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Conservatives warning Mitt he will lose if he doesn’t change campaign
The Daily Caller ^ | 9-19-2012 | Alex Pappas

Posted on 09/19/2012 1:31:31 PM PDT by servo1969

A growing chorus of conservatives are telling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that he must immediately make changes to his campaign or he will lose.

“The decision not to define Romney, but to attack Obama over the spring and summer was a huge, strategic mistake,” a Republican strategist with knowledge of the inner-workings of the campaign told The Daily Caller in an interview. “The assumption that the race for presidential election defaults in a bad economy to the challenger is wrong.”

But aside from the recent spate in hiccups that give the media and the Democrats reason to hammer Romney on a daily basis — from his convention speech that didn’t mention Afghanistan to his quick political response to the attacks last week on American diplomats — conservatives are pointing to a larger problem: Romney, they argue, is not clearly laying out a specific rationale for why he should be president — other than that he’s not Barack Obama.

“They appear to be realizing right now what many of us having been saying for months: Not being Obama is not enough to get you elected,” said a long-time conservative operative who previously worked on a rival presidential campaign. “You have to believe in something and give people a reason to support you rather than just oppose the other guy.”

The grumbling about Romney’s campaign among conservatives is also airing out in public by prominent opinion makers.

“It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one,” former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

“It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues,” Noonan writes. “It’s always been too small for the moment. All the activists, party supporters and big donors should be pushing for change.”

In light of the now famous video of Romney saying he won’t be able to count on the support of the 47 percent of Americans who are dependant on government, others are arguing Romney should use the leak to double down and argue the same points “loudly and often and without embarrassment.”

“We’re all too well acquainted with the cowardly instincts of his campaign staff, as well as with their ineptitude,” Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel of Daily Caller write. “But he has no choice. There can be no needle threading. He said it. He can either explain it and run on it, or he can lose because of it.”

In recent days, a scapegoat has been made of Romney senior adviser Stuart Stevens, who oversees the campaign’s strategy and who worked with the candidate on his convention speech.

Erick Erickson, the editor of RedState who is plugged in with conservative activists, told TheDC he doesn’t know Stevens personally, but he’s heard complaints among conservatives about him.

“The conservatives are particularly distrustful because they see him as a poll driven guy telling him what to do as opposed to using polls to sell what he already wants to do,” Erickson told TheDC.

According to one source with knowledge of the campaign operation, “It’s a much more dysfunctional environment than you know is really reported on…It’s also a campaign that doesn’t ever reach out to anyone, including people who’ve done this stuff successfully before.”

The Republican said Stevens and Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades are known to have tension and Stevens’ “relationships” with many in GOP politics are “generally poor.”

“He’s a guy who [thinks] everyone’s an idiot but him,” the operative said.

But Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who once worked for Romney, said he “wouldn’t overestimate the conflict in Romneyworld.”

Castellanos told TheDC last week that he’s “not the biggest fan of everybody up there but when I went up to see them not long ago, I’ll admit I found a surprisingly efficient and well-functioning campaign.”

“Doors were open, not closed, a sign of an well-run and focused campaign, not one hobbled by closed-door conspiracies,” he said.

“People should remember that this Romney team has been through a ton of battles together,” the strategist said. “They have gelled. I think they are focused on winning this thing.”

Romney’s campaign appears to be aware of the criticism. In a conference call this week, adviser Ed Gillespie told reporters that the campaign plans to start getting more specific on its policy proposals.

“We are looking forward to this new emphasis and renewed emphasis,” Gillespie said.

“We think people will be appreciative to hear some of those kinds of specifics…A lot of those voters who are in the middle and truly independent, undecided, are looking for information now,” he said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; obama; romney; tyranny

1 posted on 09/19/2012 1:31:42 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

What a load this piece is .

Peggy Noonan and Erik Erickson from
That tired blog are considered the big concerned conservatives now !
Wow in what universe does this writer exist .


2 posted on 09/19/2012 1:36:30 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: servo1969
No worries. I can see October from here...

 

Mitt Romney's October Surprise Is Going To Be Legendary (Ad carpet bombing)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:29:17 PM · by nhwingut · 127 replies
Business Insider ^ | 09/18/2012 | Walter Hickey

3 posted on 09/19/2012 1:37:49 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: ncalburt

And on top of that, they couldn’t just write a letter to Romney if they are so concerned.

NOOOO they go blab to some MSM media whore.


4 posted on 09/19/2012 1:38:21 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: servo1969

Whatever it takes, win.

Obamugabe ought to be attacked...he sucks.

But Romney also must be like Reagan: project a happy future, lay out two or three things to do.

Romney, to his credit, has done that—it just hasn’t been given attention. A greater focus and emphasis must be given.


5 posted on 09/19/2012 1:38:24 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ncalburt


6 posted on 09/19/2012 1:39:08 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: servo1969

There are articles like this for every single Republican candidate going back to Lincoln, most likely.

The usual crap.


7 posted on 09/19/2012 1:41:27 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Reagan @ only 39/Mondale +5/Dukakis +17/McCain +3...panic is unwarranted. So is complacency.)
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To: servo1969
“The decision not to define Romney, but to attack Obama over the spring and summer was a huge, strategic mistake,” a Republican strategist with knowledge of the inner-workings of the campaign told The Daily Caller in an interview. “The assumption that the race for presidential election defaults in a bad economy to the challenger is wrong.”

When did Romney attack Obama???? I've not even seen a Romney ad except on YouTube this season. (Although in this indigo-blue state it would be a waste of money.) I only thought Romney started spending ad money a couple of weeks ago.

8 posted on 09/19/2012 1:42:06 PM 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: servo1969

“’...Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who once worked for Romney, said he ‘wouldn’t overestimate the conflict in Romneyworld.’”

Gee, what a surprise.


9 posted on 09/19/2012 1:42:42 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: servo1969

I know one thing for sure, I’ve seen probably 100 spots on TV for Obama and 1 or two for Romney.

What the hell is going on, I thought Romney was bringing in money hand over fist.


10 posted on 09/19/2012 1:43:52 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: ncalburt

Noonan , the pompous elitist woman who tries to make herself important and thinks anyone on the right gives a crap about her and her snotty voice.


11 posted on 09/19/2012 1:45:25 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: servo1969
“It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one,” former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

“It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues,” Noonan writes. “It’s always been too small for the moment.

Mitt, you are doing just fine if PN thinks otherwise.

Keep up the good work!

12 posted on 09/19/2012 1:45:44 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: servo1969

too many people in America believe socialism is a good thing

capitalism and it’s benefits must be defined and demonstrated through historic example. conversely, socialism and the massive government dependence that comes with it must be shown for where it always leads


13 posted on 09/19/2012 1:48:49 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: VanDeKoik

exactly, she has to attack him on the attacks last week and now this.

HEY NOONAN, PISS OFF, she could have easily got in touch with him in private but now she has ot make herself important and blab to the media which will lap all of this up.

Rommey should call her and tell her to shut up and that they do not ant her blabbing again and to go and run their own campaign


14 posted on 09/19/2012 1:49:04 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: servo1969

I don’t recall Romney ever attacking Obama in the spring and summer? What did he say? Does Romney have much of the McPain staff on board for the fall campaign? If so, he will lose.


15 posted on 09/19/2012 1:53:39 PM PDT by Theodore R. ( Who among us has not erred? Akin's the One!)
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To: manc
Noonan , the pompous elitist woman who tries to make herself important and thinks anyone on the right gives a crap about her and her snotty voice.

The article insinuates that she is conservative.

Just because one calls themself conservative a conservative it does not make them.

I'm waiting for her to join Michael Steele on PMSNBC.

16 posted on 09/19/2012 1:53:55 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: servo1969

Bwaahahahahaha!
Hee-eeee,STOP IT!
Ahahahahahahahaha. Please stop it! AhhhhHaaaaaHAHA!
Oh my GOD! Ahaahahahahahahahahaha. Whooooo-hoooo!
(panting)
(Catches breath)
Jeezzz.
Whew!
Wow.
Hee-hee.
Hee-heee....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


17 posted on 09/19/2012 1:54:52 PM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: servo1969
He lacks emotion - he's vanilla, monotinous, in every speech, every interview.
18 posted on 09/19/2012 1:56:12 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: servo1969

Why do they keep citing Peggy Noonan. She does not represent conservatives.


19 posted on 09/19/2012 2:00:42 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: servo1969

Noonan is no conservative.


20 posted on 09/19/2012 2:05:09 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: servo1969
Romney did NOT attack Obama. His idea was that it would scare off independent voters. That's the huge mistake, and what Romney's team wants to do: shred Obama with negative ads.
21 posted on 09/19/2012 2:06:05 PM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: EGPWS

idiots like her want Romney to shut up and sit down and never fight back whilst the lies and attacks come at him and us.

So she goes out on TV to make herself become relevant and then spout a bunch of crap.

Then the liberal media laps all of this up


22 posted on 09/19/2012 2:21:10 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Siegfried X

Mitt needs to do Both, He has to be a great alternative, and he has to do the illegitimate work of the now Obama campaign media in telling the truth about Obama’s record.

This is a target rich environment, perhaps too rich. I am however shocked how successful the Obama(lying) campaign has been at defining Mitt. This must be reversed big time.


23 posted on 09/19/2012 2:21:47 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Marcella
He lacks emotion - he's vanilla, monotinous, in every speech, every interview.

And he just wants to be comfortable -- the way a person who lives in a 5 Star hotel wants to be comfortable. Familiar surroundings, pleasant peers, and help who fawns over him.

24 posted on 09/19/2012 2:30:12 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: servo1969

more nameless sources and blather.... go away Karl Rove


25 posted on 09/19/2012 2:44:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: traderrob6

I haven’t seen any lawn signs either (tons for the Republican Senate candidate) and only one bumper sticker compared to several for Obama. It is a depressed area so people are probably a little embarrassed by Mitt. But they will vote bright red, of that I am sure.


26 posted on 09/19/2012 3:05:46 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: EGPWS
Mitt, you are doing just fine if PN thinks otherwise.

Sure he is. He leads by twenty points, right? Noonan is a pimp but that don't mean that Romney's campaign is gaining traction, because it isn't.

Romney should be ahead by twenty, after all, he is the only one that is electable, so why isn't he?

Truth is, this is not the same country I was born into. Not even Reagan could stop the march toward the Fabian Socialists wet dream.

27 posted on 09/19/2012 3:21:08 PM PDT by itsahoot (I'll write in Palin in 2012. That is 1 vote for Palin, 0 votes for Romney and Zer0 votes for Obama.)
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To: Theodore R.
Does Romney have much of the McPain staff on board for the fall campaign? If so, he will lose.

Why yes, in fact, yes he does. But fortunately he is Electable, ABO! GO.</sarcasm>

28 posted on 09/19/2012 3:24:20 PM PDT by itsahoot (I'll write in Palin in 2012. That is 1 vote for Palin, 0 votes for Romney and Zer0 votes for Obama.)
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To: servo1969
In light of the now famous video of Romney saying he won’t be able to count on the support of the 47 percent of Americans who are dependant on government, others are arguing Romney should use the leak to double down and argue the same points “loudly and often and without embarrassment.”

Mike Savage, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levine all have in common advice to the Romney campaign.

Me, I do not like Romney because he seems too much like an establishment candidate; McCain comes to mind. But I support Romney and will vote for him.

I just hope that he does not self destruct with limp handshake responses, inconsistencies, and mild mannered approach to issues.

Reagan was strong and unyielding on his conservative principles. I am not sure where is Romney.

29 posted on 09/19/2012 3:47:59 PM PDT by olezip
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To: steve86
“He lacks emotion - he's vanilla, monotinous, in every speech, every interview.”
“And he just wants to be comfortable — the way a person who lives in a 5 Star hotel wants to be comfortable. Familiar surroundings, pleasant peers, and help who fawns over him.”

That's true. A person born with a golden spoon in his mouth, will never know how the common person lives.

However, it is his dry style with no emotion that causes people not to remember what he said. One thing they know - he is not Obama. The truth is the truth and he can't attract people.

I got beaten around the head and shoulders here because I have known Perry for years before he was governor, been at parties with him before and after he was governor, I like him, and knew he could not hack it as president. He cannot think on his feet and gets his sentences mixed up, using the wrong words. Has always been like that and it won't change. Freepers made excuses for him and dumped on me instead of seeking the truth. One must see the truth and try to fix the problems if one can. Denial in politics gets you nowhere but beaten.

I've worked in a number of campaigns, including my husband's as county chair (we never lost), and one has to be realistic in order to win. Admit the problems instead of making excuses and fix it if it is fixable.

Can Romney change and show excitement, anger, disgust, joy, those emotions that prove he is a human being instead of a robot living the life of the wealthy? Doesn't matter if he is rich, but no emotion translates into rich with nothing else there - all hat as the Texans say.

30 posted on 09/19/2012 4:01:21 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: steve86
“He lacks emotion - he's vanilla, monotinous, in every speech, every interview.”
“And he just wants to be comfortable — the way a person who lives in a 5 Star hotel wants to be comfortable. Familiar surroundings, pleasant peers, and help who fawns over him.”

That's true. A person born with a golden spoon in his mouth, will never know how the common person lives.

However, it is his dry style with no emotion that causes people not to remember what he said. One thing they know - he is not Obama. The truth is the truth and he can't attract people.

I got beaten around the head and shoulders here because I have known Perry for years before he was governor, been at parties with him before and after he was governor, I like him, and knew he could not hack it as president. He cannot think on his feet and gets his sentences mixed up, using the wrong words. Has always been like that and it won't change. Freepers made excuses for him and dumped on me instead of seeking the truth. One must see the truth and try to fix the problems if one can. Denial in politics gets you nowhere but beaten.

I've worked in a number of campaigns, including my husband's as county chair (we never lost), and one has to be realistic in order to win. Admit the problems instead of making excuses and fix it if it is fixable.

Can Romney change and show excitement, anger, disgust, joy, those emotions that prove he is a human being instead of a robot living the life of the wealthy? Doesn't matter if he is rich, but no emotion translates into rich with nothing else there - all hat as the Texans say.

31 posted on 09/19/2012 4:09:55 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: servo1969
If people wish to worry themselves sick over this election, then they will suffer needlessly. A simple alternative exists:

Trust God.

32 posted on 09/19/2012 4:10:58 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: servo1969

Peg, Tucker, etc....you didn’t want a big, brave, bold-colors, tackling-the-big-issues, taking-the-big-risks candidate. You wanted a safe candidate. And you got him. It’s kind of late to worry that maybe you asked for the wrong thing. Maybe in 2016.


33 posted on 09/19/2012 4:11:04 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: carriage_hill

how about Peggy “I wrote speaches for Reagan” noonan and her NYC mindset? Didn’t she vote Obama?


34 posted on 09/19/2012 4:19:48 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

Lots of the “white guilt RINOs” did, and they probably will again.


35 posted on 09/19/2012 4:30:00 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: Marcella

I liked the personable Gov. Perry also, but from a distance as I’ve never been up close and personal with any politician AFAIK. But his penchant for verbal tossed salad would not have established credibility as president.

We may never know why Mitt’s comfort zone includes blasting at conservative Republicans but not Marxist Democrats. Is it his northeast bluedog pedigree? Will be interesting to see which persona he takes at the debates — the polite and deferential one or the attack dog.


36 posted on 09/19/2012 5:17:13 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Tau Food
If people wish to worry themselves sick over this election, then they will suffer needlessly. A simple alternative exists: Trust God.

Did that work in 2008?

I am all for 'Trusting God', but His Will is not always our will.

37 posted on 09/19/2012 5:21:18 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: steve86
Did that work in 2008?

Yes, trusting God has always worked.

I am all for 'Trusting God', but His Will is not always our will.

His will shall be revealed. We are happiest when we accept it.

38 posted on 09/19/2012 5:53:00 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: steve86

Mitt is comfortable attacking conservatives because he is a liberal. if it was his pedigree he would not be comfortable attacking anyone.


39 posted on 09/19/2012 6:13:12 PM PDT by brightright
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To: steve86
“Will be interesting to see which persona he takes at the debates — the polite and deferential one or the attack dog.”

When he is confronted, he stutters and the words that come out after that aren't put together well. I also think he has a “thing” about wanting to look “presidential” and his idea of presidential gives us that staid unemotional statue.

40 posted on 09/19/2012 9:02:10 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: itsahoot
Why yes, in fact, yes he does. But fortunately he is Electable, ABO! GO.

Ah, and there, I think, you've hit on the problem. Romney isn't for anything good, but then why should he be, considering how the Republican Party has made it so that the most piddling token gesture seems a great leap. (Honestly, when was the last time they seriously tried reducing government size/scope? When was the last time they tried to overturn Roe v. Wade, when was the last time they seriously considered repeal of the NFA or GCA?)

It's all "but the other guy's worse!", well screw that! I don't want someone who's "not as bad", I want someone who is good!

41 posted on 09/20/2012 8:36:12 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark
It's all "but the other guy's worse!", well screw that! I don't want someone who's "not as bad", I want someone who is good!

As usual, we are told not this time. Sadly for some of us older ones, there won't be a next time.

I consider the 50's the best of times, but I understand why some segments of the population disagree.

42 posted on 09/20/2012 11:10:47 AM PDT by itsahoot (I'll write in Palin in 2012. That is 1 vote for Palin, 0 votes for Romney and Zer0 votes for Obama.)
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To: Marcella

“He lacks emotion - he’s vanilla, monotinous, in every speech, every interview.”

That’s the result of being everything to everybody. There’s no FIRE in his belly, making people wonder if he truly sees the danger this country is in.


43 posted on 09/20/2012 1:17:52 PM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: Tau Food

“His will shall be revealed. We are happiest when we accept it.”

^^^^ this


44 posted on 09/20/2012 1:21:35 PM PDT by libdestroyer
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To: servo1969

Romney laid back and let the Democrats define him.


45 posted on 09/20/2012 1:24:28 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: servo1969

All is not well in GOP-e world.

Shocking!


46 posted on 09/20/2012 1:29:01 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Conscience is the most sacred of all property.' -- James Madison)
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