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So What's Their Problem With Romney

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As governor of one of the most liberal states in the union, Mitt Romney did something even Ronald Reagan didn't do as governor of California: He balanced the budget without raising taxes.

Romney became deeply pro-life as governor of the aforementioned liberal state and vetoed an embryonic stem cell bill. (Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich lobbied President George W. Bush to allow embryonic stem cell research.)


Romney's approach to illegal immigration in Massachusetts resembled what Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona is doing today, making her a right-wing heroine.

Romney pushed the conservative alternative to national health care that, had it been adopted in the 49 other states, would have killed Obamacare in the crib by solving the health insurance problem at the state level.

Unlike actual Establishment candidates, Romney has never worked in Washington, much less spent his entire life as a professional politician. He's had a Midas touch with every enterprise he has ever run, including Bain Capital, the Olympics and Massachusetts.

The chestnut about Mitt Romney being pushed on unsuspecting conservatives by "the Establishment" is the exact opposite of the truth. The Establishment, by any sensible definition, is virulently opposed to Romney -- and for completely contradictory reasons.

The entire NFM (non-Fox media) hate Romney because he is the only candidate who stands a chance of beating Obama.

Meanwhile, many of the pillars of the conservative establishment also implacably oppose Romney. Fox News is neutral, but its second-highest-rated host, Sean Hannity, is anti-Romney, as is prominent Fox News contributor Sarah Palin -- who has also offered herself up as a possible presidential nominee at a contested convention. (Wouldn't a former candidate for vice president on a major party's ticket be part of the Establishment?)

The No. 1 conservative talk-radio host in America, Rush Limbaugh, is critical of Romney, and another top conservative talk-radio host, Mark Levin, is adamantly against Romney -- though both Limbaugh and Levin supported Romney as the conservative alternative to John McCain in 2008, and Romney has only gotten better since then.


Purely to hurt Romney, the Iowa Republican Party fiddled with the vote tally to take Romney's victory away from him and give it to Rick Santorum -- even though the "official count" was missing eight precincts. Isn't the party apparatus of a state considered part of the Establishment?

I'm not sure what part of the Establishment supports Romney. Is it Romney supporter Christine O'Donnell, erstwhile tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Delaware? Am I the face of the Establishment? (If so, the country is going to be just fine.)

I would think that the pristine example of the Republican Establishment is Weekly Standard editor and Fox News contributor Bill Kristol. But he wants anybody but Romney, even proposing that we choose someone not running by means of a contested convention.

Who are we trying to get nominated in a contested convention, anyway?

Without having seen this mystery candidate in action, how do we know he won't be another Rick Perry? You'll recall that Perry was the dream candidate until we saw him talk.

In 2008, Romney was enthusiastically supported not only by Limbaugh and Levin, but also by Sean Hannity, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage and many others who now seem to view Romney as a closet liberal. This is especially baffling because there is no liberal candidate in the Republican primary this year.

Just four years ago, one Republican candidate for president was avowedly pro-abortion (Rudy Giuliani). One had opposed Clinton's impeachment and tort reform (Fred Thompson). One supported amnesty for illegals, restrictions on core First Amendment speech, federal laws to combat nonexistent global warming, and opposed Guantanamo and the Bush tax cuts ("tax cuts for the rich!") and called waterboarding "torture."

That last one was our nominee: John McCain.

This year, every Republican candidate for president opposes abortion, promises to repeal Obamacare, opposes raising taxes, and on and on. Only one candidate is strong on illegal immigration, which is second only to repealing Obamacare as the most important issue facing the nation.

That's the alleged liberal, Mitt Romney.

Conservatives scratch their heads wondering how the NFM can convince millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans paying $3.57 for a gallon of gas that the economy is improving simply by repeatedly saying so.

But then a large minority of those same conservatives are completely convinced that Romney is an Establishment candidate simply because they have heard that repeated so often.

As we say to dunderhead liberals: What we're looking for here is facts, not chants or epithets.

But instead of popping Champagne corks over our final triumph over Rockefeller Republicanism, some conservatives are still fighting old wars, rather like an old cold warrior prattling about the Soviet Union after the rest of us have moved onto the war on terrorism.

This strange new version of right-wing populism comes down to reveling in the feeling that you are being dissed, hoodwinked or manipulated by the Establishment (most of which happens to oppose Romney) the same way liberals want to believe that "the rich," the "right-wing media" and Wall Street Republicans (there are three) are victimizing them.

It's as if scoring points in intra-Republican squabbles is more important than beating Obama. Instead of talking about the candidates' positions -- which would be confusing inasmuch as Romney is the most conservative of the four remaining candidates -- the only issue seems to be whether "They" are showing respect for "Us."

Striking a pose as the only true fighter for real Americans may be fun, but this is no way to win elections. This is Sharron Angle on a national level.

The obsession with sticking it to the Establishment (which includes Christine O'Donnell, but excludes Bill Kristol) by voting for a loose cannon demagogue or a crusading Catholic who can't seem to move the conversation past contraception is as pie-in-the-sky delusional as anything dished by Democrats carrying on about "green jobs."

If saving the environment is the best way to create new jobs, then it could be true that being a hard-core environmentalist nutcase is the best way to appeal to the mass of independent voters.

Similarly, if reducing contraception use, lobbying for Freddie Mac and promoting huge government programs such as moon colonies and No Child Left Behind are the best ways to create jobs, then it could be true that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are our strongest candidates in a general election.

Of course, it might also be true that dousing yourself in fairy dust does not guarantee that you will find the perfect mate and get the perfect job.

We're being asked to hand Obama another four years in the White House in order to "send a message." To whom? And what message? That we're morons? Message received!

Meanwhile, Romney cheerfully campaigns on, the biggest outsider and most conservative candidate we've run for president since Reagan, while being denounced by the Establishment as "too Establishment." 

Comments

#1 Give it up, Ann

He's toast.

#2 Ditto that

-Dave

Vote for the American in November

#3 Melba toast. He came out of

Melba toast. He came out of the package toasted.

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” - Thomas Jefferson

#4 ...recycled Melba toast to boot. And somehow Ann is (s)mitten..

...as my dad would say: "Ann has more excuses than Carter has pills!"

"As governor of one of the most liberal states in the union,..."

- liberal state votes in liberal RINO

"Mitt Romney did something even Ronald Reagan didn't do as governor of California: He balanced the budget without raising taxes."

- as RIck pointed out by state law he had to balance the budget

"Romney became deeply pro-life..."

- was pro-life before was not prolife, before was prolife...

"Romney pushed the conservative alternative to national health care that..."

- ...that became the model for obamacare

"He's had a Midas touch with every..."

- with every women who swoons over mr. talldarkhandsome

"The entire NFM (non-Fox media) hate Romney because he is the only candidate who stands a chance of beating Obama."

- check the polls lately Ann, not so true any more, need to drop this 'talking point'

"The No. 1 conservative talk-radio host in America, Rush Limbaugh, is critical of Romney, and another top conservative talk-radio host, Mark Levin, is adamantly against Romney -- though both Limbaugh and Levin supported Romney as the conservative alternative to John McCain in 2008, and Romney has only gotten better since then."

- just goes to show how far left McCain was

"Purely to hurt Romney, the Iowa Republican Party fiddled with the vote tally to take Romney's victory away from him and give it to Rick Santorum..."

- now you sound like the dems

"You'll recall that Perry was the dream candidate until we saw him talk."

- why don't you and he have a one-on-one and let's see who wins

...whew, that's enough.

Ann, you sound like a 'kept woman', not so different than all the 'paid' cheerleaders and jeerleaders at last nights debate.

v

The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God. - William Bernard Ullanthorne

#5 Hey Blonde

Been awhile! Are we doing any kind of chat for the debate tonight? Sorry for being off-topic.

#6 New England RINO

Perhaps a better question would be what is Coulter's facination with the man?

#7 One Word ... RINO and liberal

One Word ... RINO and liberal at that.

Nuke em til they glow; then shoot em in the dark

#8 Exactly... agree.

He is sayin what needs to be said, just like a Clinton.... or a Gingrich. I would vote for Gingrich over Romney for sure but I would prefer Santorum. They cained Cain out... that was sad.

-- Maximusbraveheart -- Is TRUTH knowable? Moral Relativism is the abandonment of Truth. Truth is knowable. Truth conforms to Reality. Reality is observable by evidence & witness in this day & from history. Relativism is Sesame Street play land.

#9 Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,

Well Ann, we are angry and so we are prone to want a fighter.

Many of us have watched the Reagan Revolution as it was allowed to atrophy and die on the vine.

George Bush the Elder ran a lackluster campaign and gave us Clinton.

Bob Dole ran a lackluster campaign and gave us four more years of Clinton.

George Bush the Younger ran as a Conservative* for 8 years but had so abandoned the political arena long before he left office that he allowed the media and his political opponents to not only ruin his good name but the Republican Party's name as well. This abdication of political duty gave us obama.

In 2009 too many of the Republican elites saw the future and it didn't include those of us down at the street level who are politically Conservative. But even worse was watching Republicans in congress not fight the obama attacks on liberty and the constitution. It's bad enough when the party won't fight for itself but frightening when it won't even fight to preserve this country.

But in 2010 the Republican Party had a remarkable reversal of fortunes. Where did most of the reversal come from? Most of it came from us down at the Joe the Plumber level who were fed up. But who spoke for us? The establishment elites and talking heads? NO! It was people like Rush, Sarah, Sean, Levin and many people of the Tea Party movement. The kind of people the wizened old elder Republicans looked down there noses at and at times even mocked openly on national TV and in editorials. These are the same party leaders who now wonder why we have become so unpredictable and given to anger.

Why won't we listen to their erudite wisdom?

No, not this time.

#10 Little Orphant Annie

"Of course, it might also be true that dousing yourself in fairy dust does not guarantee that you will find the perfect mate and get the perfect job."

You might want to try a little more fairy dust cause whatever you're using aint working, but keep in mind Mitt's already married.

Meanwhile "talking down" to us grunts is loble to get you crapped on.

(grins) kilrod "the Birther"

"Let The Good Times Roll"

If an unborn child cannot trust you, why should I,?? 

#11 I am amazed at the

I am amazed at the contortions that it takes to say that Romney should be the conservatives dream candidate. Wasn't it just a few years ago we were hammering Kerry for being a flip-flopper? Doing and saying whatever it takes to get elected may be a political reality, but I don't have to like it or vote for the man (or woman) who is the best at it.

I have said before, I will not vote for Romney. I will not vote for a candidate that I don't trust and I don't trust him to be who he says he is (now), because his past actions speak a lot louder than his current soundbites.

It is not that I don't agree with most of his positions. You will never find a candidate that you agree with all the time. It is that I don't believe in him. My attention span is too long for that.

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” - Thomas Jefferson

#12 if u r AnyoneButRmoney: The Mittens Come Off in Mesa

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/02/23/the-mittens-come-off-in-mesa

...highlights:

- Mitt Romney's campaign is essentially plastic and dishonest,...

- One suspects that Romney's low surrogates paid punks to enter the debate hall and loudly boo his opponents.

- Romney, at his most hypocritical, labored hard to present himself as more socially conservative than Santorum, noting that Rick had voted for Planned Parenthood funding. Astonishingly, Santorum missed his chance at a return upper cut. Why didn't he mention that Romney once gave money to Planned Parenthood from his own pocket? Why didn't he mention that Romneycare dollars go to Planned Parenthood?

- Romney's sudden social conservatism invites an obvious question: How stupid does he think primary voters are? Romney's con job here depends upon the amnesia of his audience. Here's a politician who pled fealty to Roe v. Wade, voted for Democrat Paul Tsongas, and competed with Ted Kennedy as a champion of "gay rights."

- By the way, Romney's social conservatism didn't even last for the whole debate. In the second hour of it, he indicated his support for women in combat.

- But let's get back to the debate. Even as Romney took his mittens off and suckerpunched Santorum for earmarks Mitt himself supported -- Romney remains the smarmy apple polisher who likes to narc on his misbehaving classmates -- one could almost see strings attached to the reinvented Republican's back.

- Romney is the semi-reformed RINO dummy of high-priced ventriloquists -- a dummy whose words and robotic jerks come from the pushing and pulling of scummy strategists and pollsters who crawl along a corrupt corridor from Boston to D.C. His "Fortune 500" campaign makes me sick.

- Is the GOP really going to nominate this fraud? - The cheapness and inauthenticity of his campaign is too depressing for words. One small example of this dismal charade came early in the debate when Romney made an utterly random reference to "George Costanza." Apparently, one of Romney's oh-so-clever strategists told him to dispel his image as a nerd trapped in the 1950s by spicing up his answers with "hip" references.

Ann?

v

The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God. - William Bernard Ullanthorne

#13 Sorry Ann

You're still wrong.

#14 Really?

I respect your thoughts and opinions but have this one question. How can Gingrich [Who is viewed more unfavorably and disliked by his own party] and Santourum [ Who has his own skeletons in his closet] not only energize the base of the GOP but woo a sufficient number of Independents and Democrats in the general election to compensate for those who simply won't vote if they're the nominee?

"Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away"!

#15 Santorum has an ACU lifetime rating of 85.

Santorum has an ACU lifetime rating of 85.

That will energize the base just fine, then he only needs to win 1/4 of the "Moderates" (who make up 40% of the population).

#16 Gingrich for President.

Gingrich for President. Gingrich/Santorum ticket.

Nuke em til they glow; then shoot em in the dark

#17 Ann is still smoking the Obamney Crack pipe....

I think this endorsement by Coulter is the most shocking of all for me. She had my total respect until she started backing him. Now, I just see her as just another GOP automaton. You can't have it both ways Ann -- you can't write a masterpiece like "Demonic" and then jump into the devil's front seat.

I'll give her SEVERAL reasons why we oppose Obamney:

The Mitt Romney Report: LIBERAL POLICIES THE NEWS MEDIA WILL NOT TELL YOU ABOUT ROMNEY
http://massresistance.org/romney/

30 Entries of Political Posturing by Mitt Romney - G a y s, Abortion, Healthcare, G u n Control, Climate Change, Immigration...
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEC087120FC7B1DA3&feature=plcp

Liberals LOVE Romney
http://www.liberalsloveromney.com/#

The Problem with Romneycare
http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/problem-romneycare

Romney 'forced Catholic hospitals to provide Plan B'
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/romney-pulled-the-rug-out-from-under-ca...

Fareed Zakaria Defends Romney on ‘Very Poor’ Comment: ‘The Guy Can’t Get a Break’
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/fareed-zakaria-defends-romney-on-very-po...

Soros: Obama, Romney 'Not Much Difference'
http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/SorosObama-RomneyNotMuchDifference/20...

Romney's connection to Saul Alinsky
http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/romneys-connection-to-saul-alinsky/

Romney judicial record: Liberals running wild
http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/romney-judicial-record-liberals-running-wild/

2004: Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban
http://www.therightscoop.com/2004-romney-signs-off-on-permanent-assault-...

Feb. 3, 2008: Boston Globe reports: Costs for Romney's health care to double! Federal government may be called for bailout
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/02/03/subsidized_care_pla...

Romney made a huge fortune in private equity. But (in at least one case) hundreds of workers lost jobs, and stockholders and creditors lost their money.
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/specials/romney/articles/part3_...

While Romney was governor, Massachusetts’ economic performance lagged near the bottom in the country.
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/07...

Report on the true pro-life views of Gov. Romney
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKwVNUz52vo

MassResistance rebuts pro-Romney "Open Letter" posted on National Review Online by moderate pro-family Mass. groups
http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/12a/romney_open_letter/index.html

Romney's universal health care includes taxpayer-funded abortions
http://massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/health_ins/

Romney's Department of Social Services (DSS) honored two "married" men as their "Adoptive Parents of the Year".
http://massresistance.org/docs/gen/07c/romney_dss.html

In 2004, Governor Mitt Romney ordered Justices of the Peace to perform h o m o s e x u a l marriages when requested or be fired. At least one Justice of the Peace decided to resign.
http://jpus.org/newsletter/summer2004doc.htm

Also thanks to Gov. Romney, marriage licenses in Massachusetts now have “Party A and Party B” instead of “husband and wife.” Romney did not have a legal requirement to do this; he did it on his own.
http://massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/mass_marriage_license.html

While he was Governor, Romney donated $10,000 to radical h o m o s e x u a l "health" group.
http://massresistance.org/romney/aac_donation.html

How Mitt Romney brought "g a y marriage" to Massachusetts
http://massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/timeline.html

As presidential primaries begin, MassResistance again in foreground across country as ex-governor Romney voices support for "g a y agenda."
http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/12a/romney_media/index.html

"If God is dead, somebody is going to have to take his place. It will be megalomania or erotomania, the drive for power or the drive for pleasure, the clenched fist or the phallus, Hitler or Hugh Hefner." — Malcolm Muggeridge

#18 Exactly so.

You are right on, Ann. Romney is more of a Kirkian than Gringrich, and more experienced and electable than Santorum. He is right on all the issues, and will govern as a conservative. Romney is the man for conservatives.

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