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Romney Campaign Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care
National Journal ^ | Tuesday July 3, 2012 | Josh Kra

Posted on 07/03/2012 9:20:04 AM PDT by Bigtigermike

It's becoming clear that Romney has decided to focus on the economy at the expense of everything else, even issues that could play to his political benefit. He's avoided criticizing the administration's handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He's been silent in responding to Obama's immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper.

He appears more likely to tap a safe, bland running mate like Ohio Sen. Rob Portman or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who won't do him any harm but won't benefit him much either. If the economy continues to sputter, that safe strategy might be enough. If not, his options are limited.

In football, there's a well-worn cliché about the prevent defense (a scheme utilized when a team holds a big lead over its opponent): It prevents teams from winning games. In politics, Mitt Romney is testing that proposition as far as he can.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benedictromney; betrayerromney; nevertrustromney; noguts; obama; obamacare; romney; romney4dnc; romney4obama; romney4obamacare; romneybetrays; romneycare; romneycare4all; romneycare4ever; romneycare4u; romneydeathpanels; romneyfees; romneylies; romneytaxes
I've been talking about Romneys apparent strategy of playing "prevent defense" against Obama even before this writer wrote this and I know there's another saying about 'prevent defense' - it prevents the one leading from actually winning most times
1 posted on 07/03/2012 9:20:11 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

Mr. RomneyCARE did as predicted.


2 posted on 07/03/2012 9:23:34 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Bigtigermike

Time to rename the GOP the BOP— Ball-less Old Party....


3 posted on 07/03/2012 9:23:49 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: Bigtigermike

You don’t win a game by playing defense. You have to go on the offense eventually. Romney needs to step up and take it all on. Quit running scared.


4 posted on 07/03/2012 9:24:26 AM PDT by RC2 (Buy American and support the Wounded Warrior Project whenever possible.)
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To: Diogenesis

AGREE


5 posted on 07/03/2012 9:24:32 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Bigtigermike

Mitt Romney: Use when lying and looting aren’t quite enough to bring conservatives into the fold.


6 posted on 07/03/2012 9:26:34 AM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Bigtigermike
BEHOLD THE GOP’s CHAMPION = MR.ROMNEYCARE
IMPOSING THE GOP's SIGNATURE ACHIEVEMENT: DEATHPANELS.


"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
 over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
 to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldn't make any sense at all.""

--  President Ronald Reagan



7 posted on 07/03/2012 9:28:48 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Bigtigermike

This is why Romney is the unelectable candidate. There is no true killer instinct to achieve a path to victory.


8 posted on 07/03/2012 9:29:08 AM PDT by BlackjackPershing ("The Business of America is Business"--President Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Bigtigermike

ROTFLMAO....Romney fans! This is just one of many disasters coming to Romney fans. The next four years are going to be comical and glad I won’t have anything to do with it.


9 posted on 07/03/2012 9:29:15 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Bigtigermike
Ole Mitt's worried that he might accidentally win the election... we can't have that, can we?

I'm completely convinced that the "America's first black president" experiment is/was a joint effort between the DNC and the GOP, and Obama's reelection is part of the plan. The "message" they're trying to convey with this experiment would fail if Obama fails to get a 2'nd term.

10 posted on 07/03/2012 9:30:28 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: napscoordinator

Romney.

Taking not just a play but the whole playbook from McCain.

Anyone surprised?


11 posted on 07/03/2012 9:32:36 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: BlackjackPershing

Re: This is why Romney is the unelectable candidate. There is no true killer instinct to achieve a path to victory.

He is worse than McCain. Our country is toast.


12 posted on 07/03/2012 9:33:15 AM PDT by jesseam
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To: Bigtigermike

http://news.yahoo.com/poll-romney-claims-slight-edge-15-battleground-states-164545408.html;_ylt=A2KLOzGP5vJPnRUA.Q3QtDMD


13 posted on 07/03/2012 9:46:33 AM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: entropy12

However, in the 15 states CNN calls its battleground states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — Romney leads Obama, 51 percent to 43 percent. Notably, though, the CNN/ORC International group includes three states thought to be comfortably in the Romney column this cycle: Arizona, Indiana, and Missouri.


14 posted on 07/03/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: jesseam; All

However, in the 15 states CNN calls its battleground states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — Romney leads Obama, 51 percent to 43 percent. Notably, though, the CNN/ORC International group includes three states thought to be comfortably in the Romney column this cycle: Arizona, Indiana, and Missouri.


15 posted on 07/03/2012 9:49:34 AM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: napscoordinator

The next four years are going to be comical and glad I won’t have anything to do with it.

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Leaving the country for a deserted island?


16 posted on 07/03/2012 9:51:19 AM PDT by dmz
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To: RC2

I don’t think Romney will take our advice on playing offense. Even George W. Romney ran a more vigorous race in 1967 until he admitted he was the victim of brainwashing.


17 posted on 07/03/2012 9:52:51 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: RC2

You can win with defense by sacking the opposing quarterback in the end zone, forcing a fumble, recovering the ball, and knocking said QB out of the game.

To do that you must be talented, smart, aggressive and ferocious.

Romney does not appear to qualify. After a brisk early start, Romney appears timid and tepid - on F&F, and now on ObamaTax.


18 posted on 07/03/2012 9:58:56 AM PDT by karnage
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To: Bigtigermike

With the damage that Obamacare does to the economy Romney would be better off attacking both and tying them together.

Looks like he’s McCain part 2. Surrender monkey’s are all we seem to get running as Republicans these days. WTF?


19 posted on 07/03/2012 9:59:45 AM PDT by History Repeats (Drink plenty of TEA, but avoid the Koolaid.)
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To: Diogenesis

And people on here want me to vote for this moron? Frig Romney and Mitchell who said yesterday it will be really hard maybe too hard to repeal obamacare... Frig the entire stupid republican party and the democrats too they are all statist liars.

There are none left to stave off totalitarianism. Nothing left to do but fill sandbags.


20 posted on 07/03/2012 10:04:00 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Bigtigermike
And we've got to support "Establishment Republican" LOSER Romney?!?
Damn, how can we be so cursed with such a loser as Romney? We must have a revolt at the GOP Convention!
21 posted on 07/03/2012 10:06:59 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: History Repeats

I’m afraid McPain Part 2 is what the uninformed Republican primary voters want even if they fail to show up at the polls.


22 posted on 07/03/2012 10:07:08 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Bigtigermike

As if this nobody author and his forgettable blurb is the final word on the gameplan for this campaign. There wil ba attacks on obamacare just wait.

Besides, what is Romney to say? If he says its a tax he agrees with the liberal wing of the Court. If he says its a penalty he agrees with Scalia, Thomas and obama.

No matter what he says someone is going to find fault with it.


23 posted on 07/03/2012 10:08:21 AM PDT by Jake8898
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To: napscoordinator

The Establishment did not expect Romney to win from the beginning. They have made plans accordingly. To them, it matters not, really.

Romney or Obama will win but differ on nothing, so far, and now Romney is silent, gone underground, has lost Rupert Murdoch’s interest for his lack of sound and fury, and now McConnell states that Obamacare will be hard to overturn. LOL! To this we add photos of Myth and Ann on ski do’s, and we have a coronation.....er, convention..., coming up.

Our last hurrah this cycle without a break through. I would happily now vote for Uncle Nutty! Ron Paul! ABR. I am flame proof on that opinion by now, given the Romney peril.


24 posted on 07/03/2012 10:10:20 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Michelle Bachmann warned us that we can’t give up this issue, or was it Santorum?? Probably both. But the powers that be pushed Romney on us anyway so Obama would be in the clear. The House refused to defund it, Boehnor and Cantor complicit. McConnell and every republican in the Senate refused to deny unanimous consents that would have slowed its passage and then went along with Reid’s desire to pass it on Christmas Eve. At every turn, we have been betrayed by our own leaders, and Romney and his camp seem to be going along. Just great!


25 posted on 07/03/2012 10:10:20 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Bigtigermike

Oh, good grief. We have pounded King Barack for not creating jobs in favor of everything else from obamacare to amnesty. Now we’re going to pound on Romney for not focusing on obamacare instead of creating jobs?


26 posted on 07/03/2012 10:13:10 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Bigtigermike
Even more to the point, if Mittens is unwilling to campaign against OC, why should anyone believe he would go to the mat to repeal it if he was elected? We shouldn't, because he won't.

And Mitch [Obama's Bitch] McConnell is now out there backpedaling on his "tough" statement that as Senate majority leader he'd work tirelessly to repeal OC.

This is so Effin' disgusting, I feel like taking the rest of the day off and going to the range. Put a 100 rounds through the AR15..and the Marlin 30/30...and the Savage 350. Ah hell, I'll just shoot everything.

Every time I read this crap, I somehow kill another $50 to $100 in ammo at the range. I'm gonna have to cut the food budget soon

27 posted on 07/03/2012 10:14:39 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Bigtigermike

Pawlenty is as exhiting as watching grass grow. Portman also but at least he is right on the issues.

I hope this guy Romney knows what he is doing, but I am beginning to worry. Especially as Murdoch said AMATEURS are running his campaign.

By the way, WHERE ARE those Romney boosters on this forum? They were all over the place before the primaries were finished. Guess they went the way of the Bushbots.


28 posted on 07/03/2012 10:17:24 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: Bigtigermike; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; ...
RE :”Mitt Romney, after giving a brief statement decrying the decision, has been virtually silent on criticizing the health care law. He's been on vacation and his campaign has been giving off clear signals that it doesn't want to make health care a major part of the election.

I can't imagine why. 'Obam-ney Care'

29 posted on 07/03/2012 10:20:45 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us. (it's Obam-ney Care))
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To: Bigtigermike

Maybe Romney sees an attack on Obamacare to be an attack on him. His message of “I will repeal and replace Obamacare on my first day in office”, besides being impossible, led to questions of “replace with what, exactly?”, and he’d be unwilling to reveal that.

So he sees the safer path as avoiding that trap.

He’s very, very cautious. And timid. And shy. Not aggressive, or possibly passive-aggressive.


30 posted on 07/03/2012 10:22:57 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Bigtigermike

Looking back on Romney’s record,just what in it would lead someone to believe that he actually disagrees with the kenyan about anything? Obomneycare? Economics? what else is Obomneycare but the biggest throttling of the free market in American history is, in fact, the Health Care Act about which Romney doesn’t wish to argue. Romney is a socialist, just like Obama but he will be nicer about it. We have crossed the line into inevitable totalitarian socialism when we run two socialists against each other for president and think we are going to change anything or restore anything. The big difference between them, beyond Romney’s personableness, is that Romney can get socialist measures past a Republican Congress a little easier than the kenyan can.


31 posted on 07/03/2012 10:26:15 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: RC2

Bush I never went on offense. In his first run he didn’t need to; he just needed to let people think he was Reagan redux. In his second run I kept waiting for him to bring out the big guns and he even kept his penknife in his pocket. He never went on offense or even tried to defend much. McCain, well he spent more time defending the kenyan than he did asserting any reasons to vote for McCain. Dole thought of himself entirely in the third person and so did the electorate. Ford was just lackadaisical about running. That is what being a Republican IS. The Gop is a gentlemen’s club that dabbles in politics.


32 posted on 07/03/2012 10:32:28 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: freebilly

33 posted on 07/03/2012 10:32:53 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: ZULU
By the way, WHERE ARE those Romney boosters on this forum?

Not everyone here is campaigning for Obama's re-election, although no one can match the Mitt-haters for derangement and obsession.

34 posted on 07/03/2012 10:33:37 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: freebilly

“Time to rename the GOP the BOP— Ball-less Old Party...”

or keep it “G” and use “Gonads”


35 posted on 07/03/2012 10:38:32 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: atc23

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

Romney keeps reminding me of why I’m voting for Virgil Goode in 2012.


36 posted on 07/03/2012 10:40:32 AM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: rogue yam

With RomneyBOTs, it is ALWAYS about the victim Romney.
He is so weak. He is so persecuted. The poor little Mormon.

WHAT THE HECK ABOUT AMERICANS?

WHERE IS THE POS ROMNEY THIS WEEK?

FAST AND FURIOUS? Romney says: crickets.
OBAMACARE? Romney supports ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE.

ROMNEY HATES AMERICANS.
ROMNEYBOTS HATE AMERICANS.


37 posted on 07/03/2012 11:10:59 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: rogue yam

I’m not happy with Mitt, but next to Obama he looks like The Lone Ranger.


38 posted on 07/03/2012 11:23:11 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: sickoflibs; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy

” He’s avoided criticizing the administration’s handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He’s been silent in responding to Obama’s immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper. “

It doesn’t look to me that Romney is going to fight at all, which means he will probably lose.


39 posted on 07/03/2012 12:39:28 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: sickoflibs; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy

” He’s avoided criticizing the administration’s handling of the botched Fast and Furious operation, even as it threatens to become a serious vulnerability for the president. He’s been silent in responding to Obama’s immigration executive order, not wanting to offend receptive Hispanics or appear like a flip-flopper. “

It doesn’t look to me that Romney is going to fight at all, which means he will probably lose.

McCain 2008, redux.


40 posted on 07/03/2012 12:39:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Cementjungle

Super!!!! You get it!!!!!! I’ve been saying this for years.

I will quote you here so everybody gets it!

“I’m completely convinced that the “America’s first black president” experiment is/was a joint effort between the DNC and the GOP, and Obama’s reelection is part of the plan. The “message” they’re trying to convey with this experiment would fail if Obama fails to get a 2’nd term.”

This is exactly the truth.. good job.


41 posted on 07/03/2012 1:36:21 PM PDT by Kratos
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To: Bigtigermike

Well, Gingrich did his job, preventing anyone else from challenging Romney. I hope the leftwing scum goes bankrupt. How long after that will he come out as a born again progressive., who saw the light?


42 posted on 07/03/2012 2:58:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Bigtigermike

That is a terrible decision. Romney needs to hammer ObamaCare specifically because it will be a huge drag on the economy. Far more important though, and it’s not entirely a surprise, voters need to sweep the liberals out of the US House and the Senate in a landslide that will make 2010 look mild. We need a Congress so conservative that Romney will not be able to sustain any veto of conservative legislation and we won’t need the Supreme Court to protect the Constitution from the Legislative Branch. This is a war between good and evil, and we need every living member of our side to show up on election day.


43 posted on 07/03/2012 4:51:46 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: libdestroyer
“Time to rename the GOP the BOP— Ball-less Old Party...” or keep it “G” and use “Gonads”

Where's the "Like" button when you really need one...?

44 posted on 07/03/2012 5:45:16 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: Bigtigermike
I've been talking about Romneys apparent strategy of playing "prevent defense" against Obama even before this writer wrote this and I know there's another saying about 'prevent defense' - it prevents the one leading from actually winning most times

A prevent defense also means that even if you're somehow still leading in the 4th quarter, you usually find yourself having to scramble and do all kinds of crazy crap to try and run the clock out and win. It also puts your opponent in the driver's seat, because it's very easy to force mistakes.
45 posted on 07/03/2012 6:53:30 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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