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Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?
vanity ^ | 11-5-08 | Various

Posted on 11/05/2008 4:34:48 PM PST by TitansAFC

Today, Red State ran an article on the origination of nasty lies from within the McCain/Palin camp. They report, Romney staffers now working on the McPalin campaign have been spreading the stories of Palin’s “ineptitude” to the press. Red State and other reporters accuse Romney staffers, including Kevin Madden (former Romney press-man) of pushing reporters into “Troopergate” stories and other possible negative Palin story angles. Palin provides a threat to Romney for a presidential run, but now is not the time for in-party fighting.

American Girl has been very critical of long-time Romney supporter Kathleen Parker (see here and here), a “Republican,” from the National Review for her consistent ridicule of Palin instead of criticising the Democrat ticket. Parker has proven to be a putrid, vile opportunist in this election. Parker has only proven to me that she would stab my dog if it helped her personal interests.

Mitt Romney has an obligation to his party and beliefs to publicly hog-tie Madden, Parker, and his surrogates (I have a list). If Romney fails to reign them in and rehires them for another WH bid, he can count on American Girl fighting hard against his nomination.

This is no threat, but a promise. I will take my money, my volunteers, my time, this blog, and more - and back another candidate. Guaranteed.

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When I was in St. Paul for the Republican Convention, more than a dozen people told me acolytes of Mitt Romney were feeding all the stories to the media portraying Palin in a negative light.

In fact, I heard that one of the biggest pushers of anti-Palin stories, including encouraging reporters to pursue the "Trooper-gate" story was Romney spokesman Kevin Madden.

I did not blog on it at the time because I perceived it to be people trying to finish off Romney. It likewise seemed clear to me that if this was going on, it was people loyal to Romney who were still hoping for his come back and not Romney himself.

These days it is hard to miss Kathleen Parker's savage attacks on Sarah Palin. She, along with several others listed here attacking Sarah Palin were also some of the first pundits in bed with the Romney campaign in 2007/8.

Again, it is hard for me to place the finger on Romney. It seems to me that these are people who are still convinced he's the better nominee and don't want Palin to be in any position to challenge him in 2012.

At this moment, however, it is absolutely clear -- there is an effort, organized or not, by supporters of Mitt Romney to harm the reputation of Governor Sarah Palin.

The American Spectator documented it yesterday.

Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. "Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012," says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. "The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He's in charge on November 5th."

Though I initially dismissed the Kevin Madden rumors, Amanda Carpenter has Kevin in his own words going after Sarah Palin.

And it is not just Madden. It may be hard for you to believe, but there are Romney supporters now working on John McCain's campaign who are, in fact, indisputably out to damage Sarah Palin's reputation. I am not just convinced of it. I know it to be fact. That there are "conservative pundits" echoing the same talking points makes me deeply suspicious.

I agree with Matt Lewis. I doubt Mitt Romney is responsible or encouraging it. In fact, I suspect he'd be extremely disappointed to find this out. Nonetheless, whether organic or organized, it is happening and it deeply worries me that these people now undermining Sarah Palin view Romney as the logical choice to lead the RNC or be the front runner in 2012. You don't get to sabotage your own side and then have your guy be the front runner.

We must remember this. Contrary to the quote in the American Spectator, if November 5th ushers in President-elect Obama, I stand with Sarah.


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KEYWORDS: 11thcommandment; 2008; kevinmadden; mccain; palin; rinopurge; romney; romneyspew; slimingsarah; teamromney; vanity; vichyrepublican; waronsarah
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To: evad

I couldn’t agree more and have said the same. Mostly the left has attempted to ruin Palin and in the same vein some on the right are attempting to ruin Romney. They are our two brightest stars. And if they keep it up we’ll lose the next election.


151 posted on 11/06/2008 8:15:45 AM PST by TAdams8591 (McCain/Palin ' 08 (Obama IS a socialist!))
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To: TitansAFC

We agree and strongly, about those who turned against Sarah.
Kathleen Parker, a snob who I have never liked, is a regular on Chris Matthews and she did it to impress her liberal frineds. It’s the same for David Brooks who in addition, sounds like he has converted to the left. This had nothing to do with Romney and I’m tired of people saying so.


152 posted on 11/06/2008 8:19:38 AM PST by TAdams8591 (McCain/Palin ' 08 (Obama IS a socialist!))
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To: TitansAFC
"I am ashamed that I worked so hard to get Romney the state of Illinois in the primaries."

Any pundits supporting Romney who then attacked Palin acted on their own, and in most cases for reasons that had nothing to do with Romney.

Why would you then be ashamed of working so hard in the Illinois primary for Romney?

153 posted on 11/06/2008 8:25:56 AM PST by TAdams8591 (McCain/Palin ' 08 (Obama IS a socialist!))
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To: TitansAFC
Steve Schmidt is another M4-Romney RomneyAttackBOT plunging a knife into
Gov. Palin and her children for the pooch- and GOP-screwing Mitt-Romney.

"Schmidt was importuned by several of the Republican aspirants for president earlier this year.
Mitt Romney sent him an antique chair to symbolize a seat at the table."

Would any of the ROmneyBOTS share with FReeRepublic a picture of that chair their Master sent his minion?

154 posted on 11/06/2008 12:03:03 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Diogenesis

Hey, I like Romney. I like Palin.

But I don’t like the unChristian itchy ear crap on this thread. I love facts and it turns out that Nicole Wallace and Rick Davis were the ones giving out inside information designed to hurt Palin. They were the scoundrels and none of them had connections to Romney.

Any criticism that was made from others like Kevin Madden was mild and public knowledge.

You guys are just throwing a fit. It is interesting to see that Romney is leading in the Newsweek for 2012. I guess if he was way behind then you guys wouldn’t be throwing a fit.

Anyway, go Palin/Jindal 2012 because I can’t see liars smear a good man like Romney again.


155 posted on 11/06/2008 12:14:16 PM PST by nowandlater
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To: nowandlater

No one who describes ROmney’s lies, fake badges, betraying
the GOP, weekly metamorphosis, coverup of the BIGdig,
fascist HillaryCARE=RomneyCARE, repeat use of criminal
illegal aliens, stabbing other GOP candidates
(in so many ways), and bad socialistic governing is a ‘liar’.

They are Patriots, as far as can be seen.


156 posted on 11/06/2008 12:21:20 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: TAdams8591

LOL!!


157 posted on 11/06/2008 12:34:43 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: nowandlater
Whether he smeared Sarah Palin or not, Mitt Romney lost credibility in my eyes when he denied that Obama was a socialist. Even if he felt that way privately, he did not need to undermine Sen. McCain's message.

Not a Mitt hater, I voted for the guy in the NY primary. But I will never do so again under any circumstances.

158 posted on 11/06/2008 12:42:59 PM PST by hunter112 (We are the John Galt we've been waiting for.)
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To: PhiKapMom
I have never said supporters on here did not support Palin. I know Romney supporting pundits that didn’t — Kathleen Parker and others.

You are way over-reaching to try and associate Romney with something that has NOTHING to do with him.

159 posted on 11/06/2008 12:46:25 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: Diogenesis

Focus on the Palin issue. It’s been proven it has been Wallace and Davis. Now, that you have been beaten, I guess you guy to some old issues. I think that technique is called distraction. But, hey we are all accountable to Jesus Christ in the next life. I want to go out honorably. You can too, but again it’s your choice.


160 posted on 11/06/2008 12:51:32 PM PST by nowandlater
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To: La Enchiladita

Do you know the difference between Romney and Romney paid staff? I know some of his sleezy paid consultants personally and he was advised not to hire them but he did anyway. He knew how sleezy they were as the person they came from recommended they not be hired after they had tanked him.

Time to move on and not support ANY candidate that ran in the primary. We need new blood and these attacks on Sarah are not working with a lot of us. You are going to start seeing more names come out — big mistake!


161 posted on 11/06/2008 12:56:42 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: TitansAFC
This is really a bit much. Romney has no say over which pundits support him or hate him or any control over what they say or don't say. He is not the thought police or the speech dictator.

To lump everyone together in a "Team Romney" when most Romney team members supported Gov. Palin wholeheartedly is unfair and painting with far too broad a brush.

Additionally, there is no evidence linking Romney or his people to this campaign infighting which, instead, points to former Bush WH people, Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt. Should we blame Bush for this too then? Team Bush is to blame? That's silly. These people are respsonsible for their own actions regardless of who they worked for in the past.

Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt, the McCain campaign handlers involved in the infighting and leaking, did not work for Romney.

Instead of misdirecting all of this anger towards an innocent person (or his team), we should be trying to find out if Nicolle Wallace's actions were mere negligence or sabotage.

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2127085/posts

Nicole's Knifework (David Frum Identifies the anti-Palin Leaker)

162 posted on 11/06/2008 12:57:01 PM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: TitansAFC
I hope that someone is keeping a list of the saboteurs. It will be needed for the next few elections...assuming multiple candidate elections are allowed after this last one.
163 posted on 11/06/2008 1:02:09 PM PST by GBA
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To: hunter112
Not to belabor the point since it is not that important, but I wanted to clear up the facts you may not be aware of —— Mitt was only echoing the party line on that. Both McCain and Palin also refused to call Obama a socialist.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/30/obama-not-a-socialist-mcc_n_139294.html

http://thepage.time.com/2008/10/21/palin-on-cnn-tuesday-nbc-wednesday/

164 posted on 11/06/2008 1:09:00 PM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: redgirlinabluestate

Well stated, redgirl. Let’s get on track with actual names and actual facts rather than the innuendo and far-reaching offered by the Romney-bashers.

This all strikes me as overblown cheap gossip anyway.


165 posted on 11/06/2008 1:13:02 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: PhiKapMom

Kathleen Parker has never been hired by Romney — she’s merely a writer/journalist (and journalists deserve no credibility). So how can you blame Romney for her antics? It’s more than a stretch to implicate Romney had anything to do with bashing Palin — but then distorting truth is rampant of late.


166 posted on 11/06/2008 2:47:06 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: TitansAFC
American Girl has been very critical of long-time Romney supporter Kathleen Parker (see here and here),

The Doll/Book company? (See where and where?)

167 posted on 11/06/2008 2:48:30 PM PST by TradicalRC (Got Lipstick?)
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To: nowandlater
Anyway, go Palin/Jindal 2012 because I can’t see liars smear a good man like Romney again.

Good On Ya..the disinformation on this thread is nauseating.

168 posted on 11/06/2008 3:04:08 PM PST by evad (.!.)
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To: editor-surveyor
>>>If he can't control his staff, how can he hope to be President?

Madden hasn't been working for him since he dropped out at CPAC right after Super Tuesday. This is akin to the crowd that thinks Dick Cheney is still running Haliburton.

169 posted on 11/06/2008 3:30:40 PM PST by Rameumptom (Gen X= they killed 1 in 4 of us)
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To: PhiKapMom
>>I know some of his sleezy paid consultants personally and he was advised not to hire them but he did anyway.

Until we get names, its just rumor mongering. I remembering discussing the possibility of fomer Bush aides before in a thread over a month ago with you. If you produce the actual names it will bolster your argument from just heresay.

I am proud that I voted for Romney in the primaries and Palin in the final vote. Palin won the states Romney won (Alaska, Utah, wyoming, Montana, North Dakota) States that went for McCain or Huck (Iowa, Florida etc) Obama won. The conservative movement needs both Romney and Palin. And a heck of a lot of others.

So many FReepers this go around seemed so intent on tearing each other's candidate down. Most of us would have been happy with Fred, Duncan, Mitt. (The day before super Tuesday 74.9% of Freepers said they supported Mitt) I've openly criticized Huck and McCain (until he got the nod) and even occasionally Keyes and Paul. I have to admit today though that I'd be much happier with a President Paul, Keyes, Tancredo, Gilmore etc. Even President Huck (populism and all) than Pres. Obama.

There isn't just a battle for the soul of the GOP, which is important, but a battle for the soul of America. Though I think there is hope. If even Commufornia can pass Prop 8 (Proud to say my brother in CA worked on it) then there is hope for the US.

170 posted on 11/06/2008 4:00:51 PM PST by Rameumptom (Gen X= they killed 1 in 4 of us)
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To: Rameumptom

It wasn’t Romney people. That is a plain lie. However, they may have had connections to Bush.


171 posted on 11/06/2008 4:07:33 PM PST by Jane Austen (Boycott the Bahamas!)
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To: Diogenesis
"Schmidt was importuned by several of the Republican aspirants for president earlier this year. Mitt Romney sent him an antique chair to symbolize a seat at the table."

Would a FR RomneyBOT share with FReeRepublic a picture of that chair your Master sent his minion?

Oooh, you've got Romney now. He sent Schmidt a chair! That proves that it is Romney behind these Palin attacks. What does it matter that Schmidt was actually in the employ of McCain? Romney tried to hire Schmidt a year ago, you see, so Schmidt has been a secret Romney minion.

From your link, it looks like Romney is one of the few that Schmidt is not associated with, but it was Romney that sent him the chair!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Congrats, among the Romney-haters at FR, you are bidding for the tin foil crown.

172 posted on 11/06/2008 4:53:58 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Bobkk47
Romney would have won this election.

Myth Romney: "You will embrace this attack on Gov. Palin and her children using Jindal's, McCain's and Huckabee's names
like our attacks on McCain and Thompson using Huckabee's name. Support it, from our lands in
the north using the fake law enforcement badges we fabricated. I will gain GOP favor by condemning it and
ordering it opposed from our lands in the south with Fox News and the MSM. Whichever way
the tide runs, we will rise."


173 posted on 11/06/2008 8:33:27 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Plutarch

Romney: “Make all the promises you have to...

Guilty

174 posted on 11/06/2008 8:37:37 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: TitansAFC
I think I actually prefer Obama as president to Romney. At least we're sure Obama is our enemy.

Romney needs to be told, politely, to get lost. He is a cancer on the party.
175 posted on 11/06/2008 8:40:03 PM PST by Antoninus (Beware of so-called Republicans who trash Sarah Palin.)
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To: CharlotteVRWC
This may be disinformation to further fragment the Republican Party.....

Or it may be Mitt Romney acting like Mitt Romney. He leaves destruction in his path. Ask the Mass GOP....
176 posted on 11/06/2008 8:42:41 PM PST by Antoninus (Beware of so-called Republicans who trash Sarah Palin.)
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To: Antoninus
“The Massachusetts Republican Party died last Tuesday.
The cause of death: failed leadership.
The party is survived by a few leftover legislators
and a handful of county officials and grassroots activists
who have been ignored for years.
Services will be public and a mass exodus of taxpayers will follow.
In lieu of flowers, send messages to New Hampshire Republican voters
warning them about a certain presidential candidate named Romney.”

- Boston Herald, 11/12/2006

"In 2006, while Romney was chairman of the National Republican
Governors Association - a group dedicated to electing more
Republican governors - his own hand-picked Republican successor
as governor lost badly to the Democrat, despite the fact that Republicans
have held the governorship in Massachusetts since 1990. Romney largely
ignored the Massachusetts elections and spent most of the time
during the campaign out of state building his presidential campaign.
He came back and publicly campaigned for the Republican candidate
the day before the general election!
“Locally, this is a rebuke to Mitt Romney and checking out within six months
after being elected and having accomplished almost nothing,”
[Jim] Rappaport [former chairman of the state Republican Party]."
- Boston Globe, 11/8/2006

177 posted on 11/06/2008 8:50:49 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

I know that McCain refused to call a spade a spade, but I do remember hearing Sarah Palin use the word “socialism” several times to describe what an Obama administration would bring. If that is fundamentally different than calling him a socialist, then I stand corrected.


178 posted on 11/07/2008 4:24:19 AM PST by hunter112 (We are the John Galt we've been waiting for.)
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To: fortunate sun

” You may also want to consider Nina Easton of Fox Panel. Her husband was a muckity-muck in the Romney campaign. Another one who couldn’t wait to sink her claws into Governor Palin.”

Thanks for that insight. I ws wondering why she turned negative so quickly.

Also interesting election night during the panel discussion to see real fear in her eyes, and her discussion of President Elect Obama. I think it finally sank into her and Juan Williams that we really don’t know who Obama is.

But Yes, we can ....... ( At least we may not hear that again ) as now it time for “ Give me Mine “ which is what his loyal supporter will start to chant......


179 posted on 11/07/2008 5:03:35 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: snarkytart

” She was pulled from her element into a media firestorm and delivered almost every single time.
She will grow into handling the media..it’s called lack of inside the beltway experience, it’s not stupidity.”

68 days. That’s all she had on the national scene.

Show me another person who would have accomplished what she did in the same time.

I think she may have made it a closer election head to head with Obama.....

After all to watch the coverage that’s what they tried to do pit her against Obama to cover for Barry’s inexperience.

Guess what it succeeded on two fronts. He was elected, and they got enough damage to offset her in their minds for future elections.


180 posted on 11/07/2008 5:09:22 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: Palladin

“I used to respect Mormons.”

I think that’s a bit harsh. Remember, Beck’s Mormon too.


181 posted on 09/18/2010 6:32:29 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: TitansAFC
Team Romney Sabotaged, and continue sabotage now.

Well duh! Romney wants the nomination in 2012. He'll do whatever he has to do in order to get it, as will every other Republican hopeful. And that includes doing what they can to sabotage their opponents.

182 posted on 09/18/2010 6:38:33 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: TitansAFC
This is back in 2008,

American Girl has been very critical of long-time Romney supporter Kathleen Parker (see here and here), a “Republican,” from the National Review for her consistent ridicule of Palin instead of criticising the Democrat ticket. Parker has proven to be a putrid, vile opportunist in this election. Parker has only proven to me that she would stab my dog if it helped her personal interests.

is this the "Parker/Spitzer" Parker?

183 posted on 06/06/2011 11:17:16 AM PDT by bigjoesaddle ("Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged". - Reagan)
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To: bigjoesaddle

You got it one!

The Whore and Whore monger Show


184 posted on 06/06/2011 11:24:40 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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