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Three of Mitt Romney's emerging strengths
IBD Editorials ^ | May 29, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOM

Posted on 05/29/2012 5:11:19 PM PDT by Kaslin

With summer officially underway and only 161 days left before the presidential election, it's a good time to take inventory of Mitt Romney's chances of sending Barack Obama into early retirement a la Jimmy Carter.

The MSM has made much of Obama's commanding poll leads among blacks and Latinos. Romney was supposed to be vulnerable among evangelicals, until Obama's same-sex wedding gift. We heard a lot about Obama's strength among women, until it started to fade.

No one knows, of course, but conventional wisdom today holds the Nov. 6 outcome will be close. Unless it isn't. And then we'll hear all about why it wasn't.

You don't hear much about Romney's strengths these days, but what can we discern right now about them and their scope?

Well, economics and jobs have been atop virtually every opinion poll since Obama took office and began his determined drive for pretty much anything else. Gallup asked people recently to describe their economic views. By more than a two-to-one margin (46%-20%) Americans called themselves some shade of conservative instead of liberal. Even moderates (32%) outnumbered liberals.

On social issues the gap was closer (38%-28%), but conservatives still outweighed the spendthrifts.

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To: Impy

I can’t speak for other Freepers, but I cheerled for Hillary in 2008 solely so that the nomination would go down to the Democrat Convention, which would make the 1968 Democrat Convention look like a church gathering. I wanted to see liberals being dragged by their hair through the blood-soaked streets of Denver (figuratively speaking, of course : ), and the Dems end up picking someone that would piss off half their base, since both black liberals and feminists believed that it was “their turn” and would have thought they were “robbed of the nomination.” Maybe due to Lehman the Dems would have won anyways, but who knows?


21 posted on 05/29/2012 7:09:21 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: af_vet_rr
Romney fights dirtier against conservatives than he does against Obama. Hell, earlier this month he was praising Bill Clinton. At the end of the day, Romney is still a liberal ....

Amen, Brother FReeper!

If it's Obama v Romney in the general, we'll have three options: vote for arsenic, vote for cyanide, or vote to dilute whichever poison wins.

I know which way I'll be voting.

22 posted on 05/29/2012 7:12:49 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: ChocChipCookie; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj

Cain maybe (I put it on the Obama loving media not Romney), but no one other than Perry is responsible for Perry.

Perry would have easily beat Romney’s butt it if he wasn’t such a horrible campaigner and debater.


23 posted on 05/29/2012 7:16:58 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

La Raza Rick had no credibility as a Conservative.


24 posted on 05/29/2012 7:21:37 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Good point. That would have been sweet.

But I think a lot of people honestly thought she was to be preferred by an appreciable margin. I find that notion to be wacky.


25 posted on 05/29/2012 7:25:30 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy
Thank you, Impy, for being so straightforward and civil and respectful!

If you're wrong about Romney being like a weather vane ... that's a pretty big risk to take with the Republican party. Romney has always despised conservatives, and if his supporters on FR are any indication of the truism that you can tell a lot about a candidate by the behavior of his supporters, he thinks of conservatives as willful children who need to be talked down until they sit and behave. If it means lying, shouting, bullying, and deceiving to accomplish it, so be it. That's his MO. And remember that he has a very large organization of supporters with lots of money behind him. I expect we see them here on FR, in fact.

On a personal note of character, Romney is a person who individually made the moral choice to promote, congratulate, support, an organization that had as its "outreach" the normalization of homosexuality to kids as young as 12 years old. With your hand, the one you're posting to FR with, would YOU sign such a Governor's proclamation to celebrate that? Romney did. That's depraved and that's what Romney is. He's the kind of guy who wants to let any girl who wants it have an abortion. That is a bad and depraved individual.

Big red flag. That's not "weathervane" behavior.

26 posted on 05/29/2012 7:26:10 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
*happy vision sigh*

You're such an optimist! LOL! ;^)

27 posted on 05/29/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: Kaslin

On watch here for:

1. Phony-Care becoming Fascist-Care.

2. 401-Ks, into Federal pensions invested in the propped fake government pension market.

3. VAT.


28 posted on 05/29/2012 7:32:21 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Phony-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Vigilanteman

I could almost put that on my bumper.


29 posted on 05/29/2012 7:34:25 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

I agree. I called him Mick Pomney.

But unfortunately perception is reality (democrats still say Bush was a conservative and fools believe it) and he was FR’s favorite candidate for some reason. He was better liked here even than Gingrich.

I think both are closer to Mitt than my idea of a conservative leader but both presented themselves as and were perceived as being appreciably to the right of Romney.


30 posted on 05/29/2012 7:37:30 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Finny; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; randita
Texas made it official: Mittens has the delegates. Now it's officially Mittens vs. Obama. People can vote for 'x' or against 'x', not vote at all, have an all-day dentist appointment that day...whatever.

Just understand that either Mittens or Obama is going to be the next POTUS - not Mickey Mouse, Iron Man, Virgil Goode, Sarah Palin, Vince Lombardi, Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or Mork from Ork.

31 posted on 05/29/2012 7:49:53 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (We may die, but DISCO LIVES FOREVER!!!)
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To: Finny

I’m holding my nose but I’m not asking others to.

I like your poison analogy. I’ve used a similar one myself (venereal diseases). I see Obama as AIDS, Romney as genital herpes. Out of the fire and back in the frying pan. I don’t expect him to a good job, I won’t be fooled as I was with Bush. If he does real bad the GOP will suffer in the next election, that’s how it goes.


32 posted on 05/29/2012 7:53:26 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: jdsteel
We need to drag him, kicking and screaming if necessary, to the right starting November 3.

How do you propose to accomplish that?

Once elected he has no reason to give a second thought about conservatives. Romney is t h e establishment's response to the tea party movement and will answer only to the establishment.

33 posted on 05/29/2012 7:58:37 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Impy
Are you saying Romney "was FR’s favorite candidate for some reason. He was better liked here even than Gingrich." ????

You lost me. On what planet was that?

34 posted on 05/29/2012 7:59:37 PM PDT by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent * By the way, Ted, voting for Romney is voting stupid.)
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To: Kaslin
The first chance Americans got to vote on Obama, Virginians gave us a GOP sweep in Nov 2009. Scott Brown followed soon after in early 2010. The elections have shown a 20%+ swing against Obama.

Why would an actual vote on Obama be any less? Romney is going to crush Obama 59% to 39%. You heard it hear first.

Now, I hope that Romney spends a good portion of his campaign supporting GOP Senate, Congress and State candidates. He needs to understand that to get anything accomplished in DC, he needs huge majorities in the Senate and the House.

Romney has the opportunity to be Reagan the Second, even greater. It's within his grasp.

35 posted on 05/29/2012 8:04:12 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: Finny

No no. I said Perry was the favorite. I was not a fan of Perry and called him Mick Pomney.

That’s probably not clear if you didn’t see the post I was replying to.


36 posted on 05/29/2012 8:07:21 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I don’t know ... you can never count out Vince Lombardi.

All the liberals, and a goodly portion of the moderates, will be voting for Obama. Democrats are counting on enough conservatives to stay home or vote third party to give Obama a narrow victory, which will allow him to issue more executive orders, name even more members of the federal judiciary, and replace two or three Supreme Court Justices. I don’t like or particularly trust Mitt Romney, but I want Obama swept out of the White House, and Romney’s the only guy with a working broom.


37 posted on 05/29/2012 8:13:06 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Vince would choke on his own vomit and die if he was what America has become...

You put it perfectly - “Romney’s the only guy with a working broom.”

I don't like the guy (being one of the very few FReepers that has actually lived under his governorship), but he's survivable; Obama’s not.

38 posted on 05/29/2012 8:20:27 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (We may die, but DISCO LIVES FOREVER!!!)
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To: GOPsterinMA

“was” should be “saw”


39 posted on 05/29/2012 8:21:56 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (We may die, but DISCO LIVES FOREVER!!!)
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To: Diogenesis
Guess what...nobody cares about your infantile gibbering stupidities...
40 posted on 05/29/2012 8:40:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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