Skip to comments.Mitt’s Ham Handed Advisors Hurting Him with Conservatives
Posted on 08/29/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT by xzins
It seems like every time Governor Mitt Romney gets conservatives looking his way, his ham handed advisors and staff do something to weaken conservative support for his candidacy and drive away conservative leaders who could be rallying the troops for the fall election.
The latest unforced error on the part of the Romney organization involves an attempt by Washington election lawyer Ben Ginsberg, operating allegedly on behalf of the Romney campaign, to change the Republican Party rules. Ginsberg's changes would, among other things, allow the presidential campaigns to fire duly elected delegates to the National Convention.
This unprecedented power grab by the Washington-based insiders and consultants of the Romney campaign provoked outrage from state GOP leaders and activists across the country and threatened to upend Governor Romneys carefully choreographed nomination in Tampa this week.
The controversy about this and other proposed rules changes -- including allowing Party bureaucrats to change the Republican Party Rules between Conventions, without a vote of delegates elected by the grassroots of the Party; and a plan to un-do the rules regarding the primary calendar that were designed to stop the trend toward front-loading the primary season and preserve the opportunity for grassroots Republicans across the country to have a say in who their presidential candidate would be -- prompted Virginias principled conservative Republican National Committeeman Morton Blackwell to organize a floor fight over the Rules changes.
Blackwell, a Romney delegate and substantial donor to the Romney campaign, said in a letter to fellow delegates, these are rules changes that could fundamentally change our Republican Party -- and not for the better.
Blackwell should know; hes been a delegate to the Republican National Convention since the 1960s and is a member of the Republican National Committees Standing Committee on Rules and on the National Convention's Committee on Rules and Order of Business.
In a political party of millions of members, you cant get every vote. Competing candidates and issues are what makes a party strong and brings new voters into the party as candidates and issues vie for support. This is something Team Romney has apparently never understood, as their half-hearted attempts to heal the Party after the hard-fought primary demonstrate.
We hope this kind of contempt for the grassroots of the Republican Party isnt what Governor Romney really thinks of the millions of local GOP activists who are supposed to be out working for him this fall.
More to the point, if these undemocratic rules changes truly originated with Governor Romney, they speak very poorly of the character of a man seeking to lead the free world.
A president must lead, and presidential leadership -- particularly in matters of foreign affairs and dealing with the separate branches of our federal system of government -- involves persuasion, example and moral courage, not bullying.
If this is truly Governor Romneys personal response to a few catcalls from the peanut gallery at the Republican National Convention, we wonder what he will do if Luxemburg and the Netherlands refuse to go along with some foreign policy of his, change the rules of NATO?
After Romney was recorded supporting abortion for health of the mother IN ADDITION TO "life of the mother", there isn't much that really needs to be said about his character.
If anyone gets protecting life wrong, then there is absolutely nothing they won't sell down the river.
Romney's style is to vigorously attack conservatives and vigorously defend liberal.
Luxemburg & Netherlands are liberal, therefore.....
To h*ll with RINOmney ....Chris Christy for president.
How does your statement compare to who is the leader of the free world now,bowing to our enemies,taking over the auto industry, the banks, the healthcare....this country will not survive another 4 yrs...
Puhleease, Christy is Mr conservative? Not so much.
Ham Handed is too kind a description. These people are vile scum.
Anyone with a reasoned brain, is not surprised by this.
Advisers are an extension of the candidate, the candidate does not pick someone who does not echo their values.
the gop-e has created a perfect storm..
with most conservatives so fixated on getting rid of the socialist in the white house, that they fail to see the socialist plant right in their midst..
I have said that the goal of both candidates, democrat socialist and republican’t socialist is the same... the destruction of the conservative / constitutionalist movement..
expect more of the same if mcromney is elected...
“Where else you gonna’ go?” is what the democrats say. And so do the republicans.
As I’ve been saying Romney is just a white version of Obama, other than skin color there is no difference between the two in either policy, politics or their contempt of ordinary people. I’ll be voting for anybody but these two, unfortunately I’m in California so it really doesn’t matter anyway as all the idiots here will still give the CA elctorial votes to Obama.
My thoughts exactly - the word that came to mind was “thugs”. Who does that remind you of?
Romney and the GOP-e are no different in their lust to grasp and retain power than the Democrats. Complete purge or third party are the only choices for the future of the conservative message in America.
“ham handed handlers” is more like it...
Two things about ABOs who claim they'll hold Romney's feet to the fire and win back the party after the election:
1. They are not effectively holding his feet to the fire: in just the past week he's come out for Romneycare again and also for a "health" exception in allowing abortions.
2. IF ROMNEY WINS: He will be the head of the party, his METHODS will be lauded as effective, he will install the leaders, and he will set the agenda.
IF ROMNEY LOSES: He and his will be shown to be losers, his methods will be proven totally illegitimate, the party will be in turmoil, the leadership will be shakey and defeatable.
Which scenario will provide the best opportunity for conservatives to change the power structure?
Which scenario will entrench liberal republicanism for decades?
It's that simple.
If anyone thinks that is’t truly the advisors to blame, and not the Man at the top who actually holds positions to the left of his advisors, you’re living in denial
He’s certainly not doing anything to make the current excrement sammich more palatable.
I have to disagree with your assessment (timing) of item 1...
Right after fubocare was upheld, mcromney came right out and said that there were parts of this he wanted to keep..
That one slipped under the radar for most, but i caught it right away, and said he would “tweak” it...
“To h*ll with RINOmney ....Chris Christy for president. Ahhhh hate to tell you but Christy is a bigger RINO or liberal than Romney.
Under Romney, it is clear after this move, it will not survive another 4 either.
Win or loose the republicans have changed their party forever. It can no longer be touted as a home for free market, liberty loving, God fearing Americans. It is a home for insider rich and beltway eliete. And it is just proved itself unredeemable.
Beyond getting rid of Obama anybody that supports the republicans are self enslaving moron. Time for a new party that is a home for liberty loving americans
I cannot vote for Romney I cannot vote for Obama evil is evil lessor or not.
Ben Ginsberg puts new meaning to the word “ham” in ham-fisted....more like a sweating chunk of rancid pork.