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Romney to bolster communications team amid conservative tempest
Washington Post ^ | Thursday July 5, 2012 | Phillip Rucker

Posted on 07/05/2012 8:07:24 PM PDT by Bigtigermike

WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Mitt Romney is planning to fortify his communications and messaging team by adding seasoned operatives, advisers close to the campaign said Thursday, after withering criticism from prominent conservative voices that his insular team has fumbled recent opportunities.

Romney’s advisers insisted that he would keep his inner circle intact amid growing concerns about the Republican presidential candidate and his campaign. The tempest began with a weekend tweet from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and burst Thursday onto the pages of his newspaper the Wall Street Journal, as its conservative editorial board opined that Romney’s advisers were “slowly squandering an historic opportunity” to beat President Obama.

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There are no plans, however, to alter Romney’s core team of advisers, most of whom have worked for the former Massachusetts governor for years, and campaign officials said it was highly unlikely that Romney would demote or fire any of his senior staffers.

“I don’t sense any panic. I don’t sense that any heads are going to roll,” said Tom Rath, a longtime senior adviser to Romney. “The idea that this guy at this point having gone through what he’s gone through is going to somehow scramble the eggs on the team — they don’t know Mitt Romney.”

“The idea that somebody other than Beth Myers, Eric Fehrnstrom, Matt Rhoades, Stuart Stevens and Peter Flaherty are going to call the shots, it’s just plain wrong,” Rath said, ticking through Romney’s closest advisers, including Rhoades, the campaign manager, and Stevens, the chief strategist.

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Seasoned operatives? Romney probably got Steve Schmdits and Nicole Wallace in mind.....they worked great last time
1 posted on 07/05/2012 8:07:39 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

So, why doesn’t this guy have any Republicans in his inner circle?


2 posted on 07/05/2012 8:10:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Bigtigermike

I think the Romney’s team needs a total makeover starting at the very top.

That’s right, start with a new Presidential candidate.


3 posted on 07/05/2012 8:11:52 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Bigtigermike

This is what happens when you have taken all sides on all issues during your political career.

It also doesn’t help that Romney doesn’t have a conservative bone in his body.


4 posted on 07/05/2012 8:12:50 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency.)
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To: Bigtigermike

If mittens doesn’t wake up - and I doubt very much that he will - he loses, big, in November.


6 posted on 07/05/2012 8:24:51 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Bigtigermike
This 6 year old story about his main spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, says all one needs to know about Mitt Romney
(but he's still light years better than the alternative):

Romney stands by appointment to Brookline Housing Authority
November 22, 2006 09:52 PM Email| Comments (0)| Text size – +

By Frank Phillips, Globe Staff

Even as the move drew sharp criticism, Governor Mitt Romney on Wednesday stood by his appointment of his spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, to the Brookline Housing Authority.

Romney also said that the pension gains that will result for Fehrnstrom are of no concern to him.

“I don’t disqualify someone because appointing them would mean they would get pension benefits,” Romney said. “I think it would be any inappropriate way to make any appointment.”

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that Romney had appointed Fehrnstrom to a five-year term as the governor’s designee on the authority.

The position is part-time, but the appointment will allow Fehrnstrom, who is to leave his spokesman’s job on Jan. 4, to extend his years in government and obtain the 10 years of service necessary to qualify for a state pension.

The Fehrnstrom appointment set off a stir in the political world. Romney has touted himself as a reformer, and has launched attacks on Beacon Hill perks and extravagant pension benefits.

The head of the state pension system, Michael Travaglini, denounced the move. Former Governor Michael S. Dukakis, a lifelong Brookline resident, questioned Fehrnstrom’s qualifications for the post.

7 posted on 07/05/2012 8:26:50 PM PDT by bramps (Newt was the one, but Romney will do.)
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To: muawiyah; RaisingCain

It may be time to accept the not so conservative Romney as the only alternative to the radical socialist from Chicago. Romney seems to be doing just fine against an incumbent who has built in voting blocks solidly in his pocket (96% blacks, 47 million on food stamps, 48% who pay zero income tax etc.)

We all were hoping the republican voters would vote for Cain, Newt or Rick. But they all lost or withdrew. Nothing we can do at this point to resurrect them in 2012. It is done, finito!

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.

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


8 posted on 07/05/2012 8:29:19 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: Ron C.

It’s difficult to overestimate Barack Obama’s ability to shoot himself in the foot.


9 posted on 07/05/2012 8:31:24 PM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: entropy12

Many of the “non Federal tax payers” still have a reason to care, if they use their noodles.


10 posted on 07/05/2012 8:35:11 PM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: bramps

11 posted on 07/05/2012 8:40:16 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Bigtigermike; All

” - - - they don’t know Mitt Romney.”

A perfect summary of “The Romney Problem.” No fire in the belly.

All the voters know is that Romney will lose to Obama by 10 % in November, because Romney is within the margin of error to lose to Obama now.

HEY! Romney spokesman, we are going to DUMP Romney by an ABSTAIN first Ballot in Tampa, because we want to beat Incumbent Obama in a landslide.

BTW, Romney would make a great UN Ambassador.


12 posted on 07/05/2012 8:44:25 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: bramps

Darned if you do, darned if you don’t. Was he lousy at this new post?


13 posted on 07/05/2012 8:45:08 PM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: Graewoulf

That’s a lousy analysis. Historically, an incumbent who hopes to prevail needs to be way ahead of his challenger this time of year. Historically, undecideds break heavily towards the challenger. Obama has much to worry about from even Mitt.


14 posted on 07/05/2012 8:47:41 PM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: entropy12
Let's get back to that piece of class envy you mention ~ not paying income tax:

(1) I presume you are speaking of the federal income tax ~ it was supposed to only apply to the top 1% or 2%.

(2) It's clear that with the federal income tax hitting 53% of wage earners, it is out of control and that it failed in its purpose AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.

(3) Ronaldus Magnus made magnificent strides towards eliminating the federal income tax on the working poor.

(4) There are other taxes that are pass throughs from companies ~ since, in reality, only their customers really pay taxes.

(5) Individuals are taxed on their entire income, not their profit. Financiers and business are taxed only on their profits.

(6) You want tax equity, tax individuals on their profit also.

(7) FOOD STAMPS are chump change in the world of federal spending. Your banker gets more federal money to play with than anybody on food stamps!

(8) With 96% of blacks in Obama's pocket, he's slipping badly. LBJ Had 97%. BTW, another candidate like Romney is the guy who lost the black vote ~ and he was also against allowing Social and Fiscal Conservatives to get involved in Presidential politics.

(9) A correct Republican position should be to ELIMINATE the federal personal income tax; sale or monetization of federal lands, mineral reserves and other assets, including the Continental shelf; payment of the national debt (down to monetary needs); and a whole host of social conservative issues ~ eliminate abortion, remove federal court jurisdiction from family law, etc. We must support full funding for national defense even if that includes requiring tribute from client states.

NOTE: I was just going over the bona fides of Romney's inner circle ~ they all seem to be from that tight little isolated chunk of New England called (quite erroneously) "The HUB". They know nothing of America.

Besides removing himself from this campaign, Romney has to make sure those people are convinced they should work someplace besides Republican campaigns. We don't need their kind!

15 posted on 07/05/2012 8:54:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Bigtigermike

http://www.creators.com/opinion/mark-shields/tolerant-americans-2012-12-01-14.html

Mitt Romney, about whom there are precious few endearing anecdotes, locked up Rath’s heart in the summer of 2010 shortly after it was reported that Rath, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, had been arrested for driving under the influence. Rath called Romney and offered to minimize embarrassment to the candidate by resigning from the campaign. Romney rejected the offer: “No, you and I are joined at the hip.” Then Romney, the former Mormon bishop, quipped to Rath, a Catholic, “You know, Tom, if you belonged to my church, you wouldn’t have had this problem.”

So the Sunday school teacher has a glass in front of her. She tells the class that it is straight bourbon. She drops an earthworm into the glass. It falls to the bottom, wriggles a little bit and then is still.
She says to the class of high schoolers, “So what does this teach you about alcohol?”
And Johnny, in the back, raises his hand and says, “If you drink enough alcohol you won’t get worms.”


16 posted on 07/05/2012 8:57:47 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: raccoonnookkeeper

” - - - That’s a lousy analysis.”

Maybe, but ya gotta admit, Mitt is an even more lousy candidate.


17 posted on 07/05/2012 9:02:06 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: raccoonnookkeeper
I think we are seeing a dramatic falling away of both Republican and Democrat voters.

We won't know until the election if we are even going to get these guys up near 35 or 40 million votes each.

Until the pollsters get a grasp of how many are just not motivated to care anymore figuring out who is 'winning' is out of the question.

Both parties need better candidates!

18 posted on 07/05/2012 9:03:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I appreciate your detailed analysis. My point however had nothing to with whether taxes are justified. My point is Obama is creating a BIGGER DEPENDENT CLASS who will increasingly veer towards their benefactor.

That is the biggest flaw in a democracy. When people discover they can vote themselves bigger and bigger benefits by electing their benefactors, seeds of destruction of the democracy are sown.

It is a good sign that in spite of the ever growing dependent class, republicans can still win sometimes. There is still some hope left for America. But the trend is inescapably dark and gloomy.


19 posted on 07/05/2012 9:27:09 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: Bigtigermike
It is pointless to jump into this debate ignorant of what is going on. A few questions to figure out the ground rules:

Is this a serious piece or is this a typical Washington Post hit piece designed to set conservatives against rinos in the Republican Party?

Is the debate over whether Romney is actually winning the campaign or whether Romney is a Rino as opposed to a conservative?

Is the debate about trying to control a campaign or controlling a candidate by staffing his inner circle?

Does Murdoch's brilliant career in publishing qualify him to critique the tactics of a presidential campaign?

Does Jack Walsh's brilliant career at GE qualify him to critique the tactics of a presidential campaign?

Are these men criticizing tactics or are they questioning conservative bona fides, or have their comments been taken out of context and blown out of proportion?

Is Romney in fact in trouble in this campaign? Is he not well ahead in the swing states that matter? Are not the polls that show him in trouble all left-wing polls based on voters rather than likely voters? Is not the poll that really counts, Rasmussen, favorable to Romney?

Is Romney goofing off by the sea while he loses the Midwest or is he actually accomplishing a ton of work that must be done like picking a vice presidential running mate, raising money, prepping for the debates, planning the campaign?

What are we talking about?


20 posted on 07/05/2012 9:29:42 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Graewoulf

And who chose Mitt? Mostly republican voters! So your beef should be directed at the voters who did not choose a more conservative candidate. I can assure you Mitt would have lost badly if only posters on FR could determine the nominee.

Now that you have concluded Mitt is a lousy candidate, what do you propose to do? Re-elect the radical socialist from Chicago?


21 posted on 07/05/2012 9:31:55 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: entropy12

Next time, conservatives should not allow the vote to be split among several conservatives, thereby allowing the sole RINO to win.

I will try not to upchuck when pulling that Republican lever for Romney.


22 posted on 07/05/2012 9:36:24 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: jimbo123
Before I saw the name "Eric Ferhnstrom" in caption below, I thought the photo was that of a lesbian dyke.

Then again....

23 posted on 07/05/2012 10:37:27 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: wintertime

I have been harping that thought since last November 2011.
But how do you get the big ego’s to surrender to another candidate who is just as good a conservative as themselves?
Mitt & Rick fought each other to the bloody end.


24 posted on 07/05/2012 10:43:04 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: nathanbedford

‘We’re talking about keeping our pants zipped and our wicks dry around here.’
—The Right Stuff

When the Powers That Be start to complain,

Then the delegates in Tampa must abstain.

[On the first ballot, that is.]

Meanwhile, a Spanish-speaking two term Southern Republican Governor looks on...

‘Wait...Watch...and LEARN!’
—George HW Bush

‘You Betcha!’
Sarah Palin

‘God help me I love it so.’
—Wall Street


25 posted on 07/05/2012 10:46:08 PM PDT by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: rcrngroup
Correction..... Fehrnstrom, not Ferhnstrom
26 posted on 07/05/2012 10:55:10 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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I can’t remember a modern major campaign where heads didn’t roll - very often very high up heads.

Reagan’s first race and W. Bush is the only ones I remember where the three top advisers were there from beginning to end.

My hope is that Obama makes no changes.


27 posted on 07/06/2012 12:09:16 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: entropy12
You could also be misconstruing the movement of the Baby Boomers into their declining years where their incomes crash and their dependency increases.

If so, not to worry. They'll all be dead soon enough and out of the equation.

28 posted on 07/06/2012 12:10:00 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: entropy12
BTW, a dependent class does not necessarily veer toward it's so-called benefactor.

It's not like this is a peasant society. People have educations. They know what goes on.

29 posted on 07/06/2012 12:11:31 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: wintertime
Next time, conservatives should not allow the vote to be split among several conservatives, thereby allowing the sole RINO to win.

But how do you do that? This was predictable long ago, once the field was set. It just kept right on happening, nothing changed, this was not a surprise.

30 posted on 07/06/2012 12:14:56 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Bigtigermike

OMG!! If he hires Steve Schmitt, Nicole Wallace or Mark McKinnon, I will SCREAM!!! They DOOMED Bush....McKinnon was and is a DEMOCRAT, Schmitt is probably also.


31 posted on 07/06/2012 3:06:32 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: nathanbedford

Excellent points,nb.


32 posted on 07/06/2012 3:20:28 AM PDT by exit82
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To: entropy12
So your beef should be directed at the voters who did not choose a more conservative candidate.

Wrong...

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

33 posted on 07/06/2012 3:53:28 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Ann Archy

Mr. RomneyCARE has NO chance to win.

Even this morning, he is hiring Democrat spokesman
to ‘improve’ his ‘message’.

Mr. RomneyCARE WAS chosen to LOSE, but fortunately
Mr. RomneyCARE is NOT THE CANDIDATE, yet.


34 posted on 07/06/2012 4:07:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: entropy12

Mr. RomneyCARE is A cheat.

Mr. RomneyCARE used surrogates to suggest Gov. Perry
was a racist, while Mr. RomneyCARE hid behind
some woman’s skirt and his EVER-PRESENT “Mormon CARD”.

Mr. RomneyCARE is nothing but a BACKSTABBER Democrat
posing as a ‘conservative’ again (but NEVER was).


35 posted on 07/06/2012 4:10:27 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Ron C.

No, the real loser won’t be Mittens but the uninformed, ll-informed, just plain DUMB Republican primary voters, particularly those in FL, AZ, MI, WI, and OH.


36 posted on 07/06/2012 5:08:47 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: raccoonnookkeeper

Walter E. Williams, subbing for Rush on Thursday, reminded the listeners that FDR, the patron Democrat saint, won two elections with unemployment much higher, numerically, than under Obama. Is Mittens just another reincarnation of the hapless Landon and Willkie?


37 posted on 07/06/2012 5:13:02 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: entropy12

” - - - And who chose Mitt? Mostly republican voters!”

Thanks for the joke. I appreciate your sense of humor.

BTW, would the “mostly Republican Voters” in TEXAS have voted for Marvelous Mitt were our Primary held when there were more than just 2 active candidates?

As to what to do? Ponder this: the Godfather of Obama”care” will lose in November to the Father of Obama”care” by 10 %. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT BETWEEN NOW AND THE TAMPA CONVENTION?


38 posted on 07/06/2012 5:59:15 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: bigoil
Meanwhile, a Spanish-speaking two term Southern Republican Governor looks on...

What's Jeb Bush got to do with it? :)

39 posted on 07/06/2012 6:05:36 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Government's solution to everything: Less freedom.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Beth Myers was there last time also...


40 posted on 07/06/2012 6:29:53 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: Diogenesis

Who is the Democrat spokesperson Romney hired??


41 posted on 07/06/2012 7:25:41 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Theodore R.

FDR was a lot more skilled with the smoke and mirrors than Obama is.


42 posted on 07/06/2012 9:04:50 AM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: raccoonnookkeeper

Darned if you do, darned if you don’t. Was he lousy at this new post?


The spineless metrosexual actually quit as soon as the story came to light.


43 posted on 07/06/2012 9:08:34 AM PDT by bramps (Newt was the one, but Romney will do.)
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To: bramps

It’s as easy to say that given the potential scandal, he took one for the team. (Romney also handled it awkwardly.)


44 posted on 07/06/2012 9:17:18 AM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook!)
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To: muawiyah
It's not like this is a peasant society. People have educations. They know what goes on.

So how did Obama get elected? Did people not read about his record in senate and Illinois legislature? Never underestimate the addictive power of free money in the form of a government check for doing nothing.
45 posted on 07/06/2012 10:30:29 AM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut from the inside.)
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To: entropy12
When it comes to the black vote JFK only got 70%. NIxon's first race drew 30% LBJ got 97%.

At some point the black vote morphed into 40% of the internal Democrat vote ~ and they began to control who became the Democrat nominee.

Obama got elected by winning 10 million more votes than McCain.

More importantly Obama got the nomination from the Democrats by beating the horrid Clinton woman into the political dirt, but it was "their turn" anyway. She didn't stand a chance.

46 posted on 07/06/2012 11:52:27 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Theodore R.

Wendall Willkie is a close match to Mittons but so is Andrew Johnson.


47 posted on 07/06/2012 11:58:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: raccoonnookkeeper
Correct. Even if your are getting your entire sustenance off the gubmint teat, it is far, far better to have fewer people competing for those teats than more and far, far better to have more people producing milk than fewer.

Zer0 has proven adept only at growing the dependent class while shrinking the producer class.

48 posted on 07/06/2012 12:15:47 PM 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: raccoonnookkeeper
FDR was a lot more skilled with the smoke and mirrors than Obama is.

Maybe so, but he didn’t pay nearly as well. There was no such thing as welfare when I was a kid, there was commodity cheese and some basic staples, but most people would not touch them.

Guns and Butter Lyndon, now he really upped the pay, but it took Zero, to max out the payroll.

By the way, they did have "poor farms" where people could go and earn their keep, but it was a last resort, not first.

49 posted on 07/06/2012 12:26:03 PM PDT by itsahoot (The Political Elites are the modern Royals, and the king shall have his due.)
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To: Bigtigermike
Mitt Romney is planning to fortify his communications and messaging team by adding seasoned operatives, advisers close to the campaign said Thursday, after withering criticism from prominent conservative voices that his insular team has fumbled recent opportunities.

ABOUT FRIGGIN' TIME. I've heard that politicians do peruse sites like this one to get the pulse of their base, and to hear complaints from their base also.
50 posted on 07/07/2012 1:02:39 AM PDT by no dems (On June 28th, they shoved ObamaCare down our throat. On Nov. 6th, we'll shove it up their ass.)
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