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With GOP nomination assured, Mitt Romney shifts to the center [Surprise, surprise!]
The Hill ^ | May 3, 2012 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 05/03/2012 10:57:25 AM PDT by greyfoxx39

Mitt Romney is shifting to the center to attract important voting blocs that he may have alienated in the bruising Republican presidential primary.

Romney has recently sought to ingratiate himself with voters in industry-heavy Ohio, women, Hispanics and college students by softening his tone on a range of issues.

Campaign aides, wary of the flip-flopper label that plagued Romney during the 2008 campaign, dispute that he has reversed any of his positions since the fierce battles of Iowa, South Carolina and Ohio.

“Here’s the situation they find themselves in. Policy is politics, and they have much ground to make up among first- and second-time voters, Hispanics, working-class whites, working-class women. They have to move away from the policy positions they felt they had to take to secure the 2008 nomination and the even more extreme positions they took to win the 2012 nomination,” said John Weaver, a political consultant who worked on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

“I guess this is what an Etch A Sketch really looks like,” Weaver said, referring to a Romney staffer’s use of the children’s toy as a metaphor for the campaign’s pivot to the general election.

RESCUING THE U.S. AUTO INDUSTRY

Eric Fehrnstrom, the senior adviser to Romney who made the “Etch A Sketch” remark in March, asserted over the weekend that President Obama had followed Romney’s advice by rescuing General Motors and Chrysler at the start of his term.

The claim left the Obama campaign and other Democrats fuming and pointing to Romney’s 2008 op-ed for The New York Times entitled: “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

Romney doubled down with another op-ed published on Feb. 14 in The Detroit News, in the heat of the GOP primary, bashing what he called “an $85 billion sweetheart deal disguised as a rescue plan” and “a major taste of crony capitalism, Obama-style.”

While that stance might have been popular among conservative primary voters, it is much less so among independents, especially in Ohio and other Midwestern battlegrounds.

A Pew Research Center poll released in late February found that 56 percent of the public now sees the bailout of automakers as mostly good for the economy. The Center for Automotive Research estimates the bailout saved 1.4 million jobs, many in the Midwest.

Fehrnstrom recast Romney as the mastermind behind the successful rescue.

“His position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed,” Fehrnstrom said. “He said, ‘If you want to save the auto industry, just don’t write them a check. That will seal their doom. What they need to do is go through a managed bankruptcy process.

“The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice,” he added.

A Romney campaign aide said Obama first tried to throw money at the automakers before requiring them to go through a structured bankruptcy.

The aide said Obama let companies go into managed bankruptcy, the path Romney recommended, only after trying to avoid it in a failed ploy that cost taxpayers billions.

Experts who followed the bailout, however, dispute these claims.

John Austin, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution based in Michigan, said Romney’s proposal for the automakers to go through managed bankruptcy would not have been viable without billions of dollars in federal funding.

“Obama said we’re not going to keep throwing money at these car companies,” said Austin. “The decision that was taken was ‘We’re going to put money in and insist they go through rigorous restructuring and fast bankruptcy.’”

Kristin Dziczek, an expert with the Center for Automotive Research, said the Obama administration deemed GM’s and Chrysler’s restructuring plans insufficient in February 2009 and offered structured bankruptcy as the only option to accessing additional government loans.

Steve Rattner, the so-called auto czar who handled the bailout for the Obama administration, said no private investors were willing to supply the necessary funding because the credit markets were frozen. The administration invested $82 billion into the auto companies and is expected to lose $10 billion to $15 billion in the deal.

Romney’s February op-ed in The Detroit News drew stern rebukes from business leaders in the auto industry.

Mike Jackson, chief executive officer of AutoNation Inc., one of the nation’s largest auto dealers, called Romney’s op-ed “truly reckless, detached from reality and dishonest,” according to Bloomberg News. The criticism was especially stinging because Jackson had been a Romney supporter.

The bailout saved tens of thousands of jobs in Ohio, home to more than 350 auto-parts manufacturers and a crucial campaign battleground.

Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster and strategist, said Romney is doing what he needs to win the general election.

“By definition in a general election, you’re appealing to a broader audience than in a primary process,” he said. “You have to address issues of less interest to primary audiences and of more concern to a general election audience and that’s what he’s doing.”

STUDENT LOANS

Romney has also sought to airbrush his image among young voters.

At a Feb. 29 campaign event, Romney took a hard line against the federal government subsidizing student loans.

“I wish I could tell you that there’s a place to find really cheap money or free money and we could pay for everyone’s education. That’s just not going to happen,” Romney told a female law student.

“The right course for America is for businesses and universities and colleges to compete for us to make sure we provide loans to the extent we possibly can at an interest rate that doesn’t have the taxpayers having to subsidize people who want to go to school,” he said.

Romney softened his position on student loans last month when he endorsed Obama’s proposal for the federal government to continue subsidizing loans for low- and middle-income students. If Congress does not intervene by July 1, student loan rates will jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8.

Keeping loan rates low, however, will cost taxpayers an estimated $6 billion a year.

A Romney campaign aide disputed that Romney has reversed himself. The staffer noted that Romney has agreed only to support a temporary extension to help students struggling in an economy that he said is suffering because of Obama’s policies.

Ayres, the GOP pollster, said young voters will be much more important in the general election than they were in the primary.

“There are far fewer young people in a Republican primary than in a general election,” he said. “It makes more sense to talk about student loans in a general election.”


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Whoo Boy! If you didn't know that Mitt threw conservatives under the bus in the primary, read this article!

Can you believe the spinning that Romney and his people are doing now?

Fehrnstrom recast Romney as the mastermind behind the successful rescue.

“His position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed,” Fehrnstrom said. “He said, ‘If you want to save the auto industry, just don’t write them a check. That will seal their doom. What they need to do is go through a managed bankruptcy process.

“The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice,” he added.

1 posted on 05/03/2012 10:57:35 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
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To: greyfoxx39

A couple hundred of us could post the exact same thing on this thread:

Told you so!

But that is little condolence.


2 posted on 05/03/2012 11:00:40 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: greyfoxx39

SHIFT TO THE CENTER?

Then he had to move RIGHT to do it.........


3 posted on 05/03/2012 11:00:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Jim Robinson; onyx; SoConPubbie; caww; NorthernCrunchyCon; 2ndDivisionVet; Nachum; DJ MacWoW; ...
Ping

Post #8 "A vote for Romney is your consent to abortion, homosexual marriage, gun control, global warming, big government, mandates, RomneyCare, etc., but pushed by the GOP."-Jim Robinson

4 posted on 05/03/2012 11:05:15 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (The epitome of stupidity is a member of a proven racist sect running against a black man.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Okay, let me get this straight. Some turd from the Brookings Institute claims this, offers absolutely no proof and this is valid simply because everyone hates Romney.

Despite the history of the Brookings Institute.

Ooooookay!


5 posted on 05/03/2012 11:09:08 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: greyfoxx39

This is a lose-lose proposition all the way around.

Either:

A) Romney as Obama-lite will not play well and give us 4 more years of the Marxist-in-Chief, or;

B) Romney will win and he will disavow any association to Conservative principles; and, not only stab us in the back, but stab us in the front as well.

Like I said, a lose-lose proposition.


6 posted on 05/03/2012 11:09:56 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: greyfoxx39

A one party system of two Socialist parties. Time for a second party.


7 posted on 05/03/2012 11:12:02 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: greyfoxx39
Voting for Romney is like The brigde on the river Kwai. The Brit thinks he is achieving a good goal by building a bridge for Romney but then realizes to save conservatism the bridge must be destroyed.
8 posted on 05/03/2012 11:13:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: greyfoxx39

http://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/12/weekinreview/reagan-s-shift-to-the-center-raises-clamor-on-the-right.html

Heh


9 posted on 05/03/2012 11:14:20 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: greyfoxx39

So, what exactly has Romney done to move toward the center? I read the article and didn’t see anything. Maybe I missed it.


10 posted on 05/03/2012 11:15:06 AM PDT by Piranha (If you seek perfection you will end up with Democrats.)
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To: greyfoxx39
Romney slogan:

ME TOO!

Yeah, there's a contrast.

11 posted on 05/03/2012 11:16:21 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: greyfoxx39

So, what do all of those Romney apologists on here have to say now?


12 posted on 05/03/2012 11:19:21 AM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
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To: Piranha

Same here. I don’t get where they got that title from.


13 posted on 05/03/2012 11:20:57 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: TheRhinelander

fubo is a socialist

mcromney is a socialist

socialism is the enemy of the republic

if you support mcromney, you support socialism

that makes you an enemy of the republic

get lost


14 posted on 05/03/2012 11:22:17 AM PDT by joe fonebone (If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The Bridge on the River Kwai Soundtrack
15 posted on 05/03/2012 11:25:18 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: greyfoxx39
Ah Yes, Romney has about as much gumption as Millard Filmore to End Slavery, or Tom Dewey to halt the New Dealers http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/Millard_Fillmore2.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8b/ThomasDewey.png/466px-ThomasDewey.png

What a Loser! (which is why the GOP ran him, so they won't have to Roll Back Ubama's socialist "gains")

16 posted on 05/03/2012 11:26:05 AM PDT by KC_Lion (A Romney victory means that the socialistsÂ’ takeover of both parties is now complete)
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To: greyfoxx39
Captain Louis Renault is shocked, shocked to find that pivoting is going on here!
17 posted on 05/03/2012 11:27:03 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("The lesser of two evils is, by definition, evil." - Josh Painter)
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To: greyfoxx39

Surprise, surprise. /s


18 posted on 05/03/2012 11:28:48 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: TheRhinelander

You don’t need Brookings. Listen to Romney himself. He’s now in full bore big tent pander mode.


19 posted on 05/03/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: Red Badger
SHIFT TO THE CENTER? Then he had to move RIGHT to do it.........

That was my thought exactly.

20 posted on 05/03/2012 11:36:51 AM PDT by livius
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To: greyfoxx39

Romney NEVER veered from Center-Left. NEVER!


21 posted on 05/03/2012 11:41:41 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: greyfoxx39

The GOP is a centrist party.

Decade after decade , expecting it to become a right wing party is a lot easier than starting a new party.


22 posted on 05/03/2012 11:42:35 AM PDT by NoLibZone (I trust Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Cain, Perry, Bachman : I trust their judgment on 2012 pick.)
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To: VRWC For Truth

If u will allow me to quote Savage.

Both parties are “Two Wings of the same bird of prey”


23 posted on 05/03/2012 11:43:52 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: TheRhinelander

You’re on the wrong forum for Romney defense, my friend. I don’t know where the pro-Romney discussion forum is but this is most defintitely not it.

I’ve been on here three years and I’m still far too new to go rocking the boat here. You’ve been here a whopping two days and you’re asking to be banned with this post of yours.

Your first reaction to my post here will probably not be too great, but do appreciate that I’m offering the information to you as a fellow newbie on the forum.


24 posted on 05/03/2012 11:44:56 AM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Get off of it. Romney is going to be the candidate whether we like it or not. Whatever his positions, I can’t worry about them. I just want Obama out! I would vote for Elmer Fudd if he was running. Face reality for God’s sake!


25 posted on 05/03/2012 11:46:25 AM PDT by george123
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To: Obadiah

This is the point where the Malignant Bastard and architect of failure will rush to his whiteboard on Fox News to explain to us peons how elections work. Having captured the conservative base in the primaries, Romney will now have to move left to attract the minorities, the hispanics, the women, the seniors, the students, the disadvantaged, the moderates, the independents, the squishy middle, the unemployed, the underemployed, the helpless middle class, those who cannot help themselves, the sick and dying, etc, because “everyone” knows you can’t win elections by being an unabashed constitution supporting patriotic traditional American conservative. Romney can now safely revert back to being the big government socialist/progressive he’s always been.


26 posted on 05/03/2012 11:46:43 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is on!!)
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To: greyfoxx39; Jim Robinson; SoConPubbie; caww; NorthernCrunchyCon; 2ndDivisionVet; Nachum; ...
Well, golly. He's acting like the certified nominee, while I remain praying for Divine Intervention.

I reckon the folks who have already decided ABO are fine with the fraud saying anything and catering to the squishy, middle and to those who depend upon big government, (bless their hearts) never dreaming that Romney just might mean what he's saying to those groups.
27 posted on 05/03/2012 11:46:43 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: greyfoxx39

Oh man!(sad face) I was counting on this guy to help promote conservative initiatives.

Just darn. /S


28 posted on 05/03/2012 11:48:47 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: greyfoxx39

the even more extreme positions they took to win the 2012 nomination,”
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Yes Conservatism has always been a severe extreme for the progressive Moderate Liberal Willard Mitt Romney

Poor boy must have feel awful having to lie and appease them evil Conservatives..

Thank goodness he can get back to his political roots now...


29 posted on 05/03/2012 11:50:27 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: TheRhinelander
“Okay, let me get this straight. Some turd from the Brookings Institute claims this, offers absolutely no proof and this is valid simply because everyone hates Romney.

Despite the history of the Brookings Institute.

Ooooookay!”

Don't pop their little “another excuse to hate Romney even more badder” bubble.

30 posted on 05/03/2012 11:53:35 AM PDT by OSHA (One despises and wants to destroy the United States, the other is a dead terrorist.)
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To: TheRhinelander

Some (dedacted) from the Brookings Institute claims this, offers absolutely no proof
______________________________________________

No Willie Mitty himself claims it...

The proof is in Wee Willies mouth...

Hes come home to his liberal roots...

Youre new here arent you MittBot ???


31 posted on 05/03/2012 11:56:11 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Jim Robinson

LOL. Bingo. My point exactly.


32 posted on 05/03/2012 11:56:23 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: VRWC For Truth
A one party system of two Socialist parties..... Time for a Second Party.

Indeed...the call is not for a third Party as some suppose...they've already united the parties of the Elite as one and the same....the call is for a second party to oppose them.

33 posted on 05/03/2012 11:57:06 AM PDT by caww
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To: george123
Get off of it. Romney is going to be the candidate whether we like it or not. Whatever his positions, I can’t worry about them. I just want Obama out! I would vote for Elmer Fudd if he was running. Face reality for God’s sake!

Excitable, aren't you?? I don't take orders well, especially from Romney supporters on an internet forum.

I suggest you stay indoors and pull down the shades

This weekend-see post #8.

34 posted on 05/03/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (The epitome of stupidity is a member of a proven racist sect running against a black man.)
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To: joe fonebone
..."socialism is the enemy of the republic if you support mcromney, you support socialism that makes you an enemy of the republic"..../i>

Bump

35 posted on 05/03/2012 11:59:47 AM PDT by caww
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To: greyfoxx39

The only conservatives that Romney can throw under the bus is those who will hold their noses and vote for him. The rest of us are smart enough to read the writing on the wall and get away from this liar.

The only thing worse than a Romney supporter, IMHO, is the Paultards that are starting to come out of the woodwork on here again.

With Romney, Paul and Obama as our choices I think I’ll vote for Jack Daniels and write in Sarah Palin. At least I can vote for all the conservatives I can for House, Senate and local government. I just hope that’s enough to hold back the oil slick of slime that comes from these three candidates.


36 posted on 05/03/2012 11:59:53 AM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Jack Burton007
At least I can vote for all the conservatives I can for House, Senate and local government. I just hope that’s enough to hold back the oil slick of slime that comes from these three candidates.

Well said.

37 posted on 05/03/2012 12:05:51 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (The epitome of stupidity is a member of a proven racist sect running against a black man.)
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To: george123
Whatever his positions, I can’t worry about them.

...."The two major political parties are hell bent and riding hard to strengthen their grip on unconstitutional power..... The GOP-e can hardly wait to strip the pro-life, pro-family, pro-gun, pro-liberty, pro-borders planks from its platform.... Romney is their ticket to get it done.

If staunch pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-gun, pro-borders, pro-small government conservatives can be turned, then obviously these principles are no longer a serious threat to the usurpers. DO NOT LET THEM TURN YOU!!

Do not let them do this... Do not give Romney and the GOP-e a mandate to chuck the life, family, small government and liberty planks from the platform!!....

You know Romney's record. And you know he's lying about any conservative conversion. He is no conservative, never has been, never will be, but has always been a liberal/progressive/statist bald-faced liar and petty tyrant. RomneyCare is tyranny! Government sanctioned/forced abortion, same sex marriage, gun control, crony capitalism, etc, all positions Romney has advocated for, are tyranny.

Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God......We are the resistance!! And perhaps the last line of resistance. ..

Jim Robinson

38 posted on 05/03/2012 12:05:51 PM PDT by caww
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To: Tennessee Nana

I detest Romney as much as anyone but come on, try freaking harder okay? Don’t let your hate reduce your intellectual standards.

I hate Romney with the power of 1,000 suns but I refuse to lower myself to the level of a drooling neanderthal in trying to tear him apart. He’ll do fine with that all by himself.

This is akin to posting a Mother Jones article that uses the DNC as a source for their story.


39 posted on 05/03/2012 12:11:14 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: onyx

“I reckon the folks who have already decided ABO are fine with the fraud saying anything and catering to the squishy, middle and to those who depend upon big government, (bless their hearts) never dreaming that Romney just might mean what he’s saying to those groups. “

Folks like Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin.

I trust their ethics judgement and morals.


40 posted on 05/03/2012 12:15:55 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I trust Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Cain, Perry, Bachman : I trust their judgment on 2012 pick.)
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To: Obadiah

I pick B, Obadiah.
If elected,Romney will be strongly influenced by the GOP-E,ie Rino Central at first.,,ie “We got you elected so let us help you”. Wink, wink.
Ryan, Rove, Preibus, Boehner and the gang will not so gently remind Bishop R. that were not for them, he’d be polishing his smile in the mirror each morning for “Sweetie and the boys” rather than the entire country.

But this hand holding, slobbering union would probably only last for a while..until Mittens manages to break free of the mandates of THE PARTY and throw them under the bus too, along with us Conservatives.

I don’t intend to sit around and wait for all of them to rub their hands together and gleefully manipulate us like puppets...
Its time to leave the GOP to it’s own machinations and failures.. and move on.


41 posted on 05/03/2012 12:16:40 PM PDT by Mountain Mary (One Nation Under God..."There I said it" ... Great One...)
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To: TheRhinelander

This is akin to posting a Mother Jones article that uses the DNC as a source for their story.
___________________________________________________

Yes if your not a MittBot I guess youre from there...

All that hate you have towards towards Romney...

I dont think any of us have hate towards him...

Just a whole lot of indifference...

I take it you have come here to teach us how to hate him and in a more perfect way...

You being such an expert...

Thought you do sound like a MittBot retread...


42 posted on 05/03/2012 12:19:46 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: NoLibZone

You could add Soros and Carter.


43 posted on 05/03/2012 12:34:14 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Piranha
You being sarcastic? He flip-flopped from free market principles to socialism on the auto bailout and student loan subsidies as detailed here with specific quotes.

Here, have some more delicious Romney brand warmed-over oatmeal...


44 posted on 05/03/2012 12:52:34 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: greyfoxx39
There has to be communist plants who have infiltrated his team. If he really wanted to win this thing he would move to the right as far as possible. To win, you have to make yourself the exact opposite of the opponent. In this case the incumbent is a complete failure therefor the exact opposite would be a complete success.
45 posted on 05/03/2012 12:53:38 PM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: Jim Robinson
One of the best run-on sentences I've seen for quite awhile.

Kudos Jim...and check your blood pressure.

FMCDH(BITS)

46 posted on 05/03/2012 1:58:29 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Tennessee Nana; TheRhinelander
Thought you do sound like a MittBot retread...

Yep. Succeeded in insulting both you and me, TN....

BTW, rhinelander...you seem to be familiar with this "Mother Jones"...not someone I've ever heard of. Did you pick up a link from DU?...oh wait...you're new. Prolly don't know what DU stands for on FR, huh?

47 posted on 05/03/2012 3:03:29 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (The epitome of stupidity is a member of a proven racist sect running against a black man.)
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To: Red Badger
SHIFT TO THE CENTER? Then he had to move RIGHT to do it.........

Moving back to the LEFT.

48 posted on 05/03/2012 3:20:59 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: greyfoxx39

I’ve been talking politics on various forums for a very long time and know Mother Jones from various libs I’ve done battle with. As for DU I have no idea what you’re referring to.


49 posted on 05/03/2012 5:18:34 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: greyfoxx39

A jump to the left, a step to the right and you're doing the Willard Warp again !

50 posted on 05/03/2012 5:20:35 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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