Mitt: “I … speak for the Republican wing of the Republican Party”; Flashback video: McCain stumps for Mitt in 2002

posted at 10:28 pm on October 13, 2007 by Allahpundit

Recognize that formulation? He’s borrowing a phrase from Howard Dean. Really. I thought it was odious in 2004 when Dean-o coined it as an expression of his own alleged authenticity and ideological purity and I think it’s odious now, but Dobson et al. are practically begging for this sort of rhetoric vis-a-vis Giuliani and Mitt needs them to win. So, it’s come to this:

The former Massachusetts governor, who espoused moderate views in his 1994 bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, said that when Republicans act like Democrats, the nation loses.

“I believe conservatives across the nation and particularly in states where I have been able to take my message, like Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina and Michigan and Florida and Nevada, that conservatives that have heard me time and again recognize that I do speak for the Republican wing of the Republican Party,” Romney said…

“When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses,” he said. “It’s time for Republicans to act like Republicans again.”

Asked later whether he thought Giuliani was a Democrat in Republican clothes, Romney declined to answer.

This is an awfully strange time in American history to be trying to make the Republican tent smaller. Go read what McCain had to say about Mitt’s qualifications as the “real Republican” in the race in response.

Update: The Romney camp parries McCain’s thrust by posting this video from 2002.


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We want our Candidates/elected officials to be honest, but then when they are, the idiots cry foul.

Mcguyver on October 14, 2007 at 7:01 PM

Oh Mcguyver, don’t you know being thorough and honest is a weakness?

WE WANT FOLKSISMS! WE WANT SOUTHERN DRAWL! WE WANT A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING! FRAUD THOMPSON ’08!

BKennedy on October 14, 2007 at 8:14 PM

Oh Mcguyver, don’t you know being thorough and honest is a weakness?

Yeah……riiight.

How many times have we heard that Mitt almost seems too perfect:

If anything, the golly-gee guy is too perfect.

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And, too good to be true:

Mr. DeMoss addressed skepticism about the authenticity of Mr. Romney’s conversion from supporter of abortion rights to opponent, saying the point of the anti-abortion movement is to persuade people to change positions.

Fatalism, not optimism, says: “no candidate is ever good enough, but then when they are good enough, it can’t be true”.

I recommend, prescription strength: Chillpill™

Mcguyver on October 14, 2007 at 8:48 PM

Mcguyver on October 14, 2007 at 8:48 PM

Ha ha ha. Quite right. Quite right.

Troy Rasmussen on October 14, 2007 at 9:04 PM

Interesting analysis for the Rudy naysayers:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/10/rudy_and_religion.html

Bradky on October 15, 2007 at 12:35 AM

The Romney camp parries McCain’s thrust by posting this video from 2002.

Parries? No, they back stab. McCain said a few nice words about Romney and they try and use this against McCain? This is really low, gutter politics. Romney has no ethics.

Bill C on October 15, 2007 at 3:25 AM

Texas Nick 77 on October 14, 2007 at 11:25 AM
Who’s AC/DC?

csdeven on October 14, 2007 at 12:55 PM

An Aussie group from the seventies. I finally got Google to work again. Strange link here in Thailand. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

Texas Nick 77 on October 15, 2007 at 5:12 AM

Texas Nick 77 on October 15, 2007 at 5:12 AM

Thailand? Weren’t you just in Iraq working on a power plant?

csdeven on October 15, 2007 at 8:37 AM

McCain said a few nice words about Romney and they try and use this against McCain?
Bill C on October 15, 2007 at 3:25 AM

What universe are you living in? Here is what McCain said about Mitt on Saturday.

“One of the other Republican candidates made an extraordinary statement yesterday. Former Governor Romney yesterday proclaimed himself the only real Republican in this race. As we all know, when he ran for office in Massachusetts, being a Republican wasn’t much of a priority for him.”

Mitt, who ran to the left of Ted Kennedy in 1994, was unconditionally supported by McCain as a super-conservative in 2002. Mitt governed more conservatively than he ran in 1994.

So, McCain wants to skewer Mitt as a liberal NOW when he heaped accolades on him when he ran to the left of Ted Kennedy?!

IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING!? This is really low, gutter politics. Neither you nor McCain have any ethics.

csdeven on October 15, 2007 at 8:48 AM

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