Skip to comments.I Hope Mitt Romney Fails
Posted on 07/16/2012 12:23:12 PM PDT by donjuanluis07
After the election of Barack Obama in 2008, Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves in January 2009 to announce his hope for the failure of Barack Obama's policies. He was very quick to make sure people understood he was not against Obama due to the color of his skin, but solely due to his policies.
In the same vein, I would like to announce a similar sentiment. I agree with Rush that Obama's polices should fail, and I hope they do. I also hope that the policies and philosophies of Mitt Romney fail as well.
(Excerpt) Read more at rinolist.org ...
The problem is not that Mr. Romney is willing to reconsider his former thinking. Nor is it so much that his apparent convictions always seem in sync with the audience to which he is speaking at the moment. ... Plenty of politicians attune their positions to new constituencies. The larger danger is that Mr. Romney's conversions are not motivated by expediency or mere pandering but may represent his real governing philosophy. Editorial, Romneys Convictions, Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2008.This philosophy of duplicity is seen best through the opposition research done by John McCain. McCain worked up a 200 page paper that outlines every single Romney misstep in his ascendency into the national spotlight. It reads like the history of some of the most liberal California Democrats. Michael Brendan Dougherty from Business Insider had a run down of the top 14 flip-flops from McCain's paper. Here they are in their entirety:
The list sadly goes on, and on and on!
1 On Immigration - For A Path To Citizenship, Then AgainstFLIP: Gov. Mitt Romney expressed support ... for an immigration program that places large numbers of illegal residents on the path toward citizenship ... Romney said illegal immigrants should have a chance to obtain citizenship. (Evan Lehmann, Romney Supports Immigration Program, But Not Granting Amnesty, The Lowell Sun, 3/30/06)FLOP: [I] think Im best off to describe my own positions. And my positions, I think Ive just described for you secure the border, employment verification and no special pathway to citizenship. I feel thats the course we ought to take. (CNNs The Situation Room, 5/22/07)
2 On George W. Bush's Tax-CutsFLIP: [R]omney spoke at the 10th annual legislative conference organized by U.S. Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell) and met with the Massachusetts delegation. ... Congressional sources said that a point of contention arose when Romney refused to take a position on Bushs massive, 10-year tax cut plan. (Noelle Straub, Romney Talks Policy With Bush Staffers, Mass. Delegation, Boston Herald, 4/11/03)FLOP: "McCain opposed President Bushs tax cuts, Romney noted. I supported them, the former governor said. (Lee Bandy, Romney Targeting McCain, The State [SC], 2/4/07)
3 Anti-Reagan then, now Pro-Reagan.FLIP: I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. Im not trying to return to Reagan- Bush, Mitt Romney said during a debate with Ted KennedyFLOP: "'Ronald Reagan is one of my heroes,' Romney said as he praised Reagans strategy for winning the Cold War: We win; they lose. (Michael Levenson, Romney Links Gay Marriage, US Prestige, The Boston Globe, 2/26/05)
4 On The National Rifle Association And Gun LawsFLIP: [Romney] said he will take stands that put him at odds with some traditional ultra- conservative groups, and cited his support for the assault rifle ban and the Brady gun control law. Thats not going to make me the hero of the NRA, he said. I dont line up with a lot of special interest groups. (Andrew Miga, Mitt Rejects Right-Wing Aid, Boston Herald, 9/23/94)FLOP: Romney told a Derry, N.H., audience, Im after the NRAs endorsement. Im not sure theyll give it to me. I hope they will. I also joined because if Im going to ask for their endorsement, theyre going to ask for mine. (Glen Johnson, Romney Calls Himself A Longtime Hunter, The Associated Press, 4/5/07)
5 On Whether He Even Owns A Gun (This story changed within just a few days)FLIP: "I have a gun of my own. I go hunting myself.Im a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms," Romney said. (Glenn And Helen Show, www.glennandhelenshow.com, 1/10/07)FLOP: "Asked by reporters at the gun show Friday whether he personally owned a gun, Romney said he did not.He said one of his sons, Josh, keeps two guns at the family vacation home in Utah, and he uses them from time to time. (Scott Helman, Romney Retreats On Gun Control, The Boston Globe, 1/14/07)
6 Is the planet warming? Mitt probably agreed with you at one time or another.FLIP: "I think the global warming debate is now pretty much overand people recognize the need associated with providing sources which do not generate the heat that is currently provided by fossil fuels ... (Jack Coleman, Massachusetts Governor Urges Use Of Alternative Energy, Cape Cod Times, 3/14/03)I concur that climate change is beginning to [have an] effect on our natural resources and that now is the time to take action ...(Romney OK With Plan On Emissions, Boston Herald, 7/24/03)FLOP: I have to tell you with regards to global warming that thats something, which, youre right, the scientists havent entirely resolved, but no question about one thing, its getting warmer, and a lot of good reasons for us to use less energy, to use it more efficiently and to develop sources here in this country that could allow us to be more independent of foreign sources. (CNBCs Kudlow & Company, 2/7/07)
Unfortunately, some in the Republican Party are embracing the radical environmental ideas of the liberal left. As governor, I found that thoughtful environmentalism need not be anti-growth and anti-jobs. But Kyoto-style sweeping mandates, imposed unilaterally in the United States, would kill jobs, depress growth and shift manufacturing to the dirtiest developing nations. Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore. (Romney For President, Press Release, 2/23/07)
7 Don't Ask Don't Tell? Don't Ask Mitt RomneyFLIP: In 1994 [Romney] called President Bill Clintons dont ask, dont tell military policy the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestlyin our nations military. (Dan Balz and Shailagh Murray, Mass. Governors Rightward Shift Raises Questions, The Washington Post, 12/21/06)FLOP: [Romney] defended his policy switch on gays in the military. He said when he first heard the phrase dont ask, dont tell, he thought it was kind of a silly phrase that didnt make a lot of sense. But the last 10 years have convinced him that the policy is working and there is no reason to change it, he said. (Alexa Aguilar, Romney Campaigns In Chicago, Chicago Tribune, 4/12/07)
8 Has your position on same-sex marriage changed? So has Mitt Romney's.FLIP: When a 2002 Constitutional Amendment was proposed to ban same-sex marriage, Romney opposed it. Romneys family members signed the petition to put it on the ballot without reading the fine print, [Romney aide Eric] Fehrnstrom said, but he has no reason to believe they do not support it. Mitt did not know they signed it, and Mitt does not support it, he said. As far as Mitt is concerned, it goes farther than current law, and therefore its unnecessary. (Rick Klein, Romney Kin Signed Petition To Ban Same-Sex Marriage, The Boston Globe, 3/22/02)FLOP: Just two weeks before lawmakers resume a Constitutional Convention to vote on a proposed ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage, Gov. Mitt Romney will stand with the supporters of the measure to call on the Legislature to back it. Romney will join petition backers in a State House press event today to urge the Legislature to pass the Protection of Marriage Amendmentwhen the Constitutional Convention reconvenes July 12, authorizing a 2008 ballot question asking voters to define marriage as between one man and one woman. (Kimberly Atkins and Kate Gibson, Mitt Joining Supporters Of Anti-Gay Wed Initiative, Boston Herald, 6/28/06)
9 On embryonic stem cell research, Romney's still developing a fully-formed position.FLIP: Speaking at a bioethics forum, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mitt Romney yesterday endorsed embryonic stem cell research... [Romney] endorsed embryonic stem cell research, saying the controversial science might one day help treat his wifes multiple sclerosis in addition to numerous other degenerative diseases. ... Romney spoke extensively about his position on stem cell research, which also involves embryo destruction. (Raja Mishra, Romney Endorses Stem Cell Research, Is Silent On Cloning, The Boston Globe, 6/14/02)FLOP: ...On Feb. 10, 2005 ... Romney came out strongly against the cloning technique ... He vowed to press for legislation to criminalize the work. Romneys opposition stunned scientists, lawmakers, and observers because of his past statements endorsing, at least in general terms, embryonic stem cell research. (Scott Helman, Romneys Journey To The Right, The Boston Globe, 12/17/06)
10 Favorite Book? Well, that depends.FLIP: FOX NEWS MARTHA MCCALLUM: And an interesting response to his favorite novel. ROMNEY: Actually the one by L. Ron Hubbard, I hate to think ... Im not in favor of his religion by any means, but he wrote a book called Battlefield Earth that was a very fun science fiction book. (Fox News Fox & Friends, 4/30/07)FLOP (Maybe just a hedge): "Asked about his comments during a Fox News interview Monday that L. Ron Hubbards 'Battlefield Earth' is his favorite novel, Romney said Huckleberry Finnis his favorite fiction and that the book by Hubbard, who founded Scientology, is his favorite science fiction reading. (Mary Anne Ostrom, Education Should Determine Immigrants Legal Status, Mitt Romney Says, The [San Jose, CA] Mercury News, 5/1/07)
11 His Own Health-Care Initiative. He's Not Sure About That Either.FLIP: "In a Colonial-era hall, with a fife-and-drum corps marching in with him, Gov. Mitt Romney (R) signed a bill Wednesday requiring all Massachusetts residents to purchase health insurance-- portraying the measure as a historic solution to health-care costs, even as questions emerge about whether the state can afford it. The signing [was] staged with a near-presidential attention to theatrics and slogan-bearing banners... (David A. Fahrenthold, Mass. Marks Health-Care Milestone, The Washington Post, 4/13/06)FLOP: "As governor of Massachusetts he signed a bipartisan law intended to ensure that every resident has coverage. Romney touted it as an innovative free-market solution. Yet these days, Romney ... is much more likely to present his states universal coverage law as not a model to copy but an example for other states to learn from. Hes now a critic of his own biggest achievement. (Sean Higgins, Ex-Gov. Romney Keeps Distance From His Own Mass. Health Plan, Investors Business Daily, 3/7/07)
12 Tax Pledges are beneath Romney, until the presidency was in front of him.FLIP: Four years ago, Mitt Romney broke with GOP tradition and refused to sign the [Americans for Tax Reform] pledge[to oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes]. (Lisa Wangsness, Healey Will Sign Antitax Pledge, The Boston Globe, 9/4/06)Romneys Gubernatorial Campaign Spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, Dismissed Such Pledges At The Time As Government By Gimmickry. (Scott Helman, Romney Finds No New Taxes Promise Suits Him After All, The Boston Globe, 1/5/07)FLOP: Almost five years after he refused to sign a no new taxes pledge during his campaign for governor, Mitt Romney announced ... that he had done just that, as his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination began in earnest. (Scott Helman, Romney Finds No New Taxes Promise Suits Him After All, The Boston Globe, 1/5/07)
13 Money in politics? Sometimes its good, sometimes it is bad.FLIP: Romney also said he advocates spending limits on congressional elections, even suggesting that the current race against Sen. Edward M. Kennedy should have a $6 million spending cap. (Frank Phillips, Romney, Vowing To Live It, Touts Congress Reform Plan, The Boston Globe, 7/27/94)"[Mitt Romney] once touted dramatic restructuring measures such as taxing political contributions and placing spending limits on federal campaigns. (Alexander Bolton, Romneys About-Face On Campaign Funding, The Hill, 2/8/07)FLOP: Romney noted his foe from Arizona wrote the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law that restricts certain types of contributions. Thats a terrible piece of legislation, Romney said.It hasnt taken the money out of politics. ... (But) it has hurt my party. (Lee Bandy, Romney Targeting McCain, The State, 2/4/07)
14 NOW THE BIG ONE: During his 1994 Senate Run, Mitt Romney argued that he was more pro-choice than Ted Kennedy
FLIP: When Kennedy called him multiple choice, Romney demanded an extra rebuttal. He revealed that a close relative died of an illegal abortion years ago and said, Since that time, my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter, and you will not see me wavering on that. (Joan Vennochi, Romneys Revolving World, The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it. (Joan Vennochi, Romneys Revolving World, The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)(continued) When he went to conservative Utah, that tune changed.
FLOP: When I am asked if I am pro-choice or pro-life, I say I refuse to accept either label. (Glen Warchol, This Is The Place, But Politics May Lead Romneys Elsewhere, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2/14/99)
But I'm running for office in Massachusetts again, so I'm pro-choice again
FLIP: I will preserve and protect a womans right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts pro-choice laws. (2002 Romney-OBrien Gubernatorial Debate, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 10/29/02)
In 2002, Romney Offered His Completed NARAL Questionnaire, Filled Out With Mostly Abortion-Rights Positions, To The Media Even Before Returning It To NARAL. Yesterday, Romney also aimed to head off confusion about his stance on abortion rights by answering a Mass National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League questionnaire with mostly abortion-rights positions. He offered the questionnaire to the press even before he returned it to MassNARAL...
FLOP: Then he started thinking of national office as a Republican. ANd he happened to have a revelationFLOP: "Romney said he had a change of heart on the issue after speaking with a stem-cell researcher, Dr. Douglas Melton. Romney claims Melton said Look, you dont have to think about this stem cell research as a moral issue, because we kill the embryos after 14 days.It hit me very hard that we had so cheapened the value of human life in a Roe v. Wade environment that it was important to stand for the dignity of human life, Romneysays. (Karen Tumulty, What Romney Believes, Time, 5/21/07)
As Republicans, which Mitt Romney are we voting for? Which one will show up as President? Will Romney represent Conservative ideology or Liberal thought on various issues? Those are legitimate questions to ask with the FACTS of Romney's own statements and behaviors.
Another dangerous feature of having a RINO as a Republican Presidential nominee is that normally Conservative commentators spend their time making excuses for RINO ideology. If the Tea Party movement is to become a true reform movement, it will do well to soundly reject the Conservative commentators that bail water for RINO Romney as he destroys our Party's core belief structure.
His speeches can only be taken in and of themselves, because on the morrow he will need to amend whatever he said before. This Mitt Romney, the one that changes his core opinions in order to accomplish his own goals, is the Mitt Romney that I hope fails, whether or not he is promoting Conservative beliefs.
I urge Conservatives to write in a candidate of their choice or to abstain from the Presidential vote. It does not matter who others vote for, it matters who we vote for or in this case who we do not vote for. Your vote is too precious to spend it on Romney just because you are afraid of Obama. When someone makes the argument that if you don't vote for Romney, you are voting for Obama, they are urging you to vote scared. They are urging you that unless you vote against your beliefs then bad things will happen. Ignore them. Vote for someone because you believe that person is best suited to present your beliefs. If you agree with soft Socialism, then vote Obama. If you believe in whatever Romney believes in right now, then vote for Romney. But if you believe in Conservatism's belief in smaller government then you should not vote for either candidate, because neither believes in Smaller Government. Don't vote scared, vote proudly what you believe, whether or not you think it will win. You voted, you spoke in the greatest way that you can politically. Keep speaking through your vote. That is the loudest sound that our government hears.
Blessings from the amazing God of our Great Republic. May God save our Republic so that this nation will not perish from the Earth.
Lewis Beeler Jr. President and Founder of RINOList.org
So Rush is a RINO now? hmmmmm
If the racist America hating Kenyan marxist is going to be sent home in November it looks like it’ll have to be without FR’s help.
Never said that, but he sure is bailing water for one.
Then vote Obama! That freedom is still there. After another Obama term... maybe not.
Exercise your right to usher in communism.
Vote for or vote scared. We must not have this totalitarian for 4 more years.
“Never said that, but he sure is bailing water for one”
Perhaps he’s just smart enough to know the next President will be Obama or Mittens. If its Obama our country won’t survive the next 4 years.
Rush has been very critical of Romney so to say he’s bailing water for him its ridiculous.
If the horn fits.
Obama is a communist and he thanks you for your support.
Obama policies are getting our soldiers killed by the score over in Afghanistan. If there weren’t another reason to get rid of the bastard at all costs in Nov wouldn’t this be enough?
Giant waste of bandwidth and my own time as well. Not a great Romney lover myself, but good God man, quit stirring up the loons who would aid in an Obama win. Unless, of course, you WANT Zero to win. That’s another issue altogether.
Who should we write in? Palin or Palin?
Never understood the concept of how an Obama win helps conservatives who stand on ‘principle’ when those same principles are being trampled on everyday by BO.
I’d rather vote to get this guy out and deal with Romney. May not be better, but certainly can’t be worse.
I have a lot of problems with Rush, mostly the size of his ego.
To call him a RINO is amazing and sad.
Obama and Mittens are Communists and they thank you for your support by voting for one of them.
Romney is Obama in drag. Lets check the record:
homosexual rights, check
big government, check
gun grabber, check
socialized healthcare, check
mandates against individual liberty, check
death panels, check
taxpayer funded abortion, check
support for global warming, check
support for TARP, check
support for bailouts, check
support for stimulus spending, check
support for ever increasing debt limit, check
support for high taxes on the wealthy, check
appoints liberal judges, check
rammed homosexual marriage onto the citizenry, check
supports homosexuals in the military, check
supports homosexual adoption, check
“Obama policies are getting our soldiers killed by the score over in Afghanistan. If there werent another reason to get rid of the bastard at all costs in Nov wouldnt this be enough?”
Don’t tell me, tell the whining liberal who posted this tripe.
Yeah, liberal. That’s how liberals deal with life. Presented with 2 options, rather than analyze and select the option that is the best fit, a liberal will whine about neither option being good.
Don't be absurd.
What’s the conventional wisdom on dealing with extortionists? If you give them what they want, the just keep coming back for more.
I'd be careful about applying that theme across the board unilaterally because I for one will not only vote for him, I'll volunteer here in my community. Having said that, I fear that sadly you might still be correct insofar as some of the more intrenched ideologues in this forum are concerned. I still don't care how bad Mittens is or might be, he's going to be 10000 times better than what is currently running the Oval Office. Link to that the possibility of taking the Senate and strengthening the House and we might have a real opportunity at rolling back the evil that has run the country since 2008. But absent a win at the POTUS level, we can only hope to maintain status quo and that is nothing more than slowing the death that has already been started. And a slow death is still an eventual death.
I don’t want Mitt Romney to be president... but I want Barak Obama to be president even less! So Mitt wins as the lesser of two evils... yes it’s a crappy choice! But we gotta get Obama outta there.! Crappy-Lite beats crappy HUGE! :( This choice also makes electing conservatives down the ballot even MORE important!!! God bless America!!!