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Romney's passive response to Obama's change of tune on gay marriage
Boston Globe | May 13, 2012 | Garrett Quinn

Posted on 05/13/2012 7:34:34 PM PDT by WilliamIII

The most striking thing about President Obama's flip-flop evolution reversal on gay marriage was how weakly the likely Republican standard bearer, Mitt Romney, has gone after him for it.

Shortly after the Obama's change of heart went public Romney addresed it at press conference in Oklahoma. Watch here as he gives a mostly tempered response when asked about his views on gay marriage.

Not only did Romney answer that question with no passion but he repeatedly called his position on the issue "his preference". At first glance it seems hard to understand why his campaign would not capitalize on this potential gift, particularly after a rocky primary showed he has problems with Christian evangelicals. Obama's support for gay marriage is just the type of thing Romney needs to energize an unmotivated evangelical base to man phones, knock on doors, and go to the polls.

Then this memo from a top GOP pollster dropped.

"Support for same sex marriage has been growing and in the last few years support has grown at an accelerated rate with no sign of slowing down. ..."


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012issues; homosexualagenda; vanity

1 posted on 05/13/2012 7:34:41 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

How much is everybody already sick of hearing this sh** over and over and over?


2 posted on 05/13/2012 7:37:30 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

3 posted on 05/13/2012 7:40:40 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: WilliamIII

Methinks Mitt is sitting back and letting Barry-O do himself in. Mitt probably thinks the Prez needs no help...


4 posted on 05/13/2012 7:45:23 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: WilliamIII

Romney has deep pocketed gay donors as well.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75060.html


5 posted on 05/13/2012 7:46:47 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: Past Your Eyes
How much is everybody already sick of hearing this sh** over and over and over?

I'm against gay marriage as much as anybody here. I'm against it for the same reasons people here in FR are against it but also because it would increase immigration of gays from overseas marrying gay American men in the US for VISAs.

That being said, Romney needs to state his stance on gay marriage and then get back on the real issues Americans are so desperate for someone to be able to fix: Jobs, Economy and energy. Republicans can be the party that stands for the Economy / Jobs / Energy while defining Obama as OUT OF TOUCH with the real issues.

6 posted on 05/13/2012 7:48:45 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: libh8er

I should say gay agenda supporting donors.


7 posted on 05/13/2012 7:49:16 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: WilliamIII

Is this writer liberal?

It seems odd that the writer is puzzled at Romney’s tepid response to the president. It’s almost as if the writer expected and wanted Romney to jump right up and denounce homosexual marriage.

But, we don’t want this campaign to be about homosexual marriage. There are so many other issues to talk about.

Remember not too long ago, the media and liberals expressed frustration at Santorum and Republicans for talking about marriage, birth control, etc. Now they are frustrated at Romney for not enthusiastically talking about this stuff.

What exactly is supposed to happen to make the media happy?

Or are they angry that Romney didn’t take the bait, so to speak, and get out there about marriage like they expected him to????


8 posted on 05/13/2012 7:50:47 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: WilliamIII

Is this writer liberal?

It seems odd that the writer is puzzled at Romney’s tepid response to the president. It’s almost as if the writer expected and wanted Romney to jump right up and denounce homosexual marriage.

But, we don’t want this campaign to be about homosexual marriage. There are so many other issues to talk about.

Remember not too long ago, the media and liberals expressed frustration at Santorum and Republicans for talking about marriage, birth control, etc. Now they are frustrated at Romney for not enthusiastically talking about this stuff.

What exactly is supposed to happen to make the media happy?

Or are they angry that Romney didn’t take the bait, so to speak, and get out there about marriage like they expected him to????


9 posted on 05/13/2012 7:51:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: WilliamIII

Romney is the GOP version of an NWO shill, same as Obama is/was for the democrats. When the pace is too fast, as with Obama, they back off to a “conservative” for a few years till we adapt to the new conservatism. That’s the best the GOP can give us? That doesn’t say much for the GOP. We got Clinton that re-energized the GOP base. Then we got Obama that re-energized the GOP base. They make a lot of money when conservatives aren’t happy. Then all they can deliver is a paper puppet in a silk suit. Pull the stuffing out, nothing there.


10 posted on 05/13/2012 7:56:16 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: WilliamIII

Romney will win the election if he answers every diversionary question with- “I know that may seem important but I’d like to focus on jobs.”


11 posted on 05/13/2012 7:57:52 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: WilliamIII
Here's a link to the column: click.

It is axiomatic that when one's opponent is in the process of making a political blunder, the proper thing to do strategically is -- nothing. Ergo, Romney is in this case doing the right thing -- nothing, or close to it, a tepid non-response.

It could be argued that Obama "had to" make the statement that he did on gay marriage in order to mollify his base. But he then made an unforced error by permitting his political website to advertise t-shirts for infants emblazoned with "My Two Moms Support Obama," and "My Two Dads Support Obama." Also available: lovely apparel items touting the love of Obama by transgendered people. Who in the Obama brain trust thought that was a good idea?

So, again, if the other guy is drowning, don't throw him a life preserver. It may be that support of gay marriage may help Obama in California, and in a few other states where he's already likely to win. But it will be a net negative in swing states like Ohio and Florida. The columnist is obviously trying to bait Romney into escalating the gay marriage debate, probably to detract from discussions on the economy, where the real battle will be waged, and where Obama is most vulnerable.

12 posted on 05/13/2012 8:04:45 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: WilliamIII

Romney is pro-gay. Check his Mass record.


13 posted on 05/13/2012 8:04:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: WilliamIII

Why wouldn’t he be passive, Romney has no core but liberalism.


14 posted on 05/13/2012 8:10:47 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: WilliamIII

Why wouldn’t he be passive, Romney has no core but liberalism.


15 posted on 05/13/2012 8:11:27 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: WilliamIII

Why wouldn’t he be passive, Romney has no core but liberalism.


16 posted on 05/13/2012 8:11:49 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: WilliamIII

Romney has always been a cowardly “me too” liberal.

Watch the Etch-a-Sketch candidate repeat his past campaigns by running scared from the scumbag Democrat newsrooms and drifting relentlessly left, right up to election day. The guy is a liar and scumbag, and he cannot be trusted, ever.


17 posted on 05/13/2012 8:18:13 PM PDT by Lancey Howard (No Romney, no way.)
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To: WilliamIII

Not just him but the whole R party and FNC.

Did you see FNC gay Shepard Smith’s reaction that he hopes Republicans don’t criticize Obama on this and instead stay on the ‘right side of history’ on this SS marriage crap??


18 posted on 05/13/2012 8:18:26 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: REDWOOD99
Romney will win the election if he answers every diversionary question with- “I know that may seem important but I’d like to focus on jobs.”

Good point, either jobs or the sorry state of the American economy.

19 posted on 05/13/2012 9:53:32 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: WilliamIII

I wonder what Mitt meant here?

“We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern,”


20 posted on 05/13/2012 10:31:02 PM PDT by ansel12 (Ann Romney, 1994 'We didn't know a single Republican when we jumped in in December,')
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To: WilliamIII

I think it’s very wise to let it lay out there like the stink bomb it is, and let his statements speak for themselves. I think if Romney were to sit and harp on the issue, it might backfire on him. Everyone knows about it now and it. bodes better for whomever shuts up about it than whomever keeps talking it up. My sister and bro-in-law switched allegiance over this, very quietly, today they admitted.


21 posted on 05/13/2012 11:13:44 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: SoDak; southernnorthcarolina

The problem is Mitt did not remain quiet. Without prompting, he came right out volunteered that he supported the back door (no pun intended) gay marriage attempt — gays adopting. This is similar to his long time support for gays in the military when he tried to comfort the gays by saying it would happen “when the time is right.”

It is one thing to be quiet and let your enemy destroy themselves, but it is another to willingly join them and take the destruction on yourself.


22 posted on 05/13/2012 11:34:58 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: WilliamIII

The left believes they have won the cultural war, and that Americans will support them on the gay marriage issue, at least long enough to distract people from the fact that they aren’t working, and can’t afford the gas to look for work. The left has misjudged the consequences of this move.


23 posted on 05/14/2012 12:21:46 AM PDT by pallis
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To: WilliamIII

if the actual numbers of young people turning ‘gay’ has dropped over the past decade, how could acceptance be increasing?


24 posted on 05/14/2012 1:34:18 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: WilliamIII
More signs of terminal moral rot in the RNC/RiNOate.
25 posted on 05/14/2012 2:51:26 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: libh8er
From your linked source:

Paul Singer, Dan Loeb and Cliff Asness — three hedge fund managers and major players in donor circles — each cut six-figure checks toward the landmark effort to legalize gay marriage in New York.

Singer, the intensely-private head of Elliott Associates, has been especially active in donating to groups aimed at legalizing gay marriage in different states over the last five years, concurrent with his rise as one of the Republican party’s mot prominent bundlers and donors to party committees. According to a recent New York Times story, Singer has donated $8 million to pro-gay marriage efforts since 2007.

He’s also helped raise more than $1 million for Romney’s campaign, as well as donated another $1 million to the super PAC supporting the all-but-assured Republican nominee.

The s.o.b.'s have been working on buying the GOP for 12 years now. The Loggies were wooing Dubya in 2000 and got a lot of positive response -- including the appointment of Mehlman, who was still closeted. The Bush family has been surrounded by an Oort cloud of homosexuals for years -- what the hell is up with that?

Now Grover Norquist and Ann Coulter are hanging out with them 24/7. Mary Matalin sang their praises, and single-sex "marriage" claims, back in 2000 when she was working advance for Dubya with the Loggies.

"Asness" -- perfect. The perfect, Babylonian-degenerate, pluperfect name for the entire RiNO wing of the GOP. Let's call it "the Asness Lobby". It could double as a form of address: "Hello, your Asness." "Good morning, your Asness." "Would you like a fresh Brazilian boy sent up, your Asness?"

The new, gay spirit of the Republican National Committee -- and the Romney campaign.

26 posted on 05/14/2012 3:09:07 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Past Your Eyes
Why --- are you?

It's news -- the GOP is going to hell in a sodomite handbasket, and the queers in media are keeping it out of the newspapers.

27 posted on 05/14/2012 3:11:15 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Obviously. I’m sick to death about hearing of anything queer, including this. Aren’t you?


28 posted on 05/14/2012 4:14:15 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: WilliamIII

Where’s the link?


29 posted on 05/14/2012 5:44:50 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Well, no, I think we need to hear about it until a new regime returns the GOP to the people who've supported and built it up over the years, clean out the deadwood and the catamites who've been creeping around buying influence and playing backstairs games, and just purge out the party of this non-Main Street, cabalistic crew of perverts.

Next thing you know, they'll be in the schools ..... </s>

30 posted on 05/14/2012 5:47:28 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: REDWOOD99
Romney will win the election if he answers every diversionary question with- “I know that may seem important but I’d like to focus on jobs.”

Is that your version of the "economic conservative" chant, "there is no politics except economics" and "we have no issues with statism except economic issues"?

If you do not engage the full spectrum of mainstream concerns, you will not receive the full measure of mainstream support. RiNO's who don't want to talk about social issues are really liberals who know how to count, period. They are not our friends.

31 posted on 05/14/2012 5:52:06 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: REDWOOD99
Here's an example of a social issue that matters: the pervocrat Arne Duncan is discussed here by Star Parker, who lays it out further: The second-largest teaching union in America, the American Federation of Teachers, now has a lesbian president.

Lesbians represent a tiny, minuscule percentage of the electorate -- one or two percent, at most. So how did the AFT wind up being run by a lesbian?

FR's thread on Star Parker's column is here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2883457/posts

32 posted on 05/14/2012 6:03:28 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

“Is that your version of the “economic conservative” chant, “there is no politics except economics” and “we have no issues with statism except economic issues”?”

Nope. It’s my version of “It’s the Economy, Stupid!”


33 posted on 05/14/2012 8:58:33 AM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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