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Katrina vanden Heuvel: How Romney’s extreme policies insult us all
Washington Post ^ | October 15, 2012 | By Katrina vanden Heuvel

Posted on 10/15/2012 10:52:13 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

At first glance, it might seem as if Mitt Romney’s path — from voting in the 1992 Democratic presidential primary to being the 2012 Republican presidential nominee — was linear. But over the past, winding, 20 years, Romney has held every possible view on every possible issue — often at the same time. When it comes to policy, he’s been downright promiscuous.

Jolted with a fresh shot of post-debate energy, Romney is just doing more of what he’s always done — whatever it takes to get elected. This comes naturally because he is, fundamentally, a cipher. The only thing he believes is whatever is politically expedient in that given moment. And right now, he needs to be a hard-liner to get the GOP base to the polls — and a moderate to appeal to those last few independent voters.

His solution is to sign on to the fanatical policies of the extreme right, and then duck and cover to confuse independents about where he really stands.

Enough is enough. Romney’s campaign has made for great “Daily Show” segments. But we’re three weeks away from determining the next leader of the United States. And at this point, Romney is just insulting Americans — our intelligence, our values, our democracy — with the campaign he is running. Tuesday’s town hall debate is an opportunity for voters — and President Obama — to articulate the real consequences that Romney’s real policies will have on real people’s lives. So let’s hope that, at the debate, voters will finally demand that Romney get real.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: communism; communist; election2012; failure; pretentious; rino
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The communists perspective.
1 posted on 10/15/2012 10:52:22 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Impossible to have a conversation with hysterical women like this.


2 posted on 10/15/2012 10:56:09 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Good ol’ Katrina random Drivel.


3 posted on 10/15/2012 10:56:41 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If Romney is truly all over the map how can it be logically inferred that he has extreme policies? If he were all over the map, his policies would jump from extreme right to extreme left and everywhere in between.

I happen to believe the author is right to some degree - Romney will say anything to get elected - but he doesn’t hold “extreme views”. That makes no sense at all.


4 posted on 10/15/2012 10:56:58 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (The Left blaming Jim Lehrer for the debate is like blaming Liencoln's assassination on the play.i of)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Left: Hysterically concerned about their Idol’s chances.


5 posted on 10/15/2012 10:57:08 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
His solution is to sign on to the fanatical policies of the extreme right...

Also known as "The Democratic Party policies of the John F. Kennedy era." :)

6 posted on 10/15/2012 10:57:24 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This woman is a deranged loud-mouth. Haven’t seen her on the Sunday morning programs as of late. I suspect that the Obama team has asked the networks to keep her off of the guest panels.


7 posted on 10/15/2012 10:57:50 AM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ted Kennedy to Willard, in the US Sennate, MASS 1994, “You’re multi choice”


8 posted on 10/15/2012 10:59:05 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"insult us all"

too cowardly to speak for yourself....eh, Katrina?

9 posted on 10/15/2012 10:59:47 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
vanden Heuvel? Sounds like something from a “knock knock” joke.
10 posted on 10/15/2012 11:00:10 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ted Kennedy to Willard, in the US Senate debate, MASS 1994, “You’re multi choice”


11 posted on 10/15/2012 11:00:10 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Her father was at Leonard Bernstein’s famous party in 1968 honoring the Black Panthers (as reported in Thomas Wolfe’s Radical Chic)... and she is calling Romney extreme?


12 posted on 10/15/2012 11:00:57 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: Personal Responsibility

He is extreme. He is further to the left than Obama on some issues.


13 posted on 10/15/2012 11:01:01 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Women like this are why the BITCH Slap was invented!


14 posted on 10/15/2012 11:01:33 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What a slobbering moron.


15 posted on 10/15/2012 11:01:33 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

So you and Katrina will BOTH be pulling the lever for Obama, then?

Those food stamps workin’ out good for ya? How’s that free Obamaphone holding up?


16 posted on 10/15/2012 11:02:24 AM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Tennessee Nana
Ted Kennedy to Willard, in the US Senate debate, MASS 1994, “You’re multi choice”

Geeze,"nana"...give it a rest.We get it! Romney's a filthy Commie.

17 posted on 10/15/2012 11:02:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

She gives no clear reason for anything in the title.


18 posted on 10/15/2012 11:03:17 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What a funny article! Starts bemoaning that Romney has been changing his position over and over again. Read the whole thing - is there one example? No.

Oh yeah, Ryan (not Romney) is towing his bosses line on abortion. Abortion! That burning issue that remains completely dormant every 3 3/4 years until an election. No proposed legislation; no movement to amend Roe vs. Wade (of any import, anyways), no nothing - except for Catholics being forced to pay for contraction. Now there is a 1st Amendment issue. (Well, not for the Compost.)

This doesn't warrant including with the “letters to the editor”. Makes big assertions and forgets to support them. Whoops!

19 posted on 10/15/2012 11:03:24 AM PDT by dan on the right
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Unlike the teleprompter-in-chief, i think she means


20 posted on 10/15/2012 11:04:15 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
the real consequences that Romney’s real policies will have on real people’s lives.

Will anybody talk about the real consequences that Obama's real policies will have on real people’s lives?

21 posted on 10/15/2012 11:05:08 AM 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: Oldeconomybuyer

As opposed to this rock solid Marxist who has never veered from her dream of a Communist USA.


22 posted on 10/15/2012 11:05:15 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wish I could say “nice try’ Katrina, but it wasn’t even that.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 11:05:19 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Notice how it’s almost always the same backgrounds with these people? East Coast, privileged, private schools, jobs in government or media or nonprofits, married pretty much the same, disproportionately Jewish by birth or marriage. Just the same-o, same-o. They don’t have a clue how real people live. Just phoney liberalism from their ivory towers, safe and sound, away from the constituencies they publicly say they support, but privately loathe.


24 posted on 10/15/2012 11:05:40 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
To this poor fool, Communism is not extreme.

The destruction of free speech is not extreme.

Murdering babies is not extreme.

The illegal theft of wealth is not extreme.

Codifying sodomy into law as marriage is not extreme.

Treason by selling out to foreign enemies is not extreme.

If she wants to commit suicide, she should do so and leave the grown-ups to try and salvage what is left of a great nation.

25 posted on 10/15/2012 11:05:58 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: dan on the right
Catholics being forced to pay for contraction.

I hadn't heard of that - they can't stand for that - they WON'T stand for that!

That couldn't be more wrong and shouldn't be implemented !

26 posted on 10/15/2012 11:07:16 AM 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: dan on the right
Catholics being forced to pay for contraction.

I hadn't heard of that - they can't stand for that - they WON'T stand for that!

That couldn't be more wrong and shouldn't be implemented !

27 posted on 10/15/2012 11:07:20 AM 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: nickcarraway

“He is further to the left than Obama on some issues”

Name one.

Any one will do, as long as it’s documentable, and not just something you read that was attributed to him.


28 posted on 10/15/2012 11:07:32 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Romney is enough of a capitalist, over the soetoro alternative, for me.


29 posted on 10/15/2012 11:07:47 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

By Katrina vanden Heuvel, Communist.


30 posted on 10/15/2012 11:08:53 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

President Harry Truman, Governor Al Smith and Vice President Hubert Humphrey would no doubt be Tea Partiers were they alive today. That’s how far left they’ve gone. Heck, Adlai Stevenson would be a moderately conservative Republican!


31 posted on 10/15/2012 11:09:00 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: Oldeconomybuyer

Romney was always my last choice in the primaries. As bad as he might be, could he be any worse than Obama? At least Romney is not a black-militant, Moslem Uber-Marxist.


32 posted on 10/15/2012 11:11:23 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The fact that the WaPo is still in business is what insults me.

Just when exactly have they provided us with an intellect-level analysis of anything?


33 posted on 10/15/2012 11:11:49 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

>>>Romney is just doing more of what he’s always done — whatever it takes to get elected. This comes naturally because he is, fundamentally, a cipher. The only thing he believes is whatever is politically expedient in that given moment.<<<

Psychologists call this “projection.”


34 posted on 10/15/2012 11:13:01 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hahahahaha! Written like she’s never heard of an individual named “Barack Hussein Obama” and his failed record. On my worst day I’d be 10X the president that Mr. Obama is, and so would you! I don’t expect Gov. Romney to be President Reagan, but I’ll bet you a steak dinner that he’ll be more conservative than both Bushes, Ford, Nixon or Hoover.


35 posted on 10/15/2012 11:14:02 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: green iguana

Don’t hold your breath.


36 posted on 10/15/2012 11:15:03 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: green iguana

Gay issues. He claimed he is more pro-gay than Ted Kennedy. “I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster antidiscrimination efforts.” He also wrote a letter to Log Cabin Republicans saying he’d make “equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern.”


37 posted on 10/15/2012 11:15:12 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Anybody right of Stalin is too far right for Katy Van Evil.


38 posted on 10/15/2012 11:20:02 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Katrina used to at least be a foxy communist skank. Now she’s just a communist skank, period.


39 posted on 10/15/2012 11:25:03 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Nervous Tick; Tennessee Nana

Probably - she is consistently an Obama defender. She has called Romney a communist tyrant who wants to take away her right to vote but argued Obama would at least protect her right to vote. Now she quotes Ted Kennedy to attack Romney.


40 posted on 10/15/2012 11:25:30 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hurricane Katrina was more rational than this Katrina.


41 posted on 10/15/2012 11:28:04 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (What Clint Said !!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“If Romeny is elected you may not be able to get an abortion!! Nothing else should be more important to you than aborting your baby. Socialism is just FINE! They LOVE aborting babies under socialism. In fact in China they INSIST ON IT!! What’s WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???? DON’T YOU ALL WANT ABORTIONS????”


42 posted on 10/15/2012 11:28:36 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

OK, why is the Washington Post running the drivel of the limo commie who runs the Nation?


43 posted on 10/15/2012 11:32:20 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Personal Responsibility
If Romney is truly all over the map how can it be logically inferred that he has extreme policies?

Oh, STOP! You're just being a picky-picky! You conservatives and your logic and reason, your extolling the precisian layout of every argument -- can't you just let your hair (and trousers) down once in a while and just FEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLL?!

Be human! Lose your mind, go blind and aphasic!

44 posted on 10/15/2012 11:33:19 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Republican Wildcat

The Obamabots are out in force on this thread, campaigning for Obama at the height of the election.

I guess they don’t understand socialism doesn’t work and want to be slaves of the government.


45 posted on 10/15/2012 11:33:19 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: ozzymandus
OK, why is the Washington Post running the drivel of the limo commie who runs the Nation?

Oh, but surely you've heard of the Hive Mind, the condobuzzium of the bien pensants?

One good buzz deserves a buzz-back!

46 posted on 10/15/2012 11:36:30 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Show me video of Romney eating live puppies and I will still vote for him over Obama, a white hating - country wrecking - constitution destroying - USA Military hating - lying socialist - homosexual loving - corrupt organized crime boss - anti-American - incompetent epic failure - arrogant Black muslim bastard son of a communist whore.

This election continues to be about the very survival of America and the future of my grandchildren.

Obama and his filthy tribe MUST be removed from the Peoples White House, PERIOD. The theft of our country MUST BE STOPPED.


47 posted on 10/15/2012 11:41:09 AM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This article needs “[Barf Alert]” in the title.


48 posted on 10/15/2012 11:43:59 AM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Gator113
I agree with that .

I will add that Obama is an anti-American, Muslim,Communist POS. And that anyone that doesn't vote against this Chicago thug must want to be starving slave of the government.

49 posted on 10/15/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: redpoll
>>>Romney is just doing more of what he’s always done — whatever it takes to get elected. This comes naturally because he is, fundamentally, a cipher. The only thing he believes is whatever is politically expedient in that given moment.<<<

Psychologists call this “projection.”


Actually, this is sort-of accurate. No doubt there are values down underneath his record, but it's so hard to tell what Romney believes after 20 years of running for public office in Taxachusetts.

I suspect he has so firmly staked himself out as a liberal, he'll never be able to sell even a genuine conservative value.

Moreover, he's a "pragmatist" which means he's willing to accept at face value all the psywar and propaganda-warfare b.s. put out by the Left in the last 20 years, selling the idea that "society is moving to the Left" because NEA leftists have been brainwashing schoolkids -- who then get out of school and begin to learn the truth.

Meanwhile, Romney will do zippo to remove the fiat social-policy decisions that have disfigured public life for nearly 20 years now.

50 posted on 10/15/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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