Skip to comments.And the GOP front-runner is ... only two spots on the GOP ballot. One is reserved for Romney..
Posted on 02/09/2011 6:10:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination starts in earnest this week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
Too early, you say? On the contrary. With the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary only 12 months away, it may soon be too late for anyone who wants to run for president to begin the hard work of raising money, recruiting a staff and wooing Republican activists.
So let's get started. Here's the conventional wisdom, fresh from the corridors of power, on the state of the Republican race:
There are really only two spots on the GOP ballot. One is reserved for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who won nine primaries in 2008. The other is for someone who isn't Mitt Romney someone like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee or Tim Pawlenty.
Romney has been running for the nomination the old-fashioned way. He has raised more money than any other hopeful ($6.3 million for his political action committee during the last two years). He spent most of last year collecting IOUs as he helped Republican candidates across the country win House and Senate seats. He's the solid front-runner in polls in New Hampshire, the first primary election state.
If the Republican Party worked the way it used to, Romney already would be the presumptive nominee....
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Willard is a fraud.
He doesn’t deserve ANY office.
And his supporters here can all go pound salt.
Another attempt to force Romney on us. When does it end? I guess after he gets nominated and defeated.
Not going to happen....
He ran very hard the last time, with a good deal of help from the press, and he was never able to get any higher than 21% in the polls, even while he was leading.
Why would he do any better this time, after losing so dismally last time?
Why does that pile of crap get one of the spots?
If he won the nomination I wouldn’t vote for him in the general!
Romney is the establishment darling, and we don’t need the establishment or another darling.
I hope Paul Ryan runs for Vice-President, now that would be adding insult to injury! Paul Ryan will give us Wisconsin (aside from Speaker Boehner giving us Ohio) and Paul Ryan is well respected from all Conservatives!
It’s great he’s raised all of that money. Now he can use it to support the Republican candidate. Maybe he’s found his true calling — raising money for the Republican party. He can hit up a lot of those wealthy Mormons.
It’s already starting here. The straw poll is only 6 months away.
Trying to get our state (SC) to close our primary so the Democrats won't vote for him.
I wish you could guarantee that. I’m not convinced that we won’t be railroaded....again.
How much is Romnet paying people to tell us we want him to run?
Lets all send personal notes and emails telling that loser to give it up
Eff the nose dive rinos!
Palin or bust!
Mitt will make a spiffy-looking Vice President.
This is a scam to get obama reelected?
“Here’s the conventional wisdom...”
Looks like the MSM is attempting to foist another weak, incompetent, RINO upon the Republican ticket for 2012. The title actually made me want to vomit: “one of them is reserved for Romney”?!? Romney will not even be in the running half-way through primary season - we just cannot afford to let it happen.
If you line up behind Romney not only will we rot in the gutters of hell before we vote for him...we will DESTROY THE PARTY in the process.
Signed: Every conservative in America.
Piss on Romney
Please get the first in the nation primary out of NH. Most of us are tired of it.
Also, I will not vote for Romney (or Jeb, or Newt).
CPAC/ACU/CAIR is run by David Keene
involved in Palin-bashing and Romney-care polishing.
"Washington Insider David Keene Disses Governor Palin, Claims to Speak for Grassroots
"Keene's ACU also puts on the annual CPAC conference in Washington.
.In the last three years CPAC has devolved into nothing more than
an annual love fest for the most established of establishment
Republicans, Mitt Romney. It should come as no surprise that David
Keene supported Mitt Romney in 2008. "
"ACU President David Keene Endorses Romney
Long courted by Romney, Keene agreed to formalize his endorsement of
the former governor during a face to face meeting in Florida on
Tuesday, according to knowledgeable sources."
"David A. Keene (born May 20, 1945) is the current chairman of the American
Conservative Union, a position which he has held since 1984. Additionally, he is the
managing associate at the Carmen Group Lobbying, a lobbying firm based in
Washington, D.C. In December 2007, Keene endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. "
"(at CPAC 2010, the) message there was that "real conservatives" don't support the war
on terror because it is a creation of the "Israeli lobby" - which coalesces with the left-
wing's new anti-Semitism against neoconservatives. Karen Kwiatkowski is a darling of
both the leftist Huffington Post and the anti-Semitic paleocon site Antiwar.com.
is a board member of the ACU, and from the looks of CPAC's
covered topics and omission of discussion of jihad, it looks as if he exerts enormous
influence over David Keene, the ACU's nominal leader. Norquist and his ally Suhail
Khan seem to be in charge at CPAC - no CPAC event goes on that doesn't reflect their perspective. .
Grover Norquist's troubling ties to Islamic supremacists and jihadists have been known
for years. He and his Palestinian wife, Samah Alrayyes, who was director of
communications for his Islamic Free Market Institute until they married in 2005, are very
active in "Muslim outreach." ..
It was Norquist who ushered these silver-tongued jihadists into the Oval Office after the
worst attack ever on American soil. .
Grover Norquist was on the jihad payroll before and after the carnage and death of
September 11 .
Norquist also introduced Nihad Awad, cofounder and executive director of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations, to President Bush. .
It is no surprise that CPAC 2010, like CPAC 2009, had nothing addressing the war we
are actually engaged in. This is due to the influence of Norquist, Keene, and Suhail Khan,
a CPAC board member. According to Gaffney, Khan "has repeatedly been a featured
speaker at MSA, ISNA and CAIR events" - that is, Muslim Students Association, Islamic
Society of North America, and Council on American-Islamic Relations, three groups
linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, the international Islamic organization dedicated to
establishing the rule of Islamic law and the subjugation of infidels worldwide."
The best thing about the 2012 Iowa Caucus is that Obama wont be bussing in a few hundred of his supporters from across the borders like he did in 2008. I heard he pulled this stunt from a reliable source!
I hear you, Annie! No more RINOs, EVER!
I’m happy to be educated that the LAT speaks fo the GOP and conservatives. I always thought Rush did so.
Indeed.Just watched Sarah on Sean Hannity. Naturally, he tried to get her to say when an ‘announcement’ from her would be forthcoming. Big swirl around CPAC,etc.andwhy she won’t be there. She has plans already and will announce or not,based on her owntiming and the needs of her family.
As far as I’m concerned, she could wait until July or August of next year before she makes a decision. But if she decides to go for it, I’m in. She’s standing the Republican establishment on its head...not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all.
...the next in line syndrome...
I hope that the second name on the ballot is NONE OF THE ABOVE.
Mitt Romney: "I'm not running as the Republican view or a continuation of Republican values.
That's not what brings me to the race.
(Romney Video, accessed 9/19/07)
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party
over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged
to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support.
Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates
wouldnt make any sense at all.""
-- President Ronald Reagan
He must have as many suits as Imelda Marcos had shoes.
Might as well elect a democrat as to elect one of those others.
Romney should’a been the nominee in ‘08. Too late for him now.
After electing Willard, every MORMON cult member gets his own planet and 3 wives.
I'm looking at you, Mitt.
Third parties are for losers but if we get McCained again hopefully a Conservative Party candidate is on the ballot in 50 states.
“Why does that pile of crap get one of the spots?”
Gotta give Obama credit. He doesn’t want Obamacare. He wants another 4 years of mandates without the permission of congress and SCOTUS.
Why would the RATS want Romney when they can destroy him based on RomneyCare. A failed program that if done at the national level would destroy the country.
Obama is going to pivot to the middle negotiating away ObamaCare one item at a time. One item I am willing to bet is only one of a hundred that are going to be tossed over the next 18 months.
Romney needs to be taken out soon.
ROMNEY SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Please excuse my raw language, I only use when absolutely necessary.
I'm not Mormon nor, by any stretch, am I a Romney supporter, but your bigoted rants about the Mormon religion are quite offensive. Are you sure you wouldn't feel more comfortable at some site like Stormfront? FReepers might be conservative, but we're not bigoted haters.
I voted for McCain and obviously wasted my vote. I won’t waste the next one but if I do it’ll be because I’ve voting my choice and the RNC’s choice.
Mitt Romney: Turning America into New England...
Unfortunately, too many boot-lickers on FR are more than happy to facilitate it.
Palin wouldn’t do that, would she? Palin/Romney? Yikes. I shudder to think of that man being one heartbeat away from the presidency. But what a deliciously disorienting ticket that would make for the dems.
Preemptive clarification. I would hate having Romney on the ticket. Cain, West or Bolton would all be better VPs.