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GOP critics attack Romney's safe approach
AP ^ | 7/6/2012 | STEVE PEOPLES

Posted on 07/06/2012 3:54:53 AM PDT by markomalley

A chorus of prominent conservative voices is worrying aloud that Republican candidate Mitt Romney's play-it-safe strategy is jeopardizing his chance to win the presidency.

As President Barack Obama's campaign intensifies criticism of Romney's background, influential Republicans — right-leaning leaders in business and the media — charge that Romney's message on the economy and other issues is short on detail and muddled at best.

In an editorial Thursday, The Wall Street Journal said the Romney campaign is "slowly squandering an historic opportunity."

"The Romney campaign thinks it can play it safe and coast to the White House by saying the economy stinks and it's Mr. Obama's fault," the newspaper said. "We're on its email list and the main daily message from the campaign is that 'Obama isn't working.' Thanks, guys, but Americans already know that. What they want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the president's policies aren't working and how Mr. Romney's policies will do better."

The harsh critique comes as Romney nears the end of a weeklong vacation at his New Hampshire lakeside home, where he has been almost totally out of the public eye, except for a brief Fourth of July appearance. Polls show Obama slightly leading Romney nationally and in several states that are critical in the hunt to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the Nov. 6 election.

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1 posted on 07/06/2012 3:54:59 AM PDT by markomalley
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The battle between Rombama and Obamney can be summarized as follows:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle;
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel;
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel

2 posted on 07/06/2012 3:57:35 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
Being mitt romney is going to cost him the election and us our Republic... we warned all of you... we have warned since the last election... we warned during the 2007 primary... we either shake it up in Tampa and rid ourselves of this progressive obama clone or we are going to get another 4 years of the real deal. You can lie to yourselves all that you want to... but the polls tell us this and now those with the big bucks invested are seeing it too. THAT is who they are talking about here... the big money donors are not happy either.

LLS

3 posted on 07/06/2012 4:00:28 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: markomalley; All
But, but, but...Romney was the electable one! They told us so!

Flashback:

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

4 posted on 07/06/2012 4:02:51 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: markomalley

RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE is hated by the MAJORITY of Americans.

So the stupid GOPe take the AUTHOR of the HATED
policy as their leader?
This was done ... to lose, but make more money
for Mr. RomneyCARE who will transfer the $$$$$ to himself.


5 posted on 07/06/2012 4:03:02 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: markomalley; Diogenesis
Man of the people!


6 posted on 07/06/2012 4:05:56 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

So you have a problem who’ve made money and choose to use it? How democratic of you.


7 posted on 07/06/2012 4:16:56 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

If only we could, but we are stuck with what the RINO leadership stuck us with.


8 posted on 07/06/2012 4:20:01 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: driftdiver
So you have a problem who’ve made money and choose to use it?

No, I have a problem with feckless, RINO politicians who not only backstab and undermine Conservatives, but go on holiday when they should be fighting tooth and nail against Obama.

How many votes do you think he won over while on vacation and out boating on his lake?

9 posted on 07/06/2012 4:23:05 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: markomalley

John McCain without the military credentials.


10 posted on 07/06/2012 4:24:44 AM PDT by anton
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To: markomalley
vacation at his New Hampshire lakeside home....Polls show Obama slightly leading Romney nationally and in several states that are critical in the hunt to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the Nov. 6 election.

Something about Romney just doesn't set right with me. Granted, I've never been a Romney supporter, but I followed the debates and Romney almost always took his cues from the other candidates. There's something in his voice that seems unsure of himself.

Repub convention is the end of august and the dem convention is the beginning of September. Good planning on the democrats part, because they'll be able within one week to end the republican convention bounce.

2 months from the end of the conventions we'll know the answer.

Romney badly blew a chance last week to nail ObamaCare and massive new taxes and massive government intrusion.

But, of all the candidates to carry that message, Romney is the worst. As Santorum frequently pointed out, Romney invented RomneyCare/ObamaCare. As demonstrated this past week, every time he opens his mouth about ObamaCare someone asks him how that compares with RomneyCare and he clams up. If their's is a tax, then his was a tax. If their's is massive government intrusion, then so was his.

And anyone who wants to get lost in the weeds on the differences in paragraphs 2.5b - 3.1c of RomneyCare and ObamaCare are not going to do anything other than lose the soundbite and lose the attention of the listeners.

Romney was the worst candidate the Pubbies could have picked, but he crushed his opponents with a combination of GOP-E/media complicity and enormous financial advantage. If he had been lacking the first, he never would have won. His money wouldn't have been enough. It will be a long, bumpy trek to November, pubbies, so you better tighten your seatbelts.

11 posted on 07/06/2012 4:25:53 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: markomalley

“A chorus of prominent conservative voices is worrying aloud that Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s play-it-safe strategy is jeopardizing his chance to win the presidency.”

The same people that could have beat him in the primaries if they stood behind a candidate instead of looking for Mr Perfect or running off whenever the MSM sneezed?

Romney has raised hundreds of millions and leads Obama in the swing states. Why the hell does he need to listen to the circle firing-squad gang? Because they now feel left out?


12 posted on 07/06/2012 4:28:16 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: markomalley

i’m not a Mitt fan..but he’ll have to do. one of my concerns was/is that he won’t go after Obama as hard as he went after his primary opponents.


13 posted on 07/06/2012 4:29:16 AM PDT by wny
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To: Timber Rattler

“No, I have a problem with feckless, RINO politicians who not only backstab and undermine Conservatives, but go on holiday when they should be fighting tooth and nail against Obama.

How many votes do you think he won over while on vacation and out boating on his lake? “

And exactly how many people would be at a campaign rally on the 4th of July when they have to go to work the next day?

Swear if some of you are going to nit-pick, find something above the level of an MSNBC newsreader.


14 posted on 07/06/2012 4:30:47 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: VanDeKoik
Swear if some of you are going to nit-pick, find something above the level of an MSNBC newsreader.

You're completely missing the point...


15 posted on 07/06/2012 4:36:48 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Well then you should say that, and not sound like one of those occupiers.


16 posted on 07/06/2012 4:37:48 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: VanDeKoik
And exactly how many people would be at a campaign rally on the 4th of July when they have to go to work the next day?

Enough to go see Obama yesterday in in Maumee, Ohio...


17 posted on 07/06/2012 4:39:26 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

18 posted on 07/06/2012 4:43:13 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

I see a man enjoying time with his family


19 posted on 07/06/2012 4:46:12 AM PDT by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: italianquaker

I see a man behaving just like John Kerry.


20 posted on 07/06/2012 4:51:10 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: markomalley
Palin/West is looking really good right now. As a very successful businessman Romney is/was 100% risk adverse and that, I'm afraid may cost us the election!
21 posted on 07/06/2012 4:54:25 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: Timber Rattler

Each his own


22 posted on 07/06/2012 5:04:30 AM PDT by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: Venturer

There is a chance in Tampa. Whatever happens happens but if romney stays... 90% chance we get the communist for 4 more.

LLS


23 posted on 07/06/2012 5:08:01 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Timber Rattler

Well, be thankful it isn’t a yacht, it’s a mid-range (about 26’) production boat, perfect for a very large family. A small Riva of the same size would cost 3-4 times as much.


24 posted on 07/06/2012 5:11:33 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: Timber Rattler

People are reading way too much into these vacation images. At least Romney`s boat is purchased with his own $, vs. the countless taxpayer-funded million$ spent on vacations by Obama. By contrast, taking a day to unwind shouldn`t an issue.


25 posted on 07/06/2012 5:12:56 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Timber Rattler

Do you also complain when your favorite NASCAR driver makes a pitstop?


26 posted on 07/06/2012 5:18:02 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Timber Rattler

Do you also complain when your favorite NASCAR driver makes a pitstop?


27 posted on 07/06/2012 5:18:10 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: markomalley

Its the entitlement mentality...

Wee Willie Mitty thinks the White House should run to him...


28 posted on 07/06/2012 5:20:13 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: markomalley

What they want to hear from the challenger is some understanding of why the president’s policies aren’t working and how Mr. Romney’s policies will do better.”
____________________________________________

You hater you...


29 posted on 07/06/2012 5:21:51 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: ScottinVA
People are reading way too much into these vacation images.

Sigh. When the economy is in shambles with millions out of work and only dreaming about their own humble vacations, and you are a presumptive nominee politician running for the Presidency, then you do NOT go on a lush lakeside vacation at a million dollar mansion and then allow yourself to be photographed cruising around in a fancy boat or jet ski. It's Politics 101.

We (rightfully) gave John Kerry hell for doing the same thing, but now you're suggesting that Mitt should get a pass?

30 posted on 07/06/2012 5:22:40 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: markomalley

I believe; like McCain, Romney intends to lose...Obama is still very useful to the movers and shakers...


31 posted on 07/06/2012 5:25:07 AM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I agree there is a chance. A damned slim one.

I never supported Romney except as an alternative to our would be Kenyan Dick tator.

During the primary’s when Gingrich was under attack, and then when Santorum was under attack,and ruined Gingrich’s chances, the Democrats quietly let Romney slide. We all knew the Democrats were setting us up, and the leadership of the Republican party fell for it hook, line , and sinker.
Many Democrats even stated that Romney would be their choice, but still many Republicans fell for it, and voted in this mealy mouthed mushy rich boy, with the liberal record.

I would dance with glee if Allan West, Sarah Palin,Paul Ryan, or any Conservative not mentioned could be drafted, but we both know it isn’t going to happen.

The leadership of the Republican party is not Conservative, in fact they are barely escaping being called as progressive as a moderate Democrat. If there is such a thing.

Perhaps when the last chance at the Convention is over and we KNOW we are stuck with eating this s**t sandwich more of the anti-Romney force will realize it’s him or the Kenyan.

It is almost beyond belief that Democrats can look at the damage to our country that the Kenyan has done and still vote for him. This isn’t the country our founders set up, That’s for sure.


32 posted on 07/06/2012 5:26:39 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: VanDeKoik

Romney has raised hundreds of millions and leads Obama in the swing states. Why (dedacted) does he need to listen to the circle firing-squad gang? Because they now feel left out?
__________________________________________

because its their money

they invested in him...

they demand a good return for their money...

His stock is down...

They dont want to jump out the window..


33 posted on 07/06/2012 5:29:18 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: WellyP

Lake Winnipesaukee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_WinnipesaukeeCached - Similar
You +1’d this publicly. Undo
Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. It is approximately 21 miles (34 km) long (northwest-southeast with a 14 miles open fetch) and from 1 to 9 miles wide...

A 26’ boat is logical!


34 posted on 07/06/2012 5:30:32 AM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: Timber Rattler

So what ?
Are you really peddling the Obama class warfare
Line here ???

The guy has a boat full of family on vacation so who care out side the lefties peddling that Axelrod’s BS !


35 posted on 07/06/2012 5:38:18 AM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Iscool
I believe; like McCain, Romney intends to lose...Obama is still very useful to the movers and shakers...

That's a very good possibility. The not so grand old party shut Palin up because she was gun ho and now they're complaining about Mitt being too safe. Makes no sense other than they want to hand it all over to the dark side once again.

36 posted on 07/06/2012 5:41:22 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Timber Rattler

Actually, we gave it to Kerry because he claimed he wasn’t rich when he was. Mitt Rhino can vacation where he wants but needs to attack Obama like he was a Republican candidate.

Pray for America


37 posted on 07/06/2012 5:47:33 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Timber Rattler

I don’t get your point. I’m no fan of Romney’s but so what if he is enjoying his boat over the holidays? What does that have to do with anything? I wish I had one to enjoy myself.


38 posted on 07/06/2012 5:51:57 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: ncalburt; bray
So appearances don't matter in politics?

I also find the double standard here somewhat amusing.

The Romneyites and neo-Romneyites around here hell seem bent on doing this:


39 posted on 07/06/2012 5:55:08 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Well then they can write him a letter or go visit him?

Nope, they go to the nearest medium the MSM is monitoring and let fly knowing that they would pick up on it and splash it all over?

And they STILL want Romney to follow their advice?


40 posted on 07/06/2012 5:55:59 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Iscool

I disagree. Romney’s entire life’s definition of success hinges on this election. He has been running for 8 years putting in 100 hour weeks raising money. I don’t like Romney and I disagree with his politics and most of his ideas, but I can’t agree that he doesn’t want to win. I think he will get very nasty once people start paying attention and I doubt he will be taking any vacations after Labor Day weekend.


41 posted on 07/06/2012 6:01:49 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: Timber Rattler
Yeah, name calling is a great way to win an argument. I would say playing the class warfare card is something commie libs do and we should not. That was what Kerry was guilty of and the fact he never earned it while hating his Country.

I wish Romney showed more of his wealth and let people understand this is the Country of opportunity not slink away from it. If that makes me a Romneybot, so be it. I call it being an American and proud of it. You don't like success, go find a Country you do like. I'm sure Korea or Cuba should have a monk like existence you can promote as being one of the Proletariat.

Pray for America

42 posted on 07/06/2012 6:08:59 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: markomalley

It’s ‘a historic’ not ‘an historic’. You only use ‘an’ if you don’t pronounce the h. I thought better of the WSJ.


43 posted on 07/06/2012 6:14:06 AM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: markomalley
Mitt Romney's play-it-safe strategy is jeopardizing his chance to win the presidency.

If I recall correctly, it worked for McCain so why not for Romney. Assuming, of course, that the goal is to finish second.

44 posted on 07/06/2012 6:16:32 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: bray
Double standard.

And yeah, flaunting wealth is a real winner in attracting blue collar votes, especially among the unemployed.

Good luck with that.

45 posted on 07/06/2012 6:17:49 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Iscool
I believe... Romney intends to lose...

oh boy, we have a genius here! woah stand back! any more insights Swammi?

46 posted on 07/06/2012 6:44:27 AM PDT by ThirstyMan
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To: Timber Rattler

Few things here to discuss since everyone is hell bent on taking down our own candidate.

1. Romney made his own money. No one gave it to him. We celebrate this in America. If you have a problem with that, go vote for Obama. Maybe he will give you something.

2. While Obama is spending millions on commercials, ads and travel during the dogs days of the first week in July, Romney is enjoying time with his family, like all Americans should.

3. Obama will eventually go on his annual vacation. By this time Romney is finished with his and will be on the campaign trail. I would rather start slow and end big than shoot my guns early.

4. Everyone is yelling at Romney to get on message. He is on message, the economy sucks, it’s Obama’s fault and it has to change. He can tell us why during the debates when the media cannot lie about it.

You cannot compare Romney to McCain in July. Romney actually ran something and did it with a hostile house and senate. McCain has been part of the establishment for the last 30 years.

I would much rather have a Palin in there but we don’t. The MSM picked our candidate and now we have to shove that down their throats. We don’t have to like it, as a matter of fact we hate it, but it is all that we have and it isn’t changing.

Suck it up and do whatver you can to make sure that we get rid of the cockroaches in November. Leave Romney to the Conservative House and Senate members who will take control in January.


47 posted on 07/06/2012 6:48:58 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Few things here to discuss since everyone is hell bent on taking down our own candidate.

Speak for yourself. Romney is NOT my candidate.

48 posted on 07/06/2012 6:50:27 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
The MSM picked our candidate and now we have to shove that down their throats.

Wrong.

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

49 posted on 07/06/2012 6:52:44 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Your new photo of Romney shows him with a boogie board on what appears to be a regular beach. How is that flaunting wealth?


50 posted on 07/06/2012 6:52:44 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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