of Jonathan Gruber, the MIT evangelist for ObamaCare, with those of the Heritage Foundation.

In reality, his ostensible liberal allies like the late Ted Kennedy saw an opening to advance their own priorities, and in Mr. Romney they took advantage of a politician who still doesn't seem to understand how government works. It's no accident that RomneyCare's most vociferous defenders now are in the White House and left-wing media and think tanks. They know what happened, even if he doesn't.


16 posted on 05/12/2011 6:15:57 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Winning The Future" = WTF = What The F*** / "Kinetic Military Action" = KMA = Kiss My A**)
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To: jimrob; Scanian

These Romney threads aren’t fun anymore, since you’ve got the RomneyBotts scared witless.

I propose that you let one live, just so we can beat up him/her on a regular basis. Remember “MurrayMom”? She was disgustingly 100% liberal and you tolerated her for years, for that reason.


17 posted on 05/12/2011 6:22:16 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Scanian

Romney would have been a better VP for Obama than Biden. They both know how to destroy the economy.


18 posted on 05/12/2011 6:22:43 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: Graybeard58

Yeah, personally I could use some of it.

In fact, I could use a lot.

But that’s all he has that is worth anything, IMHO.

Do you suppose Romney would favor holding the line on the debt ceiling? I don’t think so!


19 posted on 05/12/2011 6:24:42 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Graybeard58

I see Dems going heavy for Mitty in open primary states.
(their answer to Op Chaos)

They know a Mitty candidacy will produce a Tea Party challenger and a split in the anti-Baraq vote.

In my view, Baraq’s only hope to win is a Clintonian plurality.


20 posted on 05/12/2011 6:27:09 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Graybeard58

There is a lot of tolerance for a lot of things that I don’t understand.

I just tell myself, “Well, it’s a private enterprise, I’m really not entitled to an explanation.”

Because I love private business, I end up shutting up.


21 posted on 05/12/2011 6:27:25 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: kevkrom

My personal favorite from the article ...

“If he does not change his message, he might as well try to knock off Joe Biden and get on the Obama ticket.”


22 posted on 05/12/2011 6:28:13 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it

Yeah, but that misses the point a bit.

I think the real key is that Romney is so self-deluded on what the proper role of government is — because of this, he is easy to “roll” by “guidance” from “experts”. Romney is so focused on the technical details of making some kind of compromise work that he doesn’t have any appreciation over whether the basic idea is sound.

To a large degree, that is at odds with many on the left. Oh, I’m sure there are some who have good intentions and who are just of the belief that the right people haven’t been in charge yet. But many of the more radical ones, like Obama and his ilk (or puppet masters, if you prefer) have a much more cohesive (if repugnant) view of the role of government, and Romney is more along the lines of “useful idiot” than leftist ideologue.

Because Romney is all about Romney, and not an ideology, he is to a large degree more dangerous, because he can be led around by those who know how to manipulate him.


23 posted on 05/12/2011 6:40:09 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Winning The Future" = WTF = What The F*** / "Kinetic Military Action" = KMA = Kiss My A**)
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To: Scanian

This is great. Romney’s base is the mainstream business community and if the iconic paper of business tosses him, he doesn’t have much of a chance.


24 posted on 05/12/2011 6:42:39 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: chiefqc

That’s my reason for disliking him intensely. The sleaze-ball aspect is writ large on his shining, wrinkle-free face.

Never trust a man who wears a hair net to bed.


25 posted on 05/12/2011 6:42:39 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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To: ncalburt

Seems to me the national and NH GOP Establishmewnt are, quite unfortunately, well aligned.


26 posted on 05/12/2011 6:45:44 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: hellbender

NH is also one of Mitt’s many home states and part of the Boston media market.


27 posted on 05/12/2011 6:47:38 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: icwhatudo
I'm not for Romney. We should still welcome his voice of criticism on ObamaCare.

I take it you're anti-establishment and waiting for a myth of your own to swoop in.

If the establishment coalesces behind a solid candidate, we should not reject the candidate out of hand because the establishment is behind him or her.

W, for all his flaws like overspending and immigration policy, was the establishment candidate of 2000. They picked a winner.

It's looking doubtful but maybe they'll pick another who can beat Obama. The field is not looking great from where I sit.

28 posted on 05/12/2011 6:51:09 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: nascarnation

“I see Dems going heavy for Mitty in open primary states.”

Good point, I’m sure Mitt’s team will try to exploit this through divide and conquer as much as possible now that he is probably losing establishment support.

Seventeen states use an open party primary system, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. Of these states, Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota conduct open caucus elections.


29 posted on 05/12/2011 6:52:53 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: newzjunkey
W, for all his flaws like overspending and immigration policy, was the establishment candidate of 2000. They picked a winner.

If you mean "winner" as in winning the election.

30 posted on 05/12/2011 6:52:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: grumpygresh
open party primary system, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

On Primary election day in Illinois, you walk in to the polling place, they ask you which ballot you want, you tell them, they give it to you. When registering to vote in my various residences over the years, I've not been asked for party afillation. If that's not "open primary", I don't know what is.

In over 40 years of voting here, I've never been asked for an ID.

31 posted on 05/12/2011 7:04:13 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Scanian
What's more, his new argument that it only failed because of poor execution reeks of passing the buck.

It also demonstrates that his fundamental governmental philosophy makes him unfit for the presidency.

32 posted on 05/12/2011 7:23:29 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: hellbender
The problem is that he is leading in the polls for the New Hampshire primary, which is open to dopey uninformed “independents” and crossover Demonrat saboteurs.

those saboteurs will be out in force this go-round, as Zero won't have credible opposition.

33 posted on 05/12/2011 7:43:49 AM PDT by zeugma (The only thing in the social security trust fund is your children and grandchildren's sweat.)
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