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New frontrunner in GOPís 2016 New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney, of course
Hot Air ^ | January 30, 2014 | Allahpundit

Posted on 01/30/2014 10:43:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Gut-check time: Am I enough of a hack to blog a poll as silly as this purely to goose my readers with a frisson of anxiety over another Romney run? Even by the usual hot-garbage standards of early presidential polling, this one’s hard to redeem. They’ve got a guy in the lead who’s definitely, assuredly not running — per the “Mitt” documentary, he only ran in 2012 because he knew he was next in line for the nomination — and they’ve omitted two guys in Marco Rubio and Scott Walker who very well might be. How informative is a poll like that? Even on a slow news day, it would take an unusually desperate hack to treat it as noteworthy.

So here you go.

If Romney were to run, he currently holds a lead in the New Hampshire Republican primary, with 25% of the vote. While Romney says he is not likely to run, it is instructive to note that he continues to cast a shadow over the primary at this early stage. He serves as a convenient “parking lot” for Republican voters who are waiting for other candidates to develop.

Of non-Romney candidates, Rand Paul has 18% of the vote, essentially tied with Chris Christie (17%), with Jeb Bush receiving 13%. Ted Cruz (7%) and Bobby Jindal (5%) round out the GOP candidates tested in this wave of the PurplePoll.

There’s truth to that, actually. Mitt “leading” the field here is tantamount to “undecided” leading the field....

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: 2016; gopestablishment; newhampshire; polls; rino; romney

1 posted on 01/30/2014 10:43:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

nope. next. fumr. and your horse. and mccain. and jeb. and ryan. and graham. and lamar.


2 posted on 01/30/2014 10:46:46 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wasn’t 2012 bad enough?

I’m all for dropping New Hampshire completely.

Talk about a stupid state for the GOP’s 2nd Primary!


3 posted on 01/30/2014 10:48:10 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My head is spinning. Mitt would need to pull a big giant Rabbit out of his Top Hat early in the game for this idea to go anywhere. Hey! What did agent 007 say? Never Say Never. I think Richard Nixon also ran three times.


4 posted on 01/30/2014 10:54:32 PM PST by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Maybe Mitt plans to run on:

“Not as bad as Obama”
“Romney care is not as bad as Obama care”
“Same health care, different party”
“Not as bad with taxes”

... I can think of a few others.


5 posted on 01/30/2014 11:00:13 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If we don't get a conservative candidate who will secure the border, restore the economy and who gets back respect for our nation then the GOP can go kiss my glorious @ss as they retire into the ash heap of history.
6 posted on 01/30/2014 11:00:39 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: lee martell

Well, Connery ended up saying “Never say ‘never again’” with respect to playing 007 . . . it was Debora Iyall of the band Romeo Void that said “Never say never”.


7 posted on 01/30/2014 11:03:30 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUMR!!


8 posted on 01/30/2014 11:03:53 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Willard in one word ?

Ringer.


9 posted on 01/30/2014 11:05:38 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey maybe McCain can run again, what can possibly go wrong..EVERYTHING!


10 posted on 01/30/2014 11:07:17 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: taxcontrol

11 posted on 01/30/2014 11:12:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was thinking more of "He is a Black Socialist and I am a White Socialist..."

And then I thought "He is a punk-ass-bitch and I am a bitch-ass-punk..."

And then I thought...

12 posted on 01/30/2014 11:17:46 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought Perry was the best conservative candidate. It’s unfortunate he didn’t get very far.


13 posted on 01/30/2014 11:19:59 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

Someone here told me he had just had back surgery or something like that.


14 posted on 01/30/2014 11:23:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hmm, so many "Damning with Faint Praise" options here. I suppose the most obvious choice is: "Hey, he's better than Hillary!"
15 posted on 01/30/2014 11:25:14 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

But is he?


16 posted on 01/30/2014 11:26:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As far as I know, he did have back surgery and was hampered by his medications. If he had won, he spoke about actually shutting down the EPA and the getting the feds out of education.


17 posted on 01/30/2014 11:28:17 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

Unfortunate for illegals perhaps. Or cronies. Or vaccinate mfgrs.


18 posted on 01/30/2014 11:28:45 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

this is a bad joke, right?


19 posted on 01/30/2014 11:29:35 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
  The best part of the 2012 election was knowing that we wouldn't have Mitt Romney stinking up Republican politics yet again in 2016. If he does come back, he's the best thing that could possibly happen to Hillary.
20 posted on 01/30/2014 11:37:03 PM PST by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But is he?

Well, let's just say that the camera likes Mitt better - and leave it at that.

21 posted on 01/30/2014 11:40:05 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Jonty30

Stop!

Get hold of yourself.

He squashed every conservative, no excuses.

Then he ushered in Obama.

He was the father of Obamacare.

Gay marriage, for abortion before he was against it.

His VP pick is the single most energetic and effective tone deaf Pr**K pro amnesty, take away promised vets benefits

Just stop it


22 posted on 01/30/2014 11:52:21 PM PST by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll betcha 25% of Freepers would enthusiastically back Mitt, given all the butthurt I read about us ‘purists’ not voting for him last time.


23 posted on 01/30/2014 11:53:25 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Maurice Tift

Hillary would have a running mat, but you could put Mitt on the bumper sticker.

What is the question?

Mitt is a disaster He needs to go away


24 posted on 01/30/2014 11:53:55 PM PST by stanne
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To: stanne

Perry did all that?

Because that is who I was referring to.


25 posted on 01/30/2014 11:54:42 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NH is a suburb of Boston. It’s bluer than blue.


26 posted on 01/30/2014 11:54:57 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: stanne; Jonty30

Jonty30 is talking about Governor Rick Perry of TEXAS, NOT Mitt Romney!


27 posted on 01/30/2014 11:55:21 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: VRWC For Truth
NH is a suburb of Boston. It’s bluer than blue.

And that suits the GOP-e just fine.

28 posted on 01/30/2014 11:56:49 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Jonty30; onyx

I am all over mitt like white on rice. Oh, Is that racist?

Jumped the gun

Well, guv good hair is fine. But no chops for the big campaign


29 posted on 01/31/2014 12:07:19 AM PST by stanne
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To: Windflier

Probably because a percentage of freepers are GOP to the core. But don’t you dare question their conservatism as they excuse every lib and lib tactic their chosen ones use to step on conservatives.

And people wonder why we can’t come together to oust the Rinos. We can’t even ‘hold our own feet to the fire”.

Oh we COULD. But we don’t want to ‘offend’ our online friends’. That’s what’s really most important after all. America is secondary.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 12:26:40 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Windflier

Probably because a percentage of freepers are GOP to the core. But don’t you dare question their conservatism as they excuse every lib and lib tactic their chosen ones use to step on conservatives.

And people wonder why we can’t come together to oust the Rinos. We can’t even ‘hold our own feet to the fire”.

Oh we COULD. But we don’t want to ‘offend’ our online friends’. That’s what’s really most important after all. America is secondary.


31 posted on 01/31/2014 12:30:15 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP chose the wrong man in 2012!


32 posted on 01/31/2014 1:45:59 AM PST by Birdsbane ("Onward through the fog!" ... Oat Willie)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would expect no less from the occupied zone of leftist New England.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 3:38:57 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Birdsbane
The GOP chose the wrong man in 2012!

I think Ronald Reagan was the last "right one" we have had. I am beginning to wonder if we will ever have another one.

34 posted on 01/31/2014 3:50:26 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt, you blew it last time by wimping out at the end rather than going after Ozero and all of his misdeeds. You’re a nice guy - too nice. To defeat Democrats you have to be as vicious as they are. Offense wins, defense doesn’t.


35 posted on 01/31/2014 3:52:35 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it makes perfect sense to run Romney again, or maybe McCain if there is another economic meltdown. The reason is that the Dems will nominate Obama and we don’t want to look racist by nominating a candidate that could actually win.


36 posted on 01/31/2014 3:59:32 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt is a neighbor of mine when he's in NH, so I will say this:

He is extremely qualified for high-level executive employment, and he's a nice man.

One of the bad things about the rapidly accelerating demise of the Republic is the nomination and election of unqualified people ("Obama" being exhibit #1). The Hillary boosters who call her "the most qualified candidate ever" are another example.

Between 1788 and 2008, a sitting US Senator was elected President only twice, and both were terrible executives. In 2004 and 2008, 3 of the four candidates were sitting US Senators. This represents the ascendancy of style over substance, and is a problem.

Mitt is not a conservative in policy terms, and he was a terrible candidate. I hope he enjoys San Diego, and I hope he enjoys retirement.

But had he managed to be elected, we would have been better off than we are.

37 posted on 01/31/2014 4:09:24 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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38 posted on 01/31/2014 4:53:23 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Jim Noble

39 posted on 01/31/2014 5:01:36 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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