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Two Bad Days for the GOP
The American Thinker ^ | February 3, 2012 | Steve McCann

Posted on 02/03/2012 6:15:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

.......The Democrats and the Obama re-election machine have sat by and watched the Republican Follies over the past 48 hours, and by doing nothing they have gathered manna from heaven for the upcoming campaign.

First, Gingrich is carpet-bombed in Florida, reacts petulantly is taken off his game and forgets what won South Carolina for him...

.....Then Romney is seized by foot-in-mouth disease. By claiming he doesn't care about the really poor and would fix any holes in the safety-net he has reinforced the image of a greedy Wall Street banker out to make money at any cost.

....Mitt Romney then digs the hole deeper and thoroughly alienates conservatives by stating that he would index the minimum wage to inflation and thus raise it every year. This is said in an effort to mitigate the damage from his earlier faux pas. It is common knowledge that the mandatory minimum wage is a disaster for those entering the work force. The unemployment rate for those in the 16-20 age group exceeds 21% and is far worse for minorities in the same category. It has been a rock-ribbed tenet of conservatism that the minimum wage is anti-business and more importantly kills job creation so necessary for upward mobility. Why, if Romney is a true conservative, doesn't he understand?

George H.W. Bush or Bob Dole or even John McCain, all the epitome of Republican moderates, were not this obtuse and devoid of basic conservative values.

However the pinnacle of all this foolishness is the image of a super-rich out-of-touch mogul (Donald Trump) endorsing a really rich out-of touch front-runner (Mitt Romney) for the Republican nomination. Has there ever been a better picture from central casting to reinforce the Democrat and socialist mantra that the Republican Party is the Party of the rich?...

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; badsportromney; conservatism; elections; emperororromney; gopprimary; poorsportromney; romney; romney2012; romney4romney; romneydirtytricks; romneytheimperious; saboteurromney

1 posted on 02/03/2012 6:15:14 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The article sickens me. Newt is petulant. Romney is rich.

Meanwhile Obama is praying to Jesus for guidance 5 times a day.

Does anyone realize this is spin, not what matters, and by savaging each other the republicans bought right into it.

Obama. Obama. Obama. That is the issue.


2 posted on 02/03/2012 6:19:46 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Didn’t the eGOP warn voters that Newt might say something stupid if he were the nominee?

A Republican running for national office can hardly say anything more stupid than Willard did to a planeload of Democrat journalists. He obviously is going to be a disaster as a presidential candidate, should the eGOP have its way again in choosing another loser for the party.


3 posted on 02/03/2012 6:21:36 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

He has started to believe his own press, instead of realizing that the MSM formed a protection racket to slide him to the nomination.

What he forgets is that this nomination process is far from over.


4 posted on 02/03/2012 6:25:20 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

By September, it is entirely conceivable that neither Romney nor Gingrich will be the GOP nominee. Buckle your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


5 posted on 02/03/2012 6:30:05 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

American Thinker... yeah right.

LLS


6 posted on 02/03/2012 6:30:51 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I sure get tired of “bad days for the GOP.” I’ll never understand why the Democrats are always playing their aggressive hand while the Republicans are always on the defense and babbling along the way.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 6:36:12 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Add to this the list of donors, a handful of multi-million dollar donors each, to his SuperPAC, including a few characters from Goldman Sachs, and Obama has his job nearly done for him. The polls don’t show it now because the general election campaigning hasn’t started, but a Romney win is going to be an uphill battle, both ways.

I certainly hope SCOTUS does its job and strikes down ObamaCare, or we could very well be stuck with it unless we can get a veto-proof congress. And I wouldn’t count on getting that kind of congress with an Obama win.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 6:36:32 AM PST by dajeeps
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I was amazed that even many here on FR missed this point when they jumped to defend Romney’s comments:

“However, and more importantly, he has completely discredited the age-old conservative mantra that everyone should care for the poor by making certain they have the opportunity to rise into the middle-class.  The safety net is not the answer — jobs through economic growth and education is the solution.   It is obvious if one were a true conservative that would be ingrained in their thinking.  Instead Mitt hands a quote to be played over and over again by the Obama machine while further increasing the doubt in the Republican base that he is a true conservative.”


9 posted on 02/03/2012 6:36:37 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Williams
“Obama. Obama. Obama. That is the issue.”

Of course, in the long run, you are completely correct; however, don't be panicked by the stories that maintain: "We have to end the primary ASAP because Republicans are dropping in the national polls." It's a ruse driven by the GOP elites to get Romney nominated.

We're seeing a side of Romney that even most Conservatives had not anticipated; he repeatedly goes “off message” and makes very damaging statements that are “slam dunk” sound bytes for the opposition. Obama and the Leftist media will make mincemeat of Myth as he is COMPLETELY tone deaf and out of touch w/the average voter. Myth apparently has been isolated in a world where everyone agreed w/him and paid fealty in the past. He has no "clue!"

10 posted on 02/03/2012 6:42:19 AM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: andy58-in-nh

I’ve begun to think the same thing. Its entirely possible they’ll take each other out and then it gets intetesting.


11 posted on 02/03/2012 6:47:13 AM PST by Not The Other One
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To: andy58-in-nh

Frankly, let’s hope so. Newt’s the best of the bunch, but we could do so much better. With Romney in control at this point, it couldn’t be much worse. Maybe Bloomberg would be the only worse situation. This should be a great year for our party, and we are all demoralized right now.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 6:59:05 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: Ozymandias Ghost

And why supposedly smart people like Trump don’t realize that Romney’s a loser against BHO is beyond me.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 7:11:06 AM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: txrefugee
Didn’t the eGOP warn voters that Newt might say something stupid if he were the nominee? A Republican running for national office can hardly say anything more stupid than Willard did to a planeload of Democrat journalists. He obviously is going to be a disaster as a presidential candidate, should the eGOP have its way again in choosing another loser for the party.

Most of Newts gaffes are due to emotional, heat-of-the-moment reactions to an unending and insidious attack mechanism against him. Mitt's inanities cannot be considered gaffes because he really believes the tripe he says - the real gaffe is in articulating it.

14 posted on 02/03/2012 7:15:03 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: andy58-in-nh
The only way for there to be a nominee other than Gingrich or Romney is for Ron Paul win enough delegates to deny Gingrich or Romney a first-ballot nomination, and for both Gingrich and Romney to be so unpopular that their hand-picked delegates peel off in later ballots in favor of a new candidate who would have gotten few if any first-round votes. The more likely outcome would be for the Ron Paul delegates to pick the winner between Gingrich and Romney. Not sure that is much of an outcome to be wished.
15 posted on 02/03/2012 7:20:06 AM PST by only1percent
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Joe Scarborough was on Larry Kudlow last night and gave a good take on Romney.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000071128


16 posted on 02/03/2012 7:22:25 AM PST by PMAS (Romney = Democrat tested, Soros approved)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

....Mitt Romney then digs the hole deeper and thoroughly alienates conservatives by stating that he would index the minimum wage to inflation and thus raise it every year. This is said in an effort to mitigate the damage from his earlier faux pas. It is common knowledge that the mandatory minimum wage is a disaster for those entering the work force. The unemployment rate for those in the 16-20 age group exceeds 21% and is far worse for minorities in the same category. It has been a rock-ribbed tenet of conservatism that the minimum wage is anti-business and more importantly kills job creation so necessary for upward mobility. Why, if Romney is a true conservative, doesn’t he understand?

Can someone explain this to me? How does the minimum wage annoy Conservatives and create problems for employers? Sorry, but I’m not very savvy about this. And what is Mittens suggesting that is anti business? I’m sure his position is wrong..cuz just about everything he says is bad..but I need clarification.


17 posted on 02/03/2012 7:27:40 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: only1percent

Another way would be for one of those two to be forced to drop out and the other to face a growing party revolt, leading to one or more new candidates entering the race. Recent history and accepted wisdom says that cannot happen, but this year might be the one that breaks the pattern.


18 posted on 02/03/2012 7:31:14 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: txrefugee
Taken in context, I have to respectfully disagree that Romney said anything stupid regarding the poor. It was nothing that the media has twisted around. There are far more serious issues regarding him and compared to them this is nothing but does divert from those issues.

Besides, the so-called poor are mostly Dems. Others have been thinking what he said but have been afraid in this PC age to state it.

19 posted on 02/03/2012 7:36:08 AM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Mountain Mary

Minimum wage laws act as barriers to entry for inexperienced people, and especially for young workers. As wages rise, employers increasingly cannot afford to risk hiring people with limited knowledge and experience, as well as a relatively high potential for failure. The initial expense of adding to one’s payroll often exceeds the value of output from each new employee, including expenses that are basically non-recoverable (e.g. - training, human resources, legal, compliance).


20 posted on 02/03/2012 7:39:15 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: llandres
Trump is about getting his face on TV. The endorsement means very little in my opinion ...might even hurt Mitt more than it helps. Trump is an entrepeneur, first, last and always.
21 posted on 02/03/2012 7:47:49 AM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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To: Jane Austen
Taken in context, I have to respectfully disagree that Romney said anything stupid regarding the poor. It was nothing that the media has twisted around.

This, however, points to a bigger problem. Mitt Romney is not a conservative. He is a very rich liberal/moderate. Thinking this pitch to the "middle class" will help his chances, he panders to those he thinks will help elect him. In doing so, he actually promotes class warfare and plays right into the left's plan to defeat him (showing minimal difference between him and Obama).

The minimum wage, for anyone who takes the time to research it, is a job KILLER and has almost nothing to do with actually improving standards. Mark Levin played an excellent tape of Milton Friedman explaining the realities of minimum wage. Highly recommend you watch this short two and a half minute video:

Milton Friedman on Minimum Wage

22 posted on 02/03/2012 7:51:09 AM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: llandres

What was it Romney said about liking to fire people? Kind of fits with Trump’s signature phrase: you’re fired.


23 posted on 02/03/2012 8:15:37 AM PST by Anima Mundi (NO SPECIAL PRIVILEGE)
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To: Jane Austen
Taken in context, what he said was stupid. He said 1) he is not concerned about the poor and 2) he'll plug holes in safety net for the poor if needed. As a true conservative, this angers me, because the faux conservative Romney reinforces a media created lie that conservatives and Republicans don't care about the poor because they don't support the welfare state and wealth redistribution. The truth is, conservatives care deeply about the poor. Socialism, which the Democrats promote, destroys lives and enslaves people. The Democrat party is fine with that because that keeps them dependent on the government. True conservatives, otoh, want people to live in freedom and dignity and have the freedom to pursue happiness with as little government interference in their lives as possible. They know the best way to help the poor is through economic growth and prosperity which allows the them to have jobs and be self-sufficient and have the dignity and fulfillment that comes along with that. Economic growth improves everybody lives: the poor, the middle class, and the rich. Economic growth is achieved by creating an environment that encourages the rich to invest capital which in return benefits all Americans. The rich get richer, the middle class gets richer, and the poor get richer. Conservatives DO NOT play class warfare and divide people into groups. They do not believe that you focus on one group over another. That is the Democrats game, and apparently, Romney's s well.

This is a basic tenant of conservative beliefs. Romney's comments make it clear that he is not a conservative but a statist. He will be an wful GOP nominee because he does not articulate the message of conservatism which destroys Obama's message of socialism.

24 posted on 02/03/2012 8:18:18 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: txrefugee

But! But! Ann C, Charles K, George W, Bill K, Fred B, Bob D, John M, etc... all said that Romney was the most electable and polished and the only man that can beat obama. They said he was the perfect candidate...

Come on all you liberal party guys and gals, lets get out those brooms and dustpans and clean up the mess and tell us how little Willard was just having a bad day.


25 posted on 02/03/2012 8:38:25 AM PST by sarge83
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To: llandres
Trump is a liberal about everything but his finances. He plays both sides of the fence as most “big money” and Wall Streeters do. They shift sides to go w/the perceived winner. Very few have any core values other than their own “bottom line.” Trump is just as “hollow” as Romney.
26 posted on 02/04/2012 11:35:47 AM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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