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Michael Tomasky: Donít Blame Mitt for the GOPís Problems (Moonbat megabarf alert!)
The Daily Beast ^ | Sep 23, 2012 | Michael Tomasky

Posted on 09/23/2012 10:54:49 AM PDT by neverdem

Conservative columnists are lining up to dump on Romney. But the real problem isn’t the candidate or his campaign. It’s the Republican Party and its pathologies.

Yes, Mitt Romney had a week I wouldn’t wish on ... well, Mitt Romney. Yes, his campaign is incompetent, as Peggy Noonan wrote Friday. Yes, there is something really off about the guy personally. But as conservatives like Noonan start in on Romney vilification, I feel the need to stand up and reiterate: Romney’s problems aren’t all Romney’s fault. They’re not even half his fault. They’re chiefly the fault of a movement and political party that has gone off the deep end. Almost every idiotic thing Romney has done, after all, can be traced to the need he feels to placate groups of people who are way out there in their own ideological solar system, with no purchase at all on how normal Americans feel and think about things. This is much the harder question for Noonan and others to confront, and they really ought to ponder it.

Since he started running, Romney has had to cater to four factions in the GOP, each of which contributes in its way to the party’s self-destructiveness: the rich and their apologists, who think Barack Obama has made life in America well-nigh impossible for those earning $1 million a year; the Tea Party populists, the middle-aged and older white people who feel intense resentment against Obama and his America; the foreign-policy neocons, who invented this fable about Obama apologizing for America and so on; and the rabble-rousers—Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, etc., whose megaphones announce all these anxieties and others.

These four groups have each been holding guns to Romney’s temple. He’s a weak man, yes. But in a way—in only this one particular way—I feel a little sorry for him. These groups permit no room to maneuver whatsoever. None. Not an inch. So when something happens that is in their wheelhouse, the expectation immediately arises that Romney will utter every syllable precisely as they want to hear it.

So it was with the neocons after the Cairo and Benghazi riots. Now, I’m sure it’s partly true that Romney and his team are one big overeager floppy-eared dog, galumphing across the lawn anxious to please their masters. But the master sets the dynamic in place. There’s no doubt whatsoever that if the Romney people didn’t feel they had to rush to please that crowd, he wouldn’t have issued that statement at an utterly inappropriate time and then tried absurdly to defend it the next morning.

The same can be said with regard to Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan. We don’t really know that this was forced on him per se by the right, but we have reason to believe that the logic, shall we say, of his naming Ryan was made clear to him. And what good has Ryan done him? Did you notice the poll last week, which deserves more attention than it’s received, showing that Ryan was a less popular vice-presidential choice than Sarah Palin? This is the man the gun-holding factions said was a brilliant, game-changing choice. He’s game changing all right, though not as they intended.

And it’s the same story on the 47 percent. The man who asked that question was speaking very clearly for Faction A above. There can be little doubt that the vast majority of the people in that room, maybe every person, felt his pain, and Romney knew exactly what he had to say. Again, it’s certainly a two-way street; Romney obviously believed every word he said. But he knew the catechism.

And by the way, does anyone think a Republican presidential candidate would have said this, even behind closed doors, in 1992 or 1996 or 2000 or even in 2008? I think there’s no chance. It’s probably the sort of thing a lot of them thought. But it’s something they never, ever would have said. They’d have known better. So the existence of these factions in their precise form is new. The concealed anxieties of all these factions were brought to the surface by the financial crisis and its aftermath, the black guy standing up there representing the America that they don’t know and that scares them, and the former Massachusetts governor who seems squishy and must forever prove his loyalty. And boy is the lid ever off now.

What good has Ryan done Romney? Did you notice the poll last week showing that Ryan was a less popular vice-presidential choice than Sarah Palin?

Could Jim Baker fix this campaign, as Noonan asserts or hopes? He’s a knife fighter, there’s no doubt about that. Look at Florida 2000. But remember, he came in during the late innings to help Poppy Bush’s 1992 campaign, and that ended pretty ingloriously. And besides, he’s 82 now. Can he work 14-hour days, make crisp, snap decisions? One could argue that Romney’s gotten all the help he needs this year from 82-year-old men.

Romney deserves everything that is happening to him (I guess I would wish this past week on him after all). But it isn’t happening because of Mitt Romney alone, or even the now-hated Stuart Stevens. It’s happening because of the factions and their guns. It’s happening because of a party and movement that are out of control and out of touch. There is not a prominent Republican in the country who could be doing any better, with the possible lone exception of Jeb Bush, but it’s probably too early yet for another Bush. Face it, Republicans: he was and is your best candidate, and he’s tanking now more because of you than because of him. 



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When someone claims that the Tea Party movement is so extreme, ask them why did the rats kick Senator Lieberman, their Vice Presidential nominee in 2000, off their ticket in Connecticut for the Senate in 2006?

If that doesn't leave them speechless, ask them why has the Communist Party USA endorsed the rats' nominee for president since John Kerry in 2004?

1 posted on 09/23/2012 10:54:55 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Someone tell me how often Tomasky cites Noonan as an oracle.


2 posted on 09/23/2012 10:56:13 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: neverdem

Mr. Tomasky is somewhat to the left of V.I. Lenin.


3 posted on 09/23/2012 11:02:24 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: neverdem

Someone forgot to tell Tomaskey that the national polls are basically a dead heat. And that Obama is losing independents by double digits (which surely equals a landslide defeat).

Dems need to win indies by 1-2 (for dead even race

Romney +13 w indies in Rasmussen.

Obama 2008 (+8 indies). Won By 7. MOE 1.

Bush 2004 (-1 indies). Won By 2. MOE 3.

Bush 2000 (-2 indies). Won By E. MOE 2.

Clinton 1996 (+8 indies). Won +8. MOE E.


4 posted on 09/23/2012 11:04:31 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: neverdem
[Article] with no purchase at all on how normal Americans feel and think about things

Tomasky, you ignorant slut.

If you ever took a ride across the Blue Ridge to find out how "normal Americans feel and think about things", you'd realize you're a hothouse Red-county Gorebot and scum-sucking Prog 'Rat, which is to say, a ****ing Stalinist. And yeah, we lay an actual body count at the feet of people like you.

5 posted on 09/23/2012 11:15:55 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Tomasky is somewhat to the left of V.I. Lenin.

Thud-bump.

Yeah, and our laws against shooting conservatives in a basement room have him soooooo frustrated! Boo hoo hoo hoo!

6 posted on 09/23/2012 11:18:30 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: neverdem

I don’t blame the GOP for Mitt’s problems ... I blame the GOP for Mitt.


7 posted on 09/23/2012 11:20:51 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: lentulusgracchus
Tomasy certainly has a distorted view of the primary Republican factions ~ first, the Socons (made up of many different groups, many with a strictly local focus, but together they have a singular viewpoint on the critical Socon issues), the TEAParty, and the pro-national defense folks (not as loud as they could be, but certainly numerous and important).

The Neocons are loud but not numerous but he focuses on them ~ probably knows a couple ~ in NYC ~ bet we can name one of them.

There's also a large contingent of unionized folks who'd prefer Right To Work laws ~ they make their presence known in elections, but otherwise they don't have a public voice.

Way down the list there's the GOP-e which has, at most, an effective voting strength of 15% of the normally expected Republican turnout.

We have a GOP-e candidate this time, and that's the biggest possible issue for us if not for the outside critics ~ after all, if the GOP-e is such a small group, how did they win? Obviously there are some rules to be changed.

8 posted on 09/23/2012 11:24:34 AM PDT by muawiyah
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Look folks, I’m not a supporter of Romney, but this bull s—t line that he’s flailing right now, is an out and out untruth.

He’s even with Obama overall, and that’s using rigged polls.

He hasn’t dropped in the polls, and if anything has gained some ground after the Democrat Convention.

Can we as a group drop using the Democrat Party’s propagandist line.


9 posted on 09/23/2012 11:34:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: taxcontrol

Exactly!


10 posted on 09/23/2012 11:35:29 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn't won us so many new friends.)
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To: neverdem; All

Whenever a writer labels Peggy noonan as “conservative”...that writer should never be taken seriously


11 posted on 09/23/2012 11:38:32 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Egypt wants to execute me.)
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To: neverdem
conservatives like Noonan

OK, I stopped reading right there.

12 posted on 09/23/2012 12:00:25 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
OK, I stopped reading right there.

That was pretty early. His delusions are quite entertaining, IMHO.

13 posted on 09/23/2012 12:53:09 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: lentulusgracchus
If you ever took a ride across the Blue Ridge to find out how "normal Americans feel and think about things", you'd realize you're a hothouse Red-county Gorebot and scum-sucking Prog 'Rat, which is to say, a ****ing Stalinist. And yeah, we lay an actual body count at the feet of people like you.

I'm wondering if the Jacksonian Democrats can survive as a significant faction in the rat's party after Obama. He's trying to put a lot of them out of work. Not only does his EPA want to shut down coal fired energy plants, they want to block exporting coal besides hindering natural gas and oil production.

14 posted on 09/23/2012 1:07:44 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Whenever a writer labels Peggy noonan as “conservative” ...that writer should never be taken seriously...... ........Right She should be called Severely Conservative.......


15 posted on 09/23/2012 1:45:57 PM PDT by brightright
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To: neverdem

Conservatives who imagine that re-electing Obama would be a good thing or not ‘the end’ REALLY need to think again.

On an economic and political level, it would be the end of USA as we knew it.

The progressives are ready to drive the WHOLE of the conservative movement right off of the field and make even expressing conservative thoughts verboten (as in ‘you racist’ to any conservative thought). “Extreme” is just one of those stupid liberal swear-words, to ‘win’ the argument.

This article is just the tip of the spear to come should we lose. Of course conservatives will not go away but we will be in the political wilderness.


16 posted on 09/23/2012 8:54:34 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: neverdem
He's trying to put a lot of them out of work.

It sure seems that way in Texas. Obama has jerked government contracts overnight -- he pulled the MRAP vehicle contract from BAE here in suburban Houston and sent the contract to a Wisconsin firm to help Russ Feingold keep his Senate seat (didn't work, Wisconsinians are starting to see through those guys). He has gutted and emasculated NASA and sent all the surviving shuttles to 'Rat-voting States (not one to be left in Houston, where all the shuttle astronauts trained).

In addition, he's been at war with the Texas energy economy on several levels and has done just about everything he can think of, to sink this State.

There is every evidence that he hates our white guts and longs for a second Civil War so he can impose loss of life on the white South at levels Lincoln did, while giving himself a leg up onto Rushmore at the expense of our blood, our dead, and our future. Believe me, Southerners know how this movie ends, and Southerners recognize all the opening moves. Stalin did the same thing to the kulaks, and Obama means to do it to us.

17 posted on 09/24/2012 2:03:14 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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