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Netflix Documentary Shows "Mitt" Like You've Never Seen Him
Townhall.com ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | John Hanlon

Posted on 01/29/2014 5:09:36 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas

“I can’t fake it,” then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney said as the political advisers and family members nearby deflated. They knew what that meant.

The scene, which occurred during the heated 2008 GOP primary battle between Romney and his rising political adversary, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), occurs early on in the new Netflix documentary, Mitt. The film premieres on Netflix at 11 AM today and offers a rarely-seen look at the former Governor and his family as they trudge through two seemingly-endless presidential campaigns.

Director Greg Whiteley was given great access to Romney during those campaigns, and he uses it to craft a delicate but commanding voyage into what it means to be a presidential candidate today. The feature begins and ends with the results of the 2012 election. We all know how the election ended but few of us know what it’s like working day-to-day on a presidential campaign and seeing the disparity between a candidate’s real personality and the caricature of him that’s presented to the public (“the flipping Mormon,” as Romney says).

Leaving superficiality aside, Mitt offers up an intimate look at this skilled politician, and a man who— if things had been different— could’ve been president of the United States.

When he notes he can’t “fake it,” he’s talking about the long odds against him in the 2008 primary. After losing Florida (thanks in part to Governor Charlie Crist’s endorsement of McCain), Romney knows that his opponent is unbeatable. The former Governor could, as some presidential aspirants would, continue to give the same stump speeches, the same talking points and the same fundraising calls he’s done a million times before. But he refuses. He can’t fake something he doesn’t believe in anymore.

And one of the most compelling aspects of Whiteley’s well-organized feature is how open the candidate is to the camera, even during moments of great sadness and heartbreak. While some of the candidate’s best-known attributes are on display (his business acumen, for one), the documentary also presents a more fully-rounded portrait of Romney and his family.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; inman; mitt; mormon; mormonism; mormonmade; movie; netflix; romney
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"There are five years left before we reach the tipping point." That's how Mitt sums up the state of the nation after his electoral defeat.

This is a heart-breaking movie. Mitt comes across as about as decent a man as anyone can imagine. He's realistic, level-headed, and loving. His family is absolutely beautiful.

And I'm saying this as someone who was a harsh critic of his.

The movie is especially poignant, considering the fact that the fundamental transformation of America is almost complete.

We would be far better off with him as president today.

1 posted on 01/29/2014 5:09:36 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Did Mitt ever apologize to Gov. Palin and her children
for the attacks of his disgusting surrogates just
prior to the Election of 2008?

or did he not let her speak in 2012
after he attacked every conservative
but before he ‘gave up’?


2 posted on 01/29/2014 5:14:25 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I agree with you and in before the bash Mitt posts. 5,4,3,2,......


3 posted on 01/29/2014 5:14:31 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

I agree too... and you weren’t fast enough. ;-)


4 posted on 01/29/2014 5:17:07 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Diogenesis
My Hero.



LOL
5 posted on 01/29/2014 5:17:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Diogenesis

Oh just suck it up and get over it. What a bunch of whiners there are on this website. I’m really tired of it.


6 posted on 01/29/2014 5:19:36 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Are YOU “over” Romney’s RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE?
or how about the rest of HIS impositions?

Clearly, you also support Obama.


7 posted on 01/29/2014 5:21:18 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“”Mitt” Like You’ve Never Seen Him”

This makes the unfounded assumption that we would like to see him again.

I’ve seen all I need to see of Willard RINOmney.


8 posted on 01/29/2014 5:21:29 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: Mercat
Oh just suck it up and get over it. What a bunch of whiners there are on this website. I’m really tired of it.

FReepers could use a good opus about now iffin yer up fer it.
9 posted on 01/29/2014 5:24:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Mitt comes across as about as decent a man as anyone can imagine. He's realistic, level-headed, and loving. His family is absolutely beautiful.

Does it bother you that after the nomination he reverted back to being pro-abortion and came out against the party's pro-life platform, and that he ran pro-choice ads in Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin?

10 posted on 01/29/2014 5:25:19 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: St_Thomas_Aquinas

In before the in before the folks.


11 posted on 01/29/2014 5:25:20 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

Damn!


12 posted on 01/29/2014 5:25:38 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: cripplecreek
True. We haven't had a good opus in a while.

/johnny

13 posted on 01/29/2014 5:28:22 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Diogenesis

Have any links between Romney and Palin smearers been made? Or are these just rumors and guesses? I would like to know.


14 posted on 01/29/2014 5:33:51 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Didn't watch.

But I think we might be some better off with Mitt...Although I think Mitt is a GOPe..and maybe it's better we just get to the end of it..with Bracki.

I'd rather get to where we are going...faster than drip, drip, drip.

Mitt wasn't going to stop anything. Just like McCain, Dole, Hatch, McConnell, Cristie, Bush,..etc...etc...

15 posted on 01/29/2014 5:40:08 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: andyk

Mercat beat you in post three.

I’m in before the pointless, bitter, internecine mudfight, hurled mittful after filthy mittful...lol....


16 posted on 01/29/2014 5:41:54 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I should DVR it in case I ever eat something bad and it needs to come up. I can save the charcoal or syrup of ipecac

The only thing worse than this tripe is Rush, et all, falling for this

It’s right on the heels of Christie losing his spot. This stand for nothing but getting rid of conservatives guy who goes in just to clear the path for the dems so the GOP can stay in the minority country club collecting perks from lobbyists working for corporatists, is worse than Obama

At least we know he’s a Kenyan born, lady hating interloper as Gutfeld aptly points out

No no no no no


17 posted on 01/29/2014 5:44:44 PM PST by stanne
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“We would be far better off with him as president today.”

Yes, we would. But he is not and the bastard is and he post because he ran the poorer campaign and made some serious mistakes and I don’t want HIM, or “JEB” or Christie or some other damn RINO to run again.

Its time we ran a Reagan clone and WON for a change!!


18 posted on 01/29/2014 5:46:34 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Mitt played the puppy to McCain, so that “his turn” was next!
Neither one of these lizards are worth it, then and now.
No thank you, GOP_E!


19 posted on 01/29/2014 5:54:02 PM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: ZULU

The last thing we need is a candidate the media can love for a while before the thrill is gone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI


20 posted on 01/29/2014 5:56:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Bingo! As a matter of fact, the LAST thing we need is a candidate the media likes - PERIOD.

If they like him, he’s no good.


21 posted on 01/29/2014 5:58:31 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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Mittsie, we hardly know ye ...

thank goodness


22 posted on 01/29/2014 6:01:44 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: ZULU

I know they hate Ted Cruz and he handles the media well.


23 posted on 01/29/2014 6:02:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ZULU

They practically french-kissed McCain until he was nominated.

Then they stuck the knife in his back and twisted.

Course that ignores the fact he stuck the knife into the side of his head and twisted.

NO MORE RINOs. We’ve waited long enough to watch the Left in the Republican party have their way. It’s our turn damn it.


24 posted on 01/29/2014 6:02:50 PM PST by DoughtyOne (AMNESTY is job none...)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
This makes the unfounded assumption that we would like to see him again. I’ve seen all I need to see of Willard RINOmney.

I could have said the same thing. But if you have Netflix streaming, the video might change your mind, at least a little.

25 posted on 01/29/2014 6:05:19 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: ansel12
Does it bother you that after the nomination he reverted back to being pro-abortion and came out against the party's pro-life platform, and that he ran pro-choice ads in Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin?

If that's true, it would bother me. But check out the movie. It's on Netflix streaming.

26 posted on 01/29/2014 6:07:18 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Osage Orange
Mitt wasn't going to stop anything. Just like McCain, Dole, Hatch, McConnell, Cristie, Bush,..etc...etc...

Probably true, although I believe he would have voted rescind Obamacare. But my estimation of him as a man increased significantly after seeing this behind-the-scenes movie.

27 posted on 01/29/2014 6:09:21 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: ZULU
Its time we ran a Reagan clone and WON for a change!!

Can't argue with that. I'm for Cruz. But...

I learned something from this movie, and that is that Mitt is head-and-shouders above McCain and Christie.

28 posted on 01/29/2014 6:12:32 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

It is true, how did you miss it?

(CBS News) In an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, Mitt Romney said his views on abortion rights are more lenient than those put forward in the Republican party platform.

“My position has been clear throughout this campaign,” Romney said. “I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.”

PELLEY: Well, the platform as written at this convention for the Republicans does not allow for exceptions on abortion with regard to the health of the mother or rape or incest. Is that where you are?

ROMNEY: No. My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.


29 posted on 01/29/2014 6:30:21 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: ansel12

OK, he’s wrong, but that doesn’t make him the anti-Christ.


30 posted on 01/29/2014 6:33:24 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Do you like Romney’s being a powerful advocate for gay power, and homosexualizing the military, and gay Boy Scout leaders and his kicking them out of helping during the Winter Olympics for opposing gays?

Mitt romney:
“” One issue I want to clarify concerns President Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” military policy. I believe that the Clinton compromise was a step in the right direction. I am also convinced that it is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share.””


31 posted on 01/29/2014 6:35:25 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: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Do you know how we found out the Romney’s supported planned Parenthood and that Mitt did fund raising for them?

He quit trying to deny it when the photo appeared.


32 posted on 01/29/2014 6:44:48 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: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Him exciting

I’m going to bed.


33 posted on 01/29/2014 6:53:55 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: cripplecreek

Dawg

LOL


34 posted on 01/29/2014 6:54:53 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: ansel12
Obviously Mitt has made some very bad decisions. But after seeing the film, I can only see these as errors, and not deliberate evil. Your conclusion may vary.

There is a difference between material sin and a formal sin.

35 posted on 01/29/2014 6:55:05 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: cripplecreek

Quick!!!

Don’t cut him any slack!

LOL


36 posted on 01/29/2014 6:56:08 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Pro choice, better for gays then Kennedy, totally lame candidacy, willing to accept Directors compensation at Marriott based on selling in-room porn, etc.


37 posted on 01/29/2014 7:32:27 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: Diogenesis
Did Mitt ever apologize to Gov. Palin and her children for the attacks of his disgusting surrogates just prior to the Election of 2008?

I'm waiting for Palin to apologize for her embarrassing FB post supporting the disgraceful traitor McCain against his rightful censure by the Arizona GOP. Will she shame herself further by campaigning for him in 2016?

38 posted on 01/29/2014 7:56:00 PM PST by montag813
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

What I will never understand is the “two Mitts” that ran. In the Republican Primary he was ruthless. In the general election he was almost passive. What the hell happened?


39 posted on 01/29/2014 9:51:00 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!!!!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

What bad decisions?

These are lifelong beliefs and positions, not bad decisions.

Mitt Romney has always been the creepy, self serving, shallow creature that he is as he turns 67.

With Romney, as you dig, you only find more ugliness and a deeper commitment against what is good and conservative.

Start looking at him in his youth, through his life, and to now, he can spend 100s of millions to try and create a public image, but the inner man is just a disaster, his duplicity and level of dishonesty and his total disconnect from honesty and truth, are amazing to see.


40 posted on 01/29/2014 10:44:43 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: St_Thomas_Aquinas

He is a decent God-fearing man f great integrity.


41 posted on 01/30/2014 2:37:54 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Totally agree.

RINOS

42 posted on 01/30/2014 2:39:07 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: ZULU

Decent men do not continually lie and shift positions dependent on political winds.

You could power a jumbo jet with all of mitts spinning and inconsistent positions.


43 posted on 01/30/2014 2:41:24 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jewbacca

True. Supported him for President, but not i the primary.


44 posted on 01/30/2014 6:32:21 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: ZULU
He is a decent God-fearing man f great integrity.

His lack of integrity is what forms him, and do we really need to tell the public that Mitt Romney thinks that he is going to become a God?

45 posted on 01/30/2014 12:36:42 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: ansel12; ZULU

Oops, did you mean Cruz?


46 posted on 01/30/2014 12:37:58 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: St_Thomas_Aquinas

47 posted on 01/30/2014 3:43:16 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Diogenesis
Did Mitt ever apologize to Gov. Palin and her children for the attacks of his disgusting surrogates just prior to the Election of 2008?


48 posted on 01/30/2014 3:46:10 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

49 posted on 01/30/2014 3:59:50 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Osage Orange

The key to stopping the mess that Obama/Hillary/Reid/Pelosi made is controlling legislation. That happens by us getting the most conservative House and Senate we can. It will involve RINOs, because America votes for them. The President, if he’s GOPe/RINO is a massive improvement over any Dem presently known. If we control all 3 we’ll have the committee control to force compromises to our side for a change. We didn’t get here in one fell swoop. It will take a generation+ to get us out of it. Step one is winning both chambers in 2014.


50 posted on 01/30/2014 7:27:48 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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