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Romney Is Kerry. Or Maybe Gore.
Slate ^ | February 1, 2012 | Jacob Weisberg

Posted on 02/04/2012 5:08:39 AM PST by Kaslin

He’s too handsome, too rich, and too pompous to win the hearts of ordinary Americans.

Republicans are doing something quite strange at the moment. They are in the process of choosing a candidate whom hardly any of them actually likes. Though Mitt Romney won the Florida primary handily yesterday, rumbles of dissatisfaction with him continue.* Romney isn’t so much winning the Republican nomination as having it default to him for lack of any compelling alternative.

The case for voting for Romney goes as follows: Of the Republican presidential candidates, he is the only one with any real chance of defeating President Obama in November. In support of this electability hypothesis, Romney’s advocates elaborate such qualities as the candidate’s lack of any obvious mental defect, the nonextremity of his views, and his vastly superior financial and organizational resources. Seldom, however, do his half-hearted supporters evince any affection or enthusiasm for the man himself. They generally acknowledge Romney to be an insipid, somewhat blank personality, who is almost absurdly variable in his positions and core beliefs.

In this respect, Romney strongly resembles two similarly unloved Democratic nominees from the recent past, Al Gore and John Kerry. Gore and Kerry both suffered from the same characterizations that get applied to Romney—too wooden in person while too flexible in their views. Their supporters often argued that qualifications were what mattered. But ominously for Romney, both Gore and Kerry lost winnable races because of their flawed personalities. George W. Bush, on the other hand, got elected and re-elected, despite his enormous, substantive shortcomings, because ordinary people found it easy to relate to him at a personal level. They felt he wasn’t trying to be someone different from who he was.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 02/04/2012 5:08:43 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Here we go again another Mccain and another loss. When the shtf they will all be to blame not just the rats.


2 posted on 02/04/2012 5:11:35 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Kaslin
He gave a good amount to charity he ain't ALGORE.
I think ALGORE gave something like $300.00 to charity.
3 posted on 02/04/2012 5:13:12 AM PST by DeaconRed (Cold War Veteran. . . . US Army Security Agency 1964-1968)
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To: Voter#537

Gore can be trusted MORE than Romney.

Romney, a dog abuser, and misogynist, lies at will.


4 posted on 02/04/2012 5:14:43 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

quote “Romney’s advocates elaborate such qualities as the candidate’s lack of any obvious mental defect”

LOL

believing that God is a married space alien from planet Kolob that the earth used to orbit before it was placed in it’s current location isn’t a mental defect?!?

Mittens not only suffers from a mental defect, he is completely insane for believing such tripe.


5 posted on 02/04/2012 5:16:37 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Kaslin

Romney is neither Gore or Kerry, he is closer to being Obama than anyone else.

As for Rep[ublicans endorsing him, he is the RINO candidate. I won’t be voting for any Mitt Romney this year or any other year.

Why substitute one Obama for another?


6 posted on 02/04/2012 5:16:53 AM PST by Venturer
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To: ronnie raygun
Not sure anyone can really say Romney won Florida. He didn't make 50%, and that's always a bad sign long term, but if you simply drop the Cuban faction out of the equation, he didn't even beat Gingrich.

Now where else are you going to find a large number of Cubans outside of Florida?

Romney is not "winning material"!

7 posted on 02/04/2012 5:19:12 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

I think that every Freeper and Tea Partier, needs to swamp the RNC big bash in Tampa, in August and let our feeling be known....(is there perhaps a Mayor Daley in Tampa??? )


8 posted on 02/04/2012 5:22:47 AM PST by Vaquero
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To: Kaslin

He’s Obama. Just a lighter shade of FAIL. Gore had more personality, Kerry had more history. Romney=Obama.


9 posted on 02/04/2012 5:25:30 AM PST by Lady Lucky (I like to fire people. I don't care about the poor.)
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To: Voter#537
“He gave a good amount to charity he ain't ALGORE.”

If you call that cult a charity.

10 posted on 02/04/2012 5:31:30 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Kaslin

11 posted on 02/04/2012 5:57:08 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Kaslin

He’s more like Willkie, a former democrat who the republicans were stupid enough to nominate.


12 posted on 02/04/2012 5:58:19 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: muawiyah

Romney will “win” the Virginia Primary though.. he’s the only one the RNC allowed on the ballot.


13 posted on 02/04/2012 6:00:44 AM PST by RonnG
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To: Kaslin
Romney’s advocates elaborate such qualities as the candidate’s lack of any obvious mental defect, the nonextremity of his views, and his vastly superior financial and organizational resources. Seldom, however, do his half-hearted supporters evince any affection or enthusiasm for the man himself. They generally acknowledge Romney to be an insipid, somewhat blank personality, who is almost absurdly variable in his positions and core beliefs.

Well, the Democrats got him pegged. Too bad the GOP doesn't.

14 posted on 02/04/2012 6:04:44 AM PST by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

You know that if Mitt becomes the nominee, the MSM will develop a sudden interest in the strange beliefs of Mormonism. That a thinking, rational man would find truth in Mormonism should concern the voting public.


15 posted on 02/04/2012 6:10:38 AM PST by CASchack
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To: Venturer

“Why substitute one Obama for another?”

Good question. At least the current Obama would have but four years left before his expiration date.


16 posted on 02/04/2012 6:17:49 AM PST by RonnG
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To: RonnG

We can still write in Newt...


17 posted on 02/04/2012 6:23:44 AM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: When do we get liberated?

From what I hear, no write-ins are allowed in the Virginia Primary.


18 posted on 02/04/2012 6:27:05 AM PST by RonnG
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Ah-—another Freeper who’s aware of some of Mormonism’s more bizarre positions!

My favorite is whenever I hear Mitt mocking Newt for his idea of establishing a permanent station on the moon, I wish he would reply, “Well, Mitt, at least one of my religion’s founders didn’t believe the moon was occupied by men who are nine feet tall!”


19 posted on 02/04/2012 6:45:30 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Kaslin

Both of those scum came within an eyelash of winning.


20 posted on 02/04/2012 8:16:46 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: All

I do not agree with the hypothesis of this story. Since when do we let the liberal, socialist/marxist Democrats pick our candidate?? Of course they say Romny can beat Obama..what else would they say in their game of winning??


21 posted on 02/04/2012 9:29:55 AM PST by cousair
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To: RonnG
Romney, revealed to be a serious Democrat party source of campaign donations ~ which makes him a RINO ~ is on the ballot, but so is Ron Paul, the probable candidate of the Libertarian Party, which makes him a RINO.

We have only OFFICIAL RINOs on the ballot in Virginia.

That was brought to the public by the Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, et al.

They used to be Conservative but they caved in to the siren song of the RINOs.

22 posted on 02/04/2012 10:44:17 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: When do we get liberated?

No write-ins are allowed on the Virginia primary ballot.


23 posted on 02/04/2012 10:45:50 AM PST by muawiyah
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