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The Republican Base Simply Does Not Like Mitt Romney & Why The Press Rarely Reports It
Red State ^ | 1/23/12 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 01/23/2012 11:31:00 AM PST by Nachum

A friend of mine pointed out this morning that Mitt Romney has outspent Newt Gingrich $7 million to $.0008 million in Florida just to watch his 15 pt lead implode overnight.

The Republican base does not trust Mitt Romney. Because they do not trust him, they do not like him as a candidate. His campaign, all too clever to try to sit on an ephemeral lead that any outside observer could see was more vaporware than reality, has decided to go fully negative now against Gingrich.

In other words, Mitt Romney who no one much cares for outside of well paid consultants, lobbyists, and First Class Acela Express Republicans in Washington and New York is going to drive up his own negatives to make Newt Gingrich more toxic to the base than himself. That’s a winning strategy for the general for sure! “Hey,” Team Romney must be saying, “We’ll just remind them about the Supreme Court to get them to turn out in the general.” That worked so well for Team McCain.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: base; press; republican; romney

1 posted on 01/23/2012 11:31:02 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
I don't particularly like Romney either, but he does have one thing going for him -

HE AIN'T 0BAMA!

2 posted on 01/23/2012 11:42:04 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Nachum

Governor Romney—if you’re not angry about what’s happening to our country, there’s something very wrong with you.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 11:43:48 AM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
HE AIN'T 0BAMA!

How can you be sure?

4 posted on 01/23/2012 11:43:53 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: Nachum

—In other words, Mitt Romney who no one much cares for outside of well paid consultants, lobbyists, and First Class Acela Express Republicans in Washington and New York...—

And lots of mormons, nationwide. Every mormon I know is a big Romney fan. Every. Single. One.

Not that that will be enough, of course, but the article really leaves out the main part of his support demographic. Probably on purpose, to keep the discussion from getting sidetracked.


5 posted on 01/23/2012 11:48:00 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Nachum

Mittens is unlikeable—not just when he opens his mouth—but as he just stands there. He is an empty suit. He is a robot. He has such a warped, programmed mind that he can’t think. There is no logic when he opens his mouth—no Common Sense—no passion—no Reality there.

He was programmed with a worldview that is weird and fascist and nonsensical. There is no way he can sound like a common sense American. It was bred out of his childhood.

It is why we have to get back our education system. The Marxist/Atheists/pagans are trying to corrupt and fill children with cognitive dissonance-—which destroys the ability to reason and think logically.

They teach lies to little kids to destroy logic: Like Heather has two mommies and children can be killed in the womb—it is a “right” to kill, “right” to sodomy, “right” for housing, “Respect” sodomy. “Take PRide” in sodomy. “Capitalism” is evil, etc. etc. They are intentionally destroying logic in children and morality-—the ability to judge “Right and Wrong”.

They are destroying Moral Absolutes—the Objective Truth—that lies at the heart of our Supreme Law of the Land—the Constitution—based on Natural Rights from God—not the evil twisted thinking of Barney Frank.

Let’s take our government BACK and return to Rule of Law—not rules by barney frank and marxists.


6 posted on 01/23/2012 11:49:13 AM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
HE AIN'T 0BAMA!

Now pull the other leg ...

7 posted on 01/23/2012 11:54:06 AM PST by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: COBOL2Java

“How can you be sure? “

We’re pretty sure Romney didn’t spend his childhood in an Indonesian Madrassah.


8 posted on 01/23/2012 11:54:17 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
HE AIN'T 0BAMA!

What you mean is...."He ain't black".

9 posted on 01/23/2012 11:55:26 AM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: slowhandluke

Does it play Jingle Bells?


10 posted on 01/23/2012 12:02:20 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Nachum
Anyone can sell a product.

Though, someone who has love in the heart with good intentions can sell a product much better.

11 posted on 01/23/2012 12:05:16 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: The Sons of Liberty; COBOL2Java
How is Mitt different from Obama?

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/11/romneys-advisers-met-with-obama-to-help-craft-obama-care/

12 posted on 01/23/2012 12:06:34 PM PST by Chgogal (WSJ, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et. al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: Nachum

We’ve been telling the GOP for years, don’t foist Romney on us. In reply we hear, shut up and vote for Romney.


13 posted on 01/23/2012 12:19:15 PM PST by DManA
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To: cuban leaf

I (sort of) know only one person who claims to be Mormon and he does not like Romney and will not support Romney. Unfortunately he just adores Harry Reid and Obama........


14 posted on 01/23/2012 12:24:21 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: ari-freedom

No he spent his early like doing THIS:
Early life and educationHeritage and youthFurther information: Pratt–Romney family
Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan.[1] He was the youngest child of George W. Romney, who by 1948 had become an automobile executive, and Lenore Romney (née LaFount). His mother was a native of Logan, Utah, and his father had been born in a Mormon colony in Chihuahua, Mexico, to American parents.[2] Romney’s ancestry is predominantly English, as well as Scottish and German.[3] As a sixth-generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[4][5] Romney is descended from a genealogically interconnected political family sometimes known as the Pratt–Romneys.

The three siblings before him were Margo Lynn, Jane LaFount, and G. Scott,[6] followed by Mitt after a gap of six years.[7] Romney was named after hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott, his father’s best friend, and his father’s cousin Milton “Mitt” Romney, 1925–1929 quarterback for the Chicago Bears.[8][nb 1] When he was five, the family moved from Detroit to the affluent suburb of Bloomfield Hills.[10] His father became CEO of American Motors and turned the company around from the brink of bankruptcy; by the time he was twelve, his father had become a nationally known figure in print and on television.[11] Romney idolized his father, read automotive trade magazines, kept abreast of automotive developments, and aspired to be an executive in the industry.[10][12][13] His father also presided over the Detroit Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to which the family belonged.[14]

The Cranbrook School, which Mitt Romney attended from seventh grade onRomney went to public elementary schools[9] and then from seventh grade on, attended Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, a private boys preparatory school of the classic mold where he was the lone Mormon and where many students came from even more privileged backgrounds.[10][15][16][17] He was not particularly athletic and at first did not excel at academics.[10] While a sophomore, he participated in the campaign in which his father was elected Governor of Michigan.[nb 2] George Romney was re-elected twice; Mitt worked for him as an intern in the governor’s office, and was present at the 1964 Republican National Convention when his moderate father battled conservative party nominee Barry Goldwater over issues of civil rights and ideological extremism.[10][12] Romney had a steady set of chores and worked summer jobs, including being a security guard at a Chrysler plant.[15]

Initially a manager for the ice hockey team and a pep squad member,[15][18] during his final year at Cranbook, Romney joined the cross country running team[9] and improved academically, but was still not a star pupil.[10][16] His social skills were strong, however, and he won an award for those “whose contributions to school life are often not fully recognized through already existing channels”.[16] Romney was an energetic child who enjoyed pranks.[nb 3]

In March of his senior year, he began dating Ann Davies, two years behind him, whom he had once known in elementary school;[20][21] she attended the private Kingswood School, the sister school to Cranbrook.[16] The two informally agreed to marriage around the time of his June 1965 graduation.[10][21]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_romney


15 posted on 01/23/2012 12:28:15 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Nachum
“The Republican base does not trust Mitt Romney.”

I'm not so sure of that. The only Republicans that don't trust him are;

Christians, especially evangelicals
Anti-Obamacare advocates
Pro-life advocates
Smaller government advocates
Second amendment advocates
Anti-illegal alien advocates
Border security advocates

...but the rest of the Republican base trusts him just fine.

16 posted on 01/23/2012 12:28:15 PM PST by Roccus
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To: Nachum
When I think of Romney I remember two things:

1. His Senate campaign against Ted the Swimmer Kennedy and the "debate" they had.

I was relishing the thought of Romney wiping the floor with, arguably, the dimmest bulb in the Kennedy chandelier and then watched in open-mouthed shock as Romney resorted to trying to out-liberal Kennedy.

2. The picture of Romney signing the healthcare bill with the laughing Dems, Kennedy included, surrounding him and cheering him on.

17 posted on 01/23/2012 12:29:04 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: All

The divide between the rest of us and Northeastern Republicans is nothing new. You folks must be too young to remember the Rockefeller Republicans who massively opposed Barry Goldwater in ‘64.

Mitt is likely a very nice person — indeed most of us would like him as a neighbor, I suspect. The problem is that he is a clone of the managerial class. Buttoned down, cool to the point of indifference to controversy and able to bloodlessly make business decisions that most people would find disturbing.

His is the modern management philosophy of the investment business. Such decision making has moved much of our manufacturing base offshore. It was good business, after all, don’t you know. He means well but he cannot see past the spreadsheet conclusion because the spreadsheet only makes linear projections and cannot deal with the highly nonlinear world that we are actually live in.

He has no fire, no “sack” (as the Brits say). He cannot defend the long term, only the next quarter. He will do a commendable job as a manager of decline but he will not fight, only ameliorate the hurt and delay the disaster.

In other words, he is not a leader. Can you imagine him leading a platoon of Marines in an assault? I can’t. No one would respond to his “Follow Me!”

I really dislike Newt as a man but there is no doubt that he has sack and he will fight. Between the bloodless manager and the flawed leader, there is no choice.


18 posted on 01/23/2012 12:30:00 PM PST by wjr123
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To: cuban leaf
And lots of mormons, nationwide. Every mormon I know is a big Romney fan. Every. Single. One.

Purely. Coincidence. Don'tchaKnow.

19 posted on 01/23/2012 12:31:20 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: Gabz

“I (sort of) know only one person who claims to be Mormon and he does not like Romney and will not support Romney. Unfortunately he just adores Harry Reid and Obama....”


You caught me off-guard with that one and I chuckled out loud!


20 posted on 01/23/2012 12:43:09 PM PST by RCFlyer
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To: US Navy Vet; ari-freedom

Do you know who personally handled the conversion of the teenage girlfriend of Mitt Romney? The Governor of her state.

She and Mitt got married, her parents were forbidden to witness the marriage because Mitt Romney is so elite within Mormonism that only a small percentage of Mormons qualify to witness, or to be present for such events involving the elites, and her parents as no-Mormon were of course, forbidden.


21 posted on 01/23/2012 12:52:45 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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22 posted on 01/23/2012 1:25:11 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Nachum

Many LBO firms today find it advantageous to brand themselves as Venture Capital firms. This is primarily done for deceptive reasons when it comes to first approaching companies the LBO firms may be interested in actually acquiring as opposed to investing in them as a true VC firm would. The LBO firm wants to answer the question; can we acquire this company and either part it out or leverage it up in order to suck-out lots of cash. Most companies are not initially all that interested in cashing-in or selling-out. Saying you are a VC is a way of making it easier to get a quick “inside look” at a company and answer this question before revealing their true goal....acquiring and quickly disposing of the company at a profit.


23 posted on 01/23/2012 1:53:25 PM PST by kimoajax (Rack'em & Stack'em)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

As a lifelong Conservative and GOPer I must write that I liked all of our candidates for some aspect of their character or their politices. I thought and still do that any of them would make a better President that Obama.

Yhe problem with Mitt Romney and my own feelings for him began around New Years Day when he dediced to do a scorched earth campaign against Newt Gingrich. It was apparent that Mitt was unable to convince the voters to support himself, so he resorted to total negativism.

I began to really watch and listen to him in the debates - and I then realized that he either refused to - or was unable to defend or sell the concept of the free market and of the enormity of the danger our country was in.

Newt on the other hand was ready at nearly every moment to answer the debate questions and to insert other timely topics which would showcase gthe ineptness or un-American behavior of the Obama administgration. Newt brought up energy policy and the Keystone pipe line; eh mentioned gthe Obama Justice Department and the Obamacare suppression of personal religious freedom in the rules fregarding abortion and congtraception; he threw the charge at the MSM that they loved to throw garbagve at every Republican while progtecting any and all charges againsgt Obama.

A week ago I was open to a Romney candidacy (at least I was keeping my options open); no more. I am now in full throttle mode for Newt and will vote for Newt in next Tuesday’s MN caucuses. A week ago I was ambivalent and was concerned lest I be unable to make a choise. No more. Go Newt!


24 posted on 01/23/2012 4:46:54 PM PST by Gumdrop (!!)
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To: Gumdrop

Newt was my Rep before and during his tenure as Speaker. He was always super intelligent on issues and very good making his points. Where he fell down was that the higher he rose, the further left he moved. I think he was trying to move to “the middle” to expand his base. There were times when he made moves that had me questioning whether he was trying to commit political suicide. Those eventually led to his resignation. I don’ t know whether his political resurrection will hold. Only time will tell. I honestly don’t know if he can beat 0bama, because he has a tendency to make major gaffes at the absolute worst time. You can also expect the dims to dig as much dirt as possible from day one, although Romney seems to have beaten them to the punch.


25 posted on 01/23/2012 6:36:34 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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