Skip to comments.Conservatives ally for a reset of election expectations (RINOs: we shouldn't seek conservatives)
Posted on 04/06/2012 11:21:33 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
Some influential conservative thinkers have concluded that Mitt Romneys struggle to ignite voter enthusiasm reflects a more serious problem for Republicans in setting unrealistic expectations for their presidential nominee. Calling their alliance Project Liberty, the newly formed group says the former Massachusetts governor cannot beat President Obama unless tea party members and the GOPs activists including conservatives on the Republican National Committee adjust their mindset about insisting on a fully formed, ideologically reliable candidate as their standard-bearer.... Project Liberty backers have concluded that Mr. Romney will not win the White House on the basis of something he is not a 21st century American philosopher-king. Nor will he win the presidency unless the rights various interest groups, from tea party activists to RNC conservatives, unite. The rights unrealistic search for the knight in shining armor helps explain the rise and fall of a string of challengers to Mr. Romney in the nomination merry-go-round this year. Project Libertys founders also say that longing explains why tea partyers split their vote about evenly between Mr. Romney and Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary, late in the primary season.
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Not voting for Romney. All he will do is destroy what little reputation remains of the Republican Party as being conservative.
The party also has a number of factions. It's up to the factions to focus on the ideological purity and the preparedness of their candidates.
We usually get screwed up when the party apparatchiks, who should be non-judgmental when it comes to internal factions, decide they know better who to run. That's when you get candidates who can't beat Democrats.
Time for the professionals to take a back seat to the factions and let this battle play out on the Convention floor, or their boy, Romney, can back out now.
We tried reforming.
Now it’s time to try replacing.
When the RINO wins over a RINO, conservatives are expected to unite behind him. When a conservative wins, the RINOs will unite to destroy him or her (eg, Murkowski vs Miller in Alaska; Christine O’Donnell in Delaware)
If you want a liberal like romney go join the Dems. Get out of the repubs as all you do is turn people away with your liberal talk. Screw you Rino’s.
From the article:
“Hoover Institution scholar Jeremy Carl, another Project Liberty founder, said the problem is that GOP activists are, more than ever, searching for the impossible: a single political savior capable of leading America back to its founding principles of limited government and unlimited opportunity.”
No Messrs. Hallow and Carl, you are wrong. I’m merely searching for a consistent conservative to be my Candidate. That is certainly not a Sissyphean task. I will not compromise my consistent principles for a candidate that the establishment has become comfortable regarding his morally casual and flexible attitude towards his principles.
Compromise yours. I will not compromise mine.
Voting for Obama, I see.
It's the second article about Romney trying to reduce expectations of conservatives that we'll get a conservative candidate. It now appears clear that Romney — or at least some people in his campaign — are trying to float trial balloons about “moving to the center” in the fall election.
It looks like this earlier “Liberated from the Tea Party” article wasn't just a one-time incident.
That earlier article was here: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2867161/posts
This trial balloon needs to get shot down — **NOW.**
Some of us on Free Republic are willing to put up with Romney as the nominee because they think he'll govern as a conservative. These articles are pointing to the opposite, namely, that he seems to be exploring the possibility of following Bob Dole's model of campaigning in the primary one way and then torpedoing his base in the general election.
Time is running very short to stop Romney. It may already be too late. But these articles indicate that at least some people in the Romney campaign are planning to move toward Obama to try to win the election as a moderate, and if that happens, we've got a tremendously worse problem on our hands than we have now.
The GOP doesn't want tea party activists or RNC conservatives. That is abundantly clear. I would rather field a Tea Party candidate for president than unite with the Romney led Republican party. I would rather see Obama win than "unite" with the moderate scum of the GOP. EF THEM!
Voting for Obama, I see.
Please don’t explain the difference, because I don’t see it!
RINO’s should form their own party, but the intent is to destroy any real opposition to leftism.
The GOP HATES conservatives, and works with the Dems AGAINST us, in elections and on legislation....why vote for those who hate us, marginalize us in the press, lie about us in the press...why??????
NIce try. A vote for Romney is also a vote for the SAME liberalism that is Obama.
ither way, you get what we have had for the last 3 1/2 years. Just this time, it would have an R instead of a D, but idealogically, it is the SAME Animal
Really? I thought it was Romney's scorched-earth tactics and lavishly funded lies and bought-and-paid-for endorsements . . .
I have voted against democrats, in every election since 1971, by voting for republicans. The only two times I actually voted FOR, meaning supported them with more than a simple vote, R. Reagan and S. Palin.
The corrupt LBJ and George Parr, the duke of Duvall county, Texas established my voting preference early in life.
Read my tagline. Paraphrased from Bishop Willard himself.
Fond of grabbing your ankles, I see.
What happens if you shedded so many principles that by the time you get there you've lost your way?
See my response to j_tull, child.
You've got it backwards. A vote for Romney is a vote for Obama.
Then he will beat Obama.
See my response to j_tull, child.
New tagline ...
Based on total bullsh!t! WE ARE NOT INSISTING FOR A PURE AND PERFECT CONSERVATIVE... we are more than willing to accept extremely flawed candidates such as Santorum and Gingrich. romney is a socialist... not some progressive North East Liberal... he is a full court press progressive... fag loving... gun grabbing, pro baby killing liar and cultist... what a guy. Screw anyone trying to use that argument against those of us that find voting for romney so egregious that we absolutely will never vote for that evil slimeball deceiver.
Mitt Romney says stupid crap that would make Joe Biden proud and the media conveniently doesn’t find them worthy of reporting......yet.
“Based on total bullsh!t! WE ARE NOT INSISTING FOR A PURE AND PERFECT CONSERVATIVE... we are more than willing to accept extremely flawed candidates...”
But Bishop Willard is a leftist, and that is what they do. Twist the language and frame the issue. ‘Pro-choice’, ‘gay’, ‘moderate’, etc. Willard is a leftist in his thoughts, deeds, record and modus operandi.
Your old one was better, IMO:
‘You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can’t be both. Pick one.’
Romney Republican is an ID that needs to be hung around their necks. Hardly anyone even remembers Rockefeller anymore anyway. Time to update the the pastel patriot designation.
You seem to be fixated on “Spoiled tantrum, not getting my way, whaaaa!!!”
Pull your head out and get a nice clean breath of air. They are the same, no difference and no amount of ridicule on YOUR part changes that. Romney will not stop, will not turn back ANYTHING Obama has done. There is no choice.
But, I suppose you’ll feel better if Romeny wins, as we circle the drain anyway, at least the leader in the White HOuse will be an R.
And do not ‘child’ me.
What the GOP is putting forth with Mitt is already in place in Britain where David Cameron is hated as much as the creepy Brown or Blair and is well on the way of finishing off any Conservatism left in the Tory Party.
What do you want: Socialist A or Socialist B?
What a choice. :(
Agreed. The party-uber-alles submissives and kapos cannot see or even comprehend that though. They would trade the little that remains for the short term appearance of victory over a lame duck, lazy failure.
If we taxed liberal BS, we’d be flush with cash....
Republicans in the House and Senate will be disinclined to go against the leader of their Party. So which is better, a leftist Republican who will run roughshod over conservatism, or a lame-duck Marxist that Republicans in the House and Senate can fight against? I like Alexander Hamilton's quote:
"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures."
You think they’ll not be screwed by Romney? Difference will be YOU helped make it happen and he did it in YOUR name.
The difference is that if Romney is elected we get eight more years of a liberal in the White House as opposed to only four more.
Oh, Mitt Romney is going to get the deficit under control and reform entitlements? You can't be serious. Romney doesn't have the guts. If Romney gets in, he'll take the easy route to reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the rich and sticking the nation with a VAT tax. He'll seek to implement Romneycare nationwide, screwing over the kids and grandchildren.
McCain was at least pro-life and a war hero. But I didnt vote for him, I voted for Sarah. I will not pull the lever for the abortionist/socialist big government RINO Romney. And I dont care who he selects as a running mate. Never again.
143 posted on Thursday, April 05, 2012 3:46:15 PM by Jim Robinson
Rebellion is not just brewing, rebellion is here!!)
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You want to tell Jim that he is an obama supporter??? You guys had better back off that crap. At some point... Jim will lose patience with that line of attack.
Apparently the GOP establishment has aspirations to rename the GOP the CWAJGA party (Can’t We All Just Get Along).... Yup, it sure sounds like they are ready to take on the mantle of leadership doesn’t it ....... NOT!
I don't think a President Romney will make it past four years. BTW, did you know that Chuck U. Schumer will run the 2013 Presidential Inauguration? Immediately after Romney is sworn in on January 21, 2013, old Chuck will run to the cameras and announce "it's Romney's economy now!"
No matter what's been done these last 4 years, Romney and the Republicans will be blamed for the Greece-class economic nose-dive. I predict that in 2016, Obama will run for re-election (he can, you know) with the message "See, I TOLD you so!"