Skip to comments.New Friction Grows Between Romney, Conservatives over Obamacare
Posted on 07/06/2012 8:44:15 AM PDT by robowombat
For months, Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign was a picture of discipline, charting a relatively steady course for the former Massachusetts governor through a bitterly contested primary season. In recent weeks, however, Romney's tight ship has not looked so tight.
Romney's missteps on issues such as immigration and healthcare - and images of him on a jet ski during a vacation at his New Hampshire estate this week - have exasperated some supporters who are calling for a shake-up of his staff and worrying he could bungle Republicans' chances of ousting Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election.
The concerns were summarized in an editorial late on Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, which said Romney's Boston-based staff was "slowly squandering an historic opportunity."
"Mr. Obama is being hurt by an economic recovery that is weakening for the third time in three years," said the Journal, whose editorial page is a barometer of the thinking of leading conservatives. "But Mr. Romney hasn't been able to take advantage, and if anything he is losing ground."
Last month, Romney struggled to articulate a detailed response to Obama's executive order that stopped deportations of thousands of children of illegal immigrants.
The Republican - who trails Obama badly among Latino voters - still has not come up with an immigration plan that might cut into Obama's lead among Hispanics without angering Romney's conservative base.
Romney's decision to take this week off at his lakeside home in New Hampshire - which led to the photographs of the multi-millionaire zipping around on a jet ski with his wife, Ann - prompted some fellow Republicans to say that Romney had blown a chance to strike a more patriotic theme around the nation's July 4 Independence Day holiday on Wednesday.
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The Dems are far better at playing to their base. The base is where the passion lies - the foot soldiers so necessary
during an election. I would simply point our all the bad things with this health care law (and there are certainly plenty) and offer common-sense solutions in lieu of to the electorate. E.G. why no legal reform with malpractice suits?
Romney’s fumbling is reminiscent of McCain of 2008.
Romney is going to have to stick with some positions and quit being so wishy-washy, if he expects to win. He cannot be all things to all people.
I hate to say it - because I do want him to win despite my many many misgivings with him - but Mittens is looking more and more to me like a “John Kerry Republican”.
While their are numerous similarities, the one that sticks out for me is the “conviction gap.” Mittens sometimes says the right things, but I never believe a word coming out of his mouth, especially if those words are conservative.
What the heck is the matter with newsmax?
Romney is still running a disciplined campaign.
Everyone was/is confused about the Roberts ruling but he dealt with it firmly and decisively.
He said nothing amiss about the immigration thing.
As for the lovely family vacation this week. OMG. What’s the matter with people. It’s a holiday week.
He was at his own home with his own boat and his own family having a nice time.
I cannot believe that anyone would complain about that.
Whereas the people most of us want him to defeat is off somewhere with odd people on our money.
Give me a Freeeeekin break, will you oh, so, sensitive, Ijits?
OK, granted, Mittens suffers from "Foot in Mouth" Disease; he is a Wuss, RINO, who is waaaay too timid for most of our taste...
...and his so called "Advisers" appear to have been separated at birth from those Juan McPain used in 08....
....which is "Good Clean Fun" which MILLIONS enjoy, is somehow...."Beneath a Presidential (Presmumptive) Nominees Dignity" or.....WHAT? Somone want to clue me in???
WHILE this FASCIST, NEO-COMMIE's "Quaffing Beer" in some Bar with some (self-censored) "person" while campaigning in "our" Million $ Bus and on "our" dime, is perfectly fine?
Someone/Some People need to get a grip and a life!!!
For a minute I was worried that we wouldn’t have a fresh “Romney needs to be defeated to save Obama” post to get us through lunch!
If we don’t express how imperative it is for him to loose every hour of every day, how will we ever remember how much better Obama is?????
I never believe anything he says either. He is proving just as horrible as many of us knew he would be. He’s a weak, lying, power-craving, convictionless Mormon hack. If he happens to win the election, prepare for perpetual disappointment.
Romney or Obama is not much of a choice. I fear this is judgment. Time will tell whether God is finally crushing us as a nation or if He is teaching us a hard lesson.
At FR, it would appear that "the person most people want to see defeated" is Romney.
Are they people of the RIGHT that damned stupid??
A photo of Mitt Romney on a (Horrors) Jet Ski and suddenly O***A is re-elected.
Hundreds of pictures of the Pres. on the golf course and/or flying with OUR money all over the world on “vacation” and not a word of criticism.
This is merely another example of the MSM doing what it believes is its job.
We better see that Romney never is spotted going into a leading resteraunt and/or prestige shopping center. And he better drop the jets and switch to a DC-3.
The Goebbels press will do its thing. Speak up about it.
Most Americans aren't concerned with the Nov. elections yet.
This will be the American's People last chance to stop Obamacare.
Everytime it has come to a test in an election, Obamacare has lost.
It will lose again.
Obviously, conservatives need to shut up, go back to the back of the bus, sit down, and keep sending in the donations. We'll rattle your cages when we need to you to get up and vote.
I’m not necessarily prone to accept conspiracy theories, so I’ll place the blame on criminal incompetence.
THE FIX IS IN!! IT ISN’T OUR TURN!!
How else to explain two successive candidates who walked all over their competition to get the nomination, roar out to a good start and then proceed to squander everything to the other side?
If there can be a bright side to all this,if there is a next time for elections (and the pretense for elections keeps everybody worked up so they don’t realize what a farce it is, the RINOs won’t dare show their faces.
Sad but true.
Hope this site is a huge outlier and I think it is.
Many here are out lying about Romney and ignoring the sins of Obama.
You mean another Bloomberg. And we all know how he is working out.
"I won the $10,000 bet that I could get
Altura to bow to RomneyCARE."
The core issue of friction for the conservative base and Romney is that we have in Romney an anti-constitutional socialist candidate running side-by-side with another anti-constitutional socialist candidate. It seems to us conservatives, ideologically speaking, that our candidate is not running against the opposition, but along side the opposition.
The truth here is that conservative “leaders” are trying to get in front of the surge so they can pat themselves on the back for beating Obama. The reality is we could have picked a name from the phone book (and unfortunately we did) and beat Obama. Voters don’t care what conservative “leaders” think - what a joke! These people tyaklwe themselves way too seriously. Likely voters hate Obama and see What’s His Name as the only way to flush him down the toilet.Look at how the money is pouring in; it will continue to pour in as people smell the stink of defeat all over Obama.
Since very few are actually voting FOR What’s His Name he really can’t do much wrong because the voters don’t care.
My jet ski is better than the GTI. I have the RXT which blows the GTI out of the water.
I didn’t expect much, so I am not being disappointed. What happened with the Supreme Court was a bit of a surprise, but it’s no surprise that Romney cannot capitalize on it. So it’s playing out pretty much as expected. The folks that say we have to accept what the establishment Republicans dish out and then hold their feet to the fire to make them do what needs to be done, are going to be the
frustrated ones. Many of us have seen this football many times and know it can’t be kicked.
“Everyone was/is confused about the Roberts ruling but he dealt with it firmly and decisively.”
No. Actually he didn’t. JUST like his speech this morning about the jobs report, he says all the right words. And sounds like he’s speaking the words in his sleep. There is not ONE ounce of emotion. He sounds like a sleepwalking potted plant. People are ANGRY as hell out here. We are losing our country FGS! This is NOT the time to be entirely emotionless. I am NOT saying he needs to pound the table, but....come ON!!
Most folks aren’t even paying attention right now. They’re working and thinking about their summer vacations. Even if all the networks played video of Romney on a jet-ski this week, how many people do you think actually SAW it? And frankly, what’s the problem with him being on a jet-ski at his summer home? Do folks realize just how many people in New England, even those of modest means, have summer homes and jet-skis? It’s certainly not the mark of a rich person, even though the MSM tries to make it out to be that way.
Odd, isn't it?
Many are also railing against Roberts, yet completely and stubbornly ignore the four other members of the SCOTUS who voted with him.
No wonder more and more citizens are registering as Independents or just not voting at all.
The choice in November is Romney or Obama.
We do not have the option of choosing None of the Above.
“Romney or Obama is not much of a choice.”
That is, if you have the brains equivalent to a pile of dog manure.
To anyone with an ounce of sense, this nation can’t survive another four years of Obama.
And as Mark Levin wisely stated, if you’re gonna sit home and not vote, (and I quote) “Well, screw you!”
“Hope this site is a huge outlier and I think it is.”
It is. Real conservatives are plenty riled, as Rush and Mark Levin mention endlessly.
The imbeciles who want to sit home on election day are part of the problem.
If Obama wins another term, thereby providing the final nail in America’s coffin (if it hasn’t been hammered already), we can thank these morons.
They get to tell their great-grandchildren what it was like when America was free, and how they were such geniuses, how they “stood on principle,” sat on their butts, and allowed it to happen.
the goal of the MSM is to keep the senate.
by distracting with romney and robers and obama, they have conservatives stay home and the left keeps the senate.
WE MUST TAKE THE SENATE.
Back of the bus??? You wish! Conservatives go on the roof with Seamus!
But feel free to keep posting all that banal, dated, drivel and hyperbole about Romney, as you might just get one or 2 more (which would add up to maybe 10) Freepers to join your "Suicide Pact."
I don’t think jet-skiiing on the 4th is the problem. In fact, there’s probably a whole water sports or wealth sector of the population that finds it satisfying that the Romney’s enjoy water recreation. So, me and my boat are not offended at all.
The problem is Romney’s slow response to the immigration issue and his glacially slow response to the constitutionality question regarding ObamaCare.
His response today on the jobs report was decent.
I’m not a Romney supporter, but I’m not going to lie because I’m supposed to obfuscate the truth regarding candidates not my own.
Romney comes across as real unsure of himself, he comes across slow so he can test the political winds, and he comes across sketchy, giving the impression that he doesn’t have a detailed fix in place for these issues. (The exception is the economy in which he has what: a 58 point plan.)
He needs to address immigration IN DETAIL. He needs to spell out his plan to repeal ObamaCare IN DETAIL.
He needs to punch instead of tweak.
I deeply treasure every sensible conservative voice I find here.
Newt tried like hell to let us know what was coming, but oh no, he was going negativvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee. By the way, Romney sliced and diced his fellow republican candidates far more than he is Obama. What a joke.
I decided just being “angry” and venting on a website,attending a few TEA party events, and voting wasn't good enough anymore.
I signed up as a volunteer at my local Republican Party HQ.
No, I am not going to charge in and pretend I know how and why everything “should” be done, or pretend I know more than people who have worked there for years, or that I have the answers that will fix the USA.
I don't like professional politicians, but they are integral to our form of government right now.
Romney is the only viable alternative to Obama now.
I don't have to like that, but that is a fact, and no matter my opinion of it, that fact wont change.
I can still help impact who wins the Florida Republican primary race for the Senate next month, but only if I, personally, help get conservatives and all registered Republicans off their high hobby horses aka their lazy asses, to vote next month, and yet again in November.
The next task will be to convince Republicans and conservative leaning Independents to bestir themselves to actually vote in November.
Frankly I will endure the slower, inexorable swing of the political pendulum back towards the conservative right, rather than rush to participate in a bloody civil war.
That's just my choice, given the reality right now.
If we devolve into a civil war, at least my dead grandparents, and my potential grandchildren will know I actually worked to avoid it, rather than just B and M about how awfull/evil/unfair the world is.