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Sputtering Romney campaign retools message (Drudge-Rhoades carpetbomb strategy backfired on Mitt?)
UPI ^ | 2/10/12 | UPI

Posted on 02/10/2012 8:00:45 AM PST by jimbo123

Some Republicans expressed concern that Mitt Romney's campaign is stuck in neutral and limping, not lunging, toward the party's U.S. presidential nomination.

Even before Rick Santorum's sweep of contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri Tuesday, the Romney campaign was getting warnings and advice from Republicans concerned about the former Massachusetts governor's performance on the stump, which hasn't improved since the state caucuses and primaries began early in January,

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1 posted on 02/10/2012 8:01:01 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Who is this “dredge” you speak of?


2 posted on 02/10/2012 8:03:30 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (What if Obama isn't the anti-Christ after all? What if it's Romney?...)
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To: jimbo123

Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan :

The Romney campaign is better at dismantling than mantling


3 posted on 02/10/2012 8:06:41 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: jimbo123

10 Print “RINOmney is a vapid dork.”
20 Go to 10


4 posted on 02/10/2012 8:07:26 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Who is this “dredge” you speak of?

A person whom I once thought was on our side.
5 posted on 02/10/2012 8:08:21 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Da Coyote

Is that Fortran?


6 posted on 02/10/2012 8:09:03 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (What if Obama isn't the anti-Christ after all? What if it's Romney?...)
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To: jimbo123

That is one of the classic problems with using deep personal attacks and the personal destruction approach.

It merely reflects on the basic integrity of the one who resorts to such tactics. It really does matter, HOW you win, as well as what you say. Winning by sticking a knife in your opponents back, along with spending millions in hateful campaign ads to do so, eventually and rightfully, contributes to the downfall of the one who resorts to it.


7 posted on 02/10/2012 8:09:03 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: jimbo123

The GOP establishment thinks they can change a sow’s ear into a silk purse. Not gonna happen. Mitt 2008 is Mitt 2012. We didn’t want him then and we don’t want him now.


8 posted on 02/10/2012 8:09:39 AM 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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To: jimbo123

Romney, back when he was running to the left of Kennedy, was glib, smooth and convincing when he said he’d support all the liberal platform.

Now that he’s a, I mean, always has been a conservative, he’s full of stops, stammers, umms and ahhs, “let me explain what I really meant”.


9 posted on 02/10/2012 8:11:55 AM PST by DBrow
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To: jimbo123

What the Karl Rove establishment types didn’t see coming was the strong challenge from the Conservative movement, Rick and Newt. Because of this challenge, Milt has been exposed as a weak candidate, far weaker than in ‘08. His campaign is also so big and cumbersome that they can’t shift messages or reasonably defend themselves.

As far as I am concerned, Milts campaign is a disaster considering the money and support he has over the rest of the field.


10 posted on 02/10/2012 8:17:22 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: jimbo123
GOP Establishment, aka RINO's, are finally reading the writing on the wall.

Tough job, as it is difficult to read when someone has flung dung all over it.

The only thing Romney has had is dispersal of negatives against the other candidates.

Like Helen Thomas in a beauty contest deploring the morals of the other contestants.

It doesn't improve her looks.

11 posted on 02/10/2012 8:21:13 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: DBrow; jimbo123

Did you hear the joke at CPAC?

A liberal, a moderate and conservative went into a bar.....The bartender said “Hi Mitt”


12 posted on 02/10/2012 8:23:56 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Not FORTRAN - it's BASIC.

Besides, real programmers would write:

while(1) { printf("Rommney is a dork!!!\n"); }

;-)

13 posted on 02/10/2012 8:26:02 AM PST by PrairieDawg (Bring out your dead - to vote in NY state!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Exactly. The GOP-e thinks it’s as simple as retooling the message? It’s not the message. It’s the candidate.


14 posted on 02/10/2012 8:26:49 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: All

If Romney stops his carpet-bombing strategy, now, against the new opponent Santorum, it goes to show how much Santorum should thank Gingrich for taking the heat for him, and for derailinbg Romney by being the target of Romney’s carpet-bombing and by revealing the true color of Romney with some factual ads.

Again, Santorum is one lucky son who has a step-brother Gingrich to take the fall for him yet getting all the blames!


15 posted on 02/10/2012 8:30:11 AM PST by chrisnj
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To: DBrow
Aside from the flipping, Romney has another shortcoming. He doesn't have much in the way of positive ideas. He says he's against Obama, just as he says he's against his Republican opponents. The other guy is bad, I am good, I will fix what the other guy broke. That's all he's got.

Santorum is not much better, except he's more believable in the conservative credentials. Santorum doesn't have a lot of suggestions that aren't about fixing or abolishing Obama's works.

A way forward is not found by looking at the ground.

16 posted on 02/10/2012 8:31:37 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Public education -- government cheese for the brain.)
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To: PrairieDawg
And dataminers may go...

vi rino.sql
Select *
where name like "Romney"
and type like "dork"
/

17 posted on 02/10/2012 8:42:19 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: chrisnj

I would bet $10,000 that Drudge-Rhoades will not stop their carpetbombing strategy since it works in the short term. The GOP-e has hung their hat on this strategy because nothing else works for their man Romney

The only question is WHEN will they unleash their carpetbomb attack on Santorum? That’s the question.


18 posted on 02/10/2012 8:44:52 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: Lazlo in PA

>>What the Karl Rove establishment types didn’t see coming was the strong challenge from the Conservative movement...<<

If Karl Rove didn’t see a “strong challenge from the Conservative movement” coming this year, after the 2010 results, he shouldn’t ever be listened to for political advice again.

He saw it coming, didn’t like it, and is trying to submarine it by backing Romney, as are all the other “establishment types” who have lined their pockets with our tax dollars and campaign contributions and earmarks over the years.

2010 was a mini-housecleaning. They’re trying to stop 2012 from being a major housecleaning. We’ll only know it succeeded when houses start falling in the fancier DC suburbs someday.


19 posted on 02/10/2012 8:47:27 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Romney was exposed as to how shallow his message was and his lack of core beliefs by Newt’s ability to lift himself into the lead without money but with his message, abilities and capabilities. Romney then resorted to not just negative campaigning but to repeated lies and distortions and kept repeating them even after they were discredited and proven false, thus he exposed his true character or I should say lack of. The Rinos and media saw nothing wrong with negativity until Newt responded. And what did Dr.Paul have to gain by running negative and un-truthful ads againdt a candidate who was not in the lead? Why hasn’t Paul ever attacked Romney?


20 posted on 02/10/2012 8:49:54 AM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Lady Lucky

Yes, this can be seen in his previous campaigns- I will not change or chip away at (fill in blank). He’s said the same, recently, about federal firearms laws, I will not change them.

I wonder what he’d really do as President. Look at all the stuff that happened in Massachusetts with him as Governor, and none of it was because of a decision he made! He was either forced into doing it by circumstances beyond his control (gay marriage, homosexual adoptions) or it somehow just happened.

Like keeping uniformed Boy Scouts out of the Olympics, apparently nobody made that decision, but it was not to be changed or challenged.


21 posted on 02/10/2012 8:51:34 AM PST by DBrow
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To: chrisnj

Newt has taken the heat, and were it not for Newt Romney would probably coasted on to the nomination. Newt made Romney expose himself.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 8:55:27 AM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: duffee
Why hasn’t Paul ever attacked Romney?

I read a piece recently that Paul and Milt are close friends. Someone argued last night that Paul is the real stalking horse for Milt and that if the delegate count gets close, Paul will throw his to Milt in return for Rand being VP. Makes as much sense as anything on this weird relationship.

23 posted on 02/10/2012 8:55:30 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: hoosiermama

The funny thing is that Mitt has probably never seen the inside of a bar.


24 posted on 02/10/2012 8:56:53 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: jimbo123
Message to the GOP Establishment and Mitt Romney:

IT'S NOT US; IT'S YOU.

25 posted on 02/10/2012 8:59:43 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (You cannot fix stupid. Not even with JB Weld.)
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To: DBrow

As with gay marriage, so with contraceptions under Romneycare. He blames the courts when it was the interpretation of his lawyers, he blames the legislature when it was the interpretation of his lawyers — and then he goes ahead with his liberal decision.


26 posted on 02/10/2012 9:01:54 AM PST by Lady Lucky (Public education -- government cheese for the brain.)
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To: Lady Lucky
Aside from the flipping, Romney has another shortcoming. He doesn't have much in the way of positive ideas.

what do you mean not positive.....why just the other day he told a conservative audience he was "for America".

27 posted on 02/10/2012 9:02:25 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan
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To: Lady Lucky
Several business leaders have stated that Santorum’s economic and tax plans are the best from any candidate this year.

I am a Newt guy, but Santorum does get praise for his economic ideas from Wall Street Journal and IBD.

28 posted on 02/10/2012 9:03:21 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: RoosterRedux

Thought of that too. First thing that came to my mind....Shirley Temple?


29 posted on 02/10/2012 9:03:49 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: hoosiermama

He is an odd duck, isn’t he?


30 posted on 02/10/2012 9:18:26 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: jimbo123
The GOP-e thinks it’s as simple as retooling the message? It’s not the message. It’s the candidate.

how do you retool a doofus?

31 posted on 02/10/2012 9:20:39 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan
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To: Lazlo in PA

I believe there is a possibility that Paul and Romney have made a deal that RP will not run 3rd party if Romney gets the nomination and that Romney will select Rand Paul for VEEP and that Paul will spend and attack any candidate who gets near or ahead of Romney.

The Rand Paul VEEP selection would make sense as Ky. is far enough South and he is perceived to be Conservative and to have Tea Party support. I believe he’s un-principled enough to enter into such a deal by the way he lied about “Breaking News” to get on Hannity’s show to read a letter he had written to an Iowa newspaper denigrating Gingrich.

Someone and I believe it was Oliver North once said “The thing about paranoia is that you only have to be right once to make it worthwhile”


32 posted on 02/10/2012 9:34:16 AM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

No, BASIC.


33 posted on 02/10/2012 9:38:17 AM PST by NathanR
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To: jimbo123

Like this wasn’t the obvious outcome of Mittens crapping his own bed....

He is one dumb SOB......

Mittens is done...he just doesn’t know it yet....


34 posted on 02/10/2012 9:38:37 AM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I actually voted for Romney in the 2008 primary because I thought that he would be better than McCain or Huckabee. Hard to believe, much less admit.

If you think about it, Romney’s two wins have been in states with same day registration allowed and no Democrat primary to compete. I think that Rpmney’s broad support may have been a carefully constructed and very expensive illusion.


35 posted on 02/10/2012 9:39:22 AM PST by Eva
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“That is one of the classic problems with using deep personal attacks and the personal destruction approach.”

As Rev. Wright would say: “de chickens have done come home to roost.” Romney will now reap what he has sown. At the end of the day, people are beginning to recognize that Romney doesn’t have any plan, except to win at any cost. It’s just another way that he’s just like Obama.


36 posted on 02/10/2012 9:50:02 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: vette6387
At the end of the day, people are beginning to recognize that Romney doesn’t have any plan, except to win at any cost. It’s just another way that he’s just like Obama.

Exactly.
37 posted on 02/10/2012 10:12:49 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

ABR: It doesn’t matter what language Romney uses; look at his record. He’s a liberal! It’s telling that the media only think that their “chosen” candidate whomever that may be Romney, Obama, McCainiac, etc.. it’s about “messagaging” and not about policy..WAKE UP CALL INDEED!


38 posted on 02/10/2012 1:54:51 PM PST by JSDude1
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