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George Will column on Mitt Romney: 'Has conservatism come so far ... for THIS?'
Politico ^ | 28 October 2011 | Alexander Burns

Posted on 10/28/2011 12:01:42 PM PDT by buccaneer81

Playbook has a sneak peek at George F. Will's Sunday column, which fires a shot through the growing GOP establishment consensus that Mitt Romney would be an acceptable, electable nominee:

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67070.html#ixzz1c6Vht6Vc


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: georgewill; hillbuzz; kevindujan; romney

1 posted on 10/28/2011 12:01:43 PM PDT by buccaneer81
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To: buccaneer81

Yeah, I remember what they call the Republican Party’s nominee — John McCain!


2 posted on 10/28/2011 12:03:49 PM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: buccaneer81

WOW...dittos George there may be hope for you after all. Well stated.


3 posted on 10/28/2011 12:05:34 PM PDT by Breto (never accept the premise)
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To: buccaneer81

Related:

http://hillbuzz.org/2011/10/27/whats-most-important-to-you-in-deciding-who-you-can-support-as-a-presidential-candidate/#more-37212


4 posted on 10/28/2011 12:09:40 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Breto

Really! I wrote George Will off a few years ago and may have to reconsider reading his articles again. He was drinking leftwing, marxist koolaide for awhile.


5 posted on 10/28/2011 12:11:41 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: buccaneer81

“profile in caution” Ha! That’s a good dig!!


6 posted on 10/28/2011 12:13:10 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: savagesusie

I think even George realizes that four more years of Obama will mark the end of America as we knew it.


7 posted on 10/28/2011 12:13:18 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Huh? Will has been dumping on every non-establishment, non-beltway conservative figure to come down the pike for several years now. And suddenly he’s now starting to express doubts about his beloved establishment’s ‘chosen one?’ Yeah, whatever.


8 posted on 10/28/2011 12:14:17 PM PDT by greene66
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To: buccaneer81
Money quote:

"Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from ‘data’ ... Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for THIS?"

George Will at times has an uncanny ability to see beyond the moment and ignore accepted "wisdom" in favor of actual truth.

In this case, the truth is that Mitt Romney, Darling of the Establishment, far from resuscitating the GOP, would fatally fracture it.

9 posted on 10/28/2011 12:15:38 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: buccaneer81

Ever wonder why RINOmney’s reflection never shows in a mirror?

Just askin’.


10 posted on 10/28/2011 12:15:56 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: buccaneer81
Welcome to the "Unappeasable Tea Party Purists ClubTM Mr. Will.
11 posted on 10/28/2011 12:18:09 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Free TOTUS)
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To: NeoCaveman

because there is always room for one more.


12 posted on 10/28/2011 12:19:49 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Free TOTUS)
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To: buccaneer81

Romney is not a conservative - that makes him a CINO. He acts very much like a country club Republican.


13 posted on 10/28/2011 12:19:57 PM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: greene66

I think you’re selling George way too short. He’s smart, consistent, and unemotional in his assessments. He does not spare Beltway “faves” any more than he does outsiders. He looks for truth, and more often than not tends to find it. I don’t always agree with him, but after 35 years of reading his columns, I respect his judgment.


14 posted on 10/28/2011 12:20:55 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: buccaneer81

Mitt Romney is like Thomas E. Dewey

The only men on the planet who could find a way to lose their respective elections for the GOP

long behold


15 posted on 10/28/2011 12:25:11 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative
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To: buccaneer81

We need to hear more of this kind of reasoning that shows what Romney really is, and why he is not a conservative instead of the anti-Mormon mobs “Mormons aren’t Christian”, “Mormons will steal your wives”, “Mormonism is a cult”, etc that is common on FR


16 posted on 10/28/2011 12:26:15 PM PDT by skyman
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To: andy58-in-nh

George Will said “Sarah Palin should not be trusted with nuclear weapons.” Just one of the many idiotic things he’s been saying these past few years. Indeed, I used to value his opinion, back in the Brinkley days. Now, with quotes like the above, he is beyond worthless to me. Just another beltway scumbag.


17 posted on 10/28/2011 12:29:39 PM PDT by greene66
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To: ex-snook
The Country Clubbers are a specific class of people best known for party operations at the state and local levels.

You are mistakenly confounding Romney, who in a normal time would be among the Establishment Donor class, with the machine guys.

Remember, the Republican Party has no counterpart to the various special interests that make up the Democratic party. There you can work your way through the chairs in your organization and that will translate into chair assignments within the party framework as well.

Which, BTW, is why the Democrats have no class of Country Clubbers.

This is something people who ustabe Democrats have to get usedta ~ Republican organizational structures are far different from those of the Democrats.

18 posted on 10/28/2011 12:31:23 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Breto
...a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming.

Oh! That sounds sounds so smooth and true when sliding off the tongue ;-)

19 posted on 10/28/2011 12:38:33 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: buccaneer81
Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the tea party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming.


20 posted on 10/28/2011 12:44:35 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: andy58-in-nh

“I think you’re selling George way too short. He’s smart, consistent, and unemotional in his assessments. He does not spare Beltway “faves” any more than he does outsiders. He looks for truth, and more often than not tends to find it.”

Praying he will look at Herman Cain! We believe Herman Cain is closer to the truth than any other person running. He has our support. Wouldn’t vote for ANY of the others (especially Romney or Perry).


21 posted on 10/28/2011 1:02:54 PM PDT by Tomato lover (Jesus is the way, the truth and the light)
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To: greene66
What Will said was: "The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin's case], answers itself.”

By which I interpreted him to mean that she was not, by experience or temperament prepared to be President - at least, not yet. I think she's answered that question, too, and I believe she made the right decision. In eight years... the answer may be different - that's up to Palin. I like her personally, but in retrospect Mr. Will was not mistaken in his assessment.

The bigger problem: Obama was never ready, either - and Will has certainly not shied away from criticizing him on those grounds. Would Romney be "ready"? Well, to be honest - yes - but that's not his problem. His problem is that he's a Progressive and would only lead us further down the path to socialism while fatally fracturing the GOP. "Ready to lead" is not enough. Ready to lead - where?

22 posted on 10/28/2011 1:03:07 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Tomato lover
Praying he will look at Herman Cain! We believe Herman Cain is closer to the truth than any other person running. He has our support. Wouldn’t vote for ANY of the others (especially Romney or Perry).

I hope so, too. I see something very special and rare in Mr. Cain. Really. In our age: a non-politician, a man of modest means, who by hard work, belief in God and in himself creates success and untold opportunities for others... he is the anti-Obama.

And even if he turns out not to be the candidate, Cain's very presence in the race could change the course of American politics (which desperately needs changing, IMHO). God bless him.

23 posted on 10/28/2011 1:19:47 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I would confidently entrust the safety and fate of this country in Palin’s hands more readily than any of the other candidates out there. George Will has proven himself over and over these past three years to be nothing more than yet another condescending beltway elitist, always backstabbing the grassroots. I’ve had it with these worthless bastards. Even if Will makes a valid point here about Romney, he can go drown in a lake as far as I care.


24 posted on 10/28/2011 1:38:44 PM PDT by greene66
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To: greene66

Will is a bit establishment and elitist, but I think your main problem with him is that you have a hard time with eloquence.


26 posted on 10/28/2011 3:32:56 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: andy58-in-nh
I respect his judgment.

So do I. I disagree with him sometimes, but, as you say, I respect his judgement and the disagreements often cause me to think about my own positions. That's what a good pundit does.

And his writing is pretty good stuff, too.

27 posted on 10/28/2011 3:52:00 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Breto
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What the .... HELL .... happened to George Will ?


At the rate he's going, by Decemeber 2011 George will be be leading the troops across the ice-filled river to Trenton at Christmas ... to beat the Hessians ...


Maybe ... just maybe ... Americans are FINALLY growing a pair against the GOP RINO Elite ...



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28 posted on 10/28/2011 4:04:14 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne
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To: ex-snook

I think he’s actually worse than a country club Republican, if that’s possible.


29 posted on 10/30/2011 7:46:38 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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