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How did vaunted Romney death star break down
Washington Examiner ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Byron York

Posted on 07/17/2012 11:10:04 AM PDT by RitaOK

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Our old pal Romney is STUCK, finally, on a level playing field. The crushing money machine provided by the RINO GOPE has a challenger, and the oppo' research team comes up with nothing on Obama we don't already know.

Gingrich must be chuckling under his breath that this poseur is reaping overdue justice.

1 posted on 07/17/2012 11:10:14 AM PDT by RitaOK
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To: RitaOK
How did vaunted Romney death star break down

Easy. It's used to fighting overmatched and underfunded opponents.

Now he's fighting an opponent with near-equal funding AND the support of the MSM. After he's torn his base apart winning the nomination.

2 posted on 07/17/2012 11:14:06 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: GlockThe Vote

ping to thread.


3 posted on 07/17/2012 11:14:29 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: RitaOK
Many — voters and insiders alike — remarked that when the general election campaign came around, Romney had better attack Barack Obama with the same ferocity he attacked Gingrich.

Serpents seldom, if ever, dine upon their own kind.

4 posted on 07/17/2012 11:16:17 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: RitaOK
"ABR"

Does that include Obama?


5 posted on 07/17/2012 11:16:24 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: RitaOK

The brownshirts are good street fighters!


6 posted on 07/17/2012 11:16:31 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: RitaOK
With his attacks on American free enterprise and rugged individualism, Obama hasn't even moved the needle inside the MoE, and yet the MSM wants Mitt to spend spend spend. I wonder why < / sarc >
7 posted on 07/17/2012 11:16:59 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (Quelle surprise...)
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To: RitaOK

Virtually no one is paying attention to politics now - except people like us - who aren’t going to be be influenced anyway. What happens now is of little importance in the long run.


8 posted on 07/17/2012 11:17:13 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: RitaOK

These are just the warmup moves by Obama. These are love taps compared to where Obama is ready to go. Remember in the last election Obama accused Todd and Bristol of being sexually active and Sarah being complicit in the coverup. He will top that until this campaign is over.


9 posted on 07/17/2012 11:17:57 AM PDT by Shanty Shaker
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To: dirtboy
Romney neglected to FIRST SECURE THE BASE.

The way you always win an election is to FIRST SECURE YOUR BASE then try to peel off a faction FROM THE DEMOCRATS.

If you PO your base you will lose no matter how many Democrat votes you get.

Romney and his Mittbots are doomed to fail.

10 posted on 07/17/2012 11:18:54 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: RitaOK

Re: your tag. Got the meaning, but my question is... then who?


11 posted on 07/17/2012 11:19:06 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: RitaOK

Byron York doesn’t impress me, I’d like to see HIM launch an agressive anything.

Romney is tied or very close or ahead in the polls. Obama was going to attack on something and Romney is running response ads in the swing states.

It’s a very interesting question as to who will win, but this idea that the Romney campaign has broken down in the last week is the definition of overreaction.

imho you are witnessing the following. Conservatives who are insecure about Romney or his campaign are giving credence to a media that is more than happy to pretend the whole election just turned on the issue of outsourcing some jobs.

There is no way the legal outsourcing of some jobs is going to be the game changer in November, and the last thing Romney needs to do is get mad about this stupid diversion.

Romney does need to attack Obama and continue to drive Obama’s negatives up.


12 posted on 07/17/2012 11:19:42 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Shanty Shaker

He’ll probably accuse one of the Romney brothers of attempting to sexually assault one of his (Obama’s) rented daughters.


13 posted on 07/17/2012 11:19:57 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: RitaOK

Cause you’re not allowed to train your fire on the black guy. They are too fragile (that’s why so many of them are playing in the NFL...) /sarc


14 posted on 07/17/2012 11:20:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RitaOK

Romney is light weight when attacking the communists King. Newt would have crushed King Obama by now but simple minded opposition kept up the baggage routine that destroyed Newt’s chances. The Romney push was backed by the communists Democrats who played a great game. But now we have no choice in order to kick the King out, we must support Romney. We have some simple minded on FR that have yet to realize how powerful King Obama is and how close this will be.


15 posted on 07/17/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: RitaOK
Well, there's always . . .


16 posted on 07/17/2012 11:20:37 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: RitaOK

Scorched earth now biting Romney on the arse.


17 posted on 07/17/2012 11:21:01 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: RitaOK

They haven’t even had the convention yet. Don’t use up all your ammunition in the beginning of the battle. You hammer the opposition in the last 30 days so the voters will remember. After all, the American public has a severe attention span disorder. Things said and done today will be forgotten within days.


18 posted on 07/17/2012 11:22:18 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: RitaOK

All of you have nailed it. Romney is not going against an underfunded Rick Santorum, he is going against the POTUS machine. Not only is he now over matched, he is utterly unprepared. This is the worst candidate I can remember and I’ve been voting since the 60s. I say again, because we have been handed this feckless fool, we will be slaughtered in Nov. I have decided, quite frankly, that this is not a bad thing as it will purge the GOP elites.

And as much as I have railed against Newt in the past, my God I now wish we had nominated him. Santorum was my choice, but at least Newt would have laid a glove on Hussein.

This is a disaster.


19 posted on 07/17/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Logical me

“Newt would have crushed King Obama by now....”

Newt would have self destructed by now. I watched Newt self destruct against Romney. How could Newt possibly withstand a campaign by Obama when he couldn’t even hold the respect of the republican base?


20 posted on 07/17/2012 11:25:08 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: RitaOK

Ok, not a fan of Romney but all this hysteria about his Death Star breaking down or whatever is just silly. First off, Romney never really fired up the Death Star unless he was losing. By all credible polls he is not losing. As a matter of fact, it is the ONE who is in a place that NO incombent wants to find himself in. Secondly, Romney never ever did his own dirty work during the primaries. Instead, it was his surrogates or Super PAC’s that did the hitting. Slowly but surely, we are seeing those surrogates start to kick it into gear and the squealing from the MSM and the Obama campaign in the face of those limited attacks is astounding.

I want a “pound Obama as a dope smoking, lying, failure of an American Hating commie” campaign as much as the next guy. But why throw punches too early when this guy is tiring himself out.


21 posted on 07/17/2012 11:25:38 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: RitaOK

Romney was/is not supposed to attack obama. Romney’s purpose is to be an opponent and punching bag for obama.
Romney is not supposed to beat obama.
Watch Romney’s response to the trap obama and the democrats are setting for him.


22 posted on 07/17/2012 11:25:50 AM PDT by sport
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To: RitaOK

Sometimes it seems Romney is an Obama operative.


23 posted on 07/17/2012 11:26:15 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

“Serpents seldom, if ever, dine upon their own kind. “

BINGO


24 posted on 07/17/2012 11:26:30 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: RitaOK
Sarah as VP could change everything.

Plus, it would be so much fun watching the heads of the "moderates" and Commies explode.

25 posted on 07/17/2012 11:27:30 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: RitaOK
I want to know why Romney never attacked Ron Paul.


26 posted on 07/17/2012 11:28:24 AM PDT by rdb3 (We need Ward Cleaver for President. We already have Eddie Haskell. (ATB))
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To: RitaOK
Gosh, RINO pansy Byron York is amazed that RINO pansy Mittens “Don't Muss My Mane” Romney and his amazing team of Romneybot advisers just don't seem to have the belly to go after Commie Obommie.

And I'm amazed that Byron York is amazed. Mittens is the John Kerry of the GOP - smug, incoherent and without a real conviction in his entire career in public life, except for the dubious and unsubstantiated notion that he should be president. And he's got “loser” written all over him.

Yes, I'm voting for this idiot because Commie Obommie is hellbent on destroying the Republic. But I sure wish it were someone else.

27 posted on 07/17/2012 11:28:35 AM PDT by mojito
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To: RitaOK
Otherwise, it would look like Romney took more relish in attacking fellow Republicans than in taking on Obama.

I take one exception to this. Romney was not attacking fellow Republicans, he was a progressive socialist with an R after his name attacking moderate to conservative Republicans.

He has served his role for the elite GOP, breaking the back of conservatives.

28 posted on 07/17/2012 11:29:46 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: RitaOK
Obama has been remarkably successful at getting much of the media to talk about what he wants them to talk about — namely, Romney’s flaws and not the Obama economic record. Whether Romney can change that dynamic remains to be seen. Right now, it’s hurting the Republican badly.

Who can still harbor the delusion that the press will not side with the most aggressive communist? Changing that dynamic does NOT remain to be seen. It is a fact of life that the dynamic will not change. If a conservative candidate cannot overcome the absolute certainty that the press will root for Obama, he has no business in the race.

Wasn't this the point that conservatives made early in the primary? That the eventual candidate's message would have to resonate with the grassroots in order to overcome the msm cheering/propaganda war?

29 posted on 07/17/2012 11:31:02 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Williams
My recollection of two of the Republican debates is as follows:

1) Newt attacks the moderator, attacks the press, and gets a standing ovation -- nearly unprecedented at a presidential debate.
2) Newt attacks the moderator and totally humiliates him. Newt received two standing ovations in this particular debate.

It was at that point that national coverage of Newt's campaign basically came to a complete stop. He was invisible. He ceased to exist. He actually had money, he campaigned in many locations, and campaigned effectively -- but the media decided that he didn't exist.

Failure to hold the respect of the republican base is not what sank Newt.

30 posted on 07/17/2012 11:32:56 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: RitaOK

“Many — voters and insiders alike — remarked that when the general election campaign came around, Romney had better attack Barack Obama with the same ferocity he attacked Gingrich.”

It hasn’t happened, doubt that it will, and if it’s not already too late, it’s going to be too late very soon.


31 posted on 07/17/2012 11:33:42 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: I see my hands

According to what I’ve seen, yes. Although one FReeper told me to “vote my conscience.”

I guess I’m too pragmatic for that to be useful advice.


32 posted on 07/17/2012 11:34:29 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: RitaOK
York may be asking the wrong question. He should be asking when Romney will wake up and change his hands-off Obama approach to his campaign and start hitting back hard. It's too soon to say that the machine broke down or was beaten by a bigger machine. So far, it's operator error. Romney needs to stop being afraid of Obama and the MSM, and start acting like he wants to be President more than he wants to be liked by Obama.

-PJ

33 posted on 07/17/2012 11:35:03 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: RitaOK
As Ive said all along.

Give America a true and obvious choice and America will respond. Instead we got a whiter shade of fail.

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34 posted on 07/17/2012 11:35:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: FlipWilson
By all credible polls he is not losing. As a matter of fact, it is the ONE who is in a place that NO incumbent wants to find himself in.

Agree. Reagan won in 1980 with 50.7%. According to Rasmussen, an incumbent's share of the vote on election day is roughly the same as his approval. Zero's approval is currently 46%. 100 minus 46 = 54%.

54% would, by recent standards, amount to a Republican landslide. Even if Gary Johnson and others siphon off a couple of percent, that's still a lot.

I'm just a little concerned that Romney doesn't seem to be spending a lot of the cash he's raised and neither do the Republican super pacs. The Demonrats seem to be firing at will. Granted, they don't seem to be hitting much at this distance.

I hope (and pray) that the Republicans know what they're doing.

35 posted on 07/17/2012 11:38:18 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: dirtboy; Stillwaters
Now he's fighting an opponent with near-equal funding AND the support of the MSM. After he's torn his base apart winning the nomination.

It's the McCain template all over again - utterly destroy the careers and reputations of all primary challengers; demean, demoralize and dismiss the base, then go on vacation.

McCain's handlers thought they were throwing us a bone when he tapped Sarah Palin as the VP nominee. Once they realized that Gov Palin was not a crumb tossed from their table, but rather a rocket propelled grenade that re-ignited the conservative base, they (the GOP Establishment) spent the next 4 years trying to annihilate her.

They won't make the same "mistake" again. I look for someone like Pawlenty or Thune to get the VP nod this time. They're not even going to pretend to need the base anymore. What should be an historic landslide election is instead shaping up to be a squeaker. It may be that we lose no matter the outcome.

36 posted on 07/17/2012 11:40:09 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: RitaOK

I guess he is getting it stoked up again:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2907628/posts


37 posted on 07/17/2012 11:44:09 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: I see my hands

You betcha, if that wakes up the dead to what is going on with you RINO socialist lovers.


38 posted on 07/17/2012 11:44:35 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
It was at that point that national coverage of Newt's campaign basically came to a complete stop. He was invisible. He ceased to exist. He actually had money, he campaigned in many locations, and campaigned effectively -- but the media decided that he didn't exist.

Both he and Santorum said the same thing at the end of their campaigns. The media had already picked a winner and it became impossible. Santorum actually won in Iowa but the media effectively declared Romney to be the winner and that was the end of it. Romney only managed a tie here in Michigan but the media again quickly moved on once a late night vote of 6 party operatives changed the rules to give Romney 2 extra delegates. I haven't forgotten about the late rule changes in Florida.
39 posted on 07/17/2012 11:46:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: FlipWilson
I want a “pound Obama as a dope smoking, lying, failure of an American Hating commie” campaign as much as the next guy. But why throw punches too early when this guy is tiring himself out.

Exactly! Obama is desperate to get the conversation off the economy. If Romney takes the bait and allows himself to get off message, Obama wins. But right now, as Obama and his team try to pound Romney on Bain, outsourcing, "the rich" etc., Americans will notice for a moment, then get right back searching the HELP WANTED ads.

Our Dear Leader will throw everything against the wall, hoping something will stick. Stay focused my FRiends. Now is not the time to go weak-in-the-knees. Stay on message.

40 posted on 07/17/2012 11:46:19 AM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: Russ

Used to be back in the days where people read newspapers and mail, or watched TV news ~ that’s what you would do. Now, you want to lay the landmines early, replenish them from time to time, and just keep that up ~ eventually you’ll get the story over to just about everybody.


41 posted on 07/17/2012 11:46:50 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ScottinVA

Take THAT question and lay it at the feet of the GOP Socialist Party, where it belongs. In their absence, we are left to rally a write-in whom we might unify behind in some decent numbers.

Two socialist/Marxists are not a vote, Scott.

Thx. Rita


42 posted on 07/17/2012 11:50:59 AM PDT by RitaOK (NO ROMNEY, NO COMPROMISE. NO WAY. NO HOW. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.)
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To: Williams
You didn't see Newt self destruct against anybody. He ran out of money to pay to counter Romney's negative ads somewhere.

We have yet to get any of Romney's campaigning ~ this is Virginia. He stops and sees a few wealthy people and asks them to donate more money but there's no dealing directly with the people.

This, BTW, is the KEY state in the entire election and you just don't see Romney acting like that is reality.

I think he wants to lose.

43 posted on 07/17/2012 11:52:09 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: rdb3

Paul, like Romney, is not a real Republican ~


44 posted on 07/17/2012 11:54:19 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: RitaOK

Tactically Romney may be wise waiting till only a week or two before hitting Obama with numerous attacks leaving Obama little or no time to respond.


45 posted on 07/17/2012 11:56:21 AM PDT by monocle
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To: RitaOK

I’m sick to my stomach at how weak Romney is running this campaign so far. Embarassing beyond words.


46 posted on 07/17/2012 11:57:13 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: muawiyah
...rented daughters.

Just curious regarding your meaning of this.
47 posted on 07/17/2012 12:01:01 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Sooth2222
I'm just a little concerned that Romney doesn't seem to be spending a lot of the cash he's raised and neither do the Republican super pacs.

I have the feeling that the Romney camp thought the bad economy was going to do their work for them. It still might, but it beggars the imagination that the Romney campaign was not immediately ready to counter Bain-related attacks and did not have several years of tax returns released - and did not have all of Romney's money out of foreign bank accounts years ago.

IMO they got soft due to Romney's overwhelming money advantage in the primary. He doesn't have that now. Now he is against an opponent who will go even lower with the negative attacks than Romney did - and Romney does not seem prepared in advance to counter that.

48 posted on 07/17/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Sooth2222

The Republicans (aka GOP-e) have lost more elections over the last 80 years than they’ve won ~ so, no, they don’t know!


49 posted on 07/17/2012 12:05:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: rdb3
I want to know why Romney never attacked Ron Paul.

For the same reason that kings don't punish court jesters. It would dignify the jester at the expense of the king's dignity.

50 posted on 07/17/2012 12:14:35 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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