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Andrea Mitchell: Romney Adviser Said Party Elites Will Find Alternative If he Can't Win Florida
RCP ^ | 01/24/2012

Posted on 01/24/2012 10:35:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind

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KEYWORDS: andreamitchell; brokeredconvention; florida; gds; gope; nottromney; rinocoup; waronnewt
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Here's Andrea Mitchell's quote:

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"I talked to a top Romney adviser tonight who said, 'Look, if Mitt Romney cannot win in Florida then we're going to have to try to reinvent the smoke-filled room which has been democratized by all these primaries. And we're going to have try to come with someone as an alternative to Newt Gingrich who could be Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, someone.' Because there is such a desperation by the so-called party elites, but that's exactly what Gingrich is playing against,"

1 posted on 01/24/2012 10:35:28 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

One alternative would be to support the nominee.


2 posted on 01/24/2012 10:38:59 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (I also think that Obama should be defeated.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Empty threats..


3 posted on 01/24/2012 10:38:59 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind

Bring it loser.

Carpet bagger of process is the 1st attack that comes to mind and lack of participation in the last three years disqualifies their opinion.

That’s it and they’re muted, maligned and demonstrably stoopid for even trying.


4 posted on 01/24/2012 10:39:04 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

They are in a state of panic...that is a good thing....let’s keep the pressure on...let’s put the fear of God in their black souls...

GO NEWT!


5 posted on 01/24/2012 10:40:36 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you, Mrs Greenspan!


6 posted on 01/24/2012 10:40:36 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: SeekAndFind

This was a very revealing report made last night by Andrea.
The media and surrogate Romney backers have been in full throated panic for the past two weeks! We actually knew this to be true, but I believe it’s dangerous. The Independents will be bought next that’s for certain. Anything to cut Newt’s legs out from under him.

On the other hand the media wants the Republican Party to implode in DC. They are out to create the theme that Obama delivers at least controlled chaos versus the Republicans chaos by implosion and open warfare with their base. We can bank that.


7 posted on 01/24/2012 10:42:01 AM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

You mean like in Alaska?


8 posted on 01/24/2012 10:43:06 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: rightwingextremist1776

Maybe Sarah is waiting by the phone. ;) /s

I wonder if Newt plans on making her is running mate.


9 posted on 01/24/2012 10:44:32 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney wants to win Florida? Where do you buy those lottery tickets?


10 posted on 01/24/2012 10:44:43 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t Andrea pose for the After picture for the “Faces of Meth” campaign?


11 posted on 01/24/2012 10:46:01 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Tennessee Nana

Not empty threats. They’re talking to Jeb Bush.


12 posted on 01/24/2012 10:46:01 AM PST by Publius
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To: Tennessee Nana

>>> “Empty threats.” <<<

Truthfully, you are probably right. This theme is getting thrown around because *they* have lost control of the message, the candidates and the voters, and are desperate to cause fear and false choices.

We must persevere. And with humor. Humor is very deadly to the enemy I hear. ( You hear that, Newt? Newter DC)


13 posted on 01/24/2012 10:46:16 AM PST by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. NEWT 2012 / Rick Bachmann=Tool of the RINO/Romney backers)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jeb Bush

No more Bushes.

14 posted on 01/24/2012 10:46:22 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

Heres a thought though

Maybe she means a brokered convention...

OK lets see how that works out for the Romneys

In 1964 George Romney, Williw Mittys Dad was counting on an “Alternative” way to win the GOP_ nomination...

BVut he only got 40 votes to the 800 that Barry Goldwater got in the convention that year...

OK so what did the Romneys do then ???

Well George Romney stomped out of the convention hall with the teenaged Willie Mitty in tow..

and weent and helped Johnson beat Goldwater

Moderate RINO George Romney used his money and influence to turn Republicans and independents against Conservative Barry Goldwater and his friend Ronald Reagan..

Is this the type of “alternative” that the current Romney plans ???

Later REonald Reagan lay the defeat of Goldwater right at the feet of George Romney...

Is Sonny Boy Willie so corrupt that he too will sell out the GOP nominee to satisfy his over blown ego ???


15 posted on 01/24/2012 10:47:36 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: cuban leaf
If he were smart he would get up with the Rickster and work a deal to hip check the RINO...who BTW committed suicide on stage last night IMHO.....
16 posted on 01/24/2012 10:48:09 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: SeekAndFind

These “part elites” just don’t get it! We are done letting them choose our candidates! They should have never tried to shove someone like Romney down our throats in the first place! Now we are in open revolt against them!


17 posted on 01/24/2012 10:49:22 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: SeekAndFind
I really don't understand this way of thinking. If people don't want Romney, they sure as heck won't want Bush. You think the Occupy crowd are going to rally around Bush? You think that all these moderates and independents that Romney is supposed to have sewn up in the general election are going to support Bush? You just had 19 debates and a year of campaigning and you're going to call it a do-over? Jeb Bush's biggest support is in Florida, and he could barely deliver that to his own brother in the year 2000.

How about admitting that the nomination process is fatally flawed and come up with a new one that doesn't involve perpetually sucking up to the voters of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida every 4 years? The freaking American Idol is chosen through a more rational process than the President Of The United States. How about something like the NCAA tournament, where you get 64 different candidates from around the country and they battle it out in regional contests until you get a final four, and then chose one of the four at the actual convention? Or how about letting states that actually voted for the Republican in the last election choose the Republican candidate in the next election?
18 posted on 01/24/2012 10:49:52 AM PST by Question Liberal Authority (I also think that Obama should be defeated.)
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To: BenLurkin
RE: No more Bushes.

You mean "STAY OUR DA BUSHES"

19 posted on 01/24/2012 10:49:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

does anyone have a schedule of filing deadlines?

We are approaching February. At some point, too many primary filing deadlines will have passed such that it is mathematically impossible to enter (let alone win) enough primaries to get a majority of delegates.

We might be past that point already.

Robert Kennedy entered late in 1968, and then obviously won the CA primary. I know, different era, different party, no super Tuesday, etc., etc., etc.

But this is an itneresting political story.

If too late, though, then the only hope for the establishment is to try to get delegates to bolt. I think there are different rules for each state as to what sort of freedom their delegates have, are there not? At least with regards to the first round.

Bottom line. Most likely, this is all going to play out along pretty orthodox lines. Florida is a big day...whoever wins there, will have the Big Mo and will take a step closer to the nomination. Either Newt or Romney is going to be the nominee for the GOP.

I think, if I were to bet, I “think” as of today that it will be Newt.

But wow how soon predictions have proven to have short lives this primary season!!!


20 posted on 01/24/2012 10:50:50 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: SeekAndFind

—we’re going to have to try to reinvent the smoke-filled room—

Go for it! That would be the end of the party.


21 posted on 01/24/2012 10:55:16 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: SeekAndFind

If the GOP-e (elite/establishment) is FOR Romney....that alone should give one pause as to voting for him. When has the GOP-e shown the American People that they care about anything other than lining their pockets and showing favor on special interest groups? Answer: NEVER. There’s a reason why the GOP-e is pushing for RINO Romney.


22 posted on 01/24/2012 10:55:16 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: SeekAndFind

Correct.


23 posted on 01/24/2012 10:55:32 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: cynwoody

Since I never watch NBC otherwise, I was surprise her comments after the debate were more positive to Newt than I would have expected. But still of no importance.


24 posted on 01/24/2012 10:56:30 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Publius
“Not empty threats. They’re talking to Jeb Bush.”

I can't see what it matters who they talk to, how do they get them on the primary ballots?

Does Romney drop out and give them his campaign team and funds? Did they run that idea past Mutt?

They had that other RINO turd ( Huntsman) and nobody wanted him either. What makes them think that a new NE liberal RINO will fare better?

It's down to Newt and Mutt, when Mutt loses it's over, Newt is our nominee.

25 posted on 01/24/2012 10:56:45 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SeekAndFind

THanks to Andrea Mitchell....we wouldn’t get this from the RINO pundits. But, this ticks me off....they are willing to dump one stuffed shirt for another stuffed shirt. They are determined to defy all of us who are sick of their elitist BS.

If they do this, I hope they crash and burn and we get Newt for the nominee.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t in cahoots with Newt’s EX for that ABC interview. SNAKES.


26 posted on 01/24/2012 10:56:58 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: Beagle8U

You’re completely missing the point. It has nothing whatsoever to do with primary deadlines. This is about a brokered convention.


27 posted on 01/24/2012 10:59:00 AM PST by Publius
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, it`s just too bad they can`t stop people from voting in these pesky little primaries...

With the advancements of internet and communications in general, it is so much harder for the elite media and party leaders to control information ( lets just call it “the truth” ... ) like in years past.

“The people” are taking control now, so they just need to accept it.


28 posted on 01/24/2012 10:59:32 AM PST by Bud Krieger (Another President , another idiot......)
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To: SeekAndFind

She is actually telling the truth. No, really.


29 posted on 01/24/2012 10:59:44 AM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: BenLurkin

I agree.I voted twice for W. But he disappointed. Jeb is just a smoother version.


30 posted on 01/24/2012 11:00:02 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mutt and his advisors say screw the Conservative Base.


31 posted on 01/24/2012 11:02:38 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: SeekAndFind

Mutt and his advisors say screw the Conservative Base.


32 posted on 01/24/2012 11:03:37 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: JaguarXKE
Didn’t Andrea pose for the After picture for the “Faces of Meth” campaign?

LOL.. Glad I didn't have any liquid in my mouth when I read that reply.

33 posted on 01/24/2012 11:03:46 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: cornfedcowboy

The bluebloods want their party back.


34 posted on 01/24/2012 11:04:21 AM PST by des
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To: Publius

Someone is gonna have to explain to us simpletons what a “brokered convention” is.


35 posted on 01/24/2012 11:04:57 AM PST by ducttape45
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To: SeekAndFind

If the FL result is similar to the SC one then Mitt will be in free-fall and there will be nothing the GOP elites can do about it.

The people will choose and Newt will be our choice.


36 posted on 01/24/2012 11:05:06 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: Publius
There is no way they could get away with that today, they would get slaughtered in Nov.
37 posted on 01/24/2012 11:07:36 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: ducttape45

A brokered convention is where no candidate gains a majority of delegates through the primary and caucus process. That means the party’s power brokers sit down in a smoke-filled room at the convention and decide the nominee. That nominee may well be someone fresh, who has not run via the primary and caucus process.


38 posted on 01/24/2012 11:08:11 AM PST by Publius
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To: SeekAndFind

If they pull this crap, it will finish off the Republican party for good.


39 posted on 01/24/2012 11:09:07 AM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: cuban leaf

I’m not much for donating money to politicians, but I’ll put in $1000 and another half that to FR if she runs with Newt!


40 posted on 01/24/2012 11:10:16 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: SeekAndFind

This is why I think Sarah Palin hasn’t endorsed anyone officially. I think she is waiting for Romney to fail and she will then step up to the plate and suck the air out of all the others campaigns and that goes for Newts. The media coverage would be all on her and conservatives would flock to her. She did say a few months back on Greta that this upcoming campaign would be the most ‘unconventional campaign’ that people have ever seen.


41 posted on 01/24/2012 11:10:26 AM PST by Obama Exposer
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To: Beagle8U
Not necessarily. The party establishment is gambling that Obama is so unacceptable to Republicans of any stripe that they will swallow their anger and crawl over broken glass to vote for their party's nominee, no matter how that nomination was obatined.

They may be right.

42 posted on 01/24/2012 11:10:41 AM PST by Publius
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t give up, Andrea. There’s still hope.


43 posted on 01/24/2012 11:11:47 AM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: des

You call ‘em bluebloods, I call ‘em “Elites” or “the ruling class” but yep, same thing.

They see “their” party slipping away if a true conservative gets elected and brings much of the Tea Party support with him/her. Their insistence that we have a nominee like Romney is just the electoral form of “blockbusting”, convincing folks to support the liberal/moderate Republican candidate out of fear that much worse lies ahead if they don’t.

This tactic might have worked in the old days, but the times, they’ve done changed!


44 posted on 01/24/2012 11:12:46 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Publius

If Newt and Santorum were to team up, would that eliminate the possibility of a brokered convention?


45 posted on 01/24/2012 11:13:10 AM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: SeekAndFind

Great news if this results in the establishment throwing Romney under a bus. I doubt there is much of a desire, though, among the base for another Bush Presidency or for Mitch Daniels but neither would as big a train wreck as Romney if either was elected.


46 posted on 01/24/2012 11:15:42 AM PST by Kazan
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To: sanjuanbob

I can’t answer that. If the party brass and Wall Street want a candidate of their own, they have the money and media contacts to make a good run at it. That’s not saying they will pull it off, only that they have the ability to muddy the waters and make trouble for any candidate not meeting with their approval.


47 posted on 01/24/2012 11:15:51 AM PST by Publius
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To: nicmarlo
GOP-e

Hmmmmm. I kind of like that.

Some possible alternatives: GOPE or GOP-E but in any case we would just call them Goppies or Gopys.

For sure we need some easily communicated term for the elite GOPers. RINO has worked quite well for the real Lib Republicans but that doesn't quite fit here. We need to give our very own elites their own nickname.

FR is big enough that we could start something here or pick up something started elsewhere and create our own vocabulary - a task, BTW, that the Dems are really good at.

48 posted on 01/24/2012 11:16:35 AM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look, I’m no Andrea Mitchell fan but I believe what she is saying and so should everyone else. There is no denying she is plugged into the crowd of elites she’s talking about.

If she says they told her this I believe her.


49 posted on 01/24/2012 11:17:01 AM PST by hitchwolf
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To: Publius
There is no way they could get away with that today, they would get slaughtered in Nov.
50 posted on 01/24/2012 11:17:27 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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