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Reading Romney [Scott Walker effect]
The Weekly Standard ^ | June 6, 2012 | William Kristol

Posted on 06/07/2012 4:40:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Mitt Romney's statement last night was more interesting than the normal formulaic election night press releases of the genre. Here it is:

“I congratulate Scott Walker on his victory in Wisconsin. Governor Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C. Tonight’s results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses. Tonight voters said ‘no’ to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and ‘yes’ to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans.”

Romney goes out of his way to associate his agenda with Walker's (the second sentence), and to identify himself personally with Walker (the last sentence). And he poses the choice at the presidential level as comparable with or analogous to the choice in Wisconsin: "the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday" vs. "fiscal responsibility and a new direction."

The Romney camp has been uncertain as to whether to associate its man with, or distance him from, the sometimes controversial and divisive, Tea Party-infused, anti-establishment Republicanism of 2010. Walker's victory—and his ability to increase his margin from 2010—might well have tipped the balance in the Romney camp toward running at the head of a phalanx of bold conservative reformers, who have after all been pretty successful at governing, rather than running away from them. Or, to put it differently: The Romney camp may conclude that Scott Walker, his message and his spirit, are not part of the problem but rather part of the solution to Romney's electoral task (especially with working-class voters, including private-sector union members). After all, if Romney could hold 94 percent of Walker's vote from last night in November, he'd win Wisconsin, and the presidency.

So I'd expect to see more of the spirit of Scott Walker—and of Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Susana Martinez, Bob McDonnell, Mitch Daniels, or, if you want to go back a bit, Tim Pawlenty and Jeb Bush—in Romney's message over the next weeks. I'd expect to see Romney calling attention to successful Republican governance at the state level. I'd expect him to show up more with such figures in swing states.

And I'd expect one of them to be on the ticket. I could still make a case for a reformist senator (Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, or perhaps Rob Portman) or congressman (Paul Ryan). But given that Team Romney would like to run against Washington, I think they'll be inclined to pick a governor. And given Romney's insistence on his VP being ready to be president, they'd presumably prefer a governor who's got some national experience or at least two terms as governor plus national exposure. So I suspect we may be heading toward a Romney-Daniels ticket...or, possibly, Romney-Bush or Romney-Pawlenty. Or could Romney just decide not to over-think things and pick the governor who most clearly embodies Scott Walker's combination of policy and political success—Scott Walker?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Philosophy
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1 posted on 06/07/2012 4:41:11 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Scott Walker as VP. Now there’s a thought.

What’s his experience level? (And wouldn’t it be a slap in the face to the good people of WI if he accepted the slot, after everything they just did for him?)

One more thing about Romney’s statement: he chose to name names (of sorts). He called out the “union bosses”. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is already more confrontational than anything McCain did in 2008.


2 posted on 06/07/2012 4:48:37 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Walker win has put the GOP-E on high alert.

We just took a shot across their bow, and they know it.

The Wisconsin win was not just about unions. It was about big government, or rather, the rejection of it. That’s not a positive for team Romney who keeps consistently making moves like they are not going to repeal Obamacare.

I hope there’s another Walker-win-esque moment before here and November, because we need to keep hammering the establishment over the head that we aren’t going to accept their big government either.


3 posted on 06/07/2012 4:50:03 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Whoever Romney picks will be a conciliatory pantywaist who knows how to look tough for the cameras just like the Mittster himself.

Sorry, but I don’t buy it.


4 posted on 06/07/2012 4:53:40 AM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: samtheman

Sure its more confrontational than Saruman’s run for president in 2008, but Saruman was so overtly non-confrontational that it barely registers.(Except with Bill Cunningham. Saruman loves attacking tea party hobbits)

It wasn’t all that long ago that Romney was pandering to the unions:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/07/06/mitt_runnin_against_the_tea_party

So if you think you’ve been vigilant these four years of Obama? Hah! You’re gonna have to put that into overdrive should Romney get elected. He’ll have one of his surrogates stab us in the back while he himself goes on national TV and smiles about it.

The defeat of Obama does not and will not mean that the era of big government is over. It will just be masked differently, and at the direction of a republican.

If we’re not careful, big government will get blamed on conservatives.


5 posted on 06/07/2012 4:56:49 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Prior to the recall election, wasn’t Romney absent from the State of Wisconsin?


6 posted on 06/07/2012 5:05:32 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: samtheman

>>(And wouldn’t it be a slap in the face to the good people of WI if he accepted the slot, after everything they just did for him?)<<

Let’s be honest here. They didn’t do anything but vote. They can vote in a lady who is just as good. If it were me, after what Walker did in the state, I would be proud to share him with the country.

He is more than a governor now, he is a symbol.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 5:07:32 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: CharacterCounts
Prior to the recall election, wasn’t Romney absent from the State of Wisconsin?

The Tea Party will keep pushing Romney to the right (where the country is going to save itself). Will he heed the message out of Wisconsin?

9 posted on 06/07/2012 5:12:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: netmilsmom

You make some good points. And I know if I were one of those WI voters I would be more than proud to have a VP Walker in the WH, knowing that I helped put him there.

And as you say, there are plenty of good people in WI who can step in and fill his shoes.

But I was just wondering out loud of a lot of people would disagree with me and you on this issue and be angry and feel like he let them down. It is possible.


10 posted on 06/07/2012 5:12:22 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: myself6
Why don't you try to calm down and write without the vitriol and “F” this and “F” that? Act like a grown-up (you are one, aren't you?).
12 posted on 06/07/2012 5:27:42 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Romney goes out of his way to associate his agenda with Walker's (the second sentence), and to identify himself personally with Walker (the last sentence).

Such bravery, aligning himself with Walker AFTER the win, not before.

13 posted on 06/07/2012 5:28:33 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh yeah, that’s what we need: the spirit of TPaw and Jeb.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 5:37:17 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: samtheman

Calling out the union bosses was smart.

It would be nice to see a war start between union membership and union bosses.

The Republicans need to start exposing the way the union bosses make use of their members for money and power....not unlike the black leadership and the blacks they keep in victim mode.


15 posted on 06/07/2012 5:37:36 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: samtheman
.......be angry and feel like he [Walker] let them down.

How does that even translate to the heroic battle he won in the war we are waging for the very future of our country?

We've seen how Walker listens to the voters (we're drowning in debt), proceeds intellengently and stands firm in the face of opposition.

It's what the country is clamoring for -- his confidence, direction and resolve.

17 posted on 06/07/2012 5:41:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Tea Party will keep pushing Romney to the right (where the country is going to save itself).

Yes, we will. And if he knows what's good for him, he will let us. That's the key difference between Romney and Obama.

Romney may not share our ideology, but he doesn't share Obama's either.

18 posted on 06/07/2012 5:41:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

You don’t sound very confident.


19 posted on 06/07/2012 5:53:28 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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To: myself6; Cincinatus' Wife

Hey hot shot with the inappropriate language...

One question.

Who will your hero Scott Walker support and vote for, for President of the United States?

Ron Paul?

Virgil Goode?

Sarah Palin as a write-in?

Not exactly...he will support and vote for Mitt Romney.

Do not think you’re bluffing??

You’re trying to personally prove something to the more civilized by raining down F bombs, eh?

All I can say is, maybe someday when you get older and more mature...and I say this even if you’re 50 because of your actions...you’ll decide what this forum is for and what it isn’t for.


20 posted on 06/07/2012 6:00:39 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; samtheman

This will never happen, but I thought the mere suggestion of it was interesting.

Last night Mark Levin proposed that Scott Walker be installed as Speaker of the House.

No, he didn’t mean run for a House seat first and then run for Speaker.

This is something we never hear about, but the Speaker does not have to come from the ranks of the House.

Of course Mark, being a constitutional lawyer, knows that.

Interesting digression, don’t you think?


21 posted on 06/07/2012 6:05:50 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

Well said, Texas Ranger, well said. And without having to resort to caps and swears too ;)


22 posted on 06/07/2012 6:08:46 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: netmilsmom; samtheman; Cincinatus' Wife

Each time Walker is asked by media about being named to run as VP, he practically begs the powers-that-be to choose Paul Ryan...assuming they want someone from Wisconsin...not him.


23 posted on 06/07/2012 6:09:26 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette
....This is something we never hear about, but the Speaker does not have to come from the ranks of the House. Of course Mark, being a constitutional lawyer, knows that. Interesting digression, don’t you think?

I do indeed!

24 posted on 06/07/2012 6:19:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I think Bobby Jindal would be a good choice for VP.

He complements the ticket by being a southern state governor. Jindal can espouse conservative principles with the best of them, and being a second-generation American, has a degree of gravitas on the immigration issue, not to mention energy policy.

Jindal is having similar successes in the state of Louisiana as Walker has had in Wisconsin, and is popular with the Tea Party.


25 posted on 06/07/2012 6:30:24 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: txrangerette
THATS IT?!

lol..

Point here is, Im not trying to nicely convince you or any other romneybot to stop supporting your socialist candidate.

I am however, threatening the GOP-e. Which calls for the use of strong language.

The threat is basically this: If you nominate this socialist POS, I (and others like me) who are PASSIONATE anti-socialists WILL, at the very least, simply not vote for your candidate but most of us WILL work just as hard against YOUR socialist as we did against the democrats and unions socialists.

You cant defend your guy because he is indefensible. He is a statist to his core which makes him an inherent lying bastard.

Who Walker chooses to support is his business and has nothing to do with why I support him and will NOT effect who I choose to support or fight against.

Brokered convention! DUMP ROMNEY!


26 posted on 06/07/2012 6:33:40 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: wayoverontheright

Yes. The rise of conservative Governors has been a blessing. Another sign that the voters “get it” and that our public servants on Capital Hill, as well as the GOP nominee, need to listen to them.


27 posted on 06/07/2012 6:40:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: txrangerette

>> the Speaker does not have to come from the ranks of the House <<

Yep, and doesn’t even have to be a U. S. citizen. Maybe Mark Steyn would be willing to take the job!


28 posted on 06/07/2012 6:41:41 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; holdonnow

Kristol is merely echoing Mark Levin. I just tweeted that point. :)


29 posted on 06/07/2012 6:42:50 AM PDT by Matchett-PI ("There is no limit to the depravity of the liberal mind" ~ Rush Limbaugh 5/23/12)
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To: Vigilanteman

IMHO Romney is a mercurial opportunist. Right now that’s not so bad because the mercury is running ion the direction of the Tea Party. We just need to keep the pressure on to keep him that way. By pressure I just don’t mean negative attacks, I also mean supporting him when he goes our way and working for him when he goes our way. That way we’ll gain the largest possible influence in his administration. Honey catches a lot more flies than vinegar.


30 posted on 06/07/2012 6:46:10 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All
Walker's victory—and his ability to increase his margin from 2010—might well have tipped the balance in the Romney camp toward running at the head of a phalanx of bold conservative reformers, who have after all been pretty successful at governing, rather than running away from them.

How long has Rush been preaching this message? The GOP needs to realize that if you run as a Conservative, you win! Run as a "Liberal-Lite" and you lose.
31 posted on 06/07/2012 6:53:14 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Yes. The rise of conservative Governors has been a blessing. Another sign that the voters “get it” and that our public servants on Capital Hill, as well as the GOP nominee, need to listen to them.”


HA.... So vote for the socailist / statist Romney? NO THANKS!

I WILL support/vote for/work for people who are TRUE BELIEVERS in limited government. I WILL fight to the bitter end any and all who are statist/lying/socialist bastards, however I will reserve the most bitter contempt for the socialists who infest the GOP. and those who allow them to thrive...

You’ve done yourself a disservice by calling the admin moderator to delete posts that you sensitive little flowers couldn’t stand to read. Fine, I can be JUST as vitriolic (probably more so) without the use of the “shortcut language” Heh, its just a symptom of why the GOP IS where it is right now... Its infested with people that have NO IDEA how to wage war against the enemy of socialism, HEH... worse yet, they are completely IGNORANT to the fact that statism and socialism even ARE the enemy, much less that the enemy also resides within the GOP itself.

It doesn’t matter though... All it takes is a dedicated few to completely ruin the gop-e’s socialist candidates chances.

Think about it... Walker is what we can achieve together. Mccain is what happens to us apart. SO... The chant “NO MORE RINO’S” means something and isn’t a bluff. If its a game of chicken that will convince you and the idiots in the GOP that we are serious then that is what you’ll get.

You’ll either blink your you’ll lose.


32 posted on 06/07/2012 6:57:33 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Interesting column, but he left out the most successful and longest tenured Republican governor.

Wonder why?

Maybe because DC insiders are terrified of Rick Perry because of his radical (radically conservative) plan to restructure national government.

As for a good VP choice, I’m sticking with Paul Ryan.

He’s smart on economics and able to articulate his message. He was on Fox & Friends this morning.


33 posted on 06/07/2012 7:09:35 AM PDT by altura
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To: myself6

Two posts had to be removed before you could calm down and attempt to speak like an adult.

You didn’t succeed.


34 posted on 06/07/2012 7:13:29 AM PDT by altura
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To: myself6
Wonderful post. I am now full of resolve.

my check to Romney goes out with this AM's mail.

35 posted on 06/07/2012 7:36:52 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: myself6; Cincinatus' Wife

Just because you pretend that the rest of us can’t think and read the fact that your hero, Scott Walker, will support and vote for Mitt Romney in order to oust Obama, doesn’t mean that we can’t think and read.

WE can.

:)

Demand that your hero disavow Mitt Romney, and while you’re at it, if he doesn’t follow your orders, you could even rain down a few F bombs on your hero Scott, just to be consistent with your treatment of FReepers.

:)


36 posted on 06/07/2012 7:37:58 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: altura; Cincinatus' Wife

One reason Perry isn’t mentioned by the snooty Kristol is because he’s a true Texan, and that all by itself sits poorly with the Elite.

Another reason might be that Romney and Perry don’t seem to like each other very much. That’s an understatement.

I agree with you that Paul Ryan is probably the most qualified who is already at the national level. By that I mean his high profile position in the House.

I wonder if he’s tough enough. I know he’s determined and stubborn and very articulate, but maybe he needs a little mean streak to survive a promotion to VP. I don’t know.


37 posted on 06/07/2012 7:49:32 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: myself6
.....You’ve done yourself a disservice by calling the admin moderator to delete posts that you sensitive little flowers couldn’t stand to read.

You are mistaken. I notified no one. I think you need to stop making a fool of yourself but I'm not going to shut you up.

38 posted on 06/07/2012 7:59:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs ...”

Here’s a link to the suffering on MSNBC that night ... a fun filled three minutes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pchwcD4IPzs


39 posted on 06/07/2012 8:01:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: libstripper

The GOP-e takes your support for granted. They feel comfortable running a socialist as their nominee because they know there are so many dimwitted people out there who see the war as being “democrat -vs- republican” and will vote for ANYONE the GOP nominates. Because they “hate” obama and the democrats SOOO much. These people bank on the fact that these same dimwits haven’t really thought about WHY they hate Zero and the democrats and extended that to why they should hate romney and a significant % of the GOP leadership.

You’ll not be holding ANYONES “feet to the fire”. The GOP congress WILL support enshrining Obamacare as Romneycare. Sure, there will be SOME in the GOP who wont go along with it, but their votes will be replaced by democrats wiling to “work with the GOP” to enact their socialist agenda. The GOP-e KNOWS that there will be no consequences for this because next election you have a choice of a Republican or a Democrat and you will choose the Republican even if he is as big a socialist as the democrat.

They know this because its what we have done for decades...

NO more...


40 posted on 06/07/2012 8:03:02 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: txrangerette

lol..

Ill just stick to working against YOUR hero Romneybot...


41 posted on 06/07/2012 8:05:35 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: txrangerette

I like Paul, personally... But he is a wimp in the political arena. He voted for TARP. nothing else need be said.


42 posted on 06/07/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: txrangerette; Cincinatus' Wife

Take it up with Scott Walker, a supporter of Mitt Romney so the country can rid itself of Obama.

And YOUR hero.

But...but...how can Scott rate as your hero even as he supports and votes for Mitt, while you rail against Mitt in ugly rants against FReepers?

That doesn’t make any sense.

Hey, but keep it up (not making any sense)...who does that hurt?...us, or you?


43 posted on 06/07/2012 8:18:44 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: myself6

You sure are good at throwing around characterizations and accusations not based in fact.

One might even think you are here to disrupt; a bull in a china shop; a preening libertarian drunk on a cheap bottle of self-esteem.


44 posted on 06/07/2012 8:19:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: myself6; Cincinatus' Wife

Take it up with Scott Walker, a supporter of Mitt Romney so the country can rid itself of Obama.

And YOUR hero.

But...but...how can Scott rate as your hero even as he supports and votes for Mitt, while you rail against Mitt in ugly rants against FReepers?

That doesn’t make any sense.

Hey, but keep it up (not making any sense)...who does that hurt?...us, or you?


45 posted on 06/07/2012 8:24:11 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What exactly is not based in fact?

The fact that Romney enacted the template to Obamacare?

The fact that Romney thought the individual mandate was a good thing?

The fact that romney appointed liberal activist judges and left a significant number to be appointed by his fellow socialist predecessor?

You are right about one thing though... I am here to disrupt.... Socialism and socialists... which, unfortunately, the gop-e and its candidate now qualify as. So you will excuse me if I continue the fight for limited government on this web site that JR created to fight against the socialists and statists. Its NOT my fault that the socialists and stateists have taken a stronger hold of and presence in the GOP to the point that the GOP is now propping up a socialist candidate for president. But since they have and are.. They are now a target. along with those that enable them.

Just join the CPUSA and get it over with...

Oh, and since WHEN has FR EVER been a china shop?!


46 posted on 06/07/2012 8:57:06 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: myself6
What exactly is not based in fact?

Your quickdraw finger pointing at other posters on the thread. You care not for how you come across. You just open fire. Who died and made you sheriff?

47 posted on 06/07/2012 9:02:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We are ALL “Sheriff”.

If your waiting around for a “savior” to pull your arse out of the socialist fire while at the same time voting for socialists because they are in “your” party. I just gotta call you (or anyone) out on that.

Honestly though, I understand the desires of the folks who are truly “ABO”. They are misguided as hell, dont understand the nature of this war and dont understand the enemy but I do recognize that they mean well and are frightened. That doesn’t absolve them of their responsibility though. It doesn’t insulate them (or the rest of us) from the consequences of their ignorance.

So while I DO “feel for these people” I also understand that these people are the last hurdle to get over in the effort to purge the GOP of “RINO’s” (socialists.progressives,statists,etc).

Bottom line is this. NO more RINO’s means NO more RINOs. Its not just a slogan, its our strategy for cleaning out the trash from the GOP so we can finally use the party to go after socialists in the most aggressive manner possible. Something we just cant do until we get rid of the saboteurs (rinos, progressives, etc) that exist in the party.

Maybe this strategy is too extreme for you, ok. But its the only one that will work.


48 posted on 06/07/2012 9:27:35 AM PDT by myself6 (NOT voting for the GOP's socialist - Romney)
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To: myself6

Like I said...


49 posted on 06/07/2012 9:51:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: samtheman

Maybe they would.

Hopefully they see the big picture.


50 posted on 06/07/2012 10:03:40 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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