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  • Purpose of FR and why we can never support Mitt Romney

    10/15/2011 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 987 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | Oct 15, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Our purpose and goal on FR is to restore, defend, preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity!!</p> <p>The goal of the domestic enemy (the left), i.e., the statist liberals, Marxists and progressives is just the opposite.</p>
  • CNN Poll: Perry still at top but Romney stronger vs. Obama

    09/26/2011 9:09:00 AM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 337 replies
    CNN politics ^ | 9/26/11 | cnn political unit
    According to the survey, which was released Monday, 28 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they support Perry as their party's presidential nominee, with Romney at 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at ten percent, with Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who's making his third bid for the White House, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, all at seven percent. The poll indicates that Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is at four percent, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at three...
  • Now CNN is trying to say that most tea party supporters favor Romney

    08/13/2010 12:22:41 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Friday August 13, 2010
    See how they try to lead people into buying into certain "convention wisdom's"....this is silly and CNN knows it, and the RINO's in the party of course will claim that they support the teas party when they actually don't. "More than half of all Republicans we questioned consider themselves Tea Party supporters or active members of the Tea Party movement," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Romney tops the list among Tea Party Republicans; Gingrich is next on that list and Palin is in third." -CNN
  • GOP avoids gay marriage ruling

    08/07/2010 2:49:00 PM PDT · by Qbert · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/7/2010 | Maggie Haberman
    When a federal judge in California last week ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, several political observers braced for a flood of Republican blasts on the issue that could end up resonating in campaigns nationally. Instead, the anticipated GOP bang over the ban — known as Proposition 8 — amounted to little more than a whimper. There were angry columns and cries of protest from right-wing groups and conservative writers, but the majority of the Republican establishment kept on a bread-and-butter message — and party leaders are encouraging them not to stray. It also was expected that Democrats, outside of...
  • Mitt Romney, you’re our only hope [If Mitt's the answer, what was the fool question?]

    07/28/2010 9:49:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 29, 2010 | Margery Eagan
    So Mitt Romney - the venture capitalist guru who never sweats - leads all Republicans in a new Zogby poll that has him within striking distance of Obama, 45-43. Can anyone be surprised? The economy’s a mess. We’re basket cases over keeping jobs and homes. Obama’s reduced to courting Whoopi and Barbara Walters today on “The View,” hoping a cozy chat will reassure the wives of independents and/or Tea Party sympathizers who’ve abandoned the president in droves. Close your eyes. Envision, for a second, the best known GOP contenders: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul. On the Ward...
  • Mitt Romney, you’re our only hope

    07/28/2010 9:55:03 PM PDT · by pissant · 64 replies · 3+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/29/10 | Margery Eagan
    So Mitt Romney - the venture capitalist guru who never sweats - leads all Republicans in a new Zogby poll that has him within striking distance of Obama, 45-43. Can anyone be surprised? The economy’s a mess. We’re basket cases over keeping jobs and homes. Obama’s reduced to courting Whoopi and Barbara Walters today on “The View,” hoping a cozy chat will reassure the wives of independents and/or Tea Party sympathizers who’ve abandoned the president in droves. Close your eyes. Envision, for a second, the best known GOP contenders: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul. On the Ward...
  • Romney continues to lead in NH

    07/28/2010 8:27:12 AM PDT · by speciallybland · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | July 28, 2010 | Tom Jensen
    Mitt Romney continues to look like an overwhelming early favorite for the 2012 New Hampshire primary but the most surprising thing about our newest set of numbers there may be that Ron Paul's in third place, outpolling Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin (albeit by small margins.) Romney leads the way with 31% to 14% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Paul, 12% for Huckabee, 9% for Palin, 3% for Tim Pawlenty, and 1% for Mitch Daniels. Observations from the numbers: -Among voters who are more likely to support a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin...Romney leads...with 29% to Palin's 21%. We've written...
  • Mitt Romney: The Wrong Man, The Wrong Message, The Wrong Time

    07/25/2010 3:25:32 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 76 replies · 6+ views
    All Voices ^ | July 2, 2010 | R.G.Yoho
    Whenever anyone mentions the 2012 election, inevitably the name of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney becomes a topic of conversation. And when it comes to polling data, Romney is often seen as a front-runner, forecasted to be stronger than the current occupant of the Oval Office, Barack Obama. Increasingly, many of those in the Republican Party think Mitt is the GOP’s “go-to” guy in the next election. I guess you’ll just have to pardon me for failing to drink the Kool-Aid regarding the former governor. I just think it’s about time somebody stated the truth about Gov. Romney. Mitt Romney...
  • Palin and Romney preview 2012

    07/20/2010 12:02:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 20, 2010 | Aaron Guerrero
    If the Republican nomination in 2012 shapes up as a two-way race between former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, expect fireworks to fly. Last week, GOP primary voters caught a glimpse of how things might play out between the two Republican heavyweights when anonymous aides from both camps exchanged pointedly personal barbs. The scuffle began when Time magazine’s Mark Halperin anonymously quoted one Romney aide in a column last Thursday, blasting Palin for her lack of substance, “She’s not a serious human being.” Another aide to the former Massachusetts governor ripped into Palin, arguing, “If...
  • Serious Human Beings [Romney "disqualified for Presidency not speaking against ObamaCare"]

    07/16/2010 9:25:39 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 19 replies
    Hot Air Green Room ^ | 07/16/10 | Doctor Zero
    Even as the starting bell rings for the first round of the Republican presidential free-for-all, we’ve got a couple of anonymous Mitt Romney advisors coming off the top rope, aiming elbow smashes at Sarah Palin’s back. They said she’s “not a serious human being” and “if she’s standing up there in a debate, and the answers are more than 15 seconds long, she’s in trouble.” This childish and incoherent nonsense does a lot more damage to Mitt Romney than Sarah Palin. What, exactly, are the criteria for being considered a “serious human being?” Should she just give up her half-hearted...
  • Romney advisor on Palin: “She’s not a serious human being”

    07/15/2010 5:26:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies · 2+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 15, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Huckabee’s taken potshots at her from time to time, but between this fusillade from unnamed Mitt advisors and the furious counterattack on Romney at Conservatives 4 Palin, I’d say that the 2012 primary is now, at long last, officially on. In the immortal words of Greg Stillson, “The missiles are flying. Hallelujah.” Still, few express much regard for Palin’s ultimate chances. One adviser to Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and, by traditional standards, the putative 2012 frontrunner, says of Palin, “She’s not a serious human being.” Another Romney intimate warns, “If she’s standing up there in a debate and...
  • Republicans Begin to Jockey for 2012 Position

    07/11/2010 7:47:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 11, 2010 | Julie Kirtz Garrett
    The November midterm elections are just four months away, but a handful of politicians are already looking far down the calendar to 2012 -- and it's starting to show. Though the 2012 presidential campaign arguably began as soon as the 2008 campaign ended, the water testing is starting to become more visible. It takes a long time to raise the millions needed to run for president and build national attention -- so with about two years to go until the conventions, a few potential candidates seem to be getting the ball rolling. The political activity is taking place in all...
  • Romney Campaign to Surrender Evangelicals in 2012

    07/07/2010 8:21:33 PM PDT · by colorcountry · 62 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | 7/07/10 | Joanna Brooks
    Word from inside the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign team is that Romney will abandon his 2008 strategy of seeking to win over social conservatives—evangelical or born-again Christians—for whom his Mormonism is a major deterrent. In 2008, the Romney campaign had hoped the candidate’s clean-cut, family-man profile would be enough to win over socially conservative Christians, many of whom harbor deep misgivings about Mormonism fed in large part by a thirty-year campaign of “spiritual warfare” against Mormonism begun in the 1980s at Fuller Theological Seminary under the auspices of its anti-“cult” ministries. Romney’s 2008 candidacy was consistently shadowed not only...
  • Ranking the most influential Republicans

    07/03/2010 11:26:18 PM PDT · by byteback · 27 replies
    The Washington Post (The Fix) ^ | July 2, 2010 | Chris Cillizza
    1. Haley Barbour: Barbour's Republican Governors Association has become the story of the 2010 midterms. The RGA's second quarter fundraising numbers -- $19 million raised, $40 million on hand -- is an eye-popping total that should remind those who have forgotten about Barbour's reach in the GOP donor community. With Republicans poised to make significant gains at the gubernatorial level this fall, Barbour will almost certainly emerge with momentum after the November elections -- momentum that he may seek to channel into a presidential exploratory bid. 2. Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor is slowly and methodically rolling out endorsements...
  • Romney Can Kiss the 2012 South Carolina Primary GOOD-BYE!

    06/22/2010 7:52:33 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 29 replies
    June 22, 2010 | vanity
    The elections of Nikki Haley, who is poised to become the first female/first Indian governor of South Carolina and Tim Scott, poised to become the second black Republican congressman to serve in Congress (and who won against a segregationist's son, Paul Thurmond) were momentous and historical for all the obvious reasons... That being said, I do not expect the lamestream media to give these stories as much coverage as they deserve mainly because their "conservatives want segregation back" mantra is quite frankly the only age-old tactic liberals have to rely on for any hope of keeping their shackles on the...
  • Romney Spokesman: Endorsements Are "Nice" But Don't Really Matter (barf alert)

    06/19/2010 8:54:02 AM PDT · by curth · 41 replies · 396+ views
    .conservatives4palin ^ | FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010 | By Doug Brady
    Immediately after Nikki Haley's overwhelming victory in the South Carolina Primary, we noted Team Mitt's panic over the credit Governor Palin received: It appears Mitt Romney is getting a bit nervous as a result of all the well-deserved credit Governor Palin received for helping Nikki Haley in South Carolina, both in the media and by Haley herself. In fact Romney is so nervous he feels compelled to return to South Carolina to campaign for Haley before the runoff on the 22nd. [...] This is classic Mitt Romney. When all the mud was flying and Governor Palin publicly and steadfastly stood...
  • Palin, Romney Play Chess in Primaries

    06/08/2010 1:09:17 PM PDT · by pissant · 52 replies · 135+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 6/8/10 | Alan Mascarenhas
    The 2012 presidential election may be 29 months away, but the potential players are stalking each other like chess grandmasters. Tonight's round of gubernatorial and Senate primaries could provide early indicators of who is most shrewdly mobilizing their pieces into position. Three states with big races on Tuesday represent potential game-changers in 2012. Iowa and South Carolina occupy key early positions in the presidential-primary calendar, while California boasts a mother lode of winner-take-all delegates. For presumed hopefuls like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee, the calculation is simple. Endorse a statewide candidate who wins (both tonight and in November's...
  • Mitt Romney to Campaign for John McCain In Arizona

    06/02/2010 4:33:25 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 30 replies · 394+ views
    See BS ^ | May 28th | Jaywon Choe
    Former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney has announced that he will campaign for Senator John McCain (R - Ariz.) next week. According to McCain's campaign website, Romney will join the senator in Mesa, Arizona for a town hall meeting on Friday, June 4th. McCain, a four-term senator, is leading former Scottsdale Congressman J.D. Hayworth in a close race in the Republican primary in Arizona. The primary will be held in August. The announcement may come as a surprise, as during the 2008 presidential race Romney and McCain, both seeking the Republican nomination, appeared to be bitter rivals.
  • Romney returning to Arizona for McCain town hall (EPIC BARF ALERT)

    05/27/2010 11:31:20 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 75 replies · 1,094+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2010-05-27 | Dan Nowicki
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  • Mitt Romney’s boyhood home to be bulldozed

    05/19/2010 4:26:19 AM PDT · by Leisler · 46 replies · 849+ views
    The boyhood home of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is slated to be torn down as part of an effort to rejuvenate Detroit. The 5,500-square-foot home, built in 1918 and located on a .4-acre lot in the toney Palmer Woods neighborhood, has fallen into disrepair in recent years, a neighbor said. Romney and his parents, George and Lenore, lived in the home from 1941 to 1953. Shortly after moving from the home at 1860 Balmoral Drive, George Romney became chairman of American Motors Corp. and, later, governor of Michigan. Attempts to reach Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom yesterday were unsuccessful. The...
  • PPP poll: Sarah Palin now fourth behind Newt Gingrich in GOP primary match-up

    05/16/2010 7:36:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies · 2,253+ views
    Hotair ^ | 05/16/2010 | Allahpundit
    Heh. Admittedly, this is pure comment bait, but I do find it fascinating that she remains the most popular Republican in these polls month after month while making no headway against Huck and Mitt and actually losing ground to a dark horse like Gingrich. I don’t want to overstate things — she’s only five points back of the lead — but a media superstar with a double-digit edge in favorability who’s already been on a national ticket and who’s wildly more dynamic than her competition should probably be … way ahead, no? Instead, this: Huckabee leads the way, such as...
  • Tight Four-Way Race in 2012 GOP Field (Poll: Huckabee 25%, Romney 23%, Gingrich 21%, Palin 20%)

    05/13/2010 3:46:50 PM PDT · by FTJM · 203 replies · 2,137+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | May 13, 2010 | Staff
    PPP has polled Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for the first time in the potential 2012 Republican presidential race nationally, and their presence reduces support for the other candidates, particularly Mitt Romney. What was a decent advantage for Romney in a three-way race with Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee is now a four-way draw, with Paul in a distant fifth and Romney slipping to a close second. Huckabee has 25 to Romney’s 23, Gingrich’s 21, Palin’s 20, and Paul’s 8, with only 3% undecided versus last month’s 17% with more limited options. Gingrich’s entry into the field erodes Romney’s support...
  • Sarah Palin Surpasses Mitt Romney As GOP Frontrunner At Intrade

    05/03/2010 1:14:07 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 38 replies · 976+ views
    Mitt Romney has been the frontrunner for several months but Sarah Palin has been steadily climbing and closing the gap. It is essentially dead even, as of today, but for the first time she has a small lead and it is expected she will pull ahead. Intrade represents a type of stock market which trades in predictions regarding outcomes of future events. If you believe that Sarah Palin will be the Republican nominee in 2012, you can purchase a "contract" for the prevailing price, currently 25.8. Romney is currently 26.0. This price is determined by the contact traders themselves (anyone...
  • Schwarzenegger predicts Romney in 2012; would like to run himself (MASSIVE BARF ALERT)

    04/30/2010 1:31:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 449+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-04-30 | Eric Zimmermann
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) thinks Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination for president in 2012. Schwarzenegger predicted on the Tonight Show on Thursday night the former Massachusetts governor will emerge from what could be a crowded field. "I think maybe Romney by a hair," he said. Schwarzenegger also lamented that he can't run himself because the Constitution requires the president to be born in the U.S.
  • Poll: Romney leads Palin by wide margin in New Hampshire (26 pts)

    04/22/2010 6:39:44 PM PDT · by pissant · 193 replies · 2,425+ views
    ABC ^ | 4/22/10 | Dan Metcalf
    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A new poll shows Republican Mitt Romney leading all current GOP challengers by more than 20 points in New Hampshire. A Public Policy Polling survey released this week shows Romney crushing other GOP contenders among New Hampshire Republican voters with 39 percent of the those polled. Sarah Palin came in a distant second at 13 percent, while Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee tied for third with 11 percent. Ron Paul came in fifth. 13 percent were undecided.
  • Romney endorses Hoekstra in Michigan GOP governor primary

    04/22/2010 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 17 replies · 428+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4-22-10 | Aaron Blake
    Mitt Romney is wading into the GOP governor's primary in Michigan, and he's backing Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.). Hoekstra faces state Attorney General Mike Cox and businessman Rick Snyder in a pitched primary battle. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is term-limited, and Democrats are waging their own primary battle.
  • Mitt Romney-Sarah Palin in 2012? You betcha!

    04/14/2010 7:35:39 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 103 replies · 3,267+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | April 14, 2010 | Edward Mason, Hillary Chabot and Jessica Van Sack
    Conservative superstar Sarah Palin opened the door today to joining forces with Mitt Romney for a 2012 White House run - a hot ticket that has some Republicans licking their chops at the prospect of unseating President Obama. “Sounds pretty good,” Palin declared at today’s Tea Party Express rally on the Common when asked about pairing up with the former Bay State governor - giving the idea a big thumbs-up as she left the stage after her headline speech. Earlier tonight, as Palin stopped for cannoli at Mike’s Pastry in the North End, she said she was “serious” about the...
  • Evangelicals for Mitt: 100% astroturf [more details on Romney buying votes at SRLC straw poll]

    04/13/2010 7:34:00 AM PDT · by Al B. · 39 replies · 471+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | April 13, 2010 | Joshua Livestro
    As you all know, we don't do opposition research. If we did, it would probably look something like this: I'm sure you'll have seen the media rumors about Romney supporters rigging the SRLC straw poll: I spoke to a young female delegate who said she planned to vote for Romney in the poll. I asked her how she had ended up at the conference. She said "Evangelicals for Mitt" had contacted her and offered to pay for her to have a limited-access ticket -- so long as she agreed to vote for Romney in the straw poll. Asked how "Evangelicals...
  • Mitt Romney Wins GOP Presidential Straw Poll

    04/10/2010 8:46:17 PM PDT · by GVnana · 191 replies · 2,600+ views
    CBS News ^ | 4/10/2010
    NEW ORLEANS -- Mitt Romney won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership conference here Saturday in a victory that will be taken as a sign of the former Massachusetts governor's strength as a 2012 presidential candidate. That's because the 2008 GOP presidential hopeful elected to skip the conference to continue his book tour. Romney triumphed by a single vote over Ron Paul, who took second place 439 votes to 438. Both men won 24 percent of the vote. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich essentially tied for third with 18 percent of the vote each.
  • Mitt Romney Wins SRLC Straw Poll

    04/10/2010 3:56:34 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 334 replies · 4,006+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04/10/2010
    Mitt Romney: 439 votes Ron Paul: 438 votes Sarah Palin: 330 votes Newt Gingrich: 321
  • Mitt Romney the healthcare 10ther -- will Republicans buy it?

    04/08/2010 8:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 564+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 8, 2010 | Paul Thornton
    Mitt Romney has much explaining to do about his on-the-record support for liberal causes -- affirmative action and legalized abortion, just to name two -- if he hopes to fend off any conservative insurgency on his way to facing President Obama in the 2012 general election. From that standpoint, the darkest blemish on his record will no doubt be the healthcare reform bill he signed into law in 2006 while governor of Massachusetts, a program similar to Obamacare in that it levies tax penalties on those who willfully go uninsured, among other things So how might Romney defend his record...
  • It's me, not you, Mitt [Why Not To Nominate Mitt in 2012]

    03/31/2010 11:26:19 AM PDT · by pogo101 · 29 replies · 449+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 31, 2010 | David Harsanyi
    Not only does Mitt Romney possess an air of real-world know-how, he also has mucho smarts. I've been a reluctant apologist for him for years now. [snip] Yet, notwithstanding his many attributes and my own nagging man-crush, it has become evident that Romney's is a hopeless quest for the presidency. It is possible to see — if one dares to dream — some authentic fiscal conservative emerging to take a shot at the presidency in 2012. While Romney has the required drive, intellect and temperament, he is wrong on the fundamental ideological question of this time: health care. In fact,...
  • Romney, Outsmarted: ObamaCare dashed Romney's presidential hopes before he's even announced

    03/31/2010 3:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 923+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 31, 2010 | Allysia Finley
    Mitt Romney may end up being the biggest GOP casualty of ObamaCare -- his 2012 presidential hopes dashed before he's even announced a bid. Mr. Romney has continued vociferously campaigning against ObamaCare even while defending a very similar universal health-care plan he signed into law as Massachusetts's governor in 2006. Last week, he inveighed on the National Review blog that "President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation . . . . he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends." Critically, Republicans need to win the presidency in order to...
  • Obama: You know, my plan’s a lot like RomneyCare, isn’t it?

    03/30/2010 7:33:31 PM PDT · by yongin · 31 replies · 665+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 30, 2010 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline: “Obama hands devastating new attack ad to Romney opponents on a silver platter.” If you don’t have time to watch this now, no worries: You’ll be seeing the part about Mitt in eight thousand different GOP primary spots starting early next year. So brutal is it — think what kind of beating Charlie Crist is taking over the photo of him hugging Obama, then multiply by a thousand — that I’m tempted to believe The One set out to mention Romney with that idea in mind. If he can take out a potentially dangerous Republican nominee early in...
  • Say Goodbye to Mitt Romney

    03/27/2010 6:03:01 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 34 replies · 846+ views
    BILL PASCOE ^ | 26 MARCH 2010 | BILL PASCOE
    Mitt Romney had his chance, and he blew it. He was given the opportunity to establish himself as the Leader of the Republican Party on what has become the defining issue between the nation's two major political parties, and, in the process, solidify his position as the front-running candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination; but rather than showing the intelligence, cunning, and courage necessary to take ownership of the issue, he showed none, and blew it. All he had to do was say six simple words, words Americans love to hear: "I was wrong. I am sorry."
  • A President Romney would make no apologies

    03/26/2010 6:35:28 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 130 replies · 1,544+ views
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 03/26/2010 | Peter Lucas
    Here is one thing I am certain about: A President Mitt Romney would never have bowed to anyone -- not to Saudi King Abdullah, not to Japanese Emperor Akihito. Here's another thing: A President Romney would not have traveled around the world badmouthing his country and making apologies for it. Here's a third: A President Romney would never have ordered the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay or lowered the American flag in Haiti.
  • Romney leads tight Republican race (Rats wants another "moderate Republican" in '12) (BARF ALERT)

    03/19/2010 10:48:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 383+ views
    Our first national look at who Republicans would prefer as their 2012 Presidential nominee confirms the wide open nature of the field. The leading candidates are all within the margin of error of each other, with Mitt Romney leading at 28% followed by Mike Huckabee at 24% and Sarah Palin at 23%. Ron Paul pulls 11%, 9% say they're undecided, and 6% say their preference would be someone else. Romney's lead speaks to the fact that moderates could actually pick the GOP nominee in 2012. That's because there's gridlock among conservatives about who their preferred candidate is. Huckabee leads with...
  • Gore gives Romney kudos for acknowledging climate change (EPIC BARF ALERT)

    03/19/2010 10:44:33 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 962+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-03-19 | Ben Geman
    Al Gore, on his website, flags this passage in Mitt Romney’s recent book No Apology: “I believe that climate change is occurring — the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor.” Gore writes: “We can have disagreements about the solutions to this crisis, but we need to acknowledge fundamental truths. The science proving the existence of the climate crisis is not in question. That is where our debates about policy need to begin.” Romney, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, and Gore certainly disagree on...
  • Romney: Fiscal 'lion' McCain can win over 'tea party' (EPIC BARF ALERT)

    03/17/2010 6:20:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 96 replies · 1,576+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2010-03-17 | Dan Nowicki
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  • The Failure of RomneyCare (or why Romney should never be POTUS!)

    03/16/2010 7:39:35 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 655+ views
    The former Massachusetts governor enacted something very similar to the Obama health plan. It isn't working well. BY GRACE-MARIE TURNER Former Massachusetts governor and likely 2012 presidential aspirant Mitt Romney has been on the wrong side of the defining political battle of our time. Mr. Romney claimed earlier this month on "Fox News Sunday" that the Massachusetts health reform plan he signed into law in 2006 is "the ultimate conservative plan." But there are many similarities between it and the ObamaCare loathed by conservative voters. Both have an individual mandate requiring most residents to have health insurance or pay a...
  • McCain, Palin to campaign together in Arizona

    03/15/2010 8:25:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 211 replies · 3,423+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-03-15
    PHOENIX (AP) — John McCain and Sarah Palin are scheduled to campaign together in Arizona next week for the first time since they conceded the presidential election in Phoenix in 2008. Palin and McCain will be at a rally and picnic in Tucson on March 26, followed the next day by a rally in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
  • 'Rock star' Mitt Romney gets big ovation in Utah (HUGE BARF ALERT)

    03/14/2010 1:19:22 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 146 replies · 1,787+ views
    The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah ^ | 2010-03-13 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney brought his book tour Saturday back to the city where he led the 2002 Winter Olympics, telling an enthusiastic audience he could decide by Christmas whether to run again for president. "That's not a decision we've made at this point," Romney told a 12-year-old boy from Bluffdale who said he was "asking a question that a lot of people are wondering and that's, 'Are you going to run for president?' " The cheers the question received were among the loudest during Romney's hour-long appearance at the Salt Palace as part of his national tour for...
  • What Can Voters Expect from a President Romney?

    03/13/2010 10:08:52 PM PST · by pissant · 72 replies · 1,127+ views
    FF ^ | 3/13/10 | David Frum
    t’s page 258 – and suddenly we are back in Campaign Mode. The transition is very abrupt. On pages 256, Romney is describing an interesting program he advocated in Massachusetts: “a Parental Preparation Program for every underperforming school district. In order for parents in these districts to enroll their children in public school, the parents would have been required to attend classes themselves, where they would learn about the value of education as well as ways in which they could support their children’s educational experience.” On p. 257, a funny story about Romney’s business career, about his unsuccessful attempt to...
  • Sarah Palin turns stand-up comedian, outshining a rigid Mitt Romney (Sarah:Charming Mitt: Dull)

    03/06/2010 5:43:00 PM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 112 replies · 2,149+ views
    The Sunday TImes ^ | March 7, 2010 | Christina Lamb
    At first sight it was no contest. On one channel Sarah Palin, the poster-girl of the American right, was wowing audiences with her first routine as a stand-up comedian. On a rival chat show Mitt Romney, the early frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2012, was delivering such dull fare that his host yawned. Writing a book and promoting it on late-night television have become an integral part of a presidential campaign launch. It certainly worked for Barack Obama. For Romney, the tactic seems to have backfired. He may be ahead of Palin in the opinion polls. But 5.8m people...
  • Romney versus Palin (Elitist versus Conservative Populist)

    03/03/2010 5:02:54 PM PST · by Brices Crossroads · 28 replies · 708+ views
    3/3/2010 | Vanity
    I noticed in the last few days that Mitt Romney has warned ominously about "the temptations of populism." In an interview with the Boston Globe, Romney says: “The populism I’m referring to is, if you will, demonizing certain members of society: going after businesspeople, going after Wall Street, going after people who are highly educated, people who are CEOs,’’ Romney said in an interview. “That kind of ‘All of our problems are due to that group’ is something that is unproductive.’’… “Populism sometimes takes the form of being anti-immigrant, and appearing anti-immigrant, and that likewise is destructive to a nation...
  • Romney: Beware the “temptations of populism” (Willard protecting his "boys")

    03/02/2010 1:41:53 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies · 795+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2010 | Allahpundit
    In a vacuum there’s nothing newsy about this, but 2012 isn’t a vacuum. We’ve talked before about the developing narrative: Palin vs. anti-Palin, “true conservatives” vs. centrists, blue-collar vs. white-collar, and … populists vs. “elitists.” With Beck having brought down the house at CPAC and the GOP in the grip of tea party fee-vah, why oh why would a potential nominee spritz cold water on populism? Branding, dear boy, branding: As Mitt Romney sets out this week to promote his new book, “No Apology,’’ he is also auditioning for a rapidly disappearing role in American politics: a politician who is...
  • Early ’12 favorite is Romney

    02/28/2010 12:48:36 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 202 replies · 2,692+ views
    Houston Chronicle / mySA.com ^ | 2010-02-28 | R.G. Ratcliffe
    <p>In the category of it’s never too early to start looking, a new poll found Mitt Romney is the early favorite in Texas for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.</p> <p>The survey by Public Policy Polling of North Carolina found Romney leading with 32 percent support, followed by Mike Huckabee at 29 percent and 23 percent for Sarah Palin.</p>
  • LATE NIGHT GOP WARS: Letterman Pits Mitt Romney Against Leno's Sarah Palin

    02/25/2010 7:09:51 PM PST · by pissant · 59 replies · 1,401+ views
    The Deadline ^ | 2/25/10 | staff
    Jay Leno made news when he announced that Sarah Palin will be among his high-profile guests when he returns to The Tonight Show next week (aka "The Jaysurrection"). Now David Letterman's lineup for next week pits Mitt Romney against Sarah Palin on Tuesday night -- and the ratings may well provide clues on which probable GOP presidential contender may be most popular. The week's lineup for Letterman's Late Show are: MONDAY, Bill Murray; TUESDAY, Mitt Romney; WEDNESDAY, Jerry Seinfeld and Tom Brokaw; THURSDAY, Tom Hanks; and FRIDAY, Matt Damon. Leno's first week of guests are: MONDAY, Jamie Foxx, Olympic Gold...
  • Mitt again, Romney re-emerges for likely WH bid (he is still pushing Romneycare!)

    02/22/2010 12:14:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 818+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-02-22 | Glen Johnson
    BOSTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is stepping back into the public spotlight after spending two years behind the scenes laying the groundwork for a second presidential campaign. (snip) Romney has shifted from social issues that brought accusations of flip-flopping and undermined his 2008 White House bid. With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, his new focus is on economic themes and fix-it skills he claims as a former businessman. That plays to what some observers believe would be his strength in a second race. They could also distinguish him from potential rivals such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin,...
  • Romney lays groundwork for 2012

    02/22/2010 9:12:37 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies · 865+ views
    UPI ^ | 2010-02-22
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Romney kicks off a 19-state book tour observers say could be an effort to garner support for a 2012 presidential run. The three-month tour to promote his book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," includes speeches and appearances in early-primary states as the one-time 2008 Republican presidential hopeful wages what some see as the most methodical campaign of any GOP presidential wannabe for the 2012 party nod, USA Today reported Monday. The tour begins next week. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington during the weekend, Romney polled...