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John Bolton: Let’s face it, Romney’s the conservative who can beat Obama
Hot Air ^ | January 21, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 01/20/2012 7:15:24 PM PST by RobinMasters

Et tu, ‘Stache?

With America’s future at stake in November, I decided to support Mitt Romney for three reasons: his Reaganaut philosophy, executive experience and general-election campaign strengths…

Mr. Obama’s manifold failings underscore the final issue: electability. Competitors and politicos are already endlessly analyzing this question, so I’ll make only three brief points.

First, there is an infinitesimally small chance that Mr. Romney will self-destruct in September or October. “No-drama Obama,” meet your match. Second, Mr. Romney has the overwhelming lead in endorsements from Republican senators and representatives—the most aware, self-interested community, bar none, regarding our nominee’s electability. No propensity there to grandiosity or suicide. Third, Mr. Romney shares one of Reagan’s most important and attractive characteristics: being critical without being angry or scornful.

The late Bill Buckley bequeathed us the right test: Pick the most conservative candidate capable of winning. That is clearly Mitt Romney.

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1 posted on 01/20/2012 7:15:33 PM PST by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

Shut up John Bolton. Go back to talking about foreign policy, where you belong.


2 posted on 01/20/2012 7:17:07 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: RobinMasters

Mr. Bolton..I like and respect you...but I question your opinion in this matter,


3 posted on 01/20/2012 7:18:53 PM PST by berdie
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; writer33; GeronL; JulieRNR21

http://www.hulu.com/watch/13828/saturday-night-live-really-with-seth-and-amy


4 posted on 01/20/2012 7:19:23 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: RobinMasters

I think John is a great thinker and a tremendous foreign policy wonk, but he has apparently lost focus on things other then his area of expertise.


5 posted on 01/20/2012 7:21:28 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: RobinMasters

Mitt is such a waffly fog, that maybe Bolton (and other Mitt cheerers-on) think Obama will find fighting him like trying to fight a will-o-the-wisp.


6 posted on 01/20/2012 7:21:57 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: RobinMasters

And so many people here wanted Bolton to run.


7 posted on 01/20/2012 7:22:21 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: RobinMasters

The phrase “Romney is the only conservative ...” is an oxymoron.


8 posted on 01/20/2012 7:22:21 PM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: doc1019

I think that pretty well sums it up.

He’s great at foreign relations, but he’s off base here.

He’s still a great asset.


9 posted on 01/20/2012 7:22:54 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Listen up RNC. If we wind up with Mitt Romney, you're not getting my vote in November.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Romney, Romney, Romney, Romney, Romney, Romney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

/sarcasm.


10 posted on 01/20/2012 7:22:58 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: RobinMasters

What in the “H” is a Conservative if Romney is one?

Bolton’s messed up.


11 posted on 01/20/2012 7:24:16 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: berdie

Except that he’s right. Yah, I’d love to see Newt as President, but he’s not going to make it on the national stage. Too many negatives in his baggage to get that last few percent it takes to win. Romney will have wider appeal than Gingrich. That’s just the truth of it. I don’t have to like it, but we’re fools to ignore it.

The liberal fascists have been satisfied with incremental change... And they’ve been kicking our asses because of it. We want it all at once or nothing. So... We’ve been getting a lot of nothing. Me... I’m assuming that Obama will win re-election and am planning accordingly. We’re going to screw this one up too.


12 posted on 01/20/2012 7:30:08 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: RobinMasters

Romney may be the Republican that can beat 0bama, but he’s no conservative.

I’d still like to see Bolton as Sec. of State, regardless of his politics.


13 posted on 01/20/2012 7:32:45 PM PST by BJClinton (10 years ago we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now we have no jobs, no hope and no cash.)
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To: Utmost Certainty
Dear John... (Bolton)

B/S!

That is an agricultural term for you to consider....

14 posted on 01/20/2012 7:33:37 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: RobinMasters

Are you posting this to promote RINOmney?


15 posted on 01/20/2012 7:33:44 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Proud RINOmney Denialist since 2007!)
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To: RobinMasters

WTF is going on with our conservative warriors? The stupid ... it hurts.


16 posted on 01/20/2012 7:36:09 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Utmost Certainty
Dear John Bolton...

Let's face it...

Romney has more baggage than a Pullman car can hold....

17 posted on 01/20/2012 7:36:53 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: BJClinton

Maybe Romney promised Bolton the Secretary of State post. Bolton is smart enough to know who our enemies are. But calling Romney a conservative? Bolton is way off.


18 posted on 01/20/2012 7:38:00 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: rockinqsranch

“Bolton’s messed up”.

Is he messed up or was he promised something for the endorsement? I’m beginning to wonder just how “intelligent” bolton truly is...


19 posted on 01/20/2012 7:39:41 PM PST by momtothree
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To: RobinMasters

No one in politics have disappointed me as much as Bolton. He COULD have save the US in 2008, but refused to run for president - even though his own staff wanted him to run, as well as people like Jim Quinn.

Too busy making money to save the country.


20 posted on 01/20/2012 7:42:01 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: Hardraade

Bolton would never win as a Presidential candidate. Too bad... Since he’s so awesome. I would love to see him as SecState, though.


21 posted on 01/20/2012 7:45:25 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: rockinqsranch

To the current population, that word has too many definitions.


22 posted on 01/20/2012 7:46:45 PM PST by foundedonpurpose (Be strong in truth!)
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To: doc1019

It just doesn’t seem logical for the Highest Office of the country to be given to a man who actually believes in a Prophet Joseph Smith, who supposedly saw gold plates that he under great inspiration could translate. No one ever saw these plates but 8 people, from the same family. Moroni the angel never let us compare these manuscripts and it’s authenticity, and that the candidate would descend from this prophet with 29 wives, and that the grandfather would prefer living in Mexico so he could practice polygamy. THIS is not an American tradition. He hasn’t distanced himself from this...now has he John Bolton. Suck it up, we don’t want anyone delusional in the highest office of authority of the land.


23 posted on 01/20/2012 7:51:47 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: doc1019

It just doesn’t seem logical for the Highest Office of the country to be given to a man who actually believes in a Prophet Joseph Smith, who supposedly saw gold plates that he under great inspiration could translate. No one ever saw these plates but 8 people, from the same family. Moroni the angel never let us compare these manuscripts and it’s authenticity, and that the candidate would descend from this prophet with 29 wives, and that the grandfather would prefer living in Mexico so he could practice polygamy. THIS is not an American tradition. He hasn’t distanced himself from this...now has he John Bolton. Suck it up, we don’t want anyone delusional in the highest office of authority of the land.


24 posted on 01/20/2012 7:51:52 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: doc1019

It just doesn’t seem logical for the Highest Office of the country to be given to a man who actually believes in a Prophet Joseph Smith, who supposedly saw gold plates that he under great inspiration could translate. No one ever saw these plates but 8 people, from the same family. Moroni the angel never let us compare these manuscripts and it’s authenticity, and that the candidate would descend from this prophet with 29 wives, and that the grandfather would prefer living in Mexico so he could practice polygamy. THIS is not an American tradition. He hasn’t distanced himself from this...now has he John Bolton. Suck it up, we don’t want anyone delusional in the highest office of authority of the land.


25 posted on 01/20/2012 7:51:52 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: doc1019

It just doesn’t seem logical for the Highest Office of the country to be given to a man who actually believes in a Prophet Joseph Smith, who supposedly saw gold plates that he under great inspiration could translate. No one ever saw these plates but 8 people, from the same family. Moroni the angel never let us compare these manuscripts and it’s authenticity, and that the candidate would descend from this prophet with 29 wives, and that the grandfather would prefer living in Mexico so he could practice polygamy. THIS is not an American tradition. He hasn’t distanced himself from this...now has he John Bolton. Suck it up, we don’t want anyone delusional in the highest office of authority of the land.


26 posted on 01/20/2012 7:51:52 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: doc1019

It just doesn’t seem logical for the Highest Office of the country to be given to a man who actually believes in a Prophet Joseph Smith, who supposedly saw gold plates that he under great inspiration could translate. No one ever saw these plates but 8 people, from the same family. Moroni the angel never let us compare these manuscripts and it’s authenticity, and that the candidate would descend from this prophet with 29 wives, and that the grandfather would prefer living in Mexico so he could practice polygamy. THIS is not an American tradition. He hasn’t distanced himself from this...now has he John Bolton. Suck it up, we don’t want anyone delusional in the highest office of authority of the land.


27 posted on 01/20/2012 7:51:52 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: doc1019

It just doesn’t seem logical for the Highest Office of the country to be given to a man who actually believes in a Prophet Joseph Smith, who supposedly saw gold plates that he under great inspiration could translate. No one ever saw these plates but 8 people, from the same family. Moroni the angel never let us compare these manuscripts and it’s authenticity, and that the candidate would descend from this prophet with 29 wives, and that the grandfather would prefer living in Mexico so he could practice polygamy. THIS is not an American tradition. He hasn’t distanced himself from this...now has he John Bolton. Suck it up, we don’t want anyone delusional in the highest office of authority of the land.


28 posted on 01/20/2012 7:51:52 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: BJClinton
Romney can't get more than 25% of republican voters. I know he will NEVER get mine. I'm sure he promised Bolton Secretary of defense or something tempting.
29 posted on 01/20/2012 7:53:09 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: RobinMasters

Bolton starts off with a lie. By no stretch of the imagination is Romney a Conservative.


30 posted on 01/20/2012 7:54:55 PM PST by sport
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To: momtothree

Romney probably promised him SOS is what I’ve been thinking.

FWIW I’ve been saying for awhile now that Romney has made the promises, money has exchanged hands, he has bought, and paid for this nomination, and the GOP RINO leadership is going to make sure he gets it one way or the other.

It’ll be interesting to see what they do to eliminate Newt.

The GOP RINO leadership is going to pull every dirty trick in the book (It’ll look like Democrats at work) to get Romney as their nominee.

Newt’s fighting not only Romney, but the RINO GOP leadership, the DemoRATS, and the FR single issue “Conservatives” as well.


31 posted on 01/20/2012 7:57:29 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Ramius

Well, I don’t think Mitt has that wide of an appeal.

So if we go down (I do agree we probably will) why not go down swinging...instead of a McCain redux.


32 posted on 01/20/2012 7:58:01 PM PST by berdie
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To: RobinMasters

Romney is a conservative of the Uber Faux variety and is the least likely Republican to be able to beat the kenyan.


33 posted on 01/20/2012 7:58:15 PM PST by ThanhPhero (Khach hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: RobinMasters

We should have known you can’t trust a guy with a mustache like that.


35 posted on 01/20/2012 7:59:58 PM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: rovenstinez

After reading your comments over and over again. From whence do you get the idea I support Romney ... catch my tag line. My comment was about Bolton.

Please justify your rampage and its association with my comment. I would love to hear your response.


36 posted on 01/20/2012 8:00:23 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: rockinqsranch

“It’ll be interesting to see what they do to eliminate Newt”.

IMHO, I think this election is going to be the dirtiest, nastiest, most vile one in our history. That is just my gut feeling. There won’t be anything above consideration either. I hope I am wrong.


37 posted on 01/20/2012 8:01:29 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Ramius

You may be right. America may have moved too far to the leftist side to accept a true conservative (with or without baggage). However, I would much rather have a person whom I believe has conservative politics like Newt to run, then have mr. Waffly run as a “conservative” that we know he isn’t.

If Mitt wins the GOP primary, I will NOT vote for him for president. I will write in Palin’s name or something, but I am DONE voting for pretend conservatives. If that means Obama is what the majority of voters want, then America is dead to me and let the wars begin.


38 posted on 01/20/2012 8:06:21 PM PST by ScubieNuc (When there is no justice in the laws, justice is left to the outlaws.)
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To: momtothree
IMHO, I think this election is going to be the dirtiest, nastiest, most vile one in our history.

That's because the Cloward-Piven crowd is literally only one national election away from bringing to fruition their decades-long ambition -- total collapse of our currency, economy, and society.

39 posted on 01/20/2012 8:08:22 PM PST by kevao
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To: momtothree

Guaranteed you are not wrong.


40 posted on 01/20/2012 8:08:34 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: JediJones

Have you noticed he’s dyed his hair almost every other month.
Just gone a charcoal gray this week. He may have some esteem issues.


41 posted on 01/20/2012 8:14:41 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: RobinMasters
I really like Bolton so I will give him a Mulligan on this one.

Probably was promised a cabinet position.

Oh well.

42 posted on 01/20/2012 8:19:30 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Politics is fake. I think it's owned by Vince Mcmahon)
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To: RobinMasters
Say you don't mean it John! I have wished you would run for office, you are so good at foreign policy and sticking up for our sovereignty, but ---Ta!Da!--flashing lights, glittering marquee, posted in tall letters---Mitt AIN'T a conservative!

vaudine

43 posted on 01/20/2012 8:21:01 PM PST by vaudine
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To: RobinMasters
"don't ever "count" your chickens, before they hatch."

44 posted on 01/20/2012 8:38:33 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: RobinMasters

Bolton is bolting out the gate before the race has started.


45 posted on 01/20/2012 8:42:16 PM PST by Sea Parrot (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss. — Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: RobinMasters
The late Bill Buckley bequeathed us the right test: Pick the most conservative candidate capable of winning. That is clearly Mitt Romney. Thanks, I needed that.

The WFB rule for choosing winning candidates gave the nation Joseph Lieberman among others.

It's a flawed premise for two reasons: 1) it's not that easy to know who is "capable of winning" before votes are counted; and 2) the degree of conservativism exhibited by candidates running for office may not persist once they are elected and begin to hold the reins of power.

A candidate's previous conduct in office, his voting record and his personal traits are much more reliable indicators than the perceived "conservatism" he might exude on the campaign trail.

As everyone here should be aware by now, Mitt Romney is a very slick salesman. He says what he has been told will bring the most Republicans to his side, and it works . . so far.

It will not work if by some quirk of fate he becomes the Republican nominee and has to "moderate" his views to get the independent segment of the vote.

46 posted on 01/20/2012 8:42:16 PM PST by logician2u
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To: fatnotlazy

Bolton did to Conservatives what Gov. Richardson did to Hillary. Sorry John, Romney isn’t a conservative—I don’t know if Mitt even knows how to define a conservative properly.
John, I fear you have sold out your friends to join the Mitt Bandwagon. You took a risk but being a traitor never pays. Look what happened to Richardson—he sold out his friends the Clinton’s hoping to get something from Obama—he got noting but a lot of legal problems. He betrayed the trust of Bill and Hillary-— a traitor stinks, left or right. The Tea Party will remember John Bolton for this “endorsement” and he will pay a price.


47 posted on 01/20/2012 8:43:38 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: CynicalBear
And so many people here wanted Bolton to run.

We also loved Powell until we got to know him. Live and learn...

48 posted on 01/20/2012 8:46:08 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: Ramius
Except that he’s right. Yah, I’d love to see Newt as President, but he’s not going to make it on the national stage. Too many negatives in his baggage to get that last few percent it takes to win. Romney will have wider appeal than Gingrich.

Remember when McCain was our only chance, for many of the same reasons?

Your freakin' RINOs fail!

49 posted on 01/20/2012 8:49:16 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: RobinMasters

Mitt must have already offered Bolton Sec of State signed in blood. Its going to be awkward crawling back to Newt if he wins the nomination.


50 posted on 01/20/2012 9:09:58 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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