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Romney retreats into California seclusion
Tampa Bay Times ^ | Dec. 3, 2012

Posted on 12/03/2012 10:26:14 AM PST by Colofornian

SAN DIEGO — The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.

Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla...He devours news from 2,600 miles away in Washington about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, shaking his head and wondering what if.

Gone are the minute-by-minute schedules and the swarm of Secret Service agents. There's no aide to make his peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Romney hangs around the house, sometimes alone, pecking away at his iPad and emailing his CEO buddies, who've been swooping in and out of La Jolla to visit. He wrote to one who's having a liver transplant soon: "I'll change your bedpan, take you back and forth to treatment."

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The defeated Republican nominee has practically disappeared from public view since his loss, exhibiting the same detachment that made it so difficult for him to connect with the body politic through six years of running for president. He has made no public comments since his concession speech in the early hours of Nov. 7, and avoided the news media last week during a private lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House. Through an aide, Romney declined an interview request for this story.

After Romney told his wealthy donors that he blamed his loss on "gifts" Obama gave to minority groups, his functionaries were unrepentant and Republican luminaries effectively cast him out. Few of the policy ideas he promoted are even being discussed in Washington.

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By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney's wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

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From the article: By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney's wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

Yup...the White Horse prophesy failed White Horse Prophecy [Mitt's Loss brings obvious conclusion that Mormon leaders falsely prophesied]

Perhaps disillusionment in Lds prophecy has set in.

From the article: Few of the policy ideas he promoted are even being discussed in Washington.

1 posted on 12/03/2012 10:26:20 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

And please stay gone.


2 posted on 12/03/2012 10:28:37 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Colofornian

If he had attacked Obama half as hard as he attacked Gingrich he might have won.


3 posted on 12/03/2012 10:29:32 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Colofornian

I’m not so sure Romney got such a bad deal. San Diego is vastly preferable place to the never ending Byzantine political infighting and backstabbing and treachery in DC.

Romney is an incredibly talented person, if he returns to the business world, I think he could he make even more money than ever before.

This country is full of takers and fools. They could have elected a talented businessman interested in creating jobs and helping business. Instead they went with a community organizer promising bigger government and more handouts. Truly sick if you ask me.

I’m sorry America, you are done for, destined to follow the same path that lead all of the great European powers to their current state of irrelevancy. And if I hear just one one more time that America is still a “center-right” nation, I am going to vomit.


4 posted on 12/03/2012 10:35:31 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Colofornian

Conversely we saw Carter, Mondale, Gore, and Kerry constantly the month after they were officially defeated. And of course, none of their wives were disappointed after a year of working hard to win the presidency with their husbands.

This is so much poppycock...

I’ll bet Romney has some plans in the back of his head. The guy has been a go-getter for many years.

Even a normal every-day citizen has a real culture shock when they lose a prospective job, and they’ve generally only put in a few hours or days worth of work to get it.

I’m betting that more than a few of Romney’s plans do get placed in motion. The dumb ass in the White Hut is going to find out that even he can’t refuse to take measures Romney would have had to.

You know, I’m not that big a fan of Romney, but this isn’t about trashing Romney. It’s about trashing candidates perceived to be on the right in general. Libtards never stop trying to make people on the Right look bad.


5 posted on 12/03/2012 10:36:56 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Colofornian

“Perhaps disillusionment in Lds prophecy has set in.”

I doubt it. The Constitution just hangs by a thicker thread right now then previously thought. When it gets to be a really, really, really, really thin thread, that is when the magic will happen.

Etch-a-sketch has a lot of uses.


6 posted on 12/03/2012 10:40:09 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Not so "commanding", not so "inevitable".)
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To: Colofornian
They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.

I liked how she came across, my gut feel she was not a Beeeotch like Moochelle or Hilda, and besides her wealth via Mitt, ia a better person than the spectre of that wealth would have some think. If my gut feel is right, she is a good person.

These are not tears of regret for what she didn't get.

She maybe crying for us as she get what a loss it is for the Nation. Or she is crying because she knows it was stolen....

7 posted on 12/03/2012 10:40:37 AM PST by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: DoughtyOne

Romney’s loss is proof once again that moderates are guaranteed of victory. A safe candidate is one that is lambasted by the media for being too conservative. Those candidates get people excited.


8 posted on 12/03/2012 10:41:47 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Venturer

I agree. He needed to take off the mittens and put on boxing gloves. I feel sad because I truly believe the Romneys are good people- unlike the couple now squatting in the WH. I think he also would have been a decent president. Shame on Republicans for not voting. Perhaps some believed the “landslide’ predictions from Rove and Morris and felt their vote wasn’t needed.

Who knows, but I detest Obama and would much have preferred Mitt at the reins of this country for a time such as this.

Guess we’ll never know, but I, for one, can’t get past what the voters in this country have done to us. I will eventually, but right now - I’m still a tad bitter at what will befall this country under this corrupt administration.


9 posted on 12/03/2012 10:42:17 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: Colofornian

I wasn’t a Romney fan, but he would have been night-and-day a better president than the one we are saddled with.

What is worse is the reasons he was defeated. The people have chosen interventionist government, handouts, and pessimism over putting the country back to work. The problem isn’t Obama, as many have rightly noted, its a country that thinks his is the right direction.

We are in trouble.

Romney wasn’t perfect by no means but his message was the right one and the direction he proposed was the right one.

So, the writer smirks because having been beaten in a race that he should have won handily, he has to take time to decompress and decide what to do next with his life. I would be doing the same, and so would most anyone.


10 posted on 12/03/2012 10:44:24 AM PST by marron
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To: Colofornian

Mitt Romney never had any loyalty to any state, it is fitting that once he had exploited local politics and moved onto national, that he would move to California.

I remember how the media brutalized HW Bush’s reputation by claiming that he would never actually live in Texas once he left the presidency.


11 posted on 12/03/2012 10:45:38 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer's successful run in Nebraska)
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To: DoughtyOne

There’s very little to be gained by trying to inform the Romney haters here or anywhere.

Romney has provided more jobs for people in this country than (probably) all freepers combined. Romney put his considerable money where his mouth was. And his efforts too. More than all the freepers here combined.

But the Romney haters still see the need to bash him and his wife. They’re not bashing the Obamas - even though they support third trimester abortion and have brought us to bankruptcy. We got what we voted for.

Maybe it’s not just the Mormon angle. Maybe it’s class envy. Whatever it is, it’s eating them up. Six months from now the angry freepers will still be sitting at their computers spewing their vitriol and Romney will have started another company or saved one from bankruptcy.


12 posted on 12/03/2012 10:48:26 AM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: taildragger; Catsrus

Ann and Mitt’s public devotion to abortion doesn’t bother you at all?


13 posted on 12/03/2012 10:48:50 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer's successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

“This country is full of takers and fools. They could have elected a talented businessman interested in creating jobs and helping business. Instead they went with a community organizer promising bigger government and more handouts. Truly sick if you ask me.”

Very well said, I think the same thing.


14 posted on 12/03/2012 10:49:10 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Colofornian

> The defeated Republican nominee...

Obama vote fraud cheated Romney, not defeat him.


15 posted on 12/03/2012 10:49:27 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: ladyjane

Conservatives don’t like Mitt Romney and the feeling is mutual.

Romney is the most left wing, most dishonest, most despicable man to ever win the GOP nomination.

Aside from being a pathological liar, for instance telling people that he marched with Martin Luther King, and longed to serve in Vietnam, that Ronald Reagan was “adamantly pro-choice” and other casual, and routine lies, Romney is something of a whack case, thinking that he is literally, becoming a God.


16 posted on 12/03/2012 10:56:29 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer's successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

See my tag line.

I am so disillusioned with what has happened to us - in the face of our problems they elected this $*%*% again???? Beyond comprehension.


17 posted on 12/03/2012 10:56:59 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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To: ansel12

Of course it bothers me. However, I doubt that either would have voted 4 times to leave a child born from a botched abortion to die. We had 2 choices in this election - neither of which was my preference, but it was what it was. All I know is that I wanted the marxist out of the WH, but the ignorants in this country overlooked all social issues - even those who oppose abortion and voted for the criminal anyway.

Mitt just evolved - like Obama did - what’s sauce for the goose - abortion is legal, unfortunately, and we have far more serious problems in this nation - in other words - bigger fish to fry. I would have preferred a conservative candidate, but even then - the field we had to choose from was pathetic this last year. So, rather than just lie down and let obama win by default - I voted - for all the good it did.

Simple as that.


18 posted on 12/03/2012 10:57:20 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: marron

Well said. I concur.


19 posted on 12/03/2012 10:57:53 AM PST by Obadiah (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: Colofornian
Perhaps disillusionment in Lds prophecy has set in.

Let's pray that if this is true that the Romneys don't follow the path of so many other disillusioned Mormons and walk away from all things spiritual. Just because the LDS "Church" presents a false Christ and a false gospel doesn't mean that the real Gospel of Jesus Christ isn't true. It seems that Mormons have their minds so poisoned about Christianity that even when they realize Mormonism is wrong, they can't bring themselves to consider the message of the Gospel.

Even though I've always considered the Romney Family as political enemies, I would love to call any of them a brother or sister in faith in the true Jesus Christ. (Even if they don't change their political views - I have other brothers and sisters in the faith who are confused on politics.)

20 posted on 12/03/2012 10:59:17 AM PST by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Colofornian

Sorry Mitt,

You were too good of a man for these times. Now a man has to be a lying, dirty double dealing, sorry MoFo to be in politics.


21 posted on 12/03/2012 11:00:57 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Colofornian

I am sure they are devastated, Romney was groomed for this and I am sure it is a great shock he lost.
They’ll get over this, play with grandkids and like most ‘also rans’, fad away.


22 posted on 12/03/2012 11:01:35 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: ansel12

“Ann and Mitt’s public devotion to abortion doesn’t bother you at all?”

I have come to the conclusion that there are MANY “Margaret Sanger conservatives” out there.


23 posted on 12/03/2012 11:02:22 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Not so "commanding", not so "inevitable".)
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To: Catsrus

The election is over, you don’t have to keep promoting the liberal, pro-abortion, gays in the military, homosexual scout leaders, anti-gun, Obamacare, Mitt Romney any more.

The challenge for conservatives now, is to end his disastrous influence on the GOP, and his war against conservatism and the tea party.


24 posted on 12/03/2012 11:04:56 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer's successful run in Nebraska)
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To: marron
The problem isn’t Obama, as many have rightly noted, its a country that thinks his is the right direction.

Amen.

25 posted on 12/03/2012 11:05:38 AM PST by madprof98
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To: ansel12; ladyjane

Good reply ansell, no fan of Romney but he would have been an improvement vs Obama. What I don’t get is the bitter FReeper like ladyjane continuing to blame conservatives for the loser that was Romney and co. All I can say is GET A LIFE!


26 posted on 12/03/2012 11:06:19 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: ansel12
Mitt Romney never had any loyalty to any state, it is fitting that once he had exploited local politics and moved onto national, that he would move to California.

Good grief. Palm, meet face.

27 posted on 12/03/2012 11:06:19 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: ladyjane

What has people upset is watching their candidate lose was should have been a slam dunk win.


28 posted on 12/03/2012 11:06:32 AM PST by Brookhaven (theconservativehand.com - alt2p.com)
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To: ladyjane

There’s very little to be gained by talking about the Romneys period.


29 posted on 12/03/2012 11:07:23 AM PST by DManA
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To: Colofornian

None of us really give a damn what Romney is up to now. Thanks for the losing campaign, Loser. Thanks for destroying any conservative that stood in your way so we could actually win the election.


30 posted on 12/03/2012 11:08:23 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: marron

You’re right. Mitt could be 5 days cold in the ground and a better President than “O” on his BEST day!


31 posted on 12/03/2012 11:08:51 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: ladyjane
Maybe it’s not just the Mormon angle. Maybe it’s class envy. Whatever it is, it’s eating them up.

Get a clue, dear. It wasn't the Mormon angle and it wasn't class envy behind so many American patriots' rejection of Romney. It was HIS RECORD, which was that of a competent functional Democrat. If pro-state-run health care, pro-tax-funded abortion, pro homosexual agenda from elementary schools to the military to adoption agencies, pro global warming and pro activist liberal judges Romney is what the Repblican party offers forth, what the hell is the point of being a Republican?

Some of us don't vote for liberals, period. You do.

32 posted on 12/03/2012 11:09:23 AM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Colofornian

I’ve never read such a ridiculous and sophomoric news article.

The Times is quite literally “reporting” rumors in some cases and making up others. Then it just flat-out beats Romney with a stick putting into the article catch phrases that are totally unnecessary (his “CEO buddies...”).

This article shows that the Left is afraid that Romney will use his near-win to attack from outside of Washington. Something that he should consider.

Like him or not, he landed serious punches on Obama. A Romney untethered by Party could be beneficial.

Besides, Obama didn’t really win anything to brag about - what, his amazing economic and foreign policy plans got him re-elected??? C’mon. Even the vote count was awful close.

If Romney went on the attack and became a talking head (a la Palin) then he could really do some damage to an already fragile Administration.


33 posted on 12/03/2012 11:13:16 AM PST by Noamie
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To: ansel12

I’m not promoting anyone. I merely suggested these were the choices we had this election, so STFU, smart a**.


34 posted on 12/03/2012 11:19:49 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; All
Sorry Mitt, You were too good of a man for these times...

Too 'good' of a man? Wow!

Mitt advocated just three months ago that babies whose moms' health (not life) was suspect -- as determined by the abortion industry -- were up to be 'snuffed out.' All from a man who believes that pre-existent spirit babies are born on another planet and await bodies to inhabited here.

And a full three years AFTER he supposedly underwent a "pro-life conversion" over embryos, he announced on a Katie Couric interview (Dec 2007) that...
...parents (yes, he properly used the word "parents") could either give up their embryos for adoption [otherwise known as the Snowflake adoption process]...
...OR, parents could choose to give them up for "research"...

My...how "pro-choice" of Mitt on parenting!!!

And you call him "good"

Your pro-life/pro-abort discernment radar is WAY off the mark!!!

Furthermore, in July of 2007, even the Mormon church owned Deseret News questioned Mitt's linkages to the porn industry via being LONG-TIME on the board for Marriott, which has sold porn movies to its customers.

The DesNews wrote an editorial entitled "The Nasty Taint of Pornography" -- and cited Mitt's $25,000 per year he pulled in from Marriott...which totaled into hundreds of thousands of $ from Marriott over the yrs

Lastly this man -- like the 15-20% of all Mormons who are 'temple Mormons' ... Mormons who believe they are "gods in embryo" and will one day steal praise, worship, prayers and glory from THE ONE TRUE GOD ... has no qualms about practicing idolatry.

Your "good" is so relativized that promoting and paying for abortions (what RomneyCare has done); getting employment $ from the porn industry; and practicing open idolatry is ignored.

But, hey, you weren't alone. MILLIONS of others chose to ignore the above as well...proving that they can compromise and capitulate when they want to as well...

35 posted on 12/03/2012 11:21:24 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: CommerceComet

Can you imagine how fruitful the Romneys would be if they were evangelizing the truth of Christianity? May our prayers be heard for their conversion and that they see the light.


36 posted on 12/03/2012 11:22:22 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: Colofornian

Mitt...

Thanks for giving it the old college try, but it’s time to exit the stage now.


37 posted on 12/03/2012 11:22:38 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: DManA
There’s very little to be gained by talking about the Romneys period.

(Might be a good pt...except here you are talking about the Romneys :) )

38 posted on 12/03/2012 11:22:48 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Aria

It’s like this:

I live in CA, the most socialistic and bankrupt and screwed up state in the nation. When I moved here, this was the greatest place. We had EVERYTHING. Great weather, beautiful scenery, gorgeous weather, a Republican governor, a creative, talented, energetic, entrepreneurial population, no shortage of interesting things to due and talented people and creative ideas, and yes, a pro-business environment. In point of fact, I was just a college grad student at the time, by I secured two part time jobs within one week of plane landing down to help pay my way through grad school. Those were the days! We had such a vibrant economy here, anyone who wanted to could find work and become successful.

Then, in 1992, after voting 40 years Republican (except for the 1964 landslide), the state, almost overnight, shifted SOLIDLY BLUE, voting not only for Bill Clinton that year, but Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein as well. CA has not looked bavk ever since....it just turned sold left after 1992.

Now I was always hoping and praying that the rest of the nation would not follow suit. Look at our huge mistakes, our high unemployment, our out of control unions, our massive debt, and out of control spending and state legislature, our intense anti-business climate.....no the rest of the nation seems adamantly determined to make the same mistakes as both California and Europe.

It’s not just the people of CA who have their heads imbedded up their rectums. Obama would have still won the election in both 2008 and 2012 WITHOUT CA’s electoral votes.

I have had more time to adjust than others. Buy my worst nightmares have come true. The rest of the nation is following CA’s (and Europe’s) path towards socialism and government dependence and handouts. Perhaps there are historical forces working out there that we conservatives cannot reverse. Ancient Rome made the same mistakes as the decadent republic and later the emperors made the urban masses dependent upon public largesse. Then it eventually crumbled. The human condition doesn’t change very much over the centuries.


39 posted on 12/03/2012 11:23:11 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Colofornian

I started off this election not liking Romney. By the end, I really thought he’d make a decent president and would be able to try to bring people together to try to resolve our fiscal nightmare. I also saw what a decent person he is personally with all his charitable acts and giving. I guess we’ll never know what type of president he would be but I do think the better man lost the election.


40 posted on 12/03/2012 11:25:51 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: ansel12

And Obama’s lies don’t bother or offend you? I do know that Mitt’s dad was very active in civil rights - so maybe he was referring to his dad marching with MLK. I don’t know, because this statement is new to me. I did some research on his dad and he indeed was active in civil rights and marching. Are you sure you have your stories straight?

I happen to think that Newt is also as dishonest as the rest of them. I just happen to think that most if not all politicians are somewhat dishonest.

Mitt wouldn’t embrace the tea party or conservatives, and maybe that rather than voter fraud is what defeated him. So, in any case - we’re stuck with a bigger liar in the WH than what you purport Mitt to be.


41 posted on 12/03/2012 11:26:03 AM PST by Catsrus
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To: Catsrus

You and I both know that the election is over as does the rest of the world, so you can drop the romneybot routine now.

The challenge for conservatives now, is to end Romney’s disastrously negative influence on the GOP, and his war against conservatism and the tea party.


42 posted on 12/03/2012 11:26:14 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer's successful run in Nebraska)
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To: Colofornian

I’m talking about talking about the Romneys.


43 posted on 12/03/2012 11:26:58 AM PST by DManA
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To: ladyjane; All
Maybe it’s not just the Mormon angle. Maybe it’s class envy

Class envy? How about the OTHER two angles I mentioned in post #35?...Mitt's linkages to the abortion & porn industries

And a fourth -- that he's a RINO? And that he caused MILLIONS of voters to for the VERY first time...vote for a BIG GOVT, pro-abort!

They’re not bashing the Obamas - even though they support third trimester abortion...

This kind of comment, shows all FREEPERs exactly where you and your ilk stand: You couldn't simply castigate Obama for being pro-abortion alone. Why? Because that might implicate Mitt as well.

Therefore, you have to "reach" for third-trimester abortions" as a distinction.

Translation for everybody here: You couldn't give more of a rip about less-gestationally aged pre-borns...which, btw, are over 99% of all abortions...as with Tiller the Killer the dead in Wichita, very few late-term abortionists exist anywhere in the U.S.!!!

That's the bottom-line, and it's a pathetic ethic!

44 posted on 12/03/2012 11:29:29 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
Yup...the White Horse prophesy failed


45 posted on 12/03/2012 11:29:44 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SMARTY

I agree that virtually ANYONE would be better than Obama-—BUT- when Romney failed to endorse the massive Chik Fil A demonstrations OR even mention Obama’s unconstitutional Amnsty we thinking patriots knew the game plan was a losing one


46 posted on 12/03/2012 11:34:31 AM PST by usmc19651990. (chik fil a,amnesty,obama,RINO)
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To: ansel12

Hey Ansell why don’t you fill us in on how your brilliant so-con heros Akin and Murdock are doing? They truly set back the pro life and conservative movements. The dims will be using their misogynistic and factually untrue remarks to keep the war on woman alive for years. Now we have candidates who can’t even answer how old the earth is.

Romney was actually the best candidate on the the right. As another poster said he was too decent for the times.


47 posted on 12/03/2012 11:37:09 AM PST by Blackirish
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To: Noamie
Like him or not, he landed serious punches on Obama. A Romney untethered by Party could be beneficial.

One good debate did not a campaign make.

He essentially backed down most other places...except for his campaign ads..which is what he did in the primaries...using his ads to attack his competitors.

You know, when you go up vs. a boxer that doesn't even know how to duck, weave and bob vs. punches, your comment really doesn't say much.

48 posted on 12/03/2012 11:38:10 AM PST by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

Why would someone who is smart retreat to Califoria?
Most everybody else is trying to get out?


49 posted on 12/03/2012 11:38:41 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: ladyjane

They’re not bashing the Obamas - even though they support third trimester abortion
____________________________________________

Kid I bash both the Obamas and the Romneys for their support of third trimester abortions...

and the first and second too..

as I do anyone else who do so...


50 posted on 12/03/2012 11:39:09 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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