Skip to comments.Ensuring Romney's Defeat
Posted on 11/14/2011 5:52:10 PM PST by Antoninus
The time has come for all of those who are serious about 1) defeating Mitt Romney, and 2) defeating Barack Obama to get down to business.
Within the Free Republic echo chamber, we will have a limited impact on this election. However, Jim Robinson has done us the favor of making FR a nearly Romney-Free environment, so we can be fairly well assured that those here now are of like mind in the goal of nominating a legitimate conservative as the GOP standard bearer in 2012.
I am proposing that a few motivated and well-informed activists, using FR as an information nexus, can have a disproportionate impact on the coming primaries. Mitt Romney's record is a target-rich environment but unfortunately, many if not most conservative voters have no idea how bad he is. Since the liberal media certainly won't tell them until Romney is the nominee, and the so-called conservative media have shown themselves to be paid shills for the GOP establishment, the task falls to us. Fortunately, we have the tools at our disposal to do the job.
I propose the following strategy:
Step 1: Spread the word about Liberal Mitt to every conservative we know via social media.
We need to do this to counteract the bombardment of "Romney is the inevitable nominee" stories that are coming. Also, it is important to drive Romney's poll numbers down as low as possible immediately prior to the primaries when voters will begin to become seriously engaged.
To accomplish this, we need to use social media. Sure, you can use email lists to do this, but in my experience, fewer and fewer people pay attention to FWD emails. They are not a terribly effective way of spreading news and information these days. Social media, on the other hand, is much more personal and has the potential to reach millions of people with your message. If you are on Facebook and Twitter, you are already aware of how to do this. But here are some additional tips.
1.) Seek out places where conservatives congregate on Face Book. Here are a few:
Positively Republican (.5 million followers)
Freedom Works (1 million+ followers)
For America (1.5 million followers)
Rush Limbaugh on Facebook (1 million followers)
There are dozens and dozens of others as well, but this is just a sampling. "Like" these orgs and then immediately begin posting comments stating your disgust with Romney and links to articles and videos which smoke him out as the liberal he is. Again, this is nothing more than getting information out to people who may be bandwagoners and who may be flipped once they learn how bad Romney really is. It's amazing how many eyes you can open just by posting an article on Romney's pro-abortion, anti-2A, pro-illegal, or anti-family stands.
2.) Post articles on your Facebook wall that the your circle of friends can see that discuss certain specific aspects of Romney's record that will make him objectionable to conservatives. Rather than the catch-all "Romney is a RINO" articles, find ones that address specific issues. These aren't hard to find--the Free Republic Romney Truth File is loaded with them. This way, you can post an article per day during the run-up to the primary, culminating with a summary judgment that Romney must not be the Republican nominee.
3.) Post comments that say that you WILL NOT vote for Romney if he is the GOP nominee. This is very important because the Republican establishment is counting on the herd falling into line after they force Romney through the primaries. If many vocal conservatives say they will not vote for Liberal Mitt under any circumstances, the front-running sheeple will start to lose that sense that Romney can actually win. We know that he can't win, but THEY are still operating under the media-led belief that he can. That notion must be exploded.
Step 2: After the first primaries, conservatives must coalesce around one candidate.
I am currently a Santorum supporter. However, if Rick finishes outside the top three any of the first three primaries, I will transfer my support to the most formidable non-Romney Republican. It is important that many people agree to do this and then be VERY vocal about it. The only way Romney can win this is if the conservative vote remains split for too long. If we unite, he can't win. Period.
I don't want to end up with John McCain, part II, running against Obama in 2012. The best way to avoid that is to make sure we knock Romney out early. He's got the money to last a long time in the primaries and drain the other candidates coffers, so it is very important that we demonstrate the futility of his continuing as soon as possible. I have already pledged that I will not vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances and I mean to keep that pledge. However, I would much rather be working for a conservative Republican candidate in 2012 than plugging a 3rd party.
Let's work now to make sure the media doesn't get to pick the Republican candidate in 2012. Otherwise, we may be looking at a situation where Obama wins with 40% of the vote. That is a nightmare scenario that we can avoid if we do what we have to do to get people informed.
Of course, other ideas for spreading the word about Romney’s liberal record far and wide are most welcome!
One of the best anti-Mitt articles was last in Friday’s Wall Street Journal.
I’m just glad we don’t have to go through the same shrill, screaming panic like the one that gripped the Rudy-bots 4 years ago.
mitt’s massachusetts bud john kerry is named as one of the scums that profited from insider trading. Here is Rick Perry ad saying send ‘em to jail..
I am going to give my candidate the benefit of the doubt through the Florida primary, and possibly till Super Tuesday. If he does not win or is the leading non-Romney at that time, then I will switch the leading non-Romney.
Willie Mitty will “Ensuring Romney’s Defeat”
IF he was to get the GOP nomination, the Democrats will burn him at the stake...
Those TWO auto accidents he was in while he was driving during his long draft dodging vacation in Paris during Nam will be said to be drunk driving for starters...
Nobody is that unlucky for no good reason...
and a woman died and other people were badly injured...
Its too well docu,mented to be swept under the carpet...
and speaking of driving ...
Romney claimns he was on a Mormon Evangelical trip...
What was he doing driving when the Mormon rules state he must not ???
What waqs he doing driving a Citroen DS when Mormons c;laim their “clergy” are n ot paid...
My pastor drivers an old American car...
Whats he doing now owning several houses ???
Wait till the Democrats start on that greed and waste...
He dodged the draft for Nam TWICE...and went to France...
(Other draft dodgers could only afford to go as far as Canada...)
the Democrats dont care to serve but he will regret that one...
and thats just one lousy period of his life...
Plus about his good times in France...
his girlfriend Ann Davies visited him at least 2 times...
Is that allowed ???
or again was the priviged special Williard itt Romneyt from a royal polygamous family allowed to bend the rules...
if he thinks rules dont apply to him and/or hes above them why would we want him in the White House...
Those rules called the Constitution are too importzant to be in the control of a guy who doesnt care what he does about them...
Think “The Prince”
Here’s a recent article: “How Romney grew rich by plundering companies”.
I wish some of the “conservatives” would drop out, because they love the cause more than being “the one” that “wins”.
Howlin’s opus was entertaining.
I tell you what. Why wait for the primaries? My advice to you is to give up on Santorum (who couldn’t even hold his seat in Congress) and rally to a serious candidate like Cain or Newt and help stop Romney NOW. There is no reason to wait.
We need another Bug Zapper Thread.
At the risk of being flamed at the stake, I think that there is way too much energy spent on being anti-Romney. It would best directed by being for someone or being anti-democrat.
The last thing that we need is to fracture Republican voters. If my candidate wins, I sure hope that Romney voters will vote for him and will not say that they are going to stay home and sit on their hands.
We need their votes and those of independents.
He is almost a gaffe machine plus the Women problem.
So first I am anybody but Obama.
Saying that I am anybody but Roomey.
I am close to looking at Newt.
I just wonder if he can raise money.
But with Obama alot of people will max out on the GOP instead of Obama.
The Vice President is the most important pick the nominee needs to get right.
I wouldn't go that far. Plus it's a smear campaign. When I watch Cain I am convinced he is telling the truth. I am also convinced the dems will play the big lie to stop a black Republican from becoming elected President.
It's a no lose proposition for the dems. No one can prove or disprove the allegations so they will just hang out there. They can hire more women and keep it coming. However it would be effective if we could successfully prove at least one witness is lying and tie the connection to dem operatives.
This year with Rence in charge the national party just stood there, jaw dropped slack, drool dripping ~ doing nothing. At least Mike knew where to put his thumb and the party won big ~ HUGE ~ nothing like it in our history in fact.
If Republicans and Conservatives knew how to be winners they'd kept Mike around as a good luck charm if nothing else.
That's just the start of things ~ many Republicans and Conservatives have argued that WE WON BIG LAST WEEK, and yet we didn't. We should have had a near sweep of every open seat at every level of politics.
That did not happen. You can't look at a mediocre victory here and there and say "Hey, baybeee that's a big win" ~ 'cause it's just not true.
We've got to clean up some problems pretty soon before we find ourselves going into the 2012 campaign with another half-baked flipflopper who wants to do reach arounds, and an indolent campaign support staff who are more interested in inventorying the candidates' clothing than in winning.
We don't need people like that. We need winners. We need a candidate at the top, and candidates in between, who not only want to win, they know what to do when they win.
Cain has no “woman problem”. The Democrats have a “lie problem”.
Obviously being hateful and nasty attracts very few people to a cause. Hating and name calling are not the tactics employed by good people, or intelligent people fot that matter.
Romney WSJ Nov 11
great 3 1/2 minute video Romney 2005
Romney is not all that much better than BO.
I think it all boils down to this. After IA, NH, NV, SC and FL have voted then there will be at least a couple of conservative candidates who have not finished in the top three in any of these primaries. It will then be time for conservatives supporting these also-rans to re-direct their support to one of the conservative front-runners.
i respectfully object to the strategy.
If Mitt is not defeated early (IA & SC primarily), then he wins. So the important anti-Mitt activity needs to be focused on those 2 states.
50 of the 99 IA counties will have fewer than 1000 caucus attendees. If ya can find 50 people to get a pre-pay cell with an IA phone number and do the calling ... that one project alone will have a big impact.
100,000 is the caucus attendee total in IA. When the show gets to FLA, too many voters (2 million) ... not possible for grassroots stuff to have an impact.
Your view of this is almost the opposite of mine. Mitt will have a small but highly-motivated group of ground operatives in every state. I think this will be more effective in IA than in FL. In FL what is needed are tens of thousands of individuals each talking to people they know or live near. That is grassroots politics and that is what we conservatives will have to use to defeat Mitt.
“..one of the biggest liabilities of Mitt Romneys health care law in Massachusetts: the fact that health-insurance premiums in Massachusetts have skyrocketed since the law was put into place..”
Good article. Thanks. Let me see if I can find the FR link.
Pinging the old Duncan Hunter list to see if there’s any interest from you folks in putting this strategy into effect.
I appreciate your ideas and your determination to sink Romney at eh polls.
All anyone of us need do is read: “Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters?” by Tricia Erickson. Not only does she, the daughter of a Mormon Bishop, who has left the church to become a Christian, give a very comprehensive history of the Mormon Church, she delieveers a complete history of Romney’s political and pre-political careers.
I manage to avoid “FWD” by cutting and pasting with my own subject typed in. I think most people read my emails.
just a couple of important suggestions. Let’s go get ‘im, folks! They are really pushing Romney now.
Go somewhere else, Troll! Go where the scumbums go!
You are confusing Can with Perry. Cain does not do gaffes, nor does he do women!
Newt really reeled you in, a nice fat cat fish like you! You’d better do your homewowrk on that man. He instituted the Federal Department of Education, where you were obviously indoctrinated.
The money is rolling in big time to the Cain campaign since the Evil Left threw false acusations at him. You wouln’t know a fine man if the scales were off your eyes
Mr. Cain started with virtually nothing. He got out thetr and people liked him and liked what he had to say, so he began winning one straw poll after another. He’s still winning them. Now the campaign is now worth better than $9 Million, most of it in the past few weeks! And we true conservatives keep pouring it to him!
I think Obama has pretty much maxed himself out!
Mr. Cain has been proven time and again that he is a great delegater, so he will pick the best vice president, never fear.
Now you are outa here, you scumbum!
Thx for the ping, but barring a third party candidate of conservative caliber, I will be sitting this one out. There isn't a Conservative in the race.
Could you explain in a little more detail how this could be done? I have been looking everywhere for national phone banks for IA - like they had in WI - and so far have found none.
Are you allowed to post on the IA board here if you don’t live in Iowa - those people seem pretty important to me.
Any insight you can give me I would greatly appreciate.
Don’t you mean you will be voting for Obama?
Sitting It Out = A Vote for Obama.
Didn’t you learn anything from 2008?
Another suggestion might be to write letters to editors, or call local talk shows, particularly if you live in one of the early-primary states.
Talking points in editor’s letters, and talk shows, should be short, so we should pick out what we feel are the best ones.
We can get the best talking points, right here on FR; in fact, here’s a good source I got from one of our FReepers:
You obviously have a hard time with mathematics.
Didnt you learn anything from 2008?
Yeah - I found out that most freepers will vote for anything, and call it conservative... McCain is a sworn enemy of conservatism, and HAS been for years.
This election will be no different - No one in the 'top tier' is remotely conservative. If there is a conservative in an alternate party, I will vote for him happily, but I will not give a liberal appeaser my vote simply for the sake of unity behind the big rhinestone "R", so save your breath.
Mr. Bain Capitol now claims China is a big threat and not playing by the rules.
Just another Jean-Fraud Kerry if you ask me.
You forgot the part about trashing Romney’s faith. You can get a lot of pointers here on this site.
I would contact the campaign of your choice ... a local office in IA (not Des Moines) and find somebody to do phoning with. A pre-pay cell phone with an Iowa number is necessary. I like the verizon pre-pay at Walmart $2/day plan. what state do ya live in? If you’re call Sioux City, have a Sioux city phone number. They have lists at the satellite offices.
Florida is a TV ad content. Romney has the money advantage to spend the $5 million on the airwaves. In Iowa the local conservative activists are organized and have a huge impact in a 100,000 person event. It takes less than $1 million to compete. Mitts money won’t help him much in IA and SC. He needs to be defeated there.
If Mitt survives as the frontrunner after Florida, I would not count on anybody stopping him. Even Facebook pages.
conservatives must coalesce around one candidate.
***Duncan Hunter. Sure, I like this strategy. ;-)
you guys ever run a presidential campaign state effort? Ever been to Iowa caucuses? A few million facebook friends ain’t gonna lead to much cuz the won’t get fanatically active like the ronPaul folks .... and even a few millon Paulinistas barely kept ronPaul above 10%.
FLA Nev and Maine are the last states before the whole thing becomes a big media event.