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Analysis: The summer Mitt Romney didn't want
Yahoo News ^ | July 15, 2012 | Rick Klein

Posted on 07/16/2012 3:04:03 AM PDT by Truth29

"Somehow, the summer of national economic discontent morphed into the summer of when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital and how many years' worth of tax returns he's released to the public.

Along the way, Romney has lost control of his campaign message, and lost perhaps his best opportunity to define himself to undecided voters."

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KEYWORDS: fumr; mittensepicfail; romney2012; whenmittbotsattack
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Romney is letting Obama define him and is in reactive mode. He needs to attack Obama like he attacked his primary opponents.
1 posted on 07/16/2012 3:04:07 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Romney is “no more Mr. Niceguy” against conservatives. Against fellow Progressives he shows professional courtesy. This is hurting him.


2 posted on 07/16/2012 3:13:57 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: Truth29
Like no one other than the GOP-E could see this one coming.

Romney was able to vastly out-spend and out-attack his primary opponents.

Now he is up against an incumbent who can nearly match his fundraising AND who also has the compliant media on his side.

Seriously, what kind of idiots run the Romney campaign? Did they honestly think that these issues, allowed to pass during the primary, would not be dragged front and center once Romney was the presumptive nominee? Why were they not dealt with long, long ago?

Too many voters simply will not have empathy with Romney. As horrible as Obama is, the GOP-E managed to nominate the one candidate worst-suited to run against him.

3 posted on 07/16/2012 3:14:36 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Truth29

Obama throwing enough mud/bs so get outta the fricking mud Mitt and quit being a victim. Obama is toast even you cannot blow it.


4 posted on 07/16/2012 3:21:02 AM PDT by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: dirtboy

As horrible as Obama is, the GOP-E managed to nominate the one candidate worst-suited to run against him.

Maybe the GOPe and the leftist Dems are on the same team.


5 posted on 07/16/2012 3:23:46 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

So typical...and predictable.


6 posted on 07/16/2012 3:25:32 AM PDT by voicereason (The RNC is the "One-night stand" you wish you could forget.)
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To: dirtboy
Seriously, what kind of idiots run the Romney campaign?

Same low-wattage brain trust that decided having CINO McCain assure voters they had "nothing to fear from an Obama presidency" in 2008 -- and then spending the next four years relentlessly sabotaging the electoral chances of the one Republican (Palin) to whom the conservative voting base would unhesitatingly and unstintingly rally -- was "smart politics," essentially.

The (putatively) "adult" equivalent of crack babies, in other words.

7 posted on 07/16/2012 3:25:41 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Truth29

If Zero were a Conservative, Willard would attack.


8 posted on 07/16/2012 3:27:25 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Truth29

Romney lost his way with conservatives and chances to rally the party’s base. He is becoming persona non grata. I fear in many ways he is worse than McCain. Because when all was said and done McCain chose Palin. Romney is not close to Palin at all and id the Daily Best/Newsweek post is right he is against not on Palin but all conservatives. So unlike McCain, Romney is not trying to reach out to us. So he is falling apart. Nobody likes him. Not exactly the right person to replace Obama or take him on.


9 posted on 07/16/2012 3:33:44 AM PDT by Mozilla (Constitution Party)
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To: Truth29

And a week ago it was all downhill for Obama. What childish whining. Did conservatives think there wouldn’t be a campaign? It’s not Romney who’s a wimp, it’s childish conservatives. But then this is NOT unusual, in every election many freepers panic as soon as the conservative is attacked. Heck, half of you believe the attacks until calmer minds prevail.

People will not reelect Barack Obam simply because Romney’s former company outsourced some work.


10 posted on 07/16/2012 3:35:31 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Truth29

If a Repub were president with this economy, the MSM would be running nothing but sob stories as to how the Pres’s economic policies have hurt so many. Everyday every media would be on it all the time. In this case the impact is so deep and extensive that such stories would be accurate and reflect the level of hopelessness particularly among the young. But we get nothing. The MSM work overtime to protect Hussain’ rear.


11 posted on 07/16/2012 3:36:15 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The same ones who helped McCain gift Hussain the election last time.


12 posted on 07/16/2012 3:37:57 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Truth29

Romney doesn’t want to ruin his chances of replacing Biden.


13 posted on 07/16/2012 3:40:35 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Mozilla
He is infinitely worse than McCain. Willard did get "close" to Palin. She's got the scars from his knife wounds all over her back. Willard played no small role in helping to sink the '08 ticket deliberately. This guy has been working for the Socialist cause from Jump Street. He loathes Conservatives and would love to deliver the death blow to the GOP (hell, he already did to the MA GOP).
14 posted on 07/16/2012 3:41:38 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Truth29
Back in 1999-2003, Romney didn't believe that people in 2012 would still be offended by and opposed to abortion. Back then, he saw an opportunity to profit in the abortion "industry" (Stericycle) and he thought he could do so without jeopardizing his future political options.

He knows now that abortion will always be opposed by mainstream America. So, now Romney is forced to pretend he's pro-life. And, he's also forced to try to bury his past involvement in the for-profit "business" of abortion.

That's the nature of his Bain problem and it isn't going to just go away.

15 posted on 07/16/2012 3:44:04 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Williams
"People will not reelect Barack Obam simply because Romney’s former company outsourced some work."

No, but they will if Romney doesn't get off his ass and fight fire with fire and pierce the veil of the liberal media constant attacks. He needs to fight like he did to destroy Gingrich, not like John "you have nothing to fear" McCain.

16 posted on 07/16/2012 3:45:52 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Williams
Did conservatives think there wouldn’t be a campaign? It’s not Romney who’s a wimp, it’s childish conservatives

Childish conservatives? Cut us all a break from your sanctimony. The Romney campaign should have been ready for this issue. They were not. And many of us saw this coming.

Romney may still well win this. But he was the one GOP candidate who could turn an Obama butt-whumping into a competitive race.

17 posted on 07/16/2012 3:47:19 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Williams
childish conservatives

Better a "childish" conservative, than a craven moderate.

18 posted on 07/16/2012 3:51:21 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: dirtboy
I think he is setting up Obama for his records and we heard Donald Trump not what I am make the offer yesterday.

Its a dead race ( even though Obama people on TV say they are ahead in swing states thats not what I am seeing.

19 posted on 07/16/2012 3:53:57 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: freedomfiter2
Maybe the GOPe and the leftist Dems are on the same team.<<

Not on the same team...but on the same mission.... To be the “Dictators in charge” when the Constitution is made irrelevant...Both sides will fight to the death for that "right"....

20 posted on 07/16/2012 3:54:08 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: dirtboy
I think he is setting up Obama for his records and we heard Donald Trump what I am make the offer yesterday.

Its a dead race ( even though Obama people on TV say they are ahead in swing states thats not what I am seeing.

21 posted on 07/16/2012 3:54:41 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Williams
many freepers panic as soon as the conservative is attacked.

Conservatives are quick to defend conservatives under fire. I don't want to shock you, but few people view Romney as a conservative.

Conservatives are not so quick to defend liberals. And, Romney is a liberal.

22 posted on 07/16/2012 3:56:59 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: dirtboy

I am glad I do not have any of you guys in my foxhole during an enemy offensive. I think you think that by posting such negative bs you are discouraging true patriots who’s combined goal it is to unseat Obama! Why are you are already giving up? Why are posting here? It seems to me you are giving aid and comfort to the enemy!
All of the attacks from Obama are weak lies. Yet you are already raising the white flag.... Either join the fight or GET OUT OF OUR WAY.....


23 posted on 07/16/2012 3:58:31 AM PDT by Save-the-Union
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To: Truth29

Yours is the post of the day.

It is right on the money.

Of course Romney had the media on his side when he was attacking Gingrich. Now he is facing the media and Obama.

He was a bad choice, and a lot of us knew it,Now,it’s like he has gone into a news blackout.Either he isnt doing anything or the media isn’t reporting it.
Where is he?

It seems almost like a Republican conspiracy to lose.


24 posted on 07/16/2012 3:59:07 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Williams
But then this is NOT unusual, in every election many freepers panic as soon as the conservative is attacked.

Nobody knows what you're talking about. Goode wasn't attacked. mitt was. Until and unless an actual Conservative gets attacked I doubt very many FReepers will care.

25 posted on 07/16/2012 4:00:09 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: Williams

“And a week ago it was all downhill for Obama. What childish whining. Did conservatives think there wouldn’t be a campaign? It’s not Romney who’s a wimp, it’s childish conservatives. But then this is NOT unusual, in every election many freepers panic as soon as the conservative is attacked. Heck, half of you believe the attacks until calmer minds prevail.”

The Drama Queen Conservatives are always good for that.

That is why their dream conservative candidate didnt win the primary. Because for all their tough talk about being able to stand up to Democrats and the left, they are the ones that wimp out the quickest. Faster than Democrats and RINOs!


26 posted on 07/16/2012 4:00:28 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: ClearCase_guy

...he shows professional courtesy.


You got the letters PC correct but the proper words are “Political Correctness.”


27 posted on 07/16/2012 4:00:54 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Save-the-Union
It seems to me you are giving aid and comfort to the enemy!

It seems to me that Romney is the enemy.

28 posted on 07/16/2012 4:01:43 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Save-the-Union
Geez, newb, I've been posting here for over a decade.

Your boy Mitt destroyed conservative opposition in the primaries. He has been running for president for what, six years, and was not ready for this? Didn't have all of his money out of Swiss/Cayman accounts by 2007? Didn't have ready answers available for Bain?

Quit trashing the messenger. Romney is a crap candidate. We knew that last election, but the GOP-E still wanted their pet RINO.

29 posted on 07/16/2012 4:03:36 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Save-the-Union
It seems to me you are giving aid and comfort to the enemy!

I'm a conservative. Liberal politicians with a large capital letter "R" next to their names are just as much my enemies as the ones sporting capital "D"s next to theirs.

That's the difference between a Republican and a conservative: we go by actual principles... not simply team affiliation.

I don't let weak-kneed sisters and quislings into my foxhole. YMMV, of course.

30 posted on 07/16/2012 4:09:47 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Truth29

The ineligible, backstabber Milt:
”My goal is to run and make money; not to win.
Now, on your knees and then defend ME.'“

31 posted on 07/16/2012 4:12:16 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Diogenesis

That’s a great graphic! ;-)


32 posted on 07/16/2012 4:14:50 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Tau Food

Romney is not the enemy.

He is a flawed candidate, but not the enemy.


33 posted on 07/16/2012 4:15:51 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: bert

Yes he is.


34 posted on 07/16/2012 4:17:40 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: bert

I don’t vote for liberals anymore. As far as I am concerned, liberals are the enemy.

And, Romney is and always has been a liberal.


35 posted on 07/16/2012 4:20:57 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: dirtboy

> our boy Mitt destroyed conservative opposition in the primaries.

Did he?

IIRC, Mitt never got even 30% of any primary vote.

The real problem is that the conservative camp was split among three or more candidates. Bachman, Gingrich, Santorum, etc, and the implosion of the Cain campaign.

If there were just one conservative running against Mitt, he would not be the nominee-designate.


36 posted on 07/16/2012 4:21:11 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: dirtboy
Remember when Jack Welch and Rupert Murdoch warned us about the amateurs managing Romney's campaign...?

Both said they were no match for wolves running Barry's operation.

37 posted on 07/16/2012 4:21:42 AM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Just saw romney on Fox and Friends and he finally brought up Fast and Furious. Let’s see if he stays on it.


38 posted on 07/16/2012 4:22:28 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: dirtboy
Romney is a crap candidate. We knew that last election, but the GOP-E still wanted their pet RINO.

Mittens = McCain, minus Palin.

Rots o' ruck with that strategy, GOP-E.

39 posted on 07/16/2012 4:26:30 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: MestaMachine

Are you sure he ain’t talking about the movie with Vin Diesel ?


40 posted on 07/16/2012 4:28:01 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Williams
And a week ago it was all downhill for Obama. What childish whining. Did conservatives think there wouldn’t be a campaign? It’s not Romney who’s a wimp, it’s childish conservatives. But then this is NOT unusual, in every election many freepers panic as soon as the conservative is attacked. Heck, half of you believe the attacks until calmer minds prevail.

People will not reelect Barack Obam simply because Romney’s former company outsourced some work.

The wisdom of the cooler head prevails. Great post.

41 posted on 07/16/2012 4:29:30 AM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL

Nope. He was seriously challenging obama’s use of EP to cover up an op that was done by his administration.

Thing is, was it something he will continue to talk about or was it a harmless flirtation with a lead trial balloon?


42 posted on 07/16/2012 4:33:21 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Truth29

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-subtle-exercise-media-bias_648608.html

Another viewpoint


43 posted on 07/16/2012 4:33:27 AM PDT by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: MestaMachine

We’ll see.


44 posted on 07/16/2012 4:34:54 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Truth29

More like the summer blockbuster and sequel......”BAIN! THE RETURN OF HALIBURTON”. The story of another corporate name morphed into an evil enterprise that destroys jobs, takes money from the middle class, and starves children. Starring Mitt Romney and cameo appearances by Dick Cheney.


45 posted on 07/16/2012 4:37:48 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: Save-the-Union
We have been the fight for sometime. The white flag was raised by squishy “Conservatives” a few months back, why we got Romney.

True patriots have no representation in the race, therefore the negativity is earned towards Mitt, we know him. Perhaps by pointing out his weakness now that they are becoming very clear the squishes will realize their mistake and either fix it (unlikely) or at least hold the SOBs feet to the fire instead of codling him and all that damn cheer-leading.

46 posted on 07/16/2012 4:38:43 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I have been wondering for quite some time as to why Sarah did not take up the challenge. Maybe it is coming into view now as I suspected when she announced she would not run.

She was better situated to see the landscape with regards to the GOPe and what they would have done again to marginalize her while she also would have been taking it both barrels from the left.

So why not make your case as she did with the bus tour and then continue as a pundit to keep that message going all the while the GOPe would eventually marginalize itself again. I believe she feels that Romney will win but in doing so revert back to the same old Stupid Party tactics of the GOPe that will cause even more to look at her again for a primary challenge in 16. The general public will know they have been fooled twice in essence being mad at both party establishments and at the same time mad at themselves. This is what it will take to get a grand majority to take serious consideration of true outsiders.

By then, both party establishments will have marginalized themselves and voters on both sides will be looking for a true alternative. Ron Paul will be way too old to mount another challenge and his supporters will glob onto anyone espousing small government like she does. Also, if the GOPe continues playing the insiders game when it comes to energy, she will still be there with her wheelhouse experience to answer the call and the direction of true leadership.

In the mean time, we need to focus on getting true conservatives into office on a local, state and national levels. The race for the Texas Senate is a prime example of what can be done if we cultivate and present true conservatives, committed to service and not a career in our pockets, to oust the establishment types. Only then will someone like Sarah have the mandate and honest support to put this whole episode of the last 100 years of our progressive history behind us with a direction and drive to return to the founders ideals.


47 posted on 07/16/2012 4:42:22 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: Westbrook
IIRC, Mitt never got even 30% of any primary vote. The real problem is that the conservative camp was split among three or more candidates.

Sorta.

The real problem is that plurality "victory" should not be permitted in primary elections.

The distribution of delegates at the nominating convention should reflect the proportional support they had, pre-convention, and if there is no majority because that's the state of the party, so be it.

Being nominated should require 2/3 of the delegates (which it did prior to 1968), this would crush weak "frontrunners" and force the delegates to come up with someone acceptable to all factions.

48 posted on 07/16/2012 4:42:44 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: scooby321

Gee I hope you’re right.


49 posted on 07/16/2012 4:44:31 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The First Bystander must be removed!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
and would love to deliver the death blow to the GOP(hell, he already did to the MA GOP)

To be fair, the MA GOP was there already -- always recruiting a liberal GOPer to run against any conservative with the temerity to run! I'll go to my grave convinced that the MA GOP recruited Romney to run for gov -- birds of a feather, you know!

50 posted on 07/16/2012 4:47:13 AM PDT by maryz
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