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In new film, a dramatic look at Mitt Romney's loss of confidence
Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2014 | Byron York

Posted on 01/18/2014 4:27:38 PM PST by gusopol3

A new documentary about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The film, "Mitt," is an extraordinarily intimate look at the former Massachusetts governor as he ran for president twice, in 2008 and 2012. Director Greg Whiteley had impressed Romney with his 2005 documentary "New York Doll," which brilliantly chronicled a broken-down rock musician's conversion to Mormonism, and for the new film, Romney gave Whiteley unprecedented freedom to record behind-the-scenes moments as the candidate and his family endured the trials of two presidential campaigns.....

the old lack of confidence came out again as Romney suggested he never felt comfortable in the race. He passed on something someone at headquarters had told him: "In some ways, we kind of had to steal the Republican nomination. Our party is southern, evangelical and populist. And you're northern, and you're Mormon, and you're rich. And these do not match well with our party."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012election; documentary; election; election2012; hollywood; massachusetts; mitt; mittromney; mittthemovie; moviereview; romney; romney2012
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He had the key in his hand at the end of the first debate, when he spoke of our founding documents. He didn't recognize it, threw it down and forgot about it.
1 posted on 01/18/2014 4:27:38 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

At this point, what difference does it make???


2 posted on 01/18/2014 4:31:26 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: gusopol3
He had the key in his hand at the end of the first debate, when he spoke of our founding documents. He didn't recognize it, threw it down and forgot about it.

Race car guys go by feel in the "set-up", sometimes after it feels good don't try to tweak it anymore, run what ya brung at that point. Ditto that Rock and Roll bands they know the music or the song is a hit by a reaction of the crowd. I get the sense Romney didn't have the 6th sense that what he was doing was working even when he hit on it, he kept trying to tweak it more, maybe it is because it wasn't in his core. Ronald Reagan had this 6th sense, and unfortunately I think BHO has it too.

3 posted on 01/18/2014 4:34:34 PM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: gusopol3
We had this weak ass forced on us and the GOP will do it again next time. On a personal note, having a jackass like Gorgeous George for a father would damage anyone for a public career.
4 posted on 01/18/2014 4:36:56 PM PST by robowombat
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To: gusopol3

I’ll watch it right after I watch Weinstein and Streep’s film.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 4:38:27 PM PST by real saxophonist
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To: gusopol3
First verse, Mitt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmXumtgwtak.

6 posted on 01/18/2014 4:40:09 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: gusopol3

He should have gone negative from day 1 and kept poring it on for the whole election. It could have been a rout.

But he was too too goody good to do that.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 4:40:18 PM PST by DManA
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To: gusopol3

Why did the big donors insist upon a candidate that did not “match well with our party”?
That’s such an obvious recipe for failure.
Yet they could have guaranteed the Republican candidate’s failure just as well by denying funding to any candidate.

Why spend money to get what they can have for free?


8 posted on 01/18/2014 4:40:55 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: gusopol3
When I learned that Mormons believe that Jesus and Lucifer were/are BROTHERS, I gave up listening to Romney.
ANYone who would buy THAT lie simply was never a Christian.
9 posted on 01/18/2014 4:48:50 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: gusopol3

I had Republicans here try to tell me that Romney was a good candidate. Same with McCain.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 4:50:19 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: cloudmountain

he was also never a conservative


11 posted on 01/18/2014 4:50:22 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: mrsmith
Yet they could have guaranteed the Republican candidate’s failure just as well by denying funding to any candidate

They will save that move for a conservative

12 posted on 01/18/2014 4:52:39 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ilovesarah2012; svcw

At this point, what difference does it make???
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seems to make a great deal of difference to the RomneyBots who are already pushing Willard for 2016..


13 posted on 01/18/2014 4:54:15 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: gusopol3

Over the last 8 or 9 years I have tried to dig very deeply into who Romney is and has been all of his life.

Artificial is the word, from his youth to everything else, he is an artificial man, totally driven to check off boxes of success.

Even after decades in elective politics and two major presidential runs, his life as the son of two major politicains, and as the husband of a small time politician who has held office, an attempt to decide what his true politics and positions are, is impossible for almost everyone, he is just an ambitious, artificial man, driven to win things.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 4:54:29 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: gusopol3

someone at headquarters had told him: “In some ways, we kind of had to steal the Republican nomination
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Yep that’s the only way liberal Willard got the nomination...

killed off the Conservatives in the race...


15 posted on 01/18/2014 4:56:04 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: gusopol3

Romney helped Obama in 2008, for Soros, by directing
the attack on the Palin Family.

As a reward, the miserable GOP gave him the nomination
of which he had no real interest.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 4:56:17 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: GeronL
he was also never a conservative

I guess not. Compared to the other wild-eyed liberal fanatics, he APPEARED conservative.

17 posted on 01/18/2014 4:56:19 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
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18 posted on 01/18/2014 4:58:08 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: taildragger
Ronald Reagan had this 6th sense, and unfortunately I think BHO has it too.

I'd have to disagree. In the last few days of the 2012 race, Obama couldn't draw flies to his rallies. Those who showed up seemed dispirited.

In his last appearance, in Des Moines, Obama was clearly acting like he had lost the race. His attending media sensed the vibe...and started writing political obituaries. Even the NYT did a long think piece discussing "Could Obama really lose?"

At that point, Obama had no sense of winning. If there is somebody on his team who has that sixth sense, it is probably Axelrod. Certainly, his campaign team kept assuring a nervous media that the race was well in hand.

19 posted on 01/18/2014 4:58:36 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: gusopol3

Romney didn’t know he was going to debate two people in the second debate (Obozo and Crowly), and he didn’t know Obozo would be wearing a wire. When I saw Obama months later speaking to someone with a foreign language and he had a wire, he had the same look on his face.


20 posted on 01/18/2014 4:59:51 PM PST by NotTallTex
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To: gusopol3
He passed on something someone at headquarters had told him: "In some ways, we kind of had to steal the Republican nomination. Our party is southern, evangelical and populist."

The fact somebody at his headquarters told him this, and that he believed it, is pretty much exactly what's wrong with the Republican Party.

First, look at the red/blue map. The Republican Party is an everywhere Party, not just in the South. The Democrats big problem is that they're entirely an URBAN Party, with no support outside of large cities to speak of.

Second, evangelical? Please be serious. For those with religious affiliation, the Republican Party is almost evenly split between mainline Protestants and non-Latino Catholics, Of the Protestants, only 65% percent identify as Evangelicals. And, as a matter of fact, 25% of Republicans identify as atheist, agnostic, independent, or nothing at all. [numbers from Pew Research, 2011 -- this agrees well with earlier Pew and other supporting polls.] That makes Evangelicals a large, important minority within the Party, but hardly a makes the Republican Party an "Evangelical" Party.

Third: Populist? That's the dumbest part of all. The squishy RINO's are hardly "populists," they're blue-blood hereditary and elitist types, and the conservatives are principled ideologues, with no populist inclinations at all.

If Romney had jackasses like this in his headquarters, and worse yet, believed them, it's no wonder he lost. They didn't even understand the composition of their own party, or what would be needed to reach them, let alone the Indies.

21 posted on 01/18/2014 4:59:57 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: ansel12

I don’t know; this review makes him sound like somebody who was contemplating his navel just a little too much.


22 posted on 01/18/2014 5:01:29 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: DManA

Yet he was plenty negative in the primaries, not to mention utterly dishonest in his attacks on Mr. Newt — typical GOP-e RINO, eating his own. I hope and pray he will not return to politics, EVER!


23 posted on 01/18/2014 5:01:44 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: mrsmith
Why did the big donors insist upon a candidate that did not “match well with our party”?

Simple. Because the Big Donors don't "match well with the party", either.

In their view, the "base" is a mob of Bible-thumping, gun-toting redneck hicks.

It explains why they're so anxious for amnesty -- they want a more civilized class of voters.

24 posted on 01/18/2014 5:01:50 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: gusopol3

Even when he won, he could not overcome the fraud.


25 posted on 01/18/2014 5:04:52 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Our party is southern, evangelical and populist.

At this point, what difference does it make???

LESSON LEARNED.

26 posted on 01/18/2014 5:10:39 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: gusopol3

If he had only fought Obastard in the general as hard as he fought Conservatives in the primaries.


27 posted on 01/18/2014 5:16:36 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Newt had his chance. He has too much negative baggage and no matter when/if he tries again, it will sink him.


28 posted on 01/18/2014 5:17:51 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: DManA

They had no problem going negative on Newt, in fact the carpet bombed Newt in Iowa. They succefully destroyed the 3 more conservative canidates in the primary by going negative. Yet, they treat liberals as if they are royalty.

And that is the problem, he fit with his party all too well. It has nothing with being Northern or Morman.


29 posted on 01/18/2014 5:18:17 PM PST by Dead Dog
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To: gusopol3

Our party is southern, evangelical and populist. And you’re northern, and you’re Mormon, and you’re rich. And these do not match well with our party.


Had Romney not ignored the base then he would’ve won. The guy went to the mushy center in the primary...who does that and expects the Conservative base to vote for you!!!!

At the Convention, no SArah Palin...really...why watch if Romney and co treat her like Democrats did.


30 posted on 01/18/2014 5:22:20 PM PST by RginTN
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To: gusopol3
I will enthusiastically vote for a conservative, unfortunately Mitt did not qualify, nor does Christie or Jeb.

Even more unfortunate is that the GOPe is doubling down on stupid rendering themselves worse than useless, they have become the enemy of conservatism and can go the way of the Whigs.

31 posted on 01/18/2014 5:24:49 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Some d..ays...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: leapfrog0202
"Newt had his chance. He has too much negative baggage and no matter when/if he tries again, it will sink him."

Yes. No matter what the next GOP candidate better be squeaky clean, because no matter how tiny the skeleton in the closet, the MSM will make it huge.

Romney would have been a much better POTUS than Obama though.

Hell, I'd take Jerry Ford or Nelson Rockefeller over Obama.

At least their goal wasn't to destroy the USA.

32 posted on 01/18/2014 5:24:58 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: okie01; GeronL

I think the explanation is that the big donors have to “pay to play” anyway so they figure they mught as well pick the candidate.
Obviously we’ll know we’ve won the war against the GOPe when the Party tells them: “If you don’t ‘pay to play’ and support whatever candidates our people nominate... well, you know what happens to those who don’t pay.”

If we ever win that war. The big donors are now dependent on subsidized consumer spending- which is the antithesis of Conservatism and is unsustainable besides.


33 posted on 01/18/2014 5:26:49 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: NotTallTex

and he didn’t know Obozo would be wearing a wire.
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well Willard himself wore a secret wire during the 2008 primary debates...

So ???


34 posted on 01/18/2014 5:27:02 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: RginTN

They did far worse than ignore conservatives, they made it plain as day that they did not want us and did not need us.


35 posted on 01/18/2014 5:28:05 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: Dead Dog

I thought it was a replay of McCain, attack hard in the primaries then go squishy soft on Obama.


36 posted on 01/18/2014 5:29:40 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: NotTallTex

Ann B. sums it up the best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjJ27P4mXWM


37 posted on 01/18/2014 5:32:25 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: gusopol3

Saw a vanity plate today that read “NO MITZ” and wasn’t sure what to make of it. Romney comment? Rep or Dem? Baseball Fan?


38 posted on 01/18/2014 5:38:55 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: gusopol3

Why didn’t he play his ace in the third debate, the one about foreign policy? I kept yelling at him through the TV screen to bring up Benghazi, but he never did.


39 posted on 01/18/2014 5:52:55 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: gusopol3
The GOP rah rah plane flight....


40 posted on 01/18/2014 5:57:29 PM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: gusopol3
What Romney should have done was EMBRACE being rich. That would have killed Obama and the Left's narrative about him being a corporate raider.

All he had to say was, "Hell yeah, I'm rich, and I'm damn proud of it. Why does Obama want people to be poor in America?"

FAIL

41 posted on 01/18/2014 5:59:32 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: sickoflibs
I had Republicans here try to tell me that Romney was a good candidate. Same with McCain.

And they're still around on this board--They especially dislike Sarah Palin ("uneducated"; "a quitter").

42 posted on 01/18/2014 6:01:18 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: sickoflibs
I had Republicans here try to tell me that Romney was a good candidate. Same with McCain.

They'll be back...they'll be back. Won't matter which loser the GOPe picks next year, they'll be back.

43 posted on 01/18/2014 6:02:11 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: gusopol3

The GOPe didn’t make pro-homo adoption Mitt Romneycare their candidate to beat Obama. They put him in to make sure conservatives didn’t have a chance. They knew that anyone even slightly conservative would crush the witless, charmless, classless, talentless, meritless Barry Soetoro.


44 posted on 01/18/2014 6:11:05 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: cloudmountain

“ANYone who would buy THAT lie simply was never a Christian.”

and who are you to sit in judgment of any man? as a Christian you should recall the following:

Matthew Chapt 7:

” 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”


45 posted on 01/18/2014 6:13:07 PM PST by IWONDR
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To: DManA
He should have gone negative

Considering his opponent, and the only half hearted Republicans negative would only have been a service to the country.

But he was the only thing between obama and a chance for his fellow Americans. The party blew it big time with Mitt and their message. The cat was in the bag for another term of the liberals.

However Obama still could have been handed an embarrassing defeat if only the 4 MILLION conservatives who voted Republican in 2008 would have voted. By NOT VOTING they voted FOR obama.

So those 4 million nonvoters/obama voters are the main reason for the defeat. Anyone who at least tried to take the victory away from the left by voting is a true American. and those who did not were children playing high school games.

It has been noted before but those nonvoters gave us far worse than a dictator, they gave the Republic away to the left. SCOTUS was the prize the left wanted as much as presidency. Obama will get 2 to 4 chances to appoint members of SCOTUS before his term is over (if it ends in 2016.)

With a packed SCOTUS, and a bevy of federal judges, and a huge number of secretaries of state... does anyone think he will smoothly leave office? Welcome to the end of our Republic as the founders gave it to us!

Read my tag line kids, always voting means something.....
46 posted on 01/18/2014 6:14:26 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: ansel12

“he is just an ambitious, artificial man, driven to win things”

compared to the real, authentic man we now have in the White House ? i know who i would have rather had as president.


47 posted on 01/18/2014 6:16:45 PM PST by IWONDR
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To: JSteff

Blame the victims. Empower the oppressors.

Save your lectures. I just laugh at you. And not a jolly laugh.


48 posted on 01/18/2014 6:23:14 PM PST by DManA
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To: cloudmountain

During the primaries which wild eyed liberals would those be?


49 posted on 01/18/2014 6:29:58 PM PST by Nifster
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To: leapfrog0202

“Newt had his chance. He has too much negative baggage and no matter when/if he tries again, it will sink him.”

Newt’s baggage probably pales in comparison to the baggage BO had hidden from the voting public by the MSM. Newt would have eviscerated BO in the debates, but then the MSM would have painted NEWT as some sort of radical, right wing extremist. but at least, i believe, that Newt wouldn’t have hesitated to respond to the MSM attacks. Romney was too vulnerable because of his self doubt, thinking he could never do better than his idolized dad.

consider how America has done with those presidents who have had missing fathers?


50 posted on 01/18/2014 6:32:50 PM PST by IWONDR
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