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Mitt Romney, evangelicals seek marriage of convenience
The State ^ | Apr. 30, 2012 | David Lightman

Posted on 04/29/2012 9:56:21 PM PDT by Innovative

Mitt Romney and the Republican Party's sizable bloc of evangelical voters are about to engage in a marriage of political convenience.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee's march to the nomination proceeded largely without strong backing from the conservative Christian community.

But with Romney now the only hope that conservatives have to beat President Barack Obama in November, a partnership has begun to jell.

Gary Rose, the chairman of the politics and government department at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., agreed. "Santorum was their guy, but more important is their agenda of dislodging Obama," he said. "I don't believe they'll stay home."

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: christianvote; conservatives; elections; evangelicals; romney
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1 posted on 04/29/2012 9:56:31 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative
It won't be enough.

Their are enough Evangelicals who still have their principles, conscience, ethics, and morals intact, that they won't go for it. Couple that with a sizable minority of independents that won't hold their nose to vote for such a lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal, and we are looking at a loss to Obama this year that will make McCain's loss look like a win.

And who can blame the values voters when the records of Obama and Romney line up so closely?


2 posted on 04/29/2012 10:02:39 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

So let’s see SCP we who oppose the liberal called Romney are now called: crybabies, sore losers, insane, stupid, ignorant, agents of BHO, democrat shills, members of the enemy, Soros shills, part of the democrat underground, trolls.......did I forget anything?
I will not now or ever vote for another liberal.
I will not vote for Romney.


3 posted on 04/29/2012 10:08:51 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Did you read the article. “Family man is their thing.” He meets that criteria. You see, Newt didn’t. Those divorces. Never mind his solid ideas and real solutions. Gotta have that family man. Sarah Palin didn’t cut it either, because women are supposed to stay home.


4 posted on 04/29/2012 10:14:41 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: svcw
did I forget anything?

Yup, I got called a Freak tonight.

I consider the name-calling a badge of honor.

If we weren't over the target with Romney, we'd not be getting all the flack.
5 posted on 04/29/2012 10:17:40 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Yeah, I think they will break for obama.


6 posted on 04/29/2012 10:18:14 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: SoConPubbie

Newt Gingrich says he’s dropping out ‘about’ May 2 and endorsing Romney [VIDEO]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2877926/posts


7 posted on 04/29/2012 10:18:59 PM PDT by Innovative (Live in reality, not a dreamworld)
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To: Innovative

“Mitt Romney and the Republican Party’s sizable bloc of evangelical voters are about to engage in a marriage of political convenience.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEdPhRa0k_A


8 posted on 04/29/2012 10:19:51 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: onyx
Did you read the article. “Family man is their thing.” He meets that criteria. You see, Newt didn’t. Those divorces. Never mind his solid ideas and real solutions. Gotta have that family man. Sarah Palin didn’t cut it either, because women are supposed to stay home.

Don't need to read the article Onyx.

I'm an Evangelical, and all of my closest friends are Evangelical, and none of us look at something so loosely defined as "He's a family man".

We care about the issues; like Abortion, Gay Marriage, Taxes, Global Warming, Cap-N-Trade, 2nd Amendment, limited Government, you know, all those things that conservatives care about.

This is just more hopeful agit-prop and Pro-Romney propaganda, nothing more.
9 posted on 04/29/2012 10:20:24 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: svcw

“I will not vote for Romney.”

Nobody is asking you to — we merely want you to acknowledge the result of your actions — reelection of Obama.

Repeat after me: “I, svcw, want to give Obama a second term, rather than elect Romney”. Simple.


10 posted on 04/29/2012 10:21:53 PM PDT by Innovative (Live in reality, not a dreamworld)
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To: SoConPubbie

Pushing the idea that evangelicals will seek a marriage of convenience with Romney furthers the MSM line that serious Christians are phonies and hypocrites. No surprise, then, that the MSM love this line of attack. They’ll be happy if Romney wins; they’ll be happier if 0bama wins; and they’re always happy to attack conservative Christians as fakes.


11 posted on 04/29/2012 10:22:38 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Innovative
Newt Gingrich says he’s dropping out ‘about’ May 2 and endorsing Romney [VIDEO]

So?

I'm not a compromising ABO voter, I'm an ABL (Anybody But a Liberal) voter.

I don't vote for lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberals, like Mitt Romney and I don't vote for Crypto-Communists like Obama.

I also don't engage in Moral Jeopardy games based on Chicken Little "Sky-is-Falling" scenarios where someone says our World as we know it is going to end tomorrow.
12 posted on 04/29/2012 10:24:15 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Well, that Bob Vander Plaats from Iowa who launched Santorum is quoted along with Gary Bauer, so they’re talking about approving Romney’s running mate..LOL.


13 posted on 04/29/2012 10:24:57 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Innovative; svcw
Nobody is asking you to — we merely want you to acknowledge the result of your actions — reelection of Obama.

Nope, that blame falls on Mitt Romney and his lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal record, pretend-conservatives, RINOS, the GOP-E, and so-called conservatives who believed the nonsense that Mitt Romney was inevitable and believed all the lies that Mitt Romney told about both Newt and Rick.
14 posted on 04/29/2012 10:27:15 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: onyx
Well, that Bob Vander Plaats from Iowa who launched Santorum is quoted along with Gary Bauer, so they’re talking about approving Romney’s running mate..LOL.

Well, both you and I have seen a boat-load of so-called principled conservatives sell their soul this election season and support that lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal Mitt Romney.

This should not be surprising to anyone at this stage of the game, just more Party over Principle types.
15 posted on 04/29/2012 10:29:13 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Innovative

If you think Romney will win, it is delusional.
BHO campaign slogan will be “why vote for Romney when you already have me”.
BHO will say “look at Romney’s record, ok now why would you want to change horses in the middle of the stream”
Romney as the GOP nominee will guarantee the reelection of BHO for a second term.
I want people to recognize because they fell for the “only Romney can win”, are the ones who actually propelled Romney to the nomination.


16 posted on 04/29/2012 10:31:19 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: SoConPubbie

everyone has their priorities I guess. It will be interesting to see what happens if he wins without overwhelming evangelical support. That would be a real game changer.


17 posted on 04/29/2012 10:32:05 PM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
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To: onyx

I just love the way the GOP tries to make conservatives into such simplistic tools for the establishment.

It is like they think we are the DNC’s dummy ghetto vote. If they just say something like “family man”, by george, they got us all wrapped up in the watermelon corner with the UN, Mittens and Algore.

Good luck with that.


18 posted on 04/29/2012 10:32:28 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Innovative
"I don't believe they'll stay home."

I'll take that bet. Romney has no chance in a fair election. The conservative base is not going to turn out for him. We will vote down-ticket, but Romney is right there with Bush1.2, Dole and McCain in the history book.

That's what happens when the GOP runs a moderate or liberal.

/johnny

19 posted on 04/29/2012 10:33:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Innovative

We don’t buy the premise of your stupid assertion. The GOP-e handed Obama the victory the moment they ALL got behind Romney to shove him down our throats.

THE Ruling Class is to blame for Obama being handed a Dictatorship. We principled Conservatives have no blame in the handing of Obama a permanent seat of power. That honor belongs to the Ruling Class who took Obama’s hand picked opponent to run against Conservative candidates whom they worked together to destroy, to enable Romney the nomination. All done FOR THE PURPOSE of eliminating the relevance of Conservatives from the GOP forever.

We aren’t drinking that poison being offered, nor do we accept any responsibility for Obama’s trouncing of Romney this November because we are voting only for staunch Conservatives.

Romney was chosen to be the losing candidate to Obama, and shoved down our throats. So you can shove your inspid notion that we Conservatives are responsible for Obama’s win in November up yer piehole. We do not accept or buy it.


20 posted on 04/29/2012 10:44:09 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR

Well said.


21 posted on 04/29/2012 10:44:56 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Actually, the last time the Republicans ran a Romney type against an Obama type was in 1972, and Nixon won 60% of the vote, 49 states and 520 electoral votes. And just like Romney, Nixon was despised by most of those that voted for him, I still remember my dad saying that Nixon was the biggest asshole ever, but Mcgovern would destroy the country if elected. Now I know the country has changed a lot since then, but the conditions this election season seem to be the same. Do I like Romney, hell no, but just like my dad in 1972, I will do my duty, I owe it to his memory.


22 posted on 04/29/2012 10:51:49 PM PDT by Oregon Coast Conservative
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To: RC one
everyone has their priorities I guess. It will be interesting to see what happens if he wins without overwhelming evangelical support. That would be a real game changer.

What's going to be real enlightening is the blame-game that all the MittWitts will be engaged in when their boy Romney loses worse than McCain did exactly because of his lying, Left-wing, Progressive Liberal record.
23 posted on 04/29/2012 10:52:09 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SaraJohnson

LOL. Love your way with words.

I got mad today when I thought back to Romney’s early interviews before he announcced his candidacy, when he would play coy about his decision whether he’d would run.

My God, he was lying big time! He had worked for the past 4 years putting his organization in place and solidifying the GOP-E money backers!

Complete liar and fraud!


24 posted on 04/29/2012 10:55:58 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Innovative

It’s going to sound harsh,
I’m sure, but here goes:

This article .... sucks.
Your post .... sucks.
Your lefty candidate: a sure looser.
You: an all day sucker.

`It’s sad, so sad—such a sad, sad situation,

Sorry seems to be the hardest word ....... ‘
Elton John, Queen of England

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVFBK9GhS5Q


25 posted on 04/29/2012 10:56:12 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative; JRandomFreeper
Actually, the last time the Republicans ran a Romney type against an Obama type was in 1972, and Nixon won 60% of the vote, 49 states and 520 electoral votes. And just like Romney, Nixon was despised by most of those that voted for him, I still remember my dad saying that Nixon was the biggest asshole ever, but Mcgovern would destroy the country if elected. Now I know the country has changed a lot since then, but the conditions this election season seem to be the same. Do I like Romney, hell no, but just like my dad in 1972, I will do my duty, I owe it to his memory.

Actually, that was pre-internet which means conservatives and conservative activists are much more informed about the record of that lying, left-wing, Progressive Liberal Mitt Romney, it was pre-Obama, a crypto-Communist with a no holds barred approach to destroying his opponents and lying about anything, basically a much worse type of Democrat than what Nixon had to face.

It was also Pre-Reagan, we had not won for many cycles, we had not experienced what a real conservative was like, and any Republican would actually do.

I also, correct me if I am wrong, believe that there is no comparision between the scorched-earth, dirty-rotten tricks and out and out lying that Romney did to destroy his opponents in the GOP primary and whatever Nixon may have done.

Nixon was very moderate, almost liberal in a lot of his views.

Romney's record IS lying, left-wing, and Progessive Liberal.

There is only a passing resemblence between the two campaigns, that is between Romney and Nixon.
26 posted on 04/29/2012 10:58:07 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative
I'm not buying it. It's Lucy holding the football, and I'm not Charlie Brown.

And before you badmouth Nixon too much, you might think about the things he did manage to do. Like get elected. Twice.

Do what you like. Romney is another liberal in a long line of losers that the GOP has tried to cram down the conservative throat.

There was no internet in Nixon's time, or Johnson would have topped out at school teacher or convicted felon.

It's a brave new world.

ABL Anyone But Liberals.

/johnny

27 posted on 04/29/2012 10:59:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Innovative

Hope all the sell-outs have an at ease trust with Romney.

We need a better candidate. This is a nightmare.


28 posted on 04/29/2012 11:01:40 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: SoConPubbie

You already know how that is going to go down, because the Mittwitts (great term BTW) are already pre-emptively engaged in it. You already can read it on this very thread.

The war being waged by Obama AND the GOP Ruling Class is to EXTERMINATE Conservatives from any political relevance.

What we have here is Obama and the GOP-e,working together, covert allies for the purpose of dismissing Conservative Christians and rendering them irrelevant.

War is being waged on us and the clueless party hacks have convinced a bunch of unprincipled and convenience voting Republicans to vote for the nominee CHOSEN to lose to Obama, so we have the APPEARANCE of a choice.

I cannot comprehend even at FR how gullible and easily beguiled so many of my countrymen have become by this evil.

No wonder Jesus asked the question of whether or not He would find faith on the earth once He returned.


29 posted on 04/29/2012 11:03:22 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR

Great post!


30 posted on 04/29/2012 11:04:17 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: INVAR

At least with Obama, the socialists are confined to one party....a Romney win will complete the takeover by the Socialists of both major parties.


31 posted on 04/29/2012 11:05:03 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: onyx

He’s entitled, Onyx. It’s a Mormon affirmative action vacancy.:)


32 posted on 04/29/2012 11:06:16 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SoConPubbie
I would vote for Nixon. I came 'that close' to doing just that, second term anyway.

I would never vote for Romney.

/johnny

33 posted on 04/29/2012 11:08:55 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: dfwgator

Disagree with that notion.

The Socialists have been in the GOP for a good amount of time. Most of us former party regulars had cognitive dissonance about that fact. We rallied around Bush after 9-11, (and rightfully so) but we also chose to look the other way with the Socialism being pedaled about as ‘kinder, gentler’.

The GOP is filled with Socialists as assuredly the Democrats were some 70 years ago. It just took time for the masks to come off and reveal for us that the DNC is become a pure MarxoFascist Communist party.

The GOP-e has already shown us that they will be no different. They now know where the power will lie, and they will do anything to share in it.


34 posted on 04/29/2012 11:13:26 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SoConPubbie

I agree with most of what you say, although I’m not sure that Romney was anymore liberal than Nixon. Nixon was a huge government type of guy, and as for his social views, we do know that just as Romney had a state Supreme Court jam gay marriage down his throat, Nixon had the Supreme Court of the US jam abortion down his throat, and did nothing about it. In fact, apparently from what can be found about his views, he thought that abortion should have been legal for rape, incest, etc. The problem with Reagan is that a whole generation of voters has now grown up not knowing the truth about him, and the last two GOP presidents were horrible at explaining conservatism, either because they were embarrassed by it, or just didn’t care enough to explain it to uninformed voters that now get their political views from the NEA and John Stewart. In the short term we are screwed as conservatives, unless we get a Palin or West as VP, who can spend their terms teaching the country the truth. So as you can see, I don’t know the solution to our problems, but all people have been doing on FR and everywhere else for the last year is firing friendly fire at each other, and until that stops we can’t find any solutions, can we?


35 posted on 04/29/2012 11:16:21 PM PDT by Oregon Coast Conservative
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To: INVAR

I think you are right in a lot of your post, but I disagree about Romney being chosen to lose. There is to much money being lost, and even the leftist on Wall St realize that. They also realize that until the wonder boy in the white house is gone, and his juvenile policies gone, the money isn’t coming back. I think the money people see this as a change election, like Reagans 1980 win. If they can get prominent Christians and Conservatives to publicly come out against Romney, and he wins, they will have marginalized us for decades. Many of these Christian leaders are aware of this, and so they will endorse Romney. It isn’t because they are “selling out”, it is because they see what the result of them not backing him, and him winning anyway would be. Just my 2cents, and its worth every penny:)


36 posted on 04/29/2012 11:30:35 PM PDT by Oregon Coast Conservative
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To: Innovative

Well, Mitt would be the husband based on what’s going to happen to us if he’s elected.


37 posted on 04/29/2012 11:32:46 PM PDT by InMemoriam (You can't trade in a marketplace where there is zero integrity. - Ann Barnhardt)
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To: SoConPubbie

If he loses.


38 posted on 04/29/2012 11:55:01 PM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
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To: SoConPubbie

If you really want to read something interesting, read about the Republican primaries in 1968. Ronald Reagan won the popular vote 1,696,632 (37.93%)to Nixons 1,679,443 (37.54%) but Nixon had more delegates at the convention and won the nomination. Just imagine if Freerepublic had existed then, it would have made this year look like a picnic.


39 posted on 04/30/2012 12:11:10 AM PDT by Oregon Coast Conservative
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative

The media chose Romney in collusion with the Obama regime to craft an illusion of ‘choice’ in this election. It is the media in conjunction with the GOP-e and the Democrats who are using our primary system to CHOOSE our candidates for us.

Do you not remember they were the one’s early on in this primary saying “Romney would be the biggest problem for Obama”, when their records are nearly identical, setting the narrative I continue to see regurgitated here?

The media and Obama would not engage in such politics unless they preferred Romney to face Obama. I’m convinced of that. Given what Romney, the media and Obama did to the conservatives in this primary, how can you doubt that Romney was chosen by the media, the Democrats AND Obama?

Since Romney was chosen to be the nominee by the Ruling Class, obviously it is for the purpose of losing to Obama.

The legitimate money has already walked out of this country along with opportunity for any Free Market Capitalist, so Wall Street is irrelevant now in terms what used to be. Trillions have been redistributed and more than you can imagine pocketed into those very Wall Street firms looking for a seat to be able to influence the Politburo.

What remains is opportunists to advantage a Fascist Enterprise system that will make crony Capitalism look like a Junior Achievement club.

Such is the history of Republics falling into tyranny.

As far as selling out, if expedience trumps principles, then one never had principles to begin with, at least not the kind of principles that you can stand before the Lord or our Founders with.


40 posted on 04/30/2012 12:45:58 AM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative

Amen!!! Many investors I know have left the country and their money with them.


41 posted on 04/30/2012 12:59:20 AM PDT by Lily4Jesus ( Jesus is LORD)
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To: Lily4Jesus

Yes they have, and even though the big money people love liberal politics, most of them like money even more. The best part of them is they are so ignorant, they give money to the occupiers, many of whom really would “eat the rich”. Its kind of like financing your own death, weird, huh?


42 posted on 04/30/2012 1:06:31 AM PDT by Oregon Coast Conservative
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative

The investors I know that have left are conservatives. The way this country is going, is savd. I just came from South America, most countries there are booming, 6% + vs 2% grow in the USA.


43 posted on 04/30/2012 1:23:22 AM PDT by Lily4Jesus ( Jesus is LORD)
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To: SoConPubbie; Oregon Coast Conservative; JRandomFreeper

Also, McGovern wasn’t an incumbent, and his ethnicity wasn’t a factor. Two big differences between that race and this one. This race is more of a 1984 Reagan/Mondale race. On the winning side you have a candidate who is passionately loved by his base and on the other side you have an uncharismatic bore who isn’t liked by his base, independents or his opposition. In both cases you also have an incumbent who inherited a bad economy so he can always argue that the other party handed it to him and he needs more time to fix it up.


44 posted on 04/30/2012 1:29:09 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: INVAR
What we have here is Obama and the GOP-e,working together, covert allies for the purpose of dismissing Conservative Christians and rendering them irrelevant.

Fiscal conservatives as well. The GOP isn't interested in reforming a damn thing. Newt would have reformed welfare, unemployment benefits, Social Security, the income tax, the whole kit and kaboodle. Romney doesn't have a single economic reform in his platform, just the same old status quo or meaningless tinkering.

45 posted on 04/30/2012 1:32:25 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative

The only reason we even got Palin as V.P. was because McCain was suffering in the polls. People need to get that the only way to help conservatives is for Romney to keep doing as poorly as possible in the polls, in the remaining primaries, in fundraising, and in any way the base can fight him. This whole idea that “we need to rally around the nominee” is pure propaganda. We’re seeing before our very eyes how all those dictatorial countries control their populations by controlling the media, except we’re seeing it working within the specific Republican bloc, who is mindlessly buying everything their great party leaders put out through their “friendly” media.


46 posted on 04/30/2012 1:37:01 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative

Romney’s trailing the popular vote by much worse in this primary. He’s only got 42.3% of it.


47 posted on 04/30/2012 1:40:17 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: onyx

They must remember Reagan and Jane Wyman so well.


48 posted on 04/30/2012 1:42:30 AM PDT by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: svcw; SoConPubbie

I’ll not vote for Romney. Clearly a liberal.

Vote Goode, Constitution Party. Clearly a conservative.


49 posted on 04/30/2012 2:51:48 AM PDT by xzins (Vote Goode Not Evil! (the lesser of 2 evils is still evil))
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To: Oregon Coast Conservative

In other words, Romney could very well win by default then?


50 posted on 04/30/2012 3:00:06 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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